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Rashaan Gaulden shaking off some rust at safety; Marquis Haynes returns to Ole Miss for commencement; UNC Charlotte product Kalif Phillips believes he belongs.

CHARLOTTE – Every year at this time, the coaches are as eager as the players to get back on the field.

Head coach Ron Rivera enjoyed being out there with several new faces on his coaching staff for the two-day rookie minicamp that concluded Saturday afternoon.

“Watching some of the guys compete – that was great,” Rivera said. “A chance to watch our draft picks and signed free agents, and there some (tryout) guys that caught our attention. We feel good about what we got from these two days of practices.”

A lingering question facing Rivera and general manager Marty Hurney is what to do about the backup quarterback situation. Undrafted free agent Kyle Allen had his moments at minicamp, and the other current options are Garrett Gilbert and Taylor Heinicke.

“There really isn’t a leader in the clubhouse, but if I had to pick one I would go with Garrett,” Rivera said. “He’s done a nice job so far. He’s really doing some good things. Again, we’ll see. That’s why we go through this whole process.”

HAYNES GETS HIS DIPLOMA: Defensive end Marquis Haynes, the fourth-round pick from Ole Miss, returned to school Friday night so he could attend commencement Saturday.

“He looked really good yesterday, very pleased with what we got from him,” Rivera said. “He’ll be back tomorrow.”

The school’s modern era sacks leader earned a degree in social work. (photo below courtesy of Ole Miss Student Athletic Success Center on Twitter)

GAULDEN SHAKING OFF SOME RUST: Safety Rashaan Gaulden looked as athletic as advertised, but it’s going to take some time to master the safety position, especially after spending so much time at nickel throughout his college career.

“Very pleased with his athleticism and movement skills,” Rivera said of the third-round pick. “A little rusty back there playing pure safety, but we’ll get him back on track.”

Gaulden knows a lo Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey t of studying lies ahead if he’s to make a real push for a starting spot.

“Playing safety in the NFL, that’s probabl Custom Blue Jays Jersey y one of the tougher positions to play,” Gaulden said. “There are so many different checks and adjustments that you need to know. It’s just learning and being able to play fast.

“I take this really serious. It’s a job, and I’ve always dreamed of being here.”

PHILLIPS BELIEVES HE BELONGS: Kalif Phillips, the invited tryout running back from UNC Charlotte, is more than just a nice local story. He can play, and he showed that during rookie minicamp.

“I can play in this league. I know my work ethic and how hard I push my Toronto Blue Jays Custom Jersey self,” Phillips said. “I’m going to keep on pushing.

“It’s been a little hurtful looking at teams playing. I’m like, ‘I swear I’m better that this guy right here. I can beat out this guy.’ I’m going to get my name out there. I feel as though I did that throughout college, now my next step is to be here in the NFL where I think I belong.”

The undrafted Phillips was with the Packers last summer and was released prior to the start of the regular season.

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Notable moments from the final practice of rookie minicamp.

  • The Panthers wrapped up their rookie minicamp in nearly 90-degree heat Saturday afternoon, but no one allowed the unseasonable temperatures to slow them down. The pace was crisp and level of execution impressive for a group of rookies and tryouts that laid eyes on e Custom Blue Jays Jersey ach other and the Panthers playbook for the first time just 48 hours ago.
  • While the camp provided a first glimpse at the team’s draft picks and undrafted rookies, those guys already have a spot on the 90-man roster. The 28 tryouts were the ones aiming to beat the odds and stick around. There are currently three empty spots that Carolina likely will fill with the addition of some tryout guys, though head coach Ron Rivera listed three times that many guys when asked for standouts: Wide receivers Da’Ron Brown and Bug Howard, running back Kalif Phillips, offensive linemen Quinterrius Eatmon and Kyle Friend, defensive linemen Ashaad Mabry and Karter Schult and cornerbacks Brad Watson and James Caine.
  • Brown, a seventh-round draft choice of th Toronto Blue Jays Custom Jersey e Chiefs in 2015 who has bounced around five different teams, made as many plays Saturday as anyone not named DJ Moore. The first-round receiver was active for the second consecutive day. After the secondary stood up nicely against him on a couple of plays early in team period, Moore started working the sideline, cutting across the middle to make several nice snags that highlighted his body control. On another play it was pure speed, as Moore effortlessly got around the corner on a reverse that drew a wide smile from Rivera.
  • Watson had a beautiful breakup on the first attempt to Moore, cutting just in time to knock the pass away. The effort fired up assistant defensive backs coach Jeff Imamura, who at the end of a joyful rant exulted, “That’s an NFL football play there!”
  • The defense scored soon after on a pass and a pick by tryout guys. A Marcus McDade pass intended for Brown over the middle was tipped before being secured by safety Malik Smith, who took off around the left side. Later in the practice, seventh-round defensive tackle Kendrick Norris got in the act by getting to the ground to recover a bad handoff.
  • Those plays had to thrill new defensive coordinator Eric Washington, who kicked off position drills at the beginning of practice by quickly shuttling defenders through a circuit that focused on securing interceptions, securing fumbles and forcing fumbles. Washington worked his way around the three groups shouting, “Who’s thinking about scoring?”

