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Former Kansas forward Perry Ellis was waived by the Charlotte Hornets and guard Wayne Selden by the Memphis Grizzlies, the NBA teams announced Saturday.
The two former Jayhawks, who were not selected in the 2016 NBA Draft, were trying to make the 15-man rosters of those particular teams as free agents.
Ellis, a 6-foot-8 native of Wichita, was able to play just four minutes in one preseason game as he rehabbed from Aug. 30 sports hernia surgery. The eighth leading scorer in KU history could ultimately decide to play for the Hornets’ NBA Development League team in Greensboro, N.C., this season. He also could head overseas. The D-League begins play on Nov. 11.
The Hornets also waived guard Rasheed Sulaimon and center Mike Tobey on Saturday.
Selden, a 6-5 guard from Roxbury, Mass., who joined the Grizzlies on Aug. 8, averaged 8.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists while averaging 18.6 minutes in five preseason games. The Grizzlies also waived forwards JaKarr Sampson and D.J. Stephens on Saturday.
Selden also has the overseas option or could wind up with the Grizzlies’ D-League affiliate in Des Moines, Iowa.
Former KU center Jeff Withey, who entered Utah Jazz training camp with a non-guaranteed contract, appears to have made the team. The Jazz cut forward Chris Johnson on Saturday, paring the roster to the maximum number of 15 players.
Withey, a 26-year-old fourth-year pro, averaged 4.3 points and 3.4 rebounds a game for the Jazz last season. He started 10 games. He averaged 12.9 minutes a game in 51 contests. Published reports indicate he is expected to earn $1,016,000 this season.
The 7-foot Withey, who played at KU during 2010-13, is the Jayhawks’ all-time shot blocker leader with 311.
Former KU guard Brannen Greene, an undrafted free agent, will enter the NBA Developmental League draft on Oct. 30 and likely play in the D-League this season, according to Chris Reichert of upsidemotor.com.
Former KU forward Thomas Robinson as of Saturday night was one of three players awaiting word whether he’d made the roster of the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers have 14 guaranteed contracts and reportedly will keep either Robinson, Yi Jianlian or Metta World Peace.
“It’s out of my hands now,” Robinson told the Los Angeles Times. “I feel like I’ve done everything I can to this point to give myself the best shot that I can to make this team. It’s up to the front office now.”
Robinson, 25, has played for five teams in four seasons in the league.
Scott Ward, KU’s associate athletic director for academic and career counseling, is “doing great,” his wife, Robin, indicated Saturday on Facebook. She wrote that Ward, who suffered a tear in his aorta on Oct. 7 and had emergency heart surgery at University of Kansas Hospital, could be moved to an inpatient rehab facility as soon as clearance is given by Scott’s cardiologist.
Wayne Selden Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League. He played college basketball for the University of Kansas. After going undrafted in the 2016 NBA draft, Selden signed with the Memphis Grizzlies on August 8, 2016. He was waived by the Grizzlies on October 22 after appearing in five preseason games, and was subsequently acquired by the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League on October 29, the Grizzlies’ affiliate team.
Perry Ellis is an American professional basketball player. He played college basketball for the University of Kansas. After going undrafted in the 2016 NBA draft, Ellis joined the Dallas Mavericks for the 2016 NBA Summer League. On September 23, 2016, he signed with the Charlotte Hornets, but was waived on October 22 after appearing in one preseason game.
Children decorated sugar skulls and visited an altar honoring great Kansas Citians who have died. Giant marionette skeletons danced among marigolds and flames.
It was all part of a kid-friendly celebration of the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos — Day of the Dead — Sunday afternoon at the Kansas City Museum.
The holiday picnic, hosted by the museum along with the Mattie Rhodes Center, featured performances by Stone Lion Puppet Theatre and the Latin music band Mundo Nuovo, face painting by Sister Act and lawn games with KC Crew. Organized in advance of the Nov. 1-2 holiday, Sunday’s event focused on giving kids a chance to connect with Mexican heritage and enjoy the diverse culture of Kansas City’s Northeast neighborhood, said Paul Gutierrez, director of a recreation at the museum.
“It’s really geared toward kids,” Gutierrez said of Sunday’s event, which was held early to give space to other celebrations, such as the Nov. 6 Día de los Muertos festival at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
“I would say to the kids, it’s about connecting with your ancestors who passed away,” Gutierrez said.
Traditionally a lively, colorful festival, Día de los Muertos celebrates the lives of the dead and comes with its own style of art steeped in themes of life and death. The holiday emerged from a blend of indigenous Mexican traditions and Catholic holidays brought by Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century.
