By hongwei28, 2018-10-07
Dubas joined the team as assistant general manager in 2014. He is an advocate of analytics and succeeds 75-year-old Lou Lamoriello.
Lamoriello shifted to the role of senior adviser last month. Most expected President Brendan Shanahan to choose Dubas or Mark Hunter, another assistant GM with the team.
The Maple Leafs set franchise records for points (105) and wins (49) this season but were eliminated in seven games by Boston in the first round of the playoffs.
Dubas was responsible for player personnel, the farm system and research and development. He was general manager of the team’s AHL affiliate. The Toronto Marlies were AHL regular-season champions for second time in three years.
In Dubas’ four seasons as Marlies general manager, the affiliate developed eight players on the current Maple Leafs roster: Connor Brown, Connor Carrick, Travis Dermott, Zach Hyman, Andreas Johnsson Kevin Hayes Jersey , Kasperi Kapanen, Josh Leivo and William Nylander.
The Maple Leafs have gone young before in the front office. In 1988, Gord Stellick became the league’s then-youngest general manager at 30.
John Chayka became the youngest general manager in NHL history in May 2016 when, at 26, he was promoted by the Arizona Coyotes.Andrew Knapp had too much fun to be tired after playing in what matched the longest nine-inning game in NL history.
Knapp and Odubel Herrera hit three-run homers, rookie Scott Kingery had a career-high four hits, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 17-5 on Friday night for their fifth straight victory.
Herrera’s shot into the right-field stands in the third inning off Trevor Williams (6-7) pushed the Phillies’ lead to 5-1. Knapp’s blast to left capped a seven-run seventh, making it 14-4 and helping Philadelphia improve to 5-0 against the Pirates this season.
The game lasted 4 hours Authentic Philip Rivers Jersey , 30 minutes, tying the NL record for a nine-inning game set on June 24, 2016, by the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.
”Was it that long?” Knapp said. ”It didn’t seem like it.”
It felt like an eternity for Pittsburgh, which has given up 48 runs, 59 hits and 12 home runs during its four-game losing streak.
”It’s peaks and valleys. Right now, collectively, we’re in a valley Miles Wood Jersey ,” Williams said.
Herrera finished with four RBIs and Carlos Santana drove in three runs. Cesar Hernandez and Rhys Hoskins had three of the Phillies’ 18 hits and Maikel Franco hit a two-run double in the second.
Kingery reached base five times.
Philadelphia (48-37) moved into a first-place tie with Atlanta in the NL East and is 11 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2011 season. The Phillies lost 96 games last year.
”We played Phillies-type of offense,” first-year manager Gabe Kapler said. ”We continue to see a lot of pitches, work a lot of counts, grind down the opposing pitchers. I really believe it’s a great way to win baseball games and our guys are starting to understand it and going along with it more and more.”
Edubray Ramos (3-0) retired both batters he faced in the fifth inning after being activated from the disabled list before the game.
Both starting pitchers were chased in the third inning. Nick Pivetta was charged with three runs – one earned – and Williams was tagged for five runs.
”I kind of set the tone for the record,” Pivetta said with a smile, ”but our guys did a good job of battling and overcoming it.”
Pivetta has made eight starts in a row without a victory, though he got the win in relief Sunday against Washington. Williams has lost his last three starts, allowing 12 runs in 13 innings.
”I’m tired of getting my (behind) kicked Womens Lamar Jackson Jersey ,” Williams said.
The Phillies sent 11 batters to the plate in the seventh to take a 10-run lead. Hoskins and Herrera hit consecutive RBI singles and Santana doubled home two runs before Knapp connected against Josh Smoker.
Jesmuel Valentin belted a two-run double and scored on a double by Hoskins in the ninth.
Pittsburgh’s Colin Moran opened the scoring with an RBI single in the first.
Phillies: Ramos had been out since June 25 with a right shoulder impingement. Fellow RHP Jake Thompson was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Pirates: OF Jordan Luplow was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis and RHP Clay Holmes was optioned to Class A Bradenton. Holmes was sent to the Florida State League to stay on a normal schedule because the Triple-A All-Star break is next week.
