Wilson shows off his arm and other offensive observations from Saturday’s FanFest scrimmage

first_img Related Stories Estime misses FanFest, rehabs sprained ankle during scrimmageFreshman linebackers impress and other defensive observations from Saturday’s FanFestShafer expresses happiness with turnout at FanFest Published on August 9, 2014 at 8:14 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Quarterbacks lined up in shotgun on every play, there were few huddles and there certainly wasn’t any waiting for the defense.The Syracuse offense stuck to the expected hurry-up scheme at the FanFest intra-squad scrimmage at SU Soccer Stadium on Saturday, and here are five takeaways from what it did. 1. Screens, screens, screensThere are only so many ways to throw a screen pass, and the Orange offense worked out every last option on just about every last play. Running backs were in motion on almost every play when Terrel Hunt was on the field — whether it was seniors Prince-Tyson Gulley and Adonis Ameen-Moore, junior George Morris II or freshman Ervin Phillips — and the screen served as both a first option and safety valve. Both wideouts and slot receivers also collected a bevy of screen passes. Screens were almost all that freshman A.J. Long threw while in the game. The SU offense didn’t seem to want to show too much in a live, open scrimmage, but the combination of tempo and speed suggests that the screens are here to stay.2. Austin Wilson, backup quarterback battle AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAside from Hunt — who connected on two deep balls to Jarrod West and another to Sean Avant — Austin Wilson was the only other quarterback who found success. A.J. Long was the first to relieve Hunt and seemed flustered by the pass rush. Mitch Kimble gift-wrapped an interception for freshman linebacker Colton Moskal before it went through his hands. Wilson relayed signals to Hunt for the first part of the scrimmage and then showed off his arm in the latter stages. After throwing high to Jeremiah Kobena on a 5-yard button hook, Wilson connected with Kobena for a touchdown that was called back for a make-believe sack. He responded by finding freshman Steve Ishmael for a sizable gain on the next play.Here’s a breakdown of all of the plays the four quarterbacks ran:*Screens are also passes in the chart3. Left tackle depth When Hunt was working with the first-team offense and Sean Hickey manned the left tackle spot, there wasn’t much activity in the backfield. But when Long played with the second-string offensive, Micah Robinson was around the quarterback on almost every snap. The coaching staff whistled plays dead before a quarterback was touched, but Robinson broke through for two would-be sacks in the beginning of the scrimmage and continued to provide pressure throughout the day. He mostly picked on sophomore Jamar McGloster and freshman Denzel Ward, exposing a lack of depth on the left side of the line.4. Sean AvantWith Brisly Estime not at FanFest due to a sprained ankle sustained in practice on Friday, Sean Avant was impressive in the H-back role. SU head coach Scott Shafer said that the offense ran around 70 plays in the scrimmage and Avant was targeted on nine plays. Eight of them were completions. The ninth was an attempted deep ball from Long that was broken up by sophomore safety Chauncey Scissum. Avant’s best play of the day came on a perfectly weighted fade pass from Hunt that hit him right on the left corner of the goal line.5. Jarrod WestThe first play of the scrimmage was a lofted pass to West that he hauled in before being knocked out of bounds. The rest of his day consisted of a lot of shorter passes, much like the rest of the receiving corps, but he did burn newly minted cornerback Corey Winfield for the longest touchdown of the day. West shook Winfield at the line before Hunt hit him in stride, and finished the 40 or so yards by himself. In a day filled with a lot of short gains, if anyone looked like Hunt’s No. 1 option, it was West. Commentslast_img read more

