Rams acquire edge rusher Dante Fowler from Jaguars for two draft picks


Rams acquire edge rusher Dante Fowler from Jaguars for two draft picks

The rich keep getting richer.

The 8-0 Los Angeles Rams have acquired edge rusher Dante Fowler from the Jaguars for a 2019 third-round pick and a 2020 fifth-round pick.

The teams announced the trade shortly before the 1pm PT trade deadline.

ESPN's Adam Schefter was first to report news of an agreement.

Fowler, the No. 3 overall pick in 205, has seven total tackles and two sacks in seven games this season with Jacksonville.

Fowler joins a defensive front on the Rams that features Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Suh and Michael Brockers.

The 49ers will get a look at the new-look Rams defense in the season finale on Dec. 30.

Malcolm Jenkins: Blake Bortles shows Colin Kaepernick deserves NFL job


Malcolm Jenkins: Blake Bortles shows Colin Kaepernick deserves NFL job

Panthers safety Eric Reid and Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins don't see eye-to-eye on everything when it comes to handling social justice. 

The two had to be separated before playing each other Sunday. "We believe a lot of players should have stepped up for Colin," Reid told reporters in Philadelphia after the game. "I believe Malcolm capitalized on the situation. He co-opted the movement that was started by Colin to get his organization funded. It's cowardly. He sold us out."

At the same time, both safeties clearly have the same views on one part of Colin Kaepernick: The former 49ers quarterback deserves a job in the NFL. 

"We've always maintained, I know I've always maintained, and every chance I get to say Colin Kaepernick has started this. Eric Reid deserves a job. Colin Kaepernick deserves a job," Jenkins said to reporters Wednesday. "I can turn on the tape this week in our opponent and see that Colin Kaepernick deserves a job."

On Sunday, Jenkins' Eagles play quarterback Blake Bortles and the Jaguars. Bortles is ranked last in Matt Maiocco's lastest QB Power Rankings, and he was benched in the second half last week. 

In seven games this season, Bortles has thrown for 1,735 yards and nine touchdowns with eight interceptions while completing 60.6 percent of his passes -- which actually is a career high. The Jaguars are just 3-4 one season after making it to AFC Championship Game.

When Kaepernick last played in the NFL two seasons ago, he completed 59.8 percent of his passes while gaining 2,241 yards in 12 games. He tossed 16 touchdowns to four interceptions. 

Back again: Patriots rally past Jags, head to eighth Super Bowl since 2001


Back again: Patriots rally past Jags, head to eighth Super Bowl since 2001


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Give `em a hand: Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are heading back to the Super Bowl.

Brady shook off a hand injury and threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola with 2:48 remaining , rallying the Patriots to a 24-20 comeback victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC championship Sunday.

Brady, wearing a black bandage on his right hand after hurting it during practice earlier in the week, showed no signs of being hampered.

And, with the game - and possibly the season - on the line, the Patriots star came up big again.

"I've had a lot worse," Brady said. "I didn't know that on Wednesday. It was a crazy injury. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday was a little scary. Then I started getting some confidence and today we did just enough to win."

Brady finished 26 of 38 for 290 yards and two touchdowns for the Patriots (15-3), who'll play the winner of Sunday night's game between Minnesota and Philadelphia in Minneapolis on Feb. 4.

It's the eighth Super Bowl appearance for Brady and coach Bill Belichick, who have won five times - including last year's 34-28 overtime rally against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Jaguars (12-7) led 20-10 early in the fourth quarter, but couldn't hold against the defending champions.

Jacksonville - looking to reach the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history - had one more shot, but Bortles' throw on fourth-and-15 to Dede Westbrook was knocked away by Stephon Gilmore.

The Patriots then ran out the clock, with Dion Lewis' 18-yard scamper with 90 seconds remaining sealing the victory. And they did it mostly without tight end Rob Gronkowski, who left the game late in the first half and didn't return.

Brady's hand was the most-scrutinized body part in Boston since the quarterback's right ankle before the 2008 Super Bowl, and Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's right ankle tendon - the bloody sock - in the 2004 playoffs.

Brady was listed as questionable after he hurt his right hand during practice earlier in the week. He was limited Wednesday, sat out Thursday and was limited again Friday because of the injury.

That caused some panic among the Patriots faithful.

Turns out, it was nothing to fret about.

Brady came out for warmups without a glove on his hand, and he came out throwing. He completed his first six passes - including a 20-yarder to Amendola on fourth-and-1 from the Jaguars 30 - for 57 yards to march the Patriots down the field. The drive stalled when Brady was sacked by Dante Fowler Jr., and New England settled for Stephen Gostkowski's 31-yard field goal.

A wide-open Marcedes Lewis gave the Jaguars a 7-3 lead 45 seconds into the second quarter with a 4-yard touchdown catch from Blake Bortles, who was 5 for 5 for 66 yards on an impressive and efficient seven-play, 76-yard drive.

Leonard Fournette gave Jacksonville a 14-3 lead midway through the second quarter with a 4-yard TD run, hushing the crowd at Gillette Stadium.

The Jaguars made some big mistakes that hurt them just before halftime. Bortles completed a 12-yard pass to Lewis on third-and-7 from the Patriots 44, but Jacksonville was called for delay of game - after New England called a timeout.

That wiped out a first down, and Bortles was sacked by Adam Butler on the next play to force a punt.

With just over two minutes left before halftime, New England's offense took over and the fans chanted "Bra-dy! Bra-dy!"

And their quarterback delivered - with some help from the Jaguars on two long penalties.

On first-and-10 from the Patriots 40, Brady threw a long pass for Gronkowski, who was injured when he got popped by Barry Church just as the ball was arriving. Church was called for unnecessary roughness, putting the ball at Jacksonville's 45.

A.J. Bouye was called for pass interference on the next play on an incomplete throw for Brandin Cooks. The 32-yard penalty put the ball at the Jaguars 13. After a 12-yard catch by Cooks, James White ran it in from the 1 to make it 14-10 with 55 seconds left.

Josh Lambo gave Jacksonville a 17-10 lead 4:37 into the third quarter with a 54-yard field goal. He added a 43-yarder 8 seconds into the fourth quarter to make it a 10-point game.

But Brady & Co. were just getting started.