By hongwei28, 2018-09-26
Hockey fans in Atlanta – yes Xavier Woods Jersey , they actually exist – are still bitter about the way they lost the Thrashers seven years ago , a move that deprived this city of a team for the second time and probably any chance of ever again being a member of the NHL club.
In the A-T-L, a popular refrain of the postseason seems to be A-B-T-J.
Anybody But The Jets.
”I won’t support the Jets,” former Thrashers fan Fred Johnson wrote in an email. ”In fact, I’d like to see their fans suffer for a lot longer like we did.”
Instead of suffering, the Jets and their fans are thriving . Winnipeg reached the Western Conference final against the Vegas Golden Knights – a sort of double-whammy for Atlantans, who have seen what their former team could have been while getting a tantalizing glimpse of what a well-run expansion franchise can do its very first season.
Founded in 1999, the Thrashers managed just 14 wins and 39 points in their debut year, which remains the worst full-schedule total in almost a quarter-century. The Golden Knights piled up 51 wins and 109 points, captured a division title and were just two wins away from playing for the Stanley Cup going into Game 4 of their series against the Jets on Friday night.
”It’s not hard to feel like just yesterday Atlanta was an expansion team,” said another Thrashers fan, Tiffany Burns. ”I couldn’t have imagined how surreal it would have been to be a part of something so successful so quick.”
In contrast to the Golden Knights, the Thrashers never really had a chance in Atlanta, doomed by a bickering group of owners who spent more time suing each other than caring about what was happening on the ice, clueless management and inept coaching Andre Holmes Jersey , and a roster perennially low on talent.
The lone highlight came in 2007, when the team captured the Southeast Division title and finally made the playoffs for the first (and only) time.
The euphoria didn’t last long.
The Thrashers were swept in four straight games by the New York Rangers. Atlanta began the following season with six consecutive losses, leading to the firing of coach Bob Hartley, and the dismantling of the franchise commenced a few months later.
In what became an all-too-familiar scenario, the frugal Thrashers dealt away Marian Hossa rather than lose him as a free agent – one of many horrible deals engineered by general manager Don Waddell, who somehow kept his job throughout the Thrashers’ entire existence without ever really demonstrating that he knew what he was doing.
Anyone remember Angelo Esposito, a supposed top prospect who was acquired in the Hossa deal?
The Thrashers always seemed to operate under a dark cloud, most tragically exhibited in 2003 when star player Dany Heatley lost control of his Ferrari on a narrow Atlanta street, struck a wall at high speed and killed teammate Dan Snyder . Heatley recovered but was never the same, eventually requesting a trade so he could get a fresh start elsewhere.
The Thrashers soon followed Heatley’s lead. In 2011, after a proposed move of the bankrupt Phoenix franchise to Winnipeg fell apart, the NHL quickly engineered a deal to send Atlanta’s team north in place of the Coyotes , collecting a hefty relocation fee and ridding themselves of another troublesome franchise.
While it’s impossible to deny that the team has been more embraced by hockey-mad Winnipeg than it ever was in Atlanta, this city’s fans have long gotten a bum rap that goes all the way back to its first NHL team.
Yes, the Flames lasted only eight years in Atlanta before moving to Calgary in 1980. But they averaged more than 10 http://www.dallascowboysteamonline.com/leighton-vander-esch-jersey ,000 fans every season (not a sure thing in those days) and outdrew the NBA’s Hawks every year but their last. That franchise was largely doomed by the economics of the late 1970s.
For the Thrashers, it was a similar story.
They averaged more than 17,000 in their debut season despite putting one of the worst teams in modern NHL history on the ice. But the franchise was essentially doomed when it was sold to a group known as Atlanta Spirit (what a malicious example of false advertising that was).
The new owners wanted only the Hawks and Phillips Arena. Almost immediately, they began trying to pawn off the Thrashers. Not surprisingly, no one was interested in acquiring a team that would have to rent an arena from an increasingly dysfunctional group. As the losses mounted, reportedly in the range of $130 million, Atlanta Spirit began looking for another way out. When the Winnipeg offer came along, there was no real attempt to keep the team in Atlanta.
