Report: Harbaugh ‘act has worn thin’ among 49ers

 

Has Jim Harbaugh's 'act worn thin' in San Francisco's locker room?
Has Jim Harbaugh's 'act worn thin' in San Francisco's locker room? (USATSI)

 

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If there are rumors about a coach getting traded – as is the case with Jim Harbaugh – there are certain to be rumors about mentioned coach's gamers being unhappy with stated coach. And on this case, there are!

Ann Killion of the San Francisco Chronicle reviews (via PFT) that Harbaugh's "act has worn thin" among a number of members of the locker room.

"One source with inside knowledge of the team says that Harbaugh's act has worn thin within the locker room, particularly amongst some key 'face of the 49ers' sort players," Killion writes. "While the group is winning, that is not a problem. However a number of losses might expose a widening rift."

Ought to we be stunned by this? No, not really. For starters, if you've received the smoke of the trade rumors with the Browns popping up around the combine, you're going to get the fire that is rumors about 49ers gamers being sad. It comes with the territory.

And secondly, it's exhausting to think about that Harbaugh's act does not wear thin on a few of the players in the locker room.

However you know what doesn't wear skinny? Profitable. And beneath Harbaugh the Niners win like crazy. They're 36-11-1 in his three seasons teaching in San Francisco, good for a whopping766 winning proportion.

The 49ers have been to 3-straight NFC Championship games, they're about to open up a brand new stadium in Santa Clara and so they'll host Super Bowl L after the 2015 season in that very stadium.

There's plenty of explanation why they should desire a coach who does nothing however win to stay round regardless of how people within the locker room may reportedly really feel.

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Kershaw, Scherzer among 146 filing for arbitration

Clayton Kershaw together with 145 other players registered for arbitration on wednesday.

(USATSI)Clayton Kershaw and 145 other players filed for arbitration on Tuesday.
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A total for 146 gamers officially archived for income arbitration regarding Tuesday, the particular deadline to accomplish this. Reigning Cy Young merit winners Clayton Kershaw plus Max Scherzer are among those 146 players, ditto james Price, Freddie Freeman, frank Davis in addition to Aroldis Chapman. The total list is right right here.

 

record for arbitration is simply a step-by-step move. The particular real action will begin this Friday, when squads in addition to those 146 players needs to file salary figures. settlement hearings are slated to have next month – the particular settlement panel will pick possibly the team's physique or the player's figure, nothing in between – though many of folks 146 gamers will accept a contract prior to then. Only a handful of participants will actually go in order to a tuning in.

Apart from the arbitration filings, Tuesday has been another relatively slow session of hot range reports. Masahiro Tanaka's signing interval ends next Fri, after which the lid should be taken off the pitching market. Which will be enjoyment. Here's a recap of the day's hot stove reports.

Strahan, Brooks, Bettis among 2014 Hall finalists

The 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 2014 class have been named.

(USATSI)The 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2014 class have been named. (USATSI)
A list that started with over 100 candidates is now down to the final 15.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced on Thursday the 15 finalists for its 2014 class. The process of naming the finalists began in September with a list of 126 potential inductees. That number was trimmed down to 25 semi-finalists in November and now it’s down to 15.

Here’s a list of the 15 finalists, including a look at the five we feel have the best chance of getting in, followed by the remaining 10. The list includes four people eligible for the first time in Derrick Brooks, Marvin Harrison, Walter Jones and Tony Dungy.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Finalists

Michael Strahan, DE – 1993-2007 New York Giants:

Strahan probably felt pretty snubbed when his name wasn’t announced last February for the 2013 class, but he most likely won’t be feeling that again in 2014. In 15 seasons with the Giants, Strahan tallied 141. 5 career sacks, a number that ranks fifth all-time. Strahan also holds the single-season sack record (22. 5), a record that’s mostly remembered for the phantom sack Strahan got on Brett Favre to set the record. That aside, the seven-time Pro Bowler and four-time first-team All-Pro seems like a lock for 2014.

