If the Blue Jays are going to turn it around, they have to start right now

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The Blue Jays are 1-8 and already 5.5 games back in the AL East despite not even playing their 10th game of the season yet. For almost everything good, bad, and in between in baseball, you can say, “well, it’s just April,” but there are exceptions to that, and the Jays are right up against one of those exceptions. Three teams have begun their seasons 1-7 and still ended up making it to the postseason: the 1974 Pirates, the 1995 Reds, and the 2011 Rays.

Last year, the world saw several players fall down the draft board in the first round, most notably Laremy Tunsil, Paxton Lynch, Robert Nkemdiche and Laquon Treadwell. Other predicted first-rounders like Myles Jack, A’Shawn Robinson, Jarran Reed and Reggie Ragland fell out of the first round entirely.

While players who aren’t graded as highly by mock drafters (think Taylor Decker, Keanu Neal, and Artie Burns from last year’s class) come off the board, I expect one of these three Wholesale Jerseys From China players — more likely Thomas or Allen — to drop past the 10th overall pick.

Gonzalez made a bajillion field goals during his time at Arizona State. Or 96. Either way it was a record-breaking amount, and he kept on going by tying the record for field goals at the Senior Bowl.

During the broadcast, NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah reported Cheap Custom Baseball Jerseys that a scout of more than 20 years said Gonzalez has the highest grade of any kicker he’s ever scouted — yes, even higher than Roberto Aguayo, who was a second-round pick last year.

Titans QB facing 5-6 month recovery

Jake Locker could be facing an extensive recovery time, 5-6 months, after undergoing surgery to repair his Lisfranc injury, the Nashville Tennessean reports. Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak said that surgery went well with “no surprises,” but that an exact timetable for Locker’s return is still unknown.

“He heals a little different than other people, but we assume he’ll be able to do something this spring,” Munchak said. “I’m sure it’s something that will be adjusted as he goes through the rehab process. We know he’ll be ready for training camp and OTAs and it is just a matter of exactly how the whole thing will work.”

Meanwhile, Josh Freeman remains on the bench. Freeman was signed by the Vikings on a one-year, $2.83 million contact after he was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before Week 4. He made one start — an ugly outing against the New York Giants on Oct. 21, just two weeks after becoming a Viking — and hasn’t been seen since.

Ponder’s best performance of the season came in Week 10, when he went shook off an interception on his second pass of the game against the Washington Redskins to go 17-for-21 for 174 yards and two touchdowns before leaving late with a dislocated shoulder. He was able to bounce back quickly from the injury, but then started the matchup against the Seahawks 13-for-22 for 129 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions before being yanked.

Cassel went just 5-for-13 for 78 yards, one touchdown Fashion Online Shop Cheap Jerseys and one interception in Ponder’s stead, however, so it’s not surprising that Frazier has opted to start Ponder. The Vikings are doing their best to play their current hand, but it’s clear they Cheap Vikings Jerseys China don’t have a strong card to throw.

Paul Posluszny has been ruled out after suffering a concussion last week.

Jacksonville Jaguars middle linebacker Paul Posluszny has been ruled “out” for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. Posluszny was unable to get cleared after suffering a concussion last week.

Welker has been very valuable to the Broncos offense this season, catching 61 passes for 648 yards and nine touchdowns. Without him, the Denver attack will rely more on wideouts Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, along with tight end Julius Thomas and running back Knowshon Moreno.

If Welker can’t go, it would certainly take out one of the main storylines heading into next Sunday night’s tilt. Welker played six seasons with the Patriots and had over 100 catches in five of them. The former New England star played in two Super Bowls during his tenure there before leaving for Denver and a two-year, $12 million contract this offseason.

Last year the NFL moved touchbacks from the 20-yard line to the 25-yard line. The intention was to reduce the number of returns, long a player-safety issue, by encouraging the receiving team to take the extra 5 yards. It had the opposite effect, causing more teams to try and kick short of the goal line, betting that they Cheap Philadelphia Eagles Jerseys
could stop the returners short of the 25-yard line.

