Anderson’s goal in OT gives Blue Jackets 1-0 win over Flames

Josh Anderson scored two minutes into overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets their fifth straight win, 1-0 over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night.

Columbus activated C Lukas Sedlak, who had missed 13 games with an ankle injury. … Blue Jackets C Alexander Wennberg has missed three games with an upper-body injury and remains day-to-day. … Gaudreau has registered a point in all but four games this season. … Columbus’ Cam Atkinson played in his 400th NHL game, while Zach Werenski took the ice for the 100th time.

It is possible, maybe even probable, that the Seattle Seahawks’ famed Legion of Boom secondary has played its final defensive snap together.

When viewers tune in to see the Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football, they will see only free safety Earl Thomas remaining from the secondary that has driven much of Seattle’s historic success on defense during the Pete Carroll era.

Left cornerback Richard Sherman is beginning an arduous rehab from a torn Achilles tendon and will be 30 years old heading into the final year of his contract. Strong safety Kam Chancellor, who will turn 30 four days after Sherman does, has missed 11 of the Seahawks’ past 50 games and could miss the final seven this season if his neck injury is as ominous as reports suggest.

Sherman brushed off the assistance of trainers as he walked off the field on his own power, but it appeared he was telling Seattle teammates on the sideline that he tore his Achilles.

“He’s got to get checked and all that kind of stuff, but the doctors are really clear about it that he ruptured his Achilles,” Carroll said. “There’s no coming back from that until you get surgery and all that kind of stuff.”

He’s a dynamic athlete who will get tested by the NFL’s deep threats but should be more than able to hold his own

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Adams shows no hesitation when it comes to making hits and stopping big plays before they can unfold. Though his combine numbers were solid but unspectacular, he boosted his stock with a stellar pro day performance. His 40-yard dash time dropped from a mediocre 4.56 seconds to a lightning-fast 4.33.

Authentic Mark Jackson Jersey He’s a dynamic athlete who will get tested by the NFL’s deep threats but should be more than able to hold his own. College offenses tried to suck him into the line of scrimmage with play-action plays throughout his career with limited success. LSU held opposing passers to a 111.1 rating last fall, the 15th-best mark in FBS.

The draft was so deep on the back end, that a super talented player like Clemson product Cordrea Tankersley slips to the third round and college stars like Iowa’s Desmond King and Miami’s Corn Elder went on the third day.

After an early run on offensive skill players, this draft skewed heavily defensive overall. In total, the third round featured 25 of 43 picks on the defensive side of the ball.

It’s impossible to divorce the run on DBs from the notion that the game has shifted more and more toward passing, meaning good quality DBs are higher in demand. Rule changes, the increased influence of spread offenses on players (and coaches) at lower levels of the sport, increasing levels of aggression by offensive coaches on early downs, and the evolution of athletes over time have all contributed to the game’s constantly increasing emphasis on spreading the field out wide and deep. And somebody’s gotta defend all that passing.

Nobody wants the Pro Bowl, so why does it still exist?

The Pro Bowl, supposedly featuring the football’s biggest stars, kicks off Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN live from Honolulu. Except the game won’t actually “kick off,” since the Pro Bowl’s game-specific rules outlaw kickoffs. And most of the game’s biggest stars decided they didn’t want to play, with a record number of players declining invitations this year. I guess it’s still football, technically.

So once again, it’s time to ask: Why does the Pro Bowl exist? Considering the lack of player, fan and league interest, it’s hard to tell.

In 2014, former NFL player and NFLPA executive Domonique Foxworth revealed that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wanted to get rid of the Pro Bowl — if it wasn’t for the NFLPA’s intervention.

“Roger was very serious about potentially canceling the Pro Bowl because apparently it’s very expensive and isn’t of a ton of value to them,” Foxworth told USA TODAY Sports this week.

“To be honest with you, I was completely comfortable with eliminating it until I talked to the players, and they said they loved it and they want to be there.”
OK, so the guy in charge of the NFL doesn’t like the game which the NFL holds, but they still do it because the players absolutely love it. Makes sense. One problem:

Each Pro Bowl team has 44 players, so if every selected player played in the game, there would be 88 players invited. This year, 133 players were invited, thanks to the most declined invitations in Pro Bowl history.

Some of the players declined for good reasons. 14 declines were by players on the Panthers and Broncos, who play in the Super Bowl next week, and therefore can’t be bothered with the Pro Bowl. Some players are rehabbing injuries.

Meanwhile, the potential negatives are big. They could injure themselves or aggravate a prior injury. After five months of ramming their bodies into opponents, I’d probably decline another week too.