We can’t extrapolate Romo’s seven snaps against the Philadelphia Eagles that ended with a touchdown pass and say he would have been dominant

There is nothing that says the Patriots’ top draft pick from 2016 (No. 60 overall) can’t turn it around, and from that standpoint, it is way, way, way too early to give up on him. But this was as rough a rookie season as a top draft pick has had in coach Bill Belichick’s 17-year tenure, and in a year when there isn’t a standout candidate for Patriots player who needs to move on this offseason, Jones gets the nod because of his first-year struggles that led to him being inactive for five of the final six games and four other games during the middle of the season. Ball-security problems as a returner, as well as questionable judgment, were issues for Jones.

We can’t extrapolate Romo’s seven snaps against the Philadelphia Eagles that ended with a touchdown pass and say he would have been dominant, but let’s say he performed the way he did in 2014 when the Cowboys went 12-4. Let’s say the Cowboys continued to win, clinched the NFC East and maybe even home-field advantage and made the playoffs. Let’s say the Cowboys won a playoff game or two.

Had all of that happened, the Cowboys gladly would have continued with Romo’s $24.7 million cap figure and $14 million base salary, all the while knowing Prescott would be ready if Romo was hurt in 2017.
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Heck, if Romo was hurt upon his return in 2016, they knew they had Prescott in reserve. And if Romo hadn’t performed at a high level, then a decision on his future wouldn’t be so difficult.

John Simon Kids Jersey “And maybe by the fourth trip down, that’s when Gronkowski [says,] ‘You need me to do something for you?’ I said, ‘Nah, I’m good, I’m good.’ [He’s like,] ‘Why you geeked, huh?!'”

Ross eventually felt better after puking a couple of more times, and the party continued. The lessons here are: Mix your liquors at your own risk, and Gronk will out-party you every time, all the time.

Quinn is one of the most durable and consistent defensive players in the NFL

It’s expected that in order to make an impact that is meaningful to Brady’s coffers, the model would be replicated in places across the country. But being branded by one of the greatest players of all time isn’t enough.
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Elite Womens Jim Brown Jersey The cookbook, which Brady calls a nutrition manual, has sold out at $200 a pop several times, but quantities were never revealed. The protein business, for example, is very brand-loyal, and the Brady premium is hefty.

Quinn is one of the most durable and consistent defensive players in the NFL. He has missed only one game in eight seasons and has started 116 consecutive games.

The 2016 season was a breakout year in many ways for Clinton-Dix, who was the Packers’ first-round draft pick in 2014. In addition to playing every snap, he led the team with five interceptions and earned his first Pro Bowl selection.

Nelson moved from Cincinnati to Oakland last offseason but carried on his late-career renaissance. During the past three seasons, from the ages of 31 to 33, he started 48 of a possible 48 games, intercepted 17 passes and was named twice to the Pro Bowl.

Hundreds of thousands of fans weathered cold, snowy and windy conditions to line the streets of Boston on Tuesday as part of the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl LI championship parade.

Tom Brady said he thinks Patriots RB James White deserves the Super Bowl MVP truck. Brady gave the truck he won two years ago to Malcolm Butler.

The Texas Rangers have been asked by Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to assist the Houston Police Department in its investigation into Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl jersey.
“I have no idea what happened to the ball,” White said. “I have no idea. I dropped it at some point when I was running around, I don’t know.”

The biggest collapse in Super Bowl history is sure to linger for Matt Ryan and the Falcons

The Cowboys won their third Super Bowl in four seasons, but this time they failed to cover the spread. Dallas jumped out to a 13-0 lead and led 20-7 entering the fourth quarter, but was never covering at any point. Dallas improved to 1-2 straight up against Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl but 2-1 ATS.

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Their growth, along with the return of the core of the offense, suggests that the best is yet to come for Atlanta.

“My longest-term goal is not just to get to a championship and win it — certainly that is our goal — but beyond that is to have a team … there’s four or five teams that you discuss every year, that we’re in that conversation,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank said days before the Super Bowl. “If you’re in that conversation, you’re at the party. You have a chance.”

