Packers’ Jamaal Williams says he’ll retaliate for dirty plays by kicking

Jamaal Williams isn’t happy about how his ankle was injured, and the Green Bay Packers running back has a plan for the next time a would-be tackler grabs and twists it.

“If they’re twisting ankles, I’m for sure kicking,” Williams said Monday. “I’m kicking from now on. If the ref asks why I’m kicking, I’ll be like, ‘Hey, they twisted the ankle.’

“I’m just going to do what I’ve got to do to survive honestly. I’m not trying to get hurt and not be able to play anymore because somebody wants to be aggressive and do dirty things like that. So why I can I not protect myself from those type of injuries?”cheap wholesale nike nfl jerseys

Williams appeared to sustain the ankle injury against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Thursday’s preseason game when linebacker Vince Williams tackled the second-year running back around the lower part of his right leg. Jammal Williams stayed in the game for one more play before he hobbled off.

“I’d rather he just let go of my ankle,” Jamaal Williams said. “Obviously, I’ve got to do a better job of getting him off my legs, so I guess I’m going to start kicking now under the piles.” Williams, the leading candidate to start at running back, did not practice on Monday during the Packers’ first open workout since the game. His status for Thursday’s game at Oakland – and the remainder of the preseason is in question – but he said he did not expect it to impact his availability for the Sept. 9 season opener against the Bears.6

“It wasn’t that bad but at the moment, it swelled up,” he said. “I just need to get off it. The next day the swelling went down and it just went from that to me just grinding it out, getting everything back together. It’s really just the swelling and the fluid build-up there. I’m all good, man. It’s just a football lesson you’ve got to learn from and just try not to get injured like that again.”

The Packers remain thin at running back because of a hamstring injury to Aaron Jones, who is expected to be part of the running back by committee along with Williams and Ty Montgomery.

Jones did not play in the first two preseason games but returned to practice on Monday and took 11-on-11 reps for the first time since Day 2 of training camp. Jones is ineligible for the first two games of the regular season because of an NFL suspension for violating the substance-abuse policy.

Devante Mays, a seventh-round pick last season, has yet to play in a preseason game because of a hamstring injury. Another running back, Akeem Judd, who was signed on Aug. 6, unexpectedly retired over the weekend after he carried five times against the Steelers.cheap nfl nike jerseys free shipping

The Packers signed a pair of running backs – Bronson Hill (who has been with seven different teams since 2015) and LeShun Daniels (who finished last season on the Redskins’ injured reserve list).

“I think the biggest thing for both those guys is just to get up to speed because we want them to play in the game in Oakland,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “I don’t know at exactly what level.”


New year, same story: Major injury threatens Redskins offense

It’s almost as if the 2017 season never ended. The Washington Redskins dealt with serious injury after serious injury a year ago. And after their first preseason game, they had to deal with yet another crucial blow, one that could alter the direction of their season.

The player they had drafted to finally provide a strong running game is out for the season after one preseason game. An offense that had hoped to be more versatile will now be questioned.

In some ways it’s hard to say what the Redskins have lost with running back Derrius Guice now sidelined with a torn left ACL. He hadn’t yet played a game. But the promise of what he could do left others feeling good. His presence was supposed open up the attack, allowing the Redskins to move away from relying on the pass for consistent success.cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

Now we’re back to the same question the Redskins faced in 2017: Can they coax a consistent run game from Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine? Coaches say both players are quicker this summer, owing to their familiarity in the offense and perhaps having shed some weight.7

Perine did look quicker Thursday vs. New England; he also was inconsistent running up the middle and lost one ball (a quick whistle negated a likely fumble). Kelley has lost weight and also ran with a little more pep. In two seasons he’s averaged 3.9 yards per carry. Will they be any different this season? Not if the blocking — the line and the tight ends — doesn’t improve. Good health will help the line, but after last season — and now with Guice out — does anyone want to predict that will happen?

The ground game was inconsistent last season with the same group, ranking 30th in yards per carry and 28th in total rushing yards. The hope for Guice was that he could help create extra yards with his vision and quick cuts and violent running style, overcoming whatever blocking issues arose. He also excelled in the red zone at LSU, and the Redskins ranked 25th in red zone yards per carry last season.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

They also have Chris Thompson, who’s coming off a broken fibula. They will keep either Byron Marshall or Kapri Bibbs, but both are third-down types. They could always call a veteran; Adrian Peterson and former Redskins running back Alfred Morris are among those unsigned. A team source said Friday they will go with what they have.


