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HOUSTON -- Xavier Sua-Filo had a two-year layoff between his first season of football at UCLA and his final two years, thanks to
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HOUSTON -- Xavier Sua-Filo had a two-year layoff between his first season of football at UCLA and his final two years, thanks to a Mormon mission. Antonio Garcia Youth Jersey . The guard, taken by the Texans with the first pick in the second round on Friday night, believes the time off helped him improve as a player and a person. "Obviously I was away from the game for two years, but I think it helped me be physically more mature and mentally more mature and helped me just become a better football player," he said. "When I came back I was an older guy. I was more suited to be a leader at UCLA. I look at it all positive." Despite a need at quarterback, the Texans went with another position again after selecting defensive end Jadeveon Clowney with the No. 1 overall pick on Thursday night. They continued that trend in the third when they took Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz with the 65th pick. Houston traded the first pick in the fourth round (101st overall) and the first pick in the fifth round (141) to the Eagles to move up and select Notre Dame nose tackle Louis Nix at No. 83. Despite their need at quarterback, the Texans have also drafted defensive end Jadeveon Clowney with the No. 1 overall pick and guard Xavier Sua-Filo in the second round and picked up tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz with the 65th overall pick. Nix started eight games in 2013 and finished with 27 tackles and two tackles for losses. Houston general manager Rick Smith said Friday night that he still believes there are some good quarterbacks left in the draft. "Weve done a lot of work on quarterbacks throughout the process because it is a position -- wed like to be able to draft quarterbacks and develop young quarterbacks and thats certainly something that we want to do," Smith said. "But we will always do that with corresponding value. So if theres an opportunity for us to do that (Saturday), we certainly will entertain that." In 2009, Sua-Filo became the first true freshman in UCLA history to start 13 games before leaving for his mission in Alabama and Florida. He picked up right where he left off in 2012 when he started 14 games at left guard for an offence that averaged 466.5 yards a game. He split time between left guard and left tackle last season and won the Morris Trophy as the Pac 12s top offensive lineman. Sua-Filo isnt sure how the Texans will use him, but hes looking forward to showcasing his versatility in Houston. "I can play either," he said. "I just want to get in there and I want to compete and contribute and help the team as best as I can." Fiedorowicz had 30 receptions for 299 yards and six touchdowns last season. Houston re-signed tight end Garrett Graham this off-season, but lost tight end Owen Daniels in free agency. The 6-5, 265-pound Fiedorowicz said he has always looked up to New England tight end Rob Gronkowski and that despite his own skill as a blocker he wants to prove he can be a well-rounded tight end. "I feel like Im going to really prove to everybody that Im a dual-threat," he said. "Im going to catch the ball, Im going to block on the edge and do everything (OBrien) asks." Sua-Filo has fashioned his game after veteran New England Patriots guard Logan Mankins and raved about his skills. "I love the way he plays," Sua-Filo said. "I think hes physical. I think hes nasty. You know, I try to implement as much from his game that I can." The 6-foot-4, 307-pound Sua-Filo, perhaps unsurprisingly, is looking forward to the culinary delights in Houston. "The whole state of Texas is pretty great, but Im looking forward to eating at Pappadeaux and Whataburger," he said of the Houston-based Cajun restaurant and the burger-chain, which started in Corpus Christi, Texas. Nix started eight games in 2013 and finished with 27 tackles and two tackles for losses. He cant wait to join a defensive line with 2012 Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt and Clowney. "I never thought ever in life that would happen," Nix said. "Im super excited." Deatrich Wise Jr. Womens Jersey . General manager David Poile called signing Ribeiro a great opportunity to add a talented, experienced and creative centre Tuesday when he introduced the veteran at a news conference. Ribeiros contract is worth $1.05 million after being bought out of the final three years of a $22 million contract by the Coyotes recently. Derek Rivers Jersey . The outdoor event will be played on Dec. 31 between alumni of the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers at Citizens Bank Park, the home of the Philadelphia Phillies. http://www.patriotsfootballfansonline.com/Black-Deatrich-Wise-Jr-Patriots-Jersey.html?cat=950 . -- The Jacksonville Jaguars are bringing back quarterback Chad Henne -- and making him the starter.Montreal Canadiens great Jean Beliveau died Tuesday night at the age of 83. Here are some quotes from around the hockey world and beyond:No record book can capture, no image can depict, no statue can convey the grandeur of the remarkable Jean Beliveau, whose elegance and skill on the ice earned the admiration of the hockey world while his humility and humanity away from the rink earned the love of fans everywhere. Mr. Beliveau was a formidable presence and his departure leaves an immeasurable void. As we grieve that he has left us, we cherish what he gave us: A sport elevated forever by his character, his dignity and his class. For all the accomplishments he achieved and all the accolades he received, Jean Beliveau was always the epitome of the boy whose only dream was to play for the Montreal Canadiens. Hockey is better because that dream was realized. — NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.---Mr. Beliveau will be remembered as a hockey giant who inspired a nation with his outstanding skill, humility and pure love of the game. His legacy lives on in the records he set, the legions of hockey players that he inspired, and the deep love he shared with his home province of Quebec. — Prime Minister Stephen Harper.---Jean Beliveau was a great leader, a gentleman and arguably the greatest ambassador our game has ever known. — Canadiens owner and president Geoff Molson.---Beyond being one of the greatest players in NHL history, Jean Beliveau was class personified He was a hero to generations of his fellow French Canadians and hockey fans everywhere. Our sport has lost a great ambassador. He will be missed. — Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux.---With his great talent and class, Jean Beliveau not only became a hockey legend but also a model who will be remembered in Quebec and Canada forever. — Colorado Avalanche coach and former Canadiens goalie Patrick Roy.---He was graceful and powerful, both on and off the ice. He set new standards of excellence in how we play hoockey and set compelling standards of civility in how we conduct ourselves with one another. Derek Rivers Womens Jersey. — Gov. Gen. David Johnston.---He might have looked graceful and everything, but there was a lot of work and sweat that went into his game. He worked hard and he wanted you to work hard. He was someone you wanted to emulate because the moves he made around the net were beautiful to watch. — former Canadiens teammate Frank Mahovlich.---Every four years in Israel there are the Maccabi Games and he was the man who represented Canada in 1997. There were all kinds of big names, presidents, and everyone wanted to talk to and say hello to Mr. Beliveau. And it was all about Mr. Beliveau those two weeks we spent there. — former Canadiens coach Jacques Demers.---Jean Beliveaus arguably one of the best centreicemen to ever play the game, and he played it with such poise and with such grace and he was such an ambassador not only for the game of hockey and the Montreal Canadiens but I think for the province of Quebec and the French across the country. — Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean, who grew up watching Beliveau.---Im honoured to be wearing No. 4 today, for sure. — Senators defenceman Chris Phillips.---Rest in peace Jean Beliveau. An idol! — Toronto Blue Jays catcher and Montreal native Russell Martin, via Twitter.---Jean Beliveau was the classiest man. Returned every piece of fan mail with a handwritten letter. — Canadian women’s hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser, via Twitter.---A true legend has passed away. Honoured to say I wore the same colours as the man. — Habs forward Brandon Prust, via Twitter.---I met Jean Beliveau when I was 10 years old. Thats when I knew I wanted to play for the @CanadiensMTL - A Hero and Hockeys Captain. — Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban, via Twitter.---Big Jean exuded everything that is the Montreal Canadiens. No one did it better than Mr. Beliveau. — Former Canadiens tough guy Chris Nilan, via Twitter. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '