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  • @Redskins • 2d

    Washington Times: Haynesworth thanks fans for support after kidney diagnosis

    Former Washington Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth thanked his fans for their support after receiving hundreds of calls and offers from potential donors for his needed kidney transplant.

    Haynesworth said he has started his dialysis treatment and is feeling better than his previous update, in which he revealed that he was suffering from kidney failure.

    Haynesworth posted the following update on Facebook, which was later shared by Pro Football Talk:

    First and foremost I want to thank each and everyone that prayed and supported me during this new ordeal, you guys are amazing.

    Former Washington Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth thanked his fans for their support after receiving hundreds of calls and offers from potential donors for his needed kidney transplant.

    Haynesworth said he has started his dialysis treatment and is feeling better than his previous update, in which he revealed that he was suffering from kidney failure.

    Haynesworth posted the following update on Facebook, which was later shared by Pro Football Talk:

    First and foremost I want to thank each and everyone that prayed and supported me during this new ordeal, you guys are amazing.

  • @Titans • 2d

    Fansided: Marcus Mariota near "bust" status for Tennessee Titans?

    Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report says that Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota is near "bust status", but is he right?

    Right now, Marcus Mariota is the closest thing the NFL has to a Rorschach test. People project what they want to see onto #8 and then use statistics to back it up.

    Do you want to see a guy who isn't doing well? Cool, look at his passing yards and touchdowns despite having offensive coordinators who chose inefficient running plays over productive passing plays, thus decreasing his volume.

    How about a guy who can't handle the stress of the NFL?

    Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report says that Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota is near "bust status", but is he right?

    Right now, Marcus Mariota is the closest thing the NFL has to a Rorschach test. People project what they want to see onto #8 and then use statistics to back it up.

    Do you want to see a guy who isn't doing well? Cool, look at his passing yards and touchdowns despite having offensive coordinators who chose inefficient running plays over productive passing plays, thus decreasing his volume.

    How about a guy who can't handle the stress of the NFL?

  • Fansided: Tampa Bay Buccaneers face steep odds to win NFC South

    It has been 11 straight years without a playoff appearance for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the odds-makers in Las Vegas are not particularly on their side as they head into 2019 either. Following back-to-back 5-11 seasons and a coaching change, Odds Shark has placed +1200 odds on the Buccaneers to win the NFC South this season.

    If you area bettor and a firm believer in the Buccaneers this year, then these odds could make you a very rich person. However, given the lack of game-changing moves made this offseason, the Buccaneers look to be in a lateral position this season as well.

    It has been 11 straight years without a playoff appearance for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the odds-makers in Las Vegas are not particularly on their side as they head into 2019 either. Following back-to-back 5-11 seasons and a coaching change, Odds Shark has placed +1200 odds on the Buccaneers to win the NFC South this season.

    If you area bettor and a firm believer in the Buccaneers this year, then these odds could make you a very rich person. However, given the lack of game-changing moves made this offseason, the Buccaneers look to be in a lateral position this season as well.

  • @Seahawks • 2d

    Field Gulls: Seahawks expected to have one of most experienced offensive lines in NFL in 2019

    For years former offensive line coach for the Seattle Seahawks Tom Cable kept the offensive line room filled with highly athletic, young starters. In 2016 and the first half of 2017 the Hawks fielded the youngest, least experienced offensive line in the entire NFL.

    In fact, the five starting linemen for the Seahawks were so young in and when the team traded a second and third round pick for Duane Brown at the trade deadline in 2017, Brown brought almost as many career games started as the entire rest of the offensive line. To put into perspective how inexperienced the 2016 line for the Hawks was, in the last two seasons the least experienced lines in the league were the Indianapolis Colts in 2017 and the Houston Texans in 2018, with the lines of those teams having a combined 181 and 168 career starts, respectively.

    For years former offensive line coach for the Seattle Seahawks Tom Cable kept the offensive line room filled with highly athletic, young starters. In 2016 and the first half of 2017 the Hawks fielded the youngest, least experienced offensive line in the entire NFL.

    In fact, the five starting linemen for the Seahawks were so young in and when the team traded a second and third round pick for Duane Brown at the trade deadline in 2017, Brown brought almost as many career games started as the entire rest of the offensive line. To put into perspective how inexperienced the 2016 line for the Hawks was, in the last two seasons the least experienced lines in the league were the Indianapolis Colts in 2017 and the Houston Texans in 2018, with the lines of those teams having a combined 181 and 168 career starts, respectively.

