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Rae Carruth won't seek custody of son after prison release

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Rae Carruth has given up plans to pursue a relationship with his son after being released from prison later this year. In a letter to the Charlotte Observer, Carruth wrote that he will not pursue custody of Chancellor Lee Adams, who lives in Charlotte with his maternal grandmother, Saundra Adams. Men's Buffalo Sabres #31 Anders Nilsson Adidas Navy Blue Home Premier NHL JerseyThis comes a few weeks after Carruth, scheduled to be released in October, sent a letter to WBTV in Charlotte, saying he planned to pursue custody of his 18-year-old son. Carruth has spent the past 17 years in Sampson Correctional Institution in Clinton, North Carolina. He was found guilty in 2001 for conspiracy to murder his pregnant girlfriend in 1999. Josh Bynes Youth Limited White Jersey: Nike NFL Arizona Cardinals Vapor Untouchable Road #45Cherica Adams died Kyle Williams Authentic Jersey in the hospital after being shot multiple times by Van Brett Watkins, who was hired by Carruth. She was pregnant with Chancellor, who as a result of the shooting was born prematurely. He has cerebral palsy. "For all involved or invested in this ordeal, please calm down," Carruth wrote in the letter to the newspaper. "I will no longer be pursuing a relationship with Chancellor and Ms. Adams. I promise to leave them be, which I now see is in everyone's best interest." Carruth wrote that including in the first letter his desire to enter Chancellor's life was a mistake and he admitted that was too optimistic, even though he still wants to "make amends with Chancellor and try to be the father that I should have been from day one.'' "I now understand that any notions of me one day being welcome to Sunday Bobby Wagner Jersey dinner is totally out of the question," Carruth wrote in the second letter, which was postmarked Feb. 21. "And lastly, I didn't foresee the media and general public being unanimous in its belief that I shouldn't be allowed to ever have anything to do with Chancellor." The decision to extend Blake Bortles' contract doesn't stem from the quarterback's ability. It isn't a product of what he showed in the postseason during two impressive games against the Steelers and Patriots or, alternately, in a dismal effort at home against the Bills. Jacksonville's decision to re-sign Bortles is a product of a questionable decision the Jaguars made last year -- it seemed questionable at the time and has grown worse with some perspective. It's also a reflection on where this team is going and whether the Jags can build upon an impressive 2017 season to take that final leap past the Patriots and into the Super Bowl. Last May, the Jaguars decided to exercise Bortles' fifth-year option, which gave the team another year of cost control on their enigmatic quarterback through the 2018 season. The fifth-year option for players taken in the top 10 of the draft is rather expensive for quarterbacks, given that it represents the average salary of the top 10 players at the position. For Bortles, that fifth-year option was more than $19 million. The salary is guaranteed only for injury, so in most cases, teams that regret the move can just cut the player and move on without any penalty. Players who can't pass a physical by the beginning of the new league year (in March) remain on the cap and get paid, even if they can't play, as will likely be the case for Ryan Shazier in Pittsburgh. The Steelers naturally couldn't have anticipated in May that their star inside linebacker would suffer a career-threatening spinal injury six months later, but for Pittsburgh, the reward of having another year of cost control over Shazier was worth the risk that he would Authentic Lorenzo Mauldin Jersey suffer a serious injury. Likewise, the Jaguars were about to be stuck paying Bortles $19 million for an injury he had when Jacksonville signed him to the extension. The UCF product suffered a wrist injury during the final month of the 2016 season, which the Jaguars elected to treat with shots in the hopes of avoiding surgery. The Jags then picked up Bortles' option last May all while knowing he had a wrist injury that might require surgery after the 2017 campaign. The wrist got worse as the 2017 season went on, requiring Bortles to undergo surgery after the season ended in late January. A move that seemed iffy at the time without public knowledge of the injury and looked downright foolish once the Jags briefly benched Bortles during the preseason for Chad Henne only looks worse now. Given the likelihood that Bortles would be unable to pass a physical and subsequently be guaranteed $19 million before hitting free agency next season, the Jaguars made the decision to tender him a three-year, $54 million deal with $26.5 million guaranteed at signing. The fifth-year option was a sunk cost, Rollie Fingers Womens Jersey and the Jaguars didn't make a terrible move by handing Bortles this deal, but it questions about their thought process heading into 2018 and beyond. That number could as high as $16.5 million if Bortles can't play; the Jags guaranteed $6.5 million of his $16 million base salary in 2019 with offsets, which another team would inherit as part of a new deal. If Jacksonville cut Bortles after 2018 and he signed a one-year, $3 million contract with, for instance, the Browns, the Jags would owe Bortles $3.5 million in cash and have $13 million in dead money on their cap for 2019. wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys from chinawholesale nfl jerseys cheap jerseys wholesale jerseys from chinacheap nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys

