Browns claim Marcell Frazier off waivers

The Browns are trading cornerback Jamar Taylor to the Cardinals in a move that opens up a spot on their roster.

They’ll be filling it with a player recently let go by the Seahawks. Field Yates of ESPN reports that the Browns have claimed defensive end Marcell Frazier off of waivers.

Golden State went into the fourth quarter with a 10-point lead, but the Warriors managed to score only 12 points in the frame, while Houston put up 25 points to come away with the 95-92 win. The Rockets evened the series at two games apiece.

“I think we just stop trusting our defense at certain points in the game,” Green said. “We’ve got to trust our defense, trust the game plan, and stick with it.”

“That’s because he doesn’t know the terminology, he doesn’t know anything,” Jones said, via The Associated Press. “[Quarterbacks coach Dan Morrison] was walking through each route as it was called. But [on Monday] guess what? We’re going to walk in and start taking a couple.

“He’s got to catch up because we’ve got guys in there, and he will. We have plenty of time in camp. I’d say in 2½ weeks he’ll have a handle on everything.”

Manziel noted the differences between the NFL and CFL that will require some adjustment as he settles in the league over the next several weeks, but the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner asserted he’s up for the challenge.

“Spacing is a little bit different on the defensive side if I had to look at anything,” Manziel said. “On offense, I’ve never ran this many routes that are predicated off of one defender … every route has an opportunity to break three or four different ways, which is different.cardinals_005

FOX now wants Joe Buck, Troy Aikman to handle Thursday nights

After trying and failing to hire Peyton Manning, FOX now wants to do on Thursday Night Football what CBS and NBC did previously: Give double duty to the network’s top Sunday crew.

That would be Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, whom FOX is asking to handle Thursday nights, according to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post.

Perhaps it’s the number of back-to-back sets, as the Grizzlies, Jazz and Kings led the league with 16 each. Perhaps it’s the number of five-in-seven stretches, as the Spurs and Timberwolves each had a league-high three of those. Perhaps it’s mileage, as the Trail Blazers, Timberwolves and Lakers were the only teams that topped 50,000 miles this season, while the Pacers were at the bottom with 35,520 miles.

The Nuggets went on a four-game road trip in October, a six-game trip in December and a seven-game trip in March. Meanwhile, the longest road trip for the Timberwolves and Thunder, who play in the same division as Denver? Three games.

Denver was also one of only two teams to take a seven-game trip, the other being the Knicks, and the only team to take two trips of at least six games this season.

He’s right, and it’s refreshing to see a top prospect refuse to fully submit to the dog-and-pony portion of the pre-draft process. If anyone wants to know whether he’s fast, they can watch how he did when facing college competition.

A cynic would say he chose not to run at the Combine or his Pro Day workout because he knew the outcome wouldn’t be impressive. If so, he wouldn’t be the first guy who has a different gear in T-shirts and shorts in a straight line and in full pads with defenders chasing him.

They’re not playing together again. Brees got his two-year deal to return to the Saints, while Graham leaves Wilson and the Seahawks …. to join Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. The tight end has had a blessed career as a young basketballer-turned-veteran-red-zone-receiving-stud. Graham by default should work out for Green Bay after the Martellus Bennett disaster.buccaneers_085

Raiders trade Cordarrelle Patterson to Patriots

If you didn’t think the Oakland Raiders had been active enough to this point in the 2018 offseason, then this one will probably grab your attention.

Washington re-signed inside linebacker Zach Brown to a three-year deal for $24 million to ensure the team stayed strong at the position despite a weak linebacker market. Brown was a flier pick-up late in the offseason last year after he had a strong 2016 with the Buffalo Bills. He proved to be a great signing, ranking seventh in the league at his position, according to B/R NFL1000 inside linebacker scout Jerod Brown. He’s especially strong against the run with his ability to fill gaps and finish tackles.

