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Blandino said there are more women in the development program.
"It was obviously big news last year, but she handled everything so well, and she had such a poise and grace about herself," Blandino said this month at the NFL's annual officiating clinic. "It's a challenge for any first-year official. For a first-year official to also be the first female official, there were a lot of other challenges that came with that and she handled everything really well, and had a good season."
When Pittsburgh's Le'Veon Bell scored on a wildcat run as time expired for a victory at San Diego to wrap up Week 5 last season, Thomas was the line judge who signaled the touchdown. Bell initially appeared to be stopped, but pushed forward and reached the ball across the goal line just before his knee hit the ground. A replay review confirmed the call was right.
Last March, Thomas' hometown of Pascagoula, Mississippi, renamed its recreational gym in honor of the former high school basketball and softball standout who was also given a key to the city.
IRVING, Texas (AP) â€” Sarah Thomas was never hit by the pressure of being the first woman to be a full-time NFL game official until after her first season on the job.
Dean Blandino, the NFL's vice president of officiating,Cheap Jerseys, agrees and said Thomas "had the same bumps" as any first-year official.
All nine first-time officials from last season are back this season, and there are three rookies among the 124 officials hired for 2016.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said during the first NFL Women's Summit in San Francisco, which was part of Super Bowl 50, that Thomas in her first season "did a fantastic job, and we're very proud of her."
"I never set out to be the first, but when I did speak or I was encouraged with women's groups, it's good to hear them ask questions how did you approach it, and for me to be able to say the National Football League had the utmost respect for me as they did any other official," she said.
Thomas, the mother of three children, was part of the NFL's officiating development program in 2013 and 2014 and had worked at minicamps, training camps and exhibition games before getting hired full-time last year. She had officiated for Conference USA since 2007,Wholesale Jerseys China, with assignments including bowl game and two league championship games.
"We just want to be officials, we want to go unseen," Thomas said in general,Wholesale Authentic Jerseys, and not about that particular play. "You've heard it for years and years and years, and it is the truth. If you don't notice the officials then we've done a great job, and that's what set out to do."
Thomas is now preparing for her second season as a side judge. While still the only woman on the field in the NFL, she considers it a compliment that there is much less fanfare this time around.
It wasn't until this past offseason that Thomas pondered what really happened after accomplishing her goal, which was to work full-time at football's highest level and not necessarily be a trailblazer in doing so.
"We're seeing more women officiating football in general, and I think we're going to see them continue to develop," Blandino said. "At some point, we're going to see another female official in the NFL. ... Women are officiating and that's part of our program, and I think it's really moving in the right direction."
"When I first started all this last year,Nike Air Max 1 Womens Sale, I said I don't feel the pressure of it or anything like that, and I don't feel as if I did during the season," she said. "But once I reflected back, I knew that there was a lot of pressure. ... When I reflected back on it, I thought if something major had happened with being a first, not that I recognize myself as that, but just being a first,Cheap NFL Jerseys China, that it could have gone one of two ways. So I'm glad that it was a very smooth, under-the-radar, first year."
Imagine the uproar on social media and the general reaction had the NFL's first female official blown that call. Most fans never even realized she was there.
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"That's the most important thing," Marrone said during a conference call with reporters. "We've got to go out there and put back-to-back games together right now."
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) â€” Jaguars coach Doug Marrone had a clear message for his players Monday about consistency.
And then they delivered one of the most complete performances in franchise history, a 44-7 drubbing of Baltimore in London that left players and coaches almost giddy during the long flight back across the pond.
"I think there was a lot of smart play on his part,Atlanta Falcons Jersey," Marrone said. "He did a really good job of making the plays when we needed him to make them. I was really happy with his performance."
Blake Bortles had one of the best games of his four-year career, completing 20 of 31 passes for 244 yards and four touchdowns. Of his 11 misses, five were intentional throwaways.
Bortles was hardly alone.
"That's a snapshot of exactly how we want to play and what we want to do in all three phases. Again, it (needs to) become consistent."
Getting back on the field will be the real test for a team that has been really good for 10 quarters and really bad for two. Marrone wants to see them build on the success in London.
"That didn't work out too well for me," Marrone said.
Marrone said they arrived at the team facility around 2 a.m. Monday. He tried to sleep in his office, but fire alarm tests woke up him a few hours later.
Cornerback Jalen Ramsey didn't allow a completion on seven passes thrown in his direction. And the defense forced a three-and-out on Baltimore's first four possessions, intercepted Joe Flacco on the first play of the fifth drive and allowed a franchise-low 15 yards in the first half.
"Your identity is going to be defined by not what you say, it's what your results are," Marrone said. "Right now, we're talking about consistency and being able to play with consistency."
The Jaguars (2-1) have been one of the NFL's most unpredictable teams through three weeks.
They followed a near-perfect season debut at Houston with a fully flawed home opener against Tennessee.
Running back Leonard Fournette scored for the third consecutive week. Tight end Marcedes Lewis caught three touchdowns passes, matching his total from the previous three years. Allen Hurns solidified his standing as "Mr. London" with a TD reception for the third consecutive year at Wembley Stadium.
It will be the first time in five seasons that Jacksonville has not enjoyed a bye week following a "home game" in London,Cheap Soccer Jerseys.
Players and assistants, meanwhile, headed home for several hours before they returned later for treatment, workouts and game review.
"It's kind of like a West Coast trip, where you're playing a Monday Night game and you get in at that time and then you have to turn around and play again," Marrone said.
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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) â€” One week after Aaron Donald ended his four-month contract holdout, the All-Pro defensive lineman probably will go straight into the Los Angeles Rams' starting lineup.
"Just business, that's all," he said.
