The hits: Last year the Seahawks nabbed cornerback
The hits: Last year the Seahawks nabbed cornerbackin F r e i s t i l 17.08.2018 03:42
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>When the Jalen Ramsey vs. A.J. Green Jim Kelly Jersey , and Aqib Talib vs. Michael Crabtree in-game tussles played out, Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive back Ronnie Lott thought back to advice he received decades ago, before his San Francisco 49ers faced the Dallas Cowboys.“A buddy of mine, Dennis Thurman, who played for the Cowboys, called me up before we played them and said, ‘Do not get into a talking match with (receivers) Butch Johnson or Drew Pearson.’ So I didn’t. He was like, ‘Stay focused on the game,'” Lott said. “I’m sure that some coach or somebody said, ‘Don’t get caught up in that’ to the guys involved in things this season.“Whatever the coaches said didn’t work.”Seems conflicts between cornerbacks and wideouts are simply unavoidable. It is a unique dynamic in NFL games week after week: On play after play, they match up 1-on-1, with plenty of grabbing and shoving and, yes, yapping mixed in. The tension escalates, especially if one is really outplaying the other.“It can be like an Ali-Frazier moment,” said Lott, a cornerback and safety from 1981-94. “My rookie year, I remember having confrontations. They could be around the biggest or the littlest thing.”Broncos cornerback Talib and Raiders receiver Crabtree served one-week suspensions after getting into a fight during a game 鈥?a reprise of their skirmish last season. Both times Cheap Josh Allen Jersey , Talib ripped a gold chain off Crabtree’s neck. In another much-discussed episode, Jacksonville’s Ramsey and Cincinnati’s Green were ejected after a clash that looked straight out of a wrestling ring.“There’s a lot of passion and emotions out of those two positions. It happens a lot in training camp and things like that, same deal,” Minnesota Vikings receiver Adam Thielen said. “Even when you’re going against your own teammates, it brings a lot of emotion out of you, especially when you’re a competitor and you don’t like to lose.”The two episodes this season brought to mind other high-profile dustups. Josh Norman vs. Odell Beckham Jr. Or Andre Johnson vs. Cortland Finnegan.These spats are at least in part a result of what Redskins cornerback Norman describes as a world of constant chatter, gamesmanship and one-upmanship.“If you stop them, you come back and say something. Then they catch the ball, and they come back and say something. You play sound, fundamental defense and you get aggressive with guys. They don’t like it and they push back. You push back,” Norman said. “And before you know it, there you go.”He was a Panthers cornerback in 2015 when he engaged in a violent back-and-forth with Giants receiver Beckham.Norman sees these CB vs. WR flare-ups through the prism of his job, which he says is made harder by the NFL’s anti-defense rules and officiating.“They don’t want defenders to be successful. And (fans) don’t want a guy to stop their man that they put in fantasy football. When we do, we’re the ‘worst ever.’ We’re ‘trash.’ But if we let someone catch the ball, we’re ‘trash,’ too. It’s ridiculous,” Norman said. “We can’t win as defensive backs. It’s not set up for us to. But when we do win, and there is that little success that we have for ourselves Cheap Natrell Jamerson Jersey , then we need to show it. Like, ‘Look! Take that!'”Players on both sides of the ball say the physical and mental back-and-forth both contribute to bad feelings.“There’s a lot that goes out there on the field that’s behind the scenes,” Raiders cornerback TJ Carrie said. “You really don’t pay attention to it until there’s an altercation.”Whether it’s a cornerback constantly jamming a receiver off the line, or a run-blocking wideout doing the shoving, those plays add up. That’s aside from when a receiver isn’t getting his catches, or even his targets. Or a DB keeps giving up gains.It all can lead to frustration 鈥?and lashing out.“It’s been going on for centuries,” Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald said.He knows some defenders will “try to add unnecessary brutality to the game,” he said, and there’s no way to avoid that.But when it comes to trash talk, Fitzgerald said: “I’m not about that. If you call out my name, I’m not even going to acknowledge you. I just walk away.”Certainly, these conflicts happen at other positions.Still, as Redskins cornerback-turned-safety DeAngelo Hall noted, it’s harder to notice individual matchups along the line of scrimmage.“We are kind of out there by ourselves, so when we’re talking or battling, you can really see two guys face to face 鈥?as opposed to five vs. five, having the whole O-line and whole D-line there. I don’t know if there’s more confrontation there than a defensive end and a left tackle, for example Steelers Cheap Jerseys , but it’s definitely more noticeable when receivers and DBs get to chirpin’, because we’re isolated,” Hall said.“At the end of the day, it’s me vs. you on that island.”Hall, whose 43 career interceptions lead active players, remembers when he was with the Falcons and faced the division-rival Panthers and now-retired receiver Steve Smith.“Me and Steve had to be separated a couple of times,” Hall said. “It was always almost to blows. Then, after or before the game, it was all cordial. Just that competitiveness of me and him wanting to beat each other down sparked those intense exchanges.”As for some of his other past foes?“Me and (Terrell Owens) didn’t do a lot of talking. We just tried to rip each other’s heads off. Me and Chad Johnson did a lot of talking, but it was all jokingly,” Hall said and paused, before ad The remodel of the Seattle Seahawks has started with the goal of remaining competitive while refreshing a roster that at one time was good enough to win a Super Bowl but grew stale.
