Bill Belichick: Josh McDaniels worthy of consideration for head-coaching job

Bill Belichick knows what it’s like to be a longtime NFL assistant coach in hopes of landing a head-coaching opportunity, and that seemed to be the impetus for him to tout three of his top staffers for that type of opportunity during his Tuesday conference call.

Specifically, Belichick was asked about a report on NBC’s “Football Night in America,” which was detailed by Pro Football Talk, that said offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was not included on an NFL Ken Griffey Authentic Womens Jersey preliminary list of head-coaching candidates for 2017. The list, which includes Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, is put together by the NFL’s Career Development Advisory Panel, according to PFT.

The Raiders emerged from Monday night’s victory against the Texans in Mexico City relatively healthy, though middle linebacker Perry Riley Jr. appeared to be suffering from a hamstring issue during the game. The problem from a team standpoint is that, because Riley wears the green dot communication helmet, adjustments have to be made quickly when he comes out of the game, and usually Malcolm Smith assumes the green dot helmet in Riley’s absence. Rookie Cory James and Ben Heeney, who’s on injured reserve, have also worn the green dot thus far this season.

The Chargers should get some players back after the bye week, with wide receiver Travis Benjamin (knee), safety Jahleel Addae (clavicle) and inside linebacker Denzel Perryman (hamstring) all on target to play on Sunday against the Texans. The addition of Addae, who missed nine games this season, will provide a boost to a San Diego pass defense ranked No. 28 in the league. “He has the most experience out of Michael Lorenzen Authentic Womens Jersey everybody in the room,” safety Dwight Lowery said about Addae. “So to bring his energy, physicality, passion and also knowledge of the defense is going to help us tremendously.”

Left tackle Taylor Lewan has a sprained left knee and is day-to-day after suffering the injury late in the Titans’ loss in Indianapolis. If he can’t go, the Titans are likely to play Dennis Kelly in his place. Kelly replaced Lewan after he was ejected early in Tennessee’s big Nov. 13 win over Green Bay. He plays as tackle-eligible in three-tight end sets. The Titans could bring in Brian Schwenke at left guard and move left guard Quinton Spain to left tackle on plays in which they want Kelly in that role.

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Could win another four Super Bowls and still you would find some fans willing to argue that Cool’s perfect record title Cary Williams Jersey was more impressive, or that the New England player never threw passes as pretty as Marino’s. But won a good people round to his position on , this writer included. Besides the fact of winning four titles, he now owns three Super Bowl MVP awards – a figure matched only by Montana. His 13 career touchdowns Super Bowls are two more than his idol mustered. total he broke, matched or improved upon nine separate championship game records on night.

More compelling than any of those numbers, though, was the absolute assurance he demonstrated during New England’s final, game-winning drive. To complete eight of eight passes against the best defense of a generation was the stuff that legends are made of.

Or ‘s case, embellished with. It’s not like he was short of miraculous comebacks his career before now. We needed to this from because it had been Cassius Marsh Jersey since he last did it a Super Bowl. The decade- wait after his third title was beginning to diminish the notion of him as a clutch performer. He had won the first 10 playoff of his professional career, but was only 9 the postseason since 2005. For a team that had won nine divisional titles over the same spell, that was underwhelming return. It also played into the hands of those who believed that the Patriots’ successes had been built on underhand strategies. , they noted, had won no titles since New England were caught and punished for videotaping the New York Jets’ defensive coaches’ signals during a game 2007. There is still potential for this year’s success to be tarnished by the ball deflation scandal.
The NFL’s appointed investigator, Wells, advised before ‘s game that it would be weeks before he was ready to deliver a verdict. Rice and are among the prominent commentators to argue that any New England Super Bowl win this year would need to have asterisk placed next to it. A more level-headed take says that we should wait for the results of Wells’s investigation before passing judgement one way or another.

