Greg Cosell’s Week 2 review: Sam Bradford was simply outstanding

The Minnesota Vikings traded for Sam Bradford and after about two weeks with the team — I’m guessing he had seven practices at most — they decided to start him against the Green Bay Packers.

And Bradford was outstanding.

LeGarrette Blount: He’s on pace for 408 carries, and while that will regress moving forward, expect another heavy workload in Week 3 with New England set to start either Jacoby Brissett or a hobbled Jimmy Garoppolo. Blount still offers zero as a receiver, but there’s 10-12 touchdown upside as the lead back in this offense, and his ADP didn’t come close to reflecting that.

Phillip Dorsett: If Donte Moncrief were to miss time with his shoulder injury, Dorsett becomes an immediate WR2 for fantasy purposes, especially in Week 3, as the Chargers/Colts over/under is 52 points. Dorsett is owned in just 42% of Yahoo leagues, and he could be a major difference maker should he enter Indy’s starting lineup.

“They shot and killed a man and walked around like it wasn’t a human being,” Kapernick told the San Francisco Chronicle. “People are being killed and not even being treated as human beings. No one went and checked on him, no one tried to resuscitate him. Nothing. They walked around, went about their business and made up lies to cover up the murder they just committed. That’s not right and they should be in prison for that.”

Kaepernick isn’t just kneeling during the anthem, he is speaking out about his cause and also donating to it. He pledged to give $1 million to different organizations, and told reporters on Tuesday he will give $100,000 per month for 10 months and a website will track which organizations his donations go to.

Here are other overreactions following Week 2:

OVERREACTION: The Browns are going 0-16. They couldn’t even win after taking a 20-0 lead at home against Baltimore.

REALISTIC REACTION: This will lead the list until Cleveland wins a game – in 2016 or 2017.

Texans DE J.J. Watt doesn’t plan to play any differently after surgery

HOUSTON — Though Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is recovering from back surgery, he insists nothing will change about the way he plays this season.

“I don’t think you are going to see any difference in games,” Watt said. “You wouldn’t notice anything different on game day and how I approach it. I am going to try and play every single play. I am going to play as hard as I possibly can.”

But though he will play just as hard, Watt said he will train smarter. “Where the change is going to come is in the offseason workouts, in the practice week and how I structure it and how I handle it,” Watt said. “I’ve gotten smarter. I’ve learned more about how to deal with my body and I’ve learned that I can’t just keep pounding, pounding, pounding and grinding through everything.

“I need to be smarter about what I do. I have a good plan in place now. I feel really good. Obviously, I have fresh legs right now. I’m going to carry this through the season.”

Watt, who is expected to play in the season opener Sunday against the Chicago Bears, said he feels like he can do “anything and everything” he is asked to do. “I feel no limitations whatsoever,” Watt said. “My body feels a lot better than it did the whole second half of last year. I’m a guy that likes to play every play. I’m a guy that likes to go out there and do whatever I can to help the team win. If they let me do that, great. If they put a play count on me, I’ll fight it as hard as I can.”

The turning point came during Super Bowl week in San Francisco, Watt said. Watt had been having a hard time getting out of bed and moving around. Watt said he and the Texans’ coordinator of rehabilitation, Roland Ramirez, had been working on an aggressive approach to his rehab, but he was not seeing a lot of progress.

“Ramirez and I had been working on something for a little while, and we’d been trying this method out and it really wasn’t showing a lot of results,” Watt said. “And one morning I woke up and all of a sudden, one thing I hadn’t been able to do since the surgery was lift my right leg straight up in the air. … And that morning I did it. I called him right away and sent him a video and I was like, ‘look.’ And so then I got up and tried some other stuff, and I actually did up-downs in the room, right there and I sent him a video of it. And I was like, dude, it worked.

“Everything that we did worked. And from that point forward, as soon as you get that little bit of light, it’s full steam ahead, and that’s what’s awesome.”

Watt had a second surgery in July to repair a herniated disk in his back. Watt said after going through that first surgery in January, the second procedure was much easier to get through.

Colts’ Vontae Davis week-to-week with right ankle sprain

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — If Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Breshad Perriman gets an extra step on a cornerback for a touchdown catch, it could be the result of dropping some pounds this offseason.

