NFL hired a firm to poll fans regarding Kaepernick

According to Yahoo Sports, the NFL hired a research firm, The Glover Park Group, to conduct a poll in 2017 to gauge fans’ opinion of Kaepernick.
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The data sought by the NFL included fan attitudes about a few high-profile league concerns, including domestic violence, gambling, player protests and player safety. Sources noted that Kaepernick was the only player singled out in the research for specific opinions, which were then compiled and sent to various league officials, including commissioner Roger Goodell and several other high-ranking executives.

The fact that Kaepernick was singled out as the only player in the survey could be significant.

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Kouandjio started the final six games last season. Washington recently re-signed Shawn Lauvao and he will likely get a long look as Brandon Scherff’s partner up front this season.

Bills rookie QB Josh Allen is enjoying his work with offensive coordinator Brian Daboll.

The Bears paid up for the well-accomplished Allen Robinson, the speedy Taylor Gabriel and reigning Super Bowl champion tight end Trey Burton, all of whom should immediately become Trubisky’s top targets alongside Kevin White.聽

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What else have we got here? I mean, how many years in a row can you get excited about Andy Dalton, A.J. Green and Marvin Lewis?

Afterward, Soto’s teammates sang his praises.

He’s a special player, said Bryce Harper, who hit his NL-leading 14th home run on Monday and who, before Soto, was the last MLB player to homer as a teenager (Sept. 30, 2012). “We’ve seen that throughout the minor leagues, and we saw that in spring training as well. So we’re all just excited for him to be here and excited for him to help us out and super proud of him and just got to keep it going.”

It’s unbelievable to be 19, said veteran first baseman Mark Reynolds, who went deep twice for his second multihomer effort in six games since being called up. “When I was 19, I could barely swing a metal bat. So it’s pretty impressive, and I’m glad he’s here.”

Watson posted a 9.3 percent touchdown rate over 204 passes last year. Since 1977, only one passer (2004 Peyton Manning) had a higher touchdown percentage over more passes than Watson’s half-season. It would be a major upset if the sophomore repeated his rookie efficiency numbers, and that’s without factoring in that he’s coming off a season-ending knee injury.

“It does make it unique knowing that I played with Bruce for 12 years and with Jim for eight years,” Thomas told the team’s website. “I can remember the things that they did on the football field and why they had their jerseys retired, and now I’m going to be in that same group with those guys. To be in the company of those two players is something special.”

Thomas played for the Bills from 1988-99 after he was selected as a second-round pick out of Oklahoma State. He spent one season with the Dolphins before retiring. At the end of his 13-year NFL career, Thomas reached 12,074 yards rushing and 65 touchdowns on 2,877 career attempts. He added 4,458 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns on 472 catches.

Thomas, who turned 52 on Wednesday, was placed on the Bills’ wall of fame in 2005 and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007. NFL.com notes Thomas is the only player in NFL history to lead the league in yards from scrimmage in four straight seasons from 1989-93.

In free agency, the Oakland Raiders’ biggest moves were signing linebacker Tahir Whitehead to the 42nd-largest contract in the offseason and replacing wide receiver Michael Crabtree with Jordy Nelson.cowboys_005

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Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams was arrested early this morning.
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Police ran the plate and found that the Lamborghini was registered to Williams. Police later located him riding an electric bicycle in a roadway, and when they stopped him they arrested him for public intoxication. The traffic accident is still being investigated and Williams has not been charged for that.

Right after Reaves scored the second playoff goal of his career — and first since 2015 with St. Louis — Winnipeg’s Nikolaj Ehlers rang a shot off the post on Fleury.

The Jets were an NHL-best 32-7-2 at home in the regular season, but were a pedestrian 5-4 in the playoffs, including losses in four of their last five post-season outings. …. Winnipeg had won a combined 13 straight at home before dropping a 2-1 decision in Game 4 against Nashville.

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It was also LeBron James’ best defensive performance of the postseason. As a primary defender, he held the Celtics to 2-for-10 shooting and four turnovers and contested eight of those 10 shots, according to research by ESPN Stats & Information.

Defense is all about focus and energy, Kyle Korver said. And I thought we had both of those things tonight.

The Celtics shot just 39.2 percent from the field and 27.3 percent from 3 after shooting 47.1 percent from the field and 34.4 percent from 3 in Games 1 and 2 combined.

Just the physicality. Not letting them be comfortable, communicating on screens, things like that, George Hill said of the change. From Game 1 and 2 to Game 3, what we did better was when guys did make mistakes, we had teammates there. That extra effort and energy wasn’t there in Game 1 and 2. It cost us Drew Hutchison Authentic Jersey a lot of wide-open 3s, and I don’t think they got a lot of those today.

The Cavs’ defensive turnaround was the first thing that Celtics coach Brad Stevens pointed to when breaking down what went wrong for his team in his postgame news conference.

Mariners put Gordon on DL with fractured toe

Dee Gordon, who is batting .304 and leads the AL with 16 steals, was put on the DL with a fractured big toe on his right foot by the Mariners.
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He’s still Cole Hamels. He’s still a good pitcher. He was able to go attack the zone today and that’s what he did, Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks said.

