Breaking down new-look Bills: Simplicity to benefit Tyrod Taylor, evolving roster

So maybe the Bills won’t snap their 17-year playoff drought, the longest of any team in all four major American sports leagues, in 2017. At this point, Buffalo will take a lack of dysfunction as a step in the right direction.

It’s fair to start to wonder whether the 2017 Cubs are ever going to look like Cheap Infant Jerseys the 2016 Cubs. One thing we pretty much know for sure at this point — these Cubs aren’t going to match the regular-season win total of those Cubs. Last year, manager Joe Maddon’s team won 103 games (with 58 losses and one tie). To match that, after this uninspiring 35-34 record through 69 games, they’d have to go 68-25 (or 68-24-1, to be exact) the rest of the season.

But when the Astros became competitive a couple of years back, Luhnow followed a strategy a Luddite GM might: trade prospects and sign veteran free agents.

On the trade side, he turned Rio Ruiz, Brett Phillips, Mark Appel, Thomas Eshelman, Andrew Thurman and Daniel Mengden into Evan Gattis, Ken Giles, Mike Fiers, Carlos Gomez and Scott Kazmir. On the free-agent side, he brought in known quantities Luke Gregerson, Roberto Hernandez, Jed Lowrie, Pat Neshek, Colby Rasmus and Joe Thatcher. He also signed Cuban star Yuli Gurriel, who had a long international resume.

Last offseason, after the Astros failed to return to the playoffs, Luhnow Cheap International Soccer Jerseys made five more major additions: Brian McCann (trade), Carlos Beltran (free agent), Josh Reddick (free agent), Nori Aoki (waivers) and Charlie Morton (free agent). McCann, Beltran, Reddick and Aoki were brought in to lead the more-contact movement, as the WSJ noted, and the return of Morton’s velocity was intriguing, but as with all the other moves, it shouldn’t have taken profound #analysis to match strategy and player.

Chargers bid farewell to San Diego with emotional final practice

The San Diego Chargers are officially no more.

The Chargers held their three-day minicamp this week at their old San Diego training facility. When Thursday’s practice ended, it was the last time the team would be at Chargers Park before their move to Los Angeles.

You can’t name a better playground game than capture the flag. In these practice facilities that NFL teams have nowadays, or even in their monster stadiums, you could set up one heck of a game.

Capture the flag is all about good strategy, but the variety of athletes who football teams have would make for an even more interesting game. Some coordination on who should be going after the flags and who could be a decoy, would force players to think critically in trying to outsmart their teammates.

Could you imagine if a team like the Falcons were playing among themselves? You’d think players like Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman, or Tevin Coleman would be the main flag capturers on the roster — until Vic Beasley or Deion Jones comes out of nowhere. Those skill position players are key, but you can’t forget how shifty the defense is.

A few teams, like the Falcons, already have pingpong tables set up in their locker rooms. All they need to make this happen is a few cases of beer and some cups. — Jeanna Thomas

Cubs (38-37) at Nationals (45-30) 7:05 p.m. ET — Both Cheap Hockey Jerseys Youth teams are coming off losses, but the Nationals have been the more consistent team this season. Washington will send Gio Gonzalez (7-1, 2.96 ERA) to the mound to try to fend off Eddie Butler (3-2, 4.19 ERA) and the mercurial Cubs Cheap Girls Softball Jerseys bats. This, on paper, looks like a possible playoff matchup, but the Cubs have a lot of work to do in order to even make the postseason and catch the surprising Brewers in the NL Central.

Bengals’ Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones arrested on multiple charges

Bengals cornerback Adam Pacman Jones was arrested Monday night on multiple charges, according to Cincinnati police.

Online records show Jones was booked into the Hamilton County Justice Center at 12:25 a.m. Tuesday on misdemeanor charges of assault, disorderly conduct and obstructing official business. According to documents cited by the Cincinnati Enquirer, police say Jones later spit on a nurse and a deputy at the jail, resulting in an additional felony charge of harassment with a bodily substance.

Sure, there was some luck involved when arguably the greatest passer ever hits the free-agent market. But that shouldnt diminish how Elway was able to woo Manning to Denver above other suitors and accept a contract structured in such a way as to financially protect the Broncos in case the neck problems that led to his Indianapolis release proved career-ending.

Manning rebounded to enjoy three of his greatest seasons in Denver. The fourth was the most rewarding because it resulted in a Super Bowl win even though the head coach had changed and the Broncos were now being carried by a defense that Elway and his front office had built. Elways decision to hire Kubiak and fire Fox after an opening-round playoff loss for the second time in three seasons was justified.

The window on that era of Broncos football began to close following Mannings post-Super Bowl 50 retirement. It officially shut Monday when Kubiak announced his departure.

Like when he first took the reins, Elway finds himself having Cheap Jerseys NCAA Basketball to begin Cheap Jerseys MLB With Free Shipping anew at two of the games most important spots.

