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    Getty Ex-Steelers Wide receiver Johnny Holton. With wide receiver Sterling Shepard on the mend, the New York Giants have decided to call in some reinforcement. Big Blue has opted to elevate Johnny Holton from the team’s practice squad to their active roster ahead of Sunday’s Week 3 tilt against the San Francisco 49ers. Roster Update: WR Johnny Holton has been activated from the practice squad. #SFvsNYG — Dan Salomone (@Dan_Salomone) September 26, 2020 Holton Will Play Pivotal Role vs. 49ersSigned earlier this month, Holton has yet to suit up for a game this season. However, with the Giants thin at wide receiver and their special teams unit ailing, expect Holton to see his fair share of snaps on...
    Since a fairly long time, the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation has been dedicated to raising awareness about cancer. Normally, the foundation auctions off race-worn and autographed steering wheels. However, the global COVID-19 situation has turned everything on its head. “We planned on doing that again and keeping that going but with COVID it was turning into a big problem to get the steering wheels because they’re made in Italy,” Truex Jr. said. As a result, the foundation teamed up with the NASCAR Foundation. Together, the two have set up the Honor A Cancer Hero program. In a nutshell, the event is an online auction to honor cancer victims, survivors, medical personnel and caregivers. All of their names will be emblazoned on...
    Of course, John Fassel was behind the Dallas Cowboys’ watermelon kick! While he didn’t kick the greatest onside kick in the history of the Dallas Cowboys, and the worst in the history of the Atlanta Falcons, as that was Greg Zuerlein, Fassel was the one who came up with it. The longtime St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams special teams coordinator is in his first year on Mike McCarthy’s Cowboys staff. In his second game on the job, he’s already come up aces for them. Since the onside kick rules changed in 2018, only 7 out of 109 onside kicks were successful. One of the more underrated moves in the off-season is the #Cowboys snagging special teams maven John Fassel from the...
    When Giants coach Joe Judge at mid-week gave his lengthy and detailed overview of the Bears, before winding down, he said, “You can’t forget about special teams.’’ Of course. Would Judge, with his background steeped in special teams, ever forget that part of the game? So, we can forgive Judge for sounding enraptured about Cordarrelle Patterson — a Bears receiver and, more significantly, their kickoff return threat. In the season-opening 27-23 victory in Detroit, Patterson averaged 36.7 yards on three kick returns. “I’ve had personal experience with CP from my days somewhere else,’’ Judge said, referring to the 2018 season he and Patterson spent together with the Patriots — with Judge not mentioning his former employer by name. Patterson has...
    When Giants coach Joe Judge at mid-week gave his lengthy and detailed overview of the Bears, before winding down, he said, “You can’t forget about special teams.’’ Of course. Would Judge, with his background steeped in special teams, ever forget that part of the game? So, we can forgive Judge for sounding enraptured about Cordarrelle Patterson — a Bears receiver and, more significantly, their kickoff return threat. In the season-opening 27-23 victory in Detroit, Patterson averaged 36.7 yards on three kick returns. “I’ve had personal experience with CP from my days somewhere else,’’ Judge said, referring to the 2018 season he and Patterson spent together with the Patriots — with Judge not mentioning his former employer by name. Patterson has...
    Blocked kicks, missed kicks, snaps sailing through punters’ hands, confusion in simply getting lined up. The first 29 games of the college football season exposed the toll coronavirus restrictions have taken on special teams’ play. The so-called third phase of the game got short shrift at a lot of schools before the season. Few teams made it through spring practices, and there were starts and stops with summer activities and preseason camps because of COVID-19 outbreaks. Throw in last-minute depth chart shuffling because of positive tests and special teams chaos has ensued. Georgia Tech survived three foibles in the kicking game to beat Florida State 16-13, with Jude Kelley having two field goals and an extra point blocked. Kelley...
    Getty Eagles rookie Jalen Reagor redeemed himself after muffing his NFL punt return. Jalen Reagor looked like a five-hour energy drink in punt-return formation. Explosive, with serious twitch. Then, the nerves got the Eagles’ first-round draft pick. Reagor dropped the football on his first NFL touch, an alarming trend that haunted him at training camp. It was also a topic of conversation at the NFL Scouting Combine, particularly from draft expert Daniel Jeremiah. It’s not a problem. Repeat after me, not a problem. Reagor went on to return two punts in Week 1 for six yards as he and Greg Ward alternated on special teams. That rotation will continue throughout the regular season. More importantly, no one is...
    BROOMFIELD, Colo. (CBS4) – It’s an annual tradition built on strength, grit and unique outfits. The 8th annual plane pull was held at the Rocky Mountain Metro Airport in Broomfield. More than 45 teams with 10 members each came together to pull a 64,000 lb. Gulfstream 4 Jet Aircraft. “They were like are we actually pulling a plane? And I was like yes, we are pulling a plane,” Kathleen Phillips said. (credit: CBS) The plane pull competition is for a great cause. Each team has to raise at least $1,000 and every dime goes towards the Special Olympics Colorado. “A lot of our teams have already gone above and beyond that. Actually, we have already raised over $100,000 dollars today,”...
