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Don't miss Genesius' take on 'The Trojan Women'Authentic Rashard Robinson Jersey

have performed in many of its Greek tragedies and have played Cassandra in this play.,womens Jake Butt Jersey ,Full disclosure: I am a former 30-plus year veteran of Genesius Guild

planes,Authentic Garry Gilliam Jersey, cicadas, competing with trains, fireworks, motorcycles, mosquitoes, and maneuvering around a stage filled with steps and platforms while semi-blind behind a large cardboard mask,I know well the challenges of performing in an outdoor venue, so it could be said I have a jaded eye reviewing this latest Guild rendition of Euripides’ (you-RIP-ih-deez) "The Trojan Women, oppressive heat and humidity," a telling of the immediate aftermath of the Trojan War.

And I do.

but I’m delighted that she really grasps the essence of Greek tragedies.,So it pleases me to no end to say this production is one of the best of the Guild’s offerings in recent years. Director Dori Foster (she also plays Helen of Troy in this show) is unfamiliar to me in the pantheon of the Quad-Cities’ theater communitywomens Chad Kelly Jersey,

along with the Guild’s keeping the Greek tradition of performing in mask,These plays originally were performed as part of religious festivals; ritualistic morality plays, so to speak. Consequently — and because of — the highly formal language, they do not lend themselves to “realistic” portrayals, a common error among contemporary directors.womens Morris Claiborne Jersey,

there were some minor directorial hiccups: womens Pierre Garcon Jersey,a couple of characters touched their masks as if they really were their faces, and there was hugging between characters — neither works in mask.,That being said

even in death. His constant fidgeting and lack of focus was a huge distraction,But the most egregious mistake was casting the youth (I will not publicize his name) who portrayed the young Astyanax (uh-STY-uh-nax) to perform that role. Sadly, the young man — who had no lines — was totally incapable of sitting or standing still, which ruined Andromache’s (an-DROM-uh-key,Authentic Morris Claiborne Jersey, portrayed by Kathy Calder) one and only scene.

Zoe Yates, Kyah Johnson,Authentic Pierre Garcon Jersey,Elena Vallejo, Gilliam McMahon, Katie Phillips, Kaylee Gundling, Emma Hanson, Sue Staley and Sophia Killburg),The chorus (Mercedes Van Opdorp, meaning that when they moved into place for the odes, performed the odes extremely well both vocally and physically; however their choreography was obviously that: choreography, led by a very strong Choragos in Faith Douglas, there appeared to be a lack of visible motivation for them to do so.

the messenger who must deliver news of all things bad to Queen Hecuba,womens Rashard Robinson Jersey,Other strong cast members include Mischa Hooker, whose Talthybius (tal-THI-bee-us), imbues the role with compassion and nobility opposite to the imposing and merciless King Menelaus (men-uh-LAY-us), portrayed commandingly by TJ Green.

but lacked the fire usually associated with the character. And Andrea Braddy’s Cassandra,Melita Tunnicliff’s Hecuba is sympathetic and evocative, had no hint of the insanity to which the script indicates she was driven to at the hands of the Greek King Agamemnon. Chalk these up to individual interpretation., while strongly actedwomens Garry Gilliam Jersey,

the set by Earl Strupp evoked well the destruction brought on by war,Last,Authentic Chad Kelly Jersey ,each and every character could be heard; not one word was lost., and the costumes designed by the incomparable Ellen Dixon were stunning. Best of all

See this show. It just might change your mind about Greek tragedy.

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Colts Hoping T.J. Green Makes Landon Collins-Type Jump In Year Two

the Giants’ Landon Collins is atop that throne.,When it comes to the class of young NFL safeties

and was considered one of the main finalists for the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year award.,adidas Jamie Benn jersey,Collins earned All-Pro honors last year

But people should not forget where Collins was following his 2015 rookie season.womens Brandon Williams Jersey

Collins was the NFL's 83rd ranked safety in 2015.,Authentic Brandon Williams Jersey,Per Pro Football Focus

no safety had a higher grade than Collins.,One year later

the Colts have taken note of what Collins did from one year to the next.,In Indianapolis

They hope their own young safety, T.J. Green, can follow a similar path.adidas Tyler Seguin jersey

“You look at a guy like Landon Collins,adidas Sergei Bobrovsky jersey, the jump that he made from Year One to Year Two, defensive coordinator Ted Monachino says, “we would hope T.J. could make a similar jump.”

Green’s rookie season in the NFL was not all smooth sailing.

The inexperienced safety (Green played safety for just two seasons in college) played sporadically in sub packages, with Mike Adams, Clayton Geathers and Darius Butlerabove Green on the depth chart.

Projecting the role for Green in 2017 will come from how often the Colts want to use their sub packages.

Geathers and Butler are the likely starters at safety. But if Green is the first defensive back used in those sub packages,adidas Nick Foligno jersey, he’s going to play a whole lot,possibly more than 50-60 percent of the team’s defensive snaps.

Solidifying, and perhaps simplifying,Authentic Robert Nkemdiche Jersey, a role for Green is something that Chuck Pagano knows is key.

Pagano says he takes some responsibility for overwhelming Green a bit last year, when the Colts tried to use their rookie all over the defense, after Geathers was injured.authentic Sergei Bobrovsky jersey,

“When we lost (Geathers), we tried to put T.J. in some of those roles. And him trying to process and learn the safety stuff and move into some nickel linebacker spots probably wasn’t fair,”authentic Tyler Seguin jersey, Pagano says.

Pagano and the Colts have preached the need to get faster on the defensive side of the ball.,All offseason long

They don’t get much faster than Green.,womens Robert Nkemdiche Jersry ,

That’s why the Colts really need an in-tune Green this fall.authentic Jamie Benn jersey,

“T.J., you don’t found guys like that---6-3 and change and 200-plus pounds and run 4.34 (40-yard dash),” Pagano says.

“It’s got to translate to the field now. From a football standpoint and football IQ and being able to learn the game, go play fast, go make plays,authentic Nick Foligno jerseyis going to be huge.”

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Texans' Benardrick McKinney has knack for timing hitsAuthentic Jake Fisher Jersey

Raw as a rookie and prone to nagging injuries a year ago,womens Tyler Kroft Jersey, inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney has emerged as a vital, hard-hitting anchor in the middle of the Texans' top-ranked defense this year.

He's proven to be adept at timing his blitzes and reading offenses to deliver punishing tackles.Authentic Tyler Kroft Jersey 

The former second-round draft pick from Mississippi State led the Texans with 129 tackles. Authentic Paul Dawson Jersey,He's the lone player in the NFL this season to record at least 100 tackles and five sacks and just the second in Texans franchise history, joining retired linebacker Jamie Sharper.

bruising runner at 6-foot,At 6-4, 260 pounds with 4.65 speed in the 40-yard dash and a 40 ? inch vertical leap, 250 pounds who's rushed for 1,womens Tyler Boyd Jersey, McKinney will be instrumental in the Texans' mission of containing New England Patriots power back LeGarrette Blount during an AFC divisional-round game Saturday at Gillette Stadium. Blount is a stocky,Authentic Cedric Ogbuehi Jersey,161 yards and 18 touchdowns.

who's been tutored by linebackers coach and former Patriots All-Pro linebacker Mike Vrabel. "We're playing together and listening to our coaches. They've done an unbelievable job with our game plan. I'm just being at the right place at the right time. Coach Vrabel has done an unbelievable job of teaching me where I need to be and just studying film,womens Jake Fisher Jersey,"It's not over with yet, but we're doing a great job as a whole as a defense," said McKinney, just listening and flying around and playing my game."

