Rams make multiple moves to fill holes

The often-invoked cliche http://www.ramsshop.us.com/Chris_Long_Jersey ”next man up” is really getting put to the test for the sliding, injury-plagued St. Louis Rams. They have so many holes to fill that safety Mark Barron, acquired from Tampa Bay on Tuesday, could play this week at San Francisco. ”I wouldn’t rule it out whatsoever,” coach Jeff Fisher said Wednesday after a walkthrough to allow bodies to heal instead of the standard practice. ”We’ll see how quickly things go this week.” The Rams (2-5) are coming off a dispiriting 34-7 loss to the Chiefs, with six players sidelined during the game. Moving forward, Fisher said he wouldn’t be using injuries as an excuse. ”We’re going to bounce back this week,” the coach said. We’ll have some people come back as the week goes on.” So far, Barron said it’s ”been a whirlwind, most definitely,” and was unaware he’d been on the trading block at Tampa Bay. ”I had no idea that any of it was going on,” Barron said. ”But I am excited about the situation.” Barron entered the field midway through the one-hour walkthrough, which was followed by a private session on the indoor field. Fisher said there are 13 players on the injury report, an estimated list given everything was slowed down, and he’s trying to conserve bodies. ”I felt like we needed to back down,” Fisher said. ”Our focus is having them ready on Sunday.” Fisher said it was a bit of a surprise Ziggy Hood Medium Jersey that Barron, a first-round pick in 2012, was available. He didn’t say how Barron would be used right away. ”Whatever the reasons are down there, we had an opportunity to take advantage of getting a good player,” Fisher said. ”I spoke with him last night after we put the deal together and obviously he was surprised and shocked, but excited about a new start.” The Rams are more aggressive defensively than Tampa Bay, and said sitting back in Cover 2 ”honestly didn’t play to my strengths.” ”Yeah, it is passive,” Barron said. ”A lot of times I had to sit back and not be as aggressive as I wanted to in that system. I feel like I’m an athletic guy, I can do whatever I’m asked to do.” Both Rams safeties, T.J. McDonald and Rodney McLeod, are healthy. ”Whenever and wherever he plays, I can’t answer that right now,” Fisher said. ”But we got a good player.” The Rams have plenty of questions on offense, too. ”We’ll see who recovers and who doesn’t,” quarterback Austin Davis said. ”We’ll be ready to go by Sunday. We don’t have to be ready today.” Quarterback Case Keenum, released a day earlier, was re-signed to the practice squad. ”Just took the day off,” Keenum said, joking. They added depth at wide receiver by signing Damian Williams and elevated linebacker Korey Toomer and offensive lineman Brandon Washington to the active roster. Wide receiver Emory Blake, tight end Justice Cunningham and offensive linemen Travis Bond and Steven Baker were…




