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Dwight Freeney's career comes full circle in Detroit

in a galaxy far,Authentic Tyler Kroft Jersey, far away,Authentic Paul Dawson Jersey,A long time ago, Jim Caldwell told Dwight Freeney he could play offense.

and Caldwell wanted him to come play for Wake Forest. So much so,womens Corey Coleman Jersey,The time: The late 1990s. The galaxy: Dwight Freeney's childhood home in Connecticut. He was one of the nation's top defensive linemen,Authentic Carl Nassib Jersey, he tried to sweeten the deal by telling Freeney he could play both ways.

which seems to have worked out pretty OK. He went on to set the school record for sacks in a season (17.5),Authentic Cameron Erving Jersey, which had just hired Caldwell as its quarterbacks coach., became a unanimous All-American and was chosen 11th overall in the 2002 draft -- by,womens Cody Kessler Jersey,Freeney wound up going to Syracuse instead, of all teams,womens Danny Shelton Jersey, Indianapolis

And now they've teamed up again in Detroit, after the Lions claimed Freeney off waivers from Seattle on Wednesday. And that gives Caldwell a chance to finally deliver on a promise that is now two decades old.

" Freeney said with a laugh. "A little post route,"We've got five more games at least, maybe."

of course, is known much more for catching quarterbacks than he is footballs. He has 125.5 sacks in his 16-year career,Freeney, which is second among active players and 17th overall. He's probably already punched his ticket to the Hall of Fame.

streaks of grey running through his beard, Freeney is no longer one of the game's elite pass rushers. But the Lions believe there's enough left in the tank for him to help a rush that has struggled this season. Losing starters like Kerry Hyder and Haloti Ngata for the season doesn't help. Nor does playing with a hobbled Ezekiel Ansah,Now 37 years old, when he plays at all.

including three in the playoffs. He finished with 10 tackles and 3.0 sacks,Freeney should provide some depth. He appeared in 18 games for the Falcons last year, plus added another in a terrific game in the Super Bowl.

At that point, including Detroit, he determined he wasn't done playing. He got nibbles from four teams in the offseason, but didn't find the right situation until the Seahawks picked him up in the middle of the season. And in just four games, he matched last year's output with three sacks.

But then Seattle found itself short at linebacker,womens Tyler Kroft Jersey,Authentic Corey Coleman Jersey, and served Freeney his walking papers after a game on Monday night last week.

"It was clicking (in Seattle)," Freeney said. "It was a big surprise for me for that to happen. The GM was really apologetic and said how embarrassed he was to do this.

"Completely surprised,womens Emmanuel Ogbah Jersey,womens Paul Dawson Jersey, 'What in the heck just happened?' It'd be one thing if I weren't producing and all that,womens Carl Nassib Jersey,Authentic Emmanuel Ogbah Jersey," he added. "Jaw on the ground. I was like,Authentic Cody Kessler Jersey,womens Shon Coleman Jersey, but I was producing, and that was the decision they had to make based on their situation."

While Freeney believes he has a lot of football left,Authentic Shon Coleman Jersey,womens Cameron Erving Jersey,Authentic Danny Shelton Jersey, or to people he knew. In Detroit, he told his agent he wouldn't have gone to just any team either. He wanted to go to a contender, he gets both.

The Lions fell out of the division title chase a day after they claimed Freeney, they're two back of Carolina and one back of Atlanta for the last two spots in the playoff field. They'd lose tiebreakers to either team, but still have a chance in the wild card. At 6-5, but also have an easier schedule than both.

And Freeney -- who has missed the playoffs just twice in his 16-year career -- brings a ton of experience to the table, at a position where Detroit is criticially thin.

"That's part of being a veteran, how you study. And then you try to give them an experience they haven't had before," he said. "You got to go out there and you got to show the younger guys how it's done off the field, and prepare them for it. You know, there's probably no situation I haven't seen at some point."

Freeney said he was also excited to reunite with Caldwell. They've stayed in contact over the years, and Freeney suddenly available after producing in a short stint with Seattle, the stars finally aligned.And he also has a history with defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, and Freeney reached out over the last few offseasons whenever his contract situation was up. The timing was never right -- but with the Lions in desperate need of a pass rush, who was a position coach at Syracuse during Freeney's time there. In so many ways, his 20 years in the game are coming full circle.

"Thank God it was this team, 'I'm not going to go to just anybody. I'll retire before I do that.' And then Detroit called me," Freeney said. "I told my agent, and that was a place I actually wanted to go."

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Jalen Reeves-Maybin: People want me to get brain disease because

including wishes for him to develop brain disease., Lions linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin says he's kneeled during the national anthem the last two weeks to protest racial inequality in America. Now he's being flooded by hate mail

He's 22 years old.

"People are saying,womens Joey Bosa Jersey, 'I hope you can't play with your kids when you get done playing,womens Max Tuerk Jersey, like, 'I hope you get CTE,' Stuff like that. But,'" Reeves-Maybin said. "Or, yeah. It doesn't bother me."

Reeves-Mabyin, also said he's been targeted with a deluge of racial epithets. That includes the N-word. , a fourth-round pick out of Tennessee

definitely,"Oh yeah," he said. "Yeah. All day. But, I mean, I can handle it."

which included almost every other player and coach linking arms on the sideline.,Reeves-Maybin was among eight Lions players who kneeled during the anthem two weeks ago before a game against Atlanta. Owner Martha Firestone Ford joined the team for that protest

Ford urged players to begin standing for the anthem,Last week,Authentic Chris Jones Jersey, and offered to donate money to their various charities and causes if they agreed. Everyone except Reeves-Maybin and fellow linebacker Steve Longa,Authentic KeiVarae Russell Jersey, whose father died last week,womens Mitch Morse Jersey, complied with the request.

they're are still about racial inequality in the country.,Reeves-Maybin said he decided to continue to kneel because he felt the anthem protests have evolved to become more about Donald Trump' comments that players are a "son of a (expletive)" who should be fired for kneeling. But for Reeves-Maybin

That was the impetus for the original anthem protest from Colin Kaepernick last year. Dozens of players have joined him this year,womens Chris Conley Jersey, including Trump's remarks in Alabama. , though for varying reasons

" Reeves-Maybin said. "I really don't like the state of social inequalities and justices that go on here. I didn't want it to be about what President Trump said,womens Steven Nelson Jersey,womens Hunter Henry Jersey,Authentic Denzel Perryman Jersey,"I feel like the right thing for me to do is kneel, and I felt like at the time, the week when you saw all the demonstrations, I feel like it more so made it about that and that's not the idea of what it should have been."

despite ownership's request for it to end. But he's gotten plenty of hate from those on the outside.,Reeves-Maybin said nobody in the organization was upset by his decision to continue kneeling

"People DM me all the time, or put way more energy, comment on my pictures," he said. "A little hate mail here and there. But I don't really care. Most of the time, into something they claim they don't put energy into. I think if you get those kinds of things, I just kind of laugh at it. I'm pretty sure the people writing it have way more anger, it makes you really realize how far away you are from what it really should be like."

and both men have been harassed on their phones by strangers.,Reeves-Mabyin isn't the only Lions player that has been harassed for his protest. Defensive tackle Akeem Spence said his father has lost work because of his decision to take a knee before the Falcons game

" Spence said. "It's just people being bitter and everything like that. I didn't take anything from it. Like I said,"It was just some harsh words,womens Chris Jones Jersey,womens KeiVarae Russell Jersey, I pray for those people because right now we need that in this country. We need prayer. We need people to come together. We need unity. So that's all I want, man,Authentic Mitch Morse Jersey,Authentic Chris Conley Jersey,Authentic Steven Nelson Jersey,Authentic Joey Bosa Jersey,Authentic Hunter Henry Jersey,womensv Denzel Perryman Jersey,Authentic Max Tuerk Jersey, and that's all I want for everybody else."

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Still rusty, Detroit Lions OT Taylor Decker in catch-up mode

Taylor Decker has a newfound appreciation for training camp.

Three games into his return from June shoulder surgery, it's clear Decker still is shaking off the rust from five months away from football.

Decker allowed two sacks to Everson Griffen in last week's loss to the Minnesota Vikings,womens Duke Riley Jersey, and on Wednesday the Detroit Lions left tackle admitted he's still in catch-up mode.

"In theory,womens Sean Harlow Jersey," Decker said. "In theory,womens C.J. Mosley Jersey, you look and you watch an offensive lineman and you’re like, that’s not hard.' But it is,womens Marlon Humphrey Jersey, it’s easy. In practice and in execution it’s very difficult, 'Oh,Authentic Chris Wormley Jersey, and it’s difficult to do it consistently.

"As an offensive lineman, the name of the game is consistency. You have just a couple bad plays it can end up being a bad game for you,womens Tim Williams Jersey, and other guys at this position I’m sure they can attest to,womens Nico Siragusa Jersey, whereas maybe 58 other plays you did a nice job. So that consistency is huge."

That's where Decker has struggled since making his season debut in a part-time role Nov. 12 against the Cleveland Browns.

He has played mostly well, but has had occasional lapses in technique that have cost the Lions on the field.

Along with Griffen's two sacks, Decker had a false-start penalty in the Lions' Nov. 19 win over the Chicago Bears and badly missed a block on Pernell McPhee on a running play in the same game.

"Obviously, and then once you do get back into practice, preseason, training camp, you see how valuable it is. Those obviously are valuable reps," Decker said. "But looking back on it and not getting that, all that stuff’s a grind,Authentic Duke Riley Jersey, you’re just kind of chomping at the bit. You’re excited to get back out there and play,Authentic Sean Harlow Jersey, but at the same time you’ve got to work through the kinks."

Decker,Authentic C.J. Mosley Jersey, who played every snap as a rookie last season,Authentic Marlon Humphrey Jersey,womens Tyus Bowser Jersey, estimated he missed "hundreds and hundreds if not thousands of reps" after tearing the labrum in his right shoulder in early June.

He sat out all of minicamp, spent training camp on the physically unable to perform list,womens Chris Wormley Jersey,Authentic Tyus Bowser Jersey, and returned to practice about 2 1/2 weeks before he played in his first game.

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Decker is "getting closer" to full strength,Authentic Tim Williams Jersey, and Decker said he feels the consistency is coming back,Authentic Nico Siragusa Jersey,Authentic Tony Jefferson Jersey, too.

"I feel as good as I could, lot of reps that are valuable to have,womens Tony Jefferson Jersey," Decker said. "I’m obviously never going to get those training camp reps and those first eight games reps. That’s a lot of, but I just have to make the best of the situation that I have."

This week, Decker will face a Baltimore Ravens team that has the league's No. 2 pass defense in large part to their pass rush.

The Ravens have 18 interceptions and 30 sacks, and how Decker plays against the ageless Terrell Suggs (9 1/2 sacks, four forced fumbles) will help determine the Lions' fate.

"Top to bottom they’re a really productive defense," Decker said. "But every single week it’s kind of the offense goes as the offensive line goes, so that obviously presents a challenge, so if we can block him we’ll have production. If we don’t then (we won't)."

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Matthew Stafford audibled into the game-sealing touchdown to Gol

Golden Tate scored the game-sealing touchdown with his legs,Authentic Tarik Cohen Jersey, but Matthew Stafford made it happen with his eyes.

With Detroit clinging to a 31-24 fourth-quarter lead against the winless Browns,Authentic John Ross Jersey, Stafford walked up to the line of scrimmage and saw eight men crowding the line. There was only one guy deep. He recognized the alignment-- a Cover 0 blitz -- and knew exactly where it would be most vulnerable.

So he audibled into a quick pass to the right to Golden Tate. And Tate was able to turn that short pass into a 40-yard touchdown that sealed Detroit's 38-24 win with 4:36 left.

"This guy -- their defensive coordinator -- has every blitz in the book,Authentic Carl Lawson Jersey, a look we've gotten a couple times this year and really hadn't brought anything too big pressure-wise. I just had a feeling," Stafford said. "He showed an eight-up threat from a split mug, and got to a check. And our guys executed well."

The play came at a dangerous time. Browns QB DeShone Kizer had killed the Lions' defense, and he was loosening up on the sideline, preparing to return from a rib injury. Detroit's lead was at just seven points. Then Stafford did his thing.

He reached deep into the playbook for this one, a play design that hadn't been practiced for weeks. And it was the perfect call against that defense. Tate got the ball in his hands with just two men to beat. Marvin Jones sealed one with a block, and TJ Jones got the other.

All Tate had to do was catch and run.

" Tate said. "But we were all on the same page. TJ made a heck of a block,"Matthew made an incredible call, Marvin made a heck of a block,Authentic Harrison Butker Jersey, something we hadn't really practiced this week either,Authentic Mitchell Trubiskyn Jersey, and I had two linemen coming out to cover whoever else.

"It just kind of opened up like the red sea. And the next thing you know, I'm on my way to the end zone."

Tate continues to prove himself as one of the best bargains in professional football. At $6 million a year,womens Adam Shaheen Jersey, he's caught at least 90 passes every season in Detroit. He has another 56 in 2017,Authentic Eddie Jackson Jersey,Authentic Joe Mixon Jersey, and is on pace to finish with 99.6.

He finished with six catches for 97 yards against Cleveland, game highs for either team. That includes a spectacular pick on a low throw in the first half,Authentic Jordan Willis Jersey, which he turned into a 35-yard pickup after weaving through more traffic.

He leads the league's receivers in yards after the catch.

"Not the easiest (catch), but I'm a strong believer any ball thrown to me is a good ball, I'm going to find a way to get it. And actually I think by it being low," Tate said. "If I can get it, it forced me to take a friendly angle to dodge the safety or whoever was coming off. So, it ended up being a great throw."

Stafford made two great touchdown throws in the fourth quarter to help the Lions prevail, the other going to tight end Eric Ebron for a 29-yarder to break a 24-24 tie. And much like the Tate play, he saw what the defense was doing and knew exactly where to go with the ball.

"(It was) man-to-man coverage across the board,womens Harrison Butker Jersey,womens Mitchell Trubiskyn Jersey, not a whole lot of help from the post safety on Ebron's side of the ball. He ran a nice route," Stafford said. "They were trying to bring a little man-pressure up the middle,womens Tarik Cohen Jersey,womens Eddie Jackson Jersey,womens John Ross Jersey,womens Joe Mixon Jersey,womens Jordan Willis Jersey,womens Carl Lawson Jersey,Authentic Adam Shaheen Jersey, and I threw like a punt. That was not spinning real pretty. But it ended up in a good spot.

"I was going there. Sometimes they play different coverage and you've got to work through a little bit of a progression here or there. But I was going to give Ebron a chance to go for it and be aggressive. Great call by Jim Bob (Cooter). Be aggressive there and sell them something at the sticks and keep moving. And Eric did a great job of catching."

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NFL Scores: Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears RECAP, score and sta

Matthew Stafford threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns, Matt Prater kicked a 52-yard field goal with 1:35 remaining and the Detroit Lions held on to beat the Chicago Bears 27-24 on Sunday.

Detroit (6-4) took the lead after Tarik Cohen had tied it for Chicago (3-7) with a 15-yard touchdown run.

Prater booted the winner after Stafford led a 42-yard drive to the 34. The Lions escaped with their third straight win when the Bears' Connor Barth was wide right on a 46-yarder in the closing seconds.

Stafford completed 21 of 31 passes. Marvin Jones Jr. had four receptions for 85 yards and a TD.

DJ Hayden ran back a fumbled snap for a touchdown to give Detroit seven return TDs this season, tying a team record. And the Lions beat the Bears for the eighth time in nine games.

Chicago dropped its third straight even though Jordan Howard ran for 125 yards and a touchdown. Mitchell Trubisky faded after a strong start, throwing for 179 yards and a TD. His 19-yard scramble on fourth-and-13 in the final minute put the ball on the Detroit 43.

He then hit Dontrelle Inman with a 15-yard pass, giving Barth a chance to force overtime. But the Bears once again came up short after a rough loss to Green Bay that reignited the heat on coach John Fox.

Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd was taken from the field on a cart early in the fourth quarter with a knee injury he suffered trying to defend a run.

Several teammates kneeled nearby as the medical staff tended to him on the field. Cornerback Kyle Fuller was seen bleeding from his left wrist after the play,Authentic Justin Tucker Jersey, though he returned to the game.

Moments after Floyd went down,Authentic Eric Weddle Jersey, Prater kicked a 27-yard field goal to make it 24-17 with about 10 minutes left.

Stafford threw for 195 yards and two touchdowns in the first half to help the Lions grab a 21-17 lead.

Detroit trailed 10-0 in the first quarter and 17-7 in the second before charging ahead in the closing minutes of the half.

Stafford's 28-yard touchdown to Jones with 5:17 remaining made it a three-point game. And his 2-yarder to a wide-open Ameer Abdullah gave the Lions a 21-17 lead with 20 seconds left.

Matthew Stafford threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns,womens Jim Kelly Jersey, Matt Prater kicked a 52-yard field goal with 1:35 remaining and the Detroit Lions held on to beat the Chicago Bears 27-24 on Sunday.

Detroit (6-4) took the lead after Tarik Cohen had tied it for Chicago (3-7) with a 15-yard touchdown run.

Prater booted the winner after Stafford led a 42-yard drive to the 34. The Lions escaped with their third straight win when the Bears' Connor Barth was wide right on a 46-yarder in the closing seconds.

Stafford completed 21 of 31 passes. Marvin Jones Jr. had four receptions for 85 yards and a TD.

DJ Hayden ran back a fumbled snap for a touchdown to give Detroit seven return TDs this season, tying a team record. And the Lions beat the Bears for the eighth time in nine games.

Chicago dropped its third straight even though Jordan Howard ran for 125 yards and a touchdown. Mitchell Trubisky faded after a strong start,Authentic Sammy Watkins Jersey, throwing for 179 yards and a TD. His 19-yard scramble on fourth-and-13 in the final minute put the ball on the Detroit 43.

He then hit Dontrelle Inman with a 15-yard pass,womens Cam Newton Jersey, giving Barth a chance to force overtime. But the Bears once again came up short after a rough loss to Green Bay that reignited the heat on coach John Fox.

Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd was taken from the field on a cart early in the fourth quarter with a knee injury he suffered trying to defend a run.

Several teammates kneeled nearby as the medical staff tended to him on the field. Cornerback Kyle Fuller was seen bleeding from his left wrist after the play, though he returned to the game.

Moments after Floyd went down,Authentic Kawann Short Jersey, Prater kicked a 27-yard field goal to make it 24-17 with about 10 minutes left.

Stafford threw for 195 yards and two touchdowns in the first half to help the Lions grab a 21-17 lead.

Detroit trailed 10-0 in the first quarter and 17-7 in the second before charging ahead in the closing minutes of the half.

Detroit (6-4) took the lead after Tarik Cohen had tied it for Chicago (3-7) with a 15-yard touchdown run.

Prater booted the winner after Stafford led a 42-yard drive to the 34. The Lions escaped with their third straight win when the Bears' Connor Barth was wide right on a 46-yarder in the closing seconds.

Stafford completed 21 of 31 passes. Marvin Jones Jr. had four receptions for 85 yards and a TD.

DJ Hayden ran back a fumbled snap for a touchdown to give Detroit seven return TDs this season,womens Greg Olsen Jersey, tying a team record. And the Lions beat the Bears for the eighth time in nine games.

Chicago dropped its third straight even though Jordan Howard ran for 125 yards and a touchdown. Mitchell Trubisky faded after a strong start, throwing for 179 yards and a TD. His 19-yard scramble on fourth-and-13 in the final minute put the ball on the Detroit 43.

He then hit Dontrelle Inman with a 15-yard pass, giving Barth a chance to force overtime. But the Bears once again came up short after a rough loss to Green Bay that reignited the heat on coach John Fox.

Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd was taken from the field on a cart early in the fourth quarter with a knee injury he suffered trying to defend a run.

Several teammates kneeled nearby as the medical staff tended to him on the field. Cornerback Kyle Fuller was seen bleeding from his left wrist after the play, though he returned to the game.

Moments after Floyd went down, Prater kicked a 27-yard field goal to make it 24-17 with about 10 minutes left.

Stafford threw for 195 yards and two touchdowns in the first half to help the Lions grab a 21-17 lead.

Stafford's 28-yard touchdown to Jones with 5:17 remaining made it a three-point game. And his 2-yarder to a wide-open Ameer Abdullah gave the Lions a 21-17 lead with 20 seconds left.

Matthew Stafford threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns, Matt Prater kicked a 52-yard field goal with 1:35 remaining and the Detroit Lions held on to beat the Chicago Bears 27-24 on Sunday.

Detroit (6-4) took the lead after Tarik Cohen had tied it for Chicago (3-7) with a 15-yard touchdown run.

Prater booted the winner after Stafford led a 42-yard drive to the 34. The Lions escaped with their third straight win when the Bears' Connor Barth was wide right on a 46-yarder in the closing seconds.

Stafford completed 21 of 31 passes. Marvin Jones Jr. had four receptions for 85 yards and a TD.