Derrick Brooks, LB – 1995-2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

If Brooks doesn’t make it into the Hall of Fame, then they should stop having a Hall of Fame. The underrated Brooks is one of the best outside linebackers of all-time and was a big part why Tony Dungy’s Tampa-2 defense was successful. In pass coverage, Brooks had the ability to cover large parts of the field, which in turn made things easier for teammates like John Lynch. Brooks finished his 14-year career with 11 Pro Bowl appearances, one Defensive Player of the Year award (2002) and one Super Bowl title.
Tim Brown, WR/KR – 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

If Brown’s going to get in the Hall of Fame, 2014 seems like a good year to do it. Brown, Andre Reed and Marvin Harrison will create a logjam at receiver that could lead to some long arguments when the selection committee gets together. It’s hard to argue with what Brown did in his career, he has the fifth most receptions (1, 094) in NFL history, the fifth most receiving yards (14, 934) and is tied with Hall of Famer Steve Largent for the seventh most touchdown catches (100). Brown accomplished all of this despite tearing the MCL and PCL in his left knee in Week 1 of 1989, only his second year in the league.

Walter Jones, T – 1997-2008 Seattle Seahawks:The selection committee has been on an offensive linemen kick for the past the few years. With the exception of 2011, at least one offensive linemen has been selected for the Hall in every year since 2006, including two linemen – Larry Allen and Jonathan Ogden – in the class of 2013. The 2014 class can make a strong case for two linemen – Jones and Kansas City Chiefs guard Will Shields – but we’re going to go with Jones. Over 12 seasons, Jones played in 180 games and started every single one of those. The Seahawks left tackle was a nine-time Pro Bowler and made first-team All-Pro four times. Jones wasn’t suppose to eligible for the Hall of Fame until 2015, but the Hall recently ruled that because Jones spent his final season in 2009 on injured reserve, he would be eligible a year earlier in 2014.

Jerome Bettis, RB – 1993-95 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers:Bettis didn’t just drive the bus in Pittsburgh, he also drove it with the Rams for three seasons in Los Angeles and St. Louis. After the Rams made Bettis the 10th overall pick in the 1993 NFL Draft, Bettis went out and won the Offensive Rookie of the Year award thanks to 1, 429 rushing yards, the second highest total of any back in the league. Bettis ranked third in NFL history with eight 1, 000-yard seasons and fifth in career rushing yards with 13, 662 when he retired after the Steelers won Super Bowl XL.

Morten Andersen, K -

1982-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-2000, 2006-07 Atlanta Falcons, 2001 New York Giants, 2002-03 Kansas City Chiefs, 2004 Minnesota Vikings
Kevin Greene, LB/DE -

1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers

Charles Haley, DE/LB -1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys

Marvin Harrison, WR -1996-2008 Indianapolis Colts

Aeneas Williams, CB/S -

1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams
John Lynch, FS -

1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos

Andre Reed, WR -1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins

Will Shields, G -1993-2006 Kansas City Chiefs

Tony Dungy, Coach -

1996-2001 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2002-08 Indianapolis ColtsEdward DeBartolo, Jr., Owner -

1977-2000 San Francisco 49ers

A group of 46 sports writers have the final say on who eventually gets inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The writers will meet on Feb. 1 in New York and consider the candidacy of each finalist, plus two senior nominees in Ray Guy and Claude Humphrey.

The Hall of Fame selection process stipulates that the number of modern-day inductees is capped at five. This means a maximum of seven players can be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The number usually falls between four and seven.

The 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame class will be announced in a television special that’s set to air on Feb. 1 at 8 p. m. ET on Fox.

The list above was trimmed down from 25 semifinalists, here’s the 10 that didn’t make the cut this year:

Steve Atwater, S -1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets

Roger Craig, RB -1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-93 Minnesota Vikings

Terrell Davis, RB -

1995-2001 Denver Broncos
Joe Jacoby, T -

1981-1993 Washington Redskins

Karl Mecklenburg, LB -1983-1994 Denver Broncos

Steve Wisniewski, G -

- 1989-2001 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders

Jimmy Johnson, Coach -

1989-1993 Dallas Cowboys, 1996-99 Miami Dolphins

Don Coryell, Coach -

1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers

  • Paul Tagliabue, Commissioner -1989-2006 National Football League
  • George Young, Contributor -

  • 1968-1974 Baltimore Colts, 1975-78 Miami Dolphins, 1979-1997 New York Giants, 1998-2001 National Football League

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Teams after Omer Asisk

 

The Hawks, Celtics and Sixers are among the teams reportedly interested in dealing for Omer Asik. (USATSI)
The Hawks, Celtics and Sixers are among the teams reportedly thinking about dealing for Omer Asik.(USATSI)

 

As the Rockets get offers for disgruntled center Omer Asik before a self-imposed Thursday night deadline, one scenario that has surfaced has Asik going to Boston in the three-team deal with Philadelphia as the assisting team, league sources told CBSSports. com.

