He’s everything a team wants out of a DE in a 4-3 scheme

Connor Cook, QB (senior): Cook has amassed a 23-3 record in two years as a starter, won two bowl games and led MSU to the best offensive season in program history last year. He still struggles some with consistent footwork. Cook can also make some poor decisions in big moments, like interceptions against both Stanford and Baylor in those bowl games. Still, Cook’s resiliency and prototypical quarterback measurables make him an elite prospect.

Shilique Calhoun, DE (senior): As a sophomore, Calhoun broke out with 7.5 sacks and three defensive touchdowns en route to being named Big Ten defensive lineman of the year. As a junior, Calhoun didn’t increase his pass rush production as much as hoped, getting eight sacks. Calhoun is a well-rounded defensive end with the ability to both stop the run and get after the passer. He’s everything a team wants out of a DE in a 4-3 scheme.

Mallett also played quite well, completing 10 of 11 passes for 90 yards, with no touchdowns but also no interceptions. Neither quarterback was sacked, and the Texans have to feel encouraged by this one. If these guys continue playing well and make the starting decision a tough call, it will be a good problem to have for the Texans.

Dannys back folks and the odds-on favorite for comeback player of the year announced his presence with a lil 8-yard TD scamper verse the Cowboys last week. There wasnt a dry eye in my house when the Newsboy ran one in for 6, and tossed the ball back to the official like he’s been there before.

One thing thats important to note is that while yes, there may of been a huge hole for Danny to hit, you have to take into account the fact that his offense of line blocks alot harder for him than they do for other, more physically imposing running backs. Its like a exit poll during an election, if you have a lot of confidents in your RB, your going to slack off and not block as hard.

Defensively Joseph inherits a unit that could play 4-3 or a 3-4

Elway also called staying “great” on defense the “No. 1 priority” for the Broncos this offseason. He believes the ability to relate to players and manage the locker room is as important as any strategic decision.

Joseph is a respected communicator — Dolphins coach Adam Gase said as much Wednesday when he said that Joseph “did a great job with our players” — who earned his way with the nuts-and-bolts coaching as well.

He simply wouldn’t have been hired if Elway and Co. didn’t like what he had to say about his plans for the team’s offense. Former Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and former Raiders offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave are already set to interview for the coordinator job.
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Defensively Joseph inherits a unit that could play 4-3 or a 3-4. He has coached both schemes and the Broncos have played both in the last three years. The defense includes three first-team All Pros in cornerbacks Chris Harris Jr and Aqib Talib, and linebacker Von Miller.

“He’s obviously had great success so far in his career, but it hasn’t changed him. He has the same attitude,” McCourty said. “For me being a little older, it’s been great watching his growth and watching him get better day-in and day-out.

Butler, who is one of football’s best financial bargains at a $600,000 base salary, will be a restricted free agent after the season. It would be a surprise if the Patriots don’t tender him at the first-round level, assuming the sides don’t strike a longer-term extension before that.

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With teams like the New England Patriots, Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers reigning over their respective divisions through the first five weeks of the season, many of the same teams that are stalwarts in the postseason are still dominating in 2015.

“Look at the things that happened in that game,” Seattle safety Earl Thomas said. “Even down to the last kick, it hit the upright and bounced in. Wow! This is what football does. This is what football is. We’re being challenged now.”

Yes, they are, with another hit-you-in-the-mouth team coming up next, the Carolina Panthers, who travel to Seattle next Sunday.

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“Ultimately, we have to go back to being the team that finishes games,” Seahawks receiver Jermaine Kearse said. “You can pinpoint a lot of things but that has to be a part of everything.”

And it’s not just the word “finish,” not just the message — “That’s too easy,” Carroll said.

Josh Brown Game Jersey It’s what the film says to him, he insisted. It’s what he brings to his team afterward in scheme, coaching and focus that matters.

The Seahawks started 3-3 last season before reaching the Super Bowl. They believe in what they can be. They believe they have done it before, and they can do it again.

The rest of the NFL, however, is not blinking.

“We’ll see,” Kearse said. The Steelers have only intercepted two passes this season, and with Rivers among the league leaders in passing yards, San Diego will attack through the air as often as possible. That passing attack will be even more dangerous this week with Antonio Gates returning from a four-game suspension.

Will Dak Prescott’s and Ezekiel Elliott’s success so far carry into the playoffs?

¡°No,¡± Elliott said, not offering a reason why until prompted.