2018 NFL combine primer: Kiper, McShay answer biggest questions

The NFL combine -- the most important evaluation event on the road to the 2018 NFL draft -- is here, and all the best prospects are in Indianapolis to show their stuff in front of NFL front-office personnel. With workouts starting Friday -- here's the full schedule -- we asked ESPN NFL draft experts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay to break down what they'll have their eyes on in Indy, from the top quarterback prospects to potential fallers and risers, and more. Men's Nike Baltimore Ravens #79 Ronnie Stanley Game Black Alternate NFL JerseyFor Darnold, I'll be monitoring the little things in Indianapolis. His hand size, for one. Ball security has been an issue (14 lost fumbles in 24 starts), but that could be partly due to his mechanics as well. He's not throwing in Indianapolis, but we'll be able to see him go through athletic testing. And no, I'm not overly concerned by him not throwing. Darnold was a three-sport athlete in high and went 20-4 at USC with a supporting cast that wasn't as amazing as some people think. His decision to not throw at the combine will have no impact on whether a team decides to draft him (or any QB). Men's Adidas Riley Nash Authentic Black NHL Jersey: Boston Bruins #20 USA Flag FashionINDIANAPOLIS -- What Andrew Luck will be able to do when he joins his teammates for the start of offseason workouts remains a mystery. It's possible the Indianapolis Colts quarterback might not even be throwing that first week of April. The Colts that. The bigger storyline is that Luck will be back at the team facility, in the locker room, and around his teammates and the coaching staff again. That in itself is big for Luck and for the entire organization. "It's not just learning a new system. He's a smart guy; he can probably learn whatever he needed to in a week," coach Frank Reich said. "But it's really about culture. It's about teamwork. It's about he's more than just our quarterback, he's a big-time leader of our team. So to be a part of that and to be part of the culture that we've talked about ... as [general manager] Chris [Ballard] and I have sat down and said, 'Hey, what are we building here? What are we building?' And obviously Andrew is a critical piece to that and his leadership at every level is important." Ballard says he thinks Luck -- who missed all of last season after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder in January 2017 -- will progress to throwing a football at some point in April or May. That's the boldest statement Ballard has made about Luck and his progress in the past year. The past 14 months have consisted of two things: Where is Andrew Luck in his rehabilitation and when will he return? The thought that the 28-year-old might be nearing a return bubbled up too often around the organization last season. The Colts wondered about it during training camp, as the weeks passed by early in the regular season, and they definitely wondered about it after he started practicing with the team. The reality that Luck might not play in 2017 set in when he was shut down in October due to continued soreness in his right shoulder. Since then, Luck has traveled to the Netherlands and California Jose Berrios Womens Jersey to on the physical and mental steps he must take if he's Bobby Clarke Jersey to return to a Colts team that finished 4-12 without him in 2017. "I've preached since I've walked in the door, it's not about one guy; and I thought there were times last year where we were just ... I think we were all, everybody was just waiting for this savior to come in on a white horse and save the day," Ballard said. "I think everybody got to the realization -- that's one thing I was really proud of our team for -- they just played. Were we the best team? No, but they battled, they played and once they saw this is what it is, they just played." It'll be good for Luck personally to be in the comfort zone of the facility. He has said on more than one occasion that not playing has worn on him mentally. He took every meaningful snap during his first three seasons after the Colts drafted him first overall in 2012, only to miss 26 games over the past three seasons because of injuries ranging from his ribs and shoulder to a lacerated kidney and a concussion. "Is it going to help having him Chipper Jones Jersey back in the building? Absolutely Mack Hollins Youth jersey it is," Ballard said. "I think it's going to be good for Andrew to be back around his teammates. I think that's what he wants. I think that's what he misses. I think he misses being around the locker room, being around his guys. Like I said a while ago, it's one of the special things about this kid. He likes to be considered as one of the teammates. "The only other player I've ever been around like that is [Brian] Urlacher. Urlacher, superstar Brian, he was just one of the guys, and he didn't ever want to be treated differently. He knew his status, but he never acted in that way. You never would have known. So, in terms of him being back, yeah, I think it'll be good for the organization, good for the team, good for the locker room and good for Andrew.",60.0.html

Joe really came on for us in the later part of the year

second half of the season. He's going to be our bell-cow running back," Tobin said. "We are going to combine him with [Giovani Bernard] and we really feel good about that position group." Mixon finished the season with 626 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns in 14 games. Also on Wednesday, Tobin said he plans to get pass-rusher Carl Lawson on the field more after Lawson was mostly limited to third down and nickel packages Dominic Moore Youth jersey in 2017. Lawson still managed 8.5 sacks as a rookie despite relatively limited playing time. Men's Adidas Calgary Flames #25 Joe Nieuwendyk Authentic Green Salute to Service NHL Jersey"We felt strongly when we took him," Tobin said. "If the draft were going to happen again, he'd be selected much higher. Womens Shaun Alexander Jersey He came on for us in a big way. Last year we were low in quarterback pressures. So it was something we went into the offseason to attack. We doubled up at the defensive end spot, or the pass-rusher spot, and both of those young guys came in and gave us Men's Adidas Calle Jarnkrok Premier Black NHL Jersey: Nashville Predators #19 1917-2017 100th Anniversary 2017 Stanley Cup Finalwhat we were looking for. They gave us a spark. Carl's going to build on that. We're going to expand his role. As he goes forward, he'll be on the field a little bit more. Talking with coach [Teryl] Austin, he's excited to work with him. We've got a lot of regard for him. We think he's going to be a big-time player for us." As for 2017 first-round pick John Ross, Tobin said they expect him to have a big year. Ross came into the offseason rehabbing from shoulder surgery, played less than 20 snaps, and ended the season on injured reserve. "We've had a Baltimore Orioles Jersey run here where our first-round picks are hurt. William Jackson bounced back this year and became what we thought he was but he missed his whole rookie season," Tobin said of the team's 2016 first-round pick. "John [Ross] did Womens Tyler Wong Jersey not get off to the start he wanted. Injuries played a big part in that. We expect big things from him coming on in the future. He's going to be a big part of what we do. But it's hard to predict injuries. He got a slower start than what he wanted." With Monday's release of veteran defensive end Charles Johnson and safety Kurt Coleman, general manager Marty Hurney has cleared just over $9.6 million in cap space in the past three days. The Panthers now have close to $30 million in cap space. Stewart, who will turn 31 on March 21, was coming off one of his worst seasons statistically behind an offensive line Hurney regarded as one of the top five in the league. Stewart averaged a career-low 3.4 yards per carry (680 yards on 198 carries), and his total yards were his fewest since 2013, when he was limited by injuries. His yards per carry ranked 32nd among the 34 running backs who had at least 150 carries last season, ahead of only Adrian Peterson and Ameer, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Stewart's 3.55 yards per touch last season were the fewest by a running back with at least 200 touches in a season since BenJarvus Green-Ellis (3.47) and Rashard Mendenhall (3.49) in 2013. Stewart ends his career at Carolina, where Hurney selected him in the first round of the 2008 draft, with 7,318 yards. He surpassed DeAngelo Williams last season as the team's all-time leading rusher. Williams was released by former general manager Dave Gettleman after the 2014 season. Stewart recently said he still could be a productive back. But with new offensive coordinator Norv Turner trying to create more opportunities for 2017 first-round pick Christian McCaffrey and what Hurney called a deep draft class at running back, the Panthers opted to move on. Hurney added that the staff is confident McCaffrey can run more between the tackles even though he is a bit undersized at 5-foot-11 and 205 pounds. "Norv Turner has come in and we've had several meetings with him," Hurney told ESPN on Tuesday. "We know how he wants the offense to look. Christian McCaffrey is a very versatile running back, and he can do a lot of different things. We have to continue to work through the roles that he will play as well as the roles for all the other guys on the offense." In 2018, McCaffrey will try to end the Panthers' drought without a 1,000-yard rusher. Carolina hasn't had one since 2009, when both Williams and Stewart broke 1,000 yards. That's the longest active drought by a team in the NFL, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The additional cap space could help the Panthers re-sign All-Pro left guard Andrew Norwell and tackle Star Lotulelei. While Hurney said it was too early to speculate on signing either, in describing his philosophy he immediately pointed to both interior line positions. "You always have to be very strong on the offensive line and defensive line," Hurney said. "Our offensive line, I would think, was top five in the league last year. And our defensive line, we were able to put consistent pressure, not only outside but from the inside. That's very important these days because so many of these quarterbacks get the ball out of their hands so quickly." cheap jerseys china cheap jerseyswholesale nfl jerseys cheap nfl jerseys cheap nfl jerseyswholesale nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys

Why the combine could decide Bills' future at quarterback

The NFL combine begins in earnest Wednesday in Indianapolis, giving Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane an opportunity to meet with top draft prospects as well as agents for his team's pending free agents. The combine also could provide an opportunity for Beane to get a better feel for the landscape should he decide to trade up in April's draft to acquire a quarterback. Youth Jonas Brodin Authentic White Reebok Jersey: NHL Minnesota Wild #25 AwayThe possibility of Buffalo trading up has been discussed since the Bills -- led by Jerome Brown Youth jersey coach Sean McDermott and then-general manager Doug Whaley -- passed on drafting quarterbacks Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes and instead traded their No. 10 overall pick for the No. 27 pick (used to select cornerback Tre'Davious White) and the Kansas City Chiefs' first-round pick this year. The Bills now own eight selections in the first five rounds, including two first-round picks and two second-round picks, giving them more assets than most teams to swing a trade up into the top 10 and position the team to select one of the top four quarterbacks in the draft: Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen or Baker Mayfield. How far could the Bills move up and what would it take? At the Senior Bowl in January, Beane said many teams use the draft trade value chart developed by former NFL coach Jimmy Johnson as a baseline. The chart assigns point values to each pick of the draft, starting with 3,000 for the No. 1 pick. Teams have tweaked the trade chart over the years using their own statistical analysis, and Beane cautioned supply and demand will still drive any trades, but calculating how the Bills could move up in April is still a useful exercise. With the NFL's announcement last week of compensatory selections finalizing the draft order, the Bills own the following picks: No. 21 (first round), No. 22 (first round, from Chiefs), No. 53 (second round), No. 56 (second round, from Rams), No. 96 (third round, from Philadelphia), No. 121 (fourth round), No. 158 (fifth round) and No. 166 (fifth round, from Jaguars). Based on the Johnson chart, the value of each of the Bills' picks is 800 points (No. 21), 780 points (No. 22), 370 points (No. 53), 340 points (No. 56), 116 points (No. 96), 52 points (No. 121), 29.2 points (No. 158) and 26 points (No. 166). That means if the Bills together their Nos. 21 and 22 picks, they would have 1,580 points, theoretically enough to get them as high as No. 6 (1,600) or No. 7 (1,500). Adding one of the second round picks would get the Bills to either 1,920 points or 1,950, which would fall between No. 3 (2,220 points) and No. 4 (1,800 points). Obviously, executing trades is not that simple. Picks from future years might be involved, in which case the chart does not as easily apply. Players could also be involved, which brings salary-cap implications into play. Buffalo would need to find a partner willing to do the deal. They might be able to move as high as No. 6, but would the quarterback-needy New York Jets trade out of that slot and pave the road for a division rival to take a potential franchise quarterback? Don't bet on it. If the Bills feel strongly about a quarterback that is still on the board early in the draft, they might be forced into a bidding war with another team looking trade up. At this point, it is hard to predict what will happen in April without knowing how March will unfold. The free agency of Kirk Cousins will likely have a domino effect on the quarterback market that will help determine which teams will be in the hunt for one in the draft. But for now, the possibility of the Bills trading up can at least be discussed in basic terms. INDIANAPOLIS -- Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon didn't hold back his frustrations about not getting enough carries early in his rookie season. It appears the Bengals plan to give him what he wants. Bengals player personnel director Duke Tobin said that Mixon will be the lead running back next season, and they plan to lean on him heavily. This isn't a surprise considering Mixon began getting double-digit carries when Jeremy Hill went on injured reserve late in the season. It does essentially seal Hill's imminent departure, however. Hill will be a free agent in March, and Jaromir Jagr Womens Jerseyhas already posted his goodbyes to Cincinnati on social media. He was not even mentioned during Tobin's news conference at the NFL scouting combine Wednesday. That departure has been a long time in the making after the Bengals took Mixon in the second round of the 2017 draft. Running back usage was frustrating for both Hill and Mixon for much of the year. At the beginning of the year, Hill was often given the first series of each Garrett Celek Womens Jersey half, but didn't have any snaps other than that. Against the Steelers in October, the team went away from the run entirely, causing Mixon to voice his opposition to the group's lack of carries. Juggling three running backs between Hill, Mixon and Giovani Bernard wasn't feasible with the team's lack of offense last year.

