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Derek Wolfe Jersey

During his media availability after practice on May 30, Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe said he felt like he was born to play in Vic Fangio¡¯s defense. Just what is it that the defender likes about Fangio¡¯s 3-4 front?

¡°Alignment-wise it¡¯s like ¡ª it¡¯s old school defense where you line up and you beat the guy in front of you,¡± Wolfe said. ¡°We¡¯re going to be moving. You beat him, beat him, beat him, and then next thing you know we¡¯re slanting somewhere and moving around and misdirecting.

¡°As far as the pass-rush game goes, we have some really fun pass-rush games that are just different. Things that aren¡¯t just me setting things up for everybody else. It¡¯s actually a little bit of the opposite. I can actually get to get back there and make some plays and vise versa.¡±

Wolfe has totaled his fair share of sacks over the last few years ¡ª 26 since 2012 ¡ª but he¡¯s often asked to do the dirty work on the defensive line, setting up players like Von Miller to run through an opening.

That will still happen in 2019 but we might start to see Wolfe get set up on occasion as well, perhaps with Miller being the one to take attention away from him. It¡¯ll be interesting to see how Fangio uses the team¡¯s defensive linemen and linebackers as pass rushers this season.

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New Orleans is buzzing over winning the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night and how have the opportunity to select consensus top pick Zion Williamson. While Williamson will in all likelihood be sporting a Pelicans jersey for the majority of his NBA career, Saints head coach Sean Payton had the suggestion of giving the Duke forward the Bo Jackson treatment.

Following New Orleans winning the lottery, Payton took to Twitter and released a photo of Williamson in a Saints jersey with the caption, “Had a thought……..”

While Payton would certainly love to see Zion catching passes from Drew Brees, he is (playfully) getting reprimanded by Patriots star receiver and Super Bowl LIII MVP Julian Edelman for taking his “recruiting” ideal. Prior to the start of the 2019 NFL Draft, Edelman tweeted out to Williamson with a similar photoshop, only with the Duke star holding up a Patriots jersey. Hey, the Patriots do need an elite tight end to replace Rob Gronkowski after all. Why not Zion?

Upon seeing Payton’s attempt to woo Williamson to the NFL, however, Edelman clapped back.

Williamson just wrapped up a legendary freshman season with the Blue Devils where he averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.8 blocks a game. Given that production and his generational skill set, Williamson is viewed as a no-brainer top pick at the NBA Draft. That said, if the whole basketball thing doesn’t work out, Edelman and Payton are right to point out that Williamson likely would fare pretty well in the NFL as his freakish athletic ability and 6-foot-7, 284 pound frame would work well in the league.

In all seriousness, however, the New Orleans Pelicans will in all likelihood select Williamson to make him their franchise cornerstone for the next decade-plus.

¡°It¡¯s just an incredible blessing for our organization,¡± executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin said following winning the NBA Draft Lottery, via ¡°Mrs. (Gayle) Benson and our ownership group have done a remarkable job of just investing in the vision we have. This (No. 1 pick) will certainly jump-start that process.¡±

¡°We said coming into this, we didn¡¯t knew what would happen (at the lottery), but we knew we were sort of the epicenter of the offseason,¡± Griffin added. ¡°Now that¡¯s true to an even greater degree. So we¡¯re really grateful.

¡°(The lottery win is) meaningful. We hope it¡¯s just one of another many positive things for us this offseason.¡±

The NBA Draft is set for Thursday, June 20, but it appears to be a foregone conclusion of who is going No. 1.

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If Eric Ebron follows up his Pro Bowl season with another productive one, he'll be in line for a lucrative new contract.

The first, second and even third waves of NFL free agency have come and gone. There will continue to be signings in the coming days. But none will likely bring big headlines.

The lack of movement by the Indianapolis Colts isn’t a surprise. Their major outside signings were receiver Devin Funchess and defensive end Justin Houston. They still have $58.2 million in salary-cap space.

One of the reasons for the Colts’ frugality — which general manager Chris Ballard said was a priority two months ago — is that some of their core players are coming to the end of their contracts, which means the Colts will have to spend to be able to retain them.

