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CHARLOTTE Cheap Vincent Valentine Jersey , N.C. (AP) There will be a Turner family reunion in Charlotte.

The Carolina Panthers hired Norv Turner on Friday as their new offensive coordinator to replace Mike Shula, who was fired earlier in the week after seven seasons with the team.

Turner, 65 inherits an offense that includes a unique talent in quarterback Cam Newton, versatile running back Christian McCaffrey, reliable tight end Greg Olsen and a solid offensive line. However, while the Panthers finished 12th in the league scoring in 2017, they were just 28th in passing.

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He’s the latest member of the Turner family to join the Panthers.

His brother, Ron Turner Cheap Trey Flowers Jersey , works as the team’s offensive consultant and nephew Cameron is the assistant quarterbacks coach. Turner is expected to bring son Scott Turner on as quarterbacks coach.

Ron Rivera worked as defensive coordinator for Turner when he was the head coach of the San Diego Chargers before Rivera joined the Panthers as head coach in 2011. They have remained close friends.

”Norv has coached Hall of Famers, he’s set a lot of people on the career paths that they’ve had,” Rivera said in a news release Friday. ”I’m excited about his knowledge and his offensive prowess. It’s going to be invaluable to us have him evaluate our personnel and help take our quarterback to another level.”

Turner comes to Carolina with a wealth of experience, having coached 32 seasons in the NFL, including 15 seasons as a head coach and 11 as an offensive coordinator. As offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys (1991-93), he helped the Cowboys win two Super Bowls.

He last worked with the Minnesota Vikings in 2016, but that ended abruptly with Turner resigning after seven games with the offense ranked 31st in the league.

Turner had been hired in 2014 by first-time head coach Mike Zimmer in Minnesota. Turner and his son Scott, the quarterbacks coach for the Vikings at the time Cheap Tom Brady Jersey , played a key part in the decision to draft Teddy Bridgewater with the last pick in the first round. Bridgewater took over as the starter three games into his rookie year and showed improvement in his second season, though the Vikings were a defense-driven, run-first team that didn’t ask Bridgewater to take over games.

But the Vikings ranked just 27th and 29th in the NFL in total yards in Turner’s first two years and 20th and 16th in scoring, with a rushing title for Adrian Peterson in 2015 the most notable accomplishment.

Zimmer wasn’t satisfied, bringing in two new offensive assistants who’d been NFL head coaches before: Pat Shurmur to coach the tight ends and Tony Sparano to coach the offensive line.

The Vikings went 11-5 in 2015 to win the NFC North and started 5-0 in 2016 until an injury-ravaged, vulnerable offensive line contributed to the collapse.

Bridgewater’s progress had been painfully thwarted right before that regular season started by a dislocated knee and multiple ligament tears, but emergency acquisition Sam Bradford was playing well in his place. But after the offense struggled in two straight losses on the road following the five-game winning streak, Turner stunned Zimmer by resigning his post.

Still Cheap Tedy Bruschi Jersey , he has the respect of his former players.

”He has a history of developing quarterbacks. His track record speaks volumes,” Bridgewater said.

Bridgewater said Turner will be good for Newton, who is coming off his two worst seasons in terms of quarterback.

”Carolina actually ran a similar system to what Norv runs. So, it won’t be too much transitioning,” Bridgewater said. ”They still throw those deep balls down the field, deep over routes, deep daggers.”

Vikings wide receiver Jarius Wright said he enjoyed playing for Turner and also think he will be good coach for Newton.

”Cam does a lot of good things that Norv likes to get done,” Wright said. ”Also Cheap Steve Grogan Jersey , I don’t know if you remember a couple years ago how we used Jerick McKinnon and they have Christian McCaffrey. A lot of ways they can get a chance to spread the ball out.”

Bridgewater will be interested to see what happens in Carolina.

”He loves pushing the ball down the field, heavy play action,” Bridgewater said. Let’s ”see if he made some changes with this year off or if he’s just been playing golf and sitting on the lake.”



AP Sports Writer Dave Campbell in Minneapolis contributed to this report.



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ASHBURN Cheap Vincent Valentine Jersey , Va. (AP) Kirk Cousins is trying hard to avoid thinking about his future.

Now that the Washington Redskins are essentially eliminated from playoff contention at 5-7 , that challenge is getting more difficult.

With four games left, the quarterback’s contract status and where he’ll be playing next season is the biggest question facing the team.

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”It’s human nature to want to look ahead and know the plan and know what’s coming next,” Cousins said Wednesday.

”But it’s been great for me to exercise that muscle of every time those thoughts do show up to say: `Let’s focus on the present.

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Cousins is on pace for his third consecutive 4,000-yard passing season while being on the verge of free agency. He’s the first quarterback in NFL history to play back-to-back seasons on the franchise tag, and it’s not out of the question that the Redskins do the same in 2018, even at a price of $34.47 million

Washington could also try the transition tag on Cousins at $28.78 million, which would net the Michigan State product just under $73 million from 2016-18.

According to an NFL Network report, the Redskins were waiting to see how the 29-year-old performed down the stretch before deciding their course of action.

Since becoming the full-time starter Cheap Tom Brady Jersey , Cousins has completed 67.9 percent of his passes for 75 touchdowns and 31 interceptions. Beginning Sunday at the Los Angeles Chargers , coach Jay Gruden just wants to see steady growth and progression from Cousins.

”He’s had a lot of different linemen he’s played with, he’s had new receivers he’s had to play with, tight ends have kind of been in and out, running backs, we’ve had a lot of new ones there,” Gruden said.

”He’s done a great job of competing and doing the best he can. And he’s still learning as he goes. … He’s still just continuing to get better and better Cheap Tedy Bruschi Jersey , and that’s what we want to see.”

Cousins drew criticism for throwing two interceptions and losing a fumble in a 38-14 loss at Dallas last week, but teammates have plenty of praise for how he has handled this season with a revolving supporting cast.

”He’s prepared for anything,” tight end Vernon Davis said. ”He’s a leader. He’s everything that you would want on your football team, and we’re elated to have him here and to share this experience with him.”

