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Richard Sherman Plans to Be Ready for Training Camp

We’ll wrap this look at buzz from OTAs with the latest on a player who won’t be participating in them fully.

Richard Sherman was undoubtedly the crown jewel of the San Francisco 49ers’ free-agent signings. But fans haven’t had a chance to see him in action yet, as the 30-year-old continues to rehab the Achilles tear he suffered last November with the Seahawks.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

On Thursday, he told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that he was able to jog on the field and that his Achilles feels good.

“I’ll be ready for training camp [in July],” he said, “but [the team] is going to be overly cautious either way.”

That cautiousness likely means Sherman will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list. It’s a procedural move—if he starts camp on the PUP, he can come off at any time, but the 49ers can’t put him there after training camp gets underway.nike cheap nfl jerseys

Given the severity of Sherman’s injury and when it happened, late July is about the best-case scenario for him to get back on the field. Even a Week 1 return isn’t a sure bet, although reports regarding his recovery have been positive.

The 49ers have playoff aspirations after last year’s red-hot finish with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, but the long game is the smart play here. Take it slowly with Sherman’s rehab and let him learn the new defense in the hopes he can get into football shape before the games start to count.nike nfl cheap jerseys

It would be nice if he played a full complement of snaps against the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 9 in Week 1. But having him on the field for what could be a pair of must-win December matchups against the NFC West rival Seahawks would be better.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

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Ryan Tannehill Expected to Be on the Field for OTAs

The Miami Dolphins will begin OTAs on Tuesday and have their final session from June 11-14. Fans will be watching one player above all others when the team takes the practice field.

No, it isn’t first-round rookie safety Minkah Fitzpatrick—although plenty of eyes will be on him as well.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

Per Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, quarterback Ryan Tannehill—who missed the last three games of the 2016 regular season with a partially torn ACL and then all of 2017 after completely tearing it in practice last August—will be participating in workouts. Luckily for the Dolphins, it looks like he will be practicing without many (if any) limitations.

Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said the team is formulating a plan for Tannehill, although he’s optimistic that he is in for a big year:

“We’re in the process of putting together a good plan for him coming up with OTAs. What I’ve been able to see from him is that he’s a good thrower that can make all of the throws. … There’s not a throw he can’t make, and we’re just in the process of cleaning up the communication things. There’s some fundamental stuff that we’re working hard on. As far as throwing, I haven’t seen any limitations in anything.”nfl cheap jerseys nike
Tannehill, who turns 30 in July, better have a big season. After the team restructured his contract in March, there was no chance he was going anywhere right away, but the Dolphins could shave over $13 million off the salary cap by releasing him in 2019 and over $19 million in 2020.cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

There was ample speculation before the 2018 draft that Miami might take a quarterback early. While it didn’t, there’s little dispute this is a make-or-break season for the seventh-year veteran.  nfl nike jerseys for cheap

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New England Patriots: Have They Improved on Defense?

The New England Patriots struggled on defense for stretches of the 2017 regular season and again in Super Bowl LII. During the regular season, New England ranked 29th in total defense, allowing an average of 366.0 yards per game.

Heading into OTAs, defense is thus the Patriots’ biggest question.

While the Patriots parted with offensive pieces like Dion Lewis, Nate Solder, Danny Amendola and Brandin Cooks this offseason, that side of the ball should be OK so long as Tom Brady is healthy and playing at his usual level. Things are less certain on defense, as the Pats lost starting corner Malcolm Butler to the Tennessee Titans.

New England spent a second-round pick on cornerback Duke Dawson and added linebackers Ja’Whaun Bentley and Christian Sam on Day 3. It also traded for cornerback Jason McCourty, added pass-rusher Adrian Clayborne and should have 2017 draft pick Derek Rivers back from injury.

To get back to the Super Bowl and have a shot at winning it, the Patriots need their new-look defense to be better than last year’s group. They’ll begin forging that unit in OTAs.

