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Something has to give when the Atlanta Falcons' porous defense faces the New York Giants' sluggish offense on Monday night.The Falcons rank last in third-down percentage دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
, second-worst in scoring average and third-worst in average yards allowed. They've been hit hard by injuries and won't get their defensive captain, middle linebacker Deion Jones, back for another four weeks.New York struggles to sustain drives behind 37-year-old quarterback Eli Manning. He has been sacked 20 times, third-most in the NFL. Star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has complained about the scheme and wants more touches. Injuries have caused problems, too."None of us have played or coached well enough to be where we want to be, so we own that," first-year Giants coach Pat Shurmur said."Outside the building, it's always giving praise and assigning blame. That's the noise that happens outside the building. We correct each play specifically, each situation specifically, each event in a game specifically, with the idea that if a mistake is made, you correct it and move on. The goal is to not have it happen again. That's where it is."The Falcons (2-4) lost starting safeties Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen to season-ending injuries by the third game and were so lacking in depth last week that they lined up star receiver Julio Jones in the secondary on the final play of a narrow win over Tampa Bay.It's a good thing they did. Jones ran toward Jameis Winston after an 11-yard gain and forced the quarterback to lateral. Three more Bucs touched the ball before it bounced out of bounds near the goal line as time expired.For takeaway-starved Atlanta, it was a rare fumble for a defense that's forced just one this season, a ball that bounced out of bounds two weeks ago at Pittsburgh. The team's only fumble recovery came on a fumbled punt return in the opener at Philadelphia."For us it has to be a mindset," linebacker De'Vondre Campbell said. "Right now collectively, we're not getting the job done."The Falcons had two interceptions last week, but they've struggled to bring steady pressure all year. It will help that defensive tackle Grady Jarrett is expected to return from an ankle injury that sidelined him for two games. Atlanta can't afford to keep waiting, though, to knock the ball loose."It just has to be more at the front of our thinking and when we get our chances to own them, we've got to make sure we do that," Atlanta coach Dan Quinn said. "The ball in the passing game — we're making progress there with making interceptions — but we've got a ways to go in terms of forcing fumbles and getting them."New York (1-5) has lost three straight. Despite an outstanding start to the season by rookie running back Saquon Barkley, the Giants were held to 13 points in their previous game, a blowout loss at home to Philadelphia.The team is dealing with some off-field issues, and Manning knows it can get carried away. After New York went 3-13 last season, this year could be headed in the same direction."That's always a challenge," Manning said. "It's just a challenge to try to focus on the things that you can control, and that's us and your assignments دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
, the game, going out there and playing well. Keep the focus on that, and we'll be OK."Giants receiver Sterling Shepard wants to score early and keep the ball away from Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and his solid set of receivers. Jones, Calvin Ridley, Mohamed Sanu and tight end Austin Hooper are as good a foursome as any in the league.Atlanta has scored an average of 34.5 points in four home games."It's just us going out and executing the game plan," Shepard said. "If we can do that, I have no doubt in my mind that we can put up 30 and keep up with the Falcons' offense. They're going to score points, and we have to go into the game with the mentality that we're going to do the same." The next player in our free agent spotlight series would give the Tampa Bay secondary a veteran presence that it sorely needs."