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The fame game: How Odell Beckham Jr. crashed the QB clubV

Postby Angel92 » Jul 25th, '17, 01:45

The stars were out at the 2015 NBA All-Star Game. Jay-Z, Beyonce, Bill Clinton, Ben Stiller and Bill Russell all roamed courtside at Madison Square Garden. And beside them -- looking like he belonged -- stood New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
If one moment solidified Beckham’s status as a household name, it was Clinton asking the wideout for a picture -- according to Beckham’s friend and current Giants punter Brad Wing. A former president of the United States asked for a photo with a 22-year-old NFL player. It’s not your everyday interaction, even for a wide receiver who stars for one of the league’s flagship teams in the nation’s biggest market.
Beckham had just finished his second NFL season and had already reached A-list celebrity status. That doesn’t happen too often in a sport where the athletes' faces are hidden by helmets. Most football players are recognized by the name on the back of their jersey rather than by their jaw structure or golden locks.
Beckham’s fame has reached unprecedented status in record time, in part because of a legendary catch and freshness that was off the charts.
Consider the 2015 All-Star Game. NBA players, including LeBron James and Russell Westbrook, flocked in Beckham’s direction. They exchanged hugs and handshakes, and Westbrook even came with a high-five.
Beckham isn’t Tom Brady, the highest-ranked NFL player on ESPN’s World Fame 100. Brady was No. 21 on the list. Other quarterbacks -- Cam Newton, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and Eli Manning -- are ranked higher than Beckham, as well. But Beckham, ranked No. 64, is the most famous non-quarterback NFL player on the list.
On the strength of his bright blond fauxhawk, Beckham is making $10-plus million in endorsements annually. He also enjoys a robust social media following on Instagram (8.6 million followers), Twitter (2.5 million) and Facebook (1.4 million). Beckham was the NFL’s top player on social media over the last calendar year, according to MVPindex, a social media intelligence platform that analyzes athletes’ social media portfolios and calculates their digital brand value. Beckham’s social media footprint came in at a whopping $82 million from July 2016 to July 2017. He blew away the competition. Brady was second with a social footprint worth $44.9 million.
"Odell Beckham Jr. had a record-setting year on social last season because he was able to create unique, branded content that gave fans an inside look into his colorful personality, life and style -- both on and off the field," said Kyle Nelson, co-founder and CMO of MVPindex. "He's been able to cash in on his personal brand and connect with fans, not to mention generating real value for his corporate partners."
Beckham has endorsement deals with Nike, Head & Shoulders, Dunkin' Donuts and Steiner Sports, among others.
And, Beckham is only 24 years old. Consider, when Brady celebrated his 24th birthday, he was still a scrawny backup to Drew Bledsoe. At 24, Rodgers had never started a game, Brees was struggling in San Diego, Manning was entering his first full season as a starter, and Newton was far from a household name with nary a dab to his name.
Beckham was also recently ranked No. 1 on the Charge 25 Under 25 Index. The index measures the strength of athletes’ brands Brandon Finnegan Womens Jersey while under the age of 25, based on social media following and engagement, search results and news stories. Beckham also ranked fifth on the NFLPA Top 50 Player Sales List for the 2016 season.
“He’s a rock star,” said new teammate Brandon Marshall, who has crossed paths and communicated with Beckham for several years. “There is no one else in the NFL like him. We’ve never seen this before.”
Beckham announced himself to the world with a one-handed touchdown catch in a Sunday night loss against the Dallas Cowboys. When the ball stuck to his fingertips that November night, it propelled the rookie from a promising player to a different stratosphere.
The day after that one-handed catch, Beckham was scheduled to do a signing at Roosevelt Field Mall in Long Island. Hundreds of fans packed the mall’s lower level, forcing New York’s newest star to be shuffled by security through the bowels of the building with cameras for outlets like TMZ (as well as reporters and fans) stalking his every move.
This was Beckham’s new reality. He wasn’t just a successful first-round pick. Suddenly, he was getting texts from Michael Jordan and eating dinner with LeBron James. Everybody wanted a piece of the hot new star.
At the Super Bowl after his rookie season, Beckham told a story about going to the mall in Arizona. A few children started following him, then a few more. Soon there were 20 or 30 kids trailing him.
“It’s Odell. He can’t go out in public. It’s that crazy,” Giants safety Landon Collins said. “You can’t walk around with him. It’s hectic.”
It’s like that in New York, New Jersey or California. And it’s no different in London or Germany. When Beckham was in Europe promoting the Giants-Rams game, hundreds lined the Munich streets and chanted “OBJ, OBJ, OBJ.” Beckham played to his fans, climbing on the roof of a car to help them get a better look.
It was a similar scene in London last season before the game against the Rams. Fans quickly converged on a downtown Nike store when they heard Beckham, Victor Cruz and a few other Giants were making an appearance. Pandemonium ensued as the throng strove to get a glimpse of one of the sporting world’s biggest stars.
Kids want to be like him and get near Kurt Coleman Youth Jersey him. It’s no accident that Nike recently awarded Beckham the largest-ever shoe deal for an NFL player ($5.8 million a year) as younger players try to replicate his look.
“I don’t want to say I didn’t expect to be where I’m at today, but I didn’t expect kids to be dying their hair blond,” Beckham said at his football camp last month. “I have all kinds of parents telling me, ‘My kid dyed his hair blond because of you.’ I didn’t mean for all that stuff to happen.”
Cruz, now with the Chicago Bears, said his nephew, a big Beckham fan, dyed his hair blond. The do has a life of its own.
“The blond hair takes it to another level,” Cruz said.
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Who are the best defensive players in the NFC South by posit

