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CB Stephon Gilmore says he’s finally feeling comfortable in New England

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“I feel comfortable,” Gilmore said. “At OTAs I was a little, you know, hesitant sometimes – and in minicamp. But I think that http://www.officialbengalsshop.com/shop-by-players-tayo-fabuluje-jersey-c-2_118.html helped me out a lot. This is the second time we’ve gone over the install. So It’s always easier the second time you go over it and the more communication you’re going over with your secondary, so it makes everything easier.”
Gilmore is a terrific CB and a very talented athlete, but that doesn’t automatically mean he’ll thrive if he can’t pick up a new defensive system. It sounds like that’s not really been an issue so far.
He was also asked about another new addition to the team: former New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks. He and Cooks were two of the biggest offseason additions for New England, and they’re part of the reason that many believe the Patriots could make a serious Super Bowl run. Specifically, Gilmore was asked how fast Cooks was, as a guy who has covered a lot of fast wideouts in his career.
Fast,” Gilmore said. “If he get going on top of you, he’s very fast. But I try to get up to the line of scrimmage and get my hands on him to [stop it] before it starts.”
New England has a stock of very capable wideouts, but they http://www.officialbuccaneersshop.com/shop-by-players-bradley-mcdougald-jersey-c-1_6.html didn’t have anyone with the top-end speed that Cooks can bring. If he’ll get enough targets to keep him happy remains to be seen, but it sounds like Stephon Gilmore has been facing him in practice and is impressed with what he can do.
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It’s Summer, Time to Catch Up on Your Reading — A Symposium

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Suggestions for selecting that classic aestival staple, a good book Editor’s note: Summer is traditionally the season when we devote http://www.officialnflfalconsshop.com/shop-by-players-stansly-maponga-jersey-c-9_100.html more time to books we’ve been meaning to read (or reread). Below, NRO friends and family offer their recommendations.   Richard Brookhiser Here is the ultimate reading experience for political junkies who are sick of the politics of the age of Trump: the Library of America’s new two-volume set of The Diaries of John Quincy Adams, 1779–1848. I have reviewed them for the Wall Street Journal, but let me also bang the drum here.
Adams, son of the second president, and sixth president himself, was smart, omnivorous, observant, bitchy, and hilarious (though always unintentionally). His diplomatic career took him to Holland, Prussia, Russia, and England. His congressional career took him to the Senate and the House. He worked for George Washington, and he was introduced to Charles Dickens. We learn, in Ghent, how treaties get made. We study the original permanent campaign, the eight-year-long struggle to succeed James Monroe among three of his cabinet secretaries, the speaker of the House, and a populist general. We get high foreign policy, as the Monroe Doctrine is crafted, and grinding congressional detail, as Adams fights the House’s gag rule against anti-slavery petitions. This last effort shows Adams at his worst and http://www.officialpanthersstore.com/shop-by-players-philly-brown-jersey-c-9_77.html his glorious best — acerbic, obnoxious, principled, heroic. He beats the shameless, spouting slaveholders like a drum. He reads three languages, he writes poems, he attends church twice on Sunday and notes the sermons, he watches eclipses, ignores his wife except when she is sick, grieves over the deaths of his children and his mother, and always always worries that he is not doing enough for his country.
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Gase sees difference in run defense; Dolphins personnel notes

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A bunch of Dolphins notes after Day 6 of training camp on Wednesday:
• It’s too soon to know if the http://www.officialpatriotsonline.com/shop-by-players-devin-street-jersey-c-2_16.html Dolphins’ run defense, which tied for last in the league in yards allowed per carry (4.8), is appreciably better. But early signs in training camp are encouraging.
A bunch of runs have been stopped for short gains, no gains or losses. And though there have been some big runs, there’s a clear difference from a year ago.
“I’ve noticed a difference with the d-line,” coach Adam Gase said. “They’re so sound right now. They are closing things down in the running game very quickly. It’s been very difficult running the football, especially in the edge.”
New defensive end William Hayes has helped in that regard. And the defensive tackle play, a concern, has been pretty stout. Vincent Taylor, the rookie sixth-rounder, made a couple of impressive stops in the running game Wednesday, albeit against other backups.
“They are hammering it good – those second, third groups,” Gase said, noting that some runs are still gaining good yards. It’s all about consistency.”
The unanswered question, of course, is http://www.ravensshopsofficial.com/shop-by-players-kamar-aiken-jersey-c-2_3.html whether the strong play of the run defense is partly a reflection of poor offensive line play, with the Dolphins continuing to hold center Mike Pouncey out of team drills.
“We learned a lot what we needed to improve on schematically,” Gase said of his defense. “There are times everyone was on the same page [last season] and sometimes we would be way off and gashed in the running game and passing game. We added some guys with veteran presence.”
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Top 3 things to know from Day 5 at Bills Camp

