Johnthan Banks is getting another shot with an NFL team.
The Texans are signing the former Mississippi State cornerback, who was a second-round pick of the Buccaneers in 2013. The Houston Chronicle reported Banks was one of several free-agent cornerbacks the Texans worked out Tuesday, along with B.W. Webb, Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Corey White and Josh Thornton.
Banks had stints with three teams last year after the Bucs traded him to the Lions in November. The Lions released him a month later and he finished the year with the Bears.
The 6-2 cornerback, who won the 2012 Jim Thorpe Award, has 136 career tackles with 17 passes defensed and seven interceptions and a touchdown.
The Texans have a need at corner after Kevin Johnson suffered a Grade 2 sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee and will miss four to six weeks, according to the Chronicle.
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The fact that he was able to do this while also having the name of someone who would pull off a stylish diamond heist makes this all the more impressive.
What’s that? No. Tavecchio isn’t actually an international jewel thief. I was just saying his name sounds like that. I don’t know anything more. Tavecchio and I have never rendezvoused in Calcutta. I’ve never even heard of the Syndicate. YOU’LL GET NOTHING OUT OF ME.
The special teams play of the weekend came when Texas Lutheran’s Tyler Hopkins attempted a field goal, had the ball blocked, and then, with the ball still bouncing, kicked it a second time, this time between the uprights. The refs eventually ruled it good.
These on-field seats cost $7,000 for a season ticket. If Philip Rivers throws a game-deciding, soul-crushing late-game pick six, a fan in those seats will have every F-bomb heard by Rivers. Even the worst seat in the house is still a lot closer than you get at other NFL stadiums. As the L.A. Times notes, the elevation of the seats in the last row of StubHub Center is lower than the first row of luxury-suite seats in most NFL stadiums.
Game Womens Benjamin Watson Jersey Early reviews show that the Chargers players see the upside of such a small stadium. Rivers pronounced the venue awesome, adding, There’s no bad seat in the house. Everybody’s going to have a great seat and be up close to the action. Defensive end Melvin Ingram agreed, saying, The atmosphere is amazing. Everybody’s all close. It’s just a warm feeling, and I like that feeling. I love this place.
Of course, the players’ sentiments might change if the Chargers keep losing (9-23 the last two seasons). Then the crowd will be either hostile fans of the opposing team or Chargers fans who have turned hostile. In that case, intimate will not be a positive.
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Broward County decided not to charge former Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin for sexual assault in connection with an accusation leveled in March, but the NFL is conducting its own investigation into the matter and may be mulling discipline of its own according to Deadspin.
Hurricane Harvey ravaged Houston two weeks ago and the city is still recovering, but with the Astros already playing a series with the Mets over the weekend and the Mayor of Houston urging the city’s sports teams to get back to action with the hopes of giving the town a sense of normalcy, the Texans will be playing their season opener at home.
The NFL cancelled the Texans’ final preseason game of the season with the Cowboys so the team could make it back into the city to see their families. The town is still recovering from the flooding that covered the city and surrounding areas, but fans will most assuredly fill NRG Stadium to cheer their team that has already done so much to help in the days and now weeks following the event that changed so many lives.
Savage has since reaffirmed his Xs-and-Os acumen in targeting talent as executive director of the Reese’s Senior Bowl, which is the premier pre-draft showcase for NFL prospects. His skill in working with the media has grown from holding analyst jobs at ESPN and SiriusXM.
As for the other managerial aspects needed for success, Savage asserts he would be “100 times better at (age) 52 than at 39.”
As their hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, reels from a weekend beset by violence stemming from a series of white supremacist rallies, NFL players Chris and Kyle Long said the community will emerge stronger.
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Coming from Charlottesville, it’s a quiet town. The loudest it gets is on Saturdays at [University of Virginia’s] Scott Stadium. I’d say it was shocking to see that, but, you know, there are bad things that happen all the time and, like I said, prayers to those who are involved, said Kyle Long, an offensive guard with the Chicago Bears.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden said during a conference call Monday, before the news broke, that he had not spoken with Cravens since he was placed on the original list two weeks ago.
