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Сообщение liny195 15 янв 2019, 03:47

safety George Iloka With roster cutdowns still 13 days away New England Patriots T-Shirt , the Cincinnati Bengals already made a surprising move: the team decided to release starting safety George Iloka yesterday, effectively clearing the way for second-round rookie Jessie Bates to take over. Iloka, who spent his entire six-year career with the Bengals, now hits the open market and is projected to be a popular player two weeks into preseason.One of the teams that should at least take a look at the 28-year old are the New England Patriots – even though the squad appears to be relatively set at the safety spot right now. After all, the Patriots have one of the NFL’s better safety trios at their disposal in Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, and Duron Harmon. All three come with plenty of experience and proven qualities against the pass and the run.They clearly do not need to be upgraded, but the depth behind them is suspect: Jordan Richards has been wildly inconsistent when used as a defender, while Eddie Pleasant is no guarantee to win a roster spot. Nate Ebner and de-facto linebacker Brandon King are primarily special teamers; Damarius Travis has failed to show any real progress during his second offseason in the NFL.At least when it comes to defensive contributions New England Patriots Hats , Iloka should be an upgrade over any of them. The former fifth-round draft pick also brings plenty of versatility and experience to the table: Iloka was used all over the formation in Cincinnati, and even though he spent around 60% of his snaps as a deep center fielder – like McCourty and Harmon –, he also is no stranger to lining up closer to the box in a more traditional strong safety role.From the Patriots’ perspective, Iloka would therefore be an intriguing player to possibly add at this point during preseason preparations. However, chances are that they will not be able to do that: Iloka will draw plenty of interest by teams that are not set at the top of their safety position. Furthermore, there are plenty of franchises that have more salary cap available than New England’s $8.6 million.So why should the Patriots still take a look at Iloka, even if the odds of him actually joining the team appear to be slim? One word: knowledge. Bringing the veteran in for a workout should help the team update its file on him, in case it a) opts to pursue Iloka at a later point in time (possibly next year’s free agency), or b) has to face him this season. The opportunity to expand the knowledge about the defensive back is one the Patriots should take advantage of if it presented itself.And New England Patriots Hoodie , who knows, maybe Iloka stays on the open market longer than anticipated – not unlike cornerback Bashaud Breeland, who visited Foxboro two weeks ago – and could turn into a possible emergency call-up option. The more Bill Belichick and company know about him, the better they can judge him in case they crossed paths even if him filling the final roster spot on the 90-man team should not be in the cards at the moment.Surprise: an ex-Steelers defender thinks Pittsburgh will dethrone the Patriots as AFC champions The New England Patriots have been the NFL’s model franchise for the past 18 years. No team has had similar success since Bill Belichick and Tom Brady led the team to its first Super Bowl championship after the 2001 season. Since then, the Patriots have made it back to the game’s biggest stage seven more times – three of which during the last four seasons.Safe to say, the Patriots will again be heavily favored to represent their conference in the Super Bowl this season. According to former NFL safety Ryan Clark, however, 2018 might be the year one of New England’s long-time rivals will dethrone the two-time reigning AFC champions: the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team which employed Clark for eight of his 13 years in the league.Last season Youth Customized New England Patriots Jerseys , the Steelers came close to beating the Patriots in the regular season but never got the chance for a postseason rematch. Seeded as the number two team in the AFC, Pittsburgh imploded in the divisional playoff round and was defeated by the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars – a team that went on to face the Patriots in Foxboro and subsequently finish the year as the runner-ups in the conference.This year, Clark sees the Steelers get over the hump that is the Jaguars and more prominently the Patriots as he told Adam Schefter on his podcast:The Steelers certainly have a very good team that looks similar to the one that finished the 2017 season with a 13-3 record and top eight in both scoring offense and scoring defense. So naturally, Pittsburgh will be in contention for the AFC title yet again – and Clark’s prediction, despite his obvious connection with the club, is actually one that could turn out to be true after all.However, history is not on his side: with Tom Brady starting, the Patriots have played 13 games versus Pittsburgh. Only two of those games were won by the Steelers, and none of them over the last six years. All streaks must come to an end at one point www.thepatriotsfootballauthentic.com , of course, but as long as Brady does not show signs of slowing down, he and his team should still be favored to emerge victoriously at any given time.But who knows, maybe the Steelers will never run into the Patriots in the first place – which is exactly what happened when the team won its lone two Super Bowls of the salary cap era: in both 2005 and 2008, Pittsburgh did not have to cross paths with New England to get to the title game. Maybe 2018 will be the same. The odds of that happening do not look too good, though, when judged by historic precedent.
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