The season, however, wasn¡¯t a total loss for a Falcons team that turned the corner under the direction of Quinn. The future looks promising, as was evident through the first three quarters of Super Bowl LI.
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No one predicted a Super Bowl appearance for the Falcons in Quinn’s second season, including ESPN’s panel of experts. In fact, the Falcons had a 1.2 percent chance of playing in the big game, according to NFL FPI during the preseason.

We’ll continue to update our board as we get closer to the 2017 NFL draft and complete our evaluations

Here, we’ll look at which players have moved up and down our top 32, drawing on the same scouting reports as before and making changes where necessary.

We’ll continue to update our board as we get closer to the 2017 NFL draft and complete our evaluations. Although it’s a given that some players will move into the rankings and others will drop out, this provides a good snapshot of which players currently have the most NFL potential, based on our evaluations.

That said, as crazy as the ACC is — and it’s crazy because it’s so deep, with so many good-to-very-good teams and very few obviously bad ones; it might send 11 teams to the NCAA tournament — the Big 12 has thus far retained its title of the nation’s best pound-for-pound conference. Why? Saturday offers at least two excellent examples. The Big 12’s brutality isn’t just owed to Baylor and West Virginia going from unranked and unhyped, respectively, to top-10 teams with bona fide league and national title shots.

That helps, of course, but the real story here is that basically none of the Big 12’s teams are bad. Sure, Oklahoma and Texas are both under .500, but they’re still both top-75ish teams in the KenPom.com adjusted efficiency margin rankings. (Neither is great, of course, but neither is as ugly their records convey.) Meanwhile, the rest of the league — Iowa State, Texas Tech, Kansas State, TCU, even Oklahoma State, which started league play 0-5 — ranks no lower than 40.

Did someone say “hypertalented freshmen playing super-fast, super-efficient offensive basketball”? Most of the superlatives that apply to UCLA are equally as worthy of Kentucky; the Wildcats don’t record as many assists per field goal as UCLA, so things can feel less aesthetically fluid. Still, De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk have presided over an almost unthinkable leap in pace from John Calipari’s previous teams.

Jadeveon Clowney trashes Nick Saban: ‘The guy ain’t nothing but 5-foot-5’

Nick Saban is arguably the most successful head coach in college football today. That doesn’t mean he’s the most beloved. Jadeveon Clowney, one of the most lauded high school recruits in recent memory, apparently hated Saban’s visit to his home in South Carolina. He had no kind words for the Alabama coach at the time, as recalled in an upcoming book by Monte Burke about Saban called “Nick Saban: The making of a coach.”

“I don’t see no big deal like everybody else,” Clowney said (via the Houston Chronicle). “They’d say, ¡®He’s the king of all of football.’ The guy ain’t nothing but 5’5. He’s a short guy. Everybody’s going crazy on Nick Saban.
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Given the tall task of replacing Adam Vinatieri, Gostkowski’s value to the Patriots was never in doubt. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft and has played in 16 games every season except 2010, when a thigh injury forced him to miss the final eight games of the season.
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In 2014, the 31-year-old turned in his best season from a percentage standpoint as the Patriots made their Super Bowl run. He connected on 94.6 percent of his field goals, making 13 of 14 from 40-plus yards. For his career, he’s made 243 of his 280 field goal attempts, for a percentage of 86.8.

Gostkowski has been to the Pro Bowl three times, in 2008, 2013 and 2014, and was a first-team All-Pro in 2008.

With about an hour to go until the deadline, both of the franchise-tagged receivers, Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys and Demaryius Thomas of the Denver Broncos, signed new deals. Those deals were also incredibly similar and came just minutes apart.

Poll: Are the New York Knicks better off without Carmelo Anthony?