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections 2016 NFL DraftInjuriesFree AgencyGame FilmFree Agent Spotlight: CB Morris ClaiborneNew,104commentsThe next player in our free agent spotlight series would give the Tampa Bay secondary a veteran presence that it sorely needs.ESTShareTweetShareShareFree Agent Spotlight: CB Morris ClaiborneVincent Carchietta-USA TODAY SportsThe Buccaneers have been bad on defense for years. Whatever the front office has tried to do to fix that side of the ball in recent years hasn’t worked out in most cases, leaving the team in a place where it needs to make more moves this offseason. Tampa Bay has holes all over the defense, but in today’s free agent spotlight, we’re looking at someone who could be a welcomed presence in the secondary: veteran cornerback Morris Claiborne. There’s familiarity between Claiborne and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, as the two were together with the Jets during the last two seasons. Could Claiborne be following his former coach to Tampa this offseason? Let’s take a look at the possibility.Morris Claiborne’s CareerClaiborne spent 2009-2011 at LSU, starting 26 games over the final two seasons. He was named a unanimous All-American in addition to winning the Jim Thorpe Award and SEC Defensive Player of the Year in his final year with the Tigers. That led to a lot of hype for the 5-foot-11 corner. The Cowboys traded up and selected him sixth overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. Dallas scouts had only one defensive back ever rank higher than Claiborne on their draft board: Deion Sanders. Those expectations are ridiculously high. Unfortunately for both sides, Claiborne never lived up to those expectations in Dallas. In five seasons, he played 47 games. He totaled 151 tackles (126 solo), three tackles for loss, 27 passes defended, four interceptions, four fumble recoveries and a forced fumble. Playing in 47 out of 80 games in five years is definitely disappointing for a top-10 pick, so it’s safe to say the Cowboys’ comparison between Claiborne and Sanders didn’t end well.After disappointing in Dallas, Claiborne signed a one-year deal with the Jets. While with New York, he experienced a bit of a revival as far as health and performance go. In 2017, he racked up 43 tackles (34 solo), one interception and eight passes defended while starting 15 games. From there, he signed a one-year extension with the Jets for the 2018 season. Last year was a career year for the former All-American. He totaled career-highs in tackles(57, 44 solo) دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
, interceptions (two) and passes defended (14). In his two years with New York, Claiborne had 100 tackles (78 solo), three interceptions and 22 passes defended, all while starting 30 of a possible 32 games.Why The Buccaneers Need HimIt’s no secret that Tampa Bay needs help in the secondary. More specifically, the team could use some veteran help. Without getting into the youth at the safety position, you can just tell from the existing cornerbacks on the roster that there isn’t a lot of experience there. With Brent Grimes heading for free agency (or retirement?), the Bucs presumably have Carlton Davis and Vernon Hargreaves III set at the two corner spots right now. Davis is heading into year two, while Hargreaves is going into year four after missing 15 games with an injury in 2018.Simply put, the secondary needs help. Claiborne should be a reasonable option for Tampa Bay. The 29-year-old isn’t one of the top names on the market, but he’s more than serviceable. He would give the secondary a nice veteran presence while Davis continues to develop and the team figures out what it wants to do with fellow 2018 draftee M.J. Stewart.What Will Claiborne Cost?Since his initial four-year rookie contract, Claiborne has only been signed to one-year deals. He signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Cowboys in 2016 before inking a one-year deal worth $5 million with the Jets in 2017. After proving he could stay healthy for a good 15 games, he got a one-year, $7 million contract with New York in 2018. Considering he was healthy for 15 games last year, he could be looking for something in that range and potentially a little higher in 2019. However, with his injury history, he probably won’t be getting a long-term contract at the age of 29. He could get a multi-year deal, but anything more than two years would likely be risky. Projecting Claiborne’s market value is difficult. What he can get likely depends on how the rest of the market shakes out. Pro Football Focus has him ranked as the No. 9 corner in free agency, while Bleacher Report has him at No. 7. If the top corners are getting huge deals, Claiborne might be able to take advantage of it. But if the market moves slow, he could be a steal.Will It Happen?Whether this signing is realistic or not really depends on how the market plays out. The Bucs don’t have a ton of cap space to work with, so if teams are willing to overpay for Claiborne, they aren’t in a good position to compete with that. But if Claiborne comes at a reasonable price tag, Tampa Bay should be interested. Even if the team wants to draft another young corner in April, having Claiborne around would help them develop the youth they have rather than throw the young guys straight into the fire. The veteran’s familiarity with Bowles will help as well. Overall, Claiborne is a guy to keep your eye on this spring.
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