Monthly Archives: September 2016

Kirk Cousins’ slow start makes Redskins look prudent

The Washington Redskins’ actions this offseason made it clear what they thought of quarterback Kirk Cousins. They needed to see more before they’d fork over large — or larger — amounts of cash.

Two games does not a season make, but through these opening weeks, the Redskins look smart for waiting. That’s not to say Cousins won’t turn it around; he’s struggling, but he played much better last season, so he’s capable of more. After seven games last season, Cousins had thrown only six touchdowns to eight interceptions. He had bad games in there, where he missed open targets or threw costly interceptions. He finished with 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. That’s what you call a turnaround.

Cousins was inaccurate in games last season as well — the first Giants game; at Atlanta — though it decreased as the year unfolded. So he’s capable of hitting these open shots; the hope for Washington stems in part from the fact that guys are open. Sunday, the Redskins scored 23 points despite all their problems. A couple better throws and decisions would have easily put them above 30.

Earlier this month, it was unclear when Graham would get on the field. He was coming off a ruptured patellar tendon injury and did not play at all in the preseason.

But now Graham is playing starter-level snaps and could see a bigger role offensively in upcoming weeks, depending on the injuries to wide receiver Doug Baldwin (knee) and Tyler Lockett (knee).

He’s still working his way back, but the first couple weeks have been encouraging for Graham, and he looks like he’ll continue to be more involved in the offense as the weeks go on.

Asked if a change at quarterback would ultimately be dictated more by Keenum’s play or Goff’s practices, Fisher said: “It will be based on a lot of different things. When he’s under center, you’ll know.”

McCluster will join a San Diego running backs group that includes Melvin Gordon, Kenneth Farrow, Andre Williams and fullback Derek Watt.

The Titans released McCluster, 28, before the season in the cut-down to the 53-man roster limit.

He signed a three-year contract with the Titans in 2014 following the best season of his career in 2013, when he was a Pro Bowl selection as a member of the Chiefs.

In 2013, McCluster led the NFL in punt return touchdowns (2), punt returns (58) and punt-return yardage (686).

Jaguars CB Prince Amukamara re-enacts ‘Lion King’ scene to introduce his son

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Prince Amukamara and his wife recently had their first son and the Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback made a dramatic — and symbolic — birth announcement on Labor Day.

The contract extension is through the 2019 season.

In an Instagram post, Sanders said he was “honored” to announce that he would be remaining with the Broncos past this season.

“Emmanuel has proven himself as a great player and one of the most productive receivers in this league,” Elway said in a statement. “He plays with intensity, and we love the way he competes. We’re thrilled Emmanuel is going to be a Bronco for many more years to come.”

Sanders, 29, is in the third year of a three-year, $15 million contract he signed in 2014.

He has had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons with the Broncos and was named to his only career Pro Bowl in 2014, when he finished with 101 catches for 1,404 yards. He had 76 receptions for 1,135 yards last season.

Bluetooth-powered stereo system that filters into each workout station.

“We’ve been very blessed to get everything that we got in here,” Giemont said.

So that’s what we are dealing with here. To be a bold prediction, it has to be, in fact, bold. Saying I think Aaron Rodgers is going to have a great year is not bold, it is in fact likely to happen based on his talent and previous production. A bold prediction would be to say Rodgers finishes outside the top 15 at QB (he never has been lower than seventh). I’m not saying that, by the way, as Rodgers is my No. 2 QB.

Mularkey is a former tight end and tight ends coach who emphasized that the smashmouth brand of football he wants the Titans playing isn’t all about the run, but all about being physical in everything the team does.

The Titans have historically been a two-tight-end base offense.

In their most recent unofficial death chart, however, they shifted the starting lineup to two running backs.