Zach Mettenberger out for season with shoulder sprain, per report

The Tennessee Titans are looking for a long-term solution at quarterback and were hoping to get a good, long look at Zach Mettenberger heading into the offseason. But that plan will have to change now that he’s been ruled out for the season with a Grade 3 sprain in his throwing shoulder, according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennesseean.

The good news is that Mettenberger, who has started since Week 8, will reportedly not need surgery for the injury. But it will force the Titans to turn back to Jake Locker, who came off the bench for Mettenberger against the New York Giants in Week 14.

Mettenberger, a sixth-round pick out of LSU, finishes his rookie year with 1,412 yards, eight touchdowns, seven interceptions and a 59.8 completion percentage. He went 0-6 as the Titans starter.

Considering that the Titans have long been out of the playoffs, Mettenberger’s loss isn’t a big deal for this season. But it does limit how much the coaching staff got to work with him and could muddle the team’s roster decisions this offseason.

Hampered by injuries and inconsistent play, Locker never lived up to expectations after being grabbed by Tennessee with the No. 8 overall pick in 2011. The team declined to pick up his fifth-year option.

Here is a list of programs Deshaun Watson has beaten over the last two years: Louisville, Notre Dame, Florida State, Oklahoma, Ohio State, and Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide in the national title game. He’s a proven clutch performer, he’s probably the most tested quarterback in this year’s draft class, and while others will pass, he’s still fully participating in the combine. I think that says a lot about Watson.1

Long snapper Zak DeOssie re-signs with New York Giants

Long snapper Zak DeOssie will be back with the New York Giants for an 11th season.

Womens David Andrews Jersey The Giants announced Friday that the team¡¯s second longest-tenured player has signed a new contract.

The 33-year-old DeOssie, who could have become a free agent, and quarterback Eli Manning are the only active Giants who played with the teams that won Super Bowls after the 2007 and ¡¯11 season. Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, linebacker Mark Herzlich and tackle Will Beatty were members of the 2011 team along with DeOssie and Manning.

A fourth-round draft choice out of Brown, DeOssie has played in 156 of 160 regular-season games and all 10 of the team¡¯s postseason games. He missed the final four games of the 2015 season after wrist surgery.

When he is on the field, the majority of Engram¡¯s responsibility should be as a pass catcher. He¡¯s a movable piece for an offense, one capable of getting open from a variety of alignments, against whatever defender a team wants to throw at him.

And Engram should only improve in that realm, as he continues to hone his feel for where and when to plant his routes. If there is an obvious area where Engram could become even more dangerous, it¡¯s on extended plays¡ªwhen his initial route doesn¡¯t work, he has a tendency to shut it down and wait where he is, instead of continuing to search for open space.

Consider that the next level of Engram¡¯s development as a pass-catching threat. He still will land in the NFL well ahead of the curve as a receiver.
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Njoku and others may have higher ceilings, at least when it comes to being a dominant tight end like a Rob Gronkowski. Engram, however, should be able to be a playmaker from Day One. He is a tight end by trade who plays like a veteran slot receiver.

NFL defenses may have just as much trouble figuring him out as his college foes did.

Corrine¡¯s dad ¡ª who is wearing a gold chain underneath his very unbuttoned plaid shirt ¡ª is like, ¡°uhhh…¡±

He makes a good point. What does Nick do? Is he just a professional Bachelor guy, now? Like, what¡¯s his day-to-day going to be when this is over? Will he hit up Oracle and ask for a job? See if GoDaddy is hiring? Write a letter to Jeff Bezos and ask if Amazon needs him to sling some CD-ROMS? Or are they just grooming him to be the next Chris Harrison?

Anyway, Corinne¡¯s dad appears to get over it, because he and Nick drink some 15-year-old single malt scotch together, Nick tells jokes, Corinne¡¯s dad lets out a few wheezing laughs, and they just seem to be a couple of guys being guys, you know?
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Dallas also expects backup point guard J.J. Barea to return from an extended absence due to a calf strain soon after the All-Star break.

