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Jets Release Le’Veon Bell

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The New York Jets have released running back Le’Veon Bell.

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  • Bell’s short stint in New York has come to an end. The Jets signed him to a four-year $52.5 million deal in March of 2019 and the fit was just never right. Bell’s production in 17 games with the Jets has been a dropoff from his several 1,000-yard rushing seasons with the Steelers and the Jets haven’t won a game yet this season, starting 0-4.
  • According to general manager Joe Douglas, the decision was made with Bell and his representation after several trade options were explored and fell through. Bell is guaranteed $27 million and he only rushed for 863 yards and three touchdowns with the Jets.
  • It’s also been well documented that Bell never fit with head coach Adam Gase. It was reported that Gase was not a fan of Bell’s signing in the first place, thinking it was too much money to give to a running back. Bell also liked several tweets that were critical of Gase’s coaching strategy and how he used Bell on offense.
  • It’s unclear which team will pick up Bell since no one was willing to trade for him. Even though his time with the Jets was disappointing, there’s still the belief that he can come close to his All-Pro form. Some teams that could be interested in his services are the Bears, the Patriots, and his former employer – the Steelers.
  • The Bears are 4-1 and the second-best team in their division. The Bears are on track to make the playoffs and could use someone to bolster their running attack and fill the role of Tarik Cohen, who is out with a torn ACL.
  • The Patriots have widely been known to take on castaways from other teams and find success with them. It’s foolish to doubt coach Belichik at this point and pairing Bell with Cam Newton could help New England reach the playoffs.
  • Bell signing with the Steelers seems like a longshot because that bridge might be burnt. But, Bell proved that he was a good fit on the team before and they might be able to get him for less money. Bell is a versatile running and passing option and could help the 4-0 Steelers with their Super Bowl chances.

Pretty much all optimism for the Jets has vanished at this point. With Sam Darnold out with injury and them blowing the Le’Veon Bell situation, it’s hard to tell where the Jets will go from here.

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Sagar is a Digital Intern at UnmutedCo. He graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor's degree in Trumpet Performance and Economics. Sagar writes for Black News Alerts and the BNA Daily Podcast.

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Dodgers Win World Series

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The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6, capturing their first World Series title since 1988.

What We Know:

  • The Dodgers had a tough time early in the game, but came alive in the sixth inning. This was helped by Rays manager Kevin Cash’s questionable decision to pull their starting pitcher Blake Snell early.
  • Snell pitched 18 strikeouts in the World Series and just allowed two hits during this game, so it was surprising to see him leave the game so early.
  • This gave the Dodgers an opportunity that they wouldn’t waste. After trailing 0-1, the Dodgers were able to tie off a wild pitch and Mookie Betts was able to make it home to take the lead. He capped off the game with a monster home run to seal the game.

  • This championship must feel good for LA. It’s their second one this month as the Lakers won the NBA Championship just weeks ago. Not only is this the Dodgers’ first championship in over 30 years, it’s one that caps off a decade of dominant regular-season baseball.
  • The Dodgers have been one of the MLB’s best teams for the last several seasons, but they have always disappointed or fallen just short of winning it all. This win completely changes the legacies of every member of their core, especially Clayton Kershaw.
  • A little bit of controversy to go with this joyous occasion: Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner tested positive for COVID-19. The Dodgers were notified midgame and Turner was pulled in the eighth inning. Turner said he was feeling fine and asymptomatic, but he drew a lot criticism for celebrating with the team and taking photos while taking his mask off.

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Dodgers president Andrew Friedman said of Turner, “I don’t think there was anyone that was going to stop him from going out.”

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Jaguars RB Ryquell Armstead Hospitalized With COVID-19

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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Ryquell Armstead has been hospitalized twice due to the coronavirus.

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  • Armstead, 23, was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list during the first week of September and is still dealing with “significant respiratory issues,” according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. He is expected to be out for the remainder of the season.
  • Armstead has been battling the virus for months now and is reportedly still suffering a variety of complications. Jacksonville head coach Doug Marrone said there is no timetable for his recovery and that “he’ll be out a while”.
  • Over 20 NFL players have contracted the coronavirus this year. The United States death toll is over 224,000 and is still rising.
  • Armstead was selected in the fourth round of the 2019 draft. He rushed for 108 yards last season. The Jaguars expected him to become their starting running back this season and take on a bigger role, but that will have to wait until he makes a full recovery.

Undrafted rookie James Robinson has taken over as Jacksonville’s starting running back.

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Vikings Trade Yannick Ngakoue

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The Minnesota Vikings have traded pass-rusher Yannick Ngakoue to the Baltimore Ravens.

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  • The deal will send Ngakoue to Baltimore and a 2021 third-round pick and 2022 conditional fifth-round pick to Minnesota, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
  • Ngakoue will spend the Ravens’ bye week going through COVID-19 testing. He should be available for their Week 8 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Baltimore already has the league’s best defense, only allowing 17.3 points per game, and they are now adding a former Pro-Bowl selection. The Ravens are 5-1 and second in the AFC North, right behind the Steelers.
  • The Ravens previously tried to trade for Ngakoue in recent months and tried to acquire Jadeveon Clowney before the season started. The Ravens still have their franchise tag in Matthew Judon to pair with Ngakoue. Ngakoue has already been traded once this season when Jacksonville sent him to Minnesota.
  • Through six games in Minnesota, Ngakoue had five sacks, two forced fumbles, seven quarterback hits and 12 tackles, five of which resulted in losses. The Vikings unfortunately couldn’t capitalize on his production and started 1-5.

Ngakoue is reportedly excited to be heading to Baltimore. He grew up in Bowie, Maryland and played college ball at the University of Maryland.

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