Cousins is drawing on previous experiences – no scholarship offers as a high school senior, little hype in his draft year and so many one-year contracts – to carry him through the next month.

He called the franchise tag preventing his agent and the team from negotiating in-season a ”blessing in disguise” to keep himself focused.

But Cousins is using the contract status he and teammates have as a motivating factor down the stretch.

”Anybody who is on a final year of their contract for the Redskins, you want an opportunity this February, this March? Let’s go win the last four games Cheap Steve Grogan Jersey ,” Cousins said.

”And I’ve got to believe that if we do that, every one of us is going to have a great opportunity in February and March.”

NOTES: Gruden said there’s a ”chance” TE Jordan Reed plays at L.A. despite missing another practice with a strained right hamstring. Reed said he’s taking it day by day. … LT Trent Williams (right knee), LB Zach Brown (hamstring/Achilles tendon) and S Montae Nicholson (concussion) also did not practice. Gruden said Nicholson had a bit of a setback in his recovery.



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ORCHARD PARK Charles Johnson Jersey , N.Y. (AP) AJ McCarron couldn’t help notice the number of draft-eligible quarterback prospects the Buffalo Bills have paraded through their facility in recent days.

UCLA’s Josh Allen was in town Monday. Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield visited last week.

McCarron, on Tuesday, acknowledged he stopped to chat with some of the former college players to see how they’re holding up through the pre-draft process.

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And yet, their presence – and the possibility of Buffalo selecting one of them in the first round of the draft next week – won’t distract McCarron from focusing on the reason he signed with the Bills in free agency last month after spending his first four NFL seasons backing up Andy Dalton in Cincinnati.

The Bills have an opening for a starter after trading Tyrod Taylor to Cleveland this offseason, and it’s McCarron’s objective to fill the job.

”As quarterback, you’ve got to have that confidence and you’ve got to take that approach to it Andrew Norwell Jersey , because if you don’t, you’re already a step behind,” McCarron said after completing the second day of Buffalo’s voluntary offseason conditioning program.

He’s started bonding with his new teammates over dinner, by exchanging texts and is already making plans to spend time working out together before the start of training camp.

”That’s the way I’ve always done it,” McCarron said. ”I mean, even in Cincy Daryl Williams Jersey , I knew how to do it and not step on AD’s (Andy Dalton’s) toes.”

And forget about him paying attention to what the Bills do in the draft with their nine selections, including two first-rounders at No. 12 and 22.

”I can’t worry about it because it creates mental clutter for myself,” McCarron said. ”So for me to worry about ifs and what could happen, it’s just not part of my DNA. I’ve never been that way and won’t ever do it.”

General manager Brandon Beane has provided no hints regarding his draft plans. Beane said a GM’s primary responsibility is finding a franchise quarterback. And yet, Beane would also consider this year’s draft a success should the Bills not select a quarterback.

McCarron and Nathan Peterman are the only two quarterbacks on the roster, with both having very limited NFL experience.

A two-time national champion at Alabama Mario Addison Jersey , McCarron appeared in just 11 games with Cincinnati, mostly in mop-up duties. He started four games, including an 18-16 loss to Pittsburgh in a 2016 AFC wild-card playoff in which the Bengals squandered a one-point lead in the final seconds as a result of a turnover and two penalties.

Peterman proved he wasn’t ready to be a starter as a rookie last season. The fifth-round pick out of Pittsburgh was yanked after throwing five interceptions in the first half of his first career start in a 54-24 loss at the Los Angeles Chargers in November.

Peterman also threw an interception in the final minutes of a 10-3 loss to Jacksonville in an AFC wild-card playoff after Taylor sustained a concussion.

Peterman said he’s focused on looking forward after spending the first month of the offseason assessing his rookie season.

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He also spent time working on his mechanics at the 3DQB quarterback training facility in southern California.

Much like McCarron, Peterman isn’t worried whether the Bills draft a quarterback.

”It’s all above my head,” Peterman said. ”You can’t be focused on the things you can’t control because it wouldn’t be very productive.”

NOTES: DE Cap Capi was released Tuesday. He appeared in five games with Buffalo after being promoted from the practice squad last season. … RB Fred Jackson will sign a one-day contract on Wednesday to retire as a member of the Bills. He played eight seasons in Buffalo and has been out of football since completing the 2015 season in Seattle.



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VERSAILLES Eric Wood Jersey , Ky. (AP) Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz couldn’t play in the Super Bowl, but he still gets a ring – and now his girlfriend gets one Colton Schmidt Jersey , too.

”She said YES! And now Maddie and I both got us a ring … can’t wait to marry my best friend! God is doing some amazing things and I can’t thank him enough!” the 25-year-old Wentz said in a tweet Tuesday , accompanied by a photo spread of Kentucky native Maddie Oberg accepting his marriage proposal.

They got engaged at CastlePost Cordy Glenn Jersey , also known as Kentucky Castle. The boutique hotel said in a Facebook post it was proud to be ”a part of their story.”

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Wentz was the Eagles starting quarterback until he suffered a season-ending knee injury in December.



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NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Total picks: 7
Picks in the Top 50: 3
Picks in the Top 100: 4

With three picks inside the first round-and-a-half (11, 32, 42), New Orleans can take one last stab at getting Malcolm Butler. Or they could move around. The 32nd pick could be a valuable chip to deal to a team looking to come up for a quarterback, given the fifth-year option on first-round deals and the expense of the position. And the Saints have two more picks in the third round, which will make them a Friday power broker.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Total picks: 10
Picks in the Top 50: 2
Picks in the Top 100: 3

Getting value for the second pick will be tough, but with GM John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan carrying six-year contracts and a roster with a ton of problems, there’s a real chance for the Niners to maintain a top-guy-on-the-board approach throughout and take advantage of the strengths of the class. And they do have a cluster of six picks between 143 and 219 that should facilitate movement.

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The Seahawks’ setup is interesting Friday night Cheap Trey Flowers Jersey , with three picks clustered between 90 and 106, and at least the perception that you’ll be able to get good cornerbacks, safeties, receivers, tight ends and running backs at this juncture. So Seattle could just sit and take advantage of the draft’s depth at the end of Round 3, or they could move one or more of those picks to go up or down.

