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The Terrelle Pryor Sr. one-year signing was a bust, as he did little to help Washington overcome the free-agent losses of Pierre Garcon (49ers) and DeSean Jackson (Buccaneers). First-round pick Josh Doctson has not yet delivered as a true Authentic Blake Wheeler Jersey No. 1, and slot man Jamison Crowder was the Redskins’ limited leading receiver by default.

Doctson was a good red-zone target at times, but the team didn’t really have an outside gamebreaker or possession guy. The Rams’ Sammy Watkins would be the top target to regain the big-play element the Redskins had with Jackson, plus a little more. The Seahawks’ Paul Richardson is also someone to consider as a speedy downfield threat.

Going for more versatility, the Jaguars’ Marqise Lee and the Chiefs’ Albert Wilson also would fit as No. 2-types. On the cheap, flyer route for upside, there’s the Broncos’ Cody Latimer. The priority of the offseason is a field-stretcher, so if the Redskins don’t get that in a veteran, they’ll focus on drafting someone fast early in the draft.

In fact, The Athletic first reported that Sherman had dinner with 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan on Friday night. ESPN added that Sherman will meet with the team Saturday with the possibility of a contract getting done, but the 49ers want to make sure Sherman is on track with his rehab and healing from his injuries.

Sherman is also expected to undergo a physical and meet with team doctors to talk about the Achilles tendon he tore last year, NFL Network reported.

Sherman, who turns 30 this month, said Friday on KIRO-AM in Seattle that he wants to go to a franchise that’s building a championship team. Some of the moves the 49ers have made this season indicate they’re trying to do just that, including signing Jimmy Garoppolo to a five-year, $137.5 million contract last month.

I want to go to a contender, Sherman said. I play at a high level. I’ve always been a guy that can work well with others and continue to elevate if my teammates elevate and elevate others.
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Bradford is a Plan B worth exploring if the Bills are determined to go the veteran route and someone else makes a better offer to get Smith.

“It’s been an awesome season,” Bortles said after his solid 23-of-36, 293-yard outing against the Patriots. “I think it’s been a lot of fun despite what happened today. It’s been a special ride to do this on an organization that hasn’t done this in a really long time with a special group of guys.

“It’s tough to try to enjoy it right now, but I’m sure that at some point we’ll be able to reflect and think about all the good things that happened. Find a way to fix it to make sure that we don’t feel like this at this point again.”

At 25, Bridgewater would come with a high upside but the unknowns around his health will keep his price low. Bradford has proved he can still deliver strong play when healthy, but he’s 30 and carries a different level of risk vs. reward coming off his latest knee injury.

Then again, it wouldn’t be bad to bring in Bridgewater to compete with Peterman and a rookie.

One wait-and-see scenario would be sticking with Bortles for one more year but targeting a quarterback in the early rounds to groom as a potential heir apparent.

In a quarterback-starved league, the Jags would be playing with fire if they rescinded the fifth-year option on Bortles’ rookie contract and let him test free agency with the option of re-signing what would presumably be a lesser deal should he find no other offers to his liking. If the Jags are all-in on Bortles, a multiyear contract could be in the offing.

Before the 2017 season started, we used the preseason point spreads and Pro Football Reference’s Simple Rating System, to extrapolate how the NFL’s teams were expected to perform. At that time, the Giants were expected to finish the season with a 10-6 record, making them contenders in the NFC East. Now they are on pace for a three-win season, making them the biggest underachievers of the year. But they’re not alone. Here’s a look at the most disappointing and most pleasantly surprising teams of the NFL season.cowboys_095



Whitehead switched from middle linebacker to weakside linebacker this offseason and the results have been night and day.

“We condemn racism in all forms and any and all hate groups that support it,” Papa John’s public relations executive Peter Collins said in a statement to the Huffington Post. “We do not want these individuals or groups to buy our pizza.”

The chief marketing officer for Papa John’s, Brandon Rhoten, told Ad Age last week that his company was “talking about what next steps look like.” Despite the NFL’s ratings decline, Rhoten described the league as “still a gargantuan source of reach and benefit for brands” and said, “I can’t imagine we would walk away from the NFL, ever.”

Last week, I called Lawrence a prime candidate for the franchise tag. His insane jump in grade is the reason. Olivier Vernon’s recent career year and subsequent cooling off will give teams pause before doling out big money to players such as Lawrence. He’s had five games with at least six pressures this season after having only one such game the first three years of his career. It’s clear that he’s improved his overall game, but the truth likely lies somewhere in the middle.

That sort of minor position change might not sound like much, but a weakside linebacker often has to deal with fewer blocks in the run game and will have different coverage responsibilities versus the pass. Last year, he was victimized in coverage, allowing the most catches (72) and yards (656) of any linebacker. Now he’s on pace to allow just over half of those totals, and his work in the run game is back to where it was before 2016. His 8.7 run-stop percentage is a big jump up from 7.1 a season ago, and he looks far more comfortable back on the weak side.

