Tag: cheap nfl jerseys nike

Odell Beckham Jr. trade signifies a complete Giants rebuild

9

The once-proud Giants are now the team with eight wins in two years and a roster that indicates it’s not going to get much better in the immediate future. They are in a position quite familiar to the Browns — desperately in need of a savior quarterback and a complete rebuild.

If this trade did anything for the Giants, it made them pick a side. There is no more straddling the line of restocking on the fly or trying to compete. They saw what happened last season (5-11) when they chose the latter. The Giants are now rebuilding, even if it’s a year too late.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

It raises so many questions, such as: Why didn’t they go in this direction last year with a new head coach, new general manager, the No. 2 overall pick in the draft and a 37-year-old quarterback coming off a 3-13 season? Why didn’t they trade Beckham before signing him to a then-record deal for a wide receiver? Now, the Giants wasted a year and will incur a $16 million dead money hit this season adding to their already substantial total. They also paid Beckham $21.5 million for 12 games last season. And, finally, is GM Dave Gettleman really the right man to be tasked with this massive overhaul?9

Gettleman and the Giants surely had their reasons. Beckham butted heads with management on several occasions last year, once when he participated in an interview with ESPN’s Josina Anderson and Lil Wayne, and again when he talked too much publicly about his quad injury. And maybe there was more. But Beckham was a player loved in the locker room and with an unquestioned work ethic. He was a difference-maker when he was on the field. Now, he’s gone and the masses don’t seem pleased. The reaction to their franchise isn’t going to be an easy one for ownership to stomach.

Gettleman received a first-round pick (No. 17 overall), third-round pick and safety Jabrill Peppers in return for Beckham. Peppers was a key. The Giants insisted he should be part of the deal, according to a source. He was a first-round pick two years ago and they viewed him as such. It helped them close this often controversial chapter in their history, which was filled with more noise than victories.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

But the snap-response to it all was not so positive for Gettleman and the Giants. Sources around the league texted me reactions such as “Maybe if the [first-round pick] was higher” and “Seriously?” and “That is nothing.” They didn’t see the tremendous value for such a special talent.

Trail Blazers’ Kanter, former teammate Turkoglu spar again about Turkey’s government

10

The volatile, longstanding dispute between Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter and Turkish government officials has added another chapter, this time in separate interviews conducted by E:60’s Jeremy Schaap, with Kanter again comparing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to a dictator, and former NBA player Hedo Turkoglu, now a Turkish government official, accusing Kanter of abandoning his homeland to support a “terrorist.”cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

The on-camera interview with Turkoglu — now a chief adviser to Erdogan — is the first with American media about Kanter. Turkoglu, who played with several NBA teams, including the Orlando Magic and San Antonio Spurs, played with Kanter on the 2011 Turkish national team. He is also head of the Turkish Basketball Federation. The interviews aired Sunday morning.

Turkoglu spoke carefully and deliberately to Schaap, saying that Kanter has been “openly supporting a terrorist leader” — Fethullah Gulen. Gulen is a U.S.-based Turkish cleric who has been living in exile from Turkey since 1999; he is Kanter’s spiritual adviser and a bitter rival of Erdogan’s. The Turkish government has accused Gulen of masterminding a failed military coup in the country in 2016. Gulen has denied the allegation, and the U.S. government has rejected Turkey’s requests to extradite him from his home in Pennsylvania.10

In the 32-minute E:60 interview, Turkoglu only referenced Kanter by name once and said he had nothing to say to his former teammate: “I don’t send messages to terrorist organization supporters.” In response to a question about how Americans should view the saga between Kanter and Turkish government officials, Turkoglu said: “All I have to say to all my American fellows, be careful.”

Erdogan and Gulen were once political allies, but after a 2013 corruption scandal reached all the way to Erdogan and his family, Erdogan blamed Gulen for having a role in exposing the scandal, and their relationship fractured. Kanter has been an outspoken critic of the Turkish government and Erdogan since.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

Kanter, who has played for the Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks, frequently has been quoted saying Erdogan is the “Hitler of our century.” In December 2017, Turkey’s state-run news agency, Anadolu Agency, reported that Kanter faces more than four years in prison for insulting Erdogan and Turkoglu in a series of tweets posted in 2016. In May 2017, Kanter’s Turkish passport was canceled while traveling overseas. He ultimately was able to return to the United States through London. A few weeks later, Kanter’s parents’ home was raided, and his father, Mehmet, was taken into custody and charged with being a member of a terrorist group. Enes Kanter believes the Turkish government targeted his father, a genetics professor, because of the player’s critical stance against the country’s government.

