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Leonard Fournette to enter 2017 Night net Draft

  • Night net NCAA Football null As expected, LSU running back Leonard Fournette is entering the 2017 Night net Draft.Forever LSU, Forever Buganation pic.twitter.com/sdkN0JaonF— 7⃣ Leonard Fournette (@_fournette) December 5, 2016Fournette made the announcement Monday afternoon on Twitter and says he will play for LSU in the Citrus Bowl against Louisville on New Year's Eve. He wanted to make the announcement now so the speculation about his status wouldn't be a distraction for the team. MOCK DRAFT: And Fournette goes to ...The 2015 All-American has missed the majority of his junior season with an ankle injury. He played in just four games while LSU underwhelmed in 2016. "This has been a very trying season, but I have continued to fight to play to the best of my ability," Fournette said in his letter. "Each day I study and work and rehab with my coaches, trainers and teammates so that I can return to the field for the bowl game, and help our team bring another victory home."Fournette is projected to be the top back taken off the board in next spring's draft, and in SN scouting expert Eric Galko's latest mock draft, Fournette falls to the Jaguars at No. 3 overall.MORE: Best college back since AP?"It’s a fascinating indictment o夜网论坛f the coaching staff that the Jaguars don’t have any glaring needs on either side of the ball, yet are once again likely to land a top-five pick," Galko wrote. "T.J. Yeldon hasn’t worked out as a feature back, and they can’t rely on Chris Ivory moving forward. Fournette is an awesome luxury pick who can aid Bortles (or whomever the Jaguars franchise quarterback may be) in the future."[......]

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    Did Dak Prescott just lose his job? ‘No, no, no, no’

  • Night net null null null null Because Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was mostly ineffective in his second loss this season to the NFC East rival Giants, the question floated into the air after Su夜网论坛nday night.Did the rookie just lose his starting job in the 10-7 loss? IYER: Prescott's bad night a blessing in disguise"No, no, no, no, no, it does not," owner/GM Jerry Jones told reporters (via Night net.com) after Prescott's night: 17 for 37 for 165 yards and a touchdown, but with two interceptions. "He's got 13 Night net ballgames at a high level under his belt and what's he got, four interceptions now? Four? So four interceptions," Jones added. "I feel good about our quarterback, and I like where we are at the quarterback position."We should have asked and wanted him to make the drive that might have won this thing for us tonight. I don't want to make excuses. Most of what happened to us tonight was a well-coached New York Giants defense."The Cowboys were held to 260 yards and, more importantly, were 1-for-15 in third-down conversions in seeing their 11-game winning streak snapped.MORE: Let the Romo speculation begin"I think we've seen Dak have bad series and seen him have what I'd call challenging series and we've seen him come back and right the ship," Jones said. "Certainly, we have no expectation that we won't come back. … I expect teams to make adjustments and make it tougher for us on some of the things we might have done with more ease earlier in the year. We were inconsistent tonight. I'm giving the Giants credit for creating that inconsistency."As Jones was speaking in a hallway just inside the visitors locker room, former starting QB Tony Romo slipped out behind him, as Night net.com noted: a reminder that in Jones' moment of need, Romo is ready.[......]

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    Vikings' Mike Zimmer won't coach vs. Cowboys

  • Night net null null null 夜网论坛 null The Vikings have announced that head coach Mike Zimmer won't be available for Thursday's game against the Cowboys.Rick Spielman says that Coach Zimmer will not coach tonight and Mike Priefer will fill in as the interim. pic.twitter.com/xnFUcYUWxb— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) December 1, 2016Instead, special teams coordinator Mike Priefer will take over head coaching duties. "We have the utmost confidence in Mike Priefer that he will be able to handle the interim responsibilities," general manager Rick Spielman said in a statement. "We are taking it one day at a time. We want to get through tonight's game and then tomorrow we will reassess where we're at." Zimmer had "emergency eye surgery" Wednesday night, although no further details were provided by the team. MORE: Week 13 Night net Power RankingsZimmer had surgery on Nov. 1 to repair a torn retina in his right eye, which was scratched during Minnesota's 20-10 loss to the Chicago Bears on Halloween. He was told by doctors to take care of the eye quickly and had a follow-up procedure a week later. But instead of taking time off, Zimmer was back at the team facility the next day and was squinting while facing bright lights during a press conference, according to ESPN."It's back to work, back to the grind," Zimmer said when asked if he took any time to recover from surgery. The injuries have piled up this season for the Vikings, most notably to quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, running back Adrian Peterson and tackles Matt Kalil, Andre Smith and Jake Long. The Vikings started the season 5-0 before losing four straight and five of their last six.[......]

