Monthly Archives: April 2017

Forrest Lamp will give boost to Chargers offensive line

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Forrest Lamp made a name for himself when he fended off the best pass rushers Alabama could throw at him in an early-season non-conference loss. His body of work as a 64, 310-pound quarterback protector made him the first player in Western Kentucky history to go in the first two rounds of the NFL draft.
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The Los Angeles Chargers selected the greatest offensive lineman in Hilltopper history with the 38th pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. While questions about the level of competition he faced in Bowling Green remained a concern — he faced teams like North Texas, Florida International, and Rice on a regular basis throughout his career — an impressive showing at the Draft Combine made him too valuable to pass up.

The draft is also in Philadelphia this year, so expect the boos to be even more merciless and cascading then they were in New York or Chicago.

Philadelphia booed Goodell relentlessly on the drafts first day and on the second day, even though Goodell had local legend Ron Jaworski on stage to help him.

Theyre even on signs this year. There is no hiding the fact that Bowser can be a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks. During his four years with the Cougars, the linebacker made an impressive 22.5 sacks — placing him second all-time in the American Athletic Conference. His ability to reach the passer so frequently is what earned him the nickname The Bulldozer.

His pass coverage is call for concern, but his ability attacking the line supersedes his inconsistencies on the outside. Bowsers athleticism bodes well for his ability to cover running backs and tight ends, but his lack of technique and experience make him a liability on the edge. He often tries to outmaneuver linemen with his speed, rather than getting off or fighting through a block.

Mitchell Trubisky is absolutely going to delete this old Go Packers tweet

This should be a lesson to every future NFL draft prospect: Tweet for the job you want, not the job you have ¡ª because Mitchell Trubisky is absolutely going to have some explaining to do after the Bears traded up for him.

Now granted, the Packers were playing the Cowboys on Jan. 11, 2015, in the now-infamous Dez caught it game, so this could be a little old-fashioned Cowboys hating, but still its write there in digital history ¡ª he said Go Packers.

This tweet will definitely make the Bears trade and selection of Trubisky easier, right?

Game Mens Zach Miller Jersey Jones has great size at 62 and 201 pounds, and speed, with a 4.45-second 40-yard dash. Hes the all-time FBS receptions leader, and he has quite the NFL pedigree. His dad, Robert, was a linebacker with the Cowboys during their Super Bowl runs in the 1990s, and his uncle, Jeff Blake, was an NFL quarterback.

The biggest knock on Lamp is that he has relatively short arms. Still, he was impressive in college, holding his own against Alabamas aggressive defense. His athleticism, displayed at the combine, stood out to teams, and he should be a good addition for the Chargers.

Being under center can also present mechanical issues. Taking a three-step or five-step drop is often new to quarterbacks who were asked to do little more than turn their shoulders and fire in shotgun.

Game Mens Tyler Lockett Jersey Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles has struggled with accuracy early in his NFL career, and much of that has been attributed to his poor footwork after playing often in the shotgun at UCF.

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.

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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 extinct SuperSonics have more NBA playoff wins in the last 17 seasons than the Knicks

The New York Knicks proved their dysfunction again on Friday as Phil Jackson voiced his wish for Carmelo Anthony to leave. The team will try and trade him this summer it seems.

That led the teams only hope, Kristaps Porzingis, to skip his exit interview with the media.

Lost in the madness was a vicious self-own in which the Knicks president of basketball operations dissed his own ability to win with Anthony on the team. The difficulties winning basketball pre-dates Jacksons entrance in 2013. This franchise has been bad for all but one of the last 17 years.

Youth Danny Woodhead Jersey Its been so terrible that the Seattle SuperSonics, a team which ceased existing in 2008, has totaled more playoff wins since 2001.

Authentic Youth Laquon Treadwell Jersey The Chronicle reports that Houston GM Rick Smith typically extends players with one year left on their contracts, meaning Clowney could sign a contract extension some time before the 2018 season begins.

Clowney, who battled injuries his first couple of seasons, finally had the year in 2016 the Texans envisioned when they picked him No. 1 overall in the 2014 NFL Draft. He had six sacks and 12 tackles for a loss. Golden States defense has been even better, ranking second in the league in points allowed per 100 possessions. Greens impact there is also undeniable. When hes on the floor, the Warriors allow just 99.3 points per 100 possessions. Thats the best overall mark among qualified players and a full point better than Goberts, who ranks second. Without Green, the Warriors are nearly five points worse defensively.

Tyronn Lue doesn’t think LeBron James needed to adjust free throw form

If Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue had things his way, LeBron James would leave his shot alone — even if his teammate Kyle Korver, one of the most efficient shooters in league history, is the one helping James change his free throw form.

It appears that Russell Westbrook will be named the 2017 NBA MVP, based on compilations of publicly available votes. James Harden, meanwhile, is going up head-to-head with Westbrook in the first round of the NBA playoffs, and isn’t ready to concede the race even though all votes have been handed in.

Harden put up 37 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds as the Rockets beat the Thunder by 31. Patrick Beverley and the crew held Westbrook to 22 on 6-of-23 shooting.

