Orlando Magic

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Something isn’t working.

Since the Orlando Magic traded away Dwight Howard in the summer of 2012, they’ve yet to return to the playoffs. Never topping 35 victories, they’ve averaged just 26.2 wins over those half-dozen years. Four different men have called the shots from the sidelines (Jacque Vaughn, James Borrego, Scott Skiles and Frank Vogel), and that number will grow even higher this offseason when they find Vogel’s replacement. nfl jerseys cheap nike The most-used starting fives have even featured 15 different players:

2012-13: Arron Afflalo, Glen Davis, Maurice Harkless, Jameer Nelson, Nikola Vucevic
2013-14: Arron Afflalo, Glen Davis, Tobias Harris, Jameer Nelson, Nikola Vucevic
2014-15: Dewayne Dedmon, Tobias Harris, Victor Oladipo, Elfrid Payton, Nikola Vucevic
2015-16: Evan Fournier, Channing Frye, Tobias Harris, Elfrid Payton, Nikola Vucevic nfl nike jerseys cheap
2016-17: Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton, Terrence Ross, Nikola Vucevic
2017-18: Bismack Biyombo, Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton, Jonathon Simmons

Only one constant exists, and I’m not talking about Vucevic. cheap nfl jerseys nike

The Magic keep trying to expedite their perpetual rebuild, betting on the wrong young talents while moving to acquire veterans who can allegedly make immediate impacts. They’ve been unwilling to truly bottom out and start with a tabula rasa, but they finally have a chance to do so this offseason.

Orlando has already traded away nike nfl jersey cheap Payton to the Phoenix Suns, receiving nothing more than a second-round pick for his services. Aaron Gordon is about to hit restricted free agency, and they can reasonably let the underachieving forward walk if his price tag rises too high (they might not, but they should). They only have $84.6 million on the books for 2018-19 and $54.7 million the following season,nfl jerseys nike cheap  though both numbers could shrink if they choose to trade away players such as Vucevic or Fournier.

For the first time in forever, it feels like the Magic may be starting over and counting on success with their most recent draft picks. Jonathan Isaac (No. 6 in 2017) provides plenty of hope, and whoever gets selected at No. 6 in this year’s prospect pageant should fall into a similar category. nike nfl jerseys for cheap

Build around those guys the right way. Please?

Houston Texans: How Healthy Is Deshaun Watson?

The Houston Texans thrust quarterback Deshaun Watson into the starting lineup just two quarters into his rookie season. The former Clemson star went on to make six starts, pass for 1,699 yards and 19 touchdowns and lead Houston to a 3-4 record.nike nfl jerseys for cheap

Then, Watson’s promising run and Houston’s playoff hopes ended when the rookie tore his ACL in practice ahead of Week 8.

To return to the playoff picture in 2018, the Texans will need Watson for the majority of the season. So far, it looks like Watson is on schedule to return for Week 1.

“He’s doing a good job in his rehab,” head coach Bill O’Brien said on NFL Network. “I think he’s on schedule to be able to participate in training camp. We’re excited about that.”

However, Houston cannot help but wonder whether Watson will be the same player he was before the injury and when he’ll be back to 100 percent. Even if Watson won’t be on the field for OTAs, his continued rehabilitation is easily the most important question mark for Houston with training camp still months away.nfl jerseys nike cheap

The Indianapolis Colts find themselves in a situation similar to Houston’s. They desperately need a healthy season from quarterback Andrew Luck. Indianapolis knows what the three-time Pro Bowler is capable of, but it also knows that he’s only started 22 games since 2015.

Luck missed all of 2017 after undergoing another shoulder surgery.

Indianapolis is hopeful that Luck will be ready to cheap nike nfl jerseys china start in Week 1, but the team also admits that he’s a long way away from doing so.

