Jets, Bills feature youth in season opener

Buffalo hosts the New York Jets on Sunday in what could be one of the few 2017 games in which the Bills will be favored.

“He’s played at Notre Dame. He’s played in big games, but when he takes that first snap Sunday, it’s going to be a wakeup call, but I think he’s going to be ready for it. It’s going to be a moment like, ‘I’m in the NFL. I’m playing against the Pittsburgh Steelers.’ But all the work he’s put in, all the prep he’s done, I think he’s ready for it.”

Savage, 27, has just two starts under his belt, both coming last season when starter Brock Osweiler proved too ineffective to maintain the charade of his reliability and trust. Savage has played in five career games and attempted only 92 passes, and for a franchise seeking a third consecutive AFC South title, hitching its wagon to Savage qualifies as an interesting decision.

The Lions reshuffled their line during the offseason to provide better protection for Stafford and open more holes in the running game. They signed right tackle Rick Wagner and right guard T.J. Lang during free agency, then traded with the Los Angeles Rams for left tackle Greg Robinson when Taylor Decker suffered a shoulder injury during minicamp.

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Kearse landed in Seattle as an undrafted free agent after a solid but ultimately unspectacular four-year career at the University of Washington. His ability to make plays after the catch and make a positive impact on special teams earned him a spot on the roster, though it took him some time to break through to the starting lineup.

It hasn’t all been roses, though. The Kony Ealy trade turned out to be a waste of time, and Julian Edelman is out for the season with a torn ACL, but it’s still the Brady and Bill Belichick show unless another team stops it.

Teams that lose in the Super Bowl often fall back to Earth. A year ago it was the Carolina Panthers, who went from 15-1 NFC Champions to 6-10 and last place in the NFC South. The Falcons will try to avoid a similar fate after their heartbreaking loss in February.

The Raiders are coming off their first playoff appearance since 2002, and they’ll hope to be back with a healthy Derek Carr this time. Connor Cook started the Wild Card loss, but he’ll be competing with EJ Manuel for the backup spot this year. The Raiders also added Marshawn Lynch and Jared Cook to bolster the offense, although the defense still has some big flaws even with reigning Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack.

Williams spent the past two seasons on the practice squad, but he has a serious shot to make the final roster this season. The former Washington Husky has been making Cheap Custom NFL Jerseys some outstanding plays in preseason and could find himself a role with Tyler Lockett and Paul Richardson Cheap China Jerseys both banged up.

‘Do Your Job Part 2’ is worth your time, even if you hate the Patriots

There is more than one reason that Do Your Job Part 2, a film about the New England Patriots’ run to Super Bowl LI, exists. Yes, first and foremost, it is chum to feed to a ravenous Patriots fan base, that will, en masse, record this and set to “keep until delete” on their DVRs. (A film like this is basically fetish pornography to someone from Saugus, Mass. or Rye, N.H.)

But even if you aren’t a Patriots fan, there is something to gain from watching a film like this. There are lessons to be gleaned here: lessons about myth-making and the rewriting of history, as well as ones about team management and image management, and, yes, about the fine art of spewing bullshit.

It is all there.

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Henne’s about to get some serious burn in Jacksonville. His name sounds like the abbreviated version of the beautiful cognac that is Hennessy. Perhaps if his name was spelled “Henny” like the drink, he’d be a better quarterback.

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For a starting running back facing a matchup like this, Cook is incredibly cheap for Week 1 DFS contests. He averaged 4.6 yards per touch during the preseason, easily capturing the starting gig while Latavius Murray made a slow recovery from ankle surgery. He’ll now face a New Orleans run defense that ranked as one of the five worst in the NFL last season. — Tristan H. Cockcroft

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With the league rule change this season eliminating the first round of cuts, there will be more players than ever available on waivers. Teams have until noon Sunday following the Week 4 preseason game to claim players for their active rosters before players can be signed to the practice squad. At 1 p.m. ET, each team can start signing up to 10 players to their practice squads.

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FIBA made a shortsighted change that could doom global basketball

Two years ago, international basketball governing body FIBA switched up how nations reached the World Cup and Olympics. Instead of qualifying through summertime tournaments, there would be three soccer-style windows in November, February, and June/July for round-robin qualification games.

FIBA’s stated intent was to ensure basketball fans in every nation could see the best players the sport can offer close to home. Instead of being forced to travel to a central tournament to support their home nation, fans would get more frequent meaningful games in their own countries. High-level basketball would come to each nation involved.

