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  1. Social media rundown of Twitter reactions to the Saints selection of their center of the future." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteCanal Street Chroniclesa New Orleans Saints communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsLibrarySaintsOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections InterviewsNew Orleans Saints SatireWho Dat HistoryCanal Street Chronicles TutorialTwitter reactions to the Saints Erik McCoy pickSocial media rundown of Twitter reactions to the Saints selection of their center of the future.CDTShareTweetShareShareTwitter reactions to the Saints Erik McCoy pickBrian Spurlock-USA TODAY SportsThe New Orleans Saints traded up in the second round to draft Erik McCoy out of Texas A&M with the 48th overall pick. Here’s what the NFL world is saying: Good morning Y’allAs always New Orleans Saints Kaden Elliss Jersey , for our novice readers or non-New Orleanians, welcome! Let’s start with some definitions:Beignets (English: /b蓻n藞je瑟/; French: [b蓻刹蓻], ben-YAY literally bump) are distinctly New Orleans, a delicacy intimately connected to the city’s rich French heritage. Best enjoyed heavily powdered with sugar.Caf茅 au lait (/藢k忙fe瑟 o蕣 藞le瑟, k忙藢fe瑟, k蓹-/; French: [kafe ol蓻]; French for “coffee with milk”) is a delicious New Orleans way to start your day. This is your “After-Saints-Game” breakfast, where we talk about the state of the Black and Gold, we debate the goings-on in the NFC South, and paint the playoff picture in the NFC up to this point of the season. So, sit back, take a bite and a sip while your brain slowly wakes up Womens Kaden Elliss 2019 Jersey , and let’s catch up on some football. *What Just Happened?The Champs are dead, long live the Champs! There will be a new Super Bowl champion in the 2018-19 NFL season, as the New Orleans Saints cast a spell on Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles yesterday in a hard-fought, come-from-behind 20-14 win in the NFC divisional playoffs.It looked bleak early, as the Eagles jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Little did they know that they wouldn’t score again for the rest of the game, while the Saints would put up 20 points on the board and that would be enough.Philadelphia’s loss means that there still won’t be a repeat Super Bowl winner since the New England Patriots won the Lombardi trophy in 2003 and 2004. It is hard to win in the NFL playoffs, so let’s bask in this victory for a while, because the Saints are now in the NFL’s Final Four and that elusive Two Dat is getting tantalizingly close.It is at this stage of the playoffs last year that the Saints lost in crushing fashion in Minnesota. The loss was the third in a row for New Orleans in the divisional round (2011 in San Francisco, 2013 in Seattle, 2017 in Minneapolis). With about 2:01 remaining in the game yesterday, it looked as though the Saints were headed for another heartbreaking playoff loss. But when Marshon Lattimore picked off Nick Foles at the Saints’ 19-yard line with 1:52 left in the game New Orleans Saints Wil Lutz Jersey , it felt as if the Saints, the city of New Orleans and Saints fans everywhere all exhaled: The rust is gone, the three-game losing streak in the divisional round of the playoffs is gone, the Super Bowl beckons. Let’s geaux!*Five Numbers...That Don’t Lie171: The number of receiving yards by wide receiver Michael Thomas yesterday against the Eagles. Thomas had 12 receptions on 16 targets (a 75% catch rate), a long of 42 yards and one crucial touchdown that gave the Saints their first lead of the afternoon. The 171 receiving yards were a Saints’ single-game franchise record in the playoffs. B-A-L-L-E-R!11. Minutes and 29 seconds. With the Saints trailing 14-10 and 13:09 left in the third quarter, New Orleans took the ball at its own 8-yard line. 18 plays, 11:29 minutes and 112 yards later (by virtue of overcoming penalties), the Saints led 17-14 and would not look back. In the game, New Orleans held the ball for 37:50 minutes, a preposterous advantage in time of possession of more than 15 minutes over the Eagles (22:10 minutes).6: And O! Bet against Drew Brees and Sean Payton at home in the playoffs at your own risks: Since 2006, the Saints are 6-0 in the Superdome in the playoffs. On the road? Just 1-5. In other words New Orleans Saints Michael Hoomanawanui Jersey , if I were the Los Angeles Rams, I would not feel too confident right now.3: There have been ups and downs for the Saints in the Payton/Brees era, but next Sunday will mark their third appearance in the NFC Championship Game. What we have been witnessing from the Black and Gold for the last 13 years is awesome, let’s enjoy the heck out of it, Saints fans.0: The number of points allowed by the Saints to the Eagles after they scored their second touchdown with 4:37 left in the first quarter. Philadelphia had 199 net yards at halftime. They finished the game with 250 net yards. In other words, the Eagles gained only 51 net yards in the entire second half. Whoever sleeps on the Saints’ defense isn’t paying attention.*Beignets and Caf茅 au Lait AwardsFresh Beignets with Hot Coffee: Saints fans in the Superdome. I was incredibly proud of Saints fans, as they affected the Eagles several times in the game. Once crucial instance occurred with 14:11 to go in the third quarter: The Eagles had a 2nd-and-7 at their own 28-yard line but had to burn a precious timeout because of confusion in their huddle. That’s Dome Field Advantage right there.Stale Beignets with Day-old Coffee: The Achilles-tearing Turf. Injuries are part of the game, but when they happen and are severe, it is always a bummer. Saints’ defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins reportedly tore his Achilles tendon with 7:13 left in the first quarter of yesterday’s game. If confirmed, the injury means that Rankins will miss the rest of the postseason. Typical post-surgery recovery time for Achilles tendon injuries varies from 4 to 6 months, so Rankins should be ready to go for the start of the 2019-20 NFL season. We wish him a speedy recovery and hopefully his Black and Gold buddies win it all for him. In a sad coincidence Cheap Michael Hoomanawanui Youth Jersey , Eagles’ guard Brandon Brooks also tore his Achilles tendon during the game.*Super Bowl OddsAccording to fivethirthyeight.com, the Saints have the best odds of reaching the Super Bowl at 64%, followed by the Chiefs (61%), Patriots (39%) and Rams (36%). New Orleans also has the best odds to win Super Bowl LIII at 33%, in second place are the Chiefs (31%) followed by the Patriots (19%) and finally the Rams (17%). It seems as though despite the fact that the Saints aren’t blowing teams out anymore, the oddsmakers still believe that they are the top of the four teams still alive. I completely agree with them.Super Bowl odds courtesy of fivethirtyeight.com*What’s Next?The Saints will play the Los Angeles Rams Sunday at 2:05 PM CT in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the right to play in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday February 3, 2019 in Atlanta. Back on November 4, 2018, the Saints defeated the Rams 45-35 in a barn burner that saw New Orleans blow a 35-14 lead, but pull away late to secure the win. The Rams stamped their ticket to the NFC title game by defeating the Dallas Cowboys 30-22 in a game that was not as close as the final score indicates. Los Angeles, like Philadelphia yesterday Cheap Josh Hill Youth Jersey , has revenge on its mind and now boasts a two-headed monster in the backfield, with the unexpected strong play of running back C.J. Anderson to complement Todd Gurley. The Saints, who have an excellent run defense, will probably elect to put the game in Jared Goff’s hand and take their chances in coverage. It certainly worked yesterday against Philly. Getcha popcorn ready, this one’s gonna be a doozy!*Hey, get some work done! Unless you’re still drunk from celebrating yesterday, then keep reading!
