Bills ‘ready to adapt’ around QB issues, major roster changes

As the Bills enter the 2017 season with an unproven roster and a starting quarterback still in the concussion protocol, the faithful Buffalo fan base is being asked to trust the long-term decisions of a Cheap Jarome Iginla Jerseys management regime that seems to be on the same page for the first time in years.

“Do I think every police officer is bad? No, I don’t believe that. Do I believe there’s some people out there that judge people on the color of their skin? I do believe that, and I’m just focused on trying to push forward and keep continuously championing the quest for justice for people, keep pushing (for) equality for oppressed people. That’s just what I’m about and what I’m going to keep doing.”

The NFL released a statement Wednesday, saying Bennett is “a leader on his Cheap Jerseys Baseball team and in his community” and the league “will support Michael and all NFL players in promoting mutual respect between law enforcement and the communities they loyally serve and fair and equal treatment under the law.”

McMahill played a video that lasted about 5 minutes and 30 seconds showing police arriving at the casino and arresting Bennett, who released a statement earlier Wednesday on Twitter saying he was “singled out for being a black man” and is considering filing a civil rights lawsuit.

If he can recapture the superb form of two years ago, then the Cards can be a significant threat in the NFC, but their window will start to close should we see further signs of decline in his play and his durability.

What we learned (and didn’t learn) in Week 1 of NFL

Ah, Week 1. Nothing stokes the overreaction fires like the first week of the NFL season. At this moment, there are 15 teams whose fans want someone fired and 15 whose fans are entering “Super Bowl LII” into a StubHub search bar, you know, just to see.

Are the Colts really this bad without Andrew Luck? Is the Ravens’ D really this good? Should fantasy owners be upset about Le’Veon Bell? What we’re buying, selling after the first NFL Sunday of the 2017 season.

Field goal. The first play of the second quarter was a 25-yard field goal by Patriots Cheap Girls Softball Jerseys kicker Stephen Gostkowski. It capped an eight-play, 67-yard drive for New England. 10-7, Patriots.

End of first quarter. The Patriots held a 140-97 total yards edge over the Chiefs after the first 15 minutes.

Touchdown. The Chiefs, on their first legitimate possession of the game, put together a drive arguably more impressive than that of the Patriots earlier in the first quarter. The 12-play, 90-yard scoring drive was capped by a seven-yard Alex Smith touchdown pass to tight end Demetrius Harris. 7-7, tie game.

If you find the Cardinals’ emerging committee backfield too murky to figure out for fantasy purposes, there is some clarity in Nelson’s role as a vertical playmaker for Arizona. Nelson was targeted on a team-high 28.6 percent of his routes in Week 1, while his average depth of target — or aDOT to the cool kids — is 15 yards downfield since becoming a key cog in the offense in Week 12 of last season. In this sample, Nelson leads Cheap High Quality NFL Jerseys the Cardinals with five receiving touchdowns, as no other peer has more than two. Next up is an entirely exploitable Colts secondary, as Nelson’s valuable share of the offense could support another solid statistical showing.

The 26-year-old defensive tackle is holding out for a new contract and the Rams are hoping to get something done this week.

McVay said there continues to be an open dialogue with Donald, who has been selected to the Pro Bowl each season since the Rams selected him 13th overall in the 2014 NFL Draft.

“I’m optimistic that we’re going to continue to work to find a solution,” said Cheap Elite NFL Jerseys the 31-year-old McVay, who is in his first season as an NFL head coach. “That being said, if we’re not able to, the game goes on Sunday at one o’clock, there’s going to be a kickoff and it’s going to be a great opportunity for us to come together as a team and see if we can come away with a W against a great opponent.”

Before Foster’s injury, he had played well on his first 11 regular-season snaps. He posted three tackles, one for loss and a pass breakup that was nearly an interception he likely would have returned for a touchdown.

“He was playing well,” Shanahan said. “He was around the ball a ton. He got close to a pick, was near another one, made a good play on the screen right the play before he got hurt. Ripped the ball loose, McCaffrey’s knee was down, but he was playing well.”

