he pulled down a woman’s top during a St. Patrick’s Day parade

Let’s get the obvious option out of the way first. Colin Kaepernick is a better quarterback than Bortles and would likely jell in an offense that doesn’t ask him to do too much.

But Kaepernick’s free agency has little to do with his skills on the field. Teams have shied away from signing the quarterback after he kneeled during the national anthem throughout the 2016 season to protest of the oppression of people of color. Marrone, Tom Coughlin, and Shad Khan have stayed silent about Kaepernick, so it’s hard to know the franchise’s thoughts on the possibility of adding him.

Fans, as is the case with every NFL market to varying degrees, would be divided. There are at least a few including SB Nation’s Jaguars blog, Big Cat Country who think it would be a good idea:

After Kaepernick, the market for a free agent is thin. There’s Robert Griffin III, but it’s hard to confidently believe he’s a better option than Bortles or current backup Chad Henne.

The league also looked into another incident involving Elliott. In March of this year, he pulled down a woman’s top during a St. Patrick’s Day parade. The investigators reviewed video and interviewed the woman, who did not file a complaint. The letter sent to Elliott said your behavior during this event was inappropriate and disturbing, and reflected a lack of respect for the woman.

Although the league did not discipline him for the incident, it said it suggests a pattern of poor judgment.

On July 16, Elliott was connected to an incident at a Dallas bar, though he was not named as a suspect and no police report was filed. It did not factor into Elliott’s suspension, either. Soon after, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that Elliott was still learning how to navigate fame.

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Texans vs. Panthers 2017: Final score and highlights from Carolina’s win

Deshaun Watson was the big story headed into the Houston Texans’ opener on Wednesday night. While he did have some impressive moments, the Carolina Panthers ultimately came away with the 27-17 victory, thanks to two touchdown catches from Damiere Byrd.

Cam Newton sat out, so Derek Anderson got the start for Carolina. He hit Kelvin Benjamin for a score early on and then took a seat along with the rest of the starters. The Texans started Tom Savage, who played the first quarter before making way for Watson. Houston’s QB competition is far from over, but Watson had plenty of positive moments in his first preseason game.

Peppers went to school in Michigan and now he’s up in Cleveland with the Browns. What could be more Midwestern than a chain restaurant that strongly resembles Chili’s?

Instead of Chicken Crispers, Pepper’s has Chicken Crunchers. And instead of the trademarked Triple Dipper appetizer which combines a choice of your three favorite appetizers Pepper’s has the Triple Decker, which does the same thing but just stacks them on top of each other. Try the Go Blue corn chips with the Maize-o queso.

Eddie Lacy has made it clear he loves China food. You know every dish on his buffet line is going to be delicious. Anyone who’s this passionate about Chinese food would certainly have high standards.

Butler, a two-time Super Bowl champion and a one-time All-Pro and Pro Bowler, has made just $1.53 million in base salary to date. After signing a one-year, $3.91 million tender with New England, that figure will nearly quadruple but be just $5.44 million. Conversely, Marshon Lattimore, the 11th pick in the 2017 NFL draft, was guaranteed more than $15 million before even playing a snap in the league.

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Alex Smith has a reputation as a dink-and-dunk quarterback

The Washington offense hasn’t done much of anything, but Fabian Moreau forced a fumble on a punt and that set up a field goal. Special teams are a good way to impress in preseason.

The Cowboys played it safe with Dak Prescott and kept him on the sideline for the first two preseason games, but he got started Saturday and picked up exactly where he left off.

Alex Smith has a reputation as a dink-and-dunk quarterback, but he didn’t look like it when he dropped a perfect pass into Travis Kelce’s arms early in the game.

Smith played well for the Chiefs and then Patrick Mahomes came in and did this.

Unfortunately, the referees ruled against fun and exciting things, and said Mahomes was out of bounds. Instead, he threw a touchdown to Demetrius Harris, who also caught a touchdown pass from Smith.

Mahomes kept his good play rolling into the second half with a 12-play touchdown drive to start the third quarter. All in all, he looked amazing.

Watt was already out by the second series, and the Panthers’ offense seemed to notice. Anderson hit Greg Olsen for a 32-yard gain in the middle of the field. Then McCaffrey showed why he was a top-10 pick with a shifty first-down run.

Benjamin beat Johnathan Joseph to haul in the first touchdown of the game.

It’s preseason time in the NFL. While we’re a month away from the regular season (and about two weeks away from being sick of preseason), there’s still the excitement of football returning and a chance to see your favorite players for the first time since January.

Week 1 of the preseason has been a slow rollout, with one game on Wednesday night and six more on Thursday. There are three games taking place Friday night, all with varying levels of intrigue, even if the starters won’t be playing much.

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‘Hard Knocks’ recap: Did you get a hot dog?