They’ll vote this week to make that change permanent.

Another proposal that could make kickoffs required viewing rather than the usual bathroom and/or guacamole break is a change allowing for touchbacks at the 20-yard line, instead of the 25, if a kicker boots the ball through the upright.

That one probably won’t pass because it could be seen as Cheap Pirates Jerseys an extra advantage for teams playing indoors or in other favorable environments for kickers, ahem, Denver. Too bad, because it would be an extra wrinkle of fun, making big-leg kickers that much more a crucial part of the game.

Leslie Frazier cares about Leslie Frazier’s employment status after December 29.

Alex Mann at Revenge of the Birds breaks down the first-half grades for each position group. No surprises on where their strengths lie:

Linebackers: A- Key losses especially on the outside to Acho and Alexander early on, the unit has held up well. Zero production from second-round pick Kevin Minter is disappointing, but the revival of Karlos Dansby playing at an All-Pro level, and Daryl Washington being the stud he is, have created a formidable duo.

But, as Ted touched on in his Stock Market Report, who’s the Andrew Luck-esque “lock” out of those guys to be the next big thing?

Despite these efforts, the taunting continued. Beyond the well-publicized voice mail with its racial epithet, Jonathan endured a malicious physical attack on him by a teammate, and daily vulgar comments such as the quote at the bottom. These facts are not in dispute.

There is no further elaboration on the nature of the physical attack claimed by Martin’s camp, and the Miami Dolphins organization has not released a statement in response to the latest claims. The NFL is currently investigating the team at the request of the front office to ensure there was no further impropriety.

The two wild card teams are Carolina and San Francisco. The chase for both spots remains wide open, though, with two teams within one game and two others just 1.5 games back. As has been the case in recent years, the wild cards in the NFC likely won’t be determined until the final week of the season.

Leslie Frazier cares about Leslie Frazier’s employment status after December 29. If the Vikings do fire him, do you suppose he wants to go into interviews and have guys say Texans Cheap Jerseys to him, “Hey, you were that guy that spent last year trying to lose football games, right? How’d that work out for you?” Yeah, I’m Cheap Authentic NHL Jerseys pretty sure that he would not. So, Leslie Frazier and company not going to coach to lose.

NFL schedule 2017, Week 10: What to watch in Sunday’s games

Nick Foles unexpectedly joined rare company this weekend, and now we look at whether it’s fair to downplay his achievement in relation to Peyton Manning.
Speaking of the Chiefs, Andy Reid is no stranger to a consistent churn of drafting quarterbacks with high potential even when he appears set at the position. He consistently did that in Philadelphia, and it often paid off in draft-pick rewards or having a solid backup to Donovan McNabb or Michael Vick. Now head coach Chip Kelly can give some thanks to Reid for not leaving the cupboard bare.

Or, it seems even more to the point, leaving the cupboard stocked with a player who presently leads the NFL in some of the most important rate stats.

Foles has 13 touchdowns and no interceptions following his ridiculous seven-touchdown game against the Raiders. His 127.4 passer rating is tops in the NFL, as his 10.9 adjusted yards per attempt. Yes, even better than Peyton Manning, who happens to be having the best season by a QB in NFL history.

Except for Foles, that is!

Of course, there is a big difference between 333 pass attempts and 118 pass attempts. What’s going to happen after a few more starts? Likely, his numbers will decrease. Almost Cheap Barcelona Jerseys certainly. But will Foles actually be able to do enough not just to hold off Michael Vick for the remainder of the season, but keep Kelly from drafting his own QB next April?

Smith is 56-24 as the head coach. He’s led the Falcons to a pair of NFC South titles since being hired in 2008. Atlanta’s made three playoff appearances and went all the way Sports Cheap Jerseys to the NFC Championship game last season.