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PFT’s Week 11 picks

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The good news?  I picked up two games on MDS last weekend.  The bad news?  I’m still behind by five.

The worst news?  Since we only disagree on two games this week, I don’t have much of a chance of narrowing the gap.

For the week, I was a measly 8-6.  Which means MDS was a pathetic 6-8.  (Almost as pathetic as my 5-8 from Week Nine.)

For the year, he’s 95-52 on the season, and I’m 90-57.

For all our picks — and based on our recent performances we suggest doing the opposite, for amusement purposes only — read on.

Colts at Titans

MDS’s take: The Colts and Titans had the two worst performances in the NFL on Sunday. Losing to the Rams by 30 is humiliating, and losing to the Jaguars by any amount is even worse. Now they have to shake it off on a short work week. The 4-5 Titans can pull to within a game of the Colts in the AFC South with a win, but I trust Indianapolis to rebound from last week more than I trust Tennessee.

MDS’s pick: Colts 24, Titans 20.

Florio’s take:  But for Gary Kubiak collapsing at halftime and the Texans plummeting into disarray with a 24-6 lead, the Colts would be 1-3 over the last four weeks.  Even worse, they lost by 30 at home to the Rams.  While that’s a lot to recover from on a short week, the Titans lost to the Jaguars — and they’ve lost their starting quarterback.  Again.

Florio’s pick:  Colts 20, Titans 17.

Jets at Bills

MDS’s take: I haven’t been able to figure out the Jets all season, so why should now be any different? On paper they look to me like a better team than the Bills, and yet I think the Buffalo defense can give Geno Smith fits and lead the Bills to a low-scoring win.

MDS’s pick: Bills 9, Jets 6.

Florio’s take:  The Jets break their win-one-lose-one trend by facing a team that has lost plenty, along with the interest of its fans.  Geno Smith moves to 2-0 against the only quarterback drafted in front of him.

Florio’s pick:  Jets 24, Bills 16.

Ravens at Bears

MDS’s take: The Bears’ playoff hopes took a huge hit with last week’s loss to the Lions, while the Ravens’ playoff hopes stayed alive with last week’s win over the Bengals. This week things will go in the other direction. The way to beat the Bears is to run the football, and the Ravens are terrible at running the football. The Bears will take this one.

MDS’s pick: Bears 27, Ravens 17.

Florio’s take:  No more excuses for Joe Flacco.  While his weapons are diminished, so is the Chicago defense.  And the Bears have once again resorted to Josh McCown.

Florio’s pick:  Ravens 23, Bears 17.

Browns at Bengals

MDS’s take: This is a big game in the AFC North. If the Browns win they’ll be just half a game behind the Bengals, and they’ll own the head-to-head tiebreaker. The Browns are playing good football recently and the Bengals are struggling, and this has all the makings of a huge win for Cleveland and yet . . . I just can’t pick the Browns. A.J. Green will make enough big plays to win this one.

MDS’s pick: Bengals 28, Browns 20.

Florio’s take:  The Bengals are unbeaten at home.  But they haven’t played at home since losing Geno Atkins for the year.  And the Browns finally have found a quarterback.  A Cleveland sweep would throw the AFC North into complete disarray, but it’s time for the Bengals to reverse the slide.

Florio’s pick:  Bengals 27, Browns 20.

Raiders at Texans

MDS’s take: This should be Sunday’s ugliest game, as neither team is particularly good in any phase. The one compelling aspect of this matchup is that both teams have young quarterbacks who have shown flashes of talent. I’ll trust a healthy Case Keenum to make a few more big plays than Terrelle Pryor on a bum knee, and that will be the difference.

MDS’s pick: Texans 27, Raiders 20.

Florio’s take:  It’s the Sam Rosen-Bill Maas game of the week.  And if the Texans can’t find a way to break a seven-game slide against a slumping team that is getting close to the point where Matt McGloin should get a tryout, the Texans may not win another game this year.

Florio’s pick:  Texans 24, Raiders 14.

Cardinals at Jaguars

MDS’s take: The Jaguars turned in one good game against the Titans, but they won’t make it two in a row. The Cardinals’ defense is too good and the Jaguars’ offense is too bad for this game to be close.

MDS’s pick: Cardinals 21, Jaguars 6.

Florio’s take:  The Jaguars surprised the Titans.  The Jaguars won’t be surprising anyone else this year.  Especially not the playoff contenders with great defenses.

Florio’s pick:  Cardinals 24, Jaguars 9.

Chargers at Dolphins

MDS’s take: The locker-room distractions are an issue for the Dolphins, but a bigger issue on Sunday is that the Dolphins just don’t have the kind of defense that matches up well with the Chargers’ passing attack. San Diego will put a lot of points on the board in Miami.

MDS’s pick: Chargers 34, Dolphins 24.

Florio’s take:  The up-and-down Chargers face the down-and-out Dolphins.  If Miami can’t beat the Bucs, it’s hard to see them beating the Chargers.  Or pretty much anyone.

Florio’s pick:  Chargers 28, Dolphins 20.

Redskins at Eagles

MDS’s take: Philadelphia is rolling with Nick Foles right now, and he should put up more big numbers against a bad Washington secondary. When these teams played in the Monday night opener Philadelphia jumped out to an early lead and Washington couldn’t catch up, and I see this game going the same way.

MDS’s pick: Eagles 30, Redskins 23.

Florio’s take:  The Eagles haven’t won at home since September 30, 2012.  And yet they’re 5-5.  The Redskins are 3-6 for the second straight year.  And yet they think they can once again turn things around.  More importantly, the third-round pick from 2012 is currently looking a lot better than the second overall selection from last year.

Florio’s pick:  Eagles 30, Redskins 20.