Marte stole his 200th career base in the fourth inning and added two more steals in the sixth. He is the eighth Pirates player since 1900 to reach that milestone.
Phillies: RHP Vince Velasquez (bruised right forearm) will throw a bullpen Saturday and likely start Wednesday night against the Mets at New York. . RHP Jerad Eichkoff (right lat strain) felt tingling in his fingers during a live batting practice session Friday at the spring training complex in Clearwater, Florida. … INFs J.P. Crawford (broken left hand) and Pedro Florimon (broken right foot) will be examined by specialists next week.
Pirates: RHP Joe Musgrove (infected right index finger) is scheduled to throw a bullpen Saturday. . C Francisco Cervelli (concussion) is 1 for 5 with three walks through the first two games of his rehab assignment at Double-A Altoona. … INF/OF Sean Rodriguez (strained right quadriceps) is 5 for 20 with a double in five games with Indianapolis.
Phillies: RHP Jake Arrieta (5-6, 3.54 ERA) is 0-4 with a 6.16 ERA in his last six starts.
Pirates: RHP Jameson Taillon (5-6, 4.05) is 3-6 with a 4.93 ERA in his last 14 starts after going 3-0 with a 0.89 ERA in his first three.Cheap Cleveland Browns Jerseys
By hongwei28, 2018-10-07
Pierre-Louis was arrested and charged in January with several misdemeanors Nathan MacKinnon Jersey , including possession of marijuana, after a traffic stop in suburban Kansas City. In March, he reached a plea deal in which the marijuana possession charge would be dropped if he completes a one-year probation.
Pierre-Louis, signed by the Jets during the offseason, can return to the active roster on Sept. 11. He is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games, but has been sidelined by an undisclosed injury and didn't play against Atlanta on Friday night.
The 26-year-old Pierre-Louis has 84 career tackles in parts of four seasons with Seattle and Kansas City.
A 36-goal scorer is moving closer to home and couldn’t be happier about it.
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James van Riemsdyk signed a $35 million, five-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, the second-richest deal signed by an NHL unrestricted free agent when the market opened and John Tavares left the Islanders for his hometown team in Toronto.
It’s the kind of long-term, big-money contract general manager Ron Hextall has been unwilling to hand out to free agents, though van Riemsdyk became an exception.
”The term we could live with,” Hextall said. ”We can manage our way around the salary cap. We’ve looked up Matt Murray Jersey , down and all around at different projections for the next few years and we felt comfortable with the term and the player.”
Van Riemsdyk will count $7 million against the salary cap through 2022-23, which is currently third on the Flyers behind captain Claude Giroux at $8.275 million and winger Jakub Voracek at $8.25 million. Taken by Philadelphia second overall behind Patrick Kane in the 2007 draft, van Riemsdyk played with Giroux and Voracek during his first stint and talked to them before picking the Flyers over other interested teams.
The 29-year-old wasn’t likely to return to Toronto even before the Maple Leafs won the Tavares sweepstakes. But the Middletown, New Jersey, native also grew up rooting for the New York Rangers and picked the Flyers in large part because of familiarity .
”There were a couple different teams in the mix,” van Riemsdyk said. ”I’m happy to be coming to Philadelphia Jakob Silfverberg Jersey , and I think it’s going to be a great fit.”
Van Riemsdyk set a career high with 36 goals last season, a year after putting up a career-high 62 points. The 6-foot-3, 217-pound winger who was traded to the Maple Leafs in 2012 isn’t a fundamentally different player now but gained confidence and experience from a bigger role in Toronto the past six seasons.
”I think my whole game has definitely expanded,” van Riemsdyk said. ”Style-wise, I think I’m still very similar. I think I’m still a cerebral type of player who can skate well and have good offensive instincts and can make the smart plays in all three zones.”
He has to be for the Flyers to make this type of commitment. This is by far Hextall’s biggest free agent signing and Philadelphia’s richest since giving goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov $41.88 million on a nine-year deal in 2011.
