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Will the Seahawks forge a championship identity in 2017?

Postby Angel92 » Aug 8th, '17, 02:12

Every team has an identity, a personality. Every winning team, at least. Will the Seahawks have a winning identity in 2017?
In my latest book, due out this September called “Native Truth”, I discuss the importance of personal identity and how it plays a huge role in our success. I believe the team identity of the Seahawks and their continued success is just as important.
The onset of a few shoving matches led up to the climax of Frank Clark’s fist to Germaine Ifedi’s jaw. How will the physical altercations play a role in the team’s identity?
For one, I would argue that finding their team identity is one of the major question marks going into this season. Can we still say that this team is a smash-mouth, “I love you brother” team after all of the extracurricular differences between the defense and the offense last season? I don’t think we can say that is who we are. It definitely is who we were.
When Schneider and Carroll drafted our current core group of players, they all came in with the proverbial chip on their shoulder. Schneider loves getting guys that others may have tossed to the side to pull out the gangster in his players. See: Dion Jordan, Luke Joekel, Marcus Smith and to some extent the culprit in the recent fistfight, Frank Clark).
Then their rookie contracts begin to run out. Big money contract extensions started to happen. The team started having disgruntled players, even to the point of holding out (see Kam Chancellor’s 2015 season). The Percy Harvin situation blew up. Golden Tate left the team and had some choice words about the organization.
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Contract demands for more money. Demands for more respect. There was less of the chip on the shoulder, less giving and less forgiving. A “win at all costs” mentality arose. What I’m describing here wasn’t even a glimmer in the eyes of the 2010-2013 teams. That’s when the team had that hunger, that drive to learn, that willingness to play FOR the man next to them.
I honestly believe their current mantra of “win for my brothers” is just that; a mantra. I don’t see that they truly believe their identity is to “give at all costs”, to make sure they play for their brother on the team.
The Seahawks decided to not extend contracts for some vocal leaders, Bruce Irvin and Brandon Mebane. How did the team really react to that? Sure, we heard the “this game is a business” line that each of the core guys gave the media. But how does a man play for his brother when daddy decides to kick his brother out?
Furthermore, who guided our young players Travis Frederick Kids Jersey through all of the “the game is just a business” transactions? Did they get any veteran leadership advice to help Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Russell Wilson, Doug Baldwin and especially Richard Sherman through it?
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José Fernàndez would’ve made the 2017 Marlins a contender

Postby Angel92 » Aug 8th, '17, 03:08

While Sonny Gray was sent to the Yankees and Yu Darvish was being traded to the Dodgers, causing celebration among those respective fan bases, a more subdued celebration in Marlins Park was occurring simultaneously. Monday would’ve been Jose Fernandez’s 25th birthday, and the Marlins quietly marked the event by allowing José’s family to tour the ballpark, with many of Fernàndez’s former teammates meeting his five-month-old daughter Penelope for the first time.
It’s hard to believe that Fernàndez never even reached the quarter century mark in his life, particularly when taking into account all that he’d accomplished already in his young career. National League Rookie of the Year, a two-time All-Star (2013 and 2016), a successful return from Tommy John surgery (and who can forget José smashing a home run in his first plate appearance in over a year). At the tail end of his final season, José was putting the finishing touches on a fantastic year that saw him accumulate 253 strikeouts in 182.1 innings pitched, holding down a 2.92 ERA/2.24 FIP with 6.1 fWAR to his name, a certifiable Cy Young candidate.
More than a year removed from the TJ surgery that cost him most of 2014 and a portion of 2015, Fernàndez was unquestionably improving. It’s not unreasonable to say that he was among the game’s great pitchers, and if he were around today, he’d likely be in that conversation yet again.
We are familiar with the cast of characters that the Marlins’ front office brought in during the off-season in an attempt to fill that gigantic void. Dan Straily. Edinson Volquez. Jeff Locke. Knowing that the starters might struggle to get to Fernàndez’s average of seven innings pitched, Junichi Tazawa and Brad Ziegler were also brought in to stretch out the pen. None of them as an individual was the pitcher that Fernàndez was, but collectively, perhaps they could make up for the loss on the field.
In the dugout, the Marlins had been talking with Martin Prado about an extension. After Fernàndez’s death, with everyone desperate for a little feel-good news, the Marlins probably felt compelled to bring back Prado. Prado had been Heath Miller Womens Jersey regarded as a team leader anyway, and the Marlins felt that (in addition to his on-the-field contributions) he would serve as an important voice in the clubhouse and ease the loss of Fernàndez’s dynamic presence.
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Duron Harmon continues to solidify New England secondary