1 league source described the situation as a long shot, calling this a “weird deal. ” Certainly, there would have to be strong motivation for the Sixers to steer Asik to a division rival. But each teams are strongly in the combine as possible destinations for the Turkish middle, who has requested a trade right after his role changed with the introduction of Dwight Howard in Houston.

 

 

Multiple league executives said the particular Rockets also are open to packaging Jeremy Lin with Asik, but that will scenario appears unlikely as well. As you executive said of Lin, “I’m not sure there are many, if any, takers for him right now. ”

Rockets GM Daryl Morey scored a coup this year by landing Asik from the Bulls and Lin from the Knicks since restricted free agents with artistically structured deals in which the actual obligations to the players balloon to $15 million in the third year from the contracts in 2014-15. As the Rockets embarked on their ultimately successful free-agent pursuit of Howard this past summer, they will quietly made both Asik plus Lin available in trade scenarios that will never came to fruition.

Brandon Bass and Shaun Green of the Celtics, Thaddeus Youthful of the Sixers and Paul Millsap of the Hawks have been among the gamers that league sources say possess most intrigued the Rockets, who else also want to secure at least one first-round pick in any deal.

ESPN. com and Google Sports both reported that Cleveland and Atlanta were among the front-runners for Asik. Atlanta’s interest continues to be lukewarm, at best, sources tell CBSSports. com. Hawks GM Danny Ferry has taken a guarded approach to the particular so-called Asik “sweepstakes, ” as well as for good reason. He is said to be among the professionals wary of Houston’s attempt to overvalue Asik and create what another executive known as a “false market. ”

Such is the Rockets’ job, however , as they try to remove the best assets possible for a player in whose future clearly is not in Houston. There is some urgency to the conversations, as the Rockets would like to maintain the versatility to trade any players attained in an Asik deal in other offers before the Feb. 20 trade deadline day. To do so, those players must be obtained by Thursday under NBA guidelines. It remains to be seen whether potential business partners will view Thursday being a true deadline or a negotiating scheme.

“You’re likely to trade for a guy just to industry him again in two months? inch one executive said. “Better in order to do a three-way. ”

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Strahan, Dungy, Bettis among HOF semifinalists

The 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame class will be announced Feb. 1. (USATSI)
The 2014 Pro Soccer Corridor of Fame class will likely be introduced Feb. 1. (USATSI)

In September, 126 trendy-period football gamers made the preliminary list for the category of 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame. On Wednesday, it was whittled all the way down to a semifinal listing of 25.

Here are the 25 that survived the minimize, through the HOF.

Morten Andersen, Okay – 1982-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-2000, 2006-07 Atlanta Falcons, 2001 New York Giants, 2002-03 Kansas City Chiefs, 2004 Minnesota Vikings

Steve Atwater, S – 1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets

Jerome Bettis, RB – 1993-ninety five Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers

Derrick Brooks, LB – 1995-2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tim Brown, WR/KR – 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Don Coryell, Coach – 1973-seventy seven St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers

Roger Craig, RB – 1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-93 Minnesota Vikings

Terrell Davis, RB – 1995-2001 Denver Broncos

Edward DeBartolo, Jr., Owner – 1977-2000 San Francisco 49ers

Tony Dungy, Coach – 1996-2001 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2002-08 Indianapolis Colts

Kevin Greene, LB/DE – 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers

Charles Haley, DE/LB – 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-ninety six Dallas Cowboys

Marvin Harrison, WR – 1996-2008 Indianapolis Colts

Joe Jacoby, T – 1981-1993 Washington Redskins

Jimmy Johnson, Coach – 1989-1993 Dallas Cowboys, 1996-ninety nine Miami Dolphins

Walter Jones, T – 1997-2008 Seattle Seahawks

John Lynch, FS – 1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos

Karl Mecklenburg, LB – 1983-1994 Denver Broncos

Andre Reed, WR – 1985-1999 Buffalo Payments, 2000 Washington Redskins

Will Shields, G – 1993-2006 Kansas City Chiefs

Michael Strahan, DE – 1993-2007 New York Giants

Paul Tagliabue, Commissioner – 1989-2006 Nationwide Football League

Aeneas Williams, CB/S – 1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams

Steve Wisniewski, G – 1989-2001 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders

George Younger, Contributor – 1968-1974 Baltimore Colts, 1975-78 Miami Dolphins, 1979-1997 New York Giants, 1998-2001 National Football League

Finally, this record will get knocked down to fifteen finalists (plus two senior nominees in Ray Guy and Claude Humphrey), and the HOF voters will focus on and resolve in New York Metropolis on Feb 1. The election results shall be announced that evening.

