No need for Arizona Cardinals to chase running backs

With all of the needs the Arizona Cardinals have, this is a reminder that running back is not one of them. With David Johnson returning and still have Kerwynn Williams, Elijhaa Penny, and T.J. Logan in the mix, there really isn’t the need to chase a free agent.

Adrian Peterson is going to get his release, so you can count him out as well. D.J Foster was a nice story for about 10 minutes but he likely has slim chances of being on the 2018 roster. Also, don’t look for the Cardinals to draft a back.

There was some Customized Arizona Cardinals Jersey chatter around the league and even some comments were made about running back Doug Martin, just released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and his availability. The Cardinals don’t need him.

This isn’t to say the Cardinals may not add another body at the position come training camp, it is just the Cardinals aren’t going to go out and actively pursue anyone. There is enough talent here already.

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Don’t sleep on Logan either. The kid had his rookie season cut extremely short with a season-ending injury in the first preseason game last August.

Although Logan is a kick return specialist, he could see action in spots at his given position of running back. Williams still makes a good second back on the roster.

It is quite a turn of events as far as the Cardinals are concerned though. Over the years prior to Johnson arriving, every year it seemed the Cardinals were searching for a back that could produce like he has to this point.

The Cardinals need to spend more time and money bettering the offensive line. That is where the running game will get a boost.

Having a decent offensive line will open up the passing game. That, in turn, opens up the running game. Enter workhorse David Johnson.

it will be interesting to see how head coach Steve Wilks utilizes Johnson, especially coming off a season-ending injury. However it Cheap nfl Jerseys should be expected he will still attempt to get him the ball 20-25 times a game. It would be silly not to.

Falcons DE Takk McKinley undergoes another shoulder surgery

Atlanta Falcons defensive end Takk McKinley underwent surgery on his left shoulder, a procedure the team called “minor” without disclosing details of the recovery time.

McKinley tweeted a picture the the surgery with a message boasting about being ready to record double-digit sacks now that he has two healthy shoulders.

McKinley underwent Customized Atlanta Falcons jerseys right-shoulder surgery last March prior to being drafted 26th overall by the Falcons out of UCLA. He told reporters that injury was a torn labrum, as well as a fracture in the shoulder socket. It kept him from playing in the first preseason game in 2017, but McKinley showed little hesitation once he was cleared for full contact.

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McKinley, 22, did show up on the injury report various times through his rookie season with a shoulder injury, but there was no indication of how much his left shoulder bothered him. Obviously, it was enough to result in surgery, and one source said McKinley “will be back strong” in preparation for the 2018 season.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said a few weeks back that some players were scheduled for surgeries, without revealing the names; he did note that receiver Julio Jones (ankle, wrist) and running back Devonta Freeman (knee) would not be on the list. Wide receiver Justin Hardy underwent “minor” shoulder surgery following the season and should recover within a matter of weeks.

As for McKinley, the Cheap nfl Jerseys Falcons hope he builds off a strong rookie season during which he recorded six sacks, 10 quarterback hits, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, 20 combined tackles and seven tackles for loss in 381 defensive snaps played. The Falcons envision a menacing one-two combo off the edges with 2016 sack champion Vic Beasley Jr. and McKinley.

McKinley’s health will be worth monitoring moving forward to see if the surgically repaired shoulders cause him any more issues.

Ryan Tannehill story could be telling for Dolphins’ 2018 draft philosophy

on’t dismiss the idea of the Miami Dolphins drafting a quarterback in the first round and keeping him on the bench for a year. Here’s a quick reminder this franchise almost did the same thing with Ryan Tannehill. And he was the No. 8 pick.

In fact, Tannehill probably would have sat on the bench as a rookie if not for a knee injury to veteran quarterback David Garrard during training camp.

The lesson here is it wouldn’t be unprecedented for Dolphins owner Steve Ross to approve drafting a quarterback at No. 11 and having him serve as a backup in his rookie season.

It would actually be history repeating.

The year was 2012.

It was coach Joe Customized Miami Dolphins jerseys Philbin’s first year, a training camp that was saved for posterity by HBO’s Hard Knocks.

Miami had the No. 8 pick, and the Dolphins, coming off a 6-10 season, just as they are now, drafted Tannehill.

He wasn’t guaranteed a starting job.

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During training camp he was locked in a three-way fight with incumbent Matt Moore and the newcomer, Garrard.

Early in camp, Tannehill was No. 3 behind Garrard, the free agent from Jacksonville, and Moore, who was 6-6 as a starter in 2010.

