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Hue Jackson of Cleveland Browns challenges Kenny Britt to step up

BEREA, Ohio — In two games, Cleveland Browns receiver Kenny Britt has two catches, one offensive pass interference penalty and one heart-to-heart with his coach. These are not the numbers expected from a receiver signed to a $34 million free-agent contract. “I have challenged our guys every day and I have challenged him that he needs to step up and make plays and I think he will, I really do,” Hue Jackson said Thursday. Britt said the discussion was “man to man.” Kenny Britt had one catch in his Browns…

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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott admits showing ‘bad effort’ in loss

FRISCO, Texas — Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott admitted Thursday that he showed “bad effort” in last week’s 42-17 loss to the Denver Broncos, during which he failed to track back on two interception returns. “I would say I was just very frustrated, but that’s no excuse for the lack of effort I showed on tape,” said Elliott, who was held to a career-low 8 yards on nine carries. “I just can’t do that. Being one of the leaders on the team and being a guy that people count…

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Aaron Hernandez had advanced stages of CTE

BOSTON — Aaron Hernandez’s lawyer says the former New England Patriots tight end’s brain showed severe signs of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy. In a news conference at his offices, attorney Jose Baez says testing showed that Hernandez had a severe case of the disease. Baez said the CTE was at Stage 3, with Stage 4 being the highest. Baez also said a federal lawsuit against the NFL and the New England Patriots on behalf of Hernandez’s daughter was filed this afternoon. CTE can be caused by repeated…

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Fantasy football picks, sleepers, busts for Week 3

Everyone’s wrong, OK? Let’s just start there. There are no winners here; everyone is wrong — including me — and I hope we can fix that. It started in the preseason, when Green Bay Packers tight end Martellus Bennett tweeted this: I don’t care about your fantasy football team. Thanks! Sincerely real life football guy. – Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) September 1, 2017 And what has followed in recent weeks is a slew of tweets from NFL players on the same subject, including Tyler Eifert, Odell Beckham Jr., LeGarrette Blount and…

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Confidence never an issue for Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans Blog

HOUSTON — When Clemson coach Dabo Swinney looks back at his team’s national championship victory over Alabama in January, QB Deshaun Watson‘s ability to stay calm stands out. Watson’s confidence is nothing new to Swinney, who saw it time and time again at Clemson. Swinney points to Clemson’s final drive in the national championship game against Alabama. With 2 minutes and 7 seconds left, Alabama scored to take a 31-28 lead. “He didn’t flinch,” Swinney said. “Two minutes to go, and he gathers his teammates up and we’re fixing to…

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Trevor Siemian on Trevor Siemian: ‘Drop back and throw it to the open guy’ – Denver Broncos Blog

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — There are some folks in and around the Denver Broncos organization who want to pump the brakes on lauding the team’s performance in the opening two weeks and the play of quarterback Trevor Siemian. Siemian is one of them. “It’s good, it’s Week 2,” Siemian said Wednesday when asked about his standing among the league leaders. He’s tied for the lead in touchdown passes with six and is sixth in passer rating at 106.9. Then, when asked if he had any statistical goals for the season, the…

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Cowboys need Dak Prescott-to-Dez Bryant connection to heat up fast – Dallas Cowboys Blog

FRISCO, Texas — On a beautiful California day last month, Dak Prescott was nearly perfect in a Dallas Cowboys training camp practice, completing 13 of 15 passes in team and seven-on-seven drills. Of those 13 completions, six went to Dez Bryant. In the individual competetion period of practice, Bryant caught a touchdown pass against cornerback Orlando Scandrick and celebrated with a dunk on the goal post. On that day, it looked like the Prescott-to-Bryant connection was ready for a breakout 2017. Dez Bryant caught his first TD pass of the…

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Green Bay Packers’ Nick Perry needs hand surgery for second straight year

GREEN BAY, Wis. – For the second straight year, Nick Perry will need hand surgery. The Green Bay Packers outside linebacker will undergo the operation this week, coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday. Last year, Perry missed two games in December after he underwent surgery to have multiple screws placed into several broken fingers on his left hand. Last year, Nick Perry missed two games after he underwent surgery to have multiple screws placed into several broken fingers on his left hand. He’s having hand surgery again, but it’s not clear…

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A plea from New York Giants: ‘Don’t turn your backs on us just yet’ – New York Giants Blog

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Justin Pugh concedes that the boos that reverberated throughout MetLife Stadium on multiple occasions during Monday night’s loss to the Detroit Lions were somewhat deserved. The New York Giants haven’t put anything on tape this season to prove otherwise. It doesn’t mean Pugh thinks it’s smart for fans to jump ship after two losses, despite the struggles of both the offensive line and the offense as a whole. He believes that would be a premature reaction to one-eighth of the NFL season. “I know the group…

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Alex Smith is making 2018 QB decision difficult on Kansas City Chiefs – Kansas City Chiefs Blog

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ever since trading up in April to draft quarterback Patrick Mahomes II, the Kansas City Chiefs have stood by Alex Smith as their starter for the 2017 season. There was no competition for the starting spot, no quarterback controversy. Smith is repaying the favor. Through two games, he is the NFL’s second-leading passer. He is on pace for 40 touchdowns and almost 5,000 yards. Both would far surpass his personal bests, making Smith a big reason the Chiefs will take a 2-0 record into Sunday’s game…

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