DJ Hayden ran back a fumbled snap for a touchdown to give Detroit seven return TDs this season, tying a team record. And the Lions beat the Bears for the eighth time in nine games.

Chicago dropped its third straight even though Jordan Howard ran for 125 yards and a touchdown. Mitchell Trubisky faded after a strong start,womens Justin Tucker Jersey,womens Eric Weddle Jersey, throwing for 179 yards and a TD. His 19-yard scramble on fourth-and-13 in the final minute put the ball on the Detroit 43.

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Several teammates kneeled nearby as the medical staff tended to him on the field. Cornerback Kyle Fuller was seen bleeding from his left wrist after the play,womens LeSean McCoy Jersey,womens Sammy Watkins Jersey, though he returned to the game.

Stafford threw for 195 yards and two touchdowns in the first half to help the Lions grab a 21-17 lead.

Detroit trailed 10-0 in the first quarter and 17-7 in the second before charging ahead in the closing minutes of the half.

Stafford's 28-yard touchdown to Jones with 5:17 remaining made it a three-point game. And his 2-yarder to a wide-open Ameer Abdullah gave the Lions a 21-17 lead with 20 seconds left.

Matthew Stafford threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns,Authentic Cam Newton Jersey,Authentic Luke Kuechly Jersey, Matt Prater kicked a 52-yard field goal with 1:35 remaining and the Detroit Lions held on to beat the Chicago Bears 27-24 on Sunday.

Detroit (6-4) took the lead after Tarik Cohen had tied it for Chicago (3-7) with a 15-yard touchdown run.

Prater booted the winner after Stafford led a 42-yard drive to the 34. The Lions escaped with their third straight win when the Bears' Connor Barth was wide right on a 46-yarder in the closing seconds.

Stafford completed 21 of 31 passes. Marvin Jones Jr. had four receptions for 85 yards and a TD.

DJ Hayden ran back a fumbled snap for a touchdown to give Detroit seven return TDs this season, tying a team record. And the Lions beat the Bears for the eighth time in nine games.

Chicago dropped its third straight even though Jordan Howard ran for 125 yards and a touchdown. Mitchell Trubisky faded after a strong start,womens Luke Kuechly Jersey, throwing for 179 yards and a TD. His 19-yard scramble on fourth-and-13 in the final minute put the ball on the Detroit 43.

He then hit Dontrelle Inman with a 15-yard pass,womens Kawann Short Jersey, giving Barth a chance to force overtime. But the Bears once again came up short after a rough loss to Green Bay that reignited the heat on coach John Fox.

Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd was taken from the field on a cart early in the fourth quarter with a knee injury he suffered trying to defend a run.

Several teammates kneeled nearby as the medical staff tended to him on the field. Cornerback Kyle Fuller was seen bleeding from his left wrist after the play, though he returned to the game.

Moments after Floyd went down,Authentic Greg Olsen Jersey, Prater kicked a 27-yard field goal to make it 24-17 with about 10 minutes left.

Stafford threw for 195 yards and two touchdowns in the first half to help the Lions grab a 21-17 lead.

Detroit trailed 10-0 in the first quarter and 17-7 in the second before charging ahead in the closing minutes of the half.

Detroit (6-4) took the lead after Tarik Cohen had tied it for Chicago (3-7) with a 15-yard touchdown run.

Prater booted the winner after Stafford led a 42-yard drive to the 34. The Lions escaped with their third straight win when the Bears' Connor Barth was wide right on a 46-yarder in the closing seconds.

Stafford completed 21 of 31 passes. Marvin Jones Jr. had four receptions for 85 yards and a TD.

DJ Hayden ran back a fumbled snap for a touchdown to give Detroit seven return TDs this season, tying a team record. And the Lions beat the Bears for the eighth time in nine games.

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For years, the Green Bay Packers’ winning formula started with, the ruthless efficiency and clutch passing of quarterback Aaron Rodgers., and sometimes ended with

With Rodgers returning to practice on Saturday but two weeks away from potentially playing in a game due to a broken collarbone, 26-20 victory in overtime against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers., the Packers used their defense and special teams for a season-saving

and it could pay dividends if the Packers can somehow get into the playoffs.,It’s a relatively different way of winning games around here

“We ain’t going nowhere, baby. We’re in it to win it, who with fellow corner Davon House earned decisive and critical victories over Buccaneers star receivers Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson.,” said cornerback Damarious Randall

the Packers won because their defense and special teams overcame their offense – a far cry from the quarterback overcoming the defense and special teams.,On Sunday

Green Bay trailed 7-3 in the second quarter before outside linebacker Kyler Fackrell stormed through the middle of Tampa Bay’s punt protection to deflect Bryan Anger’s punt. The Packers recovered at the Bucs’ 45 and turned that into a touchdown.

On Tampa Bay’s next possession, with defensive tackle Dean Lowry catching the fumble and running it back 62 yards for a touchdown., defensive tackle Kenny Clark sacked quarterback Jameis Winston

Those two plays were pivotal in the Packers keeping their season alive.

” Fackrell said. “They definitely swung the momentum in our favor with the short field on the blocked punt and then obviously Dean’s touchdown. They were huge. They were really necessary plays for us to win.”,“I think they were huge

No doubt, because it was another dreadful home performance by backup quarterback Brett Hundley. He completed 13-of-22 passes for 84 yards and posted a passer rating of 48.3. In four home starts, his passer rating has been less than 50., Hundley has no touchdowns and five interceptions. Three times

But winning in spite of the quarterback could bode well for the Packers, assuming they can keep their season afloat next week at winless Cleveland. Rodgers could return for the final three games, home vs. Minnesota and at Detroit. Rodgers can't do it alone,womens Michael Roberts Jersey, which are all against playoff contenders – at Carolina,womens Josh Jones Jersey, especially after a long layoff.

Aaron’s the guy in Green Bay. I mean, there’s no doubt about it. He’s the guy throughout the NFL,Authentic Josh Jones Jersey,womens Jamaal Williams Jersey, understanding what we are,Authentic Quincy Wilson Jersey, arguably one of the best quarterbacks in the game right now,“Obviously,womens Julién Davenport Jersey,Authentic Tarell Basham Jersey,” linebacker Clay Matthews said. “But for us to kind of grind these games out and, specifically speaking about the defense, and trying to force turnovers, like three last week, I think we realize we have to find a way to steal a few plays here and there. Hopefully, and that touchdown that Dean had this week, and he’s kind of carried this team for the better part of 10 years, that pays dividends when he is, if he is able to come back, just because I think we’ve had to overcome a lot of adversity.”

thanks to 9-of-16 efficiency on third down. So,Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns (112.8 rating) and Peyton Barber set a career high with 102 rushing yards. The Bucs piled up 395 total yards and hogged the ball for more than 37 minutes, by no means was this a perfect defensive performance.

But time and again, the Packers’ defense made the key plays. Matthews had 2.5 sacks and defensive tackle Kenny Clark had 2.0 sacks -- both players were sidelined for last week’s loss at Pittsburgh – as Green Bay recorded a season-high seven sacks to take advantage of the Bucs’ makeshift offensive line.

Green Bay responded with a three-and-out punt and Fackrell’s block. When Barber gained 34 on a screen and the Bucs advanced to the Packers’ 30 on the ensuing possession,When Bucs safety Justin Evans intercepted Hundley early in the second quarter, Clark and Lowry combined on the sack-strip-touchdown.

with the Bucs trying to drive to a winning field goal, center Evan Smith’s premature snap to Winston led to a loss of 9 and forced a field goal. And at the end of regulation,The Bucs will lament some self-inflicted wounds that could have led to a much different outcome. They had a first-and-goal at the 3 at the end of the third quarter. On third-and-goal at the 3 to start the fourth, an illegal block by Smith erased a gain of 20 on a screen.

” Winston said. “Sometimes that’s how football works. But when we look back at that film, we are going to say, we could have done that better, ‘We could have done this better,Authentic Michael Roberts Jersey,Authentic Kevin King Jersey, it felt good. It felt good as an offense. It felt good as a team. When you lose, everything just seems bad,womens Kevin King Jersey,Authentic Montravius Adams Jersey,“Coaches coached great. We played great. We just came out on the short end of the stick,Authentic Jamaal Williams Jersey,’ but out there, but when you pull games out like that,Authentic Julién Davenport Jersey,Authentic Malik Hooker Jersey,womens Montravius Adams Jersey, that’s a lot of smiles on the face.”

The Packers’ locker room was filled with smiles. After winning a game they probably shouldn’t have won, they are now one victory from potentially having Rodgers back to lead a playoff push.

” safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix said. “We’ve been fighting all year. We’re getting guys back from injury. If we can gut this one out this week,womens Malik Hooker Jersey,womens Quincy Wilson Jersey,womens Tarell Basham Jersey, fix some things that we messed up on, man,“That’s all we need, we’re shooting for the stars.”

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Packers lose three starters to injury in loss to Ravens

defensive tackle Kenny Clark (ankle) and offensive lineman Justin McCray (knee) all exited and didn’t return in Green Bay’s 23-0 loss to Baltimore.,womens Von Miller Jersey,Linebacker Clay Matthews (groin)

Matthews was the first to drop out in the first half. His departure came shortly after sacking Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco for an 8-yard loss to halt Baltimore’s first offensive series.

” linebacker Vince Biegel said.,“I think Clay had great energy when he was in there and sparked some good momentum for our team and definitely getting the defense going

had moved into the starting spot at right tackle after Bryan Bulaga’s season-ending knee injury. Jason Spriggs,womens Justin Simmons Jersey ,McCray, making his sixth start of the season, finished the game at right tackle., who was activated off injured reserve on Saturday

16 seconds left in the fourth quarter after Alex Collins’ 2-yard run on second-and-1.,Clark played a role in the Packers containing Baltimore to only 2.2 yards per carry on 26 attempts before going down with 10 minutes

The former first-round pick was carted to the locker room and immediately ruled out. He leads the Packers’ defensive line with 29 tackles in nine starts this season.

” linebacker Blake Martinez said. “He’s one of our impact players and makes a lot of plays. Huge leader. He was the captain today and gave a speech before the game. He’s definitely a big component to our defense.”,“He’s one of those guys that’s been phenomenal this year

No consolation: Davante Adams had his best game of the season with eight catches on 10 targets for 126 yards against the Ravens.

the Packers’ fourth-year receiver sounded more than willing afterward to trade in all the personal production for points on the scoreboard.,However

“We've got too much talent on offense to go out there and put on a display like that, who leads Green Bay with 50 catches for 620 yards and six touchdowns this year.,” said Adams

we've got the smarts,“There’s no reason we should have zero points whoever we’re playing. I don't care if it's the '86 Bears. I don't even know who played on the '86 Bears, but we should score on them. We've got playmakers in here, we've got the years, we've got everything in here. We've got to do better than that.”,Authentic Cole Beasley Jersey, we've got wisdom

The Packers had their chances. They drove down to the Baltimore 5-yard line on their opening series on the strength of a 33-yard pass from Brett Hundley to Adams down the sideline.

However, the first of the Ravens’ five takeaways.,Authentic Sean Lee Jersey, Baltimore neutralized the threat when veteran cornerback Jimmy Smith darted in front of a pass intended for Randall Cobb in the end zone

that makes a difference,“Obviously,womens John Elway Jersey,womens Trevor Siemian Jersey, (if) you put points on the board,” receiver Jordy Nelson said. “It is a momentum-breaker,womens Derek Wolfe Jersey,womens Barry Sanders Jersey, we’ve got to be consistent.”, but I think we were still productive even come second drive. So it’s just

tying his career high for tackles (five) with two for a loss and his first sack of the season.,Fackrell factor: Second-year linebacker Kyler Fackrell had his most productive game of the season

The production was essential for a Green Bay defense playing without Matthews for the first time this season.

” said Fackrell,womens Ziggy Ansah Jersey,“I felt good about the way I played, but I think for myself I can take some confidence moving forward.”, a third-round pick a year ago. “That’s probably the best overall game I’ve played defensively. It doesn’t feel as good with the way we lost

the Packers turned to rookies Jamaal Williams and Devante Mays to carry the load at running back.,New backs on the block: Without Aaron Jones (knee) and Ty Montgomery (ribs) out

A fourth-round pick out of BYU, including a 2-yard gain on fourth-and-1 in the second quarter., Williams registered 95 total yards on 22 touches and converted five first downs

“I’m always running hard,” Williams said. “But really you’ve just got to stay in the offense and wait for your opportunities and keep going.”, but today I was trying to not only run hard but try to make some open-field moves and hopefully try to get some big plays out there

a seventh-round pick out of Utah State,Mays, but fumbled twice on three carries in his first offensive action of the regular season., spelled Williams in the Green Bay backfield

” said Williams when asked about Mays. “You’ve just got to make sure he’s OK and make sure he keeps his head. Really,womens Cole Beasley Jersey,womens Sean Lee Jersey,“My first time when I got in there wasn’t a piece of cake,Authentic John Elway Jersey,Authentic Von Miller Jersey,Authentic Trevor Siemian Jersey,Authentic Derek Wolfe Jersey,Authentic Justin Simmons Jersey,Authentic Barry Sanders Jersey,Authentic Ziggy Ansah Jersey, and I believe in him as my teammate.”, we know what Mays can do

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Packers: Search for a No. 1 cornerback continues

lockdown No. 1 cornerback,Let’s be clear: Even if the Green Bay Packers had a clear-cut, it’s not as if that person – whoever it might’ve been – would have held Antonio Brown in check.

Even a rookie like Kevin King knows that.

“You’re not going to shut him out. You’re not going to have him to zero catches or zero yards,Authentic Josh Jones Jersey, who caught 10 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday night, running his NFL-leading totals to 80 receptions for 1,Authentic Quincy Wilson Jersey,” King said of the Pittsburgh Steelers star receiver,195 yards this season. “You know that, especially when he gets 15 targets a game. You’re going to get work and he’s going to get catches. As a corner, you can’t get away from that. You can’t get away from him making plays or even making big plays. That’s going to happen.”

And while King is right about that, perhaps the Packers could have limited the damage if they had a true No. 1 at the position. But they don’t.

Entering the season, veteran Davon House – returning as a free agent after two years with the Jacksonville Jaguars – was supposed to be that guy. But a combination of injuries early in the year and ineffective play of late have made it clear that he’s a complementary corner at this point. He gave up a touchdown in his third straight game when Brown beat him for a 33-yarder on Sunday night.

King, certainly has the potential to be that No. 1 corner, with a unique combination of size and speed and length. But a shoulder injury that has hampered him since college at Washington has had him in and out of the lineup and kept him from having full use of his arm in some games. He left Sunday night’s game for a long stretch before returning for the second half, the team’s top draft pick, when he gave up the second of Brown’s two touchdowns on a 1-yard fade route.

At this point, a player who six weeks ago was banished from the bench during a Sept. 28 win over Chicago and had some of his teammates believing he should be released for his behavior. A first-round pick in 2015 who didn’t play to that level last season, the Packers’ best cover man has been Damarious Randall, Randall notched his fourth interception of the season against the Steelers and has played outside in the base defense and inside at the “star” position in the slot in sub packages.

“We’ve had a lot of guys in and out,” defensive coordinator Dom Capers acknowledged.

That’s why it’s safe to assume cornerback will again be a major priority this offseason, just as it was in 2015 (when Randall and Quinten Rollins were the team’s top two picks) and last spring.

out for the year with a ruptured Achilles’ tendon and with the team having decided to part ways with LaDarius Gunter,With Rollins, the next-man-up options at cornerback are second-year man Josh Hawkins and rookies Lenzy Pipkins and Donatello Brown,Authentic Michael Roberts Jersey, who was inconsistent last season when thrust into the role of No. 1 cornerback, a second-round pick in 2015,Authentic Kevin King Jersey,Authentic Montravius Adams Jersey, both of whom were promoted from the practice squad. Veteran Demetri Goodson has started practicing but remains on the physically unable to perform list and has been mostly a special-teams player during his career.

While Gunter was up-and-down last season – he was matched up with opponents’ top receivers in multiple games,Authentic Julién Davenport Jersey, ahead of Randall and Rollins – a number of people inside the organization were unhappy when the team cut him to clear a roster spot earlier this season. He is now on the Carolina Panthers’ roster and was inactive for the Panthers’ win over the New York Jets on Sunday.

The Packers haven’t had a true No. 1 corner since Sam Shields suffered a concussion in the 2016 regular-season opener and never played another down for the team before being released during the offseason. But even Shields didn’t play at the level of Tramon Williams, high-level cornerback play since that season,Authentic Jamaal Williams Jersey,Authentic Malik Hooker Jersey,Authentic Tarell Basham Jersey, when Williams, the team’s shutdown corner on the Packers’ Super Bowl XLV-winning team in 2010. And the Packers haven’t had consistent, Shields and Charles Woodson, a likely Pro Football Hall of Famer, were their top three cover men.

While Capers said he wouldn’t have relied on one player to cover Brown alone all game long, not having anyone who was up to the task even for a chunk of the game created a challenge.

“I’m not sure how many corners are going to match up one-on-one consistently against him, how many guys are going to commit to him? And then when you do commit two guys to him, you know the guy on the other side is one-on-one. You kind of saw that on (Martavis Bryant’s touchdown against Hawkins),” Capers explained. “So a big part of the game and the chess match is, where we were doubling ‘84’ and they hit us with a double move on the other side.”

The Packers’ best hope for the final five games, starting with Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lambeau Field, whether in the base defense or in sub packages. King sat out the Packers’ Nov. 19 loss to Baltimore in hopes of his shoulder improving, would for King’s shoulder to stay healthy enough for him to play every down, then departed the game in Pittsburgh when it became an issue again. There have been times when King had to miss a series or two because his shoulder locked up on him and he couldn’t use that arm. Once he was able to function again – as was the case last Sunday night – he would return to the game.

“I can’t give him enough credit for fighting through what he has,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said of King. “There’s weeks where — he has to prove it each week in practice, and when he does that he’s afforded the opportunity to play. I think it’s a real credit for him to battle back each and every time.

“But going in and out of the game is a challenge for a defense, there’s no doubt about it. But … that’s just kind of the landscape of our league, you know? These injuries are a challenge for every team,womens Michael Roberts Jersey,womens Kevin King Jersey,womens Josh Jones Jersey,womens Montravius Adams Jersey,womens Jamaal Williams Jersey,womens Julién Davenport Jersey,womens Malik Hooker Jersey,womens Quincy Wilson Jersey,womens Tarell Basham Jersey, and that’s something that we’ve had to deal with a lot this year.”

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Quinten Rollins 'outplayed everybody' in Packers' cornerback gro

Quinten Rollins 'outplayed everybody' in Packers' cornerback group

There's heralded rookie Kevin King, veteran free agent Davon House, 2015 first-round draft pick Damarious Randall, and last year's de facto No. 1 cover man LaDarius Gunter.

And not a single one of them can match what Quinten Rollins has done so far in Green Bay Packers training camp.

" Packers cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt said.,"He's pretty much outplayed everybody

"In the offseason, he outplayed everybody. Right now, he's doing the same thing. So it's been good."

he gave Rollins the choice of where he wanted to play -- in the slot or on the outside -- with the No. 1 defense.,So good that when Whitt found out King couldn't practice earlier this week because of a shoulder injury

Rollins' answer couldn't have made Whitt happier.

"He said, 'I don't care,'" Whitt said.

So Whitt decided to play Rollins on the outside and go with Randall in the slot. It was a vote of confidence in Rollins, who was taken one round after Randall, and a sign that the Packers believe he might be the more versatile player between the two.

Like Randall, Rollins battled a groin injury last season. Randall had surgery on his during the year,womens Philip Rivers Jersey, while Rollins waited until after the season. On the field, both were shaky at best and eventually fell on the depth chart behind Gunter,Authentic Melvin Ingram Jersey, who was an undrafted free agent in their same draft class. It all factored into the Packers' plummet to No. 31 in passing yards allowed last season.

Rollins looks like he's close to locking up a major role in Whitt's group.,Even with the return of House after two years in Jacksonville and the addition of King in the draft

"You can tell his core issues have been taken care of,Authentic Eric Dickerson Jersey," Whitt said. "He's fluid. You can see the explosiveness out of his breaks. The kid is coming in with a focus that our standard of play wasn't there last year, and he's a very prideful man. He hasn't said two words. He's just been working,womens Aaron Donald Jersey, and that's what I like. We don't need a lot of talking. We've got to get to work and prove that we can play to the standard of this room,Authentic Jared Goff Jersey, and hopefully we'll continue to do that."

Capers thinks Rollins might be best suited to play inside.,Rollins may end up playing in the slot -- or "star" position as it's called in coordinator Dom Capers' defense -- if Whitt decides to go with the two bigger corners (House and King) on the outside. In fact

"I really like the way he's played inside at the star position,Authentic Dan Marino Jersey," Capers said. "Again, I think that he's a guy that worked through kind of the injury situation. We moved him outside. He can play either inside or outside, but I really like the way he played in the star. I think he can give us a physical guy in there. I think he can make plays on the ball."

