What Sony Michel trade means for Rams, Patriots, Darrell Henderson and fantasy football owners

  • NFL American Football Patriots Rams The Rams have added some depth to their running back room. On Wednesday morning, the team announced that it had acquired Sony Michel from the Patriots in exchange for draft-pick compensation.As NFL Network's Ian Rapoport details, the Patriots will receive a 2022 fourth-round compensatory pick in exchange for Michel — if the Rams receive a compensatory selection, as expected. If not, then New England will receive fifth- and sixth-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft. Compensation update: It’s a 5th rounder and 6th rounder this year that converts to a 4th rounder when/if the #Rams get a 4th round comp pick. Complicated, but essentially Sony Michel for a 4th round pick. Solid value. https://t.co/eWVzq9bcaT— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 25, 2021Michel was a first-round pick of the Patriots in 2018 and has totaled 2,550 total yards and 15 touchdowns during his three-year career. He also ran for 94 yards on 18 carries and scored the lone TD in Super Bowl 53, which the Patriots won 13-3 over the Rams.What does the Sony Michel trade mean for the Rams? And, perhaps more importantly, what does it mean for fantasy owners who are interested in Rams RBs Darrell Henderson and Xavier Jones as well as Patriots RBs Damien Harris, James White and Rhamondre Stevenson? Here's a full breakdown. IYER: When will Justin Fields start for the Bears? How Sony Michel trade impacts Darrell Henderson, Xavier JonesWhen the Rams lost Cam Akers to a torn Achilles before the preseason, many assumed that they would add another running back to their depth chart. They didn't. Instead, they rolled with Darrell Henderson as their starter and Xavier Jones, Jake Funk, Raymond Calais and Otis Anderson as their backups.However, more recent injuries in the RB room prompted another trade. Calais was waived with an injured designation after suffering a mid-foot fracture. And recently, Henderson suffered a thumb injury in practice.While Henderson's injury is not expected to be serious, the Rams still had only three healthy running backs on their roster. None of them have logged an NFL carry, and Funk twice tore his ACL while playing at Maryland. So, experience and depth became a need.Michel will provide that. He has 561 total touches at the NFL level and has started 28 of the 38 NFL games he has played. He will be able to start if the Rams need him to, but he was comfortable in a backup role with the Patriots last year.From a fantasy football perspective, Michel certainly has more value with the Rams than he did with the Patriots. He was fighting for the primary backup role in New England, but in Los Angeles, he should have a[......]

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    Madden 22 early access: Here are two ways to play before the 2021 release date

  • NFL E-Sports Preseason football is in action, which means it's almost time for NFL fans to get their hands on the latest version of Madden."Madden NFL 22" will be available soon, and it'll be available even sooner for some people. While EA Sports has a worldwide release date for the popular video game, it also has a pair of early access periods, allowing gamers to play before everyone else. We'll break down the two ways you can play Madden 22 early.Madden 22 release dateFriday, August 20Madden 22 has a worldwide release date on Friday, August 20. (EA Sports) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ae/83/madden-nfl-22-ftr_1gsw8g037br6b1ahced24mrt39.png?t=902865635&w=500&quality=80 Madden 22 early accessEA Sports is offering an early access period of Madden 22 starting on Thursday, August 12. This is available to people who have an EA Play membership and who pre-ordered the game. This early access period allows you to play a 10-hour trial of Madden 22 prior to its official release date.In addition, you get some extra content as a member of EA Play.You get the following:Limited-time MUT Challenges10% off pre-orderLaunch Welcome Pack in MUTMonthly MUT rewardsEA Play is a membership that costs $4.99 a month or $29.99 annually.How to play Madden 22 earlyIf you aren't interested in joining EA Play for the 10-hour trial early access period, there's also another way to play Madden 22 ear夜网论坛ly. This route is much simpler as all you need to do is pre-order the game, but you must pre-order either the Dynasty or MVP edition. You do not get early access by pre-ordering the standard edition.If you pre-order the Dynasty or MVP edition you'll be eligible to play three days early on Tuesday, August 17. As a reward, you'll be able to play exclusive challenges during the early access window.You also get a number of other rewards by pre-ordering, which we explain here.[......]

