Jaguars’ DE Dante Fowler says his days of off-field trouble are over despite July arrest



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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville Jaguars jersey defensive end Dante Fowler jersey said his recent arrest on misdemeanor battery charges isn’t an indication of a maturity issue and pledged to stay out of any further trouble.

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Fowler, speaking publicly for the first time since the July 18 arrest in his hometown of St. Petersburg, Florida, apologized to the Jaguars organization and city and said he told executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin that he wants to be a role model instead of being viewed as a problem child.

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“I told Tom that I’m sorry. I told him that I apologize. I can’t make the organization look like that and put us in situations like that. That’s not us. That’s not how we are as a team. That’s not how we are as an organization. We had a good talk. I told them from here on out, nothing else will happen.”

Wholesale Dan McCullers-Sanders jersey Coach Doug Marrone said he’s wholesale jersey met with Fowler but did not want to disclose what was said. He also said any discipline from the team will be handled in-house.

“Any time something like that happens, no matter who it is, you’re disappointed,” Marrone said. “For me it’s a little bit bigger than that. I believe that we represent something even more so than the organization. We represent a sport, a league, so I think whenever those things happen no matter who it may be I think that it’s concerning.”

Three of Fowler’s teammates also spoke on Wednesday — linebacker Paul Posluszny jersey jersey, tight end Marcedes Lewis jersey and defensive end Calais Campbell jersey jersey — and each said they are willing to help Fowler in any way.

“I take a lot of pride in being a leader, but a lot of it is I just care about my teammates and Dante is a good kid,” Campbell said. “Just need to worry about those guys doing all the right things and understand the possibilities are in front of them. Of course, I’ve talked to him, tried to motivate him, give him encouragement, pick him up when he needs to be picked up and vice versa when it comes to the football field.”

According to a St. Petersburg Police Department statement, Fowler was arrested July 18 and charged with misdemeanor battery and criminal mischief after he hit a man, knocked off his glasses and stepped on them, then threw the victim’s grocery bag into a lake. The statement said the incident began after the victim made a comment about Fowler’s driving through the parking lot at a local apartment complex.

“At the end of the day, it could have went down a totally different way,” Fowler said. “I could have [taken] the right approach. I took the wrong approach, and I realize that I’m wrong for that. Like I said, it won’t happen again.”

That was Fowler’s third off-field incident in 17 months. He also was in arrested Miami Beach in March 2016 and charged with assault against a police officer/EMT and resisting arrest without violence. The misdemeanor charges were dropped in December 2016 after he completed a pretrial intervention program.

A month before that, a video surfaced on TMZ.com of Fowler apparently refereeing a fight between his girlfriend and the mother of his child. The NFL investigated the matter, but Fowler was not disciplined by the league. He released a statement apologizing for his actions.

In addition, Fowler has been cited for 10 moving violations in four counties in Florida in the past two years — including instances in which he was issued tickets for driving 98 mph in a 55 mph zone in Jacksonville and 99 mph in a 70 mph zone in Alachua County.

Yet the third overall draft pick in 2015 says he does not have a problem with maturity.

“It’s just some things, just learning and growing,” Fowler said. “I’m a professional. People are going to push me to that point. I just have to be the bigger person and realize who I am and do that. Maturity is not a problem.

“I’m actually growing a lot, especially with this new structure [under Coughlin and coach Doug Marrone] and everything like that. Starting to carve me into the person I want to be, the professional I want to be. It’s just a bump in the road that I have to get over and put past me and show you guys, show the organization, show the city, that I’m a role model and I want to go in that route and not go in another bad route.”

Hue Jackson: DE Myles Garrett ‘is ready to go’ at Browns camp



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BEREA, Ohio – Myles Garrett jersey has recovered from the sprained foot that sidelined him during minicamp and will be full go for training camp, Cleveland Browns jersey coach Hue Jackson said Wednesday.

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“Myles is ready to go,” Jackson said at the team’s pre-camp news conference.

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“We will definitely monitor him, but I think he’s totally healthy. Maybe [he] hasn’t done all the conditioning that you like to see right before training camp,” Jackson said. “But I think he’s up to speed and ready to go. And he’s looking forward to it.”

Wholesale Tevin Westbrook jersey In the time Garrett was away from the Browns, he made clear his recovery was going well on his Instagram page.

