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the final exhibition game - Postby liny195 » 10 Oct 2018, 10:22


SPARTANBURG Kyle Juszczyk Jersey , S.C. (AP) Panthers rookie cornerback Donte Jackson is showing he can talk the talk.

Now coach Ron Rivera is hoping the team’s second-round draft pick can walk the walk.

The Louisiana State standout has already turned heads at training camp, displaying impressive speed – and a cocky swagger to match.

”He is fast, and I love his confidence level,” Rivera said of the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Jackson. ”We haven’t had a guy like that since Josh Norman.”

Norman was an All-Pro cornerback for the Panthers in 2015, the year Carolina went 17-2 and reached the Super Bowl. But he was released the following season because of a contract disagreement and signed with the Washington Redskins.

The Panthers have found one solid replacement at cornerback in James Bradberry, and are in search of another. With veteran Ross Cockrell going down with a leg injury on Monday, Jackson may be called on to fill the other starting spot.

Not surprisingly, Jackson said he’s up to the task.

”Coming into the NFL I have always felt like I belonged here,” Jackson said.

Panthers cornerback Kevon Seymour has seen firsthand Jackson’s swagger. Seymour said when running back Christian McCaffrey was racing down the field, Jackson turned to teammates and said, ”He might outrun y’all, but he ain’t gonna outrun me. I’m way too fast for that. I’m like electricity. Shoooooom!”’

With that, Seymour started to laugh.

”That is how much confidence he has,” Seymour said.

Back in minicamp Authentic Filip Forsberg Jersey , Jackson told reporters he’s like the Beyonce song ”I just woke up like this.”

When Rivera heard that he broke into a wide grin.

”He is a personality,” Rivera told the team’s website in May. ”He’s got a lot of confidence. You see it on the field. You see it when you talk to him. You watch it in his gait, the way he carries himself. That’s the type of attitude you have to have if you want to play in this league. You have to have a certain type of swagger. Josh Norman had it. He had it from Day One. You guys saw it. He struggled a little bit, but because of his swagger, he was able to bring himself back. Well, this young man’s got something.”

Jackson, who said he’s been a talker since he played youth football, welcomes the comparisons to Norman.

”I’m not quiet out there, and I play the same position” as Norman, Jackson said. ”We both talk a lot and compete at a high level so that’s going to draw a lot of comparison.”

Said Bradberry: ”He’s definitely confident in himself. I wouldn’t say he’s much of a trash talker. But that is the way people are going to perceive him, because he is very confident in himself. But he does talk a lot. And he’s very fast.”

Jackson’s speed in coverage has been on display on several occasions during training camp. The 5-foot-10, 188-pound cornerback got beat by rookie wide receiver D.J. Moore on one play, but then quickly recovered and broke up the pass.

”He’s not the biggest corner but he’s real fast,” Bradberry said.

When a reporter asked who is the fastest player on the team, Jackson responded by saying ”Donte Jackson Corey Linsley Jersey , No. 26.”

And when asked if there is a player in the league he can’t cover, he said, ”C’mon man, you know the answer to that. I don’t feel like there is anybody I can’t cover.”

His Twitter handle reads Donte ”Action” Jackson because he says ”I’m about that action, simple as that.”

The Panthers sure hope so.

”It’s good to see,” Rivera said of Jackson’s confidence level. ”But remember, you have to back it up.”



For the most part during his NFL career, the offseason has typically been a time of relaxation and recuperation for Rob Gronkowski.

This year was marked by his deepest contemplations yet about whether he wanted to keep playing football.

In the aftermath of last season’s Super Bowl loss to Philadelphia, the 29-year-old Patriots tight end insinuated he was considering retirement. Those thoughts lingered throughout the winter until he finally announced via Instagram in April that he would return for his ninth NFL season.

Gronkowski and Tom Brady skipped voluntary workouts last month. Brady, who will turn 41 in August, reportedly opted to spend the time with his personal trainer. Gronkowski was said to have joined his quarterback.

But both were on the field with the team Tuesday for the first time this Tuesday as New England opened its three-day, mandatory minicamp. Gronkowski said after some ”long-hauling seasons” and back-to-back Super Bowl runs, retirement ”definitely was in the mind.”

”I had to do what I had to do, where I felt good enough to get my body prepared, to get my body right again http://www.seahawksauthorizedshops.com/authentic-byron-maxwell-jersey , see where my body was at and see where my mind was at,” he said. ”I’m glad to be back out here. I feel like I definitely made the right decision coming back out.”

Gronk said his decision to skip OTAs was so that he could train ”on my own.”

”It went good,” he said. ”I think it was a good decision.”

Brady was not made available to the media following practice. Coach Bill Belichick said he wasn’t bothered by either player’s decision to miss OTAs, saying, ”It’s a voluntary program. So that’s what it is.”

Both players seemed excited to be on the field, with Brady yelling at himself after failing to connect on a pass, and Gronkowski letting out several gleeful yelps following catches.

That doesn’t mean is right in Gronk’s world. After leading the team last season in receptions (69), receiving yards (1,084) and receiving touchdowns (eight), he clearly wants to see his value reflected in his contract.

He renegotiated his current six-year, $54 million deal prior to last season, reaping incentives that pushed his compensation over $10 million in 2017. Those bonuses aren’t included for this upcoming season, in which he’ll make $8 million in base salary.

Asked Tuesday if he was in the process of getting his contract redone, Gronk smiled before saying, ”I don’t know. I’m trying to.”

Would he like to see that happen before the start of the season?

”Who wouldn’t?” he said simply.

Those desires aside Jimmie Ward Jersey , Gronkowski insisted he remains on good terms with Belichick.

”Yeah. Yeah. For sure,” he said.

Belichick said he believes both Gronkowski and Brady remain dedicated to the team despite their earlier workout absences.

”They’ve always been that way ever since they’ve been on our team,” Belichick said.

While he’s excited about 2018, how long Gronkowski wants to play beyond that remains an open question.

”No, I haven’t (thought about it),” he said. ”But I definitely know I want to keep going and play this year. Feeling good and just put all that rest behind me … just focus on getting better.”

Gronk said overall he’s in a good place.

”I feel like I’m just going to do what’s best for myself and take care of myself, ” he said, ”because if I can’t take care of myself, I can’t take care of anyone else and I can’t help out the team.”

NO BRACE FOR EDELMAN

Another key Patriots player back on the field is receiver Julian Edelman, who sat out last season after suffering a right knee injury a week before the final exhibition game.

Edelman has no medical restrictions and participated fully in Tuesday’s workout. He wasn’t wearing a brace on his surgically repaired knee and said he didn’t plan to wear one during the regular season.

”It was tough to watch it all on the sideline last year,” he said. ”To come out here and just to do little things, strap on the helmet, puts in perspective how lucky you are to get to play the game.”



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