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The aforementioned front office themselves had some thoughts as Stephen Jones appeared on the Rich Eisen Show on Wednesday. Here’s what he had to say.Beasley saying most recently that he’s not mad and that he just wants to help his team win is great to see, but it doesn’t exactly wipe away his original comments. He is going to be a free agent this offseason and he’s completely entitled to explore whatever options he feels best benefit him, he should be encouraged to do so, this all just feels like a walk-back of sorts.What do you think?Tweetcap: Cowboys put boots to Giants 20-13, sack Eli Manning into his next meme After the ranting and raving concerning last week’s loss to the Panthers Cheap Maliek Collins Youth Jersey , the Cowboys couldn’t afford to fall 0-2. They know all the stats that point to 0-2 being a hole that 89% of NFL teams don’t find a way out of. The offense, in particular, was under a lot of scrutiny whether it was quarterback play, offensive line play, play-calling, or just about anything else you can think of. The Cowboys came into the division matchup with the Giants as the more determined team and left winners. So, what was different and how did the Cowboys handle business this time around?A.) “Challenge Accepted” Back them off by going deepThe Cowboys got speed involved early on offense and it carried them over for the rest of the game. When you think of speed White Ezekiel Elliott Jersey , Tavon Austin is the guy that comes to mind:The offense needed a shot in the arm of explosiveness and when you can connect on a deep ball like that, it makes the defense have to account for it. Dak Prescott would go deep twice more in this game, though they didn’t connect, it effectively helped them shake loose of the Giants defense. Still, Michael Gallup has to catch this one:The Cowboys took some shots in this game which is what the offense needed and it sparked the team. It did get tougher for them after that, they only scored three more points for the half but that’s when the defense took over.B.) Getting Dak Prescott on the move, grinding down the opponent with Ezekiel ElliottThere was definitely a lull in the offensive action or the score would have been much higher for the Cowboys. However Ezekiel Elliott Jersey 2019 , we got to witness the Cowboys offensive coaches use the strengths of the team’s talents. It was a reversion to the method that was so successful for Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott in their rookie seasons. It started with letting Dak trust his instinct to run and take advantage of extra attention Elliott was getting. Here’s his first zone read run:Here’s Dak’s second zone read keeper, where he fakes the defense out well and Deonte Thompson seals off his man:These types of runs by Dak Prescott are critical to the offense’s success. The Cowboys want a healthy balance of knowing when to allow it to happen. They don’t want Dak getting hurt but he’s built to get things done with his feet in addition to his arm. The biggest threats the Cowboys have are Ezekiel Elliott, Tavon Austin, and Dak Prescott. All three were featured last night and all three made huge plays that was the difference in a win or loss.The best part of the entire night was the Cowboys first drive of the fourth quarter. It showed the true strength of their offense because it completely sealed the deal for the win. It was a 14-play drive that traveled 82-yards and took 8:23 off the clock. The drive featured passes to Cole Beasley, Michael Gallup, and Tavon Austin. 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Six different Cowboys players sacked Eli Manning. Richard and Marinelli dialed up blitzes with their linebackers and safeties, it proved to be too much for that overmatched offensive line in New York.The Giants had four drives in the first half and the Cowboys got Manning down on three of those drives and held them to no points. Folks like to pick on the Cowboys offense but the Giants offense has a far worse trend:It’s pretty alarming for New York because on paper, they have explosive players Youth Robert Newhouse Jersey , but games like this last one will have everyone second-guessing:That decision to load up on offensive talent around Eli Manning looms large for a lot of people that follow and cover the New York Giants. Saquon Barkley is a talented player but the Giants will forever be linked to the quarterbacks they never took:This game had lots of moments but there is nothing that stands out further than watching Eli Manning get battered and bruised for four quarters. 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Perhaps the decision was more in line with Chris Ballard’s philosophy to re-sign homegrown talent and develop locker room chemistry. Eagles GM Howie Roseman referred to Graham as, “a legend in Philadelphia.”While seeing a player like Graham sign may not strike Colts fans as a huge blow, he did have value as a possible mentor to our young, developing edge rushers. I don’t think that value works out to $13 million a year. On the plus side for the rest of the league, the Eagles are left with only $18 million dollars in cap room for 2019. Once you consider the need to pay their incoming rookies, they have closer to $8-10 million dollars to spend. This makes it highly unlikely that they will be able to re-sign a player who could be a real difference maker, cornerback Ronald Darby — note that he tore his ACL in Week 10. At the end of the day, the Eagles overpaid to re-sign an aging (30) home-grown edge player (drafted 13th pick in 2010), eating up a lot of their cap and likely accepting that they will have to allow some of their more talented players to leave on the open market. Which defensive ends in the 2019 draft fit Ballard’s preferred mold?"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Colts StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Colts NewsYahoo Colts Team PageYahoo Colts ReportYahoo Colts Depth ChartYahoo Colts TransactionsYahoo Colts PhotosShop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub 鉁昇FL GeneralColts AnalysisNFL DraftBuild-A-Ballard: Who the Colts may target at defensive end in the 2019 NFL Draft New,39commentsWhich defensive ends in the 2019 draft fit Ballard’s preferred mold?ESTShareTweetShareShareBuild-A-Ballard: Who the Colts may target at defensive end in the 2019 NFL Draft Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY SportsAt Stampede Blue, we will do our best investigative work to determine how Chris Ballard might approach free agency and the draft. In this series, we will look back at Ballard’s past drafts with the Colts and with the Chiefs— where he was the Director of Player Personnel or Director of Football Operations from 2013 to 2016— and try to find common themes or traits that he may look for.We already know Ballard covets athleticism and leadership on and off the field but this series hopes to shed more light on traits he is looking for and help to uncover some of the players he may target in the draft.The focus today will be on what Ballard has called the greatest need heading into the offseason, pass rusher. What types of defensive ends will Ballard look for in the 2019 draft?Past Drafted PlayersDuring Ballard’s tenure in Indianapolis and Kansas City, his organizations have drafted six edge rushers in six drafts. Although pass rusher hasn’t been the core need in each of those years, Ballard has still elected to use four picks from the first two days of the draft. The top pick used to address the position was a first round selection in 2014.We will examine five of the six prospects to find common traits. The sixth player that we will not be including is Mike Catapano, a defensive end taken in the 7th round out of Princeton in 2013. He only lasted four seasons in the NFL and made little to no impact.Dee Ford, DE, Auburn (2014)— 1st Round PickSize: 6’2” 250 poundsMeasureables (Pro Day):40 Time: 4.59 seconds / 10-yard Split: 1.67 seconds / Bench Press: 29 reps / Vertical Jump: 35.5 inches / Broad Jump: 124 inches / 3-Cone: 7.07 secondsCareer Stats:93 total tackles Malik Hooker Jersey White , 27.5 tackles for a loss, 20.5 sacks, and 3 forced fumblesOverview of Pick:Ford was one of the better pass rushers in the draft and solidified a spot in the first round with a strong Senior Bowl performance. Nolan Nawrocki of NFL.com stated that Ford has “very good acceleration and burst to beat blockers off the ball” along with having “outstanding energy and work ethic.” His major concerns were trouble disengaging from blockers, bend around the corner, and injury history. Ford was one of the better pass rushers in football last season and is looking to get a huge contract in free agency.Dadi Nicolas, DE, Virginia Tech (2016)— 6th RoundSize:6’3” 235 poundsMeasureables:40 Time: 4.74 seconds / 10-yard Split: 1.70 seconds / Bench Press: 14 reps / Vertical Jump: 41 inches / Broad Jump: 116 inches / 3-Cone: 7.04 secondsCareer Stats:165 total tackles, 35.5 tackles for a loss, 17 sacks, and 3 forced fumblesOverview of Pick:Nicolas was one of the twitchiest, most athletic pass rushers in the draft and he displayed that ability at the Senior Bowl in 2016. Lance Zielein of NFL.com talked about how he “has lightning quick inside moves,颅 including spin,颅 that can catch slow颅-footed tackles sleeping” and “plays with desired upfield burst.” His major concerns were lack of strength (especially in run defense) and inability to disengage from blockers. Nicolas was waived by multiple teams and is now a member of the Washington Redskins.Tarell Basham, DE, Ohio (2017)— 3rd RoundSize:6’4” 269 poundsMeasureables:40 Time: 4.70 seconds / 10-yard Split: 1.68 seconds / Bench Press: 15 reps / Vertical Jump: 31.5 inches / Broad Jump: 119 inches Career Stats:152 total tackles, 38.5 tackles for a loss, 27 sacks, and 5 forced fumbles.Overview of Pick:Basham was a productive, athletic small school player who performed well at the Senior Bowl. Lance Zierlein mentioned how Basham “shows flashes of explosive twitch in his attack upfield” and how he “plays with good short area burst to close out running backs and scrambling quarterbacks.” His major concerns coming out were lack of pass rush development and poor bend around the corner. The Basham pick did not work out as he was cut halfway through his sophomore season and claimed by the Jets.Kemoko Turay, DE, Rutgers (2018)— 2nd RoundSize:6’5” 253 poundsMeasureables:40 Time: 4.65 seconds / 10-yard Split: 1.62 seconds / Bench Press: 18 reps / Vertical Jump: 34 inches / Broad Jump: 119 inches / 3-Cone: 6.84 secondsCareer Stats:96 total tackles, 19 tackles for a loss Darius Leonard Jersey , 14.5 sacks, and 4 pass deflectionsOverview of Pick:Turay was perhaps the most athletic edge rusher in the draft and those traits were on display at the Senior Bowl. Lance Zierlein praised the type of athlete he is by stating that he “plays with good closing burst to the ball”, “moves easily and naturally in space”, and is “rangy with good pursuit motor.” His main issues were raw abilities as a pass rusher, struggles as a run defender, and injury concerns. Turay had a productive first half of his rookie season before injuries and playing time issues limited his second half production. Tyquan Lewis, DE, Ohio State (2018)— 2nd RoundSize:6’3” 269 poundsMeasureables (Pro Day):40 Time: 4.69 seconds / 10-yard Split: 1.57 seconds / Bench Press: N/A / Vertical Jump: 35.5 inches / Broad Jump: 127 inches / 3-Cone: 7.2 secondsCareer Stats:112 total tackles, 37 tackles for a loss, 23.5 sacks, and 5 forced fumblesOverview of Pick:Lewis was one of the most athletic defensive linemen in the draft and he destroyed the Senior Bowl. Lance Zierlein stated that Lewis has “knee bend (that) helps him flatten to the quarterback sharply once he gets around the edge” and “plays with good hand strength and quickness.” The main issues with his game were that he was not a “force against the run” and he was a bit inconsistent with his rushes on a play to play basis. He played very well in limited snaps in his rookie season with the Colts.Common TraitsHere are the common traits that can help us build a rough mold of what Ballard might look for in rookie defensive ends:Senior edge rusher— preferably players who played in the Senior BowlExcellent burst and explosion— every player had a 10 yard split under 1.7 secondsStrengths: Overall athleticism, great tackling, and burst Weaknesses: Run defense, bend, and raw pass rush move setMotor and tenacity— each player had a knack for playing until the whistleBonus-> Length as a rusher2019 Draft Players Who Fit1.) Charles Omenihu, DE, TexasSize:6’6” 275 poundsCareer Stats:115 total tackles, 30 tackles for a loss, 16.5 sacks, and 4 forced fumblesWhy He Fits:If any player fits the mold that Ballard likes in his defensive ends, its Charles Omenihu. Mostly a sub-rusher for Texas, Omenihu was very disruptive with a quick burst off of the line and a lengthy frame. He was a standout at the Senior Bowl where he put together a couple good practices. Omenihu also excels at tackling and has a relentless motor. His weaknesses are his lack of bend on the edge and inconsistent run defense. 2.) Montez Sweat Peyton Manning Jersey , DE, Mississippi StateSize:6’6” 252 poundsCareer Stats:105 total tackles, 30.5 tackles for a loss, 23.5 sacks, and 1 forced fumbleWhy He Fits:If Ballard decides to address defensive end in the first round, Sweat would be an excellent fit for what he looks for. The talk of the week at the Senior Bowl, Sweat was insanely hard to block due to his large frame and relentless play style. His other strengths include an excellent burst off of the line of scrimmage and a motor that never runs out. He is also pretty stout as a run defender for a player with his slimmer frame. His biggest weaknesses are his lack of bend around the corner and his occasional struggle to shed blocks. 3.) Chase Winovich, DE, MichiganSize:6’3” 255 poundsCareer Stats:166 total tackles, 43 tackles for a loss, 18.5 sacks, and 3 forced fumblesWhy He Fits:This may seem like an odd fit but I think Winovich makes a lot of sense with what Ballard likes in his players. Winovich was slated to appear in the Senior Bowl but had to withdraw due to an injury suffered in Michigan’s bowl game. His has strengths at the point of attack, above average athleticism, and relentless motor in both run and pass defense. His weaknesses are struggles with bend and shedding blocks. He was a two time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, recipient of team MVP honors in 2018, and was awarded his team’s first ever “Blue Collar Award.” Honorable Mentions:Jaylon Ferguson (LA Tech), Joe Jackson (Miami), Shareef Miller (Penn State)ConclusionWith GM Chris Ballard’s track record for drafting edge players, these prospects stand out as possible targets in the draft. He likes athletic players with great burstwho are a bit unrefined as pass rushers. He places a heavy emphasis on motor and effort while not worrying as much about bend or run defense.It is important to note that this analysis could be entirely wrong as it relies heavily on his time in Kansas City. It is entirely possible that Ballard disagreed with much of the decisions made during his time with the Chiefs’ organization. Ballard could take a bendy edge rusher in round one. Who knows? However, this series should give some kind of insight into who Chris Ballard may want to target based on his past.
