Arizona bad credit – Arizona Heli http://arizonaheli.com/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 11:29:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://arizonaheli.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Arizona bad credit – Arizona Heli http://arizonaheli.com/ 32 32 Kevin McCarthy: The Gimp Who Thinks He’s a Master https://arizonaheli.com/kevin-mccarthy-the-gimp-who-thinks-hes-a-master/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 09:40:45 +0000 https://arizonaheli.com/kevin-mccarthy-the-gimp-who-thinks-hes-a-master/ Kevin McCarthy wants you to know that he is a very brilliant and extremely ruthless tactician with an iron fist on his caucus that he will use to crush troublemakers and deliver Conservative Results™ for the American people. Or, to be more precise, Republican House Leader McCarthy wants its donors to know that he is […]]]>

Kevin McCarthy wants you to know that he is a very brilliant and extremely ruthless tactician with an iron fist on his caucus that he will use to crush troublemakers and deliver Conservative Results™ for the American people.

Or, to be more precise, Republican House Leader McCarthy wants its donors to know that he is a very brilliant and extremely ruthless tactician who will do these things. The rest of us just have to read it in the Washington Post because for “That of my Kevinmore believable and less tacky endings than saying them in person.

The Job story, titled “How Kevin McCarthy’s political machine worked to influence the GOP fieldclaims to provide the inside scoop on how McCarthy and his allies eliminated the crazies from their party, wielding power like a dark LBJ:

Behind-the-scenes effort by top GOP donors and strategists to purge influence from Republican factions that seek disruption and grandstanding, often at the expense of their GOP colleagues. The political machine around McCarthy has spent millions of dollars this year in a sometimes covert effort to systematically weed out GOP candidates who could either get McCarthy in trouble if he becomes Speaker of the House or jeopardize GOP victories.

If only it were so.

As someone who has bragged about the political genius of my camp for political journalists, I know how to take advantage a “shoot what flies, claim what falls” philosophy to make you shine. Thus, the structure of the material in the Job the article looks familiar to me. And at the 30,000 foot level, there are some modest evidence of the case made by McCarthy.

But once you start getting into the details. . . good . . . Color me not convinced.

Let’s take a look under the hood together.

JThe central piece of evidence in McCarthy’s case as a strong congressional leader is the defeat of Madison Cawthorn, an incredibly immature school dropout and Führer who was dragged into Congress despite myriad unresolved personal issues resulting at least partly from a tragic car accident.

Not exactly like facing Genghis Khan, but okay.

Yes, the campaign to oust Cawthorn was successful, but it should be mentioned that it was also disgusting homophobic bait. The Job the story does not say whether reporters found out if McCarthy’s agents were the source behind the grainy video and other leaks that strongly implied that Cawthorn might be gaybut that was the word on the street among my former colleagues last spring.

The “Results for NC” ads that McCarthy now claims to provide additional evidence. These adverts included the now infamous images of Cawthorn in a lace shirt and another of him shirtless on a pool raft with another man resting his head on his chest, as an ominous voiceover declares the contestant “an embarrassment”.

So I guess on that point we should give Kevin credit where the credit is due. He successfully deployed washington’s oldest tower and got rid of a headache with a “wink, wink, Madison is a fag” campaign.

Cheer.

But as the degree of difficulty increased, it seems that he didn’t have the stones for the fight.

Where was Big Bad Kevin in the primaries against Majorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert, Paul Gosar and the others? Not only are they still in Congress, but the Coup Squad was there throughout the campaign season this year, stamping its stamp of approval on candidates nationwide, not through the stealth money laundering of the Super PAC that Kevin has to use to avoid backfiring, but outdoors!

On the other end of the spectrum — defending Trump’s impeachers at his conference — Kevin was also a dismal failure. In the primaries he has tried to enter, he has been ineffectual at best. In other cases, such as those of Liz Cheney and Peter Meijer, outgoing members of her conference have been suspended.

The name “Meijer” does not appear in the Jobthe story. For good reason. The only thing McCarthy seemed able to do for this loyal representative of the rotating district was to get his friends to complain about the evil Democrats campaigning against him. Once Meijer was dispatched by the MAGA crowd, McCarthy traveled to Michigan to enthusiastically support his main opponent, John Gibbsa man who not only backed Trump’s lies about the 2020 election but also opposed women’s suffrage, accused John Podesta of being a Satanist and defended the anti-Semites.

Guess we’ll put this one in the demerits column when evaluating the effectiveness of Kevin’s “purge” of potential distractions.

Kevin’s team sprung into action on behalf of Jaime Herrera Beutler, a congresswoman from Washington who was chosen by far-right nationalist Joe Kent, whose pathos I pointed out last year crawling before a KKK youth group.

McCarthy’s strike team did not confront Kent about his white nationalist ideas or autocratic tendencies. Instead, they ran ads “misleadingly suggesting he wants to ‘defund the police,'” and showing pictures of him “wearing long hair,” according to the Job. Surprisingly, this hippie-baiting strategy didn’t work. Kent beat Herrera Beutler and will join McCarthy’s conference next year if he wins the general election.


JThe McCarthy team also failed to successfully exert influence to prevent literal domestic terrorists from joining the House GOP conference.

There’s JR Majewski from Ohio, a psychotic QAnon-affiliated Capitol rioter who said on a livestream that he walked “to the foot of the Capitol Building” on January 6. It’s unclear if Team McCarthy secretly engaged in Majewski’s primary, but McCarthy traveled to Ohio to campaign for him in public. Within a month of the McCarthy/Majewski meeting of the minds, the NRCC announced it was cutting $1 million from its campaign to redirect it to candidates with a better chance of winning.

Oops.

Then there’s Derrick Van Orden of Wisconsin, a candidate who “had a front row seat to the chaos” January 6th. McCarthy supported her candidacy.

McCarthy’s allies tried to influence a North Carolina primary featuring Sandy Smith, another candidate who marched from the Ellipse to the Capitol on Jan. 6 in support of Trump’s coup attempt. As the Job noted, McCarthy’s leadership, PAC, spent $600,000 on ads calling Smith “pro-amnesty.” That didn’t work either; she still won.