Through all the turmoil, the Thrashers never ranked at the bottom of the NHL in attendance. In fact, the average from their gloomy final year would have beaten out three teams this season.
Many Thrashers fans are still upset about being ridiculed for a perceived lack of support after the team moved. And unlike the Flames, who retained their name and some sense of their Atlanta history after moving to Calgary (and were largely cheered by their former fans for winning the Stanley Cup in 1989), the Jets made a clean break with their past.
Johnson, the former Thrashers fan, recalls the vitriol when the move was announced. He said some Jets fans who trolled the Thrashers’ message boards belittled Thrashers fans as ”worthless” and said the team would now win the Stanley Cup in Winnipeg because that’s where ”real fans” were.
”They had no idea about the dysfunctional management,” Justin Verlander’s worst start with the Houston Astros might have been OK if not for Wilson Ramos.
Ramos drove in four runs in the first two innings against Verlander and the Tampa Bay Rays went on to a 5-2 win over the Astros on Saturday.
”I wasn’t sharp http://www.indianapoliscoltsteamonline.com/malik-hooker-jersey , but also I didn’t have luck on my side,” Verlander said. ”I made an adjustment during the third inning that I thought was good, but it was too little too late.”
Verlander (9-4) gave up the most runs (5) and hits (9) of any of his 23 starts since his trade to Houston late last summer. He struck out eight in a season-low five innings after coming in with a major league-leading 1.82 ERA – though it was 4.34 in six June starts. The Astros have lost his last three starts.
Matt Duffy finished with three hits, including two in the first two innings, to help the Rays win for the seventh time in eight tames to move to .500 (41-41) for the first time since June 1.
”I gave up three hard-hit balls, all to the same guy. The rest of `em, nobody hit the ball hard,” Verlander said.
Ramos got the Rays on the scoreboard with a two-run double in the first, and made it 5-0 with a two-run single in the second. Those two at bats summarized Verlander’s day.
”The first at bat, I put him in a 3-1 situation where, bases loaded, he knows a heater’s coming, and he hit it off the wall. So that’s my fault,” Verlander said. ”His next bat I got a ground ball up the middle on a slider, which is kind of what you’re looking for. But it found a hole.”
Tampa Bay has held opponents to two runs or fewer in five straight games for only the second time in franchise history.
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Alex Bregman got the Astros on the board with a two-run homer in the sixth off Vidal Nuno. It was Bregman’s 16th home run and his fifth in six games.
”They’ve been throwing the ball well over there, and we haven’t really been able to put anything together,” Bregman said. ”Verlander was a little unfortunate today with some of the weak contact that went for hits, but we’ve got to do a better job of putting up runs for him.
Nuno (2-0) got the win after pitching 4 2/3 innings of relief, giving up two runs and four hits while striking out four. Sergio Romo pitched ninth for his seventh save in 11 opportunities.
Ryne Stanek pitched the first inning for Tampa Bay, giving up a single to Jose Altuve, Houston’s only hit in the first four innings.
Adeiny Hechavarria made a fielding error on George Springer’s grounder in the top of the sixth just before Bregman’s homer. It ended a streak of 94 games and 319 chances in which the Rays’ shortstop had not committed a miscue. It was the longest errorless streak in franchise history for a shortstop. Hechavarria’s last error had come on July 30, 2017 at Yankee Stadium.
Astros: RHP Joe Smith (sore right elbow) will make what the Astros expect to be a final rehab appearance at Double-A Corpus Christi before being activated. … 1B Yuli Gurriel (paternity leave) is expected to be back in the lineup Sunday.
Rays: RHP Wilmer Font was placed on the 10-day disabled and RHP Hunter Wood was recalled from Triple-A Durham. Manager Kevin Cash said an optimistic timeframe has Font missing eight weeks. … Cash didn’t completely rule out RHP Chris Archer (left abdominal strain) from returning after his first rehab start Tuesday night锟?for Class A Charlotte.