Postby Angel92 » Aug 8th, '17, 05:36

FOXBORO — Duron Harmon grew up in the tiny town of Magnolia, Del. — population 225 or so — while Logan Ryan was raised about 100 miles north in the leafy enclave of Berlin, N.J.
The two defensive backs met as freshmen at Rutgers late in the summer of 2009. They would go on to spend four seasons playing together for the Scarlet Knights, Harmon at safety and Ryan at cornerback, before both were drafted by the Patriots in 2013.
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Fittingly enough, they were selected pretty close to one another. Ryan was taken in the third round with the 83rd overall selection and Harmon went eight picks later.
The two spent another four seasons together before parting ways in March. Harmon signed a four-year deal worth upward of $20 million to remain in New England while Logan headed to Tennessee after accepting the Titans’ offer of three years and $30 million.
“I played with him for eight years straight, so to not have him in the locker room or talking to me during stretching is a little weird, but time will pass,” Harmon said on Friday during a break in training camp.
“There’s turnover on this team each and every year. You get used to the guys who aren’t here and you get used to the guys who are here. We have a good group of DBs and I’m excited to work with them.”
Anxious was the word on Saturday after Harmon, who underwent offseason ankle surgery, went down following a collision in the end zone during 11-on-11 work in the first padded practice of camp. He walked gingerly off the field after banging up his right knee and didn’t finish practice.
However, Harmon participated in post-workout stretching drills with the rest of the team and afterward spent time playing catch with his two sons and chatting with his wife.
“I’m good, thanks for asking,” he smiled and shouted to an acquaintance at one point.
So it appears Harmon is fine, which is terrific news for a team seeking its third Lombardi Trophy in the last four seasons.
Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung start at safety for the Patriots, but the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Harmon is a key component of a defense that allowed the fewest points in the league last season.
Harmon has appeared in 73 straight games (playoffs included) since sitting out Week 1 of his rookie season. He played 48.6 percent of the defensive snaps in the regular season last year — the highest total among defensive reserves — and saw that spike to 58.8 percent in the playoffs.
Harmon had one interception in the regular season before matching that total with a pick against the Houston Texans in the AFC divisional round. He had three tackles against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, tying his career-high.
“He’s been a guy who, to me, has just gotten better each year he’s been here,” McCourty said. “The amount of work he puts in on and off the field, Du does a great job. He watches other safeties, he watches games from 2001, 2002 just trying to get better as a player.
“So that’s been great to see and obviously I was extremely happy when he shot me the text to say he was coming back.”
Harmon saw plenty of familiar faces when he returned to Gillette Stadium to begin offseason training in April. And lots of new ones, as well, as the Patriots added cornerback Stephon Gilmore, receiver Brandin Cooks and tight end Dwayne Allen.
Like the rest of New England, Harmon was thrilled to see the Patriots weren’t content to stand pat after their victory in Super Bowl LI.
“That just shows you this is a team that is Letroy Guion Womens Jersey always looking to get better — never complacent,” Harmon said. “The players aren’t complacent, the coaches aren’t complacent and the organization isn’t complacent. I think when you have that type of mindset ... it’s easy for the players not to get complacent.
“We know that we have to continue to get better. We have to continue to work. We have to do everything that we did — and more — last year to try to do what we want to do again.”
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Today's Top 5: 8.7.2017

