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Kickoffs will remain boring in 2017.

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A rule that would reward kickers for splitting the uprights on kickoffs has been shot down by NFL executives. The policy change, proposed by Washington, would have moved touchbacks from the 25-yard line to the 20 when kickoffs clear through the goalposts.

The measure needed at least 24 votes — a 75 percent majority of the league’s owners — to pass. It received only 11 votes on Tuesday, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

Even so, big-legged kickers like New England’s Stephen Gostkowski and Oakland’s Sebastian Janikowski would have been able to add a little more special teams value regardless of setting.

That potential to create an unbalanced playing field was too much for league officials, who shot down Washington’s request.

According to the report, Howard was one of two people killed in a multi-car accident early Monday morning. Witnesses said Howard was driving at a high rate of speed on Highway 880 in California when he lost control of his car and collided with the back of a tractor trailer. Howard’s car then crossed the median into oncoming traffic where it hit two other cars, including a head-on collision with a Honda CR-V.

Game Kids Spencer Paysinger Jersey Police said Howard’s BMW was overturned when they arrived. Officers and fire department personnel were unable to aid Howard or the driver of Honda due to extensive damage to the vehicles. Both died at the scene. According to reports, Howard’s car rolled over several times after hitting the tractor trailer. California Highway Patrol Sgt. Robert Cullinan said Howard’s BMW was traveling at more than 100 mph, according to KTVU.com. Cullinan said the force of the impact between Howard’s car and the Honda disintegrated both vehicles.

Seahawks vs. Falcons 2017 game preview: Playoff rematch without luster due to Atlanta’s struggles

The Seattle Seahawks are set to take on the Atlanta Falcons in a Week 10 matchup on Sunday. It’s a rematch of last year’s divisional playoff tilt in which the Falcons won 30-28 to advance to the NFC Championship. Atlanta’s Matt Bryant kicked a 49-yard field goal with eight seconds left to win that one.

Let’s take a look at both below, starting with the home team:

Imagine standing on the dead grass outside of an automobile plant in Flint, Mich., during the job crisis that started to cripple that city, and pointing and laughing at the misery of those that knew their time was inevitably coming to an end. Also try to pretend like Greg Schiano isn’t going to get fired and then go take a decent college position for a six-figure salary after Tampa Bay fires him, but don’t forget that for every head coach that are a considerable number of assistants that won’t have as good of an idea of what’s next in their life.

Or that for every general manager that fills his offices with “his guys,” is a lot more people whose day-to-day routine are not much different than you or I. They’re still just trying to make a paycheck, feed family, and make it to the next. Some of them might love their jobs, some of them might actually hate their jobs, but plenty of them are doing everything they can to be successful on their own and yet they also watch the games on Sunday.

Except when they see Jacksonville drop to 0-8, they know that it carries a lot more weight for their personal future. (And winning the first game of the season can change their whole lives.)

How will staff members be watching tonight’s game as the 0-8 Bucs face the Miami Dolphins? And conversely, what will it mean to the overall franchise now that they lead for the number one pick in next year’s draft?
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The Bengals are favored over Cleveland in what is shaping up to be a key AFC North game.

Game Womens Ryan Miller Jersey Despite coming off back-to-back losses, the Bengals are still nearly a touchdown favorite against the Browns this week. Cincinnati opened as 6.5-point favorites, according to OddsShark.com.

Andy Dalton struggled with swirling winds in M&T Bank Stadium and was on pace for one of the worst games of his career until A.J. Green bailed him out on a last-second Hail Mary throw. He finished 24-for-51 throwing for 274 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. His passer rating of 52.3 was one of his worst in 2017, and wide receiver Marvin Jones caught one pass for two yards, just two weeks after catching four touchdowns.

The Bengals defense did enough to keep the team in Sunday’s game outside of a few costly first-quarter penalties. Baltimore managed just 189 yards of total offense, while Joe Flacco was unremarkable himself — finishing with two interceptions and a lost fumble.

