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Joe Montana: Jimmy Garoppolo offers 49ers ‘hope’ but too early to ‘anoint’ him

It took little time for new San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to make a big impression after arriving in a trade from the New England Patriots last Halloween.

Garoppolo waited his turn and when he got it, led the Niners to a 5-0 surge down the stretch that included wins against playoff-bound teams such as the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars. That was enough for San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch to reward Garoppolo with a five-year, $137.5 million contract that at the time set a record for the highest average annual value in league history.

That finishing flourish was also enough for some excited 49ers fans to begin wondering whether Garoppolo could be the long-awaited franchise quarterback the team has sought since the days of Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Steve Young.

On Tuesday, Montana made a couple of media appearances in which he discussed what he saw from Garoppolo in 2017, how he sees Garoppolo moving forward and the buzz that seems to be building around the Niners’ new quarterback.

“I think it’s still a little early for [the hype] myself,” Montana said on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football.” “He’s obviously had a lot more success in the games he’s played in so far than the other quarterbacks that have been there recently. So I think there’s a lot of excitement in the Bay Area about it. I think this year will be a big tell on it. They paid a lot of money for him. But I think there’s some belief there that he’ll be there for a while.”

In a later appearance on Mad Dog Sports Radio, Montana expounded on why he believes it is too early for the hype. Specifically, Montana pointed to a history of quarterbacks who learned from legends leaving the nest and struggling to have similar success after departing.

“I just haven’t seen success from guys who have left behind quarterbacks like Tom [Brady] or go all the way back to Danny Marino,” Montana said. “When those guys leave and go to another system, if the guy in front of them leaves and they stay in that system, they seem to have more success. But if they leave and go to another team, I don’t think there’s been any successful quarterback that have made it for any length of time. There’s probably three right behind Tom that left already. So I’m hoping that this is a difference for the 49ers because he did bring a lot of life into the stands and to the fans there. They have a lot of hope.”

Montana, of course, is referring to former New England quarterbacks such as Matt Cassel, who learned from Brady and had some success in replacing him for a season but didn’t fare as well after becoming the starter for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Montana also said he believed Garoppolo benefited from taking over at a point in the season when expectations for the Niners were minimal.

“I think he came in at a good time at the end of a year of a really crappy year for them and I think there’s a lot of hope there, but I still want to see a full season played,” Montana said. “Because it’s easy to come in at the end of a season when a team is down and no one is expecting things and be able to win. I don’t want to say it’s easy, that’s a bad word to choose. But it was all set up for him to be successful that way. So I just hope that it continues for the 49ers’ fans sake that this is the right person to take over there and it was worth paying all that money.

“You come in at the end of the season like that when there wasn’t a whole lot of expectation from the opposite side, from the other team they were playing at the same time. He did seem to uplift the team, which is a good sign. Everybody is anointing him right now, but let’s just give him some time to settle in and make sure he’s the guy.”

Garoppolo has started just seven games in his career, five of which came with the Niners at the end of the season. Understandably, Montana would like to see Garoppolo continue or at least approximate his late-season success before fully buying in Cheap Panthers Jerseys.

Now that he’s locked in as the Niners’ starter for the foreseeable future, Garoppolo will finally have his chance to remove all doubt.

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Joe Montana isn’t ready to hand Tom Brady the GOAT mantle

Joe Montana retired after the 1994 season, finishing up his second campaign with the Kansas City Chiefs. His resume is impeccable, including four Super Bowl rings and three MVP awards.

Montana, 61, played the first 13 years of his NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers. Upon his retirement, the former Notre Dame quarterback was universally recognized as the greatest player of all time at his position, a mantle that has come into question with the emergence of Tom Brady.

With Brady claiming five Super Bowl titles and three MVPs of his own, many believe that the New England Patriots’ signal-caller is the best that ever was. So what does Montana himself think on that score?

