7 things to know about Younghoe Koo, the Chargers’ Korean-born kicker

Like probably a lot of people, I discovered Chargers kicker Younghoe Koo late in my fantasy football draft a couple weeks ago as the last round ticked away and I finally looked at available kickers. I had never heard of him, which is rare at a position that experiences little turnover for most teams. Many more people will be introduced to him Monday night when the Chargers visit the Broncos and Koo makes his regular season debut.

Koo is worth getting to know. Foremost is the fact that he’s just the fourth Korean-born player to play in the NFL, following in the footsteps of current Patriots defensive tackle Kyle Love, Steelers great Hines Ward, and former Cardinals kicker John Lee.

Cementing his position as the top passer in the NFC East may not be so difficult. Eli Manning appears in decline and is increasingly being propped up by the talent the Giants have put around him, Carson Wentz’s rookie season in Philadelphia received plaudits but the fundamental issues with his footwork and mechanics that were on display in college still lingered.

It remains to be seen if Kirk Cousins’ likely last season in Washington will be marked by the crunch-time turnovers that have dogged an otherwise promising career, but if Prescott is unable to match his 2016 exploits and carry a team with a shaky defense through a spell without Elliott, then the failings of the opposing quarterbacks may not matter.

For Prescott to improve on a rookie season in which he threw 23 touchdowns and just four interceptions would be a significant ask.

However, his performances in preseason have been widely praised and Dallas’ season rests Cheap Quality NBA Jerseys squarely on him maintaining the poise that took them within a field goal of the NFC Championship game.

There is a strong chance the Cowboys’ unwanted tradition of slumping back down to Cheap Penguins Jerseys earth will continue should he fail in doing so.

Koo nailed the kick moments earlier, but Joseph had called a timeout to ice the kicker.

About his laughable comment about sticking it to the Vikings: Maybe Payton put him up to it as a ruse to try and get coach Mike Zimmer and the Vikings D to focus on Peterson rather than the Saints’ potent passing game led by future Hall of Famer Drew Brees. But Payton knows Zimmer and defensive coordinator George Edwards are too smart to fall for such subterfuge, so we’re back to this being a case of Peterson talking nonsense once again.

The Saints’ Peterson signing never made much sense to me. Payton and Brees want the Saints’ running backs to be equally adept as runners and receivers out of the backfield, and Peterson has never been considered a dual threat. In fact, he has had more than his share of dropped passes over his career. During his Vikings years, Peterson typically exited the game on obvious passing downs.

Ingram is a former first-rounder who had the best season of his six-year career in 2016 with 1,043 rushing yards along with 46 receptions for 319 yards and a combined 10 touchdowns. Kamara was a third-round pick in April after the Peterson signing, so the Saints clearly coveted him and his history as a multi-purpose back in college.

“It was a little too exciting,” Von Miller said after presenting Joseph with the game ball in the jubilant locker room. “But a win is a win.”

“I had two timeouts and I wasn’t going to leave with those in my pocket,” Joseph said.

Derek Wolfe had bull-rushed the first field goal and told Harris, a third-year journeyman who made the team largely because of a rash of injuries along the D-line, that he’d get a chance to Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys slice through this time because the guard would lean his way.

Sure enough, Harris got his right hand on the ball, which frittered short of Cheap NFL Jerseys China the end zone as the Chargers looked on in dismay and the Broncos dog-piled Harris.

Bradford, Vikings cruise past Saints 29-19 in opener

Sam Bradford set the NFL record for completion percentage for Minnesota last season, his accuracy aided by the volume of short passes under heavy pressure.

With protection from the rush, he showed Monday night he can throw the ball Cheap Jerseys 90 down the field with the best of them.

The Seahawks, who have won three of the last four NFC West titles, are the favorites to stay on their perch. The Cardinals will be a tad better, but the Rams and 49ers will need to tread water near the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. Some see Seattle as having a closing championship window because of defensive age and injury, but others can see its bigger offensive upside.

By completing 24 of 39 passes for 268 yards and a touchdown in the 19-3 victory over Eli Manning and the Giants, Prescott did nothing to temper that praise. His numbers were modest and he missed high on some early throws he should’ve completed, and that’s OK. His expert work against a potentially great defense on the hurry-up Cheap Jerseys Bike drive near the end of the first half — when he completed all four of his passes (he spiked a fifth to stop the clock) and ran 17 yards to set up the field goal that made it 16-0 — told a story outside the margins of the box score.

With Odell Beckham Jr. sidelined with his ankle injury, the pathetic Giants offense could’ve been out there for eight quarters and still fallen short of 16 points. Prescott did what he needed to do in the first 30 minutes to decide the game, which is precisely what franchise quarterbacks are supposed to do. And a franchise quarterback is always more valuable than a franchise running back, a point that begged to be made after a noisy and unsettling week featured the Cowboys’ bearded monument to high maintenance, Ezekiel Elliott.

