Stallworth learned that in the 2007 offseason after he joined the club as a free agent.

DeShone Kizer scored a pair of touchdowns (in between getting sacked seven times) and a still-building defense held Le’Veon Bell and James Conner to just 43 rushing yards on Sunday. Second-year wideout Corey Coleman, who missed a big chunk of his rookie season thanks to a broken hand, looked especially valuable, catching five of his six targets and notching a clutch fourth-quarter touchdown in the loss.

Marvin Lewis, winner of zero playoff games in his 14-plus seasons with the Bengals, has been on the NFL’s coaching hot seat so long his ass must be made of asbestos. But 2017 may be his swan song after Sunday’s 20-0 beating at the hands of the Ravens. Andy Dalton suffered through one of his worst games as a pro to Cheap Kids Jerseys start the season. He threw four interceptions, fumbled once, and barely completed more than 50 percent of his passes. Most inexplicably, he threw the ball away on a fourth-and-5 situation, dooming his team to awfulness instead of just mediocrity.

Unlike this year’s squad, Hochstein and two other members of the 2007 Patriots — wide receiver Donté Stallworth and cornerback Asante Samuel — told Sporting News they didn’t start hearing outside noise about going undefeated until the season was well underway. Stallworth said Patriots veterans were privately more motivated by sticking it to those who labeled the squad “cheaters” amid the unfolding Spygate scandal.”

Said Samuel: “It was stressed to us that the next opponent is the best Cheap Lebron Jerseys opponent and we’ve got to take care of that. You can’t avoid (16-0 hype) forever. You just try to deal with it the best you can.”

After the draft-day trade that landed Randy Moss from Oakland, Stallworth recalls one veteran telling the media the Patriots could have a “year to remember.”

There’s no doubt they’ve entered roster slash mode with Tyrod Taylor needing to be a stopgap for a lesser passing game.

The Bengals got fancy offensively with John Ross and Joe Mixon in the draft, but they learned quickly against the Ravens that their line play, minus Kevin Zeitler and Andrew Whitworth, is the pits. The heat is on Marvin Lewis more than ever.

It’s clear the massive overhaul for Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch will take time, offensively and defensively. Things might need to keep getting a little worse before they get better at Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Online some point during this rebuilding season.

To pretend Scott Tolzien was a viable fill-in for Andrew Luck was downright embarrassing. The defense is terrible, too, but it has no chance without a QB to mask its major problems.

Aaron Rodgers needed to make only one money throw thanks to the team turning one of its best defensive efforts in a long while against Seattle. Now the Packers go for a double vs. NFC contenders in Atlanta, with Dallas also looming in three weeks.

To be the best in the AFC, you have to beat the best in the AFC. The Chiefs had a resounding response to their playoff disappointment by roaring back in Foxborough. Alex Smith and Kareem Hunt Cheap Jerseys Zoom need to keep it up as a dynamic offensive duo.

Coach Sean McDermott and GM Brandon Beane are doing some needed housecleaning, but in the short term, the results are dirty.

The defense is back in business, and after a long drought, the running game might be, too, with Leonard Fournette as the new feature back. Unfortunately, a shaken Blake Bortles is bound to bring them down.

Surprisingly, it’s not because Jay Cutler takes over for Ryan Tannehill, especially with weapons such as Jay Ajayi and DeVante Parker around him. It’s because the defense can stink it up on both levels behind Ndamukong Suh.

Bortles isn’t the first young quarterback to get far too many opportunities to earn a starting job.

“We’ve got to figure it out. Clearly, it was a bad” — Bill O’Brien there showing admirable commitment to understatement after his Texans team was walloped 29-7 by the Jaguars. What he has to figure Cheap Jerseys Toronto out is his quarterback situation after Tom Savage was benched for rookie Deshaun Watson following just two quarters of play. The fact Watson already has one more career touchdown than Savage should inform O’Brien’s decision for Thursday’s meeting with the Bengals.

“Unbelievable” — The word Rams coach Sean McVay used to describe the defensive performance that led Los Angeles to a 46-9 rout of the Colts. The Rams returned two interceptions for touchdowns, recorded a safety and four sacks to help McVay experience victory on his coaching debut. What’s more unbelievable, though, is that the Colts seemingly did not see this coming after throwing career backup Scott Tolzien into the fray with Andrew Luck hurt.

On the Scanning the Field Podcast, former Redskins GM Scot McCloughan professed his confidence in Goff, plus whether the Rams have to wonder about his future.

“It’s way too early,” McCloughan said. “Worry about the 10 guys around Cheap Jerseys USing Paypal him. Worry about the offensive line that doesn’t block for him. Worry about the running game so you can have the play action passes. Fix that.”

When asked about Goff’s struggles, McCloughan mentioned the Rams’ ineffective talent on offense: “All of sudden, you lose confidence, you start playing off your back foot. He has the talent, but they need to improve the talent around him.”

But he’s the most recent and maybe the most damning considering how optimistic the Jaguars have been about their playoff chances since his arrival.

NFL offenses have become a lot more like college offenses in recent years.

