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    The business behind Harry and Meghans CBS special with Oprah Put the Cap on Gas Prices: 6 Ways to Save at the Pump It may only be March, but that’s not too early for Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers to lobby on behalf of one of his players for some hardware at the end of the season. © Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports Ben Simmons has the support of his head coach for Defensive Player of the Year. Rivers made an impassioned campaign speech on behalf of Ben Simmons on Wednesday night after the Sixers beat the Utah Jazz, saying the former No. 1 overall pick deserves to be Defensive Player of the Year and does not get enough credit for what he does on that side of the ball. Rivers said, via Ky Carlin of Sixers Wire: “I’m just gonna keep saying it, Ben, if he doesn’t win, and...
    Getty Joel Embiid Ben Simmons Ben Simmons thinks he’s the best defensive player in the NBA. He’s probably right. However, Joel Embiid isn’t going to let him have the crown without a friendly fight. The two superstars for the Philadelphia 76ers — owners of the league’s best record, by the way — have both stated their desired goal is to win NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Simmons was ranked the top defender in the league, per NBA.com’s Defensive Player Ladder, and didn’t mince words when talking about it. The Sixers starting point guard called himself the “best defensive player in the league.” Meanwhile, Embiid tried to lay his own claim to the throne following the Sixers’ 131-123 win over the Utah Jazz. The All-Star center poked fun at Rudy Gobert in his post-game comments after local media members said he was “scared” of going up against the...
    While Rudy Gobert is the clear front-runner for Defensive Player of the Year, Ben Simmons isn’t going quietly into the night. At the halfway mark of the 2020-21 NBA season, Rudy Gobert is the overwhelming favorite to win his third Defensive Player of the Year award. He’s anchoring a Utah Jazz team that boasts the league’s third-stingiest defense, and opponents are averaging a comically low 103.8 points per 100 possessions with him on the floor. On/off splits are often noisy, and voters shouldn’t use them as the sole basis of determining Defensive Player of the Year. But given how dominant the Jazz’s defense is, Gobert’s lead in a host of defensive metrics and the lack of elite defenders around him, it’ll likely be tough for Simmons to make up enough ground to overtake him in the DPOY race. He may just have to settle for a first-team All-Defense spot for...
    Could the Raiders take a safety in the first round of the NFL draft for the third time in six years? Longtime ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. thinks so, and I’ve got to admit I like the idea. Trevon Moehrig of TCU, the recipient of the Jim Thorpe Award as the top defensive back in college football, is Kiper’s choice to go to the Raiders at No. 17 overall. Moehrig, a rangy 6-foot-2, 202 pounds, could in theory step right in at free safety and give new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley an updated version of Earl Thomas, the former “Legion of Boom” safety in Seattle when Bradley was the Seahawks’ defensive coordinator. In an era where much of college football has gone to spread offenses, the “lay the wood” safeties have in most cases given way to those who can make plays in space. ...
    Getty Joakim Noah in 2015 as a member of the Chicago Bulls. One of the best to ever do it in a Chicago Bulls uniform has announced his retirement from the NBA. 36-year old Joakim Noah is calling it quits after 13 years, nine of which were spent in the Windy City. Shams Charania of The Athletic was first with reports: 13-year NBA center Joakim Noah — a two-time All-Star and former Defensive Player of the Year winner — is effectively retiring from basketball, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Plan is for the longtime Chicago star to eventually retire as a Bull. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 1, 2021 Noah was instrumental in the Bulls’ seven-straight playoff runs between 2008 and 2015. He averaged 9.7 points, 11 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.8 blocks, and a steal over 60 postseason games with Chicago. An inability to stay healthy ultimately...
    Joakim Noah is reportedly calling it quits on his basketball career. According to Shams Charania, the former Chicago Bulls star, who isn’t currently on a team, is “effectively retiring from basketball.” (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) Noah last played with the Clippers during the 2019-2020 season. 13-year NBA center Joakim Noah — a two-time All-Star and former Defensive Player of the Year winner — is effectively retiring from basketball, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Plan is for the longtime Chicago star to eventually retire as a Bull. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 1, 2021 I think we all knew this was likely coming, but it’s still a bit wild to see drop on a regular Monday afternoon. Noah had a hell of an NBA career. He never won a ring, but he played in multiple all-star games, was one of the best defenders in...
    Getty Micah Parsons before a Penn State game. The Detroit Lions are seeing some major themes start to emerge when it comes to what could happen in the 2021 NFL Draft, and an intriguing name has surged to the forefront of the conversation in terms of who their eventual pick could be. Mock drafts are heating up, and it seems that everybody is starting to have a take on what the Lions should do when they pick. From trades to different picks, there’s been an array of differing opinions on what will happen when all is said and done. A new mock has come to the forefront from an experienced former general manager has a lot to say about what the team should be doing when all is said and done. In his first mock draft, Casserly had the Lions picking up Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons. Additionally,...
    The death of Louis Nix III, a former NFL defensive lineman and college football standout, left more questions than answers. Nix, 29, was reported missing Wednesday and police shared an update late Saturday that his body had been located without giving any other details. Nix’s mother, Stephanie Wingfield, told Action Jax 30 that her son had died but said authorities didn’t tell her how. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Family members said  Nix’s car was pulled out of a pond across from his home Saturday. The vehicle matched the description of the car authorities said the former player was possibly driving but it was unclear whether his body was inside. "They said they couldn’t give me any more information," Wingfield told WJXT-TV. She added to the Florida Times-Union that police said "it didn’t look like foul play." LOUIS NIX, MISSING NOTRE DAME, NFL PLAYER, IS FOUND DEAD:...
    More On: college football Man who pummeled college football player in crazy bar fight speaks out Oklahoma receiver nearly lost eye in bar bathroom beatdown Cowboys surprise added to Deion Sanders’ unique coaching debut Deion Sanders freaks out over alleged theft after college coaching debut Former Notre Dame and New York Giants defensive tackle Louis Nix III, who had been reporting missing earlier in the week, was found dead Saturday by police in Jacksonville, Fla. Nix’s mother confirmed to Action News Jacksonville that her son, who was 29, had passed away. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office pulled a car, which matched Nix’s vehicle’s description, from a pond near his apartment Saturday evening. The Sheriff’s Office tweeted that they had found Nix, but did not indicate whether he was dead or alive. On Friday, Nix’s mother told Action News that her son had been missing since Wednesday and she believed he...
    Getty PJ Tucker #4 of the Houston Rockets dunks against the Golden State Warriors in the first half of Game Two of the Western Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs. The Golden State Warriors are 3-2 in their last five games and are beginning to gel. After starting the season 2-3, with all 3 losses being blowouts, they’ve begun to find a defensive formula that works for them and a rhythm to their offense that helps to keep other players not named Steph Curry involved and consistent. While it’s good that they’re trending upwards now they may need more to make a legitimate, and possibly deep, run towards the end of the season. Right now, the Warriors are 7th in the NBA’s playoff race but it is still very close as they are 2.5 losses from being out of the playoffs yet are aligned with the Portland...
    Film gimmicks that worked (and a few that didnt) 25 Companies Laying Off the Most People Thanks to Coronavirus As the Brooklyn Nets continue to assemble a roster that will contend for a title, they would be wise to consider Shaquille Harrison. © Provided by HoopsHype Chicago Bulls' Shaquille Harrison (3) hangs from the rim after dunking during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center, Sunday, March 8, 2020, in New York. After struggling to find a spot in the rotation for the Utah Jazz, the 27-year-old wing was cut on Feb. 24 before his contract-guarantee date. While he is not someone who was playing a lot of minutes earlier this season, his skills as a defensive disruptor make him an ideal fit for a championship hopeful. Since trading for James Harden, Brookyln’s defensive rating (117.6) ranks second-worst in the...
    Getty Dalvin Tomlinson #94 and Leonard Williams #99 of the New York Giants celebrate against the Dallas Cowboys during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Retaining Leonard Williams is widely perceived as priority No. 1 in East Rutherford this offseason. Yet, according to The Athletic’s Dan Duggan, the Giants and their star defender are nowhere near reaching a new deal. The Giants will use the next two weeks to try to sign Williams to a long-term contract. A source said that the sides aren’t close to an agreement. But it’s still early, and things can move fast in negotiations. The window to franchise tag a player opened on Tuesday. Teams have until the March 9th deadline to tag a player, and as Duggan noted, “deadlines drive action in the NFL.” If the team cannot come to terms on a long-term deal, the organization may be pressed into once...