    Jabrill Peppers is only entering his fourth season in the NFL, but he is already well-versed in one of the few constants in the league: change. The 24-year-old is on his second team, third head coach and third different defensive scheme. He is a strong safety by title but could be used in various roles in new defensive coordinator Patrick Graham’s defense. He is also preparing to be featured much more on special teams this season than he was last year — he is now a co-captain of the unit — while coach Joe Judge isn’t even ruling out using his talents on offense. “I’ll do whatever it takes to win,” Peppers said Friday. As if all that wasn’t enough...
    Getty Seahawks speical teams coordinator Brian Schneider has left the team. The Seattle Seahawks will be without special teams coach Brian Schneider after Pete Carroll announced he left the team for “personal reasons.” It is unclear if Schneider will return, or if he led meetings leading up the team’s opening matchup against the Falcons. Carroll did not elaborate on the specific reason Schneider will not be with the team, aside from “personal reasons” or if there is a chance he returns to coach later this season. He added that Larry Izzo will take over as special teams coach indefinitely. The announcement came at the end of Carroll’s final weekly press conference and was unprompted by any particular...
    New York Giants’ Jabrill Peppers could have a crazy unique role in 2020 By: Alexander Wilson September 11, 2020 ShareShareTweetThe New York Giants aren’t leaving any stone unturned with their roster. New head coach Joe Judge plans on extracting the best out of each player, even if that means playing them at positions you wouldn’t normally see. For example, Judge didn’t rule out the possibility of playing Jabrill Peppers on offense but was also adamant that he featured as a special teams return man. Peppers is an interesting character, built on restlessness and proactivity: “He’s the kid in the classroom who won’t sit still and keeps wiggling so you have to keep him...
    Fourth downs and kickoffs won’t mean rest for Joe Judge’s starters. Judge, the former special teams coordinator, said Thursday he won’t hesitate using key pieces of the Giants offense and defense on special teams. That became apparent this week when starting safety Jabrill Peppers was named a special teams captain, perhaps a sign of things to come under the new head coach. “When you look at the history of this organization and where Joe was raised, Bill Belichick coached special teams here and on the punt team was a guy named Lawrence Taylor,” special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey said. “If a guy named Lawrence Taylor, who is arguably the greatest football player of all-time, at least on the defensive side,...
    Mecole Hardman’s pregame fit is better than yours Hardman is expected to make a major leap in 2020 as a receiver, and to prepare for said jump, he’s dressing for success. Sadly for Chiefs fans, success for Hardman looks a lot like bedtime for the rest of us. Jokes aside, Hardman is one of the better personalities in the NFL, and in just his second season in the league he’s already got a reputation for ridiculous pregame fits. Thursday night against the Houston Texans with the entire sports world watching is no exception. You know the @Chiefs always arrive in style???????? pic.twitter.com/OqDLkEulni — FanSided (@FanSided) September 10, 2020 Mecole Hardman’s outfit aside, he’ll be a key contributor for Kansas CityHardman...
    Getty The Eagles signed CB Craig James to a one-year contract extension through 2021. The Eagles announced eight team captains for the 2020 seasons, including one surprise name. Philadelphia will inscribe the hallowed C on the uniforms of the following players: Carson Wentz, Jason Kelce, Jason Peters (offense); Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, Rodney McLeod (defense); Duke Riley, Craig James (special teams). The last one isn’t a typo, folks. The undrafted cornerback from Southern Illinois turned heads at training camp — and in limited game action in 2019 — before earning himself a one-year contract in Philly. James thrived on special teams and made a key pass breakup last year in Week 4 at Green Bay. “It’s a little...
    150 former Georgia high school football players made the rosters of NFL teams going into Week 1 of the season, which begins Thursday with the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans matchup. Of the 150 former Georgia high school players making the roster one is from Chattooga High School, Senorise Perry. On Sunday Perry was added to the 53-man roster for the Tennessee Titans. Titans Kickoff Season at Denver on Monday Night Football The Tennessee Titans will travel to Denver to open their season against the Broncos on Monday Night Football. The game marks the Titans’ first Monday night season opener in franchise history. Kickoff at Empower Field...
