Richardson wasn’t the only one to comment on the Jets’ leadership and locker room Tuesday

This one is awesome. He bobbles the snap, has to look down to pick the ball up, and throws a strike with a man putting him off balance.

A tight split by the receiver to the bottom of the screen means space to work back to the sideline after the play-action fake. The corner, No. 23, is in a zone turn, meaning he’s facing inside and to the QB, so he’s going to have a tough time covering that route. He has to either roll over the top and lose track of the receiver or hit the brakes and swing open his right leg to drive on the route. Either way it’s tough, and this route is almost designed to get open vs. this cornerback technique. Rosen also puts it in a great spot.

This one shows more of an off balance throw on the run, because Rosen realizes he’s being chased from the backside. He’s a little high, but it’s still a really good throw.

“From that moment, all I saw was this guy is committed to being a better person and a better teammate,” Marshall told reporters about Richardson’s behavior after serving his latest suspension. “He has been getting better every single day. Has it been perfect? No. But he’s light years from where he was last year. I commend him for that.”

Richardson wasn’t the only one to comment on the Jets’ leadership and locker room Tuesday. Former quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick discussed his displeasure with the way the team handled its passers last fall.

#Bucs backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick on losing his job with Jets: “it’s a game of musical chairs and they pulled the chair out from under me.”
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St. Jude patient Kate Foster to announce the Chicago Bears Round 2 pick

During last years draft, the Cleveland Browns selected St. Jude patient and cancer survivor Shon Coleman with the No. 76 overall pick. A year later, the NFL is giving another St. Jude patient the chance to walk across the draft stage. Gymnast and Illinois native Kate Foster will be announcing the second-round selection (No. 36 overall) for her favorite team, the Chicago Bears, during the 2017 NFL Draft.

Foster had been a competitive gymnast since she was 8 years old and didnt let her cancer diagnosis in 2010 keep her from what she loved. After undergoing the initial treatments for acute myeloid leukemia, which included chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, she ended up losing her left leg due to complications.
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The Browns felt they needed to make an upgrade at the tight end position, so they decided to trade back into the first round to select Njoku with the No. 29 pick. He is one of the best prospects in this years draft class and a solid pass-catching tight end.

Releasing Barnidge doesnt affect the Browns much because Njoku can come in and handle the pass-catching responsibilities Barnidge once held. The 31-year-old tight end was a Pro Bowler in 2015 when he caught 79 catches for 1,043 yards, but his production dipped last year.

Limited Womens Nick Foles Jersey Barnidge can still be a productive player for whatever team signs him next. He racked up 55 receptions for 612 yards and two touchdowns in 2016 with the Browns rotating cast of quarterbacks. Hes also a good blocking tight end.

In eight seasons, Barnidge caught 178 passes for 2,258 yards and 14 touchdowns. If youre a team looking for a reliable target, you must sign him.

Roddy White is 34. His knees are starting to give him more trouble

Impressive metrics. It’s easy to see why some fantasy and draft writers are still in his corner.

Roddy White is 34. His knees are starting to give him more trouble. He needed one knee drained prior to minicamp, and he said there’s a possibility that it’ll need to be drained again during the season. Read his comments about the situation and tell me you don’t come away at least mildly concerned.

Surely you recall Julio Jones’ injury issues as well. I’m not promoting any sense of the “injury prone” notion, but I’m telling you Hankerson could explode if either White or Jones misses time.

Matt Ryan attempted 628 passes in 2014, second most in the NFL. The Falcons offense has proven itself capable of producing two players in the WR1 to WR2 range. Hankerson does not cost you anything at this point. Keep him on your radar in all formats.

He returned for the last four games of the season, but the results were mixed. He started three of of those contests, and the Raiders handed it off to him more than 20 times in two of them. He only averaged more than 3.7 yards per carry once during that time span, however. If you didn’t actually watch the games, you might figure he was just a one-hit wonder who caught the Chiefs slipping. I would beg to differ.

Murray was still playing well and still flashed. It just wasn’t quite as flashy as what he did in the Chiefs game. I think Murray’s impressive combination of size (6’3 and 230 pounds) and freakish athleticism will allow him to take over as the undisputed starting running back for the Raiders this year.

Can you imagine trying to tackle a dude that big who clocked a sub-4.4 40-yard dash at his pro day? Hey man, good luck with that. Add in the fact that the Raiders’ offensive line should build off their play last year and be a solid unit, and Oakland may actually be able to grind the shit out of people with its ground game this year. Don’t forget that new head coach Jack Del Rio is an old-school guy who loves to run the ball. I think the sky is the limit for Murray.

Packers vs. Lions live stream: How to watch ‘Sunday Night Football’ online

The final game of the regular season is one of the most important yet. The Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions meet up with the NFC North title on the line, in the season finale of Sunday Night Football. As always, the game is on NBC and can be streamed online at NBC Sports Live.

This is ostensibly a “win or go home” game, but the Lions and Packers will both be watching Washington closely earlier in the day. Washington (8-6-1) controls its playoff destiny and will clinch the No. 6 seed if it beats the New York Giants, meaning that the loser of this game is sitting at home next week.

