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Cowboys.This week Drew Bledsoe Jerseys Stitched , the Indianapolis Colts' first-year defensive coordinator has resorted to football's version of insider trading.He's explained the challenges Indy's defense faces Sunday against the Cowboys' resurgent offense; gave Andrew Luck and offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni the skinny on potential matchups; and is trying to help the Colts gain an advantage in a pivotal game. In the NFL, of course, it's just business as usual."Am I familiar with the team? Yes, I am familiar with the team. Am I familiar with the coaches? Yup, a lot of them are my good friends," Eberflus said. "So it's a little bit different in that regard because I was with them so long, but in terms of preparation for the opponent, it's really not that much different."Eberflus took a traditional path to his first job as the defensive signal caller.He started as a student assistant and graduate assistant at the University of Toledo, moved on to Missouri and eventually became the linebackers coach in Dallas, where he worked under coordinators Rob Ryan, Monte Kiffin and Rod Marinelli. There he continued to hone his philosophy with the Tampa 2 defense.But then things took a strange twist.Eberflus was originally hired by Josh McDaniels, who later reneged on his agreement to take Indy's head coaching job last winter. General manager Chris Ballard insisted all three coaches McDaniels hired would remain on the next coach's staff.So when Frank Reich first became a candidate, he started doing some background work and received nothing but rave reviews."Chris' endorsement was really strong Youth Kevin Faulk Jerseys ," Reich said. "Chris was very persuasive and very strong in his conviction that Matt was the right guy. It really couldn't have worked out any better. I know it's crazy. It's really an odd way for it to come together, but it literally couldn't have come together any better."Now, the Colts' stock is surging.In less than one season, Eberflus has taken Indy's oft-maligned defense from No. 30 in the league to No. 11. The Colts (7-6) already have 10 more sacks than they did all of last season and find themselves ranked among the league's top 10 in tackles for loss, negative plays and turnovers forced.Linebacker Darius Leonard leads the league in tackles (135) and is on pace to break the league's record for a rookie even though he missed one game with an injury. Defensive lineman Denico Autry has five sacks in the last two games and many believe Eberflus has been one of the primary reasons behind the turnaround."He came in and was like, 'This is probably going to be one of the hardest things you do. Just flying around to the ball it's easy to say it, but it's going to be hard to do it every down,'" safety Clayton Geathers said earlier this week. "That's what it was, holding everybody accountable. I'm very impressed with the defense, how he's holding everybody accountable and everybody just flying around to the ball."As a result, Indy (7-6) rebounded from a 1-5 start by winning six of its last seven games and is now part of a four-way tie with Baltimore, Miami and Tennessee for the AFC's sixth and final playoff spot.Luck and tight end Eric Ebron are having the best seasons of their careers, receiver T.Y. Hilton looks like he'll make another Pro Bowl Kevin Faulk Jerseys Stitched , and a win Sunday against the NFC East-leading Dallas (8-5) could go a long way in helping the Colts end a three-year playoff drought.So while the Colts have some detailed information about what the Cowboys will do, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett also hopes to exploit his keen sense of what Eberflus may try, too."You run into these things a lot in football where you've had someone in the organization go somewhere else 鈥?division opponents and all that kind of stuff," Garrett said. "So it typically cuts both ways, but really happy for Matt (and) the job he is doing there."NOTES: Colts center Ryan Kelly was limited in practice Wednesday but hopes to return to the lineup against Dallas. He's missed three consecutive games with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. If he can't play, Evan Boehm will likely remain in the starting lineup. ... Geathers, safety Mike Mitchell (calf), right guard Mark Glowinski (ankle) and Hilton (ankle) all missed practice Wednesday. ... Tight end Mo Alie-Cox (calf), safety Malik Hooker (hip) and defensive tackle Margus Hunt (knee) all did limited work in practice. ... After waiving tight end Erik Swoope on Tuesday, Reich called it a "tough move" on Wednesday. The Patriotsí first rookies are in the fold."WhitePatriots News Opinion and Analysis Contribute! FanPostsFanShotsAbout the Site List of Patriots Twitter AccountsWrite For Pats Pulpit!New User Welcome and Commenting GuideCommunity GuidelinesMastheadTopics Patriots Off-Season CoveragePatriots Opinion/AnalysisPatriots NewsPatriots Draft CoverageSportfolio ManagementNFL DraftPatriots NewsPatriots 2019 NFL Draft CoveragePatriots agree to contracts with draft picks Joejuan Williams, Yodny Cajuste, EDTShareTweetShareSharePatriots agree to contracts with draft picks Joejuan Williams, Yodny Cajuste Youth Andre Tippett Jerseys , the first one to officially be brought into the fold by signing him to his rookie deal.As first reported by NESNís Doug Kyed, the Patriots and Williams agreed to a four-year contract. With the rookie wage scale being introduced in 2011 as part of the current collective bargaining agreement, contract negotiations for the majority of draft picks have become rather unspectacular: Williamsí deal with New England will be worth a total of $6.6 million with an expected 2019 salary cap hit of around $1.2 million.The Patriots, of course, traded up in the second round to get Williams ó despite the team having one of the deepest cornerback depth charts in the league already. The 21-year-old will still add a different element to the group: his size and physicality make him an intriguing rotational option against taller wide receivers and tight ends, as well as more depth alongside the Patriotsí top trio of Stephon Gilmore, Jason McCourty and J.C. Jackson.[UPDATE] According to the Boston Sports Journalís Miguel Benzan, New England has also signed another draft pick: third-round selection Yodny Cajuste, brought in with the 101st overall choice, and the Patriots agreed to a four-year deal worth a total of $3.85 million. Cajuste reportedly received a $822,180 signing bonus as the dealís only guarantee, and will hit New Englandís salary cap with a sum of $700,545.Cajuste was the fifth player chosen by the world champions Andre Tippett Jerseys Stitched , and he brings considerable upside to the table as a swing-tackle backup with starting potential further down the line. As for now, the West Virginia product offers quality depth alongside presumed starting left tackle and 2018 first-round draft choice Isaiah Wynn, who is coming off a torn Achilles tendon, and veteran free agency pickup Jared Veldheer.[UPDATE] According to The Athleticís Nick Underhill, the Patriots have also agreed to a contract with a third draft pick of theirs: fifth-round defensive lineman McBride and Ben Volin, the Patriots have also signed fourth-round quarterback Jarrett Stidham to a contract. As is the case with the other non-Cajuste signings, the final numbers have not yet been reported. However, the deal will run over four years per the CBA and have a total value of around $3.2 million with a salary cap hit of circa $650,000 this year.Stidham was drafted 133rd overall by the Patriots to compete for the backup spot behind starter Tom Brady. While the Auburn product did not post the greatest numbers in college, he does have some intriguing skills that could help him beat out fellow depth quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Danny Etling. Either way, Stidham is probably a lock to make the team as at least its third quarterback.



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