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Nelson continued to shine as he moved into the franchise’s top five in all-time catches and receiving yards.

The Seahawks rushed for 97 and 78 yards, respectively, without Rawls in their win at Minnesota and their loss at Carolina in last year’s playoffs. That’s a total of 175, or two fewer rushing yards than they posted Saturday vs. Detroit. They should go into Atlanta feeling very good about Rawls’ chances to keep rolling.

Before the Detroit game, it felt as though the Seahawks were either one-and-done or Super Bowl run. With the running they just did, it’s time for the rest of the NFC field to brace it’self.

The way we held him on PUP and all that, we couldn’t have been more cautious with him,’ McCarthy said. ‘You definitely see the benefit’s of that. But I felt like we put a lot of stress on him early in the year to perform at such a high level.

He’ll be the first to tell you, he needs the practice. He needs some preseason game work. To go right from a very conservative approach throughout training camp and then go into that (Jaguars) game it’s what, 110-112 (degree) heat index down in Jacksonville that was a tough task for anybody, our whole team, let alone Jordy because he just didn’t have the investment of a lot of snaps throughout training camp.’

Nelson said there wasn’t a certain moment he felt his knee was completely healed. But his first explosive performance of 2016 came in Week 3, when he caught six passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Detroit.

Nelson continued to shine as he moved into the franchise’s top five in all-time catches and receiving yards. Although heralded in the past for his ability to get open deep, Nelson was at his best this season inside the 20-yard line, where his 11 red-zone touchdowns led the NFL.
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Tyrod Taylor on Bills benching QB: ‘That’s on them’

Tyrod Taylor didn’t play Sunday for the Bills, and he voiced his thoughts on his own benching Monday morning.

That decision is on them, Taylor said, via WKBW. I feel like Ive done enough as far as my play to be the starter here. It wasnt like I was outplayed, it was simply taken from mea€| and that decision came from them. Well see what the future holds.

With Taylor benched, EJ Manuel and Cardale Jones combined for 15 of 31 passing for 182 yards, no touchdowns, an interception and a fumble during Sunday’s loss to the Jets.

If Johnny Manziel is serious about a future in the NFL, the Spring League is willing to provide him with a platform to prove he’s still relevant, Woods told the AP.

Manziel, of course, has been in the news for all the wrong reasons since the Cleveland Browns picked him in the first round of the 2014 draft. But Manziel told ESPN this week he is sober and ready to return to football at any level.

A pre season game, anything I don’t care what it is, he wrote. Only need one team to believe in me and I’ll do anything to make that a possibility.

Rice hasn’t played in the NFL since the 2013 season after being involved in a highly publicized domestic abuse incident. Young hasn’t played in the NFL since 2011, but like Manziel and Rice, would bring name recognition.

The four-team Spring League will start training April 5 at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Teams will play a total of six games in a three-week period. The emphasis is on signing young players on the fringes of the NFL.

Longtime NFL scout John Peterson will serve as league president.
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Unfortunately, that steady presence is not found in the flexible Brendan McKay.

It remains to be seen what the Twins will do June 12 with the first pick in the draft, but with a stake in the franchise’s future and millions of dollars in a signing bonus on the line, it would behoove their front office to think long and hard before handing the keys to the kingdom over to a player whose true position is still undecided.

McKay may go on to have a brilliant career in the majors. But for a team like Minnesota that’s had one winning season in the past six years, the top pick in the 2017 draft must produce a cornerstone player for their organization who management can count on for years to come.

Unfortunately, that steady presence is not found in the flexible Brendan McKay.

I loved him, first and foremost. I couldn’t believe this guy who have the pedigree he had, treated all of us, and I’m sure you’d agree, like we were on the NBA beat. He came out and it was a big job, he cared a lot. I just was so impressed. Here I am, from St. Louis, and I’m like, “Erwin Claggett is on this team. This is awesome.” That’s a big deal to me. Derek Grimm is on this team. Doug Smith, wow. And Bernie Bickerstaff, he’s been in the NBA and coached in the NBA. I’m sure you remember asking questions and him jawing back and forth a bit, he could be testy at times, but I loved it. He wanted to be there and win, and it’s why his career bounced even higher after his time with the St. Louis Swarm. I tell you, I loved all those professional leagues, I did. I did play-by-play for the River City Renegades, the indoor professional football team. I was into that. The River City Rascals, I loved going to those games. It was the perfect place for a young future broadcaster to grow up, because everywhere I looked, there was a live game for me to go broadcast. It was a blessing. nike_cardinals_301

Falcons fan buries jersey in ground after Super Bowl loss to Patriots

Falcons fans suffered one of the worst losses imaginable in Super Bowl 51 as the Patriots scored 31 unanswered points to erase a 25-point deficit.