choose words carefully in regard to Dez Bryant's future

INDIANAPOLIS -- As people ponder the future of Dez Bryant with the Dallas Cowboys, what is not being said about it is almost as interesting as what is being said. On Tuesday, executive vice president Stephen Jones said the team does not have any meetings scheduled with Bryant’s agent to talk about reworking his contract. Asked Wednesday if he wanted Bryant to return to the Cowboys in 2018, head coach Jason Garrett said the team has not had specific personnel meetings about any players yet. Authentic Reebok Men's Dion Phaneuf Purple Jersey - NHL #3 Toronto Maple Leafs Practice“We had a wrap-up meeting at the end of the season, almost reviewing what happened last year,” Garrett said from the NFL scouting combine, “and we’ll have some more meetings starting this week, and then once we get back to Dallas about the specific roles for each of our players going forward.” If Bryant’s future with the team was secure, there would be no need to entertain the possibilities of releasing him or asking him to take a pay cut, and the front office and coach would say so. The Cowboys’ decisions are these: Pay him $12.5 million and have him count $16.5 million against the cap, ask him to take a pay cut or release him. There is no pressing need to make a move almost two weeks before free agency begins, since the Cowboys do not need the extra cap room. “Obviously, a [decision] is going to happen sooner than later,” Jones said. “We've got the new year coming up. We have a lot of moving parts. We have been getting our staff together. Once we got our staff together, we have had some meetings. Then, of course, Jason [Garrett], his father passed, which was very unfortunate. We will spend a lot of time Authentic Matt Benning Jersey together this week. I'm sure we will start to make some pretty good headway.” Like Jones, Garrett praised Bryant’s time with the Cowboys. Bryant is the franchise leader in touchdown catches. He put up three straight seasons with at least 1,200 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns. “We have a tremendous amount of love for Dez Bryant as an organization,” Garrett said. “He’s made so many contributions to our team. I personally have a lot of love for him as a player and more so as a person. The growth and development that he’s made over the course of his career with us has been exponential and has made a huge impact on our team.” But business intersects with production. Bryant’s production has fallen in the past three years, and not solely because of his play. He had foot and knee injuries in 2015 and ’16. The Cowboys had poor quarterback play in 2015, with Tony Romo playing just four games because of a twice-broken collarbone. In 2016, the Cowboys were a run-first offense led by Ezekiel Elliott. In 2017, the offense stagnated in the second half of the season in part of because of Elliott’s suspension. The topic of a potential Nick Foles trade was front and center as Philadelphia Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman and coach Doug Pederson addressed the media Wednesday at the NFL combine in Indianapolis. The duo managed to convey the importance of Foles to their team without shutting down the possibility of dealing the quarterback this offseason. "We're trying to keep as many good players as possible, and you're talking about a Super Bowl MVP," Roseman said. "He's been unbelievably successful for us, he's got great character, great leadership. That room is exactly what we're looking for. Enos Slaughter Authentic Jersey We have a franchise quarterback [in Carson Wentz], we have a Super Bowl MVP, and we have a young quarterback [in Nate Sudfeld] that we're excited about as well, so that's kind of how we're looking at it as we get started in the offseason." Pederson, though, indicated it's possible that Foles gets moved. "I'm a big believer, you don't just blindside a player like that if that happens," said Pederson, asked if Foles will have a say in his fate if a potential trade comes up. "I think you've got to have that open communication with him. And we'll see, we'll see where it goes. Howie just mentioned, we'd love to have everybody back, but we know the nature of the business. We'll talk about it before, if and when the time comes." Foles stepped into the starter's role when Wentz tore his ACL in December and helped guide the Eagles to their first Super Bowl title. He threw six touchdowns to just one interception in the playoffs and went blow-for-blow with Tom Brady in the championship game, throwing for 373 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. In the final year of a two-year contract, Foles comes with a 2018 cap hit of $7.6 million. He is a pricey No. 2, but he more than showed his value this past season. With Wentz still rehabbing from a torn ACL and LCL, it's important that the Eagles have a good insurance policy heading into the season. Roseman noted that he thinks Sudfeld, the 24-year-old out of Indiana whom they picked up in September after the Washington Redskins released him, has the tools to potentially develop into a starter. Depending how ready they feel Sudfeld is, there is logic in dealing Foles while he's at his peak value, especially considering the Eagles don't have a second- or third-round pick in the upcoming draft. The Eagles are in a position of strength when it comes to Foles. They'd be in great shape with Authentic Erik Johnson Jersey the Super Bowl MVP in the fold for another season but can deal him if an offer comes around that's simply too good to refuse. By the sounds of it, they're leaving their options open. cheap jerseys cheap jerseys free shipping wholesale nfl jerseys cheap jerseys cheap jerseys

