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2017 Fantasy Football Rankings: Defense
It’s never easy to draft defense/special teams in fantasy football, and this year is no exception. The race to find a top-10 D/ST is as wide open as Antonio Brown against a Saints cornerback. Many of last season’s mid-level defenses stocked up and could [...]
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Is heavy lifting already done for Panthers interim GM?
It stings for the Carolina Panthers to be called a cautionary tale. It didn’t help that general manager Dave Gettleman was suddenly and unceremoniously booted out the door eight days before training camp – for reasons that still haven’t been made entirely clear. This is what is on recycled interim general manager Marty Hurney’s plate – showing that the 15-1 franchise crest of 2015 wasn’t an outlier, and that last season’s 6-10 flop wasn’t a regression to the mean. [...]
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What we learned: Broncos 33, 49ers 14
Find out what we learned from the Broncos' victory Saturday night. [...]
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Next-Day Notebook: Defense steps up in injured starters' absence
Even with seven defensive starters sidelined, the defense upheld its usual ball-hawking style with five turnovers and a first-half shutout. [...]
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Saints top Chargers 13-7 as Drew Brees, Philip Rivers are both held out
CARSON, Calif. — Alvin Kamara ran for a 50-yard touchdown and the New Orleans Saints beat the Los Angeles Chargers 13-7 on Sunday night. Safety Dexter McCoil intercepted Ryan Nassib’s fourth-quarter pass and returned it 99 yards for the Chargers’ lone touchdown. With just a six-day turnaround to the all-important third preseason game, both the Chargers and Saints gave their starting quarterbacks the day off. The only competitive passes fans at StubHub Center saw Philip Rivers and Drew Brees throw were prerecorded, as the former San Diego teammates staged a throwing contest reminiscent of the old Quarterback Challenge after practice during two days of joint workouts between the Chargers and Saints earlier in the week. Instead, the Saints’ cautious approach gave Kamara another chance to shine. Kamara burst off the left side for a touchdown on New Orleans’ first play from scrimmage. The third-round pick from Tennessee finished with 61 yards on five carries and added a 22-yard catch-and-run coming out of the backfield. Kamara is averaging 10.7 yards per carry in the preseason, adding another asset to a position group that already includes Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram. Chase Daniel was 7 of 12 for 80 yards in place of Brees, finding Michael Thomas for a 28-yard reception to help set up Wil Lutz’s 53-yard field goal midway through the first quarter. Lutz added a 26-yard field goal with 2:11 remaining. The Chargers played without their starting tackles, as Russell Okung was held out because of a minor ankle injury and Joe Barksdale stood on the sideline with his right foot in a walking boot. The drop-off to backups Tyreek Burwell on the left side and Chris Hairston on the right was evident, as the Chargers only gained 31 yards on 15 plays in the first quarter. When the Chargers finally reached midfield on their third possession, Burwell and left guard Kenny Wiggins gave up sacks on consecutive plays to end the drive. Linebacker Manti Te’o, who played his first four seasons with the Chargers, had one of four first-half sacks for the Saints. Chargers running back Melvin Gordon rushed for 8 yards on five carries and had a catch for 7 yards in the first quarter. Kellen Clemens was 10 of 17 for 99 yards and added 26 yards rushing on three carries. TROUBLE IN TINSELTOWN? There was plenty of grumbling and rumblings around the NFL when the Chargers had a crowd of only 21,054 for their preseason opener, failing to outdraw the LA Galaxy’s MLS match the previous night. It could only intensify after the Chargers pulled in 21,197 fans at their 27,000-seat temporary home Sunday. Related ArticlesAugust 20, 2017 NFL, Electronic Arts unveil Madden 18 competition August 20, 2017 Anquan Boldin abruptly retires 2 weeks after signing with Bills August 20, 2017 America still in turmoil a year after Colin Kaepernick’s protest August 19, 2017 WATCH: Christian McCaffrey runs in first career NFL preseason touchdown August 18, 2017 Helmet improvements change the way paramedics, EMTs treat injured athletes on the sidelines That total was again bolstered by a significant number of visiting fans. Some of the loudest cheers and even some “Who Dat” chants came when the Saints defense had the Chargers backed up on their own goal line to end the first half. INJURIES Saints: Rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore, a first-round pick from Ohio State, made his preseason debut after missing most of training camp because of a sprained knee. Chargers: Burwell left the game after the third drive with a right hand injury and did not return. Burwell emerged from the locker room in the first half in a cast that covered his whole hand. Hairston slid over to left tackle, with rookie Sam Tevi handling duties at right tackle. [...]