    Getty James Harden and Kyrie Irving at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse Before being traded to the Brooklyn Nets, eight-time all-star James Harden went through an ugly separation process with his former team, the Houston Rockets. While Harden did eventually get traded to his preferred destination, many people like former Defensive Player of the Year, Draymond Green disagree with how Harden handled the situation. Although Green may have handled the situation differently if he were in Harden’s position, he thinks the narrative that surrounded Harden’s trade speaks to a much larger issue in sports.“Draymond Green Sounds off on Harden’s Trade To Nets“When James Harden asked for a trade and essentially dogged it, no one’s going to fight back that James was dogging it his last days in Houston, but he was castrated for wanting to go to a different team. And everybody destroyed that man,” Green said to reporters via...
    Herb Jones was draining 3-pointers — three in all — during the first half of Alabama’s game against Georgia. For a sharp-shooting team like the eighth-ranked Crimson Tide, that might not seem notable. Then again, Jones made only one 3 all of last season. Jones is no longer mostly just a rebounder and defensive stopper, like Alabama is no longer just a middle-of-the-pack team in the Southeastern Conference. The mutual transformation is hardly coincidental heading into Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt. “I still go out and try to do my job on the defensive end,” Jones said. “I don’t too much worry about the offense, really. I just try to get open shots for my teammates and create for my teammates. If it’s my time to score, I take that opportunity and score.” Even if that means shooting the occasional 3-pointer. Jones has made 19 of 36 3s, a 52.8% clip....
    Getty LeBron James is defended by Andre Roberson during the first quarter of a game between the Lakers and Thunder at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. For the Brooklyn Nets, offense is not the issue. After another dazzling offensive performance in their 136-135 win over the Sacramento Kings on Monday, the Nets are up to an average of 121.4 points per game — best in the league. Defense, though, has been a legitimate concern at times. On Monday, Brooklyn took another step in addressing that issue.Nets Add Defensive SpecialistThe Nets signed guard Andre Roberson, The Athletic’s Shams Charania first reported Monday. Free agent forward Andre Roberson has agreed to a deal with the Brooklyn Nets, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 16, 2021 Roberson, formerly of the Oklahoma City Thunder,...
    Getty Yannick Ngakoue walking off the field. The Baltimore Ravens have a decision to make when it comes to using the franchise tag, and if they do decide to put it to use, who could be the best option for this? Last offseason, the Ravens used the tag on defensive end and outside linebacker Matt Judon. This year, Judon is expected to hit free agency, but the Ravens could use the tag again on another defender that rushes the passer to guarantee some help in that department up front in 2021. Recently, Pro Football Focus looked at what players could attract attention in terms of the tag, and Brad Spielberger picked out Yannick Ngakoue for the Ravens. Even though he admits it’s a long shot, the potential could exist for it on the market. He wrote: “This may not be too likely, as the reason Ngakoue even found...
    Getty Cowboys owner Jerry Jones Because it’s the offseason, Bleacher Report devised the most “absurd” trade possible for the Dallas Cowboys — a deal that would send Los Angeles Rams superstar defensive lineman Aaron Donald to the Lone Star State. Feeling silly yet? No? You’re about to. BR’s Chris Roling projected Donald to Dallas in exchange for a 2021 first-round pick, 2022 first-round pick, and a 2022 second-rounder. Donald is the NFL’s best defender and led the league with 20.5 sacks in 2018. He’s put up 85.5 sacks over 110 career games, which is an absurd number for an interior player. One of the best comparisons could be when the San Francisco 49ers shipped DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for the No. 13 pick and some cap wiggle room. Donald, understandably, would eclipse even that asking price. The Rams could also use some wiggle room once...
    By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — J.J. Watt has been one of the best defensive players in the NFL for a decade. In terms of championships and victories, he doesn’t have a lot to show for it. RELATED: Red Sox Reportedly Sign Utility Man Marwin Gonzalez To One-Year Deal A five-time All-Pro, five-time Pro Bowler, three-time Defensive Player of the Year, and member of the All-2010s Team, Watt’s been the face of the Texans franchise since the team drafted him with the 11th overall pick in 2011. But he’s been a part of just three wild-card round playoff wins, he’s never played in the conference championship round, and now, he’s out. Watt announced on Friday that he requested his release from the Texans. Rather than trying to negotiate a trade, the Texans granted his request. Houston, I wanted you to hear this directly from me… pic.twitter.com/YqT3P6Lb6l — JJ Watt...
    Getty James Harden, Kevin Durant, Joe Harris, and Jeff Green of the Brooklyn Nets Max Kellerman has named which Brooklyn Nets player he thinks is the key to them winning the NBA Finals. Spoiler alert, it is not Kevin Durant, James Harden, or Kyrie Irving. Who is it, you ask? None other than Nets starting center DeAndre Jordan. Jordan on the season is averaging 7.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game, but according to Kellerman stats do not tell the entire story with DJ which is why his impact on the Nets flies under the radar.Kellerman Says DeAndre Jordan Is the Key To Nets Title“The answer is DeAndre Jordan, he is the key player on this Nets team as currently constructed,” Kellerman said during Thursday’s episode of ESPN’s First Take. “That’s right I said it, not to mention Joe Harris one of the best three-point shooters...
    The Whiteboard is The Step Back’s daily basketball newsletter, covering the NBA, WNBA and more. Subscribe here to get it delivered to you via email each morning. On Sunday night, Tom Brady add another data point to his case as the greatest football player of all time, leading a thrashing of the Kansas City Chiefs to win the Super Bowl. It seems like much of the sports conversation today is going to revolve around legacy and historic measures of greatness so I thought it would be fun to take a look at the NBA and which active players have the best chance of making the Hall-of-Fame. Jimmy Butler: 43.3 percent Hall-of-Fame probabilityLeading the Heat to a title might make him a fringe candidate. Otherwise, he’s probably out. John Wall: 32.4 percent Hall-of-Fame probabilityIt’s hard to see how Wall meaningfully improves his resume over the next few years. He’s almost certainly...
    Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald took his third top defensive player prize at NFL Honors on Saturday.Donald, the Rams' unanimous All-Pro, added the 2020 top defensive player honor to his wins in 2017 and 2018. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor (1981, '82, 86) and Houston edge rusher J.J. Watt (2012, '14, 15) have earned the award three times."You just named two great defensive players," he said. "So any time your name is mentioned with greats, you will be honored - especially there's only a few that have accomplished that. To be the third to do it that is truly a blessing. It shows the body of work that I have; anytime your hard work is rewarded you are going to be happy about that. It is just a blessing."Donald led all players with 54 pressures this season. He also recorded 13.5 sacks, second most in...
    T.J. Watt can’t be happy about being passed over for Defensive Player of the Year. But his response on Twitter shows he’s taking it the right way. More than a few NFL fans were surprised to see T.J. Watt passed over for Defensive Player of the Year. The honor went to Aaron Donald of the Rams who, as Watt’s brother J.J. pointed out, trailed in nearly every statistical category despite playing an extra game this year. Reasonable people can disagree but Watt had an extremely strong case and played an incredible season, as the disruptive leader of arguably the league’s best defense. Like his brother though, he appears to be taking the high road and responded to the snub with the perfect meme:How did T.J. Watt respond to his Defensive Player of the Year snub?pic.twitter.com/J4wfaowaP5 — TJ Watt (@_TJWatt) February 7, 2021 If you’re a fan of Watt and...
    Aaron Donald won Defensive Player of the Year over T.J. Watt and his brother J.J. wasn’t going to let the snub go unanswered. This season did not end the way the Green Bay Packers were hoping, with a 31-26 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Championship Game cutting short an incredible season. It’s small consolation but they did clean up in the postseason awards with Aaron Rodgers announced as league MVP and defensive lineman Aaron Donald taking Defensive Player of the Year. Rodgers’ win was largely expected but Donald winning Defensive Player of the Year elicited a bit more controversy. T.J. Watt of the Pittsburgh Steelers finished second in the voting and his brother J.J. Watt was quick to come to his defense.What did J.J. Watt have to say about T.J. Watt’s Defensive Player of the Year snub?Aaron Donald is an absolutely incredible player. I love watching...
