Derek Carr showed plenty of promise as a rookie and now he has a brand-new set of toys to work with in the passing game

When the Cowboys refused to re-sign DeMarco Murray they gave up a running back who carried the ball 392 times for more than 1,800 yards and 13 touchdowns. Where do all those carries go? The Cowboys oddly didn’t draft a running back this year and will instead turn to backup Joseph Randle, the oft-injured Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar.

When he’s been given a real opportunity, Randle has done little. He had double-digit carries just once last season, and in that game carried the ball 13 times for only 37 yards. McFadden actually played in all 16 games last season but still only managed 534 yards and two touchdowns. How good Randle and McFadden look battling for the starting job in training camp will go a long way in developing the perception of the Cowboys this season, especially if one emerges as the clear starter.

What to watch: Derek Carr showed plenty of promise as a rookie and now he has a brand-new set of toys to work with in the passing game. In free agency, the team added Michael Crabtree, and then selected Amari Cooper and Clive Walford in the first two rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft. Carr’s ability to jell with his new weapons in the passing game will be a big key for the Raiders’ offense.

Alexander redshirted the 2013 season due to a muscle injury that never quite healed right. The coaching staff decided to let him heal rather than risk further injury. Last year, Alexander stepped into the starting CB role and absolutely dominated. He became the No. 1 CB on the best defense in the country, in large part because of his work. Defensive coordinator Brent Venables often asked Alexander to defend the opposing team’s best player on an island, and he succeeded.

Really Alexander’s only big mistake came against Florida State. The redshirt freshman had managed to shut down Rashad Greene for most of the night until he slipped, leading to a 74-yard touchdown pass to tie the game. The rest of the year he was dominant enough that many opposing teams tried to throw away from him.

Who is building the next NFL dynasty?

Picture the next 10 years in the NFL, and try to imagine a new dynasty emerging from the crumbling ruins of New England’s crazy 14-year run that’s seen four Super Bowl wins and six AFC Championships. No one’s burying the Patriots just yet, but all dynasties eventually come to an end. As Brady and Belichick’s amazing run together winds down over the next few seasons, another team will look to take their spot. Who will it be? Which teams are best positioned to take up the gridiron throne?

“That play solidified me as being able to help the team in a big way. Going to work the next day, I felt so good about myself. We were second seed in the playoffs,” he remembered. The playoff berth resulted in a Super Bowl appearance, another special memory for Redman. “The Super Bowl was the greatest day for my mom,” he shared. “We were getting ready to run out of the tunnel.

Super Bowl 50 will take place on Feb. 22 in 2016, at which point the offseason begins proper. Feb. 22 is the first day clubs can designate franchise or transition players, with the next day signaling the start of the NFL Scouting Combine. On March 15, the 2016 league year and free agency period will open at 4 p.m. ET. At that point, there’s a few days for offseason workout programs, but the next big date is the aforementioned NFL Draft beginning on April 28.

“I love being able to give the guys the knowledge they need to succeed in life,” he shared. “I try to talk to them about discipline, the way to carry themselves. I’m glad to be able to come back and show them the way to make it out. I want to be able to make sure they have the means to do that.”
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Well, those guys are putting up ridiculous numbers. Russ and LeBron do it every year, and what James is putting up … Those guys are doing crazy things this year, and it’s unbelievable to watch. But I don’t mind flying under the radar. I know people always say, ‘Why is Kyle this-or-that? Oh, he is overrated.’ But I don’t care. As long as my team wins games, who cares what people say? I like just being who I am. I like the situation I am in and just going out there and having fun. I’ll get recognition from my peers. My peers and my teammates are the people that I feel like know the best. They are your competition. Your peers are the people you go against every night. They know what’s what.

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It’s mind-blowing. It’s mind-blowing. It’s fun as a fan of the game and a student of the game to watch those guys just play and do the things that they are doing. I think James did it again, back-to-back 40 points with triple-doubles [recently]. It’s unbelievable. You just watch and enjoy the moment right now. Especially going out there, every night playing against every point guard, it is unbelievable. It is really fun, understanding that there are no nights off, there is always someone coming at you at the point guard position. It is pretty cool right now to be in this age and era of basketball, especially for a point guard.

I heard you recently flew all over North America, going from a game in Utah to Toronto to see your sons, Karter (5) and Kameron (1), for Christmas for less than 48 hours before flying to Portland to rejoin the Raptors. You often talk about your sons and the balance your family gives you. What kind of impact do they have on where you are today?

Austin says the persistent violence in Chicago crushes his father

On that day, April 4, 1968, Grady Rivers tried to articulate to his son what Martin Luther King had done to advance civil rights, to fight for racial equality, to use words, not violence, to bring about change.

And now he was dead in a hotel in Memphis, Tennessee, at the age of 39.

From that day forward, Dr. King became a Rivers family companion, his words echoing the teachable moments Glenn’s father imparted to him. Grady Rivers played King’s speeches on the family record player over and over again, his booming voice literally weaving itself into the family narrative.

