So Gronk passed on “Something that can be inflated or deflated”
Just because Rob Gronkowski likes to party, doesn’t mean he’s dumb. On the Gronk-tacular episode of Family Feud, host Steve Harvey asked the New England Patriots tight end a simple question: “Name something that can be inflated of deflated.”
Gronk channeled his politician and passed.
Bucky Hodges, TE (redshirt sophomore): Is there a new precedent for redshirt sophomore tight ends entering the draft after Minnesota’s Maxx Williams went pro after last season and was picked in the second round by the Baltimore Ravens? If so, Hodges has an opportunity to make a case for himself. He has NFL size at 6’6 and 249 pounds, with good athleticism and natural ability in the red zone. While Hodges is a little behind as a blocker — he played quarterback before converting to tight end — he has a high level of athleticism at what is traditionally one of the draft’s weaker positions.
Luther Maddy, DT (senior): Remember him? Maddy had to sit out most of last season after having two knee surgeries. He’s not the biggest defensive tackle, but he gets disruption with speed and effort.
Brandon Chubb, OLB (senior): Entering his third season as a starter, Chubb is coming off a junior season in which he had 109 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and three sacks. Chubb is capable of playing inside and out and shows good toughness and instincts against the run.
Peterson’s hasn’t played since Sep. 14, 2014, landing on the commissioner’s exempt list and then serving an indefinite suspension in the wake of the child abuse case last fall. He was reinstated in April, but did not report to the team’s facility because he was reportedly upset with the way the Vikings treated him during his absence as well as a dispute over his contract, which led to a long, candid Twitter rant. The two sides buried the hatchet in June, just in time for Peterson to report to minicamp.
All Crosby had to do was look down at his right wrist and see the blue band he started wearing a little more than a week ago. His parents brought it up to Green Bay for the Packers’ wild-card playoff game against the New York Giants. He wore it during the 38-13 win at Lambeau Field, but no one could see it because Crosby was wearing long sleeves.
“Sometimes, just depending on who it is, [officials] might make you take stuff off or cover it up,” Crosby said. “They didn’t say anything.”
He hasn’t taken the wristband off since.
“It says, ‘We stand together,’” Crosby said as he showed it off. “Everyone’s just trying to show support and keep the fight going. It’s crazy at 27, it’s very rare to have [at that age].”
Crosby remained the center of attention back in Green Bay the day after the Packers’ win against the Cowboys, but his heart might as well have been in Texas. He and his brother have a close relationship; Rees sends him motivational texts all the time, but Crosby needed no other motivation on Sunday than what was on his right wrist.
“I appreciate him so much and his support over my career,” Crosby said. “Just think about them all the time. They’re very young and battling cancer, it’s tough. So yeah, just try to support them as much as possible.”
If the Packers beat the Falcons in Atlanta on Sunday, the Crosby crew will have another chance to convene in their home state. Super Bowl LI is in Houston. Crosby’s only other Super Bowl appearance also came in Texas, where the Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers at AT&T Stadium in Super Bowl XLV.
The Chiefs are trying to overcome an 18-10 deficit against the Steelers, but it just hasn’t been there for them tonight.
After dropping a pass that hit him square in the hands, tight end Travis Kelce made things even worse for the Chiefs by shoving Ross Cockrell of the Steelers, picking up an unnecessary roughness penalty.
Luckily for Kelce, Jeremy Maclin saved him with a great catch to keep the drive alive.
The Chiefs would end up settling for a field goal to make it 15-10, but it was better than most drives they’d pieced together earlier in the game.
Travis Kelce goes off on refs after Steelers-Chiefs game. “He shouldn’t be able to work at ***ing Foot Locker.”
Patriots open as favorites in AFC Championship game vs. the Steelers. After the game, Tomlin made his feelings about the Patriots VERY clear. “We spotted those assholes a day and a half.” Antonio Brown’s video contained a little bulletin board material for the Patriots.
Packers and Cowboys gave us the best 120 seconds of the NFL playoffs. The final two minutes of Green Bay’s win over Dallas were phenomenally entertaining.
Jared Cook’s amazing sideline catch sets up the Packers’ game-winning field goal. What an ending that made for. Aaron Rodgers drew up that critical play in the huddle. “Drew it up in the dirt,” as the kids say.
Cowboys declined a fair catch kick and a chance for three points at the end of the first half. It would have been a 73-yard field goal attempt to close the half.
Cardinals guard Mike Iupati will undergo knee surgery and miss about six weeks, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Cardinals inked Iupati, 28, to a five-year deal worth $40 million with $22 million guaranteed this offseason. The former first-round pick spent his first five seasons in the league with the 49ers.
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Despite the disgusting image, the running back is very positive about his bullet wound. He said this on Instagram:
Me getting shot made me think different. No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper ; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgement thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the lord and their righteousness is of me, saith the lord.
And Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is pretty matter-of-fact about the whole thing:
Arians on Chris Johnson’s physical: “There was nothing. Except for a bullet in his trap.” Johnson had been shot in the shoulder.
They say that those who can do and those who can’t teach — no wait, that’s actually just a huge cliché, something that the Texans’ head coach can teach a master class about.
He had a simple message for his players, especially the ones just entering the league: “You control the interview.” His coachspeak lesson included tips like don’t talk about other players and always have the most god-awful boring responses ready to go for reporters.
After a little role playing, rookies like Benardrick McKinney probably have their phones autocorrect anything they text to, “I’m working hard to be a good teammate so I can make the team better.”