Ray Rice continued his disappointing 2017 season. The normally-reliable Ravens running back has been terrible in 2017, running for 259 yards entering Sunday’s game. Against the Bengals, he was held to just 30 yards rushing and once again failed to make an impact. Offensive line play is part of the problem, but Rice isn’t helping and looks to have lost his burst.

If we’re about to see a once-a-decade shocker with Tolzien, we’re going to have to see it now. If Eminem has taught us anything, it’s that you’ve only got one shot. Do not miss your chance to blow. (Up. Don’t miss your chance to blow-up. Sort of mixed messages there, Marshall.)
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If Tolzien just blows, Matt Flynn will do the only thing he’s been successful at doing so far, which is play in relief for the Packers.

Mike Mayock a candidate for Redskins GM job, report says

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Mike Mayock has spent more than a decade dissecting NFL teams on the air. Now he might get a chance to show what he can do with personnel power in his hands.

The longtime NFL Network analyst is a candidate to become general manager of the Redskins, ESPN reported Friday.

Washington owner Daniel Snyder and president Bruce Allen are seeking a replacement for Scot McCloughan, who was fired Thursday after an awkward separation from the team that lasted several weeks.

There are some hits, but there are also a whole bunch of misses.

Washington has, so far, managed to avoid wearing Color Rush uniforms altogether, and would apparently like to keep it that way. In 2015, only eight teams wore the specially designed uniforms, and in 2016, Washington dodged the uniforms because it played a nationally televised Thanksgiving game on FOX rather than a Thursday Night Football broadcast.

Still, Nike designed a uniform for Washington just like every other NFL team (that鈥檚 Trent Williams in gold on the far right):

The proposition, along with other rule changes, will be voted on during the NFL鈥檚 annual owner meetings, which are scheduled to begin Sunday in Phoenix. The colorblind and those who just don鈥檛 like garish uniforms can officially start crossing their fingers that change is coming soon.

The only person I鈥檝e ever seen stunt in one look more is Waldo. (Side Note: LaVar is way easier to find.)

How will this massive publicity work for the brand? Will it gain more traction when Lonzo Ball enters the NBA? I have no idea, but I have witnessed a brick with the word Supreme on it sell, so nothing surprises me anymore.
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AFC GM: Teams not signing Colin Kaepernick to avoid tweets from Donald Trump

Colin Kaepernick led the 49ers to the Super Bowl not that long ago, but now he is a free-agent quarterback not getting much interest. To find out why his phone isn’t ringing, Bleacher Report contacted an AFC general manager who shared his thoughts.
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This is where I wanted to be, Pierre-Paul told the team is website. I couldn鈥檛 imagine me being anywhere else. I am back for four years and I am ready to get after it. It means a lot to me, because I started here, and obviously I want to finish here. I have seen a lot of guys come and go, especially in my [2010 NFL Draft] class. I am the only one left in my class here. It means a lot. We won a Super Bowl here, and I am looking forward to putting a fifth trophy in the case.

New York placed the franchise tag on Pierre-Paul, 28, after he recorded a team-high seven sacks as well as 16 QB hits and 53 combined tackles in 12 games in 2016, playing on a one-year contract worth $10 million.

Though he suffered a season-ending groin injury in Week 13, it served as a bounceback season for the seven-year veteran after he suffered severe hand injuries in a July 4, 2015, fireworks accident.

We are happy to get a long-term deal with Jason, general manager Jerry Reese said. Not only is he one of our best players, he is one of our leaders.

Authentic Youth Starling Marte Jersey In 95 regular-season games with the Giants, Pierre-Paul has recorded 50 sacks, 355 tackles (256 solo), 11 forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries.

Buccaneers agree to terms with WR DeSean Jackson

To compete in the NFC South right now, you have to be able to keep pace with the Falcons offense. Adding Jackson helps the Bucs accomplish that by giving them a dynamic speedster to pair with Mike Evans.

The Rams needed o-line help bad enough to sign a 35-year old left tackle to a three-year, $36 million contract with $15 million guaranteed. Whitworth did make two All-Pro teams in his last two seasons, and has only missed two starts in his last eight years. He was the best left tackle available this year.