Recaps that simply regurgitate an episode’s chronology are for children. THIS IS THE PROS, BABY. Here are the six biggest takeaways from the second episode of this season’s Hard Knocks.

The Seahawks are coming off a convincing 48-17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers last Sunday. Trevone Boykin put on a show, completing 12 of 15 passes for 189 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. It was an important performance for Boykin, who’s trying to retain the backup quarterback job after Seattle signed Austin Davis in the offseason.

Seattle’s blowout win didn’t come without a price, though. Wide receiver Paul Richardson injured his shoulder making a diving catch in the first quarter. He was diagnosed with a sprained AC joint and will probably miss this week’s game, but Richardson might be ready in time for the regular season. Doug Baldwin is back at practice after picking up a minor foot injury, while Tyler Lockett is getting close to 100 percent after last year’s broken leg. Russell Wilson would get a huge boost with all three of those receivers healthy at the same time.

The Vikings’ preseason game wasn’t as comfortable, but they did enough to get a 17-10 win over the Buffalo Bills. The defense held Buffalo to just one touchdown and Dalvin Cook looked good in his preseason debut, recording 43 total yards on nine touches. The second-round rookie is currently anchoring the Vikings’ backfield with Latavius Murray recovering from offseason ankle surgery. Murray was activated from the PUP list last week and could see some action Friday night after he sat out the first preseason game.

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Wyoming’s Josh Allen is still drawing massive NFL draft hype. How about that!

Every spring, heading into the NFL draft, college fans are surprised to discover which quarterbacks have won the pros’ hearts. Ryan Tannehill over Russell Wilson, huh? Mitch Trubisky over Deshaun Watson, huh? Jared Goff over … any of these other guys, huh?

Instead, those players go on the Active/Non-Football Injury list. The Broncos placed two rookies on the NFI list this week: tight end Jake Butt, who tore his ACL in Michigan’s Orange Bowl loss last December, and Chad Kelly, who underwent wrist surgery before he was drafted.

The rules on when a player can return from NFI are the same as PUP. But if a player is cleared from the NFI or PUP list, he can’t be placed back on that list after the fact. The team will either have to cut the player or place him on injured reserve.

The time for concern is when a player can’t get off the PUP list before the end of the preseason. If he’s still on PUP when the regular season begins, then that player is stuck on there for the first six games. Luck is expected to start Week 1, but if he’s still on the PUP right before the regular season starts, the Colts will be without their quarterback until mid-October.

Teams always have the option of shifting a player from PUP to injured reserve if it looks like he won’t be physically ready within that six-week timeframe.

The Cowboys and Rams both saw their depth charts upended this week, for entirely different reasons. Ezekiel Elliott got a six-game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, and Dallas has to figure out the short-term starter if his appeal fails.

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Burfict’s tackle didn’t sit well with his teammates

We’re getting a look at Lions rookie quarterback Brady Kaaya. Fun fact: His mom is the Bye Felicia lady from Friday. This hasn’t been the most thrilling quarter so far, and that’s the most interesting thing we can come up with about this game right now.

Another Chris Carson 1-yard rushing touchdown gives the Seahawks what should be an insurmountable lead, since they’re not the Atlanta Falcons and this isn’t the Super Bowl.

Burfict’s tackle didn’t sit well with his teammates, and that led to a larger scrum. A coach even got pushed during the spat. Tight end Tyler Eifert went the extra mile, and he kept jawing with the linebacker after the rest of the players had moved on.

After practice, they waved it off as the typical camp intensity. Head coach Marvin Lewis was more blunt, telling reporters pushing and shoving is a waste of time.

Joint practices are supposed to be a sneaky way teams get some extra work within the limitations on their practice time. Does it work? Who knows. What we do know is that there is always a brawl.

Rams corner Trumaine Johnson shoved Chargers receiver Dontrelle Inman. Benches cleared, mostly, thereafter.

Remember that trade last week that sent Jordan Matthews to the Bills? Well the other player involved in that trade picked off his former quarterback in Tyrod Taylor.

The Buccaneers cut Roberto Aguayo last week after having a rough first year and change with the team. The first kick the team attempted since his release was missed by Nick Folk.

It wasn’t all bad. Butler and his secondary bent hard in the first half but didn’t break. Their ability to limit Matt Ryan and hold the Falcons scoreless over the final 22:30 was as important to the greatest comeback in league history as Brady’s passes or James White’s ability to be everywhere at once.

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NFL schedule 2017: TV times and live stream info for Falcons vs. Steelers, Saints vs. Chargers

Week 2 of the NFL preseason is underway, and that means more reps for starters. After key players sat out their teams’ openers, this weekend marked the brief returns of the league’s top players. On Saturday night, Tom Brady and Dak Prescott both made their preseason debuts.

That trend might not continue on Sunday, but both games are worth watching. The first will give us a couple of high-profile NFL debuts. In the second, one team will look to break a 10-game preseason losing streak.

