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Twinsies? Melvin Gordon says fans in L.A. mistake him for Todd Gurley

During a conversation with Adam Schefter on his ESPN podcast last week, Gordon said that he got into an argument with a Rams fans who did not believe he was not Gurley.

“She thought I was Todd,” Gordon said. “I kept telling her no, and she got into an argument with me because she really thought I was Todd. She thought I was lying, and I’m like, ‘This is getting out of control.'”

Asked after practice on Monday if he had ever been mistaken for Gordon, Gurley said with a chuckle, “Nah, never.”

While Gordon does not like to be mistaken for Gurley around town, one area he would like to be similar to the Rams’ running back is contract status. Gurley recently signed a four-year $57.5 million deal that includes $45 million in guaranteed money.

Gordon is scheduled to make $1.9 million in the fourth year of his rookie contract, with the Chargers picking up his fifth-year option for $5.6 million in 2019.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

“You could call me Todd all day, for real,” joked Gordon, when asked by Schefter about Gurley’s contract.

Asked about the possibility of new deal, Gordon told Schefter on the podcast that his focus is on football.10

“You can’t really think about it,” Gordon said. “It is what it is, and you kind of just have to let it come. If you think about it too much, it can mess up your game. Right now, I’m just focused on me and the team, really, and doing what we need to do.”

Gordon and Gurley were part of the same 2015 draft class. The Rams selected Gurley at No. 10 overall, while the Chargers gave up their first- and fourth-round selections in the 2015 draft and a fifth-rounder in 2016 in order to move up two spots and take Gordon at No. 15.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Since they entered the league, Gurley is second in the NFL with 3,296 rushing yards, while Gordon is No. 8 with 2,743 rushing yards.

Heading into his fourth NFL season, Gordon said he’s in good shape and ready to improve on his best season as a pro last year, in which he finished with 1,581 yards from scrimmage and 12 total touchdowns.

Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn has mentioned that he would like to find a complementary running back to share the workload with the Wisconsin product — and second-year pro Austin Ekeler — to help keep Gordon fresh for the backstretch of the 2018 season.

 

Packers lose Jake Ryan, Kentrell Brice to injuries

What looked like a standout practice for the Green Bay Packers’ burgeoning defense — which picked off Aaron Rodgers three times — turned into an injury-filled disaster.

Two potential starters — linebacker Jake Ryan and safety Kentrell Brice — were carted off the field Monday with injuries. And that was after defensive tackle Mike Daniels dropped out.

While Daniels appears to have avoided anything serious, Ryan and Brice might not have been as fortunate. One source said the Packers fear Ryan sustained a significant and potentially season-ending injury to his right knee. The injury occurred during an 11-on-11 drill late in practice. Ryan pounded his fist on the ground as he received medical attention.new nike nfl jerseys for sale cheap

Ryan was slated to start at inside linebacker next to Blake Martinez, who tied for the NFL lead in tackles last season.

“He was just devastated,” Martinez said after practice. “Obviously, he was super-excited about the season. He’s been putting a tremendous amount of work in. He’s been awesome throughout OTAs and these past four practices. It’s been good for him. It’s just really tough.

“I talked to him right after I got off the field. Basically, told him if he needs anything, I’m here for him. I obviously don’t know the extent of it. Obviously, everybody will know when they know. I’m just praying for him and hoping the best for him. I know he’ll come back even stronger.”12

This could accelerate the need for rookie third-round pick Oren Burks to play a bigger role on defense. Also, defensive back Quinten Rollins has worked at inside linebacker in the sub packages, and the Packers are high on undrafted rookie linebacker Greer Martini of Notre Dame.

Meanwhile, Brice also had been working with the No. 1 defense and was perhaps the leading candidate to replace Morgan Burnett, who signed with the Steelers in free agency. Brice missed the final nine games of last season with a right ankle injury. It was unclear if Monday’s injury was related.

“I think he’s definitely having one of the best offseason programs,” McCarthy said during the June minicamp. “The thing that goes unnoticed, and rightfully so from our perspective, is his communication skills. I love the way he plays. I think the ability to get past the injury and be here the whole time, having him full-go in the strength and conditioning program, you can see he’s really comfortable out there with the adjustments and the communication. I would definitely be shocked if we’re not sitting here after the season thinking that he’s definitely taken a big jump, because I’ve seen it throughout the offseason.”cheap nfl jerseys nike china

 

NFC East Q&A: Who is on the hottest seat in the division?