This may end up being the Gronk game we remember most. It was his Bo-Jackson-in-Tecmo-Bowl moment, a 3.5-hour saga of domination where the only way to stop him was to tackle him before the ball got there (and sometimes that didn’t even work). Of course, the Steelers would have benefitted from a better game plan against the best tight end ever (seriously, single coverage with the game on the line in the fourth quarter?), but it’s doubtful it would have mattered.

Aaron Rodgers wasn’t able to save the day for the Packers (boo), but Green Bay can take solace in winning our weekly Celebration of the Week Award for Week 16. I enjoy when a touchdown celebration delves into the surreal, and watching a bunch of football players speed-walking like grannies at the mall at 7 a.m. on a Tuesday is just sublime.cowboys_044



DeMar DeRozan leads Raptors to 6th straight win

Dwane Casey’s 500th career game as Toronto’s coach had plenty of moments to go sideways, especially after his team let a 15-point lead slip away in the first half.

Alshon Jeffery, working out of the slot in the red zone, puts Eagles up 24-0 with five seconds left in the half. The score, his seventh of the season, triggers a $250,000 performance clause in Jeffery’s contract, as well as an extremely good celebration.

Silfverberg roofed a wrist shot with 35 seconds left in the second period, capitalizing on a clear path to the net when Carolina defenseman Haydn Fleury fell down.

“It’s a game of mistakes, we all say,” Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk said. “It gets tough when we’re in a little bit of a tough stretch right now. Every mistake weighs on you a little bit more. You think about it more. You end up gripping your stick a little tighter, trying to bear down and make those plays.”

The Hawks have beaten Cleveland three of the last four games dating to last season, and Lue said Schroder is a major reason why.

“I think Schroder, he’s improved his jump shot, he’s shooting the three a lot better, the pull-up jumper a lot better so you can’t really go under as much because he can make that shot,” Lue said. “His speed and quickness, you try to switch one through four and it’s a mismatch. With the fives you try to blitz and they’ve got guys rolling to the basket that will finish at the rim.

“Then they’ve got shooters all around him, (Kent) Bazemore and (Luke) Babbit, those guys can make shots but also put the ball on the floor. When you have four or five guys on the floor that can shoot but also put the ball on the floor, it makes it tough.”canadiens_453_7a488c0f2065f9ea-168x168



Colts laud ‘tough as nails’ Jacoby Brissett for taking on NFL-high 47 sacks

Despite being flattened week after week by huge NFL linebackers, Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett has remained optimistic.

After an impressive win over the playoff-bound Chiefs, the Giants took advantage of the depleted Redskins’ offensive line, totaling six sacks which Kirk Cousins admitted after the game were in part due to quality coverage in the secondary. After putting up 61 points the past two games, Washington was held to 323 total yards, the majority of which came late in the game. With Eli Manning struggling without his wideout weapons, it was actually the Giants defense that provided their lone touchdown of the game — a Jenoris Jenkins 53-yard pick-six.

Bortles said he believed Seattle’s actions stemmed partly from the Seahawks’ frustration of losing, and “people aren’t used to getting beat like that by the Jaguars.”

The situation got even harrier when a fan tossed a water bottle at Jefferson as he was leaving the field. Jefferson took off his helmet and approached the stands looking for the perpetrator. When another beverage was thrown at him, Jefferson tried climbing a railing into the crowd to retaliate before being pulled back and restrained by security.

“I can’t commit that he’s definitely going to play tomorrow, but he’s definitely moving in the right direction,” Washington coach Scott Brooks told reporters after Monday’s practice.
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Instead, he gave some stream-of-consciousness answers about the movie Groundhog Day and meteorology.

Chuck Pagano didn’t seem to want to talk about the actual Colts during his Monday press conference.

“From our perspective, it’s an even greater reason for us to hunker down and say, ‘This is our family. This is our locker room.’ And take more ownership of it,” Packers center Corey Linsley said, via the Wisconsin State Journal.

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The Broncos lost their sixth-consecutive game this past Sunday against the Bengals. For the time being, the Broncos have promoted their quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave to offensive coordinator, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

McCoy was brought in after being fired as the San Diego Chargers head coach. As a former Broncos offensive coordinator with success, he was expected to help fix what was once a prolific unit. But in 2017, they were average, before taking a dive into mediocrity.

Crabtree kept blocking Talib right out of bounds. Punches were thrown, and players from both teams jumped in. It turned into a full-on brawl.

Both Crabtree and Talib were ejected from the game. Talib had to walk right through the Raiders’ bench to get to the locker room. It looked like he still had some things to say to Raiders staff on the sideline. But Marshawn Lynch stepped in and escorted Talib on his way to avoid any further conflict.orioles_011



Hey, we’re still in Jacksonville for some reason.