  • @49ers • 2d

    Fansided: San Francisco 49ers: Which players did Madden overrate and underrate?

    The San Francisco 49ers are now only a week or so away from the start of training camp as is a tradition in mid-to-late July. Another tradition this time of year that always seems to get fans riled up is the annual reveal of that year's Madden ratings.

    It's always a controversial time of year as fans tend to feel that their team received the short end of the stick and that their favorite players were disrespected with their ratings.

    In reality, overall ratings mean very little in the game as the collection of individual attribute ratings tell much more about the player than his aggregate final output.

    The San Francisco 49ers are now only a week or so away from the start of training camp as is a tradition in mid-to-late July. Another tradition this time of year that always seems to get fans riled up is the annual reveal of that year's Madden ratings.

    It's always a controversial time of year as fans tend to feel that their team received the short end of the stick and that their favorite players were disrespected with their ratings.

    In reality, overall ratings mean very little in the game as the collection of individual attribute ratings tell much more about the player than his aggregate final output.

  • @steelers • 2d

    DK Pittsburgh Sports: Six days to Latrobe: More turnovers, please

    Pressure is supposed to lead to turnovers. At least that's the thinking in NFL circles, and has been for years.

    So how to explain the 2018 Steelers?

    They led the NFL in sacks for the second consecutive season, tying the Chiefs for that honor, yet somehow forced just 15 turnovers. Only the Lions (14) and 49ers (7) had fewer in 2018.

    That was a seven-turnover decline for the Steelers from 2017, when they went 8-2 in one-score games. In 2018, that record in one-score games fell to 6-5. As much as Chris Boswell struggled last season putting the ball through the uprights on a regular basis, that decrease in turnovers was equally as much to blame for the team's 9-6-1 record.

    Pressure is supposed to lead to turnovers. At least that's the thinking in NFL circles, and has been for years.

    So how to explain the 2018 Steelers?

    They led the NFL in sacks for the second consecutive season, tying the Chiefs for that honor, yet somehow forced just 15 turnovers. Only the Lions (14) and 49ers (7) had fewer in 2018.

    That was a seven-turnover decline for the Steelers from 2017, when they went 8-2 in one-score games. In 2018, that record in one-score games fell to 6-5. As much as Chris Boswell struggled last season putting the ball through the uprights on a regular basis, that decrease in turnovers was equally as much to blame for the team's 9-6-1 record.

  • @Eagles • 2d

    Fansided: Check out how good Philadelphia Eagles CB Jalen Mills is looking

    These days, it almost seems as though you can start a podcast centered around the Philadelphia Eagles secondary. Sitting around in the blazing heat of the Summer and guzzling down whatever it is you want to drink to cool you off can make you come up with about four episodes without even trying. Here's the inaugural story on this new idea. What's going on with 'The Green Goblin', Jalen Mills?

    As just about every Eagles fan knows, unless of course you fall under the category of a 'new' or 'casual' fan, Mills started every one of Philly's first eight games of the 2018 regular season before a foot injury caused him to sit out of the next four.

    These days, it almost seems as though you can start a podcast centered around the Philadelphia Eagles secondary. Sitting around in the blazing heat of the Summer and guzzling down whatever it is you want to drink to cool you off can make you come up with about four episodes without even trying. Here's the inaugural story on this new idea. What's going on with 'The Green Goblin', Jalen Mills?

    As just about every Eagles fan knows, unless of course you fall under the category of a 'new' or 'casual' fan, Mills started every one of Philly's first eight games of the 2018 regular season before a foot injury caused him to sit out of the next four.

  • @RAIDERS • 2d

    San Jose Mercury News: Derek Carr makes generous offer for HBO's 'Hard Knocks' series

    Derek Carr wanted to do something out of the ordinary for the cameras when the crew from HBO's "Hard Knocks" showed up at his house on Thursday.

    And since he's already done the cheesy television commercial spoofing car insurance ads, the Raiders quarterback was apparently fresh out of ideas.

    So Carr took to Twitter to offer his fans and followers an opportunity for some world-wide exposure as filming began for the show that will document the team's training camp.

    Hard knocks starting at the house today... might as well have fun with it.

    Derek Carr wanted to do something out of the ordinary for the cameras when the crew from HBO's "Hard Knocks" showed up at his house on Thursday.

    And since he's already done the cheesy television commercial spoofing car insurance ads, the Raiders quarterback was apparently fresh out of ideas.

    So Carr took to Twitter to offer his fans and followers an opportunity for some world-wide exposure as filming began for the show that will document the team's training camp.