He didn’t answer that question directly what speaking with FanSided’s Mark Carman on Tuesday, but his wife Jennifer did provide some tongue in cheek insight.

“He does make us refer to him as the GOAT around the house,” Jennifer Montana said while laughing.

What Montana did admit is that he felt he was the best during his playing career, noting that he and his Niners teammates needed that mindset to achieve the success that they did.

“I think it burns in anybody who has had success down the line,” Montana said. “Just being in the league for any length of time, I think you have to have a certain attitude to survive in it. If you don’t think you are better than somebody else, than hopefully you are on somebody else’s team.”

Despite all his accomplishments and a bevy of injuries that includes multiple concussions, back surgery, elbow inflammation and more, Montana wishes he would have played a few more seasons before calling it quits.

“I still look back and think I probably got out at the right time, maybe could have cut down a year to two just to be safe,” Montana said. “But most of my injuries I had had prior to that. I still think I could have played a little longer. You always look back on those things. The career is so short and you love the game so much, it’s just so exciting when you play.”

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In that same vein, the first-ballot Hall of Famer also discussed the game’s precarious situation regarding its safety. While the NFL has been taking steps to help reduce violence and unnecessary contact to the head, there are still obvious problems moving forward in terms or health.

“It’s hard to watch the game go through what it is going through, but totally understandable. I always thought that kids at a really young age weren’t quite as susceptible to these things because it was more like bunch-ball. They’d snap the ball, they would all get in a bunch, they’d go and they would all fall down. But at a point in time some kids get more mature quicker and that’s when I think the game gets more dangerous.”

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Cheap Golden Knights Jerseys Marc-Andre Fleury: Records fourth shutout of season Sunday

Fleury stopped all 42 shots in Sunday’s 4-0 win over the Flames.

The 42 saves were the most Fleury has made since the Golden Knights’ first ever game back in early October, while the shutout was his fourth of the season and the 48th of his career. Vegas is nearly locked into the No. 2 playoff seed in the Western Conference, so don’t be surprised if the team’s 33-year-old netminder gets some extra rest before the postseason.

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Vegas Golden Knights’ quick rise? Thank Marc-Andre Fleury

The Vegas Golden Knights turned their expansion season into a special one by making a lot of good decisions.

Like the addition of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.

“He makes an expansion team not be an expansion team,” Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said.

No one outside the organization expected the Pacific Division-leading Golden Knights to be this good so fast. With less than a month left in the regular season, they easily have the largest divisional lead and are chasing Nashville for the most points in the Western Conference.

The odds are not long that Vegas could hoist the Stanley Cup.

“The expectations weren’t high, but we all thought we could be better and we showed it,” Fleury said after his 47th career shutout, a 4-0 win in Detroit. “Sometimes earlier in the season, I would wonder, ‘Wow. Are we really still in that position?’ And, we kept winning and holding strong in the standings.”

Fleury has a lot to do the startling success.

Pittsburgh left him unprotected in the expansion draft after he waived his no-movement clause, allowing the Penguins to keep 23-year-old Matt Murray after he led the franchise to its second straight Stanley Cup championship.

“I had a good idea it was going to happen, but you’re never sure until your name is called,” Fleury said. “I was still in a shock for me and my family. But the organization in Vegas from the staff, the coaches, the GM, the owner, was very welcoming and helped us with the transition.”

The Penguins even gave Vegas a second-round pick in 2020 to take Fleury, who had two years and more than $11 million left on his contract. He has provided a return on the investment.

“The fit has been perfect,” Golden Knights general manager George McPhee said. “His leadership was something we wanted for our locker room.”

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Fleury ranks among the league leaders with career bests in goals-against average (2.15) and save percentage (.930). He also became a three-time All-Star this season.

“I feel pretty good, but my teammates have been good in front of me,” he said. “By blocking shots and clearing rebounds away, that makes me look better.”