McKinney's game is built around aggressiveness and mobility. ,womens Nick Vigil Jersey,He recorded a career-high 16 tackles during a 27-0 loss earlier this season to the Patriots. He recorded the eighth-most tackles in Texans franchise history.

"We're a physical team," womens Cedric Ogbuehi Jersey,McKinney said. "We're going to do our job to the best of our ability and do what we do best and just play defense and fly around and have fun."

McKinney is developing into one of the best players on the NFL's best statistical defense.Authentic Tyler Boyd Jersey , He finished 11th in the NFL in total tackles this season.

I mean he was like out of breath. Everything was happening so fast,"He's a very instinctive player,Authentic Nick Vigil Jersey, so I think that it was only a matter of time before he was going to be playing at a high level" Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "Going all the way back to last year. I remember the very first game he played here,but he calmed down and he got used to the game very quickly and he's really playing at a great level.

"As it relates to the different things that he does,womens Paul Dawson Jersey ,pass defense he's instinctive. He's got length. He understands what he's seen during the week. His preparation has been good and then he's been a good blitzer for us."

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Texans counting on 'diverse' RB group to keep Lamar Miller freshAuthentic Ryan Kelly Jersey ,

and for the most part,Authentic T.J. Green Jersey,The Houston Texans' offense depended heavily on its running game last season, it relied on the legs of Lamar Miller.

he accounted for 59 percent of the team’s carries. Miller’s backup was running back Alfred Blue, Miller turned in a career-high 268 carries for 1,073 yards and five touchdowns. Even though he missed the last two games of the regular season,In 2016, who also played in 14 regular season games and ran for 420 yards on 100 carries.Authentic Kevin Johnson Jersey,

Blue and Foreman, with the addition of third-round pick D’Onta Foreman, the Texans have an extremely diverse group that will be competing for a roster spot during training camp. Along with Miller, the Texans have Akeem Hunt,Now, 2016 fourth-round pick Tyler Ervin and undrafted rookie Dare Ogunbowale out of Wisconsin.

we have some first- and second-down backs,womens Tyler Ervin Jersey, and it’s a really diverse group,womens Kevin Johnson Jersey,” running backs coach Charles London said. “You have guys that we consider three-down backs,Authentic Jaelen Strong Jersey, we’ve got guys that can really help in the passing game. So,“It’s probably the most competitive group that we’ve had since we’ve been here, it’s a really diverse group that as coaches we have to find a way to maximize each other’s skill sets.”

London said Miller has “been great for the group." Now that he’s entering his sixth season, he’s been able to help the younger players in the running backs room.

“He talks to the guys a lot about things he’s doing to take care of his body and maybe some of the struggles he went through when he was a young player,”Authentic Benardrick McKinney Jersey, London said. “He’s a great sounding board for those guys and I’ve really seen him kind of take a leadership role this year.”

he will be able to spell some of the heavy workload Miller shouldered last year, the Texans expect Foreman to challenge Blue for the backup position. womens T.J. Green Jersey, The rookie acknowledged that he is doing extra conditioning in an effort to lose some weight before training camp starts. If Foreman can win the backup job,Behind Miller, especially early in the season.

Miller said part of the reason he thinks this group will succeed stems from the accountability the running backs derive from London. womens Jaelen Strong Jersey,London said he works with the group on everything from taking care of their bodies to preparing for the upcoming season. And for rookies, that starts with the basics: learning how to be a professional and how to take notes in the meeting room.

which is a lot in the NFL. But I think he did a great job. And as coaches, particularly early in the season,” London said. “A lot of times he had almost 30 carries in a game,Authentic Tyler Ervin Jersey, I think we probably need to balance his workload a little bit more,“We relied on [Miller] a lot,womens Benardrick McKinney Jersey,womens Ryan Kelly Jersey,we need to be able to use the diversity we have in the group so we can definitely have Lamar at his best in December and January.”

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Packers QBs: Rodgers is making mid-point turnAuthentic Marlon Humphrey Jersey,

where he’s been going for over a decade — womens C.J. Mosley Jersey,Aaron Rodgers was using golf as a metaphor for his NFL timeline.,Before his eighth-place finish at the American Century Championship last week — the best of his life at Lake Tahoe

“I think I’m on the back nine of my career, ,Authentic Sean Harlow Jersey,having (had) the opportunity to sit for three years and not take the wear and tear (and be able) to learn the game.”,” the Green Bay Packers quarterback said in an interview with NFL Network’s Alex Flanagan. “But I think I’m just kind of starting the back nine. This will be my 10th year starting; I got to sit for three years. So I’m not the typical 13-year pro

Rodgers, either. Having altered his diet and offseason regimen, 33,womens Takkarist McKinley Jersey, he’s said several times over the past year that he believes he can play into his 40s. That’s now his intent now an analyst for CBS Sports, isn’t necessarily saying he’ll only play nine more years, and while he hasn’t put a specific number on it — ex-Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo,Authentic Tyus Bowser Jersey, said he thinks Rodgers can play to age 45 — it could be that he’s simply at the turn of his NFL round.

“When I was a young player, ‘If I got to five (years),Authentic C.J. Mosley Jersey, I remember thinking as I looked at some of the older guys,’” Rodgers told Flanagan. “For me, that’d be cool. Or eight. Or anything after 10 would be amazing, I think the longevity is tied to being a Green Bay Packer. I’d like to finish my career in Green Bay.”

Rodgers’ predecessor, was at the same age when he started talking retirement — then went on to play eight more seasons (five with the Packers, one with the New York Jets, but in an offseason interview on ESPN Wisconsin’s “Wilde & Tausch,Authentic Takkarist McKinley Jersey, Brett Favre,Authentic Duke Riley Jersey, two with the Minnesota Vikings). Rodgers isn’t talking retirement,womens Duke Riley Jersey ,” Rodgers hinted at another lesson he’d learned watching Favre’s end game.

“I think as you get older and you see a lot of your friends move on,womens Sean Harlow Jersey,womens Marlon Humphrey Jersey,womens Tyus Bowser Jersey, get cut, get injured and stop playing,” Rodgers explained. “And for me, retire, you have that point where you think about your own career and how long you can go, I got even more motivated to be an irreplaceable part of our team.”

which kicks off with its first practice on July 27,Here’s a closer look at the quarterback position as the Packers prepare for training camp

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Packers: Quinten Rollins knows his third season is crucial

Damarious Randall isn’t the only former high draft pick with something to prove in the Green Bay Packers’ secondary this season.

