You can already see the culture Quinn has worked to build reflected in the rookies.

They’re not intending to use free agent Latavius Murray and rookie Dalvin Cook the way they used Peterson. They both have skills in the passing game that Peterson only occasionally did. And, of course, those two are not intended to be workhorses on the ground, not with what the Vikings want to do.

How Shurmur plans to use Murray, Cook, returnee Jerick McKinnon and others, and in what combinations, should be creative and, likely, liberating for longtime observers. Cook in particular is the future, and at his best, he can do it all.

“It doesn’t matter how they got their butts into that room,” Quinn said. “Here on a tryout, here as an undrafted free agent or a draft pick, we’re looking for great competitors and guys who want to totally buy into the team concept that’s part of our locker room, our team.”

You can already see the culture Quinn has worked to build reflected in the rookies. It hasn’t taken long for them to pick up his catchphrases.

“A lot of people don’t make it this far, and I’m just happy to be able to be here and just be a part of a brotherhood,” rookie first-rounder Takk McKinley said during rookie minicamp. “For me, being a brother, the brotherhood — you can say it all you want, but you’ve got to prove it to the guys.”

That brotherhood and the standard Quinn and the rest Cheap Jerseys Kids of the coaching staff have set are central to the team’s success, almost as much as the fast and physical play.

“It’s brotherhood,” Manuel said. “And the thing that we always talk Cheap Jerseys NY Giants about — if I can watch tape and I don’t see my brother straining the same way I am … my brother, you know what, am I sacrificing my life for your life right now? I don’t know, as I look at that play. I could have probably done more.”

Rivers must be pleased with the new tools he’ll get to play with in 2017.

Alex Smith won’t be around forever, and he already limits the Chiefs offense with his risk-averse game. Trading up 17 draft spots to get Patrick Mahomes II was a gamble, but Mahomes’ big arm and fearless play should open up a lot more options in the passing game. He’ll get time to sit and learn under Andy Reid, which is pretty much the best situation a young quarterback could ask for.

Rivers must be pleased with the new tools he’ll get to play with in 2017. While Swiss Army Knife tailback Danny Woodhead left in free agency, the Chargers replaced that void with All-American wideout Mike Williams. They also landed two of the draft’s best blockers, Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney. Pair that group with healthy seasons from Keenan Allen and Melvin Gordon, and you’ve got the recipe for one of the league’s most explosive offenses.

The Bears, in their quest to be the new Browns, signed an underwhelming quarterback to a deal potentially worth $45 million before trading a handful of draft picks to move up one spot and select a passer with only one season of starting experience under his belt. But hey: If Chicago thinks Trubisky is the guy, then he’s worth the overpay.

Cincinnati had a rough run in free agency, losing two of Cheap Gaelic Jerseys its most important linemen in the process. However, letting Whitworth leave may have been financially prudent. The stalwart left tackle will be 36 this season, and while his best seasons have come in his 30s, $15 million Cheap Jarome Iginla Jerseys in guarantees is still a risk for a blocker whose play could drop off in 2017.

somebody owed Kaepernick an “I’m sorry” about how casually his reputation was being dragged through the mud.

For an organization that had spent at least three years burning bridges at an alarming rate, Lynch’s handling of the most volatile subject in front of them is a long-overdue positive.

If nothing else, somebody owed Kaepernick an “I’m sorry” about how casually his reputation was being dragged through the mud. It wasn’t necessarily the 49ers or Lynch who owed it, but they gave it anyway.

Lynch has done a lot right in a short period of time. It’s a welcome change in an offseason too many people let turn ugly. It’s a welcome change for Kaepernick … and a welcome change for the 49ers.

Smart teams don’t give up good players just because they scrap and curse each other out, or because they push buttons they usually go un-pushed.

The Seahawks are a smart team. Their roster is composed of smart players who don’t get told to stop being smart in public or private, on or off the field.

Instead of figuring out why they’re like that, ask why all the others are not.

Belichick is correct when he says NFL teams’ medical staffs, not Cheap Donegal Gaa Jerseys coaches, are primarily responsible for injury management. Former Rams coach Jeff Fisher expressed that in 2015. Panthers coach Ron Rivera last year took it personally when a reporter questioned Cheap Epl Jerseys his team’s treatment of star QB Cam Newton.

“When it comes to the (concussion) protocol stuff, I don’t know what that is,” Rivera said. “I follow what I’m told by the doctors and the trainers. It was explained to me afterwards, and after it was explained to me, I told you what was explained to me.”

Marcus Mariota reveals why he didn’t pound beers, hold catfish at Predators games

Marcus Mariota and members of the Titans have made sure they were on hand to support the Predators as they battle to win their first Stanley Cup, but Mariota didn’t participate in all the tomfoolery.

They appeared with the home crowd during Game 3 of Nashville’s series against the Ducks, then later traveled to Pittsburgh to face the Penguins during Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals.

