subject: Markus Golden's Trek Toward StardomPosted: 3:16am, Aug 17, 2017
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Markus Golden was tied for third in the NFL in sacks last year, and yet,womens Paxton Lynch Jersey, he’s the second banana among Cardinals pass-rushers.

the bigger contract and the more extensive body of work. Golden had 12? sacks a season ago – one and a half more than Jones – but it still feels like this is the season of reckoning for the third-year outside linebacker.,womens Adam Gotsis Jersey,Chandler Jones has the bigger name

” coach Bruce Arians said. “Whether you had people worried about Chandler and Calais (Campbell) and singling him,womens Shane Ray Jersey,“He’s not going to surprise anybody this year,womens Ty Sambrailo Jersey, he’s not going to get singled very often. As long as he keeps applying pressure, because he has a relentless motor, that’s what separates him.”

The hesitancy to crown Golden is nothing new. womens Jeff Heuerman Jersey,When he entered the draft in 2015, teams were more enamored with his pass-rushing teammate, Shane Ray, who was drafted in the first round by the Broncos. Golden said the doubts surfaced before that.

“People said I wasn’t going to make it out of junior college,” Golden said. “Back then, once I knew the route I had to take,Authentic Adam Gotsis Jersey> I knew then, ‘Just stay focused and you’re going to be where you need to be.’ I always knew I was going to be in this position, and I’ve believed in myself. I believe in myself more than anything.”

Golden speaks with a confidence and fervor that is infectious. He will always be built differently than the prototypical edge-rusher, but he is paid to harass quarterbacks, which he’s done with aplomb for the Cardinals.,Authentic Shane Ray Jersey

“My whole life, this is what I’ve done,” Golden said. “I know how to play. I can pass rush just as good as anyone in this league, and I know that in my heart.”

they initially started watching Missouri’s tape because of Ray. But General Manager Steve Keim kept getting drawn to the other edge-rusher. Some thought it was a reach when the team took Golden in the second round.,, he’s not as fast,” Keim said. “He’s not quite as tall,>Authentic Ty Sambrailo Jersey, but he’s the one guy who plays every snap as if it’s his last. His intensity his get-off, his quickness. Projecting him to a 3-4 outside ’backer, thicker through his trunk and his hips. Does he have the skillset to drop and play in space? In reality, he’s built a little bit differently, you realize this kid loves it so much he’ll find a way to get it done.”

As long as they remain together, ,Authentic Jeff Heuerman Jersey,Golden and Jones plan on jockeying for the title of the team’s best pass-rusher. Arians gives Golden the current nod because he had more sacks and pressures in 2016. When asked if teams paid more attention to Jones and Campbell, thus giving him an unfair advantage, Golden scoffs.

“It’s funny, man,” Golden said. “I watch film and I’m double-teamed just as much as Chandler. Literally, from watching the film. I didn’t see it like, ‘Oh, they’re freeing me up every play.’ Every sack I had, I had to work my butt off for.”

Golden may never be looked at in the same light as Von Miller, even though the Broncos linebacker only had one more sack than him in 2016. But players who consistently get after the quarterback are highly coveted in the NFL. Golden will be eligible for a contract extension after this season, and would have nice leverage if he produces once again.
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