While Randall, also dealt with health issues throughout the season — his groin injury required postseason surgery, the team’s 2015 first-round pick,womens Garett Bolles Jersey, like the in-season procedure Randall had — and is looking to bounce back in Year 3.,womens Demarcus Walker Jersey, he wasn’t alone in his struggles. Quinten Rollins,Authentic Brendan Langley Jersey , has vowed to show “why I was drafted in the first round” this year after a sophomore season plagued by injuries and inconsistent play,Authentic Chad Kelly Jersey , the team’s 2015 second-round pick taken 32 selections after Randall

Rollins made no bold pronouncements during the team’s organized team activity practices and minicamp earlier this month.,Authentic Jake Butt Jersey,But unlike Randall

and he’s probably more vocal than me,womens Brendan Langley Jersey,“He’s his own person,” Rollins said. “We’ll see.”, I’m my own person. Everybody in this locker room has a way they go about themselves

he is clearly disappointed in how he played in 2016 and recognizes how crucial 2017 is for him.,While Rollins took a more measured approach to discussing his expectations for the upcoming seasonwomens Carlos Henderson Jersey

there were some things that caused last year to go the way it did. At the same time,“It is what it is. It was just a down year,” Rollins said. “Obviously, which I have and which I’m doing.,Authentic Garett Bolles Jersey, I’m not one to make excuses. You learn from them in various ways

what I’ve got to get back to,Authentic Demarcus Walker Jersey,I hold myself to a high standard. Obviously last year was a down year. I struggled. But at the same time,so I’m just looking forward to having the opportunity to come in and compete every day.,womens Chad Kelly Jersey, I know where I’ve got to get to

“In this business,womens Jake Butt Jersey , so I feel like I’m going to get back to where I was, regardless of what’s going on, where I should be and I’m just going to pick it up from there.”, if you’re going out there, you’re getting judged. That’s just how the game goes. But I’m healthy now

After a strong finish and flashes of playmaking as a rookie in 2015 — Rollins had a sack and two interceptions,Authentic Carlos Henderson Jersey,“then missed the team’s first two playoff games with a neck injury and concussion sustained in the regular-season finale at Detroit., including one that he returned 45 yards for a touchdown against the St. Louis Rams — Rollins missed three games in October with the groin injury

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really bad without it,womens Markus Golden Jersey ,Packers defense in 2016: Really good with pressure

Pressure was the fulcrum point for the Green Bay Packers defense in 2016.adidas Tyler Seguin jersey

and no team was more dependent on pressure than the Packers last season.,Scott Kacsmar of Football Outsiders looked at pressure and how it changed the overall effectiveness of NFL defenses

Overall, the Packers ranked 16th in pressure rate, tallying 172 plays with pressure over 638 total plays, so the Packers were just a tick below average in pressuring the quarterback in 2016., good for a percentage of 27.0. The NFL average was 27.1

The more interesting numbers came in the Packers’ DVOA,Authentic D.J. Humphries Jersey,  otherwise known as the defense-adjusted value over average, or FO’s weighted metric that compares teams in all situations based on the league average. When the Packers applied pressure, the Packers fell to 28th. No team had a bigger gap between respective DVOAs., the defense ranked fifth in the NFL in DVOA. When pressure was absent

“These numbers summarize the 2016 Packers well,authentic Jamie Benn jersey,” Kacsmar wrote. “The pass rush didn’t get home often,Authentic Robert Nkemdiche Jersey, but was effective when it did (fifth in DVOA), the Packers had the biggest decline in DVOA (-128.4%) between when their pass-rush failed to generate pressure.”,and the banged-up secondary fell apart when it didn’t (28th in DVOA). Hence

The discovery isn’t at all surprising.

The Packers were beat up at cornerback in 2016, so whenever pressure didn’t help the secondary,Authentic MarkusGolden Jersey, which was likely a result of hamstring and shoulder injuries to Clay Matthews and the deteriorating impact of Julius Peppers., opposing quarterbacks feasted through the air. The numbers also exposed the Packers as only average in applying pressure

womens Robert Nkemdiche Jersry , Yet the few good moments from the Packers defense in 2016 were generally the result of pressure being applied on the quarterback.

Green Bay still approached this offseason with a clear goal of getting better in the secondary. womens Brandon Williams Jersey, The team added veteran Davon House and drafted Kevin King and Josh Jones, although the team did bring back Nick Perry and Jayrone Elliott in free agency., while letting go of Peppers and Datone Jones. The only significant addition made at pass-rusher was drafting Wisconsin’s Vince Biegel in the fourth round

but also a higher pressure percentage overall.womens D.J. Humphries Jersey,  Getting any combination of the two could make a huge difference for a defense that eventually folded in the postseason.,The numbers make two things clear for the 2017 Packers: Green Bay’s defense not only needs better play from the secondary when pressure doesn’t arrive

It’s easy to see how the Packers will be better without pressure. King could provide instant impact as a tall, fast cornerback capable of handling the perimeter, length and veteran know-how to an otherwise young position. Both Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins will go into their third (and hugely important) seasons with a clean bill of health. The pieces are in place for a bounceback year at cornerback.,adidas Jamie Benn jersey,and House brings speed

But how will the pressure rate get significantly better? The Packers are putting much of the burden on Matthews,authentic Tyler Seguin jersey,who has just 11.5 sacks over his last 28 regular season games. He needs a strong and healthy season in 2017. The team will also ask a lot out of Elliott,Authentic Brandon Williams Jersey,Biegel and Kyler Fackrell, who now has the expectations included with signing a $60 million deal.,the three players expected to be primary backups. Can those three outproduce Peppers and Jones from a year ago? The Packers may also need more from Perry

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Packers envision big things from smart and versatile DL Dean Lowry

Kenny Clark wasn’t the only second-year defensive lineman to open eyes during the Green Bay Packers’,womens Corey Coleman Jersey,” offseason workout program.

Dean Lowry has likely earned himself a substantial role up front in 2017 with his combination of brains,Authentic Emmanuel Ogbah Jersey, versatility and activity level.

“He’s all over the place, can play all the inside positions, he’s active, instinctive,” coach Mike McCarthy said during minicamp. “Dean is very smart. Instincts and awareness are very high. He’s had a great offseason too.”, very high on awareness, even bounce outside and play the outside technique

A fifth-round pick last year,Authentic Cedric Ogbuehi Jersey, Lowry saw action in 15 of 16 regular season games as a rookie. He really came on late in the season,Authentic Jake Fisher Jersey, tallying sacks in back-to-back games against the Houston Texans and Seattle Seahawks in December.

The Packers plan to put more on Lowry’s plate in his second year,Authentic Tyler Kroft Jersey , likely because they know he can handle it – both from a mental and physical standpoint.

” defensive line coach Mike Trgovac said this offseason. “He’s a good athlete. He’s long. He’s versatile. And he has the mental capacity to pick up a lot of different things,Authentic Paul Dawson Jersey,“He is very bright, which is always a plus,Authentic Corey Coleman Jersey , first of all, and he really wants to be good.”

“He’s been excellent.”

At 6-6 and almost 300 pounds, Lowry gives the Packers uncommon size along the defensive line. womens Tyler Kroft Jersey,His dimensions and athleticism could allow him to play a role that involves outside looks in the base, three-man front and more inside pass-rushing opportunities when the Packers put more defensive backs on the field in subpackages.