“Naturally, as a young kid you are curious,” Rivers says. “Dr. King became an extremely important part of my life. He became our Gandhi, in many ways.”

Austin says the persistent violence in Chicago crushes his father. His old neighborhood might be worse than that day in 1968, when Grady spoke to Glenn about Dr. King in his patrol car.

“We used to go there every summer,” Austin says. “We’d visit friends and go to family reunions. We don’t go anymore because of the violence.”

Austin is surprised when people dismiss the idea that race is an ongoing concern.
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Elite Mens Mika Zibanejad Jersey “People like to say, ‘The past is the past,'” Austin says. “They say, ‘Oh, the racial stuff is over with.’ But it’s not. We’re still behind. We started so late. Take any race and put them through what African-Americans have had to deal with, and it’s going to take time.”

Doc Rivers says the movement for racial equality deteriorates into moments where it’s one step forward, then one step back.

“But never two steps back,” he says. “So that’s something. My own personal feeling is, we can’t get frustrated. We can’t stop working and teaching.

NFL preseason 2015 schedule: Andrew Luck, Colts starters will get work against Eagles on Sunday

The Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles are both potential playoff contenders this season, though the former has a lot less to prove than the latter at this stage of the preseason. If Chip Kelly has done anything since taking over the Eagles, it’s shape the entire roster to his whims. Every coach wants to bring in his own players, of course, but Kelly got rid of some awfully good players as part of his overhaul.

He started it prior to last season, and things went pretty well for him as the Eagles were one of the better teams in the NFC and competed for the NFC East all the way up until Week 17. But now with even more roster turnover, including a new starting quarterback and running back, the Eagles are both intensely interesting and also a big question mark.

A solid runner who can also contribute in the passing game, Spiller didn’t quite work out as a feature back in Buffalo, but seems to fit a lot better as a supplemental piece in a Drew Brees-led offense. Mark Ingram is the starter in New Orleans, and Spiller figures to be a big part of the offense in both the running and passing game. He just needs to get healthy first.

Heading into Thursday’s preseason game against the Cleveland Browns, Washington had Niles Paul as the starting tight end, a hamstring injury hampering backup Jordan Reed and an uncertain future for Logan Paulsen due to a toe injury. There were also a couple backups, including Je’Ron Hamm.

Unfortunately, Paul sustained an fractured ankle in the game, and will miss the entire 2015 season. After the game, Washington announced that Paulsen will require surgery on his toe and will also miss the entire season. Hamm sustained an injury during the aforementioned game as well, though his is less serious. So for now, the top tight ends are Reed and Hamm, and neither are 100 percent healthy at this stage. It’s rough being a tight end in D.C.

Roethlisberger threw for 300 yards and five touchdowns in a 43-14 win over Kansas City in Week 4

ONE OF THE most jaw-dropping plays I witnessed this season happened in late November, during a Sunday night game between Kansas City and Denver. Halfway through the second quarter, the Chiefs, whose lurching offense had yet to score, sent rookie wide receiver Tyreek Hill out to return a kick. As the ball soared past the 15-yard line, Hill backpedaled, caught it and sliced across the field — then turned the corner and accelerated, leaving a throng of defenders gasping in his wake.

After Cris Collinsworth and Mike Tirico marveled at the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it touchdown, sideline reporter Michele Tafoya appeared on screen. “Well, Mike, Tyreek was a controversial pick for the Chiefs because in 2015 he pleaded guilty to domestic abuse of his pregnant girlfriend while at Oklahoma State,” she said. The camera cut to Hill, who was breathing heavily on the bench, smiling in the way that rookies sometimes do — overjoyed, surprised and more than a little relieved.
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Roethlisberger threw for 300 yards and five touchdowns in a 43-14 win over Kansas City in Week 4, but the quarterback stresses the Chiefs, the AFC’s No. 2 seed, are a different team now, with cornerbacks flying “everywhere” to the ball.
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“It’s pretty special what their secondary can do,” Roethlisberger said.

Asked what’s most important to him when trying to get a win on the road, where the quarterback is 9-7 in his past 16 games, Roethlisberger simply said, “Winning — that’s all that matters to me.”

Hill was a second-round talent who had dropped to the fifth round, forgoing millions in earnings. The Chiefs were being financially rewarded for their lenience. Instead of slamming the pick, I criticized the team, singling out Dorsey’s wan exhortations to “have a little bit of trust in us.”

Packers vs. Bears 2015 picks and predictions: Green Bay the clear favorite

It’s Week 1, and the Green Bay Packers are playing the Chicago Bears, so this isn’t a game that needs a lot of artificial hype to get the adrenaline pumping. It is not likely to be a classic in Green Bay vs. Chicago history — the Bears have lost eight of the last nine to the Packers, and this doesn’t look a great year for them in general, while Green Bay still looks loaded, outside the Jordy Nelson injury.