Prominent among the symbols of the holiday are monarch butterflies — for their seasonal migrations that call to mind the circle of life — and marigolds, whose smell is said to bring the spirits of the dead back for the celebration.
For young children interested in the holiday, Gutierrez recommends the 2014 Disney film “The Book of Life,” which tells the story of three Mexican youths navigating life challenges both natural and supernatural.
Sunday’s event was the third annual celebration held jointly by the museum and the Mattie Rhodes Center, which has been organizing Día de los Muertos events for 18 years.
Among the people lined up for the festival Sunday was Reneé Estrada, a Northeast neighborhood native who brought her 10-year-old daughter. The holiday is important to her family, Estrada said.
“I’m trying to keep my daughter in touch with our heritage,” Estrada said. “As you get older, you lose more people who are important to you. And it’s important to honor them and the memories they gave to you.”
The Day of the Dead or Dia de Los Muertos originated centuries ago in Mexico, where it is still widely celebrated to this day. The holiday is a blend of pre-Hispanic indigenous beliefs and Spanish Catholic beliefs.
It is a time of celebration and remembrance of loved ones who have passed away, much like Memorial Day in the United States. It is a festive, joyous time of celebration. Day of the Dead is Mexico’s most important holiday, which means they invest a lot of time and money into celebrating Dia de Los Muertos, moreso than any other holiday.
The Day of the Dead falls on November 1 and 2 of each year, coinciding with the Catholic holidays All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
Although November 2nd is the official date for Day of the Dead, it is celebrated between October 31st and November 2nd. Usually the preparations and some festivities start even earlier than that. So really, the “Day” of the Dead can also be called the “Days” of the Dead, because the holiday spans more than one day.
Traditionally, November 1 is the day for honoring dead children and infants, and November 2 is the day for honoring deceased adults.
LeBron Raymone James became an immediate star after skipping college to join the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers. He led the Miami Heat to NBA titles in 2012 and 2013, and won a third championship with Cleveland in 2016.
He was born on December 30, 1984. He is an American professional basketball player who is a free agent. James has won three NBA championships (2012, 2013, 2016), four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013), three NBA Finals MVP Awards (2012, 2013, 2016), two Olympic gold medals (2008, 2012), and NBA scoring title (2008), and the NBA Rookie of the Year Award (2004). He has also been selected to 12 NBA All-Star teams (named the game’s MVP twice), 12 All-NBA teams, and six All-Defensive teams, and is the Cavaliers’ all-time leading scorer.
As a freshman, James averaged 21 points and 6 rebounds per game for St. Vincent-St. Mary’s varsity team. The Fighting Irish finished the year 27–0, winning the Division III state title. As a sophomore, he averaged 25.2 points and 7.2 rebounds with 5.8 assists and 3.8 steals per game. For some home games during the season, St. Vincent-St. Mary played at the University of Akron’s 5,492-seat Rhodes Arena to satisfy ticket demand from alumni, fans, and college and NBA scouts who wanted to see James play. The Fighting Irish finished the season 26–1 and repeated as state champions. For his outstanding play, James was named Ohio’s Mr. Basketball and was selected to the USA Today All-USA First Team, becoming the first sophomore to do either.
During the Rookie season (2003–04), James was selected with the first overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. In his first professional game, he recorded 25 points against the Sacramento Kings, setting an NBA record for most points scored by a prep-to-pro player in his debut outing. At the conclusion of the season, he was named the NBA Rookie of the Year, finishing with averages of 20.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game. He became the first Cavalier to receive the honor and just the third player in NBA history to average at least 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists per game in his rookie year. The Cavaliers finished the season 35–47, failing to make the playoffs despite an 18-game improvement over the previous year.
During his Rise to superstardom (2004–2008), James earned his first NBA All-Star Game selection in 2004–05, contributing 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists in a winning effort for the Eastern Conference. On March 20, he scored 56 points against the Toronto Raptors, setting Cleveland’s new single game points record. With final averages of 27.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 7.2 assists, and 2.2 steals per game, he was named to his first All-NBA Team at season’s end. Despite a 30–20 record to start the year, the Cavaliers again failed to make the playoffs, finishing the season at 42–40.