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NFL, Electronic Arts unveil Madden 18 competition
NEW YORK — NFL fans and gamers can play their way to the Super Bowl — if they’re good enough at the newest edition of “Madden NFL 18.” Electronic Arts and the NFL on Monday announced they’re teaming up to create an online tournament involving all 32 teams. It makes the NFL the first pro sports league in the U.S. to commit all of its teams to a competitive gaming program, and the first esports competition of this scale taking place this year. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell calls competitive gaming and esports “one of the most exciting ways to engage a larger, younger and digitally savvy NFL audience. EA CEO Andrew Wilson says his company and the NFL are taking their partnership “to an unprecedented level.” [...]
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Broncos Insider: Time to name a starting QB?
Round 2 of the Broncos’ QB competition seems to be in its closing days after former first-round pick Paxton Lynch failed to “take the reins” in his preseason start vs. 49ers. Another Broncos’ first-round pick, offensive tackle Garett Bolles, took a step back in his second game after a solid performance last week at Chicago. On the flipside, the Broncos’ run defense shows marked improvement during the second preseason game and limited the 49ers to 25 yards on 10 carries in the first half. For the Broncos’ running backs, well, they’re finding spots — on the ground and in the air — to create explosive plays. BY THE NUMBERS Paxton Lynch: 9-for-13, 39 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT, 1 sack. 3 rushes, 27 yards. Trevor Siemian: 8-for-11, 93 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 0 sacks. Kyle Sloter: 7-for-7, 50 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT, 0 sacks. Need more numbers? Here’s the full box score from the Broncos’ 33-14 preseason win over the 49ers. QUICK HITS + Dick Ebersol: Pat Bowlen “a picture of a national leader and a strong local owner.” + How John Elway, Vance Joseph navigate early injuries to try to maintain roster depth. + A conversation with Steve Atwater: Big hits, a new role, and his take on the No Fly Zone. + Von Miller: “Sorry momma, I’m not going to complain to the refs.” + Kasim Edebali’s unique career path prepared him for key training camp role with Broncos. + Fights break out early and often during Broncos-49ers joint practices. + John Elway talks national anthem protests, Brandon Marshall’s work last season. + Debate: Does Jamaal Charles make the Broncos’ final roster? It’s Broncos Season and we’ve got a deal for you: Receive 20 weeks of The Denver Post, delivered Wed/Sun/Holidays for only $40, plus a $20 Amazon gift card. Subscription includes 24/7 access to the digital replica edition on all your devices and instant saving at Denver Post Perks. AROUND THE LEAGUE + Watch Christian McCaffrey score his first career NFL touchdown. + Helmet improvements change the way injured athletes are treated by first responders. + Ezekiel Elliott faces long – but not impossible – odds in appealing his NFL suspension. + Detroit Lions join Red Wings in condemning use of logo by white nationalists. + Raiders’ Marshawn Lynch avoids questions about his national anthem protest. + Jay Cutler debuts, but Ravens roll past the Dolphins. + Brock Osweiler will win the Browns’ starting QB job. + Can J.J. Watt regain his dominance as he rejoins the Texans’ top-ranked defense? + Chargers defense is turning up the volume after a slow start. INTERACTIVE + Photos from the game at San Francisco. + Watch C.J. Anderson with the 1-yard touchdown run. + Watch Trevor Siemian connect with Jordan Taylor for a touchdown. + Watch Shelby Harris recover a fumble against 49ers. CONTACT ME If you see something that’s cause for question or have a comment, thought or suggestion, email me at msanelli@denverpost.com, call me at 303-954-1017 or tweet me @mariosanellidp. Or don’t. [...]
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Lynch starts, Siemian throws TD as Broncos beat 49ers 33-14
Vance Joseph isn't yet ready to declare a winner in the race to be Denver's starting quarterback between Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian. If he is, the Broncos' head coach is keeping it to himself. Lynch led three scoring drives in his bid for the job while Siemian, who started the preseason opener a week ago, came off the bench to throw a touchdown pass as the Broncos beat the San Francisco 49ers 33-14 on Saturday night. [...]
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From the Pocket: Siemian, Lynch find big plays and bright spots during biggest test yet
Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch reflect on a pivotal night in the Broncos' quarterback competition. [...]