That¡¯s also why they aren¡¯t currently worried about having to spend money to reach the 89 percent cash-spending floor. That’s the percentage of money set forth by the league¡¯s collective bargaining agreement, a total that teams are required to spend every four years.

¡°It¡¯s a little bit down the road, but I¡¯ll say that is something we want to be able to do,¡± Ballard added last month during the NFL owners meetings, about re-signing core players. ¡°We want to be able to extend our own and go to them early, especially the guys who are performing and are doing everything right. Being able to take care of those guys early … it¡¯s got to make sense for both sides. When we get after the draft and we start getting into May, June, July and August, those are things we will start taking a look into.¡±

Ballard showed his desire to retain the Colts’ own players when they signed kicker Adam Vinatieri and offensive lineman Mark Glowinski to new deals.

Here are other notable Colts in line for new deals no later than the 2020 offseason:

TE Eric Ebron: The Colts signed Ebron to a bargain deal of two years and up to $15 million in 2018. Ebron, who was considered an underachiever during his first four NFL seasons in Detroit, revived his career in 2018 with career-highs in receptions (66), targets (110), yards (750) and touchdowns (14) while making his first Pro Bowl.

Ebron will be in line to land a lucrative contract if he¡¯s able to come anywhere close to those numbers — or even exceed those numbers — in 2019.

Ebron, who turned 26 on Wednesday, isn¡¯t just a fit in coach Frank Reich¡¯s offensive system. His professionalism and outgoing personality make him an excellent fit inside what is a very tight locker room.

TE Jack Doyle: He¡¯s never been a flashy player. He’s a blue-collar blocker who also happens to have been quarterback Andrew Luck’s second-most dependable receiving target since Doyle arrived in Indianapolis in 2013 (behind T.Y. Hilton).

Doyle, 28, wasn’t able to show much last season because he was limited to a career-low six games due to hip and kidney injuries. He¡¯s expected to be out until training camp in late July.

Doyle¡¯s versatility should make him a fixture going forward as long as he can shake off his injury-filled 2018 season.

LT Anthony Castonzo: Castonzo is the second-longest tenured Colt on the roster behind Vinatieri. A 2011 first-round draft pick, Castonzo has been responsible for protecting the quarterback¡¯s blind side throughout his career.

He isn¡¯t talked about as one of the best left tackles in the league, but he¡¯s been solid. His age (he turns 31 in August) could be a consideration.

C Ryan Kelly: The Colts have until May to pick up the fifth-year contract option on Kelly, a first-round pick in 2016. Ballard could sign Kelly to a long-term extension before the start of the 2020 season.

Kelly is a fixture in the Colts organization. He¡¯s likely headed to some Pro Bowls if he can find a way to stay healthy. Kelly has missed 13 games in the past two seasons because of injuries.

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Former Miami Dolphins’ defensive end Cameron Wake intends to sign a three-year, $23 million deal that includes $10 million guaranteed with the Tennessee Titans, a source tells ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Wake, who turned 37 in January, was still one of the Dolphins’ most complete defensive players in 2018. He was second on the team with six sacks, and he was one of Miami’s best run defenders.

The five-time Pro Bowl selection is known for following a strict diet, lifestyle and workout routine. He keeps himself in incredible shape, and he figures that — and the late start to his NFL career — allows him to play at a high level longer than most players.

Wake, a longtime fan favorite, has never played in an NFL jersey other than the Dolphins’ over his 10 seasons, proving to be one of the most successful signings in team history.

The Dolphins signed Wake in 2009 after he dominated CFL competition with the BC Lions, where he won defensive player of the year for two consecutive seasons. He made an immediate impact in Miami and has amassed 98 sacks — second in franchise history behind Jason Taylor (131).

Wake, who had five sacks in the second half of last season, decided late in the 2018 season that he felt good enough to return for an 11th NFL campaign.

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Figuring out what to do at quarterback is the Jacksonville Jaguars’ top offseason priority, but it’s far from their only issue on offense. They have to address the offensive line, tight end and wide receiver, as well.

Somewhat forgotten — mainly because of the lengthy list of needs and the attention surrounding the potential addition of QB Nick Foles — is the team’s major issue at running back. There’s nearly as much uncertainty there as at quarterback.

