Giants vs. Cowboys preview: Odell Beckham Jr. is always in the spotlight

In his three NFL seasons, Odell Beckham Jr. has quickly become one of the most polarizing players in the NFL. When it comes to his critics, there are almost to unique personas Beckham Jr. is judged as: The uber-productive pass-catcher who is re-writing record books and undoubtedly one of the league’s most talented players, and the boat-riding, kicking-net fight, headline stealing personality who is a detriment to his team because of what he does off the field.

The NFL veterans who remain free agents are well aware of how it works. They’ll stay in shape and patiently wait for opportunities to continue already-successful NFL careers.

Here are 11 familiar veterans who remain available to teams that might want — or need — their services as the 2017 season begins and progresses. They’re listed in alphabetical order. (Spotrac maintains a comprehensive list of all available NFL free agents.)

Barnidge, who made the Pro Bowl in 2015 thanks to a 1,000-yard receiving season with the Browns, was cut by Cleveland in April. The soon-to-be-32-year-old is the top tight end available in free agency should a team need to support that position on its depth chart.

Boone, a five-year starter with the 49ers who signed with the Vikings as a free agent Cheap Raider Jerseys before the 2016 season, has managed a remarkable career despite his going undrafted out of Ohio State in Cheap Professional Jerseys 2009. That hefty contract is part of the reason he was cut by Minnesota.

People don’t necessarily appreciate his impact and how the loss of him for the year dramatically affects even a championship team.

Edelman brings so much to the Patriots with his quickness, clutch play, versatility, leadership and veteran savvy along with his great rapport with Brady. Whether it’s making a sensational catch (like the one he made in Super Bowl LI), running a jet sweep or being the team’s leading punt returner, Edelman contributes in so many ways.

But it also is his toughness, his ability to shake off big hits in those tight windows out of the slot, that makes him a fan and team favorite.

Edelman caught 98 passes for 1,106 yards last season, and his 356 catches over the past four seasons lead the Patriots. He has caught another 80 passes in the playoffs over that same period, which includes two Super Bowl wins.

After the loss to the Chiefs, Brady admitted it’s a major challenge to replace Edelman: “Yeah, I think we will feel that all year. He’s just one of those types of players. It is always about consistency, dependability. That’s the challenge of a football season.”

Berry is a big, physical safety who got his hands on Gronkowski at the line of Cheap NHL Jerseys scrimmage and wasn’t overpowered by a tight end who has made a career out of being a freight Cheap Oakland Raiders Jerseys train.

Yes, Brady could’ve made better throws, but Berry didn’t allow much margin for error. Even on Gronkowski’s two receptions, he had the safety on his hip.

With Peters and Berry locking down so much of the New England attack, the pressure was on Terrance Mitchell, who stepped up to the plate and allowed just two receptions on the nine times he was targeted.

The Chiefs defense will look to continue to shut down opposing quarterbacks in the remainder of the season but will have to do so without Berry, who suffered a ruptured Achilles late in the win Thursday night. He’ll miss the rest of 2017.

Denver took a 24-7 lead into the fourth quarter in this opener and the Broncos were feeling pretty good.

Peterson could get a fair amount of play time if Ingram gets hurt — he’s missed 12 games over the past four seasons. So Peterson appears to be more of an expensive insurance policy than a player who is going to get enough touches to stick it to anybody, much less his former team in the season opener.

It’s sad when a formerly great player such as the seven-time Pro Bowler and three-time league rushing champion plays out his final years as a shadow of his former self on the field and as a subject of ridicule off the field. It would be nice to be able to root for Peterson to continue his climb up the NFL career rushing list (he currently ranks No. 16) while hoping he finally makes it to a Super Bowl. But his obviously over-sized ego, along with his shaky off-field reputation, precludes many from being the Peterson fans they were earlier in his career.

And why not? The Chargers were 1-155 in their history when trailing by 17 or more in the fourth quarter and Denver was 175-0-1 with a fourth-quarter lead of 17 or more.

