Digging It: Bills Unveil New Wrinkle In Opening Against Jets

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image by Bill Wippert/BuffaloBills.com.ORCHARD PARK — The day Stefon Diggs has been waiting for since March has finally arrived. It’s time for the receiver to make his debut with the Buffalo Bills.“It’s time for a new beginning,” Diggs tweeted on March 16, a day before Buffalo a cquired the sixth-year player in a trade with Minnesota. Nothing has changed since.“I would say since I got traded, I haven’t stopped thinking about playing ball,” Diggs said as Buffalo prepares to open the season by hosting the New York Jets on Sunday.“Definitely something I’ve been carrying a big chip on my shoulder,” he added, before explaining this is no different from any other season for a dynamic play-maker who still feels slighted for being selected in the fifth round of the 2015 draft. “I’m looking forward to it, especially with a new journey, a new challenge each and every year. I’m eager. I’m ready.” For a team considered to have an early season edge in returning mostly intact following a coronavirus-altered offseason, the Bills gave up a first-round draft pick to land Diggs to add a spark into a Josh Allen-led offense that struggled to score points.Buffalo managed 20 or fewer points 11 times last season, including a 22-19 overtime loss to Houston in an wild-card playoff.Diggs, who has topped 1,000 yards in each of his previous two seasons, provides Buffalo an established trio of receivers, rounded out by 2019 free agent additions: John Brown and Cole Beasley.The Jets, by comparison, feature numerous questions marks in opening against the Bills for a second straight year.New York’s offensive line has been reshuffled from a season ago. Their group of receivers are limping. And the Jets defense — one of the few bright spots last year — is without linebacker C.J. Mosley (opted out) and star safety Jamal Adams, whose contract complaints led to him being traded to Seattle for safety Bradley McDougald.General manager Joe Douglas opened the week aware of the knocks directed at a team in the midst of a nine-year playoff drought.“We see the things that are said. We see the things that are written. You know it angers a lot of people,” Douglas said. “I know that there’s a lot of hungry guys that want to go out there and just prove a lot of people wrong.”SHUFFLE UP FRONTNew York is the fourth NFL team since the 2010 season to start five different players on the O-line in Week 1 from the five who started the opener the previous year.Center Connor McGovern, right tackle George Fant and right guard Greg Van Roten were all signed in free agency, and left tackle Mekhi Becton was taken with the No. 11 overall pick in the draft. Left guard Alex Lewis is the only holdover, but he didn’t start right away.MEMORIESAllen is far more comfortable preparing for his second season-opening start than he was a year ago, when Buffalo overcame a 16-0 deficit in a 17-16 win at the Meadowlands.Buffalo’s opening two drives ended with a fumble and Mosley returning an interception for a touchdown. Allen sealed the win with a 38-yard TD pass to Brown with 3 minutes left.“I wouldn’t call it night and day, but I do feel really good about myself going into the game,” he said, emphasizing a need for a better start.MEMORIES PART IISam Darnold, who like Allen was one of five quarterbacks selected in the first round of the 2017 draft, had a different take on last year’s opener. The Jets combined for four first downs and 54 net yards on their final four possessions, and Darnold was diagnosed with mononucleosis a few days later.“Thanks for reminding me,” he said with a laugh, noting he’s reviewed the game film. “I think it was good because you look back and see all the improvements we made throughout the year. … I am going to take that experience and run with it.”GORE STILL GOINGFrank Gore is on the other side of this AFC East rivalry this year, now with the Jets after playing with the Bills last season.The 37-year-old running back, the third-leading rusher in NFL history has impressed his new teammates with his work ethic. He’s routinely at the facility long before most of the other Jets players.“I can’t really go into each and every detail what he does because I’ll be here all day,” fellow running back Le’Veon Bell said. “Just know he does a lot for me. I don’t think he knows or realizes all the things he does.”Gore finished with a career-low 599 yards rushing, and eventually lost playing time to rookie Devin Singletary last year.RE-UPPEDBills cornerback Tre’Davious White, last weekend, joined coach Sean McDermott and left tackle Dion Dawkins in signing contract extensions this summer.“I’m feeling blessed, but it’s behind me now.,” said White of a four-year, $70-million deal that locks him up through 2025. “Honestly now, I want to focus on the Jets and try to have the best season yet.”last_img read more