After the way the 2018 season ended, there’s no reason to have any confidence the Jaguars can rely on Leonard Fournette in 2019. He missed seven games because of injuries, was suspended for another, admitted he slacked on his conditioning and gained weight throughout the season. He also was ripped by executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin for his demeanor on the sideline in the season finale.

Even though coach Doug Marrone said he’s excited about the 2017 first-round pick’s mindset following a clear-the-air meeting with Fournette, the Jaguars have to operate over the next eight months as if Fournette will flop again in 2019. To not do so and fail to put together a better backup plan than they had in 2018 would be irresponsible and could torpedo the offense again, regardless of which quarterback is on the field.

Mike Davis rushed for 514 yards on 112 carries and caught 34 passes for Seattle last season.




Other than Fournette, the only running backs under contract for 2019 are Carlos Hyde, David Williams and Thomas Rawls. The team is expected to part ways with Hyde, who was acquired in October for a fifth-round pick, sometime before the league year begins at 4 p.m. ET March 13. Williams, a seventh-round draft pick by Denver last year before joining the Jaguars’ practice squad, played in six games and had eight carries for 36 yards. Rawls didn’t have a carry last season.

The Jaguars have to add a complementary back to Fournette and it has to be someone they feel could handle the role as their main back if Fournette is injured or his level of play dips. They need a third-down back as well as a change-of-pace back, and if they’re lucky, they can find that in the same person.

There are plenty of options available via free agency, if they’re willing to spend at that position, as well as the draft. The Jaguars don’t have to invest a high draft pick on the position, either. Tarik Cohen, Devonta Freeman, James White, Bilal Powell and Phillip Lindsay are backs taken in the fourth round or later (Lindsay was undrafted). If the Jaguars don’t want to wait too long, they can still wait until the third round if they choose: Kareem Hunt, Alvin Kamara, James Conner, Tevin Coleman and David Johnson were third-rounders.

Here’s a look at some players the Jaguars could potentially target:

Free agency

Coleman: Coleman, who turns 26 in April, has increased his workload and production in each of his four seasons with Atlanta and is set to be one of the most sought-after backs in free agency after Le’Veon Bell. That also means he’ll command a larger salary, which might keep the Jaguars away. He’s got a good mix of speed and size (6-foot-1, 210 pounds) and can be a factor in the pass game. Plus, he’s capable of being a feature back because he’s done it for the Falcons when Freeman has been injured. Would he be willing to come to Jacksonville to share time, though?

Mike Davis: It took him a while to find a role with Seattle, but he settled in as the Seahawks’ third-down back and had a solid 2018 season (34 catches). The 26-year-old would be a nice replacement for T.J. Yeldon and would come at a reasonable price.

Frank Gore: Yes, he’ll turn 36 in May and is coming off a sprained foot, but he’s still remarkably effective: He averaged 4.6 yards per carry on 156 carries last season for Miami — his highest per-carry average since 2012 (4.7). It’s clear there was an issue in the Jaguars’ running backs room last season and there’s no better example of how to prepare and behave as a professional than Gore, who is fourth on the NFL’s all-time rushing list (521 yards behind Barry Sanders). Plus, he’s shown he’s still capable of stretches as a feature back.

Mark Ingram: He had a four-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs to start the 2018 season and that might make teams a little leery of the 29-year-old, but he ran for more than 1,000 yards the previous two seasons. The same question regarding Coleman applies here, too: Would Ingram be willing to share time with Fournette — as he did in New Orleans with Kamara the past two seasons — or does he want to go to a team where he’s the clear No. 1?

Latavius Murray: The 27-year-old has rushed for 3,698 yards and 34 touchdowns in five seasons — plus he’s missed only three games in his career. He ran for 578 yards and six touchdowns for Minnesota last season, but his 4.1 yards per carry was the second-best average of his career.

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Darrell Henderson: He ran for 1,909 yards and 22 touchdowns at Memphis in 2018, but he lost out on his chance to surpass 2,000 yards when he skipped the bowl game to begin his NFL preparations. He caught 63 passes in three seasons and could find a role as a speedy change-of-pace back in the NFL.

Justice Hill: The former Oklahoma State standout probably fits better as a third-down back, which is something the Jaguars need as a replacement for Yeldon. Hill is a bit undersized at 5-foot-10, 190 pounds, but he does have very good speed and also could find a key role on special teams.