There should be a production expectation for Devin Funchess in Carolina after the Panthers gave up their second-, third- and sixth-round picks to move up and take him at No. 41 overall in the draft. Following Kelvin Benjamin’s season-ending injury, there is not only an expectation of production, but a necessity. Funchess is a good athlete with questionable hands, but at Michigan he had a penchant for big plays.
In three seasons with the Wolverines, Funchess had 126 receptions for 1,715 yards and 15 touchdowns. In Carolina’s offense, where there are few playmakers, Funchess can be one.
Despite missing time during the preseason with a sprained MCL, Landon Collins should be the long-term answer at free safety for the Giants. Collins — the draft’s top safety — slid all the way to the second round where the Giants traded three picks to get him. In obtaining him, the Giants get a safety who can come up and be physical at the line of scrimmage just as well as he drops into zone coverage.
With Kelce another year removed from the knee surgery, I expect him to be quite a bit more explosive this season and just generally stronger in his lower body. Things should open up a lot more for Kelce underneath and up the seams with the addition of Jeremy Maclin, a bona fide deep threat.
The fact that he’s heading into the season as the starter also means Kelce should have more opportunities in the passing game over the course of the season. We all know Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith just looooooves to throw it short and Kelce should be the primary beneficiary of that again this season.
So when a coworker at SB Nation won a trip to go watch a live taping of First Take AND a opportunty to meet Skip and Stephen A Smith, I literally peed myself with anticipation. What would I say to Skip when I met him? Would we become best friends? What if they were reptiallans? etc.
The Miami Dolphins took their bad day to a whole new level when cornerback Tony Lippett committed one of the worst best encroachment penalties of all time on a Pittsburgh Steelers field goal attempt.
We know that blocking a kick is all about anticipation, but the snap isn’t even close to happening here. Kudos to Lippett for clearing the center in a single bound, but literally nobody on the line is moving — on either side.
The worst part of all this is that it turned a potential three points for the Steelers into a touchdown — making a terrible day worse. Let’s check in on the reverse angle.
In the second half, Moore led Miami down the field on its first possession. But Steelers safety Mike Mitchell hit the veteran quarterback from behind, the ball came out, and Pittsburgh recovered it.
Roethlisberger made quick decisions with the football, and his receivers did a great job of breaking tackles to gain yards. He threw an interception to Dolphins safety Michael Thomas late in the second quarter and one to cornerback Xavien Howard in the fourth.
Roethlisberger and Brown didn’t do much in the second half. The veteran quarterback threw for 197 yards to go along with two touchdowns and two interceptions on just 18 attempts. Brown finished with five catches on nine targets for 124 yards and two touchdowns.
Still, wins don’t necessarily mean a job is the most attractive. While the Broncos job is likely the best available one year after the team won Super Bowl 50, landing with the Rams or Jaguars could be a better situation than the Bills or Chargers, despite the fact that Buffalo and San Diego finished with more wins.
Kris Dunn attended a funeral today. Usually tombstones don’t note the cause of death, but Shabazz Napier’s has a screen that’s playing this gif on repeat.
2017 is already lit. Its one day is already better than all 365 in 2016 thanks to this savagery. Dunn is our new savior, and I cannot wait for him to lead us into this new year.
An egregious mistake in the first period from goalie Lasse Petersen set the tone for the rest of the game. Alexander Polunin scored his third goal of the tournament on a floater from center ice.
Alexander Polunin puts the Russians up by one after scoring from center ice.
Denmark never really recovered. Kaprizov scored on the power play in the final minute of the first, and Denmark pulled Petersen and put Kasper Krog in net.
Krog was immediately kept busy. Napier has to fight Dunn or leave the building. Those are the only two options. This isn’t the Thanksgiving dinner table, where you can just pretend those things drunk Uncle Jerry said last year never happened. Everyone witnessed what Dunn did. Do something, or go home.
Russia poured 15 shots on Krog in the second period but all were turned aside. They didn’t beat the Danish goalie until the third, when Denis Guryanov fed Pavel Karnaukhov for a goal and a 3-0 lead.
Kaprizov put the game on ice, scoring his tournament-leading seventh goal with five minutes remaining to eliminate Denmark.
Antonio Gates has staked his claim as one of the best tight ends of all time. The longtime San Diego Chargers veteran tied Tony Gonzalez’s record for most career touchdowns by a tight end when he found the end zone against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 17. Gates now has 111 scores, tied for sixth all time.
Gates’ touchdown catch came on a 2-yard pass from Philip Rivers, just one play after another in which the Chiefs held him, preventing a possible touchdown (perhaps to save Gonzalez’s record, or maybe by coincidence). Fortunately for the tight end, Rivers went right back to Gates for the touchdown.
The Chargers lost, but after the game Gates acknowledge that the record meant a lot to him:
With the win Sunday, there was no possibility the San Francisco 49ers could jump the Browns for the top pick, and the 49ers finished with the No. 2 selection after a loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Find out the matchups and get the complete schedule for this year’s playoffs.
The early favorite to be the first pick is Texas A&M pass rusher Myles Garrett who had 32.5 sacks in three seasons with the Aggies and announced Saturday he will forgo his senior season to enter the 2017 NFL Draft. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Browns have an “astronomical grade” on Garrett and are “enamored” with the prospect.
Of course, trading the selection is also an option for the Browns. Trades involving the top pick are rare — it has happened just five times in the history of the NFL Draft — but the Tennessee Titans managed to get a significant haul for the top pick in 2015 when the Los Angeles Rams moved up to the No. 1 spot to eventually take Jared Goff.