Rollins made perhaps the biggest play of camp so far when he made a diving interception in the end zone on an Aaron Rodgers pass intended for Randall Cobb.

"That was a woo, splash-type play," Whitt said. "Now, we need more of that. All right? ... Not to try to take anything away from what Quinten has done, but that's our job."

Said Rollins: "It was good for that day, yeah. That's momentum for that day, but you can't bring it with you to the next day because each day is its own."

Rollins' presence has been consistent.,Yet as other players have rotated in with the starters

"You're probably reading into it more than me, you guys are probably reading into it more than me, but you obviously want to be out there with the 1s,Authentic Philip Rivers Jersey,Authentic Melvin Gordon Jersey, because that's the most beneficial reps when you're going against a great quarterback like that. Like I said," Rollins said. "That means you're doing something right. Be out there when [Rodgers] is out there,womens Melvin Gordon Jersey, because I know there's a lot more football to be played."

Rollins appears to have put last year's struggles -- both with health and performance -- behind him.,womens Melvin Ingram Jersey,womens Eric Dickerson Jersey,Either way

"You just have to hit the reset button on a year like that, you have to flush it and get focused on this year,Authentic Aaron Donald Jersey,Authentic Todd Gurley II Jersey," Rollins said. "Obviously, you're learning things with injury,womens Todd Gurley II Jersey,womens Jared Goff Jersey,womens Dan Marino Jersey, how to take care of your body,womens Jarvis Landry Jersey, stuff like that. And what to do, what not to do. You definitely can learn something year to year,Authentic Jarvis Landry Jersey, if you put that in perspective. Also, because it's a new year with new opportunities."

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Packers rookie corner Kevin King needs surgery on injured should

Rookie cornerback Kevin King will have surgery to repair a shoulder injury that ended his season with a trip to injured reserve, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday.

No date has been set, but McCarthy said the decision to go ahead with surgery is why King was placed on IR. King,adidas Ryan Kesler jersey, first missed practice reps with a shoulder injury in training camp. It became more problematic as the season progressed,adidas Shane Doan jersey, who tore his labrum as a college freshman at Washington, even forcing King to miss snaps in his last game two weeks ago at the Pittsburgh Steelers.

King was unable to play last Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“He’s a tough young man,Authentic Oliver Ekman-Larsson jersey, no doubt about it, I think it speaks volumes. It just obviously got to a point there where it was time to do more scans and things like that,Authentic Bobby Orr jersey,” McCarthy said. “He’s been dealing with it for quite some time. Just playing with the harness and trying to gut it out, and the decision has been made for surgery.”

Cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr. said King’s shoulder issue predates the season. In camp,adidas Zdeno Chara jersey, the rookie was unable to jam with his left arm. King’s limitation using his left arm made it difficult to teach the position,Authentic Brad Marchand jersey, Whitt said.

Regardless, King kept playing until surgery became mandatory. He played nine games and 381 snaps,adidas Tuukka Rask jersey, representing 58 percent of the snaps in those nine games. King was a starter at one of the two perimeter corner positions in the Packers' favored nickel defense.

" Whitt said. "He never complained. He fought,“He’s a tough kid because he played through it, he fought. First play of the Dallas game he hits, he fought, boom, he comes out. He goes right back in there. He’s a tough kid. No one questioned his toughness."

The Packers drafted King to eventually be their No. 1 corner. Time will tell whether he develops into one, but ending his rookie season with five games remaining isn’t beneficial. King’s rookie season ends without an interception.

Whitt said the rookie’s limitations this season prevented him from showing his full potential.

“but with him not being able to throw that arm — he has a chance to be a really,“I know what he can be, the way that his length and his ability to be able to bend and move and do those types of things, really good player. Once he’ll be able to throw and control people at the line of scrimmage,” Whitt said, once he gets that taken care of, you’re going to see a player that you’ll be really excited about. But you haven’t seen it yet.

“You haven’t really seen the real Kevin King yet.”

Rookie cornerback Kevin King will have surgery to repair a shoulder injury that ended his season with a trip to injured reserve, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday.

No date has been set,Authentic Ryan Kesler jersey, but McCarthy said the decision to go ahead with surgery is why King was placed on IR. King,adidas Oliver Ekman-Larsson jersey,Authentic Shane Doan jersey, first missed practice reps with a shoulder injury in training camp. It became more problematic as the season progressed,Authentic Mike Smith jersey, who tore his labrum as a college freshman at Washington, even forcing King to miss snaps in his last game two weeks ago at the Pittsburgh Steelers.

King was unable to play last Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“He’s a tough young man,adidas Mike Smith jersey,adidas Bobby Orr jersey, no doubt about it, I think it speaks volumes. It just obviously got to a point there where it was time to do more scans and things like that,Authentic Zdeno Chara jersey,adidas Patrice Bergeron jersey,” McCarthy said. “He’s been dealing with it for quite some time. Just playing with the harness and trying to gut it out, and the decision has been made for surgery.”

Cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr. said King’s shoulder issue predates the season. In camp,Authentic Patrice Bergeron jersey,adidas Brad Marchand jersey,Authentic Tuukka Rask jersey, the rookie was unable to jam with his left arm. King’s limitation using his left arm made it difficult to teach the position, Whitt said.

Regardless, King kept playing until surgery became mandatory. He played nine games and 381 snaps, representing 58 percent of the snaps in those nine games. King was a starter at one of the two perimeter corner positions in the Packers' favored nickel defense.

" Whitt said. "He never complained. He fought,“He’s a tough kid because he played through it, he fought. First play of the Dallas game he hits, he fought, boom, he comes out. He goes right back in there. He’s a tough kid. No one questioned his toughness."

The Packers drafted King to eventually be their No. 1 corner. Time will tell whether he develops into one, but ending his rookie season with five games remaining isn’t beneficial. King’s rookie season ends without an interception.

Whitt said the rookie’s limitations this season prevented him from showing his full potential.

“but with him not being able to throw that arm — he has a chance to be a really,“I know what he can be, the way that his length and his ability to be able to bend and move and do those types of things, really good player. Once he’ll be able to throw and control people at the line of scrimmage,” Whitt said, once he gets that taken care of, you’re going to see a player that you’ll be really excited about. But you haven’t seen it yet.

“You haven’t really seen the real Kevin King yet.”

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Panthers take championship

beating 19 other teams at the Powell Athletic Roundtable Invitational on Friday and Saturday. Twelve PHS wrestlers placed in the top six.,Powell High School’s wrestlers opened their season with a victory at home

“I thought we did well,”,” said PHS head coach Nate Urbach. “I was happy

As young as the team is, four juniors and 19 freshmen and sophomores., coach Urbach said he was surprised Powell won the tournament; the PHS wrestling team is comprised of only two seniors

“Thought the kids wrestled really hard,” Urbach said., it was a good tournament

Powell placed first with 261.5 points followed by Lander with 200.5, Buffalo at 152.5 points and Cody in fifth at 148.5., Natrona County in third with 190.5 points

The other 15 schools in attendance were Riverton, Wright, Wind River, Thunder Basin, Lovell, Thermopolis, Sheridan, Rocky Mountain, Shoshoni, Montana.,adidas Corey Crawford jersey, Worland,Authentic Patrick Roy jersey, Greybull, Dubois,Authentic Patrick Kane jersey,adidas Patrick Roy jersey, Campbell County, Wyoming Indian and Livingston

Freshman Emma Karhu placed third in the 106-pound weight class.

Urbach said that he was “cautiously optimistic, USA wrestling and in practice the last two weeks.,” about the incoming freshman after her success in middle school

Emma Karhu met up with Brady Carey of Lander — the No. 1-ranked wrestler in the weight class in WyoPreps.com’s preseason poll — where she lost by a 4-0 decision.,adidas Nathan MacKinnon jersey,adidas Artemi Panarin jersey,In the semi-finals

Urbach said Emma Karhu wrestled tough in that semi-finals match.

” Urbach said.,“She had a great tournament; I was really really happy with her

he didn’t win a match,Also wrestling at 106 pounds was sophomore Colt Nicholson, who Urbach said has improved from last season. At last year’s Powell Invite, but the lowest weight class at the high school level is 106 pounds., but this year he went 2-2 with both wins by pin. Nicholson weighs 93 pounds

Aaron Swaney took fourth.,At 113 pounds

” Urbach said. “But I saw huge improvement in just a day.”,“I was really happy with Swaney just because he’s really new at the sport

Swaney beat a wrestler on Saturday who had beaten him on Friday.

” Urbach said.,“It’s just awesome to see a kid get better — that much better in that little bit of time

Michael Maddox, placed fifth at 120 pounds., a sophomore

“He’s getting better and better all the time, adding that they still need to work on some things.,” Urbach said

Maddox came in seventh at 120 pounds. Senior Brian Brazelton took fourth at 126 pounds.,In the preseason rankings

then beat that same wrestler by a major decision on Saturday.,Urbach said Brazelton was a wrestler who improved throughout the tournament as he was pinned by a wrestler from Shoshoni on Friday

“He got refocused and did the things he should do to put himself in good position,” Urbach said of Brazelton., so he had a good tournament

Corey Linebaugh, placed fifth at 132 pounds in what the coach called “a great tournament.”, a sophomore

” Urbach said. “He’s gotten a lot better.”,“He [Linebaugh] is a tough kid — a real tough-minded kid

Junior Reese Karst took first in the 138 pound weight class and was voted as the outstanding varsity wrestler of the tournament.

” Urbach said.,“He wrestled really well

Karst was ranked first in the preseason rankings at 138 pounds.,Heading into the tournament

between Karst and Hunter Elmer of Buffalo. Karst pinned Elmer at 5:20.,The championship match was a repeat from last year’s state championship bout

who took third,Also in the 138-pound weight class were Stephen Preator, who placed fifth., and Cole Davis

Preator was ranked fourth in the preseason rankings for the 132-pound weight class. Urbach said he’s “improved a ton.”

Preator beat a Rocky Mountain opponent he’d lost to on Friday.,In the third place match

” Urbach said.,“It’s always good to see kids responding to losses and reversing them the next days

Junior Matt Jones took fourth in the 145-pound weight class. Urbach said Jones is another wrestler who showed improvement throughout the tournament and has improved drastically from where he was at this time last year.

” Urbach said of Jones. “I was impressed with him.”,“He was pretty darn solid

The championship match at 152 pounds was a showdown between PHS teammates Brody Karhu and Seth Horton.

” Urbach said.,“Both those guys had a great tournament

Horton beat the No. 2 wrestler in the state,Authentic Corey Crawford jersey,Authentic Marian Hossa jersey,adidas Patrick Kane jersey,Brody Karhu’s only loss was to a tough kid from Thermopolis, explained Urbach. Meanwhile, on Friday.,Authentic Ryan Hartman jersey,adidas Marian Hossa jersey,Authentic Artemi Panarin jersey,adidas Gabriel Landeskog jersey, Cullen Becher of Thermopolis

Horton and Brody Karhu are good friends and partners in the practice room, ’cause they’re competitive, “so that does nothing but make them better,Authentic Nathan MacKinnon jersey,Authentic Seth Jones jersey,adidas Ryan Hartman jersey, “Steel sharpens steel and that’s what they do.”,” Urbach said, adding

The championship match went to sudden victory after the Panthers were tied at 4 after three periods. Brody Karhu won 6-4.

The preseason rankings had Horton ranked sixth at 152 pounds and Brady Karhu sixth in the 160-pound weight class. Horton was the only freshman from Powell to be ranked in the preseason rankings.

he looked very,adidas Seth Jones jersey,Authentic Gabriel Landeskog jersey,“For a freshman,” Urbach said of Horton. “I thought he had an outstanding tournament for a freshman.”, very good

Bo Dearcorn — who ranked second in the preseason rankings — placed second at 170 pounds.

” Urbach said.,“He had a really good tournament as well

Dearcorn pinned Josh Jones of Cody in the semi-finals in 2:41 — a wrestler Dearcorn went back and forth with last year.

For the championship, a senior who was picked second at 160 pounds in the preseason rankings. Atnip won by an 11-0 decision., Dearcorn met up with William Atnip of Lander

” Urbach said of Dearcorn.,“He’s a young sophomore and he loves the sport; he puts a lot of time into it and it shows

Another wrestler who Urbach thought wrestled really well at the varsity level was Cameron Schmidt.

” Urbach said. “He’s another guy that works real hard in the room.”,“I thought he got better throughout the tournament

Overall as a team, so I’m excited for this year and the coming years.”, Urbach said that “to be able to compete and be that young bodes well for the future

saying the improvement was an indication of his coaching.,Urbach thanked his assistant coach Nick Fulton

all the volunteers,The coach also thanked the Powell Athletic Roundtable, Vicki Walsh and Tim Wormald — who worked behind the scenes to make sure the tournament ran smoothly., the referees and RJ Kost

” Urbach said with appreciation.,“It’s something we look forward to — something I think the community looks forward to — and we can’t do it without people volunteering

Next up for the wrestlers is the Worland Dual Invite on Friday and Saturday with start times at 12:30 p.m. on Friday and 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.

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Rookie running backs Jamaal Williams, Aaron Jones gaining ground

There is a tasty reward for Green Bay Packers offensive linemen when one of their running backs has a big day on the ground.

Center Corey Linsley is looking forward to the big plate of ribs after rookie Jamaal Williams ran for 113 yards and a touchdown last week against Tampa Bay.

The Packers (6-6) hope that's just the appetizer for the offense with quarterback Aaron Rodgers potentially returning soon to spice up the passing attack.

"Yeah, it can only be better. There's no way that it cannot benefit us," Linsley said after practice Thursday.

It has been a rough 2-5 stretch with the two-time NFL MVP sidelined by a collarbone injury.

But Rodgers is back at practice,womens Andy Levitre Jersey, albeit on a trial basis,womens Ryan Schraeder Jersey, as the coaching staff proceeds cautiously with the franchise quarterback.

Teammates say he looks good. Rodgers has been practicing with the scout team this week,womens Ricardo Allen Jersey, behind temporary starter Brett Hundley and backup Joe Callahan. It's possible that Rodgers could return as soon as the Dec. 17 game at Carolina.

" coach Mike McCarthy said.,womens Matt Bosher Jersey,"Number 1,womens Matt Bryant Jersey, that's always an obvious when he steps on the field because he just brings the whole level of competition up and the energy that he brings to the practice field, the competitive level,womens Tyrod Taylor Jersey, so that's the first thing that jumps out at you

Whenever he does come back,Authentic Kyle Williams Jersey, just in time for the December cold, Rodgers could have a running game that appears to be getting in gear, too.

Williams has 458 yards (303 rushing, 155 receiving) and four touchdowns since replacing the injured Aaron Jones and Ty Montgomery on Nov. 12 against Chicago.

Williams had one score each as a receiver and rusher two weeks ago in a 31-28 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The rookie's 21-carry performance last week against the Buccaneers earned him the weekly honor from the league as top running back.

"We love when our running backs win FedEx Ground Player of the Week and then you get a bunch of ribs, so that's another good perk," Linsley said.

His smile broadened when informed that Williams was this week's winner.

"Did he really? All right — get some more ribs, a 6-foot-3," said Linsley,Authentic Andy Levitre Jersey, 301-pound center.

Green Bay ran for a season-high 199 yards against Tampa Bay,Authentic Ryan Schraeder Jersey, which included the 20-yard touchdown run in overtime from Jones in his first game back from his knee injury.

Also helping the run game is recent stability on an offensive line that was decimated by injuries earlier this season.

The Packers should have the same starting five up front for the third straight week when they play the Cleveland Browns on Sunday,Authentic Ricardo Allen Jersey, the first time that has happened all season.

you get that familiarity with the guy next to you.",Authentic Matt Bosher Jersey,"It's been obviously an injury-plagued year for the O-line,Authentic Matt Bryant Jersey, but to have one cohesive unit,Authentic Tyrod Taylor Jersey,Authentic Richie Incognito Jersey," right guard Lane Taylor said. "I think we're all talented, week in and week out

It's important because trust and communication are so important. On combination blocks for instance,womens Richie Incognito Jersey, a lineman has to trust that his teammate will take over the blocking on a defender when he moves on to his next assignment.

The Packers will be challenged this week with a Browns defense that holds opponents to 3.3 yards per carry,Authentic Marcell Dareus Jersey, the stingiest mark in the league. Cleveland is sixth overall in run defense (96.9 yards per game).

"You have to communicate on the same play, "and once you can do all that without thinking about it,womens Marcell Dareus Jersey,womens Kyle Williams Jersey," Taylor said, that's when you really start playing well."

NOTES: CB Davon House (shoulder) and Demetri Goodson (hamstring), along with OLB Nick Perry (foot/shoulder) each missed a second straight day of practice. Thursday is typically the longest and most important practice day of the Packers work week. ... ILB Jake Ryan (neck/illness) returned to practice as a full participant. Backup OLB Ahmad Brooks (back) also was a full participant after being limited on Wednesday.

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Brett Hundley-Jordy Nelson combo not clicking

This is Jordy Nelson with Aaron Rodgers as his quarterback for 5? games: 20 catches for 240 yards and six touchdowns. This is Nelson with Brett Hundley as his quarterback for 4? games: 15 catches for 142 yards and no touchdowns.

Nelson's numbers have plummeted. Hundley's only two touchdowns in his five games both went to Adams.,Authentic Mike Iupati Jersey,While Davante Adams has enjoyed some degree of success since Rodgers broke his collarbone early in the Green Bay Packers' Week 6 game at the Minnesota Vikings

a total that reached 65 this season.,womens Justin Bethel Jersey,No one connected better with Rodgers than Nelson. The two own the franchise record for most touchdowns between a single quarterback and receiver

Nelson couldn't pinpoint why he hasn't developed the same bond with Hundley.

"I don't know,womens Phil Dawson Jersey," he said this week. "Probably different things. Brett feeling comfortable with Davante and being able to hit a couple big plays for him. You see that,womens Andy Lee Jersey, you feel more and more comfortable with it.,Authentic Antoine Bethea Jersey, and I think you see that with any quarterback in connection with the receiver. If you're able to make some big plays for him

"I don't think I've changed anything. I'm not going to change anything. I think the execution's been there. It's just sometimes the way it goes as a receiver. The quarterback feels comfortable with certain guys or whatever it is. I'm not saying he doesn't feel comfortable with me,Authentic Evan Boehm Jersey, but it's just sometimes that's the way the games play out sometimes."

Don't expect Nelson to make any demands of Hundley or of coach Mike McCarthy to make him the primary read on more of the play calls. That's not Nelson's style.,Authentic Phil Dawson Jersey

"I'm not worried about it, go through his read,womens A.Q. Shipley Jersey, his progression," Nelson said. "I don't think he is or I don't want him to feel like he needs to try to get me the ball or anything. He just needs to continue doing what he's doing, do what the coaches are teaching him to do, and we'll be able to execute."

Nelson will turn 33 this offseason but his age didn't seem to impact his production when Rodgers was healthy. After catching 97 passes and 14 touchdowns last season, he's on pace for 62 catches and nine scores this year.Authentic Justin Bethel Jersey

"I've never put my game or how I play on my stats, in our position as receivers, how I'm doing my assignments,womens Mike Iupati Jersey, you can only control so much. That's what I'm worried about is what I can control and that's how I'm running my routes,, what the coaches are seeing,Authentic Andy Lee Jersey, if they're coaching me up and I need to improve those things and continue to grow in the others. You want to be a part of it more but you have no control over it. Again,Authentic Matt Wile Jersey," Nelson said. "I've never set goals to get so many yards because I know,womens Antoine Bethea Jersey, they're going to do theirs. If we continue to do that and be more consistent in everyone doing that,womens J. J. Nelson Jersey, we'll be successful."

the No. 1s get more reps with Rodgers than the backups,One explanation for Adams' connection with Hundley is the two had practiced together more when both were backups early in their tenure. Typically, and Adams had been No. 3 on the receiver depth chart until last season.Authentic A.Q. Shipley Jersey,

McCarthy has made it clear on several occasions since the loss to the Baltimore Ravens that the Packers' offensive "time clock" needs work. Solving that could help Nelson get back on track.womens Evan Boehm Jersey, I don't want to sit here and say he needs to throw me the ball because that's definitely not the case. I'm going to do my job,

"Well, that's what preparation is," McCarthy said. "You're always trying to get the timing down, really that's what you practice for, there's always specific adjustments to certain routes based on who you're playing, how they play. It's no different this week. There's definitely different coverage tendencies from Pittsburgh we haven't seen in a number of weeks. As you go through the situations of how they play; that's why we're going to practice today and practice again tomorrow and keep working the fine details of the route-running and the ball placement and just make sure we've got the time clock between the quarterback and receivers where it needs to be."Authentic J. J. Nelson Jersey,

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tear down Bengals' seasons,Draft classes can build up

Life in the Bengals front office was good in 2015.

a young nucleus of players was developing into one of the deepest rosters in the NFL. They extended the quarterback and boasted one of the game’s best receivers.,womens Deion Jones Jersey,Despite a fourth-consecutive playoff loss

and all signs pointed to a potentially special 2015 season.,The defense continued to play at a top-10 level

Plus,womens Takkarist McKinley Jersey, Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu.,womens Duke Riley Jersey, the Bengals’ draft that year set up to open the next window for this franchise. Compensatory picks created an extra selection in the third and fourth rounds. Piling up mid-round picks in the past produced names like Michael Johnson and Geno Atkins

Director of player personnel Duke Tobin and the Bengals staff had put together a string of five drafts unrivaled in top-to-bottom productivity in franchise history.