The three-time Pro Bowl tackle is playing for $1.8 million this season after failing to reach agreement with the Rams on a contract that likely would have made him the highest-paid defensive player in football. He declined to elaborate on his rationale for holding out while under contract to the Rams for the next two seasons, or why he ended the holdout one day before the season opener.
McVay said Donald looked "exactly like you would expect â€” looked fast, looked fresh, looked like the player that you've seen. It didn't look like he missed a beat,Kyrie Irving Jersey, and it was good to have him back out there. He's all smiles because he loves football, so nothing but positive things there."
"I love football, so being away from it definitely was tough,Nike NFL Jerseys China," Donald said. "(The holdout) was a decision I made. The way I chose to handle it was the way I chose to handle it. I'm here now."
"It's nice seeing him across the line of scrimmage again,Cheap Arizona Diamondbacks Hoodies, making practice hard for us again,NFL Jerseys China," quarterback Jared Goff said with a laugh after the no-pads practice. "Especially when we have pads on, it's not fun. But that's me speaking. You should ask the O-line. I'm glad he's on our team, I'll just say that."
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Most players would struggle with that swift transition. Donald and the Rams know he can do just about anything.
Donald participated in practice as if he'll play extensively Sunday, although the Rams haven't decided how many snaps he will get. He endured a bit of good-natured ribbing after practice from his teammates, who uniformly supported Donald's right to stay away while negotiating this summer.
"Anytime you're around your guys again, they're going to pick me up," Donald said. "We would like for things to get done (with the contract), but I'm going to let my guys handle that side of things, and I'm going to handle the football side of things."
But Donald clearly isn't second-guessing his strategy or its architects: He met reporters while wearing a T-shirt with the logo of his agents' company, rather than Rams gear. The Rams have said they will continue to negotiate a new deal with Donald's representatives during the season.
Donald revealed no frustration or anger with the Rams, who went through months of respectful negotiations with Donald's agents. The fourth-year pro repeatedly expressed his excitement simply to be back in the locker room with his teammates, who opened the season with a 46-9 rout of Indianapolis while their best player wasn't at the Coliseum.
"I don't feel like I'm behind or anything, as far as knowing the plays," he said. "I might mess up here and there, but when I was out there today, I felt pretty solid. I know all the checks and everything that was going on."
Donald widely is considered one of the most dominant defensive linemen in the NFL,Wholesale Jerseys, destroying offensive lines in both the running game and as a pass rusher. Donald believes he picked up "pretty much everything" he needs to know about defensive coordinator Wade Phillips' new 3-4 scheme during his brief time in the offseason program before he began his holdout in May.
Donald went through his first full practice Wednesday since reporting to the team last weekend, and coach Sean McVay was impressed by his form after missing all of training camp and the preseason. McVay expects Donald to start when the Rams (1-0) host the Washington Redskins on Sunday, although nobody is sure how much he will play.
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Rivera said Tuesday he hasn't made a decision on whether Newton will play.
Newton hinted that he wanted to play in Carolina's final preseason game against the Steelers this Thursday night, but knows that decision is out of his control.
Injuries could have an impact on Carolina's roster decisions.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) â€” Panthers coach Ron Rivera isn't concerned about quarterback Cam Newton's limited reps in the preseason.
Rivera traditionally has rested his starters in the fourth game rather than risk injury. Like many coaches around the league,Cheap Air Max 90 For Sale, he's used the preseason finale as a chance to evaluate the players near the bottom of the roster rather than as a final tuneup for the regular season.
The 28-year-old Newton missed the first two preseason games with soreness in his right shoulder stemming from surgery in March to repair a partially torn right rotator cuff.
"You do what you have to do," Rivera said of Newton's small sample size of reps following offseason shoulder surgery. "He's on track and I think he has done some good things. You wake up every morning just wanting to make sure he's fine. But he's done everything we have expected so far."
Carolina's seventh-year head coach said he thinks Newton will be just fine when the Panthers open the regular season Sept. 10 against the San Francisco 49ers even if he doesn't take another snap this preseason,Cheap Jerseys China.
"I was excited when they told me I was able to play â€” and again, they didn't tell me how much," Newton said. "I wish it could have been more. I fell behind in a lot of ways in this game, but the optimism of this game was we did have a great first drive. I just have to take full advantage of the time that I do get. "
He played one series Thursday night against the Jaguars, capping a 10-play drive with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin. He finished the game 2 of 2 for 21 yards,Discount Football Jerseys, but did not carry the ball on any designed runs.
Last year's first round draft pick defensive tackle Vernon Butler, veteran defensive tackle Kyle Love, rookie cornerback Corn Elder and rookie defensive end Daeshon Hall remain out of practice due to injuries and it is unclear if they'll be back for the regular season opener.
Newton said he after the game he felt "great" and declared himself ready for the season opener.
"Absolutely," Newton said. "You ain't got no choice. When everything gets to going, pretty sure coach will have everyone ready to go. And that's all you can ask for."
NFL teams must trim rosters to 53 players by Saturday.
Newton has been getting plenty of reps in practice,Air Max 90 Black And White Leather.
Rivera said the two most competitive situations on the Panthers entering the final preseason game are at wide receiver and defensive end. The team also needed to make some decisions on special teams â€” veteran Graham Gano or rookie Harrison Butker at kicker, and veteran Andy Lee or youngster Michael Palardy at punter.
"I think he's still taking steps. You really won't know until the opener. That's just the way it is," Rivera said. "Nobody knew what he was going to be like his rookie year. That's kind of how this is going to be. You won't know until we open up in San Francisco."
He participated in all drills for the second straight day Tuesday and looked sharp. But he said it's difficult to project how Newton will perform until the regular season arrives,Nike Air Max 90 Black Women.
