Easton Stick has drawn comparisons to Carson Wentz



Easton Stick has drawn comparisons to Carson Wentz

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14 Авг 2019 в 06:36am
COSTA MESA Diontae Johnson Jersey , Calif. (AP) —Taysom Hill since being drafted by the Los Angeles Chargers in the fifth round two weeks ago. There’s nothing wrong with comparisons, but the first task for the fifth-round pick is learning the playbook.He’s also taking a key piece of advice that Wentz gave him to heart, which is to continue doing what got him drafted. That process started over the weekend when the Chargers held their rookie minicamp.“You can’t come out and try to reinvent yourself or be somebody that you’re not. People see through that stuff and it won’t allow you to be successful,” Stick said.Stick succeeded Wentz at North Dakota State after Wentz was the second overall pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2016. All Stick did was become the winningest quarterback in FCS history (49-3) while leading the Bison to three national championships.Wentz has continued to mentor Stick throughout his career as the two continue to be in regular contact with each other.Stick displayed plenty of athleticism at North Dakota State.He passed for 8,693 yards and 88 touchdowns butt also rushed for 2,523 yards and 41 TDs. Offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt said the Bison’s offense was more conventional compared to other colleges and that his presence in the pocket along with throwing on the run stood out. Whisenhunt and coach Anthony Lynn also noted that Stick lined up under center more compared to other college quarterbacks, which should also put him slightly ahead.What also stood out was Stick’s ability to retain information. Whisenhunt said they quizzed Stick on three plays they sent him and that the level of recall was above average compared to other college players.“It’s still on the board in there (the quarterback room),” Whisenhunt said. “For a college football player having to learn something that’s a little bit different than what he’s done, put the time in and come back without any notice and be able to put it back up on the board was really impressive.”It is the fourth time since 2006 that the Chargers have drafted a quarterback with the hope that he would develop into a solid backup to Philip Rivers. The only time though that has been the case was in 2006, when they selected Charlie Whitehurst in the third round. Whitehurst spent six seasons with the Chargers in two stints (2006-09 and 2012-13).The plans for this season though are that Stick will vie with Cardale Jones for the third quarterback spot after the Chargers signed Tyrod Taylor to be Rivers’ backup. Stick said that Rivers has texted him but that the two have not met yet.There is the possibility that Stick could see the field if the Chargers use him like the Saints have done with Hill. New Orleans’ third-string quarterback lined up as a running back, tight end, wide receiver and was used on special teams last season. At 6-foot-1, 224-pounds, Stick has the bulk and has shown the durability to take hard hits.Whisenhunt said Hill’s first task though is learning how to play quarterback in their system.“It’s hard to think that you’re just going to plug somebody into that role and think he can do it without really learning the basics of having to play quarterback,” Whisenhunt said. “He’s an athlete. He does a lot of good things athletically on the field, which you can see him do, but we are excited to see him play the quarterback position and see how he can develop at that.”While Stick was taking snaps on the practice field, first-round pick Jerry Tillery continues to rehab from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. The defensive tackle remains on track to be cleared for contact by the start of training camp in late July. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — We learned during the 2018 season that offense is beloved by NFL teams (and fans). We also learned that defense, as performed by the Patriots in the Super Bowl, carries away the Lombardi Trophy.This year’s draft, which begins Thursday night, is stocked with defenders who can be difference-makers. Many of them play up front and will go very high in the proceedings.Here’s one view of the first round, presuming no trades — something extremely unlikely.1. Arizona — You don’t hire a new coach out of college who plays a specific system and then not give him what he considers the perfect player to run that scheme. So Kliff Kingsbury gets …KYLER MURRAY Justin Layne Jersey , QB, OKLAHOMA2. San Francisco — Pedigree means plenty with this pick, even if the Niners‘ choice missed much of 2018 while injured. Yet another D-line early pick for San Francisco.NICK BOSA, DE, OHIO STATE3.New York Jets — The Jets easily could trade out of this spot. Staying put, they’ll put into their new uniforms a dynamic guy for the trenches.QUINNEN WILLIAMS, DL, ALABAMA4.Oakland — With the first of three picks in the opening round as the rebuild begins in earnest, the Raiders fill the chasm created by their trading