Authentic Kids Chris Scott Jersey Williams made two All-Star appearances and led the Jazz to four playoff appearances and four postseason series wins during his five-and-a-half-season tenure with the team, highlighted by Utah’s run to the 2007 Western Conference finals. But Williams’ time with the Jazz did not end well, with legendary coach Jerry Sloan resigning after clashing with the headstrong point guard and Utah trading Williams to the Nets before the 2011 deadline, fearing losing him for nothing in free agency after the following season.

Utah has qualified for the postseason only once and has not won a playoff game since Williams’ departure, but the Jazz’s rebuilding process is paying dividends this season as they fight for home-court advantage in the first round.

Super Bowl 2016 halftime show: Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz set to perform

Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz are just minutes away from getting the Super Bowl 49 halftime show underway. Although many viewers are glued to the game happening right now between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks as they battle for the Lombardi Trophy, plenty of people are anxiously awaiting halftime to see what kind of show one of the biggest stars in pop music puts on.

Limited Jamie Collins Jersey Perry is a multi-million album selling pop artist best known for hits like “I Kissed a Girl,” “Firework” and “Roar.” The past two years have been solid when it comes to halftime performances, with relevant artists like Beyonce and Bruno Mars headlining. That’s a stark contrast to other years, when many harped on the NFL for being out of touch with its choice of older performers.

Jimmie Ward Mens Jersey Both sides have expressed the desire for a reunion, but the deal hinges on dollar signs. Suh has said he wants to be the highest-paid defender in the league — more than J.J. Watt’s six-year, $100 million deal. As things stand now, the Lions will have about $18 million in open salary cap, depending on what the final 2016 cap number is. But Lewand says he’s not worried about being able to afford Suh.

“We plan really well looking out into the future and where our salary cap goes,” Lewand said. “I think we can do that. I have no doubt that we can do that with Ndamukong, make him a continuing part of the core of our football team, and that’s what that’s all about in this league is identifying those core players and building around those guys. And there’s no doubts that there’s trade outs that have to happen along the way. You can’t keep everybody because it is a hard cap, but if you have a good nucleus of guys, then that draft every year comes through and you can keep adding good players to the mix.”

we saw the conflict between short-term gains and long-term security reach its logical conclusion.

A score between roughly 89 and roughly 98 translates to a four-star grade, meaning the average signee in each of these classes was essentially a mid-four-star.

That means Urban Meyer tops both lists, with Nick Saban’s teams showing up most frequently and a Saban spinoff, Kirby Smart, delivering Georgia a 2017 class that would’ve ranked No. 1 overall in a few years.

It’s fair to argue that the recruiting industry’s standards have evolved over time, so it’s hard to accurately compare a 2018 prospect to a 2001 prospect. The process has improved greatly, due to exposure and experience, so it’s also hard to say for sure how 2003’s classes would’ve graded by 2016’s methods, and vice versa.

But! The same thing goes for yardage records on the football field, and we keep records for those all the same. This isn’t an attempt to declare these classes the best (but please feel free to weigh in), just a place to gather the numbers as they are.

If a long-term deal isn’t reached by July 15, most franchise-tagged players just sign the one-year tender. But there is one option left in their leverage: threaten to hold out, like Berry said he would.

Last year, we saw the conflict between short-term gains and long-term security reach its logical conclusion. With Josh Norman coming off a career-year and establishing himself as one of the best cornerbacks in the game, the Carolina Panthers slapped the tag on him. Norman wanted big money, but the Panthers were unwilling to offer it with their cap space compromised.

Eventually, both sides called each others’ bluff — with extension talks going nowhere, Carolina rescinded the tag and Norman became a free agent on the spot. He signed a lucrative five-year, $75 million deal with Washington and continued his star production, while the Panthers struggled with CB depth all season.