    Hard knocks starting at the house today... might as well have fun with it.

  • @nyjets • 2d

    NY Post: Jets coach Adam Gase has no excuse not to deliver

    As training camp approaches next week, Post NFL columnist Steve Serby looks at the biggest characters in the world of the Jets and Giants.

    The Jets' dream of course, is Adam Gase showing up in his second crack at head coach as Sean McVay.

    It is probably an improbable dream, because McVay is in a league of his own -- except when he encounters Bill Belichick in a Super Bowl. But there is a case for Gase to succeed, even if he isn't McVay:

    McVay inherited a young franchise quarterback in Jared Goff; Gase inherits a young franchise quarterback in Sam Darnold.

    As training camp approaches next week, Post NFL columnist Steve Serby looks at the biggest characters in the world of the Jets and Giants.

    The Jets' dream of course, is Adam Gase showing up in his second crack at head coach as Sean McVay.

    It is probably an improbable dream, because McVay is in a league of his own -- except when he encounters Bill Belichick in a Super Bowl. But there is a case for Gase to succeed, even if he isn't McVay:

    McVay inherited a young franchise quarterback in Jared Goff; Gase inherits a young franchise quarterback in Sam Darnold.

  • @Giants • 2d

    Newsday: NFL training camp 2019 preview: Storylines, Long Islanders to watch this preseason

    It's mid-July, which means NFL players are reporting to training camp. The entire Broncos roster reported on Wednesday, as did rookies for the Ravens, Seahawks and Cardinals. Jets rookies report on Friday, with veterans arriving on Thursday, July 24. Giants rookies report on Monday, July 22, and veterans show up two days later.

    Here are 10 storylines to watch across the NFL during training camp and the preseason, as well as players with Long Island ties to keep an eye on this summer.

    <strong>A new era for the Jets</strong>

    It's mid-July, which means NFL players are reporting to training camp. The entire Broncos roster reported on Wednesday, as did rookies for the Ravens, Seahawks and Cardinals. Jets rookies report on Friday, with veterans arriving on Thursday, July 24. Giants rookies report on Monday, July 22, and veterans show up two days later.

    Here are 10 storylines to watch across the NFL during training camp and the preseason, as well as players with Long Island ties to keep an eye on this summer.

    <strong>A new era for the Jets</strong>

  • @Saints • 2d

    ESPN.com: Lawsuit over Rams-Saints non-call can proceed

    NEW ORLEANS -- A Louisiana judge ruled Thursday that a damage lawsuit can continue against the NFL over the playoff non-call that helped the Los Angeles Rams beat the New Orleans Saints and advance to the Super Bowl.

    State Civil District Court Judge Nicole Sheppard also ruled that attorney Antonio "Tony" LeMon can request documents and ask questions of NFL officials. LeMon said that means he will be able to question commissioner Roger Goodell and three game officials in depositions about the lack of a penalty -- pass interference or roughness -- against Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman for his helmet-to-helmet hit on receiver Tommylee Lewis well before a pass arrived.

    NEW ORLEANS -- A Louisiana judge ruled Thursday that a damage lawsuit can continue against the NFL over the playoff non-call that helped the Los Angeles Rams beat the New Orleans Saints and advance to the Super Bowl.

    State Civil District Court Judge Nicole Sheppard also ruled that attorney Antonio "Tony" LeMon can request documents and ask questions of NFL officials. LeMon said that means he will be able to question commissioner Roger Goodell and three game officials in depositions about the lack of a penalty -- pass interference or roughness -- against Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman for his helmet-to-helmet hit on receiver Tommylee Lewis well before a pass arrived.

  • @Patriots • 2d

    Boston.com: Tom Brady is one of Sports Illustrated's 'Fashionable 50'

    Tom Brady: Super Bowl champ and ... style icon?

    In Sports Illustrated's fourth-annual "Fashionable 50" issue, Brady was honored as one of the Most Stylish Athletes in Sports, landing in the Icons category, which also includes Odell Beckham Jr., Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Dwayne Wade, Maria Sharapova, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, LeBron James and P.K. Subban.

    SI wrote:

    "When it comes to his start in the NFL and his sense of style, Tom Brady has come a long way. The 41-year old quarterback keeps getting better with age and experience, nailing sophisticated suits and subtle casual looks.

    Tom Brady: Super Bowl champ and ... style icon?

    In Sports Illustrated's fourth-annual "Fashionable 50" issue, Brady was honored as one of the Most Stylish Athletes in Sports, landing in the Icons category, which also includes Odell Beckham Jr., Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Dwayne Wade, Maria Sharapova, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, LeBron James and P.K. Subban.