“He’s actually not even throwing a football,” general manager Chris Ballard said on  PFT Live. “He’s doing everything we’re asking him to do. He’s got a program specifically laid out that puts his timeline to be back at training camp. He didn’t want to skip a step.”new nike nfl jerseys cheap

The Colts likely won’t see Luck running plays and throwing the ball in OTAs, but they’ll be following his recovery closely. The course of their 2018 season largely depends on his offseason progress.

Denver Broncos: Running Back

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General manager John Elway and the Denver Broncos can’t be accused of sitting on their hands this offseason. The team added a new starting quarterback in last season’s surprise star, Case Keenum. It bolstered both the weapons around him with rookie wideout Courtland Sutton nfl jerseys nike cheap and the protection around him with veteran tackle Jared Veldheer.

That’s a good thing—because Denver might be throwing the football a lot out of necessity.

After the team released C.J. Anderson in a cost-cutting move, the keys to Denver’s ground game are in Devontae Booker’s hands. The same Booker who has averaged 3.6 yards per carry in two seasons and struggled with fumbling issues.cheap nike nfl jerseys china

Rookie Royce Freeman may push Booker to start after a standout career at the University of Oregon. But the 6’0″, 229-pounder needs to show he’s the elusive slasher we saw a few years back and not last year’s grinder who gave rise to questions about a heavy college workload (947 carries in four years).

The Broncos have the makings of a vastly improved offensive team in 2018. But if Keenum’s going to repeat last year’s big numbers in his new home, Booker and Freeman will have to produce on the ground and give the Broncos a measure of balance.new nike nfl jerseys cheap

Cleveland Browns: Offensive Tackle

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Until we see the likes of Tyrod Taylor and No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield have nike nfl jerseys for cheap  on-field success, it’s tempting to call quarterback the Browns’ biggest need. It has been for a very long time—so long that we’ve hit “believe it when you see it” territory.

However, the blind side of that new quarterback’s offensive line is an even bigger problem—one that won’t make it any easier for Taylor or Mayfield to have success.

It’s no surprise that Joe Thomas’ retirement would leave a massive hole on the left end of Cleveland’s offensive line. You don’t just replace a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

And to Cleveland’s credit, it tried to fill the hole. It brought in Chris Hubbard and Donald Stephenson in free agency, and the selection of Nevada’s Austin Corbett in Round 2 indicates Cleveland’s at least considering trying Corbett or Joel Bitonio (both of whom played tackle for the Wolf Pack) on the outside.

Can the Browns get adequate tackle play out of that group (and holdover Shon Coleman)? Possibly.

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For some NFL clubs, it doesn’t take long to spot the biggest need.

Take for instance the Dallas Cowboys, who have a Texas-sized hole at wide receiver.

Dallas already had an issue at the position. In recent years the Cowboys receiving corps was a one-man band. There was Dez Bryant and—not much else.

Now, there’s not even Bryant.nike nfl jersey cheap

Yes, the Cowboys drafted a pair of wideouts in Colorado State third-rounder Michael Gallup and Boise State sixth-rounder Cedrick Wilson. Gallup’s got significant upside after a standout career with the Rams.

But expecting a Day 2 rookie to carry the pass-catchers isn’t reasonable.

Neither is expecting Tavon Austin to do it.

The Cowboys didn’t have to give up much to acquire Austin from the Los Angeles Rams—just a sixth-round pick. But there’s a good reason for that. The eighth overall selection in 2013 hasn’t had even 525 receiving yards in any of his five pro seasons.cheap nfl jerseys nike

Ezekiel Elliott will see eight-man fronts approximately 117 percent of the time in 2018.

Chicago Bears: Offensive Line (Right Side)

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There’s something brewing on the shores of Lake Michigan that hasn’t been seen in a good long while.

As quarterback Mitchell Trubisky enters his second year, he’ll do so with a revamped receiving corps that includes a No. 1 wideout in Allen Robinson and a rookie playmaker in Anthony Miller. They also drafted an impact defender eighth overall in Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith.

