Late in the 2019 NFL Draft Womens Sherrick McManis Jersey , the Atlanta Falcons set forth to add more talent to their young secondary. It’s time to dissect the skill set of new 5th round rookie corner, Jordan Miller. Change within the Falcons secondary was pretty much predestined after a 2018 season in which the Falcons was 27th in passing yards allowed and 29th in passing touchdowns allowed. Sprinkle in the contractual circumstance of former Falcons Robert Alford and Brian Poole and the team set forth a plan to improve on what was a season long obstacle for the defense. During this year’s draft, the Falcons decided to address the secondary with a couple of athletic prospects with hopes of providing better skill to the unit. Let’s take a look at their 2019 fifth round selection, Washington cornerback Jordan Miller. Jordan Miller Scouting Report Height: 6’1 Weight: 186 lbs Career stats: 61 total tackles, six interceptions, 11 pass deflections, three forced fumbles Games watched: 2018 vs. Washington State, 2018 vs. Utah, 2018 vs. Utah (Pac-12 title game), 2019 vs. Ohio State Strengths: Miller has considerable height and length that fits in the Falcons Cover-3 scheme and what they want to do. Miller has track experience dating back to high school in the 100-meter and long jump competitions. His recorded 4.49 speed at the NFL Combine does not necessarily show up on film but that is largely due to his long striding motion as a runner. Nevertheless, Miller is able to keep stride against receivers in deep coverage. The corner out of San Diego well times his punch on the ball to contest catches. That punch also comes into play when Miller is tasked to play press coverage. According to Pro Football Focus, Miller allowed a 23.0 passer rating when targeted on deep throws during his collegiate career and did not allow a reception on a deep ball the past two seasons. His overall footwork as a corner is another one of his positives in his skill set. Playing the ball while in the air does not happen often for Miller but when he does, he becomes the receiver and has a “the ball is mine” mentality. Weaknesses: Lanky Charles Leno Jersey , thin frame that can use some weight to battle the bigger, faster NFL receivers. While he ran well at the Combine, Miller only mustered up six total reps on the 225-lb bench press. That raises notable red flags in regards to his play strength overall. The lack of play strength plays a hand in his overall tackling ability which is average at best. His contributions in run defense should not be relied upon just yet. Miller will show signs of abandoning his technique and resorts to getting a little grabby. Miller’s change of direction ability also needs a little work. Conclusion: The cornerback position was the second position where the Falcons decided to take two prospects and for me, the selection of Miller was a mild surprise. Hopes have been established that second-year corner Isaiah Oliver is ready to be a full-time starter and versatile defensive back Damontae Kazee will see considerable time as a slot corner. So depth was needed to be improved. Miller reminds me a little of 2015 second round pick Jalen Collins, albeit a poor man’s version. Both are long corners who didn’t have great size in terms of weight but provided length, solid straight line speed but also lacked overall physicality with questionable play strength. Hopefully, Miller does not bring the constant headaches that Collins provided but Miller is what head coach Dan Quinn prefers in his corners. Year one will be a trying out phase and most of his field play will likely come via special teams. However, Miller can be a fit as a dime corner in spots during his rookie year and if he’s able to get stronger, has potential down the line to be a starter if need be. Robert S. dives into the film vault to evaluate both new Bears and old, analyzing the play tendencies of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Adrian Amos."Being who you thought we were since 2005!Log In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsBearsOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Latest NewsThe Bears DenNotesXs and OsSuperfansBreaking News:The Bears' 2019 Draft class is complete!脳Xs and OsVideoRoster AnalysisFilm Study: Comparing Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Adrian AmosNew,64commentsRobert S. dives into the film vault to evaluate both new Bears and old, analyzing the play tendencies of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Adrian Amos.CDTShareTweetShareShareFilm Study: Comparing Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Adrian AmosClinton-Dix tracks Barkley out of the backfieldGeoff Burke-USA TODAY SportsThe Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers have a historic rivalry. Their fanbases don’t like each other, so when the teams swapped safeties in free agency no one was surprised to see each side proclaim their new safety to be the better safety of the two. But which safety is better? And how do they fit into their defenses? I’ll attempt to answer these questions and more in this two-part film study!We’ll discuss Clinton-Dix and Amos as players in this article http://www.thebearslockerroom.com/authentic-joel-iyiegbuniwe-jersey , part 1, before assessing how they fit into their new defenses in part 2. As usual, if the videos don’t show up on your platform simply look for the italicized portion of the paragraph, it’ll be a link to the video I’m referencing. Without any further ado, let’s get into it!Ha Ha Clinton-DixWatching HCD play the pass is, simply put, a lot of fun. He exhibits all the traits you’d expect of a true free safety, namely range and anticipation on deep throws like those shown here. When the ball is in the air, Ha Ha’s at his best.Pay close attention to Clinton-Dix’s hips at the release point of each throw and you’ll see what makes him so effective — Ha Ha’s big plays come from his ability to get his hips turned towards the intended receiver before the QB’s even finished throwing the ball. This is what “instinct” looks like, and it’s quintessential to making plays as a free safety. Ha Ha’s instincts make him dangerous.But the ball isn’t always in the air, and that’s bad news for Clinton-Dix. Whether he’s missing tackles outright, giving up extra yardage, or getting blocked into oblivion Womens Nick Kwiatkoski Jersey , Ha Ha rarely contributes positively against the run/short pass game. The play where Jason Witten blocks him from stopping a touchdown bothers me the most — Ha Ha doesn’t seem to make much of an effort to escape Witten’s grasp, and the Packers give up a touchdown because of it.HCD also tends to struggle when taking angles towards runners, often overrunning them altogether. While obviously not a good trait, this does help explain why HCD so rarely plays downhill — there’s no sense attacking an RB/WR downfield if you’re not confident you can finish the tackle. Regardless, his angles and tackling cost his defenses yards.All of this said, it should be noted that Ha Ha can still fill holes against the run (play 1) and actually plays quite well when moving laterally. He seems comfortable shuffling sideways, even taking on blocks well while doing so. He misses many less tackles from his shuffle too. This gives me the impression that Clinton-Dix’s tackling problems come primarily from situations where he has to attack downfield and that he becomes a much more consistent tackler when allowed to let the runner come to him.The Verdict: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix displays traits of a classic free safety, doing his best work with the ball in the air. He has experience playing single-high, two-deep and NCB, making him a versatile tool for Pagano to use. Tackling/downhill play is a legitimate concern, but his instinct in coverage and turnover generation skills go a long way towards making up for his poor tackling.Now let’s move on to...Adrian AmosLet’s start with what he’s best known for — reliable positioning and great form tackling. Amos plays fearless, active football and consistently meets runners as they breach the line. I love this last play because it highlights’ Amos tenacity when rallying to runners.Amos also has a reputation among Bears fans as being a lackluster cover safety, and that’s simply not fair. Amos does a great job covering anything in front of him Prince Amukamara Jersey , tracking short throws well and demolishing WRs at the catch point. He’s also sound in man-to-man coverage (play 3).Amos’s coverage struggles come in situations that ask for instinct rather than speed, namely deeper throws. The helmet-to-helmet hit on Ertz, for example, could’ve been avoided if he’d reached the sidelines quickly enough to play the ball. Instead, what should’ve been a 3rd down stop becomes a 1st down due to penalty.Instinct (or lack thereof) is a funny trait, and it’s one that’s certainly more visible on film than it is on a stat sheet. Amos’s tape is littered with plays like these that could’ve been INTs, but weren’t. His inability to generate takeaways is no-doubt his biggest “flaw”.It’s worth pointing out that this deep coverage issue is pretty much the only major flaw I see in Amos’s game, and I mean that as a compliment. Amos is positionally sound, covers well, attacks downfield, and can tackle both in a pile and the open field. He’s a very, very good player, and a great pick out of the 5th round.The Verdict: Adrian Amos has all the tools that make up a great box safety. He’s actually faster than Jackson/Clinton-Dix when it comes to sheer footspeed http://www.thebearslockerroom.com/authentic-adam-shaheen-jersey , but his utter lack of anticipation tends to make him look slower. He struggles with the nuances of deep coverage, often leaving him vulnerable to deeper sideline throws as well as lobs over the middle. But if you can protect him in coverage, he’ll offer all of the run/short pass support you could ask for from a safety.As for who’s better? From a pure player perspective, I think it’s Amos. Jackson proved that a great free safety can cover his weaknesses, but you can’t cover for bad tackling. Every player on the defensive side of the ball is expected to tackle eventually, so I have little doubt that Clinton-Dix’s weakness will hurt the Bears regardless of the talent placed around him. Whether he’ll outright miss tackles or simply give up enough yardage to allow first downs is something I can’t predict because we don’t know his role in the defense yet.That’s the problem with evaluating “Ha Ha versus Amos” right now — we don’t know their defensive roles. Amos’s effectiveness will totally depend on whether he’s asked to play in the box versus playing deep coverage, and Ha Ha should spend as little time in the box as possible. We’ll cover what each defense generally looks like as well as a strategy I think the Bears may employ to help Ha Ha in part 2.
