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Timmons wants to play; Some eye-opening Dolphins and Cutler

Postby Angel92 » Sep 19th, '17, 05:52

A 12-pack of notes, a day after the Dolphins’ 19-17 season-opening win at the Los Angeles Chargers:
• After missing Sunday’s game for an undisclosed personal reason, Dolphins linebacker Lawrence Timmons is doing better and wants to resume playing immediately, according to a league source.
But Timmons must first meet with coach Adam Gase, and that meeting will help determine his Dolphins future.
In addition, ESPN’s Adam Schefter said Timmons is scheduled to meet with doctors today to determine the “personal” issue.
Gase has said he will discuss the matter at his 3 p.m. news conference.
Timmons left the team on Saturday and Dolphins officials didn’t determine his whereabouts until Sunday morning.
Sunday’s absence snapped Timmons’ streak of 101 consecutive starts, most in the league among front seven defenders.
• Based on the naked eye, and some metrics from Pro Football Focus, the Dolphins’ young players had mixed results Sunday.
Cornerback Xavien Howard was targeted a league-high 13 times in Week 2 and allowed a league-high 10 receptions for 87 yards, including a key one on San Diego’s final drive that ended with a missed field goal. His overall grade of 46.8 ranked 62nd among all cornerbacks for week two.
While linebacker Mike Hull - forced into a major role - held up in the running game, he allowed all nine passes thrown against him to be caught for 95 yards. The targets, receptions and yards allowed were all the most for any linebacker in coverage for Week 2.
Even if Rey Maualuga eventually replaces Hull, pass coverage at middle linebacker remains an enormous concern. Maualuga was out with a hamstring injury Sunday.
Hull played all 58 of Miami’s defensive snaps. Rookie Chase Allen, who started alongside Hull and Kiko Alonso, played 13 snaps and had an 81.3 grade, third highest among Dolphins defenders.
Rookie first-rounder Charles Harris played 27 snaps and had one quarterback hurry. In all, a relatively quiet debut.
While PFF ranked Davon Godchaux poorly for the day, he appeared to be playing well. He logged 32 of Miami’s 58 defensive snaps - more than Jordan Phillips’ 21 - and was part of a Miami defense that limited the Chargers to 3.1 yards per carry.
• On offense, Laremy Tunsil earning a run-blocking grade of 80.5, according to PFF, which makes the top 20 among all tackles. But he struggled in pass protection, permitting three QB hurries and two sacks and a hit in 32 pass-blocking snaps. His overall grade of 45.7 ranked 44th of all tackles in Week 2.
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Kneeling for anthem, 1 year later: N.J. football coach on in