    The 25 greatest movie shootouts Advice From Mark Cuban, Warren Buffett and Other Experts That Can Help You Survive a Crisis T.J. Watt and his brother J.J. had the best responses to Aaron Donald winning Defensive Player of the Year In any other year, Pittsburgh Steelers pass-rusher T.J. Watt — a league-leading 15 sacks, two forced fumbles, seven deflected passes, 23 tackles for a loss and 41 hits on QBs in 2020 — would be the Defensive Player of the Year (and some might argue he should be!). © Provided by For The Win But no. Los Angeles Rams star Aaron Donald won the award after another incredible season, with 27 members of the media voting for him over the 20 who voted for Watt. Watt took to Twitter to respond, as did his brother, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt. Let’s start with T.J., who used a Michael...
    Peyton Manning, the quarterback whose meticulous attention to detail helped turn the 21st-century gridiron into a chessboard on turf, was awarded his spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday in his first year of eligibility. The son of Saints legend Archie and brother of two-time Giants Super Bowl champion Eli will be joined later this year in Canton by another first-ballot lock, defensive back Charles Woodson, who beat out Manning for the Heisman Trophy in 1997 then spent nearly two decades trying to stop him. Calvin Johnson — aka “Megatron” — was also a first-ballot selection, his mere nine years of playmaking excellence with the Lions more than enough to convince the panel. Also making it were guard Alan Faneca, who made nine Pro Bowls and missed only one game over 13 seasons with the Steelers, Jets and Cardinals; and John Lynch, the hard-hitting safety who burnished...
    A pair of Aarons pulled off an NFL hat trick Saturday night. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers earned his third Associated Press Most Valuable Player award, while Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald took his third top defensive player prize at NFL Honors. Also taking home awards were two members of the Washington Football Team: quarterback Alex Smith was the Comeback Player of the Year in one of the most inspirational stories of 2020, and edge rusher Chase Young got the top defensive rookie. Titans 2,000-yard rusher Derrick Henry won Offensive Player of the Year, and the offensive rookie honor went to Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert. Cleveland’s Kevin Stefanski was the Coach of the Year, and Buffalo offensive coordinator Brian Daboll earned assistant coach honors. Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson won the Walter Payton Man of the Year award for his work in the community. Rodgers had perhaps the best season of his...
    By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer A pair of Aarons pulled off an NFL hat trick Saturday night. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers earned his third Associated Press Most Valuable Player award, while Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald took his third top defensive player prize at NFL Honors. Also taking home awards were two members of the Washington Football Team: quarterback Alex Smith was the Comeback Player of the Year in one of the most inspirational stories of 2020, and edge rusher Chase Young got the top defensive rookie. Titans 2,000-yard rusher Derrick Henry won Offensive Player of the Year, and the offensive rookie honor went to Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert. Cleveland's Kevin Stefanski was the Coach of the Year, and Buffalo offensive coordinator Brian Daboll earned assistant coach honors. Rodgers had perhaps the best season of his 16-year career, leading Green Bay to a 13-3 regular season, the NFC’s...
    T.J. Watt lost the AP Defensive Player of the Year award to Aaron Donald on Saturday night and his brothers were not too happy about the voting. Watt led the NFL with 15 sacks in 15 games for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He finished with 53 total tackles, two forced fumbles and an interception. But the voters gave the Los Angeles Rams’ defensive lineman the award after he finished with 10 or more sacks for the fourth straight time. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Houston Texans star J.J. Watt and Steelers fullback Derek Watt were not happy. "Aaron Donald is an absolutely incredible player. I love watching him play & he’s headed to the Hall of Fame without question. This has nothing to do with AD personally," J.J. Watt tweeted. "This is me saying what my brother won’t. "TJ played 1 less game and STILL led the NFL...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It was a slightly disappointing night for Steelers Nation and the Watt brothers. While Alan Faneca and Bill Nunn were selected to the NFL’s latest Hall of Fame class, T.J. Watt did not receive the title of AP Defensive Player of the Year. However, Aaron Donald, defensive player for the Los Angeles Rams and a Pittsburgh native, won the distinction. Donald played at the University of Pittsburgh before being drafted by the Rams in 2014. J.J. Watt took to Twitter to voice his disappointment that his brother, T.J., was passed up for the honor. “Aaron Donald is an absolutely incredible player,” J.J. wrote on Twitter. “I love watching him play & he’s headed to the Hall of Fame without question. This has nothing to do with AD personally. This is me saying what my brother won’t. TJ played 1...
    Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald was named the 2020 Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year. Donald was given the award at the NFL Honors on Saturday night. It was the fourth time he won the award and had another amazing season on defense for the Rams. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM In 2020, Donald recorded 13.5 sacks and 45 total tackles along with four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He also had 14 tackles for a loss and 28 quarterback hits. Donald played in 16 games for the third straight season and recorded 10 or more sacks for the fourth straight season. He has played in seven NFL seasons and has produced 10 or more sacks five of those seven seasons. CHASE YOUNG WINS AP DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR He has been the best defensive player in the league for some time...
    Getty Images T.J. Watt, outside linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers. In a not entirely unexpected development, Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt lost out on winning the prestigious AP Defensive Player of the Year award, which went to Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams. It’s the third time Donald has won the award, which he also captured in both 2017 and 2018. Donald’s victory was somewhat predictable, at least if you consider a recent anonymous poll of 32 NFL executives, more than half of whom said they liked Donald, with 12 voting for Watt and three preferring Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard. It’s also worth noting that Donald won the Pro Football Writers of America Defensive Player of the Year for 2020, though the winner of the PFWA DPOY award doesn’t always predict the winner of the AP honor. T.J. Watt’s Promotional Wingmen Gave It Their...
    The NFL Defensive Player of the Year as awarded by The Associated Press and selected by a nationwide media panel: 2020 — Aaron Donald, Los Angeles, DT 2019 — Stephon Gilmore, New England, CB 2018 — Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams, DT 2017 — Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams, DT 2016 — Khalil Mack, Oakland, DE 2015 — J.J. Watt, Houston, DE 2014 — J.J. Watt, Houston, DE 2013 — Luke Kuechly, Carolina, LB 2012 — J.J. Watt, Houston, LB 2011 — Terrell Suggs, Baltimore, LB 2010 — Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh, S 2009 — Charles Woodson, Green Bay, CB 2008 — James Harrison, Pittsburgh, LB 2007 — Bob Sanders, Indianapolis, S 2006 — Jason Taylor, Miami, DE 2005 — Brian Urlacher, Chicago, LB 2004 — Ed Reed, Baltimore, S 2003 — Ray Lewis, Baltimore, LB 2002 — Derrick Brooks, Tampa Bay, LB 2001 — Michael Strahan, N.Y. Giants, DE 2000...
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Voting for the 2020 NFL Defensive Player of the Year selected by The Associated Press in balloting by a nationwide panel of the media: Aaron Donald, DT, Los Angeles 27 T.J. Watt, Edge, Pittsburgh 20 Xavien Howard, CB, Miami 3 Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Alabama football is welcoming back Shyheim Carter as a graduate assistant. According to Matt Zenitz of Al.com, Shyheim Carter will join the coaching staff at his alma mater after attempting to make a career in the NFL. Carter spent time on the Atlanta Falcons practice squad this season after signing as an undrafted free agent with the New York Jets. Carter was a four-year player for the Alabama Crimson Tide and finished his career with 101 tackles (57 solos), 21 pass deflections, six tackles for loss, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. Carter started at nickel back in 2018 and 2019. He has been praised by both coaches and players for his preparation and leadership. Xavier McKinney knew that Carter was the man to go to when he needed clarification on an assignment. “I think he’s the smartest defensive back that we have,” former Alabama star safety Xavier McKinney said...