The series finale will be a matchup of two of baseball’s hottest pitchers. Houston RHP Charlie Morton (10-1, 2.54) has won three straight starts and has not given up an earned run in his last two. LHP Blake Snell (10-4, 2.31) did not give up a hit until the seventh inning of the Rays’ 11-0 win against Washington on Monday night.
By hongwei28, 2018-09-18
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The New England Patriots star signed 19-year-old Megan Uhrynowski’s arm after a practice at Gillette Stadium on Monday night that she had attended with a friend.
Uhrynowski Jaleel Scott Jersey , a college student, told WHDH-TV her friend had suggested she turn the autograph into a tattoo.
So she did.
Uhrynowski went to a tattoo parlor the following day and had the five-time Super Bowl champion’s signature permanently etched on her arm.
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By hongwei28, 2018-09-18
DENVER (AP) — Kirk Cousins was perfect in his cameo Gareon Conley Jersey , and then kicked back and watched two former Broncos quarterbacks tear apart their old teammates.
Cousins completed all four of his passes in the Vikings’ 42-28 exhibition victory Saturday night, including a 1-yard touchdown strike on a quick slant to Stefon Diggs .
“I think it was a smooth first drive but it is a small sample size and the next couple of weeks will be a good test for us,” Cousins said.
Diggs called it a good first step.
“He’s a good quarterback,” Diggs said. “He makes some great throws.”
Case Keenum wasn’t nearly as sharp in his Denver debut, completing just 1 of 4 passes for 5 yards spanning two drives.
“It’s just frustrating not playing well and you don’t have a chance to bounce back from it,” Keenum said.
Cousins was the crown jewel of this year’s free-agent class of quarterbacks, signing an $84 million, three-year deal in Minneapolis. That meant Keenum was out two months after leading the Vikings to the NFC championship, and he signed a $36 million Willie Brown Jersey , two-year deal with Denver.
The Broncos then traded their starter, Trevor Siemian, to the Vikings to serve as Cousins’ backup — so long as he beats out Kyle Sloter, another former Denver QB.
That left Paxton Lynch and Chad Kelly vying for No. 2 duty in Denver.
So, this preseason opener was filled with quarterback intrigue.
After Cousins’ single series — one in which he didn’t have to face Von Miller — Siemian led Minnesota on three scoring drives, most notably a screen pass to Roc Thomas that beat the blitz for a 78-yard score .
Siemian was 11 of 17 for 165 yards, two TDs and an interception against his old team.
“It was a little weird for sure, but good to see old buddies,” Siemian said.
Lynch Davon Godchaux Jersey , the former first-rounder twice beaten out by Siemian in Denver, was just 6 of 11 for 24 yards and an interception.
“Obviously I’m upset,” he said.
Despite 17 yards passing overall in the first half, the Broncos only trailed 24-14 at halftime thanks to Isaiah McKenzie’s 78-yard punt return for a TD and rookie Royce Freeman’s 23-yard TD scamper — Denver’s only first down before halftime.
Just when the crowd was starting to lament losing Siemian and Sloter, in came Kelly to fire up the crowd.
Kelly threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to tight end Matt LaCosse. Amid chants of “Kelly! Kelly!” he also drove Denver 85 yards in 11 plays, capping the drive with a 19-yard strike to running back Phillip Lindsay to put the Broncos on top 28-27 with 10 minutes remaining.
Sloter, who was cut by Denver a year ago, responded by throwing a 9-yard touchdown pass to Chad Beebe with six minutes left to put the Vikings back on top. His strike to Jeff Badet for the 2-point conversion made it 35-28.
Safety Jack Tocho picked off Kelly at the Denver 30-yard line with 5:23 left, and Sloter sealed it with a 14-yard bootleg for the score.
Sloter was 9 of 11 for 69 yards and Kelly was 14 of 20 for 176.
Lynch might be losing in his battle to be the backup Patrick Willis Jersey , but he insisted he’s “excited for Chad.”
“Chad’s been playing really well and he deserves that,” Lynch said. “He’s a good kid.”
Broncos coach Vance Joseph wasn’t quite ready to elevate Kelly to No. 2 QB, saying he had to study the film.
