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I started paying more attention to Jose Fernandez when he hit his first home run and pissed off the entire Braves team. Benches cleared and everything, because he was that cool. He didn’t even have to say anything or do anything special. You just knew when he was in the game the entire vibe changed, he was the definition of mound presence and he will truly be missed in my Baseball loving world.

He got caught twice, and sent to jail both times, before he made it into the country. He became a U.S. citizen, and gave a keynote speech in April 2015.

He told the Miami Herald about the grandmother he left behind in Cuba when he defected at age 15, calling her “the love of his life.”

 

There are few things in this world more beautiful than Jose Fernandez’s breaking ball. His reunion with his grandmother is one of them.

There are some amazing things being written about Fernandez today, like this one from Ted Berg at USAToday

This sucks. It sucks, first and foremost, for Fernandez’s family and friends and teammates. Obviously. You and I may know and love Jose Fernandez the incredible baseball talent and refreshing public persona, but the sadness we feel upon his untimely passing must pale in comparison to that now suffered by those who truly knew and loved Jose Fernandez the human being. Last week — last week! — Fernandez shared a photo on Instagram of his pregnant girlfriend, with a caption about his excitement for the journey ahead. Awful. Awful. No words can do justice to that type of tragedy.

But this sucks, too — albeit on a very different scale — for baseball and for the world at large. In his brief, astonishing baseball career, Fernandez demonstrated a rare and endearing sort of spirit, a transparent zeal for life and the game and just about everything else. In only 76 career starts, Fernandez established himself as one of the game’s true must-watch players, a 6’3″ and 240-pound package of pure baseball excellence and joy, a guy who celebrated his accomplishments and laughed at his failures and jumped for joy when his teammates came through in big spots.

I couldn’t have said it better..

R.I.P dude, Baseball won’t be as good without you.

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Week Two

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Bears – Jay Cutler said he is concerned about his injured right thumb, which will require additional testing Tuesday

Eagles – Carson Wentz has the offense to 29 points for a second straight game, completing passes to seven different receivers Monday night

SaintsDrew Brees finished 29 of 44. The 37-year-old passed Dan Marino (61,361 yards) for No. 3 in NFL history.

Browns – Josh McCown stayed in the game despite an injured left shoulder

Dolphins – Ryan Tannehill completed 20 of his first 21 passes to begin the second half. Tannehill found Kenny Stills for a 24-yard touchdown in the third quarter and connected with Jordan Cameron for a 12-yard score in the fourth.

Ravens – Joe Flacco threw two touchdown passes to wide receiver Mike Wallace

Steelers – Ben Roethlisberger threw for 259 yards and three touchdowns to offset a pair of interceptions

Bengals – Andy Dalton passed for 366 yards and a touchdown but needed 31 completions to reach that total, working almost exclusively on dump offs to running backs and tight ends

The Cowboys won for only the second time in its past 16 games without the injured Tony Romoand both of those victories came at Washington (0-2)

Redskins – Kirk Cousins went 28 for 46 for 364 yards

Cardinals – Carson Palmer threw for 308 yards and three touchdowns

Bucs – Jameis Winston was intercepted four times

Falcons – Matt Ryan threw three TD passes ,394 yards

Vikings – Sam Bradford completed 22 of 30 passes for 286 yards, two touchdowns and no turnovers

Packers – Aaron Rodgers was sacked five times

Chargers – Philip Rivers matched his career-high with four touchdown passes

Jets – Ryan Fitzpatrick finished 24 of 34 for 374 yards

Raiders – Derek Carr spread the ball around to 11 different receivers in this one. Carr completed 34 of 45 passes for 299 yards and three touchdowns

Broncos – Trevor Siemian drew praise from the color commentators for his quick release and accuracy, but the fact remains that he led the Broncos’ offense to just one touchdown despite playing against a heavily depleted Colts secondary

Jaguars – Blake Bortlestwo touchdowns were the definition of garbage-time production, as both came in a fourth quarter that the Jaguars entered trailing 35-0.

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Bears – Jeremy Langford got less first-quarter playing time than Ka’Deem Carey, who had six yards on three touches before exiting with a hamstring injury in the second quarter.

Panthers lost running back Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) in the first quarter

Panthers – Fozzy Whittaker ran for 100 yards on 16 carries and had three catches for 31 yards.

Browns – Isaiah Crowell‘s 85-yard TD run helped him finish the first quarter with 103 yards and 133 overall.

