Patriots feel Demaryius Thomas can ‘make a solid contribution’ this season, Bill Belichick says Patriots’ Tom Brady on facing Steelers in Week 1: ‘We’ve got to be at the top of our game’ A number of teammates and coach Bill Belichick offered their support Friday, just two days before Gordon and company open the season against the visiting Steelers.”Josh has worked hard,” Belichick said, via ESPN. “He’s created an opportunity for himself.”Fellow receiver Julian Edelman added: “Having Josh back is unbelievable.”pic.twitter.com/vw0O1hqXiA— Flash Gordon (@JOSH_GORDONXII) September 6, 2019Gordon was reinstated by the NFL in mid-August after he was suspended indefinitely in December for violating the terms of his reinstatement under the league’s substance abuse policy.The 28-year-old has been in and out of the NFL since the Browns took him in the 2012 supplemental draft.He was suspended two games in 2013 for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, missed all but five games of the 2014 season after failing a drug test, missed all of 2015 after another violation of league policy, and didn’t play in 2016 while hoping to get reinstated into the league. Josh Gordon opened up about his struggles with substance abuse and addiction.Although Gordon has yet to speak with the media since returning to the Patriots, the wide receiver penned an emotional letter that he shared on social media. Patriots activate Josh Gordon off non-football injury list “Before the 2019 season starts, I would like to address an issue that arose toward the end of last season,” Gordon wrote, in part. “It’s been well documented that I have battled substance abuse for quite some time. Unfortunately, I did not take the time to focus on a solution to my problem until this past year.He continued: “Going forward, I will not be discussing the details of my past. I plan to focus on the present and getting better every day. I hope people will judge me on what I do now and in the future.” Related News Gordon eventually played the final five games of 2017 after his reinstatement.In 2018, he was traded to the Patriots and played most of the year before being suspended indefinitely in December.Gordon caught 41 passes for 737 yards and four touchdowns for the Patriots last year.
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky left Sunday’s game against the Vikings in the first quarter after landing awkwardly on his left shoulder.The third-year quarterback was scrambling to escape the pass rush when Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter brought him down from behind. Trubisky’s body twisted awkwardly and he landed hard on his left shoulder. He immediately walked to the sideline, and was replaced by Chase Daniel. The play where Mitch Trubisky got injured.pic.twitter.com/tZ137ASHq7— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 29, 2019Trubisky fumbled the ball on the play and Minnesota recovered, but defensive holding nullified the play.The Bears announced Trubisky had suffered a left shoulder injury and ruled him out for the rest of the game.
Corbin Bosch showed tremendous fight in scoring 45 not out off 65 balls and sharing in a matchwinning, unbeaten sixth-wicket stand of 123 with Behardien.The Cobras’ batting, as fragile as china, was exposed by Steyn and Dala after the Titans had won the toss and sent them in to bat.Steyn was magnificent, dismissing Janneman Malan and Zubayr Hamza in the first over for ducks, and barely bowled a bad ball in his 10 overs.Dala then shattered the rest of the batting line-up, bowling with tremendous pace and aggression, as he took his leading tally of Momentum One-Day Cup wickets this season to 26.That the Cobras bowlers had something to defend was thanks to a fine knock of 65 by young wicketkeeper/batsman Kyle Verreynne, who had some notable help from the experienced duo of Philander (36) and Kleinveldt (32).The Titans will host the winners of Thursday’s semifinal between the Dolphins and the Warriors in Sunday’s final.For more news your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android. Farhaan Behardien may no longer be in the Proteas picture but the veteran batsman showed once again that there are few better than him when it comes to closing the deal.His brilliant unbeaten half-century ensured the Titans are in the Momentum One-Day Cup final thanks to a thrilling five-wicket win over the Cape Cobras at Centurion last night.In a low-scoring semifinal, Junior Dala, with six for 19 – the best ever figures for the Titans in 50-over cricket – and Dale Steyn (10-1-20-3) produced inspirational displays with the ball to bowl the Cobras out for just 187.But the Titans were soon in deep trouble in their run-chase, slumping to 65 for five in the face of some superb seam bowling from Vernon Philander and Rory Kleinveldt.But in Behardien the Titans had the ideal man for a crisis, with the 35-year-old showing tremendous composure and skill.He barely hit a ball in the air as he finished with 75 not out off 92 balls, once again breaking Cape hearts.
Browns QB Baker Mayfield threw for 342 yards last week against the Ravens, but he was merely offering support to a 20-carry, 165-yard, 3-touchdown performance from running back Nick Chubb. Wide receiver Jarvis Landry had 167 receiving yards on 8 catches, while Odell Beckham made just 2 receptions for 20 yards.NFL POWER RANKINGS:Packers, Seahawks, Raiders rise; Cowboys, Bears fall for Week 6The 49ers haven’t strayed from their run-heavy formula. The two-headed monster of Raheem Mostert and Matt Breida has received at least 24 carries in all three of the team’s games, keeping pace with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in most cases.The Browns’ gameplan will surely be to force Garoppolo to make plays for himself rather than handing off on play after play. If defensive coordinator Steven Wilks’ group is successful in that, San Francisco may be on its way to its first loss of the season.Below is all you need to know about Browns vs. 49ers on Monday night, including kickoff time and TV channel. MORE: Full betting preview for 49ers vs. BrownsWhat channel is 49ers vs. Browns on today?TV channel: ESPNLive stream: WatchESPNThe broadcast crew of Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland have the call from San Francisco. Lisa Salters is the sideline analyst, and John Perry is the rules expert. Levi’s Stadium last hosted a Monday night game in Week 10 of last year, when the Giants beat the 49ers 27-23.49ers vs. Browns: What time is kickoff?Date: Monday, Oct. 7Start time: 8:15 p.m. ETSan Francisco will be back on “Monday Night Football” in Week 10, when Seattle visits the 49ers. The Browns played on Monday night Week 2, when they dismantled the lowly Jets, and had a Sunday night game Week 3.49ers schedule 2019WeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTVWeek 1Sept. 8at Buccaneers (W, 31-17)4:25 p.m. ETFoxWeek 2Sept. 15at Bengals (W, 41-17)1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 3Sept. 22vs. Steelers (W, 24-20)4:25 p.m. ETCBSWeek 4BYE—Week 5Oct. 7 (MNF)vs. Browns8:15 p.m. ETESPNWeek 6Oct. 13at Rams4:05 p.m. ETFoxWeek 7Oct. 20at Redskins1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 8Oct. 27vs. Panthers4:05 p.m. ETFoxWeek 9Oct. 31 (TNF)at Cardinals8:20 p.m. ETFox/NFLN/AmazonWeek 10Nov. 11 (MNF)vs. Seahawks8:15 p.m. ETESPNWeek 11Nov. 17vs. Cardinals4:05 p.m. ETFoxWeek 12Nov. 24vs. Packers4:25 p.m. ETFoxWeek 13Dec. 1at Ravens1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 14Dec. 8at Saints1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 15Dec. 15vs. Falcons4:25 p.m. ETFoxWeek 16Dec. 21/22vs. RamsTBDTBDWeek 17Dec. 29at Seahawks4:25 p.m.FoxBrowns schedule 2019WeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTVWeek 1Sept. 8vs. Titans (L, 43-13)1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 2Sept. 16 (MNF)at Jets (W, 23-3)8:15 p.m. ETESPNWeek 3Sept. 22 (SNF)vs. Rams (L, 20-13)8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 4Sept. 29at Ravens (W, 40-25)1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 5Oct. 7 (MNF)at 49ers8:15 p.m. ETESPNWeek 6Oct. 13vs. Seahawks1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 7BYE—Week 8Oct. 27at Patriots4:25 p.m. ETCBSWeek 9Nov. 3at Broncos4:25 p.m. ETCBSWeek 10Nov. 10vs. Bills1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 11Nov. 14 (TNF)vs. Steelers8:20 p.m. ETFox/NFLN/AmazonWeek 12Nov. 24vs. Dolphins1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 13Dec. 1at Steelers4:25 p.m. ETCBSWeek 14Dec. 8vs. Bengals1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 15Dec. 15at Cardinals4:05 p.m. ETCBSWeek 16Dec. 22vs. Ravens1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 17Dec. 29at Bengals1 p.m. ETCBS The Browns are on “Monday Night Football” for the second time in four weeks, this time traveling to face the undefeated 49ers.San Francisco has beaten up on subpar teams thus far, bringing significant intrigue to the Monday night meeting with a Cleveland team that’s lacked consistency but is coming off its best win of the season.
Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler have given us one of the more intriguing NFL snap count watches this season. In Gordon’s first week back playing, it was Ekeler who saw the majority of Chargers’ backfield snaps. In Week 6, it was Gordon despite the Chargers once again trailing most of the game. Heading into Week 7 start-sit decisions, that’s the kind of shift that can matter for fantasy football owners as they look to make waiver wire pickups and start ’em, sit ’em decisions. That’s not the only backfield with intrigue. Both Miami, where Kenyan Drake is on the trading block, and Philadelphia, where Miles Sanders hasn’t seized the lead role like we expected, there’s some RB shifting going on. We could have to get used to hearing “starting running back Mark Walton” for the Dolphins, and for the Eagles, it was Jordan Howard earning his first official start of the season in Week 6. Howard also passes the eye test. He looks more shifty and explosive than he did a year ago in what amounted to a lost season for the Bears. The Eagles have a solid offensive line, which helps the power runner get a few yards to work with before he has to push through contact. Last year, he was frequently hit in the backfield.Sanders saw a season-low six touches in Week 6, the first time he’s received single-digit touches this season. At least for Week 7, you probably have to hold the rookie from Penn State out of your standard fantasy lineups, though he’s still in play in PPR leagues. We’ve seen what he can do in small bursts, but until he puts it all together, this is Howard’s backfield.For snap count reactions for every team, click here. WEEK 7 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerFantasy owners should also be checking in on a few wide receiver groups this week. The 49ers, ahead of a tantalizing matchup with the Redskins, seem to have settled on Dante Pettis as their top wideout — it just took Kyle Shanahan longer than the general public to reach that conclusion. And the Jets look like a formidable offense with Sam Darnold back: Could all three of Robby Anderson, Jamison Crowder and Demaryius Thomas have fantasy value?Last week’s snap count report was a mixed bag. Michael Gallup still looks primed to continue a breakout season, but Andy Reid and Bruce Arians are continuing their weird games, meaning it’s anyone’s guess as to what’s going to happen with Damien Williams and Ronald Jones. We also wondered about Adrian Peterson’s Week 6 outlook – he proved us wrong – and felt good about Gerald Everett, who was just a victim of a brutal Rams’ day at the office.WEEK 7: Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Trade values | Snap countsYou can head to the link just below this paragraph to see our breakdowns of all 32 teams, and you can scroll further for our detailed analysis of the Chargers’ RBs, Eagles’ RBs, Dolphins’ RBs, 49ers’ WRs and Jets’ WRs.Check out our 32-team breakdown of Week 6 snap counts here.Chargers Snap Counts: Melvin Gordon vs. Austin EkelerWe can talk about how disappointing the Chargers have been another time. For now, we’ll stick to the competition between two valuable fantasy running backs. In Gordon’s first game he played this season in Week 5, Ekeler outsnapped Gordon, 46-32. That made some sense, as Gordon was working his way back up to speed and the elite pass-catching back Ekeler was involved in a Chargers’ comeback.The Chargers trailed again Sunday night, but it was still Gordon this time who played 37 plays to Ekeler’s 28. A week after a huge target disparity, both backs received four targets Sunday. Gordon rushed eight times compared to Ekeler’s five. It will probably take another couple weeks for this to have shifted fully to its equilibrium. If I had to guess, it will look a lot like the game we just saw in Week 6, with Gordon playing slightly more than Ekeler. Even in 2018, Gordon never was an 80-plus percent of snaps guy — Ekeler always got his, too. The bigger problem here is that the Chargers’ offense goes through long stretches of ineffectiveness. Whether that’s on Philip Rivers, the players around him or the play calling, we’ll need to see improvements for these running backs to become great fantasy plays. At least based Week 6, Gordon is the safer play in Week 7 against the Titans, but Ekeler still has value, too, especially in PPR formats.WEEK 7 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endDolphins Snap Counts: Kenyan Drake vs. Mark Walton vs. Kalen BallageTalks of a potential Kenyan Drake trade away from the winless Dolphins won’t go away, and they make sense. Why not trade your best offensive player for some type of asset in what is otherwise a lost season? If Drake is moved, that will create an opening for Miami’s primary RB job.For a while, it looked like the underwhelming Kalen Ballage would get the job by default. However, Mark Walton has outsnapped Ballage in the past two weeks, including a 32-4 advantage in a Week 6 loss to the Redskins. That suggests that Walton is now the heavy favorite for carries if Drake were to be moved.In most situations, 32 snaps would be enough to give Walton standalone value. For the Dolphins’ brutal offense, that’s not really the case. We’ve seen Drake struggle to be a top-50 RB in fantasy as the