    The Georgia football team is the favorite to land four-star defensive tackle Bear Alexander.Four-star defensive tackle Bear Alexander will be committing on Wednesday, and he is expected to Commit to the G. Alexander will announce his commitment on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 1:00 p.m. ET. He is the No. 9 defensive tackle, the No. 22 player from Texas and the No. 140 player in the 2022 recruiting class, according to the 247Sports Composite. The Denton, Texas native has 29 formal offers and is drawing serious interest from six other Power 5 teams besides the Georgia football program. Will Bear Alexander take his four-star commitment to the Georgia Bulldogs?Other teams vying for Alexander’s 2022 commitment include the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Florida Gators, the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Oklahoma Sooners, the Texas Longhorns and the Texas A&M Aggies. While it would make sense for him to stay in-state and commit to...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt has won AFC Defensive Player of the Year. Congratulations to @_TJWatt for being named the 101 Awards AFC Defensive Player of the Year! ???? ????: https://t.co/XYTKUHqFBu pic.twitter.com/vRkVYg1J6u — Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) January 28, 2021 The 101 Awards AFC Defensive Player of the Year award is chosen by a national selection committee that includes 101 national media outlets that cover the NFL. His older brother, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, has won the award four times Watt was voted the Steelers MVP for the second straight year.
    Getty Nick Williams during a Lions win in Arizona. Detroit Lions fans as well as the media heard Dan Campbell’s opening salvo to the team, but after the dust had settled, what did the players think? That’s a hard question to completely answer seeing as most players are off on their own right now at this point of the offseason. Interestingly, a reaction did come in from defensive lineman Nick Williams on Twitter, and it’s clear that the lineman is very fired up for his new coach. The reason? He’s blue-collar and “straight from the mud” just like a player. Oh I’m loving Coach’s attitude, Blue-collar worker. Str8 from the mud ???? — Nicholas Williams (@NickWilliams_98) January 21, 2021 As Campbell takes over the team, it’s clear that he is going to be a favorite of the players as well as the fans given this innate ability...
    Justin K. Aller/Getty Images T.J. Watt #90 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts to a defensive stop during the second half of the AFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Cleveland Browns on January 10, 2021. On Wednesday the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) named Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald as its Defensive Player of the Year for 2020. While the ranked voting results were not announced, Donald beat out Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt for the honor, as well as other potential candidates like Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard, who recorded an NFL-high 10 interceptions. It’s the second time in three seasons that Donald has won the award, getting the nod in 2018 as well. He is one of only four defensive tackles to ever take home the honor, and the only defensive tackle to win it twice.PFWA Defensive Player of the Year...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who was tied for second in the NFL in sacks as part of the league’s No. 1‐ranked defense, was named the Defensive Player of the Year. SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – JANUARY 09: Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks throws a pass as he is pressured by defensive end Aaron Donald #99 of the Los Angeles Rams during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lumen Field on January 09, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) The seventh-year defensive tackle becomes the Pro Football Writers Association’s DPOY for the second time in three seasons (2018 and 2020) and the only DT to win it twice. Donald started all 16 games and had 45 total tackles (27 solo), 14 tackles for loss, a team‐leading 13.5 sacks for minus‐86 yards, 26 quarterback hits, four forced fumbles and one...
    Getty Jack Cichy A Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker with down with an injury and will not return for the rest of the game Sunday at New Orleans. Jack Cichy injured his elbow during a punt return according to NFL Network’s James Palmer on Twitter. #bucs LB Jack Cichy didn’t even go to Tampa Bay’s sideline after getting injured on that punt return. He went with trainers straight to the locker room holding his left arm. A few Saints players went over to him as he went off. Looked … not good. — James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) January 17, 2021 ESPN’s Jenna Laine confirmed Cichy will not return. Buccaneers linebacker Jack Cichy has suffered an elbow injury and is OUT for the remainder of the game. — JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) January 18, 2021 READ NEXT: Tom Brady Drops Epic Hype Video Before Saints Game
    Manuel Pellegrini he left really satisfied with the performance of his players in The Alcoraz, where they knew how to adapt to a complicated field and to the freezing temperatures to almost always take the initiative in the game -until the Paul-, which allows them to add three valuable points to stay in the upper middle part of the table. “I’m happy, the team played a very complete game. They have not had occasions, we look for the party from the beginning. We looked for the goal in the first half and in the second we continued looking for it calmly. A good game was played in defense and in the creative phase. Winning means more confidence. We still have one match from the first round, it would be important to finish with 26 points so as not to give the top players an advantage. We want to...
    Getty Jon Gruden & Mike Mayock of the Las Vegas Raiders. The Las Vegas Raiders‘ hunt to find a new defensive coordinator is starting to heat up. The team has already been linked to Gus Bradley, Joe Barry and Raheem Morris but it looks like another name has been added to the mix. According to Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Raiders have interviewed former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard. Can confirm the @Raiders have interviewed both Gus Bradley and Kris Richard for the open defensive coordinator job. — Vincent Bonsignore (@VinnyBonsignore) January 8, 2021 Richard has a number of connections to the Raiders right now. He actually played for the team back in 2007. He was also Rod Marinelli‘s defensive backs coach in Dallas for a couple of years. In fact, he was the one calling plays for the defense from 2018 to...
    Winners of the 2020 college football awards, presented Thursday: Walter Camp National Player of the Year — DeVonta Smith, Alabama Maxwell Award (best all-around player) — DeVonta Smith, Alabama Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award — Mac Jones, Alabama Doak Walker Award (outstanding running back) — Najee Harris, Alabama Fred Biletnikoff Award (outstanding receiver) — DeVonta Smith, Alabama Chuck Bednarik Trophy (best defensive player) — Zach Collins, Tulsa Outland Trophy (outstanding collegiate interior lineman) — Alex Leatherwood, Alabama Dick Butkus Award (best linebacker) — Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame Jim Thorpe Award (best defensive back) — Trevon Moehrig, TCU Bronko Nagurski (outstanding defensive player) — Zach Collins, Tulsa Lou Groza Award (outstanding place-kicker) — Jose Borregales, Miami John Mackey (best tight end) — Kyle Pitts, Florida Ray Guy Award (best punter) — Pressley Harvin III, Georgia Tech Sports Spirit Award — Darien Rencher, Clemson Coach of the Year Award — Jamey Chadwell,...
    New York Giants defensive lineman Leonard Williams named NFC Defensive Player of the Week By: Anthony Rivardo January 6, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe New York Giants came out victorious in a thrilling Week 17 matchup with the Dallas Cowboys. Both teams were fighting for a spot in the playoffs, however, neither one was able to accomplish that goal. The two teams still fought hard until the end, knowing that their playoff hopes were on the line. In the end, the Giants’ defense prevailed and helped secure the win for the Giants. There were excellent performances across the board on New York’s defensive unit, but none greater than that of defensive lineman Leonard Williams. Leonard Williams stats and highlights New York Giants defensive lineman Leonard Williams had a phenomenal performance to end the 2020 NFL regular season. This was a career-year for Leo, but...
    Getty Daniel Jones #8 of the New York Giants is tackled by Alex Singleton #49 of the Philadelphia Eagles. It’s going to be an odd night around the NFC East as rival fans become bandwagon jumpers. The New York Giants need the Philadelphia Eagles to win for them to take the division crown. The Birds are slated to take on the Washington Football Team at 8:20 p.m. Judging by the reactions on social media, it’s causing some inner turmoil for Giants fans everywhere. New Yorkers can’t stand Philadelphians, and vice versa — and now they find themselves cheering for the boys in midnight green. The Giants’ 23-19 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoon officially eliminated Dallas from the playoff picture. The Eagles were knocked out of the postseason last week, but interestingly control the fate of the division. If they beat Washington, then the Giants win...
    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WJZ) — The top-ranked inside linebacker and No. 10 overall high school player in the nation, according to ESPN, has signed a national letter of intent to play football at the University of Maryland. Terrence Lewis announced his decision live during the All-American Bowl Declaration Show on Saturday. The No. 1 linebacker in the country is coming to the crib. Welcome to the Family, @Notoriou2__! #LOCKedIn21 ???? | #TBIA pic.twitter.com/KRt8SlSY48 — Maryland Football (@TerpsFootball) January 2, 2021 Lewis is rated as a five-star prospect by both ESPN and 247Sports, and is the third highest-rated signee in program history according to 247Sports. He’s the 22nd member of Maryland’s 2021 signing class. Lewis becomes Maryland’s sixth ESPN300 selection in the 2021 class, joining linebacker Demeioun Robinson, linebacker Branden Jennings, defensive lineman Tommy Akingbesote, defensive lineman Taizse Johnson and running back Antwain Littleton Jr. The 6-1, 200-pound linebacker is...