    Steve Tasker doesn’t know much about Dan Chisena, but he soon hopes to learn plenty. The speedy Chisena, listed as a wide receiver, made the Vikings’ roster primarily because of his ability on special teams. He has conjured up memories of Tasker, a special teams ace who made seven Pro Bowls while playing in the NFL from 1985-97. “I wish him the best,’’ Tasker said Monday. “I will take note of him. I always take note of guys that flash on special teams week in and week out. It’s fun to watch.’’ Meanwhile, Chisena might take note of Tasker, who made all his Pro Bowls while playing for the Buffalo Bills from 1986-97. Tasker also was listed as a wide...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dan Chisena was the only undrafted rookie the Minnesota Vikings kept on their initial active roster for the regular season. The former Penn State track star was simply too fast to let slip away. The Vikings have six other wide receivers in front of Chisena on their depth chart, so he’s unlikely to see much if any time with the offense this year. There’s no guarantee how long he’ll stay with the team, either, particularly in this pandemic-altered season. The 6-foot-3, 202-pound Chisena was deemed worthy of a spot for now, though, because of the impact he can make on special teams coverage units with his speed, toughness and instinct. “I just tried to embrace that...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dan Chisena was the only undrafted rookie the Minnesota Vikings kept on their initial active roster for the regular season. The former Penn State track star was simply too fast to let slip away. The Vikings have six other wide receivers in front of Chisena on their depth chart, so he’s unlikely to see much if any time with the offense this year. There’s no guarantee how long he’ll stay with the team, either, particularly in this pandemic-altered season. The 6-foot-3, 202-pound Chisena was deemed worthy of a spot for now, though, because of the impact he can make on special teams coverage units with his speed, toughness and instinct. “I just tried to embrace that...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Penalties. Blocked punts or would-be field goals swatted out of the air. A kick returner weaving his way to a touchdown. Players racing onto the field for a change of possession looking like a well-oiled machine, or a unit straggling out before the play clock expires. Worse, a key contributor stuck on the sideline leading to a touchdown. Coaches around the NFL aren’t quite sure what they’ll get starting Thursday night when the 2020 season kicks off. The pandemic led to the league and players agreeing to limit potential exposure by wiping out all four preseason games, and that took away the ability to hone timing for special teams. That could lead to...
    Cowboys special teams coach Rich Bisaccia is going to love Malik Turner Turner came into the NFL as a wide receiver, but as is the case with many fringe players in today’s game, he couldn’t hang with most of the elite targets in both Seattle and Green Bay. The former Packer’s found a niche for himself on special teams, and while it means he’ll be switching teams quite often in his NFL career (unless he’s a Patriot one day), Turner will always find a home. The 24-year-old was claimed by the Dallas Cowboys and former Packers coach Mike McCarthy on Sunday morning. By rewarding Turner to Dallas, the Cowboys now improve upon one of the more underrated groups in the...
    Getty Undrafted rookie Dan Chisena was the biggest surprise on offense. Dan Chisena played musical chairs throughout Vikings training camp. A wide receiver in college, Chisena was moved to safety, then back to wide receiver with the Vikings — an initial sign he maybe wasn’t the right fit at either position. Although he didn’t shine in camp as a wide receiver, he was valued for his physical gifts, making the Vikings’ 53-man roster on Saturday. “(The Vikings) came to him in the last couple of days,’’ Chisena’s agent, Joe Linta, told Chris Tomasson. “They see merit in him as a football player. He was one of the best special teams players in the country last year at Penn...
    It isn’t often that an NFL team holds onto a special-teams player who doesn’t kick, punt, long snap or serve as a returner. But the Vikings did that on Saturday. When the Vikings set their initial 53-man roster, they retained undrafted rookie Dan Chisena, who is listed on the roster as a wide receiver but was kept around due to his abilities on special teams. “I’m excited because I thought he was the best special-teams player in the country last year (at Penn State), and his speed of 4.28 (seconds in the 40-yard dash), you can’t replicate that,’’ said Chisena’s agent, Joe Linta. Chisena last Sunday was moved to safety and switched jersey numbers from 85 to 39. However, he...
    It isn’t often that an NFL team holds onto a special-teams player who doesn’t kick, punt, long snap or serve as a returner. But the Vikings did that on Saturday. When the Vikings set their initial 53-man roster, they retained undrafted rookie Dan Chisena, who is listed on the roster as a wide receiver but was kept around due to his abilities on special teams. “I’m excited because I thought he was the best special-teams player in the country last year (at Penn State), and his speed of 4.28 (seconds in the 40-yard dash), you can’t replicate that,’’ said Chisena’s agent, Joe Linta. Chisena last Sunday was moved to safety and switched jersey numbers from 85 to 39. However, he...
    Here is something to know about each player who made Saturday’s cut (jersey numbers subject to change for newcomers): QUARTERBACK  Derek Carr (4) Being in the upper-half of quarterbacks between the 20-yard lines won’t be good enough this year. Has to get into the end zone. Marcus Mariota (8) A bit more of a project than Raiders thought originally, but a $7.5 million investment to be backup. Nathan Peterman (3) Go ahead and laugh. He twice ascended to a starting position in Buffalo and coach Jon Gruden is in his corner. RUNNING BACK  Josh Jacobs (28) Raiders aren’t expecting much really. Just 1,500 yards and something approaching 60 receptions. Alec Ingold (45) Solid blocker could get a few additional touches...
