Vince Wilfork entered the NFL at an interesting time.


Vince Wilfork retires as the best run defender of his generation, but what are his chances at the Hall of Fame?

After the New England Patriots dispatched Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts in the 2003-04 playoffs, the league decided to pay special attention to the contact made by defensive backs on opposing wide receivers. This opened up passing attacks around the league and marked a clear shift in offensive tendencies.

With his positional value low and questions about his health abounding after a hamstring injury sidelined him through San Francisco’s dismal 2016, the 49ers cut bait on the 25-year-old wideout. One day later, the Jets did as well.

That winding road led him to Houston, where he put up a four-catch, 93-yard performance, hauling in 80 percent of his targets while matching up against the Patriots’ first-team defense in his first game with the team. Meanwhile, the 49ers and Jets active receiving corps look like this:

It’s early, and there’s no telling whether Ellington can stay healthy and consistent enough to have an impact in the regular season. He failed to have a noticeable impact in Cheap Dream Team Jerseys San Francisco’s Cheap Authentic MLB Jerseys passing game while healthy, and those 49ers had many of the same quarterback concerns the Texans have now. Even so, waiving the young wideout could be a regretful mistake for two moribund franchises this fall.

Two of the league’s top teams will meet in a potential Super Bowl preview Sunday afternoon when the Falcons travel to Heinz Field for a preseason date with the Steelers. It probably won’t look anything like a Super Bowl preview, though.

Bill Polian says Chad Kelly is the most talented quarterback on the Denver Broncos roster


Former Indianapolis Colts Team President and General Manager, Bill Polian, said on NFL Live today that the most talented quarterback on the Denver Broncos isn’t Paxton Lynch or Trevor Siemian, but rookie seventh-round pick, Mr. Irrelevant, Chad Kelly.

Maybe not this year, as Polian alluded to when he said Kelly had a lot of growing up to do, but down the road he believes Kelly will do some things and surprise some people in Denver.

Having said that, I still expect that Bridgewater is going to start Training Camp on the Physically Unable to Peform List, and I expect him to start the regular season on that list as well. As we’ve been over numerous times, the language of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement seems to indicate that if Bridgewater is on the PUP List when the regular season starts, he will be forced to miss the first six games of the season. That would cause his contract to toll, or roll over so that he would still be under contract to the Vikings for the 2018 season.

The downside of that is that, when he’s on the PUP List, all he can do is agility/conditioning drills and individual work. He wouldn’t be able to work with the rest of the team in any capacity per NFL rules. But, with Sam Bradford going into the last year of his contract and now with the potential to have Bridgewater under team control for 2018, that seems to be the prudent route for the Vikings to go.

If he doesn’t start out on the PUP List, however. . .well, it’s going to make Cheap NFL Jerseys USA for quite the competition at the quarterback spot in Training Camp and the preseason. It’s going to confuse the heck out of me and a lot of other fans, too, but that certainly won’t be the first Cheap Authentic MLB Jerseys time that’s happened.

Ortiz’s name was revealed in a 2009 New York Times report that cited 104 players for failed drug tests in 2003.


There was no love lost in a particularly tense interleague affair between the Blue Jays and Braves on Wednesday that included a Jose Bautista bat flip, one of two incidents that cleared the benches in an 8-4 Atlanta win.

Ortiz’s name was revealed in a 2009 New York Times report that cited 104 players for failed drug tests in 2003. Only a select number were named, and Ortiz was one.

During a Friday interview with Boston radio station WEEI, the retired Red Sox slugger revealed he believes Boston’s longtime AL East rival is at least partially to blame.

What was the reason for them to come out with something like that? Ortiz said about his name becoming public. The only thing that I can think of, to be honest with you, a lot of big guys from the Yankees were being caught. And no one from Boston. So, who was the big guy in Boston? It was me.

He later specified he believes it was suspicious a newspaper Cheap Authentic MLB Jerseys out of New York would cite a Boston player.

O’Flaherty, of course, was alluding to Bautista’s brush-up Basketball Jerseys Cheap with the Rangers’ Rougned Odor, which celebrated its one-year anniversary Monday. That ordeal was the byproduct of Bautista’s most infamous bat flip, during the 2015 ALDS between Texas and Toronto.

Bautista, for his part, chalked the latest incident up to competitive juices that came out in the wrong moment and seemed to agree that his celebration was done in poor taste.

It was definitely not something that was fitting for the moment, he said.

DeShone Kizer will probably be Browns’ starting QB in 2017


An uneven, losing season at Notre Dame did little to dampen the Cleveland Browns’ enthusiasm for DeShone Kizer. The Browns drafted the two-year starter with the 52nd overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, hoping he can become their franchise quarterback.

Kizer’s draft stock fluctuated this spring. His performance in the NFL Draft Combine’s athletic drills was underwhelming, but then then he somewhat redeemed himself by showcasing a powerful and accurate arm when asked to throw in front of scouts. His workout at Notre Dame’s pro day was more of the same — questionable measurables, but the ability to throw the hell out of a football.

One thing that’s not in question? His sense of style. Kizer donned a gorgeous, lavender-Sasquatch suit on Thursday night, supporting the Andrew Weishar Foundation in the process.

Salata, 90, was a 10th round pick in the 1951 NFL Draft, a time when 30 rounds existed. But even though he wasn’t a last pick, he’s changed the way the selection is viewed and even forced the NFL Cheap Authentic MLB Jerseys to change a rule.

The amount of publicity Irrelevant Week generated in the first few years after it was Cheap Euro Jerseys created led the Los Angeles Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers to actually battle over the selection in 1980.

Los Angeles was slated to pick 332nd, but intentionally passed to allow Pittsburgh to pick and hand the Rams the 333rd and final pick. But the Steelers didn’t want it. So a stand-off ensued until Pete Rozelle forced the Rams to pick and instituted a rule, commonly known as the “Salata Rule,” that mandated the team awarded the final pick is the one to use it.