Bryzgalov is retired and still collecting $1.6 million a year from the Flyers through 2026-27. As Bryzgalov was tweeting from Russia’s World Cup game against Spain, the Flyers were introducing van Riemsdyk Travis Konecny Jersey , who they hope will be a far better use of money with an eye toward contending for the Stanley Cup in the coming years.
”Our philosophy four years ago was to get our cap in order and gather young assets,” Hextall said. ”We’ve kind of been through that process now. It’s coming to fruition in terms of guys we have on our team and where we can add to strengthen our team, we want to do it.”
By hongwei28, 2018-10-07
Most if not all NFL contracts now contain a term that results in any suspension of the player wiping out future remaining guaranteed payments. For Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, his three-game suspension allows the team to avoid nearly $4 million in 2018 compensation Phil Kessel Jersey , if he’s cut before a roster bonus becomes earned on the fifth day of training camp.
But with $20.9 million in 2019 salary currently guaranteed for injury only, Winston doesn’t have to worry about that guarantee evaporating. By rule, teams can’t undercut via individualized negotiation the terms applicable to the fifth-year option for first-round draft picks.
So the Bucs remain on the hook for $20.9 million in 2019, if any injury to Winston in 2018 keeps him from passing a physical before the payment becomes fully guaranteed in March. Likewise, as of March, the $20.9 million becomes fully guaranteed.
If anything, the looming balloon payment could make the team more inclined to consider moving on from Winston now, since that would ensure that $25 million will remain in ownership’s coffers. A decision to give Winston one more season to justify the fifth-year option or a long-term deal could blow up on the Bucs Ondrej Palat Jersey , especially if there’s an ACL tear or other serious injury in training camp, the preseason, or the regular season.
Regardless of whether the Buccaneers are willing to take a stand on principle when it comes to Winston’s transgressions with an Uber driver in March 2016, these business realities could push the needle toward making a decision that could be sold as doing “the right thing,” even if the driving force becomes doing the smart thing financially.
Then there’s a potential middle ground. The Buccaneers could extend Winston’s contract in a way that wipes out the injury guarantee for 2019, replacing it with (for example) a large roster bonus due on the third day of the next league year. This would ensure that Winston either will get the money or head to market early in free agency, and it would protect the Bucs against the worst-case scenario of a fluke training-camp injury costing them $25 million.
Why would Winston agree to give up his injury guarantee? If the “or else” consists of the Buccaneers cutting him, Winston would be thrust onto the market at a time when every other team is set at quarterback. Given his suspension and the potential P.R. fallout for any team that would sign him Bo Horvat Jersey , Winston’s best play possibly would be to accept whatever alternative offer the Bucs put on the table, since it will likely be better than anything else another team would offer — and since the Bucs would be the only team offering a clear path to return as the starter after the suspension concludes.
In their 42-year history, the Buccaneers have never signed a quarterback the team drafted to a second contract. This would be an unusual way to make history, but it could be the kind of win-win that gives Winston a fair deal, that fairly protects the organization, and that potentially helps keep employed the G.M. who picked Winston over Marcus Mariota.Youth Miami Dolphins Jerseys
By hongwei28, 2018-10-07
They also have waived tight end Phillip Supernaw and have placed linebacker Nate Palmer on injured reserve.
Cunningham Nikita Zaitsev Jersey Kids , who is 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds, spent portions of the 2016 and 2017 seasons with the Titans. His lone NFL playing experience is a nine-game stint with the New York Giants in 2015. He caught eight passes in those games.
Chubb has spent time with the Los Angeles Rams, Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers since entering the NFL in 2016 as an undrafted free agent from Wake Forest.
Supernaw caught four passes for the Titans each of the past two seasons. He also had been a special-teams contributor since joining the franchise in 2015.Working the phones and making shrewd picks that addressed the present and future needs of the Baltimore Ravens, Ozzie Newsome conjured one final fascinating draft for a team that has relied on his intuition since its inception.
After making six trades and selecting 12 players, Newsome declared Saturday night: ”The Baltimore Ravens are a better football team after the past three days.”
Newsome is stepping down as general manager after this season. He has owned the final say in the Ravens’ draft room since 1996, when he chose future Hall of Famers Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis in the first round.
