He Said What?! The best NFL quotes from Week 1

From postgame press conferences to next-day media availabilities, NFL players and coaches can’t escape the microphone.

The Colts were one of six NFL teams held under 10 points and after watching his club take a thorough beating in California, Colts coach Chuck Pagano forgot which team defeated his club.

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott said it’s been tough having his “name getting dragged through the mud” over the last 14 months, but is looking forward to clearing his name; Browns coach Hue Jackson was impressed by rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer, despite a 21-18 loss to the Steelers; Marshawn Lynch got back to being “Beast Mode” by running over Titans defensive lineman Jurrell Casey in his Raiders debut; and who is Jaguars coach Doug Marrone thinking about in his wildest dreams?

Now, with the Texans (0-1) set to face the Cincinnati Bengals (0-1) in Cincinnati on Thursday night, O’Brien appears poised to shift his allegiance to Watson despite there being no evidence that Watson will survive, let alone excel, behind the turnstiles charged with providing him a suitable pocket. O’Brien did not publicly commit to Watson as his starter, but according to published reports that is the direction the Texans are leaning as they strive to revive an offensive pulse.

The Colts will only be a totally lost cause until Andrew Luck returns. The Titans, despite losing to a very good Oakland team at home, can still boast the division’s best QB in Marcus Mariota.

Dallas receiver Cole Beasley made a crazy catch in the fourth quarter to keep a drive alive. He got his hand on a wobbly ball as he was approaching the sideline and reached behind his Cheap Jerseys And Hats From China head with his left hand, trapping the ball against his shoulder pads and helmet as he tip-toed inbounds. Beckham Cheap Ireland Football Jerseys seemed impressed , offering a subtle nod.

Prescott will be the last Cowboy standing, not Elliott

Dak Prescott was not even 10 years old when he first predicted he would win the Heisman Trophy and play for the Cowboys, and Dallas fans are most fortunate he went 1-for-2 in their favor. In fact, had Cheap Football Jerseys From China Prescott won the Heisman at Mississippi State, he might not have lasted long enough for the Cowboys to pick him in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL draft.

He’s a 24-year-old quarterback with a 34-year-old quarterback’s soul. Long before Prescott beat the New York Giants in Sunday night’s season opener, Cowboys legend Roger Staubach had marveled over Prescott’s poise and leadership skills, and former New England Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis had compared Prescott to a young Tom Brady.

Brett Hundley got the start at quarterback for the Packers against the Rams. He finished 11 of 21 for 99 yards and a touchdown. He also scored the game’s first touchdown, getting a nice block from second-year receiver Trevor Davis before powering into the end zone for a 13-yard run.

Neither Chad Henne nor Blake Bortles played for the Jaguars on Thursday, so Brandon Allen did his part to throw multiple interceptions against the Falcons. Allen threw a pair of picks, the Cheap Google Jerseys first of which was an incredible one-handed theft by Blidi Wreh-Wilson.

Lions rookie running back Tion Green ran for 63 yards on eight carries and caught four passes for 87 yards in Detroit’s 27-17 loss to the Bills. Green, undrafted out of Cincinnati, got 74 of those receiving yards on one play in the fourth quarter.

Tom Savage, Deshaun Watson face no-win situation if Texans won’t pay Duane Brown

Tom Savage got exactly one half of the 2017 NFL season to prove himself as a starter. A combination of a smothering Jaguars defense and the failures of his own offensive line made his Cheap China NFL Jerseys first 30 minutes of the year a no-win situation.

Savage’s first season opener as Houston’s starting quarterback went poorly, then went goodbye. The fourth-year veteran, once a refreshing change of pace from the failed Brock Osweiler experiment of 2016, led his team to zero first half points in a 29-7 loss to Jacksonville. His awful performance was his undoing; head coach Bill O’Brien turned to rookie Deshaun Watson at halftime.

The Jaguars, 3-13 last fall, snapped a six-game losing streak against the Texans in the process; the win was just their third against Houston since 2010.

The entire scenario is too familiar — exhaustingly familiar. The Wells Report, the Patriots’ response, the venue-shopping, the challenges to the hand-picked arbitrators, the waiting on pins and needles for a judge’s ruling, in time to get the player into uniform on time.

Two of Brady’s openers were left in jeopardy. Elliott’s was in Cheap Custom Hockey Jerseys doubt this Sunday night, in prime time. The six weeks after that … who knows? Would you be surprised if we’re all here again in the summer of 2018? Is there a big, glaring precedent for that? Did the NFL walk that road already without appearing to learn a lesson from it?