The Titans were seen chugging beers after a hearty toast during the Ducks game, and in Pittsburgh they got in on the catfish phenomena by holding up the slimy fish while slamming brews.

Big Ben has one losing season as a starter for his career. He’s putting up better numbers on the back half of his career, and the two Super Bowl rings will put him in the Hall of Fame. Is there a quarterback you trust more outside of the next two?

Rodgers carried the Packers to the NFC championship Real Madrid Cheap Jerseys game after a 4-6 start, and he put up a league-best 40 TDs in the process. He’s the most talented quarterback in the league, and the two-time MVP is held to a higher standard as a result.

There’s no argument at this point. Brady is coming off a fifth Super Bowl win and seems to get better with age. He has the numbers, the rings and a team that will be picked by a lot of publications to repeat for the first time since New England did it in 2003-04.

Flacco scale: Five Flaccos. It would be seven Flaccos had Tampa Bay Lightning Cheap Jerseys Flacco not knocked Brady out of the playoffs those other two times.

Chargers’ small L.A. venue translates into big ticket prices

If this is NFL Econ 101, then the Los Angeles Chargers, playing in what they call an “intimate” 30,000-seat soccer stadium, have nailed the supply part of the equation.

The StubHub Center’s least expensive season tickets for 2017 will go for $700, or $70 per game for 10 games (including preseason). The most expensive tickets will sell for $3,750 ($375 per game).

Abruzzo, a Democrat from Boynton Beach, introduced HB 839 in the Florida legislature earlier this week. If approved, it would establish a new license plate promoting and benefitting the Dan Marino Foundation, which was established in 1992 by the Hall of Fame quarterback after his son Michael was diagnosed with autism.

The foundation is dedicated to assisting young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. The centerpiece of the effort is Marino Campus, which provides post-secondary training and certificate programs. “Marino Campus” would appear on the proposed Florida tags, according to the text of the bill.

The state already offers 125 specialty tags, and Floridapolitics.com notes the Marino plate isn’t the only potential new addition for 2017. Legislators also will consider a measure to issue a tag honoring President Ronald Reagan.

Belle was nearly the offensive equivalent, leading baseball in homers, doubles, RBI, total bases and slugging percentage. It’s widely speculated that Belle’s surly attitude was the reason he only finished second in MVP voting despite besting winner Mo Vaughn in nearly every statistical category. Belle fell short again in a six-game World Series, as Maddux helped the city Cheap Heat Jerseys of Atlanta win its only major pro sports title.

Cardinals’ Carson Palmer will play in 2017: ‘I’m ready to get back to work’

Carson Palmer isn’t ready to call it a career yet.

After mulling his retirement, the Cardinals quarterback on Thursday informed team president Michael Bidwill he will play in 2017.

At this point, it’s unclear if the Cowboys want to keep Romo around as an extremely expensive backup, attempt to trade him, or release him.

“We don’t know anything,” Candice Romo said. “We know just as much as you guys, and for a type-A planner personality, it doesn’t bode well. And I’m sure when we do [know something], Tony will be the guy to tell you.”

Candice also isn’t sure if she would uproot her family to follow her husband somewhere else.

“We just don’t know,” Candice said. “There’s so many variables and things that can take place that my mom has always said, ‘You just don’t cross that bridge until you get there.’ And I just don’t really worry about it until it comes. We’re not really worried about it. We’re just going to see it as it comes.”

If this is the end of Romo’s football career, Candice joked he could be a D.J. or even an actor. It wouldn’t be the first time a retired athlete caught the acting bug, and seeing Romo on the Cheap Islanders Jerseys big screen would be interesting, to say the least.

The Romos already are parents to Hawkins, 4, and Rivers, 2.

Redskins franchise tag Kirk Cousins for second straight year

You like that new deal Kirk Cousins?

The quarterback’s agent, Mike McCartney, announced Tuesday the Redskins placed their franchise tag on the veteran quarterback for the second cosecutive year to keep him in Washington Wholesale Jerseys NFL another season.

Carter, 37, was the No. 7 overall pick by the 49ers in the 2001 NFL Draft. He played there for five seasons before going to Washington on a lucrative free-agent contract. He played there for another five years.

Carter continued to flourish after he signed with New England in 2011, earning his first and only Pro Bowl berth during a 10-sack campaign that was truncated by injury. Carter then played with Oakland (2012) before returning to the Patriots in 2013 to finish his NFL career.

Carter spent the 2015 season as a student assistant coach at his alma mater Cal.

The Dolphins are seeking a new assistant defensive line coach after Jim Washburn left the team following the end of the season.

With six junior quarterbacks having declared for the 2017 NFL Draft, the most ever, NFL teams won’t be passing on the position altogether, but many may be more patient USA Cheap Jerseys than in recent years.