    SI wrote:

    "When it comes to his start in the NFL and his sense of style, Tom Brady has come a long way. The 41-year old quarterback keeps getting better with age and experience, nailing sophisticated suits and subtle casual looks.

  • @Vikings • 2d

    Daily Norseman: Austin Cutting officially cleared to pursue NFL career

    The only member of the Minnesota Vikings' draft class of 2019 to not sign his first NFL contract appears to be well on the road to hitting that milestone.

    Long snapper Austin Cutting, who the Vikings selected with the last of their 12 selections in April's selection meeting, has been officially cleared to pursue his career in the National Football League, according to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

    A few weeks ago, we passed along the news. . .well before anybody else did. . .that the Department of Defense policy on service academy athletes wishing to pursue careers in professional sports was on the verge of being reversed.

    The only member of the Minnesota Vikings' draft class of 2019 to not sign his first NFL contract appears to be well on the road to hitting that milestone.

    Long snapper Austin Cutting, who the Vikings selected with the last of their 12 selections in April's selection meeting, has been officially cleared to pursue his career in the National Football League, according to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

    A few weeks ago, we passed along the news. . .well before anybody else did. . .that the Department of Defense policy on service academy athletes wishing to pursue careers in professional sports was on the verge of being reversed.

  • CBS Miami: Kendrick Norton 'Thanks God', Hospital, & Miami Dolphins After Being Released From Hospital

    MIAMI (CBSMiami) -- Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Kendrick Norton, was released from the hospital Thursday exactly two weeks after being rushed into emergency surgery after suffering multiple injuries in a car crash that required his left arm to be amputated.

    Norton had a message as he walked out of Jackson Memorial Hospital where he had six surgeries in two weeks.

    "I just want to give a big thank you to God and the Jackson Medical Center. They did a great job taking care of me while I was in here. The Dolphins family has been a lot of help.

    MIAMI (CBSMiami) -- Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Kendrick Norton, was released from the hospital Thursday exactly two weeks after being rushed into emergency surgery after suffering multiple injuries in a car crash that required his left arm to be amputated.

    Norton had a message as he walked out of Jackson Memorial Hospital where he had six surgeries in two weeks.

    "I just want to give a big thank you to God and the Jackson Medical Center. They did a great job taking care of me while I was in here. The Dolphins family has been a lot of help.

  • @RamsNFL • 2d

    Turf Show Times: LA Rams land two WR-QB tandems on Pro Football Focus' Top 10 list

    A well executed pass play is a thing of beauty. Every millisecond from the moment the ball is snapped to the instant it touches the receiver's fingers is critical. But flawless execution is easier said than done.

    Receivers may slip, get jammed at the line, or fail to break when they needed to. Quarterbacks get pressured forcing them to make an errant pass, they may mistime a throw, have it tipped at the line, and weather can play factor -- for both positions. That is to say a lot of things must go right in order for a play prove successful.

    A well executed pass play is a thing of beauty. Every millisecond from the moment the ball is snapped to the instant it touches the receiver's fingers is critical. But flawless execution is easier said than done.

    Receivers may slip, get jammed at the line, or fail to break when they needed to. Quarterbacks get pressured forcing them to make an errant pass, they may mistime a throw, have it tipped at the line, and weather can play factor -- for both positions. That is to say a lot of things must go right in order for a play prove successful.

  • @Chargers • 2d

    Fansided: Los Angeles Chargers position battles: Trevor Williams vs. Michael Davis

    Some many see this as overthinking things, but the Chargers don't exactly have a clear-cut No. 2 cornerback on the other side of Casey Hayward. Sure, Williams is likely expected to be the starter by most, but don't tell Michael Davis that.

    Davis came in to relieve an injured Williams last season and played in every game for the team. He finished the season with 50 tackles, eight pass deflections and two forced fumbles. He made some mistakes in coverage but for the most part played pretty well and as a result, should get a chance to claim the job this summer.

    Some many see this as overthinking things, but the Chargers don't exactly have a clear-cut No. 2 cornerback on the other side of Casey Hayward. Sure, Williams is likely expected to be the starter by most, but don't tell Michael Davis that.

    Davis came in to relieve an injured Williams last season and played in every game for the team. He finished the season with 50 tackles, eight pass deflections and two forced fumbles. He made some mistakes in coverage but for the most part played pretty well and as a result, should get a chance to claim the job this summer.