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  1. Wasn't this his problem in Arizona as well? Inability to stay healthy?
  2. I like his take on Matty Ice .......... linkage Jalen Ramsey backs his QB, rips others across NFL Print By Kevin Patra Around the NFL Writer Published: Aug. 15, 2018 at 10:18 a.m. Updated: Aug. 15, 2018 at 01:22 p.m. The Jacksonville Jaguars are built to win with defense and the running game. In a league that benefits teams that pass, they are a growing anomaly, insulating the quarterback position and attempting to win while handcuffed. Several times last season, the Jags didn't trust Blake Bortles to make plays in crunch time. Losses to the Arizona Cardinals and New England Patriots (AFC Championship game) immediately come to mind as examples of Jacksonville attempting to coach around the quarterback. Jags cornerback Jalen Ramsey believes this approach is holding the team back. In an interview with Clay Skipper for the August edition of GQ Magazine, the talkative All-Pro said he'd like to see coaches trust Bortles more. "Blake do what he gotta do... I think in crunch time moments, like last year's playoff game -- not as a team, because we would have trusted him -- but I think as an organization, we should have trusted him more to keep throwing it," Ramsey said. "We kinda got complacent and conservative. And I think that's why we lost. We started running it on first and second down, throwing it on third down, every single time we were out there. [The Patriots] caught on to that." After earning a 10-point fourth quarter lead in the AFC Championship game, the Jags ran on four straight first-down plays over the course of three drives, for a total of three yards. By the time Bortles threw on first down in the fourth quarter, the Jags had lost the lead. Ramsey compared Bortles to Nick Foles, who led the Philadelphia Eagles to a Super Bowl because coaches trusted the QB and put him in spots to succeed. "(Foles) won them a Super Bowl so he's good enough to do that," Ramsey said. "He had a hella good team, too, though. But as long as you can do what the team asks you to do, then you're straight. Like people say Blake sucks, but he took us to the AFC Championship game off strictly doing what was just asked of him: not turning the ball over, running Leonard [Fournette] to death, letting the defense get some turnovers, and putting us in a good field position to capitalize on. "That was what we asked him to do. Playoff Blake is good. People can say whatever but playoff Blake is good. I think that's how it is with a lot of teams: as long as you do what that team is asking you to do, and you do it well with the rest of the team, then you can be considered good-or at least not bad. You not a bad quarterback if you do what your team asks of you. Matthew Stafford, I think he's straight. I don't think he the best quarterback out there. But he do what he gotta do." Ramsey was suspended this week for violating team rules and conduct unbecoming of a Jaguars football player. Before that ban, the talkative corner ran down what he thinks of every NFL QB with Skipper. Let's take a gander at some of Ramsey's thoughts on many of the NFL QBs: Aaron Rodgers: Does not suck. Tom Brady: Does not suck. Marcus Mariota: Great for the Titans. Tyrod Taylor: "Actually a better quarterback than he gets credit for, because he does not make mistakes." Jimmy Garoppolo: Not sure if he's sold on the hype yet. Deshaun Watson: "He'll be the league MVP in a couple years." Carson Wentz: Ramsey says Wentz and Watson will be battling for MVP trophy for the next five to 10 years. Jared Goff: "average to above average... For what his team ask him to do, yeah, he's good." Dak Prescott: Good. Alright. OK. But Cowboys run through Ezekiel Elliott. Kirk Cousins: "Winner" "Competitor." "Coming off the play action, he's the best quarterback in the league." Derek Carr: Good. Eli Manning: "It's not really Eli. I think it's Odell [Beckham, Jr.]. I won't say Eli's good, I'll say Odell's good. And their connection is good." Russell Wilson: Good. Good leader too. Ben Roethlisberger: "Decent." "It's not Big Ben, it's [Antonio Brown]. Big Ben slings the ball a lot of the time. He just slings it, and his receivers go get it... I played him twice last year, and he really disappointed me." Drew Brees: Ramsey is a fan. Andrew Luck: "I don't really think he's that good." Ryan Tannehill: Don't know much about him. Matthew Stafford: "He do what he gotta do." Philip Rivers: "Pretty good." Matt Ryan: "Overrated." Joe Flacco: "Sucks. I played him two years in a row. He sucks." Lamar Jackson: going to be good. Baker Mayfield: "...if they want that type of quarterback-confident, get out the pocket, throw on the run, big plays, charisma-then yeah, I understand Baker going number one." Ramsey's commentary on the Mayfield pick lead into a scorching hot take on Bills rookie QB Josh Allen, whom the CB has attacked several times publicly since the draft. View image on Twitter alen Ramsey stays hating the Bills’ Josh Allen pick… Via @SkipperClay https://www.gq.com/story/jalen-ramsey-trash-talk-nfl-interview …7:54 AM - Aug 15, 2018You can -- and should -- check out the entire piece in GQ.UPDATE: Josh Allen was asked his thoughts on Ramsey and outside critics."I don't care. It doesn't bother me one bit," he said according to Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic. "I care about my teammates and what my teammates think of me."