As the Dolphins headed into the preseason opener Garrard was injured, requiring surgery.

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eventually won a close battle against Moore, and that’s how the No. 8 pick of the draft became a starter as a rookie.

Granted, Miami had a different brain trust in 2012, a different way of thinking.

We don’t know if the current brain trust — executive Mike Tannebaum, general manager Chris Grier and coach Adam Gase — approves of a first-round pick, especially a quarterback, who might not contribute right away.

But we do know as recently as six years ago, Ross wasn’t opposed to the idea.

Chicago Bears Stay or Go: Kyle Fuller

Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller is going to be a free agent this offseason four years after being drafted. Should the Bears bring him back or not?

Kyle Fuller has had an up and down career in Chicago. He started out with a bang and played well for a rookie, but in his second season with the team, he struggled. Fuller’s third year was spent on the sidelines with a knee injury. His heart was questioned by several people, including coaches. Perhaps, as a result, the Bears decided not to pick up his fifth-year option.

His final year to Cheap nfl Jerseys prove himself was this season. And boy did he deliver. Statistically speaking, it was one of the strongest seasons for a Bears’ cornerback in a long time. Fuller registered 69 combined tackles with 61 of those being solo. He had two interceptions but what was most important was the 22 passes defended he had. That’s a very solid statistic. He was constantly tested by opposing quarterbacks and did not allow many passes to be completed.

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Fuller passed almost every test that was given to him in 2017 and made himself a lot of money in the process.

Now, a decision must be made as to what to do with him. Should the Bears re-sign him, or should they let him go into free agency?

There is no doubt that Chicago could use a talent like Fuller opposite whoever they decide to keep or get this offseason on the other side. Having stability at the cornerback position would go a long way towards helping make Chicago’s pass defense one of the best in the NFL. Fuller would be an important part of a growing defense that is just a few pieces away from being great.

He may cost the Bears a little bit of money, but it would be worth it. The Bears need someone like him at cornerback. Why try to find someone else when you have a player who is already familiar with your system, and you are familiar with that player?

The money may be too much for the Bears because Fuller is going to command a lot of it. Chicago should have picked up his fifth-year option but, they didn’t know how he was going to perform. The Bears may decide to look elsewhere for help that might be less Customized Chicago Bears jerseys expensive.

Also, the shadow of the 2016 season may still hang a cloud over the decision makers like Ryan Pace and Vic Fangio. They may not want to relieve a season like that again. But who’s to say it’s going to happen?

In the end, they should keep Fuller. He could be either the best or second best corner on the roster, and the Bears will have one spot locked down.

Washington Redskins: Could Baker Mayfield be the guy if Cousins departs?

It’s mock draft season and one of the most popular projections thus far is Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield going to the Washington Redskins at pick No. 13. The godfather of the NFL Draft media, ESPN’s Mel Kiper, released his first mock draft of 2018 and he had Mayfield going to the Redskins.

Earlier in the week, Matt Miller of Bleacher Report, also pegged Mayfield to Washington. Is this feasible?

Yes, on several fronts. First, everything revolves around current quarterback Kirk Cousins. Will the Redskins and Cousins come to terms on a long-term deal this offseason? That’s doubtful. Cousins himself said he would not sign a deal with Washington until he saw Customized Washington Redskins jerseys whether or not the team would place either the franchise or transition tag on him. At $34 million, the franchise tag isn’t happening. The transition tag, at $28 million, is extremely possible, but it appears doubtful, too.

At this point, it appears both the team and Cousins are content to go in opposite directions. Head coach Jay Gruden has been very candid about his thoughts on Cousins. He obviously likes him, but if he loved him this deal would’ve gotten done a long time ago. Cousins has appeared ready to move on for a while now.

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The Redskins love big names. Owner Daniel Snyder and his chief lackey, team president Bruce Allen, orchestrated the trade for Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III back in 2012. The team reaped the benefits of Griffin’s acquisition, mostly off the field. Griffin’s jersey was a huge hit in 2012 and he was must-see TV. Then, Griffin got hurt and everything fell apart. Yet, Snyder and Allen struggled to turn the page.

They likely see the same thing with Mayfield. The Heisman Trophy winner is brash, fiery and successful. He would serve the purpose of selling hope to an angry and frustrated fan base. And Mayfield, despite some concerns about his size, is a talented prospect. He Cheap nfl Jerseys could be a huge success under offensive-minded head coach Jay Gruden. Gruden, a scrappy former quarterback, likely sees a little of himself in Mayfield.