COSTA MESA Isaac Rochell Jerseys 2019 , Calif. (AP) — for the first time in two seasons, which is paying huge dividends for the Los Angeles Chargers.Williams leads the team in receiving touchdowns with nine going into Saturday’s game against Baltimore. He is coming off his biggest game in the NFL with seven receptions for 76 yards and three touchdowns (including one rushing) in Thursday’s 29-28 come-from-behind victory at Kansas City.“My main goal since the beginning of the season has been to be available for every game and make plays for my team. My confidence is building off of that,” Williams said.Williams became Philip Rivers‘ go-to receiver against the Chiefs after Keenan Allen suffered a hip injury during the first half. That may be the case again against the Ravens as Allen’s status remains questionable.Williams showed at Clemson that he could be a big-play receiver. He caught 11 touchdowns in 2016 when the Tigers won their first national championship in 35 years.He was the seventh overall pick by the Chargers in 2017 but struggled due to back and knee injuries. Williams appeared in 10 games but had just 11 catches for 95 yards.Williams has been healthy throughout this season, however. He got off to a fast start with three touchdowns in the first three games and 15 receptions for 249 yards in the first five. He had only five receptions in the next five games, but two were for touchdowns.The past four games have represented Williams’ best stretch. He has 17 catches for 198 yards and four touchdowns. He became the first Chargers receiver since Tim Dwight in 2002 to have a rushing and receiving touchdown in the same game and he caught the game-winning, two-point conversion as Los Angles broke a nine-game losing streak to Kansas City.“Obviously, he’s had a heck of a year for us. He hasn’t had the 60, 70 catches this season, but he’s had a ton of big ones,” Rivers said. “It’s been great to kind of see him come on.”Rivers isn’t wrong when he says Williams has had plenty of big catches. According to Sportradar, 31 of Williams’ 37 receptions have gone for first downs. The 83.8 percentage is second in the league to Tampa Bay’s Chris Godwin, who is at 84 percent (42 of 50 catches).Coach Anthony Lynn said Williams’ biggest improvement has been route running. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Williams used his size to his advantage in college but needed to do more to be consistently successful in the NFL.Williams is the team’s leading receiver on post routes (nine receptions) and corner routes (six catches). Three of his touchdowns in the red zone have been on corner routes White Darius Philon Jerseys , where he has been able to use his size to his advantage.Rivers agreed but also was quick to say that Williams did come in with a solid understanding of football, but that his growth is similar to all young players transitioning from college to the NFL.“He’s going to continue to improve in that regard, recognizing how they’re playing him in certain coverages, how to run certain routes and continue to progress,” Rivers said. “But when you have that kind of size, that kind of speed, and that type of range and ball skills, you can work on the other stuff, no question.”Williams and the Chargers will face a stiff test against a Ravens defense that is ranked as the top unit in the NFL and is third against the pass. Los Angeles has clinched its first postseason berth in five years while Baltimore has a one-game lead for the final spot in the AFC.The Chargers are tied with Kansas City for the AFC West lead but need to win out and have the Chiefs drop one of their remaining games to wrap up the division and home field throughout the playoffs.“I’ve played in a lot of big games in college and tough atmospheres. I feel like I am prepared for what is coming up,” Williams said.Potential cut day curveballs we could see from the Chargers Cut day in the National Football League is finally upon us. Over 1,000 players will find themselves temporarily out of work come 4pm EST this afternoon, with some their NFL dreams coming to an end for good. Meanwhile, we all wait with baited breath as the Chargers meander their way through 37 personnel decisions.Based on my 53-man projection earlier in the week Darius Philon Jerseys 2019 , as well as comments from Los Angeles Chargers manager Tom Telesco during Thursday’s preseason finale, it sounds like as many as three spots up for grabs over the next four hours.After watching the team’s fourth preseason game, I think we can reasonably guess which positions remain up in the air as the offseason comes to a close. I’ve come up with a list of potential curveballs the team could throw at us this afternoon.Note: This list doesn’t include free agent or waiver wire additions, it strictly discusses moves the team could make with players already on its roster.QuarterbackWhile I fully expect Geno Smith to win the backup quarterback job, I find my confidence in the notion that the team will part ways with Cardale Jones wavering. I just can’t shake the feeling that Anthony Lynn’s personal relationship with the former Buckeye will influence the decision.I mostly trust the team’s new processes in evaluating talent, I just feel like Lynn has worked overtime to find excuses for Cardale throughout camp, and I’m concerned that trend will continue. That combined with the fact that there isn’t really anyone at the back of the roster forcing their hand with Jones has me concerned the team will carry three quarterbacks despite having one of the most durable starters in the league. Running backThe Chargers three-man depth chart is pretty well set with Melvin Gordon, Austin Ekeler and Detrez Newsome all having locked down roster spots; and the team is unlikely to carry four running backs. Or is it?Seventh round pick Justin Jackson had a pretty uneventful preseason debut in San Francisco鈥ight up until he showcased his vision, elusiveness and burst in setting up the game-winning field goal with a side-winding 16-yard run on the second to last play of the game.While I don’t think Jackson did enough to earn the third spot on the running back depth chart after missing the majority of camp and the preseason, I do think the team faces a tough decision with potentially cutting Jackson. My hunch is he’d probably clear waivers considering he only saw seven preseason snaps, but the team might not be as confident about that as I am. If they aren’t it wouldn’t shock me to see them carry four backs in the interest of protecting their rights to Jackson. And, when it comes right down to it, I’d rather keep four backs if it means parting ways with Cardale Jones. Wide ReceiverHeading into Thursday’s game White Austin Ekeler Jerseys , I was convinced Geremy Davis and Artavis Scott had earned the fifth and sixth wide receiver spots on this team. While neither did anything from a performance stand point to cost themselves those spots, Artavis Scott injured his ankle in San Francisco and the team hasn’t released specifics as to the severity of the injury.It’s hard to make an educated guess as to what will happen here without specifics on Scott’s injury, but there are a couple potential scenarios here. The first involves Scott being healthy and ready for week one, in which case he makes the roster. The second involves a long-term injury, in which case the team could carry him on the 53 and move him to the injured reserve over the next couple of days.Then, there is the matter of Dylan Cantrell. Can the sneak him through waivers? Are they even inclined to try? My hope here is that Cantrell makes the team as the “seventh” wide receiver as a precursor to being placed on the injured reserve which, at least in my mind, makes far more sense than carrying three quarterbacks, and would give them some flexibility to make an addition elsewhere. LinebackerGoing into the fourth preseason game, the assumption was Nick Dzubnar and Jatavis Brown were probably safe bets to make the team. While neither had played particularly well in the preseason, the team had already waived James Onwualu and undrafted free agent D’Juan Hines hadn’t really done anything to leapfrog the two more tenured players on the depth chart.Then Hines showed out in San Francisco. The linebacker finished the game as the Chargers second-highest-graded linebacker according toProFootballFocus.com, earning a grade of 72.1 while recording six tackles, two run stops Austin Ekeler Jerseys 2019 , a tackle for loss and a forced fumble. He also earned the highest run-stop percentage of any Chargers linebacker (13.5) and finished the game with a perfect tackle efficiency rating.Was it too little, too late; or did Hines do enough to earn a spot on the 53? Personally, I really like the rookie as a versatile depth piece in Gus Bradley’s defense; where his length, instincts and range can add a lot of value. I also think his sure-handed tackling makes him valuable on special teams. My guess is both Brown and Dzubnar are probably safe, but I suspect Nick’s spot on this team is a little more tenuous as the team decides whether or not Hines will clear waivers.There you have it; quarterback, running back, wide receiver and linebacker are the four positions at which I think the team could throw a curveball or two at us as they trim their roster to 53. And keep in mind, that doesn’t include the two or three waiver wire additions I think they’ll probably make over the next 24-48 hours. Buckle up folks, it’s going to be an exciting day.