Fleury has won 25 of 37 starts in a season stunted only by a concussion that kept him out of the lineup for two months. Earlier this week, he became the 13th goaltender in Cheap NHL Jerseys history to win 400 games , trailing just Roberto Luongo and Henrik Lundqvist among active players.

“At the start of the year, he was our best player,” Vegas forward David Perron said. “When he got hurt, we found out we had a really good team because we kept winning. Then, we got him back and we took another step and we haven’t stopped.”

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Kelvin Benjamin trade will make life even harder on Cam Newton authentic jerseys for cheap

Quarterback Cam Newton will have to find a way to win football games without his two favorite targets on the field.

Carolina Panthers All-Pro tight Greg Olsen is currently on injured reserve, and on Tuesday, third-year wideout Kelvin Benjamin was traded to the Buffalo Bills for third- and seventh-round draft picks in 2018. It was a shocking trade that left players for the Panthers in complete disbelief.

With a 5-3 record in the NFC South, the Panthers had a real shot at winning their division and clinching a playoff spot. That opportunity isn’t necessarily dead in the water with Benjamin gone, but it has become significantly less likely.

There has been a growing sense within the organization that Newton doesn’t have enough weapons on offense to compete for a championship. That’s one of the reasons the team took all-purpose running back Christian McCaffrey with the No. 8 pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. McCaffrey has been solid in his rookie campaign, and third-year wideout Devin Funchess has stepped up this year as well.

The latter was likely the reasoning for the Panthers to feel comfortable enough to move on from Benjamin, who led the team with 475 receiving yards. That still doesn’t mean Newton feels comfortable with the trade. Funchess clearly has some talent, but it’s still a gamble to assume he can find success as the team’s No. 1 receiver.

No Benjamin and Olsen could mean more of Newton trying to do too much. At training camp, Panthers head coach Ron Rivera pointed to the fact that Funchess didn’t see enough targets last season. He made it a point to rectify that problem by getting him more involved in the offense this year.

“He kind of became the forgotten guy,” said Rivera, per ESPN’s David Newton. “I think we tried to force things too much to Kelvin. Now we’re letting things happen more naturally between Kelvin and Devin. So whatever they get, they get because that’s part of the read.”

The Panthers don’t have to worry about Newton forcing the ball to Benjamin anymore. They’ve taken away his security blanket and put him in a position where he’ll have to spread the ball out more. The Benjamin move will look like a stroke of genius if other players step up and play well.

If not, it’ll be seen as another personnel misfire that further handicapped Newton and the Panthers offense.

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Firing Shula and Dorsey won’t fix all Panthers offensive problems

The Carolina Panthers are hitting the reboot button in hopes of giving quarterback Cam Newton a fresh start in 2018.

Mike Shula, the offensive coordinator for the last four seasons, has been given his pink slip and shown the door, and Ken Dorsey, the quarterback coach that watched over Newton for four years, is gone as well.

It’ll be a much different Panthers team next season from a coaching perspective. Make no mistake, the decision to move on from Shula and Dorsey were tough, but necessary, moves made by Panthers head coach Ron Rivera. The offense had become stagnant with vanilla play-calling, and the offense as a whole need some form of a shake-up.

But that also doesn’t mean the offensive deficiencies for the Panthers are suddenly cured now that Shula and Dorsey are gone. Both men were good coaches caught in a situation the offensive personnel was always a question mark.

The decision to trade Kelvin Benjamin, the team’s No. 1 receiver, to the Buffalo Bills still remains one of the more confusing moves of the season. Tight end Greg Olsen had been banged up for most of the season, and Christian McCaffrey emerged as Newton’s most reliable player. Devin Funchess is a talented wideout, but it was always a stretch to think he’d ever become a No. 1 receiving option.

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He’s best served as a second or even third option.

There were plenty of dropped passes from secondary players in Sunday’s wild card playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints. Funchess missed a catchable deep touchdown dime from Newton late in the fourth quarter to take the lead in the game. It was the kind of play that a legitimate top receiving target would make to put his team over the top.

