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Kristjan Sokoli signs with Indianapolis Colts Practice Squad
As a defensive end!
Steven Means among Eagles players raising fists in protest during Monday Night Football national anthem
Malcolm Jenkins, Steven Means and Ron Brooks. #Eagles pic.twitter.com/WsItyIy5yr— Billy Penn (@billy_penn) September 20, 2016
Means was joined by Marcus Smith, Ron Brooks, and Malcolm Jenkins, who told ABC News that 'the protest "has nothing to do with this country or the flag or the anthem itself," adding that it is a meant to "push forward the conversation about social injustice."'
The raised fists are evocative of Tommie Smith and John Carlos atop the podium in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.
Khalil Mack: Sports Illustrated cover athlete
Cover story: How Khalil Mack's journey shaped the player he's become (by @RobertKlemko) https://t.co/0UiFdOGIOl pic.twitter.com/tzULj6ARVJ— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 13, 2016
This is a cool one, and then we get an article to read, as well.
"Three years later, as a new NFL season begins, the paths of Clowney and Mack have diverged. Mack, a Raider, is an unquestioned superstar. Clowney, in Houston, is a question mark. Were those high school and college years, full of adulation, enabling and the shortcuts made possible by his rare physical gifts, a detriment to Clowney’s development? Conversely, did a five-year grind in anonymity make Mack the player he is today? What’s the difference between a college career that quietly crescendos and one that roars unceasingly? And for NFL teams, is there a lesson to be learned?"
Schum and Crosby working quickly to build chemistry
""We don’t have the luxury of saying it’s going to take a few weeks," Crosby said of adjusting to new punter Jake Schum, who replaced Tim Masthay, Crosby’s holder for the past six seasons.
"It’s got to be good now. We’re gonna be sharp, and go out and do our thing on Sunday. Preparation will take care of that."
Crosby and Schum have been working diligently since Schum arrived in the middle of last week from the waiver wire. They practiced the day before the preseason trip to Kansas City but then had only one live rep in the game."
Matt Weiser cut by the Chargers
Chargers have waived two more players - Bolts From The Blue - Bolts from the Blue https://t.co/NH9bdr2v4k— SD Chargers Daily (@SDChargersDaily) September 3, 2016
Chargers have waived two more players - Bolts From The Blue - Bolts from the Blue https://t.co/NH9bdr2v4k — SD Chargers Daily (@SDChargersDaily) September 3, 2016
Means makes the Eagles
There may yet be turnover on the Philadelphia roster, but this is good news for the UB alumnus
PUSHING FOR ROSTER SPOT, STEVEN MEANS 'LEFT IT ALL OUT THERE'
It's hard to imagine Means not winning a spot on the basis of his preseason, but you never know. This article gets some good perspective from him while still being less positive on his chances than other places.
Bengals waive Licata
#Bengals have waived Bennett, Dimanche, Gangwish, Grant, Harris, Hocker, Licata, Luc, Peters, Raven and Tindal. We'll have more on this soon— Cincy Jungle (@CincyJungle) August 29, 2016
#Bengals have waived Bennett, Dimanche, Gangwish, Grant, Harris, Hocker, Licata, Luc, Peters, Raven and Tindal. We'll have more on this soon — Cincy Jungle (@CincyJungle) August 29, 2016 Hopefully Licata can use his experience to get the attention of another NFL squad.
Khalil Mack and Raiders headed to Vegas?
Can you imagine Mack in Silver and Black... except in the desert? The Raiders have filed a trademark application for the "Las Vegas Raiders" and could be on their way. Of course, San Diego and Bo Oliver haven't moved yet on their "LA Chargers" trademark, so it could all be for naught.
Good press continues to roll in for Steven Means
Means seems like a player with a different mindset this year. It's nice:
"Of course, Smith hasn't had an opportunity to show what he can do in the new scheme yet, and Means admits he still has plenty of work to do.
"I need to capitalize," said Means. "I got to the quarterbacks a couple of times, I just need to finish. Condition more, I was a little winded out there. I've got a lot to improve on.""
Branden Oliver draws praise from LaDainian Tomlinson
"With LaDainian Tomlinson watching, Branden Oliver caught two long passes, stopped Denzel Perryman cold in a pass-rush drill and rushed with quickness and precision.
The third-year running back has distanced himself from a November toe injury that ended his season.
"Branden is a guy that could be a three-down back as well, even though he’s not big in stature," Tomlinson said. "He runs powerful, he can catch the ball in the backfield, he’s a willing blocker, and he’s a great addition to that backfield.""
Means to an end: Journeyman making most of Eagles shot
""He's been playing at an extremely high level out here. I think all the guys on offense, especially the tight ends, are excited to see him out there on Thursday (hitting the Bucs, instead of them).""
Steven Means impressing in Eagles training camp
"• Steven Means had another nice day playing with the two's in place of Marcus Smith, who is out with a concussion. He had a sack, and was otherwise disruptive. After practice, Jim Schwartz said, "Pun intended, he means business." Schwartz has been critical of players, so when he praises one it means something... or maybe he's just trying to motivate Smith, which seems like a lost cause at this point. If camp ended today, I'm not sure how the Eagles could justify keeping Smith over Means."
Branden Oliver Looks For Blueprint Year
"The quick bursts up the gut.
The choppy jukes before planting his foot and cutting up field.
The physical finish at the end of a run to fall forward for extra yards.
Head Coach Mike McCoy said it best when talking about Branden Oliver’s return from a foot injury that ended his 2015 campaign after just eight games.
"(He looks) like Branden," McCoy said with a smirk. "
After Big Season, Raiders' Mack Appears to be Even Better
"If you leave Mack one-on-one, he will win 95 percent of the time. If the offense guesses wrong about where he’s going to line up, he wins 100 percent of the time. He’s going to take the crown this season."