Postby Angel92 » Jul 25th, '17, 02:30

Our division positional rankings series rolls into the NFC South, taking a look at some of the more talented defensive players in the NFL. Every team in the division has had a difficult time getting consistently dominant play out of their defensive units as a whole on a year-to-year basis, but each team has aspects of that side of the ball that they’d like to hang their hats on as a clear strength, at least on paper.
When complete, this series will consist of 16 parts, as we rank the position groups of each division in the NFL on both sides of the ball. Keep in mind that each position group is ranked based on current ability, with a lean toward “near future” projections thrown in. Here are the divisions and position groups we’ve completed so far:
Interior Defensive Linemen
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Gerald McCoy, Chris Baker, Stevie Tu’ikolovatu, Clinton McDonald
2. Carolina Panthers – Kawaan Short, Star Lotulelei, Vernon Butler, Kyle Love
3. Atlanta Falcons – Grady Jarrett, Dontari Poe, Derrick Shelby, Ra’Shede Hageman, Courtney Upshaw, Jack Crawford
4. New Orleans Saints – Sheldon Rankins, Tony McDaniel, David Onyemata, Tyeler Davison (Nick Fairley)
Analysis: This is a strong group across the board in the NFC South, but Gerald McCoy and Chris Baker on the same team should be fun to watch for Tampa Bay fans. Both can rush the passer and stop the run with equal propensity, although it remains to be seen how they’ll work on the field at the same time. Stevie T can eat a handful of snaps (no pun intended) as a run clogger every game, which should free up Baker and McCoy for even the occasional rotation to stay fresh.
Kawaan Short would be the choice of many as the best interior defensive lineman in the division, but his running mate, Star Lotulelei, has fallen off after he looked like he’d be on his way to elite status early in his career. Vernon Butler would be starting on a lot of teams in the NFL, so don’t be surprised if he pushes Lotulelei for more playing time at some point.
The Falcons’ addition of Dontari Poe is a solid one that can become great if the soon-to-be 27-year-old can get back to his way of playing a few years ago in Kansas City. A steady rotation should do wonders for Poe, as the growth of Grady Jarrett and Ra’Shede Hageman will be important to Atlanta’s success up front.
New Orleans could have potentially been higher Mariano Rivera Youth Jersey up this list despite the overall divisional strength, but losing Nick Fairley for the season is a big blow. I’m extremely high on the futures of Sheldon Rankins and David Onyemata, especially after strong 300-snap rookie seasons, but the Saints have a big hole at nose tackle that Tyeler Davison isn’t going to be able to fill. The team often deployed smaller fronts last year, and will likely rely on a similar strategy in 2017.
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Notebook: Woodberry Forest football schedule takes on new lo

