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Another great NFL quarterback had some <a href=""></a> nice things to say about Houston Texans’ rookie Deshaun Watson.

Just last week New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had plenty of nice things to say about Houston Texans’ rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson.

With Watson and the Texans set to face off against the New Orleans Saints on Saturday, both teams held a joint practice this week.

Saints quarterback and future Hall of Famer Drew Brees had some encouraging things to say about Watson.

From the Houston Chronicle:

Watson hasn’t been perfect during the preseason so far, but that’s not a surprise given the fact that he’s a rookie and there is a learning curve.

The good news is that it looks like the NFL stage is not too big for Watson and he’s up to the challenge.

Most importantly I think Watson has the confidence in <a href=""></a> himself that will help him be successful in the NFL.

While I really thought Watson would be the Texans’ starter heading into the regular season, Tom Savage has surprised us all and has solidified his spot as the No. 1 quarterback in Houston.


HOUSTON (AP) — D'Onta Foreman's <a href=""></a> performance through Houston's first two preseason games has many raving about the rookie.

Texans coach Bill O'Brien is not among them.

"That's the second preseason game ... he's got a lot of talent, but I think he's got a long way to go," O'Brien said.

While O'Brien was careful not to heap too much praise upon the running back so early, it's hard to deny that he's been one of the most impressive performers for the Texans so far.

The third-round pick from Texas ran for 76 yards in the first preseason game before grabbing two receptions for 66 yards and rushing for a 4-yard touchdown on Saturday against the Patriots.

A highlight against New England came when he caught a short pass from fellow rookie Deshaun Watson and broke several tackles before rumbling for a 63-yard gain that set up a touchdown by Watson.

With that 63-yard reception and a 41-yard run in the first preseason game, Foreman has the longest run and the longest reception by a Texan in the preseason.

Despite his early success, Foreman knows that he needs to do much more if he hopes to contribute this season. He was asked what area he needs to improve on most.

"I would say everything," he said. "I can never be complacent. I can always get better in every aspect of the game. I did some things well, but I feel like I can pick some of my holes better (and) I feel like I can protect the ball better. <a href=""></a> Sometimes I was kind of loose with that ... I feel like there's always things I can fix."

Foreman joined the Texans after rushing for 2,028 yards with 15 touchdowns as a junior for the Longhorns last season to win the Doak Walker Award given to the country's best running back.

He joined a backfield which features Lamar Miller, who ran for 1,073 yards last season. While Miller is entrenched as the starter, Foreman could be a nice change of pace back to take some of the load off Miller after he was sixth in the NFL with a career-high 268 carries last year.

Miller likes what he's seen from Foreman so far.

"He's been doing a great job getting adjusted to the NFL (and) ... learning his assignments and just going out there and playing fast," Miller said. "I think he's been doing a great job in practice and ... he just has to keep getting better."

Foreman has already learned a lot not only from Miller, but also from fourth-year pro Alfred Blue and said the bond among the running backs has been growing since he arrived.

"Funny guys. Lot of funny guys. But it's great," Foreman said. "I learn from those guys every day and they teach me a lot. Great chemistry. I talk to those guys about everything. We're always laughing and joking. They're great guys."

Foreman is sure to get a lot of work in Houston's last two preseason games, and while O'Brien isn't overly complimentary of the rookie, he <a href="">Andy Lee Authentic Jersey</a> certainly sees the potential in the 21-year-old.

"If he continues to work hard and learn and pay attention in the meetings and do all the things that we're asking him to do ... I think that he'll be a good player. But I think this is just one step along the way and hopefully it continues."

Eight running backs selected in the 2017 NFL draft continue to turn heads in practice and preseason games. NFL Nation reporters <a href=""></a> break down each rookie, including first-round choices Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey, and the impact they could have this season:

How big of a role will your rookie RB have this season?

