Before Super Bowl 51, we had rarely seen Tom Brady embarrassed in his playoff career. That changed with one throw and interception return — and something that somewhat resembled a tackle attempt from the GOAT.
Elite Womens Tarell Basham Jersey With the Patriots down 14-0 and trying to rally late in the second half, Brady threw an interception to Robert Alford, who scampered for an 82-yard pick-six.
That not only put the Patriots down in a three-touchdown hole, but it was also the first pick-6 of Brady’s postseason career, a total of 34 games.
Game Jordan Reed Jersey Let’s be clear: This Brady retirement speculation only applies because Patriots beat the Falcons on Sunday. There’s no way the competitive fire that continues to fuel Brady in Year 17 would have allowed him to quit on the heels of another title-game loss. Those two missed opportunities against the Giants still haunt Brady, one of those guys who remembers more about the devastating losses than the career-defining wins.
In pre-draft meetings with our scouts and coaches, I would always emphasize the necessity of focusing on how players performed on the field in games during their college careers as opposed to putting too much stock in Combine and Pro Day performances. Instincts and football savvy don’t always show up in drills.
While it’s nice that a player can run a 4.3 40-yard dash, I would talk about players such as Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Cris Carter, who were 4.5 guys but ran impeccable routes and had great hands. Anthony Carter was a receiver for us with the Vikings who was timed around 4.5, but when he caught a slant in stride, it sure looked like he was running 4.3.
Mike Zimmer revealed that he recently underwent his eighth eye surgery and will need some time off.
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The Vikings coach will be absent during part of the team’s upcoming OTAs so he can recover from his latest procedure, the team announced Monday.
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The rule became a point of contention last fall when the Patriots were forced to put tight end Rob Gronkowski on injured reserve after he suffered a back injury late in the season. Since the team had already recalled third-string passer Jacoby Brissett from the IR a week prior, the designation ended his season, negating any chance of a return should he exceed expectations and heal quickly enough to play during New England’s final march to a Super Bowl title.
San Francisco, somehow, was even worse. Kaepernick and Gabbert were sacked on 8.74 percent of dropbacks — good for 30th in the league. Like Wilson, Kaepernick is a mobile quarterback who understands when to pull down the ball and charge upfield. While Wilson’s rushing numbers dropped to career lows last season, Kaepernick remains a dangerous weapon who can mitigate a collapsing pocket after gaining nearly seven yards per carry in 2016.
Womens Bryan Anger Jersey After his protests of the national anthem gained international press, Kaepernick may be the league’s most recognizable activist. Bennett, however, is not far behind. The All-Pro defensive lineman has been outspoken on issues ranging from the Israel-Palestine conflict to women’s rights to childhood obesity. He’s never shied from issues he deems important nor backed down from an argument.
The NFL is going to ease up on celebration penalties … finally. Roger Goodell released a letter that announced group celebrations, going to the ground, using the ball as a prop, etc., will now be allowed.
But they’re not going to completely surrender their reputation as the No Fun League. Anything with a little too much sexiness is still going to be verboten, stuff like twerking, hip thrusting, crotch grabbing, etc. Also banned still is anything involving a player mimicking a weapon (no bow-and-arrow shoots) or “prolonged” celebrations (gotta keep that clock moving). According to ESPN’s Kevin Seifert, dunking on the goal post is still a penalty as well.
Gronkowski is also known for his bro personality off the field: He has his own party cruise, he chugged beers “for the fans” at the Patriots’ victory parade, and he loves the number 69.
But on the field, he’s different. Last September, head coach Bill Belichick told MMQB that his tight end “is a versatile athlete, but he’s also a versatile guy mentally.
“He can handle a lot of different assignments. Some guys can’t. Either they mentally can’t do it, or it’s just too much and their game slows down. They don’t play to the same skill set you see athletically because they’re thinking too much. That’s not the case with Rob.”
He already registered 405 catches for 6,095 yards and 69 touchdowns in his career and has proved to be one of the best tight ends in the league. The only question surrounding him is if he can stay healthy.
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The lively right-hander broke into the league as a young 21-year-old back in 2015 as a mid-season callup for the Yankees. After posting lights out numbers in Double-A and Triple-A, he showed that he could keep up in the big leaguers. In 62 1/3 innings with the Yankees, Severino posted a 5-3 record and a 2.89 ERA, along with an 8.09 K/9, 4.37 FIP and a 3.72 xFIP, across 11 starts.
Fast forward one year to 2016, when he came into the season with much higher expectations than before. Severino stumbled hard right out of the gate in his first seven starts, managing an 0-6 record and a horrific 7.46 ERA in 35 innings pitched. He was forced into a trip to the disabled list and later returned to the team in August as a reliever.
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After three magnificent relief outings, the team tried to insert Severino back into the rotation, but he faltered in back-to-back outing, leading to him going back to the bullpen. The bullpen wasn’t a bad thing for him and he thrived there. In 42 1/3 innings as a starter in 2016, Severino struggled to an 8.50 ERA, but as a reliever, he was unhittable, posting a 0.39 ERA in 23 1/3 innings. Hitters only had a .105/.209/.158 slash line against him as a reliever, compared with a gaudy .337/.389/.587 slash line against him when starting.
Why he could move soon: For starters, he’ producing better numbers than almost any hitter who could potentially be moved before this year’ trade deadline; he has eight homers and 17 RBIs in 18 games so far in 2017. He’ a free agent after the season, which separates him from most other Tigers who could potentially get moved if the team decides to go full sell-off. They aren likely to extend him, what with all the other burdensome contracts on the books, and even extending a qualifying offer would represent a big raise for Martinez. So if they going to deal him, deal him now.