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    The Miami Dolphins have elevated two young defensive backs up from the practice squad ahead of Sunday’s home game against the Carolina Panthers to address injuries that could water down the special teams unit. Jamal Perry and Brennan Scarlett, two key special teams contributors, were placed on injured reserve earlier this week because of the knee injuries they each suffered in last week’s 24-17 win over the New York Jets. And cornerback Elijah Campbell was placed on injured reserve on Saturday because of a knee injury and toe injury he’s recently suffered. Campbell and Perry were both primary gunners, responsible for running down field on special teams to tackle punt returners. Players put on injured reserve must miss at least three games, but are eligible to return to the 53-man roster if they can recover before the season is over. It doesn’t help that rookie cornerback Trill Williams suffered a hamstring injury during practice this week and has been ruled out of Sunday’s contest, and that safeties Jevon Holland (knee/ankle), Brandon Jones (ankle/elbow) and Eric Rowe (hip)...
    Vince Biegel took a circuitous route to land back on the Miami Dolphins’ active roster this week ahead of the team’s Sunday home game against the Carolina Panthers. Already missing the entire 2020 season with a torn Achilles, the outside linebacker that contributed significantly in 2019 was injured with a calf strain in training camp this year. He was released with an injury settlement in early September, freeing him up to join another team. Biegel found himself signing back onto the Dolphins’ practice squad in October, elevated for two different games and, with fellow outside linebacker Brennan Scarlett placed on injured reserve following Sunday’s win at the New York Jets, Biegel was the natural replacement, signed for good to the 53-man roster. “I think the game of football is a journey and sometimes the gift is the struggle,” said Biegel on Wednesday. “It’s been quite a journey this year, and I wouldn’t want it any other way. I’m just thankful to be back with a great organization like the Dolphins and help this team come out and win ball games.”...
    Getty Ex-Chiefs TE Deon Yelder. The New York Giants placed special teamer and reserve safety Nate Ebner on injured reserve on Wednesday, November 24th. The former second-team All-Pro selection has not appeared in a game since Week 7, as he’s dealt with lingering ankle and knee injuries. In his second season with the Giants, Ebner did not re-sign with the team until early September after withdrawing from Olympic rugby sevens contention due to injury. A former special teams stalwart with the New England Patriots, the Ohio Native captured three Super Bowl titles during his eight-year run in Foxborough. In six games this season, Ebner has logged 134 snaps on special teams (82%). Set to turn 33 years old on December 14th, he will once again be a free agent next offseason.Giants Make a Flurry of Moves at Tight EndFilling Ebner’s spot on the Giants’ 53-man roster will be tight end Chris Myarick, who was a free agent signing from the Giants’ practice squad. Myarick has appeared in four games with Big Blue this season, logging offensive snaps in...
    Welcome to the Wednesday episode of “The David Hookstead Show.” On today’s episode, we’re talking about ESPN reportedly removing Sage Steele from TV after her recent comments, Andrew Wiggins says he felt forced to get vaccinated, Shad Khan releases a statement about Urban Meyer, some old comments from the Jaguars coach are coming back to haunt him, Tyson Fury guarantees a knockout against Deontay Wilder, Conor McGregor reveals UFC 257 PPV buys and Dave Chappelle’s new special “The Closer” is outstanding. Let’s dive right in! TOPICS: ESPN Reportedly Suspends Star Following Her Comments About The Vaccine And Obama NBA Star Says He Felt Forced To Get Vaccine After Refusing To Do So For Months Jaguars Owner Releases Statement On Urban Meyer’s Fate. Will His Reaction Surprise Fans? Urban Meyer’s Old Comments On What Makes A Team Bad Are Coming Back To Haunt Him In A Huge Way ‘The F**k Out’: Tyson Fury Makes Bold Prediction For His Fight Against Deontay Wilder Conor McGregor Reveals The Stunning Amount Of PPV Buys For His Second Fight Against Dustin Poirier...
