T.J. Green ready for new start in Colts’ new defense
T.J. Green hasn’t lived up to the expectations the Colts put on him by making him a second-round choice in 2016, but in fairness, the defensive back hasn’t had a chance.
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He played only one season as a starting safety in college, arriving at Clemson as a receiver. Then, last season, the Colts switched him to cornerback in training camp, starting him at his new position after only three weeks of practice.
The pitchers really haven’t taken advantage of the conditions, sporting a middling 4.27 ERA to date. The bats have done the job, averaging an impressive 4.7 runs a game, notwithstanding a bottom 10 home run rate. Some of the low power output is the homer-suppressing nature of PNC Park, but some is weather. It hasn’t affected Gregory Polanco, but Corey Dickerson, Josh Bell and Colin Moran can in part blame the cold air for their paucity of pop. Acquiring someone from that trio shouldn’t cost much, yet could yield profit as the Midwest warms.
It was an unusual offseason as four of the six hires were on teams with playoff aspirations. The trends to look from new field bosses are how they manage the bullpen and the running game, along with general tendencies for platoons and resting regulars.
Alex Cora, Boston Red Sox — When you have Craig Kimbrel at your disposal, managing the late innings is straightforward. Though, in the occasions where Kimbrel isn’t available, Joe Kelly has been asked to handle the ninth.
They’ve made it abundantly clear from the word go, as soon as this past season ended, what they’re going to try to do, said former Giants quarterback Phil Simms, now a CBS analyst, via Tom Rock of Newsday. Keep the team together, fix it up a little, let Eli be the quarterback and try Ozzie Smith Youth jersey to win this year. This is not ‘we drafted Saquon to win and get in the playoffs in three years.’ It’s about this year. They put a lot of pressure on themselves. I understand what they’re doing.
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Simms said he believes Manning, at 37, has good years left in him. Therefore, the Giants didn’t need to draft Manning’s replacement yet.
Thirty-seven? Big deal, Simms said. I was 38 and went to the Pro Bowl [in his final year of 1993].