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Alshon Jeffery guarantees Super Bowl for Bears next year

The Bears put the final touches on a 3-13 season Sunday, the worst 16-game finish in franchise history… so start the Super Bowl talk for next year

Alshon Jeffrey is a believer.

Chicago’s outspoken wide receiver, a pending free agent, couldn’t hold back the hyperbole following a season-ending 38-10 loss to the Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Asked how the Bears might improve in 2017, Jeffery guaranteed a worst-to-first transformation.

As a competitor, I think you would want to say no (it didn’t affect his play), but I think as somebody that’s realistic, and I know my body and know how I can throw a football, I think it would be stupid to say that there weren’t throws that were affected by the wrist or by the shoulder, Bortles said. I think that’s part of playing with injuries.

Things are going to happen, they’re going to affect you differently, you’re going to have to find ways to use other parts of your body to compensate and still deliver efficiently. There were times Cheap Jerseys Made In USA where I didn’t do that.

The shoulder injury occurred Oct. 27, although Bortles didn’t appear on Cheap Jerseys Kids NFL the injury report right away. He says the shoulder was aggravated about a month later, and Bortles did show up on the injury report by Week 12. He says the separation won’t require surgery.

Bortles finished the season with more pass attempts than last year but had 523 fewer yards and 12 fewer touchdowns. His quarterback rating fell to 78.8, which ranked 26th (out of 30) among qualifying passers.

Jaguars’ Blake Bortles has an excuse for his poor play in 2016

Blake Bortles regressed as a quarterback in 2016, and now we know a potential reason why.

The Jaguars passer told ESPN he played over half the season with a separated shoulder. Technically he had a Grade 1 sprain to his AC joint. Bortles also said he played with tendonitis in his right wrist, which he claims was more bothersome than the shoulder.

I guarantee you we are going to win the Super Bowl next year,he told reporters, via the Chicago Tribune, after making one catch for 10 yards in potentially his final game as a Bear.

Chicago’s 3-13 record tied for the most losses in franchise history since the NFL expanded to 16 games in 1978.

Jeffery is no stranger to bold proclamations.

In September, following a 31-17 loss to the Cowboys, he insisted the Bears would rebound from their 0-3 start to challenge for a championship this season.

Remember this date, ‘Sunday Night Football,’ he said. At the end of the year, the Bears are going to be on top. Believe that.

The 2013 Pro Bowler finished this season with 821 yards and two touchdowns on 52 receptions. He Cheap Jerseys In Toronto played in just 12 games, having served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL Cheap Jerseys In China policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Miami needed some sort of spark after another three-and-out, so the Dolphins ran a fake punt on fourth-and-1 with a direct snap midway through the second quarter in their own territory. It was risky, but it worked, and Miami extended its drive.

Tony Romo reassures Cowboys of strong Dak Prescott backup plan

The Cowboys got Tony Romo in for some playing time without Romo getting hurt. And with it, they got reassurance of their Dak Prescott insurance.

Romo relieved Prescott early in the second quarter of Sunday’s meaningless Cheap Jerseys Direct Coupon Week 17 game against the Eagles. It was a risky move, given Romo was in there with backup offensive linemen for a series.

The reward, however, was there, as Romo went 3 of 4 passing for 29 yards and finished his only drive with a 3-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Terrance Williams.

I think at some point in your life, you have to forgive, Vick said Sunday when asked about fans who opposed his appearance. I’m just thankful there’s a lot of people here in this organization, in this city there’s a lot of people who have forgave me and gave me an opportunity to show a different side of myself. That’s the candid part I think people really are starting to exert. I’m just thankful that I got a lot of supporters, and that’s all you can ask for.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank was asked about inviting Vick, and said he did so Cheap Jerseys From USA because of the quarterback’s history with the team.

Michael played an important part in my ownership period and an important part of the history of our franchise, Blank said, via He was thrilled to be here today and I think our fans, based on what I saw and felt, were excited to see him as well.

Jets reportedly have doubts about Christian Hackenberg: ‘He will never make it’

The Jets pulled off the biggest upset of the NFL Draft last year when they took struggling quarterback Christian Hackenberg in the second round, and that included the Buccaneers taking Cheap Jerseys China NHL kicker Roberto Aguayo in the same round.

Hackenberg plodded along the learning curve this season, failing to play one snap on a team with constant quarterback turmoil. New York played Ryan Fitzpatrick, Geno Smith and Bryce Petty all of which were terrible but still no Hackenberg.

Crabtree was understandably upset after the game, saying the referees were treating him like a criminal.

I dont like how they (officials were) talking to me like I was a criminal or Cheap Jerseys Cn something, he said.

Talib seemed particularly proud of the incident; the All-Pro corner could be seen afterward showing teammates what he’d done.

