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Rookie Safety Jaquan Brisker Is Finalizing A 4-Year Deal And Is Ready To Report To Chicago Bears Training Camp

The Chicago Bears are finalizing a four-year contract for second-round pick Jaquan Brisker, which will allow the safety to report to Halas Hall on Tuesday as the team convenes for training camp.

Rookies and quarterbacks began reporting to camp in Lake Forest over the weekend. But Brisker was not among the early arrivals as he waited for his rookie deal to be finished. (He was the last of the team’s 11 draft picks without a signed contract.)

According to a league source, however, Brisker’s camp and the Bears front office reached an agreement on a deal Monday afternoon.

With the Bears’ first full team practice of camp scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Brisker will be able to get back on the field and continue his growth in new coach Matt Eberflus’ system without missing a beat. Drafted No. 48 overall in April, Brisker is likely to be a Week 1 starter on the back end of the defense.

Late last week, there had been heightening concern that Brisker might hold out into training camp without a suitable contract agreement. But the Bears were able to sidestep that scenario and will welcome the promising safety to team facilities Tuesday.

That should provide a sigh of relief for new general manager Ryan Poles. But Poles will now also have to deal with tension surrounding the contract status of standout linebacker Roquan Smith. A two-time second-team All-Pro, Smith is entering the final year of his rookie contract and seeking a massive extension beyond 2022.

According to an NFL Network report Monday afternoon, Smith’s displeasure with the progress of extension talks could lead him to avoid participating in practices as training camp gets underway this week.

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What’s next in the Ravens’ offensive evolution? Their pre-season opener might have offered some clues.

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Greg Roman’s playbook, always a subject of intense scrutiny in Baltimore, is always evolving, always growing, a living document in a sport in constant upheaval.

The Ravens offensive coordinator said at the start of training camp there was “20 percent new” in his calling inventory. Then there’s the collection of run-pass-option concepts that coach John Harbaugh later said just wasn’t fully “exploited.” Who knows what else is hiding in there? Ravens players describe the breadth of Roman’s playbook as they would a Cheesecake Factory menu.

“You’d think it’s just run, run, run, until you get here and see how thick and big the playbook is,” running back Mike Davis said, at his freshman year in Baltimore last week. “I was just surprised at the size of the playbook.”

More interesting than what’s in the playbook, however, is what it’s actually called. Roman wants to use what he has in Baltimore. And even with most of the Ravens’ starters absent from Thursday’s preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans, the 23-10 victory could prove to be a preview of the next iteration of Roman’s offense. .

Most striking was the Ravens’ reliance on games under center. In six of the offense’s first seven games on Thursday, quarterback Tyler Huntley didn’t line up in the shotgun or pistol formation, as the Ravens did 96% of the time last season. according to Sharp Football Stats, but behind centers Patrick Mekari and Ben Powers.

Of Huntley’s 35 games on Thursday, including those canceled by penalties, he was under center for 14 (nine running games, five passing games). It wasn’t the dominant play structure for the Ravens’ offense in the first half; Huntley took 19 shotgun snaps, including seven in a row late in the second quarter as the Ravens moved quickly down. He also took two from the gun, according to a review of the game’s movie.

It can be tempting to extrapolate season trends from a pre-season opener. It can be equally tempting to dismiss games as completely meaningless. But even a modest attacking embrace under center would be a stark contrast to the Ravens’ 2021 offense.

According to Sports Info Solutions, quarterback Lamar Jackson had just 12 backs under center all last season, going 1 for 10 for 20 yards. Forty-six NFL quarterbacks had at least that many kickbacks under center last season. Dallas Cowboys backup Cooper Rush, who threw 47 total passes last season, 335 less than Jackson, tied Jackson with 10 of those passes. Case Keenum had 21 attempts under center in just seven games (two starts) with the Cleveland Browns.

With more passes under center Thursday, the Ravens’ offense coincidentally looked more like the Titans. Huntley’s first passing play was a contraband action play on a tight two end formation. After faking a transfer to the left, he turned right and found wide receiver Tylan Wallace, who had been beckoning inside as if he were a blocker, cutting through the grain and into the flat for a 3-yard completion.

