Guards at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Lancaster, Mass., find a shank in Hernandez’s cell during a search of his prison block. After the incident, he was taken out of the general population and put in an isolated unit.
Ernest Wallace, a friend of Aaron Hernandez, is acquitted of murder in the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. But Wallace is found guilty of being an accessory after the murder.
Jose Baez, the noted Florida attorney who defended Casey Anthony in 2011, is retained to serve as lead counsel for Hernandez during the former NFL star’s double-homicide trial.
After drawing just two targets during the Carolina Panthers’ week one win, Devin Funchess saw six targets in Week 2. The rise in targets is almost definitely attributable to Greg Olsen leaving the game early in the first quarter with a foot injury as all of Funchess’ targets subsequent to the injury. The best part of those targets is the depth at which they were thrown as five of those six targets came at least 13 yards down the field.
The depth of those targets is sweet, but this week’s opponent is sweeter. The New Orleans Saints’ passing defense can only be described as nonexistent. After finishing dead last in the league last year by allowing 274 passing yards per game, they’ve actually found a way to make that seem respectable as they’ve allowed a whopping 389 passing yards per game this year. -K.D.
Speaking of streaming against the Colts’ suspect defense, Higgins is a fun pairing with Kizer in deeper leagues given the instant rapport the two enjoyed in Week 2. Corey Coleman is headed to injured reserve, meaning a batch of meaningful targets are up for grabs in Cleveland. Higgins was targeted on a whopping 28.6 percent of his team-leading 35 routes in Week 2, evidence he might be the key beneficiary of Coleman’s absence over the next several weeks. -J.M.
As we expected, Moss responded to Griffin’s series of tweets. He spoke with CSN Mid Atlantic about his comments, and wanted to make it clear that he wasn’t trying to bad-mouth Griffin in the way he thought.
Moss says he believes RGIII should still be a starting quarterback, but points to how he handled Shanahan’s exit as a reason why he doesn’t have a job.
At this point, there isn’t much more to say on the situation. Moss and Griffin have each shared their thoughts, and it’s probably time to move on from this incident.
Goff, off and winless as a rookie, posted the type of nearly perfect performance that’s associated with the game’s elite QBs (22-of-28 passing, 292 yards, three TDs, 145.8 rating). He’s looking the part of franchise quarterback he was expected to be when LA drafted him No. 1 overall last year.
All that said, neither Goff or Gurley is close to being the Rams’ best player. That’s Aaron Donald, the most dominant defensive player in the league, who finished off the Niners’ furious comeback with a ferocious takedown of 49ers QB Brian Hoyer. Unfortunately for Donald, he hasn’t received the type of newfound support Goff and Gurley got, and that will dash any high hopes LA has for making the NFC playoffs.
Donald’s dominance aside, LA made Hoyer look like he was back with the Patriots and channeling Tom Brady. The 49ers had zero touchdowns in their first two games against Carolina and Seattle, two recent NFC powers with top defenses. They had five TDs against the Rams, and had game flow been different, Carlos Hyde would have gashed their run defense a lot more �� similar to how the Redskins powered through it in Week 2.
Bradford, seeking a second opinion, met on Friday with orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews, who performed the ACL repairs in 2013 and 2014 on the same left knee that has troubled Bradford since last week and caused him to miss Friday’s practice, team and league sources told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.
Bradford reported Friday morning to the team’s medical personnel that he was feeling fairly pronounced pain in his knee, a day after there was optimism expressed by Zimmer that the quarterback was feeling better and had a chance of playing Sunday.
It didn’t change, Zimmer said.
The Giants, who face the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, know a third straight loss to start the season would be demoralizing. Only three teams since the current playoff format was established in 1990 have started 0-3 and qualified for the playoffs.
Honestly, it’s a must-win game, Pierre-Paul said. We know we need this game. It’s a division game. I don’t see us going 0-3.
The primary reasons are the talent and personalities in the locker room. It goes along with coach Ben McAdoo’s belief that it is filled with talented men of integrity.
This has JPP believing a third straight loss isn’t on the horizon.
The players that we got, man. I don’t see it, Pierre-Paul said. The players that we got aren’t going to allow that. Even with our defense, we started off last year pretty bad. We picked it up. I don’t know how we picked it up. Just communication and Coach [Steve Spagnuolo] is giving us the right calls.
Tomlinson, the Chargers’ all-time rushing leader and a Pro Football Hall of Famer who’s now a TV analyst, let Elliott have it, saying he absolutely quit on his teammates.
And Tomlinson wasn’t alone.
The dean of NFL writers, The MMQB’s Peter King, singled out Elliott in his Monday Morning Quarterback column. Wrote King:
At the time of the interception, Harris was about five yards away from Elliott. Elliott immediately stopped and put his hands on his hips and didn’t chase Harris. Harris ran to his left, passing maybe four yards from Elliott at their closest point. Eventually, in a zig-zag course, Harris ran back to his right and was tackled by a Dallas lineman.
I was just like, ‘Wow! If I’d see my dad in that right now, I probably would have freaked out.’
Heyward has honored his father’s legacy by becoming one of the NFL’s premier defensive linemen. The Steelers will need that strong play to continue with fellow end Stephon Tuitt likely out for at least one game with a biceps injury suffered in Sunday’s 21-18 win over Cleveland.
Heyward praised Tuitt and congratulated him on the new five-year, $60 million contract extension he signed just before the regular-season opener. Heyward, though, also believes the Steelers can weather Tuitt’s absence because of the unit’s depth that includes Tyson Alualu, the former Jaguars first-round pick who notched five tackles in extensive snaps against the Browns.
The Redskins went into L.A. with the right plan of going power run-heavy to take pressure off Kirk Cousins in a new offense. It also better protects and rests their defense. Cousins will need to figure it out soon, however, with shootouts ahead.
If there’s any team built to recover from 0-2, it would be them, given how strong their defense is at full strength. The problem is the defenses of the Eagles, Chargers, Broncos and Seahawks can go after their struggling offense in four of the next five games. Big Blue might already have blown everything.
The Bills have tightened the screws defensively with their personnel responding to Sean McDermott, but their offensive limitations didn’t take long to manifest.
Ben Roethlisberger hasn’t exactly lit it up quite yet, and Le’Veon Bell has been running more in neutral. But they’re making plenty enough big plays on both sides of the ball with a much-improved defense overall.
You knew you were going to get that Tom Brady in New Orleans, making things look Big Easy again no matter what injuries befell them. Now it’s time for the defense to regroup and make a notable statement.
Jacksonville punctuated the victory with a fake punt on the last play of the third quarter, with Corey Grant taking a direct snap 58 yards before Fournette punched it in from the 3.
As proud as he is of Watson, Cam Newton and other black quarterbacks who followed his lead, Briscoe is encouraged by the support offered to today’s protesters by their white teammates and co-workers. It’s not just African-Americans speaking out; it’s society as a whole, he said. Back in the day we were alone in our protests and in our pain.