However, if Washington loses, then both NFC North teams are in the playoffs and this game will just determine seeding. There’s also a wacky scenario where the Lions and Packers tie, and both get in regardless of what Washington does, which would certainly be a unique outcome.

But that doesn’t mean that Sunday Night Football no longer bears consequences for the two teams. The winner will be the NFC North champion and host of a playoff game, while the loser will land the No. 6 seed.

Green Bay earned a spot in the playoffs thanks to a timely winning streak that came after a 4-6 start. Following a fourth consecutive loss, Aaron Rodgers told reporters that he thought the Packers could finish the season without any more losses.

“I feel like we can run the table, I really do,” Rodgers said, via ESPN. “The offense is starting to click a little bit more; we’ve just got to put together a game where we’re more consistent from the first snap to the last. We’ve been, I think, getting closer to that. We’ve really been clicking, at times, in the last few games.”

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I wasn’t surprised. I find that sometimes, that’s the role I play in people’s lives. They like the advice. They like the column or the podcast or the Sunday show. But sometimes they just want someone to talk to — someone who understands what they are going through. And so, from Sunday night through Tuesday, my inbox exploded, my phone lit up, my Twitter was going nuts.
“My heart hurts.”

If I am being honest, I had some of the same sort of feelings. Been a rough month for me, both personally and professionally, with a variety of things going on in my life. So I understood and appreciated as the messages rolled in.

They were all different, yet they were basically all the same; talking about their pain, their hurt, their disappointment.

They were all the same … except one.

Brian Kenny’s note was different.

LeGarrette Blount, Patriots: You know that old adage that you can’t trust New England running backs? Well, with at least 18 carries in six of his past seven games, it would certainly appear you can trust Blount. As we’ve said all year, you can run on Denver, as the Broncos have allowed at least 110 rushing yards in five of the past seven.

On the road in Denver, it’s always dangerous to try to predict what the Patriots will do, but for the majority of the season, they have given Blount lots of run. He has 10 games with at least 18 carries and has 13 touchdowns in those games. The Broncos are 27th against the run but first against the pass the past four weeks, so yeah, Blount is a RB1 for me this week, even in a tough road game.

Farewell, Jim Tomsula, the NFL’s Uncle Buck

If you attended public school in the United States for an appreciable amount of time, you likely had a teacher who was not the original plan. This might have been a substitute unexpectedly bumped up to full-time status, or someone who got talked into un-retiring, or a teacher in one subject area roped into teaching a class in a completely different one as well. There are many different possible reasons why you had this teacher instead of whoever was supposed to be leading your class; maybe the original teacher found a better job right before the year began or got busted smoking weed with students on a summer abroad trip.

Hopefully, your new teacher tried their best despite the challenging circumstances that came with the job, like not knowing the subject matter or having any prepared materials before the year starts. Maybe the new teacher did so well they transitioned into that role long-term.

Naturally, we can’t talk about insane passing numbers without bringing up the passing yardage champion for 2015, New Orleans’ Drew Brees. Brees finished the year with 4,870 passing yards and led the league in that category for an NFL-record 6th time. Brees’ 323 yards passing against the Falcons on Sunday notched the 96th 300-plus yard passing game of his career, also an NFL record. His sixth straight season with 4,500 yards passing is an NFL record, as is his seven total career 4,500-yard passing seasons.

As long as we’re talking about the insane offensive explosion the NFL has undergone over the years, it’s worth noting that Seattle became just the first team in the Super Bowl era to lead the league in scoring defense four years in a row. That’s right, after limiting the league’s best offense in Arizona to just 6 points in their finale, Seattle jumped up into the top spot for fewest amount of points surrendered on the year. This year’s group may not be quite as good as the 2013 or 2014 Seahawks on the defensive side of the ball, but they still led the league in that key category once again.

With 67 yards rushing on Sunday Night Football, Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson locked up his third NFL rushing title, beating Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin by 85 yards. As Gil Brandt pointed out on twitter, every player with three or more rushing titles in NFL history (and there are seven of them total) is in the Hall of Fame. Seems very likely that AD will be heading there after he retires as well.

Joe McKnight’s shooter jailed, charged with manslaughter

Ronald Gasser, the man who admitted to fatally shooting former New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs running back Joe McKnight, has been jailed and charged with manslaughter, according to The New Orleans Advocate.

Gasser shot McKnight after an altercation after an apparent road rage incident in Terrytown, La. on Dec. 1. He was taken into police custody after admitting to police that he shot McKnight and turning over his firearm, but was later released and no charges were filed.

Thomas was hurt Sunday nearly in the second quarter when he leaped in the air to catch an interception. While in the air, his leg collided with Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor’s leg. Thomas fell to the ground and was in serious pain. He tried to get off the turf but couldn’t.

The trainers had to help him off the field, and he was carted to the locker room to undergo an X-ray. The results showed that he suffered a fractured left leg.

Moments later, Thomas shared his thoughts about the injury on Twitter.

This game has been so good to me no regrets.. A lot is running through my mind including retirement thanks for all the prayers.

