The last time we heard from Chaz Green K'Waun Williams Jersey , the Cowboys offensive lineman was turning Adrian Clayborn into a household name while getting Dak Prescott killed. Clayborn made 9.5 sacks last season, with four coming in Week 11 against Green and two others against Green’s replacement, Byron Bell.
Green took blame for the Cowboys’ 27-7 loss to the Falcons immediately after the game, and he has continued to be a stand-up guy since.
“It’s been real tough to get over, man,” Green said, via Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I’d by lying if I鈥檇 sit here and said it wasn鈥檛. As a competitor, it鈥檚 tough, but it鈥檚 something that I feel like I go off on. I always keep it in the back of my head when I go out to work each and every day.
“I want to put that behind me and not have it happen again.”
He has watched the film over and over again, hoping to learn from what he calls “self-inflicted” mistakes. Green doesn’t want the performance, which came with Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith inactive with an injury http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/corey-bojorquez-jersey , to define him.
“That’s life. You’re always judged against your last performance,” Green said. “I don’t need sympathy, man. This game isn鈥檛 based on sympathy, so that鈥檚 the last thing I鈥檓 looking for. I own up to that. You know what I mean? I’m trying to move past that and grow.
“But the last thing I鈥檓 looking for is sympathy because my parents and how my dad raised me is much more tougher than that.”
Green, 26, faces a make-or-break season. In the final year of his rookie contract after the Cowboys spent a third-round pick on him, he has played only 18 games with six starts.
Green opened last season as the starter at left guard but lost his job to Jonathan Cooper. The Cowboys drafted Connor Williams in the second round to man the left guard spot this season.
Green worked at right guard and right tackle during the offseason program.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner knows what to expect.
Two-time All-Pro running back Le'Veon Bell is skipping training camp at St. Vincent College for the second straight season because of a contract dispute. Bell's absence last summer meant Conner saw additional snaps in camp as a rookie.
This time, he's raised expectations. He's at the top of the depth chart, at least until Bell arrives.
"Le'Veon here or not, I'm focused and trying to prove to myself that I'm in shape and I can handle playing," Conner said. "I'm focused no matter who's here or who's not here."
Bell chose to not sign his franchise tender until the eve of the 2017 season. He is expected to follow the same path this time. That's with Conner Daryl Williams Jersey , who intends to prove he can handle the heavier workload.
"I want to show it all," Conner said. "Every time I get in, I'm going to make every rep count."
Conner, a former star at the University of Pittsburgh, showed flashes as a rookie, sporadically filling in to give Bell a breather. The Steelers' 2017 third-round pick appeared in 14 games, rushing 32 times for 144 yards, an average of 4.5 yards per carry, before a knee injury ended his season.
A leaner, trimmer Conner initially turned heads during spring workouts and that effort has carried into training camp.
Conner set the tone with a touchdown on the first competitive snap of training camp. Ben Roethlisberger delivered a quick slant to the slot where Conner hauled in the touchdown ahead of former first-round pick Artie Burns.
On Monday, Conner broke off a long touchdown run during a drill that featured live tackling. He displayed burst through the hole and into the secondary where he ran away from safety Nat Berhe en route to the end zone.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin expects that kind of development from Conner in his second season.
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Rookie Jaylen Samuels still seeks that kind of consistency. He is taking advantage of the extra snaps to see where he fits in.
Samuels, a fifth-round pick, was a do-everything standout at North Carolina State. The 6-foot, 225-pounder stepped in at running back, fullback, wide receiver and even tight end. He ranks second in school history in total touchdowns, fourth in touchdown catches and sixth in scoring runs.
The Steelers list Samuels as a running back, but he's also being used in the slot or split out as a receiver.
"I don't want to be held to just one skill," Samuels said. "I want to be able to showcase a lot of different skills. Whenever I go against different mismatches, I want it to be tough on them."
Samuels knows he needs to improve on his pass blocking.
"I didn't really do it in college as much Frans Nielsen Jersey Kids ," Samuels said. "I did a lot in practice, but not really game-time situations because I was either in the route or I was getting the ball."
Tomlin made Samuels take five consecutive, unsuccessful turns during the team's "backs on backers" drill in which a running back or tight end attempts to pick up a blitzing linebacker.
"I feel like pass blocking is probably the most that's lacking in my game right now," Samuels said. "That's the one thing I need to work on."
Samuels will have his chance for additional development at training camp with Bell away.
"It's definitely an opportunity to display my skills, and earn some respect from the players and coaches," Samuels said. "I'm excited for the opportunity that's ahead of me."