Ryder Cup 2014 – Tom Watson targets Rory McIlroy & Ian Poulter

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The US have not won on European soil for 21 years, while the home team count in their ranks the world’s top-ranked player in Rory McIlroy and three of this year’s four major champions.

But Watson, returning to the country where he won four of his five Open championships, believes his unheralded team can bring down both McIlroy and Europe’s great inspiration two years ago, Ian Poulter.

Watson, 65, said: “When you beat the stud on the other side, it gives a boost to your team.

“The bottom line is that if each of your players wins more than they lose, we win as a team. That is what I have told our team.

“Poulter, he’s an 80% victor over the matches he has played in. We would like to reduce that.”

Watson, the oldest captain in http://www.chargers.us.com/Kendall_Reyes_Jersey the contest’s 87-year history, wants revenge for the shock defeat at Medinah in 2012, when they led 10-6 going into the final day’s singles only to lose eight and draw one of the 12 matches as a Poulter-led Europe pulled off one of the great Ryder Cup comebacks.

Only five of that American dozen have made it to Gleneagles, but Watson – captain when the US won at the Belfry in 1993 – said: “I have made it very clear to them that this trip is a redemption trip.

“Those players that played on that team… it’s time to make amends and try to redeem yourselves from what happened in 2012. I think it’s a motivation rather than a negative.

In addition to McIlroy, winner of both the Open and US PGA this summer, Europe’s team contains three more of the world’s top six ranked players and US Open champion Martin Kaymer.

Only once since 2002 – at Valhalla six years ago – have they lost the Ryder Cup.

“I think we’re slight favourites,” said captain Paul McGinley. “We’re not overwhelming favourites.

“But we have been favourites before in Mike Santorelli Blue Womens Jersey Ryder Cups. I think our players have deserved it, and I think it’s a situation to embrace.”

McGinley, 47, said his side should not be “afraid” or “ashamed” of being favourites – and warned they face a “very tough contest”.

He added: “The guys have worked very hard to be in the position they are.

“Having said that, I did a bit of calculation myself when the two teams were formulated, and Tom’s team’s average ranking position was 16 and ours was 18. So this is not a weak American team.

“We might be slight favourites with the bookies, but the two teams are very well balanced and very close together.”

Both teams arrived in Perthshire on Monday, with McIlroy one of the first on the driving range set up alongside the substantially redesigned Centenary course.

McGinley insisted there were no problems between the 25-year-old and his fellow Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell.

McDowell, 35, admitted in http://www.coltsofficialauthentic.com/COLTS-STANLEY-HAVILI-JERSEY his BBC Sport column that the lawsuit McIlroy has filed against his management company had put a strain on their relationship, but stressed he would love to be paired with his compatriot again.

Yet McGinley may have other plans ahead of Friday morning’s fourballs.

He said: “Both of them have assured me all along that there’s no issues, and that’s the way I’ve always seen it. Whether they come together or not is another story.

“Three or four months ago, I had a very strong view that they would have been, but the more I look at their statistics and the more I look at the different value I have with them, I’m thinking there may be a value in not doing it.

“But if I don’t decide to play them, it would be for tactical reasons. It won’t be for any other reasons.

“They have played six Ryder Cup matches and they have only won two together. It’s not like these guys are written in stone.”

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Malori set an early top time of 11 minutes and 12 seconds that stood as the weather deteriorated, forcing later starters to ride cautiously on a wet, winding course. Jesse Sergent (Trek Factory Racing) finished second on the day, eight seconds slower, with Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) third at nine seconds back.

With Alejandro Valverde making the final podium, “it’s been a great Vuelta,” said Malori. “It’s huge for me as well, having taken a stage victory here. I am happy to win this final stage … Luckily, the team gave me a free ticket to recover during yesterday’s stage and I could tackle this time trial at 100-percent focus. We knew it could rain, and also that all the favorites (other than the GC contenders) riders like Rohan Dennis, Jesse Sergent or Jurgen Van de Walle, all started during the first hour.
“When I knew I had taken eight seconds on Sergent, which looked to me like a strong favorite, I realized I had many chances to win,” Malori said. “He put two seconds on me through the intermediate, but the second part was more for strong rouleurs, suiting me better. The watts I produced were close to the highest level I found in my time trials this season, and that means I finished the Vuelta in good condition.”

