Why do NFL teams ignore kickers?

In 2014 during an Arizona <a href="latestcheapjerseystore.com">latestcheapjerseystore.com</a> State football practice, I saw kicker Zane Gonzalez wander over to the Jugs machine. The receivers were through using it, so he fired it up and started <a href="latestcheapjerseysale.com">latestcheapjerseysale.com</a> catching passes. I jotted it down in my notes, and included the <a href="latestcheapjerseyshop.com">latestcheapjerseyshop.com</a> tidbit in an article about the team.

Readers reacted quickly. A few <a href="latestcheapjerseys.com">latestcheapjerseys.com</a> were excited: Arizona State had clearly devised a trick play involving Gonzalez, some direct snap or pass play that would end up with the ball in his hands. Others were angry at me for reporting it and potentially tipping off future opponents that a trick play could be coming.

The reality was much less interesting: There was <a href="cheapjerseysshops.com">cheapjerseysshops.com</a> no trick play. Gonzalez was playing with the Jugs machine because he was bored. He had caught a pass earlier in the season for a two-point conversion, but it was clear that he <a href="cheapjerseyssales.com">cheapjerseyssales.com</a> wasn't taking real reps; he just had nothing else to do.

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The rest of the time, they’re largely on their own.

Inside the technology giving Alabama a competitive edge

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In a span of 14 seconds -- the time it took Drake to <a href="http://www.bengalsproclub.com/nick-vigil-jersey-c-1_34.html">http://www.bengalsproclub.com/nick-vigil-jersey-c-1_34.html catch the ball, begin his run, make a <a href="http://www.bzlxzg.com/steve-largent-jersey-c-1_32.html">http://www.bzlxzg.com/steve-largent-jersey-c-1_32.html hard cut to his left, outrace the coverage to the far sideline, jet upfield and eventually dive across the goal line -- Alabama team physician Norman Waldrop and his colleagues had witnessed technology's impact on college football's most prominent football program.
As Drake was making his mad dash to the end zone, a small 3.8-inch device housed in the back of the running back's shoulder pads captured him sprinting at <a href="http://www.catalogocharlotte.com/arian-foster-jersey-c-1_5.html">http://www.catalogocharlotte.com/arian-foster-jersey-c-1_5.html a top-end speed of 22.05 miles per hour. Drake had never run that fast, not even before the gruesome left-ankle injury he suffered against Ole Miss in October 2014. In fact, no Tide player had reached that velocity in the previous two years.

Dolphins can ill afford to make Kenyan Drake a mere backup in 2017

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Adam Gase has <a href="http://www.mediart360.com/bruce-ellington-jersey-c-1_59.html">Bruce Ellington Authentic Jersey</a> expressed his desire to increase Ajayi’s workload to 350 carries in 2017. The additional carries would be a near 35 percent increase from last season’s 260 carries. Ajayi is also a much improved pass catcher which means he’ll be relied upon on third down as well.

The Dolphins spent a third-round pick on <a href="http://www.mediart360.com/garry-gilliam-jersey-c-1_60.html">Garry Gilliam Authentic Jersey</a> Drake in the 2016 NFL draft, but Ajayi is firmly entrenched as the Dolphins’ starting running back.

Gase acknowledges that Drake and Ajayi have different skill sets. However, getting Drake to be a better overall running back is Gase’s primary objective.

“We got to be ready to go if … Jay [Ajayi], he takes a lot of hits. He’s basically our workhorse,” Gase said. “The rest of those guys have to be ready to go at the drop of the hat. They have to be able to do everything. For us to have two <a href="http://www.mediart360.com/joe-montana-jersey-c-1_27.html">Joe Montana Jersey</a> guys backing Jay up that do have a strength in the passing game for sure.

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It is evident that the Dolphins view Drake strictly as a backup and return <a href="http://www.creaselect.com/bill-bates-c-1_81.html">Bill Bates Jersey</a> specialist at this juncture, but his talent suggests he should be more involved in the offense. If the Dolphins are wise, they’ll find ways to get Ajayi and Drake in the game at the same time this season.

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Orioles rally past Mariners 8-7 for 7th straight victory