The Browns’ first practice open to the public and media is Thursday afternoon.

Julio Jones hires dive team to try to find lost $150K earring



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Atlanta Falcons jersey receiver Julio Jones jersey jersey recently took a tumble off a Jet Ski, and when he emerged from the lake waters, he was missing something.

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One of his diamond earrings, reportedly valued at about $150,000, had fallen out.

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Divers, who went as far down as 65 feet, came up empty-handed on Tuesday, WXIA reported.

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Asked whether the earring was worth $100,000, Jones told WXIA, “Yeah, yeah, it was worth a little bit.”

Jones’ jeweler said the earring is worth $150,000.

Jones, who reports to Falcons training camp on Wednesday, said he’s just glad no one got hurt when he fell off the Jet Ski.

“As long as I’m good, it’s materialistic stuff,” he told WXIA. “You can always get that kind of stuff back.”

Everson Griffen, Vikings agree on four-year extension



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The Minnesota Vikings jersey and defensive end Everson Griffen jersey jersey have agreed to a four-year contract extension, sources confirmed to ESPN.

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Financial terms of the deal, which was first wholesale jersey reported by NFL Network, weren’t immediately known.

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He has started all 47 games he’s played in the past three seasons and has 30.5 sacks during that time, including eight last season.

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‘Madden NFL 18’ ratings for every 2017 NFL first-round pick



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The crew from “Madden NFL 18” released rookie ratings on Monday, and top pick Myles Garrett jersey — unsurprisingly — has the top overall rating in the video game. No. 2 might surprise you, however — it’s No. 19 pick O.J. Howard.

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Check out the overall ratings for all 32 first-round picks below, and go here to see them sorted by rating. “Stats to know” have been provided by ESPN Stats & Info.

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Stat to know: Garrett was a unanimous All-American in 2016 and had 32.5 career sacks at Texas A&M, which was the seventh most in SEC history.

Cheap Quinton Patton jersey 2. Mitchell Trubisky jersey, QB, Chicago Bears jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 77

Stat to know: The Tar Heel completed a Power 5-best 70.1 percent of his passes against the blitz last season.

3. Solomon Thomas jersey, DT, San Francisco 49ers jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 79

Stat to know: Thomas had 27 quarterback hurries and 14 tackles for loss at Stanford last season, both of which ranked third in the Pac-12.

EA Sports4. Leonard Fournette jersey, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 81

Stat to know: Fournette had 14 140-yard rushing games in his LSU career.

5. Corey Davis jersey, WR, Tennessee Titans jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 79

Stat to know: Davis finished his Western Michigan career as the only player in FBS history with at least 5,000 receiving yards and 50 receiving touchdowns.

6. Jamal Adams jersey, S, New York Jets jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 81

Stat to know: Adams was a first-team All-American and All-SEC in 2016 for LSU.

7. Mike Williams jersey, WR, Los Angeles Chargers jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 79

Stat to know: Williams had 63 receptions resulting in a first-down conversion or touchdown for Clemson in 2016, wholesale jersey which was tops in the ACC.

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Stat to know: McCaffrey’s 6,191 combined all-purpose yards in 2015 and 2016 at Stanford are the most in a two-season span by any player in FBS history.

9. John Ross jersey, WR, Cincinnati Bengals jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 77

Stat to know: The Washington Husky led the FBS with 12 red-zone touchdown receptions, and that was tied for second in a single season in the past five years.

10. Patrick Mahomes II jersey, QB, Kansas City Chiefs jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 76

Stat to know: Mahomes led the FBS with 5,052 passing yards last season, and the Texas Tech quarterback had the most completions from outside the pocket (55) and under duress (59) in among Power 5 schools last season.

11. Marshon Lattimore jersey, CB, New Orleans Saints jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 76

Stat to know: At the combine, the Buckeye ran a 4.36 40 and had a 38?-inch vertical and 11-foot broad jump, all three of which ranked in the top 10 among defensive backs.

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Stat to know: Watson led all Power 5 players with 38 touchdown passes thrown at least 20 yards downfield over the past three seasons at Clemson.

13. Haason Reddick jersey, ILB, Arizona Cardinals jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 73

Stat to know: Reddick had 22.5 tackles for loss at Temple last season, which ranked third in the FBS.

