RB Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs

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It’s tough for a running back to repeat a rare rookie season.

Like Ezekiel Elliott the year before, Hunt took the NFL by storm in his first season, rushing for 1,327 yards, winning the rushing title, scoring 11 total touchdowns and gaining 1,782 yards from scrimmage for the Chiefs.

Elliott went through a tumultuous nike replica nfl jerseys offseason and ended up missing six games due to a suspension in 2017, so Hunt shouldn’t have the same kind of off-the-field distractions going into his sophomore season. But he still appears poised for a slight regression, especially after the Chiefs swapped out starting quarterbacks and lost offensive coordinator Matt Nagy to the Chicago Bears.

Defenses will likely key on Hunt and focus on containing him with a first-year starter under center. The Chiefs also return Spencer Ware from last year’s season-ending injury, which could cut into Hunt’s workload.

Saying Hunt may take a step back isn’t a knock on him; it’s a realization of how difficult it would be for him to repeat his impressive rookie production. Hunt could endure a slight sophomore slump and still have a terrific season in 2018. nfl jersey replica

Watson came out firing as a rookie in 2017, throwing 19 touchdown passes and rushing for two more during his first seven games for the Texans. Most expect him to pick up where he left off and state his case as one of the NFL’s top young quarterbacks in 2018. nfl jerseys replica

However, it wouldn’t be surprising if Watson suffered through some growing pains as a sophomore.

The Clemson product is coming off a season-ending ACL injury, which could limit his effectiveness as a runner early on. He’s also only seven games into his NFL career, and inexperience can be a high hurdle to clear for a young quarterback.

The Texans open with three out of their first four games on the road,replica nike nfl jerseys  including a difficult trip to New England for the regular-season opener. Those games will test Watson early.

Watson’s performance during his first seven games suggests he has superstar upside, but he’ll have to avoid some tricky roadblocks—and the fabled sophomore slump—during his second season.

Wayne Rooney Has Reportedly Told Everton He Wants to Join MLS’ DC United

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Wayne Rooney has reportedly told Everton that he wants a transfer to DC United in the MLS, according to Matt Lawton of the Daily Mail.

Per that report, “the former England captain is on the verge of joining the MLS club after his representatives travelled to Washington, D.C., for talks. Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford, was in the U.S. capital to discuss a contract that will run until the end of the 2020 MLS season.”cheap nfl custom jerseys

The deal would reportedly be for a £12.5 million fee.

Steven Goff of the Washington Post reported that “inside the old walls of team headquarters at RFK Stadium, there is cautious optimism—’We’re holding our breath,’ one person said—that United will land the greatest scorer in the history of Manchester United and the English national team, who also stands second in Premier League annals.”nike nfl jerseys cheap

Rooney, 32, has scored 10 goals and two assists in 31 Premier League appearances (27 starts) for Everton this season. He earned him a grade of 6.64 from WhoScored.com, ranking him 15th on the Toffees.

The impact he would offer DC United and the MLS, however, is far greater. Much like Zlatan Ibrahimovic joining LA Galaxy, Rooney would add a big-name, marketable star to the league, albeit one perhaps past his prime.nfl jerseys cheap nike

Rooney’s move isn’t guaranteed, of course. As Goff noted, Rooney is set to make around $10 million this season, meaning United would have to open up the purse strings to satisfy him. But per Goff, United have reportedly been monitoring players like Javier Hernandez, Carlos Tevez, nfl nike jerseys cheap Mario Balotelli and Andres Iniesta and reached out to Rooney last summer, so the club appears ready to make a splash.

Richard Hamilton

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Is anyone more closely associated with masks than Richard Hamilton? Maybe Jason Voorhees and Jim Carrey, but certainly no one in the hoops universe.

Rip originally rocked one after breaking his nose twice in the 2003-04 season. He was advised to wear it the remainder of his playing days to guard against the need of significant nasal reconstructive surgery, cheap nfl nike jersey

Hamilton went a step further and embraced it as his trademark trait, as he told Martin Rickman of Dime Magazine:

“There’s a lot of great players in the NBA. It’s hard to separate one from the other from a talent perspective. Guys come and guys go, so I always said when I wore the mask … everybody who came into the arena was always saying: ‘Who is cheap nfl jerseys china nike the guy wearing the mask? Why is he wearing the mask?’ I always felt that was my blueprint. Even years when I’m old and grey, people will not just remember me from a basketball standpoint, but they’ll always know me for the mask.”

Hamilton isn’t wrong. It’s hard to picture his on-court exploits without also conjuring an image of that plastic facial shield.

Plus, it’s not like it hampered his play. Hamilton helped steer the Detroit Pistons to the world title in 2004. All three of his All-Star selections came after he adopted the look, as did four of his top six scoring averages.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

Don’t count on Embiid to follow in Hamilton’s footsteps as a lifetime member of the masked hooper society.

He wore it three times in the Philadelphia 76ers’ opening-round defeat of the Miami Heat but said he’s still not comfortable playing in it.

“It’s just weird,” Embiid said, per Jack McCaffery of the Delaware County Daily Times. ” … Hopefully, it gets better. But I don’t think I am getting used to it.”

Embiid’s numbers reach the same conclusion. His three-game playoff averages include 18.7 points on 41.7 percent shooting. This season—his first as an NBA All-Star—he put up 22.9 points per night with a 48.3 percent accuracy rate.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

That said, Philly will rightfully err on the side of caution. A source told Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer that “a forceful blow to the orbital bone could even permanently damage the sight in his left eye.”

Permanent eye damage would be concerning for any person. With Embiid, the worry is amplified a thousand times over. He’s not only the leading scorer, rebounder and shot-blocker of a possible championship contender, but he hasn’t even started collecting his nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap new five-year contract which kicks in next season and could pay him as much as $178 million.

Everybody Overlooked Telvin Smith and Deion Jones

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Lesson to be learned: Don’t sweat size

A total of 143 players came off the board before the Jaguars selected linebacker Telvin Smith in the fifth round of the 2014 draft,new nike nfl jerseys cheap  even though in hindsight Smith should have been a first-round selection. Four years into his career, the Florida State product has 452 tackles, seven interceptions, 6.5 sacks and four forced fumbles and is coming off a Pro Bowl appearance at the age of 26.

A total of 51 players came off the board before the Falcons selected linebacker Deion Jones in the second round of the 2016 draft, buy nike nfl jerseys cheap even though in hindsight Jones should have been a top-10 selection. Two years into his career, the LSU product has 244 tackles, six interceptions and two defensive touchdowns and is coming off a Pro Bowl appearance at the age of 23.

Good players are overlooked in every draft, but the mistake teams appeared to make with Smith and Jones (and to a lesser extend Aaron Donald, for that matter) is they discounted those players based on their size. At 6’3″, 218 pounds and 6’1″, 222 pounds, respectively, Smith and Jones are two of the smallest linebackers in the NFL.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal  But they’re also two of the best young defensive players in the league, along with undersized and underdrafted front-seven defenders Eric Kendricks (taken 45th overall in 2015), Kwon Alexander (taken 124th overall that same year) and Donald (taken 13th overall in 2014).

Time and again, “undersized” players have defied expectations by making up for that lack of size with drive, range, speed and playmaking ability. But teams continue to pass on players out of fear they won’t be able to hold up at the next level.

In less than a week, we’ll find out if 6’1″, 236-pound Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith will become the latest victim of that stigma, because Smith has top-10 talent but lacks top-10 size.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

Odell Beckham Jr. and Aaron Donald Were Both Passed on by More Than 10 Teams

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Lesson to be learned: Don’t become preoccupied with your “needs” or your scheme

The Bills’ mistake in 2014 was magnified by the fact they could have stood pat with the No. 9 overall pick and still landed Odell Beckham Jr. or Aaron Donald, both of whom have become megastars. But while Buffalo misevaluated and overrated Watkins, several other teams with top-10 picks appear to have made the mistake of passing on Beckham and/or Donald (who were chosen 12th and 13th overall, respectively) because they weren’t great fits.

Just look at the Lions, who had Beckham and Donald available to them in the No. 10 spot but instead took tight end Eric Ebron. Wanna bet Detroit would have gone in a different direction if Calvin Johnson and Ndamukong Suh weren’t already on the roster? Who needs Beckham when you’ve got  cheap nfl jerseys nike  Megatron? Who needs Donald when you’ve got Suh?

But Suh lasted just one more season in Detroit, while Johnson retired abruptly just a year after that. Meanwhile, Ebron was cut this offseason after a disappointing four-year run there. The Lions could really use a Donald or a Beckham right about now.

The Falcons sure could have used a player like Donald or Beckham the last few years, but at the time, they had just signed defensive linemen Paul Soliai and Tyson Jackson to work with veterans Jonathan Babineaux, Corey Peters and Kroy Biermann up front, and Julio Jones and Roddy White remained the top two receivers. Plus, Atlanta’s offensive line was a mess in need of a stalwart offensive tackle. Ergo, they drafted raw, short-armed tackle Jake Matthews sixth overall, passing on Donald, Beckham and another elite receiver in Mike Evans.

Might the Browns have considered Beckham in the No. 9 spot? Not with the flashy young Josh Gordon coming off a season in which he led the league with 1,646 receiving yards in just 14 games! Instead, Cleveland took cornerback Justin Gilbert, who is no longer in the league. nike nfl jerseys for cheap

(You wonder if the Carolina Panthers or Cincinnati Bengals will soon feel the same way about passing on 2017 Defensive Rookie of the Year Marshon Lattimore (who went 11th to the New Orleans Saints) in order to address more dire needs with slow-starters Christian McCaffrey (eighth) and John Ross (ninth), respectively.)