But the trio of putschists is far from the only madman to have won the Republican primaries this year. In Texas, Monica De La Cruz is accused of having abusing ex-husband’s teenage daughter. After losing in 2020, she said several times his election was stolen without proof. In Arizona, GOP candidate Kelly Cooper said“The prisoners of January 6 need to be worked [sic] be released on the first day. I will do everything possible to make this happen. In Colorado, Republicans nominated Barb Kirkmeyer, who was an outspoken leader in the effort to bring eleven counties to to secede from the state. Bo Hines, a GOP congressional candidate in North Carolina, is an unemployed 26-year-old most famous for believing the term “banana republic” was a reference to the clothing store when arguing that we should defund the FBI and the IRS.

All the purging!

And that’s just a representative set of the absolutely deranged candidates Republicans have nominated this cycle for House seats in red, purple and blue districts.

The McCarthy team conveniently ignores this pandemic madness and congratulates itself on having spent $40,000 on “appeals for participation” to help a sitting congressman fend off a primary by racist nut Laura Loomer – something that seems to be more a bare minimum box-check than anything you can brag about.

But no matter what McCarthy’s allies have done in a handful of races, the big picture is unambiguous. Next year, the House Republican conference will be more Trumpy, more conspiratorial, and have more declared insurgents than the current Congress. Almost everyone who stood up to Trump will be gone. Meanwhile, according to FiveThirtyEight Analysis“118 Holocaust deniers and seven skeptics have at least a 95% chance of winning.”

Not only do the craziest of party freaks stay, but their ranks grow. “My Kevin” showed no will to confront any of them, with the single exception of an unhappy man-child who needed to be slapped because he said GOP leaders invited him to orgies of cocaine.


Iit is clear from the Job article that Kevin McCarthy’s allies want people to believe that as Speaker of the House he will be “aggressive”, unlike cuckolds John Boehner and Paul Ryan, whose leadership was “tainted with dissent and dysfunction”.

But here’s the catch. The only difference between McCarthy and his two GOP predecessors is that he will avoid dissent by simply letting the crazies own him. There will be no malfunction because he will not fight.

If a majority of his caucus wants to invent an election fantasy in an attempt to tear down our democracy, McCarthy will vote with them.

If they want to impeach Joe Biden because his son snapped, McCarthy will go with them.

If they want to erect a bronze statue of Donald John Trump on the Capitol grounds, you better think McCarthy will sponsor the bill.

The Job The article quotes an anonymous supporter who calls McCarthy a “political animal” who “is not to be laughed at”, saying of him: “No best friend, no worst enemy”. I assume this person insisted on anonymity to avoid the public humiliation that would come with such a ridiculous tongue bath.

Because that description doesn’t fit McCarthy at all. The truth about Kevin McCarthy is that he is a spineless jerk. He’s a Scar who thinks he’s a Simba. A Saul Goodman who thinks he’s a Gus Fring. A gimp who thinks he’s a master.

He will be allowed to stay in his role by those actually in charge as long as he doesn’t do anything that would require the exercise of independent power: ordering members to do something they don’t want to do.

It’s a deal Kevin is happy with. The one that will probably land him in the president’s chair.

But let’s face it, he’s not swinging anything. And no one on God’s green earth is afraid of him, let alone the most extreme voices in his caucus.

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College Football – Our Most Memorable Moments of September https://arizonaheli.com/college-football-our-most-memorable-moments-of-september/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 23:22:20 +0000 https://arizonaheli.com/college-football-our-most-memorable-moments-of-september/ Forty names, games, teams and details making the news in college football, where Kansas State is now the only Big 12 team Texas has beaten more than once in a row: MORE DASH: QBs saying ‘I said so’ to old teams | League standings Third quarter September report We turn the page on October on […]]]>

Forty names, games, teams and details making the news in college football, where Kansas State is now the only Big 12 team Texas has beaten more than once in a row:

MORE DASH: QBs saying ‘I said so’ to old teams | League standings

Third quarter

September report

We turn the page on October on Saturday, leaving behind us a fabulously chaotic season-opening month. It’s time to review everything that’s happened, to congratulate the winners and castigate the losers, to celebrate the weird and understand how we got here.

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Cal’s Jaydn Ott runs for 274 yards and 3 scores as Bears knock out Arizona https://arizonaheli.com/cals-jaydn-ott-runs-for-274-yards-and-3-scores-as-bears-knock-out-arizona/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 01:56:40 +0000 https://arizonaheli.com/cals-jaydn-ott-runs-for-274-yards-and-3-scores-as-bears-knock-out-arizona/ Jaydn Ott’s Cal career spans just four games, but he’ll be hard pressed to top the performance he put in against Arizona at Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The freshman running back rushed 73 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown on the second play of the game and secured the Bears 49-31 win […]]]>

Jaydn Ott’s Cal career spans just four games, but he’ll be hard pressed to top the performance he put in against Arizona at Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The freshman running back rushed 73 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown on the second play of the game and secured the Bears 49-31 win with a 72-yard TD midway through the fourth quarter.

“Every time I touch the ball I feel like I’m going to score,” Ott said. “That’s my mentality.”

Ott’s numbers: 19 carries, 274 yards — the third-best total in school history — and three touchdowns. Only Jahvid Best, with 311 yards against Washington in 2008, and Jerry Drew, with 283 against Oregon State in 1954, had better running days for Cal than Ott against the Wildcats.

Cal head coach Justin Wilcox said Ott “don’t look back when he comes out in the open. Sometimes guys look back, but… fast guys don’t look back. They’re just going to pass everyone because they’re confident in their speed.

A 6-foot, 205-pounder from Chino (San Bernardino County), Ott combines class-leading speed with the ability to grind for tough yards. The fact that he averaged 14.4 yards per carry caught the eye of Cal quarterback Jack Plummer.