Elijah Holyfield: Could he be the next Georgia back to make an impact in the NFL after Todd Gurley, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel? Holyfield (5-11, 215) isn’t as big as Gurley or Chubb, but he is a physical runner who would be a good complement to Fournette’s style.

LJ Scott: He missed eight games with injury in 2018 and never rushed for more than 994 yards in any of his four seasons at Michigan State, but Scott is an interesting prospect. He’s a big (6-1, 225), physical runner, too, and that could be of use near the goal line and in short-yardage situations to save Fournette some pounding.

Benny Snell Jr.: If the Jaguars do make the position a priority in the first three rounds, Snell would be a good option. He was highly productive in the SEC and dominated both Florida and Mississippi State in 2018. Both of those defenses are loaded with NFL talent, including four players among Mel Kiper’s Top 25 prospects. Snell (5-11, 223) ran for 3,873 yards and 48 TDs in three seasons at Kentucky.

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The Philadelphia Eagles will get another matchup with the New Orleans Saints in the playoffs. Which players are key to a victory on Sunday?

Welcome back to the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs, Philly! Once again, the Philadelphia Eagles will stay alive and continue to fight to defend their Super Bowl title from 2017. It wasn¡¯t an easy road for the Eagles to get here, but now that they are in and moving through the postseason, their dreams of repeating are beginning to become a reality. The Eagles are two victories away from reaching the NFL¡¯s biggest stage for the second season in a row. One of the two teams standing in their way of getting there is the infamous New Orleans Saints.

The reason why we call them the ¡®infamous¡¯ in Philly, is because for whatever reason the Saints absolutely hate the Eagles this year. From talking smack with hypothetical, coulda, shoulda, woulda scenarios in the offseason, to running up the score on the Eagles during Week 11, the Saints made it clear that they are fed up with the Eagles recent success in 2017.

Beating the Birds by 41 points wasn¡¯t enough though either. Saints running backs Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram decided to put out a WWE-type promo video a few weeks back, smack talking the Eagles secondary for wearing Ski Masks this season, and calling them fraudulent. New Orleans probably didn¡¯t think they would run into Philly later on down the line after that Week 11 beatdown, but here we are. Eagles versus Saints for the divisional round of the playoffs.

The Eagles are by no means favored in this matchup, but anybody who thinks the Saints will put another 41 point loss on Philly has another thing coming. Week 11 was the Eagles lowest point of the season. Since then, they have become arguably the hottest team in the NFC to squeak into the playoffs. It won¡¯t be easy, but the Eagles have an excellent shot of coming out on top this Sunday. Which five players are going to lead the charge this week?

Fletcher Cox, DT

Here¡¯s how you beat the New Orleans Saints on the road ¨C you get pressure on Saints quarterback Drew Brees. This season, Brees has been playing at a ridiculously high level. He¡¯s going to go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks to play the game, no doubt. And if Brees isn¡¯t getting pressured, he will pick apart the defense in the passing game.

During the first matchup between the Eagles and the Saints, Brees went untouched for pretty much the entire game, which resulted in the Saints offense putting up 48 points on the Eagles. This time around though, the Eagles defense is clicking. Last week, they held the Chicago Bears to only 15 points on the road.

The Eagles defensive line was getting consistent pressure on the quarterback, and it was a significant reason why the Eagles were able to come away with the victory. This week, Fletcher Cox and the rest of the Eagles defensive line is going to have to apply consistent pressure on Brees to help out the young secondary. If they can avoid giving up the big plays like the last matchup, and make Brees uncomfortable, the Eagles will be in great shape to win this game.

Alshon Jeffery, WR

We have to assume that the Saints are going to stick by their game plan from the last matchup and double-team Eagles tight end, Zach Ertz. The Saints knew at the time that Carson Wentz leaned heavily on the tight end, and New Orleans was doing everything that they could do to eliminate Ertz from the game. Therefore, the Eagles wideouts could be primed for a big day if the Saints defense has a lot of their focus on the Eagles tight end.

