Dolphins’ Landry says SEC prepared him for NFL

Rookie receiver Vonta Leach Youth Jersey Jarvis Landry says the NFL’s not much different from the Southeastern Conference, and his rapid progress with the Miami Dolphins suggests he might be right. The former Louisiana State star was promoted to the first team on the depth chart this week, solidifying his status after he was one of three starting wideouts in the past two games. Landry’s ascent is especially impressive because receiver was the Dolphins’ deepest position in training camp. Among those he overtook was Brandon Gibson, a six-year veteran with 211 career catches. ”I’m not satisfied,” Landry said. ”I continue to work like somebody is in front of me. Who takes the field first doesn’t matter. It’s about the guy who makes the plays.” Landry has become that kind of guy. He enters Sunday’s game at Jacksonville ranked second on the team to Mike Wallace with 22 catches for 232 yards, and scored his first career touchdown in Game 5 against Green Bay. Landry has been targeted as often as Brian Hartline, a 1,000-yard receiver each of the past two years and with better results. For the Dolphins, who have endured a succession of draft busts in recent years, Landry is a rare rookie. But he came into the NFL confident he could succeed. ”That’s me,” he said. ”That’s one of the edges I play with.” While Landry benefited from self-assurance, some doubted his speed when the Dolphins took him in the second round. But he has showed explosiveness on kickoff returns with runbacks of 74, 54 and 35 yards, and ranks second in the league with an average D.J. Hayden Authentic Jersey of 31.2 on 15 returns. Playing for the Dolphins isn’t much different than playing for LSU, Landry said. And that doesn’t surprise him. ”The SEC got me ready for the game speed and the caliber of guys I would face week in and week out,” he said. Even so, Landry said his rookie season has been an education. ”I’m just always constantly learning and picking up on little things, even from defensive guys,” he said. Landry was part of the most prolific receiving tandem in LSU history. The other half of that duo, his close friend Odell Beckham Jr., missed the start of the season with a hamstring injury but has three touchdown catches as a rookie with the New York Giants. ”I’ve been talking to him,” Landry said. ”On FaceTime we talk as much as we can about how crazy it has been, and how fun it is. We’re both thankful for the opportunity.” New teammate Wallace has Louisiana ties, too – he’s a native of New Orleans. He and Landry have quickly bonded. ”That’s my brother, man,” Wallace said. ”We work hard in the weight room. We’ve got to bring the pain to them before they get to us. We’re going to do that throughout the year, try to impose our will.” Landry said he’s learning to match Wallace’s intensity on game day. ”Us Louisiana…




Trading Percy Harvin was right move

Former Seattle Seahawks Brad Nortman Jersey wide receiver Sidney Rice, who made an appearance in the team’s locker room Wednesday, said he believes trading Percy Harvin was the right thing to do. “I was surprised, but at the same time, it may have been the best thing for the team,” Rice said. “It’s tough losing a guy like Percy. He’s one of a kind. The league has never seen a player like Percy Harvin. “But there are certain things you’ve http://www.nhlshoponline.us.com/nhl-jerseys/anaheim-ducks_c-1729.html got to do to get the ball in his hands and it’s tough. It takes away from what this team was built upon and that’s Marshawn Lynch. I think now they will get back on track. I think it will end up being the best thing for both Percy and Seattle. I’m sure there’s no bad blood.” Rice and Harvin played together in Minnesota in 2009-10 before Rice signed with Seattle in 2011. They were teammates again last season in Seattle. Rice decided to retire before the start of training camp this season because of numerous injuries over his seven-year career, including several concussions. He missed the second half of the 2013 season after undergoing knee surgery http://www.panthersshop.us.com/Cam_Newton_Jersey and did not get to play in the Super Bowl. However, he was one of the most popular players on the team and was at every practice and game down the stretch last year. Rice now owns five Wingstop restaurants in the Pacific Northwest. He had a message for his buddies, who are a surprising 3-3. “I just told them to keep up their pace and get back to Seahawks football,” Rice said. “If they do, they’ll be back to where we were last year. “This is a week-by-week game and http://www.nhlshoponline.us.com/nhl-jerseys/chicago-blackhawks_c-1709.html it’s a tough sport. Everybody is going to give their best shot to this team coming off the Super Bowl win. They have a target on their back. But losing two in a row is not a big deal. They still have a lot of football to play and the main focus now in on the [NFC West] division.” Share on Facebook