His First MVP tenure (2008–2010). At the conclusion of the 2008–09 season, James finished second in NBA Defensive Player of the Year voting and made his first NBA All-Defensive Team with 23 chase-down blocks and a career-high 93 total blocks. He also became only the fourth postmerger player to lead his team in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks in a single season. Behind his play, Cleveland went a franchise record 66–16 and fell one game short of matching the best home record in league history. With averages of 28.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 7.2 assists, 1.7 steals, and 1.2 blocks per game, he became the first Cavalier to win the MVP Award.
During the 2010 free agency. James became an unrestricted free agent at 12:01 am EDT on July 1, 2010. During his free agency, he was courted by several teams, including the Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets, and Cavaliers. On July 8, he announced on a live ESPN special titled The Decision that he would sign with the Heat.
During his Debut season (2010–11)
James officially became a member of the Heat on July 10, completing a sign-and-trade six-year contract with the team. With the move, he became only the third reigning MVP to change teams and the first since Moses Malone in 1982. Although his contract would have allowed him to earn the maximum salary under the collective bargaining agreement, he took less money in order for Miami to be able to afford Bosh and Wade as well as further roster support. That evening, the Heat threw a welcome party for their new “big three” at the American Airlines Arena, an event that took on a rock concert atmosphere. During the gathering, James predicted a dynasty for the Heat and alluded to multiple championships. Outside of Miami, the spectacle was not well-received, furthering the negative public perception of James.
During the Back-to-back championships (2011–13)
Humbled by the Heat’s loss to the Mavericks, James spent the off season working with Hakeem Olajuwon on his post game. His work with Olajuwon paid off, fueling what Grantland’s Kirk Goldsberry called “one of the greatest and most important transformations in recent sports history“. Behind James’ more post-oriented play, Miami matched their best start to a season in franchise history, and at the conclusion of the lockout-shortened 2011–12 campaign, he was named MVP for the third time, finishing with averages of 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 6.2 assists, and 1.9 steals per game on 53 percent shooting.
During the Fourth consecutive Finals (2013–14):
On March 3 of the 2013–14 season, James scored a career-high and franchise record 61 points in a game against the Charlotte Bobcats. Throughout the year, he was one of the few staples for a Heat roster that used 20 different starting line-ups because of injuries, finishing with averages of 27.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 6.4 assists per game on 56.7 percent shooting. In the second round of the playoffs, he tied a career postseason-high by scoring 49 points in Game 4 against the Brooklyn Nets. In the next round, Miami defeated the Pacers to earn their fourth consecutive Finals berth, becoming one of only four teams in NBA history to do so. In Game 1 of the Finals, James missed most of the fourth quarter because of leg cramps, helping the Spurs take an early series lead. In Game 2, he led the Heat to a series-tying victory with 35 points on a 64 percent shooting rate. San Antonio eventually eliminated the Heat in five games, ending Miami’s quest for a three-peat. For the Finals, James averaged 28.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 2 steals per game.
On June 25, James opted out of his contract with the Heat, officially becoming an unrestricted free agent on July 1. On July 11, he revealed via a first-person essay in Sports Illustrated that he intended to rejoin the Cavaliers. In contrast to The Decision, his announcement to return to Cleveland was well received. On July 12, he officially signed with the team. ] A month after James’ signing, the Cavaliers acquired Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves, forming a new star trio along with Kyrie Irving.
Hampered by back and knee problems, James missed 13 of 82 regular-season games in 2014-15. However, he was as dominant as ever when healthy, averaging 25.3 points and 7.4 assists per game. James led the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals, becoming the first player in nearly 50 years to reach the championship round in five consecutive seasons. However, injuries to star teammates Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving damaged his hopes of claiming a third title, and the Cavaliers lost to the Golden State Warriors in six games.
The following year, the Cavs overcame the distraction of a midseason coaching change and breezed through the playoffs to earn a rematch with the Warriors, marking the sixth straight NBA Finals appearance for King James. In perhaps the crowning achievement of his career, he led his team back from a 3-1 deficit, scoring 41 points in both Games 5 and 6, before recording a triple double in Game 7 to give the Cavs their first championship in franchise history.
Voted Finals MVP, James said, “I came back to bring a championship to our city. I knew what I was capable of doing. I knew what I learned in the last couple years that I was gone, and I knew if I had to—when I came back—I knew I had the right ingredients and the right blueprint to help this franchise get back to a place that we’ve never been. That’s what it was all about.”
Lebron James Standing at 6 feet 8 inches (2.03 m) and weighing 250 pounds (113.4 kg), James has started at small forward and power forward, but can also play the other three positions. With career averages of 27.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 6.9 assists, and 1.7 steals per game, he is considered one of the most athletic and versatile players in NBA history and has been compared to Hall of Famers Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, and Michael Jordan. Since 2011, he has been ranked the best player in the NBA by ESPN and Sports Illustrated.
