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  1. Womens Sherrick McManis Jersey , but the player who appeared nude on the internet is. Running back Tarik Cohen said it “wasn’t a comedy thing for me” when his Instagram Live from the locker room Monday night featured guard Kyle Long in the background sans clothes.“Embarrassing?” Long joked, via Jason Lieser of the . “Em-bare-ass-ing!”Cohen found out what he had done when friends began texting him. Cohen immediately apologized to Long and informed coach Matt Nagy what he had done. Long was unfazed.“Had I known that I would be full nude on the internet, I probably would have prepared a little bit more,” Long said. “But moving forward, you live and you learn. “[Cohen] texted me immediately. ‘I’m so sorry.’ I said Charles Leno Jersey , ‘Dude, it’s OK. S—- happens.’ What are you gonna do? The plane ride home was comedy club, as you can imagine.”Cohen admits he “shouldn’t have been on social media in the locker room” in violation of NFL rules. But a league spokesman told Lieser that punishment for a violation of the rule is up to the club and not the NFL.“I was trying to go shower, then next thing you know you’re on the internet,” Long said. “It was unfortunate , but we’re moving forward. . . .I’m glad it happened after a win, so people are in a good mood, so they’re not making fun of me for my play and my whatever.” Running back Kareem Hunt is arguably the most talented free agent currently on the market. He’s only 23-years old, he was the 2017 rushing champ, and he has averaged 110 yards from scrimmage in his 27 game career. With with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017 Womens Nick Kwiatkoski Jersey , Hunt’s offensive coordinator was current Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy, and Hunt’s skill set was a perfect match for their (his) scheme and he was selected to the Pro Bowl. He was having an even better year in 2018 with K.C., and that’s where the “football” part of Hunt’s story ends. Hunt was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list on November 30, 2018, following a video surfacing of him shoving and kicking a woman almost a year ago (February Prince Amukamara Jersey , 2017). The Chiefs released him shortly thereafter for lying about the incident when they were made aware of it. Another assault accusation surfaced after the video was made public pertaining to an incident in January of 2017, and a third incident called a “minor altercation,” came up from June of 2017. Many Bears’ fans have expressed an interest in Chicago signing Hunt for the 2019 season after Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace were asked about Hunt at their end of the season press conference. Neither shot down the possibility, so it naturally got fans thinking. We ran a poll on Twitter to gauge the temperature of our fans. Since our Facebook audience is much different than our Twitter audience (just trust me on this one), I wanted to run the poll over there too. The results were surprisingly similar. Since a lot of you guys that are regular readers of WCG don’t do the social media thing , we wanted to pose the same question here too.
  2. The Chargers quarterback opened the game with a record 25 consecutive completions and finished with the highest ever completion percentage by going 28-of-29.Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was as impressed as anyone.“It’s nearly impossible Russell Okung Jersey , which is the reason why it has never been done before,” Brady said Monday night during his weekly interview on Westwood One, via Mike Reiss of ESPN. “Philip made incredible throws. I watched the game. Obviously when someone has a record-breaking performance, I want to go figure out what the heck they’re doing.“And the reality is there is a high level of difficulty on a lot of those throws. He made great throws where the receivers could get their hands on the ball and make the catch. The receivers made some good catches. Really the incompletion came where he got a little hit as he was getting ready to pass. That probably would have been a completion. That’s just remarkable.”Rivers, 36, has completed 69.5 percent of his passes for 3,119 yards with 26 touchdowns and six interceptions. The Chargers are 8-3.“The Chargers are having a great season; Philip is having a helluva year,” Brady said in the interview. “I’m very happy for him. That’s an incredible record to have.” I’m really behind this year"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections San Diego Chargers Daily LinksSan Diego Chargers NewsSan Diego Chargers OffseasonSan Diego Chargers HistorySan Diego Chargers HumorNFL DraftChargers DraftMatt Stanley’s Mock Draft(s)New,10commentsI’m really behind this yearPDTShareTweetShareShareMatt Stanley’s Mock Draft(s)Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY SportsI’ve been behind this year. Dealing with personal stuff, starting a new job, we even thought it would be a good idea to get a new puppy a few months ago. So it’s draft week and I’m just now getting around to doing some mock drafts. To do my mock drafts I like to use the draft simulator over at It is becoming more and more popular so they are able to add more and more into it. There are a ton of draft boards from various draft sites and experts you can use, or you can create your own. If you upgrade to “premium” (which I highly recommend) you get the ability to do trades.It helps you get a good sense of general areas of the draft where guys might go. Obviously nothing is a sure fire prediction but this is better (and easier) than trying to predict every pick for all 32 teams. Here are 3 mocks that I did with interesting results. I tried my best to fill needs while maximizing talent and value. Attempt 1All the top offensive tackles were gone when pick 28 rolled around. As for defensive tackles, Dexter Lawrence was there , but I don’t like the value in round 1, and Jeffery Simmons was there but I wasn’t a fan of the idea of spending a 1st rounder on a guy who won’t play this year. So I went with Nasir Adderley who, in my opinion, is the best center fielder in the draft. He fills a huge need and pairing him with Derwin James gives the Chargers an insane duo of Safeties. In the second round, Simmons was still on the board but I threw need out the window for the value of Deebo Samuel at the end of the second round. Deebo has good long speed, hes fantastic after the catch and he is the definition of Tom Telesco’s favorite adjective “versatile.” He lines up outside, in the slot, in the backfield. He returns kickoffs and has been a gunner on punt coverage. He had 25 rushing attempts in college, converting 7 for TDs, and took 4 kick returns to the house for TDs. Deebo brings a ton of value to the team at multiple positions and, as much as we like Geremy Davis, really lessens the loss of Tyrell Williams on offense. Finally in the third, Jeffery Simmons was still there and I couldn’t keep passing on him. Simmons has that one character red flag Womens Forrest Lamp Jersey , and he likely won’t play this season, but he’s an outstanding talent. He is so good with his hands, and an athletic freak. He can play any position on the DL. In the 3rd, he’s more than worth the risk/delay.For the day 3 picks I doubled, then tripled down on DL with Greg Gaines in the fourth, who I think is a stud on the interior. He’s basically an immovable object, and a good run stuffer. In the sixth I grabbed Daniel Wise who is more of a Darius Philon replacement, an great athlete for his size who’s better playing the 5 or 7. Round 5 I grabbed one of my favorite LBs in the draft, David Long from WVU. He has great range, is a good, punishing tackler, and was ultra productive over the last 2 seasons with 183 tackles, 35 TFL Mike Williams Jersey , 10 sacks and 10 PD. I wrapped things up with Cameron Smith at LB in the 7th. He is one of those typical Telesco guys: Proven leader, tons of production, he’s local. The fit was there. Attempt 2This draft fell more my way. Jonah Williams still being there at 28 was fantastic. Williams is one of the very few plugin starters at OT in this draft. The Chargers have a big need for a starting caliber OT and Williams fits the bill. Darnell Savage is making a late move up draft boards. He isn’t a prototypical FS but Tony Pauline said this last week that teams believe he is good enough in coverage and athletic enough to play CB in certain packages and that the Chargers appear to be very interested in him including a private visit. Vosean Joseph in the 3rd fills a need with a good player. I’m still not sure if I like the pick 100% but it was the best option I had available. He has decent range on tape, hits very hard, and had a productive Jr year for Florida all around. In the 4th I grabbed NC State QB Ryan Finley. The Chargers have been doing lots of work on QB’s despite signing Tyrod Taylor this off season. I don’t think they’ll take one on day 1 or 2 but it wouldnt surprise me to see one taken on day 3. Finley has good tools, and had good accuracy numbers in college. Plus there are reports Philip Rivers has been mentoring him this off season in the process of heading into the NFL.Greg Gaines I talked about above, being able to take him in the 5th made him even more attractive. In the 6th, well it’s me guys, you know I was taking a Punter somewhere during this process. Corey Fatony has a great leg and can get off some deep punts. He was also the holder for Mizzou and can get off some deep kickoffs. I finished with a CB, Jamel Dean. He has great size/speed (6’1 206, ran an official 4.3 at the combine), he can jump out of the gym, and shows good feel for coverage. The reason he’s a day 3 guy is that he’s only a 1 year starter and going back to highschool has had 3 knee surgeries. Though he has played 26 games over the last 2 seasons in college. Attempt 3This may have been my favorite mock. Things started with Cody Ford dropping to the Chargers. Ford , like Williams in the last mock, is one of the few plug n play OTs in this draft. He is enormous but not fat, plays mean, great athleticism for his size, basically he has all the things you can’t teach. His weaknesses are all correctable technique issues and the Chargers have improved in developing young players in recent years. Darnell Savage again in the 2nd, see above. In the 3rd I grabbed Wisconsin Guard Michael Deiter. G isn’t necessarily a need, but Deiter fills the versatile role that Telesco likes, having started multiple games at Tackle, Guard, and Center. He isn’t the most athletically gifted, but he’s a nasty blocker, he’s extremely durable, and he gives the Chargers more reliable Womens Adrian Phillips Jersey , versatile depth that can help push the group of guys they have at IOL.The fourth round presented Te’von Coney at LB from Notre Dame. I know...the last time they drafted a Notre Dame LB, the results were sub-optimal. Coney isn’t over hyped though. He is a very productive LB who wins with good instincts and uses his hands well to shed blocks and make sure tackles. He has good size and the potential to put on some more weight to be an enforcer on the inside, which the team may need with Denzel Perryman dropping back down to 220ish lbs to try and avoid injury. He could come in and learn from Thomas Davis for a year while splitting snaps with him when he needs rest. Greg Gaines again. He’s honestly just a guy I think this team could really use and he’ll be there on day 3 in all likelyhood. Daniel Wise as well. He would help replace what the team lost in Darius Philon.For the last pick I went with a guy I’ve liked for a few years now. Cody Thompson from Toledo. He doesn’t have Tyrell Williams’ deep speed, but he has outstanding acceleration and explosiveness. He also knows how to use them both as a superb route runner and producing after the catch, evidenced by the fact that he only ran a 4.57 in the 40 but averaged 18.3 yards per catch for his career in college. He managed 3312 yards receiving and 30 TDs over his career as a receiver. But as a 7th round pick he’ll need to contribute on special teams as well, and he does with experience as a punt returner, multiple tackles on punt coverage, and a highlight play blocking a punt by catching it off the punters foot and walking it into the endzone for a touchdown. Each of these mocks had a slightly different approach but each had good results and provided a lot of value to the team. We only have 2 days left so if you’d like to take a couple stabs at it, head over to fanspeak and give it a few runs.
