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|Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is set to join the New York Yankees' spring training camp on Monday.The Yankees acquired the one-time minor league infielder from the Texas Rangers on Feb. 7 for future considerations.
Wilson will spent a few days with the Yankees but won't play in any games. He was assigned No. 73; his football jersey is No. 3 Sam Reinhart Jersey , long retired by the Yankees for Babe Ruth.
"As a quarterback leadership, obviously, huge role for him," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Thursday. "He's developed a reputation of being a tremendous leader. So, anytime we can get people like that around our guys, it's something we welcome."
The 29-year-old Wilson led the Seahawks to the 2014 Super Bowl championship, defeating the Denver Broncos 43-8. In six seasons, that include four Pro Bowl selections, he has a career record of 65-30-1.
"Look, I'm excited," Boone said. "We're talking about a high-caliber guy, a guy that's won at the highest level. I know he loves baseball Authentic Taylor Hall Jersey , was a Yankee fan growing up. So I know how excited first and foremost he is to come here and be around these guys."
Wilson's locker is next to newly acquired third baseman Brandon Drury, who grew up in Grants Pass, Oregon, and made the seven-hour drive to Seattle to watch Seahawks games.
"The guy's a winner," Drury said. "To pick a guy's brain like that, I know he's really smart. I'm excited getting to know him, for sure. I'm a big Russell Wilson fan, so it's pretty cool."
Wilson was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 amateur draft, and was acquired by Texas in the minor league phase of the 2013 winter meeting draft. He participated in Rangers' spring training workouts in 2014 and '15/
In 93 career minor league games between Rookie-level Tri-City (2010) and Class A Asheville (2011) in Colorado's system, Wilson hit .229 with 19 stolen bases, five homers and 26RBIs. In his last 15 games with Asheville in 2011, Wilson hit .302 Kailer Yamamoto Jersey , had five extra-base hits and nine RBIs.
Wilson will be assigned to Double-A Trenton.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Trent Murphy feels particularly sympathetic toward the Buffalo Bills‘ training staff.
The defensive end can’t imagine how difficult it must have been on them to keep him from rushing onto the field the past six months while Murphy recuperated from a knee injury he sustained a year ago, and a strained groin he developed during training camp.
“We’ve had a lot of guys with reins on me,” Murphy said Thursday.
With a wink, he added: “I think if you ask them, they said they wanted a raise.”
The Bills will gladly pay up if it means the offseason free-agent addition who was signed to improve the team’s pass rush is finally in a position to play in Buffalo’s season opener at Baltimore on Sunday.
It’s not easy holding back Murphy. He is so dedicated to working out, he built a gym in his home, and spent three months last winter rehabbing at the invitation-only Westside Barbell gym in Columbus, Ohio, where Murphy pulled sleds and squatted 475 pounds.
The 27-year-old has been eagerly awaiting an opportunity to restart a career that was derailed abruptly some 13 months ago after he began showing signs of promise in Washington.
A year after posting a career-best nine sacks, Murphy’s future was sidetracked last summer when he tore two ligaments in Washington’s preseason opener.
The injury led to Murphy missing his entire fourth NFL season, and led to the uncertainty of what offers the former second-round draft pick out of Stanford might attract in free agency.
Once Buffalo showed immediate interest Youth Dion Phaneuf Jersey , Murphy braved driving through a snowstorm in the middle of the night from Columbus, to arrive at the Bills’ headquarters to sign a three-year, $21 million contract.
After sitting out most of Buffalo’s spring sessions, the 27-year-old developed a minor setback during training camp when a nagging groin injury forced Murphy to miss all four preseason games.
Murphy said he feels fine after completing his third straight practice, and he’s not listed on the Bills’ initial injury reports this week.
“Super excited to get back to football and help the team,” Murphy said.
“You never want to sit on the sideline, especially after waiting as long as I had to wait,” he added. “I always knew, you put in the hard work and you’ll be rewarded for it in the end. I just keep faith in that mantra.”
The Bills are counting on Murphy to improve a pass rush that finished tied for 29th last season with just 27 sacks, and six of them coming in a 9-3 loss at Carolina in Week 2.
Murphy entered training camp projected to fill the starting spot on the left side opposite Jerry Hughes. He’s now expected to play a backup role behind Shaq Lawson , Buffalo’s 2016 first-round draft pick.
Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier is encouraged by Murphy’s return to practice, but intends to take a cautious approach when it comes to playing time and not risk him aggravating the groin injury.
“I know he’s been champing at the bit Jimmy Vesey Jersey ,” Frazier said. “You can imagine how he feels signing a free-agent contract, looking forward to coming to training camp … and then all of a sudden having some nagging injuries that he’s had. There was disappointment, but he’s healthy and looking good in practice.”
Murphy has plenty to motivate him, including questions of whether he can match the production he enjoyed in 2016. He combined for just six sacks in 31 games during his first two seasons in Washington.
“I’m the type of player who always has a chip on my shoulder,” he said.
“After 2016, people were saying, ‘Oh, that could’ve been a fluke,'” Murphy added. “I couldn’t be more excited to prove to everyone here that I’m who they think I am.”
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