Eric Reid, the free-agent safety and former teammate of Colin Kaepernick, isn’t buying the NFL’s social-justice campaign, calling it “half-hearted at best” and “diabolical.”
Reid, in a pair of tweets, took aim at commissioner Roger Goodell, claiming he hasn’t even spoken to Kaepernick and is merely using him as a public relations prop amid social unrest in the country.
“What the @NFL is doing is half-hearted at best. @nflcommish has gotten comfortable saying he ‘was wrong’ as if his mere acknowledgement reconciles his admitted wrongdoing,” Reid tweeted. “He hasn’t even called Colin to apologize, let alone reconcile, proving this is only PR for the current business climate. As such, Roger Goodell uses video of Colin courageously kneeling to legitimize their disingenuous PR while simultaneously perpetuating systemic oppression, that the video he’s using fights against, by continuing to rob Colin of his career. It’s diabolical.”
On Sunday, Kaepernick called out the NFL as well, blasting the league for he believes working against Reid, who kneeled alongside him in silent protest against police brutality in 2016 and had continued to do so.
“While the NFL runs propaganda about how they care about Black Life, they are still actively blackballing Eric Reid for fighting for the Black community,” tweeted Kaepernick, who has been out of the NFL since 2016. “Eric set 2 franchise records last year, and is one of the best defensive players in the league.”
The NFL used video of Reid and Kaepernick on Sunday during every game with the song “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” by Alicia Keys. Kaepernick started the movement of kneeling. They filed a grievance against the league, saying owners colluded against them because of their protest. A settlement was reached in February of 2019.
The 28-year-old Reid was released by the Panthers last March after setting career bests in tackles (130) and sacks (four) in 2019.
Only Daniel Jones can save Dave Gettleman now
There were four teams that won at least 13 games last season, or one more than the New York Football Giants have won since the start of the 2017 season.
And what has Giants fans either disconsolate, disenchanted or infuriated, or all of the above, is that they have little or no patience anymore for a rebuild that is spinning its Big Blue wheels in quicksand, for a franchise driving under the speed limit in the far right lane as the rest of the league speeds past it, a franchise trapped in a dizzying wash, rinse, repeat cycle of defeat and broken promises.
Our New York football season is already on fire, “FIRE GASE” from Jets fans, “FIRE GETTLEMAN” from Giants fans.
It isn’t so much that the Giants are 0-3, it is the way they looked too much like the 2017 Ben McAdoo Giants and 2018 and 2019 Pat Shurmur Giants against the 49ers jayvee team.
Gettleman vowed to kick ass when he replaced Jerry Reese, and everyone would agree that 1-0 versus cancer is far more important than 9-26 versus the NFL.
But his job as Giants general manager clearly hinges on whether Joe Judge, his second Giants head coaching hire, can work wonders, if he can, with the 11 Gettleman draftees he inherited and the nine more they drafted together.
And most critically, whether Judge and offensive coordinator Jason Garrett can develop Daniel Jones into the surefire answer to John Mara’s post-Eli Manning’s prayers.
Gettleman staked his Giants reputation on Jones, who has shown enough signs to quiet the angry mob that panned the pick on draft night.
“I told you, and I’m very serious about what I said: I would love to drop a franchise quarterback in this place, and then watch him from Cape Cod and enjoy the hell out of it, OK?” Gettleman said prior to the 2019 NFL Draft. “That’s a gift. That’s what I’d like to do for the New York Giants.”
As much as there is to like about Jones, Gettleman will be watching him from Cape Cod before he desires to — when this season ends and before his 70th birthday — if Judge can’t coach the weekly turnovers out of him, and soon.
If Judge is the coach Mara believes him to be, a CEO and a teacher with a better staff than his predecessor, then what are we to make of 49ers 36, Giants 9 following two relatively encouraging performances?
Jones’ immediate problem goes beyond the loss for the season of Saquon Barkley, because he has no running game to support him. Giants RBs have carried 40 times for 72 yards. It means that the offensive line Gettleman promised to fix when he arrived has yet to be fixed, at least not yet while first-round draft pick LT Andrew Thomas and third-round draft reserve RT Matt Peart cut their teeth.
The Odell Beckham Jr. trade hasn’t been the disaster it portended to be at the time if only because DT Dexter Lawrence is a player, and Jabrill Peppers is a Captain, but it did cost the Giants $16 million in dead cap money, and Jones lacks a weapon other than deep threat Darius Slayton who can scare defenses.
None of Gettleman’s 10 draft picks in April was a wide receiver.
The Daniel Jones Giants have scored 38 points. . .or one more than the Sam Darnold Jets.