Lowry believes he’s capable of making a big jump in his second year.

it allows you to play a lot of faster,“Everything’s really slowed down,womens Emmanuel Ogbah Jersey, just as habit,” Lowry said at minicamp. “Having the technique and fundamentals down, allows you to maximize your natural ability out there.”

The Packers will need Lowry to maximize his impact in a big role in 2017, especially with the versatility of Datone Jones and Julius Peppers no longer in Green Bay and Letroy Guion’s uncertain future on the roster.

Trgovac said the Packers’ depth along the defensive line will likely fall on the shoulders of Clark and Lowry,womens Cedric Ogbuehi Jersey, and the team won’t know what they really have in the two emerging linemen until the pads come on in training camp.

but we’re running around in underwear right now. We’ll find out when the pads come on and it’s for real. But they are two mature,womens Jake Fisher Jersey,“It depends on how these young guys come around,womens Paul Dawson Jersey , Kenny. We’ll be counting on them. They’ve done a fabulous job up to this point Trgovac said. “Dean, hard-working guys.”

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Lions committed to new OT Greg Robinson

Every other move the Detroit Lions have made to address their backup tackle situation this year was no-strings-attached: Tendering Cornelius Lucas his one-year RFA deal, womens Laken Tomlinson Jersey , sliding guard Joe Dahl out to tackle and signing street free agent Cyrus Kouandjio were all moves the team can painlessly undo whenever they feel like it.

the trade the Lions made for NoAuthentic Kyler Fackrell Jersey,  2 overall pick Greg Robinson was a small,But as Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press wrote Thursday, but serious investment.

with no offset language, which general manager Bob Quinn has made five of in two years—womens Kyler Fackrell Jersey, Detroit took now has the final season of Robinson’s rookie contract on the books. It’s a fully guaranteed $3.322 million, so even if the Lions cut him and he signed with another team,Besides the trade capital involved—a sixth-round pick, Detroit would still be on the hook for every penny.

” Birkett wrote. “All seven—Matthew Stafford,Ziggy Ansah,womens Kenny Clark Jersey , Marvin Jones,Only seven players on the current roster have higher base salaries for the 2017 season,Darius Slay and Glover Quin—are expected to play significant roles this fall.”,womens Damarious Randall Jersey, Golden Tate, Haloti Ngata

most talented and most experienced NFL left tackle Detroit has after starter Taylor Deckerwomens Jason Spriggs Jersey,“ (and we could quibble on those three points with Decker,Robinson is the most athletic, too). He’s going to be given every opportunity to be the one who fills in until Decker’s return.

The really interesting question is, what happens after Decker comes back?Authentic Damarious Randall Jersey,

is up at the end of the season. He’ll be a free agent unless the Lions decide to pay to keep him around. Interestingly, guaranteed as it is, though,Robinson’s deal,Authentic Laken Tomlinson Jersey, he could become a factor at the only position on the offensive line where the starting job isn’t locked up.

as a few have speculated,Authentic Kenny Clark Jersey, Robinson shifted inside to left guard when Decker returned,Authentic Jason Spriggs Jersey ,If,that could set up a scenario for 2018 where Graham Glasgow—currently the favorite to play left guard this fall—slides inside to take over for pending free-agent center Travis Swanson.

It’s all very much up in the air; Robinson could just as easily serve as a high-quality swing backup to Decker and expensive new right tackle Rick Wagner. But once Decker returns,Authentic Quinten Rollins Jersey, Robinson will be sitting—and Detroit has invested enough in him that sitting doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

and Robinson can play as well in the Lions system as some suspect,womens Quinten Rollins Jersey,If they can find a way to get Robinson involved for all 16 games this year, look for him to do more than just keep Decker’s spot warm.

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Broncos' tight ends look to break out in new offense

When it comes to where,,Authentic Chad Williamss Jersey, tight ends have fit in the Denver Broncos' offense of late, exactly, Virgil Green has consistently said "forgotten" is too strong a word.

“I wouldn’t say that," is how the six-year veteran put it early in the Broncos' offseason program.Authentic Duke Riley Jersey,  And “I still wouldn’t say that" is what he said just before they adjourned for their summer break last month.

However, new offensive coordinator, "sparingly" is not too strong a word. And with a new coach,Authentic Budda Baker Jersey , a new playbook and one very crowded spot on the depth chart the Broncos seem inclined to see what more they can get from this group in the passing game.

But here’s the bottom line: This isn’t a new dilemma. womens Duke Riley Jersey ,The last time a Broncos tight end finished a season with at least 50 catches when a future Hall of Famer (Peyton Manning) wasn’t throwing the ball or a current Hall of Famer (Shannon Sharpe) wasn’t catching it was 2001.

The player?

Your answer there is Desmond Clark,Authentic Dorian Johnson Jersey, who finished with 51 receptions that season.

In between,womens T. J. LoganJersey, but since Sharpe’s retirement,Tony Scheffler had a pair of 40-catch seasons in 2007 and '08, only Manning in Adam Gase's wide-open offense consistently made a tight end a 50-catch threat. Julius Thomas had 65 grabs in 2013 -- when the Broncos were second in the league with 659 pass attempts and set a single-season record for points -- while Jacob Tamme had 52 receptions in 2012.

offensive coordinator Mike McCoy’s recent history suggests Denver's tight ends can expect to be more involved than last season,womens Budda Baker Jersey,,And while a 50-catch season is a lot to ask as the current Broncos aim to give wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders plenty of action in the passing game, when Green’s 22 catches led the position group.

“I just think we had to do things a little differently [last season], blocking some -- we had to get the run game going a little more,Authentic Takkarist McKinley Jersey, " Green said. “We were in, and we were in a lot to block the rushers."

Certainly, the presence of a player such as Antonio Gates in McCoy’s offense in his four seasons as Chargers coach pumped up the tight-end numbers. Authentic T. J. Logan Jersey,And the Chargers didn’t have a tandem of receivers to work on the outside like Thomas and Sanders.

Still, and the Broncos players who have looked at that game video believe he will do the same in his return to Denver. Gates caught at least 53 passes in all four of his seasons with McCoy. During that same stretchwomens Dorian Johnson Jersey, McCoy kept the tight ends and running backs busy in those four seasons,the Chargers also saw a running back catch at least 36 passes three times and a tight end other than Gates catch at least 36 passes twice.

“I think this is a great offense for tight ends," A.J. Derby said earlier this offseason.womens Chad WilliamsJersey, “I think [McCoy’s] past record in San Diego shows that."

Green is the only player who was on Denver's roster when McCoy was in his first stint as the team’s offensive coordinator (2009-12). The Broncos have seven players at the position,womens Takkarist McKinley Jersey,Of the group, including two picks from the past three drafts in Jeff Heuerman and Jake Butt.

