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Chargers are likely fans of Chiefs' move to QB Patrick Mahomes

One team likely excited about the Kansas City Chiefs trading veteran quarterback Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins this offseason is the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Chargers finished 1-7 against the Chiefs with Smith under center and have lost the last eight straight games to Kansas City -- backup Chase Daniel also led the Chiefs to a win at the end of the 2014 season.Authentic Clint Boling Jersey,

A San Diego native,womens Pat Sims Jersey, finishing with 13 touchdowns and just four interceptions against the Chargers as Kansas City’s signal caller since 2013.,womens Ryan Hewitt Jersey, Smith played some of his best football as a pro against the team he rooted for growing up. Smith completed 72 percent of his passes

totaling 163 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns against the Chargers.,womens Kevin Huber Jersey,He served as a dual threat because of his ability as a runner

Smith finished with a 50-26 record in the regular season for the Chiefs, the Chiefs won just one postseason game with Smith at the helm -- one of the reasons the organization decided to move on from the Utah product., leading them to two AFC West titles and four playoff appearances. HoweverAuthentic Russell Bodine Jersey

the Chiefs likely will turn to last year’s first-round selection Patrick Mahomes.,Now that Smith is gone,Authentic Ryan Hewitt Jersey

with a rocket arm and elite movement skills that should help him create explosive plays down the field.,Authentic Brandon LaFell Jersey,The Texas Tech product is a more dynamic quarterback than Smith,Authentic Kevin Huber Jersey,

his inexperience in the league and within head coach Andy Reid’s offensive system makes the move risky for the Chiefs.,Authentic Darqueze Dennard Jersey,But while Mahomes is more talented athletically

Mahomes made his first career start in the Chiefs’ final regular-season game of the year against the Denver Broncos in 2017. He completed 22 of 35 passes (62.9 percent) for 284 yards,womens Michael Johnson Jersey,womens Russell Bodine Jersey, posting a 76.4 passer rating., with no touchdowns and one interception. Mahomes was sacked twice

“It’s going to be interesting to see how Patrick comes in and steps up as a leader, is to see how he takes grasp of the team.”,” Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce told ESPN’s Mike Golic and Trey Wingo. “That’s the biggest -- I don’t want to say question -- but thing I’m looking forward toAuthentic Pat Sims Jersey,

The Chargers got an up-close look at Mahomes during a private, head coach Anthony Lynn’s alma mater. Offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt and quarterbacks coach Shane Steichen also were in attendance., pre-draft workout at Texas Techwomens Darqueze Dennard Jersey

Mahomes was responsible for more touchdowns (53) than any other FBS quarterback in 2016. He totaled 5,womens Brandon LaFell Jersey,41 touchdown passes and 12 touchdown runs his final season at Texas Tech.,Authentic Michael Johnson Jersey,052 passing yards

linglifu634 7 months ago
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Inside Drew Kaser's Bizarre Thanksgiving

At least Drew Kaser can laugh about it now.

the punter was warming up from a couple yards out when his attempt missed the kicking net completely.,Pressed into kicking duties after Nick Novak injured his back

it was the most viral clip on Thanksgiving.,Safe to say

who scrapped plans to try a field goal in the second quarter and go for it on 4th-and-13 after the mishap.,It’s also safe to say word got back to Head Coach Anthony Lynn

“We were at the 25 and I was told he was good from the 25, so I decided to go for it.”,” Lynn said. "And then someone told me he was practicing his kicks and he missed the whole damned netwomens Brandon McManus Jersey

Still, consider how important that first extra point proved to be following Tyrell Williams’ touchdown. , Kaser brushed off the embarrassing moment to connect on one-of-three extra point attempts on the day. Before you laugh about his viral clip

it was the first time he’s ever attempted a kick in his football career.,Instead of a 15-0 lead,womens Riley Dixon Jersey, keeping it a two-score game. Oddly enough,Authentic Brandon McManus Jersey, Kaser gave the Chargers a 16-0 advantage that forced the Dallas Cowboys to go for two after they finally found the end zone in the fourth quarter. Dak Prescott couldn’t connect with Terrance Williams in the end zone

” he said. “But I know I have a strong leg. I’ve never had to (place) kick because we’ve always had pro kickers from high school through college. So,“It’s been a while,womens Darian Stewart Jersey, probably since college, I was ready to go.”,Authentic Virgil Green Jersey, when they called my name for that, that I messed around with kickoffs

Kaser had more extra point tries on Thursday (three) than punts the last two weeks combined (two).,womens Virgil Green Jersey,Still, 2003) to attempt a field goal or extra point while not recording a single punt attempt. Not only that,womens Brian Cushing Jersey, it was a very bizarre Thanksgiving for Kaser. He became only the second punter in NFL history (Micah Knorr

this marked the second time in his career a punter had to be pressed into kicking duties.,For Philip Rivers,Authentic Brandon Marshall Jersey

Oddly enough, which caused number 17 to pull up footage from the 2011 season opener when Mike Scifres took over for an injured Nate Kaeding., it happened against the Cowboys last week,Authentic Bennie Fowler Jersey

“It’s the weirdest thing this week, Nick is OK. I know Nick is a competitor and cares about this team big time. I know it ate him up that he couldn’t be out there. But,” he said. “Watching last Sunday night, watching the Philly kicker go down and the linebacker had to kickoff…who would have thought that this week all of sudden,Authentic Riley Dixon Jerseyshoot,womens Bennie Fowler Jersey,but he was good. It’s valuable to have guy that at least you can have an opportunity.”,Authentic Darian Stewart Jerseywe’re in the same boat. Hopefully, Drew was great on kickoffs. He pushed a few wide (on PATs). I’ll have to fuss at him about that

punting and kicking require two completely different skillsets.,Authentic Lamar Miller Jersey,womens Brandon Marshall Jersey,While it may seem similar enough

basically different everything. That’s why you don’t see a lot of guys doing it in the pros…But I had to get ready when Nick went down. I had to sit back,womens Lamar Miller Jersey,“The swing is completely different,” Kaser said. “Different approach,Authentic Brian Cushing Jersey, get mentally ready, just go out there and perform the best I could to help our team win this game.”

When all was said and done, which allowed Kaser to have some fun on Twitter., the Chargers left Dallas with a 28-6 victory

linglifu634 7 months ago
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Chargers tackle Joe Barksdale goes public about battling severe depression

Joe Barksdale, told the Los Angeles Times that he has battled severe depression and nearly took his life in November., who starts at right tackle for the Los Angeles Chargers

It was only after he had suicidal thoughts that Barksdale decided he would be open about his struggles with depression.

"If I could save another person," he told the L.A. Times., maybe that's why the attempts [to harm myself] didn't work

In November, Barksdale learned that he would miss a third straight game after injuring his foot. Overcome with sadness, persuaded him to put it down. They proceeded to talk until he was calm., he told the newspaper that he went home and sharpened a knife before his wife, Brionna

Barksdale, said he was physically, 29,womens Bennie Logan Jersey, where he was bullied by older kids.,womens Bryan Witzmann Jersey, emotionally and sexually abused as a child -- "I was molested when I was younger. It happened," he told the L.A. Times -- which contributed to his feelings of insecurity and anxiety while growing up in inner-city Detroit

Barksdale now takes medication and is in therapy. Four years ago,Authentic Ramik Wilson Jersey, he learned to play the guitar after a suggestion from former coach Jeff Fisher. He recently released his debut album,Authentic Mitchell Schwartz Jersey, Rainbows & Moonbeams.", "Butterflies

After spending many years hiding his depression,womens Demetrius Harris Jersey, including quarterback Philip Rivers.,womens Albert Wilson Jersey, Barksdale confided in a small handful of teammates

When his teammates told him it was "between us," Barksdale said, I'm telling you so that you can tell other people." Barksdale said that reaction showed the stigma of mental illness in the league., "My thing was

he can make a difference.,But he hopes that by sharing his story publicly

"Some days, you can talk yourself out of it. Some days," he told the L.A. Times. "This is who I am. I am as depressed as I am black.", you can't. Some days, it just feels impossiblewomens Ramik Wilson Jersey

Barksdale, said he was physically, 29, where he was bullied by older kids.,Authentic Bennie Logan Jersey, emotionally and sexually abused as a child -- "I was molested when I was younger. It happened,Authentic Bryan Witzmann Jersey,Authentic Terrance Mitchell Jersey," he told the L.A. Times -- which contributed to his feelings of insecurity and anxiety while growing up in inner-city Detroit

"Butterflies,womens Terrance Mitchell Jersey,he learned to play the guitar after a suggestion from former coach Jeff Fisher. He recently released his debut album,Barksdale now takes medication and is in therapy. Four years ago,Authentic Demetrius Harris Jersey,womens Mitchell Schwartz Jersey, Rainbows & Moonbeams."