Seemed as though the rich were getting richer.

life changes fast in the NFL. The current Bengals – 11-16-1 the last two seasons– stand as living proof.,womens Sean Harlow Jersey,Both on the field and off it

it can change in one weekend. For both good and bad. Unproductive drafts have ripple effects. They close windows. Home run classes blow them open. And a personnel department must always be ready to adjust accordingly.,In the world of the draft-and-develop philosophy

Partly the 2014 draft class and definitely the 2015 class own responsibility for the Bengals’ current situation. It’s unfair to think any personnel staff could continue on the blistering pace the Bengals did from 2009-13 on draft weekends. But nonetheless they cause problems when the return to ordinary unfolds.

“It’s hard to predict the future with these guys, but we are not giving up on them. As long as they are here they are going to be coached hard and expected to contribute.”,” Tobin said. “The expectation everyone is going to come in and be a Pro Bowler and achieve the results you want to achieve isn’t realistic. There’s a lot of guys that maybe haven’t done it as much as we would have liked for them to have done at this point

In 2015, offensive tackle and receiver were at the top of the team’s priority list.,womens Karlos Dansby Jersey, with tackles Andre Smith and Andrew Whitworth entering the back side of their careers and Jones/Sanu both about to enter free agency

Depth at tight end and safety followed with Jermaine Gresham leaving and uncertainty around the future of George Iloka and Reggie Nelson entering contract years. Shawn Williams had yet to be a regular starter.

And there’s a good chance only Kroft receives a second contract with the team – which would be modest by tight end standards. You could hear an argument for Fisher or Ogbuehi earning a deal if they ever turn the corner. They haven’t yet and the clock nears midnight for those decisions.

Getting only minor contributions from a string of mid-round picks and not finding a receiver have ripple effects. They force the hand in priorities of future drafts and the need to alter the always small free-agent strategy.

Marvin Lewis said he talks to his son,womens Keanu Neal Jersey,womens Austin Hooper Jersey, Marcus, about how some players just need a change of scenery to bring out of them what the Bengals saw when drafting. Players not succeeding in Cincinnati doesn’t make those picks indefensible. ,womens Jalen Collins Jersey, who is on the Bengals staff as a defensive assistant

For example, currently on the Seahawks practice squad., he still holds out hope for Dawson

“He will get it now,” Lewis said. “Just like Ahmad Brooks. He’s still playing. He couldn’t quite get it here. But when you hit the street there is a different perspective that comes about and some times guys need that … sometimes a guy needs a change of scenery to figure it out. That’s not a bad thing.”, but it took him too long (here)

it’s not great for the drafting team and can make life difficult on the coach. Playing the game between giving young players an opportunity to prove themselves for the long run or possibly failing and contributing to losses in the short term becomes the challenging balance for the head coach.,Though

“The key element is to not force a square peg in a round hole, as me to ownership a lot of times. They want to see the development. As a position coach you’d like to have the guy in your room for 10 years.”,Authentic Karlos Dansby Jersey,Authentic Keanu Neal Jersey,Authentic Deion Jones Jersey,Authentic Austin Hooper Jersey,Authentic Jalen Collins Jersey,Authentic Takkarist McKinley Jersey,Authentic Duke Riley Jersey,Authentic Sean Harlow Jersey,” Lewis said. “Looking to the next better player – rather than this position or that position – is important. Along with that comes responsibility of us as coaches

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Steelers flag down Bengals at gun

It was classic Bengals-Steelers and it could have been 1975 or 2017.

Ugly. Nasty. Physical. And the Bengals were on the short end of it when they committed a franchise-record 173 yards in penalties in blowing a 17-point lead in a 23-20 loss Monday night at rainy and perplexed Paul Brown Stadium.

now that the Bengals are 5-7 and just about out of it,Actually,Authentic Curtis Samuel Jersey, it was most like 2015, that was a Wild Card Game where a 16-15 lead was lost in the last 1:23 on a fumble and then penalties. In this one,womens Taylor Moton Jersey, the last time they played the Steelers in a prime-time elimination game. Then,womens Daeshon Hall Jersey, it took an agonizing 30 minutes and 13 penalties to eat away at the lead.

Kicker Chris Boswell won it with a 38-yard field goal at the gun fittingly after he moved five yards closer on a penalty on Josh Shaw for jumping offsides.

straddled him,womens Harrison Butker Jersey,The marquee defensive players from each team left on a backboard when Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier collided with rookie wide receiver Josh Malone early in the first quarter and Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict exited with six minutes left when rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster gave him a cheap shot on a blind-side block and then stepped over him,womens Mitchell Trubiskyn Jersey, and picked up a taunting penalty as well as a roughing penalty.

as was cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick in your basic Bengals-Steelers slugfest. After Shazier left the field taped to a board after a frightening collision (reports said he had a spinal cord contusion),Burfict was in protocol after the game with a head injury,womens Adam Shaheen Jersey, the Bengals lost cornerbacks Adam Jones (groin) and Darqueze Dennard (knee) and running back Joe Mixon (head/shoulder) during the course of the first half. Jones and Mixon (concussion) was lost for the night and Dennard came back in the second half.

Burfict waved his arm to the crowd to signal he was OK. But the Bengals were not. With Burfict gone,womens Tarik Cohen Jersey, the Bengals were down to three linebackers with middle man Kevin Minter not a good match for Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s hottest offense in the NFL.

Big Ben just shot-putted the ball into the middle of the field, first to running back Le’Veon Bell, for 18 then to Schuster for 5, then to tight end Jesse James ror 13, After Burfict left, then to wide receiver Antonio Brown for the tying touchdown with 3:51 left from six yards out after his 24-yarder on the snap after the penalty. When safety George Iloka was called for hitting Brown in the head, the Bengals were backed up on the kickoff at their 12.

Then they couldn’t convert a third-and-two when the Steelers rushed three and forced quarterback Andy Dalton to take a coverage sack.

two TDs and a pick) made quick work to set up Boswell’s winner. Twelve yards to wide receiver Martavis Bryant,When the Steelers caught the punt at their 42 with 2:42 left Roethlisberger (24 of 40 for 290 yards,womens Curtis Samuel Jersey, 11 to Bell amd that was it.

Early in the fourth quarter the Bengals couldn’t get off the field on third-and-10 when Xavier Grimble got about nine and three-quarters on one of those pesky screens and it forced Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin to go for it on fourth-and-inches from his side of the field. Bell smashed for it for ease with nine yards on a night the NFL's leading rusher had to grind on 18 carries for 76 yards.

Then the Steelers got a gift when cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick was called for his second pass interference penalty of the night when he seemed to simply defend Bryant on a deep ball. That was a 30-yarder and gave the Bengals 133 yards in penalties. They held,Authentic Taylor Moton Jersey, but Boswell’s 37-yard field goal cut it 20-13 with 10:07 left in the game.

Then the Bengals offensive line imploded for the only time all night and let linebacker Vince Williams walk in for a 12-yard sack on first drive to blow up that drive and the Steelers officially were in the lead even though they trailed.

It was a wild third quarter that saw both teams get touchdowns called back by penalty. It looked like the Bengals had gone up by 24-10 on Dalton’s 61-yard TD bomb to Green that Green turned into a wondrous play when he ran away from two tacklers at the Steelers 20. But running back Giovani Bernard was called for holding outside linebacker T.J. Watt rushing Dalton up the middle.

Dalton (a 96.3 rating against a team that holds him 20 points below that) and wide receiver Brandon LaFell saved the drive when Dalton hit him streaking down the right sideline for another third-down conversion,Authentic Daeshon Hall Jersey, this one for 27 yards on third-and-16. That made the Bengals 7-for-10 on third-down conversions (that was it because they missed their last four) after they hit just three of 11 in Pittsburgh back in October.

Randy Bullock got back three of the seven points when he hit a 41-yard field goal that made the Bengals lead 20-10 with 3:33 left in the third quarter.

high-stepped down the left sideline and on one of the wackiest plays you’ll ever see,Authentic Harrison Butker Jersey,And they literally gave the Steelers’ their first touchdown of the night earlier in the third quarter when Bell (killing them with 106 yards receiving) took a check-down pass,Authentic Mitchell Trubiskyn Jersey, linebacker Jordan Evans and cornerback William Jackson both held up and let him walk in the rest of the way for a 35-yard touchdown.

As the rain began to fall in the dying but dizzying seconds of the first half,womens Eddie Jackson Jersey,Authentic Adam Shaheen Jersey, the Bengals couldn’t quite flip the script after taking a 17-0 lead with 31 seconds left on Dalton’s second third-down touchdown pass of the night to wide receiver A.J. Green.

But suddenly the karma switched off when safety George Iloka missed an interception tipping off shoulder pad. Roethlisberger then hit Bell for Pittsburgh’s longest play of the half on a 33-yard check-down pass aided by at least one missed tackle. Then Big Ben just stepped back and flung it deep for Brown and the NFL’s leading receiver drew a 38-yard pass interference penalty when Kirkpatrick tackled him to prevent a touchdown.

unbelievably, allowed Boswell to kick a 30-yarder at the gun to cut Cincinnati ‘s lead to 17-3,Authentic Tarik Cohen Jersey,That, marking the 19th time in the last 23 game the Steelers have scored in the last two minutes of the half against the Bengals. It’s also the sixth time in the last seven games Cincinnati has allowed a field goal in the last two minutes of the half.

It marred a great effort by the Bengals in stoning the NFL’s hottest offense on 126 yards in the half and holding the torrid Big Ben to 50 percent completions of eight of 16 for just 109 yards.

That’s because they had only 24 plays as the Bengals built up a nearly eight-minute edge in time of possession. Dalton hit 16 of 23 for 173 yards and a 120.4 passer rating while they rang up 80 yards rushing on 5.7 per on the way to converting six of eight third downs.

It was a tough break for Mixon,Authentic Eddie Jackson Jersey, who collided with Vince Williams after picking up eight yards on a screen and left with 34 yards on seven carries. Bernard picked up 35 on six carries once Mixon exited and finished with his season-high 77 yards on 13 carries.

who had seven catches for 77 yards in the half, was blanked in the second half. He kept that last touchdown drive going when Dalton scrambled out of the pocket on third-and-16 and hit Green on a 17-yard come-back route against beleaguered cornerback Coty Sensabaugh. On third-and-11 from the Pittsburgh 15,Green, the Steelers blitzed two corners and with Bernard and right tackle Andre Smith picking it up, Green destroyed Sensabaugh over the middle for a 15-yard touchdown catch. That capped a 15-play drive that consumed 6:13 before it all went to hell.

That was the 52nd career scoring strike for Green and Dalton, passing Kenny Anderson and Isaac Curtis to become the Bengals’ all-time leaders.

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Bengals film room: Kevin Huber edition

It doesn’t really need to be said at this point, but I feel like I might as well say it again: The 2017 Cincinnati Bengals’ offense is awful.

I have never seen a team with such a plethora of skill position talent underwhelm to this large of a degree before. Marvin Lewis must have felt the same way,womens Joe Haden Jersey, since Ken Zampese is no longer employed by the organization. I wish Bill Lazor all the luck in the world to turn the ship around with little to no time to prepare.

Taking over midseason for another coach’s scheme and playbook and not having time to install much of your own system is going to be hard,womens Demarcus Walker Jersey, and I think a lot of fans aren’t going to realize that.

This is normally my article every week where I break down the good and the bad of our offense in the previous game. But considering how bad the team looked,womens Carlos Henderson Jersey, and the fact that we’re inevitably going to see some new wrinkles from Lazor next week I don’t see the point. So,Authentic Brendan Langley Jersey, I’m giving the spotlight to the one non-defensive player that deserves it: punter Kevin Huber.

In general,womens Chad Kelly Jersey, touchback percentage,womens Jake Butt Jersey, Huber has been nothing short of spectacular for the Bengals in two games this season. The left footed specialist had six of his seven kicks in Week 2 land inside the 20 yard line. As of right now he’s also kicking for career-bests in percentage of punts inside the 20, and net yardage.

although he also received some great coverage as you can see below.,Due to his spectacular play he was able to aid the defense in winning the field position battle the entire night

Huber kicks an absolute boomer,Here, but it was returnable and there was a lot of space being given on the wide side of the field. Luckily Josh Shaw is one of the better kick coverage players in the league, coming in from his left gunner position to shoot in and make an absolutely beautiful tackle.

very well.,Authentic Garett Bolles Jersey, but it should be at least encouraging to everyone knowing that if the offense can pick it up then the other two units are playing very,womens Garett Bolles Jersey,The team won’t see much success until all three phases of the game are rolling

even when Huber loses this season,Authentic Demarcus Walker Jersey,womens Brendan Langley Jersey,Authentic Carlos Henderson Jersey,In fact, he wins. The above kick was his worst of the day. He didn’t get all of it and hit a bit of a knuckle ball to the right sideline. Fortunately for him,Authentic Chad Kelly Jersey, the spin that he put on the ball was enough to get a great bounce and it winded up being his longest punt of the day — 61 yards to be exact.

this was the only less than stellar kick of the day for Huber. My favorite use of his skills is in this final GIF where,Authentic Jake Butt Jersey,Thankfully,Authentic Paxton Lynch Jersey, with the skill of a true pro, he’s able to put a beauty of shot and have it roll safely out of bounds at the 2-yard line.

kicking it right end over left so that once the ball makes contact it will continue to go left and out of bounds.,womens Paxton Lynch Jersey, dropping the ball with a slight angle to it,You can see just how he accomplishes the feat

it’s comfortable to know that at least one of these cats is still bringing his A game., while there may be trouble in the jungle because the Bengals don’t have as much of an attack as they used to,Authentic Joe Haden Jersey,So

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Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas says Adam Gase “like family”

Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas knows Dolphins coach Adam Gase as well as any player in the league. He still refers to

” and will be ecstatic to see him prior to Sunday’s game at Hard Rock Stadium.,him as “Goose

Both have fallen on hard times since their run in Denver ended in 2014. Thomas’ Broncos are 3-8,
, having lost seven in a row

and Miami (4-7) comes in on a five-game losing streak. Thomas knows it’s been stressful year for his buddy.

“For sure, playing good ball and came off last year 10 wins his first year there—he’s so
,” he said. “They was 4-2

disappointed now. It’s a frustration level for everybody. And as a head coach,
, if you ain’t successful in this league

you never know what’s going to happen. I’m sure he’s just trying to finish out strong.”,(expletive)

where they went 50-30 and made it to the Super Bowl in
,Thomas and Gase didn’t experience a ton of misery together in Denver

then beat Carolina for the title the following season). They did have a rough
,2014 (the Broncos lost to Seattle that year

start, going 4-12 in Thomas’ rookie year., though

“The one thing I always mess with him about, because I know him like a book,
, is when some (expletive) isn’t going his way

he’s gonna be made like everybody else,” Thomas said. “I felt like I was the only
, but he’ll be made in a different way

one that could put a smile on his face when he was in those moods.”

Kyle Orton was the quarterback that season, but neither was a
, and Denver improved to 8-8 the following year with Tim Tebow

particularly great passing offense. Thomas didn’t emerge as a Pro Bowl player until the arrival of Peyton Manning. He also

credited Gase, for teaching him the finer points of the position and said to this day he is
,womens Tyron Smith Jersey, his receivers coach in 2014

“like family.”

” Thomas said. “I didn’t run many routes. I was a little banged up. But he was able to
,Authentic Cole Beasley Jersey,“I was coming out of college raw

help me adapt.”

From 2012 through ‘16, Thomas averaged 1,womens Travis Frederick Jersey,Authentic Emmitt Smith Jersey, 98.4 catches and 9.2 touchdowns and made the Pro Bowl annually. He’s in
,Authentic Ezekiel Elliott Jersey,374 yards

000-yard season this year.,range of his sixth consecutive 1

Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas knows Dolphins coach Adam Gase as well as any player in the league. He still refers to

” and will be ecstatic to see him prior to Sunday’s game at Hard Rock Stadium.,Authentic Dez Bryant Jersey,him as “Goose

Both have fallen on hard times since their run in Denver ended in 2014. Thomas’ Broncos are 3-8,
, having lost seven in a row

and Miami (4-7) comes in on a five-game losing streak. Thomas knows it’s been stressful year for his buddy.

“For sure, playing good ball and came off last year 10 wins his first year there—he’s so
,” he said. “They was 4-2

disappointed now. It’s a frustration level for everybody. And as a head coach,
, if you ain’t successful in this league

you never know what’s going to happen. I’m sure he’s just trying to finish out strong.”,(expletive)

where they went 50-30 and made it to the Super Bowl in
,Thomas and Gase didn’t experience a ton of misery together in Denver

then beat Carolina for the title the following season). They did have a rough
,2014 (the Broncos lost to Seattle that year

start, going 4-12 in Thomas’ rookie year., though

“The one thing I always mess with him about, because I know him like a book,
, is when some (expletive) isn’t going his way

he’s gonna be made like everybody else,” Thomas said. “I felt like I was the only
, but he’ll be made in a different way

one that could put a smile on his face when he was in those moods.”

and Denver improved to 8-8 the following year with Tim Tebow,Kyle Orton was the quarterback that season,Authentic Tyron Smith Jersey,womens Zack Martin Jersey, but neither was a

particularly great passing offense. Thomas didn’t emerge as a Pro Bowl player until the arrival of Peyton Manning. He also

his receivers coach in 2014,credited Gase,Authentic Zack Martin Jersey,womens Cole Beasley Jersey,Authentic Travis Frederick Jersey,womens Sean Lee Jersey, for teaching him the finer points of the position and said to this day he is

“like family.”

“I was coming out of college raw,” Thomas said. “I didn’t run many routes. I was a little banged up. But he was able to

help me adapt.”

374 yards,Authentic Sean Lee Jersey,womens Emmitt Smith Jersey,womens Dez Bryant Jersey,womens Ezekiel Elliott Jersey, Thomas averaged 1,From 2012 through ‘16, 98.4 catches and 9.2 touchdowns and made the Pro Bowl an

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Broncos nominate Chris Harris Jr. for 2017 Walter Payton NFL Man

The Denver Broncos have selected cornerback Chris Harris Jr. as their 2017 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year nominee, it was announced at a team meeting on Thursday. The prestigious award, presented by Nationwide, recognizes a player for their outstanding leadership both on the field and in the community.

The 2017 winner will be announced in Minneapolis at NFL Honors, a two-hour prime-time awards special to air nationally on Saturday, Feb. 3, the night before Super Bowl LII, from 6-8 p.m. MST on NBC.

” Executive Vice President of Public & Community Relations Patrick Smyth said. “We’re incredibly honored to have Chris Harris Jr. represent the Broncos as our Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year for his consistent and wide-ranging dedication to bettering the lives of others.,“The Broncos are proud of the positive impact our players have working with our community development team as well as advancing their own personal causes

and we’re grateful for the investment that Chris and his teammates make as leaders in our community.”,“Giving back has always been very important to Pat Bowlen

A three-time Pro Bowler (2014-16) and two-time Associated Press All-Pro (First-Team, 2016; Second-Team,Authentic DeAndre Hopkins Jersey, 2015), Harris Jr. has been a leader in the Denver community since joining the team as an undrafted free agent in 2011.

Harris Jr. and his wife,womens Jadeveon Clowney Jersey, started the Chris Harris Jr. Foundation in 2012 to provide underprivileged youth with unique opportunities so they can more adequately achieve their goals., Leah

Harris Jr.,Authentic Duane Brow Jersey, who received one Division I scholarship offer and was undrafted, supports ‘underdogs’ throughout Colorado in addition to his hometown of Tulsa,womens Whitney Mercilus Jersey, teaching young athletes football fundamentals and lessons in leadership.,womens Ryan Kelly Jersey, Harris Jr. holds his Underdog Academy Football & Cheer Camp in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Each summer

Through his foundation,Authentic Ryan Kelly Jersey,womens Le'Raven Clark Jersey, Harris Jr. has established partnerships with notable national and local organizations, including the Denver Children’s Home (DCH),Authentic Le'Raven Clark Jersey, which helps kids who have survived trauma, neglect and abuse confront serious mental health challenges. The Chris Harris Jr. Foundation has positively impacted hundreds of kids and families through various programs and events supporting DCH.

Dating back to 2014, Harris Jr. has worked with children from DCH and Salvation Army with a holiday shopping spree at his “Shop with a Jock” event. This year, he deepened his support for DCH with the inaugural “Coats for a Cause” drive, which collected 350 coats and raised nearly $6,000.