“Obviously, Case is the starter, so that’s my main concern,” Joseph said. “Chad has played well. He played well tonight, outside of the one interception, which led to a score for those guys. He’s a guy that plays with a lot of confidence. That’s a good deal.”
Joseph’s faith in McKenzie finally paid off with his punt return for a score.
“Huge for him,” said Joseph Charles Woodson Jersey , who stuck with McKenzie last year despite a half-dozen fumbles. “He’s obviously a talent. His issue last year wasn’t talent. It was more decision-making. We’re helping him fix that so he can help us win games.”
Linebacker Brandon Marshall and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas weren’t with their teammates on the sideline for the national anthem. They emerged from the tunnel behind the Broncos’ bench after the anthem was over.
“We didn’t know about that,” Joseph said. “But it’s their right.”
Broncos S Jamal Carter (hamstring), CB Marcus Rios (hip) and TE Austin Traylor (right shoulder) got hurt.
Vikings: Host Jaguars on Aug. 18.
Broncos: Host Bears on Aug. 18.The Colorado Avalanche have brought back forward Gabriel Bourque on a one-year deal.
Bourque played in 58 games for the Avalanche in 2017-18 as he tallied five goals and six assists. He scored twice during Colorado’s first-round playoff loss to the Nashville Predators.
The 27-year-old Bourque was signed by Colorado as a free agent on Oct. 10, 2016. He was a fifth-round pick by the Predators in the 2009 draft and played in 242 games with Nashville.
Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said that part of Bourque’s appeal is that he ”plays hard minutes, kills penalties and is reliable at both ends of the ice.”
Earlier this month, Colorado signed defensemen Mark Alt and Mark Barberio to two-year deals.
By hongwei28, 2018-09-18
The Falcons were able to make Julio Jones happy last night Matt Bosher Jersey , in time to get him into camp.
And all it took was a couple million bucks.
According to Jeff Schultz of The Athletic, the contract adjustment the Falcons made last night including converting a portion of his 2019 base salary to a bonus in 2018, an amount of “approximately $2 million.”
The Falcons had already promised to take care of Jones’ long-term concerns after this season, when he’ll have just two years left on his existing deal.
Figuring out a way to make everyone happy seemed inevitable from the point when owner Arthur Blank said he expected Jones to be a “Falcon for life,” and by shuffling some future money around, they were able to get him back in the near term.Shea Theodore opted for a simple approach on his shootout attempt.
Theodore scored in the tiebreaker to give the Vegas Golden Knights a 5-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night.
Theodore Lyle Alzado Jersey , the fourth Vegas shooter, beat Jacob Markstrom on a backhand. The 26-year-old defenseman, who is from the Vancouver suburb of Langley, improved to 2 for 2 on shootouts.
”Sometimes when you overthink it the pucks ends up in going in the corner,” he said. ”I just tried to make a fake and tried to catch him biting on it.”
It was the first game for longtime Vancouver stars Daniel and Henrik Sedin since announcing Monday they are retiring after Saturday’s season finale in Edmonton. In the third period, the brothers stood at the bench and waved to the crowd who gave them a standing ovation. Vegas players banged their sticks on the ice.
”It was fun to be part of it Richard Sherman Jersey ,” Daniel Sedin said. ”It takes us back to a playoff atmosphere. It was fun to be part of that again.
”It’s been a while since this building has been this exciting to play in. It’s a great feeling.”
Bo Horvat, Brandon Sutter and Nikolay Goldobin, with his second of the game, scored in the third period as the Canucks erased a three-goal deficit. Goldobin tied the game at 10:53 when an innocent-looking tip squirted past Vegas goalie Malcom Subban.
”We had good control of the game … and fell asleep a little bit,” Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said.
Subban, who finished with 21 saves Dee Ford Jersey , wasn’t happy.
”You never want to win that way,” he said. ”You want to shut the door and not lose focus. I felt I lost focus there a little bit and they capitalized on it.”
Vancouver’s Jake Virtanen was called for hooking 15 seconds into overtime. Theodore scored on the power play, but the goal was overturned because of goaltender interference.
Brandon Pirri led Vegas with two goals in his first NHL game of the season. William Karlsson had a goal and two assists and Tomas Tatar also scored for the first-year Knights, who clinched the top spot in the Pacific Division on Saturday.