Barksdale confided in a small handful of teammates,After spending many years hiding his depression,Authentic Albert Wilson Jersey,Authentic Dee Ford Jersey, including quarterback Philip Rivers.

"My thing was," Barksdale said,womens Dee Ford Jersey,When his teammates told him it was "between us, I'm telling you so that you can tell other people." Barksdale said that reaction showed the stigma of mental illness in the league.

But he hopes that by sharing his story publicly, he can make a difference.

linglifu634 7 months ago
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Corey Liuget ruled out,Chargers' Denzel Perryman

the Los Angeles Chargers could have as many as four impact players miss Sunday's game on the road against the New York Jets.,Authentic Antonio Gates Jersey,One of the healthiest teams this season

while Liuget has a knee sprain.,Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said that middle linebacker Denzel Perryman and defensive tackle Corey Liuget have been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Jets and will not play. Perryman suffered a hamstring strain against the Kansas City Chiefs and did not return

Two other players whose playing status is up in the air for this weekend are tight end Hunter Henry and running back Austin Ekeler. Henry suffered a lacerated kidney after a blindside hit by Kansas City defensive tackle Bennie Logan on the same play Ekeler broke his hand after fumbling the football.

Lynn said receiver Keenan Allen suffered a back injury but should be fine. Safety Adrian Phillips has soreness from an ankle injury but could still be available this week.

Lynn said he isn't concerned about the injury bug cropping up this week.,Authentic Keenan Allen Jersey,With the Chargers 7-7 and still holding on to faint playoff hopes

"Injuries in the NFL happen," Lynn said. "It's a next-man-up is the mentality. Guys have been getting ready for this all year long. And sometimes when the next man steps up at this point in the season, but they're fresh. When the starters have been playing 14-15 weeks and a guy comes in fresh,Authentic Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Jersey, it's not necessarily an upgrade,womens Ron Parker Jersey, he can take advantage of some things."

releasing Travis Coons and claiming Nick Rose off waivers. Rose was released by the Washington Redskins last week.,The Chargers also made a change at kicker for the third time this season

Coons missed an extra point against the Chiefs last week and clanked his first field goal attempt as a Charger,Authentic Eric Fisher Jersey, a 38-yarder, Coons finished 7-of-8 on field goals and 5-of-6 on extra points,womens Cairo Santos Jersey, off the right upright. In three games, but he recorded just four of 11 touchbacks on kickoffs.

"We're looking for a kicker we can keep around here for a few years, we're just kind of looking and evaluating guys. It doesn't mean Travis can't come back if Nick doesn't work out. But we liked the job Nick did in Washington."," Lynn said. "Right now,Authentic Allen Bailey Jersey

Lynn said he isn't concerned about the injury bug cropping up this week.,With the Chargers 7-7 and still holding on to faint playoff hopeswomens Eric Fisher Jersey

"Injuries in the NFL happen,womens Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Jersey," Lynn said. "It's a next-man-up is the mentality. Guys have been getting ready for this all year long. And sometimes when the next man steps up at this point in the season,Authentic Ron Parker Jerseybut they're fresh. When the starters have been playing 14-15 weeks and a guy comes in fresh,womens Allen Bailey Jersey,it's not necessarily an upgrade,Authentic Cairo Santos Jersey,Authentic Dustin Colquitt Jersey, he can take advantage of some things."

releasing Travis Coons and claiming Nick Rose off waivers. Rose was released by the Washington Redskins last week.,womens Dustin Colquitt Jersey,womens Antonio Gates Jersey,womens Keenan Allen Jersey,The Chargers also made a change at kicker for the third time this season

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Dallas Cowboys want long term deal with DeMarcus Lawrencewomens Lamar Miller Jersey

DeMarcus Lawrence is going to be back with the Dallas Cowboys next season. That is a lock. He is too good for the team to let get away as an unrestricted free agent,Authentic Brandon Marshall Jersey, he will be on the roster next season.,Authentic Lamar Miller Jersey, so even if it's a temporary fix

such as having to pay him more next season if he is tagged again or risk losing him if the team decides to use their tag on Zack Martin,The question really becomes how exactly he will be retained. Most expect the team to use their franchise tag on him to keep for one more year. There are advantages to doing that. It gives the team another season to monitor the health of Lawrence's back,Authentic Brian Cushing Jersey, as well as to figure out if his growth last season was sustainable or if it was a fluke. It carries other risks, it is a sensible choice if the Cowboys wish to pursue it., but overall,womens Brian Cushing Jersey

that is not what the team plans to do. They want to sign Lawrence to a long-term deal right now.,But according to Stephen Jones via Drew Davison of The Fort Worth Star-Telegramwomens Virgil Green Jersey,

obviously,“Our first goal is to sign him to a long-term deal, the only reason you use a franchise tag is to hopefully protect yourself if you can’t get a long-term deal signed that you like. That’s normally the route we like to go.,womens Riley Dixon Jersey,” Executive Vice President Stephen Jones said from the Senior Bowl. “To me

we’re going to roll up our sleeves and see if we can do something with DeMarcus without having a franchise tag.”,Authentic Brandon McManus Jersey,“Certainly

take a second to sign up for our FREE Cowboys newsletter,Authentic Darian Stewart Jersey,Authentic Virgil Green Jersey,The Cowboys are heading to the offseason with lots of questions. Don’t miss any breaking news

assuring fans that the team believes in Lawrence's health and production long term and that the team expects him to be a major part of its future.,Jerry Jones echoed the sentiment,womens Brandon McManus Jersey,

long term,“We think his health is good, but we think his health is good. He’s got a lot of years. His best years are ahead of him.”,” owner Jerry Jones said. “We just think his health is good. I wouldn’t address any aspectwomens Darian Stewart Jersey,

“I’m real rewarded and proud for the Cowboys and our fans that DeMarcus is the player that he is,” Jerry Jones said. “His last season was a big plus for all of us., as demonstrated by his season last yearwomens Brandon Marshall Jersey,

A long term deal would be the best solution for all sides if one can be reached. The Cowboys know that Lawrence is locked in for several years at a price they are happy with,Authentic Riley Dixon Jersey,Authentic Bennie Fowler Jersey, but pass-rushers like him just don't grow on trees. Both sides want a deal to come. Now they just have to get it done.,womens Bennie Fowler Jerseyso they can plan ahead knowing that they will have their star pass-rusher. They could also minimize the cap hit of the deal in the first season if they wanted to spend on the free agent market this season. Lawrence gets the security that all NFL players crave from a financial perspective. Lawrence will be pricey

linglifu634 7 months ago
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How free agency will affect the draft

The Dallas Cowboys have a ton of needs to address in this offseason. Finding the right players to help bolster this roster and solidify several key positions is a must. Dallas cannot fill all their needs in one offseason and they must prioritize what they view as important to the success of the 2018 season.

This could mean going after more free agents than usual or barely touching the 2018 free agent class entirely. Let’s explore some of the possibilities.

