With first NFL sack under his belt, rookie Zach Sieler 'starting to flash' for Ravens

Zach Sieler might never forget the first sack of his NFL career, a takedown of Los Angeles Rams quarterback Brandon Allen in the fourth quarter of the Ravens’ 33-7 preseason victory Thursday night. But the rookie defensive tackle said it couldn’t have happened without the assistance he got from his teammates. “It was amazing,” he said after Monday’s practice. “It was nice to go out there and get the sack. But I couldn’t have done it without the guys on the D-line. There was a push from the other side by Worm [nose tackle Chris Wormley] and [outside linebacker Tim Williams]. And KC [outside linebacker Kamalei Correa] and I did our thing, and he pushed the pocket back so much that the quarterb

Jason Vander Laan’s strange, unlikely NFL journey could lead to Panthers roster spot

Adrian Kraus - AP SPARTANBURG, S.C. Jason Vander Laan still remembers his first NFL minicamp three seasons ago. “It was insane. I was so bad,” Vander Laan recalled after Sunday’s Panthers training camp. “So bad. Sooo bad. Looking back, it was so insane that I made it all the way through camp without getting cut.” The reason? Vander Laan, now a 6-foot-4 backup tight end for Carolina, had never taken a snap at that position. Ever. Rather than catching passes, Vander Laan was much more accustomed to throwing them. And pretty well, too: He was one of the best statistical quarterbacks in college football history. “Started playing football in the fourth grade,” Vander Laan said, “and played quarte