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, one that's not for the impatient or the faint of heart.The 27-year-old Pittsburgh Steelers safety has spent much of the last five years bouncing from the 53-man roster to the practice squad and back again. He never gave himself a timetable, however, on when the whole playing football thing needed to work out, even as seasons passed and regular playing time proved elusive.Dangerfield is well aware of the team's long history of developing practice squad players into regular contributors, a list that includes former All-Pro linebacker James Harrison and starting left tackle Alejandro Villanueva. Do the right things often enough long enough and Dangerfield believed things would eventually work out."They do a good job telling you that they stay in house a lot," Dangerfield said. "When your number is called, you've got to be ready to go."Dangerfield certainly looked ready in the second half of last Sunday's comeback victory over Jacksonville . After getting pushed around for most of the first half, the Steelers went to a three-safety look in an effort to slow down Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette. Dangerfield saw the field for 14 snaps and twice in the third quarter used his 5-foot-11, 199-pound frame to take down the 230-pound Fournette, stopping Fournette for a 3-yard gain on Jacksonville's opening possession of the second half, and for no gain later in the quarter.The idea to use Dangerfield alongside Terrell Edmunds and Sean Davis had been in defensive coordinator Keith Butler's back pocket for weeks. Playing a run-heavy team like the Jaguars final gave the Steelers the impetus to put it in action. Dangerfield's aggressive recklessness helped."Danger's got a certain playing personality," coach Mike Tomlin said. "You guys watch us in (training camp) and so forth. You guys know what that playing personality is. He was the right guy for the job."Maybe because Dangerfield is simply happy to have a job.Undrafted after his college career at Pittsburgh, Dangerfield spent an entire year out of football in 2013 after failing to make the Buffalo Bills. The Steelers signed him to a futures contract in 2014, the start of a maddening process in which Pittsburgh would cut him, place him on the practice squad, then waive him again to address issues elsewhere.Dangerfield seemed to have finally found his role in 2016 when he made the team coming out of training camp and earned special teams coordinator Danny Smith's admiration for his enthusiastic approach to his work. Then he injured his ankle near the end of training camp and was placed on injured reserve. The Steelers signed him to another futures contract in January, but even with his lengthy history with the club Dangerfield understood there were no guarantees."You've just got to play your role," Dangerfield said. "I don't take special teams for granted. I love special teams."Still, Dangerfield's goal, like that of every special teamer, is to eventually land a more regular gig. Yet he's also well aware of his current spot in the pecking order. He's at best the fourth safety on the roster behind Davis, Edmunds and veteran Morgan Burnett. When the Steelers (7-2-1) play in Denver (4-6) on Sunday, Dangerfield likely will spend most of the afternoon standing on the sideline when the defense is on the field. The Broncos rely more heavily on the pass than the Jaguars, meaning there's no need for Pittsburgh to send three safeties out there.That's fine by Dangerfield. He has no control over when he plays. That's hardly new territory. The fact he's stuck around this long made his play against the Jaguars all the more gratifying. He sees no reason to change his mindset now, one that's earned him respect across the locker room."Everybody is waiting for their opportunity and Danger is one of those guys White Trey Flowers Jersey
," Pittsburgh cornerback Mike Hilton said. "He doesn't complain. He doesn't whine and we know when his number is called he's going to do his job and get it done."NOTES: RT Marcus Gilbert will miss his fifth straight game with a knee injury. Matt Feiler, who has filled in each of the last four weeks for Gilbert, is questionable due to a pectoral injury. If Feiler can't start, rookie Chukwuma Okorafor will make his first NFL start. ... DE Stephon Tuitt will sit a second straight week with an elbow injury. ... LB Anthony Chickillo, dealing with an ankle injury, is expected to play. (Editor’s Note: the following is not intended to be taken seriously, at all.)L.A., come in! Great to see you again so soon. Was getting absolutely manhandled and stuffed in a locker by a class-of-the-league Boston team already within the last three months not enough for