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Yearn to learn powers De'Angelo Henderson's early success
It's De'Angelo Henderson's study habits that are making him an efficient and exciting rusher for the Broncos in the preseason. [...]
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WATCH: Broncos’ Trevor Siemian connects with Jordan Taylor for touchdown
.@TrevorSiemian stays calm under pressure and hits Jordan Taylor for a @Broncos TD! #DENvsSF 📺: @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/IZjWGziTdY — NFL (@NFL) August 20, 2017 Trevor Siemian made a big push in the Broncos’ quarterback battle. Near the end of the second quarter against the 49ers, he hit Jordan Taylor with a 19-yard touchdown pass, giving the Broncos a 20-0 lead with 44 seconds to go. Paxton Lynch, who started, finished the day going 9 of 13 for 39 yards. [...]
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Broncos run defense shows marked improvement during second preseason game
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The job of a nose tackle lacks glamour. The task is to absorb contact, take up space and allow your teammates to fly through the slivers of real estate that exists between massive bodies. Though the position occupied for the Broncos this season by new addition Domata Peko may not draw much attention, it’s a major component in their effort to become a better run-stopping unit. Flaws in that group were exposed during a 2016 season that did not include a playoff berth for the first time in six years. The Broncos were 28th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game at 130.3. If Saturday night’s results in their 33-14 preseason victory were any indication, the Broncos’ revamped ground control, centered around the 6-foot-3, 325-pound Peko, is making progress. “That was one of the focuses coming into the game and during the whole entire week, honestly,” defensive end Zach Kerr said. “Me and all the guys, especially me and Peko, we talked about the reason we were brought to Denver, and that’s to beef up the run game. We really locked in on that and wanted to make sure that we made our mark on the run game today.” Despite missing nearly two thirds of their starting defense, the Broncos held San Francisco to 25 yards rushing on 10 carries in the first half, with the 49ers’ starters playing most of that time. The Denver defense forced four turnovers overall, including a strip and recovery in the second quarter by reserve safety Dymonte Thomas, who made the play after a swarm of Broncos defenders held up 49ers running back Tim Hightower near the line of scrimmage. The Broncos added a fifth takeaway on special teams. “That’s our defense. We’re going to go out there, get the ball and give it back to our offense,” said safety Will Parks, whose fumble recovery on punt coverage set up the Broncos’ first touchdown. “We’re going to do it on repeat occasions. That’s our name.” Defensive end Shelby Harris also recovered a fumble after a pass attempt slipped backward out of the hands of 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer in the first half and recovered another fumble in the fourth quarter. And Chris Lewis-Harris, battling for a roster spot at cornerback, impressively intercepted a Hoyer pass to Marquise Goodwin after ripping the ball out of the hands of the wide receiver while leveling a hit on him. Related ArticlesAugust 19, 2017 PHOTOS: Denver Broncos win preseason game against San Francisco 49ers August 19, 2017 QB competition over? Paxton Lynch fails to “take the reins” in preseason start vs. 49ers August 19, 2017 WATCH: Broncos’ Trevor Siemian connects with Jordan Taylor for touchdown August 19, 2017 WATCH: Broncos’ Shelby Harris recovers fumble against 49ers August 19, 2017 WATCH: C.J. Anderson with the 1-yd touchdown run against the 49ers But the play of the defensive line was particularly notable given that the Broncos were without starting defensive ends Derek Wolfe and Jared Crick. Neither made the trip to California as they continue to rehab injuries. Defensive ends Adam Gotsis and Kerr, who have moved into first-team roles for now, found creases to make tackles (four combined) and wreak havoc as Peko held the center of the line. “He brings leadership,” Kerr, signed as a free agent in March after spending his first three seasons in Indianapolis, said of the 12-year veteran Peko. “He has a lot of knowledge. You play nose tackle for 12 years in the NFL and you really know something.” That formula of Peko clogging the middle and others flying around him is something that Wolfe, a few days before suffering an ankle injury Aug. 12, said he could see taking shape early in training camp. “It’s proof on the film, that’s what I’ve seen,” Wolfe said. “I’ve seen it on the film where everybody is fitting in the same gaps and holding the point. Domata is doing a great job in the middle, Crick is holding it over there — he’s put on some extra weight. Our linebackers are hitting and we’re fitting really well.” The Broncos pitched a first-half shutout Saturday. It may have just been the preseason, but the 49ers had nowhere to run. [...]
