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The Combine Report: Week Six - Dunbar Filled Large Shoes, Hall Scored His First TD

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

Filling in for a Pro Bowl caliber player in the NFL is a blessing… and a curse.

The blessing is that a player gets the opportunity to perform, but the curse involves the high expectations to excel. If the player succeeds, all parties involved are rewarded.

 

 

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The Combine Report: Week Six Preview: Rams WR Mike Thomas Returns, RC Pioneers Will Clash

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

After being suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season due to violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances, wide receiver Mike Thomas returns to the field with his spirited Los Angeles Rams teammates and looks to add to the explosiveness the receiving corps already has offensively.

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The Combine Report: Week Five - NFL Regional Combine Veterans Played Their Roles Valiently

All NFL Regional Combine pioneers play a role. And no matter their role…large or small…these players execute their duties well enough to make their teams competitive. Week Five of the NFL was no exception.

 

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The Combine Report: Week Five Preview - A Combine Series Tandem Brewing In Jacksonville

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

Week Four of the NFL was totally owe by the kicking specialists from the NFL Regional Combine. Kicker Greg Zuerlein kept the Los Angeles Rams up right after nailing seen field goal attempts through the uprights, while Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus help to keep the game out of reach for the Oakland Raiders.

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The Combine Report: Week Four - Rams' RC Veteran Kicking Specialists Are Special

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

Kickers are like life preservers. Life preservers can’t run the ship, but they can save the people on the ship. Punter Johnny Hekker and kicker Greg Zuerlein, Los Angeles Rams kicking specialists and NFL Regional Combine …

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The Combine Report: Week Four Preview - Browns Rookie LB B.J. Bello Earning More Time

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

Unfortunately, it has been the same old song for the Cleveland Browns, especially when it comes to defense. They play hard to keep contests close, but fizzle at the end. Evidently, there is talent in “the Land” on the defense side of the ball from the likes of linebacker Jamie Collins Sr., cornerback Jamar Taylor and safety and return specialist Jabrill Peppers to name a few.

Rookie linebacker B.J. Bello could be in the mix too.

Bello is a hybrid linebacker with a combination of athleticism, speed, aggression and patience. After his under the radar collegiate career at Illinois State, following a transfer from Illinois, he burst onto the NFL Regional Combine scene at the Minnesota-held trials in February.

The 6-2, 229-pound linebacker never lacked confidence, just opportunity. When the Browns signed him as an undrafted rookie, Bello excelled during camps and his progress showed in the preseason as he registered four tackles and a sack.

The Browns recognized Bello’s efforts and made him part of the 53-man roster. He was primarily on special teams and earned three tackles. Against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 3, Bello made it onto the field with the defense and was close to bringing down ball carriers twice.

“Since the age of six, playing in the yard, I wanted to play in the NFL,” said Bello via conversation. “To actually be here now is a dream come true.”

In Week Four, assuming he will fill some spots defensively, Bello could register more numbers.

“This is a great opportunity, man. To be with this organization, the only thing I can do is get better,” voiced Bello.

CHICAGO BEARS (1-2) VS. GREEN BAY PACKERS (2-1)

The Bears gave up nearly double-digit yards in punt returns. Packers return specialist Trevor Davis returned a punt for a touchdown in Week One of the preseason and had a return for 33 yards in Week Three.

Davis is getting close.

RELATED ARTICLE: The Combine Report: Week Three – RC Talents Were Radical In Protest And Played Ball

 

Will Thursday be the night that the second year-man from California and the 2016 RC session in New Orleans take it to the house?

One thing for sure, Bears defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris is looking to get his hands on some Packers, as he has two tackles and a pass defense this season.

LOS ANGELES RAMS (2-1) VS. DALLAS COWBOYS (2-1)

Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is bringing havoc to opposing quarterbacks with his furious pass rush. Fellow defensive end Benson Mayowa is causing problems as well.

Mayowa is nearly on every play when the Cowboys defensive front bears down on quarterbacks. With five tackles already this season, Mayowa should bring his total to double digits against the Rams.

Field positioning will be the key for the Rams.  They have one of the best punters in the NFL in Johnny Hekker to assist and kicker Greg Zuerlein to help keep things interesting.

Hekker is fourth in the league in net average yards with 44.6 per attempt, while Zuerlein is tied at the top of the NFL with 12 field goals and remains perfect.

Rams defensive back Cody Davis is quietly becoming known for his hard hitting. Against America’s team, in front of a national audience, Davis will have another stage to show that trait.

THE RC RUN-THROUGH

 

  • After a controversial week of standing for the national anthem against the team’s plan, Pittsburgh Steelers left tackle Alejandro Villanueva is looking to steam roll over some Baltimore Ravens, create lanes for the backfield and give quarterback Ben Roethlisberger the time he needs to lead the club. Punter Jordan Berry will keep the Ravens deep in their territory, and the Steelers will need him to.

 

  • Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen is on pace to earn his first 1,000 yard season. The Detroit Lions’ defense will key on wide receiver Stefan Diggs, and Thielen will burn them.

 

  • As rookie wide receiver Keelan Cole continues to prove his worth, the Jacksonville Jaguars will continue to make him a target, as they will fullback Tommy Bohanon who is exploiting his catching skills this season. Against the New York Jets, they will continue their growth. Nevertheless, either player may meet linebacker Julian Stanford, another RC brother.

 

  • Oakland Raiders wide receiver Seth Roberts has been quiet for the past two weeks. He should make some noise against division rival Denver Broncos.

