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Jets working out DE Dion Jordan

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A Robert Saleh–Dion Jordan reunion could be in the cards. The Jets are working out the former top-five pick, Field Yates of ESPN.com tweets.

While perhaps more known for his draft status and suspension history, Jordan spent the 2020 season with the 49ers. The former Dolphins draftee played 13 games as a rotational cog on Saleh’s defensive line last season, one that featured some notable injuries on San Francisco’s defensive front.

This marks Jordan’s second workout over the past month and change. He auditioned for the Ravens in July. While unavailability marred Jordan’s career, he has played in 32 games for three different teams — the 49ers, Raiders and Seahawks — over the past three years. Playing 36% of San Francisco’s defensive snaps last season, Jordan registered three sacks.

The Jets already made a move to address their reeling edge rusher corps, sending a sixth-round pick to the Texans for Shaq Lawson. Jordan would qualify as additional depth, but his history with Saleh would help make for a quick assimilation.

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The summer heat got the best of the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday, fewer than two weeks before they open up the regular season. Various reports from practice on Monday indicate that star wide receiver Chase Claypool and Pro Bowl safety Minkah Fitzpatrick got in a heated fight. “They’re competitors. You almost expect it to happen at least once,” guard Kevin Dotson told reporters after practice. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin refused to elaborate on the fight. Other indications were that the two star players threw blows at one another in the end zone during the end of practice. As information about the scrape was breaking, other Steelers players spoke out about the incident. “We understand we don’t want – especially our star players, we don’t want anyone getting hurt,” defensive lineman Tyson Alualu said. There’s obviously no video of the fight available. Once that happens, we’ll update this article accordingly. As for the Pittsburgh Steelers, they open up the regular season Week 1 against the defending AFC East champion Buffalo Bills. Let’s just hope this passion carries over to the regular season. WATCH: Sportsnaut’s Carolyn Manno on the latest NFL rumors

The Los Angeles Lakers are welcoming Rajon Rondo back with open arms. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the veteran point guard is expected to sign a one-year, $2.6 million deal with the Lakers on Tuesday. The agreement brings his full salary back to his original value of $7.5 million after agreeing to a buyout with the Memphis Grizzlies. Rondo spent the 2020-21 season with the Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Clippers, averaging 5.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game while shooting 44.2% from the field. The Clippers traded the four-time All-Star to Memphis earlier this month. The Grizzlies later bought out his contract, making him a free agent. Rondo was a member of the L.A. squad that won an NBA title in 2020. He averaged 8.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game in two seasons with the Lakers. The Lakers have added several important pieces this offseason following a disappointing first-round playoff exit to the Phoenix Suns last year, including Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, Malik Monk, Kendrick Nunn, Trevor Ariza and Kent Bazemore. The franchise also parted ways with players who failed to complement LeBron James and Anthony Davis, such as Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Rondo will be searching for his third NBA title this coming season. In addition to winning the 2020 championship with the Lakers, he also won with the Boston Celtics in 2008.

Saturday's NFL preseason finale between the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals had to be canceled because of Hurricane Ida. It seems the storm will also impact the first college football Saturday of September. According to Adam Rittenberg of ESPN, Saturday's showdown between the No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners and Tulane Green Wave set to occur at Yulman Stadium in New Orleans will be relocated because of the aftermath of the storm. Tulane athletic director Troy Dannen took to Twitter to somewhat refute the report: Rittenberg wrote that Tulane "has contingency plans" to play Saturday's matchup currently scheduled to begin at noon ET in Oklahoma. Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione addressed the matter this past Friday: Tulane is currently practicing in Birmingham, Ala. ahead of Saturday. Meanwhile, the Saints may have to open their regular season "hosting" the Green Bay Packers at AT T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, if they're not cleared to play in New Orleans by Sept. 12.