The lost weight didn’t come from a diet or increased exercise. It was a haircut.

The Colts plan to work out cornerback Antonio Cromartie, an NFL source said, confirming a report by the Indianapolis Star.

Cromartie was released by the New York Jets earlier this offseason, ending his return to the franchise after just one season.

Cromartie, 32, struggled in 2015, allowing a team-high seven touchdown passes, according to Pro Football Focus. He acknowledged at midseason that he wasn’t playing up to his standard.

In 15 games, Cromartie failed to record a single interception for the first time since his rookie season with the San Diego Chargers, in 2006. He made 26 solo tackles and had one fumble recovery. He also was the Jets’ leading kickoff returner, averaging 25.1 yards per return.

The wedding planner for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and singer Ciara said the couple initially planned to get married in North Carolina but changed locations because of the state’s transgender bathroom law.

“I did the whole thing — three times,” wedding planner Mindy Weiss told The Knot. “They were first getting married in North Carolina, but they called it off due to the transgender bathroom laws. But it was really done.”

Wilson and Ciara were then going to move the wedding to Paris, but it was Fashion Week. They ended up getting married in London.

Wilson spoke last month about the responsibility of athletes to promote social change.

“Well, I think we all have a responsibility,” he said. “It’s not just on athletes, it’s not just on coaches, it’s not just on anybody in particular. It’s on all of us. I think ultimately it comes down to love and appreciating one another and respect for one another.

“It’s an appreciation for society, an appreciation for the country we live in, an appreciation for the towns and cities that we live in. Ultimately, it comes down to all of us to make sure we appreciate one another.”

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RENTON, Wash. – Veteran defensive lineman Tony McDaniel has been out of work since the end of last season, but thanks in part to Snapchat, he now has a job with the Seattle Seahawks.

“[Seahawks director of pro personnel] Dan Morgan and I got into a text message exchange,” Canter said. “I said to them last week, ‘Hey, Tony’s going to be in town. It’s a free workout. Worst-case scenario, you bring him in, he looks like crap, he stays home. You don’t even have to pay for a flight.’ ”

Not after three successive struggles for Mike Krzyzewski’s squad.

Not after three very jittery fourth quarters in a row against teams from Australia, Serbia and France that really look like t-e-a-m-s.

“Obviously everybody wants us to win by a lot of points, but it’s not how it’s gonna go this time,” Team USA star forward Kevin Durant conceded Sunday after Tony Parker-less France refused to cave and fell just shy of a momentous upset in a 100-97 escape for the Yanks in these teams’ Group A finale.

“We’ve gotta be prepared for a grind-out game,” Durant continued. “I think we showed the last three games we can grind it out.”

Malik McDowell, on NFL draft: ‘If I’m not top three, I don’t leave’ Mich. St.

“The teammates I have the on-field stuff we do, the off-field stuff we do. Just good people around me. I can’t complain.”

As it stands now, sites like Walter Football, CBS Sports and the Big Lead have McDowell slotted at No. 12, while Sports Illustrated has him at No. 25. Mel Kiper, meanwhile, currently has the junior at No. 6 on his Big Board.

It’s easy for McDowell, whose name litters numerous preseason All-Amrican teams coming off a season in which he was named first-team All-Big Ten by a handful of organizations, to make such a statement in early August. Whether he makes the same claim come December and January is another matter entirely.

HOUSTON — Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler responded Monday to Broncos general manager John Elway’s comments that he was surprised that the quarterback seemed “bent out of shape” to be replaced by Peyton Manning in last season’s regular-season finale against the Chargers.

Although Osweiler answered when asked about Elway’s comments, he made it clear he was more interested in talking about his current team.

“The only thing I would say is what kind of competitor wouldn’t want to play in that situation?” Osweiler said. “Outside of that, I think I’ve answered all of those questions, we’re now in August, we just had a great training camp practice and I’m excited to play the 49ers coming up.”

