Chargers’ Melvin Gordon judges fashion, contemplates his calves

Los Angeles. The city of friends. Christopher Columbus called it that because everyone just gets it. Look no further than the infamous L.A. traffic — folks just can’t get enough of each other!

Coates still has some potential at age 24, and he offers value as a deep threat, averaging 20.7 yards per catch last season. But injuries have been a major problem for Coates, who was bothered by the hand injury in 2016 and underwent a knee scope this year, forcing him to start training camp on the PUP list.

The Browns have been building for the future, but can use more options at wide receiver. Josh Gordon’s future has been up in the air for a long time and the team is still developing second-year receiver Corey Coleman. After that it’s players like Kenny Britt, Rashard Higgins and Ricardo Louis battling for reps.

Coates can join that battle and try to become the player the Steelers thought he’d be when the team drafted him in the third round in 2015.

Even still, Matt Schaub had started the first three preseason games and appeared to be in line to be the team’s starter come the regular season. So, Carr had no reason to think his performance against reserves in the final preseason game would change that. Three days later, he got a call that would change his fate. Just not in the way he thought.

“OK, so I went to church on Sunday morning and I checked my phone when I got out and coach [Greg] Olson had texted me,” said Carr. “He said, ‘Hey, Coach [Dennis] Allen wants to see you.’ Some quarterbacks had gotten hurt in the preseason so I thought, ‘Oh man, they traded me.’ I promise when I drove here I thought I was traded, I really thought that. I thought, ‘I played well, somebody wanted me,’ and then Cheap Quality NBA Jerseys I showed up, he told me that day that I was going to be the starter, asked me if Cheap Retro Basketball Jerseys I was ready and I said, ‘Yeah I’m ready.’

Cam Newton’s finally playing, and he hit Kelvin Benjamin for a TD on his first series

Cam Newton hasn’t played a minute of preseason football this year until tonight. He didn’t look rusty on his first series, which he capped off with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin.

Carolina got the run game going early, and Jonathan Stewart had 39 rushing yards on that series. His effort helped set up Newton’s pass to Benjamin.

What happens next? Haden didn’t stay unemployed for long. The Steelers, one of the Browns’ AFC North rivals, were ready to pounce as soon as Haden became available.

Other teams were interested, but Haden took less money because he wanted to join the Steelers, per Schefter.

Reactions: Haden posted a statement on Instagram and had nothing but good things to say about his former team and Browns fans:

Browns fans returned the sentiment. Dawgs By Nature rounded up reactions from fans saying goodbye to Haden, who had been the second-longest-tenured player on the team.

The Jets are poised to struggle in 2017 after moving on from veterans Nick Mangold, Darrelle Revis, Brandon Marshall, David Harris and Eric Decker. Their quarterback situation leaves Cheap Jerseys NFL much to be desired, with Josh McCown, Bryce Petty, and Christian Hackenberg battling it out for the starting spot.

Ealy isn’t likely to make a huge difference for the win total Cheap Jerseys Made In USA of the Jets this season, but perhaps he can bring a spark to a team that needs all the help it can get.

Simulate straight through the entire season and playoffs

Start a “My League” and take control of all 32 teams, making it so that Seattle and Virginia Beach would take these exact rosters after an expansion draft. The 2K expansion draft only lets you pick 13 players, so I tinkered to get both the Sonics and Knights to 15 bodies. Then I made their lineups and distributed minutes.
Turn off injuries. That’s not realistic, of course, but I figured it’d be the best way to avoid random weirdness in a one-year simulation. Lineups stayed the same all year.

Simulate straight through the entire season and playoffs, using the 2016-17 schedule. Next season’s isn’t loaded into the game yet, and everyone plays 82 games against similar opposition anyway.

I downloaded an up-to-date roster so teams could have their 2017 rookie classes. That’s not perfectly scientific (and nothing else here is, either), but the roster I used was one of the best-reviewed available on the PlayStation network.

The Cavs fully intend to keep James through the remainder of his career, but without a commitment from him, they have to be proactive in their quest to stay afloat.

In James’ last year, it’s important to maximize what could be his last year in Really Cheap Jerseys Cleveland.

If they compete now, he’ll have a difficult time leaving. If Quality Cheap Jerseys they don’t, it’s an easy decision for him to make. The Cavs have some tough decisions to make.

If the Lakers tampered, they simply put darker lines between the already connected dots. If the league finds that an L.A. official told Paul George that the Lakers want to sign him and another max free agent in 2018, and George then informed Indiana of his plans to leave, who cares? If not in 2017, the Lakers would have told George their plans on July 1, 2018. If George wants to leave now, he’ll want to leave then. One struggles to see how Indiana was actually harmed further in any of this.

That’s the problem with current NBA tampering rules: Tampering doesn’t actually matter. It provides no advantage for the tamperer or harm to the tampered team.

