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Monday morning one-liners

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll shouts instructions to his players during the fourth quarter of their NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Seattle, Washington Reuters

We may be nearing the end of an era in Buffalo, as both coach Chan Gailey and QB Ryan Fitzpatrick could be gone this offseason.

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill has gone four games without an interception.

Said Patriots S Patrick Chung of the Jaguars’ offense picking apart New England’s secondary early in the game, “They just started faster than us. We just had to get our composure back and just play ball.”

Said Jets coach Rex Ryan of the Chargers sacking QB Greg McElroy 11 times, “It was great on their part, but ridiculous on our part.”

Ravens RBs Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce combined to rush for 230 yards against the Giants.

Said Bengals LB Rey Maualuga of beating the Steelers, “It was definitely what we needed. This game just boosted our confidence level up. We know that we can hang with the best.”

Browns WR Josh Cribbs wasn’t happy with some of the things fans were saying on Twitter after Sunday’s loss to the Broncos.

When asked about his final interception, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said, “There is nothing to talk about. You saw it, I threw it to them.”

The Texans need to do something on Sunday that they’ve never done in franchise history: Beat the Colts in Indianapolis.

Colts coach Bruce Arians’ comment about clinching a playoff berth was short and to the point: “Mission accomplished. That’s all I can say.”

Said Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey of falling short against the Patriots, “I am very disappointed for our team. I am very, very, very, very, very proud of this football team.”

Multiple players on the Titans used the word “embarrassing” to describe their 55-7 loss to the Packers.

Said Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas of a 22-yard touchdown catch from Peyton Manning, “Peyton put the ball right on the spot. He always does.”

One writer whose family has had Chiefs season tickets for 45 years says the franchise has never been lower than this.

After the Panthers knocked Raiders QB Carson Palmer out of the game, Raiders DE Tommy Kelly wanted to go after Panthers QB Cam Newton: “You take our guy out, we’re going to go and try to take your guy out.”

The Chargers’ defensive linemen were telling each other, “Meet me at the ball” as they prepared to pressure Jets QB Greg McElroy.

The Cowboys missed injured LBs Sean Lee and Bruce Carter in the loss to the Saints.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin doesn’t have an answer for why his team played so badly in Sunday’s loss to the Ravens.

Eagles RB LeSean McCoy continues to strongly support coach Andy Reid, who likely coached his last home game in Philadelphia on Sunday.

Redskins K Kai Forbath is now the NFL record holder for most consecutive field goals made to start a career.

The Bears will benefit from the Packers beating the Vikings on Sunday, which led Bears coach Lovie Smith to joke, “I’ve always been a big Packers fan.”

Said Lions coach Jim Schwartz, “I’ve been an NFL fan my whole life, dating back to watching Johnny Unitas and Raymond Berry as a kid, and I’ve coached in this league for 19 years. I’ve seen a lot of Hall of Famers, but I’ve never seen a better player than Calvin Johnson. He just broke a record set by Jerry Rice, who is arguably the best player in this history of this league.”

The Packers will have to wait and see about the status of WR Randall Cobb’s ankle injury.

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson didn’t do much against the Texans’ defense, but Minnesota beat Houston anyway.

The Falcons say they’ll play to win in Week 17, even though they’ve already clinched home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

Said Panthers QB Cam Newton of beating the Raiders, “We understand what kind of game it was. It wasn’t pretty. There are going to be games like this. Obviously, we want to have high-scoring, high-powered games to give the fans. But a win is a win in this book and I’ll take it anyway I can get it.”

Said Saints TE Jimmy Graham of beating the Cowboys, “This is a special team. To go out here and have nothing on the line and to play for each other, that’s what we talked about — being a New Orleans Saint and playing for each other like a brotherhood. We’ve taken that to heart this whole season. We put everything we had out there for each other.”

Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman has a growing legion of detractors in Tampa.

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald had his first 100-yard game since Week Three on Sunday.

Rams TE Lance Kendricks is getting some credit for a big season.

Jim Harbaugh suffered his worst loss as coach of the 49ers on his 49th birthday.

Said Seahawks coach Pete Carroll of beating the 49ers, “We didn’t play any different than we’ve been playing. That’s absolutely what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to play the same week after week after week.”

