President Trump responds to anthem protests: ‘locked arms is good, kneeling is not acceptable’

President Donald Trump, whose controversial remarks Friday inspired an outpouring of protests before NFL games Sunday, checked in via Twitter in early afternoon to share his thoughts on events around the league.

Long-snapper Jon Dorenbos is doing well after he open-heart surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm, Pederson said to kick off the presser.

“I would like to just send a shoutout to Jon Dorenbos. Everything went well (Tuesday) with surgery and he’s resting comfortably. Just wish him and his family well, our prayers are with him and hope for a speedy recovery,” Pederson said.

The aneurysm was discovered when Dorenbos was traded from the Eagles to the Saints at the end of August. The 37-year-old, who been with the Eagles since the middle of the 2006 season, is now grateful the trade occurred.

“He looks at it in a way in which you could argue the trade itself saved his life,” Saints coach Sean Payton said, via ESPN.

According to Payton, Saints physician Dr. John Amoss saw something was wrong during Dorenbos’ initial physical. He ordered further tests, which is how the aneurysm was discovered.

“Thanks primarily to our players, the NFL also has been a unifying force New York Jets Cheap Jerseys in our country and impactful change has and hopefully will continue to be the NFL Jerseys Paypal result of peaceful expression, done so in order to highlight social injustices of all kind. Negative and disrespectful comments suggesting otherwise are contrary to the founding principles of our country, and we do not support those comments or opinions.”

NFL preseason Week 4: Patrick Mahomes shows off big arm in final exhibition

There weren’t many starters who played in Thursday’s final slate of NFL preseason games. Most starters were mere spectators as coaches used the final preseason game to determine which players will fill out the 53-man roster.

It was easy to see why Mahomes is not yet ready to be an NFL starter, as he struggled to be consistent against the Titans backups. But he also gave Chiefs fans reasons to be excited for the future when the team eventually moves on from Smith.

NFC championship game preview, anyone? Only if Green Bay’s defensive fixes really, really worked … and worked better than the Seahawks’ defensive fixes. Also, if the Seahawks’ defensive players who gripe about Russell Wilson getting Cheap Football Practice Jerseys preferential treatment can explain how that jibes with one of his few dependable targets, Jermaine Kearse, getting traded for another defensive player, Sheldon Richardson. Anyway … Seahawks, 24-23

The Kyle Shanahan-John Lynch era begins in the Bay Area, as does Cheap Green Bay Packers Jerseys the Tread Water Until We Can Get Kirk Cousins era. And neither of those is as magnetic as the start of the Christian McCaffrey era, near his former college home. If the rookie continues what he started in preseason, and Cam Newton is truly and fully recovered, the Panthers might have more fans on their side by the end. Panthers, 34-17

Running back David Johnson accounted for 36 percent of the Cardinals’ yards from scrimmage last season, the highest percentage in the NFL, and could be out for an extended period. Possible overreaction: Without Johnson, the offense is a 37-year-old quarterback and a 34-year-old wide receiver. That rarely translates to wins in the NFL.

Zach Randolph and Memphis were perfect for each other

The greatest miracle the Grit ’N Grind Grizzlies pulled wasn’t making Memphis fall in love with the local basketball team (the South has long been a hoops mecca). It wasn’t providing a counterweight to a league getting faster, freer, and smaller. The biggest achievement of Grit ’N Grind was turning Zach Randolph into what he has become.

Randolph was the trouble child incarnate before arriving in Memphis. He’d been cast off from the Blazers, ridiculed with the Knicks, and salary-dumped by the Clippers. (The Clippers!) In Memphis — with stability, good coaching, and great teammates — he found a new identity and a real career.

Now, he’s been signed by the Sacramento Kings on a two-year deal to provide a veteran presence and buckets under his old coach Dave Joerger. Tell someone stuck in 2008 that Z-Bo would eventually be a stabilizing, culture-positive veteran for a young team. They’d laugh you out of the room! But we’re there.

This is the second meeting that Milwaukee will have with Rose, so there may be more smoke here than any of the meetings that had taken place before. However, it’s still a long ways off from being final for either side.

Milwaukee’s point guard situation isn’t great, to be sure. Malcolm Brogdon surprised the whole NBA after being selected in the second round, playing 75 games and winning Rookie of the Year. Matthew Dellavedova started most of the year, shooting under 40 percent from the field but filling Cheap Hockey Jerseys From China his role well in his first season away from Cleveland. It’s nothing against either player to call them one of the worst point Cheap Hats And Jerseys guard duos in the league.

However, the Bucks don’t need better point guards.

the Mariners could use Gray and would happily give up prospects to get him.

Gray could solidify Seattle’s rotations for multiple years, making it far easier to swallow sending top prospects to Oakland than if Gray were only a rental.

