PFF praises Andy Dalton after dominant performance

Published: Monday, October 02, 2017 @ 8:34 AM

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 23: Tyler Eifert #85 and Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals talk while warming up prior to the start of the game against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on October 23, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
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CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 23: Tyler Eifert #85 and Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals talk while warming up prior to the start of the game against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on October 23, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)(Staff Writer)

Andy Dalton stepped up in a big way on Sunday.

The Cincinnati Bengals quarterback went from zero to hero, completing 17 of 18 first-half passes in route to a 31-7 blowout. He threw for 286 yards and four touchdowns in all, crushing the winless Browns.

Pro Football Focus, expectedly, graded Dalton very well.

MLB: Former Red Zack Cozart has found his new team

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 2:18 PM

Who is Zack Cozart: Seven things to know about Reds shortstop

Whatever slim chance there was of the Cincinnati Reds re-signing Zack Cozart is gone. 

The shortstop signed a three-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels on Friday. 

According to multiple reports, the deal is worth $38 million for a player the Reds drafted in the second round out of Mississippi in 2007. 

The 32-year-old All-Star is coming off his best offensive season, having hit .297 with 24 homers and 63 RBIs. 

For his career, Cozart is a .254 batter with 82 homers and 280 RBIs in 743 games at the major-league level. 

He hit .280 with 14 homers and 49 RBIs for the Dayton Dragons in 2008. 

Earlier this week, Reds GM Dick Williams said the team is committed to Jose Peraza getting an opportunity to be the shortstop in Cincinnati in 2018. 

Peraza began last season as the team’s starting second baseman but eventually lost that job to Scooter Gennett. 

The rest of the every-day eight from 2017 are scheduled to be back, though there have been reports the Reds will at least listen to offers for outfielders Billy Hamilton, Adam Duvall and Scott Schebler as they look to make room for Jesse Winker to play in the big leagues. 

Texas Tech DC David Gibbs: ‘The future is bright’

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 2:15 PM

The future looks promising for Texas Tech football, says defensive coordinator David Gibbs.

Gibbs met with the media  after the Red Raiders threw a lot of cash at him to keep him in Lubbock, Texas.

On Friday, Gibbs spoke with the media and said, “I want to be here and my family wants to be here. I came here to do a job. We are far from perfect and have a lot of stuff to work on, but the future is bright,” according to Texas Tech football’s Twitter account.

Texas Tech topped Texas in its regular-season finale to clinch bowl eligibility with a 6-6 record. The Red Raiders will face former Longhorns coach Charlie Strong and the South Florida Bulls in the Birmingham Bowl on Dec. 23 at 12 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Texas Tech’s defense is making gradual progress in the right direction. The Red Raiders went from giving up 43.5 points per game in 2016 to 31.8 points per game in 2017.

Texas Tech entered the AP Top 25 on Oct. 8 after starting the year with a 4-1 record. It was the first time Texas Tech had been ranked since Nov. 3, 2013.

Texas Tech will try to win its first bowl game since that 2013 season when it knocked off Arizona State 37-23 in the Holiday Bowl. Regardless, it seems like Texas Tech is headed in the right direction.

Former WVU WR Stedman Bailey wants to make NFL return 2 years after getting shot in head

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 2:15 PM

Former West Virginia star receiver Stedman Bailey says he is ready to get back on an NFL roster two years after being shot twice in the head.

Bailey told  DubVNation’s Caleb Wygal this week that his doctors have cleared him to play football again. Now he just needs a team that is willing to sign him.

“Doctors say I can play,” Bailey said, “but it’ll be up to teams to clear me, which I’ll be looking at this offseason.”

On Nov. 24, 2015, Bailey was sitting with four other people in a car in the Miami area when an unknown shooter in another vehicle pulled up and fired multiple rounds into the car. Bailey was shot twice in the head.

Now, after two years and multiple surgeries, Bailey is working out and wants to make an NFL comeback.

NFL Network host Peter Schrager shared more about Bailey’s comeback attempt on Good Morning Football on Wednesday.

According to Schrager, Bailey had surgery to put a protective titanium plate over the area where the bullets fractured his skull. Before that procedure, playing football again was not considered safe for Bailey.

Bailey has since been working out with former West Virginia teammate Tavon Austin and Steelers receiver Antonio Brown.

He said he is running a faster 40-yard dash than ever before. At the 2013 NFL Combine, he ran a 4.52 in the 40. He wants to try to make an NFL roster this upcoming offseason.

The Rams drafted Bailey in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He had 59 receptions for 843 yards and 2 touchdowns in three seasons before his injury. He is currently a free agent.

Report: Broncos’ Trevor Siemian out for season with left shoulder injury

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 2:14 PM

According to multiple reports, Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian is out for the remainder of the 2017 season with an injury to his left (non-throwing) shoulder.

Head coach Vance Joseph confirmed the report on Friday afternoon.

Siemian suffered a subluxation (partial dislocation) of his left shoulder on Denver’s second offensive drive of their game against the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night. He was replaced by Brock Osweiler, who went on to rally the Broncos to a 25-13 win, bringing their overall record to 5-9.

Osweiler has already been named the team’s starting quarterback for their Week 16 game against the Washington Redskins.

With Siemian done for the year, and Paxton Lynch battling a high ankle sprain, the Broncos may be forced to bring in another quarterback off the streets for the remainder of the season.