of Khalil Mack last summer.JOSH ALLEN, LB, KENTUCKY5.Tampa Bay — Lots of holes here for Bruce Arians to get filled, and he’s an offensive-first guy. Still, there are too many studs on the other side of the ball to pass on one of them.DEVIN WHITE, LB, LSU6.New York Giants — Around the Big Apple, fans are salivating about the Giants taking Eli Manning’s successor at quarterback in this spot. Sorry, New Yorkers, you’ll have to wait. Defense first, if that sounds familiar in this draft.MONTEZ SWEAT, LB-DE, MISSISSIPPI STATE7.Jacksonville — Tom Coughlin stays in-state for a protector for his new QB, Nick Foles.JAWAAN TAYLOR, OT, FLORIDA8. Detroit — Another team staying within state boundaries for its choice. Matt Patricia’s strength is defense and he adds to the building process with …RASHAN GARY Benny Snell Jr. Jersey , DL, MICHIGAN9.Buffalo — Did we mention this is a defense-first draft?ED OLIVER, DL, HOUSTON10. Denver — Big decision time for John Elway, who loves drafting quarterbacks and is staring at one who threw for 50 TDs last year. But Elway also traded for Joe Flacco, who isn’t on his last legs. So …BRIAN BURNS, LB-DE, FLORIDA STATE11. Cincinnati — Now the decision on that QB belongs to Cincinnati, which has seen attendance drop as the team flounders. Another in-state pick, this one a gamble and not for an immediate need.DWAYNE HASKINS, QB, OHIO STATE12. Green Bay — Replace (sort of) LB Clay Matthews or replace (sort of) WR Randall Cobb or help (sort of) TE Jimmy Graham?This is high for a tight end, but there are two worthy of first-round status.T.J. HOCKENSON, TE, IOWA13. Miami — Las Vegas odds-makers see the Dolphins as the worst team in 2019. If they are right, how much does it matter which player they choose here?CLELIN FERRELL, DE, CLEMSON14. Atlanta — Although help up front is a most crunching need, the Falcons see the top cornerback in this crop on the board and grab him.GREEDY WILLIAMS, CB, LSU15. Washington — If he wasn’t a quarterback, he wouldn’t have cracked the top half of the first round — or maybe gone in the entire opening round. But he is a QB, so …DANIEL JONES, QB Zach Gentry Jersey , DUKE16. Carolina — Another team that is looking for a developmental passer. With several likely available later on, the Panthers grab something more pressing.JONAH WILLIAMS, OT, ALABAMA17. New York Giants (from Cleveland) — CRUSHED! New York figured it could get Jones here, and considering he’s been coached by the same guy who handled Eli and Peyton Manning in college, he was a perfect fit. Sorry, Big Blue.DEVIN BUSH, LB, MICHIGAN18. Minnesota — If they go by need, the Vikings have their choice of blockers to fill a major void.CODY FORD, OL, OKLAHOMA19. Tennessee — The Titans’ temptation could be taking a tight end or wideout. They also could use help on both lines. Time to boost the excitement quotient.D.K. METCALF, WR, MISSISSIPPI20. Pittsburgh — An offseason of turmoil and sea change has placed added emphasis and attention on this pick. Strange to see Pittsburgh with so many holes.BYRON MURPHY, CB, WASHINGTON21. Seattle — Few teams have the wise front offices and coaching staff that can retool and still be successful. That success continues with …DEXTER LAWRENCE, DT, CLEMSON22. Baltimore — Metcalf would have been a nice fit here, but he’s in Music City. The Ravens could go defense, but the offensive line needs bolstering.ANDRE DILLARD, OL, WASHINGTON STATE23. Houston — Dillard was in their sights, and the Texans‘ blocking needs fortifying. Sticking with that approach, they get …DALTON RISNER Nick Bosa Jersey , OT, KANSAS STATE24. Oakland (from Chicago)— Jon Gruden has made it clear how much he adores tight ends who can block and catch the ball. He’ll get one.NOAH FANT, TE, IOWA25. Philadelphia — Eagles boss Howie Roseman rubs his eyes in disbelief and takes little time to select a college champion he couldn’t imagine would fall to Philly.CHRISTIAN WILKINS, DL, CLEMSON26. Indianapolis — Never doubt GM Chris Ballard’s selections after pulling off one of the great drafts of recent years in 2018. He begins this one with …DEANDRE BAKER, CB, GEORGIA27. Oakland (from Dallas) — Gruden would have loved Baker in his secondary. He is tempted to stick with that position, then goes for the other backfield and a do-everything RB.JOSH JACOBS, RB, ALABAMA28. Los Angeles Chargers — This comes down to if the Chargers want to wait for DT Jeffery Simmons to recover from a major knee injury, or play it safer.JEFFERY SIMMONS, DT, MISSISSIPPI STATE29. Seattle — Defense is a must, as we saw in the AFC championship game. The Seahawks dealt front-line stud Frank Clark to KC for this spot.NASIR ADDERLEY, CB, DELAWARE30. Green Bay (from New Orleans) — After getting help for Aaron Rodgers earlier, the Packers try to fill a hole in their secondary yet again.JUSTIN LAYNE, CB, MICHIGAN STATE31. Los Angeles Rams — The most talented roster in the league adds to it up front.GARRETT BRADBURY, OL North Carolina State.32. New England — Predicting anything about the Patriots on draft day is like trying to figure out when (if?) Tom Brady will retire.A.J. BROWN, WR, MISSISSIPPI