Others to watch: Broncos (10 picks, 1 in Top 50, 3 in Top 100); Chiefs (10 picks, 1 in Top 50 Cheap Tom Brady Jersey , 3 in the Top 100); Redskins (10 picks, 2 in the top 50, 3 in the Top 100).

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1. I’ve talked to two teams that have Pitt’s Nate Peterman among their top five quarterbacks. And some compare him to Kirk Cousins. Interesting Day 2 guy.

2. Speaking of quarterbacks, important to remember what might be available in 2018: Cousins, Jimmy Garoppolo, USC’s Sam Darnold, UCLA’s Josh Rosen and Wyoming’s Josh Allen. That’s part of the equation tonight.

3. I’m interested to see Adrian Peterson’s fit in a Saints offense that’s always put a value on versatility. Can he reinvent himself? Will he look the same in such a multiple scheme? Should be interesting to watch.

4. Marshawn Lynch’s fit in Oakland is more natural. He’ll complement the Raiders’ stable of Taiwan Jones, DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard, all of whom lack the size and power Lynch brings.

5. I think the issue for the Saints in pursuing Malcolm Butler is the idea of trading away any one pick. It’s the idea of parting with multiple picks. New Orleans only has seven total Cheap Tedy Bruschi Jersey , and the defense needs help in a bunch of areas.

6. While we’re there, at least notable that the Patriots brought likely first-round OTs Ryan Ramczyk and Garrett Bolles to Foxborough, when they don’t pick until 72nd overall. Tells you they’re at least prepared for a trade.

7. If the Vikings don’t exercise Teddy Bridgewater’s option for 2018, then both he and Sam Bradford will be in contract years. Not ideal for a team that used the Bradford trade last year as a beacon that it was in a championship window.

8. Cowboys tight end Jason Witten this week left his future open-ended—he’s now under contract until 2021—and that underscores his amazing career. Try and find another guy at that position as durable and dependable through 14 years.

9. The Cardinals getting back Daryl Washington could, conceivably, fill a pretty significant hole for the team at linebacker. He’s 30 now, and hasn’t played in four years, but was a heck of a player before substance issues derailed him.

10. All the best to everyone affected by the ESPN layoffs. And especially to Jean-Jacques Taylor and Calvin Watkins, two guys who this punk kid learned a ton from in his short time in Dallas.

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1. Where and when will the QBs go? OK, so this is what everyone wants to know, and this is probably the hardest position to predict. Some questions have to be answered. First, will the Jaguars take Deshaun Watson? The closer we get to draft day, the stronger the whispers have become Tom Coughlin loves Watson, and that he really could take him over Leonard Fournette, which would mean the end of Blake Bortles is near.

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The four teams in the NFL conference championship games Sunday are among the league’s best at playing defense .

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1. Vikings, 15.8

2. Jaguars, 16.8

4. Eagles, 18.4

5. Patriots, 18.5

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4. Eagles, 306.5

29. Patriots, 366

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6. Jaguars, 9

9. Vikings, 10

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7. Patriots, 42

15. Eagles, 38

17. Vikings, 37

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3. Vikings, 73.0

9. Eagles, 79.5

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2. Jaguars, 21

4. Eagles, 19

13. Vikings, 14

18. Patriots, 12

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The Dallas Cowboys led the NFC last season, finishing with a 13-3 record. How will they fair in 2017 under the leadership of Dak Prescott?

It seems as though everywhere you look on the internet you’ll find an article or video explaining why the Dallas Cowboys won’t find success in 2017. I’ve read all the so-called “reasons”, and I find it to be a bunch of baloney.

Let’s start with Heath Evans from NFL Network. Heath thinks the Dallas Cowboys are going to go 8-8. Then we’ve got ESPN’s pundits, Louis Riddick and Jerome Bettis, who seemed very happy to predict a 9-7 season.

And don’t even get me started on Stephen A. Smith. For a man who makes his living hating on the Cowboys, he upped his ante this team. Even going as far as to suggest that Dallas would deflate footballs to prevent Ezekiel Elliott from fumbling.

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I mean Colton Schmidt Jersey , come on. It’s the Dallas Cowboys — not Tom Brady.

Cheap shots at Brady aside, the Cowboys are getting some very unfair treatment from most of the “experts” on TV. Coming off a 13-3 season, the best record in the NFC, you’d think the football world would have some confidence in the them.

The Dallas Cowboys have so much going for them heading into 2017. Dak Prescott will be entering his second year in the NFL, after being named AP Offensive Rookie of the Year last season. In fact, the offensive depth shouldn’t change at all with the exception of left guard.

So, let’s take a moment, breathe Cordy Glenn Jersey , and predict the Dallas Cowboys 2017 record, taking into account that they were one of the best teams in football last season.

Next: Week 1

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The Dallas Cowboys welcome their arch-nemesis from the northeast to open the season. The New York Giants come to town for a Sunday night showdown that should come down to the wire. Let’s just face the facts here: the Cowboys and Giants always play each other close.

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In fact, you’d have to go all the way back to 2014 to find a game between these clubs that was decided by more than a touchdown.

The strengths of these two teams remain largely unchanged. The Dallas Cowboys bring their dominant run game and superior offense. The Giants flex their mighty defense and imposing defensive line.

However, the G-Men boast a major addition on offense. After signing ex-Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall, the Giants look to have an upgraded aerial attack. Couple that with a Cowboys secondary that saw three starters flee town and you have a recipe for trouble.

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I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about this game, and it likely could go either way. But, the third time is the charm, and Dak Prescott and the Cowboys will be looking to avenge their early exit from the 2017 playoffs.

Prediction: Cowboys: 24, Giants: 21 (W)

Next: Week 2

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And in pro football, where the New England Patriots rallied from 25 points down to send the Super Bowl to overtime for the first time in its history, then cruised to a quick touchdown for the franchise’s fifth title.