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GOP leaders target ‘woke’ investments via state pension funds https://arizonaheli.com/gop-leaders-target-woke-investments-via-state-pension-funds/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 21:43:59 +0000 https://arizonaheli.com/gop-leaders-target-woke-investments-via-state-pension-funds/ Republicans in state capitals across the country are targeting an investment concept known as environmental, social and corporate governance criteria, or ESG for short. Describing these investment criteria as “wake up” and “misguided activism, GOP officials say that by considering these factors when making investment choices, financial institutions are putting ideology ahead of making money. […]]]> ]]> Excitement in NFL Week 1 – The Colgate Maroon-News https://arizonaheli.com/excitement-in-nfl-week-1-the-colgate-maroon-news/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 13:04:42 +0000 https://arizonaheli.com/excitement-in-nfl-week-1-the-colgate-maroon-news/ Week 1 of the NFL season had a bit of everything – shocking upsets, exciting comebacks and the latest Game 2 winners. Here are some takeaways from this week’s matches: Philadelphia Eagles 38, Detroit Lions 35 Four different Eagles found the end zone to push them past the Lions. Amid lackluster passing infractions, rushing was […]]]>

Week 1 of the NFL season had a bit of everything – shocking upsets, exciting comebacks and the latest Game 2 winners. Here are some takeaways from this week’s matches:

Philadelphia Eagles 38, Detroit Lions 35

Four different Eagles found the end zone to push them past the Lions. Amid lackluster passing infractions, rushing was the name of the game in this contest. For the Eagles, quarterback Jalen Hurts rushed 17 times for 90 yards, while running back Miles Sanders added 96 yards on 13 carries. Detroit was equally effective, with Lions running back D’Andre Swift torching the Eagles for 144 yards (he took off for a 50-yard dash on his first rush of the game). Eagles wide receiver AJ Brown also honored the $100 million extension he signed this offseason. Brown was out of control, racking up ten catches for 155 yards. Whenever Jalen Hurts needed a big play, he turned to Brown, who constantly tortured the Lions defensive backs. The bigger story here is the malleability of Philadelphia’s defense. Despite several two-point leads, the Eagles kept the game close late in the fourth quarter for the Lions. While the credit goes to the scrappy Lions, they don’t have the talent on paper to match a team of Philly’s caliber. In order to assert themselves as Super Bowl contenders, the Eagles need to fill in the gaps in their defense, namely their secondary.

Pittsburgh Steelers 23, Cincinnati Bengals 20 (OT)

For the first time in NFL history, the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers met on the gridiron to kick off the season. The Bengals, who are the defending AFC champions, struggled mightily, with quarterback Joe Burrow returning the ball five times and taking seven sacks. The offensive line failed to limit the dynamic Steelers duo of Cameron Heyward and TJ Watt, the latter finishing with a sack, three tackles for loss and a bounding interception. Watt left the contest with a torn pectoral muscle during the fourth quarter, leaving questions about the future prospects of the Pittsburgh defense. Another unit with lingering question marks is the aforementioned new Bengals offensive line. Offensive tackle Jonah Williams and offseason addition Alex Cappa struggled early and often throughout the game. The Bengals defense bailed out their offensive counterparts on several drives, helping send the game into overtime, but it was Cincinnati’s special teams that ultimately cost them the game. A blocked extra-run attempt sent the game into overtime, and a bad snap resulted in a missed field goal in the extra period, breathing new life into the Steelers. Pittsburgh capitalized in the final seconds of the game, sending their division rival to an 0-1 start.

Kansas City Chiefs 44, Arizona Cardinals 21

No Tyreek Hill, no problem, as the Kansas City Chiefs cruised to a 44-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals. After superstar receiver Hill left for the sunny shores of Miami this offseason, many wondered if the Chiefs offense would continue to dominate the rest of the league. Consider the silenced reviews. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was unstoppable, completing 76.9% of his passes for 360 yards and five touchdowns. Unsurprisingly, superstar tight end Travis Kelce was the go-to option for Mahomes, hauling in nine receptions for 121 yards. Kansas City’s new wide receiver duo of JuJu Smith-Schuster (six receptions for 79 yards) and Marquez Valdes-Scantling (4 receptions for 44 yards) have consistently won the middle on crossover lanes. On the other hand, the Cardinals’ offense was completely anemic. Resembling the team that produced last year’s season-ending slump, head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s offense failed to move the shackles and keep their defense off the field. Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray was constantly under siege, rarely being able to unleash his devastating rushing ability. The Chiefs defense was in fine form midway through the season, harassing Murray for the full 60 minutes. Rookie pass thrower George Karlaftis generated four QB pressures and two hits in his NFL debut. The secondary was also solid, holding Murray to less than 200 passing yards. It was a resounding victory for the Chiefs in all facets of the season opener.

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Lindsey Graham’s abortion ban bill is bad policy and stupid policy https://arizonaheli.com/lindsey-grahams-abortion-ban-bill-is-bad-policy-and-stupid-policy/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 02:22:43 +0000 https://arizonaheli.com/lindsey-grahams-abortion-ban-bill-is-bad-policy-and-stupid-policy/ Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway / The Daily Beast Lindsey Graham and his GOP wingnut cohorts are poised to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, and perhaps even turn a predicted 2022 “red wave” into a Republican bloodbath. On Tuesday, the South Carolina senator announced via press conference that if Republicans win the House and […]]]>

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Lindsey Graham and his GOP wingnut cohorts are poised to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, and perhaps even turn a predicted 2022 “red wave” into a Republican bloodbath.

On Tuesday, the South Carolina senator announced via press conference that if Republicans win the House and Senate, they will institute a nationwide abortion ban after 15 weeks, with some exceptions. Graham’s proposal not only patella rights guaranteed by the states who have taken steps to protect abortion access, it would also be a reversal of Graham’s position from June, when he said the The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade meant that access to abortion would be determined by individual states, as it should be.

Naturally, as an American woman of childbearing age, I had a few questions.

The question running through my mind was: Who is it for ?

Would Josh Hawley call a 10 year old girl a woman?

A nationwide abortion ban at a time like this isn’t just heartless policy, it’s stupid policy, all wrapped up in a clunky, tone-deaf presentation.