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The San Antonio Spurs, in the words Zach Miller Youth Jersey of coach Gregg Popovich, didn’t “look very interested” during their month-long preparations for Tuesday night’s launch of the 2014-15 NBA season. Yet I suspect you know the drill by now. The defending champions always grace the top spot in the first two editions of ESPN.com’s NBA Power Rankings, barring some sort of injury catastrophe during training camp. The Spurs haven’t seen much of Kawhi Leonard this month thanks to a nasty eye infection, but that’s not enough to cost them their No. 1 status before a real game is played. Remember that Oklahoma City, San Antonio’s nearest rival in the West, has weathered its own slew of early injuries on top of the loss of Kevin Durant for at least a month because of a foot fracture. http://www.giantsshop.us.com/Jerrel_Jernigan_Jersey Cleveland, Chicago and the Los Angeles Clippers are undoubtedly threats to take their turns at the top in the next 24 weeks, but not yet — not when the Spurs’ status as the preseason favorite in the West has been only strengthened. Meet us back here every Monday during the regular season as we take the pulse of the teams 1 to 30, courtesy of your trusty committee (of one) by weighing what we’re seeing in the present in equal measure with each team’s big-picture outlook, along with the standard dash of subjective whim. You can comment below on the rankings, which are compiled with the usual helpful dishing from ESPN Stats & Info and the Elias Sports Bureau. More insight into this week’s order can be found on Stein Line Live.After ending a four-game winless streak, the Devils will try to keep their away success going Tuesday night in a visit with the Penguins. http://www.patriotsshop.us.com/Rob_Ninkovich_Jersey The Devils (4-2-2) are winless in three home games but improved to 4-1-0 on the road with Saturday’s 3-2 overtime win in Ottawa. Jaromir Jagr scored the winner on the power play, giving the 42-year-old former Penguins star four points in four games after going pointless in his previous three. He had two goals and an assist in four games against the Penguins a season ago. “The scoring doesn’t show, but I feel the best I’ve felt in probably the last 10 years,” Jagr told the team’s official website. “I don’t worry about it. I try to play hard every shift. I think I have more confidence. Hopefully my luck is going to turn the right way and it did today. Even if the scoring is not there, that’s OK.” http://www.footballramsshop.com/MICHAEL-SAM-JERSEY-CHEAP.html Rookie defenseman Damon Severson had a goal and an assist, giving the 20-year-old four goals and three assists through his first eight games. All of his goals have come in road environments.Just outstanding. He’s got poise, composure. He’s a special player,” coach Peter DeBoer said. Winning in Pittsburgh has been considerably more difficult as the Penguins have won eight of 10 at home in the series while limiting the Devils to 1.50 goals per…



Jets backup Geno Smith limited by shoulder injury

Geno Smith could go from being benched Ziggy Hood Black Jersey to being inactive for the New York Jets. The backup quarterback, sent to the sideline in favor of Michael Vick, has a shoulder injury that makes his availability uncertain for the team’s game at Kansas City on Sunday. Smith was limited at practice Wednesday and did not throw any passes during the session. ”Very precautionary,” said Smith, adding that his right shoulder is sore. ”I just have to take it slow.” Smith was hurt a few plays before throwing his third interception in the first quarter against Buffalo last Sunday, but said it didn’t affect his play. He tossed interceptions on three straight possessions, making a shoulder tackle of Aaron Williams to save a touchdown on the last of them. ”I took a hit early on and kind of had a stinger,” Smith said. ”And then, that last play really hurt me.” Smith gave way to Vick after that last interception, but it was uncertain if he could have even continued on in the game because of the injury if he hadn’t been benched. ”I would have tried,” he said. ”I always try to push through those things. I’m not sure if I would have or not.” Both Smith and coach Rex Ryan think the quarterback should be ready to play if needed against the Chiefs, but Matt Simms – currently on the practice squad – could be elevated to the active roster if Smith can’t go. Smith will not be the starter for the first time in his NFL career, a span of 24 regular-season games in which he has thrown 31 interceptions against 19 touchdowns and lost six fumbles. The last time he didn’t start a game was in his freshman year at West Virginia, so the backup role http://www.buccaneersshop.us.com/Anthony_Collins_Jersey is not a familiar one for Smith. ”It is difficult, but at the same time I’m a professional athlete and I’ve been playing football my entire life,” Smith said. ”I’ve seen these things happen and it’s all about how you respond. I fully expect to respond well and come back from this and be stronger.” Smith believes the organization still has faith in him to be the quarterback to lead the franchise. But he acknowledged that if Vick plays well, he could be stuck on the sideline the rest of the season. ”If he’s giving us the best chance to win games, then he should be the starter,” Smith said. ”And I’m going to fully support Mike, just the same way he did for me.” NOTES: WR Jeremy Kerley (illness) and CB Darrin Walls (calf, knee) did not practice. RG Willie Colon (knee), LG Oday Aboushi (shoulder), LB David Harris (shoulder) and LB Trevor Reilly (knee) were all limited. … Ryan on the Jets being on pace to set an NFL record for fewest turnovers – they have three so far – in a season: ”I have been a part of a lot of record-setting http://www.ramsshop.us.com/Sam_Bradford_Jersey defenses,…