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The rest of 2017 might have been called The Year of the Unexpected. From Sergio Garcia’s long-overdue green jacket to Roger Federer’s late-in-the-game return to the top to Usain Bolt losing not one, but two races in his finale, the year’s best games, races and rounds certainly kept us all guessing.

A look at some of the best games of 2017:



BACK AND FORTH: Clemson and Alabama met for the second straight year with the national title on the line and one question to answer: How would they top the 45-40 thriller from the year before? Alabama won that game and appeared to be on track for a repeat, leading 24-14 after three quarters that were more or less a snoozefest. The fourth quarter was a much different story. It included four touchdowns, three lead changes over the final 4:38, and ultimately, the game-winner – a 2-yard throw from Deshaun Watson to Hunter Renfrow with 1 second left that gave Clemson the 35-31 win and its first title since 1981. ”That has to be one of the greatest games of all time Cheap Trey Flowers Jersey ,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said.



SUPER COMEBACK: The debate lingers: Did the Falcons choke this game away or did the Patriots wrest it away? Either way, it was a comeback for the history books. Atlanta took a 28-3 lead with 8:31 left in the third quarter. From there, Atlanta’s prevent defense and questionable calls on offense combined with New England’s refusal to give up turned it into an all-timer. The Patriots’ tying drive was highlighted by a remarkable catch by Julian Edelman . New England tied the game at 28, won the overtime coin toss and Atlanta’s shocked defense offered no resistance. The Patriots won 34-28 . ”No panic,” Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater said in explaining the comeback. ”Our bodies and minds were ready, and we just kept believing in one another.”



ONLY A NUMBER: He was 35, coming off a knee injury and much closer to the end of his career than his prime. Nobody could be blamed for overlooking Roger Federer. Yet the father of four, playing his first big tournament after sitting out for six months, came back in classic fashion , turning back the clock to top his longtime rival Cheap Tom Brady Jersey , Rafael Nadal, in a memorable Australian Open final. Federer overcame a break in the fifth set to capture his 18th Grand Slam title with a 4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 victory. It was Federer’s first major since Wimbledon in 2012. (And he would go on to take No. 19 later this year at Wimbledon). ”For me it’s all about the comeback, about an epic match with Rafa again,” Federer said.



SEEING GREEN: Two shots behind with six holes to play, the Masters looked like another in an unbearably long string of major disappointments for Sergio Garcia. But Garcia did not fade . He saved par after hitting his drive into an azalea bush on No. 13, then made eagle on No. 15 to set up a playoff with Justin Rose that Garcia won. Garcia could’ve won it with a 5-foot birdie putt on No. 18 Cheap Tedy Bruschi Jersey , but it rolled out. Garcia persisted. Rose hit his drive into the trees on the playoff hole and couldn’t scramble to save par. The result: Garcia wearing the green jacket and capturing his first major . No one had ever played more majors as a pro (70) before winning one for the first time.



SOME FAREWELL: World championships were supposed to be a stroll down the straightaway followed by an oversized going-away party for track’s biggest star, Usain Bolt. Not even close. Bolt finished third in the final 100-meter race of his career, unable to find the overdrive that had sparked him to all those Olympic medals. Then, in his curtain call, the 6-foot-5 sensation pulled up lame in the anchor leg of the 4×100 relay. The crowd gasped. Bolt was placed in a wheelchair and later limped off the track. It was proof, yet again, that nobody commands the spotlight quite like Bolt – even on those rare occasions when he doesn’t run away with the win.



LONG BALL: Ten innings. Seven home runs. 5 hours, 17 minutes. 25 runs. The Astros topped the Dodgers 13-12 in Game 5 of the World Series , a game in which no lead, or pitcher Cheap Steve Grogan Jersey , was safe. The teams combined for 28 hits and used 14 pitchers. In a game in which the long ball reigned, it was a simple single off the bat of Alex Bregman that brought home Carlos Correa for the winning run. ”The best game ever, for sure,” Correa said.



BEST OF THE REST: Who says a 6-1 soccer game can’t be a thriller? Paris Saint-Germain had beaten Barcelona 4-0 in the first part of a two-leg Champions League matchup. An impossible hill to climb? Not quite. Barcelona won the second leg by scoring three times over the final eight minutes to advance. … Even if the fight wasn’t the greatest, the spectacle certainly was. Floyd Mayweather Jr. slowly wore down Conor McGregor in the showdown between boxer and UFC champion. Ringside seats went for $10,000 and 4 million people bought the fight on pay-per-view. … On the 13th hole in the closing round of the British Open, Jordan Spieth made arguably the best bogey in major-championship history on the way to the capturing the third leg of the career Grand Slam .

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ORLANDO Charles Johnson Jersey , Fla. (AP) During a time in which player activism in the NFL has become a polarizing issue, the league continues to receive high grades for racial hiring practices in a diversity report that also finds that gender hiring has slightly dipped.

The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport released its annual racial and gender report card Wednesday, giving the NFL its eighth straight A for its racial hiring – primarily on the strength of incremental increases in coaches and general managers of color. The league received just a C for gender hiring, and an overall B grade for race and gender hiring.

The NFL is engulfed in a controversy involving some of its players – the league is comprised of mostly African-American players – and their actions during the playing of the national anthem. Some players have chosen to kneel to bring attention to what they believe are social injustices being directed at African-Americans and other minorities.

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Some fans, and President Trump Andrew Norwell Jersey , have deemed their actions as disrespecting the flag and the country’s military men and women.

”I think with the kind of player activism that is going on that it’s going to increase attention to these numbers and I think it will get even better in the future,” said report card author Dr. Richard Lapchick. ”I think it was getting better anyways but I think that is going to add to it.”

This year the NFL matched its all-time high of eight head coaches of color with the addition of Vance Joseph in Denver and the Los Angeles Chargers Anthony Lynn. The last time the NFL had eight coaches of color prior to the 2017 was in 2011.

But Laphick does see a concern because this year there was slight decline at the coordinator level, which is seen as pipeline to head coaching positions in the NFL. There are just 13 men of color holding coordinator titles on the 32 NFL teams, which is a slight drop from 14 coordinators in 2016.