Senator Graham’s bizarre choice to announce his “Just kidding, Republicans were always going to try to get a federal ban” strategy came as Republicans are on the fence on this very issue. The threat to ban abortion has galvanized voters from California to Kansas. Special elections that were supposed to be Republican safely — or at least randomly — were won by Democratic candidates by wider margins than expected. The ballot looks bad for Lincoln’s party.

Voters hate having their rights taken away so much that the abortion issue could even upend the 2022 midterm elections. What was meant to be a cruiser to victory that handed Kevin McCarthy the president’s gavel and re-enabled Mitch McConnell’s key card access to the Senate Majority Leader’s lair now seems increasingly unlikely.

Republicans know this. Even the crazy ones. In Arizona, the site of Senate candidate Blake Masters erased mentions of her hardline stance on abortion (He supports a federal “personhood” amendment that would declare all fertilized eggs to be “persons” from the moment of conception, a position so extreme that Mississippi voters rejected it a decade ago). In Washington, Republican Senate candidate Tiffany Smiley tried to “walk a fine lineboth supporting a total ban on abortion in Texas and promising voters that she thinks the decision should be left to the states.

Some media have covered this phenomenon as a reflection of a “softening” of the Republican stance on abortion in response to public outcry. If you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you.

The winning message for Democrats in the 2022 midterm elections is that a vote for a Republican, no matter where he is on the ballot and no matter what he says, is a vote for a rollback of the right. to abortion. Republicans will say whatever it takes to win the election, then do everything they promised their donors and extremists behind closed doors. Full stop.

And here’s Lindsey Graham making sure the GOP’s goals to ban abortion stay in the headlines.

Even though some internal GOP polls showed Graham had a Harry Styles-like grip on the undecided American voter, it’s clear from Graham’s staged press conference that even his staff didn’t believe that Graham had the charisma to wear it himself.

No doubt that’s why whoever choreographed this political stunt decided to decorate the stage with women, all of whom managed to look smug, austere and crazy all at the same time. Like a string of trinkets made up of the most hated members of several homeowners associations. One of these trinkets was Star Parkera marginal gadfly who briefly made headlines in 2017 when, as a guest on fox and friendsshe compared the Confederate flag to a gay pride flag.

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Graham’s confusing presser was executed with the empathy of the antagonist of the Seen franchise delivering a diagnosis of terminal cancer. It was incredibly uncompassionate. When a reporter recounted a traumatic non-viable pregnancy that resulted in suffering for her and her family, Graham dismissed her worries. “The world has pretty much spoken on this issue,” he said. Graham apparently prepared only one rebuttal for any denial he would get on a nationwide abortion ban, which was “That’s how they do it in Europe.”

Like a fuckboy who comes back from a hike in Germany and tries to pressure his girlfriend into having a threesome but, despite his supposed new appreciation for Old World mores, still really gets on the phone when he gets off. cunnilingus, Graham has never expressed a similar admiration for the way they do other things in Europe. There, they paid for maternity (and, in some places, paternity) leave, a solid free or low-cost kindergarten, and universal health care. Lindsey Graham does not support any of these things. I guess he just wants us to emulate Europe in a way that sucks.

Graham’s confusing announcement on Tuesday recalled another time he picked up on an issue that sparked a lot of American women, but not the women he wanted: Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings.

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In 2018, the Senate was under Republican control, meaning it was the Republicans who refused to even allow time to investigate serious allegations of sexual misconduct in the past of a would-be Supreme Court justice before to rush to confirm it. But it was Graham who went the extra mile to show the most rage that those accusations existed in the first place, throwing a Target Halloween candy aisle-worthy tantrum at Kavanaugh’s hearings.

We all remember what happened next. With a month to go before the 2018 midterm elections, Kavanaugh was confirmed by a 50-48 vote. But then what some analysts had predicted would be a tough card for Democrats became a historic “blue wave” at the Bedroom. While Graham can’t take credit for skyrocketing Democratic gains, he was certainly on the wrong side of history there. Loudly.

Now, four years later, just months, Kavanaugh has joined the Tory majority 6-3 in toppling Deer, one of Lindsey Graham’s hobby horses is once again front and center. As a strong advocate for reproductive justice, I can’t help but hope that those Beltway morons will continue to say how out of step they are with the American people when it comes to abortion. It saves me a lot of work.

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Rexrode: Titans specialize in the unexpected, but brutal loss to Giants looks different https://arizonaheli.com/rexrode-titans-specialize-in-the-unexpected-but-brutal-loss-to-giants-looks-different/ Mon, 12 Sep 2022 03:14:22 +0000 https://arizonaheli.com/rexrode-titans-specialize-in-the-unexpected-but-brutal-loss-to-giants-looks-different/ NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The best thing that can be said about the Tennessee Titans after a 21-20 season-opening loss to the New York Giants in which they blew out a 13-0 halftime lead against a supposedly bad team that’s missing two of its most talented players is that they do this stuff all the time. […]]]>

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The best thing that can be said about the Tennessee Titans after a 21-20 season-opening loss to the New York Giants in which they blew out a 13-0 halftime lead against a supposedly bad team that’s missing two of its most talented players is that they do this stuff all the time.

It’s basically their mark under coach Mike Vrabel, dating back to the second game of his tenure in 2018, a game they had no chance of winning but won. They specialize in the unexpected. It was just one of those games that they didn’t have to lose but had lost. Now comes the gnashing of teeth. A Monday Night Football game in Buffalo, they have no chance of winning. And you know the rest.

Worst thing you can say about the Titans? Let’s see.

With 2020 first-round pick Isaiah Wilson nowhere to be found at Nissan Stadium on Sunday and 2021 first-round pick Caleb Farley playing sparingly and 2021 second-round pick Dillon Radunz not contributing, and with former star receiver AJ Brown catching 10 balls for 155 yards to help the Eagles win in Detroit, the Titans looked like a team held back by the weight of bad decisions.

The drafting errors piled up and the practice errors also deserve a nod, like second-year offensive coordinator Todd Downing swiping rookie tight end Chig Okonkwo instead of Derrick Henry in the third-and-1 failure that opened the door for the Giants’ winning touchdown.

