Rookie Mikhail Sergachev is fifth in points among defensemen.

Garoppolo, 25, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the season. The 49ers are likely to keep him by signing him to a new deal or tagging him as their franchise player.

That would mean that Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins would have one fewer potential landing spot in free agency.

That’s why you play in the NBA. You want to be the player who has a chance to have the ball in their hands down the stretch of an important game. Few games are more important than your first game against the team you went to three straight Finals with. It’s early in the season, sure, but Irving’s shift to the Celtics is already paying off in ways he could have never imagined.

Having signed a one-year, $23 million deal with the Sixers the following afternoon, Redick now has plenty of his own resources. Yet the 11-year veteran is sitting back in his new team’s practice facility in Camden, N.J., discussing his 90-minute commute from Brooklyn. “I got used to it in L.A. The traffic in L.A was pretty bad,” the former Clippers sharpshooter says. “My first year in L.A., to and from games and to and from practices could to take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour or so.”

Imagine paying somebody $20 million in a given year for a five-year contract and by the next year sending the balance of that contract to another team. In essence, you are handing that team $16 million of your money in return for a third-round pick. A general manager looks bad in that scenario.

The College Football Playoff on Thursday announced its recusals for the 2017 season, and new committee member Frank Beamer is among those added to the list.

Throw in Brayden Point and Vladislav Namestnikov, and Tampa has four of the top 30 scorers in the NHL. nike_patriots-431

The 49ers have won five Super Bowls, though the last championship was in 1994.

This projection has the Saints going 7-1 at home, with the only home defeat coming against the Patriots. While Drew Brees landed solidly in Tier 1, some voters thought there were signs he was slipping physically and could fall off. The assumption here is that Brees will continue to do what he did last season, which was give New Orleans a chance to win in spite of a defense that is striving for subpar after a run of historically bad.

Vegas has set the Redskins’ win total at 7.5. I’ve got them beating that with Kirk Cousins leading shootout victories over the Raiders (home) and Chargers (road). I didn’t go into this exercise thinking the Eagles would sweep the Redskins after going 0-4 against them over the past two seasons, but it worked out that way when picking games week by week.

The 49ers have won five Super Bowls, though the last championship was in 1994. It’s a historically great franchise that has fallen on tough times. The team is hoping that this is the season that starts a turnaround under its fourth new head coach in as many seasons, Kyle Shanahan, and general manager John Lynch.

Jump on board with the Seahawks and you’ll join one of the liveliest fan bases in the country. They call themselves the 12th Man, and they’re loud. Like, really loud. It makes playing at CenturyLink Field a real challenge for opponents.

The Bears have more former players in the Hall of Fame than any other team, with 33, and they also have the most wins in NFL history with 744. But the Bears have just one Super Bowl win, back in 1985. After a 3-13 season last year, that’s not likely to change in the immediate future.
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Kirk Cousins: Teammates’ frustration ‘understandable’

With a lifetime’s worth of financial security hanging in the balance, Kirk Cousins is under as much pressure as any quarterback this season.

After tossing three interceptions and missing a host of open receivers through two games, he’s facing increased scrutiny.

Washington Redskins wide receivers have already grown frustrated with their quarterback, particularly for locking onto primary reads, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported on Monday’s edition of Up To The Minute.

The only consolation for San Diego is the fact that 2015 first-round pick Melvin Gordon seems to be finally running with purpose. Gordon posted 159 yards and three touchdowns over his first two games this season, while Woodhead added 116 yards on the ground and 35 yards through the air.

Receiving backs like Woodhead are not easy to come by, especially ones who can navigate complex protection schemes and operate out of the backfield as a safety net pass catcher. Last year, Woodhead caught 80 passes for 755 yards and six touchdowns.

Undrafted free agent Kenneth Farrow and former Giants draft pick Andre Williams round out the team’s depth chart. Neither have much experience as a receiving back. San Diego signed wide recevier Griff Whalen on Monday after moving Woodhead to IR.

Woodhead has never really gotten the credit he deserves. If an NFL team lost a receiver who produced 80 catches on 106 targets and averaged nearly 10 yards per reception, their fanbase would be in a whirlwind wondering how exactly to replace him.

Woodhead, though, might prove even harder to replace.