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Wieneke, Ohnesorge set to take on East-West Shrine Game

Dallas Goedert is getting as much pre-NFL draft attention as any player in South Dakota State history, and the Britton Bomber is in California preparing for the Jan. 27 Senior Bowl.

He’s not the only Jackrabbit with NFL aspirations,Authentic Corey Linsley Jersey, and this week wide receiver Jake Wieneke and center Jacob Ohnesorge are preparing for the East-West Shrine Game.,Authentic Nick Perry Jersey, though

Wieneke and Ohnesorge are both on the roster of the West squad and will take the field against college stars from across the nation Saturday in St. Petersburg,Authentic Morgan Burnett Jersey, Fla. The game will be televised on the NFL Network at 2 p.m.

Wieneke has been training in Texas,womens Mason Crosby Jersey, Ohnesorge in New Jersey,womens David Bakhtiari Jersey, at the behest of their agents. But this week they’re practicing with their Shrine Game teams,womens Jack Mewhort Jersey, with a chance to show how they stack up and raise their profiles. While Goedert is expected to be an early pick, hoping instead to make enough of an impression to get an invite to a rookie minicamp.,Authentic John Simon Jersey, Wieneke could be on the draft bubble, while Ohnesorge is unlikely to be drafted

“This is a huge opportunity for our guys,” said Jacks offensive line coach Jason Eck. “When scouts came in this year they would tell us they watched film of the TCU game; that’s because they want to see them against the best possible competition. That’s what this is – it’s a chance for our guys to go up against (major conference) guys and show how they compete. It’s awesome for them and a reflection of how hard they’ve worked and the direction our program is going.”

Wieneke is the most decorated player in SDSU history. He graduates with 288 catches,157 yards and 59 touchdowns, 5, all school records. He’s a four-time, well, 215-pounds his measurable will serve him well., everything,womens Corey Linsley Jersey,womens Nick Perry Jersey,womens Morgan Burnett Jersey, and at 6-foot-4

Ohnesorge is undersized at 6-3,Authentic Mason Crosby Jersey, but as a four-year starter and four-time all-conference pick he’ll go up against the nation’s best with confidence and maturity.,Authentic David Bakhtiari Jersey, 290-pounds

Eck said the week of practice could be more important than the game itself,Authentic Jack Mewhort Jersey,Authentic Donte Moncrief Jersey, as Wieneke has impressed with highlight-reel catches., as scouts get the chance to watch players compete in position-specific drills ad test themselves in 1-on-1 situations. Highlights have already been making the rounds on social media this week

“Knowing Jake,womens Donte Moncrief Jersey, he’ll thrive in those situations,womens John Simon Jersey, and they’re going to do a lot of 1-on-1 stuff versus the DB’s to see how he handles press coverage. I know Jake will do a great job.”,” said SDSU receivers coach Robert Arnheim. “Anytime there’s a competitive situation he tends to rise to the occasion. They’re going to want to see how he runs,Authentic Jabaal Sheard Jersey, there’s going to be a lot of weight put into 7-on-7 practice stuff

Statistically Wieneke wasn’t quite as productive as a senior, finishing with 965 receiving yards after surpassing 1,womens Jabaal Sheard Jersey, and also noted that Wieneke never implied that he needed more catches to help his draft stock.,300 in each of his first three years. But Arnheim pointed out that SDSU won a handful of blowouts in which Wieneke didn’t play a full game

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Chiefs’ Ramik Wilson makes bid for starting job with Derrick Johnson’s help

and there’s plenty of experimentation.,womens A.J. Bouye Jersey,You can’t take everything that happens in the preseason as a sure thing. Offenses and defenses are vanilla

chances are he has more work to do in recognizing plays.,But what you can do — especially when it comes to inside linebackers — is watch them closely and study how quickly they diagnose and attack simple running plays. If you see a young player hesitateAuthentic Malik Jackson Jersey,” 

One player who used to fit this description is Chiefs inside linebacker Ramik Wilson,Authentic Abry Jones Jersey, a third-year pro who went from being hesitant to aggressive last year. Wilson was cut by the Chiefs last September, but bounced back to the 53-man roster after a rash of injuries and reestablished himself as one of the team’s better inside linebackers., a year after he was drafted in the fourth round

Wilson, 25, has built on that improvement with a strong training camp and preseason, and even earning some praise from coach Andy Reid., flowing to the football quickly and decisively in both of the Chiefs’ preseason games,womens Abry Jones Jersey,

“Ramik Wilson, I think,” Reid said. “He had good experience last year and I like what we’ve seen. You asked about the diagnosing of plays, has stepped it up a notch even from last year, along with having good instincts. He’s shown that he has both of those.”, and being able to do that as a linebacker becomes very importantwomens Patrick Omameh Jersey

which humbled him after his release. He credits star inside linebacker Derrick Johnson for helping him learn how to watch tape.,Wilson realized the importance of those traits during his stint on the practice squad last season,Authentic A.J. Bouye Jersey

“(The difference) is just knowing what type of plays I’ll get — (it’s) play recognition, who has been helping me out a lot.”,” Wilson said. “I’ve been doing my film study with D.J.,Authentic Barry Church Jersey,

As the strong-side “mike” linebacker,womens Telvin Smith Jersey, aggression is necessary. Wilson is charged with diagnosing quickly, taking on blocks and filling gaps to bounce the ball outside and also free up Johnson,Authentic Marcedes Lewis Jersey, who has a lot more freedom to run and hit., the weak-side inside linebacker

” Wilson said.,womens Jalen Ramsey Jersey“I can play more downhill

Wilson has received no shortage of motivation to keep improving. For one,Authentic Patrick Omameh Jersey, the Chiefs’ porous run defense down the stretch a year ago crested with Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell’s 30-carry, 170-yard performance in the Chiefs’ 18-16 home loss to the Steelers in the AFC playoffs,womens Malik Jackson Jersey, who was the primary inside linebacker in the game., a defeat that remains with Wilson

“We’ve watched film on it, talked about where we could improve, but it’s much better now.”,” Wilson said. “Our communication is better — there were times where we weren’t all on the same page in the defensive front,womens Barry Church Jersey,

There is no shortage of players competing with Wilson for the starting job. While Johnson is a lock to make the roster, Wilson is competing with four other inside linebackers who have earned meaningful NFL snaps in Terrance Smith, Justin March-Lillard and Kevin Pierre-Louis. There’s also a fifth-round rookie (Ukeme Eligwe) in the mix who the coaches have raved about., Josh Maugawomens Marcedes Lewis Jersey

“That’s what you want, you want to keep upgrading at each position — that’s only gonna make everybody better,” Wilson said, Pierre-Louis and Eligwe did not effect him., when explaining why the offseason additions of Mauga,Authentic Paul Posluszny Jersey

All of the inside linebackers,Authentic Telvin Smith Jerseyof course, cannot make the team,womens Paul Posluszny Jersey,a starter in 2014., though it’s telling that defensive coordinator Bob Sutton seemed to hint Tuesday that the decision for the job next to job is between Wilson and Mauga

“(Ramik) is in the hunt — I think that’s been a great competition between him and Josh,Authentic Jalen Ramsey JerseySutton said. “I know both of them have worked hard and are certainly worthy of the position. The next two weeks is going to determine what happens there.”, and we’re fortunate to have two guys who have played and started

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The first 10 words of the following sentence might make you roll your eyes or laugh or curse, but here it comes anyway:

If the Chiefs are to win a Super Bowl soon — HAHAHAHAHA! — the first full offseason with general manager Brett Veach must be a pivotal and productive one that breaks franchise convention and challenges personal comforts.

The Chiefs’ roster is at least five years in the making, and if the pieces mostly fit they don’t always connect. Four postseasons in five years can be reason for pride, but if the men involved are honest with themselves they must also know it’s not nearly enough.

Blake Bortles has now won more playoff games this month than the Chiefs have in two decades, and the Jaguars’ participation in the AFC Championship Game is a reminder that no franchises are given success and none are prohibited from it.

The Chiefs are at a moment in their history that will either further confirm a well-earned reputation of being just good enough to break their fans’ hearts or rewrite their story the way the Royals did in 2014 and 2015.

The urgency must be felt. Eric Berry turned 29 last month. Justin Houston turns 29 on Sunday. Travis Kelce will do the same in October. Tamba Hali has almost certainly played his last game with the Chiefs, ending 12 years here that featured four GMs, four head coaches and at least three distinct “building” phases.

He is far from the first talented player to give his career to the Chiefs without receiving any postseason success in return.