Mets, Betances agree to 1-year deal with 2021 player option

first_img Written By The New York Mets have reached an agreement with free-agent reliever Dellin Betances on a one-year contract with a player option for 2021. The Mets announced the deal with the four-time All Star on Tuesday. Betances is guaranteed $10.5 million under the contract.The 31-year-old, who is from New York, is staying in his hometown after spending his first eight seasons in the majors with the Yankees. He missed most of 2019 because of various injuries. Betances’ season ended after just eight pitches. He tore an Achilles tendon in his first appearance back from a lat injury that had sidelined him since spring training.Betances was the first reliever in baseball history to have 100 or more strikeouts in five consecutive seasons (2014-2018). The right-hander led all major league relievers in strikeouts in each year from 2014-2016. “Dellin is one of the elite relievers in the game with an incredible track record of pitching on the biggest stage and in playoff games,” Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said in a statement.In 2018, Betances made 66 appearances, with a 2.70 ERA and 115 strikeouts in 66 2/3 innings. He has made nine career playoff appearances, with a 3.27 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 11 innings. “I love New York,” Betances said. “I grew up in Manhattan. Went to high school in Brooklyn. Played minor league ball in Staten Island. Made it to the big leagues in the Bronx. Now, I’m excited to go win a World Series with the Mets in Queens.” To make room on the 40-man roster, the Mets designated infielder Sam Haggerty for assignment. COMMENT Last Updated: 25th December, 2019 12:37 IST Mets, Betances Agree To 1-year Deal With 2021 Player Option The New York Mets have reached an agreement with free-agent reliever Dellin Betances on a one-year contract with a player option for 2021. Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVEcenter_img LIVE TV First Published: 25th December, 2019 12:37 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW USlast_img read more


first_imgBILL NEAL :10 Curtis Martin will go into the NFL Hall of Fame as quiet and soft spoken as any man can and for those of us that had the pleasure of knowing him you know two things about Curtis is true. No. 1 He is a soft spoken man and No. 2 he was a tough, quick, no excuse, get it done, never say die, consistent, durable running back. Who among us, who can think back to his days at Allderdice or for that matter at Pitt, thought that he would become one of the top five running backs in Pro Football history? Congratulations Curtis, you deserve all you’ve achieved; and Congrats to you too “Mama Rochella” you played a major role in your son’s success.:09 I am rolling this in at #9 because… If it ain’t the Steelers it don’t matter…but I told ya the Giants would beat New England. Oh shut up and just check your Courier last week and you’ll see it. New York won the game not because of Eli Manning but because they have a tough hardnosed defense and you all know defense wins championships.:08 Speaking of the Super Bowl, I don’t know where you watched the game but you should have been at J.T’s Restaurant at “The Club” in Monroeville. We kicked it off with a special two hour taping of “Champions Live” sports talk show followed up by a great crowd enjoying the game with the best soul food money can buy.:07 Speaking of the club…are you starting to see the flow here? Artistree blew up the Champions First Friday old School Par-tay with their classic old school style, great stage presence and second to none vocals. Then you throw in the unbelievable voice of veteran performer “Chico,” a super talent who got the crowd heated up…not warmed up, the craziness of Pittsburgh comedian “Frog” and of course the fabulous Diamond Models. Now you mix that all together with 250 of our best First Friday supporters and MAN you got a PAR-TAY!!!:06 There’s one way and one way only to stop Lebron James but it’s not legal and you will get jail time. Another 30-point game…Lebron C’MON MAN!:05 It’s a shame that I have to keep reminding you all of this but I do what I have to do. Get out and support your local high school basketball team. The playoffs are coming and “OUR KIDS” need your support so stop with your excuses and get off your “BUTT” and go to the games. And not just one…keep going until they are done!!!:04 Eli Manning now joins a super group of elite quarterbacks that have won two or more Super Bowl MVP’S including Terry Bradshaw, Bart Star, Joe Montana and Tom Brady. What’s wrong with this picture? And for the record I could challenge if Eli was the MVP of the Super Bowl. It could have been running back Ahmad Bradshaw or punter Steve Weatherford.:03 If Coach Herman Edwards knows so much about football how come he didn’t show it when he was coaching. I don’t usually do this but here’s your second… C’MON MAN!!!:02 Pitt Basketball is back, that’s it, I told you they would be.:01 AT THE BUZZER:•Don’t’ miss “Champions Live” sports talk show on PCTV channel 21.•Five Starr Corporation/Champion Enterprises “Tip-Off” Reception at the Cambria Suites Hotel Feb. 17, 6-10 p.m. Meet and greet Pittsburgh’s African-American authors, Artistree and The Fabulous Diamond Models. Cash bar, cash kitchen, free parking, photos with your favorite star. $20 donation celebrating Black History Month.•“Volley With The Stars” volleyball tournament coming soon. Get your team ready for more fun than you can stand. More info coming next week.~Game Over~last_img read more