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Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 8:31 AM
Updated: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 10:28 AM
It took a little longer than expected, but the Dayton Flyers (1-4, 0-2) are hoping that Alex Jeske will be worth the wait when he takes the field Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa against Drake (3-2, 2-0).
The fifth-year senior quarterback was cleared to play by team doctors earlier this week and it didn’t take Rick Chamberlin long to move Jeske back in to the starting lineup.
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“I think that Alex will be mentally prepared to get back in there,” Chamberlin said this week. “I’m sure that it won’t be perfect because he hasn’t scrimmaged or done anything like that, but Alex is a seasoned veteran and he’s been there before.”
Jeske broke a bone in his foot during a workout a week before summer camp started. Doctors removed his foot from a protective boot three weeks ago, but the Dayton medical staff has been cautious with the comeback.
The Flyers are 1-4 with Kyle Kaparos as the fill-in quarterback. The redshirt sophomore from Columbus has improved since he took over, but the coach says Jeske has some intangibles that can’t be denied.
“Alex has a lot of confidence in what he’s able to do, plus physically his arm is stronger than Kyle’s, and with three years experience he can read defenses faster,” Chamberlin said.
The Flyers will need every advantage they can get on Saturday. While Dayton has a 25-8 record in the all-time series, most of those wins have come at Welcome Stadium.
“We haven’t done real well out there since 2009,” Chamberlin said. “Just like any (Pioneer Football League) opponent, it’s tough to win on the road.”
For the second week in a row the Dayton defense will face one of the best quarterbacks in the league
Grant Kraemer has thrown 11 touchdown passes in the first five games, averaging nearly 300 yards a game through the air.
Dayton is riding a three-game losing streak. The Flyers haven’t lost four in a row since 2006.
“I know that everyone wants to get that next win,” Flyer defensive back Andrew Lutgens said. “I don’t think there is panic or urgency.
Dayton at Drake, 2 p.m., AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 5:11 PM
The Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday signed both of their third-round picks, defensive end Sam Hubbard and linebacker Malik Jefferson, to four-year contracts.
The signings mean all 11 picks from the 2018 draft class are under contract.
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Hubbard (6-foot-5, 270 pounds) played in 40 games with 22 starts at Ohio State. He recorded 116 tackles, including 29.5 for loss and 17 sacks. The Cincinnati native (Moeller High School) also had one interception, three passes defended, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Jefferson (6-2, 236) played three seasons at Texas, appearing in 34 games with 30 starts. He registered 233 tackles, including 25.5 for losses and 12 sacks, to go along with six passes defended, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
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Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 4:41 PM
— The Dayton Dragons announced a handful of roster moves Thursday as the Cincinnati Reds promoted multiple prospects within the organization.
Outfielders Stuart Fairchild and Randy Ventura were promoted from Dayton, the Reds’ low Single-A affiliate, to Daytona, their advanced Single-A squad.
The Dragons also added pitchers Tyler Buffett and Dauri Moreta from Billings and outfielder Malik Collymore from Greeneville (Billings and Greeneville are rookie-league affiliates) while activating outfielder Andy Sugilio from the disabled list and pitcher Andrew Jordan from the inactive list.
Fairchild’s promotion is notable from an overall organization standpoint because he was one of the most highly thought of players the Reds drafted last June.
According to reports, the Reds also promoted outfielders Jose Siri and T.J. Friedl from Daytona to Double-A Pensacola.
Jose Siri and TJ Friedl promoted to Pensacola. Stuart Fairchild heading to @daytonatortugas.— Chris Boyle (@ChrisBoyleDBNJ) June 21, 2018
Reds picked Fairchild in the second round last year out of Wake Forest. He's got an .836 OPS with 7 HRs and 37 RBIs this season.
More Cincinnati #Reds minor league roster moves:— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) June 21, 2018
Jose Siri from Daytona to Pensacola
TJ Friedl from Daytona to Pensacola
Daniel Sweet will remain in Daytona - he was announced as promoted to Double-A yesterday, but that is not happening now.
Siri and Friedl both had outstanding stints for the Dragons last year.
This season, Friedl hit .294 with three homers, 10 doubles, 35 RBIs and 11 stolen bases in 64 games for Daytona. He posted an on-base percentage of .405.
Siri, who began the season on the disabled list with a thumb injury, played 30 games for Daytona this season and hit .261 with one homer, nine doubles, nine RBIs and nine steals.