Daniel Sedin earned an assist on Horvat’s power-play goal for the Canucks, who had won four in a row. He also hit a post in the shootout. Henrik Sedin also missed in the shootout.
Markstrom stopped 35 shots.
The last home game for the Sedin twins, who spent their entire 17-season career in Vancouver Eric Rowe Jersey , will be Thursday against Arizona.
A large number of fans, many waving signs thanking the Sedins or holding up jerseys, pressed along the glass and stood four or five deep in the aisles during the warmup. The brothers were featured in a video tribute on the big screen before receiving thunderous cheers and a standing ovation in the pregame introductions.
There were cheers during the game each time a Sedin touched the puck.
NOTES: Vancouver’s Ashton Sautner looked to have his first NHL goal in the second period, with assists from the Sedins, but it was overturned on video review for the play being offside. … The Canucks sent goaltender Thatcher Demko back to Utica of the AHL. … Forward Brendan Leipsic returned to the Canucks lineup after missing five games with a neck injury. … Vegas didn’t dress forwards Jonathan Marchessault and Erik Haula.
Vegas: Travel to Edmonton on Thursday night.
Vancouver: Host Arizona on Thursday night.
By hongwei28, 2018-09-18
The NFL has hired Mary Jo White to handle the investigation regarding workplace misconduct allegations against Panthers owner Jerry Richardson. The man who runs the NFL Players Association has concerns about that.
“If it’s true that Mary Jo White is involved in the current investigation of the Panthers Russell Bodine Jersey , I have a question because I know that she falsely accused players in Bounty[gate],” NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith recently told ESPN, referring to the 2012 controversy arising from claims that Saints players were involved in giving each other inducements to injure opponents. “And things that she said to the press were either knowingly untrue or there came a time when we all knew they weren’t true.”
Smith is correct. The league hired White to provide, ostensibly, the appearance of independence in the review and presentation of the evidence against the Saints players. And she pushed to the media a grossly inaccurate characterization of sideline video that supposedly provided the league with a smoking gun.
“So at the very least Tim Brown Jersey , it seems to me that the league as a whole and their partners, the players, deserve to have the results of the investigation of the Panthers released publicly before the sale,” Smith said. “And that’s simply because, if the premise of the personal conduct policy is the integrity of the league Irving Fryar Jersey , why shouldn’t we have the same level of transparency that occurs in player investigations occur here?”
The disparity between the league’s handling of players accused of wrongdoing and owners accused of wrongdoing has become a frequent subject of discussion and attention for Smith, and for good reason. If players will be held to a high standard of conduct — one that sparks investigations and discipline even in the absence of formal criminal or civil charges — the owners need to be held to that same standard.
Although the league would likely rattle off White’s accomplishments and offices (she’s the former chairman of the SEC) to justify its ongoing reliance on her, the skewed assessment of the evidence in the bounty case should disqualify her from any further involvement in league investigations. Whether deliberate or negligent, the misrepresentation of the evidence in a way that supported the league’s predetermined outcome in the prior case means that she possibly will deliberately or negligently misrepresent evidence in a way that supports the league’s predetermined outcome in the Panthers case, if the league has a predetermined outcome in mind.
Multiple past cases would suggest that it does.The Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles will head to England's home of soccer when they take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in one of four NFL international games next season.
Jacksonville Albert Wilson Jersey , which fell in the AFC title game to New England before the Eagles beat the Patriots for the league championship, will host Philadelphia in Week 8 on Oct. 28 at Wembley Stadium. It will be an afternoon game in London, making for a 9:30 a.m. kickoff in the Eastern time zone.
The other match at Wembley will be the previous week with the Los Angeles Chargers hosting the Tennessee Titans, also with a 9:30 a.m. Eastern time kickoff.
Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium in London will be the site for an Oakland Raiders home game on Oct. 14 against Seattle. That will have a 1 p.m. ET starting time.
