Trevor Siemian wins Broncos’ starting quarterback job

Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak announced to the team Monday that Trevor Siemian has won the starting quarterback job for now, at least. Siemian has been competing against veteran Mark Sanchez and rookie Paxton Lynch for the starting role.

Replacing a future Hall of Famer like Peyton Manning is a tall order for any young quarterback, and based on Siemian’s preseason performance, fans Josh Bynes Jersey may want to temper expectations. In Week 3 of the preseason against the Rams, it became clear that Siemian was the team’s best option under center despite a bit of an up-and-down performance. Siemian completed 10 of 17 passes against the Rams for 122 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

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Following the game, Kubiak praised Siemian’s demeanor, which surely contributed to the team’s decision.

“I think he’s very calm,” the head coach said. “I can tell by the way he handles the team in the huddle. He has control of what’s going on.”

Siemian and Sanchez were considered “neck and neck” by Kubiak through OTAs, but their respective preseason performances established Siemian as the leader in the quarterback competition. In two preseason games, Sanchez had 219 passing yards, one touchdown and one interception, but in Week 2 against the 49ers, he was sacked three times and fumbled the ball twice in a 45-second span.

After playing out 2012 on the franchise tag, Goldson left to pursue a big-money contract, signing with the Buccaneers for five years and $41.25 million. However, his play quickly tapered off and his aggressive style caught up to him, as he served a one-game suspension in 2013 for a hit on Roddy White. The Buccaneers traded him to Washington in the spring of 2015, but the new environment didn’t help Goldson, who continued being a major liability on defense. Washington released him shortly before free agency this spring, saving $8 million on its salary cap.

Attanasio he would do everything he could to win back my trust

PHOENIX — Brewers principal owner Attanasio said on Friday morning that his stance on slugger is to forgive, but Eddie Royal Jersey not forget. is founded on giving folks a second chance, Attanasio said about the Milwaukee right fielder, who was suspended for the final 65 of the 2013 for infraction of the League Baseball Joint Drug Policy. But he needs to make the most of that second chance, and he knows that. Attanasio’s comments came during the third annual SABR Analytics Conference, held this year at the Regency Phoenix.

He was being interviewed at the time by Rosenthal of Sports and MLB Network front of audience of about 400 of the people attending the conference. The interview was not televised. originally tested positive for using a performance-enhancing drug during the postseason of 2011, but his suspension was overturned on appeal when successfully challenged the chain of custody of the urine sample. Two years ago at the Brewers’ Spring Training complex nearby Maryvale, denied using the substance during a Ego Ferguson Jersey well-publicized news conference. Last year, was caught up the Biogenesis scandal along with 13 other players. agreed to the 65-game suspension, 12 others agreed to suspensions of 50- each, and Yankees third baseman Rodriguez appealed what was originally a 211-game suspension. An arbitrator has ruled that Rodriguez is ineligible to play this year. I was just stunned that he had done that, forget about the fact that he had lied about it. And then it sank, Attanasio said. Attanasio invited to his own Milwaukee apartment for a heart-to-heart talk. is the face of the Brewers’ franchise and the middle of a contract that will pay him $150 million over 13 years through 2020.

During the hour- meeting, apologized for what had transpired, telling Attanasio he would do everything he could to win back my trust, and more importantly, the trust of the fans the community. 30, also publicly apologized a lengthy letter. I thought the right thing to do was to give him the opportunity to win back everyone’s trust, Attanasio said. The is a really good player. There was even editorial the local paper saying he should be run out of town. MVPs don’t come through Milwaukee too often. I’m not going to run someone out of town for being petulant about not telling me the truth. So we’re working through it. He’s the second inning of the game here. That’s where I am. He’s done a lot of good things the community since. He’s come forth. He made a terrible mistake at the age of 28. I’m not making excuses for, but people make bigger mistakes, who are more mature. In seven Cactus League this spring, is batting.571 with a pair of homers, two doubles and three RBIs as he’s rounding back into the form that won him the National League MVP Award 2011 over Dodgers center fielder Kemp.