In the end, it was Contador taking the title by 1:10 ahead of Chris Froome (Sky) with Valverde third at 1:50.
“I am thrilled with this victory,” said Contador. “It’s a dream to win three Vueltas. It’s something unexpected. The fans supported me along the way, and really gave me a boost to keep fighting. The team did a great job, and I could not have won without their support.”

It was less than two months ago that the 31-year-old Spaniard broke his leg in a crash that forced him out of the Tour de France.Froome broke his hand and wrist in a crash that ended his defense of his Tour title, but he did not recover as well or as quickly as Contador.
“I am happy with the Vuelta, considering how my condition was at the start of the race,” Froome said. “I would like to come back to win the Vuelta one day. This podium gives me a lot of motivation for the future and the coming season. Alberto was the strongest, so he deserves to win.”

Neither managed a particularly impressive final time trial — Froome finished 63rd at 1:13, while Contador crossed 101st at 1:40 — but that was mostly due to the weather.
“We claimed three stage wins, which is also prestigious and important. Itds’s yet another podium finish for me in the Vuelta, already six since I became a pro. I think this hasn’t been done many times before, and I’m really happy.

Tucker’s field goal lifts Ravens over Browns 23-21

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With Rice’s troubling situation lingering over them, they pulled off a comeback win Sunday as Justin Tucker kicked a 32-yard field goal as time expired to give Baltimore a 23-21 win over the Cleveland Browns.

Tucker’s boot capped another challenging week for the Ravens (2-1), who continue to be dogged by their management of Rice’s domestic violence arrest and suspension.

But for the second straight game, the Ravens blocked out any external noise and knocked off another division rival.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh is impressed with his team’s ability to focus on the task at hand.

”The best way to silence it (distractions) is handle it with class,” he said. ”There’s always going to be in life, challenges and attacks and consequences and all those kinds of things that we’ll talk about I’m sure probably this week and ongoing forever. You just gotta stand up, be accountable and be who you are and try to stand for the right things.

”And our guys do that.”

Joe Flacco set up Tucker’s game-winner with a 32-yard pass to Steve Smith with 1:28 left. Smith beat Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden before hauling in Flacco’s pass and taking it to Cleveland’s 13. The Ravens ran the clock down before bringing in Tucker, who split the uprights and sent the Browns (1-2) to another tough loss.

It was the kind of play the Ravens expected from Smith, signed as a free agent in the offseason. And, it was typical Flacco, who finished 19 of 31 for 217 yards with one touchdown.

”We call him, ‘Joe Cool,”’ Smith said. ”Throughout the whole game, good or bad, Joe stays the same.”

The Browns blew several chances to put the Ravens away in the second half. Cleveland missed a field goal, had one blocked, committed 12 penalties and wide receiver rookie Davon House Authentic Jersey Taylor Gabriel fell after catching a long pass from Brian Hoyer, failing to score what should have been an easy touchdown.

”It’s going to be a long two weeks,” Hoyer said. ”I know we’re going to watch this film and be mad at ourselves. We had some opportunities to put this game away and we didn’t do it. It’s on us.”

Following the game, Harbaugh addressed an ESPN report that claims he wanted the team to immediately release Rice in February after he was arrested for punching his then-fiancee. The report says Harbaugh was overruled by owner Steve Bisciotti and general manager Ozzie Newsome.

”I can tell you this, we work together in our organization,” Harbaugh said. ”Every single football decision we make, we work together. You get together, you hash it out. Everybody’s got their opinions. It’s not black and white. It’s never nuanced on anything. That decision was exactly like all the other ones. When we walk out of that room, we are united.”

Harbaugh said he thought the team handled the case the right way. ”I felt like we did the right thing and I stand behind it.”

Hoyer completed 19 of 25 passes for 290 yards. Along with the blown opportunities, the Browns had a fake play in which backup quarterback Johnny Manziel fooled Baltimore’s defense negated by a penalty. Manziel started to leave the field and pretended to have a conversation with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.

The Browns quickly snapped the ball and Hoyer threw a pass to Manziel for a 39-yard gain, but the play was brought back by an illegal shift.

”It worked pretty well,” Manziel said. ”They didn’t see it coming. Unfortunately we got a penalty on it.”

Ravens rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro rushed for 91 yards and one TD. He filled in for Bernard Pierce – Rice’s replacement- who sat out with a thigh injury. Smith had five catches for 101 yards.