  3. to be an exciting one in terms of star power and depth. Tons of electric Womens DeSean Jackson Jersey , franchise changing players will be drafted at various positions. In such a stacked class, how does the board fall? Bolded Players indicate a “first round” grade. Rankings/Grades are decided on tape and combine evaluations. Off-Field and Injury Grades are difficult to quantify from my position, so I will not do it. Quarterback Kyler Murray, OklahomaDwayne Haskins, Ohio StateDrew Locke, MizzouWill Grier, WVUDaniel Jones, DukeTyree Jackson, BuffaloRyan Finley, NC StateJarrett Stidham, AuburnGardner Minshew II, WSUJordan Ta’amu, Ole MissRunning BackJosh Jacobs, AlabamaMiles Sanders, PSUDarrell Henderson, MemphisDamien Harris, AlabamaBryce Love, StanfordJustice Hill, OklahomaDavid Montgomery, ISUBennie Snell, KentuckyDevin Singletary, FAUElijah Holyfield, UGARodney Anderson, OklahomaTrayveon Williams, Texas A&MLJ Scott, Michigan StateRyquell Armstead, TempleMyles Gaskin, WashingtonWide ReceiverDK Metcalf, Ole MissN’Keal Harry, ASUHakeem Butler, ISUAJ Brown, Ole MissJJ Arcega-Whiteside, StanfordParris Campbell, Ohio StateMarquise Brown, Oklahoma Deebo Samuel, South Carolina Andy Isabella Cameron Johnston Jersey , UMassAnthony Johnson, Buffalo Riley Ridley, UGAEmmanuel Hall, MizzouMiles Boykin, Notre DameDarius Slayton, AuburnKelvin Harmon, NC StateTight EndsNoah Fant, IowaTJ Hockenson, IowaIrv Smith Jr., AlabamaJace Sternberger, Texas A&MKaden Smith, StanfordJosh Oliver, SJSUOffensive TacklesJonah Williams, AlabamaJawaan Taylor, FloridaGreg Little, Ole MissCody Ford, OklahomaAndre Dillard, WSUDalton Risner, KSUKaleb McGary, WashingtonMax Scharping, NIUDavid Edwards, WisconsinIsaiah Prince, Ohio StateYodney Cajuste, WVUInterior Offensive LineGarrett Bradbury, NC StateChris Lindstrom, Boston CollegeErik McCoy, Texas A&MElgton Jenkins, Mississippi StateMichael Deiter, Wisconsin Michael Jordan, Ohio StateBeau Benzschawel, WisconsinInterior Defensive LineQuinnen Williams, AlabamaEd Oliver, HoustonJeffrey Simmons, Mississippi StateChristian Wilkins, ClemsonJerry Tillery, Notre DameDexter Lawrence , ClemsonDre’Mont Jones, Ohio StateGerald Willis, MiamiKhalen Saunders, Western Illinois Isaiah Buggs, AlabamaRenell Wren, ASUDaylon Mack, Texas A&MGreg Gaines, WashingtonEDGE DefenderJosh Allen, KentuckyNick Bosa, Ohio StateMontez Sweat, Mississippi StateClelin Ferrell, ClemsonJachai Polite, FloridaRashan Gary, Michigan Brian Burns, FSUJaylon Ferguson, LA TechZach Allen, Boston CollegeOshane Ximines, Old DominionChase Winovich, MichiganD’Andre Walker, UGAJalen Jelks, OregonAustin Bryant, Clemson Ben Banogu, TCULinebackerDevin White, LSUDevin Bush, MichiganMack Wilson, AlabamaGermaine Pratt, NC StateTe’von Coney, Notre DameTre Lamar, ClemsonVosean Joseph, FloridaTJ Edwards, WisconsinBobby Okereke, StanfordTerrill Hanks, New Mexico StateCornerback Greedy Williams, LSUDeandre Baker, UGAByron Murphy, WashingtonAmani Oruwariye Womens Richard Rodgers Jersey , PSUJoejuan Williams, VanderbiltRock Ya-Sin, TempleLonnie Johnson, KentuckyTrayvon Mullen, ClemsonJulian Love, Notre DameJustin Layne, Michigan StateSafetyDeionte Thompson, Alabama Jonathan Abrams, Mississippi StateTaylor Rapp, Washington StateChauncey Gardner-Johnson, FloridaNasir Adderley, Delaware Juan Thornhill, Virginia Amani Hooker, IowaJaquan Johnson, MiamiDarnell Savage Jr. MarylandMarvin Tell III, USC Veteran QB depth." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesBleeding Green Nation homepageHorizontal - WhiteBleeding Green Nationa Philadelphia Eagles communityFollow Bleeding Green Nation online:Follow Bleeding Green Nation on TwitterFollow Bleeding Green Nation on FacebookLog in or sign upLog InSign UpSite searchSearchSearchBleeding Green Nation main menuFanpostsFanshotsEaglesOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 321 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Eagles StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Eagles NewsYahoo Eagles Team PageYahoo Eagles ReportYahoo Eagles Depth ChartYahoo Eagles TransactionsYahoo Eagles PhotosOdds About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Report: Josh McCown, Eagles agree to contractNew,293commentsVeteran QB depth.EDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:Report: Josh McCown, Eagles agree to contractTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailPhoto by Mitchell Leff/Getty ImagesHey, this is interesting! The Philadelphia Eagles are signing free agent quarterback Josh McCown, according to a report from NFL insider Adam Schefter. The one-year contract is reportedly worth up to $5.4 million with incentives and $2 million is fully guaranteed. That’s significant money. The 40-year-old McCown retired from professional football earlier this year in order to join ESPN. But now he’s back in the NFL.The Eagles obviously had a need for quarterback depth with Nate Sudfeld suffering a broken wrist last week and Cody Kessler suffering a concussion on Thursday. Carson Wentz and Clayton Thorson were the only two healthy quarterbacks on Philadelphia’s 90-man roster. There was thought the Eagles might sign some unspectacular camp arm (like Luis Perez or Matt McGloin) to help the team fill reps in practice and preseason games. That’s not the direction Philadelphia went here, though. McCown is a legitimate backup quarterback with 16 seasons of experience under his belt. McCown has logged 76 starts in 99 games played since his career began all the way back in 2002. He’s completed 60.2% of his passes for 17,707 passing yards (6.7 average), 98 touchdowns, 82 interceptions, and a 79.7 passer rating. He’s 23-53 as a starter. McCown seems like the favorite to be Wentz’s primary backup early in the season until Sudfeld heals. It’s been reported that Sudfeld could be back as soon as Week 3 but he realistically might not be ready until Week 5. It looked like Kessler was going to be Wentz’s short-term backup prior him getting hurt and Thorson playing well in the Eagles’ second preseason game. Then it looked like Philadelphia might just roll with Thorson as the No. 2 behind Wentz for a few weeks. But now it looks like McCown will be Wentz’s short-term backup, which has interesting implications for the Eagles’ quarterback position. Are they going to keep four quarterbacks with Wentz, McCown, Sudfeld, and Thorson on the 53-man roster? Do they risk trying to get Thorson on the practice squad? Does McCown definitely go to being the third string quarterback once Sudfeld is healthy? Is Sudfeld going to take longer to heal than expected?Overall, I like this signing. McCown has earned a reputation for being a good locker room guy and a mentor for young quarterbacks (such as Sam Darnold on the Jets). In addition to giving the Eagles more short-term depth, he provides insurance if Sudfeld has to play and then struggles.UPDATE: Schefter notes that the Eagles had interest in signing McCown PRIOR to the Sudfeld and Kessler injuries. Interesting. Seems like he could really be the No. 2 behind Wentz this year with Sudfeld once again being the No. 3.
  4. was immediate and obvious.So was the impact of getting out on the road , where the Rams always play their best football under coach Sean McVay.The Rams (4-3) emphatically ended their three-game skid with a 37-10 win at Atlanta on Sunday in the debut of Ramsey, the elite cornerback acquired last week to energize their season. Ramsey had four tackles and forced a fumble while going up against star receiver Julio Jones, but he affected almost every passing down with his presence, according to his teammates."It was great, (because) it felt like we were able to do a lot of different things," said Aaron Donald, who accidentally injured his second quarterback this season while forcing a fumble. "With him in man coverage Womens Justin Blackmon Jersey , we got opportunities to get after the quarterback. The quarterback was holding the ball long, and guys took him down. When you've got guys on your defense locking (receivers) down and giving you opportunities to get after the quarterback, it's going to be a fun day."McVay said Ramsey's presence allowed the Rams to be freer with blitzes, and they sacked Matt Ryan five times as they improved to 17-4 away from Los Angeles in the regular season since McVay took over in 2017. That's easily the best road record in the NFL during that span.They're building on that success this week by staying on the road. The Rams will practice at Georgia Tech this week before they fly to London, where they'll face the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.Los Angeles' offense also looked fairly normal in Atlanta after a miserable performance against San Francisco one week earlier. Jared Goff looked sharper with more time to throw, and he spread the ball among eight receivers while the Rams made five lengthy drives.This long road trip could be exactly what the Rams need to refocus their season after that eyebrow-raising skid. They're also just one game into a four-game stretch against opponents currently boasting six combined wins, so everything is in position for Los Angeles to play its way back into the NFC West race ahead of four division matchups in December."It's going to be a normal week for us in terms of getting into your Monday rhythm and getting ready for a Sunday game Cam Robinson Jersey ," McVay said. "(Except) we're in Atlanta."WHAT'S WORKINGThe Rams' reconfigured secondary got high marks from its coaches. Along with Ramsey taking on Jones, Los Angeles got solid games from new starting cornerback Troy Hill and from safeties Marqui Christian and rookie Taylor Rapp, the replacements for injured starter John Johnson. McVay is eager for his new starters to get another full week of preparation together, and the isolation of this road trip could accelerate their growth into a cohesive unit.WHAT NEEDS HELPThe Rams still didn't run the ball well, managing just 90 yards on the ground on 36 attempts despite having possession for over 37 minutes. Todd Gurley had only 41 yards on 18 carries, and his longest run was 10 yards. Rookie backup Darrell Henderson got only 31 yards on 11 carries, and the Rams' only jet sweep to a receiver generated just 6 yards for Robert Woods. LA has dropped to 23rd in the league with just 97.1 yards rushing per game after ranking third last season (139.4) and eighth in 2017 (122.1).STOCK UPDante Fowler has been a steady if unspectacular contributor to the Rams' defense this season , but the pass rusher on a one-year contract came through spectacularly against the Falcons with a career-high three sacks and a team-leading seven tackles. While Donald was the engine driving LA's constant pressure, Fowler's big-play skills resurfaced and wrecked Atlanta's offense. A few more games like it, and Rams fans will increase their clamor to lock him down on a long-term deal.STOCK DOWNKicker Greg Zuerlein is still solid, but his ultrareliable reputation has taken a hit this season. While he made three field goals in Atlanta, he also missed a 40-yarder that was his fourth miss inside 50 yards already this season. That matches Zuerlein's total misses inside 50 yards in the Rams' three previous seasons combined.INJUREDThe Rams emerged from Mercedes-Benz Stadium with no new injuries, which is big news for a team missing several starters. Backup running back Malcolm Brown could be back from his ankle injury for the game in London, but it's too early to know.KEY NUMBER34: The number of times Gerald Everett has been the target of a pass in the Rams' last four games. He was only targeted 35 times in the Rams' previous 10 games combined. The third-year tight end is getting an increasingly large role in the Rams' offense Womens Yannick Ngakoue Jersey , both thanks to his improved play and Goff's comfort with him as a safety valve.NEXT STEPSTaking care of business on the road. The Rams welcome the chance for bonding and focus during their week in Georgia. The flight to England is shorter from the East Coast, and their schedule minimizes the time they'll spend out of the country. A win over the hapless Bengals would put Los Angeles at a solid 5-3 heading into its bye week and the second half of the regular season. It’s been a rough season across the board for the Jaguars and their lack of success on the ground is a big part of that.The Jaguars led the league in rushing last season, but have dropped to 19th this year. Running back Leonard Fournette‘s difficulties have played a big role in that dip.Fournette missed six games with a hamstring injury, missed another due to a suspension and has gained just 396 yards on 115 carries while he’s in the lineup. He got just one carry in the second half of last Sunday’s loss to Washington and a comment he made to reporters on Thursday may explain why the team was looking elsewhere.“I could be in better shape,” Fournette said, via “I’m fine, though.”Offensive coordinator Scott Milanovich said questions about Fournette’s condition were “for somebody else DJ Chark Jersey ,” but the Jaguars are closing in on an entire season without a back rushing for 100 yards in a game and that’s not where they thought they’d be when they took Fournette fourth overall in 2017. Turning things around on that front will be essential to better days in 2019.