The depth of Ravens talent at short end and fullback — Mark Andrews and Isaiah Likely have provided near-daily highlights in camp, and Nick Boyle and Patrick Ricard can be punishing blockers — should force defenses to use larger and slower groups of staff. The speed of stretching the field from wide receivers Rashod Bateman and Devin Duvernay should stress defenses after the snap. With game action looks growing longer below center, Jackson might have bigger windows to throw away.

“The stuff under center, definitely, I think we’ll probably be able to do some of that stuff more effectively this year, just with the way we’re built,” Roman said Sunday. “I think you might see a little more.”

At the start of pre-season, returns under the center also have practical advantages. Ravens quarterbacks coach James Urban said Saturday that he learned from former Philadelphia Eagles coach and current Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid that “you teach the quarterbacks not to fall under center”.

“So we do a lot of that in training camp,” Urban added. “I think it’s very, very important to learn how to drop. We did in the game the other night. And then as you evolve, or in terms of protection, it’s certainly sometimes easier to be in [shotgun]. But it’s easy to feel what that throw feels like when you have to separate from the line of scrimmage and do it – catch and drop. Now transition into that same feeling, that same timing. This is what we do.

Thursday’s game also hinted at changes to the Ravens’ running game. In 2019, during Jackson’s one-season supernova, the Ravens used the gun formation — in which a running back lines up behind the quarterback in a modified shotgun set — on more than half of their games, according to Football Outsiders. In 2020, with their early success declining, the rate fell to 44%. Last year, amid injuries to their offensive line, running backs, and Jackson, their gun usage dropped again, to 28 percent.

Against Tennessee, Huntley only had the two gunshots. When Anthony Brown came on to start the second half, the Ravens’ attack under center was all but gone (three snaps). Still, they relied more on shotgun looks (17 shots) than gun looks (eight shots).

Roman called his offensive philosophy “medieval,” a description that’s best reflected in the Ravens’ power play — double teams, hauling linemen, big manning packages. But with the arrival of first-round pick Tyler Linderbaum, the Ravens added an immediate-impact center that thrived in Iowa with zone concepts, where linemen are responsible for blocking an area, not a space. .

With more shotgun hits, the Ravens could change the “starting point” of their zone runs, an area of ​​weakness last season. Their top two running backs in 2021, Devonta Freeman and Latavius ​​Murray, had 335 yards on 89 carries in and out of the zone last season, or just 3.8 yards per carry, according to the SIS. On all other carries, they average 4.6 yards per carry.

More and more teams are turning to out-of-bounds play, and for good reason — because “it worked,” defensive lineman Calais Campbell said Tuesday. Two of the NFL’s most influential offensive innovators, Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay and San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, built their running game structure around this concept.

“I think just doing defensive linemen, linebackers moving from sideline to sideline, it gives you a crease,” Campbell said. “For one guy to get it wrong, you can get more out of it. And so you absolutely have to move in unison to build that wall and be able to travel together, and if a guy gets out of position, it’s like special teams: you kind of have to replace him. So it’s hard. …

“I think the greatest thing you can do [as an offense] it’s shuffling, keeping the teams guessing. If you know exactly what a team is going to do, you’re more likely to stop them. But if you can mix things up and complicate things, you’ll just give yourself a little edge, which you need in this game.”

How much change is happening in Baltimore? The answer could be clear in about a month. Or maybe not. Asked about his attacking tendencies in Thursday’s game, Roman said: “I really don’t think there’s much to read about it.”

But he added: “We’re going to mix it all up.”

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Bezos joined the show’s stars and filmmakers for a launch event at Culver Studios in California

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It’s been dubbed the most expensive show ever made, but the producers of Amazon’s ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ described its billion-dollar price tag as a ‘bargain’ during a lavish world premiere in Los Angeles on Monday.

The highly anticipated television series, which launched on September 2 on Amazon’s streaming platform, is believed to be a personal obsession of Jeff Bezos, multi-billionaire founder of the online shopping giant turned streamer.