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Stat to know: Barnett had 69 total pressures for the Volunteers in 2016, best in the Power 5.

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Stat to know: Hooker had three defensive touchdowns for the Buckeyes in 2016, which tied for first in the FBS.

16. Marlon Humphrey jersey, CB, Baltimore Ravens jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 75

Stat to know: Humphrey had three forced fumbles and five interceptions in his career at Alabama.

17. Jonathan Allen jersey, DT, Washington Redskins jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 73

Stat to know: Allen had seven career multisack games at Alabama, and all seven of those games came against AP-ranked opponents, which was the most by any FBS player since 2005.

18. Adoree’ Jackson jersey, CB, Tennessee Titans jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 74

Stat to know: At USC, Jackson had 24 career starts (21 at cornerback, one at safety, one at wide receiver and one concurrently at cornerback and wide receiver).

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Stat to know: Howard caught 77.6 percent of his targets for the Crimson Tide in 2016, which ranked second in the SEC.

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Stat to know: Despite missing four games because of injury, Davis ranked second on the Gators with 60 total tackles last season.

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Stat to know: Harris had 28 quarterback knockdowns for Missouri last season, which ranked third among Power 5 pass-rushers.

23. Evan Engram jersey, TE, New York Giants jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 75

Stat to know: At Ole Miss last season, Engram had 33 receptions of 10-plus yards, which was No. 1 among Power 5 tight ends.

24. Gareon Conley jersey, CB, Oakland Raiders jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 75

Stat to know: Conley had eight pass breakups for the Buckeyes last season.

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Stat to know: Peppers took snaps at nine different positions for the Wolverines last season.

26. Takkarist McKinley jersey, DE, Atlanta Falcons jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 75

Stat to know: McKinley had 18 tackles for loss for the Bruins last season, which ranked second in the Pac-12.

27. Tre’Davious White jersey, CB, Buffalo Bills jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 78

Stat to know: White played 760 snaps on an LSU defense that allowed an FBS-best 16 touchdowns last season.

28. Taco Charlton jersey, DE, Dallas Cowboys jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 75

Stat to know: Charlton had 9.5 sacks for the Wolverines in 2016, third most in the Big Ten.

29. David Njoku jersey, TE, Cleveland Browns jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 78

Stat to know: Njoku led Power 5 tight ends with 480 yards after the catch for the Hurricanes last season.

30. T.J. Watt, OLB, Pittsburgh Steelers jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 74

Stat to know: The Wisconsin pass-rusher led front-seven combine participants in the 60-yard shuttle (11.20) and co-led in the 20-yard shuttle.

31. Reuben Foster jersey, ILB, San Francisco 49ers jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 76

Stat to know: The Alabama linebacker had five games with 10-plus tackles last season, and all five were against ranked opponents.

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Stat to know: Ramczyk was the first consensus All-American offensive lineman from Wisconsin since 2010.

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Rams, Chargers both have their work cut out for them in Los Angeles



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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Rams jersey rookies are scheduled to report for training camp by Wednesday afternoon. Three days later, the entire team will take the field for practice on the campus of UC Irvine. The Los Angeles Chargers jersey will do the same about five miles north the following morning, practicing for the first time from Jack Ham jerseymett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa, California.

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By the end of the week, these two teams will finally — almost literally — become neighbors.

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The Rams have history in L.A., both recent and deep-rooted. They played here for 49 consecutive seasons, from 1946 to 1994, winning a championship and making 21 playoff appearances along the way. They also returned before anybody else, the first NFL franchise in the nation’s second-largest media market in 22 years. But the Chargers — on paper, at least — seemingly have the better team.

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The Rams have a long and storied history in the area, and the Chargers have the higher ceiling for success. Their battle for the heart of L.A. officially begins this week. Kirby Lee/USA TODAY SportsThe Chargers look dynamic on offense and would’ve been a lot better last year if not for a litany of injuries and an inordinate amount of close losses. Still, they went a combined 9-23 during their last two seasons in San Diego. They will now play in a city where they spent only one prior season, 57 years ago. The Rams, meanwhile, haven’t sniffed the playoffs since 2004. They’ve lost more games than they’ve won for 10 straight years and are coming off a tumultuous, dispiriting 4-12 season.

