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When he was 8 years old, Brian Burns celebrated
09-12-2019, 06:22 AM,
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When he was 8 years old, Brian Burns celebrated
CHARLOTTE Jordan Scarlett Jersey , N.C. (AP) —  when his older brother Stanley McGlover was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the seventh round.Thirteen years later, McGlover returned the favor when the Panthers selected Burns, a defensive end from Florida State, with the 16th overall pick in the NFL draft.“Pretty cool, right?” Burns said Thursday night.Burns said McGlover could barely breathe when the announcement was made, joking that “he’s probably more excited than me. He’s going through it right now. He loves it.”The Panthers drafted Burns to bolster a pass rush that finished 27th in the league in sacks last season. They hope he can become a long-term replacement for likely future Hall of Famer Julius Peppers, whom Burns met as a young boy when he attended a Panthers game to watch his brother play.Burns said it’s crazy to think he’s now viewed as Peppers’ replacement in Carolina.“I am glad to fill those shoes David Montgomery Jersey ,” Burns said.The Panthers knew they needed to upgrade at defensive end after losing Charles Johnson and Peppers — the franchise’s top two pass rushers ever — to retirement the last two offseasons.Burns said he had a hunch the Panthers would draft him after Peppers announced his retirement in February.“As soon as he retired I put it together and was like, man, this is going to be crazy if they take me,” Burns said.The first thing that stood out to Panthers coach Ron Rivera when he watched Burns on tape is how quickly he gets off the line of scrimmage.In Rivera’s eyes, he does that faster than everyone else in the draft.Rivera compared him to current Panthers defensive Mario Addison, another speed rusher who has 39 ½ sacks over the past three seasons for Carolina.“He’s very similar (to Addison) as he has that elite get off and those long arms,” Rivera said. “He will be a great complement to the group of guys we have in that defensive line room.”Added general manager Marty Hurney: “The combination of his speed, his change of direction and his ability to stop on a dime and redirect. And then his length. He uses his (arm) length to set the edge on the run.”Burns planned to celebrate by attending a midnight screening of the movie “Avengers: Endgame.”But he’s eager to get to work as soon as possible.“I’m hungry for knowledge and I want to learn ,” Burns said. “I want to be coached.”Rivera wouldn’t say if he expects Burns to start right away, instead saying he expects he will fit into the rotation.The 6-foot-5, 249-pound Burns had 15 1/2 tackles for loss and 10 sacks to go along with 52 tackles last season as an every down player. Burns also broke up three passes and forced three fumbles and earned first team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors.He burst on the scene in 2017 when he had two sacks and 4 ½ tackles against Clemson. He finished with career with 124 tackles and 24 sacks for the Seminoles.Burns was the fifth defensive end taken in the first 16 picks of the draft.Rivera said if there is one thing Burns needs to learn its defeating the blocker at the point of attack before trying to find the ball.“Focus in on the guy who is attacking you, finish him off and then go make the play,” Rivera said. “He wants to get to the ball so quickly.”The Panthers are looking to rebound from a disappointing season in which they lost seven of their last eight games to fall out of playoff contention and finish 7-9.Carolina has three picks on Friday night — one in the second round (No. 47 overall) and two in the third (No. 77 and No. 100). Among their most pressing needs is to find an offensive tackle. And the winner is …. the Los Angeles Rams.The Rams, who have looked dominant in the first two weeks of the regular season, have grabbed the top spot from the New England Patriots in the latest AP Pro32 poll on Tuesday.The Rams received nine of the 12 first-place votes and 380 points in balloting by media members who regularly cover the NFL.The Rams are coming off a 34-0 rout of the listless Arizona Cardinals and will host the Chargers at the Coliseum on Sunday in an All-LA matchup.“(Coach) Sean McVay rested most of his starters in the preseason, but the Rams already look like they’re in midseason form after another dominating win Shareef Miller Jersey , albeit over a woeful Cardinals team,” Newsday’s Bob Glauber said.The Jacksonville Jaguars earned the remaining three first-place votes for 375 points. The Jaguars moved up three spots after their impressive 31-20 win over the Patriots, who fell to No. 5.“At least for now, the AFC’s early season torch has been passed to the Jaguars after last Sunday’s thumping of New England,” said Alex Marvez of The Sporting News.The Minnesota Vikings stayed at No. 3 after rallying to tie the rival Green Bay Packers 29-29 at Lambeau Field.“The Vikings got better when they signed (kicker) Dan Bailey,” said Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk.Bailey was signed after the Vikings waived Daniel Carlson following his missed three field-goal attempts. The fifth-round draft pick from Auburn missed field goals of 48, 49 and 35 yards, with the last two failed tries coming in overtime.The Packers also kept their spot at No. 6 after the league’s second consecutive week with a tie.Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs , who are off to a 2-0 start, moved up three places to No. 4.Mahomes had six touchdown passes for the Chiefs, who are coming off a 42-37 victory over Pittsburgh and will face the San Francisco 49ers in their home opener on Sunday.“The thrilling Pat Mahomes Show is covering up some serious defensive deficiencies at the moment,” said Ira Kaufman of Fox 13 in Tampa, Florida.The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, led by a resurgent Ryan Fitzpatrick, vaulted seven spots to No. 8 after topping the Philadelphia Eagles 27-21.The Buccaneers will face another challenge when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night.“Need to beat Steelers now,” Fox Sports’ John Czarnecki said of the Bucs.The Eagles , who will get back quarterback Carson Wentz following his knee injury when they host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, dropped five spots to No. 7.The Atlanta Falcons inched up a spot to No. 9 after earning their first win of the season with a 31-24 victory over the Carolina Panthers.And the surprising Cincinnati Bengals rounded out the top 10 after topping Baltimore 34-23. The Bengals will be without running Joe Mixon for a few weeks following his knee surgery. They will face the Panthers and Falcons on the road in the next two weeks.___

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