Texans look to build on win over Titans

The Houston Texans picked up http://www.buccaneersshop.us.com/Bobby_Rainey_Jersey their first win since Sept. 28 and got back to .500 by routing the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Now they’re focused on building on the win by correcting their mistakes as they prepare for the Eagles. ”There’s a lot of things we can improve on,” Ryan Fitzpatrick said. The quarterback had a solid game in the 30-16 win, throwing for 227 yards and a touchdown and not turning the ball over for the first time since Week 2. He still thinks the offense needs to be more consistent and is working on accuracy and getting the ball to the right players. Fitzpatrick was sacked five times against the Titans, which tied a season high. The offensive line believes better communication is the key to getting that number down this week, but Fitzpatrick shouldered the blame for those hits, saying he needs to be smarter and get rid of the ball quicker. ”Everybody just has to continue to look at themselves and figure out what they can do,” he said. ”I’ve got a long list of things every week that I know I can get better at.” The Texans are 4-4 at the halfway point and are looking for a victory against Philadelphia on Sunday to enter their bye week with a winning record. A positive through the first half of the season has been the resurgence of Arian Foster. The running back finished with just 542 yards rushing in last year’s injury-abbreviated season. He had back surgery after playing eight games, but looks to have returned to form in 2014 and is second in the NFL with 766 yards rushing, despite missing one game with a hamstring injury. With 151 yards on Sunday he reached more than 100 yards rushing for a career-best Brian Quick Navy Blue Jersey fourth straight game to help the Texans finish with a season-high 212 yards rushing. He had two rushing and one receiving touchdown on Sunday, highlighted by a 34-yard scamper where he ran inside before cutting back and outrunning three defenders on his way to the end zone. ”I told him when I saw him: ‘That’s the 23 I’m used to seeing’ – making plays like that, cutting it back side,” left tackle Duane Brown said of that run. ”I had no idea where he was and next thing you know – touchdown. That’s the type of stuff we’re used to seeing from him and it’s great to see it again.” Foster, who had three straight 1,200-yard plus rushing seasons before last year, deflected attention from himself and instead focused on the team’s performance. ”We just have to strive to be more consistent as an offense,” Foster said. ”Our defense holds it down week in and week out, so as an offense we take that to heart … we have a lot of work to do.” It’s a defense that got another big game from defensive end J.J. Watt, who had two sacks, swatted down a pass…