A majority of NFL teams have named their starting quarterback with just two weeks remaining before the regular season begins. But not Bill Belichick. The New England Patriots head coach said he is not ready to name a starting quarterback following Sunday's preseason finale against the New York Giants. "No, we still have a lot of decisions to make," Belichick said after Sunday night's 22-20 win, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss. Veteran quarterback Cam Newton started against the Giants and played two series, all with the starting offense. He completed 2-of-5 passes for 10 yards and ended the night with an interception. Rookie signal-caller Mac Jones took over for Newton and played deep into the third quarter, all with the second string. He had a rough start but bounced back in the second half, finishing 10-of-14 for 156 yards and a touchdown. He also led three scoring drives. Belichick has said throughout training camp that Newton is his starting quarterback. However, the former MVP's absence from practice last week due to a COVID-19 protocol misunderstanding provided Jones a significant opportunity to shine, and he did not disappoint. The No. 15 overall pick finished the preseason 36-of-52 for 389 yards, with one touchdown and no interceptions. He saw much more time on the field than Newton, who finished the summer 14-of-21 for 162 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. Although Jones likely won't be thrown into the fire in Week 1, Belichick could name him the team's starting quarterback at any point during the season if Newton struggles as he did in 2020. At this point, it seems like the Patriots will stick with their veteran, but don't count out Jones just yet.

San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane was granted a temporary restraining order against his estranged wife after claiming she punched him in the face multiple times and, at one point, swung their baby girl around during an argument. The court filings reported by TMZ are the latest development in the divorce between Kane and his wife. Kane detailed four instances in which his wife allegedly became physically abusive with him from 2019 to 2021. During the first alleged incident, Kane's wife hit him seven or eight times in the face following an argument, according to the court documents. She hit him again after two arguments in October 2020 and April 2021, Kane claims. Another incident occurred in July 2021, when his wife allegedly pushed him and tugged on a bag over his shoulder as he tried to get away from her. Kane's wife filed for divorce last month and accused him of betting on his own NHL games to win money and abandoning her and their one-year-old daughter to party in Europe. She also claimed she did not have enough money to take care of their daughter and that Kane asked her to sell her wedding ring to survive. Kane denied the allegations, calling his wife "mentally unwell," adding that he would always take care of his daughter. The 30-year-old's struggles financially have been well documented over the last several years. He was sued by a Las Vegas casino in 2019 for failing to repay a $500,000 gambling debt and he filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in January after reportedly being $27 million in debt. Kane has spent the last four seasons with the Sharks and signed a seven-year, $49 million deal with the franchise in 2018.

It appears the Jacksonville Jaguars have fully committed to Trevor Lawrence as their quarterback of the future. The Jaguars traded Gardner Minshew to the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday in exchange for a conditional sixth-round pick, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The pick could turn to a fifth-round selection if Minshew plays in 50% of plays in three games this season. Minshew had been in a competition with Lawrence for Jacksonville's starting job throughout the summer. However, the Jags named Lawrence their starter earlier this week, and they still have C.J. Beathard and Jake Luton on the roster, making Minshew expendable. "Minshew Mania" had taken over Jacksonville during the quarterback's rookie season in 2019, as he went 6-6, throwing for more than 3,200 yards and 21 touchdowns. Last season, however, the 25-year-old ended up being benched. In two seasons with the Jags, Minshew went 7-13, completing 62.9% of his passes for 5,530 yards and 37 touchdowns against 11 interceptions. To make room for Minshew on the roster, the Eagles released Nick Mullens, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Jalen Hurts is slated to be Philly's starter this season, and veteran Joe Flacco is still on the roster as a backup. Eagles general manager Howie Roseman believes in having as many serviceable quarterbacks as possible, and adding Minshew gives Philly another option should Hurts struggle out of the gate. Minshew has proved to be a capable quarterback who can move an offense. His assets will be valuable for the Eagles down the stretch.

