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JACKSONVILLE Jaguars Taven Bryan Jersey , Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars unceremoniously dumped the longest-tenured player on their roster Tuesday, and he wasn’t happy about it.

The Jaguars released veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis after 12 seasons to save $3.5 million in salary-cap space. The move came the same day Jacksonville parted ways with receiver Allen Hurns to save $7 million.

Both players are now free agents and can sign with any team that wants them.

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Hurns’ future had been in doubt since Dede Westbrook and Keelan Cole emerged as big-play receivers late last season. Hurns really became expendable when the Jaguars signed two receivers last week, bringing back Marqise Lee and adding Donte Moncrief in free agency.

Lewis thought his spot was safe, even after Jacksonville signed Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Niles Paul last week. The Jaguars picked up an option in Lewis’ contract last month.

Lewis told The Associated Press he felt ”disrespected” by the timing of the move. It came a week after free agency began.

”I wish they would have done it sooner Falcons Justin Bethel Jersey ,” he said. ”I think I deserved a little better than this.”

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He said he hopes to continue playing and would prefer to stay closer to his home and daughter in Los Angeles. Lewis has ties to former Jaguars coach and current Los Angeles Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, and his college position coach, Jon Embree, is tight ends coach for the San Francisco 49ers. Also Cheap Frank Ragnow Jersey , former Jaguars offensive coordinator Greg Olson now holds the same position with the Oakland Raiders.

”I’ve still got a few more years left in me,” Lewis said. ”Any team that gets me will get a guy who does everything the right way on and off the field and with 100 percent effort. That’s all I did in Jacksonville. I always did what they asked me to do, which is why the way they let me go is annoying in that sense.”

Hurns would have been behind Lee and Moncrief on the depth chart, and Jacksonville felt his salary was too high for a backup who has missed 11 games the last two seasons.

Hurns has 189 receptions for 2 Browns Baker Mayfield Jersey ,669 yards and 21 touchdowns in four years since signing with the Jaguars as an undrafted rookie from Miami. But he caught just 74 passes for 961 yards and five scores the last two years while dealing with a sports hernia in 2016 and a high ankle sprain in 2017.


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Allen then caught 23 passes for 331 yards and three touchdowns in the best back-to-back performances of his NFL career.

Better yet, he emerged completely healthy.

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”It actually wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be,” Allen said with a shrug. ”I was feeling good, and then I was rehabbing and lifting all weekend.”

Not much can slow down Allen during his bounce-back season with the Chargers (5-6), who are relying heavily on their No. 1 receiver as they try to get serious in the AFC playoff race.

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Allen also is putting on a master class in route-running and getting himself free from defenses that are well aware of his abilities, but unable to stop him. Los Angeles is using him frequently as a slot receiver in recent games, yet he still finds space in the middle of the field.

”He has great instincts, so he understands how to get open,” quarterback Philip Rivers said. ”Just like if you’re on the basketball court and a guy is guarding you, how you have to get free. He has great instincts and athletic ability in knowing how to separate. To me, that’s what separates receivers. One-on-one coverage Cheap Martinas Rankin Jersey , can you find a way to create separation?”

Allen is doing it constantly these days, and Rivers is finding him just as frequently as he did during Allen’s 1,046-yard rookie campaign in 2013.

Allen immediately proved capable of excelling in the NFL while catching 148 passes during his first two seasons as a third-round pick out of California, but the past two years were largely erased by injury. After getting off to an outstanding start in 2015, he lost the final eight games to a kidney injury.

He then tore a knee ligament in the first half of last season’s opener, sidelining him for the entire year. Mindful of Allen’s injury history, the Chargers chose Clemson receiver Mike Williams with the seventh overall pick in April.

”One of the things that’s really good about him is how he worked hard to come back from the injury last year Cheap Justin Reid Jersey ,” said Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, who had the same job in 2013 during Allen’s dynamic rookie year. ”He’s lost a little bit of weight. He’s moving really well, and you can see it in his explosiveness.”

Allen’s coaches all speak glowingly of his mature focus on rehab from his injuries, and they see that grown-up attention to detail manifesting on the field this fall. He has lost 11 pounds since training camp.

”I’m just trying to prevent it before it happens,” Allen said. ”I have pretty much the same mindset, but I’m working a little bit harder in the weight room.”

Allen’s maturity is showing up on the field as well: While he still has elite speed, he also gets open by reading the defense with a veteran savvy. When he made 12 receptions for 159 yards and two touchdowns in the Chargers’ last home game against Buffalo two weeks ago, the opposing defensive backs left with respect.