    Getty Isaac Nauta takes the field before a Lions game. The Detroit Lions are pondering their next big moves as it relates to finalizing their roster, and they have some big choices to make as it relates to who sticks on the 53. While there are plenty of locks, there are also plenty of players further down the list that could be sweating things out for the next 24 hours as the team makes up their mind on what to do. Who will represent the toughest cases for the Lions at this point? Here’s some names to remember. C.J. Moore, S Detroit is very deep at the safety position given the team has added plenty of veteran thump...
    Fantasy football drafts are in full swing, and here is a pandemic-relief plan for those too busy with real-world problems to study up on sleeper picks. In this post, let’s size up: DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS Cam’s credo: A ball-hawking, sack-dancing defense is the goal, and any touchdown return is a bonus. 49ers’ outlook: The defense is only so fierce as defensive ends Nick Bosa, Arik Armstead and Dee Ford make it. Losing DeForest Buckner is a blow to their collective pass rush, but that could entice opponents to air it out and create chances for sacks and interceptions. Whether Trent Taylor or Dante Pettis serves as the return specialist, touchdowns are not expected. Rankings 1. 49ers 2. Bills 3. Ravens 4....
    Getty Eagles LB Duke Riley has turned into a key special-teams player and now a team captain for Philadelphia. Duke Riley would never make excuses for the disappointing start to his career. That self-described “low point” in Atlanta was complicated. The former Falcons linebacker fought through two painful injuries in his first two NFL seasons — a torn meniscus in 2017, then a groin tear in 2018 — while battling rough criticism after an embarrassing missed tackle went viral. The pressure was mounting on Riley who was dealing with some personal issues off the field, too — family stuff that he needed to clean up and pray on. Then, the Philadelphia Eagles called and everything changed for the...
    The Giants cannot quit on Jon Halapio. No matter how hurt Halapio gets, the Giants cannot resist bringing him back, whether it is Ben McAdoo, Pat Shurmur or now Joe Judge as the head coach. Halapio, a center and popular player in the locker room, has returned to the Giants. He worked out for his former team on Tuesday and was impressive enough to sign a contract on Wednesday. The Giants also signed wide receiver Johnny Holton out of the Tuesday workout. Holton is a 29-year-old with only 14 career receptions with the Raiders and Steelers. Holton is known for his work on special teams. The season-ending loss to injury of Cody Core increased the need for impact special teams...
    LA teacher gets death threats for I cant breathe T-shirt Why celebrity chef Tunde Wey wants to charge white people $100 for salt Austin Peay commits special teams blunder on punt College football has returned, and it didn’t take long to get our first touchdown and blunder of the season. © Jake Crandall/ Advertiser via Imagn Content Services, LLC Austin Peay State fans before the Guardian FCS Kickoff Classic at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala., on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. Austin Peay and Central Arkansas met on Saturday evening. On the first play from scrimmage, CJ Evans Jr. put the Governors up 7-0 with a 75-yard touchdown run. Two possessions later, Austin Peay had a 4th-and-6 at midfield and...
    Getty Jamal Agnew celebrates a touchdown. The Detroit Lions made the move to switch cornerback Jamal Agnew to wide receiver, and while it seemed like a smart idea, nobody knew quite how it would look. Recently, the Lions gave everybody a glimpse at what Agnew has looked like catching some passes during training camp and the answer is pretty darn impressive. Here’s a look at Agnew stretching to make a great catch during practice: .@jamalagnew ❗️❗️❗️#LionsCamp | @RocketMortgage pic.twitter.com/iHbNPzi2se — Detroit Lions (@Lions) August 28, 2020 Word thus far has held that Agnew has looked like a natural even at a new position which is great for the Lions to see. They will count on him being...
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Dave Toub has earned over the years a reputation for being one of the NFL’s best special teams coordinators. He’s the coach who helped turn the Bears’ Devin Hester into a returner extraordinaire, and leveraged Tyreek Hill’s speed and quickness into a game-breaking star long before Hill became an All-Pro wide receiver. Toub has his work cut out for him this year. The guys who fill out the kickoff, punting and return duties are often the last few guys on the roster, chosen in part for their ability to back up offensive or defensive positions and, in part, to help on special teams. They are the last wide receiver, the last defensive back, the last...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — You may not be able to root for the Ravens in person when the season kicks off, but when you’re watching at home, you can now support them with your drink. Bud Light is out with special bottles, representing all 32 teams of the NFL. Whether you’re a Ravens fan or not, you’ll be able to buy these bottles, showing off your team spirit starting next month. They’ll come in 12 and 24 packs.