The Yankees announced they have acquired right-handed pitching prospect Jason Parker from the Reds. He is the player to be named later in last month’s trade that sent relievers Luis Cessa and Justin Wilson to Cincinnati. Parker was Cincinnati’s 16th-round pick in 2019 out of North Carolina State University. He’s made his affiliated ball debut this season, working to a 4.05 ERA across 80 innings as a starter in Low-A. The 23-year-old has struck out a strong 27% of opposing hitters against an average 9.8% walk rate, albeit against generally younger competition. Parker was not ranked among the Reds’ top prospects at FanGraphs or Baseball America. While the Yankees will add Parker as a flier to the lower levels of the organization, the bigger driver of the deal for New York at the time was creating immediate roster and payroll space to accommodate future deadline acquisitions. The Yankees would go on to add Joey Gallo, Joely Rodríguez, Anthony Rizzo and Andrew Heaney over the next few days. By including Cessa, the Yankees were able to incentivize the Reds to take on a little less than half of Wilson’s remaining salary, as well as his $2.3 million player option for next season. That was of particular import considering the Yankees’ apparent insistence on narrowly ducking below the first luxury tax threshold. For the Reds, picking up Cessa and Wilson (as well as Mychal Givens in a later deal with the Rockies) was part of a broader effort to remake a struggling bullpen. As a whole, the relief corps has continued to struggle in recent weeks, but Cessa and Wilson have both been stabilizing forces at the back end. Cessa has allowed four runs over 10 1/3 frames since the trade, while Wilson has worked 9 2/3 innings of two-run ball.

The New Orleans Saints are currently practicing in Dallas due to the lingering impacts of Hurricane Ida and are not expected to return to Louisiana this week. It's been reported that the Saints' Week 1 home game against the Green Bay Packers could be relocated to AT T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, if the teams aren't cleared to compete in the Caesars Superdome on Sept. 12. In a statement released Monday, the Saints announced owner Gayle Benson is donating $1 million to the Gulf Coast Renewal Fund and also teased they will be playing a true home game two Sundays from now. "Our team is safe and focused on preparing for, and winning, the first regular game against the Green Bay Packers," the Saints explained. "We look forward to returning to New Orleans to continue those preparations as soon as our government leaders say it is safe to do so. Fortunately, the Caesars Superdome received only minor damage and will be prepared to host games as soon as the city's infrastructure will allow. We greatly look forward to representing our city, state and region this season as we work together to restore our community. We know how much winning games can unite and inspire people in our region and we can't wait to take advantage of that responsibility and opportunity." Saturday's preseason finale between the Saints and Arizona Cardinals was canceled because of the storm. According to Jeff Duncan of NOLA.com, one option for Sept. 12 could be that the Saints welcome the Packers to the Caesars Superdome for a game with limited attendance because of staffing issues linked with the hurricane. While it's unknown when the NFL will make a final decision on the location of that matchup, it's probably safe to say that the Saints and Packers would like to know where they're playing by the end of the holiday weekend. The Cowboys begin their campaign at the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 9 and, thus, won't be using their stadium three days later.

Rookie quarterback Trey Lance and the San Francisco 49ers took out the Las Vegas Raiders in their preseason finale on Sunday. The game itself was interesting because Lance rotated with presumed 49ers starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo throughout the first quarter-plus of the game. It also appears that the rookie No. 3 pick was dinged up in the game. Trey Lance was seen holding a finger on his throwing hand after apparently hitting that digit on another player’s helmet. In talking to the media one day later, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan notes that Lance will be sidelined for seven days due to the injury. With the 49ers’ regular-season opener against the Detroit Lions set to kick off in just under two weeks, this doesn’t seem to be a huge deal. Obviously, the 49ers would like to get Lance reps in practice. But he should be ready to go once the regular season opens. Whether this means Lance will actually take to the field against Detroit remains to be seen. At times on Sunday, the 21-year-old North Dakota State product could be seen rotating pretty much every other play with Garoppolo against the Raiders. For his part, Shanahan would not tip is hand as it relates to San Francisco’s plans for the regular season. What we do know is that he expects Lance to be on the field in certain packages. Lance struggled to an extent with accuracy during his three preseason appearances. However, 49ers players also dropped a ridiculous nine passes. Lance finished the exhibition slate tallying four total touchdowns against one interception.

