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An agent take: J.J. Watt, Fletcher Cox among 10 NFL defensive players in pivotal year or with something to prove

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An agent take: J.J. Watt, Fletcher Cox among 10 NFL defensive players in pivotal year or with something to prove

An agent take: J.J. Watt, Fletcher Cox among 10 NFL defensive players in pivotal year or with something to prove

Ten offensive NFL players to watch were featured in an article earlier this week. Now the focus is on the other side of the ball.

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Every season, different groups of players find themselves at a crossroads or needing to prove their stuff for different reasons. The most common reasons are age, contract or salary cap, injury, poor performance or off-field issues.

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Listed below are ten defensive players who will fall into one of these categories for the 2022 NFL season.

JJ Watts, DL, Cardinals

Watt didn’t miss a game in his first five NFL seasons, when he had the most dominant defensive player in the league. Over the next six seasons, Watt played in 55 of 97 regular-season games due to various injuries. Watt missed the final 10 games of the 2021 regular season with a shoulder injury that required surgery and is expected to require six months of recovery. He returned for the Cardinals’ wild-card playoff loss to the Rams. The 33-year-old is entering the final year of a two-year, $28 million contract (worth up to $30 million, through incentives and raises), which he signed with the Texans in 2021 following a release request from the Texans. The Cardinals signed his release request.

Bobby Wagner, ILB, Rams

The rebuilding Seahawks released Wagner in March instead of paying him $16.6 million in exchange for this year’s $20.35 million salary cap. Wagner is coming off a 2021 season in which he made a career-high 170 tackles while making his eighth straight Pro Bowl and All-Pro Second Team. The Southern California native was desperate to get home, so he signed a five-year, $50 million deal with the Super Bowl LVI champion Rams worth up to $65 million through incentives. By staying in the NFC West, Wagner has a chance to show the Seahawks their mistake in letting him go.

Daniel hunt, fringe, Vikings

Hunter was one of the NFL’s best passers when healthy, and he hasn’t been much of a play over the past two seasons. He missed the entire 2020 due to a herniated disc in his neck, and a torn pectoral muscle will limit him to seven games in 2021. Hunter was unhappy with the five-year, $72 million average contract extension of $14.4 million per year, leading him to sign with the Vikings in 2018 and revise his contract in 2021. The team increased Hunter’s salary by $7.25 million in 2023 and gave him $20 million this season. Hunter has 14.5 sacks in each of the past two healthy seasons (2018 and 2019). If Hunter can stay healthy, he should be ready for the lucrative new contract he’s been looking for, as 2023 will be his contract year.

Marcus Peters, CB, Ravens

Peters missed last year after tearing his cruciate ligament before the 2021 regular season opener. He was activated from the physically incompetent roster a few weeks ago. Peters has a league-high 31 interceptions since joining the NFL in 2015. Given that 2022 is his contract year, a return to one of the NFL’s top Hawks teams could be crucial to Peter’s financial future. Peters, who is in the final year of a three-year term, signed an average $14 million-a-year extension at the end of the 2019 regular season.

Frank clark, fringe, Chiefs

Clark wasn’t the pass-rusher the Chiefs were expecting, signing a five-year, $104 million deal with a $62.305 million guarantee to go along with his 2019 first-round pick from the Seahawks In connection with the trade for the 2020 second-round pick, Pique was signed before the 2019 draft. He had 18.5 sacks in his three seasons with the Chiefs. Originally expected to earn $19.5 million in 2022, Clark reduced his salary to $6.75 million, with an additional $7 million in incentives to stay in Kansas City. His $21 million salary in 2023 remains the same. Clark had two double-digit sacks in his seven-year NFL career, with a career-high 13 sacks in 2019. Considering Clark’s 2023 salary cap of $28.675 million, a third double-digit sack season would be very handy.

Deion Jones, ILB, Falcons

Jones wasn’t a good fit for the defensive coordinator brought to the Falcons last season. Salary and offseason shoulder surgery undermined Atlanta’s attempt to trade Jones. After spending most of training camp at the PUP, Jones is ready to start the season with free-agent signings Rashaan Evans and Mykal Walker. Jones is now sidelined for at least the first four games of the season after being placed on injury reserve. It’s clear that Jones won’t be returning to Atlanta in 2023 with a salary of $13,135,174 and a cap of $18,476,519. Assuming Jones leaves IR, his chances of showing for the next team may be minimal.