Terrance Williams, Robert Blanton,womens Briean Boddy-Calhoun Jersey,The Dallas Cowboys free agent class of 2017 consisted of Kellen Morre, Nolan Carroll, Byron Bell, Justin Durant, Stephen Paea, Ronnie Hillman, Darren McFadden, and Damontre Moore.

Now, that has to be one of the worst free agent classes in recent memory. The Dallas Cowboys have maintained a policy of not pursuing free agents on the market because of how costly they are and because they would like to focus on their own talent., objectively

But it takes more than just a strong draft to win a Super Bowl, LeGarrette Blount, teams have to get lucky in free agency to take it all. Just look at the Philadelphia Eagles, and Chris Long and you know what they all have in common?,womens Jason McCourty Jersey, Torrey Smith, they went out and signed players such as Patrick Robinson,Authentic Randall Telfer Jersey, Alshon Jeffery

$17 million could have been more wisely invested than giving it to Terrance Williams.,womens Trevon Coley Jersey,They are productive. The Cowboys barely used any of their free agents effectively and as for the players the re-signed

multiple stars will likely be on the move,womens Jamie Collins Jersey,womens Joe Schobert Jersey,It takes a team to win a Super Bowl,womens Ricardo Louis Jersey, so there will plenty of signal callers with new homes playing in September., not just one or two players. The 2018 free agent class is looking especially strong in some areas but absolutely hopeless in others. At quarterback

Danny Amendola,The running back market is pretty dry but a solid complementary back could be had for the right price. If the big name wide receivers are re-signed (Allen Robinson, Sammy Watkins) then there will be a lot of complementary players potentially landing big deals., Jarvis LandryAuthentic Ricardo Louis Jersey,

The more interesting names on that list will be players like Marqise Lee, and Taylor Gabriel. The tight end position will have plenty capable veterans and could even boast names like Jimmy Graham or Tyler Eifert., John Brown

This is a fairly weak offensive tackle class this year in free agency but guards can be found at a premium. The same could be said for situational pass rushers and above average defensive ends.Authentic Joe Schobert Jersey,

it is a pretty solid group.,The defensive line is very well represented in free agency this season and could see some pretty big names find new homes. There will be a number of veteran linebackers to choose from this year and for the most partAuthentic Briean Boddy-Calhoun Jersey,

as new teams acquire players via trade/free agency.,The same can be said for cornerback so it is tough to say whether or not the Cowboys will look to take a corner or linebacker early in the 2018 draft. The market seems to dictate how draft prospects fallwomens Randall Telfer Jersey

Dallas could get lucky and have 7-10 teams focus on that position during the first round which would push top-tier prospects at other positions closer the Cowboys.Authentic Seth DeValve Jersey

For prospects like Roquan Smith, or Minkah Fitzpatrick this could have a profound effect as they could fall to the teens.,Authentic Jason McCourty Jersey,Bradley Chubb

possibly Denzel Ward,Imagine a scenario where Smith,womens Seth DeValve Jersey,and James Washington are all sitting on the board while Dallas is on the clock.,Authentic Trevon Coley Jersey,Authentic Jamie Collins Jersey, the top defensive tackle prospects

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UPGRADING LG POSITION SHOULD BE COWBOYS TOP DRAFT PRIORITY

The Dallas Cowboys are quite proud about the offensive line they have put together over the years. Their OL is headlined by three former first-round draft picks who have turned into All-Pro players,Authentic Ricky Wagner Jersey, and one player who should've been a first-round pick if not for an unfortunate situation that had nothing to do with him that took place during the draft.

This offensive unit is the backbone of the entire Dallas Cowboys team,womens Darren Fells Jersey, but some changes need to be made. No,womens T.J. Lang Jersey, not the personnel per se. Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick,Authentic Miles Killebrew Jersey, and La'el Collins will all return to their starting roles,womens Quandre Diggs Jersey, Zack Martin, but that only makes up 80% of the unit. Who makes up the other 20% is probably the biggest question that needs to be answered before the 2018 season kicks off.

Yes, I'm talking about the vacancy at the left guard position.

Last season the Dallas Cowboys tried to plug the hole with Chaz Green and Jonathan Cooper. The Green experiment failed miserably and Cooper was serviceable at best. I don't know about you, but I think it's time to find a long-term solution and solidify the best offensive line for years to come.

The best and cheapest way to address the LG position is with one of the Cowboys draft picks.

Sure, but I have zero faith he can remain healthy. That's been the knock against him his entire professional career. I was actually surprised he lasted as long as he did in 2017.,womens Ricky Wagner Jersey, the Dallas Cowboys could re-sign Jonathan Cooper to another affordable contract

With the 19th pick overall in the 2018 NFL Draft,Authentic Darren Fells Jersey,Authentic T.J. Lang Jersey,Authentic Anthony Zettel Jersey, the Dallas Cowboys are in a good position to have their choice of the best offensive guards in this draft class. Isaiah Wynn of Georgia, James Daniels of Iowa,womens Anthony Zettel Jersey, Will Hernandez of UTEP,womens Miles Killebrew Jersey, and Billy Price of Ohio State are all players under consideration here.

All four of these players are excellent Cowboys draft targets,Authentic Quandre Diggs Jersey, but each would be an upgrade who would help get this team back on track.,Authentic Tavon Wilson Jersey, and they can't really go wrong with any of them. They all bring a little something different to the table

You see,womens Tavon Wilson Jersey, I think finding a new LG is the top Cowboys draft priority. I don't know if there is another position that can be filled by a rookie and contribute more to the team success in 2018.

This is especially true considering what the Cowboys like to do offensively. They want to establish the running game and control the clock. They weren't really able to do that in 2017 due to Tyron Smith's injuries in the revolving door at left guard.

We all saw what happened when they were forced to get away from their bread and butter. This is not an offense that is currently equipped to rely on the passing game to put points on the board. It's just not who they are.

That is why finding a new LG is so important. Not only would it help upgrade the running game, but it would also help keep things going if Tyron Smith continues to struggle with injuries.

It's much easier to plug and play a backup left tackle who can block in the running game than it is to find one who can pass protect as well as Smith.

I know opinions will vary,Authentic Travis Swanson Jersey, I would do it with their first-round draft pick by taking Will Hernandez.,womens Travis Swanson Jersey, but I truly believe that it's in everyone's best interest to draft a starting caliber left guard. And if you want to know my opinion

linglifu634 7 months ago
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UPGRADING LG POSITION SHOULD BE COWBOYS TOP DRAFT PRIORITY

The Dallas Cowboys are quite proud about the offensive line they have put together over the years. Their OL is headlined by three former first-round draft picks who have turned into All-Pro players, and one player who should've been a first-round pick if not for an unfortunate situation that had nothing to do with him that took place during the draft.

but some changes need to be made. No, but that only makes up 80% of the unit. Who makes up the other 20% is probably the biggest question that needs to be answered before the 2018 season kicks off., not the personnel per se. Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick,Authentic Ricky Wagner Jersey,This offensive unit is the backbone of the entire Dallas Cowboys team,Authentic Darren Fells Jersey, Zack Martin,Authentic T.J. Lang Jersey, and La'el Collins will all return to their starting roles

Yes,womens Anthony Zettel Jersey, I'm talking about the vacancy at the left guard position.

Last season the Dallas Cowboys tried to plug the hole with Chaz Green and Jonathan Cooper. The Green experiment failed miserably and Cooper was serviceable at best. I don't know about you,Authentic Quandre Diggs Jersey, but I think it's time to find a long-term solution and solidify the best offensive line for years to come.