This grade gets a B- because while it may be true the Dipoto wants Gray in his rotation for the next two-plus years, well, so does everybody else. I’d like a refurbished, 3-bed/2-bath brownstone in Chelsea but student loans exist and I also need to eat food to survive. We all have hopes, Seattle.

In theory, the Mariners could use Gray and would happily give up prospects to get him. But at this point those prospects might not exist given that their farm system lacks the depth of other teams currently making offers, including the Brewers, Astros, and Cubs.

While the Mariners would have to give up top prospect Kyle Lewis and may be glad to do so, they just moved their No. 2 prospect Tyler O’Neill to get Marco Gonzales from St. Louis and they shipped another four prospects to Miami for David Phelps. Although Lewis is the 34th-ranked prospect on Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects list this season, he probably won’t be enough to beat out all the other offers on Manchester United Cheap Jerseys the table.

In short, the Yankees still have plenty of exciting new youth MLB Jerseys Usa to go around, and they added the 27-year-old Gray and his two-and-a-half years of team control to the organization in exchange for a haul of kids. Gray will help the Yankees get under the luxury tax threshold next season in much the same way that Judge and Frazier will, and that will allow the Yankees to have plenty of cash available for their next wave of major signings. That’s worth giving up prospects for, even leaving aside that Gray makes them a more capable contending team today.

2017 NFL Draft rumors: Joe Mixon ‘undraftable’ to many teams

Joe Mixon will be a controversial selection in the 2017 NFL Draft — if a team takes him.

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, there are “many teams” that view the former Oklahoma back as “undraftable.” Mixon has drawn headlines in recently months mostly thanks to the release of the video that showed him punching a woman in the face in 2014.

“I think it was one of the greatest games I have ever played in, but when I think of an interception return for a touchdown, some other missed opportunities in the first 37, 38 minutes of the game, I don’t really consider playing a good quarter-and-a-half plus overtime as one of the ‘best games ever.’ But it was certainly one of the most thrilling for me, just because so much was on the line, and it ended up being an incredible game. There are so many things that played into that game — a high-scoring offense, a top-ranked defense, the long Super Bowl, four-and-a-half-hour game, the way that the game unfolded in the first half versus what happened in the second half … so it was just a great game.”

Most may disagree with Brady and say he’s nitpicking at his stats, but he does have a point. While the setting of the Super Bowl does make his comeback more important, he’s certainly had better individual games than this.

Take his 2007 regular-season game against the Dolphins for example. He had just four Cheap Jerseys Sites incompletions while throwing for six touchdowns with no interceptions. Or his 2007 playoff game against the Jaguars in which he had just two incompletions (26 for 28) with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

While there’s certainly a case to be made for Brady’s record-setting 466 yards in Super Bowl 51 being his best game ever, it’s also easy to understand why he feels like there are better performances on his resume.

NFL Combine 2017: Jabrill Peppers will be performing double duty

Jabrill Peppers is one of the more intriguing players at the NFL Combine. He has a lot of skill, as evidenced by the fact he was a Heisman finalist, but his size makes NFL evaluators wonder what position he’ll play in the league.

In order to help them in that process, Peppers will be working out with both the linebackers and the defensive backs Monday. He’ll compete in all the drills for both positions, which should give scouts plenty to watch as they analyze the hybrid player.

Let’s also not forget that Peterson likely is descended from slaves who suffered savage disciplinary beatings generation after genration after generation. It excuses nothing but also can’t be ignored. This is learned behavior.

That paragraph has now been removed, and an editor’s note at the top of the story reads as follows:

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Some other QBs on our list were challenged sufficiently in their biggest games

Clemson wouldn’t have made either Playoff without Watson, though, and the fact that his team went 5-1 in his postseason starts — can you imagine how few QBs in college history can boast of six postseason starts? — reflects stupendously on him.

He lit up Alabama, Alabama again, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech, and did most of his damage against Ohio State and Oklahoma on the ground.

Even without those, he was still quite tested. Overall in 2016, Clemson faced nine of the top 22 defenses and no truly bad FBS defenses. The best defense Mahomes faced in 2016, No. 37 West Virginia, ranked worse than Watson’s average FBS opponent.

Some other QBs on our list were challenged sufficiently in their biggest games, but none faced relentless competition like Watson did.

One statistically bizarre win streak, though, can’t make up for an uninspired team built by a front office — Gar Forman and John Paxson — that is damn near universally hated by its fan base. They apparently toyed with the idea of trading Butler at the trade deadline, and ultimately pulled back from that idea.

That was Chicago for 82 games: poorly constructed, infrequently motivated, and Nike NFL Jerseys actively disregarding the direction that modern basketball is headed. In Game 6 on Friday when they finally lost their first round series against Boston, their fans looked like this.

We should go back to those first two games, though, when Chicago whipped the Celtics for two games before they were inevitably crushed. For the first time all season, the Bulls were really, actually, truly … kind of fun? Could that be right?

Last year’s signature win for Oakland came against the Broncos in Week 9.