Chip Kelly reportedly wants to remain in NFL, open to coordinator job

Chip Kelly was fired by the 49ers on Sunday, but the unconventional offensive mind wants to remain in professional football, even if it means a demotion to coordinator, according to Fox Sports.

The 2016 season was Kellys fourth in the NFL, coming after three years in Philadelphia. His current overall NFL coaching record is 28-35, including a 2-14 mark this past season with a roster constructed by Trent Baalke, who was also fired Sunday.

Kelly, who still will make about $18 million over the next three years from the 49ers, could just lay low and re-evaluate his career. But, like his offense, Kelly appears ready to get back to the line as quickly as possible.

He scored on returns 12 times his first two seasons, but has just one touchdown return since leaving the Bears following the 2013 season.

Hester’s 24.5-yard kick return average this season was his lowest since 2011 and his 7.2-yard average on punt returns was his lowest since 2008 in years he had at least 18 returns. Hester hasn’t returned a kickoff or punt for a score since taking a punt back for the Falcons in 2014.

Lockett was placed on injured reserve after breaking both the tibia and fibula in his right leg on Dec. 24. The second-year pro had 41 receptions for 597 yards and a score this season Cheap Jerseys Kids NFL to go with a kick return average of 26.3 yards and punt return average of 8.4 yards prior Cheap Jerseys Made In China to his injury.

The Seahawks (10-5-1) play host the Lions (9-7) Saturday night in the wild-card round of the NFC playoffs.

NFL playoff picture: Seeding scenarios for Seahawks, Falcons in NFC

Wide receiver Randy Moss and cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Darrelle Revis have come through Foxborough. It can be a culture shock for veterans, something defensive end Chris Long and tight end Martellus Bennett learned after suffering through losing seasons in St. Louis and Chicago, respectively.

‘Everyone here believes,’ Bennett said. ‘There wasn’t a non-believer in this room at any time about going to the Super Bowl or what our goal was from the moment I got here in March or April. That rubs off on you. Iron sharpens iron and attitude is contagious. A winning attitude is contagious. I definitely got infected since I’ve been here. I’ve got the winning disease right now and I’m enjoying this one. I don’t need the antidote.’

Wide receiver Matthew Slater, who is the son of Rams Hall of Fame offensive lineman Jackie Slater, said Belichick demands a lot with his ‘Do your job’ mantra, but the ‘proof is in the pudding.’

The NFL playoff picture looks good if you’re the Seahawks and Falcons. But it doesn’t look great not yet.

Seeding is huge when it comes to the NFL playoffs. With their exact spots still Cheap Jerseys In The US undetermined despite having won their respective division titles, Seattle and Atlanta have plenty to play for Cheap Jerseys In China in their Week 17 season finales.

The Cowboys have the No. 1 overall seed and home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs locked up, and the Packers can’t get any higher than the No. 3 seed.

Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan to interview for 4 head coaching positions

The Falcons have a bye in the opening round of the NFC Playoffs, but offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan apparently has a full schedule this week.

The Giants crew reportedly partied until 5 a.m. but found the energy to to wake up for a boat ride Monday morning.

The Giants players are off on Monday, and head coach Ben McAdoo doesn’t seem too concerned with the fact his offensive weapons were more than 1,000 miles away partying it up.

Players are off until tomorrow morning, they are not working, McAdoo told reporters Monday when asked if the players would be disciplined.

If anything, the Giants receiving corps will be in for a temperature shock, as the high in Green Bay on Sunday is expected to be below 20 degrees.

Here are some perspectives from those who have a history playing against the Patriots, Falcons or both.

Chiefs and AFC head coach Andy Reid. Kansas City’s 29-28 road victory over Atlanta in Week 13 marks the last time the Falcons have lost a game.

We stayed ahead of the chains a little bit and kind of matched them offensively, which was big. And (defensive coordinator) Bob Sutton had a nice plan. They got us in the first series and then Cheap Jerseys Direct Coupon we bared down and got after it. Our guys played aggressively. They Cheap Jerseys Good Quality tried to match that intensity. I know Bill (Belichick, New England’s head coach) will have it right that way.

Cowboys rookie Jaylon Smith thinks he’s able to play at ‘elite level’

When the Cowboys drafted Jaylon Smith in the second round of the NFL Draft last year, a lot of eyebrows were raised.

Though Smith was easily one of the most talented players in the draft, his playing status was in doubt, not just for this year, but his entire career.

Smith suffered nerve damage in his left leg while playing for Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl last year, which had many wondering if he’d ever play again. The first step was getting that pesky nerve to re-activate, then he had to re-gain his form and strength.

Yeah, it’s regenerating, Smith said, via the Dallas Morning News. It’s just a thing that you have to have patience. I’m going to continue to do everything I’m asked and controlling what I can control and we’re going to take our time with it.

Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham. The 2016 Seahawks were the only team to defeat New England and Atlanta during the regular season before they fell to the Falcons in the second round of the playoffs.

The number one thing is Bill Belichick and how he really creates some havoc on defense. He’s so smart with trying to take guys out of the game. He’ll definitely have some answers for (Falcons Cheap Jerseys China Paypal wide receiver) Julio Jones. I think they’re going to be all over him. He’ll have (coverage) help all Cheap Jerseys China NHL over the place.

Adam Gase: Matt Moore ‘cleared everything’ in concussion evaluation

After taking a vicious hit by Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree, Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore missed just one snap in Miami’s 30-12 loss at Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Many questioned how Moore was cleared to return so quickly despite the monstrous second-quarter collision.

Dolphins coach Adam Gase told reporters after the game that Moore cleared everything before returning to the game.

He saw the guy and even came back and said he should have just taken the sack, Gase said. When they told me he was coming back in, I started talking to him and he was good. They went through the league’s deal and then our trainers; he cleared everything.

Terrance West led the Ravens in rushing with 774 yards and five touchdowns while rookie Kenneth Dixon ran for 382 yards and two scores.

Those two guys really proved themselves, Harbaugh said last week. To me, Terrance West and Kenny Dixon made a name for themselves at running back.

The number of broken tackles that [Dixon] had, how hard and physical he plays [is impressive]. Terrance West [is a] downhill, lower-his-pads runner. Both guys are good out of the backfield.

The Ravens went 8-8 this season and hold the 16th overall pick in April’s draft. LSU’s Cheap Jerseys Bike Leonard Fournette, Florida State’s Dalvin Cook, Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey, Tennessee’s Cheap Jerseys Basketball Alvin Kamara and Texas’ D’Onta Foreman could all be options for Baltimore.

Aaron Rodgers hasn’t had a premier tight end target in Green Bay since Jermichael Finley’s last healthy season in 2012

Richard Sherman has made his share of headlines this offseason, but there’s no denying his value to the Seahawks secondary. The four-time All-Pro remains the kind of special player who can singlehandedly shift games. Trading him, even for a pair of first-round draft picks, may have shut Seattle’s gradually closing championship window for good.

The Bucs brought in DeSean Jackson in free agency and then used their first-round pick to add the best tight end this draft had to offer, O.J. Howard. Winston has to be happy about that.

Aaron Rodgers hasn’t had a premier tight end target in Green Bay since Jermichael Finley’s last healthy season in 2012. Now he’s got another big Texan to throw to with Bennett on board. Combining the former Patriot with Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, and Geronimo Allison will once again make the Pack one of the league’s most fearsome passing offenses.

Osweiler was nothing short of a disaster last season, and the Texans wisely cut their losses after just one year. After dumping his salary onto the Browns, the Texans are trying again at quarterback with Deshaun Watson. Time will tell if trading a first-rounder for Watson was the right call, but he can’t be that much worse than Osweiler.

“The standard is the standard,” Quinn told co-host Rick Neuheisel and me at the NFL Scouting Combine. “If he decides he wants to do it, he’s got to be all in to do it. I don’t want to make special circumstances for anyone in any way.”

Quinn, though, now appears willing to make an exception after Freeney Cheap Jerseys Kids NFL called his bluff. At this point in his NFL career, the 37-year-old Freeney has scant interest Cheap Jerseys Online China in signing in time to participate in Atlanta’s upcoming veteran minicamp or the remaining offseason program.

Adrian Peterson hasn’t even put on pads, and his Saints teammates are raving about him

Adrian Peterson has been a member of the New Orleans Saints for just over a month, but he’s already made a strong impression on his new teammates.

After practice Thursday — the sixth organized team activity (OTA) of the offseason for the Saints — players talked about the 32-year-old running back like he was 22 years old.

According to The Journal News, Rice started on Thursday when the team began spring workouts. He will serve as the team’s running backs coach and help out with defensive backs.

Even though Rice has an official capacity within the school now, it’s not new to head coach Lou DiRienzo. “Nothing has really changed,” he said. “Somebody just put it on Twitter.

“Ray has been around with us and mentoring kids and taking kids under his wing for us,” he added. “Now that he has more time, he’s taking more of an active role.”

Rice was arrested in 2014 for assaulting his then-girlfriend and current wife, Janay Rice. He was suspended two games by the NFL after video surfaced of the incident. He was later released by the Ravens and received an indefinite suspension by the NFL.

It was rumored he accepted a position at Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey in April, which Rice quickly denied. He has prior coaching experience outside of his volunteer work at New Rochelle — he Cheap Game Jerseys coached during the NFL Players Association’s Collegiate Bowl last January.

Rice will be working with the team whenever he has holes Cheap Jerseys 90 in his schedule, which is typically packed with speaking engagements nowadays.