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He conceded that he had “no excuse” for the throws he missed that could’ve led to more points on the board. “I put that on me,” he said. Prescott also called Elliott a “special back” and Witten a “special guy” whom he admires for his work on and off the field. But in the end, if these Cowboys are to win titles like Staubach’s Cowboys and Troy Aikman’s Cowboys did, the most special guy needs to be Prescott.

That’s is why the David Johnson injury is so crushing. It’s obvious that Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald are close to the end, and the Cardinals are desperate to wring one more great year out of this group. This Cheap High Quality Soccer Jerseys was a team capable of winning the division but also of going off a cliff. You hope the Johnson injury doesn’t push them off the cliff.

Now, this is a supremely talented athlete who had 77 catches for 1,007 yards in Cleveland in 2016, and there’s plenty of reason to think he can be the weapon Washington needs him to be — especially as Jordan Reed gets healthier and things come together around Cousins. I wouldn’t worry about the Washington offense long term, but it might take a few weeks before it starts humming.

X-rays negative for 49ers rookie LB Reuben Foster’s ankle injury

Taken by cart into the San Francisco 49ers locker room less than 12 minutes into his first NFL game, linebacker Reuben Foster feared the worst about his injured right ankle.

“It was pain(ful),” Foster said. “I was a little scared, but at Cheap Embroidered NFL Jerseys the same time, trust me, if you can’t put no pressure on it, then you should be worried, but when you put enough pressure on it, then you have got some hope. That’s all I was just hoping for. It was painful, but at the same time, I knew nothing was seriously damaged.”

As it turned out, Foster was correct. What looked to be a potentially devastating injury to one of the team’s best young players turned out better than it first appeared. Although Foster still has some tests to do and the Niners aren’t offering an exact return window, Foster said after the game that he will be back “very, very, very soon.”

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As someone who has always fancied himself a “jack-of-all-trades” linebacker, Matthews lit up when discussing the thrill that comes with covering — or as he put it, trying to cover — Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson on one down and then rushing against a 320-pound tackle the next during preseason practice.

“I get to blitz from pretty much every gap and go against every guy on the offensive line,” Matthews said of his role. “At the same time, we still have our packages where I go back on the edge. I also cover backs out of the backfield.

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Our foremost concern is the welfare of Michael and his family,

Tight end Eric Ebron (85) returns for his fourth season and Ameer Abdullah (21) is back from injury, giving the Lions a solid returning skill position core. Detroit rebuilt its offensive line, with Rick Wagner (71) and T.J. Lang (76) acquired through free agency and Greg Robinson (73) filling in for the injured Cheap Euro Jerseys
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“Our foremost concern is the welfare of Michael and his family,” Goodell said in his statement. “While we understand the Las Vegas police department will address this later this evening, the issues Michael has been raising deserve serious attention from all of our leaders in every community. We will support Michael and all NFL players in promoting mutual respect between law enforcement and the communities they loyally serve and fair and equal treatment under the law.”

Oh man, Janoris is a competitor. He says Dez’s route-running is limited and that Jackrabbit [Jenkins] is just too quick for Dez. In the second game, he was just reading Dez’s routes, and it was easy for him. I mean, Dez is strong, but he does not use his strength. He tries to use his quickness, but he is not quicker Cheap Fishing Jerseys than Janoris.

I was impressed by one specific play of yours from last year, a second-and-29 against the Bears and Jay Cutler. You were in the perfect position for an interception, and there was no room for him to fit the ball in there. How do you prepare for a QB like Cutler?

Manu Ginobili did this throughout their title-filled run of excellence in San Antonio

After Griffin departed, the Cavaliers offered the spot to Chauncey Billups … who took like two weeks to decide before ultimately turning them down. For the duration of free agency, the team was ran by their assistant general manager, lacking a true top guy. (As it turns out, the assistant Altman may end up taking over full-time, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.)

Now we’ve arrived back at the start. To recap: the Cavaliers were thwacked in the Finals by the Warriors, failed to improve their roster despite options that were out there, let their general manager go and couldn’t find a replacement, and are possibly witnessing their top two stars both leaving the team within the year. That’s not how the offseason was supposed to go.

Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili did this throughout their title-filled run of excellence in San Antonio. Dirk Nowitzki did this before winning a championship in Dallas. LeBron James took less than the max in Miami, where he won two crowns. This is almost as normal as superstars in their primes signing for as much money as possible.

No other superstar should feel any pressure to do what Durant has done: not by fans, not by their teams’ owners, not by teammates. It’s a personal choice. It’s a priority check. And it’s perfectly legitimate to prioritize ensuring you’re making every dollar possible during your brief NBA career.

In this realm, the right choice is the choice that makes you happiest. Durant has no responsibility to anyone but himself. If he chooses to take less to maintain the status quo for the Warriors without pushing Lacob into perhaps untenable financial penalties, so be it. If he chooses to take every dollar possible even at the potential cost of tough decisions by management on the rest of the roster, so be it. It’s his choice.

