NFL news: New England Patriots top power rankings, Antonio Brown latest, Cam Newton injured, and New York Giants bench Eli Manning

17 Sep

New England Patriots remain top of the NFL.com power rankings after their dominant 43-0 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday night.

There is, though, a new No.2 on the list with the Kansas City Chiefs leapfrogging the Los Angeles Rams on the list.

New England were victorious on Sunday night
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The New Orleans Saints were the biggest fallers of the week with a loss to the Rams compounded by an injury to Drew Brees which will likely keep the quarterback out for six weeks, and possibly more.

Brees, 40, has previously only missed one match in his 19-year NFL career.

Antonio Brown latest

According to reports, Britney Taylor, the woman who has accused Patriots wide receiver Brown of rape in a civil lawsuit last week, has completed talks with league investigators.

Brown has denied the allegations made against him and there is currently no criminal investigation into the accusations.

Brown scored his first touchdown for the Patriots against Miami at the weekend
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Cam Newton a doubt for week 3?

Carolina Panthers superstar quarterback Newton might be absent for their clash with the Arizona Cardinals.

The Panthers confirmed on their official website the 30-year-old was not at practice when the session opened on Tuesday morning.

It’s believe an aggravated foot injury now has him a doubt for the weekend’s game. If he were to miss out, backup Kyle Allen would likely start.

Newton has struggled so far this season as he returns from off-season shoulder surgery.

Newton has not had the best start to the season
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New York Giants bench Eli Manning

There will be a change of quarterback for the Giants after a 0-2 start to the new season.

Two-time Super Bowl winner Manning is now out with rookie Daniel Jones, no. 6 pick in the 2019 draft, starting in week three.

“Eli and I spoke this morning,” coach Pat Shurmur said Tuesday in a statement. “I told him that we are making a change and going with Daniel as the starter. I also talked to Daniel.

“Eli was obviously disappointed, as you would expect, but he said he would be what he has always been, a good teammate, and continue to prepare to help this team win games. Daniel understands the challenge at hand, and he will be ready to play on Sunday.”

Manning will be a mentor to Jones
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Steelers trade for Dolphins star Minkah Fitzpatrick

Miami have lost another star with safety Fitzpatrick joining Laremy Tunstil and Kenny Stills on the list of players who have now quit the club this season.

The 22-year-old felt it was ‘time to move on’ following reported issues since the arrival of coach Brian Flores.

Fitzpatrick moves to Pittsburgh along with a 2020 fourth-round pick and a 2021 seventh-round pick, in exchange for a first- and fifth-round pick in 2020 and 2021 sixth-round pick.

NFL player Corey Ballentine shot in Kansas just hours after being drafted by New York Giants

29 Apr

An American football player has been shot just hours after being drafted by NFL‘s New York Giants.

Corey Ballentine was chosen by the Giants as the 180th pick on Saturday, and the club confirmed they have been in contact with Ballentine since the shooting.

“The Giants are aware of the situation and have spoken to sixth-round pick Corey Ballentine after he was shot,” a Giants spokesperson said.

“We have spoken to Corey, and he is recovering in the hospital.”

The shooting took place in Topeka, Kansas, with one fatality reported. Dwane Simmons, a 22-year-old former college team-mate of Ballentine’s and current Washburn University defensive back, is understood to have died on the street in the early hours of Sunday morning.

A Washburn University statement read: “We come to you this morning with sad and difficult news. Early this morning two of our students were the victims of an off-campus shooting.

“Dwane Simmons, a junior and a member of the football team, was killed in the incident. In addition, Corey Ballentine, a senior, was injured.

“Any time we lose a student it is a sad occasion, but it is particularly poignant to lose a student through such a senseless act.

“Both Dwane and Corey have been great examples and representatives of the football team and of Washburn University in general.

“This was a terrible way to end a day which should have been a day of celebration and a day to look forward to Dwane’s upcoming year at Washburn and the beginning of Corey’s professional career.”