Postby Angel92 » Sep 19th, '17, 06:46

It was a scorching hot Saturday last Sept. 10 and Woodrow Wilson and Highland were ready to face off in what figured to be a key football game in the West Jersey Football League Royal Division.
Moments before kickoff there was no indication a national and International story was going to occur, nothing to dictate that the spotlight was going to shine as bright as that September sun on Woodrow Wilson coach Preston Brown and his coaches and players in the coming days, weeks and months.
But as the national anthem started to play, Brown took a knee. His coaches and players – all except two – joined him.
Brown had decided a few days before he was going to take a knee as a way to speak out against economic disparities and social injustices. He had been inspired by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick making a similar gesture before a preseason game – and starting what would become a national controversy over his actions.
Brown told his team his plans so they wouldn’t be surprised, and unbeknownst to him, the majority decided to do so with him. They repeated the act for every anthem the rest of the season, changing course after Brown said they would only do it for two weeks because of how many calls and e-mails he received supporting their stance.
It’s been nearly a year since that opening game of the 2016 season – which Highland went on to win, 13-7, in what became something of a footnote of the day’s events.
The teams will meet again this Friday night in what is expected to be another closely-contested, important game. Brown said on Wednesday night he hadn’t discussed with the team whether he would kneel for this game or what their plans were and had the mindset that everyone should make their own decisions.
Stories on about the decision last September drew hundreds of comments. A 45-second video of the team kneeling has 91,000 views.
National and even International news agencies – the BBC did a piece the following week – talked to Brown and the players and followed up on their stance. Brown admitted the attention was nothing he expected and even this week – perhaps through the power of Google – the school fielded 8-10 phone calls on the issue as if it just happened.
Brown noted 70 percent of the responses he has seen throughout the year have been positive, though there are plenty of commenters who have called for his firing and were further enraged when the school district and superintendent supported him.
Brown said this week he suspects some officials who don’t agree with the Tigers’ decision have let it affect their impartiality.
"I was told by my AD that some refs didn’t want to ref our games," said Brown. “We got a penalty for too many men on the field when we didn’t have enough. One game they went to explain a call to the other coach and when I asked for an explanation I got a sideline warning. Against Moorestown, we were called off-sides when we weren’t even rushing in. We were told not to rush in during the final couple minutes of the Delsea game because they were going to take a knee, even though I said what if they fumble the snap? We got a penalty on an extra point for not enough people on the line that didn’t make any sense.
“In a lot of games there were some interesting calls and usually you just deal with it, but in close games that can cost you. And I still saw some questionable calls in one of our scrimmages this year.”
Brown said he continued to sit or kneel as he assisted with the basketball program this past winter and some players did the same.
“I don’t regret decisions we made,” said Brown, a Wilson graduate who is also the school’s Dean of Culture and Climate. “I still feel strongly about it. There’s been some improvements in some issues, but we still have issues. There’s questionable things happening.
"You see the (NFL player) Michael Thomas Davis Sr Kids Jersey Bennett (involved in a racial profiling incident) in Las Vegas. You look at who the President is and how many people are unhappy he is representing our nation and the things he has said publicly. You see what’s happening with (President) Trump now with DACA, which is going to affect some kids in our school if it goes through. There’s a great social economic divide and racial divide.
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Bills LB Lorenzo Alexander praises Ramon Humber: 'He's going

Postby Angel92 » Sep 19th, '17, 08:14

Lorenzo Alexander had a huge impact on the Buffalo Bills defense in the 2016 season. Initially signed to be a special teamer, Alexander earned a starting role in Buffalo’s defense last summer. He took the opportunity and ran with it, as he recorded 76 tackles and 12.5 sacks for the Bills last season.
Alexander has now taken a leadership role in Buffalo’s locker room. When speaking to the media earlier this week, the 34-year-old praised Ramon Humber, a linebacker who has a background that is shockingly similar to that of Alexander. Humber, 30, was brought in by the Bills last season to play on special teams – but he won a starting linebacker role in this past summer’s training camp.
Humber was impressive in the team’s 2017 season opener, as he recorded a team-high 12 tackles.
“He’s going to continue to do that,” Alexander told the Buffalo News. “There’s certain guys that you know when you play with, you’re like, ‘he’s probably just a teamer.’ But then there’s other guys like, ‘this dude can ball no matter what.’ He’s one of those guys that we trust. We’re not out there like, ‘oh, that’s a weak link.’ That’s Ramon. We know he’s got it. He’s going to lock it down.”
Humber’s road to being a starting linebacker in the NFL has been a long one, a road that features many twists and turns. After going undrafted in the 2009 NFL Draft, Humber signed with the Indianapolis Colts. After a two-year stint in Indianapolis, Humber signed with the New Orleans Saints. He would spend the next six years of his NFL career with the Saints before joining Buffalo in August of 2016.
“He’s old in this league now. People think that he’s younger than what he is,” Alexander said. “He’s learned a lot of football. He’s been around a lot of great players, a lot of great teams, and he’s always been productive when he’s gotten his opportunity.”
Alexander was right. While Humber has never been a superstar, he’s always taken advantage of the opportunities he’s been afforded. While he’s only started 19 games throughout his career, he’s recorded 222 tackles.
Humber took advantage of another opportunity this past Sunday when he recorded 12 tackles and an interception on a two-point conversion against the Jets.
Humber and the Buffalo defense will take on Chaz Green Authentic Jersey the Cam Newton-led Carolina Panthers in Week 2. If Alexander’s comments are any indication, Humber will have yet another big outing this week.
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Dolphins mull what to do with Timmons; suspension an option