It is largely up to Veach and the decisions of this offseason to determine whether stars like Berry,Authentic Corey Perry jersey, Houston and Kelce will avoid the same fate.

right? Sign good players,Authentic Ryan Getzlaf jersey, duh. But this will be Veach’s first real test in the new job. Whether through the draft or free agency,Authentic Ryan Kesler jersey, defensive line,Authentic Shane Doan jersey, Veach should target,adidas Oliver Ekman-Larsson jersey, in order: cornerback,adidas Mike Smith jersey, safety, edge rush,Authentic Radim Vrbata jersey,Pretty basic,adidas Bobby Orr jersey, backup quarterback, interior offensive line, middle linebacker and tight end.

including defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson,The free-agent fits are intriguing, defensive back Lamarcus Joyner, and others. The group is always in flux, cornerback Prince Amukamara, because free agents can be tagged,adidas Corey Perry jersey, and players under contract for 2018 (like Broncos corner Aqib Talib) can be released.

The Chiefs don’t have a first-round pick,adidas Ryan Getzlaf jersey, so Veach will be tested right away. It’s interesting that all three local FBS schools have potential fits: Dorance Armstrong from Kansas,adidas Ryan Kesler jersey,adidas Shane Doan jersey, Marcell Frazier from Missouri and D.J. Reed from K-State.

Chance of adding enough: 60 percent,Authentic Oliver Ekman-Larsson jersey,but this completely depends on your trust in Veach.

The Chiefs can potentially save more than $20 million in cap space by cutting Hali ($8 million) and cutting or reworking deals with linebacker Derrick Johnson ($8 million in potential savings) and defensive lineman Allen Bailey ($6 million in potential savings).Authentic Mike Smith jersey,

Cutting Hali will be the team’s easiest decision of the offseason. He’s a franchise icon but played just five games last season,adidas Max Domi jersey,adidas Radim Vrbata jersey, which presents hope he could be stronger the more removed he is from his second Achilles rupture. But he’s certainly not worth $8 million in 2018 and may not even be worth a restructured deal, with limited snaps. His contract is impossible to justify. Johnson was better late in the season,Authentic Bobby Orr jersey, depending on how it affects future seasons.

Bailey is productive but could reasonably be asked to restructure. Other potential cuts or savings include veteran corner Darrelle Revis ($4.5 million), tight end Demetrius Harris ($2 million) and even linebacker Dee Ford ($8.7 million).Authentic Max Domi jersey

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Will Albert Wilson return to Kansas City Chiefs in 2018?

most Kansas City Chiefs fans likely thought little of bringing wide receiver Albert Wilson back for another year. It was easy to fall in love with preseason stars like Marcus Kemp,Authentic Markus Golden Jersey,Before the 2017 season,Authentic Pat Tillman Jersey, especially after his 2016 campaign., who we hoped get the roster spot instead. I’ll admit that I was one of those fans

however..,Wilson changed my mind in 2017womens T. J. Logan Jersey,

The undrafted free agent had a very disappointing 2016 season finishing with only 279 yards. There was plenty of question about his motivation or effort in games last year. It was a completely different story in 2017 as Wilson looked much more refined. His routes looked much improved, and the biggest change was that he wasn’t afraid to get hit., he fought for extra yards after every catchwomens Markus Golden Jersey

Wilson was a big contributor in the final drive against Denver catching three passes for 40 yards to help get the Chiefs in position for a field goal.,In fact,womens Pat Tillman Jersey,

it changes things a bit. Not only was Wilson the Chiefs third receiver but he also wracked up 554 yards while playing in twelve games and on a team that had two 1,Authentic Chandler Jones Jersey,None of these stats make you jump out of your seat at first glance. When you remember that Wilson is the third receiver,Authentic John Brown Jersey,000-yard rusher. That’s impressive.,womens Haason Reddick Jersey,000 yard receivers and a 1

The 25-year-old receiver made catches this season that no one expected. There were numerous grabs that ended with him getting laid out as he came down with the ball. He had never been a big contributor in a single game till week 17 when he broke multiple career highs.womens Dorian Johnson Jersey,

Before week 17,womens Budda Baker Jersey, Wilson was a big contributor in the final drive against Denver catching three passes for 40 yards to help get the Chiefs in position for a field goal.,Authentic Dorian Johnson Jersey, Wilson had yet to catch more than five passes or collect more than 87 receiving yards in a single game. He finished week 17 with 10 catches for 147 yards in only 28 offensive snaps. There was a true chemistry between Wilson and rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The fourth-year receiver also set a career high with 554 yards on the season on 42 receptions.In fact

it changes things a bit. Not only was Wilson the Chiefs third receiver but he also wracked up 554 yards while playing in twelve games and on a team that had two 1,Authentic T. J. Logan Jersey,None of these stats make you jump out of your seat at first glance. When you remember that Wilson is the third receiver,000-yard rusher. That’s impressive.,000 yard receivers and a 1womens John Brown Jersey,

they needed Wilson to step up in this offense. Wilson missed games against the Pittsburgh Steelers,When Chiefs receiver Chris Conley went down for the season, Dallas Cowboys, all of which the quarterback Alex Smith and the offense severely struggled with lack of depth at the position. While he doesn’t make huge contributions on the stat sheet game-to-game, he is a part of this offense and a go-to guy for Smith.,womens Chandler Jones Jersey, and New York Giants

Following the best season of his career,Authentic Haason Reddick Jersey, they will have to pay a bit more for him. Not big money but not league minimum either.,Authentic Budda Baker Jersey Wilson could have some leverage when it comes to contract negotiations. It’s possible that the veteran could move on to a new team next year where he will play a bigger role and get more opportunities. If the Chiefs want to keep Wilson in Kansas City,Authentic Chad Williams Jersey,

something I expect them to improve this offseason. Another likely landing spot would be the Cleveland Browns where former Chiefs GM John Dorsey has taken a new job. Dorsey was one of the biggest reasons that Wilson stuck around Kansas City.,womens Chad Williams Jersey,Another option for Wilson could be following offensive coordinator Matt Nagy to the Chicago Bears where they desperately need help at the wide receiver position. Rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky had almost zero talent around him in 2017

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Why Auburn football’s 2018 pass rush is in better spot than usual despite Jeff Holland’s early exit

Auburn football must replace its sack leader from the previous season. It’s become the norm for the Tigers since 2013 — Dee Ford to Kris Frost to Cassanova McKinzy to Carl Lawson to Jeff Holland.,Authentic Nathan Peterman Jersey,For the fifth consecutive year

and they cracked 30-plus as a team for the first time since the same campaign.,Holland’s early departure for the 2018 NFL Draft came after one of the best seasons for Auburn’s defense in a long time. Some of that came down to the excellent pass rush. The Tigers had a player hit double digits in sacks for the first time since Ford’s 2013 season

Auburn will undoubtedly miss Holland, the linebacker-turned-defensive end from Jacksonville,Authentic Cardale Jones Jersey, who became “Sensei Mud” in his breakout 2017 season.,Authentic Ronald Darby Jersey, Fla.

MORE: Tre’ Williams calls Senior Bowl ‘one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had’

pass rush and overall team success has gone hand-in-hand for most of the past decade. Auburn had a fierce pass rush in 2009 with Antonio Coleman that set the tone for Nick Fairley’s Lombardi season in the Tigers’ 2010 national championship campaign.,womens John Miller Jersey,For Auburn

Auburn went backward in 2011 and 2012 and had 22 sacks in each season. In 2013, Ford had his 10.5-sack season,Authentic Zay Jones Jersey, and on-field performance sagged again., and Auburn went to the final BCS National Championship Game. The Tigers lacked a true pass rusher in 2014 and 2015

Lawson stayed healthy and engineered 9.0 sacks en route to a Sugar Bowl berth. Holland capitalized on what he learned behind Holland and raised the level to 10 sacks on an improved 10-win team.,In 2016

it’s arguably more equipped to do that than at any other time in the past 10 years.,Those trends suggest Auburn needs a strong pass rush in order to succeed at a high level again in 2018. Fortunately for Auburn

the most since 2012. Auburn hasn’t returned more than 20 sacks in the past decade.,Even with Holland’s departure — along with the production of seniors Tre’ Williams and Tray Matthews — Auburn will return 23.5 sacks in 2018. That’s 64 percent of its production

he didn’t cause havoc on opposing quarterbacks alone.,womens Cardale Jones Jersey,womens Ronald Darby Jersey,Though Holland was one of the nation’s best players in terms of sacks last season

Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele will be able to rely on plenty of players with pass-rushing experience in 2018. Auburn will bring back 11 players who had at least a half-sack in 2017. Seven of them — Marlon Davidson,Authentic John Miller JerseyDerrick Brown,womens Tre'Davious White Jersey,womens Zay Jones Jersey, Deshaun Davis,Authentic Dion Dawkins Jersey, Nick Coe and T.D. Moultry — had multiple sacks.,womens Dion Dawkins Jersey,womens Nathan Peterman Jersey, Dontavius Russell, Big Kat Bryant

The Tigers had much more success in 2017 with their blitzes from the linebacker and defensive back positions than they did in 2016 under Steele. A defense that can attack quarterbacks in a variety of ways is definitely a more dangerous one.,Authentic Tre'Davious White Jersey

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Med student Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is back in football mode with Chiefs

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is back in football mode. The starting guard returned from his native Montreal,womens Chad Williams Jersey, where he’s in medical school at McGill University,Authentic Dorian Johnson Jersey,Fresh off three months spent finishing his clinical work toward his medical degree,Authentic T. J. Logan Jersey, and rejoined the Kansas City Chiefs in time for the start of offseason practice this week.

