Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments Share Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals possess multiple playmakers on the offensive side of the ball in quarterback Carson Palmer, wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown and running back David Johnson.But the old saying is “defense wins championships.”Luckily for Arizona, the Cardinals also have a collection of young playmakers on that side of the ball, who happened to appear on Fox Sports’ Cameron DaSilva’s “All-Under-25” defensive team. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Cardinals were the only team to have two representatives on DaSilva’s list. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Dollar linebacker Deone Bucannon and do-everything defensive back Tyrann Mathieu appear on DaSilva’s list.Sometimes, a position switch is all a player needs. Deone Bucannon moved from safety to linebacker, and it has worked wonders for his game. He started all 16 games last season, totaling 112 tackles, one interception and three forced fumbles. Bucannon isn’t like most other linebackers — he’s smaller and faster with great range — but he can do everything the best at his position can do. Bucannon could start a trend of bigger safeties moving to linebacker.The Cardinals took a flier on the Washington State prospect in the first-round of the 2014 draft and it looks to have paid off. Bucannon dedicated the offseason to bulking up due to his increased role near the line of scrimmage. Having the range of a safety and the body of a linebacker can prove dangerous for any opposing offense. The 23-year-old’s ability adds an entirely new dimension to defensive coordinator James Bettcher’s playbook.A safety/cornerback hybrid, Tyrann Mathieu is simply a game-changer in the secondary, regardless of where he’s playing. Injuries have hurt his NFL career thus far, but there’s a reason the Cardinals locked him up long-term this offseason: He’s the best at what he does. Mathieu was a candidate to win Defensive Player of the Year last season before getting injured, and if he plays all 16 games this season, he’ll be a contender for the award again.Mathieu posted career-highs in combined tackles (89) and interceptions (5) last season and makes his living breaking up the big play. Mathieu tied for ninth in the league last season with 17 passes defended, nine more than the next Cardinal.
Top Contenders for Fight of the Year Strange Scientific Discoveries Found After Iceberg Melted Science 101 Sale “This belt ain’t yours & you know it,” wrote Kongo via Twitter. “Good for you if the Bellator gave it to you. Do I need to remind you who I just beat? Guess what, I’m coming for what I EARNED & DESERVE. Fight like the HW Champion you wanna be or leave it to whom it belongs. Et va te faire foutre au passage.”While Bader and Bellator president Scott Coker have to sit down and figure out which title will be defended first, Kongo seems like the favorite to land a shot at heavyweight gold. After all, the French veteran has compiled a record of 12-2 since coming over to Bellator in 2013.That said, Kongo seems to be slowly pissing Bader off, which may not bode well for his chances to hoist Bellator gold in 2019.For complete Bellator 216 results and coverage click here. Dave Mandel-USA TODAY Sports Bizzy Was Sneaking Needles Into The Toilet For GSP Fight Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars Latest From Our Partners Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career There’s UFC Heavyweights, And Then There’s Shaq Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? Gordon Ryan Competition Kit Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement Standard BJJ Gi ProMax 440 BJJ GI Amanda Nunes’ Biggest Threat? Midnight Mania! Trump Family In The ‘Chaos’ Corner? This belt ain’t yours & you know it. Good for you if the Bellator gave it to you. Do I need to remind you who I just beat? Guess what, I’m coming for what I EARNED & DESERVE. Fight like the HW Champion you wanna be or leave it to whom it belongs. Et va te faire foutre au passage. https://t.co/XkEDQjMz7s— Cheick Kongo (@kongo4real) February 17, 2019 Apparel Hey congrats @kongo4real but you talk like that after that performance ?? There is a reason you weren’t invited into the Heavyweight Grand Prix, what’s that tell you??? I’ll let YOU know what title I decide to defend. Until then, excuse my FRENCH & f*ck off https://t.co/Npgl56H7pG— Ryan Bader (@ryanbader) February 17, 2019 Lockdown duffle bag More: MMAmania.com Accessories Latest From MMA Warehouse Standard Ranked Rashguard Fight Motion! Watch Holloway, Cyborg Do Work Via Ghost Cam “Hey congrats @kongo4real but you talk like that after that performance?” wrote Bader via Twitter. “There is a reason you weren’t invited into the Heavyweight Grand Prix, what’s that tell you??? I’ll let YOU know what title I decide to defend. Until then, excuse my FRENCH & f*ck off”After seeing Bader’s response, Kongo fired back with even more shots. [Pics] This Woman Thought She Was Having A Baby, But… Ice Pop Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Gloves Recommended by More From Ryan Bader is Bellator MMA’s first double champ and he does what he wants, which is why the light heavyweight and heavyweight champion isn’t taking too kindly to Cheick Kongo’s recent callout.After handing heavyweight veteran Vitaly Minakov his first career loss last night (Sat., Feb. 16, 2019) at Bellator 216 in Uncasville, Connecticut, Kongo, who has now won his last eight fights in a row, fired big shots at “Darth.” Kongo not only called for a heavyweight title fight with Bader, who is coming off a 35-second finish over the great Fedor Emelianenko, but he proceeded to threaten Bader’s well being.“So I want to say something clear: Ryan, wherever you are, just come to give me the belt so I can make it easy for you. If not, I will f—k you up,” Kongo said following Bellator 216 (via MMAjunkie).“I’m just a little bit tired and just frustrated. Today, (Bellator President Scott Coker) is (saying I’m the No. 1 contender). But four years ago, when I used to perform at the same time, I didn’t get the time so the title needs to be vacant. And Bader, just come, please, or I will f—k you up for real.”Bader, who isn’t one to back down from a challenge, responded earlier today with the following message: Sponsored Content Good Night Tee Lights. Out. King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt