Barca full-back Vidal open to Roma switch

first_imgTransfers Barcelona full-back Vidal open to Roma switch Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 20:45 12/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Aleix Vidal Barcelona 2017 Getty Images Transfers Roma Barcelona Primera División Serie A The player’s agent says, despite scoring in the recent Clasico, a move away from Camp Nou would be of appeal and that there is interest from Italy Barcelona full-back Aleix Vidal would welcome an approach from Roma, according to his agent.Vidal completed the scoring in Barca’s dominant 3-0 win over Real Madrid last weekend but the defender has only started three La Liga games under Ernesto Valverde this season.The 28-year-old is reported to be on Roma’s radar and his representative Ruggero Lacerenza would welcome a reunion with former Sevilla director of football Monchi at the Stadio Olimpico. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “It is true, there is interest from Roma,” Lacerenza told Tele Radio Stereo.”Aleix is ​​a very high-level player and it would be good to meet with Monchi, since they worked well together in Seville and had a good personal relationship.”Vidal has also been linked to Atletico Madrid and Lacerenza added: “Aleix is ​​happy to play in Spain, but that does not mean he would not like to try other leagues or other clubs.”The important thing is that the two clubs agree on the terms, but for us a loan agreement is a possible solution.”last_img read more

Punter Zach Sinor Launches His Heisman Campaign

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. I don’t want PFB to take too much credit here, but we’ve been tweeting and talking about this for nearly a year now, and it finally happened. Zach Sinor officially launched his Heisman Trophy campaign this week with Oklahoma State’s blessing. What a world.Mason Rudolph can have his 4,000-yard seasons, James Washington can have his 20-TD outings, I just want to see Sinor next to Nick Chubb and Jalen Hurts in New York come December. Sinor4Heisman4Ever.After being left off the Ray Guy Award list in 2016, @ZachSinor29 is thinking big this year. Real big. #Sinor4Heisman #okstate #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/htS0eZPtVs— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) June 28, 2017AdChoices广告last_img read more

100 Days of Summer: Get to Know No. 59 Matt Hockett

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. We’ve made it to No. 59 in our summer-long countdown. Next up, an unheralded but extremely important specialist.How he got to OSUThe all-state punter from Norman High School grew up in Sooner country. In fact, his father holds a long-time administrative position at OU. But that didn’t deter the younger Hockett from accepting a chance to join Oklahoma State as a preferred walk-on. Like many kickers, Hockett was a two-sport prep star in both football and soccer.What he’s done in StillwaterSince arriving on campus, Hockett has served as backup punter to Zach Sinor and got his turn at kickoffs before Matt Ammendola claimed kickoff duties early last season. As a redshirt freshman in 2015, Hockett got spot detail at kickoffs and attempted one field goal and one extra point.AdChoices广告Role in 2017With Ammendola gunning for the place-kicking job vacated by Ben Grogan, Hockett may get another crack at kickoffs. Either way, he could be a rolled ankle away from either punting or kicking in either role. Every team needs a competent backup for their specialists.Noteworthy stats and highlightsAt Norman High School, Hockett was an all-state selection in both soccer and football. He averaged 43.3 yards per punt and 38 of his 45 kickoffs were downed in the opponent’s end zone.last_img read more