  • Later in individual work, new linebackers coach Steve Russ asked seventh-round linebacker Andre Smith to lead off a drill that started with two thuds against the sled. Russ wasn’t satisfied with Smith’s pace so he made himself the pacesetter, doing the drill himself (and not holding back against the sled). “He’s the real deal,” Washington said of Russ, the man charged with leading Luke Kuechly and Co. “The real deal, in every way.”
  • After enduring a couple of turnovers Friday, recently claimed running back Elijah Hood bounced back Saturday with a couple of subtly aware plays. Hood located a ball tipped up in the air by a defensive lineman and brought it down for an unlikely completion, and he held on for dear life when third-round safety Rashaan Gaulden made solid contact with the football attempting to force H Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey ood into another turnover.
  • With minicamp over, the rookies will be able to join the veterans for the continuation of the offseason workout program. The Panthers will wrap up Phase Two next week, then ramp it up another notch with organized team activities (aka OTAs) the next week.

Observ Blue Jays Custom Jersey ations: Rookie Minicamp, Session 2

Notes from the second Friday practice at Bank of America Stadium.

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  • We saw the first of what should be many head-to-head battles between first-round receiver DJ Moore and second-round cornerback Donte Jackson. Head coach Ron Rivera is eager to see how they’ll make each other better. “They’ll push one another,” Rivera said. “Both guys are going through the same situation, especially high picks. And one thing I will say – I’ve been very pleased watching our veterans work out and the young guys – we’ve got a lot of speed and I’m pretty fired up about that.”
  • During the team period, Moore caught a pass over the middle and turned upfield for what would have been a big gain. The real strength of Moore’s game is his ability to produce yards after the catch through broken or missed tackles, and we won’t get to see that in action until the preseason. For now, we can only imagine the big plays he could be creating.

  • Ian Thomas, whose best moment of the day was a contested grab over the middle, is going to be hearing tight end coach Pete Hoener’s voice a lot over the next few months. Friday, one of Hoener’s lessons to Thomas was about lowering his target to create leverage on run blocks. After that, he was not so subtly reminded to run – not jog – through his route for a pass that landed out of reach. Tight end is a demanding position, especially at this level. And especially under Hoener.

“I think the hardest part about playing tight end is running 30 yards downfield and then coming back and blocking,” Thomas said with a laugh. “That’s by far the hardest thing, ever. A lot of energy and a lot of mental things to pick up. A lot that goes into it.”

  • Quarterback Kyle Allen was sharp early in the practice session, firing a strike to Moore on a comeback (and credit to Moore for running such a crisp route and working back to the ball). But Allen’s accuracy faded a bit as the session wore on, missing targets with some late or overthrown passes. The defensive backs made it tough on Allen also, as cornerbacks Brad Watson and Ty Griffin each came up with well-timed pass breakups.
  • Former UNC Charlotte running back Kalif Phillips, here as an invited tryout, raised some eyebrows with a nice leaping grab down the sideline. The 220-pounder is known more for his running between the tackles, but that was a slick play.