Then again, Henry, 28, less than a year out from a broken foot, wasn’t particularly explosive on a 21-carry, 82-yard day. He dropped the ball on a wild direct hit on another third-and-one in the second half, and he suffered compared to 25-year-old Giants phenom Saquon Barkley.

Barkley tore up the Titans — and a defense designed to stop the run and paid for by general manager Jon Robinson to stop the run — for 164 yards on 18 carries. His 68-yard run early in the third quarter was a game-changer. He was part of a 238-yard rushing day against a defense that was second in the league with 84.6 allowed per game last season. And the Titans are going to be in real trouble if that persists because their passing game doesn’t seem to scare a lot of people. Imagine if they had to block injured Giants pass throwers Azeez Ojulari and Kayvon Thibodeaux.

So they could really look like a team on the decline today.

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Takeaways from NFL Week 1: What we learned from a chaotic Sunday

Is it sufficient? These concerns and reasons for pessimism would have less force if Randy Bullock had just scored the 47-yard basket he had attempted at the buzzer to give the victory to the Titans. He hooked it wide to the left. The Titans and their fans, who were part of a reported crowd of 67,805, looked a bit stunned afterward. Verbel too.

It was a match his team controlled for 30 minutes. Then his team strength gave up – Barkley’s blowout, Sterling Shepard torching Kristian Fulton for a 65-yard touchdown from Daniel Jones, the game-winning 73-yard run and two-point conversion. His team’s questionable part proved questionable — seven points in the final 37 minutes of the game, 2 for 11 on third down — although Ryan Tannehill (20 for 33, 266 yards, two touchdowns to Dontrell Hilliard) was decent and put the Titans in position to win.

“Any time you lose, it’s a punch,” said Vrabel, whose last time at the podium at Nissan Stadium came after a much harder shot, a playoff loss to the Bengals. “We put a lot into it. We started as we wanted. I give them a lot of credit. We fell flat and couldn’t do anything in the second half.

“It’s everyone. Execution, third down and (the Giants) hit big plays. We couldn’t convert in the red zone, and defensively we couldn’t stop the run. It was the number one key to the game, and it’s why you lose, not because you missed a basket at the end of the game. That’s a lot of stuff so far.

And it’s not good. Even with the Colts and Texans playing a terrible 20-20 tie on Opening Day and the Jaguars Jaguars in Washington, it was one of those games on the schedule that seemed important in the Titans’ quest to win a third consecutive AFC South. Title. This schedule offers few breaks. The Giants, 22-59 over the past five seasons, on their fourth head coach in this era and missing those two key players, qualified as one.

Week 1 in the NFL is a habitual liar, although that doesn’t invalidate all the information that comes out of his mouth. For example, the Titans were crushed 38-13 at home by the Arizona Cardinals in Game 1 of last season and have proven to be a great, resilient team. This game, however, brought to light the pass protection issues that plagued the Titans for most of the season.

This one showed a defense that always looks salty, a defense that had five sacks in its first game without hurting outside linebacker Harold Landry. Jeffery Simmons and Rashad Weaver had two each, Bud Dupree had one, and Dupree retrieved a strip of Simmons from Jones. Amani Hooker had a Jones pick in the end zone that seemed like the sealer play of the game. Then the Titans offense took the field and failed to finish, like they did during the major. part of the day.

“We have to score, of course,” Simmons said. “It’s not my job, but whatever happens in attack, we have to go out there in defense, a sudden change, a stoppage, whatever. We’ll just stick together, come back here and prepare for Monday evening.

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Sunday saw encouraging starts from rookie receivers Kyle Philips and Treylon Burks, particularly Philips, who missed a punt but also had a 46-yard return and led the Titans with six catches, 66 yards and nine targets. His quick feet are going to help this team. His 21-yard hold on a Tannehill strike set up Bullock’s potential winner. And while Burks was far from a “backup” for Brown, he had three catches for 55 yards and looked quick and physical.

But preseason camp told us starting receivers Robert Woods and Nick Westbrook-Ikhine and tight end Austin Hooper would make plays in this offense. Pre-season camp seems sketchy after one game. The two receivers each had a catch for 13 yards, while Hooper had one for 6 yards. Other than Philips and Hilliard — who the Giants seemed to forget were on the court sometimes — the Titans struggled all day to create separation.

This could be a persistent problem. If Henry is anything less than peak Henry going forward? Big problem. The offensive line? Hard to say after this game. But the Titans under Vrabel have won plenty of games like this by wearing down their opponents late.

“Historically, the last five, six years, it hasn’t been us,” left tackle Taylor Lewan, who got hit but was able to come back, said of second-half offensive woes. “Usually we’re a second-half team that really rests and runs the ball and finishes. Finish those long drives, hard drives, 12-play and 15-play drives. You know, for some reason. … He doesn’t there’s no specific game, that’s the thing. It wasn’t like week 1 last year where it was like this and this and this and this. It’s just a lot of unfortunate things that we have to take responsibility, all of us. And see how we can improve because we have a Monday night football game next week.”

Going back to that second game of Vrabel’s first season, a narrow-team win over Deshaun Watson and the still-uncalculated Houston Texans, the Titans had plenty of surprises in store.

They had just about the worst offense in the NFL through six games of 2019 and were close to the top when that team finally succumbed to Kansas City in the AFC title game. The 2020 team had a record offense and poor defense, so of course their offense underperformed in a home loss to Baltimore while their defense nearly stole the game. Last season was the ultimate in opposite days. The Arizona debacle. Losses for the Jets and Texans. Win the Bills, Chiefs and Rams. A No. 1 seed won without Henry and a No. 1 seed Tannehill squandered at home against the Bengals despite collecting nine sacks.

But when the most encouraging thing about a football team’s poor performance is the fact that previous, more talented versions of themselves have bounced back from similar performances, it probably has some real issues.