The best and cheapest way to address the LG position is with one of the Cowboys draft picks.

the Dallas Cowboys could re-sign Jonathan Cooper to another affordable contract,womens Tavon Wilson Jersey,Sure, but I have zero faith he can remain healthy. That's been the knock against him his entire professional career. I was actually surprised he lasted as long as he did in 2017.

the Dallas Cowboys are in a good position to have their choice of the best offensive guards in this draft class. Isaiah Wynn of Georgia, Will Hernandez of UTEP,With the 19th pick overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, James Daniels of Iowa, and Billy Price of Ohio State are all players under consideration here.

and they can't really go wrong with any of them. They all bring a little something different to the table,womens Ricky Wagner Jersey,womens Darren Fells Jersey,womens T.J. Lang Jersey,All four of these players are excellent Cowboys draft targets,Authentic Anthony Zettel Jersey,Authentic Miles Killebrew Jersey, but each would be an upgrade who would help get this team back on track.

You see,womens Miles Killebrew Jersey,womens Quandre Diggs Jersey, I think finding a new LG is the top Cowboys draft priority. I don't know if there is another position that can be filled by a rookie and contribute more to the team success in 2018.

This is especially true considering what the Cowboys like to do offensively. They want to establish the running game and control the clock. They weren't really able to do that in 2017 due to Tyron Smith's injuries in the revolving door at left guard.

We all saw what happened when they were forced to get away from their bread and butter. This is not an offense that is currently equipped to rely on the passing game to put points on the board. It's just not who they are.

That is why finding a new LG is so important. Not only would it help upgrade the running game,Authentic Tavon Wilson Jersey,Authentic Travis Swanson Jersey, but it would also help keep things going if Tyron Smith continues to struggle with injuries.

It's much easier to plug and play a backup left tackle who can block in the running game than it is to find one who can pass protect as well as Smith.

but I truly believe that it's in everyone's best interest to draft a starting caliber left guard. And if you want to know my opinion,I know opinions will vary,womens Travis Swanson Jersey, I would do it with their first-round draft pick by taking Will Hernandez.

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Is Orlando Scandrick done in Big D?

the Dallas Cowboys secondary was stock full of veteran defenders. Then free agency came around,womens Matt Judon Jersey, then the NFL Draft,womens Mike Wallace Jersey,A year ago, and suddenly that part of the roster looked unrecognizable.

Gone were longtime Cowboys like safeties Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox. Starting cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne had both left for the greener pastures of free agency with other NFL franchises. And in their place were rookies like safety Xavier Woods, and corners Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis.

The Cowboys had a full-on youth movement at the cornerback position. But one name remained. It was veteran 30-year old Orlando Scandrick. Although there was a report that the Cowboys had Scandrick on the trading block during last year’s draft,womens Danny Woodhead Jersey, nothing ever materialized.

Scandrick was elected a team captain for the first time in his now ten-year career,Authentic James Hurst Jersey,Eventually,Authentic Ryan Jensen Jersey, as he seemed to be chosen to help usher in the team’s newest members.

A year older and wiser now,womens Austin Howard Jersey, the youth revolution in Dallas’ defensive secondary is at full tilt. Awuzie and Lewis finished the season as the team’s starters at corner. Second-year cornerback Anthony Brown provided quality depth and should compete for a starting spot himself this offseason. Even safety Xavier Woods spent some time in the slot for the Cowboys his rookie season. It appears the Cowboys’ secondary is set.

a position the former first rounder played during his rookie season. Plus,Now throw in the fact there has been some speculation that safety Byron Jones could return to corner, the Cowboys also just hired former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard as their new defensive backs coach. The man who led the Legion of Boom now resides in Dallas.,womens Ryan Jensen Jersey

where does Scandrick fit in? The truth of the matter is,With all of these changes, he might not.womens James Hurst Jersey

posting 32 tackles and three pass defends (lowest of his career) in an injury-plagued 11 games. The fact is,Authentic Danny Woodhead Jersey,Authentic Brandon Carr Jersey,Scandrick is coming off yet another down season in Dallas. The aging corner failed to record a single interception in 2017,womens Brandon Carr Jersey,Scandrick hasn’t been the same player since a devastating knee injury forced him to miss the entire 2015 season.

Under contract for the next two seasons,Authentic Austin Howard Jersey,Authentic Michael Pierce Jersey, Scandrick is scheduled to make $3 million in 2018. That amount will go up to $4 million the following season. The writing appears to be on the wall.

injuries and declining play,womens Michael Pierce Jersey,Due to his salary,Authentic Matt Judon Jersey,Authentic Mike Wallace Jersey,Authentic Terrance West Jersey, it appears that Orlando Scandrick’s time in Dallas may be coming to an end.

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Ravens pending free agent Gillmore making transition from tight end to offensive line

it won’t be as a tight end.,Ravens pending free agent Crockett Gillmore is healthy again and he’s intent on making a strong return to the field. However

Gillmore, his new agent, who missed the entire 2017 season after he tore his MCL last summer,womens A.J. Bouye Jersey, Jonathan Feinsod,womens Barry Church Jersey, has been training this offseason with the intention of becoming an offensive lineman,womens Malik Jackson Jersey, confirmed Wednesday.

Gillmore is up to 305 pounds. The Ravens listed him at 266 pounds last summer.,womens Patrick Omameh Jersey,Gillmore has put approximately 40 pounds onto his 6-foot-6 frame. According to his profile on his new agency’s website

but they’d have to see where he is physically before agreeing to a deal.,The Ravens are believed to be intrigued by Gillmore’s potential and feel he has the mindset and physicality needed to make the transition. They have spoken to him about a return

The 26-year-old has been working out the past couple of offseasons at former NFL guard-center LeCharles Bentley’s offensive line academy,womens Abry Jones Jersey, footwork and explosion off the line of scrimmage.,womens Brad Nortman Jersey, focusing specifically on his balance

he talked about either wanting to switch to defense or play offensive tackle.,Gillmore was a defensive lineman at Colorado State before switching to tight end and since becoming a Raven

"I could care less about playing offense,Authentic Marqise Lee Jersey, and I have that mentality. I play with," Gillmore told The Baltimore Sun in an October 2015 story. "I have the mentality and the want-to to be the best, I've always said, defense is where I belong. That's where I've always belonged, no matter what I'm doing. To me, a mentality of playing with bad intentions."

The Ravens felt that Gillmore, Gillmore started to break out in 2015. Becoming one of quarterback Joe Flacco’s favorite targets, a third-round compensatory pick in the 2014 draft,Authentic A.J. Bouye Jersey, Gillmore had 33 catches for 412 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games. However,Authentic Barry Church Jersey, was on his way to becoming one of the better two-way tight ends in the NFL before the injuries started to mount. After catching 10 balls for 121 yards and one touchdown as a rookie,Authentic Malik Jackson Jersey, a back injury cost him the final six games and he had shoulder surgery after the season.

including a hamstring problem.He returned last summer hoping to win the starting tight end job,Authentic Patrick Omameh Jersey,In 2016,Authentic Abry Jones Jersey, but his season was over about a week into training camp. He landed awkwardly after making a reception in a July 28 practice. He needed season-ending surgery to repair a torn MCL and spent the year on injured reserve.,Authentic Brad Nortman Jersey,Authentic Tashaun Gipson Jersey, Gillmore played in just seven games and had only eight catches for 71 yards and a touchdown. He was limited by myriad injuries

Gillmore played in just 17 games over the past three seasons with the Ravens. He is due to hit free agency March 14. It isn’t clear yet whether Gillmore will play tackle or guard.,All told

The Ravens are far thinner at tackle behind starters Ronnie Stanley and Austin Howard than they are inside.

Even with starting center Ryan Jensen and last year’s starting left guard,womens Tashaun Gipson Jersey,womens Marqise Lee Jersey, and last year’s fourth-round pick, James Hurst, expected to hit free agency, who started 12 games at right guard in 2017, the Ravens have depth inside with the expected healthy returns of projected starting guards Alex Lewis and Marshal Yanda, Nico Siragusa. Matt Skura, is a candidate to play center if Jensen doesn’t return.