Since 2013, Harris Jr. has supported various statewide and nationwide initiatives to speak out against domestic violence, including the National Domestic Violence Hotline’s “How I See DV” campaign and the NFL’s NO MORE movement. This season, multi-year relationship violence prevention campaign spearheaded by the Colorado Attorney General that goes beyond public awareness to alter behavior and affect long-term social change., a collaborative, the Broncos tapped Harris Jr. for a statewide PSA in partnership with Stand Up Colorado

Harris Jr. joined Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock in launching Mentor Colorado’s #MentoringFlipped campaign to improve the number of quality mentoring relationships for young people. Harris Jr. was selected because of his commitment to mentoring underdogs and work with Big Brothers Big Sisters over the past four years.,This summer

including his role as the player liaison for the team’s partnership with Denver Rescue Mission. He has received the Broncos Community Ambassador Award in each of the last two seasons for his leadership in team initiatives.,Harris Jr. has also been one of the most consistent advocates of the team’s community platform

In addition to his charitable work,womens DeAndre Hopkins Jersey, the Denver media selected Harris Jr. as the team’s Darrent Williams Good Guy Award winner. He was chosen as the team’s Ed Block Courage Award winner by his teammates in 2014 after coming back from a torn ACL to start every game and earn his first Pro Bowl., Harris Jr.’s professionalism and respect for the game has been recognized on multiple occasions. In 2013

The NFL’s national Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year winner will receive a charitable contribution of $500,womens Duane Brow Jersey,Authentic Jadeveon Clowney Jersey,000 — $250,Authentic Whitney Mercilus Jersey,Authentic Will Fuller V Jersey,000 will be donated in his name to expand Character Playbook across the country.,000 will be donated to the winner’s charity of choice and $250

Two runner-ups will receive $100,womens Will Fuller V Jersey,Authentic T.J. Green Jersey,000. All donations are courtesy of the NFL Foundation,000 to fund Character Playbook in multiple markets and $100,womens T.J. Green Jersey,000 for a charity of his choice. Each team-level winner receives $50, Nationwide and United Way Worldwide.,000 in his name to fund Character Playbook in his team’s market plus $50,000 for the charity of his choice—a total of $100

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CJ Anderson is on the cusp of his first 1

,womens Chidobe Awuzie Jersey,000 yard season

Les Shapiro of the Afternoon drive caught up with CJ Anderson after practice today to talk about his goals for the end of the season. Other than the obvious answers: play hard and helping the team win,womens Xavier Woods Jersey, Anderson admitted that he has some personal milestones he would love to reach.

“Want to definitely hit some milestones that I’ve been having on the wall since I first joined the league and I’m this close. I think it would be rewarding for myself and the fellas up front who are putting it together.”

Anderson also mentioned that he’ll have to do something special for the offensive line if he reaches his milestone. Shapiro asked if he’d be willing to share his goal and CJ said he would like to end the year “well over 1,womens Dak Prescott Jersey,000” yards. His initial goal at the beginning of the season was 1500 yards.

which seems very doable. If he continues the pace he was on Thursday evening,Authentic Jason Witten Jersey,CJ is currently sitting at 848 yards on the season, putting the 1, CJ would need to average 71 yards in those two games,000 yard mark clearly within reach. With 142 yards to go over two games, 1100 yards may not be out of the question.

Shapiro and Goodman made a good point after the interview that if CJ had received a decent number of carries throughout the season, there’s a good chance he could have made a run at that mark.

Denver is 5-0 in those games where CJ received 20 or more carries., there were six games where he received 10 carries or less. On a semi-related note,Anderson has only five games this year with 20+ carries. Additionally

it speaks to what can happen when the offense is in a position to run the ball consistently (e.g. not turning it over or getting down quickly).,Thursday against the Colts, when given 30 carries, he put up 158 rushing yards. While that was clearly not a standard performance

Lastly,womens Taco Charlton Jersey,womens Jourdan Lewis Jersey, Anderson also admitted that finishing a full 16-game season (something he has never done in his career) was important to him.

Here’s to hoping CJ can get both of those goals over the next two games as he looks to build on his massive outing on Thursday night.

Check out the full conversation with CJ starting at the 22:30 mark.

“Want to definitely hit some milestones that I’ve been having on the wall since I first joined the league and I’m this close. I think it would be rewarding for myself and the fellas up front who are putting it together.”

Anderson also mentioned that he’ll have to do something special for the offensive line if he reaches his milestone. Shapiro asked if he’d be willing to share his goal and CJ said he would like to end the year “well over 1,000” yards. His initial goal at the beginning of the season was 1500 yards.

which seems very doable. If he continues the pace he was on Thursday evening,womens Ryan Switzer Jersey,womens Nolan Carroll Jersey,CJ is currently sitting at 848 yards on the season,womens Jason Witten Jersey,Authentic Dak Prescott Jersey, putting the 1, CJ would need to average 71 yards in those two games,000 yard mark clearly within reach. With 142 yards to go over two games, 1100 yards may not be out of the question.

Shapiro and Goodman made a good point after the interview that if CJ had received a decent number of carries throughout the season, there’s a good chance he could have made a run at that mark.

Denver is 5-0 in those games where CJ received 20 or more carries., there were six games where he received 10 carries or less. On a semi-related note,Anderson has only five games this year with 20+ carries. Additionally

it speaks to what can happen when the offense is in a position to run the ball consistently (e.g. not turning it over or getting down quickly).,Thursday against the Colts, when given 30 carries, he put up 158 rushing yards. While that was clearly not a standard performance

Lastly,Authentic Taco Charlton Jersey,Authentic Chidobe Awuzie Jersey,Authentic Jourdan Lewis Jersey,Authentic Ryan Switzer Jersey,Authentic Xavier Woods Jersey,Authentic Nolan Carroll Jersey, Anderson also admitted that finishing a full 16-game season (something he has never done in his career) was important to him.

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Connor McGovern to get extended look

but as with any injury,The Denver Broncos held out hope that right guard Ron Leary’s back injury would not keep him out for too long, you can never be too careful.

and the fact that he’s a key piece of the team’s rebuilding process and probably the best player on offense,Because of the nature of Leary’s injury, the Broncos are shutting him down for the season.

backup Connor McGovern will get a shot to prove he can be a piece of the team’s future as well,Authentic Dan Fouts Jersey,With Leary being placed on injured reserve, though we may be getting a look at him at a position he won’t play next season.

McGovern was the team’s center all offseason long while Matt Paradis recovered from hip surgeries,womens Philip Rivers Jersey, and that could be where he’s destined to play starting next season with Paradis set to hit restricted free agency again.

so it’s possible that McGovern is also auditioning for a starting spot at left guard,Authentic Melvin Ingram Jersey,The Broncos may be hesitant to give up on Paradis at the price of a restricted free agent tender, where Max Garcia has been inconsistent this season.

McGovern has drawn a couple of very tough matchups in his first two starts this season. His first start of the year came against the Miami Dolphins where he faced off against Ndamukong Suh. His second start came this past weekend against the Jets where he faced off against Muhammad Wilkerson.

As strong and athletic as McGovern is,womens Tyler Higbee Jersey, he struggled at times in this game with power.

and that’s exactly what he’s about to get. The Broncos need to see McGovern start moving some people around in the running game more,Authentic Rob Havenstein Jersey,Watching the film back,womens Jamon Brown Jersey, it’s clear that McGovern is a capable player at this level given some time, however, and utilizing his athleticism to stay in front of interior rushers.

Leary was the Broncos’ highest-priced offseason addition, and he proved exactly why this year prior to being placed on injured reserve.

He was phenomenal both in pass protection and in the run game, and solidified a position of weakness for the Broncos going into 2017.

and the fact that he’s a key piece of the team’s rebuilding process and probably the best player on offense,Because of the nature of Leary’s injury, the Broncos are shutting him down for the season.

backup Connor McGovern will get a shot to prove he can be a piece of the team’s future as well,womens Dan Fouts Jersey,With Leary being placed on injured reserve,Authentic Philip Rivers Jersey,Authentic Melvin Gordon Jersey, though we may be getting a look at him at a position he won’t play next season.

McGovern was the team’s center all offseason long while Matt Paradis recovered from hip surgeries,womens Melvin Gordon Jersey,womens Melvin Ingram Jersey, and that could be where he’s destined to play starting next season with Paradis set to hit restricted free agency again.

so it’s possible that McGovern is also auditioning for a starting spot at left guard,Authentic Tyler Higbee Jersey,Authentic Pharoh Cooper Jersey,The Broncos may be hesitant to give up on Paradis at the price of a restricted free agent tender,womens Pharoh Cooper Jersey,womens Rob Havenstein Jersey, where Max Garcia has been inconsistent this season.

McGovern has drawn a couple of very tough matchups in his first two starts this season. His first start of the year came against the Miami Dolphins where he faced off against Ndamukong Suh. His second start came this past weekend against the Jets where he faced off against Muhammad Wilkerson.

As strong and athletic as McGovern is, he struggled at times in this game with power.

Watching the film back,Authentic Jamon Brown Jersey, however, it’s clear that McGovern is a capable player at this level given some time, and that’s exactly what he’s about to get. The Broncos need to see McGovern start moving some people around in the running game more, and utilizing his athleticism to stay in front of interior rushers.

Leary was the Broncos’ highest-priced offseason addition, and he proved exactly why this year prior to being placed on injured reserve.

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Shelby Harris took a long road to reach Broncos roster.

Shelby Harris sat at his locker Monday wearing a bright red T-shirt with the image of an oversized cardinal on the front,womens Raekwon McMillan Jersey, the Illinois State Redbirds., a proper homage to his alma mater

Harris, a fourth-year defensive end in his first season with the Broncos, wore the shirt with pride. After all, Illinois State had opened its season over the weekend by walloping Butler 45-0.

But perhaps more than that score, the star of Denver’s preseason, had to come in order to earn an important role on a reconfigured Broncos defensive line. It’s a unit, the shirt was a reminder of how far Harris, featuring three new faces, that will play a key role in Denver’s efforts to improve a run defense that ranked 28th in the NFL last season.

It’s also a group that will be heavily tested Monday night against Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon,womens Dan Marino Jersey, who finished just 3 yards shy of the 1,womens Jay Ajayi Jersey,000-yard mark in 13 games last season,Authentic Ryan Tannehill Jersey, his second in the league.

“Melvin is a great running back,Authentic Kenny Stills Jersey, but it’s a great test for us.”,womens Julius Thomas Jersey,” Broncos nose tackle Domata Peko said. “First-round pick; he’s been having a couple good years. He’s a very explosive back. We have to make sure we maintain our gap leverage and keep our gaps and stop the run. We should be fine

With defensive end Zach Kerr sidelined with a bruised knee (his status for Monday’s game is uncertain) and the starters at the position,womens Charles Harris Jersey, Derek Wolfe and Jared Crick, returning to practice for the first time in more than three weeks Monday, Harris figures to be relied upon to rotate along the defensive line and help slow Gordon as the Broncos open their season on the grand stage of “Monday Night Football.”

It’s a big jump from where Harris was 4? years ago, when he was kicked off the team at Illinois State before his senior season. He had been an all-conference performer after recording seven sacks as a junior, but he ran afoul of the program’s rules and was booted for conduct detrimental to the team. His college football career was over. He was at a crossroads. If he wanted to prove he belonged in the NFL, Harris would have to push himself there.

“It was making sure you’re not going to go backward in your life,” said Spence Nowinsky, the defensive coordinator at Illinois State who has remained close with Harris. “That this a bump. It’s not a mountain. I told him: ‘You’ll get over this, and you’ll get through this. This is not just this moment. These are the moments for the rest of your life.’ That was the mind-set.”

Harris spent his year away from football working a part-time job at a restaurant and training during most other hours. He impressed the Raiders enough for Oakland to use its seventh-round pick in 2014 on the defensive lineman who showed impressive natural instincts despite some rust during the predraft process.

Harris played in eight games for the Raiders over two seasons,Authentic Dan Marino Jersey,Authentic Jarvis Landry Jersey, before he was released by the team in May 2016. That led to another season away from game action. Harris was with the New York Jets in training camp but was waived ahead of last season. He was signed by the Dallas Cowboys to their practice squad in December but never made it to the active roster.,womens Jarvis Landry Jersey, bouncing between the active roster and the practice squad

The Broncos offered another chance. Harris signed a futures contract with the team in January and made some noise during organized team activities.

But it was the injuries of training camp that truly opened the door: Defensive lineman Billy Winn was lost for the season with a torn ACL in the preseason opener,Authentic Jay Ajayi Jersey,womens Ryan Tannehill Jersey,womens Kenny Stills Jersey, Wolfe and Crick went down the following week and Kerr hurt his knee the next week. With extended playing time in Broncos’ second and third preseason games,Authentic Julius Thomas Jersey,Authentic Charles Harris Jersey,Authentic Raekwon McMillan Jersey, all Harris did was combine for a deflected pass, two fumble recoveries and three sacks.

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Latest loss shows Broncos' wish list goes way beyond quarterback

The Denver Broncos learned another lesson Sunday in a troubled season that seems to have included one painful learning point after another.

After the 27-11 loss to the Washington Redskins,womens Yannick Ngakoue Jersey, the Broncos left FedEx Field with real confirmation that they're kidding themselves if they think a new quarterback will fix all their problems., a team almost as flawed as the Broncos in many ways

Set to face Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins -- a potential free-agency prize if Washington lets him into the open market -- much of the discussion this season has been about the Broncos' travails at the position and whether a veteran such as Cousins, is what they need.,Authentic Andrew Luck Jersey, or a high-prized rookie

There is no question,womens T.Y. Hilton Jersey, that the team's quarterback plan will dominate the offseason work. But Sunday's loss offered proof the Broncos (5-10) can't stop there.,womens Vontae Davis Jersey, even as president of football operations/general manager John Elway started his early draft work this past week by attending Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen's bowl game in Boise

they essentially pulled the chute on what this team does best Sunday after finding trouble. A game they had dominated by pounding the ball in the run game in the opening quarter got away from them when they let a couple second-quarter turnovers change their approach.,womens Myles Jack Jersey,They need to decide what they want to be on offense. As they have at times this season

The Broncos went from 12 carries in a first quarter in which they controlled the tempo -- they outgained Washington 86 yards to 14 and held the ball for 10 minutes and 58 seconds -- to far less enthusiasm about running the ball after an interception and a fumble by Brock Osweiler.

By the end of the third quarter they had added only 12 carries to their first-quarter total and had fallen behind by 10 points. That's happened over and over again in a season where they're 5-0 when they run the ball more than they throw it and 0-10 when the scale tips the other way.

especially when Ryan Kerrigan was across from him.,That transitions rather smoothly to the Broncos' difficulties in pass protection. Right tackle Donald Stephenson had a particularly difficult day Sunday

A new quarterback won't do much good if the Broncos can't give the guy a cleaner pocket when they do want to throw. Consider: Osweiler's fumble and interception in the second quarter were each byproducts of breakdowns up front.

Rookie left tackle Garett Bolles will need to make a big jump in both play as well as on-field maturity next season. The Broncos need far more depth and need to decide if Menelik Watson, is the plan at right tackle (he's never started more than 12 games in any of his five seasons)., currently on injured reserve

And the notion that the defense is just fine was left in the vapor trail of a wide-open Josh Doctson on a 48-yard,womens Andrew Luck Jersey, walk-in-the-park touchdown catch early in the fourth quarter. Whether it's plan,Authentic T.Y. Hilton Jersey,Authentic Vontae Davis Jersey, the Broncos might have had more high-profile breakdowns in coverage this season than in the previous two years combined.,Authentic Myles Jack Jersey,Authentic Yannick Ngakoue Jersey,Authentic Brandon Allen Jersey, personnel or not enough teaching moments

and the Broncos still couldn't get Von Miller free enough to make a difference.,womens Brandon Allen Jersey,Cousins came into Sunday's game as one of the most-sacked quarterbacks in the league (38)

That's how they'll leave this season after next weekend's finale.

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The Dolphins need to learn these lessons from this disappointing

As Irish statesman Edmund Burke once said, Mike Tannenbaum and Chris Grier) learn these eight lessons from this almost-over disappointing season and will adjust accordingly:, “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” Dolphins fans must hope the team’s trio of decision-makers (Adam Gase

your front seven talent.,? Don’t overestimate what you believe is your greatest strength – in this case

the Kiko Alonso who played well during that 2016 stretch and the Lawrence Timmons who was once a very good player for Pittsburgh. They got none of the three. They also curiously counted on Koa Misi being healthy for a change (he wasn’t).,The Dolphins thought they were getting the Andre Branch who injected energy during last season’s win streak

per Pro Football Focus); and Timmons,Branch reverted to being an ordinary defensive end (21 tackles and four sacks in 13 games); Alonso was victimized all year against tight ends (he has allowed 779 yards in pass coverage, worst in the league by an astounding margin of 179 yards over the second worst,womens Ryan Schraeder Jersey, looked like the declining player that the Steelers saw when they parted ways with him., by late October

with middle linebacker Raekwon McMillan missing the season with a knee injury.,Authentic Matt Bosher Jersey,The Dolphins also had some bad luck

this front seven still clearly needs upgrading.,Lesson learned here: With Miami producing the third-fewest sacks (26) and tied for last in pressures-per-pass-play

If Miami doesn’t add at least one quality starting linebacker and another rotational end,womens Matt Bosher Jersey, with Cam Wake getting older and eventually probably better suited to a pass-rush specialist role.,womens Kyle Williams Jersey, they can expect the same problems next season – perhaps even more so

? When you decide to pay a pittance for guards, which the past several Dolphins regimes haven’t been.,Authentic Richie Incognito Jersey, you often can expect mediocre results – unless you’re really good at drafting them

The Dolphins decided early last season that they were done spending big money at guard.

But by trying to patch together a group of guards being paid less than $6 million combined (Ted Larsen, Jesse Davis,womens Marcell Dareus Jersey, Jermon Bushrod, Isaac Asiata), Anthony Steen, the Dolphins ended up with what they paid for – largely uninspired play.

Steen 66th,Among 79 qualifying guards, Davis 68th and Larsen 69th. No other team has all their guards rated so low., Pro Football Focus ranks Bushrod 65th

I understand why Miami didn’t want to spend big money on Kevin Zeitler (five years, Larry Warford (four years, $60 million from Cleveland), T.J. Lang (three years, $36 million from Denver). But some of them would have helped; PFF rates Leary 10th (he’s out now with back injury), $28 million from Detroit), $24 million from Saints) and Ronald Leary (four years, Zeitler 11th and Lang 14th.

Asiata was just the latest example of this franchise’s inability to find quality,Perhaps this would have worked out differently if Larsen hadn’t missed the first half of the season with a bicep injury or if the Dolphins had hit on Asiata, NFL-ready guards in the draft over the past decade., who hasn’t played a snap. Instead

? Don’t use a modest sample size of success to necessarily judge players who have had uneven careers.

The Dolphins gave three years and $24 million to Branch based on a strong final two months,Authentic Ryan Schraeder Jersey,Authentic Ricardo Allen Jersey, where he started just 12 of 51 games., even though he had more than four sacks only once in four years in Jacksonville

using a tender – and then making an evaluation after the 2017 season. Alonso was very good as a rookie for Buffalo in 2013 and productive last year but missed 2014 with an injury and was merely average for Philadelphia in 2015.,Authentic Matt Bryant Jersey,womens Ricardo Allen Jersey,Miami gave four years and $29 million to Alonso – instead of signing him for one year

? Pro Football Focus isn’t always right. But it isn’t always wrong either.

The Dolphins have been dismissive of PFF evaluations,womens Matt Bryant Jersey, the Dolphins put no weight in low grades last year for free agents Timmons and Nate Allen.,womens Tyrod Taylor Jersey, claiming that Bushrod was much better than PFF suggested last year. Though a bunch of other teams pay hundreds of dollars annually for PFF data

Allen a middling safety and Bushrod (at this point in his career) a subpar guard.,Seems as though PFF was right on all three. Timmons proved to be a declining linebacker

no team should base its evaluation primarily – or anything close to that - off a metric site. But metric site evaluation of players should at least be mentioned as part of a broad evaluation of potential acquisitions.,Authentic Tyrod Taylor Jersey,Authentic Marcell Dareus Jersey,Obviously

or players coming off a bad year (Jay Cutler,? Be careful with signing players with lots of tread on the tires (Timmons),womens Richie Incognito Jersey, Julius Thomas)., a history of injuries (Misi/the Dolphins restructured his 2017 contract instead of merely cutting him and moving on)

? Don’t gloss over behavioral issues or undisciplined play such as a penchant for penalties (Miami is second in the league) and expect they will get fixed.

which is partly coaching.,Authentic Kyle Williams Jersey,It was stunning when Gase said after the Baltimore game that some of his players don’t study their playbooks enough and it had been a problem for a year and a half. Shouldn’t this have been addressed sooner? And Gase and his staff were unable to fix the penalty problem

On a much more serious level, who was snorting a white substance from his desk., it was surprising when the Dolphins insisted they had seen no red flags from offensive line coach Chris Foerster

The Dolphins cannnot babysit their coaches or players, until a Las Vegas woman leaked his damaging video. So we won’t blame the Dolphins on this., and perhaps Foerster simply did a great job of hiding his problem

shouldn’t the Dolphins have a sharper sense of player/employee shortcomings - issues as simple as lack of studying or more serious problems - and do something about it sooner?,But in general

? This one is specifically for Gase: Your confidence, is admirable. You proved last year you have great potential as an NFL head coach., even cockiness

neither of whom produced at the levels the team expected.,But don’t assume you can fix players because you’ve worked with them before. That was the assumption made with Cutler and Thomas

Gase can help maximize the production of some players – such as Ryan Tannehill last year and Tim Tebow a few years ago – but he’s not a magician. Few, coaches are., if any

Here’s Armando Salguero’s interesting piece tonight on something else Gase must learn.