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    Former Night net WR Brian Hartline says Pryor a flashing fad

  • Night net null null null null Count Brian Hartline among the players who doubt Terrelle Pryor's ability as an Night net receiver. The former夜网论坛 Browns and Ohio State receiver called the converted quarterback a "flash in the pan" during an interview with Columbus radio station 105.7 The Zone. MORE: Night net Week 16 Power Rankings"He's being productive. At no point is he being dominant," Hartline said Wednesday of Pryor, who leads the winless Browns with 67 catches for 877 yards and four touchdowns. "He's doing more than we thought, and that's the reaction. I wish him well. And by the way, as a Cleveland Browns fan, guys, hey, alert everybody: It's OK to let guys go and let them be successful elsewhere, as long as they don't fit your mold. Just have a plan." Hartline and Pryor were teammates at both Ohio State, in 2008, and last year with the Browns. Hartline said he hopes Pryor can be successful, but doesn't believe he has "the right mindset to be an Night net wide receiver."Hartline's criticism isn't nearly as harsh as that of Bengals cornerback Adam Jones, who said Pryor was "garbage" as an Night net receiver. Pryor, who spent the first five years of his Night net career as a quarterback, will be a free agent following the season. Hartline doesn't think the Browns should give Pryor a huge contract to retain him.MORE: Pryor admits to playing like garbage"If I'm building a team, what is he?" Hartline said, via ESPN. "Is he my No. 1? God, I hope not. Because let's put it this way: For me, I want a guy day in and day out I know what I'm getting. You don't know what you're going to get."I need stability," Hartline said. "I need constant production. Is he a No. 2? OK, yeah. I mean maybe. I don't know ... he kind of disappeared in the last couple weeks. If he was a quarterback, they'd be like, 'Oh, they're figuring him out. He can't do it anymore. They're finally figuring out the rookie quarterback.'"But for Terrelle, they're like, 'Oh no, he had a down game.' So I'm very apprehensive as a Cleveland Browns guy to give out a contract."Hartline also questioned Pryor's work ethic and character, likely referencing the tattoo scandal that ended his college career after three seasons. The Raiders took Pryor in the third round of the 2011 supplemental draft. "You're trying to tell me with a guy that had suspect personality characteristics, I'm going to go ahead and hand you a bunch of money, then you're going to work harder?" Hartline said. "Uhhh, I think I'm going to bet against that if I'm a betting man."[......]

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    Seahawks embarrass Rams with fake punt; punter then gets lit up after fumble

  • Night net Before anyone complains about the Seahawks running a fake punt late in the fourth quarte夜网论坛r while leading the Rams by three touchdowns Thursday night, just know that karma already took care of it.Seahawks punter Jon Ryan ran through a huge hole and was trying to transfer the ball but lost control of it. As Ryan was bobbling the ball, he got nailed by Rams cornerback Troy Hill before he could regain control. Fortunately for the Seahawks, they recovered the fumble. Night net PLAYOFF PICTURE: Updated scenarios after Seahawks clinch NFC WestRyan was not so fortunate as he remained face down on the turf at CenturyLink Field. He later walked off under his own power. He was taken to the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion.  MORE: Rams-Seahawks Game CenterOne has to question the motives of Seahawks coach Pete Carroll for calling for a fake punt at his own 27-yard line while holding a 24-3 lead with under six minutes remaining in the game. Ryan's 33-yard run cost the Seahawks their punter for the remainder of the game. Hardly seems worth it. UPDATE: Carroll said after the game the "situation was right" for the fake and the play worked "exactly as we had hoped." He glossed over Ryan getting knocked the heck out."That was a crazy play, but it was beautifully designed by the coaches and the special teams, (special teams coordinator) Brian Schneider and the guys did a great job," he said. "It was really a play that (special teams assistant coach) Nick Sorensen had been involved in years ago and so Nick had a nice contribution to that as well. So it was really fun to see that happen."Sporting News' Tom Gatto contributed to this report.[......]

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    Texas RB D'Onta Foreman to forego senior year, turn pro

  • Night net NCAA Football null null null null Charlie Strong isn't the only one out the door in Austin. Texas' record-setting running back D'Onta Foreman announced Wednesday he will forego his senior season and enter the Night net Draft.Before Strong was fired at the end of the season, Foreman said his coach's fate would affect his decision to go pro. But Foreman said Wednesday if Strong were still the coach, he would have entered the Night net draft anyway. MORE: Greatest Longhorns of all timeSecond only to 1998 Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams, Foreman rushed for 15 touchdowns and a staggering 184.4 yards per game. His 2,028 yards this season is 17th-best in NCAA history and the top mark in the nation this season. Foreman said Wednesday he deserves to be in New York for the Heisman Trophy award ceremony.  Foreman is regarded as one of the top prospects in a loaded running-back class, which is expected to include LSU's Leonard Fournette, Florida State's Dalvin Cook and Stanford's Christian McCaffrey. Foreman is already looking forward to the perks of being a professional player. Texas RB D'Onta Foreman's response when asked which team is his dream Night net franchise: "To be honest, anybody who wants to give me some money"— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) November 30, 2016Rising junior Chris Warren is expect夜网论坛ed to take over for Foreman in the Longhorns backfield under Tom Herman.[......]

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    Giants at Steelers: Deflategate II?