New York, still a big league-best 31-14, had won 22 of its previous 26 games and was coming off a three-game stretch with 14 homers and 28 runs.
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Keone Kela worked a perfect ninth for his ninth save in nine chances, the Rangers’ first save since May 11 when he closed out a 1-0 win at Houston in Hamels’ prior start.

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Eric Dickerson and Marshall Faulk already are in the Hall of Fame after spending parts of their careers with the Rams. Jackson, though, argues that he’s the best running back ever to put on the Rams’ uniform.

Sometimes, I talk to current fans here [in Los Angeles] and there’s an argument of who’s the greatest running back to be a Ram, said Jackson, a three-time Pro Bowler who never made All-Pro. I think it’s me.

Look at the record book. Everybody has their pick.

Dickerson played less than five seasons with the Rams before they traded him to the Colts, but he gained 7,245 of his 13,259 rushing yards with the franchise that drafted him. He also scored 56 of his 90 career touchdowns with the Rams.

Faulk played seven of his 12 seasons with the Rams, gaining 6,959 of his 12,279 rushing yards and 4,071 of his 6,875 receiving yards with St. Louis. He scored 85 of his 136 touchdowns while with the Rams.

Both Dickerson and Faulk were highly decorated with multiple All-Pro nods and other awards, including Faulk’s MVP award in 2000. That’s among the reasons they are in the Hall of Fame and Jackson could have a long wait if he ever gets in.

Each of the other AFC West squads has bigger questions.

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How will Case Keenum improve the Broncos offense? Is Denver’s offensive line fixed? How will trading Aqib Talib change Cory Schneider Authentic Jersey the secondary? Will the combination of Bradley Chubb and Von Miller mask any other defensive questions?
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Will Patrick Mahomes live up to the hype in K.C.? If there are growing pains with the young QB, can the rest of the offense overcome those mistakes? Will the revamped defense improve after jettisoning so many big, aging names? Can Kendall Fuller replace Marcus Peters ? How will Eric Berry return from injury?

He’s a very physical guy for a guy who’s really good in the open field,聽running backs coach Ivan Fears said, per Doug Kyed of NESN.com. Most of those guys are scat-back guys. He’s very productive in the open field. And he’s also very productive inside, because he’s got some stout to him.

At 5’11 and 214, Michel is a physical runner. However, he has enough agility and quickness to hit the edge and pick up chunks of yards in open space. Last season, he compiled 1,227 yards rushing and an impressive 7.9 yards per carry.

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On Saturday, coach Vance Joseph stayed on that theme and spun the lack of a chance at the starting job as a positive for Lynch.

I think for Paxton and our football team it’s been a weight off all of our backs to have a starting quarterback and have everyone’s role defined from Day 1, Joseph said. So for Paxton, he can relax and get better each day and not worry about a competition.

The multibillion-dollar sports industry entered a new era Monday, when the U.S. Supreme Court tossed out a longtime federal ban on sports gambling聽– a ban New Jersey has been opposing for years.

The move clears the way for fans to bet on college and pro sports games, horse racing, golf, and even non-American sporting events. And to do so legally.

The now-defunct law, which Congress enacted in the 1990s largely at the urging of sports leagues such as the National Football League and the National Basketball Association, pertained to all states but Nevada, Montana, Oregon and Delaware.

Report: ESPN offering Jason Witten $4-4.5 million per year

If Cowboys tight end Jason Witten plays football this year, he’ll earn a base salary of $1.05 million and up to $750,000 in per-game roster bonuses. If he accepts the pending offer from ESPN, he’ll make a lot more than that.

The NFL is not as backward or parochial about marijuana use as we sometimes pretend it is for punchline purposes. Most NFL decision-makers know that some players smoke weed for pain control, some to make Saturday night Black Mirror binges a little more mind-blowing, and a few have turned it into a wake-and-bake lifestyle that is almost certain to impair their conditioning and preparation. It’s that third category that coaches and execs worry about, and there is ample evidence Antonio Callaway falls there, especially after he tested positive at the combine. Callaway possesses first-round talent on the field, but if his habits don’t change, he will be the guy who gets out-hustled by undrafted rookies in training camp.

Pairing Callaway with Josh Gordon has obvious implications. Let’s take the high road and assume one will be a positive influence upon the other. But let’s acknowledge the risk factor in the grade.

The Packers announced they released quarterback Joe Callahan, ending his two-year run with the team.

A former undrafted rookie from Wesley College, Callahan was on the active roster for one game last year. He spent most of his time on the practice squad, but the Packers had previously been very complimentary of him.

The Packers acquired DeShone Kizer in a trade with the Browns, and also have Brett Hundley coming back behind some guy named Aaron Rodgers.

Fred Warner, LB, BYU: Apparently this is where GM John Lynch begins acquiring alternatives given Reuben Foster’s tenuous status. Warner’s athleticism should make him a decent fit as San Francisco continues its transition to Seattle’s scheme.
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Is ex-Giant and Hall of Famer Kurt Warner thinking about playing again?