Who is on the hottest seat in the NFC East? It could be a player, coach or front-office executive. See who our NFL Nation reporters select.

Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter: Cowboys coach Jason Garrett. Can we go by process of elimination when it comes to the coaches? Doug Pederson is coming off a Super Bowl season. Pat Shurmur is in his first year as head coach. That leaves Jay Gruden and Jason Garrett. If you’re talking players, there’s Eli Manning and a revamped offense. Dak Prescott, who needs a big season to get the big-time contract after 2018.nfl cheap nike jerseys Carson Wentz is coming back from a knee injury, but his seat isn’t hot even with what Nick Foles did last season. Manning is on the hot seat to a degree. I’m going with Garrett. He is entering his eighth season, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been remarkably patient. Garrett is signed through 2019, as are all but one assistant coach, so it’s a big year for the coaching staff. Garrett has been able to respond to this type of pressure season before. In 2014, he was in the final year of his deal and the Cowboys finished 12-4 and made it to the second round of the playoffs after three consecutive 8-8 finishes.12

John Keim, ESPN Washington Redskins reporter: Giants quarterback Eli Manning. Both Jason Garrett and Jay Gruden will be sitting on hot seats if their teams don’t make the postseason. But there was no chatter about getting rid of them in the offseason. There was talk about whether the Giants should draft Manning’s successor, and a lot of wondering about what he had left. Manning must prove the Giants right for bypassing one of the top quarterbacks in the draft to stick with a 37-year-old coming off consecutive lackluster seasons (a combined 45 touchdown passes and 29 interceptions). New York’s offense has been hit hard by injuries, particularly last season with receiver Odell Beckham Jr.. His return, as much as the addition of running back Saquon Barkley, will help Manning. But the veteran passer still has to show he can compete at a high level. If he doesn’t, and if quarterbacks New York bypassed do well, it’ll be a bad look for Manning and the Giants (unless backups Davis Webb or Kyle Lauletta emerge).

Tim McManus, ESPN Philadelphia Eagles reporter: Redskins president Bruce Allen. Washington has just one 10-win season since Allen took over as a top decision-maker in 2010, finishing last in the division in four of those eight seasons. The Redskins are coming off a 7-9 season and arguably downgraded at quarterback with the 34-year-old Alex Smith under center and Kirk Cousins now in Minnesota. Two playoff appearances and zero playoff victories over eight years is a tough pill to swallow for a rabid Washington fan base. The heat’s gotta to rise to the top eventually.

Jordan Raanan, ESPN New York Giants reporter: Cowboys coach Jason Garrett. Eli Manning could qualify here because he’s 37 and the Giants could get out of his contract rather harmlessly if he struggles this season. nike nfl jerseys cheap china But Manning has two Super Bowl titles, the organization loves him and just recommitted to him after changing coaches and general managers. Garrett doesn’t have two Super Bowl MVPs. In fact, entering his eighth full season as head coach and his résumé includes just two playoff appearances and one postseason win. How much more patient will Jerry Jones be if the Cowboys fail to make the postseason again? Probably not very. Pressure is on Garrett and the Boys this season. They have to produce or else that team is bound to be torn apart next offseason.

Eli Apple starting to show Giants signs of being a top-10 pick

There was a play during Monday’s OTAs when New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple ran stride for stride into the end zone with wide receiver Sterling Shepard. Apple turned his head around in time, located the ball and knocked it to the ground.cheap nike jerseys nfl

After a brief celebration, Apple returned to his position for the next snap. There were more splash plays to come. Apple later knocked down a pass intended for wide receiver Cody Latimer at the goal line. It capped off another strong practice in what has, so far, been a spring of redemption after a disappointing second season.11

“He’s just out here making plays,” safety Landon Collins said. “That’s not the only play. He’s doing his thing. I’m happy for him. He’s growing up, doing his thing and playing great ball.”

It’s quite the turnaround after a disastrous 2017. Apple struggled badly as he dealt with on- and off-field struggles. It led to multiple benchings, a suspension to end the season and an uncertain future.

