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Titans’ Mike Mularkey: Safety Johnathan Cyprien out ‘a few weeks’

The Tennessee Titans will be without starting safety Johnathan Cyprien for “a few weeks,” according to head coach Mike Mularkey.

Cyprien suffered a hamstring injury halfway through the fourth quarter of the Titans’ 26-16 loss to the Raiders and did not return. The Titans called it a strained hamstring after the game.

Robinson, who has 202 catches for 2,848 yards and 22 touchdowns in his three-plus seasons, is in the final year of his rookie contract. The sides had preliminary discussions about an extension, but the injury obviously puts a hold on things.

Without Robinson, the Jaguars will have to rely heavily on Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns, as well as veteran Arrelious Benn, who is one of the team’s core special-teams players.

“Well, obviously we have confidence in Marqise and Allen to step up, and obviously to sit here and say, ‘Hey, it doesn’t hurt, next-man-up type of thing,’ we all understand that in our profession, but what I think about is how hard A-Rob has worked and how much he’s put in, and I know what type of year he wanted to have,” coach Doug Marrone said. “I think that’s the thing that gets me as a coach more than anything, is when you watch a player that’s done everything that you’ve asked him to do and was really set up for a great year, and to sustain an injury, it’s obviously a blow.”

Ray Lewis said Ravens would have signed Colin Kaepernick if not for girlfriend’s tweet

Ray Lewis said the Baltimore Ravens chose not to sign Colin Kaepernick after the quarterback’s girlfriend posted a “racist” tweet featuring the former All-Pro linebacker and owner Steve Bisciotti.

“We were going to close the deal to sign him,” Lewis said on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” on Tuesday night. “Steve Bisciotti said, ‘I want to hear Colin Kaepernick speak to let me know that he wants to play football.'”

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Brian Watkins, who came up with the idea for Rep The Squad told the Daily News his company would help fans who may find buying jerseys expensive and can solve the problem of what to do when your favorite player leaves town after you buy their jersey.

Our NFL Insiders predict Week 1’s biggest upsets and fantasy flops and sleepers. Plus: When will the Patriots lose their first game? Which rookie running back will star this weekend? Which team will make a quarterback change first?

“I started throwing it, and that’s when I found I was a lousy thrower,” he said. So he punted it — standard for Australian Rules Football, but a specialty in American football — and it looked good, or at least, he thought it did. He didn’t really know what good was considered. One of his professors, Scott Talpey, a professor of exercise science and strength and conditioning, did though and recommended that Edwards investigate an Australian kicking academy that helps get players recruited to American colleges. He sent over some tape, and within six months, Sam Houston State came calling.

Richard Sherman says Colin Kaepernick’s situation is about ‘stay in your place’

For Richard Sherman, the issue with Colin Kaepernick comes down to one thing. “It’s not about football or color,” he told USA Today’s Jarrett Bell. “It’s about, ‘Boy, stay in your place.’”

Kaepernick has been a free agent since March 9. Since then, quarterbacks of lesser abilities such as Geno Smith, Mark Sanchez, Matt McGloin, Blaine Gabbert, Dan Orlovsky, and others have been signed. Only two teams have even taken the slightest sniff at Kaepernick since then — the Seahawks and (kind of but not really!) the Ravens.

Nkemdiche brought quite a bit of pressure on Cowboys backup quarterback Kellen Moore early in the game. Reddick, who was a walk-on at Temple and became a first-round draft pick for the Cardinals in 2017, also got after the quarterback and added three tackles. Baker, a second-rounder for the Cardinals this year, contributed six tackles, a pass breakup, and one quarterback hit.

Arizona lost Calais Campbell, cornerback Marcus Cooper, and safeties Tony Jefferson and D.J. Swearinger to free agency this offseason. It should encouraging for the Cardinals to see their young defenders stepping up in the preseason.

Nwachukwu, who was a fan favorite on the Houston Texans’ season of Hard Knocks, only had one reception Thursday night. He made it count, though. Nwachukwu’s 14-yard touchdown reception gave the Cowboys a 17-15 lead in the third quarter.

EZ was loved by fans of Hard Knocks in part because he asked some interesting questions, like, “Is there water on space?” But he also earned respect for his route running, which also paid off on Thursday.patriots_105-180x180

No team in the East has a guy who can handle James one-on-one

“I think ball movement has really made everything easier for all of us,” Horford said. “They are really putting a lot of attention on Isaiah, so that is really freeing a lot of us up and we’re just making plays out of it. Just trying to make the game easy for my teammates.”