    The Pittsburgh Steelers may have picked up some momentum before halftime against the Green Bay Packers if their outstanding special teams play wasn’t called back. The Steelers blocked a Mason Crosby field-goal attempt and Minkah Fitzpatrick returned the ball 75 yards for what could’ve been a touchdown. However, the officials ruled that Steelers cornerback Joe Haden was offsides during the play and negated the touchdown. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) catches a pass against Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden (23) in the third quarter at Lambeau Field. (Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports) The score would’ve put Pittsburgh up 16-14 at the very least before halftime. Green Bay would seal the victory, 27-17, over Pittsburgh. Haden made clear in a tweet the referees got the call wrong. "I wasn’t offsides," he wrote. Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin expressed some frustration with the team’s lack of attention to detail, especially on offense. Green Bay Packers' Randall Cobb catches a touchdown pass in front of Pittsburgh Steelers' Minkah Fitzpatrick during the second...
    Getty Vikings cornerback Cameron Dantzler addressed his first-week benching by the coaching staff. Minnesota Vikings cornerback Cam Dantzler admitted he was surprised when he was benched for the Vikings’ season opener. The team’s No. 1 cornerback a year ago as a rookie, Dantzler was penned as the team’s most significant breakout candidate by Pro Football Focus in January. However, Dantzler struggled through the preseason as veteran free-agent Bashaud Breeland overtook him for the starting outside corner role. Dantzler proved his mettle in Week 2, breaking up a pass on third down in the end zone in the fourth quarter that kept the Vikings’ chances alive in an eventual 34-33 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. He played 16 defensive snaps, allowing only two catches for 23 yards on four targets and a 54.6 passer rating. “It was quite a surprise, but I feel like that humbled me and made me hungry,” Dantzler said in his first press conference since his benching. “So I just came to practice each and every day and worked harder, so that won’t ever happen...
    "Do better:" Advocates say Biden should seeks to double refugee admissions America’s Travel Ban Made No Sense © Provided by NBC Sports Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad Cowboys owner and General Manager Jerry Jones saw something he didn’t like from his special teams in Sunday’s win over the Chargers. The Cowboys tried to block a Chargers punt on fourth-and-20 in the second quarter and ended up with a roughing the punter penalty, giving the Chargers an automatic first down. Jones said on Tuesday that he prefers a more conservative approach to special teams. “To be very candid with you, I’m a little more conservative,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan, via the Dallas Morning News. “We won a national championship with special teams when I was in college. So, I’m a fanatical special teams interested fan, whatever. I do believe that the turnovers or the bad plays in the kicking game are the equivalent of turnovers. They usually change possession and can change field position. . . . I really like to choose...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (KDKA) – As the Steelers get prepared for their home opener against Las Vegas at Heinz Field in week two following an unexpected season-opening victory against the Buffalo Bills, the league is taking notice of the Steelers’ defense. READ MORE: It Was A Bad Choice: W. Va. Governor Jim Justice Calls Out Unvaccinated As Cases COVID-19 Cases Rise “I learned that this defense has a chance to be really special and they’ve been building toward that over the last few seasons, but make no mistake, they won that game along with special teams. Yes, the offense woke up in the second half and made enough plays to win that game, but it was the defense and a big play on special teams that was the story of it,” said NFL on CBS analyst Evan Washburn. While the first half saw the offense held off the board, it’s not much of a concern for Washburn, because, with rookies and a new coordinator, they’re finding their way. To start the year, the...
    Getty Arizona Cardinals linebacker Dennis Gardeck (left) and outside linebacker Haason Reddick (center) celebrate with Zach Allen after a sack on Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts at State Farm Stadium on December 20, 2020, in Glendale, Arizona. Ahand injury in practice and continued recovery from ACL surgery will sideline Arizona Cardinals special teams captain Dennis Gardeck for at least three weeks. The Cardinals placed Gardeck on injured reserve Saturday, September 11, a day after ruling him out for Arizona’s season-opener against the Tennessee Titans. The Cardinals were being cautious with the 27-year-old linebacker and limiting his participation in practice and training camp following ACL surgery in January. Despite those efforts, Gardeck sustained a hand injury in practice Thursday, September 9. Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury told reporters Friday, September 10, the injury likely would sideline the fourth-year special teams star beyond the Sunday, September 12, season-opener in Tennessee. Arizona signed linebacker Kylie Fitts from the practice squad to fill Gardeck’s spot on the active roster. The Cardinals also promoted cornerback Antonio Hamilton from the practice squad to the active...