But Newton doesn’t have that on his roster. Even without Shula and Dorsey on the sidelines, the elephant in the room is still the Panthers’ lack of receiving talent. There won’t be any more dabbing or Superman touchdown celebrations for Newton in the postseason if the Panthers don’t address the glaring hole at receiver.

It’ll only be more disappointment for a team that was literally one playmaker away from advancing to the divisional round.

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While the Patriots hold steady at No. 1, the Seahawks and Broncos inch their way closer to the top in this week’s ESPN NFL Power Rankings. 2.

Methodology note: These rankings reflect who voters think would win in head to head matchups. Higher ranked teams would more often be favored against lower ranked teams. Coming off a win doesn’t guarantee a jump, and coming off a loss doesn’t guarantee a fall. When targeting his tight ends, he’s completing 82 percent of his passes. New England travels to Buffalo for a Week 8 divisional grudge match. The Bills shut out the Patriots earlier this season, but Brady wasn’t under center for that game and Rob Gronkowski wasn’t 100 percent.

2. Seattle Seahawks2016 record: 4 1 1

Week 7 ranking: 3

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3. Denver Broncos2016 record: 5 2

Week 7 ranking: 5

The Broncos moved into a tie with Oakland for the AFC West lead as well as improved to 5 2 after a victory over the Texans on Monday night. Denver is 5 1 with QB Trevor Siemian, who hasn’t thrown an interception since Week 2. Siemian’s one loss? The Chargers, whom Denver hosts in Week 8.

4. Dallas Cowboys2016 record: 5 1

Week 7 ranking: 4

We’ll find out soon if the Cowboys stick with Dak Prescott or go back to Tony Romo as the team’s starting QB. The decision comes at a critical time for the Cowboys, as they could take a big lead in the NFC East with a win against the Eagles in Week 8. If Romo starts, keep in mind he has won five of his past six games against Philadelphia.

5. Minnesota Vikings2016 record: 5 1

Week 7 ranking: 2

What a difference a week makes. The Vikings’ unbeaten season ended at Philadelphia, and QB Sam Bradford’s three turnovers sort of reminded us of, well, the old Sam Bradford. Can the Vikings get back on track Monday night against the 1 6 Bears?

6. Green Bay Packers2016 record: 4 2

Week 7 ranking: 10

Green Bay picked up the win in Week 7, but how long can it survive with wide receivers playing running back? The Packers got seven yards from halfbacks, which worked against the Bears, but the host Falcons will provide a much tougher test this week.

7. Arizona Cardinals2016 record: 3 3 1

Week 7 ranking: 13

The good news is the Cardinals haven’t lost games and haven’t committed a turnover in each of their past three games. But it could be tough to feel good after that Week 7 tie with Seattle. Arizona looks to get revenge on the Panthers in Carolina this week.

8. Pittsburgh Steelers2016 record: 4 3

Week 7 ranking: 7

QB Landry Jones looked pretty good Sunday until the fourth quarter, when he went 9 of 20 passing. The Steelers’ bye this week will give Ben Roethlisberger time to heal without missing a game, but Jones could be in line for a few more starts before Big Ben returns.


The Oakland Raiders had 14 rookies on their 53 man roster entering Game 13, including all seven draft picks. In fact, five of the seven picks have started at least two games, and the undrafted rookies have provided more than depth. General manager Reggie McKenzie built this roster with young talent and sprinkled in some grizzled vets through free agency as part of his vision. And yes, the running back returner from Southern Mississippi is 5 foot 8, 207 pounds. (This is by no means a knock on first round pick Karl Joseph, who has been solid. We will get to him in a bit.) Richard has that quality that makes you want to watch him every time he touches the ball, like when he took his first NFL carry 75 yards for a touchdown. He is averaging 5.7 yards per rush, 23.9 yards per kick return (with a 50 yarder in the mix) and 9.3 yards per punt return (including a 47 yarder). He has also caught 21 passes for 173 yards. this season as an undrafted find by McKenzie and his staff.

