New York Giants: Sterling Shepard A Top Name In Training Camp

New York Giants, Sterling Shepard

Last season was rough for New York Giants receiver Sterling Shepard. It was the first year that Shepard was playing on a big new deal. He was supposed to be the main player to step in for Odell Beckham Jr., who the team traded before Shepard’s new contract. And he was supposed to be the main weapon for Eli Manning and then, after the change happened at the position, Daniel Jones.

In reality, Shepard had a much tougher time. He missed a lot of the year with concussions. The first one didn’t raise too many eyebrows. Concussions happen in a rough sport like football, after all. But when Shepard picked up another concussion soon after his return, there was more concern from the fans.

There was even talk about whether or not Shepard should retire. But maybe it’s time to dismiss all that talk. Based on the reports coming out of Giants training camp, Shepard is one of the top players the offense has right now.

Sterling Shepard a hard cover during training camp

The Giants were back in pads at training camp on Monday and Shepard was one of the standout performers. In fact, he earned the title of toughest cover from the team website’s report on the day’s activities during camp.

Sterling Shepard continues to be the toughest cover amongst the wide receivers at camp. He seems to be even shiftier than we’ve seen him in prior seasons. Even in small spaces, he is creating a lot of separation. In a non-contact tackling simulation drill, he put a move on a defensive back and went past him completely untouched.

This comes during a time when the status of Darius Slayton, the team leader in receiving yards and touchdowns from last season, is unknown. Slayton didn’t practice on Monday. Head coach Joe Judge aid that the trainers are dealing with the player but didn’t give much more than that.

If there’s going to be injury problems with Slayton going into the start of the season, which is under a month away, a healthy Shepard would be a big help to the Giants in filling the missed production.

Shepard has never had a 1,000 yard season. He had a career low in yards during the last season, but that’s understandable given the amount of time he missed. The year prior to his concussions, he had a more admirable 872 yards.

Based on his performance in camp, maybe it’s not too much of a stretch to predict Shepard having his first 1,000 yard year in 2020 while bouncing back from the lows of last year?

Why Yankees’ DJ LeMahieu shouldn’t bat leadoff when he returns

New York Yankees, DJ LeMahieu

Yankees’ infielder DJ LeMahieu has been out with a sprained left thumb for the last week. Aaron Boone has said that he is progressing very well and should be back in the coming weeks. He’s second in the league in batting average and is a massive part of the Yankees’ success this year. But, there might be a way to make him even more useful.

After last year’s all-star break, Aaron Boone led LeMahieu off in the Yankees’ lineup. Since then, he has been fantastic and has made that his permanent spot. I think he is one of the better leadoff hitters in the league, but I think he could be more useful at another spot. LeMahieu’s fantastic season was built on a great average with runners in scoring position and on his ability to constantly get on base. His great OBP is what makes him so good in that leadoff spot, but some people might view average with RISP a more valuable stat. With LeMahieu batting leadoff, it almost takes away that stat completely.

He has to rely on players at the bottom of the lineup to get on base. However, if LeMahieu batted in the three spots every game, he would be behind guys like Judge and Hicks. They both get on base at high rates, which gives LeMahieu the opportunity to hit them in. This would make the Yankees score more in the first inning and force opposing starting pitchers to throw more pitches early on in the game.

How does this help the Yankees?

This strategy doesn’t work all the time. However, with players like Judge, Hicks, and Voit possibly hitting before LeMahieu, it’s bound to happen at a frequent rate. This would solve a huge problem that the Yankees have. A lot of the Yankees losses this season have been because they haven’t been able to score early. New York then finds themselves playing catch-up for most of the game. With the Yankees’ starting rotation struggling, they need to find a way to give starting pitchers a little breathing room early on in the game.

There are a lot of positives to batting LeMahieu first as well. He has the best on-base percentage on a team driven by power. Him getting on base gives players like Judge and Stanton a chance to drive him in. However, I think there are more positives if you bat DJ in the three spots as opposed to leadoff. It will no doubt make the Yankees a better first-inning team, which will come in clutch this year.

With doubleheader games being shortened and opposing starting pitchers in October being so dominant, New York needs to figure out a way to score early in games. It’s a must for a championship team. LeMahieu will still be able to hit very well while still getting a great number of at-bats. This is something I think Boone needs to look into doing.

