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The New Orleans Saints announced today that they have signed running back Personalized Rams Jersey Darius Victor and linebacker Jonathan Walton, terminated the contract of offensive lineman Orlando Franklin and waived/injured linebacker Sae Tautu. The announcements were made by Saints’
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Victor, 5-8, 210, returns to New Orleans after participating in the club’s May rookie minicamp, as well as a rookie minicamp for the New York Jets. He
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In four years at the University of South Carolina, Walton, 6-0, 230, appeared in 50 career games with 22 starts. As a senior in 2016, he played in 12 games with 10 starts and finished fourth on the Gamecocks with Kevin Pillar Jersey 68 tackles (45 solo), six and a half stops for loss, one and a half sacks, a pass defensed and a fumble recovery. As a junior in 2015, the Daphne, Al. native played in all 12 games with six starts and was credited with 42 tackles, including five stops for loss and forced a pair of fumbles. As a sophomore in 2014, Walton played in all 13 games with six starts and ranked third Personalized Seahawks Jersey on the squad with 61 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery. He graduated with a degree in criminal
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New Orleans Custom Rams Jersey Saints players come together for Personalized Seahawks Jersey a huddle Personalize Rams Jersey during a break in Monda’s Kevin Pillar Jersey For Saley practice at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center.

 

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New Orleans Saints running back Adrian Personalized Seahawks Jersey Peterson got to know one of his new teammates, safety Kenny Kevin Pillar Jersey Vaccaro, a little better during this collision Wednesday, Aug. 2 at the Ochsner Sports Custom Seahawks Jersey Performance Center.

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Payton met with Personalized Rams Jersey the media following Wednesday’s practice Custom Seahawks Jersey

The New Orleans Saints announced Wednesday, Aug. 2 that they have signed running back Darius Victor and linebacker Jonathan Walton, terminated the contract of offensive lineman Orlando Franklin and waived/injured Kevin Pillar Jersey For Sale linebacker Sae Tautu.

Senio Kelemente came off the PUP and returned to practice.

Rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore “got his knee tweaked,” Payton said. “I
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Payton said the offensive line needed healthy bodies and Franklin had Kevin Pillar Jersey soreness and would have missed his next practice.

With the centers struggling to produce consistent snaps, Payton said that
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Payton had positive things to say about rookie safety Marcus Williams after Personalized Seahawks Jersey he intercepted Brees in practice. “If you looked at his college numbers, he was probably the most productive safety
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Payton thinks the team “still has work to do” with its level of intensity
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Payton met with the media following Wednesday’s practice


