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Jury in Kellen Winslow sexual assault trial still has no verdicts

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The jury in the sexual assault trial of former NFL star tight end Kellen Winslow II still has not reached a verdict, as week 3 of the trial concluded Friday afternoon in San Diego, California.

Jurors were sent home just after 4 p.m. Pacific time on Friday afternoon, as they continue to deliberate the fate of the former Miami Hurricane All-American who was drafted #6 overall by the Cleveland Browns back in 2004:

Jurors heard testimony for over 2 weeks, including accusations from five different accusers, three of whom say that Winslow forcibly raped them. Winslow did not take the stand to rebutt any of the allegations. He is facing 12 counts of felonies and misdemeanors, as San Diego County prosecutors consolidated all of the charges and accusers into one trial.

The jury has on several occasions given brief insight into their discussions this week by asking the judge questions or for evidence, through notes during their deliberation. Earlier in the week, they asked for testimony from one of the accusers to be read back to them, as obviously some or all of them are having trouble and debating exactly what the testimony said.

The jury also asked for GPS technology to verify part of the testimony of one of the witnesses, however, the judge denied that saying that what they were asking for had not been admitted into evidence and could not be considered by them.

Then, on Friday one of the jurors seemed to either indicate that there are real divided problems in the room, or was perhaps being frustrated/sarcastic when the juror sent this note to the judge:

We had F.F.I., would tend to believe that it’s the latter and that the juror is almost making a plea to the judge to help make it clear to at least a couple of jurors, and maybe more, about the type of testimony that should be considered or dismissed. And, that there are apparently at least a few jurors that aren’t willing to follow the law on what they want to convict Winslow of.

All three of the alleged sexual assault victims, including two homeless women in their 50s, faced Winslow in court and testified to his alleged actions. Observers said that the most compelling of the accusers was the now, 33 year old woman, “Jane Doe #3”, who was a 17 year old teenager in 2003.

She admitted that she had had consensual sex earlier that summer with Winslow, who at the time was a 19 year year old junior at the University of Miami, and was back home for the summer in San Diego. However, that Jane Doe says that Winslow forcibly raped her weeks later at a friend’s home with others in the house at the time.

Winslow played for the Hurricanes from 2001 through 2003. He earned All-American honors and the John Mackey Award for the nation’s top tight end in his final season. He was the sixth overall pick of the Browns in the 2004 draft, where he reunited with the coach that recruited him and coached him originally at Miami, Butch Davis.

After his rookie season Winslow suffered a horrific knee and leg injuries in a motorcycle accident in a Cleveland suburb mall parking lot. He was unable to play in the 2005 season, because of the injuries.

Winslow played three more seasons for the Browns before being traded in the 2009 offseason to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In exchange for a second and fifth round picks, the Bucs acquired Winslow and gave him, at that time, the largest contract for a tight end in NFL history with $36 million over six seasons.

In his first season in Tampa Bay he set the Bucs single season tight end receiving record with 77 catches and 884 yards. He led the team in receptions again in 2010, as the Bucs finished 10-6 and missed the playoffs on a tiebreaker. In his final Buccaneers season of 2011 Winslow finished with 75 receptions in a dismal 4-12 year.

Winslow was traded in the offseason of 2012 to the Seattle Seahawks, but they released him months later, when he refused to reduce his salary.

He bounced after that to the New England Patriots during 2012 and the New York Jets with his final season being 2013. With the Jets, he only started three games, and was also suspended that year for four games by the NFL for violating the League’s substance-abuse policy.

The jurors have deliberated now for three and a half days and will resume on Monday morning with Winslow facing up to life in prison if convicted on all the charges.

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Week 3 Fantasy Football assistance for Bucs Dolphins and Jaguars

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Week three of the NFL season starts Thursday night with the Jacksonville Jaguars hosting division rival Tennessee Titans. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are at home with the New York Giants, and the Miami Dolphins will travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys.

Here’s some advice for each of the three:

Last week the Jags offense struggled for most of the day only putting up 12 points. Leonard Fournette was held to 47 rushing yards in Gardner Minshew’s first start. This week will not be any easier against a strong Tennessee defense. The Titans have forced multiple turnovers in each of the first two games, and have racked up eight sacks so far.