Brady and Belichick, is this the beginning of the end

THE PROBLEM WITH living your life under the spotlight is that the camera captures only the public eruption, not the months of silent anger. On Dec. 3, when the New England Patriots played the Buffalo Bills, Tom Brady walked to the sideline after throwing late and behind receiver Brandin Cooks on third down, ending a first-quarter drive. Brady was angrier and more irritable than usual, as has often been the case this season in the eyes of some Patriots players and staff. As he unsnapped his chinstrap, Brady passed offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels on the sideline. Limited Blaine Gabbert Youth Alternate Black Nike Jersey - #7 NFL Arizona Cardinals Vapor Untouchable Brady kept walking, and glaring at McDaniels, so the coach repeated: "We had him open." Brady snapped, pivoting to McDaniels and yelling at him, "I Harrison Barnes Authentic Jersey got it!" Everyone within earshot, including head coach Bill Belichick, turned to watch as Brady screamed. He removed his helmet, and as a Patriots staffer held him back -- and with McDaniels' father and legendary high school coach in Ohio, Thom, in the stands behind the bench -- capped off the exchange by yelling, "F--- you!" Video of the scene went viral, with many rationalizing it as a symptom of Brady's legendary competitiveness. Brady would later apologize to McDaniels, who dismissed the incident to reporters as "part of what makes him great." After all, many in the Patriots' building knew that Brady's explosion wasn't really about McDaniels. It wasn't about Cooks. And it wasn't about the Bills game. It was about the culmination of months of significant behind-the-scenes frustrations. For almost two decades, Belichick has managed to subvert the egos of his best player, his boss and himself for the good of the team, yielding historic results. This year, though, the dynamics have been different. THE PATRIOTS ARE in uncharted territory. They haven't just won games and titles. They've won at an unprecedented rate and over an unprecedented span, which makes the feelings of entitlement creeping inside Gillette Stadium unprecedented as well. The Patriots, in the only statement anyone associated with the team would make on the record for this story, responded to specific questions by saying that there are "several inaccuracies and multiple examples given that absolutely did not occur," though they declined to go into detail. But according to interviews with more than a dozen New England staffers, executives, players and league sources with knowledge of the team's inner workings, the three most powerful people in the franchise -- Belichick, Brady and owner Robert Kraft -- have had serious disagreements. They differ on Brady's trainer, body coach and business partner Alex Guerrero; over the team's long-term plans at quarterback; over Belichick's bracing coaching style; and most of all, over who will be the last man standing. Those interviewed describe a palpable sense in the building that this might be the last year together for this group. Brady, Belichick and Kraft have raised expectations and possibilities so high that virtually no other team in the Super Bowl era could truly comprehend what it's like to be them. Brady and Belichick weren't only pushing the boundaries of what a team could accomplish. They also were challenging basic understandings of how a group of high achievers escape the usual pulls of ego and pride. For 17 years, the Patriots have withstood everything the NFL and opponents could throw their way, knowing that if they were united, nobody could touch them. Now they're threatening to come undone the only way possible: from within. THE CRACKS FIRST revealed themselves in early September. The season had just started, and Guerrero was once again becoming an issue in the Patriots' building, just weeks before the release of Brady's first real book, "The TB12 Method." It was more than a fitness and diet guide. For Brady, a self-described "loner" who always seemed most comfortable surrounded by family or on a football field, the book represented a move to extend his brand beyond the game -- and beyond the Patriots. Until a few years ago, he seemed uninterested in ever doing so, content to be a father and husband and son and brother and transcendent quarterback, knowing there wasn't time for much else. Guerrero persuaded Brady to find time. The two had worked together for years, with Guerrero having found a spot in Brady's famously small group of advisers, eventually becoming a godfather to one of his sons. Guerrero has a history of controversial methods -- in 2005, he paid a judgment to the Federal Trade Commission to settle allegations that he had claimed dietary supplements could help cure cancer -- and he believed he had discovered a way to revolutionize how athletes train. In his book and in the Archie Bradley Jersey building, Brady was offering opinions not only on training but also on lifestyle, writing that he envisioned a world populated with TB12 Sports Therapy Center franchises.,101113