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What to expect from the Denver Broncos’ rookie class in 2017

For rookies, dark place., The NFL can be a coldAuthentic Larry Ogunjobi Jersey,

a hot training camp and the longest season they have ever experienced,After a grueling learning curve,womens David Njoku Jersey, it’s not until the start of their second season that players are truly able to grasp everything the league throws their way. If they make it that far., rookies are still chewed up and spit out by the league. By most first-hand accounts

it’s a mistake to count on rookies.,Authentic Howard Wilson Jersey ,Frankly

the Broncos were a prime example of this. While the top of Denver’s draft had developmental players — i.e. Paxton Lynch and Adam Gotsis — there were other rookies the Broncos hoped would have an impact.,Authentic Zane Gonzalez Jersey,Last year

although every rookie played except for guard Connor McGovern — who was inactive for much of the season — only Devontae Booker played a significant role on either side of the ball.,At season’s end

Gotsis (second) Justin Simmons (third),womens Taco Charlton Jersey ,Outside of Booker and seventh-round pick Riley Dixon — who was the team’s punter all of last season — the Broncos’ rookies combined for 10 starts between Lynch (first round), Andy Janovich (sixth) and Will Parks (sixth)., McGovern (fifth)

all in all Denver’s rookies weren’t far off from the typical impact to most NFL teams.,Although every team would like to see their first-round pick be an immediate starterAuthentic DeShone Kizer Jersey,

Looking ahead, much of the same production can be expected from 2017’s batch of rookies, but perhaps in a different way:Authentic Taco CharltonJersey , t While there will likely be impact from at least one of the later-round picks (read below), should deliver the greatest impact of the group, left tackle, Garett Bolles, much as a first-round pick should.

Bolles moved from the backup left tackle during OTAs, to platooning on the first team with Ty Sambrailo. If his development continues into training camp,Authentic David Njoku Jersey,As the offseason wrapped up,womens DeShone Kizer Jersey , it’s hard to imagine Bolles not locking up the left side of the line before the September 11 opening-night game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Along with left tackle,womens Larry Ogunjobi Jersey, Denver may end up using a combination of Carlos Henderson (third-round selection) and Isaiah McKenzie (fifth round). Both players’ versatility,be filled by rookies,hat of the third wide-receiver position. Instead of one player being called upon to fill this role, there is another major hole from 2016 that can, and likely will, allowing them to each play in the backfield and at receiver, could have a significant impact on Denver’s offense. It wouldn’t be a surprise if only one of these players matriculates into this kind of role.

Outside of these three players, Jake Butt (fifth),womens Howard Wilson Jersey, it’s hard to imagine any of the remaining rookies having a consistent impact during their rookie campaigns. Of the remaining five — DeMarcus Walker (second round), however, Brendan Langley (third), De’Angelo Henderson (sixth) and Chad Kelly (seventh) — it is conceivable only one will see significant playing time on either side of the ball.

Henderson and Kelly are all longshots to see the field with the depth ahead of them,Langley, womens Zane Gonzalez Jersey, leaving Walker and Butt as probably the only two other players likely to make an impact.

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Is Byron Jones the most valuable piece of the Cowboys defense?

The Dallas Cowboys’ defense has been built with young and intriguing players, but the group has not yet passed the “building” phase of its talent. Many names have differing levels of upside, but few stand out as “stars” aside from linebacker Sean Lee. One player who has drawn plenty of attention early in his career is Byron Jones, who may become the most valuable piece of the Cowboys’ defense.authentic Kyle Okposo jersey

Aside from Lee, Tyrone Crawford, the Cowboys are loaded with young defenders: Jones, Chidobe Awuzie, Maliek Collins, Demarcus Lawrence, Jaylon Smith, and rookies Taco Charlton, David Irving, Anthony Brown, Jourdan Lewis and even Xavier Woods. The talent is certainly there,adidas Brad Marchand jersey, but it has to come together.

a strong case can be made for the 30-year-old Lee,adidas Jack Eichel jersey,When breaking down the most valuable piece of the defense, one of the best linebackers in the business when healthy. That said,age certainly has to be weighed in this discussion. This is why Jones,adidas Sean Monahan jersey, a third-year safety, merits a place in this debate. (Charlton,adidas Jordan Staal jersey, Smith, Awuzie and even Lewis could enter this conversation down the road.)

Jones has tallied 154 combined tackles,Over his first two NFL seasons, 18 passes defensed,adidas Johnny Gaudreau jersey,  a forced fumble and an interception. His 88 combined tackles in 2016 showed his versatility and proved he has the upside to become one of the best safeties in the NFL. While his numbers aren’t gaudy in terms of forcing turnovers, his ability to close out on runners, not miss tackles, and defend top tight ends makes him so valuable.

Jones spoke about his rookie matchup with superstar tight end Rob Gronkowski,At Sports Day DFW, pointing out how tough tackling him was, “Tackling, Gronkowski, I’ve never felt that before. I was just hanging on for dear life at some point. I was like, ‘Please go down,authentic Brad Marchand jersey,authentic Jack Eichel jersey, please go down … This guy is not going down. Someone help me.'”

While those words from Jones may make it seem that he struggled,adidas Kyle Okposo jersey,it was actually just the opposite. Soon after that game, Bleacher Report called Jones the only “Gronk-Stopper” in the NFL. Gronkowski had just four catches for 67 yards,authentic Johnny Gaudreau jersey,a fine stat line but a modest one for a superstar tight end. Even the New England Patriots’ SB Nation site sent praise in the direction of Jones after that game.

Jones is a fast player who can both defend the run and lock down the top tight ends in the game. authentic Jordan Staal jersey, Best of all? He’s only 24, but that pick could become even better than many anticipated., which means he will likely continue to improve. Many fans loved the addition of the former Connecticut safety with the No. 27 pick in the 2015 NFL Draftauthentic Sean Monahan jersey,

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Maliek Collins Has Lofty Expectations,womens Leonard Floyd Jersey,Overshadowed By His Own Draft Class

The Cowboys might have landed two superstars in last year’s draft but there is a constant buzz surrounding Maliek Collins as he enters his second season.

Ask a fan to name a player from the Cowboys’ 2016 draft class and “Maliek Collins” probably isn’t going to be the first name that comes out of his or her mouth.

Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott were almost instantaneous superstars.Authentic Eddie Goldman Jersey,

Collins played a higher percentage (61.9 percent) of the team’s regular season defensive snaps than any other defensive lineman on the Cowboys. He recorded five sacks,womens Kevin White Jersey ,Last season, and forced a fumble sacking quarterback Jameis Winston in a 26-20 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.,including two against the Cleveland Browns

” defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said of Collins midway through last season.,“He has pop and that snap to him

and the majority of training camp. By any fair measure,womens Devin Funchess Jersey ,He did all of this despite breaking his foot at the beginning of team activities as a rookie forcing him to miss all of OTA’s, mini-camp, but he certainly doesn’t look at it that way., he delivered on the expectations placed on him

” Collins said during the last week of mini-camp.,womens Cody Whitehair Jersey,“I never meet my own goals

His position is a constant battle of wearing down opponents. womens Eddie Goldman Jersey, He doesn’t believe he should use numbers to measure that toughness.

” Collins said. “That’s how I set my goals.Authentic Kevin White Jersey, I don’t really do it statistically. Then you’re out there chasing stats. The goal is to improve every day. If I’m not improving every day then I’m doing something wrong.”,“[My goal is to] be the best player I can be so that I always keep improving

Marinelli is known to have coached a number of defensive linemen into their primes.Authentic Jonathan Bullard Jersey , He coached players like Warren Sapp and Simeon Rice as a defensive coach for Tampa Bay.