Set in the world of JRR Tolkien’s books, thousands of years before the Oscar-winning “Lord of the Rings” film trilogy, the series is set to span five sprawling seasons, each with 10 episodes.

Bezos joined the show’s stars and filmmakers for a launch event at California’s Culver Studios on Monday night, where the first two episodes screened before a spectacular light show featuring dozens of illuminated drones.

Executive producer Lindsey Weber said the show’s $1 billion cost was “a very eye-catching title that people like to talk about” but promised viewers would “see that the money is really on the screen. “.

Speaking to AFP on the red carpet, Weber said the exorbitant cost came from “installing for five seasons”.

“If you look at what it costs to make a feature film, by that comparison, we’re really a bargain,” she added, using a term for mega-budget blockbusters released by top studios. of Hollywood.

“The Rings of Power” is set 4,000 years before the film trilogy and the original books, in a fictional “Second Age” – a historical period sketched out in less detail by Tolkien’s writings.

The show features a wide cast of actors who are not widely known to global audiences.

Morfydd Clark and Robert Aramayo play younger versions of the elves Galadriel and Elrond – characters already familiar to fans of the “Lord of the Rings” films.

“It’s an epic adventure story, with universal themes and a real labor of love – we all worked really hard on it, and I just hope people enjoy it,” Aramayo said during the Monday premiere.

“They built a city, with a wharf and ships floating in it – it’s mind-blowing and really, really amazing to be able to play on some of those settings.”

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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“I Will Never Play In Brazil Again”

Ex-Chelsea and Arsenal player Willian appears to be returning to London with Fulham, but what went wrong with his return to Brazil?

The winger was so desperate to get away from the English capital last year that he terminated his contract at the Emirates, losing up to £20million in wages.

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And had a similar experience at Corinthians

But just a year later, the two-time Premier League winner called it a day back at Corinthians, terminating another contract by mutual consent.

Unfortunately, the reasons are far more sinister this time around, as talkSPORT South American football expert Tim Vickery explained.

“He tore up his contract,” Vickery said. “He had a contract until the end of next year with Corinthians.

“On the pitch it didn’t go as disastrously or as badly as his spell with Arsenal, he was maybe a little disappointing but he had his games.

“Corinthians, certainly the weekend, before he left, were second in the league still in the cup, in the final stages which are taken very seriously, they were only knocked out of the Libertadores this week so it’s not not a disaster.

“He had his moments, there were one or two games where he completely stripped the opponent naked, but I think even him would say it didn’t go as well as he had hoped.

Willian Won Five Trophies At Chelsea, Including Two Premier League Titles

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Willian won five trophies at Chelsea, including two Premier League titles

“But that’s not why he’s leaving, he’s leaving because his sincerity here is absolutely vital and to get applause he says ‘I’m never going to play in Brazil again, I don’t want that’.

“When he was here before, he left in 2007, so in those 15 years the atmosphere in Brazilian football went crazy partly because of social media and he repeatedly received threats on social media.

“Right from the start he was saying ‘it’s not acceptable’ threats on his social media, the social media of his wife, his two daughters, his father his sister and he said ‘I’m not going to put up with this. , I do not have it’.

Posting to his Instagram after his departure was confirmed, Willian, 34, wrote: “As I say goodbye to Corinthians today, I want to thank the club for the opportunity to wear this shirt again and the fans who have been very supportive of me.

“Unfortunately, due to the constant threats that my family and I have faced, I have made the decision to terminate the contract, understanding that it would be better for me and for the club.

“I wish the club the best and God bless everyone.”

He later told Globe Esporte: “I didn’t come back to be threatened.

“When Corinthians lost a game or I didn’t play well, my family received death threats and rants on social media.

“At first they targeted my wife and daughters, after a while my father and sister were also bombarded with messages.”

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VideoLan, the developer of popular media player VLC, says Indian telecom operators have been blocking its website since February this year, which could impact some users in one of the company’s biggest open-source markets. .