  5. CHICAGO (AP) — He ended up on the ground on the sideline , watching as Miller sped toward the end zone.It was that kind of day for Detroit’s secondary.Playing without injured cornerback Darius Slay, the Lions were picked apart by Mitchell Trubisky in a 34-22 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Quin, DeShawn Shead and Nevin Lawson each had costly missed tackles, and coverage issues created large swatches of open green grass for Allen Robinson and the rest of Chicago’s receivers.“It is on us,” Quin said. “We have to turn it around. At the end of the day, we’re the ones out there playing. We have to get it fixed.”Detroit (3-6) had played well against the pass in its first year under coach Matt Patricia, who was New England’s defensive coordinator for six seasons before taking over the Lions in February. But the secondary issues for the Lions in their third consecutive loss looked more like their old teams than anything from Patricia’s time with the Patriots.“Ran into each other on one particular big play. We had a communication thing on another one,” Patricia said. “But look, in the end, I just got to do a better job coaching it up and getting them in the right positions and we got to go out and execute.”The trouble began on the first drive of the game. Shead was unable to bring down Robinson on a slant, and he ran all the way down to the Detroit 3 for a 35-yard play. Tarik Cohen carried the ball in for the Bears (6-3) on the next play.Shead got the start in place of Slay, who was sidelined for the first time this season because of a knee injury.“Look, we’re going to play with whoever’s healthy and whoever’s ready to go,” Patricia said. “So, for us Womens Eddie Jackson Jersey , if you’re out on the field you got to perform. You got to go out and execute. So obviously we didn’t do a good job early on with our execution in the back end.”The 29-year-old Shead had more trouble in the final minute of the first quarter. Chicago was facing third-and-15 at the Detroit 36 when Shead was beaten by Robinson at the line. He caught up, but couldn’t find the ball as Robinson adjusted to make the catch in the end zone.It was more of the same in the second quarter. Miller was wide open on a reception on the right side of the field. Quin came over and tried to bring him down near the 20, but Miller ran through his tackle attempt for a 45-yard touchdown that made it 19-0 with 11:24 left in the first half.“We just have to execute better,” Shead said. “Just go in, look at the tape and just see, I mean the little things, the little mistakes. I know … one play was miscommunication on my part on the back end. Just being on the same page and just jelling together and executing.”Chicago led 26-7 at halftime. Trubisky was 14 for 16 for 209 yards at the break with a perfect passer rating of 158.3.The Lions’ chances for a comeback took a hit when Robinson ran out of Lawson’s tackle attempt for a 26-yard TD reception in the third quarter.Detroit began the weekend ranked fourth in the NFL with just 214.6 yards passing allowed per game. But Trubisky finished with a career-high 355 yards through the air, and Robinson and Miller each went over 100 yards receiving.“There’s a combination of a lot of fundamentals right now that need to be better across the board,” Patricia said. “Tackling is one of them, but there’s certainly, obviously, a bunch of things we need to work on.” LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP)It’s apparent the coaching change to Matt Nagy will mean anything but business as usual for the Chicago Bears on offense. Whether it’s hiring former Oregon coach Mark Helfrich, coming from an up-tempo college attack, as offensive coordinator Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey , or quarterback Mitchell Trubisky running Nagy’s pet run-pass options, the Bears anticipate becoming less predictable than under former coach John Fox. Nagy, former Kansas City offensive coordinator, is still completing his coaching staff, and the most surprising hire so far was bringing in Helfrich to help revive the league’s 30th-ranked attack. ”As you could tell from some of the things we did in Kansas City offensively, we were trying to be a little bit out of the box and new wave type of stuff,” Nagy said. ”It was easy when I was approached, and started researching different names, that he was the guy.” Developing Trubisky is the key for the Bears’ offense, and Nagy cited it as a reason for hiring Helfrich. ”It’s such an important position in this league and it’s a delicate position that has to be done the right way,” Nagy said. ”It was a slam dunk. ”The second I knew he was interested and got to talk football with him and people skills, it was a no-brainer.” Helfrich was head coach at Oregon when his quarterback was current Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota, and he sees Trubisky as someone with similar abilities – and flaws. ”Mitchell has a tight release, he’s an accurate passer,” Helfrich said. ”They also have a couple things similar that makes them inaccurate. Their feet take them out of position.” Whether due to poor footwork or other reasons , Trubisky completed only 59.4 percent of passes as a rookie. He had seven touchdowns to seven interceptions. ”He had, I think was a 3-to-1 or maybe even a 4-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio in college,” Helfrich said. ”That works. That’s a good thing. We need to continue that. ”We can’t put the defense in a bad situation, our team in a situation, because there’s times in the NFL they’re going to get you, and I think a quarterback kind of has that innate ability to take care of the football versus turning it over when he, for lack of a better word, panics.” Nagy will call plays, and referred to Helfrich’s role as a ”conduit” between himself and the offense. ”The communication process is so big, so Mark’s been there, done that as a head coach,” Nagy said. ”He’s been there as an offensive coordinator, so the process whether you want to compare it from college to the NFL, it’s the same.” While Helfrich lacks any NFL experience, the same isn’t true for Nagy’s defensive or special teams coordinators.Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was retained from Fox’s staff Womens Chase Daniel Jersey , while former Browns special teams coordinator Chris Tabor returned for his second stint as an assistant in Chicago. Fangio’s defense finished 10th and he was a candidate for the Bears’ head coaching position. He had interest from other teams as a coordinator, but found returning his best option after Nagy was hired. ”I just had to feel comfortable with everything, you know, with who the head coach was going to be, the continued direction of the team as far as where we were headed roster-wise, things of that nature,” Fangio said. Having personnel back from an effective defense was an enticement, but Fangio sees work ahead. The Bears had eight interceptions in each of his three seasons as coordinator – each a franchise single-season low. ”I think it’s a wrong picture to paint that the defense was great and the rest of the team wasn’t,” he said. ”We were 5-11. If we were a great defense we’d have more than five wins.” Tabor was a special teams assistant under coordinator Dave Toub from 2008-2010 in Chicago and inherits an immediate problem at kicker. The Bears went through three last season and have no one under contract for 2018. It’s much different than when Tabor left, with Robbie Gould as a mainstay and the Bears coming off an NFC title game. ”When you have a great one, you want to ride that horse all the way, there’s no doubt about that,” Tabor said. ”And then when teams are looking for guys, I think there’s going to be growing pains.” —
  6. Free of contracts , AAF players can now sign with NFL clubs"With the Alliance of American Football coming to a bitter and untimely end, many players have been wrongfully left to fend for themselves and frantically searching for what’s next.Over the last 24 hours, a number of the top performers in the eight weeks of the AAF have already been signed to NFL clubs. WR Rashad Ross of the Arizona Hotshots was signed by the Carolina Panthers and former Orlando Apollos teammates CB Keith Reaser and QB Garrett Gilbert have signed with the Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns, respectively.Former Memphis Express QB Brandon Silvers was reported to also have try-outs set up with the New York Jets and the Minnesota Vikings.There are still a number of players left out there who I believe deserve a good, hard look by NFL clubs, including the Chargers.With the team having been fairly quiet in both signing free agents and bringing back their own, there are still a number of spots that could be filled by a guy who literally just stepped off a field this week.One of those guys happens to be the Pro Football Focus Player of the Year in the AAF, S Derron Smith of the San Antonio Commanders.There is an unquestioned void opposite Derwin James in the back end of the Chargers defense that needs to be filled by a ball-hawking safety that can compliment James’ knack for wreaking havoc inside the box. Smith was just that type of player in the AAF.Here is what PFF had to say about the selection of Smith for Player of the Year:The 5-foot-11 Womens Joe Barksdale Jersey , 197-pound defensive back actually played his college ball in-state at Fresno State University from 2010-2014 where he was a three-time First Team All-Mountain West pick (2012-14). As a redshirt sophomore in 2012, Smith collected 79 tackles and six interceptions. The next season, he improved on those numbers by racking up 87 tackles and seven picks, as well as four sacks. He finished his career with 15 interceptions and 15 passes defensed.Smith was eventually selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft where he spent the next two years on the active roster before being placed on the practice squad. He was then plucked off the practice squad by the Cleveland Browns in Novemeber of 2017 before being waived by the team in August of 2018.Another guy that really showed out in his time with the AAF was NT Mike Purcell of the Salt Lake City Stallions.Purcell actually has a decent amount of experience in the NFL already, having played in 25 games for the San Francisco 49ers from 2014-2016. Some of the more die-hard Niners fans may remember him from this “Big Guy” touchdown back in 2015:The entire Stallions defensive line was, together, one of the most talented across the board with guys like DE Karter Shult, former Chargers DE Tenny Palepoi Casey Hayward Jersey , and fellow DT Casey Sayles. Schult spent most of the season leading the league in sacks (7) while Sayles finished the year second in recorded pressures (24) only behind his teammate, Purcell (25). Purcell also finished with a trio of sacks.The 6-foot-3, 303-pound nose tackle went undrafted in 2013 before signing with the San Francisco 49ers. He played in the bay area for four years before being claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Rams in 2017. He then went on to bounce around a few teams, including the New England Patriots, Carolina Panthers, and Kansas City Chiefs.One last name I’ll throw out there is former Memphis Express linebacker DeMarquis Gates. One of the younger players in the AAF, Gates played collegiately at Ole Miss where he started at middle linebacker for the 2016 and ‘17 seasons.In the team’s eight games, Gates was #1 in the AAF with 52 total tackles. He was also second in the league with eight tackles-for-loss and was tops in getting the football out with five forced fumbles.In his final three seasons in Oxford , Gates led the team in tackles each year. He compiled 114 tackles as a senior to go along with 10 TFLs, two sacks, and three pass breakups.After going undrafted in 2018, Gates tried out for the 49ers before being signed by the Cleveland Browns. His time with the team was short-lived as he was waived a month later.Who are some former AAF players you guys would like to see the Chargers pick up, if any? Tonight, the win-less Los Angeles Chargers visit the undefeated San Francisco 49ers for game 4 of the preseason. This is the last chance for the players trying to make the bottom of the 53-man roster to impress the coaching staff. At quarterback, Philip Rivers and Tyrod Taylor are obviously locked in, but there is a battle for the third spot. Both Easton Stick and Cardale Jones have flashed promise this preseason Womens Junior Seau Jersey , but only the rookie really has any potential worth writing home about. They will presumably each be given an opportunity to prove they belong tonight.Defensively, there is a less flashy though arguably more meaningful competition for the fourth defensive end. Anthony Lanierand Chris Peace have both made compelling cases for being kept, but it is unlikely the team will be able to fit both onto the roster come final cuts.And finally, perhaps the closes thing to excitement we will get tonight is our first glimpse of second-round pick, Nasir Adderley in live game action.