Paying Leonard Williams (two sacks) $16.1 million for this season doesn’t look as bad as trading up into the first round of the 2019 NFL draft for CB DeAndre Baker (robbery charges). There is hope for OLB Lorenzo Carter (one sack), but Batman doesn’t have a Robin rushing the passer on the other side, much to the chagrin of cornerbacks not named James Bradberry.
The mistakes are there, though:
— Desperate for a LT, the juice was not worth the squeeze on Nate Solder (four years, $62 million), best on the market at the time.
— Landon Collins was not franchise tagged and allowed to walk out the door.
— Injury-plagued CB Sam Beal, a supplemental draft pick that cost a 2019 third-rounder, made 26 career tackles without an interception before opting out this pandemic season.
— Shurmur, the adult in the room.
— Gettleman’s Big Men Allow You To Compete philosophy, borrowed from Tom Coughlin, has not translated into Big Men Allow You To Win.
No one, of course, wants to hear that Gettleman inherited a mess. He – and Mara – tried to WIN NOW with the 37-year-old Manning before recognizing the error of their ways and switching to WIN LATER. Giants fans, though, are still waiting for WIN LATER and are tired of hearing annually that the team is on the right path when 0-2 becomes 0-3 in the jarring way that it did.
Has Gettleman upgraded the talent level? Yes, he has. Has he upgraded it enough? No one can make that argument today.
Did he whiff on too many free-agent signings prior to this offseason? Yes, he did (G Patrick Omaneh, Kareem Martin). Trading Olivier Vernon for Kevin Zeitler and for P Riley Dixon were good moves. As were signing free agents Markus Golden and Spencer Pulley. Trading for ILB Alec Ogletree (93 tackles and 5 INTs in 2018) and a seventh-rounder for a fourth and a sixth marked an upgrade at the time, but stopped panning out after one season. Golden Tate was a forced move because of the OBJ trade. Antoine Bethea and Mike Remmers were band-aids. Devon Kennard left in free agency and recorded seven sacks in 2018 and again in 2019 in Detroit, and has two this season in Arizona.
The FIRE GETTLEMAN crowd will have to be patient. Sorry, but the Giants do not, and should not, fire their GM during the season, much less after three games with a rookie head coach and quarterback who will start his 16th game Sunday against the Rams. And Gettleman and Judge, for the most part, are philosophically aligned.
The Joe Judge Giants will fight, even without much of a punch on either side of the ball. They should be expected to show signs of progress as the season unfolds.
But more than anyone, if Daniel Jones proves helpless to impact the won-lost record, if he cannot make the leap the franchise desperately needs him to make, if the talent around him handcuffs and handicaps him too much, then it is inevitable that a different GM will be drafting too high yet again next April. And who knows? Maybe even looking for his own franchise quarterback. . .for the next rebuild.
Week 4 Yahoo Fantasy Football Picks: NFL DFS lineup advice for cash games
We had some nice hits in last week’s Yahoo cash lineup, with Dalvin Cook, Jonathan Taylor, David Johnson, DeAndre Hopkins, and the Bucs D/ST, but our QB, Ryan Tannehill, let us down with his zero-TD performance, and Diontae Johnson suffered an early-concussion that knocked him out the game. Whiffing on QBs, especially in cash games, is a killer in NFL DFS, and this is the second week in a row it happened after Lamar Jackson let us down the week prior. We’ll get back on track with our Week 4 daily fantasy football picks for Yahoo cash games.
As always, we were on the lookout for consistently solid workloads and production. Because of injuries and other factors, several high-target pass-catchers and high-touch RBs are cheaper than they should be this week, and that allowed us to pay up for Lamar Jackson and Alvin Kamara, both of whom should be automatic in their favorable matchups. Getting that high floor allows us a little wiggle room at other positions, at least in terms of not necessarily needing 100 yards or a touchdown.
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Yahoo NFL DFS Picks Week 4: Daily fantasy football for cash games
This lineup is for the Yahoo DFS main slate, $200 budget (half-point PPR, four-point passing TDs)
QB Lamar Jackson, Ravens @ Washington ($40). Jackson let us down two weeks ago, but there’s no way he does it again…right? Washington has allowed at least two QB touchdowns in every game this year, and Jackson is tougher to stop than anyone. The fact that Jackson has QB3 pricing behind Russell Wilson and Dak Prescott is icing on the cake.
RB Alvin Kamara, Saints @ Lions ($36). Kamara has been unstoppable this year, Detroit had a major problem with a similar dual threat in Week 2 when Aaron Jones posted 168 rushing yards, 68 receiving yards, and three total TDs, so it’s tough to imagine the Lions stopping Kamara. It feels like a trap to pay top dollar for Kamara after three-straight two-TD games because you know regression is coming, but it would be a shock if it came in this matchup.