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A determined Dareus
Back practicing Tuesday was Marcell Dareus, who returned from a strained hamstring. Although his reps were managed the defensive tackle http://www.ravensshopsofficial.com/shop-by-players-marqueston-huff-jersey-c-2_18.html was effective in practice early. During a 9-on-7 run game period, Dareus routinely forced inside runs to bounce outside and he and Kyle Williamseffectively clogged up the middle. Dareus cannot be handled one-on-one, but even on some double teams his could not be moved from inside gaps.
“I have something to prove to myself, to my teammates, to our fans,” Dareus said of the upcoming season. “I just want to do my best. If I’m doing my best, I know its good enough.”
Dareus thrived in an attack-style scheme three years ago that ran a 4-3 front and defensive coordinator said they’ll be sending their front four in much the same way. Dareus, who is used to being disruptive, is looking forward to being productive in the new system and feels he has a firm handle on what’s expected of him.
“With this defense with (coach) McDermott, he did a great job with that,” said Dareus. “He strategically clarified every position for everybody. If you do your job everything else takes care of itself. We still have a little bit more jelling to do, but for the most part everything has been clear cut for us.”
Ragland inside and out
Linebacker Reggie Ragland is close to a year removed from suffering his torn ACL. It was Aug. 5th last year that it happened. Tuesday was his third day in pads and he feels like he’s carrying his weight well.
“The more and more I keep getting at it, the more and more I’m feeling better,” he said. “I’m taking it day by day. Today my leg felt good http://www.officialvikingssale.com/shop-by-players-emmanuel-lamur-jersey-c-2_52.html with the pads on so I just have to keep getting better and better.”
And as much as fans and outside observers want to make the middle linebacker role an issue, head coach Sean McDermott has taken a different approach when it comes to Ragland.
“There’s a plan for every player. Reggie’s (plan), again, second-year player coming off of the injury he came off of. Really, this is his first year,” said McDermott. “Acclimating him to practice tempo – he missed most of the spring – acclimating him to the system and putting him in position, like we try to do with all of our players, to have success; success early, and success in the long term. I like what he did the other day – the second day in pads. I saw a physical aspect of his game, an emotional aspect of his game that we need in our defense. A lot of work remains for all of us, including Reggie at this point.”
In Tuesday’s practice, Ragland was deployed at middle linebacker with the second unit for most of the day, but he also lined up outside for a snap or two in base defense with rookie Matt Milano at the mike linebacker position. He also lined up outside of Milano in the second-team nickel package as one of the two linebackers.
It could be a byproduct of the fact that Lorenzo Alexander Coby Fleener Authentic Jersey had the day off and Tanner Vallejo rotated up to the starting unit in Alexander’s place, but it seems obvious they want to see just how versatile Ragland’s game can be.
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Gerald McCoy and Kevin Pamphile are as excited about Game of Thrones as you are

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This new season of Game of Thrones has http://www.authenticpatriotsstore.com/shop-by-players-andre-branch-jersey-c-1_3.html been amazing, and it’s given us all so much to discuss. Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and offensive lineman Kevin Pamphile are no exception.
rd Knocks camera crew caught these Tampa Bay teammates discussing the most recent episode.
First of all, that whole interaction between Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow really didn’t go the way I expected. McCoy and Pamphile were just as surprised, clearly.
Jon Snow didn’t want to bend the knee to the Mother of Dragons, and understandably so. Her father burned Snow’s grandfather alive, which would result in some hard feelings. But what really surprised McCoy, Pamphile, and probably the rest of us watching, was that Jon Snow didn’t even seem terribly impressed by Daenerys’ three dragons.
“He acted like the dragons meant http://www.billsjerseysale.com/shop-by-players-shaq-lawson-jersey-c-1_48.html nothing,” McCoy says incredulously.
You really do know nothing, Jon Snow.
Look, we were already planning to tune into Hard Knocks for the epic kicker battle between last year’s second-round pick, Roberto Aguayo, and veteran Nick Folk. But now we’re also going to watch for McCoy and Pamphile’s Game of Thrones analysis.
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Falcons clear air from SB collapse in team meeting

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Falcons wide receiver Taylor Gabriel believes http://www.billsonlineofficial.com/shop-by-players-richie-incognito-jersey-c-1_42.html the team has moved past its collapse in Super Bowl LI.
“We had a team meeting before we came back and (coach Dan Quinn) told anybody has anything on your chest, get it off your chest right now,” Gabriel said. “It was a group setting, and after that meeting our focus has been this year. I feel like everybody feels that way. At the end of the day, we have to move on.”
Gabriel didn’t speak up.
“I felt like there wasn’t any need to say anything,” Gabriel said. “We all came back. We were upset about the outcome . . . as long as we stay focused . . . we went to a Super Bowl last year so there was nothing we did wrong.
“If anything, I feel like it makes us hungrier.”
Gabriel is limited in practice as he recovers from a leg injury. He’s been catching punts and checking with the officials on how high he has to raise his hand on fair catches.
“I’m feeling good,” Gabriel said. “As long as I get to 100 percent, I feel like I’ll be OK. That’s the goal, getting 100 percent before I go out there (full speed). I don’t want to go out there at 65 percent and hurt myself again.
“The training staff has been great. I’m close, just http://www.authenticsaintsshop.com/shop-by-players-jairus-byrd-jersey-c-1_18.html going out there getting my confidence back getting in and out of my breaks.”
Gabriel, who was claimed on waivers from Cleveland at the start of last season, believes the wide receiving corps will be strong again in 2017.
“We had 13 different guys score (receiving) touchdowns, not just (wide receivers) . . . It’s all around the board,” Gabriel said. “When you sit back and look at our group, I feel like there’s really no downfall. Everybody’s competing for a spot.”
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3 potential surprise cuts for the Panthers this preseason

