Michael Irvin, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Rangers' home opener Friday. Irvin will be the 20th in the series of "Texas Heroes" to throw out the first pitch.
Q: Has anyone of Greg Ellis' age and position come back from an Achilles' injury? It seems that his ability to apply pressure would be directly affected, no?
Tim Cowlishaw: I don't know of anyone specifically, but I think one thing that helps is that Ellis is a tall, lean player. I think a heavier set player would lose more explosion from having to deal with a repaired Achilles. Still, if I am Wade Phillips, I am not penciling in Ellis for 16 games at left outside linebacker. Another thing is that with Ware likely to be rushing on almost every play, there is less need to have the linebacker at Ellis' spot being a rush guy. So some of the others may fit in there in pass coverage.
Ellis is certainly a question mark heading into camp. It’s hard to imagine he’ll be 100% recovered from the injury so training camp will be a very important measure of how effective he can be. Good thing Bobby Carpenter is waiting in the wings.
By coincidence, I was discussing Tank Tyler in a previous post and now Rick Gosselin has a full article on him.