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Eric Decker, Brandon Marshall back at Jets practice

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 12:  Eric Decker #87 of the New York Jets is congratulated by his teammate Brandon Marshall after scoring a fourth quarter touchdown against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on November 12, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Buffalo Bills defeated the New York Jets 22-17.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Getty Images

Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets haven’t come to an agreement on a deal that would end their offseason-long standoff, so Fitzpatrick continues to be absent from the team as they kick off this week’s OTAs on Tuesday.

His top two receivers are at the team’s facility, however.

Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall didn’t attend the team’s practices last week amid reports that they were not happy with the fact that Fitzpatrick hasn’t been re-signed yet. According to multiple reports from beat reporters, however, both wideouts are returning to work out with the rest of the team.

Jets players will speak to the media after Wednesday’s session, so we may get some further details from the wideouts about their decision to stay away last week.

As for Fitzpatrick, the deal currently on the table from the Jets would pay him $12 million in the first year of a three-year deal with a base salary of $24 million. There’s no sign that Fitzpatrick is in a rush to accept that deal, which means the status quo will likely remain in place around the Jets a little while longer.

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Where are the “no” votes for a Raiders move to Vegas?

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No NFL owners have publicly said they’ll oppose a potential move of the Raiders to Las Vegas due to gambling. While that could be part of a broader effort to keep maximum pressure on Oakland by not ruling out any and all alternative destinations, owners who have strong feelings on certain topics have a hard time not expressing them, on or off the record.

As it relates to this specific issue, the current thinking in league circles is that there aren’t and won’t be enough “no” votes to keep the Raiders out of Las Vegas for gambling reasons. Other factors, such as Oakland waking up with a viable offer or Las Vegas not coming up with enough free money to get the deal done, could complicate the situation. Based solely on gambling, however, the ayes apparently will have it — even though it would take only nine nays to kill it.

One source with knowledge of ownership dynamics recently predicted that Giants co-owner John Mara, Bears chairman George McCaskey, and Bengals owner Mike Brown would vote no on a Las Vegas move, due to gambling. It’s also possible that Steelers owner Art Rooney would do the same, despite the fact that the Rooney family has had extensive gambling interests over the years.

Still, folks who are in position to count votes are having a hard time coming up with nine that would oppose Las Vegas based solely on gambling. That’s a far cry from just a few years ago, when the NFL refused to even consider the possibility of playing a preseason game in Sin City.

But with free money for stadiums harder and harder to come by, the league has no choice but to “evolve” on a topic that became full evolved in the American consciousness years ago.

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Texans waive David Quessenberry with non-football injury designation

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Earlier this month, offensive lineman David Quessenberry said that he felt strong as he worked to make it back on the field after his football career was halted by a diagnosis of non-Hodgkins lymphoma in June 2014.

Quessenberry’s comeback effort has now been put on hold, however. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Texans are waiving Quessenberry with a non-football injury designation on Tuesday.

If Quessenberry, a 2013 sixth-round pick who has never played in a regular season game, clears waivers, he would revert to the Texans’ non-football injury list or could reach an injury settlement with the team that makes him a free agent. Those are not the only options, however.

Tania Ganguli of reports that the Texans would like Quessenberry back in “some capacity” that could include a job in the organization that doesn’t include playing for the team.

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Bills add LB Jamari Lattimore

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The Bills announced the signing of linebacker Jamari Lattimore on Tuesday.

Lattimore, 27, has played in 64 career games. He spent four seasons with the Packers before playing last season with the Jets, where he played in 15 games as a backup and special teams player.

A former undrafted free agent, Lattimore has made nine career starts. He has two career interceptions and one sack.

The Bills have been one of the league’s busiest teams in terms of adding veteran players over the second and third waves of free agency. Lattimore should compete for a backup linebacker job and special teams snaps during training camp.

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Brandon Browner scoffs at “weak” Saints for paying him millions

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 29:   Brandon Browner #39 of the Seattle Seahawks waits on the field during the game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on September 29, 2013 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) Getty Images

Brandon Browner spent a year with the Saints last season, didn’t play particularly well, and was cut this year. His total take from the Saints will be $7.75 million for that one bad season.

Now back with the Seahawks, Browner is having some fun with Saints fans who weren’t happy with his performance.