The NFL applies its Rooney Rule, a mandate that minorities must be interviewed for any vacant head coaching position Daryl Williams Jersey , to expose more coaches of color.

Still, Lapchick is still bothered by the lack of progress at the coordinator level. The percentage of assistant coaches of color also dipped slightly from 31.9 percent a year ago to 31.4 percent in 2017.

”I think the Rooney Rule is definitely a plus, but it’s not a guarantee so there has to be other things in place like looking out for how to build that pipeline,” he said.

In addition to an increase in head coaches, the NFL also went from having five men with the general manager/principal in charge title to six this year.

But there also is still a concern that women are not making more strides in decision-making roles Mario Addison Jersey , particularly at the team level. The NFL saw its gender score drop from 76 percent in 2016 to 74 percent this year. But women in management in the league office jumped from 31.6 percent of the staff make up to 35.4 percent in 2017, which is the highest in the report card history.

In the NFL offices, the number of women at or over the vice president level went from 35 to 45 in 2017. The NFL scored a C+ in gender hiring a year ago but went from 76 percent to 74 percent primarily a change in the standards for grades.

But at the team level, women in senior administrative positions is at 20 percent this year, which is a full percent drop from 2016.

”The league office has made significant strides in promoting and hiring women in senior VP positions over the last three years Russell Shepard Jersey ,” Lapchick said. ”I think they are setting an example for the teams. We hope they will take their que from the leagues at that this point.”



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EAST RUTHERFORD Cheap Vincent Valentine Jersey , N.J. (AP) Brutal start, wild finish and quite an impressive victory for the New York Jets. As for Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs, this one surely stings.

Josh McCown scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak with 2:15 left , and the Jets bounced back from an early deficit Sunday and held on for a wacky 38-31 win that was filled with big plays, bad penalties and lots of lead changes.

”When you see it go back and forth, it’s hard, because eventually one team gives in,” McCown said. ”We just stayed together.”

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Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 21-yard field goal to put the Jets (5-7) ahead with 3:55 left. But Kansas City’s Bennie Logan was called for a personal foul for hitting long snapper Thomas Hennessy in the head on the play. That gave the Jets the ball at the 1 with a new set of downs.

After two running plays, McCown threw incomplete – but Steven Nelson was penalized for defensive holding, making it first-and-goal from the 2. Three plays later Cheap Trey Flowers Jersey , McCown kept the ball and shoved his way into the end zone.

McCown’s pass on the 2-point conversion was incomplete, but Nelson was called for holding. An enraged Marcus Peters picked up the penalty flag and tossed it into the stands , drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Peters was not ejected, but thought he was and headed straight to the locker room – before returning later without his socks. Elijah McGuire ran it in moments later to convert the 2-point play and make it 38-31.

”Probably a little frustration there,” Reid said. ”I’m not saying that they shouldn’t have been called. I’ve got to look at the tape on that. You’re down there and competing and we’ve had a few of those games where we’ve had that. It’s a bit frustrating.”

McCown finished with 331 yards passing and a touchdown to Matt Forte, and ran for two scores – including the winner. Jermaine Kearse had nine catches for 157 yards and Robby Anderson caught eight passes for 107 yards as the Jets dominated in time of possession, but still had to hold their breath in the end.

After Tyreek Hill’s 40-yard catch put the ball at the Jets 23, Smith completed a 4-yard pass to Travis Kelce, who had two early touchdowns. But Smith was then incomplete on three straight passes.

”It’s big, good to win one Cheap Tom Brady Jersey ,” Jets coach Todd Bowles said. ”You can breathe a sigh of relief before you move on to next week.”

The loss by the Chiefs (6-6) ruined the return of cornerback Darrelle Revis, who made his debut with Kansas City after signing a two-year deal last week. Revis, who played eight years over two stints with the Jets, started for the Chiefs, but spent the second half on the sideline.

”It was great to be back out there,” said Revis, who had five tackles. ”I haven’t played a football game in 12 months, so I think that’s why coach made that call in the second half.”

Kansas City has dropped six of its last seven after opening the season 5-0, but remains in the mix in the AFC West playoff hunt.

”I go on to the next game,” Reid said. ”I go on to what I can help to control. You look back Cheap Tedy Bruschi Jersey , correct the mistakes, and pick the urgency level up and get ourselves better.”

Meanwhile, New York kept its faint playoff hopes alive by snapping a two-game skid and holding on to a fourth-quarter lead. The Jets had blown leads in the fourth quarter of three of their last four losses.

”To come out and win one of these finally,” Bowles said, ”it’s refreshing.”

Hill had put the Chiefs ahead 31-30 on a 40-yard touchdown catch . The drive was helped by a personal foul penalty on the Jets’ ArDarius Stewart on the kickoff.

Smith finished with 366 yards passing, with four TD tosses, two to Hill, who had six receptions for 185 yards.

STARTING FAST

Smith and the Chiefs got things going early against the Jets, marching down the field 75 yards on five plays – capping the drive with a 22-yard touchdown catch by a wide-open Kelce just 2:38 in.

Reid confirmed an earlier ESPN report that he handed the offensive play-calling duties to coordinator Matt Nagy, and it appeared to work well early.

After the Jets went three-and-out on their opening possession Cheap Steve Grogan Jersey , Smith found Kelce – wide open, again – for a 36-yard score to make it 14-0 less than five minutes in.

The Jets showed some signs of life, though, with Bilal Powell scoring on a 1-yard run. New York tied it at 14 late in the opening quarter on McCown’s quarterback sneak from 1 yard.

RUNNING MAN

Smith helped set up a field goal for the Chiefs when he scrambled out of trouble on second-and-10 from the 14 and took off for a career-best 70 yards late in the second quarter.

It was the Chiefs’ longest run of the season, but not the best ever by a Kansas City quarterback. That was Steve Bono’s 76-yarder against Arizona in 1995.

GROUNDED JETS

New York linebacker Darron Lee was a surprise inactive, which Bowles said was a coach’s decision. Also, defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson was benched for most of the first quarter – also a coach’s decision – before entering with 39 seconds before the second quarter.

