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Custom Los Angeles Chargers Jerseys

Come playoff time last year, the Los Angeles Chargers looked beat up. With deep playoff expectations this year, it’s time to play smarter.
Last year’s Chargers proved to be among the best teams in the NFL, but they had little to show for it in the playoffs. The team looked tired against the New England Patriots, and it showed in the final score.

This Chargers team may be even more well-rounded and depth-filled than last season, and the Chargers’ coaches need to take advantage of that depth during the regular season.

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Of course, when it comes down to it, the team needs to play whoever will put W’s in the win column. As we found out last year, every single win matters, especially when you are in the same division as the Kansas City Chiefs. Salvaging a win against the Denver Broncos could have changed the course of the season.

However, with depth this good, the Chargers have to use it, and using it will lead to wins. The following strategies should be employed, for the sake of both the postseason and late in the regular season.

Rely Less on Melvin Gordon
Especially for Anthony Lynn, a former running back, this concept is far easier said than done.

Nothing changes the complexion of a football game as rapidly as a fumble. While interceptions typically occur downfield and can mimic a punt to a certain degree, when fumbles occur, they are unexpected catastrophes that often leave the football in prime position for opponents.

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Due to the fumble factor, it is difficult to trust young running backs. Often just trying to make a play, younger backs tend to be looser with the football and therefore difficult to trust.

For example, despite being among the strongest players on the team, Austin Ekeler has experienced game-changing fumbles against the Jacksonville Jaguars and against the Los Angeles Rams in the past two years.

These growing pains make it tough for coaches to trust young running backs, but these costly fumbles can happen to anyone.

Coach Lynn has to learn to trust his young backs despite the risks involved. Ekeler, Justin Jackson, and Detrez Newsome have all shown that they have the talent; now, they need to be trusted more often to allow for a fresh stable of running backs later in the season.

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Be Willing to Rotate Valuable Defenders
When you have stud defenders, it can be difficult to rotate them out. However, that is what the best teams do during the season to be ready for the playoffs.

A good example is how the Patriots handled their star defensive end Trey Flowers last season. Despite being their most played defensive lineman, Flowers (when healthy) played nearly 80 percent of the snaps in any given game last year. Compare that to Melvin Ingram, who is frequently in the 90% range.

Short breaks give players a chance to recover and give a fuller effort on the next down, and the Chargers’ stud defenders have typically not been given that chance in the past.

Joey Bosa’s injury last year opened up more snaps to build depth, and Isaac Rochell proved to be a quality depth option. He and other depth pieces need to be used more frequently on the defense this upcoming year.

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Be Willing to Move Offensive Linemen Out of the Lineup
This has less to do with rotating players and more to do with playing your best performing players.

Last year, the performance of several offensive linemen seemed poor enough to qualify for a mid-season benching. However, the coaches opted to keep “chemistry” rather than fielding the best individual players.

At any point in the season, if Trey Pipkins appears to be a better option than Sam Tevi, he needs to become the starter (and vice-versa). The same can be said with the top-three guards on the team (Dan Feeney, Michael Schofield, and Forrest Lamp).

While developing chemistry is great, it is always best to try to develop chemistry with the best players on the field. As the famous saying goes, your team is only as strong as your weakest link.

Chemistry does not matter if one player is a turnstile. The Chargers coaches need to be more willing to make a change or at least try something new when an offensive lineman is having a poor set of games this season.

Custom Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jerseys

It is way too early to tell, but a recent 2020 NFL mock draft has the Tampa Bay Buccaneers jumping ship on Jameis Winston and selecting a quarterback.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are preparing for the beginning of the Bruce Arians era and potentially the end of the Jameis Winston era. According to the most recent 2020 NFL mock draft by Walter Chepernisky from Walterfootball.com the Bucs are slated to selected a quarterback with their first round pick next April.

With the Bucs projected in this scenario to have the sixth overall pick that would lead one to believe the Bucs and Bruce Arians had a rough go of it in year one. Having a bad record can happen from poor team play or due to significant injuries but regardless of what happens to the Bucs health wise most reporters, commentators and fans don’t expect the Bucs to be a successful team for one reason or another in 2019.