According to, Browner responded to a critical comment from a Saints fan on Instagram by posting a response calling the Saints “weak.” Browner also wrote that he “took that few millions [and] ran with it.”

With the Seahawks, Browner’s base salary is $760,000, which is the league minimum for a player of his level of experience, and he gets nothing guaranteed. In decline at age 31, Browner can’t command a big contract anymore. But at least he got one last big payday from the Saints.

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Delanie Walker not interested in meeting rookies just yet

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 27:  Delanie Walker #82 of the Tennessee Titans runs with the ball against the Houston Texans at LP Field on December 27, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Getty Images

Rookies across the NFL are learning new things this summer.

But the ones in Tennessee won’t be getting much information about Delanie Walker, at least not yet.

The veteran tight end told Jason Wolf of the Tennesseean that it’s not time to make friends with newcomers until they prove their value.

“I don’t get to know anybody until they make the team,” Walker said. “I talk to them, but they might not be here. There ain’t too much I need to learn from them till they make the team. That’s everybody. Anyone that’s a rookie.

“You’ve got to earn the right. These rookies come in nowadays, stuff’s given to them. I’m not going to be your friend until you make the team.”

Of course, Walker came up the hard way, making the 49ers as a sixth-round pick and forging a long and productive (and lucrative) career. And his words might sound a little harsher than they were probably meant. He’s just trying to  make sure there’s nothing taken for granted on a roster which will include plenty of rookies, including running back Derrick Henry.

“I’ve been sizing up Henry, man, and he’s a big dude,” Walker said. “I have to put him in his place early. But he’s a good dude. I’m just messing with him, giving him a hard time because I feel like he’s going to be a monster for this team. I usually don’t talk to the rookies until they make the team. But he’s one of the guys that I think can help this team out.”

With a fresh contract extension signed this offseason, Walker knows he’s going to be around for the foreseeable future, and it sounds like he’s going to spend part of it sizing up the new class, as one of the few elders on the Titans roster with the right.

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Nate Chandler expected to visit Lions Wednesday

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The Lions brought in veteran tackle Lamar Holmes as a reserve possibility early in the offseason, but saw enough of him by the middle of the May to know that they were comfortable moving in a different direction.

That direction will still require depth up front on offense and may include former Panthers tackle Nate Chandler. Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports that Chandler is slated to visit with the team on Wednesday.

Chandler was released in March after missing the entire 2015 season because of a knee injury. He started 11 games at right tackle in 2014 and eight games in 2013 while shuffling between guard and tackle.

The Lions drafted Taylor Decker in the first round this year and have been looking at him on the left side during recent offseason work. Riley Reiff has been on the right in that alignment and the two are expected to form the starting tandem even if they wind up swapping sides for the regular season.

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Trevor Siemian feels “really confident” right now

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 29:  Quarterback Trevor Siemian #3 of the Denver Broncos warms up prior to facing the San Francisco 49ers during preseason action at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on August 29, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the 49ers 19-12.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) Getty Images

Of the three quarterbacks on the Broncos roster, Trevor Siemian is the only one with prior experience in the team’s offense.

Mark Sanchez and Paxton Lynch both arrived this offseason while Siemian spent last year as the third man on the depth chart in Denver’s offense, something that may help him in the competition for a starting job that’s playing out in Denver. That competition was described as wide open by the team last week and coach Gary Kubiak said he “wouldn’t sleep” on Siemian winding up with the job.

One of the things that Kubiak cited in his discussion of Siemian’s positive attributes was a high level of confidence in himself, something that Siemian also mentioned while speaking to the media last week.

“I feel great,” Siemian said, via the Denver Post. “I feel really confident at this point. Last year at this time, I had the knee [injury] and was swimming a little bit in the playbook. I’m light years ahead of where I was last year. I still have a lot of work to do, but I feel pretty confident.”

Mark Sanchez didn’t do team drills last week after left thumb surgery, offering Siemian more time working with the first team. That may change this week if Sanchez is cleared to do everything in this week’s workouts while a continued diet of work with starters would seem to hint at Siemian remaining well positioned in the competition as spring work winds down.

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Tuesday morning one-liners

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Bills defenders expect to be part of a better unit this season.

Memorial Day is a special one for former Dolphins LB Derrick Rodgers.

DT Terrance Knighton and QB Tom Brady reminisced about past matchups when Knighton signed with the Patriots.

