11 Aug

GLENDALE Ariz — Alex Okafor played defensive end

first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz. — Alex Okafor played defensive end for the University of Texas, but was taken by the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft with the idea that he’d become an outside linebacker.His transition was abruptly halted just three games into his rookie season when he suffered a torn biceps tendon in a loss to the New Orleans Saints. “Just learning the coverages,” Okafor said of the biggest adjustment he needed to make. “I had my hand in the ground basically my whole career at Texas, so just learning the coverages, learning where my help is out there, and kind of getting the scheme down.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Okafor says he’s 100 percent comfortable in his role now, and it has shown on the field. Up to this point — through OTAs, minicamp and a couple days of training camp — the second-year pro has done nothing but impress. He’s getting more reps with John Abraham not in camp due to personal reasons, and he’s making them count. The light, it would appear, has gone on.“He did not make that transition until about OTA 4,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “I was like, ‘Oh, maybe this guy’s a player.’ “We really didn’t see it last year, he got hurt so early, and all of a sudden he’s dropping into space and doing the things that (show) he obviously had done a lot of work, mentally and physically, while he was injured to be ready for this opportunity.”Okafor will have every chance to carve out a key role with the team. After being credited with 23 sacks in his college career — 12.5 of which came his senior season — the expectation is there for him to become a reliable pass rusher. Every team needs them, and the Cardinals could especially use one who is just 23 years old. But with just one tackle in his NFL career, he still very much remains an unproven commodity. There is plenty of hype surrounding him these days, but the position change and injury delayed his chance to showcase what he can do on the field. Now the 6-foot-4, 260-pound Okafor is both healthy and ready.“Obviously missing the whole season man, it kind of gets you itching a little bit, so just getting back out there is a great feeling,” he said. “Sometimes when you’re sitting on the couch you forget you’re a football player. So (I am) getting out there reminding me what I can do, and I’m ready to help the team.” – / 23 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

2 Aug

King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt

first_img King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt Good Night Tee Latest From Our Partners Fedor Reflects On Knockout Loss To Bader Related There’s UFC Heavyweights, And Then There’s Shaq Related Standard BJJ Gi To check out the latest Bellator MMA-related news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive news archive right here. Lockdown duffle bag More: Amanda Nunes’ Biggest Threat? Standard Ranked Rashguard Gloves Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Fight Motion! Watch Holloway, Cyborg Do Work Via Ghost Cam Paramount Network has furnished what it classifies as “early” ratings for the event. The show as a whole averaged 697,000 viewers, with a peak of 1.2 million for the Ryan Bader vs. Fedor Emelianenko fight at 11:34 p.m. ET. Obviously, if the fight had gone longer than 35 seconds there’s a good chance this number would have grown.As for the two fights that preceded it, both of which also ended in the first round, Aaron Pico vs. Henry Corrales peaked at 808,000 viewers (watch it), while Jake Hager vs. J.W. Kiser did slightly better by peaking at 809,000 viewers. ProMax 440 BJJ GI Latest From MMA Warehouse Midnight Mania! Trump Family In The ‘Chaos’ Corner? Sale Apparel Gordon Ryan Competition Kit Did Hendo Ruin Fedor’s Chin Back In 2011? Bellator MMA Bizzy Was Sneaking Needles Into The Toilet For GSP Fight Accessories Top Contenders for Fight of the Year Lights. Out. Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars MMAmania.com Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career More From Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? Bellator 214:“Fedor vs. Bader” took place January 26, 2019 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. The main event saw Ryan Bader destroy Fedor Emelianenko (watch it) to win the Heavyweight Grand Prix and capture his second Bellator MMA world championship. Video: Watch Rogan Lose His Sh*t After Pico KO Loss last_img read more