He’ll take what he feels to be justice into his own hands. “He had it coming,” Garrett said about an LSU tight end. “He just kept holding me, so I picked him up, put him on his back and then I grabbed his face mask and kept jamming his helmet into the ground. I said, “I’m setting you straight right Vancouver Canucks Cheap Jerseys now. Don’t do illegal holds.”

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Garrett did not say which LSU tight end he was talking about, but the ESPN broadcast showed Garrett throwing LSU tight end DeSean Smith to the turf as Derrius Guice scored a touchdown that put the Tigers ahead 34-10 in the third quarter, on a play for which Garrett drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

On the next play, the broadcast showed Garrett on top of Foster Moreau with the LSU tight end flat on his back after the extra-point kick. There was no penalty on that play.

Last year’s signature win for Oakland came against the Broncos in Week 9. In that game, Murray rushed for 114 yards and three touchdowns on 20 attempts. On one of those carries, Murray Victor Cruz Cheap Jerseys ripped off a 42-yard run right up the gut behind his fullback. It was a simple short-yardage rushing play on third-and-1, but Murray’s explosiveness up the middle changed the momentum of the game. Murray eventually scored on a 1-yard run later in the drive, giving Oakland a 20-7 lead.

If the Raiders give Lynch these responsibilities and ensure that he only handles the workload on early downs and in short-yardage situations, there’s a chance the return of “Beast Mode” could be imminent. But if the Raiders get too carried away with the Lynch hype and try to make him an integral cornerstone of what was an already talented offense, things could go south quickly.

2017 NFL draft live stream: How to watch round 1 online

Each spring, NFL fans gather together in one place to boo Roger Goodell and, occasionally, the first-round picks of their favorite teams in a rich tradition known as the NFL draft. This year, the action begins on April 27 at 8 p.m. ET with ESPN and NFL Network providing wall-to-wall coverage for the event on TV.

A live stream will also be available at WatchESPN and Watch NFL Network Cheap Jerseys Sunglasses for participating cable providers.

Follow the action with our 2017 NFL draft tracker with pick-by-pick results and analysis updating in real-time for all seven rounds.

After two years in Chicago, this year’s draft will take place in Philadelphia for the first time since 1960. The event itself will be hosted in the Philadelphia City Hall, and future NFL stars like Deshaun Watson, Mitchell Trubisky, and Leonard Fournette will be in attendance.

Policies of this nature are common, and they often lead to legal challenges when players go to collect. It’s not clear how much Butt will actually collect, or what specific rules might come into play. But if Butt turns out to get $10,000 per pick from the middle of the third round onward (a total of 60 picks), he’d get $600,000.

“I’ve been following that insurance policy, and it’s really not completely accurate,” Butt said. “There’s a lot more that’s going into that than what’s being tweeted today. I really don’t know. It could be ‘X’ amount of dollars. It could be ‘Y’ amount of dollars. There’s so much more that will go into it than I’m able to understand right now, and that’s going to be something that I have to speak to with my agent and my dad and some lawyers about.”

Butt was a quality tight end at Michigan for four seasons, but his career really took off in the last two. He was a key part of Jim Harbaugh’s pro-style offense and went more than 1,000 yards with seven touchdowns in 2015 and 2016.

he spent his last two years playing for Bo Pelini

It’s hilariously early of course, but our Dan Kader projects five Bama players to go in next year’s first round, with Hand landing in Pittsburgh:

With Jonathan Allen and Dalvin Tomlinson off to the NFL, Hand should see more playing time in 2017 and live up to his blue-chip billing. For Pittsburgh, Stephon Tuitt could be after a big contract soon, so Hand would act as depth or an eventual replacement.

As the Tide lose talent to the NFL, they roll in fresh blue-chip players like Hand and four-star LB Christian Miller as feature roles in the team’s front seven after largely having roles as spot defenders. It also allows them to do things such as redshirt four-star players like Quinnen Williams and grayshirt a talented recruit like Jarez Parks.

Plus, he spent his last two years playing for Bo Pelini, so it’s not like any NFL coaches are going to be able to hurt his feelings should he screw up.

Rivers was very much a big fish in a small pond as an FCS standout. While Youngstown State was one of the former Division I-AA’s best programs — they were national runners-up in 2016 — they still played a schedule that included teams like Duquesne, Robert Morris, and other awful football Cheap Jerseys In Toronto programs outside the western Pennsylvania corridor. On the plus side, he Cheap Jerseys NFL Nike did manage sacks against Illinois and Pittsburgh in FBS showdowns in 2014 and 2015.

While his Combine numbers were terrific, Rivers can play stiff on the field and struggles to get his feet underneath him for fluid lateral movement. Better and bigger tackles can wrap him up and keep him engaged, effectively swallowing him for stretches. He’ll still explode for big plays, but he’ll also go through lulls where he won’t make an impact for long stretches of time.