Cowboys lineman Cooper parlays health into starting job

Conathan Cooper didn’t win a starting job on the Pro Bowl-laden offensive line of the Dallas Cowboys coming out of training camp.

The former top 10 pick by Arizona was borderline ecstatic anyway. He was healthy.

Others receiving votes: You already were starting Carson Wentz in season-long leagues, but against a 49ers team that has given up the second-most yards per attempt the past five weeks, he’s worth paying for in DFS, too. … Jameis Winston is averaging more than 344 passing yards per game over his past four full games, and he should have another nice game against a Panthers squad that is blitzing at the second-highest rate in the league.

Where the heck is Cody Kessler? Kessler looked like Cleveland’s most stable quarterback last year when he was healthy. He finished the 2016 season with 1,380 yards, six touchdowns, and two interceptions over eight starts. Two concussions limited his ability to be on the field, but he still showed promise. He may still get his shot this season if Kizer underperforms.

The NFL’s once-golden network TV numbers continue to drop.

NFL games averaged 15.1 million viewers through Week 7, according to Nielsen data obtained by Sporting News. That’s down 5.1 percent from 15.87 million viewers during the Kids Football Jerseys Cheap same period last season and off 18.7 percent from 18.35 million viewers during the same period in 2015.

“As far as the situation with Juju, it wasn’t like that,” Bryant said. “Me and him are brothers. We both think we’re one of the best to play the game, and if you Giants Cheap Jerseys don’t think that then why play it?”

Seahawks’ Bennett will continue protests, says Colin Kaepernick shouldn’t be ‘sacrificed’

Four days after a group of NFL owners met with a group of players to discuss protests during the national anthem , Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett and at least nine of his Seattle teammates sat or kneeled on the sideline during the anthem before the Seahawks’ 24-7 win over the Giants at MetLife Stadum on Sunday.

Schatz: With all the parity in the league, the Chargers are absolutely in the wild-card race at 3-4. They have a strong pass rush, and the passing game has improved since the decision to let Hunter Henry take over for Antonio Gates. Three of the Chargers’ four losses came by a field goal or less. The Dolphins have the better record at 4-2, but notice that all of their wins have come by less than a touchdown, while their two losses were significant. They also have one of the five toughest remaining schedules in the league, according to average DVOA of opponent. Miami will come back to earth.

The Jaguars sacked Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett 10 times in a 27-0 victory in Indianapolis. It was the first shutout recorded by the Jaguars since 2006.

The Rams also had their way with the Cardinals offense, knocking quarterback Carson Palmer out of the game and holding the Cardinals to 193 yards of total offense in a 33-0 victory.

The Chiefs can’t lose three in a row, can they? FPI doesn’t think so, giving the Chiefs a 77 percent chance to win, but that also means a 23 percent chance to lose, or roughly 1-in-4.

The Chiefs’ defense has been its Achilles’ heel for most of the season and has Wholesale Jerseys given up a league-worst minus-32 expected points added (that’s bad) over the past two weeks, by far the worst in the league (San Francisco and Indianapolis are both at -25). Kansas City will face a similarly struggling unit in the Broncos’ offense, which has accrued minus-31 expected points Wholesale NFL Jerseys China added as a unit over its past two games.

Matt Ryan: Falcons thinking about 2016 is ‘not useful’

Last year, under Kyle Shanahan, the Falcons led the league with 33.8 points per game and were top five in the NFL in passing yards per game (295.3). They were also top five in limiting turnovers per game (0.7). This season, under Steve Sarkisian, the Falcons’ offensive numbers are down across the board, earning 21.3 points per game, 252.0 passing yards per game and 1.2 giveaways per game (1.2).

“It’s frustrating. I’d be lying to you if I didn’t say that, because you know you can play better and you feel like you let your guys down,” Siemian said. “You let your teammates down when you don’t play well. And, as a quarterback, you touch it every time so it doesn’t matter what everyone’s doing around you.”

The good news for Siemian? The season isn’t even half over, with plenty of time to rewrite the narrative. The bad? Denver faces a balanced and proven Chiefs team on Monday night before embarking on a vicious slate of games against the Eagles, Patriots, Bengals and Raiders.

The latest 31-page memorandum stems from Johnson’s attempt to have his 10-game PED suspension from last season overturned retroactively, which would entitle him to collect lost salary as well as have guarantees reinstated in the five-year, $56 million contract he signed in 2016.

The players union and NFL responded separately to have Johnson’s claim dismissed without prejudice. The latest filings from all three parties came Wednesday in the U.S. District Court of Southern New York.

Johnson’s suspension was his second in four NFL seasons with the Eagles. Johnson, though, claimed this positive test stemmed from ingesting an NFLPA-approved Vancouver Canucks Cheap Jerseys supplement Texas Rangers Cheap Jerseys that contained a prohibited substance under the league’s drug-testing policy.