The New York Knicks should be all-in on Fred VanVleet

New York Knicks, Fred Van Fleet

With most of the talk being about how the New York Knicks need to address their point guard situation through the draft, there’s also a very intriguing option in free agency whom the Knicks shouldn’t overlook. That player is Toronto Raptors’ Fred VanVleet, and according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Knicks are expected to be one of the teams in the mix for him:

VanVleet is a shoe free agent and has multiple suitors for a new deal, sources say. And on the court, expect a strong market for the free-agent-to-be: Detroit, New York and Phoenix are expected to emerge as suitors for VanVleet outside Toronto, sources said.

VanVleet has built off of his breakout performance in the playoffs last season with a stellar season this year. He’s established himself as a borderline All-Star who can play both ends of the floor at a high level. Also, being only 26, VanVleet is just entering his prime, so his best basketball is ahead of him.

He’s averaged 17.6 points, 6.6 assists, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.9 steals in 54 games played this year. He’s shooting the ball 41.3 percent from the field and 39 percent from three, so the efficiency is there too.

The NBA shutdown seemed to have no effect on VanVleet’s game either, as he’s been tearing it up in the Orlando bubble. Since the restart, he’s averaged nearly 18 points and seven assists while playing lockdown defense and shooting about 42 percent from the three-point line.

In the first round of the playoffs, VanVleet has averaged 21.3 points, 7.8 assists, four rebounds, and 1.3 steals while shooting 52.7 percent and 56 percent from three en route to a four-game sweep of the Brooklyn Nets.

Charania mentions in his report that VanVleet is also a “shoe free agent,” which means he’s looking to cash in on a shoe deal in addition to a basketball deal. He should have plenty of suitors in that area as well, and that could benefit the Knicks’ chances in landing him. Even though it may not carry as much weight as it once did, New York is still the ideal place to play when it comes to endorsement opportunities and brand building.

There are more possible advantages to being a star in the media capital of the world, more so than any other market. This could be very appealing to VanVleet and his camp. On top of that, he would be the perfect fit with the team.

The Knicks have been in desperate need of a franchise floor general for far too long now, and VanVleet can finally fill that void. Elfrid Payton was solid for the Knicks this season, but he’s weak offensively. Frank Ntilikina has shown flashes, but he’s also limited offensively and is better suited as a complementary piece. Dennis Smith Jr. has had his moments, but he’s not the answer either.

The Knicks could try and draft their guy, but that brings more uncertainty and hope with the chance of that player not panning out. Hopefully, the Knicks will be able to better develop their players now with the new regime to reduce that likelihood, but they need to prove they can do that. The Knicks can’t afford to keep banking on potential, and VanVleet would bring a proven, productive player who is still ascending in his young career. He can be a piece that helps the team in the present while also being a core building block for the future.

VanVleet is the kind of tough, determined player who Tom Thibodeau would love due to his two-way ability and strong work ethic. He’s come a long way from going undrafted in 2016, and his stats show he’s consistently been improving. His shooting and facilitating would be huge for the Knicks and would open up many more opportunities for the players around him, particularly RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson.

It’s good to see that the Knicks are going to try and make a run at VanVleet because he would do wonders for this team. He’ll not only accelerate their rebuild and catapult them back into contention more quickly, but he’ll help a lot in the development of the Knicks’ younger pieces. His market will be competitive, but he should be Leon Rose’s number one priority once free agency begins even if the price is steep, which it likely will be.

What the New York Rangers should expect from Mika Zibanejad in 2021

This season, New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad put up career-high numbers in goals and points. In a season that was cut short for the star player by both a pandemic and a major injury, the star player managed to score forty-one goals and tally seventy-five points in just fifty-seven games.

Zibanejad led the league in average goals per game and was the first Rangers player to hit the forty goal mark since Rick Nash in the 2015-2016 season. It’s pretty clear that Zibanejad has what it takes to be the leading center on the rising New York Rangers, but what else should fans expect from him?

Mika Zibanejad, since being traded to the Rangers in the summer of 2016, has proven to exemplify fantastic leadership abilities. Since the 2018-2019 season, Zibanejad has worn an “A” on his jersey, signifying that he is one of four alternate captains for the team.