If 2019 is not one filled with success or clear improvement from the former number one overall selection, Jameis Winston expect the Bucs to move on and start with a fresh, young arm. When acquiring a franchise quarterback, almost always a top pick must be spent an to select to such talented prospects.

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This 2020 draft is projected to be a very deep one in terms of quality quarterbacks. This particular mock has the Bucs selecting the University of Georgia sensation Jake Fromm. Fromm was a highly touted recruit coming out of high school and decided to stay home and play for the Bulldogs and head coach Kirby Smart.

When Fromm decided to commit to the Bulldogs it had a few scratching their heads because the team already had a proven starter and in former five-star recruit in Jacob Eason. The possibility of sitting and fighting for a spot was something Fromm did not waiver from and attacked head on. Eason suffered an injury early in his sophomore season and that opened the door for Fromm to be the man.

Fromm would go on to lead the Bulldogs to the college football playoff final round where they lost to the Alabama Crimson Tide in overtime. In his second season the Bulldogs finished with an 11-3 record with losses to teams all in the top-15.

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While Fromm might be the guy come next draft the Bucs love there are a number of other players such as Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama), Justin Herbert (Oregon) and Jacob Eason (Washington). The Bucs will almost certainly be looking to select a quarterback in the first round of next year’s draft if they find themselves picking inside the top-six again.

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There was always going to be risk involved with bringing back safety Jimmie Ward. The former 2014 first-round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers has ended up on the injured reserve four out of five seasons. On Thursday, Ward reportedly broke his collarbone. You can look at this from a couple of perspectives. On the one hand, the injury is out of the way now, and Ward should be ready by the time the preseason rolls around. On the other hand, if it happened now diving after a football, why won’t it happen again with his history?

You feel bad for Ward. You never want to see a player get injured. Here’s wishing Ward a speedy recovery and getting back on the field. At the moment, Adrian Colbert will get the bulk of the snaps at safety. You also have D.J. Reed Jr., Marcel Harris, and Antone Exum. The “Tarvarius Moore should play safety crowd” won’t get any quieter after the Ward news. I’m in front of that crowd, but I’ll believe it when I see it.

Let’s go over some options that aren’t on the roster.

Obscure options
The majority of fans wanted the Niners to dive into either the free agency pool or the deep safety class for help. Even with Ward expected to miss roughly two months, the decision to roll the dice on Ward’s health doesn’t look great.

There are always options in the NFL. If the team is looking for help outside of the roster, they can look in a few directions. It turns out; they shouldn’t stand pat at safety. We’ve talked so much about Eric Berry and Tre Boston that I want to think outside of the box.

Lookin’ at Lambeau
Earlier this week, the Green Bay Packers 2017 second-round pick Josh Jones said he is skipping OTAs and wants to be traded to another team. Jones seems like the height-weight-speed type of player the 49ers would covet. At 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds, Jones blew up the combine. He ran a 4.41 40-yard dash, with a 37.5” vertical jump, and had an 11-foot broad jump. He was a top performer in each of those events, including the bench press.
While Jones has experience at both spots, he’s always been better closer to the line of scrimmage. The Packers seem to agree if you look at where Jones lined up last year. According to PFF, Jones played 501 snaps on defense. One hundred twenty-two of those plays he lined up at free safety. The most he played free safety in a single game was Week 12 against the Minnesota Vikings. Jones gave up three catches on as many targets for 38 yards. He also missed three tackles. Would the 49ers be willing to part with draft capital for a project?

Stay in the Bay
It seems like every Oakland Raiders player that was acquired before Jon Gruden arrived is on thin ice. The team declined the fifth-year option for safety Karl Joseph. The former first-round selection has had a rollercoaster of a career, and 2018 was no different. During the first half of the season, Joseph was either a healthy scratch or ineffective when he was on the field. During the second half of the year, he looked like the player Oakland hoped for when they took Joseph No. 14 overall in 2016. He recorded 42 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception in the last eight games of the year.