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Let’s take a look at what the loss means for their standings in both the NFC playoff picture and the 2019 NFL Draft order.NFC PLAYOFF PICTUREPLAYOFF TEAMS1 - Los Angeles Rams: 9-1 overall Randall Cunningham Jerseys 2019 , 6-1 conference2 - New Orleans Saints: 8-1 overall, 5-1 conference3 - Chicago Bears: 6-3 overall, 4-1 conference4 - Washington Redskins: 6-3 overall, 6-2 conference5 - Carolina Panthers: 6-3 overall, 4-2 conference6 - Minnesota Vikings: 5-3-1 overall, 4-2-1 conferenceIN THE HUNT7 - Green Bay Packers: 4-4-1 overall, 2-3-1 conference8 - Atlanta Falcons: 4-5 overall, 4-2 conference9 - Seattle Seahawks: 4-5 overall, 3-3 conference10 - Dallas Cowboys: 4-5 overall, 3-3 conference11 - Philadelphia Eagles: 4-5 overall, 2-4 conference12 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 3-6 overall, 2-4 conference13 - Detroit Lions: 3-6 overall, 2-4 conferenceDEAD14 - Arizona Cardinals: 2-7 overall, 2-5 conference15 - San Francisco 49ers: 2-7 overall, 1-5 conference16 - New York Giants: 1-7 overall, 0-6 conferenceANALYSISHad the Eagles won on Sunday night, they’d have been second in the NFC East and seventh overall in the NFC standings. But they did not win. And now they’re third in the NFC East and 11th in the conference. They’re certainly not mathematically eliminated from the playoffs just yet. But there’s no denying that their season is on life support. It’s just hard to envision this team suddenly going on a run given the way they’ve played all season.2019 NFL DRAFT ORDERIf you’ve given up hope on the Eagles making the playoffs, perhaps you’re interested in looking ahead to the 2019 NFL Draft. If that’s the case Black Ron Jaworski Jerseys , here’s a look at the current first round order via Tankathon.1 - Oakland Raiders: 1-82 - New York Giants: 1-73 - San Francisco 49ers: 2-74 - Arizona Cardinals: 2-75 - New York Jets: 3-76 - Buffalo Bills: 3-77 - Detroit Lions: 3-68 - Denver Broncos: 3-69 - Jacksonville Jaguars: 3-610 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 3-611 - Cleveland Browns: 3-6-112 - Indianapolis Colts: 4-513 - Dallas Cowboys: 4-514 - Seattle Seahawks: 4-515 - Atlanta Falcons: 4-516 - Philadelphia Eagles: 4-517 - Baltimore Ravens: 4-518 - Miami Dolphins: 5-519 - Green Bay Packers: 4-4-120 - Tennessee Titans: 5-4The 2019 NFL Draft will be important for the Eagles to try to rebuild a roster that clearly is in need of upgrades. NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When the New Orleans Saints finally found their rhythm, they marched one step closer to the Super Bowl.Using a dominant ball-control offense and a few gambles that paid off, the Saints got two touchdown passes from Drew Brees and two interceptions from Marcus Lattimore in a 20-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.Brees took the Saints on scoring drives of 92, 79 and 67 yards after falling behind 14-0. Lattimore clinched it when Nick Foles‘ pass from the Saints 27 deflected off usually sure-handed receiver Alshon Jeffery with about two minutes remaining. A couple dozen Saints players surged off the sideline toward the end zone in celebration, while Jeffery fell face-first to the turf in agony. "We were real calm and poised and we knew we were going to get things done," Brees said.New Orleans (14-3) will host the NFC title game next week against the Rams (13-4). Los Angeles, which fell 45-35 at the Superdome in November, will try again next week, with the winner going to the Super Bowl. The Saints' win finished off a sweep of the divisional round by teams coming off byes.Wil Lutz added two field goals for the Saints, who last got this far in 2009, when they won the Super Bowl.Philadelphia (10-8) will not repeat as NFL champion; no team has done so since the 2004 Patriots."We were going down to win, but I just felt like we beat ourselves, honestly," Jeffery said. "Hats off to those guys."Eagles coach Doug Pederson thought his team was on its way on that final drive to pulling off another stunning comeback win"It just felt like the momentum at that point was in our favor," he said. "It's been that way all season, and we felt like that sort of magic was going to continue."This was really two games in one. Philly scored on its first two drives as the Saints could do virtually nothing right."Listen, they got off to a fast start, they're a great team Ron Jaworski Jerseys 2019 ," Brees said. "Nick Foles has done a phenomenal job for them. We knew it was going to be different than last time."After that opening period, it was all New Orleans, yet the resilient Eagles kept it close enough that when Lutz missed a 52-yard field goal with 2:58 remaining, they were only one-score behind.Foles, the hero of last year's Super Bowl run, got them in position for yet another late winning score — just like last week at Chicago and last February against New England for the championship.Then, Jeffery couldn't handle a second-down pass, and it was over."That's a great championship team," Saints coach Sean Payton said of the Eagles. "We remained confident."Brees had 2-yard touchdown passes to rookie Keith Kirkwood and All-Pro wideout Michael Thomas, who had 12 receptions for a franchise playoff-record 171 yards.Thomas' touchdown capped an 18-play, 92-yard drive in which the Saints actually covered more than 100 yards because of penalties. It lasted 11½ minutes."What you saw from him today is what I see every day in practice," Brees said of Thomas. "He's a big-time player who wants to be the guy to make plays."Philadelphia had the ball for more than nine minutes in the first quarter, after which the Eagles had the ball about 13 minutes and never scored.New Orleans, which routed Philadelphia 48-7 in November, gambled on its first play — and lost. Brees was a bit short on a deep pass to Ted Ginn Jr., and it was picked off by Cre'Von LeBlanc, one of several Eagles backups being used in the secondary due to injuries during the regular season."I just think we had to find our rhythm," Brees said. "I tried to take a shot on the first play. Unfortunately Black Jay Ajayi Jerseys , that didn't work."After the first quarter, though, a lot worked for New Orleans.Foles completed all five throws on a 76-yard drive capped by Jordan Matthews‘ 37-yard TD catch . The Eagles, who quickly fell behind 17-0 in that previous Superdome loss, suddenly led 7-0.Not long after, a 75-yard drive highlighted by a 30-yard pass to Jeffery ended with Foles' short leap over the goal line for a 14-0 edge.Indeed, the visitors were in control until Lattimore picked off Foles' deep throw to Zach Ertz. The Saints showed plenty of moxie on their 79-yard march to a touchdown, faking a punt at their 30, with Taysom Hill running 4 yards for a first down. They also went on fourth-and-goal from the 2, and Philadelphia's rapidly depleting defense surrendered Kirkwood's 2-yard touchdown."When you just get that in guys' minds that we're going to be aggressive, that we're going to play to win, it allows guys to relax and to cut loose," Brees said.With Brees finding the range and his receivers finding loads of room to roam, New Orleans crept to 14-10 at halftime on Lutz's 45-yard field goal.UGLY STARTMaybe the Saints were rusty after their wild-card bye, but they got two first downs, including one by penalty, gained 17 yards, and Brees threw an interception and had a fumble that was recovered by teammate Ryan Ramczyk in the opening period. Meanwhile Jay Ajayi Jerseys 2019 , Philly gained 153 yards and scored two TDs, and Foles went 8 of 9 for 113.But Foles was intercepted by Lattimore early in the second quarter, and the Saints finally got going.NUMBERSBrees, who turns 40 Tuesday, finished 28 for 38 despite the awful start, throwing for 301 yards. Aside from Thomas, who was targeted 16 times — he led the NFL with 125 catches — no one caught more than four passes for New Orleans. Alvin Kamara had four for 35 yards and also rushed for 71 yards. Mark Ingram added 53 yards on the ground as the Saints outrushed the Eagles 137-49. New Orleans is 6-0 at home in the playoffs with Payton and Brees.Foles was 18 for 31 for 201 yards. Jeffery had five catches for a team-leading 63 yards before the game-sealing drop.INJURIESIn a span of three plays, two starters were hurt and needed to be carted off.First, Saints defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins went down midway in the first quarter, unable to put any weight on his left foot. Two plays later, Eagles right guard Brandon Brooks hurt his right leg and departed.Several Saints players said they would be playing for Rankins the rest of the way because his season was done.Philly also lost DB Rasul Douglas in the second quarter to an ankle injury, but he was back in the second half. DLs Fletcher Cox, an All-Pro, and Michael Bennett also were sidelined at times before returning. In the fourth quarter, left tackle Jason Peters left.UP NEXTThe Saints host the Rams in the early game next Sunday, with the winner going to the Super Bowl.