Duvernay-Tardif may have to make the medicine to football transition only once more. After a couple of offseason months in emergency medicine in medical school and another in geriatrics, Duvernay-Tardif said he’s finished with his clinical requirements toward his degree.

All that stands between him and graduation is an exam he is scheduled to take next May.

“I’ve got eight months to study,’’ Duvernay-Tardif said. “Of course I won’t be studying during the season. But as soon as the season is over I’ll have a good three months to study for that.’’

Duvernay-Tardif has been going back and forth from medicine to football since being drafted by the Chiefs in 2014. He tends to his studies each year when the Chiefs finish their season. He’ll come to Kansas City for the start of offseason practice in May and be about football the rest of the year.

“The hardest transition is moving from finishing up the football season to getting back into the emergency department,’’ he said. “That transition is kind of hard because all of the spotlight focuses on you in the football stadium, although not that much because we’re [offensive] linemen. But still,womens Chandler Jones Jersey, that mindset is hard.,Authentic Haason Reddick Jersey, where you’re at the bottom of the whole hierarchy in terms of your role in the hospital as a medical student,womens Budda Baker Jersey, transitioning to being in a hospital when all of the spotlight is focused on the patient

“The last month in Montreal I was [eager] and looking forward to coming back here. It’s really good to be back.’’

Duvernay-Tardif signed a five-year contract extension with the Chiefs worth about $41 million, the kind of deal that would perhaps make most people rethink their commitment to med school.

Duvernay-Tardif’s initial thought after signing the contract was that he wanted to finish his studies. He was in fact back tending to his med-school responsibilities in Montreal mere hours after a quick late February trip to Kansas City to sign the deal.

He hasn’t changed his mind despite having time to digest the contract and its consequences.

“The contract for me was huge,’’ he said Wednesday. “I’m super happy about it. It’s a great vote of confidence from the Chiefs. But at the end of the day the plan is also to become a doctor. I promised myself I was going to finish my [medical degree] and I’m on track to finish it next offseason.’’

After graduation, Duvernay-Tardif’s next step toward becoming a doctor is his residency. Squeezing that in given his football schedule is problematic. Duvernay-Tardif said he plans to fulfill the five years on his Chiefs contract.,womens Haason Reddick Jersey,“

’’ he said. “I don’t know how exactly that is going to play out,“That’s a big question,Authentic Chandler Jones Jersey,Authentic John Brown Jersey, to be honest.

the most important thing right now is to graduate. After that,womens John Brown JerseyFor me,Authentic Budda Baker Jersey,womens Dorian Johnson Jersey,womens T. J. Logan Jersey,Authentic Chad Williams Jersey,Authentic Pat Tillman Jersey, I want to keep all of my options open so if I can do some internship ... I’ll do that in order to keep myself into the mindset of medical school a little bit so that when I apply [for a residency] when I’m done playing I’m still up to date with the knowledge.’’

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Med student Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is back in football mode with Chiefs

Fresh off three months spent finishing his clinical work toward his medical degree,womens Chandler Jones Jersey, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is back in football mode. The starting guard returned from his native Montreal,womens John Brown Jersey, and rejoined the Kansas City Chiefs in time for the start of offseason practice this week.,Authentic Budda Baker Jersey, where he’s in medical school at McGill University

Duvernay-Tardif said he’s finished with his clinical requirements toward his degree.,womens Chad Williams Jersey,Duvernay-Tardif may have to make the medicine to football transition only once more. After a couple of offseason months in emergency medicine in medical school and another in geriatrics

All that stands between him and graduation is an exam he is scheduled to take next May.Authentic Dorian Johnson Jersey,

’’ Duvernay-Tardif said. “Of course I won’t be studying during the season. But as soon as the season is over I’ll have a good three months to study for that.’’,“I’ve got eight months to study

Duvernay-Tardif has been going back and forth from medicine to football since being drafted by the Chiefs in 2014. He tends to his studies each year when the Chiefs finish their season. He’ll come to Kansas City for the start of offseason practice in May and be about football the rest of the year.

“The hardest transition is moving from finishing up the football season to getting back into the emergency department, where you’re at the bottom of the whole hierarchy in terms of your role in the hospital as a medical student,’’ he said. “That transition is kind of hard because all of the spotlight focuses on you in the football stadium, that mindset is hard.,Authentic Chandler Jones Jerseyalthough not that much because we’re [offensive] linemen. But still,womens Haason Reddick Jersey,womens Budda Baker Jersey, transitioning to being in a hospital when all of the spotlight is focused on the patient

“The last month in Montreal I was [eager] and looking forward to coming back here. It’s really good to be back.’’,Authentic John Brown Jersey,

the kind of deal that would perhaps make most people rethink their commitment to med school.,Authentic Chad Williams Jersey,Duvernay-Tardif signed a five-year contract extension with the Chiefs worth about $41 million

Duvernay-Tardif’s initial thought after signing the contract was that he wanted to finish his studies. He was in fact back tending to his med-school responsibilities in Montreal mere hours after a quick late February trip to Kansas City to sign the deal.Authentic Haason Reddick Jersey

He hasn’t changed his mind despite having time to digest the contract and its consequences.

’’ he said Wednesday. “I’m super happy about it. It’s a great vote of confidence from the Chiefs. But at the end of the day the plan is also to become a doctor. I promised myself I was going to finish my [medical degree] and I’m on track to finish it next offseason.’’,womens Dorian Johnson Jersey,“The contract for me was huge

Duvernay-Tardif’s next step toward becoming a doctor is his residency. Squeezing that in given his football schedule is problematic. Duvernay-Tardif said he plans to fulfill the five years on his Chiefs contract.,Authentic T. J. Logan Jersey,After graduation

“That’s a big question,womens T. J. Logan Jersey, to be honest.,’’ he said. “I don’t know how exactly that is going to play out

“For me,Authentic Markus Golden Jersey, I want to keep all of my options open so if I can do some internship ... I’ll do that in order to keep myself into the mindset of medical school a little bit so that when I apply [for a residency] when I’m done playing I’m still up to date with the knowledge.’’,womens Markus Golden Jersey, the most important thing right now is to graduate. After that

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Pros and Cons of keeping Alex Smith for the Kansas City Chiefs

As the NFL season is coming to an end and the Super Bowl two weeks away,womens Kevin White Jersey, the Kansas City Chiefs are already preparing for next season. Several roster changes will be made, probably more this offseason than previous ones due to many of them being starters. Names like Derrick Johnson, Tampa Hali,Authentic Mitchell Trubiskyn Jersey, Allen Bailey,womens Adam Shaheen Jersey, Dee Ford,womens Tarik Cohen Jersey, Darrelle Revis and ultimately Alex Smith are fine examples. What moves will be made that is best for the team and the franchise going forward?

Are the Chiefs still in the window of making it to a Super Bowl with this roster? Honestly,Authentic Leonard Floyd Jersey, no. The past two seasons were the opportunity and they “Chiefed”, the Chiefs need to seriously reevaluate their entire roster; more than just the names listed earlier.,womens Cody Whitehair Jersey,Authentic Eddie Goldman Jersey, meaning they do what they seem to always do. Break our hearts just as we are starting to get excited again by losing in a somewhat unbelievable fashion. With losses like that taking place two years in a row

One name that has remained atop of many fans list is quarterback Alex Smith. As Patrick Mahomes awaits in the shadows before stepping into the bright light of expectations that have been placed upon him. Since Smith has been the main topic of discussion of many Chiefs fans, I believe now is the time to discuss the pros and cons of Smith remaining with Kansas City Chiefs next season.

