Bills open McDermott’s coaching era with 21-12 win over Jets

The new-look Buffalo Bills might be better than advertised under rookie head coach Sean McDermott.

The Jets, however, opened the season playing well below even their meager expectations.

Tyrod Taylor showed no lingering signs of a concussion that sidelined him for two weeks by throwing two touchdowns in a 21-12 win on Sunday. The Bills never trailed after opening the scoring on Taylor’s 1-yard touchdown pass to Charles Clay 3 1/2 minutes into the second quarter.

The Bills’ Webb signing is a reaction to the injury status of Taylor, plus that of third-stringer T.J. Yates. When asked to expand on why he chose Webb, McDermott mentioned the word “culture,” and that Webb would be “good for the locker room.” He cited his positive history and familiarity with the 30-year-old veteran.

But McDermott insists familiarity is not necessarily the driving force behind Buffalo’s roster moves. Only six players who were drafted by former GM Doug Whaley remain on the roster. McDermott says it’s not about bringing in his own players; it’s about bringing in the right players.

“It’s about the right guys at the right time,” McDermott explained. “That’s really what we’re interested in, is good people, good football players that are interested in the team-first mentality (and) that embrace what this city is all about.

“With regards to that, there’s good football players Cheap Jerseys Basketball that were Cheap Jerseys brought on by Doug. That’s what we’re interested in. Whether it was past regime (or) current regime.”

Patriots vs. Chiefs: Score, results, highlights from NFL season opener

Thursday’s NFL season opener between the Patriots and Chiefs was supposed to be a celebration of New England’s fifth Super Bowl title and a win for the home team.

Kansas City, which entered the 2017 season with high expectations of its own — the defending AFC West champ was too close to an AFC title game appearance last season not to aim for another deep playoff run this year — pulled off a stunning upset over New England with a 42-27 win.

Truly for those in deep PPR leagues and desperate situations — or some blend of both — Ellington is an interesting flex candidate for managers who can’t acquire Williams. In relief of an injured David Johnson, Ellington played on 16 snaps to Williams’ eight.

Game script while trailing certainly aided Ellington’s exposure rate. I believe the team will rely on Williams on early downs, but a valuable share of the receiving work that buoyed Johnson to special heights will go to Ellington, who worked as a slot receiver at times in the offseason. Ellington ran a route on 15 of his 16 snaps and produced 35 yards on his two receptions. There is clearly risk in deploying Ellington, yet I also find some intriguing upside to consider given what should be a respectable snap share.

Despite being acquired just days before the regular season opened, Kearse played on 52 of the New York Jets’ 55 offensive snaps. He led the Jets with 10 targets, seven receptions and 59 receiving yards. Those Cheap High Quality NFL Jerseys are impressive achievements that point to an expanded role in upcoming games, as he can actually be factored into the offensive game planning. In Week 2, the Jets don’t have a great matchup as they’ll face an Oakland Raiders team Cheap Goalie Jerseys that allowed the 11th-fewest points to opposing wide receivers last season, but there’s so little competition for targets for Kearse that the chance for significant fantasy production should not be ignored.

McVay joked Saturday that trying to lock in a deal for Donald is like “chasing a girl in high school.”

The youngest head coach in NFL history said the sense of urgency to get something done will increase with each passing day. That doesn’t mean he’s giving Donald a deadline to report.

“It’s hard to say and I think until we come to a solution, then that’s when I Cheap Elite Nike NFL Jerseys think you have a chance to really put a specific plan in place,” McVay said. “Out of respect for Aaron and the team, our mindset right now is – if we have to go play a football game, guys are ready to go and Aaron hasn’t been here as a part of the preparation. So, right now that’s the way that we’re approaching this, if he’s here then it’s a bonus and that’s something that we’ll have to come to figure out when he does get here if that’s the case.”

“That kind of helps the selflessness in knowing there are other ways to measure your importance than just sacks or whatnot,” said Matthews, whose seven seasons of six-plus sacks since 2009 ranks behind only ex-Packers teammate Julius Peppers (eight) among active players. “Mike had a great quote the other day talking about NFL players like, ‘There’s good players, there’s players who have great moments and then there’s great players. And great players make people around them better.’

“That’s one of the things you appreciate about other people. Rather than focusing Cheap Jerseys Authentic on one kind of attribute or aspect of the game, you focus on everything — who’s being disruptive, who’s creating pressure to create an interception and stuff like that. It just helped me see the bigger picture of it all.”

The Bengals are marking their 50th season with a new jersey patch.

If your uniform passion extends to practice gear, the Steelers added their team name to their practice jerseys this season — and added an advertising patch to boot:

Finally, if you were wondering what happened to uni numbers on the front of the Steelers’ helmets, don’t worry. They never bother with the front numbers during the preseason, but you can be sure the numerals will reappear for the season opener Sept. 10 in Cleveland.

