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The Denver Broncos are singing the praises of rookie outside linebacker Bradley Chubb even if carrying a tune isn’t necessarily his specialty.
The No. 5 overall pick recently paired with fellow rookie Courtland Sutton to perform a duet in front of the team.
”I messed up the lyrics a little bit Quintin Demps Jersey ,” Chubb said.
No big deal. They didn’t bring him in for his voice, just his voracious intensity. In that respect, he’s hitting all the right notes.
Chubb believes this group of pass rushers can create quite a bit of ”chaos” this season. The defense even has a scheme dubbed ”NASCAR” to take advantage of the speed and power of Chubb, Von Miller, Shane Ray and Shaquil Barrett. Simply put: It gets all of them on the field at the same time to wreak havoc.
”Now that will be dangerous,” Ray said. ”You can’t block any of us one-on-one. It would be too tough, especially if you have all four of us in the game. We have the guys to get a lot of sacks this year.”
Chubb was a surprise pick by the Broncos mainly because he wasn’t predicted to fall to them. Miller even posted his reaction on Instagram – complete with a scream.
So far, the 6-foot-4, 275-pound Chubb has been just as advertised through training camp.
”What we saw in college we’ve seen some out here,” coach Vance Joseph said. ”Watching him play versus NFL tackles and tight ends, it hasn’t been a setback for him. He’s a strong guy. He can set an edge. He can rush the passer.”
The pressure to produce out of the gate doesn’t faze Chubb in part because he has Miller & Co. next to him. The 22-year-old is all ears these days in meetings and on the field. He’s taking in every piece of advice offered to him to get up to speed.
”I just need to keep coming out and working,” said Chubb Barry Church Jersey , who had 26 sacks, 203 tackles and eight forced fumbles while at North Carolina State. ”Having a lot of rushers and a lot of good players who can get to the quarterback out there on the same field and at the same time, I feel like it’s going to be chaos.
”That’s what we’re trying to do, cause chaos.”
Chubb’s versatility allows defensive coordinator Joe Woods to get even more imaginative with his schemes. Woods plans to use Chubb at outside linebacker, defensive end and even drop him into coverage.
”It’s definitely a luxury,” Woods said.
About his singing: Turns out Sutton and Chubb elected to do a number together for their teammates. Sutton presented several songs and Chubb didn’t know any of them. Finally, they found common ground with ”Can You Stand the Rain,” a ballad by New Edition . It went rather smooth, outside of a few lapses on lyrics.
”We got a little standing ovation,” Sutton said.
Now on to the next rookie ritual: The funky haircut . The veterans get to have a little fun with the razor and trim the hair of the rookies. Or, if a rookie would rather, the eyebrow is always an option.
”I’m not looking forward to it Kyle Fuller Jersey ,” Chubb said.
What he is looking forward to is rushing QBs.
”We’re all coming out here with the same mindset,” Chubb said. ”We all want to be great and we’re pushing each other to be great. When we’re all going, it’s going to be pretty special.”
NOTES: TE Jeff Heuerman and DB Su’a Cravens were held out of practice Wednesday with knee ailments. … TE Jake Butt didn’t participate in all the reps as he makes his way back from a knee injury. ”We’re just trying to be smart,” Joseph said…. The Broncos have a day off from training camp Thursday. ”We want those guys to stay off their feet and rest,” Joseph said. ”It’s not an off-day to go out and have a good time. We’re in training camp still.” … Asked about the ups and downs of backup QB Paxton Lynch’s career, offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said: ”He’s young. What did they have, eight plays at Memphis?” … Ray is wrapping up his sore left wrist in thick tape for practice. He can’t put a percentage on how well it’s feeling. ”I got to go out there and do my best to figure things out,” Ray said. ”Just play with the cards that I have.”
The Florida Panthers were one of the best teams in the NHL after the All-Star break, not that it counted for much at the end of the regular season.
Despite winning five games over the final seven days and tying for first in the NHL with 25 victories over their final 35 games, the Panthers failed to make the playoffs for the fifth time in six years and the 15th time in 17 seasons.
”It’s disappointing,” said center Vincent Trocheck, who finished the season with a team-high 31 goals. ”Everybody here had one goal Andre Reed Jersey , and that was to make the playoffs and then go on a push. We were really hoping we’d get a little help from some other teams and maybe get in. I think there’s a lot of teams that didn’t want to play us if we got in.”
The Panthers finished with a 44-30-8 record for 96 points, matching the 2014-15 Boston Bruins for most points for a team missing the playoffs. The Panthers were 25-8-2 after the All-Star break, tying the Winnipeg Jets for most victories over the final 35 games.
But Florida couldn’t overcome a slow start. The Panthers was 4-8-2 in its first 14 games and played catch-up the whole season. They held a playoff position for one day (after the games of Oct. 12) the entire season.
”We’re extremely proud of this group,” Panthers coach Bob Boughner said. ”The effort they put forth, especially in the second half of the season … 96 points is not easy to do in this league. It’s a shame that we’re not in with that kind of a total. Maybe that’s something that’s going to even drive us harder next year.”
Some things to know about the Panthers’ disappointing 2017-18 season, and a look to `18-19:
OFFSEASON PRIORITY: The Panthers don’t seem to need much after their post-All-Star break performance, particularly since every key member of the team is signed through next season or beyond. The top seven scorers, as well as goalies Roberto Luongo and James Reimer, are signed through the 2019-20 season. If anything, the Panthers could use another scorer and maybe a defenseman, but the team has a solid foundation in place.
YOUTH IS SERVED: Perhaps the biggest reason for optimism for the Panthers looking ahead has to do with a core that’s been around for a few years but is still very young. The team’s top three scorers – Aleksander Barkov, Vincent Trocheck and Jonathan Huberdeau – and top-four defensemen Aaron Ekblad and Mike Matheson all are 24 or younger.
HOME COOKING: The Panthers’ season-ending five-game winning streak including a sweep of a four-game homestand that featured games against two of the top four teams in the NHL Michael Gallup Jersey , the Nashville Predators and the Boston Bruins. A 4-3 victory against the Buffalo Sabres in the home finale helped the Panthers set a franchise record with 27 home victories, breaking the mark of 26 set in 1999-2000.
STILL GOING: Defenseman Keith Yandle completed a ninth consecutive season without missing a game, extending the longest active streak in the NHL to 715 consecutive games. Yandle ended the season with 56 points, one shy of the franchise record for defensemen set by Robert Svehla in 1995-96. His blueline partner Aaron Ekblad tied the franchise mark for defensemen with 16 goals, first set by Jason Garrison in 2011-12.
HOW LONG CAN LUONGO GO? Goalie Roberto Luongo started three games in four nights last week as the Panthers made their final push to the playoffs, and he joined Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy as the only goalies to play 1,000 games when he defeated Boston on Thursday. But he did turn 39 on April 4 and missed 32 games this season because of injuries. The Panthers will have to decide whether they want to come back next season with Luongo and James Reimer as their goaltending duo.
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