Why the Carmelo Anthony to the Rockets trade is taking so long

The Knicks and Rockets have started talking about a Carmelo Anthony trade again after much back and forth between the two teams, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Anthony is reportedly open to waiving his no-trade clause to join James Harden and Chris Paul, and Nene Instagrammed a picture of Anthony in a Rockets uniform. Paul even left a not-so-subtle hint in an interview with Marc Spears of the Undefeated, saying to “sit back and wait” when asked about Melo.

So why is Anthony still a Knick? Because trading him to Houston is quite complicated.

Anthony is set to make more than $26 million in 2017-18, the eighth most of any player in the league. Houston will have to find a way to match that salary within 125 percent in any deal. Getting rid of its next highest paid player in Ryan Anderson is the best way to do it, but the Knicks shouldn’t want him. Anderson’s hefty contract starts at more than $19 million and totals more than $61 million over three years.

Leonard does have his own Jordan Brand logo and was featured in his own Jordan Brand commercial in June asking if Kawhi can guard Kawhi. But that was one of the first times he was the subject of a national ad campaign. (By the way, these adorable HEB commercials don’t count.)

That’s far different from Leonard’s basketball peers. Russell Westbrook, James Harden, LeBron James, Stephen Curry, and even Kyrie Irving are all higher-profile superstars off the court than Leonard, even if they might not necessarily be better basketball players. They all have signature shoes that sell and are featured in numerous advertisements.

Leonard wasn’t even in the top 10 last year in NFL Jerseys 2014 NBA endorsement dollars according to a report from Forbes. Part of that is playing in Nike NFL Jerseys From China San Antonio, but another larger part of it is that Leonard just isn’t that marketable.

Yu Darvish revealed his greatest regret in a full-page ad thanking Rangers fans

Yu Darvish seems to be settling in with his new team in LA, preparing to make his first start for the Dodgers on Friday night. Before he wears Dodger Blue on the mound for the first time though, Darvish thanked the fans of his former team in a full-page ad.

While it’s assuredly not the best game to go out on and that is gnawing on Darvish, hopefully Rangers fans are able to look past that final performance and fully appreciate his time with the team.

Some fans might be conditioned to expect such a catastrophic ninth inning (Colorado managed to win without recording a hit at all in the inning), some new details could shed light on why exactly Robles’ pitching performance went so awry.

After the game, Robles revealed that he couldn’t feel parts of his fingers in the ninth inning but made the decision to stay in the game. Sure, that might make it slightly hard to throw a ball, much less pitch well in any capacity.

The numb fingers weren’t the worst injury Robles experienced during the game, as he also fell awkwardly during the inning prior and “pinched his genitals,” which is just … uh … um … nope!

While that’s a pretty good explanation for a final inning that did not go according to plan at all, both of those things are probably painful enough that Robles could have asked Cheap Miami Dolphins Jerseys out of the game Cheap Lions Jerseys and gone to recuperate in the clubhouse.

DeAndre Hopkins: Tom Savage, not Deshaun Watson, should be Texans starter

People can’t stop talking about Deshaun Watson during Texans training camp. Head coach Bill O’Brien called him the best rookie quarterback he’s ever worked with while every reporter that has seen him throw has been impressed.

Who isn’t impressed though is DeAndre Hopkins, the Texans’ returning Pro Bowler and one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. He may see a future with Watson at quarterback, but at this exact moment he wants to see someone else under center.

Brady also brought up the familiar refrain that football is a physical game, you expect to be banged up playing it, but you still keep playing it.

“You’re not blind to it as a player,” Brady told reporters. “It’s a contact sport and I think we all understand that. And there’s a lot of great benefits that football brings you. You certainly can be put in harm’s way.”

Brady has been cleared, and he clearly wants to move on. But this isn’t about protecting himself anymore, but rather helping to protecting the next generation of the game. Even the possibility that the game’s greatest QB was “OK” to play through an unreported concussion is contradictory to the NFL’s message that it’s taking every measure to emphasize safer youth football.

Brady had no choice to comment any other way: following the company line. He knew the league would take any chance to further investigate him. But as the latest case seems closed, it Cheap Jerseys Elite has revealed that it’s getting harder to believe whether the league is really doing everything it Cheap Jerseys Cycling can to be transparent on concussions.

Clippers’ Blake Griffin flies high again with poster dunk over Warriors’ Kevon Looney

Ah, Blake Griffin dunking all over people. It’s one of the things we love about the Association.

Griffin put another defender on a poster Thursday night when he yammed all over the Warriors’ Kevon Looney. It was vintage Blake, who is still plenty explosive even after missing time Basketball Cheap Jerseys this season with a knee injury.

