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FanPostsFanShotsAbout the Site List of Patriots Twitter AccountsWrite For Pats Pulpit!New User Welcome and Commenting GuideCommunity GuidelinesMastheadTopics Patriots Off-Season CoveragePatriots Opinion/AnalysisPatriots NewsPatriots Draft CoverageSportfolio ManagementPatriots Opinion/AnalysisPatriots Off-Season CoverageDefensive end Shilique Calhoun’s past adds layer of intrigue to Patriots’ 90-man rosterNew,21commentsShilique Calhoun, drafted No. 75 overall by Oakland in 2016, signed with New England last Thursday.EDTShareTweetShareShareDefensive end Shilique Calhoun’s past adds layer of intrigue to Patriots’ 90-man rosterKyle Terada-USA TODAY SportsThe signing of Shilique Calhoun went unlisted on the NFL transaction wire last Thursday.But the New England Patriots did announce the arrivals of a dozen free agents by 5:40 p.m. ET – and the defensive end by way of Michigan State and the Oakland Raiders was one of them.Calhoun was the only one who’d previously appeared in an NFL regular-season game.He was also the only one who’d been drafted.Entering the league at No. 75 overall to the Oakland Raiders in 2016, Calhoun went three spots before New England took North Carolina State guard Joe Thuney and 15 spots after the war room took Alabama cornerback Cyrus Jones.Calhoun had been a three-time first-team All-Big Ten honoree and a three-time second-team All-American. He’d been a two-time team captain, as well as the conference’s defensive lineman of the year as a redshirt sophomore.“Shilique is kind of in between a defensive end or a ‘Sam’ linebacker,” then-Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said in his mid-draft press conference. “He’s an end-of-the-line kind of guy. He’ll have versatility in that he can play the ‘Sam’ linebacker for us or the ‘Leo’ position. He’s a very productive young man, really understands how to rush the quarterback. He’s been an All-American. He’s been a very productive guy at a good college program.” Calhoun finished his Spartans career having played in 54 games to amass 131 tackles, including 44 for loss Tedy Bruschi Jerseys Stitched , and 27 sacks.His East Lansing résumé brought along four forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries, one interception, two blocked kicks and three touchdowns. The length and movement skills were easy to see. As was the volatility of a tweener.“Calhoun’s career could go one of two ways,” NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein wrote in his scouting report. “He’ll become more aggressive and improve his hand usage which will unlock his full potential as an NFL defensive end, or he will become a decent NFL starter who doesn’t have the upfield burst to win up the field as a pass-rusher and isn’t strong enough to hold up at the point of attack.”Calhoun joined a Raiders attack that at the time included the likes of Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin. He’d go on to play in 26 games across three campaigns for the organization that drafted him. But he’d be in on just 29 tackles, with three for loss, to go with seven quarterback hits and a half-sack on the Tennessee Titans’ Marcus Mariota.There were 410 snaps on defense and 447 snaps on special teams for Calhoun as a Raider. There were glimpses tracking down running backs and slicing into quarterbacks. There were also two stints on the practice squad upon clearing waivers. Calhoun’s stay came to an end on injured reserve this past December under new head coach Jon Gruden.But the 27-year-old Calhoun is an interesting name in a stockpile for New England. Michael Bennett, Derek Rivers, Deatrich Wise Jr., John Simon Youth Steve Grogan Jerseys , Chase Winovich, Trent Harris and Keionta Davis are among those currently accompanying him in the edge-rushing department.Calhoun weighed in at 6-foot-4 and 251 pounds at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine. There he checked in among the leaders in his position group with a 6.97-second three-cone, a 4.25-second short shuttle and a 35-inch vertical leap. And there, according to MockDraftable, Calhoun’s athletic profile proved to be an 81.9 percent match with Rosevelt Colvin, an 83.1 percent match with Rob Ninkovich and an 83.4 percent match with Jeremy Mincey.It’s food for thought.It’s also no longer 2016.But Calhoun is a little less under the wire than most arriving at this point in the calendar. Even if he missed the wire last Thursday. NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Jan. 30 about Super Bowl ads, The Associated Press erroneously named one of the astronaut twins. The two are Mark and Scott Kelly, not Mark and Steve.A corrected version of the story is below:Super Bowl ads offer simple escapism with star power Star power from Sarah Michelle Gellar to Steve Carrell abounds in this year's Super Bowl ads.By MAE ANDERSONAP Technology WriterNEW YORK (AP) — Sarah Michelle Gellar makes a horror movie parody for Olay. Jeff Bridges and Sarah Jessica Parker tout Stella Artois. Steve Carrell hawks Pepsi.Star power