Will 49ers offensive line be at full strength to protect Garoppolo?

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. – Jimmy Garoppolo and his 49ers center, Weston Richburg, share a common bond beyond just the football snapped between them.It’s not their fashion flare, not when Garoppolo wears Jordans and Richburg pulls on cowboy boots. It’s not their facial hair, not when Garoppolo’s five-o’clock shadow is dwarfed by Richburg’s manly mustache. It’s not their demeanor, not when Garoppolo is more good cop and Richburg more bad cap.And yet, as the season opens Sunday against the Buccaneers, …last_img read more

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When Giants hire their next manager, expect culture shock in the dugout

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — When a scuffling Giants offense was shut out at home on June 24 against the Rockies, manager Bruce Bochy decided to make a change.Bochy moved first baseman Brandon Belt from the middle of the order all the way to the top, bringing one of his slowest players to a slot traditionally reserved for speedy table-setters.At the time of the switch, Belt owned a .359 on-base percentage but had just 29 RBIs in 74 games. He was effective at drawing walks and working deep counts, but …last_img read more

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MH370: Dramatic new find may solve mystery

first_imgBlaine Gibson with some debris from MH370 MH370 sleuth and debris hunter Blaine Gibson has recovered from Madagascar what may be the most significant piece of wreckage yet that could tell investigators what happened on board to cause the loss of 239 lives on March 8, 2014.The new pieces, to be given to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau in Canberra, are non-structural and appear to be sections of an internal wall panel which has been burnt, quite likely by a flash fire.They bear a remarkable resemblance to some of the the panelling used in the Boeing 777 Avionics Bay which is located below and behind the cockpit under the main cabin floor.MH370 relatives: Please don’t give up serach MH370 relatives are tormented by speculationThe pieces were found by Milson Tovontsoa, Rija Ravolatra, and Eodia Andriamahery from the town of Saint Luce on the south east coast of Madagascar.Mr Gibson told AirlineRatings.com that he was immediately struck by the significance of the pieces which showed scorch marks and had obviously been exposed to heat.However, he cautioned that the experts at the ATSB needed “to forensically examine the pieces to determine where they came from and what happened to them” before any conclusions could be drawn.Mr Gibson who has found 13 pieces of confirmed or suspected debris from MH370 has become the focus of picking up wreckage.So far 27 pieces have been recovered.Mr Gibson now has an army of followers in a host of west Indian Ocean locations scouring beaches looking for debris.The new find gives investigators and searchers other scenarios for the loss of MH370.Channel 7 Perth’s interview with Blaine Gibson. The most widely held theory has been that the captain took control of the Boeing 777 and flew it to the southern Indian Ocean.However, these new pieces raise other possibilities including cascading failures after a flash fire.But Mr Gibson says that the burn marks may have been from when the aircraft crashed into the Indian Ocean.“The sea is slowly giving up her secrets.“I believe these pieces are extremely important.”Rather than give up the new pieces to the Madagascar authorities, as he has done before, Mr Gibson has brought them to Australia to hand them over directly to the ATSB.“Malaysia is yet to pick up five pieces I found there three months ago,” said Mr Blaine.One of those pieces is a frame for a seat back monitor from a Boeing 777 which would indicate that the plane was involved in a catastrophic impact with the ocean.Read: Malaysia should give up investigation to another countrylast_img read more

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Watch: Nelson Mandela addresses Davos in 1999