Collins plays the “Three-Technique” tackle under Marinelli’s system and the effectiveness of the defense relies in some part on a player like Collins’ ability to cause disruption.Authentic Cody Whitehair Jersey, Collins says he doesn’t necessarily need the voices of the Cowboys coaches or teammates to explain to him what is expected. Collins is a historian of his own position.

the standards are in the history books of what three-techniques have done in this system. I like to say that’s the standard. The people like John Randle,womens Jonathan Bullard Jersey ,“The standards are basically written, guys like Warren Sapp or [Keith] Millard,” Collins explained. “Me being a three-technique, who started the system. [Anthony] McFarland, those types of players.”

the formula isn’t all that complicated. Authentic Leonard Floyd Jersey,He wants to emulate that domination.,All of those players Collins mentioned dominated offensive lines at one point or another through the years. To Collins

” he said.,Authentic Devin Funchess Jersey,“You try to meet those standards

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Don’t Expect Anything Big From The Atlanta Hawks This Free Agency

Assuming the Hawks won’t re-sign Paul Millsap, and the Hawks have to decide what type of roster they need coming into next season.Authentic Taylor Decker Jersey , , they’ll be in rebuild/retool mode. Free agency begins at midnight

The 2017 NBA free agency is the most chaotic part of the NBA offseason. womens Graham Glasgow Jersey,Franchises are scrambling around offering players deals, superstars are being moved around to different teams, and tons of rumors are swirling around social media. Luckily, we’re all pretty sure he won’t be in a Hawks uniform next season., unless of course Paul Millsap decides to stick with the Hawks for a low cost. Schlenk doesn’t like bad contracts so, the Hawks aren’t looking to land any superstar free agents

The benefit in taking a step back is that there isn’t any pressure on the franchise to make an outrageous move. Authentic Graham Glasgow Jersey, The Atlanta Hawks are never in any real contention of getting a high-level player through free agency. Now that the Hawks know for sure that’s not what they want, they can focus their energy on making this an elite ball club for the future. What the Hawks need to go for this offseason is simple. They need to become younger, and sign a veteran or two that’ll come in and be a mentor to the younger guys., create some cap space if possible

The first priority come midnight will be Paul Millsap. The Hawks have been discussing sign and trades for Millsap but, they have to be careful about not just settling for anything. Atlanta needs to be looking to get as many draft picks or young players with potential as possible. Signing players 26+ to expensive contracts is not the way to go. Sure,womens Taylor Decker Jersey, the more youth the more mistakes will be made. But the Atlanta Hawks know they won’t be contenders next season with the absence of Millsap. The Hawks will lose more games than last season based on that alone. But what’s the point of having an ok season knowing that only a couple of players on the roster will improve. John Collins, the more the merrier.,womens A'Shawn Robinson Jersey , and Alpha Kaba seem like good young fits here in Atlanta but, Tyler Dorsey

they need try their best to free up cap space. Kent Bazemore is one of those guys that the Hawks would love to get rid of and gain cap room. It’ll be hard to trade him but,Authentic Jake Rudock Jersey ,Not only do the Hawks need to get younger but, maybe he’ll perform well early on in the season and create some type of trade value. Bazemore is making an annual average salary of $17,womens Laken Tomlinson Jersey , and has 3 more years left on his contract. Bazemore doesn’t produce the stats synonymous with this type of contract. Travis Schlenk is a stickler about signing healthy contracts, so shipping Bazemore off to another team is a priority for him for sure.,5000,000

the Hawks need a veteran or two to come in and help the young players mature. When you’re about to go through a season where you know you’re going to lose some games from inexperience,Last but not least, you need an older player in the locker room to help these players deal with things like the media, locker room issues, how to deal with losing streaks, what it takes to get better, etc. Authentic Laken Tomlinson Jersey,Veterans have been through winning and losing seasons, and everything you can think of while being in the NBA. Of course the Hawks don’t need to go throwing the bank at a player that won’t produce efficient playing time. But signing someone 30+ for a low amount won’t hurt.,dealing with refs,Authentic A'Shawn Robinson Jersey,the ups and downs of franchises

This is pretty much how the Atlanta Hawks offseason will play out. They’ll try to become younger,womens Jake Rudock Jersey, clear some cap space for flexibility, and sign some cheap veteran players. The Hawks aren’t getting Gordon Hayward or Blake Griffin. Expect to see the Hawks be similar to the Phoenix Suns. They’ll have a few young players,Authentic Kenny Clark Jersey, not the now., and a veteran or two. The Hawks of course will be a little bit older than this Suns squad. It’s not a bad thing that the Hawks won’t be in the spotlight. All this means is that the Hawks realize that it’ll almost be impossible to assemble a team that’ll beat teams like Cleveland and a Boston Celtics team with Gordon Hayward or Paul George on it. The Hawks are focused on the future,womens Kenny Clark Jersey , one to two good players

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Why Peppers selection shows Browns ahead of NFL trend

Football is a fluid game.

Offenses adapt to score more points. Defenses adapt to stop them.

The NFL features pass heavy offenses these days. It's evident because of the devaluing of the running back position and the lucrative deal that Derek Carr just signed with the Oakland Raiders. As a result, defenses are forced to adapt.

Many fans are familiar with the vanilla 4-3 defensive scheme - four down linemen,womens Hunter Henry Jersey, three standing linebackers. The Cleveland Browns defense under Gregg Williams is anything but vanilla. It has never been more clear than when the team drafted Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers in the first round.

Most teams had a hard time pinpointing which position Peppers would play. Cleveland has the EXACT position that Peppers would fit.

the 21-year old did a little bit of everything for the Wolverines. He played running back. He returned punts. He returned kicks. Most importantly,womens Max Tuerk Jersey,Although he was listed as a safety,Authentic Craig Mager Jersey , he played linebacker. He was the first player to work out as a Defensive Back and Linebacker at the NFL Combine.

Williams' scheme may be called a 4-3 but it's closer to a nickel package or a 4-2-5. For the majority of defensive snaps,Authentic Tyler Higbee Jersey, two cornerbacks,womens Pharoh Cooper Jersey, the team will line up with two linebackers, two safeties and Peppers. The versatile prospect does not shy away from contact which makes him a great candidate to be a hybrid linebacker-safety who can play in the box or drop back in coverage.

Versatility does not end with Peppers, womens Craig Mager Jersey,however.

As Bucky Brooks wrote on NFL.com, this is not the same old Browns defense.Authentic Denzel Perryman Jersey,

A successful player in the scheme will be able to play multiple positions.womens Denzel Perryman Jersey,

"Everybody on our defense has to play two positions," Williams continued.Authentic Max Tuerk Jersey

because the league has become a one-back,"We'll get as many good players in packages as needed. If it means only playing one linebacker,Authentic Hunter Henry Jersey,throwing league and wherever I have been,womens Tyler Higbee Jersey, I will play one linebacker. I think wherever I have been we have played with a lot of DBs before,people don't want to get lined up in two-back offenses and try to run it against us because of how we will load it up on you and outnumber you that way."

who would appear to have a pretty defined role,Even a player like defensive tackle Danny Shelton, must play two positions.

and he is motivated to be the best he can be. I think he is going to be pretty good,“I have been working with Danny because we have been cross-training. Everybody has to learn two positions. Danny has had a good campAuthentic Pharoh Cooper Jersey,  He is buying into what we are trying to teach," defensive line coach Clyde Simmons said.

due to some proactive coaching and strategy,The Browns have been chasing offenses around the field since their return in 1999. However, Cleveland may finally look to be the aggressor.