    Dion Lewis came to the Giants with a reputation as a valuable pass-catching threat out of the backfield, a running back who does his best work as a third-down safety-valve option. He is that, to be sure. In a nine-year NFL career, Lewis has 172 receptions for 1,281 yards and seven touchdowns. But that is not all he is. “Don’t have this impression that this guy is a receiving back,’’ offensive coordinator Jason Garrett said Tuesday. “He’s willing to block, demonstrates an ability to run inside and outside in this league for a long, long time. He’s a pro. He knows the answers to every question. “You get him in some of those two-minute situations, he’s a very clean protector,...
    Highlights from Wednesday’s Giants practice: Good Two practices without a kicker was enough. Newly signed ex-Panther Graham Gano, 33, was on the field after missing last season due to injury. “He’s a big-leg guy,” coach Joe Judge said. “With any specialist, you really see their best ball as they get to their 30s.” Bad No one is spared from running punitive laps at practice. Quarterback Daniel Jones, along with center Spencer Pulley, jogged for a botched snap and were replaced by Colt McCoy and Nick Gates, respectively, as the drill continued. Caught my eye Saquon Barkley joined the kick returners during a non-contact drill designed to set up blocks. He averaged 27.8 yards per return with two touchdowns at Penn...
    Getty Cody Core #17 of the New York Giants The New York Giants‘ wide receiver corps just got a little thinner, while their special teams takes a massive blow. ESPN’s Jordan Raanan has reported that fifth-year wideout Cody Core is believed to have suffered a torn Achilles during a non-contact drill at Tuesday’s practice and will miss the entirety of the 2020 NFL season.Crushing Blow to Big Blue’s Special TeamsWhile he may not be a household name, ex-Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said it best when discussing Core to the media last December, stating “he’s not unsung in our view.” Shurmur went on to note that “part of why we brought him here was because he’s had an impact...
    New York Giants lose key special team’s player to non-contact injury By: Alexander Wilson August 19, 2020 PrevPreviousJason Pierre-Paul disrespects former Giants’ QB Eli Manning in favor of Tom Brady ShareTweet0 SharesThe New York Giants managed to escape the second day of padded practices without a significant number of injuries, but one critical special-teams player did go down with a non-contact injury. Wide receiver and gunner Cody Core tore his Achilles and will miss the entire 2020 season. Core, who is reserve receiver, only enjoyed five targets in 2019, tallying 28 yards. His best season came in 2016 with the Cincinnati Bengals, when he hauled in 17 receptions for 200 yards. ...
    Familiar mistakes cost Islanders a chance at a sweep By: Rob Taub August 19, 2020 PrevPreviousNew York Islanders: How to Fix the Power Play ShareTweet0 SharesIt looked like it was going to be smooth sailing this time around for the New York Islanders. Last night, the Isles — with a chance to sweep the Washington Capitals out of the bubble and move on to the second round of the postseason for the second consecutive year — got off to a fast start. J.G. Pageau and Mathew Barzal scored in the first 9:16 of the game for an early 2-0 lead. At one point even, the chances were 16-1 in favor of...
    It wasn’t always pretty, but the Islanders’ special teams answered the call Friday night. After being let down by both units in Game 1, the Islanders got important contributions from both in Game 2 to come up with a 5-2 win over the Capitals. The Islanders did a better job of staying out of the box Friday — after giving up a pair of power-play goals in Game 1 — but still had to kill off two key penalties in the third period while protecting a 3-2 lead. They kept the Capitals out of the net and took the momentum the rest of the way to extend their series lead to 2-0. “When you need a kill, you’re in a...
    The upstart Vancouver Canucks kept the St. Louis Blues on their toes in game one and skated away with a convincing 5-2 victory. It’s been a rocky start to the playoffs for the defending champs, who are looking to bounce back in Game 2. It has been a rough go of it for the St. Louis Blues since the NHL’s return to play started. The defending Stanley Cup Champions are without a win in through the first four games of the playoffs. What’s worse, they haven’t really even played a good game of hockey yet. This spells trouble going up against a young Canucks team that plays a high-tempo style of hockey and is lethal at special teams.How we got...
    The Madman has previously discarded kickers from our methods of madness. But we still are clinging to defense/special teams. We like fantasy football to reflect real football, and leaving out defenses entirely disagrees with that disposition. Yet, we feel obligated to admit we use the word “clinging” for a reason. The broad unpredictability – not only from game to game but season to season – of D/ST units can be frustrating. How many times have you lost a fantasy matchup you should have won because some also-ran D/ST unit ran into a pick-six or found a gap in a punt return? It only takes one to give you a point of complaint for the rest of the year. Schedule analysis...
    It’s set after Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and follows Rey as she “embarks on a new adventure with BB-8 to gain a deeper knowledge of the Force,” while her friends prepare for Life Day. She ends up encountering Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi and others as she tries to make it back in time for the Life Day feast. In other words, it’s just the kind of kitschy plot you need for a Star Wars Holiday Special redux. Disney has collaborated with Lego before for Disney XD and Disney XD YouTube videos, but this will be the first Lego special to appear on Disney+. It will be directed by Ken Cunningham (Lego Marvel Spider-Man: Vexed...