Since the Rangers don’t have a captain right now, Zibanejad, Marc Staal, Chris Kreider, and Jesper Fast carry the responsibility of team leadership on their backs. Earlier this season, the Rangers were expected to announce their new captain right before their season opener, but eventually opted to keep their four alternates for one more year. It is likely that the new captain will be named sometime before next season starts, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Mika Zibanejad wearing the C. As a young reliable player who seems to have reached his prime, he would be the perfect choice to lead this team of young stars to future victories. While it isn’t set in stone that he’ll be the choice for captaincy, don’t be surprised if we end up seeing it happen. 

For the past couple of seasons, Rangers fans constantly questioned if Zibanejad would be good enough to be a quality number one center for the team. But after this year, it’s clear that he has what it takes. The only question is now, will he be able to recreate this year’s success in future seasons. It isn’t uncommon for players to regress after having stellar seasons. One great example of this from recent seasons is Buffalo Sabres forward Jeff Skinner.

In 2019, Skinner put up a career-high forty goals during his first season with the team. After that fantastic season, he signed a new contract for $72 million over eight years. The Sabres had high hopes for him, but this season he only managed to score fourteen goals. Buffalo knows what it’s like to have a star player one season turn into a mediocre player the next, and that is what fans of the New York Rangers are scared of now. 

While it is probable that Zibanejad may have hit his peak this season, we shouldn’t expect him to dip very much next year, if at all. Zibanejad is only twenty-seven years old, having just entered his prime years of hockey. He also plays for the Rangers, a team that is still young and acquiring key pieces for their future. It is likely that he will be playing alongside Chris Kreider and Alexis Lafreniere this season, so fans should expect similar numbers from Zibanejad. 

This is all speculation, of course, as the only way to truly know how Mika Zibanejad will perform is to watch him play next season. New York Rangers fans should definitely expect big things from their top center, though. Whether it be captaincy, more career-high statistics, or the opportunity to play with this year’s number one draft pick, it’ll be interesting to see what top center Mika Zibanejad has to offer. The future is bright for the New York Rangers, and Zibanejad is a big part of that.

 

New York Giants: Leonard Williams Impressing During Training Camp

New York Giants, Leonard Williams

The New York Giants made a controversial trade during the 2019 season. Despite a poor, losing record, GM Dave Gettleman gave up future draft picks to trade for a player. This player was Leonard Williams and this trade has received plenty of criticism since it happened.

New York gave up a 2020 third-round and a 2021 fifth-round pick in exchange for Leonard Williams. Williams is a former first-round pick, so usually, this would be pretty great value for the Giants in this trade. But Williams was an impending free agent, meaning the Giants would have had a chance to sign him in free agency without giving up draft capital. Williams is now set to play the 2020 NFL season on the franchise tag with the Giants.

Despite all the outside noise and criticism, Leonard Williams has shown up and impressed during the Giants’ training camp. In fact, defensive line coach Sean Spencer said that he believes Leonard Williams is “starting to put it all together.”

Leonard Williams Putting It All Together

Leonard Williams has been in the NFL since 2015. He was a hyped-up prospect entering the 2015 draft, but so far he has not lived up to the hype. Leonard has been a great interior defensive lineman throughout his career, but not the dominant force that he was expected to be.

Now, entering his sixth season, Williams could be headed for a breakout season. Williams has been standing out in training camp to the coaches and reporters alike. Watch Leonard Williams teach rookie offensive tackle, Andrew Thomas, a lesson below:

Since 2015, Leonard Williams has had the second-most quarterback hits among interior defensive linemen since 2015. Williams has recorded 82 quarterback hits, second only to Aaron Donald (93).

The biggest problem for Williams, though, has been turning pressures and hits into sacks. Leonard has only 17.5 career sacks and recorded a career-low 0.5 sack in 2019. But, according to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY, the Giants’ coaching staff is “convinced they can refine Williams’ technique and teach him things that will turn pressures into actual sacks for him this year.”

If the coaches are right, then a big season could be in store for Leonard Williams. The Giants’ defensive line is filled with young talent. Dexter Lawrence, Dalvin Tomlinson, and Leonard Williams could combine to be one of the best front lines in the league. But if Williams can truly put it all together, he could but this line over the top.

