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drink galore, full throttle cheerleaders and a generous smattering of Buffalo and Jacksonville players served as a firsthand glimpse at just how vast the sport has become overseas in recent days.

Walking the grounds with fellow Around The NFL colleague Conor Orr, we saw pro football fans of all ages: men, women, children and pets decked out in a kaleidoscope of jerseys honoring players new and old. Spiller, Peyton Manning jersey cheap jersey cheap, Fred Taylor, Fred Jackson, Zach Ertz jersey cheap, LaDainian Tomlinson jersey cheap jersey cheap, Eric Decker jersey cheap, Blake Bortles jersey cheap jersey cheap, Ryan Tannehill jersey cheap jersey cheap, Matthew Stafford jersey cheap jersey cheap, a small curly haired child in Paul Posluszny jersey cheap jersey cheap gear, Doug Martin jersey cheap, Joe Flacco jersey cheap jersey cheap, Jimmy Graham jersey cheap, Kyle Rudolph jersey cheap jersey cheap, Tedy Bruschi jersey cheap, Byron Leftwich, MJD (sorry, Ike Taylor) and LeSean McCoy jersey cheap jersey cheap.

We spoke to the Leftwich clad fan, Matt Harris, a teacher who noted that football has taken hold in the schools, saying that kids who always played soccer and rugby are “now also playing American football out on the fields,” adding: “It’s getting to that point where kids are buying into it. They know the rules, they know the game, they know the players. Over the past four years, I’ve really seen the shift.”

Harris was introduced to the Jaguars by his friend, Matt Wright, who told me he fell for Jacksonville “10 to 12 years ago” after vacationing in Florida. At the time he was more into the NBA’s Orlando Magic, but returned from the voyage with a Warren Sapp jersey cheap Bucs jersey and a Jaguars cap. Tampa had just won the Super Bowl, leaving Wright to feel that he “didn’t want to be that person” who band wagon jumped, so he picked the Jags, who he’ll watch in person on Sunday.

Along the avenue, we witnessed a millennial in blasted out skinny jeans and a form fitting Rob Gronkowski jersey cheap jersey cheap jersey, but just yards away was a Jets fan, decked in green and basking in New York’s nfl jerseys from China
4 1 start. Nigel Sharnand, 22, told me he’s been a Jets fan since 2012, when he went to the States to watch Gang Green face the Dolphins. He’s followed the NFL since attending the first International Series tilt between Miami and the Giants back in 2007.

“I started playing at uni, so you have three years at uni and the team will give you the kit and stuff,” Barber said, “. We’re all amateur and do it for the love of it.”

A run stuffing linebacker, Barber is another example of how the sport itself not just the trappings of daily fantasy football has captured Europe.

It wasn’t just on Regent Street, either. All week long, we’ve eyed examples of how the NFL is meshing into the fabric of this amazing city. As I write this, Orr and I are in the rowdy stands of a soccer match between Fulham FC and lavender clad Reading FC.

We’re drinking in this contest, just as British fans will embrace Sunday’s bout between the Jaguars and Bills. There’s room for everything. The walls are coming down, the borders dissolving. It’s a glorious time to be an NFL fan, no matter where you call home.



Leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft, each day NFL Fantasy will profile a prospect who could make a splash in fantasy next season. Today’s subject is former Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah jersey cheap jersey cheap.

According to most pundits and scouts, it’s a two horse race for the draft’s top running back between Melvin Gordon jersey cheap and Todd Gurley jersey cheap. However, floating right on the periphery of that elite tier is Ameer Abdullah jersey cheap jersey nfl jerseys from China
cheap, a smaller, immensely talented, hard working running back out of Nebraska. Abdullah usually clocks in at any where from No. 3 to No. 7 on prospect rankings, typically pushed down for very real ball security issues. I went to the tape to see just what might be in store for Abdullah in his rookie season from a fantasy perspective.

It was hard limiting Abdullah’s strengths to just four in the above section, because he is an impressive runner on tape. Abdullah might be the fastest accelerator in the draft, even if he’s not the fastest runner. He gets from 0 60 in a hurry when he’s cutting upfield or breaking into the open.

Abdullah has the hallmarks of a complete back at the NFL level, based on his vision, patience and full arsenal of moves. Watching his savvy combination of moves in the open field is a thing of beauty, as defenders get spun around and are left tackling shadows. His feet are as quick as pistons, and his balance allows him to bounce of initial Chinese Wholesale Jerseys
contact and gain countless extra yards. He also packs a pretty solid punch in his smaller frame, but won’t go down as this draft’s best power back for obvious reasons.

Ball security is a concern

I repeat, ball security is a concern

Lacks top end speed

Smaller frame than typical backs

The biggest knock on Abdullah is his well documented fumbling issue, as he had 13 fumbles over his career at Nebraska. He did improve in each year, greatly increasing his average number of touches between fumbles, but he’ll definitely need to prove to NFL coaches that he can hang onto the football if he wants to see the field.

Abdullah’s lack of top end speed is disconcerting, as he was frequently caught from behind at Nebraska. However, he is a truly explosive athlete, and with his lightning quick acceleration and other attributes he can still be a difference maker at the NFL level. The Ravens re signed Justin Forsett jersey cheap jersey cheap, but it wouldn’t hurt to bring in his eventual replacement and form a dangerous committee with Abdullah. Dallas is in need of a feature back, and while Abdullah doesn’t quite have the typical “build,” he could really make the most of the lanes that offensive line would open up in front of him.

