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  • Cards Get Desperate, Acquire Adrian Peterson from Saints

    October 10, 2017 • Arizona Cardinals, Breaking News, Front Page, NFC WestComments (0)

    With All-Pro David Johnson lost for the season, and Chris Johnson averaging just 2.5 yards per carry, the Cardinals’ front office made sure people knew they weren’t ready to give up on 2017 just yet.

    Arizona acquired veteran running back Adrian Peterson from the Saints for a conditional pick in 2018. Arizona then subsequently released the struggling Chris Johnson.

    At age 32, Peterson is obviously not the once-great back he was with Minnesota. But that doesn’t mean the future Hall of Famer can’t provide Arizona with a little bit of production.

    Things obviously didn’t work out in New Orleans: 81 yards on 27 carries, good enough for just 3.0 yards per carry in four games. But let’s not just assume he’ll do the same in Arizona. It’s obvious he needed to get away from Sean Payton and the Saints, and 32nd-ranked rushing attack could surely use a boost, no matter how old those legs of Peterson are.

    Now, Carson Palmer, Adrian Peterson and Larry Fitzgerald can all enjoy their farewell tour together in the desert!

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  • University of Delaware: Reeder, Raggo Honored by CAA

    October 10, 2017 • Front Page, NCAA, Press Release, University of DelawareComments (0)

    RICHMOND (Va.) — The University of Delaware football squad earned its first two individual Player of the Week citations by the Colonial Athletic Association this week as junior linebacker Troy Reeder was named CAA Defensive Player of the Week and junior kicker Frank Raggo was selected as the CAA Special Teams Player of the Week.

    Reeder recorded a team-high 12 tackles (seven solo), one tackle for loss, and assisted Jalen Kindle to force a fumble that was returned 45 yards for a touchdown as Delaware knocked off No. 23 ranked Stony Brook, 24-20. The junior led a Blue Hens’ defense that held Stony Brook scoreless in the second half and the third-quarter forced fumble helped UD rally from a 20-7 halftime deficit.

    Reeder was also named to the STATS Inc. National Defensive Player of the Week Honorable Mention for his efforts.

    Raggo (at right) connected on a 50-yard field goal to help Delaware overcome the 13-point halftime deficit vs. Stony Brook. The field goal was the fifth-longest in UD history and marked the second straight week that he has made a kick from 50 yards after knocking through a school-record 55-yarder vs. James Madison on Sept. 30.

    Raggo, who is 6-of-8 on field goals for the year, also converted all three of his extra point attempts against the Seawolves.

    In addition to Reeder and Raggo, Richmond quarterback Kyle Lauletta was named Offensive Player of the Week and Villanova defensive back Jaquan Amos was picked as Rookie of the Week.

    Delaware will return to action this Saturday, Oct. 14, when the Hens host longtime CAA foe William & Mary at 3:30 p.m. at Delaware Stadium.

    Photo: Blue Hens’ Athletic Department

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  • Examining Joe Flacco’s Horrendous Start to 2017

    October 10, 2017 • AFC, AFC North, Baltimore, Baltimore RavensComments (0)

    The 2017 Baltimore Ravens are currently sitting at 3-2 through the first five weeks of the season, but if it weren’t for veteran Joe Flacco’s horrendous start to the season they may have a couple more wins.

    The game that sticks out, obviously, is Baltimore’s 44-7 Week 3 loss to Blake Bortles and the Jaguars in London.

    Flacco completed just eight of his 18 pass attempts for 28 yards and a pair of picks. Baltimore only scored when Flacco was benched in favor of backup QB Ryan Mallett.

    Then, and only then, did Baltimore put a touchdown on the board.

    The 32-year old Flacco proceeded to throw two more picks in a 26-9 loss to Pittsburgh the following week.

    Baltimore improve to 3-2 this past Sunday against a Derek Carr-less Raiders. It marked the only game this season that Flacco failed to turn the football over.

    And we can’t forget his 9-for-17 performance in a 20-0 Week 1 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Yuck. If it weren’t for Baltimore’s defense forcing five turnovers and sacking Cincy’s Andy Dalton five times, the Bengals may have made that one competitive considering Flacco’s porous offensive attack.