? Don’t let good free agents leave your building without a contract if you can help it.

Miami failed to sign defensive end Jabaal Sheard and linebacker Zach Brown, who were signed before the Sheard/Brown visits., and both have been clearly better players this year than Branch or Timmons

including recruiting news and other stuff.,Here’s my six-pack of Tuesday UM nuggets

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Jamaal Charles wants Broncos to release him

Jamaal Charles wants Broncos to release him

Denver Broncos running back Jamaal Charles said Tuesday he would like the team to release him so he could have a chance to catch on with a playoff team. His role has not been what he expected,With his carries having evaporated in recent weeks, he said.

"I ain't playing. Might as well," Charles told The Denver Post. "No reason for me to just sit around and look at people play."

Charles signed a one-year deal in May with a $900,000 base salary that could have been worth up to $3.75 million overall if he had hit all of the bonuses available in the contract. But the progression of this troubled season for the Broncos' offense has not given him much playing time recently.

he did not have a carry in wins over the New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts,In the past three games, and he was a healthy game-day inactive Sunday against the Washington Redskins.

coach Vance Joseph said,Asked Tuesday whether the Broncos would release Charles to give him a chance to be signed by a playoff team,Authentic Micah Hyde Jersey, "That has not been a thought for us.''

Charles turns 31 on Wednesday.

'' he told reporters. "I want to see because I feel like I never got a chance to show people that I can carry the load,Authentic Stephen Hauschka Jersey,"I want to play, so I still want to [show] that I can carry a team. I want an opportunity. That's all I want.

I look around and see the Patriots share the running backs and New Orleans. You know what I'm saying? I just never got an opportunity. Just like,womens Jordan Poyer Jersey,"I thought we were all going to get a chance to share the ball ... like, put me in."

nine and nine carries respectively in the Broncos' first three games,Authentic Jordan Matthews Jersey, but when running back Devontae Booker returned in Week 4 from a fractured wrist that was repaired in training camp,Charles had 10 carries in the season opener -- a win over the Los Angeles Chargers -- but has not reached that total since then. He had 10,womens Jordan Mills Jersey, Charles' playing time never returned to that early-season level.

the team put rookie De'Angelo Henderson into the mix this past Sunday against the Redskins, when Henderson played on special teams and sparingly on offense. The Broncos are expected to have Henderson in the lineup again Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs,Authentic Charles Clay Jersey,And with the Broncos (5-10) having missed the playoffs, Charles' former team.

Overall Charles has had just seven carries in the past six games combined. Charles has 425 yards from scrimmage this season -- 296 yards rushing to go with 129 yards receiving.

as expected, he would not have a final chance to earn a $100, 1,000 bonus for 500 yards from scrimmage for the season. Charles has incentives built into his contract that would have paid him bonuses for 500, 750,000,If he is a game-day inactive again Sunday against the Chiefs, 1,200 and 1,400 yards from scrimmage.

The bonus for 1,womens Micah Hyde Jersey,womens Stephen Hauschka Jersey,400 yards from scrimmage would have been $1 million.

Charles signed a one-year deal in May with a $900,Authentic Jordan Poyer Jersey,Authentic E.J. Gaines Jersey,000 base salary that could have been worth up to $3.75 million overall if he had hit all of the bonuses available in the contract. But the progression of this troubled season for the Broncos' offense has not given him much playing time recently.

he did not have a carry in wins over the New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts,In the past three games,womens E.J. Gaines Jersey,Authentic Jordan Mills Jersey, and he was a healthy game-day inactive Sunday against the Washington Redskins.

coach Vance Joseph said,Asked Tuesday whether the Broncos would release Charles to give him a chance to be signed by a playoff team,Authentic Leonard Johnson Jersey,womens Jordan Matthews Jersey, "That has not been a thought for us.''

Charles turns 31 on Wednesday.

'' he told reporters. "I want to see because I feel like I never got a chance to show people that I can carry the load,womens Leonard Johnson Jersey,womens Charles Clay Jersey,"I want to play, so I still want to [show] that I can carry a team. I want an opportunity. That's all I want.

I look around and see the Patriots share the running backs and New Orleans. You know what I'm saying? I just never got an opportunity. Just like,"I thought we were all going to get a chance to share the ball ... like, put me in."

nine and nine carries respectively in the Broncos' first three games, but when running back Devontae Booker returned in Week 4 from a fractured wrist that was repaired in training camp,Charles had 10 carries in the season opener -- a win over the Los Angeles Chargers -- but has not reached that total since then. He had 10, Charles' playing time never returned to that early-season level.

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Trevor Siemian to have surgery on left shoulder for 2nd straight

For the second consecutive season,Authentic Carlos Dunlap Jersey, Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian will have surgery on his left shoulder.

Siemian underwent an evaluation Tuesday in Los Angeles and will have surgery Wednesday to repair the damage from a dislocation suffered Dec. 14 against the Indianapolis Colts. Siemian was sacked by linebacker Barkevious Mingo and landed hard on his non-throwing shoulder.

Siemian left that game and did not play again after being placed on injured reserve.

Siemian will likely miss the conditioning portion of the Broncos' offseason program. However,With a recovery period of eight to 12 weeks, he's expected to be ready to participate in OTAs and minicamps.

Siemian also had surgery on his left shoulder following the 2016 season after playing for most of the season with an AC joint sprain.

Siemian said his shoulder was "a little sore" as players went through their exit physicals Monday.

come back to work and get better.'',"Sleeping is kind of tough, but it's all right," he said. "... I have to get this shoulder taken care of. I'll do that and then, just like everybody else

Siemian said this latest surgery is unrelated to his surgery last year.

The seventh-round pick in the 2015 draft has one year remaining on his original rookie contract.

"I haven't thought that far ahead to be honest with you," Siemian said when asked if he expected to be part of the Broncos' plans in 2018. "As far as I know, I'm under contract another year. Excited to be back here. I have a lot of great teammates and coaches here. It's a good group to be a part of."

Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch all started games for the team.,Authentic Pat O'Donnell Jersey,Siemian has won back-to-back training camp battles for the starting job and started 10 games this season. However,Authentic Kyle Long Jersey, the Broncos' offense struggled mightily at times,womens Willie Young Jersey, especially with turnovers,womens Geno Atkins Jersey, as Siemian

285 yards passing with 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He was sacked 33 times and finished with a 73.3 passer rating.,Siemian finished with 2

Broncos president of football operations and general manager John Elway has promised an overhaul at the position. So,Authentic Tyler Eifert Jersey,Authentic Dre Kirkpatrick Jersey, Lynch and Chad Kelly, while Siemian, a rookie who spent this season on injured reserve, are all under contract, the Broncos are expected to take a long look at quarterbacks in both free agency and the draft.

Siemian left that game and did not play again after being placed on injured reserve.

With a recovery period of eight to 12 weeks, Siemian will likely miss the conditioning portion of the Broncos' offseason program. However, he's expected to be ready to participate in OTAs and minicamps.

Siemian also had surgery on his left shoulder following the 2016 season after playing for most of the season with an AC joint sprain.

Siemian said his shoulder was "a little sore" as players went through their exit physicals Monday.

come back to work and get better.'',"Sleeping is kind of tough, but it's all right,womens Pat O'Donnell Jersey,womens Kyle Long Jersey," he said. "... I have to get this shoulder taken care of. I'll do that and then,Authentic Willie Young Jersey,Authentic Geno Atkins Jersey,Authentic Jeremy Hill Jersey, just like everybody else

Siemian said this latest surgery is unrelated to his surgery last year.

The seventh-round pick in the 2015 draft has one year remaining on his original rookie contract.

"I haven't thought that far ahead to be honest with you," Siemian said when asked if he expected to be part of the Broncos' plans in 2018. "As far as I know,womens Jeremy Hill Jersey,womens Tyler Eifert Jersey,womens Carlos Dunlap Jersey,womens Dre Kirkpatrick Jersey, I'm under contract another year. Excited to be back here. I have a lot of great teammates and coaches here. It's a good group to be a part of."

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Why Jets didn’t use timeout, let Broncos wind clock down before

The Jets were never truly in Sunday’s embarrassing shutout loss to the Broncos, so it’s hard to pinpoint specific plays or sequences that led to their downfall. They were outclassed from start to finish against the team that hadn’t won since Oct. 1.

the Jets stopped the Broncos on third down, as Brandon McManus drained a 53-yarder to extend the lead to 13-0., forcing Denver to kick a field goal. Instead of calling one of his three timeouts, one perplexing decision from Todd Bowles required explanation. With 1:10 remaining in the first half,Still,Authentic Alec Ogletree Jersey, though,Authentic Trumaine Johnson Jersey, Bowles let the Broncos wind the clock all the way down to 32 seconds

The Jets got the ball back on the ensuing kickoff. Bowles had McCown take a knee to end the half. Why not take the timeout before McManus’ kick and give the offense around a minute to drive into field-goal range?

we needed to go in and regroup,womens Greg Zuerlein Jersey,“At the rate we were playing,” Bowles said Monday on a conference call.

Granted,Authentic Rodger Saffold Jersey, the Jets were receiving the ball to start the second half. But the Patriots have proven time and again the benefit of scoring at the end of the half before getting the ball back after the break.

Bowles said McCown was “pretty banged up right there” at the end of the half, which influenced his decision. McCown was dealing with a left hip pointer after sustaining a crushing hit at the end of a scramble in the second quarter. McCown then broke his left hand in the third quarter. Bowles announced Monday that McCown will need surgery and miss the remainder of the season.

After Sunday’s defeat,womens Jay Cutler Jersey, the Jets are now 1-5 on the road this season. Of primary concern is the offense’s performance. Away from MetLife Stadium, John Morton’s unit all but disappears. The Jets are averaging just 14.5 points per game on the road this season,Authentic Matt Haack Jersey, compared to nearly 26 points at home.

The offensive line has been particularly poor in road contests. Center Wesley Johnson is searching for answers to remedy the inconsistency.

“I’m not sure,” Johnson said on a conference call Monday when asked about the road woes. “We got to figure that out. We’re obviously going down to New Orleans this weekend. That will be a big away game, as well. So we’ll see. We’ll just try and bring energy.”

Bowles said Monday he, his staff and the front office are still deciding what do with wide receiver Jeremy Kerley, who is eligible to return from his four-game PED suspension this week.

“He can technically be invited back this week,” Bowles said. “There’s still things we have to talk about, though.”

the Jets were receiving the ball to start the second half. But the Patriots have proven time and again the benefit of scoring at the end of the half before getting the ball back after the break.,womens Alec Ogletree Jersey,womens Trumaine Johnson Jersey,Granted

which influenced his decision. McCown was dealing with a left hip pointer after sustaining a crushing hit at the end of a scramble in the second quarter. McCown then broke his left hand in the third quarter. Bowles announced Monday that McCown will need surgery and miss the remainder of the season.,Authentic Greg Zuerlein Jersey,Authentic Johnny Hekker Jersey,Bowles said McCown was “pretty banged up right there” at the end of the half

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The offensive line has been particularly poor in road contests. Center Wesley Johnson is searching for answers to remedy the inconsistency.

“I’m not sure,womens Cody Parkey Jersey,womens Matt Haack Jersey,” Johnson said on a conference call Monday when asked about the road woes. “We got to figure that out. We’re obviously going down to New Orleans this weekend. That will be a big away game, as well. So we’ll see. We’ll just try and bring energy.”

Bowles said Monday he, his staff and the front office are still deciding what do with wide receiver Jeremy Kerley, who is eligible to return from his four-game PED suspension this week.

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Broncos declare Paxton Lynch the starter for finale

The Denver Broncos will start Paxton Lynch in their season finale against the Kansas City Chiefs – providing he can play on his sprained left ankle that’s sidelined him for more than a month.

”He wasn’t quite ready last week. Hopefully,” coach Vance Joseph said Tuesday. ”That’s the plan to start Paxton this week.”, he’s ready to go this week

Joseph insisted the top priority for the Broncos (5-10) is to beat the Chiefs (9-6), who won the AFC West crown for the second straight season and could treat Sunday’s game in Denver like a playoff bye.

”Not saying if he’s playing we can’t win, so we expect to win.”,Authentic C. J. Fiedorowicz Jersey,” Joseph said. ”He’s going to be our quarterback

Joseph said it doesn’t matter if Lynch is facing backups,Authentic Kareem Jackson Jersey, he still wants to get another look at the team’s 2016 first-round draft pick who has only started three NFL games.

”We don’t care about the Chiefs as far as who they play,” Joseph said.

Lynch sprained his left ankle in his only start this season,womens Shane Lechler Jersey, and spent the fourth quarter that day sobbing on the bench while Trevor Siemian engineered two touchdown drives in the Broncos’ 21-14 loss., on Nov. 26 at Oakland

General manager John Elway wanted Lynch to play last week at Washington but he was deemed unready,Authentic Robert Quinn Jersey, so Brock Osweiler got the nod in Denver’s 27-11 loss to the Redskins.

The decision to make yet another change at quarterback was met by seeming indifference in the locker room, where the Broncos have long been playing out a soured season that began with promise but was ruined by an eight-game losing streak.

”That’s the decision they’re going with,Authentic Robert Woods Jersey, so we’re going to be behind that decision as a team and as an offense, I’m looking forward to seeing Paxton get out there and work.”,Authentic Connor Barwin Jersey,” receiver Jordan Taylor said. ”So

At practice last week, ”he looked good. He might have been kind of favoring the ankle, I expect him to be looking a lot crisper this week and a lot more confident in that ankle.”, didn’t know how much he wanted to test it out last week,” Jordan said. ”So

The yearlong QB juggling has kept the offense from finding any rhythm.

”If we fix a couple of things early in the season, Trev might still be the starter. If we fix some things with Brock, I think it’s on everybody.”, he still might be the starter,” receiver Bennie Fowler III said. ”So

Osweiler was so flustered by the Broncos’ poor play against the Redskins that he ranted along the sideline while his offensive teammates sat in seeming indifference to his pleas, a scene that was captured by television cameras and sparked discussions about how disengaged the Broncos appear.

”I was trying to ignite the offense. I felt like we were leaving too much out there, adding the offense’s play was ”embarrassing and unacceptable.”,womens C. J. Fiedorowicz Jersey,womens Kareem Jackson Jersey,” Osweiler explained afterward

Joseph said he had heard about Osweiler’s sideline rant but hadn’t watched it on film.

”He provides a leadership quality that we haven’t had on offense from that position in my opinion,Authentic Shane Lechler Jersey,Authentic Ryan Griffin Jersey, it’s for the good of our football team.,womens Ryan Griffin Jersey,womens Robert Quinn Jersey,” Joseph said. ”If Brock’s doing that

”I’m not surprised it happened and I’m encouraged by it because we need more of that. We need more players pushing players. We need more players helping our young guys become pros. I’m not opposed to that at all, that’s a good thing in my opinion.

”Now,Authentic Sammy Watkins Jersey, but we need guys pushing other players and that’s the quarterback’s role. I’m not opposed to Brock doing that.”, who was listening? I’m not sure. I didn’t see it

But is he opposed to Osweiler’s teammates seemingly ignoring their quarterback?

”I didn’t see it,womens Sammy Watkins Jersey,womens Robert Woods Jersey,” Joseph stressed. ”I don’t know who was engaged and who wasn’t engaged … but I encourage Brock to lead.”

That’s something he’ll have to do from the sideline Sunday apparently.

Lynch has regressed since his dismal rookie season, who soundly beat him out for the starting job again this summer.,womens Connor Barwin Jersey, when he threw for 497 yards with two TDs and one interception in 10 quarters of work behind Siemian

Lynch hurt his left shoulder in the preseason and missed almost three months. In his only action this season, an interception and four sacks against the Raiders., he completed 9 of 14 passes for 41 yards with no TDs

Joseph also said he’d like to see C.J. Anderson gain the 54 yards he needs to become the first Broncos running back since Knowshon Moreno in 2013 to top 1,000 yards rushing.

The Broncos chose to activate rookie De’Angelo Henderson (one run for minus-3 yards) last week, which meant Jamaal Charles was a healthy scratch for the first time this season.

Joseph said the Broncos haven’t considered releasing Charles, who has 296 yards and one touchdown on 69 carries and 129 yards on 23 receptions this season.

Charles said he’s certainly thought about the Broncos releasing him.

”I ain’t playing. Might as well,” he told the Denver Post. ”No reason for me to just sit around and look at people play.”

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NFL rushing champ Kareem Hunt ready for playoff test

Kareem Hunt has been running through challenges all season.

First,womens Jatavis Brown Jersey, there was the challenge of taking over the starting job in Kansas City when veteran running back Spencer Ware, went down with a season-ending injury during a preseason game against Seattle., who was supposed to form a two-headed monster with him

which soared after Hunt ran roughshod over New England in the season opener and kept climbing after a string of incredible performances.,Then there was the challenge of living up to expectations

There was the inevitable challenge of breaking through the rookie wall, putting their once-iron grip on the AFC West in jeopardy with a few games left in the regular season., too. Hunt struggled along with the rest of the Chiefs during a midseason swoon that saw them lose six out of seven

now that Hunt has led the Chiefs to their second straight division title and into a wild-card game on Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium.,The next challenge: The Titans' bruising rush defense

"I always believe in myself. I always think I'm going to make something happen," said Hunt, I had an opportunity to step in and fill a role.", a third-round pick out of Toledo. "When Ware went down

too.,He filled that role in record-setting fashion

Hunt successfully persuaded coach Andy Reid to let him play last week against the Broncos,Authentic Antonio Gates Jersey, so that he could take aim at the league rushing title.,Authentic Keenan Allen Jersey, even though the division had been decided and playoff position set

Hunt only needed one carry to scamper 35 yards for an early touchdown,327 yards in just over 15 games.,Authentic Jahleel Addae Jersey, enough yardage to send him past the Rams' Todd Gurley with 1

Hunt is the second straight rookie to win the rushing title,Authentic Tre Boston Jersey, and the sixth to accomplish the feat in the Super Bowl era., following the Cowboys' Zeke Elliott

The only other Chiefs to lead the league in rushing are Priest Holmes and Christian Okoye.

including a 172-yard performance against the Chargers.,Authentic Spencer Pulley Jersey,All of that seemed possible when Hunt eclipsed 100 yards rushing in four of his first five games

when Hunt was held to 17 yards on 11 carries by Buffalo in another miserable outing.,And none of it seemed possible six weeks later

the rookie wall seemed very real — even if Reid mostly laughed it off.,womens Kenny Wiggins Jersey,At that point

"We look at it right around Game 12, you kind of see where they're at and if they have a bad play you say, dripping with sarcasm., 'Whoop! There's the rookie wall,'" Reid said

"Sometimes I think that gets a little overrated, that 12th game.", but we haven't seen that with him. He's done well and I think we're probably a little hypersensitive to that when you get around the middle of the season

If there was any such wall, putting Hunt in a position to nab the NFL rushing crown in the final game of the regular season., the modest-to-a-fault Hunt eventually broke it down. He ran for at least 90 yards and a touchdown in three consecutive games to clinch the division title

"Talk about explosive player, marveling at Hunt's ability to "go the distance every time" the young running back touches the ball.," said Titans coach Mike Mularkey

Hunt averaged 4.88 yards per carry this season,womens Antonio Gates Jersey,womens Keenan Allen Jersey,womens Jahleel Addae Jersey, and his 35 carries of at least 10 yards trailed only Gurley for most in the league.,Authentic Russell Okung Jersey, second only to the Saints' Mark Ingram

"I just go out there and play football every game, "and really don't look at the big picture. Just go out there and control what I can control and make plays and good things happen.",womens Russell Okung Jersey,womens Tre Boston Jersey,womens Spencer Pulley Jersey," he said

which rolls into Arrowhead Stadium allowing 88.8 yards rushing per game — the best in the AFC and fourth-best in the league.,Hunt faces a big test this weekend in Tennessee

They've only allowed one 100-yard rusher all season. That was Gurley in Week 16.