The only time Newton has played in the final preseason game was 2011, but that was because the team was frantically trying to get the then-rookie QB ready for the regular season.
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â€” The Indianapolis Colts have re-signed backup tight end Jack Doyle, keeping him off the free-agent market.
New general manager Chris Ballard called Doyle a "consummate professional,Cheap Air Max 90 For Sale."
Doyle had the best season of his four-year career in 2016. He finished with 59 receptions for 584 yards and five touchdowns. He has 94 catches,Nike Roshe Run Men, 793 yards and eight TDs in his career.
Terms of the deal were not immediately known.
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Detroit hasn't had a run like this since 1995 when it closed the regular season 7-1 to make the playoffs for the third straight year and the fourth time in a five-year stretch. From 1996 to 2015, the Lions have earned a spot in the postseason just four times.
Detroit (8-4) has a two-game lead in the NFC North with four games to go, putting the traditionally floundering franchise in a favorable position to win a division title for the first time since 1993. Detroit has a potential tiebreaker over the second-place Minnesota Vikings and hosts the second-place Green Bay Packers in the last game of the regular season.
In practice, they were embracing "productive paranoia,Nike NFL Jerseys China," a concept Caldwell has read about in Jim Collins' books and apparently passed along to his players.
"Normally, we're in different situations in the fourth quarter so we kind of went out there with the same mentality like, 'Hey, we've got to stop them,'" said Quin, who picked off one of three passes against Brees.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) â€” Jim Caldwell could see the Detroit Lions' latest win coming last week, well before they beat the New Orleans Saints.
Detroit's stingy defense has held four straight teams to 19 or fewer points, including keeping New Orleans more than 17 points below its scoring average. The Lions also became the first team to hold Drew Brees without a touchdown pass on his home turf in 60 games with the Saints. Special teams have been solid,Off White Vapormax Retail Price, too.
"During that time of the year, you've got to be playing your best football," he said.
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"It was just one of those weeks where things were clicking along pretty well for us," Caldwell said Monday. "The key is now we've got to do it again."
Stafford isn't making many mistakes these days, throwing only one interception over eight games. He set a team record by connecting on 13 straight passes against the Saints.
"We're not worrying about first place or second place," safety Glover Quin said. "We're just focusing in on the next challenge. We came in all week and our focus was clearly on the New Orleans Saints."
The Lions beat New Orleans 28-13, their seventh win in an eight-game stretch that has dramatically changed the possibilities for this season.
"When I come in in the morning,NFL Jerseys China Cheap, there are very few fans that are up," he said. "When I go home late at night, there are very few people that are around and most often it's only one gas station open in my area. I don't encounter very many people at that time."
Caldwell's steady leadership has helped the Lions bounce back from adversity from within games and season. And now that times are good, he is certainly not going to get caught up in the excitement among a fan base desperate for a winning NFL team to root for in the Motor City. He noted hearing and seeing a lot of Lions fans in New Orleans at his weekly news conference, but insisted he doesn't run into them in or around Detroit simply because of the hours he keeps.
Caldwell cuts up the regular season into quarters, and acknowledged the final four games present a unique opportunity and challenge.
The Lions seem set up to at least maintain their cushion in the NFC North with a matchup against the last-place Chicago Bears (3-9) on Sunday at Ford Field. Chicago, though, did beat the Lions 17-14 to drop them to 1-3 back when Matthew Stafford was averaging one interception per game.
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Lawson's fine with whatever role he's assigned, and eager for the opportunity to contribute to Buffalo's potent pass rush.
"Yeah,Wholesale Jerseys Online, I did hit the bag hard," Lawson said. "I wanted to test it out a little bit. But it felt great. Everything."
Lining up at the far end of the field, Lawson hit the first dummy with his left fist before rearing back and hitting the next one with a hard right,NFL Jerseys Outlet, eventually leaving all four of them rocking back and forth in his wake.
Though cleared for practice,Air Max 97 Silver Bullet 2018, Lawson remains on the physically unable to perform list. Under NFL rules, the Bills have three weeks to activate Lawson or place him on season-ending injured reserve.
Rather than risk Lawson aggravating the injury, the Bills took the precautionary step in electing him having surgery for the chance to have him healthy by October.
"We're going to err on the side of caution," Ryan said. "But if he's ready to roll and we feel great about it, he feels great about it, the doctors feel great about it, then let's let it rip."
It was a fitting moment for Lawson, who saw it as an opportunity to test the strength of his surgically repaired shoulder.
As a junior last season, he was a consensus All-American for leading the nation with 25Â½ tackles for a loss and added 12Â½ sacks. Overall, Lawson had 20 sacks in 40 games despite playing with the right shoulder injury for much of his college career.
The Bills are second in the NFL with 20 sacks, one fewer than the team had all last season. And they're led by 10-year journeyman Lorenzo Alexander , who has an NFL-leading eight sacks while filling the starting spot once reserved for Lawson.
Coach Rex Ryan hasn't entirely ruled out Lawson from playing Sunday, when the Bills (4-2) travel to face AFC East rival Miami (2-4). Ryan,Wholesale Jerseys China, however, noted he doesn't want to rush back a player after only a few practices.
It was also a chance for Lawson to vent any lingering frustrations after the Bills decided he required surgery in May when the first-round draft pick aggravated the injury during a similar drill at rookie minicamp.
"It was a good decision. If I never got it repaired, and something happened during the season, I would've missed the whole season," Lawson said. "I feel stronger than I've ever been since I had the injury 3Â½ years ago."
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) â€” The big blue,China Jerseys, wobbly tackling dummies didn't stand a chance once Bills rookie linebacker Shaq Lawson came out punching during his first practice in five months on Wednesday.