Watson will be the primary storyline from a network programming standpoint. But I actually don’t think NFL teams are as divisive as some have made it seem. Some in the NFL are huge fans of Watson on and off the field.

Most I’ve spoken with like the majority of his game, but they have questions as to whether he’s worth a top 10 pick, and for now, I agree. He won’t check the boxes character/leadership-wise in the same way Carson Wentz, Dak Prescott and Marcus Mariota have in recent years.

NFL free agency 2017: DeMarcus Ware eyeing return to Cowboys, report says

Free-agent defensive end DeMarcus Ware is entertaining the idea of returning to the Cowboys, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported, citing an unidentified source.

Ware, who’ll turn 35 in July, played the first nine seasons of his career in Dallas, becoming the franchise’s all-time sacks leader with 117.

Instead, he plans to stand next season for the anthem.

Kaepernick drew widespread criticism first for sitting during “The Star-Spangled Banner” before 49ers’ preseason games and then kneeling during the anthem before the Niners’ last preseason game and all 16 regular-season games.

But he also drew support from, among others, teammates and other NFL players, as well as athletes nationwide from high schoolers to pros.

His San Francisco teammates recognized him after the season, voting him the winner of the team’s Len Eshmont Award, the 49ers’ highest franchise honor awarded to the player who “best exemplifies the inspirational and courageous play” and named in honor of an original member of the 1946 49ers team.

“It wasn’t a diss or anything like that,” Watson told reporters Cheap Qld Reds Jerseys Friday at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

Cowboys quarterback Jason Garrett attended the O’Brien Award banquet Cheap Real Jerseys and Watson suggested the Cowboys trade both Tony Romo and Dak Prescott to the Browns so the Cowboys could then select Watson with the No. 1 overall pick.

We’re trying to make each other better

Williams also said the competition at receiver doesn’t come with “bad blood.” This is a group that works with Philip Rivers, who has four straight 4,000-yard seasons. Mike Williams played a pivotal role in Clemson’s national championship last season. Allen is coming off a torn ACL, and Inman is out until training camp after undergoing core surgery. Williams said all of them have the potential to be a No. 1 receiver.

“We’re trying to make each other better,” Tyrell Williams said. “I feel like we’re going to put up a lot of points.”

For Williams, it’s about building on the momentum he created the last two seasons. As a rookie, he made a statement in Week 16 with two catches for 90 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter against Kansas City. Last year, he took advantage of that opportunity to become a consistent big-play receiver. How consistent?

Williams was one of eight receivers with 19 catches of 20 yards or more last season. The others were T.Y. Hilton, Julio Jones, Antonio Brown, Amari Cooper, Beckham, Jordy Nelson and DeSean Jackson. While it might seem like an undrafted free agent from Western Oregon does not belong in the conversation, Williams doesn’t see it that way.

It’s far more important, it seems, to look good to the fans at a time that it means the absolute least. Not even the Panthers, including coach Ron Rivera, are all that concerned. The football-starved public appear to be the only ones going overboard about Benjamin.

Which is why those same people can be fed live Combine workouts, prime-time schedule release Cheap Jerseys Throwback shows, three days of the draft and five weeks of preseason games, and still beg for more.

Because they have the capacity to wag a finger at an NFL player for not being in shape in the middle of May, for a workout he could have completely skipped but did not.

To those people, we prescribe this: baseball every night, Stanley Cup Final next Monday, NBA Finals next Thursday.

Michael Bennett inspired by Chance the Rapper to donate 2017 endorsements

Michael Bennett has announced plans to donate all his endorsement money to help children in minority communities in 2017.

Bennett, who already does considerable work fighting childhood obesity through his organization, “The Bennett Foundation,” also called on athletes to use their stage and means to help make differences in communities throughout the country.

“I’m asking all professional athletes to join me by donating a portion of your endorsements this year to a cause of your choice,” Bennett said. “We can make a difference. It’s up to us to help plant seeds of hope and help fuel the future.”

“Well in all sincerity, Marshawn’s been in Canada,” Hendrickson said. “I’m due to see him this week. So he and I have not spoken about this at all. So it was the media who took the ball and kind ran with it. He’s one of the most unique guys I’ve ever been with in my life. Marshawn, it wouldn’t shock me in three days if he says, ‘Hey, I want to play.’ It wouldn’t shock me if he says, ‘Nah, I don’t know where this came from. I don’t want to play.’

Between Lynch’s endorsements and his company, Beast Mode, he isn’t hurting for cash. If Lynch does return, it would be for the love of the game, according to Hendrickson.

“He doesn’t spend any of the money he’s made. He’s got a lot of money,” Hendrickson said. “He does miss football, no question. He loves the game of football. He’s 30. But until I meet with him this week, you know, I don’t know what his mindset is. He’s the kind of guy Cheap Jerseys Zoom that can shift by the hour.”