New York Islanders: Who Should be the 3rd Line Left-Winger?

ross johnston, New York Islanders

The current 3rd line left winger for the New York Islanders is Michael Dal Colle. The Islanders drafted OHL star Michael Dal Colle with the 5th overall pick in the 2014 NHL entry draft. There was no reason to not draft Dal Colle that high. His stats were amazing; Dal Colle recorded 90+ points two years in a row. Somewhere along the road, Dal Colle lost his way. It took him five years to actually make the team and six years to have a real spot. Dal Colle doesn’t provide offense, which is the thing the Isles drafted him for, he just forechecks. Most of the time, it feels like Dal Colle is just skating around out there and not doing anything. There are many other options for the 3rd line left-wingers spot whose names aren’t Michael Dal Colle.

Tom Kuhnhackl

Tom Kuhnhackl was fantastic for the Islanders during their play-in matchup against the Florida Panthers. His forechecking was magnificent, and due to this, Kuhnhackl created countless high scoring chances. JG Pageau’s goal in the first game wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for Kuhnhackl pressuring the defenseman. Kuhnhackl’s passing was on full display during this series too. No Islander fan could forget Kuhnhackl’s through the legs pass to a Matt Martin tap in goal. Kuhnhackl deserves the spot more than anyone else on the team right now. His current play, mixed with his 2 Stanley Cup wins, gives him a leg up on the competition.

Ross Johnston

Who doesn’t love the enforcer, Ross Johnston? Probably not Tom Wilson, but that’s a different story. Johnston does his job, and he does it with maximum effort. He knows he’s there to backcheck, hip-check, forecheck, and then he gets to pick up the paycheck. Johnston is also not a bad skater for a big man. While he doesn’t have amazing speed, Johnston can hop up on the 3v2 rush. If Barry Trotz wants the hits to start coming against the Flyers, Johnston is your man for sure.

Derick Brassard

I don’t believe Brassard did anything wrong vs the Capitals. He isn’t the same player he once was, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t a solid winger. He can also win the faceoff when Pageau gets kicked from the center position. Brassard just doesn’t give as much offense as Kuhnhackl or Johnston, but he gives a lot more than Dal Colle.

Conclusion

There are a plethora of wingers that should take Dal Colle’s spot, and for good reason. The Isles are real contenders for the first time in decades, and cannot put people like Dal Colle out there. There’s only so much room for error, and the Isles cannot make mistakes.

Wide-open NBA Draft favors Knicks, says college basketball analyst

New York Knicks, Killian Hayes

Even without a top-three pick, there’s a chance the New York Knicks could still end up with the best player in this year’s NBA Draft.

That’s the belief of former St. John’s head coach turned ESPN college analyst Fran Fraschilla when he appeared on Michael Kay Show over the weekend.

“First of all, there’s no clear-cut no.1, there’s no consensus no.1, there’s no clear-cut NBA superstar in this Draft just yet but I will remind you guys that this is like 2013 when Anthony Bennett went no.1 and there was a kid by the name of (Giannis) Antetokounmpo that was taken No.15 by the Milwaukee Bucks.  Now, there’s nobody like that in this draft but quite honestly, I don’t care if you’re picking 1, 2, 3 all the way down to 15, you can get a guy, the Knicks can find somebody at eight [pick] that could end up being the best player in this Draft,” Fraschilla said.

The Knicks’ current roster has glaring holes everywhere, but with team president Leon Rose viewing last season lottery pick RJ Barrett and rim protector Mitchell Robinson as cornerstones of the franchise, the growing belief is that the most pressing concern is finding a lead point guard.

Whether they can find that player in the Draft, in the free agency or within the current roster, is a matter of internal debate according to a source familiar with the Knicks’ front office thinking.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported earlier today that the Knicks, along with the Phoenix Suns and Detroit Pistons, are among the teams expected to bid for Toronto Raptors breakout star Fred Van Vleet, the top point guard in an underwhelming free-agent class.

The Knicks currently have a point guard rotation of Elfrid Payton, Frank Nkitilina, and Dennis Smith, Jr., all former lottery picks, who have not panned out.  But after acquiring Kenny Payne and Johnnie Bryant to join Tom Thibodeau’s staff, the sense is that they will attempt to develop their current players to get more value on the court and possibly in the trade market.