Smith has led the Chiefs to the playoffs every year but one since coming to Kansas City. While having a top five win-loss record in the entire NFL as a quarterback for the Chiefs. He reliably solidified the quarterback position for the first time since Trent Green. Smith is extremely intelligent and accurate, which was on display for a majority of the season. Smith was placing the ball in tight windows, but this season he did a spectacular job and led the NFL in several passing categories., hitting the deep throws and the deep out routes. Those were all aspects of Smith’s game that fans were upset with last season

The biggest pro of keeping Smith for next season is the fact that Andy Reid was finally able to open his entire playbook. Utilizing all of his weapons with Smith at the helm of the offense. If Patrick Mahomes steps into the starting role next season, Reid has to essentially start the trusting process over and only give spurts of his playbook.

Why should the Chiefs trade away something as reliable as Smith? The Chiefs issues this season started primarily on the defensive side of the ball and the offensive line. The middle season struggles of the season had an effect on Smith as well. He lost two receivers that he had a great connection with Chris Conley and Albert Wilson, as the relationship with Tyreek Hill was blossoming. When Conley and Wilson went down the Chiefs receiving core dropped tremendously in productivity.,Authentic Jonathan Bullard Jersey

Smith did his part in keeping this team in contention and executing his role throughout the season. The Chiefs are set to owe Smith 17 million dollars. After this year’s performance and ending it with another trip to the Pro Bowl,womens Mitchell Trubiskyn Jersey, Smith has earned the 17 million dollar contract.

After listing every great advantage of Smith,Authentic Adam Shaheen Jersey,Authentic Tarik Cohen Jersey,Authentic Eddie Jackson Jersey, it is now time to list every flaw in his game. That is only fair,womens Eddie Jackson Jersey,womens Leonard Floyd Jersey, but at the same time,Authentic Cody Whitehair Jerseyright? Smith does a great job taking care of the ball and not being the sole purpose in a loss for the Chiefs,womens Jonathan Bullard Jersey, Smith was never the sole purpose for a Chiefs win either. The Chiefs rely too heavily on explosion plays and turnovers. This season was a prime example of needing Smith to step up and lead this team when the defense could not.

He proved during the mid-season struggle that he was not completely capable of the task. Granted losing two reliable receivers does not help any quarterback during tough times. Smith is known to get happy feet in a clean pocket, drop his head and miss guys getting open late in their routes. The option to even find that possible receiver is gone the moment his eyes go down.

During the middle season struggle,womens Eddie Goldman Jersey,Authentic Kevin White Jersey, Smith displayed those flaws quite often. It showed the loss of trust in his offensive line and receivers. Smith was not able to take charge and lead his team when they needed it most. This has led to the downfall of trust from many fans too. Kansas City has felt some serious heartbreak during Smith’s tenure with the team. While some of those heart breaks are not purely his fault, in heartache?, others are. Is Smith worth the 17 million dollar contract if the season will end the same as the previous one

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The Bears brought Cairo Santos in Thursday for a physical and he returned Monday to sign a contract as the replacement for Connor Barth.

Santos agreed to a one-year deal to become the team’s new kicker with six games remaining in the regular season. An NFL source told the Tribune of the signing Monday morning, and the team announced it in the afternoon.

who was waived Monday,womens David Njoku Jersey,Barth,Authentic Larry Ogunjobi Jersey, missed a 46-yard field-goal try with three seconds remaining in the Bears’ 27-24 loss to the Lions on Sunday at Soldier Field.

The Bears had been waiting for Santos to heal from a groin injury that led the Chiefs to waive him Sept. 30.,womens Larry Ogunjobi Jersey

” coach John Fox said Monday. “He gets pretty good lift on the ball. His leg strength,womens Howard Wilson Jersey,“He's been pretty accurate,womens Zane Gonzalez Jersey, he has developed. He has good hang time on his kickoffs.

“I'd say the key is he's an accomplished kicker in the National Football League.”

Barth may have delayed the change by a week when he connected on three field goals of 40-plus yards in the home loss to the Packers on Nov. 12.Authentic DeShone Kizer Jersey,

Now Santos will get a chance to show what he can do before he becomes an unrestricted free agent. He was 3-for-3 on field goals and 6-for-6 on extra points through the first three games with 10 touchbacks on 18 kickoffs. Santos was sidelined during training camp with a groin injury and was reinjured during a Week 3 victory over the Chargers, leading the Chiefs to put him on the shelf and sign Harrison Butker.

ranking fifth in the NFL at 88.6 percent. He is 89-for-105 on field goals in his career (84.8 percent) since making the Chiefs in 2014 as an undrafted free agent from Tulane. Santos hit 55.8 percent of his kickoffs for touchbacks last season, 26, was 31-for-35 on field goals last season in Kansas City,Santos,Authentic David Njoku Jersey, a career best.

Santos is the first Brazilian-born player in the NFL. He grew up playing soccer and wasn’t introduced to football until he was a 15-year-old exchange student in Florida. Santos liked kicking a football so much that he made the decision to remain in the U.S. for high school.,Authentic Jim Brown Jersey,

made 18 of 23 field goals last season and is 11-for-16 this season,womens DeShone Kizer Jerseywho was released. Barth,Authentic Howard Wilson Jersey, 31,Authentic Zane Gonzalez JerseyThe Bears signed Barth at the start of last season as the replacement for veteran Robbie Gould, with all five misses from beyond 40 yards.

“It wasn't going great,womens Jim Brown Jersey,” Fox said. “It just wasn't yesterday's kick. He sensed it and he understands. It's never easy making those changes.”

they could consider the franchise tag. That figure was pretty high this year at $4.835 million,Authentic Gary Barnidge Jersey,If the Bears really want to secure Santos after this season,womens Gary Barnidge Jersey, but it could be a consideration if they view Santos as a player they don’t want to risk losing in free agency.

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The saddest thing about the Chiefs’ season

It is a dreary, and that is fitting., rainy day in Kansas City

It is not “Victory Sunday.” There is nothing to celebrate.

You won’t be watching the Buffalo Bills-Jacksonville Jaguars game wondering where the Chiefs are headed next week.

The season is over, when the Chiefs transformed from a perennial joke to a team you could count on to make the playoffs.,Authentic Hroniss Grasu Jersey, and it is heartbreaking—I’d argue the most heartbreaking loss since 2013

Before Saturday’s game,Authentic Kendall Wright Jersey, I tweeted about how we really do not know the futures of several players that have been so important to this franchise during that five-year span,Authentic Markus Wheatont Jersey, and even some,Authentic Connor Shaw Jersey, well before.

Dustin Colquitt and Albert Wilson are unrestricted free agents. Alex Smith will probably be traded. Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali,womens Walter Payton Jersey, this season finally did.,womens Jordan Howard Jersey, the 2005 and 2006 first-rounders who never showed their age

And there are more players on this list, the moves involving them become all the more difficult to predict.,womens William Jackson Jersey, and with general manager Brett Veach’s first full offseason upcoming

What is sad about it all is that this team, this group, they deserved better, the guys that made you feel good about football in Kansas City again, and many of them will leave with nothing to show for it.

“The tough part about this obviously is that it’s final and the season ends up being over, you’re never the same team, but the guys coming back,womens Hroniss Grasu Jersey,” Andy Reid said in his opening statement after the game. “That’s just how this thing works,womens Kendall Wright Jersey, we’ll make sure we feel this and then change it. But we have to wait awhile to do that. That’s the problem with games like this.”

What is Murphy’s law again? Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.

That was Saturday night for the Chiefs.Authentic Walter Payton Jersey

10 years from now,womens Markus Wheatont Jersey,the things you’ll remember are Travis Kelce’s concussion and Marcus Mariota’s self-pass (the first one since 1997). You’ll remember the questionable forward progress calls in a contest already being referred to as the “Forward Progress Game” by local influencers.

The Chiefs had an 18-point lead at halftime and they fell into quicksand. The offensive gameplan was thwarted by Kelce’s departure and the run defense reverted back to midseason form.,Authentic Jordan Howard Jersey

And in a flash, this version of the Chiefs gave away its last shot at any kind of Kansas City folklore.

Looking back,womens Connor Shaw JerseyAlex Smith will be spoken about in the same manner as Trent Green—a good quarterback who made the Chiefs competitive.

And that is not necessarily a bad thing. But it isn’t Len Dawson. It isn’t George Brett or Eric Hosmer.

In sports,Authentic William Jackson Jersey,womens Tyler Boyd Jersey, there is a lot of real estate to become great, but to become legendary,Authentic Tyler Boyd Jersey, you must win championships.

What makes me somber about Saturday night is that this group was good enough to do that. Smith was good enough, and Hali and Johnson deserved to ride into the sunset on top after all they have done for this team and city the past decade.

that is the saddest of all.,Authentic Nick Vigil Jersey,But they won’t. And to me

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After a resurgent season, Gronk stares down football's one certainty

Gronkowski leap into the air and gently pluck a football out of the sky,womens Jaylon Smith Jersey, his gigantic arms and legs moving in a manner that feels

improbably graceful for a man his size, is the closest thing there is in the NFL to spotting a unicorn.

sturdy and swift,womens Charles Tapper Jersey, quite possibly, the rarest commodity in football: the balletic big man,He is, large yet liquid in his

movements. Gronk is unlike any offensive player the league has ever seen. He possesses the arms and torso of a lumberjack and the

often by contorting himself into improbable pretzels,feet of goal-scoring midfielder. He can catch virtually anything, and as a

blocker he is willing to mix it up with anyone.