Last week, Alshon Jeffery had a few big catches, but he didn¡¯t exactly go off. This week, it may be a different story. The Saints are a good team all around, but their offense is what makes them great. Their defense on the other hand, well, they are very much beatable. That secondary hasn¡¯t been all that great this season, and the Eagles struggled to expose that the first time around.

This time though, Alshon Jeffery and the rest of the Eagles wideouts could have a big game. Four catches for 33 yards was Jeffery¡¯s stat line in Week 11. Let¡¯s be honest, Wentz was not utilizing Jeffery¡¯s talents correctly at all this year. Ever since Nick Foles came in the picture, Alshon has been coming up with big plays, which gave the Eagles offense an opportunity to come up with even bigger plays elsewhere. This offense will look a lot different against the Saints this time around, and it starts with Alshon Jeffery intimidating that secondary.

The Backfield Committee

I can¡¯t name one player, so here¡¯s three for one. Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood, and Josh Adams. So the Eagles don¡¯t have one running back that they feature. Instead, they rotate those three guys above, in hopes that one becomes the hot hand. Initially, Adams won over the bell-cow back role when he first had a solid game against the Saints. Since then though, the Eagles began to shy away from the undrafted rookie and stuck with a heavy dosage of Sproles and Smallwood.

Earlier in the week, I suggested that the Eagles should go back to using Adams this week since he had an impressive day against the Saints offense earlier in the year. Will they attempt to give Adams another shot at trying to prove himself to be a solid running back? That¡¯s debatable. However, regardless of who they decide to run with as the lead back on Sunday, they must establish a run game early and often.

Remember how the Eagles dominated in time of possession against the Washington Redskins during Week 17? Well, the Birds are going to have to dial up a similar game plan. Keep killing the Saints defense with short-to-medium plays, and keep that clock rolling. The key to success on Sunday will be keeping Drew Brees and the Saints offense off the field for as long as you can. If you put the game into their defense¡¯s hands, New Orleans is much more prone to losing. Stay true to run game once again, Doug.

Rasul Douglas, CB

This one could go either way. This week, you have to assume that Sean Payton and the Saints offense will have a pass-heavy gameplan to attack the Eagles young corners on the outside. As of late, Rasul Douglas and Avonte Maddox have been playing reasonably well. That doesn¡¯t mean that they are lockdown corners though. You better believe that the Saints will have tons of confidence this week in their passing offense after what happened the last time around.

Drew Brees decided to pick on Sidney Jones during the first matchup since he was dealing with hamstring issues. Assuming that Jones sees a limited amount of time this week if he does suit up, Brees will go after Maddox or Douglas. In coverage, Maddox is clearly the better corner. So if they are going to try and pick on a cornerback this week, it might end up being Rasul Douglas.

As of late, Douglas has been a solid corner. Right now, he may be the best tackler on the team. However, he isn¡¯t flawless when it comes to the deep ball. There have been some big plays given up by Douglas, and the Saints may try and expose him for that this weekend. And after Maddox got beaten by a few double-moves last week, they probably won¡¯t hesitate to go after him as well.

So, if Douglas can shut down his opponent early, the Saints may start throwing in Maddox¡¯s direction. I¡¯m going to make a bold prediction here ¨C both Douglas and Maddox will come up with interceptions on Sunday. Maddox has been due for one since the Houston game, and Douglas seems to snag one every once in a while in a very crucial situation of the game.

Nick Foles, QB

There is one thing that the Eagles probably don¡¯t want to happen on Sunday. That¡¯s getting into a full-on shootout with Drew Brees and the Saints offense. The way for the Eagles to win will be controlling the clock and holding the Saints to nothing but punts, turnovers, and field goals. However, if a shootout does happen to erupt, we have to hope that 2017 postseason Nick Foles will be in full effect. We all saw Foles in Minnesota for Super Bowl LII right?

Let¡¯s refresh our memories for a moment. Twenty-eight completions for 373 yards, three touchdowns, and 41 total points while going blow for blow with Tom Brady. I¡¯d say that Nick Foles plays pretty well when it comes to dome weather. This week, he will have to compete against another future Hall of Famer. Is the stage too big for Nick Foles? No. The stage is never too big for Foles. I think by now we have figured that out.