Then came a nightmarish eight-minute stretch in which they had two turnovers that were converted into touchdowns, a missed field goal and a punt.

“The game was in firm control for about three quarters there and we felt good but you turn the ball over twice on the short side of the 50, it’s going to be a problem with Philip Rivers,” Joseph said.

Before those fourth-quarter foibles, Trevor Siemian threw two TD passes to Bennie Fowler and ran for another score.

The Broncos held Rivers to 115 yards passing through three quarters but let him engineer Cheap NFL Jerseys Good Quality a comeback when Siemian threw an interception and Jamaal Charles fumbled on plays that were Cheap MLB Authentic Jerseys upheld despite video evidence that had the crowd of 76,324 convinced they should have been overturned.

Adrian Peterson: Exchange with Sean Payton about running routes

Adrian Peterson says a first-half sideline exchange Monday night with coach Sean Payton was simply Peterson suggesting the New Orleans Saints run the ball up the middle, which they then did.

At first, Peterson said the brief exchange, video of which circulated on the internet during the game, was “confidential” and “just communication.”

When asked more questions after the Saints’ 29-19 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, Peterson offered a clarification.

“One thing I said to him was, ‘Hey, let’s run this inside zone.’ And we came out and we ran that,” said Peterson, who joked that he might have been yelling, “I love you!

Watson made the most of it early, providing a spark with a touchdown drive capped by his short scoring throw to his fellow Clemsonite at wideout, DeAndre Hopkins. While taking four more sacks vs. the Jaguars, he managed to use his legs to escape a collapsing pocket (two rushes for 16 yards), something Savage is incapable of doing.

On a day Houston needed an uplifting victory on the strength of J.J. Watt and the defense, Bill O’Brien’s initial decision to play Savage cost the Texans more than a game. Now they’re staring at 0-1, with the prospect of preparing Watson to make his first professional start on a short week, on the road at Cincinnati on Thursday night.

The Bengals are very beatable, given Watt and friends will face an offense led by Andy Dalton that failed to score a point in Sunday’s 20-0 loss to Baltimore. But a prime-time Cheap Jerseys Custom game against a talented Cincinnati defense away from the comforts of home is far from an ideal spot to officially Cheap Jerseys China NHL throw Watson into the fire, even against the misfiring “Red Rifle.”

Newly acquired kicker Stephen Hauschka also missed a 46-yard attempt wide left.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick on getting over Thursday’s 42-27 loss to the Chiefs: “Every long week has a short week and every short week has a long week, so in the end, it all evens out. We just try to do the best we can with each day, but we have a lot of work to do.”

Panthers coach Ron Rivera on rookie running back Christian McCaffrey, who had 85 yards from scrimmage on 18 touches in a 23-3 win over the 49ers: “He’s like a new toy at Christmas, but you don’t want to use him too much and wear out the batteries.”

Saints coach Sean Payton on a sideline exchange with Adrian Peterson during a loss to the running back’s former team, the Vikings: “We weren’t in any heated exchange. No. Listen, I’d tell you if we were in a heated exchange, so why don’t you ask him? He was into it, we were all into it, there was none that I can recall. And I’m being honest.”

Peterson when asked about the exchange: “Let’s be clear … I said we need to run the ball up their donkey. Nothing more. I’m passionate but respect my coach at the same time.”

Buffalo squandered two scoring opportunities in the first half. Taylor’s pass to Clay in the end zone glanced off the tight end’s hands and was intercepted by Juston Burris. The cornerback returned it 48 yards, and went down when he bumped into his teammate. Burris then fumbled, but was ruled down by Cheap Hockey Jerseys From China contact, as he had a knee down when hit from behind by Bills Cheap Indiana Pacers Jerseys center Eric Wood.

The Jets converted 4 of 14 third-down chances and managed 11 first downs — and just four in the first half.