Only greatness will do for J.J. Watt

HOUSTON — He walks in, the best defensive http://www.officialushockey.com/jussi-jokinen-jersey football player on the planet, and takes a seat in a small media workroom inside NRG Stadium. J.J. Watt is wearing Houston Texans gear and white sneakers with “Mega Watt” scribbled in red on the back. He puts his iPhone, sans a case, in his lap, clasps his massive hands together, looks at the floor and then raises his head, his icy blue eyes ablaze, his chiseled face expressionless. “I owe you a huge apology,” I say, taking a seat an arm’s length away from him. “I’m very sorry.” Watt didn’t ask for an explanation. “That’s all right,” he says. No, it isn’t. Watt and I had never sat down for a one-on-one interview before last week. We spoke once by phone midway through his second year in the NFL, in 2012. By that time, Watt had convinced his defensive coordinator, Wade Phillips, that he could take calculated risks on the football field because he had the talent, the work ethic and the drive to make them work. And Phillips had figured out that not only did Watt see the field better than any defender he had ever coached, but Watt played the defensive end position better than anyone, too. The end of the 2011 regular season had been Watt’s coming-out party, and the playoffs were his confirmation. His 2012 season ranks among the greatest ever by a defensive player: 20.5 sacks, 16 passes defensed, a team-high 107 tackles, 39 tackles for loss, 42 quarterback hits, 4 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries. “He had the best year anybody’s ever had,” said Phillips, who during 37 seasons in the NFL coached Reggie White, Bruce Smith and DeMarcus Ware in their primes. “You put in tackles, assists, tackles for loss, hits on the quarterback, knockdowns and sacks, he had everything.” Only one of the 50 media members who voted for the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year award didn’t vote for Watt. It was Nick Bonino Ducks Jersey a huge mistake. Several weeks before the votes were due, I’d written a column on Denver linebacker Von Miller and how he should win the award over Watt and San Francisco’s Aldon Smith. Last week, I explained to Watt that in my attempt not to be a hypocrite, I’d made a regrettable decision that cost Watt becoming the unanimous choice for the award. “I understand,” Watt said. “It’s really bothered me,” I said. “No worries,” Watt said. “I appreciate it. Thank you.” “It was a great season you had,” I said. “Thank you very much,” Watt said, his shoulders and expression relaxing. “[Miller] had one, too.” Last Wednesday night, the 67-year-old former coach sat in the newsroom of Comcast SportsNet in downtown Houston, his white hair a striking contrast to the black sport coat he wore. Having been fired after the Texans went 2-14 last season, Phillips is filling the void of not coaching this season by talking football on local television and…




The problem for the Devils jersey

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It might be time for Aaron Rodgers to admit the Packers’ offense is rolling