Last week wasn¡¯t a fantastic performance by Foles all around, but he did come up big when it came to clutch time. Seeing as though Foles will not be going against what is considered to be the league¡¯s number one defense once again this week, we should expect to see an entirely different quarterback. Still, a shootout between Brees and Foles will not be ideal, but Nick Foles had engaged in one before on the NFL¡¯s biggest stage and won. To say that we¡¯re confident that Foles can get the job done would be a massive understatement.

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Ezekiel Elliott knew Amari Cooper was good, but few could have predicted just how big of an impact Cooper would have on the Dallas Cowboys.

¡°I didn¡¯t know we were going to get all that, honestly,¡± the running back said after Cooper caught the winning touchdown pass in 29-23 overtime victory for the Dallas Cowboys over the Philadelphia Eagles. ¡°But when I finally saw him in person, when I saw him catch the ball, I saw him run around and run after the catch, that¡¯s when I really realized he¡¯s truly special. You guys saw that [Sunday]. He took over that game at the end when we needed him. I’m glad to have that guy on the same side as me.¡±

Cooper finished with 10 receptions for 217 yards and three touchdowns in his sixth game with the Cowboys. They are 5-1 since he came to town from the Oakland Raiders. With the win against the Eagles, they are one win away from clinching the NFC East and making the playoffs for the second time in three seasons.

Amari Cooper has been frustrating defenses since he joined the Cowboys, helping fuel Dallas' five-game win streak.




Cooper has 40 receptions for 642 yards and six scores since the Cowboys gave up a 2019 first-rounder to get him. With three games to play, he has a chance to have 1,000 receiving yards in nine games with the Cowboys.

Over a 16-game schedule, Cooper¡¯s numbers project to 107 catches, 1,712 yards and 16 touchdowns.

¡°When I thought of playing in the NFL as a youth, this is the perfect example of that,¡± Cooper said of his performance against Philadelphia. ¡°For everything from the city, the facilities, winning, watching that defense out there, watching that offense out here, it¡¯s a dream come true.¡±

Just by the numbers, what he did against the Eagles was up there in team and NFL history.

10: Cooper had a season-high 10 catches. It was the third 10-catch game of his career and his second of the season. He had 10 receptions for 166 yards in Week 2 against the Denver Broncos before the trade to Dallas.

217: Cooper established his career high with 217 receiving yards. His previous high was 210 yards on Oct. 19, 2017, with the Oakland Raiders. The 217 yards are the most by an NFL receiver this season and the most by a receiver since the Atlanta Falcons¡¯ Julio Jones had 253 against Tampa Bay on Nov. 26, 2017.

190: Cooper¡¯s second-half and overtime receiving yards. That is the most this season and the fifth-most since 1991.

3: Cooper became the first player in NFL history with three go-ahead touchdowns in the fourth quarter and overtime of one game.

5: Cooper became the fifth receiver in Cowboys history to have multiple games of at least 180 receiving yards. He has accomplished the feat in three games, catching eight passes for 180 yards and two scores in a Thanksgiving Day win against the Washington Redskins. Hall of Famers Bob Hayes (four) and Michael Irvin (three) have the most in team history, with Cooper, Frank Clarke and Tony Hill having two such games.

2: Cooper tied Hayes and Irvin for the most games with at least 180 receiving yards in a season in team history. Hayes did it twice in 1966. Irvin did it twice in 1996.

9: Of Cooper¡¯s 10 receptions Sunday, nine went for a first down, tying for the most he has had in a game in his career. The only Cowboy with more in a game in the past 20 seasons is Jason Witten, who had 10 first-down catches against the Detroit Lions in Week 14 of 2007. He finished the game with 15 receptions for 138 yards and a touchdown.

200-plus and 3, Part 1: Cooper joined Irvin and Clarke as only the third player in team history with more than 200 receiving yards and three touchdowns in a game. Irvin had eight catches for 210 yards and three scores in a 31-20 win against the Phoenix Cardinals in 1992. Clarke had 10 catches for 241 yards and three scores in a season-opening tie with Washington in 1962.

200-plus and 3, Part II: The last wide receiver to have more than 200 receiving yards and three touchdowns in a game was Andre Johnson of the Houston Texans against the Indianapolis Colts on Nov. 3, 2013. Johnson had nine catches for 229 yards and three scores in a 27-24 loss.