    Getty Kenjon Barner appeared in five games with the Patriots and was cut three times. The Baltimore Ravens have decided to add a new offensive weapon to the roster and it’s a player that packs a punch on the ground and on special teams. Wednesday morning, the Ravens revealed they had signed running back Kenjon Barner to the roster. We have signed RB Kenjon Barner. pic.twitter.com/leltBOsuMK — Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) August 12, 2020 Barner is a player who brings speed to the mix and will be a solid special teams option for the Ravens to rely on in 2020. Ravens Hosted Kenjon Barner Over Weekend According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson over the weekend, Barner is visiting with...
    Getty Brandon King Keeping up with the latest happenings involving the New England Patriots roster over the past few days has been a full-time job. Follow the Heavy on Patriots Facebook page for the latest breaking news, rumors, and content! Patriots Lose Brandon King Before Padded Practices Begin View this post on Instagram Brandon King is headed to PUP list.. gone for at least six weeks #Patriots #NewEnglandPatriots #PatriotsNations #CamNewton #StephonGilmore #DevinMcCourty #JasonMcCourty #PatrickChung #BrandonBolden #LawrenceGuy #ChaseWinovich #JoshUche #KyleDugger #JoeThuney #JamesHarris #LamarMiller #JarrettStidham #AdamButler #DariusKilgo #DevinAsiasi #DaltonKeene #JulianEdelman #NKealHarry #MohamedSanu #DavidAndrews #BillBelichick #RobertKraft #AFCEast #AFC #NFL A post shared by Pats Nation 365 (@pats_nation_365) on Aug 12, 2020 at 12:49am PDT After a flurry of...
    Thomas McGaughey knows his way around special teams. At every one of his six NFL stops, he worked for a head coach who specialized in offense or defense. As he remains with the Giants, McGaughey, for the first time in his career, is paired with a coach, Joe Judge, with an NFL background almost exclusively steeped in special teams. This is different and potentially could be a bit unsettling, with the expertise of the man in charge the same as what McGaughey brings to the team. Or not. “Joe is a football coach,’’ McGaughey said Tuesday. “He is not just a special teams coach. He is a football coach, he coaches it all. I’m a team guy. Whatever is going...
    Thomas McGaughey knows his way around special teams. At every one of his six NFL stops, he worked for a head coach who specialized in offense or defense. As he remains with the Giants, McGaughey, for the first time in his career, is paired with a coach, Joe Judge, with an NFL background almost exclusively steeped in special teams. This is different and potentially could be a bit unsettling, with the expertise of the man in charge the same as what McGaughey brings to the team. Or not. “Joe is a football coach,’’ McGaughey said Tuesday. “He is not just a special teams coach. He is a football coach, he coaches it all. I’m a team guy. Whatever is going...
    Getty Olsen Pierre #72, Markus Golden #44, Josiah Tauaefa #48 and David Mayo #55 of the New York Giants The New York Giants played something of a game of musical chairs on Tuesday when it comes to the COVID-19/reserve list. The team removed wide receiver David Sills, who at the time was their only player to have landed on the list. However, the list found a new occupant, as linebacker Josiah Tauaefa was added. The Giants added LB Josiah Tauaefa to the reserve/COVID-19 list. Meanwhile, WR David Sills was removed from the list. #Giants #nfl — Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) August 4, 2020 Per usual, it is unknown whether Tauaefa has tested positive for COVID-19 or if he...
    Getty Eagles RB Boston Scott accumulated 156 all-purpose yards on Monday night versus New York. The Eagles have always put a premium on special teams and speedy return men (see: DeSean Jackson, circa 2010) has been at the forefront of that dedicated unit. Miles Sanders did the bulk of the kick returning for Philadelphia in 2019. The Penn State product returned 14 kickoffs for 314 yards, 22.4 yards per return with a long of 67 yards. But Sanders will be too valuable to put back there as he enters 2020 entrenched as the feature back. Meanwhile, Darren Sproles and Boston Scott split the punt-returning duties but Sproles retired after last season and Scott might have a larger role...
    Getty Danny Amendola makes a tough catch against the Vikings. Danny Amendola is a man of many talents with the Detroit Lions, and his newest one might just get the attention of new special teams coach Brayden Coombs. Recently, while working ahead of Lions camp, Amendola hauled in a 60 yard punt from behind his back, making the insane play look pretty easy. Here’s a look: @dannyamendola out here making hauling in 60 yard punts look too easy ???????????? this #vet is ready for #camp #NFL #Detroit #Lions pic.twitter.com/vrEPboBuOl — Monarc (@MonarcSport) July 29, 2020 Amendola has returned punts before, but the Lions have a solid special teams returner in Jamal Agnew and their group is already...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Following a tough 2018 season, making just 65% of his field goals, kicker Chris Boswell will come back in 2020 coming off a 2019 season where he converted a career-best 29 of 31 field goals. The sixth-year man will lead the Steelers’ special teams’ group this fall. Heading into camp, the Steelers have five specialists occupying a roster spot: Placekicker Chris Boswell, 6th Season Punter Corliss Waitman, Rookie (South Alabama) Jordan Berry, 6th Season Long Snapper Christian Kuntz, 1st Season Kameron Canaday, 4th Season Projected ‘Starters on Sundays’: Boswell (Placekicker) and Kameron Canaday (Long Snapper) CINCINNATI, OHIO – NOVEMBER 24: Chris Boswell #9 of the Pittsburgh Steelers kicks a field goal against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul...
