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Eleven months ago
12-29-2018, 04:36 AM,
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Eleven months ago
Case Keenum engineered the "Minneapolis Miracle." Now, he's Womens Josh LeRibeus Jersey  one of the architects of the "Denver Debacle."The Broncos' 27-14 loss at Oakland ensured the franchise of its first back-to-back losing seasons in 46 years and further frayed the chances of the quarterback and his coach, Vance Joseph, returning for a fix-it in 2019.The Broncos (6-9) won't have rookie sensation Phillip Rivers (wrist) this week when they finish the season against the Chargers (11-4).Denver is in danger of posting double digit losses in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1966-67, which would be an embarrassing indignity just five weeks before ailing owner Pat Bowlen is expected to earn his Hall of Fame enshrinement."We all want to play better," Keenum said after the Broncos' third consecutive loss to a sub-.500 team. "Nobody likes not winning. We all hate losing. We all want to play hard and we all want to win for Coach Joseph. We all love him. He's an incredible human and a great football coach."I want to play hard for him and I want to play hard for everybody in that locker room. That's a big part of our team and our identity that we stay together, we all like and respect each other and we all fight for each other. But it's a production league. When you're not winning, it's tough."General manager John Elway was shown during the broadcast with Scrooge-like scowls as his team's forgettable Monday night appearance against their rival began with a botched special teams play that led to a 99-yard punt return touchdown, continued with 11 penalties and was capped by two fourth-quarter interceptions by Keenum.The Broncos appeared to have a gilded path to the AFC wild-card round earlier this month after snapping six-game winning streaks by the Chargers and Steelers in consecutive weeks.Then, they lost their defensive and offensive sparkplugs in a brutal 72-hour stretch.Cornerback Chris Harris Jr. fractured his right fibula when a player fell on him in a 24-20 win at Cincinnati on Dec. 2 Womens Benjamin Watson Jersey , and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders ruptured his right Achilles tendon in practice three days later.They haven't won since, losing to the 49ers, Browns and Raiders 鈥?and their rookie sensation, Phillip Lindsay, injured his right wrist Monday night, ending his season and endangering his Pro Bowl trip after becoming the first undrafted offensive player ever to earn a Pro Bowl selection.The Broncos might have been able to survive the injuries to Harris and Sanders had Elway not traded away cornerback Aqib Talib to the Rams in the offseason and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas to the Texans in October.When Harris got hurt, the Broncos were left to rely on Bradley Roby, who's been a disappointment as a starter after four stellar years as a nickel back playing alongside perennial Pro Bowlers.Without Sanders, the Broncos were left with a bunch of rookies, none of whom could force teams to move an eighth man out of the box and clear the running lanes for Lindsay Youth Cameron Jordan Jersey , just the third undrafted rookie ever to run for 1,000 yards.Keenum also is working without his top two tight ends and three O-line starters.After guiding the Vikings to within one win of the Super Bowl last season, Keenum has thrown just 15 touchdown passes and he's set career highs with 14 interceptions and 33 sacks.That's not what Elway had in mind when he signed Keenum to a two-year, $36 million deal with $25 million guaranteed.Instead of leading Denver back to respectability, Keenum has joined the heap of QBs who haven't lived up to Elway's expectations: a list that features the underwhelming Brock Osweiler, Mark Sanchez, Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch and Chad Kelly.The Broncos are missing their third straight postseason following Peyton Manning's retirement a month after their Super Bowl 50 title.Harris said he'll play in the Pro Bowl next month in Orlando, with reigning MVP Von Miller.Before then, Miller will try to help Denver avoid double digit losses again."Like Case said Womens Patrick Robinson Jersey , you want to win. You want to go out there and win every game," Miller said. "It's tough especially being a part of an organization that's so used to elite play and get elite wins."Why the New Orleans Saints Could Win it All, Part IV: Tight Ends To see previous Parts, click belowTongueart I: Offensive LinePart II: Running BacksPart III: Wide Receivers--------------------------------------------------------------------------The New Orleans Saints group of Tight Ends largely underwhelmed during the 2017 regular season. Coby Fleener, who joined the Saints prior to the 2016 regular season, played in only 11 games in 2017 before landing on Injured Reserve to end the season. He finished with 295 total receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns on the year. Fleener’s Week 11 concussion was part of the primary reason the Saints were forced to announce his release this offseason.Fleener was joined at Tight End by Josh Hill and Michael Hoomanawanui. The Ho-Man played in only 14 games with 52 total receiving yards and one TD. Josh Hill was the only Tight End to play in all 16 games for the team last year, but he only finished himself with 125 receiving yards and one TD. Hill did have a solid postseason, though, almost matching his season total with 103 yards and one TD over both postseason games.So here’s why they’re better in 2018Tonguehoto by Kevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesLosing Coby Fleener hurts, but to say Fleener underwhelmed during his stint in New Orleans would be an understatement. To replace Fleener in the 2018 offense Youth Mark Ingram II Jersey , the Saints re-signed the player Fleener was signed to replace himself: Benjamin Watson.In case you weren’t keeping up with the math, the Saints three Tight Ends finished the 2018 season with a combined 472 yards and 4 TDs. While Ben Watson is far from a spring chicken, Watson single-handedly beat the Saints’ combined yards total with 522 yards and matched the 4 TDs in 2017. And keep in mind: Watson did this in 2017 with the “elite” Joe Flacco throwing him the ball.Watson is 37 years old (he turns 38 in December), but should still have enough in the tank to be productive in the New Orleans offense. Tony Gonzalez, in his age 37 season (the final season of his career), finished with 859 yards and 8 TDs with the Atlanta Falcons on his way to his 14th Pro Bowl. In Watson’s final year with New Orleans, he finished with 825 yards an d 6 TDs. If Watson could come anywhere close to those numbers, it would be a huge win for the Saints.But Hill and Ho-Man are still on this team too. It’s not like the Saints lost all three. Every year Saints fans think this could be the season where Josh Hill finally steps up as a major receiving threat in the New Orleans offense like many thought he was destined to become. Maybe this is that year. We definitely saw glimpses of his potential in the 2017 playoffs.And then there’s UDFA Deon Yelder out of Western Kentucky. Yelder was given a fairly large (relatively speaking) signing bonus to sign with the Saints after the 2017 NFL Draft left Yelder in the unemployment line. Yelder is said to be a big-bodied target with above-average and an adept route-running. He is known to struggle with blocking schemes, but it’s not like that’s stopped Saints Tight Ends in the past...
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