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Ravens pending free agent Gillmore making transition from tight end to offensive line

it won’t be as a tight end.,Authentic Malik Jackson Jersey,Ravens pending free agent Crockett Gillmore is healthy again and he’s intent on making a strong return to the field. However

Gillmore,Authentic Brad Nortman Jersey, his new agent, who missed the entire 2017 season after he tore his MCL last summer, confirmed Wednesday., has been training this offseason with the intention of becoming an offensive lineman, Jonathan Feinsod

Gillmore is up to 305 pounds. The Ravens listed him at 266 pounds last summer.,Gillmore has put approximately 40 pounds onto his 6-foot-6 frame. According to his profile on his new agency’s websitewomens Marqise Lee Jersey

but they’d have to see where he is physically before agreeing to a deal.,The Ravens are believed to be intrigued by Gillmore’s potential and feel he has the mindset and physicality needed to make the transition. They have spoken to him about a returnwomens Tashaun Gipson Jersey,

The 26-year-old has been working out the past couple of offseasons at former NFL guard-center LeCharles Bentley’s offensive line academy, footwork and explosion off the line of scrimmage., focusing specifically on his balance,womens Brad Nortman Jersey,

he talked about either wanting to switch to defense or play offensive tackle.,Gillmore was a defensive lineman at Colorado State before switching to tight end and since becoming a Raven

"I could care less about playing offense, and I have that mentality. I play with," Gillmore told The Baltimore Sun in an October 2015 story. "I have the mentality and the want-to to be the best, no matter what I'm doing. To me,Authentic A.J. Bouye Jersey, a mentality of playing with bad intentions.", defense is where I belong. That's where I've always belonged,Authentic Barry Church Jersey,Authentic Patrick Omameh Jersey, I've always said

The Ravens felt that Gillmore, Gillmore started to break out in 2015. Becoming one of quarterback Joe Flacco’s favorite targets,Authentic Abry Jones Jersey,Authentic Tashaun Gipson Jersey, a third-round compensatory pick in the 2014 draft, a back injury cost him the final six games and he had shoulder surgery after the season.,Authentic Marqise Lee Jersey, was on his way to becoming one of the better two-way tight ends in the NFL before the injuries started to mount. After catching 10 balls for 121 yards and one touchdown as a rookie, Gillmore had 33 catches for 412 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games. Howeverwomens Abry Jones Jersey

In 2016, Gillmore played in just seven games and had only eight catches for 71 yards and a touchdown. He was limited by myriad injuries, but his season was over about a week into training camp. He landed awkwardly after making a reception in a July 28 practice. He needed season-ending surgery to repair a torn MCL and spent the year on injured reserve., including a hamstring problem.He returned last summer hoping to win the starting tight end jobwomens Patrick Omameh Jersey,

Gillmore played in just 17 games over the past three seasons with the Ravens. He is due to hit free agency March 14. It isn’t clear yet whether Gillmore will play tackle or guard.,All toldwomens Malik Jackson Jersey,

The Ravens are far thinner at tackle behind starters Ronnie Stanley and Austin Howard than they are inside.

Even with starting center Ryan Jensen and last year’s starting left guard, Nico Siragusa. Matt Skura, James Hurst, expected to hit free agency, is a candidate to play center if Jensen doesn’t return., who started 12 games at right guard in 2017,womens A.J. Bouye Jersey,womens Barry Church Jersey,the Ravens have depth inside with the expected healthy returns of projected starting guards Alex Lewis and Marshal Yanda, and last year’s fourth-round pick

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Za’Darius Smith could shine for the Ravens,In a contract year

Za’Darius Smith now enters the fourth and final year of his rookie contract.,Authentic Shane Doan jersey,Selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round (122nd overall) of the 2015 NFL draft

In his three years in the NFL with the Ravens,Authentic Max Domi jersey, Smith has accumulated only 10 sacks. It is worth noting, over half of them came in his rookie year (5.5).

Smith is the type of player who doesn’t jump out on the stat sheet, but what he brings to the team is quite valuable. He would be viewed as a much more important cog in the defense if just a couple of plays here and there had gone his way, leading to a possibly much higher career sack total.,adidas Oliver Ekman-Larsson jersey

star linebacker Terrell Suggs tore his Achilles in the first week of the season against the Denver Broncos. This left the Ravens with a huge void to fill at the outside linebacker position. Smith stepped up as a fourth round rookie and showed a lot of promise with 5.5 sacks on the season. Ravens fans were excited for Smith and his possible ceiling as a pass rusher.,In 2015adidas Shane Doan jersey

In his sophomore year, in hopes of improving the pass rush., Smith severely disappointed, as the Ravens selected two more linebackers in the draft, finishing the season with only one sack. This was partly due to the return of Suggs and the emergence of rookie Matthew Judon. Smith was on the roster bubble entering the 2017 season, Tyus Bowser and Tim Williams,adidas Mike Smith jersey,adidas Max Domi jersey

24 total tackles,Smith made the team, and a forced fumble. He played a key role in the teams overall sack total (41) by consistently pressuring the quarterback and engaging blocks to allow other players such as Judon or Suggs to close in and make the sack.,adidas Cam Fowler jersey, and contributed more than any non-starting outside linebacker with 3.5 sacks

he had amassed only 6.5 sacks. In year four,Authentic Ryan Getzlaf jersey,It’s not uncommon for a player’s production to increase dramatically in a contract year,Authentic Ryan Kesler jersey,Authentic Oliver Ekman-Larsson jersey, he had nine. Smith could very well do the same and exceed his season best 5.5 sacks in 2018., which Smith is now entering. Just look to former Raven Paul Kruger. Before his contract year

but I believe they would be wise to hold onto him for one final year. They just may be rewarded for it.,Authentic Mike Smith jersey,There are some who feel the Ravens should trade Smith for an extra draft pick,adidas Ryan Kesler jersey,

Smith is the type of player who doesn’t jump out on the stat sheet, leading to a possibly much higher career sack total., but what he brings to the team is quite valuable. He would be viewed as a much more important cog in the defense if just a couple of plays here and there had gone his way

star linebacker Terrell Suggs tore his Achilles in the first week of the season against the Denver Broncos. This left the Ravens with a huge void to fill at the outside linebacker position. Smith stepped up as a fourth round rookie and showed a lot of promise with 5.5 sacks on the season. Ravens fans were excited for Smith and his possible ceiling as a pass rusher.,In 2015adidas Ryan Getzlaf jersey

Tyus Bowser and Tim Williams,In his sophomore year, Smith severely disappointed, as the Ravens selected two more linebackers in the draft, in hopes of improving the pass rush., finishing the season with only one sack. This was partly due to the return of Suggs and the emergence of rookie Matthew Judon. Smith was on the roster bubble entering the 2017 seasonAuthentic Corey Perry jersey

24 total tackles,Smith made the team,Authentic Cam Fowler jersey,and a forced fumble. He played a key role in the teams overall sack total (41) by consistently pressuring the quarterback and engaging blocks to allow other players such as Judon or Suggs to close in and make the sack.,adidas Corey Perry jersey,and contributed more than any non-starting outside linebacker with 3.5 sacks

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Terrell Suggs, Ben Roethlisberger remain bloodline of NFL's top rivalry

Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs was asked if it's flattering to be the face of the Ravens-Steelers rivalry for Baltimore.

"I guess it kind of describes it -- nasty,Authentic Allen Hurns Jersey," Suggs said with a laugh.

Baltimore (7-5) and Pittsburgh (10-2) play yet another December game that's chock full of playoff implications.,Authentic Jalen Ramsey Jersey,For well over a decade, the Ravens and Steelers have battled over bragging rights, division titles and even trips to the Super Bowl. On Sunday night

this bitter feud has been defined by the personal clashes. It began with Ray Lewis against Jerome Bettis and Joey Porter. Later,Through the journey of broken bones and dreams, it was Hines Ward facing off against Ed Reed.

