Quarterback Deshaun Watson’s rise was halted by a torn ACL last season, but Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins expects his teammate to pick up right where he left off.
Hopkins caught seven touchdowns from Watson in the first seven games of the 2017 season and told the media Tuesday that he has spent some time thinking about what the two of them can accomplish over a full season.
The first two games of the series have drawn the smallest crowds in the history of 2-year-old SunTrust Park. While unseasonably cold weather could be blamed for Monday’s turnout of 17,812, the second game was played on a clear night with temperatures in the mid-60s. Even so, the announced crowd was just 17,913.
Phillies: RHP Pat Neshek played catch for the second day in a row as he attempts to come back from a strained right shoulder. There’s no timetable for his return from the disabled list. The 37-year-old Neshek was an All-Star last season, going 5-3 with a 1.59 ERA in 71 games split between Colorado and Philadelphia.
Elite Kids Will Fuller V Jersey Braves: LHP Luiz Gohara went 3 1/3 innings in a rehab start at Double-A Mississippi, taking the loss in an 8-4 setback to Pensacola. He surrendered five runs in the first inning, though only one was earned. The 21-year-old sprained his left ankle in spring training and is unlikely to join Atlanta rotation until at least early May.
A loyal PFT PM listener (a/k/a a member of the #PFTPMPosse) recently asked whether teams will know the full impact of the new helmet rule on the running game before the draft. They won’t 鈥?unless, of course, some teams have inside information about how the rule will finally look.
Elite Kids Jonnu Smith Jersey The Falcons, for example, should be grilling team CEO/Competition Committee chairman Rich McKay on the specific question of whether the rule will be applied literally and broadly. If it is, the running game necessarily will be impacted, since both running backs and would-be tacklers won’t be allowed to do what so many running backs and would-be tackled do between the tackles: Drop their helmets an instant before the point of impact.
If the running game will be de-emphasized by a rule that makes it harder to run the ball in and through the tackle box, that should be a factor when determining how to use draft assets. Quarterbacks, receivers, cornerbacks, free safeties, pass rushers, outside running backs, Jannik Hansen Womens Jersey and pass-catching tight ends become more relevant; bulldozing running backs, fullbacks, run-blocking offensive linemen, run-stuffing defensive linemen, slow-footed middle linebackers, inside-the-box strong safeties, and blocking tight ends become less relevant.