    There is so much discussion as to how Joe Judge is at a disadvantage as he embarks on his first head coaching assignment at any level. He does not get to assemble his players, en masse, until the month of August. Think about that. The first time this 38-year-old novice head coach meets most of his players face to face has yet to arrive. In a job fraught with uphill battles, this is quite a steep one. Yet Judge might be better prepared for this than is appears he should be. His background as a special teams coach and coordinator is atypical, as far as ascending to the top of the NFL coaching rung. Coordinators specializing on offense are more...
    There is so much discussion as to how Joe Judge is at a disadvantage as he embarks on his first head coaching assignment at any level. He does not get to assemble his players, en masse, until the month of August. Think about that. The first time this 38-year-old novice head coach meets most of his players face to face has yet to arrive. In a job fraught with uphill battles, this is quite a steep one. Yet Judge might be better prepared for this than is appears he should be. His background as a special teams coach and coordinator is atypical, as far as ascending to the top of the NFL coaching rung. Coordinators specializing on offense are more...
    Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship action is coming to DAZN. The streaming service has partnered with BKFC to present a special series of fights beginning in August. Those events can be watched exclusively on DAZN in the U.S. and Canada. More details on those events are expected to come at a later date. MORE: Watch Vergil Ortiz Jr. battle Samuel Vargas on DAZN DAZN has plenty of experience in the world of combat sports, as it already shows events from Matchroom Boxing, Golden Boy Promotions, GGG Promotions and Bellator MMA. The partnership with BKFC brings even more top combat events to the service. BKFC, founded in 2018 by boxing promoter Dave Feldman, features experienced boxers and MMA fighters. Matches are held inside of a circular four-rope ring,...
    Getty The Bears made a surprising cut Thursday. The Chicago Bears have begun thinning out their roster, and they have just released veteran tight end Ben Braunecker, who has been with the team since 2016. Braunecker started 11 games for the Bears last season, and was one of nine tight ends in a crowded tight ends room. After his release, the Bears now have eight tight ends on the roster.   We have released TE Ben Braunecker. — Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) July 23, 2020 Many analysts were surprised by Braunecker’s release, as he knows the offense well, and has been a solid presence on special teams. The Bears released TE Ben Braunecker. He’s been with the team...
    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – With the Denver Broncos training camp getting underway soon, let’s take a look at each position. Here’s how the Broncos look at the special teams. In the Hunt:
 Brandon McManus, 7th season (Kicker) Sam Martin, 8th season, (Punter) Jacob Bobenmoyer, Rookie, (Long snapper) Wes Farnsworth, 1st season (Long snapper) Projected Starters: Brandon McManus, Sam Martin, Jacob Bobenmoyer Top Offseason Moves: Sam Martin, three-year, $7.05 million (Free Agent) Sam Martin (credit: Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) The Broncos go into training camp with a new punter and long snapper as Colby Wadman was released and Pro Bowler Casey Kreiter signed a free agent deal with the New York Giants. Denver filled in the roles by signing punter Sam Martin to...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — LOS ANGELES RAMS (9-7) CAMP SITE: Thousand Oaks, California LAST YEAR: Posted third straight winning season under coach Sean McVay, but fell one game short of playoff berth after reaching 2019 Super Bowl. Offense had its least impressive season under McVay, while defense was solid outside a few embarrassing performances. The results prompted McVay to make big changes to his coaching staff with departures of defensive coordinator Wade Phillips and special teams coordinator John Fassel. IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: Defensive coordinator Brandon Staley, offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell, special teams coordinator John Bonamego, RB Cam Akers, WR Van Jefferson, DT A’Shawn Robinson, LB Leonard Floyd. IMPORTANT LOSSES: RB Todd Gurley, WR Brandin Cooks, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, special teams...
    KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JANUARY 19: Tyreek Hill #10 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs with the ball in the second half against the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 19, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) Tyreek Hill is used to positional flexibility with the Kansas City Chiefs Andy Reid and Eric Bieniemy’s usage of Tyreek Hill over the past few season has been one of the more underrated storylines of the Chiefs’ rise to prominence. As a potential dynasty in the making, the Chiefs will look to be even more creative with Hill’s usage in the coming season, and the Pro Bowl wideout is open to just about...