But over time, it has become clear that Gronkowski's greatest strength might also be his biggest liability. Like Shaquille O'Neal

or smack him around,Authentic Jeff Heuerman Jersey, Gronkowski is such a nimble giant,Authentic John Elway Jersey, defenders almost have to grab him,early in his prime,Authentic Trevor Siemian Jersey, just to slow him

down. If you watch tape throughout the course of this season -- and his career -- you'll consistently see examples of players

grab an arm,doing everything they can to surreptitiously yank on his jersey,Authentic Derek Wolfe Jersey, or bump him off his route beyond five yards.

As a result, Gronkowski has built a Hall of Fame resume -- and made the GOAT quarterback Tom Brady look even greater -- while

ligament-bending,womens Justin Simmons Jersey,womens Maliek Collins Jersey,constantly absorbing an unhealthy dose of violent, bone-crunching collisions.

This is particularly true when it comes to catching the ball up the seam, in the semi-lethal space beyond the linebackers but in

front of free safeties. Gronkowski has made a career out of making safeties look silly -- his 76 career touchdowns in eight

seasons trails only Antonio Gates and Tony Gonzalez among tight ends in league history -- but safeties have also spent eight

years ramming into him like a truck accelerating downhill with no brakes.

The hit that Jaguars safety Barry Church laid on Gronkowski in the AFC Championship Game -- a blow that knocked him out of the

game with a concussion and has left him questionable for Super Bowl LII this Sunday -- is a prime example of the dilemma

Gronkowski creates.

his arms fully outstretched in front of him,Gronkowski left his feet in an attempt to make the catch, giving himself a great

chance to snag Brady's throw but also leaving himself totally vulnerable to a huge hit. Church knew if he went high to try to

he'd risk initiating helmet-to-helmet contact. If he went low,dislodge the ball, he knew he might blow out Gronkowski's knee.

The safety says he tried to put a shoulder in Gronkowski's chest, but the two players' helmets still collided with a sickening

and later fined $24,womens Jeff Heuerman Jersey,womens John Elway Jersey,crunch. Church was flagged for unnecessary roughness,Authentic Von Miller Jersey,309.

When Gronkowski got to his feet, some TV viewers thought they could read his lips telling a teammate "I don't know where I am

..." as he was escorted from the field. He didn't return,womens Von Miller Jersey,womens Trevor Siemian Jersey,womens Derek Wolfe Jersey, although his one catch for 21 yards was enough to earn him the

distinction of being the NFL's all-time leader in postseason yards for a tight end.

So what are we to make of such nasty collisions? Should we admire Gronkowski's fearless -- or perhaps foolish -- bravado? Or is

it fair to wish he would do more to protect himself? How long can one man's body take this kind of beating? Should the league do

more to punish players who dole out hits that result in concussions?

When it comes to Gronk,Authentic Justin Simmons Jersey,Authentic Jaylon Smith Jersey,Authentic Maliek Collins Jersey,Authentic Charles Tapper Jersey, there are plenty of questions and few easy answers.

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Gronkowski leap into the air and gently pluck a football out of the sky,Authentic Charles Tapper Jersey, his gigantic arms and legs moving in a manner that feels

improbably graceful for a man his size, is the closest thing there is in the NFL to spotting a unicorn.

sturdy and swift,He is, quite possibly, the rarest commodity in football: the balletic big man,womens Jeff Heuerman Jersey, large yet liquid in his

movements. Gronk is unlike any offensive player the league has ever seen. He possesses the arms and torso of a lumberjack and the

feet of goal-scoring midfielder. He can catch virtually anything,Authentic Von Miller Jersey, often by contorting himself into improbable pretzels,Authentic Trevor Siemian Jersey, and as a

blocker he is willing to mix it up with anyone.

But over time,womens Trevor Siemian Jersey, it has become clear that Gronkowski's greatest strength might also be his biggest liability. Like Shaquille O'Neal

or smack him around,Authentic Justin Simmons Jersey,early in his prime, Gronkowski is such a nimble giant,Authentic Jaylon Smith Jersey, defenders almost have to grab him, just to slow him

down. If you watch tape throughout the course of this season -- and his career -- you'll consistently see examples of players

doing everything they can to surreptitiously yank on his jersey, grab an arm, or bump him off his route beyond five yards.

As a result, Gronkowski has built a Hall of Fame resume -- and made the GOAT quarterback Tom Brady look even greater -- while

constantly absorbing an unhealthy dose of violent, ligament-bending, bone-crunching collisions.

This is particularly true when it comes to catching the ball up the seam, in the semi-lethal space beyond the linebackers but in

front of free safeties. Gronkowski has made a career out of making safeties look silly -- his 76 career touchdowns in eight

seasons trails only Antonio Gates and Tony Gonzalez among tight ends in league history -- but safeties have also spent eight

years ramming into him like a truck accelerating downhill with no brakes.

The hit that Jaguars safety Barry Church laid on Gronkowski in the AFC Championship Game -- a blow that knocked him out of the

game with a concussion and has left him questionable for Super Bowl LII this Sunday -- is a prime example of the dilemma

Gronkowski creates.Authentic John Elway Jersey

Gronkowski left his feet in an attempt to make the catch,Authentic Jeff Heuerman Jersey,his arms fully outstretched in front of him, giving himself a great

chance to snag Brady's throw but also leaving himself totally vulnerable to a huge hit. Church knew if he went high to try towomens Von Miller Jersey,

dislodge the ball,womens John Elway Jersey, he'd risk initiating helmet-to-helmet contact. If he went low,Authentic Derek Wolfe Jersey, he knew he might blow out Gronkowski's knee.

The safety says he tried to put a shoulder in Gronkowski's chest,womens Derek Wolfe Jersey, but the two players' helmets still collided with a sickening

crunch. Church was flagged for unnecessary roughness,womens Justin Simmons Jersey,womens Jaylon Smith Jersey, and later fined $24,309.

When Gronkowski got to his feet,Authentic Maliek Collins Jersey, some TV viewers thought they could read his lips telling a teammate "I don't know where I am

..." as he was escorted from the field. He didn't return, although his one catch for 21 yards was enough to earn him the

distinction of being the NFL's all-time leader in postseason yards for a tight end.

So what are we to make of such nasty collisions? Should we admire Gronkowski's fearless -- or perhaps foolish -- bravado? Or is

it fair to wish he would do more to protect himself? How long can one man's body take this kind of beating? Should the league do

more to punish players who dole out hits that result in concussions?

When it comes to Gronk,womens Maliek Collins Jersey,womens Charles Tapper Jersey, there are plenty of questions and few easy answers.

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and stood alone,The longest-tenured Chargers player, standing at the precipice of NFL history, milled about at midfield Monday night while his teammates ran through drills. He was the only one with his helmet off,womens Kenny Clark Jersey, surveying the scene.

It was a fleeting moment of reflection for tight end Antonio Gates,womens Jason Spriggs Jersey, who has seen so much in his 15-year career. He began the night one touchdown away from breaking the all-time record for tight ends, his 111 tied with the retired Tony Gonzalez.

For Gates,womens Kyler Fackrell Jersey, the record will have to wait. History was supplanted by heartbreak. He was little more than a decoy in Denver, seldom targeted in a 24-21 win the Broncos clinched with a blocked field goal.

"It's a very tough place to win. As a competitor you like to try to do more,Authentic Quinten Rollins Jersey," Gates said. "As tight ends we want to be more productive. I put my name on that. I don't shy away from that."

Gates has made his share of big plays here. Only four tight ends have caught more passes in Denver than he has —and they all wore Broncos orange.

But that was not to be on Monday night. Gates,womens Kevin King Jersey, with just two catches for 17 yards, will have to wait.

Philip Rivers and Gates have connected on 84 touchdowns,womens Brett Hundley Jersey, the most ever for a quarterback-tight end tandem. Gates has scored on two other receptions during the Rivers era,Authentic Josh Jones Jersey, both thrown by running back LaDainian Tomlinson.

“I don’t have a finish line, said in a pregame interview with former teammate Nick Hardwick on AM 570. “I don’t have a destination. I’m just playing,” Gates, 37, and when it’s all said and done, they tally up the numbers and decide if you’re fit to be in the Hall of Fame.”

though,Gates and Gonzalez, both undoubtedly Canton-bound, were college basketball players in an era when it was somewhat exotic for those athletes to transition to football. Whereas Gonzalez was a star on the football team at California, Gates played basketball at Kent State and hadn't put on pads and a helmet since high school.