Ray-Ray Armstrong, who has started five games since entering the league Cheap Jerseys Authentic in 2013, replaced Foster with the starting defense, a role he figures to handle until Foster is able to return. He finished Cheap Elite Nike NFL Jerseys with six tackles in a performance Shanahan called “solid” on Monday.

“I was a starter last year,” Armstrong said. “It is nothing new to me. We just have to go back and continue to do what we do and play fundamental football, and we will be fine.”

The Texans are an interesting case.

They weren’t wearing the Flywire, but the striped trim on their collars was way too wide. Thankfully, it has gotten a bit narrower under Nike’s new template — definitely an upgrade.

If you like the new look, enjoy it while you can because team owner Amy Adams Strunk has told reporters the team will have a new uni design next season.

Look closely, and you can see that the new template has also had an effect on the horns that emerge from the jerseys’ side panels, which are now a bit thicker:

In addition, the Dolphins will wear their aqua throwbacks for their final two home games of the season — Dec. 11 against the Patriots and Dec. 31 against the Bills. (That noise you hear in the background is the sound of millions of NFL fans shouting, “They should wear those full time!”) You can see their full home jersey schedule — something every team should post publicly, though only a handful do — here.

Sure, a player might catch two passes for more than 100 yards and a touchdown. Donte Moncrief had a game a couple of years ago in which he caught three balls on four targets for 134 yards and two touchdowns. It was an absolutely huge game that certainly won some people a tournament that week. But if that’s something you’re counting on happening all the time, you’re going to lose more often than you’re going to win on DraftKings. Basically, it’s bad process. I’ll take three wideouts that get 30 total targets over three that get 15 for my opponent every time. I won’t win every single one of those Cheap Game Jerseys matchups, but I’ll be a winning player against that guy by the end of the season.

I also want to take advantage of matchups, so reading Mike Clay’s WR/CB matchup article is a must for me every week and a key part of my research. Volume Cheap Football Practice Jerseys alone isn’t enough if it’s going to come in a very difficult matchup.

The Warriors were able to go over the cap to re-sign Iguodala because he was their own free agent.

They would not be afforded the same opportunity for Gay, unless Gay took the $5.2 million taxpayer mid-level exception. But he could have done that no matter what KD made next year — the only cost would have been from Joe Lacob’s wallet.

Presumably, Gay wanted more than that. In order to facilitate those expectations, the Warriors would have needed to create cap space to sign Gay. Creating cap space would have required Durant taking even more of a cut from the maximum he could have made.

The salary cap was set at a little more than $99 million. Golden State had five players under contract for next year making a total of $39.3 million. They also had nine free agents, including Durant, Iguodala, and Stephen Curry. To retain the right to go over the cap to re-sign them, they needed to keep their cap holds on the books. Those nine cap holds added up to $87.1 million.

Add those two numbers up, and you get to $126.4 million, which is $27 million over the cap.

Bogdanovic had a qualifying offer tendered from the Wizards, where he finished the season last year, but Washington revoked the offer once Bogdanovic agreed to terms with the Pacers, per Wojnarowski.

Bogdanovic fills an obvious need for the Pacers on the wing in the absence of Paul George. This is another step in a busy offseason for Indiana attempting to rebuild its team.

Bogdanovic isn’t going to make the Pacers competitive, but he does provide them with shooting they need out on the wing. He shot 37 percent from deep overall last season and 39 percent during his tenure in Washington. He also averaged 13.7 points per game throughout last season.

Bogdanovic’s signing doesn’t mean much in the long term for Indiana. It’s a Cheap Paintball Jerseys short deal with lots of team security. However, it does have a ripple Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys effect on what is going on around the league.

Derrick Rose thought he’d get a max contract. He just signed for $2.1 million

Midway through last season, Derrick Rose was looking to get paid. He was going to enter the first unrestricted free agency of his career Cheap NBA Jerseys hoping for a $150 million max contract, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley, comparable to the deal Mike Conley signed with the Grizzlies two summers ago.