“Most major ISPs [internet service providers] ban the site, with various techniques,” VideoLan president and lead developer Jean-Baptiste Kempf said of the blocking in India in an email to TechCrunch.

Telecom operators began blocking the VideoLan website on Feb. 13 this year, when the site saw an 80% drop in traffic from the South Asian market, he said.

India accounts for 10% of all VLC users globally, he said. Website traffic saw an overall drop of 20% as a result of the lockdown in India.

Indian telecom operators have not explained why they blocked the VideoLan website, but some believe it could be due to a misinterpretation of a security warning from earlier this year.

Security firm Symantec reported in April this year that hacker group Cicada, which has ties to the Chinese government, was exploiting VLC Media Player along with several other popular apps to remotely access victim’s computers.

Kempf said he or his company had not been contacted by any Indian government agency and the blockage was likely the result of a misunderstanding over the issue of Chinese security.

VLC, downloaded over 3.5 billion times worldwide, is a local media player that doesn’t require internet access or a connection to any particular online service for the vast majority of its functionality. A block on its website does not impact VLC’s existing install base. Users may also continue to receive updates from mirror websites and app stores.

But by blocking the website, India is pushing its citizens to “shady websites that are running a pirated version of VLC. So they are putting their own citizens at risk with this ban,” Kempf added.

New Delhi-based privacy group Internet Freedom Foundation said in a tweet that VideoLan’s blocking “is without any reason publicly disclosed.

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What’s next in the Ravens’ offensive evolution? Their preseason opener might’ve offered hints. | ANALYSIS

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What’s Next In The Ravens’ Offensive Evolution? Their Preseason Opener Might’ve Offered Hints. | Analysis

Greg Roman’s playbook, always a subject of intense scrutiny in Baltimore, is always changing, always growing, a living document in a sport of constant upheaval.

The Ravens offensive coordinator said early in training camp that there’s “20% new stuff” in his inventory of calls. Then there’s the collection of run-pass-option concepts that coach John Harbaugh later said just hasn’t been completely “tapped into.” Who knows what else is hiding in there? Ravens players describe the breadth of Roman’s playbook the way they would a Cheesecake Factory menu.

“You would think it’s just run, run, run, until you get here and see how thick and big the playbook is,” running back Mike Davis, in his first year in Baltimore, said last week. “I was just surprised at how big the playbook is.”

More interesting than what’s in the playbook, though, is what’s actually called. Roman wants to make use of what he has in Baltimore. And even with most Ravens starters sitting out Thursday’s preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans, the 23-10 win could prove to preview the next iteration of Roman’s offense.

Most striking was the Ravens’ reliance on plays from under center. On six of the offense’s first seven plays Thursday, quarterback Tyler Huntley lined up not in the shotgun or pistol formation, as the Ravens did 96% of the time last season, according to Sharp Football Stats, but behind centers Patrick Mekari and Ben Powers.

Of Huntley’s 35 plays Thursday, including those negated by penalties, he was under center for 14 (nine run plays, five pass plays). That was not the dominant play structure for the Ravens’ first-half offense; Huntley took 19 snaps from the shotgun, including seven straight late in the second quarter as the Ravens briskly moved downfield. He also took two from the pistol, according to a review of the game film.

It can be tempting to extrapolate season-long trends from a preseason opener. It can be just as tempting to dismiss the games as meaningless altogether. But even a modest embrace of under-center offense would mark a stark contrast from the 2021 Ravens offense.

According to Sports Info Solutions, quarterback Lamar Jackson had just 12 drop-backs from under center all last season, finishing 1-for-10 for 20 yards. Forty-six NFL quarterbacks had at least as many under-center drop-backs last season. Dallas Cowboys backup Cooper Rush, who threw 47 passes total last season, 335 fewer than Jackson, tied Jackson with 10 such passes. Case Keenum had 21 under-center attempts in just seven games (two starts) with the Cleveland Browns.

