FB : Jones selected by New England Patriots in 1st round of NFL Draft

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Chandler Jones is officially in the NFL.The New England Patriots selected the former Syracuse defensive end with the 21st overall pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft on Thursday at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The Patriots traded with the Cincinnati Bengals to move up from the 27th pick.Jones did not attend the draft, instead watching from the Ithaca home of his brother Jon ‘Bones’ Jones, the UFC light heavyweight champion. He joins his brother and former Syracuse defensive tackle, Art, in the pro ranks. Art Jones plays defensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens.It was the first time since 2002 that a Syracuse player was selected in the first round, when the Indianapolis Colts took defensive end and seven-time Pro Bowler Dwight Freeney. Jones’ draft stock has steadily risen in recent weeks putting the 6-foot-5, 266-pounder among the top overall prospects.Jones missed five games of his junior season at SU with a torn ligament in his right knee but still finished with 38 tackles and 4.5 sacks in seven games. He played arguably his best game of the year in the Orange’s 49-23 upset over West Virginia in the Carrier Dome on Oct. 21, notching six tackles and two sacks.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAt the year’s conclusion, Jones announced he would leave Syracuse with one year of eligibility remaining. Shortly after declaring for the draft, Jones started preparing for the NFL at Athletes’ Performance, a training facility in Pensacola, Fla.Jones put up impressive numbers at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, running the 40-yard dash in 4.87 seconds to place among the top-15 defensive linemen, and also reached 35 inches in the vertical jump. At SU Pro Day, Jones impressed NFL scouts again during the positional workouts.And he did it coming off a stomach virus that had resulted in his loss of 11 pounds.He ran drills at both the defensive end and outside linebacker positions at Pro Day but will likely be a defensive end in the NFL. Jones is considered a better-than-average pass rusher, and scouts say he could be explosive in a 4-3 scheme as an end or in a 3-4 as an outside linebacker. He has a wingspan of around 86 inches, letting him blow past offensive tackles effectively.The Patriots typically run multiple defensive looks, which will allow Jones to showcase his versatility in the NFL.cjiseman@syr.edu Published on April 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_isemancenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Pjanić – the best player of the match Atalanta and Roma

first_imgThe best graded player of the match of Atalanta and Roma is BiH football player Miralem Pjanić, who scored one of the goals for Roma who defeated Atalanta with 3:2.He was graded with the mark 8, 4, which was much better than the second highest mark 7, 9 which went to Bradley.Croatian player Livaja was graded with 7, 7 , which is the best grade for Atalanta.Pjanić had four tries, and one goal, 75% assistance success, 3 won duels.last_img

‘Turbo Timo’ Werner gives new-look Chelsea goal threat

first_img– ‘You have to do more’ –Earning the nickname ‘Turbo Timo’ because of his electric pace, which he attributes to running up mountains with his father as a child, Werner has been clocked at 11.1 seconds over 100 metres.“When I was younger it quickly became clear to me that if you want to become a professional, you have to do more,” he said.Werner became the youngest player to make 50 Bundesliga appearances, but despite his goals, Stuttgart were relegated in 2016.That convinced Werner to accept an offer to join newly-promoted Leipzig — an unpopular decision not just to the spurned Stuttgart faithful but German football public at large given the anger at Leipzig’s rise thanks to the backing of Red Bull.Slammed for a lack of loyalty, Werner found himself public enemy number one when a blatant dive against Schalke enraged fans and pundits alike in 2016.The unassuming Werner rebuilt his confidence to head to the 2018 World Cup as Germany’s leading striker, but failed to score in three games as the holders crashed out at the first hurdle for the first time since 1938.Seeking help from a sports psychologist, Werner showed his maturity by using the backlash to fuel his development.“He told me that I could silence everyone who doesn’t like me by doing just one thing: scoring,” Werner told Focus magazine at the time.Werner’s mission was quickly accomplished as his goals fired Leipzig into the Champions League, earning widespread admiration just months after he had been pilloried by the critics.With 92 goals in all competitions since joining Leipzig, Werner should add the goal threat Chelsea have often lacked this season.After a blistering start to the campaign, Tammy Abraham’s form had stagnated before the virus lockdown, with an ankle injury hampering his progress.Werner’s ability to cut in from the left or play through the middle offers options to complement Abraham and Olivier Giroud as Chelsea look to take the next step in their development under Lampard.Share on: WhatsApp Timo Werner is set to join ChelseaLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | When Timo Werner seals his imminent move from RB Leipzig to Chelsea, the German’s turbulent rise from national pariah to one of Europe’s most feared forwards will be complete.Chelsea are willing to meet the 60 million euro (£53 million, $67 million) release clause in Werner’s contract despite the economic crisis caused by coronavirus.But for the pandemic, Werner could have been lining up for Liverpool next season after the 24-year-old admitted to being flattered by Jurgen Klopp’s interest.However, Liverpool, concerned by the financial fallout from the virus, were not willing to pay Werner’s release clause before it expired this month.So instead Chelsea are set to add some much-needed firepower to Frank Lampard’s revamped attack next season.The Germany international has scored 31 goals for Leipzig in all competitions this season, including four in five games since the Bundesliga returned last month.Werner has already proved he can trouble Premier League defences. He played an influential role as Leipzig thrashed Tottenham in the Champions League last 16, bagging the only goal of the first leg from the penalty spot.Michael Ballack knows exactly what it takes to shine in the Premier League after leaving Germany and the former Chelsea and Bayern Munich midfielder believes Werner has the qualities required to adapt to English football.“I think it’s a good decision for both sides. For Timo, because he fits there, because the way (Chelsea) play football suits him,” Ballack said.“He is a robust player, is very fast, but he is also physically good in a duel and he will quickly get used to it.”The fanfare around Werner comes just two years after his reputation had taken a major hit amid World Cup misery and diving accusations.That storm was a far cry from Werner’s humble upbringing in Stuttgart, where his father Guenther Schuh played at the amateur level.Mario Gomez, an icon at Stuttgart, was Werner’s hero as a child and fuelled his dreams of playing for his hometown club.He fulfilled that ambition in 2013, becoming Stuttgart’s youngest ever debutant aged 17 and their youngest scorer when he netted three times in his first 10 appearances.last_img read more

‘Mookie’ Blaylock’s condition improves after crash, off life support

first_imgIn this May 8, 1997, photo, Atlanta Hawks’ Mookie Blaylock (10) drives against the Chicago Bulls’ Ron Harper during an NBA basketball playoff game in Chicago. (AP Photo/Michael S. Green, File)ATLANTA (AP) — Former NBA All-Star guard Daron “Mookie” Blaylock was upgraded to serious condition at an Atlanta hospital Saturday, a day after his SUV crashed head-on into a van and killed a woman.Atlanta Medical Center spokeswoman Nicole Gustin confirmed that the 46-year-old Blaylock’s condition had improved since he was airlifted to the hospital. Police said the former Atlanta Hawks player was initially placed on life support and was in critical condition late Friday even after he was taken off of it.Blaylock was driving in neighboring Jonesboro Friday afternoon when he crashed, said Clayton County police spokesman Clarence Cox. Police said his SUV crossed the center line and slammed into an oncoming van.A passenger in the van, 43-year-old Monica Murphy, died Friday night, Jonesboro Police Chief Franklin Allen said. Her husband, 41-year-old Frankie Murphy, suffered a broken ankle.last_img read more