Postby Angel92 » Jul 25th, '17, 03:27

New Woodberry Forest football coach Scott Braswell’s first season on the sideline will feature a revamped non-Prep League schedule.
Powerhouse programs Bishop McNamara (Md.), Bullis (Md.), Pinecrest (N.C.) and Avalon (Md.) are all gone, but the Tigers can expect a test in their season opener on Sept. 2 at home against Charlotte Latin School.
After leading the Hawks to a 12-0 record and the 2016 North Carolina Independent School Division I state championship, longtime head coach Larry McNulty announced in February that 2017 will be his final season.
McNulty has run the sideline at Charlotte Latin since 1985, leading the Hawks to 11 state titles and coaching three NFL players, including former Virginia standout Chris Canty. Brenton Bersin, a 2008 graduate, is on the Panthers’ roster and Ross Cockrell (2009) is with the Steelers.
Other schedule additions: Bishop O’Connell (Sept. 9), which went 5-5 last season and beat Fork Union, 19-6… Paul VI (Sept. 30), which went 1-9 in 2016 and lost to FUMA, 28-14, and ended the season with a 40-3 loss to Bishop O’Connell.
Woodberry has an open date on Sept. 23, which athletic director Matt Blundin is working to fill.
Blue Ridge, STAB won’t meet in 2017
There is a notable absence on the Barons’ 2017 schedule. Blue Ridge and St. Anne’s-Belfield will not meet on the football field for the first time since at least 2005.
Last season’s meeting was halted in the third quarter due to a lack of healthy players on STAB’s sideline.
Sept. 28 will feature a VISAA Division II state championship rematch as Blue Ridge hits the road to face North Cross in Roanoke.
The Barons dropped a regular-season game, 42-34, last season in Roanoke before running away from North Cross, 41-14, in the state finals.
Saints set for 8-man games
St. Anne’s-Belfield will take the field at Michael Oher Authentic Jersey home on Sept. 15 against Greenbrier Christian for the first of its three 8-man football games scheduled for this season.
STAB announced the move in February after struggling through a 3-9 season with fewer than 30 players on the roster.
The Saints’ 8-man team will travel to Hampton Roads on Oct. 13 and host the Navigators on Oct. 27.
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Why a season of Tom Savage is the Texans best option for 201

Postby Angel92 » Jul 25th, '17, 05:52

The Texans just spent a first round pick on Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson to help solve their quarterback woes, but the best option for the 2017 season is already in-house in Tom Savage.
Tom Savage, the former fourth round selection of the Houston Texans in the 2014 NFL Draft has talent. No one denies that. The dude can sling the football with the best of them.
Yet, the former Pittsburgh Panther has only managed to start a measly three games in his three-year NFL career. That has less to do with Savage’s ability to play on the field and more about him being healthy enough to do so.
Savage missed the entire 2015 campaign due to a sprained shoulder. There are some, like myself, who believe that if healthy, Savage would have played over both Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett at some point that season.
There is a part of me that believes Savage’s performance might have been enough to convince the Texans not to sign Brock Osweiler, but that is neither here nor there.
Back to the point…
Before the Texans selected Watson, I wrote an article urging for Savage to start. Those points still hold true today, however some things have changed that need to be addressed.
Savage has shown both promise and talent.
That promise started in the first preseason game for the Texans last summer against the San Francisco 49ers where Savage displayed a good feel for the pocket, while showing good accuracy and a pop on his throws. Granted, it was against the 49ers’ second team.
Savage is the veteran. Sure, he only has three starts to his name. He also has three years worth of experience in the Texans’ offense. He showed a lot of promise against the AFC South rival Jacksonville Jaguars last season. You can see that tape here.
When Savage had time in the pocket as he did against the Jaguars, he was borderline elite in the short to intermediate ranges. He had one bad Graham Gano Jersey read and throw the entire game in those areas.
Savage did what Osweiler could not and the whole team responded well to his play and accuracy in the short and intermediate ranges.
John Harris, of the Texan’s official team website broke down how the offense changes with Savage.
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Tony Romo says he still has a ways to go as an announcer

