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  10. Another strong effort from Anibal Sanchez has the first-place Atlanta Braves facing a sudden surplus of starting pitchers. Sanchez allowed only four hits in seven scoreless innings Nazem Kadri Jersey , Ender Inciarte homered and scored two runs and the Braves, helped by a strange replay ruling, beat the San Diego Padres 4-2 on Thursday night. The Braves (40-28) moved 12 games over .500 for the first time since ending the 2013 season on top of the NL East. They haven’t been back to the playoffs since 2013, but now they’re again leading the division. Sanchez has won two straight starts. With the emergence of rookie Mike Soroka and the expected return of Julio Teheran from the DL this weekend, Braves manager Brian Snitker could soon face difficult decisions in his rotation. ”We’ve got a good problem because we’ve got more starters than we can probably use right now,” Snitker said. ”That’s something that not a lot of teams can say. So it’s going to be some tough decisions going forward.” Sanchez (3-0) did not walk a batter as he earned his first win in six career starts against San Diego. The 34-year-old right-hander lowered his ERA to 1.93 in seven games, including six starts. He signed with Atlanta in spring training following his release from Minnesota. ”He’s been a man on a mission,” catcher Tyler Flowers said. Sanchez outpitched Tyson Ross (5-4), who allowed only three hits and three runs in six-plus innings. Ozzie Albies added a run-scoring double for Atlanta. Inciarte, who singled and scored in the third, had two hits. Atlanta led 3-0 before Eric Hosmer’s double off Dan Winkler in the eighth drove in Jose Pirela and Cory Spangenberg, cutting the lead to one run. Freddie Freeman doubled and scored on Adam Cimber’s throwing error on Flowers’ grounder in the bottom of the eighth to cap the scoring. Arodys Vizcaino pitched the ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances. The Padres were upset a video review affirmed the ruling from home plate umpire Mark Ripperger that Flowers was hit by a pitch from Sanchez in the seventh. The review lasted 2 minutes, 39 seconds. Flowers said he told Ripperger he didn’t think he was hit by the pitch. ”The more I thought about it sitting there Dallas Goedert Color Rush Jersey , and then seeing the replay, I know it hit something,” Flowers said. ”It might have been me. I don’t know. I wear so many guards and stuff, it might have been one of those.” TV replays seemed to show the ball didn’t hit Flowers or his bat. San Diego manager Andy Green said the call changed the game because Flowers scored on Inciarte’s groundout against Robbie Erlin. ”In those moments as a manager I’m not even sure why you have replay,” Green said. ”I mean, it’s blatantly obvious it didn’t hit him. There’s no situation where that hit him and it changed the game. … Every single way you look at that one they blew it and that cost us.” Inciarte pulled a pitch from Ross over the first level of right-field seats and into the open doors of a restaurant in the fifth. It was Inciarte’s fifth homer and his first since May 15. Sanchez escaped sixth-inning trouble after the Padres had runners on first and third with one out, following a double by A.J. Ellis and an infield single by Pirela. Spangenberg and Hosmer ended the inning with infield popups. TRAINER’S ROOM Teheran (right thumb contusion) is on track to come off the DL and start on Sunday after throwing a bullpen session with no problems. Teheran has been out since June 5. … Braves OF Ronald Acuna Jr. (left knee sprain) hit before the game. He is expected to run the bases at a moderate pace on Friday and then give the knee a more strenuous test on Saturday. SLOW STARTERS The Padres fell to 5-18 in series openers this season, the worst mark in the National League. Despite those poor starts, San Diego has won five straight series. RARE WALK Ross went four innings without a walk before putting Albies on base with two outs in the fifth. It ended a stretch of 32 innings without a walk for San Diego pitchers, matching the longest streak in franchise history from July 28-31, 1971. UP NEXT Padres: LHP Clayton Richard will start Friday night’s second game of the series. He is 4-2 with a 3.04 ERA in his last seven starts. Braves: RHP Brandon McCarthy was announced as Friday night’s starter. —