    You can blame his slow start on lack of healthy weapons, or just lack of focus since he signed his lucrative contract. Either way, it’s not something you want to see from your star quarterback. Especially when you have that much invested in him.

    2017 stats (five games): 92-of-144 (63.9%), 823 yards, 4 TD, 6 INT, 71.0 QB rating, 

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  • UMD: Johnson Named B1G Special Teams Player Of The Week

    October 9, 2017 • Big Ten, Front Page, NCAA, Press Release, University of MarylandComments (0)

    Press release from umterps.com

    COLLEGE PARK (MD) — Junior running back/kick returner Ty Johnson has been named Big Ten Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after registering his first career kick return touchdown with a 100-yard return in the first quarter at No. 10 Ohio State. Johnson’s touchdown marked the 37th 100-yard kickoff return touchdown in Big Ten history and the first since fellow Terp William Likely III did so against Iowa on Oct. 31, 2015.

    The Cumberland, Maryland native averaged 31.5 yards per return on six attempts against the Buckeyes. He also led the Terps with 57 rushing yards on 12 attempts (4.8 ypc.).

    It’s the second career Big Ten weekly honor for Johnson, who earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on October 3, 2016.

    Johnson is the second Terp to garner weekly recognition from the league as Antoine Brooks was named co-Special Teams Player of the Week on September 4 after Maryland’s win at Texas.

    The Terps return to action this Saturday when they host Northwestern. The game is set to kick at 3:30 and will be broadcast on ESPN2 and the Maryland Sports Radio Network.

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  • Week 5 Takeaway: Is Alex Smith the Early-Season MVP Favorite?

    October 9, 2017 • AFC, AFC West, Front Page, Kansas City ChiefsComments (0)

    It’s almost hard to believe, but I think Alex Smith may just be the favorite for league MVP at this point in the season.

    It’s still super-early, of course.

    But you know how us sports writers just love to debate regular season award winners super-early.

    Through the first five weeks of the season, Smith has his Kansas City Chiefs as the lone undefeated squad. In those five games, he has completed nearly 80% of his pass attempts and has yet to turn the football over.

    It’s honestly pretty incredible what the 33-year old signal caller is doing, and he’s doing it under Andy Reid and with a rookie running back behind him.

    Speaking of rookie running back, Kareem Hunt’s 775 all-purpose yards and six total touchdowns has him right at the top of the MVP list as well.

    Over the years, Kansas City has been known for its defensive performances. But this year, they’ve been stealing the show offensively.

    Alex Smith: 1,391 passing yards (76.6%), 11 TD, 0 INT, 125.8 QB rating.
    Kareem Hunt (R): 609 rushing yards, 4 TD on 97 carries (6.3 YPC); 16 catches, 166 yards, 2 TD.

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  • Preseason: No, That Was Not a Dirty Hit on Odell Beckham Jr.

    August 22, 2017 • Features, Front PageComments (0)

    In last night’s preseason Week 2 match-up between Cleveland and New York, All-Pro wideout Odell Beckham Jr. left the game with an apparent injury after getting hit by Cleveland’s Briean Boddy-Calhoun. Luckily, it doesn’t appear the ankle sprain will cause him to miss a lot of time.

    The talk of the day has been whether or not it was a dirty hit on Cleveland’s part.

    Sadly, given we’re only halfway through the preseason, these are the sort of things we’re talking about at this point in August.

    And I’m here to say: No, I don’t believe it was a dirty hit.

    Sure, it was a low hit. But with there being rules in place to avoid hitting a defenseless receiver from the neck up, more low hits are being laid down in the last few years. When in the heat of the action, sometimes players end up getting hit a little lower than they’d prefer to be hit. It happens.

    Not to mention, with Boddy-Calhoun being just a second-year undrafted player looking to prove himself in Cleveland, he didn’t appear to be intentionally going for a low hit on OBJ. He’s going to be playing hard in Week 2 of the preseason. He’s not looking to knock New York’s top star out of the game, he’s just trying to make the play and not get burnt by the three-time Pro Bowl receiver.

    There was no ill-will, and not even OBJ himself complained about the hit. Lets let it go and let the men play the game.

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  • Anquan Boldin Hangs up His Cleats After 14 NFL Seasons

    August 20, 2017 • Breaking News, Front Page, RetirementsComments (0)

    At 36 years of age, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Anquan Boldin has made the decision to hang his cleats up after 14 pro football seasons.