Postby Angel92 » Jul 25th, '17, 06:45

When CBS made Tony Romo its No. 1 color commentator, it was surprising because he has no experience in broadcasting. And Romo himself acknowledges it’s a job he still has to learn.
Romo said on 105.3 The Fan that he’s working with Jim Nantz, calling practice games and getting better, but he’s also trying to figure things out.
“I’ve started to do the practice games,” Romo said, via the Dallas Morning News. “I do these little daily things in Dallas — just little run-throughs and practice sessions, how to feel [and] look, how to think. It’s been good. I feel a lot more comfortable now than when I started. But I still got a ways to go.”
Romo is an articulate guy who knows the game, but that’s no guarantee that he’ll be good at making short, quick observations between plays that add value to the viewers at home. It’s a good sign that he knows he still has work to do.
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5 Options to Bolster the Lions Pass Rush

Postby Angel92 » Jul 25th, '17, 07:36

The Lions ability to rush the passer in 2017 could be problematic, and the options to bolster it are limited, but for a creative general manager, there are choices available.
In my recent Lions Roster Stack Pre-Training Camp edition, I projected the Lions to keep five defensive ends: Ezekiel Ansah, Cornelius Washington, Kerry Hyder, Anthony Zettel and Armonty Bryant. But the recent four-game suspension of Bryant has put the fifth defensive end role in flux.
In 2016, Bryant played only 104 snaps but was able to record three sacks. That level of production isn’t outstanding, but for a team who struggled to get sacks (26), Bryant’s skills were a welcomed addition.
The Lions will likely choose to wait until training camp to find a replacement for Bryant as they have some upside in-house options in: versatile DE/OLB Brandon Copeland, 2017 seventh round pick Pat O’Connor or undrafted free agents Alex Barnett and Jeremiah Valoaga. If they chose to look outside the organization, there are five ways I think they could bolster their pass rush.
Trade for an instant impact defensive lineman
Sheldon Richardson is in the final year of his rookie contract and the New York Jets have been actively shopping him this off-season. His trade value has slowly declined with the biggest obstacles being his fully guaranteed contract of $8,069,000, potential future contract and off-the-field issues.
As of today, the Lions don’t currently have the cap room to make this trade. Although, contracts can easily be restructured, and they would likely try to give him an extension (which would further alter his cap number) if they decided to make this trade.
Richardson is the mold of what the Lions look for in a defensive lineman, big and strong. While he won’t solve the Lions pass rushing threat alone (one and a half sacks over 761 snaps in 2016), he is an impact player who would allow others to step-up their games.
If Bob Quinn is concerned about the Lions front four and he feels comfortable with Richardson’s contract situation, offering as little as a fifth round pick to the Jets could land them the 26-year-old former rookie-of-the-year and pro-bowler.
Add a veteran free agent as a situational pass rusher
Dwight Freeney is 37 years old but he showed last year that he still has some gas left in the tank as a situational pass rusher. In 2016, he played 415 snaps over 15 games and recorded three sacks. Not quite as high of a snap-to-sack rate as Bryant but still effective enough as a defensive role player.
Mario Williams is another big name pass rushing free agent but his career has had a much faster fall-off than Freeney. In 2016, Williams played 449 snaps over 15 games and recorded one and a half sacks, but was a healthy scratch in week 17 and was released by the Dolphins in February. The big question is, at 32 years old, how much does he have left?
Add a versatile free agent defensive lineman
Jared Odrick is capable of playing closed defensive end and defensive tackle in the Lions scheme but an elbow injury limited his 2016 season. While he has never been a prolific pass rusher (six and a half sacks in last 22 games), his ability to stop the run and play different roles would allow the Lions to be more creative how they use other players.
Jason Jones wasn’t re-signed by the Lions in 2016, instead he went to Miami and a decent season, 516 snaps over 14 games, producing three and a half sacks 36 tackles. He was a surprise release before their playoff game. His familiarity with the Lions scheme could get him a look.
Wait for a veteran to be released
Desmond Bryant missed all of 2016 with a torn pectoral muscle but was a productive pass rusher in his three years prior as a Cleveland Brown, registering 14.5 sacks. With a $4,000,000 cap hit in 2017 and the Browns adding players to their defensive lineman in the off-season, Bryant is firmly on their roster bubble. With the size to play closed defensive end or defensive tackle for the Lions, Quinn will likely be keeping a close eye on the Browns during the pre-season.
Former Lion George Johnson is entering his third season with Tampa Bay but he has yet to register a sack for the Bucs. He came Michael Harris Womens Jersey up empty in 2015 and missed 2016 with a hip injury, and it’ll be interesting to see if the Bucs continue to be patient with him in the final year of his contract. His one year in Detroit he registered six sacks and thrived in the Lions attacking scheme.
Find a player who hasn’t lived up to his potential
Cornellius “Tank” Carradine was one of my favorite players in the 2013 draft class and despite tearing his ACL, he was still selected by the 49ers with the 40th pick in the draft. San Francisco allowed him time to heal and tried him at different positions, finally settling on using him as a situational pass rushing linebacker.
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1967: The year of the Summer of Love at Stanford

