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Chris Long Rips NFL’s New Anthem Rules: ‘This Is Not Patriotism’

The NFL announced a new policy for the national anthem Wednesday, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, and Eagles defensive end Chris Long is among those who disagree with the rule changes.

The veteran discussed his thoughts on Twitter Wednesday:

The measure was unanimously adopted, cheap nike nfl jerseys from china according to Rapoport, although San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York said he abstained from the vote, per Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times.cheap official nike nfl jerseys

As Long mentioned, the decision seems designed to appease President Donald Trump, who railed against the NFL last season for not forcing players to stand for the anthem.

Long has been an outspoken opponent of the president over the past few years. After winning Super Bowl 51 with the New England Patriots, he refused to visit the White House. He is likewise preparing not to go to the White House again this year despite winning the Super Bowl with the Eagles.

Last season, Long donated his entire base salary to various educational charities.

While NFL owners are seemingly nfl cheap nike jerseys pleased with the changes regarding the anthem, Long is clearly among the players who don’t think the new policy is fair.new nike nfl jerseys for sale cheap

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Winnipeg Jets vs. Vegas Golden Knights: Game 4 Odds, Analysis, NHL Betting Pick

The Vegas Golden Knights will look to take a commanding 3-1 lead and move to one win away from making it to the Stanley Cup Final on Friday, when they host the Winnipeg Jets in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final as small home favorites at the sportsbooks.

The Golden Knights are coming off a 4-2 victory in Game 3 on Wednesday behind 33 saves from goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

NHL betting line: The Golden Knights opened as -121 favorites (wager $121 to win $100); the total is at 5.5 goals, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. Line updates and matchup report.

NHL betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 3.3-2.3, Golden Knights. NHL picks on every game.

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Why the Jets Can Pay on the NHL Lines

The Jets surrendered a goal to Jonathan Marchessault in the first minute of Game 3 but otherwise outplayed their opponent before giving up an empty-netter to him with three seconds remaining. Marchessault now has four goals in the past two games, cheap nike nfl jerseys from china and holding him in check would definitely help turn the tables and even the series.

Winnipeg outshot Vegas 32-20 in the last two periods Wednesday, with Mark Scheifele scoring two goals himself and getting a couple more quality chances late that could have tied the game had one of them gotten past Fleury. Scheifele leads all players in the postseason with 14 goals, with an NHL playoff-record 11 coming on the road.

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As long as Fleury can continue his stellar play, the Golden Knights will remain a serious threat to hoist the Stanley Cup in their inaugural season. The netminder was simply outstanding again in Game 3 and has bounced back nicely from a shaky first period in Game 1 to begin the Western Conference Final.

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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.

Will Cousins be a significant upgrade over Keenum? The Vikings will start finding out during OTAs.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

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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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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.

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Arsenal Suffer 3-1 Loss to Leicester City in Arsene Wenger’s Penultimate Game

Arsenal lost away from home again in the Premier League after being beaten 3-1 by Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday in the penultimate game with Arsene Wenger in charge.

Wenger saw his Gunners go a goal behind and down to 10 men on just 15 minutes when Konstantinos Mavropanos was shown a straight red card shortly after Kelechi Iheanacho had put the Foxes in front.

A Jamie Vardy penalty and a 90th-minute Riyad Mahrez goal completed Arsenal’s seventh straight Premier League away defeat.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

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Arsenal are going to finish in their lowest league position and with the fewest points under Wenger because of their dismal record away from home. The Gunners are still the only team in the top four leagues of English football who have failed to pick up a point on their travels in 2018.

It’s almost inconceivable a team with this much attacking talent would be so bereft of solutions on their travels. By contrast, Arsenal’s defensive woes away from the comfortable confines of the Emirates Stadium are no longer even mildly surprising.

Unfortunately for Wenger, his last game in charge of the Gunners will also be away. The trip to Huddersfield Town could be bring yet more away misery for the Frenchman and his team.

Arsenal’s Disciplinary Record Ending How It Started Under Wenger

For a manager who has steadfastly championed fair play and attractive, expansive football, Wenger has overseen a shocking disciplinary record during most of his 22 years in charge at Arsenal.

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Former captain Patrick Vieira is joint holder of the Premier League record, having received eight red cards on Wenger’s watch, per Alan Tyres of the Daily Telegraph. The same source pointed out that the Gunners received 32 red cards in the decade following their last title win in the unbeaten season of 2003-04.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

Many would contend Wenger has struggled in recent years because the snarling aggression common in his early teams went by the wayside when players such as Vieira left town.

Yet on the evidence of this game, Wenger’s Gunners remain as ill-disciplined as they always were.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china