For the third straight year, the NFL will stage a game in Mexico City: the Los Angeles Rams will host Kansas City in a Week 11 Monday night game Nov. 19 at 8:15 p.m. ET.Authentic Womens Fred Warner Jersey
By hongwei28, 2018-09-18
Foxborough Police Chief William Baker said Thursday that 26-year-old Shane Denn was arrested by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office in Maine. Further details weren't immediately available.
Baker says authorities will seek to have Denn extradited to Massachusetts.
Two other men Reggie Ragland Jersey , Eric Tyrrell and Anthony Almeida, have pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with the February break-in.
Authorities earlier recovered an Apple watch, a Rolex watch and rare coins allegedly stolen from one of Gronkowski's roommates.
Three handguns belonging to the roommate have not been recovered.
Denn also was wanted in connection with several other attempted robberies in Massachusetts.
Five days after the NFL tried to solve the anthem issue Star Lotulelei Jersey , it continues to be obvious that the NFL found a way to make things worse.
Already, two members of Congress on opposite sides of the anthem debate have chastised the NFL for its decision.
On Saturday, New York Representative Peter King complained about Jets CEO Christopher Johnson’s decision to foot the bill for any fines imposed on players who protest in violation of the new rule Adam Butler Jersey , which requires players unwilling to stand to stay in the locker room. Now, Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison has declared that he will ignore the NFL for stifling the players’ right to protest.
“Friends who know me, know that I love football Lyle Alzado Jersey ,” Ellison said on Twitter, via TheHill.com. “But I won鈥檛 be watching this NFL season because of the unfair cowardly and idiotic kneeling ban. #BoycottNFL.”
And so it will likely continue, with those opposed to the protests finding fault with certain aspects of the NFL’s new anthem policy and those who support the right to protest finding fault with other aspects of the NFL new anthem policy. As NFL P.R. gaffes go Solomon Thomas Jersey , this one could ending up being one of the worst in recent years, and that’s saying something.Womens Tracy Walker Jersey
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TEMPE Joey Bosa Jersey , Ariz. (AP) — “No risk it, no biscuit” is ancient history for these Arizona Cardinals.
The big-play, fling it down the field offense of Bruce Arians has been replaced by a run-oriented game that features toughness up front, and a stout defense emphasizing physical play, especially in the secondary.
At least that’s the way first-year coach Steve Wilks envisions it.
Whether that results in success in the standings is an open question, especially with a passing game that’s still a work in progress, and a brutal road schedule.
Las Vegas odds make Arizona a 120-1 long shot to win the Super Bowl and has his team’s over-under victory total at just six games.
“That’s great,” Wilks said to a room full of reporters. “From Day 1, April 3, I talked to the guys about our vision and expectations. Outside of that team meeting room a lot of people aren’t giving us a chance. I’m probably looking at quite a few of them. That’s fine as well. But we’re going to continue to emphasize the fundamentals and technique and going about our business each and every day and put ourselves in position to hopefully Ali Marpet Jersey , No. 1, win our division, and then from there we’ll talk about everything else.”
Wilks believes he has some star power to build around: David Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Sam Bradford, Patrick Peterson and 2017 NFL sacks leader Chandler Jones.
And expect to see a lot of Johnson, who is out to remind people he’s one of the NFL’s best running backs (and earn a nice contract in the process).
“I definitely feel like people seem to have forgotten about me,” Johnson said. “You hear people talking about Todd Gurley, Zeke Elliott and Le’v Bell — and they’re great backs. But then you notice that you’re not hearing your name or people are not talking about you.”
Johnson led the NFL in yards from scrimmage and touchdowns two seasons ago, but fractured his left wrist in the opener last year and didn’t play again.
Wilks LaAdrian Waddle Jersey , defensive coordinator at Carolina last year, has emphasized toughness and physical play from the get-go. Some practices start with a one-on-one drill between a top defensive and offensive player. The first had defensive end Jones against left tackle D.J. Humphries.
He also took the team outside of air-conditioned University of Phoenix Stadium for a handful of practices during training camp in the sizzling desert sun. The idea is to develop a mental edge, he said.
Here are some things to consider about Wilks’ Cardinals:
O-LINE MAKEOVER: The Cardinals rebuilt the offensive line and Wilks calls it the strength of the team.