Suns snap 18-game losing streak to Warriors

9

Devin Booker scored 13 straight Phoenix points during a decisive fourth-quarter stretch and finished with 37, and the Suns snapped the NBA’s longest active losing streak to one opponent at 18 games by beating the Warriors 115-111 on Sunday night.

The Suns defeated Golden State for the first time since a 107-95 victory on Nov. 9, 2014, and earned their first road win in 20 tries against the Western Conference this season. The Warriors followed a great win against Denver two nights earlier with a dud.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

“Let’s not forget last year was way worse than this, way worse than this, with injuries and things like that. We have pretty much everybody healthy,” Stephen Curry said. “We talked about the things we need to get better at going into the playoffs and just haven’t done it. It’s an uncomfortable feeling, which I think we like right now.

“We’re getting challenged, we’re getting teams’ best shots.”9

Klay Thompson’s two free throws with 1:04 to go made it 111-108. Andre Iguodala secured a rebound after two missed Suns shots but Curry missed on a 3 with 23 seconds left. Booker then converted two free throws.

Booker’s jumper with 5:01 to play put the Suns ahead, then he made it 102-98 on a 3-pointer at 4:45. Booker hit a fadeaway at the 4:04 mark then scored on a driving one-handed dunk after Phoenix pushed in transition after Curry’s turnover.

Kevin Durant had 25 points before leaving with a bruised right ankle midway through the fourth on a night his teammates struggled from near and far. The cold-shooting Warriors couldn’t overcome Booker’s late onslaught in losing to lowly Phoenix.

“Probably the worst loss of the season, unfortunately,” Thompson said.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Booker was 13 for 23, made all nine of his free throws and also dished out 11 assists for the Suns in a back-to-back and their fourth win in five games.

Splash Brothers Curry and Thompson were a combined 16 of 42 — 8 of 30 on 3s after a 4-for-22 start — and the Warriors went 10 of 43 from beyond the arc.

“One game, you miss shots,” Curry said. “We took ones we thought we could make. If they go down this could be a totally different conversation. So don’t overreact to that.”

Source: Bell plans to join Jets for 4 years, $52.5 million

11

Bell, who shocked the NFL by sitting out the entire 2018 season on the franchise tag after failing to agree on a new contract last summer, officially became a free agent when Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert opted not to place a franchise or transition tag on him for the 2019 season.

After gaining nearly 2,000 total yards during the 2017 season, Bell opted to eschew the $14.5 million franchise tag in 2018 — forgoing about $855,000 per game — so he could preserve his long-term viability for a big contract in free agency this offseason.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

Several other teams were said to be interested in Bell, including the San Francisco 49ers, who made a strong offer and were engaged in a wild tug-of-war with the Jets over the past few hours, sources told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

But the Jets emerged as the front-runner late Tuesday. Not wanting to bid against themselves, they held firm on their offer, a source told ESPN’s Rich Cimini.11

Bell, a two-time All-Pro, had used social media to engage with potential suitors, using emojis to make indirect contact with the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens, among others. The Ravens never made him an offer, a source told Schefter.

Bell’s average salary per year with the Jets, $13.25 million, would rank him second among running backs in the NFL, behind Todd Gurley’s $14.37 million average.

In finishing 4-12 last season, which resulted in coach Todd Bowles’ ouster, the Jets produced only two 100-yard rushing days, both by Isaiah Crowell. Crowell set the franchise single-game record with 219 yards in an October home game against the Denver Broncos but disappeared for the remainder of the season.

Crowell is likely to be released before Friday, when $2 million of his $4 million base salary becomes guaranteed. The backfield will consist of Bell, Elijah McGuire and Trenton Cannon.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

The Jets haven’t had a 1,000-yard rusher since Chris Ivory in 2015. They haven’t had a runner with Bell’s skill set since Curtis Martin, a big free-agent signing from 1998 to 2005. Bell has said that Martin, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, was his idol as a kid.