The L.A. Clippers may be looking to sign a player who helped down them in the playoffs two years ago. Shams Charania of The Athletic reported on Monday that the Clippers are interested in signing veteran forward Paul Millsap. Charania also names the Chicago Bulls as another team in pursuit of the unrestricted free agent. Millsap is one of the oldest active players in the league at 36. But he still had respectable averages of 9.0 points and 4.7 rebounds in 20.8 minutes a game last season for the Denver Nuggets. Millsap also single-handedly ignited Denver’s 3-1 comeback against the Clippers in the 2019 playoffs with a 14-point third quarter in Game 5 that swung the momentum of the series. The Clippers managed to re-sign Nicolas Batum and add Justise Winslow this summer. But there is still a decent-sized hole in their frontcourt with Kawhi Leonard likely out for the season and both DeMarcus Cousins and Patrick Patterson still unsigned. Millsap does have some other opportunities that may pose a slightly better shot at title contention next year. The presumptive fit with the Clippers is definitely a strong one though.

49ers vs Raiders: Five defensive plays that stood out

Niners Nation 30 August, 2021 - 02:30pm

DeMeco Ryans’ blitzes caused problems for the Raiders.

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Again, the Raiders starters didn't play, but you still got a feel for different things Ryans will do through the season.

“I’m feeling really good about where we are. All of our guys, I just love the way they come to work every day. These guys are out here. This probably was our best practice today. And to be this far ahead in camp and it’s just both sides, defense and offense. I thought it was a very competitive practice on both sides. I just love the mentality of our defense. Guys are swarming to the ball. They’re doing everything we’re asking them to do. They’re playing fast, they’re playing aggressive and they’re playing for each other. They’re communicating really well. So, I couldn’t ask for our defense to be in a better space than they’re in now.”

Here are a handful of plays that stood out during Sunday’s win over the Raiders.

Raiders head coach Jon Gruden tried to stick to his roots by establishing the run early, but the Niners front-seven weren’t having it. San Francisco’s defensive line looked great — which is encouraging as Nick Bosa, and Dee Ford did not play.

One of the most notable performances Sunday was Jaquiski Tartt. He flew around in coverage and made several key third-down stops, like the one in the third clip below:

When you add Bosa and Ford, it maximizes the defense. However, missing their production when rushing the passer is an understatement.

According to Pro Football Focus, San Francisco’s team pressure rate dropped over 10 percentage points from 39.0% in 2019 to 28.4% this past season. As a result, the 49ers were relying on players of Dion Jordan’s caliber to make plays.

The 2021 pressure rate could end up being higher than 2019’s with these guys. The depth along the defensive line is jaw-dropping.

Ryans has been aggressive on third downs throughout the preseason. He sends six defenders (in the clip below) and drops Arden Key into man coverage. You can see quarterback Nathan Peterman call something at the line of scrimmage. He likely recognized man coverage.

Ryans did a good job of disguising Cover 0 to make it look like Cover 1. Talanoa Hufanga lines up on the slot receiver and fires out to blitz with perfect timing. Tartt picks up who Hufanga was initially lined up to cover.

In 2020, San Francisco's blitz rate took a major jump to 33.6% compared to 20.9% in 2019, per Pro Football Reference. Seeing how comfortable Ryans is in man coverage, I would expect that number to jump even more if “he wants to take the ball away.”

San Francisco's defensive line came up big again with six quarterback hits and three sacks. They were able to get penetration on the Raiders all game. The sack below happened right after Jordan Willis got one on second down.

Kerr’s sack might've been the best pass-rush move in the preseason for the Niners. His celebration was great, and the reaction on the sidelines from his teammates afterward was even better.

Who will replace Maurice Hurst? Kerr and Kentavius Street were the options, and San Francisco should lean to Street. Kerr has performed well through the preseason games. However, Street is better suited for the team. His athleticism gives him the edge over Kerr.

If Kerr is cut, he will definitely make an impact on someone's defense immediately.

I wondered how different Ryans’ defense would look compared to Robert Saleh’s? In the light of preseason, we got a good sample. The front-seven will continue to be dominant, and Ryans look to match that with aggressive blitzes. Through all the quarterback controversy, we can all agree on this defense being dominant in 2021.

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