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Still, this year’s Patriots roster feels deeper than ever, with Brandin Cooks added to the passing game alongside do-everything back Rex Burkhead. While Julian Edelman is out of the picture, pass-catcher Chris Hogan torched teams in the preseason, while Brady still has his game-changing tight end Rob Gronkowski to tip the scales.

It’s easy to wonder if this tilt could morph into an unwatchable slaughter, but the Chiefs — in the regular season, at least — have the tools to put up a fight.

The Redskins rank ninth in fantasy points among defenses after two weeks, but an upcoming matchup against Derek Carr and the Raiders is anything but favorable. In fact, the first two defenses to face them (Titans, Jets) combined to score minus-one fantasy point. Carr is on fire right now, so the Redskins should be avoided.

Houston recorded a solid nine fantasy points in last week’s win over the Bengals, but fantasy fans should look elsewhere for a defensive option ahead of this week’s matchup against Tom Brady and the Patriots. The Chiefs scored just one fantasy point against them in Week 1, and New Orleans scored a mere two points in Week 2.

NFL Films Presents: Touchdown in Israel documents New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft taking 18 Hall of Famers on a spiritual journey to the Holy Land last summer. Hosted by Katie Nolan, the one-hour film, which airs Friday at 8 p.m. ET on NFL Network, shows the impact a visit to Israel had on these great players.

“This is one of the most rewarding films we’ve ever done,” said producer/director Keith Cossrow. Kraft and his late wife, Myra, developed deep bonds to Israel, and he often brings people from different backgrounds to share the experience. This group would have been wonderful to follow on a trek to the corner store, let alone Israel: Jim Brown, Joe Montana, Roger Staubach, Joe Greene, Cris Carter, Andre Reed, John Stallworth, Eric Dickerson, Marshall Faulk, Dave Casper, Jerome Bettis, Ron Yary, Aeneas Williams, Lem Barney, Willie Lanier, Mike Singletary, Andre Tippett and Bruce Smith.

In his first start Mitchell Trubisky flashed why he’s the future under center in Chicago, but the rookie will go through his struggles. Against a Ravens defense that has feasted on turnovers, how Trubisky bounces back from his game-losing interception will be key. The Bears got Trubisky out of the pocket often Monday, which plays to his strength of throwing accurately on the run. It also cuts the field in half. The Ravens will be ready to overload the left side of the defense on the rolls and force the rookie to try and fit the ball into tight windows. If the boot-action plays are nullified, will Trubisky be able to stand in the pocket and spread the ball around efficiently?

Last week, Joe Flacco finally connected on a few deep throws, and it opened the Ravens’ offense. Against a Bears defense that can be beaten down the field, Baltimore needs these stretch plays to continue. First the Ravens must protect Flacco against an underrated Chicago defensive front. Akiem Hicks has been a menace up the gut for the Bears this season, and Flacco struggles with interior pressure. If the running game with Alex Collins and Buck Allen is shut down, and Flacco doesn’t have time for routes to develop deep, it will lead to another inefficient dink-and-dunk day for Baltimore’s offense.

Through the first two years of their existence, the Next Gen Stats have quickly progressed, not only in their depth and insight but also in their utility. Now that we’ve spent the last two NFL seasons exploring and tracking the data provided by the microchips in the players’ shoulder pads, we’re ready to take the information and its practical value to the next level.

In this space, every week we’ll use some of the Next Gen Stats metrics to delve into a few of the top games of the week and explore individual player or team-level matchups. The hope is with some of the truly high-level analytic data we can uncover unique edges for fantasy football players when making lineup decisions for the upcoming week. Most of all, we’ll be more informed consumers of the NFL contests, which we should always strive to be in our fantasy decision-making process. Let’s dive into three games on the Week 2 slate that come with areas where Next Gen Stats can help cut through some of the questions.

Mitchell Trubisky is coming off the best game of his career, completing 78.1 percent of his 32 attempts in a Week 14 win. The rookie has shown signs of progress in recent weeks, getting the ball out faster and displaying a better understanding of defensive schemes. While the Bears will ride Jordan Howard Saturday versus a porous Lions run defense, the development of Trubisky is what the final three weeks are about for the Bears. Detroit’s lack of pass rush should provide the rookie quarterback time to go through his reads and build on his rising confidence in the pocket.