Adrian Peterson could be a fit in New York if the Giants look to upgrade a rushing attack that ranked 29th in 2016

Quarterback Kirk Cousins is the only legitimate candidate, and if the Redskins want to keep him around in 2017, this might be the route they must go. Cousins holds the leverage, so any long-term deal will require the Redskins giving in rather than vice versa. It would mark the second consecutive year Cousins would have been tagged. And if tagged, there’s little incentive for Cousins to strike a long-term deal, knowing the huge payday that would await him in 2018 if he hits unrestricted free agency.
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Running back situation: Rashad Jennings, 31, led the Giants with 593 rushing yards, and Paul Perkins, 22, had 456. Jennings was released on Tuesday, and though Perkins showed promise, he didn’t score a touchdown last season.

Authentic Kids Lee Smith Jersey Could it work? The Giants went 11-5 with the league’s 29th-ranked running game and the second-shortest average drive in the league. The idea of playing in a backfield with Eli Manning and in an offense with Odell Beckham Jr. could be intriguing to Peterson, though a team that threw nearly 600 times last season isn’t about to become a ball-control outfit. Still, there could be a fit here if the Giants think Peterson can help put them over the top.

Ansah wasn’t his usual self, but he also was unlucky. He knocked down opposing quarterbacks 15 times, which is a second useful measure of pass pressure and often a good predictor of sacks. In 2016, edge rushers sacked opposing quarterbacks on 42 percent of their knockdowns. Ansah’s two-for-15 performance was a huge outlier; by that 42 percent rate, he “should” have produced 6.3 sacks, with that 4.3-sack difference the largest in the league among underperformers. (The biggest outlier the other way? The Falcons’ Vic Beasley, who had 16 knockdowns and produced 15.5 sacks against an expectation of 6.7 for an 8.8-sack difference.)

Nurkic provides the Blazers with more size down low than Plumlee provided

The Grizzlies still hold the top mark this season in terms of biggest comeback with that unforgettable rally from 24 points down on the Warriors’ floor on Jan. 6. Dallas has to settle for the season’s second-biggest comeback in the second half, thanks to its rally from three touchdowns down in the third quarter against visiting Utah. The Grizz can also still claim a 2-1 mark in the season series with mighty Golden State despite the blowout inflicted Friday night on Memphis’ floor by our top-ranked team. You have to believe Toney Douglas, meanwhile, has earned a rest-of-the-season deal in Memphis, judging by the Grizzlies’ 10-2 record when Douglas gets on the court.

Portland Trail Blazers: Nurkic provides the Blazers with more size down low than Plumlee provided — as well as he had played this season on offense — and Stein reports that the team remains determined to deal injured center Festus Ezeli before the trade deadline. The big question is whether they’ll be able to find a taker. According to Stein, Portland would be willing to provide some sort of draft-pick compensation for any team willing to take on the rest of Ezeli’s two-year contract, which is worth $7.4 million this season but only guaranteed for $1 million next season.
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“Oh, come on, man. Don’t start that,” he told the reporter who asked the question.

Questions about Anthony’s future probably aren’t going anywhere, but the veteran forward rightfully preferred to focus on the present after beating San Antonio on Sunday. He and other players pointed to a film session during Saturday’s practice in which players — rather than coaches — pointed out mistakes and reassured one another that those mistakes were correctable.
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“It’s huge hearing it from you peers instead of just the same voice,” Lee said. “… You hear the guys that you’re out there competing with and battling with telling you, ‘I need you to do this. I need you to do that. If you do this, I’ll do this for you.’ That’s how it’s supposed to be. It was definitely beneficial for us.”

The Penguins are looking to deal Marc-Andre Fleury before deadline, per report

The Pittsburgh Penguins have quite a predicament on their hands. As the reigning Stanley Cup champions, you expect they¡¯re going to ice their best team in order to repeat as the NHL¡¯s best. The problem? The Penguins have two very competent goaltenders in Marc-Andre Fleury and Matt Murray, and the NHL has an expansion draft coming up in a little less than five months.

Also on the horizon? The NHL trade deadline at the start of March. So, it¡¯s no surprise rumblings are starting to come out of Pittsburgh as to what the Penguins¡¯ management is going to do to remedy their situation.