Accordingly, Gonzalez was a first-round pick of Kansas City, and Gates landed with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent.,womens Damarious Randall Jersey

said of Gates. "He was fighting just to make the team,"I remember his first training camp back in 2003,Authentic Kenny Clark Jersey," John Spanos, Chargers president of football operations,Authentic Jason Spriggs Jersey, fighting for a roster spot. He was making rookie mistakes and they were coaching him up hard. To see how far he's come now… He came into this league without even knowing if he'd make it to Year 2."

Now,Authentic Kyler Fackrell Jerseya savvy mentor for players such as second-year tight end Hunter Henry, Gates is the grand old man,womens Quinten Rollins Jersey,who might be a rising star but barely factored into the game plan in the opener.

“We’ve got some young guys,Authentic Ty Montgomery Jersey, I was in the Pro Bowl then. I was the No. 1 tight end in the world that year.’ Naw,Authentic Brett Hundley Jersey, no doubt about that,” Gates said in training camp. “I’m like,womens Josh Jones Jersey,‘What? You graduated in what? Man, it’s all fun. What we’ve been able to do over the years, me and Philip.

"Even now when people are talking to me about the way I play and what I can accomplish, 'Man, in my mind I'm just still competing and having fun. I'm doing what I love to do. I ain't thinking about, if I catch this one more touchdown…' "Authentic Damarious Randall Jersey

That was a problem at the end of last season. Rivers and Gates were pressing, it was clear the Chiefs weren’t going to let Gates get the record; he was frequently doubled, chasing that record. In the finale against Kansas City, yet still caught five passes and scored. The full slate of games ahead of them allows Rivers and Gates to unclench and breathe.Authentic Kevin King Jersey

The record didn't fall in Denver, it will. In the meantime, but if Gates stays healthy, the 0-1 Chargers have more pressing goals.,womens Ty Montgomery Jersey

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Keenan Allen and Jared Goff Win PFWA Awards

On Friday, the PFWA (Pro Football Writers of America) handed out their year-end awards, while Los Angeles Rams’ quarterback Jared Goff was named the year’s Most Improved Player., and a pair of former Cal football stars found their names on that list. Los Angeles Chargers’ wide receiver Keenan Allen was named the Comeback Player of the Year

Allen’s 2016 season was over almost as quickly as it started. He rocketed out of the gates, making six catches for 63 yards in the first half of the Chargers’ week one game against the Kansas City Chiefs, but he wouldn’t get a second half. In the final two minutes of the first half, resulting in a torn ACL that ended his season less than 30 minutes after it began., Allen suffered a non-contact knee injury

and he did so in remarkable fashion. He played a full 16-game season for the first time in his NFL career,womens Dez Bryant Jersey,He returned to the field for the 2017, and put together a spectacular statistical season. He finished fourth in the NFL with 102 receptions,womens Ezekiel Elliott Jersey, and scored six touchdowns.,Authentic Jake Rudock Jersey, third in the league with 1,393 yards (blasting past his previous career-highs in both categories)

Allen also led the league with 36 third-down receptions,Authentic A'Shawn Robinson Jersey, and became the first player in NFL history to record at least 10 catches, and a touchdown in three consecutive games.,womens Graham Glasgow Jersey,Authentic Jarrad Davis Jersey, 100 yards

surpassing the 100 catches that LaDainian Tomlinson made back in 2003. His yardage total is the second-most in Chargers’ lore,The former Bear set a franchise record for receptions, only behind Lance Alworth’s 1,Authentic Teez Tabor Jersey,602 yards in 1965 (he averaged over 23 yards per catch that year!). As for former Bears in the NFL,332-yard performance from 2013 out of the number-one spot.,393 yards stands alone atop the list of former Bears, Allen’s 102 catches matched Tony Gonzalez’s total from 2004 for the most in a single season by a Cal alum. His 1, knocking Desean Jackson’s 1

and was one of the most prolific receivers in school history. He made 205 receptions,Allen played at Cal from 2010 to 2012, which still stands as a school record, for 2,570 yards (third-most in school history), both second-most in a single season in school history., when he made 98 catches for 1, and scored 17 touchdowns (eighth-most). The 2011 season was his best,343 yards

He’s not the first former Bear to win the PFWA’s Comeback Player of the Year award. He joins Craig Morton, a Cal quarterback from 1962 to 1964, and to the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history., won in 1977 after revitalizing his career with the Denver Broncos as a 34-year-old. He led the Broncos to a 12-2 record

Goff was a large part of the Rams’ impressive and surprising turnaround, and improved from the lowest-scoring team in 2016 to the highest-scoring team in 2017., going from a long-time laughingstock to one of the NFC’s best teams in 2017. They won their first division title and enjoyed their first winning season since the 2003 season

Goff’s numbers jumped across the board. He threw for nearly 4,Authentic Dez Bryant Jersey, and had a tremendous four-to-one touchdown-to-interception ratio. He threw 28 touchdowns to just seven picks.,Authentic Ezekiel Elliott Jersey,Authentic Taylor Decker Jersey,000 yards (and would have reached it had he not sat out in week 17 with nothing to play for)

yards per game (155.6 to 253.6),He improved markedly in completion percentage (54.6 to 62.1),womens Taylor Decker Jersey,yards per attempt (4.3 to 8.5), yards per completion (9.7 to 12.9,womens Jake Rudock Jersey,Authentic Graham Glasgow Jerseyand passer rating (63.6 to 100.5)., touchdown percentage (2.4 to 5.9),Authentic Laken Tomlinson Jersey,womens Jarrad Davis Jersey, leading the NFL in 2017), interception percentage (3.4 to 1.5)

Goff’s record as a starter saw the biggest turnaround. As a rookie in 2016,Most importantly,womens Teez Tabor Jersey, the number-one overall pick was winless in seven starts, Goff won 11 of his 15 starts in 2017., surrounded by one of the most hapless offenses the NFL could offer. With an improved group around him, and a competent head coach putting together a gameplan,womens Laken Tomlinson Jersey

and set school records in just about every passing category. He threw for 12,Goff played for the Bears from 2013 to 2015,200 yards while completing 977 of his 1,569 attempts, and hit for 96 touchdowns, and 341 completions (which was surpassed by Davis Webb in 2016).,719 yards (a Pac-12 record), setting the school’s benchmark in each category. He set single-season highs in 2015 by throwing for 4, 43 touchdowns (tied for a Pac-12 record)womens A'Shawn Robinson Jersey

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Jahleel Addae Emerging as a Vocal Leader

Every path to an NFL roster is different.

Jahleel Addae’s certainly wasn’t easy.womens Jadeveon Clowney Jersey

Addae fought his way to make the 53-man roster as a rookie. He played primarily on special teams before working his way into a starting role and inking a new four-year contract in March.,Coming in undrafted four years ago

As he enters his fifth season,womens Duane Brow Jersey, Addae is ready to take on 2017 with the same excitement and fervor as in years’ past. Additionally, he’s embracing more of a leadership role in the secondary.

“Going into year five, gelled with us, I’m a little bit more vocal,’ but it’s awesome. I’ve embraced it. This offseason has gone really well for the group all together…. This (rookie) class has done well. They came in,Authentic Tyler Ervin Jersey,” Addae said. “I’m not a young guy anymore. I’m getting on that verge of ‘vet,Authentic Kevin Johnson Jersey, and it’s like we’ve been together for two or three years.”

his play on the field spoke for itself.,womens Benardrick McKinney Jersey,Addae mentioned he has always seen himself in a leadership role. It’s just that although he wasn’t literally speaking up as much as he is now

“Maybe I wasn’t as vocal (before),womens Jaelen Strong Jersey, but I always felt like I was a leader maybe through the way I worked, the way I took care of my body and how I handled my business. I don’t take this job lightly and I think (people) can tell. I play the game with a lot of passion. I just know that with my tenacity and the way I set the tone,womens Julién Davenport Jersey, others will follow.”

he remembers what it was like to come in four years ago. He remembers the challenges he faced and wants to be there for young players who may need his help or advice. ,One of the ways Addae is leading the secondary is through mentoring. While every job in the NFL is earnedAuthentic J.J. Watt Jersey

“It feels good to be a mentor. I know I had mentors that I looked up to and asked questions (to). To be able to give that gratitude back to the young guys is something that I like to do. Sometimes I’ll sit back and remember; I’ll take myself out of my body and I’ll look at someone else in their situation. I know the work that’s coming,Authentic DeAndre Hopkins Jersey, how the game will be fast and how there are a lot of plays in the playbook with different terminology. As a safety, you’re the quarterback of the defense because you’re making the calls and checks. As a young guy,Authentic Jadeveon Clowney Jersey, that can be very demanding.”