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In 2005, the group sold the building on a land contract to the Bay Arts Council

BAY CITY, — After 122 years, one of Bay City’s oldest fraternities has a new home. On Friday,. 30, officials from the Joppa Lodge No. 315 of the Free and Accepted Order of Masons closed on the purchase of the former Whistling Idiots Theatre after more than a century of meeting at Bay City’s historic Josh McCown Jersey Masonic. Next month, the Masons plan to host their first meeting inside the 5-square-foot theater, 701 N. Buren St., and begin settling. It’s exciting time for our group, said Baker, treasurer of the Masons. We’ve been looking for a building and when this came up, it was perfect opportunity. The Masons purchased the former dinner theater from owner Steer for $115, about $50 less than the asking price, said Lockey, who helped broker the deal. The building is valued at about $150, according to Bay County property records. Steer, 62, has been battling throat cancer since 2013, which recently spread to his, his Steer said. It’s bittersweet, Steer said of the sale. We loved that theater; it was his passion. Unfortunately, he couldn’t keep it for health reasons, but we’re happy about the sale and that it’s staying the community with the Masons. Steer is receiving Kadeem Edwards Jersey chemotherapy and radiation treatment at McLaren Bay Region’s new Karmanos Cancer Institute, his said. The Masonic, located at the corner of Sixth Street and Madison Avenue, was ideal lodge for the Masons when membership numbers were the several hundreds. But as memberships and the condition of the building declined the 2000s, organization leaders realized it wasn’t a viable option, said Griffiths, a past master of the Joppa Lodge. At the time, architect hired by the Masons estimated repairs to the building could exceed $3 million, he said.

In 2005, the group sold the building on a land contract to the Bay Arts Council, which expressed interest raising funds and restoring the facility to its formal glory. That effort continues today through a group called Friends of the Historic Masonic. After the sale, the Joppa Lodge struck a deal with the Lodge, another order of Masons located on the city’s West Side, to share a space for monthly meetings. After a year, however, it didn’t work out, Griffiths said, and members of the Joppa Lodge were stuck looking for a new location. Over the next several years, the Masons met a couple spots — back at their original building thanks to a lease worked out with the Bay Arts Council and at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 614 Center Ave., which is connected to the Masonic and owned by the Scottish Rite, a higher order of the Masons. Eventually, Griffiths said the Joppa Lodge Masons wanted something more steady and a place of their own, they went search of a new property. They plan to begin meeting their new building the first Tuesday of. Today, the lodge has about 180 members. The Joppa Lodge Masons are the third owners of the former theater and church, nestled East Side Bay City neighborhood. The neoclassical Greek building, which formerly housed the Church of Christ Scientist, was built 1911. Steer and his best friend and business partner Asiala — who died suddenly 2011 — purchased it 2005 to transform it into a comedy dinner theater called the Buren Street Theatre. The theater’s first production, Boys, was met by a sold-out crowd.

Following Asiala’s death, business halted at the theatre for a time before Steer decided to give it one more go. In 2011, he took over full control of the theatre, reopening it as The Whistling Idiots Dinner Comedy Theatre. The inside of the building still resembles a theatre. Headshots of actors still hang on the wall, the stage remains intact and dinner tables are still setup. In the coming months, members of the Joppa Lodge are to remove the stage and make minor repairs to the building. Structurally, the building is solid, and it has much character, said Lockey, who helped broker the deal. It’s a perfect fit for these guys. Walking through the building on Friday,. 30, Baker, treasurer of the Joppa Lodge, admired the large wooden sliding doors near the entrance of the building and the stained glass skylight that allows the to warm his group’s future meeting spot. It’s absolutely beautiful, he said. This place looks like a lodge, feels like a lodge — it’s going to be a great home.

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we’ve provided this Derrick Coleman Jersey list, ranking every college football game order of interesting-ness, and giving you something to say when your mom, wife, grandma, or other annoying person asks if you can help them wrap that cookbook for Aunt . Here is a reason to watch every college football bowl game this year: 1. Goodyear Cotton Bowl: Alabama vs. Michigan State, 12 I mean, if you’re not watching this one, you might as well give away your jersey, sell your flatscreen TV, buy a -cane apron and go help Grandma with her cinnamon raisin muffins. The other playoff game is great too, but there’s a reason this one’s at 8 p.m. Alabama was the best team during the regular , and Michigan State plays just like them. Head coach Dantonio is a former Saban assistant, when he was at Michigan State. If QB Connor Cook is healthy, the Spartans have the advantage there.