    Getty Head coach Matt Nagy and the Chicago Bears have added a speedy WR. The Chicago Bears are signing former Houston Texans wide receiver Isaiah Coulter after his recent tryout, the team announced late on August 22. They also placed linebacker Austin Calitro on the injured reserve list after he sustained a hamstring injury in Chicago’s 41-15 loss to the Buffalo Bills, the team’s second preseason game. That very bad and lopsided loss shined a glaring light on what seems to be one of the Bears’ biggest issues heading into the 2021 NFL season: special teams — and that’s likely the primary role Coulter may fill. ALL the latest Bears news straight to your inbox! Subscribe to the Heavy on Bears newsletter here! Join Heavy on Bears! Bears Lost Both Top Returners From Last SeasonThe Bears were wretched on both offensive and defensive special teams in the loss to Buffalo, allowing a 79-yard punt return for a touchdown, with the Bills averaging just under 30 yards per punt return. Not good. Not only that, but Chicago has yet...
    The Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Rams’ joint practice session was cut short Thursday due to a fight during special teams reps. The Raiders and Rams held the joint practices ahead of their preseason matchup over the weekend. But the two days were marred by skirmishes. According to ESPN, the end of practices was started and stopped four times before the practices were ended. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM "I thought we had great work today until right at the end of the special teams period. I have no idea what that was, but that’s enough of that crap. It’s not good for football, that’s not good for anything. So, that’s the end of that practice session," Gruden told reporters after practice Thursday. When asked about whether there was a message to the team, Gruden said there wasn’t. LIONS' DAN CAMPBELL ON CUTTING VETERAN LONG SNAPPER ON HIS 40TH BIRTHDAY: 'I’M AN A--HOLE' "There is no message. They know better. Everybody knows better, and again it wasn’t everybody fighting," he added. "It will be on TV;...
    If you’re looking for one of those sappy college football videos where a walk-on is surprised with a scholarship, you’ve come to the right place. After all, who doesn’t like to see a little hard work rewarded? In fact, inject that into my veins! The latest deserving athlete comes from the Big Ten: Minnesota’s Derik LeCaptain. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM In what appeared to be a standard team meeting, LeCaptain was amongst a group of Gophers who were handed an oar at the front of the meeting room. The oars are a nod to head coach PJ Fleck’s famous "row the boat" motto. Each oar had a word or message on the back of it and the players were expected to tell the team what the word/message meant to them. When LeCaptain was given his oar, he turned it over to reveal "you’re on scholarship". Upon reading it aloud, the team went crazy and immediately swarmed the redshirt sophomore. Overcome with joy and tears, LeCaptain wasted little time calling his family to share the good news:...
    ‘Hollywood Remixed’: Marlee Matlin on ‘CODA’ and Authentic Deaf Portrayals Current Credit Card Interest Rates © Provided by NBC Sports Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad Rams rookie receiver Ben Skowronek fractured his forearm in Saturday night’s preseason game against the Chargers. He underwent surgery Monday, and Sean McVay said Wednesday that Skowronek will miss 4-6 weeks. The Rams selected Skowronek in the seventh round of the draft this spring. He played four snaps on offense and three on special teams in the preseason opener and made one tackle on special teams. The Notre Dame product made 29 receptions for 439 yards and five touchdowns in 11 college games last year. Ben Skowronek will miss 4-6 weeks after surgery on broken forearm originally appeared on Pro Football Talk
    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Former South Carolina coach Will Muschamp is leading what Georgia coach Kirby Smart calls a “total team effort” to coach the Bulldogs’ special teams with Scott Cochran away from the team for health reasons. Cochran, Alabama’s former strength and conditioning coach, was hired by Smart to the on-field position before the 2020 season. Though Cochran was named the Bulldogs’ special teams coordinator, Smart said after Saturday’s scrimmage other assistants, including tight ends coach Todd Hartley, always contributed. “It is really a total team effort,” Smart said. “It always is. It was last year.” Georgia announced last week Cochran “is currently dealing with health issues and is taking time to prioritize his mental health and well-being.” Muschamp, who joined Georgia’s staff as a defensive analyst, has moved on field to help fill the void left by Cochran’s absence. Smart said Muschamp played a lead role on special teams as South Carolina’s coach and “brings a lot of energy to the meetings.” “The players respect him and the job he’s done, and so far I’ve been really...