Washington made an underrated move after the season in keeping quarterbacks coach Kevin O’Connell on the staff. O’Connell had an opportunity to join Chip Kelly’s staff at UCLA as offensive coordinator, but Gruden saw promise in the young coach and added an extra title — passing game coordinator — to keep him with the Redskins. O’Connell has experience working in the spread and traditional pro-style offense, so his return could be huge if the Redskins do choose someone high in the upcoming draft.

The Senior Bowl is next week and Mayfield will play in the showcase game. Expect Washington coaches to pay close attention to the Heisman winner. It’s way too early to say whether the Redskins are fans of Mayfield.

Steelers’ Joe Haden takes a little jab at Browns in preparation for 1st playoff game

Former Browns cornerback Joe Haden, who will experience the thrill of a playoff game Sunday for the first time in his eight-year NFL career, couldn’t help but take a little jab at his former team for letting him go.

“They were going to pay Brock Osweiler $16 million and he’s not even on the team (after being cut by the Browns on Sept. 1) and they wanted to cut money from me!” he told Sports Illustrated this week as his 13-3 Steelers prepare to host the Jaguars.

According to Haden, former Browns general manager Sashi Brown told Haden in August that he was no longer a top five corner, and asked him to take a payout from his $11.1 million base salary. Instead, Haden asked to be released, and Brown obliged — 11 days before the season opener against the Steelers, who snatched him up immediately.

Haden jumped at the Cheap nfl Jerseys chance to play for his former arch-rivals, signing a three-year deal worth $27 million.

“They’re dumb — that’s Cleveland,” Steelers safety Mike Mitchell told si.com. “You can’t find a top-10 corner in September; that just doesn’t happen. He was the final piece.”

On Thursday, Haden, who keeps in touch with his friends on the Browns, also told espn.com that the Perfect Season parade was “really lame.”

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“It is what it is,” Haden said. “I feel like if you want to be that miserable and go have an 0-16 parade, then have fun.

“I just think it’s lame. I think they went 0-16, the organization and everybody is not happy with it. I feel like the fans, they’re not going to be happy about celebrating an 0-16 parade. I just think it’s really lame.”

The week before the Steelers’ 28-24 victory over the Browns in the season finale, Haden told The Pittsburgh Tribune Review, “I’m just excited this isn’t my last game of the year.”

He added, “once I got Customized Cleveland Browns jerseys released by Cleveland, I just knew that I had a bright future ahead of me.”

Haden also said, “it’s a blessing to be here on this team going into the playoffs. If I was still there, I would have been still playing the same amount: hard, giving it everything I got. I could easily be in that position.

“I’m here, not doing anything different but it’s a completely different outcome. My skill set, (the Browns) felt like they didn’t need any more. But here, it’s accepted and appreciated, and I couldn’t be any happier.”

Steelers center Maurice Pouncey couldn’t believe his former Gators teammate dropped into the team’s lap.

“We all still think it’s crazy that he’s on our team, like, ‘Y’all let go of Joe Haden?’ ” he said. “The way he works, the way he carries himself, you can only appreciate that type of guy. I think he’s changed this team dynamic defensively. Honestly, it’s unreal. You don’t see those types of moves in the NFL. When you do, it’s like, ‘Wow, I can’t believe that happened.”’

Kellen Moore to retire from playing

Jason Garrett went directly from NFL quarterback to coaching the position when his playing days ended. History appears ready to repeat itself on Garrett’s staff with the Dallas Cowboys.

A source told Sporting News that Kellen Moore is expected to retire and become the Cowboys’ new quarterbacks coach.

The possibility of Moore making the move was the subject of Cowboys media speculation this past week following the departure of quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson, a move first forecast last Monday by Sporting News. Wilson’s contract is expiring and will not be renewed.

Moore is only 28 in comparison to Garrett, who was 39 when hired as Miami’s quarterbacks coach in 2005 by then-Dolphins head coach Nick Saban. Customized Dallas Cowboys jerseys
Moore, though, has spent five of his six NFL seasons under the tutelage of Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, dating back to when both began working together with the Detroit Lions in 2012.

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That relationship gives Moore intimate knowledge of Linehan’s offensive system.

Moore’s background also gives him a solid foundation to begin a coaching career. His father Tom won four state championships and 21 league titles as head coach at Prosser High School in Washington.