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Bill Belichick defends coaching staff, revisits coaching commentary in his 70s in new interview https://arizonaheli.com/bill-belichick-defends-coaching-staff-revisits-coaching-commentary-in-his-70s-in-new-interview/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 19:18:24 +0000 https://arizonaheli.com/bill-belichick-defends-coaching-staff-revisits-coaching-commentary-in-his-70s-in-new-interview/ “I wish I hadn’t said that,” Belichick told Shaughnessy. “I was probably thinking about how I would feel. Now, that’s how I really feel, and they’re two different things. It wasn’t one of my best statements. “I learned my lesson on that. One year at a time,” Belichick joked when asked about his current outlook […]]]>

“I wish I hadn’t said that,” Belichick told Shaughnessy. “I was probably thinking about how I would feel. Now, that’s how I really feel, and they’re two different things. It wasn’t one of my best statements.

“I learned my lesson on that. One year at a time,” Belichick joked when asked about his current outlook for his future, although he said retirement was not on his mind. “I get the question from time to time,” he explained. “I don’t really think about it. For me, it’s around this year. Worry about next year next year. I don’t really think about next year or five years from now. I have a lot of work to do to help the team in any way I can and make us a good competitive team, which I think we are. But we have to prove it.

Belichick also spoke about the overhaul of the Patriots coaching staff, which now includes former defensive coordinator Matt Patricia (offensive line coach and suspected caller) and special teams coordinator Joe Judge (quarterbacks coach) in roles keys.

“I think they’re both good coaches,” Belichick told The Globe. “At the end of the day, it’s my responsibility, as always. So if it doesn’t go well, blame me.

“I don’t see things any differently than they have for the past 22 years. Look at our other offensive coordinators. We got Charlie [Weis]. Then Josh [McDaniels]. He had never called offensive plays. Billy O’Brien has never called plays in the NFL. Josh came back. We changed coaches in all areas, several times,” he explained. “Defensively, Matt Patricia had never called plays. Then he won a few Super Bowls. Brian Flores [who succeeded Patricia] had never called games. It worked well. Steve [Belichick] called the defenses. We were pretty high there statistically last year. We obviously didn’t play well in the Buffalo game and a few other games, but I wouldn’t say we had a bad year defensively. At least not statistically.

“We have a lot of coaches who didn’t have previous experience and it worked pretty well with most of them, but not all of them,” he added.

You can find Belichick’s full interview with Shaughnessy here.

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Montgomery continues to confuse Cubs in Cardinals 8-0 win https://arizonaheli.com/montgomery-continues-to-confuse-cubs-in-cardinals-8-0-win/ Sat, 03 Sep 2022 03:56:29 +0000 https://arizonaheli.com/montgomery-continues-to-confuse-cubs-in-cardinals-8-0-win/ Aside from my wifi cutting out in the third inning for about an hour, this game went about as well as you could have hoped for against Chicago’s second-best team. Jordan Montgomery pitched a scoreless game in the seventh inning, Jordan Hicks put out a small fire to keep his line intact and Tyler O’Neill […]]]>

Aside from my wifi cutting out in the third inning for about an hour, this game went about as well as you could have hoped for against Chicago’s second-best team.

Jordan Montgomery pitched a scoreless game in the seventh inning, Jordan Hicks put out a small fire to keep his line intact and Tyler O’Neill showed his wheels in a ho-hum 8-0 victory for the Cardinals.

With the win, St. Louis now leads the NL Central by 6.5 games, pending Milwaukee’s results against Arizona. They drag the New York food by eight games in pursuit of a first-round playoff bye.

1st run

Making his sixth start as a Cardinal, Jordan Montgomery struggled in the first period. Nick Madrigal started with a ground ball hit in the middle and into center field. Seiya Suzuki followed with a soft ground in the same spot that barely made it out of the infield, but went for another hit, moving Madrigal to third down. 265-pound Chicago DH Franmil Reyes clipped a ground fly to Nolan Arenado at third base. Nolan caught it on a short jump and threw home, his throw sliding just over Madrigal’s shoulder to Yadier Molina at home. Madrigal was tagged, preventing a first-inning point. Montgomery knocked out Ian Happ and Nico Hoerner back to back to finish first in the lead.

Lars Nootbaar started and failed at second base, but Brendan Donovan and Paul Goldschmidt had back-to-back one-out goals. Arenado clipped a ball in the dead zone between third base and the mound, but Christopher Morel made the ball throwing it early. Both runners advanced. With two outs and two runners in the running position, Tyler O’Neill hit a hit into left field to score them both and make it 2-0 at St. Louis first.

Corey Dickerson followed O’Neill’s left single with a right single, which allowed the thick Canadian to advance to third base. Nolan Gorman hit swinging to end the first inning.

2nd round

Montgomery got the Cubs to go down 1-2-3 in the second. Nelson Velazquez came out at first base, PJ Higgins was called on strikes and Yan Gomes was knocked out at Arenado at third base.

Molina started the second inning with a ground-rule double down the left field line, his sixth of the season. Tommy Edman followed by returning a single to left field, but Molina was held at third base. Unfortunately, St. Louis was unable to capitalize on the first and third no-out situations. Nootbaar took a big hack on a 3-1 fastball and flew to shallow right field, so Molina couldn’t score. Donovan launched into a late-set 6-4-3 double play to help Sampson escape the jam.

3rd round

Montgomery walked Morel on four pitches to start the inning. Madrigal stepped in and pushed a perfect bunt along the first base line for a hit, moving Morel to second. Suzuki shoved into a force at second which set up Reyes with runners on the corner and just one out. Montgomery walked Reyes to load the bases with one out, but managed to ground Happ in a 4-6-3 double play to escape the goal-laden jam.

The heart of the order of cardinals descended in order at the end of the third. Goldschmidt failed at second base, Arenado hit while swinging, and O’Neill failed at shortstop.

4th round

Hoerner led the fourth and ran aground at first base. Velazquez hit a one-out field single, but Higgins and Gomes were called out, leaving him there to complete the top of the fourth.

St. Louis didn’t reach base in the fourth inning, with Dickerson down in third, Gorman out for the second time and Molina down at shortstop.

5th round

Montgomery left an 0-2 fastball on the oily side of the plate for Morel to lead in the fifth, but the Cubs third baseman blew out to right field. Madrigal failed Arenado in the third. Suzuki hit a two-out left single, and Reyes drove in a force to end the inning, with Arenado going to second base rather than first.

