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.

Burfict took down Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman with a big hit while he was running a passing route.

The league has a new rule against just such a move this season, and Burfict was suspended five games, but had the punishment reduced to three games after an appeal.

In his six seasons in the NFL, and even long before that, Vontaze Burfict has toed the line between violent linebacker and out-of-control player with malicious intent.

His history as a repeat offender in the NFL already resulted in a suspension and has upped his fine totals to far beyond the numbers of the average NFL player. No other player is in jeopardy of serious ramifications for a single personal foul, but Burfict has reached that point.

David Johnson will be named NFL MVP.

He took the NFL by storm last season, finishing with 1,239 rushing yards and 879 receiving yards. Johnson will this season become the third player in NFL history to hit 1,000 rushing and 1,000 receiving Top Cheap Jerseys yards in a season. — Josh Weinfuss

The Rams’ offense will finish somewhere within the top 20 in defense-adjusted value over average.

Not bold enough? Well, the Rams have finished outside the top 20 in this popular, all-encompassing metric every season over the past decade and ranked 32nd here in 2016. Sean McVay will get more Super Cheap Jerseys Fans out of this offense. The receivers are better, the offensive line is better, and Todd Gurley should bounce back. I’m also counting on the natural Year 2 leap from Jared Goff. — Alden Gonzalez

The Rams were 300-1 underdogs to win the title before their fateful season.

Dick Vermeil’s season in 1998, including a 1-6 record in games decided by seven points or fewer. They had added weapons during the offseason in Colts running back Marshall Faulk and first-round pick Torry Holt, but quarterback Trent Green tore his ACL during the preseason, turning things over to backup Kurt Warner, who had thrown 11 career passes and been left unprotected (and unselected) during the offseason expansion draft.

And, oh man, his strength, his arm and his ability to read a defense make him very difficult to defend. We try to disguise the whole time versus Rodgers and Roethlisberger because if you can disguise and get them to where they don’t know what’s going on, you can get a step on them and where they are going to go with the ball.

That’s where I got it from. When I study Cover 3, I watch the Seattle Wholesale NFL Jerseys Free Shipping defense — because they do it the best. I watch Kam to see how he reads things. He’s so quick, he jumps routes. And he’s not trying to kill everyone, he’s trying to get interceptions. The QB might be getting it there a little quicker than he is, but he’s reading it and reacting.

What’s your focus when you tackle? You are physical as hell, but you don’t miss many tackles. Wrap up, leverage, head in the right spot. That’s a learned technique from ‘Bama?

That’s a Coach Saban technique. He’s always taught upfield shoulder. Some people call it near hip. I always call it upfield shoulder, because if you attack the upfield shoulder, there is nowhere the Really Cheap Jerseys guy can cut back across you or make you miss if you have an angle. So, for me, I always attack the upfield shoulder, and that’s an Alabama technique.

Kansas City’s continuity on defense is startling.

As you’d expect from a team that went through sweeping changes across the board, the Niners have plenty of new faces on both sides of the ball. Even some of the returning starters, such as defensive tackle DeForest Buckner (99) and free safety Jimmie Ward (25), are playing new positions in the schemes brought by coach Kyle Shanahan and defensive coordinator Robert Saleh. All of which means it will take a while for the pieces to come together. — Nick Wagoner

Kansas City’s continuity on defense is startling. Only nose tackle Dontari Poe and cornerback Steven Nelson are gone from 2016’s core, with Bennie Logan (96) and Phillip Gaines (23) replacing them. Running back Kareem Hunt (27) is the lone rookie projected to start. — Adam Teicher

The Raiders should be able to win a lot of shootouts with their elite offense — something we should see plenty of despite the presence of Khalil Mack (52). The defense will have two rookie starters: Defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes (94) and linebacker Marquel Lee (55). First-round cornerback Gareon Conley should also see plenty of playing time in the secondary. — Paul Gutierrez

Ezekiel Elliott’s (21) suspension to start the season will take away one starter away from an offense that returns almost in full with La’el Collins (71) moving from left guard to right tackle. On defense, the secondary will have new faces playing Wholesale Jerseys From China big roles in Nolan Carroll (24), Jeff Heath (38) and Chidobe Awuzie. After Very Cheap Jerseys Anthony Hitchens’ season-ending injury, Jaylon Smith (54) and Justin Durant will split time at middle linebacker. — Todd Archer

Martellus Bennett on brother Michael’s incident: ‘A hug is the best thing you can give’

Martellus Bennett heard from his brother, Michael Bennett, in the immediate aftermath of what happened in Las Vegas on Aug. 27. But when Martellus saw the video of the incident involving his sibling for the first time on Wednesday, he had to excuse himself from a meeting room at Lambeau Field, where he and the Green Bay Packers were preparing for Sunday’s season opener against the Seattle Seahawks.

