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Jim Kelly visits Bills minicamp, speaks to team

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Former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly attended Buffalo’s minicamp practice on Thursday and addressed the team, according to multiple reports on Twitter.

Kelly, who has been fighting a reoccurrence of cancer, reportedly told the Bills they are a “special team” with playoff potential.

“Let’s start playing games in January,” Kelly said, according to the Bills’ Twitter feed.

Kelly also delivered some big picture advice to the club.

“Make this your team, make this special,” Kelly said, according to Mike Rodak of ESPN.com. “When it’s all over, all you have is memories.”

The 54-year-old Kelly played all 11 NFL seasons with Buffalo (1986-1996) and still lives in the area. He was released from the hospital less than two weeks ago after concluding radiation treatment.

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Dak Prescott has some Senior Bowl advice

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 15:  Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys stands at attention during the national anthem prior to the NFC Divisional Playoff game against the Green Bay Packers at AT&T Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Getty Images

As potential NFL employees continue a three-month job interview process that includes plenty of free labor that allows NFL Network to generate cheap content during the slow months, a guy who lasted until the fourth round a year ago has some free advice.

“Senior Bowl is this week,” Prescott said Monday on Twitter. “DON’T TAKE A Meeting, Practice REP, or Walking Through the Lobby Lightly. You’re Being Evaluated.”

He’s absolutely right. And it applies well beyond Senior Bowl week. Everywhere the players go from now until their names are called at the draft, they’re being watched and evaluated. They should assume that every person they encounter eventually will report back to one or more teams on whether the player was rude, nice, profane, respectful, whatever.

Case in point: When players visit a team, the low-level employee who picks the player up at the airport and takes him to the facility is ALWAYS paying attention to what the player says and does. Amazingly, most incoming draft picks (and plenty of free agents) have no idea that this is happening.

Of course, none of this means that the evaluations will be accurate. Prescott still ended up being a fourth-round pick, going after the likes of Christian Hackenberg and Connor Cook. Still, for those players who are trying to maximize their draft stock, it’s critical to remember that, indeed, everyone is watching and evaluating — even if those doing the evaluations may not be as good at their jobs as they need to be.

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Jeremy Zuttah among replacement Pro Bowlers

BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 27: Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens and teammate center Jeremy Zuttah #53 look on against the Cincinnati Bengals in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on November 27, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Ravens and Steelers were involved in a Pro Bowl swap at linebacker with Ryan Shazier taking the place of C.J. Mosley and they’re involved in another one on the offensive side of the ball.

It’s a Raven replacing a Steeler this time around. Ravens center Jeremy Zuttah will be at this weekend’s game in Orlando after Maurkice Pouncey of the Steelers withdrew from the game.

It’s the first time that Zuttah will play in a Pro Bowl and the trip comes after his ninth NFL season. The last three of those years have been with the Ravens and Zuttah started every game for Baltimore in two of those three seasons.

He’s the third Raven added to the team since the team was initially announced, which leaves them with a net of +1 as Mosley and guard Marshal Yanda have both pulled out of the contest.

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William Gay to younger Steelers: Press forward in face of criticism

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 22: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots catches the ball against William Gay #22 and Lawrence Timmons #94 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 22, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) Getty Images

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger spent some time wondering if playing in the AFC Championship Game “was almost too big for some of the young guys” on the roster in the wake of their 36-17 loss to the Patriots.

Their inexperience in the postseason isn’t where cornerback William Gay is looking in the wake of the loss. Gay said the reason for the Steelers’ loss was a pretty simple one, namely that the Patriots had a better game plan that they executed better than the Steelers could execute their own.

Gay does think that the taste of playoff action can benefit his younger teammates. He believes it will make them “hungry and determined” for more success next time and that they should focus on that rather than any criticism that might come their way.

“Don’t pay attention to it,” Gay said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “It’s simple as that. Just don’t pay attention to it. … Football is like life. Everybody, I’m pretty sure all of you guys, go through trials and errors, and what do you do? You press forward, right? So age don’t have nothing to do with it.”

The Steelers defense had a hard time against the Patriots, but the unit made strides over the course of the season as younger players took on bigger roles in some spots. Using this loss as a springboard for further improvements in the offseason would be a good thing for Pittsburgh.

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Chiefs bring receivers coach Greg Lewis aboard

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Greg Lewis wasn’t out of work long.

The former Eagles wide receivers coach, who was fired this offseason, has landed a job with the Chiefs, according to Alex Marvez of the Sporting News.

The link is a natural one, since Lewis played six years for Chiefs coach Andy Reid in Philadelphia, after making the team as an undrafted rookie. He’s joining the team in Orlando this week, where they’ll prepare for the Pro Bowl.