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Draft or do they sign a 30-year-old stop gap in Nick Foles Justin Blackmon Jerseys 2019 , allowing a couple more..."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Jaguars Free Agency 2016Jaguars Film RoomNFL DraftJaguars Injury NewsLatest NewsNFL Draft2019 NFL mock draft: Todd McShay predicts Nick Foles signs, offensive tackle in first roundNew,69commentsESTShareTweetShareShare2019 NFL mock draft: Todd McShay predicts Nick Foles signs Black Taven Bryan Jerseys , offensive tackle in first roundBrian Spurlock-USA TODAY SportsThe Jacksonville Jaguars are at a crossroads — do they go all in on a quarterback at the top of this year’s NFL Draft or do they sign a 30-year-old stop gap in Nick Foles, allowing a couple more years to build around a rookie quarterback who will come into the league a few years from now?ESPN’s Todd McShay has his chips placed squarely on the bet that the Jaguars will sign Foles and build around him and for the future guy under center in his 3.0 mock draft, believing the Jaguars will solidify the right side of the offensive line with Florida offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor.Sigh.I mean Taven Bryan Jerseys 2019 , I can’t fault McShay — it certainly looks like the Jaguars have at least a very good chance of signing Foles and if that’s the case they’re not going to spend even more to draft Dwayne Haskins.What do you think? Are you sold on the Jaguars signing Foles or could they shock everyone and trade up for a higher pick in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft? Let us know in the comments below! JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The NFL has suspended Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette one game without pay for leaving the sideline, running across the field and throwing punches at Buffalo Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson.NFL Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan handed down the punishment Monday Black DJ Chark Jerseys , saying “sportsmanship is the cornerstone of the game and the league will not tolerate game-related misconduct that conveys a lack of respect for the game itself and those involved in it.”Runyan sent a letter to Fournette detailing his wrongdoing.“Video of the incident shows that you were not a participant in the play and that you ran from your sideline to the opposite side of the field to insert yourself as an active participant in a fight,” Runyan wrote.“Once you entered the fight area, you struck a member of the opposing team. Your actions adversely reflected on the NFL and have no place in the game.”Fournette and Lawson were ejected in the third quarter of Buffalo’s 24-21 victory and continued jawing at each other as they exited the field and entered the tunnel to the locker rooms.Fournette has three days to appeal the suspension.The second-year pro will be eligible to return to the team’s active roster next Monday. Jacksonville DJ Chark Jerseys 2019 , which has lost seven in a row, hosts Indianapolis on Sunday.
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he 2018 World Series kicks off on Tuesday night http://www.dodgersfanproshop.com/authentic-max-muncy-jersey , as two of baseball's most storied franchises will square off in this year's Fall Classic.The Boston Red Sox won 108 games during the regular season and have avenged back-to-back ALDS exits by knocking off the rival New York Yankees and the reigning champion Houston Astros. The Red Sox have won three titles in the past 14 years and will look to make it four in 15 years this October.Opposing them on the National League side of things are the Los Angeles Dodgers, who came one win away from winning it all last year. Despite making six straight playoff appearances, the Dodgers are still seeking their first World Series title since 1988.Ahead you'll find the full TV schedule for this year's Series, including game times and channel information, as well as a quick preview of what to watch for.World Series ScheduleGame 1 (at BOS):Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 8:09 p.m. ET on FoxGame 2 (at BOS):Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 8:09 p.m. ET on FoxGame 3 (at LAD):Friday, Oct. 26 at 8:09 p.m. ET on FoxGame 4 (at LAD):Saturday, Oct. 27 at 8:09 p.m. ET on Fox*Game 5 (at LAD):Sunday, Oct. 28 at 8:15 p.m. ET on Fox*Game 6 (at BOS):Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 8:09 p.m. ET on Fox*Game 7 (at BOS):Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 8:09 p.m. ET on Fox*If necessaryAll games can be live-streamed on Fox Sports Go.Series OutlookClayton KershawKevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesThe Red Sox finished the regular season ranked first in the majors in team batting average (.268), OPS (.792) and runs scored (876), and they've continued to light up the scoreboard this postseason with 56 runs in nine games.While Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez both turned in MVP-caliber seasons, the lineup is dangerous top-to-bottom, and it's been guys like Brock Holt (5-for-15, 3 XBH, 6 RBI) and Rafael Devers (7-for-20, 1 HR, 7 RBI) who have come up big in October.That said, as good as the offense has been, it's the starting pitching that looks like the biggest X-factor.Chris SaleElsa/Getty ImagesThere were some legitimate questions when the playoffs began whether the starting staff was good enough behind ace Chris Sale.However, with Nathan Eovaldi turning in two excellent starts so far this postseason and David Price finally exorcizing his October demons with six scoreless innings in Game 5 of the ALCS, the rotation is suddenly looking like a strength.Closing out games has been an adventure for Craig Kimbrel of late. He allowed four hits, four walks and two earned runs in four innings in the ALCS, but he was still able to convert all three of his save chances. He'll need to be on his game as well against a deep Dodgers lineup.Speaking of that Dodgers lineup, manager Dave Roberts continues to employ a dramatic platoon strategy.All 13 position players on the postseason roster have started at least one game during the playoffs Kenley Jansen Jersey , and the ability of guys like Max Muncy (1B, 2B), Cody Bellinger (1B, CF), Chris Taylor (2B, LF, CF) and Kike Hernandez (2B, CF, RF) to play multiple positions affords Roberts a ton of flexibility.Cody BellingerStacy Revere/Getty ImagesThe Dodgers led the NL in both runs scored (804) and ERA (3.38) during the regular season, so the pitching has been just as impressive as the well-balanced lineup.After getting knocked around in Game 1 of the NLCS, ace Clayton Kershaw threw a gem in Game 5 (7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 9 K) and then closed out Game 7 with a scoreless inning.He's backed by Hyun-Jin Ryu, Walker Buehler and Rich Hill in a rotation that has been dominant down the stretch, and those guys pitching deep into games will be key for the Dodgers.The trio of Ryan Madson (6 G, 6.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER), Pedro Baez (6 G, 6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER) and Kenley Jansen (6 G, 6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER) has been excellent closing out games, while Scott Alexander and Dylan Floro have both tallied six scoreless appearances in more of a specialist role.These two teams are both pitching well and both capable of putting a crooked number on the scoreboard http://www.dodgersfanproshop.com/authentic-max-muncy-jersey , so it should be a hard-fought series. All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs, unless otherwise noted. NEW YORK (AP) — Cincinnati catcher Tucker Barnhart could hear the difference at Great American Ball Park, one of six major league stadiums that set record lows for attendance this year.