Sources: Morse going to Bills for 4 years, $44.5M

9

Former Kansas City Chiefs center Mitch Morse intends to sign what is expected to be a four-year, $44.5 million contract with the Buffalo Bills, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Morse, 26, joined the Kansas City Chiefs as a second-round draft pick (49th overall) from Missouri in 2015. He immediately became a starter and opened each of the 52 games, regular season and playoffs, he played in for Kansas City.9

Morse started 15 games as a rookie but wasn’t available for either of the Chiefs’ two playoff games that year because of a concussion. He was limited to seven games in 2017 and 11 in 2018, plus two in the playoffs, because of injuries.

During last season, the Chiefs re-signed two interior offensive linemen, Cam Erving and Austin Reiter, in case they lost Morse in free agency. Reiter started four games during Morse’s absence last season.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

For Barca and Brazil, Coutinho finds himself falling down the pecking order

9

Ousmane Dembele is an injury doubt for Barcelona against Lyon in the return leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie on Wednesday. Neymar and Vinicius Junior are definitely out of Brazil’s friendlies later this month against Panama and the Czech Republic. It all means that, for both club and country, opportunity is knocking for Philippe Coutinho, but it knocks on both side of the door — the way in and the way out. Coutinho stands as the crossroads, and these next few days will surely shed some light on which way he is heading.

There are two problem areas for Coutinho: position and personality.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

There is nothing barnstorming or ostentatious about the 26-year-old. He comes across as an introverted figure; not the type, perhaps, to walk into a new environment, impose himself and bend it to his will. In truth, his is a career in which the step up has seldom been easy. With Brazil, for example, he was a flop at Under-17 level, and one of the supporting cast in the team that won the Under-20 World Cup. It took him years to become an important part of the senior side, not making his presence felt until the second half of the 2018 qualifiers.9

And in club football, there is a reason that Liverpool were able to make such a huge profit on him. They picked him up for a song from Inter Milan. The Italian giants had a long-term relationship with Coutinho, but appear to have given up on him, and let him leave for a token fee. Liverpool, though, made him feel important — as had Mauricio Pochettino in a previous loan spell at Espanyol.

Barcelona, however, is an altogether more challenging environment. From a psychological point of view, the club were not going to come to him. He had to go to them, fit into a structure built around Lionel Messi and still justify his massive transfer fee. So far, he has not been able to do that. The fans are losing patience — he was booed when he left the field towards the end of Saturday’s game against Rayo Vallecano. There is the danger of this treatment giving force to a spiral of lost self-esteem, in which a player low on confidence produces worse displays, thus leading to more criticism from the terraces.

The process could, of course, be reversed by an outstanding performance against Lyon, but this opens up the second problem area: Where should Coutinho play?cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale Is he the most attacking member of the midfield three, or a member of the attacking trio?

Barcelona appeared to acquire him in the belief that he could be the former, the replacement for their little maestro Andres Iniesta. But after a lengthy trial, coach Ernesto Valverde seems to have come to the conclusion that this is not Coutinho’s best role, that he is not a genuine midfielder and that using him there leaves the team too exposed from a defensive point of view. Valverde now sees Coutinho as a contender in his original position, as a wide member of the front three.

After surgeries, Chapman ready to help A’s contend again

10

Matt Chapman didn’t have a lot of time to savor his strong season — or the Oakland Athletics’ surprise playoff run — during the winter.

The 25-year-old third baseman had planned to have surgery on his right thumb after the season ended, but he also ended up getting an operation on his left shoulder in December. Both injuries had been bothering Chapman for a while.

“The shoulder was kind of a fluke thing, but it was hurting me the last couple years,” Chapman said. “Just overuse. … I didn’t really think it was anything besides just being sore.”nike nfl jerseys cheap china

Now he’s ready to build on a year in which he hit 24 homers, won a Gold Glove and finished seventh in AL MVP voting.10

His preparation has been compressed because of the surgeries and Oakland’s early start to spring training and the regular season. The A’s will travel to Japan to play the Seattle Mariners in the season-opening series on March 20-21.

“I think he’s right on schedule,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said Friday. “We maybe got him in there a day earlier than we expected. He’s running up close to 20 at-bats, which I didn’t think we’d have right now. I think everything’s going great with him.”nfl nike jersey cheap

Chapman has been to the plate 16 times this spring, with four walks and four hits including a double and a home run.

“Just getting more and more healthy and strong each day,” he said. “No excuses now.”

The A’s won a surprising 97 games last year even with injuries to their entire starting rotation. Now they’re aiming even higher.