  7. Eagles StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Eagles NewsYahoo Eagles Team PageYahoo Eagles ReportYahoo Eagles Depth ChartYahoo Eagles TransactionsYahoo Eagles PhotosOdds About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕NFL Mock Draft Roundup 2019: No one knows what the Eagles will doNew Womens Isaac Seumalo Jersey ,89commentsWho will the Birds take? EDTShareTweetShareShareNFL Mock Draft Roundup 2019: No one knows what the Eagles will doMatthew Emmons-USA TODAY SportsThe 2019 NFL Draft will be here in less than two weeks! Mock draft season is in full gear and there’s no shortage of opinion as to whom the Philadelphia Eagles might select with the No. 25 overall pick. Let’s take a look at which players the experts have the Eagles taking this week.The Draft Network Simulator (Custom) - Jonah Williams, OT, AlabamaI don’t think Williams will be here on draft night. There’s buzz that he’s going in the top 10. Williams did make it to No. 25 in this simulation, though, and I have a screenshot to prove it:Williams was the best player available on the board at this pick. He just so happens to fill a huge future need with 37-year-old Jason Peters likely retiring after this season. Let’s not forget that Halapoulivaati Vaitai is also scheduled to be a free agent in 2020. Drafting Williams gives the Eagles more depth in 2019 and a long-term replacement moving forward. Protecting Carson Wentz is key. SB Nation (Dan Kadar) - Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston CollegeLindstrom is the kind of plug-and-play prospect a playoff team like Philadelphia should be after in this draft. Don’t forget, it was just last month that Jason Kelce flirted with retirement before ultimately deciding to re-sign with the Eagles. If Philadelphia is concerned about that happening after this season, Lindstrom is at the least some insurance. Don’t put it past Lindstrom to push for a starting guard job, though.ESPN In$ider (Todd McShay) - Greedy Williams, CB, LSUPhilly needs some secondary help after the team allowed the third-highest passing yardage in 2018. Williams is what we call a buffet tackler -- he picks and chooses -- but he has length and speed to overcome it and contribute.ESPN In$ider (Mel Kiper) - Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi StatePhiladelphia was the beneficiary of Baltimore trading up into the first round last year, as the Eagles got an extra 2019 second-rounder. And when you study this roster, you don’t see a ton of holes. GM Howie Roseman has done a nice job this offseason, adding quality veterans at running back (Jordan Howard), defensive line (Malik Jackson and Vinny Curry) and wide receiver (DeSean Jackson) but not committing a ton of long-term money. So if I’m taking Roseman’s job as GM in Philly Chuck Bednarik Jersey , give me an heir apparent for Malcolm Jenkins in Abram, a physical and tough tackler who can play in space.Rotoworld (Josh Norris) - Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, FloridaMaybe the Eagles target a building block for the future along the offensive line. I don’t see an edge rusher or linebacker on the board they’d target this high. The likeliest outcome could be trading out. But a versatile safety could be at the top of the wishlist, and CGJ is just that.Rotoworld (Evan Silva) - Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson(No explanation)The Draft Network (Kyle Crabbs) - Chase Winovich, DE, MichiganEat your heart out, Oakland. Man, WHAT A BUNCH OF SUCKERS! Winovich would have looked great in silver and black, but the Eagles wear black sometimes too so that’s still cool. Philly traded away Michael Bennett, so there’s some vacancy on this defensive line. Winovich is a long term pick, but the’s the kind of player Philly will extend their winning window with by targeting.The Athletic (Dane Brugler) - Clelin Ferrell, DE, ClemsonThe Eagles currently have a crowded defensive end depth chart, but Howie Roseman is always looking to add talent in the trenches, especially on the edge. Ferrell might not be a quick-twitch speed rusher , but he understands hand tactics and leverage to out-maneuver blockers.DraftTek (Broz) - Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston CollegeFor this CMD, the team analysts at DraftTek were given the directive to “choose the player you THINK your team will select”, vs. “choose the player you WANT your team to select”. This week’s mock is the perfect time for this exercise as Eagles Analyst, as the options available to me this week will probably be very similar to the options that will be available to Howie & Co. on April 25th. There are no elite D-Linemen available here (unless you put Jerry Tillery in that list, who I consider “good” rather than “elite”). There are some safeties available, some WRs, some O-Linemen, RB Josh Jacobs, and Top 5 talent/medical gamble DT Jeffery Simmons. If the board played out this way for the Eagles, I can almost guarantee you Roseman would burn a 2nd rounder to move up and grab either Christian Wilkins (selected at 14) or Rashan Gary (picked one spot later). Gary’s immense upside is tempting as hell; however, Wilkins’ ceiling is also plenty high, but with a much-lower bust potential. Since no trades are allowed this week, the Eagles select OG Chris Lindstrom (one of the Eagles’ official pre-draft visits). Personally, I’m not a big fan of selecting Guards in the RD1 unless they are projected to have O-Tackle versatility in the NFL. Although Lindstrom did log 11 games at RT at BC, I’m not sure you’d want him on the edge in the NFL unless it was in an emergency situation. Having said that, Lindstrom looks like a guy that could play all three interior O-Line spots Womens Tommy McDonald Jersey , and after enjoying nearly a decade of elite Center play with Jason Kelce, it might be nice to have a highly-athletic heir-apparent on the roster when Kelce retires. The Eagles definitely value athleticism with their interior linemen, and with a 4.91 forty, a 30.5” vertical, and a 7.61 in the three-cone, Lindstrom does not lack in the quickness department. There aren’t too many “Guard Highlight Videos” around, but here’s Lindstrom at work against VA Tech and TheGreatBudFoster’s vaunted (Charley Casserly) - Greg Little, OT, Ole MissPROJECTED TRADE WITH RAVENS [up to No. 22 overall] — The foundation of the Eagles’ recent success has been the strength of their O-line, so adding a quality player here helps now and for the future.CBS Sports (Ryan Wilson) - Juan Thornhill, S, VirginiaThornhill had a quietly effective 2018 campaign and he used the combine as an exclamation point on the season. He ran a 4.42 40, had a 44-inch vertical, and that, coupled with his game film, could see him sneak into Round 1.CBS Sports (Pete Prisco) - Dexter Lawrence, DT, ClemsonHe’s a power player who would be in the rotation with Fletcher Cox and Malik Jackson. Lawrence might end up as a better pro than college player.CBS Sports (Chris Trapasso) - Devin Bush Jerome Brown Jersey , LB, MichiganAbram is a tone-setter at safety and has some linebacker to his game. He could blossom into a superstar learning from Malcolm Jenkins for a season or two. [BLG Note: So ... did Trapasso mean to write Johnathan Abram instead of Devin Bush?]CBS Sports (Jared Dubin) - Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi StateThe Eagles could always opt for a defensive lineman, of course, but the secondary seems like a bigger need right now.Sports Illustrated (Conor Orr) - Byron Murphy, CB, WashingtonPost-Jordan Howard trade, I still think cornerback makes the most sense here. Murphy was fun to watch in the Rose Bowl game against an elite college QB and wide receiver (Zack Rosenblatt) - Cody Ford, OT, OklahomaTRADE: Eagles trade first-round pick (No. 25), second-round pick (No. 57) and 2020 fourth-round pick for Steelers’ first-round pick (No. 20) and third-round pick (No. 83). The Eagles have the ammo to move up in the first round if a player they like falls, and Ford would make a lot of sense as a target. He’s capable of stepping in at guard now — which the Eagles might need with Brandon Brooks recovering from an Achilles injury — while also developing to eventually replace Jason Peters at left tackle. The Eagles simply need to plan for the future on the O-Line, though defensive tackle Christian Wilkins would be a viable trade-up target too. From the Steelers’ perspective, they move up from No. 83 to No. 57 and add a pick next year for the price of just moving back five slots in the first round and take a player they might want at No. 20 anyway.DraftWire (Luke Easterling) - Byron Murphy, CB, WashingtonThe Eagles have bigger needs than corner, but passing up a complete player like Murphy would be difficult. While he lacks the elite physical tools of other corners in this class , Murphy’s instincts, intelligence and ball skills set him apart....SUMMARYDT Dexter Lawrence - 2OG Chris Lindstrom - 2S Johnathan Abram - 2CB Byron Murphy - 2CB Greedy Williams - 1S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson - 1S Juan Thornhill - 1OT Jonah Williams - 1OT Cody Ford - 1OT Greg Little - 1DE Chase Winovich - 1DE Clelin Ferrell - 1LB Devin Bush - 1S - 4OT - 3CB - 3OG - 2DT - 2DE - 2LB - 1Offense - 5Defense - 12THOUGHTSMy big takeaway here is that none of the “experts” have a great feel for what the Eagles are actually going to do. These picks are all over the place.A number of these picks just don’t feel super realistic to me. They don’t line up with what Philly values with their premium resources. I can’t see the Eagles picking a run-stuffing tackle (Lawrence), a box safety (Abram), a cornerback, or a linebacker at No. 25. Ferrell, Gardner-Johnson, and Ford seem like the most realistic picks from this bunch. Winovich and Thornhill are typically mocked lower than the first round but there are always some surprise picks on Day 1. Maybe their stock is higher than the media has made it seem. Who do you want the Eagles to pick? The Eagles took a thumping in Minnesota on Sunday to fall to 3-3 on the season, but it didn’t take long for head coach Doug Pederson to turn his attention to what’s coming next.Week Seven brings a Sunday night game in Dallas against a 3-3 Cowboys team that’s lost their last three games. The winner of the game will have first place in the division all to themselves and Pederson said on WIP Monday morning that the Eagles are going to be that team.“I know the sky is falling outside,” Pederson said. “It’s falling and I get that and the fans are real. We’re going down to Dallas, our guys are gonna be ready to play. And we’re gonna win that football game and when we do we’re in first place in the NFC East, we control our own destiny, we’re right where we need to be. Has it been perfect or beautiful or all of that? No. But all we need to do is try to be 1-0 this week, beat the Dallas Cowboys, we’re in first place.”Cleaning up things on the back end of the defense would help make Pederson’s prediction a reality. Pederson said he’s hopeful that the Eagles will have some healthy players back in the secondary this week as they try to put themselves back on a winning track.