    More from: Drew Loftis Fantasy football: The strategy behind drafting kickers, if you must The tricky dilemma fantasy football owners face drafting tight ends Fantasy football: The innovative solution for breaking ties Fantasy football: Auction drafts are the way to go Its time to stop the PPR madness in fantasy football Anyone who still lives by the saying “defense wins championships” has never played fantasy football. From a strategic perspective, the position of defense/special teams is only marginally more important than kickers in most fantasy formats. The predictability from season to season is sketchy — the 49ers were supposed to have one of the best defenses last season but suffered a rash of injuries, the Dolphins came out of nowhere to score the fourth-most points at DST, the Patriots a couple of seasons back had an incredible early run when they seemed to score defensive or special teams touchdowns every week. The point being, it is hard to both pick the best or top sleeper units. This is part of the reason the Madman often streams DSTs from week...
    Getty Victor Bolden Jr. runs the ball for the 49ers in a 2017 game in Seattle. The Detroit Lions are in the process of trying to find difference makers to round out their 2021 roster, and one of the biggest spots to watch in terms of this figures to be special teams. Detroit needs a return man to step up during camp, and early on, there have been a few players who have done just that for the team. The latest Lions news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lions newsletter here! Join Heavy on Lions! After practice on Wednesday, August 4, special teams coordinator Dave Fipp talked about several of the players who are in the mix at the position. As he said, there are multiple good options for the Lions so far that have emerged during camp. Play Detroit Lions Training Camp Media Availability: Aug. 4, 2021 | Dave Fipp, Tim Boyle, Anthony PittmanWatch Detroit Lions special teams coordinator Dave Fipp, quarterback Tim Boyle and linebacker Anthony Pittman...
    Getty Nsimba Webster was waived by the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday, creating an open spot on the special teams side. Though not necessarily considered a significant roster loss, the Los Angeles Rams do have a spot to fill in one area of the field heading into next week’s training camp: The kick return game. Return man and wide receiver Nsimba Webster was waived on Tuesday. Webster, who signed with the Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2019 out of Eastern Washington, got lost in the wide receiver shuffle but found his way onto the field through special teams. Webster has since been claimed off waivers by NFC West rival San Francisco, with the 49ers adding him on Wednesday afternoon. The #49ers claimed WR Nsimba Webster off waivers from the Los Angeles Rams. He appeared in 21 games over the past two seasons, and averaged 6.3 yards on 32 punt returns, 22.4 yards on 18 kick returns. — Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) July 21, 2021 The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Webster only saw action in 21 of 34 games, but again...
    Getty Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb Sometimes the low-hanging fruit is the most appealing. Such would explain Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott pegging second-year wide receiver CeeDee Lamb as his “breakout” candidate for the 2021 NFL season. “My expectations are super high,” Prescott said of Lamb during last week’s mandatory minicamp, via Jon Machota of The Athletic. “I’m so excited for CeeDee. So excited for just his growth from our five games together to just getting back out there in OTAs and throwing it to him and watching him get off the line, run routes, go up and get contested balls time and time again. It’s exciting. It’s exciting what he’s going to offer and it’s exciting what he brings to this whole receiving corps and this offense. He’s a special playmaker that we’re privileged to have and he’ll be big time and definitely have a breakout season.” The latest Dallas Cowboys news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Cowboys newsletter here! Sign up for the Heavy on Cowboys Newsletter! CeeDee Was Pacing for Incredible NumbersThe...