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2017 Training Camp Presented by Verizon Wednesday, August 2, 2017     Opening Statement: “Let me just hit on a couple transactions to keep our 90 man roster up to speed. We terminated guard Orlando Franklin and we signed these free agents: Linebacker Jonathan Walton, who was out here today and running back Darius Victor. Then we waived/injured linebacker Sae Tautu. Senio Kelemete came off the Physically Unable to Perform list and received some work, so we’re at the 90. ”  Kevin Pillar Jersey For Sale  Why do think it didn’t work out with Orlando Franklin? “On the second day he had some soreness in his knee. I think one of the big things was, with us being limited on the offensive line-and I’m not saying it’s not going to work out possibly later with him for us-but we needed healthy bodies. After the first day, he was going to be missing the second practice so we made that decision. I think he’s still trying to get strength back in that knee.”   Looking at the shotgun snap, it seems like playing center has never been an issue for Senio Kelemete in the past? “Yes, Senio will receive some reps We’ll get that cleaned up, obviously, one’s (failed QB-C exchange) too many. Ideally, he’s playing center or guard, and he’s also played tackle for us in a pinch before, so he’ll receive some work there.”   On a practice like the one this morning, is that the defense doing well or the offense being sloppy? “When you look at the tape, it’s probably a combination of a couple things. As a head coach you’re hoping to see the ebbs and flows and moments from each side of the ball. You’re trying to create a drill, and it’s a third down drill that’s competitive. Obviously, it’s an important down. When you look at the down and distances you say one, four, six, eight, ten. The average conversion in our league on those distances might be 41 percent, and we were higher. A good conversion rate at the end Personalized Seahawks Jersey of the season for any offense is 49 or 48 percent. Defensively we’re just considering either win or lose and then counting up the total. It’s just about finding those opportunities to create a little bit more awareness in regards to what the situation is and how we’re playing it.”   On that play where Marcus Williams got that interception and covered a lot of ground, is that something you guys looked at and studied with him? “If you looked at his college numbers, he was probably the most productive safety in regards to turnover production. I was encouraged. It was a rep versus the ones, and it’s one of the things he does well-trap and locate. He’s very smart, and we’ve just got to keep giving him those reps.”   What’s the general assessment of him so far? “It’s been good.”   What other strengths has he shown? “He knows what he is doing very early on, so his attention to detail is good. http://www.ebluejaysshop.com/Kevin-Pillar-Jersey Obviously, as a rookie, there is a lot he has to pick up and improve on, but that was an encouraging play.”   What was it about Adam Bighill coming out of Canada that you liked? “He had a lot of production there. I’m anxious to see how he handles the role in the kicking game because he can run and he can tackle. Obviously, he’s size deficient, but we’re looking for those players that can fill a need in a certain area. If he can play on the four core units in the kicking game, that will help his chances.”   How long have you guys been using the yoga station and what are the benefits? “It’s just part of recovery. Last season on Fridays we had certain recovery elements and that’s one of them for flexibility. The idea being that it’s a little different program on a Friday in season than it is after a practice like we had here. It’s a little bit more of a worn down exercise where you’re really working on your flexibility and you’re stretching. It is one of five or six stations that we think can help.”   Are you pleased with the overall intensity of camp so far? “I think we’ve had some good periods and yet, this is a young team and you’re still teaching them. Last night, one of the topics in our meeting was defending and protecting every blade of grass. We had just showed examples of plays over time. Benjamin Watson at New England chasing Champ Bailey 98 yards down field or Malcolm Jenkins at Dallas covering a receiver and stripping the ball out late on a Thanksgiving night. Malcolm in Tampa Bay for that matter or you guys remember the Arizona vs Seattle game this year where Seattle is in a pinch and they make a play to keep the ball from going in and the kicker ends up misses the field goal. The point is you can’t pick and choose those times. Nobody knows when they’re going to occur, but those are game-changing moments When you think you’re playing hard it’s a relative term. I think we still have work to do there.”   What are your early impressions of Alvin Kamara through three days of padded practice? “He’s been solid. There are a few nuances and couple things with protections. He has a role where he’s moving around in the formation and has to figure that out a little bit more with his alignments. So far, I think he’s done a pretty good job as a runner. We haven’t had a whole lot of live work, but we’ll get to
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  How hard is it to evaluate the punt returners with the way Thomas Morstead puts it in the air? “Yesterday wasn’t a good day. Obviously, if you’re a punt returner and you’re running up and just yelling Peter, you’re not getting a chance to do your job. I think that was a little bit more of an aberration for him. Ultimately, you get into the scrimmage or the preseason and you really get a feel for the full speed with the cover guys coming down, how you can focus and what you can do with the ball when you have it. That being said, the main focal points are technique, setting your feet, learning wind, learning sun and all these elements that you have to pay attention to. In Cleveland you have to pay attention if you’re a returner because it’s different. You look up and everyone in the crowd is wearing a jersey the same color as the ball so you have to learn how to track a ball differently there than somewhere else. Those are all some of the things that we have to be Personalize Rams Jersey on top of.”   