OSU’s Offense Needs to Improve in Red Zone Scoring

first_img20134.8610-3 Texas552193.98 YearRZ PassingRZ Pass TDsRZ INTsRZ Rushing TDsRZ TripsTotal RZ TDs 20094.439-4 Kansas321324.12 Iowa State411864.54 20164.5210-3 The 2010-2013 squads were very good which shouldn’t be a surprise because those teams had better offensive lines and, consequently, better running games. The outlier was that forgettable 2014 offense whose inconsistency along the offensive line was only outweighed by its inconsistency at quarterback. Zac Veatch started at guard.Aside from 2014, last year was the worst since 2009 in PPR. That decline can be partially attributed to the lack of a J.W. Walsh who was an ultra-efficient 10-of-22 (77.3 percent) with eight touchdowns and no interceptions in the red zone. He also added 13 rushing touchdowns inside the 20.Walsh called his own number 55 times (passing or running it himself) in the red zone in 2015 and came out with 21 touchdowns to show for it. Last year, Rudolph’s numbers were 68 snaps (excluding hand-offs) for 18 touchdowns and an interception. Nothing against QB1. That’s just not his game. The fact that he got close to Walsh’s numbers is actually kind of remarkable.Now that’s not to say this current version of the offense can’t be effective. It’s just a matter of playing to your potential and your personnel. Here’s the balance of red-zone scores the last two seasons. Oklahoma State may have the best offense in the Big 12. There’s a case to be made for best in the country.Let’s take inventory. You’ve go a senior Heisman candidate under center, a Biletnikoff favorite to one side and a bevy of skilled receivers to the other. An improved offensive line with returning starters and a big-time grad transfer to clear the way for a record-setting Freshman All-American running back who led all rookies in rushing yards last year.But in order to replicate (or exceed) the results of that landmark 2011 season, the offense will have to be elite. When asked about what he and the offense can do to get there, Mason Rudolph didn’t mince words.AdChoices广告“You can always be better in the red zone and the score zone,” said Rudolph. “There’s a lot of times last year, fade balls and incompletions there and different schemes. Decision-making is so key down there.“The ability to extend the play and get a couple of those scramble drill points down there in the score zone is key, and that’s something we’ve worked on.”Rudolph hit the nail right on the head. It’s an understated issue with an otherwise efficient offense. And it’s one that the Cowboys would like to improve on during fall camp.Last year, we talked about a stat I call points per red-zone attempt or “PPR.” It dives deeper into red-zone effectiveness than simple red-zone efficiency — the percentage of red-zone attempts that end in scores. “PPR” takes into account red-zone touchdowns over red-zone field goals. Simply put, six points are better than three. We take total points scored in the red zone and divide them by number of red-zone attempts.Here’s a look at each Big 12 team last season. 20154.7510-3 Baylor602434.05 20104.8711-2 Oklahoma592794.73 20084.749-4 Rudolph is never going to be J.W. Walsh — and that’s quite alright. There are other ways to be efficient in enemy territory. And fortunately for Rudolph his biggest boost in this department is 6-foot-4 and has been on a one-year hiatus.In 2015, Marcell Ateman caught five passes in the red zone and four of them ended with six points. Chris Lacy also fits that role going a perfect 3-for-3 in the red zone last season. Jalen McCleskey, James Washington, Tyron Johnson. We know all the playmaking receivers at Rudolph’s disposal.Add in cowboy backs Britton Abbott and Sione Finefeuiaki who could play the punch-it-in fullback role and Keenen Brown who is another option in the passing game and Rudolph has no shortage of weapons once he sniffs the goal line.There’s not one simple answer and not one simple change. Maybe it comes from a natural progression in the offense. Either way, Oklahoma State needs to be better when it gets within striking distance and that could make all the difference in 2017. 201628/50 – 56%141296943 West Virginia572374.12 YearPPRRecord 20124.798-5 Oklahoma State693124.52 TeamRed-Zone TripsRed-Zone PointsPPR Kansas State623004.84 201540/70 – 57.1%200206040 TCU602434.05 20144.217-6 Texas Tech633094.90 As we see here, Oklahoma State was right in the middle of the pack in 2016. Tech, unsurprisingly, was very good thanks to its offensive system and Pat Mahomes. Kansas was right behind Oklahoma State but only made 32 trips into the red zone all season (yikes) to OSU’s league-leading 69.To put it into perspective, here’s a look at some prior years’ numbers for Oklahoma State. 20114.6112-1 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Neymar proud of PSG despite CL exit

