T.J. Watt Authentic Jersey paid homage to Backpack Kid after a sack against the Browns

T.J. Watt had a great debut with the Steelers, posting numbers that even his brother J.J. has never even had in a game — two sacks and an interception.
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After one of his sacks, the younger Watt proved that he, too, has sauce by doing the Backpack Kid dance after the play.
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Backpack Kid is Russell Horning, a 15-year-old who built a following for his good dancing and still facial expressions — while wearing a backpack.

Watt’s game hadn’t been seen in Pittsburgh for quite some time. The last time the Steelers had a player post two sacks and a pick was in 2010 when LaMarr Woodley did it.

J.J. is undoubtedly still the most popular Watt, but T.J. showed on Sunday he’s capable of playing up to his brother’s standard.

In between, Wentz left another would-be touchdown on the field with a poor pass, this time to Agholor. Pederson brought Agholor in motion for a would-be jet sweep but then sent him back out from where he came after the snap on a wheel route for what should have been an easy score, given that Washington had essentially vacated that entire side of the field and pushed D.J. Swearinger up toward the line of scrimmage. Wentz’s pass was behind Agholor, who had to make a one-handed catch to bring the ball in and pick up a first down.

The Eagles were able to survive the mistakes because Wentz responded with special plays. He followed the first missed pass to Smith with that remarkable touchdown pass to Agholor. After missing Agholor in the red zone, Wentz would eventually throw a touchdown pass to LeGarrette Blount, which might have been the most miraculous and unlikely thing the former North Dakota State star did all day.

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Matchup quality does not factor in Odell Beckham Jr.’s availability, but if it did, the injured ankle threatening the electric wideout’s Week 1 status could alter the rating. Beckham has been known to deliver particularly impressive highlights against the Cowboys, after all.

Beckham and the Giants-Cowboys rivalry aside, there’s good reason for this matchup to be rated as highly as it is. Dallas (+3.8) and New York (+1.9) are the two best teams in the NFC East. And despite all the success the Cowboys had last season, they went 0-2 against Big Blue. That was in large part due to the Giants’ defense, which FPI believes is currently the best in the NFL.

Despite that confidence, McCoy has been stymied by the Jets in the past. McCoy only rushed for 69 yards on 20 carries in two games against New York last season.

The Jets do return defensive linemen Leonard Williams and Muhammad Wilkerson. When playing at the top of their game, they are two of the premier run-stuffers in the NFL. The Jets will need them to come out fired up if New York hopes to shut down the Buffalo rushing attack.
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Elite Youth David Krejci Jersey Taylor is on a short leash and may need to use his legs to open up the offense. Taylor did suffer a concussion in the preseason, but has been cleared to play against the Jets. New head coach Sean McDermott, who came from the Carolina Panthers, runs a conservative offense but one where the quarterback needs to be mobile. Taylor fits that mold.

The Browns’ protests are part of a social-consciousness movement started last season by quarterback Colin Kaepernick Authentic Jersey

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In 2016, the offense failed to get touchdowns inside the red zone with alarming consistency, and the defense couldn’t get off the field on third downs. Enter Terrelle Pryor, Josh Doctson, and Samaje Perine on offense. The bigger, stronger, more physical players should aid Kirk Cousins when it comes to scoring seven points instead of three. Enter Jonathan Allen, D.J. Swearinger, Zach Brown, and Junior Galette on defense. The youth and athleticism of the new additions will positively impact what was a soul-crushing facet of a subpar defense last year.

When I was growing up, we were taught to stand every morning, put our hands over our hearts and say the Pledge of Allegiance, Nemeth said. And when we did that, we typically had someone holding the flag in front of the class. For them to disrespect the flag by taking a knee did not sit well with me.

Rhett Ellison Youth Jersey About 30 Browns players stood arm-to-arm in a line behind the rest of the team during the national anthem before an Aug. 26 preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

An Ohio Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Strongsville said last week that it would not show Browns games because of the player protests.

The Browns’ protests are part of a social-consciousness movement started last season by quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who became a polarizing figure for kneeling during the anthem.

Nunez could very well move all over the diamond

There has never been an anniversary patch for a uniform design (that would be very meta, right?). But it’s tempting to think that the Broncos should wear one for their uniform, which marks its 20th anniversary this season. Love it or hate it, it was revolutionary when it debuted in 1997, and there’s still nothing quite like it in the NFL. Thanks to some judicious use of the Flyswatter, it will look better this year than it did last year.

Kittle, Ward and defensive end Aaron Lynch (back) were the only players limited Wednesday, according to the official participation report.

Ed McCaffrey, Chrisitian’s dad played in offenses under Mike Shanahan, Kyle’s dad, with the 49ers (1994) and Denver Broncos (1995-2003). Kyle Shanahan said Ed McCaffrey was his childhood hero and why he wore No. 87 in college.