STREAK STOPPED

Kansas City’s Harrison Butker was wide right on a 38-yard attempt in the second quarter. It ended his franchise record of 23 straight field goals made. Butker’s only previous miss was a 46-yarder against Washington on the first attempt of his NFL career.

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RENTON Cheap Vincent Valentine Jersey , Wash. (AP) After playing a Thursday game, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson spent his extended break getting his jaw back in alignment.

Wilson said Friday that he had to wear a specialized mouthpiece in the days after Seattle’s 22-16 win over Arizona to put his jaw back in proper alignment. Wilson said he underwent X-rays and there was no fracture but a hit from Karlos Dansby required Wilson to limit the amount of speaking and eating he could do.

”I had to wear this Cheap Trey Flowers Jersey , basically like a splint almost,” Wilson said. ”A hard mouth guard that would reset my jaw a little bit and make me feel good and let me speak to you again.”

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Wilson was hit by Dansby in the third quarter of Seattle’s victory. The NFL subsequently began reviewing the way Seattle handled its evaluation of Wilson for a possible concussion after he was sent off the field by referee Walt Anderson. Wilson was on the sideline only briefly.

Wilson said he couldn’t remember taking a hit to the jaw like that before.

”I think the league has got to do what they’ve got to do and it’s obviously important for player safety and everything like that Cheap Tom Brady Jersey ,” Wilson said. ”I was completely fine. My jaw got busted up pretty good. We’re cooperating and doing everything we can to make sure we do it the right way.”

What was obvious from the start was that Wilson’s jaw hurt. He could be seen in television replays moving it around while he was still on the field. Wilson said he was on a liquid diet most of last weekend when the Seahawks got a few extra days of rest. He said it was about three days before he could eat solid food.

”I got images and everything like that. Sure enough I was lucky. It was pretty close,” Wilson said. ”The doctor was like Cheap Tedy Bruschi Jersey , `Any harder we probably would have had to wire your mouth shut.’ That was a good thing that didn’t happen.”



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CLEVELAND (AP) Bad may not suffice anymore. Horrid hardly scratches the surface. Miserable doesn’t tell the whole story.

Embarrassing? At so many levels.

The Cleveland Browns are a complete calamity. One of the NFL’s most storied franchises has fallen so far Eric Wood Jersey , and the team appears so disconnected and constrained by dysfunction, that the Browns almost defy description.

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For the second straight year they’ve reached the midway point of the season 0-8. They’re now 1-23 under coach Hue Jackson and a numbers-crunching front office led by Sashi Brown, whose decision to tear down a roster to its foundation has to this point proven foolish.

The three- or four- or five-year plan – the club has never publicly explained its long-term game plan- isn’t working and more change seems inevitable despite vows by owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam to be patient during a painstaking rebuilding process.

”I think we know where we are headed,” Jackson said this week, trying to put a positive spin on a negative situation.

The truth is, the Browns remain critically broken, damaged goods. They’re 88-208 since their 1999 expansion return, with a single playoff appearance that seems light years ago. They’re 19-63 since the Haslam’s $1.05 billion purchase was approved by the NFL in 2012.

A minor-league franchise in a major-league world.

But even by their low standards, this week – the Browns’ bye week – presented another stage of clumsiness and chaos for Cleveland’s woebegone franchise. Fittingly Colton Schmidt Jersey , the shocking scenario unfolded on Halloween.

With the Browns’ perpetual search for a long-term quarterback – they’ve started 28 QBs since ’99 – stalled, they were undone by a paperwork glitch that perhaps illustrates the team’s desperation to win, and a divide between Jackson, his staff and the team’s decision makers.

One day after New England traded Jimmy Garoppolo, Tom Brady’s backup and a quarterback Jackson had coveted for months, to San Francisco for a second-round pick, the Browns, who had previous talks with the Patriots and are armed with three second-round picks in 2018, bungled a deal with Cincinnati just before Tuesday’s deadline.

The Browns reached agreement on a trade for Bengals backup AJ McCarron Cordy Glenn Jersey , sending one of their AFC North rivals a second- and third-round pick in next year’s draft. But the clubs failed to file the appropriate documentation to the league office before the 4 p.m. deadline and the transaction was nullified. In the aftermath, the Bengals insisted they followed standard procedure, while the Browns, who have executed 17 trades since April 2016, declined comment as they entered their week off.

So while the winless 49ers may have found their franchise quarterback, the Browns stood pat.

Only the Browns lose in their bye week. Orange helmets, red faces.

And whether or not they were solely culpable in the McCarron affair because of their dubious track record of busted draft picks and constant upheaval, the Browns aren’t getting the benefit of the doubt in the court of public opinion. They haven’t earned it. Two decades of losing football has destroyed any good will while eroding a passionate fan base and making them a national laughingstock.

The deadline fiasco also seems to show that Cleveland’s building is split on its present and future. One of the major goals this season was to develop rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer. But perhaps feeling pressure to show the Haslams he can win with an inexperienced team, Jackson has benched the second-round pick three times in the past four weeks.

McCarron played for Jackson while he was Cincinnati’s offensive coordinator and might have been able to win a game or two over the final eight weeks. But while Jackson fights for his job Jerry Hughes Jersey , Brown, Paul DePodesta and the rest of Cleveland’s analytics-friendly front office can’t hide from monstrous misses in the draft. They’ve ignored addressing their quarterback conundrum to hoard assets they’ve yet to use wisely.

In 2016, the Browns traded the No. 2 overall pick to Philadelphia, which used it to select quarterback Carson Wentz, who has thrown 19 TD passes this season, has the Eagles at 7-1 and could be the clubhouse leader for league’s MVP.

If that wasn’t enough of a gut punch to Browns fans, after the team selected defensive end Myles Garrett first overall (he’s been a force when healthy), the team traded the No. 12 pick to Houston. The Texans chose quarterback Deshaun Watson, was keeping the Texans relevant following the season-ending injury to J.J. Watt until Watson tore up his knee on Thursday.

Those blunders Preston Brown Jersey , combined with the McCarron muff, could be enough to convince the Haslams they have the wrong people in charge.