Most improved rookie: Here’s where we get to Joseph, the first round draft pick who has been solid at strong safety after missing all of the offseason program to recover from a knee injury he suffered in college. Undersized at 5 foot 10, 207 pounds, he began the season on the bench but became a starter in Week 3. He’s only looked back once this past week because of a toe injury that sidelined him for the Raiders’ game in Kansas City. Joseph has an interception, a fumble recovery and six passes defensed to go with his 76 tackles, which ranked second on the team through 10 games. Perhaps most impressive is his ability to stay off film as a victim of opposing quarterbacks. Joseph just goes about his business.

Most disappointing rookie: Combining draft spot and production, or lack thereof, the arrows point to defensive end Jihad Ward, fairly or not. True, Ward has started every game on the defensive line, but the stats are not there (for those who care about such things) through 12 games. No sacks. No interceptions. No forced fumbles. One fumble recovery. He does have 30 tackles, with seven coming in Kansas City. But as a second round draft pick, you would expect more production, right?

The jury is still out on.: Running back DeAndre Washington. The 5 foot 8, 204 pound fifth rounder was part of the Mighty Mites with Richard and appeared in the Raiders’ first 10 games. But Washington was inactive for two of the past three weeks as a healthy scratch due to more pressing needs on the defensive side of the ball. He is averaging 4.8 yards per carry and has caught 13 passes for 72 yards, so he has shown promise. But with Richard ascendance, Washington has more to show.

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Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em is the ultimate look at the weekly NFL matchups and how they’ll affect your fantasy football team. Sleeper alert features an under the radar player who could produce good numbers. Owners beware features a regular fantasy starter who could fail to meet expectations based on the strength of his opponent. Obvious fantasy starters like Aaron Rodgers and Arian Foster will not be featured in this column. For your final lineup decisions, check our lineup rankings.

Byes Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh SteelersMichael Turner vs. Carolina Panthers: I’m still not in love with Turner this season, but it’s hard to discount the fact that he’s productive on his home field. The Burner has scored in eight of his last 10 games at the Georgia Dome, and he’s been an absolute beast against the Panthers. In his last four home games against them, Turner has a combined 428 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.

BenJarvus Green Ellis at Jacksonville Jaguars: The Law Firm has had a respectable start to the season, averaging better than 11 fantasy points over the first three weeks. He’s a viable No. 2 fantasy runner or flex starter against the Jaguars, who have allowed six touchdowns and the third most fantasy points to opposing backs. The Jags have also given up the fifth most rushing yards.

Sleeper alert Cedric Benson vs. New Orleans Saints: Just a few weeks ago, Benson was a free agent waiting for a phone call from an NFL team. Now heading into Week 4, he’s a nice flex option in all leagues. He has totaled 180 yards and one score in his last two games, and this week’s matchup against the Saints is very favorable. No defense has allowed more fantasy points to runners.

Andre Brown at Philadelphia Eagles: Brown has been a fantasy football darling over the last week plus, but he’s now expected to move back into a reserve role with the return of Ahmad Bradshaw. As a result, it’s tough to advise starting him against an Eagles defense that has allowed an average of just 13 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. Clearly, Brown is now a gamble.

DeAngelo Williams at Atlanta Falcons: Williams has been largely unproductive outside of cheap football jerseys
one week. With Jonathan Stewart expected to come back from injury, he is also likely to see a decreased role. Facing a tough Falcons defense on the road makes Williams an even less attractive fantasy starter.

Mark Ingram at Green Bay Packers: Remember all the hype around Ingram when he was drafted? Well, so far the hype has far outweighed his actual production. He’s 46th in fantasy points among running backs and losing work to both Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas. Furthermore, Ingram faces a Packers defense that has allowed just 24.10 fantasy points to backs in the last two weeks.