49.4 percent: This isn¡¯t related to the Eagles¡¯ game, but it reflects the change in the Cowboys¡¯ offense since the trade. In the first seven games of the season without Cooper, the Cowboys converted 29 of 91 third-down opportunities, good for 32 percent. In the six games with Cooper, they have converted 43 of 87 third-down chances, good for 49 percent. That would be the best in the league over a full season.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter was asked on Monday why quarterback Jameis Winston isn’t starting and Ryan Fitzpatrick is, especially when the organization needs to figure out what it has in Winston going into his fifth year.

“I understand that. I understand that,” Koetter said. “But we’re right in there. It’s just barely past the halfway point in the season and there’s a lot of football to be played. … I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility that we can turn this thing and get on a little bit of a win streak. We’ve got to play better football more consistently across the board. Our defense took a nice step in that direction [on Sunday]. I still think if we can put it together on both sides of the ball we’ll be all right.”

The first question to ask is, at 3-6, is a turnaround possible?

Mathematically? Yes. But realistically? It doesn’t look like it.

In the Super Bowl era, five teams had six losses or more after nine games and made the playoffs — all five were 3-6, according to research by ESPN Statistics & Information.

The Bucs face the New York Giants (2-7) on the road this week, followed by the San Francisco 49ers (2-8) at home. Winning those two games would make Tampa Bay 5-6 heading into home games against the Carolina Panthers (6-3) and New Orleans Saints (8-1) — the top two teams in the NFC South.

The Bucs then travel to play the Baltimore Ravens (4-5), who rank second in the NFL in points allowed per game (17.8). The Bucs have beaten one top-10 team in that category this season — a 27-21 victory against the No. 6 Philadelphia Eagles (20.3) — but scored a combined 13 points against the Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins, who are tied for fourth (19.44). The Bucs visit the Dallas Cowboys (No. 3 at 19.0 allowed per game) the following week and close the season against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Panthers (6-3) and Minnesota Vikings (5-3-1) lead the NFC wild-card standings. The Bucs are 12th. Four of the Panthers’ final seven opponents (the Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns and Bucs) are a combined 13-23-1, making it very difficult to catch Carolina. The Vikings’ schedule is tougher, with two games against the Bears remaining, along with games against the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots.

Maybe if the Bucs played in the NFC East, with three teams below .500, this would be possible, but their greatest hurdle is their own division, where teams are averaging 30 points a game.

Since joining the NFC South in 2002, the Bucs have only swept the Saints twice — in 2005 and 2007. They’ve gone 3-0 in their final three divisional games just once — in 2005, when they finished 5-1 in the division. They’ve also swept their final three divisional games at home just once — in 2008 — according to ESPN Statistics & Information data. And in the NFC South, the Bucs have the hardest remaining schedule according to FPI (eighth).

The next question: Does Koetter really believe the Bucs are still in this or is it more about saving his job? That’s hard to say, because one could argue Koetter’s job is tied to Winston. Even though he wasn’t the head coach who drafted the QB, Koetter was brought in to develop Winston. You also could point to Koetter taking over playcalling duties for the Redskins game as a need to reassert control after offensive coordinator Todd Monken had done it all season.

“I just felt like the type of game it was going to be, based on Washington’s offense,” Koetter said, “I thought that we needed to try to control the clock a little bit more and try to give our defense a little bit of time — maybe less time on the field that maybe we need to try to run it a little more and use our RPOs a little bit more.”

With Monken this season, the Bucs averaged 31:08 in time of possession per game — eighth most in the league. With Koetter calling plays Sunday, they had the ball for 31:12. Last season, the Bucs averaged 29:43 minutes, but it’s not a true apples-to-apples comparison. Though Monken might like to throw the ball more on first down, it didn’t offer a tangible difference.

The third question: Koetter said he believes Fitzpatrick truly gives Tampa Bay the best chance to win, but is it a compelling enough case to keep Winston benched for the remainder of the season with a $20.9 million fifth-year option looming?

Winston’s four-interception performance against the Cincinnati Bengals was horrible. He was OK against the Browns. He did throw four touchdowns and two interceptions against the Falcons in Week 6.