Postby Angel92 » Sep 20th, '17, 02:40

Dolphins coach Adam Gase, still irked about Lawrence Timmons leaving the team without permission on Saturday, was non-committal on Monday about whether the veteran linebacker would remain a part of the organization, let alone play next week at the Jets.
According to a source, Timmons was doing much better Monday after dealing with an undisclosed personal matter over the weekend and wants to play Sunday at the Jets. He missed Sunday’s game at the Chargers after going AWOL Saturday.
SPN reported that Timmons would meet with team doctors on Monday, which the team did not confirm.
Gase declined to say when asked if Timmons is expected to remain with the organization.
“Nothing to add, for what I have right now,” Gase said. “Really just gathering a lot of information. I’ve got a few other things I have to deal with the guys who played [Sunday].”
Gase said Monday he hasn’t talked to Timmons and has “no idea” if he was in the Dolphins’ facility.
Gase was asked if he has a lot of rules. “Be on time and play hard,” he said. “I don’t know if that’s real hard.”
The coach was asked his tolerance level when those rules are broken.
“What do you think?” Gase answered. “You’ve got two rules. It’s not hard.”
Among Miami’s most realistic options is suspending Timmons for as many as four games for conduct detrimental to the team.
Article 42 of the collective bargaining agreement allows teams to fine a player for up to one week’s salary or to suspend him, without pay, for detrimental conduct for a period “not to exceed four weeks.”
The Dolphins gave Timmons a two-year, $12 million contract in March, including a $5.5 million signing bonus and $11 million in guaranteed money.
But only $1 million of his pay this season is in base salary. So if Timmons is suspended without pay for one week, it would cost him $58,823 – one/17th of a 17-week NFL season, according to someone who has access to his contract.
If the Dolphins suspended him for the maximum four weeks, it would cost him $235,294.
Cutting him would not benefit the Dolphins much financially. According to, his cap hit would be nearly identical this season if he’s on the team ($3.77 million) as if he’s not ($3.75 million).
Next season, he has an $8.2 million cap hit if he’s on the team, $7.2 million if he’s cut before June 1.
And $4.5 million of his $5.4 million base salary for next season already has been guaranteed, per sources.
The Dolphins learned Timmons had gone AWOL on Saturday night and filed missing person’s reports with multiple Southern California police departments, according to a source.
According to TMZ and a team source, police found Timmons at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday morning in a boarding area. TMZ said a Dolphins official was summoned and met Timmons there and left with him. Timmons was trying to get to Pennsylvania, where his baby and the baby’s mother live.
TMZ said the reason Timmons bolted was because “he missed the baby and wanted to visit. He was serious about visiting her.”
Sunday’s absence ended a streak of 101 Tj Green Jersey consecutive starts for Timmons, which ranks 10th among all active players and second among all defensive players, behind only Ravens cornerback Brandon Carr.
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Dolphins do something they hadn’t done in five years; Dolphi

Postby Angel92 » Sep 20th, '17, 05:54

A six-pack of Dolphins notes on a Tuesday:
• For a team that allowed a league-worst 4.8 yards per carry last season, this was encouraging, even with the extremely small sample size:
Miami emerged from Sunday’s 19-17 win against the Chargers allowing just 3.1 yards per carry, 7th best in the league.
What’s more, after relinquishing 140 yards per game on the ground last season, Miami allowed just 44 on Sunday.
And there’s this: The Chargers’ 44 rushing yards were the fewest allowed by the Dolphins since Sept. 30, 2012, when Arizona mustered only 28.
“I thought we had very few missed tackles,” Adam Gase said. “The entire defense did a good job playing off each other. We had one that kind of got us for a longer run. For the most part, everybody was in the right gaps, playing fast, a lot of gang tackling. A lot of guys were around the ball, collapsing everything. Really good to see.”
Chargers coach Anthony Lynn stopped running the ball as much after watching Ndamukong Suh blow up a couple of plays early on. Suh had two tackles for loss.
“What I saw early was Suh dominating up front, and I got away from that,” Lynn said of the running game.
• Cody Parkey’s 54-yard field goal was the longest game-winning field goal in Dolphins history, according to the team.
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Lions look for a good season