In Nashville, Nunez played the corner infield positions and left field, spots on the diamond currently occupied by Matt Olson, Matt Chapman and Khris Davis.

“We’ll see,” manager Bob Melvin said when asked where Nunez will play with his club. “Maybe try to fit him in there somewhere against some left-handed pitching, not really sure. We’ll talk about it more as a group.

“But just the reward for him being here is significant because he deserves to be here. We’re a little muddled as far as where those at bats will come from, but we’ll have to get him in there at some point in time.”

Over the last 25 games of the season, Nunez could very well move all over the diamond, but in the long run, the most obvious fit seems to be left field.raptors_137

the 49ers think they’ll have their quarterback in 2018: Kirk Cousins Jersey.

Andy Levitre Jersey The 49ers won’t win the NFC West in 2017, and probably not in 2018, either, no matter what moves they make. And their front office knows it.

More importantly, the 49ers think they’ll have their quarterback in 2018: Kirk Cousins.

I reported in March that, according to a source close to Cousins, the Redskins quarterback has stated he would like to be a 49er in 2017 or 2018. Since then, everybody I’ve spoken with (and it comes up a lot) has reiterated that. Cousins’ frustration with Washington dates back to the lack of respect he received from management as soon as he arrived. The reluctance to give him long-term contract likely has pushed the relationship to unsalvageable levels.

In a way, Jenkins said, that was the genesis of the activity and networking this offseason.

Kaepernick also has lacked both reliable coaching and a comfortable supporting cast since Harbaugh left. Pete Carroll could provide the stability for him on the sidelines, and Darrell Bevell has the offense to maximize his abilities. The Seahawks are in desperate need of offensive line help, but they offer a diverse array of playmakers Kaepernick hasn’t had since his early Niners starting QB days.

Limited Lance Alworth Jersey Here’s the twist: Kaepernick, foiled often by the Seahawks’ defense, has gained more respect from players on that unit. There was some Seattle solidarity with him during his national anthem protests, led by Jeremy Lane. Richard Sherman understood of what Kaepernick was trying to do. Michael Bennett gave his full support.

Cowboys’ Darren McFadden: Jerry Jones Authentic Jersey never pressured players to stand for anthem

Jerry Jones doesn’t need to force his players to show their patriotism.

During an interview Wednesday with NBC Sports Radio, Cowboys running back Darren McFadden made it clear that the Cowboys owner has never demanded his players stand for the national anthem.

Elite Womens Joe Mixon Jersey He hasn’t come in and said that to us personally, McFadden said. For us as a team, that’s something that we take pride in, so you know we want to go out there and do it the right way and just handle ourselves like we should.

With Matt Stafford paid and the offense having plenty of recently drafted and signed weapons, the Lions need to stockpile talent on defense. Key can give this team a much-needed defensive bump, as he’s a remarkably talented 鈥?albeit off-field troubled 鈥?pass-rusher.

Tim McCarver Limited Jersey The Eagles can’t rely on Jason Peters beyond this year, and Hyatt can either replace him at left tackle or push Lane Johnson to the left side so he can play the right. They have to make sure they protect Carson Wentz whenever possible.

He was asked to stand for the national anthem, Kellerman said. You do not have to stand for the national anthem. And even if it it was a rule that you did, is that Colin Kaepernick injecting politics in the NFL? No. That’s the NFL injecting politics by playing the national anthem and putting pressure on you to stand for it in the first place.

Hayward’s game has grown each year, with his scoring average increasing in all seven of his NBA seasons.

Hayward has been in Boston’s plans for at least a year, and their rebuilding process has stretched out longer than that. With Hayward, the Celtics have another player they can build around, but they also still have numerous draft picks and young players that could facilitate a major trade. For example, what if Anthony Davis came on the market soon after a failed Pelicans experiment?

Hayward’s game has grown each year, with his scoring average increasing in all seven of his NBA seasons. In Utah last season, Hayward was the featured man, averaging 21.9 points and 3.5 assists on a 59.5 percent true shooting mark. Along with new co-star Isaiah Thomas, Hayward and the Celtics are now prepared for another season spent gunning for the No. 1 seed and hopes for a deep playoff run, opportunities that had not been presented to him in Utah.

All that really helps define Kyrie and who he is. But it also says something about LeBron.
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There’s none of LaVar Ball’s braggadocio in Lonzo when he talks. It’s telling that the biggest headlines that the basketball-playing Ball has made in summer league is for his choice of shoe wear — an unspoken statement that he has explained in extremely vague terms, rather than the boasting and bluster attributed to his father.

Ball is the best passer in Las Vegas. His passes have everything you could ask for: pacing, rhythm, on-time and effective delivery. There’s another universe where Ball would be the best UPS delivery man in the world. (Please don’t groan too harshly at that one.)