He’s reportedly replacing David Culley, who is heading to Buffalo to join Sean McDermott’s staff as quarterbacks coach.

Lewis only got one year as a position coach with the Eagles, and didn’t have much to work with. He was replaced by former Bears and Rams assistant Mike Groh.

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Tom Brady adding to a long list of Super Bowl records

PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 02:  (L-R) Tom Brady of the New England Patriots holds the Super Bowl XLIX MVP trophy during a Chevrolet Super Bowl XLIX MVP press conference folowing the Patriots Super Bowl win over the Seattle Seahawks on February 2, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) Getty Images

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is already the owner of several Super Bowl records, and he’ll add to those records in Super Bowl LI. Here’s a look at the records Brady owns:

Games played: Brady and former Broncos and Bills defensive lineman Mike Lodish are tied for the most Super Bowls played, with six. Brady will play in No. 7 and have the record to himself after Super Bowl LI.

Super Bowl MVPs: Brady and former 49ers quarterback Joe Montana are the only players to win the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award three times. Brady could make it four against the Falcons.

Pass attempts: Brady already has the record at 247, and he’ll almost certainly have the record by more than 100 after Super Bowl LI: Peyton Manning is second in Super Bowl history, with 155 passes thrown.

Pass completions: Brady has the all-time record, with 164. Peyton Manning is again second, with 103. Brady also owns the Super Bowl records for completions in a game, with 37 in Super Bowl XLIX, and for consecutive completions, hitting 16 in a row in Super Bowl XLVI.

Passing yards: Brady owns the all-time record with 1,605. With a huge game he could reach 2,000 career yards in the Super Bowl; second is Kurt Warner, with 1,156 career Super Bowl yards.

Touchdown passes: Brady has thrown 13 touchdown passes, two more than second-place Joe Montana, who threw 11 touchdown passes in his four Super Bowls.

Put it all together, and Brady is 164-for-247 for 1,605 yards, with 13 touchdowns, in six Super Bowl games.

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Tuesday morning one-liners

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 22:  Chris Hogan #15 of the New England Patriots carries the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 22, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) Getty Images

Former Bills will be on both sides of the Super Bowl matchup.

The Dolphins have drafted Senior Bowl participants in each of the last two years.

Last Sunday saw the Patriots offense in fine form.

The Jets interviewed Falcons coach Dan Quinn before hiring Todd Bowles in 2015.

Setting the stage for an important Ravens offseason.

A couple of Bengals rookies had their seasons ruined by injuries.

Did the Browns have to overpay LB Jamie Collins to get him to stay?

The Steelers aren’t second-guessing their use of zone coverage.

Texans DE Jadeveon Clowney discussed areas of his game that he can improve.

How long will Chuck Pagano remain the Colts’ coach?

The Jaguars are taking a break from providing a Senior Bowl coaching staff.

University of Miami CB Corn Elder would love to play for the Titans after rooting for them as a kid.

Broncos General Manager John Elway spent some time with Tony Romo recently.

The Chiefs haven’t lost too many of their own free agents in recent years.

Some facts and fictions about the Raiders’ plan to move to Las Vegas.

Chargers CB Jason Verrett is looking forward to playing in Los Angeles.

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant kicked in money to feed rescue dogs.

The Giants had WR Chris Hogan on their practice squad, but cut him loose after a brief stint.

The Eagles are moving Taylor Hart to the offensive line.

What changes will defensive coordinator Greg Manusky make with the Redskins?

Said Bears G Josh Sitton of the team’s offensive line, “We can only get better now that we’re going to be able to have an offseason together.”

A list of Senior Bowl players that might interest the Lions.

Packers DB Micah Hyde isn’t sure what will happen in free agency.

The Vikings will try to become the second straight team to win the NFC a year after opening 5-0 and missing the playoffs.

The Falcons will be bringing the whole organization to Houston.

Breaking down the state of the Panthers’ special teams.

The Saints spent some time with a local prospect at the Senior Bowl.

Some early draft predictions for the Buccaneers.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has a torn rotator cuff.

A look at the Rams’ need at wide receiver.

Dwight Clark likes the choice of Kyle Shanahan as 49ers coach.

What will the Seahawks do on the offensive line this offseason?

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Ryan Shazier headed to Pro Bowl in place of C.J. Mosley

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 08:  Ryan Shazier #50 of the Pittsburgh Steelers intercepts a pass thrown by Matt Moore #8 of the Miami Dolphins in the third quarter during the Wild Card Playoff game against the Miami Dolphins at Heinz Field on January 8, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) Getty Images

One AFC North linebacker decided to pull out of the Pro Bowl and he’ll be replaced by another player from the same division.

Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley withdrew from the game with a calf injury, joining guard Marshal Yanda as Baltimore players selected for the roster who won’t be in Orlando this week. Mosley will be replaced by Ryan Shazier of the Steelers.

It’s the first time that Shazier will appear in a Pro Bowl. The speedy linebacker made 13 appearances for the Steelers and finished the season with 87 tackles and 3.5 sacks for the second year in a row. He added three forced fumbles and three interceptions before picking off two more passes during the postseason.

Shazier is the first defensive player and sixth overall from the Steelers added to the roster for this year’s game, although wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell have pulled out.

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Malcolm Butler’s been waiting to cover Julio Jones for a while

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 15:  Malcolm Butler #21 of the New England Patriots reacts against the New York Giants during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium on November 15, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) Getty Images

The internet never forgets and this week it is providing a reminder of how far Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler over the last four years.

On December 22, 2012, the Falcons were playing the Lions in a Sunday night game that saw Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones catch seven passes for 71 yards and a touchdown. Butler had recently wrapped up his first season at West Alabama and was apparently watching the game when he sent off a tweet featuring a hope that probably seemed a little farfetched given where he was in the football world.

Butler will get his chance in Houston and the matchup will be one of the most significant ones of the game. The Falcons have several strong options on offense, but Jones is the top one and slowing him down would make things more difficult for Atlanta while also making Butler’s dream come true. That would be a double win for the Patriots in their drive for a fifth Super Bowl title.

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Dan Quinn impressed with Kyle Shanahan’s balancing act

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2016, file photo, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) speaks with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan before the start of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, in Atlanta. Might be hard to believe, but it wasn't all that long ago that the shotgun formation was something of a curiosity in the NFL, used less than once every five plays in 2006.(AP Photo/John Bazemore) AP

Falcons coach Dan Quinn knows how stressful it can be, when you’re balancing game-planning for the playoffs with thinking about a future head coaching job.

And he said he’s been impressed with the way Kyle Shanahan has been able to handle both.

Via Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com, Quinn said he admired the way his offensive coordinator was able to keep his focus, as the Falcons have scored 80 points in two playoff games.

“I’m really proud of him because it’s not easy to do, when there’s a lot of speculation and things going on outside your world, to stay dialed in,” Quinn said. “I think it’s one that should be commended. Being on point and going for it, he totally nailed that, knowing how to attack and how we were going to go through. It gets more attention, obviously, the longer it goes. We recognize that. The league does structures that there’s another opportunity for them to talk, and I’m sure they’ll do that.”

Shanahan will be able to meet with the 49ers Saturday, where he’ll get a chance to go over potential General Manager candidates. But they can’t formally hire him until after the Super Bowl.

Quinn was in the same spot when the Falcons hired him away from the Seahawks two years ago, and it doesn’t seem to have hurt.

“I tried to just give him my experience,” Quinn said. “Not tell him what to do, but tell him, ‘This is some of the pitfalls that happen; these are some of things I thought went well.’ I tried to do the same things with him this week.”

Shanahan’s ability to compartmentalize the task at hand has been impressive, and that ability earned him some comparisons to a coach he’ll see next week.

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Eagles fill staff, hire Mike Groh to coach receivers

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 14: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears talks with wide receivers coach Mike Groh during warmups prior to a preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Soldier Field on August 14, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Eagles filled their coaching staff Monday, adding Mike Groh as their new receivers coach.

Groh was the passing game coordinator for the Rams last year, though that seems like a title you’d scrub from your resume as quickly as possible.

“We are excited to add Mike Groh to our coaching staff,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said in a statement. “Mike brings with him a vast array of experience coaching wide receivers in the NFL and college. Over his career, he has demonstrated a great ability as a teacher and as a motivator and we look forward to him getting started in Philadelphia.”

Groh replaces the fired Greg Lewis.

Groh previously coached receivers for the Bears, and free agent to be Alshon Jeffery might be someone the Eagles could be interested in, as they need to upgrade the talent around quarterback Carson Wentz.

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Jets offensive coordinator search includes George Godsey

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 30:  Brock Osweiler #17 of the Houston Texans talks with offensive coordinator George Godsey on the sideline in the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at NRG Stadium on October 30, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images) Getty Images

While teams are in Mobile this week to watch players at Senior Bowl practice, it’s also a de facto job fair for coaches. And for teams with vacancies, it’s time to get moving.

According to Rich Cimini of ESPN.com, the Jets have a few possibilities for their vacant offensive coordinator job.

They apparently have some interest in former Texans offensive coordinator George Godsey, and he could interview today.

