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That's what happened in his debut, though, thanks to injuries to two fellow cornerbacks. Hughes had an http://www.chicagobearsteamonline.com/akiem-hicks-jersey interception return for a touchdown and a team-leading three pass breakups in Minnesota's 24-16 victory over San Francisco ."You can kind of tell the way he carries himself that he's not going to freeze up on the big stage," free safety Harrison Smith said.Production like that provided affirmation of general manager Rick Spielman's decision to ignore needs on the offensive line when Hughes became available with the 30th overall selection."We expect him to go out there and do that," coach Mike Zimmer said. "I mean, that's why we drafted him. Everybody was complaining about taking that corner. I'm glad we had him."Mackensie Alexander's ankle injury kept him out of the season opener, so Hughes took over as the slot cornerback in the nickel package, a position used more often than the weak side linebacker these days and essentially a starting role. Then cornerback Trae Waynes hurt his knee in the second quarter. With Terence Newman now an assistant coach, Hughes was promoted again to the outside opposite Xavier Rhodes."If a player tells you he doesn't get butterflies before a game, he's lying. I think it's natural," Hughes said. "After the first play, I was good. I settled in and went through my calls and played within the scheme."Though all five 49ers kickoffs went for touchbacks, depriving Hughes of any return opportunities, he played the gunner spot on the coverage team and caught a punt to down the ball at the 4-yard line in the first quarter. His time covering kicks was reduced after his defensive responsibility increased, but special teams coordinator Mike Priefer has lauded his ability since he arrived."There's a drive in there that you can see. I've been around a lot of young people, and I think he's one of the guys that really understands what he needs to do to get better," Priefer said. "He knows he hasn't arrived yet, even though he was a first-round draft pick. I love his attitude, I love his effort Authentic Khalil Mack Jersey , and he's improving every day."Hughes made some mistakes, of course, on a handful of long gains by the 49ers. He has a lot to learn yet about the game. His attention to detail, however, has stood out to Vikings coaches and players since organized practices began in the spring. So has his athleticism, confidence and instincts. That's atypical for a rookie."Honestly, he plays like he's been in the league before," Rhodes said, "and I think years down the road he's going to be one of the best."Hughes wasn't the only inexperienced player thrust into unexpected action for the Vikings, who despite their status as Super Bowl contender have the NFC's youngest squad with an average age of 25.47 years on the opening roster.Backup safety Jayron Kearse replaced Hughes at the nickel back spot. Though he's been a valuable special teams players over his first two years, Kearse's only career start as a rookie in 2016 at Chicago was best remembered for a 69-yard run by Bears running back Jordan Howard aided by an awkward overplay by Kearse as he approached in tackling position."It was something you couldn't look past," Kearse said, "but now I had another opportunity and I just wanted to show I'm not the same player I was."The Vikings play at Green Bay on Sunday, when the secondary will have to be as sharp as ever if Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers plays on his sprained knee . Hughes and Kearse, at least, will be one game better for it."Showing that I can get in and cover a slot, showing that I can get in and cover a tight end," Kearse said, "that was big for me to show the coaches that I can be more than just a special teams player." With all five starters back Authentic Leonard Floyd Jersey , No. 16 Syracuse didn't figure to skip a beat defensively, and Eastern Washington found that out in a hurry.Mixing in a full-court press with its normally stingy 2-3 zone, Syracuse shot just 39 percent from the field and 17 percent from 3 on Tuesday night and still nearly doubled up on the Eagles, beating them 66-34.Oshae Brissett had 20 points and eight rebounds as Syracuse held Eastern Washington to 22 percent shooting. The Eagles' offensive output was the lowest since the Carrier Dome opened in 1980."I'm happy to be part of that record. Our defense is really what won us the game," Brissett said. "Our leader in steals (starting point guard Frank Howard) wasn't even playing. Once we get him back out there, it's going to be even worse for other teams."Eight players scored for Syracuse. Bourama Sidibe and Tyus Battle each had eight points, while Marek Dolezaj, Jalen Carey and Elijah Hughes had seven apiece.Tyler Kidd led the Eagles with nine points. Jack Perry, the Eagles' leading 3-point shooter a year ago, had three points and shot 1 of 4 from 3.Syracuse had 10 steals and scored 33 points off 19 Eastern Washington turnovers. The Eagles were no match for the Orange in size, with no player taller than 6-foot-7."We've been pressing the whole time in exhibition games, and it's been fairly effective," Orange coach Jim Boeheim said. "That was really, I thought, the difference in the game. We got points off the press."Both teams were cold from 3. Syracuse, which ranked last in 3-point shooting in the ACC last season, hit 3 of 17 while the Orange defense held the Eagles to 6 of 35.The game was tied at 5 when Syracuse went on a 23-5 run to end the first half with a 28-10 lead. Never threatened, the Orange continued to dominate with an 18-3 blitz to start the second.The Eagles shot 4-of-23 in the first half and missed 11 field goal attempts in a row, going almost 10 minutes between makes. The Orange weren't much better http://www.authenticschicagobears.com/cheap-bryce-callahan-jersey , hitting 37 percent. The Eagles' 10 points in the first half marked the lowest in the Carrier Dome since Colgate scored eight in 2010."They did a great job of speeding us up, trapping us," said Eastern Washington coach Shantay Legans. "I didn't have us prepared for their press. If they can defend like this and contest a lot of shots, they're going to be really good."Defense will have to carry the day for Syracuse as Howard continues his recovery from an injured leg."It's like if the New Orleans Saints didn't have a quarterback that could pass, and they ran every time, and they had a guy that couldn't throw, they wouldn't be very good," Boeheim said.MAKING A POINTTwo of Syracuse's three injured point guards returned to action. Jalen Carey made his Syracuse debut after suffering an ankle sprain in a team scrimmage, while Howard Washington returned sooner than expected after suffering a torn ACL last January.LOSING THE BATTLETyus Battle, Syracuse's leading scorer a year ago, struggled as he assumed point guard duties. He hit just 3 of 10 from the field.BUDDY BALLBoeheim's son, Buddy, made his first college start and it was a start he'd rather forget. An excellent outside shooter, the freshman was just 1 of 11 and missed all five tries from behind the arc.BIG PICTUREEastern Washington: The Eagles knew they had huge shoes to fill with the graduation of leading scorer and Big Sky MVP Bogdan Bliznyuk, and that was reinforced against the Orange. The Eagles need someone to step up — and quickly.Syracuse: The Orange had a double dose of good news with the return of two of their three injured point guards, but the offense struggled at times and eagerly awaits the return of Howard, who is a couple of weeks away from returning to the lineup.UP NEXTEastern Washington: The Eagles have another tough test Friday at No. 14 Oregon.Syracuse: The Orange host Morehead State on Saturday in what should be another easy tuneup before things get tougher next week with a contest against UConn.
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