The Redskins defense will be better if the team replaces Breeland and Kendall Fuller with Quinton Dunbar and Fabian Moreau and their young defensive linemen and safeties grown. Had Brown departed, Washington would have likely settled for a lesser player at similar money or been forced to allocate a draft pick on the position.

MMQB: You waited out the quarterback market, from the looks of it, and got McCarron for good value—two years, $10 million. Beane: “We did due diligence there. Every dollar we spend there is a dollar less we can spend somewhere else. We didn’t want to get into chase mode. We had different guys we thought would fit, A.J. being one of them. One word we heard over and over from people who had coached him or known him. like Hue Jackson: competitor. That was music to my ears. He’ll fit here.”

Beane: “I was part of the crew that drafted him in Carolina. One word for him: selfless. Luke Kuechly will rave about Star, because he allowed Luke to run free. For us, I believe Star can be a two-and-a-half-down player, playing some third downs.”
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Saquon Barkley’s approach to Combine sign of franchise-changing passion

“As they’re asking you questions, you’re getting to know the people that you might be surrounding yourself with,” he said. “You never know — that team might be the team that drafts you and you want to give a good first impression.

Knowing specific lineups only removes some variables. One must also handicap rotations, effort and other unknowns.

“I don’t believe for a second that the players are not giving full effort,” professional bettor and handicapper Ron Boyles told ESPN. “But if the coach plays players at the end of games that aren’t their best, then that clearly tells you those teams aren’t trying to win.”

“Every player tries. It’s a matter of what product is put out on the floor,” Sherman added. “If you look at the trade protections, they incentivize the tanking aspect big-time.”

Furthermore, the point spread is the great equalizer. Thus, tanking’s true impact on sportsbooks is somewhat neutralized since the line hinges on margin of victory.

“They only need to lose the game, not lose by 100,” Bogdanovich said. In fact, sometimes the market corrects too much with the point spread, especially if public bettors exaggerate a bad team’s desire to lose.

Thanks to a trade with the Houston Texans during the 2017 NFL draft, the Browns are also set up with two top-five picks after Houston finished the season 4-12 with a Week 17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. That locked up the No. 4 pick for the Browns, just behind the Giants (No. 2) and the Colts (No. 3).

Calgary coach Glen Gulutzan referred to Thursday’s win over the Coyotes as a step in the right direction.

We’ve got to get this train rolling here and that’s a start, said Gulutzan, whose move to elevate Sam Bennett to play alongside Gaudreau and Sean Monahan paid off as the trio combined for seven points against the Coyotes. I thought that they made some plays and they had some energy and what we’re looking for at this time of the year is any sort of spark that we can get. We’re just trying to create some energy and get a spark here with our group.

Miller wants the Ducks to maintain that feisty play and spirit.
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Tom Brady limited in practice due to hand injury

Tom Brady was limited in practice Wednesday due to an injury in his throwing hand.

According to the Boston Herald, a teammate ran into Brady in practice, jamming his hand.

Miami led by double digits before halftime, but the game stayed close throughout most of the second half. It was tied with about three minutes left when Harden hit a 3-pointer just before the shot clock expired. That was the start of a 7-2 run that made it 95-90 with 38 seconds left.

James Johnson missed a 3-pointer on the other end, but Miami’s Hassan Whiteside grabbed the rebound. Harden blocked his layup, and Houston added a dunk by Clint Capela with 18 seconds left.

Ramsay has stated that the Jaguars, already winners of two playoffs games this year, will go on to win the Super Bowl. The defending champion Patriots aren’t ready to concede just yet.

If you’re going to make a statement like that, you better be able to back it up, Patriots defensive tackle Adam Butler said Wednesday, via ESPN.com. It’s a bold statement to make. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out. But like I said, be humble or be humbled. That’s all I can really say about that.

The Jaguars are set to play in their first AFC championship since 1999 at New England, where the Patriots will be playing in their seventh straight AFC championship.

Toby Hegner chipped in 16 points for Creighton (16-5, 6-3 Big East). It was Foster’s 11th 20-plus game this season and 35th of his career.