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Strahan, Dungy, Bettis among HOF semifinalists

 

The 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame class will be announced Feb. 1. (USATSI) The 2014 Professional Football Corridor of Fame class will be announced Feb. 1. (USATSI)

 

In September, 126 modern-era football players made the preliminary list for the category of 2014 Pro Football Corridor of Fame. On Wednesday, it was whittled all the way down to a semifinal list of 25.

Listed here are the 25 that survived the lower, by way of the HOF.

Morten Andersen, Ok – 1982-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-2000, 2006-07 Atlanta Falcons, 2001 New York Giants, 2002-03 Kansas City Chiefs, 2004 Minnesota Vikings

Steve Atwater, S – 1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets

Jerome Bettis, RB – 1993-ninety five Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers

Derrick Brooks, LB – 1995-2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tim Brown, WR/KR – 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Don Coryell, Coach – 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers

Roger Craig, RB – 1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-ninety three Minnesota Vikings

Terrell Davis, RB – 1995-2001 Denver Broncos

Edward DeBartolo, Jr., Proprietor – 1977-2000 San Francisco 49ers

Tony Dungy, Coach – 1996-2001 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2002-08 Indianapolis Colts

Kevin Greene, LB/DE – 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-ninety five Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers

Charles Haley, DE/LB – 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-ninety six Dallas Cowboys

Marvin Harrison, WR – 1996-2008 Indianapolis Colts

Joe Jacoby, T – 1981-1993 Washington Redskins

Jimmy Johnson, Coach – 1989-1993 Dallas Cowboys, 1996-99 Miami Dolphins

Walter Jones, T – 1997-2008 Seattle Seahawks

John Lynch, FS – 1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos

Karl Mecklenburg, LB – 1983-1994 Denver Broncos

Andre Reed, WR – 1985-1999 Buffalo Payments, 2000 Washington Redskins

Will Shields, G – 1993-2006 Kansas Metropolis Chiefs

Michael Strahan, DE – 1993-2007 New York Giants

Paul Tagliabue, Commissioner – 1989-2006 National Soccer League

Aeneas Williams, CB/S – 1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams

Steve Wisniewski, G – 1989-2001 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders

George Young, Contributor – 1968-1974 Baltimore Colts, 1975-seventy eight Miami Dolphins, 1979-1997 New York Giants, 1998-2001 Nationwide Soccer League

Eventually, this list will get knocked down to fifteen finalists (plus two senior nominees in Ray Guy and Claude Humphrey), and the HOF voters will talk about and determine in New York City on Feb 1. The election results will likely be introduced that night.

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RM: Baines among world’s best

Leighton Baines: Hailed as one of the world's most complete footballers

Leighton Baines: Hailed as one of many world’s most complete footballers

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Roberto Martinez has hailed Leighton Baines as one of many world’s most complete footballers and ‘irreplaceable’ to Everton.

Baines was instrumental in helping England qualify for the World Cup this week with impressive performances against Montenegro and Poland and has made a powerful case to be first-alternative left-again in Roy Hodgson’s aspect forward of Ashley Cole.

The 28-12 months-previous was strongly linked with a transfer to Manchester United in the summertime and quite a lot of different high clubs are considered monitoring his scenario with the complete-again getting into the final 18 months of his contract at Goodison Park.

Martinez just isn’t nervous about Baines’ contract state of affairs or the fixed hypothesis linking the former Wigan man with a transfer away.

“You’re not going to cease the rumours and the speak; that comes with a participant performing so effectively,” said Martinez. “You’re all the time going to get that. So I am not involved about that.

“As a supervisor, the one factor that considerations me is to see Leighton enjoying his soccer and being constant together with his performances.”

But when asked if the player’s contract could develop into a difficulty if not resolved by subsequent summer season, Martinez added: “It might be as a result of you do not need assets to be devalued.

“I am aware that we’ll by no means get away from that debate, the rumours and the speculation but I see that as a praise.

“No-one would talk about a player who shouldn’t be enjoying properly or having fun with his soccer and that’s the very last thing I would like.

“However we don’t need the cash and you can’t change a player like Leighton Baines so to get an additional £5million, an additional £7million makes no difference.”