Postby Angel92 » Aug 8th, '17, 06:33

Cutler comes in: Quarterback Jay Cutler flew to South Florida on Monday morning after agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with the Dolphins. Head Coach Adam Gase declined to say that Cutler officially was going to be the starting quarterback in light of the knee injury sustained by Ryan Tannehill, although he added that Cutler “didn’t come out of retirement to stand on the sidelines.” Gase said Cutler definitely would not play in the preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday. As for Tannehill, Gase said no official decision had been made as to whether he would undergo surgery.
Depth chart: With the preseason opener this week, the Dolphins unveiled their first unofficial depth chart of the year and probably the most interesting fact was the presence of rookie second-round pick Raekwon McMillan as a first-team linebacker alongside Kiko Alonso and Lawrence Timmons. McMillan was the only rookie listed on the first team; Isaac Asiata(RG), Drew Morgan (WR), Charles Harris (DE) and Davon Godchaux (DT) all were listed on the second team. The first team featured QB Ryan Tannehill, RB Jay Ajayi, WR Jarvis Landry, WR DeVante Parker, WR Kenny Stills, TE Julius Thomas, LT Laremy Tunsil, LG Ted Larsen, C Mike Pouncey, RG Jermon Bushrod and RT Ja’Wuan James on offense, although Tannehill and Larsen (biceps) both are dealing with serious injuries. Besides the linebackers, the first-team defense included DE Andre Branch, DT Ndamukong Suh, DT Jordan Phillips, DE Cameron Wake, CB Byron Maxwell, CB Xavien Howard, S Reshad Jones and S Nate Allen.
Injury update: Linebacker Neville Hewitt and Stills both returned to practice Monday after missing the scrimmage at Hard Rock Stadium because of minor injuries. Ajayi remains in the concussion protocol. Tunsil again was absent because of a personal matter, while Suh, Wake and veteran defensive end William Hayes were given a veteran day off.
Learning from one of the best: The Dolphins had a guest coach at practice Monday — former Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson. A six-time Pro Bowl selection, Johnson spent seven seasons in Detroit with Dolphins wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson and Gase was quarterbacks coach for the Lions in 2007, Johnson’s rookie year. Gase said Johnson visited the Dolphins last year during their trip to Southern California for games against the Chargers and Rams. Having one of the best wide Gerald McCoy Youth Jersey receivers of his generation at practice can only benefit Dolphins players at that position.
Youth is served: The Dolphins welcomed two youth teams at practice Monday: the Kendall Boys and Girls Club Kolts and the Kendall Hammocks Warriors. After watching practice, the kids from both teams met Dolphins at the Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University.
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Arizona Cardinals Buy or Sell: Troy Niklas becomes a starter

Postby Angel92 » Aug 8th, '17, 07:31

Tight end Troy Niklas has had an underwhelming career thus far. Can the fourth-year Notre Dame alumn become the player the Arizona Cardinals want in 2017?
The day of the tight end has changed. Actually, it’s been changing ever since Tony Gonzalez and Shannon Sharpe gave the position a new outlook in the NFL. One player on the wrong side of the ever-changing game is fourth-year Arizona Cardinals player Troy Niklas — on the wrong side if you consider a big paycheck as the main goal which for some players is the main goal.
Niklas isn’t the same kind of tight end we’re used to watching. A millenial myself, I’m used to the tight ends that can outrun a linebacker and out-jump a cornerback. Something like what Gonzalez and Sharpe did in their day and what Antonio Gates and Rob Gronkowski have done in theirs.
You’re not going to get those types of plays out of Niklas, at least not on a week-to-week basis. He has yet to prove he can be a deep threat at the top level. In his three years as a pro, he has just eight receptions for 71 yards and two touchdowns. His longest reception went for just 17 yards which came in his rookie season.
People knew coming out of Notre Dame that Niklas wasn’t going to be a Gates or Gronkowski. He was recruited to play outside linebacker, but made the change to tight end after a year in school. Being that he declared after his junior season, he didn’t have much time at the position coming in. And he only caught 37 balls for 573 yards and six touchdowns in college.
Niklas was drafted in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. The lack of production and time at the position didn’t scare away the Arizona Cardinals front office. Head coach Bruce Arians had just come off his first season at the helm, leading the team to their first winning record since the 2009 season. They had a need at tight end even, though Rob Housler had a respectable season in his own catching 39 passes for 454 yards.
It was the hopes and dreams that Niklas hadn’t just grown into the position yet (and maybe he still hasn’t) from a receiving perception. What he was looked at, though, was as a run blocker. One that could very well become the best run blocking tight end in the game.
After that same 2013 season, Arizona only averaged 3.6 yards per carry. The group as a whole averaged less than 97 yards on the ground a game. In Niklas’ rookie season it was worse as the running backs group averaged only 3.3 yards per carry and 82 yards per game. That year he received a -8.6 run-block rating from Pro Football Focus. All-in-all, the entire line struggled blocking for an inexperienced group consisting of Andre Ellington, Stepfan Taylor and Kerwynn Williams.
2015 was a different story for Arizona’s ground Bishop Sankey Jersey game. With rookie David Johnson in town and the addition of Chris Johnson, Niklas appeared in 16 games (starting three) as the Cardinals averaged almost 120 rushing yards per game. Niklas, however, continued to struggle.
Last season was much like the first two. While he escaped the injury bug in his sophomore campaign in the league, Niklas appeared in just three games in 2016 before he went down with a season-ending wrist injury.
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New England Patriots: Shea McClellin could flourish in hybri