RB Joe Mixon, Bengals vs. Jaguars ($20). Once again, Mixon is having a slow start to the season, and as expected, fantasy owners are lukewarm on his prospects. It’s important to note that Mixon is still averaging just under 20 touches per game, so with that kind of workload, it’s only a matter of time before he has a good outing. The Jaguars have been better than expected against RBs this year, but they’ve allowed at least one running back TD in two of the first three games and had some troubles with receiving backs in Weeks 1 and 3. Mixon should pay off his relatively bargain price.
WR DeVante Parker, Dolphins vs. Seahawks ($21). Parker has yet to go off this year, but he’s clearly been Miami’s No. 1 receiver, hauling in 14-of-17 targets despite dealing with a hamstring injury. He’s a bargain this week against a Seattle pass defense that’s allowing just over 430 passing yards per game. Parker could be a chalk play this week, but he’s worth it.
WR Cooper Kupp, Rams vs. Giants ($22). Kupp finally had his first breakout game in 2020 last week, catching nine-of-10 targets for 107 yards and a score. L.A. has enough high-quality options that a different guy could ball out in a given week, but the Giants were torched by multiple WRs in Week 1 (three total WR TDs) before facing two lackluster passing attacks the past two weeks (Bears, 49ers). They still allowed at least one WR touchdown in those games, though, so more than one Rams receiver could produce worthwhile stats this week.
WEEK 4 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker
WR Greg Ward, Eagles @ 49ers ($14). Ward took advantage of injuries to WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring) and TE Dallas Goedert (ankle) to catch eight-of-11 targets for 72 yards and a TD in Week 3. He faces a tougher matchup in Week 4, but he should see a similar target share, as Jackson and Goedert seem unlikely to suit up and Alshon Jeffery (foot) might not play either. Ward has proven in the past he can rack up receptions, and while his yardage totals and scoring opportunities will fluctuate, the workload will be there. Even in a relatively tough matchup, Ward can pay off his paltry price tag, making him a decent-floor WR in cash games.
TE Logan Thomas, Washington vs. Ravens ($14). Thomas has had at least seven targets in each of the first three games, catching four in each contest. He hasn’t done much yardage-wise, so he’s still under the radar for most DFS players, but a potential breakout is always in the offing with that kind of workload. Baltimore has surprisingly struggled against TEs in the early going, so Thomas makes for a solid-floor value play.
FLEX David Johnson, Texans vs. Vikings ($17). The Vikings have allowed at least one RB touchdown in every game and back-to-back 100-yard rushing games the past two weeks. Johnson is getting the lion’s share of the workload in Houston’s backfield, so he should produce closer to his Week 1 output (109 total yards, TD) this week.
WEEK 4 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker
DEF Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Chargers ($16). Tampa will get either Justin Herbert making his first road start or a less-than-100-percent Tyrod Taylor in this one. Either way, this defense is primed to generate more sacks and takeaways like it has the past two weeks (11 sacks, six takeaways).
College football Week 5 picks against the spread for every top-25 matchup
The 2020 college football enters October with a full week of AP Top 25 action.
There are 16 games involving teams ranked in the top 25, and a pair of ranked matchups between SEC teams are the highlights on the schedule.
No. 13 Texas A&M travels to No. 2 Alabama in a game featured in the 3:30 p.m. time slot before the first top-10 matchup of the season between No. 7 Auburn and No. 4 Georgia. Only three matchups have spreads of fewer than 10 points for the weekend among Top 25 teams.
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Here’s a look at our track record this season:
Last week: 15-2 S/U, 9-8 ATS
Overall: 36-9 S/U, 17-21 ATS
Top 25: 26-4 S/U, 12-17 ATS
Now, a look at our picks against the spread for Week 5. As always, our point spreads are courtesy of BetOnline.Ag.
Week 5 picks against spread
- Louisiana Tech at No. 22 BYU (-24)
BYU is 2-0 ATS and put up 51.5 points per game in those games. Louisiana Tech averages 47.5 ppg but has a porous defense that will be exposed on the road. The Bulldogs are 6-3 ATS as a road underdog since 2018, and that’s too many points.
Pick: BYU wins 45-24 but FAILS TO COVER the spread.
- TCU at No. 9 Texas (-13)
The Horned Frogs lost a 37-34 shootout at Iowa State and had trouble running the football in their opener. That said, TCU has won five of the past six against Texas. The Longhorns win at home, but it’s typical Big 12 football.
Pick: Texas wins 38-28 but FAILS TO COVER the spread.
- N.C. State at No. 24 Pitt (-13.5)
The Panthers have failed to cover the past two weeks, but they are against a Wolfpack defense that allowed 43.5 points in its first two games. Get this before the spread clears two TDs.
Pick: Pitt wins 34-24 but FAILS TO COVER the spread.