BALTIMORE (AP) — During a seven-game winning streak that's turned around their season, the Baltimore Orioles have found all sorts of ways to come out on top.
Their latest victory featured an impressive <a href="http://www.rcracer.com.au/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=175050">http://www.rcracer.com.au/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=175050 comeback, four home runs and a very timely replay challenge.
Welington Castillo went 4 for 4 with a homer and three RBIs, Jonathan Schoop singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and Baltimore beat the Seattle Mariners 8-7 on Wednesday for a three-game sweep.
Less than 24 hours after subduing the Mariners behind a sensational pitching performance by Dylan Bundy, the Orioles called upon their power-laden <a href="http://www.clubwww1.com/dating/member/blog_post_view.php?postId=3196">http://www.clubwww1.com/dating/member/blog_post_view.php?postId=3196 lineup to offset a poor start by Ubaldo Jimenez.
"At this time we've been able to dial up what was needed on a given day," manager Buck Showalter said. "I think we kind of know it's, 'OK, what do we need to do tonight to win?'"
Schoop, Trey Mancini and Craig Gentry went deep for the Orioles, whose seven-game run is a season high. In this one, Baltimore fell behind 6-2 in the third inning before coming back.
Mitch Haniger homered and hit two doubles for Seattle, which completed an arduous 12-game East Coast trip with five straight defeats. After winning two of three in Tampa Bay and Atlanta, the Mariners went 1-2 at Yankee Stadium and came up empty against the sizzling Orioles.
While Baltimore has been finding ways to win, the Mariners are doing the exact opposite.
"There's been different reasons for the losses," manager Scott Servais said. "Some of it's been lack of offense. Today we had plenty of offense. It's been different areas."
After Baltimore went up 7-6 in the sixth on a bases loaded sacrifice fly by Manny Machado, Seattle pulled even in the eighth when Haniger connected off Brad Brach (4-4).
In the bottom half, Castillo singled off <a href="http://www.tennis-motion-connect.com/forum/topic/151990">http://www.tennis-motion-connect.com/forum/topic/151990 Christian Bergman (4-5) and went to second base on a sacrifice bunt before being replaced by pinch-runner Caleb Joseph. Tim Beckham then hit a liner to short, and Joseph was called out on the relay to second. But a replay overturned the call, and Schoop followed an intentional walk to Machado with a single to center off Marc Rzepczynski.
Zach Britton pitched the ninth for his 13th save.
"Everything is working out now," Castillo said. "The pitchers are pitching better. We're hitting better. We're playing defense better."
Mancini hit his 23rd home run and Castillo added an RBI double in the second for a 2-0 lead, but Seattle answered with a six-run third that included a two-run double by Haniger and two-run singles by Mike Zunino and Nelson Cruz, the latter of which ricocheted off second base.
Jimenez was charged with all six runs, but Baltimore's robust offense eventually took him off the hook.

Inside the technology giving Alabama a competitive edge

Ask anyone <a href="http://bylonieminelo.pl/forum/viewtopic.php?f=104&t=81322">http://bylonieminelo.pl/forum/viewtopic.php?f=104&t=81322 what moment from the <a href="http://forum.himym.cz/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=33488&p=74489#p74489">http://forum.himym.cz/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=33488&p=74489#p74489 2015 College Football <a href="http://www.bloggerfree.com/forum/topic/176110">http://www.bloggerfree.com/forum/topic/176110 Playoff national <a href="http://ajz.ch/community/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=26671&p=49417#p49417">http://ajz.ch/community/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=26671&p=49417#p49417 championship game sticks out to them and they would likely say <a href="http://www.bsf-clan.de/index.php?forum-showposts-4271-p16#8545">http://www.bsf-clan.de/index.php?forum-showposts-4271-p16#8545 the onside kick that <a href="http://liyu023.forumcity.com/viewtopic.php?p=15553#15553">http://liyu023.forumcity.com/viewtopic.php?p=15553#15553 swung the momentum in Alabama's favor. It was surprising, gutsy and <a href="http://forum.ebookeater.cz/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=126203">http://forum.ebookeater.cz/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=126203 so incredibly perfect.

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In a span of 14 seconds -- the time it took Drake to catch the ball, begin his run, make a hard cut to his left, outrace the coverage to the far <a href="http://www.blutbanner.net/forum/read.php?4,80292">http://www.blutbanner.net/forum/read.php?4,80292 sideline, jet upfield and eventually dive across the goal line -- Alabama team physician Norman Waldrop and his colleagues had witnessed technology's impact on college football's most prominent football program.

As Drake was making his mad dash to the end zone, a small 3.8-inch device housed in the back of the running back's shoulder pads captured him sprinting at a top-end speed of 22.05 miles per hour. Drake had never run that fast, not even before the gruesome left-ankle injury he suffered against Ole Miss in October 2014. In fact, no Tide player had reached that velocity in the previous two years.

Dolphins can ill afford to make Kenyan Drake a mere backup in 2017

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“We got to be ready to go if … Jay [Ajayi], he <a href="http://www.01streaming.com/mens-3-majestic-mlb-chicago-cubs-flexbase-collection-white-david-ross-authentic-jersey-best-cheap-p-242.html">David Ross Youth Jersey</a> takes a lot of hits. He’s basically our workhorse,” Gase said. “The rest of those guys have to be ready to go at the drop of the hat. They have to be able to do everything. For us to have two guys backing Jay up that do have a strength in the passing game for sure.

 

“But they are good runners. It’s more about <a href="http://www.01streaming.com/ernie-banks-jersey-c-1_10.html">http://www.01streaming.com/ernie-banks-jersey-c-1_10.html getting consistency and understanding the importance of every little detail. Sometimes when you’re a backup, you can lose that, and it takes a professional to do the job right consistently. Really, that’s his [Kenyan Drake’s] biggest challenge is being a consistent guy for <a href="http://www.01streaming.com/greg-maddux-jersey-c-1_19.html">http://www.01streaming.com/greg-maddux-jersey-c-1_19.html us.”