Matthew Stafford’s banged-up throwing hand didn’t slow him down last week, and the Lions quarterback gets a prime matchup to continue his hot play. Stafford ripped Vic Fangio’s defense in Week 11, completing 67.7 percent of his passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns. Marvin Jones should be in for another big week picking up chunk gains in the friendly Ford Field confines against a flagging Bears secondary. Stafford has targeted his tight ends more frequently over the middle in recent weeks, so keep an eye on Eric Ebron, who could build on his best game of the season.

Washington Redskins’ Su’a Cravens expected back this week

As late as last weekend, however, several sources informed of the situation told Rapoport the Redskins expected Cravens back with the team this week. However, Rapoport did stress Cravens’ situation was complex and could change.

Cravens’ agent, Fadde Mikhail, had been in touch with team brass recently, and coach Jay Gruden had been in touch with Cravens, Rapoport reported. On Saturday night, Cravens was spotted at the USC-Texas game hanging out with Doug Williams, the Redskins’ senior VP of player personnel.

Should Washington see Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson depart as expected, it can still count on being effective between the hashes. Davis was a more-than-suitable complementary player to star tight end Jordan Reed a year ago and still knows how to get open after 11 years in the league.

This is a nice story for the Washington D.C. native, who gets the rare multi-year deal in his mid-thirties and gets to wind down his career at home. The former Maryland star, who went in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft all those years ago, is back where it all started and won’t be leaving anytime soon.

On Monday night’s edition of NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players of 2017,” Kirk Cousins was revealed at No. 70. Ranking three slots higher than six-time Pro Bowler Philip Rivers, Cousins has a pretty high standing on this list, which was voted on by the players themselves. Interesting that the players are so high on Cousins’ game when his team doesn’t appear to be quite as certain.

For the second straight year, Cousins is set to play under the franchise tag, having been unable to strike a long-term deal with the Washington Redskins. Consequently, the future’s unclear for this 28-year-old signal caller who has posted some pretty impressive numbers over the past two seasons: 17-14-1 record with a 99.3 passer rating, 68.3 completion percentage and 54:23 TD-to-INT ratio.

This rivalry is one of the league’s most famous, but there was something nefarious brewing before the Dallas Cowboys were even born. Former Redskins owner George Preston Marshall didn’t want any team in the South, taking the view that his team owned that market. (Originally, the lyrics to the song included a line about fighting “for ol’ Dixie.”) Clint Murchison, who was trying to establish the team that became the Cowboys, bought the rights to “Hail to the Redskins.” And boom, the Cowboys had a franchise. I should probably really have put this in the Cowboys article, no?

How about this? The Redskins beat the Cowboys in the 1982 NFC Championship Game, which handed Dallas its third consecutive defeat in the NFC title game. It also spelled the last gasp for the Cowboys’ championship window; we wouldn’t hear from them again until 1992. So if any Cowboys fan gives you grief, tell him (or her) that.

It has been roughly two weeks since he sent a group text to teammates and coaches informing them of his wish to step away from the game. He contemplated retirement, though didn’t file any papers.

Early in September, Cravens was placed on the NFL’s exempt/left squad list, giving him four weeks to make a decision. He has disappeared from view since then, handling his personal business while the team played on. To officially return, he’d have to go back on the active roster.

Reed, who has not played 16 games in a season in his career, has been highly productive when on the field. Last season, he played in 12 games, with 66 catches for 686 yards and six TDs.

But he missed most of camp on the physically unable to perform list, only being activated on Aug. 20. He saw a specialist on Aug. 1 for another opinion.

Alshon Jeffery rebuts WRs coach, says not behind

He is one of the NFL’s most curious case studies, a Birkenstock-loving control freak who parlayed an off-the-beaten-path collegiate experience into a starring role in one of America’s most hypercritical sports cities.

Now firmly entrenched as the Philadelphia Eagles’ franchise quarterback, Carson Wentz was characteristically proactive during the dog days of summer, hosting eight of the team’s receivers in early July for a de facto passing camp in Fargo, where he starred for FCS power North Dakota State. In addition to several days of workouts, Wentz treated his guests to a lakeside barbecue, jet-ski rides and paddle-boarding excursions, and a grand time was had by all.