I said if he wears that chain in front of me Im going to snatch it off, Talib told reporters after the game. So he wore it in front of me so I had to snatch it off.

Apparently, the NFL is OK with grabbing a chain off another player’s neck but do not grab your crotch. The league fined Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry $24,309 for grabbing his crotch in a touchdown celebration against the Patriots. He picked up an additional $24,309 fine for slamming his helmet in the same celebration.

Ruthless Patriots fan won’t let ESPN use his photo of Bill Belichick on boat

Bill Belichick must not have known it’s bad luck to be on a boat before a playoff game. Patriots fan Adam Markopoulos tweeted a photo of New England’s coach and his girlfriend Linda Holliday sleeping on the Nantucket Ferry on Sunday afternoon.

No wonder there was a tough 2015 transition to the complexities and versatility of Kyle Shanahan’s offense, especially while breaking in key new personnel among his line, running game and receivers. The 2016 season has been a tribute to Ryan’s dedication to absorbing something so intricate and making it thrive with everyone younger around him.

It was much different from what I had done in the past, Ryan said. Play calls are a lot longer. Being on top of the details and making sure everything is just right is really important. I just felt that we could do some really good things when we all got comfortable together.

So what’s changed about Ryan Nothing, except that other elements of the Falcons have caught up to him.

It’s no different than Brady hitting his sweet spot with Josh McDaniels through two stints. Or Ben Roethlisberger settling into a groove with Todd Haley. Or Alex Smith finding his comfort zone with Andy Reid after being put through the coordinators wringer in San Francisco. Or, more recently, Matthew Stafford Cheap Jerseys Baseball with Jim Bob Cooter, or Eli Manning, to a degree, with Ben McAdoo.

Rodgers and Drew Brees are the rare, lucky QBs in that sense, having Cheap Jerseys Bike their steady mindmelds with Mike McCarthy and Sean Payton, respectively. We’ve also see plenty of partnerships not bring out the best in a QB, such as the Peyton Manning misfit with Gary Kubiak and Flacco hitting a wall post-Kubiak with Marc Trestman.

Shareece Wright paid $632 for an Uber to go from Chicago to a voluntary Bills practice

Veteran cornerback Shareece Wright signed with the Bills in May, and he was set on making it to the team’s voluntary workouts during OTAs. The problem was that Wright was in Chicago, and the Bills are in Buffalo. So Wright called an Uber.

It was quite a trip, as you can see from Wright’s Uber receipt, which Cheap Jerseys Kids NFL was obtained by SB Nation.

Wright also added a $300 tip, which seems fair considering the Uber driver had to trek all the way back to Chicago.

More importantly, Los Angeles invested some valuable draft capital to improve its line from the inside out. This was a poor draft year for blindside-protecting tackles but featured a strong group of mean interior linemen. The Chargers walked away with two of the best. They selected Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney, two players who could have been first-round picks, in the second and third rounds, respectively. Sixth-round pick Sam Tevi, a versatile blocker with Pac-12 experience on both sides of the ball, should also bring value as a swing player from the bench.

That leaves two big question marks for the Chargers on their road to offensive revival: Will their young contributors step up? And will the team avoid the injuries that devastated them in 2016?

Allen could be one of the NFL’s top wideouts — we just don’t know what he’s capable of at this point. He exploded onto the scene with a 1,000-yard campaign his rookie season then raised questions about his future with a disappointing sophomore year. He got back on track by kicking off 2015 with an All-Pro-caliber, eight-game stretch, but health concerns — a kidney injury and a torn ACL — have limited him to just one of the Chargers Cheap Jerseys On Sale last 24 contests.

Seahawks sign QB Austin Davis over Colin Kaepernick

The Seattle Seahawks have signed a quarterback, and it’s not Colin Kaepernick. Monday, the team announced that it signed former Rams, Browns, and Broncos quarterback Austin Davis.

Davis has just 10 career starts, going 3-7 in those games with 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Davis had visited the Seahawks on May 24, just as Kaepernick did.

“A decision was made to further evaluate his condition and to recertify his health moving forward,” the source said, via Anderson.

His Saints teammates have not heard from Fairley regarding the reason for his absence from OTAs, according to Hale.

The Lions selected Fairley in the first round of the 2011 draft, and he spent the first four seasons of his career in Detroit. After one year with the Rams, he signed with the Saints prior to the 2016 season.

Fairley had a career-best 6.5 sacks last season and contributed 43 combined tackles. He signed a four-year, $28 million contract extension with New Orleans this offseason.

Kaepernick has stayed busy with charitable work during his time away from an NFL roster, with his total donations now totaling $700,000. In May, many fans gathered outside of the NFL’s New York headquarters to hold a rally in support of the quarterback.