Postby Angel92 » Jul 25th, '17, 08:21

Although the year of the Summer of Love has its roots in San Francisco – beginning with the Human Be-In event that attracted tens of thousands of people to the Polo Fields at Golden Gate Park on Jan. 14, 1967 – the launch of the radical counterculture movement was certainly felt at Stanford, where love, war, drugs, and the fight for equality were popular themes.
The previous spring, Stanford students had elected David Harris student body president. With his long hair, torn jeans and strident voice, Harris was a sharp contrast to his buttoned-down student politico predecessors. He went on to become a national figure in the anti-war movement, but his initial focus at Stanford was education. He challenged the school’s administration and inspired students to take responsibility for their own education in the broadest sense. The strain between students and the administration was documented on the annual Quad pages and throughout issues of the Stanford Daily of that year – opening the door to increased student involvement in the academic community.
Lifestyles and values, as well as ideas, were changing at dizzying speed. Students trekked up to the City on weekends to dance in the psychedelic scene of the Fillmore nightclub. Jefferson Airplane and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band played a concert in the Stanford Basketball Pavilion (now Burnham Pavilion) to raise money for the senior class. Class president Jim Binns remembers asking the crowd to “put out whatever it is you are smoking,” with no expectation they would.
“Freshman year, I didn’t know anyone who had smoked marijuana. Senior year, I didn’t know anyone who hadn’t,” remembers one ’67 grad, who didn’t want his name used. “I’m not sure the grandchildren would understand.”
The Grove Project, the first co-ed Stanford residence and one of the first in the nation, launched when a group of 12 female and 31 male students moved into the vacated Phi Delt house to “show that a university the size of Stanford can create a situation in which intellectual life and the living situation are not divorced,” said Professor Mark Mancall, director of the residential experiment.
Male and female students at Stanford’s overseas campuses in Europe had been living in the same buildings on adjacent corridors, eating meals in the same dining hall, and traveling together on three-day weekends. Back on the Farm, female students had to be in their sex-segregated dorms by 10 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on weekends. Female students were fighting for permission to live off campus. As part of the “OFF” movement, they staged a strike for equal rights and withheld rent payments for campus room and board… but to no avail.
On campus
Writer and psychologist Timothy Leary visited campus after the San Francisco Be-In and participated in a symposium sponsored by the Tresidder Union Board called “Frontiers of the Mind: Psychedelics.” Another speaker at the symposium was former Stanford creative writing fellow and Merry Prankster Ken Kesey, who spoke about psychedelics and the creative arts. (While a fellow under Wallace Stegner in 1960, Kesey participated in a study of mind-altering drugs and worked as an attendant in a hospital psychiatric ward, which inspired him to write his 1962 novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.)
Members of the Stanford Daily staff tuned in to LSD when they launched a multi-issue print forum titled “LSD – Who, When, Why” where professors and students evaluated tripping.
Also making appearances on campus that academic year were some of the signature voices of the day: the Grateful Dead, beat poet and Be-In veteran Gary Snyder, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Chairman Stokely Carmichael for the Black Power Festival, six-time Socialist Party candidate for president Norman Thomas, and Martin Luther King Jr., who spoke about the need to achieve economic and social equality.
These radical challenges to conventional ideas and behavior took place in the lengthening shadow of the massive buildup of American troops in Vietnam, rapidly approaching half a million men. Television news brought graphic Sean Smith Womens Jersey images of jungle combat nightly into the common rooms of dorms, fraternities and Row houses.
Vice President Hubert Humphrey experienced a staged walk-out during his address at Memorial Auditorium in support of President Lyndon Johnson’s policy. Senator Mark O. Hatfield ’48 was enthusiastically received during his Distinguished Alumnus Lecture “From Farm to Forum” where he stated his objections to the war to a capacity crowd at Dinkelspiel Auditorium and a teach-in on White Plaza.
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Snubbed Again: Manning, Harrison Not Named To Best QB-WR Duo

Postby Angel92 » Jul 26th, '17, 01:46

First, Elliot Harrison left out Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis when listing the league’s all-time-best pass rushing duos.
But more recently, the NFL Media analyst committed an even more egregious faux pas, when he left off Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison on his list of the “Top 5 Most Talented QB-WR Tandems Of All-Time.”
That’s right: the two guys who broke Joe Montana and Jerry Rice’s all-time quarterback-to-receiver touchdowns record — No. 18 and 88 had 112 between them from 1998 to 2008 — didn’t make the cut.
I will say this for Harrison, however: when tweeted at about the Freeney/Mathis omission, he responded with: “It wasn’t an all time career list…it was for one season only. If by career as teammates, Mathis and Freeney would easily make it.” I’d say that’s a fair point, though many would still argue the two should’ve been on the list, regardless.
But I’m not so sure Harrison can have the same response about leaving Manning and Harrison off this this.
Yes, for 11 seasons, these two were virtually unstoppable; that’s unprecedented longevity.
But do you want to pick one season? It’s difficult to choose just one, but let’s go to 2004. That year, Manning broke the all-time single-season record with 49 touchdown passes (to just 10 interceptions, throwing for 4,557 yards) for a career-best 121.1 QB rating. By all accounts, it was one of greatest, if not the greatest, single seasons ever by a quarterback in NFL history.
Harrison that year caught 86 passes for 1,113 yards with 15 touchdowns, tying a career high in that category. So that's a career-best year for a Hall of Fame wide receiver.
Here’s Harrison’s full Top 5 list, with some notes on each tandem — none of which certainly aren’t deserving to be in the conversation, but only a couple of which really stack up to that 2004 season from Manning and Harrison:
No. 5: Ben Roethelisberger and Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers, 2014: Roethelisberger that year led the league with 4,952 passing yards on a then-career best 67.1 percent completion percentage (408 of 608) with 32 touchdowns to just nine interceptions. Brown had a league-leading 129 receptions and 1,698 receiving yards to go along with 13 touchdowns.
No. 4: Joe Namath and Don Maynard, New York Jets, 1967: In a 14-game season, Namath threw for 4,000 yards — Maynard caught 1,400 of them. That’s very impressive in era about 10 years before these stats really started becoming the norm for quarterbacks and wide receivers. Namath, by the way, became the first 4,000-yard passer in NFL history that year, though his touchdown-to-interception rating was 26-to-28.
No. 3: Dan Fouts and John Jefferson, San Diego Chargers, 1980: The future Hall of Famer Fouts was amazing that season, throwing for 4,715 yards and 30 touchdowns (though he also threw 24 intercepetions), while he had three 1,000-yard receivers: Jefferson (1,340 yards, 13 touchdowns), Kellen Winslow (1,290 yards, nine touchdowns) and Charlie Joiner (1,132 yards, four touchdowns). Harrison went with Fouts/Jefferson, though, because of “talent,” and, “for a three-year window, you couldn’t stop them,” Harrison said. Hmm. Imagine not being able to stop someone for almost three times that long.
No. 2: Tom Brady and Randy Moss, New England Patriots, 2007: This one is pretty obvious, as Brady broke Manning’s single-season record with 50 touchdown passes, 23 of which went to Moss. That year, his first of four in New England, Moss caught 89 passes for 1,493 yards.
No. 1: Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, San Francisco 49ers, 1987: Obviously. Rice had 23 touchdowns (one rushing) in a 12-game, strike-shortened season. Montana threw for 3,054 yards with 31 touchdowns to just 13 interceptions (also in just 13 games), while Rice would catch 65 passes for 1,078 yards. Yikes.
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AP source: Jags’ Linder now among NFL’s highest-paid centers

