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15-11: Japan, Portugal, Denmark, Spain, Switzerland

15. Japan

Japan became many supporters’ second team. They played good, fast, technical football with smiles on their faces, and Takashi Inui and Gaku Shibasaki stood out in midfield for all the right reasons.

They almost pulled off what would have been one of the shocks of the tournament but surrendered a two-goal lead to Belgium. Considering the cloudy circumstances that accompanied their arrival in Russia (they sacked their manager in April), you can’t sniff at what the Samurai Blue achieved.

14. Portugal

From a team-wide perspective, Portugal’s performances weren’t good. Cristiano Ronaldo dragged them through the thriller with Spain, and in the next three games only William Carvalho and Pepe impressed regularly.nike jersey nfl cheap

An inability to construct passing moves and poor form from the likes of Raphael Guerreiro and Bernardo Silva contributed to a round-of-16 exit.

13. Denmark

For Denmark to progress any further than they did—the round of 16—they needed Christian Eriksen to have a world-class game in every game. A solid defence can only get you so far if your offensive output is lacking; they only scored three goals in four games, not one of them coming from a striker.cheap youth nfl jerseys

12. Spain

Those suggesting Julen Lopetegui’s departure the day before the tournament began would not impact Spain, that they were simply a self-aware, footballing machine, were proved wrong. Stand-in coach Fernando Hierro looked lost on the touchline as his side passed itself to death then lost on penalties to Russia.youth nfl jerseys cheap

11. Switzerland

Switzerland emerged as a side who had the mettle and the qualities to upset good sides, but when tasked with playing against teams they were supposed to beat, to dominate, they came up short.

Their elimination at the hands of Sweden came as a surprise to many, but they displayed their limitations in possession and in attack.youth nfl jerseys

Cincinnati Bengals

Key assistants: Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, offensive line coach Frank Pollack

Lewis is a respected defensive mind whose defenses have almost always been strong in Cincinnati, and he deserves credit for getting to the playoffs in seven of his 15 seasons as the Bengals’ head coach. However, he’s failed to win a playoff game in a decade-and-a-half there, and he’s won just 13 total games the last two seasons with a talented team. nike jersey nfl cheap

Among six head coaches who have been in their current roles at least 10 years, Lewis is the only one without a Super Bowl victory, let alone a playoff win.

At Head Coach Ranking, only Jackson ranked lower in terms of clock management, while only Jackson, Chuck Pagano and Steve Spagnuolo ranked lower when it came to in-game adjustments.

Lazor’s offense performed terribly last season and didn’t fare much better when he held the same title in Miami. There are high expectations for Austin, but he didn’t exactly put together championship defenses in Detroit. cheap youth nfl jerseys

They do get a little credit for recently stealing the well-reputed Pollack from the Cowboys, but that doesn’t make this a good staff.

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Key assistants: Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, defensive coordinator Matt Burke

Gase’s offenses performed exceptionally well in Denver, but that was with Peyton Manning under center.
And the Bears ranked in the bottom dozen in terms of scoring and yardage during his only season there. He does deserve some love for getting a strong run out of quarterback Ryan Tannehill before injuries cost the veteran the end of his 2016 campaign and all of 2017, but the Miami offense still ranked poorly both seasons.youth nfl jerseys

In terms of game-planning, only Joseph fared worse at Head Coach Ranking.

The 37-year-old Loggains might be considered a bit of an up-and-comer, but he didn’t deliver in two seasons as Chicago’s offensive coordinator, and the jury is still out on Burke after his first season running things on the other side of the ball.

There’s at least room for this staff to grow, but it’s hard to get too fired up about any of the primary coaches in Miami.

Head coach: Jon Gruden (95-81)

Key assistants: Offensive coordinator Greg Olson, defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, offensive line coach Tom Cable

This is a tricky one because Gruden has been out of football so long. He still deserves some credit for winning a Super Bowl 16 years ago, but let’s keep in mind that he went 45-51 while failing to win another playoff game during the six seasons that followed that championship campaign.

Has the game passed him by? It’s a fair question to ask, especially considering some of the odd moves he’s made this offseason.

Olson is a retread who hasn’t run a high-ranking offense since he was in St. Louis in 2006, and Cable didn’t do much to fix the Seahawks’ offensive line, but at least Guenther joins the fray with a strong resume from his time in Cincinnati.

There’s a lot of hype surrounding this staff, but it might be tremendously overrated.