  3. Yeah! What he said.......... linkage Alvin Kamara has some choice words about Minnesota Miracle Posted by Darin Gantt on August 8, 2018, 12:28 PM EDT Getty Images Saints running back Alvin Kamara has a colorful way of looking at the end of last season. And that color is primarily blue. In an entertaining profile of the second-year back by Master Tesfatsion of Bleacher Report, Kamara riffed on the crushing end of the Saints season, in which the 17-point deficit they erased in the second half of the NFC divisional round playoff game was erased by the Minnesota Miracle. “It’s a certain point where you f–king just do everything could do, and s–t still don’t go your way,” Kamara said. “That’s how I felt about that game. I felt like we did everything. We came all the way back, and then s–t just happened like that. That’s like some one-in-a-million-type s–t. “I couldn’t even be mad. I was mad, of course, but it was like how does that even f–king happen? That’s not even real. It’s almost not realistic, like what the f–k?” Somewhere, Lee Elia nods approvingly. His greater point holds, as the Saints were on an incredible roll before Stefon Diggs‘ last-second game-winning touchdown sent the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game. And Kamara believes that momentum would have continued against the Eagles, and he clearly thinks it will continue into this season now that they’ve put it behind them. “We’d beat the s–t out of [the Eagles] cause we was rolling,” Kamara said. “If we won [against the Vikings], I knew nobody was gonna stop us cause we came all the way back. . . . “We know what the standard is. So, yeah, f-k Minnesota.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. I mean, not without being George Carlin.
  4. Nice closing speed big fella..........
  5. More than anything I hope the drafting of Davenport frees up Cam to wreak even more havoc. This man, is a beast. McCaffery finds out first hand, lol.
  6. They waived Lasco with a failed physical designation. Vereen takes his roster spot.
  7. Good info on the run game in general as well.
  8. linkage Saints might have landed 'an absolute steal' in undrafted tight end Deon Yelder BY JOEL A. ERICKSON | JERICKSON@THEADVOCATE.COM MAY 19, 2018 - 3:30 PM (1) Facebook Twitter Email Buy Now Associated Press Nearly all the experts believed the New Orleans Saints would target a tight end in April's draft. For months, the mock drafts kept predicting the position to New Orleans. An obvious need existed, and the 2018 draft class was deep at tight end, full of big names like Hayden Hurst and Mike Gesicki and Dallas Goedert. New Orleans ended up passing on the position through seven rounds of the draft. Need and name never matched up with the way the board looked in the Saints' war room. The Saints waited to strike until the frenzied minutes after the draft, offering $90,000 in guaranteed money to win a whirlwind sweepstakes for Western Kentucky's Deon Yelder, whose name might not carry as much recognition as the rest of the tight ends in his class but represents an impressive talent just coming into his own. "I felt like I belonged with those guys," Yelder said. "They have more years, but talent-wise, I feel like we’re equal. We’re neck and neck. I feel like I’ve got things to work on, but who doesn’t?" Yelder has always been a little overlooked. A basketball player who decided not to play football until his junior year at Southern High in Louisville, Ky. — in part, Yelder said, because he didn't think the football program was good enough, an idea he now thinks was ridiculous — Yelder arrived at Western Kentucky as a preferred walk-on. He looked only a little like the player he'd become. Yelder started out at Western Kentucky as a wide receiver, grew into a tight end and found himself stuck behind players like Tyler Higbee and George Fant, who are both in the NFL now. When Ryan Mahaffey took over as tight ends coach under new Hilltoppers coach Mike Sanford last season, Yelder was headed into his senior season without a single catch to his name. He was one of only two tight ends on the roster. Mahaffey, who spent a couple of seasons as a fullback in the NFL, instantly saw the potential. "Right from the moment we went out to winter workouts and had the chance to see him run and move around in space, and see the way that he worked, I thought he had a great