first_imgPSG v Real Madrid Neymar proud of PSG despite Champions League exit Sacha Pisani 12:26 7/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Edinson Cavani Kylian Mbappe PSG Real Madrid Champions League PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU PSG v Real Madrid Neymar Real Madrid PSG UEFA Champions League Recovering from surgery on his fractured foot, the Brazilian watched his side lose to Los Blancos but was upbeat after the match Neymar praised the efforts of Paris Saint-Germain as the injured star watched the French giants bow out of the Champions League against Real Madrid.Recovering from surgery on his fractured foot, Neymar was helpless as a 10-man PSG lost 2-1 at home to the reigning champions in the return leg of their last-16 tie on Tuesday.Marco Verratti was sent off in the second half at the Parc des Princes, where PSG crashed to a 5-2 aggregate defeat. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The loss brought about a wave of negative response from PSG players, with  Julian Draxler “angry” at home the game was managed . Defender  Marquinhos also showed his frustration, claiming that PSG “can’t win this competition right now” and that the side will have to “be more mature and have more experience” to contend in Europe’s top competition. Despite those comments and PSG’s exit, Neymar took to Twitter to tell his team-mates how proud he was of their effort.”I am sad for defeat, much sadder for not being in the field helping my companions!!” he wrote. “What makes me proud is to see everyone’s effort. Congratulations my guys, ALLEZ PARIS.”Estou triste pela derrota, muito mais triste por não estar em campo ajudando meus companheiros!! O que me deixa orgulhoso é ver o esforço de todos. Parabéns mon gars, ALLEZ PARIS  pic.twitter.com/wIUiA0nPkw — Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) March 6, 2018 Ligue 1 leaders PSG are back in action on Saturday, when Unai Emery’s men host Metz.last_img read more

Ederson not getting carried away by treble talk

first_imgBasel ‘We will only celebrate when we are champions’ – Ederson not getting carried away by treble talk Alex Fisher 00:01 8/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ederson cropped Getty Images Basel Manchester City v Basel Manchester City UEFA Champions League The Brazilian goalkeeper admits that the players are eager to remain focused on the challenges ahead rather than bask in their previous victories Manchester City may be champions elect and favourites to win a treble, but Ederson insists their focus will not slip.Having already lifted the EFL Cup, City are 16 points clear of second-placed Manchester United in the Premier League – meaning they are rapidly closing in on a first league title of Pep Guardiola’s reign.In the Champions League, City thrashed Basel 4-0 in the first leg of their round-of-16 tie and are expected to coast into the quarter-finals on Wednesday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp All the talk of a treble has been played down by goalkeeper Ederson, though, who insists complacency will not creep into the City camp in the closing weeks of the campaign.”The players are very calm and all we’re thinking of is to keep doing our best, keep our concentration and the momentum going,” he told the Man City website.”We will only celebrate when we are champions and not before.”We are focused on our next challenge now, the Champions League, but we can’t feel comfortable at all, we must always be careful and doubtful.”For us the key is to keep on working hard to be focused, like we have been doing this season, that’s how we get to win games.”Ederson has been a revelation for City since arriving from Benfica, usurping Claudio Bravo and establishing himself as number one – keeping 13 clean sheets in the league along the way.”I am feeling very well and the whole team too,” he added. “We are playing amazing football.”last_img read more