¡°Because we¡¯re competitors. That¡¯s what we love to do. We go out there and compete; we¡¯ve done it all season. I mean, we¡¯ve played in big games all season. Every game in this league is a big one. Every time they play the Dallas Cowboys, especially when you¡¯re winning, you¡¯ve got a target on your back, and you¡¯re going to get the team’s best. So I think the season has prepared us for this.¡±

¡°It means everything,¡± Prescott said. ¡°It¡¯s about how you finish, not how you start. At the end of the day, the quarterback position and the team is defined by how they do in the postseason. We¡¯ve got to move forward and get better doing it.¡±

Nene Mens Jersey ¡°I just think experience is experience. Some guys have some experience; some guys don’t,¡± Dallas coach Jason Garrett said. ¡°My experience in life is you use your experiences to help you with new experiences.

For rookies in particular, every experience they have up until this point is the first time they have done it. It was their first rookie minicamp. It was their first OTA. It was their first minicamp. It was their first training camp. On and on and on.

¡°What you try to do is encourage them to use their experiences up to this point in life. In Zeke’s case, playing at Ohio State. In Dak’s case, playing at Mississippi State. And use them in your experiences you are about to embark on.

I encourage everybody to do that. We all have to do that in life. Some guys are experienced [in] the playoffs. They will use those experiences. Those who aren’t will use different experiences.¡±
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Garrett has not told his players — rookie or otherwise — what to expect in the playoffs. That would go outside his day-to-day mantra. But players know the intensity grows, just as it grew from the preseason to the regular season, and from nondivision game to division game.

NHL scores 2017: Bruins¡¯ loss complicates Atlantic Division playoff push

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The Bruins have to play just one more game to be done with half of their season. Much like the Blackhawks, the Bruins are leading the NHL in games played after just a few days into 2017.

Unlike the Blackhawks ¡ª who are leading the Central Division ¡ª the Bruins are in a precarious situation in the Eastern Conference. Tied with the Senators at 44 points with the Lightning right on their heels just two points behind, any lost points have the potential to bite them.

The A¡¯s are never as fun as when they¡¯re building a young team of scrappy rookies, and that¡¯s the direction 2017 is currently headed. I couldn¡¯t be happier.

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Our LF hit 42 homers last year. Our SS hit 27. Our catcher has double-digit pop. Our young 3B was on pace for 30 over a full season, and the guy behind him in line nearly hit 40 in the upper minors. The new free agent bat is good for double-digits, and those unproven prospects themselves bring enough power to the table that they should run into a few regardless of their overall effectiveness on the diamond. Even in the worst-case scenario, the A¡¯s should do their share of bashing in 2017.

Lions clinch playoff berth with Washington loss

The Detroit Lions are in the postseason, regardless of the team’s result in a Sunday night matchup against the Green Bay Packers. The Lions enter Week 17 with losses in the last two week, but earned a spot after Washington lost to the New York Giants earlier Sunday.

After starting the season at 1-3, Detroit won eight out of its next nine games and rallied to the division lead. But things went south for the Lions when Matthew Stafford suffered an injury in December.

Washington is a 7-point favorite at FedExField at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Since going 0-5 SU and ATS in their previous five games against the Giants, Washington is 2-0 SU and ATS in the last two games in this head-to-head series.

Washington took care of business last Saturday on the road against the Chicago Bears and got the help they needed from around the league to re-take control of their own destiny. The 41-21 win brought Washington’s record to 8-4-1 SU and 10-3 ATS over the team’s last 13 games. Washington’s defense has been suspect all season, but it came up big with five interceptions in last week’s blowout win.

In a Week 14 victory against the Chicago Bears, Stafford dislocated the middle finger on his throwing hand and has to play with a glove for the rest of the season. He wasn’t his usual self the following week; the veteran quarterback failed to lead his team into the end zone in a 17-6 loss to the Giants.

Matthew Stafford spent most of the year on the fringes of the MVP conversation, but he’s thrown two interceptions and no touchdowns during this two-game losing streak. The Lions need him more than ever, but the finger injury on his throwing hand is still bothering him.

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Lack of continuity and identity played a part in why the Colts never had anything longer than a two-game winning streak and were never above .500 at any point in the season. But there were four games prior to the Oakland game that summed up Indianapolis’ season and why its vacation starts after exit interviews on Jan. 2. It was those four losses that had owner Jim Irsay talking about how their record would be different if the ball had bounced their way.