That’s not all…
Outside of the NBA, James has worked to help others. He established the LeBron James Family Foundation in 2004, along his mother Gloria, to help out children and single-parent families in need. Among its many programs, the organization builds playgrounds in economically disadvantaged areas and hosts an annual bike-a-thon.
Wardell Stephen Curry II was on born March 14, 1988. He is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Many players and analysts have called him the greatest shooter in NBA history. In 2014–15, Curry won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award and led the Warriors to their first championship since 1975. The following season, he became the first player in NBA history to be elected MVP by a unanimous vote and to lead the league in scoring while shooting above 50–40–90. That same year, the Warriors broke the record for the most wins in an NBA season. Curry is the son of former NBA player Dell Curry and older brother of current NBA player Seth Curry
Right now, we must learn the college career of Curry.
Here’s The Deal:
Before Curry even played one college game, head coach Bob McKillop said at a Davidson alumni event, “Wait ’til you see Steph Curry. He is something special.” In his first collegiate game, against Eastern Michigan, Curry finished with 15 points but committed 13 turnovers. In the next game, against Michigan, he scored 32 points, dished out 4 assists, and grabbed 9 rebounds. Curry finished the season leading the Southern Conference in scoring with 21.5 points per game. He was second in the nation among freshmen in scoring, behind only Kevin Durant of Texas. Curry’s scoring ability helped the Wildcats to a 29–5 overall record and a Southern Conference regular season title. On March 2, 2007, in the Southern Conference tournament semi-finals against Furman, Curry made his 113th three-pointer of the year, breaking Keydren Clark’s NCAA freshman season record for 3-point field goals.
In his sophomore season in 2007–08, Curry had grown to his adult height of 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) and again led the Southern Conference in scoring, averaging 25.5 points per game while adding 4.7 rebounds per game and 2.8 assists per game. He led the Wildcats to a 26–6 regular season record, and a 20–0 conference record. As a result, Davidson earned its third straight NCAA Tournament bid.
Curry finished the season averaging 25.9 points, 2.9 assists, and 2.1 steals per game. He was named to the Associated Press’ All-America Second Team on March 31, 2008. He also was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Midwest Region of the 2008 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship Tournament, becoming the first player from a team not making the Final Four to do so since Juwan Howard of Michigan in 1994. Curry was nominated for an ESPY in the Breakthrough Player of the Year category.
After Davidson’s loss in the NCAA Regional Finals against Kansas, Curry announced that he would return for his junior year. Curry stated he wanted to develop as a point guard as that would be his most likely position in the NBA. On November 18, 2008, Curry scored a career-high 44 points in Davidson’s 82–78 loss to Oklahoma. He extended a career-long streak by scoring at least 25 points for the seventh straight game. On November 21, Curry registered a career-high 13 assists, to go along with 30 points, in Davidson’s 97–70 win over Winthrop. On November 25, against Loyola, he was held scoreless as Loyola constantly double-teamed Curry. It was Curry’s only scoreless collegiate game and just his second without double-digit points. He finished 0-for-3 from the field as Davidson won the game 78–48. In Davidson’s next game (11 days later), Curry matched his career-high of 44 in a 72–67 win over North Carolina State.
He finished his final season at Davidson averaging 28.6 points, 5.6 assists, and 2.5 steals. He was the NCAA scoring leader and was named a consensus first team All-American. Although he opted out of his senior year at Davidson, Curry stated that he still planned to earn his degree.
Stephen Curry standing at 6 feet 3 inches tall (1.91 m) and weighing 190 pounds (86 kg), Curry plays almost exclusively at the point guard position and has career averages of 22.4 points, 6.9 assists, and 1.8 steals per game. He has been selected to two All-NBA Teams and voted league MVP twice. Since 2013, he has been ranked a top ten player in the NBA as part of ESPN’s #NBArank project.
That’s not all;
On July 30, 2011, Curry married longtime girlfriend and Toronto native Ayesha Alexander in Charlotte. Together, they have two daughters, Riley, born on 2012 and Ryan born on 2015. They currently reside in Walnut Creek, California. Curry’s younger brother, Seth, is also a professional basketball player, and his younger sister, Sydel, plays volleyball at Elon University.