main man. The biggest issue is touchdowns — if the Dolphins never move the ball, you can’t get those magical six-pointers.Walton would obviously encounter that same issue. No matter how many snaps a running back gets for Miami, they will probably disappoint. If Drake is traded, though, there will still be a rush to the waiver wire. Walton will be the guy to grab if that happens.WEEK 7 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPP49ers Snap Counts: Dante Pettis vs. Marquise Goodwin vs. Deebo SamuelAll preseason, Pettis seemed like he should be the guy leading the 49ers’ receiving corps. The only problem was, Kyle Shanahan never seemed convinced of that himself. Then in the season’s first few weeks, we wondered if it was actually Deebo Samuel in the top spot on the depth chart.In the last two weeks, things have reverted to how we expected them to be. Pettis has led the 49ers’ WRs in snaps. His six targets led the receiver corps in Week 6, trailing only tight end George Kittle’s eight.This all comes at the perfect time for Pettis to be an important fantasy player. The 49ers play the Redskins in Week 7. Washington has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to wide receivers in 2019. Pettis will be the San Francisco WR most likely to really boost his season totals.Pettis started the final five games of his 2019 rookie season, and he averaged about four catches for 70 yards with four touchdowns in that span. Four for 70 with a score seems like a good floor for Pettis against the Redskins on Sunday.MORE WEEK 7 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderJets Snap Counts: Robby Anderson vs. Demaryius Thomas vs. Jamison CrowderIt was hard to care about these snap counts at all when Sam Darnold was out and Luke Falk was trying to throw these guys passes. Darnold came back, though, and upset the Cowboys. He threw the ball well and got all three of his wide receivers involved.Anderson was the star, catching a 92-yard touchdown and finishing with five catches for 125 yards. Crowder led the group in targets, with nine to Anderson’s eight and Thomas’ five. Crowder caught six balls for 98 yards. Thomas chipped in four grabs for 62 yards.The snaps were all favorable, too: Out of 62 Jets’ plays, Anderson was in for 57 and both Thomas and Crowder played 50. Crowder has a lot of buzz after receiving 17 Darnold targets in Week 1, and the nine this week suggest that chemistry will continue to play out in a positive manner for Crowder’s fantasy value. Anderson showed why he’s so popular in some fantasy circles, with a week-winning deep touchdown displaying his upside. Even the veteran Thomas should contribute a decent floor week-to-week.All of the buzz here probably needs to wait a week, though. Up next on the schedule is the Patriots. A week later is a neutral matchup with the Jaguars, and the following week is the one where everyone will want these players — a game against the Dolphins. Darnold’s return and their playing time and target shares suggest this trio is legit. If you have the space on your bench, adding them now is a good idea.Eagles Snap Counts: Jordan Howard vs. Miles SandersYou have to go back to Week 3 for the last time the rookie Sanders saw more snaps than the veteran Howard. It was at its biggest gap yet in Week 6, with Howard seeing the field for 41 plays to Sanders’ 19. The preseason expectation was that by this point, Sanders would’ve taken over the majority of playing time. Instead, it’s been the opposite.Before Howard was granted his first official start in Week 6, he’d scored in three-straight games, including his three-TD Week 4. His yards per attempt hasn’t been this good since his rookie year — if the season finished today, Howard’s 4.5 yards per rushing attempt would best 2017’s 4.1 and ’18’s 3.7.
According to CBS, there is “a sense among aggressive general managers that there are more potential trades to be made this year than possibly ever before.” Aside from the aforementioned disparity between the good and bad teams this season, NFL front offices have shown a tendency to be active around the deadline over the last couple seasons.MORE: Follow SN’s live trade tracker for 2019 deadline updatesLast year, nine big-name players — Amari Cooper, Carlos Hyde, Eli Apple, Damon Harrison, Golden Tate, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Dante Fowler, Demaryius Thomas and Ty Montgomery — were traded in the week leading up to the deadline. The year before that, another nine big-name players — Jimmy Garoppolo, Kelvin Benjamin, Adrian Peterson, Dontrelle Inman, Marcel Dareus, Duane Brown, Jeremy Lane, Rashard Robinson and Jay Ajayi — were traded, with six of them being moved on deadline day.In 2019, more big names are being mentioned in trade rumors. Some players like Jalen Ramsey (before he was moved) and Trent Williams have been relatively clear in their desires to be moved, but others like A.J. Green and Kenyan Drake, who may or may not care to be traded, could be dealt as a result of their teams’ ineptitude.Below is all you need to know about the approaching 2019 NFL trade deadline, including the latest rumors around notable players who might be dealt.MORE: 10 players most likely to be traded at the 2019 NFL deadlineWhat time is the NFL trade deadline 