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explained to Brady in early September that many younger players felt pressured to train at TB12 rather than with the team, and asked the quarterback what was going on. Brady said he didn't know anything about any such pressure, according to people briefed on the exchange, and the two men left the meeting without any resolution. Men's Reebok Keith Yandle Authentic Red Home NHL Jersey: Florida Panthers #3Belichick felt the need to permanently clarify Guerrero's role, drawing sharp boundaries. After the brief discussion with Brady, Belichick emailed Guerrero to let him know that while he was welcome to work with any players who sought out TB12, he was no longer permitted access to the sideline or all of the team headquarters because he wasn't an employee of the Patriots (a point that Belichick would resoundingly make clear when reporters asked about Guerrero). C Patch Elite Patrick Willis Youth Road White Nike Jersey - #52 NFL San Francisco 49ersAn email designed to solve problems only created more of them. Guerrero texted some of the Patriots players who were clients and specified, he says now, "that I would need to treat them at the TB12 Sports Therapy Center." But several players told staffers and coaches that Guerrero gave them the impression that Belichick would no longer allow them to work with him. Davis Webb Authentic Jersey In the view of many Patriots, it was an example of Guerrero trying to split the organization by turning players against Belichick. All of this happened as Brady, serving as TB12's test case, continued to reiterate publicly and privately his goal of playing into his mid-40s. In October, he again explained to Kraft and Belichick his plans to play a few more years. The question was whether Brady had earned long-term security from the Patriots, or if he would finish his career somewhere else. Belichick drafted Jimmy Garoppolo in 2014 as a future successor to Brady but traded him to San Francisco this season under orders from Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswir BELICHICK HAS FAMOUSLY staked his entire career on the idea that long-term security doesn't exist Womens Rod Carew Jersey in the NFL. Fear, paranoia, the irrelevance of yesterday and tomorrow, and acceptance of Belichick as the ultimate authority are as much a part of the Patriot Way as selflessness and sacrifice. For years, Brady stood as the perfect model for Belichick's system, a future Hall of Famer who could withstand tough and biting coaching. Brady always knew the hits were coming during Monday morning film sessions -- "The quarterback at Foxborough High could make that throw," Belichick often would say after replaying a Brady misfire -- but he could take it, secure not only in the knowledge of his singular impact on Belichick's career but also in the theater of it all, that the coach was doing it in part to send a message that nobody was above criticism. "Tommy is fine with it," his father, Tom Brady Sr., said years ago over dinner in San Mateo, California. "He's the perfect foil for it." Brady is less fine with it this year. People close to him believe that it started after last year's playoff win over the Houston Texans, in which Brady completed only 18 of 38 passes and threw two interceptions. Belichick lit into him in front of the entire team in a way nobody had ever seen, ripping Brady for carelessness with the ball. "This will get us beat," he told the team after replaying a Brady "We were lucky to get away with a win." The criticism has continued this year, as Brady has been hit a lot and battled various injuries. Atypically, he has missed a lot of practices and, in the team's private evaluations, is showing the slippage of a 40-year-old quarterback even as he is contending for MVP and is as deadly as ever with the game on the line. Injuries to his shoulder and Achilles have done more than undermine claims that the TB12 Method can help you play football virtually pain-free. Subtle changes have at times hampered the offense and affected the depth chart. On a fourth-quarter play against the Los Angeles Chargers, for instance, Brady had a clean pocket and a first read open deep, possibly for a touchdown. But Brady got rid of the ball quickly over the middle to receiver Chris Hogan, who had nowhere to run and was hit hard, injuring his shoulder. He missed all but one game of the rest of the season. "Tom was trying to get it out quick," a Patriots staffer says. "As fragility has increased, nervousness has Robert Ayers Jersey also Clay Matthews Authentic Jersey increased." At the same time, as his age has increased, Brady has become an advocate of positive thinking. Belichick's negativity and cynicism have gotten old, Brady has told other Patriots players and staff. He feels he has accomplished enough that he shouldn't have to endure so much grief. Patriots staffers have noticed that, this year more than ever, he seems to volley between unwavering confidence and driving insecurity. Brady has noted to staff a few times this year that, no matter how many game-changing throws he makes, Belichick hasn't awarded him Patriot of the Week all year. mlb jerseys wholesale cheap basketball jerseys cheap jerseys nfl cheap nfl jerseys free shipping baseball jerseys wholesale nba basketball jerseys jerseys supply

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Arrowhead Stadium. If they win that, they will find themselves in either Pittsburgh or New England for the divisional round, depending on what happens in the Jaguars/Bills game. If Jacksonville wins, the Jags go to Pittsburgh and the Chiefs go to New England. If the Jags lose, the Chiefs -- as the highest-seeded wild-card-round winner -- would play the 2-seed Steelers in Pittsburgh in the divisional round. If they win their divisional round game, the Chiefs would play the Patriots, Steelers, Jaguars or Bills Trevor Rosenthal Jersey in the AFC Championship Game. The only way that game would be in Kansas City is if the opponent is the Bills. Men's Adidas Sacramento Kings #55 Jason Williams Swingman Purple Road NBA JerseyReason for hope: This team has been to the playoffs before -- just last year, in fact. And while that experience was a Bud Norris Womens Jersey disappointing home loss to a Steelers team that didn't score a touchdown, sometimes negative experiences help teams grow. This Kansas City team has beaten the Patriots, Eagles and Chargers (twice), and their loss to the Steelers was a close one. They shook off their 1-6 midseason slump with three straight wins to claim their second straight division title, and they come in playing well. Youth Chris Davis Authentic Grey Majestic Jersey: MLB Baltimore Orioles #19 Road Cool BaseReason for concern: That 1-6 midseason slump did happen, and it put on tape for a lot of teams a blueprint for limiting the Kansas City offense. If the Chiefs' run blocking has a bad day, it makes them one-dimensional and allows teams to beat them with relatively simple Cover 2 shell concepts. Oh, and on defense they struggle against the run. X factor: Justin Houston. The Chiefs' best pass-rusher hasn't been fully healthy for the playoffs the past two years. When he is, he's still a difference-maker on defense, where Kansas City needs to be better than it has been for much of this season. A healthy Houston could give the Chiefs an edge they haven't had in recent January matchups with the likes of Pittsburgh and New England. Path to Super Bowl LII: The Titans travel to Kansas City to play the Chiefs in the first round. If they win Brent Burns Jersey that, they would travel to either New England or Pittsburgh for the divisional round. (New England if the Bills beat the Jaguars, Pittsburgh if the Jags beat the Bills). Win that, and the Titans would find themselves in an AFC Championship Game against either the Patriots, Steelers, Jaguars or Bills. The only way it would be a home game is if the opponent were the Bills. Reason for hope: Uhhh ... they beat the Jaguars twice, which helps give them confidence they can beat the Jaguars. And hey, if DeMarco Murray can get back healthy, they have a 1-2 running back punch that can theoretically help them control games and maybe win ugly. Reason for concern: They'd lost three games in a row before Sunday's playoff-clinching victory over the Jags, and they really haven't looked good in awhile. Marcus Mariota had 12 touchdown passes and 15 interceptions heading into Sunday's regular-season finale. The Titans have not been able to get the passing game going at all. Talk about coach Mike Mularkey's job security can't be helping matters. X factor: Mariota. The dazzling young quarterback out of Oregon entered this season seemingly poised to make a big leap, and he did not. But the playoffs offer a fresh slate, and Mariota does bring a unique skill set with his ability to run as well as pass. If he gets on a roll, he could make a little magic. Path to Super Bowl LII: The Bills' first playoff game in a generation will be a road game in Jacksonville. Win that, and they would head to New England to play the Patriots, against whom they went 0-2 this season. But if they shocked the world and won that, the Bills would play an AFC Championship Game in either Pittsburgh, Kansas City or Tennessee. As the 6-seed, the Bills cannot host a playoff game. Reason for hope: If he's healthy, running back LeSean McCoy gives Buffalo a true top-of-the-league difference-maker in the running game and the passing game. The Bills have a solid offensive line, and if they can control games, they might have enough playmakers on offense to surprise a team or two. Reason for concern: McCoy was carted off Sunday with an ankle injury, and without him the Bills wouldn't be the same team. But even with him, obviously very few of them have been here before. And while quarterback Tyrod Taylor might be the darling of the QBR/advanced stat circuit, one of his failings has been an inability to elevate his game and make the big-time plays that are required of quarterbacks in playoff games. X factor: Kelvin Benjamin. Acquired from Carolina in a surprising deadline trade, Benjamin was to give the Bills the No. 1 receiver their offense lacked. He has struggled with a knee injury, however, and might not be fully healthy until he gets that thing fixed in the offseason. But he was their go-for-it move, and if he can play like a No. 1 wide receiver in the playoffs, Womens Tyron Smith Jersey he could make a difference. Nike NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys Nike Nike NFL Jerseys China Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap Baseball Jerseys Cheap Jerseys 90 NFL Jerseys Nike Wholesale Jerseys All