But the Giants stuck with Apple — in part because of his talent and the cost of their investment — in an offseason in which they reshaped their roster. They’re banking on him to play a significant role.cheap nfl jerseys from china nike

Apple has worked with the first-team defense this offseason, and he’s expected to start at cornerback opposite Janoris Jenkins. The Giants don’t have a lot of proven depth behind them.

The pass breakup on Shepard was the latest validation that the Giants might be OK with Apple playing a prominent role.

“Yeah, that was a good play,” coach Pat Shurmur said. “Then we saw [Jenkins] make a nice interception in the back of the end zone. The ball was thrown well, everyone was in a good position and he made a nice play on it. That’s a good thing.”

Josh Allen in awe after meeting with Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly

Allen, whom the Bills traded up to select seventh overall in last month’s draft, told reporters he was “shaking” as he met Kelly, who was released from the hospital last month after surgery to remove cancer from his jaw.

The two previously exchanged text messages after Allen was drafted.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

“He’s the greatest quarterback to play the game, and obviously the greatest quarterback in Buffalo history,” Allen said.

“That’s where I want to be. That’s eventually [the goal of] my career, to be regarded in the city of Buffalo like a Jim Kelly. I think that every quarterback who plays here wants to be in the same sentence as him, just because of what he is and what he holds to the city. For him to come out here is an awesome experience.”

Allen and Kelly later entered the locker room for a private conversation.142

“He said how to embrace the city of Buffalo,” Allen said. “He said a few more things — I’ll keep those behind closed doors — but I’m still shaking from meeting him. He’s a special man.”

The Bills traded the No. 12 overall selection and two second-round picks to draft Allen. He became the highest-selected quarterback in Bills history, a distinction previously held by Kelly, the No. 14 overall pick in 1983.

Kelly declined to speak with reporters as he recovers from reconstructive jaw surgery he had in March. The former Bills quarterback, who led the team to four consecutive Super Bowl appearances in the 1990s, walked Friday with the assistance of a cane because his surgery required bone to be taken from his leg.

“For him to come out and show support and show everybody that he’s doing well, speaks volumes,” Allen said. “That’s a tough guy right there to [go through] what he’s been through and come out and still be himself.cheap nfl jerseys nike china

“He’s going to hopefully be a mentor to me, and I’m going to take everything that he says very heavily, just because of what he’s done on the field and what he’s done for the city of Buffalo. For a quarterback in Buffalo, it’s a dream come true to meet a guy like him.”

Simonise thankful to get second chance at pro football career with Bombers

Winnipeg took the six-foot-four, 202-pound receiver in the second round, No. 12 overall,cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale in the CFL draft Thursday. It was the Bombers’ opening selection after dealing its first-round pick to the B.C. Lions on Wednesday.

In 2015, Simonise had 65 catches for 1,013 yards and 11 TDs in eight games with the University of Calgary, earning All-Canadian honours. But he was ruled academically ineligible for 2016.

The 22-year-old Vancouver native earned a 2016 tryout with the Cincinnati Bengals but received a four-game suspension from the NFL following a positive drug test. The CFL responded by deferring Simonise’s draft status from 2017 to this year.

Over the last two seasons, Simonise played with the Okanagan Sun of the Canadian Junior Football League as well as the Chicago Eagles of the Champions Indoor Football League. Simonise was hopeful he’d be drafted Thursday but had prepared himself if there’d been no interest.84

“I really didn’t know so I had to prepare for both sides of the spectrum,” Simonise said during a conference call Friday. “The past two years I’ve had really no kind of direction so I’ve just been going into everything blind.

“I realize this is almost a second chance and this time around I’m going to do it the right way and put all my efforts into it. I’m fortunate and blessed for this opportunity they’ve given to me . . . I’m very very hungry.”

GM Kyle Walters said the Bombers spoke with Simonise at the CFL combine in March but it was head coach Mike O’Shea’s discussion with an Okanagan Sun coach that sold Winnipeg on the lanky receiver.

“He was adamant Rashaun Simonise is a good kid, he just needed some maturity . . . a strong group around him that he can learn from,” Walters said. “After that conversation, I said, ‘Well, that’s what we have here.’

