The Kevin Dodd experiment should be over now

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 06:  Kevin Dodd #93 of the Tennessee Titans pulls down  Melvin Gordon #28 of the San Diego Chargers during the first half at Qualcomm Stadium on November 6, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

The Titans drafted Kevin Dodd No. 33 overall in 2016 to be an explosive pass rusher. The former Clemson defensive lineman was expected to convert to outside linebacker and be a force off the edge for a team that needed to bolster their outside pass rush. Unfortunately, it looks like the high point of Dodd’s Titans tenure will be the night he was drafted.

Dodd rarely saw the field in his early transition to outside linebacker. He averaged only 19.9 snaps per game in his first nine contests and produced only one sack. A foot injury forced him out of action for the rest of the season after Week 10.nfl cheap jerseys nike

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His return to the field in 2017 didn’t go much better. He didn’t get onto the field until Week 3 and only averaged 10.2 snaps in nine games. He was inactive for several games.

New head coach Mike Vrabel and the Titans’ coaching staff were going to give Dodd another shot despite his past disappointments. He wasn’t producing as an outside linebacker, but there was an opportunity to carve out a role as a defensive end –nfl nike jerseys for cheap  the position where Dodd thrived in college.

The relationship between Dodd and the new staff didn’t get off to a great start when he skipped the final portion of the team’s voluntary offseason work. While it was not a good look for Dodd, it was forgivable since the workouts were not mandatory.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

However, the problem grew when he was a limited participant in the mandatory minicamp. It was further exacerbated Sunday when Dodd did not report to training camp.

This was a crucial offseason if Dodd was going to save his NFL career, and his level of commitment toward making the roster hasn’t reflected the urgency of the situation.

Dodd has talent. His dominant fourth year at Clemson showed that. We certainly hope all is well with him and his family, but if he simply missed his specified reporting date, then it’s hard to believe the Titans won’t cut ties with the 26-year-old.nike cheap nfl jerseys

He was already was someone who needed to have a strong camp to make the team, but he is not making himself look any better nike nfl cheap jerseys with his lack of participation in the offseason. The experiment with Dodd has gone wrong from the beginning, and there is no coming back from this if he is indeed missing camp for no other reason than not wanting to report.

San Antonio Spurs

Oh yes, I’m going here. The San Antonio Spurs have devolved into an afterthought amid the Kawhi Leonard saga. They’re going to trade him and begin some sort of rebuild. Talking about their championship chances is a complete waste of time. Their window has clearly closed.

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Leonard remains with the Spurs, in case you haven’t noticed. It doesn’t appear that he and San Antonio have kissed and made up, but he hasn’t purchased a one-way ticket to Los Angeles, Philadelphia or Boston either.

A relatively inconsistent market is starting to favor the Spurs. The Raptors are now the betting favorite to land Leonard, according to OddsShark. The optics will change. All they’ve done is shift since the end of the season.cheap nike nfl jersey  And the longer this drags out, the more likely Leonard is to begin the season with San Antonio. nike nfl jerseys cheap china

That doesn’t mean the Spurs won’t pull the trigger closer to the trade deadline. They could. But they’ve offered Leonard the five-year, $221.3 million designated veteran extension he’s eligible to sign, per Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher. Turning down that money, assuming it’s there, will be tough—especially if an outside admirer isn’t pressured into acquiescing to San Antonio’s asking price.

Which team is going to do that? The Celtics, Lakers and Sixers can defend all-in offers, but none of them are in panic mode. Boston is set up to run the Eastern Conference. Los Angeles has LeBron James under lock and key. cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale Philly won 52 games last season with a core that has yet to enter its prime. The urgency isn’t there.

Keeping Leonard feels like a distinct possibility for the Spurs—more than it did a month or so ago anyway. Work things out, and they’re sitting pretty. They won 47 games without him, and the Rockets’ offseason may have weakened their hold on the non-Warriors crowd. cheap nfl nike jersey

Losing Kyle Anderson to the Memphis Grizzlies stings. He profiled as the Spurs’ second-most valuable player last year, according to NBA Math’s total points added. But they’ll hardly notice his absence with Leonard in tow. And letting Tony Parker bolt for the Charlotte Hornets is an understated victory. It opens up more playing time for summer-league standouts Lonnie Walker IV and Derrick White.

Feel free to dismiss the Spurs at my expense. This will look pretty bad if they unload Leonard. But the budding, if still slightly strained, prospect of his return permits their inclusion. They belong here precisely because they’re not supposed to be.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic

Age: 23

2017-18 Per-Game Stats: 17.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.8 blocks, 43.4 percent shooting, 33.6 percent three-point shooting

Advanced Stats: 16.5 PER, 0.00 TPA, 0.72 RPM

Contract Details: 4 years, $84 million

Aaron Gordon’s contract wouldn’t jump off the page if it came under different circumstances. Even in scrimpy times, he was looked at as the one restricted free agent who could garner an over-the-top offer sheet from rival admirers. So it would have been one thing if the Orlando Magic matched an $84 million overture.