Added Jeffery: “It’s the game of football. Every once in a while you’re going to run a wrong route, make some mistakes on a few plays. But I’ll be all right.”

Jeffery caught two of five targets for 23 yards in just 17 snaps in his first preseason action last week. Even with the botched route, Carson Wentz showed his willingness to feed the ball to his new receiver (target every 3.4 snaps). With 20 days until the regular season opener, Jeffery has plenty of time to catch up on anything he’s behind on before the games count.

As for fantasy, the swap of Watkins for Jordan Matthews is not a 1-to-1 move, as they’re vastly different players. Matthews plays predominantly in the slot and is more likely a replacement for Robert Woods (signed with the Rams this offseason) than Watkins. In 2016, Matthews played 58 percent of his snaps in the slot, which is also where most of his production came from (84 targets, 54 receptions, 604 yards, two touchdowns). For Buffalo last year, Woods accumulated 54 percent of his targets and 62 percent of his yards from the slot.

This move is also interesting after the Bills just signed veteran Anquan Boldin, who played 81 percent of his snaps last year in Detroit either in the slot or tight to the line. Matthews will likely lead the team in targets, while Zay Jones will be tasked with providing an outside/deep threat like Watkins used to. This move is a good one for Matthews’ fantasy stock as he escapes the crowded Eagles wide receiver room, but it can’t be seen as a positive for Tyrod Taylor. With the Bills already featuring a low-volume passing attack (32nd and 31st in the league in pass attempts in the last two years), losing the big-play ability of Watkins depresses Taylor’s fantasy ceiling. He’ll still be able to rack up points with his legs, but this is bad news for Taylor’s late-round quarterback credentials.

While a majority of Eagles fans would agree, this qualifies as news because some owners around the league are willing to bail on an experiment after just one season. It would be dangerous and ludicrous for the Eagles to dump Pederson a year after hiring him, especially after he hand-selected a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick in the draft. The Eagles have had some bright moments this year despite the complete lack of a dependable wide receiver and, by all accounts, Wentz looks to be on his way to being a top-12 quarterback next season.

There is always an attractiveness to the unknown; could this year’s coaching class deliver another Adam Gase? It’s possible. But for a team with so much already in motion, changing coaches would be downright insane. The Eagles (5-8) have a chance to play some good football down the stretch against quality opponents with a lot to play for. Beating the Ravens (7-6) would go a long way toward quieting any discussion about the coach’s future in Philly.

Here’s what made it all the more exciting: Ross has been a fan of DeSean Jackson’s for years, and has since built a friendship with him. Jackson, now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was chosen by the Eagles in the second round of the 2008 draft. The connection wasn’t lost on Ross.

The Eagles got the only chance to host Ross on a visit for a while, because he’ll undergo shoulder surgery on Tuesday to repair his right labrum. Ross said he hopes to resume visiting other NFL clubs within a week or two of the procedure, and expects to begin the rehabilitation process as early as Wednesday. As for his pro day, Ross went through position drills only — after running a combine-record 4.22 40-yard dash in Indianapolis, there wasn’t much to prove — and felt good about his performance.

Runager played 11 seasons in the NFL after being drafted out of South Carolina by Philadelphia in the eighth round in 1979. He spent his first five years with the Eagles, losing the Super Bowl following the 1980 season before joining San Francisco in 1984.

The Niners went 15-1 his first season and beat Miami for the title. Runager played four seasons for San Francisco and came back for one game in 1988. He also played four seasons for Cleveland.

Jacksonville Jaguars trade up to select Cam Robinson

After two years as head coach of the Buffalo Bills from 2013 to 2014, Marrone infamously opted out of contract after the team came under new ownership. He went 15-17 in two seasons as Bills coach, but led the Bills to a 9-7 season in 2014, which was the first winning season for the franchise since 2004.

Thought to be a hot head-coaching candidate at the time, Marrone was passed over for several open positions, most notably the New York Jets, who hired Todd Bowles. Marrone has spent the past two years mostly in anonymity in Jacksonville — aside from a memorable defense of the New York rap scene.

With no guaranteed money left on the contract, cutting House saves Jacksonville $6 million on the salary cap. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported last week the Jaguars likely would release House if they couldn’t trade him away.

