For the first time in a decade, Ovechkin is not starting on a line with Nicklas Backstrom.
Conklin made his season debut in Saturday’s win over Ohio, catching 10 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns. He broke his foot in summer workouts and had surgery. He has impressed me over the last two seasons with his hands — he catches away from his body — and his physicality after the catch. He had a breakout season in 2016 with 42 catches and six touchdowns. Conklin is a former basketball player at Northwood University.
He is far from the first undersized basketball player (6-4, 240) to change sports and end up at tight end, following in the footsteps of Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates, Jimmy Graham and others, though he’s not on their level. Like most college tight ends these days, he rarely lines up next to the offensive tackle. He’s used out wide and in the slot, so he’s going to have to show he can block, too. But I like him as a potential early Day 3 draft pick.
Another big change: Ovechkin got married over the summer — and obviously felt comfortable enough in his own skin to dance shirtless to Boney M’s “Rasputin” at his wedding reception. (“I’m hopefully only getting married once,” he says. “So had to have fun with family and friends.”)
Now, despite his blistering start, the onus will still be on the Fashion Online Shop Cheap Jerseys greatest goal scorer of his generation to prove that he won’t shrink come playoff time.
“I never grasped how much pressure he has until I played with him,” Shattenkirk Custom Cheap Jerseys says. “That responsibility can probably wear on you, but he did it every day and did it with a smile. He’s this big, lumbering guy, but the way he carries himself always makes guys smile.”