    While I, personally, would argue he belongs in the “Hall of Very Good,” there’s certainly an argument for Canton with Boldin’s 14-year career in Arizona, Baltimore, San Francisco and Detroit (I’m leaving Buffalo off the list since he didn’t play a regular season game for the Bills).

    The three-time Pro Bowl receiver was selected in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft by Arizona, where he spent the first seven seasons of his career. He, Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald turned the franchise around and took the team to the Super Bowl in 2008.

    He would go on to help Baltimore win the 2012 Super Bowl, catching six passes for 104 yards and a touchdown in the team’s 34-31 victory over San Francisco.

    Boldin played three seasons in Baltimore, three in San Francisco and one in Detroit (last season) before hanging his cleats up.

    He retires in the top 15 all-time in terms of catches (1,076) and receiving yards (13,779), snagging 82 touchdowns as well.

    Here’s the final tally over his career:

    In terms of on-field production, do you feel that he belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame? Or simply the “Hall of Very Good”?

    Either way, he enjoyed a hell of a career in professional football, and has done a ton of off-field charity/humanitarian work. He didn’t earn the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2015 for nothing.

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  • ArenaBowl XXX Match-up Set: Tampa Bay Storm at Philadelphia Soul

    August 14, 2017 • Arena Football League, Front Page, Philadelphia SoulComments (0)

    From ArenaFootball.com:

    LAS VEGAS – The Arena Football League has announced the ArenaBowl XXX matchup between the #1-seed Philadelphia Soul and the #2-seed Tampa Bay Storm. The league’s 30th championship game will  be played on Saturday, August 26th at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa. with kickoff slated for 7:00 p.m. ET. The game can be seen live on abc6 locally in Philadelphia. ArenaBowl XXX will also be streamed to a worldwide audience on AFLNow (AFL App and www.arenafootball.com/live) and Twitter.

    Last Saturday, the defending champion Soul defeated the Baltimore Brigade, 69-54, to advance to their second straight ArenaBowl and fourth championship appearance in six seasons.

    By virtue of Tampa Bay’s win tonight over the Cleveland Gladiators, 73-59, they have reached the ArenaBowl 10 times in the organization’s history, which ties an AFL record (10 – Arizona Rattlers).

    ARENABOWL XXX

    Saturday, August 26 at 7:00 p.m. ET – Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    #2 Tampa Bay Storm (10-4; 1-0) at #1 Philadelphia Soul (13-1; 1-0)

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  • Broncos’ Shane Ray to Undergo Surgery, Miss 6-8 Weeks

    July 28, 2017 • AFC, AFC West, Breaking News, Denver Broncos, Front Page, InjuriesComments (0)

    This is a tough break for the Denver Broncos.

    It appears as though outside linebacker Shane Ray will miss 6-8 weeks after tearing a ligament in his wrist. He’ll need to undergo surgery.

    Second on the depth chart, the former Saints LB Kasim Edebali will step in to fill the void Ray leaves behind him. Ray should only miss the first couple of games of the regular season.

    Ray, entering his third professional football season, started eighth games for Denver last year. Prior to the injury, I was expecting big things from Ray in his third pro season. Once he returns to the field, barring a successful recovery, I still expect him to make some noise in a Bronco uniform this season.

    In two seasons, the pass-rushing Ray has accumulated 12.0 sacks and recorded his first career touchdown on a fumble recovery in 2016.

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  • Training Camp: Aaron Donald, Donald Penn Holding Out

    July 28, 2017 • Breaking News, Camp/Preseason, Front PageComments (0)

    This time each year when it comes time to report to training camp, the big headlines typically include who’s reporting and who’s holding out.

    Among today’s big holdout names: Aaron Donald (Rams) and Donald Penn (Raiders).

    Rams’ standout defensive tackle, coming off a 2016 season in which the All-Pro recorded 47 total tackles and 8.0 sacks, was a no-show when the report time came and went.

    Raiders’ left tackle Penn, 34, is under contract until the end of the season, and is due to make $5.9 million this year according to spotrac.com.

    If you’re a Rams and/or Raiders fan, these are storylines you’ll need to monitor as camp progresses.

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