The Atlanta community would like to just listen to Culture and forget this event ever happened. In fact, one fan took it so serious that they decided to literally bury their feelings, and put a Falcons jersey in the ground in hopes to get rid of the bad luck attached to it.

This seems like an extreme measure for such a costly artifact, but whatever it takes, I guess.

Taking everything into consideration, how can a GM and coach cast their lot with such an aging, injury-prone, likely-to-be expensive player at the sport’s most important position?

Even with a bargain deal, it’s just asking for trouble and ultimate disappointment.

The Texans probably present the next best option for Romo, and they offer a decent O-line, a good rushing attack led by 1,000-yard back Lamar Miller and an excellent target in Pro Bowl receiver DeAndre Hopkins. A Romo signing would allow coach Bill O’Brien to put last year’s free agency mistake Brock Osweiler into the role of expensive backup.

The Jets also are an intriguing option for Romo considering they were a 10-win team two years ago, before they drowned with Ryan Fitzpatrick last season. Perhaps Romo would get excited about playing in the nation’s largest market. He would be supported by a good running game and a strong defense, but the receiving corps has question marks. Plus the offensive line is middle-of-the-road and would need to be upgraded.

I don’t see Romo winding up in Chicago or Buffalo, even though Romo played college football at Eastern Illinois.

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Bennett questioned why somebody wouldn’t want Kaepernick on their roster.

Von Miller and Vic Beasley are having an NFL ‘pass-rushing summit.’ This is what it should look like

Vic Beasley made his mark on the NFL in his second pro season, recording a league-leading 15.5 sacks and earning first-team All-Pro honors in the process. His emergence wasn’t lost on superstar linebacker and Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller.

Back in January, Miller proposed the two quarterback-crushing defenders team up for a “pass-rushing summit” this offseason. On Tuesday, Beasley told ESPN he plans on making good on his colleague’s offer.

Everything else aside, Bennett questioned why somebody wouldn’t want Kaepernick on their roster.

“I think a person that’s dedicating their life to creating change, why wouldn’t you want that type of leadership in your locker room?” Bennett said. “Why wouldn’t you want a young person that’s dealt with people wanting to kill him because of his choices in life? So I don’t know why people feel like that is a problem.”

Bennett’s comments are not surprising. He has an interest in social justice issues just as Kaepernick does. Bennett also spoke out for Kaepernick last season, saying that the 49ers would have a better shot with him at quarterback instead of Blaine Gabbert.

Kaepernick has been blackballed by the NFL for a number of silly reasons, but the fit in Seattle makes sense for everybody involved.

Bennett’s comments will only ramp up the expectation of Kaepernick landing in the Pacific Northwest.
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LeBron James hit back-to-back 3s that were basically identical shots

We all know LeBron James’ jump shot has been the one imperfection in his game, a small foible in his game that makes sure he’s not a total cheat code. But, like, James is also a really good shooter. Maybe he won’t beat an average player in a shooting competition around the arc, but he can laugh and then bury a three in your face if he’s feeling extra mean-spirited.

And then he can do it again with an identical shot on the next possession.

I swear these are different shots that happened on back-to-back plays. It’s like those “spot the differences” brain puzzles that we all looked at as kids. The referee is walking to his spot in one, rather than already being there; James already has the ball at a standstill, rather than stepping into it; P.J. Tucker beings his box out a little deeper on Tristan Thompson. Obviously, it’s the exact same offensive set guarded by the same defense, but even past that, nearly everything in these two gifs are the same.

And James is laughing his way to the bench with six more points, knowing he’s almost guaranteed to be the new all-time NBA postseason scoring leader by the time the Cavaliers’ run ends.

Patton blossomed into one of the best two-way centers in the country as a redshirt freshman at Creighton this season. He shot 67.6 percent from the field, but his best value comes on defense. He’d be another long, quick athlete for the Bucks’ fleet.

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Giles was projected as the possible No. 1 overall pick coming into this season before more knee trouble slowed him down in his only season at Duke. He’s essentially a medical decision at this point. If he can get back to the form he showed as a recruit and stay healthy, Indiana could have a major steal here.

Those 2 players who skipped bowl games? Both went as top-10 picks.

When an injured Leonard Fournette skipped LSU’s bowl win over Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson’s Louisville and an injured Christian McCaffrey skipped Stanford’s bowl win over potential No. 1 QB Mitch Trubisky’s North Carolina, the world ended.

Remember all the yelling at the time, about these two college students skipping group projects in order to prepare for their professional careers?

And while that isn’t exactly what he said, it’s really not much of a twisting of his words. Kizer really believes that the level of preparation and dedication that he brings to football could make him a special player in the NFL when mixed with his talent.

