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Jerrell Freeman gets 10-game ban for second PED suspension

Chicago Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman has been suspended without pay for the next 10 games for a second violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Freeman, 31, played four seasons in Indianapolis before he signed a three-year deal with Chicago in 2016. Freeman is under contract through 2018 and scheduled to earn $3.5 million, but he is out of guaranteed money.

According to coach Barry Trotz, the bar for Ovechkin is most always set at 50, while the man himself knows all he needs is the chance to reach those loft expectations.

”I’m a goal-scorer, and my job is to score goals,” Ovechkin said before the season started. ”The more goals, more points I’m gonna get is gonna be much better.”

Just five games into the 2017-18 season, Ovechkin is almost 20% of the way to that goal, having begun the season with a goal bonanza, racking up an NHL-leading nine goals and 10 points. He earned First Star of the Week honors after scoring three goals on opening night for the Caps and the following four-goal performance in their second game, making him the fourth player in league history to open the season with back-to-back hat tricks. Singular tallies came against Pittsburgh and New Jersey, again putting Ovechkin in the history books alongside Mike Bossy, Mario Lemieux and Patrick Marleau as the only players to score nine times in the first five games of a season.

“The way he’s able to create space for himself, to jump in holes and his release is second to none,” Capitals forward T.J. Oshie told the Washington Post. “Am I surprised on O’s production? I don’t think so. Am I impressed? Very.”
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Steelers’ Martavis Bryant says he’s not playing Sunday, demoted to the scout team

The saga involving Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant took another turn on Wednesday. Bryant wants to be more involved in the Steelers’ offense, but it doesn’t sound like he’s going to get what he wants this week.

JuJu has quickly become one of our favorite new receivers. He’s exciting, he’s unique, and he’s one of the biggest Dragonball Z fans in the NFL, too. He’s definitely a player to keep an eye on (and your other eye on his bike).

Conley hasn’t played much this season, held back by shin splints, while second-round pick Obi Melifonwu has yet to see the field. Joseph’s strength, meanwhile, appears to be as a run-stopping safety. Smith and Amerson, however, just have not played well at all. Amerson must have a neon flashing light on him, because opponents can’t wait to target him: So far this season, he’s given up 16 catches on 23 targets for 354 yards, three touchdowns and a passer rating of 151.7, per Next Gen Stats. Smith, meanwhile, is no longer starting, but he’s been a liability when on the field, allowing 14 catches on 19 targets (73.7 percent) for 230 yards, one score and a passer rating of 131.5.

It will be Matt Moore starting at quarterback for the Dolphins for the injured Jay Cutler.

The Browns are winless, so maybe a trip overseas is good for them. The Vikings are 5-2 and playing great defense. With the Browns offense so bad — no matter who plays quarterback — look for the Vikings to eat that unit alive. This will be ugly.

This is a long trip for Oakland, but they will have had 10 days between games, which helps. Buffalo is playing well, but this is a real challenge. The problem is the Oakland defense is bad. LeSean McCoy will run wild.
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Indeed the amount of football on TV has exploded in the last decade.

Going forward, the Raiders have matchups against the Bills, Dolphins, Giants and Broncos in the coming weeks. Together, those four teams allow a 4.0 percent touchdown rate to wideouts, well below the league average of 4.6. That makes Coopers’ potential production going forward inconsistent at best, so move him while he’s at his peak value.

A slim majority, 51 percent, of Americans believes pro sports leagues should not require athletes to stand, while 47 percent believe athletes should stand. This is a reversal of the same question from September 2016, when 52 percent indicated that players should stand, while 43 percent said they should not be required to stand.

he has good size. What makes those guys special is his demeanor. งาง฿ I think that’s what allowed Jared to win the job as a freshman.”

After taking the college football world by storm during his freshman season, Rosen was shut down in 2016 because of injury. His value to the Bruins is evident in the record (1-5 the rest of the season) and through seven games this season, it’s clear that Rosen, like Goff during his third year as a starter at Cal, carries the offense with his highly-touted arm.

“Ten years ago, the NFL had 32 game windows through week six,” SBJ reported. “This year, it is up to 39, a 22 percent increase. It’s even more crowded in college, where the 2007 windows to this point added up to 105. This year, it’s at 179, up a whopping 71 percent.”

That number has spiked to 46.1 percent with Trubisky under center. Yet Howard’s ability to gain yards after defenders close in on him (defender within one yard) has increased from 3.81 without Trubisky to 4.2 with Trubisky. tigers_050-115x115

I don’t think he played in a complicated system in high school

In his senior year, his football team traveled an hour and a half to play Milbank High near the Minnesota border. In attendance was former SDSU offensive line coach Carl Larson, who at the time was the minister at American Lutheran Church in Milbank. He saw something in Goedert worthy of a phone call to his former boss in Brookings.

“He started out playing inside linebacker on defense. He ended up playing quarterback, receiver, tight end and running back on offense. He was the whole team,” Larson said. “I called coach Stig and told him, ‘This guy’s a player.’ That spring, he was back in Milbank with the track team. The best (discus) throwers there were throwing it maybe 120, 125 (feet). He came up and whipped it 156. So I called coach again.”

“I think they’re really similar,” former Cal coach Sonny Dykes said in 2015 prior to the only meeting between Goff and Rosen (a 40-24 UCLA win). “I think Josh has a big arm like Jared. Josh is pretty far along developed, physically. He’s a strong kid.

Later that afternoon, Goedert shows he’s come a long way, not only physically but mentally as well. After the entire offense watches film with offensive coordinator Eric Eidsness, Goedert and three other SDSU tight ends break off into a position meeting. Tight ends coach Luke Schleusner goes through a series of run and pass plays that make up the game plan for UNI, and it’s loaded with all kinds of terminology and hot reads. The fifth-year senior listens intently and absorbs it all, at one point interpreting an assignment to one of his fellow tight ends.

“His first year, his football IQ wasn’t too high,” Schleusner said. “I don’t think he played in a complicated system in high school. It was a challenge to get him lined up right, let alone execute a play. Now he’s got an incredible football IQ. We line him up all over the field, use him in a number of different ways, and he grasps it all very quickly.”tigers_049-115x115