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.

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

San Francisco 49ers: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

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Having hoisted the Lombardi Trophy last year, the 49ers…oh wait, that didn’t happen.

Having won 11 games and established themselves as…buy nike nfl jerseys cheap hmm, that didn’t happen either.

Wait, the 49ers still kinda stink? Wow. It turns out winning a trade with the Patriots isn’t the same as winning a Super Bowl. The Jimmy Garoppolo hype last season overshadowed just how weak the roster around him still was and how much work the Niners must do in this draft. It starts with making sure Garoppolo has the protection he needs to achieve his preternatural potential.

Now, this year’s tackle class is…unspectacular. nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal To help you get a sense of what you are in for, Bleacher Report proudly presents a Good, Bad and Terrifying breakdown of this year’s tackles.

Good: Mike McGlinchey is Matt Ryan’s cousin. He has a winning, likable personality, like Jason Kelce without the “unhinged Batman villain” vibe. He’s also a punishing run-blocker with fine technique who did a swell job cleaning up the devastation left in teammate Quenton Nelson’s wake. And unlike tackles who played in wide-open offenses, he can line up in a three-point stance without looking like a middle-aged fat guy at his first yoga class.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

Bad: McGlinchey doesn’t fit the left tackle prototype. Top edge-rushers are going to win against him.

Terrifying: There is nothing terrifying about McGlinchey, which may make him the best tackle prospect in this class. He won’t make unexpected mistakes, and coaches know he’ll need help against Von Miller types.

So the 49ers get a sturdy pass protector. It’s not a bad pick. But there is still a ton of work to be done.nfl nike jersey cheap

Grade: B-plus

Marcus Smart to Return from Thumb Injury in Game 5 vs. Bucks

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The Boston Celtics will get a boost for Game 5 of their Eastern Conference playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks with the return of Marcus Smart.

Per ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Smart is expected to return from his thumb injury on Tuesday. china nike nfl jerseys cheap

Smart had surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb on March 16 with an estimated recovery time of six to eight weeks.

The injury occurred during a March 11 game against the Indiana Pacers when he dove to the ground for a loose ball.

Stevens told reporters on a conference call Saturday that Smart was getting closer to being cleared for live game action. cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

“I think it’s just a matter of you have to have that post-surgery healed to be able to take a hit even with the brace on it,” he said. “That’s the hold-up. Other than that, I think he feels pretty good. He’s shooting the ball, he’s doing everything in a workout that you can do. It’s just a matter of being cleared for live play.”

Smart’s return will ease the burden on Terry Rozier, who is averaging 36.3 minutes per game against the Bucks. cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

The Bucks and Celtics are tied at two games apiece heading into Tuesday’s matchup at the TD Garden.

Raiders Rumors: Amari Cooper’s 5th-Year Contract Option to Be Picked Up

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The Oakland Raiders reportedly will pick up wide receiver Amari Cooper’s fifth-year contract option for 2019, according to Josina Anderson of ESPN.

That option will pay him $13.9 million for the 2019 season, china nfl jersey wholesale

A 2015 first-round pick, Cooper looked the part of a true No. 1 wide receiver over his first two seasons. As a rookie, the Alabama product registered 72 receptions for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns.

He followed up that Pro Bowl-caliber performance by logging a career-high 83 catches for 1,153 yards and five scores in Year 2.
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However, Cooper regressed in 2017 despite finding paydirt seven times.

With the offense out of sync seemingly all season long, Cooper stumbled his way to 48 receptions for 680 yards. All told, he topped 100 yards in a game twice and managed more than five receptions in a single outing.

As it turns out, Cooper may have been playing hurt despite missing just two games. nfl jersey wholesale china

“He would never say it to you, but I’ll say it to you to have his back,” quarterback Derek Carr said, according to SiriusXM NFL Radio’s Eddie Borsilli. “That man was out there giving anything he could and honestly, a lot of guys probably wouldn’t have played with what he had.”

Now in the fold through at least 2019, Cooper figures to be a prominent piece of the Raiders’ new scheme. authentic nfl jerseys china wholesale

“He’ll be the focal point of our offense,” head coach Jon Gruden told reporters in February, according to NBC Sports Bay Area’s Scott Bair. “… He has tremendous quickness. He’s smart, versatile and he’s a gamer. He likes the bright lights, and he’ll be the headliner in our offense.”

Blake Griffin to Miss at Least 1 Week After Foot Injury Diagnosed as Bone Bruise

Detroit Pistons power forward Blake Griffin is expected to nike jerseys nfl cheap miss at least one week due to an ankle injury.

According to Keith Langlois of Pistons.com on Friday, Griffin’s ailment was diagnosed as a bone bruise, and it will be re-evaluated in a week.

Per Langlois, Griffin underwent an MRI after missing Thursday’s 103-92 win cheap nike nfl jerseys from china over the Washington Wizards.765411d17725169d71089726a3114703_crop_north

The 29-year-old Griffin has been a key contributor in Detroit since being traded from the Los Angeles Clippers this season.

As a member of the Pistons, he is averaging 19.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 6.2 assists in 25 games.cheap official nike nfl jerseys

Overall this season, the five-time All-Star is putting up 21.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.8 assists per contest.new nike nfl jerseys for sale cheap

Despite Thursday’s win, the Pistons’ playoff hopes are fading, as they trail the eighth-place Milwaukee Bucks by five games with seven games left to be played for both teams.

With Griffin out, Anthony Tolliver started at power forward Thursday and registered 14 points. Henry Ellenson chipped in nine points and five rebounds off the bench.

They will likely share minutes at power forward alongside center cheap wholesale nike nfl jerseys Andre Drummond until Griffin returns.

Oklahoma City Thunder

“The reintegration is more difficult than people believe, especially defensively,”nike nfl cheap jerseys  said one playoff-bound Western Conference GM. “When major players are out, sometimes it’s difficult to re-establish a rhythm.”

An Eastern Conference scout added that he is skeptical the Warriors’ bench is as good as it has been in the past, and that could prove to be a critical difference as well with so many stars ailing.

“I do think they may be in trouble even if Steph makes it back,” the scout said. “They seem to have lost some bench depth (Indeed, the offensive efficiency of that unit has dipped a bit from last season). They’ve struggled at various times during the nfl nike jerseys cheap china season and not just recently.” To that end, the Warriors have already lost almost as many games this season as they did in the last two combined, including seven of their last 10 games, including a pair of back-to-backs.08c249d034b1817ede7840f9adcd9bed_crop_exactnike jerseys nfl cheap

The long-term concern regarding Curry is that this isn’t his first bout with injury. Ankle issues limited him to 26 appearances in his third season, and two years ago he sustained a sprained knee ligament in Game 4 of their first-round series against the Rockets. That was a Grade 1 sprain in his right knee—the current one is Grade 2 in his left—and the Warriors were on their way to a 3-1 lead in the series when it happened. His struggles in the Finals (where he shot 40.3 percent in the series after shooting 50.4 percent in the regular season) played a role in the team falling short in its back-to-back title bid.cheap official nike nfl jerseys

Other than that, as Curry has noted, he has been fairly durable. But for a player who isn’t overpowering from a pure physical sense and creates the air space for his shots with slippery-quick lateral agility, he can ill afford to be physically compromised in any way. Especially cheap nike nfl jerseys from china now that he’s in the first year of a five-year, $201 million contract.