Meanwhile, the Warriors survived a shootout against C.J. McCollum and the Blazers; the Bulls won what was a highly emotional game for Isaiah Thomas, who lost his sister in a Saturday car crash; and the Wizards took care of business behind a John Wall gem. More below.
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Jack Lambert Elite Jersey C.J. McCollum was absolutely ridiculous in the first half of Blazers-Warriors, but it was Draymond Green who bent the game to his will in the end. He’s one of a kind.

Brad Stevens told Isaiah he didn’t have to play and could take himself out of the game at any time if he wasn’t feeling up to it. He ended up playing 38 minutes, scoring a game-high 33 and finishing a team-high +12. Boston gave him all their love when he hit his first three and throughout the game. In the end, Jimmy Butler was just too good.

The Spurs have blown the Warriors out in each of their two matchups.

What’s at stake: The Warriors are 2.5 games ahead of the Spurs for the top seed in the West. A Spurs win will cut that deficit to just 1.5 games. San Antonio has seven games against playoff opponents remaining on the schedule. Golden State has just four. The Spurs need this win to challenge for No. 1. A Warriors win all but cements their standing atop the conference.

Season series: The Spurs have blown the Warriors out in each of their two matchups. San Antonio pummeled Golden State, 129-100, in the season-opener. And with both teams lacking starters (Spurs due to injury, Warriors due to rest), Gregg Popovich coached his way into a 107-85 win over Steve Kerr.

Injuries: The Spurs are without rookie point guard Dejounte Murray (left groin injury). The Warriors are without Kevin Durant (sprained MCL).

The Panthers don’t have the weapons to hang in a shootout with New England. They’re a clock control ground team with some deep threats, but they don’t cope well when a team gets an early lead. Steve Smith and Greg Olsen are dangerous, but Ted Ginn is inconsistent and Brandon LaFell is more of a traditional Elite Mens P. A. Parenteau Jersey possession receiver.

If Tom Brady can assert himself quickly it’s unclear Authentic Anton Stralman Jersey if Newton can get his team back in the game. In five of the team’s six wins the Panthers held the lead at the end of the first quarter, while showing an inability to dig their way out of adversity in losses. Brady has the weapons to achieve this, as quick twitch slot receivers paired with Gronkowski can put points up quickly.

Newton forces his passes in these situations, tends to turn the ball over, and it’s here where the offense gets in trouble. New England needs to control the tempo on offense early, and pressure Newton throughout the game.

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.

Center Clay Webb was a 2019 recruit who impressed me with his strength and technique.

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I was intrigued by Montgomery (Ala.) Lanier QB James Foster. Foster has good size at 6’3, athleticism, and threw the ball well on Saturday. If some top schools strike out on the few remaining elite QB targets, and Foster continues to improve, his options could greatly expand.

Center Clay Webb was a 2019 recruit who impressed me with his strength and technique. From Oxford (Ala.), Webb already holds offers Alabama, Auburn, and Georgia.

There will be a flavor of the week. There will be a flavor of the month. New stars will rise, and longer home runs will be hit. For me, though, Opening Day was perfect because the best player of a generation reminded us why he’s the best player of a generation. He did it in a way that will be easily forgotten, in a game that will be easily forgotten, on a team that will be easily forgotten, in sport that makes it easy to forget nearly everything that’s hidden in a pile of 162 games.

So I want to leave this here in my 2017 MLB scrapbook. Mike Trout hit an unremarkable home run, and it was the most remarkable part of Opening Day. It was a low liner that would have been a weak grounder off almost anyone else’s bat, and I can’t stop watching it.

Elite Austin Howard Jersey Welcome back, baseball. I can’t believe we have 161 more games of this. Gonzaga led by as many as seven points during the first half, but the teams traded enough baskets that the Bulldogs went into the break with a three-point edge. North Carolina only shot 31 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes, but the Heels stayed in the game with eight offensive boards that led to nine second-chance points. Gonzaga spent 15 of the first 20 minutes with the lead.

New York is trying to make the playoffs, but its quarterback is going through some struggles.

The New York Jets have had a tough time getting consistent quarterback play, leading some to speculate whether head coach Rex Ryan will bench Geno Smith. However, that will not be the case, per Manish Mehta. Instead Ryan said Smith will remain entrenched as the starter for now.

Game Kids Tyler Toffoli Jersey During the team’s loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, Smith completed 8 of 23 passes for 103 yards and threw three interceptions. He was pulled in favor of backup Matt Simms, who went 4 of 6 for 60 yards and a touchdown in garbage time.

According to ESPN, Smith has registered a 10.6 QBR (quarterback rating) since Week 6 with one touchdown and eight interceptions, the lowest of anybody in that span. While Ryan maintains Smith will keep his job, Gang Green Nation relays a report that the coach will have Simms taking more first-team reps this week in practice.

Simms was a bad college QB. It’s very likely if he’s given the chance he will prove to be a bad pro QB. Very few thought he would ever get that chance. But it appears increasingly likely that his time just might be approaching. Ryan is fighting for a playoff berth and for his future, and the first cracks in his patience with Geno’s development are beginning to show. Should Smith put together another terrible performance or two, perhaps there will be a new Simms as the starting QB for a New York football team. Ready or not, Simms’ time may be near.

Smith, a second round pick out of the University of West Virginia this April, won the starting job out of training camp by default, after Mark Sanchez injured his shoulder. He has started all 10 games this season for the Jets and led them to a 5-5 record, good enough to tie with the Miami Dolphins for the final wild card spot in the AFC.
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