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Ainge could be considering the idea of flipping some of those assets in a trade for Marc Gasol.

Danny Ainge needed a big win. After amassing as big a pool of assets as anyone’s ever produced, he let both Paul George and Jimmy Butler get traded for pennies on the dollar. He didn’t even offer anything for Butler and was only going to take George after signing Hayward, which the Pacers didn’t want. Had he also failed to land Hayward in free agency, the inevitable rumbling of his managerial ineptitude would surely have gotten louder.

But Ainge got the deal done. He signed the biggest fish in the pond to a four-year, $128 million max contract, creating a legitimate Big 3 of Hayward, Isaiah Thomas, and Al Horford. In an Eastern Conference that watched two perennial all-stars get traded to the West, Boston’s all but solidified itself as second place in the East.

Now, Ainge could be considering the idea of flipping some of those assets in a trade for Marc Gasol. Man, it must be good to be a Celtics fan right now.

Of the 31 players to receive votes for an All-NBA team, only nine were from the Eastern Conference. Every Western Conference All-Star received an All-NBA vote, including Butler and George, who were traded to the West this summer.

East All-Stars Kemba Walker, Kevin Love, and Anthony failed to garner any All-NBA consideration.

Instead, Western Conference snubs like LaMarcus Aldridge, Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Karl-Anthony Towns, Damian Lillard, and Nikola Jokic stole votes across the board.

Now, only one of ESPN’s Top 14 players to enter last season remain in the East (you can probably guess who that is.) According to FiveThirtyEight, 22 of the top 30 players — ranked by a slew of advanced metrics, including a three-year rolling average of Box Plus/Minus, Win Shares per Cheap MLB Jerseys Free Shipping 48 minutes and Player Efficiency Rating — reside in the West.

Even Brook Lopez, whose numbers were hidden Cheap Nike Eagles Jerseys beneath a paltry Nets record, was shipped to Los Angeles for D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov.

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If Porter signs Sacramento’s offer sheet, because of the way restricted free agency works, the Wizards will have 72 hours to decide whether they will match the contract or allow Porter to Cheap Professional Sports Jerseys sign with Sacramento. Porter hasn’t signed it, meaning he may give the Wizards a chance to match the offer without going through the complications of restricted free agency. Either way, all signs point to Porter returning to Washington.

Porter will reportedly be meeting with other teams in the coming days, which is partly why he hasn’t made his decision yet. However, if the Wizards were hoping to sign Porter for less than the max, then those hopes seem gone.

Meanwhile, the Wizards have reportedly offered John Wall the new “supermax” extension, but he’s waiting to see what the team does this offseason before accepting it. Perhaps signing Porter is the sign Wall needs to commit for four more seasons beyond the two he still has under contract.

Despite Hayward’s departure this summer, the Jazz would have to clear additional cap space to fit a max contract. Porter’s max contract with a new team will begin at $24.77 million for the 2017-18 season. The salary cap is $99.09 million this season, and Utah has just over $89 million committed to players.

The Jazz must have room for his salary available before making an offer. To even get in the ballpark, Utah would need to move the final year of Derrick Favors’ contract, worth $12 Cheap Lakers Jerseys million. Teams would be more likely to take Favors’ expiring contract if Utah attaches a pick to the deal. The Jazz will also need to waive veteran forward Boris Diaw, whose $7.5 million salary is non-guaranteed next season.

Lonzo Ball says ‘Mamba Mentality’ made him wear Nikes instead of Big Baller Brand

During his best game of summer league, Lonzo Ball raised eyebrows when he opted to wear purple and black Nike shoes rather than his signature Big Baller Brand line. Apparently, that doesn’t matter if you’re a big baller.

Rose can create his own shot, and the Bucks don’t have many players who can do that effectively. Rose wouldn’t be the best fit schematically for spacing next to Antetokounmpo, but maybe the Bucks don’t need them to play minutes together.

At this point in his career, Rose should be someone’s sixth man who gets buckets off the bench. One of the Bucks’ biggest weaknesses last season was creating offense when Antetokounmpo sat. If Rose can step in and fill that role for them, it may be a good fit.

The Bucks don’t need a point guard because they have four capable ball handlers on their roster, including Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton. Rose doesn’t add much and won’t make them much more competitive than they’d already be in a weak Eastern Conference.

Rose is just looking for money at this point, and that’s fine. He should try to squeeze every penny out of his career that he can. The Bucks, though, aren’t the best team to pay him given their hefty payroll and lack of need at the position.

Olynyk is an interesting example. He’s a rugged defender — not necessarily a good defender, but he puts bodies on opponents. (Ask the folks he’s injured.) He Cheap Kids NBA Jerseys gets a modest share of steals and blocks, and he’s a pretty good passer and deep shooter. Miami will try to mold him into a great shooter to play behind and off Hassan Whiteside. Olynyk is not in any way a specialist: He’s a bit of a do-everything Cheap Jerseys Youth NFL center who provides more, not less, flexibility to lineups because of his shooting.