The move leaves the Jags with just four corners on the roster heading into free agency. Behind first-round stud Jalen Ramsey, Aaron Colvin, Josh Johnson and Doran Grant round out the position. Prince Amukamara, who took over the starting gig last season, is set to hit free agency. Jacksonville reportedly is aiming at re-signing the veteran corner.

With their first two picks, the Jags have immediately upgraded their running game, which takes pressure off the enigmatic Blake Bortles.

Over the last five seasons, the Jaguars have the NFL’s worst rushing offense (92.1 rush YPG since 2012), per NFL Research. That trend should end in 2017.

Khan mentioned that general manager Dave Caldwell “agreed and will now be charged with exploring all options to hire the best head coach possible” to lead the Jaguars. Khan also mentioned the team’s “extremely talented” roster, another sign of support for Caldwell. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Caldwell will name an interim head coach on Monday, and added Bradley was on the team flight back to Jacksonville.

This could be seen as an act of mercy for Bradley. In a statement after last season, Khan said that Bradley knew the Jaguars had to be “well above” where they finished a season ago when the team finished 5-11. The Jaguars spent big money in free agency and instead took a step back. It was only a matter of time before Bradley was fired, and Sunday’s collapse provided a good moment for a clean break.

See, I don’t even know yet if I’m picking Jacksonville to make the playoffs. But that’s the point. Even just a few weeks ago, who in their right mind envisioned South Carolina competing for a national title — in basketball? You can’t be Cinderella if everyone assumes you’ll be the belle of the ball. And let’s be honest: Jacksonville has some serious questions heading into the 2017 campaign. Allow me to address those right off the bat.

First of all, many folks expected a breakthrough performance by the Jaguars last season. And they disappointed in a major way, going 3-13 and finishing deep in the AFC South cellar. But let’s take a closer look at that 3-13 for a second. Jacksonville wasn’t getting blown off the field. The Jaguars lost eight games by seven points or fewer. And Jacksonville’s most impressive win — a 38-17 pasting of the Titans in Week 16 — came in Doug Marrone’s first game as the interim coach, replacing the fired Gus Bradley. In related news: Marrone earned the permanent gig and will be leading the Jags in 2017. This is no small thing. As I said a few weeks ago, Gus Bradley is a nice guy … but a terrible head coach. Marrone is a large upgrade. And now that he has Tom Coughlin running the front office? Yeah, I think Jacksonville’s pointed in the right direction.

The NFL announced Monday a decision on the location of the Jacksonville Jaguars game against the Tennessee Titans, scheduled for 1 p.m. ET on Sunday in Jacksonville, is pending after Hurricane Irma slammed the city over the weekend.

Jacksonville is dealing with “record storm surge and immense flooding,” CNN reported, with many parts of downtown, including streets near EverBank Field, under feet of water.

Pryor: Redskins’ QB situation won’t be like ’16 Browns

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Per Pro Football Focus, Bryant was targeted five times by Dak Prescott on Thanksgiving with Norman in coverage. The wideout caught three of those balls for 32 yards. Bryant had seven catches for 102 yards in Week 2’s win against the Redskins. According to PFF, however, he had zero of those catches on the two times he was thrown to with Norman on him in that game.

The two faced off for the first time last season in Week 12’s Cowboys-Panthers tilt, when Norman held Dez to just six yards and one catch on five targets. So if you’re keeping track at home, on 12 career targets against Norman, Bryant has four catches for 38 yards.

It looked like it was all over for the cheerleader. I mean, the poor girl — it was probably Jordyn — went face first into a cement walkway.

Ah, but upon closer inspection things aren’t what they seem. That “cement walkway” actually appears to be a thin surface covering the grass (stupid Dan), while Probably Jordyn somehow avoids smashing her face into the ground despite gravity and aerodynamics all pointing toward a seven-hour dental visit in the a.m.

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At the end of the day, this might be the best move for Pryor. While it would have been nice to come full circle and cheap jerseys and remain with the Browns, he’s looking to maximize his market for 2017-18 and it might be tough to do so with Cleveland’s current setup. Should Hue Jackson end up nabbing a Jimmy Garoppolo-type, then Pryor might regret his choice, but in Washington he is paired with a quarterback in Kirk Cousins who is looking to do exactly the same thing.

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With the organization going through some changes, it seems clear Cousins’ heart is elsewhere, too. Both now find themselves with no other option than to make the best of a bad situation and cash in a year from now. Come next March, both could be feeling very wanted.