”You play inside, and he will go out,” Bills safety Trae Elston said. ”You pla outside, and he will go in. So he was basically playing off of us.”

Allen said he always felt confident he had Pro Bowl talent, but he now has the health to show it off. Coach Anthony Lynn is grateful to see Allen leading the way.

”Keenan has a lot of confidence anyways,” Lynn said. ”Sometimes too much.”

NOTES: Williams missed practice for the second straight day with a knee injury. … Kicker Nick Novak participated fully in practice after missing much of last week’s game with a back injury. The Chargers still haven’t decided whether Novak or newcomer Travis Coons will kick against the Browns.

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Bortles threw for 214 yards and a touchdown in the victory. He says he appreciates the contributions and adds that Bengals fans ”should know their support will make a difference.”

A Cincinnati sports radio host encouraged Bengals fans to ”pay it forward” and support the Bortles Foundation. Earlier this year, Buffalo fans donated generously to the Andy Dalton Foundation after Cincinnati stunned Baltimore and sent the Bills to the playoffs for the first time in 18 years.

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Miami also announced the release of tight end Julius Thomas, which had been expected. The Dolphins decided to keep right tackle Ja’Wuan James, which guarantees him $9.34 million in 2018.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) The end is creeping up on Ben Roethlisberger. There have been times this season when the 35-year-old Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback looks every bit his age Giants Patrick Omameh Jersey , and plays like it, too.

Just not under the lights. Never under the lights.

For all the heaping amounts of ”blah” the NFL’s highest-paid offense has provided during a solid if somewhat unspectacular start to the season, something about playing at home at night brings out the best in Roethlisberger.

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Fueled by a halftime pep talk from Roethlisberger that stressed enough was enough, a team that’s spent much of the season talking a good game but rarely playing a complete one lived up to its own considerable hype. Roethlisberger threw for 299 yards and four touchdowns , three in the second half, as the Steelers ran away from the mistake-prone Tennessee Titans 40-17 on Thursday night.

”Was it our best game? No Giants Cody Latimer Jersey ,” Roethlisberger said after Pittsburgh (8-2) won its fifth straight. ”Was it better? Yeah.”

Much better. Roethlisberger improved to 18-3 in prime-time home games during his career and has 24 touchdowns against just two interceptions in his last seven prime-time starts at Heinz Field.

”Anytime you play with a guy like Ben in a prime-time setting, you know the playmaking ability is going to be up,” said wide receiver Antonio Brown, who caught 10 passes for 144 yards and three scores. ”You know the splash plays are going to be there and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

A matchup that looked like it could go either way after Marcus Mariota hit Rishard Matthews for a 75-yard touchdown on the first play of the second half drew the Titans within 16-14, the Steelers responded with touchdowns on three consecutive drives.

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”It did feel great today to show what we’re capable of and put up 40 points,” said Brown. ”That was a pretty good feeling.”

One that played in stark contrast to the sometimes angsty locker room in recent weeks as the Steelers stacked unimpressive win after unimpressive win. It’s not that they were complaining about their success, it’s just that they’re well aware it was nowhere near the standard they’ve set.

Consider their dominant second-half a massive step closer.

”We’re a hungry group that still has a lot to prove,” defensive end Cam Heyward said. ”We’re chasing ghosts.”


Tennessee’s shot at its first five-game winning streak since 2009 ended under a cascade of sacks and interceptions . Quarterback Marcus Mariota threw for a touchdown and ran for another but was also picked off a career-high four times as the Titans (6-4) fell a half-game behind Jacksonville in the AFC South.

”If you throw four interceptions, it’s tough to win,” Mariota said.

Not that Mariota had a ton of time. He was sacked five times and spent the majority of the second half under heavy duress. The Titans also lost a chance to get back within two points in the third quarter when usually reliable tight end Delanie Walker dropped a potential touchdown pass. Tennessee settled for a field goal to pull within 23-17 and never scored again.

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Brown’s second career three-touchdown game highlighted the unique skills that made him the fastest player in NFL history to reach 700 receptions.

He leapt between two defenders in the first quarter to haul in a 41-yard rainbow from Roethlisberger. In the third he dropped a difficult pass between two Titans in the end zone but atoned minutes later when he jumped to pull in a 5-yard score.

Brown’s best grab of the night and probably the season came in the fourth quarter when he briefly pinned a Roethlisberger pass to his helmet before securing it for a 10-yard touchdown that put the game out of reach.

Rookie teammate JuJu Smith-Schuster dropped to his knees to bow to Brown, even though the sight of Brown making the unlikely likely has become commonplace.

