Oakland Raiders vs LA Rams: What To Watch

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By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan//@lucyRK78

The Los Angeles Rams’ preseason opener was a game we’d all like to forget. This couldn’t be truer for quarterback Sean Mannion. This is a major concern for the Rams (and all of us Rams fans!)

It’s hard to find anything positive about Mannion’s game. He only had a single interception, completed just 3 of 13 passes for 16 yards AND fumbled when linebacker Terrell Suggs stripped the ball from him.

Prior to this first preseason game, Mannion was pretty much a lock at the backup quarterback spot, but has that changed? If head coach Sean McVay isn’t set on Mannion, who would be the next option? QB Colin Kaepernick’s name has been thrown around, and we all know I’m the first in line to sign him, but that doesn’t look like an option, currently. My next pick would be Josh McCown if he doesn’t get the starting job in New York. Robert Griffin III is also a name that keeps coming up, but I’m going to hope this doesn’t happen.

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New York Jets still looking for that head signal caller

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By Marquita Quinones //@Latinlove729

Unfortunately for the New York Jets, the game on Thursday night against the Washington Redskins left more questions than answers in regards to who will be the Jets starting quarterback.

Both rookie quarterback Sam Darnold and the more experienced QB Teddy Bridgewater are up for the job. Darnold had somewhat of a shaky start. It was not the performance he was expecting, and am sure Coach Todd Bowles was hoping to see more since Sam had missed the first practice at training camp, but this was not Darnold’s night. Although his performance was not bad, the New York Jets would like to see a clearer picture of who will be there starting quarterback.

Darnold went 8 for 11 and 62 yards. He made some impressive throws, but his last one was a turnover in the red zone. Head coach Todd Bowles did, however, absolve Darnold by blaming the mistake on poor play calling.

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Eagles Fall to 0-2

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by Roxanne Herrera // @rxnlzbth

Yes, yes, I know it’s “only” preseason, but the way the defense played last night reminded me of the way they played in the Super Bowl – they let Patriots’ QB Tom Brady get away with the short pass plays and let them gain 5+ yards. Fortunately, Philadelphia Eagles won’t play them this season, but the defense needs to clean that up before the regular season begins.

Eagles can go 0-4 these next two games, it won’t mean they aren’t ready for the 2018 season. I think head coach Doug Pederson is working out the kinks and being his usual conservative self, while (starting?) quarterback Carson Wentz is still healing from his torn ACL and waiting to hear when he can start playing 11-on-11.

Until then, (backup?) QB Nick Foles is preparing himself just in case. Foles sat out the first preseason game with back pains, but played the first half against the Patriots and finished 3-of-9 with 44 yards and one turnover. He suffered a shoulder injury sometime in the first half.

After the game, Foles said he felt “pretty good” but told reporters he will undergo tests on his shoulder today.

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Do NFL Rookies Get the Gravity of Money?

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By Wanda Wiedman / August 16, 2018

He gets it. Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Carl Nassib shares his thoughts on investment with teammates on HBO’s Hard Knocks.

“We got a lot of money right now, right? This is the easiest equation to make you rich. You have a million dollars and after seven years getting 10% of the money every single year, you are making money off of it, you’re going to double it after seven years. You’re gonna double it every seven years for 42 (expletive) years, you get 64 times your original (expletive) money. So if you got a million dollars you’re gonna end up with 64 million dollars by the time you retire.”

Drafted by the Browns in 2016, Nassib signed a 4-year contract worth $3.2 million, with a signing bonus of $890,000 dollars. Now, let’s assume he lives off of just the signing bonus, which is $222K, and invests the rest, he can have a very nice financial cushion upon retirement.

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Dallas Cowboys: 5 Quick Questions

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Official Reporter Miami Dolphins

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303 

The Dallas Cowboys used to be “America’s Team.” With great names like Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith in the not-so-distant past, and disappointing seasons from the likes of Tony Romo and Dez Bryant, the pressure is definitely on for Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott to lead the team back to glory.