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Plus, perspective from Jon Gruden and more.Three former Georgia players named among NFL's best rookiesThe Bulldogs are once again showing out in the NFL.Dee Ford on franchise tag: 'If it happens, it happens' - NFL.comChiefs LB Dee Ford could have his fair share of suitors if he makes it to free agency. But there's always the chance Kansas City re-signs him or franchises him. Ford said he wouldn't mind the latter.Brandin Cooks purposely dropped pass before GW FG - NFL.comIn Los Angeles' NFC Championship Game triumph Trey Hendrickson Jersey Stitched , Brandin Cooks played a pivotal role, catching a team-high seven balls for 107 yards. But perhaps Cooks' most important contribution was a dropped pass.Sean McVay, youngest to coach in Super Bowl, turns 33 - NFL.comHappy birthday, Sean McVay. The Rams coach turns 33 today, making him the youngest to ever guide a team to a Super Bowl. Let's take a look at some age-related discrepancies ahead of Super Bowl LIII.Meet the NFL’s first male cheerleaders to make it to the Super BowlQuinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies made history last year when they joined the LA Rams squad, and will do so again at Super Bowl 53 in Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3.Ultimate NFL historian shares stories of 42 years at Hall of FameFrom Peyton Manning artifacts to the Madden Cruiser, Joe Horrigan has had a front-row seat to NFL history.Bill Belichick praises 'explosive' Rams specialists - NFL.comIf America learned one thing from the NFC title game Youth Sheldon Rankins Jersey , it's that the Rams' punt team cannot be trusted. Bill Belichick is aware of L.A.'s threat in the third phase of the game -- and is prepared.Lessons From the Season and the Ringer’s 2019 NFL Draft Guide - The RingerWith the Super Bowl a week away, the guys reflect on the lessons they’ve learned from the 2019 seasonNick Foles' next NFL team? 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Our resident backfield expert, Maurice Jones-Drew, spotlights a fullback who has changed one team's offense.Jets' Jamal Adams says NFL told him he put Patriots mascot in hospital with hit | NFL | Sporting NewsNFL says concussions down 23.8 percent last seasonThe NFL says the number of concussion in practices and games dropped significantly in 2018.Social Media: NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A defense attorney for the man convicted of killing retired New Orleans Saints star Will Smith in 2016 has told a Louisiana appellate court that his client deserves a new trial, in part because of evidence that surfaced after trial that he said lends credibility to Cardell Hayes’ self-defense assertion.Hayes’ appeal attorney, Paul Barker Sheldon Rankins Jersey Stitched , told three 4th Circuit Court of Appeal judges Wednesday that New Orleans prosecutors failed to disprove that Hayes acted in self-defense. Hayes is serving a 25-year sentence for manslaughter in Smith’s death and attempted manslaughter in the wounding of Smith’s wife during a confrontation following a traffic collision in April 2016.Hayes insisted at trial that he fired after a drunk, angry Smith retrieved a gun from his car and fired first.Barker said none of a host of witnesses had a clear view of everything that happened amid the tumult following the accident in New Orleans’ Lower Garden District.Assistant District Attorney Kyle Daly countered that Hayes was alone among witnesses in saying Smith brandished a gun or fired it. A semi-automatic handgun was found loaded but unused in Smith’s car. And while Barker said gunfire residue on Smith’s body raises doubt that he never fired, Daly said it was consistent with being shot at close-range with a larger weapon.It was unclear when the three-judge appellate panel would rule.Barker argued that trial judge Camille Buras should have granted a new trial because a witness who contacted the defense a day after Hayes’ conviction said he had heard two gun fire from two weapons at the time of the shooting.The witness, military veteran Michael Burnside, delivered rambling and at times profane testimony at a post-trial hearing last year. Daly argued that he wasn’t credible. Burnside lived blocks from the shooting scene and, Daly argued, his testimony indicated a series of shots fired at a slower rate than the rapid-fire shooting Hayes had described.Parker also contends the trial judge should have allowed testimony about Smith’s 2010 arrest on a domestic abuse charge after former Saint Deuce McAllister spoke of Smith’s sterling reputation among his teammates and friends.Smith was arrested outside a southwest Louisiana bar in 2011 on misdemeanor charges of domestic abuse battery and public intoxication. Lafayette Parish prosecutors dropped the charges in 2012 after Smith completed community service and participated in counseling.Daly argued that Buras was right to avoid what would have amounted to a “mini-trial on the Lafayette incident.”Smith, a 34-year-old father of three Youth Vonn Bell Jersey , was a defensive leader on the Saints team that lifted spirits in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. He helped carry the team to a winning season in 2006 and a Super Bowl victory four years later.Hayes was 29 when he was convicted in December 2016. He owned a tow-truck business, had played semi-pro football and is the father of a young son.
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    The NFL's revision of the catch rule figured to grab the spotlight this season.Then the league altered the regulations on using the helmet when making contact on both sides of the ball Youth Jay Novacek Jersey , basically making it a 15-yard penalty no matter where on the helmet strikes an opponent. Even players on offense and linemen in the trenches are subject to being flagged, with potential fines and ejections for particularly flagrant hits by lowering the helmet.Players are upset. Officials are deeper under the microscope. Fans are wondering why replay review isn't part of the entire process.Suddenly, the Dez Bryant and Jesse James non-catches are non-issues. It's all about the helmet hits, which unquestionably need to be removed from the game in a similar way that tacklers launching to make hits pretty much has been eliminated in the pros.Here's where things stand from a variety of constituencies as we head toward the kickoff of the 2018 schedule:THE LEAGUENFL executives were encouraged that the flags thrown for helmet-initiated hits dropped from 51 through the opening two weeks of the preseason to nine for Week 3 — when many regulars get on the field, though in a limited capacity. Officials have been instructed not to flag incidental or inadvertent contacts with the helmet or facemask by defensive or offensive players. The deeper we get into games that count, the better those with the whistle or ball in their hands or the guys attempting tackles will have a handle on what's legal."These are necessary changes where the rules come in," says Troy Vincent, the NFL's football operations chief and one of the hardest hitters in the league when he played defensive back from 1992-2006. "As stewards for the long term, the well-being of the players comes first."Adds Giants owner John Mara, a long-time member of the competition committee that advises rules changes for teams to vote on:"I think officials and players will adapt to the rule, that is what happens every time we have a change based on player safety. There's an outcry at the beginning that it will change the game, and it never works out that way; statistics don't bear that out at all. Players should not lower their heads is what it is all about, and we should not have some of the injuries we have seen."THE OFFICIALSThe rule change has placed the men in stripes in even sharper focus. Simply put, at the current speed of play and with the size and power of players, any call is difficult. Now, a bit more judgment has been added, with decisions made in split seconds."It's still a work in progress because officials need to learn to instinctively read and react to this type of hit that they've never looked at before as a foul," says recently retired referee Terry McAulay, now an analyst for NBC. "So there is going to be some learning curve yet to come, but I think they're in a much better place than they were a week ago."One somewhat puzzling question remains: Why isn't video replay involved when some of these calls, especially if they lead to ejections, can be game changers?Well, it actually is, on a limited basis. Should a player be ejected for initiating helmet contact, Al Riveron and his staff at New York headquarters can affirm or overrule the ejection."Our charge is, No. 1 player safety: Make it safer in all ways," Riveron says. "No. 2, make sure we still have a product that is entertaining. And No. 3, find a happy balance with replay and how much it gets involved. We always stop the game to get it right."Mara believes replay could play a further role if officiating the rule becomes too problematic."I certainly think are a lot of people who would support adding those calls to instant replay and making them reviewable," he says, "and I think that's another discussion we could have in the offseason if it is warranted."THE DOCTORS AND RESEARCHERSThousands of hours and millions of dollars of data gathering, research, technological innovations and testing helped lead to the new rule. Every penny will have been well spent if usage of the helmet as a weapon disappears."It's an offshoot of all that work," says Jeff Miller, the league's executive vice president of health and safety initiatives, whose department works with medical professionals Jay Novacek Jersey Stitched , researchers and equipment manufacturers. "An identification of what causes concussions and why there was a troubling increase in them."We see patterns, the increased velocity of the hits, the positioning of the head and neck ... that increase in force and magnitude of a hit, and not just with the crown of the helmet."Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL's medical director, believes all the data helped construct a comprehensive story that required immediate action."Everything we saw said we must act on this," Sills says of the injury rate for helmet-first hits. "There was a sense of urgency when the data was so compelling to do something now on this."THE COACHESFor decades, the head was taught to be part of the tackling process. That has changed 180 degrees — at least in the NFL — as the consequences of that technique became so clearly grim and far-reaching.NFL coaches — yes, even those who don't win with regularity — are the elite of the profession. Still, changing a culture that was part of football for so long, and might still be at lower levels of the sport, is challenging.Throw in that some coaches were caught by surprise by the wide-ranging change, and others aren't truly certain when flags will fly, and there's concern on every NFL sideline.New Titans coach Mike Vrabel, a Super Bowl-winning linebacker, narrated a league-distributed video on tackles that are kosher and which are outlawed. Yet his team was among the most penalized early in the preseason."It's frustrating because I'm not doing a good enough job explaining to them what they're calling," Vrabel said during training camp. "I think they look at me like I'm nuts when I say, 'This is what they're looking for. This is what they're calling.'"We just really have to start watching. The helmet thing extends drives. Penalties are going to lead to scoring opportunities; 15 yards is an explosive gain. ... To continue to give them the 15-yard penalties is frustrating because I have to do a better job of making sure these guys aren't using the top of the helmet."Another worry among coaches is whether the calls on offensive players will be equitable to those on defenders. Former Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, now a CBS analyst, recalled seeing three flags thrown on the defense for helmet-first hits when it was obvious to him that the ball carrier initiated the contact."It's a great rule," he says. "They just have to not over-officiate it. They shouldn't use the posture of getting in a protective position by the running back before he gets tackled, yet he's the one making contact with the helmet."THE PLAYERSUltimately, as anyone involved in any sport will say, the players have to make the plays. And make sure they are permissible plays.It's not going to be easy at first. According to 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, it won't be easy ever.Or fair."It's an idiotic rule, so there's no need to go down that road," Sherman says. "There's no way you can tackle and play football. I could tackle like that if I was standing still, got on my knees, no one was moving and I was tackling bags or something. But to ask you to do that at full speed?"Adds Texans safety Tyrann Mathieu: "It's going to be extremely difficult. Obviously, guys are trying to take the initiative to really go about it the right way, but sometimes it's like, what do you expect a guy to do? Hopefully, we'll get it corrected and like I said, hopefully it doesn't take too much money from the guys."I just don't know when it's a foul, when it's clean. I have no idea." The Dallas Cowboys have several big contracts to pay out soon, so it’s important to save as much money as they can. Is it possible they release any of these veteran players who are in line for a reduced role for the 2019 season?"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Dallas Cowboys NewsDallas Cowboys GeneralThe Cowboys can save over $30 million by releasing four veterans in line for a reduced role in 2019New Youth Michael Irvin Jersey ,199commentsThe team has improved so much that these notable cap hits might not play as much as they once did.CDTShareTweetShareShareThe Cowboys can save over $30 million by releasing four veterans in line for a reduced role in 2019Jerome Miron-USA TODAY SportsThis offseason has produced endless conversations about what players the Dallas Cowboys should extend. With several players nearing the end of their contracts, the front office will have some difficult decisions. The team isn’t in the business of letting great players get away, and they demonstrated that by making DeMarcus Lawrence the highest paid player in Cowboys history. Retaining their top talent is priority one, but the expression, “you can’t pay everyone” surfaces quite a bit. While there is truth to that statement, what the Cowboys can do is pay everyone they want to pay. If a player like DeMarco Murray, Ron Leary, Anthony Hitchens, or Cole Beasley isn’t re-signed it’s because the front office doesn’t feel they are worth the money they got in free agency. If they did, they would still be Cowboys. The team’s ability to lay off of overpaying for players is one of the reasons they’ve done a complete 180 in terms of cap space. The front office avoids overspending in free agency on a regular basis and all this financial responsibility has set them up nicely for the future. That’s gotta feel good.But not everyone the Cowboys have under contract are players the team is getting a good return on their investment. And while they’ve done a good job extricating several bad contracts, some still linger around. In some cases, the team has had to just bite the bullet because of the lack of other options on the roster, but things are a little different now. The team has great depth.An early look at the players fighting for roster spots has about 60 players who could conceivably make the team.There are likely other names not listed here that will find their way on the final roster come September. When you start cutting down the players, it’s easy to see that it’s going to eventually cut deep enough where several good players are not going to make the team. Deciding who’s going to be cut is going to be difficult.Some of these players are set in stone. The star players and the young, premium draft investments who are expected to be a part of their future - they’re not going anywhere. But what about some of the more expensive veterans who will be sharing reps? Just how important are these players? If the team has enough depth at a certain position to where they are not logging a lot of snaps, does it really make sense to take on a more expensive cap hit? For example - Tyrone Crawford, Sean Lee, Allen Hurns, Jason Witten can combine for a total savings of $30.25 million.Clearly, the Cowboys aren’t going to cut all these players, and they may end up not cutting any of them, but man - that’s a lot of extra cash. They are all ‘right-kind-of-guys’ in their finest form, but they will not come close to contributing enough to warrant that cost. Let’s examine each player to see what makes the most sense.Tyrone CrawfordFor years Crawford has been one of the team’s most underrated players. He gets a lot of criticism for not producing at a level indicative of his contract, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a strong contributor. Crawford has battled injuries, yet still finds his way on the field, proving to be very reliable. Even more helpful is his ability to play inside and out, allowing the team to fill voids along the defensive line over the years.While the Cowboys’ needs at certain spots on the defensive line has always put Crawford in high demand, the gradual increase in depth now makes him less valuable. He’s not starting on the edge over Robert Quinn. The team also has a slew of youngsters they’d like to get some reps eventually. And who knows what’s going to happen this year with Gregory? It’s very possible that Crawford isn’t going to see much action at defensive end this season.So, just move him inside, right? Except the team now has both Maliek Collins and rookie Trysten Hill vying for reps at the 3-tech spot. How’s that going to work? And it’s not like they can just move Collins to 1-tech to open up more reps because Antwaun Woods and new free agent Christian Covington are already fighting for snaps there.The defensive line is a crowded group. Crawford is certainly up there on the depth chart, but the guys right below him aren’t far behind. In fact, it’s up for debate as to how the reps should be distributed. His reps could see a notable dip which isn’t what you’d want to see from one of the higher-paid players on the team. Would it be financially feasible to continue to shell out that kind of cash for a reduced workload? Here is a breakdown of his contract situation (numbers courtesy of spotrac.com):The team could save a total of $15 million if they were to release him. Most people would want to keep Crawford on this team for depth, but when you think about how much better use the team could get from all that money, it makes you wonder just how valuable Crawford is to the team.Bottom line: Crawford is not going anywhere, and keeping him around allows them the luxury of revisiting the defensive line situation a year from now. With so much uncertainty going on with this group, the team can’t risk weakening an area they’ve worked too hard to build up.Allen HurnsLast week Michael Irvin Jersey Stitched , we discussed how a deep wide receiving group could push Hurns off the roster. Looking at the roster above, there are seven receivers fighting for spots and that doesn’t even included undrafted free agents like Jon’Vea Johnson and Jalen Guyton, who shouldn’t be written off as having no chance to make the team. Who really knows how this wide receiver group is going to shape out?What we do know though is that Hurns is the second-highest cap hit of all the wide receivers. The team could save $5 million by cutting him, which puts him at a disadvantage when it comes time to round out this roster. When you look at all the depth within this position group, it’s hard enough to make the squad, but when you carry one of the biggest cap burdens - that makes it even worse.But Hurns is here and he’ll have a chance to compete. Not only is he going to have to impress, it might take an injury to one of the guys ahead of him to secure a roster spot. And that’s not unimaginable as both Randall Cobb and Tavon Austin have trouble staying healthy. This could open the door just enough to keep Hurns in a Cowboys uniform for one more season.Bottom line: It’s not looking good for him. He needs some things to work in his favor to avoid being a cap casualty come September.Sean LeeJust yesterday, we examined how important Sean Lee is to the team. It’s tough to imagine how things will play out, but we gave it a try and came up with three possible scenarios for Lee next season. Ultimately, what he shows in camp has the most influence on how to proceed with him going forward. If he suffers some type of injury setback, which let’s face it - isn’t unrealistic, that could be a deal breaker because his only value to the team is what he can produce this upcoming season.Lee unselfishly reworked his deal to go from a $10 million cap hit to $6 million, and that certainly makes a difference as he would’ve inevitably been a cap casualty had he not done that. For Lee, it’s not about the money. He’s always expressed how the Jones’ family has been very generous to him and he’s not lying. Lee has taken home over $42 million over his career so far, which seems pretty fair considering how much time he’s missed. For Lee, he just wants to be a part of the team and while a reduced cost helps his chances, there are no guarantees. Bottom line: This is a wait and see situation. If he can stay healthy and flashes some of the old Lee, he’s a no-brainer keeper. But if when he goes down, that’s when things get dicey.Jason WittenWhy is his name listed in this group? Who in their right mind would even consider playing without the legendary Jason Witten? When the Cowboys veteran tight end made the decision to return, most fans welcomed him back with open arms. Sure, he’s 37 and for a lot of football players - that’s old. Every year, he’s been projected to fizzle out as age gets the better of him, yet every year he keeps rolling along.His numbers have shown a decline as his targets, receptions, and yards have all dropped since 2015.But so have his expectations. For Witten, it’s not about volume numbers to help you win your fantasy league, but rather his well-timed, chain-moving catches that help his team. He’s been a dependable target for Dak Prescott since the young quarterback entered the league. His precision route-running and attention to detail will help mask the unimpressive athletic ability that he never had in the first place. He’s still 6’6” and 260 lbs. as that hasn’t changed. He’s extremely durable as hasn’t missed a game since The Lord of the Rings won best picture back in 2004. And he’s still clever. In fact, that part gets better with age.The Cowboys will tell you that he’ll see a reduction in workload and fans are hoping that holds true. Many of us want to see Blake Jarwin take off and Dalton Schultz build on a solid rookie season. Let the young guys get their chance, with a little Witten sprinkled in here and there. The problem is - unless the time off slows him down, Witten’s going to keep doing Witten things, and that’s certainly not a bad thing.Bottom line: Of this group, not only does cutting Witten save the Cowboys the least amount of money, but he’ll probably log the most playing time as well. Even if he does slow down, that’s still good value. Witten stays. Can you see the Cowboys moving on from any of these players?