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Knowing the Raiders don’t want Joseph long-term, parting with a Day 3 pick in the 2020 draft seems like a wise investment. A low-risk, high-reward move. Joseph has been healthy for the majority of his career. He played all over the place for the Raiders in 2018. Of his 509 snaps, 232 were in the box, 195 were at free safety, 55 were at slot corner, 25 on the defensive line, and two at the outside corner. Joseph is an athletic defensive back that would give the 49ers a mentality they lack at safety. Joseph has a reputation for a big-hitter since his days out of West Virginia.

He’d be my vote if the 49ers were to make a move. Youth. Athleticism. Health. Fit. Upside. Low-risk.

Custom Los Angeles Rams Jerseys

If the Los Angeles Rams are looking to make moves before training camp, here are three players worth considering from the Buffalo Bills in a trade.
When it comes to the Los Angeles Rams, the team has proven over the last two years that nothing should be ruled out in regards to pulling off moves if it will put them in better position to make a run at the Super Bowl.

Take a look at all of the crazy moves made last offseason when the Rams were in win-now mode ranging from acquiring Brandin Cooks to Marcus Peters, and it’s clear this team will do whatever it takes to make sure they remain a top contender in the NFC.

With this in mind, could Los Angeles be up for making another key move or two before the start of training camp later this summer to make their odds for another Super Bowl run even better?

The Rams may not have hinted at making any sort of moves since the team already helped fill numerous needs at multiple positions through free agency and the draft, but also it’s safe to assume the team is exploring all potential options.

Even though the Buffalo Bills took a bit of a step back last season after emerging as a surprise playoff contender during the 2017 season, Sean McDermott‘s squad currently has a few good players a team like Los Angeles should consider in a heartbeat.

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These trade scenarios may seem like long shots to take place, but to have a little fun this offseason, let’s take a look at three trade targets the Rams should consider from the Bills for the 2019 season before training camp arrives.

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In an article published Thursday on NFL.com ranking each division by its starting quarterbacks, columnist Adam Schein had an optimistic forecast for Cincinnati Bengals starting signal-caller Andy Dalton.

Schein ranked the AFC North as the NFL’s fourth-best division by its starting quarterbacks: Dalton, Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson, Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger and Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield.

From Schein:

While the Freddie Kitchens promotion to head coach feels like a shotgun marriage, there’s no doubt that Mayfield is a young star. Baker thrived under Kitchens when he took over as offensive coordinator at the midway point last season, and I expect Mayfield to flourish even more now that Odell Beckham Jr. has been paired with his old LSU running mate, Jarvis Landry, in the Cleveland receiving corps. Mayfield is plenty accurate, and he has the “it” factor that can be so hard to find. I think he’ll have an MVP-caliber season while leading Cleveland to the playoffs. Big Ben still hasn’t stopped talking about Antonio Brown, and he’s going to miss his former go-to guy on game days. Ben is still great, although he’s down a tick from his Hall of Fame-caliber play. I am a believer in Jackson as a winner and runner, and I expect him to improve as a passer. First-round pick Hollywood Brown will help him, especially if Jackson does indeed show some growth as a thrower. Prediction: First-year Bengals head coach Zac Taylor will help Andy Dalton have the best season of his career.

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) runs in the second quarter of an NFL Week 12 football game, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. (Photo: Kareem Elgazzar)

Dalton, who needs 10 touchdown passes to pass Ken Anderson for the most in franchise history, is coming off an injury-shortened 2018 campaign.

Dalton was 5-6 as a starter last year with 21 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and a 64.6 QBR before suffering a season-ending right thumb injury in a 35-20 home loss to the Cleveland Browns on November 25.

Taylor, who turned 36 earlier this month, was named the 10th head coach in franchise history in February.
He was the quarterbacks coach last season for the Los Angeles Rams, where he helped further the development of former No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff, who set career-highs in completion percentage (64.9), passing yards (4,688) and touchdowns (32) en route to a Super Bowl appearance.

