Running back Aaron Jones made headlines this offseason when he helped a grandmother in a wheelchair make her way through the airport in Appleton, but he’s done more than play good samaritan since the end of his rookie year.
Jones has also focused on building up his body after dealing with knee injuries that dimmed some of the promise he showed early in the 2017 season. Running backs coach Ben Sirmans wanted Jones to focus on building his lower body and Jones said that he’s already seen a difference.
I’m bigger all around, Jones said, via the team’s website. That’s something that’s going to help me in pass protection and that’s something I want to get better at. I’m stronger, so definitely when a defender who’s bigger than me comes up I can hold my ground this year.
Gray also is 0-3 against the Tampa Bay Rays, having given up five homers in three outings against them.
I’m well aware of all the ways I’ve struggled here. I just wish I knew, Gray said. I just have to try to stay positive, and whenever I get the ball next, I get out there and put in a good week of work.Sabres trade Ryan O’Reilly to Blues, acquire three centers, two picks
Chancellor posted on Twitter that it’s time for the next chapter while revealing that the latest tests on his neck weren’t good. Chancellor didn’t use the word retirement in the post, but there’s little question about what’s next when he writes about moving on to the next journey.
I always prayed to God and told myself that I would play this game of football until the wheels fall off, Chancellor wrote. Well the wheels didn’t fall off, but God has given me a sign that I just can’t ignore. I’ve played through all types of bruises and injuries at a high level. But this one I just can’t ignore. … To walk away from the game by choice is one thing, to walk away from the game because of the risk of paralysis is another. My final test showed no healing.
Chancellor was a fifth-round pick in 2010 and spent his entire career with the Seahawks. He was a four-time Pro Bowler, two-time second-team All-Pro and won a Super Bowl ring when the Seahawks demolished the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.