  • Running back Elijah Hood had a tough sequence during the team period. Hood had the ball stripped on consecutive plays. Jackson scooped up the first one for a score and safety Damian Parms pounced on the second.
  • Jackson, the former LSU corner full of personality, is tremendously fu Custom Blue Jays Jersey n to watch. One of my favorite moments from practice was when he started vigorously pumping up a nonexistent crowd in between plays. This guy, man.
  • Invited tryout wide receiver Bug Howard, who has intriguing size and athletic ability, performed some self-mandated push-ups after dropping a pass over the middle.

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Carolina’s first-round pick overcame early jitters and showed his skills during the first practice of rookie minicamp.

CHARL Women’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Alternate Royal Blue Jersey OTTE – DJ Moore was absorbing as much information as he could during his first NFL install meeting Friday morning.

Then he took the field for practice and had his first rookie moment.

“Once we got out here I almost forgot everything we learned,” Moore joked.

Fortunately, fellow wideout Austin Duke was there to help him regain Custom Blue Jays Jersey  focus.

“He said, ‘Just calm down, you got it,’” Moore recalled.

From there, Moore did his thing, and he did it with confidence. The first-roun Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Alternate Royal Blue Jersey d pick from Maryland lined up at a bunch of different spots and got a nice sweat going in the Carolina heat. He even received a few handoffs (don’t be alarmed, he’s not playing running back).

“I was surprised to get some jet sweeps today. That was fun,” Moore said. “I really love doing this.

“Just being able to move around and be versatile for the team – like a chess piece out there.”

Moore’s role will continue to expand once he joins up with the veterans later this spring. This rookie minicamp is a time for baby steps, and there is a lot to learn – on the field and off.

Cam Newton is eager to help in both aspects. The quarterback-wide receiver relationship is obviously one that requires practice and trust. But Newton also wants to help Moore improve in the swag department.

After Moore’s arrival photos at Bank of America Stadium were posted on Instagram, Newton offered a critique.

“I’ve seen Cam’s style and I don’t know if I want to go that high on the swag meter. But I’ll get some pointers,” Moore said with a smile. “That ain’t me. I’m more laid back and under the radar. He pops out because he’s Cam. What you see is what you get with him.”

And the same can be said for the unassuming wideout wearing No. 12.

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Running back returns to team that selected him in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

CHARLOTTE – The Panthers have signed a familiar face, free  Blue Jays Custom Jersey Cheap agent running back Kenjon Barner, to a one-year contract.

Carolina selected Barner in the sixth round of  Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Alternate Royal Blue Jersey the 2013 NFL Draft, but he was traded to the Eagles after his rookie season. He won a Super Bowl ring with Philadelphia last season, returning three kicks for 73 yards in the win over New England.

Barner provides depth at runni Women’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Alternate Royal Blue Jersey ng back and on special teams with Fozzy Whittaker on injured  Toronto Blue Jays Custom Jersey reserve because of a knee injury.

“I’m excited to be back with the team that opened the door for me,” Barner said. “Everything has come full c Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey ircle. To have the opportunity to be back here, to be in this Carolina blue is a bit of redemption for me.

“After I was traded, people were like, ‘Are you mad?’ And I was like, ‘Mad about what? Those people were great to me. What reason did I give for them to keep me?’ Now for me to be back here, back with Coach (Ron) Rivera and Coach Skip (running backs coach Jim Skipper) – guys who really believed in me at a time when I didn’t believe in myself – I’m thrilled about the opportunity.”

Barner has been used primarily on special teams throughout his career, including his rookie season with the Panthers out of the University of Oregon. Carolina traded him to the Eagles prior to the 2014 season for a conditional seventh-round pick that the Panthers didn’t end up receiving after Philadelphia waived Barner. The Eagles added Barner to their practice squad late that year. He didn’t play in 2014 but played in 36 games for the Eagles over the past three seasons.

Barner has an 8.6-yard punt return average and 22.6-yard kickoff return average for his career, with 77 rushes for 317 yards and three touchdowns to go with 21 catches for 127 yards. Barner ran the ball six times for 7 yards and caught two passes for 7 yards and returned two kicks for 17 yards for the Panthers in 2013.

“Whatever they need it to be – special teams, at running back – whatever it is,” Barner said, “I’ve always been a guy who has put the team first.”

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Charlotte native excited about coming home for a chance to carve out a role in a running game he watched closely as a kid.