“Zac is a bright coach with an offensive mind and background, which is important to have in today’s NFL,” Bengals President Mike Brown told The Enquirer’s Fletcher Page when Taylor was hired.

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Brian Callahan will also play a vital role in determining the final outcome of Schein’s prediction. Callahan, named the Bengals’ offensive coordinator in January, is Dalton’s fourth in the last five seasons. Callahan was previously the quarterbacks coach in Detroit and Oakland, where he worked with Pro Bowl quarterbacks Matthew Stafford and Derek Carr.

Custom New York Giants Jerseys

Following the NFL Draft, the New York Giants are set to have two very interesting positional battles on the defensive side of the ball.
Let’s take a look at these groups below!

Cornerback

After selecting three cornerbacks in April, this young group will arguably be the most competitive on the roster. Behind the veteran leader of the group Janoris Jenkins, the rookie trio of Deandre Baker, Julian Love, and Corey Ballentine are all fighting for snaps, along with second year corners Grant Haley and Sam Beal.

Beal did not play a snap in his rookie year due to season-ending shoulder surgery last offseason. The Western Michigan product was selected by Big Blue in the supplemental draft in 2018, which saw them give up this year’s third round pick for the defensive back. Beal was a highly touted prospect and is already making plays in OTAs. He is expected to heavily contribute in the Giants secondary this season.

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Haley played in 10 games for the New York Giants in 2018 and took over the starting slot corner position in the second half of the year. The undrafted rookie corner posted a solid 33 tackles, four of which came for a loss, along with two passes defended.

As for the rookies, both Baker and Love are two of the three candidates up for the Jim Thorpe award (best defensive back in college football). While Baker was lock down at Georgia only allowing one touchdown in his collegiate career, Love was right behind him. Playing at Notre Dame, Julian Love was a pass breakup machine recording 36 in the past two seasons alone. He also led the NCAA in this category in 2017 with 20 passes defended.

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Last but not least, Ballentine was selected by the Giants in the 6th round out of the Division II school Washburn College. Despite suffering a gunshot wound following the draft, Ballentine practiced for the first time on Thursday since the tragic incident. Ballentine ran an impressive 4.47 at the combine and collected five career interceptions as a three-year starter at Washburn.

Outside Linebacker

The other most intriguing competition on defense comes from the outside linebacker position. This group will be heavily relied upon to get after the quarterback this year, which was an aspect that was lacking on this unit a season ago.

The New York Giants selected Old Dominion pass rusher Oshane Ximines with their third round pick in the draft, who was known for getting after the quarterback in his college career. Ximines recorded a total of 32.5 sacks in four seasons at ODU, including 11.5 in his senior year.
Another young linebacker, who will be competing for a starting spot this offseason is second-year player Lorenzo Carter. Although he only started two games in 2018, Carter was second on the team with four sacks behind fellow rookie B.J. Hill. Carter also posted 30 tackles, seven for a loss, 10 QB hits, and four passes defended in 15 total games.

With these two young players knocking on the door for playing time, the Giants also have veterans Markus Golden and Kareem Martin. Both Golden and Martin come from Bettcher’s defense with the Arizona Cardinals.

Martin had an underwhelming first season as a Giant in 2018, which saw him only have one and a half sacks in 16 games. This number needs to improve if he wants to keep his starting spot over the youngsters, as previously mentioned.

As for Golden, he is coming off a torn ACL in 2017 that has limited him to only 15 games in the past two seasons combined. Despite this injury, he has still shown the ability to get after the quarterback and arguably had the best year of his career in 2016 under Bettcher, where he recorded 12.5 sacks with the Cardinals.

This unit must help increase the sack total for this defense in 2018. Now with a stronger secondary, this could allow them extra time to disrupt the pocket due to the fact that there will be better coverage behind them. The Giants are hoping Carter can take the next step and build off of his strong rookie campaign, along with Golden returning to his pre-ACL injury form that saw him record double digit sacks.
Stay tuned as we will without a doubt be very entertained throughout the summer watching these positional battles unfold!