  8. Wow Womens Richard Dent Jersey , The Bears pulled off another blockbuster trade! Then again, it is April Fool’s day..." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteWindy City GridironWindy City Gridiron - Being who you thought we were since 2005!Log In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsBearsOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Latest NewsThe Bears DenNotesXs and OsSuperfansFiled under:From The Desk Of...Bears trade for Aaron Donald!!!New,34commentsWow, The Bears pulled off another blockbuster trade! Then again, it is April Fool’s day...CDTShareTweetShareShareBears trade for Aaron Donald!!!Billy Hurst-USA TODAY SportsIn a shocking move that was nearly overshadowed by their epic triple jersey announcement,the Chicago Bears have swung a deal with the Los Angeles Rams for superstar defensive lineman Aaron Donald. Chicago will send four first round draft picks to L.A. for Donald, with the picks coming in consecutive drafts in 2100, 2101, 2102, and 2103. The trade was finalized just minutes after Jason La Canfora tweeted out that the Bears had no shot at acquiring Donald. The price was steep for Bears’ general manager Ryan Pace, but ultimately he did what he had to do to get another top talent for his team. “Four consecutive first rounders is a lot, but I would have traded even more for Donald.” Pace said. “And besides, I won’t be running the Bears eighty years from now so what do I care about mortgaging so far into the future?” Donald will join Khalil Mack to give the Bears the most devastatingly, dynamic, defensive duo in the NFL, but Mack and Donald are already arguing which of them is Batman and which is Robin.Donald said via conference call, “Chicago hasn’t had a Batman and Robin duo like me and Mack since Jordan and Pippen were winning titles in the 90’s, but make no mistake about it, I’m Batman.”“I was here first, so I’m Batman.” Mack said in a one page fax sent to the media shortly after Donald’s conference call ended. But then in an interesting twist, former Bears’ defensive lineman, Anthony “Spice” Adams, reminded everyone that there’s only one true Batman in Chicago when he retweeted the following. Adams’ chiming in has jump started speculation that he’s planning an NFL comeback at 38-years old. “Comeback? Me?” Spice said via his MySpace page. “I am in the best shape of my life, so you never know!”But back to Donald. He was also asked about those 2014 pre-draft rumors that he would refuse to sign in Chicago if the Bears had drafted him. “All those quotes we’re taken out of context by some fake-media jackass. I’m no a hold-out type of guy”Most have taken to social media to praise the move Dan Hampton Jersey , but not everyone is on board with the deal. Evan Silva feels the Bears gave up too much for the two-time Defensive Player of the Year, saying, “I don’t think Ryan Pace understands how trades work in the NFL.”Matt Miller claims to have a source that knows a high level NFL executive that told him, “Pace just got fired with this trade.”Stephen A Smith said, “The Bears and Ryan Pace are stumbling their way to the 2019 season by trading a boat-load of picks for a well past his prime Ndamukong Suh, when they should be trying to figure out how to get out of that terrible Jay Cutler contract.”Bears’ fans, what are your thoughts on this historic move?... Who will the Chicago Bears have available to them in Round 3, and should they draft for need, for value, or simply for overall talent?"This is a modest update to my confidence board, adding OurLads’ April position rankings and Windy City Gridiron’s own Jacob Infante’s Top 100 board. Most of the other boards available seem to have moved behind a paywall or do not have the desired depth for the scale of the board. To be honest, “mock drafts” are dominating coverage more and more, and as someone who prefers to look at prospects on their own, instead of trying to pretend to read the minds of 32 GMs, I find that trend a little disappointing.A note about how to read the board, which is linked here. The score indicates how close the character gets to a perfect score across all boards (a player who is the #1 prospect on all big boards and the #1 player at his position would have a 100%, and this year that player is Nick Bosa). In the past, a score around 70% has suggested pretty heavily that the player will be drafted in the first two days and/or that the player will make it at least a couple of seasons in the NFL, with at least one of those seasons being played as a starter. Around 50% seems to suggest that the player will be drafted and will probably make it onto a roster at some point. Anything under 30% is basically a roll of the dice.The board can be viewed here [LINK].Drafting for Need?Overall, the consensus seems to be that the Bears will target a running back, and that’s an interesting assumption because it both assumes that the Bears feel that they have a hole at running back and that Pace will build the roster based on holes, instead of what he sees as the best available player. Still, Pace typically drafts a running back somewhere in each draft, so it is likely that he will get to the position eventually. So who will be available?Forty-five running backs have been drafted in the top two rounds over the last ten years , and besides 2016 (when only two were drafted in the first two rounds), at least four running backs go off the boards before Round 3 even starts. That would suggest that if the Bears get a running back, it will be only after the top three or four prospects have gone. This new confidence board suggests that Josh Jacobs, Damien Harris, and David Montgomery will have gotten phone calls before Pace makes a pick. Miles Sanders, Darrell Henderson, and Devin Singletary are the only other backs above 20% on the board. I guess I’d be fine with any of them, but I think one of the later rounds is probably a better place to find the next utility piece than at #87.Drafting for Value?I count myself in the group that thinks the Bears need a safety more than they need a running back, and while the two safeties per year are drafted in the first two rounds (on average), that doesn’t count the total number of “defensive backs” taken per Pro Football Reference. Still, the fact remains that corners are more valued than safeties, and so it’s possible that the #3 or #4 safety in the draft will still be around when Pace can make a move. That means Adderly (71%) and Rapp (69%) are almost certainly gone, but Thornhill, Gardner-Johnson, and Thompson might be around. That feels overly optimistic, because even though these players are out of the top three in their position, they are still in the top fifty or so on the overall board. The depth of the safety position in this draft, however, means that Abram, Savage, or Hooker might all still be options, even after Round 3. Those players might represent the best value, as they are well-liked by scouts even if other positions like tackle, quarterback Womens Leonard Floyd Jersey , and receiver are attracting more attention. This year, there seem to be a lot of quality tight ends and the Bears are probably set at that position. This means that they might be able to get a higher-quality player at another deep position by taking advantage of a run on other groups.Needing to Reach?The best five EDGE rushers are almost certainly going to be gone by the time the Bears draft. They carry scores above 80%, and they play at a premium position. If Bosa, Burns, Allen, Ferrell, or Sweat fall in reach, I hope Pace can snag one of them. However, there is a dramatic fall-off after that point. Winovich, Ximines, and Ferguson all seem like interesting prospects here. The “pivot” if you will is Jachai Polite, who checks the boxes physically but who has some questions surrounding his mental readiness. He has almost 45% of a perfect score, which in years past would suggest that he will probably be drafted, and that he will probably make it at least a season or two in the NFL on talent alone, so long as he doesn’t wash out mentally.Last ThoughtsRyan Pace is going to draft his way. If on Friday he gives up 2020 picks to move up into the second round to draft a tackle, I will not be surprised. However, third-rounders end up as starters a little less than half of the time. They end up as multi-year starters even less. From a purely mechanical basis, this will not probably not hold up for the Bears. Because football teams always need new talent and because the Bears will not have higher picks to take open spots, then players will be forced into starting roles even if they normally would not qualify. However, the available talent in this draft suggests that Pace will have to be creative. That’s okay, because whomever is drafted will be playing on the same team as Khalil Mack, and that’s a heck of an advantage for a new player to enter the league with.
  9. by acquiring Golden Tate via trade on Tuesday. And now it sounds like another significant boost could be on the way.Eagles sideline reporter Howard Eskin is saying there’s a “good chance” starting defensive tackle Tim Jernigan “could be back in next week.” Eskin is calling it a “possibility.”Now , it’s hard not to take this information with a grain of salt. Earlier this month, Eskin said he thought Darren Sproles would be back for the Eagles’ Week 7 game against the Panthers. Sproles missed not only that game but the Eagles’ Week 8 game as well. And it’s not like he’s at least returned to practice. But if Eskin’s correct this time, that’s a big deal. Getting Jernigan back would be big for an Eagles defensive tackle position that currently features only Haloti Ngata and Treyvon Hester behind Fletcher Cox. Jernigan’s ability to generate interior pressure is obviously value. It’s worth noting that Jernigan, who is currently on the reserve/non-football injury list, has been eligible to return to practice since leading up to Week 7. Once Jernigan begins practicing, the Eagles have a 21-day window to either activate him to the main roster at any point or shut him down for the rest of the season. For what it’s worth Womens Chance Warmack Jersey , Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman DID say on Tuesday that the team is optimistic about getting some injured players back.In addition to Jernigan potentially coming back, the Eagles can activate two players off their injured reserve list. On Monday, Doug Pederson specifically mentioned Richard Rodgers, Mack Hollins, and Mike Wallace (in that order) as potential returnees. Hollins and Wallace seem like the most logical candidates for those spots. Hollins is eligible to be activated now that he’s missed eight weeks. The same goes for Rodgers. Wallace isn’t able to be activated until after Week 10, although he is eligible to begin practicing as early as this week if the Eagles designate him as a return player. The Eagles have off this week since it’s their bye Nick Foles Jersey , but perhaps we’ll see some updates on the status of these players leading up to Philadelphia’s Week 10 game against the Dallas Cowboys. It’d be great to see the 4-4 Eagles get some reinforcements in order for the reigning Super Bowl champions to make a run in the second half of the 2018 season.NFL Power Rankings 2018: Week 2 Edition Week 1 of the 2018 NFL regular season schedule is in the books. Now it’s time to see where all 32 teams rank. For reference purposes, here is a link to last week’s NFL Power Rankings.BLG’S WEEK 2 NFL POWER RANKINGS1 - Philadelphia Eagles (Last Week: 1) - The reigning Super Bowl champions are still on top after managing to defeat Atlanta for the second time in 2018. The Eagles’ offense is off to a slow start with Nick Foles under center but Philadelphia’s defense is looking pretty good. It appears Carson Wentz’s return might soon be on the horizon. 2 - New England Patriots (LW: 2) - The reigning Super Bowl losers look poised to maintain their dominance in the AFC East. 3 - Green Bay Packers (LW: 3) - In the comments of last week’s rankings, some questioned why the Packers were ranked so high. Still have any questions after watching Aaron Rodgers’ comeback performance against Chicago? 4 - Minnesota Vikings (LW: 6) - The Vikings’ defense looked much improved from their last meaningful outing back in January. 38-7. 5 - Los Angeles Rams (LW: 9) - The Rams took care of a bad Oakland team. 6 - Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 10) - Pat Mahomes to Tyreek Hill figures to be a pretty lethal connection. No surprise to see Andy Reid has the Chiefs looking like a strong regular season team once again.7 - Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 7) - The Jags weren’t overly impressive in their five-point win over the G-Men but they still held on for the W. Blake Bortles being bad prevents me from moving this team up. 8 - New Orleans Saints (LW: 3) - The Saints’ defense was horrible for years before it improved last season. Is New Orleans regressing back to the mean? It’s too early to say for sure, of course, but allowing 48 points at home to the Bucs certainly isn’t a good start. On the bright side, this team can still score a ton of points. 9 - Atlanta Falcons (LW: 5) - Steve Sarkisian is going to be on the hot seat if Atlanta’s offensive issues don’t get fixed. 10 - Carolina Panthers (LW: 12) - The Panthers got an important win but they also suffered some key injuries with veteran tight end Greg Olsen and starting right tackle Daryl Williams having to leave the game early. 11 - Baltimore Ravens (LW: 17) - Baltimore basically got to play a sixth preseason game. They absolutely demolished a bad Bills team. Joe Flacco looked much better than he has in a long time. 12 - Washington Redskins (LW: 14) - Although they only beat a bad Arizona team , Washington clearly looks like the second best squad in the NFC East. 13 - Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 😎 - The Stillers almost lost to a team that was 1-31 in their last two seasons. Add in the Le’Veon Bell drama and Pittsburgh is not off to a good start. 14 - Los Angeles Chargers (LW: 11) - The Bolts had a chance to make an early statement that they’re the best team in the AFC West. They did not make that statement. In fairness, they had to play another road game at home.15 - San Francisco 49ers (LW: 13) - Jimmy Garoppolo is no longer undefeated as a starting quarterback. Jimmy G threw three interceptions in the 49ers’ first game of the season. San Francisco was facing a tough opponent but maybe it’s time to slow down the San Fran hype. 16 - Denver Broncos (LW: 22) - Case Keenum threw three interceptions but he also threw three touchdowns and it was enough to allow the Broncos to get a three-point win at home. 17 - Tampa Bay Buccaners (LW: 29) - Heading into the season, the Bucs seemed like a sure-fire bottom five team. Maybe they still end up there but they certainly didn’t look bad in Week 1. Ryan Fitzpatrick helped his team drop 48 points in New Orleans. Will Fitz come crashing back to Earth against Philadelphia’s defense? We’ll soon see.18 - New York Jets (LW: 25) - Sam Darnold showed the makings of a franchise quarterback during the Jets’ trouncing of Detroit on Monday Night Football. Second best team in the AFC East, at worst.19 - Houston Texans (LW: 15) - Is Deshaun Watson truly as good as everyone thought he was last year? Against the Pats, he completed 50% of his attempts for a mere 176 yards and a 62.9 passer rating. 20 - Seattle Seahawks (LW: 18) - Seattle hasn’t completely fallen off a cliff but they’re just not the same team they were at their peak. 21 - Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 23) - Cincy came up with a big turnover late in the game to spoil the Colts’ comeback hopes on Sunday. 22 - Chicago Bears (LW: 21) - The Bears were looking pretty good in the first half against Green Bay. Khalil Mack was playing like a monster. Then Rodgers came back and things were different. I’m still pretty skeptical of Mitchell Trubisky, who averaged just 4.9 yards per attempt on Sunday night. 23 - Dallas Cowboys (LW: 19) - Dak Prescott hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass since Week 14 last season. He straight up looked bad against Carolina. You can try to blame his surrounding situation for his struggles but there were times when he was simply failing to throw accurate passes to wide open targets. 24 - Miami Dolphins (LW: 31) - Maybe the Dolphins are more mediocre than I originally gave them credit for. 25 - Tennessee Titans (LW: 20) - Marcus Mariota threw two interceptions before he got hurt and Blaine Gabbert had to come in. As much as it pains me to say Womens Nigel Bradham Jersey , I think Mariota might just not be good. 26 - Indianapolis Colts (LW: 24) - Andrew Luck threw 53 passes in his first regular season start since 2016. Even though the Colts lost, I’d say that’s an encouraging sign moving forward. 27 - Cleveland Browns (LW: 32) - At 0-0-1, the Browns are off to their best start since their 2004 season. Seriously. 28 - New York Giants (LW: 26) - The Giants’ offensive line is still pretty trash. Eli Manning is also clearly washed. Never forget the G-Men passed on a potential franchise quarterback at No. 2 in order to take a running back. 29 - Oakland Raiders (LW: 27) - The Raiders really gave Jon Gruden a 10-year, $100 million contract. 30 - Detroit Lions (LW: 16) - Matt Patricia defenses have allowed 89 points in his last two games combined. To make matters worse, Matthew Stafford arguably played his worst game as a member of the Lions.31 - Arizona Cardinals (LW: 28) - This team is going nowhere fast with Sam Bradford. Total waste of resources. Just give Josh Rosen a chance to see what he can do. 32 - Buffalo Bills (LW: 30) - What the eff is this team even doing? They’re not even trying to win by starting Nathan Peterman.