Postby Angel92 » Aug 8th, '17, 08:28

When it comes to drawing comparisons, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick believes Shea McClellin has skill sets similar to Rob Ninkovich.
Not many people are talking about New England Patriots linebacker Shea McClellin. But, the Boise State alum may just be the perfect player to fill the void left by Rob Ninkovich.
Following his first season with the Patriots, McClellin will get an opportunity to replace a player he looks up to. As both players have similar skill sets, head coach Bill Belichick could turn to McClellin to play the hybrid linebacker/defensive end role Ninkovich flourished in.
The 6-foot-3, 250-pound McClellin is certainly no stranger to defensive end. He played the position at the beginning of last season and rushed the edge in college and during his rookie year with the Chicago Bears. Used as mostly a linebacker as the season went along, Shea McClellin may find himself in the perfect situation with the Patriots.
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Dirk Koetter weighs in on Chris Conte's progression

Postby Angel92 » Aug 8th, '17, 09:26

Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Chris Conte definitely showed flashes of improvement last season. After being extremely inconsistent in 2015. Conte was able to snag numerous interceptions in key matchups which helped led the Buccaneers to an impressive five-game winning streak against talented opponents last year. For these reasons, the Bucs decided to keep him around instead of parting ways with him.
Following training camp on Monday, coach Koetter took a few moments to discuss what he has seen from Conte and how he has progressed since OTAs and mini camp.
“First off, Chris is really athletic,” Koetter said. “Chris almost is as athletic as a corner. He can really run, he’s long, I think Chris’ confidence is up right now. He, maybe in the past, would get down on himself a little too much, for no reason in my opinion. I think Chris is doing well.”
However, although Koetter has seen improvement from Conte, he also made it clear that no one is guaranteed a starting job. This means that Conte has been competing with J.J. Wilcox, Keith Tandy and Justin Evans to be a starter this season.
“It’s also been good with keeping Chris working with that first group, J.J. [Wilcox] and Justin Evans have really showed. Justin Evans is another like McNichols that missed some time in the spring.”
Like kicker, wide receiver and several other positions, the competition at safety is another tough battle and one the Bucs plan to thoroughly evaluate throughout training camp.
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MISSING: Boy, 15, missing from Ruskin

Postby Angel92 » Aug 9th, '17, 01:38

RUSKIN (FOX 13) - A 15-year-old boy has been missing from his Ruskin home since July 26.
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said Anthony Angel Munoz left his home at 2132 Richwood Pike Drive on July 26 and hasn’t returned.
He is described at 5’8” and weighs 115 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. It’s unclear the circumstances on why he left or where he could have been heading.
Deputies asked if anyone has information regarding his whereabouts, call the agency at 813-247-8200 or dial 911.
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Ravens right guard Marshal Yanda has no problem easing his w

Postby Angel92 » Aug 9th, '17, 02:30

Marshal Yanda is probably the last person to shy away from work. The right guard is usually the first Ravens offensive lineman to jump into drills and exercises.
But through the first five practices of training camp, Yanda’s work ethic has been reined in by the team as the medical staff has taken a methodical approach to his surgically-repaired left shoulder. And the six-time Pro Bowler is the strategy’s biggest supporter.
“It’s coming along good,” he said after Tuesday’s practice at the Ravens’ headquarters in Owings Mills. “I’m feeling good. It’s kind of part of the plan, bringing me back in and doing the individual and getting a little bit more hitting in each day in the individual period. I’m feeling good. So things are going as planned.”
The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Yanda has been limited to work in individual drills before walking inside to continue rehabilitating the shoulder that sidelined him for three games and forced him to shift from his usual right guard position to the left spot.
Yanda would normally be more than willing to practice. But he agrees with the plan put in place.
“You have to understand that’s part of the process, and you don’t want to just jump right back in,” he said. “I don’t want to be ripping it right out of the gate. You want it to be kind of a gradual progression. But everything has been so far, so good in the progression and stuff. So I’m happy with the progress.”
As an 11-year veteran, Yanda has a solid grasp of how to play his position. But he acknowledged that he is eager to practice and play in preseason contests compared to hitting the regular season without any games under his belt.
“I still need to sharpen my craft, and when you don’t play football for seven or eight months, you still have to get back to doing the stuff over and over every day,” he said. “So yeah, I definitely need to prepare for the season. But you also have to factor in that I had surgery in the offseason.
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