CHARLOTTE – Selected in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft, Elijah Hood joined the Oakland Raiders having amassed nearly 10,000 rushing yards over his previous five seasons in college and high school.

With the Raiders, he didn’t run the ball a single time, didn’t gain a single yard. The extent of his playing time as a rookie was eight special teams plays in his one game with Oakland, which waived him earlier this week.

Some folks in Hood’s shoes might have showed up Friday with tryout players all around him with a less-than-sunny disposition.

But for Hood, all is good in the world thanks to another dose of Carolina blue in his life.

“I was just in California earlier this week, and now I’m in this Carolina blue, playing for the Panthers,” Hood said, looking down and tugging at his Panthers jersey after the first practice of rookie minicamp almost as if to confirm that it was still there. “I couldn’t be happier.”

Hood is a Charlotte native, having starred a 20-minute drive south of Bank of America Stadium at Charlotte Catholic. Next Hood took his talents a couple of h Women’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Alternate Royal Blue Jersey ours northeast to the University of North Carolina – also known for its shade of Carolina blue.

Hood has nothing but positive things to say about his quiet rookie year on the other coast, but he’s clearly thrilled to be back home after Carolina claimed him off waivers.

“I think my phone turned off from all the  Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Alternate Royal Blue Jersey messages and calls I was getting. Just everybody from my school community, college friends – it pretty much felt like the whole state was just saying, ‘Congrats. Welcome back home,'” Hood said. “I’ve known Panthers football all my life, and the Panthers run the ball. I’m happy I get to be a part of this storied and powerful run game, from watching J-Stew and Williams, Biakabutuka.

“All those guys toted the rock for the Carolina blue, and I’m glad I get to join their ranks. I’m real excited.”

Hood said his favorite Panther growing up (Hood was born in 1996, months after the Panthers completed their first NFL season) was hard-hitting safety Mike Minter. That should tell you a little bit about the type of runner the Panthers picked up.

“They just put me in position and tell me what to do, and as a long as I get to hit somebody and have fun, I’m going to enjoy it,” said Hood, who at 230 pounds is the heaviest running back on the roster. “I try to stick my foot in the ground, lower my shoulder, but I also can do other things well. I can catch the ball. I can definitely pass protect.

“I think the Panthers saw  Custom Blue Jays Jersey that, and they want to incorporate me into the offense. I’ll run-block, do whatever. I did that at (UNC).”

Also keep in mind the company he kept in Oakland. Hood said his rookie year was a learning experience, and he meant it when he said it, having shared the practice field with masher Marshawn Lynch.

“I just latched onto Marshawn honestly, just trying to leech off everything I could get from that guy – how he runs, how he sets up his broken tackles, how he makes the game easier for himself,” Hood said. “It’s amazing to watch that man in action. He taught me a lot about being a pro.”

Now Hood, who weighs 15 more pounds than Lynch, is looking forward to sharing the backfield with someone who weighs 15 more pounds than him.

“I’m trying to get used to the thought that Cam is going to be beside me,” said Hood, who sounded more like a kid in a candy store than a guy who lost his job just days ago. “Not many guys get to play for their hometown team. Growing up dreaming of being in the NFL, this is the team that was in my mind. Now I’m on the team.”

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Panthers will have 28 tryout players participating alongside draft picks and undrafted free agent additions.

CHARLOTTE – The Panthers will have 28 tryout players joining their draft picks, undrafted additions and a handful of returning players and offseason signings at rookie minicamp, which begins Friday at Bank of America Stadium.

Wide receiver DJ Moore (first round, 24th overall), cornerback Donte Jackson (second round, 55th), safety Rashaan Gaulden (third round, 85th), tight end Ian Thomas (fourth round, 101st), defensive end Marquis Haynes (fourth round, 136th), linebacker Jermaine Carter (fifth round, 161st), linebacker Andre Smith (seventh round, 234th) and defe Blue Jays Custom Jersey Cheap nsive tackle Kendrick Norton (seventh round, 242nd) will make their debuts in Panthers gear. So too will seven college free agents.