  11. Jay Gruden isn’t handing the starting running back job to rookie Derrius Guice. The Washington Redskins coach wants Guice – or someone else – to earn it. How the backfield shakes out is the biggest question the Redskins face as they open training camp . Guice Womens Travis Hamonic Jersey , former starter Rob Kelley and 2017 draft pick Samaje Perine are all vying to be the feature back alongside third-down star Chris Thompson at a position the Redskins desperately need improvement from after being fifth-worst in the NFL last season. ”It’s a great three-way competition really with Guice, obviously `Fat Rob’ and Samaje,” Gruden said Thursday after the first practice of camp. ”It’s very, very important to let these guys play it out. They’ve all shown flashes of being good football players at the running back position.” No one flashes more potential than Guice, who plummeted in the draft from first-round prospect to Washington in the late second. The LSU product fumbled his first carry of camp but shoulders big expectations and has already made quite the impression on his new teammates. ”He’s a stud. He can do it all,” left tackle Trent Williams said. ”He’s one of them guys that every team wants to have. He’s an old-school running back: hard to bring down, runs strong and is extremely fast (at) his size.” Guice should get every opportunity to show he deserves to be the No. 1 running back. He split first-team carries with Perine and Kelley on Thursday Evgenii Dadonov Jersey Kids , though Gruden expects padded practices to provide a better indication of where the race stands. Kelley came from off the pace to win the starting job as an undrafted rookie during in 2016 and held it last year until knee and ankle injuries ended his season. But with Guice’s buzz and Perine’s pedigree from his time at Oklahoma, Kelley is again an underdog and is perfectly fine with that. ”I’ve been there before,” Kelley said. ”I came in as an undrafted guy. It ain’t nothing new to me. It’s just about overcoming it, man. I’m not the first guy it happened to, I’m not going to be the last guy it happens to, so just keep going.” Only one thing is settled with the Redskins’ running back situation: Thompson is entrenched as a crucial run and pass option for an offense that is transitioning from Kirk Cousins to new quarterback Alex Smith. Thompson is coming off knee surgery and will be eased back in to the crowded group. As he deals with the frustration of wanting to be full-go, Thompson looks at the running back corps of Guice Calvin de Haan Jersey Kids , Perine, Kelley, Kapri Bibbs and Byron Marshall and sees an abundance of depth. ”It’s ridiculous right now,” Thompson said. ”All the guys bring something to the table. So I’m excited about it. We’ve got a few guys that are those bruiser running backs, and then the other half of the guys are all good route runners and stuff. I’m excited about it. It’s definitely going to bring the best out of us.” Running backs coach Randy Jordan noticed that right away during offseason workouts after Washington drafted Guice. All of a sudden, Guice’s high-energy approach to every snap has forced that sense of urgency for the players looking to hold him off for carries once the season gets underway. ”The biggest thing is there’s a lot of competition in this room,” Jordan said last month. ”So when you have that Youth Greg Olsen Jersey , everything else takes care of itself.” Guice said a rookie minicamp that getting accustomed to new terminology would be the biggest adjustment from the SEC to the NFL. Once he gets that down, he’ll level some of the playing field with Perine and Kelley, thought he doesn’t want to speculate about how big his role might be. ”I can’t really predict how me and Chris and Samaje and Kelley and all of us are going to be used,” Guice said. ”However Jay or Randy want to use us, that’s how it’s going to go.” NOTES: LB Zach Brown strained his left quadriceps muscle and was held out of team drills for the remainder of practice. … TE Jordan Reed revealed he had two separate toe surgeries, one on each foot. Reed had a bone removed from each big toe after lingering soreness that has lasted since before training camp a year ago. — The Dallas Cowboys have made their first acquisition since NFL free agency opened a week ago. Free-agent linebacker Joe Thomas has reached a two-year deal with the Cowboys, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Wednesday night. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal hadn’t been signed http://www.officialducks.com/authentic-adidas-antoine-vermette-jersey , and there was no announcement from the team. Thomas started eight of his 42 games the past three seasons for the Green Bay Packers. He was also a contributor on special teams. Undrafted out of South Carolina State, Thomas initially signed with the Packers in 2014 and spent part of that season on their practice squad. After being a preseason roster cut by Green Bay in 2015, he then was on the practice squad in Dallas before being signed to the Packers’ active roster and making his NFL debut, playing 14 games that season. The Cowboys lost linebackers Anthony Hitchens and Kyler Wilber in free agency. Hitchens signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, and Wilber signed with the Oakland Raiders. — AP Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon contributed to this report. — Youth Seattle Seahawks Jerseys