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Surprise cuts are a staple of NFL offseasons. Every year, veterans across the league are replaced by younger players with either http://www.coltsshopauthentic.com/shop-by-players-13-ty-hilton-jersey-c-1_5.html more skill, more potential or just a smaller paycheck.
It has happened with the Carolina Panthers in the past, with notables like DeAngelo Williams and Roman Harper being released in the past few years.
Here are three potential surprise cuts that could happen in 2017.
1. Center Gino Gradkowski
Gino Gradkowski was signed in early 2016 to take over the backup center position. It turned out to be a smart depth signing. When veteran starter Ryan Kalil was injured Week 8, Gradkowski became the stop-gap starter until Week 12, when he went down with a knee injury.
With Kalil and Gradkowski both on injured reserve, the team promoted Tyler Larsen from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. Larsen is a three-year journeyman that found his way to the Panthers on a futures contract in January of 2016. After being released in October, he was signed to the practice squad.
When Gradkowski went down, Larsen was forced to play in a regular season game for the first time in his career. He finished out the season as the starting center and showed off his skill level well. With the combination of Larsen’s age (he’s two years younger than Gradkowski,) cheap salary and skill level, it’s entirely possible that Larsen will take over the backup center spot by Week 3 of the preseason.
2. RB Fozzy Whittaker
Fozzy Whittaker came to the Panthers in the http://www.authentic49ersshop.com/shop-by-players-aaron-burbridge-jersey-c-1_2.html summer of 2014 to play as a scatback. His job was to change the pace from Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams. Although he lacked the talent of the two starters, he did have the speed, agility and catching ability they did not. As a change-of-pace back, Whittaker would come in to play on third downs (in which Stewart was not blocking,) or for screen passes.
In another world, Whittaker would have been a fine slot receiver but he is traditional third-down back and the Panthers just picked his successor with rookie Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey can do everything Whittaker can do and more, it’s possible that his roster spot is already as good as gone.
This preseason, Whittaker will likely be showing off for other teams, much like Jordan Todman in 2015. Todman, who had lost his spot to Whittaker, ran for a 49-yard touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the last week of the preseason. After being released in Carolina’s final roster cutdown, the Steelers signed him. Whittaker is now in a similar situation and may be squeezed off of the roster through no fault of his own.
3. Safety Colin Jones
Colin Jones has been with the Panthers since 2011, when he came in as a second-year special teams ace from the 49ers. Jones’ whole career has been centered around special teams. One of the fastest players on the team, he has been Carolina’s primary gunner since he was brought in.
Jones is considerably less valuable for the Panthers’ defense, though. His most memorable plays have mostly been of him getting beaten over the top by a receiver. Thanks to his one-dimensional talents and the fact that he is 29 years old, it’s possible he’ll be beaten out for his spot by a younger and cheaper option.
There are a few players behind him that have Gary Zimmerman Womens Jersey potential, namely Dean Marlowe, L.J. McCray and Dezmen Southward. If one or more of them play better than Jones during the preseason, he may be out.
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Colts run new route with younger, faster, cheaper players

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Watching game tapes only reinforced the notion that his team needed to get younger, faster and tougher.
So Ballard spent the offseason releasing aging http://www.authenticcowboyssale.com/shop-by-players-troy-aikman-jersey-c-2_51.html team leaders, allowing other established starters to walk away in free agency and changing directions with mostly low-risk, relatively inexpensive gambles. Now everyone inside the organization is eager to see if Ballard's bets pay off.
"The hardest thing this year was staying disciplined in free agency, because I knew we needed to add, I knew the problems we were having, and the holes we needed to fill," he said. "Staying disciplined to your process that was the hardest thing this year."
At the moment, it's impossible to know exactly where the Colts' transition stands.
NFL rules prohibit contact during offseason workouts and restrict teams from putting on pads for the first three days of training camp. Indy's wait ends Tuesday when the team could get its first glimpse at a camp Pagano and Ballard have promised will be more physical.
For now, though, there are more questions than answers.
Defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins and linebacker Jabaal Sheard must show they can be locker room leaders while receiver Kamar Aiken, linebacker John Simon and nose tackle Al Woods will be put in more prominent roles.
As first-round draft pick Malik Hooker and converted right guard Jack Mewhort continue to fight back from injuries, former first-round picks Phillip Dorsett and Barkevious Mingo will have another chance to demonstrate they can finally live up to their pre-draft hype.
"A lot has changed. We are much younger," said safety Darius Butler, Indy's fourth-oldest player at 31. "But the guys are hungry and they're http://www.authenticcowboysstore.com/shop-by-players-anthony-brown-jersey-c-2_69.html buying in. Every rep, every drill, I think brings the best out of everybody.""
While the offense has made tentative position changes along the line and tight end Dwayne Allen was traded to New England, kicker Adam Vinatieri is working with a new long snapper, a new holder and a new kickoff specialist.
But the primary focus has been on a massive defensive overhaul.
Robert Mathis, the longtime face of Indy's defense, retired at 35. Indy also cut ties with four other starters in their 30s — former Pro Bowlers Mike Adams and D'Qwell Jackson, defensive tackle Art Jones and linebacker Erik Walden.
So far, things seem to be working.
As Ballard added speed and depth in the linebacking corps and secondary, the Colts biggest move might be pairing the 325-pound Hankins, 25, with the 330-pound Woods, 30. It would give Indy its biggest run-stuffing tandem in years.
"I can't wait till tomorrow and see if they can move us," Hankins said. "I think we can be the best (defensive line) in our division."
That's saying something with J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney still anchoring Houston's front seven.
It's not the first time Hankins has promised big things. In May, he told NFL Network the rebuilt Colts have "probably the best defense in the AFC," a comment that has led to playful banter between Hankins and former college teammate Bradley Roby, a cornerback with the Denver Broncos.
Pagano learned to embrace that sort of swagger during his previous stops at the University of Miami and with the Baltimore Ravens. But it's been a missing ingredient in Indianapolis.
"If you're going to do it, you've got to back it up. You put it out there, you better show up," Pagano said in June. "Guys can use whatever they want to use, bulletin board material. I don't sit there and promote that. I don't think any  Lyle Alzado Womens Jersey coach at any level promotes that. I just know that if you're going to talk, you better walk it."
Add the playmaking skills of Hooker, a safety, with the potential pass-rushing skills of rookie linebacker Tarell Basham and some experienced inside linebackers in Sean Spence and Jon Bostic, and it looks like the Colts' defense has a whole new identity — one that comes straight out of Ballard's playbook.
"We're trying to be a physical, nasty defense that can close games out. That was a problem we had last year specifically," Butler said. "If our offense puts up 17 to 20 points a game, we should get a win."
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Will the Seahawks forge a championship identity in 2017?