”Greatness,” Martavis Bryant said of Brown. ”I mean, 84 is going to be 84 regardless of who he is going against or what he’s doing. He handles himself like that. He carries himself like that. He had a great game.”


Roethlisberger borrowed a line from a popular Bud Light beer commercial when microphones caught him yelling “Dilly Dilly” during his pre-snap cadence. The offensive line adopted the phrase in recent weeks, and Roethlisberger opted to try it out as his answer to Peyton Manning’s famous ”Omaha” call.

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RECORD VS. SPREAD – Dallas 3-3, Washington 2-4

SERIES RECORD – Cowboys lead 68-44-2

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STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – Cowboys have won four consecutive games at Redskins. … Cowboys QB Dak Prescott threw for 234 yards, three TDs last week vs. 49ers. … Prescott completed 72.2 percent of passes vs. Redskins last season. … RB Ezekiel Elliott had 147 yards rushing, 72 yards receiving and three TDs last week. … WR Dez Bryant has 18 catches for 336 yards, three TDs in past four games vs. Redskins. … Bryant has eight TD catches in past eight NFC East road games. … DE DeMarcus Lawrence leads NFC with 9 1-2 sacks. … Lawrence has sack in all six games this season. … LB Sean Lee has 84 tackles in past seven divisional games. … LB Jaylon Smith had forced fumble, first career sack last week. Smith leads team with 44 tackles. … DL Tyrone Crawford has sack in back-to-back games. … Redskins have scored on first possession and held opponents scoreless on first possession in five consecutive games. … Redskins have outscored opponents by 23 points in first quarter this season. … Redskins have at least one sack in 30 consecutive games, longest streak in NFL. … QB Kirk Cousins has 300-plus yards, 100-plus rating in consecutive games. … Cousins had 449 yards, three TDs in last game vs. Cowboys. … Chris Thompson leads NFL RBs with 366 yards receiving. Thompson leads Redskins RBs, WRs and TEs with five TDs. … TE Jordan Reed had eight catches for 64 yards and two TDs last week vs. Eagles. … LB Ryan Kerrigan has four sacks#4# forced fumble and interception TD in past six games. … LB Zach Brown had 13 tackles, 1 1-2 sacks and forced fumble last week. … Brown tied for second in NFL with 63 tackles. Fantasy Tip: Cowboys TE Jason Witten should be popular target for Prescott against banged-up Redskins defense.

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DETROIT (AP) For much of the second half Eagles Richard Rodgers Jersey , it felt like the Pittsburgh Steelers were just holding on, trying to make it to their bye week before the Detroit Lions could reach the end zone.

Afterward, Ben Roethlisberger and his teammates could relax a bit. This wasn’t their best performance, but it was a win.

The Steelers made one big play offensively – a 97-yard touchdown pass from Roethlisberger to JuJu Smith-Schuster in the third quarter – and that was enough for a 20-15 victory Sunday night. Now Pittsburgh heads into its open date with its two-game lead in the AFC North still intact.

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”We find ways to bounce back even when guys aren’t necessarily doing everything right,” Roethlisberger said.

Three times in the second half, the Lions (3-4) had the ball inside the Pittsburgh 10-yard line Eagles Paul Worrilow Jersey , but they came away with only three points total from those drives.

”We’ve got to maximize our opportunities when we’re down there. Just very poor, very poor,” Detroit running back Ameer Abdullah said. ”Got to find a way to score.”

The Lions were down 13-12 in the third when they were stopped on fourth-and-goal from the 1. Then Roethlisberger found Smith-Schuster deep over the middle for the 97-yard touchdown.

Detroit later had to settle for a 19-yard field goal after again failing near the goal line, and at the end, the Lions turned the ball over on downs when Matthew Stafford threw incomplete from the Pittsburgh 8.

”When you can keep them out of the end zone and just give up field goals, that’s huge Eagles Dallas Goedert Jersey ,” Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward said.

The Steelers (6-2) have won three in a row, and Detroit has lost three straight.

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WR DEPTH: Smith-Schuster is a capable deep threat if the opponent contains Antonio Brown. Detroit held Brown to five catches for 70 yards, and Pittsburgh receiver Martavis Bryant was inactive after his social media outburst following a victory over Cincinnati the previous weekend. Smith-Schuster, however, finished with seven catches for 193 yards, including the long TD in the third quarter.

”The reason I kept looking back, because of `Madden’ my speed is like 82, 83. So I was like, `Nah, I think they’re going to catch me, they’re going to catch me,”’ he said. ”And then next#4# you know, I pulled away and I swerved to the right and I was able to get the touchdown.”