Tyrone Crawford did not play a snap in the preseason because of a badly sprained right ankle suffered early in training camp.

Second-year defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche didn’t practice Wednesday, but coach Bruce Arians is hopeful he’ll be able to take the field for practice Thursday. As of now he has a “real good shot” at playing Sunday, Arians said. Inside linebacker Deone Bucannon, however, has “no chance” of playing against the Lions on Sunday, Arians said.

Initially he feared his season was over, but he is expected to start at left defensive end against the Giants, which should be a boost to the pass rush. The Cowboys are still finalizing their offensive line, but if Chaz Green, who did not practice last week because of an ankle injury, can return to work, he should be the starter at left guard.

And the Browns and Bears will play something that at least resembles football. Consider it a preview of their Dec. 24 matchup that decides 2018’s draft order.

One game we won’t see is a Lone Star State showdown between the Texans and Cowboys. That contest had originally been scheduled to take place in Houston, then moved to Dallas after Hurricane Harvey displaced hundreds of thousands of residents this week. On Wednesday, officials decided to cancel the game altogether, allowing Texans players to return to their hometown and work on recovery efforts.

Each club has gone of out its way to help everyone affected by Cheap Authentic NBA Jerseys the disaster. J.J. Watt has spearheaded a fundraising effort with a goal that Cheap Baseball Jerseys Kids started at $200,000 and quickly surpassed that, with a new aim of $10 million. Texans owner Bob McNair pledged $1 million to the Houston United Way. Jerry Jones added $100,000 in donations to the Salvation Army.

Utah has lost Hayward. Those sweepstakes are over and Jazz fans can only process it now.

Still, they don’t have to be complete losers in this scenario. By signing and trading Hayward to Boston, the Jazz could add back several good players. Utah is still planning on being Cheap Jerseys And Hats competitive next season, and they’re likely still a favorite to make the playoffs even without him. Adding Crowder would make sure Hayward’s departure wasn’t a completely empty loss, especially since he’s on a team friendly deal for three more seasons.

If the Jazz don’t help out Boston, then the Celtics will find someone else to complete the necessary transactions. There’s no chance that Boston couldn’t find a suitor and Hayward would be forced to slink back to Utah, if you were wondering.

Mitchell was not a big-time scorer in college, so big shooting performances from him are a great sign of his ability to improve in that area. It’s just Summer League, but he’s still pouring it on.

Getting to the free-throw line 16 times like Mitchell did against the Grizzlies isn’t an easy task on any level of play. He was able to get into the lane at will and reaped the benefits of it. His ball-handling was not an obvious strength coming out of Louisville, so seeing him shift through traffic is a great sign for Utah.

He’s always been a great defender, but Mitchell is averaging 6.6 steals through two games at the Vegas summer league. He can play the ball straight up, but he’s excellent at darting in Cheap Jerseys Baseball passing lanes and using his athleticism to take the ball the other way.

Mitchell almost wasn’t here. He would have returned to Louisville for a third season, but a workout with some NBA All-Stars changed everything, according to NBA.com’s Steve Aschburner.

I was literally the last Jazz player left who played under Coach Sloan

Jeremy Carr, a 21-year-old security staffer for the Hawks, said this week that white celebrities and entertainers have been granted security concessions at Philips Arena that their black counterparts have not.

Originally Samuel Hayes, a terminated Hawks security employee, filed a lawsuit July 6 against Atlanta Hawks LLC, which operates Philips Arena, alleging that black entertainers were subject to more stringent security screening than non-black performers.

Nzinga Shaw, the Hawks’ Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, claimed Hayes’ allegations had no merit when the lawsuit came out: “Samuel Hayes is a former security manager at Philips Arena. He was terminated for poor performance and his claims are baseless. We will defend vigorously.”

I was literally the last Jazz player left who played under Coach Sloan — and I always took that as a lot more than just some piece of trivia. That was something that truly made me feel like a part of the fabric of this franchise. And that fabric is something that has meant a lot to me, ever since.
OK, if you’re a Jazz fan still bitter about things, you can probably stop reading now. About two-thirds of the way through, Hayward starts talking about why he chose Boston.

The last time I had a decision this tough … it was in Cheap Indiana Pacers Jerseys college, during my sophomore year, after we lost to Duke in the national championship game. I’d gotten on Cheap Ireland Soccer Jerseys NBA radars as a result of my play that March, and there were projections that I might even be a first-round pick in the draft. And so I had a decision to make: Should I leave my comfort zone at Butler and move on to the NBA? Or should I stay another year, and give it another go, and try to finish what we’d started — try to win a championship?

