Michael Crabtree likens refs to cops, says he was treated like a ‘criminal’

Michael Crabtree wasn’t happy after Sunday’s game, and it’s hard to blame him. His team lost. His backup quarterback got hurt. He got his chain yanked off of his neck by Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib.

The strange part about the chain-snatching moment is Talib did it right in front of an official, who did nothing about it. Crabtree was upset there was no call and knew if he did something about it, he’d be punished.

The league in 2013 mandated that if a team does not volunteer itself to be on the show (which, why would they?), one would be selected. But there are a few rules.

A team could not be selected if they were in the playoffs in either of the last two seasons, if they have a first-year head coach and if they have been on the program at any point in the last 10 years. That leaves us with eight teams eligible as of now.

Those teams are the Ravens, Bears, Browns, Titans, Colts, Buccaneers, Saints and Eagles.

That list could change, as there were rumors of the Colts and Saints moving on from their respective coaches. But this at least provides an early look at the possible candidates to appear on Cheap Jerseys China Wholesale Hard Knocks.

The Bears and Eagles would be decent draws considering their market, and Cheap Jerseys China the Browns would be an interesting choice for fans to watch how a team rebounds from a 1-15 season.

Freeney said he has adopted “creative ways” to get ready through the years

Palmer still managed to throw for 4,233 passing yards, but the rest of his numbers showed a troubling downward trend from 2015. His touchdowns dropped from 35 to 26, interceptions jumped from 11 to 14, yards per attempt plummeted from 8.7 to 7.1, and QB Rating went from 104.6 to 87.2. He also took 40 sacks — up from 25 the previous season — and generally looked haggard in the pocket, forcing throws and not looking nearly as composed as he normally does.

Now 37 years old, Palmer is keenly aware that the end is near. He took some time off after the season ended before confirming that he will return for a 15th season.

“My intent was to take some time after the season to get away and see where I was physically and mentally,” Palmer said. “On both fronts, I can say I’m ready to get back to work and prepare for the 2017 season.”

Palmer’s brother Jordan told campers at the Elite 11 high school quarterback competition last Friday that Carson would play one more year, 2017, according to SB Nation’s recruiting analyst Bud Elliot who was on the scene.

“I love football, but I’m not saying I live to be there that early,” a laughing Freeney said.

Freeney said he has adopted “creative ways” to get ready through the years, including water-based and boxing workouts, to maintain conditioning for football while minimizing the pounding on his legs.

“I only have a certain amount of miles on my body and I don’t know Cheap Jerseys Premier League when a tire is going to blow,” said Freeney, who suffered a torn quadriceps in 2013 while playing Cheap Jerseys Promo Code for the San Diego Chargers. “If I play this year, 16 years is a lot of wear and tear on the ankles, knees and joints.

“I feel great right now but you never know what’s going to happen. My training now is more about being smart instead of just trying to lift the building or run six miles.”

Ulbrich said that experience the young players got as rookies last season is invaluable

Grigson bet hard on aging veterans and ultimately failed to balance that with high-performing young prospects. New hire Chris Ballard has already made strides to improve the defense by adding two of free agency’s top linemen: Johnathan Hankins and Jabaal Sheard. The Colts also drafted Malik Hooker and Quincy Wilson, two impact defenders. The new faces could help the franchise return to the top of the AFC South.

With Blake Bortles’ future hanging in the balance, the Jaguars needed a strong upgrade in the running game to hide him as much as possible. They may have accomplished that with Fournette, who has a perfect combination of size, speed, and power. He’s the type of running back you can build an offense around, and the Jaguars are hoping he can make an immediate impact.

Of the projected starters on defense, a majority have three seasons or fewer of experience. That includes three starters entering their second season — Keanu Neal, Campbell, and Jones, as well as nickelback Brian Poole, an undrafted free agent who played a majority of the defensive snaps last season.

Ulbrich said that experience the young players got as rookies last season is invaluable, and it’s rare.

“A lot of times, young players aren’t given Cheap Jerseys Kids Cheap Jerseys No Shipping Fees that opportunity for whatever reason — the organization, coaches are scared, whatever,” Ulbrich said. “Because there were moments that were rough last year, where like I said, they didn’t know what they didn’t know. But it was really cool to see how they grew.”

As these young players get more experience, the defense will continue to get better. And while the Falcons still have work to do to build up that side of the ball, they haven’t let the offense fall by the wayside.

Colin Kaepernick is getting an overwhelming amount of fan mail

Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the national anthem in 2016 became a hot-button issue that’s still in the headlines. And while his protest of racial inequality drew criticism and enraged many, it inspired plenty of others.

On Friday morning, Kaepernick posted photos on Instagram showing boxes of fan mail that he has recently received:

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has been a free agent for more than three months after opting out of his contract at the beginning of March. While he had a visit with the Seattle Seahawks last week, the trip didn’t end with a contract.