For the most recent generation, it has been Suggs and Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Ben bleeds gold and black, obviously, who has been part of this rivalry as a member of the Ravens and the Steelers. "For those teams," said wide receiver Mike Wallace,"Sizz [Suggs] bleeds purple, those guys are ‘those players.’ Sizz is a Raven. Ben is a Steeler. It is so deep -- the rivalry for those guys -- they bleed those colors. It is bigger for them, than anyone else."womens Marcedes Lewis Jersey,womens Jalen Ramsey Jersey

who has 13 victories against him,womens Darius Butler Jersey,No quarterback has beaten Suggs more times in his career than Roethlisberger, including last-minute (and division-clinching) touchdown throws to Santonio Holmes in 2008 and Antonio Brown last year.

but his ass belongs to me.",Authentic Calais Campbell Jersey,Authentic Telvin Smith Jersey,No player has sacked Roethlisberger more times than Suggs, who has wrestled down Big Ben on 16.5 occasions (including the postseason). That has not gone unnoticed by Suggs,Authentic Paul Posluszny Jersey, who said after sacking Roethlisberger three times in the 2011 opener: "Big Ben is a great quarterback. God can have his soul

Suggs once said there's the Super Bowl and then there's Ravens-Steelers. He always has believed the football world stops to watch those games.womens Paul Posluszny Jersey,

" Suggs said this week. "What would [Michael] Jordan be without the Pistons and the Knicks? Ali and Frazier. Sports is built on great rivalries like this. It brings the best out of you,"You never forget your greatest foe,Authentic Marcedes Lewis Jersey, so that is why I love this game so much."

continuing to play in a 2010 game after Haloti Ngata broke his nose. After stopping the bleeding,Suggs loves this game so much that he has played in it with torn biceps and a sprained shoulder over the years. Roethlisberger has the same passion for this rivalry, Roethlisberger threw for 253 yards and the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter.womens Telvin Smith Jersey,

"It’s a special spot in my heart," Roethlisberger said of the rivalry with the Ravens. "I know it’s always a physical game; my body doesn’t always like it."womens Allen Hurns Jersey,

How Sunday night's game between these rivals turns out will depend largely on Roethlisberger and Suggs, who are more than two of the oldest players on their teams. They remain two of the best.,womens Calais Campbell Jersey,

including Monday night's 23-20 victory at Cincinnati.,At the age of 35,238 yards, Roethlisberger has thrown for 3,Authentic Darius Butler Jersey,Authentic Jacoby Brissett Jersey, the ninth most in the league this season. He has led three winning drives in Pittsburgh's past four games

The Ravens players and coaches chuckled in October when Roethlisberger said,womens Jacoby Brissett Jersey"Maybe I don't have it anymore" after being intercepted five times against the Jaguars.

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The NFL Network's Mike Mayock echoed the view of many Ravens fans when he addressed the team's needs during his annual pre-Combine conference call with reporters Feb. 26.

" Mayock said.,"It probably needs to be an offensive draft for the Ravens this year

Mayock said that much of the value at the wide receiver position will be found outside the first round,At the same time,Authentic Jonathan Toews jersey, another potential area of need for the Ravens,adidas Marian Hossa jersey, and that the tight end position, might not have a first-rounder in this draft.

and the stock of some players will rise and fall based on those workouts. ,The on-field workouts at the NFL Combine will take place March 2-5

his first news conference since the team announced he would be stepping down after the 2018 season.,Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome is expected to meet with the media March 2

The Ravens are looking to bolster an offense that ranked 27th overall among 32 NFL teams, averaging 305.4 yards a game, 11th in rushing and 29th in passing. The Ravens' average of 5.10 yards per passing play ranked last in the league.

for the first time in franchise history,Last year, the Ravens drafted no skill position players on offense. They used their first four draft picks on defensive players, and offensive linemen Nico Siragusa and Jermaine Eluemunor, taken on the third day of the draft, were their only offensive selections.

Wide receiver is considered the team's most critical need, with Mike Wallace set to become a free agent next month and Jeremy Maclin a possible salary cap casualty after a disappointing first season in Baltimore. If they both depart, the top receivers on the roster would be former first-round pick Breshad Perriman, and Chris Moore. ,adidas Jeff Skinner jersey, who had 10 catches all of last season

Mayock said Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley, who had been linked to the Ravens as a potential first-round pick in many mock drafts,Authentic Victor Rask jersey, as does Texas A&M's Christian Kirk. , probably projects as a slot receiver in the NFL

"They both run tremendous routes,Authentic Duncan Keith jersey,Authentic Corey Crawford jersey, and they're very tough catching the football with good run after catch. Christian Kirk adds some value in the returning game."," Mayock said. "They both have really good hands

Mayock views those two as the class of the receiver group,Authentic Marian Hossa jersey,adidas Patrick Kane jersey," but he stressed there is a lot of talent to be found outside the first round., which he described as "really cloudy

SMU's Courtland Sutton, "is a completely different animal" than the other two. Sutton is a 6-foot-4 target who is primarily an outside threat., who has been mentioned with Ridley and Kirk among the leaders of the groupadidas Jonathan Toews jersey,

Last year, but that's unlikely to repeat itself this year. ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper's latest mock draft has Ridley taken as the first wide receiver by the Arizona Cardinals at No. 15 -- one spot before the Ravens pick., the top three receivers in the draft were snatched up in the first 10 picks,Authentic Patrick Kane jersey,"

and Kirk. ,Kiper sees two other receivers going in the first round -- James Washington from Oklahoma Stateadidas Corey Crawford jersey

Mayock said he views Washington as a late first-rounder or early second-round pick and stressed that there is a deep group of receivers who could be available in the second, third and fourth rounds. Among them, Mayock said, Mayock said, are Dante Pettis from Washington, D.J. Chark from LSU and D.J. Moore from Maryland. Moore,Authentic Jeff Skinner jersey,Authentic Sebastian Aho jersey, "has some juice. Like him."

"either with a third- or fourth-round potential player.",Mayock said he also expects the Ravens to be in the market for a quarterback to back up Joe Flaccoadidas Duncan Keith jersey,

"I'm not sure everybody's excited with the way [Flacco]'s played since the Super Bowl year,adidas Sebastian Aho jersey, at some point you've got to start drafting a potential backup.",adidas Victor Rask jersey, Mayock said. "But I don't think it's an age-related topic. I think they're better on offense around them. ... You start getting into the league for 10 or 12 years and you're in your 30s

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Was Alex Smith the product of Tyreek Hill, or vice versa?

tautologically speaking,Authentic Carl Davis Jersey,The answer is the egg. Evolutionarily speaking, ergo the egg came first. It’s not a satisfying answer, some sort of pre-chicken birds laid an egg that hatched a chicken, but it’s the right one.

only he’ll be one without Hill,A harder question: What came first, as Smith will still be a quarterback, the Alex Smith who was a successful deep passer, or the Alex Smith who had Tyreek Hill on his roster? That question is going to be put to the test in 2018, one of the league’s fastest receivers.womens Breshad Perriman Jersey

344 deep yards were 212 more than second-place Matthew Stafford. His deep accuracy percentage of 56.5 paced the league as well,First, and did so comfortably — his 1, the reason for the question. Smith led the league in deep (20-plus-yard) passing yardage in 2017, and his 12:1 TD:INT ratio on such passes was easily tops among qualifiers if you exclude Mitchell Trubisky’s 3:0.

20 more than Brandin Cooks. He scored six times,Of course, also best in the league, Hill was there. Hill had 628 receiving yards on those deep passes, behind only Robby Anderson’s seven. And only JuJu Smith-Schuster (54.5 percent) caught a higher percentage of his deep passes than Hill’s 54.2 among qualifiers.

