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Lions K Matt Prater made 1 of the most dramatic field goals you’ll ever see

Matt Prater attempted a 56-yard field goal Monday night and it would’ve missed if the Detroit Lions kicker came up even a fraction of an inch shorter. Instead, he got a deflection off the middle of the upright that bounced to the left and just barely through.

It was basically the football equivalent of a basketball circling the rim five times before finally falling through.

For Prater, it was a 12th consecutive successful field goal from 50 yards or longer, but ultimately in the grand scheme, the stakes weren’t too high. It was a kick at the end of the first half of a Week 2 game to extend a lead for the Lions.

Imagine if a game-winning field goal attempt ricocheted up in the air like that and everyone was holding their breath to see which side it would land on. I know what I’ll be rooting for at the end of every game from now on.

On the night in question, the woman texted her friend who had accompanied her that evening and asked her to lie to police about what had occurred.

“If they ask he dragged me out of my car,” the text read. The friend later texted Elliott’s accuser to ask if she wanted her to lie. The accuser said yes.

The witness statements from that night contradicted her version of events, too. Of the five eyewitnesses who gave statements, including the woman’s friend, none corroborated Elliott’s accuser’s story. All five witnesses said no contact occurred between the woman and Elliott on that night.

The friend also confirmed that the woman had been involved in a physical altercation with another woman at a club earlier in the evening. Elliott told police that the woman’s bruises were the result of that fight.

Jaguars say WR Allen Robinson suffered injury to ACL in left knee

Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson sustained an injury to the ACL in his left knee during Jacksonville’s 29-7 win over the Houston Texans, the team announced.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are feeling pretty good about their pass rush. So much so that they’ve changed their Twitter name.

The Jaguars’ defense sacked the Texans six times while the offense kept Blake Bortles clean and hammered away with rookie Leonard Fournette.
Coach Doug Marrone will have additional updates during a Monday afternoon conference call, according to the team.

He did not — and the courts will not — consider the merits of the domestic violence accusations against Elliott that prompted the league to suspend him for six games. The legal battle is simply over the disciplinary process.

Elliott rushed 24 times for 104 yards and added 36 yards receiving in the Cowboys’ season-opening win over the Giants on Sunday night.

San Francisco lost the debut of its new head coach, but new starting QB Brian Hoyer and the rest of the team’s wholesale new parts at wideout (Pierre Garcon, Marquise Goodwin, Trent Taylor), tight end (George Kittle), running back (Matt Breida) and fullback (Kyle Juszczyk) weren’t as lost as the score indicates. There were a lot of disconnects, as everything beyond holdover feature back Carlos Hyde was out of sync. The versatile talent and depth will lead to big plays and better days soon.

Panthers: “Cam Newton still looks off in this offense.”steelers_120

Rob Gronkowski’s new deal with the Patriots could make him the highest-paid TE in the NFL

A year ago, the New England Patriots picked up an option on tight end Rob Gronkowski’s contract — something he called “a pay cut.” Now he’s getting a raise. The Patriots and the four-time Pro Bowler agreed on a contract extension, and it’s structured in a way that will reward Gronkowski for being healthy enough to play and for contributing on the field.

The contract will pay Gronkowski up to $10.75 million per year if he’s able to hit certain benchmarks, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. ESPN’s Adam Schefter said that those targets include playing 90 percent of the Patriots’ offensive snaps, or hauling in 80 catches, or racking up 1,200 yards, or being named an All-Pro.

Despite that, the widespread belief after the season was that the Bills would release Taylor. He got benched in Week 17 thanks via management edict; they didn’t want to risk him getting hurt and forcing the team to payout his full $30.75 million guarantee. In the end, they did keep him albeit with a reworked contract to take away a mountain of guaranteed money. Now, he gets $15.5 million in guaranteed money and a wad of incentives after 2017, essentially making it a one-year deal.

It’s possible that this is just a motivational tactic the tired, old NFL say about forcing everyone to compete for the jobs. However, that one’s usually reserved for highly drafted rookies this time of year, not veteran quarterbacks who have given the Bills the best two-year stretch of QB play the team’s had since Jim Kelly had the job.

Here’s an idea — give the guy a vote of confidence in the press. In a league where there aren’t enough above average quarterbacks for all 32 teams, Taylor clearly gives the Bills their best shot to win now and even into the future.


Who is Myles Garrett? 11 fun facts about the likely No. 1 NFL Draft pick

Former Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett is expected to be the No. 1 overall pick to the Cleveland Browns in the 2017 NFL Draft, his agent has told SB Nation. Aside from being a former five-star recruit and accounting for 48.5 tackles for a loss in three seasons during his Aggie career, there are a lot of fun and interesting facts about Garrett.

“He marches to a different beat,” A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin said, via USA Today, “and he plays that way, too.”

Lynch can do it on the field, too. With 9,112 career rushing yards, 83 total touchdowns, and five Pro Bowl selections, he has been one of the most dominant backs of the past decade. But after a yearlong hiatus from football, it’s fair to doubt that Lynch will be the same player he was with the Seahawks.