Vance McDonald was on the trading block during the draft. Garrett Celek has reached his peak. Blake Bell is coming off injury. The 49ers had to reboot here with more versatile and effective options as blockers and receivers. Shanahan will see Juszcyzk as being able to do a little bit of everything out of the backfield, including power running. The coach used the more limited Patrick DiMarco to full effectiveness in Atlanta.

The 49ers also made a sneaky Day 3 draft pick here with former Iowa tight end George Kittle. He, like Juszcyzk, comes in with outstanding blocking credentials but the wiggle to have some pass-catching upside. Shanahan’s influence will be felt in the raised effectiveness of these periphery pass-catching positions.

Fourth-round draft pick Tarik Cohen, known in central North Carolina as The Human Joystick, will be a fun toy with which offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains can be creative. He’ll battle Ka’Deem Carey and Benny Cunningham for carries, and he might even push one off the roster.

Chicago signed Markus Wheaton, Kendall Wright, Reuben Randle and Victor Cruz this offseason, and each guy is trying to revive his career on his second NFL team. All four will make it tougher for the likes of Deonte Thompson, Josh Bellamy and Daniel Braverman to earn snaps and/or stick Best Cheap Jerseys From China on the roster.

League investigating altercation between Patrick Beverley, Thunder fan

Kyle Lowry is back from a wrist injury, which means Toronto’s All-Star backcourt duo of Lowry and DeMar DeRozan is ready to terrorize opponents in the playoffs. DeRozan averaged 27.3 points this season, fifth-best in the league.

The Raptors might be a bit underrated heading into the playoffs. They haven’t played many games with all of their pieces together. This is a deep team that has size, good guards Cheap MLB Jerseys and defensive stoppers.

Milwaukee is sort of playing with house money after losing Jabari Parker to another major knee injury this winter. Giannis Antetokounmpo stepped up by averaging 22.9 points and 8.8 rebounds per game while making his first All-Star team. This team may not have enough depth to win a playoff series — yet.

Clearly they don’t forgive and forget, as one fan was seen berating Patrick Beverley during the Rockets’ Game 3 matchup with Oklahoma City.

Beverley went to address the fan after the game, as seen in both the video and the GIF above. Words were exchanged, and an investigation has been issued.

ESPN and USA Today both report the NBA is looking into the incident and weighing if there will be any punishment dished out.

Patrick Beverley approached a fan after the Cheap NBA Jerseys game last night. League sources say NBA is looking into the situation for possible discipline.

Josh McDaniels may be called to testify in Aaron Hernandez’s double-murder trial

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels could go from coaching in the Super Bowl to taking the witness stand in a matter of weeks during the upcoming double-murder trial of Aaron Hernandez.

The former Patriots tight end is accused of killing Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in Boston in 2012.

According to a police report, he “punched a bouncer in the Baseball Jerseys Cheap face and later said he was ‘going to go to my car and get my AK-47 and spray this place.'” He entered a plea deal that allowed him to plead guilty to disorderly conduct and serve 50 hours of community service.

There was also a leaked Snapchat photo that allegedly showed Kelly with marijuana.

Kelly is just another player to fall under the Combine’s new rule banning players with off-field issues. A memo was sent out to teams last year saying that players who have a background check come up with a felony or misdemeanor conviction will not be invited. Players who don’t submit to a background check also aren’t invited.

Kelly joins Joe Mixon (Oklahoma) and Ishmael Zamora (Baylor) as players who were not invited due to off-field issues. The quarterback was questionable to compete in the drills anyway San Jose Sharks Cheap Jerseys as he recovers from knee surgery, but he’ll miss out on the team interviews and other processes of the Combine.

Roger Goodell: Tom Brady was not diagnosed with a concussion last season

Gisele Bundchen ruffled a lot of feathers last week when she said her husband, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, had a concussion last year and has “concussions pretty much every year.”

Bundchen’s comment on “CBS This Morning” caused some to question the integrity of the Patriots’ injury report because Brady never appeared on it last year for a concussion.

For now, the Texans aren’t looking to thrust Quessenberry back on the field since it has been so long since he has practiced, let alone played. But he said the team is working with him and has been supportive since his cancer diagnosis at age 23.

“That’s what they’re working on right now,” Quessenberry said. “We’re in uncharted territory. But I feel great and it will be very soon where I can play. I’m definitely not the same person, probably physically and mentally. But I think I came out of this stronger, both physically and mentally.”

Quessenberry was diagnosed with the disease in June 2014 after he felt constantly tired and had a continual cough. Even though his cancer was said to be in remission in February 2015, he completed his final treatment in April.

The sixth-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft Cheap Elite Nike NFL Jerseys has yet to Cheap Barcelona Jerseys play in an NFL game after spending his entire rookie season on injured reserve with a broken foot but he has remained with the Texans on their non-football injury list.