The Los Angeles Rams used their first pick Saturday

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The Los Angeles Rams used their first pick Saturday

Postprzez zhangzk » piątek, 2 sie 2019, 10:47

THOUSAND OAKS , Calif. (AP) — to grab a potential starter up front on their defense, and they used their last pick on a guy from Last Chance U.The NFC champions made their sixth trade of the draft in the morning, moving up for defensive tackle Greg Gaines in the fourth round. Coach Sean McVay said the Washington product could be the replacement for Ndamukong Suh, the imposing nose tackle on Los Angeles’ Super Bowl team.And with the 251st overall pick at the back of the seventh round, the Rams chose linebacker Dakota Allen. The Texas Tech product is better known from his time on the Netflix reality show “Last Chance U.,” which chronicled his football comeback through community college after a burglary charge in 2016.After emerging from the three-day draft hungry and tired from what he described as accidental intermittent fasting, general manager Les Snead felt the Rams had addressed their most pressing needs.“The first priority was to try to figure out how we could … draft Gaines to fill the nose tackle-type spot in our base defense,” Snead said of Saturday’s work. “And then from there, it was, ‘OK, where can we find players who can help their position coach as well as Bones (special teams coordinator John Fassel)?'”Gaines Devin Singletary Jersey , who grew up in nearby La Habra, seems likely to get the chance to emerge from training camp as the starting nose tackle for the Rams, who are expecting Suh to leave as a free agent. Gaines was the second Washington defensive player drafted by the Rams, joining second-round pick Taylor Rapp.“I’ve watched Aaron Donald a lot on film and studied a lot of his techniques,” Gaines said of the Rams’ All-Pro superstar. “It’s going to be amazing to learn from him firsthand. I think he’s going to really help me improve as a player.”Allen’s career with the Red Raiders was derailed by his arrest, but Texas Tech ultimately welcomed him back to the program. The Rams voiced no concerns about Allen’s character after a single misstep.“There were people at Texas Tech who definitely fought for him to get a second chance, based on who he was,” Snead said. “Great phone call. I think it was one of our favorites, because you could tell he was definitely appreciative to get this opportunity.”The Rams’ other Saturday selections were Wisconsin offensive tackle David Edwards and Penn State safety Nick Scott.WHO THEY GOTAlong with Gaines and Allen, the Rams chose three defensive backs and two offensive linemen with their eight picks, adding depth at perceived areas of need and on special teams. They made their biggest splash in the third round by choosing running back Darrell Henderson.SURPRISE MOVEThe Rams raised eyebrows by using a relatively high pick on Henderson , an elite ball carrier from Memphis. His high placement in the draft strongly indicated he’ll get carries that would have gone to Gurley, one of the busiest players in the league over his first four seasons. But McVay insists the Rams aren’t worried about Gurley’s left knee, which slowed him late last season. McVay envisions Henderson as a complementary, change-of-pace back who will allow Los Angeles’ offensive mastermind to add new wrinkles to his scheme.HOW THEY DIDMost observers thought the Rams would attempt to land a higher-profile defensive lineman with an earlier pick, but Gaines is a solid prospect — and one the Rams clearly favored after watching him in the Senior Bowl. While Gaines probably has the best chance to be a rookie starter out of the Rams’ eight picks, the NFC champs are still confident they got depth for an already solid roster. “That’s a credit to where we are, going into our third year,” McVay said. “There’s a vision for all eight of these guys and how they fit within the framework of our roster.”WHAT’S NEXT?The Rams must decide whether Gaines is ready to start right away. Two vacant starting jobs remain on the offensive line, but in-house candidates Joseph Noteboom and Brian Allen are the front-runners after spending last season as rookie backups. Los Angeles likely could use another inside linebacker. McVay will have plenty of time to implement his plans for Henderson as well. EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Getting a chance to watch Taysom Hill do his thing as the New Orleans Saints‘ multi-faceted third-string quarterback was enough to convince coach Pat Shurmur the New York Giants needed someone who could do that all this season.Shurmur may a found a possible solution in Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey, who was not drafted last week.The Giants signed Dungey to their 90-man roster Thursday as draft picks and rookies reported for a short minicamp.Having a Hill-type player is quickly becoming an NFL fad. The former BYU product was used as a runner Brian Burns Jersey , a passer, a receiver, a returner and a special teams’ guy this past season in helping the Saints reach the NFC title game.Against the Giants in a 33-18 win last season, Hill ran four times for 28 yards, threw a fourth-down pass out of a punt formation for 10 yards and a first down and handed off to Alvin Kamara out of a shotgun formation on a 9-yard touchdown run. His passing and running also contributed two field goals.“That was one of the things he talked to me about,” Dungey said Friday of his conversation with Shurmur after the draft.Dungey has a lot to offer. In 39 games for the Orange over the past four seasons, the Lake Oswego, Oregon, resident threw for 9,340 yards with 58 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. He also ran for 1,993 yards and 35 touchdowns.When the Giants released their roster for the camp , it wasn’t surprising the 6-foot-4, 226 pound Dungey was listed as a quarterback/tight end.Winning the quarterback job will be tough. Two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning is back, and New York chose Daniel Jones of Duke with the No. 6 pick overall last week. Kyle Lauletta, a fourth-round pick last year, also is on the roster along with veteran Alex Tanney.Dungey would have to start at No. 5 on the depth chart.“I just want to be able to compete, that’s what makes me the best,” Dungey said. “Daniel is a great quarterback but like I said, coach offered me an opportunity to play multiple positions and a chance to play quarterback. If I can do that and learn the offense to the best of my ability, I am looking forward to doing everything I can to help out.”While excited about the opportunity, Dungey’s heart was torn Friday. He was thinking of his father, Tim.“He was just diagnosed with cancer yesterday Will Grier Jersey ,” Dungey said. “It’s been rough. We are just hoping for the best. I know he is a strong guy, so he is going to pull through.”Dungey said doctors found something in his father’s kidney and need to conduct more tests.“He is a huge part of my life,” Dungey said. “He has just made me the man I am today, and my mom. I always looked up to my dad growing up. He was someone who played football, basketball and baseball. He has just been a great role model. No matter what adversity he faces he always just cares about us and pushes through it.”Eric Dungey is taking a similar approach to the NFL. He knows as a free agent he can be cut at any time. He has to give it his best every second.“”I’m just kind of living in the moment,” Dungey said. “I am just kind of putting my nose down. I feel when I can look back on it I may be able to embrace it more. Right now, it’s just a job and I am trying to make a name for myself.”
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