Safety DeAngelo Hall has maintained contact with Cravens throughout the process.
On Sept. 2, the day of final cuts, Cravens had told team officials that he wanted to retire, a move that stunned them. On the day Cravens told teammates of his intentions, he had been at Redskins Park earlier and had even discussed future plans for him on the field with Gruden. Cravens was due to return soon from a minor knee procedure he underwent in the preseason, and there was no hint of his wanting to quit.
Womens Kris Versteeg Jersey But later that day, while the rest of the team attended a cookout at cornerback Josh Norman’s house, Cravens made his plans known in a group chat with fellow secondary members. They were shocked. One player showed Gruden the text message.
The 2017 NFL season is guaranteed to end in disappointment for 97 percent of the league. There still can only be one Super Bowl LII winner, which means 31 teams will find a way to stumble somewhere along the way, some a lot faster than others.
According to futures odds from Bovada Las Vegas, from worst to best, here’s a reason to bet against every team to lift the Lombardi Trophy in Minneapolis.
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Aaron Rodgers and the offense will once again carry them, while the defense has a familiar meltdown at some point beyond the first round of the playoffs.
Otherwise, there’s no reason they won’t.
Their offseason of losing talent has been the NFL equivalent of The Purge. They might not be tanking, but there’s not much left in the fuselage. It would be shocking if they don’t have the top pick in the 2018 draft.
Womens Larry Warford Jersey The 2007 Patriots became the first NFL team to complete a 16-0 regular season (the league expanded from 14 games in 1978). New England then superseded the 17-0 record of the 1972 Dolphins by winning two playoff games before falling short of completing the gamut and losing to the Giants in Super Bowl 42.
Bell said the odds of the 2017 Patriots finishing with an unblemished regular-season record are listed at 15-to-1. Odds are not even given for any other preseason Super Bowl favorite like Seattle, Green Bay or Pittsburgh. Further, a wager can be made at 12-to-1 odds that would pay if any NFL team goes 16-0.
This means the Patriots have a 6.7 percent chance of going undefeated as compared to 1.7 percent for the other 31 clubs.
When something is listed as 15-to-1 it’s a long shot, Bell said. What these odds say is that everyone is a huge long shot but the Patriots are considered to have a much, much better chance of doing it that any other team.
Sebastian Janikowski was back with the Raiders Wednesday following a contract dispute which coach Jack Del Rio said took a life of its own. That dispute has now been resolved, according to ESPN.
Janikowski, who has been with the Raiders ever since they selected him in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft, did not practice Wednesday while still dealing with a back injury.
Game Womens Kyle Okposo Jersey The Raiders brought in a trio of kickers on Monday to try out and ESPN reported the 39-year-old Janikowski had been given an ultimatum to either take a pay cut or get cut. Janikowski was due $4 million this season, but it’s unclear how his contract may have been reworked, if at all.
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The gap between what QB tiers voters thought of Mike Glennon (3.86 average) and what they thought of the QBs on the Bears’ schedule this season (2.34 average) creates the second-largest average deficit for any team (the Jets are playing at the fattest deficit). The Bears will be banking on Glennon to exceed outside expectations. Rookies were not in the QB Tiers survey, so there are no calculations to apply if Mitch Trubisky replaces Glennon.
Derek Carr was seventh in QB tiers voting. His Raiders face only one QB ranked higher (Brady). The 11-victory projection is more optimistic than I was anticipating; somewhere in the nine- to 10-win range seems realistic. The 2016 Raiders were the only team over the past decade to finish 5-0 or better in games decided by three or fewer points. Projected home victories over Kansas City, Denver, Dallas and the Giants could easily flip the other way in a couple cases.
The hype behind Peterson’s return began building the day Minneapolis decided not to pick up the $18 million option on his contract in February, a move that made him a free agent. When he signed with the Saints on a two-year, $7 million deal, the prologue for the next chapter of his career was already written.
And in an oh-too-perfect opportunity to make an encore performance and demonstrate that the best years of his career aren’t behind him, Peterson will play the team with which he rushed for 11,747 yards and 97 touchdowns to open the 2017 season.