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Mayfield is a fascinating story his own right–he walked on as a freshman at Texas Tech and came to Oklahoma after the Red Raiders refused to offer him a scholarship. than the off-field storylines, we’ll find out everything we need to know about these two teams on New Year’s . Clemson went undefeated during the regular and emerged quickly as the College Football Playoff committee’s darling despite really not playing anyone. How good are they? How good is Oklahoma, which got lucky by playing backup QB’s against Baylor and TCU? 3. Bowl: Iowa vs. , 1 We think this is the best of the non-playoff , . Iowa proved it deserved to be position for a CFP spot when it took Michigan State to the wire the Big Ten championship game, and nearly pulled off the program-shifting upset. These Hawkeyes be hungry to show the rest of the country that they belong, and they’ll get a fantastic opponent Pac-12 champion .

Adrian Peterson’s recovery: weighing short-term vs. long-term benefits

The injury Adrian Peterson sustained to his right knee — a torn meniscus — could have been much worse. The initial word Sunday night was that Peterson had avoided a much more significant injury, and there was hope on Monday morning that damage to the 31-year-old’s knee was limited to cartilage, not ligaments.

Josh McCown spent the first half of Sunday’s game lighting up the Ravens and making it clear that coach Hue Jackson hadn’t chosen the best quarterback on his roster as his Week 1 starter. But then McCown got hurt and the Browns gave away a 20-point lead, and now they will start their fifth different starting quarterback in as many games. It remains entirely possible that Cleveland, which has an insufficient number of NFL-caliber players on its roster, will lose all 16 games this year. It’s also still possible (though somewhat less likely) that the Browns will use 16 different starting quarterbacks to do it. No matter who they throw in there, they won’t be able to protect him. The only thing that can start to fix this is a dozen or so 2017 draft picks.

With that in mind, here’s a look at what we think we learned from Week 2, and a few things we think will turn out to not matter much at all.

This is from Thursday, but it bears resurrection. The Bills are 0-2, have already fired their offensive coordinator, and face the Cardinals and the Patriots the next two weeks. That smells a lot like 0-4, and the dysfunction is obvious from miles away. Ryan said he’d be the first to go if the team didn’t win, and instead it was Greg Roman. So I’m not buying anything he says. Instead, I’m buying Frank Reich head-coaching futures in upstate New York, especially if Carson Wentz has a big year in Philly.

Seriously, Rivers is the most underrated quarterback of his generation. He loses Keenan Allen in the first half of his Week 1 game. He loses Danny Woodhead in the first half of his Week 2 game. But who has eight kids and the third-best passer rating in the NFL right now? That’s right. THAT guy. The Chargers might not be on your AFC West contender radar, but they still have — easily — the division’s best quarterback. And one of these weeks, he’s going to make it through a whole game without losing a critical offensive weapon.

Aaron Rodgers hasn’t finished a game with a 100 or better passer rating since Week 6 of last year and just when you thought his yards per pass attempt couldn’t get any lower than it was last year (6.7), he’s averaging just 5.9 yards per attempt so far.

Colts QB Andrew Luck listed as limited because of right shoulder

INDIANAPOLIS — Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was listed on the team’s injury report as being a “limited” participant in practice Wednesday because of his right shoulder.

Luck took part in all the individual drills during the portion of practice that media was able to watch Wednesday.

Having Luck deal with any kind of injury is the last thing the Colts can afford this season. Two of the nine games he missed last season were due to a right shoulder injury.

Wright had 408 receiving yards and three touchdowns last season. He missed six games with knee and rib injuries.

The Titans picked up Wright’s fifth-year option in the spring of 2015, and he’s due a base salary of $7.32 million.

