Sami Zayn certainly made a name for himself in front of the Raw crowd Monday night, but his fantastic effort against John Cena might have come at a physical cost.
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Zayn Injured in Match with Cena
Tuesday, May 5
According to WWE.com, Zayn suffered a shoulder injury in pursuit of Cena’s United States Championship. The former NXT champion will have an MRI to determine what, if any, damage was caused.
As usual, Cena issued his open challenge for the U.S. title. That brought out Bret Hart, who introduced Cena’s next challenger: Zayn. The two had a very good match, which the champion won with two Attitude Adjustments.
It was the perfect kind of match to introduce Zayn to any fans unfamiliar with his previous work.
Of course, the injury could stunt all of the momentum Zayn built Monday night. It would be a shame if he has to follow that great bout with a prolonged spell out of the ring.
Defensive stalwarts like Urlacher, Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs are no longer with the organization, but the Bears may have found a centerpiece for their new 3-4 defense in second-round pick Eddie Goldman.
To compare Goldman to any of the names above is unfair for a variety of reasons, but with the organization transitioning from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 defense this offseason, the former Florida State Seminole has a chance to become a focal point in the middle of defensive coordinator Vic Fangio‘s 3-4 scheme.
Bears legend Dick Butkus announced the team’s pick in the second round, and the Hall of Famer gave Chicago’s selection of Goldman his approval, according to Chicago Bears radio network sideline reporter Zach Zaidman:
Coming out of high school in 2012, Goldman was a 5-star recruit, according to Rivals.com, and was listed as the seventh-best recruit in the country. He joined Jimbo Fisher’s squad that fall in Tallahassee and played sparingly his freshman year before becoming a force up front for the Seminoles in 2013 and 2014.
His numbers do not jump off the page, but he showed improvement each season and was an integral part of Florida State’s championship run in 2013.
Goldman will not be expected to step in immediately and become a dominant force along Chicago’s defensive line, but his skill set suggests he can develop into a centerpiece in the team’s new defense if given the opportunity.
So how can Fangio and the Bears get the most out of Goldman?
Utilize His Versatility
Goldman is listed as a nose tackle, but he has the versatility to line up both inside and outside, according to Bleacher Report’s Dan Pompei:
Goldman spoke to the media Friday night after he was selected and confirmed Pompei‘s tweet.
He has the size (6’4″, 336 lbs) of a prototypical nose tackle in a 3-4 look, but he is surprisingly quick and athletic. He does a nice job of attacking in the run game, and he should help a Bears defense that allowed 137 rushing yards per game under former head coach Marc Trestman between 2013 and 2014.
He spent most of his time at Florida State playing nose tackle, but he also has the ability to line up outside at the 5-technique defensive end position.
ChicagoFootball.com’s Hub Arkush praised Bears general manager Ryan Pace for the selection of Goldman, and he compared the Florida State product to former San Francisco defensive end—and Fangio protege—Justin Smith.
“The best comp for Goldman is I mocked him at 15 with the 49ers as the heir apparent to All-Pro Justin Smith,” Arkush wrote. “Smith was good as a Bengal, but it was Vic Fangio who made him an All-Pro when he got to San Francisco and it would appear Fangio has found his Justin Smith for the Bears front.”
On the surface, the comparison sounds a bit off base considering Smith weighs just 285 pounds, but the two are both stout against the run, and Smith—like Goldman—can play both inside and outside.
In order for Goldman to live up to the Smith comparison, he will need to improve his pass-rushing skills.
He has good hands and a solid bull rush, but if the Bears want him to get pressure from either inside or outside, he will need to add to his arsenal of moves. At the collegiate level he was able to get production purely from his strength, but he will need to learn how to gain leverage and how to better utilize his athleticism.
Many draft experts, including Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller, criticized Goldman’s pass-rushing ability, but Goldman thinks he can be a force against the run and the pass.
Fangio has had success in the NFL turning guys such as Smith, Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks into feared pass-rushers, and he might be able to do the same with Goldman.
At this point, it looks like he will be two-down player to begin his career. But in Chicago he will have a chance to not only learn from someone like Fangio, but he could also benefit from playing with someone he has tried to model his game after.
Use Jeremiah Ratliff as a Mentor
Early in the scouting process, Miller compared Goldman to current Bears defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff.
“Goldman may not be as quick off the ball as Jay Ratliff, but their positional versatility and power foundations are very similar,” Miller wrote. “Like Ratliff, Goldman may be moved around and become a bit of an anchor for the defensive line.”
When I got the call [from the Bears], that was one of the first things I thought about was actually being in the locker room with him. It will be great. During the draft process I met [former NFL lineman] Andre Gurode and he said that Jay Ratliff was one of the best guys he ever went up against. I just look forward to learning a lot from him and playing alongside him.
After Chicago selected Goldman, Ratliff welcomed him to the team:
Ratliff was a seventh-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 2005, but he quickly developed into one of the league’s best interior defensive linemen. He was named to four Pro Bowls between 2008 and 2011 and was named an All-Pro in 2008 and 2009.
He played both the 0-technique nose tackle position and 5-technique defensive end position in Dallas’ 3-4 defense, and he could be someone Goldman leans on for help as he transitions into the NFL.
There is no guarantee Ratliff will take the young defensive lineman under his wings, but at the very least, Goldman will be able to learn from Ratliff by watching how he performs in practice and on game day.
Use Him to Re-establish an Identity on Defense
During Trestman‘s two-year run as the team’s head coach, the Bears struggled mightily on the defensive side of the football.
When Pace took over as general manager back in January, he talked about re-establishing Chicago’s identity.
“When you think about the Chicago Bears’ identity over the years,” Pace said, according to Dan Durkin of CBS Chicago, “it’s tough, physical defense, and we’re going to get back to that.”
The Bears have lacked that identity since Urlacher’s departure after the 2012 season, and while Goldman is not the flashiest player on the field, he has the right attitude and sounds willing to work on his craft.
If Goldman is willing to embrace whatever role Fangio puts him in and if he is able to lean on a former All-Pro like Ratliff, he has a chance to develop into a centerpiece in Chicago’s new 3-4 defense alongside guys like outside linebacker Pernell McPhee and cornerback Kyle Fuller for years to come.
Drones may have gone mainstream, but it’s not everyday that you see an entry to that marketplace from a veteran technologist with a history of popularizing clever little robot vacuum cleaners. Having already built a pair of industry-oriented drones, Roomba co-designer Helen Grainer’s startup CyPhy Works has made its first flirt with the consumer space with a moderately priced six-rotor drone that takes flight with a swipe of the smartphone screen.
The theme of this year’s Met Gala was China: Through The Looking Glass, and we got to take a look at the outrageous fashion that made its way outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art!
Some celebs took fashion risks that definitely paid off, while other outfits were bordering the line of offensive! Check out our highlights of the good, the bad, and the downright ugly!
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As CBS2’s Valerie Castro reported, police have also gotten involved in the search for Landon Thomas, 25. Dozens of fliers have been mounted in the section of Harlem near 145th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard where Thomas was last seen.
“The last time I saw him was in the morning, Monday, April 27th,” said Thomas’ roommate, Roman Zamishka. “We had breakfast together; talked about getting ready for the move.”
The 2015 Met Gala kicked off earlier this evening, and celebrity twosomes who coupled up on the red carpet with looks from top designers. Jay-Z and Beyonce, Diddy and Cassie, Chrissy Tiegen and John Legend all strolled hand-in-hand up the steps to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the annual fashion showdown…but whose look was the best?