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The Combine Report: Week Three - RC Talents Were Radical In Protest, And Played Ball

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

Week Three of the NFL was…well…interesting, to say the least.

While many more players knelt during the National Anthem, one player in particular, although sensitive to the issues, proudly stood because his heart would not allow him to bow to controversy.

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The Combine Report: Week Three Preview - Offensive RC Pioneers Look To Get Back On Track

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

Week Two of the NFL was exciting as defensive players from the NFL Regional Combine stole the show with huge hits and many stops. This week, the athletes on the other side of the ball will be expecting to be let loose.

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The Combine Report: Week Two - Defensive RC Talents Aggressively Attacked

The NFL Regional Combine talents were sharp on the defense in Week Two. Several squads wanted to make amends for Week One. Many put their “best foot forward” via their shoulder pads as hitting was the name of the game for the RC defensive standouts.

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The Combine Report: Week Two Preview - Will RB Penny Elijhaa Get To Face Regular Season Action?

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

The Week Two of the NFL is shaping up to feature some solid intrigue among the NFL Regional Combine pioneers. Several players turned out and had strong performances in Week One. And Week Two should be no different.

 

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America’s “Demonization” Of Black Culture Has Finally Gone Too Far

Jeremiah Short on January 20, 2014 - 1:06 pm in LockerTalk (Exclusives), NBA, NCAA, NCAA Basketball, Uncategorized
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Jeremiah Short, Feature Writer

America is at war with “Black” culture. And I’m sick and tired of it.

I’ve been frustrated for years with America’s “demonization” of black culture. But the recent suspensions of high school basketball players Jordan and Juwuan Jackson for flashing the “3-point” symbol popularized by college and professional players in a Sheboygan Press photo was the last straw for me. (Suspension was rescinded on Friday)

“When you make a three, everyone does this sign, “Jordan Jackson said. “You’ve probably seen LeBron James or someone do it. I did the three in the picture, and my little brother pointed at the camera.”

Sheboygan Press News Editor Jeff Pederson penned a Facebook post explaining why there was such uproar over the photo. “The hand signs made by Jordan and Juwaun were perceived by some to be representative of signals used by the Los Angeles-based ‘Bloods’ street gang,” said Pederson. “The sign made by Jordan Jackson (on the far left side of the photo) is also commonly used by NBA players, such as James Harden, LeBron James and Brandon Jennings, after making a 3-point shot.”

Jordan, Juwuan and Jamal were just goofing off in a non-serious picture. A picture that was supposed to fun turned into something evil and wrong.

The Jackson brother’s suspension reminded me of Tiana Parker, a little seven-year old girl from Tulsa, Oklahoma who switched schools after she was suspended for having dreads, which was against her school’s policy. You read correctly…dreads. The school changed the policy after she transferred. But the damage had been done.

Are black kids allowed to display any part of their culture? I mean any part of it. Hair. Language. Style. Swagger.

America isn’t at war with black culture. You’re just overreacting. We’re in a post-racial society.

I disagree. Let’s break it down.

Hair

If a black kid decides to sport twist, braids or dreads, he’s branded as a thug or up to no good. If a kid of another ethnic background sports long hair or funky look, he’s branded as wild or going through a phase.

Language

Every culture in the world has their form of slang. Latino. German. Italian.

But if a black kid speaks in “Ebonics”, he’s not intelligent. He needs to learn how to speak correctly. It’s not ok that he speaks the language of his culture. No one ever stops to think that there are reasons that black people in America talk the way they do.

Minor History Lesson: Slaves weren’t allowed to learn how to read and, in turn, speak properly.

What’s the result? Broken language or what we now call ebonics.

Style

Black people tend to be a flashy people group–loud colors and creative styles. For some reason America has a problem with that, too.

You wear baggy pants. You’re a thug.

You wear skinny jeans. You’re a thug or at least George Zimmerman thought Trayvon Martin was.

You wear a chain. You’re a thug.

You put on a “Du-Rag” to keep your hair laid down. You’re a thug.

No matter what a black person does. There has to be something wrong with what you’re doing.

Swagger

If black people are known for anything, it’s swagger. But that’s a problem, too.

We’re expressive. We have handshakes. We move different than the other people groups. Every other people group tries to mimic our movements or “swagger jack.” But if we try to display that same swagger like Jordan, Jamal and Juwuan, then you’re a thug.

I never thought about that. You might have a point.

I know I do. To drive the point home, I’ll give you another example.

Miley Cyrus decided she wanted to “twerk” at the VMA’s and now America wants to eliminate the dance from public consciousness.

I don’t see anyone trying to eliminate “salsa” or “belly” dancing, even though both are sexually suggestive in nature.

What’s the difference? Twerking is representative of black culture and the latter dances are representative of other cultures.

Some might not want to admit it. But America is at war with black culture.

How do black people respond? Speak up. Educate. Advocate

People fear what they don’t understand. So, you have to make them understand.

If you have a friend of another people group that doesn’t understand what “off the chain” means, explain it to them.

If you have a friend of another people group who doesn’t understand that you’re wearing a “stocking cap” to keep your hair flat, explain it to them.

And if someone from another people group doesn’t understand what a hand symbol means, explain it to them.

America can only move forward and become a true homogeneous society with complete understanding and education.

Not black people changing the way they are. That must be understood.

The black kids out there that are going through what Jordan, Jamal and Juwuan went through must understand something, as well: You don’t need to change who you are. Keep wearing your braids. Keep having your own language. Keep having your own style and swag.

America is the one that has the problem, not you.

Follow me  @DaRealJShort or check out my facebook page JShortJournalist.

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