The New York Jets haven’t played a game yet, and already Fitzpatrick’s sometimes-reckless style of scrambling is an issue. It came up Wednesday, four days before the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals. Coach Todd Bowles was asked what Fitzpatrick can do to improve as a quarterback, and he began his answer with the obligatory references to cutting down his interceptions.

“But the No. 1 thing he can be better at,” Bowles said, “is learning how to slide feet first, not head first.”

“I definitely don’t want to play with a thumb injury on my left hand all year again,” he said. “It’s something I’m thinking about. I can stand in front of you and say, ‘Yeah, I’m going to slide,’ and then I get out there and I get competitive. I’ve got to pick and choose. I’ve got to be smarter.”

Fitzpatrick’s competitiveness is one of the traits that endears him to teammates. The 33-year-old doesn’t want to throw that away and become a robot in the pocket. At the same time, he has to protect himself. If goes down for any length of time, the Jets are in big trouble.

Bowles was asked if he believes Fitzpatrick will heed his advice.

“If he slides one time more [than last season],” he said, “he’s taken the advice.”

Myke Tavarres will now stand for national anthem Thursday

Philadelphia Eagles rookie linebacker Myke Tavarres has reversed course and will now stand for the national anthem Thursday after earlier saying he would sit it out in protest.

Romo’s latest injury is unlike the back injury the quarterback sustained in 2014, when he fractured two transverse processes. Transverse processes are small projections on the vertebrae where soft tissue attaches, but they have no real role in load-bearing. In football, fractures to transverse processes are not uncommon when there is a direct hit, and the result is bruising and pain at the fracture site. Players can typically return to play as the pain allows, even as the bone continues to heal, because of the low risk involved. Romo returned to play two weeks after sustaining the injury.

What did we learn of note over the past four days? Let’s recount six winners and four losers. Because if you can’t be optimistic in August, when can you?

Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings quarterback: Bridgewater shrugged off a sore shoulder and displayed the kind of downfield aggression he will need to take the next step as an NFL starter. In a two-minute drill to end Sunday’s first half, Bridgewater completed three consecutive passes that traveled at least 15 yards in the air. His first was a 19-yard strike to Charles Johnson over the middle, followed by a 22-yard pass to Stefon Diggs near the sideline. Then he threw high and hard to tight end Kyle Rudolph for a 22-yard touchdown. Runner-up: Sunglasses salesmen in Minnesota. The debut of U.S. Bank Stadium was notable mostly for the natural light that shone through the transparent roof and glass walls. Observers on site noticed more than a few fans wearing sunglasses — indoors.

John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens coach: Harbaugh has become a truth-teller on NFL tradition and myth, and his call for an end to preseason games struck the right chord. Yes, the Ravens on Saturday night lost two players to injury, tight end Benjamin Watson and running back Kenneth Dixon. But part of the NFL argument for maintaining the preseason has been the perceived desire from coaches to provide gamelike evaluation and development opportunities, injuries or not. Harbaugh poked a hole in that view with common sense. “Coaches can find ways to get our guys ready and get our players evaluated without the kind of risk that a game necessarily entails,” he told reporters. The biggest obstacle, frankly, is finding a way to replace the revenue that owners would lose by eliminating part or all of the preseason. Any suggestions, John?

The central portion of a spinal vertebra is called the body, and it is architecturally constructed to absorb load, especially in the lower back area. When viewed under a microscope, the bony infrastructure of the vertebral body reveals scaffold-like elements, similar to rebar frames used in construction. The anatomical design reinforces the ability of the vertebra to bear weight, along with any additional load incurred deliberately (when carrying or lifting) or accidentally (while falling).

If the physics of a load or collision, however, exceed what the structure is designed to accommodate, the structure will fail. That excess loading happened to Romo’s spine, resulting in a compression fracture of L1, the first lumbar vertebra. There are five lumbar or low back vertebrae; the L1 is the topmost.

Jaguars nutritionist convinces Jalen Ramsey he needs more than Cheetos and fries

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jalen Ramsey learned a valuable lesson last month, one that will help him throughout his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“I wanted to so bad, man.”