Cincinnati Reds make pair of roster moves prior to series with Cubs https://t.co/oNECrjWsLN— daytonsports (@daytonsports) June 21, 2018
Interestingly, outfielder Taylor Trammell — another 2017 Dragon — has put up better numbers than either of his teammates who were just promoted.
Trammell is hitting .301 with six homers, 25 RBIs and nine steals.
Trammell is the team’s No. 3 prospect according to MLB.com, ranking him four spots ahead of Siri.
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 3:40 PM
— The Cincinnati Reds made two changes to their roster prior to the start of a four-game series with the Chicago Cubs.
Scott Schebler was placed on the bereavement list and replaced by fellow outfielder Phillip Ervin, who was called up from Triple-A Louisville.
Schebler, who has been on a hot streak since moving into the leadoff spot, will be inactive for at least three days but no more than seven.
Without Schebler, interim manager Jim Riggleman put shortstop Jose Peraza at the top of the order for game one against the Cubs.
Welp, maybe a couple of veteran starters would helped Reds rotation after all https://t.co/499ZW7s31E— Marcus Hartman (@marcushartman) June 20, 2018
The team also sent down struggling reliever Wandy Peralta, who has a 19.10 ERA in his last 10 appearances.
Kyle Crockett was called up from Louisville to take Peralta’s place.
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A left-hander from Virginia, Crockett was a fourth-round pick of the Cleveland Indians in 2013.
He appeared in 107 games for the Tribe (all as a reliever) from 2014-17 with a 3.44 ERA.
This year for Louisville he has a 4.00 ERA in 23 relief appearances. He has struck out 23 and walked five.
Ervin began the season with the Reds, hitting .211 with three RBIs and five runs scored in 16 games.
The 2013 first-round pick is hitting .221 with no home runs, 10 RBIs and seven stolen bases in 27 games for the Bats.
In addition to those moves, the Reds released Tony Cruz, who was with the Bats.
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 3:13 PM
— The Cincinnati Bengals might have answered a lot of questions during the offseason.
They revamped the offensive line, experienced lots of turnover on the coaching staff and added some players who could give the defense a different look.
They also found out what a healthy John Ross looks like, at least in shorts and a helmet.
The true test of the his being “back” will come when the pads go on, of course, but there is reason for optimism at this point the 2017 top 10 pick will look like a top 10 pick in 2018.
At times last season the first-round pick out of Washington seemed frustrated. He was understandably down about his inability to contribute.
In contrast, he was upbeat when talking to reporters this spring.
“Sitting out so long last year and not being able to participate the way I wanted to, it just feel like a new year, a new person and kind of like the old me before I finished my last year of college,” he said Jun 14. "I’m starting to feel better every day and learning every day.”
After breaking the NFL combine record for fastest 40-yard dash time, Ross became known first and foremost as a guy who can pick ‘em up and put ‘em down.
He showed in minicamp he can do more than take the top off the defense, catching short passes and streaking all across the field.
“It’s a lot of fun,” he said. “Last week I made a play on the defense and the offense is jumping up and down going crazy. It’s not just running by somebody and people saying, ‘He can run.’ That gets pretty old pretty quick, so just trying to one of those spark plugs for the offense to get ‘em going and getting everybody to go crazy and seeing everybody have a good time.”
When Ross was drafted, his impact was anticipated in the simplest of ways: Two deep threats are better than one, so having Ross line up on the opposite side from A.J. Green could really put defenses who want to provide coverage help to Green’s side a dilemma.
Bill Lazor’s overhauled offense should utilize Ross in multiple ways, though, and his intent to turn up the tempo will create more opportunities for everyone because the Bengals are likely to run more plays.
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis insisted in March he liked John Ross as an all-around football player despite his “redshirt year.”
“I think his upper body looks way different,” Lewis said. “I think he’s maturing as a man, and he’s developing as a man physically.
“Last year he didn’t have any offseason of weight training whatsoever or virtually nothing or anything of substance so this was the first time over the last six weeks that he’s had an opportunity to do those kind of things.”
“John grew up in Long Beach, Calif., so I have no question about his confidence,” Lewis said. “I know where he went to school, I know where he grew up and I know the block he lived on. I don’t worry about John and his confidence. You have to be confident just to walk every day.”