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(Programming note: the Round-Up will be off through Memorial Day weekend, returning on Tuesday, May 28)

Good morning, 12s.

Here’s a look at what’s ‘out there’ for today – Friday, May 24 – about your Seattle Seahawks.

Offseason Adventures With D.J. Fluker
Seahawks offensive lineman D.J. Fluker was a guest on 710 ESPN Seattle’s ‘Danny, Dave and Moore’ earlier this week to offer his thoughts on Seattle’s transition to phase three of its offseason program, with organized team activities kicking off this past Monday.

“I think it’s been a lot easier transitioning to the offense,” said Fluker, who’s entering his second season with the Seahawks. “I think the offense is the same, everything’s been going a little bit quicker, but our tempo is a whole lot better. We’re connecting more as an offense. I think that’s the big thing from last year to this year, all the guys are behind you.”

Fluker’s physical play up front helped the Seahawks lead the league in rushing last season and his signature pancake blocks quickly made him a fan favorite in Seattle. But Fluker’s unique personality has also attracted fans to his corner, and back in early April, before the start of the Seahawks’ offseason workout program, Fluker shared a thought-provoking photo on social media of his 6-foot-5, 342-pound frame somehow sitting inside of a small smart car.

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“I kind of got talked into it,” Fluker said of the squishy situation. “I was actually coming from a workout, so I was leaving Destination Dallas in Texas, so he was like, ‘Man, I’m wondering can you fit into my smart car?’ I’m kind of like yeah, sure, why not.

“So I’m sitting here looking at this car. I’m looking like… this car’s about as big as my whole body. So I’m like how am I gonna to get into something that’s like a cocoon? Like a butterfly, he’s gonna get ready to split it open, you know? Finally I get in there — I had to go one foot at a time, I had to suck my stomach in a little bit, I’m like ‘God!’, my arm’s sitting on the passenger’s side.”

“I finally got in there and I tried to crank it up,” he continued. “But see what happened was, my knees were literally on the dashboard, so I can’t even touch the pedal. Then you talk about getting out of it? I closed the door and then I got stuck, so I took about 10 minutes to get out of it. I literally had to stick my head out of the sunroof to get under it and then lay out on the ground to get out of it. So yeah, big guys do not fit in tiny spaces. Does not work for me.”

In another entertaining online bit this offseason, Fluker joined receiver Tyler Lockett to spoof quarterback Russell Wilson’s announcement that he had signed a contract extension with the Seahawks, with Lockett posing as Wilson and Fluker imitating Wilson’s wife, Ciara, from the video.

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“I think that was more of a team effort there,” Fluker said. “One of our coach’s gave us a pep talk, ‘Guys, we’ve got to get him back for this.’ But we had fun with it, we had fun with it.”

For fans hoping to hang out with Fluker this Memorial Day weekend, he’s hosting a free football camp for youth age 7-14 in Oak Harbor.

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Today’s ‘Social Post of the Day’ comes from Seahawks safety Bradley McDougald, who wishes fans a happy holiday weekend.
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@benitosupreme_: Dear Drew, Do you think TE Kahale Warring would be close to an Owen Daniels replacement? We been missing that TE threat since his departure.
DD: While I’m excited about Warring’s potential, let’s tap the breaks on the Daniels comparison. He certainly has an intriguing skillset and athleticism, but Daniels played in multiple Pro Bowls and is the greatest tight end in franchise history. However, I’m bullish on the tight ends group in 2019, as Warring, Jordan Thomas, Jordan Akins and Darren Fells are all capable of creating mismatches.

Mike Ledesma Dear Drew, Is training camp being held in West Virginia? Would love the Texans to hold it in Austin like the Cowboys did in the 90’s. Getting tired of Central Texas being Cowboy Country even though I see more Texans every year.
DD: No Mike, the Texans will be back in Houston this year for training camp. It’ll start in late July, and they’ll spend a part of a week in early August practicing with the Packers in Wisconsin before the preseason opener at Green Bay. There are no plans for the Texans to do camp in Austin, but that could certainly change in the future.