Saturday features the busiest day of the week, with nine games set to take place. Only one will be televised nationally — the Battle of Los Angeles between the Chargers and Rams can be seen on CBS. Fans can stream it online at CBS All Access.

Every other game is only available in the local markets (check your listings here), but NFL RedZone has a free preview starting at 7 p.m. ET, so that’s worth checking out.

Aaron Donald still hasn’t reported to the Los Angeles Rams, and there is no telling when he will. But first-year head coach Sean McVay speaks to Donald on the phone from time to time. They talk about football, nothing else — and usually it’s McVay who reaches out first.

“I’ve kind of been chasing him around like I’m chasing a girl in high school,” McVay said, laughing, on Saturday, eight days before his team begins its season. “… I’ve reached out to Aaron, but it’s kind of been a back-and-forth. He’s a guy that I enjoy Cheap Hockey Jerseys Canada talking to. I’ll enjoy it a lot more when I see him in person.”

Donald’s holdout will hit 38 days by the end of this week, which amounts to Wholesale Jerseys Cheap $1.52 million in fines — nearly as much as his $1.80 million base salary for 2017.

2017 NFL season already has the lamest quarterback battles

With two strong preseason performances, Patrick Mahomes is making a case to succeed Alex Smith as the Chiefs’ starting quarterback sooner rather than later. That’s good, because in 2017 the NFL is falling well short of its quota for QB drama.

While there are a handful of depth chart battles across the league, this year’s array of quarterback competitions is uninspiring. There’s no Philip Rivers-Drew Brees potential changing of the guard to be found, no Steve Young-Joe Montana duel to keep the preseason interesting. There isn’t even so much as a Tim Tebow-Kyle Orton mashup to drive training camp headlines.

The hour-long special aired first on Sunday night of Labor Day weekend on NBC and will be replayed this Wednesday on the NFL Network. It follows the same basic narrative structure of the original Do Your Job, which highlighted the Patriots’ run to a Super Bowl XLIX win over the Seattle Seahawks.

We know him better as Fitzmagic, but it would seem Fitzpatrick committed the ultimate faux pas of nicknaming himself years ago. He isn’t Amish, but he’s got the kind of facial hair that would fit right in in Pennsylvania Dutch Country.

After last year’s six-interception game with the Jets, he probably considered moving to a small farm community where there are no televisions or internet.

Outside of signing Jay Cutler (6) after Ryan Tannehill’s injury, Miami Cheap Bike Jerseys For Men also traded for former Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas (89) after Cheap Baseball Jerseys China getting little production at the position last year. Additions at linebacker (Lawrence Timmons, 94) and safety (Nate Allen, 29) were badly needed for the Dolphins’ 29th-ranked defensive unit. — James Walker

Tracking the most significant 2017 NFL practice squad signings and waiver claims

As NFL teams make their final roster cuts to get down to their 53-man squads, several players who meet the league’s eligibility requirements could still end up on a team’s practice squad.

Before Lane retired from the NFL to pursue a career in MMA, he found the benefits of training in both sports.

Even if the people running the jockey study weren’t seemingly predisposed to downplay the effects of head trauma, the fact that the NFL is supporting a study of jockeys is problematic. Football players, particularly those who play in the trenches, endure an impact every snap of every game they play for at least 16 games in 17 weeks during the NFL season. According to one concussion expert interviewed by ESPN, comparing a football player to a jockey would be like “comparing apples and pears.”

“With a jockey on a horse, if he comes off, there’s a high chance of getting a concussion, but he’s not impacting the brain hundreds of times in a race,” said Dr. Willie Stewart, a neuropathologist at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. “If you have a rugby player, perhaps there’s a lower instance of concussion, but there’s a difference in brain impacts that are causing the repetitive subconcussive insults hundreds, maybe thousands of times a season.”

