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Marketing / Rams’ wide receiver corps is strong as it is with Watkins
« on: January 04, 2018, 03:15:55 am »
Like the Rams, the Atlanta Falcons have one of the most talented rosters in the NFL. Offensively, they have a wealth of playmakers https://www.falconsatljersey.com/brian-hill-jersey-c-37.html, from Matt Ryan to Julio Jones to Devonta Freeman – a trio that many would argue is better than the Rams’.

These two high powered offenses will square off at the Coliseum on Saturday night in the first round of the playoffs, but what if it were possible to take one player from the Falcons and plug him into the Rams’ depth chart? Who would you take? The answer is relatively obvious, and to no one’s surprise, we’d pick the guy wearing No. 11.

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His combination of size and speed rivals that of Sammy Watkins’, only Jones is a better route runner who can dominate at every level of the field. Watkins’ disappointing numbers are partially the result of Sean McVay’s offense, but Jones is a guy who you don’t have to build a game plan around to get him the football. He simply wins his matchups and gets open for the quarterback.


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The Rams’ wide receiver corps is strong as it is with Watkins, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp, but adding an All Pro to the group wouldn’t hurt. Can you imagine an offense with Todd Gurley and Jones on the field at the same time? How would anyone stop that?

Vic Beasley Jr. also deserved some consideration in this hypothetical exercise https://www.falconsatljersey.com/ricardo-allen-jersey-c-36.html, given his pass rushing ability. However, a talent like Jones is too good to pass up, even if the Rams are deep at wide receiver without him.

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Mining / Football Hall of Fame for the first time in his career
« on: January 04, 2018, 03:13:18 am »
For the last 20 years, Everson Walls never put much thought into being a Hall of Famer.
“The first list I would come out, I would make it initially and then got voted out anyway,” he said. “So it never really mattered. I never made it this far.”
But Walls is rather “far” along now in the process, being named one of the 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the first time in his career. In fact, it’s better late than never for Walls, who is in his final year of eligibility as a modern day finalist.
The announcement will take place the day before Super Bowl LII in Minnesota on Feb. 3. Walls is accompanied by some great candidates, including first ballot standouts Ray Lewis, Randy Moss and Brian Urlacher.
But just because Walls has chosen to remain “blissfully ignorant” about the process over the years, it doesn’t mean for a second he’s not worthy of the honor.
“If I’m not me, and I’m just looking down on the body of work,” Walls said, speaking of himself Geoff Swaim Jersey, “I have never seen a defensive back that has so many accomplishments no one has done before at that position. I came in as a free agent from Grambling. Most people mentally would not be ready to make those kind of accomplishments.”
Those include leading the NFL with 11 interceptions as a rookie in 1981, which still stands as the most by a first year player in NFL history. Walls is also the only cornerback in NFL history to lead the league in interceptions three different times.
Back then, the Cowboys had more than 100 undrafted rookies in one class https://www.cowboysdaclub.com/justin-durant-jersey-c-48.html, and Walls recalls being one of about 25 rookie defensive backs trying to make the team.
“No one wanted me,” he said. “I was probably the slowest defensive back in our class. But I was never intimidated. I was always confident in my abilities.”
Walls played for the Cowboys from 1981 89 before moving on to division rival New York, where he helped Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick win a Super Bowl. A celebratory Walls made the cover of Sports Illustrated following the Giants 20 19 win over the Bills to end the 1990 season.
“Not only did I thrive in one organization , but I also showed my abilities were not attributed to the system https://www.cowboysdaclub.com/stephen-paea-jersey-c-47.html,” Walls said. “I went from a Flex defensive system to basically a Tampa 2 under Belichick and Parcells. But I think I’ve proven over the years what I could do. You have to look at whatever accomplishments I made came from my guile and guts.”

After his playing career, Walls gained even more respect on a national level in 2007 when he donated his kidney to former teammate Ron Springs, who eventually passed away four years later.
While Walls says he doesn’t concern himself much with being inducted into Canton, he is disappointed his name is currently not in the Ring of Honor at AT T Stadium.
“That bothers me. Yes, it bothers me,” Walls said. “I’ve always thought if you’re going to be honored on a national level such as the Hall of Fame, then you have to be shown love on the local level initially. That’s just my thought process.”
But he also pointed out https://www.cowboysdaclub.com/lenny-jones-jersey-c-49.html that other players have been inducted into the Hall before making it into the Ring. As he stands, just one level away from being inducted into the Hall, Walls is hoping to eventually make it into both.
“I’m excited to get the recognition , but I’m confident in what I’ve done in my career,” Walls said. “To say I beat the odds is a total understatement.”