Larry Nance Jr. was a U.S. soldier’s pen pal, and 14 years later she shared his letters

Bianca Snow, a United States soldier, had an old pen pal whose name you might recognize now. His name is Larry Nance Jr., a current Los Angeles Laker, and she posted his old letters from 14 years ago on Facebook and Twitter. They’re incredible.

Kept letters from my pen pal while I was overseas… Those letter got me thru (like I was locked down for 23) lol… Seriously I’m going to find this kid and thank him.
Three years ago, Nance was much less known as a college basketball player for Wyoming.

Are you good at basketball? I like the Lakers too they are wining there series with the Timberwolves. Who is your favorite player? Mine is Shaq. Who do you want to get LeBron James? I want the Cavs to get LeBron, that is because my dad played for the Cavs. His number is retired in the Gund Arena.

The threat was there and clear for the Warriors. Iguodala was going to make them sweat the idea of losing him — and in turn maybe a simple title run — over a few million dollars and a guaranteed contract year.

Iguodala remained relentless.

On Saturday night, Iguodala met with Warriors general manager Bob Myers and head coach Steve Kerr in L.A. That’s where he received the offer he was looking for, worth $48 million over three guaranteed years.

That’s $20 to $24 million more in guaranteed than what was to have been originally on the table. That’s excellent negotiating work.

Iguodala played the market to perfection and was confident in his worth around the Cheap Hockey Jerseys Custom league. He set a tone that players around the league should follow. Of course, being a former Cheap Green Bay Packers Jerseys Finals MVP really helped in his specific scenario.

The Cavaliers can trade Irving to wherever they see fit

Irving requested a trade after a meeting with the Cavaliers, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. Irving wants to be more of a focal point on offense, per the report, and doesn’t want to play alongside LeBron James anymore.

But his list doesn’t really matter. The Cavaliers can trade Irving to wherever they see fit, and he doesn’t have the ability to reject whatever trade may come with a no-trade clause.

Irving averaged 25.2 points and 5.8 assists per game last season and made his fourth All-Star appearance in the last five seasons. He’s only 25 years old, but has played second fiddle to James over the last three seasons in Cleveland.

Irving’s list, while understandable, really doesn’t matter because the Cavs have all the power. These are trade rumors, not free agency. Irving’s destinations may come into play, but they won’t if the package coming back to the Cavaliers isn’t a good one.

In only a few Summer League games, the adroit 20-year-old has Portland’s coaching staff excited about his potential as a legitimate two-way frontcourt threat. On one end, Swanigan is a bully who uses his size and brute strength to overpower his man on the way to the rack. It’s a reason why many compared Cheap Football Jerseys Xxl him to Zach Randolph on draft night, and the home-state Indiana ties made Cheap Giants Jerseys the argument stronger.

But unlike Z-Bo, Swanigan utilizes his deft defensive footwork to switch on pick-and-rolls and keep smaller players in front of his body. When Trail Blazers rookie Zach Collins left Tuesday’s game with an injury, Moray moved Swanigan to the center position. He responded by anchoring Portland’s defense and staying in front of Bryn Forbes in screen-and-roll situations.

Andre Iguodala, Warriors agree to a 3-year, $48 million deal

Andre Iguodala will end back up with the Golden State Warriors after all. After several weeks where Iguodala drops not-so-subtle hints that he might leave the team, Iguodala has agreed to a three-year deal worth $48 million, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania.

Iguodala met with several teams on July 1 after free agency started, threatening to leave the Warriors even though most presumed he just wanted leverage in his negotiations. It appeared that Iguodala did meet a couple of his demands, receiving a slight increase from the Warriors’ initial offer and getting his third year fully guaranteed.

In the past 24 hours, Iguodala met with the Rockets, Spurs and Kings, receiving multi-year offers from all three. He also set but then cancelled a meeting with Philadelphia. But Iguodala has spent the past four seasons in Golden State and has two championships to show for it. As long as the Warriors were able to offer him a deal that he felt was competitive, it always felt extremely likely that he would be back.

“It’s nothing,” Swanigan said. “I play center, play four, play three. Put me where you want me, I’m gonna figure it out.”

Swanigan doesn’t want to be called a point-forward just yet. At this point, he’d rather be known for outworking the other team. And even if he falls short of the premature Cheap NFL Jerseys China Draymond Green comparison, Portland’s rookie is well on his way to achieving what he set out to do.

“My motor’s gonna be the best in the NBA,” he said. “That’s my goal. That’s what I wanna Cheap Authentic Jerseys be. You come watch Swanigan play, he’s playing his hardest every night.”