“It’s pretty hard to not notice it when you can hear the light towers buzzing,” he said.Major League Baseball’s average attendance dropped 4 percent to 28,830, its lowest since 2003 after 14 consecutive seasons topping 30,000.Baltimore’s Camden Yards, Chicago’s Guaranteed Rate Field, Minnesota’s Target Field, Miami’s Marlins Park and Pittsburgh’s PNC Park also drew their smallest attendance since opening as part of a ballpark boom. In a season of unusually cold and wet weather, 17 of the 30 teams experienced drops.Major League Baseball attributed the decrease primarily “connected to the historically bad weather we faced back in the spring” and noted the percentage drop decreased markedly after May 1.Total attendance fell to 69.63 million from 72.67 million last year and a high of 79.5 million in 2007. The average is down 14.4 percent from its high of 32,785 in 2007, the last year before the Great Recession. It had not been this low since 28,013 in 2003.“I think it is a concerning number, and a think a lot of factors go into it in today’s climate, particularly when fans have as many options as they have in where they’re spending their entertainment dollar,” players’ association head Tony Clark said.On-field success and attendance usually are linked.“When teams rebuild, it always has an attendance effect,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said.The NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers set a club record, Colorado drew its biggest crowds since 2001, World Series champion Houston since 2007 and the New York Yankees since 2012 — including a new Yankee Stadium record 23 sellouts.But advance sales were down for several teams that jettisoned veterans and went with youth. Under the five-year labor contract agreed to before the 2017 season, limits were placed on spending for international amateurs following restrictions that began in 2012 on amateurs who reside in the U.S. More cost certainty for controllable players may have encouraged more teams to rebuild at the same time.“If our system encourages teams to be either all in or all out, there are some things worth discussing and we look forward to having those conversations,” Clark said.The Orioles (47-115), White Sox (62-100), Marlins (63-98) and Reds (67-95) had among the poorest records, while the Twins had a losing season at 78-84.“People have a lot of decisions to make in their life about what they’re doing with their commitments and money and what have you. It’s up to us to give them something they want to embrace Enrique Hernandez Jersey ,” Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. “Attendance is down. It’s our fault, not theirs.”But the Pirates contended until late in the season and finished 82-79, yet fell by more than 450,000 to 1.65 million, the smallest for the franchise since 1996 at Three Rivers Stadium. Perhaps the cause was a lingering effect from trading away stars Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole the previous offseason.Cleveland fell by 120,000 even though the Indians won their third straight AL Central title.Despite a 90-72 record and third-place finish in the AL East, Tampa Bay was 29th in the major leagues at 1.15 million. The Rays and Oakland Athletics are the last two teams seeking new ballparks.“I know it’s a hassle getting to the ballpark. I get it. Even if we’d have won 100 games, who knows if it would have been different?” Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier said.In its first season under new chief executive office Derek Jeter, the Marlins drew 811,000 after trading star slugger Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees, the low for a franchise that started in 1993 and the fewest home fans for any major league team since the 2004 Montreal Expos in their last season before moving to Washington, D.C. The Marlins said they changed their counting method to include only tickets sold. Still, the vast amount of empty seats is unsustainable.“That’s something we need to improve,” Jeter said. “Where we’re starting from, the only way we can go is up.”Bad weather played a factor in the falloff, especially earn in the season. The average of 26,867 through April was down 9.4 percent from 29,654 through the first full month in 2017. There were 54 postponements, the most since 1989, and 26 of them were higher-drawing weekend games. Manfred said 35 games in April had a temperature of 40 degrees or less and a quarter of the games were played in 50 degrees or under.“We got ourselves in a hole that I’ve never seen since I’ve been in baseball,” said Manfred, who first got involved in the sport as an outside counsel in 1987.Still, he knows changes in the sport and the audience have to be examined constantly.“All live entertainment is challenging because of changing habits,” Manfred said.
drafted highly-touted rookie quarterbacks in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft Vosean Joseph NFL Jersey , fans of both teams dreamed of watching a new quarterback rivalry blossom in the AFC East. Sadly, Sunday’s Week 10 clash between the Bills (2-7) and Jets (3-6) will not represent the first in what both franchises hope is a rich history of Josh Allen vs. Sam Darnold clashes. With the backdrop of two teams in a free-fall and with little to no hopes of making the playoffs, Matt Warren, editor-in-chief of Buffalo Rumblings, pinch-hits on Billieve: A Buffalo Bills Fan podcast to preview the matchup. Warren is joined by MacGregor Wells from Gang Green Nation to discuss another lost season for the Bills and the Jets. Hear what our podcast duo had to say about the game.Among the topics covered on the podcast: what can we expect from two struggling offenses? The Bills have scored only 20 points over their last three games, and 33 points over their last four contests (all losses). The Jets, conversely Vosean Joseph Jersey Draft , have managed only 33 points over their recent three-game slide. The podcasters addressed the struggles of Darnold, who started off fast in a win over the Detroit Lions but has struggled since, compiling 1,934 passing yards with 11 touchdowns, a league-leading 14 interceptions, and a 55-percent completion percentage. It won’t help Darnold’s cause Sunday as the Jets could be without the services of WRs Robby Anderson (21 receptions for 346 yards and three TDs), Quincy Enunwa (25 catches for 327 yards and one TD) Infant Vosean Joseph Jersey , and RB Bilal Powell (343 rushing yards, 110 receiving yards). Warren and Wells also dissect the reasons for the Jets’ defensive struggles, offer up their thoughts on whether Buffalo can get Pro Bowl RB LeSean McCoy going against a suspect run defense, and address why the New York Jets play in New Jersey. What a juicy match-up this will be when these AFC East foes square off at 1 p.m. Eastern Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Check out our Billieve: a Buffalo Bills Fan Podcast for answers to these questions and score predictions from our experts!SoundCloud | iTunes | Google Play | Stitcher | TuneIn | Podbay | Podfanatic |Subscribe, rate, and review our Buffalo Rumblings podcast now and leave your comments below. You can also download an MP3 version of the podcast by signing up for a free account at SoundCloud. We’re looking for feedback and want to hear from you! As reported by Vaughn McClure on Monday Ed Oliver Jersey , the Buffalo Bills have begun the interview process to find their next special-teams coordinator. Per McClure, the Bills interviewed Keith Armstrong. If hired by Sean McDermott, Armstrong would replace Danny Crossman. The special-teams coordinator dating back to the Doug Marrone days, Crossman was fired on January 3rd. Keith Armstrong was most recently with the Atlanta Falcons. Let go on December 31st, Armstrong had been with the Falcons since 2008 when Mike Smith became the head coach. Armstrong comes with a wealth of experience as a special-teams coordinator. With his first NFL coordinator gig coming with the Chicago Bears in 1997, Armstrong’s coordinator experience is old enough to legally drink. His total NFL experience dates back three more years on the defensive side of the ball. Adding college experience Armstrong has been coaching since 1997. SB Nation’s own Falcons blog, “The Falcoholic” provided a good retrospective of Armstrong’s time in Atlanta when news of his firing broke. From the article Vosean Joseph Buffalo Bills Jersey , Armstrong’s time was summed up as “consistent but unimpressive.” With no hire being announced, it’s still open-season on speculation. For Buffalo Rumblings’ short list of special-teams coordinator candidates, click on through with this convenient link.