Moore was released by the Cowboys during the 2017 season. All three of his career NFL appearances came with Dallas in 2015 when replacing an injured Tony Romo (collarbone). Moore went 0-2 as a starter with four touchdowns, six interceptions and a 58.7 completion percentage.

Moore Cheap nfl Jerseys entered the 2016 season as Romo’s backup but suffered a broken leg early in training camp. That opened the door for then-rookie Dak Prescott to play when Romo injured his back later in the preseason. Prescott kept hold of the job, Romo retired in the 2017 offseason and Moore never played in the regular season again.

Provided the hiring is finalized, Moore would now be responsible for spearheading Prescott’s ongoing NFL development.

Moore was one of the most prolific quarterbacks in college football history, becoming the first to ever win 50 games during his time at Boise State. He went undrafted largely because of concerns about his size — he carries 200 pounds on a lean, 6-foot frame — and arm strength.

Pros and cons for the Patriots with each possible playoff foe

Bill Belichick chanted “no days off” at the team’s Super Bowl parade last February, and Thursday was a good example of how he truly means it.

Despite blizzardlike conditions in New England and the Patriots being on their playoff bye week, Belichick required players to be at the facility for a regular day of work. The snow had yet to start falling when players arrived in the early morning, but by the time of their midmorning practice, it was whiteout conditions.

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Players made the Customized New England Patriots jerseys long walk from their locker room to the team’s indoor practice bubble, which was adventurous.

“That was a lot of wind. It would have been interesting if we played today,” quarterback Tom Brady said. “I don’t know what would have happened. It would have been tough, kind of like Buffalo had that one against Indy this year.”

Asked if he has adapted to shoveling snow, having been in New England for 18 years, Brady said, “It’s pretty tough. Car is tough. Everything is tough this time of year. Especially the cold. Everyone in New England is probably having a crappy day today. That’s part of it.”

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Players were especially careful as they walked up and then down the metal set of bleachers to get to practice, mixing in some fun along the way.

“It was cold, windy, but they cleared a path for us, so fortunately we didn’t have to walk through the snow and get your feet all cold and things. A lot of snowballs thrown on that walk,” third-year defensive end Trey Flowers said. “Somebody got hit from a distance. It was a pretty good throw.”

Added core special-teamer Brandon King: “Everybody here’s working, so you’re just trying to bring some light into the day.”

Belichick’s philosophy has traditionally been to practice in the elements, with the thinking that the team could eventually be playing in them. He said early on Thursday, however, that moving inside was the best thing for the team as it prepares to host a divisional-round playoff game on Jan. 13 against the Kansas City Chiefs, Tennessee Titans or Buffalo Bills (8:15 p.m. ET).

It was one of only a handful of indoor practices for the Patriots this season.

“It’s pretty Cheap nfl Jerseys nasty, but it was nice to be in the bubble,” Brady said. “These conditions, it’s been that kind of year here — abnormally cold. I think it’s been good for us to get out and practice in it, but today, it would have been impossible.”

That’s why King, who tied for second on the team with eight special-teams tackles, said Thursday’s practice wasn’t as bad as what players went through last week.

“You see all the snow, but it’s nothing like practice was with the negative-1, zero degrees, with all the wind blowing,” he said. “It’s still 30 degrees warmer than it was a week ago. It’s not that bad at all.”

Asked how much the bad weather conditions reflect the accountability of his team, Belichick wasn’t handing out compliments.

“I don’t know,” the coach said. “Every day is a work day.”

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Wide receiver Brandon Marshall wants to return to the New York Giants next season. He thinks there are two quality years left in his 33-year-old body, and he wants to complete a résumé that will lead him to the Hall of Fame.

Marshall signed a two-year deal with the Giants last offseason. He missed the final 11 games of this season with an ankle injury that required surgery.

It hasn’t stopped him from training and rehabbing at the team facility. He has been working as if there is life after 2017.

“I’m all-in on football. I’ve rebuilt my body. I think I’m two great years away from — and I’ll say it, I want to be a Hall of Famer, and I think I got two great years to go to be mentioned with some of the greats,” Marshall said. “I’m not just playing this game just to be a guy; I want to be remembered for the product that I put out on the field.

“So these last few Customized Baseball Jerseys years have been tough, last year with the Jets, this year with the Giants. But I’m hopeful that the next couple years for me will be some amazing years and some of my best work.”
Brandon Marshall has one more year on his deal with the Giants and could earn up to $5.5 million, but he produced just 18 catches for 154 yards in five games this season before being injured. Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire

Marshall is said to be progressing well in his rehab. He is already running and will be doing so without restrictions in a couple of weeks.