2019?Date: Tuesday, Oct. 29Time: 4 p.m. ETThe NFL trade deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 29. Though the cutoff time is 4 p.m. ET, sometimes deals that were sent to the league office at the last minute are announced or reported after the deadline passes. So stay tuned for NFL trade news even after the deadline hits.Chances are, it will be a very busy day for the NFL’s transaction wire. That has been the case for the last two NFL trade deadlines.Last year, five players were traded on deadline day. The year before that, six players were traded on deadline day.MORE: Potential trade targets for all 32 NFL teams at the 2019 deadlineCan NFL teams trade after the trade deadline?No. Not for the rest of 2019, at least.When the Oct. 29 trade deadline arrives at 4 p.m. ET, all trading for 2019 ends. NFL teams will not be able to complete trades again until the 2020 league year begins March 18 at 4 p.m. ET.However, before the 2020 trading period begins, teams can agree to trades in principle even though the deals can’t be finalized until March 18. This is what the Chiefs did a couple years ago, when they dealt quarterback Alex Smith to the Redskins in January even though the trade couldn’t be finalized for a couple months.MORE: How a well-timed trade for Cam Newton would help Bears’ QB issuesNFL trade news— Oct. 28: The Browns traded linebacker Genard Avery to the Eagles in exchange for an undisclosed 2021 draft pick.— Oct. 28: The Jets traded defensive lineman Leonard Williams to the Giants in exchange for a third-round draft pick in 2020 and a fifth-round draft pick in 2021.— Oct. 28: The Dolphins traded running back Kenyan Drake to the Cardinals in exchange for a 2020 sixth-round draft pick that could become a fifth.— Oct. 24: The Patriots traded defensive end Michael Bennett to the Cowboys in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick.— Oct. 22: The Lions traded safety Quandre Diggs and a 2021 seventh-round pick to the Seahawks in exchange for a 2020 fifth-round pick.— Oct. 22: The Broncos traded wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and a 2020 fifth-round pick to the 49ers in exchange for a 2020 third-round pick and a 2020 fourth-round pick.— Oct. 22: The Falcons traded wide receiver Mohamed Sanu to the Patriots in exchange for a second-round draft pick. New England, in need of receiver help, reportedly had tried to make a deal for Sanu before the 2019 NFL Draft. Looking to rebuild amid a bad season, Atlanta finally gave in.— Oct. 21: The Raiders traded cornerback Gareon Conley to the Texans in exchange for a third-round pick. The deal was made days before Houston was scheduled to host Oakland in Week 8.— Oct. 16: The Jaguars traded cornerback Jalen Ramsey to the Rams in exchange for a 2020 first-round pick, a 2021 first-round pick and a 2021 fourth-round pick.— Oct. 16: The Rams traded cornerback Marcus Peters to the Ravens in exchange for linebacker Kenny Young and a 2020 fifth-round pick.— Oct. 15: The Browns traded offensive lineman Austin Corbett to the Rams in exchange for a 2021 fifth-round pick.— Oct. 8: The Bills traded wide receiver Zay Jones to the Raiders in exchange for a 2021 fifth-round pick.— Oct. 1: The Falcons traded linebacker Duke Riley and a 2020 sixth-round pick to the Eagles in exchange for safety Johnathan Cyprien and a 2020 seventh-round pick.MORE: Packers, 49ers, Bills among best trade fits for A.J. GreenNFL trade deadline rumors: Potential trade targetsAccording to CBS, the Saints, Eagles, Ravens, Chiefs, Patriots and Seahawks “have already begun laying the framework for potential deals” ahead of this year’s trade deadline. All of those teams have something in common: a status of legitimate contenders. Those teams are among the potential buyers.For the most part, the potential sellers ahead of this year’s trade deadline also have something in common: no chance at the playoffs. Teams like the Dolphins, Bengals and Broncos might be inclined to turn their attention toward 2020.Below are some notable players who have been mentioned in NFL trade rumors as the Oct. 29 deadline approaches.Darius SlayThe team that moved on from safety Quandre Diggs earlier this month might not be done dealing players from its secondary. According to ESPN, Detroit’s star cornerback is drawing interest: “The Lions have gotten calls about Slay, though it would take a lot to pry him out of Detroit.”Slay’s current contract keeps him with the Lions through 2020. Trading him would give Detroit roughly $12.8 million in cap savings while leaving dead cap hits of $3.15 million this year and $2.9 million in 2020.Von MillerAccording to NFL.com, if the Broncos continue to lose games this season, everybody in Denver but Von Miller could become available as the trade deadline approaches. Of course, the 30-year-old pass-rusher is Denver’s most attractive asset and would bring a hefty return in a deal. The Broncos can’t ignore all possibilities.Miller, the fifth highest paid defensive player in the NFL, has two years left on his current deal beyond 2019. If the Broncos were to trade him, they would take dead cap hits of $8,125,000 in 2019 and $11,850,000 in 2020, but they would get an immediate $17 million in cap savings — not to mention whatever draft picks would arrive in