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be at home against either the Bills, Chiefs or Titans. If the Bills beat the Jaguars in the wild-card round, they'd travel to New England for the divisional round. If the Jaguars win that game, the Patriots' first game would be against the Titans-Chiefs winner. Win that, and the Patriots would host the AFC Championship Game against either the Steelers, Jaguars, Chiefs or Titans.Reason for hope: Uh ... it's the Patriots. You can have a 25-point lead against them in the Super Bowl, and they still win. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are the greatest of all time at what they do, and there's no team in the field that has even close to the amount of experience the Patriots have in big January games. Men's Nike Chicago Bears #23 Devin Hester Elite Navy Blue Alternate NFL JerseyReason for concern: The defense has held together for much of the season in spite of a slew of big-time losses, and it still misses linebacker Dont'a Hightower. That's the kind of thing that could show up in a different way once the competition stiffens. They're not far removed from a loss in Miami in which Brady looked terrible and the Dolphins ran all over their defense. So while they're the favorite, they're not invincible. Premier Reebok Men's David Backes White Away Jersey - NHL #42 St. Louis BluesPath to Super Bowl LII: The Steelers' first playoff game will be a home game against either the Jaguars, Titans or Chiefs. If the Bills beat the Jaguars, the Steelers would host the Titans/Chiefs winner in the divisional round. If the Jags beat the Bills, Jacksonville travels to Pittsburgh for the divisional round. If the Steelers win their first game, they would play in the AFC Championship Game against either the Patriots, Bills, Titans or Chiefs. It would be a Steelers home game unless the opponent is the Patriots. Reason for hope: The defense appears to be in better shape than it was this time last year, with Cam Heyward healthy and some of the younger guys like Artie Burns and Javon Hargrave having grown in their roles throughout the season. We know what the Steelers can do on offense if healthy, but this year's defense has been consistently tough and gives Pittsburgh a better chance of slowing down Tom Brady & Co. than they've had in recent seasons. Reason for concern: The health of WR Antonio Brown. He suffered a serious calf injury in Week 15 and missed the final two games of the regular season. The Steelers are hopeful that they'll have him for their playoff opener, but they can't be sure (A) whether they will or (B) how close to full strength he will be. Pittsburgh has been derailed by injuries to Brown and/or Le'Veon Bell in recent playoff runs, and the fact that Womens Terrence Ross Jersey they held Bell and Ben Roethlisberger out of Sunday's regular-season finale shows you just how panicked the Steelers are about not having their stars for the games that mean the most.X factor: The run game. Dion Lewis has been a machine, and the Patriots will lean on him to carry the load. But their run game is at its best when it has diversity with Rex Burkhead and James White, who can be factors in the passing game as well. Each has dealt with injuries toward the end of the season, and it will be important for New England to get them back for their playoff run. Brady can bring the Patriots back at the end, but it helps to control games if they have balance on offense. X factor: Wide receiver Martavis Bryant. He has been disgruntled for much of his first season back from suspension. He asked for a trade early in the season and probably will again after the season. But the Steelers kept him because they believe he can be a game-changing weapon for them with his rare combination of size and speed. He was (obviously) a bigger part of the game plan with Brown out in late December. Perhaps that sparks something that makes a difference in January. Path to Super Bowl LII: The Authentic Jorge Soler Jersey Jaguars' first playoff game in 10 years will be a home game against a team that hasn't played a playoff game in 18 years. They will host the Bills in the divisional round. Should they win, they would travel to Pittsburgh for their second-round game, and if they win that, they would play an AFC Championship Game against the Patriots, Chiefs or Titans. If they get that far, the Jaguars would host the AFC Championship Game as Julius Erving Authentic Jersey long as the Patriots are not their opponent. Reason for hope: No team in the AFC field plays defense the way Jacksonville does. The Jaguars have stars at all three levels. They can rush the passer, their corners can cover receivers one-on-one and their linebackers are versatile. Prior to Sunday's game against the Titans, which was meaningless to them, the Jaguars hadn't lost to an AFC opponent since Oct. 1, when the Jets beat them. On either side of that game, they whipped the Ravens 44-7 and won 30-9 in Pittsburgh. Reason for concern: The franchise hasn't played a playoff game in a decade, and the roster is loaded with dudes who've never played in one. This is a team built on its run game and its defense, which means it's built to play from ahead. Blake Bortles spent most of December red-hot, but if the Jags fall behind, is he capable of bringing them back? X factor: Wide Charles Haley Jerseyreceiver health. The Jags lost top wideout Allen Robinson in the first game of the season and have had to play at times without Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns because of injury. And while Keelan Cole and Dede Westbrook have shown flashes, teams don't want to be leaning too hard on rookies at this time of year. At some point, the Jags will have to rely on their passing game. When that time comes, it would help to have Lee and Hurns in there and healthy. Nike NFL Jerseys 2016 NFL Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Usa Cheap Hockey Jerseys Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap MLB Jerseys Usa Wholesale NFL Jerseys China