    The New York Jets’ most vital improvements may be on special teams Geoff Magliocchetti May 21, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe New York Jets’ special teams improvements will vital in taking their first steps toward their leadership’s vision. When an NFL team comes off a two-win season and adds a second digit to its playoff drought, a macabre gift is offered in the form of an offseason where almost any move made will push the organization in the right direction. Even if the New York Jets weren’t coming a season considered garish even by their own star-crossed standards, they certainly had one of most productive offseasons in the NFL. The hiring of Robert Saleh brought rave reviews domestically and abroad. The end of April saw them find their newest franchise quarterback (Zach Wilson) and finish creating what could be one of the deepest receiving corps in the league (draftee Elijah Moore joining veteran newcomers Corey Davis and Keelan Cole). Defensively, they stocked up on veterans of 4-3 sets that Saleh and defensive coordinator Jeff...
    The Kansas City Chiefs’ offseason is off to a good start despite some tough decisions ahead. The Chiefs are expected to lose a number of talented players, including one Sammy Watkins from their receiving corps. Yet, on Tuesday Kansas City announced they’re bringing back another wideout, just not the biggest name of the bunch. Marcus Kemp only caught one pass last season, but that was enough to make an impression. Kemp made his influence felt on another unit –Dave Toub’s special teams group. Kemp first signed with the Chiefs in 2017 as an undrafted free agent, and has been a regular on special teams since 2018. Yet, he tore his ACL in the 2019 season, which stalled his progression and forced the Chiefs’ hand come 2020. Kemp had to fight for his roster spot the majority of the 2020 season, only to finally get the ax late in the year. Now, the Chiefs are admitting their mistake by bringing back the familiar face. Chiefs have indeed re-signed WR Marcus Kemp. Chiefs might lose some of their veteran special teams...
    Getty Ryan Nall has been retained by the Chicago Bears While rumors about Russell Wilson’s potential interest in the Chicago Bears flew around the league, the team made a quiet and rather small move: they re-signed running back and key special teams performer Ryan Nall, as reported by Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network. Chicago signed Nall in 2018 as an undrafted free agent, and after making the practice squad that year, he has made steady gains with the team ever since. He made the 53-man roster in 2019, getting called up in November that year. He played in eight games, getting his first touches as a pro. Nall had two carries for eight yards, and he played even more this past season. The 25-year-old running back made the roster last year, and he appeared in all 16 games in 2020. He was a minimal contributor on offense, netting just three carries for no yards, but he played a slightly smaller role in the passing game, catching eight passes on nine targets for 67 yards and a score....
    NEW YORK (AP) — Brant Boyer has been retained by new Jets coach Robert Saleh as New York’s special teams coordinator. This is the third coaching staff Boyer has been part of with the Jets since being hired by then-head coach Todd Bowles in 2016. Boyer was also retained in 2019 after Adam Gase became coach. Saleh was complimentary of Boyer following his introductory news conference on Jan. 21, saying several people had called him vouching for the special teams coordinator. “He’s held in such high regard,” Saleh said then. Boyer has guided a consistently solid Jets special teams unit during his tenure, despite several personnel changes — particularly at kicker. In 2018 and ‘19, New York was ranked in the top 5 among special teams units. Kicker Jason Myers and kick returner Andre Roberts both were selected to the AFC’s Pro Bowl squad after the 2018 season, while Roberts made All-Pro. The 49-year-old Boyer is a former linebacker and special teams standout who played 10 NFL seasons with Miami, Jacksonville and Cleveland. He began his coaching career as...