 

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If Gase and offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen would like to get creative, they could also use a three-back formation featuring Drake and MarQueise Gray as the upbacks with Ajayi still in the game as the deep back.

Julio Jones at center of lawsuit between super-agents Pat Dye Jr., Jimmy Sexton

Pat Dye Jr. is suing fellow <a href="http://bylonieminelo.pl/forum/viewtopic.php?f=104&t=81322">http://bylonieminelo.pl/forum/viewtopic.php?f=104&t=81322 sports super-agent Jimmy Sexton following the dissolution of their partnership in 2011, according to court documents obtained by AL.com.
Among other things, Sexton is accused of stealing away key <a href="http://forum.himym.cz/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=33488&p=74489#p74489">http://forum.himym.cz/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=33488&p=74489#p74489 clients when he left SportsTrust Advisors for Creative Artists Agency in 2011. One of those clients is former Alabama star and current Atlanta Falcons All-Pro <a href="http://www.bloggerfree.com/forum/topic/176110">http://www.bloggerfree.com/forum/topic/176110 Julio Jones.
It's unclear when or if the lawsuit will ever get <a href="http://ajz.ch/community/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=26671&p=49417#p49417">http://ajz.ch/community/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=26671&p=49417#p49417 to trial. Just last week, Sexton's attorneys won a reversal in Federal Appeals Court that they be allowed to <a href="http://www.bsf-clan.de/index.php?forum-showposts-4271-p16#8545">http://www.bsf-clan.de/index.php?forum-showposts-4271-p16#8545 amend their request that the case be heard in Federal Court, rather than <a href="http://liyu023.forumcity.com/viewtopic.php?p=15553#15553">http://liyu023.forumcity.com/viewtopic.php?p=15553#15553 Georgia Superior Court where it was <a href="http://forum.ebookeater.cz/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=126203">http://forum.ebookeater.cz/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=126203 originally filed.
The lawsuit was filed Jan. 6, 2016, in <a href="http://www.bsf-clan.de/index.php?forum-showposts-4271-p16#8563">http://www.bsf-clan.de/index.php?forum-showposts-4271-p16#8563 Georgia Superior Court, but remains <a href="http://forums.getasecondopinion.org/yaf_postsm38477_Dan-Skuta-s-addition-makes-Bears-linebacker.aspx#post38477">http://forums.getasecondopinion.org/yaf_postsm38477_Dan-Skuta-s-addition-makes-Bears-linebacker.aspx#post38477 tied up in appeals regarding which court will hear the case. Sexton and Dye merged their sports agencies in 2010, but split up a little more than a year later when Sexton left to join <a href="http://liyu023.forumcity.com/viewtopic.php?p=15557#15557">http://liyu023.forumcity.com/viewtopic.php?p=15557#15557 CAA.
According to the lawsuit, Dye -- the son of the <a href="http://gifted.simpel.si/forum/topic/1567">http://gifted.simpel.si/forum/topic/1567 former Auburn football coach -- is suing Sexton for breach of <a href="http://friendsmaker.dk/member/blog_post_view.php?postId=133894">http://friendsmaker.dk/member/blog_post_view.php?postId=133894 contract, unjust <a href="http://amusecandy.com/forum/topic/90545">http://amusecandy.com/forum/topic/90545 enrichment, fraud, breach of <a href="http://gamersconnect.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=81813">http://gamersconnect.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=81813 fiduciary duties, violation of trade <a href="http://nowals.ru/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=16414">http://nowals.ru/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=16414 secrets and tortious interference. In one of the suit's key elements, Dye alleges that Sexton stole away Jones and <a href="http://www.surebaby.com/community/forum/id_11648-bengals-qb-andy-dalton-likes-look-of-new-offensive/">http://www.surebaby.com/community/forum/id_11648-bengals-qb-andy-dalton-likes-look-of-new-offensive/ used his relationship with the <a href="http://www.aics.wix.ph/forum/topic/111683">http://www.aics.wix.ph/forum/topic/111683 star receiver to land Trent Richardson and Mark Barron, former Crimson Tide teammates and close friends of Jones.
Dye alleges that Sexton "spent an <a href="http://forum.azimut-vt.ru/viewtopic.php?p=16829#16829">http://forum.azimut-vt.ru/viewtopic.php?p=16829#16829 inordinate amount of time building a relationship with Jones" without Dye's knowledge, including sending a <a href="http://cylindrymiarowe.pl/forum/topic/64832">http://cylindrymiarowe.pl/forum/topic/64832 representative of his Memphis office to Falcons games during Jones' rookie season of 2011. Sexton also allegedly organized a surprise birthday party in October of that year for Jones' mother, of which Dye claims he was unaware and to which the then-still-in-college Richardson was invited.
In November 2011, the lawsuit states, Sexton announced he was <a href="http://www.blutbanner.net/forum/read.php?4,80292">http://www.blutbanner.net/forum/read.php?4,80292 leaving for CAA. Richardson signed with CAA in January 2012, followed by Barron in February 2012.