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Every team has an identity, a personality. Every  winning team, at least. Will the Seahawks have a winning identity in 2017?
In my latest book, due out this September http://www.officialbengalssales.com/shop-by-players-adam-jones-jersey-c-1_3.html called “Native Truth”, I discuss the importance of personal identity and how it plays a huge role in our success. I believe the team identity of the Seahawks and their continued success is just as important.
The onset of a few shoving matches led up to the climax of Frank Clark’s fist to Germaine Ifedi’s jaw. How will the physical altercations play a role in the team’s identity?
For one, I would argue that finding their team identity is one of the major question marks going into this season. Can we still say that this team is a smash-mouth, “I love you brother” team after all of the extracurricular differences between the defense and the offense last season? I don’t think we can say that is who we are. It definitely is who we were.
When Schneider and Carroll drafted our current core group of players, they all came in with the proverbial chip on their shoulder. Schneider loves getting guys that others may have tossed to the side to pull out the gangster in his players. See: Dion Jordan, Luke Joekel, Marcus Smith and to some extent the culprit in the recent fistfight, Frank Clark).
Then their rookie contracts begin to run out. Big money contract extensions started to happen. The team started having disgruntled players, even to http://www.officialbengalsshop.com/shop-by-players-willie-young-jersey-c-2_105.html the point of holding out (see Kam Chancellor’s 2015 season). The Percy Harvin situation blew up. Golden Tate left the team and had some choice words about the organization.
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Contract demands for more money. Demands for more respect. There was less of the chip on the shoulder, less giving and less forgiving. A “win at all costs” mentality arose. What I’m describing here wasn’t even a glimmer in the eyes of the 2010-2013 teams. That’s when the team had that hunger, that drive to learn, that willingness to play FOR the man next to them.
I honestly believe their current mantra of “win for my brothers” is just that; a mantra. I don’t see that they truly believe their identity is to “give at all costs”,  to make sure they play for their brother on the team.
The Seahawks decided to not extend contracts for some vocal leaders, Bruce Irvin and Brandon Mebane. How did the team really react to that? Sure, we heard the “this game is a business” line that each of the core guys gave the media. But http://www.officialbuccaneersshop.com/shop-by-players-clinton-mcdonald-jersey-c-1_13.html how does a man play for his brother when daddy decides to kick his brother out?
Furthermore, who guided our young players through all of the “the game is just a business” transactions? Did they get any veteran leadership advice to help Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Russell Wilson, Doug Baldwin and especially Richard Sherman through it?
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José Fernàndez would’ve made the 2017 Marlins a contender

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While Sonny Gray was sent to the Yankees and Yu Darvish was being traded to the Dodgers, causing celebration among those respective http://www.officialnflfalconsshop.com/shop-by-players-sean-renfree-jersey-c-9_97.html fan bases, a more subdued celebration in Marlins Park was occurring simultaneously. Monday would’ve been Jose Fernandez’s 25th birthday, and the Marlins quietly marked the event by allowing José’s family to tour the ballpark, with many of Fernàndez’s former teammates meeting his five-month-old daughter Penelope for the first time.
It’s hard to believe that Fernàndez never even reached the quarter century mark in his life, particularly when taking into account all that he’d accomplished already in his young career. National League Rookie of the Year, a two-time All-Star (2013 and 2016), a successful return from Tommy John surgery (and who can forget José smashing a home run in his first plate appearance in over a year). At the tail end of his final season, José was putting the finishing touches on a fantastic year that saw him accumulate 253 strikeouts in 182.1 innings pitched, holding down a 2.92 ERA/2.24 FIP with 6.1 fWAR to his name, a http://www.officialpanthersstore.com/cheap-youth-carolina-panthers-tyronne-green-pro-line-team-color-black-jersey-105882-p-682.html certifiable Cy Young candidate.
More than a year removed from the TJ surgery that cost him most of 2014 and a portion of 2015, Fernàndez was unquestionably improving. It’s not unreasonable to say that he was among the game’s great pitchers, and if he were around today, he’d likely be in that conversation yet again.
We are familiar with the cast of characters that the Marlins’ front office brought in during the off-season in an attempt to fill that gigantic void. Dan Straily. Edinson Volquez. Jeff Locke. Knowing that the starters might struggle to get to Fernàndez’s average of seven innings pitched, Junichi Tazawa and Brad Ziegler were also brought in to stretch out the pen. None of them as an individual was the pitcher that Fernàndez was, but collectively, perhaps they could make up for the loss on the field.
In the dugout, the Marlins had been talking with Martin Prado about an extension. After Fernàndez’s death, with everyone desperate for a little feel-good news, the Marlins probably felt compelled to bring back Prado. Prado had been Devin McCourty Womens Jersey regarded as a team leader anyway, and the Marlins felt that (in addition to his on-the-field contributions) he would serve as an important voice in the clubhouse and ease the loss of Fernàndez’s dynamic presence.
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Duron Harmon continues to solidify New England secondary