Martinez insists he wouldn’t swap Baines for some other full-back on the earth, feeling his all-round recreation is as good as anybody within the sport.

“You possibly can look all through world soccer and you won’t discover many footballers as full as Leighton,” added Martinez.

“You have excellent attackers but they discover it troublesome to defend otherwise you’ve got excellent defenders who discover it tough to get into within the final third.

“Then you’ve obtained players who’re good at each but haven’t got the dynamism, the energy or the stamina to stand up and down. Leighton covers all the pieces.

“He is somebody who can take the free kicks, actually all the useless ball conditions with the standard that he has, he will get into the final third with a real risk, his timing and choice-making are always really good.

“Defensively he’s nearly as good a left-back as you are going to get and he now brings that sense of expertise and maturity in his performances.

“He’s within the peak of his career.”

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Hernandez’s fiancee among 3 more indicted

FALL RIVER, Mass. – The fiancee of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been indicted on a perjury cost in reference to the killing of a good friend of his, a Massachusetts prosecutor stated Friday, bringing to five the number of folks dealing with fees in the case.

A grand jury indicted Shayanna Jenkins, 24, on a single rely in relation to the investigation into the June 17 demise of Odin Lloyd, Bristol County District Legal professional Samuel Sutter said.

[+] EnlargeShayanna JenkinsAP Photo/Josh ReynoldsA grand jury indicted Shayanna Jenkins, the fiancee of Aaron Hernandez, on a single rely in relation to the investigation into the killing of Odin Lloyd. It wasn’t clear what led to the cost.

It wasn’t clear what led to the cost. Sutter’s spokesman, Gregg Miliote, said he could not remark till her arraignment, which has not been set. A message left for Jenkins’ lawyer was not immediately returned.

Lloyd, a 27-yr-old semiprofessional soccer player from Boston, was found shot to loss of life in an industrial park in North Attleborough, Mass., near Hernandez’s residence, where Jenkins also lives. Lloyd had been relationship Jenkins’ sister.

Hernandez has pleaded not responsible to first-degree homicide and weapons charges in Lloyd’s death and is being held with out bail.

Prosecutors say Hernandez killed Lloyd because he was upset with him for talking to some people at a nightclub with whom Hernandez had problems.

Three others are facing expenses within the case.

Hernandez associate Ernest Wallace has pleaded not guilty to being an accessory to homicide after the actual fact.

Carlos Ortiz, another associate of Hernandez and a key witness, was indicted on the identical charge by a grand jury, Sutter mentioned Friday.

Ortiz’s attorney, John Connors, mentioned in an interview that his consumer will plead not responsible and had no additional remark. Earlier than his indictment, Ortiz had been facing only a gun cost, to which he pleaded not guilty.

On Thursday, it was revealed that Ortiz had changed his story. Ortiz had repeatedly mentioned Hernandez and Wallace, alleged to be Hernandez’s “proper-hand man,” both obtained out of the automotive they have been in with Lloyd earlier than Ortiz heard pictures ring out. Ortiz now says solely Hernandez and Lloyd acquired out.

Hernandez cousin Tanya Singleton was indicted on a new cost of conspiracy to commit accessory after the very fact, Sutter mentioned. She had been indicted earlier on a cost of felony contempt after allegedly refusing to testify before the grand jury listening to proof within the case. Prosecutors say they provided her immunity.

A message searching for comment was left for her lawyer.

 

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Over/Under: Among preseason all-stars David Wilson shining brightest

Wilson’s 84-yard TD dash against the Jets catapulted his ADP. (USAT)

Fantasy is a speculative game. Predict the longer term, and also you appear to be a genius. Don’t, and also you’re painfully human. Gazing into the crystal ball, this is our view on 10 intriguing over/unders this week.

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David Wilson’s torching of the hapless Jets Saturday gave homeowners a glimpse of a star-in-the-making. Some, including the Noise, have described him as the Chris Johnson of the NFC, a hit and miss scorer. Total touchdowns for New York’s G this season eight.5

Dalton – UNDER. I’m truly a big fan of Wilson and expect him to surpass 1,250 yards from scrimmage, however 6-8 touchdowns are a much safer wager than more. However that is an explosive again primed for a breakout.

Scott – BENEATH. Mainly I’m singing the same music that Dalton is – I’ll purchase into the Wilson breakout, however I’m not going to be aggressive with the landing projection. His scores will normally have to return from distance, and that’s a difficult thing to rely on.