How tight might that competition be? “We have a lot of candidates. I can’t even stack them right now.”    How important is a preseason game for guys that you’re counting on like Alvin Kamara and Ryan Ramczyk? “It’s obviously really important because this is all new. The speed of the game is new and you’re hoping to establish some confidence in those players once they begin to do it and have success. You want to build on it and improve. When you get to go against someone else who’s doing their job 100 percent, you really get a better feel on if he can sit on a bull rush. How does he handle speed? How does he handle the period of time he’s in there? We’re not just going in there four plays and out. You might be in there on a drive for 12 plays. I think it’s vital and, obviously, something we’re looking forward to when it comes, but we still have a ton of work to do prior to getting there.”   Looking at team periods going live, you don’t want to get your running backs beat up, but you want to see tackling. So are Trey Edmunds, Darius Victor and even Daniel Lasco getting more reps in those drills? “Those guys will receive reps, but there’s going to be some periods where we’re going to be live and Cam Jordan is in there and Drew Brees is in there and you’re going to see Mark Ingram or Adrian Peterson. We’re smart that way in regards to how we’re
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practicing and yet, it’s still about pad level. From what we’re doing now to actually going to the ground, that just gives you a chance to truly see where the play finishes. Oftentimes, you see someone tap off and there’s some question as to where that player would be down.”
  How valuable has Mark Ingram become as a passing game player? “I think he’s improved a lot in that area. I think he’s having a pretty good camp. I know it’s an area that he’s worked on and I know there’s a lot of confidence now with a few of the routes that we’re running where that back is featured. I think that’s helped him quite a bit, especially with the screen game and some of the other things you do as a runner.”   We talked about the Darren Sproles and Reggie Bush type role in this offense. Some of that would be Mark Ingram and some of that would be Alvin Kamara? “We’ll see as we get closer to the season. Each week we’ll have a plan. Travaris Cadet has handled that role and has been really good in that role. We’ll have a few guys competing in that area. A lot of it is just who we’re playing.”   It seems like Chase Daniel and Thomas Morstead are competing for the holder spot on special teams. Is this permanent, or are you looking to move Chase Daniel to that position? “They’re competing and eventually there will be one that we trot out there to be with the first group, but I want to see those two out there receiving the reps throughout the preseason and see how they do.”   Why are you opening that up? “It’s just like many of the other positions. Here’s the benefit of the punter, there’s a lot of time on task that he has with the kicker when we we’re in other drills. The benefit of the quarterback is the ability to throw the football if something happens and he is a little bit more of an experienced guy that can call plays, has been in the huddle, and can calm the group down. Those are the two guys that we’re looking at right now, and we have seen receivers do that job. I’m anxious just to see back and forth how the two of them are doing.”   Can you share anything on Marshon Lattimore’s status? “No. Nothing specific. It’s not a hamstring or anything. He had his knee tweaked, and I think he’ll be fine. It won’t be long.”   I think people are struggling with the fact that Alvin Kamara keeps getting these great reviews and he wasn’t the guy at his position group in college at the University of Tennessee. Do you know why that happens with players like him? “There are a lot of reasons. His initial school was Alabama, and there were a handful of running backs there, and for whatever reason he transferred, and he played a (specific) role at Tennessee. There was another really good running back there Custom Rams Jersey. We try to evaluate Custom Seahawks Jersey the player and then envision role that we have for him. Sometimes you have highly productive college players that have trouble finding their niche at this level and there are other times where players have played and demonstrated some skills that you’re looking for, but maybe didn’t have the large production, that end up going to have significant NFL careers. I know this: when I was on that school visit, they spoke highly of him and felt like he was a key contributor. The work out and all the things we did when we were there for a day were really impressive.”   Did you talk to Nick Saban or was that too far in the past? “I did not specifically regarding him. I did for some other players, but not him. We spent the day there as a group, and I came away with this: at the right place in the draft, this is a player we would like to have. Fortunately he was still available in the third round.”   You’ve talked about that visit a lot. We’re you sold on Kamara beforehand? “I’d say that helped me a little bit more. It helped me confirm some things. It’s hard to really evaluate how smart a player is football-wise. You can see signs of it on film, but to spend an afternoon there and see him in meetings with Pete (Carmichael) and their quarterback (Josh Dobbs) helps. They had about eight prospects this year with the linebacker, a cornerback, the receiver, the quarterback, the defensive end, and the running back. It was one of those visits. As a group, we probably hit five or six schools that way. He was an intriguing player, but after the visit he was a target.”   Ken Crawley seems to be having deja vu for the second camp in a row? “He’s done some really good things. I think he’s playing with a lot more confidence. Obviously, he’s a year into the system now. He can run, and he’s long, and those are good traits for a corner.”   How much do you think that experience from last year carries over to this year? “It helps a lot. He played a lot. Even when there were plays where other guys were making plays, you always felt like he was in position, but I think there’s a bit more ball production in the early parts of this camp.”