As for his play on the field, Addae could not contain his excitement when describing Defensive Coordinator Gus Bradley. According the number 37, Bradley’s demeanor really resonates with the players and he’s looking forward to how his coaching style will continue to influence the defense.Authentic Jaelen Strong Jersey

“He’s honestly a real player’s coach. A lot of times, that phrase gets thrown around, you’re never going to be 100% at what you do. Whether that’s covering somebody, I don’t think you need much motivation, but he’s a legit player’s coach. He knows how to motivate us. At this level,womens Tyler Ervin Jersey, because you (have to) go out there and do your job at a high level,womens Kevin Johnson Jersey, but we’re human and he always gives us the extra push. Whether we’re in meetings,Authentic Benardrick McKinney Jersey,he paints a picture for us. We see it visually and he does a great job (giving) a lot of positive encouragement. There’s not a lot of negativity around him and that trickles down through all the coaches. It’s refreshing. At this level,Authentic Julién Davenport Jersey,everyone is getting paid to make a play. But, everyone is in the NFL,womens J.J. Watt Jersey, or on the field,womens DeAndre Hopkins Jersey,making a tackle or the right read, check or whatever. But to know you have someone in your corner who is there for you,Authentic Duane Brow Jersey, hold you accountable but also pat you on the back when you’re doing well; it’s an awesome feeling.”

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Russell Okung Eyeing Position Switch at the Pro Bowl

Russell Okung was named to the 2018 Pro Bowl as a left tackle.

But, he’s hoping he gets to play at another position in Sunday’s game.

“I’m trying to get a chance to go out there and play corner,womens Tanoh Kpassagnon Jersey,” Okung said following Thursday’s practice.

310 pounds,Authentic Alex Smith Jersey, Okung is six inches taller and weighs over 100 pounds more than Chargers Pro Bowl cornerback Casey Hayward. But hey,Authentic Tyreek Hill Jersey,At 6-5,Authentic Justin Houston Jersey, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve a shot!

‘Hey man,Authentic Marcus Peters Jersey, they may let me get in.”, can I get a play or so (in)?’ And he said,“I talked to Casey a little bit and said, ‘Well, only if it’s cover two.’ So if I get some help over the top

So, has Hayward given Okung any tips?

“He’s being pretty stingy. He wants me to go out there and look bad. I think he’s afraid of his job with me.”

but,Whether or not Okung gets in at corner remains to be seen,Authentic Tanoh Kpassagnon Jersey,Authentic Kareem Hunt Jersey, he’s happy and fortunate to have been named to the game after earning his first honor five seasons ago.

“I feel so fortunate and so blessed that I get another opportunity to come out here and compete against some of the best guys in the world. I haven’t been (here) in years,womens Kareem Hunt Jersey,womens Alex Smith Jersey, but I get a chance this year to come and be a (part of a) great showing for the Chargers and the organization (to) come out here and compete this Sunday.”

and the line’s protection helped Philip Rivers notch one of his best seasons as a pro.,womens Tyreek Hill Jersey, Okung brought a veteran presence to the offensive line in 2017. He helped bolster a unit that allowed the fewest sacks in the NFL (18). His two sacks allowed (according to STATS LLC) equaled the best single-season effort of his career in which he played 10 or more games. Additionally,womens Justin Houston Jersey, he aided Melvin Gordon to rush for over 1,womens Marcus Peters Jersey,After joining the Bolts last offseason,Authentic Travis Kelce Jersey,000 yards for the first time in his career

he gets to take the field each day in Orlando with the best of the best in the league. One of the crazy things about the Pro Bowl is bringing competitors from the same conference onto one team. Although he was on the NFC side the last time he played in the game,Authentic Spencer Ware Jersey,As Okung alluded, playing alongside his new AFC teammates is exciting for Okung due to their competitive spirit.

they’re amazing competitors (and) they really love the game like me,womens Travis Kelce Jersey,womens Spencer Ware Jersey, too. So,“It’s crazy how I’m playing next to Kelechi Osemele on the edge against Von Miller. It’s crazy the guys you compete against week in and week out (and now) being on the same team as them. It’s insane. But these guys,Authentic Joey Bosa Jersey, it’s a good feeling.”

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Are the Chargers going to draft a quarterback in 2018?

Usually,womens Charles Harris Jersey, the experts aren’t exactly on the money, especially with a team like the Los Angeles Chargers,Authentic Cyrus Jones Jersey, who have often shunned a conventional drafting approach and gone for left-field picks high in the draft more than once.

the experts think the Chargers will focus on an early quarterback option to sit behind veteran pass-thrower Philip Rivers for a season or two before assuming the mantle when the N.C. State product finally calls time on his Hall-of-Fame career.,This year

Much-vaunted ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. tipped the Chargers to draft Da’Ron Payne, a defensive tackle out of Alabama with their first pick, which sits 17th overall in the first round. In his analysis, Kiper dubs Payne the best nose tackle in the draft and the perfect replacement for aging veteran Brandon Mebane.womens Cordrea Tankersley Jersey,

It’s not hard to see why the Chargers would be interested in Payne, or another of the highly-touted defensive tackles like Vita Vea out of Washington or Maurice Hurst out of Michigan. With Mebane getting toward the end of his career and question marks at the position among those set to be on the roster in 2018, drafting a high-end option at the position makes plenty of sense.

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Beyond adding depth and potential star-power at defensive tackle,Authentic Jay Ajayi Jersey, however,Authentic Ryan Tannehill Jersey, the school of thought around selecting the heir apparent to Rivers is growing. Tom Telesco is asked questions about drafting a quarterback every year and he’s always open about he and his staff evaluating the options available like all teams in the NFL,Authentic Kenny Stills Jersey, but is 2018 the year the trigger is finally pulled?

don’t exactly excite the average fan.,Rivers put together a stellar 2017 season,womens Julius Thomas Jersey, rallying the troops to within inches of an unlikely playoff berth,Authentic Raekwon McMillan Jersey, namely Kellen Clemens and Cardale Jones, but his time is coming to an end and the options behind him

the man who finally replaces Rivers will most likely come from outside the current roster.,Authentic Cordrea Tankersley Jersey,Clemens has probably come to the end of his stint as the backup to Rivers in Los Angeles while Jones is a young prospect with some upside but plenty of doubts and question marks as well. As things stand

Enter the draft. The quarterback class is attracting much of the interest ahead of the 2018 draft and, as always, the prospects are being picked apart, poked and prodded from all angles.,womens Raekwon McMillan Jersey,

Among the current crop of prospective NFL quarterbacks, USC’s Sam Darnold, UCLA’s Josh Rosen and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield have garnered much of the interest while Kiper himself stunned plenty when he suggested the Cleveland Browns should select Josh Allen out of Wyoming first overall.womens Kenny Stills Jersey

With the Browns and New York Giants in the top two draft positions, there could be two star prospect quarterbacks off the board in the first two picks,womens Jay Ajayi Jersey, quickly biting into the size of the pool the Chargers could be picking from down at No. 17 or perhaps even in a later round.

If we expect that the likes of Darnold,womens Ryan Tannehill Jersey,Rosen,Authentic Julius Thomas Jersey,Authentic Charles Harris Jersey Allen and Mayfield could be off the board by the time the Chargers pick, it’s likely they’ll opt to shore up the defensive line first before targeting a potential prospect pick at quarterback later in the draft.

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Why Spencer Pulley (not Max Tuerk) is Chargers' starting center -- for now

The Los Angeles Chargers are heading down the backstretch of the team's offseason program.

They have two more weeks of scheduled organized team activities and finish with a mandatory minicamp June 13-15 before transitioning to Los Angeles.

"Fight for L.A.",Head coach Anthony Lynn was recently asked for his reaction to the team's slogan

"My job is to get my team to fight," Lynn said., and that's what we're trying to do here in OTAs is put a team on the field that L.A. can be proud of

I talked with Arthur Arkush about the Chargers transitioning to Los Angeles and other storylines in this podcast.

Yes,Authentic Evan Boehm Jersey, general manager Tom Telesco indicated that he could be the team's center of the future.,Authentic A.Q. Shipley Jersey, when the Chargers selected Tuerk in the third round last year

But Tuerk was coming off ACL knee surgery his final season at USC and still had to transition to the NFL game. The Chargers rolled the dice and signed veteran Matt Slauson to play center full-time,womens J. J. Nelson Jersey, and he turned out to be the team's best offensive lineman last year.

