The Steelers will add a memorial patch for former owner Dan Rooney, who died this summer.

While most other teams are just moving their existing uniform designs to Nike’s new template, the Lions are the one NFL club with a completely new uniform design this season. It’s not perfect (putting the team name in the sleeve stripe doesn’t work at all), but it’s definitely an upgrade over their previous set, particularly with the return of the blue road pants and the removal — finally! — of all the extraneous black trim.

Incidentally, the Bengals usually post their jersey schedule on their website, but they haven’t yet updated the information for 2017. Keep an eye on this page; they’ll likely add this season’s info soon.

The Steelers will add a memorial patch for former owner Dan Rooney, who died this summer. They did not wear the patch during the preseason, but it will be added for the season opener against the Browns on Sept. 10 (additional info here).

Flywire supposedly makes the collar area stronger or some such, but it’s really a Nike branding element — a way for Nike to say, “Hey, don’t forget that we made this jersey.” It Cheap San Francisco Giants Jerseys has never been a mandatory uniform element, but 23 of the league’s 32 teams began using it in 2012, and 22 of them were still using it last season.

This year, however, teams can upgrade from Nike’s Elite 51 Cheap Team Baseball Jerseys uniform template to the Vapor Untouchable template (yes, the names are ridiculous, but try to ignore them), and most have done so. The good news is that the new template is Flywire-free; the bad news is that the new collar has its own mildly annoying Nike branding element: a little triangular badge at the base of the neckline. But that looks way, way better than the Flywire.

Burfict’s bad blood with the Steelers really boiled over in a Week 8 game between two teams jockeying for a playoff position.

The linebacker made a tackle on running back Le’Veon Bell that forced him to have season-ending knee surgery, and players on the Steelers — including offensive lineman Ramon Foster — said that Burfict celebrated the injury.

“If you’re on the field with him, you know what I mean by that,” Foster said, via Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “They’ll play it off; he’ll act dumb about it. But you don’t run across the field hyped, celebrating, jumping up and down when a guy goes down like that.”

Bill Belichick’s first year as coach in New England was hardly a success. He took over a team that had gone 8-8 during Pete Carroll’s final year in charge and led the Pats to a 5-11 record, in part because they went 3-6 in games decided by one score or less. It didn’t look much better in 2001, as star receiver Terry Glenn was suspended by the NFL and then by the team in August. Quarterback Drew Bledsoe then suffered a sheared blood vessel in his chest in Week 2 in a loss that dropped the Patriots to 0-2 and turned things over to unheralded 2000 sixth-round pick Tom Brady, who had thrown just three passes as a rookie.

Tell me about Janoris Jenkins vs. Dez Bryant. They had some good battles last year, right?

You know he takes a lot of risks. You want to bait him into it because he takes the bait. That’s what I saw on film: Bait him and make it look like it’s open and he’ll give it to you. Also, you don’t know which Cutler you’ll be getting, amazing Jay — or the Cutler we played against.

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Linebacker Vince Williams (98) replaces Lawrence Timmons at inside linebacker.

The Saints will have at least one new starter on every level of their defense as they continue to try to revamp that side of the ball. Free-agent linebacker A.J. Klein (53) should be the biggest difference-maker as the quarterback of the defense, and Marshon Lattimore (23) could provide a huge boost if he proves ready to start as a rookie. Left tackle Terron Armstead (72) is still recovering from a shoulder injury, but he’s only expected to miss a month or so of action. First-round rookie Ryan Ramczyk will hold down the left Real Madrid Cheap Jerseys tackle spot until Armstead is healthy enough to return. — Mike Triplett

Linebacker Vince Williams (98) replaces Lawrence Timmons at inside linebacker. He has 17 career starts in four seasons. The Steelers’ defense is hoping for several Pro Bowl performances from high draft picks Ryan Shazier (50), Bud Dupree (48) and Stephon Tuitt (91), who have gained valuable starting experience the past three years. Pittsburgh also added veteran cornerback Joe Haden, who’s number was unknown at the time of publication, late in the preseason. One of the league’s best offensive lines spends a third season together, but Youth NFL Cheap Jerseys the Steelers aren’t relying on continuity to translate to easy wins. “We’re not seeking comfort,” coach Mike Tomlin said. — Jeremy Fowler