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    The Indianapolis Colts haven’t necessarily landed that ‘big name’ free agent yet (unless you’ve always been a big Devin Funchess fan) Youth Nate Hairston Jersey , but it’s possible they still could as former Kansas City..."The Indianapolis Colts haven’t necessarily landed that ‘big name’ free agent yet (unless you’ve always been a big Devin Funchess fan), but it’s possible they still could as former Kansas City Chiefs pass rusher Justin Houston remains on the open market. The 1x First-Team All-Pro and 4x Pro Bowler isn’t just a big name, as he still has plenty of game left in the tank finishing last season with 9.0 sacks, as well as 37 tackles, 5 forced fumbles, and an interception in 12 starts for the Chiefs defense. Per Pro Football Focus (subscription), the 9-year veteran earned a +89.8 pass rushing grade, which ranked the 4th best among edge defenders. Of course, Colts general manager Chris Ballard already has a great familiarity with Houston and can certainly vouch for what the veteran can bring to any locker room—having previously served as a Kansas City Chiefs football operations executive.The Colts defense could also use the pass rushing help. Matt Eberflus’ defense finished 19th with 38.0 sacks last season and for all of the impressive speed and mad hornet-like “swarming” often showcased by his defense Nate Hairston Jersey Stitched , it’s still a unit that struggled generating pass pressure at times. In a conference where the Colts are likely going to have to go through either Tom Brady or Patrick Mahomes to reach the Super Bowl—maybe both, that can be problematic. At 30 years old, Justin Houston likely isn’t what he once was, having had a whopping 22.0 sacks in 2014, but he still can be a highly valuable veteran rotational pass rusher for any NFL team. No, he’s not Von Miller these days, but then again, he wouldn’t be available if he was, and the Colts certainly won’t have to pay him like he is. Given his age Youth Pierre Desir Jersey , it’s only logical that he could be had on a possible 2-3 year deal, which should be right up Chris Ballard’s alley in terms of his preference structuring contracts. The Colts young GM’s ‘sweet spot’ appears to be offering deals that essentially only have 2 years of significant cap ramifications with then easy exits—if needed. On a young pass rushing corps that includes Kemoko Turay, Tyquan Lewis, and very likely an early round rookie(s) come April, it’s possible the battle-tested veteran Houston could show them a thing or two with 78.5 career sacks (and counting). In today’s passing league, a team can never have enough impact pass rushers, and they’re always held at a premium. Houston is very much still that. Yes, he’s 30 years old, but Colts fans shouldn’t be having flashbacks to former veteran pass rusher Trent Cole Pierre Desir Jersey Stitched , who was 33 when Indianapolis signed him and largely a disappointment—having only 5.0 sacks combined in two seasons (2015-16). In comparison, Houston has a few years of youth in his favor and seemingly much more ‘juice’ left than Cole, who appeared to be running on fumes when he ended his career in Indianapolis. Just ask Andrew Luck, as Houston took him down twice in the Colts AFC Divisional Round loss to the Kansas City Chiefs this past January. In fact, Houston’s 9.0 sacks last season would’ve tied the Colts team leader Denico Autry. How’s that for ‘old age’? Let’s skip the formalities folks, signing the veteran sackmaster just seems shrewd for the Colts. Colts Draft 2019: Best Available Day 2 OptionsWho are some of the top options still available to the Indianapolis Colts in the second and third rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft on Friday?How the..." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteStampede Bluean Indianapolis Colts communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsColtsShopAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Colts StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Colts NewsYahoo Colts Team PageYahoo Colts ReportYahoo Colts Depth ChartYahoo Colts TransactionsYahoo Colts PhotosShop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Filed under:NFL DraftStampede Blue Colts LinksColts News: Best available Day 2 options for ColtsNew,8commentsEDTShareTweetShareShareColts News: Best available Day 2 options for ColtsChristopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY SportsColts Draft 2019: Best Available Day 2 OptionsWho are some of the top options still available to the Indianapolis Colts in the second and third rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft on Friday?How the Colts’ 2018 draft influenced their Round 1 trade – The AthleticThe Colts opted out of the first round Thursday and their first selection of Day 2 of the draft might be on the table.Top Takeaways: Chris Ballard On Trading BackIndianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard talked to reporters after the conclusion of Thursday’s first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, in which the Colts decided to trade back out of the first round. What were the top takeaways from the session?Chris Ballard Recaps Round 1 of the 2019 NFL DraftColts General Manager Chris Ballard addresses the media after the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.Colts Trade Out Of First-Round Of Draft With Washington Redskins | 1070 the FanWith the 26th pick in Round 1 of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Colts decided to trade their pick to the Washington Redskins. What did the Colts get in return?Chris Ballard ‘had feeling’ trade-back would be Colts’ best option | FOX59INDIANAPOLIS Peyton Manning Jersey White , Ind. – Chris Ballard saw this coming. Seriously. He envisioned the precise scenario that unfolded late Thursday: biding his time with the 26th overall pick in the NFL Draft and wondering if a coveted player might fall into his hands, but firmly believing the best course of action ...Colts deal out of first round, could move down again Friday | Sports | heraldbulletin.comChris Ballard telegraphed his move first during the NFL Scouting Combine in February and again Monday when he met the local media for his predraft news conference.2019 NFL Draft: Indianapolis Colts ruin our fun by trading first-round pick to WashingtonIndianapolis Colts GM Chris Ballard knows what he's doing, trading out of first round to acquire additional picks, but it sure ruined Thursday night.
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    Browns notes from Hue Jackson Nate Orchard Jersey Stitched , John Dorsey pre-camp presser With training camp set to officially open on Thursday, Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson and general manager John Dorsey were live in Berea on Wednesday, answering any and all questions the media had heading into this year’s sessions. With Jackson humorously dressed in sweatshirt-Dorsey attire, let’s recap some of the big takeaways from press conference.WR Situation - Looking at Dez Bryant, Josh Gordon’s StatusThe Browns will be down another wide receiver at the start of camp, as WR Ricardo Louis is out for the season with a neck injury. Cleveland is also using the “Did Not Report” label on WR Josh Gordon to help open a second roster spot (at least temporarily).Dorsey wants to respect Gordon’s privacy and the team supports him through this time. He does not have clarity as to when Gordon will be back, other than they expect him to be back at some point for the 2018 season. They feel he is 100% committed to the Browns and they are 100% committed to him as well.Hue Jackson has not had the chance to speak with Gordon since the news. Dorsey was asked if he knows what Gordon’s statement meant when he said he would be back “soon.” Cleveland has talked with Dez Bryant, and they will think about the receiver position in the coming days. However, he also cautioned not to read too much into that specifically, since they have talked to a lot of players. While Gordon is out, Corey Coleman will slide into the starting lineup to begin training camp.WR Eli Rogers has re-signed with the Steelers. Cleveland will be working out some receivers in the coming days.Staying Confident in QB Tyrod TaylorDespite the praise both Jackson and Dorsey had for rookie QB Baker Mayfield, both were clear that this is Tyrod Taylor’s team.Jackson did not want to discuss whether Mayfield will be the No. 2 or No. 3 quarterback to begin camp; instead, he just kept stressing that Mayfield will get the amount of reps he needs. Here is what Jackson said about Taylor being the No. 1 quarterback in camp:Hue Jackson’s Different Role in 2018 as Head CoachEven though Hue Jackson is still the head coach Desmond Harrison Jersey Stitched , now entering year three with the Browns, his role has very much changed into this year’s camp. He now compares himself to a CEO who is overseeing the operation. In my opinion, this was 100% necessary and the only way to justify keeping Jackson for a third season — to see if he could thrive in such a role.Other NotesShon Coleman will be the first player to get a shot at left tackle.Jamie Collins, Mychal Kendricks, and Antonio Callaway are ready to go for camp.Asked why the secondary was revamped so much, Dorsey said, “After you sit and listen to the head coach talk about what he thinks we need, and then you talk to the defensive coordinator and see what he thinks he needs at that time – it was obvious that we needed some players here and that is why we went down the path we did.”Ricardo Louis’ neck injury happened late last season and required surgery. Sam Darnold and the New York Jets were back on the practice field after some time away.Time enough to mostly clear their heads of the miserable 21-17 loss at Cleveland last Thursday , not that the sting was easy to brush off in the few days since."Yeah, they've been pretty hard," rookie quarterback Sam Darnold acknowledged Monday. "I'm not going to lie to you guys."New York is 1-2 after playing three games in 11 days and riding a roller coaster of emotions during that brief span. From the highs of a dominant victory at Detroit in the opener to the uneasiness of a loss to AFC East-rival Miami at home six days later to the frustration and disappointment of being the first team to lose to the Browns since 2016.Now comes the big test for not just Darnold, but the rest of the Jets 鈥?including Todd Bowles and his coaching staff. With a game at Jacksonville on tap next, New York needs to rebound from the defeat in Cleveland to prevent the season from spiraling."I don't think it's going to be tough at all Youth E.J. Gaines Jersey ," Bowles insisted. "It's a long season, we understand that. If we would have won, we would have moved past it. We lost the game, we're going to move past it."All eyes will be on Darnold, of course, as they have been from the moment he became the future 鈥?and now, present 鈥?of the franchise.The 21-year-old rookie is supremely confident in himself, and has been lauded throughout his playing career for his ability to focus on the task at hand and not repeat mistakes. The Jaguars will surely be aiming to make Darnold uncomfortable on Sunday and force him into errors."Yeah, Jacksonville is a great defense," Darnold said. "Obviously, they've got great players, but they also just play together very well. That's what I noticed and that's going to be a fun challenge going up against them in their place."Bowles, for one Youth Tyrod Taylor Jersey , isn't concerned about Darnold shaking off his play 鈥?one touchdown, four interceptions 鈥?in New York's two losses."I think he'll come out of it fine," Bowles said. "I think Sam has the right mentality and he has the right work ethic to learn what he has done wrong, as well as the rest of the team. They come back out of it, and he's not in it by himself. We are in it as a team."And that's why the heat has been turned up a bit under Bowles, who's in his fourth season with the Jets and has a 21-30 record with no playoff appearances.Owner Christopher Johnson has said there is no postseason mandate for Bowles or general manager Mike Maccagnan. His main priority is seeing overall progress from the team, which makes this a critical stretch for the coach.An ugly loss such as the one against the Browns can send some teams into a freefall. From the sense he got with his players at practice, Bowles believes there will be no lingering effects."We don't carry anything too long," he said. "We have practice to get better at, and we have Jacksonville to get ready for, so we're on to the next one."Cornerback Trumaine Johnson, in his first season with the Jets after four with the Rams, echoed his coach's sentiments."We can't dwell on that loss Tyrod Taylor Jersey Stitched ," he said. "We've got 13, 14 more games in the season and hopefully the playoffs. Just move on from it."But, they also hope to learn from it, too. And fix the mistakes that put the Jets in this position in the first place."Yeah we could have coached better and we could have played better," Bowles said of blowing 14-3 and 17-14 leads in the second half. "All the way around on both sides of the ball, including special teams, we just couldn't make a play. There were a lot of things we could have done better that have hurt us in the past two or three weeks that we are going to try and work on."We understand that we need to do a better job on both sides."NOTES: The Daily News reported that the Jets have reached out to the Steelers to inquire about disgruntled running back Le'Veon Bell, but there's nothing imminent, according to several published reports. ESPN reported Sunday that Pittsburgh is willing to trade Bell, who has yet to play this season while in a contract dispute. ... Bowles is hopeful S Marcus Maye will be closer to playing this week. The second-year safety has been sidelined the first three games with a foot injury.