    Joe Sargent/Getty Images T.J. Watt #90, Derek Watt #44 of the Pittsburgh Steelers and J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans talk after Pittsburgh's 28-21 win at Heinz Field on September 27, 2020. For the past several years, Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt, 26, has had a promotional wingman in his older brother J.J., the latter of whom has been known to compliment his brother’s play via both traditional media and social media, sometimes while the Steelers are on television. On New Year’s Eve, during his midweek press conference, the 31-year-old Houston Texans defensive lineman—and three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year—was at it again. “[T.J.] does everything unbelievably well,” said the elder Watt. “He leads the league in sacks, tackles for loss, quarterback hits. He can drop into coverage and cover guys. He’s disruptive in so many ways, and he’s on a team that...
    Getty Las Vegas Raiders GM Mike Mayock. With the playoffs out of reach for the Las Vegas Raiders, it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming offseason. Next season, the team won’t have any excuses. It will be the fourth year into Jon Gruden’s rebuild and the team needs to show strong progress. The biggest area that needs improvement is the defense. There is young talent to be found on the squad but the Raiders still need more pieces before they can even put together an average defense. The team has very limited cap space this offseason so their focus should be on upgrading through the draft. Brad Gagnon of Bleacher Report believes that with the Raiders’ first-round pick, they should go linebacker: The one position that the Raiders haven’t thoroughly addressed in the draft of late is linebacker. Micah Parsons would be the dream, but he’ll likely...
    Joe Sargent/Getty Images Joe Haden #23, Avery Williamson #51 and Mike Hilton #28 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrate following a touchdown by Haden against the Baltimore Ravens on December 02, 2020. On Wednesday the Pittsburgh Steelers announced that slot cornerback Mike Hilton has won AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in the team’s Week 16 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. It’s the second time in his five-year NFL career that Hilton has won the award. The last time came in Week 16 of the 2017 season. Two other Steelers cornerbacks have won the award multiple times, namely Ike Taylor (twice) and Hall of Famer Rod Woodson (four times). Mike Hilton vs. the ColtsHilton had four tackles against the Colts (two solo) as well as two passes defensed. He was also a part of two of the team’s biggest plays on defense. Early...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Steelers defense has won yet another award and this time it’s cornerback Mike Hilton bringing home the honors of AFC Defensive Player of the Week. Hilton was named the award winner for his performance against the Colts on Sunday. Hilton racked up four tackles, an interception, a fumble recovery, and two passes defended. The interception could not have come at a more opportune time for the Steelers. Right after taking a 28-24 lead, Hilton picked off Colts’ quarterback Philip Rivers at the 12-yard line. This is the second time in Hilton’s career he’s been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week, winning the award in Week 16 in 2017.
    Jamie Sabau/Getty Images T.J. Watt #90 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a tackle for loss against the Cincinnati Bengals on December 21, 2020. According to the 2020 NFL Defensive Player of the Year odds tracker published by Sports Betting Dime (SBD), Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt is currently “the odds-on favorite to win NFL DPOY over [Los Angeles Rams star] Aaron Donald and the rest of the field.” But two weeks ago SBD had Donald as the favorite, so one suspects it’s going to be a close call. As such, it’s notable that when Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was asked about what sets T.J. Watt apart from the other defensive players in the league on Tuesday, he took the opportunity to leave NFL observers with a lasting impression—an otherworldly quote, if you will. “T.J. is visiting from another planet,” said Tomlin. “He has freakishly unique...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A Pitt football player will join the first team of the Associated Press’ All-American Team for the first time since 2013. Defensive End Rashad Weaver was named to the First Team. Weaver recorded 35 tackles, including 14.5 tackles for loss. He also compiled 7.5 sacks, forced three fumbles, and recovered one fumble. The last Pitt player to make the first team was another defensive lineman — Aaron Donald. Patrick Jones II, another defensive lineman, was named a Second Team All American
    Getty Raiders GM Mike Mayock speaking to Isaiah Johnson. The wheels came off for the Las Vegas Raiders a while ago but it seems like things just keep getting worse. They’ve been without a number of key players almost every week, and now they’ve been losing coaches the last couple of weeks. Last week, they were without offensive coordinator Greg Olson due to COVID-19 reasons. This past week, they were without defensive backs coach Jim O’Neil. According to Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Raiders had to get creative with how they filled the void at coach: In addition, the Raiders’ coaching ranks were so depleted with the loss of defensive backs coach Jim O’Neil and assistant Taver Johnson — both of whom missed the game because of COVID-19 — that general manager Mike Mayock, a former college and NFL defensive back, was in the coaching...
    The Steelers offense got all the praise for their comeback against Indy, but don’t forget about TJ Watt. Watt added two sacks to his tally on Sunday in the Steelers comeback against the Colts, making his tally 15 on the season. What’s even more impressive is that Watt is largely doing this on his own, as his friends on the Steelers pass rush — Bud Dupree and Devin Bush  — are out for the season. Pittsburgh’s exceptionally thin at the linebacker position heading into the postseason, which while hurting their chances at prevailing in the AFC, likely helps Watt’s Defensive Player of the Year case. T.J. Watt now has MORE sacks (15) this season than the ENTIRE Tennessee Titans roster (14). ABSOLUTE ANIMAL pic.twitter.com/g5h0zMGp3m — NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) December 27, 2020 Watt has more sacks than the entire Tennessee Titans team. Those are the same Titans that went out...
    In the race for the MVP, many forget about a stellar season for the Miami Dolphins star cornerback.  The NFL season is winding down, meaning awards season is on the horizon. The focus turns to the MVP, where Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes will duke it out for another trophy in the final two games. Next: Should Carson Wentz get another shot in 2021?
    IRVING, Texas (AP) — Iowa State swept the Big 12’s top individual awards as determined by a vote of the league coaches, with running back Breece Hall named the offensive player of the year and junior linebacker Mike Rose the top defensive player. Iowa State’s Matt Campbell was coach of the year when the conference released its All-Big 12 selections Thursday. The No. 8 Cyclones play five-time defending Big 12 champion and No. 12 Oklahoma in the conference championship game Saturday. Hall is the Big 12’s leading rusher with 1,357 yards and 17 touchdowns. The sophomore running back has eight 100-yard games and has scored a touchdown in every game this season for Iowa State (8-2). The only other Cyclone to be the offensive player of the year was Troy Davis during the Big 12’s inaugural season in 1996. Rose averages 8.1 tackles per game, with 10...
    The fourth year of college football’s early signing period added a few difficult hurdles for coaches and recruiters to overcome. The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic not only limited campus visits for would-be recruits, but essentially eliminated all in-person meetings that could otherwise have taken place between players and coaches. How that affects the outcome of this year’s class remains to be seen, but one thing is apparent already: Pandemic or no, college football’s top teams will do just fine in the 2021 recruiting class. WEEK 15 PROJECTIONS: Playoff | Bowls Heading into Wednesday’s 72-hour early signing period, No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Ohio State created a significant distance between themselves and the rest of the pack. Teams such as Georgia, Clemson and LSU also stand to pull in elite classes that have legitimate College Football Playoff aspirations. Even so, there are a few battles still left to...
    In a preview call with the executive producer of Madden NFL 21, Seann Graddy promised me that I would see the difference between console generations in my first game. I was skeptical. But he was right. Oh, sure, the game looked sharper than ever, but that’s not the difference Graddy was referring to in the discussion. He was talking about the gameplay, the player movement and behavior that is now informed by five years’ worth of real-world data gathered by Amazon Web Services. In my first set of downs, I took control of defensive backs (something I rarely do) and fixated on the receivers’ routes, not really seeing much in their change of pace or direction while playing defense against San Francisco. But I did see the difference on my sixth play, when the Los Angeles Rams’ Robert Woods was a beat slower against my mental memory of a slant...