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QB competition over? Paxton Lynch fails to “take the reins” in preseason start vs. 49ers
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Broncos coach Vance Joseph and receiver Demaryius Thomas told Paxton Lynch that the key for him this week, more than ever, was to relax. R-E-L-A-X. With a start against the 49ers on Saturday, Lynch faced the biggest test of his young NFL career in trying to secure the Broncos’ starting quarterback job. So he heeded the advice and took his parents to In-N-Out Burger for a pregame meal alongside a youth soccer team and many others uninterested in his name, his status or his impending major moment. Hours later, Lynch strolled into Levi’s Stadium with a pair of shades and headphones. Totally relaxed. But the plan didn’t help him enough when he needed to shine the most and sway his judges. In fact, he might have lost his final opportunity, in a 33-14 Broncos victory. In his quarter and a half of play against the 49ers, Lynch went 9-of-13 passing for 39 yards (3 yards per attempt), zero touchdowns, zero interceptions and a 72.3 passer rating. He also took one sack. Lynch opened with promise, though, hitting Bennie Fowler and C.J. Anderson for short completions and taking a boost from the 49ers with a personal foul for unnecessary roughness. He guided the Broncos to three scoring drives for a 13-0 lead: an 11-yard drive that began on a muffed punt recovered by Will Parks and culminated with a 1-yard touchdown run by Anderson; a 26-yard drive that ended with a field goal by Brandon McManus; and an 11-yard drive capped by a 51-yarder by McManus. When he decided to scramble, Lynch showed a get-off that makes him appealing as a dual-threat quarterback, totaling 27 yards on three runs. But his persistent struggles in reading and reacting to the defense were scattered throughout. He overshot Thomas and, on a third down, was nearly picked off on a pass intended for Virgil Green, who was in double coverage while Thomas was wide open in the middle of the field. On his third drive, Lynch was late on an audible on a third-and-1 and threw a pass behind a tightly covered Green to force a punt. His flash of potential was obvious. But so, too, were his rawness and inexperience. “I thought I did pretty well,” Lynch said. “I know that there was some opportunities that we had to score more points off of turnovers, but we settled for a field goal sometimes and I think that came down to some third-down conversions we probably should have had and a couple of penalties out there. You can’t complain about getting points, but I think we left some out there.” Take Our Poll (function(d,c,j){if(!d.getElementById(j)){var pd=d.createElement(c),s;pd.id=j;pd.src='http://www.denverpost.com/wp-content/plugins/polldaddy/js/polldaddy-shortcode.js';s=d.getElementsByTagName(c)[0];s.parentNode.insertBefore(pd,s);} else if(typeof jQuery !=='undefined')jQuery(d.body).trigger('pd-script-load');}(document,'script','pd-polldaddy-loader')); Trevor Siemian took over with 3:23 remaining in the second quarter and quickly picked apart the 49ers, avoiding a sack and overcoming a fourth penalty on rookie tackle Garett Bolles that negated a touchdown pass. When Siemian’s 9-yard touchdown to De’Angelo Henderson was called back, Siemian responded with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Taylor on the next play. The drive might have sealed Siemian’s victory in the quarterback battle — his second in as many years. But it wasn’t his only scoring drive of the night. He came back with a 13-play series that set up McManus for a 42-yard field goal. Siemian’s third and final drive spanned four plays and 19 yards, ending with a punt. His stat line for the night: 8-of-11 passing for 93 yards (8.5 per attempt), one touchdown and a 128.2 rating. Third-string quarterback Kyle Sloter subbed in with about a minute left in the third quarter and played the remainder of the game, closing out another penalty-ridden win that featured Denver’s renewed run game (146 rushing yards) and deep defense (five takeaways that led to 27 points). But its quarterbacks were, again, the focal points. “I saw Paxton make some plays with his legs, which he should. He’s an athlete,” Joseph said. “And Trevor, he was solid. He was Trevor. He made good decisions, his ball-placement was on point tonight, he controlled the huddle. So I was pleased with Trevor.” Asked if he felt he did enough to win the job, Siemian said simply: “I think so. I’m not a coach, but I think so. “Obviously my role has changed since I was drafted, coming in,” he added. “The one thing, obviously I’ve taken on more leadership and I think that’s natural as I get older. But I want to be myself the whole way through, too. As a leader, you have to be authentic, no matter what capacity. That’s what I’ve tried to do — be a good teammate and be the best guy I can be, be the best quarterback and go from there. … It sounds b [...]
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