Simon had 17 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and three steals for St. John’s (10-11, 0-9), which has lost seven of those conference games by seven points or fewer. Shamorie Ponds, who leads the team in scoring at 20.7 points per game, was just 3-for-11 shooting and scored seven points.patriots_144_5ea496525832b01a-180x180

Cowboys’ Jerry Jones throws shade at AT&T Stadium sunlight complaints

Those complaints about on-field glare at the Cowboys’ $1.2 billion stadium? Youstick ’em where the sun doesn’t shine, Jerry Jones says.

“But the sun has not been a factor at all in any win or loss we’ve had in that stadium.”

The Cowboys play their two remaining home day games in the 3:30 CT time slot, meaning the sun could again be an issue. Their other two remaining home games are in primetime.

Listen to “The Jerry Jones Show” on 105.3 The Fan below:

“It’s a tough one,” he said. “Thankfully, we get to go right back at it Thursday. I’ll watch this a couple times and hopefully forget about it and move on.”

Prescott was without both a suspended Ezekiel Elliott and an injured Tyron Smith for a second consecutive game, but he said ”there are no excuses.”

“We’re not putting it together,” Prescott said. “We get the running game going and the passing game is not, we get the passing game going and the running game is not. Us as players, we’ve just got to find a way to get it done better on the field.”

Luckily for Prescott, his shot to rinse the taste of Sunday out of his mouth comes quickly as Dallas hosts the Chargers at 4:30 p.m. ET Thanksgiving Day.

Instead, Jagr got a contract with the Calgary Flames, which means a full season of Jagr assaulting the record books, Jagr defying the expectations for what a 45-year-old athlete can accomplish and Jagr extolling his Hockey Jedi wisdom during every tour stop with bon mots like, “If someone loses their speed, they are going to replace him with somebody quicker. That’s why you have to have something that nobody has, so that they can’t replace you.”
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The Hurricanes finish the regular season at Pittsburgh on Nov. 24.

“Obviously, when we beat them in 1995, it was one of my early memories because we had not beaten them before,” long-time Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster said. “That was my first year as coordinator, and we were 0-2 going into that game.

In fact, if the Hurricanes win, the only team that could beat them out of their first title-game appearance would be Virginia. The Cavaliers have lost twice in league play going into their game against Georgia Tech on Saturday and could wind up in a tie with the Hurricanes if they would win out and Miami loses one other league game.

One more loss, however, would eliminate Virginia from the race.

The Cavaliers and Hurricanes meet Nov. 18 in Miami.

USC’s players trotted off the field while a few of Arizona State’s lingered as the officials went to a replay review. After about five minutes, they ruled Williams caught the ball in the end zone before falling out to the 1.

Arizona State’s PAT team took the field, but had to wait as the Trojans’ special-teams unit returned from the locker room. Brandon Ruiz’s extra point cut USC’s lead to 31-10, and the Sun Devils pulled within two touchdowns on Wilkins’ 1-yard dive to open the second half.

Arizona State’s penchant for missing tackles gave USC the momentum back when Jones, who had a 67-yard scoring run in the first half, shed several defenders on a 64-yard dash to make it 38-17.

“We prepared ourselves, but a couple of us didn’t come ready to play today,” Arizona State linebacker D.J. Calhoun said. “You win together, you lose together.”patriots_033

Roger Goodell makes presentation to NFL owners concerning demonstrations

Commissioner Roger Goodell and his staff made a presentation to NFL owners similar to the one made earlier Tuesday to the players in an attempt to resolve the issues surrounding the national anthem demonstrations, a senior NFL official told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio.

NFL owners, players and representatives met to discuss social issues in the wake of protests across the league, and many involved called the session a positive step.
The owners have been asked to consider Goodell’s presentation and work with the players as a dialogue about the topic continues, the source said.

The official told ESPN that the players and owners have agreed to meet again soon to hammer out specific steps and actions that can be taken jointly to resolve the issue.