The New Orleans Saints have one of the most complete rosters in the NFL.

They have a future Hall of Fame quarterback in Drew Brees and a rushing attack that ranked fifth in the NFL last season (129.4 yards per game). The Saints also have a defense that allowed only 20.4 points per game (10th in the NFL) last season and features the reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year, Marshon Lattimore.

By trading up for former Texas-San Antonio edge-rusher Marcus Davenport, the Saints hope they now feature one of the league’s best pass-rushing duos, too.

New Orleans has a premier sack-artist in Cameron Jordan, who amassed 13.0 sacks in 2017. However, they didn’t have a high-end complement for him before Davenport. No one else on the defense logged more than 4.5 sacks last season.

If Davenport can rack up sacks as a rookie, the Saints should have one of the NFL’s best edge-rushing combos. That would improve their already rising defense and help prevent big plays like the one that ended New Orleans’ playoff hopes.

Is Davenport the missing piece of the Saints’ championship puzzle? New Orleans will start to find out in OTAs.

Miami Dophins: Can Ryan Tannehill Do Enough to Renew Their Faith?

At one point, there was no question that the Miami Dolphins considered Ryan Tannehill their franchise quarterback.

Miami gave the 2012 first-round pick a four-year, $77 million extension back in 2015, and it brought in an offensive-minded head coach in Adam Gase a year later. However, Tannehill’s inconsistent play and injury history led the Dolphins to consider selecting his replacement in this year’s draft.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

“At the end of the day, if one of those guys was there, we would have talked about it, but we just didn’t think anybody would be there,” general manager Chris Grier said, per Chris Perkins of the Sun-Sentinel.cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the Dolphins did consider trading up for a quarterback, but they also told Tannehill that they were sold on him as the starter for 2018.

Tannehill missed all of 2017 with an ACL injury that dated back to December 2016. He’s going to have a long road back after the injury and after a full year away from the game.

Heading into the season, the Dolphins have to wonder whether Tannehill can perform well enough to renew their faith in him. If he doesn’t, there’s a strong chance he and Gase will both be gone after the season.

While the Vikings got a lot out of Case Keenum last season, they believed they could do better at quarterback. As a result, they inked Kirk Cousins to a three-year, $84 million deal that was fully guaranteed.

It’s now up to Cousins to prove he’s worth that kind of money, as the Vikings likely could have re-signed Keenum for around half of it.

Cousins has a bevy of weapons at his disposal, including Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs, Kyle Rudolph and Dalvin Cook. It’s more than what Cousins had in Washington last year, and he racked up 4,093 yards and 27 touchdowns with that group.nfl cheap jerseys nike

Integrating Cousins into the Minnesota offense won’t be a cakewalk, though. Not only is he a new member of the team, but the Vikings will be working with a new offensive coordinator in John DeFilippo.

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Los Angeles Rams: What Will the Linebacker Corps Look Like?

The Los Angeles Rams made headlines early in the offseason by adding big names in free agency and through trades. Additions such as Ndamukong Suh, Peters and Aqib Talib could boost the defense.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

Here’s the problem with that assumption: Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips runs a lot of 3-4 looks, and three of last year’s four starting linebackers—Alec Ogletree, Connor Barwin and Robert Quinn—are gone. Mark Barron remains, but the Rams have to figure out who their other three starters will be.

Los Angeles added four linebackers—Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Micah Kiser, Trevon Young and Travin Howard—in the draft. It also has veterans like Cory Littleton, Ramik Wilson and Bryce Hager on the roster.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

Head coach Sean McVay recently praised some of the veteran linebackers, but he also cautioned that veteran status would not guarantee a starting job.

“By no means are they ahead of anybody else,” McVay told Myles Simmons of the team’s official website. “Those guys have kind of earned the right to be the ones that are taking those first few reps and then we’ll see based on how they accelerate or how they perform.”cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

The linebacker competition in Los Angeles will go a long way toward determining whether or not the Rams improve their 28th-ranked run defense (122.4 yards per game allowed).