chance," Mahaffey said. "You could see he had the ability, you could see he had the movement skills, and more importantly, you saw he was committed to making himself a better player." Yelder was also walking into an offense perfectly suited for him. Sanford likes to use sets with two tight ends, and Western Kentucky had Mike White, a future fifth-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys. Mahaffey saw a breakout coming. A 6-foot-4, 255-pound athlete who can run, Yelder had the tools. More importantly, he had the mentality. "I’m still very impressed by Deon’s devotion to getting better each and every single day, considering where he started and the path he took to become a starter at Western Kentucky," Mahaffey said. "But I’m not surprised by the production he had, because you could see it in practice." Yelder, unheard of by almost anybody outside of Western Kentucky's program at the start of the season, exploded for 52 catches, 688 yards and seven touchdowns, and he scored another touchdown on the ground. A little-known prospect at the start of the draft process because of his late start, Yelder played well enough at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl to earn a late invite to the Senior Bowl when some of those bigger names pulled out of the game. "I just wanted the opportunity," Yelder said. "That’s all I’ve ever asked for, is an opportunity to go forward and do what I do." On the third day of the draft, Yelder found himself caught between the disappointment of not being drafted and exhilaration at the flood of calls that came in to his agent as soon as the draft ended. Yelder started consulting Mahaffey. Tight end and coach had grown close over the course of the season, and given Mahaffey's NFL experience, Yelder wanted to know what his college coach thought about which team he should pick. Mahaffey's mind immediately went to Dan Campbell, a coach he'd admired during his days with the Miami Dolphins. "I was playing fullback at the time, I spent more of my time with the running backs, but I knew that he had a great rapport with his players," Mahaffey said. "I know that he was a great fundamental coach who built really strong relationships with his players, that he was going to be extremely honest about how Deon needed to improve his game, and he also has the insight of playing that position for a very long time in the NFL." New Orleans also ponied up a large guarantee for an undrafted free agent, and the combination of coach and cash dropped Yelder in New Orleans. The Saints liked what they saw out of Yelder's breakout season. "He’s big and he can run," Saints coach Sean Payton said. "We think he catches the ball well. We have to work and get up to speed a little bit in the blocking." Yelder knows he must become a better blocker. A lack of playing time probably contributed to his shortcomings, but he wants to be a complete player. "Coach Campbell’s a great coach," Yelder said. "He can help me develop my game and become a true tight end, a true Y tight end, an all-around tight end who can catch and block." The good news is he has the most important part. Yelder likes to hit. “He’s very aggressive, shows the ability to play with great leverage and hand placement," Mahaffey said. "He’s flashed the ability to be a dominant in-line blocker." Yelder might be in the perfect spot to develop. Besides Campbell, he also joins a tight end room that includes veterans Benjamin Watson and Josh Hill, both talented two-way players at the position. If he can earn a spot on the roster, Yelder will have a chance to prove he belongs with the bigger names in his class. "Deon is just scratching the potential of what he can become,' Mahaffey said. "I think Deon’s best ball is well in front of him. I think the New Orleans Saints got an absolute steal." Wouldn't be the first time the Saints found a talented player after the draft had ended. FOLLOW JOEL A. ERICKSON ON TWITTER, @JOELAERICKSON.
  9. I had no idea what this kid had been through. Hard not to root for him.
  10. I know this video is about Kamara but you can't help but be impressed by the blocking this offense provides for him. That includes the tight ends and receivers as well. Josh Hill is an absolute beast blocking one-on-one on the outside. I don't think he gets enough credit. I hope we are fortunate enough to watch this special talent for many years to come.