first_imgNelson Mandela speaking to delegates at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos on 29 January 1999. Click image for a larger view. (Photo copyright World Economic Forum)• Sello HatangCEO and spokespersonNelson Mandela Centre of Memory+27 11 547 [email protected]• WEF Davos 2014: Keeping up with a fast-changing world • Zuma urges Team SA to sell South Africa at Davos • Watch: Nelson Mandela’s first television interview• Nelson Mandela – a timeline • Nelson Mandela: a life in photographsFifteen years ago, on 29 January 1999, Nelson Mandela addressed global luminaries gathered at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, for the last time. It was his final year as president, and South Africa had been free for only five years. Yet much of what he had to say still resonates in South Africa, and in the global economy.Mandela had spoken at Davos before, in 1992, two years before he became president. In 1999 he was able to look back on five years of democracy and reflect not only on the successes South Africa had achieved since the end of apartheid, but also its continued challenges. These lay not only at home, but also in a newly globalised world. Global economic integration had brought benefits, but also new risks of worldwide economic contagion.Jump to videoJump to transcript of Mandela’s speechAt 80 years old, Mandela looked strong, dressed in a cream-and-gold floral print Madiba shirt – and welcomed to the stage with a standing ovation from the audience. He was introduced by World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab, who described him as “an inspiration to all of us”.“I have had the opportunity of welcoming many heads of state in Davos,” Schwab said. “But when it comes to you, Mr President, it is a very special and a very cherished moment.”Reflecting on the approaching end of the 1990s, Schwab added: “Mr President, you are most likely the greatest statesman at the end of the century. Your achievements form a guiding light, which all of us should consider as we build the 21st century.”Watch the videoNelson Mandela’s address to the World Economic Forum in Davos, 29 January 1999. (Mandela’s speech begins at the seven-minute mark.)Read the transcriptEdited transcript of Nelson Mandela’s address to the World Economic Forum in Davos, 29 January 1999. Let me begin by thanking you most sincerely for affording me the privilege of addressing the World Economic Forum in Davos for the last time as president of South Africa.South Africa’s leadership has had a close and fruitful relationship with the forum over the past eight years. Such is our approach to the international business community that our new democracy never hesitated to accept your kind invitations to participate in this rigorous forum. I hope that by doing so we have been able to convey information about the challenges and the potential of our wonderful land.We have been lauded, politely listened to and pilloried for some of the things that others and I have said on various occasions here in Davos. Indeed, I have vivid memories of this process during my visit here in 1991! It has taught us much and reinforced our belief in dialogue and interaction with the international community.The success of the annual regional summits has confirmed us in this judgement. I would, therefore, like to use the occasion to invite you all to this year’s Southern Africa Economic Summit in Durban in June. While I will not be able personally to welcome and host you, I can assure you of South Africa’s warmest hospitality and of many opportunities to promote our mutual goals.However, if you should during your visit see an old man by the road carrying a placard saying, “No Job, No Money, New Wife, Big Family”, please spare a thought! [Audience laughter]‘The desire of good men and women everywhere’What has stood out in all our interactions with you is your profound goodwill toward South Africa. I doubt if you know how much this means to us. To ensure a better life for all our people is a complex and difficult task. Your support strengthens our efforts and inspires us.We know that this goodwill arises from the desire of good men and women everywhere that South Africa should succeed in reconciling our people, and that we should lay the scourge of racism to rest.This requires strong democratic institutions and a culture of compassion. None of this is possible without a strong economy.The challenges we face combine many of the great challenges that face our global society. We need social stability that is based on socioeconomic development. We must nurture tolerance, collective wisdom and democracy. Like all countries, we must provide real personal safety and security against criminality and abuse of human rights.Who benefits from globalisation?The fact that we face these global challenges at the precise moment that we have become free with the world’s support places special obligations on our new democracy.Some people argue that we should focus on our own immense problems and leave others to their own devices. That would be to turn our back on those that helped to liberate us, often at great costs to themselves. It would be contrary to our morality, which will not let us desert our friends.Who, in our interdependent world, can turn their back on people in other lands when press, radio and television bring us the graphic reality of abuse, death, genocide and senseless and destructive wars?Is globalisation only to benefit the powerful and the financiers, speculators, investors and traders? Does it offer nothing to men, women and children who are ravaged by the violence of poverty?To answer “yes” to these questions is to recreate the conditions for conflict and instability. However, if the answer is “no”, then we can begin to build a better life for all humanity.Reflections on five years of freedomSouth Africa knew from the outset that reconstruction and development would be even more difficult than the defeat of the apartheid system. I cannot report that we have succeeded in all our endeavours in South Africa. Yet a great deal has been achieved in the first five years of democracy, in the face of many difficulties.The statistics of our progress are readily available to those that want them, so I will only cite two facts:In 1994, 12-million people in our rural areas, some 30% of South Africans, lacked access to clean drinking water. Since then, 3-million have gained access to that absolutely basic amenity.In 1994, two thirds (63%) of South African households lacked electricity. Today the figure is reduced to one third (36%) of households without electricity.An audience such as yourselves will understand what these two examples indicate about our broad programme of socioeconomic improvement: the scale of the challenge we inherited; the progress we have made; how much more is still to be done.You will appreciate that such improvement, if it is to be sustained, requires enduring changes in our public service, a stable and living democracy, as well as a dynamic and sustainable economy.Partnerships to combat joblessness, crime and HIVBecause development brings great structural change that affects different interests in different ways, the achievement of our goals requires of us the capacity to mobilise a highly complex society in pursuit of broad national objectives. It means building a broad partnership of major social forces.Considering the condition of South African society a few short years ago, I believe that we have made great progress in this regard. What is deeply encouraging is the way in which civil society is becoming actively engaged in transforming our society, in particular to deal with the most difficult challenges we face.Our recent Jobs Summit brought business, labour and the development community together with government to work for job creation.Business actively assists in our critical battle against crime. The religious community has come together with political parties to give a lead with government in the moral regeneration that will help fight corruption and crime. Farmers and farmworkers are working with the police and army to combat rural criminality.Last year this World Economic Forum gave a global lead to the international business community in the fight against HIV/Aids. I am pleased to be able to report to you that late last year a national Partnership Against Aids was launched in South Africa, by Deputy President Thabo Mbeki, bringing together all sectors of our society, including the private sector, to combat this epidemic.Such partnerships of social forces give our society a resilience and stability that keep it on a steady course, whatever the vagaries of political mood. This environment allows government to take a longer view and consistently apply sound and sustainable economic policies.In the stormy seas of the world financial markets, our medium-sized ship has taken some storm damage but continues to sail under its own power.Economic integration of AfricaHowever, like all trading nations, our own growth depends critically on growth in the world economy. When we can least afford it, the current crisis has had a very real impact on our growth rate, as it has across the world. Though still positive, our growth rate is nearly 3% below our initial projections for this year. Stability in the world economy and, more important, a return to growth in Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa are vital.Our own long-term structural development also depends on all of southern Africa and Africa achieving the same, and on our building economic ties and development cooperation among ourselves.We are making sure but steady progress overcoming the colonial legacy of poor links, including transportation links, between our economies. Cross-border cooperation with our neighbours to promote investment and development grows by the month. We will make progress this year toward a Free Trade Agreement in the Southern African Development Community.But much as we have advanced in these and other ways, continuing conflicts are hampering development. The gains we are making could be jeopardised, not only in the countries directly involved but more generally, such is the interdependence of all our countries.African renaissance and the world economyAfrica is beyond bemoaning its past for its problems. The task of undoing that past is ours, with the support of those willing to join us in a continental renewal. We have a new generation of leaders who know that we must take responsibility for our own destiny, that we will uplift ourselves only by our own efforts in partnership with those who wish us well.In short, now that Africa is free, we can embark on the realisation of our long-held dream of the rebirth of our continent, of reconstruction and development.One of the greatest effects of this African renaissance will be the reintegration of the African economies into the world economy, no longer as dependent participants. One dimension to this reintegration is the unfolding of the complex processes that I have reflected on above. These processes will have to emanate in Africa.The other dimension raises a profound and fundamental question, as to whether the world economy in its current structure will allow this reintegration. This question is seldom asked, since it is the weaknesses in Africa and the developing world that are usually put under the spotlight. But it is an essential question.For Africa to reintegrate, its economies must industrialise and modernise, and their success in doing so will depend on the framework within which this occurs. When Southeast Asia and South Korea, and later some Latin American countries, successfully followed an export-oriented path to industrialisation, a new orthodoxy was established on industrialisation that relied on the globalised marketplace.For many, globalisation was no longer seen as a complex historical process but as an economic policy panacea.‘A grand and destructive irrationality’Today, however, we have seen how global financial turmoil can stall industrialisation – and even de-industrialise in some cases. Finance in abundance derived from very high levels of development is destabilising industrialisation processes where they are needed most.Profitable as this may be for individual market actors, it is a grand and destructive irrationality for those countries and their peoples whom it sets back on the development path.And it introduces instability in the global system whose effects ultimately no economy can escape.This must be addressed.Trade protectionism in the NorthIt is, however, not the only obstacle to the development of the South. Despite liberalisation of trade, there remain areas of protectionism in the developed countries. In agriculture, for example, Europe seeks to protect its rural communities by capturing markets that are the true competitive advantage of the South.In the steel industry, to take another example, the North seeks to protect old industries that will never be able to compete with the modern resource-based production of the South. This restricts an obvious avenue to modern production in Africa.These matters must be addressed in the multilateral fora if we are to ensure that Africa is able, through its own efforts, to reintegrate into the world economy. They form part of those changes to the economic, social and political world order which are needed if we are realise our dreams of a better world for all humanity. They are a part of what is necessary if the next century is to be, as it must be, the century in which Africa again takes her rightful place in the world.You will, therefore, understand why this old man, to whom you have granted the privilege of bidding you farewell in the twilight of his public life and at the turn of the century, has raised such very practical matters of unfinished business.‘My heart full of hope’It has been my great privilege to fight a struggle for freedom that the world adopted as its own, and which has been victorious in my lifetime. I have had the honour of representing a people who won the admiration and respect of all nations by reaching out to each other and finding common ground across a divide that seemed unbridgeable.In these last years I have experienced the complexities of governing a nation that seeks to overcome a legacy of social deprivation, and I am profoundly aware of how much is still to be done. I have witnessed the enormity of the task, still to be completed, of redirecting international institutions and systems in such a way that the prodigious capacity of the world economy shall satisfy the basic needs of all people.Knowing that I leave the governance of South Africa in strong and wise hands, and that there is a new generation of leaders in the world who have recognised the possibility of realising our dreams of a better world, I approach the end of my public life with my heart full of hope.I thank you for your attention, and wish you well in your efforts.last_img read more