    Getty Eagles defensive tackle Javon Hargrave signed a $39 million deal with Philly in the offseason. Jim Schwartz often talks about his guys finding “repeatable motion” like baseball pitchers. And the Philadephia Eagles defensive coordinator values preaches the importance of practice reps, something that helps them for when the “real bullets start flying.” Well, it’s finally all coming together for Javon Hargrave. The 6-foot-2, 305-pound defensive tackle missed all of training camp with a pectoral strain, including the season opener. It was hard to replicate those snaps and get him up to speed during this pandemic-impacted year. Remember, Hargrave was learning a new scheme after coming over from the Pittsburgh Steelers where they run a 3-4 base defense. Twelve games into his Eagles career, the light has switched on. Hargrave has three sacks over the past two weeks. He suddenly looks like the player the organization surprisingly shelled out...
    New York Giants: Giants should “Enter the Wu” and draft Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah By: Matt Clark December 15, 2020 ShareTweetFlipRedditDrafting Notre Dame’s Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah would take the New York Giants defense from being a very good defense to being an elite defense. I know what you are probably saying to yourself, “Why are we already talking about who the New York Giants should draft in the 2021 NFL Draft when there are four weeks remaining in the season, and the team is in first place in their division?”. I totally understand the confusion. In recent years, writers were forced to look ahead to NFL Draft prospects for the Giants by this time of year because the season was already over for Big Blue, and there was nothing else to look forward to. Obviously, this year is different. If the season were to end today,...
    Just two years into his career, Mitchell Robinson looks like a special shot-blocker. But his ability to block jumpers is more than just special. In the past two seasons, the Knicks have cycled through numerous former first-round picks looking for a franchise cornerstone. Frank Nitlikina, Dennis Smith Jr., Kevin Knox and R.J. Barrett were all top-10 picks with two or fewer seasons of experience under their belt. Each had their moments but Mitchell Robinson was, by far, the most effective of the bench and could turn out to be the most important player for the Knicks’ future. It’s likely that over the next few years Robinson’s block numbers, particularly on jumpers, begin to decline as opposing shooters become more aware of him and are more reluctant to shoot when he’s lurking. Robinson will also probably need to adapt as shooters begin to leverage his perimeter block-hunting with pump-fakes to...
    New York Giants: Leonard Williams earns NFC Defensive Player of the Week By: Anthony Rivardo December 9, 2020 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe New York Giants just earned a clutch, statement victory on the road against the Seattle Seahawks. New York’s dominant defense held the high-flying Seahawks offense to only ten points. Two of Seattle’s twelve points came from a safety on special teams. The Giants’ defense played out if its mind in Week 13. New York forced Seattle to turn the ball over twice. Seattle also went only 4-13 on third downs and 0-2 on fourth downs. The Giants benefited from many great individual defensive performances, but none greater than that of defensive coordinator Patrick Graham and defensive lineman Leonard Williams. These two had insane performances that propelled the Giants to a crucial victory this week. Leonard Williams’ performance was so special that he...
    Getty Malcolm Jenkins was originally drafted by the Saints in 2009 Excuse Jim Schwartz for being a little guarded these days when heaping praise on players he admires. The Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator doesn’t want to get in trouble for complimenting someone too much. Especially not a former team captain who held the defense together like super glue. Malcolm Jenkins will be returning to Philly for the first time since exiting in free agency for the New Orleans Saints. While the city’s COVID-19 fan ban won’t allow proper kudos from the hometown crowd, the Pro Bowl safety will get a respectful stare from the Eagles sideline. Schwartz called Jenkins the “smartest player” he’s ever coached while gushing about how much he meant to the coach on a personal level. “I can’t have any more praise. I get in trouble for praising players,”...
    Marc Gasol addressed LeBron James’ lighthearted comments about the 2013 Defensive Player of the Year award. In an all-time great career like LeBron James’, there’s really only one piece of hardware that’s still missing: a Defensive Player of the Year trophy. Back in 2013, one of LeBron’s better defensive seasons, the award went to Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies. Despite the fact that Gasol will now be joining LeBron and the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers, the King hasn’t quite let that go yet. As he jokingly told Spectrum SportsNet on Monday, James believes that “Gasol has my Defensive Player of the Year trophy at his house.” In an interview with Esmaixada, Big Spain addressed the DPOY dig from his new teammate with a smile (translated via Reddit): “I always think that individual awards in the world of sports are very subjective. I don’t believe too much in them...
    Michael Reaves/Getty Images Stephon Tuitt and T.J. Watt of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrate a sack against the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 22, 2020. “Watt a month for T.J.,” headlined the Pittsburgh Steelers official web site on Friday morning, delivering the news that outside linebacker T.J. Watt won AFC Defensive Player of the Month for November. It’s the second time he has won Defensive Player of the Month honors this year, as he also earned the award for his play in September. Watt had 18 tackles (13 solo), plus five-and-a-half sacks, 17 quarterback hits, and three passes defensed during five games that the Steelers played in November (or would have played in November, had the Baltimore Ravens game not been delayed three times). Watt had two games with multiple sacks during the games in question, including two each in showdowns against AFC North...
    Michael Reaves/Getty Images Stephon Tuitt and T.J. Watt of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrate a sack against the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 22, 2020. “Watt a month for T.J.,” headlined the Pittsburgh Steelers official web site on Friday morning, delivering the news that outside linebacker T.J. Watt won AFC Defensive Player of the Month for November. It’s the second time he has won Defensive Player of the Month honors this year, as he also earned the award for his play in September. Watt had 18 tackles (13 solo), plus five-and-a-half sacks, 17 quarterback hits, and three passes defensed during five games that the Steelers played in November (or would have played in November, had the Baltimore Ravens game not been delayed three times). Watt had two games with multiple sacks during the games in question, including two each in showdowns against AFC North rivals Cincinnati and Baltimore....
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt has been named the AFC’s Defensive Player of the Month for November. In the last five games played, Watt recorded 18 tackles, 5 & 1/2 sacks, and three passes defended. Watt a month it [email protected]_TJWatt has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Month for November!https://t.co/A6YAaM2qYu — Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) December 4, 2020 Through Week 12, Watt leads the NFL with 11 sacks. The Steelers remain as the lone unbeaten team in the league with an 11-0 record. They will host the Washington Football Team on Monday, December 7 a 5:00 p.m.
    Buffalo Bills LB A.J. Klein named AFC Defensive Player of the Week By: Geoff Magliocchetti December 3, 2020 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe linebacker becomes the third member of the Buffalo Bills to earn a Player of the Week Award this season. Buffalo Bills linebacker A.J. Klein had to hold out for a little bit, but a special honor awaited him at the end of Week 12’s NFL action. The defender earned the AFC’s Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Bills’ 27-17 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. Klein led all defenders with 14 tackles (3 for a loss), 1.5 sacks, and a pass breakup. His most notable contribution of the afternoon came in the early stages of the fourth quarter, when he forced Chargers running back Joshua Kelly into a three-yard loss on a crucial third-and-one in...
    Getty A.J. Klein attempts to tackle Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler. In the past month, Buffalo Bills linebacker A.J. Klein has taken his game to a whole new level and he was rewarded for it Thursday morning. After tallying 14 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and three tackles for a loss, in a 27-17 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, the veteran linebacker was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career. Your AFC Defensive Player of the Week: @AJKlein47 RETWEET to congratulate 54! ????#ProBowlVote — Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) December 3, 2020 Early on this season, Klein struggled and only recorded 12 tackles through the first five weeks of the season. When starting linebacker Matt Milano went down with an injury, he also struggled to fill in the gap and was criticized for...
    Joey Bosa. Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports Joey Bosa is a beast. On Sunday, the Chargers defensive end was mic'd up during his game against the Bills. Bosa finished the game with three sacks, five quarterback hits, and a fumble recovery. The game gave viewers a first-hand look at how one player can disrupt an entire opposing offense. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Joey Bosa had one of the most dominant defensive performances of the NFL season on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. The Chargers defensive end and shortlist nominee for NFL Defensive Player of the Year finished with three sacks, six tackles for loss, five quarterback hits, and a fumble recovery. While his performance wasn't enough to get the Chargers the win, it was a true showcase of how one defensive player can cause problems for an entire offense. Luckily for football fans, Bosa was mic'd...