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    NFL power rankings: Rams overtake Buccaneers at No. 1; 49ers, Chiefs, Steelers fall big for Week 4

  • NFL American Football Patriots Dolphins Titans Raiders Eagles Ravens Colts Vikings 49ers Washington Football Team Jaguars Lions Rams Cowboys Bengals Cardinals Giants Broncos Bills Packers Texans Browns Falcons Chiefs Saints Bears Seahawks Chargers Jets[......]

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    Who plays on 'Thursday Night Football' tonight? Time, TV channel, schedule for NFL Week 4

  • NFL American Football Jaguars Bengals v Jaguars Bengals On paper, the Week 4 "Thursday Night Football" matchup may not look too exciting. However, there is one predominant storyline that could add some extra excitement to this week's game.Per usual, it's the quarterbacks. More specifically, each of the quarterbacks in this matchup was the No. 1 overall pick in their respective draft classes. They also played against one another in college, and both are surrounded by quality offensive weapons in Cincinnati and Jacksonville respectively. That's what will make this meeting between the Bengals and the Jaguars so exciting. Both sides have the weaponry needed to make some noise on offense; now, the quarterbacks just have to take advantage of it.MORE: Watch Panthers vs. Texans live with fuboTV (7-day free trial) Either way, this figures to be a bit more explosive than the 24-9 Panthers win last week on "Thursday Night Football."Below is everything to know about Thursday night's matchup, plus everything you need to know to watch the first Week 4 game of the 2021 NFL season.WEEK 4 NFL PICKS: Against the spread | Straight upWho plays on 'Thursday Night Football' tonight?Matchup: Jaguars at BengalsLocation: Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OhioThe Jaguars and the Bengals are facing off on "Thursday Night Football" in Week 4. This matchup will be an intriguing one, as it features the last two No. 1 overall picks in the 2020 and 2021 NFL Drafts.Joe Burrow will look to lead the Bengals to their third win of the season. He last played Trevor Lawrence, the Jaguars' starter, during the LSU vs. Clemson game to determine the winner of the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship. Burrow's LSU squad won 42-25; he threw for 463 yards and five touchdowns.The Jaguars will hope that Lawrence can avenge that loss and earn Jacksonville its first win of the Lawrence/Urban Meyer era. The Jaguars led 13-7 at halftime against Arizona in Week 3, but they ended up losing the game 31-19. They have been outscored by double digits in every game so far this season.IYER: What's going wrong for these struggling 2020 playoff teams?What time is the NFL game tonight?Date: Thursday, Sept. 30Time: 8:20 p.m. ET"Thursday Night Football" is scheduled to kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET in Week 4's Jaguars at Bengals game. That's the scheduled start time for each Thursday night game over the remainder of the season.NFL Network will air a pregame show that begins at 7:30 p.m. and plenty of other coverage ahead of the game as well.What channel is the NFL game on tonight[......]

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    Where is Terrell Owens now? Former Eagles, Cowboys receiver making most of post-NFL life

  • NFL Eagles Cowboys American Football There's no real timeout when you're T.O.Urban legend says Terrell Owens is still in his driveway doing crunches in front of members of the media. The truth is, though, Owens is probably home, sipping some wine and enjoying life as an all-time NFL great. The Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver left behind a storied, entertaining and controversial career in 2012, last taking a regular-season snap with the Bengals in 2010. After a short wait to get into Canton, Owens is attempting to make the most of his post-career life, with several business ventures up and in the works.MORE: Highest-paid NFL players in 2021 Where is Terrell Owens now?After one-year stints with the Bills and Bengals to end his career, Owens floated in free agency, retired in 2013 and eventually was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018. He would reject the Hall of Fame invite, choosing to host his own celebration instead. He remains the only player ever to reject an invite to Canton.Recently, Owens hosted a weekly football podcast alongside fellow former NFL player Matthew Hatchette titled "Getcha Popcorn Ready." Owens also had his hand in the athleisure-wear pot, planning to launch "Protoype 81." And if you're into the wine thing, you can check out 81 Vino, Owens' brand of wine in junction with former Dodgers manager, the late-great Tommy Lasorda.Owens also has been trying to cull boxing fights in recent years: He challenged Brandon Marshall to a fight, while also trying to get former QB Donovan McNabb in the squared circle. If that happens, you probably should get your popcorn ready.Terrell Owens on the EaglesAfter an eight-year stint with the 49ers to start his career (and a trade/free agency controversy involving the Ravens), Owens was traded to the Eagles prior to the 2004 season for a conditional fifth-round pick and defense end Brandon Whiting.In 14 regular season games with the Eagles in 2004, Owens had 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns on 77 receptions as Donovan McNabb's new No. 1 receiver. In December, it would appear as though Owens' debut season with the Eagles would be cut short after he suffered a sprained ankle and a broken fibula following a horse-collar tackle vs. the Cowboys. Owens, though, would make something of a miraculous recovery and return for the Super Bowl: Grabbing nine catches for 122 yards vs. the Patriots, the Eagles would fall to New England in Super Bowl 39.Following the Super Bowl L, Owens' Philly tenure was a little short on the brotherly love: Despite his dazzling success in 2004, the wideout had issues with McNabb, famously calling out the veteran Eagles passer for[......]