Early fantasy draft projection

As long as Abdullah doesn’t end up in his coach’s doghouse for fumbling issues (or buried on a depth chart), he should make a splash in fantasy at some point in 2015. He has a unique and explosive combination of skills that should quickly translate to the pro game. He’s definitely worth a pick in redrafts. How high will just depend on where he lands come draft day.



The scoop: “The thing I took away from the (Clemson Louisville) game is that Lamar Jackson has the look of a first (overall) pick, but I don’t think (Deshaun) Watson has the same look.” NFC executive on Louisville QB Lamar Jackson and Clemson QB Deshaun Watson jersey cheap

The skinny: “Look” is a very subjective scouting term, but this executive clearly sees things in Jackson that he doesn’t see in Watson. Watson was expected to build on his strong 2015 campaign with the return of wide receiver Mike Williams jersey cheap. Instead, NFL personnel men have been underwhelmed by Watson’s 2016 season. Watson has 14 touchdowns and 7 interceptions and has seen his completion percentage drop from 67 to 60 while his yards per attempt are down over a full yard. On the flip side, Jackson has taken a massive step forward as a playmaker and gamebreaker. He has NFL scouts paying attention to him despite the fact he’s only a true sophomore and won’t be eligible for the draft until 2018 at the earliest. Watson threw for five touchdowns discount nfl jerseys
and three interceptions in the matchup against Louisville, but it was the strong second half performance by Jackson that grabbed scouts’ attention.

The scoop: “I came into the season thinking one way on Tim Williams jersey cheap and now I’m thinking another way. He isn’t a factor on first downs and then off the field he’s getting in trouble, too. It’s starting to feel like he’s too high maintenance for me.” NFC scout on the Alabama DE/OLB

The skinny: Williams was suspended for the first half of Alabama’s 34 6 win over Kentucky on Saturday after he was arrested last week on a gun charge. Williams dominated in the second half with three tackles for loss, including a sack and a forced fumble. Williams is enormously talented. Alabama tends to deploy him as a pass rush specialist while allowing others to handle the work on early downs. If scouts don’t believe Williams can handle every down work, it could have an impact on his draft stock. His charge of carrying a pistol without a permit might be viewed as a minor indiscretion by some teams, but this scout obviously believes it could be indicative of a bigger headache that might come along with Williams once he gets into the pros.

The scoop: “For those of us who scout the West, it might be smart Cheap Jerseys
to rent a place in Seattle because we are going to be spending a lot of time there in the future.” AFC scout on the talent at Washington

The skinny: By the looks of Washington’s blowout win over Stanford last Friday evening, this scout might be right. Safety Budda Baker jersey cheap and cornerback Sidney Jones jersey cheap, both talented juniors, are squarely on the radar of NFL scouts. However, sophomore quarterback Jake Browning could be the prospect that scouts end up doing the most homework on in the next year or two. Browning (6 foot 2, 209 pounds, per school measurements) has average size, at best, and has yet to throw for 300 yards in a game this season, but he’s building on a strong freshman season and looked like he was in complete command in the demolition of Stanford.



The grandson of Vince Lombardi, Joe arrived in Detroit without experience as an NFL coordinator. He spent seven seasons with the New Orleans, including five years as Drew Brees jersey cheap jersey cheap’ quarterback coach. Lombardi’s place in Detroit always felt like an awkward fit. He struggled to adapt a Saints like offense in Detroit based on timing and precision. Matthew Stafford jersey cheap jersey cheap has never mastered the finer points of the position like Brees, and he regressed in an offense built around short passing.

Under Cooter, the Lions coach hinted that Stafford would improve and return to form.

“The offense is kind of built around the guy you usually have handling the ball most often,” Caldwell explained. “Those two guys have a good relationship, a good synergy. Sometimes it makes it a little bit more easier. It’s tough anyway, but it makes it a little easier in terms of the communication.”

The last straw for Lombardi came on Sunday when the Lions lost to the Minnesota Vikings jersey cheap to drop their record to 1 6. Stafford and the team’s offensive line has struggled to recognize where pressure is coming from all season.

“I think Joe was receptive to Chinese Wholesale Jerseys
the things I had to say. If anything, I got to do a better job of communicating too,” Stafford told the media. “It’s on everybody when bad stuff happens. I can always be better, too. . It’s not one person. When it gets to this point, it’s a lot of people involved.”

Caldwell, who has an offensive background, has been under fire for not delivering on his promise to improve Stafford. Caldwell, who is a proven offensive coach from his days in Indianapolis and Baltimore, figures to take on a larger role constructing the offense. If he’s going to get heat, he may as well do it with his style of offense.

When asked why he finally made the decision to let go of Lombardi, Caldwell replied, “Because we just were not productive, that’s the key. . The big thing is to be productive on a continuous basis. Every game requires something just a little bit different and the thing you have to understand is you can’t change an offense in its entirety in two weeks’ time, four weeks’ time. So it’s going to take obviously some adjustments along the way.”

Caldwell was instrumental in Peyton Manning jersey cheap jersey cheap’s career and getting the Colts to the Super Bowl in the 2009 season as their head coach. He was hired late in the 2013 season in Baltimore, turning the Ravens’ offense around and helping Joe Flacco jersey cheap jersey cheap win a Super Bowl. With Lombardi as his offensive coordinator, he was unable to replicate that success in Detroit.

While the Lions won 11 games last season, Stafford was more erratic than ever. The offensive efficiency was No. 19 in the league last year according to FootballOutsiders, which was the team’s exact same rank as 2013. They had fallen to No. 26 this year under Lombardi.

The Lions head to London this week to face discount nfl jerseys
the Kansas City Chiefs jersey cheap and then have a bye in Week 9. Caldwell did not want to wait another week to make a big move for his franchise.