Not everything went Baltimore’s way. Tight end Dennis Pitta was taken to a hospital after he appeared to sustain a serious hip injury in the first half. Pitta, who played in just four games last season after dislocating his right hip in training camp, went down without being touched after catching a pass.

The Ravens didn’t have a postgame update on Pitta, but his teammates were concerned for him.

”He’s a good friend, he’s a good teammate http://www.packersnflofficialproshop.com/DATONE-JONES-JERSEY-CHEAP.html and he’s a hell of a player,” Flacco said. ”No matter who it is, it’s tough to see that happen, especially when it looks like it might be serious.”

NOTES: Harbaugh and Flacco improved to 12-1 vs. the Browns. … Baltimore allowed its first TDs inside the red zone this season. … The Ravens snapped a four-game road losing streak against division foes. … With his 45th career 100-yard game, Smith tied Isaac Bruce for 10th on the all-time list.

Season over for key Cardinals defender Abraham

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Arizona placed the 15-year NFL http://www.packersnflofficialproshop.com/ANDREW-QUARLESS-JERSEY-CHEAP.html veteran on injured reserve on Friday.

”You feel bad for somebody who it’s probably the end of their line,” coach Bruce Arians said.

The 36-year-old outside linebacker sustained a concussion in the season opener against San Diego. He left the team briefly after that, reportedly contemplating retirement, before making an attempt to return this week.

‘I think the concussion had a part to do with the depression and everything that went on last week,” Arians said. ”He was excited and ready to roll and hoping to get the OK from the doctor, then to get that kind of news was real hard.”

The extent of the injury became apparent in a concussion test Abraham took on Thursday.

”The concussion protocol really did its job coming back finding a couple of problems,” Arians said. ”The doctors feel that he should shut it down for at least a year. We’re glad we caught it now and not later.”

Asked what those problems were, the coach said he wasn’t smart enough to know what ”all those words” mean, ”but it’s not good.”

It’s the latest in a series of problems to hit the Cardinals.

Quarterback Carson Palmer is out with a nerve injury in his shoulder. The team lost defensive tackle Darnell Dockett for the season with a knee injury in training camp.

Then this week, backup running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested on domestic violence charges. The Cardinals quickly placed Dwyer on the non-football illness list, ending his season.

Abraham is the NFL’s active career sacks leader with 133 1/2, ranking him ninth on the league’s all-time list. He had a team-high 11 1/2 sacks with the Cardinals last season and is in the second year of a two-year contract with Arizona.

Abraham had four forced fumbles last season, giving him 48 for his career, tied with Jason Taylor for most in NFL history.

Outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said the team will miss ”just the football experience, a guy that’s played in the league http://www.packersnflofficialproshop.com/CLAY-MATTHEWS-JERSEY-CHEAP.html for 15 years and played at that high level.”

Arians said the team will miss Abraham’s leadership, too, calling him ”an extra coach.”

Tight end John Carlson, who has had his own concussion issues, noted how the NFL’s attitude toward those injuries has changed.

”That’s an example of the league being proactive and looking after a guy’s interests,” Carlson said. ”I appreciate that. There’s been such a shift in recent years in the league, starting at the top and that’s a great thing that they’re looking after his long-term health.”

Abraham had a tumultuous early season with Arizona.

He arrived late to training camp, later confirming that he had been undergoing rehabilitation for an alcohol issue. He was arrested in suburban Atlanta in June and accused of drunken driving.

Abraham played six seasons with the New York Jets and seven with the Atlanta Falcons before signing with Arizona as a free agent.

Originally, Abraham was to be only a pass-rush specialist with the Cardinals, but he moved into a full-time role when Arizona lost starting linebackers Sam Acho and Alexander to injury against New Orleans in the third game of last season.

Abraham went on to be one of the top players on a defense that ranked sixth overall in the NFL, earning his fifth Pro Bowl appearance.

Arians said Acho, Alexander and recent signee Thomas Keiser will rotate at Abraham’s position.

The Cardinals also re-signed punter Drew Butler because regular punter Dave Zastudil still is nursing a sore groin. Butler punted in both of Arizona’s games Corey Linsley Elite Jersey but was cut Tuesday.

Butler had a punt blocked in each of his two games with Arizona, but Arians said neither was the fault of the punter. The four punts he did get off averaged 54.5 yards per kick.

Raiders seek ways to get Reece more involved

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Reece has touched the ball just four times through two games and been on the field for just more than one-third of the offensive snaps as the Raiders have lost the first two games.