Rodriguez mostly elides over what happened next, when they found themselves on opposite sides of baseball’s most heated, and often most genuinely nasty, rivalry. “When you’re trying to play for the pennant, emotions are high,” says Rodriguez. “If you talk about any dislike, and I don’t think that’s the word, it was less than one percent of a twenty year relationship.”

Despite being hampered by a hamstring injury, Marcus Mariota continues to make strides in his third NFL season. The Titans are 4-1 in games that Mariota has started and finished. Second-year safety Kevin Byard (41 tackles, 11 passes defensed, four interceptions) also has become a difference-maker while appearing on every defensive snap in 2017.

Asked Friday on Twitter if he would be working with RFR’s crop of young drivers in the upcoming season, Martin responded, simply, “No.” Martin, who drove for Roush Fenway from 1988-2006 — the vast majority of his Sprint Cup career — said at the time of his hiring as a driver development coach that he was happy to be reuniting with the organization where he earned 35 of his 40 career Sprint Cup wins.

It was announced in mid-January that Martin, 56, has joined forces with late model dirt-racing legend Scott Bloomquist to field two entries in the Lucas Oil Late Model Championship in 2015. Bloomquist and up-and-coming driver Jared Landers will drive the two team cars, respectively, with both carrying sponsorship from Batesville, Ark.-based Mark Martin Automotive Group.

Franks, who has been thrown around like a rag doll all afternoon, is sacked by J.R. Reed for a loss of 20, but before he even hits the ground (again) he fumbles and Reed picks the ball up and walks in for a 3-yard touchdown. It’s 35-0 Bulldogs, and I’m pretty sure Malik Zaire is warming up on Florida’s sideline, right?
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The Jaguars are playing here on Sunday, in what will be their fifth annual trip to London.

Everyone but Jordan and Willie Reed has permission to rush the ball upcourt; the coaches track which players dribble over half court, and exchange giddy looks the moment — usually early the second quarter — when every non-center has done it.

About 100 feet way, clear on the other side of the court, Archie Miller takes a knee. The Hoosiers’ new coach is the shortest man on the floor — at 5-foot-9, he doesn’t clear sophomore forward De’Ron Davis’ shoulders. But after Devonte Green, Miller’s flashy New York-native guard, lobs a sloppy pass, Miller feels far from small. He waves his arms in a frenzy and his whole being practically vibrates — a powerful tornado of disgust.

The search for the right lineups in Boston, featuring every wacky possibility imaginable. The Celtics’ roster is stocked with tantilizing possibilities and led by a coach creative enough to try them all.

On the other hand, there’s the relatively anonymous up-and-coming advanced stats darling who fits more naturally with Charlotte’s other pieces. How will coach Steve Clifford handle his two centers? And how will Howard handle himself if his role starts to shrink?

It’s easy to debate which approach is right. Some think Washington should have signed Cousins when it had the advantage and he didn’t have a long résumé—say, two years ago. But back then, team president Bruce Allen had no idea Cousins would consistently be a 4,000-yard-per-season passer. So if Allen paid him like a premier player and he fizzled, he’d be stuck with an Osweiler-like contract.

Khan agreed to allow The MMQB shadow him this weekend, as part of our “24 Hours” series, as he takes in the festivities.
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It’s unclear which owners are among the 17 who participated on Thursday’s call.

For now, the offense is working. In some ways, things are not so different. The Clippers are still playing at a slightly below-average pace — even after misses — and minimizing turnovers, hallmarks of a Paul team. They are tossing almost exactly the same number of passes as they did last season.

But the touches and time of possession are spread out more evenly, and the Clips are running like bananas when Griffin rests, per NBA.com. That makes intuitive sense: When your best one-on-one weapon in the half-court hits the pine, run like hell so you don’t have to play in the half court at all.

The glow of Blake Griffin’s game winner at the buzzer in Portland on Wednesday faded with a loss to Detroit on Saturday, their first of the season. The Clips still own the NBA’s best defense by a considerable margin. They can get greedy this week, with four games at home. The first will be against the Warriors, against whom the Clippers are 1-11 since defeating the Dubs in a first-round playoff series in 2014.

“I always tried to push him as a little kid to play soccer, and it was strange, he didn’t like it,” says Roque Ortiz, Andres’ father. “Then all of a sudden when he was in middle school, he started to get interested in football, and he came home complaining, Oh, why you didn’t teach me football?”

Although he’s just 5’9” and 160 pounds, Ortiz knew he had a good arm, from playing some flag football at recess. He wrote down his position as quarterback at the very first meeting and has been the Panthers’ starter ever since.

But it’s easier to make an educated guess which owners want Goodell to push harder to get players to stand: Dallas, Washington and Houston, certainly.
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