Four months after signing with the Rams and two days into training camp Buccaneers Ronald Jones II Jersey , Ndamukong Suh is still waiting for his first chance to practice alongside Aaron Donald.
Suh knows all about the perils of contract negotiations, and he hopes Donald can get a deal soon to unite them on Los Angeles' potentially fearsome defensive line.
"Ultimately, I wish him all the best," Suh said Friday after practice at UC Irvine. "He deserves more than what I got, so I'll kind of leave it at that."
The 31-year-old Suh got a one-year, $14 million deal to join the Rams as a free agent after eight seasons as one of the NFL's best defensive linemen. Donald is scheduled to make nearly $6.9 million this season in the final year of his rookie contract, but is widely believed to be seeking a record-setting deal that will make him one of the league's highest-paid players.
Donald skipped the Rams' offseason activities after Suh's signing, and he is holding out of training camp for the second consecutive year. Suh and Donald spoke briefly after Suh signed, but they still don't know much about each other.
Suh hopes that will change soon, but he's staying out of any talks between Donald and the Rams.
"Always want to have an opportunity to practice with Aaron," Suh said. "He's a guy that I've watched from afar Cody Allen Jersey , and (I'll) hopefully have an opportunity sometime soon to get on the same field and be on the same side of the ball."
Suh was free to sign with the Rams after the Miami Dolphins dropped him three seasons into a six-year, $114 million deal. That mammoth contract was structured in a way that made it almost impossible for Suh to be allowed to play out its entire length, and Suh ended up making $60 million for three years of work.
When he looked for a new challenge, Suh decided to team up with Donald and Michael Brockers on defensive coordinator Wade Phillips' front line. Suh primarily will be a nose tackle in Los Angeles for the first time in his career, but he has ample experience at every possible position on a defensive line.
"The biggest thing I'm excited about position-wise is being able to play the nose, the tackle and the 5-technique (lining up outside the offensive tackle), being able to play all of them and being able to use me in every single facet," Suh said. "The one thing that I've learned when I've been a part of an elite defense, no particular guy has any position. They can play all of them."
Donald also plays just about anywhere, and his absence ultimately might not have much effect on his performance. He was the NFL's defensive player of the year last season despite missing all of training camp and the season opener due to his first holdout.
Suh isn't sure how his partnership with Donald will work, but he is confident in the strength of the defense being built by Phillips. Cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib also joined Los Angeles in the offseason Adidas Mark Stone Jersey , adding an influx of veteran talent to an already solid unit.
Suh has enjoyed getting to know his new teammates at UC Irvine while staying in the dorms 鈥?something he hadn't done since college at Nebraska. Although he has a reputation for headstrong play at times, Suh is mostly relaxed and jovial around the Rams.
Suh is also getting along well with coach Sean McVay, who grinningly declined to disclose the nature of a bet that he lost to Suh earlier in the week 鈥?after Suh jumped into his news conference to ask him about it.
"He's been fun to be around," McVay said. "I think once we actually put the pads on, when you're really playing real football, we'll get a really good feel. But you certainly feel his presence."
Even with the Montreal Canadiens eliminated from postseason contention, Brendan Gallagher keeps competing hard every single night.
Gallagher scored twice, including his 30th goal of the season, and Carey Price snapped a seven-game losing streak as Montreal defeated the skidding Detroit Red Wings 4-2 on Monday.
”Those 30 goals are well deserved,” Canadiens coach Claude Julien said about Gallagher. ”It’s an example of what hard work and perseverance and commitment and dedication is all about. He never complains about anything. He goes about and does his job. That’s what you expect from your leaders.”
With the two goals, Gallagher pushed his total to 49 points this season. His previous career high was 47.
”It’s nice Cheap Josh Allen Jersey ,” the feisty winger said about reaching the 30-goal plateau. ”You want to contribute and you want to score. It’s also nice to get it out of the way and stop talking about myself and get back to finishing hard and finishing the right way.”
Paul Byron and Alex Galchenyuk also scored for Montreal in a matchup of Original Six franchises who will miss the playoffs. Price made 26 saves for his first win since Feb. 4. He had been 0-5-2 since then.
”We have five games remaining and we want to finish the right way game after game and really push each other to carry this over into next year,” Gallagher said.
Gustav Nyquist and Tyler Bertuzzi scored for Detroit, and Jared Coreau stopped 27 shots in his fifth game of the season. He is 0-4-0.
Both the Canadiens and Red Wings will take part in the draft lottery this spring. Montreal is 26th in the overall NHL standings, three points ahead of 27th-place Detroit.
The Red Wings have won just once in their last 14 games (1-12-1).
”We’ve been real good through the stretch,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. ”We’ve played really good hockey. We’ve deserved better results. No chance is that good enough tonight. We have to be way better.
”Our attention to detail, not good enough. Our intensity, not good enough. Winning puck battles, doing all the little things it takes, just too many guys not going.”
Gallagher scored his first of the game and team-leading 29th of the season at 4:27 of the second period to give the Canadiens a 2-1 lead. The forward threw the puck on net from the corner of the ice and it bounced off Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser’s skate and in.
The Edmonton native, who has scored in three consecutive games, got his 30th at 9:32 when he tipped a shot by Mike Reilly on net. The puck went off Coreau’s skate and landed in the crease before the goalie accidentally knocked it in himself.
”Those are the ones I’m used to scoring Colts Nyheim Hines Jersey ,” said Gallagher, who also had two blocked shots. ”It’s always good when the guys don’t really know that you scored the goals. But any way you can score is obviously nice.”
The 5-foot-9 forward came within inches of his first career hat trick. With 4:26 remaining, Jeff Petry’s shot from the blue line trickled past Coreau. Gallagher came close to knocking it in, but Galchenyuk got his stick on it first to make it 4-2.
”I don’t think there’s a guy who works harder in this locker room,” Petry said about Gallagher. ”He’s one of the guys who’s consistently going to those tough areas and he’s getting rewarded for it.”
Bertuzzi got one back for Detroit at 13:41 of the second when he squeezed a loose puck between Price’s pads.
The teams traded goals in the first period.
Nyquist got the first at 4:41 with a hard one-timer before Byron responded, on the power play, with a backhand off the post and in at 18:11 for his 19th.
NOTES: Detroit recalled 21-year-old defenseman Joe Hicketts from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League. … Several Canadian Olympians were honored in a pregame ceremony, including medalists Kim Boutin, Charles Hamelin, Justine Dufour-Lapointe and Mikael Kingsbury.
Red Wings: Host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night.
Canadiens: Play at Pittsburgh on Saturday night.
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