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Eagles expect Carson Wentz to be inactive on game day

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    When a team drafts a quarterback in the first round these days — second overall, no less — it’s usually not to keep him on the sidelines.

    The Eagles, however, may have other plans for Carson Wentz. Coach Doug Pederson said Wentz may be the third-string quarterback in Philly, which means he could be inactive on game days.

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    "Typically, the third quarterback is down," Pederson recently said, via Phillyvoice.com. "It’s hard right now to look down the road, but if we had to play this week, Carson would be down. He’d be the third quarterback. He’d be deactivated. That’s probably the direction we’re heading, I would think it's going that route."

    That means the former North Dakota State star is behind incumbent starter Sam Bradford and backup Chase Daniel heading into training camp.

    "Obviously barring injury and, as you know, how this game is, but typically the third quarterback, whoever that is, is down on game day," Pederson said.

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    More than a month and a half remains until the start of the NFL season, so a lot can happen between now and then. Wentz was reportedly impressive during OTAs and minicamp, but he ony has two years' experience as a starter for an FCS power. He did, however, win back-to-back NCAA championships in those two seasons[......]

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    Antonio Gates' advice to Joey Bosa: Be a man

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    Antonio Gates has been in Joey Bosa's shoes.

    Bosa, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, is still holding out from Chargers training camp as his representatives try to reach a contract deal that includes a first-year signing bonus cash payout.

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    And the veteran Gates knows first-hand how detrimental these contract disputes can be for a team. In August 2005, a contract dispute between the tight end and the Chargers resulted in him serving a three-game suspension.

    So Gates told the San Diego Union-Tribune he has some simple advice for Bosa: Get a deal done and report to camp.

    "My advice to any player that's going through any kind of contract situation is that, at one point, you've got to be a man and you've got to understand that you've got to get ready to play," he said.

    The Chargers lost two of the games Gates missed in 2005 and went 9-7, missing the playoffs that 夜网论坛season.

    "Eventually, I ended up saying, 'I need to get ready,'" Gates said. "To me, it meant a lot for me to go out and perform."

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    The Bosa saga took an unusual turn over the weekend when his mother made a Facebook post saying, "It bums me out for (Joey) so much. I wish we pulled an Eli Manning on draft day." That was an obvious reference to how Eli Manning, the Chargers' No[......]

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    'Madden NFL 17' to comment on Kaepernick anthem protest

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    EA Sports' updates to "Madden NFL 17" will include announcer commentary on Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest, the video game company says.

    "Kaepernick's decision will be briefly mentioned in-game, reflecting our commitment to authenticity in 'Madden NFL 17'," a senior publicist for EA Sports said (via Gamespot). "Overall, our new commentary will mainly center around on-field performance, as well as major news like trades, free-agency signings and injuries."

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    EA Sports already had in place plans to update the game on a regular basis during the 2016 season, with new commentary from Brandon Gaudin and Charles Davis, to reflect real-world happenings, according to the report.

    In fact, although the NFL regular season hasn't started, EA already has updated "Madden NFL 17" with new dialog fro夜网论坛m Gaudin and Davis to reflect players' preseason performance.

    There is no set date for the Kaepernick update to drop nor was there an indication just what Gudin and Davis might say about the controvers[......]

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    Colin Kaepernick will start Week 7 for 49ers

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    Colin Kaepernick wasn't great in his season debut Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, but the controversial quarterback will remain the San Francisco 49ers' starter.

    Coach Chip Kelly confirmed Monday that Kaepernick will start next weekend against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers despite completing just 13 of 29 passes for 187 yards and a touchdown in a 45-16 loss to the Bills. He also added 66 yards rushing on eight carries.

    Kelly prefers dual-threat quarterbacks, and while Blaine Gabbert was doing a good job extending plays, he doesn't offer the same mobility as Kaepernick.

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    Kaepernick's biggest play came on a 53-yard touchdown to Torrey Smith, which actually put the 49ers ahead in the game. But Kaepernick woefully underthrew Smith on the pass, which almost negated Buffalo's defensive breakdown.

    It's clear San Francisco is not happy with Gabbert as its starting quarterback, but it remains to be seen if Kaepernick will be the answer.

     

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    Pierre Garcon really does not like cheese, destroys foam cheesehead

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    We may have a definitive answer to the age-old question, "Who cut the cheese?"

    It was Pierre Garçon, of course!

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    While the Redskins ripped the Packers on Sunday to the tune of a 42-24 victory, the Redskins wide receiver made his thoughts well known on his preference of cheese.

    Apparently, it is not Swiss. Or foam. Or worn on heads.

    But really, who doesn't enjoy a good Brie wheel? Or aged gruyere? Smoked gouda?

    Well, the only thing that was smoked Sunday night was the Packers' secondary, as Garcon went off for six receptions for 119 yards and a touchdown.

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    Mike Tomlin spells out severe response to Terry Bradshaw for 'cheerleader' comment

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    Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin does not consider himself great, but he doesn’t think so much of Fox Sports analyst Terry Bradshaw, either.

