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The Seattle Seahawks jersey are signing former Philadelphia Eagles jersey cheap jersey first-round pick Marcus Smith, a source tells ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

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Smith appeared in 37 games during three seasons with the Eagles since being drafted in 2014. He did not make a start and totaled four career sacks. The team waived him earlier this week.

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Smith, 25, was selected 26th overall during the 2014 draft. He had 14.5 sacks during his final season at Louisville.

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — After plenty of outside consternation about the status of his surgically repaired right shoulder, San Francisco 49ers jersey linebacker Reuben Foster jersey has been completely cleared for his first NFL training camp.

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“Guess what? It’s training camp and the kid just got cleared yesterday and I’m so excited,” Foster said on the team’s Twitter account. “We’re going to have an exciting season, an exciting training camp and I can’t wait.”

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— San Francisco 49ers jersey (@49ers) July 27, 2017

wholesale sports jerseys Moments before video of Foster’s proclamation, Niners coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch confirmed that Foster had indeed been cleared for full participation when the team has its first practice Friday afternoon.

Cheap Shaq Evans jersey That is certainly welcome news to Niners fans after the status of Foster’s shoulder had been endlessly debated before and after the NFL draft. The rotator cuff injury, suffered in Alabama’s national semifinal win against Washington, played a primary role in Foster’s slide to the No. 31 spot in the first round.

The 49ers traded up from the top of the second round with the Seattle Seahawks jersey in order to acquire Foster but insisted that they had done the necessary research on the shoulder and he would be ready to go for training camp.

The team’s doctors and trainers limited Foster to noncontact drills during the offseason program while eyeing training camp as a potential full go. As it turned out, that’s exactly what happened as Foster officially got the green light on Wednesday.

“I would say that we pride ourselves in doing all our due diligence not afterwards but before we make decisions,” Lynch said. “And we had done exhaustive research on Reuben Foster jersey in a lot of different areas, medically was one area. We feel great about our doctors, our medical program here. … He’s fully cleared and no limitations; we’re excited about that.”

Not only will Foster not have any restrictions when camp opens, but he will also be allowed to continue to do everything when the team puts the pads on after a league-mandated two-practice waiting period.

Foster’s availability clears the path for him to engage in what figures to be one of the Niners’ most hotly contested position battles against Malcolm Smith jersey for a starting job at weakside linebacker.

While Foster will have to play catch-up after Smith took all of the reps with the first-team defense in the spring, he managed to impress Shanahan and Lynch with his ability to stay plugged in mentally even when he wasn’t at full speed.

“What was real impressive with Reuben, which you don’t always see with guys coming right out of college, is to be able to sit in these long meetings and just watch stuff on a board and know you’re not going to go out and practice that day,” Shanahan cheap jersey said. “Lots of guys, especially coming straight out of college, have a hard time staying awake. They can’t really focus as long, especially when they know they’re not playing that day.

“Reuben was very good the opposite way. He was into it; he surprised me with his knowledge of the defense. I think he’s in as good of a spot as you can be without stepping on the field.”

With Foster in the fold, Shanahan indicated that the 49ers are expected to begin camp without any players on the physically unable to perform list.

For any fellow 49ers coming off injury, matching Foster’s enthusiasm is a tall order.

“He’s champing at the bit,” Lynch said. “We told you about how we almost had to have a leash on him to keep him out of drills and all that. There’s so much to like about him. I think we’ve only grown to appreciate that more since he’s been in the building. He’s got an excitement that’s infectious.”

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The Seattle Seahawks jersey were one of the only teams in the NFL that aggressively pursued running backs on the free-agent market this offseason.

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The team was linked to Adrian Peterson jersey jersey, Latavius Murray jersey and Jamaal Charles jersey jersey but eventually settled on a one-year deal with Eddie Lacy jersey jersey jersey. What makes Lacy a good fit? The recently released Football Outsiders Almanac offers some insight.

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Eddie Lacy jersey jersey jersey’s power-running style should help the Seahawks’ offense set a physical tone early in games this season. Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY SportsThe numbers indicate that Seattle simply didn’t have confidence in its running game last season. The Seahawks went from running the ball 67 percent of the time in short-yardage situations (fifth) in 2015 to 50 percent (25th) in 2016. They ran the ball just 33 percent of the time in the first halves of games, the third-lowest mark in the NFL.

cheap jerseys authentic A healthy Russell Wilson jersey will go a long way in helping the run game get back on track. But the Seahawks need their backs to create yards even when the blocking is far from perfect. That’s how they’ll be judging Lacy’s performance.