That’s not to say Lynch can’t succeed with the Raiders, but there are a few questions that need to be answered before the signing lives up to the hype.

A year off from football can be framed as a plus: By sitting out in 2016, Lynch gave his body a break from taking (and delivering) punishing hits. But it can also mean the running back has some rust to shake off.

The Cardinals, who have the No. 13 and No. 45 picks in the draft, could pair him with Tyrann Mathieu to create the NFL’s most athletic safety tandem. The Buccaneers need someone who can roam from sideline to sideline to deter division rival quarterbacks Drew Brees, Cam Newton, and Matt Ryan; they pick at No. 19 and No. 50. Washington was hot garbage when it came to its deep coverage last fall and could scoop Peppers at No. 17 or No. 49.


NFL Draft 2017: 22 prospects, 13 NCAA coaches invited to Philadelphia

Myles Garrett won’t be attending the NFL Draft, but there are 22 top prospects who will be in Philadelphia.

I’m not sure which is funnier, their adventures, or Nick’s narrative style. They’ve also got another video of Odell Beckham Jr.

Had a Blast with the family during the Trip Thx for turning up with us and supporting us
Apparently the two, or Rue at least, are good friends with the Giants receiver.

Of course, now that we know Davis and Beckham Jr. in on the fun, the rest of the videos of alleged shoplifting attempts and one of the pranksters stealing a monkey are a bit less believable.

Doesn’t matter, though, because these guys have already sealed their place on the meme calendar.

“I went on my visit and I absolutely fell in love.”

Adams State is led by former Cardinals quarterback Timm Rosenbach, who is the head coach.

“I never heard of it before,” Rosenbach said about Longo being the first female in college football history awarded an NCAA football scholarship out of high school. “I don’t look at it that way. My wife is a former pro athlete. I see her as a football player who earned it.”

The game of the week will take place in Denver with the 8-1 Broncos facing the 9-0 Chiefs

Green Bay needs to tread water while Rodgers is out and picking up a win on the road in New York would be a major plus. The Packers have lost two straight and could fall two games out of the NFC North lead with a loss.

The game of the week will take place in Denver with the 8-1 Broncos facing the 9-0 Chiefs. Kansas City will bring its No. 1 scoring defense into Denver to face Peyton Manning and the Broncos’ No. 1 scoring offense. Not many think the Chiefs can hang with the Broncos in a shootout, so the game may need to trend toward a defensive battle if Kansas City is going to have a chance.

The winner of the game will be the No. 1 seed in the AFC heading into Week 12 while the loser will be the No. 5 seed and top wild card. Even with a lot of season to play, there will be a lot on the line in Denver on Sunday.

McCown, Tolzien, and Pondfreessell. Not quite what we were expecting to see when the year started. And a good reminder of how important it can be to have a solid backup option. You just never know when you’re team will say…

The Miz is a former WWE Champion, but has spent most of the last few years in relative obscurity deep down the card. In the last couple of years, though, he’s done some fantastic work as an incredibly arrogant villain, but it was a moment on the Talking Smack post-show for SmackDown that airs on the WWE Network that really established and cemented just how incredible The Miz can be.

the Panthers are an opportunistic team that play aggressive football.

James Brady of Niners Nation thinks the 49ers can’t overlook the Panthers, despite the latter playing some poor teams:

To put it simply: the Panthers are an opportunistic team that play aggressive football. They can be taken advantage of, but it won’t be an easy game. Fortunately, outpacing their offense isn’t too difficult when you have a solid defense as well, which the 49ers do. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly where the Panthers stand when it comes to their raw stats given the poor teams they’ve faced thus far, but we work with what we’re given.

The 49ers definitely have some skewed stats when you look at the offensive side of the ball. They are among the top teams in the league, yet have the No. 32 passing offense at 189.9 yards per game on average. On the flipside, they have the No. 1 rushing attack, with 153.0 yards on the ground on average.

Colin Kaepernick has suffered from a lack of receivers of late, though he’s getting Mario Manningham and Michael Crabtree back soon. Vernon Davis and Anquan Boldin have had their moments, but by and large, it’s been on Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter to carry the load in the running game.

A high-ankle sprain hurt C.J. Spiller’s chances to follow up on his stellar 2017 season, but the Buffalo Bills running back finally feels like he’s recovering.

Spiller carried the ball 12 times for 116 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 9, his best game of the season. He was happy to report that he did not suffer a lot of post-game pain despite seeing his heaviest workload since week four.

The Minnesota Vikings have struggled to win games because of the team’s quarterback play, so they’ve turned Christian Ponder’s status into a simple proposition. If he wins, he will keep starting. The Vikings managed to win on Thursday night, but injuries have cast a cloud on his future with the team.