An obvious problem from the jump is that the NBA is in session in November and February. Plus, the June/July window overlaps with free agency, a time when players chasing contracts are unlikely to risk injury in major competition. The NBA was never going to change its calendar for international qualifiers, and one assumes FIBA understood that.

But FIBA did hope the biggest, best non-NBA league in the world would alter Cheap Vintage Baseball Jerseys its schedule to accommodate the new system. Instead, EuroLeague, a 16-team European club competition that’s akin to soccer’s Champions League, expanded its competition. It just released Cheap Volleyball Jerseys For Girls the 2017-18 schedule, and there are no windows for international qualifiers.

Wizards sign Otto Porter after matching Nets’ 4-year, $106 million offer sheet

The Washington Wizards have matched the Brooklyn Nets offer sheet on restricted free agent Otto Porter, according to The Washington Post’s Candace Buckner. He will remain with the Wizards on a four-year deal worth $106 million, a contract the Nets structured to include a 15-percent trade kicker and 50 percent of each season’s salary due on Oct. 1.

The official matching of the offer sheet will not happen until Porter passes his physical next week, according to TNT’s David Aldridge.

All that aside, the Celtics landed another big fish a year after reeling in Al Horford. The Jazz watched George Hill sign with the Kings earlier in the day. They’d hoped some injury luck and internal growth could get them to 60 wins next season. Now Utah is on the playoff fringe, chasing second- and third-tier wing replacements for Hayward. Dennis Lindsay has proven highly capable, but the pool is drying up, and there’s no one out there who can replace Hayward.

Given how other Western Conference teams have improved, the Jazz stand to sink quite a bit. Rudy Gobert is indisputedly their best player — he was 1b with Hayward last season — and Ricky Rubio is a good fit. But on Tuesday the Jazz lost their two best scorers. Their offense was already just a notch above average. Unless Rodney Hood is ready to increase his volume substantially or Joe Johnson is ready Cheap USA Hockey Jerseys to go Cheap Throwback NFL Jerseys back to that 32-minute life, Utah’s going to suffer for this.

One thing was absolutely certain if Hayward left Utah: Gobert was going to be salty on the internet. Sure enough, the Stifle Tower showed out.

Don’t blame the Celtics for missing on Paul George

The Pacers traded Paul George to the Thunder, and everyone is wondering why Danny Ainge and the Celtics couldn’t seal the deal. This has been a recurring theme for Celtics over the past two seasons as Boston has risen from second-tier playoff squad to No. 1 seed. Yet, Ainge has hoarded a horde of premium draft picks and prospects and can’t seem to turn them into a true superstar on the market.

Below the surface, it’s clear that the Celtics’ failure to strike isn’t for lack of trying. ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported that Ainge offered Indiana three non-premium picks, Jae Crowder, and another Celtics starter (presumed to be Avery Bradley) for George during the draft. Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald independently reported the same, and added that the Celtics made an even better offer at the February deadline: a 2017 pick swap that involved Brooklyn’s selection, which became No. 1 overall.

Larry Bird ran the Pacers in February. He should have taken that deal from the Celtics. Kevin Pritchard ran the Pacers on draft night. He should have taken the Celtics’ offer.

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Kevin Durant’s financial sacrifice reminds Steve Kerr of Tim Duncan

Kevin Durant took $10 million less than he could’ve on a two-year, $53 million deal this offseason to keep the Warriors together. That brought back memories of another future Hall of Fame player for Steve Kerr.

Kerr compared Durant’s willingness to take less money so the team could bring back role players to Tim Duncan’s propensity to do the same thing.

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Zach Randolph to sign 2-year, $24 million contract with Kings, per report

The Sacramento Kings are making moves to add veteran leadership to their young roster. They’ve agreed to a two-year, $24 million deal with former Grizzlies star Zach Randolph, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The move reunites Randolph with Dave Joerger, his former coach in Memphis. It also comes on the heels of a three-year, $57 million arrangement with free-agent point guard George Hill. It also suggests the end of the beloved Grit ’N Grind era in Memphis, with Tony Allen also possibly on his way out as a free agent.

Things could change — maybe there’s a small chance Antetokounmpo demands a trade. But Milwaukee doesn’t have to do anything. He’s 22 years old and committed to the franchise right now.

Plus, what he said was reasonable. Players want to play on good teams where they have a chance to win — and they want to have fun doing it. If a player feels it’s time to move on because his team hasn’t improved, he has the absolute right to do that.

If Antetokounmpo believes he has a better opportunity elsewhere, he NFL Jerseys China should jump on it when the time comes. If he wants to stay in Milwaukee, he should do that. But it will be up to him to find the best situation — a silly tweet won’t determine that.

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