Curry has been outspoken about his Christian faith. Curry spoke about his faith during his MVP speech by saying, “People should know who I represent and why I am who I am, and that’s because of my Lord and Savior.” He also said the reason that he pounds his chest and points up is that he has a “heart for God” and as a reminder that he plays for God. On some of his “Curry One” basketball shoes, there is a lace loop scripted “4:13”. It is a reference to the Bible verse Philippians 4:13, which reads “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. Curry has a tattoo of First Corinthians, 13:8 in Hebrew on his wrist (“Love never fails…”).
en.wikipedia.org/: Stephen Curry
For those who are chocolate lovers, you couldn’t go wrong with these easy tips to make patriotic chocolate-covered marshmallows. For the holiday theme it’s decorated in red, white, and blue, and arranged them in a flag-y kind of way.
♦ Cooking spray
♦ 3 packages unflavored gelatin (vegetarian substitutions)
♦ 2 cups granulated sugar
♦ 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
♦ A candy thermometer
♦ 1 cup powdered sugar
♦ 2 cups chocolate chips
♦ Red, white, and blue toppers of your choice—strawberries (sliced), raspberries (halved), blueberries (halved), shaved white chocolate (I just used a bar of chocolate and a potato peeler), dried pineapple, coconut flakes, gummy candies (sliced), crushed rock candy, etc.
1. In a large mixing bowl, combine 1/2 of a cup of cold water with the packets of gelatin and allow to sit until gelatin forms, about 15 minutes.
2. In a small saucepan on medium heat, combine the sugar and a 1/2 of a cup of cold water and stir until sugar has dissolved—about 3 to 5 minutes. Increase heat to bring mixture to a boil. Keep the mixture at a boil until the temperature reaches 240 degrees F on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat.
3. Slowly pour sugar mixture into the bowl with the gelatin, simultaneously using a mixer on low. Gradually increase speed to high and continue whipping until the mix is very thick, about 10 to 15 minutes—imagine the consistency of pourable taffy. NOTE: A stand-up mixer is ideal for this type of recipe, but rest assured, you can do this with an electric hand mixer. I did it—it just requires a little coordination and comfortable shoes.
4. Add vanilla to marshmallow mixture, then whip for another 30 seconds or so until it’s completely mixed in.
5. Line the inside of a 9×13-inch cake pan with tin foil, then coat with cooking spray.
6. Pour the mixture into the cake pan, smoothing the surface with a spatula. (Spray spatula with cooking spray as needed to keep it from sticking.) Let the marshmallow sit for about 6 hours, uncovered, until completely set.
7. Cover a surface larger than the marshmallow slab with powdered sugar and flip the cake pan over so that marshmallow lands on the dusted surface. You have to do it quickly, and it’s going to kick up some “dust,” so just prepare yourself. (It’s all part of the fun, right?)
8. Cut marshmallow in whatever shapes you’d like. (It helps to continually coat the knife or cookie cutters with powdered sugar to keep them from sticking.)
9. Dust all sides of marshmallow pieces with powdered sugar.
10. Prepare toppers if needed (e.g. slice blueberries in half, dice dried pineapple, etc.).
11. Prepare a cake pan or plate covered with parchment paper to set chocolate-dipped marshmallows on.
12. Over high heat, bring 1 to 2 inches of water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat to low and place a bowl in the saucepan. Be sure the water doesn’t get displaced enough to spill over into the bowl.
13. Pour in chocolate chips.
14. Stir until completely melted.
15. Dip marshmallow into chocolate to cover about a 1/2 inch of marshmallow, then place chocolate side up on plate or cookie sheet.
16. Place toppers on each marshmallow.
17. Once all marshmallows are finished, refrigerate for 15 to 20 minutes until chocolate has hardened. Store covered in a cool spot until serving. (If you are topping these with fruit and you’re not serving them right away, store in the refrigerator—I actually prefer them refrigerated because it keeps the chocolate hard.)
Right now, you can prepare this at any styles or arrangement you want that your kids must love. Be creative.
This chocolate covered marshmallows are a fun treat to serve for any patriotic holiday. It’s easy and fun to prepare! So enjoy and have a happy holiday.
Marshmallow is probably the first came into being as a medicinal substance since the mucilaginous extracts come from the root of the marshmallow plant? Althaea Officinalis, which was used as a remedy for sore throats. Concoctions of other parts of the marshmallow plant had medical purposes as well. The root has been used since Egyptian antiquity in a honey-sweetened confection useful in the treatment of a sore throat. The later French version of the recipe, called pâte de GUI mauve (or “guimauve” for short), included an egg white meringue and was often flavored with rose water.