Draft bust Greg Robinson will likely move inside to guard. The right tackle job can go to either Rodger Saffold or Rob Havenstein. The Rams have been trying to build a viable offensive line since Orland Pace left a decade ago. This gets them a competent option for protecting their investment in Jared Goff.

Hunter Meadows, one of the men with the flag, said he thought that it wasn’t “fair” that “Confederate flag supporters” were being blamed for Roof, who is being sentenced to death.

“I didn’t feel it was right when the flag came down,” Meadows, who has family members that fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War, said. “We wanted to show the NCAA that we’re still here.”

Citing safety issues, Greenville Police made the truck move back 50 feet from where it was parked. There has been no indication that the group was made to remove the flag. Police did force one group waving flags to leave because metal poles don’t comply with Greenville city ordinance.

The group allegedly left before telling police “they’ll be back.”

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The Bengals may not be an elite team when it comes to getting to the quarterback

Flying on the day of a game isn¡¯t unheard of in college basketball, but it typically only happens under unexpected circumstances. Illinois, like every other team in the Big Ten tournament, had gotten to D.C. at least a day before its first game. That¡¯s the standard operating procedure, but Michigan¡¯s situation wasn¡¯t standard.

Michigan beat Illinois that afternoon, 75-55. The Wolverines had a quote printed out and taped on a locker room wall of an Illinois center calling them a ¡°white-collar team.¡±

Newton has always been a dangerous threat, but now he’s starting to be that threat more because of his arm and less because of his legs, as James Dator of Cat Scratch Reader wrote:

In the past we’ve seen Newton finish with a decent pass grade supplemented with a good running grade, but on Sunday he finished with +4.0 on the pass, +0.2 on the run and gained an extra +0.1 from goading the Rams into a costly offsides penalty.

Limited Darcy Kuemper Jersey We saw the evolution of Newton as a quarterback. A player that realized he didn’t need to do it all himself, finally trusting the players around him and getting the crowd involved. There is nothing more you could ask of the third-year quarterback.

The Bengals may not be an elite team when it comes to getting to the quarterback, but they’re good enough with 18 sacks this season. The Jets have given up pressure to some of the league’s worst pass-rushing defenses. The Pittsburgh Steelers earned three of their eight sacks on the season against the Jets. The Falcons picked up four of their 14 on the year.

Elite Womens Mo Alexander Jersey Be sure to check out SB Nation’s team blogs, Bucs Nation and Cat Scratch Reader, for more analysis and highlights from the game.

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Jay Cutler belongs with the Jets, but he’d be fine with these other teams

Jay Cutler’s time in Chicago has expired, as expected.

With a $16 million cap hit in 2017 and just $2 million in dead money left on the seven-year deal he signed back in 2014, it’s no surprise the Bears moved on from their embattled franchise quarterback. The club’s front office publicly declared its intents to reform the roster of a 3-13 team, and the man once hoped to be a franchise savior was among the first to go.

But Cutler, 33 years old, is far from done as a passer. He’s just one year removed from posting the highest QB rating of his career, and though he went 6-9 in 2015, his record has more do to with Chicago’s 25th-ranked defense as it does with its quarterback’s play. If he can return to form from the three seasons preceding his injury-plagued 2016, he’ll be a top-20 quarterback.

He won’t be the only veteran to hit the market.

Tony Romo will likely be released or traded, beefing up a thin list of passers with an All-Pro presence. Any team in search of a veteran passer will likely put Romo atop its list with Cutler second, but the longtime Bear will still attract his share of suitors.

The Bills are out of the running after they retained Tyrod Taylor, and Kirk Cousins is, despite rumors to the contrary, staying in Washington. But there are several quarterback-needy teams this offseason, ranging from the playoff-ready (Broncos, Texans) to sailless boats cast adrift in a sea of mediocrity (Jets, 49ers). Let’s take a look at free agency through Cutler’s point of view and figure out which franchises can offer the veteran bomb-launcher the most next fall.18