Owners beware Steven Jackson vs. Seattle Seahawks: There are a lot of struggling running backs around the league, and Jackson is right near the top of the list. He’s not in the top 30 at his position in fantasy points (Shaun Draughn has more points), and Jackson’s matchup against the Seahawks is a tough one. Their defense has allowed the fifth fewest fantasy points to backs.


Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em is the ultimate look at the weekly NFL matchups and how they’ll affect your fantasy football team. Sleeper alert features an under the radar player who could produce good numbers. Owners beware features a regular fantasy starter who could fail to meet expectations based on the strength of his opponent. Obvious fantasy starters like Aaron Rodgers and Arian Foster will not be featured in this column. For your final lineup decisions, check our lineup rankings.

Byes Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston TexansReggie Bush vs. New York Jets: The Jets might be tough against the pass, but their run defense does leave a lot to be desired. In fact, this team has given up the third most rushing yards and the 10th most fantasy points to opposing running backs. That makes Bush, who should be close to 100 percent after Miami’s bye week, a solid No. 2 fantasy option in most leagues.

Willis McGahee vs. New Orleans Saints: McGahee has had an up and down season based on fantasy points, but he’s still the featured back in Denver and a viable starting option. He’s even more attractive when the matchup is favorable, and that’s the case this week against the Saints. New Orleans has allowed the second most fantasy points to opposing running backs in 2012.

Sleeper alert Rashad Jennings at Green Bay Packers: Jennings is set to take on a featured role in the absence of Maurice Jones Drew, making him a hot waiver wire pickup. If you landed him and need a No. 2 runner or flex starter, Jennings worth a look against the Packers. Their defense has allowed an average of 21.85 fantasy points to backs in the last two weeks.

Mikel Leshoure vs. Seattle Seahawks: Leshoure hasn’t posted a solid stat line since putting up 19.40 fantasy points against the Tennessee Titans back in Week 3, and his statistical fortunes aren’t likely to be altered against the Seahawks. Their defense has allowed just two touchdowns and the fifth fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs after seven weeks.

LaRod Stephens Howling vs. San Francisco 49ers (Mon.): Stephens Howling was a beast last week, posting more fantasy points than all but four running backs. Still, it’s tough to trust him based on one good stat line when his next opponent is the Niners. Their defense has struggled of late, but this unit has still given up the second fewest fantasy points to running backs.

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sure there’s a single member of the Panthers that fantasy owners can start with confidence. That includes Williams, who isn’t even the top 40 at his position in points. Couple that with a matchup against the Bears, who have allowed the fewest fantasy points to runners, and sitting Williams and Jonathan Stewart is advised.

Owners beware Shonn Greene vs. Miami Dolphins: Greene has been a nice option over the last two weeks, so it’s tough to bench him in most cases. If you have enough backfield depth, though, keep in mind that the Dolphins have allowed just two rushing touchdowns, the third fewest rushing yards and the ninth fewest fantasy points to running backs in 2012.


Editor’s note: NFL Media analyst and former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah takes a “first look” at college football’s top players for 2016. This is the third in a series of scouting reports that will run throughout the offseason.

One of my favorite games to watch during the lead up to this year’s NFL draft was the 2015 matchup between Ole Miss and Texas A I viewed Ole Miss’ Laremy Tunsil as the top player in the draft and I wanted to see him tested by an elite pass rusher. I had heard a lot about Texas A Myles Garrett, but I hadn’t really studied him. That game was my first exposure to Garrett, and it was a fantastic battle between two rare talents. They both had wins and losses it was an impressive matchup. I went back and re watched that contest as well as two others from last season for this post.