SCOTTSDALE http://www.twinsfanproshop.com/authentic-max-kepler-jersey , Ariz. (AP) — ver who boasted he could strike out Babe Ruth, but they believe the bridge between their solid starting rotation and premier closer Wade Davis remains sturdy.Colorado is counting on a veteran bullpen group that includes Scott Oberg, Seunghwan Oh, Chris Rusin and Bryan Shaw to step up the way Adam Ottavino did in 2018, when his career year with the Rockies led to a three-year, $27 million free agent deal with the New York Yankees.“I think we have a lot of good arms and a lot of talented guys back there,” catcher Chris Iannetta said.“I think we can piece it together and be really good. Guys have good years. Guys have bad years. I don’t think anyone expected Adam to have the year that he had last year after the previous year. It happens all the time.”Oberg had a strong second half last season, Oh pitched well after being acquired at the trade deadline and the Rockies are counting on a return to normalcy by Shaw, Rusin, Jake McGee and Mike Dunn.The Rockies’ bullpen had a 4.62 ERA last season, 13th in the league and a number that must be improved upon so as not to squander the quality starts inherited from a rotation that includes Kyle Freeland, German Marquez and Tyler Anderson.Davis had a franchise-record and league- and career-high 43 of the Rockies’ franchise-record 51 saves last season Byron Buxton Jersey , his first in Colorado.Ottavino and Oberg served as the primary setup men last year. Ottavino was 6-4 with six saves, a 2.43 ERA and a rate of 13 strikeouts per nine innings, thus the Ruth reference he made after signing with the Yankees.“He was great for us and that’s a tough piece to fill, but we are definitely capable of it,” Davis said.The right-handed Oberg, a top candidate to inherit more of Ottavino’s workload, was 8-1 with 2.45 ERA and was scored upon in only four of his final 34 outings.He had a streak of 11 straight scoreless appearances in August and September as the Rockies moved to a second straight postseason appearance. He limited righty hitters to a .185 batting average.“Collectively, I think we are going to be fine,” Oberg said. “Those are some big shoes, but we have a really talented group down there. There is going to be all eight of us pulling together down there.”Oberg has made a team-high 210 relief appearances since his 2015 debut, but he is not the only workhorse returning.Shaw has appeared in 503 games since 2012, tied for the most in the majors http://www.twinsfanproshop.com/authentic-max-kepler-jersey , and he is looking to build on a second half in which he went 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA in 20 appearances after being reinstated from the disabled list July 11.The Rockies hope to return Shaw to the high-leverage role he had in Arizona and Cleveland before his outlier of 2018, when he was 4-6 with a 5.93 ERA. He has a career 3.43 ERA.“Hopefully, better performances by myself will be a big contributing factor to filling his (Ottavino’s) innings,” Shaw said.Shaw, a right-hander, spent time in the offseason at the Driveline Baseball training center in Washington, an outfit that is heavily immersed in biometrics and data analysis, spin rates, effective arm angles and more.Former Cleveland teammate Trevor Bauer has long been a proponent, and the two talked this offseason.“Got some good info,” Shaw said. “The info I got from them kind of correlated with some things we were seeing and talking about here. Hopefully the data we took from them we can implement this year and get going.”Oh was 2-0 with a 2.53 ERA in 25 appearances after being acquired from Toronto at the trade deadline.“I try to not think that we are filling the hole for someone just because that person left,” Oh said through a translator. “It is more about always being ready whenever the game situations calls us. So my job is to be prepared every day.”Iannetta sees “a ton of talent” in the bullpen.“You need guys to seize the moment http://www.twinsfanproshop.com/authentic-max-kepler-jersey ,” Iannetta said. “There is opportunity back there to solidify yourself as a back-end reliever. Everyone has skills. Even if you had a bad year, that’s baseball. See who rises to the top.” Rockies news and links for February 14, 2019"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Scaling the RocksPebble ReportRockpileRockies Game ThreadsRockies Fan ExperienceRockpilePressure will be on the Colorado Rockies starting rotation in 2019New,120commentsRockies news and links for February 14, 2019MSTShareTweetShareSharePressure will be on the Colorado Rockies starting rotation in 2019Mile-high milestone: Rockies anchored by homegrown rotation | USA TodayThe Colorado Rockies have a clear area of strength: their starting rotation. Let’s first just take a moment to step back and bask in that fact. With a tip of the cap to Jeff Bridich and Bud Black and so many others, it’s just so awesome that the Rockies think their rotation can stack up with anybody and they’re not wrong or crazy.As for 2019, this article drives home the pressure on the starting rotation as the Rockies try to catch the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West. Kyle Freeland and German Marquez need to be studs again. Jon Gray needs to get on track. Tyler Anderson needs to be more consistent. Antonio Senzatela and a cast of others need to offer depth.There are plenty of reasons to think they can get it done in 2019. But it also doesn’t take much for starting rotations, especially young starting rotations, to have things unravel. That’s the pressure on these young pitchers as we get ready for Spring Training.Rockies spring training guide: Five key issues, with what’s new and needed in Colorado | The Athletic ($)It doesn’t take long to list off what’s new in Colorado. In with Daniel Murphy, out with DJ LeMahieu and Adam Ottavino. What is needed is a more complicated question.The obvious need for improvement lies with the offense. That doesn’t mean that we should just assume the starting rotation is set to dominate again in 2019. As Nick Groke notes in this rundown, it’s a lot of pressure on a young rotation to keep up as the league adjusts to them. It’s also always dicey to assume young starting pitchers will stay healthy.That brings us to potential questions for the Rockies on the pitching side. Will they have the depth in the rotation if they need it? Do they have enough firepower in the bullpen? Now is the time of year when it’s fun to consider those questions Jason Castro Jersey , and the Rockies have a lot of them even as they look like contenders once again.Trevor Story Will Do More Than Play a Superb Shortstop and Slug for the Rockies This Season | ForbesThe Rockies need their offense to be better in 2019. Part of that will come down to improvements from guys already on the roster and youngsters coming up through the system. But an equally important part of that will be sustained contributions from the good performers such as Story.As Jack Etkin notes in this article, Story will have to step up in a different way this season as well. He will need to be a leader for whichever prospect grabs the second base job, whether it be one or a combination of Ryan McMahon, Garrett Hampson and Brendan Rodgers.Story seems like the type who will be up to the task. This also underlines the importance of strong locker room guys, a consistent priority for the Rockies. Just because they overpaid doesn’t mean those guys don’t provide leadership.Machado and Harper haven’t signed because baseball teams are now run like ‘quant funds’ | CNBCIt’s me, a guy with two English literature degrees, here to tell you that I still have no idea what a quant fund is. I do know this article by Michael Santoli is too quick to assume that the rise of analytics in baseball means the end of traditional scouting. That’s a false choice and teams still use both.I also know that if some front offices view their teams as a portfolio in cold hard terms, that doesn’t necessarily include the Rockies. For better or for worse, the Rockies seem to factor in other considerations. That brings you questionable moves like Ian Desmond’s contract or CarGo’s return last season, but it might also bring you a Nolan Arenado mega extension as the rest of the league avoids Machado and Harper. Here’s hoping!
