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NFL quality of play isn’t worse in 2017, but Colin Kaepernick might make it better

Does the NFL have a quality-of-play problem? Over the first two weeks of the season, it’s fair to say that the league hasn’t exactly delivered much in the way of exciting action. After a thrilling season opener between the Chiefs and Patriots, national contests such as Seahawks-Packers, Giants-Cowboys and Texans-Bengals have been marred by dismal offensive line play. We’ve had eight games decided by more than 20 points through two weeks, double last year’s total, and that’s without getting to the Lions and Giants on Monday Night Football. I have…

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Watson and Hunt steal the show in Week 2 with electrifying TD runs – NFL Nation

Here’s a closer look at how some of the top rookies fared in Week 2: THURSDAY Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson Draft round: 1 Statistics: 15-of-24, 125 yards; five carries, 67 yards, one TD Analysis: Watson provided the most exciting play, and the only touchdown, of the Texans’ 13-9 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals — on a scramble up the middle and then down the right sideline for a 49-yard touchdown. Watson showed some improvement from his Week 1 performance but acknowledged after the game that he still has a…

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What does taking offers for QB Alex Smith mean for Kansas City Chiefs – Kansas City Chiefs Blog

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The only mystery this year when the Kansas City Chiefs drafted Patrick Mahomes II was “when” he would be installed as their starting quarterback. It certainly wasn’t a matter of “if.” That time could be next season. The Chiefs may listen to trade offers for their current starter, Alex Smith, at the end of this season. Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding the Chiefs and their quarterback situation: What does the Smith trade talk mean for the rest of this season?…

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Carson Wentz on an Andrew Luck pace (and that’s not good) – Philadelphia Eagles Blog

PHILADELPHIA — Here are three big takeaways from Sunday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs as the Philadelphia Eagles begin preparations for their home opener against the New York Giants: Carson Wentz was let down on several fronts Normally it’s not a bad thing to be compared to Andrew Luck. But in this case, it is. As CSN Philly points out, Wentz is second all time in pass attempts by a quarterback in his first 18 games (692), just one shy of Luck. It’s one thing to empower a young,…

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New York Giants standing behind struggling left tackle Ereck Flowers – New York Giants Blog

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — It was all there again for a national audience to see. New York Giants left tackle Ereck Flowers continued to struggle with his pass protection, a problem that has plagued him since he came into the league in 2015. Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah exposed the third-year tackle in Monday night’s 24-10 victory over the Giants. Ansah had three sacks of Eli Manning in the game after finishing with two sacks all of last season. That hasn’t changed the Giants’ sales pitch on Flowers, which…

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Lawrence Timmons of the Miami Dolphins suspended indefinitely

The Miami Dolphins suspended starting outside linebacker Lawrence Timmons indefinitely, the team announced Tuesday. Timmons went AWOL from the team unexpectedly this past weekend and did not play in Sunday’s 19-17 road victory over the Los Angeles Chargers. Timmons signed a two-year, $10 million contract in March, but he has not played a regular-season game. Lawrence Timmons has been suspended after disappearing during the team’s trip to Los Angeles. Who will replace him? Dolphins LB Lawrence Timmons is scheduled to meet with doctors, sources said, one day after he was…

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Jacksonville Jaguars claim WR Jaelen Strong off waivers

Wide receiver Jaelen Strong was claimed off waivers Tuesday by the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team announced. Strong was placed on waivers by the Houston Texans on Monday. The Jaguars’ depth chart at wide receiver took a hit in Week 1 when No 1. wide receiver Allen Robinson was lost for the season with a torn ACL. Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns are experienced players who have combined for 281 catches since 2014, but since Robinson’s injury, the Jaguars were forced to rely on undrafted rookie Keelan Cole in three-receiver sets….

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Johnthan Banks expected to sign with Houston Texans

The Houston Texans are expected to sign cornerback Johnthan Banks after working him out on Tuesday, according to multiple reports. Houston had two cornerbacks leave with injuries in Thursday night’s 13-9 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. Veteran cornerback Johnathan Joseph left in the second quarter with a shoulder injury and 2015 first-round pick Kevin Johnson sprained his MCL and is expected to miss four to six weeks. Johnson started the game alongside Joseph. The Texans were relying on Johnson after they lost top corner A.J. Bouye in free agency this…

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Former Bears All-Pro CB Charles Tillman training to be FBI agent

CHICAGO — Former NFL All-Pro cornerback Charles Tillman is training to become an FBI agent, sources confirmed to ESPN Tuesday evening. The Chicago Tribune first reported the news. According to multiple ESPN sources, Tillman is currently at the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Tillman, 36, earned a criminal justice degree from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. His father, Donald Tillman Jr., was a sergeant in the Army. Tillman’s interest in possibly joining the FBI post-football dates back to his playing career, during which Tillman — according to another source —…

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DeMaurice Smith re-elected as NFLPA’s executive director

DeMaurice Smith was re-elected NFLPA executive director Tuesday night by a 14-0 vote of the selection committee. The three-year term runs through 2021, which coincides with the final year of the current collective bargaining agreement. “This union is centered on player leadership. I am proud of their commitment, humbled by their trust in me and honored to serve. There is more work to be done,” Smith said in tweet that featured the hashtag “#OneTeam.” DeMaurice Smith has been re-elected for a fourth term as the executive director of the NFLPA. Kirby…

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