  10. for California before beginning his pro career in Southern California with the Los Angeles Rams.The Golden State kid looked a little lost in the Windy City.Harassed by Chicago‘s fierce pass rush all night long Prince Amukamara Jersey , Goff threw a career-high four interceptions in a costly 15-6 loss to the Bears on Sunday at a chilly Soldier Field. Several of Goff’s passes wobbled coming out of his right hand, and it was hard to tell where he was going on a couple more throws.“It’s definitely tough to play in a big-time game like that and not play well and not win and not do what you want to do,” Goff said. “But at the same time we’re 11-2, won the division with three weeks left and have everything in front of us and feel really good about that.”The loss dropped Los Angeles into a tie with New Orleans in the race for home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. The Saints hold the tiebreaker after topping the Rams 45-35 on Nov. 4.Goff and company had won three in a row since falling short in New Orleans, averaging 40 points during the streak. But Los Angeles’ prolific offense was completely shut down by Khalil Mack and the Bears (9-4).“They did a good job getting some pressure and then they played tight coverage and there really just weren’t many plays to make tonight because of some of the selections that I had,” second-year Rams coach Sean McVay said. “So certainly don’t blame Jared for a lot of bad spots that I put him in.”Goff was 20 for 44 for a season-low 180 yards. NFL rushing leader Todd Gurley managed just 28 yards on 11 carries, both season lows. Greg Zuerlein booted a 40-yard field goal attempt off the right upright at a key moment in the fourth quarter.“It was on everybody, we all played bad ,” Gurley said. “Coaches down to the players.”Goff threw his first interception on Los Angeles’ third possession. Bears defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard pushed Rams left tackle Andrew Whitworth into Goff, and his wobbly pass went right to Roquan Smith for the rookie linebacker’s聽first career pick聽.Smith’s 22-yard return to the Rams 4 set up Cody Parkey‘s 31-yard field goal with 9:24 left in the second quarter.“They had a good scheme for us and did a good job, but we got to be better and that starts with me,” Goff said.Goff threw another interception on a Hail Mary on the final play of the half, but the game was tied at 6 at the break.Chicago then went ahead to stay when聽Eddie Goldman tackled Goff in the end zone聽on the Rams’ first drive of the third for the Bears’ first safety of the season. Goff also was sacked by Mack in the third quarter and brought down by Akiem Hicks on a fourth-down play in the fourth.Los Angeles had a chance to get back in the game when John Johnson III intercepted Mitchell Trubisky in the third and took it back 35 yards to the Chicago 27. But Goff gave it right back, throwing an interception to Kyle Fuller on the next play.Goff’s last interception went to Prince Amukamara late in the fourth quarter, sealing the loss for the Rams (11-2).“I thought I put him in really bad spots tonight,” McVay said.Goff also struggled in last Sunday’s 30-16 win at Detroit Womens Mitchell Trubisky Jersey , going 17 for 33 for 207 yards and a touchdown with an interception. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft said he feels fine and just needs to play better.“I don’t think this will be the last time I have a bad game,” he said. “And I don’t think it will be the last time I have two bad games in a row if I play for as long as I want to.”______ LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chuck Pagano is ready to embrace the “opportunity of a lifetime” as the Chicago Bears‘ defensive coordinator.He inherits a group that ranked among the best in the NFL and helped Chicago win the NFC North after four straight last-place finishes. The Bears made the playoffs for the first time in eight years in their first season under coach Matt Nagy.“It’s an opportunity of a lifetime,” Pagano said Thursday. “Sitting out — 33 years in coaching and then sitting out last year — I can’t tell you how excited I am to be back on the grass, and at such a special, special place.”He takes over a defense that Vic Fangio helped mold into one of the league’s best the past four years. The question is how much better it can be.“Our vision for this defense is to be the best,” Pagano said. “Can we be the best in the history of the game? The pieces are there and they will continue to add pieces. Can we continue to be better than we were last year? Absolutely. It’s going to be very, very difficult and a huge challenge Pat O'Donnell Jersey , but one we will be up for.”Pagano vowed not to jam “square pegs into round holes.” He will continue to run the 3-4 and combine his philosophy with the system in place.“For us to just throw everything out and start anew, that would not be very smart on my part,” he said.Edge rusher Khalil Mack, cornerback Kyle Fuller and safety Eddie Jackson were All-Pros. Defensive end Akiem Hicks made the Pro Bowl. Linebacker Roquan Smith performed like a potential star, and linebacker Leonard Floyd and defensive tackle Eddie Goldman had solid seasons.The Bears led the NFL with 36 takeaways and 27 interceptions. They gave up a league-low 17.7 points per game and 1,280 yards rushing — the fewest they’ve allowed in a 16-game season. And they tied for third in the NFL with 50 sacks even though they didn’t blitz much.“Be smart about it and calculated about it,” Pagano said. “I think any defensive coordinator and any defensive coach for that matter will tell you if you can get there with four and play seven in coverage, that’s a benefit. That’s a bonus. You don’t find that at every place. We have that here. You got game wreckers.”Pagano coached Indianapolis to a 53-43 record and two AFC South championships from 2012 to 2017. The Colts won 11 games and made the playoffs in each of his first three seasons before injuries to quarterback Andrew Luck derailed them.Indianapolis never had a top 10 defense when Pagano was there. The Colts ranked near the bottom his final three seasons. But Pagano was on John Harbaugh’s staff in Baltimore — as secondary coach from 2008 to2010 and defensive coordinator in 2011 — when the Ravens had one of the stingiest defenses in the NFL.He spent last year as a consultant for the league , working with the officials. The Bears hired him Jan. 11 after Fangio left to become the Denver Broncos‘ head coach.“I’m motivated to just help Coach Nagy be successful,” he said. “Help this organization to be successful. Help these kids grow and develop. That’s my motivation, is to be the best that I can be for this organization. For the McCaskey family. For Coach Nagy. And for these players and coaches. To help develop these guys. That’s the only thing I want to do.”Pagano insisted he is not looking for another head coaching position, though he did interview for the Denver job. Either way, he’s looking forward to coaching again.He got to “reset, recharge and reflect” this season. He spent more time with family. He has nephews playing at Boise State and Michigan and got to watch them.He went to The Masters. He rode his Peloton bike three or four times a day. And now, he’s trying to build on what Fangio helped create.“Guys will grow, guys will become better pros Womens Tom Waddle Jersey , we will get better off the field, we will get better on the field, it will be a beginner’s mindset,” Pagano said.“We think of what Phil Jackson said to the Bulls every year. Championship after championship after championship. Having Michael, having Scottie and all of those players. He always talked about in one of his books coming in with a beginner’s mentality and coming into the (season) like it’s your rookie year.”