- Missouri at No. 21 Tennessee (-10)
Jeremy Pruitt is 1-1 against Missouri, and the Tigers pulled off an unexpected cover ATS in Eli Drinkwitz’s debut against Alabama. We like the Vols to win the home opener this time, but it’s a tough pick.
Pick: Tennessee wins 28-21 but FAILS TO COVER the spread.
- South Carolina at Florida (-18.5)
Florida has a legitimate Heisman candidate in Kyle Trask, and it’s easy to picture the Gators rolling against the Gamecocks in The Swamp. Will Muschamp is 1-3 against his former team, but the average margin of defense in the three losses is fewer than 10 points.
Pick: Florida wins 41-24 but FAILS TO COVER the spread.
- No. 25 Memphis (-1.5) at SMU
The Tigers are back after dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak on the team, and they met the Mustangs in a rematch of last year’s 54-48 shootout. Expect this game to follow a similar pattern in a battle of veteran quarterbacks in Brady White and Shane Buechele. SMU has the advantage of playing three games, but we’ll make them prove it.
Pick: Memphis wins 44-41 and COVERS the spread.
- No. 17 Oklahoma State (-21) at Kansas
The Cowboys pulled out a last-minute cover ATS in a 27-13 victory against West Virginia last week. The offense still is finding its way without Spencer Sanders, who didn’t start against the Mountaineers. Fortunately, the Cowboys have an improved defense. SN is 0-2 picking the Cowboys this year, so feel free to stay away.
Pick: Oklahoma State wins 34-14 but FAILS TO COVER the spread.
- South Florida at No. 15 Cincinnati (-21.5)
The Bulls had two weeks to prepare after a 52-0 loss to Notre Dame, and they are up against a Bearcats team looking to make a run to the New Year’s Day Six. Cincinnati won a tight 20-17 nail-biter last year. This one won’t be as close.
Pick: Cincinnati wins 38-16 and COVERS the spread.
- No. 13 Texas A&M at No. 2 Alabama (-17)
The Crimson Tide have won the past six meetings in this series by an average of 24 points per game, and Nick Saban should be able to keep his team’s focus after some ugliness in mop-up duty against Missouri. Kellen Mond played well in the last meeting, but this Alabama defense is better. The half-point adds value.
Pick: Alabama wins 40-20 and COVERS the spread.
- No. 12 North Carolina (-13) at Boston College
The line jumped up 1.5 points from its original setting. BC has an up-and-coming coach in Jeff Hafley, but the Tar Heels present too many challenges on both sides of the football. Look for Sam Howell to get back on track.
Pick: North Carolina wins 34-17 and COVERS the spread.
- No. 20 LSU (-20.5) at Vanderbilt
The Tigers lost their opener, and there is a risk for a first-half hangover against Vanderbilt. That said, LSU still has enough talent to overwhelm the Commodores in the first half. Expect the defense to play with an edge if All-American cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. returns.
Pick: LSU wins 38-10 and COVERS the spread.
- No. 18 Oklahoma (-7.5) at Iowa State
A pair of one-loss Big 12 teams will go at it in Ames. Iowa State bounced back from a Week 1 loss to Louisiana, and the Sooners were turnover-prone against Kansas State. The past four meetings have been decided by 10 points or fewer. That’s the line we are looking at.
Pick: Oklahoma wins 41-31 and COVERS the spread.
- Arkansas at No. 16 Mississippi State (-17.5)
We knew the Mike Leach experience would be fun in Starkville, but we had no idea that it would happen so fast. The Bulldogs have to handle that praise, but Arkansas will have trouble keeping up in the second half.
Pick: Mississippi State wins 45-23 and COVERS the spread.
- Tulsa at No. 11 UCF (-21)
The Golden Hurricane hung around with Oklahoma State in their opener, but UCF’s offense runs a little smoother. Look for the Knights to clean up some of the mistakes they made in the second half against East Carolina. Tulsa did beat UCF last season. It could be interesting.
Pick: UCF wins 43-28 but FAILS TO COVER the spread.
- No. 7 Auburn at No. 4 Georgia (-6.5)
Georgia has quarterback questions, and it will be interesting if USC transfer JT Daniels sees his first action in a tough assignment against Auburn, which looked more consistent with Bo Nix in his sophomore season. The Tigers haven’t won in Athens since 2005, but this will be close.
Pick: Georgia wins 27-23 but FAILS TO COVER the spread.
- Virginia at No. 1 Clemson (-30.5)
Clemson had a week off to prepare for a rematch of last year’s ACC championship game. Look for the Tigers to give Miami something to think about ahead of next week’s top-10 showdown. Clemson is 8-2 ATS in its past 10 conference games.
Pick: Clemson wins 49-14 and COVERS the spread.
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