With more under-center passing Thursday, the Ravens’ offense looked, coincidentally enough, more like the Titans’. Huntley’s first passing play was a play-action bootleg out of a two-tight-end formation. After faking a handoff to the left, he wheeled around to the right and found wide receiver Tylan Wallace, who’d motioned inside as if he were a blocker, cutting across the grain and into the flat for a 3-yard completion.

The Ravens’ depth of talent at tight end and fullback — Mark Andrews and Isaiah Likely have provided near-daily highlights in camp, and Nick Boyle and Patrick Ricard can be punishing blockers — should force defenses into using bigger, slower personnel groupings. The field-stretching speed of wide receivers Rashod Bateman and Devin Duvernay should stress defenses after the snap. With longer-developing play-action looks from under center, Jackson could have bigger windows to throw into.

“The under-center stuff, definitely, I think probably we’ll be able to do some of that stuff more effectively this year, just with how we’re built,” Roman said Sunday. “I think you might see some more of that.”

This early in the preseason, there are practical benefits to under-center drop-backs, too. Ravens quarterbacks coach James Urban said Saturday that he learned from former Philadelphia Eagles and current Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid that “you teach quarterbacks timing from dropping under center.”

“So we do a good little bit of it during training camp,” Urban added. “I think it’s very, very important to learn to drop. We did some in the game the other night. And then, as you evolve, or protection-wise, it’s certainly easier sometimes to be in [shotgun]. But it’s easy to feel what that throw feels like when you have to separate from the line of scrimmage and do it — catch and drop. Now transition that same feeling, that same timing. That’s what we’re doing.”

Thursday’s game also hinted at changes in the Ravens’ running game, too. In 2019, during Jackson’s supernova of a season, the Ravens used the pistol formation — in which a running back lines up behind the quarterback in a modified shotgun set — on over half of their plays, according to Football Outsiders. In 2020, with their early-down success dipping, the rate fell to 44%. Last year, amid injuries to their offensive line, running backs and Jackson, their pistol usage dropped even further, to 28%.

Against Tennessee, Huntley had just the two pistol snaps. When Anthony Brown came in to start the second half, the Ravens’ under-center offense all but disappeared (three snaps). Still, they leaned more on shotgun looks (17 snaps) than pistol looks (eight snaps).

Roman has called his offensive philosophy “medieval,” a description best reflected in the Ravens’ power-running game — double teams, pulling linemen, heavy personnel packages. But with the arrival of first-round pick Tyler Linderbaum, the Ravens added an immediate-impact center who thrived at Iowa with zone concepts, where linemen are responsible for blocking an area, not a gap.

With more shotgun snaps, the Ravens could change the “launch point” for their zone runs, an area of weakness last season. Their top two running backs in 2021, Devonta Freeman and Latavius Murray, combined for 335 yards on 89 inside- and outside-zone runs last season, or just 3.8 yards per carry, according to SIS. On all other carries, they averaged 4.6 yards per carry.

More and more teams are turning to outside-zone plays, and for good reason — because “it’s worked,” defensive lineman Calais Campbell said Tuesday. Two of the NFL’s most influential offensive innovators, Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay and San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, built their run-game structure around the concept.

“I think that just making defensive linemen, linebackers move sideline to sideline, it gives you a crease,” Campbell said. “For just one guy to mess up, you can capitalize on it more. And so you definitely have to move in unison to kind of build that wall and be able to travel together, and if one guy kind of gets out of position, it’s like special teams: You have to kind of replace him. So it’s tough. …

“I think the biggest thing you can do [as an offense] is mix it up, keep teams guessing. If you know exactly what a team’s going to do, you have a better chance of stopping it. But if you can mix it up and make it complicated, you’ll give yourself just a little bit of an edge, which you need in this game.”

Just how much change is underway in Baltimore? The answer could be clear in about a month. Or maybe not. Asked about his offense’s tendencies in Thursday’s game, Roman said: “I really don’t think there is much to read into on that.”

But he added: “We’re going to mix it up.”

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This is another dismal reading as ZEW notes that they expect a further decline in Germany’s already weak economic growth. Combined with high inflation rates and expected additional costs due to rising energy prices, this will reduce profit expectations for the private consumer sector.

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