Does Los Angeles, a city that craves excitement and ignores mediocrity, have enough room in its heart for these two teams?

“Every other sport out here has two teams, so we understand the size of the market, the entertainment aspect of this,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said last month, while attending an event for Rams season-ticket holders at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. “But there’s also a great deal of competition [in L.A.]. You have to be on your game, and you have to provide the right kind of interaction for your fans.”

The Rams and Chargers won’t share a space until 2020, when both teams move into the $2.6 billion stadium in Inglewood, California, that is being funded by Rams owner Stan Kroenke. Over these next three wholesale jersey years, the Rams will play out of the expansive, 94-year-old Coliseum while the Chargers call the intimate, 30,000-seat StubHub Center home. But their relationship begins now.

Marc Ganis, president of Chicago sports business consulting firm Sportscorp Ltd., sees the Rams and Chargers “in an interesting position of being both competitors and partners.”

They’d like to forge a competitive rivalry, but they also must work together. Ideally, they would eventually bring out the best in one another.

“We’re all going to have to work harder,” Goodell said of making it work with two teams in L.A. “We’re going to have to be more creative, we’re going to have to be more innovative, to engage with our fans, build fan bases, and provide a great experience.”

The Chargers, Rams and the Oakland Raiders jersey, who are soon heading for Las Vegas, make up three teams that were approved for relocation in a span of 15 months. Ganis, who said his firm has worked on projects related to more than two-thirds of the NFL teams, was a central figure in what became an exodus from Los Angeles in the mid-1990s. He represented the Rams when they moved to St. Louis and he represented the city of Oakland when the Raiders returned to the Bay Area. Now he’s watching the NFL’s return to L.A. from afar.

“The key,” Ganis said, “is to have success on the field and to be able to carve out a large enough fan base that relates just to your team, rather than to the NFL generally or to the visiting teams.”

It won’t be easy. L.A. offers real financial opportunities, as evidenced by the Rams doubling in value over the last 12 months. But it also represents an uphill battle for two teams that don’t necessarily resonate with this generation of Angelino just yet. There are too many other distractions in this city, not the least of which is USC and UCLA football, and the Rams and Chargers haven’t been around. An entire generation of NFL fans grew up rooting for the Raiders or the Cowboys or somebody else, in a time when out-of-market games are easily accessible.

Ganis hasn’t noticed a real appetite for the Rams or the Chargers.

“I would love to tell you that it’s overwhelming,” he said, “but I don’t believe that is the case yet.”

It’s hard to consider that without lamenting the opportunity the Rams wasted last year. They had this city wrapped around their little finger, with season tickets sold out in a matter of hours and nearly 90,000 fans showing up for a preseason game. Then they lost 75 percent of the time. Their head coach was fired, their offense was dull, their franchise quarterback played poorly, and the fan experience at their stadium was deemed unpleasant, prompting the Rams to reduce capacity to about 70,000.

“I don’t think we expected a great season, but I think about captivating L.A.,” said Dickerson, who played for the Rams when they essentially shared a market with the Raiders. “It’s about the quality on the field. You might not win, but if they would’ve put something exciting on the field last year, they would’ve had fans’ attention this year. I think that’s why they really failed.”

Now, Ganis said, “There’s almost a bit of a race as to which of the teams can be successful, seriously successful on the field, the soonest.”

The team that does, Ganis believes, could take control of this market for good. And though few would argue that the Chargers are better-equipped to win in 2017, some would say that the Rams — with a younger quarterback, a more talented defense and a potential prodigy at head coach — can have the brighter longterm future if things go right. Ideally, the dynamic between the Rams and Chargers would eventually play out like that of the Giants and the Jets in New York, two teams that have carved out their own fan bases in a major metropolitan city.

But it doesn’t always work that way. The White Sox take a backseat to the Cubs in Chicago; the Lakers dwarf the Clippers in Los Angeles. The Rams and Chargers both have their work cut out for them in this city, for different reasons.

But Ganis sees real, tangible hope on the horizon.

“That new stadium is going to be a game changer,” he said. “… This is a set-up period for when the new stadium opens. There will be challenges, there will be some successes, there will be some failures, there will be some griping. But when people see that new stadium – when the fans see it, when the media sees it, when the world sees it — I think it’s going to change the perception dramatically and will change the results, the economic results, as well.”