You Might be Wondering:
A marshmallow is a sugar-based confection that, in its modern form, typically consists of sugar, a water and gelatin whipped to a spongy consistency, molded into small cylindrical pieces, and coated with corn starch. Some marshmallow recipes call for eggs. This confection is the modern version of a medicinal confection made from Althaea Officinalis, the marshmallow plant.
An Indiana high school student’s art project is being shared all over the United States on social media.
Jacob Feazel, a senior at Maconaquah High School in Bunker Hill, spray-painted 4,466 toy soldiers red, white and blue.
Then, he meticulously glued them to a four-by-six-foot piece of plywood over a span of 11 days.
He explained that to make them stick, he had to scrape the paint off the bottom of each one.
Jacob’s proud mom posted the photos on Facebook last week and they’ve been shared more than 250,000 times!
People offered to buy the piece, but Jacob turned them down, saying he just wants an A for his efforts.
He also plans to enter the work of art in a scholarship competition.
Jacob said he created the piece to honor the men and women of the U.S. military who”make the U.S. free“.
The veterans came to Baltimore because they expect to win. Weddle is impressed with Matt Elam and Terrence Brooks. Weddle may dye his beard purple.
A pair of new Ravens veterans had a chance to interact with its new fan base Tuesday evening.
Safety Eric Weddle and tight end Benjamin Watson held a conference call with Ravens season ticket holders, and the fans had a chance to ask anything they wanted off the newcomers.
Who Are They?
Eric Steven Weddle and Benjamin Watson are both American football player.
Eric Weddle is a free safety for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Utah, where he was a consensus All-American. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Weddle is considered to be one of the best safeties in the NFL. He has been named to the Pro Bowl three times and has been honored as an All-Pro five times. While,
Benjamin Watson is a tight end for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New England Patriots 32nd overall in the 2004 NFL draft. He played college football at Georgia. Watson has also played for the Cleveland Browns and New Orleans Saints.
The veterans were relaxed and entertaining during the hour-long call, and here were eight things we learned from them:
1. They both expect the Ravens to be in the hunt for another Lombardi Trophy. Coming to a winning franchise was important as they went through the free agency process, and Weddle expressed optimism about what this team could do. “We feel this team is close,” Weddle said. “Baltimore was everything I wanted and more, and it has exceeded everything I want. The only thing that will top it off will be to bring a Super Bowl back here, and that’s my main goal.”
2. Weddle has high goals specifically for what the Ravens defense can do this season. “That’s what I expect out of us, to be a top defense in this league,” he said.
3. Watson reached out to wide receiver Breshad Perriman last season as the first-round pick missed the entire season because of a training camp knee injury. Watson actually tore his ACL his first season in the NFL, and he sent Perriman a text out of the blue to offer some encouragement. “I just texted him and told him that he could still be great in this league and he could come back from this,” Watson said. “Ironically we end up on the same team a year later. I’ve really been impressed with him.”
4. Weddle is definitely open to being the defensive play caller who wears the helmet with a headset input from the sidelines. “It’s awesome for me because I don’t have to wait on anyone to get the call,” Weddle said. “I give the call out and communicate from there.” Weddle wore the headset his last few seasons in San Diego, but he hasn’t talked with Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees about that possibility in Baltimore. The Ravens traditionally have a linebacker perform that role, and C.J. Mosley has done it the last two years.
5. Weddle is already bringing back the long beard that everyone was accustomed to in San Diego. “I’ll for sure have to dye it purple for one of the games,” he said.
6. Young safeties Matt Elam and Terrence Brooks have impressed Weddle throughout the offseason program. Both young safeties are at a critical point in their careers, and the veteran said they are “ready to take the next step and carve out a role and get on the field. They both are extremely talented, they’re eager to learn, they’re eager to get out there and help and be a Raven. I know both have struggled with injuries and up and down play, but it’s exciting to see their growth.” Weddle also expects safety Anthony Levine to play himself into the dime role when the Ravens go with a heavy defensive back lineup.
7. Both players are glad the Ravens made the switch from turf to grass at M&T Bank Stadium this offseason.
8. Neither of them plans to challenge defensive tackle Brandon Williams in a dance off anytime soon. “I’ve seen his moves and I’m not going to try to get into that,” Weddle said.
But there’s a catch:
The Baltimore Ravens are a professional American football team based in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the American Football Conference (AFC) North division. The team plays its home games at M&T Bank Stadium and is headquartered in Owings Mills.