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FOXBORO — Duron Harmon grew up in the tiny town of Magnolia, Del. — population 225 or so — while Logan Ryan was raised http://www.ravensshopsofficial.com/shop-by-players-lorenzo-taliaferro-jersey-c-2_14.html about 100 miles north in the leafy enclave of Berlin, N.J.
The two defensive backs met as freshmen at Rutgers late in the summer of 2009. They would go on to spend four seasons playing together for the Scarlet Knights, Harmon at safety and Ryan at cornerback, before both were drafted by the Patriots in 2013.
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Fittingly enough, they were selected pretty close to one another. Ryan was taken in the third round with the 83rd overall selection and Harmon went eight picks later.
The two spent another four seasons together before parting ways in March. Harmon signed a four-year deal worth upward of $20 million to remain in New England while Logan headed to Tennessee after accepting the Titans’ offer of three years and $30 million.
“I played with him for eight years straight, so to not have him in the locker room or talking to me during stretching is a little weird, but time will pass,” Harmon said on Friday during a break in training camp.
“There’s turnover on this team each and every year. You get used to the guys who aren’t here and you get used to the guys who are here. We have a good group of DBs and I’m excited to work with them.”
Anxious was the word on Saturday after Harmon, who underwent offseason ankle surgery, went down following a collision in the end zone during 11-on-11 work in the first padded practice of camp. He walked gingerly off the field after banging up his right knee and didn’t finish practice.
However, Harmon participated in post-workout stretching drills with the rest of the team and afterward spent time playing catch with his two sons and chatting with his wife.
“I’m good, thanks for asking,” he smiled and http://www.billsshopofficial.com/shop-by-players-e-j-manuel-jersey-c-1_20.html shouted to an acquaintance at one point.
So it appears Harmon is fine, which is terrific news for a team seeking its third Lombardi Trophy in the last four seasons.
Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung start at safety for the Patriots, but the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Harmon is a key component of a defense that allowed the fewest points in the league last season.
Harmon has appeared in 73 straight games (playoffs included) since sitting out Week 1 of his rookie season. He played 48.6 percent of the defensive snaps in the regular season last year — the highest total among defensive reserves — and saw that spike to 58.8 percent in the playoffs.
Harmon had one interception in the regular season before matching that total with a pick against the Houston Texans in the AFC divisional round. He had three tackles against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, tying his career-high.
“He’s been a guy who, to me, has just gotten better each year he’s been here,” McCourty said. “The amount of work he puts in on and off the field, Du does a great job. He watches other safeties, he watches games from 2001, 2002 just trying to get better as a player.
“So that’s been great to see and obviously I was extremely happy when he shot me the text to say he was coming back.”
Harmon saw plenty of familiar faces when he returned to Gillette Stadium to begin offseason training in April. And lots of new ones, as well, as the Patriots added cornerback Stephon Gilmore, receiver Brandin Cooks and tight end Dwayne Allen.
Like the rest of New England, Harmon was thrilled to see the Patriots weren’t content to stand pat after their victory in Super Bowl LI.
“That just shows you this is a team that is always looking to get better — never complacent,” Harmon said. “The players aren’t complacent, the coaches aren’t complacent and the organization isn’t complacent. I think when Matt Darr Youth Jersey you have that type of mindset ... it’s easy for the players not to get complacent.
“We know that we have to continue to get better. We have to continue to work. We have to do everything that we did — and more — last year to try to do what we want to do again.”
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Today's Top 5: 8.7.2017

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Cutler comes in: Quarterback Jay Cutler flew to South Florida on Monday morning after agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with the http://www.authenticcoltssale.com/shop-by-players-bjoern-werner-jersey-c-1_10.html Dolphins. Head Coach Adam Gase declined to say that Cutler officially was going to be the starting quarterback in light of the knee injury sustained by Ryan Tannehill, although he added that Cutler “didn’t come out of retirement to stand on the sidelines.” Gase said Cutler definitely would not play in the preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday. As for Tannehill, Gase said no official decision had been made as to whether he would undergo surgery.
Depth chart: With the preseason opener this week, the Dolphins unveiled their first unofficial depth chart of the year and probably the most interesting fact was the presence of rookie second-round pick Raekwon McMillan as a first-team linebacker alongside Kiko Alonso and Lawrence Timmons. McMillan was the only rookie listed on the first team; Isaac Asiata(RG), Drew Morgan (WR), Charles Harris (DE) and Davon Godchaux (DT) all were listed on the second team. The first team featured QB Ryan Tannehill, RB Jay Ajayi, WR Jarvis Landry, WR DeVante Parker, WR Kenny Stills, TE Julius Thomas, LT Laremy Tunsil, LG Ted Larsen, C Mike Pouncey, RG Jermon Bushrod and RT Ja’Wuan James on offense, http://www.authenticpatriotsstore.com/shop-by-players-byron-maxwell-jersey-c-1_10.html although Tannehill and Larsen (biceps) both are dealing with serious injuries. Besides the linebackers, the first-team defense included DE Andre Branch, DT Ndamukong Suh, DT Jordan Phillips, DE Cameron Wake, CB Byron Maxwell, CB Xavien Howard, S Reshad Jones and S Nate Allen.
Injury update: Linebacker Neville Hewitt and Stills both returned to practice Monday after missing the scrimmage at Hard Rock Stadium because of minor injuries. Ajayi remains in the concussion protocol. Tunsil again was absent because of a personal matter, while Suh, Wake and veteran defensive end William Hayes were given a veteran day off.
Learning from one of the best: The Dolphins had a guest coach at practice Monday — former Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson. A six-time Pro Bowl selection, Johnson spent seven seasons in Detroit with Dolphins wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson and Gase was quarterbacks coach for the Lions in 2007, Johnson’s rookie year. Gase said Johnson visited the Dolphins last year during their trip to Southern California for games against the Chargers and Rams. Having one of the best wide receivers of O.J. Simpson Youth Jersey his generation at practice can only benefit Dolphins players at that position.
 Youth is served: The Dolphins welcomed two youth teams at practice Monday: the Kendall Boys and Girls Club Kolts and the Kendall Hammocks Warriors. After watching practice, the kids from both teams met Dolphins at the Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University.
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Arizona Cardinals Buy or Sell: Troy Niklas becomes a starter in 2017