Fournette is going to be the Jaguars’ main back in 2017, even with former second-round pick T.J. Yeldon and 2016 free-agent signee Chris Ivory on the roster. The expectation is Fournette will get at least 250 carries, and he also should be the Jaguars’ first option on the goal line, which is great for fantasy owners.

What is the biggest concern at this point?

Fournette’s performance behind a shaky offensive line. The unit got handled by the Bucs’ defensive front in a preseason game, and the team has not decided on a starter at left guard. Fournette isn’t going to have a lot of space in which to work at the line of scrimmage.

What are his coaches and teammates saying about him?

Fournette’s study habits, his maturity and the way he conducts himself make him seem like a veteran. “Can’t even tell [he’s under any pressure],” said tight end Marcedes Lewis, who is entering his 12th season. “You can’t even tell with him. That’s what I like about him.”

Panthers reporter David Newton on Christian McCaffrey:

How big of a role will your rookie <a href=""></a> running back have this season?

On a scale of 1 to 10, around 15. McCaffrey will line up in the I-formation, next to the quarterback in the shotgun, at slot receiver and wide receiver, and behind center in the Wildcat formation. The screen pass that’s collected dust the past few years now is a weapon. McCaffrey will be a fantasy point-producing machine.

What is the biggest concern at this point?

Trying to find enough ways to keep McCaffrey on the field. This really isn’t a concern because offensive coordinator Mike Shula lines McCaffrey up everywhere but the offensive line, and that may have crossed his mind. The only thing more impressive than McCaffrey on the field is his preparation.

What are his coaches and teammates saying about him?

This from running back Jonathan Stewart sums up what most in the organization think: “I can tell you now there’s not going to be anybody in this league that can cover him one-on-one.’’ Everyone, from coach Ron Rivera to middle linebacker <a href="">Johnny Cueto Jersey</a> Luke Kuechly, says McCaffrey is “special,” particularly with his first move, which Kuechly calls “shake.”


The new White House Chief of Staff <a href=""></a> John Kelly is moving to impose complete control over the flow of documents to Trump's desk, Politico reports. A White House source, who is familiar with the process, confirmed the story to Axios.

Key details:

"In a conference call last week, Kelly initiated a new policymaking process in which just he and one other aide — White House staff secretary Rob Porter, a little-known but highly regarded Rhodes Scholar who overlapped with Jared Kushner as an undergraduate at Harvard — will review all documents that cross the Resolute Desk."

"The new system, laid out in two memos co-authored by Kelly and Porter and distributed to Cabinet members and White House staffers in recent days, is designed to ensure that the president won't see any external policy documents, internal policy memos, agency reports, and even news articles that haven't been vetted."

Why this matters: Kelly is simply instituting <a href=""></a> normal White House procedures; but that's a big step from the early freewheeling days of the Trump Administration. In those early, messy, months, Oval Office visitors had no trouble sliding mischievous documents onto the president's desk. Some of these documents were news stories from controversial sources — including one by the internet provocateur Charles Johnson, accusing former deputy chief of staff, Katie Walsh, of leaking.

As Shane Goldmacher, who is now with the NYT, details in this May piece, these planted stories have been destructive: "A news story tucked into Trump's hands at the right moment can torpedo an appointment or redirect the president's entire agenda. Current and former Trump officials say Trump can react volcanically to negative press clips, especially those with damaging leaks, becoming engrossed in finding out where they originated."

Such shadow knifings won't happen so much <a href="">Lawrence Taylor Jersey</a> during office hours; but late at night on the phone to Trump — that's another story.

Los Angeles Rams’ rookie receiver <a href=""></a> Josh Reynolds had three catches for 71 yards in a 21-19 loss to San Diego, including a 38-yard touchdown catch. One of his catches was a 17-yarder on third-and-2.

“I think there was a couple of plays at the end of the first half that he’d like to have back,” said Rams’ coach Sean McVay on the team’s website. “But, to Josh’s credit, he came back, he made a great catch on the crossing route, held onto the football and then he comes back and responds by finishing [the touchdown drive] up with a great route.”