The 2018 draft may not turn out to be as successful, but coach John Harbaugh – who’d heading into his 11th year with Baltimore – wouldn’t bet against it.
”I told Ozzie just as we finished this thing up, I feel like this is his best draft since I’ve been here,” Harbaugh said. ”Heck, maybe the best ever.”
Denying last month that he was carrying any nostalgic feelings into the draft Tyson Barrie Jersey , Newsome insisted he was focused solely on filling holes on a team that’s missed the postseason for three straight years.
He did just that. For trivia buffs out there, his final draft pick was at defensive end: Zach Sieler of Ferris State in the seventh round.
His work done, Newsome was about to hang up the phone when he realized the significance of the moment.
”Yes, it was emotional,” he acknowledged. ”The kid told me he was going to make me proud.”
Newsome will be succeeded by assistant GM Eric DeCosta. This may have been Newsome’s final draft, but his work is not done.
”Even though there’s a finality with that, there’s not finality for what I’m going to continue to do with the Baltimore Ravens,” he said.
Newsome was at his finest this week. He moved back twice in the first round before selecting South Carolina tight end Hayden Hurst at No. 25, providing quarterback Joe Flacco with a downfield threat from the slot.
Then, Newsome made a bold move that ultimately will determine the success of this draft. He swapped three picks to choose at No. 32 Womens Cam Newton Jersey , where he snapped up Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, the multifaceted 2016 Heisman Trophy winner.
The Ravens insist Flacco will remain the starter this season, but it might be hard to resist for long the temptation of playing an athlete who accounted for 119 touchdowns in three college seasons.
On Day 2, after two more trades, Newsome turned his attention back to the 2018 Ravens by taking right tackle Orlando Brown Jr. -whose father played with Baltimore – and tight end Mark Andrews of Oklahoma.
For his last day as Baltimore’s draft guru, Newsome had eight choices. Each was made with intense consideration, as always.
”A lot of work has gone into this, starting back last June,” Newsome said. ”I really, really feel very good about this class and how it came to be.”
Some items of note from the Ravens draft:
HERE’S THE CATCH: The theme of this offseason for Baltimore has been to overhaul the receiving corps Authentic Joe Pavelski Jersey , and Newsome continued the process in the draft.
After signing free agent receivers Michael Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead in recent weeks, Newsome collared two tight ends in the draft and on Saturday used two straight picks on receivers: Jaleel Scott of New Mexico State in the fourth round and Jordan Lasley of UCLA in the fifth.
Scott and Lasley both topped 1,000 yards receiving last season and each scored nine TDs.
ON THE DEFENSIVE: After using the first two days of the draft to improve the Ravens’ offense, Newsome turned his attention Saturday to the other side of the ball.
He selected Alabama cornerback Anthony Averett at 118th overall, UCLA inside linebacker Kenny Young at No. 122 and Texas safety DeShon Elliott at 190 and then, finally, Sieler.
HOLD THAT LINE: Extending his effort to make life easier for Flacco, Newsome attempted to shore up the offensive line in the draft.
After the Ravens lost right tackle Austin Howard and center Ryan Jensen during the offseason, they grabbed a few potential replacements.
In addition to Brown Brendan Leipsic Jersey Kids , the Ravens took tackle Greg Senat from Wagner, a 6-foot-6, 305-pounder who also played on the basketball team. In the seventh round, Newsome again tapped his alma mater, selecting Alabama center Bradley Bozeman.
STILL NEED: The Ravens are fine with running back Alex Collins but hoped to find at least one backup in the draft.
DeCosta said that just as Baltimore was ready to pounce, another team stepped in and took the Ravens’ choice.
”There will be more opportunities for us,” he said.
By hongwei28, 2018-10-07
By selecting TCU offensive lineman Joe Noteboom on Friday night in the third round with the 89th overall pick, the Rams believe they have the right circumstances to develop their left tackle of the future.
"I think it's a great situation for him, to be able to come in and learn behind Andrew Whitworth and Rob Havenstein, two tackles we feel great about," Rams coach Sean McVay said.
Said general manager Les Snead: "Joe is a lucky man."