Last season under Joe Barry, the Redskins own a milquetoast defense that ranked 28th in total yards per game allowed, 25th in pass defense and 24th against the run.

While Manusky won’t have his defense fully installed until later this month, it’s already clear to veterans players looking at the plan on paper that the new DC plans to get after the quarterback, adding a lot of pressure packages.

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With the 114th overall pick, Washington took Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine, a 5-11, 233-pound bruiser who left Oklahoma with a string of broken records in his belt. Despite the presence of Joe Mixon, Perine managed to put up at least 1,000 yards and 10-plus touchdowns every season, including a starlit freshman year where he rushed for 1,713 yards and 21 touchdowns.

One scout, speaking to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, described Perine as a type of Eddie Lacy-light, which fits the mold Washington is likely trying to replace with Jones.

According to Rapoport, the extension was struck late Saturday at Prime 47 steakhouse in Indianapolis, where the NFL Scouting Combine is taking place. Saturday was also Gruden’s 50th birthday.

In three seasons with Washington, Gruden has a regular-season record of 21-26-1. He guided the Redskins to the NFC East title in ’15, but lost to Green Bay in the wild-card round of the playoffs.

Has ‘all or nothing’ window closed for Cardinals?

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After struggling throughout the preseason, rookie Brandon Williams was exposed as a coverage liability opposite Patrick Peterson in the season-opening loss to the New England Patriots.

Simon is an intriguing flyer for Arizona. Although injuries and inconsistency have limited him to just five starts in three seasons, it was less than two months ago when All-Pro Richard Sherman reiterated a prediction that Simon will ultimately be viewed as the better player “by the time it’s all said and done.”

The absence of Doug Martin contributed heavily to Tampa Bay’s struggles on offense. The Bucs’ irreplacable running back left in the second quarter with a hamstring injury and did not return. Tampa was not able to establish any semblance of a running game following his exit, forcing Winston to attempt desperate passes to Evans and company. If the Bucs lose Martin for an extended period of time, that will spell trouble for a promising Tampa offense.

4. Patrick Peterson’s matchup with Bucs wideout Mike Evans bore some great plays on both sides of the ball. Arizona’s top cover man led off the pick parade of Winston with an end-zone interception on Tampa’s first drive. Evans followed with an impressive back-shoulder touchdown grab once the game was settled in the third, beating Pat P off the line of scrimmage. With all the talk about fellow corner Josh Norman following lesser opposing wideouts, Peterson reminded the league that he shouldn’t be overlooked as a top-three corner, and a fearless one at that.

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An offense built to win through the air saw Carson Palmer regress while the wide receivers behind Larry Fitzgerald faceplanted. The league’s most dynamic attack in 2015 is now borderline one-dimensional, overly reliant upon David Johnson’s sublime playmaking ability.

A defense that overcompensated for the disappointing offense last season just lost a breakout star at safety (Tony Jefferson) and one of the most disruptive defensive linemen in football (Calais Campbell) to free agency. Perhaps just as troublesome, Tyrann Mathieu has shown few signs of recapturing the pre-injury form that propelled him into the Defensive Player of the Year discussion prior to his late-season ACL tear in 2015.

Football Outsiders gives the Cardinals just a 15.3 percent chance of reaching the postseason. There’s reason to believe, however, that the season could take a turn for the better in the second half.

Point differential has always been a more accurate indicator of future won-loss record than current won-loss record. As ESPN’s Bill Barnwell recently pointed out, the 13-3 Cardinals of 2015 were closer to an 11.9-win team while this year’s point differential suggests a 10.2-win squad.

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The Cardinals need to take a long look in the mirror and realize their strength, which lies in the backfield. Palmer still brings it from time to time, but he’s showing signs of his age (especially when under pressure) and it’s hampering Arizona’s offense. David Johnson broke 100 yards and scored a rushing touchdown, while also catching seven passes for 57 yards and another score, and Andre Ellington made a cameo on five carries for 21 yards, showing the bursts of speed that had Cardinals coaches and fans salivating just two seasons ago. That pairing can be lethal when turned to with volume. It’s hard to come back from a multiple-score deficit on the ground, but a slight shift to the run could have prevented Rhodes’ pick-six, caught on the goal line with Arizona deep in the red zone.