Mike Zimmer, right, pictured with Adrian Peterson at Vikings camp last year, said Tuesday ahead of Monday’s opener against New Orleans that his former star RB is “a great player, but this game isn’t about Adrian Peterson.”
It’s not only a first for Peterson, who has traded in his purple and yellow to don black and gold not as a featured back but as a member of the Saints’ trio of rushers, but a first for the Vikings’ defense that, for years, had to temper the urge to make a play on Peterson in practice.
The Bears struck gold with a rookie tailback in 2016 when Jordan Howard turned into one of the league’s most explosive runners. In 2017, lightning may have struck again.
Rookie Tarik Cohen ripped off one of the young season’s most electrifying Maurkice Pouncey Jersey runs, reversing field position against the Falcons in a 46-yard jaunt that put Chicago in scoring position. It was a statement carry from an overlooked fourth-round pick who may make the Bears’ offense better than anyone could have expected.
Tomlin said in his Tuesday press conference that Bell will get better as the season Maxx Williams Womens Jersey goes and Tomlin was over talking about Bell’s contract holdout, which ended with his signing his franchise tag for $12.1 million right before the season started.
“He’s here. We’re working. It’s Week 2. We’re getting ready to play the Minnesota Vikings. I’m done with it,” Tomlin said.
He also said the team was “highly penalized on offense,” which stunted many of Bell’s chances. However, Tomlin was quick to say Bell’s holdout during training camp was not the reason behind the Steelers’ shaky offense.
“You can chalk it up to Le’Veon missing camp, you can talk about them being dominant … the reality is, when you are penalized like we were in a game, you’re going to lose your balance, it’s going to put you behind chains, you’re going to lose some third downs … and the point total is going to reflect it,” Tomlin said.
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Panic index: Nah. In 2011, Danny Amendola was only healthy enough to make six starts and he ended up as the team’s second best receiver. Brady still managed to drag that team to the AFC title game.
At least Christian Hackenberg didn’t make it to No. 2 on the QB depth chart. Not to worry, he’ll make at least three starts this season, probably more. The fate of Gang Green in 2017 is to be terrible, historically bad. The only reason people aren’t making the Jets a lock for 0-16 is because it’s almost impossible to lose every game in the NFL. You have to be awful AND unlucky.
This Jets team has destiny hanging over its head. It is cosmically mandate to lose every game in a slightly more embarrassing fashion than the last one — and this is a team that had the Butt Fumble. That should at least make it fun, sort of, to watch, and you will need some reason to watch.
Panic index: What is there to panic about? Expectations are zero. That’s as liberating as it gets. Enjoy it.
Goff finished the day five-of-eight for 56 yards, plus the interception and fumble we’ve included here. The Rams lost, but did make it a close game late, losing 21-19.
They made it a game toward the end, but early on, the Jets’ first-team offense looked terrible. The Giants first got on the board when the Jets allowed Matt Forte to be tackled three yards deep in the end zone, resulting in a safety on the second series.
Christian Hackenberg got the start for the Jets, and Giants safety Landon Collins took advantage. Collins picked off a Hackenberg pass in the first quarter and took it 23 yards for a touchdowns.
But there were a lot of embarrassingly bad plays, too. In the immortal words of Falcons head coach Dan Quinn, let’s embrace the suck of the preseason and celebrate the horrible plays from Saturday’s games.
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Speaking of Dan Quinn, his quarterback seemed to be embracing the suck on Saturday night against the Cardinals — just not in the way that Quinn meant. Ryan completed four of 11 passes for 36 yards and one interception against the Cardinals. The interception was off of a tipped pass, and it was a doozy.
Don’t worry, Falcons fans. It’s still a meaningless game, and Ryan looked bad for stretches last season, too. That all worked out just fine.
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The Ravens’ kicker is arguably the best in the league. He should also never, under any circumstances, lead with his head on a tackle in the preseason. That’s what he did on Sunday in the Ravens’ 13-9 win over the Bills.