Cheap Ibraheim Campbell jersey Some other notes from the Football Outsiders Almanac:

The offensive line numbers were ugly.

The stats back up the eye test here. Left tackle George Fant jersey had a blown block once every 25.5 snaps, which ranked last among the 35 players at his position. Given his inexperience, Fant was put in an impossible situation as a rookie. But he has had one of the most impressive offseasons on the team, according to Seahawks coaches.

Guards Germain Ifedi jersey and Mark Glowinski jersey both finished in the bottom five at their respective positions in blown blocks.

Center Justin Britt jersey was the team’s best offensive lineman and the only one not to allow a sack.

The Seahawks signed Luke Joeckel jersey jersey jersey and drafted Ethan Pocic jersey in the offseason, but perhaps more importantly, they need young players like Fant, Ifedi and Glowinski to improve significantly.

The run defense was phenomenal.

It gets taken for granted at times, but the Seahawks’ run defense was outstanding last season. Per Football Outsiders, it was one of the 12 best performances they’ve ever measured.

Guys like veteran defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin jersey do the dirty work against the run. Linebackers Bobby Wagner jersey and K.J. Wright jersey both had great seasons. And rookie nose tackle Jarran Reed jersey seemed to improve as the season went on.

Often when coach Pete Carroll is asked if his team lacks discipline, he points to its consistently impressive effort against the run.

The offense needs to be better in the red zone.

The Seahawks’ red zone offense ranked 24th, per Football Outsiders. Part of that is connected to the struggles in the run game mentioned above.

The other obvious issue is they need to do a better job of utilizing Jimmy Graham jersey inside the opponents’ 20 — something Carroll has cheap jersey admitted. Graham had 923 receiving yards last year, third best among tight ends. But he had just six catches in the red zone.

Whether the Seahawks can find a way to get more from Graham as they near the end zone remains to be seen. But expect this to be an emphasis during training camp and the preseason.

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After more than 30 years in the family business, Jeremy Bates needed to get away. Burned out by football, perhaps disillusioned by the cutthroat nature of the NFL, the one-time rising star in the coaching ranks bolted after the 2012 season. Only 36, he disappeared from the football landscape for four years, losing touch with some of his closest friends in the game.

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“What the hell is Jeremy up to?” Jon Gruden, his first NFL boss, often asked Jim Bates, Jeremy’s father and a retired coach.

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Only 200 people a year navigate the CDT, and he did it alone. It was a harrowing time for his family, which heard from him every week or so. He grew a beard and a ponytail — “his mountain man look,” his father said — straying from the image of the clean-cut football prodigy who impressed coaching heavyweights Gruden and Mike Shanahan with his work ethic and X’s and O’s acumen. Maybe he had lost his way. A map got him from New Mexico to Canada, but sometimes people need to find themselves even when they’re on a marked trail.

cheap jerseys from china “Football is a 24/7 commitment and he just needed some time off,” Jim Bates said. “When he first walked away, it was real tough on him, but I think it really helped him. I think he’s really matured and he appreciates the game that much more. … It was a very, very valuable time for Jeremy, and he’s real excited to be on the football field again.”

Wholesale Trumaine Johnson jersey Now 40 and clean-shaven, Bates came down from the mountains, so to speak, to coach the New York Jets jersey’ quarterbacks for Todd Bowles, who plucked him out of the thin air to preside over the development of Christian Hackenberg jersey and Bryce Petty jersey. If Bates thought 15 to 20 miles a day on the CDT was a challenge … well, this is the NFL version of Mount Everest.

The polarizing Hackenberg, whom the organization hopes can win the starting job ASAP, has yet to take a regular-season snap. His mechanics were a mess when he came out of Penn State, and he spent his rookie season on the bench, languishing on the scout team. Job No. 1 for Bates is to fix Hackenberg.

“Can this kid throw the ball like he did as a freshman at Penn State? Can he regain his confidence? I don’t know, nobody knows,” said Gruden, who hired Bates as a quality-control assistant for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers jersey in 2002. “Is there enough talent in New York to find a quarterback right now? I don’t know, but if there is, Jeremy will develop it. That’s what I cheap jersey do know.”

