Morten Andersen hopeful more specialists get HOF recognition

For years Jan Stenerud had been the only kicker in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

That changed in February when former Saints and Falcons kicker Morten Andersen was elected to the Hall and will be enshrined next month.indians_048Andersen joins Stenerud and former Raiders punter Ray Guy, who Kids Cheap Jerseys China was inducted into the Hall in 2014, as the only specialists enshrined in Canton. Andersen hopes that changes soon and identified a couple players he deems worthy of one day getting the Canton call.

“It’s important to acknowledge there are a lot of high-quality specialists out there,” Andersen said Wednesday during a Pro Football Hall of Fame conference call. “I’m hoping my induction, my inclusion into the Hall will further the conversation Kids Football Jerseys Cheap and the cause for specialists with more recognition and consideration for induction, whether that’s Adam (Vinatieri) or Steve Tasker or some of the other great kickers and punters. That conversation needs to be moved forward.

That is after he played on a one-year contract last season worth almost $20 million.

Cousins will play under the franchise tender for the second straight season after going to his first Pro Bowl last season. The 28-year-old Michigan State alumnus Kids Basketball Jerseys Cheap threw for a career-high 4,917 yards with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions last season and ran for another four scores. It was his second straight 4,000-yard passing season after putting up 4,166 yards with a career-best 29 touchdowns and 11 picks for a personal-best 101.6 passer rating.

While we would have liked to work out a long-term contract before this season, we accept his decision, Allen said. “We both share high hopes for this season and we are looking forward to training camp starting next week. And we remain hopeful that a long-term contract will be signed in the future.”

Cousins has likely priced himself out of Washington for next season and could be looking at a huge payday next spring and many believe he is hoping to reunite with former Washington offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who is now the head coach in San Francisco.

Despite not coming to an agreement on a long-term deal, Cousins will be handsomely paid in 2017 with a one-year contract worth nearly $24 million. That is after he played on a one-year contract last season worth almost $20 million.

A guy who is on pretty much every video board promo in the Bronx during Lsu Cheap Jerseys every home game, despite playing in just 19 games this year, wants nothing to do with playing for one of the most storied, decorated franchises in the history of professional sports.

So, sure. Let’s openly criticize that guy, who admittedly played through pain this year so he could be on the field, and who could possibly lose another year of his career because of the injuries.indians_049

Dorsey is the most natural and available name

Well, she wrote him up for having contraband. Over a cookie. That’s pretty crazy. So when I came back the next day for work, O.J. came to me and Jerseys For Cheap told me what happened. He said, ‘I can’t have a write up because I won’t get my parole.’

Simpson was convicted in 2008 for a botched robbery in Las Vegas and sentenced to 33 years but could be a free man on Oct. 1 if he is granted release, for which he may have Felix to thank.
I talked to the lady who wrote him up and she said, ‘I’m not changing my mind. He brought contraband on my tier,’ Felix said, eventually persuading her the write-up would undermine her reputation in the prison.

Dorsey is the most natural and available name, having just worked for the reigning AFC West champs, a team that went 43-21 during Dorsey’s four seasons with Andy Reid. With his scouting-leaning expertise, he can be a better organizational fit than Gettleman was without a drop-off from a successful track record.

Gregory deserves consideration beyond just being a Rooney Rule candidate. With Beane hired as the Bills GM and taking former Panthers scout Joe Schoen (Dolphins) to be his top assistant, Gregory is the strongest in-house consideration. He has served them well for a long time watching over both player and college personnel.

Kirchner, a former longtime Panthers scout, has been a Liverpool Cheap Jerseys popular recent interviewee for GM jobs. Since 2015, the Jets, Lions, Colts and 49ers all have had serious interest. If Kircher still isn’t interested in making a move yet, watch out for one of his colleagues under GM John Schneider — Dan Morgan.

Morgan, Seattle’s director of player personnel, was a fan and organization favorite during his seven years as Panthers middle linebacker from 2001-07.indians_050

The Panthers made a surprising move Monday afternoon with the announcement that GM Dave Gettleman was fired.

Gillislee, meanwhile, was a premier short-yardage back in the red zone and beyond, and then some. Averaging 5.7 yards per carry for a second Houston Texans Cheap Jerseys straight season, he led the NFL among qualified backs.
Although he was LeSean McCoy’s trusty backup in 2016, Gillislee wasn’t signed to be thrown randomly in a committee with Super Bowl hero James White, former Bengal Rex Burkhead and scatback Dion Lewis. Gillislee goes into training camp as the favorite to dominate carries. At 26, he comes in with much fresher legs than those of Blount, who will turn 31 with the Eagles in December.

Coming in with only 154 career totes, Gillislee should push to double that total and be much more efficient than Blount. The Patriots have the bodies to keep Gillislee fresh in the first half of games, but for the improved defending champions overall, he’ll be the clear back of choice to punish tired defenses, protect leads and salt away games in the second half.

