Eagles, Philadelphia Police Sued by Fan Who Allegedly Punched Police Horse

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Andrew Tornetta, the Philadelphia Eagles fan who allegedly punched a police horse prior to the NFC Championship Game, is reportedly suing the team and two Philadelphia police offers.

According to TMZ Sports, nfl jerseys on sale Tornetta is saying police assaulted him and he “was innocently hanging out when the mounted cops rode up on him, grabbed him and started dragging him.”

Citing the court filing, TMZ added that nfl jerseys sale Tornetta “says at least two cops unsheathed their batons and began beating him multiple times—and he suffered serious injuries to his back, skull and face.”

Tornetta also said the cops’ actions resulted in him being “demonized on social media and internet sites reporting upon his assault on police and his cruelty toward an animal.”

He was initially charged with disorderly conduct,wholesale nfl jersey  resisting arrest and failure to disperse. Those charges were dropped after he completed 12 hours of community service.

Jamal Lewis Making Most of Post-NFL Life—but Preparing for Darker Days to Come

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BUCKHEAD, Ga. — The emptiness is inevitable, inescapable and, sometimes, fatal. Once pro football is through with you, count on it spitting you back out into society a concussed and confused man, searching for purpose.discount nfl jerseys

Jamal Lewis remembers the feeling well.

Leaning against the back wall at the top of the bleachers, he takes in his 14-year-old son’s AAU basketball practice, while his eight-year-old son (Jazz) and nine-year-old daughter (Ivana) wander off. Both sneak…and sneak…and sneak…down to the court, googly-eyeing Dad with an up-to-no-good smirk. Initially, Lewis shouts for them to stay put, but even he cannot help but laugh as the two inch along the baseline like night crawlers.nfl discount jerseys

Then, with all kids out of earshot, Lewis’ words knife through the sound of squeaking sneakers synchronizing with bouncing basketballs. When the NFL ejected him—when one final undiagnosed concussion sent Lewis spiraling into the abyss—he considered killing himself.

“You think about death,” the former Ravens star says. “I’ve thought about suicide. I’ve thought about ending it all.”

He felt his self-worth disappear because, he says, the “cheerleaders” in his life—the 70,000 screaming fans each Sunday—disappeared. His trucking company collapsed. He filed for bankruptcy. His assets were seized. He felt a distance between himself and his family. He felt lost in the emptiness and couldn’t tell a soul about these demons. Didn’t know how to, really. Where he’s from, Atlanta’s hardscrabble Adamsville nfl jerseys discount neighborhood, expressing feelings was a sign of weakness.

“You just kept it to yourself,” he says, “and you dealt with it. You let it out on the field.”

Without that outlet—without a linebacker to smash into—suicidal thoughts creeped into his mind and spread like a virus.

One by one, he saw three of his former offensive linemen die from health-related issues. Orlando Bobo to heart and liver failure. Orlando Brown to diabetic ketoacidosis. Damion Cook to a massive heart attack. Suicide seemed like a better way to go.discount nfl jersey

“You just have those thoughts about should you end it?” Lewis says. “I can only imagine with sleep apnea and heart attacks and heart disease. Who wants to go out like that? Especially when you have people upset with you—your wife upset with you, pissed off, discount nfl jerseys china you have to file bankruptcy, made bad decisions…”

The Best-Kept Secret on Every NFL Roster

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Superstars get most of the love, but NFL teams are stitched together by above-average players who may never get their due. This article is an active salute to every franchise’s unheralded anchor.

For some teams, that may be a young player who’s slowly working up the depth chart. For others, it could be a veteran role player. Either way, these athletes help their teams on Sundays and influence offseason decisions, even if they aren’t Aaron Rodgers or Odell Beckham Jr.

They’re the offensive linemen or defensive tackles who aren’t mentioned much by color commentators, the skill players who aren’t picked up in fantasy football leagues and the late-round picks who bloom into starters.cheap nfl authentic jerseys

In his first two seasons in the NFL, undrafted free agent Olsen Pierre was unable to get on the field. Last season, Pierre finished with 11.5 tackles at or behind the line. That number ranked behind only Chandler Jones (29) and Corey Peters (12) for Arizona in 2017.

Under defensive coordinator James Bettcher, the Cardinals had not had a full-time 3-technique role for any defensive tackle for several years. This is one reason why Pierre played just 33 percent of Arizona’s defensive snaps, despite his production.cheap authentic nfl jerseys

New Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks, formerly the Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator, will bring a 4-3 defense and a full-time penetrating defensive line role to the desert. That can only mean good things for Pierre, who is one of the brightest young players at the position.