The Bengals are marking their 50th season with a new jersey patch. Interestingly, it’s one of the newfangled synthetic patches, not a traditional embroidered design. These modern patches have been worn in the Super Bowl, but this appears to be the first time an NFL team has worn one for a standard season-long patch.

Bennett said the incident is an example of the racial inequality that he is protesting by sitting for the national anthem during NFL games. Bennett sat through the anthem for all four of the Seahawks’ preseason games this summer, and he has said he will continue doing so during the regular season.

The situation: Early in the third Cheap Fishing Jerseys quarter with the Cheap European Soccer Jerseys Giants up 7, New Orleans is in New York territory. Out of a trips alignment, the Saints run the X spot concept. Collins shows Cheap Baseball Jerseys 2-deep at the snap, drops as an inside hook player in 3 Buzz and reads through the route. With the 7 route pushing to the cornerback, Collins can get his eyes on Willie Snead running the crossing route. He breaks downhill on the throw and finishes.

I’m holding high, breaking downhill from there and I know where my help is — I have my flat defender, my corner, the linebacker inside. I have the first “inside,” the linebacker has the second one — Brandin Cooks — coming over. So I have the hash to the numbers to cover. By holding off the tight end, it gives my corner time to play over the top and gives me the time to break on anything below.

Cody Bellinger is happy to let Lonzo Ball have the LA sports spotlight

Count Cody Bellinger among the Los Angeles sports fans enjoying the Lonzo Ball Show this summer, but don’t think for a second he wishes it was the Cody Bellinger Show.

Bellinger, the Dodgers’ 22-year-old phenom and the overwhelming favorite to win the National League Rookie of the Year award, is a microcosm for his team: a reserved, wide-eyed player with immense talent who is laser-focused on delivering the team its first championship since 1988. Born and raised in a suburb of Phoenix, Bellinger hasn’t let his newfound celebrity status in a major city sidetrack his mission.

“I’m a laid-back guy, so being all over TV … that’s cool, but at the end of the day, it’s whatever,” Bellinger said. “They can have cameras following [Lonzo] all over the place.”

“It’s more than basketball with that,” Smith says when asked about Carlisle’s words. “That’s the way I was raised to be as a man. That’s a credit to my whole family, especially my father. It just translates from being a man on to basketball.”

After spending time with the senior Smith in Las Vegas this week, Carlisle agrees:

“I’ve gotten to know his dad a little bit, sat with him during the second game, and I can see why he’s a kid with strong character.”

Smith, the ninth overall pick in last month’s NBA Draft, joins the Mavericks as a future face of the franchise, something made even more important due to Dirk Nowitzki’s career drawing near an end. The Mavericks hadn’t owned their own top-10 draft pick since Nowitzki was selected No. 9 Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys in 1998. They felt certain that Smith was a top-five talent in the draft, putting him Cheap Paintball Jerseys And Pants out of their reach.

But when the New York Knicks selected Frank Ntilikina one pick before, Carlisle says the Mavericks draft room erupted into “thunderous applause” knowing the guy they truly wanted was still on the board.

Derrick Rose to the Bucks only makes sense for one side

How Derrick Rose has fallen.

The latest update on Rose’s free agent market comes from ESPN’s Chris Haynes, who reported that Rose and the Milwaukee Bucks are “in discussions to schedule a meeting.” This comes after a number of teams have been floated as suitors for Rose, but none of those reports has materialized into anything.

Rose’s tepid future is partly due to the point guard market, which in June looked like it would be wide open and by July had tightened considerably. But even though Rose averaged 18 points on 47 percent shooting last year, his inability to hit threes and his struggles on defense make him a relatively unattractive basketball player in the modern NBA.

The Wizards had the right to match any offer for Bogdanovic as a restricted free agent, but he became an unrestricted free agent as soon as the Wizards pulled his qualifying offer off the table.

The Nets’ cap space is currently tied up with Porter’s offer sheet, but they now know Washington has intentions of matching the deal and can move on. That’s important, because now Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is a free agent. After the Pistons traded for Avery Bradley earlier this morning, they renounced Caldwell-Pope’s rights as a restricted free agent.

During the regular season, Keith Smart of Real GM reported that the Nets would make Caldwell-Pope and Porter their top two targets in free agency.

The Nets have been notorious for tendering offer sheets to unrestricted free agents over the last few years, but haven’t had success in the past. Now, with Caldwell-Pope on the open Cheap NBA Jerseys market without any barriers in the way, the Nets can go after their guy.

The Nets could have a backcourt of D’Angelo Russell and Caldwell-Pope Cheap NFL Jerseys From China together, which is a much better spot than they were in just four or five months ago — let alone last year.

The Cavaliers watched Griffin leave town after owner Dan Gilbert lowballed him during negotiations on a new contract.