He has been doing that lately, and he’s up to 6.4 assists per game in the playoffs. In the Celtics’ last three games, Horford is averaging 18.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 6.3 assists while also shooting 58.3 percent from the field. He has taken his lumps this season, but here in the playoffs, Horford is proving his worth.

Let’s keep it simple here — it’s James. The Cavaliers roster has looked a bit older and a lot shakier this season, and under most circumstances, it’d be reasonable to assume they were vulnerable in the East. But the difference is, he is the best player in the Eastern Conference, and as long as that remains the case, the Cavs will be very difficult to contend with. As the Pacers saw, having a star like Paul George gets you to the playoffs, but having a superstar like James gets you to the Finals.

Let’s review what James did in the first round. He averaged 32.8 points, 9.0 assists and 9.8 rebounds. That’s 6.4 points more than his season average, while also tacking on more rebounds and assists. He also averaged 3.0 steals and 2.0 blocks — double his steals from the regular season, and triple the blocks. He shot 45.0 percent from the 3-point line, and his overall shooting percentage was down, but only by a half-percent. Oddly, he struggled with free throws, making 57.9 percent.

No team in the East has a guy who can handle James one-on-one, but the Raps will give that job to Powell, DeMarre Caroll and P.J. Tucker off the bench. Good luck with that.jets_021

He’s a city staple and a new member of the NBA Hall of Fame.

OK, so we can all agree the Bucs need an actual pirate running this ship. But rather than a cliche option like Jack Sparrow or Blackbeard, let’s go into the world of Japanese women’s wrestling and pick the Pirate Princess herself, Kairi Hojo.

Besides being wise in all the pirating ways, Hojo also has the cutthroat tactics needed to succeed at GM. All she has to do is threaten to drop the world’s sickest elbow if teams balk at her trade offers. Would someone like that draft a kicker in the second round? Didn’t think so.

Also, Hojo is expected to join NXT in Orlando soon, so it’s a short commute to the Bucs’ headquarters. Win-win, in my opinion.

He’s a city staple and a new member of the NBA Hall of Fame. Plus he’s the best interview. Even if he didn’t demand players give their all during the week, they’d at least be expected to be game-ready come Sunday. “We’re talking about practice!”

James Harrison the GM could make any deal happen. Why? Because he could bully other teams into doing whatever he wanted, of course. He’s that strong.

For instance, in a 41-25 win against the Buffalo Bills in Week 8, Gronkowski lined up as a receiver and used his route-running skills to beat cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman for a 53-yard touchdown. That was the 69th touchdown of his career.

In eight games last season, he caught 25 passes for 540 yards and three touchdowns. Even though New England clinched the first seed in the AFC and engineered the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history without its star tight end, Gronkowksi makes this offense more lethal.

Is Russell Westbrook still averaging a triple double? Yes.

With Kevin Durant gone, Westbrook had full control of the offense. He’ll obviously score double-digit points, and averaging double-digit assists seems likely. The big question would be whether the 6’3 guard could rebound enough throughout the year. He did.

Oscar Robertson did it in the 1961-62 season, averaging 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 11.4 assists when the NBA’s pace was up at a ridiculous level. He came close (within 1.0 assist or rebound) four more times. The last player to come relatively close to averaging a triple-double was Jason Kidd in 2006-07, when he averaged 13 points, 9.2 assists and 8.2 rebounds. LeBron James and James Harden are also close this season, but nobody is as close as Westbrook.

From Nov. 26 to Dec. 9, Westbrook piled up seven straight triple-doubles, becoming the first player since Michael Jordan in 1989 to do that. Westbrook’s streak was snapped on Dec. 11 when he only recorded six assists.

The Lakers have “fallen” to the third-worst lottery odds for this year’s upcoming draft. If L.A. picks fourth or later, the pick moves to the 76ers, and their 2019 first-round pick goes to Orlando. Yikes. L.A. missed a golden opportunity to move up when the Suns beat the Thunder on Friday.

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The Spurs are second in the Western Conference with a 45-13 record.

It is understood the Rockets could offer Bogut in excess of $US3 million more than the Cavs for the remainder of this season.

“The Rockets have interest in signing Bogut largely in case they need another full-sized big man in addition to Nene and Clint Capela, particularly in a potential first-round match up with the Memphis Grizzlies,” Feigen wrote.

“They are looking at eight to 10 free agents for the final roster spot, considering players at several positions to weigh long-term potential between any immediate benefit as insurance in case of injury to a current rotation player.”

Joe Vardon, writing for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, admitted a “Cavs-Bogut partnership is no slam dunk” but said the Cavs remained hopeful of signing him.

Vardon wrote that Bogut “has signalled interest — perhaps even strong interest — in coming to Cleveland, but a handful of contenders are trying to sign him as well”.