Chris Long is donating the rest of his year’s salary to increase educational equality.

Once the season started, Folk struggled even more. He missed almost half of his attempts, going just 6 of 11 on field goals and 7 of 9 on extra points.

The Buccaneers will have to try to find some kind of consistency at a position that seems almost cursed. They haven’t had a kicker who has lasted more than one season since Connor Barth’s first stint with the team, from 2008-12. In that time, they’ve trotted out Rian Lindell (2013), Patrick Murray (2014), Kyle Brindza (2015), Barth again (2015), Aguayo (2016), and Folk (2017).

They have the worst field goal percentage in the NFL since then by a wide margin, just 74.1 percent. In the past two seasons alone, the Bucs have hit only 28 of 42 field goal attempts, or a paltry 66.7 percent.

Murray has spent time with the Saints and the Browns. When he played for the Buccaneers in 2014, he made 20 of 24 field goal attempts.sabres_002

Odell Beckham traveled to Dallas, may still sit vs. Cowboys

Odell Beckham is in Dallas, but that doesn’t mean he’ll been seen in action at AT&T Stadium on Sunday night.

While the Giants wide receiver flew to Dallas with the team ahead of their regular-season opener against the Cowboys, he may sit out as he continues to heal from an ankle injury.

That explains part of the issue, but you’re probably wondering why they cut him earlier in the week as well. The answer, again, is money. By not making the 53-man roster, Spiller’s contract went from $980,000 to $900,000. It’s not much and it hardly seems worth all of this drama, but I guess you gotta save money where you can.

The drama appears to be over for now, although don’t be surprised if Spiller gets released again at some point this season. Rookie Kareem Hunt looked great in his debut, and Charcandrick West is a solid backup as well. There’s not much opportunity for Spiller to get touches.

Dalton used to be reliable in 1 p.m. ET home games at the very least. But he was an absolute mess, looking like a rookie in the headlights vs. Baltimore’s pressure. He was sacked five times and had five turnovers — including four INTs vs. only 16 completions. Now he has to play in his least favorite time slot, at night, on Thursday, vs. the team that’s given him the most trouble: Houston. The whispers may be heard with another meltdown, given the Bengals would then have a long week to prepare McCarron to start in Green Bay.

Nothing like a shutout in AFC North play to remind fans of daunting defenses past. Their strong front exploited one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL, leaving easy pickings for the secondary. Let’s see how things go when they play the Steelers and Raiders back-to-back in a few weeks.
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Cleveland’s DeShone Kizer and Week 1 Indianapolis starter Scott Tolzien were not in the survey.

I projected Kizer with a 4.0 tier average — in the Blake Bortles range for now — while slotting Tolzien at the bottom with a 4.5. All over/unders are courtesy of the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook as of Sept. 5.

Because of a number of decisions you have to make, you can’t skip any cut-scenes —even if this is your second time going through the story mode. It doesn’t matter because what happens in the story mode relies on the choices you have made.

There isn’t just one singular ending to this story mode, and your choices will determine which ending occurs. The scenes run long at certain points and save checkpoints aren’t as convenient. There were times when I was scared to quit the game because that would mean that I’d have to listen to the same dialogue again.

The ball placed on either hash mark eliminates lots of options for both sides of the ball. More often than not, the ball will be run toward the field (away from the sidelines), because there is more space out there. If the ball is run into the boundary (toward the sidelines), it’s typically an inside zone, or in the rare instance there’s a TE down there, maybe a power play. Being on a hash narrows down the amount of pressures that can be run.

Usually, if a team will run a zone blitz where the DE drops into coverage, it wants that DE to be into the boundary because he has to cover less ground. When the ball is in the middle of the field, a zone pressure can come from anywhere. Also, when a team is in a 3×1 formation on the hash — three players are out wide in the formation, with one into the boundary — this really defines the pressure situation for the offense. The defense has to cheat big time to cover all that ground to the field if it wants to bring pressure. It’s easier to see for the offense.