  12. Alex Tuch collected the skittering puck with absolutely nothing between him and the tying goal with two minutes left in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. Braden Holtby reacted with pure instinct. Washington’s goalie stretched back and lunged to his right with his stick Sidney Crosby Jersey , thrusting the paddle into the exact 4-inch slot of air through which Tuch’s shot was headed for the net. ”Luckily it hit me,” Holtby said with a shrug. The Washington goalie’s coaches and teammates weren’t quite so calm about a save that will go down in Capitals history as the key to a 3-2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday night, evening the series at one game apiece. The win was the Caps’ first-ever Stanley Cup Final victory – and the save might be a catalyst to even bigger things. ”To me, it was the hockey gods,” Washington coach Barry Trotz said. ”They evened it up from the last game. Great save. You could see the emotion on our bench. Once he made that save, I knew we were going to win the game.” Holtby made 37 saves, but he got help from earthly sources as well. Alex Ovechkin scored a power-play goal, his first in a Final, Brooks Orpik ended a personal 220-game goal drought with the eventual winner Youth Pavel Zacha Jersey , and Lars Eller added a goal and two assists. ”We refocus and pick each other up and that’s a sign of a good team,” Holtby said. ”That’s one of our strengths.” Game 3 is Saturday night in Washington. The Caps are just 4-5 at home in the postseason, but they’ll ride a wave of momentum after going into the Golden Knights’ daunting home arena and taking away home-ice advantage in Washington’s first Stanley Cup Final in 20 years. After getting battered in the Knights’ 6-4 series-opening win, Holtby made several big saves throughout Game 2, coming up particularly big while Washington killed a 5-on-3 disadvantage for 1:09 earlier in the third period. He capped his energetic performance with that jaw-dropping stick save on Tuch with 1:59 to play. ”Holts just makes the save of the year,” Washington forward Jay Beagle said. ”Maybe the save of a lifetime. It’s unreal.” The T-Mobile Arena crowd was stunned, but after several months of watching this expansion team push through every obstacle, the Knights couldn’t get around Holtby’s stick. ”Thank God he’s our goalie,” Ovechkin said. ”He’s over there when we need him Alex Pietrangelo Jersey Kids , and it was probably the save of the year for sure.” Washington overcame another big blow when it lost leading scorer Evgeny Kuznetsov to an upper-body injury in the first period after a big hit from Vegas defenseman Brayden McNabb, but the Caps avoided any hotheaded retaliation and concentrated on a gritty effort that was enough to even the series. James Neal and Shea Theodore scored and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 23 shots for the upstart Knights, who couldn’t summon their usual clutch magic, even with lengthy man advantages. Thanks to Holtby’s 15 saves, Vegas finally went scoreless in the third for the first time in six periods in this series. Washington handed the Golden Knights only their second home defeat – the first in regulation – in Vegas’ nine postseason games. ”I think it’s really important that we take a step back and take a deep breath and know that you’re not going to win this series in two games,” Vegas defenseman Nate Schmidt said. ”We’re a special group. We can go out and win games on the road. We’ve done it all playoffs.” So have the Capitals, who improved to 9-3 on the road after two games in this frequently chaotic series. The Caps have made the playoffs in 13 of 19 seasons since their only other trip to the Final in 1998, but hadn’t managed to get their fans back to the final round until this year. Capital One Arena in downtown Washington was packed with red-clad fans watching Game 2 on the videoboards. The temperature on the Las Vegas Strip spiked to triple digits in the hours before Game 2, likely making it the hottest Final game in NHL history. But the heat didn’t fry the spirits of the fans who filled the plaza next to the arena to capacity before the puck dropped Henrik Lundqvist Jersey Kids , continuing this gambling mecca’s fanatical support of its first major pro sports team. Shortly after Neal opened the scoring for Vegas in Game 2, Kuznetsov went straight to the dressing room after absorbing a high check from McNabb. The game immediately took on a nastier tone, and the teams played 4-on-4 hockey moments later after a prolonged scrum led to two penalties. Trotz gave no postgame update on Kuznetsov’s condition. ”(That hit) galvanized us as a group,” Trotz said. ”This group has learned so much. They’ve gotten so resilient. This group has had everything thrown at them, and they just say, `You know what? We’re going to push on.”’ Washington attacked and evened it shortly afterward with a goal from Eller, who had failed to hit an open net on a rushed play for a potential tying goal late in Game 1. Washington’s excellent power play finally got a chance early in the second period, and Ovechkin scored a vintage goal with his powerful shot from a sharp angle. The Russian superstar led the NHL with 49 goals in the regular season and added 12 more in the Eastern Conference playoffs before scoring the first Stanley Cup Final goal of his 13-year, 1 Authentic Ezekiel Elliott Jersey ,121-game NHL career. The Caps then got a thoroughly unlikely contribution from Orpik, whose deflected shot bounced fortuitously off the ice and beat Fleury. The gr ST. LOUIS (AP) — Martin Brodeur is leaving the St. Louis Blues after spending the past three years as assistant general manager. The team says Brodeur is departing to pursue other opportunities. Brodeur ended his goaltending career with the Blues, joined the front office as assistant to the GM in January 2015 and was promoted a few months later. Brodeur has worked in management with Hockey Canada in recent years. The NHL’s all-time leader in goaltending wins has connections to two Eastern Conference teams: the New Jersey Devils, where he won three Stanley Cup championships, and the New York Islanders, who have longtime Devils GM Lou Lamoriello in charge of hockey operations. The Blues promoted director of amateur scouting Bill Armstrong to assistant GM. He is not related to GM Doug Armstrong, who on Tuesday also named Kevin McDonald pro scout and GM of St. Louis’ American Hockey League affiliate and Glen Wesley development coach. Youth New York Jets Jerseys
  13. The Buffalo Bills' offseason-long quarterback competition is down to two players now that AJ McCarron is seeking a second opinion to determine the severity of an injury to his throwing shoulder. Coach Sean McDermott on Sunday declined to reveal many details on McCarron's status except to say the team is still evaluating the injury after initial tests were inconclusive. And yet McDermott acknowledged the injury will have an immediate effect on McCarron's place in the quarterback pecking order with rookie first-round pick Josh Allen and returning backup Nathan Peterman still competing for the starting job. "Look Jonathan Quick Jersey , any time you're not on the field it's not really an ideal situation in that regard," McDermott said. "If healthy, then we pick up where we left off." McCarron took several hits and was hurt during the first quarter of Buffalo's 19-17 preseason win at Cleveland on Friday. The Bills avoided a major scare on another injury front. Defensive tackle and team leader Kyle Williams is listed week to week after the 13-year veteran hurt his right knee early in the second quarter against the Browns. While the Bills practiced outdoors, Williams was spotted by The Associated Press walking into the weight room. He walked without a noticeable limp but had a long black wrap covering most of his right leg. Safety Micah Hyde's initial concerns on Friday turned to relief upon seeing Williams at the facility. "That's Kyle. He's a tough guy," Hyde said. "You're going to have to cut that leg off for him not to be playing." McDermott said rookie third-round pick Harrison Phillips will take over the starting job in Williams' absence. Who starts at quarterback remains the major question with Buffalo preparing to host Cincinnati on Aug. 26. With McDermott being cautious against rushing Allen's development Youth Jake McCabe Jersey , McCarron was considered the initial front-runner for the job. He is the most experienced quarterback on the roster after spending his first four NFL seasons as Andy Dalton's backup in Cincinnati before signing with the Bills in free agency in March. McCarron struggled in his first preseason start and had little help from an offensive line that had difficulty stopping the Browns' pass rush. He was sacked once, hit several times and finished going 3 of 6 for 12 yards during four