With an offense that lacks playmakers and has been struggling to score points, Reece would seem to be a prime option to spark a winless team.

Offensive coordinator Greg Olson said he always looks for ways to get Reece the ball but for some reason it just hasn’t happened much so far.

”We have to be a little bit aware early in the game of getting him involved early,” Olson said. ”We only had 20 snaps again in the first half. There were things designed to him. … We had some things there it just didn’t end up going there. We’ll continue to find ways to utilize Marcel.”

Reece said that any offensive player wants to get the ball as much as possible but said his frustration is solely on the Raiders’ record and not about how he is being used.

”I’m about winning,” he said. ”That’s all it’s about for me. If we’re winning and I don’t touch the ball, I think that sits well with me. We haven’t won yet so I’m just trying to do whatever I can to help this team win and make plays on the field.”

Reece was given a three-year contract extension worth more than $11 million last September, making him one of the highest-paid fullbacks in the NFL. His nearly $4 million cap charge this season is the second highest of any Oakland skill position player, trailing only backup http://www.packersnflofficialproshop.com/KHYRI-THORNTON-JERSEY-CHEAP.html quarterback Matt Schaub.

Reece’s few touches and limited time are somewhat typical for fullbacks, who have become almost an endangered species in this wide-open passing era that has teams often using three or four wideouts at a time.

But Reece is far from a typical fullback. He is a converted college wide receiver who had the speed to outrun the New York Jets defense on a 63-yard touchdown run last year and the hands to catch 52 passes in 2012.

In a sign of his versatility, Reece spent more than one-third of his snaps last year lined up as a wide receiver or tight end, according to Pro Football Focus.

”He’s a real tough matchup,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. ”It’s hard to find guys that have his skills that you can put on. You can put faster, quicker guys on him that probably don’t have his size and you can put bigger guys on him that probably don’t have his speed and quickness. It’s a tough matchup. Obviously, we’ll be challenged trying to get him covered.”

Making Reece’s lack of opportunities more puzzling is the fact that he has excelled in the few chances he has had as Oakland’s feature back. In five starts over the past two seasons at tailback, Reece has averaged 123.4 yards a game – a mark that would have ranked fourth in the NFL last year.

In his one start last year, he rushed for 123 yards on 19 carries against a stout Jets defense that ranked third in the league in run defense in 2013. No other back in the league gained A.J. Hawk Youth Jersey more than 81 yards on the ground in a single game against the Jets.

Yet when the Raiders opened the season against New York this year, Reece got only three offensive touches while the team averaged just 1.7 yards per carry.

”Marcel’s a player that we think can help us,” coach Dennis Allen said. ”We’ll try to use him the best that we can and give us a chance to have success.”

NOTES: The Raiders waived DE Shelby Harris and cut LB Kaelin Burnett off IR. … RB Maurice Jones-Drew returned to practice for the first time since injuring his right hand in the opener. … DE Justin Tuck (illness) and CB Carlos Rogers (knee) were also back after sitting Wednesday. … WR Rod Streater (hip) and LB Sio Moore remain sidelined.

Colts trying to bounce back after rare 0-2 start

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They’ve heard Andrew Luck walk into postgame news conferences the past two weeks and lament his own decisions. And they understand why so many questions are being asked just two weeks into the season.

Now, for the first time in more than two years, Indianapolis is attempting to rebound from back-to-back losses Sunday at Jacksonville.

”You can point out every week if we did this, this and this we’d be 2-0,” coach Chuck Pagano said Tuesday. ”We have 14 games left and the only that matters right now is Jacksonville and that’s the next one. The record is the record. We’re not going to sit there and dwell on anything other than Jacksonville.”

The Colts haven’t been this desperate since Peyton Manning went down with a neck injury in 2011 and the Colts opened the season at 0-13.
After Monday night’s debacle, there are obvious reasons for concern.

The defense allowed 24 points over the final 20 minutes and still hasn’t found a replacement for the suspended Robert Mathis, the 2013 sacks champion who will miss the entire season after tearing his Achilles’ tendon during a private workout last week in Atlanta.

Indianapolis couldn’t even generate consistent pressure against Philadelphia’s makeshift offensive line, and now the Colts http://www.packersnflofficialproshop.com/JEREL-WORTHY-JERSEY-CHEAP.html could be without their key free agent acquisition, Arthur Jones, for several weeks, too. Pagano confirmed Tuesday that Jones has a high right ankle sprain and listed him week to week.

