Sport by Press Association 19/12/2018, 2:09 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Seven Los Angeles Chargers have been selected for the Pro Bowl including veteran Philip Rivers and rookie Derwin James. Quarterback Rivers and safety James will be joined by wide receiver Keenan Allen, running back Melvin Gordon, defensive end Melvin Ingram, centre Mike Pouncey and special-teamer Adrian Phillips. The Pro Bowl will take place in Orlando the week before the Super Bowl in January and sees players from the AFC and NFC spar off. Rivers will play backup to Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes, one of six selections from the side, while the Pittsburgh Steelers also have a half-dozen selections in the AFC roster. The New Orleans Saints have five in the NFC side, including quarterback Drew Brees, tying with the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys. There is no spot for any players from the Buffalo Bills, Oakland Raiders and … [Read more...] about Seven Los Angeles Chargers chosen for Pro Bowl 2019
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Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz USA TODAY Published 8:33 PM EST Dec 18, 2018 Correction: A previous version of the story incorrectly stated the team that had the most number of Pro Bowl selections. The story has been updated to reflect the accurate total. The Los Angeles Chargers continue to make a push for the AFC West title and the top seed in the playoffs, but they're already No. 1 in the NFL in another respect. The Chargers led the NFL in Pro Bowl selections with seven, as the full rosters were revealed Tuesday. Meanwhile, no Oakland Raiders players were picked, the first such occurrence for the franchise since 2003. The Buffalo Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers also had no representatives. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady moved into a tie for the most Pro Bowl selections of all time with 14, joining Peyton Manning, Tony Gonzalez, Bruce Matthews and Merlin Olsen for the honor. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees earned his 12th career selection. Among … [Read more...] about Pro Bowl rosters 2019: Chargers lead with seven selections
Nate Davis USA TODAY Published 8:10 AM EDT Nov 2, 2018 Most NFL teams have reached halftime of their 2018 season. It's a natural point to re-evaluate priorities and make adjustments. With that in mind, here's one major question each club faces moving forward: AFC Baltimore Ravens: Is the future near? After a promising 3-1 start, they sit at 4-4 with the division-leading Steelers coming to town. We know GM Ozzie Newsome is winding down, so it seems unlikely that rookie QB Lamar Jackson would replace Joe Flacco until this club's postseason possibilities are officially exhausted. Right? Buffalo Bills: How do they help Josh Allen? An unpolished prospect carrying a franchise's hopes on his howitzer arm deserves better. Before sustaining a Week 6 elbow injury, Allen was regularly running for his life while relying on a 30-year-old running back (LeSean McCoy) as his primary weapon. Allen's development could be in serious jeopardy without a major course correction. Cincinnati Bengals: … [Read more...] about NFL: One question for every team in second half of 2018 season
Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz USA TODAY Published 1:49 p.m. UTC Sep 1, 2018 For hundreds of NFL players, Saturday's roster cutdown deadline (4 p.m. ET) marks the end of the road. With Week 1 closing in, teams must trim their rosters from approximately 90 players to 53. USA TODAY Sports' NFL team will track the releases for all 32 NFL teams, as well as list the notable players being let go (listed below). Cowboys DE Kony Ealy: The 2014 second-round pick didn't stick in Dallas after the Cowboys took a flier on him in April. Colts S T.J. Green: A converted receiver, the 2016 second-round pick played both cornerback and safety but struggled at both spots. Texans P Shane Lechler: A six-time all-pro, Lechler lost out on a competition with rookie Trevor Daniel. ----- Arizona Cardinals: K Matt McCrane Atlanta Falcons: CB Leon McFadden, S Ron Parker, OL Austin Pasztor Baltimore Ravens: CB Robertson Daniel, G/T Andrew Donnal, G Justin Evans, LB Alvin … [Read more...] about NFL roster cut tracker: Which players are being released?
Maybe he will be cut early. Maybe he will make the 53-man roster. Those decisions are beyond Ben Niemann’s control. But as the Kansas City Chiefs linebacker and Sycamore graduate heads into training camp, he’s focused on controlling what he can and letting the chips fall where they may. “I don’t know what’s going to happen – that’s all up to the coaches and the GM and the organization,” Niemann said. “All I can do is go in with a good attitude and play as hard as I can and give it a good effort. Whether I make it or not, I’ll have no regrets if I do that. That’s all I can ask for.” Niemann was signed by the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent out of Iowa. Organized team activities and minicamps came to an end in June, and training camp is set to start July 26. After participating in the team’s OTAs, he said the mental aspect of the game is something he will have to adjust to – specifically, the size of … [Read more...] about Sycamore grad Ben Niemann ready for training camp with the Chiefs