    Asked during his weekly press conference about the support demonstrated by his players following Bradshaw’s comments about Tomlin — which included, “I don’t think he’s a great coach at all” and that he is “a great cheerleader guy" — Tomlin agreed he is not a great coach and suggested only those whose resumes resemble those of Bill Belichick and Gregg Popovich deserve such a label.

    "The rest of us are just working stiffs, to be quite honest with you,” Tomlin said.

    Tomlin wasn’t done, though.

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    "That being said, terms like ‘cheerleader guy,' to me, maybe fall outside the bounds of critique or criticism. They probably fall more to the area of disrespect or unprofessional,” Tomlin said. “But what do I know. I grew up a Dallas fa夜网论坛n. Particularly a Hollywood Henderson fan."

    That can be taken as an extremely personal shot at Bradshaw, given that Henderson famously told the media before Super Bowl XIII that the former QB was so dumb, "He couldn’t spell cat if you spotted him the ‘c’ and the ‘a.'" Henderson apologized for that statement nearly two decades later.

    Tomlin’s overall performance as head coach has been debated over the past month, as he approached his 100th career victory. Achieving that milestone in his 10th season is something only eigh[......]

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    Titans move closer to goal of storming the South with late win over Bengals

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    Wesley Woodyard's response when told Tennessee now has its first four-game winning streak since 2009?

    "Wow!" the Titans linebacker said with a disbelieving laugh.

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    Such a fact speaks volumes about Tennessee's failures in the previous seven seasons.

    It also shows that the 2017 Titans may be primed to end a nine-year drought without a playoff appearance.

    Another step in that direction was taken in Sunday’s 24-20 home win over Cincinnati.

    This wasn’t a particularly pretty performance. The Titans enjoyed a 40:09-to-19:51 advantage in time of possession and allowed Cincinnati to convert only one of 10 third-down conversion attempts. Yet it took a 7-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Marcus Mariota to running back DeMarco Murray — Murray's third score of the day — with 36 seconds remaining for Tennessee to secure the victory.

    Counting wins against Cleveland (12-9 in overtime) and Baltimore (23-20), the Titans have now triumphed in three straight games decided by four points or fewer against opponents with a combi[......]

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    Patriots vs. Jaguars: Score, results, highlights

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    Blake Bortles had one of if not the best performance of his career Sunday afternoon as the Jaguars topped the Patriots, 31-20. 

    New England trailed 24-3 at one point during the game, but the Pats roared back to pull within nine points. The staunch Jacksonville defense, coupled with Bortles' 377-yard, four-touchdown performance, helped keep the Patriots at bay as the Jaguars improved to 2-0 on the season.

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    Tom Brady threw two touchdowns on the day to go along with 234 yards passing. Jacksonville wide receiver Keelan Cole had himself a day, accumulating 116 yards and a touchdown on seven catches, including an insane, one-handed grab.

    Jacksonville running back Leonard Fournette did not play Sunday due to injury. New England's Trey Flower and Patrick Chung both left the game in the third quarter due to concussions.

    SN provided live updates and highlights during the Jaguars' win over the Patriots on Sunday. Here's how it went down.

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    Fourth quarter: Patriots 20, Jaguars 31

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    Rams vs. Seahawks final score: Seattle clings to win after FG try goes wide

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    Greg Zuerlein is known for having one of the strongest legs in the NFL, so when Jared Goff marched the Rams down to the Seattle 26, setting up Zuerlein for a 44-yard field goal attempt, late in the fourth quarter Thursday, Los Angeles had just the chance it wanted.

    The kick had the distance, but it was just wide right, and as Zuerlein looked on in disbelief, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll raced down the sideline of a roaring CenturyLink Field in Seattle after realizing his team had hung on for a 30-29 win on "Thursday Night Football."

    Even getting a chance at a final drive seemed improbable for the Rams. Tedric Thompson had just gotten his hand underneath a Goff pass for an interception with just over two minutes remaining. After the Seahawks (4-1) failed to get a game-clinching first down, they pinned the Rams (3-2) at their own 7 with 1:38 to play. LA had no timeouts.

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    Goff, though, managed to get off nine plays to set up Zuerlein's kick.

    Momentum seemed to be heading in the Rams' di[......]

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    Jarvis Landry is letting it be known he wants out of Cleveland, per reports

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    Jarvis Landry was yelling at everyone Sunday — including the opposing sideline.

    During the Browns' 38-24 loss at the hands of the Cardinals, Landry and other members of the Browns yelled at the Arizona sideline with a message: "Come get me."

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    The "come get me" line could be construed as competitive banter or trash talk, but given that the Browns' wide receiver was caught on camera giving Cleveland head coach Freddie Kitchens an earful Sunday, maybe Landry doesn't get the benefit of the doubt here.

    Perhaps Landry has been taking notes from fellow teammates, though: A week ago, Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported that (presumably) disgruntled runningmate Odell Beckham Jr. had been pulling the same stuff, but bef[......]

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