he last day of the 2018 regular season to make a "mega offer" to right fielder Bryce Harper Matt Holliday Jersey , but he wasn't interested in accepting it and missing out on free agency.Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported the news, noting negotiations have not resumed sinceHarper rejected the offer. That leaves the door open for a number of other teams to pursue what figures to be one of the premier free agency targets of the entire offseason.Harper has been with the Nationals his entire career since he entered the league in 2012 and has already collected a Rookie of the Year, National League MVP and six All-Star nods in his first seven seasons. He slashed .330/.460/.649 with 42 home runs and 99 RBI in 2015 on his way to the MVP.He played a career-high 159 games and slashed .249/.393/.496 with 34 home runs and career-best 100 RBI during the 2018 campaign, marking his sixth season with at least 20 long balls.Harper will surely command head-turning money on the open market, but he is just 26 years old and can be the face of a franchise and anchor an offense as it chases championships for a decade.According toJoe Osborneof OddsShark, the Philadelphia Phillies are the favorites to land him at even betting odds, while the Chicago Cubs are second at +300 (bet $100 to win $300). The Nationals are third at +400, although the fact he turned down such a noteworthy offer doesn't bode well for the only franchise he's ever known.The Cubs are in the middle of a competitive window, and Harper would provide a boost for an offense that was in dire need of support down the stretch as the Milwaukee Brewers passed them in the National League Central.The Phillies jumped from 66 wins in 2017 to 80 in 2018 and are primed to compete with a major addition. Harper would represent just that in a major market that may not shy away from offering him significant money. BOSTON (AP) — Games averaged 3 hours, 35½ minutes during the playoffs, up 6 minutes from the 2017 postseason and more than a half-hour longer than this year’s regular season.Strikeouts have topped hits in seven of eight postseason matchups. Starting pitchers usually don’t finish the fifth inning and use of relievers is up markedly in an era when “bullpenning” has become a verb.Have the changes brought about by analytics made baseball less appealing to casual fans?“There’s certainly something to be said for that Austin Romine Jersey , because ball in play, double plays, defense, that’s always exciting,” Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said ahead of Tuesday night’s World Series opener against Boston. “I know our series there was a lot of strikeouts, but there was the strategy part of it — I think that that’s very exciting for a baseball purist that loves to see what managers think and how you can kind of match up against the opposition.”Boston’s 8-4 win in Game 1 took 3:52, ended at 12:03 a.m. and included 10 relief pitchers and six pinch hitters. The teams combined for 24 strikeouts and 19 hits.Postseason games through the League Championship Series averaged a record 18.8 strikeouts, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, up from 18.4 last year and 18.0 in 2016. There were 526 whiffs and 416 hits in the first 28 postseason games, including 161 strikeouts and 110 hits in the Dodgers’ win over Milwaukee in the NL Championship Series.Boston’s Division Series victory over the New York Yankees was the only one with more hits than strikeouts: 67 to 60.While viewers hope for action, managers and many players are caught up in the tactical chess match between dugouts prepped by front office analytics teams.“It’s more interesting. It is http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-giancarlo-stanton-jersey ,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “There’s so much information now that you can actually exploit weaknesses on the team, not only rely on the starters or your usual setup guy or your closer. Somebody the last few years figured out that there’s a lot of off days in the playoffs, that you can actually use your starters as relievers or you can go with your relievers for multiple innings, and it’s fun. It’s fun as a baseball fan.”Computer analysis helps teams arrange defensive shifts that take away hits and concludes starting pitchers’ effectiveness often drops the third time through the batting order. Innovative use of relief pitchers by Cubs manager Joe Maddon and Cleveland’s Terry Francona during the 2016 postseason caught the attention of the rest of the industry.“I don’t think there’s any doubt about it. They started bringing (Aroldis) Chapman and (Andrew) Miller in for two, three innings at time. Now every team that has a dominant reliever or two dominant relievers, their design,” Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello said. “Find ways to get those guys in the game in the highest-leverage situations, because those are your best arms.”Starting pitchers averaged 5 1/3 innings and 83 pitches in the 2016 postseason, according to Sports Info Solutions. That dropped to 4.7 innings and 80 pitches last year, and 4.5 innings and 73 pitches this year going into the Series.Teams had combined for an average of 8.8 relief pitchers per game this postseason, up from 7.2 last year. The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw and Red Sox pitchers Chris Sale Bernie Williams Jersey , Porcello and Nathan Eovaldi all have made relief appearances between starts.Could starting pitchers join dinosaurs in extinction?“You’re still going to need to get innings from your starters,” Kershaw said. “Over the course of 162 games you’re going to need guys to pitch six or seven innings.”Oakland pulled Liam Hendriks after one inning and 25 pitches in the AL wild-card game against the Yankees. Wade Miley left after one batter and five pitches in Game 5 of the NLCS against Kershaw and the Dodgers.Both moves were pre-planned.Kershaw, who earned $30.4 million this year, wonders whether the lower salaries of relievers have an impact on how rosters are being stocked.“I think it’s a very cost-effective thing to do, obviously, to bullpen and have a deep bullpen, because starting pitchers are more expensive,” he said. “I think us as an organization, us as a union, will definitely have to take a closer look at that, if that’s the way the game is going. Because I think everybody should be compensated according to what they are worth in the game C.C. Sabathia Jersey , so if the bullpen is going to have more value, they’re going to have to pay them more.”Boston pitcher David Price maintains the need for success prevails over aesthetics.“If I’m a fan of a team, I want us to have the best chance to win,” he said. “If that means taking the starter out to bring in a reliever for a better matchup, I want our guys to have the best chance to win.”Cora likes the thrill of inserting starters as relievers. Velocity was up about 2 mph for Porcello and Eovaldi in their bullpen outings, with Eovaldi averaging 101 mph as he got four outs in the pennant clincher against Houston.“I know I can air it out,” Eovaldi said.Cora still marveled over Eovaldi’s strikeout of Alex Bregman, who swung under a 101.6 mph pitch.“That was cool,” he said.