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News of Gordon’s contract broke on July 1, which makes for a curious timeline. The agreement itself coming on Day 1 doesn’t matter. Players and agents typically do their due diligence. They understand the field before entering it.

Striking a deal right away with Orlando, though, suggests Gordon didn’t need to set his own market. That’s bizarre.where to find cheap nfl jerseys

Players are getting squeezed left and right. Fellow restricted free agent and big man Julius Randle inked a two-year, $18 million deal with the Pelicans. Clint Capela and Jabari Parker remain unsigned. Acting so quickly on Gordon, in this bare-bones climate, probably cost the Magic money they didn’t need to spend.authentic nfl cheap jerseys

Sure, their closest thing to an established cornerstone is locked up for less than the max. That matters. And a quick negotiation process lays the foundation for good juju between player and team. Was it really worth letting Gordon set his own price just to save, say, a couple of million dollars per year? Debatable.cheap nfl jerseys from usa

On the flip side: Welcome to the business of basketball and, more specifically, restricted free agency! Orlando surrendered exclusivity when it didn’t sign Gordon to an extension last fall. Neither he nor the organization should be penalized for permitting the process of restricted free agency to play out.

It would be different if Gordon were a sure thing. He’s not. The Rockets are opening themselves up to long-term ramifications by playing hardball with Capela. He will consider signing his qualifying offer ($4.7 million) and hitting the unrestricted pool next summer if the two sides cannot find a happy medium, according to Rockets Wire’s Kelly Iko.purchase nfl jerseys

Gordon didn’t have the incumbent value to take such a stark risk. He doesn’t have a niche on offense, and only so much of his stunted development can be attributed to Orlando experimenting with him at small forward. He logged more time at the 4 last year and still sought to carry himself like a wing. Almost one-third of his attempts came as pull-up jumpers, on which he shot under 30 percent.authentic nfl jersey wholesale

Wagering $84 million on Gordon’s future could pan out in the end. His physical tools remain tantalizing. But when your highest paid player is not a seamless fit beside your two other most important building blocks, Mo Bamba and Jonathan Isaac, you’re seldom in good shape. And after giving Gordon so much, so soon, the Magic are far from an exception.

Marcus Peters, Los Angeles Rams

You may wonder why 2015 first-round pick Marcus Peters isn’t higher here. After all, no player has more interceptions (19) through the last three seasons. The man in second place, Oakland safety Reggie Nelson, has just 14.nfl kids jerseys cheap

And among cornerbacks with 1,500 coverage snaps or more since his rookie season, Peters has the lowest opponent passer rating allowed at 65.2, per Monson. He’s a splash play waiting to happen.

Were that the sum of Peters’ story, you could argue he wasn’t just the best cornerback in the NFL through his three-year career but also the top defensive player overall. And those statistics point to his potential as a shutdown defender.kids nfl jersey

The problem is he seems to have just as many mental lapses leading to touchdowns and penalties as he does great plays. It’s the two-sided nature of his game—while Peters will stray outside of the designated coverage to get to balls most cornerbacks can’t, he’ll also abandon his spots at times and leave receivers open. That’s one reason he’s allowed 15 touchdowns in his career, per Monson.

And though his recovery speed is exceptional (like all his athletic traits), it’s not always enough to make up for moments in which he seems to forget himself. The boom-and-bust nature runs contrary to what is required of a cornerback, cheap nfl jerseys for kids where it’s more important to be in range to stop a play every down than it is to show up on highlight reels.

The Chiefs agreed to send Peters to the Los Angeles Rams in February, and Peters is now in an ideal situation under defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. The Chiefs play a lot of zone under Bob Sutton, while Phillips prefers his cornerbacks to press up on receivers and trail them through the routes.kids nfl football jerseys cheap

With a more singular focus, perhaps Peters can take his stellar physical traits and match them to a discipline that could make him the league’s best at what he does.

Detroit Lions: WR Kenny Golladay

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As a rookie last summer, third-round Detroit Lions draft pick Kenny Golladay put on a show that included a pair of touchdown catches in his first preseason game and then two more in his first regular-season affair.

The 6’4″ Northern Illinois product faded down soon after that and lost a good chunk of his 2017 campaign to a hamstring injury, but it appears he’s back in form with his second training camp around the corner. cheap nfl nike jerseys china

Mike O’Hara of the team’s official website reported this week that Golladay “looked like a veteran on the first day of minicamp,” adding that the 24-year-old’s “routes were sharp, and he cut and accelerated after catching the ball with power and no hesitation.”