Position Preview: OSU’s Running Back Depth Goes Beyond the Chuba Show

first_imgWe’re in Week 2 of our position previews, and this week we’ll take a look at a group that gives OSU fans a lot to be excited about.Oklahoma State’s running backs have been a point of pride for the team of the past few seasons with the stable’s skill and depth. The group definitely has skill in Chuba Hubbard. There is a lot of potential behind him, but that potential is a bit unproven for now. Let’s get into it.QB previewThe RB RoomA running back unit that lost Justice Hill and J.D. King might be thought to be in rough shape, but John Wozniak’s group still looks solid. Apart from Chuba Hubbard and LD Brown, the group is untested at the D-I level, but there is depth there without a doubt.LD Brown (R-Jr.): One of two returning members of the four-headed beast that was OSU’s running back unit in 2018, LD Brown played in 10 games last season but had only 163 yards. Seventy-seven of those yards came on a touchdown run against Missouri State.Micah Cooper (R-Jr.): Micah Cooper is the latest in a long line of players to come to Stillwater from NEO. A walk-on, Cooper originally went to D-II Henderson State out of Madill High School.Deondrick Glass (Fr.): Deondrick Glass comes to OSU as the 2019 recruiting class’ 13th-ranked running back. At Katy High School (TX), Glass ran for 4,964 yards and 82 touchdowns in his final three seasons. In his senior season alone, he ran for 1,951 yards and 30 touchdowns. He comes to OSU after having offers from Alabama, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, Georgia, LSU, Miami, USC and a lot of others.Chuba Hubbard (R-So.): Chuba Hubbard took over as OSU’s RB1 early in last season’s Bedlam game after Justice Hill went down with injury, and Hubbard was fantastic. In his first year of college football, he ran for 740 yards and seven touchdowns on 124 carries. In three of the Cowboys’ final four games, Hubbard surpassed the 100-yard mark. He is still an underclassman, but he has the hype of a junior or senior entering the 2019 season.Dezmon Jackson (Jr.): Last season at Hutchinson Community College, Dezmon Jackson ran for 1,216 yards and 13 touchdowns on 163 characters. He was the 15th-ranked running back in the 2019 juco class. Jackson is the cousin of Baltimore Ravens running back Kenneth Dixon.Jahmyl Jeter (R-Fr.): A power back, Jahmyl Jeter saw some special teams work in the Liberty Bowl, but he is still waiting for his first collegiate carry. Jeter ran for 4,008 yards and 48 touchdowns in his last three seasons at Brennan High School (TX), including a 1,033-yard, 16-touchdown senior season.Mbari Snoddy (R-Fr.): A walk-on who redshirted in 2018, Mbari Snoddy ran for 1,218 yards and scored 20 total touchdowns as a high school senior at Edmond Santa Fe in 2017.2019 ExpectationsThis season will be the first full year of the Chuba Hubbard Show.Hubbard is the undoubted starter heading into his redshirt sophomore season, but behind him is where things get interesting. It looks like LD Brown, Jahmyl Jeter, Dezmon Jackson and Deondrick Glass will all compete for reps behind Hubbard.Glass is probably the most intriguing of the group given how highly regarded he was as a recruit, but he has the least experience and the other three were all participating in spring practices. With that said, Mike Gundy hasn’t ruled the freshman out as a contributor, going against what some would see as his liberal use of the redshirt over the past few seasons.“If he’s in good shape, he’s got skill,” Gundy said this spring. “Three weeks in August is all about durability and ‘Can I pick up the system?’ His skill set says if he can pick the system up and if he’s durable to make it through, he could play a role, too. If he is, you play him. You don’t really redshirt guys like that much anymore.”Unless one guy stood out behind closed doors this spring, it’s tough to say who will get the majority of Hubbard’s leftover work. It’s probably something that will get worked out in the early parts of the season before Big 12 play.Position StrengthsChuba Hubbard is legit.The Canadian flash’s ceiling is being one of the top running backs in the country, and his floor looks like it’s averaging 100 yards a game, which is an awesome floor. Durability was an unknown for Hubbard last year, but he stayed solid through the four games he was the Cowboys’ featured back.He also looks to have a solid supporting cast. In a state of transfers in college athletics, OSU has done an excellent job maintaining a solid stable of backs, a stable that survived a junior turning pro and a transfer.Often running backs are only as good as their offensive lines, and luckily for Hubbard and Co., the Cowboys’ line also looks to be going forward.Position WeaknessesIt’s easy to think the group has solid depth, but it’s honestly an unknown until it’s seen in live action.Apart from Hubbard and Brown, no one in the position group has taken a Division-I handoff before. If everything turns out how it expected, the Cowboys will have a bit of an embarrassment of riches in the backfield, but we won’t know for sure until at least Aug. 30. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Tylan Wallace Named to AP Preseason All-America Team

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Tylan Wallace ended his breakout sophomore season as a second-team AP All-American. He’ll begin his junior season as a preseason AP All-American.Wallace is one of only two receivers on the AP’s preseason All-America team, which was released on Tuesday. The other: Alabama star Jerry Jeudy, who won the Biletnikoff Award over Wallace last season.Biletnikoff is the expectation for Wallace, who was snubbed last year from the award despite logging nearly 20 more receptions and 100 more yards receiving than Jeudy. If he’s able to put up similar stats as last year, he could exercise his right as a student-athlete to forgo his remaining college eligibility and enter the NFL draft. He’s on the radar, but Chris Trapasso of CBS says that possibility isn’t a done deal just yet.Last season in Stillwater, Wallace debuted as the Cowboys’ go-to target with 86 catches for 1,491 yards with 12 touchdowns. His receiving-yard market share was 37%. That’s a hefty figure for a receiver prospect in his final season in college. Wallace registered that as a 19-year-old redshirt sophomore.Oklahoma State runs a classic Air Raid system in which its wideouts are utilized on a variety of routes off the vertical stem. Wallace thrived getting down the field last year and flashed outstanding leaping ability and ball skills to come down with a plethora of passes in tight overage. Wallace looks like a 40-plus inch vertical type of wideout.His game is almost solely predicated on his long speed. While not someone who takes forever to get into top gear, he’s not a burst/twitch wideout and is most effective moving North-South. With more of a physical nature at the line, Wallace can further his game as one of the premier downfield receivers in this loaded class. [CBS Sports]Oklahoma State has had nearly 20 consensus All-Americans in its history, and receiver is the most repetitive spot it has claimed the honor. Justin Blackmon was a two-time consensus All-American, in 2010 and 2011. Dez Bryant (2008), Hart Lee Dykes (1988), James Washington (2017) and Rashaun Woods (2002) were all consensus All-Americans as well.last_img read more