The offense, which ran for 169 yards – its highest total since Week 3 of the 2013 season, couldn’t seal the win because the Eagles converted two second-half turnovers into two TDs.

And instead of running the ball on third down when they were in field goal range with a little over 5 minutes to play, the Colts got aggressive and threw the ball – and essentially the game – away with an ill-advised pass from Luck.
Sure, there were complaints about that there was no call when Luck’s intended receiver, T.Y. Hilton, appeared to be grabbed on the play.

But the Colts refused to make the calls the issue.

”We played as good a half as you can play against a good team, a playoff team,” Pagano said, referring to the Colts’ 17-6 halftime lead. ”But it’s a 60-minute game and that’s what we’re shooting for, to play a complete game.”

Where do the Colts look to fix things?

Perhaps they’ll start with Luck, who acknowledged he ”wasn’t sharp” Monday night.
While his completion rate is up, from 60.2 percent last season to 63.2 percent through two games this season, his yards per attempt have dropped for the third straight year. And he’s already thrown three interceptions after throwing only nine during the 2013 regular season.

The biggest concern: Decision-making.

A week ago, he called his decision to run a hurry-up quarterback sneak on fourth-and-goal at Denver ”stupid” because the right players weren’t on the field. Luck was stopped cold and the Colts wound up losing 31-24.

On Monday, it was the late interception.

Indy also signed defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles, an undrafted rookie from South Carolina, to the active roster. The hope is he can help replace Jones.

But, for now, the Colts are going to have to look at internal options to fill their biggest hole, putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

”We’re going to continue to develop the guys http://www.packersnflofficialproshop.com/KHYRI-THORNTON-JERSEY-CHEAP.html that are here,” Pagano said. ” The Robert Mathis’ of the world, all the great pass rushers, right now, this time of the year, they’re not falling out of the sky and driving over to west 56th Street and getting ready to rush the passer. So we’ve got to get that fixed.”

And even though it is early, the defending AFC South champs realize they face an uphill battle to get back into the playoff chase.

”It appeared we had that game won and we let it slip away,” Pagano said. ”I’ll start with myself. I’ve got to do a better job. We’ve got to coach better, we’ve got to play better.”

Raiders-Jets Preview

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With more weapons at his disposal, Smith and the Jets look for better things in his second season as they host the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

A second-round pick in 2013, Smith “won” the Jets starting quarterback job after embattled incumbent Mark Sanchez suffered an injury in the preseason. Smith had a rookie’s typical ups and downs, showing signs of promise and making head-shaking errors, but a 3-1 close led general manager John Idzik to reward Ryan with a multiyear contract extension.

Any sparks of a controversy for the second straight year were quickly doused as Smith beat out Michael Vick, who arrived from Philadelphia to push Smith.

“Geno started playing quarterback the way you want to play quarterback,” quarterbacks coach David Lee told the Jets’ official website. “He settled. The more he played, the more confidence he got. He’s not cocky, he’s a humble kid, but boy, he’s a confident quarterback right now.”

Having a legitimate No. 1 wide receiver can help bolster that confidence, and Smith has that in Eric Decker. A key contributor to Denver’s Super Bowl run, Decker had career highs of 87 receptions and 1,288 yards to go with 11 touchdowns.

Producing similar numbers would provide a huge boost considering Jeremy Kerley’s 43 catches were the fewest for any team leader since Jerome Harrison and Mohamed Massaquoi each had 34 to pace Cleveland in 2009, and Smith completed only 57.9 percent of his passes to his wideouts.

Chris Johnson is out to prove he can still be an elite running back after topping 1,000 yards in each of his six seasons with Tennessee. He joins holdovers http://www.buccaneersshop.us.com/Keith_Tandy_Jersey Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell, who combined for 1,532 yards.
New York’s secondary, however, is in disarray. The departure of Antonio Cromartie started a carousel which spun even faster during preseason due to injuries, ineffectiveness and – in typical Jets fashion – the bizarre. Dee Milliner, the team’s top pick in 2013 who confidently declared himself the league’s best cornerback during training camp, is questionable with a high ankle sprain.

Dimitri Patterson, signed in April as a likely starter opposite Milliner, was cut Saturday after going AWOL for 48 hours around New York’s final preseason game. Third-round pick Dexter McDougle is out for the season with a torn ACL.