GREEN BAY, Wis. — With http://www.packersshop.us.com/Jamari_Lattimore_Jersey time to reflect, Aaron Rodgers may see this stretch of football — one that has all sorts of historical milestones that we’ll get too soon enough – as one of the finest of his career. But late Sunday afternoon at Lambeau Field, the Green Bay Packers quarterback, who last week insisted the offense he directs still was not humming along as he would like, remained unwilling to concede that much has changed. Who knows what it will take to get Rodgers to acquiesce, but apparently this kind of start to a game — touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, punt, touchdown, punt, touchdown — in Sunday’s 38-17 victory over the Carolina Panthers apparently did not satisfy his criteria. At least he was willing to give an inch or two this week. “I think we’re getting closer,” Rodgers said. Rodgers wants Don Barclay Packers Jersey more yards (the Packers managed 363 on Sunday) and more opportunity (they ran just 56 offensive plays). But here’s why it might be time for Rodgers to admit this offense is rolling: For the first time this season, it resembled days like in 2011, when Rodgers was in the midst of his MVP season and had a smorgasbord of options in the passing game. In Sunday’s dismantling of the Panthers, Rodgers’ 19 completions were spread amongst nine different players, a season high. That’s in contrast to three times this season, including last week’s game at Miami, when Rodgers completed passes to just five different players. In 2011, Rodgers had seven games in which he completed passes to at least nine different players. Last season, it happened once, and it came against the Philadelphia Eagles when Rodgers was a spectator because of his collarbone injury. “Back in ’11, I feel like we spread it around a little more,” said Rodgers, who was 19-of-22 for 255 yards with three touchdowns on Sunday. “We’ve had a lot of targets for Jordy [Nelson] and Randall [Cobb] this year, so we’ve tried the last four games to find ways to move those guys around and get them positive matchups.” This wasn’t just the Jordy Nelson show, although the NFL’s receiving yardage leader entering the week still managed four catches for 80 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown (his fourth straight game with a score). Five different http://www.chargers.us.com/King_Dunlap_Jersey Packers scored touchdowns, including rushing touchdowns by Eddie Lacy and James Starks (who combined for 99 yards on 19 carries). When Rodgers also can include Cobb (six catches for 121 yards and his eighth touchdown of the season) and Davante Adams (who had a 21-yard touchdown catch) plus completions to two different tight ends, it qualifies as offensive diversity. “Everybody got involved,” said Cobb, who has matched his career high for touchdown passes in just seven games. “We were able to move the ball really well. Just drive after drive, able to capitalize and put points on the board. At the end of the day, that’s the kind of offense we want…




Jets sign Jeremy Kerley to 4-year extension

Jeremy Kerley always figured he’d stay right where he is. The New York Jets made sure the reliable wide Ronde Barber Womens Jersey receiver didn’t go anywhere, signing Kerley to a four-year contract extension on Tuesday. Kerley, a fifth-round draft pick in 2011 out of TCU, was due to become an unrestricted free agent after this season. ”I love being a Jet and I consider myself a lifetime Jet,” Kerley recently told The Associated Press. ”I’m not worried about all of that. That will all take care of itself.” The team did not immediately disclose financial terms. ”To have an extension and play four more years here, it’s a blessing,” Kerley told the team’s official website Tuesday. ”It’s a relief off my shoulders and really off my family’s shoulders.” The move came three days after the Jets completed a stunning deal to acquire wide receiver Percy Harvin from the Seattle Seahawks for a conditional draft pick. Kerley, 25, has led the Jets in receptions the past two seasons despite missing a few games with injuries. He has 22 catches for 201 yards and a touchdown this year. He could have more, though, making two terrific catches earlier this season – that didn’t count. Against Green Bay in Week 2, his jaw-dropping 37-yard touchdown catch on a fourth-down play with just over 5 minutes left was wiped out by an ill-timed, last-second timeout by the Jets, who lost 31-24. Eight days later, with the Jets trailing Chicago by eight and driving for a potential tying score on fourth-and-5 from the 9, Kerley fought off safety Brock Vereen and snagged the football in the end zone – but landed just out of bounds. He also had a 9-yard TD catch at New England last Thursday called back because of a holding penalty on guard Oday Aboushi. Kerley has seen his role diminish in recent weeks with just seven catches in New York’s past four games, but remains one of the league’s top receivers on third-down plays and ranks first on the team with 45 targets. His versatility – he can line up on the outside, in the slot, run the occasional wildcat play and return punts – could have made him an attractive target in free agency during the offseason. While Harvin’s acquisition could potentially take some plays away from Kerley, the Jets didn’t want to lose a player who has developed good chemistry with quarterback Geno Smith. The trio of Kerley, Harvin and Eric Decker, all of whom are different types of receivers, gives the 1-6 Jets a solid foundation for this season and the future at a position that has recently been a huge question mark. In his three-plus http://www.coltsfootballprostore.com/DQWELL-JACKSON-JERSEY-CHEAP.html seasons, Kerley has 150 catches for 1,865 yards and seven touchdowns. He has also rushed for 84 yards and has a 10.3-yard career punt return average. The Jets have several other key players due to become free agents after the season who, like Kerley, could be in line for extensions,…