The most prolific pass rusher in the short-lived Alliance of American Football is now a member of the Miami Dolphins.
Outside linebacker Jayrone Elliott, who was tied for first with 7.5 sacks in eight games before the AAF suspended operations, officially signed with the Dolphins on Tuesday.
Elliott, 27, who signed with the San Antonio Commandeers of the AAF in December, brings three seasons of NFL experience, all with the Green Bay Packers. He hadn’t played in the NFL since 2016 before his stint in the new league.
Elliott went to training camp with the New Orleans Saints in 2018 before being among the cuts down to the 53-man roster.
After playing defensive end at the University of Toledo, Elliott joined the Green Bay Packers as a rookie free agent in 2014. He earned a roster spot as a 3-4 outside linebacker after leading the NFL in the 2014 preseason with five sacks.
In three seasons with the Packers, Elliott appeared in 38 regular season games and had four sacks, including three in 2015.
Dallas traded for Elliott on Sept. 3, 2017, but he didn’t play a game for the Cowboys.
This was the NFL.com description of Elliott’s off-the-field contributions: “This past offseason, he was one of the six current and former players that took part in the 2016 Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour. The 11th annual five-city tour made stops throughout central and southern Wisconsin raising monies for local non-profits. He also participated in the Green Bay Packers “GiveBack” Celebrity Bowling event that helped benefit the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Student Emergency Fund and has been a supporter of the March of Dimes by donating a dinner to help bring awareness and support to the organization.
“He has been a regular at Packers Partners Fan club events and has been involved with speaking to the cadets that are part of the Challenge Academy, which is an alternative education program designed to help at-risk youth. He has also attended the Children’s Heart Foundation Golf outing in Fond du Lac and the first Breast Cancer Awareness high school football game between De Pere vs. Bayport, with all proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society.”
Elliott becomes the ninth linebacker on the Dolphins roster, joining Kiko Alonso, Raekwon McMillan, Jerome Baker, Chase Allen, Mike Hull, Quentin Poling, James Burgess and Sam Eguavoen.
“Fourteenth Street used to be the epicenter of a community of artists, a place for the cross-pollination of ideas,” says Mark Kelner, a D.C. artist who lived through the transition. “As D.C. has become too expensive for artists, the community has gotten a lot more fragmented.”
In a three-day event called Umbrella, D.C.’s scattered art community is coming back together this weekend. The artists are taking over a building complex just north of 14th and V streets NW that’s slated for demolition and filling it with pop-up art galleries, immersive installations, a black box theater and a beer garden.
Down the hall, visitors to Umbrella will find a former gymnasium bathed in eerie light — an installation by Pierre Edwards, also known as District Dodger. Edwards is lighting the room with yellow incandescent light and ultraviolet light, and projecting abstract computer animations onto the walls. On Friday evening, DJ Jerome Baker III will add a hip-hop soundtrack to the installation.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The names of the suspect and victim in a fatal weekend stabbing have been released.
Christopher Lee Adams allegedly stabbed Ronnie Jerome Baker after a verbal altercation turned physical. The two had been drinking for several hours, according to authorities. The incident took place at Adam’s home, near West 9th St. and North Evergreen Drive, at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. Family members of Baker were also at Adam’s home. They told neighbors what happened after the alleged stabbing took place. Neighbors then called authorities.
Baker suffered two stab wounds to the chest. Responding crews attempted to save Baker’s life upon arrival, but were unable to do so. Adam’s attempted to flee the scene, but was located “a couple blocks” away. Adams used a “typical folding knife” to stab Baker. The knife’s blade was anywhere from 3 to 4 inches long. The knife has been located.
Adams is being lodged in the Minnehaha County Jail on charges of Murder in the 2nd degree, and Manslaughter in the 1st degree. He’s being held on a one million dollar bond.
Adams will be in court later this afternoon, stick with KDLT News for further updates as they become available.
“It was two totally different players, just very hesitant, very slow, not really triggering my first game,” McMillan said. “But the game against Jacksonville, I feel like I played how I should have been playing the whole season.
“The knowledge I gained throughout the season last year, I started off kind of slow, but as the season progressed, I kind of got a feel for how the game speed was going and how intelligent the players were, where you were going to try to attack us as a defense and as a team and what we can do throughout the week to enhance our knowledge and keep it from happening.”
McMillan and his teammates have been getting their first work experiences this week with new Head Coach Brian Flores and his staff, including new defensive coordinator Patrick Graham and new linebackers coach Rob Leonard.
“Coach Flo, he came in and gave us this speech, he came in and just implemented the things that he would tolerate and things that he wouldn’t tolerate as a head coach,” McMillan said. “He wasn’t real pushy, real shovy with it, just told me his expectations for this team and his staff and how he’s going to coach things and how everything is going to go.
“Coach Graham is a very energetic guy. He came in and basically did the same thing Coach Flo did and gave us his expectations as a defense. You can tell he’s real loose as a coach. He wants his players to go out there and play fast and play energetic and be confident in what you’re doing and then Coach Leonard, a very smart, smart coach. I’ve only had two days with him, but getting to know him, he seems like a real good guy.”
While his coaches are new, McMillan is gearing up for another season with 2018 fellow starting linebackers Kiko Alonso and Jerome Baker, who also was his teammate at Ohio State University.
The three of them will face the challenge of learning and mastering a new defense in 2019, but McMillan says playing alongside familiar faces will make the task easier.
“We’ve got experience with each other out there on the field,” McMillan said. “And any guy that has experience with somebody, even though you’re changing the defense, changing concepts, you can pick up on it faster and you can play faster as players.
“It was great seeing both of us (Baker and McMillan) progress as players. It was a big learning curve for both of us, but I feel like toward the end of the season we got things rolling for both of us and hopefully we can progress off that this season.”
When he wasn’t working out, McMillan spent time since the end of last season traveling to visit family and friends in places like New York, California, Ohio and his native Georgia.
He’s planning for a much longer trip during the players’ time off between the end of the offseason program and the start of training camp in late July, with target destinations including Africa and Bali.