A three-year starter for the Horned Frogs, Noteboom could eventually be the successor to the 36-year-old Whitworth. Whitworth signed a three-year contract last March and immediately helped stabilize the offensive line for the Rams, who went from the worst scoring offense in the NFL to leading the league at 29.9 points per game in McVay's first season as head coach.
The Rams started the same offensive line for 15 of 16 regular-season games and their wild-card round loss to Atlanta, a scenario McVay knows is unlikely to be repeated over multiple seasons. Noteboom, who started his final 40 games at TCU and played left tackle in his final two seasons, will get a chance to start out as the reserve swing tackle.
An honorable mention All-Big-12 selection last season and four-time first-team all-conference academic selection, the Rams believe Noteboom has the versatility and intelligence to fill that role in the near term.
"I can tell you that Sven Baertschi Jersey , from a mental standpoint, to be active on game day, number one you're going to have to be able to learn two positions," Snead said. "He can do that, that's no problem for him. From that point forward, it's going out and earning a job on the field."
But the main priority for Noteboom will be to learn from Whitworth, a two-time first-team All-Pro.
McVay credited Whitworth's leadership with helping accelerate the cohesion of the Rams offensive line last season and he believes the veteran can serve the same role in being a mentor to help Noteboom develop.
"I think he was instrumental in really helping our line as a whole last year, and I know he'll do the same taking Joe underneath his arm and kind of guiding him along the way," McVay said.
"That's perfect. I learn from a Pro Bowler, a veteran," Noteboom said on a conference call. "It's fantastic Authentic Cameron Jordan Jersey , just knowing all the pieces they have added and what a great young team it is and Coach McVay. I think it's the perfect spot."
The Rams were originally set to make their first selection with the 23rd pick in the third round but made a trade with Oakland, picking up a sixth-round pick for moving down two spots from 87th overall.
After not making a selection in the first two rounds, having traded their first-round pick to New England for wide receiver Brandin Cooks earlier this month after they dealt their second-round pick to Buffalo for wide receiver Sammy Watkins in August, the Rams go into Saturday with eight picks.
The Rams have four picks in the fourth round and four more in the sixth round, all acquired either through trades or as compensatory selections.
Throwing out a blowout loss in the second-round series opener, the San Jose Sharks believe they’re getting closer to playing the way they want.
With that mindset, a breakthrough in Game 4 against the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday night would change things dramatically.
After splitting the first two games in Las Vegas, the Golden Knights regained the series lead with a 4-3 win in overtime on Monday at SAP Center. Center William Karlsson scored 8:17 into the extra session to complete his third straight multipoint contest.
But Sharks coach Peter DeBoer likes how the team has played — especially after a 7-0 loss last Thursday.
“I think we’re getting better every game,” he said Tuesday. “Game 1, you throw it out, but I thought the last two games Womens Anze Kopitar Jersey , we’re starting to really play well. We’re getting a feel for what we need to do.”
What San Jose needs to do is continue to get more pucks past Marc-Andre Fleury. He finished with 39 saves Monday, but none bigger than a glove grab of Logan Couture’s shot from the slot early in overtime.
The three-time Stanley Cup winner is 6-1 with a 1.23 goals-against average and three shutouts during this postseason.
“He’s not going anywhere,” DeBoer noted. “We’re not the first team he’s done it to, so you’ve got to stick with it, but the good news is we’re getting better. We’re starting to put some pucks in the net.”
Since being blanked, San Jose scored seven goals in its last two games. So has Vegas.
“They’re a really good team, too,” DeBoer said. “They’ve got some high-end guys who are really opportunistic. When they get chances, they stick them in the net.”
That includes Karlsson, winger Reilly Smith and center Jonathan Marchessault, who have combined for seven goals and 19 assists during these playoffs.
Karlsson scored all nine of his postseason points — four goals and five assists — in a five-game streak Authentic Mike Cammalleri Jersey , while Smith (goal, eight assists) has collected all of his points in a six-game run.
San Jose is aware that to have a better chance of tying the series, better discipline is needed. Trailing 1-0 in the second period Monday, the Golden Knights beat Martin Jones (1-2 with a 4.07 GAA in the series) with two straight power-play goals.