Eddie jackson, s, Bears

Jackson is no longer the same player since the Bears made him the highest-paid safety in the NFL since the 2019 regular season ended at $14,604,250 per year at a 4-year average of $14,604,250 per year. In the past two seasons, he has not received a pass. Jackson had eight interceptions in his first two years in the NFL. Under the new regime of general manager and head coach Matt Eberflux, the Bears have been cleaning the house. Jackson, who has 17 games to show them his worth, is projected to make $13.1 million in 2023 with a $17.09 million cap.

Bradley chubb, fringe, Mustangs

If he goes back to where he was in 2018 or 2020, Chubb would be worth far more than the $13.926 million fifth-year option he’s currently using. He led the rookie with 12 sacks in 2018. Chubb has shown no ill effects from a torn left anterior cruciate ligament, which kept him in just four games in 2019 and a Pro Bowl honor in 2020. However, the fifth overall pick in 2018 had an unforgettable 2021 season. Chubb has not been fired in the seven games he has played due to an ankle injury.

Jeff Okudah, CB, Lions

Okuda didn’t play like the third overall pick in the 2020 draft as a rookie two seasons ago. The opposing quarterback completed 76 percent of his passes (38 of 50 attempts) before missing the final six games with a groin injury. to PFF. Okuda has hit just 48 dunks in 2021 after tearing his left Achilles tendon in the season opener. He earned a spot in Detroit’s training camp starting lineup. Okuda’s performance this season will determine whether the Lions will exercise his fifth-year option in 2024 next season.

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JJ Watt announces NFL retirement

JJ Watt is hanging up his boots. On Tuesday (27), the Arizona Cardinals defensive end announced that he is retiring from the NFL, via a post on Twitter.

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“Koa’s (defensive end’s daughter) first NFL game, last home game of my career,” wrote the star, posing in photos alongside his daughter and wife, Chicago Red Stars forward Kealia. “My heart is filled with nothing less than love and gratitude. It has been an absolute honor and pleasure.”

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A three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Watt is a future Hall of Famer. He was the 11th overall pick in the 2011 Draft by the Houston Texans. There, he played until the end of the 2020 season, when he announced his move to Arizona.

In Texas, he played 128 games, including eight for the playoffs, adding 21 more for the Cardinals, one of them for the postseason, in last year’s Wild Card round against the Los Angeles Rams. In all, there are 149 starters on the field, 111.5 sacks, 580 tackles, 191 tackles for loss of yardage, 313 QB hits, one safety, and two interceptions.

When it comes to awards, the list is also extensive. He was three times named AP Defensive Player of the Year (2013, 2015 and 2016), once Walter Payton Man of the Year (2018), 2017 Sportsman of the Year, five times selected to the Pro Bowl (2012 to 2015 and 2018) and six times to the All-Pro team (2012 to 2015 and 2018).

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Four Flashes make the MAC First Team, and nine players are named All-Conference.

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Four Flashes make the MAC First Team, and nine players are named All-Conference.

Four Flashes make the MAC First Team, and nine players are named All-Conference.

Marquez Cooper, Marcellus Marshall, Devontez Walker, and Dante Cephas were all named to the first team for the conference.

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Cephas received his second selection to the first team of the conference in as many years. In MAC play, his figure increased to 97.8 yards per game, placing him second in the MAC with 82.7 yards per game. Cephas was one of three MAC receivers with an average of more over 15 yards per grab, along with teammate Devontez Walker. In the victory over Ohio this season, he set a Kent State record with a 246-yard performance (on 13 receptions).

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Cooper receives his first all-conference mention after compiling 1,331 yards to finish second in the MAC and 14th in the FBS, marking the sixth season with 1,300+ yards in program history. For the Flashes, Cooper’s 13 running touchdowns are among the top 10 for any season. Cooper recorded the sixth 240+ yard game in program history in the win against Ohio, and he averaged over 130 yards per game (132.7) in conference games. He and Cephas established themselves as the first duo in FBS history to have over 240 yards apiece in the same contest.

Assuming the starting offensive tackle position, Marcellus Marshall achieved first-honors for his performance. Marshall started each of the 12 games, and the offensive line helped create the best rushing attack in the MAC, averaging more than 200 yards per game and more than 2,400 yards total. The Flashes were also one of three teams in the MAC to average 400 yards of offense per game and one of two to surpass 5,000 total offense yards this season.

Walker, who this season took on a starting position, receives his first all-conference honor. With 11 touchdown catches, he established a new school record and had one of the best seasons in the MAC. That score ranked sixth in the FBS and tied for first in the MAC. His 921 yards ranked third all-time in program history and led the league. In terms of catches (58) and yards per catch, he also came in first (15.9).