Brandon – UNDERNEATH. The yards from scrimmage ought to be wholesome, but I’m below no delusions that Wilson will steal objective line touches away from Andre Brown, who was straight money money from point clean range final season – 12 objective line rush attempts, leading to eight touchdowns.

Kenbrell Thompkins, the apple of Tom Brady’s eye towards the Lions (12-eight-116), could be having probably the most worth-impacting preseason of any participant. Whole receptions for the teenager in his inaugural campaign 59.5

Scott – UNDERNEATH. Nonetheless a skeptic here; in spite of everything this is a rookie, undrafted no much less, tied to an offense identified for spreading issues out. Pass me those noise-cancelling headphones, the thrill is getting too loud for me.

Brandon – OVER. I do not assume he’ll go over by a lot, but you work that there’ll be round four hundred receptions distributed round between Pats ability position gamers, and Thompkins should determine closely into that mix. To go over, he must common solely 3.75 catches per sport, which I believe he can do.

Andy – OVER, probably comfortably. At this level, it isn’t a stretch to assume he can strategy Brandon Lloyd’s 2012 manufacturing (74-911-four). I was a skeptic, but the numbers preserve rolling in.

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It’s shocking Matthew Stafford saved arm in socket last year after setting an NFL report for makes an attempt in a season (727). Nonetheless, his fantasy effort was soured by misfires and close calls, evident in his 20 passing TDs. Aerial strikes in the followup 31.5

Brandon – BELOW. I’ve operated this preseason with the expectation that Stafford will finish midway between his TD move totals of the past two seasons, which puts my projection at 30.5. I count on Stafford to rebound properly in ’13, particularly with the addition of Reggie Bush, but 32-plus TDs is a really big quantity, one that usually solely three-4 QBs reach, when you look at the breakdown over the previous decade.

Andy – This can be a robust quantity.. almost too close to call. I’m gonna go BENEATH, however by maybe only one or two, assuming good well being. We’re basically requiring Stafford to play 15-16 video games (and be nice) if he’ll prime 30 TDs; only 5 QBs obtained there in 2012.

Brad – OVER. Stafford was repeatedly dealt seven-deuce off-go well with final 12 months. Megatron was tackled a ridiculous amount of occasions inside the 5, finish-zone connections have been usually dropped and quite a few TDs had been known as back. Contemplating he is just a yr removed from a forty one-TD campaign and after throwing 1,390 passes the previous two years, his luck is certain to change. Roughly 33-36 TDs are attainable.

Once once more Jermichael Finley is having the greatest coaching camp of any participant within the history of professional football. Though completely unreliable a season ago scoring simply two touchdowns, he stays excessive on proprietor wishlists. TDs for the TE this 12 months 6.5

Andy – OVER, please. Finley caught a career-high 61 balls final season, which we used to consider first rate for a decent end. I problem you to find anyone affiliated with Green Bay who’s had a detrimental phrase to say about Finley’s camp. With Jennings gone and Jordy gimpy, I’m anticipating a pleasant 12 months from Jermichael.

Brad – BENEATH. If you learn the propaganda coming out of Inexperienced Bay, Finley is about to make Jimmy Graham completely obsolete. The hype is typical. Yearly it seems, the tight finish is destined to shatter information, heal the sick and save the world. Nonetheless, in 5 years he’s eclipsed the above quantity once. With Jordy Nelson possible for Week 1 and Eddie Lacy now spearheading a revamped floor sport, he’s certain to finish in the 4-6 vary.

Dalton – OVER. I am conscious I may end up trying like a sucker for buying into Finley’s newest hype, but the tight finish surpassed this number two years in the past, and that was before the light bulb supposedly went on. At 6-5, 250, he definitely has the scale to be utilized more inside the purple zone.

The Cardinals offensive line suffered a catastrophic blow over the weekend shedding prized rookie Jonathan Cooper to a broken leg. Keeping his loss in mind, Rashard Mendenhall whole yards this season 1099.5

Brad – OVER. Mendy’s knee “loosening” is a bit unnerving and the lack of Cooper smarts, but when he can hold up over a minimum of thirteen games, he should surpass the 1,100 total yard mark. Alphonso Smith and Stepfan Taylor pose little menace. Expect right around 16-19 touches per sport for the veteran.

Dalton – BELOW. I know he tasks because the clear feature back in Arizona, but I can’t see him holding up physically, and the sledding shall be powerful working behind that offensive line and in that division filled with sturdy defensive teams.