When it comes to drafting QBs, Cowboys have mostly window shopped

The Dallas Cowboys began their draft meetings this week at The Star. They have needs all over their roster and there have been clues as to the direction they might go when the draft starts April 26.

The Cowboys have hosted some of the top wholesale nfl jerseys china wide receivers, linebackers, defensive tackles, offensive linemen and defensive ends on their top-30 visits. Quarterbacks were noticeably missing from their list of visitors.

It’s not that the Cowboys haven’t met with or had private workouts with quarterbacks. They have. But on their list of needs, quarterback isn’t viewed as an early priority.

With Dak Prescott, the Cowboys believe they are set with their starting quarterback. They also like the potential of their backup, Cooper Rush, who won the No. 2 job after signing as an undrafted free agent out of Central Michigan.

The Indianapolis Colts selected four, mostly because they had Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck, the No. 1 overall picks in 1998 and 2012. The Denver Broncos, New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers have selected the most at 11. The Washington Redskins have picked 10.

On average, teams have picked seven quarterbacks (6.97) in the first 18 drafts this century.

The Cowboys, New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks are the only teams not to take a quarterback in the first round since 2000. The Patriots have had Tom Brady as their starter since early in the 2001 season.

Go back to when Jerry Jones purchased the team, the Cowboys have selected only five quarterbacks: Troy Aikman with the first overall pick in 1989 and Bill Musgrave in the fourth round of the 1991 draft.

At the very least, the Cowboys need another quarterback simply because they don’t have enough arms on campus. While they are sold on Prescott as the starter, would they be wise to select a future starter if things don’t pan out the way they expect? While they like Rush as a backup, he has thrown only three passes in a regular-season game.

Early in Jason Garrett’s tenure as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator, the Cowboys valued the backup position by rostering high-priced veterans in Brad Johnson, china wholesale nfl jerseys Jon Kitna and Kyle Orton. Aside from the 2015 trade for Matt Cassel after Tony Romo broke his collarbone, the Cowboys have gone cheap at backup quarterback with Brandon Weeden, Kellen Moore, who is now the Cowboys’ quarterbacks coach, and Rush.

Benson Mayowa set for Washington visit

Defensive end Benson Mayowa was released by the Cowboys, but he may wind up staying in the NFC East.

John Keim of ESPN.com reports that Mayowa will be in Washington for a visit on Tuesday.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal  That’s the second meeting with a defensive lineman that the

Redskins have lined up as Muhammad Wilkerson is set to visit with the team as well.

Mayowa had six of his nine career sacks for the Cowboys in 2016, but slipped to one during the 2017 season. He’s also played for the Seahawks and

Raiders since entering the NFL in 2013.gettyimages-624203806-e1520777264917

If Mayowa does land a job in D.C.,cheap nfl nike jerseys china  it will likely come with a change in position to outside linebacker in their 3-4 base defense. With Junior

Galette and Trent Murphy set for free agency, that spot could become a bigger need for the team in the coming days.

If you were surprised by the one-after-another trades that emerged on Friday involving the Browns, you’re not alone. As one league source explained

it to PFT, the trades stunned others who had been negotiating potential moves with the new nike nfl jerseys cheap  Browns.

The Browns weren’t talking only to the Bills about getting a quarterback, the Packers about getting a cornerback, and the Dolphins about getting a

receiver. The Browns were talking to other teams and agents for looming free agents (yeah, it’s tampering, but everyone does it) about filling

those needs elsewhere. The bing-pow-boom-bing reports of trades on Friday were for some of those folks the first notice they received that other

deals being discussed had been rendered moot.gettyimages-882945942-e1520778588282

There’s no requirement that teams call, for example, a team that the Browns had been talking to about a trade for a quarterback, cornerback, or

receiver before doing a deal that makes it clear that the talks are off, but it’s the kind of thing that can leave people a little miffed about the

way things went down.

The Browns may not care. After winning one game in two years, they’re on a mission to dramatically improve the team. If as the Browns bust their

asses to get better others get upset that a little sweat has buy nike nfl jerseys cheap been splashed on them, they’ll get over it. It’s far more important for the Browns to

get past 0-16.