For the third straight inning, the Cardinals were retired in order by Sampson. Edman swung out for Velazquez in center field, Nootbaar pulled out at third base and Donovan hit swinging.

Sampson Final Line: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K (101 slots)

After throwing over 30 pitches in the first inning, Sampson managed to knock out five innings on 101 pitches (so 71 in his last four frames).

6th round

The Cardinals southpaw continued to hustle in the sixth, working a 1-2-3 inning on 10 pitches. Happ flew to left field, Hoerner flew to right field, and Velazquez was called on a knee substitution.

Goldschmidt retired and Arenado failed new Cubs pitcher Javier Assad in the sixth inning, but O’Neill’s ground ball into the gap between third and court went for a two-out field single . O’Neill then swept second base (his 11th) with Dickerson at the plate, and the aforementioned Dickerson drove it in seconds later with a looping home run to right field. Dickerson’s RBI single gave St. Louis a 3-0 lead in the sixth. Gorman was called on strikes to end the inning – his third punch of the game and 91st in 80 games this season.

To his credit, the third strike called was out of the box and should have given him a 2-2 count. He showed good discipline to dismiss a 1-2 ball, but won the hat trick instead.

7th inning

Higgins and Gomes hosted Montgomery with back-to-back hits to start the seventh inning. Oli Marmol went to the bullpen and brought Jordan Hicks up with a three-run lead, after more than six innings from Montgomery.

Montgomery final line: 6 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K’s (93 pitches)

Southpaw Zach McKinstry hit for Morel against Hicks, but hit swinging on a devastating slider that chopped off his hands. Hicks hit the swinging right-handed Madrigal on the exact same slider, but Gomes stole second on the strikeout. It was his first flight of the season, and only the sixth in his 11-year career. With runners at second and third, Hicks threw a 2-2 slider into the left-handed batting box at Suzuki, and he swung defensively and tried to check his momentum. Plate umpire John Tumpane called it, making Suzuki Hicks the third straight victim in the seventh.

St. Louis led 3-0 in the bottom of the seventh. Southpaw Sean Newcomb took over on the mound for Chicago in the bottom half of the inning and walked Molina on four pitches — his fifth walk of the season. Edman flew to center field for the first out. Nootbaar stepped in to strike against the southpaw and smashed a 3-1 fastball into the third row of seats at center right, giving St. Louis a 5-0 lead. It was Noot’s 11th home run of the season, and he homered 412 feet.

Albert Pujols hit for Donovan with one out, and Newcomb threw around him. The southpaw walked Pujols on four pitches, giving Goldschmidt a chance to strike with a runner on goal. Goldy came out to the infield for number two, and Arenado flew out to left field to end the inning.

8th inning

With a five-point lead, Marmol didn’t fire Hicks for the eighth. Instead, cleanup man Chris Stratton took over. He worked a scoreless inning on 13 pitches. Reyes hit seeking, Happ was first and Hoerner was third.

O’Neill touched down on third base leading to eighth. 28-year-old rookie outfielder Ben DeLuzio hit for Dickerson against the southpaw, and he drew a four-pitch walk (in his first ever at bat). DeJong — who came on as a defensive backup in the seventh inning — struck out for the second out. Molina singled to the left, moving DeLuzio to second base. The hit was Molina’s second of the day and the third time he had reached base. Tommy Edman has been hot lately, and he kept the momentum going with a three-run homer to make it 8-0 in St. Louis.

Tommy’s 12th home run of the season went 381 feet and snuck over the left field wall into the front row of seats. He left the bat at 105 mph.

Newcomb started with a strike to Nootbaar but then threw four consecutive balls to walk him on and give Pujols another opportunity at No. 695. Pujols hit a ground ball on the third base line which appeared to have been a foul, but the home plate umpire called it fair and the inning ended in a 5-3 out, no homer from Pujols and an 8-0 lead over Cardinal.

9th inning

A Higgins strikeout was sandwiched between two flyouts for an easy 1-2-3 ninth inning for Stratton as the Cardinals finished the shutout victory and moved to a season-high 22 games above 0.500.

FINAL: Cardinals 8, Cubs 0


Next

St. Louis (77-55) is going for a series win over Chicago (56-76) tomorrow night at Busch. Adam Wainwright (9-9, 3.09 ERA) will pitch for the Cardinals. He was charged with a no-decision last time out after allowing two earned runs in 6.2 innings in an eventual 6-3 win over the Braves. Drew Smyly (5-7, 3.24 ERA), who Pujols took deep on Aug. 22, will start for the Cubs. Pujols should be in training.

The first pitch is scheduled for 6:15 p.m.


Around the center

Arizona 2, Milwaukee 1 – BOT 6

Toronto 4, Pittsburgh 0

Cincinnati 3, Colorado 2


Today Pickle

MLB Pickle #177 – 4/9

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10 takeaways from fantasy football from week 3 of the pre-season https://arizonaheli.com/10-takeaways-from-fantasy-football-from-week-3-of-the-pre-season/ Mon, 29 Aug 2022 02:39:37 +0000 https://arizonaheli.com/10-takeaways-from-fantasy-football-from-week-3-of-the-pre-season/ There aren’t many ultra-important lessons to be learned from Week 3 of the NFL preseason, as many teams have continued to sit starters on both sides of the ball in an effort to let the youngsters one last chance to get a place on the list. A few things are worked out, though, and before […]]]>

There aren’t many ultra-important lessons to be learned from Week 3 of the NFL preseason, as many teams have continued to sit starters on both sides of the ball in an effort to let the youngsters one last chance to get a place on the list.

A few things are worked out, though, and before we take a closer look, one potential storyline jumped off the screen: The Green Bay Packers are in deep trouble if Aaron Rodgers runs out of time. The 38-year-old veteran remains sharp, but the holy guacamole is Jordan Love unprepared for the NFL.

After a pandemic-hit rookie season in 2020 and a second campaign learning the ropes in a format still impacted, the return to normal in his third year appears to have done nothing for his maturation on the pitch. . The heir apparent wasn’t even the best reserve quarterback of the lot in Week 3. Although it was just one game, there weren’t many positives in career since the main substitute to suggest that this team would even be competent if something happened. at No. 12. Fingers crossed, the Packers don’t need to rely on love at any time this year.