Brazilian Armed Forces Conduct Joint Border Operation

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo December 05, 2018 The border area along the Brazilian states of Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Paraná, and Santa Catarina served as the staging ground for security operation Ágata Graal, September 24-28, 2018. The initiative sought to curb drug trafficking, smuggling, and other illegal transnational activities along the 3,500-kilometer border with Bolivia, Paraguay, and Argentina. Operation Ágata is of a continuous nature and is carried out throughout the year in different border regions. The initiative projects preventive operations along the border via air, land, and river patrols. Service members set up checkpoints at river channels and main roads, conduct airstrip and port surveillance, and search vessels, motor vehicles, people, and aircraft. The objective is to step up government’s presence and integrate the activities of the Armed Forces with other federal, state, and municipal agencies responsible for the region’s security. Operation Ágata Graal, a name it acquired in the latest 2018 edition, was unprecedented due to the joint effort with the Brazilian Navy (MB, in Portuguese), Army (EB, in Portuguese), and Air Force (FAB, in Portuguese). Ágata Graal’s headquarters was setup in the city of Cascavel, in Paraná state, in the heart of the border area. There, service members patrolled air, land, and rivers simultaneously. FAB also coordinated aerial support from Aerospace Operations Command in Brasília. According to MB Admiral Ademir Sobrinho, head of the Armed Forces Joint Chief of Staff, previous operations had simpler formats and were developed quickly and more suddenly. “The joint work was limited to a strategic and operational structure, and when it was time for the tactical part, each force would operate separately,” Adm. Ademir said. Public security agencies such as the Federal Police, the Federal Highway Police (PRF, in Portuguese), the Brazilian Internal Revenue Service, and the military police from the states of Paraná and Mato Grosso do Sul took part in the interagency operations. A total of 3,000 service members and civilians, about 40 aircraft, and 1,000 different armored vehicles and boats participated. According to FAB Lieutenant General Ricardo Cesar Mangrich, commander of Ágata Graal, the biggest challenge was to assemble a structure to cover such an extensive and diversified border. “We had Lake Itaipu, at the border with Paraguay, where shores allow for the construction of paths used to board small boats that can carry illegal goods,” Lt. Gen. Mangrich told Diálogo. “We also had the Paraná-Tietê waterway, between Brazil’s southern and southwestern regions, which serve as a gateway into the country, near the state of São Paulo, a highly developed region. Lastly, the dry and complex border of Mato Grosso do Sul, with small roads every 200 meters, made control very difficult.” Joint task forces A general staff consisting of 40 officers from the three branches coordinated operations of the joint task forces created to patrol each area. The objective was to advise the commander according to the characteristics of each branch to optimize the use of available resources. “We used armored vehicles, subunits of EB’s motorized cavalry, FAB aircraft, and other resources,” said Lt. Gen. Mangrich. “The Joint Chief of Staff’s advice was essential to ensure interoperability, and avoid friendly fire from our service members operating side by side on the ground.” Service members conducted Ágata Graal’s operations at night to ensure the element of surprise, since these were not covert. “The troop got to the point where the opponent could not operate at night, which created instability and an extremely positive result,” Lt. Gen. Mangrich said. Air assets used heat sensors and satellites for monitoring and reconnaissance activities, and a command and control system to analyze and interpret the images. The information obtained contributed to the commander’s decision making for troops’ engagement. “During a night flight, a FAB aircraft identified the entry of illegal goods. The satellite provided a visual revealing the number of recipients waiting for the merchandise. Our special forces troops were ready for action at the location. We opted to avoid confrontation and prevent having many fatalities. We chose to throw a stun grenade to disperse the people and stop the illegal activity,” said Lt. Gen. Mangrich. Results For the officer, the operation helped confirm the implementation of a successful operational model that can be used when necessary. “We managed to close the border by sea, land, and air during the operation,” said Lt. Gen. Mangrich. Effective to protect borders, the operation also increased interoperability between forces and coordination with participating agencies. A command and control structure facilitated the coordination of well-organized efforts and efficient results. According to Adm. Ademir, Ágata Graal allowed service members to uncover river and land routes, and docks criminal organizations used in the area, as well as their modus operandi. “We nearly completely stopped drug and arms trafficking, and cross-border crimes,” Adm. Ademir said. “After we left the location, the Federal Highway Patrol broke arrest records,” said Lt. Gen. Mangrich. “We identified trucks gathered across the border and a possible route for illegal entry into the country with satellite help. As soon as the operation ended, they tried to enter and PRF was ready for action.”last_img read more

Messi Out, But Conte Expect Inter Milan to Suffer

first_imgUEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUEBarcelona star Lionel Messi did not make the trip to the San Siro for tonight’s final Champions League group game, but Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte still expects a tough test as his side bids to reach the last 16.Barcelona are already through to the knockout rounds after six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi scored in a convincing 3-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund last time out. The Argentine has been left out of the 20-man squad along with midfielder Sergi Roberto. Coach Ernesto Valverde’s side will also be without injured the Ousmane Dembele, Jordi Alba, Nelson Semedo and Gerard Pique.The Spaniards are assured of finishing top of group F as they have 11 points from five games.Inter are second, level on seven points with Borussia Dortmund who host Slavia Prague, but the Italians will qualify if the two clubs finish on the same number of points due to their superior head-to-head goal difference.“We’re talking about Barcelona, one of the strongest teams in the world with a very strong squad of 20 to 22 players,” said Conte.“Barcelona remain one of the four or five teams that every year sets out to win the competition.“For their part, they are calm in first place and will play without pressure and can create problems. We have to give everything knowing that it might not be enough.”Barcelona beat Inter 2-1 at Camp Nou last time out, but Conte believes his team have grown since then as they sit top of Serie A.“In Barcelona we played a very good game with great courage and personality, but the defeat came thanks to their great players.“It’s been a while, we’ve grown in some respects.“If we think we won’t suffer when Barca are in possession, we would be fools. When we get the possession, we will try to put them in difficulty.”The former Chelsea and Juventus coach hopes a capacity San Siro crowd can pull the three-time former European champions through.“Our stadium can give us a lot of positive energy and I am sure it will. We all want to get to the last 16, it would be a prestigious goal.”TONIGHT’S FIXTURESNapoli Vs GenkSalzburg Vs LiverpoolDortmund Vs SlaviaInter Milan Vs BarcelonaBenfica Vs ZenitLyon Vs LeipzigAjax Vs ValenciaChelsea Vs LilleShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Norwegian chess grandmaster is on 1077 points, just 32 points off the worldwide leader last_img read more