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    NLCS Game 6: Here we go again?

  • The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals will return to St. Louis for Game 6 of the NLCS.That’s great news for the Dodgers, and not just because their 6-4 win Wednesday gives them one more opportunity to sample Hollywood hotshot Jon Hamm’s favorite thin-crust pizza, Imo’s. In an ideal Los Angeles world, they would have won all three games at Dodger Stadium this week to go back to St. Louis up 3-2, but at least they avoided the worst-case scenario—losing twice at home to end the NLCS in disappointing fashion. MORE: Fagan recaps Game 5 | Stats | Top images from the series | TV scheduleThe return trip to Busch Stadium is far fr夜网论坛om devastating for the Cardinals, who are up 3-2 in the series, though they would have preferred to wrap up the series early and avoid the prospect of having to face Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw one more time. That’s not fun for any opponent, and it doesn’t matter that the Cardinals won when Kershaw started Game 2. Kershaw has an 0.47 ERA in three playoff starts, after posting a 1.83 ERA this season.“It’s a pretty good feeling with Clayton pitching on Friday,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said after the game. “We breathe until then. We feel like Clayton is pretty much going to keep you in the game and give you a chance if you can put runs up. We know their guy is really good. It’ll be fun.”“Their guy” is Michael Wacha, the hard-throwing rookie who has an 0.64 playoff ERA. In the first Kershaw-Wacha matchup, the Cardinals won 1-0 thanks to an unearned run chased home with a shallow sacrifice fly by Jon Jay. One glance at the ERAs for Kershaw and Wacha suggest the margin will likely be razor-thin again on Friday.“He's a guy I never faced before Game 2, and he's a great pitcher,” said first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who hit two homers for the Dodgers on Wednesday. “He's got great stuff, great changeup, great fastball. But now that we've faced him and we can have an idea how he's going to attack us, we can make our adjustments and feel more confident definitely seeing him a second time. With Kershaw, we're fully comfortable he's going to do the same job he did in Game 2. All we have to do is score for him.”That’s easier said than done.MORE NLCS COVERAGE: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | LA TimesThere’s another thing hovering over this game. It’s not tangible and not quantifiable, but it’s very real, at least to the Cardinals’ large fan base. Last year, the Cardinals blew a 3-1 NLCS lead against the Giants, and the path is clear for that to possibly happen again this year, with Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu scheduled to start the final two games of the series for Los Angeles.The team is very aware of the possibility, too.“We have meetings every day with pitchers and hitters and everybody just kind of making the rounds,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said during his pregame press conference. “We've been very clear about the urgency. Not that we had a lack of it last year, as much as just let's remember and a realization of ho[......]

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    Free agents 2014: Indians reportedly agree with David Murphy on 2-year deal

  • The Cleveland Indians are about to make their first move in the free-agent market by signing outfielder David Murphy.Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning夜网论坛 News reported Tuesday night that Murphy and the Indians are finalizing a two-year contract worth more than $10 million. Murphy made about $5.5 million last season. PHOTOS: SN ranks the top 25 free agentsMurphy, 32, spent parts of seven seasons with the Texas Rangers. He slumped to a .220/.282/.374 slash line last season, well below his career line of .275/.337/.441. The left-handed hitting Murphy figures to be part of a corner outfield platoon with Michael Brantley and Drew Stubbs. Murphy has gotten more than 500 plate appearances just once in his career, in 2012 with Texas.[......]