"We have our chance in the playoffs,Authentic Kenny Wiggins Jersey,Authentic Jatavis Brown Jersey, "and we just have to keep it rolling."," Hunt said

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Denver’s defensive body of work owes much to its brains, Brandon

In Marshall’s first three seasons as the “defensive QB” the Broncos finished third, first and fourth in total defense (yards allowed) respectively. After strong showings against the Jets and Colts,Authentic Joe Schobert Jersey, Denver is back atop that metric heading into Week 16 against Washington.

Marshall’s leadership has grown over the years,womens Ricardo Louis Jersey, taking a big leap during the 2015 Super Bowl campaign.

“Brandon has been a leader throughout the course of the season,womens Britton Colquitt Jersey, but I can say he’s there now. His play and his actions,womens Jamar Taylor Jersey,” former head coach Gary Kubiak said ahead of the playoff run that would end in a Super Bowl 50 victory. “He’s played extremely well—he and [ILB] Danny [Trevathan] inside. I don’t know if Brandon started the season as one of our big leaders on defense,Authentic Christian Kirksey Jersey, the way he handles himself,womens Haloti Ngata Jersey, he’s come a long way.”

That growth was evident early in the season, when Marshall made the following comment about being the on-field play-caller:

“I make the calls. I wish I could call my own number but I can’t do that,” the linebacker said after a 2015 win over the Vikings, referencing a game-sealing strip sack by now-former Broncos safety T.J. Ward.

Deferring to other playmakers on the defense is part of the job when wearing the green dot, but Marshall has had more than his share of opportunities to make big plays over the years.

He led the team in solo tackles (77) in 2015 and ranked second in combined tackles (102). He was first in both categories (91/113) in 2014. An injury last season limited Marshall’s numbers (39/52) in his 11 games (10 starts), but he’s rebounded nicely in 2017 and is again on pace to lead the team in both categories.

In fact,womens Joe Schobert Jersey, Marshall is one of only four NFL players in 2017 with at least 90 combined tackles (he’s currently at 92,Authentic Ricardo Louis Jersey, 65 solo) and three sacks. He’s also on pace to play a career-high snap percentage at 93.1 after dropping to 75.3 percent in 2016.

It’s no surprise that Denver’s defense is back atop the league rankings with Marshall back on the field full-time and fully healthy.

Marshall played a huge role last Sunday in Denver’s dominant performance against the New York Jets,Authentic Britton Colquitt Jersey,Authentic Jamar Taylor Jersey,Authentic Joel Bitonio Jersey, recording a team-high seven tackles (six solo),womens Joel Bitonio Jersey,womens Christian Kirksey Jersey, a sack and a forced fumble. It was the first time in more than 12 years a Broncos team had held an opponent scoreless. They became just the fifth team in the last 17 years to pitch a shutout and hold their opponent to less than 100 yards of total offense.

“This is a special day for the whole team,Authentic Golden Tate III Jersey,” Marshall said postgame. “They said it had been 12 years or something close to that,womens Golden Tate III Jersey, especially for the defense, that is a long time. For us to come out here and give a boost,Authentic Haloti Ngata Jersey, it was great. We were hitting on all cylinders from the first play.”

While Denver’s offense and special teams misfired too often this season during an eight-game losing streak that effectively ended their playoff hopes, Marshall and the defense have been as good as ever. The record might not show a winning season this year, but the body of work on defense is worth paying mind to. Broncos fans can thank Brandon Marshall for much of it.

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Harris, Sanders explain why the Broncos still have plenty left t

The 2016 season was the first in which the Broncos missed the playoffs since 2010, when the team finished 4-12 on the season.

Since that forgotten season, including five straight AFC West championships, the Broncos have had extraordinary success, two Super Bowl appearances and a Super Bowl victory in 2015. But at 4-9, the 2017 version of the Broncos isn’t too far off from that 2010 group.

It’s a question that rarely needs to be answered in Denver: what does a team that won’t make the playoffs have left to play for? After the team’s fourth win on the season, All-Pro cornerback Chris Harris Jr. answered just that to the media: “A lot of guys are playing to stay in the league or stay here. Everybody’s being evaluated at this time right now. You’re trying to put on good tape for next season.”

It’s a straightforward, many players are doing their best to show enough promise to the front office to remain on the Denver Broncos, humbling answer given by Harris. Harris sheds some light to a harsh reality that without playoff aspirations, secure a new contract or prove to other NFL teams that they deserve a roster spot if they’re not retained by the Broncos.

The Broncos currently have 12 unrestricted free agents slated for the 2018 offseason, including starting tight end Virgil Green and starting linebacker Todd Davis.

Aside from the business aspect of playing for future employment,Authentic Daryl Williams Jersey, honestly. That’s my mindset: go out, Pro Bowl receiver Emmanuel Sanders offered a different take on what he has left to play for: “We are just going out and having fun,Authentic Kurt Coleman Jersey, have fun and enjoy football. My whole life I played this game for fun and for the love of it, and I am going to keep that energy and that passion for it.”

While players play for the hope of maintaining a roster position on the Broncos,Authentic Mario Addison Jersey, or for the love of the game, or another NFL team,womens Andrew Norwell Jersey, the Broncos as a whole are also playing for positioning in the offseason. If the team continues to lose games,womens Graham Gano Jersey, their draft selections are improved.

However, after the right offseason acquisitions,Authentic Graham Gano Jersey,Authentic Isaiah Crowell Jersey, can be a competitive force in the AFC. The free-agent quarterback class appears to be one of the more promising in recent history, finishing with a better record could prove to other free agents in the offseason that the Broncos are still a talented team that, led by veterans Drew Brees, Kirk Cousins and Sam Bradford.

Other potential options at quarterback could be Bills’ Tyrod Taylor, or Eli Manning, who has a buyout option at the end of the season, who the Giants appear ready to move on from and can save close to $10 million by releasing him in the offseason.

The Broncos will travel to Indianapolis to face the Colts on Thursday Night Football, a game that could have more significant meaning than two teams trying to get to the offseason.

Of course, who has missed all of 2017 with a shoulder injury. After the Colts traded for quarterback Jacoby Brissett, no one is sure what will happen to Pro Bowl quarterback Andrew Luck, there have been rumors of Luck possibly being traded due to his inability to stay healthy for the Colts.

If the Broncos finish the season 4-12 as they did in 2010, if any, it’s more than likely that few, of these quarterbacks will want to play for a team that finished with one of the worst records in the NFL.

The Broncos, will also be playing for the jobs of their coaches,womens Daryl Williams Jersey, as a team,womens Kurt Coleman Jersey,womens Mario Addison Jersey, and head coach Vance Joseph in particular. Team general manger John Elway has never been shy to make changes to his coaching staff, relieving his previous staff of their duties after the team failed to make the playoffs at 9-7.

It’s been a long season for the Broncos and their fans,Authentic Andrew Norwell Jersey,Authentic Charles Johnson Jersey, there are still three games left to play in the season. Even without a shot at the playoffs, who had such high expectations entering the 2017 season. Many expect numerous changes in the offseason,womens Charles Johnson Jersey,Authentic Joe Thomas Jersey, there is still plenty left to play for, from job security,womens Joe Thomas Jersey,womens Isaiah Crowell Jersey, but before then, to how the team approaches the offseason, and of course — the love of the game.

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Johnathan Joseph desires to continue career with Texans

For seven years with the Texans, veteran cornerback Johnathan Joseph has built a legacy by shadowing opponents' best receivers.

Every Sunday, it's Joseph who's sprinting, backpedaling and wrestling with some of the most talented athletes in the NFL.

Now that his contract is expiring after being paid a $6.5 million base salary this year after originally signing a five-year, $48.75 million contract in 2011 to leave the Cincinnati Bengals as a free agent,womens Vince Biegel Jersey, the 33-year-old two-time Pro Bowl selection hopes to extend his career in Houston. Joseph is slated to become an unrestricted free agent in March.

"This has been home for me," Joseph said. "At the end of the day,Authentic Davon House Jersey, I'd like to continue it being my home,womens Jahri Evans Jersey, that's not my call to make. We'll see what happens. I think I've had a great run here.

"Big free agent seven years ago, won the division,Authentic Dean Lowry Jersey, did a lot of good things here,womens Lane Taylor Jersey, Pro Bowl, but the ultimate goal was to win a championship when I came here. I still want to be a part of that going forward."

There were some preliminary conversations between Joseph's agent,womens Kentrell Brice Jersey, and Texans management about an extension prior to the season, Jason Chayut, but formal negotiations weren't launched.

"Little talk," Joseph said. "I wanted to wait until after the season. My first time being a true free agent, the last time was during a lockout, mutual interest, so it wasn't a true free agency.

"I don't even think about it. I've been in this league a long time. I just leave it up to the people upstairs and my representatives."

Joseph said he doesn't necessarily need to test the marketplace. He'd prefer to be proactive and hammer out a deal with the Texans as he prepares for his 14th NFL season.

"I don't want to go anywhere else, part of the business," Joseph said. "I want to be here. Me testing the market is just part of the game, if I have to."

Joseph has started every game this season and recorded 45 tackles, two for losses and two interceptions with nine passes defended. His contributions are still valued by the Texans.

"He's one of the leaders of the locker room," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "He's asked to do a lot on our defense relative to covering top guys. He's been doing that since we arrived here, been that way since we got here,Authentic Vince Biegel Jersey,Authentic Martellus Bennett Jersey, but he's a team guy.

"He cares about the team,womens Martellus Bennett Jersey,womens Davon House Jersey, he cares about the teammates,Authentic Jahri Evans Jersey,Authentic Kyle Murphy Jersey, his coaching staff. That's the best way to describe J-Jo."

"This has been home for me," Joseph said. "At the end of the day,womens Kyle Murphy Jersey,Authentic Kentrell Brice Jersey, I'd like to continue it being my home, that's not my call to make. We'll see what happens. I think I've had a great run here.

"Big free agent seven years ago,Authentic Lane Taylor Jersey,womens Dean Lowry Jersey, won the division, did a lot of good things here, Pro Bowl, but the ultimate goal was to win a championship when I came here. I still want to be a part of that going forward."

There were some preliminary conversations between Joseph's agent, and Texans management about an extension prior to the season, Jason Chayut, but formal negotiations weren't launched.

"Little talk," Joseph said. "I wanted to wait until after the season. My first time being a true free agent, the last time was during a lockout, mutual interest, so it wasn't a true free agency.

"I don't even think about it. I've been in this league a long time. I just leave it up to the people upstairs and my representatives."

Joseph said he doesn't necessarily need to test the marketplace. He'd prefer to be proactive and hammer out a deal with the Texans as he prepares for his 14th NFL season.

"I don't want to go anywhere else, part of the business," Joseph said. "I want to be here. Me testing the market is just part of the game, if I have to."

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It’s time to give the Seahawks’ offensive line credit

What if I were to tell you something that would shatter your reality and defy your belief system? What if I were to make a suggestion that would convince you I’m abusing Washington’s weed laws?

What if I were to say that the Seahawks’ offensive line — a former league-wide laughingstock — is actually…good?

The eye test confirmed such ratings last Sunday, which boasts the best defense in football.,Authentic Alex Okafor Jersey, as the line consistently gave Russell Wilson time to throw against the 10-2 Eagles. But the true test comes this Sunday against Jacksonville (8-4)

really good up front.”,“Aren’t they leading the whole thing in sacks and all that kind of stuff?” asked Seahawks offensive-line coach Tom Cable on Wednesday. “It’s a tremendous challenge. They’re really

Tom, yards allowed per game (282.5) and passing yards allowed per game (167.1). A month ago,Yes, the Jaguars are leading the NFL in sacks with a whopping 45 through 12 games. They are also tops in points allowed per game (14.8), but he’s been the beneficiary of a transformation of sorts. Over the past few weeks,Authentic Patrick Chung Jersey, because of it.,Authentic Marcus Cannon Jersey, these numbers might have prompted Wilson to update his life-insurance plan,Authentic Ryan Allen Jersey, he hasn’t been excelling despite his protection — he’s been excelling,Authentic Cameron Jordan Jersey, in part

” said Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. “And then maybe the style of play and the things we could ask him to do … all that confidence really helps.”,Authentic A.J. Klein Jersey,“I know that the quarterback gains more confidence the more that there’s a wall built up in front of him

it’s been those five guys building continuity as they steer clear of the inactive list.,Seahawks coach Pete Carroll noted that Brown’s impact was evident the moment he took the field. Three-time Pro Bowlers tend to have that effect. But it isn’t just him. It’s also left guard Luke Joeckel coming back healthy and playing three straight games next to Brown. It’s Ethan Pocic shifting to right guard and building chemistry with right tackle Germain Ifedi. It’s Justin Britt staying healthy and consistent. But mainly

OK, but that unit appears to be heading toward respectable. At least Pro Football Focus thinks so., maybe “good” is a premature adjective

The evaluation website — which grades individual players on a play-by-play basis — thinks Seattle’s O-line has improved dramatically over the past month. Before the Seahawks acquired former Texans left tackle Duane Brown — who has played four games with his new team — PFF ranked Seattle’s line 30th in both pass-block efficiency and pressure rate. Since Brown’s arrival, it ranks 10th in pass-block efficiency and sixth in pressure rate., however

” said Britt. “Whenever you get the same line week in and week out,Authentic Alan Branch Jersey,“It gets tough to be a consistent line whenever you have a bunch of pieces mixing in and out,womens Alan Branch Jersey,womens Patrick Chung Jersey, we kind of build trust and cohesiveness. That kind of speaks for itself.”

this was it — because by Monday morning,womens Marcus Cannon Jersey,If there was a safe week to write about Seattle’s O-line,womens Ryan Allen Jersey,womens Cameron Jordan Jersey, those five guys may be suffering from PTSD.

Or maybe they’ll show the nation just how far they’ve come.

safety Bradley McDougald felt obliged to air a grievance. He didn’t appreciate how Seattle’s secondary was dismissed by the media after Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman went down,Authentic Larry Warford Jersey,After the Seahawks upset Philly last Sunday,womens Larry Warford Jersey,womens A.J. Klein Jersey,womens Alex Okafor Jersey, and wanted folks to know how personally he and his teammates took the slight.

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Should fans be optimistic about 2018?

Can the Texans be fixed? Do they have even a glimmer of near-term championship potential or will they forever be a lost cause, a fractured tibial plateau, a ripped pectoral muscle or a torn ACL waiting to happen?

I've seen too many things go so terribly wrong with our NFL franchise - after watching too many things go so terribly wrong with our previous one - that I'm pre-programmed to expect the worst. Example: My reaction to the horrifying news that Deshaun Watson had blown out his knee just as he was beginning to fashion a résumé that would inevitably lead him to Canton was, I sought outside counsel, as students of the game and not just rah-rah types, "Well, care-worn sportswriters but from true Deep Steel Blue fans, and not from fellow jaded, of course he did." As a result, everymen who care deeply about the Texans' fortunes but, haven't drunk the Kool-aid.

A dinner was arranged. A long-ago bet needed to be paid off anyway. I'd won it by predicting last March that Tom Savage would be the Texans' opening-day starter at quarterback. My buddies - I'll call them Charlie," respectively. Obviously, all things being remotely equal. And, who's in public relations, and Jim, Jim's "unnamed rookie" should have been the guy,womens Tashaun Gipson Jersey, no,Authentic Brandon Linder Jersey, who works for a prominent winery - went with Brock Osweiler (he'd yet to be traded) and an "unnamed rookie, the fix wasn't in with Bill O'Brien. I'd simply thought I knew O'Brien well enough to assume he'd opt for the veteran,womens Brandon Linder Jersey, but, if you re-examine their respective preseason performances,womens Jermey Parnell Jersey, you'll see they were.

Emmaline's pork chops and veal Milanese ordered,Authentic Devin McCourty Jersey, we set out to explore where the 4-12 Texans go, from six consecutive losses and a last-place-in-the-AFC-South finish. Spoiler alert: Their optimism astonished and, if anywhere,Authentic Stephen Gostkowski Jersey, wine glasses filled and fond reminisces of the Astros' glorious autumn adventure dispensed with, in the end, infected me.

" Charlie said.,"Twelve-and-four next season and the Super Bowl

that Kool-Aid pitcher is looking a little empty.,Oh dear

But, yes, what I would hear over the next couple of hours and, first, as did I, laid the blame for same at the feet of the now-in-limbo general manager Rick Smith with Jim specifically lamenting how much quality talent has been lost in free agency, was considerable frustration over myriad bad personnel decisions. Both gents, a couple more glasses of wine, Brooks Reed (2014), from Glover Quin (2013) on through A.J. Bouye (2017) with Connor Barwin (2013), Brandon Brooks (2015) and Ben Jones (2016) in between. Every one of them except the Lions' Quin is preparing for a playoff game as we speak.

"can't we keep our own players?" he said. "What's up with that? That's been a problem."

Added Charlie: "I heard they didn't even talk to Quin (about re-signing) and he's been one of the best free safeties in the league since he left Houston."

Quin, as if anybody needs reminding, better, who has made 80 consecutive starts for the Lions with 16 interceptions,Authentic Tashaun Gipson Jersey,Authentic Marqise Lee Jersey, his abilities faded and his locker-room presence poisonous, because owner Bob McNair and his general manager thought Ed Reed would be a major upgrade. They thought wrong. Reed,womens Marqise Lee Jersey, was deemed expendable,womens Jason Myers Jersey, helped wreck the 2013 Texans despite playing only five games before being waived. Or, summarily dismissed.

However,Authentic Jermey Parnell Jersey,Authentic Malcolm Butler Jersey,womens Stephen Gostkowski Jersey,Authentic Jason Myers Jersey, his surgically-repaired ACL notwithstanding, my dinner companions possessed unconditional faith in Watson's magical powers,womens Devin McCourty Jersey,womens Malcolm Butler Jersey, and they were quick to point out how the current general malaise afflicting the entire AFC, the Patriots included, five picks over the past five games plus a sub-.500 completion-percentage Sunday against the Jets - offers clear evidence that time catches up with everybody, will open doors wide for the Texans if they can manage a couple of quick fixes.Jim said Tom Brady's average stats of late - six TD passes, even a GOAT quarterback with five going on six Super Bowl rings who became the first 40-year-old to lead in the NFL in passing yards in 2017.

" he said,"Without Brady being Brady, "the Patriots are nothing special, just another team."

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Texans J.J. Watt Looking to Next Year with Deshaun Watson

After a season during which the Houston Texans set an NFL record with 78 different players used in a single season, J.J. Watt is excited for 2018, rehabbing from their respective injuries., looking forward to what is ahead for a franchise that saw some of its top talent hanging out in the training room

Watt spent plenty of time with quarterback Deshaun Watson over the season and the presence of the exciting,Authentic Vince Biegel Jersey, young quarterback has Watt ready for 2018.

“Very excited, very excited about the future ahead,Authentic Martellus Bennett Jersey,” Watt said on locker clean out day Monday at NRG Stadium. “It’s a good to have a quarterback and looking forward to moving forward and having a great year.”,Authentic Davon House Jersey, obviously

Watson and Watt would give any team hope for the upcoming season and, with Watt coming back from a fractured fibula plateau and Watson rehabbing from a torn ACL,womens Jahri Evans Jersey, there was a sense of relief from teammates that the season was over, bringing with it new hope and the promise of what could lie ahead.,Authentic Dean Lowry Jersey, but also a rejuvenated fire in players, knowing that the off-season will come and the 2018 season will be here in a flash

“Yeah,womens Kentrell Brice Jersey, we have won a few division titles with like 15 different quarterbacks, so if we have one quarterback who is back there who can play the way that he plays,” Watt explained. “I think he has great potential. We are really excited to see what he can do with a full season. I’m definitely excited to have a franchise quarterback.”, who has the potential and has the abilities he has, of course

The Texans were not the same team when Watson went out and could not recover on offense. With Watson starting, the offense only averaged 13.7 points a game. That small snapshot gave Watt and the Texans the perspective they needed to see that there is more out there., the Texans were putting up over 35.1 points per game and by the end of the season without Watson

“I think the thing that you can see is there’s a confidence there,” Watt said of Watson. “When you have more and more and more guys with that confidence, that’s when it starts to permeate throughout the whole team. You can’t just have one guy. You can’t just have two or three. You have to have that start to permeate throughout the whole team.”, with that idea that success is on the horizon, that the best is yet to come

Watt spent plenty of time with quarterback Deshaun Watson over the season and the presence of the exciting, young quarterback has Watt ready for 2018.