Dan Quinn’s last season as a college defensive coordinator was 2012 with the Florida Gators. That happened to be cornerback Brian Poole’s true freshman season at Florida. When Poole went undrafted in 2016, his former defensive coordinator picked him cheap nfl jerseys from china up as a potential slot cornerback.

Since that signing, the 5’9″ defensive back has played 1,465 defensive snaps for the Atlanta Falcons. Poole’s story is a perfect example of scouting and projection into highly specific roles.

Quinn essentially found a full-time starter in college free agency. nfl cheap jerseys Only six Falcons (Robert Alford, Ricardo Allen, Keanu Neal, Deion Jones, De’Vondre Campbell and Desmond Trufant) have played more defensive snaps over the last two years than Poole.

Baltimore Ravens: Does Joe Flacco Have Another Super Bowl Run in Him?

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The Baltimore Ravens weren’t a disaster in 2017. They had the league’s sixth-ranked scoring defense (18.9 points per game allowed) and managed to win nine games. If the Ravens had a half-decent passing attack—they averaged just 189.4 passing yards per game, fourth-fewest in the NFL—they might have been a Super Bowl contender.

Baltimore took steps to improve the nfl cheap jerseys  passing game this offseason, adding John Brown, Michael Crabtree and Willie Snead. It also drafted tight end Hayden Hurst in the first round. The big remaining question is whether quarterback Joe Flacco can take full advantage of the new talent around him.

Flacco took the Ravens to the Super Bowl in the 2012 season, but he has struggled with his play and with injuries ever since. Last year, he finished with only 3,141 passing yards and 18 touchdowns while throwing 13 interceptions. nfl jerseys cheap china  Even with his new receiving options, Flacco will have to improve to take the Ravens back to the big game again before the team decides to part ways with him.

Baltimore traded up to draft former Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson in the first round, which suggests he’ll take over for Flacco at some point. If the veteran doesn’t seem to have what it takes to deliver a championship anymore nfl jerseys , Jackson may take over sooner than later.

The Ravens will start to get an idea of how much time Flacco has left in the coming weeks.nfl jersey

Ravens Concoct Plans ‘In a Laboratory’ to Utilize Lamar Jackson

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Jackson’s mere presence in the lineup will keep opposing defensive coordinators up at night, even if he’s relegated to a small package of plays.

Baltimore’s coaching staff understands the fine line it must walk regarding the quarterback’s overall development while still utilizing his extraordinary athleticism, raw speed and ample arm strength. cheap nfl authentic jerseys

John Harbaugh and Co. are taking a Victor Frankenstein-like approach to building a role for the rookie.  cheap authentic nfl jerseys

“We do it in the laboratory,” Harbaugh said, per Ryan Mink of the team’s official site. “We do it on the practice field. We ran a lot of stuff out here…you guys probably saw. We’re going to always try to get our players making plays for us, and Lamar is a guy who can help us win games.”

Jackson ravaged the collegiate ranks with 9,043 career passing yards, 4,132 rushing yards and 119 total touchdowns. A package of plays for the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner should extend beyond the typical zone-read approach.cheap nfl jerseys from china

“They want me on the field to utilize my talent and be a quarterback,” Jackson said, per Mink. “So it’s cool with me.” nfl cheap jerseys

Rest easy, Ravens fans. Baltimore plans to use Jackson, and the offense should be far more potent and unpredictable after ranking 27th overall last season.

Knicks Are a Long Way from Fixed, but David Fizdale Appears to Be a Good Start

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NEW YORK — By this point, Knicks fans know the deal. New coach comes in, refers to Madison Square Garden as “The Mecca” and claims working there is a dream come true. He says he’s going to emphasize defense and accountability, that some sort of super-awesome culture is going to be instilled, that he knows it’s been a dark few years but brighter times lay ahead.

Tuesday was no different. The Knicks introduced their new head coach, David Fizdale, the 11th man to hold that position since Jeff Van Gundy left in late 2001 and fifth since 2014 (extra snack for those poor diehards who can name the previous 10). A new head coach, of course, means another introductory press conference, and so here we were again, sitting in a hall at Madison Square Garden as the Knicks’ latest liberator, in this case, Fizdale, took the stage to share the myriad ways he planned to embark on the task that has flummoxed 10 coaches, and even more front office executives, before him:cheap nfl jersey

How to fix the Knicks.

Then again, things are a bit different this time. For one, Fizdale isn’t being billed as some savior; he’s just the latest piece to a puzzle being put together by team president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry. He’s also joining a team that, as hapless as things have recently felt, finds itself in decent position moving forward. The Knicks will have cap room next summer. They have a lottery pick this year and likely one next year, too. cheap nfl authentic jerseys Rookie Frank Ntilikina, who won’t turn 20 until late July, is already one of the league’s top defenders.