Judgment day for Jaylon Smith: First practice in pads, 572 days after injury



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OXNARD, California — The last time Jaylon Smith jersey wore pads on a football field was Jan. 1, 2016, in the Fiesta Bowl.

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His left knee was shredded after he was pushed in the back by an Ohio State offensive lineman, causing Smith’s foot to plant into the ground. He tore his anterior cruciate ligament. He tore his lateral collateral ligament. He suffered damage to the peroneal nerve, causing some teams to eliminate him from their draft board.

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When the Dallas Cowboys jersey put the pads on Wednesday for their third practice of training camp, Smith will be in full pads on a football field for the first time since the injury.

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“Very confident on myself and everything I’ve done this far,” Smith said. “The strength staff, the rehab, Britt Brown, Jim [Maurer], all those guys; we have a plan set in place and we don’t want to defer from it. It’s just about working every day, and it’s something where for me everything I’ve done we start off slow, we continue to progress, we continue to progress and we’re good. And I’ve succeeded in everything thus far.”

Dez Bryant jersey jersey called teammate Jaylon Smith jersey (left) a “freak of nature” and says the linebacker looks like an “action figure” on the football field. AP Photo/Gus RuelasTo almost everybody else — coaches, teammates, executives — it will be another sign of progress.

Smith’s older brother, Rod, is a running back with the Cowboys.

“I think he’s ready to get out there,” Rod Smith jersey said. “He’s been preparing since the injury, so he’s been doing a good job keeping his mind off it. Focused, keeping his mind right. Focused on what he needs to have it focused on. He looks ready.”

Justin Durant jersey sat next to Smith last year in the linebackers room as Smith worked through his rehab his rookie season, unable to play.

“I love everything about him,” Durant said. “I’m excited for him to get out there. I want to see how good he is, too.”

Said wide receiver Dez Bryant jersey jersey: “The dude’s a freak of nature. Look at him. He looks like a damn action figure out there. The guy’s phenomenal. I’m ready to see him in action. I think he’s going to perform well.”

There is no way of truly knowing how Smith will perform until he is on the field in a game. Wearing pads during training camp offers more of a glimpse into the reality than offseason practices conducted without pads, though.

As optimistic as the Cowboys are, defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said he has not seen enough to know for sure if Smith will help during the regular season.

“No, other than I know he’s a very talented and a terrific college player,” Marinelli said. “We know what he’s about. He’s got size and the movement. That’s a great starting point. Great starting point.”

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While the strength and movement have returned to his left foot, Smith continues to wear a brace to help keep it flexed. Zack Martin jersey jersey wore a similar brace during his rookie season when he suffered an ankle injury going into the playoffs.

“It’s great for support,” Martin said. “Obviously when you have that injury the biggest thing is when it moves a little bit it hurts. It keeps it stable and made a huge difference for me.”

Smith hopes he won’t need a brace when the regular season starts, or perhaps the one he wears will be modified more. The ligaments are strong and secure. The nerve continues to regenerate and the Cowboys believe it will fire completely in the future. Smith has been coy when discussing the specifics of the nerve injury but has always been positive it would return fully.

A recent EMG showed the nerve’s conduction has grown from the last test in the spring,

“Those are the things you can see that things are changing for him in a positive way,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said.

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“It’s about patience,” Jaylon Smith jersey said. “But with sitting out a year, I’ve learned so much about myself as a man. Everything I do is with a clear-eye view. It’s a focused vision, determined belief and earned dreams. It’s something I live by and walk with every single day.”

How Bill Belichick has mastered the art of saying nothing



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Since Bill Belichick resigned as “HC of the NYJ” and joined the New England Patriots jersey, the team’s five Super Bowl championships and 14 AFC East titles mark an unprecedented run of sustained success.

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That success has also bred an impressive level of secrecy. Over the years, Belichick has done his best to withhold even the most elementary knowledge from the public and his competition. His media conferences no longer feature infamous notes annotated on loose paper like they did that January day in 2000.

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Every so often, though, Belichick delves into his vast knowledge of the game, its history, and the former executives, coaches and players he has worked with.

Cheap Derrick Lott jersey Belichick held more than 100 media conferences and calls with local media over the course of the 2016 season. Each provided its own window into how the coach flawlessly navigates through the NFL’s many daily briefings without saying much of anything at all.