Knowing Big Cat, Jerry Richardson, the owner of the Panthers, he’s a guy who will not be dictated to at all, said Beason, who played in just 21 games over three seasons for the Giants before retiring following the 2015 season. “He’s very fair. I know that when it comes to being general manager, he wants those guys to just go do their thing. But when he has to step in, at some point, there has to be a level of respect there on both parties. And it Lebron James Cheap Jerseys can’t be, “Hey listen, I’m the GM. I’m running it this way. If you don’t like it, let me go.’
There’s guys that are on that team, in that locker room, that basically felt like this is who Gettleman was and he was almost on this ego trip.

The Panthers made a surprising move Monday afternoon with the announcement that GM Dave Gettleman was fired.indians_051

Mixon has boomed in OTA and minicamp practices, with Dalton and others praising his versatility.

Already offsetting the risk of MIxon is the base reward. At worst, with Bernard not close to seeing action, Mixon will provide the pop on third downs. He’s an explosive receiver who can also thrive in pass protecting for Andy Dalton. Mixon’s speed and quickness can match a healthy Bernard, and it comes from a bigger frame.

Mixon has boomed in OTA and minicamp practices, with Dalton and others praising his versatility. The early NFL knock on Mixon was his conditioning, a point of contention for the Bengals after Hill has struggled to stay in ideal shape. Mixon responded by working and running harder, including getting in some extra training sessions with fellow former Sooner Adrian Peterson.

The Bengals should feel comfortable calling upon Mixon to do everything in camp. Bernard can’t do anything at the moment about the rookie’s upward trajectory in the passing game. Hill’s biggest edge over Mixon is experience, and through all his woes, Hill has come through in short-yardage and goal-line situations.

Astros stars Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve helped Houston to Houston Texans Cheap Jerseys a 19-1 win against the Blue Jays. Correa went 4 for 5 with three runs scored, two home runs, five RBIs and a walk. He is now batting .325 this season. Altuve remained par for the course with another huge game, collecting three hits with four runs scored, a home run, three RBIs and two walks. He is now batting .347 this season.

Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland finished two outs away from a no-hitter in a 10-0 win against the White Sox. Freeland, who had to sit through two long Rockies at-bats near the end of the game, tossed 8 1/3 scoreless innings while giving up just one hit (Melky Cabrera) and nine strikeouts. He is now 9-7 with a 3.77 ERA this season.indians_127

I just think perception and image is everything.

Today’s Afro-wearing Kaepernick doesn’t resemble the young NFL star who led the 49ers to Super Bowl 47 in the 2012 season. Kaepernick embraced the look while in the middle of his national anthem protests last season.

I just think perception and image is everything. This is not the Colin Kaepernick that we’ve known since he entered the National Football League, Vick said. “I’m just going off my personal experiences. Listen, I love the guy to death. But I want him to also succeed on and off the field. This has to be a start for him.”

Vick said people advised him during his own career to adopt a professional look, but he didn’t listen until the end of his playing days. He also said he realized he needed to clean up his image if he wanted a second chance in the NFL after spending 18 months in prison for financing a dogfighting ring and being directly involved in the killing of dogs.
That said, Vick believes Kaepernick’s unemployment has more to do with his play over the past two seasons than with perhaps being blackballed by the Lsu Cheap Jerseys league over his social stances, as many people believe.

The new slogan was “This time it counts” even though “This time it makes no sense” would have been a more accurate ad campaign.

The All-Star Game was always supposed to be an exhibition where the game’s best put their talents on display. That Selig rule is now gone (thanks, commissioner Rob Manfred!), which means the players don’t have to participate in the farce any longer.

“It was tough,” Giants catcher Buster Posey — a five-time Got Cheap Jerseys All-Star and three-time World Series champ — admitted to Sporting News on Monday. “Because if it counts, then why aren’t you running out Clayton Kershaw or Max Scherzer for six, seven, eight or nine innings, if we’re really going to get down to it?”indians_010

Home Run Derby 2017: Watching Aaron Judge crush home runs is a pain in the neck, literally

I’m pretty sure I strained my neck, and I’m pretty sure it’s Aaron Judge’s fault.

See, I spent Monday night’s Home Run Derby in the La Galaxy Cheap Jerseys left-field stands at Marlins Park, and the blasts that Judge — and Miguel Sano, Gary Sanchez and Giancarlo Stanton, too — regularly sent screaming off the back wall meant I spent most of the evening tweaking my neck as I quickly turned around to follow the flight path of those baseball missiles.

I wasn’t alone, I’m sure, but let me tell you this: The fans in those left-field stands loved every minute of the Derby, sore necks be damned. It was something I’ll remember for a long time, too. At least as long as it takes until I don’t feel a twinge when I try to turn around.

Avery Bradley to Pistons — Boston had to trade away a few assets to make room for Hayward, but was Bradley really the guy to move? At 6-2, he’s an undersized shooting guard, but he makes shots and can also handle the ball.