But the big thing has been turnovers, and though turnovers have been an issue for both quarterbacks, Winston’s done it more, throwing six touchdowns and 10 interceptions as compared to Fitzpatrick’s 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Koetter also acknowledged that, yes, having the same quarterback each week is preferable.

“You could make a case for that,” Koetter said. “I wouldn’t be worried about consistency if I didn’t think it also gives us the best chance [to win], but you could make a case for that.”

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Competing in its second and final regatta of the fall season, the Oklahoma rowing team claimed one victory and numerous medal finishes in a solid performance at the Jayhawk Jamboree Sunday afternoon in Lawrence, Kan.

OU began the day on a strong note with a second-place finish in the women¡¯s 4+ by the Sooners’ A boat, who finished in 15:29.0. Oklahoma B claimed eighth, crossing the line in 16:12.8, while the Sooners C boat finished in 16:32.7 to take 12th.

The Sooners novice squad had a successful weekend with two top-ten finishes in the 8+ competition. Oklahoma A claimed bronze, finishing in 15:45.8, while the OU B boat clocked a time of 17:04.4 to take ninth.

OU saw its first victory on the weekend in the collegiate 8+ race which featured 18 boats. Oklahoma A claimed the gold in 14:03.4 and Oklahoma B came in eighth with a time of 14:48.8.

Both Sooners’ boats advanced to the tournament-style 8+ 300-meter sprints with the solid finishes in the collegiate 8+ race. OU A advanced out of the first round of heats to the semifinal, missing the final by less than two seconds with a second-place finish to the University of Kansas.

The Sooners will next return to action for their spring slate, beginning in March with a home scrimmage with Kansas State, slated for March 2, 2019.


Varsity Four A C: Sydney Pino S: Maria Pergouli 3: Breah McKay 2: Kalie Heffernan B: Jessica Robinson

Varsity Four B C: Katherine Denney S: Madeleine Lange 3: Annika Smith 2: Frauke Berger B: Louise Kuehster

Varsity Four C C: Hannah Hassien S: Nina Chism 3: Rachel Della Valle 2: Amber Templin B: Kristen Allman

Varsity Eight A C: Sara Fazal S: Maria Pergouli 7: Breah McKay 6: Kalie Heffernan 5: Jessica Robinson 4: Frauke Berger 3: Annika Smith 2: Madeleine Lange B: Louise Kuehster

Varsity Eight B C: Cassidy Mulligan S: Rachel Della Valle 7: Nina Chism 6: Kristen Allman 5: Emily Taylor 4: Ella Poljak 3: Rachel Williams 2: Amy Pasque B: Evelina Butrimaviciute

Novice Eight A C: Taylor Johnson S: Ella Poljak 7: Leah Pearman 6: Serafina King 5: Jayci Stonebraker 4: Maddie Brown 3: Nicole Molina 2: Melissa Easley B: Evelina Butrimaviciute

Novice Eight B C: Savannah McDonald S: Maggie Ashbaker 7: Anna Litton 6: Elizabeth Soldner 5: Julie Owen 4: Abigail Gordon 3: Megan Warren 2: Autumn Gregory B: Ashlin Tryczak

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With Mike Boynton¡¯s 2019 Oklahoma State roster mostly wrapped up, the basketball head coach is focusing on 2020 and beyond. Boynton and his staff have been visiting multiple recruits and even making an offer to a 2021 point guard in the past few days.

Now, it looks like they¡¯ve set their sights on another 2020 target; 4-star Myles Stute.

The Cowboys are the 10th school to offer the 6-5, 200-pound forward from Washington, D.C., joining schools like Penn State, Seton Hall, Rhode Island, and UMass.

247Sports has Myles rated as the 5th best player in D.C. and the 24th best small forward in the 2020 class. In Rivals¡¯ recently released Top 150 for 2020, he was ranked No. 117 overall.

Stute is the sixth small forward Oklahoma State has offered. Oklahoma State could have as many as five scholarships available for the 2020 class with five juniors on the roster right now. While OSU has a large group of forwards already on the roster, adding Stute would be nice.

The best strengths I see from him are his perimeter shot, which has a nice stroke, and his ability to quickly get to the basket both on and off the ball. Take a look at some of his highlights below.