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|Menelik Watson's time in Denver is over because he's hurt and buried on the depth chart.
The Broncos placed Watson on IR Monday with a chest injury and intend to release him once he's healthy. That means the Broncos will take a $6.83 million salary cap hit this year.
Coach Vance Joseph said Billy Turner Vonn Bell Jersey , Elijah Wilkinson and Max Garcia have all had good training camps while Watson's been in the trainer's room.
"It's hard to make a football team injured and you've got three or four guys behind you playing good football," Joseph said. "So, it wasn't about fit. It was more about Billy and Eli playing good football. And Max Garcia. Max is having a hell of a camp. He's playing more like a starter. So, it's more about those guys than it was Menelik not being a fit."
With the acquisition of ninth-year veteran Jared Veldheer this offseason, Watson was moved to backup guard after playing in just seven games as Denver's starting right tackle last season.
Watson, whose $5.5 million salary for 2018 was guaranteed in March, didn't play in either of the Broncos' preseason games this summer after getting hurt in training camp.
As part of a plan to toughen up the trenches, the Broncos signed the athletic Watson to a three-year, $18.375 million contract last year even though his four seasons in Oakland were marred by calf and groin injuries and a ruptured Achilles tendon that sidelined him all of 2015.
His long history of injuries wasn't a red flag for Denver, Joseph said last year, explaining that most of Watson's injuries were soft tissue types and "those things are preventable."
After averaging just 6.75 games a year with the Raiders Art Shell Jersey , Watson played in seven games for Denver last year before going on IR with a torn foot tendon. He also was bothered by a strained calf early in the season.
Born in Manchester, England, Watson began his collegiate career playing basketball at Maris College before transferring to Saddleback Junior College in 2011 and playing football for the first time. He played one season at Florida State in 2012 and the Raiders selected him in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft.
Halfway through the preseason, Joseph said his coaches and players are no clearer about what constitutes a foul under the league's renewed emphasis on eliminating helmet hits .
He suggested some of the flags that were thrown Saturday night in the Broncos' loss to the Bears were actually clean hits that were incorrectly penalized in a game that featured 28 fouls for 293 yards .
"It's really gray right now and I think they're calling it conservatively because they want to get it right. They want to change the behavior, but the problem I'm having with the call right now is it's been bang-bang plays and it's hard to tell if the head's hitting the body," Joseph said.
"And that's the rule, right? It's not about if the head's down. If it hits the body, that's the penalty. So, with (rookie cornerback Isaac Yiadom), his head was down but it didn't hit the body. It was placed to the side of the receiver and it was shoulder on the body 鈥?not a foul."
Joseph said Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller's flag for hitting Broncos fullback Andy Janovich wasn't a foul, either.
"It was head down but shoulder hit the pad. Not a foul Devin McCourty Jersey ," Joseph said. "The foul is when the head hits the body. And that's what we have to be careful of. But it's hard to tell because you tackle with your shoulder but it's led by the head. So, it's hard to officiate that really cleanly. So, we'll see how it shakes out but right now it's gray for us and the players."
Janovich lowered his helmet and ostensibly could have been whistled for a 15-yarder himself.
"I don't know, I mean he's defending himself," Joseph said. "Fuller's a cornerback coming to hit him and what's he going to do? Keep his head up and take it in the chin? So, he drops his shoulder. The head's attached to the shoulder. The head's going to drop."
Joseph had a friendly suggestion for officials .
"We have to be careful. We have to use common sense. We know what spearing looks like. So, call spearing. But don't call good football tackles," Joseph said.
NEW YORK — New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway has been using some variation of the term “sync up” so often lately, he sounds like an early 1990s music critic discussing Milli Vanilli. At least on Monday the Mets will face another out-of-sorts team whose fortunes are sinking faster than those of an exposed one-album wonder.
Two squads enduring a miserable June will meet when the Mets host the Pittsburgh Pirates in the opener of a three-game series at Citi Field. Seth Lugo (2-2, 2.85 ERA) is scheduled to pitch for New York against Jameson Taillon (4-6, 4.03 ERA) in a battle of right-handers.
Both teams suffered the final loss of a three-game sweep Sunday Drew Kaser Jersey , when the Mets gave up seven solo homers in falling to the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers, 8-7, in 11 innings and the host Pirates dropped a 3-0 decision to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The losses ensured the Mets (31-44) and Pirates (36-41) will enter Monday with the worst June records in the National League. New York is 4-17 since the calendar flipped while Pittsburgh is 7-14.
The nosedives have all but ended once-robust playoff hopes. The Mets, who opened the season 11-1, are 12 1/2 games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves in the National League East and 10 1/2 games behind the Philadelphia Phillies in the race for the second wild card.
The Mets opened June in a historic offensive slump in which they scored just 20 runs in 12 games from June 1-15. New York has scored 47 runs in its last eight games but has lost three games in which it scored at least seven runs.
“We just can’t sync up exactly what we’re trying to do every day,” Callaway said Sunday. He also used the sync up expression following Thursday’s 6-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies.
“If we swing the bats, we give up seven homers,” Callaway said Sunday. “If we pitch and swing the bats good, our defense isn’t quite there. It’s kind of been the whole season — we’re not syncing up all the components that we need to sync up to win some ballgames. We did that early in the season.”
The Pirates are uttering the same laments. Through 43 games, Pittsburgh led the NL Central with a 26-17 record and ranked fifth in the majors in runs scored (216).
Since then, though Cordarrelle Patterson Jersey , the Pirates have gone an NL-worst 10-24 while scoring just 123 runs, the fewest in the NL and the fourth-fewest in the majors.
“At the beginning of the season, pitching was clicking, hitting was clicking,” Pirates pitcher Trevor Williams told reporters after he took the loss Sunday, when he allowed three runs over six innings. “We’re starting to get apart from each other and we’re hitting a skid at the same time.”
Lugo will be looking to snap a two-start slump Monday. He didn’t factor into the decision last Wednesday, when he gave up six runs (three earned) over three innings as the Mets fell to the Rockies, 10-8.
Lugo has given up 11 runs (eight earned) over eight innings in his last two starts after tossing 13 straight scoreless innings in three games (two starts) from May 31-June 10.
Taillon took the loss last Tuesday, when he allowed three runs over five innings as the Pirates fell to the Milwaukee Brewers, 3-2. He has alternated wins with losses in four June starts.
Lugo has never faced the Pirates. Taillon is 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA in two career starts against the Mets. He made both starts consecutively to open his big league career in 2016 and carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning of the second start on June 14.
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