Bradley is still young, 26, and a great defender. The Pistons were terrible at shooting and perimeter defense last season, so he immediately helps strengthen their two biggest needs.

While the Pistons likely won’t contend next season, they did come out ahead on this trade (Marcus Morris went to Boston), which bodes well for the future.

Before Blount, the Patriots had five leading rushers in Good Site For Cheap Jerseys the previous eight seasons: Jonas Gray, Stevan Ridley, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Laurence Maroney and Sammy Morris. Gillislee is built to be their best power back since they upgraded with Corey Dillon in 2004, leading to a Super Bowl repeat.indians_009

Lonzo Ball awful in Lakers summer league debut

Let’s be careful about how much weight to give a single exhibition game, but Lonzo Ball was atrocious in his summer league debut for the Lakers.

In the Lakers’ 96-93 overtime loss to the Clippers in Las Vegas on Friday night, Ball shot 2-for-15 from the floor for just five points and turned the ball over three times. But he also had five assists — passing was the silver lining of his performance — four rebounds, two steals and a block.

“He has not played a lot of full-court basketball since (UCLA lost to Kentucky in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in March),” Lakers summer league coach Jud Buechler said, per the L.A. Times. “We’re not going to use that as an excuse. He needs to get better. But it was a hell of an atmosphere tonight for his first game.”

“(It was) just a lot different from UCLA, a lot more screens,” Ball said. “Just gotta learn how to fight over them.”

It was February when Yankees president Randy Levine took Kobe Bryant Cheap Jerseys Good Quality Cheap Jerseys to the media to criticize Yankees All-Star reliever Dellin Betances after arbitration hearings.

The Yankees apparently didn’t learn — after the media ring of fire that surrounded Levine for his comments — that it was a bad thing to criticize your players openly, considering they’re back at it. This time the target is incredibly unfortunate and oft-injured first baseman Greg Bird.

“You really have to wonder what’s with this guy (Bird),” a Yankees insider told Bill Madden via the New York Daily News. “You’d think with (Aaron) Judge and (Gary) Sanchez, the guys he came up through the system with, doing so well up here he’d want to be a part of this. Apparently not.”indians_008

Cincinnati has relied on the committee of Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard

The best way for the Bengals to cool their controversial drafting of Joe Mixon will be watching him heat up training camp. With different issues plaguing their top two incumbent backs, Mixon has a great chance to carve out an immediate big role.

For the past three seasons, Cincinnati has relied on the committee of Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard, to mixed health and results. Hill, drafted in the second round in 2014, has been the team’s leading rusher in that span as the power back replacement for BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead says his dog Blitz has been stolen and is being held for ransom.

I’ve taken some time to collect my thoughts on this subject matter, and it’s very heartbreaking to say that Blitz has been stolen from my home last Sunday. While out of Liverpool Cheap Jerseys town, Blitz was being taken care of by a close friend at my house and someone broke in and took him. Whomever stole Blitz has contacted my phone numerous times, demanding ransom money. I strongly advise you to stop and return my boy safely before it gets any worse! If you know of any details regarding Blitz’s whereabouts or who may be involved in this, please contact me immediately.

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His Instagram page is full of videos and photos of the little pit bull.indians_013

Indiana has surprisingly built a competitive roster in George’s absence

“There’s no right way to handle it. I get the frustration. I get why people are upset. But at the same time, I want the average fan to understand that we only get a small window to play this game and more than anything you want to be able to play for a championship. I wanted to bring that to Indiana. I really did. I love Indiana. That will always be a special place for me and I’m sorry for not holding on. But I wasn’t sure we’d ever get a team together to compete for a championship and that’s where all this came from.”

To some, it looked like the Pacers could have built something with George as the focal piece. Myles Turner is a developing star, Lance Stephenson’s return proved to pay off and Jeff Teague likely would have stayed if George didn’t leave. That set of players pushed the Cavs in the playoffs last season as the Pacers lost all four games by a combined 16 points.

If the Pacers had another year of development from its roster last season with the addition of a big name free agent, there’s a good chance they would have made a further playoff push. But with George and Teague gone, the Pacers have had to shift their plans.

Indiana has surprisingly built a competitive roster in George’s absence, but Lebron Cheap Jerseys nothing that will give the elite teams much trouble.

Golden, 26, burst onto the scene in his second Knock Off Cheap Jerseys NFL season with a team-high 12 1/2 sacks, good for third in the NFL. He had just four sacks as a rookie after the Cardinals selected the former Missouri standout in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

He attributed his jump in productivity simply to more playing time and being comfortable in the Cardinals defensive scheme.

“Most of the time, whenever I do something after the first time, after Great Cheap Jerseys the first year, I’m always going to keep getting better,” the 6-3, 260-pound pass rusher said. “That’s what I do. I just keep working on my craft.”indians_014