And it all starts with Peppers.

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Cleveland Browns: Is the 53-man roster already established?

but is the final roster already set in the minds of the coaching staff and front office?,The Cleveland Browns will open training camp in 10 days

The Cleveland Browns will open their second training camp under head coach Hue Jackson on July 27 at team headquarters in Berea.

Throughout the course of training camp, and four preseason friendlies the coaching staff will work to shape the 53-man roster that will open the season on Sept. 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.,womens Josh Malone Jersey , which includes 15 practices open to the public

And while fans like to dream of a player making a surprise run through the preseason to claim a roster spot,womens Jake Elliott Jersey, that is more myth than anything. The truth is that the Browns,Authentic Jabrill Pepperss Jersey, will likely open training camp with a pretty good idea of who will emerge at the end with a roster spot.,like all NFL teams

As flexible as the position may be — these are still the Browns,Authentic DeShone Kizer Jersey, DeShone Kizer and Brock Osweiler. (Sorry Kevin Hogan fans.), after all — the quarterbacks are going to be Cody Kessler

Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson are going to be the top two running backs, Authentic David Njoku Jersey, David Njoku and Seth DeValve are likewise the top two tight ends, as are the top five wide receivers., at least seven of the offensive line positions are locked in

Take your personal biases out of it, the final roster will look come September.Authentic Myles Garrett Jersey,  With the end of training camp two-a-days and other changes in the collective bargaining agreement, and it is easy to see how, making it that much more difficult for a player on fringes to make an impression., barring injury, there are only so many practice reps to go around

of course.,That doesn’t mean that training camp and the preseason will be without intrigue

The quarterback situation still has to work itself out, Kizer and Osweiler on Twitter.,Authentic Josh Malone Jersey,and we all can look forward to the daily throw-by-throw breakdown of Kessler

While they will both likely make the final roster,womens Myles Garrett Jersey, if nothing else than for the continued good health of whoever wins the quarterback competition.,womens Jabrill Peppers Jersey, the competition at right tackle between Shon Coleman and Cameron Erving will be a big one

On defense,womens David Njoku Jersey,and how the various pieces fit in the secondary remains very much to be determined., the team still needs to find someone to line up next to Shelton in a four-man front

The biggest question, which won’t be answered until September, Authentic Jake Elliott Jersey,or if they want to make the best 53-man roster with the players they have drafted., is if executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown and Jackson are committed to building the best 53-man roster they can

which in turn should make it more difficult for rookies like Roderick Johnson or Caleb Brantley,womens DeShone Kizer Jersey , In theory, the Browns should be better this year, to make the team out of training camp., for example

Last year the Browns opened season with all 14 of their draft picks on the roster. If they repeat that again this year, they will likely face some questions. It’s one thing for the higher draft picks to make the squad, that’s a different story., but if some of the third-day selections don’t outplay the competition but still claim a roster spot

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Where does Nate Orchard fit with the new-look Browns defense?authentic Marian Hossa jersey

Nate Orchard is facing an interesting challenge as he enters his third training camp with the Cleveland Browns. That third-year status makes Orchard something of a grizzled veteran for the Browns’ defensive front at just 24 years old.authentic Duncan Keith jersey,a

250-pound frame and athletic profile. It’s what he played at Utah.,adidas Marian Hossa jersey,The scheme change from the 3-4 to Gregg Williams’ 4-2 front leaves Orchard’s future in Cleveland foggy. The 2015 second-round pick was the most natural 3-4 outside linebacker on the roster. It’s the optimal position for his 6-foot-3

so that leaves defensive end almost by default.,Now he has to transition to either an off-ball linebacker or hand-in-dirt defensive end. Orchard doesn’t have the quick feet, or experience playing in space to make the cut at linebacker,authentic Jeff Skinner jersey, loose hips

The problem here for No. 44 is the team has drafted two better defensive ends to start ahead of him in Emmanuel Ogbah and Myles Garrett. He lacks the pass rush sizzle of either player,adidas Jonathan Toews jersey, more productive end in front of him too., the bulk desired for an inline end. Desmond Bryant returning from injury adds another more experienced

So where does Orchard fit?

Garrett and Ogbah. He figures to see some action as the left end when Ogbah kicks inside as part of the “NASCAR” pass rush package. adidas Duncan Keith jersey, And he will need to be a strong special teams contributor.,Expect a heavy dose of Orchard working as the primary backup for the starting ends

another younger and better schematic fit,Of course,adidas Jeff Skinner jersey,as something of a positional misfit his biggest value might be as a trading commodity. Even though he’s battled injuries in his first two seasons,Authentic Jonathan Toews jersey, a trade out of Cleveland might be Orchard’s destiny.,shows well in preseason,authentic Corey Crawford jersey,Orchard still has upside and background as a 3-4 rush backer. A team making the opposite schematic switch from the Browns or a base 3-4 team suffering an injury in the preseason might value Orchard a lot more than the Browns will as the No. 3 or 4 defensive end. If Carl Nassib

Nate Orchard is facing an interesting challenge as he enters his third training camp with the Cleveland Browns. adidas Corey Crawford jersey, That third-year status makes Orchard something of a grizzled veteran for the Browns’ defensive front at just 24 years old.

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Bengals TE Tyler Kroft wants to prove himself

The Cincinnati Bengals tight end position possess a lot of potential, though you’d hardly be able to tell from last year’s results.Authentic Leonard Floyd Jersey,  That is primarily because of the number of games star tight end Tyler Eifert missed not only last year (8) but in the last three years (26) due to injury. Additionally, the Bengals have not been able to get backup tight end Tyler Kroft involved in the passing game as much as they would like. However, Kroft seems to be intent on that changing as soon as possible.

” Kroft told the Cincinnati Enquirer. womens Devin Funchess Jersey ,“That’s something I think I can show and I’m hopefully showing it.”,“I want to show that I can do the stuff in the pass game that I know I can do

his struggles in the passing game caused most scouts and analysts to rank him as a Day 3 draft pick. The Bengals,The Bengals selected Kroft in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft based on his excellent blocking ability and above average athleticism. However, and average ball-catching skills. The best way to do that is through practice and repetition, however, valued him more than most and felt they could help him work past his limited catch-radius,womens Shaq Thompson Jersey , as well as building confidence with his quarterback. In two seasons, Kroft has 21 catches for 221 yards and 1 touchdown. Though Kroft hasn’t done much in the passing game yet,poor spatial awareness,Authentic Cody Whitehair Jersey, he’s working to change that moving forward.

“Just going to keep trying to build that confidence between Andy and I,” Kroft said. “I think ultimately at the end of the day that’s what this period is. Obviously,womens Jonathan Bullard Jersey , we’re not hitting too much and a lot of it is timing and routes and timing throws, or just continuing to build that confidence between those two.”