And there’s Kristaps Porzingis, a talent who has the potential to grow into the type of franchise cornerstone that teams spend years searching for.

“The best way to describe him is he’s the future of the NBA,” Fizdale said Tuesday. “Look around who’s playing right now. They all got guys super-long, super-athletic, super-skilled, super-tough-minded. He fits all of the qualities of a megastar and a guy who can really propel a franchise forward to high places.”cheap authentic nfl jerseys

Which leads us back to Fizdale, and Mills’ and Perry’s decision to entrust him with the team’s future and the question of whether they were smart to do so.

Of course, one press conference, and all the platitudes and performing that come with it, can’t answer this question. And so saying that the Knicks will suddenly morph into a championship-caliber defensive team because Fizdale said he wants a “loud defense that sparks the offense” would be naive.

For one, Fizdale made it clear he is of the modern mindset in basketball, that size should not dictate position. Asked about whether he plans on playing Porzingis predominantly as his lone big man on the floor, or alongside a second one, Fizdale replied:

“Why limit it? Why put a ceiling on it? cheap nfl jerseys from china I just see so many different ways to use him,” Fizdale said. “Obviously, if you play him at some 5, it’s like that super-lineup you’re always seeing from different teams—I don’t even know how you match up with him. He can play some 4. If you have another speed guy at the 4, you might even be able to play positionless.”

This sort of thinking, Perry added later, was one of Fizdale’s attributes that appealed to the Knicks.

“You hear him talk a lot about positionless basketball, not being afraid to try different combinations,” Perry said. “With where the game is going today, that’s a really appealing quality that he nfl cheap jerseys brings.”

NFL Draft 2018: Round 1 Grades for Every Pick

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For a team that drafts well, the future doesn’t have to be five years away. It could practically be the day after tomorrow.

Two years ago, the Rams and Eagles used the first two picks in the NFL draft on Jared Goff and Carson Wentz, a pair of talented-but-flawed quarterbacks not too different from Josh Allen, Sam Darnold and the others at the top of this year’s class. Now the Rams have erased years of 7-9 punchlines to become one of the most dynamic, dangerous teams in the NFL. The Eagles? Well, they’re just the reigning world champions.

The Browns and Jets could be a few smart decisions away from changing the course of history. The Giants and Broncos may be one or two shrewd moves from a quick return to the top. Every team had a chance to write Chapter 1 of their Super Bowl success story Thursday.

Pick-by-pick analysis of the 2018 draft’s first round is here. Take a look at the grades and check back tomorrow for Day 2.

Deadly Accurate Quarterback Comparison: Healthy Jim McMahon, Evil Mirror Universe Drew Brees.

The following people think Baker Mayfield is just another Johnny Manziel:

·         Your bartender.

·         That guy on Facebook you don’t remember friending.

·         Your brother-in-law (the one who bought a authentic nfl jerseys cheap Nathan Peterman Bills jersey last October).

·         Several regional NFL columnists (generally older ones trying too hard to sound edgy).

The following people see no meaningful similarity between Mayfield and Manziel:

·         Baker Mayfield.nfl jerseys for cheap

·         Johnny Manziel.

·         Anyone involved in the NFL who I have ever spoken to.

·         Anyone who watches film carefully.

·         Anyone who rejects lazy false equivalencies.

Browns fans can be forgiven for having some Manziel-related anxiety. But Mayfield is not that guy. He has an arrest for public intoxication on his record along with a history of on-field obnoxiousness, but a few isolated incidents only form a narrative, not evidence of a real problem. On the field, Mayfield possesses one of the best NCAA cheap nfl jersey stat lines ever, a Heisman Trophy and gorgeous game film that shows him smoothly operating nfl jersey cheap an offense, as opposed to generating playground highlights like Manziel.

Instead of worrying about Mayfield being Manziel, Browns fans should consider Mayfield the quarterback they thought they were getting in Manziel.

Now it’s up to general manager John Dorsey, head coach Hue Jackson, offensive coordinator Todd Haley and Mayfield to coexist and thrive, even though MMQB’s Robert Klemko and others speculated that the Browns GM didn’t trust Jackson with the knowledge that he was drafting nfl jersey cheap Mayfield until the last minute. That suggests Jackson may not be 100 percent on board with the selection, which could lead to all sorts of Game of Thrones madness in the weeks to come.

That’s something to worry about later. But a little edginess might actually help Mayfield if the Browns once again lapse into soap opera mode.

