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Thursday, 1-Nov-2012 23:14 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Joe Flacco pops into PFT on NBC Sports Network

The Ravens come off their bye week with some questions to NFL Nike Jerseys answer in the wake of their blowout loss to the Texans and quarterback Joe Flacco will face some of them on Thursday’s Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network.

Flacco’s contract status and his ability to raise his game to give the Ravens more offensive punch were big storylines during the offseason and it’s fair to say that there hasn’t been resolution on either end through the first seven games of the 2012 season. The Ravens are 5-2, but their offense has remained erratic to this point in the season. Given the slippage on defense, the Ravens New England Patriots Jersey need more when they have the ball and we’ll find out how Flacco plans to provide it.

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune will also check in with a preview of Thursday night’s game between the Chiefs and Chargers. Erik Kuselias, Mike Florio, Pete Najarian and Amani Toomer will be on hand to take a look at some of the other big games from Week Nine and, Nike Patriots Jerseys as always, they’ll have the latest news from around the league.



Tuesday, 30-Oct-2012 05:04 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Mario Williams rejoins Bills

The surgery Mario Williams had to fix his sprained left wrist appears to have also done plenty in repairing the Buffalo Bills' high-priced defensive end's self-confidence.

Williams was in an upbeat mood NFL Nike Jerseys Monday in discussing how much better he felt physically and mentally after rejoining the Bills following the team's bye week off, and six days after having arthroscopic surgery in Alabama.

"Nobody wants me to do better than me. So definitely, with this procedure, it's definitely given me a lot of hope and a different mindset," he said. "I feel like I was stagnant. That's why I'm very excited to have been able to go clean it out and being optimistic about things."

And that includes the NFL's highest-paid defensive player declaring himself ready to play on Sunday, when the Bills (3-4) travel to play the Houston Texans (6-1), Williams' former team.

"Oh, I'm definitely, definitely (playing). I'm not missing anything," he said. "It uplifts me tremendously. ... I'm definitely excited. This is a great week."

Williams returned to Buffalo on Sunday, when he visited the team's facility for treatment. He was not present during the portion of Monday's practice that's open to the media.

He was held out of practice on Monday with coach Chan Gailey saying the plan is for Williams to be back on the field for Wednesday's session.

"I talked to him, and he sounded very encouraged," Gailey said. "Hopefully, he doesn't miss a beat."

The injury had nagged Williams since he was hurt in the final week of the preseason in what he called "a little freak deal." Baltimore Ravens Jersey Williams said the initial prognosis was for the injury to take four to six weeks to heal.

When it became apparent his wrist wasn't getting any better, Williams said he elected to have surgery after consulting with the team's training staff, and after being assured he shouldn't miss any playing time.

How much the Bills knew is a subject of debate. Team sources told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen that Williams texted a trainer and his defensive line coach last Monday to say he was getting a second opinion on his wrist and, subsequently, that he was undergoing arthroscopic surgery. But the team didn't know of his plans in advance.

Though feeling a little discomfort where the doctor made two incisions, Williams called the operation a success because he's already noticed an increased range of motion in his wrist. He'll continue to wear a protective cast during games, but Williams believes the surgery will make it easier to use his hands to shed blockers.

He added that the injury was also limiting his ability to lift weights and maintain his upper body strength, something he also relies upon as a pass-rusher.

"I'm a hands-on person, and everything I do is with my hands and working out," he said. "And not being able to do that, mentally, has just been frustrating."

Selected first overall by Houston in the 2006 draft, Williams had 53 career sacks in six seasons to set the Texans franchise record. Three days into free agency in March, signed a six-year, $100 million contract with Buffalo.

A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Williams has managed just 3½ sacks and become the target of much of the blame for the Bills' defensive woes this season. Buffalo ranks 31st in the NFL in yards allowed and last against the run. That includes a four-game stretch in which the Bills have gone 1-3 and allowed 937 yards rushing.

Following a 35-34 loss to Tennessee on Oct. 21, veteran defensive end Chris Kelsay went public with his frustrations by questioning his teammates for taking plays off.

Williams acknowledged he's played below his own expectations.

"The biggest thing for me is that I know there's Buffalo Bills Jersey definitely a lot more plays that I have to get done," Williams said. "I feel great about the possibility of finally being able to get to do things I didn't do from the very beginning of the season. And I look forward to it."

Kelsay was encouraged to hear Williams was feeling better.

"It'll be great for us. He's a heck of a player," Kelsay said. "It's good that he was able to take advantage of the bye and get healthy. So we're all looking forward to that."


Saturday, 27-Oct-2012 00:49 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Kaeding's agent: Chargers owe kicker $1.2 million

The San Diego Chargers are avoiding Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys paying kicker Nate Kaeding $1.2 million in termination pay, his agent told ESPN.com Friday.

San Diego placed Kaeding on injured reserve Monday and plans to release him when he is healthy. Kaeding, one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history, injured his groin Sept. 28. The Chargers signed kicker Nick Novak, who has been the team's kicker since then.

Kaeding's agent, Rick Smith, said the kicker came to the Chargers' facility Friday to show he is healthy. The team, however, did not release him. Instead, the Chargers requested he see their team doctor.

If the team releases Kaeding Tuesday, the first day vested veteran players can be placed on waivers, another team can pick Nike Seahawks Jerseys him up and the Chargers would not have to pay him the $1.2 million.

Smith contends, however, that NFL rules stipulate that the team must release Kaeding now because he signed documents Friday stating he is healthy.