John DeShazier:Custom Seahawks Jersey Saints rookies Ryan Ramczyk, Alvin Kamara being thrown into the fire

Both players expected to see the field early

 

There’s no time for a honeymoon period, and there are no players more pleased Custom Seahawks Jersey with that than New Orleans Saints rookies Ryan Ramczyk and Alvin Kamara.

Ramczyk, an offensive tackle and the second of the Saints’ two first-round picks (No. 32 overall), and Kamara, a running back and the team’s third-round pick (No. 67), were expected to factor into New Orleans’ offensive plans this season. But it appears that the prominence with which they could factor – especially Ramczyk – has increased as training camp has progressed at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center.

While Kamara figured into the equation as the Saints’ change-of-pace back behind Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson – and Kamara’s receiving skills, shiftiness and running ability have been as good or better than advertised – Ramczyk, who was drafted with the premise of apprenticing under Zach Strief at right tackle, has been given a chance to be the Saints’ season-opening starter at left tackle, due to Terron Armstead’s injury.

“It would mean a ton,” said Ramczyk, who played left tackle in college at Wisconsin. “I have a long way to go yet, there’s still a lot of stuff I need to do to secure that position, but that would definitely mean a lot.

“I wasn’t sure what to expect, how many Kevin Pillar Jersey reps I would be getting at (starter). But I’m happy with what it is right now.”

Ramczyk (6 feet 6, 314 pounds) said playing his collegiate position has helped his transition to the NFL.

“It felt a little bit more comfortable, just because that’s where I played in college,” he said. “I’m continuing to work here, and perfect that even more. Just have Personalized Seahawks Jersey to continue to work on it.”

Kamara (5-10, 215) also has a chance to settle in as the primary player at his position. Ingram and Peterson also Personalize Rams Jersey will factor into the passing game, but perhaps not as much as the versatile Tennessee rookie.

“Right now, every day is a learning opportunity, just trying to get more in tune and more comfortable with the play calls,” Kamara said. “That’s the main thing. Kevin Pillar Jersey For Sale Right when you think you know something, you’ve got to go back over it. So, just every day, continuing to go over what I think I
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Among the veterans dispensing advice is quarterback Drew Brees, whom Kamara occasionally will be tasked with helping protect.

“You’ve got to do it, you’ve got to protect that man back there,” he said. “Can’t let anybody touch Drew, so I’m going to take pride in that, being able to stick my
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For each, the educational process is in accelerated mode, given that each possibly could have increased snap counts in the preseason to help ready him for the regular season.

“Keep the learning process going and just be ahead, so the curve isn’t as big as it would be,” Kamara said. “Trying to stay ahead of myself.

“Right now, I’m just grinding through it and grinding through it and trying to work and put as much on my plate as I can. So whatever the coaches feel like they can put on me, I’ll do it.”

Said Ramczyk: “As far as understanding the offense and executing what I’m
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supposed to be doing, I’m feeling really good about that.”

They’ll get a much clearer understanding of how much progress has been made, and how much more needs to be made, in the preseason opener against Cleveland on Aug. 10.

“I’m looking to it, putting pads on for the first time against another team,” Kamara said. “We’ve still got some days left to go and some work to do, so we’ve just got to keep putting days together.”

 

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The defensive end spent a week in London promoting NFL UK.

Alex Jenkins spent the last week in London for a series of NFL UK events.
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NFL fans in England were pleasantly surprised to run into Alex around the town.

Alex’s trip included promoting the newest edition of Madden.

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Alex served as a team captain for the NFL UK Summer Bowl, a flag football competition attended by over 1000 local London school children.Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 11 Kevin Pillar Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey.

Alex and other NFL players stopped by Wembley Stadium, where the Saints will play the Dolphins on October 1st.

Alex wrapped up his trip by stopping by his old high school.

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Mark Ingram is No 8. on our countdown to 2017 New Orleans Saints Training Camp presented by Verizon.

Entering his seventh season with the New Orleans Saints, running back Mark Ingram is looking to carry last season’s efficiency to 2017. Averaging 5.1 yards per carry and rushing for more than 1,000 yards for the first time in his career, it is safe Kevin Pillar Youth Jersey to say Ingram had his most productive season in 2016. He was even awarded the Week 12 NFC Offensive Player of the Week award last year.Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 20 Josh Donaldson Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey Cheap.

The former Heisman Trophy winner out of Alabama consistently finds a way to use his on-field moves to make defenders miss. However, what can be even more enjoyable to watch is his off-field moves that make fans and players laugh. Watch him long enough and you’re sure to spot a few dance moves during the team stretch, between plays or after long runs/touchdowns.