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Pats, Texans among overrated, underrated in NFL power ranks

This discrepancy is all about Jared Goff.

The top pick in 2016 has been one of the surprising stories of the 2017 season so far, as he has played well so far.

Additionally, although Aaron Donald earns plenty of headlines, the model thinks this defense is a little below average, too.

All in all, FPI thinks this is a below-average football team for the rest of the season — though it does have a 27 percent chance to reach the postseason thanks to its 3-1 start.

The Giants have likely put themselves in too deep a hole to reach the postseason (just a 2 percent chance, FPI says), but they aren’t one of the worst teams in the NFL.

“Andrew’s doing good, he’s doing really good,” Ballard said. “I’ve watched him throw the ball and he’s starting to get his motion back, getting his lower body to start working with his upper body.

“His strength levels are getting back to where they need to be.”

Luck will still likely need time to transition to game speed before taking the field possibly on Oct. 16 against the Titans or Oct. 22 at home vs. the Jaguars.

So far, our numbers are buying Deshaun Watson. He’s the NFL leader in Total QBR and clearly has helped the Texans en route to their 2-2 record.

The model does account for individual quarterbacks, and it has made Cheap Jerseys Pay With Paypal significant adjustments for Watson already. It thinks the Houston offense Cheap Jerseys Sale will operate at a higher level with Watson at quarterback now than it did in Week 1. But FPI isn’t ready to anoint him yet, and with good reason. It’s been just four games for him, too – three-and-a-half, actually — and that isn’t enough time to figure out whether he truly is as good as he has been.

Jackson: “As he walks out of the meeting, he has the ball with him and throws it in the trash can.

This is a Hall of Fame ball. LaRon and I look at each other. I go in the trash and get it. I said, ‘Why throw it in the trash?’ He said, ‘Coach, because we didn’t win, so that ball doesn’t mean anything to me. I said, ‘S—, can I have it?’ I’ve still got it to this day. When I talk to LaRon, he says, ‘Be glad I was a rookie or we would have fought for it.’ Sean was more concerned about the balls he dropped instead of breaking the record.”

The Bears didn’t suffer many new injuries in Week 4’s loss at Green Bay, but a key player to watch is Nick Kwiatkoski. The second-year linebacker has missed two straight games because of a pectoral injury, but unlike linebacker Jerrell Freeman, the Bears kept Kwiatkoski on the active roster. The Bears could use Kwiatkoski on Monday night when linebacker Danny Trevathan serves his one-game suspension for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Packers receiver Davante Adams. Chicago didn’t practice Wednesday but returns to the field Thursday when the team will issue its first injury report of the week. — Jeff Dickerson

Aside from a hiccup against the Titans in Week 3, the Seattle defense Cheap Gaelic Jerseys has held opponents to 18 or fewer points three times so far this season. The Seahawks are 45-7-1 (.858) when holding opponents fewer than 20 points during the Russell Wilson era, which is the most such games in that time.

The best offense is sometimes a good defense. The Lions are tied for the league lead with 11 takeaways, which has led to 47 points off turnovers. Last season, Detroit had 14 Cheap High Quality NFL Jerseys takeaways, leading to only 28 points off turnovers.

Ten years later, players and coaches remember perhaps Taylor’s most dominant performance.

Teammates understood the mission of Taylor, who was shot during a botched burglary on Nov. 27, 2007 and died hours later. Five Fort Myers-area men were charged with Taylor’s death after they broke into his house looking to steal cash.

“I remember going over the film and looking at each other at what we just witnessed,” said Pierson Prioleau, a former Redskins safety. “We were amazed at what we had just witnessed. I’m still amazed to this day. No matter what play you turned the film on, Sean was in on that play. He was everywhere. … It was the game that solidified who he was and who he could be as an NFL safety.”

Defensive end Myles Garrett should make his debut Sunday against the Jets. Garrett tweeted in Spanish that he was back, and Browns coach Hue Jackson said the first overall pick took part in all drills in practice. Garrett was still listed as limited on the injury report, and barring a setback, he should play Sunday. He missed Cleveland’s first four games with a high ankle sprain. — Pat McManamon

While the Saints could not help themselves with finding ways to spend Cheap Bike Jerseys For Men on the cap, they also made another non-advisable move with Brees’ contract: They added three voidable contract years to defer a whopping $18 million of cap charges to years Brees was not under contract with Cheap China NFL Jerseys the team. That means if the Saints fail to extend Brees before the deadline, they take an $18 million cap charge for him in 2018. That number sticks even if Brees re-signs with the team after free agency begins. It’s a bad situation.

Chargers waive Younghoe Koo, replace him with Nick Novak

The Los Angeles Chargers moved on from kicker Younghoe Koo on Thursday, waiving the rookie kicker and signing veteran Nick Novak.

“Nick’s been a very accurate kicker in this league for a long time,” coach Anthony Lynn said Thursday. “He’s been here before. We’re familiar with him, and he has experience in big games. As you know, every game we’ve played has been a close game, and every point matters.”