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One big issue for the Rockies was the absence of Daniel Murphy due to his fractured finger. There are many options to replace him, but Bud Black has to work to find the right combination and lineup for success. Colorado Rockies: How Daniel Murphy’s injury will change the team | Rox PileDaniel Murphy dove for a ball in Friday’s game against the Marlins, making the play but getting injured in the process. He went to go see a specialist, but it’s looking like he’ll be out for several weeks, even though he wasn’t willing to give a timeline for his return. We might very well see Pat Valaika in his stead, the versatile player having had a solid spring outing. Mark Reynolds will get some time there, as will Ryan McMahon. However http://www.rangersfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-moore-jersey , Ian Desmond is going to stay in the outfield, where he’s shone so far this season. This is eerily similar to the 2017 season, when Desmond was injured in spring training and Reynolds stepped up to fill the void. While the Rockies will likely miss the offensive opportunities Murphy can bring, at least they have plenty of options to flush out the infield until he can return.Gray K’s 10 in loss to Marlins | Rockies.comJon Gray started the 2019 season off on a pretty good foot, at least until his calf began cramping in the seventh inning. Gray had a couple of mistakes in his outing, but overall showed the improvements he worked on in the offseason. He remained level-headed and consistent, showing some great pitches. He held the Marlins to five hits, allowing just one walk. Despite Gray’s efforts, the Rockies couldn’t put together any offense against Sandy Alcantara, who shook the Rockies up in his seventh career start. We’ll see Chad Bettis in Monday’s game, and we’ll see if the Rockies can start off this next series on a good note. Yesterday was photo day, and a reminder of how many new faces are in Orioles camp this year."Hello, friends.Although you may have had to shovel out some snow yesterday, there are now just 35 days remaining until the next Orioles game. Opening Day is a mere five weeks away! The first game on the exhibition schedule is now just two days away, which also helps things feel a little warmer. There will be baseball back on your TV and on your radio very soon.It’s been 30 days since Mike Mussina, the greatest Orioles pitcher of my lifetime, was elected to the Hall of Fame. The team has not yet announced any plans for a jersey retirement or statue.Yesterday was the annual spring ritual of photo day. Scanning the gallery of photos was a reminder of just how many new faces there are to the organization, and how many less-recognizable returning faces have been elevated to competing for big league jobs. There are not very many household names on this team even if your household is full of dedicated Orioles fans. There is a new manager, new coaches. Some minor league signings are hanging around hoping for jobs on what will probably be the only MLB team that might employ them in 2019. Some prospect-ish players are doing the same. The result is a lot of photos like this:Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesWho is this unmasked man? He is catcher Martin Cervenka. If you were paying attention very closely to Camden Chat’s daily minor league recaps last season Bartolo Colon Jersey , you might have seen his name showing up when talking about the Bowie Baysox. I would not recognize him if I passed him on the street, even if I saw him in an Orioles uniform. He’s competing for the backup job. Heck, he might be competing for the starting job.The Orioles acquired Dillon Tate from the Yankees in the Zack (then Zach) Britton trade last July. Do you have any idea what he looks like? If not, here:Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesIt’s not very hard to smile when you’re wearing a big league uniform. I wish the best for Cervenka, Tate, and everyone else competing for a spot this spring. I would like nothing more than for these guys to make their way onto the Orioles and then surprise the world with their quality.By the way, there are a lot of pictures of players who are sporting beards, some of whom did not sport beards before. We are going to soon find out whether the Orioles miserly facial hair policy has carried on into the Elias/Hyde era. Maybe the ascendant Angelos sons don’t care about that one quite as much as their dad seemed to. This is not among the 20 most important things to watch as camp progresses, but it is a subject for curiosity nonetheless.Around the blogO’sphereYefry Ramirez to start Grapefruit League opener against Twins (Baltimore Sun)Whoever started this game was only going to throw an inning or two, but still...Orioles need to find a position for Mountcastle’s glove before they can promote his bat (The Athletic)One of the deflating things from the early days of spring training was “Ryan Mountcastle working out at first base.” He’s also getting reps at third base. We’ll see which sticks.More on Yacabonis’ role in camp (School of Roch)Jimmy Yacabonis seems to have inherited the mantle of pitcher who the team tries out as a starter every spring even though nobody really believes it will work from Mike Wright.Mike Yastrzemski trying to make his own name in first Orioles camp (Baltimore Baseball)Good luck to him. There does seem to be some room in the MLB outfield, at least in the short term.For Alex Cobb, first live BP session shows importance of full spring after last year’s rush (Baltimore Sun)Longtime readers of this site know I am a grump when it comes to spring training. Part of the reason for that is the stream of headlines like this one. Cobb certainly didn’t seem to be helped by signing late last season, and I hope he’s better this year, but as far as acting like the first live bullpen session matters, give me a break.Orioles honor Frank Robinson on uniforms (Orioles.com)The #20 patch on the sleeves all season is the easiest thing the Orioles could have done. It’s still nice ot know that they’re going to do it.Birthdays and anniversariesOne lone former Oriole has a birthday today. Happy 74th to 1971-72/75-77 reserve outfielder Tom Shopay.Is today your birthday? Happy birthday to you! Your birthday buddies for today include: memoir writer Anais Nin (1903), philosopher John Rawls (1921), musician Nina Simone (1933), actor Kelsey Grammer (1955), baseball Hall of Famer Alan Trammell (1958) Jon Niese Jersey , novelist David Foster Wallace (1962), Key & Peele’s Jordan Peele (1979), Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland (1980), and actress Sophie Turner (1996).On this day in history...In 1613, a national assembly elected Mikhail I as tsar of Russia. The dynasty he founded, the Romanovs, reigned until 1917.In 1848, Marx and Engels published The Communist Manifesto.In 1916, the German army attacked French positions at Verdun. A back-and-forth battle over the next 303 days eventually resulted in a French victory, with over 300,000 soldiers killed between both sides and nearly half a million more wounded.In 1972, President Richard Nixon went to the People’s Republic of China, establishing normal diplomatic relations with that country for the first time.In 1975, Nixon’s Attorney General, John Mitchell, and his aides H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman, were sentenced to prison for their roles in the Watergate scandal. Each of the three ultimately served about 18 months.**And that’s the way it is in Birdland on February 21 - or at least, unless something important happens later down in Sarasota. Have a safe Thursday.
"While they are obviously different players who play different positions Youth Yodny Cajuste Jersey , there are definitely more than a few parallels between Jamie Collins and Patrick Chung. While they were both second round picks who had a lot of potential coming in, Collins had three very productive years with the Patriots, one of which ended in a second-team All-Pro nomination and a Pro Bowl berth. Chung, on the other hand, was not very good the first time around with the team.The team, and fan base, however, had soured on both before they left the team the first time. That is something they most definitely have in common. The question I can’t get out of my head is: Why bring Collins back at this point? The most logical explanation is one that brings us back to Chung’s situation. Cut with two years left on his deal with the Eagles, the Patriots decided to bring Chung back on a one-year deal. Keep in mind, he was only gone for one season. But in that year, the Patriots figured something out. Instead of using him as a prototypical safety Womens Yodny Cajuste Jersey , they needed to move him into the box and around the formation. Chung has turned into a master and covering tight ends, and has become an incredibly important part of the defense.Why is this relevant? I think the Patriots are going to do something similar with Collins. Think about it, he was traded from the Patriots around reports that he was “freelancing” and not doing what he was supposed to be on defense. What if the coaching and scouting staff figured something out while watching him in Cleveland? That certainly would explain why Collins is back with the Patriots. Collins was also cut with two years left on his deal. He had signed a 4 year, $50M contract with the Browns, and they decided, since the guaranteed money was gone, they didn’t want to pay his $10.5M salary this year. The Patriots certainly took their time making it official, but bringing him back should be a clear message: They think this time will be different.The only reason to think that is because they have figured out exactly how he fits in. Maybe he’s not a prototypical linebacker, and they are going to be playing him in specific situations. Whatever they have planned, you should be excited. When is the last time the Patriots had so much talent and athleticism on defense? They’re going to be a fun team to watch, and something tells me Collins is going to play a role in that. Pat is a host of The Patriot Nation Podcast Interact with him on Twitter @plane_pats Divisional games are always a special affair Authentic Yodny Cajuste Jersey , and Monday night’s game between the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills was no different. The Patriots’ 25-6 win was a hard-fought one that saw the offense struggle for most of the night but the defense come up in key situations. All in all, the team was able to get a victory in Buffalo — or, as head coach Bill Belichick said in the postgame locker room, to “grind it out” (via the Patriots’ Twitter):The clip starts with the usual amount of handshakes and high-fives, but includes two noteworthy scenes: 1) Backup tight end Dwayne Allen was once again the first player to greet his teammates when they enter the locker room, standing right next to Robert and Jonathan Kraft. 2) Josh McDaniels was pretty pumped about Devin McCourty’s pick-six, noting that he was “faster than Tyreek” — Kansas City Chiefs standout Tyreek Hill.Afterwards, Belichick is seen taking the floor to congratulate his team to the win. “Good job, men,” Belickick told the Patriots players. “That’s the way to come in here and get a division win on the road. It’s always tough here, you just have to grind it out — and you did.” New England’s head coach went on to tell his team that it is on a short week heading into the next game Yodny Cajuste Jersey Boys , and that a quick turnaround is needed with the Green Bay Packers right around the corner.When Belichick was done, special teams captain Matthew Slater took the floor to break down the traditional postgame huddle. “You’re coming into Buffalo on Halloween week, it’s kind of like a little trick, little treat,” Slater said before asking his teammates about how they felt about “a little trick, a little treat, a little W?” Awww yeah.The Patriots also released a sights-and-sounds clip from the game, which features scenes from the Bills faithful before the game, Patriots’ pregame huddles broken down by Trey Flowers and Devin McCourty, and sideline reactions of the biggest plays of the night.
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