Jackson isn’t absolved of blame, either, as his handling of Kizer, along with some in-game strategic moves that backfired, have put his future in jeopardy.

There’s still time to fix things – or make them worse. The Browns have eight games left to change their course.

At this point, they’re headed for another hard crash.



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Suppose you were told the New Orleans Saints could run the ball and play defense Eric Wood Jersey , and Drew Brees was still their quarterback.

And you were informed that the Los Angeles Rams had a dynamic offense to go with a physical defense.

What you would have is a terrific matchup of division leaders. It happens Sunday at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

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New Orleans (8-2) is showing more balance than at any time since Brees arrived in 2006 and began setting passing records.

Los Angeles Rams has made a swift and impressive turnaround under first-year coach Sean McVay, who has quarterback Jared Goff playing like a first overall draft selection should.

The Saints started with two losses and haven’t been on the short end of the score since.

”Specifically, we opened at Minnesota, which is obviously a good football team and a tough place to play, and didn’t play well enough,” coach Sean Payton says.

”And then the following week versus New England. I think we did as a team feel like those next two weeks on the road at Carolina and then on the road to London – we went right from Carolina to London – we felt that two-game stretch was going to be critical for this team if we were going to aspire to do something.

”I think Carolina was a good win for us … and then carried it over to London for the second win before our bye. That two-game stretch would certainly be, not just because it was our first two wins, but it was building some confidence and that you can think it or wish it or hope to have it, but it generally just comes from demonstrated ability.”

The similar demonstrated ability has been present with the Rams. Except they didn’t struggle early, instead winning three of their first four. Wade Phillips’ defense has scored 84 points off 19 turnovers. Phillips was the Saints defensive coordinator from 1981-85 Colton Schmidt Jersey , and interim head coach for four weeks after father Bum was fired.

In the three Thanksgiving games, the Los Angeles Chargers beat Dallas 28-6, Minnesota topped Detroit 30-23, and Washington beat the New York Giants 20-10,

In Arlington, Texas, Philip Rivers threw for 434 yards and three touchdowns, and Desmond King returned an interception 90 yards for the punctuating touchdown for San Diego. The Chargers (5-6) moved within 1 1/2 games of AFC West-leading Kansas City. The defending NFC East champion Cowboys (5-6) lost their third straight by at least 20 points, all without star running back Ezekiel Elliott.

In Detroit, Case Keenum threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score – all in the first half – for Minnesota. The Vikings (9-2) won their seventh straight and took a three-game lead over second-place Detroit (6-5) in the NFC North.

In Landover Cordy Glenn Jersey , Maryland, Kirk Cousins threw two touchdown passes to compensate for a pick-6, and Washington beat New York,

Cousins led Washington (5-6) on two TD drives in the second half, connecting with Jamison Crowder on a 15-yarder in the third quarter that broke a 3-all tie, and with Josh Doctson on a 14-yarder with 3 1/2 minutes remaining in the game.

The Giants dropped to 2-9.



Carolina (7-3) at New York Jets (4-6)

Tampa Bay (4-6) at Atlanta (6-4)

This is the epitome of the trap game for the Panthers, who next face division leaders New Orleans and Minnesota. But they also come off a bye, when coach Ron Rivera surely was reminding his players not to get careless.

Carolina is showing lots of balance now as Cam Newton has overcome an inconsistent early portion of the season. The defense has been lights-out.

New York also was off last week.

Here’s a cool fact: Panthers DE Julius Peppers and Jets QB Josh McCown are two of three players still active who were drafted in 2002. Peppers went No. 2 overall to Carolina, while McCown was a third-round selection (No. 81 overall) by Arizona.

Dwight Freeney, now with Detroit Jerry Hughes Jersey , is the other.

The Falcons escaped in Seattle on Monday night, and now face one of Matt Ryan’s patsies. In the past seven home games against Tampa Bay, Ryan has 14 TDs and one interception.

The Bucs come off their best performance this season, routing Miami and forcing five turnovers while not having any. Mike Evans has prospered against Atlanta, with five TDs in his past five meetings. He won’t have Jameis Winston throwing to him, though, as Ryan Fitzpatrick, a winner in the past two games, goes again for the injured starter.

Fitz needs to look out for Adrian Clayborn. The DE has six sacks, two forced fumbles Preston Brown Jersey , two fumble recoveries and one touchdown in the past two games.

Jacksonville (7-3) at Arizona (4-6)

Tennessee (6-4) at Indianapolis (3-7)

The AFC South’s leader and runner-up hit the road against teams they should handle.

Jacksonville handles everyone roughly with that sack-happy defense ranked No. 1 overall. Teams can run a bit on the Jaguars, so Adrian Peterson might be busy for Arizona.

But the Cardinals are down to their No. 3 quarterback, Blaine Gabbert, who had better know where former Cardinals DE Calais Campbell is at all times.

This is Jacksonville’s first appearance at University of Phoenix Stadium, which opened in 2006.

Winning at Indy has been problematic for the Titans. They have lost nine straight road games to the Colts and are still seeking first win at Lucas Oil Stadium. They will need better work from Marcus Mariota, who threw four picks in last week’s loss to Pittsburgh. With the Colts ranking 30th in pass defense, Mariota should do well.

A big game by Indy RB Frank Gore will move him up the career rushing list. Gore needs 89 yards to pass Jerome Bettis (13,662) for .



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THOUSAND OAKS Frostee Rucker Jersey , Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Rams will have to persevere through their difficult late-season schedule without one of their defensive leaders.

Linebacker Connor Barwin had surgery Monday to repair a broken left forearm, Rams coach Sean McVay said.

Barwin had a plate inserted into his arm to aid healing. He will be out ”the next couple weeks,” according to McVay, likely sidelining him when the Philadelphia Eagles visit the Rams on Dec. 10.

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Philadelphia released Barwin in March after four seasons with the team. He landed in Los Angeles as a free agent and quickly became a key contributor to the new defense run by Rams coordinator Wade Phillips, who had previously coached Barwin in Houston.

”He’s a tough guy,” McVay said at the Rams’ training complex. ”He’ll be ready to go sooner than later. I would be willing to bet on Connor.”