Indeed, Thomas is arguably the heart and soul of that ferocious Seattle defense. He is a player who can deliver big hits and cover tight ends and receivers. The Seahawks still have one of the best front sevens in all of football, but the loss of their star free safety will affect the team’s secondary.

Seattle has struggled this season when missing members of its vaunted secondary.

Chiefs, Raiders finally have records worthy of a once-great rivalry

The last time the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders played a December game when the AFC West title was within reach for both teams, linebacker Derrick Johnson was in elementary school in Texas. Johnson, who in his 12th NFL season is the longest-tenured Chiefs player, was 11 years old.

The year was 1995, and the 10-2 Chiefs beat the 8-4 Raiders 29-23 in Oakland on their way to winning the AFC West.

Since, the teams have played some great games worthy of their inclusion in what was once one of pro football’s best and most bitter rivalries. But only a die-hard fan of one team or the other would know that because either the Chiefs or the Raiders — and sometimes both — were having lousy seasons and those games were played far from the NFL spotlight.

Garrett isn’t just pushing buttons here, rolling fabulous rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott out there every week and hoping for the best. Part of the Prescott and Elliott story is that they landed in an ideal NFL situation for rookie success. And while the offensive line is a big and justifiably well-publicized part of that, the coaching staff under Garrett isn’t exempt from credit.

The atmosphere Garrett has helped create in his time as head of the Cowboys’ staff is worthy of note. You almost never hear about locker room strife or back-channel criticism of the coaching staff in Dallas — not even last year, which was a miserable one. Greg Hardy was the room’s biggest malcontent, and it seems clear now (and kind of did then) that he was a volatile one-off. He didn’t drag anyone else down with him, and the solidity of the room was a big reason why.

That solidity is a big reason why the veterans on the team were so easily able to embrace the rookies in such positions of prominence. It’s a reason why Tony Romo was so willing — even though he admitted to wrestling with it internally — to accept a backup role upon his return from injury. Garrett’s behind-the-scenes leadership is respected by players and coaches alike, and it’s established a foundation upon which the Cowboys’ 2016 success has been built.

Julian Edelman will make return for Patriots 2 months after suffering broken foot

The New England Patriots will have wide receiver Julian Edelman back in action on Saturday for the first time in two months after he missed the final seven games of the year with a broken foot.

Joe Amorosino of 7News in Boston first reported on Sunday that Edelman had been medically cleared to return with a steel-plated shoe to prevent further injury to his foot. That report that the receiver would be back in action was confirmed on Monday by Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.

Both schools had a wide receiver get taken with the No. 4 overall selection in the last two NFL Drafts, too, with Amari Cooper going to the Oakland Raiders in 2015 and Sammy Watkins to the Buffalo Bills in 2014. Both eclipsed 1,000 yards receiving in 2015, although neither did enough to earn a Pro Bowl nod. Still, the future looks bright for both Cooper and Watkins.

So which school has produced the better NFL tandem: Alabama’s Jones and Cooper, or Clemson’s Hopkins and Watkins?

With neither Watkins nor Cooper yet reaching their full potential and both in need of another year or two to truly reach elite status, the better determination is to pick between Jones and Hopkins, who are both already there. And there is no wrong answer.

Jones led the NFL in receptions and receiving yards in 2015, and was a first-team All-SEC receiver during his time with the Crimson Tide. He had his fair share of ridiculous highlights:

He showed no remorse for his actions in his first press conference with the Cowboys and made an inappropriate comment about Tom Brady’s wife. He got into physical confrontations with coaches. Also, more photos and details emerged — all harrowing — from his domestic violence case.

Trevor Siemian did the dumbest thing a QB could do and it worked

Trevor Siemian was under pressure from Justin Houston late in the third quarter, and he managed to escape to keep the play alive so he could connect with Jordan Taylor in the end zone.

Siemian ran to escape pressure from Houston, who had sacked Siemian three times up to that point.

He then cuts back toward the other side of the field, looking for a receiver in the end zone. It takes Siemian nearly 10 seconds — 9.53, to be exact — to throw.

Jordan Taylor, a 6’5 wide receiver, is there, and he hauls in the catch, getting both feet back and securing the ball. The score gave Denver a one-point lead over the Chiefs in this hard-fought AFC West Sunday Night Football battle.

The Jets took over trailing by five points, and Fitzpatrick almost immediately gave up the ball after being sacked by Chris Long.

New England recovered Fitzpatrick’s fumble on the Jets’ 34-yard line, and the Patriots were able to hold on for the win.

The Patriots’ victory was Brady’s 200th career win, which ties him with Peyton Manning for the most of all time.

“We had a lot of challenges,” Turner told Breer. “And for a period of time, we were able to hide some problems we had, but it catches up to you. And then we just had a difference of opinion—or what I felt was a difference of opinion—on what we needed to do to give our guys the best chance to fix it.”

Turner reiterated that point in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

On the surface, it looks like Turner handled this in a reasonable, sane way. You could make the case that it’s better for the Vikings that he leaves now to than to let the disagreement fester and turn ugly. On the other hand, why couldn’t he just adapt and stick it out through the end of the season?