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COLUMBIA, Mo. -- In the final minutes of Sunday's game, South Carolina's Dawn Staley was back in the locker room and star A'ja Wilson was fouled out on the bench. That gives you a good idea how the No. 4 Gamecocks' trip to Missouri went. Nike DeSean Jackson Women's Black Game Jersey: #11 NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers FashionFor the second year in a row, the Tigers upset South Carolina on their home court of Mizzou Arena. Last season, that game was Feb. 19, and the Gamecocks didn't lose again on their way to the 2017 national championship. "Maybe this is the prelude to that [again]," Staley said after the Tigers' 83-74 victory. "They've got a really good basketball team. They've done well against us." It was an emotional game on both sides; No. 15 Missouri had standout Sophie Cunningham back after a one-game absence with a strained knee suffered at Alabama on Dec. 31. Thursday, LSU upset the Tigers without Cunningham, who said she wanted to play then but wasn't cleared by the doctor. That night, though, she felt certain she'd be on the court Sunday against the Gamecocks. And what a game she had: 27 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the floor and 9-of-11 from the foul line. She also had seven assists and six rebounds -- and one little "How about that shot?" dance near the Mizzou bench in the second half. "I'm just trying to enjoy every moment," said Cunningham, the hometown kid born and raised here in Columbia. "Our fans love seeing us have fun." Much fun was had by the Tigers and the 4,652 fans who braved freezing rain to make the game, but that was not the case for the Gamecocks. Wilson was in foul trouble throughout the afternoon, and ended up playing just 19 minutes. Her fifth foul came with 2 minutes, 55 seconds left when she tried to get through a screen. By that point, Staley had already seen enough, and then some. She didn't put in a substitute for Wilson in the allotted time, resulting in the second technical of the game on the Gamecocks' bench. Staley was ejected and walked off the court, later expressing her displeasure while trying not to go too far into that. Staley thinks that her players are in Jonathan Stewart Womens Jersey the position of having to put up with extra-physical play and not retaliate. "I have to protect my players," Staley said. "I'm going to do that every day of the week. Every day. So whoever wants to call our games or talk about our kids, I'm going to protect them. I protected them today. And I'm going to continue to do that." Wilson came in averaging 24.6 points and 11.4 rebounds. She finished with a season-low eight points, on 4-of-7 shooting, and six rebounds. Her previous scoring low in what has been a fantastic senior season was 16 (twice). Wilson was coming off a 25-point, 15-rebound performance Thursday against Mississippi. Staley felt that Wilson wasn't given the respect she deserves as a two-time SEC player of the year and a strong candidate this season for national player of the year. "I don't know what it is, but we're going to figure it out," Staley said. In last season's Tigers-Gamecocks game, Wilson had 23 points and nine rebounds. But then-senior Alaina Coates was limited to two points and fouled out, having played 20 minutes. Missouri was called for 23 fouls in that game versus 19 for South Carolina. But Staley was upset enough about that contest that she contacted Sally Bell, the SEC coordinator of women's basketball officials, before Sunday's game. Staley was concerned about having two of the same officials Sunday that also worked last year's game. "I don't know if that's just coincidental; maybe it was, because that's what she said," Staley said. "I'm not saying they're the reason why [South Carolina lost], but when you're coordinating officials in games, you gotta do better. There's implications not just in our conference -- maybe people have a little South Carolina fatigue -- but it has NCAA implications. I don't like to put our team through that. "We play a tough schedule; we've got a tough league. When we're able to play the way we need to play, and play our players, we can give you a good game. You can see a great game. When we have to play people who [normally] don't play for 20 or 30 minutes? That's really hard." But all this makes you wonder: Was the officiating in the Gamecocks' heads even before Sunday's game began? Still, there might be a silver lining to the loss: Other players had to Kellen Winslow Youth jersey step forward with Wilson and fellow post starter Alexis Jennings (21 minutes) limited by foul trouble. Point guard Tyasha Harris led the way with a double-double, 14 points and 10 assists. The Gamecocks (13-2 overall, 2-1 SEC) play their next two games at home, against Auburn on Thursday and No. 7 Tennessee on Sunday (ESPN2, 1 p.m. ET). For her part, Missouri coach Robin -- who had starting forward Jordan Frericks play just 18 minutes before fouling out in the fourth quarter -- stayed away from the fray in regard to officiating."We've got a lot of respect for South Carolina," Womens Tony Perez JerseyPingeton said. "No doubt, A'ja Wilson is one of the best players in the country, and she's every bit as good as advertised. I thought our kids did a really good job following our game plan. We bent a couple of times, but we didn't break." The win was important for the Tigers (14-2 and 2-1), especially with four of their next five games on the road -- including a Jan. 28 rematch with the Gamecocks at South Carolina. cheap nfl jerseys usa mlb authentic jerseys hockey jerseys cheap jerseys wholesale nike nfl jerseys wholesale nhl jerseys china

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