The Jets addressed the lack of depth by signing Leon McFadden and Phillip Adams, but Darrin Walls and Antonio Allen will see the bulk of playing time. Allen is transitioning from safety to cornerback – a process slowed somewhat after he suffered a concussion Aug. 22.

”I feel pretty good with my preparation,” said Allen, who allowed receivers to catch 22 passes in the 50 times he was targeted last year. ”Went out there and had a decent day (Tuesday) … just competed well, and hopefully I can do that in the game.

”I wouldn’t say I’m comfortable,” he added, ”but I’m getting there.”

Trying to exploit that back four will be rookie Derek Carr as Oakland comes off its second straight 4-12 season and 11th consecutive non-winning campaign – the longest active streak in the NFL. The second-round pick from Fresno State – and younger brother of 2002 overall No. 1 pick and former quarterback David Carr – beat out Matt Schaub for the starting job.

”As (offensive coordinator Greg Olson) says, ‘Don’t let this moment be your best moment as an NFL moment,”’ said Derek Carr, the only rookie quarterback to be starting in Week 1 this year. ”Just being told you’re a starting quarterback and then everything else is downhill after that. We want to make more great moments but it was definitely a great thing. It definitely was.”

Despite – or because of – the Jets’ secondary issues, Carr can expect Ryan to bring blitzers from all directions. It’s a method with a proven track record – Ryan is 7-1 against rookie quarterbacks as Jets coach, limiting them to a 48.3 percent completion rate and 61.1 rating.

”He’s got a great blitz package,” Carr said. ”He has obviously a lot of different looks that he’ll show. Me being a rookie he’ll probably want to show them all.”

Carr headlines an offensive makeover that also includes wide receiver James Jones and running back Maurice Jones-Drew from Green Bay and Jacksonville via free agency. Jones had 123 catches for 1,601 yards with only five drops the last two years for the Packers Josh McCown Elite Jersey, but he managed three TDs last season after recording 14 in 2012.

The Raiders are hoping Jones-Drew, a three-time 1,000-yard rusher, can form an effective tandem with Darren McFadden, who was limited to 10 games and 379 yards in an injury-plagued 2013.

Oakland revamped its defensive line by adding veterans Justin Tuck and LaMarr Woodley in front of fifth overall pick Khalil Mack – the starting strong-side linebacker. Seventeen-year veteran safety Charles Woodson, who had a career-high 97 tackles in 2014, leads active players with 56 interceptions and will provide support to newcomers Tarrell Brown and Carlos Rogers at the corners.

New York’s late-season push to .500 started with a 37-27 home win over Oakland on Dec. 8. Smith accounted for 269 total yards, including a season-high 50 rushing, and two touchdowns.

Cardinals work to replace Dockett; Mathieu returns

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The ‘Honey Badger’ Mathieu, a crucial component of Arizona’s talented secondary, went down in the 13th game of his impressive rookie season a year ago with a torn ACL and LCL. The massive Ta’amu tore an ACL in the season finale at San Francisco.

With just Frostee Rucker and two rookies at Dockett’s position, the Cardinals signed two free agent defensive linemen on Wednesday – 6-foot-2, 330-pound Isaac Sopoaga and 6-6, 305-pound Ryan McBean.
Sopoaga is a 10-year NFL veteran who split last season with Philadelphia and New England. McBean has been out of football for two years. He played in 48 NFL games, all but one of them with Denver.

The first-string job is going to Rucker, who has played in all 16 games the last three seasons, including 16 as a starter for Cleveland in 2012.

”I’ve been preparing myself since last year, anytime I’m out here, to be the guy,” Rucker said after Wednesday’s practice, ”because I’ve been in this league long enough and I know injuries happen and things happen and you’ve got to prepare yourself and be ready. … I don’t think there’s going to be any drop-off. I’ve just got to make sure and prepare myself to fall in the footsteps of No. 90 (Dockett).”

Dockett, who missed just two games in his 10 NFL http://www.officialjaguarsnflstore.com/Will_Blackmon_Jersey seasons, will undergo surgery soon, coach Bruce Arians said.

”He’s obviously done for the season but I plan on having him on the sidelines with us all year long because of his spirit and leadership,” the coach said. ”It’s something we need and don’t want to lose.”

Dockett was hurt Monday in an 11-on-11 drill.