Because you wanted it: Tim Tebow chimes in on Colin Kaepernick

All we need for the Colin Kaepernick story is for Johnny Manziel to be somehow involved, and we’d have the greatest viral NFL story ever.

Tim Tebow, former NFL player, was asked about Kaepernick’s national-anthem protest. There’s not a ton of connection between the two, other than people loving to read about and talk about both of them.

And Tebow sounds like he believes in what Kaepernick is kneeling for, but doesn’t agree with the kneeling part of it.

Bradford played well from the first drive on. On the Vikings’ first third-and-long, he hit Adam Thielen on a very nice timing throw. Against the Packers’ press man coverage Bradford delivered a nice back-shoulder throw for the first down.

The Packers didn’t do a lot to disguise their defenses or have late movement with the secondary or linebackers. It was not difficult for Bradford to identify where he wanted to go with the ball. He had clean, well-defined throws and he has the arm strength to make tough throws, and made some to the sideline against Green Bay.

Bradford also had to make tough throws because he rarely had a clean pocket. This is a great example. On a third-and-4, Thielen ran a short route and tight end Kyle Rudolph ran a deeper corner route against the Packers’ Cover 2 zone. And Bradford made an unbelievable throw with Packers lineman Mike Daniels driving right guard Brandon Fusco back into his lap. It was an 8-yard touchdown.

The Eagles made the surprising move to trade Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings about a week before the season and roll with Wentz, even though he had about one half of preseason experience before he suffered a rib injury. That move looks brilliant now. The Eagles banked a 2017 first-round pick in the Bradford trade and seem to have a future star at quarterback. The second overall pick looks nothing like a rookie.

Tyrell Williams: With Woodhead joining Keenan Allen on the shelf for the rest of the season, Travis Benjamin and Williams are two other Chargers who’ve seen their values get a major boost. Williams is 6-4, 205 with 4.43 speed, and he’s going to be given a major opportunity given the sudden lack of alternatives in San Diego’s passing tree (Antonio Gates is also injury prone and looks every bit his age of 36 years old). Benjamin should be treated as a WR2, and the impressive Williams looks like a WR3 at minimum.

Packers WR Jordy Nelson calls his return ‘hardly even a practice’

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The closest thing Jordy Nelson did to real football during his first practice in 364 days came at the end of the session, when he ran some half-speed routes while fellow receivers Randall Cobb and Davante Adams acted as cornerbacks during a jog-through.

Last week, Nelson actually warmed up in full pads before the preseason game against the Oakland Raiders on Thursday, one day after he was activated off the PUP list.

“Obviously, we’re progressing,” Nelson said. “Obviously, we’re going to see how the body reacts; that’s how it is every time you do something, but it felt good out there. I don’t know what the plan is for this weekend or next — if it’s going to be similar to what we did last week or if it’ll be more. It’s still in debate. It’s a fluid situation of how everything reacts and how we feel.

“I mean, today felt great, so I’m sure tomorrow we’ll do a little bit more. We’ll see what the practice schedule looks like. Obviously, we’ll eventually build into team periods. We should get plenty of that by the time Jacksonville comes around. We’ll see what we do this week, but I assume, just based off normal progression, that next week we’ll probably get into some competitive periods. And then Jacksonville, I don’t have any reason to think it won’t be a normal week of preparation.”

In the two-man concept, the slot receiver (in this case, Doug Baldwin) takes his route to the flat. The outside receiver (Jermaine Kearse) runs a snag route. It’s like a slant, but instead of continuing into the middle of the field, Kearse turns and faces the quarterback.

That probably isn’t the most sustainable way forward for the Vikings’ offense, not when they want their 23-year-old passer to take charge of the offense. Peterson knows it, too, and when he has a quarterback he believes could lead the Vikings to their long-sought Super Bowl berth, the 31-year-old running back is trying to adapt.

“I know it’s going to help us out in the long run, accomplishing what we want to accomplish, being able to present different looks to the defense,” Peterson said. “That’s what I’m really excited about.”