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Tight end Troy Niklas has had an underwhelming career thus far. Can the fourth-year Notre Dame alumn become the player the Arizona http://www.billsonlineofficial.com/shop-by-players-richie-incognito-jersey-c-1_42.html Cardinals want in 2017?
The day of the tight end has changed. Actually, it’s been changing ever since Tony Gonzalez and Shannon Sharpe gave the position a new outlook in the NFL. One player on the wrong side of the ever-changing game is fourth-year Arizona Cardinals player Troy Niklas — on the wrong side if you consider a big paycheck as the main goal which for some players is the main goal.
Niklas isn’t the same kind of tight end we’re used to watching. A millenial myself, I’m used to the tight ends that can outrun a linebacker and out-jump a cornerback. Something like what Gonzalez and Sharpe did in their day and what Antonio Gates and Rob Gronkowski have done in theirs.
You’re not going to get those types of plays out of Niklas, at least not on a week-to-week basis. He has yet to prove he can be a deep threat at the top level. In his three years as a pro, he has just eight receptions for 71 yards and two touchdowns. His longest reception went for just 17 yards which came in his rookie season.
People knew coming out of Notre Dame that Niklas wasn’t going to be a Gates or Gronkowski. He was recruited to play outside linebacker, but made the change to tight end after a year in school. Being that he declared after his junior season, he didn’t have much time at the position coming in. And he only caught 37 balls for 573 yards and six touchdowns in college.
Niklas was drafted in the second round of http://www.authenticsaintsshop.com/shop-by-players-archie-manning-jersey-c-1_3.html the 2014 NFL Draft. The lack of production and time at the position didn’t scare away the Arizona Cardinals front office. Head coach Bruce Arians had just come off his first season at the helm, leading the team to their first winning record since the 2009 season. They had a need at tight end even, though Rob Housler had a respectable season in his own catching 39 passes for 454 yards.
It was the hopes and dreams that Niklas hadn’t just grown into the position yet (and maybe he still hasn’t) from a receiving perception. What he was looked at, though, was as a run blocker. One that could very well become the best run blocking tight end in the game.
After that same 2013 season, Arizona only averaged 3.6 yards per carry. The group as a whole averaged less than 97 yards on the ground a game. In Niklas’ rookie season it was worse as the running backs group averaged only 3.3 yards per carry and 82 yards per game. That year he received a -8.6 run-block rating from Pro Football Focus. All-in-all, the entire line struggled blocking for an inexperienced group consisting of Andre Ellington, Stepfan Taylor and Kerwynn Williams.
2015 was a different story for Arizona’s ground Ty Hilton Authentic Jersey game. With rookie David Johnson in town and the addition of Chris Johnson, Niklas appeared in 16 games (starting three) as the Cardinals averaged almost 120 rushing yards per game. Niklas, however, continued to struggle.
Last season was much like the first two. While he escaped the injury bug in his sophomore campaign in the league, Niklas appeared in just three games in 2016 before he went down with a season-ending wrist injury.
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New England Patriots: Shea McClellin could flourish in hybrid defensive role

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Not many people are talking about New England Patriots linebacker Shea McClellin.  But, the Boise State alum may just be the perfect player to fill the void left by Rob Ninkovich.
Following his first season with the Patriots, McClellin will get an opportunity to replace a player he looks up to.  As both players have similar skill sets, head coach Bill Belichick could turn to McClellin to play the hybrid linebacker/defensive end role Ninkovich flourished in.
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Dirk Koetter weighs in on Chris Conte's progression

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Chris Conte definitely http://www.officialpatriotsonline.com/shop-by-players-andre-tippett-jersey-c-2_3.html showed flashes of improvement last season. After being extremely inconsistent in 2015. Conte was able to snag numerous interceptions in key matchups which helped led the Buccaneers to an impressive five-game winning streak against talented opponents last year. For these reasons, the Bucs decided to keep him around instead of parting ways with him.
Following training camp on Monday, coach Koetter took a few moments to discuss what he has seen from Conte and how he has progressed since OTAs and mini camp.
“First off, Chris is really athletic,” Koetter said. “Chris almost is as athletic as a corner. He can really run, he’s long, I think Chris’ confidence is up right now. He, maybe in the past, would get down on himself a little too much, for no reason in my opinion. I think Chris is doing well.”
However, although Koetter has seen improvement from Conte, he also made it clear that no one is guaranteed a starting job. This http://www.ravensshopsofficial.com/shop-by-players-ray-lewis-jersey-c-2_25.html means that Conte has been competing with J.J. Wilcox, Keith Tandy and Justin Evans to be a starter this season.
“It’s also been good with keeping Chris working with that first group, J.J. [Wilcox] and Justin Evans have really showed. Justin Evans is another like McNichols that missed some time in the spring.”
Like kicker, wide receiver and several other positions, the competition at safety is another tough battle and one the Bucs plan to thoroughly evaluate throughout training camp.
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MISSING: Boy, 15, missing from Ruskin

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Ravens right guard Marshal Yanda has no problem easing his way back into greater workload