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Carmelo Anthony maintained his loyalty to the New York Knicks one day after saying he hasn’t thought about waiving his no-trade clause. And he doesn’t feel the need to prove that loyalty to anyone, reports ESPN’s Ian Begley. But are the Knicks reciprocating that loyalty?

According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, Anthony hoped management would speak to him directly if it felt as negatively about his future with the team as was portrayed in a column written by Charley Rosen, who has worked with Knicks president Phil Jackson on his books.

Jackson met with Anthony on Tuesday and asked the star forward if he would like to remain with the team, sources close to the situation told ESPN.

Anthony reaffirmed to Jackson his desire to remain with the Knicks, per Shelburne. One source described the meeting as far more contentious than previous sit-downs between Jackson and Anthony, although no specific trades were discussed.

It’s Christmas. I would never miss Christmas with my kids. If I don’t have to, I am going to make sure — if there is a way to get to my kids on Christmas, you have to. I think my family is one of the most important things in my life because they are the people I provide for and the people that believe in me the most. My family, my wife, my kids — they love me no matter what is going on. That is the backbone. They are the people that really rely on you to be successful and work hard. You got to be Dad. It is a different world. My kids know who I am on the basketball court, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter about the basketball. I am their dad, and that is all that matters.

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Falcons QB Matt Ryan had his second career 300-yard passing game in the postseason in Saturday’s win against Seattle

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“The great quarterbacks,” Rodgers said, “are remembered for their playoff successes and triumphs and Super Bowl championships and Super Bowl MVPs.”

With a few exceptions — Dan Marino, Jim Kelly and Warren Moon among them — Rodgers is right. We’ll soon find out if Ryan can get there.

Is he ready? On Saturday night, I sought out Falcons pass-rusher Dwight Freeney, a 15-year veteran who has seen it all, including a championship in 2006 during his time with the Indianapolis Colts.

I asked Freeney if Ryan is up to the task. The defensive end shrugged his shoulders.
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Even without Jordy Nelson in uniform, Rodgers ran an all-day clinic of precision, athleticism and sleight-of-hand fakes. He took a few big hits, and never once blinked. Garrett helped him with an unnecessary spike of the ball on the Cowboys’ final possession, ultimately giving Rodgers precious seconds to work with. But there was nobody on the Dallas side to blame for the final score. This was all about a superstar making a play that, Matthews agreed, “probably 31 other quarterbacks can’t make in this league.”

Rodgers quickly dismissed the idea that it was the best throw of his career, a frightening testament to his skill and competitive arrogance. But either way, Rodgers’ pass in Jerry Jones’ climate-controlled palace was the most dramatic play a Packer has made against the Cowboys since Starr’s sneak in the Ice Bowl.

In other words, from here on out, Rodgers’ primary opponent is history. He can spend the rest of this tournament and the rest of his career trying to play himself into the top five, the top three, or maybe even the top one.

When I said Cole played the game the right way that was not meant to imply that Graham doesn’t

That’s not to say pressures aren’t important, but give me the guy who consistently gets the quarterback on the ground with the ball still in his hands every single time.

I’m a Graham fan after watching his film. When I said Cole played the game the right way that was not meant to imply that Graham doesn’t. In fact, if you like a defensive end who is intentionally physical all game long, it doesn’t get much better than Graham.

He may not look all that imposing at 6’2 and 265 pounds, but he reminds me a lot of another guy who used to be an edge rusher for the Eagles (Hugh Douglas) in that a lot of his weight is in his lower body. This is a dude who obviously does not skip leg day and it shows. Like Douglas, he explodes out of his hips to knock people on their ass. It really doesn’t matter whether it’s a run or a pass, or whether Graham is blitzing, trying to play off a blocker or dropping into coverage. I can guarantee you he is going to find a way to knock the shit out of somebody on just about every single play.

Well, for some reason he wasn’t cleared to practice the first few days of training camp, adding to the intrigue surrounding him. When he finally was given the green light to practice, he wore a helmet, shoulder pads and pants that all looked way too big for him. The coaches decided to hold him out from practicing against the first- and second-team defense since it was his first day in pads. Instead, they elected to give him some reps when the third-team offense went against the third-team defense.