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Gruden and Shanahan are huge fans of the former wonder boy, who worked three years for each coach. Bates was the Denver Broncos jersey’ quarterbacks coach when Jay Cutler jersey jersey made the Pro Bowl in 2008, dazzling Shanahan with his knowledge of defenses and pass-protection schemes. Shanahan was fired after the season, so Bates joined Pete Carroll at USC and followed him a year later to the Seattle Seahawks jersey.

Bates was an offensive coordinator at 34, seemingly on the fast track to becoming a head coach, but he was fired after one season — a playoff year, no less. There was reported strife between Bates and offensive line coach Alex Gibbs; Carroll, in an out-of-character move, sent Bates packing.

After sitting out a year while getting paid by the Seahawks, Bates reunited with Cutler, this time in Chicago. It was another one-and-done, as the Bears cleaned house despite a 10-6 record. Bates, known for his intensity, chafed some people in the organization, a source said. Former Bucs quarterback Shaun King, recalling their days in Tampa, told the Chicago Tribune that Bates “had that cocky, I-know-more-than-you attitude. We would give him a hard time about that.”

With a 40-pound backpack, Jeremy Bates walked on two surgically repaired knees from New Mexico to Colorado to Wyoming to Idaho to Montana to Canada. Photo courtesy of Beverly BatesBates headed for the hills, deciding to explore another meaning of the word “hike.” In addition to the CDT, he tackled the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail last year. Why the detachment?

“That’s a good question,” he said last month. “There were a couple of things going on at the time. I don’t think you can mess with your life’s journey, if you will. I think at the time it was the right time for me to step aside, find out some things about myself and have the opportunity to do some things outside football.”

It was the first time he was away from football. He had played quarterback in high school and went on to Rice University after a one-year stop at Tennessee, where he was Peyton Manning jersey jersey’s teammate. Actually, his education began long before college.

Because of his father, who coached at seven colleges and for seven NFL teams, Bates grew up around the game. He was a 3-year-old ball boy at Texas Tech, sleeping in the dorms during summer camp and hanging around at practice. At 17, he was a ball boy for the Cleveland Browns jersey, whose quarterback, Vinny Testaverde, became his pupil when he coached the Jets’ quarterbacks in 2005 under Herm Edwards.

In a way, Bates has been victimized by bad timing, as he walked into three one-and-done coaching situations. It’s the ugly part of the business, and it took a toll on him. Before hiring him, Bowles wanted to make sure his head was in it. After all, a four-year absence is practically a generation in the NFL.

“You have to see if he has the desire to come back, why he left, why he wants to come back, where he is mentally,” Bowles said. “Then you have to make an executive decision. Jeremy was all the things I was looking for.”

Always a hunch he would return

Coaches and players describe Bates as bright, meticulous, demanding and direct. He already has a comfort level with new offensive coordinator John Morton, as they worked together on Carroll’s staff at USC.

Josh McCown jersey jersey jersey said Bates tweaked his footwork in 2012, when they were together in Chicago. Bates taught him to throw from a shoulder-width base, improving his velocity. That adjustment, McCown said, “helped propel me to play into my late 30s because I felt like I got a little more juice on the ball. I give him a lot of credit.”

Hackenberg, who has struggled with accuracy, revamped his footwork and showed signs of improvement in the spring. The Jets hope it’s the Bates Effect.

“This guy knows what he’s talking about,” Gruden said. “This guy is a hard-ass guy, he’s a tough guy. He’s not going to let you step with your right foot if he wants you to step with your left foot. If he wants a little stagger in your feet, have your feet staggered. If he wants you to read a progression this way, you’d better read it that way or he’s going to jump your ass.”

While away from the game, Bates lived in Colorado and was into snowboarding. As for football, he didn’t go cold turkey. He did his own “projects,” according to his father, exercises that involved breaking down game tape. He also attended a couple of camps with Shanahan, who always had a hunch Bates would return to coaching.

“It’s not going to take long for Jeremy to get back into the swing of things,” Shanahan said. “He was a very bright guy who was always on top of his game. To get a guy like Jeremy, with his background and his mentality of X’s and O’s, I think they got themselves a pretty special guy. He’ll be at the top of the food chain when it’s all done.”

Bates, in his only media availability since being hired, was reluctant to talk in detail about his four-year hiatus. He wants to focus on now. He’s reunited with his first love, hoping he can scale new mountains.

“At the end of the day, I think it made me a better person,” he said. “I think it made me a better teacher. I look forward to being a coach.”

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