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Demandbase Brings Real-Time Customer Identification to B2B Marketing

first_imgThe idea here is that by being able to identify your visitors even before you render a page for them, you can cater your website to these visitors and increase your chance of converting these visitors into paying customers. This technology also comes in handy when it comes to registration forms. Instead of asking visitors for their company information when they want to download a white paper, for example, Demandbase already has this information. Integrates with Existing ToolsDemandbase provides its customers with an API, so they can integrate this information with their existing customer management and business intelligence solutions. The company claims that it can correctly identify 83% of U.S. business traffic and that its real-time solution can identify a customer within 5 milliseconds. The company currently identifies about 200 million Web visits to B2B websites each month.New Today: LivePerson IntegrationStarting today, Demandbase is also bringing its technology to LivePerson, the popular live chat solution for businesses websites. Thanks to this, a company that implements Demandbase’s solution can now, for example, ensure that chats on their website are routed to the right specialists, and instead of having to gather basic information from these customers in the chat, the agents can immediately provide relevant information to their customers. What would you do if you knew exactly who was coming to your site and were able to tailor your site accordingly? With Demandbase‘s B2B-focused Real-Time ID service, businesses can now identify information about a visitor’s company, including industry, size, location and revenue before they even render their sites. In addition, they can also identify if that visitor is already a customer. Thanks to this, businesses can now, for example, tailor their marketing messages and advertising on their home pages for every visitor, and show them just those messages and white papers that are relevant to their businesses.Demandbase’s solution is based on the company’s extensive database of company IP addresses. While regular reverse IP lookup services often only reply with the address of a company’s ISP, Demandbase has created its own proprietary database that goes beyond this and provides far more detailed information. The company has also partnered with various data providers like Dun & Bradstreet, Jigsaw, Edgar Online, Harte-Hanks, Hoovers and LexisNexis that allow it to display relevant company data. Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair frederic lardinois Tags:#enterprise#news#Real-Time Web last_img read more

