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including the playoffs. When he kicked four

Postby elaine95 » July 12th, 2019, 1:51 am

DENVER (AP) — Even down to one healthy cornerback Rashan Gary Jersey , another spitting up blood, three sidelined with injuries and one ejected for throwing a punch, Vance Joseph trusted his defense more than his offense.The Denver Broncos‘ embattled second-year coach sent kicker Brandon McManus out for a field goal rather than go for it on fourth-and-1 from the Cleveland 6 with the Broncos trailing by four points and less than five minutes remaining.“I trust our defense to get a stop there,” Joseph explained after the Broncos’ 17-16 loss to the Browns on Saturday that all but eliminated them from the wild-card chase. “If we don’t get points there, a touchdown has to win it. It was my decision to take points.”The Broncos (6-8) did get the ball back when Adam Gotsis stuffed Nick Chubb on fourth-and-1 from the Denver 10-yard line with 1:49 remaining.And they reached the 50-yard line with 52 seconds left but Case Keenum, who was picked off twice, spiked the ball on first down to stop the clock, then threw two incompletions before getting sacked by blitzing defensive back Jabrill Peppers to seal Denver’s first loss to Cleveland since 1990.“Five years later I was born,” said Baker Mayfield, who threw for two touchdowns in leading the Browns (6-7-1) to multiple road wins for the first time since 2014.Despite not having a stout run defense like they did in years past or the star-studded secondary they did when Aqib Talib and T.J. Ward were still around, the Broncos have only surrendered an average of 21.3 points a game this season.Trouble is, they’ve only averaged 21.8 themselves and five times they’ve been held under 20.The Broncos appeared to have a gilded road to the second wild-card spot after surviving the league’s toughest schedule through Week 12. Of their five final opponents Darnell Savage Jr. Jersey , only one had a winning record: the Chargers, whom they’d already beaten in Los Angeles.Then came back-to-back losses to teams with losing records, 20-14 at San Francisco and 17-16 against Cleveland.“We were so close to being in the hunt for the playoffs,” receiver Courtland Sutton said. “So you know when we lose two games that we felt like we should have won, definitely should have won, it definitely stings.”The Broncos’ offense has ground to a halt with defenses stacking the box to stuff rookie sensation Phillip Lindsay, a task that’s been easier with the Broncos losing their top two tight ends to IR and their top two receivers, Demaryius Thomas to a trade and Emmanuel Sanders to a season-ending ruptured Achilles tendon.Lindsay has managed just 54 yards on 28 carries the last two weeks for a 1.9-yard clip after averaging 6.1 yards through the first dozen games.“They were going eight in the box,” Lindsay said. “You all see it, everything is there. It’s hard when you have eight in the box. We’ve got to come up with different things and that comes down to me and that comes down to the whole offense.”Keenum has thrown just five touchdown passes in the last five weeks, and offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave has stubbornly stuck to spread formations and hasn’t been very creative in his calls.Needing about 8 yards to get in range for McManus to have a shot at a game-winner, Musgrave called intermediate and deep routes on the Broncos’ final two plays and converted guard Connor McGovern’s shotgun snap on fourth down nearly hit the ground.Keenum reached down to grab it and as he began to rise Elgton Jenkins Jersey , he was smashed by Peppers, sending the Broncos to yet another low-scoring loss.They’ll have to beat Oakland on Christmas Eve and the Chargers on Dec. 30 to avoid the franchise’s first back-to-back losing seasons since 1971-72.If Tennessee beats Dallas on Sunday, the Broncos’ playoff drought will hit three years — the prime seasons of superstar Von Miller, whose MVP performance in Super Bowl brought home the team’s third Lombardi Trophy.“We’ve still got a lot to play for,” Miller insisted. “Young guys have to get exposure and experience and it’s not over yet. We’ve got to see what’s going to happen tomorrow. The Colts play a really good Cowboys team, so we’ll be watching the game and rooting for the Cowboys.” LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Eight kickers walked onto the practice field at the end of Friday’s rookie camp session as the Chicago Bears began trying to solve their greatest problem through a mass offseason kicking competition.Coach Matt Nagy lined the 70 rookies at the weekend camp along the 50-yard line behind the eight kickers, watching as each attempted a 43-yard field goal, the same distance Cody Parkey missed with a double-doink to end Chicago’s season in a 16-15 playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.Out of a snap and hold, without a pass rush, only two of the eight kickers made the 43-yard field goal.Back to the drawing board?“This is going to be a little bit of a process,” Nagy said.It already has been.The Bears had Chris Blewitt Jace Sternberger Jersey , Elliott Fry, Redford Jones, John Barron II, Casey Bednarski, Emmit Carpenter, Spencer Evans and Justin Woo on hand for the start of this competition at rookie camp after holding several tryouts already in the offseason. Blewitt, Fry, Jones and Barron were the kickers who had already been signed, and the other four were brought in for tryouts at the rookie camp.Only Barron and Evans made the 43-yard kick. When the kickers had competition amongst themselves away on another practice field, Fry and Jones stood out.Fry was a kicker in the Alliance of American Football and went 14 for 14 with Orlando, and is the only one of the eight with any real professional experience.Nagy was immediately asked about the poor performance after practice.“I’m surprised you’re starting with that question,” Nagy said Dexter Williams Jersey , laughing.Nagy said it was no coincidence they started the post-practice competition from the 43-yard line, and the kickers are well aware.“They know, they already know,” Nagy said. “They know loud and clear why.”The Bears have hired a kicking consultant now to help them solve the problem.They’ve added Jamie Kohl, who conducts kicking camps. Nagy said Kohl has a good relationship with Bears special teams coordinator Chris Tabor.“It’s like a consultant, but he’ll be here not every day, but he’ll be here throughout the season,” Nagy said. “We’re excited about that.”Nagy called it a case of adding, “somebody that has expertise in that, and understanding a lot more than I know.”Parkey last season kicked six balls off the uprights including the playoffs. When he kicked four in one game off the uprights at Soldier Field against Detroit, the Bears sent him to Soldier Field to practice.Nagy said there are no current plans to send these kickers to Soldier Field for their competition, but it could be something they’ll consider.The goal for the kicking competition held at the end of practices is to create pressure.“We want to be able to see as much as we can in game situations how they handle that Rock Ya-Sin Jersey , too,” Nagy said. “Because it’s one thing to be able to go over and bang 8 for 8 when it doesn’t really matter. But what about when it matters. Ya know?”There is no timetable for reducing the number of kickers at the moment.“I think that’s really gray for us,” Nagy said. “We start with a lot. In the end, end with one. Right?“So how are we going to do it? If a guy has a rough day, does he bounce back and have seven good days? Does he not? I don’t know.”Nagy said after last weekend’s draft that he’s over the 43-yarder Parkey missed now, and doesn’t mind people mentioning it in his presence.“It doesn’t hurt me. It’s fine. It’s good,” Nagy said. “So you (reporters) can say it. We’re good with it. So use it. Talk about it. It’s a healthy thing.“So we feel good about it and we’re gonna get this thing right.”
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