a deal.Also worth mentioning: Miller is notably pro-player movement.A.J. GreenIn a development that surprises nobody, CBS reported the Patriots, of all teams, “are expected to push for” a trade for Green. Multiple teams should, because despite the 31-year-old wide receiver’s recent health issues, he still has undeniable talent.Green is in the final year of his contract, and the Bengals are ripe for trades as they gear up for a rebuild with new coach Zac Taylor. At long as team owner Mike Brown is willing to play ball, that is.CBS reported teams are “eager” to try to trade for Cincinnati players like Green, but that Brown is generally apprehensive when it comes to such deals.”If they wanted to, and they did this right, they could be right there with the Dolphins and Raiders when it comes to 1, 2, and 3s in the next few drafts,” a GM told CBS. Added another GM: “We’ve gone over the roster and the contracts. It is begging for trades, but I’m not sure they’ll seriously consider it. That’s not how Mike Brown operates.”Patrick PetersonThe Eagles reportedly tried to trade for the 29-year-old corner last year. Philadelphia remains in need of secondary help, which is why the team already attempted to trade for Ramsey, and could instead turn its attention to Peterson.The Cardinals have missed Peterson during his six-game suspension to begin the 2019 season, and with Kyler Murray already in place as the baseline for the offense, Arizona could decide the corner is worth an extension as the team looks to contend as soon as possible. Along those lines, ESPN reported the Cardinals “are not interested” in trading Peterson.Still, at least three teams have called Arizona about the corner, per ESPN.Beyond 2019, Peterson has one year left on his contract. If the Cardinals were to trade him, they would be left with dead cap charges of just $884,588 in 2019 and $634,588 in 2020 while freeing up $7,117,647 in cap space. Arizona also would land solid draft assets in a deal.Trent WilliamsRedskins president Bruce Allen for months had claimed the team was not considering a Williams trade, which was a predictably ignorant stance for this disaster of a franchise. Something apparently changed Monday, when NFL Media reported Washington suddenly was willing to listen to offers.By all accounts, the relationship between the 31-year-old left tackle and his team is irreparable, and the holdout that began over the summer is expected to last through the entire season. According to CBS, GMs around the NFL have “used adjectives like ‘ridiculous,’ ‘unbelievable’ and ‘backwards’ to describe the team’s approach” to the Williams situation.Some have suggested Washington could land at least a first-round pick in a Williams trade considering Houston sent Miami two firsts and a second for Laremy Tunsil last month. Perhaps another team will take the bait, allowing the Redskins to receive an offer that would end their stand-off with Williams.Stefon DiggsDiggs is being mentioned in trade rumors only because he admitted there’s some truth to the idea that he wants out of Minnesota.However, the Vikings still need Diggs, and they recently gave the 25-year-old wide receiver a five-year contract extension worth $72 million (roughly $40 million guaranteed).Not only does a Diggs trade make little sense for Minnesota from a football perspective, but dealing him would leave the team with dead cap charges of $3.1 million in 2019 and $9 million in 2020 while bringing it only $9 million in cap relief.For those reasons, only a player-for-player trade might make sense for the Vikings should they feel forced to move Diggs. And those kinds of deals are rare.Aqib TalibLos Angeles might not be done with its cornerback movement ahead of the 2019 NFL trade deadline. According to ESPN, the Rams are “open to trading” the 33-year-old Talib, who was placed on injured reserve with fractured ribs but is eligible to return later this season. Talib already turned down one trade opporunity, per ESPN. The Rams acquired Jalen Ramsey in a trade with the Jaguars earlier this month and are looking to clear some salary in order to extend their new star corner. Talib is on the final year of the six-year contract he signed with Denver in 2014. Why are NFL trades so rare?Yes, NFL general managers have been more aggressive around the trade deadline in recent years, but compared to the frenzy seen in the NBA, for example, NFL trades are still relatively rare.In short, it boils down to four issues: signing bonuses/dead cap charges, space under a hard salary cap, compensation/compensatory picks and spending requirements. Sporting News contributor Jason Fitzgerald explains in detail here why that’s the case. The NFL trade deadline in 2019 will arrive with the same questions it carries every year. How many trades will occur before the deadline hits? Who is being mentioned in the latest NFL trade rumors? These questions are increasingly fair in a league where general managers are becoming more aggressive around the trade deadline.Some are expecting the 2019 NFL trade deadline to be particularly busy, in part because a handful of teams are clear sell candidates thanks to their hopeless records. Plus, a handful of contenders have obvious weaknesses that could be addressed before the trade deadline.