There’s a catch. Any ad for hard liquor must carry a “prominent social responsibility message” and cannot be football themed.

There are plenty of advertisers that are still banned, though. The “prohibited advertising categories” include condoms and other forms of birth control, energy drinks, supplement distributors like GNC, gambling, and marijuana.

But it’s a significant loosening of the grip for the NFL, which already dialed back restrictions on player celebrations earlier in the offseason. Giving both players and advertisers more freedom is a step in a direction the typically uptight NFL doesn’t go.

The Falcons got to Super Bowl LI because of the talent on the Cheap Gaelic Jerseys roster and the culture Quinn has built in Atlanta. They’ll lean on that culture to move past the blown 28-3 lead and the Cheap Jackie Robinson Jerseys historic Super Bowl collapse to get right back into contention in 2017.

Kaepernick would be one of the most underpaid players in the NFL.

If Kaepernick were to fall into the tier four range — which is possible — it would add validity to the claim that many teams are simply not interested in him for reasons beyond football.

Players like Ryan Mallett, Mark Sanchez and Brandon Weeden have all gotten contracts in this tier, and Kaepernick is clearly a better option than those players. If Kaepernick does fall into this category, don’t expect him to sign a contract until training camp, after he feels all options at higher salaries have been exhausted.

If he were to sign for such low a number, Kaepernick would be one of the most underpaid players in the NFL.

After all the end-of-year drama with feature back Doug Martin, including his four-game PED suspension that will carry over into this season, Koetter and the Bucs stuck with him on and off the field. They were confident enough after seeing him in shape before the draft to select only a fifth-round running back, fellow Boise State product Jeremy McNichols.

Instead of being released, Martin will enter training camp back on top of the depth chart. He looks and feels good to the point they expect him to be rejuvenated for his return in Week 4. Behind him, Jacquizz Rodgers, a Koetter favorite, remains the versatile No. 2 and certainty can lead the committee when Martin can’t play.

McNichols is a speedy third-down pass-catching type, so that puts a cloud on the near-future role of one-time preferred change of pace Charles Sims. All signs point to Martin, 28, getting a familiar workload with a chance to produce like he did in 2012 and 2015.

With the free-agent signing of former Redskins and Eagles deep threat DeSean Jackson, the Bucs finally have someone dangerous to stretch the field opposite Mike Evans. It’s a perfect landing spot for Cheap Embroidered NFL Jerseys Jackson, who will see plenty of action come his way as Winston shows off his big arm more in Cheap Donegal Gaa Jerseys 2017. Jackson, 30, still has speed to burn against No. 2 corners outside.

Bills add defense-focused female staffer for training camp

One year after hiring the NFL’s first full-time female coach, the Buffalo Bills are adding another woman to their staff.

Sporting News has learned that Phoebe Schecter will be working as a training camp intern focused on defense.

The Bills later Wednesday announced the addition of Schecter as part of the Bill Walsh Coaching Fellowship, a program designed to expose talented minority college coaches to the methods and philosophies of summer NFL training camps. Buffalo’s participants also include Vancouver Canucks Cheap Jerseys Kade Rannings, Lonnie Teasley and Byron Thomas.

That, of course, turned into Spygate. After the NFL’s investigation into the Patriots’ recording practices, Belichick was slapped with a league-max $500,000 fine, the Patriots were fined another $250,000, and the team had to forfeit a first-round draft pick.

“It was never supposed to go the way that it went,”Mangini told ESPN on Saturday. “It was more about, ‘Hey, don’t do this here.’ It wasn’t about reporting it. Sometimes things get out of hand and get rolling in one direction. It was never, ever supposed to go that way.”

Mangini hasn’t spoken to Belichick since.

“Am I surprised? I hope it’s something that can come back,” Mangini said.

“Look, Bill is a big part of my life,” he continued. “Bill gave me Real Cheap Jerseys a tremendous opportunity, and I enjoyed that experience, and I respect him. It’s disappointing, the way it’s been. Hopefully, it can change at some point.”

Belichick, though, isn’t exactly a forgive-and-forget kind of guy. He was such good USA Cheap Jerseys friends with Mangini that he read at Mangini’s wedding. But last season, Belichick failed to mention Mangini when listing the coordinators he has worked with in New England.

Colts release veteran LB D’Qwell Jackson

IndyStar.com called it the “first move of consequence” by new general manager Chris Ballard, hired last week, as he tries to make over one of the NFL’s oldest defenses.

It didn’t help Jackson that he was suspended the final four games of the 2016 season under the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy. Still, he finished with 78 total tackles, only one behind team leader Mike Adams despite the suspension.

He led the Colts in tackles his first two seasons with the team, recording 140 (82 unassisted) in 2014 and 150 (89) in 2015.