Grade: B

Rob Gronkowski: Patriots Fans Will See ‘Freak-A-Leak’ When I ‘Maybe’ Return

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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski addressed the media at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, cheap nfl jersey store on Saturday, and while he largely avoided questions regarding his playing status, he did offer some hints.

According to NESN’s Doug Kyed, Gronk said fans will see a “freak-a-leak” when he comes back. Then, in response to a follow-up question about whether he’ll play in 2018, Gronkowski said, “Maybe.”

Gronk has yet to commit to playing, and he hasn’t attended the start of the Pats’ offseason program. He has two years remaining on the six-year, $54 million contract extension he signed in June 2012.

A reporter asked Gronk when he would replace his motocross helmet with a Patriots helmet, and, according to Kyed, nike nfl jerseys sale he responded, “When it comes down to time.”

The four-time All-Pro was also asked if he would attend New England’s voluntary workouts, per Kyed, to which he said, “nfl authentic jerseys china No, I’ve got riding skills to work on.”

After the Patriots’ Super Bowl LII loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Gronkowski said he would take the offseason to think about his playing future.

Though he hasn’t yet said anything publicly about what he’ll do in 2018, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport (via NFL.com’s Jeremy Bergman) reported in February that he was expected to continue playing.cheap personalized nfl jerseys

The 28-year-old Gronkowski is a five-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl champion.

After missing eight regular-season games in 2016, Gronk bounced back last season with 69 receptions for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns.

In just eight NFL campaigns, Gronk ranks third in team history in receiving yards (7,179) and first in touchdown catches (76).

Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles Reportedly Restructures Contract with Eagles

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Nick Foles may not get a chance to start in 2018 after leading the Philadelphia Eagles to their first championship and winning Super Bowl MVP, but the team is reportedly taking care of him as a reward for his efforts.

According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, Foles and the Eagles have agreed on a restructured contract that includes a mutual option for the 2019 season.cheap nfl authentic jerseys

Despite his unbelievable Super Bowl run, Foles has acknowledged that he understands the Eagles are still Wentz’s team. After all, the organization gave up a haul of picks to draft Wentz in 2016, and the former No. 2 was the favorite for NFL MVP before going down in Week 14 last season.

That said, Foles went into this offseason hoping for an opportunity to start somewhere in 2018. However, knowing the value he brings to the team as a backup, Philadelphia reportedly set a high price for the 29-year-old signal-caller on the trade block, and no team has been willing to meet the asking price, at least not yet. cheap authentic nfl jerseys

Teams in need of a quarterback this offseason have addressed those holes in free agency and will continue to do so. Barring an injury around the league, Foles appears to be locked in to remain on the Eagles roster next season. And while the franchise wasn’t able to help him get a starting job, it apparently has taken care of him from a contract standpoint.

Wentz is still aiming to be back on the field when Philadelphia hosts the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1 on Sept. 6. cheap nfl jerseys from china However, given the mobile quarterback suffered a serious knee injury, there’s still a long way to go before he is ready for full contact on the field. That means the backup could once again nfl cheap jerseys  be called upon if Wentz suffers a setback on the road to recovery.

Foles will have to be ready to play if/when needed in 2018. Regardless of how next season plays out, he will have a chance to test the open market if he so desires.

Nate McMillan Might Want This One Back

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In 28 minutes with Oladipo on the court, the Pacers outscored the Cavs by 11 points. nfl jerseys cheap china In light of that, and considering Oladipo finished with just three personal fouls despite picking up the two early ones, perhaps head coach Nate McMillan could have given his best player a slightly longer leash.cheap nfl jersey

Instead, McMillan sat Oladipo only a minute into the first quarter, and he then yanked him again shortly after he picked up his third personal in the second period.

Compounding the error, McMillan gave Oladipo a rest to start the fourth quarter when James was also out of the game. Coach, Oladipo got his extra blow when you unnecessarily shelved him in the first half! He’s fresh! Get him out there, and take advantage of one of the tiny windows where your team has the best player on the floor.

Indiana could still go on to win this series, but McMillan’s management of Oladipo’s minutes in Game 2 made the task more difficult.

Just as everyone expected, JR Smith’s defense was pivotal to Cleveland’s series-evening Game 2 win.cheap nfl authentic jerseys

OK, no one expected that. But this was a huge play, one which Kyle Korver followed with stoning Myles Turner in the post and stripping the ball, preserving a six-point lead with 1:20 left in the game.
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We already hit on how Oladipo (22 points on 9-of-18 shooting) got whatever he wanted when fouls didn’t land him on the bench, but it’s worth noting that the Cavs have held Indiana under 100 points in two straight contests.

The Cavaliers are still having plenty of defensive breakdowns, but they’re getting little snippets of defense when they need them.cheap nfl jerseys from china