E-mail: email@example.com The Utah basketball team just won its 20th game for the 10th time in the past 11 years. It stands 20-3 and is ranked No. 15 in the country. The Utes are arguably playing their most exciting basketball in at least six years, perhaps even longer. The team has a new fan-friendly coach in Ray Giacoletti, who is allowing his players considerably more exposure to the media than the past coach.So why isn’t anyone coming out to see the Utes play?OK, there are fans coming to the Huntsman Center to see Ute games. However, the home attendance is 1,000 lower than a year ago, when it was the lowest in 15 years. The average attendance, right now, is the lowest since the 1975-76 season. And that’s paid attendance.Anyone who has been to Ute games this year couldn’t help but notice the number of empty red seats in the season-ticket holder sections, and the nosebleed seats are usually empty. Barring sellouts during the final four games, the home attendance will have declined for the eighth time in the past nine years.It’s a trend that Utah athletic director Chris Hill is concerned about, but something he understands.”Over the past four years we’ve lost about 2,000 customers,” he said. “It’s been a slow decline since ’99 because of several factors, most of which are getting eliminated now.”The best year for Utah basketball attendance was 1995-96 when Keith Van Horn was a junior and an average of 14,281 came to the 15,000-seat Huntsman Center. The attendance stayed high for the next three seasons, before starting a steady decline in 1999-2000.It dropped to 13,248 that year and another thousand to 12,236 the following year. The next two years it went to below 12,000 and then last year dropped below 11,000 for the first time since 1988-89 at 10,901.Going into Saturday’s Colorado State game, the season average is just 9,941. The last time Utah basketball averaged fewer than 10,000 fans for a season was 1975-76 at 9,352. Even during the mediocre Lynn Archibald years, the Utes never averaged fewer than 10,300 fans.With an average of 12,000 over the final four games, the season average would get close to 10,500, and with the annual BYU game still coming up (Feb. 26), the Utes should finish at about that level for the season.Hill blames a variety of factors for the decline, from a lagging economy to the 2002 Olympics to too many late Monday games to a successful football team. Other factors include Ute teams not being quite as good and unattractive preseason schedules.”Quite frankly, the team hadn’t performed like it did in the late ’90s,” Hill said. “The past two years, football really overshadowed (basketball) a lot. We also had a lot of games that weren’t attractive that we’re going to fix.” Let’s look at the factors Hill mentioned. Economy: It’s true the econony of the 21st Century hasn’t been like the late ’90s. Sports attendance has been lagging in other parts of the country as well. But ticket prices have been going up and prime seats at the Huntsman Center require a donation to the Crimson Club, increasing the cost as much as $50 per ticket per game. Olympics: It wasn’t just the distraction of the Olympics for one year. It was all the construction at the U. before that and the lack of parking spaces that may have inconvenienced some fans enough to make them stop coming to games. Monday games: Some fans may have opted not to come to the 10 p.m. games, but it wouldn’t have affected paid attendance much. You could argue that some fans may have chosen not to get season tickets when the Utes had four late Monday games, although it probably wasn’t the main factor. Football: The euphoria over the Utes’ unbeaten football season probably kept a few fans away from the early season basketball games this season. As U. ticket manager Dave Copier said, “People still don’t think football is over.” Schedule: It wasn’t much different the last four years over the previous years when Rick Majerus would bring in the likes of Cardinal Stritch and Azusa Pacific on a regular basis. The difference is that there are two more non-league games since the Mountain West Conference began in ’99, so the number of patsy teams on the slate has been larger. This year, Ute fans had to put up with the likes of Stony Brook, Montana-Western, Northern Colorado, Coppin State and Whitworth, not to mention the two exhibition games that are part of the season-ticket package. Lack of success: Sure the Utes weren’t as good the last four years as they were the previous four years. But they still went 57-7 at home from 2000 through 2004 and are 12-0 this year. If fans like a winner, they still have one in Utah basketball. So what are the solutions?The Utes can’t do much about the economy, although it has been improving. The Olympics are long gone, and with TRAX, it’s actually easier for many fans to get to the games. Late Monday games are apparently a thing of the past with the MWC starting a new TV deal.As for football, of course, the Utes don’t want any less success. But it is unlikely the football team will be unbeaten and in the top 10 every year.As for on-court success, Giacoletti has fielded an exciting and successful team this year and seems to have recruited well for the future.The one thing the Utes can control is the schedule, and they aim to make it more palatable for the fans.”We’ve gotten the message,” Hill said of fan complaints about recent schedules.Next year the Utes will have two more Mountain West Conference games overall when TCU joins the league. That will give the Utes two fewer nonconference games to fill.Hill said the Utes will also likely add one more nonleague road game.So right there, that knocks off three nonleague home games.With eight league home games, a game against either Utah State or Weber State and one against Southern Utah, the Utes will have about five games to fill. They usually get one big-name team like Arizona, which is coming next year, and sometimes two.That leaves three games, and if the Utes can schedule some teams from the Big Sky, Big West or WAC, that should make the home schedule more pleasing. Then they won’t have to bring in a Coppin State team from Baltimore or play any non-Division I teams such as Whitworth or Montana-Western.”We’re going to be fine again in basketball,” said Copier. “We have focused a lot on football, and next year we’ll jump on basketball in our marketing.” Said Hill: “Ray and I have talked about it a lot and know what we need to do. I’m very optimistic that we can start growing this program again.”