This tough offense will face a Steelers defense that looks much different than it did last year, with the retirements of three defensive backs — Ike Taylor, Ryan Clark and future Hall of Famer Troy Polamalu, plus talented young linebacker Jason Worilds. The Steelers have also changed defensive coordinators, as Dick LeBeau is now with the Tennessee Titans and Keith Butler is stepping into his role. Instead of LeBeau’s legendary zone blitz, Butler’s scheme is a simpler mass attack of the quarterback.
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Defensive end Cameron Heyward should prosper with the scheme changes after totaling 7.5 sacks last season, tying for the team lead. The team also has Joe Okafor — following the season-ending injury of Clifton Geathers — joining Heyward, Stephon Tuitt and veteran backup Cam Thomas on the depth chart. In addition to changes on the line, the secondary has seen an upheaval this offseason with the addition of Brandon Boykin.
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Pittsburgh also has question marks over its running game. Le’Veon Bell is suspended for the first two games of the year for his role in the same incident that has Blount sitting out. DeAngelo Williams has joined the Steelers and will start while Bell is on the bench, but he’s not the kind of game-changing threat that Bell has become in his first two seasons.

That will put more pressure on Roethlisberger, but he’s lost center Maurkice Pouncey to a broken leg and wide receiver Martavis Bryant to a four-game substance-abuse ban.

Both the Steelers and Patriots are hoping to come out with a win to start the 2015 season, but regardless of the outcome, they are each primed for postseason runs if their players can stay healthy.

Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, are frequent complainers, too, but both are injured

Joe Harris, fresh from the D-League, couldn’t believe what Brooklyn’s new coaching staff was telling him in training camp.
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“We pushed him to be our Kyle Korver,” Kenny Atkinson, Brooklyn’s head coach, told ESPN.com. “And he was kinda like that battered little doe you find in the forest. He had no confidence.”

But the Nets knew Harris could shoot 3s, and they would figure out the rest later. Ditto with Justin Hamilton, a journeyman center the NBA discarded for Europe because teams didn’t think he could do anything but maybe kinda shoot 3s.

The team’s stars, Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, are frequent complainers, too, but both are injured.

The lack of discipline has got to change, the coach said.

He talked to the team before Wednesday’s win against Memphis and announced a new policy that he hopes will rein in the technicals.

The issue could rise up again in the playoffs, when coaches care more about every possession. There are a few potential hack victims lingering, including Ian Mahinmi (if he ever gets healthy) and Andre Roberson, who has forgotten how to shoot free throws in Oklahoma City.

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That will change. Teams are already starting to switch more against those guys, or at least recover to them faster. Bigs will have to learn to attack that gambit by rumbling into the post, working off the bounce, and whipping smart passes — by toggling between lots of styles.

Bagwell and Raines each dropped about 6% from the public ballots to the final vote last year

The red dots show how much less likely (or more likely) players were to appear on private ballots, vs. public ones. For example Mike Mussina was on 49% of the public ballots, but only 34% of the private ones, a reduction of 32%. On the other hand, note Trevor Hoffman towards the right, who got 65.1% on public ballots, but 70.4% an increase of 8%. His final vote ended up 3.8% higher than his public ballots.

So one rough way to estimate final vote totals is to take the public % and assume the final vote will vary from the public ballots the same way it did last year.
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It all happened in the second period. The Blue Jackets held a flimsy one-goal lead, but the game was definitely up for grabs. Jackets winger Josh Anderson and Wild winger Chris Stewart got tangled up in a faceoff skirmish, which led to a fight and the turning point of the game.

The Bengals’ magic season now depends on AJ McCarron

He thought it might be just a bruise, exactly the injury mindset every player embraces when hoping for the best while preparing for the worst. And then Andy Dalton could not pick up a football on the Paul Brown Stadium sideline before X-rays revealed a bone fracture in his right, throwing hand.

It was on the Cincinnati Bengals’ first offensive drive, a clever one that rolled to the Pittsburgh Steelers 4. Dalton was intercepted, tried to make the tackle, cracked his hand and the Steelers then splintered the Bengals 33-20.

The Bengals on Sunday afternoon looked to clinch the AFC North title. Not only did they fail, they lost their quarterback.

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In the last 30 seasons, the Browns have finished a year with a 1,000-yard rusher just four times. The last was Peyton Hillis in 2010 and it was Jamal Lewis in back-to-back seasons in 2007 and 2008 before that. Top draft selections like Trent Richardson, Montario Hardesty, Terrance West and William Green haven’t panned out for the Browns and have stunted the team’s ability to establish the run.

Crowell might be right that running the ball more could’ve led to more victories earlier in the year, but it might be up to Manziel to lead the team to some wins to round out the year.
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The right decision in almost every case is resting your starters for Week 17 if you have a franchise quarterback who’s got full control of the offense. The decision becomes more delicate when you have to consider the factors listed above. In the end, as always, the staff will do what’s best for their players.