“Name a college quarterback who goes into the game-plan meetings on Monday and throws his notes at the coaches,” Kizer said. “No one else game plans the way I do. No one else prepares the way I do. No one else knows football the way I do. No one else is as big as I am. No one else is as powerful a runner as I am. Pat Mahomes might throw the ball 80 yards and I can only throw the ball 72, but I guarantee he can’t throw an out route the way I can.”

Quarterback is a position that requires a certain moxie, so that level of confidence isn’t a bad thing for Kizer. However, it appears unlikely that he’ll be the first quarterback off the board.

SB Nation’s Dan Kadar ranks Kizer as the third-best quarterback in the class, but didn’t slot Kizer in the first round of his most recent mock draft. But judging by Kizer’s interview with USA Today, it’s going to take more than a slide out of the first round to shake his confidence.
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Cardinals vs. Jaguars 2017: Arizona in the playoff hunt after win in Jacksonville

Quarterback Chad Henne is the usual suspect for the Jaguars when it comes to offensive struggles, but it’s tough to blame him for the Week 11 loss, although he was far from perfect. Henne threw two fourth-quarter interception that put an end to any rally chances and didn’t move the ball after the first quarter, but the real struggle was the running game of the Jaguars.

AndyStandsUp of Revenge of the Birds thinks the Cardinals should have dominated this game but is happy with the win:

Cristiano Ronaldo is arguably attractive. The bronze statue of his bust that made the internet lose its minds this week? Hilariously terrible. It didn’t look like the soccer star at all!

This reminded us of the time we here at SB Nation tried (and failed) to draw Tom Brady like a courtroom reporter, and wondered if we could make an even better representation of Ronaldo. It’s really the only way to honor one of the best soccer players in the world.

“So, here’s the thing. The only thing I ever really learned how to do from second grade art class was make muppet-lookin’ faces, so this interpretation of Ronaldo has a massive mouth, agape in wonder, which hey, might be how he looks if he’s upset about a call. I do feel like this particular model really captures the full majesty of Ronaldo’s magnificent hair, though.”
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Vegas is giving the Saints 9.5 points to beat the Falcons on the road in Week 12.

The Atlanta Falcons host the New Orleans Saints in an NFC South game that doesn’t look nearly as good as it did in August. Vegas bookies agree, giving the Saints a 9.5-point spread in the game, according to OddsShark.

Walden will now miss Indianapolis’ away game against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 12. He signed a four-year contract with the Colts this summer and has served as a starter throughout the season. The suspension means that rookie Bjoern Werner may see a big increase in playing time. Another option for Indianapolis is Cam Johnson.

The Colts currently have a strong hold on first place in the AFC South but could be looking to get home-field advantage for a longer period of time by moving up the standings. This trip out west will not be easy, as the Cardinals are currently on a three-game winning streak.

I think that defensively, that was probably the closest that it came, Babers said in his office about the win. I would say offensively, I’d probably go more to the Pittsburgh game [a 76-61 loss]. I think [the VT game] was a fabulous defensive game by us. We did some things on offense and we made some plays, but I really believe that game was a defensive win.

I want [my team] to be loose, he said. I want them to be freewheeling, and I want there to be interaction between them and their coaches. Now that being said, there’s a discipline to this game, and that’s where all that stuff kicks in.
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Cycling race gets canceled for the 1st time ever because of high winds

Organizers of the Cape Town Cycle Tour had to cancel the event over the weekend because of high winds, the first time it’s happened in its 40-year history. According to News24, cyclists were originally going to ride a shorter route to account for road damage and protests that were to take place. Before the race, a weather advisory was put out, cautioning riders of high winds, but predicting they wouldn’t be as rough as those from a previous event in 2009.

Organizers also announced they would donate hospitality food and water to the people affected by a devastating fire in Hout Bay that destroyed homes and left thousands homeless.

Last season, the Hawks defeated UCLA and Georgetown on the road and Notre Dame and USC on a neutral floor in Orlando, and still got left out after falling to Iona in the Metro Atlantic final. This time around, Monmouth’s best non-conference wins came over Memphis (on the road) and Princeton (at home), and they lost to Siena in the MAAC semifinals. While King Rice’s team will get a look, thanks to its RPI, the results probably aren’t there to avoid a second consecutive snub and NIT trip. If only they could swap their last two sets of non-conference results.

Tatum dealt with injury problems of his own, missing the first eight games of the season after hurting his foot. After a so-so debut against Maine on Dec. 3, he broke out against Florida for 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Fast forward to the ACC Tournament, and he was a first-team all-tournament honoree. Krzyzewski said after the title game that Tatum could have shared the MVP award with winner Luke Kennard.

For Giles, it was something he’s seen so many times before.

Allen might get the most attention from the media and Kennard might have the MVP trophy on his shelf, but with Tatum’s athleticism and Giles’ potential emergence, those two are going to be nightmares for opposing coaches to game plan against.14

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