“Darvin Adams, Adarius Bowman, cheap nfl nike jersey Weston Dressler, Andrew Harris, Matt Nichols, we’ve got a group on that offence and in that locker room where I think for a young man that needs some mentoring and maturing, we’ll be able to provide that for him.”

Walters, in his sixth year as Winnipeg’s GM, admitted he might’ve looked differently at Simonise earlier in his tenure.

“In the past we might’ve erred on, ‘Well, we can’t have any sort of character issues, we’ll go with the safer pick,'” Walters said. “If the reports were he’s a bad kid, he’s always in trouble. he shows up late for practice and is a bad teammate then I don’t think we would’ve taken him.

Three top Packers picks get started, ‘hard work’ ahead

For a host of rookies, the road to a spot on the Green Bay Packers’ roster began on Friday. While what they did during the first of two post-draft rookie orientation camp practices won’t decide their fates, coach Mike McCarthy believes a good start is vital for them all.

All eyes were on the team’s top two draft pick, Jaire Alexander, a cornerback from Louisville, nfl nike jersey cheap and Josh Jackson, a cornerback from Iowa. The practices included 11 draft picks, 14 undrafted free-agent signees, a handful of players who spent time on the practice squad last season and about a dozen tryout players.

”This is a great opportunity for these guys – and they realize it. It’s a unique opportunity, if you just look at the statistics in the National Football League,” said McCarthy, whose draft-and-develop team has long relied on rookies. ”This is a very important two days, because you have an opportunity to make your roster better. And the better your 90-man roster is, the more competitive offseason program (is). Going into training camp, that’s the goal.”83

Alexander, Jackson and third-round pick Oren Burks, a linebacker from Vanderbilt, are joining a defense that finished last season ranked 26th in scoring defense (24.0 points allowed per game) and 22nd in yards allowed (348.9). Defensive coordinator Dom Capers was replaced after nine seasons by Mike Pettine.

While overwhelmed at times with the sliver of the playbook they learned earlier in the day, all three were excited.

”It was quite an experience. It was like, ‘Man, I’m finally here. I’m at Green Bay,”’ Alexander said. ”There was a lot of hard work put into it, I can tell you that much.”

Added Jackson: ”This is what you came here to do. This is what you went through the whole process for, to play football. For me, I’m happy for football again.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale  I love the game and I’m just excited to be here.”

After finishing last season 23rd against the pass (236.8), 28th in third-down defense (allowing a 42.8 percent conversion rate) and 31st in red-zone defense (allowing a 65.2 percent touchdown rate), the Packers are counting on Alexander and Jackson to be ready.

The team brought back veteran cornerbacks Tramon Williams, who played for Pettine in Cleveland after spending his first eight NFL seasons in Green Bay, and Davon House, but McCarthy and Pettine want a deep, faster rotation at corner. Alexander and Jackson, along with 2017 second-round pick Kevin King, should provide that.

Ravens’ Joe Flacco intends to hold throwing sessions to build trust

At the start of the Baltimore Ravens’ offseason workout program, quarterback Joe Flacco said he plans to hold extra throwing sessions with new receivers Michael Crabtree and John Brown this summer between the end of minicamp and the start of training camp.

This comes after coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome both publicly nfl jersey wholesale talked about the value of additional workouts and how they help a quarterback and his receivers mesh. Ravens fans have also been clamoring for Flacco to throw to his receivers beyond the team’s practices.

“There’s no doubt, that stuff is important and that we’ll do it,” Flacco said Tuesday. “I’ve already talked about it with John and Mike about it. I think sometimes those things are just as much or more about developing a relationship with those guys and developing that trust, and for those guys to see that I really like who they are as football players and for them to see hopefully they like who I am as a football player. I think when you can get that relationship going, that’s going to help your football team out a ton.”192

Flacco has only scheduled these private workouts once in his 10-year NFL career, and that was seven years ago during the NFL lockout.

There has been an increased need for the extra throwing sessions after Baltimore revamped its supporting cast around Flacco. To improve the NFL’s 29th-ranked passing game, Baltimore parted ways with its top two wide receivers (Mike Wallace and Jeremy Maclin) as well as its leading pass-catcher (tight end Benjamin Watson). There’s only one player currently on the roster who caught more than 30 passes last season, and that’s running back Buck Allen.