Final Notes and Thoughts from Oklahoma State’s 42-Point Win on Saturday

first_imgI posted my 10 thoughts here, but it’s time to empty out the notes before moving on to the NFL Tulsa and settling in for the season. Here are a few notes, thought, tidbits and nuggets I had in my 📓 on Saturday evening.• The announcers were talking about A.J. Green as a pro as if this was a surefire thing. I love A.J., but … I don’t know that he’s a pro. Could be if everything breaks the right way and he lands in a good situation, but it’s far from the kind of bet these announcers were making it out to be.• McNeese on the back of the jersey doesn’t have the same effect as Army on the back of the jersey, does it?• What are the swagger power rankings right now for this OSU team? I think mine after 120 minutes of football look like this.1. Harvell-Peel2.3.4.5. Moore6. SandersI can’t get enough of KHP. If we want to talk about pros, let’s talk about pros. I also can’t get enough of C.J. Moore. Feels like we’re going to look back on OSU having Moore and Tylan at the same time and think, “Well, I’m not sure we even realized what we had there.”• I’m sorry — I don’t hate the grays — but you can’t wear gray this early in the season when it’s this hot. Every t-shirt wearing human knows you absolutely cannot go light or even medium gray on a tight shirt when it’s 90+ unless you want pit circles the size of hula hoops.• OSU has won 65 straight when holding opponents under 20. Last time they lost was the first game of the 2003 season when Nebraska got ’em 17-7. Can you imagine scoring only 7 points on Nebraska these days?• I loved this GIF.Pokes.gif• Chuba pausing and dancing in the backfield for 0.5 seconds while reading the line has to give DCs heart attacks. He doesn’t do it on every run, but there were a few where he briefly hit the pause button, and it felt like a funny car revving its engine to 945 MPH or whatever they go to. Give me more.• Redwine-Bryant has to lay out to score on the pick. This is your moment, my man! That stonewall probably hurt at the time, but it’s going to hurt a lot more when he watches the film with his buddies and coaches this week.• McNeese’s drive chart is incredible.Screen Shot 2019-09-08 at 7.40.35 AM.png• Remember when Deondrick Glass committed to Oklahoma State and followed that up by saying he was going to win the Heisman. I’d like to see him just win the RB3 spot on the depth chart at this point!• How do I make this my Twitter photo?Sanders.gif• I’ll always think Micah Cooper is Desmond Roland.• I love it when the offense runs everyone opposite of Jelani and Sanders. That’s terrifying. There was a play in the first half near the goal line where Chuba and everyone else went left, Sanders and Jelani went right and Tylan was doing Tylan stuff on the edge. Sean Gleeson figuring out the permutations there like …• Mike Gundy is now 15-0 in home openers, and Oklahoma State is 34-5 in its last 39 non-con games.• Dru Brown shouts Marcus Dove.Sep-07-2019 20-22-10.gif• OSU is 9-for-9 in the red zone so far this season.• OSU had four passes of 50+ yards on Saturday, good enough to lead the nation after two weeks based on that performance alone.Screen Shot 2019-09-08 at 7.02.31 AM.png While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