Barwin’s injury was a sobering development for Los Angeles (8-3) after an otherwise outstanding victory over fellow NFC division leader New Orleans. The Rams’ 26-20 win put them in prime position for their first playoff spot since 2004.

Barwin has started all 11 games for the Rams this season Jared Veldheer Jersey , recording four sacks and 25 tackles. He also provided valuable leadership for his mostly younger teammates, who voted him a team captain in his first year with the club.

”You lose a lot,” McVay said. ”You not only lose a very productive player, but what he’s demonstrated as one of those guys in the locker room. You look at a guy that’s been brought in here, his first year, being voted as a captain by his teammates. That says a lot about the type of person he is Tyvon Branch Jersey , the way he goes about his business.”

Rookie Samson Ebukam will start in Barwin’s place when the Rams visit the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Ebukam, a fourth-round pick out of Eastern Washington, has made two sacks – including one against the Saints – and a fumble recovery while playing as a backup linebacker and on special teams for Los Angeles.

McVay described Barwin as ”a huge influence” on Ebukam.

”(Ebukam) shows up on the film both in special teams and defense, and he’s a guy we feel like has a bright future for us,” McVay said.

Although Barwin is out, the Rams expect cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman to return on Sunday after missing last weekend’s game with a thigh injury.

Barwin’s injury slightly dampened another upbeat day for the Rams J. J. Nelson Jersey , who are surging toward the final quarter of the season after shutting down another elite team. McVay’s Rams still haven’t lost back-to-back games – no small feat for a franchise that lost 11 of 12 to end its dismal homecoming season in 2016.

The Rams responded impressively to the injury absence of top receiver Robert Woods. Rookie Cooper Kupp set career highs with eight catches for 116 yards, while starter Sammy Watkins and rookie Josh Reynolds caught touchdown passes.

The solid play of Jared Goff’s receiving corps allowed McVay to continue throwing the ball at the New Orleans defense, which was missing its starting cornerbacks. McVay also acknowledged that the Saints’ defense was loaded up to stop running back Todd Gurley, who still managed 74 yards rushing on 17 carries.

”With some of the defensive looks that they were presenting, it was really tough to run it,” McVay said.

Gurley has been one of the NFL’s most productive and versatile running backs this season A.Q. Shipley Jersey , but the injury absence of his top two backups – Malcolm Brown and Lance Dunbar – has forced McVay to make adjustments. The coach said he limited Gurley’s carries and receptions to keep him fresh for third-down blocking assignments, since the Rams’ only other active running back was seldom-used rookie Justin Davis.

”Todd will be one of the key focal points of our offense always,” McVay said. ”But just knowing how important it was going to be in the absence of Lance and Malcolm, to be able to have him available for some of those protection downs was really a very important part of our game.”



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EDEN PRAIRIE Charles Johnson Jersey , Minn. (AP) Case Keenum scrambled to his left out of the pocket to evade the pass rush before setting his feet to throw and setting his sight on Adam Thielen, aiming to add to Minnesota’s healthy lead early in the third quarter at Washington.

The throw was right on target.

Thielen, once again, was in just the right place.

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With a 49-yard gain, beating cornerback Josh Norman and safety Deshazor Everett, Thielen was tackled at the 12-yard line to set up the fifth touchdown of the game for the Vikings (7-2) in their 38-30 victory on Sunday. Thielen finished with 166 yards on eight receptions.

”He continues to find ways to get open and make catches and make catches even when he’s not open. There’s been a few times where he’s pretty well-covered and makes a catch. That type of guy I haven’t really been around, ever,” Keenum said.

”He plays all of the positions. He knows every position. He knows the whole offense. He gets guys Andrew Norwell Jersey , he helps guys, and he knows where to go.”

That’s not all. Three plays later, Jarius Wright caught a screen pass on third-and-5 from the 7-yard line that he took into the end zone.

Center Pat Elflein, right guard Joe Berger and wide receiver Laquon Treadwell formed the wall in front, but Thielen’s block on cornerback Kendall Fuller gave Wright the lane he needed to score.

”Adam does everything,” coach Mike Zimmer said.

With 793 receiving yards, Thielen is third in the NFL. He’s tied for fifth with 56 receptions.

”The guy is a gamer. When he gets the opportunities, he makes the most of them Daryl Williams Jersey ,” Zimmer said.

Starting, of course, with the $500 scholarship he was given in 2009 by Minnesota State University to play NCAA Division II football. Then came the rookie tryout camp in 2013 with the Vikings that he needed to latch on to the practice squad.

Then there was the opening on special teams that he used as a pathway to the active roster. Struggles last year by the first-round draft pick Treadwell gave Thielen more space with which to break out.

”I never really think about stats and things like that,” Thielen said. ”As long as we win the game and I’m doing everything I can to help the team, that’s really all that matters.”

With Thielen and a healthy-again Stefon Diggs doing the most damage downfield, the Vikings offense is thriving, save for two interceptions that Keenum threw in the second half at Washington.

They’re ninth in the league in yards per game and 10th in points per game, the first time they’ve been in the top 10 in either category since 2009 when Brett Favre’s renaissance led a charge to the NFC championship game.

That was the most recent season the Vikings had a 1 Mario Addison Jersey ,000-yard receiver, too, with Thielen in prime position to end the league’s longest such absence of one.

The propensity of offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur to spread the ball around and Keenum’s ability to follow through on the plan, boosted in a big way by a more mobile and less leaky offensive line, has helped the Vikings put together one of the NFL’s most productive units despite the loss of rookie running back Dalvin Cook to a season-ending knee injury in the fourth game.

”That makes it tough for a defensive player, because they’ve got to bring it on every play and they don’t know where the ball’s going to go,” Thielen said. ”And they can’t really relax on anybody on our offense.”

Zimmer on Monday again declined to declare Keenum the starter for the upcoming game against the Los Angeles Rams, but he said he has decided Russell Shepard Jersey , which hints at the status quo despite the presence of Teddy Bridgewater as the backup.

”I’ve got a plan,” Zimmer said, ”and we’ll just see how it goes.”



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