Monthly Archives: August 2017

Why Russell Shepard is the Panthers’ breakout player this season

Sometimes players can be with a team for a while and they kind of get pigeonholed as a "special teams guy" or a "backup.” Even when that player shows he’s ready for a bigger role, sometimes the team doesn't notice because they are used to that guy doing what he’s always done and no more. That is kind of the situation I feel like Russell Shepard found himself in when he was playing for my Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Shepard started off his career fighting for a roster spot by being hell on special teams. He kept his roster spot by continuing to excel as a special teams guy. His first three seasons in the league he only had two starts and a combined seven catches. I'm sure he had to be wondering if he

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Buy or Sell: The Colts presumed 2017 season slogan

These days, it seems like your sports season isn’t a season unless your coaches or marketing department come up with a slogan. Once the slogan is agreed upon, it’s used prominently, from lamppost banners near the stadium to billboards to social media

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NFL-National Football League roundup

Kansas City Chiefs running back Spencer Ware likely will need season-ending surgery after tearing the PCL in his right knee during Friday night's preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks. Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder said Ware also suffered additional damage to the knee. – – – Standout Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Anthony Hitchens sustained a tibial plateau fracture in his right knee and not a torn ACL as originally featured during Saturday night's preseason contest against the Oakland Raiders.

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Jets turn to journeyman quarterback Josh McCown as their starter

Fantasy owners, take zero note: The New York Jets named Josh McCown their starting quarterback. The Jets had to pick someone to start at quarterback, and it was clear after two preseason starts that it couldn’t be Christian Hackenberg. The Jets would have been better off without a quarterback in last Saturday night’s preseason game against the New York GIants.

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NFL preseason power rankings: Raiders, Lions live up to silver standards

Summer is definitely here and so soon will be the NFL, just after the current new season of Game of Thrones ends. When we last left all the teams, from the AFC Essos to the NFC Westeros, the Patriots ruled all the eight conferences after their magical comeback victory in Super Bowl LI. With camps opening and preseason football right around the corner, here's where the power struggle now stands.

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Cam Meredith leaves game after gruesome leg injury

A year ago, Lamarr Houston was optimistic he could not only repeat his eight-sack 2015 season, but improve that total in his second season playing outside linebacker in Vic Fangio’s 3-4 defense.  The torn ACL that cost Houston all but two games in 2016 (he also tore his ACL celebrating a sack in 2014) hasn’t changed the 30-year-old’s outlook on his future with the Bears, though. Heading into his second preseason game Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, Houston feels his arrow is still pointing up.  “I believe I am (on track),” Houston said. “I think I’m on pace to have a good year and I think everything’s lining up and I’m making progress in the right direction.”  Houston played 17 snaps last

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Browns make it official: DeShone Kizer is their starting quarterback

The Cleveland Browns had three first-round picks this year. DeShone Kizer, taken in the second round out of Notre Dame, will start the regular season at quarterback for the Browns. It was no surprise, considering coach Hue Jackson gave Kizer the start in the third preseason game and said he was trending toward being the permanent starter.

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