@DanielNunezRise Dear Drew, Will our offensive line protect Deshaun Watson this year?
DD: Yes. I think the combination of the linemen who played last year improving, along with the return of Seantrel Henderson and the addition of the Draft picks will raise the level of competition and in turn, the level of play. I also believe Fells will be a nice cushion, too. When I spoke with him last week, he jokingly referred to himself as a left, left tackle.

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DD: Of course not.
Clinton Polasek: Dear Drew, Who do you think will be the biggest standout of our rookie class?
DD: Lineman Max Scharping. He’s a very impressive guy, and I think he’ll find a way to get on the field and make an impact early. He’s massive, super-smart, and though he might not pancake guys, he almost always seems to get the block made.

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Samantha Hallas: Dear Drew, What’s a typical day like for you at this point in the offseason?
DD: Depends on the day of the week. But I typically write an article or two, do a podcast, interview some players, do a bit of television, and attend a few meetings. Plus I mix in some pushups, planking, and light reading.

Juan Garza: Dear Drew, What do you think the chances are Jadeveon Clowney signs his tender and plays for the Texans this year, or that they get a deal done long term and he stays with our favorite team?
DD: Not sure either way, but I’m fairly certain you’ll see him on the field, wrecking shop in Week 1 for the Texans.
@joelormsby Dear Drew, Sort me out with a Wembley ticket mate, I’ll buy you a pint. Thanks.
DD: Word.

Ian Cottle: Dear Drew, Outside of RB Karan Higdon, who’s an undrafted name we should know going into training camp?
DD: I’m guessing you’re talking about the undrafted rookies, so I’d say keep an eye on receiver Johnnie Dixon from Ohio State, defensive end Albert Huggins from Clemson and running back Damarea Crockett from Missouri.

Rafael Pelayo: Dear Drew, How do they determine when we wear our full Battle Red uniforms? What can we do to wear it more often?
DD: Rafael, the Battle Reds can only be worn at home, and only twice per season, max. The marketing staff and in union with the football operations side ultimately decides what dates the Texans will wear Battle Red.

@nanipenajr: Dear Drew, There has been a lot of talk about finding our 4th WR. Is there any reason we can’t go get Bruce Ellington back?
DD: He’s a free agent, so the Texans could get him if they wanted. But I doubt they’ll do that, as they have a pair of receivers in Keke Coutee and DeAndre Carter who sort of play the same spot as Ellington would.
@NiMoTX: Dear Drew, What’s more likely: Texans keep 4 tight ends or 12 defensive backs?
DD: I really think you’ll see four tight ends on this year’s 53-man roster. Darren Fells, Jordan Thomas, Jordan Akins and Kahale Warring all give you a creativity for the offense because of their skillsets. Like I’ve mentioned many times this offseason: they’re incredibly athletic. Fells and Akins were professionals in basketball and baseball, respectively. Thomas is enormous. Warring is an athletic freak.

@debbiethetexan: Dear Drew, what’s your favorite color of cotton candy?
DD: Pink!

@Martin_E18 Dear Drew, How do you think our secondary would look this year?
DD: Hey Martin, hope you’re doing great my friend. This year’s secondary, especially at the safety spot, has a lot of experience. Tashaun Gipson and Jahleel Addae each started all 16 games last season with the Jaguars and Chargers, while Justin Reid started 12 games here in Houston. Johnathan Joseph is back at corner, and he’ll be joined by free agent Bradley Roby, rookie Lonnie Johnson and a few others.

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Gaulden is turning the heads of some of the Carolina Panthers coaches.
With the starting safety position for the Carolina Panthers looking more like Rashaan Gaulden’s spot to lose rather than one he will have to compete for, it would be easy for him to feel a mix of emotions. For one, he could be nervous as he has never been in a role like this in the National Football League. On the other hand, he could be too relaxed, knowing that he will probably have an advantage over others who try to fill the safety position.