FORT COLLINS — After gaining 183 yards and 197 yards in the past two games against Nevada and Air Force, Colorado State running back Kyle Bell was bottled up by the Utah defense most of the night.He picked up just 42 yards on 17 carries through three quarters. But then he exploded in the fourth quarter.Bell ran 19 yards for one gain that helped set up the Rams’ go-ahead score at 15-14. Then after Utah went ahead 17-15, Bell ran all five plays of the Rams’ winning 77-yard drive, finishing with a 49-yard touchdown scamper down the sideline with 5:05 remaining.”They changed their personnel a bit in the second half, but nothing changed,” said Ute defensive coordinator Gary Andersen. “The bottom line is (Bell) got out and made a nice run. We didn’t make a play, that’s what it comes down to.”CH-CHANGES: The Utes made a couple of changes on the defensive side of the ball for Saturday’s game.Freshman Brice McCain started at left cornerback in place of Ryan Smith, who started 15 of 16 games he’s played in since joining the Utes.At the open end spot, junior Soli Lefiti started in place of Alex Puccinelli, who started the past three games after Martail Burnett started the first two. Coach Kyle Whittingham said the change was made because of Lefiti’s size (265 pounds) compared to Puccinelli (220 pounds) or Burnett (235).Smith entered the game late in the first quarter after McCain was burned a couple of times by David Andersen, who caught eight passes on the night for 120 yards, and made an interception late in the first quarter, stopping a CSU drive inside the 10-yard line.McCain finished with five tackles, second-best on the team, while Lefiti finished with three tackles.MORE RED: In an apparent effort to break their luck on the road, the Utes showed up wearing red pants with their white jerseys, instead of the usual white pants as they did all of last season and so far this season.It didn’t help break the losing skid on the road, so who knows which pants the Utes will wear at UNLV in two weeks.NO REDSHIRT: Marquis Wilson, the highly-touted freshman receiver from Juan Diego High School, hadn’t played in the first five games and was apparently going to redshirt.However, he made the trip and entered the game on Utah’s fourth play of the game, a pass to John Madsen.Wilson didn’t play much after that and made no catches on the night.GANTHER GAINS: Last week, Whittingham said he needed to get more production from his tailback position. However, the first few Ute offensive series were mostly quarterback Brian Johnson, who carried the ball six times on Utah’s opening drive compared to Quinton Ganther’s two carries.In the first half, Johnson had 11 carries for 33 yards, while Ganther had eight carries for 45.However, in the second half, Ganther carried the ball 10 times for 67 yards and finished with 112 yards on 18 carries, his third 100-yard night of the year, while Johnson finished with 48 yards on 19 carries.GAME NOTES:Dan Beardall has kicked a field goal is each of Utah’s six games and he is now 8-of-9 on the season . . . In the last 10 games between Utah and CSU in Fort Collins, the Rams have won six and Utah four with the point total favoring CSU 249-248. All but one of the games has been decided by 10 points or less with six being decided by four points or less . . . The Utes have been outscored 53 to 16 in the fourth quarter this year . . . Utah was 9 of 17 on third-down conversions and 2-of-3 on fourth downs . . . For the game, Utah outgained Colorado State 425 yards to 377. Both teams had 18 first downs . . . Utah’s next game is Saturday at home against San Diego State at 5 p.m. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Win just inches away, Utes feel pain of loss Related
Related Ute camp reportDay 13: Coach Kyle Whittingham called it a “very upbeat day” as the Utes held a two-hour morning practice with pleasant temperatures in the 60s before a big rainstorm rolled through just after practice ended.Standouts: The defense dominated the final 20 minutes and stopped the No. 1 offense at the goal line on three straight tries. Terrance Cain continues to look sharp in his backup quarterback role.Injuries: Freshman receiver Kenneth Scott hurt his ankle Thursday and joined a dozen others in the injury pit.Next up: Today will be the last day of two-a-days and Saturday will be the final scrimmage before regular afternoon practices next week. Utes plan practice days to minute
Five golfers shot 65s to lead a group of 46 qualifiers for this week’s Utah Open golf tournament at Oakridge Country Club.Local pros Devin Daniels and Alexander Theodore joined out-of-state pros Nick Latimer, James Drew and Tom Glissmeyer with the 7-under-par rounds at Glen Eagle Golf Course in Syracuse.Four golfers, Dusty Fielding, Blake Moore, Zenon Brown and Robert Fillmore each shot 66, while Christopher Peterson came in at 67. Amateurs Devon Purser, Kelton Hirsch and McCoy Willey joined Kurt Watkins and Steele DeWald at 68. A score of 73 was needed to qualify for the Open.The annual tournament, sponsored by Siegfried and Jensen, will be played Friday through Sunday at Oakridge.ROCKY MOUNTAIN OPEN: Sandy’s Dustin Pimm edged another Sandy golfer, Steve Schneiter at the Enstrom Rocky Mountain Open Sunday at Bookcliff Country Club in Colorado.Pimm, a 25-year-old former University of Utah golfer, won the $8,000 first prize after forcing a playoff on the final hole and won on the first playoff hole.SLC SENIOR AM: Former State Amateur champion Todd Barker captured the Salt Lake City Senior Amateur at Rose Park Golf Course, defeating David Cannon by four strokes with a 134 total. Brent Marriott was third at 139.email: email@example.com