It wasn't until the NFL combine in February when Lawson said tests revealed he had a torn ligament. The Bills were aware of the injury when they selected him with the 19th pick.
The next test is seeing how one of college football's top pass-rushers last year might fair against opposing NFL linemen in an actual game, and when that opportunity might come.
Whenever Lawson is activated, he'll be eased in as a backup on a defense that has proved capable of generating a pass rush without him.
Lawson hasn't played a competitive snap since capping his college career at Clemson with two sacks in a 45-40 loss to Alabama in the national championship game in January.
"Those two guys are just unstoppable," Lawson said, referring to Alexander and fellow starter Jerry Hughes, who has four sacks. "Us three on the field, it might be special."
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"That's one hell of a teammate right there," Vernon said. "Just as far as his preparation. He never complains about anything despite everything he's had to battle. He goes out there and makes plays. All you could do is respect that. He comes in the building and works hard. He works hard in practice each and every day."
Pierre-Paul had five tackles, batted down two passes and had two quarterback hurries. He was on the field for 57 of the Bengals' 58 snaps.
"Let's slow down for a minute," he added. "Like I said, our job this year is to just get in the playoffs, take it one game at a time and hopefully at the end of this run in the regular season we will be in the playoffs. That is the whole goal here."
"You look on film and I am all over the field, man," Pierre-Paul said. "That is something that you can't coach. You have to have a heart and nobody can give me that. I guarantee you that if you pop in the film, you will see me running to the ball more than any player. I feel that as long as I can do that, I am good."
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) â€” While his sack total isn't what it used to be, there is little doubt that defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is back to being a force on the New York Giants' defense.
Fellow defensive end Olivier Vernon said he spoke with Pierre-Paul before signing with the Giants as a free agent and having 'JPP' tell him he had something to prove this season.
Not only is Pierre-Paul playing well,Wholesale Jerseys Cheap, he is excited. The Giants (6-3) have won four in a row and are in position to challenge for their first trip to the playoffs since 2011.
There is also little talk these days about the right hand that Pierre-Paul mangled in a fireworks accident on July 4, 2015. He lost his right index finger and part of his thumb. His middle finger is mushroomed at the tip and his ring finger is swollen.
Just think back to a couple of nights ago and the Giants 21-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night.
"I think that people feel him," Spagnuolo said of the Giants' opponents. "That's a good thing for us. When you have to worry about one guy, you can do some other things. I think he's steadily gotten more comfortable. We all realize, as you get further and further into the season, it gets really important. We want it to continue to be important."
He has overcome it though, having a full year to prepare for this season. He played the final eight games last season but never looked comfortable.
"I think that when you play the New York Giants defense, you have to game plan against me and just knowing that guys are game planning against me, it is just a wonderful feeling because if they don't, bad things are going to happen,Pat Tillman Cardinals Jersey," Pierre-Paul said Thursday. "Bad things are going to happen, regardless, but it just makes me feel good and I always had that confidence of just playing football no matter what.
Pierre-Paul didn't hesitate to agree.
Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who got a chance to play safety on a last-second heave by the Bengals at the end of the first half, bluntly said the Giants have a defense capable to taking the Giants to the Super Bowl.
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Pierre-Paul said he is just playing football.
"Even with my hand injury, I still had that mentality," he added. "You could have taken the whole thing and I would have been out there with a nub just doing it. That is just the mentality that I have got, man. That is basically it."
Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and linebacker Keenan Robinson both said that opponents have to account for Pierre-Paul,Adam Joseph Duhe Dolphins Jersey, who been on the field for 634 of the 660 plays that the defense has been on the field. That's 96 percent.
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Here are some things that stood out in the Chiefs' rout of the Chargers:
After Charcandrick West was stuffed from the 1-yard line on third down on the Chiefs' second possession, they went on fourth down, this time giving the ball to Poe. He got air and went in for his first NFL TD.
It was Houston's first TD,Nike Air Max 2018 Release, as well.
SAN DIEGO (AP) â€” The Kansas City Chiefs are on a roll, with a big defensive tackle going airborne to score a rushing touchdown and Justin Houston once again getting the better of Philip Rivers.
CHARGERS MELTDOWN: Rivers had his worst game of the season, going 19 of 30 for just 178 yards. Tight end Antonio Gates was seen jawing at the quarterback on the sideline in the first half.
There's a chance this was Smith's last appearance at Qualcomm Stadium. Chargers chairman Dean Spanos has infuriated fans with his intention to move the team to an industrial suburb of Los Angeles, which would require approval of fellow owners.
OTHER SCORES: Cairo Santos kicked field goals of 28 and 24 yards,Jerseys From China, and Spencer Ware had two 3-yard TD runs in the fourth quarter.
Poe is the heaviest NFL player to score an offensive touchdown, according to STATS.
The Chargers (2- lost their sixth straight.
Dontari Poe, a 346-pound tackle, scored a 1-yard touchdown on fourth down and linebacker Justin Houston returned an interception 17 yards for a touchdown as the Kansas City Chiefs embarrassed the Chargers 33-3 Sunday.
EFFORT QUESTIONED: Some observers wondered if some Chargers didn't play the full 60 minutes. "''I will watch the film and look at it," coach Mike McCoy said. "I want each individual to watch that film and for 60 minutes, 'What did I do for 60 minutes.' ... It means something to play in this game and you need to look in the mirror first and see how you finished that game, and you answer it yourself."
MR. SMITH RETURNS TO SAN DIEGO: Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, who led Helix High to consecutive city championships at Qualcomm Stadium, completed 20 of 25 passes for 253 yards. He also ran seven times for 33 yards.