    DENVER (CBS4) — The Denver Broncos will continue to prepare Friday for Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints, but not in person. The team, through a Twitter message Friday morning, reported three positive results from recent COVID-19 testing. As a consequence, the organization decided to close the UCHealth Training Center. Coaches and players will be in contact remotely via virtual meetings as a result. (credit: Scott Halleran/Getty Images) One player and two staff members tested positive, the message stated. None of the three personnel were identified. Statement from the Broncos: pic.twitter.com/BFm0F4uXod — Denver Broncos (@Broncos) November 27, 2020 Broncos placekicker Brandon McManus responded to the decision via Twitter: “Hence why what I said yesterday is so important. Need a league wide decision tree. Can’t have some facilities shut down and others stay open and risk exposing more players when they just practiced with a positive player.” Backup quarterback...
    State superintendent: 5,000 Alabama students have not shown up for any classes this year Trump administration removes experts from Defense Policy Board J.J. Watt has a big Thanksgiving highlight with sudden pick-six against Lions The last time J.J. Watt played the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving, he was in his prime as the best defensive player in football. He had three sacks that day. Watt might not be the best defensive player in the NFL anymore in his 30s, but he’s still very good and capable of some eye-popping plays. Watt made a huge play in the first quarter against the Lions. He was rushing from Matthew Stafford’s left, wasn’t going to get there so he stuck up his hands and plucked Stafford’s pass right out of the air at the line. Watt turned upfield and scored. Yessirrrr!!!!!! Pick 6!!!!!! @JJWatt— TJ Watt (@_TJWatt) November 26, 2020 It hasn’t been...
    Getty The Seahawks held a defensive accountability meeting prior to their win over the Cardinals. The Seattle Seahawks defense has stepped up in a major way, and Pete Carroll revealed that the success is tied to a player-led “accountability meeting.” Carroll admitted he saw a significant change in the defensive play after the meeting took place on the eve of their win over the Cardinals in Week 11. The Seahawks coach detailed the accountability meeting and what the players said which led to the best defensive performance of the season. “I’m going to tell you, it was Wednesday night, Kenny [Ken Norton Jr.] had a meeting with the guys, and he had the players all go through their own position and what they had to do in some of our base calls,” Carroll detailed on ESPN 710 Seattle. “It was one of...
    Why the Yankees shouldn’t be worried about Steve Cohen and the Mets stealing DJ LeMahieu By: Alexander Wilson November 21, 2020 ShareTweetFlipRedditThere is a fear bubbling that the New York Yankees could lose DJ LeMahieu to the New York Mets, as owner Steve Cohen has committed to turning a flawed team and organization into a winning franchise. The Mets have been inconsistent and failed to put together a competent team, but Cohen has the checkbook and professionalism to change that overnight. This upcoming free agency period is going to be intense, as the Yankees attempt to retain LeMahieu and add a starting pitcher to complement Gerrit Cole. Of course, the usual rumors of Francisco Lindor and potentially a star catcher signing will circle, but their priority is the start second baseman. The New York Yankees have some good news of the...
    (CBS4)- The Buffaloes improved to 2-0 on the season on Saturday afternoon thanks to a 35-32 win over the Stanford Cardinals. In the process, a pair of the team’s leaders were honored as conference players of the week. Quarterback Sam Noyer took Offensive Player of the Week while linebacker Nate Landman earned the defensive player of the week award. This marks the eighth time in program history that they have had both offensive and defensive players of the week at the same time. For Noyer, he completed 15-of-24 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns while adding another 36 yards and two touchdowns on the ground accounting for four of the team’s five touchdowns against the Cardinal. Landman, a 6’3″ 235 pound senior linebacker, recorded 14 tackles, 11 solo and one for loss. He also recovered a fumble on Stanford’s final desperation attempt to score on the last play of...
    The Trail Blazers got better defensively late Monday, and the Rockets might’ve signaled the beginning of the end. As of Tuesday morning, Russell Westbrook and James Harden are still members of the Rockets. But Houston’s reported trading away of Robert Covington to Portland could be a sign that the Rockets’ window of contention is closing quickly. Trevor Ariza and two first-round picks moved back to Houston in the deal, which at least ensures that there’s something in the cupboard if everything soon gets blown up.  Portland makes a move to go all-in on supporting its superstar backcourt of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. After “Dame Time” temporarily took over the NBA’s bubble in Orlando, the Blazers have added one of the league’s top complementary pieces in the hopes of keeping up with the best teams out West. Here are the reported details of the trade and a breakdown of the short- and long-term...
    Isaac Okoro, the Auburn small-forward defensive specialist, would seem just what Dr. Thibodeau ordered. Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau is trying to change the franchise’s culture to one that emphasizes winning and defense. And Okoro says that’s all he knows. Okoro, who has interviewed with Knicks brass ahead of Wednesday’s draft, says he’s tried to tell teams he will “bring in a winning culture.’’ By all accounts, Okoro shapes up as the draft’s best perimeter defender. “Being a two-way player, stopping the best team’s player and going out on the offensive end and contributing,’’ Okoro said of his attributes during a Zoom call. “I feel like what separates me from everyone else in the draft is my will to win and [being] willing to do anything to help the team win, coming in and playing my role and being a defensive player.’’ The Knicks will select at No. 8 and...
    Monty Rice, Georgia Bulldogs. (Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports) Georgia football has several future NFL starts on its 2020 season roster.There is NFL talent galore on Georgia football’s 2020 roster. Though the Georgia Bulldogs are not in contention for a national championship after suffering their second loss of the season, everybody knows the Dawgs have players all over the gridiron, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Many of these stars will be draft-eligible in 2021 and will declare. Regardless, the on-field talent has the Dawgs as a top-10 program in the country.These Georgia football players will be studs in the NFL 5 Monty Rice LB Georgia Bulldogs Linebacker has been a position of great strength for the Georgia defense throughout the 21st century. With the amount of linebackers who have earned All-American status, gone in the first round of an NFL Draft or have had successful...
    Getty Calais Campbell The New England Patriots won’t have to deal with arguably the Baltimore Ravens’ best defensive player on Sunday night. All-Pro defensive end Calais Campbell has been ruled out. Follow the Heavy on Patriots Facebook page for the latest breaking news, rumors, and content!Calais Campbell Out, Broderick Washington Likely to Start in His Place View this post on Instagram A post shared by Pats Nation 365 (@pats_nation_365) With Campbell out with a calf injury, the Ravens are likely to turn to Derek Wolfe, Justin Ellis, and rookie Justin Madubuike to pick up the slack. Rookie defensive lineman Broderick Washington might also see some action. The 23-year-old has played in four games this season with one tackle, so he’ll be pressed into more action than he’s seen throughout the first nine weeks combined. That combination of talent figures to struggle to make up for what...
    Islanders’ Mathew Barzal a model for one future NHLer By: Rob Taub November 12, 2020 ShareTweetFlipRedditMathew Barzal has taken huge steps in his career to become one of prominent players, not just for the Islanders but in the entire NHL. From his Calder Trophy winning rookie campaign to his wonderful performance in the bubble postseason this past summer, Barzal’s game and reputation has continued to grow. For one future NHLer, Phil Tomasino, he sees the 23-year old Barzal as the model for the kind of player he wants to be. He’s so smooth with the puck and makes plays,” the Nashville Predators 24th overall pick from 2019 told TSN.ca. “He’s great defensively and an all-around player as well so he’s kind of the guy I try to be like.”   Barzal has made tremendous strides defensively as Tomasino referred to, thanks...
    Getty Ameer Abdullah scores against the Lions in 2020. The Detroit Lions have been bad on defense this season, and quite possibly one of the worst sequences they have had in the last handful of seasons came late in the first half during Week 9’s loss. With the Minnesota Vikings simply trying to run out the clock and get to the locker room, the Lions allowed them to score in just a few short plays after being totally gashed. Minnesota ran the ball down Detroit’s throat without much opposition, and it looked far too easy for the Vikings to score according to ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky. Orlovsky took a closer look at the sequence and couldn’t believe that the Lions gave up a touchdown so close to the end of half with the Vikings trying to run out the clock. He even tweeted that Detroit ran the same defense...