    Courtesy of Vikings Ryan Ficken was officially named the Vikings' new special teams coordinator. The Minnesota Vikings officially announced Monday that longtime special teams assistant coach Ryan Ficken will fill the team’s special teams coordinator role. Ficken will call the shots on special teams for the first time in his 14 years after former special teams coordinator Marwan Maalouf was not offered a new contract to begin the new year. with the Vikings as he’s one of the longest-tenured coaches with the franchise Players, both current and former, shared their approval of the hire, including former special teams star-turned Pro Bowl wideout Adam Thielen and the franchise’s all-time fourth-leading tackler Chad Greenway. Die-hard Vikings fan? Follow the Heavy on Vikings Facebook page for the latest breaking news, rumors and content out of Skol Nation! Vikings Sound off on Ficken’s PromotionMinnesota’s official announcement of Ficken’s promotion over Twitter was met with resounding approval. Thielen, who spent three seasons on special teams before becoming a starter, is evidence of the development Ficken has played a part in during his time with the Vikings....
    Getty Matt Prater celebrates a game-winning kick in Detroit. The Detroit Lions didn’t have much go right this season on the field, but one of the things that did was special teams. Not only did the Lions have an elite punter and a solid return group to go with a kicker that routinely banged through his share of record-breaking field goals, Detroit blocked kicks and was solid as a whole through most of the season. That work led them to be featured on a very interesting list. According to veteran NFL writer Rick Gosselin, the Lions were the third best special teams group in the league this past season. Annually, Gosselin ranks special teams groups in the league and the Lions had a solid standing when it came to the list for Gosselin. They placed just behind New England and Seattle on the list. Here’s what Gosselin wrote at Fan Nation and the Talk of Fame Network as to why: “The Detroit Lions were a surprising third-place finisher. They were terrible — finishing 5-11 with the NFL’s 20th...
    Derek Watt had to be helped off the field after this scary moment at Paul Brown Stadium. On a Pittsburgh Steelers punt, fullback Derek Watt went in to make the tackle on Cincinnati Bengals return man Alex Erickson and suffered an apparent head injury. Watt’s head collided with Erickson’s knee on the made tackle. While Erickson was not able to advance the ball, Watt lied on the Paul Brown Stadium turf completely motionless. We know the Bengals and Steelers have a bitter rivalry that often resorts to on-field violence, but this was just a football play and one that Watt needed assistance to make it to the Steelers sideline. #Steelers’ Derek Watt thankfully got up and walked off the field. A nasty collision minutes in the game. pic.twitter.com/hM7Gw32a7U — NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) December 22, 2020 Pittsburgh needs to win this game to stay alive for the No. 1 seedThough the Bengals are only 2-10-1 on the season, there is no wiggle room for the Steelers if they want to have home-field advantage in the AFC this season. After winning their...
    The team behind Black Mirror are back with their latest project, and instead of telling yet another story about how technology could ruin our lives, they have 2020 firmly in their crosshairs. The show’s creators, Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones, have made a mockumentary called Death to 2020, which will hit Netflix on December 27th.  The special, which “tells the story of the dreadful year that was” according to its synopsis, blends news footage with appearances (and probably acidic comments) from fictional characters. The trailer includes some of the well-known faces who appear in Death to 2020, such as Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Grant, Lisa Kudrow, Kumail Nanjiani, Tracey Ullman, Leslie Jones, Cristin Milioti and Joe Keery. 
    INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Anthony Lynn made his NFL playing career on special teams and started his coaching career there. Now, special teams might be his undoing as head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers melted down in a 45-0 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday, allowing touchdowns on a punt return and a blocked field goal. They also missed a field goal and committed two penalties on punt returns with a false start and 10 men on the field — all in a disastrous first half. “It was unacceptable, special teams was,” Lynn said. “The whole operation. Today got confusing on the field. It was unacceptable.” It was the worst loss in franchise history, surpassing a 49-6 defeat to Kansas City in 1964, and one which raised serious doubts about Lynn’s job status with four games remaining in his fourth season. Lynn said he has talked frequently with owner Dean Spanos, but whether he will be back for 2021 has never come up. “He’s frustrated as hell, just like I am right now,”...