•Kansas City defensive back Steven Terrell had three tackles in a 26-13 loss to Seattle.

•Arizona’s Ricky Seals-Jones had a 9-yard catch in the Cardinals’ 24-14 victory over Atlanta. Cornerback Brandon Williams had a tackle. Trevor Knight was 0-for-2 passing.

•Pittsburgh’s Trey Williams had three punt returns for 10 yards in a 19-15 loss to Indianapolis. He also had a 10-yard catch.

•Tampa Bay safety Justin Evans had a tackle in a 13-9 loss to Cleveland.

•Dallas wide receiver Uzoma Nwachukwu had <a href=""></a> two catches for 7 yards in a 24-20 victory over Oakland. Cowboys defensive end Damontre’ Moore had two tackles, including a sack. Dallas safety Jameill Showers had a tackle and pass deflection.

•The Los Angeles Chargers’ Drew Kaser averaged 50.5 yards on two punts.


CINCINNATI (AP) — On his 10th try, Gerrit Cole finally beat the Cincinnati Reds. And he pretty much had to do it by himself.

Cole ended his career-long futility against <a href=""></a> the Reds by hitting a homer , pitching seven innings and leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 1-0 victory Saturday night.

"That's the old thing: When something like this happens, you joking say he Little Leagued them," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "He shut 'em out and hit a homer. That's impressive."

Cole (11-8) was 0-6 against Cincinnati in nine starts, including a loss earlier this season. He broke through by holding down a lineup that had scored nine runs the previous night. Cole gave up five hits, didn't walk a batter and fanned six.

Box score:Pirates 1, Reds 0

He also connected for his first homer of the season and the third of his career off Luis Castillo (2-7) in the sixth, getting around on a 95 mph fastball. It was Cole's first homer since May 26, 2016, against Arizona at PNC Park.

Cole has had so little practice at his home run trot that he stumbled rounding second base.

"I almost broke my ankle at second base and I think (Cincinnati's) Scooter Gennett was laughing at me," Cole said. "It doesn't happen very often. It's cool being in the box and hearing the sound off the bat."

The last time an opposing pitcher homered to beat the Reds 1-0 was 1983, when the Dodgers' Bob Welch connected off Mario Soto, according to information from the Elias Sports Bureau provided by the Reds. It was the first time in Pirates history that a pitcher drove in all Pittsburgh's runs in a shutout victory.

"I made a mental mistake," Castillo said. "He was leading off and I threw a fastball right down the middle and he hit it out of the park."

Cole is 8-0 in his last nine road starts. The last Pirates pitcher to win eight straight road decisions was Don Robinson in 1982.

Juan Nicasio and Felipe Rivero completed the <a href=""></a> five-hitter, with the left-hander getting his 15th save in 16 chances.

The Pirates won for only the third time in 13 games against their Ohio River rivals this season, and did it with minimal offense. Pittsburgh hit just four balls out of the infield — including Cole's homer — in seven innings against Castillo, who matched his career high by fanning nine.

Pittsburgh has lost 10 of its last 14 games, fading out of the NL Central race. The last-place Reds are 16-26 since the All-Star break.


Cincinnati left fielder Adam Duvall threw out Josh Bell at the plate as he tried to score on David Freese's single in the fourth inning. It was the 13th time Duvall has thrown out a baserunner this season, the most by a major league outfielder. Duvall's 13 assists are the most by a Reds outfielder since Jay Bruce had that many in 2013.


It was the 21st 1-0 game in Great American Ball Park's 15-year history. ... Joey Votto's streak of reaching base in 29 straight games was snapped. ... Eugenio Suarez's career-high 10-game hitting streak ended.


RHP Nefi Ogando was reinstated from the 60-day DL and outrighted to Triple-A Louisville. He's been sidelined since April 2 with a sprained right thumb.