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That was the situation Mariota faced quite often in Baltimore's 21-0 victory.After looking at film of the game, Harbaugh said, "We had really good coverage. There are a lot of times you'd stop the tape and say, 'If you were the quarterback, where would you go with the ball?' Really, most of the time there was nowhere to go."Suggs, safety Eric Weddle and middle linebacker C.J. Mosley have more than a dozen Pro Bowl appearances between them. This Baltimore defense is getting consistent contributions from several players 鈥?and the results have been impressive.Baltimore (4-2) is allowing an NFL-low 12.8 points per game and has yielded a total of 15 points after halftime (including three in overtime). The Ravens are the only team in the NFL that has not given up a touchdown in the second half."It's definitely something that they're aware of, but not talking about Michael Hoomanawanui Jersey Stitched ," Harbaugh said of his defense.Much of the credit goes to first-year defensive coordinator Don Martindale, formerly the team's linebackers coach. Martindale loves to bring the pressure, which is easy to do if the backfield takes care of business.That is precisely how it played out on a soggy afternoon in Tennessee."We were just a step ahead of them with what they were doing," Weddle said. "Early on we felt like our pass rush was getting home, and if we could cover on the back end it would really make things cloudy and not clear for Mariota."The shutout marked the end of a three-game road trip that began with a victory in Pittsburgh and an overtime loss in Cleveland. Now, with four of the next five at home, Baltimore is in position to make a move, beginning Sunday against the New Orleans Saints (4-1)."In the NFL, you need to stack wins. You need to find a way to get on a roll," Harbaugh said. "If we can stack a win on top of (Sunday's in Tennessee), then it really starts to mean something. But it's a huge challenge, whether you're on the road or at home, playing against the Saints."The last time the Ravens were 4-2 was 2014, which is also the last time they reached the playoffs."We're in a good place," Harbaugh said. "Not as good as we could be, but you can't look back and lament that. We're happy to be where we're at. We've got to make the most of it."Offensive lineman Alex Lewis Youth Josh Hill Jersey , who was carted off the field in the fourth quarter and taken to a hospital with an apparent neck injury, appears to have recovered."It looks good," Harbaugh said. "There's no serious kind of injury there in terms of neuro-type issues. He's possible for this week as far as I know right now. We'll have to see as the week progresses and see how he comes along. That could change." METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints are closer to getting back their second-highest-paid offensive player as they try to rebound from a first loss in more than two months — and lock down a playoff berth.Starting left tackle Terron Armstead returned to practice Wednesday, marking his first time in pads since his pectoral injury at Cincinnati in Week 10. The injury cost Armstead three games, including New Orleans’ loss last Thursday night in Dallas, when the Cowboys’ defensive line consistently pressured quarterback Drew Brees and limited the Saints’ ground game to 65 yards — the fewest since Week 2.“He’s a difference maker for sure and big confidence when he’s there on the left side,” Brees said of Armstead, who has been a starter since late in his rookie season in 2013, but who also has been beset by various injuries much of his career.Armstead, listed as “limited” on the club’s practice report Wednesday, said his recovery has been “going pretty well” and that he might be ready to play Sunday against Tampa Bay.“Time away, that’s never great. You get in a rhythm so much with your guys up front — my technique, my timing — so that will be a learning curve and adjustment,” Armstead said, adding he at least hopes the rest of his body benefited from recent rest as high-stakes games approach.“I’ve been battling injuries for a long time Josh Hill Jersey Stitched , so definitely hard to find positives in an injury for me,” Armstead said. “But just thinking of it … my body definitely has some things, some bumps and bruises, and I took the time and benefited off of it for sure. But I would much rather have been playing.”Right guard Larry Warford said Armstead’s return to practice was good for morale, even if it’s not yet clear when he’ll be ready.“I’m just happy that it seems that he’s making progress,” Warford said. “He’s one of the best, if not the best, left tackle in the league. Unfortunately, he’s had injuries hinder him throughout his career.”The Saints would win the NFC South with one more victory, or a loss by Carolina, who New Orleans plays twice in the final three weeks of the regular season. Whether the Saints remain in contention for one of the coveted top two seeds in the conference and receive a first-round bye, depends on how they respond to their first loss since Week 1.In New Orleans’ locker room, players predicted that the 13-10 loss in Dallas, which halted a 10-game winning streak, was more likely a brief stumble than the beginning of a slump.“Sometimes you have to lose a battle to win the war and you learn a lot from something like that,” Brees said. “I just think we had a bad day. You turn on the film and it’s glaringly obvious where we failed and we have to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”On New Orleans’ defense Youth Terron Armstead Jersey , confidence is surging after a seven-sack, two-takeaway performance in Dallas that also marked the fourth straight game holding an opponent to 17 or fewer points.Against the Cowboys, the Saints’ normally prolific offense was the unit which struggled most. But since offense-minded coach Sean Payton and Brees joined forces in New Orleans in 2006, that side of the ball rarely has stagnated for more than a rare game.Brees said the opportunity to clinch the NFC South for the second straight year is “significant,” and would be a “first step” toward more lofty postseason goals. He said the Saints’ commanding four-game lead in the division with four games left speaks to the quality of football they played during their winning streak, when they became the only team to beat the Los Angeles Rams and won several other games by wide margins.“That was a great run. We gained a ton of confidence, a ton of momentum,” Brees said. “We had a ton of guys step up and play really well — guys that we’re going to need down the stretch.“We really established an identity for ourselves as an offense and a defense,” Brees added. “We know how to play winning football.”NOTES: Saints leading receiver Michael Thomas did not practice Wednesday and his ankle was cited as the reason on the club’s injury report. However, he was present at practice and the Saints regularly err on the side of resting top-performing veterans when they have soreness, particularly early in the week. … In addition to Armstead, DT David Onyemata (hip) and right tackle Ryan Ramczyk (shoulder) were listed as limited in practice. … Fullback Zach Line, who left the game in Dallas with a concussion, was able to practice fully.