New York Jets wide receiver Denzel Mims earns honorable mention for his 7-102-1 line against the New York Giants. It was a quality display from a former top prospect whose near future is likely with a different ball club, although he still has no fantasy value at the moment.

In any case, what else have we learned that will impact fantasy football projects in the 2022 drafts and beyond?

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Sam Howell gives commanders hope

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Yes, it’s pre-season. Yes, it’s a replacement. Yes, he is currently a third stringer. However, the point here is that in two of the three exhibition appearances, the rookie acquitted himself well. It wouldn’t matter if Washington’s starting quarterback wasn’t Carson Wentz. Howell completed 24 of 35 attempts for 280 yards and a touchdown. He added a team-best 62 yards rushing on eight bins, but Commanders returned five sacks from Howell. While he’s unlikely to represent anything in the fantasy if he has a chance in the starting lineup this year, Howell’s preseason finale is encouraging for a break-ice emergency and life after Wentz.

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Tennessee’s future is bright

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Rookie quarterback Malik Willis’ preseason was mixed, but he looked decent enough against Arizona to provide hope for the future by connecting on 15 of 23 passes for 131 yards and a score. However, he threw a pick and took four sacks while averaging just 5.7 yards per attempt. The dynamic athlete showed his legs with 79 yards on four carries, which is how he will butter his bread early in his career.

Another rookie, wide receiver Treylon Burks, has endured a bumpy ride so far. He teased his fantasy potential in the third preseason contest by securing all three targets for 33 yards and a visit to the end zone. Granted, none of that work came with starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill, but it’s always positive to see this guy finally make plays on an NFL field.

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Baker Mayfield won’t be looking over his shoulder

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It’s not that there were necessarily many doubts about Mayfield being the 2022 starter after acquiring the trade, but Sam Darnold’s sprained ankle (over 4-6 weeks) gives to Baker a long track to establish himself without fear of losing the job following a bad game. Mayfield completed 9-for-15 passes for 89 yards and two scores against Buffalo backups, solidifying his hold. He’s far from perfect, but it’s a win for Carolina’s entire cast of fantastic assets.

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Demarcus Robinson emerges as a viable draft target

Robinson finished with four catches, 135 yards and a touchdown on six targets. No Lamar Jackson is to be noted, but that doesn’t automatically take away Robinson’s performance in Week 3 on a team desperately looking for someone not named Mark Andrews and Rashod Bateman to step in. Robinson flashed more than once during his NFL days, making the sixth-year pro an interesting deep-league driver, but it was a performance, and he’s not a lock to bring in the Tuesday’s final list.

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Jacoby Brissett will cripple talented Cleveland players

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Houston, we have a problem in Cleveland. Not this problem… well, sort of. Brissett’s departure is a byproduct of the situation, and his fear is a concern for the fantastic options on this list. This will lead to more defenders in the box to slow down a dangerous rushing attack, and receiving outlets will face suppressed potential. Amari Cooper’s potential is stunted, while younger options, like David Bell and Donovan Peoples-Jones, go from flier to undraftable. Cleveland really should make a move to improve the position, even this late in the game. Tight end David Njoku is pretty much the only reliable option from week to week.

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Isiah Pacheco etched his above a locker

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Kansas City hosted Green Bay and featured the rookie camp star in round seven as the main runner. Pacheco did not disappoint, rushing for 5.2 yards per carry on his 10 handles, including a long 13. Quality should secure his spot on the roster. The only question is whether he will be No. 2 or third on the depth chart after veteran Ronald Jones (8-43-0) finished on a high but still appears to be in the bubble. Jerick McKinnon could also be factored into the plans as a No. 2. If nothing else, Pacheco will find a kick-off return role and is one injury away from rushing the rock.

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Dameon Pierce shines again, but Marlon Mack won’t go quiet

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Houston head coach Lovie Smith brought Pierce into the second preseason contest after seeing enough in camp and opening week. The final saw the former Florida Gators return to the court once again, and again he did not disappoint. Against San Francisco, Pierce ran just six times but racked up 37 yards and a score, which should lock him into the RB1 role, but it’ll likely be more of a ‘1a’ as Mack serves as ” 1b”. The former Indianapolis speedster had 55 yards on 10 attempts and will carve out a change role in an effort to keep him healthy and productive. The real question comes down to how many touches this backfield can offer with a defense that will struggle to hold the offense in position to hit the ball.

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Jameis Winston in mid-season form

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After knee rehabilitation from a torn ACL in 2021 and a sprained foot that limited Winston’s availability on the court this summer, he came out shooting against the Los Angeles Chargers. The former Tampa Bay Buc went 4-for-4 and finished with 59 yards on a drive that resulted in a Mark Ingram TD dive. The rust has been removed, folks, and Jameis is ready to once again become famous in fantasy – which is great for all fantasy guns in this offense.

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Justin Fields is closer than many seem to believe

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Cleveland didn’t play all of its starting defense, but Fields still deserves credit for dropping a trio of touchdowns on a unit that fielded several NFL-level players. He was near perfect with a 14-for-16 day at the office, resulting in 156 yards and the aforementioned three scores against no interceptions. Fields didn’t even take a sack and, perhaps most impressive of all, averaged 9.8 yards per attempt. He even added 11 yards on two carries. It’s preseason and only one game, but there’s a lot more energy surrounding his draft stock ahead of the final 10 days of player draft.

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Tua-to-Tyreek should be A-OK

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Among the biggest stories of 2022, Tyreek Hill was traded to Miami. The transcendent question in all formats and fantasy circles is whether third-year pro Tua Tagovailoa can climb high enough to keep Hill from slipping into WR2 territory or worse. Miami took the pair out for a final tune-up against Philadelphia in what ended in a 48-10 shellacking. Tua missed just one of his seven throws and connected with Hill on two plays for 64 yards, just over half Tagovailoa’s yardage, en route to a perfect QB rating. The former Alabama southpaw also secured himself as the No. 2 fantasy passer on the rise.

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