Releasing him, IndyStar.com noted, leaves the Colts with little proven talent at inside linebacker.

Belichick is on the list of witnesses for the defense, according to documents obtained by the Boston Globe.

Hernandez, a former tight end with the Patriots, pleaded not guilty to shooting and killing two men on July 16, 2012. The 27-year-old Hernandez is already serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.

Belichick was also on a list of witnesses for the Lloyd murder trial, but wasn’t called to the stand. Patriots owner Robert Kraft testified in that trial.

Hernandez’s former University of Florida teammate, Dolphins center Mike Pouncey, is Cheap Ireland Soccer Jerseys also on the defense’s list of witnesses.

Hernandez played with the Patriots from 2010-12. He was released when he was arrested for his involvement in Lloyd’s murder.

Colts defensive tackle David Parry arrested, accused of golf cart theft

Colts defensive tackle David Parry is facing multiple charges after he was arrested early Saturday morning in Arizona.

Parry has been charged with suspicion of robbery, auto theft, criminal damage, resisting arrest and driving under the influence, according to police in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale.

“I wish I could be there with you guys to relive the 2016 season. It was an incredible one, filled with a lot of fun moments,” Mariota said in the video. “I’m currently here in Oregon, getting healthy and going through my recovery process. I look forward to getting back to Nashville and getting the 2017 season underway. I think it’s going to be a great one.”

Titans coach Mike Mularkey said Mariota is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season, but he will continue to monitor the injury. He initially estimated Mariota would miss four to five months after undergoing surgery Dec. 28 to repair the break suffered in the team’s Week 16 loss to the Jaguars.

“He’s on pace,” Mularkey said, via ESPN. “I’d say probably the thing I am most concerned about him is he’s probably in there 10 to 12 hours trying to get this thing [healed]. He’s probably overworking. I want him to make sure he’s being smart about it. Because you know his work ethic — he’s USA Basketball Cheap Jerseys probably going to try to come back as quickly and better than ever.”

Mariota threw for 3,426 yards and 26 touchdowns with nine interceptions, completing 61.2 percent of his passes and rushing for two more scores, in his second NFL season before getting hurt.

For Vikings, moving on from Adrian Peterson is just tip of the iceberg

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman laughed at the first question he faced at his press conference at the Combine in Indianapolis this week.

“Wow, I bet a dollar there would be an Adrian Peterson question coming right out of the gate, and I did not get that. I lost,” he said, chuckling.

Spielman literally could have dropped the mic right there, because nothing sums up the mountain of issues the Vikings face this offseason better than that — issues that dwarf Peterson’s all-but-certain departure.

For instance, that first question was about Sam Bradford and, by extension, their quarterback situation.

That’s a fair question to ask if you are going to spend a top-five pick on a running back.

Of the running backs selected with top-five picks since 1980, four have been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That list includes Eric Dickerson (1983), Barry Sanders (1989), Marshall Faulk (1994) and LaDainian Tomlinson (2001).

The same goes for eliminating the gray.

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Breaking down new-look 49ers: Lynch, Shanahan play it smart with QB and 4-3

The 49ers are rebooting all over again in 2017. So far, they’re off to a smart start with Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch.

Since Chip Kelly became one-and-done and dragged Trent Baalke out the door with him, the 49ers already have showed signs they struck gold with their new coach-GM combination.

It’s only the second time since the Raiders returned to Oakland from Los Angeles in 1995 that they’ve sold out their season-ticket allotment, the Business Times reported. The reasons for fans’ excitement in 2017: The team is coming off its first playoff berth since 2002, the roster is loaded with young talent, and now popular hometown hero Marshawn Lynch will be wearing silver and black.

And though the Raiders’ lease options on the Coliseum run through 2018, owner Mark Davis has hinted that he’d consider playing there in 2019, too, before the $1.9 billion domed stadium in Las Vegas is ready.

Some Coliseum Authority board members are pragmatic, even though the stadium loses $1 million a year on Raiders games. “Keeping the team here means jobs [for Coliseum workers],” board member Chris Dobbins said, adding, “I renewed my season tickets.”

The Browns let Terrelle Pryor go to Washington via free agency and released tight end Gary Barnidge after the NFL Draft, so the top two targets from last season are gone. Who is going to step up? Will it be Cheap Jerseys Team 2016 first-round pick Corey Coleman, who battled injuries while catching 33 passes for 413 yards and three TDs last year?

Kenny Britt was brought on via free agency after reviving his career with a 1,000-yard season with Cheap Jerseys To Design the Rams last season. The Browns also released slot receiver Andrew Hawkins, so second-year receivers Rashard Higgins, Ricardo Louis and Jordan Payton must show development. Tight end is a less of a question mark. First-round pick David Njoku has big upside as a mismatch and should start right away.