Jets special teams coach Blaine Boyer likes his units to run at 500 miles per hour.

The Ravens have an unexpected week off from work.

Embracing special teams work with the Bengals has paid off for Cedric Peerman.

Browns veterans like what they’ve seen from rookie LB Emmanuel Ogbah.

Said Steelers G Roman Foster of T Marcus Gilbert, “He took the initiative to be really good last year, and that’s all on him. He’s motivated to do it again.”

Texans QB Brock Osweiler continues to get immersed in the team’s playbook.

LB Nate Irving has cut weight in his bid for a Colts job.

Undrafted rookie CB Mike Hilton is trying to make the Jaguars.

The Titans are looking for more from WR Dorial Green-Beckham.

Broncos QB Mark Sanchez has learned to speak Spanish.

New cleats give Chiefs K Cairo Santos a taste of home.

The Chargers’ stadium plan wasn’t accepted with open arms.

An early projection of the Cowboys’ offensive roster.

The Giants may have more continuity on the offensive line than some would like.

What’s on tap for the Eagles this week?

S David Bruton is trying to win a starting job with the Redskins.

A learning curve awaits the Bears offensive line.

The Lions saw enough from RB Dwayne Washington to draft him despite a limited workload at the University of Washington.

Packers CB Damarious Randall says he’s moved past the Larry Fitzgerald touchdown that ended last season.

General Manager Rick Spielman has been with the Vikings for 10 years.

Former Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan thinks the team should sign Dwight Freeney.

WR Stephen Hill’s comeback from a torn ACL continues at Panthers practices.

Quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi’s return to the Saints has been an easy transition.

Said Buccaneers DE Robert Ayers, “So the atmosphere is real contagious and the expectations are high and we’re trying to win. I think everybody here is trying to win.”

Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin is getting a bigger taste of playcalling.

DT Dominique Easley is among the players to watch as the Rams start OTAs.

What grade do the 49ers get for their offseason work?

A look at the competition for a fullback job with the Seahawks.

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Damarious Randall blames himself for Packers’ playoff loss

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 16: Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals hauls in a pass over cornerback Damarious Randall #23 of the Green Bay Packers during the third quarter of the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) Getty Images

Packers defensive back Damarious Randall had a good rookie season last year, but it did not end well.

The Packers’ season ended with an overtime loss to the Cardinals, and the game-changing play in that loss was a 75-yard reception by Larry Fitzgerald. Randall has now acknowledged that he was responsible for the coverage breakdown that allowed Fitzgerald to get open.

“I put that play on myself,” Randall said, via USA Today. “I take 100 percent blame for it.”

Randall said that four months later, he can’t dwell on it.

“It was just a mistake that was made,” Randall said. “That’s football. . . . I just know that I’m going to make a lot more plays than I give up for the Green Bay Packers.”

Randall’s rookie season showed that he’s a talented young player who surely will make more plays than he gives up in his career. Even if that season will be remembered largely for one play he didn’t make.

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Former QB hit by Shaq Thompson’s car out of hospital, may sue

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 27: Anthony Boone #7 of the Duke Blue Devils throws the ball prior to the game against the Miami Hurricanes on September 27, 2014 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.(Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images) Getty Images

Former Duke quarterback Anthony Boone is finally out of the hospital, but Panthers linebacker Shaq Thompson isn’t out of the woods yet.

According to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, Boone was released from Carolinas Medical Center over the weekend, after needing hip and hand surgeries following the May 22 car wreck with Thompson.

“He’s got a serious road ahead of him,” Boone’s agent Adam Sattler said. “But we’re happy he’s home.”

The Panthers linebacker was cited for driving left of center for his role in the head-on crash which happened early on a Sunday morning. Police said there was alcohol in his system but he was below North Carolina’s legal limit. Thompson said his cell phone fell into the floorboard of his SUV, causing him to lose control.

Now he has to wait to see if that’s the extent of the losses.

Boone, who played for the Montreal Alouettes in the CFL last year, now has to recover from the broken hip and tendon and ligament damage to his hand suffered in the accident.

His agent said he’s considering a lawsuit against Thompson, but wants to wait to see how his rehab progresses before discussing those options.

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Jared Goff takes center stage as Rams begin OTAs today

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The Rams are the last team in the league to start their OTAs, so it’s time to see the first pick in the draft.