Craig Schurig, the Washburn coach, said: “Heartbreaking news about Dwayne Simmons.

“Dwane is one of the most energetic and well-liked players I have ever coached at Washburn. Dwane’s infectious smile and love for football and his teammates was truly inspirational.

“Our prayers of healing go out to his family, his parents Navarro and Yasmine Simmons and Chaquilla Williams.”

Kyler Murray: Oklahoma quarterback taken first overall by Arizona Cardinals in 2019 NFL draft

26 Apr

Kyler Murray became the first man to be picked in the first round of both the NFL and MLB drafts.

The quarterback out of Oklahoma was taken first overall by the Arizona Cardinals in the early hours of Friday morning.

Kyler Murray was the number one overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft
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Speculation had been growing for weeks that the Cards would select the Heisman Trophy winner as their number one pick despite trading up last year’s draft to get Josh Rosen in the number 10 spot.

Murray was selected ninth overall in the 2018 MLB draft by the Oakland Athletics but continued with football at Oklahoma where he became a star quarterback.

Murray won the Heisman Trophy as Oklahoma’s quarterback
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He passed for more than 4,000 yards with 42 touchdowns and rushed for 1,000 yards with another 12 scores.

Questions had been raised about his height and that his 5ft 10 statue would hold him back from being an NFL quarterback.

His multi-sport talent is undeniable and could be a star of the future for the Cardinals who are looking to turn their fortunes around under new head coach Kliff Kingsbury.

If he ever wants to return to baseball in the future, the A’s will retain his rights.

It is the second year in a row that the Oklahoma Sooners have had their quarterback taken as the first overall selection in the NFL draft.

Baker Mayfield, who also won the Heisman Trophy that year, was picked by the Cleveland Browns.

Baker Mayfield was the number one selection in last year’s draft
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Three quarterbacks were taken in round one of the 2019 NFL draft with the New York Giants surprising a lot of people by taking Duke’s Daniel Jones with the sixth overall selection.

Many analysts and experts did not see Jones going in the first round let alone in the top 10.

The Washington Redskins hope they have found their franchise quarterback after picking up Dwayne Haskins at 15th spot.

Dwayne Haskins was drafted by the Washington Redskins
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The Ohio State Buckeyes man was seen by some as the top passer in this class but slipped down the board.

The Redskins are in desperate need of their signal caller of the future with Alex Smith still recovering from a serious leg injury and journeyman Case Keenum being signed as a temporary fix.

Edge rusher Nick Bosa, also from Ohio State, was the second overall pick as he was selected by the San Francisco 49ers while the New York Jets picked up Quinnen Williams, from Alabama, at three.

The New York Giants traded Odell Beckham Jr to the Cleveland Browns in the off-season
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As part of the Giants trading Odell Beckham Jr to the Cleveland Browns they got their first round pick and decided to take Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, despite passing on top prospects higher up.

The Giants then traded back up the board to take cornerback Deandre Baker, from Georgia, at number 30.

Reigning Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots, picked up wide receiver N’Keal Harry with the final selection of the first round.

The second and third rounds of this year’s draft take place on Friday.

NFL Super Computer predicts every division ahead of the new season

5 Sep

The new NFL season is set to start with the Philadelphia Eagles hoping to retain the Super Bowl following their stunning triumph in February.

But they’re not going to have it their own way with the New England Patriots, still led by coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady, gunning for revenge having lost the showpiece in Minneapolis.

Quarterback NIck Foles lifts the Vince Lombardi trophy.

There will be others out to win the Vince Lombardi trophy with the Los Angeles Rams fancied among bookmakers, along with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Minnesota Vikings.

Meanwhile, the Jacksonville Jaguars, who you can hear live on talkSPORT 2 every week as part of our NFL coverage, are also in with a chance thanks to their stunning defense.

But how will the eight divisions of the NFL look at the end of the regular season?

We got talkSPORT’s world famous Super Computer on the case and it’s given us the standings below.

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