With Chris Thompson out for the season, Washington rookie running back Samaje Perine is a must-own in all leagues.

Corey Coleman, WR, Cleveland Browns (20.1 percent): It didn’t take long for Coleman to assimilate back into the Browns’ offense, as he posted six catches for 80 yards on 11 targets, an impressive line in his first game since Week 2 and especially against an incredible Jaguars secondary.

After the Eagles finished last season a lackluster 7-9, Roseman was on the hot seat, but he was granted another year because he had a coach and quarterback in their rookie seasons. Now, Wentz is blossoming and leading the team’s dramatic change in fortune. The Eagles are coming off their bye week at 8-1, the best record in the NFL.

It’s not fair or fun to bury Peterman, who was rushed onto an NFL field long before he was ready. The coaches who buried Taylor by knocking him for projected skills Peterman clearly doesn’t yet have deserve the blame for lighting their quarterback room on fire. Even worse, McDermott didn’t regret the decision after the game, chalking the result up to a bad outcome as opposed to a wrong call.

He rated at minus-7 defensive runs saved in 2017 — that’s seven runs below average. He rated minus-6 in 2016 and plus-1 in 2015. That’s one system. UZR graded him at minus-0.3 runs in 2017, minus-8.4 in 2016 and plus-1.0 in 2015.

Taylor also supposedly missed open receivers in the flow of the offense, which is true of every quarterback in the league and would be reflected in his impressive statistics if it were truly a hindrance. (And these were the best of what were admittedly some truly bad arguments.)

Hosmer is or isn’t a good defensive first baseman. Maybe you like defensive metrics or maybe you don’t, but the metrics almost always match the reputation of a player. Those with good defensive reputations usually rate well in the metrics.avalanche_420

Browns want Peyton Manning in major front office role, report says

When it comes to bringing in quarterbacks, few do it more often than the Cleveland Browns. However, the next QB they want won’t step on the field.

Despite their brutal lack of success, the Browns have a nice defensive cornerstone in place with Myles Garrett and will likely have the top pick (again) in the 2018 draft where they could take a shot (again) at a franchise quarterback like Sam Darnold or Josh Rosen.

Manning once turned around a losing franchise in Indianapolis, could he pull it off again in Cleveland?

With four top-10 teams and seven of the top 17 NBA draft prospects, as well as numerous sleepers who could emerge down the line, top-level executives and decision-makers from all 30 NBA teams will be scouting the event, despite its being held over a holiday.

Marcus Mariota completed 22 of 33 passes for 306 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions, adding 5 yards and one score on five carries against Pittsburgh on Thursday. Mariota now has 12 touchdowns (eight passing) and 10 interceptions in nine games this season. Granted, he missed one game, but Mariota sits 17th among quarterbacks in fantasy points this season. He has managed at least 13 fantasy points in eight of his nine outings but hasn’t finished a week ranked better than 11th in points at the position since Week 1.

Johnny Gaudreau’s 10-game point streak ended for the Flames.

The move was made as the Phillies added right-handers Seranthony Dominguez, Franklyn Kilome, Jose Taveras and left-hander Ranger Suarez to their 40-man roster.

By adding the pitchers to their 40-man roster, the Phillies protect them from being selected by another team in next month’s Rule 5 draft. The deadline to set rosters before the draft is Monday at 8 p.m. ET.nationals_001

Browns have made enough moves in 2017 to stop being the Browns

The Cleveland Browns will improve in 2017. After a 1-15 season, they have few other options.

But while the NFL’s most-maligned franchise may not be ready for a miraculous run to the playoffs, general manager Sashi Brown has made a handful of moves slated to move the club from the bottom of the power rankings. Free agent additions like Kevin Zeitler, JC Tretter and Jason McCourty have given the team a steady foundation of impact veterans who can lead a roster. Those aggressive moves have paid off even more in the draft, where a loaded 2017 class has provided an instant infusion of young talent.

The climaxes of these story arcs always occur conveniently when Buddy’s team is about to play the championship game. Every time he goes missing, everyone is worried that their team is going to lose. But it never feels like things will truly go wrong, because everything always works out in the end and Buddy’s team wins.

Aside from Snively, the villains are the weakest parts of the series. Their only purpose is slapstick comedy. I wish they created suspense out of the sports scenes instead, but maybe I’m asking for too much. These are kids’ movies, and you can’t deny kids the chance to see two guys drive off a ramp and into a mud pool.
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In World Pup, the best player on Josh’s high school soccer team happens to be a girl. In Seventh Inning Fetch, Josh’s baby sister, Andrea, and her best friend, Tammy, join the middle school baseball team with male teammates and a female coach. In Spikes Back, Andrea joins a summer league volleyball team that’s filled with girls and boys. All of this is treated as normal, and the fans who watch these teams don’t question (and why would they?) why girls and boys are on the same sports team. They just love watching these athletes play, and it’s a really cool thing to see.patriots_105-180x180

Nelson hits PUP after tweaking non-ACL knee

Jordy Nelson’s much-anticipated return to the field will come later than expected.

NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo reported Tuesday from Packers camp that the Green Bay wideout recently tweaked his knee working out, which prompted the team to place him on the PUP list.

Thankfully for Nelson, though, the injury is to his left knee — not his surgically repaired right one — leaving the receiver to say: “It’s not the ACL. No one needs to freak out.”

Said Nelson: “I’m not going into details of stuff. You guys know I don’t like to talk about injuries. I’ve already had to give you more than what I wanted to, to be honest. But we’re all on the same page, we’re going to be back hopefully — not worried about it.”

Nelson went on to call the setback a mere “hiccup,” joking: “I hate the hiccups. They’re so annoying, aren’t they?”

He doesn’t appear alarmed, but any complication for the 31-year-old Nelson is enough to keep Packers fans up at night. Still, it’s actually encouraging that the pass-catcher’s latest issue has nothing to do with the ACL.

“Obviously I want to be out there and the more practices you have, the better,” Nelson said of missing reps with quarterback Aaron Rodgers. “But it’s nothing we’re panicking about right now. As long as we’re on the same page mentally, it’ll carry over to the game.”

It’s not a sunny development for Nelson, but we fully expect him to be ready for the start of the season, which should help this once-explosive offense turn last year’s troubles into a memory.

Here are other injuries we’re tracking on Tuesday:

1. The Indianapolis Colts placed defensive tackle Henry Anderson and tight end Darion Griswold on the PUP list. The Colts also moved safety Clayton Geathers to the non-football injury list.

2. Safety Tyrann Mathieu, cornerback Justin Bethel, defensive tackle Frostee Rucker and linebacker Zack Wagenmann were placed on the PUP list, the Arizona Cardinals announced.

I’ll be off that list shortly… I got work to do…