Lions at Steelers

MDS’s take: This could be a trap game for Detroit, which is celebrating being in first place this late in the season for the first time since the pre-Matt Millen era. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, an old and slow defense can’t keep up with the Lions’ offense for four quarters. Look for the Lions to get off to a sluggish start but put the Steelers away late.

MDS’s pick: Lions 31, Steelers 20.

Florio’s take:  The Lions haven’t won in Pittsburgh since Bobby Layne was the quarterback.  Of the Lions.  A full 58 years and four days later, the Lions are good and the Steelers are bad and yes it’s that simple.

Florio’s pick:  Lions 27, Steelers 21.

Falcons at Buccaneers

MDS’s take: The Bucs are a bad team, but they’re not as bad as people think. There’s a lot of talent on that defense, and Mike Glennon is playing solid football as a rookie quarterback. The Falcons are on a path from first to worst in the NFC South, and a loss in Tampa Bay will show just how far Atlanta has fallen.

MDS’s pick: Buccaneers 21, Falcons 20.

Florio’s take:  It’s the Battle for the Basement, Part II.  The Falcons have done nothing to show that they’ll be able to beat the Bucs, or anyone, on the road.

Florio’s pick:  Buccaneers 21, Falcons 13.

49ers at Saints

MDS’s take: The 49ers’ offense is struggling mightily, while the Saints’ offense is exploding. Hard for me to see the 49ers going to New Orleans and winning.

MDS’s pick: Saints 31, 49ers 17.

Florio’s take:  Last year, Colin Kaepernick cemented his grip on the starting quarterback job by beating the Saints in New Orleans.  This year, the questions regarding whether the Niners kept the wrong guy will intensify.

Florio’s pick:  Saints 34, 49ers 24.

Vikings at Seahawks

MDS’s take: This will be an easy win for the Seahawks, who continue their march to the No. 1 seed in the NFC. I’ll be surprised if the Vikings keep it close.

MDS’s pick: Seahawks 41, Vikings 10.

Florio’s take:  Regardless of whether Percy Harvin plays (or doesn’t) for the Seahawks or whether he was playing for the Vikings, it won’t matter.  The Seahawks are far superior, and they’re playing where they never lose.

Florio’s pick:  Seahawks 27, Vikings 10.

Packers at Giants

MDS’s take: A couple weeks ago this looked like an easy win for the Packers. Now Aaron Rodgers is hurt, and Seneca Wallace is hurt too, and the Giants are playing better, and all of a sudden it looks like an easy win for the Giants.

MDS’s pick: Giants 24, Packers 13.

Florio’s take:  Scott Tolzein vs. non-Eli Eli Manning.  Is there anything else on TV then?

Florio’s pick:  Giants 24, Packers 17.

Chiefs at Broncos

MDS’s take: The pressure in this game is on the Broncos.  If the Chiefs, who already have a one-game lead in the division, were to win on the road at Denver, they’d establish themselves as the clear favorites to win the AFC West. But I expect the Broncos to turn in one of their best games of the season and win this one handily.

MDS’s pick: Broncos 35, Chiefs 20.

Florio’s take:  The Colts provided the blueprint . . . for holding the Broncos to 33 points.  The Chiefs have the defense to do the same thing.  As long as they can score 34.

Florio’s pick:  Broncos 33, Chiefs 27.

Patriots at Panthers

MDS’s take: The Patriots’ offense is getting better after a rough start to the season, but they’re running into a buzz saw in Carolina, where the Panthers’ defense has been outstanding. Carolina will win a tough, physical game.

MDS’s pick: Panthers 24, Patriots 10.

Florio’s take:  The Panthers have the ability to do to Tom Brady what the Giants did to Tom Brady in Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI.  And they will.  Repeatedly.

Florio’s pick:  Panthers 20, Patriots 13.

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Report: Fitzpatrick might take less from another team on principle

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Ryan Fitzpatrick’s friends and co-workers have registered their protests and returned to work, in what has seemed just another chapter toward an inevitable conclusion.

But it might be more evitable than many are willing to consider.

According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, several Jets sources, including players, now think Fitzpatrick would be willing to take less somewhere else on principle rather than sign the Jets’ low-ball offer.

Considering some of the other deals quarterbacks have signed this offseason, it’s obvious the three-year, $24 million offer the Jets have on the table is sub-par. But they’ve made it because the other inescapable conclusion is that there’s not exactly a land rush for the  33-year-old Fitzpatrick.

Until another team suffers a quarterback injury, or gets to camp and realizes all their guys stink, there might not be a market for Fitzpatrick, despite a 31-touchdown, 10-win season.

But until then, all Fitzpatrick’s side can do is wait or make threats, and let the Jets ponder a future with Geno Smith and Christian Hackenberg.

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Bucs try to rectify Doug Martin’s fumbling problem

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Sure, the Buccaneers gave running back Doug Martin a giant pile of money to keep him on the team. That doesn’t mean they won’t be trying to help him improve his overall performance.

One area where performance is being addressed: Fumbles.

We have talked about it. And we’ve studied it,” Tampa Bay running backs coach Tim Spencer recently said, via JoeBucsFan.com. “So we know what the issue is, what the problem is. We just gotta work on them. I’m not going to dwell on it. We do work on it consistently. He’s well aware of [the fumbles]. Trust me.”

After having a total of three fumbles in the first three years of his career, Martin fumbled five times in 2015 alone. On average, he lost the football once every 64.2 touches. As a rookie in 2012, he fumbled only once in 368 touches.

It’s not clear what the Bucs are doing, but it is clear that Martin’s struggles are recent. Which means that they definitely can be fixed.

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Eric Decker, Brandon Marshall back at Jets practice

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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 ESPN.com 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

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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 Nola.com, 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

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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

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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

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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

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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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