Scott – BELOW. I’ve seen Mendenhall break too many instances prior to now, and this offensive line is as soon as once more a joke with the Cooper loss.

Man, JaMarcus Russell dropped some critical lbs. (USAT)

Terrelle Pryor, who might sew up the Raiders beginning QB gig with a robust effort Thursday in opposition to Seattle, mixed passing/rushing yards this season 2,999.5

Dalton – UNDERNEATH. That sounds about proper if he can play the entire season, however any QB behind Oakland’s offensive line goes to have serious bother staying wholesome. It’s a fairly ugly state of affairs.

Scott – UNDER is the decision as a result of I anticipate Matt Flynn to get some motion, too. However on a per-game foundation, the run-completely satisfied Pryor has an excellent likelihood to be a gentle QB2. It isn’t going to be fairly, but belief the algebra. Rushing production actually pays the payments.

Brandon – UNDERNEATH. It will be ugly in Oakland this season, and when a crew is down within the dumps, the QB often pays the worth. So, to count on Pryor to play a full season and, say, rush for 600 yards and throw for another 2,four hundred (common of 150 per sport) is a bit presumptuous given the sorry state of the Raiders. Matt Flynn will seemingly figure into the combination, and I would not be surprised if we see a full-blown QB carousel right here.

Brad – OVER. Dalton, Scott, Brandon, you guys do notice the Raiders will likely be enjoying from behind in every game this 12 months. Plus the offensive line is in shambles, that means Pryor will break contain typically. Rubbish. Time. All-Star. #TeamHuevos

With Arian Foster in street garments, Ben Tate, arguably probably the most sought after handcuff in drafts this 12 months, ran roughshod over the Saints, collecting seventy four yards and a TD on eleven carries. Average touches per sport this year for the backup 13.5

Scott – I’m going OVER on any Tate proud as a result of I see numerous red flags on Foster 2013. Workload, declining efficiency, summer season aches and pains, there’s a lot to fret about.

Brandon – BENEATH. If Foster is healthy, Tate’s not going to make this number – he’d have to complete with 224-plus touches over a 16 video games to eclipse this mark. And I think Foster is going to be just nice. Moreover, Tate’s hardly an iron man, as he’s flirted with the questionable tag usually in his quick career.

Andy – UNDER. And I really like Tate. However he doesn’t get many targets within the passing sport, in order that’s not a path to touches for him. The one method he averages better than this quantity is that if Foster misses a number of games, and Tate offers us a couple of 20-25 carry traces.

Outside Tate, which handcuff do you value highest: Bernard Pierce, Christine Michael or Bryce Brown?

Brandon – PIERCE. I feel Michael has probably the most upside if he had been to ascend to a lead role due to an injury to Beast-Mode, but Pierce is finest positioned given each player’s present situation. Baltimore always carves out 100-one hundred thirty carries for different RBs moreover Ray Rice, and they like Pierce more than what they’ve had backing up Rice up to now, so it would not be surprising if Pierce totes it one hundred forty-one hundred fifty times in concert with Rice. That is flex enchantment.

Andy – Nicely, it’s difficult. I am unable to assure that MICHAEL can have the same week-to-week value as Brown and Pierce, while Lynch is working at full capacity. But when for some reason Beast Mode had been to malfunction, I just have zero doubt that Michael could be a star. So he is my guy. (Also, no Helu? No Bush? No Joique?)

Brad – MICHAEL. As said before, the ex-Aggie is one Marshawn Skittles disaster away from turning into a high-15 RB. His stout construct (5-foot-10, 220-pounds), unfazed angle and quick toes are admirable traits. Pound-for-pound he might simply be essentially the most gifted rusher in this yr’s rookie class.

Josh Gordon, doubtless Brandon Weeden’s weapon of choice once he serves a two-game suspension, receiving yards per game this fall seventy four.5

Andy – OVER, slightly. I like that it’s a per-sport quantity, so I haven’t got to sweat accidents. This child gave us just a few wow moments last yr, and his targets should pattern up in year two.

Brad – OVER. Throughout a nine-recreation stretch (Weeks 5-14) last 12 months, Gordon averaged simply shy of the proposed number (seventy one.0 YPG). With a year below his belt and likely the primary possibility in an improved offense, he is definitely capable of racking seventy five yards per sport. Going as a back-end WR3, he could simply end as a mid-level WR2.