The numbers paint an ugly picture for the home team’s starter.

Savage dropped back 19 times in the first two quarters and completed just seven of his passes. He averaged a meager 4.8 yards per pass — a full yard less than Osweiler’s 2016 mark.

But Savage’s failure to move the chains Sunday isn’t all on him. The Texans’ offensive line, putting together its best Auburn impression, allowed him to get sacked six times. When he did have time to plant his feet and look downfield, his targets were blanketed by what looks like one of the league’s elite secondaries. 2016 draft pick Jalen Ramsey and 2017 free agent acquisition A.J. Bouye kept top wideout DeAndre Hopkins in check, limiting him to a 43.8 percent catch rate.

Avril said he wasn’t aware that officials had flagged him for pushing Rodgers until later in the game.

“I was surprised, but then again I’m not surprised. Aaron Rodgers,” Avril said. “They try to protect their quarterbacks, but I don’t even think he fell to the ground. It’s funny, but it is what it is.”

Lane’s ejection elevated rookie Shaquill Griffin into the No. 2 cornerback role opposite Richard Sherman.

“I didn’t even know he threw a punch because there was a lot going on,” Adams said. “I didn’t know if they saw it or what actually happened. There was just a lot of hand fighting going on. Nothing Cheap High Quality Soccer Jerseys to try to kill each other, but it’s football.”

The Super Bowl 51 rematch was not scheduled as the season-opener as some had Cheap Jerseys China NHL hoped. But the Patriots probably don’t mind a few weeks of warm-ups before their grudge match against the team from which they stole the title.

The Bills have almost completely turned over three positions since last season

“I have always held a strong conviction that protesting or standing up for justice is just simply, the right thing to do,” Bennett wrote. “This fact is unequivocally, without Cheap Hockey Jerseys Canada question why before every game, I sit during the national anthem — because equality doesn’t live in this country and no matter how much money you make, what job title you have, or how much you give, when you are seen as a ‘N—–,’ you will be treated that way.”

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement Wednesday, saying that Bennett “represents the best of the NFL — a leader on his team and in his community.”

The Packers lost TE Jared Cook and RG T.J. Lang on offense, replacing them with Martellus Bennett (80) and Jahri Evans (73), respectively. Former nickel defensive back Micah Hyde is now in Buffalo, and Green Bay looks like it will start two new cornerbacks, free agent Davon House (31) and rookie Kevin King (20). — Rob Demovsky

The Bills have almost completely turned over three positions since last season: wide receiver, cornerback and safety. Gone are last year’s starting receivers — Sammy Watkins (traded to Rams) and Robert Woods (signed with Rams) — as well as starting cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore (signed with Patriots) and Cheap Jerseys And Hats Ronald Darby (traded to Eagles). In contrast, Buffalo returns its entire starting offensive line from last season, and while the alignment of the defensive front seven is different in 2017, the personnel is basically unchanged. — Mike Rodak

LeBron James was ‘devastated’ by Kyrie Irving’s trade request from the Cavaliers

Kyrie Irving has requested to be traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the move has “devastated” LeBron James, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said on Pardon the Interruption Friday afternoon. In an article, Windhorst also wrote that James was “blindsided and disappointed” by Irving’s decision to attempt to force his way out of Cleveland.

You know, I’m keeping the language just down the middle in that story, Pablo. LeBron was devastated, from what I understand. Certainly, they had their run ins at times, but he felt an affection and an attachment to Kyrie. Yes, he is only signed for one more year, but he hasn’t made up his mind and Kyrie is signed for two more years. Kyrie was positioned to have his own choice in two years. Really, LeBron thought they were going to come back together and try to beat the Warriors next year. That’s what he’s focused on, that’s what he’s planning on doing.