Postby Angel92 » Sep 20th, '17, 08:16

When the Halifax County Middle School football team takes the field today against Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School at 5 p.m. at Tuck Dillard Memorial Stadium it will looking to turn around its fortunes and take a step toward building a successful season.
The Lions fell to Ben Franklin Middle School in their home opener, and with today’s game being the first of five games remaining on the team’s schedule, this provides the Lions a good opportunity to build momentum for the rest of the season.
“I am really excited about this year to see what we have,” said Lions Head Coach LeVar Medley.
“Right now, offensively we have to continue to work on execution. The base of the offense is in, and all we have to do is sharpen things up. Defensively, we just have to make sure we know our assignments and fly to the ball. That’s what I preach on the defensive side of the ball everybody fly to the ball.”
Medley has experience and some talented young athletes in the ranks, especially in the offensive backfield where he has everyone returning. Osiris Ross returns at quarterback, bringing with him good experience from last season.
“He took over in the middle of the season last year, and did a tremendous job for us,” Medley said.
“This off-season he has had the whole off-season dedicated to thinking like a quarterback.”
Ross has two solid runners in the backfield with him in fullback Mikyler Smalls and Saeed Buster, giving the Lions a three-pronged threat.
“Mikyler ran the ball tough for me last year,” Medley noted, “and he is back healthy this year after suffering a broken ankle in the Bluestone game last year. We have the real fast Saeed Buster running again this year, and he has gotten bigger and stronger. He was very electric, very fast last year.”
Another runner Medley is expecting good things from this season is Montreal Claiborne, a runner Medley describes as “a shifty-type of guy with good vision.”
Up front, Medley is looking at returning center Greyson Balance to anchor the offensive line.
The Lions lost a lot of their defensive starters from last season, but have a stalwart returning at defensive end in Zachariah Carter. Carter is one of four returning defensive starters for the Lions.
“He is the leader of the defense, and I might say the leader of this team,” Medley pointed out.
“He is not a man of many words, but he leads Doug Martin Authentic Jersey by example in practice, in the school hallway and on the playing field.”
Medley likes the mixture of experience and youth he has in this year’s team.
“We’re young,” he noted.
“The more we play, the more we’ll get it.”
After today’s game, the Lions will play their next three games on the road before ending their season Oct. 4 with a home game against Laurel Park Middle School.
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Bills RB LeSean McCoy nursing sore groin

Postby Angel92 » Sep 21st, '17, 01:09

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy is expected to play Sunday despite being held out of Friday's practice with groin soreness.
Coach Sean McDermott said he is "very confident" that McCoy will be able to handle a full workload in Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers. McDermott added that he was anticipating giving McCoy a veteran rest day Friday before the groin issue.
McCoy was listed as a full participant in Wednesday's and Thursday's practices with a wrist injury suffered in last Sunday's win over the New York Jets. The injury caused McCoy to briefly leave the game after a run near the goal line.
McCoy gained 159 total yards on 22 carries and five catches in the Bills' opening-day win. His 27 touches were the most in a non-overtime game since being traded to Buffalo in 2015, but McDermott said this week that he was comfortable with McCoy's workload.
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Pair recorded jumping on cars in movie theater lot arrested

Postby Angel92 » Sep 21st, '17, 01:57

LINDEN -- Two men who were recorded by a friend jumping on cars in a movie theater parking lot in July have been arrested.
Joye Dossantos-Rosario, 21, and Kyle Williams, 22, both of Linden, were charged with third-degree criminal mischief after being arrested Thursday, Linden police said in a statement Monday.
A video posted to social media showed the boisterous pair laughing as they went from car to car, leaping and tumbling on vehicles parked at the AMC Aviation 12 theater on July 19.
At least one vehicle had a cracked windshield from the vandalism spree.
Dossantos-Rosario and Williams were given summonses. Both are due in Superior Court later this week.
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