Data gathered from media conference transcripts on Patriots.com

Out of sight, out of mindBrady served his four-game Deflategate suspension at the start of the 2016 season, which meant invaluable playing time for backup Jimmy Garoppolo jersey jersey and rookie Jacoby Brissett jersey. Per NFL rules, Brady wasn’t allowed to be at the team facility during his suspension, and judging from media conference transcripts during that time frame, the coach didn’t spend too much time thinking about his star quarterback.

How often Belichick mentioned his QBs by name, Weeks 1-4Not giving an inchBrady made his return in Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns jersey to much fanfare from the media but little from Belichick. The head coach addressed the media on Wednesday that week like he normally does — and like he normally does, he showed little enthusiasm for the story of the day.

How Belichick responded to questions, Week 5High praise for bad teams Are the Patriots about to play the Steelers or the bumbling Jets? The Seahawks or the bottom-of-the-barrel Browns? Oftentimes, it’s hard to tell when listening to Belichick, who has a penchant for heaping praise on his opponents regardless of their standing.

Prior to playing the 0-4 Browns: “Defensively they’re very sound, aggressive. They capitalize on a lot of offensive mistakes with their effort and aggressiveness. We’ve got to do a great job of taking care of the ball and staying out of long yardage. They’re a very good third-down team, longer yardage situations, so those are hard to convert and very aggressive in the secondary. They’ve got good experience back there with [Joe] Haden, [Tramon] Williams, [Jamar] Taylor, [Jordan] Poyer, guys like that, guys that have been around for a while that are smart, instinctive players. We’ve got to do a good job there.”

How the Browns performed in Week 5Prior to playing the 4-10 Jets: “We’ve got a lot of work to do relative to preparing for this game on another short week. Offensively, a team that was very explosive and it’s become even more explosive with kind of the emergence of [Robby] Anderson, [Bilal] Powell … plus the [Quincy] Enunwa, [Brandon] Marshall and [Matt] Forte group that we already spent a lot of time talking about. But these guys, Powell and Anderson in particular, have been extremely productive and explosive the last few weeks. I’d say [Bryce] Petty has a lot of confidence in those guys. Their production has been very impressive.”

How the Jets performed in Week 16The NFL’s hardest-working teamEvery coach will generally note that his players “work hard” in varying degrees, but Belichick took it a step further during the 2016 season, bestowing his “nobody works harder than” seal of approval on multiple players.

Let’s start with pretty much the entire receiver corps:

You’ve got that right: Nobody works harder than Chris Hogan jersey, Matthew Slater jersey jersey, Julian Edelman jersey jersey or Danny Amendola jersey jersey. Well, except for them, of course.

Stephen Gostkowski jersey jersey, Dion Lewis jersey jersey, Rob Gronkowski jersey jersey, Danny Amendola jersey jersey (again) and Wes Welker all joined the “nobody works harder than” club before season’s end. Here’s a quick sampling:

On Gostkowski’s struggles (Oct. 23): “Nobody works harder than Steve. Steve’s a very talented player. He’s mentally tough. He’s a good football player. We’ll work through it.”

On Lewis’ play coming off an ACL injury (Oct. 28): “Dion works really hard. I think nobody works harder than Dion.”

After Gronkowski’s back surgery was announced (Dec. 12): “Nobody’s worked harder than Rob and has been a better teammate and all that, so hopefully things will work out as positively as possible with him.”

On how Amendola handled his time off recovering from injury (Jan. 10): “Yeah, nobody works harder than Danny. Nobody works harder. He’s done everything he can do. I’m sure he’ll continue to do that, and we’ll see how it goes.”

After the Texans hired Welker as an assistant coach (Feb. 1): “Nobody worked harder than Wes. Wes loved football.”

Tough crowd Brady posted the NFL’s best Total QBR score during four different weeks last season. But you wouldn’t know it when perusing Belichick’s postgame remarks after those games against the Browns, Steelers, Bills and Jets. Any questions directly intended to steer Belichick toward praising Brady were often shut down by the Patriots coach.

Brady’s QBR vs. NFL averageWhat Belichick said postgame: “I think Tom works hard. He’s always worked hard. I don’t think there’s any question about that. I think there’s a lot of things he needs to work on. There are a lot of things we all need to work on as a football team.”