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Atlanta Falcons

Offense: QB Matt Ryan, RB Devonta Freeman, WR Julio Jones, WR Mohamed Sanu, WR Calvin Ridley, TE Austin Hooper, LT Jake Matthews, LG Andy Levitre, OC Alex Mack, RG Brandon Fusco, RT Ryan Schraeder nfl nike jersey cheap

Defense: DL Grady Jarrett, DL Terrell McClain, ED Vic Beasley, ED Takkarist McKinley, LB Deion Jones, LB De’Vondre Campbell, CB Desmond Trufant, CB Robert Alford, S Keanu Neal, S Ricardo Allen, DB Isaiah Oliver

The 2018 Atlanta Falcons offense will be made up mostly of the same roster that went to Super Bowl 51. One of the biggest changes is first-round receiver Calvin Ridley, who was added as an immediate replacement to Taylor Gabriel and a long-term replacement for Mohamed Sanu. cheap nike nfl jersey The Falcons did not have much wiggle room this offseason, but they did figure out how to add guard Brandon Fusco on a three-year, $12.8 million deal, another improvement on offense.

On the defensive line, Vic Beasley is transitioning back to a cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale full-time DE role after playing a hybrid last season, while 2017 first-round pick Takkarist McKinley is likely going to be a 16-game starter for the first time in his NFL career.

The loss of “prove-it deal” nose tackle Dontari Poe leaves a starting role open.cheap nfl nike jersey  The post-draft signing of former Oakland Raiders and Washington Redskins defensive tackle Terrell McClain adds competition to Deadrin Senat, a rookie third-round pick.

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Projecting Every NFL Team’s Starting Lineup for 2018

We’re finally allowed to talk about 2018 NFL starting lineups instead of mock drafts. Everyone pat yourselves on the back for making it through another cycle.

With selections complete just o nfl jerseys nike cheap ver two weeks ago and post-draft free agency rarely influencing ideal starting lineups, we can begin to project how all 32 teams’ rosters should look with four months until Week 1.

The majority of the NFL is spent in 11 personnel offense (one running back and one tight end) and nickel defenses (a 4-2 defense with a fifth defensive back), which is how we defined the lineups here. The idea of a “4-3” or “3-4” defense has been whittled down so much in the league that it can no longer accurately depict what you see on the field.

Taking into account injuries that will last into the season, early-season suspensions and unsettled positional battles, these are our best projections for what we’ll see this coming season.

Offense: QB Sam Bradford, RB David Johnson, cheap nike nfl jerseys china WR Larry Fitzgerald, WR Christian Kirk, WR Chad Williams, TE Jermaine Gresham, LT D.J. Humphries, LG Mike Iupati, OC Mason Cole, RG Justin Pugh, RT Andre Smith

Defense: DL Corey Peters, DL Pierre Olsen, ED Chandler Jones, ED Markus Golden, LB Deone Bucannon, LB Haason Reddick, CB Patrick Peterson, CB Brandon Williams, S Budda Baker, S Antonie Bethea, DB Bene Benwikere

The quarterback battle between veteran Sam Bradford and first-round pick Josh Rosen is going to make up most of the headlines this offseason, but the Arizona Cardinals will have plenty of position battles in camp. At receiver, Christian Kirk, new nike nfl jerseys cheap Chad Williams and Brice Butler will be battling for roles with only Larry Fitzgerald established as a legitimate starting wideout. Also possible: a center battle between A.Q. Shipley and third-round rookie Mason Cole, and a tackle battle between Andre Smith and Will Holden.

Losing Calais Campbell undoubtedly hurt the Cardinals defense last season, but nose tackle Corey Peters emerged as a long-term answer in the interior. The question is if Pierre Olsen, who produced plenty of splash plays in limited reps, is going to receive full-time 3-technique reps moving forward.buy nike nfl jerseys cheap

Losing defensive backs over the years has also taken a toll on Arizona’s secondary (Tramon Williams and Tyrann Mathieu were the notable losses from 2017). Beyond Patrick Peterson, the team’s best cornerbacks might be Brandon Williams and Bene Benwikere.cheap nfl nike jerseys china At this point in the NFL cycle, we can call that a liability.

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Kansas City Chiefs: Cornerback

In Marcus Peters, the Kansas City Chiefs had the NFL’s preeminent ball hawk at the cornerback position. Since he entered the NFL in 2015, no player has more interceptions than Peters’ 19.

But Peters isn’t in Kansas City anymore. He was traded to the Los Angeles Rams after the Chiefs tired of his antics between interceptions.nike nfl cheap jerseys

It was a surprising move—one that leaves Kansas City’s secondary very much in flux.

The trade that sent Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins gave the Chiefs Kendall Fuller, who is one of the league’s better young slot corners.

But without Peters, the outside might be a problem. In five years, free-agent addition David Amerson has less than half the interceptions that Peters piled up in just three seasons. Steven Nelson, like Peters, entered the pros in 2015.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

His next NFL interception will be his first.

The Chiefs added some corner help on Day 3 of the draft and afterward in rookie free agency, but anything the team gets from that group is going to be found money.

Kansas City’s pass defense was already a mess. The Chiefs allowed 247 yards a game through the air last year. Only three teams gave up more.

Don’t expect that to improve in 2018.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

The Los Angeles Chargers have the makings of a sneaky-good contender in 2018. The team rebounded from an awful start last season to narrowly miss the playoffs, and problem areas like the offensive line and interior defense were bolstered in free agency and/or the NFL draft.

Third-round defensive tackle Justin Jones was brought in in the hopes of fortifying a run defense that was terrible last year, surrendering 131.1 yards per game on the ground—most in the AFC.

There’s still an issue in the middle of the defense, however.nike cheap nfl jerseys

The Chargers drafted a potential starter on the outside of Gus Bradley’s 4-3 in USC’s Uchenna Nwosu, but the “Mike” linebacker spot is still up in the air.

That’s the middle, in case your vernacular needs work.

Jatavis Brown, who logged 76 stops for a second straight year in 2017, was in and out of the lineup last season. That was partly due to nagging injuries, but he also appeared to lose favor with the coaching staff.

When on the field, Denzel Perryman’s been a more consistent performer than Brown. But there’s a big caveat—Perryman has missed 15 games in three years (including over half of last season).

It’s not hard to imagine another carousel where Perryman gets hurt, Brown bounces in and out of the starting lineup, and Hayes Pullard plays like the seventh-round pick he is.

In other words, an unwanted repeat of last season.

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Indianapolis Colts: Edge-Rusher

Prior to the NFL draft, there was essentially a tie for the Indianapolis Colts’ biggest problem area in 2018.

Both the offensive and defensive lines needed work—quite a lot of it.

The former got a big boost on April 26 with the selection of Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson, whom some pundits considered the top overall prospect in this year’s class.

The defensive line, on the other hand, didn’t get a ton of assistance. The Colts added some help in the form of second-round pick Tyquan Lewis, but the former Ohio State star was a rotational player with the Buckeyes who will probably need time to get his sea legs in the NFL.

That leaves Jabaal Sheard and Denico Autry as the front-runners to start on Indy’s new four-man front. Sheard’s the more proven of the two. Twice he’s notched at least eight sacks in a season, but he’s never hit double digits. Autry had five sacks for the Oakland Raiders a year ago, but that’s the high-water mark of his career.

If you can’t pressure the quarterback in today’s NFL, you’re going to get carved up.

Right now, it doesn’t look like a Colts team that was last in the AFC in sacks last year is going to make a leap forward in that regard.

Prior to the NFL draft, there was essentially a tie for the Indianapolis Colts’ biggest problem area in 2018.