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Houston Texans: Watson Back at It

If there’s one thing fans of the Houston Texans most wanted to see as OTAs got underway, it was the return of a certain player to the practice field.

That player wasn’t even J.J. Watt, as much as they all love them some No. 99.nfl clothing for kids

No, the biggest storyline in OTAs for the Texans was easily the return of quarterback Deshaun Watson, who saw his breakout rookie season cut short last year by a torn ACL.

Watson wasn’t a full participant in practice, but according to Herbie Teope of NFL.com, he did take part in individual and 7-and-7 drills.

“My knee feels well,” Watson told reporters. nfl clothing for women “I’m comfortable to be able to go out there and throw and do some things on air and get the timing down with the receivers.”

Watson did go on to caution that there’s no definitive timetable for the training wheels coming off. “There’s really no timeline on ACLs,” Watson said. “It just depends on how that person feels.”

Still, any step in the right direction for Watson is a welcome sight and then some.

The good news for the Indianapolis Colts is that Andrew Luck is in much better shape from all indications than he was at this point a year ago.

The bad news is that Luck still isn’t doing what earned him a $130 million contract extension from a team—throwing a football.

As a matter of fact, as Zak Keefer reported for nfl clothing for men  the Indy Star, Luck may not begin throwing a full-sized ball until after veteran minicamp concludes later in June.

However, head coach Frank Reich continues to insist he isn’t concerned about the Week 1 status of his star quarterback.

“I’m not worried at all,” he said. “I’m completely comfortable with him throwing when he’s ready, when the doctors say he’s ready. I’ve been around long enough time, he’s been around the league a little bit, he’s totally engaged in every aspect of what we’re doing mentally, the physical part for a guy like him, now you gotta work at it, but I’m not worried about that. I’m comfortable with the process in place.”cheap nfl clothing

For his part, Luck said he’s trying to avoid repeating the missteps from his lost season in 2017.

“I don’t want to repeat those, maybe, missteps,” Luck said. “Some things just take time, and I’ve learned that. And when I do get the urge to do something a little silly, I talk to myself and say, ‘It’s not worth it right now.'”nfl clothing store

The Colts can parrot the “nothing to worry about”wholesale nfl nike jerseys  line until the cows come home, but until Luck is on the field throwing passes, fans of the team are going to do just that—worry.

A lot.

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New Orleans Saints (via Green Bay): Marcus Davenport, DL, UTSA

Strengths: Athleticism, upside.

Weaknesses: Technique, level-of-competition concerns.cheap nike nfl jerseys from china

Bleacher Report profiled Marcus Davenport earlier in April. The short version: athletic marvel and late bloomer; obliterated blockers at the mid-major level; looked lost at the start of Senior Bowl practices but caused sacks and turnovers in the game; mild-mannered “Silent Storm” personality off the field.

One thing to point out about Davenport’s level of competition is that UTSA plays in Conference USA, which may not be the conference it was 15 years ago, but it ain’t the Division VI East Prairie Nowhere Conference, either. The offensive linemen Davenport tossed around like bags of flour were FBS athletes. So the ramp-up to NFL competition won’t be as extreme as it’s made out to be, though he’s still fundamentally very raw.cheap official nike nfl jerseys

A good comp for Davenport is Ziggy Ansah, who was also insanely athletic but raw (and mellow of disposition) coming out of college.

The Saints clearly think they are one player away from the Super Bowl. nfl cheap nike jerseys But is Davenport that player? New Orleans just gave up a first-round pick next year to get a project pass-rusher, albeit a good one. For a team counting on a 39-year-old quarterback to lead it to glory in a tight window, that’s a steep price for a player who may not pay immediate dividends.

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Joey Bosa, DE, Los Angeles Chargers

Per Adam Rank of NFL.com, there are less than 10 players in the NFL who are essentially untradeable. Joey Bosa of the Los Angeles Chargers is one of them.
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“He gives the Chargers something they don’t have a lot of: charm and charisma,” Rank said. “He’s got a quirky sense of humor that should land him some sort of walk-on roll in New Girl or whatnot. I know this seems weird, but I live out here in Los Angeles and the Chargers desperately need that kind presence to win the Battle for L.A. Bosa is it.”

Bosa’s personality is great. What he does on Sundays for the Bolts is even better.youth nfl jerseys

In just two seasons, Bosa has already become one of the best edge-rushers in the NFL. He’s equally adept at stuffing the run as he is giving quarterbacks nightmares, racking up 12.5 sacks and a jaw-dropping 70 total tackles for the Chargers in 2017.