Meanwhile, MLive’s Kyle Meinke sees a potential touchdown machine in the making.

“This guy could be so good, and he could be so good as soon as this year in the red zone,” Meinke wrote of Golladay as the team wrapped up mandatory minicamp this week. “He’s just chewing up everybody right now in the end zone.”nfl nike jersey cheap

Golden Tate and Marvin Jones might have company.

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones averaged 5.5 yards per carry as a rookie in 2017, which puts him in the mix for the top spot on the running back depth chart in 2018. It might help that the 5’9”, somewhat fragile back has looked bigger and stronger at OTAs.

“He came back a little bit bigger, and he’s still moving around pretty good cheap nike nfl jersey with the added size,” Packers running backs coach Ben Sirmans said of Jones last week, per Brian Jones of 247Sports. “I think as he continues to get as I call it his ‘grown-man weight,’ that we’ll see some of that progress happen with him getting stronger.

“I think he saw also for himself what he could benefit from, particularly with his lower body. He could benefit from playing stronger, and not just from an injury standpoint avoiding those things, but also it will help him break more tackles and do those things.”cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

It’s been a quiet stretch on the practice field for the Packers, with Clay Matthews’ broken nose, Aaron Rodgers’ contract talk and the addition of Marcedes Lewis hogging the headlines for a team that doesn’t reveal a lot to begin with.cheap nfl nike jersey

So for now, the bulked-up Jones is the real winner of the spring.

Chicago Bears: Getting Nagy with It

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Many are predicting a big second-year jump from Trubisky in 2018, in large part because of the arrival of offensive-minded head coach Matt Nagy.

Nagy preached patience regarding the switch while speaking with JJ Stankevitz of NBC Sports Chicago, saying that “in Kansas City it took us five years to get to that point that we got to.” He continued: “We’re kind of at a pace right now where we have to at times pull back and say to yourself we’re months into this thing, not years.”

But Nagy also said he’s been pleased with what he’s seen from Trubisky in OTAs.nfl apparel

“Coach (Vic) Fangio and his guys are doing a good job of mixing different coverages and disguising different looks, so for Mitchell to be able to see those looks on tape, he’s building his own library right now within this offense,” cheap nfl apparel Nagy said. “We don’t have to watch Kansas City’s offense anymore. We’re building our library now and he’s able to see how it works against our defense right now and try not to make those mistakes and make the correct adjustments.”

There’s a new offensive scheme. And new targets for Trubisky in wide receivers Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller and tight end Trey Burton.

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To say that John Ross had a disappointing rookie season is an understatement. In three games (including one start), Ross was targeted all of twice. He had zero receptions and one rush for 12 yards.

Not exactly what the Cincinnati Bengals hoped for when they drafted the scouting combine record-holder in the 40-yard dash ninth overall a year ago.

Ross missed much of camp after shoulder surgery. By the time the season was over, he had surgery on his other shoulder and battled a knee sprain. Head coach Marvin Lewis groused publicly that Ross had “let the team down.” As Ross told ESPN’s Katherine Terrell, everything that could go wrong in 2017 did.

“Last year, I was just down, not being able to run full speed, not being able to do everything in the weight room,” Ross said. “Not to have excuses or anything, but I honestly just wasn’t physically or mentally ready for what I got myself into. There was so much going on.”discount nfl apparel

However, Ross is healthy in 2018 and participating fully in OTAs, and while the team is keeping a tight lid on news from the practice field, some positive tidbits have leaked out regarding the speedy wideout.

Terrell tweeted that Ross has looked good nfl apparel for women in the practices she had access to, adding the “biggest thing for Ross is he’s getting the reps he needs.”

Miami Marlins

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If there’s one thing to say in the defense of the Miami Marlins, it’s that their offense isn’t as pitiful as its MLB-worst 3.4 runs per game would suggest.

Led by J.T. Realmuto and Justin Bour, Miami’s lineup has six regulars with an above average OPS+ (i.e., north of 100). Only three teams have that beat, including the Astros and New York Yankees.

Still, it’s hard to excuse how the Marlins’ lineup depth hasn’t translated to many runs on a regular basis. And when you add that to the fact that their desolate pitching staff ranks second-to-last in the NL with a 4.89 ERA, it makes a lot of sense that the team has MLB’s worst run differential at minus-95.

In short: Bad team is bad.

Grade: F

Record: 36-21, 1st in NL Central

The Milwaukee Brewers have only had one bad stretch this year. That was between April 2 and 16, when they went 5-9.

On either side of that, however, nfl womens jerseys cheap is a season-opening three-game sweep and a 28-12 run that’s catapulted them to the top of the National League.