abounds in this year's Super Bowl ads.Advertisers are hoping to provide some welcome distraction and entertainment as economic fears persist and the nation's political climate remains sharply divided. As much as this year's Super Bowl will be a battle on the field between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams, it will be a battle between advertisers over who gets the buzz — and who gets forgotten.Celebrities are a relatively safe bet to garner good will from Super Bowl viewers who aren't looking to be lectured at. There has been a retreat from more overtly political ads that were seen during the 2017 Super Bowl from such companies as 84 Lumber and Airbnb."The big theme is a return to light-hearted humor," University of Virginia professor Kim Whitler said. "There's an acknowledgement the Super Bowl is about entertainment."The Super Bowl remains advertising's biggest mass-market showcase – and one of the last remaining ones in an age of personalized ads targeted to individual interests based on data collected by Facebook Steve Grogan Jerseys Stitched , Google and other tech mammoths. Digital ads are expected to make up nearly 60 percent of ad spending by 2020, according to eMarketer, up from about 50 percent in 2018.Yet a 30-second Super Bowl ad can cost more than $5 million. More than 100 million people in the U.S. are expected to tune in to Sunday's game on CBS. SimpliSafe's creative director, Wade Devers, said the home-security company is advertising during the Super Bowl for the first time because the game has "a unique audience" primed to be interested in watching the ads.Advertisers are doing what they can to stand out — Bridges, for instance, revives his "The Dude" character from "The Big Lebowski" — while shying away from controversy."It's such a big investment. Advertisers really want to generate as much return as they can," Northwestern University marketing professor Tim Calkins said. "I think we'll see a lot of humor and product-focused advertising. A lot of advertisers are nervous about taking on big themes."So don't expect any mention of the government shutdown or the debate over building a wall at the Mexican border, for example.But safe can also mean dull."It will be a lackluster year," said Kelly O'Keefe Youth John Hannah Jerseys , a professor at Virginia Commonwealth's Brandcenter. "I hope to see a few standouts, but the ads could be more mediocre than they have in a few years."TRIED AND TRUEA few old favorites are returning. Anheuser-Busch is trotting out its famed Clydesdales. They pull a dalmatian dog through a field populated with windmills to the tune of Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind" to promote the idea that Budweiser is brewed with energy from wind power.As for celebrities, always a staple in Super Bowl ads, Jason Bateman appears as an affable elevator operator to showcase Hyundai's Shopper Assurance program. M&M's enlisted actress Christina Applegate, and Avocados From Mexico's ad will feature Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth. Colgate Total's ad features Luke Wilson as a close talker.STRONG WOMENOlay will play off horror movies and the phrase "Killer Skin," with an ad starring Gellar. Toyota is highlighting the perseverance of Antoinette "Toni" Harris, a female football player at a California community college. And Bumble selected Serena Williams to be its spokeswoman in the dating app's first ever Super Bowl ad.TECH RIBBINGMichelob Ultra has robots beating humans at sports like running and spinning. But then one robot looks longingly in a bar where people are enjoying a post-workout beer. "It's only worth it, if you can enjoy it," an on-screen message reads.In an ad for Pringles, a smart speaker laments not being able to taste the snack.Amazon pokes fun at itself as celebrities from Harrison Ford to astronaut twins Mark and Scott Kelly test products that didn't quite work out John Hannah Jerseys Stitched , including an electric toothbrush and a dog collar with Amazon's Alexa digital assistant.MUSIC MANIAThe Super Bowl reportedly had trouble finding artists to sing during the Super Bowl — singer Travis Scott agreed to perform only after the NFL agreed to donate $500,000 to charity. But there has been no hesitation with musicians jumping into Super Bowl ads.First time-Super Bowl advertiser Expensify created a catchy music video with rapper 2 Chainz and actor Adam Scott. The 30-second ad also features the song.Pepsi has long enlisted musicians to help sell its drinks and snacks. For its Doritos brand, Chance the Rapper is teaming up with the Backstreet Boys to promote a new flavor. Michael Bublé will star in an ad for Pepsi's Bubly sparkling water brand. And an ad for Pepsi itself has Carrell with rapper Lil Jon and pop singer Cardi B.Mercedes-Benz, meanwhile, has Ludacris.SURPRISESAlthough many companies released their ads online early, Villanova marketing professor Charles Taylor says some are holding back "for the potential to make a bigger splash."
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