Is Watson really good right now? I’m not sure. The Texans made the playoffs a bunch of years with Matt Schaub, and they did it last year with Brock Osweiler, so I’m not sure “really good” is an essential bar to clear at this moment. He’s certainly got natural talent. At Clemson, he operated a complicated college offense with ease, and while he threw some picks, he was generally brilliant against a brutal schedule.

Watson is a good athlete, and he’s capable of making a few yardage pickups with his Cheap International Soccer Jerseys legs if he needs to. He’s not a scrambler, and Bill O’Brien’s not going to install the option to the extent Watson used it at Clemson. But he’s at least an ambulatory person back there, whereas Savage is a 27-year-old who moves like he’s about 47. Watson had 16 rushing yards on Sunday, clearing Savage’s career total of exactly 12.

NFL offenses have become a lot more like college offenses in recent years. Spread principles have taken them over, and it seems good to have a QB like Watson who is a) mobile, and b) used to making snappy option reads and then delivering strikes. His first career touchdown pass came on a sharply executed run-pass option that looked just like so many of the bullets Watson threw during his years in Death Valley:

The Patriots’ defense was handled in every facet. The shortest of the Chiefs’ six touchdown drives was 60 yards; three of those six drives were at least 90 yards. The first two were surgical dissections sparked by swing passes, crossing routes, shovel passes and tight-end direct snaps. The next was fluffed up by a 75-yard bomb to Tyreek Hill, who was some 10 yards behind everybody.

The Chiefs beat them deep, beat them short, beat them wide, beat them down the Cheap Jerseys And Hats middle, beat them on the ground and in the air, went over and around and through a defense that does nothing better than prepare for each opponent, adjust by the week and by the half, and takes away the opponents’ strength.

Talk of Patriots undefeated season gone after one game

Would the Patriots go 16-0 this season? They didn’t even go 1-0.

The Patriots were upset by the Chiefs Thursday at Gillette Stadium as Cheap China NFL Jerseys Kansas City got a record performance from rookie running back Kareem Hunt in a 42-27 victory.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was not sharp from the start, overthrowing a wide-open receiver on his first pass and finishing 16 of 36 for 267 yards and zero touchdowns.

New England also incurred more injuries as linebacker Dont’a Hightower left Thursday’s loss with a knee injury and wide receiver Danny Amendola left to be evaluated for a concussion and did not return.

All that talk of an undefeated season for the Cheap Custom Baseball Jerseys Patriots went out the door after one game and they clearly aren’t as invincible as many thought they’d be this season.

“Let’s see where we go this week,” Jackson said. “Let’s see what we are doing this week. Let’s find out. You are saying that he is starting this week. We don’t know that. Let’s see where we are this week and go from there.”

A change with Britt this soon into a big contract would be significant.

Against Pittsburgh, Britt had the second-most snaps among receivers, at 52 (behind Corey Coleman’s 53), and he finished Sunday’s game with one catch for 13 yards. Ricardo Louis was third among receivers, with 16. Duke Johnson had 50 snaps, all of them at receiver. Jackson said Johnson would remain at running back, and that plan with him was for that game.

Here’s the full rundown of the preseason’s last hurrah.

“They apparently realized I was not a thug, common criminal or ordinary black man but Michael Bennett a famous professional football player,” he wrote.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said Wednesday that his department has launched an internal investigation into the events surrounding the detaining of Bennett.

McMahill said he had found “no evidence that race played any role in this incident” and noted that both of the officers who dealt with Bennett were Hispanic. He said that Bennett was detained for 10 minutes.

McMahill said there are 126 pieces of video for the police to look at, including body camera images, but the officer who handcuffed Bennett did not have his body camera on.

Here’s the full rundown of the preseason’s last hurrah. With few games featuring more than a glimpse of any team’s regular-season starters, there isn’t much national interest beyond a pair of games broadcast on the NFL Network. The rest of the slate will be boiled down to local television, leaving football fans at the whim of regional broadcasts Thursday night.

Brandon Allen is firmly behind Blake Bortles and Chad Henne on the depth chart, and this end zone interception didn’t do much to help his cause.

Kupp would later be forced to make a circus Cheap Authentic MLB Jerseys catch on a Goff overthrow despite being wide open on a corner route, although Goff would make up for it by throwing his Cheap Baseball Jerseys China prettiest pass of the day to a streaking Kupp for an 18-yard score.

4 winners from Wednesday night’s Summer League games

The play-in round for Las Vegas Summer League kicked off Wednesday night with eight games throughout the day. While there was plenty to be excited about it, was the night cap game that stole the show. The Lakers and Sixers came down to the wire with Lonzo Ball leading the Lakers to a 103-102 win.

Ball was spectacular, driving the Lakers to a comeback win against the Sixers and advancing them to the next round of the Summer League playoffs. He finished the night with an impressive 36 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds, and five steals. This was the Ball Lakers fans have been so excited about adding to their team.

The Los Angeles Lakers got their first real taste of Ball dominating a game of basketball as the No. 2 pick led the purple and gold to an exciting 103-102 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. Ball did it all, scoring, passing, defending, and getting to the free-throw line.