“Very excited, very excited about the future ahead,womens Vince Biegel Jersey,womens Martellus Bennett Jersey,” Watt said on locker clean out day Monday at NRG Stadium. “It’s a good to have a quarterback and looking forward to moving forward and having a great year.”,womens Davon House Jersey, obviously

Watson and Watt would give any team hope for the upcoming season and, with Watt coming back from a fractured fibula plateau and Watson rehabbing from a torn ACL,Authentic Jahri Evans Jersey,womens Kyle Murphy Jersey, there was a sense of relief from teammates that the season was over, bringing with it new hope and the promise of what could lie ahead.,womens Dean Lowry Jersey,Authentic Kyle Murphy Jersey, but also a rejuvenated fire in players,Authentic Kentrell Brice Jersey,Authentic Lane Taylor Jersey, knowing that the off-season will come and the 2018 season will be here in a flash

“Yeah, we have won a few division titles with like 15 different quarterbacks,womens Lane Taylor Jersey, so if we have one quarterback who is back there who can play the way that he plays,” Watt explained. “I think he has great potential. We are really excited to see what he can do with a full season. I’m definitely excited to have a franchise quarterback.”, who has the potential and has the abilities he has, of course

The Texans were not the same team when Watson went out and could not recover on offense. With Watson starting, the offense only averaged 13.7 points a game. That small snapshot gave Watt and the Texans the perspective they needed to see that there is more out there., the Texans were putting up over 35.1 points per game and by the end of the season without Watson

“I think the thing that you can see is there’s a confidence there,” Watt said of Watson. “When you have more and more and more guys with that confidence, that’s when it starts to permeate throughout the whole team. You can’t just have one guy. You can’t just have two or three. You have to have that start to permeate throughout the whole team.”, with that idea that success is on the horizon, that the best is yet to come

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done for season,Texans' D'Onta Foreman tears Achilles

Texans rookie running back D'Onta Foreman simultaneously experienced the agony of a ruptured Achilles tendon and the joy of scoring the second touchdown of his NFL career.,Grabbing the back of his left leg in the end zone Sunday afternoon

which will require surgery to repair the damage. He'll be placed on injured reserve.,The Texas City native and third-round draft pick from Texas suffered a season-ending injury during the end of a 34-yard touchdown jaunt that sealed a 31-21 victory against the Arizona Cardinals. A magnetic resonance imaging exam will be conducted Monday to confirm the initial diagnosis about Foreman's Achilles

" Foreman said in the locker room after the game while on crutches.,"It was a bittersweet day

Foreman rushed for 65 yards on 10 carries. His 3-yard touchdown run, earlier in the game represented the game-winning score. He finished the season with 327 yards on 78 carries., the first score of his career

" said Derrick Foreman,"It's unfortunate what happened to D'Onta,womens Pat Tillman Jersey, D'Onta Foreman's father. "D'Onta showed what he can do as a rookie and he'll continue to work to improve and build on this season. I'm proud of him.",womens Larry Fitzgerald Jersey, but he'll come back strong and keep working hard for next year

Foreman becomes the latest Texan to be lost for the season,womens Patrick Peterson Jersey, J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus.,womens David Johnson Jersey, following season-ending injuries to Deshaun Watson

the crowd at NRG Stadium chanted his name.,womens Karlos Dansby Jersey,As Foreman was carted off the field

" Foreman said of his second touchdown. "I felt like in the first half I didn't really play like I wanted to play. I knew in the second half I just had to go out there and try to make some plays and try to help us win the game and I feel like I did that.",Authentic Deion Jones Jersey,"I just wanted to get something started

Teammates were extremely disappointed about the loss of Foreman.

is good. For what happened to him,"You can't ask anything else from a rookie running back that doesn't get a lot of carries," wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins said. "For him to go in there and get two touchdowns, that sucks.", to make the best of his opportunities

which will require surgery to repair the damage. He'll be placed on injured reserve.,The Texas City native and third-round draft pick from Texas suffered a season-ending injury during the end of a 34-yard touchdown jaunt that sealed a 31-21 victory against the Arizona Cardinals. A magnetic resonance imaging exam will be conducted Monday to confirm the initial diagnosis about Foreman's Achilles

" Foreman said in the locker room after the game while on crutches.,"It was a bittersweet day

Foreman rushed for 65 yards on 10 carries. His 3-yard touchdown run, earlier in the game represented the game-winning score. He finished the season with 327 yards on 78 carries.,Authentic Pat Tillman Jersey, the first score of his career

" said Derrick Foreman,Authentic Larry Fitzgerald Jersey,"It's unfortunate what happened to D'Onta,Authentic Patrick Peterson Jersey, D'Onta Foreman's father. "D'Onta showed what he can do as a rookie and he'll continue to work to improve and build on this season. I'm proud of him.",Authentic David Johnson Jersey, but he'll come back strong and keep working hard for next year

Foreman becomes the latest Texan to be lost for the season,Authentic Karlos Dansby Jersey,Authentic Keanu Neal Jersey, J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus., following season-ending injuries to Deshaun Watson

the crowd at NRG Stadium chanted his name.,womens Keanu Neal Jersey,As Foreman was carted off the field

" Foreman said of his second touchdown. "I felt like in the first half I didn't really play like I wanted to play. I knew in the second half I just had to go out there and try to make some plays and try to help us win the game and I feel like I did that.",womens Deion Jones Jersey,"I just wanted to get something started

Teammates were extremely disappointed about the loss of Foreman..

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Senior Bowl can be 'tremendously beneficial'

The Texans will coach the South team in the Senior Bowl.

The Denver Broncos will coach the North squad.

work habits and football skills.,womens Pat Tillman Jersey,The Senior Bowl is a prestigious annual all-star game that provides a chance for the Texans to evaluate draft prospects and learn firsthand about their personalities

"The Senior Bowl is a great opportunity for our coaching staff to get a look at some of the top college players in the country,womens Larry Fitzgerald Jersey," O'Brien said. "Anytime you get to work hands-on with these young players and put them through the rigors of NFL-level practices and meetings,Authentic David Johnson Jersey, it can be tremendously beneficial to both parties. We are all looking forward to the week and making the most of it."

the Texans have drafted several players that played in the Senior Bowl.,Authentic Karlos Dansby Jersey,For years

center Nick Martin and offensive tackle Julie'n Davenport on the Texans' roster.,womens Keanu Neal Jersey,That includes nose tackle D.J. Reader

Texans coach Bill O'Brien is a former New England Patriots offensive coordinator and Penn State head coach who's also coached collegiately as an assistant at Georgia Tech and Duke.

The Senior Bowl will be played Jan. 27 in Mobile, Ala., at Ladd-Peebles Stadium and will be broadcast by NFL Network.

The Texans don't have a first-round pick following the trade with the Cleveland Browns to select Deshaun Watson last year or a second-round draft pick following the Brock Osweiler trade.

Kansas City Chiefs standout rookie running back Kareem Hunt played in the Senior Bowl last year.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz parlayed a strong week at the Senior Bowl into being drafted in the first round.,The previous year

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, the Heisman Trophy winner, is among the players who have accepted invitations to the Senior Bowl.

"We are really happy to have the Houston Texans, head coach Bill O'Brien and his staff as part of our event this year,Authentic Pat Tillman Jersey,Authentic Larry Fitzgerald Jersey,Authentic Patrick Peterson Jersey," said Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage, a former Cleveland Browns general manager and Baltimore Ravens executive. "I've known Bill for quite some time and have great respect and admiration for his abilities as a coach and as a leader with his teams through the years."

the Texans have drafted several players that played in the Senior Bowl.,womens Patrick Peterson Jersey,womens David Johnson Jersey,womens Karlos Dansby Jersey,For years

center Nick Martin and offensive tackle Julie'n Davenport on the Texans' roster.,Authentic Keanu Neal Jersey,That includes nose tackle D.J. Reader

Texans coach Bill O'Brien is a former New England Patriots offensive coordinator and Penn State head coach who's also coached collegiately as an assistant at Georgia Tech and Duke.

The Senior Bowl will be played Jan. 27 in Mobile,Authentic Deion Jones Jersey, Ala.,womens Deion Jones Jersey, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium and will be broadcast by NFL Network.

The Texans don't have a first-round pick following the trade with the Cleveland Browns to select Deshaun Watson last year or a second-round draft pick following the Brock Osweiler trade.

Kansas City Chiefs standout rookie running back Kareem Hunt played in the Senior Bowl last year.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz parlayed a strong week at the Senior Bowl into being drafted in the first round.,The previous year

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, the Heisman Trophy winner, is among the players who have accepted invitations to the Senior Bowl.

"We are really happy to have the Houston Texans, head coach Bill O'Brien and his staff as part of our event this year," said Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage, a former Cleveland Browns general manager and Baltimore Ravens executive. "I've known Bill for quite some time and have great respect and admiration for his abilities as a coach and as a leader with his teams through the years."

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and Atlantic University Sport and U Sports seasons in their traditional December break,womens Shaq Lawson Jersey,With exam period upon most university students, most student-athletes are enjoying some down time.

Most, but not all.

Ont.,There is little down time for Stephen Anderson of Morell and Randy Gazzola of Thorold, of the UNB Varsity Reds men’s hockey team.

Ont., a short distance from Buffalo, for a pair of games against the national junior team hopefuls. Hockey Canada is holding its junior team selection camp in St. Catharines,They’ve joined a team of U Sports all-stars in St. Catharines, New York, site of the 2018 World Junior Championship tournament.

” said Anderson. “Phil and Jordan, said it was a really good experience, last year,“It’s a big honour, so when we heard about it, we were thrilled and excited.”

Former Varsity Reds Phil Maillet and Jordan Murray were part of last year’s U Sports all-star team that took on the 2017 national junior team prospects.

there’s guys from the AUS,” said Anderson. “There’s a lot of first and second round NHL picks on the world junior team roster, there’s guys from Saskatchewan and Alberta. Our team is going to have some good players,“Looking at our roster, and they’re trying to make a team, but I think it’ll be two highly competitive games and it should be a lot of fun.”

Gazzola is equally as excited, maybe even more so.

St. Catharines is a stone’s throw from his hometown of Thorold.

the town of about 18,womens Eric Weddle Jersey,In fact,womens Marlon Humphrey Jersey,000 people is contributing more than its share this week.

Thorold native Hunter Garlent, and Thorold’s Conor Timmons,womens Reggie Ragland Jersey,Authentic Marlon Humphrey Jersey,womens Cardale Jones Jersey, of the Saint Mary’s Huskies, joins the U Sports team,womens Adolphus Washington Jersey,womens Ronald Darby Jersey,Along with Gazzola, a member of the Ontario Hockey League’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, is among the invitees to the national junior team selection camp.

my hometown,” said Gazzola. “It’ll be fast. That’s just kind of the way the NHL is going now and all those kids are drafted to the NHL for a reason. They all have skill and they can all move the puck and skate. I expect it to be fast, that was awesome. I’ll have close to a hundred people there,“For me it was a goal that I wanted to accomplish and when I heard it was in St. Catharines, and they’re trying to make a team. If I were trying out for the junior team, I wouldn’t be holding back whatsoever.”

Varsity Reds head coach Gardiner MacDougall of Bedeque says his program has been fortunate to have been provided special opportunities, such as spots on the U Sports all-star teams.

” said the coach of the two-time, defending U Sports men’s hockey champions. “Stephen has high-end skill with terrific speed and has been one of our most improved players,“Stephen and Randy have certainly earned this selection by their play in the first half of the AUS season, so this experience of playing the top upcoming players in our country will certainly challenge him to get to a new level of performance.”

so this is a tremendous occasion for him to play in front of family and friends in his home town area,“Randy has a great deal of experience at the Memorial Cup and three U Sports national championships,” said MacDougall.

On top of the experience, both players recognize they’re playing a small role in what’s become a holiday season tradition for Canadian hockey fans.

especially when Canada does well,” said Gazzola, of the World Junior Hockey Championship. “It’s been a good way to end the year,Authentic Eric Weddle Jersey,Authentic C.J. Mosley Jersey,“It’s definitely something that I’ve looked forward to every year, then you’re up and you’re going into next year happy.”

it’s always been something I’ve looked forward to and pretty much done year after year,womens C.J. Mosley Jersey,Authentic Shaq Lawson Jersey,Authentic Reggie Ragland Jersey,Authentic Adolphus Washington Jersey,Authentic Cardale Jones Jersey,Authentic Ronald Darby Jersey,“Watching the Boxing Day and New Year’s games,” said Anderson.

Gazzola and Anderson and their U Sports all-star teammates faced the national junior team prospects in game one of their series on Wednesday. Game two goes at 5 p.m. AT today.

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Why the Texans Will Make Playoffs Next Season

Despite finishing the 2017 regular season with a 4-12 record,Authentic Vontaze Burfict Jersey, and the already solid defense being aided by the returns of J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus,Authentic Carl Lawson Jersey, the Texans have a lot to look forward to in 2018. This excitement is mainly based around the fact that elite quarterback Deshaun Watson will be returning from an ACL injury next season. With Watson sparking the offense, the Houston Texans could will make playoffs in 2018.

Aforementioned earlier, the main reason that the Texans will make playoffs next season is because Deshaun Watson is returning from injury. After an outstanding five-week run that included 1, Watson suffered a torn ACL during practice,472 yards and 18 touchdowns, just after a Week 8 matchup against the Seahawks.

Just to emphasize the importance of Watson, the Texans had a 3-4 record and averaged 31 points per game when he was playing. Without Watson, and in turn a terrible stretch for the Texans as a whole, the Texans went 1-8 and averaged 14 points per game. This dramatic drop in offensive production, displays just how much of a difference maker Deshaun Watson is.

With Watson healthy next season, especially since Watson will still be under the tutelage of Bill O’Brien. It has taken over six years for the Texans to find a starting quarterback, the future of the Texans offense looks much brighter, but the wait is finally over.

This optimism for the Texans offense is even more bright because tackles Chris Clark and Breno Giacomini will be hitting free agency this offseason. Giacomini is ranked the 85th best tackle in football, and Chris Clark the 80th best.

It will be highly unlikely the Texans get two tackles worse than Giacomini and Clark. They were arguably the worst tackle duo in football, with their Pro Football Grades putting them at the bottom of their positions.

either found through the draft or free agency,Authentic A.J. Green Jersey,So even if the replacement offensive tackles, they could still end up being an improvement from the 2017 season. Overall,Authentic Tyler Eifert Jersey,Authentic John Ross Jersey, end up being busts, the future for the Texans offense looks very bright,Authentic Joe Mixon Jersey, with the return of Deshaun Watson and the exits of Breno Giacomini and Chris Clark.

On top of their offense bound to be rejuvenated next season, the Texans defense looks as if it is ready to dominate as well. This is mainly due to the fact that J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus will return. Both being injured in a Week 5 against the Chiefs,Authentic Jordan Willis Jersey, the Texans defense felt the effects of their two elite players hitting the injured reserve.

Before their injuries in Week 5,Authentic Josh Malone Jersey, the Texans averaged 22 points allowed per game. But from Week 5 and on, J.J. Watt is arguably the best defensive end in football, the Texans averaged 29 points allowed per game. The reason the points allowed shot up is obvious, so losing him was a major hit to the defense and the Texans a whole.

Watt is even more popular than Deshaun Watson in Houston at this point in time, always leading his team onto the field carrying the Texas flag. Losing an icon and leader like Watt is devastating to any team, and is the team captain, which is a major reason why the Texans defense played far worse after his injury.

Don’t sleep on Whitney Mercilus either, who is probably one of the best defenders on the Texans. His MO is being an electric edge rusher, garnering 19.5 sacks in the 2015-2016 seasons. Losing Mercilus played a key role in the Texans being ranked 23rd in the NFL with 32.0 total sacks.

With the returns of Mercilus and Watt in 2018, especially with their elite defensive line and linebackers. Their secondary definitely needs some improvement, the Texans defense looks ready to wreck havoc on opposing quarterbacks, but at least the rushing defense can start being the elite force that it once was.

On the offensive and defensive side of football, and some of their worst players hitting free agency. This leaves them primed for a playoff run. Even though the 2017 season was a bust,womens A.J. Green Jersey,womens Tyler Eifert Jersey,womens Vontaze Burfict Jersey,womens John Ross Jersey,womens Joe Mixon Jersey,womens Jordan Willis Jersey,womens Carl Lawson Jersey,womens Josh Malone Jersey, the Texans will have their best players returning from injury, the 2018 season is one Texans fans should be optimistic for.

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Texans punter Shane Lechler wants to return for 19th season

Texans veteran punter Shane Lechler is at the end of one of his best seasons.

Lechler doesn't intend for this to be the end of his career.

The seven-time Pro Bowl selection said Friday he intends to return for a 19th NFL season.

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Lechler is still chasing an elusive Super Bowl victory.,An East Barnard native and former Texas A&M standout

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Lechler said he hopes that Texans coach Bill O'Brien will be retained.

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It pained Lechler as an Aggie to say something nice about a Longhorn.

" he said. "I wish we could get that rivalry back together.","It's not my favorite thing to do

Lechler is averaging 48.9 yards per punt with a 41.5 net average. He's downed 30 inside the 20-yard line.

How has he had so much longevity?

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Lechler said he hopes that Texans coach Bill O'Brien will be retained.

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Why tagging Sammy Watkins makes sense for Rams

a mark topped by 90 others in the NFL., Sammy Watkins' first season with the Los Angeles Rams was productive but unspectacular. He stayed healthy throughout but finished with only 593 receiving yards. He scored eight touchdowns but drew just 67 targets

Watkins believes he would "most definitely" have a greater role in the offense if given another year to work with Jared Goff.

"I just think he got on a roll with the guys that he had during OTAs,Authentic Greg Olsen Jersey, and once a guy is used to throwing it to someone else, he throws to his guys," Watkins said. "It's just part of the game where you need more time, or maybe another year."

and tagging him seems to make a lot of sense for the Rams.,Watkins has now completed his rookie deal

The Rams gave up a 2018 second-round pick and a valuable depth piece, cornerback E.J. Gaines, to snag Watkins away from the Buffalo Bills in the middle of August. They would like to keep him for more than one season. But they would probably be hard-pressed to commit to anything long-term at this point, given his injury history and recent production.

One potential issue: whether to give Watkins a franchise tag or a transition tag.

a pending free agent the Rams are hopeful of signing to a long-term contract.,Another: whether they'll instead have to tag safety Lamarcus Joyner

and only one can be used each offseason.,The window to tag players lasts from Feb. 20 to March 6

The franchise tag pays the average of the top five salaries at players' respective positions. For wide receivers last year, that figure was $15.8 million. But if the nonexclusive franchise tag is used -- a more common approach -- the original team gets two first-round picks as compensation if it chooses not to match an outside offer. The transition tag costs less money,Authentic Sammy Watkins Jersey, as the average of the top 10 at a player's position. But players are free to negotiate with other teams,Authentic Mike Tolbert Jersey, and the original team gets nothing in return if it declines to match an outside offer.

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Sean McVay agrees the Rams can get more out of Watkins in 2018.

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Both Trufant and Falcons want him to get in on postseason fun

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Cornerback Desmond Trufant’s chest was broken,Authentic Marvin Jones Jr Jersey, a torn pectoral muscle to be precise. His heart was only slightly less torn.

“I was living through my teammates,Authentic Darius Slay Jr Jersey, enjoying the moment,” he recalled. “It was hard not being out there. It was definitely difficult. I was living through them,womens Kenny Clark Jersey, helping in any way I could. I was still part of it; I just wasn’t out there.”

The playoffs are like romance. A virtual, vicarious experience does not even rank with the real thing.

$69 million extension last spring,womens Jason Spriggs Jersey,Finally, the one this team thought enough of to sign to a five-year, the Falcons designated shut-down corner, got his first taste of playoff football last week in Los Angeles.

So, this is what all the fuss was about.

“Now I got the opportunity to take it as far as we can. I’m excited about that,” he said.

A year ago at this time, the Falcons made their run on the strength of a touchdown-mad offense. Their identity has been significantly altered now. They are allowing nearly 53 fewer average yards per game both in total defense and passing defense. And most important, as Trufant healed, about six fewer points per game than a season ago.

and is often matched up against an opponent’s best. And he is a sincere tackler,As the new contract illustrated, his coverage abilities allowing them all kinds of flexibility in play-calling. He is at his best when he can physically man-up with a wide-out, Trufant is vital to the Falcons’ overall defensive scheme,womens Barry Sanders Jersey, throwing himself into a chore that some at his position have been known to shirk.

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There was Ted Ginn Jr. running past him for 54-yard touchdown in a loss to New Orleans the day before Christmas.

And just last week, L.A.’s Robert Woods caught nine passes for 142 yards, many of those at Trufant’s expense.

All of which raises the question of how close Trufant is to his 2015 Pro Bowl form. As you would expect of a defender,womens Kyler Fackrell Jersey, especially one living on the edge as does a cornerback, he is comfortable when on the defense.

When asked the current state of his play, Trufant said, “I think I’m solid.”

“There are definitely some plays I would take back, sometimes you’re 50 percent. I just try to stay consistent, but that’s just the life of a corner at times. Sometimes you’re 100 percent, try to win more than I lose at the end of the day.

“I do (have short memory) but it still kills you to give up anything. At the end of the day it’s a long game. They are going to make some plays, you are going to make some plays. Especially at this point of the season, when it’s the best of the best. I just try to compete and leave my mark on the game.”

This week, against the Eagles backup quarterback Nick Foles and most likely his 789-yard receiver Alshon Jeffery, Trufant just might be favored in that match-up.

All indicators are that this is supposed to be when the best of Trufant is on display.

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