“I have great respect for Dan Gilbert and the Cleveland Cavaliers, and I greatly appreciate the discussions we had regarding their organization,” Billups told Wojnarowski. “As I have conveyed before, ultimately I would like to lead a team’s basketball operation and be a part of a successful franchise. But presently, the timing just isn’t right to delve into that role in Cleveland. In the meantime, I will continue to focus on broadcasting and my other business endeavors.”

Another dispute was reportedly a money disparity, per ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.

The other concern of the Cleveland job is the uncertainty: rumors have Cheap Pro Jerseys been swirling for weeks that LeBron James will strongly consider leaving the team once again when he becomes a free Cheap Online Jerseys agent in 2018.

Ultimately, those two factors were too much for Billups, who will remain in his current role as an ESPN television analyst. Billups is also playing in the Big 3, debuting on Sunday.

Paul George says it’s ‘too early’ to talk about him playing for the Lakers

For the last few months, we’ve been operating under the assumption that Paul George to the Lakers next season is close to a done deal. But according to George himself, that isn’t so.

George called it ‘too early’ for him to commit to playing with the Lakers next season in an in-depth interview with Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins. The Lakers will have to make commitments from another top player or two from around the league before George even considers them an option, he said.

“It would have to be a situation where the ball gets rolling and guys are hopping on. This guy commits, that guy commits. ‘Oh s—, now there’s a team forming.’ It has to be like that,” George told Jenkins.

“I’m in OKC, so hopefully me and [Russell Westbrook] do a good enough job and make it to the conference finals and love the situation. Why not recruit someone to come build it with us? I’m open in this whole process.”

On Friday afternoon, it was reported that Kyrie Irving met with the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this summer and requested a trade. Irving is tired of playing under James’ shadow, something that is admittedly unavoidable even when Irving took more field goal attempts and recorded a higher usage rating than Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale James last season. Irving listed four preferred destinations, although he has no leverage to actually enforce the Cavaliers trading him to one of those teams. However, barring unforeseen reconciliation, it appears Irving is on his way out.

The basketball world had already been entranced with trade rumors. For weeks, we’ve discussed Carmelo Anthony and his future — or lack thereof — in New York. Was he headed to Cleveland? Houston? Portland? It seems increasingly certain that Anthony won’t be with the Knicks Cheap NFL Jerseys China next season, and that was the dominating conversation in the NBA all through July.

How the Hawks dismantled their 60-win team in just 2 years

The final member of that infamous Atlanta Hawks 60-win starting five is gone, as Paul Millsap agreed to join the Nuggets as a free agent. DeMarre Carroll left two years ago in the immediate aftermath of Atlanta’s crowning glory — a glory capped by a sweep at the hands of LeBron James and the Cavaliers. Jeff Teague and Al Horford followed last summer, the former traded and the latter lost in free agency. The Hawks dealt Kyle Korver before the in-season deadline, and now they have lost Millsap.

This all happened in two years.

The Boston Celtics liked Tatum so much that they traded out of the first overall pick in the NBA draft to land him at No. 3. Right now, Tatum is giving Boston fans an early peek into what they can expect during his blazing start to NBA summer league. Tatum has popped off for 20 points or more three times in five games. He’s already hit a game-winner and put a rim-rattling dunk on his resume.

He’s also living off some tough makes right now. Is this a sign of Tatum’s future as a go-to scorer or a reason to be cautious projecting his development?

Tatum has done his damage largely on a dizzying array of fadeaways and step-back jumpers. Dirk Nowitzki would be proud watching these highlights:

As Kevin Arnovitz points out, the Hawks didn’t even convert those personnel losses into much in the way of talent or assets. All Atlanta has to show for the 60-win starting five is Taurean Prince and a protected Cleveland 2019 first-round pick. Turning that roster into whatever this is now is the Cheap Los Angeles Dodgers Jerseys basketball transaction equivalent of giving up a 28-3 lead in the Cheap Mls Jerseys Super Bowl.

How did we get here? It took a series of front office calamities, unbearable contracts, and the shadow cast by LeBron James to turn a brief window into a missed opportunity.