Dontari Poe Authentic Jersey Week 1 vs. Detroit: Thirty-seven seconds. That¡¯s all the remained on the clock for the Colts to open the season with a victory. They just had to make sure Matthew Stafford couldn¡¯t lead Detroit¡¯s offense down the field to get into field goal range. Stafford only needed three plays — all passes — to go 50 yards to get into range for kicker Matt Prater to make the game-winning 43-yard field goal in Detroit’s 39-35 victory.
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¡°I proved it several times I can set an edge,¡¯¡¯ Addison said. ¡°I¡¯m not a man that just comes in and pass rushes. But it¡¯s hard, man. In the NFL, if you¡¯ve got a job, you want to keep it.

¡°I¡¯m just glad I¡¯m on the inside, because when you¡¯re on the outside looking in, it¡¯s hard to get back in.¡¯¡¯

Addison, 29, is far from the outside. He¡¯s in position to be one of Carolina¡¯s top free-agent priorities, if not the top.

He¡¯s not in the financial class of 2015 Pro Bowl selection Kawann Short, who despite having a subpar season is primed to be one of the top paid defensive tackles in the NFL.

But the Panthers can use the franchise tag to retain Short and justify it. That¡¯s not an option for Addison, scheduled to be more of a mid-range free agent once the season ends.

Still, Addison has set himself up for a big pay raise with a team-high and career-high 8.5 sacks that ranks 18th in the NFL and seventh among ends.

The lights of the gathering cameras were blinding, but quarterback Matt McGloin did not blink

After the gloom had settled over Oakland Coliseum and the Raiders’ locker room late Sunday afternoon, there stood one hopeful beacon at his stall.

The lights of the gathering cameras were blinding, but quarterback Matt McGloin did not blink. At least not outwardly. Because with Derek Carr lost indefinitely with a broken fibula in his right leg, Raider Nation turns its lonely eyes to McGloin as Oakland preps for its first playoff appearance since 2002.

¡°I¡¯m ready to go,¡± McGloin said, matter of factly. ¡°I feel great, and it has been great working with Derek Carr the past few years and working together and seeing what he has done on the field trying to learn from that. I¡¯m ready to go.

Carr has a much stronger arm than McGloin, who’s generously listed at 6-foot-1, two inches shorter than Carr.

Then the Chiefs scored on their first possession, a seven-play, 77-yard drive that quarterback Alex Smith finished off with a 10-yard touchdown run. The Chiefs scored another touchdown, a 70-yard run by Tyreek Hill, on their 11th play of the game. They added a third touchdown on their 16th play of the quarter when tight end Travis Kelce caught a screen pass and took it 80 yards.

“My thought is this: I told the players, 2016 is obviously a big disappointment,” Kubiak said. “…I told them on the plane ride home, get it all out of their system, next week is all about next year.”
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Limited Youth Quinton Spain Jersey “To me, Matt’s the MVP,” star wide receiver Julio Jones said. “People are going to say what they want to say about who is the MVP. I don’t watch Tom Brady. And I don’t even know what all the MVP talk is about. But in my eyes, Matt Ryan’s the MVP right now.”

The Bears have to do better at the league¡¯s most important position.

Don’t count on it, according to Dombrowski.

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But under the guidance of general manager Theo Epstein, the Cubs also loaded up on external talent ¡ª and salaries ¡ª in preparation for their title run. Even after adjusting for MLB-wide increases in the cost of a win,1 Chicago boosted their payroll by 169 percent between 2014 and 2016 ¡ª a record two-season increase among World Series winners.2

Don’t count on it, according to Dombrowski.

“We really don’t have a major drive right now that we’re looking to fill,” Dombrowski said. “I think we’ll continue to keep our ear to the ground in the sense you can never tell what ends up happening, if somebody comes available that you never would have anticipated at a certain time period. [But] if we started spring training right now, we would be content where we are.”

After Tuesday, that means more payroll flexibility and less pitching depth.

Miss Buchholz yet? At some point, the Red Sox will.

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The Jets play Saturday night and both receivers are active

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Since he is coming off a partial tear to his hamstring, Green benefits from additional pre-competition practice. It appears he will be on track to return next week.

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Stafford himself has said this is not as bad as when he broke the index finger on his throwing hand several years ago (quarterbacks will say the index is far more important to their control when throwing than the middle finger).

“I’ll be good — a little Game Mens T.J. Lang Jersey sore, but I’ll be fine,” Petty said. He was replaced by former starter Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Petty’s injury came on a weird play. The ball was snapped earlier than the rest of the offensive line anticipated. Four of the five linemen barely got out of their stance. Suh and Wake were unblocked, with a free path to Petty.

Bryce Petty leaves the field under his own power in the fourth quarter. Petty took a blow to the chest when he got sandwiched by Cameron Wake and Ndamukong Suh.