Cann said Black always seems to know when somebody’s trying to get away with something even if she’s not close to the food, but Black said the players don’t realize they’re tipping her off.

“Their faces give away everything,” Black said. “I don’t have to necessarily look at their plate. They’ll just give a look like, ‘Oh, I’m in trouble’ or ‘I’m busted,’ and that’s when I know to walk over and kind of figure out what’s going on on that plate.”

Black says most teams can be broken down into thirds when it comes to nutrition. One third of the players eat healthily. Another group wants to eat better but doesn’t fully know how and is eager for help. That’s the group with which Black spends most of her time.

The final group’s members eat what they please and don’t want to alter their diets — or if they do, it will only be minimally. Defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks is one of these.

“Hey, I spent 29 years working on this body,” the 6-foot-2, 309-pound Marks said. “You ain’t going to change it.”

However, Marks did admit that Black got him to make one positive change: He no longer drinks Mountain Dew in the morning.

Even small changes matter, Black said.

“[I’m trying to] teach them that I’m not the food police, that I’m out there to help them, not hurt them, and get them going the right way,” she said. “They’re basically getting to where they are genetically, so we have to prove to them that we can [help them] be that much better.”

Without Vienna sausages.

If you’re also a connoisseur of football clichés, of exaggerated, unfounded and ultimately hollow declarations of elite fitness and impending greatness, it will come as no surprise that the biggest training camp BSer (Best Shape) of 2016 was none other than the Dallas Cowboys — a team that prints money and is everyone’s “surprise” playoff pick for the 20th year in a row despite the fact that no one in Jerry’s World has sniffed a Super Bowl in two decades.

Way back in May, in fact, Dez Bryant got the annual training camp platitude parade started early when he proclaimed: “I am in the best shape that I’ve ever been in” just a few days after Dallas VP Stephen Jones mentioned that the team’s All-Pro wideout might not have been in, ya know, “his best shape last year.” Then, just before camp opened, Dallas defensive back Orlando Scandrick, coming back from a major knee injury, got in on the action, claiming that, wouldn’t-ya-know-it, he too is “in the best shape of my life.” A few days later, after an unflattering photo made Tony Romo look as if he had arrived at fat camp instead of football camp, Jones quickly declared with the utmost confidence that the pear-shaped Romo was — wait for it — in “some of the best shape he’s been in.”

Well, of course he is. And so is Terrell Suggs. Sure, he’s 33 and playing on two surgically repaired Achilles tendons. But he recently cut out pizza, fried food and gefilte fish and, wham, is now ready to declare himself in the BSL (Best Shape of his Life). Brandon Marshall? Yep, BSL. Heck, even the doughy Jay Cutler is in the BSC ( … of his Career) according to reports from camp, where, I bet, Cutler is also the happiest he’s ever been, the most focused on winning he’s ever been, the most confident in his supporting cast he’s ever been, the most comfortable with the offensive scheme he’s ever been, the closest he’s ever been with his head coach, and the warmest, most humble and approachable he’s ever been.

Warner: I’ve always said, if everything was equal, from money to retirement to endorsement opportunities — all that stuff — if everything was equal, I’d play Arena football over the NFL. It was built for quarterbacks. It was just backyard football. You ran the ball 4 or 5 yards per game. It was always a two-minute drill. There was always pressure on the quarterback to score. If you didn’t score on one possession, you might lose. Those scenarios to me were so much fun. (Note: Warner and Gruden combined for nine touchdown passes in the game.)

Gruden: I loved the crowd. It was like 9,000 [actually, 11,411] people packed in this little barn dressed like farm animals screaming. I can remember Johnnie [Harris] fighting a fan who had grabbed him. It was so loud you couldn’t hear from me to you. It was a blast. It was a lot of fun.

Warner: It was a typical, last-team-with-the-ball-wins type of game, and that’s exactly what we had the chance to do. We drove inside the 5-yard line.

Gruden: [T]hey complained about their guy getting called out of bounds at the 3. They thought he got in. Oh, boohoo. But they had a first-and-goal at the 3 and we stopped them four plays in a row.

Thursday night in Seattle was most like a regular-season moment for a backup quarterback.