LaMelo Ball, who is the Knicks’ top point guard in their board as early as May, is not expected to drop outside the top three.  The team has also conducted an interview with Killian Hayes, the top playmaker among international prospects. The Knicks, in typical Rose’s fashion, is doing their due diligence and is said to be considering all options.

Several mock drafts have yielded different results for the Knicks at no.8, bolstering Fraschilla’s observation.

Under normal circumstances, the Knicks and the other 29 teams could have a better grasp of most of their targets in the NCAA tournament and validate that intel during their in-person workouts and interviews. But even if they missed out on that, Fraschilla believes that some teams have already pegged the best players in their boards.

“Hopefully, Rose and the Knicks are one of those teams but there are kids who are going to be available at eight —Tyrese Haliburton, Onyeka Okongwu, Saddiq Bey.  There are guys that are gonna be hanging around in this draft that could end up at eight being the best player in this Draft,” Fraschilla said.  “The Knicks just have to find that guy.”

It is interesting to note that Haliburton is being represented by CAA while Okongwu and Bey are with Excel Sports.

In recent memory, the Knicks have been unlucky at no.8.  Since 2005, they have taken three players with the eight pick— Channing Frye (2005), Jordan Hill (2009), and Nkitilina (2017)— without much success.

Can Rose turn the Knicks’ lottery pick into a ‘Lucky 8’ this time?

Fraschilla is optimistic: “There’s a new regime. I’m confident that these guys know what they’re doing.”

 

New York Mets will play nine games in six days: Will they get a couple of starters back?

New York Mets, Michael Wacha

After a couple of positive COVID-19 tests appeared in the New York Mets‘ roster last week, on Thursday, the team had to postpone the series finale against the Miami Marlins and the whole Subway Series against the New York Yankees.

After no new positives have been reported in the last few days, and with the player and the staffer that contracted the virus currently quarantining in Florida, the New York Mets are set to return to action with a doubleheader against the Fish on Tuesday.

The Mets will also play a couple of doubleheaders against the Yankees on Friday and Sunday. In total, they will take the field nine times in a span of six days, starting on Tuesday. That’s a brutal stretch, but the team isn’t about to shy away.

“It’s a challenge, but this is a year that can’t be about excuses,” general manager Brodie Van Wagenen told Anthony DiComo of MLB.com about the Mets playing nine games in six days. “We are not the only team that has faced adversity with scheduling. We’re not the only team that’s faced adversity with losing players or coaches for a period of time. … We’ve got to think about what we do have and find ways to be competitive with the schedule that we’re faced with.”

Here is the Mets schedule this week:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 25: Doubleheader vs. Marlins, 5:10 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, Aug. 26: Single game vs. Marlins, 7:10 p.m. ET
  • Thursday, Aug. 27: Single game vs. Marlins, 7:10 p.m. ET
  • Friday, Aug. 28: Doubleheader @ Yankees, time TBA
  • Saturday, Aug. 29: Single game @ Yankees, time TBA
  • Sunday, Aug. 30: Doubleheader @ Yankees, time TBA

As for the pitching plans, they haven’t been announced yet by Mets’ manager Luis Rojas. Jacob deGrom is lined up to start one of the games on Tuesday.

The Mets could get back a couple of starting pitchers currently on the injured list with shoulder inflammation. David Peterson and Michael Wacha are very close, and if they return this week, it would be a huge boost to the team chances of having a positive week.

Other potential candidates to start are Rick Porcello, Steven Matz, Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman. Pitching coach Jeremy Hefner will hold one-on-one workouts on Monday with those names, and he will have a better idea of what to do after that.

“We have to be creative at this point,” Van Wagenen said. “Call it ‘openers,’ call it ‘bulk-inning pitchers’ — I have a feeling that we’re probably going to be running through a number of different scenarios.”

How would Patricio “Pitbull” Freire fair in the UFC?

Patricio Pitbull Freire

Over the weekend, the media were quick to ask UFC President Dana White about the comments that Scott Coker made regarding Bellator’s light heavyweight division. Coker stated that their division was better than the UFC’s.

White responded with a short and quick, “Isn’t he cute?” The media followed-up by asking about if the UFC be interested in cross promotional super fights. White dismissed this saying nothing would be interesting.

When the media followed-up asking about arguably Bellator’s top fighter, Patricio Pitbull (30-4), White played it off. He said he couldn’t tell you anything about Bellator’s double champ. Pitbull wasn’t pleased with the response.