Welcome back, Cordarrelle Patterson. Sent to the abyss of the bench for effort issues and struggles with running precise routes, Patterson made the most of his appearances Sunday, catching four passes for 53 yards and taking a kick return 104 yards to the house for a big score. Patterson has long been known as a gazelle with top-flight speed, but a below-average receiver. It’s fun when he gets the ball in space, though, and it’s not too difficult to run a drag route against man coverage, as Patterson did in gaining a decent chunk of yards. He might never be the receiver Minnesota imagined it was getting in the first round out of Tennessee, but when added to a corps that includes Thielen, Stefon Diggs and cheap nfl jerseys and Kyle Rudolph, he can be a weapon when used in spots correctly.

The quickest way for Sean McVay to establish himself as a coaching wunderkind on this team would be to re-establish running back Todd Gurley and win some close games on the shoulders of Wade Phillips’ defense. Easier said than done. The Rams did a nice job bolstering the tackle position this offseason, but could still use some assistance at guard and center. Phillips could also use some help, with his cornerback depth chart beyond Trumaine Johnson looking rather thin. The assumption is that Philllips’ presence alone will elevate defensive tackle Aaron Donald into something otherworldly, but the truth is that Donald needs pieces around him to accentuate his strengths.

I’ve been going back and forth with colleagues of late as to what, exactly, San Francisco will do with the No. 2 overall pick. While that ultimately depends on how Kyle Shanahan views this year’s quarterback class, it does make sense for the 49ers to hit the pause button and wait until 2018 to take their passer of the future. A six-year contract provides unheard-of stability for an NFL head coach. Many mock drafts have San Francisco taking Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas, which would team him with former first-round picks Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner to form a potentially deadly troika of pass rushers. But because this is draft needs, it would not be right to complete this piece without suggesting a trade down. The 49ers need help just about everywhere.

Jets assistant: Darrelle Revis capable of playing safety

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It’s a new start for the athletic pass catcher. After being selected in the second-round of the 2014 draft, ASJ has flashed talent in the passing game, but has been inconsistent on the field and injury prone.

The DUI arrest was the final straw for Bucs management. Seferian-Jenkins was kicked out of a Bucs practice in August by coach Dirk Koetter for not knowing where to line up, an incident the player called a “wake-up call.”

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Despite the tin foil hat levels of confusion and hysteria displayed by fellow Around The NFL crew members over my most recent power rankings, I think there is a legitimate argument to be made for the Steelers as the No. 1 team in football. Le’Veon Bell rushed for 66 yards on 20 carries and caught nine balls for 88 yards, easily leaving a 100-yard game on the table after Roethlisberger sailed a check down throw under pressure midway through Sunday’s contest. His arrival and offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s creative placement of the dynamic running back adds a different dynamic to a team that was already expected to finish in the top five offensively this year. While the Patriots are an easier choice and are far more systematic, is it possible that Pittsburgh has a higher ceiling given the star power?

Without Eric Decker in the fold and cheap jerseys and with Brandon Marshall still clearly working his way back to 100 percent, the charm of Ryan Fitzpatrick’s gunslinger campaign from a year ago seems to be fading quickly. He used the term to brush off his six-interception farce from a few weeks ago, but the truth is that he is not the cog in Chan Gailey’s system that he was a year ago without the talent from 2015. The Jets can continue to run veteran Matt Forte into the ground (12 carries for 53 yards, though 28 of them came on one run) or spread out their able bodied receivers and try to show the defense something different.

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Revis got regularly torched last season. While still physical at the line of scrimmage, the 31-year-old lost a step allowing younger, sprier receivers to easily separate. Openings that were once mere cracks for quarterbacks to thread versus Revis became French casement windows.

For reference — if you don’t believe your own eyes — Pro Football Focus ranked Revis their No. 66 corner in 2016, just behind the like of Bryce Callahan and Sterling Moore.

Ryan Fitzpatrick avoided the humiliation of last week’s six-INT meltdown in Kansas City, but the Jets passer looked tentative against Seattle’s swarming defense on Sunday. With Matt Forte completely neutralized, Fitzpatrick struggled to carry the offense on his own. His first fourth-quarter interception — he got fooled by Richard Sherman on a back-shoulder throw — was the turning point of the game. Fitzpatrick — who now has nine interceptions in his past two games — is at a crossroads with back-to-back road trips to Pittsburgh and Arizona on tap.