  11. COSTA MESA , Calif. (AP) —his case that there is more than one elite all-purpose running back in Los Angeles.Even though the Rams’ Todd Gurley has commanded most of the attention when it comes to discussing the league’s top running backs, Gordon is showing that he should be in that conversation as well.Going into Sunday’s game against Arizona, the fourth-year back has six straight games where he has had 120 yards or more from scrimmage. He is averaging 132.1 yards from scrimmage per game, which is second to Gurley. He is also averaging 6.4 yards per touch, which is fourth, while Gurley is averaging 5.9 yards, which is tied for sixth.Gordon has 42 receptions and is on track to surpass last year’s career high of 58. The increased receptions are fine with Gordon as long as he gets the ball.“Coach (Anthony) Lynn especially told me this year, ‘Don’t really focus on the carries. Let’s just worry about the touches.’ He made that big this year,” Gordon said. “I knew when I heard that, it’s just an opportunity for me — whether it’s catching or running (the ball). As long as I’m getting the opportunity, I can take that.”When Gordon has caught the ball out of the backfield, he has made the most of it. He is the only back in the league that has more than 40 receptions and 100 rushing attempts to average over 10.5 (10.7) yards per catch. He is also tied for second in the league with four catches of 25 or more yards.The receptions have also taken less of a toll on Gordon’s body instead of running between the tackles 20-25 times a game.“It can definitely help keep a back fresh, but their touches are just like carries to him. Check-downs, swing passes, those are just extended runs. We’re doing a good job of finding him in those situations,” Lynn said.Gordon missed the Week 7 game against Tennessee because of a hamstring injury, but says he feels good for this point of the season.“I’m just trying to lift heavy on the legs still and trying to get my extra conditioning in when I can,” he said. “I’m banged up like everybody else. I have little nicks here and there. I’ll probably be good on Saturday. I’ll probably be back to where I need to be and then, obviously Womens Joe Barksdale Jersey , the next day you’re back at war.”When Gordon has carried the ball, he’s still been one of the tougher backs to take down. According to SportRadar, Gordon is fourth in rushing yards after contact (399) and second in broken tackles with 27.Gordon could have a prime opportunity for his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season on Sunday. Arizona (2-8) comes into the game with the fourth-worst run defense in the league,Cardinals coach Steve Wilks faced Gurley in Week 2 and said that both Gordon and Gurley are similar backs.“I say similar because they both are what I consider very potent receivers out of the backfield,” Wilks said. “You know they can move them around well out of space as well as making you miss and have the capability to take it all the way.”Wilks said Gordon does take less hits when catching more than compared to running the ball.“Yeah, you take the run between the tackles, and you’re still going to get hits. Last week he didn’t get hits because he ran for 50, 60 yards, whatever it was. It takes less off your body, the pounding between the tackles, yes, it does in that way.”Notes: DT Corey Liguet was placed on injured reserve as he underwent surgery for his quad tendon. The surgery was performed by Dr. Jonathan Glashow in New York, and the estimated recovery time is approximately 6 to 9 months. To fill Liguet’s roster spot, the Chargers claimed DT T.Y. McGill off waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles. McGill was with the Chargers the first four games this season. . DE Joey Bosa was listed as a full participant in practice for the first time this season. He played in his first game last Sunday against Denver after missing the first nine games because of a bone bruise to his left foot. It’s time for another round table, boys. With the offseason all but over, what is the biggest remaining weakness on the team?Michael Peterson: I think I’ll have to go with cornerback after mulling..." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteBolts From The BlueBolts From The Blue, a Los Angeles Chargers communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsChargersOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections San Diego Chargers Daily LinksSan Diego Chargers NewsSan Diego Chargers OffseasonSan Diego Chargers HistorySan Diego Chargers HumorWhat is the Los Angeles Chargers biggest remaining need?New,29commentsPDTShareTweetShareShareWhat is the Los Angeles Chargers biggest remaining need?Kirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsIt’s time for another round table, boys. With the offseason all but over Casey Hayward Jersey , what is the biggest remaining weakness on the team?Michael Peterson: I think I’ll have to go with cornerback after mulling it over. I wan to continue saying right tackle but it’s time to change things up. This position group looked much better when Trevor Williams was playing better but now it’s quite gloomy behind Casey Hayward and Desmond King. There is no other cornerback I could see working in the slot other than King and that’s not a good thing. If something were to happen to Hayward and/or King, the Chargers will be left with three former UDFAs to carry the load.Louis Gorini: Everyone is going to say RT so I will think outside of the box and say the Chargers biggest need is slot WR. Travis Benjamin has been an disappointment and cannot be relied on to contribute. It’s important for Rivers to have a quick slot wr so when the protection breaks down (and we know it will), he can dump it off to the slot WR on drag routes and make turn a 5 yard catch into a 25 yard catch. Benjamin plays to scared to go through the middle and the players behind him are all unproven.Jamie Sewell: I’m going to go with the OL as a whole, because it’s a group that’s seriously lacking in talent, and the main reason that I can’t foresee the Chargers making it any further this year than they did last year. Russell Okung and Mike Pouncey are fine, but both OG positions and RT are a mess. Dan Feeney really struggled last year, Michael Schofield is competent, but never going to be anything more than a below average starter, and Sam Tevi is a backup who’s found his way into the starting 5 because the Chargers have no other options. I’m as hopeful as anybody that Forrest Lamp can be the saviour, but he was healthy by the end of last season and guys like Cole Toner were still being activated on gameday over him. Trey Pipkins has a lot of upside, but he’s a raw third round pick from Sioux Falls. He almost certainly won’t be ready to contribute this year, and, if it’s true that the Chargers see him as their LT of the future, they probably don’t have any plans for him to replace Tevi anyway. For all of Telesco’s successes, he’s really struggled to give Philip Rivers a competent OL in the entirety of his tenure with the Bolts, and once again, it looks like the Chargers are going into a season with too many question marks in the trenches.Matthew Stanley: I’ll also say OL. Every other group was either fine or someone was added to that group that could contribute right away. Unless Forrest Lamp is able to do something we haven’t seen at all yet, nothing was done to the OL to help this year. Trey Pipkins COULD become something at some point, but even the team has basically said not to expect anything from him this year. Basically every “expert” that has ranked OL’s recently has the Chargers in the bottom 1/3rd or 1/4th of the league. The offensive line has a part in every single play on offense and it’s the weakest group on the team. Yes Ken Wisenhunt and Philip Rivers/Melvin Gordon/Keenan Allen/Hunter Henry/Austin Ekeler/Mike Williams can overcome a lot and still make the offense go , but the current Chargers OL will be a limiting factor. With all that said, I’m very hopeful that Lamp is that guy we all want him to be, plus seeing that Dan Feeney has been training with Duke Manyweather this year gives me some hope he can bounce back.Jake Hefner: Despite finishing 9th in pass defense in 2018, the cornerback position was a underrated need for the Chargers heading into the offseason. While Desmond King was easily the team’s best defensive back last year, Casey Hayward’s play began to slide and the team saw second-year UDFA Michael Davis forced into a starting role. Trevor Williams was solid contributor two years ago and he was the expected to be the starter across from Hayward last season until a knee injury put him on IR. Los Angeles opted not to bring back former 1st round pick Jason Verrett and did not pursue signing a free agent DB or selecting a corner in this years draft. Hopefully Williams can regain his 2017 form and take back his starting role. But even if that becomes a reality, the depth at the corner position for the Chargers remains their biggest area of weakness.Garrett Sisti: It’s Right Tackle and I’m not sure why everyone else is afraid to say it is. Sam Tevi had a good trajectory toward the end of the ‘17 season but was not good for the majority of the 2018 season. The Chargers 3rd round pick Trey Pipkins is being viewed as a Left Tackle for the future but may play swing tackle early on and Forrest Lamp has become nothing more than a distant back-up plan at Tackle. That leaves Sam Tevi and Trent Scott as the two players really competing for the right tackle job. With the Broncos already proving they have two dynamic pass rushers, the Chiefs adding Frank Clark and Alex Okafor in the offseason and the Raiders drafting Clelin Ferrell #4 overall the AFC West continues to add pass rushers and the Chargers still haven’t addressed one of the weakest parts of their offensive line.Jason Michaels: if I can use OL as a catch-all position, it’s easily that. They did a great job bringing in outside talent last year with Mike Pouncey, but without him this would have been a boiling crater of a mess. They haven’t noticably upgraded any of the key pieces between 2018 and now, making this the clearest area of need. I also think that they made the _right_ choices by focusing on a murderous defense, so it’s important to note that a weak point can still be strategic! I feel like we are finally at the point where field goal kicker is not the automatic answer to this question, and that’s a great hill to have crossed!Richard Wade: While I think there’s something to the assertion that cornerback depth is lacking, I tend to be too high on the defensive back group as a whole to go that route. For me, right tackle is the spot I am most worried about insomuch as I’m worried about any position on this exceptionally talented team. But forced to pick out a weak link, Sam Tevi is clearly that. He is just not very good as a pass protector and while he isn’t being asked to protect Rivers’ blindside, he is still tasked with blocking some very talented pass rushers in the AFC West and he normally is not up to the task. I would absolutely love it if Tom Telesco were able to work his Coupon God magic and bring in someone to at least compete with Tevi.What do you think? Where is the biggest weakness on the roster? Let us know in the comments.
  12. when the Eagles traded for the former Bear back in March. It was a low-risk move. Howie Roseman and the Birds traded a mid-round pick for a guy whose efficiency and overall production dropped each successive season of his three-year career. Maybe he could fill that 2017 LeGarrette Blount role?Howard has been 2017 Blount and more Womens Chris Long Jersey , exceeding my hopes for a true thunder and lightning pairing alongside rookie running back Miles Sanders. He’s a battering ram, seemingly always gaining yards after contact and consistently falling forward to grind out every possible yard. It’s refreshing. He can be both a starter and a closer in the backfield. How did the Bears let this dude go?He didn’t fit Matt Nagy’s offensive system it seemed. Nagy and Doug Pederson stem from the same coaching tree, but Pederson appears quite capable of acclimating his offense to the machine in the #24 jersey. Howard isn’t a fool. He knows what the Bears brass was saying about him. He knows that he was written off. He knows he’s been revitalized in Philadelphia. This week has been circled on Howard’s calendar for months. Come Sunday, it will be time for revenge. Chicago has a stout defense again this season, though not quite as good as last year Wendell Smallwood Jersey , as they sit seventh in Football Outsiders’ defensive DVOA metric. Their run defense, specifically, is only 13th though. The Bears aren’t pushovers against the run, but Howard is going to have a chance to get his. The Birds have gone 41-straight games without a 100-yard rusher. If there was ever a time for Howard to snap that streak, it will be when Nagy is standing on the opposite sideline.On this week’s episode of From the Bleachers , I rejoice in a season-saving win in Buffalo, pray for Jordan Howard’s ultimate revenge and chose some parting words for the snake known as Orlando Scandrick. For anyone listening, I appreciate you tuning in! I’m excited to find my voice with BGN Radio and thank you for coming along for the ride. It’s been a while since the Eagles had a home game, but if you’re looking for a spot to tailgate on Sunday, hit me up on Twitter (@shamus_clancy) or via email (shamusjclancy @ gmail dot com). We’ve had some readers come through this season and it’s been a blast. Come by and snag a BGN shirt too!SUBSCRIBE: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | RSS Different teams approach playing their starting quarterback in the first preseason game different ways Womens Darren Sproles Jersey , but the Eagles aren’t saying which path they’ll be taking against the Titans this Thursday.Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said at a Tuesday press conference that the team has not made a decision about whether Carson Wentz will start the game at quarterback.Wentz did not play in the preseason at all last year as he made his way back from a torn ACL. He ended last season on the sideline with a back injury, but has not been limited in practice this summer the way he was last year.Nate Sudfeld, Clayton Thorsen and Clay Kessler are the other quarterbacks on the roster and Pederson said in his press conference that one of the team’s goals in the preseason is to get Sudfeld “as much playing time as possible.” We’ll find out if Wentz cuts into that playing time in a little more than 48 hours.