series in which the Bills failed to generate a first down. Allen replaced McCarron and led Buffalo on scoring drives 鈥?a touchdown and two field goals 鈥?on each of his three possessions. He finished 9 of 13 for 60 yards and showed poise by avoiding the pass rush and stepping up in the pocket to hit Rod Streater for a 2-yard touchdown pass in a third-and-goal situation. He particularly cleaned up his inconsistencies after going 9 of 19 for 116 yards and a touchdown in overseeing the third-stringers during the entire second half of Buffalo's preseason-opening 28-23 loss to Carolina. In calling Allen's performance a step in the right direction, McDermott isn't ready to hand the 22-year-old the starting job just yet. "Let's just manage expectations," McDermott said. "He's a young player, and let's just take it one day at a time right now. A lot to be learned still." Receiver Kelvin Benjamin is impressed by Allen's poise. "I feel like he controlled the huddle Authentic Tyler Eifert Jersey ," Benjamin said, before recalling a conversation he had with Allen. "I asked him early on, like, 'Do you get nervous.' And he was like, 'No Youth John Moore Jersey ,'" Benjamin said. "I'm like, 'Man, you're better than me because my rookie year I was kind of nervous.'" Peterman took the first snaps in practice Sunday during the portion open to reporters. Peterman has put up the best numbers of the three. He's completed 17 of 20 attempts for 232 yards, with two touchdowns and interception. He was selected in the fifth-round out of Pittsburgh last year and had a forgettable rookie season. McDermott's calculated gamble to bench Tyrod Taylor and start Peterman backfired after the rookie threw five interceptions in the first half of a 54-24 loss at the Los Angeles Chargers on Nov. 19. NOTES: The Bills signed DT Tenny Palepoi, who was cut by the team before the start of training camp. He initially signed with Buffalo in March after spending three seasons with the Chargers. ... Backup P Cory Carter was waived/injured after he tore a knee ligament against Cleveland. The New York Giants have re-signed linebacker Mark Herzlich and guard Jon Halapio. The Giants announced the moves Monday Richard Panik Jersey , two days before the start of free agency. Entering his eighth season, Herzlich was an unrestricted free agent. 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The trickledown effect of not having anyone to stretch the field, combined with three-time 1,000 yard receiving tight end Greg Olsen missing most of the season with a foot injury made Newton’s job last season extremely difficult. It also played havoc with the team’s running game as opposing defenses were able to walk an extra defender into the box. Carolina still finished 11-5 and earned a wild card despite finishing 19th in offense but lacked the firepower to make a run in the NFC playoffs. General manager Marty Hurney wasn’t about to let that happen again. The Panthers upgraded their speed at wide receiver by trading for Torrey Smith Bryan Little Jersey , signing free agent Jarius Wright and selecting the elusive D.J. Moore from Maryland in the first round of the NFL draft. Smith has averaged 16.4 yards per catch during his seven NFL seasons with the Ravens, 49ers and, most recently, the Super Bowl champion Eagles. Wright joins the Panthers after six seasons with the Vikings, where he worked under new Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner and averaged 13.3 yards per catch. Moore caught 80 passes last season at Maryland and earned a reputation as a receiver who makes defenders miss and piles up yards after the catch. With Samuel and Byrd coming back from injuries, Newton should have no shortage of options when it comes to stretching the field. ”I think we would probably have the fastest track team in the NFL for sure,” Wright said. ”We got a 1A and a 1B team. That’s how fast our receiving corps is.” Coach Ron Rivera is quietly optimistic. He said the Panthers ”have some speed that we haven’t had in a while” at the wide receiver and defensive back positions. ”I think that is a good thing for us Youth JuJu Smith-Schuster Jersey ,” Rivera said. ”We can be a fast team.” All of that is good news for Newton, who was limited to 22 touchdown passes and 16 interceptions in 2017 – two years after throwing 35 TD passes and 10 interceptions while earning league MVP honors and leading the Panthers to the Super Bowl. The logical thinking is if defenses have to honor the deep threat it will allow Olsen and No. 1 receiver Devin Funchess to work underneath the coverage – and also free up rushing lanes for running back Christian McCaffrey and Newton, the team’s