    Kyler Murray looked like a potential MVP candidate for much of the first half of the season. He made a lot of good throws and the quarterback was a wizard with his feet, slipping past defenses with uncanny runs that scored touchdowns or kept drives alive. Over the past two weeks, he’s looked fairly ordinary. So it’s no surprise the Cardinals have lost those two games, including Sunday’s 20-17 setback to the Patriots. The Cardinals built an early 10-0 lead before slowly watching the advantage slip away. New England’s Nick Folk kicked a 50-yard field goal as time expired to win the game. Murray hasn’t been terrible, but it’s become clear they need him to be special for the offense to be among the NFL’s elite. He was 23 of 34 for 170 yards, no touchdowns and one interception against the Patriots. He also ran for just 31 yards after rushing for a season-low 15 yards against the Seahawks on Nov. 19. The regression has left some wondering if the NFL has figured out how to handle Murray. “I’m not...
    (CBS4) – Two consecutive games, two consecutive AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors. That’s what Denver Broncos place kicker Brandon McManus has achieved in the past two NFL games he’s played in. Brandon McManus kicks a field goal at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. (credit: Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) On Sunday during the Broncos win over the Patriots McManus went 6-for-6, making field goals of 45, 44, 27, 52, 20 and 54 yards. The Broncos won 18-12. In the Oct. 1 win over the Jets, the last game the Broncos played in, McManus also put in a special performance and also gained the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors. Brandon McManus #8 of the Denver Broncos reacts with teammates after kicking a field goal during the second half. (credit: Billie Weiss/Getty Images) McManus has only missed one field goal this season. He’s 12-for-13 with a 92.3% conversion rate. He already has five field goals of 50 yards or more, and is now tied with kicker Justin Tucker for most career games in NFL history...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dan Chisena was the only undrafted rookie the Minnesota Vikings kept on their initial active roster for the regular season. The former Penn State track star was simply too fast to let slip away. The Vikings have six other wide receivers in front of Chisena on their depth chart, so he’s unlikely to see much if any time with the offense this year. There’s no guarantee how long he’ll stay with the team, either, particularly in this pandemic-altered season. The 6-foot-3, 202-pound Chisena was deemed worthy of a spot for now, though, because of the impact he can make on special teams coverage units with his speed, toughness and instinct. “I just tried to embrace that and put as much into that as I was into offense,” said Chisena, who even spent a few days last week practicing at cornerback so the coaches could gauge his potential there in the attempt to find a place for him on the roster. “We feel like he’s got a chance to be a premier special teams player,” coach Mike...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dan Chisena was the only undrafted rookie the Minnesota Vikings kept on their initial active roster for the regular season. The former Penn State track star was simply too fast to let slip away. The Vikings have six other wide receivers in front of Chisena on their depth chart, so he’s unlikely to see much if any time with the offense this year. There’s no guarantee how long he’ll stay with the team, either, particularly in this pandemic-altered season. The 6-foot-3, 202-pound Chisena was deemed worthy of a spot for now, though, because of the impact he can make on special teams coverage units with his speed, toughness and instinct. “I just tried to embrace that and put as much into that as I was into offense,” said Chisena, who even spent a few days last week practicing at cornerback so the coaches could gauge his potential there in the attempt to find a place for him on the roster. “We feel like he’s got a chance to be a premier special teams player,” coach Mike...
    Fantasy football drafts are in full swing, and here is a pandemic-relief plan for those too busy with real-world problems to study up on sleeper picks. In this post, let’s size up: DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS Cam’s credo: A ball-hawking, sack-dancing defense is the goal, and any touchdown return is a bonus. 49ers’ outlook: The defense is only so fierce as defensive ends Nick Bosa, Arik Armstead and Dee Ford make it. Losing DeForest Buckner is a blow to their collective pass rush, but that could entice opponents to air it out and create chances for sacks and interceptions. Whether Trent Taylor or Dante Pettis serves as the return specialist, touchdowns are not expected. Rankings 1. 49ers 2. Bills 3. Ravens 4. Colts 5. Vikings 6. Broncos 7. Steelers 8. Bears 9. Washington 10. Patriots 11. Titans 12. Chiefs 13. Seahawks 14. Saints 15. RaidersRelated Articles Fantasy Football 101: Cam Inman’s advice on drafting a kicker Fantasy Football 101: Cam Inman’s advice on drafting a tight end Fantasy Football 101: Cam Inman’s advice on drafting WRs...