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Newly hired general manager Dave Gettleman will have a decision to make. Marshall should be healthy and is signed for one more year. He could earn up to $5.5 million, but he produced just 18 catches for 154 yards in five games before suffering the injury and needing surgery.

Marshall understands the reality of the situation.

“You know how it is, you get to the plus side of 30, a production slip, you get injured, the business side of it, history says that you’re going to get cut or they are going to ask you to take a pay cut,” he said. “That’s the business side of it, that’s history. So I’m prepared for that. I’ve had a lot of change in my life, but one of the reasons why I came to this organization was for stability and also not to be an environment that we created this year, right? So I was looking for more stability, but I’m built for this and I’ll learn from it.”

Does that mean he would be open to a pay cut to return to the Giants?

“Well, one, it’s not about the money for me,” Marshall said. “I’ve done well, my wife and I, we’ve done a great job. So it’s not about the money. I’m good for life, my kids are good for life. But I’m back to my beast, bullish, Brandon Marshall ways. The things that you guys New York Giants Jerseys have seen get me in trouble Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, I’m back to that type of mentality. I want it all. It’s about respect, it’s about finishing strong, and although it’s not about the money, but I’m approaching it as whatever is for me, I want it all. If that’s $100,000, $500,000, $1 million, I want it all. Whatever I’m worth, I want it all.”

Dave Gettleman, who spent 15 years in the Giants’ personnel department before becoming an executive with the Panthers, has been named the general manager of the Giants, the team announced.

Marshall is on his fifth professional team. He has played for the Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears, in addition to the Jets and Giants. He has 959 career catches for 12,215 yards and 82 touchdowns. He’s currently top 25 all time in catches and receiving touchdowns.

What’s noticeably missing from his potential Hall of Fame résumé is playoff production. Marshall has never appeared in a postseason game throughout his 12-year career.

He was hoping that would change with the Giants. Instead, this season was a disaster. The Giants (2-13) lost three wide receivers for the season — including Marshall and Odell Beckham Jr. — in one Week 5 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. It didn’t get much better from there.

After experiencing his share of Cheap nfl Jerseys problems throughout his career, Marshall admittedly tried to lay low with the Giants. He said it felt good not to be in the middle of the drama for once.

The veteran receiver tried to play a different role with the Giants this year. He’s one of the players embattled cornerback Eli Apple said he had conversations with throughout the season and offered advice.

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The New Orleans Saints are winning in different ways this year than previously in the Sean Payton and Drew Brees era.

With the Saints having one of the NFL’s top rushing offenses, ranking fifth in yardage and second in yards per attempt, Brees has thrown the ball less than usual this season.

In fact, Brees is on New Orleans Saints Jerseys pace to have his lowest passing yardage total in his 12 seasons with the Saints. Through 15 games, he’s passed for 4,089 yards, an average of 273 yards per game. He’ll need 300 yards in Sunday’s finale against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to surpass his lowest mark with the Saints, 4,388 yards in 2009.

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But, even though Brees’ volume has been down, his efficiency has been outstanding, and more importantly, the Saints (11-4) are heading to the postseason for the first time since 2013. So, coach Sean Payton has no problem with Brees’ reduced yardage.

“We’re not in the Cheap Jerseys business of playing fantasy football,” Payton said Wednesday. “We really aren’t. We’re in the business of winning.

“So, if that upsets all the people that have a player on our offense or defense or somewhere in the fantasy games of the world, then that’s tough. But our job is to win, and that’s probably one of the first criteria that you’re graded at as quarterback. And he knows that.”

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Brees this year has Cheap nfl Jerseys completed 71.9 percent of his passes, which has him on track to break Sam Bradford’s single-season record of 71.6 percent. The second-most accurate quarterback in the NFL this year is Alex Smith, who is more than four percentage points behind Brees at 67.5 percent.

Brees also ranks third in the league in passer rating at 103.6, which would be his best mark since having a 104.7 rating in 2013.

He’s also Customized Jerseys thrown just eight interceptions, and unless he throws three on Sunday, he’ll have his second-lowest pick total in a season. Part of that is related to Brees throwing less, but Brees has thrown an interception on just 1.6 percent of his passes this year, which is the lowest mark of his career.

So, yes, Brees’ yardage is down this season, but his efficiency overall is about as good as it’s ever been in his 17-year career. And the Saints don’t care about the stats nearly as much as the victories.