Vegas is 5-for-18 with the man advantage in this series after going 1-for-12 in a four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Kings in the first round.
How would Sharks captain Joe Pavelski combat that special teams success?
“It’s staying out of the box a little bit and the simple penalties — the pucks over the glass, too many men,” he said. “I expect the guys will be ready. They’ll be ready to try and even this series out and it’s an important game for us, for sure.”
Fleury also preached the need to remain calm.
“It’s about staying disciplined during the game and having a full 60-minute effort so that we can play the way we want to play,” he said.
Game 5 is scheduled for Friday night in Las Vegas.
By hongwei28, 2018-10-07
The eight-year NFL veteran signed with New England on Friday after working out for the team this week. The Patriots are looking to give quarterback Tom Brady more options following Julian Edelman’s four-game suspension for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancers Youth Justin Tucker Jersey , the free agency departure of Danny Amendola and trade of Brandin Cooks.
Decker, the husband of singer Jessie James, joins his fourth NFL team. A third-round pick in the 2010 draft by Denver Womens Patrick Mahomes Jersey , the 31-year-old spent four seasons with the Broncos, three with the Jets and last season with the Titans.
He caught 54 passes for 563 yards and touchdown for Tennessee in 2017. He’s appeared in 111 games in his career with 83 starts, amassing 5 Braden Holtby Jersey ,816 receiving yards and 53 touchdowns.
Eagles coach Doug Pederson said earlier this week that he doesn’t need to see quarterback Carson Wentz in 11-on-11 work right now because he saw enough of it in the first days of training camp.
That didn’t change on Friday. Wentz was out for the 11-on-11 work, but did individual work because Pederson said that’s the kind of “controlled” environment they want him in right now. Pederson said there were “no setbacks” involving Wentz’s knee that led to the change in his workload and took issue with a question characterizing Wentz as moving backwards.
“What you see out here is considered backwards,” Pederson said in comments distributed by the team. “What we see in the building and what he does with our strength and conditioning staff is still progressive. It doesn’t have to be every snap Authentic Allen Robinson Jersey , every football situation for him to go forward. You know what I mean? What you see out here is only one small sort of tidbit of what he’s doing collectively inside this building too.”
Pederson said he’s not worried about Wentz’s rustiness and cited Nick Foles coming off the bench late in the season as an example of a quarterback staying prepared even if he isn’t leading the offense in practice. For now, Foles is the one doing that and that means questions about Wentz’s timeline will remain a regular part of Pederson’s media availabilities.
By hongwei28, 2018-10-07
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LAST YEAR: Earned first postseason berth since 2007 and made surprising run to AFC championship game, when Jaguars led New England by 10 points in fourth quarter before losing 24-20. Rode one of league’s top defenses – featuring Pro Bowlers A.J. Bouye, Calais Campbell, Malik Jackson, Yannick Ngakoue and Jalen Ramsey – to most successful season in nearly two decades. RB Leonard Fournette and LT Cam Robinson, both rookies, helped Jacksonville lead league in rushing.
IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: All-Pro LG Andrew Norwell, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, CB D.J. Hayden, WRs Donte Moncrief and DJ Chark.
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — In this corner, cornerback Tramon Williams.
There are times when the Green Bay Packers veteran feels like he should be wearing a pair of boxing gloves instead of a helmet and shoulder pads.
Football has worked out just fine, though, for Williams. But as he has aged, Williams has carved out more time to get into the ring.
Boxing workouts are increasingly part of the 35-year-old Williams’ offseason routine, a regimen that he says helps him keep in shape and ready to go once training camp starts.
“I feel like I missed my calling Madison Bowey Jersey , you know what I’m saying,” Williams said with a laugh. “I’ve been doing this since, I don’t know — boxing has been a habit since I was young, like before a teenager.”
He might be the elder statesman in the cornerback room, but Williams looks like someone just a couple years out of college. His 12th NFL season begins on Sunday night, when the Packers host the Chicago Bears.