What Belichick said postgame: He was not asked about — and did not mention — Brady’s play.

What Belichick said postgame: “Well, again, I thought that we had good play from our entire team today. You know, Tom did a good job, but we had a lot of the guys play well today. It was a good team win.”

What Belichick said postgame: He did not mention Brady’s play while answering a question about the amount of time the QB had to throw the ball.

The rantsBelichick will occasionally give impressively long answers. Sometimes a question sparks one of the coach’s many interests — left-footed punters, football history or inaccurate meteorologists, to name a few. Other times, Belichick, who’s always one step ahead, is filibustering to kill time like it’s the end of the fourth quarter. Here are some of his lengthiest rants from the 2016 season:

Sampling: “Because of [the Steelers’] consistency I’ve learned a lot from studying that organization and I think Coach Noll was just — did a tremendous job. He had great stability, very good fundamental coach. He believed in what wholesale jersey he believed in and they got good at it and they always had tough, physical, hard-nosed, smart football players. The receivers blocked, the offensive line was tough, defensively they always tackled well. They played good fundamentals. They were just very well coached and all of the people that I’ve talked to that have coached on his staff, they’ve affirmed that with their recollections of it.”

Sampling: “As you probably noticed, I’m done with the tablets. I’ve given them as much time as I can give them. They’re just too undependable for me. I’m going to stick with pictures as several of our other coaches do as well because there just isn’t enough consistency in the performance of the tablets, so I just can’t take it anymore.”

Sampling: “Teams that played on the surface that you’re not familiar with find out whether it’s a hard surface, soft surface, fast track or whatever it happens to be, and maybe get some opinion on what type of footwear you’d want to wear. But a lot of that comes down to actually seeing the field and making a decision the day before, the day of the game. Dave Schoenfeld, our equipment manager, has a lot of experience and he’s very good at that — identifying what type of footwear we would need on a particular field. Particularly, when he gets to the field the day before a game and sets up the locker room and so forth, he’ll let me know what the conditions are. Sometimes, that’s not consistent on the field. Sometimes it’s, well, the field is sodded in the middle, or the field in the middle is a little chewed up but it’s good on the edges or vice versa.”

Not his first rodeoAt this stage, Belichick is a seasoned pro at navigating the Super Bowl media circus. It starts at the media night and drags through scheduled media conferences the next days. The Super Bowl LI matchup between the Patriots and Falcons presented a unique juxtaposition between Belichick and Atlanta coach Dan Quinn. To start, their experience difference — Belichick was prepping for his seventh Super Bowl as a head coach, while Quinn had been in charge for just two seasons — led to the two facing much different questions from reporters.

Types of questions asked of Belichick and QuinnNo surprise for a first-time Super Bowl head coach, Quinn was more talkative during media week compared to the veteran Belichick, with the biggest discrepancy coming on Wednesday. Quinn’s desire to offer an opening statement for each day that week, when he went in-depth on where he felt the Falcons were in relation to game preparation, was decidedly different than Belichick’s approach.

Length of Belichick and Quinn media conferencesThe plays that defined the Super Bowl The Patriots’ win probability in Super Bowl LI dipped as low as 0.2 percent, when they were down 28-3 with 21 minutes left to play. You know what happened next: New England mounted a furious comeback and won 34-28 in overtime. Based on his postgame remarks, three plays seemed to stand out most to Belichick.

Dont’a Hightower jersey jersey’s strip sack (8:31 left in 4Q)Belichick: “[Dont’a] Hightower’s sack was a huge play for us. We really needed that even after our two turnovers offensively in the first half.”

Trey Flowers jersey jersey’ sack (3:56 left in 4Q)Belichick: “Shades of some of the other ones we have seen before in previous games like this, then we got [Trey Flowers jersey jersey’] sack. We got the holding penalty [on Jake Matthews jersey jersey] and we were able to push them back out of field goal range, so that was a huge defensive series for us.”

Julian Edelman jersey jersey’s miracle catch (2:28 left in 4Q)Belichick: “Edelman’s catch was an unbelievable play. … I wasn’t sure if he had it or not. Then when we saw the replay he was clearly under it. Julian has great concentration. He is a tremendous competitor.”