The easy way to look at that is that Smith,womens Justin Hardy Jersey, always known as a dink-and-dunker,Authentic Kamalei Correa Jersey, became prolific as a deep passer when he got Hill.

but Smith was a deep-ball success without him (hat tip to PFF’s Mark Chichester for that tidbit,But is it true? Here’s a big one: In 2017,Authentic Bronson Kaufusi Jersey, and Smith’s deep-ball passer rating was … 126.6 — or still the best in the league on deep passes. Hill helped,Authentic Maxx Williams Jersey, Hill had a 131.4 passer rating on deep passes, tops in the league. Take out every single attempt to Hill,Authentic Tyus Bowser Jersey,because he’s cleverer with stats than I am).

Smith also attempted the most deep passes of his Kansas City career in 2017 — 62, famously getting no touchdowns from the position all year. Since 2006, bettering his previous high of 46 in 2016. So, of course, is that Hill could have been any warm body at wide receiver. In 2014, and 54 per season with Hill. The flip side of that, point in Hill’s favor: Smith averaged 35 deep attempts per year in his three years in Kansas City pre-Hill, but none has fared worse than the 2014 Chiefs., the Chiefs got 171 fantasy points total out of the wide receiver position, 10 teams have failed to reach 200 fantasy points out of receiversAuthentic Ronnie Stanley Jersey,

Things were better in 2013 and 2015, in wide receiver fantasy scoring those two years, finishing 44th and 61st, the Chiefs didn’t have much wide receiver success: Dwayne Bowe was the team’s top fantasy finisher in 2013 and 2014, but still, respectively,Authentic Justin Hardy Jersey, while Jeremy Maclin led the way in 2015 and finished 17th.

Hill helped Smith’s deep production,Prior to Tyreek Hill’s arrival in Kansas City,womens Ronnie Stanley Jersey,womens Kamalei Correa Jersey,womens Bronson Kaufusi Jersey, Jamaal Charles) with help from a tight end (Travis Kelce) and a wide receiver in Maclin who has never been known for his deep-ball acumen. Yes, this was an offense that leaned on the running back (namely,Authentic Breshad Perriman Jersey,womens Maxx Williams Jersey,womens Carl Davis Jersey,womens Tyus Bowser Jersey, but you could easily argue any deep-ball specialist receiver would have done so.

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DURABILITY MUST BE A PRIME FACTOR IN THE RAVENS' ROSTER BUILDING THIS OFFSEASON

As the late comedian Rodney Dangerfield might have said, durability gets little respect among the array of positive player attributes that get cited in football conversations.

toughness and the ability to make plays are always assigned more importance. If a guy is durable,Authentic Mitchell Trubiskyn Jersey,Qualities such as speed, that usually just gets tacked on at the end.

and he’s also durable.”,” it is said,“He can do a lot for you, “such as (fill in the blank depending on the player). Oh

that,Yeah, too.

Durability is the etcetera-etcetera of compliments, the yadda-yadda of praise.

especially in Baltimore,But I’m here to argue it deserves more respect, where the Ravens often point to injuries as having wrecked their plans during a recent run of non-playoff seasons.

With that history in mind and the start of free agency less than a month away, I’m here to argue that durability should be a prime consideration for the Ravens as they go about building their roster for 2018.

Their free-agent signings of a year ago illustrate why it deserves attention.

had never missed a start in nine seasons.,womens Shaq Thompson Jersey, two were known for being durable. Safety Tony Jefferson had missed one game in his four years in the NFL. Cornerback Brandon Carr,Of the five “major” players the Ravens signed off the open market,Authentic Christian McCaffrey Jersey, amazingly

to the Ravens’ great detriment.,True to form,Authentic Curtis Samuel Jersey, they didn’t force the organization to resort to Plan B at their positions, they brought stability and consistency to a highly-ranked unit. And by staying on the field,womens Taylor Moton Jersey, both started every game for the Ravens in 2017. Although they didn’t earn the highest grades from Pro Football Focus, as happened at so many other places in the lineup

yeah,Authentic Harrison Butker Jersey,Oh, that.

running back Danny Woodhead,Another of the team’s free agents, came with a more ominous record. He had only played in 21 of 48 games since 2014 because of injuries.

The Ravens hoped he would stay healthy and contribute, but he missed the preseason and first half of the regular season with a hamstring injury and never really got into a groove.

The team’s other two major signings brought mixed histories. Wide receiver Jeremy Maclinmissed just six starts in his first six years in the league, but things were trending in the wrong direction with an ankle sprain in the 2015 playoffs and a torn groin muscle in 2016. Offensive tackle Austin Howard started more than 50 straight games for the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders before a knee injury forced him out of five games in 2016.

provided the durability that had enhanced his value before he came to Baltimore. He started every game for the Ravens and finished second on the team in snaps played., as he dealt with several injuries and finished with a career-low 40 receptions. Howard,What happened when they played for the Ravens in 2017? Maclin’s wrong-way spiral continued, though

Obviously,Authentic Shaq Thompson Jersey,Authentic Devin Funchess Jersey, predicting whether certain players will get injured is a dubious exercise. Not even the most durable player can walk away from a teammate or opponent rolling into his leg the wrong way. That’s what ended Joe Flacco’s run of 122 straight regular-season starts in 2015 – bad luck beyond the reaches of planning or foresight.

but I’d be careful about parting ways with a player so dependable. The alternative is a scramble to fill his spot.,But at the same time,womens Devin Funchess Jersey, for instance,womens Christian McCaffrey Jersey,womens Curtis Samuel Jersey, the histories of certain players warrant consideration. Carr, is being listed as a possible salary-cap casualty

Then there’s the example of two prime receivers about to hit free agency. Jarvis Landry has never missed a game in his four years in the league. Allen Robinson suffered a foot fracture as a rookie in 2014 and missed all but the first few snaps of last season because of a torn ACL.

but if forced to choose,Authentic Taylor Moton Jersey,Authentic Daeshon Hall Jersey,Both are talented, I’m thinking the guy who is always on the field gives you a better shot at getting maximum bang for your buck.

After experiencing such a debilitating run of injuries in recent years,womens Daeshon Hall Jersey,womens Harrison Butker Jersey,womens Mitchell Trubiskyn Jersey, the Ravens should always try to improve their odds in this undervalued metric.

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How much is a solid No. 2/3 cornerback worth?

Chykie Brown, Asa Jackson and Kyle Arrington after the inevitable injuries hit at the position,Authentic Corey Coleman Jersey,If you’re the Ravens and you went through a couple of years of having to rely on Shareece Wright,Authentic Emmanuel Ogbah Jersey, it should be worth a little more.

Jimmy Smith’s Achilles’ tendon tear in December and subsequent suspension again left the Ravens vulnerable down the stretch and reaffirmed a truth in the NFL: You can never have enough cornerbacks.

it would open up $4 million in salary cap space,womens Carl Nassib Jersey, which the cash-strapped Ravens could repurpose to help the offense. However,Authentic Shon Coleman Jersey,It’s why moving on from Carr would be a mistake. Yes,Authentic Danny Shelton Jersey, it would also further thin a secondary that will have several question marks heading into the season.

and that’s far from a sure thing, will he be 100 percent healthy? And how confident are you that he’ll play 16 games,If Smith is indeed is ready to play in Week 1, which he’s done just twice in seven seasons? Will Jaylen Hill be ready to go after he tore up his knee in late December? Can you depend on Tavon Young picking up right where he left off as a rookie when he missed his entire second season because of knee surgery? And do the Ravens really know enough about what they have in Maurice Canady after he’s played just 12 games over parts of two seasons?,womens Emmanuel Ogbah Jersey

there’s nothing stopping the Ravens from moving on from Carr and signing a cheaper veteran cornerback or taking one in the draft. But you can’t expect to get a corner who is immediately ready to play unless you invest an early- to mid-round pick and the Ravens have far too many offensive needs to use another Day 1 or Day 2 pick on the position. As far as free agency,Sure, it’s not a strong cornerback class and the solid cover guys will be paid handsomely. The Ravens can’t afford to be in that market.,Authentic Cody Kessler Jersey,

by and large,womens Corey Coleman Jerseyhe had a solid first season in Baltimore. He is durable and competitive,Authentic Carl Nassib JerseyCarr seems to have gotten an inordinate amount of the fan blame for the Ravens’ defensive struggles down the stretch. He had a few difficult moments and you’re asking for too much if you think he’s going to consistently hold up one-on-one against standout wide receivers such as Antonio Brown and DeAndre Hopkins. However,womens Cody Kessler Jersey,womens Shon Coleman Jersey, and he became a mentor to several young players in a short time with the team.