“Hopefully continue to build on what we did last year,” Chapman said. “One hundred wins. Win the division. If your goals going into the season aren’t to win your division or make the playoffs, then what are you playing for?”

Molina continues comeback, catches Mikolas

9

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina took another step in his comeback from left knee surgery in December by catching Opening Day starter Miles Mikolas in a camp game Wednesday.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

Molina, a nine-time All-Star, took part in a game played at the team’s complex in Jupiter, Florida, that included players who didn’t travel for the Cardinals’ 9-5 win over the New York Yankees in Tampa.9

“Yadi caught Miles, threw a couple guys out, took his at-bats, so favorable positive day back on the ranch so to speak,” manager Mike Shildt said. “They got their work in. It’s a good day for the Cardinals.”

The 36-year-old Molina has not played in a spring training game. He has averaged 133 games behind the plate over the past three seasons.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

Mikolas went 18-4 with a 2.83 ERA and was an NL All-Star last season.

Source: Bennett reunion with Patriots possible

10

There could be a Bennett brothers reunion in New England, with Michael set to join the team via trade and Martellus contemplating a return to football.

The Philadelphia Eagles have informed Michael Bennett that they are planning to trade him to the Patriots, the defensive end told ESPN’s Josina Anderson on Friday. With that trade set to be finalized, tight end Martellus Bennett is interested in coming out of retirement to join his brother in New England, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

The Eagles would receive a fifth-round pick in the 2020 draft and send Michael Bennett and a 2020 seventh-round pick to the Patriots, a league source told Schefter. Philly.com was first to report that a trade was close to completion.10

Bennett played in 16 games (10 starts) last season and totaled nine sacks. He has 63 sacks over his 10-year career.

He told NFL Network earlier Friday that he was looking for a pay raise. He is scheduled to earn a base salary of $6.2 million in 2019 with a $1 million roster bonus.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Michael Bennett could have a quick reunion with the Eagles, as they are set to host the Patriots next season.

By acquiring Bennett, it could soften the blow if the Patriots lose defensive end Trey Flowers, who led New England in sacks each of the past three seasons, in free agency. According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Bennett had 51 total pressures last season to tie for 13th in the NFL. Flowers led the Patriots with 45 pressures.

Bennett, 33, told Anderson that Patriots coach Bill Belichick has been fond of his game.

Locked in at a reasonable salary for the upcoming season, the Eagles recognized there could be a market for Bennett given the lack of quality pass-rushers in free agency.

What matters when evaluating QBs today? Not height and arm strength

8

The secret sauce remains elusive to those trying to find the perfect formula for scouting college quarterbacks. It’s quite possible the code will never be cracked. There will always be hits and misses as the search for the next Patrick Mahomes or Tom Brady ensues. There is no perfect process.

Different evaluators concentrate on different traits. Some might be physical and easy to spot, others like trying to find a foul stench in the wind.

The answers received around NFL combine week about top priorities for a quarterback prospect ranged from instincts to leadership to functional intelligence to decision-making to production. One thing became certain roaming Indianapolis: Height isn’t at the top of the list.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

This is especially relevant with Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray, all 5-foot-10 1/8 of him, in this year’s NFL draft. It seemed as if all the talk out of Indianapolis — from those working for teams to those close to Murray — was he would be the No. 1 overall pick by the Arizona Cardinals.8
The decision could depend on what the Giants see in each prospect. General manager Dave Gettleman is looking for a quarterback who can make all — or most — of the throws. He wants a quarterback who is athletic, but pass-first, not run-first. It’s the subtle pocket movements that matter most to the evaluator who has watched Jim Kelly, John Elway, Manning and Cam Newton most of his career.nfl cheap jerseys nike

This could play a large part in the Giants’ decision. Haskins’ pocket presence and ability to navigate around pressure might be the biggest question about his game. Can he move enough?

This is important to Gettleman, but not necessarily the most important quality being sought.

“A non-negotiable for me is instincts. It really is,” Gettleman said. “There are guys that are big, great arm, great athletes. They can’t figure it out. I don’t think people talk about it enough. Instincts are critical. You turn around at every position — people will fall in love with the height, weight, speed, defensive tackle, but you put his hand in the dirt, he can’t find the ball, he doesn’t understand blocking schemes — so all this great height, weight, speed, whatever he’s got, it doesn’t make a difference.”