Gilbert pursued ESPN’s Chauncey Billups to be his new president of basketball operations, but Billups turned him down after reportedly being lowballed as well. Now, Cleveland’s watched the free agent market dry up and all desirable trade targets have been dealt, with the exception of Carmelo Anthony.

On top of it all, we don’t even know who’s calling the shots in the front office. It’s probably Koby Altman, who was promoted to assistant general manager in 2016 and is the highest front-office member left. But without an official voice and direction for the franchise moving forward, the Cavaliers can’t possibly advance.

NBA history is littered with examples of players who needed to leave one team to achieve stardom on another.

The most recent example is James Harden. It’s hard to remember now, but there was a time when many weren’t sure if Harden was even deserving of a max contract. It Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys For Sale was hard for him to show how good he really was alongside both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City.

As soon as Harden went to Houston, it became apparent he was one of the great players in the league and an MVP-caliber talent.

Again, what Noel does is valuable — skilled defense is perhaps still undervalued overall. But the concessions you make when you pay and play rigid archetypes are beginning to be better understood.

This isn’t to say that the best centers in the NBA are going Cheap Laker Jerseys Sale anywhere. They are the exceptions that prove the rule. Marc Gasol and DeMarcus Cousins are excellent passers and emerging shooters. Gasol’s a defensive ace; Cousins is a star scorer from every spot inside the arc. Joel Embiid is a throwback 20-10 pivot with excellent rim protection and more joie de vivre than a New Orleans second line.

What’s next after Gordon Hayward agrees?

The Boston Celtics got their man. Well…kind of. They have an agreement to sign Gordon Hayward. But getting there is going to be almost as interesting as the circus-like day leading up to Hayward agreeing to sign in Boston.

The Celtics, as currently constructed, do not have the cap space to sign Hayward to a maximum contract outright. Boston has several free agents who have cap holds that will need to be renounced in order to clear space for Hayward to sign. Chief among these is Kelly Olynyk, who as tendered a qualifying offer prior to free agency to make him a restricted free agent. Per several reports, the Celtics are rescinding Olynyk’s qualifying offer and will make him an unrestricted free agent. He’ll join Gerald Green, Jonas Jerebko, Amir Johnson (reportedly agreed to a deal with the 76ers) and James Young as unrestricted free agents.

Cleveland’s only offseason moves were to sign Jose Calderon and Jeff Green to minimum contracts, and bring over 2015 second-round pick Cedi Osman from Turkey.

James was fourth in this year’s MVP voting after averaging 26.4 points along with career highs in 8.7 assists and 8.6 rebounds per game. With an option in his contract for the 2018-19 season, the four-time MVP could be a free agent as early as next offseason.

Should the Cavaliers be concerned about James leaving next season?
At this point, they have to be. Cleveland is a good situation with talented pieces, but the team had to improve to compete with the Golden State Warriors. They have not improved at all this summer.

The Cavaliers were in the midst of trade talks with the Cheap Kids Jerseys NHL Indiana Pacers Cheap Jerseys Youth and the Chicago Bulls in an effort to acquire either Paul George or Butler, but Griffin was let go of while negotiations were ongoing. They ended shortly after.

both of those players are worth far more than they’ll be making over the next few seasons.

The details are still being worked out, but the trade should happen, according to Wojnarowski. Miles will sign a three-year deal for around $25 million with a player option for the third year, according to Wojnarowski.

Miles will likely replace the departed DeMarre Carroll in the starting lineup, while Joseph will compete with new Pacers signee Darren Collison for the starting point guard gig.

Miles, a 12-year veteran who can play both wing positions, averaged nearly 11 points per game last year while shooting 41 percent from 3-point range. He will share minutes on the wing with emerging third-year player Norman Powell.

But what Durant did represents much more than that. The Warriors’ live and die by their “Strength in Numbers” motto. Nothing epitomizes that culture more than the sacrifice Durant made.

And, if Kerr is being truthful here, it was a voluntary sacrifice Durant made without the Warriors requesting he take such a cut. We also saw a similar sacrifice, though, not on the same pay scale, with Shaun Livingston’s three-year, $24 million deal.

On the open market, both of those players are worth far more than they’ll be making over the next few seasons. But, as Livingston told NBC Bay Area, “You can’t put a price on happiness.”

Winning matters to these guys more than money, and that’s fine. It would be fine the other way around, too.

Sure, Durant took a deal for less than his market value as a superstar. He isn’t the first star to do this and he won’t be the last one.

As Kerr said, it’s up to star players whether they want to take a bit less money to keep the squad in tact. But that’s the thing — it’s a choice. Yes, Durant made less money than he Cheap Jerseys Online China could have. And maybe that does put more of an expectation on other star players to do Cheap Jerseys Stitched the same.