Several news sites aggregated that quote, because it’s salacious Cheap NFL Jerseys From China as hell and Smith is … well, his reports aren’t always wrong, although that’s not exactly the reliability you’d desire from someone in the media. James saw one of those aggregators and responded with this.

1. This is such a James tweet, with multiple hashtags and several emojis sprinkled throughout. At another time, we’re going to talk about how James’ social media presence is stuck in 2011.

2. To be clear, James can deny Smith’s report — or “report” — and it still be correct. There’s no way to prove this right or wrong. If a more reliable reporter said this, then maybe there would be some actual substance to it. But while Smith clearly talks to and has contacts with people in the league, his track record is poor. I’m sure someone told him that quote — he’s not just flat-out making it up. But that person may be prone to exaggeration, or might be too far out of James’ circle to really have any clue, or maybe isn’t in James’ circle at all and has an ax to grind.

3. This is why most reporters don’t report on things like this — salacious but unverifiable reporting that doesn’t add much of anything. Unless James has taped a photo of Irving’s face to a punching bag and is spending several hours every morning working on his kickboxing, then let’s just let this slide. James may be upset at Irving, and he has legitimate reasons to be upset, or disappointed, or even angry. But he’s probably not going to “kick his ass.”

We need a quick sidebar about the Thunder’s pick.

“They say they’re going to try something different, I would love to see it (work). It’s always good to do it,” he said, adding he believes they will start the season trying to stick to the new plan.

“But once adversity hits and stuff starts going wrong, guys are going to go back to ISO basketball, that’s how it is. You’ve got to trust it. It’s one of those things you’ve got to build, you’ve just got to trust each other. This year, I feel like a lot of guys didn’t trust each other and a lot of guys, they didn’t feel like other guys could produce or (be) given the opportunity, so there was a lot of lack of trust on our team, so that’s what hindered us from going (as far as they wanted to go).”
Those comments sparked harsh criticism from former NBA champion Stephen Jackson, who said on ESPN’s The Jump with Rachel Nichols that Carroll “wasn’t good enough to have an opinion.”

“DeMarre Carroll, why are you even talking? If anybody passes you the ball, you should be happy. Play defense. You’re Bruce Bowen. Just go in the corner, shoot 3s and be happy. You shouldn’t even have an input, you’re not good. You can shoot 3s in the corner and you can [play defense].”

Still, the biggest flaw seems clear: the Pacers didn’t have to cash in on this offer from the Thunder yet. Oklahoma City might have bluffed, but George is the best player they could have acquired this summer. The Oladipo and Sabonis offer would have stayed on the table, and maybe Indiana could have squeezed a protected pick out of it if the Thunder started squirming on, say, July 3.

(We need a quick sidebar about the Thunder’s pick. Yes, their Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys For Kids 2018 and 2020 picks were spoken for, so they couldn’t have traded one of their own picks. But they do have an unprotected second rounder from Chicago Cheap Laker Jerseys Sale through the Taj Gibson trade, which should end up in the top-35 next year.

Andre Iguodala worked free agency to perfection to get what he wanted from Warriors

Andre Iguodala drew out his free agency to perfection, adding as much as $24 million in guaranteed pay to his deal. Golden State came into free agency set to offer him a deal worth somewhere between $12 to $14 million annually with no guaranteed third year, a source confirmed to SB Nation.

Simmons will share the spotlight with Fultz, who is being billed as one of the most NBA-ready prospects to enter the draft in years. The 76ers traded up from the third overall spot to select Fultz first, adding a potentially elite point guard to compliment their talented young front court. Despite playing for a terrible Washington Huskies team last season, Fultz averaged 23.2 points per game and did nothing to deter scouts from putting him at the top of their boards.

While Simmons and Fultz will run the risk of potentially splitting Rookie of the Year votes in Philadelphia, point guards Lonzo Ball (+250 to win Rookie of the Year) and Dennis Smith (+700) should both have the opportunity to be the stars of their new teams.