I took some time to talk about the upcoming Cowboys season with Michelle Jinks // @TheSportsJinks who is a huge Cowboys fan and, well, She Knows Routes!

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Atlanta Falcons: 5 Quick Questions

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Cleveland Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

Any team that goes up against the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl immediately gains a ton of fans. The Atlanta Falcons are one such team. After leading for most of Super Bowl LI back in 2017, the Falcons lost in gut-wrenching fashion – at least most of us were wrenched.

But last season they seemed to suffer from some sort of Super Bowl Hangover. Will 2018 be the season they bounce back?

I recently met a huge Falcons fan on twitter, so I asked Angela Spencer // @AngieSpencer28 five questions and got her thoughts regarding the upcoming season…

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Green Bay Packers vs Pittsburgh Steelers: What to Watch

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By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @LUCYrk78

Look. Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE the Packers. I LOVE watching the Packers. I’d been counting down the days till I could watch them again.

But.

I hate preseason. It just makes me too nervous. There’s too much on the line with starters playing. And now, with quarterback Aaron Rodgers playing Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers, I’ll spend the next 24 hours praying to the football gods for no injuries.

It IS going to be an exciting game. Green Bay hasn’t hosted Pittsburgh during the preseason since 1996 (Packers won, natch). In fact, these two teams don’t play each other very often at all. Thursday night will only the fourth meeting between these two teams since 2013. Green Bay is 14-10-1 in the preseason against Pittsburgh.

With Rodgers playing, even for a few series, that means we won’t get to evaluate the three guys competing for his back-up as much. If you’ve followed my recaps, you know I’m not a huge Brett Hundley fan, so I’m going to keep my eye on DeShone Kizer Thursday night. Aaron Rodgers owns the pocket, and I’d love to see Kizer become a bit more comfortable playing in there.

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Kansas City Chiefs future is in the hands of Patrick Mahomes

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By Dayna O’Gorman //@DaynaOG

The Kansas City Chiefs took center stage last January when they traded quarterback Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins. Many thought it was a bad idea to get rid of a QB that had just had the best year of his career, while others thought it was a perfect time. Either way, the trade was the start of a whole new Chiefs team. A Patrick Mahomes lead team.

We all knew it would happen at some point. I mean a team doesn’t take a QB 10thoverall and plan to let him sit for years. However, the Chiefs didn’t rush Patrick Mahomes into the starting role. After sitting behind Smith for a year, it was time to let the kid, just 22 years old, shine.

Although he had a few missteps in training camp and the Chiefs first preseason game, Mahomes is getting lots of praise. Those of us who have been around football for a long time know that an Andy Reid offense isn’t an easy one to learn. Mahomes seems to be doing well with it.

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Reflections on the New York Giants first preseason game

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NY Giants Reporter

By Marquita Quinones //@Latinlove729

Although the New York Giants preseason opener resulted in a 20-10 loss against the Cleveland Browns, there were some positive takeaways to consider, even with the newness of the team.

Keep in mind the Giants had a major turnover of personnel, so there is obviously going to be some fine tuning that will need to happen throughout the season. Also keep that in mind New York fans shouldn’t have expected them to come out in their first preseason game looking like the Super Bowl champs of 2012.

One thing to consider in that preseason game is the fact that the best player, Odell Beckham Jr, didn’t play and most of the starters were only seen for a few downs. The biggest impact was running back Saquon Barkley and his explosive start. Managing to get 39 yards on his first touch is a feat that the New York Giants have not seen in a few years. It does look as though the void of a running back has been filled.

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Enough About Roquan Smith

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By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

Not every college athlete gets the honor and privilege to hear their name called on Draft Day. But a young man from Macon County Georgia did on April 26th, 2018. He was picked by the Chicago Bears to be the next linebacker to soar like the franchise Hall of Fame greats in Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary, and Brian Urlacher.

With the 8th pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Bears selected Roquan Smith from the University of Georgia. The cheers from fans everywhere were deafening and the dream of the return of the Monsters of the Midway was just within their reach.

Dream on Bears fans…

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