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Bounties & Employment / Patriots have clinched a first round bye
« on: January 04, 2018, 03:11:06 am »
James Harrison is active for the New England Patriots against the New York Jets for the regular season finale Sunday after being signed following his release by Pittsburgh.

The Patriots have clinched a first round bye, but can still get home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a win over the Jets.

Jets defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson is inactive for the third straight week, likely ending his tenure with the team. Coach Todd Bowles, who got a contract extension this week, benched Wilkerson for being late to a team meeting.

New England is down to one healthy running back in Dion Lewis along with fullback James Develin. James White ankle , RB Rex Burkhead knee and Mike Gillislee knee are out against the Jets.

The Steelers are giving several starters the day off against the winless Cleveland Browns despite having a shot at home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le Veon Bell, offensive linemen David DeCastro and Maurkice Pouncey and defensive end Cam Heyward are healthy but inactive for Pittsburgh.

Landry Jones will start in place of Roethlisberger with Stevan Ridley taking Bell s spot in the backfield.

The Steelers have already clinched a first round bye. To earn home field advantage, they need to beat Cleveland and have New England lose to the New York Jets.

Defensive back Coty Sensabaugh is also inactive for Pittsburgh. Wide receiver Antonio Brown will miss his second straight game while recovering from a left calf injury.

Houston receiver DeAndre Hopkins will miss a regular season game for the first time in his five year career because of a calf injury. He played the first 79.

Hopkins has 96 catches and entered Week 17 second in the NFL with 1,378 yards receiving.

Chicago will be without two starting offensive linemen, right tackle Bobby Massie and left guard Josh Sitton https://www.steelerspitzone.com/nelson-adams-jersey-c-53.html, against Minnesota, which has the NFL s top ranked defense. The Vikings are missing their starting center, Pat Elflein, for the second time in four games because of a shoulder injury.

Philadelphia cornerback Sidney Jones, a second round pick who hasn t played this season following surgery before the draft, was active and expected to play against Dallas. Jones hasn t played since Washington s bowl game last Dec. 31. Jones sustained an Achilles tendon injury in March.

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DALLAS PHILADELPHIA

Cowboys WR Cole Beasley, RB Rod Smith, LB Tre von Johnson, OG Kadeem Edwards, TE Blake Jarwin, DE Benson Mayowa, DL David Irving.

Eagles RB Jay Ajayi, DE Derek Barnett, LB Nigel Bradham, DE Brandon Graham, DT Tim Jernigan, S Rodney McLeod, CB Jalen Mills.



WASHINGTON NY GIANTS

Redskins WR Robert Davis, S DeAngelo Hall, LB Ryan Anderson, LB Zach Brown, G Kyle Kalis, C Demetrius Rhaney and NT Ziggy Hood.

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Franko Discussion / excellent job of just not giving anything away
« on: January 04, 2018, 02:59:27 am »
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin is one of the most productive receivers in the league over the last few seasons. He is on the verge of doing something no other Seahawks receiver has done since Steve Largent — reach 1,000 yards three straight seasons.

But Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald made a huge impression on him.

“Once I got to speak to him, watch him, it just changed my perspective on the game of football,” he told Seattle reporters this week. “Before https://www.seahawksseastore.com/marcus-lucas-jersey-c-78.html, I was just getting by on my athleticism https://www.seahawksseastore.com/steve-donatell-jersey-c-79.html, but talking to Larry and some other guys across the league, they really taught me the chess match that’s within the game of football.”

He recognized the athletic tools and gifts Fitzgerald has, but noted how “cerebral” Fitz is.

“He has this huge, I don’t even know what to call it https://www.seahawksseastore.com/jimmy-graham-jersey-c-80.html, but he just has this knowledge of defensive coordinators, defensive players that it’s just impeccable,” he said.

“I think, personally Justin Senior Jersey, Larry is probably the best body language and mannerism manipulator at the receiver position,” Baldwin continued. “He does an excellent job of just not giving anything away and also telling people that he’s going one way when he’s actually going the other so it’s incredible to watch. It’s really artwork on the football field to me.”

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