Dalton – OVER. It’s projecting a whole lot of progress, however Gordon has the expertise to do it, particularly in Norv Turner’s vertical system. Plus, this metric will not hurt him if he gets suspended once more. Severely, Gordon goes to be a lot useful in fantasy leagues after he returns in Week 3.

Fill in the Blank. Lamar Miller, who the Miami Herald believes has a number of legs up on the RB competitors on South Seaside, racks _______ yards from scrimmage, scores _______ complete touchdowns and finishes ______ in fantasy points per recreation among RBs in PPR codecs.

Brad – 1,388 yards from scrimmage, 9 complete TDs, No. 14

Dalton – 1,four hundred yards from scrimmage, 7 total TDs, No. 14

Scott – 1,319 yards from scrimmage, 7 whole TDs, No. 18.

Brandon – 1,250 yards from scrimmage, 7 complete TDs, No. 19

Andy – 1,299 yards from scrimmage and 6 complete TDs. Those numbers are per Reggie’s work. Let’s not overrate the offense too much. (I can’t rank him for PPR, because I don’t endorse PPR.)

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Clinton Portis, Daunte Culpepper among 83 former players suing NFL over concussions

Clinton Portis lies injured in a 2009 sport against the Falcons. (Getty Images)

A consortium of eighty three NFL players led by former Redskins running again Clinton Portis has filed go well with against the league, charging that the NFL did not do sufficient to protect players from head accidents.

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Portis, a two-time Professional Bowler who retired in 2010, is the lead plaintiff within the suit, which additionally contains notable names such as Daunte Culpepper and Cadillac Williams. The Washington Instances reviews that Portis is presently suffering from complications and different issues, and believes he is “at heightened risk of growing additional opposed neurological symptoms sooner or later.”

The NFL has persistently denied any wrongdoing in either protecting gamers or disseminating details about the consequences of concussions.

Portis, who rushed for practically 10,000 yards and 75 touchdowns over his profession, estimates he suffered a minimum of 10 concussions, most notably one in 2009 in opposition to the Falcons that put him on injured reserve.

“The truth is I had quite a lot of concussions,” Portis advised CBS Sports earlier this summer season. “It was simply the best way things were at the time. I might get hit arduous and be woozy. I would be dizzy. I would take a play off and then go back in. Sometimes when I went back into the game, I nonetheless couldn’t see straight. This occurred on a regular basis. Sometimes a couple of times a recreation.”

More than 4,500 gamers at the moment are suing the NFL. The cases have been consolidated in U.S. District Courtroom in Pennsylvania. The NFL has moved to dismiss the suits, but the decide presiding within the case has ordered all sides to mediation, with the expectation of an replace in early September.

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Chris Davis, Bryce Harper among sluggers picked for Home Run Derby

(Getty Images) The participants for this year’s Home Run Derby have been selected and they include MLB’s current home run titan, a two-time derby champ and one of the game’s brightest young talents.

AL: Robinson Cano (captain), Chris Davis, Prince Fielder and one more TBA
NL: David Wright (captain), Carlos Gonzalez, Bryce Harper and Michael Cuddyer

The AL looks stacked, with league-leader Davis and two-time derby winner Fielder. You wonder if their three guys could hit more than the NL without adding a fourth. Maybe? By comparison, the NL makes you scratch your head a bit. Cuddyer?! He’s having a heck of a year, but in the Home Run Derby? He’s not the guy you think of for tape-measure homers. Harper? People will tune in to see him, but he’s coming off injury.

What about Paul Goldschmidt (21 homers)? He’s deserving of the big stage. Domonic Brown (23) too. And, of course, seeing Giancarlo Stanton in the derby would get a lot of attention, even though he didn’t make the All-Star team after his hobbled first half.

(Getty Images) Who will get that TBA spot on the AL team? Edwin Encarnacion (23 homers) seems like a solid bet, but it would sure would be nice to see either Miguel Cabrera (28) or Mike Trout (15) too.

Here are this year’s competitors ranked by home runs hit this season:

• Chris Davis (33)
• Carlos Gonzalez (24)
• Robinson Cano (20)
• Michael Cuddyer (15)
• Prince Fielder (15)
• Bryce Harper (13)
• David Wright (13)

While Chris Davis will be the favorite, conventional wisdom says he won’t win and it will be someone we didn’t think even think had a chance. So yes, that means Michael Cuddyer might be a good bet after all.

Unless Justin Verlander gets that final AL spot. Then he’s totally my pick.

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