The Texans lost four defensive contributors — cornerback A.J. Bouye, linebacker John Simon, safety Quintin Demps and nose tackle Vince Wilfork — to free agency or retirement, but feel their defense should still be one of the best in the league, especially with the return of J.J. Watt (99). The offense will feature a new Week 1 starting QB (Tom Savage, 3) and center (Nick Martin, 66). — Sarah Barshop

One person who played with Cravens in the past and considers him a friend said he was not surprised when he heard the news Sunday.

He added that you never know if a player loves the game until he faces adversity.

Cravens’ only comment came via a post to his Instagram story later Sunday evening that read, “Thank you to those who showed their true colors today. Both positively in support and negatively in misunderstanding and frustration. Either way my response is the same to both groups, I love ya! and thank ya! God Bless.”

The highest-paid defensive player is Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller, who signed a six-year, $114 million extension last summer that guarantees him $70 million. Next is Ndamukong Suh, who plays Donald’s position and signed a six-year, $114.375 million contract with the Dolphins in 2015 that guarantees him nearly $60 million.

It doesn’t hurt that New England poured resources this offseason into winning while they still can with Tom Brady. The future Hall of Famer is 40 now, so the team struck big in the offseason by trading for Brandin Cooks and Phillip Dorsett, and signing Stephon Gilmore.

He returned to wrestling, but two years later, Lesnar again announced a departure. This time, he dove into the world of MMA and in his fourth pro fight, won the UFC heavyweight championship.

The formula for success for Lesnar in all of his ventures has been simple: He’s bigger and stronger than his competition and surprisingly agile given his size.

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How much money is too much to pay an NFL quarterback?

Kirk Cousins is going to be expensive for Washington to keep longer than the 2017 season. After giving him the franchise tag for a second consecutive offseason, Cousins is set to make $23.94 million and become a free agent next spring.

The one intangible New England’s deep receiving rotation can’t be counted on to replace is Edelman’s ability to come through in the clutch. His value has never been exemplified more than when he made an absolute circus sideshow catch to keep the Patriots’ improbable Super Bowl comeback alive last February.

Coach Hue Jackson chose Kizer as his starter because no one else in the competition — Brock Osweiler, Cody Kessler or Kevin Hogan — did anything to stake a claim to the job.

There’s plenty of reason not to make Cousins the highest-paid player in the NFL. Yes, he made a Pro Bowl in 2016 with another extremely efficient season and some of the league’s best passing statistics. But he was atrocious in the red zone and completed fewer than a third of his passes inside the 10-yard line.

With all his passing production, Washington finished No. 3 in total offense but couldn’t crack the top 10 in scoring.

More importantly, Edelman’s injuries healed Cheap Hockey Jerseys Canada before the postseason — he hasn’t missed a playoff Wholesale Jerseys All game since 2012. Not being able to count on him in the biggest games of the year will be painful, but the leveled-up postseason play of receivers like Amendola will help mitigate that loss.

Texans aim to lift Houston’s spirits in opener vs. Jags

The final obstacle standing between the Houston Texans and a desired return to normalcy was cleared Monday when the franchise announced that its regular season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars would be played as originally scheduled at NRG Stadium on Sunday.

Glennon has the edge as the starting quarterback — for now — and will make his team debut in front of a curious home crowd. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound signal-caller posted a 5-13 record in 18 career starts with Tampa Bay, and threw only 11 passes last season as the backup to Jameis Winston.

“I think competition is good, but I’m motivated by more than just that particular situation,” Glennon told reporters this week when asked about Trubisky peering over his shoulder. “I want to help our team come out and win football games. That’s ultimately what motivates me.”

He caught 105 passes in his second and third seasons in the league combined and looked to be a guy on the rise heading into his fourth year. But his fourth year in the league happened to be 2014, which is also when the Falcons selected Devonta Freeman in the fourth round. So his numbers actually went down in his fourth season.

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Richardson was the No. 13 pick in the 2013 NFL draft and made an immediate impact with the Jets.