Patriots praise Manning’s neck surgery recovery

New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia didn’t hesitate Tuesday when asked about Peyton Manning’s Brian Quick Authentic Jersey arm strength three years after major neck surgery. ”I think Peyton Manning’s arm strength is just fine,” Patricia said on a conference call, as the Patriots began to prepare for a visit by Manning and the Denver Broncos Sunday. ”I think it’s pretty evident in his play that he makes all the throws necessary in order to score them a lot of points.” Manning clearly had trouble throwing when he began his comeback and people have offered all kinds of opinions on him since. ”You can definitely see him push the ball downfield,” Patricia said. ”He has some extremely fast receivers and big receivers that can push the ball, push the routes vertically. Obviously (Emmanuel) Sanders – you can really see him take off downfield and the ball get down to those guys.” Overall, the Patriots have had success against Manning in his days with both the Indianapolis Colts and Broncos. Manning has gone 8-14 against New England – 6-12 in the regular season and 2-2 in the playoffs. In 18 games, he has thrown 41 of his record 510 career regular season TD passes against New England, but has also had 24 of his 222 interceptions. In the postseason, he has three TDs and eight interceptions against the Patriots. He lost his first two postseason http://www.officialjaguarsnflstore.com/Blake_Bortles_Jersey games against New England, but has gone 59 of 90 for 629 yards in winning the last two – 32 of 43 in last season’s AFC title game. But even in those wins, Manning has thrown just two touchdown passes and three interceptions against the Belichick teams. Manning is having another great year as the Broncos come to New England 6-1 to face the 6-2 and streak Patriots. ”He’s good because he does everything good,” said Patriots coach Bill Belichick. ”Really, I don’t think there are any weak points in his game. He’s very smart. He has a great understanding of concepts and timing, game management, clock management, situational football – third down, red area – great utilization of the field from sideline-to-sideline and attacking the deep part of the field, very accurate, great decision-maker, quick release.” NOTES: The Patriots, who lost Jerod Mayo for the season to a knee injury, traded for their second linebacker in as many weeks when they picked up veteran Jonathan Casillas from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Terms were not disclosed. Last week, New England acquired Akeem Ayers from the Tennessee Titans and he debuted Sunday against the Chicago Bears, picking up a sack. New England also released offensive lineman Chris Barker.. The Patriots are bringing back 17 of the 22 players Sunday who played on all three title http://www.buccaneersshop.us.com/Mike_Glennon_Jersey teams back for a 10th anniversary celebration of the last one. Two – Tom Brady and Adam Vinatieri – are still active while three – Mike Vrabel (Houston Texans), Larry Izzo (New York Giants) and Adrian Klemm (UCLA) are…




Kelvin Benjamin needs to be accountable as well as spectacular

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Luke Kuechly Authentic Jersey Kelvin Benjamin had one of those catches in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 13-9 loss to Seattle that was jaw-dropping. There he was, all 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, going up against the best cornerback in the league in Richard Sherman and arguably the game’s best safety in Earl Thomas. They had him sandwiched. Sherman’s arms were draped over Benjamin’s helmet to the point visibility was limited. Thomas was grabbing at the rookie’s arms. And Benjamin still came down with the 51-yard http://www.nhlshoponline.us.com/nhl-jerseys/edmonton-oilers_c-1708.html catch that ultimately led to a field goal. “He’s a really good receiver,” Sherman said. “He’s huge and he has a huge catching radius. … We were in coverage and we were right on top of him. He’s going to grow and continue to evolve and do well in this league.” Benjamin also is inconsistent. He dropped what appeared a routine touchdown catch in the back of the end zone in the first half that led to Carolina scoring only six points in three trips inside the red zone. For every spectacular catch the former Florida State receiver makes, he occasionally lets one get away. “He is a young guy who is learning,” Carolina coach Ron Rivera said. “He is not going to catch every one, though you wish he would. When he gets opportunities he is going to do the best he can to catch them.” But inconsistency isn’t why Rivera didn’t start his rookie of the year candidate for the first time this season. He never gave a full explanation for the benching — which amounted to three plays — other than Benjamin has to show more accountability. According to Benjamin, that is everything — from knowing the game plan, not taking off plays or simply making the routine catches. It is clear that for Benjamin to become http://www.panthersshop.us.com/Luke_Kuechly_Jersey the special player Sherman and others believe he will be, he has to start taking care of the little things. Rivera said the benching was done to send a message. Benjamin said the message was received. “When I got my chance and got in, I just wanted to make my mark and get the offense going and help the team,” Benjamin said. Benjamin led Carolina with 94 yards receiving on four catches. He was one of the few bright spots offensively on a day when the Seahawks held tight end Greg Olsen to one catch for 16 yards. But afterwards, it was his not http://www.nhlshoponline.us.com/nhl-jerseys/minnesota-wild_c-1752.html starting and not his spectacular play teammates were being asked about. “Everybody is accountable on this team,” veteran wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery said. “No one guy is bigger than the team. This is a grown-man business. We have to be on everything. He’s a guy that is going to make a lot of plays for us. You can’t minimize your role. You have to understand the responsibility you have to this team. “He’s going to be OK.’” Share on Facebook