Of course, it’s also possible the Falcons and Browns passed on Donald because Cleveland ran a 3-4 defense and Atlanta was in the process of transitioning from a 4-3 to a 3-4. The 6’1″ Donald was arguably better-suited for a 4-3 defense, and he had been almost exclusively linked to teams with 4-3 defenses ahead of the draft. nfl jerseys nike cheap

If the guy is good enough, you adapt your scheme to him. And if he’s truly exceptional, he’ll dominate regardless of scheme. cheap nike nfl jerseys china

The Rams drafted Donald and he excelled immediately as a 4-3 defensive tackle. But when Los Angeles made the switch to a 3-4 in 2017, the four-time Pro Bowler had his best season yet while earning his first Defensive Player of the Year award.

AFC West

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Denver Broncos

The addition of Case Keenum is a step in the right direction for Denver. But is he a franchise quarterback or a one-year wonder? Either way, the Broncos should be more consistent at the game’s most important position after last year’s epic failure split between Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch. Denver’s defense is still formidable nike nfl jerseys cheap , even with Aqib Talib’s departure. Talib returns to town Week 6 when the Rams visit the Mile High City. Barring another career year from Keenum,cheap nfl custom jerseys  the Broncos offense might not be able to hold up its end of the bargain.

Prediction: 7-9

Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs have finished 9-7 or better in each of Andy Reid’s five seasons as head coach, but he could always rely on Alex Smith to steady the ship. Kansas City will now rely on second-year signal-caller Patrick Mahomes after trading Smith to Washington this offseason cheap nfl jerseys nike . Mahomes has an enormous ceiling, but he’s sure to encounter growing pains during his first year as a starting NFL quarterback. The defense likewise may struggle without Marcus Peters and Derrick Johnson, which makes the AFC West wide-open for the first time in three years. A Week 1 meeting with the Chargers could be an early indicator of the division’s hierarchy.

Prediction: 8-8

Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers won six of their last seven games under first-year head coach Anthony Lynn. They’re poised to build upon last year’s strong finish since all of their key components remain in place. The addition of Mike Pouncey along with a healthy Forrest Lamp should solidify a once-shaky offensive line, while receiver Mike Williams has a chance to become a bigger part of the offense in his second season. Meanwhile, the Chargers still feature the league’s best one-two pass-rush punch in Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. nfl jerseys cheap nike Los Angeles is well-positioned to win the division.

Prediction: 10-6

Oakland Raiders

Having Jon Gruden back on the sidelines might be exciting for Raiders owner Mark Davis and the franchise’s fanbase nfl nike jerseys cheap . However, one has to wonder whether the former Monday Night Football color analyst is prepared for today’s game after nine years in the booth. Gruden favors reliable veterans, and the team’s 15 free-agent signings are, on average, 29 years old. The Raiders may be more experienced around franchise cornerstones Derek Carr, Amari Cooper and Khalil Mack,nike nfl jersey cheap  but they aren’t necessarily better. In an interesting twist, the Raiders open the season on Monday Night Football against the Rams.

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (Kansas, SG/SF, Senior)

Entering the Final Four making 3.0 threes per game at a 44.7 percent clip, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk will draw NBA looks for his shooting specialist potential.
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He’s become more threatening off the dribble, but creating still isn’t a strength (13.4 assist percentage), as he’s generated just .59 PPP out of isolation (19th percentile) and .71 PPP (40th percentile) as a pick-and-roll ball-handler.

He struggles to convert from 12 feet in, having made just five of 27 runners and 35.7 percent of takes to the basket off spot-ups.hi-res-d44685f036ea5a7cca98a89e36c3a21e_crop_exact

However, his shooting stroke is highly convincing (46.7 percent catch-and-shoot jumpers). cheap wholesale nfl jerseys from china And at 6’8″ and still 20 years old, he has time to continue improving his ball skills and physique.

Mykhailiuk could have a tough assignment and defender to deal with against Villanova if matched up against Mikal Bridges on Saturday night.

Donte DiVincenzo’s game was built for the sixth-man role he occupies at Villanova. NBA teams will view him in the same light—as a potential spark they can bring off the bench to make shots and apply pressure at both ends.

DiVincenzo won’t be a first-round option in 2018,cheap wholesale nfl jerseys china  but he continues to flash glimpses of what he can add down the road.