Sam Allan, Nico Bolden, and Ja’Shaun Poke were named to the second team of the conference.

Allan, who started all 12 games at center for the Golden Flashes, ends his career with his first all-conference recognition. Like Marshall, Allan contributed to the offensive line’s stability and helped the unit record its fourth season of 5,000+ offensive yardage.

With 103 tackles this season, Bolden achieved a career best and was named to the all-conference team for the first time. His five games with 10+ tackles, including his final three games of the season, marked the end of his Kent State career. His 64 solo tackles were second in the MAC and was first on the squad.

Poke’s talent as a returner won him a spot on the second team. With only 15 returns, he finished sixth in overall return yardage but topped the MAC with a kickoff return average of 29.4. Poke contributed to the passing game as well, ranking third on the team in throwing yards with 362 for the year.

Zayin West and Collin Schlee were named to the third team of the league. In his first 11 games as the starting quarterback, Schlee completed 2,109 passes for 2,109 yards. His 138.0 quarterback rating, which was third-best in the MAC, was aided by the second-best MAC touchdown-to-interception ratio of 13 to 5. Schlee improved the club’s running game by contributing 492 yards, four touchdowns, and more than five yards per carry to his second-place result on the team.

In his last season, Zayin West had an all-conference campaign. With a team and career high of 11.5 tackles for loss, West placed top-10 in the MAC. That number includes 4.5 sacks, which ranks second on the team. With two sacks and three tackles for loss in the triumph, he contributed to securing the Wagon Wheel for the fourth consecutive season. West was also an important player for the Flashes’ special teams, converting a fake punt against Georgia by catching a pass, and returning a kick against Ball State for 21 yards.

The four first-team members and nine all-conference selections are Kent State’s highest totals since 1997 and 2012, respectively.

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After the final group games, Qatar World Cup last-16 fixtures have been confirmed ahead of England vs. Senegal.

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After the final group games, Qatar World Cup last-16 fixtures have been confirmed ahead of England vs. Senegal.

After the final group games, Qatar World Cup last-16 fixtures have been confirmed ahead of England vs. Senegal.

England is one of 16 teams to advance from their groups as the World Cup enters its final rounds. Tomorrow (Saturday), the round of 16 begins, with the winners of Group A facing the losers of Group B.

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The Netherlands advanced without incident as Cody Gakpo continues to impress in his maiden World Cup, leading the competition in scoring. England will play Senegal on Sunday, joining the Netherlands and the United States in the next round.

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Lionel Messi was influential for Argentina once again, as they prepare to face Australia, who qualified with France from Group D. At one point on Thursday night, Spain and Germany were both on their way out of the tournament, but it was the Germans who suffered another disappointing performance at a major tournament and joined Belgium in exiting the competition.

The World Cup will now be divided into two paths to the final, with countries prepared for knockout competition. Here is a schedule for the World Cup once all of the group stage matches have been completed:

The Netherlands won Group A with seven points from three matches and will face the United States, who placed second to England in Group B. Gakpo is the primary guy for Louis van Gaal’s team at the moment, although Christian Pulisic, Timothy Weah, Yunus Musah, and Weston McKennie are also dangers for the USA.

Lionel Messi will be trying to lead his country into the quarter-finals with a win over Australia, as the winners of the above two games will meet in the quarter-finals.

France vs. Poland and England against. Senegal on Sunday, December 4

The opposite half of the World Cup knockout bracket begins on Sunday, with France facing Poland, who finished second in Group C behind Argentina. England will try to advance to the quarter-finals with a win over Senegal, perhaps setting up a meeting with the current World Cup champions if France defeats Poland.

Monday, December 5: Japan vs. Croatia, and Brazil vs. South Korea.

Japan, who qualified out of Group E ahead of Costa Rica and Germany on the final matchday of the group stages, will face Croatia who saw out a 0-0 draw against Belgium to knock Roberto Martinez’s side out of the competition in shocking fashion. Brazil, the tournament favorites, rotated significantly for their last group stage encounter, which they lost 1-0 to Cameroon.

Neymar remains an injury worry for the remainder of the tournament, and South Korea will be a severe test after defeating Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal in the round of 16, qualifying ahead of both Uruguay and Ghana on goals scored.

Morocco against. Spain & Portugal vs. Switzerland on Tuesday, December 6

The last round of 16 matches get off on Tuesday, with Morocco taking on Spain and Portugal taking on Switzerland. The Swiss defeated Serbia 3-2 on the penultimate day of the group stages to secure their spot in the round of 16, while Morocco demonstrated their ability to trigger an upset by defeating Belgium in their group.

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