Both the offensive and defensive lines needed work—quite a lot of it.

The former got a big boost on April 26 with the selection of Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson, whom some pundits considered the top overall prospect in this year’s class.

The defensive line, on the other hand, didn’t get a ton of assistance. The Colts added some help in the form of second-round pick Tyquan Lewis, but the former Ohio State star was a rotational player with the Buckeyes who will probably need time to get his sea legs in the NFL.

That leaves Jabaal Sheard and Denico Autry as the front-runners to start on Indy’s new four-man front. Sheard’s the more proven of the two. Twice he’s notched at least eight sacks in a season, but he’s never hit double digits. china nike nfl jerseys cheap Autry had five sacks for the Oakland Raiders a year ago, but that’s the high-water mark of his career.

If you can’t pressure the quarterback in today’s NFL, you’re going to get carved up.

Right now, it doesn’t look like a Colts team that was last in the AFC in sacks last year is going to make a leap forward in that regard.

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As the Jacksonville Jaguars showed in advancing to the AFC Championship Game, this is a team that is equipped to challenge for a berth in Super Bowl LIII.

The Jaguars possess a punishing ground game and one of the best defenses in football—maybe the best. That defense added even more pieces in this year’s draft in interior lineman Taven Bryan and safety Ronnie Harrison.

There’s just one problem. One sticking point. One issue looming over the squad.

Robby Blake Bortles.

Bortles isn’t necessarily a terrible quarterback. But among legitimate Super Bowl contenders, it’s hard to argue Jacksonville doesn’t have the worst player at football’s most important position—with very little behind him.cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

If Andrew Luck’s healthy this year, Bortles is probably the worst starting quarterback in the AFC South.

It’s somewhat understandable that the Jags committed to Bortles moving forward. He did, after all, lead the team to the cusp of its first Super Bowl. The devil you know is better than the devil you don’t and all that jazz.nfl cheap jerseys nike

But Bortles’ shortcomings as a quarterback are very real. And they may well come back to bite the Jaguars in 2018.

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Jay Ajayi, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

After being traded from the Miami Dolphins midseason, Jay Ajayi led the Philadelphia Eagles with 128 touches from November through the playoffs. And he did not play the team’s final regular season game.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

Ajayi’s touches over that span dwarfed Corey Clement’s 62 and Wendell Smallwood’s 12, the other top returning backs on the team. After months of running backs like LSU’s Derrius Guice being mocked to Philadelphia with the 32nd overall pick, the team eventually traded out of the final pick in the first round with the help of the Baltimore Ravens and secured tight end Dallas Goedert of South Dakota State in the second round.nike jerseys nfl cheap

Ajayi has the second-highest yards per carry on positive attempts among rushers with at least 200 carries over the last two years, and he is finally in a high-volume situation where his breakaway style of running can overwhelm teams behind a strong offensive line. After LeGarrette Blount signed with the Detroit Lions, the Eagles backfield should revolve around Ajayi moving forward.

Last September, Alex Collins was a waived former fifth-round pick. While he did post over 1,000 yards from scrimmage in 2017, running backs with his background come and go often. There’s a reason why only two running backs cheap nike nfl jerseys from china (LeSean McCoy and Devonta Freeman) are playing under significant veteran contracts in the NFL: Turnover is massive in the league at the position.

There’s no doubt that Collins met or surpassed everyone’s expectations last season, but history is littered with backs who were able to do it for one year and then were immediately replaced by a top-100 pick. After the Baltimore Ravens chose to not select one of the running backs in this class, the only significant backs on Baltimore’s roster behind Collins are Javorius “Buck” Allen and Kenneth Dixon.cheap official nike nfl jerseys

Allen started six games in 2015 but hasn’t started a single game in the last two seasons. Dixon has just 544 total yards over his two NFL seasons. Collins may have to prove himself and re-earn a starting role every offseason for the rest of his career, but his path to playing time on the 2018 Ravens should be a brisk walk.