Monthly Archive: June 2017

Atlanta zoo names hissing cockroach after Tom Brady

Atlanta fans are still bitter about their devastating Super Bowl loss.

“The Raiders have torn up Jack Del Rio’s original contract and rewarded him with a new four-year deal,” owner Mark Davis said in a statement. “We are excited to continue building on the strong foundation that has been established and this is a significant step in achieving that goal.”

Del Rio went 7-9 in his first season in Oakland but enjoyed success with the emergence of third-year players, quarterback Derek Carr and pass rusher Khalil Mack, who was named the 2016 Defensive Player of the Year.

Before Oakland, Del Rio spent nine seasons with the Jaguars, going 12-4 in 2005. The Jags went 8-8 the next season, followed by an 11-5 campaign.

Del Rio will have a new offensive coordinator in Todd Downing, replacing Bill Musgrave, but will retain defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr.

To me, he’s a less polished version of Matthew Stafford coming out of Georgia. I’d love to see him replace Jay Cutler in Chicago, but his most likely first-round spot for now is Arizona, with a host of teams interested if he falls to the second round.

North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky could go first overall, but at this point, I highly doubt he’ll be a Cleveland Brown. The Bears may be a fit, especially considering Trubisky’s experience in Cheap Ireland Jerseys cold weather in high school. But the team to watch out for is the Buffalo Bills. If I had to predict one team to make a Goff/Wentz trade-up, it’d be the Bills this year. Cleveland will be all ears when it comes to trading down from No. 1 overall.

Garrett Sickels will use NFL Draft Combine as charity fundraiser

Garrett Sickels will showcase something besides his 40-yard dash time and vertical leap at the NFL Draft Combine.

The former Penn State defensive end is leading a pledge drive tied to the number of bench press reps he turns in at next month’s combine, with proceeds set to fund research into rare diseases.

Sickels hopes to donate $250 per 225-pound rep at the combine if he reaches his goal. As of Wednesday morning, donors at www.pledgeit.org had him at $174.65 per rep.

The record for most bench press reps at the combine is 51, set by Justin Ernest of Eastern Kentucky in 1999.

This Patriots team started out 2-2, including a 31-0 loss at Buffalo in Week 1. They didn’t lose again after that. Tom Brady made pieces such as Antowain Smith, Kevin Faulk and Deion Branch fit on offense, and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel molded a unit that allowed a league-low 14.9 points per game. That defense tormented Peyton Manning in a 24-14 win against Indianapolis in the AFC championship, and New England held off upstart Carolina in the Super Bowl thanks to another game-winning field goal by Adam Vinatieri.

He’d been the No. 1 pick in the draft after winning the Heisman Trophy at Stanford but was written off as a failure after throwing 33 more interceptions than touchdowns through seven mostly losing seasons in New England and San Francisco. Oakland signed him as a backup, but when Dan Pastorini broke his leg early in the 1980 season Plunkett was back into the starting lineup. He lost his first time out, then went 13-2 the rest of the way. The Raiders became the first team to win the Super Bowl as a wild US Cheap Jerseys card entry into the playoffs.

Packers LB Clay Matthews won’t need shoulder surgery

Packers coach Mike McCarthy revealed some good news this week: Pro Bowl linebacker Clay Matthews will not require surgery on his injured left shoulder.

“I think he’s out of the woods,” McCarthy said at the NFL Combine, via Cheap Queensland Reds Jerseys ESPN. “I know there was a period of time where they were [considering surgery]. Last time we talked, [team physician Dr.] Pat McKenzie thought he was out of the woods and wasn’t going to need surgery.”

Foreman will go through all of the workouts at Texas’ pro day March 28. The Texas City native, who won the 2016 Doak Walker Award, did participate in the bench press at the Combine, doing 18 reps of 225 pounds.

Foreman ran for 2,028 yards last season and led FBS with 184.4 rushing yards per game. When he was weighed at the Combine, he measured at 6-1, 233 pounds, 16 pounds lighter than his listed weight. Teams hope fewer pounds will mean Foreman can run with more explosion and burst, but they’ll have to Cheap Professional Sports Jerseys wait until later this month to find out.

While LSU’s Leonard Fournette, Florida State’s Dalvin Cook and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey are considered the consensus top three running backs, Foreman could be the Cheap Queensland Jerseys next one off the board in April’s NFL Draft.

“Once the Jets say, ‘We don’t need you anymore,’ I’m going to venture off into that world,” Marshall told the Daily News. “I’m not playing for another team. Four (Broncos, Dolphins, Bears, Jets) is all I need. It’s too hard to make new friends and relationships and deal with different egos. I don’t like the business already. So I’m not trying to deal with that.”

So what’s next for Marshall?

NFL moves Super Bowl 55 to Tampa after Los Angeles stadium delays

Miami and New Orleans are the only markets to have hosted more Super Bowls than Los Angeles, but L.A. will have to wait an extra year before the big game returns.

NFL owners voted unanimously Tuesday to move Super Bowl 55, which had been scheduled for the new Rams and Chargers stadium, to Tampa. The new Los Angeles-area stadium will get its chance the following year with Super Bowl 56. So if you’re making travel plans, Raymond James Stadium is the place to be on Feb. 7, 2021 and the new stadium in Inglewood will play host to America’s biggest sporting event on Feb. 6, 2022.

The shift comes as a result of weather-related construction delays at the L.A. stadium site, which last week prompted the Rams and Chargers to announce they won’t move into their new home until the 2020 season. NFL rules require a stadium to have been open two full seasons before it can host a Super Cheap Jerseys Supply Bowl, so a change needed to be made.

Week 3 with this rule is now destined to look like every other week.

Which means no week is worth the risk to the players, no matter how far down the Cheap Jerseys Sunglasses priority list they are. The Cart has always been the real MVP of the NFL preseason. It rolls out constantly in stadiums all over the nation starting Hall of Fame weekend (which, regrettably, will resume being played this year) and never slows. Every time it does, the thought leaps to mind that these games serve no purpose that can’t be served some other way.

That atmosphere will be supercharged in the last two preseason games, most of all in the final one. It won’t be for the better, though — not for the fans being charged for it, and not for the players being endangered by it.

But taking something that should be dumped completely, and only making it worse, is what the NFL does best.