But despite what has to be considered a successful offseason, problems remain for the Bears—chief among them the offensive line’s right side.

Right tackle Bobby Massie is an average (at best) starter who’s heading into a contract year with precious little depth behind him. Right guard Kyle Long is attempting to regain his Pro Bowl form after a litany of injuries wrecked each of his cheap custom nfl jerseys last two seasons.

It would take less time to rattle off Long’s parts that haven’t been injured over that span.

Both Long and Massie are being counted on to play big roles in Chicago’s attempt to leave the NFC North basement behind them.

It’s a gamble.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has a bit of Jekyll and Hyde to his game. Afford the 30-year-old a clean pocket, and Dalton can pick apart a defense with the best of them. Get in Dalton’s face though, and things can get ugly.cheap customized nfl jerseys

Thanks to the awful play of tackles Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher last year, defenders were in Dalton’s face a lot—and the Bengals missed the playoffs for a second straight season as a result.

Cincinnati tried to improve Dalton’s protection in the offseason, trading down in Round 1 in a deal that brought veteran Cordy Glenn to the Queen City. Any move that sends Ogbuehi to the bench has to be considered a positive.

But the Bengals are counting on Glen cheap nfl custom jerseys n’s ability to do something he hasn’t the past couple of years: stay healthy. Over that span, Glenn has missed 15 games—including 10 a year ago thanks to foot and ankle troubles.

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Fisher’s had injury issues of his own. The 25-year-old has yet to make it through a full 16-game season, and he missed half of the 2017 campaign with an irregular heartbeat.

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And Dalton’s will have guys in his face again.

The Summer of Boogie: Pelicans’ Top Offseason Priorities and Potential Targets

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The New Orleans Pelicans’ ability to rally and reshape themselves after DeMarcus Cousins’ Achilles tear helped them score their first playoff-series victory of the Pelicans era—and, more importantly, of Anthony Davis’ career.

But it also cast a fascinating cloud of uncertainty over their offseason, which started after Tuesday’s series-ending 113-104 loss to the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena.

If they could sweep the Portland Trail Blazers nike nfl jersey cheap  and take a semifinal tilt from the champs without Cousins, what does (or should) that mean for his impending free agency?

He’s the second-most talented player on the roster, but perhaps his absence created more favorable on-court conditions for Davis. Plus, Achilles tears present tricky recoveries for any player, let alone one carrying 270 pounds on a 6’11” frame.

This was always going to be the Summer of Boogie in the Big Easy, but the narrative has changed. What seemed like a no-brainer decision to route several Brink’s trucks his way has now given way to conversations about offering him a much cheaper and shorter contract than anticipated.

“The Pelicans have broached internally the idea of offering Cousins a two- or three-year deal at less than the max, per sources familiar with the discussions,” ESPN’s Zach Lowe reported. “I would not expect that to go over well with Cousins’ camp.”cheap nfl jerseys nike

The Cousins conundrum is by far the biggest obstacle New Orleans needs to clear this summer. But there are also other free agents to re-sign or replace, a late-draft dart to throw in June and tricky roster-building puzzles to solve so this 48-win season becomes a springboard to something greater and not the peak of the Pelicans’ powers.nike nfl jerseys for cheap

New Orleans already has at least $92.8 million on next season’s books. Considering the NBA projects a $101 million salary cap and $123 million luxury tax, the Pelicans have virtually no wiggle room even before they start spending.nfl jerseys nike cheap

That’s an issue considering all the spending New Orleans must do over the coming months.

Cousins isn’t signed. Neither is Rajon Rondo, their starting point guard and fourth-most utilized player in the postseason. Same goes for Ian Clark, cheap nike nfl jerseys china who paced Pelicans reserves in playoff minutes, and Jordan Crawford. Darius Miller, who led the club with 147 triples, has a non-guaranteed salary. Cheick Diallo, Emeka Okafor and DeAndre Liggins have partial or non-guarantees.

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.