With Alex Smith victorious again at Qualcomm Stadium, the Chiefs (5-5) won their fourth straight game following a five-game losing streak.
Said Houston, with a laugh: "I told him I earned my touchdown. His touchdown was given."
Smith broke Steve DeBerg's team record of 233 consecutive passes without an interception. Smith threw his 234th straight pass without a pick on a 47-yard completion to West. Smith extended his record to 253.
Houston had four of Kansas City's seven sacks of Rivers in the 2014 season finale in which the Chargers were eliminated from the playoff race,Cheap NFL Jerseys China.
Rivers said Sunday's face-plant "is about as tough as it gets and not like it hasn't been tough the last five. This one, it gets even worse."
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And the San Diego Chargers,Nike Air Max Zero Black? Their free-fall shows no sign of letting up.
"Really what was said really doesn't matter," Rivers said. "Brothers fuss and fight, for any of you that have brothers. And I Iove Antonio and I think he will tell you the same thing."
HONORING L.T.: At halftime, the Chargers inducted former running back LaDainian Tomlinson into their Hall of Fame and retired his No. 21. When Tomlinson mentioned the Chargers organization, fans booed. When he mentioned the fans, they cheered. Tomlinson joins Hall of Famers Dan Fouts (14) and Lance Alworth (19), and the late Junior Seau (55) as having their numbers retired.
"I needed it. I loved it. My eyes lit up," Poe said.
San Diego's only score was a 52-yard field goal by rookie Josh Lambo.
The Chiefs brought some defensive heat, even on offense.
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"It's the worst game I've ever been a part of special teams-wise," DeCamillis said Thursday in his first public comments since the Broncos' 30-27 overtime loss to Kansas City on Sunday night.
The next, he's wincing as the Broncos muff two punts, allow an 86-yard touchdown return and line up wrong on a field goal, giving the Chiefs a do-over they turn into a touchdown, a four-point gaffe in a gut-wrenching three-point loss.
"If you play like that, it's something that you missed during the week," he said. "I wanted them to know that first. Then, we went through the corrections. It wasn't a great week; I can tell you that. We have to come back strong and we have a heck of a challenge in front of us this week."
It was an oddly fitting end to a frustrating night for Denver's special teams.
Plenty of players on both sides thought Denver had escaped all its slips on special teams with a tie when Cairo Santos' 34-yard field goal as overtime expired clanked off the left upright.
DeCamillis said his first message to his players was that he was taking as much blame as they were.
He said there were too many other problems to fix, like a defense that couldn't protect an eight-point lead in the final seconds and an offense that couldn't protect quarterback Trevor Siemian, who sprained his left foot on a sack and hasn't practiced all week, putting his availability against the Jaguars in doubt.
ENGLEWOOD,Adidas Nmd Pink Shoes, Colo. (AP) â€” One game, Denver special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis is getting a game ball from coach Gary Kubiak in a jubilant locker room after a blocked extra point led to the first defensive 2-point game-winner in NFL history.
After watching Tyreek Hill become the first rookie since Gale Sayers in 1965 to reach the end zone on a rush, a reception and a return, DeCamillis said he had warned his players that Hill had "world class speed ... as in Usain Bolt and Michael Johnson."
"You talk about lucky bounces. I've never seen one like that," DeCamillis said. "I heard it clang from over on the sideline. He must have gone to Mass that morning and said his Hail Mary's and everything. In 29 years, I've never seen one go through like that. I've seen them clang on the inside of the upright and go in that way, but not sideways."
"We're working guys as we speak," DeCamillis said. "That's unacceptable. We can't put the ball on the ground. We have to maintain field possession for our team and it was not a good night. We have to get that corrected quickly."
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DeCamillis hinted there could be a change in the works at punt returner after Jordan Norwood's pair of muffs led to a turnover at midfield and a safety to go along with a shove in the back from an angry Aqib Talib.
The Broncos (7-4) face another good special teams unit Sunday at Jacksonville (2-9), but Kubiak said special teams didn't get special attention this week.
The game-winner came a minute after Brandon McManus had implored Kubiak to let him try a 62-yard field goal only to kick the ground and watch it come up short, giving the Chiefs a short field to go win it themselves.
The Broncos are prepared to go with replacement long snapper Thomas Gafford again because Casey Kreiter's strained calf hasn't allowed him to return to practice all week,Off White Air Max 97 For Sale.
DeCamillis said he didn't "sleep one bit. It was a rough night. My kids were all in and my family was all there. It was a pitiful night,Cheap NFL Jerseys. We've never had a game like that here and I don't want to have another one like that again."
"It was tough to go through. It's uncharacteristic because the one thing that we pride ourselves on since we have been here is our coverage teams and we just didn't play well," DeCamillis said. "Everybody had a turn, including me. When you play like that you obviously don't do a good job. We have to get that picked up really quick."
Jacksonville's returners aren't quite that, but "we have to play faster than what we did the other night," DeCamillis said. "If you watch, there's a T-shirt that we have that says 'speed, speed, speed.' They heard that from me. We didn't play fast enough the other night. We have to get back to that this weekend."
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"I think this year there was more of an emphasis on the throwback," said Dixon, the 2008 race winner. "The only question I had about the lightning bolt was why it took so long to get it back on the car because I think it looks fantastic."
Throwback days have become popular events in much of the sports world.
Penske's team drew raves when it initially brought back the canary yellow car in 2014 with the same colors Rick Mears popularized by driving to 500 wins in 1982 and 1984. Now Castroneves is hoping his seventh attempt to join Mears, Foyt and Al Unser Sr. as the only members of the four-time 500 winners club will come with just as much luck as Mears had in the '80s.