So far, it seems as though he is taking the right approach. This is what I like to hear. As a rookie last year, he didn’t get a ton of playing time and it would be very easy for him to feel discouraged and a little bit timid heading into his second year. However, that does not seem to be the case and that is a good sign for the Carolina Panthers. You want a player who is enthusiastic and ready to play the position, and it seems like Gaulden fills exactly those two traits.

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For those who follow college football, we all saw what he could do at Tennessee. Sometimes, a player’s skills don’t translate well over to the professional ranks. Now, it appears that we will get a good chance to see what Gaulden is made of. I’m excited, as his athleticism should be able to translate well to the Panthers defense. There are tons of playmakers on that side of the football, and if he can be one of them, he will fit right in.

Head coach Ron Rivera also seems very pleased with what he has seen from Gaulden. Anytime you have the head coach singing your praises, that is certainly a vote of confidence. With Rivera playing a much larger role in the defensive playcalling this year, that is especially a good sign for the player.

“Very enthusiastic. He’s working really hard. We’ve just got to be careful when we’re out there,” said Rivera of Gaulden. “He’s doing some really good things, and again, he’s showing us what we’re hoping we could see. And he’ll continue to work at both spots.”

When Rivera was referring to “both spots”, he meant the safety and nickel positions. Personally, I think he would be a better safety, as he has that physical element in his game. However, I could see him excelling at both spots. It will be interesting to see where the Carolina Panthers slot him and how well he adjusts to what will probably be his first continuous game action in the professional ranks. I am curious about what he brings to the table.

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Whatever the case may be, it sounds like he is ready for it. The Carolina Panthers have a very raw but talented prospect on their hands in Gaulden. If all goes according to plan, he could be a major surprise (in a good way) for the Carolina Panthers.

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Xavier Rhodes struggled during the 2018 season but looks to bounce back to his Pro Bowl form for the upcoming year with the Minnesota Vikings.
Watching a top-tier defensive back going up against the best wide receivers in the league can be quite entertaining to watch and fans of the Minnesota Vikings have gotten to see that on a regular basis with Xavier Rhodes.

A first-round draft pick who needed to clean up his play to get to become one of the top players at his position (including wearing boxing gloves to stop holding), Rhodes has defended 67 passes in 89 games played and returned one interception 100 yards for a touchdown.

However, Rhodes didn’t look like his usual self in 2018. A quick look at Pro Football Focus shows that they agree that he struggled, as he earned the lowest grade of his career in coverage (55.1) as well as overall defense (58.2).

Even head coach Mike Zimmer spoke about his struggles according to the Star Tribune, being quite harsh with the defensive back:

“I just don’t think he played as well as he can play. He needs to play up to his ability level. We’re paying him a lot of money. He needs to play up to that contract.”

The money Zimmer is describing is the five-year deal Rhodes signed worth $70 million. He also carried a salary cap hit of over $13.3 million in 2018 and will have the same cap hit for the 2019 season.

Recently, Rhodes responded to this comment in a professional manner on the official website of the NFL, stating some observations he had about his play.

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“I mean, we had a bad year as a whole team, so everybody was messing up. We all need to come together as a team and correct our mistakes. I was one of those guys being a leader on the team, not making as many plays as I did in previous years.”

Rhodes accounted for some of his errors by pointing out that he gambled more often than he should have on plays and performed out of character at times. With those things in mind, he had nothing but praise for his coach.

“We appreciate him being hard on us, being tough on us,” Rhodes said. “He only wants greatness out of us.”

There is no question that Mike Zimmer and his coaching staff demand excellence from everyone around him (no matter what Matt Kalil might say). By being so frank with his players a level of respect can be earned and held. That respect is something which has helped keep key pieces of the team together despite issues with the salary cap.
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Xavier Rhodes is under contract through the 2022 season with the Minnesota Vikings and should continue to play at a high level for the team. And hopefully, that means he can return to play that made him one of the most feared cornerbacks in the NFL.