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Marshal Yanda is probably the last person http://www.billsshopofficial.com/shop-by-players-dan-carpenter-jersey-c-1_17.html to shy away from work. The right guard is usually the first Ravens offensive lineman to jump into drills and exercises.
But through the first five practices of training camp, Yanda’s work ethic has been reined in by the team as the medical staff has taken a methodical approach to his surgically-repaired left shoulder. And the six-time Pro Bowler is the strategy’s biggest supporter.
“It’s coming along good,” he said after Tuesday’s practice at the Ravens’ headquarters in Owings Mills. “I’m feeling good. It’s kind of part of the plan, bringing me back in and doing the individual and getting a little bit more hitting in each day in the individual period. I’m feeling good. So things are going as planned.”
The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Yanda has been limited to work in individual drills before walking inside to continue rehabilitating the shoulder that sidelined him for three games and forced him to shift from his usual right guard position to the left http://www.cheapdolphinsonline.com/shop-by-players-jermon-bushrod-jersey-c-1_27.html spot.
Yanda would normally be more than willing to practice. But he agrees with the plan put in place.
“You have to understand that’s part of the process, and you don’t want to just jump right back in,” he said. “I don’t want to be ripping it right out of the gate. You want it to be kind of a gradual progression. But everything has been so far, so good in the progression and stuff. So I’m happy with the progress.”
As an 11-year veteran, Yanda has a solid grasp of how to play his position. But he acknowledged that he is eager to practice and play in preseason contests compared to hitting the regular season without any games under his belt.
“I still need to sharpen my craft, and when you don’t play football for seven or eight months, you still have to get back to doing the stuff over and over every day,” he said. “So yeah, I definitely need to prepare for the season. But you also have to factor in that I had surgery in the offseason.
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The best Bears player to ever wear No. 49

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In this "best play to wear" series it has http://www.authenticcoltssale.com/shop-by-players-arthur-jones-jersey-c-1_8.html typically been easy to find a handful of solid candidates for each number. With that said, the No. 49 for the Chicago Bears may be the hardest one yet.
In the past players such as Anthony Walters, Winston Venable, Donald Jordan, Marc Edwards, Major Hazelton and Charlie Bivins have all worn the number, but this competition comes down to Sam Acho and David Tate.
A fourth-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 2011, Acho spent four seasons in the NFC West before joining the Bears in 2015. He has been used both as a starter at outside linebacker and on special teams during his time in Chicago. He has made at least four starts in each of the last three seasons and has recorded 40 tackles, one http://www.authenticpatriotsstore.com/shop-by-players-dan-marino-jersey-c-1_14.html sack, two pass deflections and two forced fumbles in 31 games with 13 starts.
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Tate was an eighth-round pick of the Bears in 1998 out of Chicago and spent five seasons with the Bears. During that stretch of time he appeared in 78 games with 12 starts. He ended his Bears career with 238 tackles, one fumble recovery and seven interceptions.
Verdict: While neither Acho nor Tate are household names, but have made an impact on the Bears organization. While Acho offers the team Tyrod Taylor Authentic Jersey a lot currently with his versatility, Tate's ability to take the football away during his time with the Bears helped him earn the title of the best Bears player to ever wear the No. 49.
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Alterraun Verner sees a “playoff team” in Miami

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The Miami Dolphins added Alterraun Verner to http://www.billsonlineofficial.com/shop-by-players-robert-blanton-jersey-c-1_43.html their squad shortly after putting linebacker Koa Misi on injured reserve.
Verner is an interesting talent. A former Pro-Bowl player with the Tennessee Titans, Verner left the Titans after four seasons and joined the Tampa Buccaneers as a free agent. Drafted in the 4th round of the 2010 draft, Verner has played well in his career but after joining the Buc’s his play quickly declined.
His first two seasons with the Buc’s didn’t go well but many believe that had more to do with him not fitting into the Lovie Smith scheme. Last season he improved considerably under Dirk Koetter. On Thursday, Verner practiced for the first time with his new team.
It’s assumed that Verner will compete with Bobby McCain primarily as the teams slot corner. Xavien Howard and Byron Maxwell have the outsides handled but McCain hasn’t stepped up to the level that the Dolphins had hoped to see. It’s a camp competition to keep an eye on for sure.
The Dolphins typically keep between six and eight corners depending on special teams needs. This includes both corners and safeties. Last season the Dolphins kept nine total including four safeties and five corners. This means that there will be a tight battle at the position this off-season. Keep an eye out later for a review of this camp battle.
Following yesterday’s practice Verner spoke with the media and answered their questions. He says he sees a “playoff team” in Miami but as has been speculated, can Miami repeat as a playoff team in 2017? Expectations are high.
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(What was it about the Dolphins that you thought was a good opportunity for you?) – “One, a playoff team. They’ve been to the playoffs. It seems like they have a young nucleus and are building towards something. And just the atmosphere around here when I walked in – the competitiveness, the fire and everything. It just seemed like a good fit, a good time to compete and try to help out.”
(Had they reached out to you and your agent a while ago or was this just a recent thing where the first time you heard from them was in the http://www.authenticsaintsshop.com/shop-by-players-archie-manning-jersey-c-1_3.html last week or so?) – “I think they’ve been in communication. The first time I worked out was obviously when I did a couple of days ago. The rest just led to here.”
(Do you still think you’re the guy who was a Pro Bowl player three years ago? Those skills are still in you I assume, no?) – “No question. Things happen. I’m not here to put blame or excuses on anything; but yes, I’m only 28. If anything, I’m entering my prime and I’m better than what I was at that time. That’s the way I look at it. I got better and I definitely didn’t get worse.”
(How would you describe your on-field strengths? What are you best at?) – “I think just making plays on the ball. That’s something I’ve always taken pride in. Even in college, just getting my hands on the ball whether that’s getting an interception or batting a ball down, and just communicating and making tackles and things like that. I’ve always considered myself an all-around corner to do it all. To me, that’s my strength, that I can be used in so many ways and be effective for the team.”
(In Tampa, you were a standup guy in the locker room and always being a leader. What is that like to have a refreshing approach coming into this situation?) – “I guess with it being fresh – no pun intended – it’s just refreshing. It’s refreshing to have a clean slate again and work your way back up. I’ve been telling people, I feel like a rookie again, coming in here and just learning a new system, new playbook and new team. But it’s exciting. It’s exciting to get a helmet back on and just to do some football things. It’s more exciting and I’m ready to go.”
(What have you been told relative to Donte Moncrief Kids Jersey opportunity to compete for a starting spot and all of that?) – “They just preach competition in all facets. They said just go out there and compete and then my play will speak for myself on where they’re going to put me. I think they’re going to use me in many different areas and wherever they put me at, that’s where I’m going to compete and try to work hard and see some snaps and get on the field. It’s definitely competition. I saw it from the first day today. Competition brings out the best in people and I experienced that all through my seven years (in the NFL).”
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Who are the playmakers on D?