and that list figures to be quite a bit longer when the top free-agent corners find homes in mid-March. Carr is not making an unreasonable amount of money for what he brings. Given the volatility at the position,womens Danny Shelton Jersey,He’s due to make $7 million in 2018. Twenty-three corners are set to make more than that in 2018,Authentic Cameron Erving Jersey, the Ravens should tread with caution.

and that’s far from a sure thing,womens Cameron Erving Jersey, will he be 100 percent healthy? And how confident are you that he’ll play 16 games,Authentic Nate Orchard Jersey,If Smith is indeed is ready to play in Week 1, which he’s done just twice in seven seasons? Will Jaylen Hill be ready to go after he tore up his knee in late December? Can you depend on Tavon Young picking up right where he left off as a rookie when he missed his entire second season because of knee surgery? And do the Ravens really know enough about what they have in Maurice Canady after he’s played just 12 games over parts of two seasons?

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Offensive line offers plenty of talent

The Buffalo Bills could use that sort of infusion of talent up front.

Their left tackle,womens Greg Olsen Jersey, the situation at guard is less than encouraging., Cordy Glenn,womens James Bradberry Jersey, spent more time watching than playing last season because of chronic ankle and foot problems. Their right tackle, Jordan Mills, is a serviceable bridge starter until someone better comes along. Center Eric Wood is being forced into retirement by a neck injury. Other than Richie Incognito, who is entering his 12th season

If the Bills wish to address any or all of these areas by shopping in the open market, chances are they’ll like what they see.

Tackle could offer as many as three top-level players, two of whom are from the New England Patriots: Nate Solder and Cameron Fleming.

Solder, who is 25., a soon-to-be-30-year-old left tackle, should attract one of the biggest contracts offered to a free-agent offensive lineman. The Patriots generally shy away from such deals. However, they aren’t likely to allow both of their tackles to get away, so if it comes down to a choice – and it probably will – they would likely make an effort to retain Fleming

Ja'Wuan James, a right tackle from the Miami Dolphins, has plenty of talent. But he comes with risk because of his history of injuries. James spent the final eight games of last season with a hamstring injury and missed 17 of 48 regular-season games in the past three years.

Other right tackles worth considering are the New York Giants’ Justin Pugh, who also is versatile and a good backup.,Authentic Cam Newton Jersey, who has a good deal of athleticism despite a body that looks as if it would be better suited for guard; Pittsburgh’s Chris Hubbard, who did a nice job in the 10 games he started last season in place of injured and suspended Marcus Gilbert; New England’s LaAdrian Waddle,Authentic Luke Kuechly Jersey, who did an impressive job as in injury fill-in last season; Cincinnati’s Andre Smith, who is versatile enough to play every spot other than center; and Baltimore’s James Hurst

The best free-agent guard is Andrew Norwell of the Carolina Panthers. He has made steady improvement since joining the Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2014 – contributing significantly to the offense that helped the Panthers reach Super Bowl 50 – and was named first-time All-Pro after last season. Norwell is the type of player any team would prefer to keep,womens Kawann Short Jersey,womens Thomas Davis Sr Jersey, Trai Turner, but he’ll likely become the NFL’s highest-paid player at his position and that could be difficult for the Panthers considering they already have huge money invested in their other guard,womens Vernon Butler Jersey,womens Daryl Worley Jersey, and left tackle Matt Kalil.

In 2016, Norwell told the Charlotte Observer he was happy to be an under-the-radar member of the Panthers’ line. “I like coming in and just doing my job,” he said. “I’m a blue-collar-type of a guy. I like working hard.”,Authentic Daryl Worley Jersey,

Besides Norwell, Dallas’ Jonathan Cooper and Minnesota’s Joe Berger., there are at least a half-dozen guards who will potentially hit the open market with enough ability to be starters pretty much anywhere. They are San Francisco’s Brandon Fusco, Green Bay’s Jahri Evans, Tampa Bay’s Evan Smith, Tennessee’s Josh Kline

Fusco has shown amazing durability, he failed to stick with the Arizona Cardinals and Cleveland Browns, starting all but two of 48 games since 2015. Cooper is one of the more intriguing offensive lineman headed toward free agency. From 2013 to 2016, but managed to come back strong as a 13-game starter with the Dallas Cowboys last season.Authentic James Bradberry Jersey

Center appears to have the fewest quality options, but there are some worthy of consideration. The best of the bunch are Baltimore’s Ryan Jensen and the Los Angeles Rams’ John Sullivan.Authentic Vernon Butler Jersey,

The Ravens will probably try to retain Jensen, although they can expect to face some strong competition from other teams. Sullivan also is in line for a major pay raise after establishing himself as a key factor in the Rams’ dramatic offensive improvement last year while playing under a one-year contract for just under $1 million.Authentic Thomas Davis Sr Jersey,

One of Sullivan’s biggest fans was quarterback Jared Goff, whose play skyrocketed in 2017 after a shaky rookie season the year before.

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JAMES HURST EPITOMIZES RAVENS' BETTER-THAN-EXPECTED OFFENSIVE LINE

This offseason, the Ravens offensive line was the unit that caused the most fingernail biting around Baltimore.

After Alex Lewis went down in training camp,womens Chad Kelly Jersey, then All-Pro Marshal Yanda’s season ended in Week 2,womens Jake Butt Jersey, Ravens fans went full-scale red alert.

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“They played pretty darn well all year,Authentic Shane Ray Jersey,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday. “All in all,Authentic Ty Sambrailo Jersey, I’m happy with the offensive line.”

Perhaps nobody epitomizes the story of the Ravens offensive line more than left guard James Hurst,womens Ty Sambrailo Jersey, who has taken plenty of criticism from pundits and fans over the years, yet stands as a regular starter and key cog.

tight end Crockett Gillmore (injured reserve),Hurst was an undrafted rookie in 2014. He stands as one five players – both drafted and undrafted – still with the team from that year, joining linebacker C.J. Mosley, Hurst has made the second-most starts in purple and black from that class., defensive end Brent Urban (IR) and wide receiver/returner Michael Campanaro. Behind Mosley

including two in the playoffs.,Hurst was thrown into the fire at left tackle – one of the most difficult positions on the field – as an undrafted rookie. He started seven games

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but Hurst started just three games last year when Stanley was hurt and late in the season at right tackle.,womens Jeff Heuerman Jersey,Hurst continued to find his way onto the field as a backup. The Ravens drafted Ronnie Stanley to be their franchise left tackle

When Rick Wagner left in free agency this offseason,Authentic John Elway Jersey, Baltimore decided to flip Hurst to right tackle and give him a shot at a starting job. He played every snap at right tackle for much of the summer before Lewis’ injury, a position Hurst had never played before in his life.,womens John Elway Jersey, which forced a shift to left guard

he was the Ravens’ Week 1 starter and hasn’t let up.,After just a few weeks practicing there

It hasn’t been perfect, Hurst had perhaps his best game yet. His 77.6 mark from Pro Football Focus (PFF) was the second-highest grade on the offense., but last Sunday against the Tennessee Titans

Hurst has given up one sack and 10 quarterback hurries in nine games. He has progressively improved as the season has gone on.,According to PFF

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