The Falcons are off to a hot start in 2017, but they’ll have to play without the reigning NFL sacks leader for a while
Vic Beasley suffered a slight hamstring tear during the second half of Sunday night’s win over the Falcons and is expected to miss at least a month, WSB reported Monday.
Later in the day, Falcons coach Dan Quinn said at a news conference that Beasley is out this week and “past that, we’ll see where it goes.”
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The third-year pro out of Clemson led the NFL with 15.5 sacks on the way to earning first-team All-Pro status and a Pro Bowl selection in 2016. He already had picked up a sack in each of the Falcons’ first two games this season.
In his absence, 2017 first-round pick Takk McKinley could see an increase in playing time.
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I know it’s probably one-tenth or one one-hundredth, maybe, of some of my black teammates who have been using their platform to try and make a difference. But this was about unity, and we respect our men and women in uniform, we respect our troops, we love ’em, we appreciate what they do for us. Today was about using our platform to promote love and unity and acceptance and togetherness, and I hope we did that.” Rodgers linked arms with teammates.
The most shocking thing about the Chiefs’ season-opening win over the Patriots was that they did it while running what looked like a college offense. Early in the game Smith, Tyreek Hill, and Travis Kelce formed a backfield, and Kelce stepped up to take the snap and ran the option:
And it worked! So the Chiefs kept running it all night, sometimes throwing three backs and two tight ends on the field to complete their Navy impression.
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A rookie — running back Kareem Hunt — was maybe the most important player on the field. He finished with 148 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries, and he looked explosive, and tough, and remarkably balanced in the process. The circumstances of general manager John Dorsey’s firing this offseason are somewhat cloudy, but he gave the cash-strapped Chiefs an incredible parting gift in the third-rounder.
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But for him to be one of the best in this league and to show that integrity, it shows what he’s about, which is disappointing.
Dalton then basically retracted his upset rant by saying there was no feud between him and Watt. I wouldn’t be mad to see those sparks fly again — even if it is corny as hell.
There’s also a section that sits directly on the field, a safe distance behind the players and down closer to the goal line, Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times writes. Whereas other stadiums have ground-level suites, these might be the league’s only on-field seats.
Falcons defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman, placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List on Friday, was released by the team Monday the Falcons announced.
Hageman was put on the exempt list Friday after the NFL suspended him indefinitely, preventing him from participating in team activities while continuing to be paid.
Hageman was fined $7,500 for the misdemeanor charges of interfering with a call for emergency help, battery family violence and cruelty to children in the third degree.
LeSean McCoy is the starting running back in Buffalo, but Williams was expected to be McCoy’s primary backup. Williams, a fifth-round pick out of Arkansas last year, ran for just 94 yards and a touchdown as a rookie but averaged nearly 6 yards per carry while rushing for 121 yards in three preseason games this year.
Releasing the 6-foot, 223-pound running back leaves former Raiders back Taiwan Jones, with 183 rushing yards in six seasons, and fifth-year veteran Joe Banyard, who has 95 career rushing yards, as McCoy’s backups.
The Bills did sign former Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert in March, and he could now see more carries.
For example, Denver’s John Elway and San Francisco’s John Lynch were hired despite never having worked in an NFL front office beforehand. The belied was the traits that made them elite players would translate into success evaluating personnel. And although he doesn’t officially hold the title, Browns de facto GM Sashi Brown was an attorney before he was hired as Cleveland’s executive vice president of football operations in 2016.
Some GMs are essentially glorified personnel directors, with the head coach or an executive vice president of football operations enjoying final say on roster moves. Two more GM jobs are held by team owners in Cincinnati’s Mike Brown and Dallas’ Jerry Jones.
Tyler Toffoli Mens Jersey The Washington Redskins placed safety Su’a Cravens on the reserve/left squad list, ending his season nearly two weeks after he first told them he wanted to retire at age 22.
The Giants, trailing by 10, were about to go for a touchdown on fourth-and-goal at the Lions’ 2-yard line with just over five minutes left in the third. They never got the play off, instead being called for a costly delay of game that forced them to settle for a field goal.
Sloppy quarterback play, McAdoo said. Quarterback and center need to be on the same page there. We need to get the ball snapped.
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Matthew Stafford threw for two touchdowns, rookie Jamal Agnew broke the game open with an 88-yard punt return in the fourth quarter and the Detroit Lions beat the New York Giants 24-10 on Monday night.