So while it’s effectively the first day of class, it’s still an important test for quarterback Jared Goff, as he leads the entire team onto the field today.

Just kind of stay low and gain their respect,” Goff said of his goal this week, via Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times.

Of course, keeping a low profile is harder when your team makes such a dramatic move to get you, as the Rams did trading up to the No. 1 overall pick this year.

Goff has been through some degree of positional work and has a rookie minicamp under his belt, but today will be the first real glimpse of him with the team, and there’s a natural curiosity among them, to see if he can be the quarterback they need to become something other than 7-9.


“I’m excited for him,” cornerback Trumaine Johnson said. “He’s going to go out there and make plays — and he’s going to make mistakes. That’s what a rookie quarterback does.

“But we drafted him for a reason, to come in here and win games. And I feel like we can win games with him.”

Of course, the Rams may trot Case Keenum out there first in the quarterback line for show, but the team is obviously in Goff’s hands, and he gets a chance to show what he can do with it today.


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Seahawks working to “broaden” Russell Wilson’s football horizons

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 29:  Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks talks with quarterback Russell Wilson #3 with under two minutes left in the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at CenturyLink Field on November 29, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Steelers 39-30.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) Getty Images

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has stressed that the entire team has to get better in the absence of retired running back Marshawn Lynch.

But for his part, he’s going back to school with coach Pete Carroll, who wants to make him an even better quarterback.

Carroll said he wants to get deeper into the intricacies of professional defenses with Wilson, such that offseason limits allow them to.

“We’ve visited a number of times,” Carroll said, via Jayson Jenks of the Seattle Times. “We’ve really started now football-wise. We’re just having fun with it and developing. . . .

“We’re just trying to bring him around to understand things that he hasn’t had to pay attention to in the past. Just to broaden his outlook on football.”

Wilson’s play last season suggests that he’s moving in the right direction, but the demands are even greater this year. Not only does he have to go into a season knowing there’s not a safety net such as Lynch beneath him, but they’re overhauling their offensive line (which they needed to), putting more of a burden on Wilson to identify pressure before it happens.

“He’s the best he’s been,” Carroll said. “He’s the most versed he’s been. He can command the calls more so than ever, so he can correct things that might not get seen by a guy or might not get communicated properly. He’ll catch it.”

The Seahawks’ success this year depends on it, and Carroll seems confident in Wilson’s ability to do so.

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Kirk Cousins seeks advice from other quarterbacks

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In his four prior NFL seasons, Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins never spent an entire offseason as the starter. This year, as he adjusts to being “the guy” for the first time ever, Cousins has sought advice from other guys who have been or currently are “the guy.”

“I’ve called a few of the starting quarterbacks around the league, a few of the retired guys who had great careers, and just asked them what worked for them in the offseason,” Cousins said, via Tarik El-Bashir of

Cousins didn’t say who he contacted, but Cousins discussed what he wanted to find out.

“What was their rhythm in January, February, March?” Cousins said. “When they went back in April, May, June, what’s their rhythm? What’s their rhythm in the summer? How do they handle family? How do they balance travel and opportunities?”

It’s a smart approach for Cousins to take. And it underscores just how well he performed in 2015, given that he was thrust into the starting job late in the preseason. This year, with the benefit of being the starter for the entire offseason, Cousins could be even better.

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Ezekiel Elliott finds things are moving faster during OTAs

PISCATAWAY, NJ - OCTOBER 24: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in action against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during a game at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images) Getty Images

The Cowboys took running back Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth overall pick of the draft, so it’s not going out on too much of a limb to say that they want him to be their starter come the regular season.

The only things standing in the way of that happening are Darren McFadden, Alfred Morris and a rough transition to the professional game. Elliott got his attempt to avoid the last of those pitfalls going during OTAs last week and noticed one significant difference from life on the collegiate level.

“Just a lot faster pace,” Elliott said, via the team’s website. “The game moves so much faster.”

Elliott is competing with the two veterans because, per running backs coach Gary Brown, it is “the best thing for our team.” He’s also looking to McFadden as a model for how to prepare for the offseason work that will determine the pecking order in the backfield.

Assuming the acclimation process speeds up to match the speed of the game, Elliott’s upside should win him that competition well before the first Sunday of the regular season.

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