Humphries and guard Mike Iupati, who has had a strong preseason, are on the left side, with free agent acquisitions Justin Pugh at right guard and Andre Smith at right tackle. Center A.Q. Shipley went down with a season-ending knee injury, so rookie Mason Cole, a third-round pick out of Michigan, is his replacement.
BRADFORD’S KNEE: Bradford’s history of injuries led the Cardinals to bring the quarterback along slowly. He didn’t begin taking regular first-team reps until minicamp and got regular days off during training camp.
Bradford said the results have been great. He completed his first seven passes in the preseason before having a couple dropped in the third game against Dallas, but Arizona really hasn’t amped up the passing game yet.
“I feel good right now Cassius Marsh Jersey ,” he said. “My body’s in a good place and I think now we’ll see the benefits of the plan we had throughout OTAs and throughout the spring.”
ROOKIES GALORE: Rookies figure to fill prominent roles.
Dynamic second-round pick Christian Kirk will return punts and might win the No. 2 receiver job. Cole is the center. And fourth-round pick Chase Edmonds has shown to be a powerful backup to Johnson.
And that’s not counting quarterback Josh Rosen. Arizona moved up in the draft to pick Rosen 10th overall and he’s impressed his teammates and coaches by absorbing the offense so quickly, and incessantly asking questions.
Rosen gets his chance if Bradford goes down.
DEPTH ISSUES: Depth seems to be the biggest question mark for the Cardinals, particularly at linebacker and wide receiver.
Arizona has one of the best receivers to play the game in Larry Fitzgerald, who returns for his 15th season. But the pecking order after that is in flux.
The Cardinals have a talented trio of linebackers in Deone Bucannon, Haason Reddick and Josh Bynes, but the numbers are thin behind them. There’s also a big drop-off after the first-team offensive line.
TURNOVER AVALANCHE: Arizona opponents had 16 turnovers in its first three preseason games, a whopping eight by the Cowboys.
The Cardinals were plus-15 in takeaways through three preseason games. Can that continue at even a close pace in the games that count?
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By hongwei28, 2018-09-18
Robert Jones posted a note on his Twitter account saying Jones ”is with me and his mom,” while adding ”he’s going to be fine!”
Online jail records also showed the player, whose legal name is Isaiah Avery Jones, had been released.
The 22-year-old Jones was arrested after officers were called to a disturbance in downtown Los Angeles, said police spokesman Luis Garcia. Jones was found ”breaking glass doors and windows” and arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism Robert Griffin III Jersey , Garcia said.
Prosecutors did not immediately file a case against Jones and have asked police to further investigate the matter, district attorney’s office spokesman Paul Eakins said.
The arrest was first reported by TMZ, which posted a video showing a nude Zay Jones pushing his brother, Cayleb, in what appeared to be the hallway of an apartment building. Cayleb Jones, a Minnesota Vikings receiver, on Wednesday also posted a note on his Twitter account Doug Kotar Jersey , which read: ”I am my brothers keeper.”
Robert Jones, who lives in Texas, is a former NFL linebacker, and won three Super Bowl championships with the Dallas Cowboys during his 10-year career.
Jones was held on $20,000 bail. His agent, Zeke Sandhu, did not reply to text and voicemail messages. Sandhu also represents Cayleb Jones.
The Bills Charles Woodson Jersey , on Tuesday night, said in a statement they were aware of an incident involving Jones and were still gathering additional information.
Jones was the first of Buffalo’s two second-round picks in 2017 after completing a prolific college career at East Carolina. He set an FBS record with 399 career catches and broke the single-season reception mark with 158 catches in his final season.
The production didn’t carry over into Jones’ rookie season as he struggled in attempting to take over the Bills’ No. 2 receiver spot. He finished tied for third on the team with 27 catches and fourth with 316 yards. He also scored two touchdowns.
Jones’ production tailed off over the final month, when he had just two catches for 25 yards. Following the season, Jones revealed he played part of the year with a torn labrum and had surgery to repair the injury in January.
Wawrow reported from Buffalo, New York.
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