"The yellow submarine has always been a sharp looking car,Wholesale Football Jerseys," said Robert Arnold, a 58-year-old fan from Indianapolis. "But the Menard's day-glow paint schemes, I enjoy those very much. That really brings me back to the '90s. I just really like all of the throwback paint schemes. I think they should bring these back, no matter the occasion."
The lightning bolt first appeared on the team's cars in 1995 and the decal remained there through 2001, a span in which Ganassi's drivers combined to win four series titles and Juan Pablo Montoya won the 2000 Indianapolis 500.
But the sudden penchant for going retro at Indianapolis Motor Speedway seems much more fitting given the circumstances â€” the May 29 race will be the 100th running of the 500.
From 1995-2000, Menard's team won three poles. Pagenaud did it again last weekend by taking the No. 1 qualifying spot for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and then did something Menard's teams never could by winning at Indy. With back-to-back pole wins and three straight race wins, Pagenaud heads into this weekend's qualifying as one of the pole favorites in a car people still embrace.
Teams in the NFL,Off White Nike Vapormax Release Date, NBA and Major League Baseball all have donned uniforms from previous years. Last year, when NASCAR put Darlington back on its traditional September date, Sprint Cup teams celebrated by turning back the clock with old color schemes on the cars.
Pagenaud's uniquely bright car is still adding chapters to Menard's storied reputation.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â€” Indianapolis 500 fans might feel like they're traveling through a time warp this month.
But the history of Foyt's car is not just imbedded in paint.
Scott Dixon's traditional red-and-white Target Chip Ganassi car has brought back the yellow lightning bolt. At Team Penske, Helio Castroneves is driving the "yellow submarine" while teammate Simon Pagenaud climbs into the trademark neon yellow car former team owner John Menard used in the 1990s. And the paint scheme on the No. 35 of A.J. Foyt Enterprises rekindles memories of the cars he drove late in his storied career.
"I'm super hungry," Castroneves said. "I've been close, I've been fast,China Jerseys, I've been competitive, but â€” and we don't want to use that word but â€” we haven't won it yet."
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For Alfe, this is the third straight year it's sponsored a retro-look car and fans are hoping it won't be the last.
They're winning every popularity contest in Gasoline Alley.
Canadian Alex Tagliani, the pole winner in 2011, will drive the Alfe Heat Treating car with a number that signifies two parts of Foyt's incredible legacy: He was born in 1935 and he started a record 35 consecutive races at Indy.
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Coach Dirk Koetter, who calls his own plays,Wholesale Jerseys US, is confident the 23-year-old will continue to blossom.
"And who knows what happens when you get in the playoffs," he added. "You think about all the wild-card teams that barely got in that end up winning a Super Bowl."
The Bucs had difficulty getting the ball in the end zone while losing three of four preseason games. Winston and the rest of the first-team offense worked 14 possessions, producing one touchdown rushing and five field goals.
Former Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith begins his second season as defensive coordinator after deciding to not pursue opportunities to leave Tampa Bay.
NFC South rivals Atlanta and Carolina wound up playing in the Super Bowl after winning the past two division titles, and the third-year pro said there's no reason why Tampa Bay can't do the same after upgrading.
While he threw for more than 8,100 yards and 50 touchdowns over the past two seasons, the No. 1 overall pick from the 2015 draft also has 33 interceptions.
"He's a fiery competitor. I think he's the type of guy that players want to play for when he's in the game," Koetter said. "With that said, I hope he's not in the game."
Some things to know about the Buccaneers:
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) â€” Jameis Winston isn't content with re-energizing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
RB Doug Martin will miss the first three weeks of the season while serving the remainder of a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
WR Mike Evans, coming off his third 1,000-yard season and first Pro Bowl appearance, is one of the NFL's top young receivers. Surrounding Winston with more playmakers in hopes of making the offense more successful figures to help Evans, as well as the young quarterback.
End Chris Baker and safety T.J. Ward, a late pickup after being released by the Denver Broncos, are the most notable additions to a defense that overcame a slow start to help the Bucs surge to playoff contention late last season.
"It's definitely about putting your team in a situation to be in the playoffs and give yourself that chance,Cheap Jerseys From China," Winston said.
Winston started all 32 games over the past two seasons, leaving little work for backup Mike Glennon. When Glennon left for Chicago in free agency, Koetter brought in veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has 116 starts, as insurance.
Winston is determined to end the drought this season.
That was welcome news for defensive leaders Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David, Kwon Alexander and Brent Grimes, as well as younger players such as CB Vernon Hargreaves III and pass rusher Noah Spence, who figure to benefit from the continuity.
The young quarterback is coming off leading the team to its first winning record in six years, however he cringes when reminded the Bucs haven't made the playoffs since 2007.
"Who remembers how many touchdown passes quarterbacks throw in the preseason?" Evans asked. "Nobody really cares."
Koetter has said the two-time Pro Bowl selection is not guaranteed a starting job when he's eligible to return. Martin was the league's second-leading rusher two years ago. Jacquizz Rodgers will be the team's primary ball carrier in Martin's absence.
Jackson has established himself as one of the top deep threats in the league over nine seasons with Philadelphia and Washington. Howard was drafted in the first round after helping Alabama win one national title and come within seconds of claiming another. The Bucs are also excited about speedy third-round pick Chris Godwin,cheap jerseys, who provides Winston with another potential deep threat.
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The Chiefs still have several lower-level openings on staff after assistant offensive line coach Eugene Chung and coaching assistant Dino Vasso followed Pederson to Philadelphia.
Several times, Reid has called him one of the bright young minds in the game.
Nagy played quarterback in the Arena League before beginning his coaching career as an intern with the Eagles. He later served as the offensive quality control coach, and followed Reid to Kansas City to work with the quarterbacks prior to the 2013 season.
