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« on: August 21, 2019, 01:50:41 AM »
EAGAN newbielink: [nonactive] , Minn. (AP) Irv Smith Jr. began playing football in eighth grade. Becoming a tight end was only a matter of time.The son of former NFL tight end Irv Smith had plenty of footballs, helmets and trophies in the house to steer him toward the sport. Some simple advice from his father, who played five of his seven seasons in the league with New Orleans after being drafted in the first round in 1993, helped him settle at the same position.滴e said, 塑ou can either be a slow receiver or a fast tight end,' Smith said. 的 went with being a fast tight end, and it worked out.乃he Minnesota Vikings selected the Alabama standout with the 50th overall pick in the second round on Friday night, adding another potential field-stretching pass-catcher for quarterback Kirk Cousins.The Vikings then fueled up for the final four rounds on Saturday by making four separate trades with their third-rounder, finally picking Boise State running back Alexander Mattison with the 102nd overall selection. The deals with Detroit, Seattle, the New York Jets and Baltimore netted them an additional four selections for the weekend and gave them nine picks for the third day.The Vikings selected North Carolina State center Garrett Bradbury in the first round on Thursday, shoring up their greatest need: the interior of the offensive line. They targeted Mattison as a big-bodied replacement for Latavius Murray and complement to Dalvin Cook, adding a player who had 40 carries for 200 yards in the Mountain West conference championship game against Fresno State.After finishing 20th in yards and 19th in points last season newbielink: [nonactive] , the Vikings needed some help for the offense, a fact even their defensive-minded coach Mike Zimmer could readily acknowledge, even if he was irritated by general manager Rick Spielman痴 insistence on trading down four times.滴e was ready to unplug the phones again like he is every year, Spielman said.Smith became the fourth Alabama tight end drafted in the last eight years, with O.J. Howard the most recent by Tampa Bay in the first round in 2017. With the Crimson Tide, Smith played sparingly as a freshman in 2016 while Howard was still a primary cog in the offense.For the 2017 national champions, Smith became more involved with 14 catches for 128 yards and three touchdowns. Then last year as a junior, he flourished with 44 receptions for 710 yards and seven scores. Smith ran the 40-yard dash in 4.63 seconds at the NFL scouting combine, the fourth-fastest among tight ends, and he was the third player off the board at his position after Iowa teammates T.J. Hockenson (eighth overall to Detroit) and Noah Fant (20th overall to Denver) went in the first round.展e can line him up wide. We can line him up in tight. We can use him in the backfield. He has a lot of versatility, Vikings director of college scouting Jamaal Stephenson said. 展e want to be more explosive on offense.尿nd as a run blocker?滴e痴 OK. He痴 a work in progress, more from that standpoint, but he痴 certainly tough enough and willing newbielink: [nonactive] , which are the two things you look for to project improvement, Stephenson said.The Vikings have Kyle Rudolph and David Morgan for that, for now. The ninth-year veteran Rudolph has not missed a game in five seasons, is a bulwark in the community, has two Pro Bowl selections on his resume and is coming off a strong 2018, but he痴 in the final year of his contract with a $7.625 million salary cap hit. Smith痴 presence could make Rudolph expendable, should the Vikings seek more space under the cap.鄭ll the best tight ends in the NFL and all the greats, they池e able to do both, run block and make plays in the passing game, so it opens a lot for you and it helps a team in all phases of the game, Smith said.Make no mistake, though. He痴 here to create a mismatch by lining up in the slot and giving defenses concerned about wide receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs pause about who to cover him with.的 believe no linebacker or safety one-on-one can stay with me, and I知 going to keep proving to people that痴 how I feel newbielink: [nonactive] , Smith said. PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers aren稚 surprised by the success of second-year running back James Conner.Conner continues to shine in the spotlight while two-time All-Pro running back Le歎eon Bell remains away from the team. Conner enjoyed a history-making day, accounting for more than 200 all-purpose yards during the Steelers 33-18 home win against Cleveland on Sunday.滴e痴 doing what he痴 been doing the whole time, Steelers right guard David DeCastro said. 滴e痴 keeping his head down and running really hard. He痴 a fun guy to block for.韮ell, who finished as the NFL痴 third-leading rusher last season, still has not reported nor signed his one-year, $14.5 million franchise tender.Conner has taken full advantage while Bell has been away.He finished Sunday痴 game with 212 all-purpose yards, just 25 fewer than the Browns totaled as a team. Conner, a 2017 third-round pick, rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught five passes for 66 yards.的知 just doing what I love to do, Conner said. 笛ust trying to be in the right spots for (quarterback) Ben (Roethlisberger) with the check-downs in the passing game, and just trying to put the ball in the right spots in the right game.禰e also made history while he was at it.Conner is the first Steeler to rush for at least 100 yards and two touchdowns in three straight games. He eclipsed 100 yards rushing for the third straight game and fifth time this season.滴e did a lot of good things (against Cleveland), running the ball and catching the ball for us, Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey said. 滴e just looks good all the way around and runs the ball hard. He takes it very seriously and his preparation is very good. I can稚 say enough about him.年ow newbielink: [nonactive] , the rest of the league is taking notice.Conner痴 nine touchdowns rank second in the NFL and his 599 rushing yards are third. Conner, a former University of Pittsburgh standout, is also tied for the most touchdown runs, and has the second-most yards from scrimmage 922 through the first seven games of a season in team history.的 had a front-row seat for his college exploits, so we are not surprised by his talents, play, demeanor, or his displays of will, said Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, whose team shares a practice facility with Pitt.Conner rushed for 135 yards, gained 192 all-purpose yards and finished with two scores during the season opener at Cleveland. He has 281 yards rushing, 404 all-purpose and four touchdowns in two games against the Browns.It wasn稚 easy for Conner on Sunday: Conner had 36 yards rushing on his first 12 carries. But on his next 12, Conner added 110 yards rushing. By the third quarter newbielink: [nonactive] , the fans at Heinz Field were chanting his name 鼎ON-NER, 任ON-NER, when he finished the period with 114 all-purpose yards.的知 proud of him, Roethlisberger said. 的t was so much fun to watch him go and work and be successful and hear the crowd love on him.任onner didn稚 allow the slow start to affect his play.典hings aren稚 going to go our way the whole game, Conner said. 添ou just have to have patience. We just wanted to stay focused and locked in.任onner enjoyed a strong finish with 60 of 75 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown, during a third-quarter scoring drive that gave the Steelers an 11-point lead. He added a 22-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.的t痴 just a moment that we have to take advantage of late in the game, Conner said. 展e have the ball, trying to run the clock out and we need first downs. We池e just trying to move those chains and stay on the field.任onner seeks a strong finish to the season, of course.的知 just trying to be a better back every week, Conner said. 的知 just running hard.