Six players who spent time on Ca Toronto Blue Jays Custom Jersey rolina’s 2017 practice squad — tight end Evan Baylis, linebacker Zeek Bigger, linebacker Richie Brown, wideout Austin Duke, defensive end Efe Obada and safety Damian Parms  — will participate, as well as three others who were signed this offseason — running back Elijah Hood, guard Dorian Johnson and offensive tackle Korren Kirven.

Below is a complete list of the tryout players. Last year, Carolina signed three invited tryouts to the roster. The Panthers currently have four open spots on their 91-man roster (Carolina has 91 spots due to Obada’s international player exemption).

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Pos Name Ht Wt Age Exp College Hometown
G Kareem Are 6-5 315  24 1 Florida State
Elmont, N.Y.
DE Sterling Bailey
6-4 280  25 1 Georgia
Gainesville, Ga.
LB Zeek Bigger
6-0 235 25 1 East Carolina
Gastonia, N.C.
WR Da’Ron Brown
6-0 200 26 1 Northern Illinois
Chicago, Ill.
CB James Caine 5-11 185 28 1 Pittsburg State
St. Louis, Mo.
C Lucas Crowley 6-2 300 23 1 North Carolina Ponte Vedra, Fla.
TE Steve Donatell
6-5 240 24 1 Western Kentucky Highlands Ranch, Colo.
G Quinterrius Eatmon
6-6 315 26 1 South Florida
Pritchard, Ala.
C Kyle Friend
6-0 295 24 1 Temple
Carlisle, Pa.
CB Ty Griffin
5-11 195 22 R Oregon Powder Springs, Ga.
WR Dre Hall 5-10 195 23 R North Alabama
Columbia, Tenn.
WR Bug Howard 6-4 220 23 1 North Carolina
Rochelle, Ga.
FB Joey Iosefa
5-11 245 26 1 Hawaii
American Samoa
DT Merrick Jackson
6-1 300 23  Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Alternate Royal Blue Jersey R Minnesota
Belleville, Ill.
S Jarnor Jones 6-3 205 24 1 Iowa State
Lithonia, Ga.
OT Landon Lechler
6-7 310 24 1 North Dakota State
Beach. N.D.
DT Ashaad Mabry
6-4 265 25 1 Texas-San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas
WR Phil Mayhue
6-2 210 23 R Memphis Sicklerville, N.J.
FB Tyler McCloskey 6-0 240 23 1 Houston Houston, Texas
QB Marcus McDade 6-2 225 26 1 Sacramento State Oakland, Calif.
LB Jonathan Petersen
6-0 240 25 R Michigan State
Miami, Fla.
RB Kalif Phillips
5-9 220 24 1 Charlotte Kannapolis, N.C.
G Norman Price
6-4 310 23 1 Southern Miss
Vicksburg, Miss.
DE Joby Saint Fleur
6-4 250 25 1 Northwestern Oklahoma St
Winter Haven, Fla.
DE Karter Schult
6-3 260 24 1 Northern Iowa
Tripolo, Iowa
S Malik Smith 6-0 195 22 1 San Diego State
Compton, Calif.
CB Mike Stevens 5-10 185 22 R North Carolina State Charlotte, N.C.
CB Brad Watson
6-0 190 22 1 Wake Forest
Round Rock, Texas


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Veteran running back tore his ACL on Monday during a non-contact drill.

CHARLOTTE – The Panthers have placed Fozzy Whittaker on injured reserve with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. The running back suffered the injury Monday in a non-contact, on-field drill during Phase 2 of the offseason program.

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CHARLOTTE – Second-round cornerback Donte Jackson and four other draft picks signed their contracts Thursday upon arrival for this weekend’s rookie minicamp at Bank of America Stadium.

Tight end Ian Thomas, defensive end Marquis Haynes, linebacker Jermaine Carter and defensive tackle Kendrick Norton also signed their four-year contracts. Wide receiver DJ Moore – the team’s first-round choice – safety Rashaan Gaulden and linebacker Andre Smith still need to sign their rookie deals but are set to take part in the minicamp.

The signing process for drafted rookies has b Women’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Alternate Royal Blue Jersey ecome a virtual formality since a rookie wage scale was established by the Collective Bargaining Agreement in 2011. All of the Panthers’ seven undrafted rookie free agents have signed their three-year deals: guards Kyle Bosch, Taylor Hearn and Brendan Mahon; quarterback Kyle Allen; running back Reggie Bonnafon; linebacker Chris Frey and defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle.