What I liked: He has ideal size, length and motor for the position. As a pass rusher, he can win with speed, wrap around the edge and flatten to the quarterback. He can convert speed to power and he also possesses a nifty inside spin move. When he slides down to rush against guards, he almost always wins the battle. They are no match for his quickness and he generates a lot of pressure. He is constantly double teamed or chip blocked, and he doesn’t get frustrated or allow his effort to diminish. He always plays snap to whistle. Pass rushers are judged on production and Garrett has produced 22.5 sacks in his two seasons with the Aggies. I was pleasantly surprised with how well he plays against the run. He keeps his pads low to the ground and easily holds the point of attack. He shoots his hands and uses his length to stack wholesale football jerseys
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Where he needs to improve: Garrett is a complete player. However, he could do a better job of disengaging when he fails to win at the beginning of a play. He doesn’t give any ground but he can do a better job of quickly shedding blocks and freeing himself up to pursue the ball. He’s shown the ability to do this, but he could be more consistent in this area.

Biggest takeaway: Garrett is a prototype player. He has everything you’d want in a defensive end. He isn’t quite as twitched up as Jadeveon Clowney or Khalil Mack, but he is very polished as a pass rusher and he has the ability to dominate on all three downs. I spoke to one personnel executive who compared him to Julius Peppers. I wouldn’t put him in that class just yet, but he’s still very young and his best football is ahead of him.

I can’t wait to see him play: Week 1 of the college football season is loaded with intriguing matchups. One game I’m really looking forward to is the UCLA Texas A contest. Garrett is the premier edge rusher in college football and he’ll be squaring off against one of the best offensive tackles in the country, UCLA’s Connor McDermott. This will be a good test for Garrett, and I think his quickness and power will allow him to harass QB Josh Rosen for four quarters.


Fantasy FootballNFL Picks Week 6: Predicting Fantasy Studs and Winners of Biggest GamesBrian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIOctober 10, 2014There are a number of huge games on tap for Week 6 in the NFL. Division matchups and vital conference clashes that could determine tiebreakers for the playoffs are headed our way on Sunday.

When the smoke clears, the winners will be in control in their divisions or saved from a panicked fanbase for at least another week. In each of those games, and the others on the schedule, one player or unit has the potential to pay big dividends for fantasy owners.

We take a look at the upcoming schedule, pick the winners and identify the potential fantasy stud in every matchup. Louis Rams San FranciscoColin KaepernickSt. Louis gets almost no pass rush. The Falcons are one of the worst defensive teams in the NFL. Through five games, the team has a total of four sacks.

If any team gives Jay Cutler that much time to find any of the abundance of weapons he has on offense, the enigmatic quarterback should put a good number of points on the board. Multiple INTs in 3/5 games. Sounds about right.

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Sounds like an easy win for the Bears, right? Not so fast.

Chicago’s defense hasn’t proved to be wholesale jerseys
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Matt Ryan’s crew of Julio Jones and Roddy White is perhaps the only wide receiver tandem in the same ballpark as the Bears’ Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.

Translation: There’s going to be a lot of scoring.

The Bears are my pick only because their defensive line is more capable of making a big play to create a turnover than Atlanta’s.

Willie Young is tied for third in the NFL with five sacks, and rookie corner back Kyle Fuller is tied for the lead in interceptions with three. The two quarterbacks have both had their issues taking care of the ball, but the Eagles’ Nick Foles has really struggled recently.

After throwing just two picks all of 2013, he’s already thrown five this season and fumbled four times. The Eagles defense has bailed him out, but that can’t be counted on against a red hot Giants team.

Eli Manning threw 27 interceptions in 2013, and he began the season as if he would exceed that mark in 2014. He threw four picks in the team’s first two games. Since then, Manning has thrown just one interception, and the Giants are on a three game win streak. He’s leading one of the most balanced offenses in the NFL, and the Cowboys have won four in a row. It not about them. Quarterback Russell Wilson continues to show just how good he is in the clutch, but the Seattle defense isn’t as fierce this season.

Last year’s team only allowed five opponents to score 20 points against it all season. In 2014, opponents are averaging 20.75 points against Seattle.

With DeMarco Murray pounding away on the ground, and Dez Bryant and Jason Witten providing targets for Romo, Dallas’ offense will make the plays necessary to slay the champs at home.