    Gregory Shamus/Getty Images Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers tries to outrun the tackle of Carlos Dunlap during a Bengals-Steelers game at Heinz Field. On Tuesday Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin opened his weekly press conference by saying, “Good afternoon, we are excited to be back in the kitchen in the AFC North” and getting ready to take on the Cincinnati Bengals. But Tomlin openly admitted there is one former Bengals player he’s glad he doesn’t have to see anymore, that being ex-Cincy defensive end Carlos Dunlap, who was recently traded to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for former Steelers offensive lineman B.J. Finney and a seventh-round draft choice. “It is unique and interesting to look at a Cincinnati front and not have to deal with defensive end Carlos Dunlap. We do not miss Carlos Dunlap,” said Tomlin, with a little laugh, before noting that another...
    Getty Roy Robertson-Harris of the Chicago Bears warms up before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) In one of the more brutal injuries of the season for the Chicago Bears, stud defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris injured his shoulder and will be forced to miss the remainder of the season after having surgery, per the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. #Bears disruptive DT Roy Robertson-Harris is having season-ending shoulder surgery this week, sources say. A blow to the Chicago defense, but Robertson-Harris will be healthy by March to have a nice payday in free agency. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 9, 2020 Robertson-Harris has been one of the better defensive role players for the Bears since the team signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2016. Since that time, RRH has become...
    Getty Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones not-so-subtly acknowledged the painfully obvious truth he continues not-so-subtly resigning himself to. In discussing the Cowboys’ lack of activity at Tuesday’s trade deadline (which was not for a lack of effort), Jones confessed to essentially turning the page on 2020, as any such deal would have been consummated for the long term. “It just didn’t work,” he said Friday on 105.3 The Fan. “We actually got into the weeds on two or three of them. Worked at it a little bit but saw that it wasn’t going to work. They were more in the nature of the future, not so much as it would relate to what we’re doing in the next eight games here.” ALL the latest Dallas Cowboys news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Cowboys newsletter here! Jones did not divulge details regarding...
    His stock is low, but Knicks’ interest is high. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the No. 2 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft who has established himself as a defensive specialist, is on the Knicks’ free-agent radar when the market opens a few days after Nov. 18th’s draft. Tom Thibodeau is a defensive-minded coach and president Leon Rose wants to create a roster that fits his big coaching hire. According to sources, the Knicks also view the player known as “MKG” as a solid locker room guy. However, Kidd-Gilchrist wouldn’t address the Knicks desire to improve their outside shooting. The 6-foot-6 forward is a smart player who could learn Thibodeau’s system fast, with training camp rushed up to start Dec. 1. Kidd-Gilchrist is a University of Kentucky product and played for new Knicks assistant Kenny Payne, another thing working in his favor. Knicks senior VP William Wesley is also very close to the...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — On the heels of a big win against the Baltimore Ravens, Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt was named the AFC’s defensive player of the week. Tuitt put up big performance in the 28-24 win over their division rivals. [email protected]_7 has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week ???? More: https://t.co/lSFN7WwIxP pic.twitter.com/jejJc7HSax — Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 4, 2020 Tuitt finished the game with two sacks and nine tackles.
    BOSTON (CBS) — Whether or not Stephon Gilmore gets traded before Tuesday’s deadline remains unknown. But it seems as though the Patriots are only willing to part with the player if they’re able to get the moon. ESPN’s Dianna Russini reported Tuesday morning that according to several GMs around the league, the Patriots are asking for both a first-round pick and a player from any team that wants to add the All-Pro cornerback. After speaking with a few GMs around the NFL, Ive learned multiple teams who have called the Patriots about CB Stephon Gilmore were told by New England they want a first round pick and a player in exchange for the 2019 AP Defensive Player of the Year. — Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) November 3, 2020 That price is likely too steep for any team to pay, especially considering Gilmore’s contract restructuring this summer makes it unlikely that he’ll be...
    Most Americans believe LGBTQ people are legally protected from discrimination. Theyre not. Europes COVID-19 outbreak is worsening from disaster to catastrophe, as the US scrambles to contain its third wave NFL Power Rankings: Everything weve learned over the first two months of the season We’re not quite at the midpoint of the 2020 NFL regular season, but we are at a point where we mostly know what teams are going to be for the rest of the year. What better time to check in on the league with a fresh batch of power rankings? © Provided by For The Win Now, most power rankings are based on what has already happened. If that’s what you’re looking for, you can find For The Win’s weekly rankings here. But these power rankings will be looking at what we expect to happen over the second half of the season. A good way...
    Getty Former Michigan State DT Raequan Williams is an intriguing player to watch at Eagles training camp. Injuries to Malik Jackson (quadriceps) and Hassan Ridgeway (biceps) have put a premium on defensive line depth in Philadelphia. So the Eagles protected two defensive tackles on their practice squad to bolster the unit, including veteran T.Y. McGill and undrafted rookie Raequan Williams. They also saved undrafted rookie safety Grayland Arnold and veteran guard Jamon Brown, making all four players unavailable for other teams to poach. The fact these four players are protected doesn’t necessarily mean the Eagles will move them up to the active roster, but they remain emergency options. In the case of McGill and Williams, it seems likely at least one of them will be called up due to limited bodies in the defensive tackle rotation. Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz has been known for rotating guys in and...
    Getty Rudy Gobert, Boston Celtics trade target? A longshot? To be sure. But in this bizarre NBA offseason, and with this Celtics bunch, there seems to be little harm in at least considering the longshot possibilities that might present themselves to Boston in the coming weeks. This time it is an idea floated by Bleacher Report and writer Grant Hughes, as part of a package of “surprise” trade ideas. And for the Celtics, it would be a steal, assuming they’re willing to bear some serious financial burden. The trade proposal has the Celtics receiving Jazz center Rudy Gobert in a package that is headlined by Gordon Hayward, and includes Daniel Theis and all three Celtics first-rounders in this year’s draft—Nos. 14, 26 and 30. Granted, Hayward still has star capability and the last time he suited up for the Jazz, he was averaging a career-high 21.9 points to...
    Pro Football Focus has its lovers and its haters. We know one thing that PFF itself loves, though, and that’s Aaron Donald. Before the 2020 NFL season, PFF named Donald the No. 1 player in football. Not just at his position, or on his team, or among defenders. In all of the NFL. Yes, ahead of Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson and Christian McCaffrey and Stephon Gilmore and any other dominant player you can think of. Donald has kept up the production in 2020, on pace to come within half a sack of his career high.  In a social-media world that features one-handed catches, insane throws, and impressive stiff-arms, it’s easy to lose sight of just how good a 6-1 defensive tackle playing for the Los Angeles Rams is. Opposing offenses sure don’t forget how good Donald is, though. He’s at the center of their gameplans, and for good...
    LeBron James enjoyed a sublime 2012/13 NBA season. He almost won everything there is to win as an individual and a teammate. The championship was secured along with the league MVP and Finals MVP award. However, one major snub raised everyone’s eyebrows, including LeBron’s! The 2012/13 season saw Miami Heat extending their dominant run and King James asserting himself as best in the league. For so many years, we’ve seen LeBron dominate with his incredible talent.  But 2013 LeBron was different. It can be said that he peaked as an athlete with the Miami Heat, and the glory years can never be forgotten. James averaged 26.8 points, 7.3 assists, and eight rebounds a game during the regular season. The 2013 MVP voting finished extremely close, with LeBron James missing out on a unanimous selection by just one vote. However, things didn’t go in a similar fashion when it came...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — For the second week in a row, a Ravens player has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week. This week the honor went to defensive end Calais Campbell. And it’s not a surprise: Campbell got five tackles and three sacks in Sunday’s game. The Ravens ultimately won 30-28 over the Eagles. [email protected] is the AFC Defensive Player of the Week ???????? pic.twitter.com/sw7HmHw3LR — Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) October 21, 2020 Last week, rookie Patrick Queen earned the honor.
    CHELSEA played out a 0-0 draw in their first match of this season's Champions League campaign. But despite the lack of goals there were plenty of reasons to be positive. 3James really looked to come of age on this European night for ChelseaCredit: Getty Images - Getty Here, SunSport looks at who shone and who stayed in the shade under the lights at Stamford Bridge. Edouard Mendy - 8 Came back in after his injury and made a fantastic reaction save after a deflected header in the first half. Not only did he make a few saves, he just provides that really calming presence that Chelsea really lack at the back when he isn't there. Reece James - 9 Chelsea's star man, James was one of the only players shining bright for Chelsea tonight and looking to make things happen. He was always a threat from the right and excellent...
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