Replacing his impassioned on-field leadership will be a challenge.

”I’ve just got to be more of an emotional leader, more vocal, just making sure that I don’t let the team take plays off,” defensive end Calais Campbell said. ”That was the stuff Dockett was real good at. If we are messing up practice, he’d call timeout and get the whole defense together, and make sure we got it together.”

The loss of Dockett further depletes the middle of an Arizona defense that ranked sixth overall and first against the run in the NFL last season.

”You lost three critical pieces – Karlos (Dansby) and Daryl (Washington) and now Dockett,” Mathieu said. ”That pass rush might not be there this year. We may have to cover a bit longer. That’s why Patrick (Peterson) gets paid, that’s why we brought in (Antonio) Cromartie, and that’s why I’ve got to step up.”

With almost three weeks to go, chances are better than had been expected that Mathieu and Ta’amu will be playing in the season opener against http://www.officialjaguarsnflstore.com/Tandon_Doss_Jersey San Diego on Sept. 8, a Monday night game.

Mathieu’s versatility and playmaking ability will be put to use the minute he appears ready for it.

Arians calls Mathieu ”a game-changer” with his ability to tip balls, knock balls loose or intercept them. Versatility adds to his value.

”You don’t have to substitute because he has corner ability. He’s a safety that can cover, he can play in the slot, he can go out wide,” Arians said. ”You can stay in your base package and really you still have three corners out there and also great range in the deep end of the field. He allows us to do a lot of different things.”

Mathieu and Ta’amu will work out individually for a day or two before being eased into practice with the rest of the team.

But, Mathieu said, ”I’m just waiting for that moment where I really get tested, then I’ll know for sure whether I’m the same player or whether I have to pick it up a little.”

Dockett’s entire 10-year NFL career has been with Arizona, but there’s a good chance he has played his last game as a Cardinal.

Next year is the last year on his contract and Dockett, who will be 34 by then, will be scheduled to make $6.8 million with a $9.5 million cap hit – a price the Cardinals might not want to pay.

Mathieu, Abraham in tow as Cardinals end camp

Arizona Cardinals Calais Campbell Men's Limited Red Nike Jersey The Arizona Cardinals wrapped up training camp on Friday, with two important cogs in their defense Mark Barron Authentic Jersey working their way back into the fray.
Safety Tyrann Mathieu has made a speedier-than-expected recovery from a severe knee injury and outside linebacker John Abraham is working his way back into shape after arriving late after taking care of what he termed ”personal stuff.”

Both are critical to an Arizona defense that must make up for the loss of three of its main players – defensive tackle Darnell Dockett and inside linebackers Karlos Dansby and Daryl Washington.

Mathieu, ”Honey Badger” to his fans, was having an outstanding rookie season last year before tearing his left ACL and LCL in week 13.

The 36-year-old Abraham had a team-high 11 1/2 sacks last year and earned his sixth Pro Bowl appearance.
Mathieu said the recovery from the type of surgery he had is supposed to take 12 months. He did it in 8 1/2.

”I think it’s some good luck,” he said before Friday’s practice. ”But I’ve been going really hard in my rehab, just been trying to do everything everybody asks me to do, do some extra when I’m not with the trainers. I think the recovery went great. I’m just looking forward to that day I can get back out there and be able to go at full go.”

He came back at 197 pounds, about 11 or 12 pounds heavier than last year.

In his first workout with the team on Thursday, he knocked a couple of players down while playing safety on the scout team, one of them prize running back Andre Ellington. He joked that the added weight made it harder to stop.

”I thought he was going to throw me out of practice. He doesn’t usually let people hit Andre,” Mathieu said.

The 36-year-old Abraham, entering his 16th season, reported to camp last Friday, explaining that he had been dealing with ”personal stuff.” He was arrested on a charge http://www.buccaneersshop.us.com/Mark_Barron_Jersey of driving under the influence in suburban Atlanta in late June.
Coach Bruce Arians immediately said Abraham would be the starting outside linebacker. The team sorely needs Abraham for a pass rush that is questionable without him.

Abraham wasn’t too concerned about whether he would play before the Sept. 8 season opener against San Diego.

Abraham is the NFL’s active career sacks leader with 133 1/2. He ranks ninth on the all-time list and needs 8 1/2 to climb past Michael Strahan into fifth place.

”If I can get up the sacks and disrupt the offenses like I’ve been doing my whole career, I don’t have to worry about anything else,” he said.