The 6’5″ combo plays on and off the ball, generating 1.00 PPP as a pick-and-roll ball-handler (93rd percentile) and 1.02 PPP (70th percentile) out of spot-ups.cheap nfl jerseys wholesale china

Averaging two three-point makes per game and shooting 39.7 cheap authentic nfl jerseys from china wholesale percent on dribble jumpers, he’s improved around the perimeter and remains a threat to catch fire like he did against Alabama (five threes) in the round of 32.

A pesky defender, DiVincenzo gives Villanova a two-way punch of firepower and energy. And that will be his calling card down the line. Assuming he’s back at school next year, he should have a better chance to build a first-round case as a top-two option for the Wildcats.

He’ll want to improve his one-on-one shot-creating, being that he’s 5-of-18 out of isolation this season.buy nfl jerseys cheap

After Desperate Deadline Deals, Cavs Still Face Same Question: Save Us, LeBron?

CLEVELAND — The headlines wrote themselves.

The minute the final buzzer blew and the clock showed three zeroes, Isaiah Thomas’ first game against his former team spun off a litany of takes. Did the Cleveland Cavaliers pull the trade cheap wholesale nfl jerseys china trigger too soon? Was this—the 20 points, nine assists and five rebounds—the Thomas the Cavs thought they were getting when they acquired him for Kyrie Irving, among other moving pieces, seven months earlier?

Sure, it took Thomas 16 shots to get 20 points. Yes, the All-NBA guard was exploited defensively, catching the wrong end of a LeBron James pick-and-roll. But Thomas’ Lakers produced a resounding win, while the players he was traded for—Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson—had 20 points combined with worse efficiency.

The Cavaliers turned a post-Christmas skid into one giant slam of the reset button. In one of the more substantial reboots the cheap nfl wholesale jerseys NBA has seen in the last decade, general manager Koby Altman shipped out six players and acquired four, doing so in hopes of improving fit and locker room morale. Since the Feb. 8 trade deadline, however, results have been mixed, as the team has gone 8-7.

Cleveland, despite having a post-All-Star break schedule littered with lottery-bound teams, is the owner of the fourth wholesale jerseys cheap nfl seed and sits just a half-game ahead of the Washington hi-res-d44b612dd26bbd731dc1b06509722107_crop_northWizards. Thomas, meanwhile, has produced a month of March that has seen averages of 19.4 points, 6.4 assists and 2.6 wholesale cheap nfl jersey china rebounds, while the Lakers—a youth-filled team in the midst of a rebuild—have won eight of their last 11 games.

While IT is just one of the 10 players involved in Cleveland’s trade-deadline machinations, what if his recent success is indicative of larger issues? What if the Cavaliers’ first-half struggles were not a Thomas problem as much as they were (and still are) a Cavaliers problem?

Worse: What if the trades—the ones made to jump-start a team in search of its fourth consecutive NBA Finals appearance cheap wholesale nfl jerseys from china—cause the engine to backfire?

Washington V.P. of player personnel Doug Williams nitpicks Kirk Cousins on his way out the door

Cousins’ tenure with Washington is over and Cousins will get a very large contract to play quarterback for another team in the near future. However, that didn’t stop a prominent member of the Redskins franchise taking one last shot at Cousins as he heads out the door.

Doug Williams, a Super Bowl winning quarterback with the Redskins and the team’s senior vice president of player personnel, wholesale cheap nfl jersey china gave his impression of Cousins’ play and being unable to sign Cousins gettyimages-453787682-e1520913149618

It wasn’t exactly glowing.

“We watch opportunities that we didn’t take advantage of, not the yardage,” Williams said of Cousins. “How many opportunities did you pass up? How many opportunities did you give your players to make plays. Little stuff like that.”

No quarterback makes every correct decision in front of him. Not Tom Brady. Not Joe Montana. Not Peyton Manning. Cousins is no exception. However, he’s posted three straight seasons with over 4,000 passing yards and a passer rating of at least 93.9.cheap wholesale nfl jerseys from china

“For me to say he handled right or wrong is not for me to say,” Williams said. “I can only say from my perspective – only me – if I was in his shoes, which I couldn’t be in his shoes, it would be hard for me not to still be here. Being in the nation’s capital, cheap wholesale nfl jerseys china and having something to work with. When you talk about the offensive line, it’s a certain thing. And then there’s the comfortability part of it. No. 8 was here for six years. And had an opportunity to be here for the next five, I’m sure, if that’s what he chose.

“But that’s what free agency is all about. You give a man an opportunity to do what he wants to do. The No. 8 era is over. We got to put that on the side and start the No. 11 or whatever era.cheap nfl jersey wholesale  It’s over.”

Washington erred by being cautious and waiting to offer Cousins a long-term contract. The quarterback market was always going to increase exponentially and Cousins’ play over the last three years ensured he was only going to become more and more expensive to keep around. That has given Cousins the chance to hit the market and choose his destiny. It’s no wonder he’s choosing somewhere other than Washington.