New England Patriots

Tom Brady and Drew Brees. Bill Belichick and Sean Payton. Malcolm Butler and Brandin Cooks. The Patriots welcome the Saints to town for joint practices, marking the fourth time in the past six years they’ve done so, and there is no shortage of storylines. These teams have a productive working relationship. Here’s one storyline to follow: Third-year quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has had some rocky moments in each of the past three practices; does that continue against a Saints defense that is trying to turn things around after a forgettable 2015 season? — Mike Reiss

New York Jets

The Jets have an emerging right tackle issue. With starter Breno Giacomini (back) on the physically unable to perform list, and with no experienced backups, the Jets are monitoring other rosters for players who might shake free. Brent Qvale and Ben Ijalana are splitting reps, but neither one has allayed the team’s concerns. Giacomini, himself a marginal starter, has been dealing with back problems since the spring. — Rich Cimini

Long-time Packer favorite John Kuhn signing with Saints

Kuhn, 33, was still living in Green Bay and said last month that he was hoping for a chance to play for either the Packers or another team.

“At this point in my career, I want to play because I still enjoy it, I still love it, I’m still in shape, I’m still ready to go,” Kuhn said last month in an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “I [just] want to be on a team that I think can go somewhere and do some damage.”

The Saints’ primary fullback, Austin Johnson, suffered an unspecified injury in practice this week.

The Saints had only one other fullback on their roster: undrafted rookie Sione Houma. Fullback is a part-time position in their offense, and New Orleans often uses a tight end in the role. The team went four weeks last season without a fullback on the active roster.

Atlanta Falcons

1-10 percent: Matt Ryan looked to be on a much better track earlier in his career by virtue of Atlanta’s steady success, but he has spent the past three seasons playing on a losing team while posting a 105 NY/A+, roughly what Matthew Stafford has done over the same time span. With three Pro Bowls by 30, Ryan really needs an MVP or a Super Bowl and a few big years to reopen his candidacy. … Desmond Trufant is one of the best cornerbacks in football nobody ever talks about, but he’s years away from making a real case.

Julio Jones has put everything together over the past couple of seasons and produced a pair of dominant campaigns. His two-year totals add up to 240 catches, 3,464 yards and 14 touchdowns. The 2015 season was his first as a first-team All-Pro, though, and the long-term concerns surrounding his surgically repaired foot make it difficult to project him as a star for another decade. On talent alone, Jones is there, but his longevity remains in question. 35 percent

Dwight Freeney appeared to have his Hall run peter out from 2012 to 2014, when he accrued just nine sacks over a three-year stretch with the Colts and Chargers after averaging 10 per season before that. It appeared his career was done, but Freeney suddenly returned to form with eight sacks in 11 games for the Cardinals last season. The Falcons desperately need an edge rusher, so if Freeney can maintain that form with Atlanta, another season or two of production might be enough to get the seven-time Pro Bowler over the hump.

The Dallas Cowboys are in the market for a backup quarterback.

When you have coach Jason Garrett taking snaps at age 50 in training camp, you know it’s bleak.

However, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Dallas isn’t rushing to fill that veteran spot behind Tony Romo and the team will overturn every rock before making the best move.

With Brett Favre set to be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, it’s only natural that the man known for un-retiring would be asked if he might want to don the Cowboys’ No. 4 (sorry, Dak Prescott), right?

Fantasy Baseball: Pitcher BABIPs built to last?

The Mariners and Cardinals have the sixth- and seventh-lowest BABIPs, respectively, yet both teams are among the four worst defenses as measured by UZR/150. This is a particularly alarming development for Felix Hernandez and Carlos Martinez, especially since both are ground ball pitchers, and both team’s infields have struggled defensively. Hernandez has looked better in his last two starts, pitching with better control, but if the Mariners’ defense doesn’t improve, it might be for naught. Somehow, Hernandez has papered over his earlier struggles with a .239 BABIP, but an upward correction to that rate could overshadow any progress that he makes on his walk rate.

Martinez has not been getting swings and misses in the way he did last season, and his aversion to whiffing has intensified lately. He has induced only seven swings-and-misses in his last two starts. That trend is a troubling one for someone pitching in front of a porous defense.