They also brought in an undrafted rookie out of Vanderbilt named Spencer Pulley last year, and he proved better than expected. So the answer to the question is what Pulley has done over the last 12 months is the reason he remains the center running with the first unit for now over Tuerk.

When I asked Slauson about Pulley a few weeks ago,Authentic Jared Veldheer Jersey, he gushed about the second-year pro's skill set.

Pulley was active for all 16 games as a rookie,Authentic Josh Mauro Jersey, 48 snaps at left guard and 44 at center., playing 115 snaps at right guard sharing time with D.J. Fluker

"He's a really smart kid,womens Jermaine Gresham Jersey," Slauson said. "I thought last year the way he approached his job was way beyond what a rookie does. He's just committed to it., wise beyond his years

"The reality is he's a pro. And the way he attacks the day is like that of a fourth- or fifth-year guy. And his tools -- he's extremely quick and extremely strong -- he's one of the stronger guys in our room. So I have a lot of confidence in him."

Like Slauson, quarterback Philip Rivers offered similar praise about Pulley. Rivers also knew Pulley before he arrived at Chargers Park because his younger brother Stephen Rivers played with Pulley at Vanderbilt.

"I have a great comfort level with Spencer," Rivers said. "That's what he played in college his whole time there at Vandy. Slauson was great there last year, so I have a good feel with him., and Spencer played some there in that Cleveland game and a few other timeswomens A.Q. Shipley Jersey

"So from a communication and snap standpoint,womens Evan Boehm Jersey,he played a lot last year at guard,Authentic J. J. Nelson Jersey,Authentic Tyvon Branch Jersey, so he's used to being in there with us. He was a guy we found out about early on at this point last year,womens Tyvon Branch Jersey, so he's in there right now with the first group and we'll see how it goes.",womens Jared Veldheer Jersey,womens Josh Mauro Jersey, we were like,Authentic Jermaine Gresham Jersey,Authentic Corey Peters Jersey, 'Who is this Pulley guy?' I knew about him because my brother was with him at Vandy for a year. But it just wasn't too big for him right off the bat. He's had a heck of an offseason

While Pulley appears ahead,womens Corey Peters Jersey, Tuerk's weight is not an issue. He's in the mid-290s and hopes to be around 300 pounds when training camp starts., Tuerk should still get an opportunity to compete. As detailed in this story

As a third-round pick,000 this year -- none of which is guaranteed -- so compensation will not be part of Telesco's decision on whether he makes the roster., Tuerk's scheduled to make about $670

The key for Tuerk will be to perform at a high level when the pads come on during preseason games and in scrimmages.

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Ducks look to bounce back in Buffalo

The Buffalo Sabres had their best win streak of the season in their three-game Western Canada road trip in late January. Since returning home,Authentic Dwayne Allen Jersey, it’s been back to normal for the struggling Sabres.

The Sabres have lost three in a row, with their most recent loss coming in a 1-0 defeat to St. Louis on Saturday. Buffalo will look to turn things around on Tuesday in another home game against Anaheim.

Scoring continues to be a major problem for the Sabres (14-29-9), who were shut out by the Blues and have three goals in their past three games. That comes after the floodgates opened for Buffalo in their road trip, where the Sabres had 11 goals in three games.

Getting more pucks on net remains a priority for Buffalo.

it creates a second opportunity. It changes defenses and now they have to react to us. We need to continue to pound that message.”,womens Antonio Garcia Jersey,“The one thing I am seeing is we’re not shooting the puck enough,Authentic Julian Edelman Jersey,” Sabres coach Phil Housley said,womens Rob Gronkowski Jersey, according to the team’s website. “There’s a lot of opportunities that we’re trying to make a play and we have to put more pucks to the net and we have to get more players there. We talked about that a lot. What it does is it creates offense

Jack Eichel leads the Sabres in scoring with 49 points in 52 games (20 goals,womens Tom Brady Jersey, 29 assists) but he hasn’t gotten much help in the offensive end. Evander Kane (16 goals, 20 assists) had a hot start to the year but has cooled off as of late.

according to the team’s website. “I think there’s times we do. I thought we had it on the West Coast swing. We’re just trying to be too fine and too cute.,“We cross that blue line, are we thinking shot and putting pucks to the net? It’s a very simple game but I don’t think we have it,” Housley said

you’re going to get a rebound. That’s a tough place to play,“You watch the highlights,Authentic Antonio Garcia Jersey,Authentic Deatrich Wise Jr. Jersey, it’s puck going to the net and traffic. We’ve got to have more guys going there because you’re going to find a way,womens Deatrich Wise Jr. Jersey,it’s going to hit you,Authentic Rob Gronkowski Jersey,Authentic Tom Brady Jersey, but guys that go there get rewarded.”

The Sabres have one more home game in this homestand on Thursday against the New York Islanders before a road game against Boston on Saturday.womens Julian Edelman Jersey

The Ducks (25-19-10) are coming off a 7-4 road loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night and have a quick turnaround. This is the final game of a five-game road trip for Anaheim.

the long-time Sabres starter,Authentic Brandin Cooks Jersey,Rickard Rakell leads the Ducks in scoring with 41 points (19 goals, 22 assists) in 48 games. Ryan Getzlaf has 31 points (six goals,womens Brandin Cooks Jersey,womens Dwayne Allen Jersey, 25 assists) in 29 games. Both John Gibson (40 games played) and Ryan Miller (17 games played) have a goals-against average of .922; it’s possible that Miller, gets the call against his former team.

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Tyrell Williams Emerges From the Shadows in Major Way

Tyrell Williams’ role in 2017 is vastly different than his breakout 2016 campaign.

Williams caught 69 passes for 1,womens Richie Incognito Jersey,Thrust into the role as the team’s primary receiving weapon following Keenan Allen’s season ending Week 1 injury,590 yards and seven touchdowns.

Williams’ targets have vastly decreased.,Authentic Stephen Hauschka Jersey,However, the continued emergence of Hunter Henry and an arsenal of weapons at Philip Rivers’ disposal including Travis Benjamin, with Allen’s return, Mike Williams and Antonio Gates

it’s awesome.”,“It was definitely tough, you hit a little stretch where you just want to be more a part of it you feel like. But as long as we’re winning and we’re playing well,” Williams said about wrapping his head about the downtick in touches. “Mentally, you can’t be too upset. Having games like (today) and going out there and help the team (win)womens Marcell Dareus Jersey

What we saw Sunday against the Washington Redskins was a throwback to his sensational sophomore campaign.womens Stephen Hauschka Jersey

marking a new career-high for receiving yards in the first 30 minutes of play. Williams got the game started in dramatic fashion with a 34-yard catch-and-run. He also recorded his second 75-yard touchdown of the season,Authentic Matt Bosher Jersey,Williams caught all four targets thrown his way for 132 yards and a touchdown. He did all his damage in the first half,Authentic Matt Bryant Jersey, hauling in a deep bomb on the Chargers’ first snap after Washington got on the board.

Williams admits it has been a trying season at times,womens Tyrod Taylor Jersey,which made his performance on Sunday that much sweeter.

“I knew the first play it was going to come to me or Hunter, and then from there,womens Kyle Williams Jersey,” he said. “But I thought it was going to come to me. Just starting the game off with a big play and getting the momentum rolling there,Authentic Micah Hyde Jersey, it just kind of happened that way. It was awesome.”

His 75-yard TD was also particularly satisfying.womens Micah Hyde Jersey,

” he said. “Then Phil (launched) the ball and I had to catch it and finish it off from there. So it was awesome…. Sometimes the hardest ones are the ones when you are wide open and the ball feels like it’s in the air forever. We’re rolling right now. You can feel it with all the team. Plays like that,“I saw the middle of the field was going to be open so I knew I had a lot of room there, you know you are going to make the play.”Authentic Kyle Williams Jersey,

While the numbers may not be what they were a year ago, that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been a key contributor all season long. It’s the little things he’s done all year that have been pivotal to the team’s success.,Authentic Marcell Dareus Jersey,

Just listen to Rivers, who best summed up the impact he’s made all year long.Authentic Richie Incognito Jersey

“Do you know how many times Tyrell has cleared out for Keenan, 'Who do we want on this deep crossing route to start the game? Do we want Tyrell? Who do we want on the big post that we hope hits for a big touchdown? It’s Tyrell.' Those two things he hit today.”, but also (thinks he) can make that play, too. There’s a balance of wanting the ball,womens Matt Bosher Jersey,womens Matt Bryant Jersey, and how many times we’ve switched those guys to throw Keenan the ball on a certain route where it could have been Tyrell? He understands it because he knows how good of a player Keenan is,Authentic Tyrod Taylor Jersey,but also, where is my role on the team. You mix in and go

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