One of the things we preach to our team on both sides of the ball when there is a turnover is everybody’s involved, Garrett said. If you’re an offensive player, you become a defensive player on a fumble or an interception. Zeke is one of the most natural competitors that I’ve ever been around. He loves to play. He loves to practice. I think we’ve seen that through his first year playing, and those two plays are not indicative of the kind of competitor that he is, and we have to get [that] addressed.
Elliott finished with a career-low 8 yards on nine carries as the Broncos bottled up the Cowboys’ running game and forced Dallas to rely on the passing game.
Authentic Paul Worrilow Jersey The Bears debuted plenty of new faces in Sunday’s 2017 season-opener, but the player who stood out most was a rookie.
Chicago lost to Atlanta, 23-17, to fall to 0-1 on the season, but 22-year-old running back Tarik Cohen gave his team and Bears fans a source of hope.
The viral videos that featured Cohen during his days at North Carolina A&T got him noticed by NFL scouts. When the Bears selected him with the 119th overall pick in this year’s draft, Cohen had to answer the question of whether he could translate the skills from those videos to the professional level.
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For one game, at least, Cohen was able to do just that.
We didn’t sign him because of that whole factor. We’re trying to build something, we think we’re a playoff team this year. But the whole way he’s handled everything — I go back to his comments and social media and all that — it isn’t what you want from anyone in your locker room. Especially not when you want your quarterback to lead. He’s shown questionable judgment before with off-the-field stuff. Throw this in and there’s red flags all over the place.
He could have handled this differently, still had his convictions and such and protest the way he wanted to without being divisive. We had the chance (to sign him) — too risky. It’s the kind of thing that could go wrong.
Quarterbacks last a lot longer than running backs anyway.
After all the noise that Ezekiel Elliott created, it should be noted that the quieter man, Dak Prescott, will almost certainly be the last Cowboy standing.
Now that his contract holdout is over, Aaron Donald is ready to get back to work.
Although the end didn’t come in time for the Rams defensive tackle to suit up in the season-opening slaughter of the Colts on Sunday, coach Sean McVay is hopeful that Donald will be back on the field in Week 2.
The plan is to get him going just back into the flow of a normal weekly rhythm like all of our players do, McVay told reporters on Monday. He’s back here with us now and looking to get him going. As far as how he’ll be utilized in this game and kind of exactly what that plan entails is going to be predicated on how he feels going out to practice and getting involved.
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Donald reported to the team facility Saturday and passed his physical after missing all of training camp and preseason. The Rams will waive the $1.4 million in fines he accumulated during his holdout and he will be paid for Week 1, despite not attending the game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Donald is expected to practice with the team Wednesday and McVay is optimistic he will be ready to make his debut Sunday against the Redskins barring any setbacks.
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He’s back here and that’s a step in the right direction, McVay said Monday. Today was really about kind of wrapping up yesterday’s game and getting a preview on Washington’s personnel. Tomorrow is a player’s day off and then we’ll come back Wednesday where, really after this and then going into tomorrow, we’ll have a better idea exactly how we want to break that plan down with Aaron.
But, I think like we’ve mentioned, just getting him back in here is the first step and definitely want to try to get him on the field.
The Panthers and Buccaneers each play a league-high six games against Tier 1 QBs, thanks in part to Matt Ryan’s ascendance into that category. How well Cam Newton plays will determine to what degree Carolina is operating at a QB deficit (or advantage).
The Giants are one of four teams to face zero Tier 1 QBs all season, which seems like a sweet deal for a team that should again field a top-five defense. Derek Carr, Philip Rivers, Matthew Stafford and Russell Wilson are the highest-ranked QBs on a schedule that will become tougher if Carson Wentz, Dak Prescott and Jameis Winston elevate in 2017.
Philip Rivers leads the NFL in interceptions during the past three seasons.
Let’s just put this out there: If you want to be a fan of the Washington NFL team, you’re going to have to work around its terribly racist mascot name. The front office is dysfunctional, and owner Dan Snyder is generally disliked. But Kirk Cousins is a pretty good quarterback, so you can enjoy that for one season before he hits free agency.
Head coach Bruce Arians is an absolute delight. No other coach can weave a glorious tapestry of profanity like he can. Arians also recently revealed that he coached through last season while successfully fighting cancer.