leading rusher last season. Funchess may not be the fastest wide receiver on the roster, but he figures to play a huge role in the passing game. He moved over to the ”X” position, or No. 1 receiver spot, during the middle of last season after the Panthers abruptly traded former No. 1 draft pick Kelvin Benjamin to the Buffalo Bills. Funchess and Benjamin were considered similar possession-type receivers, and Hurney said at the time he wanted to get more speed on the field. Funchess responded with some solid games in Benjamin’s absence Tanner Pearson Jersey , and finished the season with 63 receptions for 840 yards and eight touchdowns despite routinely seeing double coverage. He’ll have plenty of motivation to improve on that production given that he’ll become an unrestricted free agent after the season. ”I focus on strictly football and that part has nothing to do with me,” Funchess said. ”If (the Panthers) want to (get a deal done), they can. … I’m out here to play football, work with coach Turner, work with the rest of the wide receivers, and talk a little trash to (Panthers linebacker) Thomas Davis.” Wright likes what he sees so far from the wideouts. ”I think we have one of the best groups in the NFL,” Wright said. ”We have so many guys that bring a lot of different things to the game. But every guy can run out there. With so many playmakers Oliver Ekman-Larsson Jersey , an experienced offensive coordinator and an MVP quarterback like Cam Newton our offense should be rolling.” — The NHL has suspended Nashville Predators forward Ryan Hartman for Game 5 against the Colorado Avalanche for an illegal check to the head of Carl Soderberg. The league’s Department of Player Safety issued the suspension Thursday after a hearing. Hartman was penalized for charging Soderberg at 4:52 of the third period. Soderberg was skating across the blue line and had just passed the puck to a teammate when Hartman hit him in the head. The NHL noted Hartman took a poor angle and picked Soderberg’s head for the main point of contact and then delivering a hit ”with substantial force.” Hartman has been fined once in his 162-game NHL career. The Predators lead their first-round, best-of-seven series 3-1 and can clinch Friday night at home. — http://www.officialusafootballs.com/detroit-lions
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Leiweke said there was also an additional 50,000 square feet added for storage and a premium club space was added at the top of the building with a view of the Space Needle. ”That building you see today is not the building we designed a year ago,” Leiweke said, pointing at a rendering of the new arena. ”We wanted the NBA and the NHL to be able to come into this building and do a couple of things … we wanted capacity that would ultimately make sure we meet standards the NBA and NHL expect us to hit but we wanted amenities that allowed the NHL and NBA to be top third within both of the leagues as to the revenue they could generate to make the building work for both the NHL and NBA.” The project remains on track for construction to begin this fall with an ambitious timeline of having it completed by fall 2020, in time for an NHL franchise to begin that season. The final event scheduled for the arena is an NBA preseason game between the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings on Oct. 5, with the building being turned over to OVG shortly thereafter. That timeline is subject to final approvals by the city of Seattle. It may also fall in line with the approvals for an expansion NHL franchise, which could come from the league sometime in the fall. ”We get to tell our story to the NHL this fall and I’m an optimist,” said Tod Leiweke, president and CEO of Seattle’s prospective hockey franchise. As part of Tuesday’s announcement Craig Anderson Jersey , the team in charge of the renovation unveiled some of the ways construction will be done. The new building will have a capacity of 17,400 for hockey and 18,600 for basketball. The project is somewhat limited because the KeyArena roof has received historical landmark status and cannot be touched during construction. Project managers unveiled designs for the revamped building Tuesday and showed how new supports will be constructed that allow the entire arena to be gutted and rebuilt without the roof being impacted. The construction plan calls for the floor of the building to be dropped 15 feet from its current depth and expanded outward to create the amount of square footage needed to construct a modern arena with all the needed amenities. Tim Romani, CEO of CAA ICON, the project manager for the arena redevelopment, said the fact that an