He added: “The Cavs have eyed Bogut for most of the season, especially since fourth big man Chris “Bird Man” Andersen went down with a torn right ACL in December. Andersen replaced Timofey Mozgov on the roster, who signed a four-year, $64 million deal with the Lakers this offseason.

“Bogut could be an upgrade over both men, provided he comes here. When Kevin Love returns from knee surgery later in March, playing time could become sparse for him.”

The Cavs are leading the Eastern Conference with a 41-17 record.

Nick Moyle, writing in the San Antonio Express-News, noted “the Spurs will likely lose out on Bogut”.

Moyle wrote: “(Bogut) can still be an effective, formidable defensive presence when healthy.

The Spurs are second in the Western Conference with a 45-13 record.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston made his NFL debut on Saturday and it wasn’t pretty

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston made his NFL debut on Saturday and it wasn’t pretty. He struggled through most of the first half, missing his receivers and looking uncomfortable in the pocket. He had a bad interception, which you can see below:

He did do one big thing, though, when he rushed for a touchdown to end the second quarter. He managed to finish strong, but it was ultimately a tough game for him. He finished 9 of 19 for 131 yards with no touchdowns through the air and an interception, along with four carries for 18 yards and a touchdown.

The other prominent rookie quarterback, No. 2 overall draft pick Marcus Mariota, made his debut with the Tennessee Titans on Friday. It was a decent debut, with Mariota looking good on some throws but bad on others — particularly his interception and the fumble that was returned for a touchdown.

On one hand, some running backs stand out because they’re that good, or they are simply better than anyone expected. Some stand out because they fit their team’s scheme perfectly. On the other hand, some do great because of an excellent offensive line. Some look amazing in part because they’re going up against players that won’t even make an NFL roster, or they rack up stats because they’re given more snaps than others on their team.

Either way — once the regular season rolls around, there are many variables that can come into effect that make the “preseason standout” to “regular season breakout” correlation hard to nail down. However, let’s take a closer look.

Taking a look at last year’s preseason, let’s set a benchmark for a “breakout” performance and see if it strongly correlated to a breakout in the regular season. This may help give you a little context when you’re watching your team over the next four weeks.

Adrian Peterson hopes to play for the Vikings again in 2017, unlikely without paycut

The 2016 season didn’t come close to going as planned for Adrian Peterson and it’s possible it was his last with the Minnesota Vikings.

Peterson suffered a knee injury earlier in the year that required surgery to repair and he struggled with knee and groin injuries late in the season that spoiled his brief return. In just three appearances, Peterson managed only 72 rushing yards on 37 attempts.

His 32nd birthday is coming in March, but Peterson isn’t concerned at all that his struggles during the 2016 season mean the end is coming soon.

“I look at it this way. I’m the GM of the football operation and I was told by my boss that I will no longer be working with a certain person,” Whaley said. “My role is not to figure out why, my role is to go forward and put this organization in the best possible position to win football games. So I didn’t ask.”

When asked if he had any input whatsoever in the organization’s decision to move on from Ryan, Whaley replied only with “No.” When asked if he knew that Ryan was in danger of being fired, he again replied, “No.”

Following the firing of Ryan, the team appointed offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn as the interim head coach. That was another decision that Whaley said he didn’t have control over, and he told reporters Monday that Lynn was appointed after Ryan recommended him for the job in a conversation with Pegula.

Johnson already has the 19th-best single season by a running back in history

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Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals: Started in 66.4 percent of ESPN leagues, 17th-most among wide receivers, Fitzgerald flopped with three fantasy points in a high-scoring Kids Chance Warmack Jersey game on both sides. It was the sixth consecutive week in which he was held to single-digit fantasy points, and oddly enough, he was also held to single-digit fantasy points in every game from Weeks 11-16 in 2015.

Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers: Though a 10-point fantasy score is hardly a disastrous number, in a high-scoring week for quarterbacks such as this one, it’s particularly poor. Newton finished tied for 19th in scoring at the position through the 4 p.m. ET games, with what was his lowest single-week total of 2016. He was started in 66.5 percent of ESPN leagues, fifth-most among quarterbacks.

Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Listed as questionable with a knee injury, Hill was able to play on Saturday night, but he was shut out on the fantasy scorecard on seven carries. It was only the second time in his career that he was held to zero or negative points — he had minus-1 in 2015 Week 2 — and he was active in 76.2 percent of ESPN leagues, 15th-most among running backs in Week 16.

He now has 310 for the season, giving him a 51-point lead over Ezekiel Elliott, who will play the Monday night game. With a game to play, Johnson already has the 19th-best single season by a running back in history.