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The opportunism Matt Eberflus hoped to bring with him from Dallas played a big role in the outcome. Veteran safety Mike Mitchell has been incredible in his first two weeks in this system, Darius Leonard is a serious contender for defensive rookie of the year, and rookie Kemoko Turay was finally able to emulate Colts pass rushing legend Robert Mathis with an impressive strip sack.What does all of this mean? What should fans expect? WHO KNOWS?Indianapolis desperately needs to put together a winning streak and establish some momentum. Outside of the AFC South, any hopes of winning the division would be so outlandish it wouldn’t be worth discussing. In this division, a Houston Texans team that isn’t particularly impressive sits at the top. A win today and losses by the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars could push the Colts to second in the division heading into their bye week.While some fans are tired of hearing about the late-game decision to throw away a tie, the reality is that the decision could very well cost the Colts a playoff berth. If it does, the costs far outweigh any obscure thought about inspiring a “play to win” mentality. The confidence a playoff berth would give to this young team as it continues building would make a smart football decision to take a tie against a divisional opponent at home a distant memory.I digress.Indianapolis has a favorable second half schedule but they have to finish out the first half strong. The Oakland Raiders have been an absolute dumpster fire since Jon Gruden took the reins. Their best player Matt Slauson Jersey Stitched , Khalil Mack, was dealt to the Chicago Bears — who are suddenly competitors. The Raiders? They are desperately trying to find a pass rush — ironic. One of their best offensive players, Amari Cooper, was just dealt to the Dallas Cowboys. Is Derek Carr next?Gruden is collecting draft picks and clearly selling his best assets for a wide scale reset. One has to wonder if the stigma of taking Tony Dungy’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl win in 2003 is really digging at him. He has “10 years” and all of the control he could ever want with the Raiders. They’re about to move to Las Vegas and Gruden has a chance to fill his team full of grinders? And hoagies? And Italian beef? Maybe he is targeting a Portillo’s franchise deal?Point is, the Colts season is effectively on the brink. It will stay there from now to Week 17. Ballard and coach Frank Reich cannot afford to lose more than a game or two the rest of the way and can ill afford to lose more than one division game. Perhaps no opponent provides a more desirable situation than Gruden’s Grinders颅颅鈩? What are the keys to a Colts win?KEEP CATCHING THE DAMN BALLThe Colts entered the season with T.Y. Hilton as the only sure-thing at wide receiver. Veteran Ryan Grant has been a reliable chain-mover in his NFL career but is not a threat to break a big play. Chester Rogers has shown ability in fits and starts but has not put it all together. Behind them? Zach Pascal is been getting his first real opportunity to make an impact and veteran Dontrelle Inman was recently signed to replace second-year receiver Marcus Johnson — Inman wasn’t targeted once against Buffalo, even though he ran more routes than any other player on the roster. Through the first six weeks of the season, the drops were an epidemic. Rogers and Pascalwere the primary culprits and some of the drops were back breakers. Eric Ebron has had his own drop issues but has made up for them with a pace of production that would demolish his season bests in every category. Last week, drops were significantly reduced. Luck was incredibly efficient.If receivers can build on this theme, the offense will keep racking up yards and scoring touchdowns. Hitting on all cylinders, it is doubtful that Carr and the Raiders can keep up.DIAL UP THE PRESSUREThe Raiders offense is on life support. Marshawn Lynch is out, Amari Cooper is gone Womens Malik Hooker Jersey , and Derek Carr has looked uncomfortable playing in Gruden’s system. Nothing that has happened since the season started has improved the outlook for for Derek Carr. His best target is a tight end. The Colts could certainly scheme to take 31 year old Jared Cook out of the game. If they do, where will Carr turn?I’m not sure he even knows the answer to that. You can only check down to Jalen Richard so many times and the speed of the Colts defense isn’t particularly favorable for that game plan. The lack of weapons should mean that Carr has to hold onto the ball a little longer than he would like. If so, the Colts need to capitalize. Pressure, quarterback hits, sacks, Eberflus should have a chance to rack these up. If they do, the defense can remain opportunistic.STAY BALANCEDThe last six quarters have seen Marlon Mack and the Colts run offense come to life. Even rookies Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins have been highly successful running behind an offensive line that finally has veteran Anthony Castonzo back at left tackle and rookie Braden Smith at right tackle. Even right guard Mark Glowinski has been excellent in his first two games as a starter in Indianapolis.Look, if the Colts can continue creating big plays on the ground, Luck will feast. Play-action passing in Luck’s career has been more of a strategic necessity than an actual threat. If the running game starts to create legitimate defensive hesitation, look out. National sports writers who have been asking questions about Luck’s deep ball will sheepishly recede into the hole they came out of if the run game creates second and short situations where Reich can dial up downfield shots.The key to all of this is for the backfield to continue producing.STAY HEALTHYInjuries have been a theme for so long in Indianapolis that it is getting boring bringing it up... or depressing. A number of players who will take the field against the Raiders have been dealing with nagging injuries.Adam Vinatieri was clearly affected by a groin injury against the Bills. He missed two extra point attempts. Even his makes looked horrible. While it is hard to believe that he is actually healthy after noticeably grimacing in pain a week ago, he could be playing for the all-time scoring record before determining his long-term plan over the bye week. Missing kicks can turn a game Womens Peyton Manning Jersey , so his health will be important.Former Raider Denico Autry may take the field and give the Colts a healthy defensive interior for the first time in weeks. Paired with Margus Hunt, the line was generating a lot of pressure. Without both on the field healthy, a lot more was required of Turay and Jabaal Sheard. With the starting unit back on the field healthy, can they pick up where they left off? Maybe, but they need to stay healthy today to make the possible.Marlon Mack has struggled through injury every week since he arrived in the NFL. He broke out for his best game last week, the first full workload since 2017. He was limited in practice on Wednesday and sat out on Thursday. Full participation on Friday is encouraging but the team needs him to find a way to get and stay healthy. Losing would almost certainly hurt the team’s offensive balance.SET THE TONE EARLYHeading into the half last week, the Colts were clearly in the driver’s seat. The game was well in hand and the play book was wide open on both sides of the ball. Defenders could stay aggressive at every level and the offense could do whatever it wanted. How about that nice reverse to Nyheim Hines?It seems so obvious that you need the lead to win football games but establishing a lead early can change everything. The closer the game stays, the more competitive it is, the more limited you feel you can be in terms of taking risks. The more “conservative” you will tend to play on both sides of the ball. In a game where momentum can be so important, the longer your opponent feels that they’re in it, the more challenging it is to play the game.Break your opponent’s will early. Open it up and have fun. Game Time4:05 pm ET Sunday October 28th Cheap Nate Hairston Youth Jersey , 2018LocationOakland-Alameda County Coliseum – Oakland, CaliforniaTV ChannelCBS — Andrew Catalon (play-by-play) and James Lofton (color)RadioWFNI (1070 The Fan) and WLHK (HANK FM) — Matt Taylor (play-by-play), Jim Sorgi (color) and Caroline Cann (sideline)Referee AssignmentJohn Parry“Enemy” BlogSilver and Black PrideTwitterFollow @StampedeBlue for the complete Colts coverage.FacebookLike Stampede Blue on Facebook!PodcastsApple Podcasts | Stitcher | Art 19 | SB Colts Cast YT Channel Martavis Bryant is back with the Oakland Raiders and focused on getting up to speed again in coach Jon Gruden's offense with an eye on playing this Sunday in Denver.One day after signing a one-year contract to return to Oakland, the 26-year-old Bryant was in a positive and playful mood while speaking to reporters Thursday. He had been acquired in a trade with Pittsburgh in the spring and then released by Oakland earlier this month."I was very surprised but at the same time I knew there was a plan," Bryant said. "I didn't get overly frustrated. I was with my family the whole time. I honestly didn't know what was going to happen. I just stayed focused and continued to do the things I needed to do to get back to football."Talk has circulated for three months that Bryant could be suspended by the NFL for another violation of the league's substance-abuse policy. Bryant missed all of 2016 while suspended for the same reason.The Raiders have avoided discussing the topic publicly. Bryant said he has heard nothing from the NFL."I don't know nothing abut none of that," Bryant said. "All I'm here to do is play football. As far as that stuff, I'll let that process take care of itself."The Raiders are hoping Bryant can help spark Oakland's passing game, which was shut down in the second half against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night.That was the original plan when they traded a third-round pick to the Steelers to get Bryant before heath issues prevented the veteran receiver from practicing for most of training camp.When Bryant was released as part of final roster cutdowns, Gruden said it was because he had been outplayed by some of the team's other young receivers. On Wednesday, Gruden said that Bryant was in a good place."He looks good," offensive coordinator Greg Olson said. "He stayed in shape. He stayed around town so he's still involved in the game and working out. He retained a lot of the things that we were doing with him previously Womens Pierre Desir 2019 Jersey , so he looks good."Bryant agreed."This is just another thing that I've been through in my career," Bryant said. "I made some mistakes when I was at a younger age and I learned from that. I didn't get overly down on myself as I beat myself up the first time I got suspended. I've been through it before so I know how to stay focused and just fight through it."Bryant said he avoided watching the Raiders' 33-13 loss to the Rams, although he remained in the Bay Area after being released by Oakland on Sept. 1.What he missed was the Raiders passing attack going dormant in the second half. Wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Amari Cooper were limited to four catches for 32 yards combined, none after halftime.Bryant is hopeful of joining them in Denver when the Raiders play the Broncos."I'm going to be ready to go," Bryant said. "We've got a couple more days of practice in. I'm going to go out and put hard work in with the guys. If coach needs me to go in Sunday, I'll be ready to go."I'm comfortable now but at the same time with coach Gruden's offense you have to continue to study every day and continue to be a student of the book. You need tough love to be the best. I have a lot of work to do and he's going to continue to push me."Notes: Defensive tackle Justin Ellis was placed on injured reserve with a foot strain. ... The Raiders signed defensive tackles Johnathan Hankins and Clinton McDonald.__