How would Pitbull fair in the UFC?

Let me start out by stating that I’m a big fan of Patricio Pitbull. I think he is a great fighter, and I truly believe that he can compete with anyone in the UFC‘s featherweight division. There is a reason that Pitbull is currently ranked 4th in the ESPN featherweight rankings.

I believe that Patricio Pitbull would be squarely in the top five of the UFC‘s featherweight rankings if he was with the promotion. Would he beat Alexander Volkanovski, Max Holloway, or Zabit Magomedsharipov? I’m not sure about that, but he would definitely be competitive.

Where I don’t see him being very competitive is in the UFC‘s lightweight division. Pitbull is the Bellator lightweight champion as well, but that’s not his natural weight class. The UFC‘s lightweight division is the deepest division in the history of the sport.

Yes, Patricio Freire has a knockout over top free agent Michael Chandler, but I’m not sure how he would do against the UFC‘s best. Imagine Pitbull against Khabib Nurmagomedov, Justin Gaethje, Conor McGregor, Tony Ferguson, Dustin Poirier, and I could go on and on. He’d be a sizable underdog in any of those contests.

If the UFC and Bellator would ever agree to such an event, I would implore Pitbull to take on the UFC‘s featherweight champion. That would be a competitive fight. However, I don’t think he could swim with those sharks at lightweight. What do you think?

 

New York Giants Training Camp: Joe Judge Rips Team Over Lack of Intensity

New York Giants, Will Hernandez

The New York Giants are supposed to come back from a day off and play with intensity. At least that is what head coach Joe Judge expected.

After a day off on Sunday, the Giants were back on the practice field on a hot Monday morning and their performance was not up to Judge’s standards. After the session, Judge gathered the troops into a huddle and reportedly delivered a profanity-laced speech. Then he kept the team on the practice field for an additional half an hour.

Judge then told reporters afterward he liked the way the team finished after the riot act was read.

“The guys came out and definitely ended with a good intensity at practice, competing at the end. We have to get it where we come off a day off and we start sharp,” said Judge. “That’s definitely something we have to work at as a team and improve there.”

The injury/DNP report: LB Ryan Connelly was held out again. He is coming off ACL surgery and one has to begin to think if he’s going to be ready for the season. WR Darius Slayton was held out with an undisclosed ailment. More to come on that. FB Eli Penny worked on the side with trainers.

Center Spencer Pulley limped off the field as did rookie TE hopeful Rysen John. The heat appeared to have gotten to safety Jabrill Peppers and rookie offensive lineman Shane Lemieux as they went into the tent to be attended to.

TE Evan Engram has been having a nice camp, coming off a Lisfranc injury. He dropped an easy pass from QB Daniel Jones on Monday but overall he’s been sharp. Judge said he told Engram last week, “Man, I love watching you practice.”

“I think he just took advantage of his opportunities today like he does every day,” Judge said of Engram. “Evan’s a guy who comes out every day and he really empties his tank. He focuses on what he has to do that day and what the focus of practice is. He does everything he can within his role to get better. I think there is tape in the past on what he has been able to do, and he’s demonstrated throughout training camp a level of improvement and upside. He’s definitely somebody who has been a pleasure to coach every day and I’m glad we get to work with him.”

If there was any doubt whether or not left guard Will Hernandez is over his sophomore slump, just ask the defensive linemen he’s been going up against at camp. He’s been dominant.

After practice, Judge had praise for Cam Fleming as his right tackle, citing that he has won big games in his career. Judge also continued to heap praise on rookie defensive back Jarren Williams, who Judge says has responded well to everything the coaches have hit him with in his three weeks with the team.

With Slayton out, second-year wideout David Sills continued his strong camp, mainly working with the second team. He caught several passes again from backup QB Colt McCoy.

“He’s a really smart guy, he’s working hard,” Giants wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert said of Sills on Monday. “He’ll go in there and play all of the positions. I told you guys the other day, he’s a rep stealer. He has his reps, he’s going to go in and run his reps, then he’ll steal some other reps. If he sees guys running down the field, he’ll jump in there and say ‘I got them, I got them.’ I like that about him. He jumps in there, doesn’t matter what position it is. He goes in there and plays and executes his assignments.”