At the moment, anything else may occur on the Professional Bowl
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Pittsburgh’s Cameron Heyward jogged in the course of the finish zone, stretched out his proper arm and made a one-handed catch to begin Professional Bowl follow Wednesday.
Now not unhealthy for a defensive lineman.
And no person must be shocked to look Heyward do it once more within the NFL’s all-star sport Sunday.
The yearly tournament seemed so much like a yard pickup sport final 12 months, with trick performs and place swaps being extra prevalent than deep balls and defensive indifference.
“It’s indisputably greater than only a sport,” Tennessee defensive take on Jurrell Casey stated. “We paintings onerous throughout the year, beating each and every different down, to be able to pop out and turn positions for one or two performs, I don’t assume it hurts no person.
“Numerous guys, they performed a special place again within the day, so allow them to pop out and fiddle with that a bit of bit.”
Casey already installed his request, asking Baltimore trainer John Harbaugh if he can get a goal-line raise.
“I used to play a bit of operating again,” stated the 6-foot-1, 305-pound Casey. “He stated he’s going to check out, however he doesn’t’ need to reduce to rubble the machine an excessive amount of. I’m going to stay on looking to feed him all week. They’ve were given to let me contact the ball once or more.”
It wouldn’t be a surprise taking into account what took place final 12 months in Orlando.
Jacksonville cornerback Jalen Ramsey stuck a landing move within the remaining seconds of the AFC’s 26-7 victory. Tampa Bay receiver Mike Evans had a move breakup and an interception on consecutive defensive snaps.
Minnesota receiver Adam Thielen threw an interception on a trick play. A trio of operating backs — New York’s Saquon Barkley, Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott and New Orleans’ Alvin Kamara — rushed the passer on third-down performs.
Elliott additionally coated up as an up-back in punt formation on a fourth-and-13 play and received 22, his longest run of the sport.
“It used to be simply spur of the instant,” Elliott stated. “It makes it extra amusing. A laugh for the avid gamers, amusing for the enthusiasts. It’s great to be a bit of other.”
It will simply be the evolution — some may name it devolution — of the exhibition sport that’s turn into much less and not more intense through the years. There’s little, if any, tackling and infrequently any touch alongside the strains of scrimmage. It continuously seems to be extra like a walk-through than a exercise — two-hand contact on the maximum.
“It’s intended to be about amusing,” Atlanta tight finish Austin Hooper stated. “That’s the entire reason why the NFL says do that – for it to be amusing. So why no longer transfer up positions a bit of bit, give the enthusiasts one thing to be desirous about and shake issues up?
“On the finish of the day, that is all a party. For those who’re Mike (Evans), who performed DB in highschool, and you need to play a bit of bit within the NFL all-star sport, opt for it. For those who’re Jalen Ramsey and also you performed receiver in highschool and you need to play a bit of within the all-star sport, have at it.
“There are a large number of cool, amusing wrinkles on this sport and that’s what makes it particular.”
Now not everyone seems to be right down to clown round, particularly since avid gamers at the successful workforce get double the payout — $70,000 as an alternative of $35,000.
“Everyone has desires of enjoying some other place,” Jacksonville defensive finish Calais Campbell stated. “If in case you have the ones desires, it’s a must to in point of fact pull at the trainer’s shoulder. But if the sport’s at the line, although, we need to win. No enjoying round if you’ll’t ship.”
Denver linebacker Von Miller, although, loved the frolicking final 12 months and hopes for a larger position Sunday.
“This may well be my 12 months,” Miller stated. “You by no means know. I’m proper right here, I’m in a position to head each time they want me. Fanatics pop out right here to look their favourite avid gamers play soccer, and seeing them in a special gentle, that’s nice.”