Bosa’s a nigh-unblockable force off the edge. Combined with Melvin Ingram, he provides the Chargers with the NFL’s top one-two punch at one of the league’s premium positions.
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Bosa has amassed 23 sacks in only 28 career games.

And he won’t even turn 23 until July.

Los Angeles Rams tailback Todd Gurley entered the 2017 season trying to rebound from a disappointing second year in the NFL in which he managed just 3.2 yards per carry.

The 23-year-old left Year 3 as an MVP candidate and the best player in the league under the age of 25.nfl youth jerseys cheap

Gurley was fantastic for the Rams last year, gaining 1,305 yards on 279 carries—a robust average of 4.7 yards a carry and the second time in three years Gurley’s hit that benchmark. He also caught 64 passes—the same number of receptions Gurley had in his first two seasons combined. The 6’1″, 227-pounder piled up almost 2,100 total yards and found the end zone an eye-popping 19 times.

Had Gurley not spent the final Sunday of the regular season as a spectator because the Rams’ playoff spot was set, he may well have led the NFL in rushing yards, receiving yards by a tailback and total touchdowns.
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Even with the Week 17 siesta, he finished second, second and first among non-quarterbacks. For much of the month of December, Gurley was being talked up as an MVP candidate.

Denver Broncos

The quarterback position wasn’t the only problem spot for the Denver Broncos in 2017, but it’s one of the only spots they clearly upgraded. So even if you have high hopes for free-agent addition Case Keenum under center, there are reasons to be concerned about the Broncos. cheap official nike nfl jerseys

Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and C.J. Anderson are good players, but Keenum doesn’t have as much support as he did in Minnesota on either side of the ball. Left tackle Garett Bolles needs to improve after a shaky rookie season, cheap nike nfl jerseys from china and a defense that has been losing bite the last few years could miss Aqib Talib.

That D still has the ability to keep them in a lot of games, especially if stud pass-rusher Von Miller can bounce back from a bit of a down year. If Keenum’s breakout 2017 campaign wasn’t an anomaly, the offense will be better than average.71424b594726c7f54ce42f42b037b30b_crop_exactnfl cheap nike jerseys

It’ll also help if the Broncos can add an immediate-impact player with the No. 5 overall pick, but those are a lot of ifs.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston’s career has yet to take off, but the 2015 No. 1 overall pick saw most of his rate-based statistics improve in 2017, and he has a lot of support entering his fourth season.

Second-year pass-catchers O.J. Howard and Chris Godwin both have the ability to break out alongside veterans Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson, and new center Ryan Jensen makes that offense better in two spots by enabling them to move Ali Marpet back to guard.

So the Bucs should score plenty of points in 2018, and an all-over-the-map defense should also be better with Jason Pierre-Paul, cheap nfl youth jerseys Vinny Curry and Beau Allen joining star defensive tackle Gerald McCoy up front. That unit underachieved while dealing with a lot of injuries last year, but there’s almost no way they give up 378 yards per game again.

The Bucs will have to fight to get out of the basement in the tough NFC South,nfl youth jersey  but they’re much better than their 5-11 2017 record. And let’s not forget they hold the No. 7 overall pick in this month’s draft.

Every NFL Division’s Biggest Winner Through Early Free Agency

Free-agent signings provide hope. Nothing is more important in a league that stresses parity and feeds off the notion of “any given Sunday.”

Winning the offseason is only important if a team can translate its transactions into regular-season victories. Otherwise, the process is pointless.

Some will succeed in this endeavor. Others will fail. But every cheap youth nfl jerseys team is looking for opportunities to improve its roster through free agency.

A year ago, the Jacksonville Jaguars signed Calais Campbell to a four-year, $60 million contract. Campbell provided the best season of his career and helped mold the Jaguars into Super Bowl contenders. The opposite happened after the Cleveland Browns made Kevin Zeitler the league’s high-paid guard (at the time). Zeitler’s play didn’t amount to much on a 0-16 roster featuring an unprepared rookie quarterback. youth nfl jerseys cheap 8f743f9b3c922ee1d3731e6155b3371c_crop_exact

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Those squads in need of the most improvement often use free agency as a buoy to plug numerous holes before the draft arrives. These organizations tend to be the biggest winners in free agency, because they accomplish the most in a short amount of time.

As English poet Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote, “Hope smiles nfl youth jerseys cheap from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier.'”