The situation was also under extra scrutiny because of who Frank Clark is. While at Michigan, Clark was suspended for allegedly stealing a laptop and later dismissed from the team after being arrested for domestic violence, which lead to an eventual guilty plea to the charge of disorderly conduct. These past issues, along with uncertainty over what exactly happened during the fight, brought further scrutiny to Clark’s actions.

There is a little less uncertainty now, as an attendee at training camp that day had his camera at the ready as the training camp scuffle turned into training camp punch. Scott Granado shared some fantastic pictures that he captured that day.

The first week of the NFL preseason has been an eventful one, with position battles playing out and rookies getting their chances to shine. Things will continue on Saturday evening with three more games on the schedule, featuring varying levels of intrigue.

I think we’re stronger for it, I think we’ve come back better because of it. Unfortunately, it took a bad incident to get that done, and both guys have really bounced back.

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NHL fines Bruins’ Brad Marchand maximum $10K for ‘dangerous trip’

Bruins All-Star winger and serial offender Brad Marchand has been fined $10,000 for a dangerous trip on Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall.

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced the fine Thursday. It’s the maximum amount allowed under the collective bargaining agreement.

The incident occurred at the 12:27 mark of the first period during Boston’s 4-3 overtime win over the Red Wings on Tuesday. Marchand wasn’t penalized, and Kronwall remained in the game, but an NHL review deemed the play a dangerous trip worthy of a max fine but not suspension after meeting with Marchand earlier Thursday.

We made a very difficult decision to relieve Willie Desjardins of his duties as head coach today, general manager Jim Benning said in a release. It’s been a challenging season and we all share responsibility for the results however, we felt this change was necessary as we continue to develop a young team and look ahead to the future. We’re grateful to Willie, Doug, Perry and each of their families for their dedication and hard work and wish them every success.

Vancouver missed the playoffs for a second consecutive season and finished last in the Pacific Division after dropping its last eight games.

Desjardins, 60, got off to a promising start in Vancouver after replacing John Tortorella, leading the team to a first-round playoff appearance in 2014-15, but has failed to keep the momentum going as the Canucks worked to rebuild the organization. Desjardins ends his tenure with a 109-110-27 record.

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Baseball Hall of Fame 2017: Time, TV schedule, live stream, inductees for enshrinement ceremony

As the 2017 baseball season enters August, MLB will take the final weekend of July to celebrate its past. The Baseball Hall of Fame will enshrine five new members in Cooperstown on Sunday, which includes three players, a GM, and the former commissioner.

Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines had to wait a long time for induction, but they finally got the votes necessary to get their busts this year. Ivan Pudge Rodriguez, didn’t have to wait nearly as long, getting in on his first year of eligibility. Meanwhile, executive John Schuerlohz and commissioner Bud Selig were voted in by the Today’s Game committee.

Other inductees include the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, recognizing baseball writers, and the Ford C. Frick Award, given to the best announcers in the sport. This year’s Spink winner is Claire Smith, while Bill King is honored with the Frick award.

Blue Jays: Only Steve Pearce stuck with his actual name. We’re disappointed, but maybe you haven’t fully shed your true Orioles’ nature yet.

Indians: Jose Ramirez went with Ramirez so I’m not even going to bother coming up with a joke.

Royals: Ian Kennedy and Mike Minor are disappointments here, but at least two Kansas City players made it so their jerseys combine to say Sledge Hammer.

Twins: You knew Joe Mauer wouldn’t have a nickname: nicknames are too flashy for him. Ryan Pressly missed an opportunity to make sure no one confuses him with Alex Presley. If the jerseys had been presented differently, we would have gotten a Buddy Rogers combo, so I’m docking points for that missed opportunity.

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The Dodgers have won 11 in a row and 31 of 35

The Dodgers are seemingly unstoppable right now, and not just because they’ve won 11 games in a row. On June 6, the Dodgers dropped their third straight game, which lost them a series to the Nationals Washington improved to an NL-best 37-20 with the victory. Fast-forward to today, though, and you’ve got the Dodgers at 66-29 thanks to a 31-4 stretch that now has them nine games ahead of the Nats in the win column instead of two games back.

31-4! Thirty-one wins against four losses in their last 35 games. As you can imagine, everything has been clicking for Los Angeles: Rookie sensation Cody Bellinger has hit 14 homers and slugged .714 during those 35 games. Cory Seager has hit .352/.431/.657. Justin Turner has arguably been better than both of them, posting a .364/.481/.692 line, while Joc Pederson, Yasiel Puig, and Chris Taylor have also dominated at the plate, with the lowest OPS from that trio in this stretch Taylor’s 853. The team as a whole has batted .273/.367/.527 with 149 extra-base hits, and they’ve been especially cruel to left-handed opponents (.304/.398/.617).

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