The key for Seattle remaining a contender while churning the roster is rediscovering success in the draft after the Seahawks went 9-7 last season and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
In recent years, general manager John Schneider and his staff have been tagged with more misses than hits. The days of finding stars such as Russell Wilson in the third round and Richard Sherman in the fifth round have been replaced by high-round busts such as Christine Michael and Malik McDowell.
In the past five years, Seattle has drafted just one player to be voted to the Pro Bowl: Wide receiver and kick returner Tyler Lockett.
So the pressure is on Schneider to again have a bountiful draft. It doesn't have to be as good as those ones earlier this decade that defined Seattle's contending squads.
But there are notable areas Seattle needs to address and baring a trade it'll have to do it with limited picks. Seattle's first pick is at No. 18, the Seahawks have just eight selections entering the draft and none in the second or third rounds.
In an effort to have fewer misses, the Seahawks have shrunk their draft board with a smaller pool of players to consider.
"It looks cleaner. It's easier to study. It's easier to figure out where the ledges are, the drop-offs, where the strengths are John Kelly Jersey Rams ," Schneider said. "(In) 2010, 2011, 2012 we had less numbers in general. And then for one reason or another we continue to add more and more players and it's just too much."
Here's what else to watch about the Seahawks entering the draft:
WHAT ABOUT EARL?
The offseason has been filled with conjecture about the future of star safety Earl Thomas, who is going into the final year of his contract in 2018. Thomas wants a new deal and has not hid his desire for one.
Thomas is also one of the few commodities Seattle has on its roster that could yield a bounty of picks if a trade was made. Thomas is still an elite safety, but the chance to get multiple picks could lead Schneider to pull off a trade.
SILENT DAY 2
Seattle is without a pick on the second day of the draft, the result of trading its second-round pick to the New York Jets as part of the Sheldon Richardson deal, and sending its third-round selection to Houston as part of the Duane Brown deal.
Don't expect that to last. Schneider has been among the most active GMs during the draft making deals to acquire more picks.
"We take a lot of pride in our relationships with clubs where we can call someone up really quick and make a deal and move around. ... I wish we had a second-rounder and a third-rounder, but we went for it and now here we are," Schneider said. "It's a challenge, but it's a fun challenge."
While the offensive line is regularly the biggest complaint of fans, it's not Seattle's biggest need. The Seahawks must get some pass rush help in this draft. The trade of Bennett and uncertainty over the future of Cliff Avril because of a neck injury leaves a void at defensive end with Frank Clark as the only proven pass rusher.
The secondary should also be a priority. Sherman is gone. So too are DeShawn Shead and Jeremy Lane. And there's the same uncertainty around Kam Chancellor as Avril. Seattle re-signed Bradley McDougald and Justin Coleman, and has hopes for young safeties Delano Hill and Tedric Thompson, but depth is a major concern.
HITS, MISSES AND BARGAINS
The first three drafts Seattle had under Schneider laid the foundation for a Super Bowl team. The past five have been shaky at best.
The misses: None may be more costly than McDowell. The second-round pick has yet to play for Seattle because of an ATV accident before the 2017 season. His injury caused Seattle to trade for one season of Richardson, which cost the Seahawks a serviceable receiver in Jermaine Kearse and a second-round pick.
The hits: Last year the Seahawks nabbed cornerback Shaquill Griffin in the third round and he immediately became the starter. Playing opposite Sherman meant Griffin was targeted right away and his performance showed he can be capable of being Seattle's next great cornerback.
The bargains: His rookie season was cut short because of injury, but Seattle has high hopes for running back Chris Carson, a seventh-round pick last year. Carson won the starting job in training camp last year and will likely be the presumptive starter going into this season.
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