Perhaps no pitcher is more deserving of a red flag than Matt Wisler. Though far from universally owned in CBSSports.com leagues, Wisler’s ownership rate is now a healthy 45 percent, as owners are starting to buy into his 3.14 ERA and 0.99 WHIP. His strong flyball tendencies should lead him to a lower-than-average BABIP, but a .224 rate goes a bit too far, especially given that the Braves have not had good defenders in the outfield corners.

The Cubs have the second-highest UZR/150 in the majors, but their staff’s .254 BABIP can’t be chalked up to great “D” alone. Jake Arrieta (.203 BABIP) and Jon Lester (.256 BABIP) have overperformed, but they will still be Fantasy aces when correction comes. John Lackey (.264 BABIP) may not be so lucky, especially as the season wears on, and he sees less of teams like the Braves, Padres and Reds.

As Heath mentioned in his piece, the potential for a chronically-high BABIP for Sonny Gray makes it hard to pursue him as a buy-low candidate, but he’s not the only early-rounder with that status. Even if Dallas Keuchel can get hitters to chase pitches out of the zone like he did last season, he could continue to suffer as a result of hits on balls in play. Keuchel is still good at inducing grounders, but the Astros’ strong outfield defense won’t be of much assistance. Their infield has been far less dependable, and there may not be much hope for Keuchel to reduce the .264 batting average he is allowing on ground balls. Even if Colin Moran supplants Luis Valbuena at third base, don’t expect an upgrade large enough to salvage Keuchel’s BABIP.

Just two years ago, the Indians had one of the worst defenses in the majors, but now they have one of the best. They are particularly strong in the infield, and that could only benefit Corey Kluber. Opponents are hitting just .205 against him on ground balls, and if he can lower his 23.4 percent line drive rate, he could sustain a lower-than-average BABIP rate.

The pitcher who may stand to gain the most Fantasy relevance thanks to his outfield is merely a stash option for now. A.J. Griffin (shoulder) could still be at least a couple of weeks away from getting activated, but as a fly-ball pitcher with a strong defensive outfield behind him, a .237 BABIP doesn’t look as unsustainable as it would for any pitcher not named Chris Young. If Griffin can rediscover the good control he had prior to Tommy John surgery, he could improve on an already-low 1.13 WHIP. Even though he’s on the DL, it’s worth checking in on Griffin’s price (or claiming him off waivers) and stashing him.

Earlier this season, I wrote that the Braves shouldn’t fire obvious lame-duck manager Fredi Gonzalez because it wouldn’t really accomplish anything. I stand by that. He’s playing the few prospect-type players they have every day and otherwise has a stale roster that isn’t equipped to win. The fact that he got fired Tuesday doesn’t really accomplish anything, outside maybe some PR to please the few disgruntled fans who are still paying attention this season.

That doesn’t mean I think he’s a great manager who should never have been fired, however. In fact, I count at least three other specific dates where it made a lot more sense to fire Gonzalez than right now. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane.

Gonzalez was coming off a season in which his Braves went 96-66 and won the NL East by 10 games. You can’t fire a guy coming off that, right? Well, we need to look at the context. The Nationals completely tanked that season and the rest of the NL East was terrible. In and of itself, Gonzalez couldn’t help that. His team merely took advantage.

Still, egregious playoff mishaps can lead to change for the better. Just ask the 2003-04 Boston Red Sox. This wasn’t exactly Game 7 of the ALCS for an at-the-time tortured franchise, but it was still pretty bad:

David Carpenter had a very good season in 2013, but he’s not Craig Kimbrel. Kimbrel was arguably the most dominant closer on the face of the Earth at the time, and he was left helplessly watching the defining moment of the Braves season:

Had the Braves won this game, they still might have lost the series. A win would’ve only tied the series, 2-2. The Braves were set to play that game at home, however, where they were 56-25 during the regular season, compared to 40-41 on the road. They would have also survived Clayton Kershaw, who worked on short rest in Game 4. Sure, they were set to face Zack Greinke, but they beat him in Game 2 at home.
Holding Kimbrel back for the flawed logic of “what if he can’t finish two innings?” is a mentality tied to a stat (the vaunted save) that has long needed to be changed. If Kimbrel can’t finish two, then you go to Carpenter. But don’t do it backward and lose with your best watching from the bullpen. Not with the season on the line. If you lose, you lose with your best.