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"I'm fired up about the opportunity to have both of these guys in that position," Reid said, "and maintaining the continuity and stability of the offense there."
"I'm going to kind of slow-play that a little bit," Reid said. "I wanted to get his knocked out."
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) â€” Chiefs coach Andy Reid didn't have to search far for his new offensive coordinators.
"Feels like I never left,Nike Air Max 1 Mens Sale," Childress said. "I at least feel like I've seen this thing from its infancy, back when I was coaching Doug as a quarterback, how we grew this thing."
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Both assistants have long histories with Reid,Wholesale Jerseys China.
Reid promoted Brad Childress and Matt Nagy to the role Thursday, just days after Doug Pederson left the job to become the head coach in Philadelphia. Childress had been the spread game analyst and worked on special projects, while Nagy had been in charge of the quarterbacks.
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In virtually every fantasy football league in the world, Kirk Cousins wasn't even considered as a quarterback option on draft day. He wasn't even the top option on his own team for most of the offseason.
The lesson here is that it's not too late to remake your lineup with spare parts as you look to make a final run to the playoffs or even solidify your roster if you have a postseason berth locked up. And if you're completely out of contention,NFL Jerseys Clearance, remember that it's deeply immoral for fantasy owners to mail it in during the final weeks. Doing so affects the integrity of the game but most importantly can allow your opponent to sneak into the playoffs on a cheap win while others in the league don't have the same luxury.
The lesson is that it's never too late to rework your team, even if it's with obscure names. Here are some options:
The Miami rookie wideout has not lived up to the hype, but it's still not too late. He had 80 yards and a touchdown in Miami's blowout loss to the New York Jets, and look for the Dolphins to get their young talent as many reps in the final month of the season as they get ready for 2016. And if the Dolphins keep getting blown out,http://www.soccerpro.us.com/AC-Milan-FC/, that opens up the door to garbage time points.
Another formerly unheard-of player who now has fantasy relevance as injuries take their toll on the San Diego offense. Inman picked up 65 yards and a touchdown last week. The other (and harder to obtain on the waiver wire) Charger WR option is Stevie Johnson,Nike Air Max 98 Og.
The good news for Rob Gronkowski and his owners: His knee injury isn't as bad as originally thought. The bad news: He apparently will miss at least one game. Enter Chandler. He has touchdowns in two of the last three weeks, including a 58-yard output against the Broncos. He gets a favorable matchup this week against a weak Philadelphia defense, and is only 9 percent owned in Yahoo leagues.
A lot has changed in four months. Cousins was a solid fantasy performer yet again last week,Cheap NFL Jerseys, with 302 yards passing, one touchdown through the air and one score on the ground. Many fantasy owners desperate for a productive quarterback in the final stretch of the regular season rode him to a victory, proving yet again that you can win crunch-time fantasy games with waiver wire castoffs.
Cousins has been a viable quarterback streaming option for several weeks, most notably in a 4 TD performance against the Saints two weeks ago. So was Jameis Winston in Tampa Bay's complete domination of the Eagles two weeks ago.
Yes, it would have seemed laughable in September, but he makes sense if you're thin at quarterback. His New Orleans matchup at home in two weeks is favorable. He is 43 percent owned in Yahoo leagues.
In most leagues,Air Max 97 For Sale Australia, it's too late to snag the Ravens running back. But he is clearly their go-to back with Justin Forsett injured. If you want to gamble on his backup, look at Terrance West. He ripped off a couple nice runs Monday night and could find the end zone in the last month of the season.
His eruption against the Seahawks on Sunday (201 yards and a touchdown) is baffling considering it was similar to his production for the entire season up to that point. He is definitely worth a flyer, but his big game seems more like an anomaly than a sign of things to come the rest of the year. But with defenses focusing on Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant, he will continue to get looks.
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â€” Colts linebacker D'Qwell Jackson says he will appeal an assault conviction delivered in a non-jury trial in Washington,Cheap Jerseys From China, D.C.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â€” In a story March 15 about Colts linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, The Associated Press reported erroneously that he had been convicted of simple assault by a Washington, D.C.,Wholesale Cheap Jerseys, jury. He was convicted in a non-jury trial.
Jackson was Indianapolis' leading tackler last season. He finished with 106 tackles, three sacks, one interception and forced a fumble. He joined the Colts in 2014,Wholesale Jerseys China, made his first playoff appearance that season and was named to the Pro Bowl.
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On a conference call held Friday by the National Congress of American Indians and "Change the Mascot" campaign, panelists voiced opposition to a Washington Post poll that surveyed 504 Native Americans, 90 percent of whom said the name doesn't bother them.
National Congress of American Indians Executive Director Jackie Pata said: "This issue is not about polling. This issue is about human rights,Cheap NFL Jerseys China."
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WASHINGTON (AP) â€” Native American leaders and activists criticized a recent national poll that found nine of 10 Native Americans aren't offended by the Washington Redskins' name.
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He might not be ready to go when the Chargers (1-1) play at Indianapolis (0-2) on Sunday.
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Star tight end Antonio Gates missed practice with a hamstring injury. Left tackle King Dunlap was limited due to an illness and guard Orlando Franklin was limited due to a hamstring injury.
The former Ohio State star hasn't played since the Fiesta Bowl, when he was ejected in the first quarter for targeting after leading with his helmet on a hit to Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer.
Coach Mike McCoy didn't provide a timetable for Bosa,J.R. Smith Jersey, who has missed two games.
SAN DIEGO (AP) â€” Joey Bosa practiced in pads for the first time with the San Diego Chargers on Wednesday, although he was limited in his work.