The Arizona defense also will benefit from the return of nose tackle Alameda Ta’Amu, who saw considerable playing time last season, his 6-foot-3, 348-pound frame clogging the middle.

Friday’s practice was the last one that was open to the fans. The workouts will shift from the air conditioned comfort of University of Phoenix Stadium to the other side of suburban Phoenix at the Cardinals’ practice facility in Tempe.
Arians said the Arizona first unit will play no more than a half of Sunday night’s home game against Cincinnati. Backup quarterback Drew Stanton will play the third quarter, with rookie Logan Thomas quarterbacking the team in the fourth. Ryan Lindley, competing with Thomas for the No. 3 quarterback job, apparently will not play.

Jay Feely and rookie Chandler Catanzaro will split kicking duties against the Bengals.

Jonathan Cooper (toe) and inside linebacker http://www.buccaneersshop.us.com/Leonard_Johnson_Jersey Kevin Minter (groin) did not practice all week. Arians said their participation would be a game-time decision on Sunday night.

Bills offense gets last preseason test vs Lions

The Buffalo Bills defense can take a break.
However, quarterback EJ Manuel and Buffalo’s sputtering starting offense isn’t expected Lavonte David Authentic Jersey to get much rest in the preseason finale against the Detroit Lions on Thursday night.

”Yes, absolutely, I’m looking to play those guys,” Marrone said this week. ”I think, obviously, we’re much further ahead on (the defensive side) of the ball than we are (on offense).”
Marrone’s concerns on offense came after Manuel and company were booed off the field while trailing 24-0 at halftime of an eventual 27-14 preseason home loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday.

The Bills (1-3) combined for just 82 net yards and six first downs on eight first-half possessions before scoring two touchdowns on consecutive third-quarter drives against the Buccaneers’ second-string defense.

The touchdowns – Manuel’s 14-yard pass to Mike Williams and Fred Jackson’s 8-yard run – were the first Buffalo’s starters had scored after being limited to four field goals on their first 18 drives this preseason.
That’s not good enough for a unit that is 10 days away from opening the season at Chicago on Sept. 7.

”If we want to be a great offense, we have to be able to do it against their starters, not their bench,” running back C.J. Spiller said. ”I wouldn’t say discouraged. We’re disappointed.”

Manuel, last year’s first-round draft pick, still hasn’t shed questions regarding his inconsistencies in going 4-6 last season. And the Bills offensive line is still jelling after Marrone finally identified http://www.buccaneersshop.us.com/Lavonte_David_Jersey his starting five last week.

They’ll get one final dress rehearsal against the Lions (2-1), who are seeking to settle their backup quarterback competition between Dan Orlovsky and Kellen Moore.
First-year coach Jim Caldwell hasn’t divulged his plans on whether his starters will play on Thursday. The Lions do have several other competitions for roster spots, including one at receiver between Ryan Broyles, Kris Durham and Kevin Ogletree.
The game features one intriguing subplot with Caldwell’s predecessor, Jim Schwartz, now running the Bills defense.

Schwartz went 29-51 in five seasons with the Lions, including a 10-6 finish in 2011 when Detroit snapped a 12-year playoff drought. He was fired after a 7-9 finish last season, including a loss of six of their last seven.

The Bills hired Schwartz in late January after defensive coordinator Mike Pettine was hired to take over as the Cleveland Browns head coach.

Schwartz inherited a talent-laden defense that was the team’s strength and produced four Pro Bowl selections last season. Buffalo set a franchise record and finished second in the NFL with 57 sacks and also finished second in the league with 23 interceptions.

The only deficiency was stopping the run. Buffalo finished 28th in yards rushing allowed, and gave up 150-plus yards rushing seven times.
Schwartz has a strong track record in devising schemes to stop the run, which has so far carried over in Buffalo. In four preseason games, the Bills starters have allowed 80 yards rushing Lavonte David Elite Jersey on 40 carries.

”We talked about it being a priority,” Schwartz said. ”We’ve still got a long way to go, but the last couple of weeks we’ve seen some real encouraging signs from the guys.”

Lions guard Rob Sims said it’ll be ”weird” seeing his former coach on the other sideline.

”It’ll be hard seeing him over there. He’s still a part of this locker room in some regard. He put a lot of us together,” Sims said. ”We won together. We lost together. He absolutely deserves my respect to go over and say ‘Hi.”’