NFL Season Primer: What to Know About the Pro Pokes Ahead of the 2019 Season

first_imgRussell OkungLos Angeles Chargers Blake JarwinDallas Cowboys Justice HillBaltimore Ravens Chris CarsonSeattle Seahawks PlayerTeam James WashingtonPittsburgh Steelers Mason RudolphPittsburgh Steelers Chris LacyDetroit Lions Other NewsVincent Taylor: The third-year D-tackle was cut in a somewhat head-scratching move by the Miami Dolphins. He has dealt with a couple of injuries over his two NFL seasons, but in the 21 games he’s appeared in he’s graded well. It’s probably just a matter of time before he finds a team willing to give him a shot.Update: It appears Taylor may get a chance to team up with another former Cowboy/Louisiana native in Tyron.Per source, former Dolphins DT Vincent Taylor visited the Bills today. The 2017 6th round pick was a surprise cut Monday — not known as a pass rusher but is effective against the run— Marcel Louis-Jacques (@Marcel_LJ) September 4, 2019Brandon Weeden: The former OSU record-setter was not renewed by the Texans for 2019, but he was one of several QBs that Indianapolis worked out for the backup spot behind Jacoby Brissett. But it looks like the Colts went with another former Browns/Texans passer in Brian Hoyer.Lenzy Pipkins: The third-year cornerback was cut by the Browns following a back injury that hampered him during the preseason. But he was reportedly one of six DBs worked out by the New England Patriots on Tuesday.Below is a list of each former Cowboy that is currently signed to a team.Active Former Cowboys in the NFL“P” is for practice squad. “IR” for injured reserve. Michael HunterKansas City Chiefs Tre FlowersSeattle Seahawks Emmanuel OgbahKansas City Chiefs The NFL season kicks off on Thursday night and there is a growing list of former Cowboys to try to keep up with.Let’s take a look at a couple of the top storylines surrounding these OSU alums heading into opening week as well as how to follow each. First, the headlines.James Washington Appears Ready for Bigger RoleThe second-year wideout had an impressive preseason racking up 10 catches for 208 yards and two scores in four games while hauling in 62.5 percent of his targets. With the Steelers in need of playmakers in the absence of Antonio Brown, Washington should have every opportunity to push for a starting role if not more.Mason Rudolph Earns QB2It may not be the goal for most second-year quarterbacks, but QB2 is right where Mason Rudolph wanted to be. At least that was the best he could expect with Ben Roethlisberger occupying the top of the Steelers’ quarterback depth chart.After spending his rookie season behind Josh Dobbs, Rudolph got the better of the third-year passer this preseason and will be backing up Big Ben. Now Rudolph is one play away and should see the field in some capacity for the first time.Justice Hill Primed for Reps as a RookieThe Ravens’ fourth-round pick appears destined for a significant role as a rookie following his impressive preseason. Behind Mark Ingram, it will be some combination of Justice Hill and Gus Edwards filling the reserve role and third-down duties. Hill is the more talented pass-catcher among the two and has most upside as a playmaker of all three.Kevin Peterson Added to Cardinals RosterJust days after missing the cut for the Rams’ loaded secondary, the former All-Big 12 cornerback was claimed off waivers by the Arizona Cardinals and is listed on the team’s two-deep. It’s good news for Peterson who is just coming off of an ACL injury.In his one start with the Rams in 2017, Peterson racked up eight tackles, two interceptions, five passes defended and a he recovered a fumble. Playing opposite Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury’s up-tempo offense — and with the dearth of defensive talent — Peterson should have ample opportunity to make a name for himself. Practice Squad SigningsTyron Johnson: After narrowly missing the cut for the Houston Texans’ final roster, Tyron landed on his feet in Buffalo. (It stings just a little bit more that former Sooner Kenny Stills likely took Tyron’s spot in Houston.)But he will have a chance to earn an opportunity to carve out a role in Buffalo if he can continue to show off his deep-play threat ability and upside in the return game.Marcel Ateman: For the second straight year, Marcell Ateman missed the cut for the Raiders’ 53-man roster ahead of the season opener. But once again he has found himself on the team’s practice squad.Brad Lundblade: The former Cowboy center was added to the Panthers’ practice squad on Tuesday. He formerly spent time with the Cincinnati Bengals after going undrafted two years ago. Marcell AtemanOakland Raiders (P) Jordan BrailfordWashington Redskins (IR) Kevin PetersonArizona Cardinals Lane TaylorGreen Bay Packers Brad LundbladeCarolina Panthers (P) Dan BaileyMinnesota Vikings While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more