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Two of his four touchdowns went for 50 or more yards. He had eight completions of 20 or more yards. He also ran for a short touchdown and scrambled 12 yards on third-and-11 for a game-sealing first down with about two minutes left.Afterward, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter gloated that "Fitzmagic" is "alive and well." Receiver Mike Evans Youth Larry Warford Jersey , who caught seven passes for 147 yards, said he hoped some fantasy football players had Fitzpatrick in their lineup.Suddenly, the Buccaneers are brimming with confidence and optimism that would not have been expected for a team that won five games in 2017 and entered Sunday as more than a touchdown underdog."It's fun to be out there thinking you're going to score on every possession," Fitzpatrick said. "This is a different year. This is a different team."There have been four seasons since 2012 during which a quarterback going against the Saints was a recipe for a fantasy football bonanza. If that's the case again, New Orleans, which came within a play of advancing to last season's NFC title game Larry Warford Jersey Stitched , will struggle to realize the promise with which the current campaign began.Here are some of the prominent story lines coming out of the Bucs' upset of the Saints:SEASONED QBsConsider the convergence of these two occurrences: 88 combined points broke a record for an NFL regular season opener that had stood since 1947 (Eagles 45, Redskins 42) and both starting quarterbacks were 35 or older.Brees is 39 and the two QBs' combined years of NFL experience was 30 coming in.Like fine wine?While Fitzpatrick had a career day, Brees was near vintage, finishing with 439 yards and three TDs without an interception."Playing quarterback in this league is tough and it is a week-to-week proposition, with the highs and lows," Fitzpatrick said. "But that experience factor does go a long way out there."COSTLY WINTampa Bay's schedule doesn't get any easier. 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Kamara caught nine passes for 112 yards and a TD and also rushed for two TDs and a 2-point conversion.Thomas caught a Saints franchise single-game record 16 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown. But his performance was marred by a fumble across midfield that stalled a promising drive in the third quarter.EVANS' EMINENCEEvans left the Superdome with no small measure of vindication. During his visit to the Superdome last season, he was so seemingly frustrated by Marshon Lattimore's blanket coverage that he decked Lattimore after the whistle, drawing a one-game suspension. His lasting memory from his most recent visit will be gliding into the end zone to complete a 50-yard touchdown reception while Lattimore sat on the ground after losing his footing."I like my odds again anybody — not just him," Evans said. Football action is packed during early kicks on Sunday."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections InterviewsNew Orleans Saints SatireWho Dat HistoryCanal Street Chronicles TutorialSunday NFL Football: Week 13 early games threadNew White Morten Andersen Jersey ,285commentsFootball action is packed during early kicks on Sunday.ByJohn J. Hendrix@JohnJHendrixDec2, 2018, 11:30am CSTShareTweetShareShareSunday NFL Football: Week 13 early games threadReinhold Matay-USA TODAY SportsWith it being Week 13 across the NFL, there’s a sense of urgency for most all teams to make their final push for the postseason. For some, it’s more of a reality than others. We have nine matchups on hand for the early slate of games on Sunday. 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It just so happened that it was literally the first field goal he attempted with the team, and the miss exacerbated how ineffective they were at putting up points in the season opener. It’s totally fair to wonder whether or not they made the right decision. The Cowboys may be able to squeeze the most value out of their third-round pick by taking a defensive tackle."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Dallas Cowboys NewsDallas Cowboys 2019 DraftCowboys Draft 2019: Pick 90 provides several options but more bang for buck at DTNew,68commentsThe Cowboys may be able to squeeze the most value out of their third-round pick by taking a defensive tackle.CDTShareTweetShareShareCowboys Draft 2019: Pick 90 provides several options but more bang for buck at DTMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsIn our first part of this series looking at pick 58, it was determined that the Cowboys will likely take a run at the safety position. All but two of the six safeties the Cowboys will visit with are projected right in that second-round range. Now, we shift to the Cowboys pick in third round at 90. The Cowboys will have a big decision to make in the third round because it’s shaping up like a great spot for receiver help and interior defensive linemen. The Cowboys have a crowded room at receiver with Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup at the top. Then you have to consider Randall Cobb and Tavon Austin factoring in as well. After those four Randy Gregory Jersey Stitched , there are a few returning from injury like Allen Hurns and Cedrick Wilson. We’re not saying that they should write-off receiver but their lineup is pretty strong as it is.It might be best served to get more help on the interior of their defensive line. The Cowboysneed more production from their tackles and their run defense broke down toward the end of last season. They aren’t likely to replace the freakish athleticism of David Irving but he’s not worth the headache to keep around either. In the third round, there will be some solid defensive tackles that can contribute immediately and help the Cowboys strengthen their depth.(Here is a chart of 15 defensive tackles entering this year’s draft with various round projections. We’ll include all pre-draft visitors. All rankings are based of CBS’ Draft Scout prospect rankings.)DEFENSIVE TACKLESCHOOLOVR RKPROJ. RD3-CONETCKLTFLSCKFFThe Cowboys have official visits with three defensive tackles on this list thus far and two of them are projected in the late-third to early fourth round. There are five potential third-round fits for the Cowboys that we’re going to examine.Now, in terms of explosiveness in that first-step, Renell Wren is exactly what the doctor ordered. Rod Marinelli wants violence from his interior linemen, they must be able to penetrate up-field and attack the pocket. 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Saunders will need a truckload of technique work because he rarely had to do much to win his matchups at Western Illinois.Gerald Willis is that prospect that a coach like Rod Marinelli could really mold into a dominate presence on defense. Willis is the exact prototype mix between raw athleticism and explosive power to wreck pockets in the pros. What he needs most is someone to teach him how to control his movement and work with him on the importance of leverage in this game. Willis has some off-field concerns and found himself in the doghouse once or twice due to his temper. Willis also will need to watch his weight as he has shown up in the past with a few extra around the midsection.The Cowboys are fans of the defensive line teachings at Kansas, drafting Dorance Armstrong last year. With Les Miles leading KU in the future, we might be in for some more excitement in the BIG 12. Daniel Wise is strictly a three-tech prospect but he’s got a little “David Irving” in his play. Wise attacks his blockers with controlled violence in his hands, he’s going to rip at every ball-carrier, and it helps his cause that he’s got an incredible first-step. The dude has 43 tackles for loss and that’s just flat-out impressive. Wise will surely need to learn a few more moves as well as develop his lower body for the pro game but he just seems like someone Marinelli would love.Kingsley Keke is a really difficult prospect to figure out because teams are going to fall in love with his bend. At the same time Ibraheim Campbell Jersey Stitched , all of that bend and agility doesn’t add up to much explosiveness at all. Though his ability to turn and change direction is incredible, you are mainly seeing him chase the ball-carrier because of his tardiness at the snap. His timing is way off as is his footwork but if a team is patient to develop Keke, maybe these things can be corrected.
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    Yes Indianapolis Colts Robert Okereke Jersey , the Colts need a receiver but it’s time to stop making the same mistake over and over again."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Colts StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Colts NewsYahoo Colts Team PageYahoo Colts ReportYahoo Colts Depth ChartYahoo Colts TransactionsYahoo Colts PhotosShop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub 鉁昇FL DraftIndianapolis Colts Draft CentralFree AgencyThe Colts should not pick a receiver in the first round of the draftNew,85commentsYes, the Colts need a receiver but it’s time to stop making the same mistake over and over again.EDTShareTweetShareShareThe Colts should not pick a receiver in the first round of the draftTrevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY SportsThe Indianapolis Colts are in a great position. Arguably, they have the best young general manager in football, Chris Ballard. They also have a talented young roster and more cap room at their disposal than any other team in the NFL. It is no secret that one of the team’s top needs is wide receiver. As a result, many analysts have mocked a receiver to the Colts in the first round of the draft. That narrative needs to stop. Outside of T.Y. Hilton the Colts lack a true difference making pass catcher, but in the grand scheme of things that doesn’t really matter. The team needs to stick with the identity Chris Ballard and Frank Reich have started to build. Remember the “Build the monster” mantra that former coach Chuck Pagano planned, but went horribly wrong?How about the Peyton Manning tenure which had great success but consistently fell short in the playoffs? Those two era’s in Indianapolis had their share of success, but it’s no secret that“soft” offensive play and lackluster defense prevented them from achieving greater heights in the post season. In 2019, the Colts are again in a position to use a first round draft pick on a skill position player. Avoiding that urge would go a long way in proving that the team is committed to a new identity Womens Robert Okereke 2019 Jersey , and it would show the Colts fan base that the organization learned from past mistakes. There is no arguing that having multiple weapons for Andrew Luck to choose from would help win games. However, if the Colts travel to a hostile environment in inclement weather and bad footing, they need to rely on their run game and defense. The New England Patriots are the reigning champions, and whether you like it or not, they’ve dominated the NFL for almost twenty seasons now. Since Tom Brady has been tossing touchdowns and modeling UGG boots, they have not selected a receiver in the first round. Instead, they’ve built the team in other areas. The easiest way to put it is: in April, Super Bowl contenders are planning for January. I didn’t bring up the Patriots because I like to say how good they are (nope), but they have a blueprint for success (though they might have broken a few rules to acquire it). Similar to New England, the Colts have a star quarterback who has a direct impact on his receivers. Luck can make his offensive teammates better. I’m not saying the Colts should abandon the receiver position. Luck could use more talent at wide out but Ballard should weigh his options. A strategic veteran signing and a mid round draft pick could go a long way to giving the position a boost. Fans should feel confident Ballard will make the right move but it’s no secret Indianapolis Colts Robert Okereke Jersey , a good defense and strength in the trenches will travel no matter the weather. Believe it or not, other guys not named Darius Leonard also played linebacker for Indy, and they were excellent."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Colts StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Colts NewsYahoo Colts Team PageYahoo Colts ReportYahoo Colts Depth ChartYahoo Colts TransactionsYahoo Colts PhotosShop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Colts AnalysisColts Positional Reviews2018 Colts Position Review: LinebackersNew,10commentsBelieve it or not, other guys not named Darius Leonard also played linebacker for Indy, and they were excellent.ESTShareTweetShareShare2018 Colts Position Review: LinebackersJay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY SportsStarters: Darius Leonard, Anthony Walker Jr.Bench: Najee Goode, Matthew Adams, Zaire FranklinThe main reason the Colts defense was as good as it was this season was Darius Leonard. He was the brightest star the Colts have had on defense since the days of Robert Mathis. The Maniac racked up a league leading 163 tackles, 12 tackles for loss Cheap Alize Mack Youth Jersey , 7 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and 2 interceptions. Not bad for a guy labeled as one of the worst draft picks by the Colts. Considering most NFL scouts were drooling over the selections of players like Roquan Smith or Leighton Vander Esch, I took the liberty to make a chart comparing Leonard with every LB selected before him.Darius Leonard Vs. other rookies/////////////////////////Darius LeonardL. Vander EschRoquan SmithTremaine EdmundsRashaan Evans/////////////////////////Darius LeonardL. Vander EschRoquan SmithTremaine EdmundsRashaan EvansEven though he was snubbed from the Pro Bowl, Leonard got the credit he deserved from people that do know a thing or two about football. He won Defensive Rookie of the Year and was also named a first team All-Pro. Look out for this one, the Colts have a superstar on their hands.Next to Leonard, and often overlooked, was Anthony Walker Jr. Walker made tremendous strides last season, and was also a key cog on the Colts defense. He racked up over 100 tackles and seemed to make a big play or two every single game. He and Leonard figure to be the Colts linebackers of the future, and they form one of the most promising young duos in the NFL.Walker needs to work on his athleticism and run stuffing to take the next step and become an elite NFL linebacker. Playing next to Leonard and probably in an improved defense next season will surely help his cause.As for depth White Marlon Mack Jersey , the Colts were somewhat lacking. 7th round pick Matthew Adams proved to be a valuable backup and special teams player, Najee Goode was okey at best and Zaire Franklin looked rather raw. 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