“That’s a tribute to him, to how he’s taken care of his body,” said first-year defensive coordinator and former Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine.”He’s the ultimate professional. He’s very aware of what he puts into his body and his workout regimen.”
The Packers signed Williams as a free agent in the offseason for his second stint with the team. Part of what made Williams a good fit to return was his familiarity with Pettine’s scheme while playing for the Browns.
In Green Bay, Williams provides leadership to a position group that will prominently feature the team’s two draft picks, rookies Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson, as well as 2017 second-round pick Kevin King. Williams tells the younger players to study film and prepare for the opponent.
“He leads by example,” said Alexander, a first-round pick out of Louisville.
Williams can still come up with a big play too. His 32 career interceptions are tied for fifth among active NFL players.
He returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage in Green Bay’s second preseason game Womens Andrew Luck Jersey , a 51-34 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“You know what’s funny, that’s my first pick-six in Lambeau. I wasn’t even thinking that,” Williams said .
Undrafted out of Louisiana Tech in 2006, Williams was released by Houston after training camp during his rookie year before joining the Packers’ practice squad for the final five weeks of the season.
He impressed in camp enough the following year to land on Green Bay’s 53-man roster. He finished that season as the team’s third cornerback and top kick returner.
Williams was a key player on the Packers team that won the Super Bowl in the 2010 season . His first stint in Titletown lasted nine seasons and 127 games, including 99 starts and 28 interceptions. He left Green Bay following the 2014 season, going to Cleveland for two years before playing last season in Arizona.
“I’ve learned a lot over the past few years from being gone and being in different situations,” Williams said. “I’ve grown from them, and I tried to bring it back here to the young guys and to this team and try to play my part.”
Williams has tweaked his offseason routine to keep things fresh. First off, he’s spending more time away from football – now a two-month break – after the season ends.
Boxing has helped fill that void.
“Pays off great … My conditioning is up, first of all. Conditioning for boxing as you know is a totally different kind of conditioning. If you’re not used to it, man it will get to you,” Williams said.
The pace in the NFL involves intense busts of physical activity for about a minute, followed by a break of another minute or so. Keep repeating for an entire drive.
It helps with footwork Travis Konecny Jersey , too, which is another important skill for cornerbacks to learn as they break off the line of scrimmage and position themselves with receivers.
“I’m doing a little bit of everything,” Williams said with a laugh when asked if getting into the ring was part of the routine.
Williams said he didn’t have much access to places to train in the ring while growing up in Louisiana. The opportunities opened when he later moved to the Houston area. His current trainer is a former mixed martial arts fighter.
The workouts pay off when he gets back on the field.
“So whenever I get back to football stuff … I’m in shape, all I’ve got to do is get right back into it, just doing what I do,” he said. “You know, you’ve got to do some things that you like to have fun in, and I love boxing. I have fun.”
By hongwei28, 2018-10-07
San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan saw enough from his film over those years to decide he was the player they wanted to be their starting running back, giving him a four-year deal that will guarantee him nearly $12 million in 2018.
"It was big for me," McKinnon said Thursday. "It was what I was hoping to have and looking for instead of staying in Minnesota and being in that third-down back role. I was looking for that opportunity. I'm glad this organization, this team, coach Shanahan felt strong enough about me and brought me in. I believe it's the perfect fit."
The 49ers said they heavily targeted McKinnon and center Weston Richburg as players they wanted to acquire early in free agency. Richburg agreed to a five-year deal on Wednesday and both players were introduced at a news conference Thursday.
McKinnon spent four years in Minnesota mostly as a backup after being drafted in the third round in 2014 after playing mostly quarterback in college at Georgia Southern. He has rushed for 1,918 yards with average of 4.0 yards per carry, has 142 catches for 984 yards, and has scored 12 touchdowns.
McKinnon had his most productive season last year when he ran for a career-high 570 yards Martin Jones Jersey ,, while setting personal bests with 51 catches for 421 yards.
The addition of McKinnon replaces Carlos Hyde, who is leaving as a free agent for Cleveland. McKinnon has more speed and is a better receiving threat than Hyde and should fit well into Shanahan's offense.