I’d just been moved that fall from linebacker to defensive end, so I was over with my defensive line coach at the time, Ray Hamilton, trying to learn the finer points of the position. At one point, Coach Hamilton happened to look over to see how the backup guys were practicing and saw Garner break off an absolutely amazing run behind one of the worst offensive lines I have ever seen.

Suddenly I heard coach Hamilton scream out almost involuntarily, “WHO THE FUCK IS THAT?!”

LeGarrette Blount ran for 18 touchdowns in 2016 and his 2016 salary could max out at just $1 million

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In April 2016, LeGarrette Blount was 29 years old. That made him ancient for an NFL running back. He was still recovering from a hip injury that ended his 2015 season. Nearly six weeks of NFL free agency had passed. League interest in his services was minimal.

So Blount returned to the New England Patriots on a one-year contract, accepting the non-guaranteed veteran’s minimum of $760,000 as his base salary. The Patriots threw in a $100,000 signing bonus, a $40,000 workout bonus and a roster bonus that would pay him $6,250 for every week he was on their game-day roster.

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In all, Blount could max out at $1 million in 2016, a ceiling that would make him no better than the league’s 46th-highest-paid running back, according to ESPN Stats & Information data. His career season under those terms makes Blount arguably the best veteran value in the NFL this season and one of the best in the league’s modern history.

“We have these fans now who might be buying tickets just in case their team wins, and if not they have to start to think about selling it,” On Location Experiences CEO John Collins said. “We’ve created a no-risk situation.”

On Location Experiences has roughly 9,500 tickets allocated with a little more than 3,000 tickets that had to be held back, per the NFL’s stipulation, for fans of teams in the game.

The company is selling four packages. The cheapest comes with an upper-level ticket and a lower-end tailgate party and starts at $5,949. The top package starts at $12,749, includes a prime lower-bowl ticket, a top-shelf tailgate party and access to the field for postgame. Hotels and access to the parties at Club Nomadic — a traveling series stopping in Houston for the Super Bowl with performances by the Chainsmokers, Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift — are sold separately.

Charles’ injury was the lowlight of a rough year for the Chiefs

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None of the three running backs stood out, managing just three touchdowns between them. But when the season was over, the Chiefs still put up decent yardage. They finished 15th in the league in rushing with 1,893 yards on the ground. However, those numbers paled in comparison to the previous season, when they had 2,672 yards, good for best in the NFL. Charles rushed for 1,467 yards that season — or, just 124 fewer yards than Battle, Jones and McCluster combined for in 2011.

Charles’ injury was the lowlight of a rough year for the Chiefs. After winning the AFC West in 2010 with a 10-6 record, they finished at 7-9 and head coach Todd Haley was fired in December after the team reached 5-8. The offense lacked a dynamic threat on the ground and the three quarterbacks who started games — Matt Cassel, Tyler Palko and Kyle Orton — all struggled.

Stafford finished the 42-17 loss going 20-for-32 for 188 yards, one touchdown and three picks. Orlovsky was only slightly better, going 21-for-38 for 191 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Authentic Kids Kareem Jackson Jersey Detroit has yet to win a game this year, and coming into the game Stafford had completed 65.0 percent of his passes for 1,017 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions. Orlovsky is his primary backup, with Kellen Moore behind him. Orlovsky was a fifth-round pick by the Lions in 2005, but he last attempted a regular season pass for them in 2008.

Since that year, in which Orlovsky threw eight touchdowns and eight interceptions in ten games with the Lions, Orlovsky has thrown regular season passes for the Indianapolis Colts and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Orlovsky played in eight games for the Colts in 2011. His last regular season pass came with the Buccaneers in 2012. He completed 4 of 7 passes for 51 yards that year. His last season with the Lions, in 2008, was the year Detroit went 0-16