Pirates: C Francisco Cervelli went back on the 10-day DL with a sore left thigh. He came off the disabled list Friday after recovering from a sore wrist, and hurt his thigh while running the bases. C Elias Dias was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis. ... OF Gregory Polanco, on the DL for the second time because of a strained left hamstring, did some agility drills and took batting practice but isn't close to returning. ... Wade LeBlanc, on the DL with a strained left thigh, threw 45 pitches in a simulated game. He's eligible to be activated on Monday.

Reds: RHP Homer Bailey expects to start Wednesday against the Mets. He left his outing last Tuesday against the Cubs after only <a href="">Curtis Samuel Womens Jersey</a> three innings because of discomfort in the back of his pitching shoulder. The Reds are giving him a couple extra days to recover.


Pirates: RHP Jameson Taillon is 1-2 in his career against the Reds with a 7.01 ERA. He's made three starts against them this season, going 0-2 while allowing 16 runs in 14 2/3 innings.

Reds: RHP Tyler Mahle makes his major league debut. Chad Wallach, who caught him at Triple-A Louisville this season, will be behind the plate. Wallach's father, former major leaguer Tim Wallach, is planning to attend. Wallach is a Marlins coach.


Wide receiver Trey Griffey, son of Ken Griffey Jr., has <a href=""></a> signed a contract with the Miami Dolphins, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Time

Trey Griffey, a wide receiver and the son of Hall of Fame outfielder and former Cincinnati Reds and Moeller High School star Ken Griffey Jr. and grandson of Reds Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Sr., signed with the Miami Dolphins, the team confirmed Tuesday via Twitter.

The Colts waived Trey in June after signing him in May as an undrafted free agent.

Trey had 23 catches for 382 yards and two touchdowns last season at Arizona and was an honorable mention all-Pac-12 selection. A season earlier, he caught 11 passes for 284 yards, but missed part of it because of a broken <a href=""></a> foot. In 2014, he had 31 catches for 405 yards.

Trey was drafted in June of 2016 by the Seattle Mariners in the 24th round of the Major League Baseball draft.

There are many positives with the Nashville <a href=""></a> Predators as they enter the 2017-18 season. But, let’s not use the “D” word yet.

In today’s NHL, the Nashville Predators are the talk of the league. After their first appearance in the Western Conference Final – and winning it – the team is one being discussed as a championship contender. Each of the last few seasons, the Predators have made progress. Better defense. Young elite scoring threats. All of that lead to the team’s first Stanley Cup appearance.

With all the talk, one word keeps coming up. Dynasty. The word means “a line of rulers,” and comes the the Greek meaning “power.” ESPN’s Josh Cooper wrote an article on why the Predators are the favorites to be the next dynasty.

Like you, I am a sports fan. Baseball, football, hockey, golf. Love to watch and play them. Teams? Chicago Cubs and Indianapolis Colts. Have been fans of those teams for a long, long time.

The Colts were “the” team of the 2000’s and early 2010’s. Peyton Manning. Marvin Harrison. Dwight Freeney. Jeff Saturday. Reggie Wayne. Bob Sanders. Dallas Clark. Robert Mathis. They were the team that was suppose to win multiple championships. Tom Brady got in the way.

The Colts won a single Super Bowl.

The Cubs finally won their World Series. And, they appear primed to win another in the next few years. Maybe this year, but maybe not.

Here is the thing: fans and sports-pundits all said these teams where the next “dynasty.” They both only won a single championship. At least so far.

The Predators: none. Of course, we know this. Chicago Blackhawks fans are notorious for reminding us how far apart we are from them in terms of titles. Predator fans just sweep them aside at this point and focus on what the team does have right now.

We have hope

No. The Predators did not win the Stanley <a href=""></a> Cup. However, they MADE the Stanley Cup. Even though the Pittsburgh Penguins rode away with the massive trophy in hand, Nashville and the Predators were the talk of the playoffs. The massive watch parties in the streets. The electric atmosphere. And the way the Predators played throughout the series. There is a lot to be proud of.

Now, the core of the team is set for many years. Yes, there are three 30-goal scoring players under contract for at least the next five years. Other key offensive players are under control for three years. Three-fourths of top defensive lines are together for three years as well.

And starting goalie Pekka Rinne is under contract for two more years.

All in all, the roster is filled with great talent with team-friendly deals. And room left to add if David Poile chooses.

So, there is a window of opportunity for the Predators. But, in order to use the “d” word, they Predators must win. And that win must include holding the Stanley Cup at the end. Then, and only then, the team will hold the power over the NHL.

While I want the Predators to win the Cup, and do it several times, to be a dynasty is difficult. To really think about it, the last TRUE dynasties in sports were the Boston Celtics or the UCLA Bruins, both winning double digit titles in 12 year periods.

The Penguins hold the rights to the <a href="">Trai Turner Authentic Jersey</a> word dynasty right now. They have earned it. Can the Predators win the right to the term later? Absolutely. Until they win one, the term is not needed.

METAIRIE, La. - The Texans have <a href=""></a> an enviable running back situation, one bolstered by the presence of Pro Bowl alternate Lamar Miller and the arrival of rookie D'Onta Foreman.

At least temporarily, though, their backfield depth has been thinned by injuries.

Texans backup running back Alfred Blue left practice early Thursday against the New Orleans Saints to have his ankle examined.

Foreman didn't practice due to a leg injury. The Texas City native has dealt with a tight groin over the past week, but it's not regarded as serious.

The third-round draft pick from Texas has had an impressive preseason, breaking tackles, showing elusiveness and speed in the open field and an ability to catch passes that wasn't evident when he was playing for the Longhorns.

Reserve running back Akeem Hunt, the <a href=""></a> Texans' fastest running back, is recovering from a hamstring injury.

And undrafted rookie running back Dare Ogunbowale left practice with trainers, walking off under his own power after getting shaken up during a non-contact drill.

Meanwhile, the following players didn't practice: wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins (hand), Braxton Miller (ankle), Will Fuller (broken collarbone), Riley McCarron, tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz (quadriceps), punter Cory Carter (hip flexor), cornerbacks Robert Nelson (hamstring) and Denzel Rice (ankle), safeties Malik Smith and <a href="">Brenton Bersin Womens Jersey</a> Lonnie Ballentine (knee), linebackers Sio Moore (hamstring), Gimel President and Dayon Pratt (ankle).


Giancarlo Stanton is turning home run <a href=""></a> hitting into a performance art. He has 23 home runs over his past 41 games and a career-high 46 in 123 games this season. Due to his recent push, Stanton has a chance to reach one of baseball's rarest milestones: the 60-homer season.

The pursuit

In the month of August, Stanton has an MLB-leading 13 homers, including setting the Marlins' record with home runs in six consecutive games between August 10 and 15. This month, Stanton is averaging a staggering 6.1 at-bats per home run, meaning that during this month, chances are if you go see the Miami Marlins play, you'll see a Stanton homer.

Stanton needs 14 home runs in the <a href=""></a> Marlins' final 37 games to reach 60 homers, something that hasn't been accomplished since Barry Bonds (73) and Sammy Sosa (64) reached the mark in the 2001 season.

Outside of the span between 1998 and 2001, when the mark was reached six total times by the trio of Bonds, Sosa and Mark McGwire, the number has only been reached twice: in 1927 by Babe Ruth (60) and in 1961 by Roger Maris (61).

Stanton has played 123 of the Marlins' 125 games this season. If he maintains his current rate of home runs per game and games played, he <a href="">Charles Johnson Jersey</a> would hit 59 home runs. Playing all 37 games puts him on pace for 60 homers.


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