Chemistry between a quarterback and pass-catcher is crucial to a productive tandem. womens Leonard Floyd Jersey,Luckily, Dalton has been working with Kroft for a couple of years now, allowing plenty of time for the two to develop that chemistry. And though Dalton has only thrown the ball Kroft’s way 26 times in two years, he’s now praising the young tight end while suggesting a few areas he still needs to work on.

“I think his understanding of how to run certain routes has gotten a lot better, Authentic Devin Funchess Jersey, so I think just the understanding of how to run certain routes and where exactly he needs to be has gotten a lot better.”,” Dalton said. “I think that comes with experience and time. He’s an athletic guy; he can run

The progress Kroft has shown so far on the practice field seems to be encouraging. But,Authentic Shaq Thompson Jersey,he’ll need to prove it during training camp and the preseason, especially with C.J. Uzomah also fighting for playing time and a few rookies added into the mix. However,through continued practice with his quarterback and trust built with the coaching staff,Authentic Jonathan Bullard Jersey , he’ll have plenty of opportunity and ability to reach the goals he has set for himself. That’s especially true right now as Eifert is currently not practicing while recovering from back surgery.

” Kroft said of understanding the Bengals’ offense and his relationship with Dalton.womens Cody Whitehair Jersey,  “It’s giving him the confidence I’ll be in the right spot and that I know what I’m doing.",“That’s what comes through when we’ve been getting a lot of serious time together the past week

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Andy Dalton and the Bengals look to bounce back from a disappointing 6-10 seasonAuthentic Jason Spriggs Jersey 

The Bengals’ recent struggles in the postseason overshadowed the fact that this was one of the NFL’s most consistent franchises from 2011-15.womens Jason Spriggs Jersey, The team reached the playoffs in each of those seasons and won at least 10 games four times.

That run of success came to a sudden end in 2016 as the Bengals suffered their first losing season (6–9–1) since Andy Dalton arrived as an unheralded rookie. Authentic Laken Tomlinson Jersey,Now, pressure is mounting on the draft classes of the past three seasons to lead this club back to the playoffs. This includes the influx of 11 rookies in 2016 and three picks from the first four rounds over the previous two years who have yet to see the field due to injury., after a second consecutive offseason filled with quality veteran departures

but this team’s success will be determined by an offensive line filled with question marks.womens Laken Tomlinson Jersey , ,The offense will still be built around Dalton and standout wide receiver A.J. Green

The talented defense will hope to continue its momentum after the unit ranked among the best in the league in the second half after struggling early in the season.Authentic Jake Rudock Jersey ,

Dalton has never been regarded as a top-tier NFL quarterback, but the former second-round pick out of TCU continues to put up quality numbers. In 2016,he has missed only three starts.,womens Kenny Clark Jersey , he threw for 4,Authentic Kyler Fackrell Jersey,206 yards (87 shy of his career high) and completed 64.7 percent of his passes. His best quality might be his durability; in six seasons

Green missed out on his sixth straight 1, the fewest of his career.,000-yard season due a hamstring injury that forced him to miss six games. He still caught 66 passes for 964 yards — but had only four touchdownsAuthentic Kenny Clark Jersey,

The Bengals added to their outstanding group of skill position players in the draft, selecting wide receiver John Ross,womens Jake Rudock Jersey, and controversial but talented running back Joe Mixon.,who ran the fastest 40-yard dash time ever at the Scouting Combine

Dalton expects to have a healthy Tyler Eifert,womens Kyler Fackrell Jersey, and there will be no shortage of weapons., who has dominated in the red zone when healthy but hasn’t been able to stay on the field. Tyler Boyd enters his second season after making significant strides in route running and aggressive play in the slot over the final half of 2016. Toss in veteran backs Gio Bernard and Jeremy Hill as part of a rotation

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Cincinnati Bengals Zero-Snap Spotlight: William Jackson III

but in a special way. Each player that has been and will be discussed all fits the same mold: None of them are rookies,The Zero-Snap Spotlight series continues in the offseason,womens Craig Mager Jersey, going deep into the Cincinnati Bengals roster to see who can contribute in the 2017 season,but none have played a down of NFL football yet.

So far, Alonzo Russell, Tra Carson, Ryan Brown,womens Rob Havenstein Jersey,  we’ve taken a deep dive into the following players: Andrew Billings, Marcus Hardison, David Dean, and Tony McRae., Jake Kumerow, Chris Brown, Jeff Driskel

I look at another cornerback,Authentic Craig Mager Jersey ,To continue this series, William Jackson III.

it may have been a surprise for him to be the choice. Early in the process,In 2015,womens Denzel Perryman Jersey, he was rating out in the second tier of draftable corners, Jackson III became the next in a recent line of first round cornerbacks selected by Cincinnati. To some, expected to be a second-round selection. A strong showing in workouts and the way the picks before him fell helped change that.

the defensive line) standing to gain much more benefit with an infusion of new blood than cornerback,womens Tyler Higbee Jersey,Still, it was questionable for the Bengals to take yet another first round corner with many assets already spent in that area in recent years. Dre Kirkpatrick and Darqueze Dennard were both still on rookie contracts. Adam Jones was still a big part of the equation. It didn’t seem to make much sense with other areas (namely,womens Pharoh Cooper Jersey, especially with the insistence of Cincinnati to slowly bring along players at that particular position.

Give the Bengals credit: They had solid reasoning behind the choice.

he could be another option to help beyond as his predecessors aged,While their depth was mostly secure for that upcoming season, there was change on the horizon. Leon Hall had been let go in free agency. Jones is getting up there in age. Kirkpatrick was in the final season of his deal and set for a big payday if he performed well — a payday that wasn’t assured in Cincinnati. Authentic Rob Havenstein Jersey, Dennard hadn’t (and still hasn’t) shown much in limited action. Even if Jackson III wasn’t going to play in 2016, underperformed or priced themselves out of the Bengals’ preferred range.

but a major piece of it clearly is that teams know what they need and are more willing to try filling those with a somewhat lesser player rather than just adding a better guy who may not get utilized enough to be worth the selection to them. Compared to most,Another part of their thinking seems to simply be best-player-available drafting. Every team spouts taking the best players on the board, the Bengals tend to be more willing to play the long game and live with letting better guys sit and learn for years before seeing the field much,Authentic Tyler Higbee Jersey, but too often we see their decision-making not reflect that in the least. Part of that is surely that specific team boards vary drastically from each other and those of media draftniks, and that was definitely the case here.

but picking up 10 and 23 pass breakups in his final two seasons there,Authentic Pharoh Cooper Jersey,Jackson III did plenty to make a case as the best available at Cincinnati’s pick. He showed off an ability to make plays on the ball in college, not only collecting eight interceptionss in three seasons with Houston, respectively.

made him a first-round-level addition,His ability to turn those interceptions into something bigger was another clear strength, paired with quality measurables and strong instincts, the rival Steelers surely could have one pick later., as three of his eight were returned fortouchdowns. The speed he showed off at the Combine (4.37-second 40-yard dash) and at his pro day (4.32-second 20-yard short shuttle),Authentic Denzel Perryman Jersey,and had Cincinnati not pulled the trigger

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