Dormant for much of March and April, their offense finally awoke with a .779 OPS in May. Their bullpen, meanwhile, continued to dominate. Led by strikeout machine Josh Hader, it has an MLB-best 2.45 ERA.

Then there’s the overlooked aspect of Milwaukee’s rise: its defense. It quietly leads all of MLB in efficiency, which is one reason the team’s rotation has survived its strikeout deficiency.

In all, this is the most fully functional unit in the senior circuit.

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Record: 22-29, 3rd in AL Central

In fairness to the Minnesota Twins, they haven’t yet had a fair shot to take off this season.

They’ve been without staff ace Ervin Santana the entire year. And as soon as they activated slugging third baseman Miguel Sano from the DL, speedy center fielder Byron Buxton had to go back on it. Joe Mauer is also on the shelf.nfl authentic jersey

What’s been keeping the Twins afloat is their rotation trio of Jose Berrios, Jake Odorizzi and Kyle Gibson (who’ve combined for a 3.53 ERA) and offensive breakouts on the part of Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario.

Alas, this hasn’t been enough to save the official cheap nfl jerseys Twins from mediocrity. Their offense ranks 14th in the AL in OPS and their Berrios-Odorizzi-Gibson trio has been undercut by a bullpen with a meltdown problem. The whole team has been especially out of its depth (11-20) against winning clubs.

Grade: C-

The Latest on the Saga of the Wandering Dez

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Despite the fact that wide receiver Dez Bryant has been without a team since the Dallas Cowboys released him in mid-April, he said online that he doesn’t regret turning down a multiyear contract offer from the Ravens.custom nfl jerseys

“Nope not one bit and very appreciative for the offer,” Bryant tweeted. “What’s crazy is how reports like this will try to tarnish someone’s character.. the slight jab saying it’s not easy to get along with. I thought the media would give up by now with betraying me as something that I’m not.”

Bryant didn’t specify the jab, but there have been rumbles that his reputation and attitude may have cooled some teams’ interest.

He has at least one person trying to find him work who isn’t his agent. Newly minted Monday Night Football analyst (and former teammate) Jason Witten told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on a podcast that the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints would be a good fits.customized nfl jerseys

“I think Dez is certainly going to have some great opportunities,” Witten said. “He’s motivated, and I think he’s going to end up going to the Green Bay Packers. I think that’s a great spot for him.”

However, after Witten’s comments surfaced, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com said that while the Packers have considered Bryant, “nothing is imminent.” The Saints’ level of interest in unknown, although at this point, it’s worth pointing out the team didn’t refute Witten’s speculation.

Both would be good landing spots. nfl custom jerseys cheap Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees are veteran quarterbacks who are capable of putting the ball in a spot where Bryant could use his physicality to go and get it.

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But this saga doesn’t appear close to over yet.

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.

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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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Kenyon Martin

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Who said protective face masks couldn’t be cool? Kenyon Martin’s designer, apparently. (Harrison Barnes’ agrees wholeheartedly.)

We get it. These are all functional and serve a greater purpose than high fashion. Martin broke his nose in 2002, and this monstrosity helped him get back inside the lines.

But the protective padding looks a lot like tape, which gives the mask a penny-pinching, D.I.Y. feel.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

Tracy McGrady’s brief 2006 stint in a mask seems unremarkable. The look didn’t really stand out, and the injury that necessitated it didn’t involve a bone fracture.

But without it, how many people would remember Jake Voskuhl, whose accidental elbow to McGrady’s nose forced him to adopt the plastic-protected look? Giving Voskuhl an asterisk in the NBA annals has to count for something, right?

Even point gods need some extra protection every now and then.

Chris Paul’s facial injury fittingly occurred in the 2011-12 season, when he was handed the superhuman task of leading the Los Angeles Clippers to relevance. On March 9, 2012, Paul caught an elbow from San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green, new nike nfl jerseys cheap suffered a nasal fracture and still navigated his way to 36 points (on 60 percent shooting), 11 assists and four steals.

But the fracture meant a mask was needed, and Kenyon Martin knew from experience how bothersome one could be.

“It’s annoying and he plays point guard, so I don’t know how he’s going to do it,” Martin said, per Melissa Rohlin of the Los Angeles Times. “Trust me, I don’t know how he’s going to go out there and maneuver with that thing on.”buy nike nfl jerseys cheap

Martin, of course, forgot one key detail—he was discussing a superstar. Paul returned as the masked floor general just two nights later and totaled 23 points, five assists and three steals.

Make as many appearances on the injury report as Andrew Bogut did during his career, and you’ll probably have an experience or two with a facial guard.

Andrew Bogut had to wear one during his tenure with the Milwaukee Bucks and later on with the Golden State Warriors. This was the Milwaukee version, a less flattering accessory than what he’d wear as a Warrior.

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