RB Mike James’ Request to Take Marijuana as a Painkiller Denied by NFL

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The NFL denied a request by free-agent running back Mike James to use marijuana, rather than prescription opioids, as a painkiller.

“I am hopeful that I’ll be able to keep playing football,”custom nfl jerseys  James told Steve Politi of NJ.com. “It is a game that I love very dearly. I know right now I’m doing something that makes some people uncomfortable, and that I’m going against the establishment to push for a change in the way they look at this medicine. I know there’s a greater purpose here for a lot of guys in this league who I consider family members.”

James, 27, spent the entire 2017 season on injured reserve with a concussion. He was on the Detroit Lions’ roster but did not play after August.

Marijuana is on the NFL’s banned substances list. Repeated positive tests can lead to suspensions or expulsions from the league. James has never been suspended for a positive test.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has been pessimistic about the use of marijuana.customized nfl jerseys

“I think you still have to look at a lot of aspects of marijuana use,” Goodell said on Mike and Mike in 2017 (h/t Los Angeles Times). “Is it something that can be negative to the health of our players? Listen, you’re ingesting smoke, so that’s not usually a very positive thing that people would say. It does have an addictive nature. There are a lot of compounds in marijuana that may not be healthy for the players long term. All of those things have to be considered.”

James said he wants to be known as a pioneer for marijuana use in the NFL as a painkiller.nfl custom jerseys cheap

“I hear it all the time from retired players who say, ‘I was so scared to say something when I was playing,'” James said. “We are the engine that drives this league. If we can’t get onto the field with a less harmful medicine and we can’t live our life after football, how are we going to tell our kids to play this game?”cheap custom nfl jerseys

Washington Redskins

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2018 Offensive Coordinator: Matt Cavanaugh

The Washington Redskins didn’t make much of an effort to keep Cousins after playing the franchise-tag game for years.

That’s fine, as Alex Smith arrives at a cheaper cost and is coming off a career year in which he surpassed the 4,000-yard mark for the first time and threw a career-high 26 touchdowns against five interceptions.

But that was in Kansas City.

This is Washington, where the Redskins will lean on one of the biggest draft steals, Derrius Guice (pick No. 59), to lead the backfield. Samaje Perine saw the most carries (175) a season ago and averaged 3.4 yards. nfl nike jerseys cheap

Maybe the biggest problem is at wideout. Smith won’t have a Tyreek Hill, not to mention a Travis Kelce at tight end, as he did with the Chiefs. Matt Cavanaugh’s offense will have to hope for progression from receivers Jamison Crowder and Josh Doctson. New arrival Paul Richardson checks in as the $40 million man after totaling 703 yards and six scores in Seattle a year ago.

Cavanaugh had a nice run as a coordinator through the late 2000s. He’s emerging from the quarterbacks coach role he’s held with three teams since 2009 to try to breathe life into an offense with a savvy quarterback who doesn’t turn the ball over. However, plenty of unknowns surround him. There’s huge potential, but a lot could go wrong, too.

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The Dallas Cowboys have Ezekiel Elliott and a smattering of unknowns.

Scott Linehan’s job, which he failed at last year, was to make Dak Prescott’s life as easy as possible. The quarterback regressed from a 23-4 touchdown-to-interception ratio as a rookie to 22-13 as a sophomore. That means he’s entering a season where the scales will tip in one direction or the other. nike nfl jerseys for cheap

In addition, the Cowboys parted ways with receiver Dez Bryant and lost tight end Jason Witten to retirement. They’ll hope Terrance Williams, who caught zero touchdowns on 78 targets last year, can pace the wideout corps while rookie Dalton Schultz tries to pitch in at tight end.

Tavon Austin’s addition doesn’t move the meter much, especially since they’re planning to use him as a running back. Receiver Allen Hurns is the bigger acquisition, but he’s played in 11 and 10 games over his past two seasons, so he can’t be relied on. nfl jerseys nike cheap

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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.