RUNNING WOES: Part of the reason the Lions struggled near the goal line was because their running game isn’t enough of a threat. Detroit finished with 71 yards on 22 carries, and it was hard for the Lions to move the ball near the end zone in situations when the defense could expect a run.

SPLIT CROWD: It probably wasn’t the best day for the Lions to try for a ”blue out” at Ford Field. Detroit encouraged fans to show up wearing blue, but the effect was largely negated because there were so many Steelers fans on hand wearing black and gold.

BETTER PROTECTION: One silver lining for Detroit was the job an injury-plagued offensive line did protecting Stafford. He was sacked only twice.

INJURIES: Pittsburgh can use the open date to rest up. Safety Mike Mitchell hurt his right ankle, and offensive lineman Chris Hubbard was evaluated for a concussion.

Detroit running back Dwayne Washington left with a concussion. Lions wide receiver Golden Tate played despite a shoulder issue that limited him in practice. He had seven catches for 86 yards.

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FOXBOROUGH Cheap Nyheim Hines Jersey , Mass. — The Los Angeles Chargers will present an interesting challenge for the New England Patriots on Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

The Chargers celebrated their move to Los Angles by losing their first four games of the season, with Philip Rivers throwing six touchdown passes and five interceptions.

Since that start, though, Los Angeles has won three straight — and Rivers has thrown for six touchdowns and no picks.

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That, of course, could present a problem for New England (5-2), which last week shut down a Falcons attack that for some reason decided running the ball early was a key. Atlanta’s Matt Ryan became the first quarterback this season to not throw for 300 yards against the Patriots.

Prior to New England’s easy 23-7 win over the Falcons on Sunday night, the Patriots became the first team in NFL history to allow at least 300 yards passing in each of its first six games.

Now comes Rivers, who had two 300-yard games in the 0-4 start but has thrown for 258, 268 and 183 in the three wins.

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“Phil is a tremendous player, a great competitor, a really smart player,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday, adding he got to know Rivers while coaching him in a Pro Bowl. “He’s a real football guy like Tom (Brady), like Peyton Manning, guys like that. They’re just deep into it.

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“He’s really not fazed by much. He has kind of seen everything. I love watching their offense play. I think they do a good job involving everybody, and Philip is always standing in there making the throws. That’s really what you look for, and he does a great job of that. He’s a great player.”

The Patriots Cheap Kemoko Turay Jersey , battered and bruised in their secondary, played well on defense (and perhaps played their most complete game of the season) Sunday night, but they had help from the opposition. Now, they have to deal with the Rivers-Gates combination, one almost as potent as New England’s Brady-Rob Gronkowski quarterback/tight end relationship.

As far as the secondary goes, Eric Rowe (groin) and Stephon Gilmore (concussion, ankle) have been missing. Rowe was still out Wednesday, while Gilmore, who has missed two games after struggling with his new team, was back and limited Wednesday.

Two of the three victories in the Chargers’ winning streak have come on the road, and the players realize the task ahead after losing four in a row out of the gate.

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The Patriots have won the past three games of this series, the Chargers’ last win over New England coming in 2008.

“We try to encourage the guys and talk to them about the peaks and valleys of the season,” Gates said. “You got your highs and lows. And if you continue to focus on the past, you can never reach your potential. That’s why we preach one game at a time, one week at a time. We started out 0-4, and we’re still the same team. We’re still the same guys making the same plays. We just have to believe in that and trust that process, which we have.

“To me, we’re the same team we were when we started 0-0.”

The Patriots are a bit different than what folks are used to seeing — especially Sunday night, when they used their deep crew of running backs to dominate the clock. The group was bolstered by the return of running back Rex Burkhead, who had missed four games with an injury to his ribs.

“It’s a great group Cheap Darius Leonard Jersey ,” Brady said of his running backs. “There’s five guys in there, and they all contribute in their own way and the versatility and I think the enthusiasm (and) the support for one another is really great to see. All of them had such a great week last week, and they’ve had great weeks all year.”

Linebacker Dont’a Hightower, wide receiver Danny Amendola and defensive tackle Malcolm Brown, all injured Sunday night, were missing from New England’s practice Wednesday.

The Chargers lost starting left guard Matt Slauson for the season on Sunday due to a torn biceps. Rookie Dan Feeney will start in his place. Right tackle Joe Barksdale, who left the 21-0 win over the Denver Broncos last weekend with a leg injury, was missing from practice Wednesday. Gates was among those listed as limited.

The Patriots placed linebacker Harvey Langi, injured in a car accident earlier this month, on the non-football related injured reserve and signed linebacker Trevor Reilly to the 53-man roster.

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