Team President Magic Johnson has anointed Ball the new face of the franchise for the Los Angeles Lakers, and backed that up with action in trading away DeAngelo Russell. Ball is an outstanding distributor that averaged 7.6 assists per game at UCLA last season, and he should flourish in the Lakers’ fast-paced offense as Luke Walton hopes to emulate his mentor Steve Kerr’s attack at Golden State.

Dennis Smith averaged 18.1 points per game and 6.2 assists per game for North Carolina State last year and has the potential to be the clear focal Cheap Kids Jerseys NBA point of a fairly weak Mavericks roster. Other Rookie of the Year contenders Cheap Jerseys Youth include De’Aaron Fox (+700), Malik Monk (+900), Josh Jackson (+1200) and Jayson Tatum (+1600).

Russell’s pre-draft passing highlights haven’t translated to him becoming a real life floor general.

He’s a fine passer, averaging 4.8 assists per game last season in 29 minutes per game. But increasingly, he looks like a scorer in the lead ball handler spot. (And a scorer who shot 40.5 percent from the floor last year, mind you.) His assist-to-pass percentage, per NBA.com’s SportsVU data, was 9.5 percent. That’s more in line with players like Goran Dragic (9.7) and Victor Oladipo (9.2), rather than Kyle Lowry (11.5) or Jrue Holiday (12.0). Chris Paul, a solid gold standard, recorded 14.4 percent last year.

The Lakers also clearly had some sort of problem Russell’s off-court demeanor, or attitude, or whichever word you feel fits best in that situation. What happened with the Snapchat incident two years ago, if isolated to that alone, was blown up. But there have long been rumors that it was more than that — not another specific incident, but a consistent pattern of immaturity.

If true, it makes even more sense how little in return the Lakers were willing to take in exchange for shipping him away.

The Suns are presumably set on retaining their restricted Cheap Jerseys Sunglasses free-agent center, especially given the only other two on the roster are 34-year-old Tyson Chandler and 6’7 Alan Williams (if you can even call him that). Marquese Chriss Cheap Jerseys Online China could (and probably should) slide up there at some point, too, since his outside game doesn’t appear to be developing.

The Warriors are the only team that accentuates McGee’s strengths enough that his weaknesses don’t overtly shine through. (To be fair, McGee also played one of his best years of basketball.) Since he didn’t get a huge offer on the open market, there’s a good chance he returns somewhat cheap to Golden State.

Tampa Bay Rays trade for Lucas Duda and maybe an Instagram account

Cash slotted Duda in the DH role for Friday’s game, where he went 1-for-3 with a home run and a strikeout, which is just about as Duda as it gets. The Rays fell to the New York Yankees anyway, setting back the Rays to three and a half games behind the Yankees in the AL East.

Even with the Mets steamrolling through pitchers at an alarming rate, Smith seems like a small price to pay for Duda’s bat. Smith is a right handed reliever who ranked as the Tigers’ 24th overall prospect in 2016 and has a 1.60 ERA, no earned runs in his last three starts and no more than one walk per appearance all season. But he only just recently made the move from high-A to A to AA. Granted, Duda’s defense should relegate him to the first base/DH-only role. But the best part of this deal is the social media.

Esteury Ruiz is only 18 and FOX’s Ken Rosenthal reports that Padres scouts were high on the infield prospect after watching him play in the Arizona League, where he was hitting .419 with an OPS of 1.219 as well as a .976 fielding percentage in 2016.

30-year old Travis Wood isn’t having as much success of late, but a change of scenery may be able to knock his 6.91 ERA down a bit. With the Royals paying $7.5 million of his $12 million salary, and with a mutual option for 2019 in his contract, the Padres could luck out if Wood somehow turns things around Cheap Youth NBA Jerseys without taking as much of the financial risk.

This trade also proves what many were wondering as far as whether the Royals Find Cheap Jerseys would be buyers or sellers at this trade deadline. While Kansas City will definitely be saying goodbye to some of its veterans during the offseason, it’s now clear those farewells will be in the offseason and that everyone is sticking together for one last shot at another World Series.