It’s probably a decent time to become a Rams fan, if for no other reason than the team moved on from former head coach Jeff Fisher and his 7-and-9 bullshit. The Rams’ new head coach, Sean McVay, is not just the youngest coach in NFL history. He’s also nearly five years younger than left tackle Andrew Whitworth, the oldest player on the team’s roster.
The Texans will have a new starter under center this week.
Houston is expected to roll the dice on rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson for the team’s Thursday night matchup against the Bengals as long as he’s deemed healthy enough, CBS Sports first reported Monday.
Watson replaced starter Tom Savage in the second half of Sunday’s 29-7 loss to the Jaguars. Watson began taking first-team reps at practice and will likely get the nod barring any further setbacks with his ankle.
According to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., police, Landry and his girlfriend were involved in the incident earlier this year, and the case was forwarded to the Broward County State Attorney’s office, which confirmed to WINZ that it is investigating.
Landry’s girlfriend isn’t cooperating with authorities, according to Slater, who cited unidentified sources. She released a statement after news of the alleged incident surfaced, saying she was not physically hurt and called it a false story.
The league is investigating whether Landry violated the NFL’s personal-conduct policy.
In three seasons with the Dolphins, Landry has 288 receptions Virgil Green Jersey for 3,051 yards and 13 touchdowns. He is entering the final season of his current contract, and, according to Sheldon Rankins Jersey Slater, the NFL’s investigation “comes as the Dolphins are trying to figure out what to do about Landry’s future with the team.”
Jalen Collins Womens Jersey With running back David Johnson out two to three months due to wrist surgery, the Arizona Cardinals’ offense is in limbo.
Johnson was the team’s most productive player in 2016 as quarterback Carson Palmer struggled, and Palmer’s issues continued Sunday with three interceptions against the Detroit Lions.
Now the Cardinals need Palmer to elevate his play, and for other running backs to help pick up the slack. To that end, the team signed former Arizona State star D.J. Foster and re-signed Chris Johnson, who was among the Cardinals’ final cuts after the preseason.
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Based on league rules, the earliest Johnson could be recalled from injured reserve is Nov. 9 against the Seattle Seahawks, but there’s no guarantee he will be healthy by then, based on his two-to-three month prognosis.
Eddie Lacy, RB, Seattle Seahawks: He was started in just 20.7 percent of ESPN leagues, but for a player who is owned in 100 percent, Lacy was a total bust in Week 1. The Seahawks’ starter with Thomas Rawls inactive, Lacy managed just five carries and 0.3 fantasy points despite his team’s being in a competitive spot on the scoreboard for the majority of Sunday’s game. What’s more, Lacy rotated with Chris Carson, who managed 39 yards on his six rushing attempts, a sure sign that Carson and Rawls are a threat to the veteran’s workload come Week 2.
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers: He was targeted five times, but managed to catch only one, resulting in 3.5 PPR fantasy points. That was his fourth-lowest output in his 33 career games, though Cam Newton’s mediocre performance as well as the Panthers’ early lead played a large part.
The Houston Texans’ home game against the Jacksonville Jaguars faced the threat of moving because of the devastation Hurricane Harvey inflicted on Houston. Instead, the season opener will go on as planned.
Hackenberg had a pretty long day for the Jets, going 12 of 21 for 126 yards, one touchdown and two picks, both of which were returned for touchdowns.
Bryce Petty played well in relief, completing 83 percent of his passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns. But Petty suffered a knee injury and had to leave the game. Hackenberg came back in against the Giants backups, and did put the Jets in position to tie it up with an extra point or win it with a two-point conversion.
The Jets went for two, the attempt failed, and the Jets lost to the Giants 32-31. That meant we were mercifully spared from having to sit through an extra quarter of preseason play. But we almost certainly missed out on some more hilariously bad plays because of it.
Recent football would likely suggest it’s the Seattle Seahawks. The Rams have been a thorn in the Seahawks’ side for the last five years, and while the Seahawks were focused on postseason success, Rams fans have enjoyed being able to upend the Legion of Boom in the regular season. Historically, though, the Rams’ biggest rival was always the San Francisco 49ers. And last year, the 49ers’ sole two wins came against the Rams. I’m torn to pick one between the two. So here’s to the Rams never losing to either until the end of time.
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