  13. on Saturday Womens Ronnie Harrison Jersey , but unlike most players on IR, Pryor’s season is not over.Pryor and the Jaguars have reached an injury settlement that allowed him to be released from IR and hit free agency, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The report says Pryor had only a minor hamstring injury and is healthy enough to sign and begin playing now.The 30-year-old Pryor has had an unusual path in the NFL. He came into the league through the supplemental draft after a controversial ending to his career at Ohio State and initially played quarterback for the Raiders. He was their starter in 2013 but then didn’t play at all in 2014 and decided to try to reinvigorate his career by playing wide receiver in 2015.In 2016 Pryor had a big year Will Richardson Jersey , catching 77 passes for 1,007 yards, but since then he has bounced around the league with Washington , the Jets and the Bills and been unable to do much.Now he’s available if anyone wants him and may be able to provide some team with some depth at wide receiver. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Quarterback Nick Foles has rejoined the Jacksonville Jaguars for organized team activities following his wife’s miscarriage.Foles arrived at the practice facility Thursday morning and took part in the team’s two-hour practice. He threw his first two interceptions of OTAs, both during red-zone drills.Foles’ wife Womens D.J. Hayden Jersey , Tori, announced Wednesday on Instagram that she had a miscarriage and said getting over the “traumatic loss” will take time.Tori Foles said she was about 15 weeks pregnant with the couple’s second child when she went into sudden labor Sunday and “knew something was wrong.” She said “an infection of pneumonia in the blood” caused the premature delivery.Nick Foles missed practice Tuesday and posted on social media that “this has been a tough last week.”He is scheduled to address the media Friday.
  14. Twenty percent on third down and a 4-to-1 pass-to-run ratio.Not exactly Matt Nagy’s fondest moment coaching a football team.“Three points is ridiculous ,” the Bears head coach said following his team’s 10-3 loss to open the season against the Green Bay Packers.“Every fan that showed up from Chicago today that was a Chicago Bears fan, they should be upset. Because that’s not who we are, we’re better than that.”The Packers offense wasn’t exactly prolific either but they found their way into the end zone while the Bears never could. Allen Robinson was the only significant factor on offense for Chicago, amassing 102 yards on seven receptions. That’s 40 percent of the team’s offensive output on Thursday night.“Obviously unacceptable,” Nagy said. “Starts with me, so this… I just told the guys in there this is not who we are. I was proud of our defense. I thought they played their ass off tonight. Offensively, not good enough. And we’re going to fix it. Our guys know that”Mitch Trubisky threw the ball 45 times and was sacked on five additional drop backs. Throw in a pair of scrambles as well and the Bears intended to pass on 52 separate offensive plays Thursday night compared to just 13 total runs, which amounts to an exact 4-to-1 disparity from a play-calling perspective. While the runs the Bears did try weren’t exactly effective, the game was always within reach to where Chicago could remain far less one-dimensional. Instead Womens Bryce Callahan Jersey , Trubisky completed 26 of 45 passes for 228 yards (5.1 yards per attempt) with five sacks and an interception.“We ended up throwing a lot more than (rushing). And for whatever reason we did, that’s not what we want,” Nagy said.“I didn’t help (Trubisky) at all. I didn’t help him. I’ve got to help him. And then we’ve got to get the run game going. That’s 15 rushes in 65 plays, you’re down 7-3, but we… again, that’s something that we’re going to as a staff get back together and we’re going to figure out, OK, what are we doing as coaches and how can we get better to help these kids out.” How often does a team get to clinch their division and eliminate their most obnoxious rival in the same fell swoop?This is a precious moment.Savor it.I came into this game confident the Bears defense was going to bring their best and show they’re the best unit in the league right now. I was hopeful the offense would be able to do their part, but part of me feared a few big mistakes might keep the Packers in the game much longer than they deserved. That second part of me was unfortunately validated in the second half Josh Bellamy Jersey , when a pair of failed gimmicky plays each gave the ball to the Packers and the pesky cheese-heads actually capitalized on one of them.Once the Bears retook the lead in the 4th, my nerves subsided. Aaron Rodgers was already on tilt, and I knew we could relax into the warm and safe mama-bear embrace of the sublime Bears defense.Box ScoreJordan Howard finally settling into a central role in Nagy’s offenseThroughout this year, the Bears offense has been fun, it’s been exciting, it’s been effective. It hasn’t been bruising enough. Jordan Howard’s thumping trucking ways are becoming a welcome staple of the Bears offense. Jo Ho picked up more first downs than I can count, snatched a few balls with his upgraded paws, and pranced into the end zone for the easiest-looking 9 yard rush TD I’ve seen all year.Leonard Floyd terrorizing Packers all around the field todayYou have to love the sacks, but he had crucial plays in the running and passing games as well. He’s an underrated versatile weapon for this Bears defense. Khalil Mack with the butt sackJason Spriggs couldn’t slow Khalil Mack down , he could only turn him around as he slammed into Aaron Rodgers, allowing him to sit down and smother the one-time Wisconsin hero. It would have been more satisfying to have Goldman or Hicks sit on his desperately squirming body, but I can settle for this.Tarik Cohen works that sideline like no Bear I’ve seenThat touchdown. I thought he was out of bounds before the five yard line, but he manages to turn and run along the line without losing speed and sometimes it’s unbelievable to watch. He did it again for a first down, toeing the line another 5 yards beyond where I was certain his momentum would take him out.Trubisky consistent and calm in a big momentTrubisky had a solid game. He didn’t have any dramatic errors and he didn’t have any wow moments. He was mostly accurate, and earned the Bears some crucial first downs with his elusiveness. He protected the ball and led the offense to enough points to eliminate the Packers from the playoffs. I’ll take that any week.Ok, so Nagy might still be learning on the job a little bitHandoff to your 4th-string running back on 3rd and 3? Perhaps a poor idea. Fake-punt run attempt with your 3rd-string running back on 4th and 2? Maybe getting a little too cute. Having your 5’6” running-back attempt a read option on third and short in field goal range? Possibly risky. You could be frustrated that Nagy is making mistakes. I prefer to be encouraged by the fact that he’s succeeding despite the fact that he’s clearly still learning.Sherrick McMannis looking good in coverageWith Bryce Callahan’s injury, McMannis is tasked with nickle cornerback duties for at least the rest of the regular season. He played admirably today for a “career special-teamer.” He was never a liability in coverage and had a great 3rd down pass deflection against Randall Cobb. Allen Robinson turns crap Pack tackles into RACRobinson had two big plays in the first half after evading Packers sub-mediocre tackle attempts, the first going for 30 yards and the second earning a first down on 2nd and 18.Pat O’Donnell brutally punts the Packers within the 5 yard line twiceI wanted to see a safety on that bratty Packer quarterback so badly. Josh Bellamy with a standout gameBeezo has always been a solid contributor on special teams Womens Sherrick McManis Jersey , and stepped up today, downing the ball at the 2 yard line. But he’s been getting decent offensive snaps and showing he deserves it, catching a high pass for a first down that set up Tarik Cohen’s pre-halftime touchdown. Get well soon Aaron LynchLynch has been a solid contributor all season and a crucial part of the Bears pass rush especially when Khalil Mack was out for two games. As long as Mack is healthy, the Bears will be able to make due without him, but he’s outperformed expectations and I certainly want him on the field for the playoffs.Aaron Rodgers season crumbled before our eyesI swear 5 minutes into the 4th quarter when the Bears defense smothered a second three-and-out in a row, I saw an unmistakable “screw this. I’m going to go film some commercials with my only All State friends” look in his eye.402 Zero pass attempts without an interceptionAt least there’s something to do for Rodgers the rest of this season. Time to get that tally started again, buddy. Get well soon, Eddie JacksonYou can take a nap for 49ers week, but I’d love to see you back on the field for the Vikings. Kay?This wasn’t the start-to-finish domination we were hoping for. Instead Charles Leno Jersey , the Bears were challenged. Not so much by the quasi-decent play at times coming from the Packers, but more by a few costly mistakes and missed opportunities. The result was a combined success from all aspects of this Bears team. The Bears needed Trubisky to play well, and he did. They needed the defense to make some crucial stops, and they did. They needed Pat O’Donnell to pin the Packers back twice. You guessed it, he did.This was an impressive win that builds my confidence that the Bears can paw their way below the surface level of the playoffs. Things aren’t always going to go well, but there’s no shortage of Bears able to step up and make the difference when the play needs to be made.This season is exceeding our wildest expectations.
  15. COSTA MESA Dan Fouts Jersey , Calif. (AP) —would welcome the return of tight end Antonio Gates following the serious knee injury sustained by Hunter Henry last week.Rivers endorsed the idea of re-signing Gates, who is a free agent after playing all 15 seasons of his record-setting career for the Chargers, but said the decision would be up to general manager Tom Telesco and head coach Anthony Lynn.“I would always be excited if he walked back in the door, obviously. Certainly, he would get my vote,” Rivers said Tuesday.Gates would be a logical fit to help replace Henry, who is expected to miss the upcoming season because of a torn ACL he sustained in practice. Henry had emerged as a top target for Rivers over his first two seasons with 81 receptions for 1 ,057 yards and 12 touchdowns, contributing to the team’s decision not to bring back Gates.Gates caught 87 of his 114 touchdown receptions from Rivers, the second-most by a quarterback-receiver combination in NFL history behind the 112 touchdown passes Peyton Manning threw to Marvin Harrison for Indianapolis. Gates has the most touchdown receptions by a tight end in NFL history to go along with his franchise-record 927 receptions and 11,508 yards receiving.The absence of Henry leaves Virgil Green as the only tight end currently on the roster that has caught a pass in an NFL game. Behind Green, who signed with the Chargers as a free agent from Denver in April, are second-year players Sean Culkin and Braedon Bowman and rookies Cole Hunt and Ben Johnson.“It will look different without Hunter in there, but thankfully we have another 10 practices or so Womens Antonio Gates Jersey , counting the mini-camp, to continue to shape the offense for who we’re going to be,” Rivers said.Rivers had been in contact with Gates since Henry tore his ACL, declining to discuss the specifics of their conversations.“If something were to happen down the road, he wouldn’t have wanted it to come that way with Hunter’s absence,” Rivers said.—- This week starts off with one of the most lopsided on paper matchups in Thursday Night Football history. Everyone on the staff has selected the favorites with the exception of those who failed to get their picks in on time. The same thing happened with the Chargers/Steelers matchup and the Ravens/Bengals game. Meanwhile, everyone liked the away team in Redskins at Dolphins Denzel Perryman Jersey , Seahawks at Browns, and Cowboys at Jets.Let us know where you agree or disagree in the comments.MatchupRichardMichaelStanleyRubenGarrettMaxNateJakeMikeLouDaniel.align-l { text-align: left; }.align-c { text-align: center; }.align-r { text-align: right; } { width: 100%; border-collapse: separate; border-spacing: 0px;} td, th { vertical-align: top; }table.bftb-table { width: 100%; border-collapse: separate; border-spacing: 0px; }table.bftb-table td, table.bftb-table th, table.bftb-table p { font-size: 13px; padding: 4px; font-family: "Gotham Narrow SSm A","Gotham Narrow SSm B",Arial ,sans-serif; }table.bftb-table thead th { background-color: #3f77b0; font-weight: bold; color: white; text-align: center; }table.bftb-table tbody tr:nth-child(odd) td, table.bftb-table tbody tr:nth-child(odd) th { background: #f4f4f4; }table.bftb-table tbody tr td:first-child { text-align: left; }table.bftb-table tbody th { font-weight: bold; text-align: left; }table.bftb-table td { text-align: center; }table.bftb-table tfoot td, table.bftb-table tfoot th { border-top: 2px double #ccc; }.muted { font-weight: normal; color: #777; }