Jimmy Graham is proving you can still be a game-changer after suffering a torn patellar tendon. The Seahawks tight end had his second straight 100-yard receiving day and displayed scary-good chemistry with Wilson on two expert touch passes. The Jets, meanwhile, cannot cover tight ends. We’re seeing it every week.

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It’s been jarring to see a perennial All-Pro playing at less than peak shape, his short-burst quickness and recovery speed a distant memory. Quarterbacks have completed 46-of-68 passes for 636 yards, four touchdowns, zero interceptions and a 117.0 passer rating against Revis’ coverage this season, per NFL Research.

Revis is guaranteed $6 million next year. The Jets could simply cut their losses, shell out the $6 million and move on. They could also request that Revis accept a pay cut, which is unprecedented for a player who has angled for every last cent throughout his career. From Revis’ point of view, he could come back more motivated, reinvent himself as a safety and continue playing in 2017.

Perhaps taking advantage of a cathartic moment, Revis spoke at the tail end of a season that has undoubtedly been his worst. The Jets’ secondary has been routinely torched and the 31-year-old is carrying a salary-cap number of more than $15 million for the 2017 season. The Jets will almost certainly need to do something to address the problem. Revis and coach Todd Bowles have been asked many times about a potential move to safety.

This is an unorthodox way for a player to pipeline his opinions to management heading into an offseason where he is a massive cap casualty. Revis has brilliantly leveraged his services into financial gain for years and is now in a different place — one which will at least force him to take a pay cut if he is intent on remaining with his current team. Do the Jets value the nostalgia of having Revis around above the savings getting rid of him would generate?

Jaguars RB Chris Ivory discharged from hospital

Ivory returned to practice on Wednesday after sitting out the past two weeks. He was upgraded to a “full” participant on Thursday and lines up as a solid bet to share carries alongside T.J. Yeldon.

Jacksonville’s offense has missed Ivory on the ground, ranking 30th in the league with just 117 yards over two games. Yeldon and Ivory looked like a spicy combination in the preseason, though, giving the 0-2 Jaguars a reason for hope once both runners can rumble together.

The Patriots won’t have suspended quarterback Tom Brady on Sunday and cheap jerseys and they aren’t likely to have Dont’a Hightower, either. The linebacker missed his third straight practice Friday with a knee injury, per NFL Network’s Courtney Fallon, and is doubtful for the Dolphins game.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski was limited in wholesale jerseyspractice Friday and is listed as questionable. Cornerback Malcolm Butler (ankle), offensive lineman Marcus Cannon (knee), offensive lineman Jonathan Cooper (foot), defensive end Trey Flowers (shoulder), offensive lineman Shaq Mason (hand), linebacker Shea McClellin (shoulder), offensive lineman Nate Solder (hamstring) and receiver Chris Hogan (shoulder) are all listed as questionable as well. Cornerback Eric Rowe (ankle) will miss the game.

“I returned to the stadium this morning to rejoin my coaches and teammates as we continue to prepare for the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. This past weekend was a challenging time for my family and me because of an emergency medical condition that developed while I was with my team at the hotel.

“I am now grateful to be back in the facility and able to refocus on the game that I love. I want to extend a special thanks to the Jaguars medical staff, the first responders and everyone at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville for their assistance over the past couple of days. I appreciate everyone’s sensitivity during this personal matter, and I’m ready to be back out on the field and look forward to doing so in the near future. Thank you for all for your support. I want you to know that I read each and every message and I’m thankful for them all.”

The 28-year-old running back was a surprise inactive for Week 1’s 27-23 loss to the Green Bay Packers after he was admitted to the hospital Sunday morning.

The Jaguars have not indicated the reason for Ivory’s hospitalization. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport previously reported the issue was unrelated to the calf trouble that landed Ivory in the questionable section of the team’s injury report.

While you cannot blame all your struggles on one person, something just doesn’t look quite right with Bortles. He missed a streaking Marqise Lee early in Sunday’s loss which could have produced the three points that won the game. Instead, they punted to the Ravens and gave up a touchdown. Over the course of the game, Bortles struggled with touch on his passes — all of which seemed to be slightly too strong or too weak. He also watched as some of his best plays were called back (like a lengthy screen to Marcedes Lewis in the second quarter that was called back for a holding penalty). There were large chunks of the game where he looked dejected or upset.