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Boxee Box Comes Out of the Box

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Video Services#web Boxee, a company whose software allows users to watch any Internet content on their televisions, announced a set-top box in November. In January, they unveiled a 3-D printer-made design prototype. Now, in advance of its launch in “late October/early November,” Boxee has published a show-and-tell video starring the company’s design head, Zach Klein. (He’s the one with the headband and made of meat.) The box and remote are functional finals, right off the assembly line of the manufacturers, Taiwan’s D-Link. Although a number of interesting elements are highlighted, the fact that the black plastic box is finger-print resistant may be – if it is in fact true and not some pie-in-the-sky science fiction braggadocio, the most awesome. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The first Boxee Box arrived from the D-Link Factory from Zach Klein on Vimeo.Also, they have a fireplace from a 1970s den in their office? Does that strike anyone as fair? Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts curt hopkinslast_img read more

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Qpid Wants To Help You Get Laid, STD-Free At SXSW

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit taylor hatmaker Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Let’s be honest — does anyone really go to South by Southwest for the keynotes? Often hailed as “geek spring break,” South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) turns the city of Austin, Texas, into a sprawling bacchanalian hot mess — one with hook-ups aplenty, even for us geek types. A Different Kind of Awkward For The STD TalkIn one of the better press releases to grace my inbox this week, a company called Qpid.me wants to help you achieve your ultimate SXSW 2013 goal: Getting laid, you know, without all of those nasty drawbacks to promiscuity. From the press release:It’s a known fact that there is a huge amount of “Sex” that happens at SXSW as creators, indie film makers, up-and-coming stars flock there to spark ideas, find investors, create together and…have sex…. But is the free love of the festival worth the after effects of coming home with an unwanted gift like some Spring Breakers, an STD?Qpid is a social network with the well-meaning mission of making it easier for people to share verified information about sexual health status before they shack up. While it would make way more sense as an app, it isn’t one — although the information can be shared via text.Of course, that’s only one reality hurdle standing in the way. The founder of Qpid is obviously well-meaning, but in practice the whole process is no less awkward than the analog version of the same conversation, although it does add verified test results for nasties like HIV, chlamydia and gonorrhea into the mix.Qpid Means Well…Of course, if all of the people you know on OkCupid were on Qpid too, that would be an awesome thing. So would be a world in which we weren’t all so weird about talking about sexual health in the first place. But they aren’t and we still are, for whatever reason. If you’re willing to broach the conversation at all after a long night on Sixth Street and you’ve both conquered your health care provider’s likely reticence to disclose medical records to something that sounds like a hookup app… well, bully for you! Keep up the good work! Etc.There’s bound to be a handful of success stories out there, but until culture catches up to technology, most of us will still be just as squeamish talking about the ickier parts of sex — with a tool like Qpid or without it.Image of date via Shutterstock The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts Tags:#online dating#SXSW 2013 last_img read more

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I am not leaving with selectors’ permission: Ashish Nehra

first_imgVeteran Ashish Nehra has mounted a stinging counter-attack on chief selector MSK Prasad for his comments on the seamer’s retirement, saying he started playing without the selectors’ permission and is living it likewise.Nehra walked into cricketing sunset yesterday after an 18-year injury-ravaged international career, which had witnessed many highs and lows.”I heard this,” Nehra said when asked about Prasad’s comments that he was not going to be considered for selection beyond the New Zealand T20Is.”I don’t know. The chairman of selection committee has not spoken to me about this. You have asked me this question, and I can only tell you about my interaction with the team management.”When I reached Ranchi, I told Virat about my plan, and his first reaction was, ‘Are you sure? You can still play IPL. You can play as coach-cum-player.’ I said no. I am retiring completely.”The 38-year-old Nehra made it clear that he did not ask for a farewell game, calling himself lucky that he got one in front of his home crowd.”I have been saying this again and again. Luckily this game happened to be in Delhi. I have not asked for a farewell game or anything. This is perhaps one way that god has rewarded me for all the hard work I have put in over the last eight-nine years.”I hope Virat and coach Ravi Shastri are part of the team management because those are the people I spoke to. I have not spoken to any selector over this issue.”advertisementHe further added, “When I started playing cricket, I didn’t take any selector’s permission. When I am leaving, I am not leaving with their permission.”Prasad had recently said that there was no assurance on Nehra’s availability for the first T20 International at the Feroz Shah Kotla.”We have clearly communicated to the player, ie: Ashish Nehra, and to the team management that we are only looking at him till the New Zealand series,” Prasad had said.Nehra said he was convinced about his decision to call it quits and was happy to see the progress made by Bhuvneshwar Kumar alongside Jasprit Bumrah, two of the best seam bowlers around in these conditions.”When I went there, I went with my plan. I felt that Bhuvneshwar Kumar was ready. If you had seen earlier, Bumrah and I have been playing.”Even today people were wondering if Ashish Nehra will play or not, but if I was in the 15 today, I was obviously going to play. I didn’t come to just look around,” Nehra told reporters.last_img read more