The Titans will be a popular fantasy pick this weekend, but don’t forget about the Jags. Jalen Ramsey is still on the team and will be playing in his hometown, and you know he wants to show out in what could be his last game as a Jaguar.

Marcus Mariota only had 154 passing yards last week, and the Colts held Derick Henry to 81 yards. As for the offense, you could play D.J. Chark Jr, who has developed a good relationship with Minshew so far. Chark  scored for the second week in a row and looks to be the preferred target on the team.

The Bucs will be taking on the Giants and rookie Daniel Jones. That means the Bucs defense is defiantly s good streaming option this weekend and could be a good cheaper alternative for DFS players. Todd Bowles has transformed this unit in just two weeks. The Bucs have been flying to the ball and should cause Jones headaches. On offense last week we said Chris Godwin could have a monster game. Last season he had his best career game against the Panthers, and last week he set new career highs.

This week Godwin should continue his hot start, and Mike Evans should join him on that. The Giants have been getting shredded so far this season with Dak Prescott and Josh Allen cruising. Expect Evans and Godwin to have their way with Jameis Winston also holding his own.

The Dolphins will be heading to Dallas to take on an undefeated cowboys’ team. Last week the Fins were shut out at home and don’t have much going for them, right now. No one on this offense has much fantasy relevance at the moment. If we had to pick a player to focus on though you could look at DeVante Parker, he is the team’s best wideout and had seven targets last week.

He was held to zero catches though by the Pats and will draw Byron Jones of Dallas in coverage.

Obviously, QB Dak Prescott, RB Ezekiel Elliott and WR Amari Cooper are in “must play” category and all three may end up having big days against what has been an awful Miami defense, so far.

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Potential free agents still available

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With training camps for the Bucs, the Dolphins and the Jaguars getting underway later in the month, we will constantly take a look at the potential free agent pool still sitting out there that could help any of them, if needed.

All three teams are coming off of losing seasons, and two of them have new coaching staffs. Plus, you factor the potential ofinjury in training camp or preseason and it may make it necessary to grab one of the upcoming veterans.

With that in mind, here are the prominent remaining names that legendary NFL personnel executive and current NFL media analyst Gil Brandt has. And, Brandt even went so far, as to place them on a likely roster for this fall, too.

At running back, Brandt has former Dolphins and Eagles back, Jay Ajayi, with the following analysis,

The question of whether or not Ajayi will be ready by Week 1 after suffering an ACL tear last October could be tempering interest in a veteran back who averaged a robust 5.1 yards per carry over 11 games with the Eagles in 2017 and ’18. Presuming Ajayi is able to return to health, he would be a logical fit with the Colts, given his familiarity with head coach Frank Reich. (Reich was Ajayi’s offensive coordinator in Philadelphia, where he was traded by Miami in ’17.) Only six people in NFL history have more 200-yard rushing games than Ajayi (three), and when he’s 100 percent, he can contribute as both a runner and a receiver.

With the recent four game PED suspension of veteran DB Ryan Smith, the Bucs might be interested in a veteran corner. While Tampa Bay doesn’t have much cap room, Brandt wonders if they could still make a restructure, etc. and perhaps go for former #1 pick Morris Claiborne,

A former first-round pick, who revived his career in New York over the past two seasons after a disappointing first stint with the Cowboys, in 2018, Claiborne recorded 57 tackles, 14 passes defensed and two picks, including one touchdown — all career highs. The coaching staff has changed over, and there is reported interest in Claiborne from Tampa, where Claiborne’s old head coach, Todd Bowles, is the new defensive coordinator. But I should think Claiborne would still fit in the Gregg Williams-helmed unit in New York.

Finally, if you are looking for veteran receiver help and a big target, former Panthers first rounder Kelvin Benjamin is someone Brandt likes,

Benjamin topped 1,000 receiving yards as a rookie, but more or less disappeared over the past two seasons, scraping together just over 1,000 combined yards while changing teams twice (he was traded to Buffalo in ’17, waived by the Bills last year and spent three games in Kansas City). With Odell Beckham Jr. gone, New York needs receiver depth. Might Gettleman and Shula’s familiarity with Benjamin help him get his career back on track?

The Fins and the Jaguars might also be in the market for the former Seminoles star.

Look for all three of those names, plus former Pro Bowl DT Muhammad Wilkerson, and Safety Eric Berry, plus, LB Nick Perry could all be in play, for August signings, as well.

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