This week, Bortles has one more good opportunity to turn it around before the season really starts to slip away. If he corrects course after an 0-4 start, it may be similar to his breakout season in 2015 — too late for enough people to take notice.

Jameis Winston had a slow start, misfiring on his first six passes, but rebounded against Jacksonville’s second-team defense and found Mike Evans on a fade route for a 4-yard score. Winston finished 3-of-10 passing for 28 yards, with an interception.

Tampa Bay (1-1) and Jacksonville (0-2) held two joint practices during the week, so they had plenty of in-person preparation before a mostly meaningless exhibition.

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After starting out to his right and encountering traffic, Murray reversed his field, capitalized on a downfield block from Mariota and dove into the left corner of the end zone for his sixth touchdown run of the season.

Jacksonville (2-5) trailed 24-0 by the time it got its second first down of the game midway through the second quarter. The Titans made it 27-0 at the intermission with a 90-yard drive that resulted in Ryan Succop’s 22-yard field goal on the final play of the half.

Mariota was 18 of 22 and had a 148.1 passer rating, the second-highest of his career. DeMarco Murray ran for 123 yards and a touchdown to help the Titans bounce back four days after squandering a lead in a 34-26 home loss to Indianapolis.

“I thought it was good to have a short turnaround,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. “It was a difficult loss we had against Indy. We had to get focused right on these guys immediately, especially with a prime-time game. We wanted to show what we’re capable of doing, show the country what we’re trying to do here.”cheap nba jerseys

There are plenty of intriguing names out there as we listed in our latest head coaching candidates list. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport also brought to our attention that Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan could be a hot name in the coming weeks during GameDay Morning.

But of those available candidates, is there a job they’d covet more? Here’s a look at both openings as they stand now and some thoughts on which may be a more desirable vacancy for a potential head coach. To be clear, this piece does not reflect the opinion of any current or prospective head coach. These views are mine only.

Give credit to Gus Bradley for coaching aggressive. The Jaguars went for fourth-and-5 in Packers territory in the first quarter and converted on the way to points. The practice came in handy when the team went for fourth down multiple times to keep the game alive before finally coming up short with 16 seconds remaining.

Two offseason narratives surrounding star players for the Packers came through in a big way and cheap nba jerseys and bode well for their future. Eddie Lacy looked excellent. While fantasy heads won’t be thrilled with his 78 yards from scrimmage, Lacy looked like his rugged old self. Clay Matthews also felt like a wild man unleashed on the outside of the Packers’ defense. He caused a lot of disruption in addition to his sack and two tackles for loss.

Despite having by far their strongest roster in the Gus Bradley era, Jacksonville has started 0-2 for the third time in four years. While the team most certainly won’t ring the alarm bells just yet, some around the club are doing it for them.

Jacksonville.com came out with a three-pronged breakdown Sunday night that addressed the problems with Blake Bortles, the inability to get star wideout Allen Robinson the ball and the general sense that this hyped offseason is leading to nowhere.

Owner Shad Khan and general manager Dave Caldwell decided to let Bradley go before Sunday’s game and were going to stick with their decision regardless of whether or not the team won. They opted to tell Bradley before he got on the team’s chartered plane back to Jacksonville. The move upset some Jaguars players, who heard the news on social media and did not know what to say to their now-former coach during the flight.

“Yeah, that sucked,” Sen’Derrick Marks said Tuesday, via ESPN.com. “If I had an opinion on if I thought that was the right move, I don’t think that was the right way to do it. He had to ride the plane home back that way, but that ain’t my call. They did it. They made the move.

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My immediate reaction to Gregory’s increased suspension did not bring about the same feelings. I can’t give you a good reason why. Maybe it’s because McClain is 27 and has retired twice, and Gregory is just 23.

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Lindley figures Garoppolo has made even more strides since the time they spent together last summer, which he said is hard not to do when there is an opportunity to wholesale nfl jerseys from China himself and play in a system that has a knack for putting players in a position to be successful.

I understand Jones’ compulsion to give second and third chances to players. He wants to help them, but some of that is in part because they can help him by winning more games.