Others have attempted to explain why Kaepernick Cheap Game Jerseys hasn’t yet been Cheap Jarome Iginla Jerseys signed, but the backlash that any franchise will get for signing him is almost definitely the reason he’s still on the market.

But if Kaepernick’s Instagram is any indication, the quarterback will also bring a lot of fans and support to his next team.

Kelly Kleine, Vikings’ new college scouting coordinator, was ‘twice as good’ as male interns

The list of responsibilities handled by the Minnesota Vikings’ new college scouting coordinator is extensive.

It also has made Kelly Kleine one of the most preeminent members of the 14 women who work for NFL teams in football operations.

Sporting News has learned that Kleine was promoted earlier this week from her role as a college scouting assistant. Based on how much Vikings general manager Rick Spielman has asked Kleine to handle, the bump was well earned.

“She does about 1,000 different things to say the least,” Spielman told Sporting News in a telephone interview. “She basically has her hands in all day-to-day operations on the personnel side.”

Among Kleine’s duties:

Evaluate the Vikings’ current roster and college prospects. That includes attending meetings and delivering presentations to the personnel department and coaching staff.

If ever there was a time for owner Woody Johnson to make one of his rare public appearances, this is it. All he’d have to do, in whatever way he likes, is tell Bowles and the world that his job is safe.

Clearly, not a single player’s job is safe, as Tuesday’s purge proved once and for all. But the Jets have to assure the world that Bowles is not going to be forced to go down with what’s left of this ship.

If the Jets are determined to tank the 2017 season, they can’t make Bowles pay the price for it. They can’t let him be judged by how this team plays. They can’t let him reach the end of Cheap Epl Jerseys the year, leaving him one year to go on his contract, and then make the clichéd announcement about how they “need to go Cheap Dream Team Jerseys in another direction” and are “disappointed in our lack of growth.”

Ravens release Dennis Pitta after suffering hip injury

The Jets’ somewhat shocking release of Harris came less than one week after the team traded for Demario Davis, who spent his first four NFL seasons in New York and returns after one year in Cleveland. The natural assumption is that Davis will replace Harris as the strong-side linebacker in the Jets’ 3-4.

The weak-side linebacker spot still belongs to Darron Lee, the promising 2016 first-rounder who started nine games last season and finished second on the team in tackles. The Jets re-signed both Julian Stanford and Bruce Carter to provide depth in the middle of their defense. Spencer Paysinger was brought in for depth, too.

Speaking of promising second-year players, Jordan Jenkins, last year’s third-round pick, holds down outside linebacker after starting 11 games there last season. Lorenzo Mauldin will line up opposite Jenkins and get more chances to provide an impact. Both again will be expected to aid in the pass rush on passing downs.

Dennis Pitta’s time in Baltimore has come to an end.

The Ravens on Wednesday announced the team has released the veteran tight end after he suffered a hip injury during OTAs last week.

The roster move saved the team $2.5 million in salary cap space.

Doctors confirmed that Pitta dislocated his hip for the third Real Madrid Cheap Jerseys time in five years after previously suffering the injury during traning camp in 2013, and a Texans Cheap Jerseys Week 4 game against the Browns in 2014. His most recent and troubling diagnosis has led to questions about whether he will retire after spending his entire seven-year career in Baltimore.

Pitta, who turns 32 on June 29, was selected by the Ravens in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. After being sidelined with the hip injuries, he returned last season to post a career-high 729 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He also led all NFL tight ends with 86 receptions, which set a franchise record by a tight end for the Ravens.

Chargers tackle King Dunlap arrested on suspicion of violating protective order

Chargers left tackle King Dunlap was arrested Thursday night after police were called to a domestic disturbance complaint at his girlfriend’s Nashville home.

According to an arrest warrant cited by The Tennesseean, Dunlap was Cheap High Quality Jerseys at the home in violation of a protective order that did not allow contact between him and the woman.

According to The Los Angeles Times, the average season-ticket price this season will be roughly $192 per game. That would be by far the highest average ticket price in the NFL (the Bears, at $135 per game, are projected to have the second-most-expensive ticket) and more than double the average ticket price ($84.55) for the Chargers’ last season in San Diego.

Here’s the math that matters to owner Alex Spanos, though: Under this year’s pricing, at the $192 average, the Chargers would have to sell about 26,000 tickets per game (87 percent capacity) to make the $4.8 million in ticket revenue they made for each home game last season at Qualcomm Stadium.

That puts the demand issue in perspective. In the couple of seasons the Chargers will call StubHub Center home, even tepid interest in a city the size of L.A. could carry them over to when the new stadium they’ll share with the Rams opens for the 2019 season.