Kaeding has made 87 percent of his field-goal New York Giants Jersey attempts (180 of 207) in nine NFL seasons.


Wednesday, 26-Sep-2012 06:18 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Top 40 Tailbacks in Standard-Scoring Leagues

Here are my top 40 running backs for Week 4 (standard-scoring leagues).

To clarify, this countdown doesn't lean on a particular stat. It's merely an educated best guess of which rushers will tally the best Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys combination of total yards and touchdowns for the NFL's fourth weekend.

NOTE: For the time being, we'll keep Fred Jackson (knee), Willis McGahee (ribs), Reggie Bush (knee), Beanie Wells (toe), Peyton Hillis (ankle) and Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) off this week's countdown.



Top 40 Backs For Week 4

1. Ray Rice vs. Cleveland
2. Maurice Jones-Drew vs. Cincinnati
3. Arian Foster vs. Tennessee
4. LeSean McCoy vs. N.Y. Giants
5. Frank Gore @ N.Y. Jets
6. Michael Turner vs. Carolina
7. Jamaal Charles vs. San Diego
8. Adrian Peterson @ Detroit
9. Darren McFadden @ Denver
10. Alfred Morris @ Tampa Bay
11. Marshawn Lynch @ St. Louis
12. Stevan Ridley @ Buffalo
13. Michael Bush @ Dallas
14. Mikel Leshoure vs. Minnesota
15. DeMarco Murray vs. Chicago
16. Darren Sproles @ Green Bay
17. Andre Brown @ Philadelphia
18. Tashard Choice vs. New England
19. Trent Richardson @ Baltimore
20. Steven Jackson vs. Seattle
21. Cedric Benson vs. New Orleans
22. BenJarvus Green-Ellis @ Jacksonville
23. Ryan Mathews @ Kansas City
24. Daniel Thomas @ Arizona
25. Doug Martin vs. Washington
26. Chris Johnson @ Houston
27. Ryan Williams vs. Miami
28. DeAngelo Williams @ Atlanta
29. Knowshon Moreno vs. Oakland
30. Shonn Greene vs. San Francisco
31. Ben Tate vs. Tennessee
32. Jonathan Stewart @ Atlanta
33. Jacquizz Rodgers vs. Carolina
34. Jackie Battle @ Kansas City
35. Mark Ingram @ Green Bay
36. Toby Gerhart @ Detroit
37. Shaun Draughn vs. San Diego
38. Bilal Powell vs. San Francisco
39. Lamar Miller @ Arizona
40. Ronnie Hillman vs. Oakland



Quick Hitters

1. Ray Rice, one of fantasy football's most bankable commodities and an automatic start every week, punishes no AFC foe like the Browns. In 2011, Rice rolled for 349 total yards and two touchdowns against Cleveland, with averages of 175 yards and one touchdown. And from 2009 to 2011, Indianapolis Colts Jersey Rice was a lock for 119 yards and 0.6 touchdowns against his division rival.

2. The Bengals may be exciting to watch on offense, but their matchup with Maurice Jones-Drew in Week 4 is not ideal for the defense. Jones-Drew steamrolled the Colts for 193 total yards and one touchdown last week—and now, he has a home date with the NFL's 31st-ranked rush defense.

3. Arian Foster (430 total yards, four touchdowns in 2012) is the only fantasy back to make my top-three countdown for Weeks 1-4 (standard-scoring leagues). One big reason for that: He racked up 234 total yards (115 rushing) and three touchdowns in his only game against Tennessee last year. BOOM!

4. If Adrian Peterson can log 25-plus touches in back-to-back weeks and dominate the Lions on Sunday, I won't utter another word about his quick comeback from ACL surgery in December.

5. I may have been stubborn about Chris Johnson's early-season struggles (108 total yards on 41 touches), but I'm not blind, either. Jacksonville Jaguars Jersey For whatever reason, he's just not a priority with the Titans offense—regardless of what the scoreboard reads. By extension, he's only a flex consideration (if that) in 12-team leagues right now.


Thursday, 20-Sep-2012 22:37 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Santonio Holmes needs to be more than a mentor

New York Jets Jersey wide receiver Santonio Holmes was targeted 11 times in the loss at Pittsburgh and made only three receptions, although one was for a touchdown. Of the eight misfires, two were drops by Holmes and two others were miscommunications between Holmes and quarterback Mark Sanchez.

Including the 2010 postseason, Holmes has gone 27 consecutive games without producing 100 or more receiving yards.

But he downplays such negative statistics, focusing instead on such things as how he mentors the younger wideouts, calling himself the “only veteran” in the wide receivers room, conveniently forgetting that former Oakland Raiders Jersey Chaz Schilens is in his fifth season.

In any event, the Jets aren’t necessarily paying Holmes $15.25 million in guaranteed money over the 2012 and 2013 seasons because of his great mentoring abilities. They need him to make big plays, and the fact is Holmes isn’t playing like one of the most highly paid wide receivers in the league.

By all accounts, he seems to have a good relationship with first-year receivers coach Sanjay Lal, who formerly held the same position with the Raiders. Maybe Lal and offensive coordinator Tony Sparano can get more production out of Holmes.

If not, it’s doubtful the Jets’ offense can be any more than pedestrian—unless one of the other wideouts steps up in a big way. Wholesale NFL Nike Jerseys It also would help if tight end Dustin Keller can return from a hamstring injury this Sunday at Miami. Keller is a favorite target of Sanchez’s and opens things up for other receivers.


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