Kids Earl Thomas III Jersey Late last week, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published an article with some insightful quotes from Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford. Emphasis, obviously, is ours:

Kids Chuck Foreman Jersey Rutherford reiterated the idea that the Penguins¡¯ two-goalie rotation with Matt Murray and Marc-Andre Fleury ¡°doesn¡¯t work ideally¡± when both are healthy.

So far this season, both have dealt with injuries and the other has generally played well when forced into extended duty. But when both goalies are available, Rutherford realizes both Fleury and Murray ¡ª rightly ¡ª see themselves as No. 1 goalies, and want to be in the net.

Also getting a read on the situation was ESPN¡¯s Pierre LeBrun, who had his own conversation with Rutherford and came away with a similar deduction.

Fleury has a no-move clause, but I think it’s clear he would welcome a trade to a good situation. The question is whether a market opens up before March 1. Will teams like the Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues, Winnipeg Jets or Calgary Flames decide they need to trade for a goalie?

The cars all 32 NFL coaches totally drive

On Thursday, the NFL world got its first look at Rex Ryan’s pickup truck with a custom Buffalo Bills paint job. It says a lot about the coach who will go to those lengths for his team and the fans. It also left us wondering what kind of cars the other 31 NFL head coaches drive.

Hardy will become an unrestricted free agent in March. If given a two-game suspension, he should have a much easier time getting signed this offseason than if forced to sit six games.

Hardy was arrested last May for assaulting his ex-girlfriend and threatening to kill her. He was found guilty of a misdemeanor charge two months later. Details from the incident allegedly involved Hardy throwing his ex-girlfriend on a bed covered with guns and threatening her life. The case was dismissed after she failed to appear in court. She and Hardy reportedly finalized a settlement afterward.

Of course, with Quinn now in Atlanta, we can go ahead and assume he’ll start looking for the Seattle-style bigger corners, and he may start looking for his Earl Thomas, or Kam Chancellor at safety. He’ll be looking for speed at linebacker, and multiplicity on the defensive line.

On the other side of the ball, the Falcons will be changing things up as well. They’ll be running Kyle Shanahan’s zone blocking scheme, so needs and prototypes on the offensive line and at running back change somewhat.

“My first impression of him is that you can feel the quickness,” Quinn said of Devonta Freeman. “In our outside-zone-system, I feel like this is tailor-made for a guy who can really explode off the edge.”

The team was losing $1 million a month when he bought it

Almost from the beginning, Jones challenged the NFL establishment in its business dealings, first with television negotiations and later with marketing deals. He has helped turn the NFL into one of the most profitable ventures in the world. Forbes named the Cowboys the most valuable sports franchise in the world at more than $4 billion.

But Jones said he didn’t purchase the Cowboys because of a potential profit. The team was losing $1 million a month when he bought it. He purchased the team to be part of an exclusive club.

“I live a life where it is just absolutely a high relative to do what I do and being with the Cowboys,” Jones said in a conference room near his second-story office at The Star, the team’s new practice facility in Frisco, Texas. “It hardly seems fair to also get to sit here and maybe get a pat on the back through the Hall of Fame because I have such respect. I know as well as anybody that has ever been a fan of this game, I know the caliber of people that are in the Hall of Fame.”

The journey has not been without controversy. He fired the only coach the Cowboys had ever known at the time, Tom Landry, and some fans have never forgiven him. When Jones and Jimmy Johnson could no longer coexist, the coach departed amid a budding dynasty after winning Super Bowls XXVII and XXVIII (two years after Johnson left, Dallas would win Super Bowl XXX). Jones has maintained final say over the football operations despite a Super Bowl drought that has stretched 21 seasons.

The closest to a questionable call (or non-call) I could find, as you can see in the posts below, was a failure to recognize a late hit out of bounds in the first quarter.

But the crew nailed the night’s three most difficult calls:
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Game Womens Teddy Bridgewater Jersey A 27-yard reception by Falcons receiver Julio Jones, who somehow managed to get both feet in bounds near the sideline in the fourth quarter.