The Texans and Godsey “mutually parted” after the season, allowing head coach Bill O’Brien to formally take over play-calling duties. Godsey came to Houston with O’Brien after working in New England with him.

Another option appears to be Saints wide receivers coach John Morton, who has also worked with the 49ers under Jim Harbaugh.

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Falcons’ Grady Jarrett: Packers get away with holding, struggle when game is fair

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 22:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers attempts a pass as he is tackled by Grady Jarrett #97 of the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth quarter in the NFC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome on January 22, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Getty Images

Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett says the officials did their jobs on Sunday, and that was a problem for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.

Jarrett said the Packers usually get help from the officials, but on Sunday the game was called fairly, and that was to the Falcons’ advantage.

“They’re a team that gets away with a lot of stuff as far as holding calls and everything. So, when the thing isn’t going his way, when the game’s played fairly, it tends to be a problem,” Jarrett said, via USA Today.

The Packers averaged six penalties for 52 yards a game in the regular season and were called for six penalties for 63 yards against the Falcons, so it’s not like the officials were unusually hard on Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game. But the Falcons liked how the officials did their job. The winning team usually does.

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Should Deshaun Watson try to avoid the Browns?

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 09:  Quarterback Deshaun Watson #4 hugs head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Getty Images

Thirteen years ago, quarterback Eli Manning successfully avoided playing in San Diego, thanks to a campaign launched and sustained by his father, Archie. Three months from now, could quarterback Deshaun Watson do the same when it comes to Cleveland?

Maybe, at a time when the Media Draft Machine is shaming Watson for choosing to rest on his performance against Alabama over spending a week in Alabama potentially making this worse instead of better, Watson simply doesn’t want to play for the Browns. If that’s how he feels, who could blame him?

It’s not a knock on the Browns. It’s a knock on a system that prevents players from deciding where they will live, who they will work with, and which organization they will provide services to. Incoming college football players get to pick their schools. Incoming pro football players should get to pick their teams.

They don’t, but some have a lot more leverage than others. If a quarterback isn’t all in, an NFL team shouldn’t want him. Maybe Watson hopes that the Browns will get the message — without him having to deliberately send it.

Peter King of TheMMQB.com addressed the issue on Monday based on the assumption that Watson wants (and should want) to play for the Browns. With the difference in the money not nearly as significant as it used to be at the various spots at the top of the draft, maybe he’d prefer to play for Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers or some other team in the top 10 that needs a quarterback.

Rarely does an incoming quarterback make his desire to avoid a given team obviously known. Five years ago, Robert Griffin III had no desire to be drafted by the Colts. While the Colts may never have changed their minds about Andrew Luck, the lack of any effort by Griffin to get the Colts to think twice made it a no-brainer.

Maybe Watson would rather not play for the Browns. And maybe the best play for both sides is to be subtle and discreet about it. The last thing the Browns need is Watson launching an Eli-style anti-Browns campaign, and the last thing Watson needs is the Browns and others publicly or privately wagging a finger at him and possibly causing him to go a lot lower than No. 2.

That’s a long way to get to the point of this post. Do you think Watson should try to avoid the Browns? Cast a vote below in Tuesday’s PFT Live question of the day.

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Doug Baldwin named to Pro Bowl in place of Larry Fitzgerald

SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 07:  Wide receiver Doug Baldwin #89 of the Seattle Seahawks runs with the ball against the Detroit Lions in the NFC Wild Card game at CenturyLink Field on January 7, 2017 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) Getty Images

Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin has been named to the NFC Pro Bowl roster as an injury replacement for Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald is not taking part due to an injury.

Baldwin is the first Seattle wide receiver to play in the Pro Bowl since Brian Blades in 1989. He tied Bobby Engram’s franchise record with 94 receptions and set a career-high with 1,128 yards this season. He’s just the fifth receiver in Seahawks’ history to record consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.

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Demaryius Thomas replaces Antonio Brown in Pro Bowl

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 1:  Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas #88 of the Denver Broncos is tackled by cornerback Sean Smith #21 and outside linebacker Malcolm Smith #53 of the Oakland Raiders after catching a pass in the third quarter of the game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 1, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) Getty Images

Steelers receiver Antonio Brown won’t be doing any Facebook Live broadcasts from the locker room or practice sessions or elsewhere at the Pro Bowl.

Brown is out and Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas is in. For Thomas, it’s his fifth straight Pro Bowl appearance. He joins tight end Shannon Sharpe and safety Steve Atwater as the only players in team history to make it to the Pro Bowl at least five times in a row. (Sharpe and Atwater made it seven times each.)

The Broncos now have six Pro Bowlers. The game will be played Sunday in Orlando.

And, yes, people will watch it. Because it’s on TV.

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