The Atlanta Falcons played mostly forgettable football here, unless you take out the Vick years, which you might want to given how they ended. If there were some way to keep the part where all the mostly African-American fans in the upper deck went bonkers the minute they started playing “Bring ’Em Out” for those teams, you should do that. That may be the most excited single concentration of minutes you could salvage from the team’s history at the Georgia Dome: Before the team played, but after they remembered they were going to watch the fastest player in the NFL touch the ball on every play. This is a happy memory. There aren’t a lot of those there.

However, Maccagnan later said, “As a general manager, you’re looking at all the different ways you can change the team, improve the team, or help the team. You weigh everything as you come across it.”

The one-time Pro Bowler signed a four-year, $10 million rookie contract. But the Jets picked up the fifth-year option in his rookie deal, and Richardson was scheduled to make a little over $8 million in 2017. After that, Richardson was set to become a free agent in the 2018 offseason, so the Jets getting a second-round pick could end up being a good haul for a player who looked to be on the verge of leaving anyway.

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Checking in with the rookie QB class before the 2017 NFL season starts

Those numbers don’t tell as neat a story as it seems. In all, Edelman has missed 27 games between the regular season and playoffs. Eighteen of those games in ESPN’s statistic came before Edelman was a starter — the team went 13-5. Since 2012, the team has gone 4-5 without him, though two of those defeats were Week 17 losses where Bill Belichick played a limited array of starters.

A look at the Patriots depth chart those seasons Edelman missed games as a starter shows a steep dropoff between the productive wideout and the rest of his receiving cohort. In 2014, he missed two games. His role was filled by Danny Amendola and Brian Tyms, two receivers with a combined 282 receiving yards between them that fall. One year later, he’d miss seven games; New England turned to Amendola, Aaron Dobson (698 career receiving yards), Michael Williams (a WR/TE with three career receptions), Keshawn Martin (released by the Patriots, 49ers, and Lions since), and Brandon LaFell.

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Irving sold the second-most sneakers in the NBA last season, according to Forbes. Who do you think ranked No. 1?

If Irving landed in a big-time market, like a New York, Los Angeles, or Miami, he’d be the star of the show and could ultimately supplant James as the sneaker world’s breadwinner.

By the way, Kyrie Irving is in Asia on a Nike tour promoting his shoes. Stopped in Tokyo and headed for Taipei and Beijing.

Tatum was impressive in three games during the Utah Summer League. He averaged 18.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game on 46 percent shooting throughout the stretch. He showcased his ability to hit tough shot after tough shot, including a game-winning one in his first game against the 76ers.

It’s only summer league, but Tatum can pretty clearly make some tough shots at the very least. We should expect more of the same from him alongside Jaylen Brown during the Celtics’ time in Las Vegas.

He averaged 33 minutes in three games while playing in Utah, which is a lot considering summer league games last only 40 minutes. It’ll be interesting to see whether he can keep his production up if the coaching staff plays him a bit less.

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Houston Rockets are for sale, team president announces

Houston Rockets owner Les Alexander will be selling the Houston Rockets, team president Tad Brown announced on Monday. It’s an unexpected announcement from the team and one that has fascinating timing, even if the immediate affects on the on-court basketball should be relatively nonexistent. Brown also says 72-year-old Alexander isn’t selling the team because of health issues.

Hardaway had a much improved year with Atlanta last season, playing in 79 games and scoring 14.5 points per game on 46 percent shooting. He added two assists and made 36 percent of his three-pointers too. But the absurd contract, which includes a player option and trade kicker sweeteners, is not what the Hawks wanted to invest in as they move forward. There will be similar players on the market for a cheaper price.

How Hardaway became a Knick again.

Some peak Knicks action sent Hardaway to Atlanta and back in two years with an enormous price tag.

Phil Jackson dealt him for Jerian Grant two years ago in what looked like a nice move to see if the team could find a young point guard. Then Grant was sent to the Bulls in a trade that gave New York Derrick Rose. That experiment turned out poorly, so now the Knicks get the guy they handed away for a late first-round pick back again for $71 million.

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