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No cricketer has served India like MS Dhoni: Kapil Dev

first_imgFormer India all-rounder Kapil Dev believes twin World Cup-winning captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the biggest contributor to the gentleman’s game. Coming from the man who himself lifted the 1983 World Cup in England, this is no mean appreciation.As Dhoni walks into the last stretch of his international career, there have been quite a few statements made by former cricketers and pundits, especially after the most decorated captain hit a lean patch in 2018.For Kapil, however, it is all about respecting what Dhoni has achieved on the field. Speaking to IANS, Kapil said: “I don’t have to say anything about Dhoni. I think he has served the country very well and we must respect him.”It’s almost certain that the showpiece event in England and Wales that kicks off on May 30, will be Dhoni’s last and Kapil wants the former India skipper to finish on a high lifting another WC trophy.”No one knows how long he wants to play and how long his body can continue to take the workload. But, there is no other cricketer who has served the country so well as Dhoni. We should respect him and wish him good luck. I hope that he wins this World Cup too,” he said.The only player in the history of the game to have taken more than 400 wickets and scored over 5,000 runs in Tests, Kapil has come out with a coffee book titled “We The Sikhs” and while his impeccable record is there for all to see, the former cricketer feels it will not be easy for Virat Kohli and his men.advertisement”This Indian team looks very good. However, it won’t be very easy. They have to play like a team. I hope that they will have no injuries,” he said, adding: “If they have a stroke of luck, they will definitely win.”Interestingly, the Indian selectors decided to pick Dinesh Karthik, 33, as the second wicketkeeper over the young and rising star Rishabh Pant for the showpiece event.Commenting on the move, Kapil said: “The selectors have done their job. Let’s respect the team. They have picked Karthik over Pant, then it’s alright. We should just believe that the selectors have done a good job.”Also Read | MS Dhoni greatest cricketer India has ever produced: Kapil DevAlso Read | Kapil Dev, MS Dhoni ‘take on’ each other on cricket pitchlast_img read more

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NY Jets QB Competition Geno Smith to Start Against

Geno Smith will get to show what he’s made of when the New York Jets face the New York Giants in a preseason game Saturday.Coach Rex Ryan announced Thursday that the rookie will start as quarterback over Mark Sanchez in the upcoming game.“We’ll see how far we take him into this game this week,” Ryan said. “Mark will play also. I think (Smith) has looked good and seems like the ankle is obviously a lot better than it was this past week. I’m excited to see him play.”The second-round draft pick has worked with the first-team offense all week during practice. Smith has been in a quarterback competition with Sanchez, but did not play last Saturday in the Jets’ preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars because of an ankle injury.“We want to see him play,” offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said. “Hopefully, he’ll get the chance to turn it loose and let his natural abilities show up, and his natural style. I think, and I almost know, that he’s worked so hard that he’s there mentally.”Smith rolled his ankle in the Jets’ first preseason game but reportedly bounced back this week with solid practices as the ankle showed improvement.“I’m proud of Geno last week pushing through it,” Mornhinweg said. “This week, it was still biting him just a little bit, but he was significantly better.” read more

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