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The arrival of August will be greeted by the http://www.authentic49ersshop.com/shop-by-players-aaron-lynch-jersey-c-1_3.html opening of the Missouri football team’s preseason camp. The Tigers will get started at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Fan day is set for 7 p.m. Saturday on Faurot Field.
Missouri will have 20 practice dates, with media availability on 13 of those dates.
Here are five story lines to monitor as camp unfolds.
Who are the playmakers on defense?
There aren’t many established forces on defense. Defensive end Marcell Frazier had a furious finish in the last three games of last season. He’ll be counted on to be a pass-rushing weapon, and Terry Beckner Jr. has shown he’s a playmaker when healthy, though he’s coming off his second knee surgery in as many seasons.
Otherwise, there’s a lot of mystery.
Defensive tackle Rashad Brandon, a junior college transfer, and hybrid linebacker/nickelback Kaleb Prewett, a Kansas State transfer, were as good as anyone during the spring.
The size of cornerback DeMarkus Acy, who is 6-foot-2, 195 pounds, makes him enticing from a physical standpoint.
Middle linebacker Eric Beisel was dependable in his five games of extended playing time following the injury to Michael Scherer last fall.
Defensive end Tre Williams has the combination of length and athleticism you want at that position, but the redshirt freshman hasn’t had a chance to prove himself in game action
This defense doesn’t feature a Charles Harris or Kentrell Brothers or Sean Weatherspoon -- veteran playmakers with an established track record.
Perhaps the freshness isn’t all bad, though, considering Missouri’s defense was woeful last season.
How do the new junior college additions look on the defensive line?
Many Tiger fans probably already have begun to get familiar with Brandon. As an early enrollee, he participated in spring camp, and he http://www.authenticbroncosshop.com/shop-by-players-jeff-heuerman-jersey-c-1_14.html made five tackles in the Black & Gold Game.
Another junior college addition, defensive end Nate Anderson, enrolled this summer. As of last check, junior college signees Walter Palmore and Malik Young had not enrolled, but they’re expected to arrive before the season. Those defensive tackles were considered two of the biggest prizes in Missouri’s signing class, which also includes four freshmen defensive linemen.
Given the departure of Harris, the spring transfer of Spencer Williams, and the uncertain future of Nate Howard, who remains suspended while facing a Class D felony charge for possession of a controlled substance, there’s a gaping hole that needs filled opposite Frazier on the defensive line.
And the interior of the line could use some help, too, in support of Beckner, Brandon and senior A.J. Logan.
Which true freshman emerges as a potential star?
Last year, wide receiver Dimetrios Mason impressed his coaches throughout camp, and it wasn’t long before he was in the starting lineup opposite J’Mon Moore.
Barry Odom isn’t afraid to play a rookie if he proves his worth.
Center Case Cook is probably the most likely freshman candidate to emerge as a potential starter. And don’t be surprised if one of the freshman cornerbacks, Adam Sparks and Terry Petry, contend for a spot in the rotation.
Does Drew Lock look poised to become one of the SEC’s best quarterbacks?
Lock improved last year as a sophomore and showed off some of the talent that has many believing he’s a future NFL QB. With 20 career starts and a big arm, there’s a lot to like in Lock entering his junior season. But he must iron out the inconsistencies in his performance that proved costly in losses to Georgia and South Carolina. Lock also struggled mightily in blowout losses to LSU and Florida.
Lock’s overall numbers from his 2016 season look pretty good – a 54.6 percent completion rate, 3,399 yards, 23 touchdowns and 10 interceptions – but take out games against Eastern Michigan and Delaware State, and it’s much Tony Dorsett Womens Jersey more pedestrian: 51.8 percent completion, 2,547 yards, 13 TDs and 10 interceptions.
If Missouri is to have a hope of finishing in the top half of the East, it needs a more consistent year from Lock.
Have the drops been cured?
In fairness to Lock, he was plagued by too many drops by his wide receivers last season. That includes his top target, Moore, who knows he has to cut down on the miscues. Moore is Lock’s No. 1 weapon for good reason. He has good speed, gets separation down field and provides a sizable target on shorter passes. His 1,012 receiving yards ranked second in the SEC last season. Shoring up his hands is the final piece. It wasn’t just Moore, though. A more sure-handed year from Mason and Johnathon Johnson would help, too.
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