Every important NFL free agency signing in 2017

The NFL offseason kicks into high gear this week with the start of the free agent period. With the salary cap bumped up to $167 million, plenty of teams have the cash to upgrade key positions before the NFL Draft in late April.

Free agency officially began on March 9 with the start of the new league year, but fans had a good idea of where players are heading before that. March 7-9 is the “legal tampering” period, where teams are free to negotiate with impending free agents before the league year actually begins.

It ended in exciting fashion befitting of the narrative. The polar opposite nature of the perception of each program came together on the court and gave us high drama. While Kentucky’s brand is a cobbled together batch of one-and-dones, the Shockers get portrayed as the consummate team. Today talent won out just like it did in 2014.

Of course Wichita State isn’t going to be intimidated by UK, but in the end it was edged out by the bigger program. But it’s not like the Shockers were demonstrably worse than the Wildcats by any stretch. The end was razor thin, with Wichita State bringing the ball up the court with a chance to take the lead in the game’s penultimate possession and tie in the final one.

Both times, UK sent shot attempts by the Shockers packing with big blocks, including Bam Adebayo’s huge swat at the buzzer.

In earlier action, Michigan beat Louisville, 73-69, and the Wolverines continue their wild and wacky March Madness journey that has taken them all the way from a plane crash to a Big Ten tourney title. Now they’re in the NCAA tourney’s second weekend as well.6

The Chargers have been searching for help at running back for years

To say New England has a messy cornerback situation is an understatement. Gone are Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, Kyle Arrington and their combined more than 2,000 snaps from last season. If New England wants to make a Super Bowl run, it may need to hope the gamble on somewhat unproven talent pays off.

Will third-year man Logan Ryan be able to be the team’s top cornerback? Will Malcolm Butler emerge or simply be one of those players who had a career-defining Super Bowl and nothing more? Can Bradley Fletcher turn things around after struggling in Philadelphia? Why did the Patriots wait until the seventh round before drafting their first cornerback, Marshall’s Darryl Roberts? That may be too many questions to answer during training camp for a team looking to make another title run.

Player you’ll be buzzing about: LB Denzel Perryman — It would be easy to go with running back Melvin Gordon, the team’s first-round pick, but second-rounder Perryman is explosive and will be trying to show the team he deserves a starting role early.

What to watch: The Chargers have been searching for help at running back for years, and they took advantage of the strongest running back draft class we’ve seen in a long time and picked Gordon. Quarterback Philip Rivers is still the guy who will drive the offense, but Gordon is loaded with potential and the Chargers should have a balanced attack next season. However, there’s the question of whether anybody will step up at tight end after Antonio Gates was suspended for four games.

Most important position battle: Defensive line — The Chargers have Corey Liuget, but outside of him they need to get the defensive line depth sorted out. Sean Lissemore and former Bronco Mitch Unrein are a couple of other names to watch.

For more on the Chargers, check out Bolts From The Blue.

The St. Louis Rams released seven-year veteran defensive lineman Kendall Langford on Thursday

With Kevin White having one of the better combine of all the participants, there is a sentiment that he could have surpassed Alabama’s Amari Cooper on many big boards. The Oakland Raiders are Brad Davis Authentic Womens Jersey projected universally to want a receiver at the No. 4 spot, giving second-year quarterback Derek Carr a legitimate weapon.

Kiper believes if Cooper is bypassed by Oakland, there will be a potential frenzy of activity by teams hoping to move up for him.

“If Cooper is there, and Todd McShay has him falling to the St. Louis Rams at No. 10, I think there would be a trade. If he gets past the Raiders with Kevin White going there, I could see Kansas City or Cleveland jumping up to get Cooper. You can’t just let him fall all the way to the 10th pick.”

“He is open to returning to the Vikings,” Nelson Peterson said. “He hasn’t closed the door (and said), ‘I won’t play for the Vikings.’ He hasn’t demanded a trade.”
Nelson stated that much of Adrian’s problem with the franchise stems from chief operating officer Kevin Warren’s position last season, along with his subsequent promotion.

“Kevin Warren was a major player in the push last year to not have Adrian reinstated,” Nelson Peterson Brad Guzan Authentic Womens Jersey said. “We had our sources that we knew that Kevin wasn’t working for Adrian to get him back on the field and was working to keep Adrian off the field.”

Peterson was put on the commissioner’s exempt list following a Week 1 win over the St. Louis Rams when he was indicted on a felony abuse charge. Peterson ultimately pleaded no contest to reckless misdemeanor assault on Nov. 4. Commissioner Roger Goodell then suspended Peterson for the remainder of the 2014 season and said the star could not apply for reinstatement until April 15.

Currently, the NFLPA is suing the league to get Peterson reinstated, effective immediately. A judge’s ruling is expected to come sometime in early March.

Smith was the team’s second-leading receiver in 2014 with 49 catches and 767 receiving yards, hauling in a career-best 11 touchdowns last season. Baltimore currently has an estimated $5.7 million in cap space for 2015, according to Over the Cap.