The Chargers have started the season 0-4, losing three of those games by three points or fewer.

The Packers scored on the next play, but the thoughts of the Green Bay players were with their injured teammate. Packers receiver Jordy Nelson told NFL Network the hit was “tough to watch” and he hopes the injury-riddled Packers can get healthy because they’re “running out of players.”

“It’s tough. He’s a great teammate and a great friend of mine. I’m hopeful we’ll get some good news,” Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said of Adams’ injury during an interview with NFL Network. “Tough shot to see, see your buddy get knocked out on the ground like that.”

While Rodgers said he didn’t appreciate Trevathan celebrating the Cheap Authentic Jerseys From China hit, especially “when a guy gets carted off the field,” but “trusts” Trevathan was not trying to intentionally injure Adams.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Adams was already giving hospital staff “a Cheap Barcelona Jerseys hard time and trying to get out of there.”

Trevathan said after the game he was sorry and that the hit was not intentional, but that probably won’t help him avoid NFL discipline.

Many NFL teams reportedly tell players protests during anthem ‘will hurt business’

Last weekend, NFL teams issued statements that in effect supported the rights of their players to kneel or otherwise protest during the national anthem.

This week, many team owners and officials reportedly are sending a very different message to their players. ESPN’s Darren Rovell reported Friday that, “Behind closed doors, it has been made clear by many teams to team leadership that kneeling during anthem will hurt business.”

So far, the only evidence that the eruption of protests last weekend will hurt the NFL’s bottom line is anecdotal. But the barrage of anti-protest comments on social media, the boos in stadiums and the videos of fans burning NFL team jerseys and collectibles don’t look good for the league or its teams.

The season still has a long way to go, and how you finish still means more than how you start more often than not. But everyone in the NFL, especially the AFC, has to take seriously how Cheap Jerseys Direct Coupon Code Alex Smith is playing a quarter of the way in.

The AFC West definitely does. The news was bleak for the Cheap Jerseys China Wholesale Raiders, of course, hearing Monday that they were losing Derek Carr for two to six weeks. Until he’s back at full strength, the obvious edge in the three-team race belongs to the Chiefs and Smith. They’re 4-0, the NFL’s last undefeated team, and Smith is the biggest reason, by far.

NFL, Ezekiel Elliott attorneys ‘have not been engaged’ in settlement talks

When attorneys for the NFL and Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott convene Monday in New Orleans, there will be no settlement.

USA Today reported NFL lawyers “have not been engaged” in settlement talks with Elliott’s representatives ahead of Monday’s court date.

The NFL is appealing a decision by a U.S. District Court judge to deny the emergency stay of an injunction barring the league from imposing a six-game suspension.

New York owner John Mara said early in the week that he wasn’t happy with the display and had a one-on-one conversation with Beckham Wednesday. The 24-year-old wide receiver said after the meeting he was disappointed that the celebration cost the team 15 yards, but he did not say he was sorry for the act.

“The only thing is causing a penalty for the team, is really it,” Beckham told reporters (via the New York Post). “I don’t even know if they knew whether to call a flag or not because the look of confusion on their face was, ‘Do we throw the flag or not?’ and it was like he threw the flag. The only regret is causing us 15 yards, had to cover a long kickoff.”

The report listed Newton as the victim in the complaint. The woman’s Cheap Jerseys From China name was not listed.

The woman had previously shown up at the Panthers’ stadium and been asked not to Cheap Jerseys In Bulk return. The woman was told not to contact Newton in the future.

Newton declined to talk to reporters on Thursday.

DeShone Kizer gets the chance to lead the Browns back from oblivion

The Cleveland Browns will start their 27th quarterback since 1999. After a spirited preseason competition between Cody Kessler, Brock Osweiler, and DeShone Kizer, it was Kizer who stood out enough to earn the starting role for the team’s regular season opener against the Steelers, the team announced Sunday.

The NFL and the Texans will continue to closely monitor the situation in Houston and adjust the team’s plans as necessary.
What’s this mean for the Texans’ season opener? The Houston area will need time to recover from Hurricane Harvey. It’s unclear at this point whether the Texans will be able to take the field at NRG in Week 1 against the Jaguars.

If the Texans aren’t able to play in Houston for the season opener, it’s possible the game will be moved to a neutral site. That’s what happened with the Astros and Rangers, who were scheduled to Cheap Team Basketball Jerseys play a three-game series the week immediately after Harvey made landfall. That game was moved to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.

How are the Texans handling this? The Texans took all of their players, coaches, and other personnel directly to Dallas for their safety after the team’s Week 3 preseason matchup against the Cheap Soccer Jerseys Saints. The team has been practicing at the Cowboys’ facility in Frisco, Texas.

Head coach Bill O’Brien said the team will dedicate this season to the people of Houston.