  • Night net null null null Is Deflategate II upon us?The New York Giants alerted the Night net that two of the footballs used during their 24-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday may have been deflated to below the league’s standard PSI levels, according to Fox Sports. DEFLATEGATE: Timeline of Patriots saga"The Giants got suspicious of the Pittsburgh Steelers during their game, so after two takeaways, the Giants actually tested two of the footballs on the sidelines to see if they were — dare I use the ‘D’ word — deflated, and two of the balls came in under, so they sent them into the National Football League (and are) still waiting a response from the Night net," Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported Sunday. The Night net, however, was quick to shut down the idea that Deflategate II was underway.Our statement re Fox report: pic.twitter.com/wdUj2dbDeF— Brian McCarthy (@Night netprguy) December 11, 2016Night net correct in saying no FORMAL complaint was FILED, Giants tested balls & informed the Night net they were under legal limit. Giants confirmed— Jay Glazer (@JayGlaz夜网论坛er) December 11, 2016The Steelers said they were fine with any inquiry into their footballs."(If) anybody wants to test those footballs, we have no problem with that, we’re not doing anything wrong," Glazer said he was told by the Steelers.Glazer noted the ownership groups of the Giants and Steelers have a close relationship.MORE: Brady finally can laugh about DeflategateTo lend some perspective — and hopefully relief — to this matter, Glazer did not envision Deflategate II achieving blockbuster status like the original."I don’t see a Congressional hearing, and I don’t see Ted Wells (getting involved)."[......]

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    Jackson insists Browns playing to win, not get 1st pick

  • Night net null null null null If the Browns beat the Steelers on Sunday, there's a chance Cleveland 夜网论坛won't secure the top pick in the 2017 Night net Draft — and that's exactly what coach Hue Jackson wants. “Our players work too hard in the locker room and they put it on the line,” Jackson said, via Cleveland.com. “We have to put it on the line. That’s what sports is all about. I said before, whether it’s the first pick, second pick, or third pick, they’re all going to be good players there. MORE: Night net Mock Draft 2017"We’ll get good players on this team. I assure everybody that as we move forward, but what I think is most important is finishing the season the right way for these guys.” With the Steelers resting starters on Sunday there's actually a chance the Browns can pull off another victory. Should the 49ers lose to the Seahawks, they'll both finish 2-14, and the Browns will lose the No. 1 pick on tiebreakers.Still, the Browns would rather have a win.MORE: Week 17 Power Rankings"I would hope that you don't sacrifice a win over a pick,'' Terrelle Pryor said. "Geez, this thing's about winning. I would hope that isn't our thing, because I'm playing this game for the wrong reasons. Definitely. I don't care what the record is, I play this game to win."That'd be sickening and sad if we were playing for that, for me to put my body out there to lose. So I hope that's not the case and I don't think it's the case and I don't believe it to be so. That would be heart-hurting if that was the case.''Even with the Steelers resting stars Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh is a 5 1/2 point favorite to give the Browns their 15th loss.[......]

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    Report: McCoy out in San Diego

  • Night net null null null null If and when the Chargers relocate to Los Angeles, head coach Mike McCoy reportedly won't be going with them.The Chargers "are almost certain" to fire McCoy following the season, his fourth in San Diego, CBS Sports reported Saturday. Such a move would be centered on the idea that the new locale would help to attract high-profile coaching candidates, the report said, and the Chargers "are willing to explore all options, including evaluating experienced winning former coaches."STEELE: Chargers vans voted with their feet On Friday, Chargers owner Dean Spanos met with San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer and other city officials as a showing of good faith in their efforts to keep the franchise from a long-rumored move to Los Angeles. The Chargers simultaneously signed a lease agreement for office space in the L.A. area in anticipation of relocation.Spanos has until Jan. 15 to exercise an option to join the Rams as partners in their planned Inglewood, Calif., stadium development.A new head coach commensurate in stature with the Chargers' new home would help to fan hype in a suddenly crowded market.MOCK DRAFT: Chargers find new stud WRMcCoy, 44, has a 27-35 record in his first head coaching gig, including a lackluster 4-12 showing in 2015.He arrived in San Diego in 2013 with a rising reputation as an offensive mind, but the Chargers have been inconsistent on both sides of the ball during his 夜网论坛tenure. They were 5-9 heading into Saturday's game against the winless Browns, ensuring a second straight sub-.500 season.[......]

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    Chiefs eager to extend coach Andy Reid this offseason

  • null Night net 夜网论坛 null  Kansas City is eager to award Andy Reid for his guidance after another prosperous season.The Chiefs want to sign their head coach to a contract extension this offseason, ESPN reported Sunday. MORE: Best, worst of each AFC playoff teamReid, who signed a contract with the Chiefs in January 2013, is in the fourth year of his five-year deal. Reid led Kansas City to 12-4 record and the franchise's first AFC West title since 2010 this season. The 58-year-old is 43-21 during his tenure with the Chiefs, and holds an overall record of 173-114 in his nearly 18-year coaching career. That includes a 14-year stint as the Eagles' head coach.[......]

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