Postby Angel92 » Jul 26th, '17, 02:29

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have made Brandon Linder one of the NFL’s highest-paid centers.
Linder signed a five-year contract extension worth a little more than $50 million Tuesday, according to a person familiar with negotiations. The deal came on the eve of the Jaguars reporting for training camp.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the Jaguars do not disclose contract details.
“Brandon has proven on the field that he is capable of highly productive performances, and this is a high-performance business,” said Tom Coughlin, the team’s executive vice president of football operations.
“We look for his continued leadership development as an anchor of our offensive line. Brandon has earned this new contract and the high expectations that go with it.”
Linder’s $10 million average salary is the most of any center in the league, and the deal includes more than $20 million guaranteed. NFL Network reported the guaranteed money at $24 million. Atlanta’s Alex Mack and Dallas’ Travis Frederick are the only NFL centers with more guaranteed money.
Linder, a third-round draft pick from Miami in 2014, has started 31 games in three seasons. He missed two games because of knee and ankle injuries last season. He also sat out one game as a rookie and missed 13 in 2015 because of a shoulder injury. He made the switch from guard to center in 2016, and the Jaguars clearly believe he’s capable of playing at an All-Pro level.
“It means the world to me,” Linder said. “I’d love to play here my whole career. I fell in love with this city, and we have big things coming — changing the culture. … I couldn’t think of a better place to play my career.”
Linder is the first draft pick to re-sign with Stacy Mcgee Womens Jersey Jacksonville during general manager Dave Caldwell’s four-year tenure. Receiver Allen Robinson and linebacker Telvin Smith are expected to be next in line for extensions.
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Raiders camp preview: Have they done enough to be better def

Postby Angel92 » Jul 26th, '17, 03:19

Even in an exciting 12-4 season, there were plenty of reasons to be frustrated with how the Raiders played defensively. Whether it was allowing over 500 yards in consecutive games to open the season or their league-leading 38 pass plays of 25-plus yards, the unit wasn’t good despite the presence of Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack.
Overall, the Raiders finished 26th in total yards allowed and 20th in average points allowed at 24.1. When the offense is that good, you can get away with such futility and that might be the case again in 2017. But Jack Del Rio is a prideful man with a defensive background who wants to see this group play better.
Here’s a look at the Raiders defense entering the start of training camp Saturday:
Defensive line (13): *Khalil Mack, *Mario Edwards Jr., *Justin Ellis, *Jihad Ward, Denico Autry, Darius Latham, Eddie Vanderdoes, Treyvon Hester, Branden Jackson, Jimmy Bean, Fadol Brown, Chris Casher, Paul Boyette.
Analysis: Can anybody give Mack a hand? The NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year had 11 sacks last year, but got next to no help from his linemates. Denico Autry had 2.5 sack, as did Stacy McGee (who left for Washington in free agency) and the since-released Dan Williams had 0.5. Other than that, nothing else came from the Raiders down linemen. If they can get close to a full healthy season from Edwards, that should help a lot. The release of Williams opens up the top NT job for Ellis, who had a career-low four starts last year. Ward won’t be healthy at the start of camp after having foot surgery and so Autry will have the early edge for that spot. Between Latham and the rookies Vanderdoes and Hester, the Deangelo Williams Womens Jersey Raiders need to find somebody who can show an ability to pressure the quarterback from the interior.
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