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Brady last year displayed a "Make America Great Again" hat from the Trump campaign in his locker. He said at the time that he hoped Trump would win the presidency,Cheap Adidas NHL Jerseys, but later said the comment was offhand and taken out of context.
Trump made his comments during a campaign appearance in Rhode Island on Monday,Cheap Jerseys For Wholesale, soon after a federal appeals court ruled the New England Patriots quarterback must serve a four-game suspension imposed by the NFL.
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Rhode Island's primary is Tuesday,Wholesale NFL Jerseys China.
Trump told hundreds of people at the rally that Brady is a "great guy" and "it's enough."
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) â€” The Panthers have signed veteran running back Jonathan Stewart to a one-year contract extension, keeping him with the team through the 2018 season.
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HOUSTON (AP) â€” It may have been a blip, explained as much by the must-watch presidential debates as by some wholesale turn away from football. Or, decades from now, 2016 could be remembered as the season fans started falling out of love with the NFL.
"What we're trying to do is make our ... games as exciting and as action-packed as possible," Goodell said.
Actual fans? The Chargers clearly don't need them too badly. While Kroenke's palace is under construction, they're willing to play in a 30,000-seat soccer venue near downtown LA that is smaller than two-thirds of the stadiums in college football's Mountain West Conference.
"I think this year, a lot of people got thrown off their rhythm. They were watching the debates, (ticked) off about Kaepernick," Schoenke said. "It threw a big chunk of people off. I think next year, it could settle back down."
"You look at that, and on some level, there is some assumption that they take fans for granted," said Eric Simons, author of "The Secret Lives of Sports Fans." ''There's this idea that fans will follow or that fans don't matter. That they'll sell out their boxes to big corporations no matter where they go."
A key segment of fantasy football, as big a driver of NFL growth as anything in recent years, saw its massive numbers plateau. According to Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, entry fees for daily fantasy games increased by 4 percent in 2016, compared to 222 percent the year before, as several states explored the legality of what some perceive as gambling.
Peter Schoenke, president of rotowire.com, which churns out millions of bits of information for fantasy players, said he's optimistic that fantasy will rebound.
"When you lose people in cities, lose people for entertainment reasons,Cheap Nike Air Max 1, lose people who identify with certain teams and because there's this weird mercenary element to it all, it can be a problem,Air Max 97 Buy Online," Simons said. "You've also got a replacement, in the NBA, that's at its most-entertaining moment in decades. All that can be a real threat, and you have to be careful, or you can go the way of boxing."
One big question: Does the average fan even matter anymore in the NFL's math?
During his state-of-the-league news conference Wednesday, Goodell spelled out no fewer than four tweaks the NFL is considering to decrease the amount of dead time during games. Changing the instant replay protocol, shortening breaks between scores and the ensuing kickoffs and repackaging commercial breaks are among the possibilities. What he can't control is making the games themselves competitive. Average score of this year's playoff games: 32-17.
All this was piled on top of ongoing narratives about concussions and their effect on players, a domestic-violence problem that hasn't abated,Wholesale NBA Jerseys, Colin Kaepernick's national-anthem protests and the leadership of a commissioner, Roger Goodell, who is often portrayed as heavy-handed and clueless on some of the league's most pressing problems. Exhibit A: "Deflategate," which led to the four-game suspension of arguably the league's best-known player, Tom Brady.
At stake is a business worth nearly $13 billion that, in trying to increase its global footprint, has brought three games to London and one to Mexico, all of which were international hits.
Two NFL teams abandoned fan bases in St. Louis and San Diego in favor of their original home, Los Angeles, where neither team had played for decades. And the Raiders are considering leaving Oakland for Las Vegas , which, for all its renown as America's gambling capital, has never supported its own big-league team.
It didn't help the fantasy industry when a DraftKings employee won $350,000 in a FanDuel contest in 2015 â€” leading to trust issues for the two largest daily fantasy companies, which had gone largely unregulated.
"You've got bad games, (concussions) and drugs, and a declining interest in the game in general," said Orin Starn,Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping, a Duke professor who studies sports in society. "When you throw in this welfare for billionaires with these stadium shakedowns, you wonder at what point the good will of 'Joe NFL Fan' is going to dissipate and people are going to lose interest in the NFL."
But in the NFL's case, that also speaks to the reality that fantasy football drives a huge segment of its current growth: In many cases, fans are every bit as interested in the performance of the players they drafted as of the players wearing the jersey of the team they grew up rooting for.
It also brought football back to Los Angeles, times 2, and could be moving the Raider Nation to the desert.
Brady will close the season going for his fifth Super Bowl ring in a game that will draw high ratings thanks to the decades-long hold the NFL has held over American sports fans. That the infatuation will last indefinitely, however, may no longer be a given. Baseball, boxing and horse racing once consumed the American public, but they don't anymore.
TV ratings declined 8 percent , with the presidential election partly, but not solely, to blame. Many of the league's highest-profile contests were boring blowouts, including eight of the 10 playoff games leading to Sunday's Super Bowl between the Patriots and Falcons.
In building new stadiums and retrofitting old ones,Nike Air Max Tn Ultra Plus, the league has acknowledged, on some level, that the game itself is no longer enough to keep fans in the stands engaged. TVs on seatbacks and improved internet connections are all part of the reality of 21st-century fandom.
The Rams and Chargers each moved out of cities where they'd played for decades â€” unable to strike deals in their existing homes, and with the lure of a $2.6 billion stadium being funded by Rams owner Stan Kroenke too enticing to ignore. Luxury boxes and ancillary revenue from attractions adjacent to the stadium will help pay some of the bills. A bundle of TV contracts worth nearly $40 billion through 2022 will bankroll the rest.