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    Free agents 2014: Padres take a chance on Josh Johnson

  • The San Diego Padres are hoping that Josh Johnson can remain healthy for a full season.The club agreed to a one-year contract with the free-agent right-hander on Tueday night, ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick reported. The deal includes $8 million in guaranteed money as well as performance bonuses. PHOTOS: SN's ranking of the top 25 free agentsReports earlier in the day said Johnson's decision was down to severa夜网论坛l National League teams, mainly ones on the West Coast. Johnson, 29, agreed with San Diego exactly one year after he was traded by the Miami Marlins to the Toronto Blue Jays in a controversial blockbuster deal. He was limited to 16 starts with the Jays because of injuries and posted a 6.20 ERA in 81 1/3 innings. For his career, he has a 3.40 ERA and 1.27 WHIP and averages 8.25 strikeouts per nine innings.Johnson has been on the disabled list six times in the past seven seasons with various arm and elbow ailments.San Diego will add Johnson to a rotation that also includes Ian Kennedy, Andrew Cashner and Eric Stults.[......]

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    Yankees still have plenty to do after adding Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury

  • NEW YORK — Brian McCann was in the Bronx on Thursday to put on his pinstripes for the first time, and the Yankees officially took their first step toward returning to the playoffs after missing out for only the second time in the wild card era.With 夜网论坛a five-year, $85 million deal for McCann now on the books, and a seven-year, $153 million contract for center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury soon to be finalized, the Yankees are doing what they do best, paying stars top dollar. They spend money to make money, and when they make money, they spend it again. The Yankees want to get their payroll under $189 million for 2014, but want is very different from need. — SN picks Public Enemy No. 1 for every team"It's an absolute goal, and yes, I think we can do it, but it's not going to come at the expense of fielding a good team," Hal Steinbrenner. "Right now, we're still under it. Right now, we've still got a decent amount of money to spend, quite frankly, and we're gonna. We're gonna put it back into the team the way that we always do." Ellsbury gets the next big check, followed by a much smaller one for utilityman Kelly Johnson — reportedly $3 million for one year. The Yankees still want to re-sign free agent second baseman Robinson Cano, who will command nine figures. The Seattle Mariners are willing to offer Cano a 10-year contract worth as much as $240 million, ESPNDeports.com reports.The All-Star second baseman flew to Seattle Thursday to meet with team executives, the story says.Yanks General manager Brian Cashman said: "We have a need in starting pitching," and manager Joe Girardi spoke of similarly requisite additions in the bullpen."Some years, we're very aggressive because we have to be, or because we had a lot of money come off," Cashman said. "In other years, we're not, because we're set in a lot of spots and have money committed. This winter, we have a lot more needs than I'm used to experiencing, so we're reacting to that. That's all it really comes down to, is reacting to your needs."Positionally, the Yankees are just about set. They may or may not have Cano, right field is a question mark that can be filled either from the current roster or outside, and nobody knows what will happen with Alex Rodriguez's suspension appeal. But projected lineups for New York inspire a lot more confidence than the group that, in 2013, had its lowest run output since 1992.CF Jacoby EllsburySS Derek Jeter2B Robinson Cano3B Alex Rodriguez1B Mark TeixeiraC Brian McCannDH Alfonso SorianoRF Ichiro Suzuki/Vernon WellsLF Brett GardnerJohnson could slot in for Cano or A-Rod, with requisite lineup shuffling, if either is not in New York in 2014. If both Cano and A-Rod are out of the picture for the Yankees, there would be plenty of free payroll space under that magic $189 million figure, although the required good-hitting infielder would be more likely to arrive via trade than free agency, given the dearth of options available on the open market.Also, Jeter should[......]

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    trade rumors: Are White Sox willing to deal Chris Sale?

  • The market for free-agent starting pitchers is thin, so teams are "pushing" the Chicago White Sox to deal ace Chris Sale, FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports.And the White Sox apparently will listen to offers, Rosenthal writes. But White Sox chairman Jerry夜网论坛 Reinsdorf tells the Chicago Tribune he doesn't expect the team to move Sale. Sale, 24, is under team control through 2019, so Chicago likely would hold out for a major haul before dealing him. The lefty had a 3.04 ERA (good for seventh in the AL), 1.073 WHIP (third) and 226 strikeouts (third) in 2013. He also was the winning pitcher in the All-Star Game.Overall, Sale is 32 -25 with a 2.97 ERA and 1.103 WHIP in four seasons with the ChiSox.[......]

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