Analysis: 49ers' Rogers more skilled than Clements


Analysis: 49ers' Rogers more skilled than Clements

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The phone picked up at NFL Films headquarters early Wednesday morning and when the caller identified himself, the voice on the other end did not hesitate."Carlos Rogers has a lot of ability but no confidence."Greg Cosell, senior producer at NFL Films, watches more NFL coaches film than anyone not affiliated with a team. And he's not afraid to share his unvarnished opinions.The 49ers filled a hole at cornerback Tuesday night when they signed former Washington Redskins cornerback Carlos Rogers to a one-year contract while he was on a visit to meet with coaches and team officials in Santa Clara.NEWS: 49ers sign CB Rogers to one-year contract
Rogers replaces Nate Clements, whom the 49ers cut last week to save more than 15 million in cap space. Clements quickly signed a two-year, 10.5 million contract with the Cincinnati Bengals."Clements has passed the point where he's an effective down-to-down corner," Cosell said.Rogers is only 19 months younger than Clements, but Clements has played four more NFL seasons. Rogers was the ninth overall pick in the 2005 draft. Clements was chosen 21st overall in 2001."I think Carlos has a better physical skill set than Nate Clements at this point in their careers," Cosell said. "But Rogers plays with big cushions and gives up a lot of competitions."I can't speak to what's in his mind, but watching him I've always gotten the impression that he doesn't get amnesia like a cornerback should. He seems to get troubled when he's beaten and it impacts the way he plays."Cosell added, "His skill set is not exactly Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, but he could be a top-10 corner in this league. You wouldn't nickname him, 'Toast,' but he's not as good or consistent as he could be. Now when it comes down to different coaching staffs, I'm sure a lot of them would watch him and say, 'He's pretty good.'"

76ers anthem singer says 'We Matter' shirt got her the boot


76ers anthem singer says 'We Matter' shirt got her the boot

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia 76ers national anthem singer Sevyn Streeter says she was told by the team she could not perform because of her "We Matter" jersey.

She was scheduled to sing before the Sixers' season opener Wednesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Streeter wrote on Twitter, "Was suppose to sing the anthem at @sixers & @okcthunder game but mins b4 @sixers said I couldn't because I was wearing a "We Matter" jersey.

The Sixers declined to say why Streeter's performance was canceled.

"The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community," the Sixers said in a statement.

The Sixers had a member of their dance team sing the anthem.

This isn't the first time the Sixers were dragged into a national anthem controversy.

A woman performing the national anthem before an NBA preseason game in Miami did so while kneeling at midcourt.

Denasia Lawrence opened her jacket just before she started to sing, revealing a "Black Lives Matter" shirt, then dropped to her left knee and performed the song. She said it was her way of protesting racial oppression.

The anthem issue has been a major topic in the sports world in recent months, starting with the decision by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to not stand while it is played. Kaepernick cited racial injustice and police brutality among the reasons for his protest, and athletes from many sports - and many levels, from youth all the way to professional - have followed his lead in various ways.

Pederson refutes reports linking Eagles to 49ers WR Smith

Pederson refutes reports linking Eagles to 49ers WR Smith

Torrey SmithAlshon Jeffery?

Not happening, according to Eagles head coach Doug Pederson.

While a couple reports have linked the Eagles to making a trade before the fast-approaching deadline to grab another veteran outside receiver, Pederson shot them down at his Wednesday press conference.

“There’s no legitimacy to that,” Pederson said. “And I’m thrilled with the guys we have and going to work with them every day.”

[MAIOCCO: Source: 49ers not shopping WR Torrey Smith]

The Eagles made a trade before the season to acquire Dorial Green-Beckham from the Titans, but the team’s receivers still haven’t been great during the first six games of the 2016 season.

They also went out and claimed Bryce Treggs after the 49ers waived him at final cuts, but the speedy wideout hasn’t yet been active.