"He's good enough to make it as a runner alone in this league. He's good enough to make it in the pass game as just a third down threat alone, but when you can do both of those, it gives you a lot of freedom as a coach," Shanahan said. "Based off of what downs you put him in and that when you do put him in, the defense doesn't know exactly what type of plays you're trying to run because he can do it all."
Richburg spent the past four seasons with the New York Giants but played only four games last year because of a concussion. He began his career as a left guard before moving to center in 2015. He played there the past three seasons and is considered one of the top pass-blocking players at the position and has the athleticism to thrive in Shanahan's zone-running scheme.
The Niners are hoping Richburg has a similar impact in San Francisco as Alex Mack had in Atlanta when he joined the Falcons when Shanahan was offensive coordinator there.
"I've been around some real good ones in my career," Shanahan said. "He's put it all on tape and he looks right there with all those guys and that's why I value him a ton off the tape. Didn't know a ton about him until I turned on the tape and it was as good as I've seen."
With Richburg in place Devan Dubnyk Jersey , the Niners traded last year's starting center Daniel Kilgore to Miami in a deal that included a swap of seventh-round picks. The 49ers had signed Kilgore to a three-year extension last month but felt Richburg was the better option at center so worked to find a new spot for Kilgore.
It's been a busy offseason already for San Francisco. The Niners signed quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a five-year deal last month before he even hit free agency, signed cornerback Richard Sherman after he was cut by Seattle, re-signed defensive lineman Cassius Marsh and offensive lineman Garry Gilliam and gave an extension to receiver Marquise Goodwin.
The team also signed defensive lineman Jeremiah Attaochu to a one-year deal Thursday to help bolster the pass rush and still could make a few more moves to upgrade a team that won its final five games last season after Garoppolo took over as starter to finish 6-10.
"We feel like we've improved our team greatly and that excites us," general manager John Lynch said.After struggling with a knee injury late last season, Devonta Freeman says he is on track to returning to the form that made him the NFL's highest-paid running back.
Freeman missed two games for the Atlanta Falcons last season following his second concussion in four months. Then a sprained right knee cut into his production in the last few games of 2017. The injury helped to keep him from his third straight season with 1,000 yards rushing. It also helped to stop the Falcons' bid for a return trip to the Super Bowl.
No offseason surgery was necessary, and Freeman said Wednesday his knee is feeling better.
"I'm able to do a lot of things I couldn't do back in January and February, running Mark Stone Jersey , cutting, sprinting, getting a little stronger," Freeman said.
Freeman said he's "making harder cuts" and "sprinting a little faster" in his offseason workouts .
He said he wants to be "100 percent healthy" for the team's minicamp in June and training camp in July.
"Be able to be ready for game one," he said.
Two straight Pro Bowl seasons earned Freeman a five-year, $41.25 million extension before the 2017 season. It was the top overall salary package for any NFL running back. Only Pittsburgh's Le'Veon Bell has a higher average salary.
Health problems quickly followed Freeman's big new deal.
He spent the last two weeks of the preseason in concussion protocol before suffering another concussion on the second play of Atlanta's 27-7 win over Dallas on Nov. 12. He missed the next two games but returned with three strong games, including a season-high 126 yards rushing at Tampa Bay on Dec. 18.
The knee injury helped to limit Freeman's production the rest of the season. He was held to a combined 59 yards rushing in the final two regular-season games and then managed only seven yards on 10 carries in a playoff loss to Philadelphia.
Following the season, Freeman said he feared he would need surgery on the right knee. No surgery was needed Womens Ben Roethlisberger Jersey , so he has focused on rebuilding strength through his offseason program.
Freeman's health will be a key for Atlanta's offense, which led the league in scoring in 2016 before falling to mid-pack in the league last year. The Falcons will be closely watching Freeman's health, as top backup Tevin Coleman is entering the final year of his contract.
The Falcons selected running back Ito Smith from Southern Mississippi in the fourth round of last week's NFL draft. Smith is expected to replace Terron Ward as the team's third running back, behind Freeman and Coleman.
General manager Thomas Dimitroff said Smith was not drafted to be a safety net if the team can't re-sign Coleman.
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