But situationally, third-year linebacker Yannick Ngakoue is much better as a pass-rusher than as a run defender at this point in his career.
Over the last two years, only two players in the NFL recorded both 13 sacks and five or fewer tackles at or behind the line of scrimmage on the ground: Ngakoue and Miami’s Cameron Wake. Ngakoue’s 20 sacks and five tackles at or behind the line look like a typo next to the likes of New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan, who has 33 tackles at or behind the line to go with his 20.5 sacks since 2016.
Ngakoue is one of the NFL’s last true pass-rushing specialists. If he can round out his game by the time his second contract comes around, he may be a $50 million-plus player.
Next year, under tackle Corey Liuget is slated to cost $9.5 million against the Los Angeles Chargers’ salary cap. This year, he will begin the season with a four-game suspension for PEDs. While most third-round picks don’t get an immediate shot to start in the NFL, especially in the trenches, Justin Jones of North Carolina State may win the Week 1 starting job and run away with it.
He had X-rays this afternoon, Yankees manager Aaron Judge said in his pre-game presser. Came back clean. A little more peace of mind.
Judge hurt himself in the first inning of Friday night’s 4-1 win over the Mets sliding into second base on a doubleplay groundball hit by Greg Bird, but he played all nine innings.
After the game, Bird said, It’s sore, (but) it’s not too bad right now.
Boone was worried initially.
I was concerned when it happened just seeing his reaction, the manager said. The fact that he was able to stay in the game and go up and hit in the cage and go through it…