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an opponent in the paint, which already has worked so well this post-s
11-20-2017, 12:30 PM
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an opponent in the paint, which already has worked so well this post-s
ASHBURN, Va. Zx Flux Black And White . -- Cullen Jenkins couldnt afford to sit at home and wait for an NFL team to call.The veteran defensive lineman worked out in New Jersey with trainer Javier Chimanovski throughout the offseason and long after training camps opened. Still, after 12 seasons in the NFL Jenkins remained unsigned. But on Monday it all paid off when the Washington Redskins signed Jenkins to a one-year deal.Mentally it starts to get tough the later it gets because youre training, training, training, training, training and then sometimes you can start to wonder: `Am I training for anything? Is that call going to come? Jenkins said after working out, signing and going through practice. I would just tell people if the call doesnt come, it is what it is, but its not going to come and then Im not going to be ready. Im going to make sure Im ready regardless.At 35 years old, Jenkins brings leadership and depth to the Redskins defensive line that had some question marks. Coach Jay Gruden said the team had some players already in camp it was happy with but wanted to add another big body to the mix days before cutting to the 53-man roster.Jenkins spent the past three seasons with the New York Giants and also played for the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers. He has 332 tackles and 47 + sacks in his NFL career.Gruden believes Jenkins can play anywhere along the defensive line, which cant hurt at a time the Redskins have to make some final decisions.I still got a lot of quickness and experience, Jenkins said. With that ability to still try to get after the quarterback and just be a versatile player, thats been what Ive been my whole career -- someone who can try to be versatile and play a lot of different positions.Jenkins, who didnt have any other NFL workouts before Monday, said he didnt ask general manager Scot McCloughan for any assurances that hell be on the 53-man roster after this weekend because he signed so late.Its still a matter of me having to prove myself, Jenkins said. Im an older player. Im 35 years old. I dont expect any give-mes or guarantees coming into this thing. You come in and the way to do it: You come in, you prove yourself, you show what youve got. If you do a good job of that, then youve got a chance to stay around.Jenkins said it was a possibility that hell play in the fourth preseason game Thursday at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.His signing came on the same day the New England Patriots cut former Redskins defensive lineman Terrance Knighton and got Bryan Stork back after the center failed his physical with Washington. The Redskins sent a draft pick to the Patriots for Stork on Wednesday, and the 25-year-old mulled retirement before deciding to report.Its unfortunate, Gruden said of Stork failing his physical. Hes a great kid and obviously a very good player. Every physical is different on every team, so it might be different somewhere else, but it didnt work out here.Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Monday morning of Storks situation: Well find out exactly what the story is and whenever that is well make the best decision that we can.Gruden said even without Stork the Redskins feel good about their depth at center, despite Kory Lichtensteiger being held out of practice with shoulder soreness and backup Spencer Long, whos in competition to start at left guard, dealing with a sprained right ankle. They added interior line depth by claiming 26-year-old guard Vinston Painter off waivers from the Denver Broncos.Game notes Gruden ruled rookie WR Josh Doctson out of the final preseason game because of an Achilles injury but said the first-round pick could still play in the season opener Monday, Sept. 12 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. ... LB Ryan Kerrigan is considered day to day with a groin strain. ... Rookie RB Keith Marshall is out at least three weeks with a sprained left elbow, putting his status in doubt with final cuts approaching. ... Rookie Nate Sudfeld will start at quarterback against the Buccaneers, Gruden said.---AP Sports Writer Kyle Hightower in Foxborough, Massachusetts, contributed to this story.---AP NFL website: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Cheap Adidas Zx Flux . After Mondays hard-fought loss, the wait seemed longer than usual. Getting set to go their separate ways for a short Christmas break, the Raptors coach credited his team for their effort on a seemingly impossible three-game road trip, urging them to build on that success when they get back to work at the end of the week. Yeezy Cream White v2 .J. -- Pitcher Carl Pavano is retiring after 14 major league seasons. http://www.cheapnmdadidasshoes.uk/adidas...-sale.html . Thats not a comment on the suspension that banished the Portland Winterhawks general manager and coach from his Western Hockey League teams bench for most of the 2012-13 season.MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- On the best playoff run in their short history, the Memphis Grizzlies refuse to be satisfied with just reaching their first Western Conference final. The San Antonio Spurs? Well, they know time is running out for a team that has done so very much in the NBA playoffs yet last celebrated a championship in 2007. Blowing a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals a year ago to Oklahoma City has driven the Spurs since training camp, and now they are back with Game 1 on Sunday against Memphis determined not to waste another chance. "We understand as a team that those opportunities are very rare, and we have another great one right now," Spurs guard Tony Parker said Saturday. "We have home-court advantage against a very good team, so we have to take full advantage of it." The Grizzlies are the former expansion franchise that started off in Vancouver before moving to Memphis, and they started by setting the NBA record for post-season futility while losing their first 12 playoff games. Coach Lionel Hollins, who won an NBA title in 1977 as a player with Portland, has his Grizzlies believing they can win one, too. The No. 5 seed in the West ousted first the Clippers, then the Thunder by winning eight of its last nine games, including three of four on the road. "Were just worried about going forward," Grizzlies guard Mike Conley said. "Were happy to be here, but were still focused on bigger things, and we got another tough opponent." That would be the Spurs with Tim Duncan, Parker and Manu Ginobili who swept the Grizzlies out of their first post-season in 2004. When Memphis finally won a post-season series, they beat the Spurs in six games in 2011, kicking off that series by winning the first game in San Antonio. Ginobili said the Spurs were not at their best that series and struggled to stop the Grizzlies big men in Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. "We started with the wrong foot, we lost the first one and they got stronger and confident, and thats how they beat us," Ginobili said. This conference final pits Southwest Division rivals, with the Spurs as the dominating big brother with their four NBA championships and the fifth-best all-time winning percentage in the league since this franchise moved to the NBA in 1976. No coach and player have more post-season games than San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich and Duncan with 200 over 16 seasons. The Spurs clinched the No. 2 seed in the West winning just two more games than the Grizzlies. This should be a defensive showdown between teams built around big men with Memphis countering Duncan with 7-foot-1 Gasol and Randolph down low. Memphis held teams to an NBA-low 89.3 points during the regular season, and the Spurs tied for third in defensive efficiency. The Grizzlies also were second defending the 3, which could slow down Parker and Ginobili. "Finding ways to score is going to be very difficult," Poopovich said. Buy Adidas Nmd Online. "Just playing against their defence is enough of a concern right off the bat." Hollins said beauty will be in the eye of the beholder for this series. "Some people think its ugly, some people think its beautiful," Hollins said. "I dont know. Dont really care." Home court mattered during the regular season as these teams split with each winning on their own floor. Remember when Popovich sent Duncan, Parker, Ginobili and Danny Green home to avoid playing the Heat in Miami on Nov. 29th? Well, that rest at the end of a six-game road trip cost the Spurs an unprecedented $250,000 fine. But the move paid off when the Spurs hosted the Grizzlies on Dec. 1 when Memphis was off to an NBA-best 12-2 start with a 99-95 win by San Antonio. Three of the teams matchups came before Memphis traded away Rudy Gay on Jan. 30. Memphis won the last game April 1 when Conley drove the lane for a layup and a 92-90 win on a night where Kawhi Leonard stayed in San Antonio with a sore left knee, Duncan sat out and Ginobili was out with a strained hamstring. "Its going to be a tough series," Randolph said. "Every time weve played them its a tough series. They got Ginobili, Parker, and they got a lot of other guys who do great things for the team." San Antonio went 35-6 at home in the regular season, then swept the Lakers to open the playoffs. The Warriors tested that home-court advantage forcing the Spurs to go to overtime to pull out the first game of that series and did win Game 2. The Spurs won Game 5 at home before closing out the series Thursday night. That forces the Spurs into a quicker turnaround, even though they do get to start at home. "I dont think you need any more challenge than playing in the conference finals and having the opportunity to go to the NBA Finals," Ginobili said. "Not that we needed that. It is big enough." Memphis has been on a bit of a revenge tour this post-season. The Grizzlies ousted the Clippers in six after losing to Los Angeles in seven last year, then they made up for their 2011 Western semifinal loss to Oklahoma City by knocking off the defending Western champs in five games. A key in this series will be Parker and Conley. Parker is averaging 22.4 points a game this post-season, while Conley is averaging a career-best 17.6 points while handing out 7.6 assists a game. "Hes the real key to their basketball team," Popovich said. "Everybody just thinks about Zach and Marc, who are sufficiently wonderful as players. But Conley is very, very important to that group." They got an extra day of rest after Wednesday nights 88-84 win over the Thunder. Now they have geared up again focusing on defence, rebounding and trying to outscore an opponent in the paint, which already has worked so well this post-season. "Its the same recipe," Gasol said. "Its just a little tougher." Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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