Game Kids J.R. Smith Jersey Every team benefits from a player like Ball, especially since he’s a catch-and-shoot threat off the ball as well. The Lakers are certainly hoping his passing and general basketball approach spreads to their young team that’s hoping to make a positive step towards legitimacy in the Western Conference.

The league has always had a parity problem

The biggest surprise of all was Lonzo Ball, the Los Angeles Lakers’ highly touted No. 2 pick who only scored 5 points on 2-of-15 shooting. Ball showed the court vision and pinpoint accuracy he hangs his hat on, finding Brandon Ingram for an alley-oop on the game’s very first play. But an uncharacteristically poor shooting night underscored an otherwise solid NBA debut.

Instead, guys like the Clippers’ late picks Brice Johnson and Sindarius Thornwell had impressive showings. Cleveland cruised to a 29-point victory over the Bucks, and several of the Kings’ promising young players showed why the franchise could finally be headed in the right direction in the post-DeMarcus Cousins era.

Regardless, only three parties came away clear winners on Friday night. In case you were out partying, fell asleep, or just flat-out forgot basketball was a go, this is for you:

Fans could see an East All-Star starting lineup of two of either Isaiah Thomas, Kyle Lowry, John Wall, Kyrie Irving, or DeMar DeRozan; LeBron James, Gordon Hayward, and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

As for the reserves, the remaining guards will shine, as will Kemba Walker. Kevin Love will probably be named an All-Star provided he doesn’t get traded, and let’s hope Kristaps Porzingis emerges without Phil Jackson around. After that, who are we talking about? Al Horford? Andre Drummond bounce back? Joel Embiid if he stays healthy? Hassan Whiteside? Bradley Beal?

The league has always had a parity problem. It’s the reason competitive balance was emphasized when negotiating the new collective bargaining agreement.

But once a spike in the salary cap afforded the Warriors the financial liberty to sign Durant last summer — adding to a team that already broke the record for most wins in a season — competitive balance went out the window. The Warriors may have hoisted the Larry O’Brien Trophy in June, but they were crowned champions in the court of public opinion 11 months earlier.

Arron Afflalo, Magic agree to 1-year deal, per report

Arron Afflalo has agreed to a one-year deal with the Orlando Magic, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The contract is worth the veterans minimum $2.1 million. This will be Afflalo’s second stint in Orlando, after he averaged 17 points per game for the Magic over two seasons from 2012 to 2014.

On Thursday, the Spurs renounced Simmons. He had been a restricted free agent, allowing San Antonio to match any contract he received. Instead, the 27-year-old second-year player hit the open market, although it’s not quick clear why the Spurs had to renounce him in the first place.

Simmons was discovered by the Spurs and moved up through the D-League before finding himself making the San Antonio roster. Last year, he averaged about six points, although he only shot 42 percent from the field. Still, while the athletic 6’6 guard may not be a traditional prospect given his age, he showed that he’s a solid player in the backcourt. His biggest downside is his inconsistent shotmaking.

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Like most people, back in 2013 I assumed Ainge would work the first two avenues the hardest during his rebuilding process. Free agency seemed like a distant dream. The Celtics had the history but not the location. The culture was under construction and winning was a long way away. The fact that they had never even attempted to enter high-stakes free agency hung ominously in the background.

For a time, the Celtics followed the expected path. Ainge drafted several players who played important roles and filled out the rest of the roster with shrewd trades that had an eye out for untapped potential. When the time came to make a big move, the kind that would put the Celtics into contention, that figured to be the best way toward acquiring the missing pieces to the puzzle.

There are a number of athletes that are popular in the NBA

There are players like Kyrie Irving who, despite his flaws, has proved his worth as a star off the court through his flashy handle, quirky personality, and his ability to hit tough shots. That’s why his signature shoe is Nike’s second-best seller.

Irving is cut from a different cloth, unlike Wiggins. Tons of players can dunk on people, but no one — with the possible exception of Stephen Curry — can put guys on the floor quite like Irving can. That shines bright even when Irving plays in the shadow of LeBron James. Irving built national appeal even without James through game-winning shots and sick crossovers

Limited Mens Jimmie Ward Jersey There are a number of athletes that are popular in the NBA, but there are only a few that are able to extend their brand above the rest of the league, Courtney Brunious, the associate director of USC’s Marshall Sports Business Institute, told me.

Because Irving was able to create a character and a niche for himself, Brunious said, he was able to overcome playing in the shadow of James from a brand standpoint.

Caldwell-Pope was able to sign a sizable one-year deal worth $17.8 million with the Lakers because he bet on himself in restricted free agency and turned down a five-year, $80 million extension from the Pistons. Detroit later renounced their rights on him, unable to offer Pope the full $146 million max and unwilling to offer their personal max of $105 million.
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Most players would have taken the long-term deal. Caldwell-Pope, with Paul’s blessing, refused to settle for that.

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