    Getty Eagles LB Duke Riley has turned into a key special-teams player and now a team captain for Philadelphia. Duke Riley would never make excuses for the disappointing start to his career. That self-described “low point” in Atlanta was complicated. The former Falcons linebacker fought through two painful injuries in his first two NFL seasons — a torn meniscus in 2017, then a groin tear in 2018 — while battling rough criticism after an embarrassing missed tackle went viral. The pressure was mounting on Riley who was dealing with some personal issues off the field, too — family stuff that he needed to clean up and pray on. Then, the Philadelphia Eagles called and everything changed for the better. “It’s not just any team that is calling for me, it’s the Philadelphia Eagles,” Riley told reporters on Wednesday. “And I know about this organization. I know they just won the Super Bowl a couple of years prior. It felt right when I walked in the building. It felt like I was meant to be here.” Riley, a third-round...
    LA teacher gets death threats for I cant breathe T-shirt Why celebrity chef Tunde Wey wants to charge white people $100 for salt Austin Peay commits special teams blunder on punt College football has returned, and it didn’t take long to get our first touchdown and blunder of the season. © Jake Crandall/ Advertiser via Imagn Content Services, LLC Austin Peay State fans before the Guardian FCS Kickoff Classic at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala., on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. Austin Peay and Central Arkansas met on Saturday evening. On the first play from scrimmage, CJ Evans Jr. put the Governors up 7-0 with a 75-yard touchdown run. Two possessions later, Austin Peay had a 4th-and-6 at midfield and tried to punt. The snap went past punter Chris Deeds, who was able to pick it up and scramble before kicking for a loss of 12 yards. © Jake Crandall/ Advertiser via Imagn Content Services, LLC Austin Peay State fans before the Guardian FCS Kickoff Classic at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala., on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. a hilarious special...
    It’s set after Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and follows Rey as she “embarks on a new adventure with BB-8 to gain a deeper knowledge of the Force,” while her friends prepare for Life Day. She ends up encountering Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi and others as she tries to make it back in time for the Life Day feast. In other words, it’s just the kind of kitschy plot you need for a Star Wars Holiday Special redux. Disney has collaborated with Lego before for Disney XD and Disney XD YouTube videos, but this will be the first Lego special to appear on Disney+. It will be directed by Ken Cunningham (Lego Marvel Spider-Man: Vexed by Venom ) and written by David Shayne (Lego Star Wars: All-Stars). As Lucas intended with the first special, it will also be used to push merchandise, starting with the 2020 Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar and a sticker book. While the cast and creators might not have fond memories of the special, some famous Star Wars fans do. Jon Favreau told GQ that...
    The NBA community is well aware that Shaquille O’Neal was almost of a different species. The 7′ 11”, 325 lb league star sure left his mark on the game as a player. Not only that, Shaq also made sure some changes came about to cater to his physical characteristics. However, one additional rule was legalized that gave opponents advantage over Shaq. And it led to a humorous incident. When Gregg Popovich hacked- a- Shaquille O’Neal The origin story of the offensive move called Hack-a-Shaq is well known around the NBA community. Don Nelson, the coach of the Dallas Mavericks, used the move back in 1997. However, it gained popularity after its results on Shaquille O’Neal came out destructive.     Once the NBA league proclaimed that players couldn’t purposely foul opposing players who didn’t have the ball in their hands during the last 2 minutes of the game. If this was done, the opposing teams would get 2 free throws and the possession of the ball. Many teams purposely broke this rule while playing against Shaquille O’Neal, as they...
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