It is rare for a defending Super Bowl champion Cheap Authentic MLB Jerseys to have so many starters returning. Running back LeGarrette Blount (Eagles), tight end Martellus Bennett (Packers) and wide receiver Julian Edelman (injury) are the lone offensive players missing from last season. The addition of cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) Cheap NFL Jerseys USA helps make up for losing Logan Ryan to the Titans in free agency. — Mike Reiss

Lonzo Ball named Las Vegas Summer League MVP

Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball was named Las Vegas Summer League Most Valuable Player Monday night ahead of his team’s championship game against the Portland Trail Blazers. Ball will not dress for Monday night’s game after exiting his matchup against Dennis Smith Jr. and the Dallas Mavericks with right calf tightness.

McGee might have been able to sign a more lucrative deal elsewhere, but it appeared that no one pursued him with serious money this summer. If they did, at least no one caught wind of it. The 29-year-old big man has made more than $53 million in his career, after all, though his long wait to re-sign seems to indicate that he was holding out for other offers. Still, getting McGee back for the minimum — really the only option the Warriors had — is an excellent return on investment for general manager Joe Lacob.

Last season, McGee averaged six points and three rebounds in 77 games while averaging only 10 minutes per game. His 65 percent field goal percentage, highest of his career, tells an even clearer story. McGee has a long list of weaknesses, most of them involving mental lapses and ill-advised decisions. But in Golden State, McGee was as consistent as he has ever been, and the Warriors accentuated his strengths to the extent Cheap Volleyball Jerseys For Girlsthat it covered up much of his weaknesses.

McGee’s athleticism and vertical spacing, as Steve Kerr likes to Cheap Vintage Basketball Jerseys call it, is perfect for Golden State. Just like defenses fear its shooters, they can’t cheat too far out to the wings or a rolling McGee will dunk all over them. Teams routinely screw this up because it’s almost impossible not to.

In 2017, sports fans were treated to competing visions of how a playoff should look.

The NHL playoffs were marked by parity. The two favorites in the West — the Blackhawks and Wild — were eliminated in the first round, with one being swept. The Senators made the Eastern Conference Finals despite being outscored during the regular season. And the Predators made a run to the Finals despite having the worst record of any playoff team.

The NBA playoffs were an exercise in dominance. The Cavs and Warriors combined to lose one playoff game before meeting for the third straight year, when the favored Warriors won in five. Games were uncompetitive, but unlike the NHL, there was a sense that the best teams are gaining their just rewards.

A Hawks communications representative told SB Nation they were aware of Roberts’ efforts due to articles about his quest and appearances on programs like SportsCenter and Good Morning America. But due to the amount of letters they receive requesting opportunities for a workout, they were unlikely to “remember one over another.” It didn’t matter that the letter came from a 61-year-old man who played for them in camp in the 80’s.

A Clippers spokesman said they could not find any of Roberts’ letters in their offices, while the Spurs and Lakers declined to comment when Nike Cheap Jerseys asked if they heard from Roberts.

Mark Warkentein, the New York Knicks director of NFL Jerseys Wholesale player personnel, knew about Roberts’ quest to make it to Las Vegas Summer League. Once upon a time, Warkentein coached and recruited Roberts to Cal State MLB Authentic Jerseys Fullerton as an assistant coach. But that was decades ago.

Nationals slug four HRs in a row, five in one inning to tie MLB record

The Nationals are having themselves a day at the ballpark.

During Thursday’s game against the Brewers at Nationals Park, Washington went off in the third inning to tie the MLB record for home runs in an inning (5) and consecutive home runs in an inning (4). The Nationals are just the eighth team in league history to hit four straight homers.

It all started with a dinger courtesy of outfielder Brian Goodwin, followed by homers from shortstop Wilmer Difo, outfielder Bryce Harper (his second of the day) and first baseman Ryan Zimmerman. Although second baseman Daniel Murphy hit a fly out to center field to snap the streak, third baseman Anthony Rendon got the team back on track with another home run to give Washington its sixth run of the inning.

Added Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Broadcasting and Sports: “We are excited to welcome Dale Jr. to our team — both on and off the track. As a company, NBCUniversal allows for talent to stretch themselves across not just their field of expertise, but across other areas of their interests in the media world.”

Earnhardt, 42, indeed is a huge Redskins fan. He explained why in an ESPN piece back in 2012.

Earnhardt made clear in March that he’s not afraid to criticize his own team. After Redskins owner Daniel Snyder terminated general manager Scot McCloughan, Junior expressed his displeasure with that move and the team’s handling of quarterback Kirk Cousins.

“GM who reportedly is a football mind and players GM, gone. The Design Cheap Jerseys franchise record breaking QB 2Xs over wants a trade. It’s Echl Cheap Jerseys only March,” he tweeted.