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Fourteen years later, at least one NFL coach was recently clamoring for another act to Warner’s Hall of Fame career.

During an interview with the St. Louis Cardinals broadcast earlier this week, Warner explained how a team reached out to him this offseason about coming back to play the position he once dominated.

Barnwell, who聽was granted聽pretrial intervention program to clear his earlier criminal record, allegedly grabbed her by the throat while on a city pedestrian bridge early Monday morning. He shook her and dropped her on her聽head, according to the arrest warrant from Nashville Metro Police.

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While Barnwell is set to appear in court Wednesday afternoon, Betancourt said it’s too early to tell regarding his niece’s long-term prognosis.

She is awake, he said. We don’t know yet what’s going to happen. She has a broken skull. It is a miracle that she’s alive because if you have a brain hemorrhage for more than 10 or 15 minutes, you can have a stroke. According to what the warrant says by the time she went to the hospital it was more than an hour. She’s lucky to be alive.

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The standard: Donald’s new teammate, Ndamukong Suh, signed a six-year, $114 million deal in 2015 but only made it halfway through the contract before Miami cut him this year. Suh had averaged slightly over $19 million per year, but now finds himself playing for $14 million in 2018. Among active defensive tackle deals, Philadelphia’s Fletcher Cox leads the way on a six-year, $102.6 million package that includes more than $63 million guaranteed.

Smith is expected to be in Chicago later this week when the Bears hold their rookie minicamp.

The scouting report suggests Brees’ declining arm strength is an issue downfield, yet he continues to be one of the most effective deep passers in the league. Buoyed by an explosive ground attack, he’s a perennial MVP candidate until we see evidence to the contrary.
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Kamara and the wideouts are strong enough to compensate for a lackluster cast of characters at tight end. The Saints made it a priority to upgrade on free-agent bust Coby Fleener, only to settle for the homecoming of Watson. Once among the most athletic tight ends in football, the 37-year-old is no longer a playmaking threat after the catch.

At 29 years old, after losing most of two seasons to two injuries that can lead to chronic problems, it’s fair to ponder whether we’ve seen the peak of Watt’s powers.

The most destructive defensive lineman of his era knows that actions speak louder than words on his comeback.
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Watt’s had help in his recovery and found motivation from his girlfriend, Kealia Ohai, a member of the Houston Dash soccer team who returned from a torn ACL.

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Former NFL wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez is one step closer to Congress.
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Remember: Cousins never got to play with Mirotic. That infects all those splits that show opponents outscored the Pelicans when Cousins played without Davis. The Pelicans didn’t trade for Mirotic only as an emergency replacement for Cousins. New Orleans and Chicago discussed potential Mirotic deals weeks before Cousins went down, per sources familiar with the talks.

Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes says ‘next step is the Super Bowl’

If Chiefs fans were worried that the team would take a step back this season with Patrick Mahomes replacing Alex Smith at quarterback, well, Mahomes is having none of it.

They’re getting contributions from four widely available players who warrant your Week 5 lineup consideration, the first in ESPN standard leagues and the rest generally in larger-than-12-team mixed: Jeimer Candelario (68.3 percent available), who has started 47 of the past 51 regular-season Tigers games and batted .308/.382/.508 during that time span; Leonys Martin (78.8 percent), the team’s leadoff hitter in all but two games; James McCann (91.8), who has started 17 of the Tigers’ 23 games at catcher; JaCoby Jones (95.5), a .324/.333/.618 hitter in his past nine games; Victor Martinez (96.8), the team’s typical No. 5 hitter; and Jose Iglesias (98.8), a .349 hitter (15-for-43) in his past 11 games. That’s especially the case with the team set to face opponents with bottom-10 pitching staffs thus far in the Tampa Bay Rays and Kansas City Royals.

The Boston Red Sox should feast upon weak Royals pitching to open the week, and they’ll conclude Week 5 with a four-game trip to Texas’ hitting-friendly Globe Life Park. While Red Sox hitters are generally obvious fantasy plays in any week, this should be one of their brighter weeks on offense overall.

It’s hard to believe Watt is better than all those players, but he has dominated like few defensive players ever have. To get that productive of a 3-4 end outside of the top 10 gives the Texans the best pick in the past 17 drafts.

Just coming … with the recent past that we’ve had with and the two back-to-back AFC West champions, the next step is the Super Bowl, Mahomes said. So, for us, that is the only goal that we’re going for is to get to the Super Bowl and try to win it, and for us, every single day in these OTAs and the offseason is come in, work out and that’s kind of been our mind-set. We say every time we break it down: know what you’re working for, and for us, it’s to work to get to that Super Bowl, and we brought a lot of the pieces back — now it’s time to take that next step and get there.

Smith said that Chiefs teammates like tight end Travis Kelce and running back Kareem Hunt have raved about Mahomes. Kellerman asked why expectations are so high for Mahomes, who has played in just one game.orioles_016