Source labels Robert Griffin III workout with Chargers as ‘good’



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A Los Angeles Chargers jersey source tells ESPN’s Josina Anderson that Robert Griffin III jersey’s workout with the team on Tuesday was good.

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“He looked good,” the source told Anderson. “The young man can move, he’s athletic, he can throw the ball. Some guys are proven and you know them; with Robert you just want to make sure he is healthy and moving around well.”

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Griffin has been training in Florida with former Browns assistant Pep Hamilton.

Wholesale Ricardo Allen jersey The Chargers are still weighing their wholesale jersey options before training camp and will talk more Wednesday, the source tells Anderson.

“We are trying to put together the best roster before we go into camp,” the source said. “We’re always looking to upgrade, and everyone is on board with that in this organization.”

Behind starter Philip Rivers jersey, Kellen Clemens jersey has served as the Chargers’ backup at QB the last two seasons.The Chargers also have two developmental prospects on the roster in Mike Bercovici and Eli Jenkins.

Falcons’ stadium roof will be closed for home opener vs. Packers



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ATLANTA — The Atlanta Falcons jersey will play their first regular-season game inside the new $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium with the roof closed.

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Officials said the retractable roof of the stadium, which was left opened during a media tour Tuesday, still has to go through a process before the roof can remain open for an entire football game. Falcons team president Rich McKay explained the roof has to be “fully mechanized” and that such a process could take 40 working days from now, which means the roof will be closed for the preseason games and probably the start of the regular season.

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The roof can be operated now one petal at a time, but more fine-tuning and adjusting needs to be made to make all the petals work with one push of a button. The roof is made up of 27,500 tons of steel, 3,500 of which make up the roof petals. Each petal will move independently of each other.

Wholesale David Yankey jersey The roof of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be closed for preseason games and probably the start of the regular season as construction workers get the roof “fully mechanized” to remain open for an entire football game. Vaughn McClure/ESPNThe Falcons are scheduled to open the new stadium with an Aug. 26 preseason matchup with the Arizona Cardinals jersey, which falls inside the 40-day window.

“From a temperature standpoint and from an operational standpoint, it’s probably the right thing to do,” McKay told ESPN.

The Falcons’ fourth and final preseason game, an Aug. 31 home matchup with Jacksonville, also occurs inside the 40-day window. Although the Sept. 17 home opener is outside of the 40-day window, officials clarified that putting finishing touches on the roof won’t occur in 40 consecutive days. The workflow will be interrupted by certain blackout dates such as the Falcons’ preseason games, Atlanta United MLS soccer matches, the Chick-Fil-A college kickoff football games in the first week of September (Alabama vs Florida State, Georgia Tech vs. Tennessee), private events and the possibility of weather delays.

In addition, construction workers have to complete duties such as power washing the digital boards, which can’t occur with the roof open. That also would eat into time to work on the roof.

There has been no timeline placed on when the roof will be fully mechanized. Essentially, October appears to be a more realistic goal for the Falcons to play a game with the Mercedes-Benz Stadium roof open, if it’s not too hot or not raining at that time. The Falcons host the Buffalo Bills jersey Oct. 1 and the Miami Dolphins jersey Oct. 15.

Officials insist the roof is not a major issue.

“We’re feeling great about where we are,” said Scott Jenkins, the general manager of the stadium.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn was asked last month if he’d prefer the roof to be opened or closed.

“I prefer a roof opened,” Quinn told ESPN. “You know those days where you say, ‘Man, this is a day for some football’? If it’s the idealistic setting or it’s ideal football weather where you feel the crispness, I prefer that roof to be open. If it’s lightning and it’s raining, I’d say, ‘You know what? Let’s go inside.”

The process of opening and closing the roof typically takes 12 minutes but can be sped up to 10 minutes. A decision on having the roof opened or closed has to be made 90 minutes before kickoff. Temperatures in the 80s typically will result in the roof being closed, McKay said.

The process of installing the field already began Tuesday, earlier than expected. That process is expected to be completed by Aug. 5, if not wholesale jersey sooner.

“People traditionally will say a turf like that it anywhere from $500,000 to $1 million,” McKay said. “They are very good at it. They did the Georgia Dome. They did our practice field. FieldTurf is everywhere. … They know how to get the product installed.”