A surprise player who impressed: Although it might sound strange, expectations were not high for former Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake making his 2016 debut. He is coming off a season-ending Achilles injury and just working the rust off. However, Wake showed an effective bull rush on his first play to get a hit on Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. He played only a few snaps but it was a good step before the regular season.

When it was starters vs. starters, the Dolphins looked …: Competitive. The third preseason game had a regular-season feel and intensity in the first half and both sides were about even. Each starting quarterback threw an interception to the defense, but both offenses were able to move the ball. The Dolphins led 7-3 at halftime.

One reason to be concerned: A developing story on offense is the growing number of drops from starting tight end Jordan Cameron. The former Pro Bowler is leaving plays on the field at an alarming rate in preseason games and practices. Cameron had two additional drops against the Falcons, and there was one instance when Tannehill saw Cameron open but opted not to throw him the ball. Cameron didn’t have a propensity for drops last season, so it’s possible this is in his head. It is definitely something that must be addressed before the regular season.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (hamstring) could practice Tuesday

It is possible Elliott could play, but the team has been careful with his return because it does not want him to suffer any kind of setback that could lead to a longer absence, potentially into the regular season.

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Give the Americans that much. They are finding ways to prevail even though defensive struggles continue to plague a group that legitimately believed as recently as five days ago that this was a shutdown outfit that would snuff out anyone and everyone.

“They’ve still got a team full of All-Stars,” France center Rudy Gobert said. “Today they didn’t play very good and still won. So they’re still the favorite.”

Added French veteran Boris Diaw, Gobert’s new teammate with the Utah Jazz: “They haven’t been dominating, but they haven’t lost either. They’re still unbeaten, so we can’t say that they’re struggling.”

Except that we most certainly can.

Bennett: ‘Get rid of me’ if you don’t think I’m valuable

In an offseason which has seen disruptive pass-rushers such as Von Miller, Muhammad Wilkerson, Olivier Vernon and Fletcher Cox all accept offers of at least a $17 million annual salary, Bennett’s contract looks more grossly undervalued than ever before.

“It is never-ending,” Bennett said. “Especially when people are getting new contracts every day. You sit there and you’re like, ‘Damn, really?’ I’m just to the point where it’s kind of like, if you don’t think I’m valuable, then just get rid of me.”

The Seahawks have a very solid collection of talent locked up through the 2018 season, including Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Bobby Wagner and recently extended Doug Baldwin. The team doesn’t have enough salary-cap room to sign everyone though, as Bruce Irvin and Russell Okung left Seattle this free-agency period to sign lucrative deals with the Raiders and Broncos, respectively.

Bennett will be 32 when his current contract expires, and he knows that there’s a big chance his value now is much higher than two years down the road. Currently, per The Huffington Post, he’s only the 27th-highest paid defensive lineman in the league. If he can’t get a bigger contract now, will he ever get an opportunity to receive a bigger (and more fair) pay day?

The veteran is expected to be at Seahawks camp when it opens July 29.

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So what does Brady’s cookbook/nutrition manual consist of?

“Well, there’s just a lot of substitutes for maybe some traditional foods,” Brady said. “So there’s some pastas. A lot of desserts that, when you look in there you think, ‘Well, it’s not a chocolate sundae.’ And nothing is going to be like a chocolate sundae at the end of the day, because chocolate sundaes are chocolate sundaes. But are there things that you can eat that you can enjoy that can curb what you’re looking for, that can be a lot healthier for you, that can bring down the inflammation in your body so that you’re not hurting and you’re going out there and doing the things that you wanted to do?”

For the most part, the recipes in Brady’s nutrition manual attempt to avoid the use of sugar, white flour, olive oil, iodized salt, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, eggplants, all caffeine and dairy products.

Even without those ingredients, Brady and his trainer managed to come up with 89 recipes.