Flacco’s top targets this season will likely end up being Crabtree, Brown, another veteran free agent, and highly drafted rookies at wide receiver and tight end.

Some quarterbacks have already worked with their receivers this offseason. nfl jerseys cheap authentic New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning annually meets with teammates at Duke in early April, and new Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes II has been throwing to receivers at a high school.

Micah Hyde suggests NFL fine QBs when receivers sustain helmet-to-helmet hits

Buffalo Bills safety Micah Hyde has a creative solution to curb the number of dangerous hits that receivers take over the middle of the field: Fine the quarterback.

“Those bang-bang plays, it’s tough,” Hyde said Tuesday. “Start fining the quarterbacks. nfl authentic jerseys They’re the ones who are throwing the ball right there. It’s tough for us [defensive players] to be able to adjust last second to get our head to one side, the other side — up, down. We’re trying to make a play like the receiver is. It’s the sport of football.”

Hyde’s suggestion came as part of a discussion about a change to the NFL rulebook enacted at the league meetings last month in which a player — on offense or defense — will be penalized 15 yards and potentially ejected any time he lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent.191

“Hopefully they go back and realize it’s not going to be a functional rule that’s going to make sense,” he said Tuesday. “It’s going to be hard on the refs, because they already have enough rules to call. Now, do they call it every single play, which they can do?

“It’s definitely going to be hard [as players], because our heads are at the top of our body. You play with forward lean. Even if I’m coming in with a shoulder, if [the offensive player] drops his head a little bit, it’s slight helmet-to-helmet. It can be called every single play. I just don’t think it was well-thought-out. The intention of the rule is great, but we have to understand at some point, this is a collision, contact sport. And I think that’s some of the allure to it. Everybody is not built to play this game. You can’t legislate out every injury. Then we wouldn’t be playing football. At that point, it changes to something different. If the fans and the owners are OK with that, then we’ll have to live in that new world.”

Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams, who has played in the NFL since 2006, agreed with Alexander’s opinion of the rule change.

“I understand the old rule of targeting and launching, but this seems to incorporate all contact, nfl jersey wholesale including incidental contact, which I think is a huge problem for players,” he told ESPN. “There is a risk that comes with playing the game, generally speaking. You can legislate out the flagrant attempts to use the helmet as a weapon, but the reason we wear helmets is because of incidental contact and just the nature of the game.”

Mike Pettine’s message: Packers’ defensive players will be held accountable

It sounds so simple, but those are the things that wrecked the Green Bay Packers’ defense far too often last season.

So it’s no wonder the team’s new defensive coordinator, Mike Pettine, china nfl jersey wholesale has put that message out to his players even before they officially go to work on Monday, when the offseason workout program begins.

“He wasn’t going to let anything fly if you’re a Pro Bowler or a rookie coming in,” Martinez said. “I think that was kind of the cool stance hearing from him and talking to him about that because that was one of my things that I wanted to voice my opinion on, just making sure everyone is on the right page at the right time and nothing is confused going into Sunday or Monday or Thursday games. It’s going to be interesting to see how we implement that kind of going into this OTA process.”

It’s perhaps one reason coach Mike McCarthy reduced the number of former players on his coaching staff. The thinking could have been that former players go softer on current players when it comes to grading their performances.

The goal, of course, is to put an end to the pre-snap confusion that befell the Packers at times last season under former defensive coordinator Dom Capers.

Who could forget the first-quarter play against the Vikings in Week 16 when linebacker Jake Ryan’s back was to the ball at the snap? Ryan appeared to be out of position, and safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix looked like he tried to direct him. By that time, quarterback Case Keenum already had the ball in his hand, ready to give it to running back Latavius Murray. The play went right toward Ryan’s spot, and by the time he turned around he already was being blocked. The play went for the easiest 11 yards Murray would ever gain before Clinton-Dix ran him out of bounds.

Martinez could play a key role in correcting those issues.

The studious Martinez, a fourth-round pick from Stanford in 2016, might be just the player to take over the communication helmet full-time from departed safety Morgan Burnett, who signed with the Steelers in free agency. nfl gear for women Burnett was often the one who received the defensive call from Capers and then relayed it in the huddle. Only one player is allowed to have the speaker helmet at a time, but Martinez was usually the backup.