you?And now you come at us with...the Rams?THAT’S the best you can do?The entire league, and really, the entire continental United States is like GOD I’M SO SICK OF THE DIRTY SCUM CHEATER PATRIOTS WILL SOMEONE PLEASE BEAT THEM IN THE PLAYOFFS FOR ONCE.....and this is what you come up with?Actually, now that I think about it, Rams fans are probably still too busy complaining about 2001 conspiracy theories to even be nervous yet.Eric Dickerson - pictured above as that one buddy that swears up and down they were on that awesome spring break road trip with you guys, but everybody knows you graduated two years ago.Credit where credit is due, though: it’s a legitimate testament to the legendary, world-renowned trademark sleaziness of your new hometown of L.A. when Nickell Roby-Coleman’s blatant headshot against the Saints that’d make Vontaze Burfict proud is somehow the LEAST trashy thing about you.Starting right here: we were told you guys in the City of Angels love a winner? Then explain this:More people in LA watched the Patriots than the Rams in the conference championshipsWhat, did the Rams game start too early on Sunday to shake off your hangover with a $78 mimosa and avocado toast?Actually, that makes perfect sense, now that you guys probably all had to trade in all of your Miami Heat LeBron James jerseys for Steph Curry and Kevin Durant. Might as well watch the greatest dynasty in the history of the game while you’re busy tanning!The only REAL fan you guys have is Halle Berry, and even that may be a stretch.You gotta hand it to Halle, though - just by knowing what an audible is, she already knows more about football than probably 80% of LA and 95% of the dudes in LA.Ndamukong Suh: yup, still trashAlexa, is Ndamukong Suh still a leg-stomping cold sore in the mouth of humankind that’d break his own mother’s collarbone if it set the other team back 0.3 yards? Survey says....oh, that was a serious question? Does Chipotle still destroy your bathroom the next day? Does LeBron still make passive-aggressive Instagram stories? Does queso still make everything better? Does a studio apartment in LA still cost as much as a year at Duke?? The world would be a better place if you’d just go ahead and jump into real estate like you want to, Suh White Phillip Dorsett Jersey
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, so why not strike a friendly deal for a BAMF wide receiver with the team you know is basically the final boss in the AFC and very well may be the team you see in the Super Bowl *if* you somehow make it that far? What could possibly go wrong!And look at the results - Jared Goff threw for almost 1,000 yards more than he did in 2017, tossed about 70 more complete passes, his completion percentage went up almost 3%, and he threw 4 more touchdowns!Now peep Brandin Cooks’ numbers from this year:1,204 yards, 80 receptions, 5 touchdowns, 68.4% catch percentage.Probably just a coincidence.The Rams were *supposed* to beat the Patriots by 14 points in 2001For those of you who aren’t gamblers among us, first of all, congratulations on actually keeping all your money, and second, here’s what this means:The Greatest Show on Turf, with MVP and all-time great Kurt Warner slinging the rock and a receiving corps so loaded even your Madden Ultimate Team is like DAAAAAAAAAAAANG BRO, were supposed to beat this pathetic little bunch of dorks with a sixth-round rookie QB and a kicker that played for NFL Europe that aren’t even from a real city by two or more touchdowns.TL;DR - this game was supposed to be a BLOODBATH. A boat race. And basically a three-hour coronation for the greatest offense in NFL history! For reference purposes, in the 2013-2014 season when the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning smashed all the records the ‘07 Patriots set, they were favored by 2.5 in the Super Bowl.And then you get hit in the mouth a few times, throw a few picks, and leave Tom Brady A FULL MINUTE AND 30 SECONDS on the clock in the 4th quarter, and every last Ram on that team will swear up and down that they got cheated out of a championship.To quote the immortal Sean Connery, losers always whine about their best. Winners go home and...well, you know.The Rams somehow COMPLETELY screwed up their massive treasure chest of picks from the RGIII tradeFile this one under the same category as my all-time favorite Belichick-in-a-nutshell line:Imagine, if you will: you’ve already drafted Sam Bradford at quarterback with the first overall pick and paid him the biggest rookie contract ever. Then, your abysmal 2-14 season nets you the 2nd overall pick in the 2012 draft. THEN, a team even dumber than you calls you up White Danny Shelton Jersey
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