In 2017, Ingram faces stiff competition in the backfield with veteran Adrian Peterson and rookie Alvin Kamara competing to take carries/catches away from him. Last year’s leading rusher for the Saints knows that he Josh Donaldson Jersey For Sale has is work cut out for him. He spoke about this matter during minicamp:

“The makeup of this backfield is numerous guys that can start anywhere in the Josh Donaldson Womens Jersey league. Coming from college to my rookie year to two years ago to last year, there’s always been a number of guys who are talented and athletic. Competition is nothing new.

“I just watched the moves be made and I don’t feel one way or another about it. I just play the hand that’s dealt to me and I work my butt off and
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Knowing that he will be given the opportunity to be the starting running back throughout the offseason and regular season, Ingram plans on making the most of every chance he gets.

“I feel like anytime I have Kevin Pillar Womens Jersey the opportunity to touch the ball regularly, rushing or passing, I am going to be productive. I know the last three years I have had the best three years of my career. I have only been getting better and better. So any time I can touch the ball, carry it or catch it, I’ll be productive.”

With 2017 New Orleans Saints Training Camp presented by Verizon being held in Metairie, local fans have the chance to witness Ingram’s fun, yet successful
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Top 25 reasons to get excited about Saints training camp presented by Verizon:

No. 25 – QB Challenges

No. 24 – Sheldon Rankins

No. 23 – Speed of Ted Ginn Jr.

No. 22 – Changes on special teams

No. 21 – Undrafted free agents

No. 20 – Return of Rafael Bush

No. 19 – Zach Strief

No. 18 – The new linebackers

No. 17 – Return of Chase Daniel

No. 16 – Healthy Delvin Breaux

No. 15 – New guard combo

No. 14 – Listening to Darryl Tapp

No. 13 – Safety Marcus Williams

No. 12 – Return of Hoo-Man

No. 11 – Development of Ryan Ramczyk

No. 10 – Year 2 of David Onyemata

No. 9 – Seeing Kevin Pillar Jersey Coach Sean Payton work

 

 

Blue Jays JA Happ jersey bounces back with impressive outing

MINNEAPOLIS — For seven innings in Saturday’s 5-3 loss to the Twins, Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ Jersey was as in control as one could be on the mound.

The left-hander allowed just a single hit through seven, and one of only two runners that advanced into scoring position was summarily erased one batter later on a double play.

Things quickly changed in the eighth, however, as Happ was undone by a single, a walk and an RBI double down the right-field line that happened, seemingly, in the blink of an eye.

“It’s hard to say they were better than us, but that’s the fact of the matter,” Happ said. “Ball through the five-hole, a walk and a slap hit and that’s the game. It’s tough to take.”

Happ got early run support in the form of a two-run homer by Jose Bautista Jersey in the third, but the Blue Jays could never tack on against Twins lefty Pat Dean, who was making his first Major League start.

At first, it didn’t matter.

Coming off his worst start of the season Monday against the Rays, Happ started hot, retiring nine of the first 10 men he faced and not allowing a hit until Eduardo Nunez’s leadoff double in the fourth.

The next man up, Miguel Sano, flew out to deep left-center field, and a nice defensive play by center fielder Kevin Pillar Jersey, throwing out Nunez at third, got Happ out of the only trouble he faced through seven innings.

A walk to the No. 7 batter Darin Mastroianni was the only man to reach base through the middle innings, but it was a bad omen for Happ. Mastroianni, who has zero hits in nine at-bats, walked a second time in the decisive eighth and came around to score the tying run on Danny Santana’s slap double two batters later. Gavin Floyd came on in relief and allowed a go-ahead three-run shot to Nunez.

“He couldn’t have pitched any better,” Custom Blue Jays Jersey manager John Gibbons said of Happ. “But then the leadoff hit and the walk, walks always, in tight games, they’re guaranteed to burn you — it’s like the baseball gods punishing you.”

Still, it was a nice bounce-back start for Happ, who referred to his last start as a “nightmare outing” after allowing eight runs on seven hits in just two innings.

“Other than that eighth inning, I felt really good about it,” Happ said. “Even with that eighth inning, that’s going to happen. The game was close and it got away from us there, but we’ll try and come back, win the series [Sunday] and go from there.”