Patriots – LeGarrette Blount rushed 29 times for 123 yards and a touchdown.

Dolphins – Arian Foster left with a groin injury in the second quarter and did not return.

Steelers – DeAngelo Williams churned out 94 yards on a career-high 32 carries

Vikings – Adrian Peterson limped off in the third quarter with a right knee injury, and only 19 yards on 12 carries

Chargers – Danny Woodhead was helped off the field in the first quarter and taken to the locker room on a cart. The severity of the knee injury wasn’t immediately known.

Chargers – Melvin Gordon finished with 102 yards on 24 carries.

Jets – Matt Forte scored three touchdown runs

Cardinals – David Johnson has notched 134 yards rushing but an even more impressive 141 yards through the air through two games, making him one of two RBs with at least 120 yards in both realms (also, Spencer Ware).

Seahawks – Thomas Rawls‘ lower leg contusion that he suffered Sunday in a loss at the Rams is not considered serious

Falcons – Devonta Freeman (quadriceps) rushed 17 times for 93 yards, but was not targeted in the passing game

Lions – Ameer Abdullah‘s injury could be more extensive than a mere foot injury

Bucs – Doug Martin said after Sunday’s loss in Arizona that he’s tending to a “slight tweak” of his hamstring
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Bears – Alshon Jeffery combined for nine receptions on 13 targets for 201 yards through two games, but has yet to find the end zone

Eagles – Jordan Matthews has emerged as rookie quarterback Carson Wentz’s favorite receiver and could have even better numbers had he not dropped a long touchdown pass to end the second quarter Monday.

Redskins – Jamison Crowder has hauled in six receptions in both games this season, but got into the end zone for the first time this Sunday. He is currently tied for the team lead in receptions and appears to be emerging as one of Kirk Cousins go-to targets, as he was on the field 48 of the 67 offensive snaps on Sunday.

Giants – Victor Cruz, Odell Beckham Jr. and rookie Sterling Shepard combined for 294 yards and no touchdowns.

Panthers – Kelvin Benjamin finished with seven catches for 108 yards and has three TD catches on the season.

Saints – Tevin Coleman caught two touchdown passes

Texans – Will Fuller finished with four receptions for 104 yards to become the first rookie in franchise history with consecutive 100-yard receiving games to start his career.

SteelersA.J. Green had just two receptions for 38 yards.

Steelers – Antonio Brown caught just four passes for 39 yards and even had a rare drop while running free in the middle of the field in the first half.

Colts – Donte Moncrief left in the second quarter with a head and neck injury.

Packers The communication between Jordy Nelson and Aaron Rodgers has yet to settle on a happy medium, as evidenced by a measly 45 percent catch rate in this contest

Browns – Corey Coleman adapted to life with Josh McCown (shoulder) under center rather quickly, as he hauled in touchdown grabs of 31 and 11 yards in a five minute span in the first quarter

Ravens – Mike Wallace caught four of six targets for 41 yards and a pair of touchdowns during Sunday’s win over the Browns and  seems to be developing a nice rapport with Joe Flacco.

Vikings – Stefon Diggs has caught 16 passes on 20 targets, while racking up 285 yards through the Vikings’ first two games

Bucs – Mike Evans secured only six of a whopping 17 targets for 70 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s 40-7 loss to the Cardinals.

Falcons – Julio Jones was “hobbled at the end” of Sunday’s ‘s win over the Raiders by an unspecified issue

Broncos – Demaryius Thomas didn’t look hampered by a sore hip that raised some concerns over the past week. Thomas (hip) snatched five of seven targets for 90 yards

Jaguars – Allen Hurns turned a team-high 10 targets into five catches for 64 yards

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Titans – Delanie Walker had six receptions for 83 yards, including a 30-yard TD catch early in the fourth quarter

Patriots – Martellus Bennett also had five catches 114 and a touchdown. Bennett, primarily used as a blocker in last week’s win at Arizona

Steelers made a rare splurge in free agency during the offseason, signing San Diego tight end Ladarius Green to a four-year, $20-million deal and tasking him with replacing retired Heath Miller. Green, however, has yet to practice with the team while recovering from ankle surgery and other issues.

Raiders – Clive Walford secured six of seven targets for 50 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s 35-28 loss to the Falcons.

Falcons – Jacob Tamme hauled in five of eight targets for 75 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s 35-28 win at Oakland. Tamme is off to a hot start, with 11 catches for 126 yards and a touchdown through two weeks.

 

 

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