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Team photographer Melissa Melvin-Rodriguez spends a day with the Panthers’ first-round draft pick in his hometown of Philadelphia.

I spent Monday with wide receiver DJ Moore, the Panthers’ first-round draft pick, in his hometown of Philadelphia. I saw where he got his start and met some of the people who have been with him since the very beginning, molding him into the person he is today.

Moore’s day started with a rigorous workout at Swift Fit. He was guided through leg exercises and footwork for more than an hour by the gym’s owner, Darren Swift.

At one point Moore collapsed into an exhausted heap on the floor, breathing deeply, cap pulled over his eyes as he tried to steady his breath. He got back up and went onto the next exercise, finishing the workout strong.

Another local business owner, Jequon Cook, who has a popular clothing line named Beyond Blessed, stopped by the gym with a box of merchandise for Moore and a couple of other guys in the gym. They talked about the NFL Scouting Combine and when Moore would be leaving for rookie minicamp. Then Moore had to leave to pick up his mother, Cookie, from work.

After picking up his mom, Moore wanted to make a stop at his high school, I Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey mhotep Institute Charter, to see his former football coach, Kevin Norris. Moore was greeted repeatedly with congratulatory hellos from school staff and familiar handshakes from students.

Upon entering his old coach’s office, Moore all but tackled Norris with an enthusiastic hug. The bond between them was evident.

Norris’ office is packed with trophies and with posters of former players at the various college programs where they went on to play, including a poster of Moore at the University of Maryland. There’s also a huge white dry-erase board with a list of Imhotep Charter’s former players that spans the entire height of the board. Next to each name is the name of th Kevin Pillar Jersey For Sale eir college, and next to two of those colleges the letters “NFL” are written. Moore took a marker and wrote “Greatest” beside “NFL”.

After leaving the high school, Moore and his mother went to pick up Moore’s newest acquisition: a French bulldog puppy named Denny.

Denny had a vet appointment for a checkup and a shot. It was almost impossible for Moore to walk 10 feet without someone  Kevin Pillar Jersey Cheap stopping him to fawn over his puppy. To be honest, with his tiny body, huge perky ears and smooshed face, he was probably one of the cutest puppies I have seen in real life.

The final stop for the day was Moore’s grandparents’ house for dinner. On the drive over, Moore fell asleep in the passenger seat while Denny napped in his lap.

Upon arriving, Moore and his mom were greeted energetically by Moore’s grandmother Youth Toronto Blue Jays Kevin Pillar Majestic Scarlet Fashion Canada Day Red Flex Base Authentic Jersey , Ernestine Ridley. Ridley’s husband, Donald, was in the garage and easily gave out hugs to his daughter and grandson. Walking through the garage and into the basement, there was a huge display full of framed family photos. More photos were on display upstairs on the walls and in photo albums on the coffee table. Needless to say, family is very important in this household.

As Mrs. Ridley prepared corn, sweet potatoes, broccoli and biscuits to accompany dinner, more family arrived. By the time dinner was ready, the Philadelphia 76ers playoff game was on the television and 11 family members were comfortably nestled in the living room.

Conversation centered on Moore’s next steps: When he would be leaving, where he would live, whether h Women’s Toronto Blue Jays Kevin Pillar Majestic Scarlet Fashion Canada Day Red Flex Base Authentic Jersey is dog be going, what would his mom do when he left, and all the usual familial questions when the youngest child is leaving the home.

Moore’s mom was kind, gentle and soft-spoken, traits that appear to been passed to Moore and his siblings. I saw a lot of happiness and pride in her eyes when she looked at her son as he begins to navigate his way through this next chapter.

I asked her if the reality of the situation had sunk in yet and she said, “It hasn’t hit me yet, but it just feels like everything is the same as it was. Maybe it will feel different later.” I mentioned perhaps the first time she sees him take the field in his uniform. Until then, he is still her youngest child whose nose was close enough to grab onto that night after dinner,just like so many parents have done to their children. It was a sweet moment between a mother and her son who one day could have the word “greatest” attached to his NFL career.