I’d have fired Gonzalez for this, but not just because of one mistake. Instead, it would be due to wanting to hire a manager who isn’t so rigid as to think he has to “save” his closer to ensure he gets the last out of the game. That shouldn’t be the mindset in a do-or-die game and it could have — you never know! — cost them a World Series championship.

What we learned: A Chargers-Bosa staredown

Depth chart movement at wideout

1. It didn’t take long for Kelvin Benjamin to regain Cam Newton’s trust. Ditching his knee brace after missing last season due to ACL surgery, the monstrous wide receiver has “already reclaimed” the No. 1 receiver role, per the Charlotte Observer.

2. So far, so good for Victor Cruz. The veteran slot receiver was a full participant in Friday’s practice. It’s worth noting, however, that hotshot rookie Sterling Shepard is already running as the starter opposite Odell Beckham in two-wide receiver sets.

3. Anquan Boldin is staking his claim to a major role in the Lions’ aerial attack. Signed earlier this week, Boldin has already displaced T.J. Jones as the primary slot receiver alongside Golden Tate and Marvin Jones.

Who caught it better?

Broncos receiver Jordan “Sunshine” Taylor channeled his inner Odell Beckham with a spectacular one-handed catch down the sideline.

It didn’t take long for Beckham to respond with a brilliant off-balance, one-handed catch of his own. The incredible is now routine for the game’s most athletically gifted player.

Stars or subs?

1. Future Hall of Famer or not, Julius Peppers is ceding his starting job to former first-round pick Nick Perry this season.

“First of all, I wasn’t surprised,” Peppers said, via the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “We’ve been doing that since the spring. But there comes a time when you can’t play as much, you can’t play as many plays, you can’t exert yourself as much, particularly at this time of the year.

“I’m perfectly fine with that.”

2. Arian Foster’s bid for the Dolphins’ featured back job has been delayed. Although the 30-year-old tailback recently insisted that he’s fully recovered from Achilles surgery, he opened camp on the PUP list. The Dolphins can activate Foster at any time.

News of the weird

1. Take note, overzealous football reporters: If you dream up a preposterous scenario and follow through with an equally absurd question, prepare to be mocked by Bill Belichick.

2. The Cowboys are an aspiring playoff contender with an overmatched Kellen Moore as the top backup to quarterback Tony Romo. It’s telling that they have no interest in former Pro Bowl MVP Nick Foles, released by the Rams on Thursday.

3. Conveniently forgetting that Pittsburgh dominated its playoff matchup for three quarters, Adam Jones now claims that the Bengals kicked the Steelers’ ass for the entire game. It’s good to see that Pacman maintains a touch of delusion after all of these years.

4. Bruce Arians has famously stated that he would “never” use a fullback in his offense. Might he be willing to soften that stance by using behemoth rookie defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche at the goal line? “He’s done it before and he’s been damn good at it,” Arians pointed out on Friday.

5. The weirdest injury story of training camp? Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan busted his hand punching a wall upon hearing of rookie wideout Josh Doctson’s Achilles injury in May.

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons is hanging up his cleats after 13 seasons with five different NFL organizations.

Clemons has informed the Seahawks that he intends to retire, NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo reported, via a source informed of the retirement conversations.

The 34-year-old signed a one-year contract in April to rejoin Seattle, where he starred as the team’s sack leader from 2010 through 2013.

Players fail conditioning tests for a plethora of reasons, most of which aren’t known to the public. Those of us doing our job sitting in chairs, bathing in air-conditioned glory have little room to spew bloated, hallow outrage about a player failing one conditioning test.

John Harbaugh didn’t sound worried about Wallace being in shape. Neither should we.

Now that he’s on the field, the real test for Wallace begins. Finally back with a quarterback who excels throwing the deep ball, can he morph back into a productive receiver and banish the years of mediocrity? Or will this stop in Baltimore be a short end for a once explosive deep threat?

Bill Belichick said as much on Wednesday. That didn’t stop one reporter from insisting on asking Friday whether Garoppolo could remain the starter when Brady returns from suspension.