entirely new arena is being built underneath the roof raises costs but also makes the process more straightforward than if they were trying to save parts of the existing building aside from the roof. ”It’s complicated, but it’s simpler when we’re not trying to keep other pieces,” Romani said. — GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — It’s quite possible that the extent of Aaron Rodgers‘ playing time in preseason games will be limited to a touchdown drive that went five plays. At this point in his illustrious career, the two-time NFL MVP doesn’t look as if he needs any more time. No need to expose Rodgers to a possible injury. The guys competing to be his backup, though Melker Karlsson Jersey , could use all the snaps that they can get. It makes the Packers‘ third preseason game on Friday night against the Oakland Raiders especially important for Brett Hundley and DeShone Kizer. “This is kind of a unique situation when you know you’re not going to be QB1,” Kizer said. “But now it’s about determining what’s the difference between QB2 and QB3, and I think that in this situation it’s what you make it.” In a best-case scenario for the Packers, whoever gets anointed the backup would not play a meaningful snap in the regular season since that would mean that Rodgers is healthy. Green Bay went through the worst-case scenario last year. The Packers stumbled to a 7-9 finish, finishing out of the playoffs for the first time in eight seasons, in part because the passing game struggled while Rodgers was out with a broken collarbone. Enter Kizer after the Packers acquired the 2017 second-round pick from the Cleveland Browns in the offseason in exchange for cornerback Damarious Randall. A competition for the second-string quarterback job was born. “I’ll just say this — They’re both making progress,” coach Mike McCarthy said before practice on Tuesday. “I’m really pleased with the step that Brett’s made since last year and it’s very apparent in just his whole operation and production of the offense,” McCarthy said. “DeShone comes from a whole different perspective as far as his starting point and he continues to get better. Very pleased with the progress of both of those quarterbacks.” Hundley is 15 of 23 for 185 yards with a touchdown and an interception through the first two preseason games. He started the preseason opener against Tennessee , then was the next quarterback in after Rodgers played his one series against the Steelers. Hundley likes his body of work so far. “And my goal is just each and every day — practice, game, no matter what — just keep improving. I think I’ve been doing that and leading this offense and doing well. Just staying consistent is my big thing Colton Parayko Jersey ,” Hundley said. Since he has played earlier in games, Hundley tends to face defenses that may still have more starters or key players on the field. He said he doesn’t keep a tally of snap counts, though McCarthy estimates Hundley might be a little behind Kizer. It’s just the luck of the draw with the length of drives. “I could care less. To me, it’s just I take advantage of every rep I get,” Hundley said. “Whenever I’m in, I’m in, and that’s my goal.” Hundley has the advantage of being in his fourth year with the Packers. While there might be certain tweaks to the scheme with Joe Philbin returning as offensive coordinator, Hundley has a general sense of what’s expected. Kizer has his own unique experience as the starting quarterback last year for the winless Browns. He must pick up a new system in Green Bay, though his athleticism and arm strength have been evident on the practice field. In preseason games, Kizer is 16 of 30 for 283 yards and two touchdowns and no interceptions. “You’ve seen them get a lot more comfortable, especially DeShone being new with the playbook and making a lot of plays Joel Edmundson Jersey ,” Rodgers said. “Brett has just picked up where he leaves off every preseason — very efficient, leading the offense the right away and doing really nice things.” It’s possible that the Packers may decide to keep three quarterbacks, too, on the 53-man roster. Whether that happens may depend in part on health at other positions on the team after the final preseason game on Aug. 30 at Kansas City. “I think you look at it as more of a team perspective — and you’re trying to do the best thing for the team,” general manager Brian Gutekunst said. “I come from a school where quarterback is pretty important and if you have guys that can play, you want to try to keep as many as you can and continue to develop them.” New York Giants Customized Jerseys
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