    A paletero was beaten unconscious in Los Angeles. Street vendors have been on edge for weeks. Get free ice cream, National Ice Cream Day deals at Baskin-Robbins, Cold Stone Creamery, Dairy Queen and more Virginia special teams coordinator Ricky Brumfield to add TEs coach to responsibilities One Virginia assistant football coach will have more responsibilities on his plate if/when the 2020 season kicks off. © Getty Images The past two seasons, Ricky Brumfield has served as special teams coordinator for the Virginia football program.  This week, though, it was confirmed by the Cavaliers that Brumfield will also coach tight ends this coming season. As noted by 247Sports.com, Brumfield had been recruiting tight ends during the offseason. Brumfield does have...
    Getty Vikings rookie Dan Chisena could take the NFL by storm like Adam Thielen did. Minnesota’s own Adam Thielen has grown to be a fan favorite among Minnesota Vikings fans. The undrafted prospect out of Minnesota State University of Mankato worked his way through the ranks — first as a practice squad player and then on specials team before becoming a two-time Pro Bowler and one of the NFL’s top wide receivers. Rookie Dan Chisena hopes to do the same. Like Thielen, Chisena was undrafted out of college and signed after the 2020 NFL Draft. While many rookies are more projected to make a splash in the NFL, an undrafted rookie free agent is rarely a likely candidate....
    Katharine Lotze/Getty Images Derek Watt with T.J. Watt in 2019, while Derek was still a member of the Los Angeles Chargers. Last week Pittsburgh Steelers fullback Derek Watt, 27, revealed how a big smile came over his face when he learned that he had been offered a contract by the team in free agency. He really had no clue an offer from the Steelers was forthcoming, as his agents downplayed Pittsburgh’s interest so he wouldn’t fixate on the possibility. In an interview with ESPN, his younger brother, T.J. Watt—who plays outside linebacker for the Steelers—revealed that he too downplayed the club’s interest in Derek. According to Watt-the-younger, head coach Mike Tomlin called him and gave him a...
    Getty Jamal Agnew and the Lions special teams celebrate a score. The Detroit Lions have a solid roster in many ways heading into the 2020 season, but one of their biggest advantages is probably one most folks don’t even think of. Quietly, the Lions are a very solid outfit on special teams, and figure to be one of the better groups in the league this coming season. Nothing proves that more than a new stat that Pro Football Focus showed off. The Lions were one of just a pair of teams to have 2 touchdowns off of returns last season. Obviously, elite return man Jamal Agnew was a big reason why this was the case. The only teams...
    A female received a Special Forces tab for the first time in the U.S. Army’s history during a private ceremony Tuesday at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The soldier is expected to receive her Green Beret on Thursday, when she officially graduates the Special Forces Qualification Course, or “Q-Course.” She is a National Guard soldier and will be an 18 Charlie, or Special Forces Engineer Sergeant. The Army is keeping her identity secret since she will be assigned to a team and deploy in the future. The soldier received her tab along with dozens of other soldiers in an outdoor ceremony, without fanfare. Her male peers rated her highly during peer-evaluations and said she had an “awesome personality” and carried the...
    The NBA community is well aware that Shaquille O’Neal was almost of a different species. The 7′ 11”, 325 lb league star sure left his mark on the game as a player. Not only that, Shaq also made sure some changes came about to cater to his physical characteristics. However, one additional rule was legalized that gave opponents advantage over Shaq. And it led to a humorous incident. When Gregg Popovich hacked- a- Shaquille O’Neal The origin story of the offensive move called Hack-a-Shaq is well known around the NBA community. Don Nelson, the coach of the Dallas Mavericks, used the move back in 1997. However, it gained popularity after its results on Shaquille O’Neal came out destructive.   ...
    Coronavirus — The players of the 22 NBA teams that are going to restart the league competition in the Orlando bubble have been informed of the type of security measures that they are going to implement and that will keep them isolated 24 hours a day. As reported by Tim BontempsThe NBA presented players with a comprehensive safety plan to help enforce the health protocols announced last week and secure your campus at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Orlando, Florida, for the resumption of the 2019-20 season. In addition, social media networks will be monitored by Walt Disney Security, NBA Global Security and the Department of Homeland Security for potential threats, and will share intelligence. https://t.co/FuZhXVLzJd –...
    HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Texans special teams coordinator Brad Seely is retiring after 31 seasons coaching in the NFL. Seely served as a team’s special teams coordinator from 1989-2019. In all, he has been a coach for 41 years and won three Super Bowls. “I’ve been incredibly fortunate to spend over 30 years in the NFL coaching the game I love,” said Seely in a statement. “I want to thank each and every coach, player and staff member I worked with from when I entered the league in 1989 until now. I’ve been blessed to be a part of some of the best organizations in professional sports and I will forever cherish the friendships and memories I’ve made around...