Belichick provided plenty of disdain for the question in his reply: “I told you what’s going to happen.”

The reporter then mumbled a follow-up, to which Belichick shook his head scornfully and muttered, “Jesus Christ,” adding an eye roll for good measure.

It’s vintage Belichick.

Browns place Gordon (quadriceps) on active/NFI list

The 25-year-old wideout was reinstated Monday on a conditional basis by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Gordon hasn’t played in a game since December 2014 because of an indefinite ban for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. He’ll still serve a four-game suspension to open the year, meaning the Browns have plenty of time to get him up to speed.

If Gordon can match his on-field exploits from 2013, when he led the league in receiving, he’s the kind of player who can wholly transform an offense. The question in Cleveland boils down to who will start at quarterback — and whether any of the team’s signal-callers have the talent to pull this club out of the AFC North basement.

On a team loaded with NFL talent, Shepard was the unquestioned star at Oklahoma, earning All-American accolades as a senior with 86 receptions for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns. He possesses the straight-line speed to threaten on vertical routes, is cat-quick out of his breaks to generate separation and possesses soft, reliable hands. While perhaps an inch or two shorter than preferred at 5-10, Shepard possesses a compact, surprisingly powerful frame at 193 pounds, helping him bounce off would-be tacklers and scamper for additional yardage.

GREEN BAY, Wis. — After a 20-year career with four NFL teams, Brett Favre certainly had many options for his presenter for his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction in August.

But Favre is sticking a bit closer to home.

Favre chose his wife, Deanna, to present him at the induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio on Aug. 6. She will become only the second wife to present an inductee — the first was Mike Singletary’s wife, Kim, back in 1998.

More from Corry: Glaring team needs | Veterans on hot seat

Here’s a look at two teams who have some cap work to do if they want to address any roster holes before the beginning of the season.

Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs are approximately only $1.1 million under the cap. Franchise player Eric Berry will provide some breathing room with a longterm contract. A deal must take place by July 15. That’s the deadline for a franchise player to sign a multi-year contract.

Josh Norman can only ‘laugh’ at Odell Beckham’s jab

Norman’s amusement and subtle jab about Beckham’s penchant for self-promotion came in response to the following quote from the Giants wide receiver:

“It goes back to what I was saying. If I wasn’t playing him twice a year, maybe people wouldn’t bring it up as much. But now it’ll be a lot more media attention for him, attention that I don’t really look for, attention that I don’t need. The reason that he’s become so relevant is because of me.”

Both players have seemingly gone out of their way to avoid the high road ever since their over-the-top Week 15 matchup that ultimately led a new automatic ejection rule for repeated unsportsmanlike conduct.

Fortunately for Norman and Beckham, there’s no penalty for unsportsmanlike rhetoric.

Even while tacitly acknowledging how silly it is, most every sports website grades NFL draft picks within days (or sometimes hours or even minutes) of the draft occurring. We at CBSSports.com did it ourselves: we had grades live during the draft, plus winners and losers after Day 1, after Day 2, and at the end of the whole thing, plus another full round of grades at the end of the draft as well.

It’s fun, but it’s mostly guesswork, baking in the biases of whoever is doing the grading. Falcons owner Arthur Blank has an interesting system for grading the draft, one that’s just as valid (if not more so) than the one we used.

“Every team should get a grade A,” Blank said, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Then when you look back two or three years, that’s when you judge whether or not if you had a good draft or not.”

Basically, Arthur Blank is like Oprah. “You get an A! And you get an A! And YOU get an A!” It’s a very kind grading system, one based on [gasp] having the patience to evaluate picks once we actually know how the players turned out, rather than before they step onto the field.

In explaining his reasoning for why his Falcons in particular get an A grade, here’s what Blank had to say. “I would give our coach and General Manager a grade A because I know that every single position they drafted very specifically for exactly what the coach wanted and the coaching needs in terms of defense or in terms of the offense. Hopefully, that will play out in a successful way over the next couple of years.”

Of first-round pick Keanu Neal, Blank said, “It wasn’t just the best player on the board. It was the best player that had a specific skill-set that we feel fit that position and we are always drafting for character.”