Adidas-sponsored NBA stars like Damian Lillard and Andrew Wiggins, as well as LaMelo’s older brother Lonzo Ball, were all sitting courtside. The atmosphere in the gym was drawing comparisons to the crowds LeBron James used to draw as a high school player. Just check out this scene over an hour before tipoff:

The hype only got bigger when the players were finally let on the court. A live stream of the game at Ball is Life was drawing over 80,000 viewers. You can watch full highlights of the game here:

The matchup had the perfect storm to create a circus atmosphere. It took place on the final week of live evaluation period, which meant college coaches were Cheap Jerseys Authentic in the gym. It had a legitimate celebrity in LaVar Ball coaching one team. It also Cheap Jerseys America had two legitimate stars in LaMelo Ball and Williamson.

Las Vegas Summer League’s NBA rookies to watch

The dog days of the NBA are here. As free agency starts to slow down, we’ll see fewer transactions and more Instagram workout pics. But luckily, for at least a few weeks, the NBA’s summer league is here to hold us over.

The summer league is the NBA in its purest, most innocent form. For lack of a better term, guys are just hooping. Our favorite role players get a chance to prove they belong in the NBA. It’s our one chance to root for the 15th man on the NBA bench, just waiting for a shot.

But really, what we’re all here for is our first glance at the league’s rookies. They get to flaunt their skills over the competition and prove they belong. If they play well? Great. They should. If they don’t? The questions begin flooding in.

This rookie class is one of the more exciting ones we’ve seen in years. Expectations will be high for them, even in summer league. But they’ll all play differently in their roles. Here’s what you can expect from them and some things to watch for.

Teams who offer restricted free agents contracts often do this so the same free agents can test the market without restrictions as soon as possible. If they’re good? They’re hitting their stride in their prime and will be available to poach again after three seasons. If they’re bad? It’s not your problem unless they sign with you. And even if they do, your team wasn’t good anyway. It’s a win-win situation.

Sure, the Jazz reaped the benefits of the bargain initially by not teetering toward the luxury tax. But another $17 million on that deal with an Cheap Ireland Rugby Jerseys extra year wouldn’t have done any harm for the Jazz and could have given them Cheap Ice Hockey Jerseys another two years with Hayward without a player option.

Dwight Howard is spending his offseason continuing to change lives in Tanzania

Dwight Howard has been using his offseasons to promote numerous philanthropic works in Tanzania, but his latest effort is making a life-changing impact on young women.

The NBA Players Association detailed Howard’s work alongside Sustainable Philanthropy Partners in East Africa to ensure girls have the basic sanitary products they need, which has a domino effect on their education. Howard explained to the NBPA:

“For a lot of the girls in these schools, once they go through their cycles, [the situation] is shunned upon,” he told the NBPA. “And they’re afraid to go to school because they get talked about.”

It’s no surprise that Minnesota is now on the list of teams Irving hopes to play for.

Butler and Irving were both a member of the 2016 USA Olympic team that won gold in Brazil. The two are reportedly close and were recorded playing in a pickup game together earlier this weekend.

It is fair to wonder what the Bulls could have traded for Irving. Chicago’s recent draft picks have struggled to make an impact and the team’s strategy in free agency had them signing veterans like Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo instead of young players with upside and trade value.

The Bulls are now squarely in rebuilding mode. Chicago will be expected to be one of the worst teams in the NBA this season and should be looking at a high lottery pick in the 2018 draft. Butler remains under contract for two more seasons in Minnesota.

The Irving trade rumors are just starting Cheap Game Jerseys to heat up. It Cheap Football Jerseys From China appears that the Bulls could have put themselves in that mix before deciding to trade their franchise player.

Klay Thompson is dancing, dunking, and arm-wrestling his way through China

The Warriors should start shopping for a new shooting guard in free agency because I’m not sure that Klay Thompson is ever coming back from his trip to China. He’s hit his peak there. He’s dancing, dunking, dancing some more, and losing arm-wrestling matches to children who tickle him.

On Friday, he re-upped his sneaker deal with Anta, who he is currently touring with, for 10 years worth as much as $80 million. He noted that he wanted to become the Michael Jordan of the company, according to Nice Kicks. He also said he knew he could be “really big in China,” and he absolutely has been this summer.

Reports of Irving’s trade request come on the heels of his public comments regarding Cleveland being in a “peculiar place” this offseason. The Cavaliers have yet to hire a new general manager after David Griffin’s departure, and owner Dan Gilbert reportedly lowballed Chauncey Billups with an offer well below market value to be the team’s president of basketball operations.

The Cavaliers have been to three consecutive NBA Finals, winning the franchise’s lone championship in 2016. But after losing decisively to the Warriors last season, Cleveland failed to meaningfully upgrade the roster.

The Cavaliers signed Jeff Green, Jose Calderon and Cheap NFL Jerseys Turkish forward Cedi Osman in free agency while re-signing Kyle Korver. Meanwhile, the Warriors re-signed each of their core players and added Nick Young and rookie Jordan Bell Cheap Authentic Hockey Jerseys this offseason. The Boston Celtics signed Gordon Hayward in free agency, and the Houston Rockets added Chris Paul, P.J. Tucker, Tarik Black and Luc Mbah a Moute.