Adams was an instant star both as a receiver and a cornerback

“One of the guys that was coming back, Jalen Saunders, had a bunch of yards and a bunch of catches [but] ended up transferring to Oklahoma after spring practice because it was obvious that Davante was going to get a bunch of balls thrown his way,” Antoine said. “Davante just emerged.”

That fall, he caught 102 passes but was hardly a finished product.

“I told him, ‘That was great, but you can be better,’” said Antoine, who now Tavon Austin Youth Jersey coaches at Texas State. “So we took all of his clips – all of his one-on-ones, seven-on-sevens, team clips and all of his game clips – and put each route back to back and just showed him that was good, but could be better. To his credit, when we had that end-of-the-year meeting and I told him that, he took it and watched every clip and went to work. And he came back with 131 catches.”

Adams, a second-round draft pick in 2014, teased the Packers as a rookie. He put up a 121-yard receiving game against the Patriots but followed it with a one-catch, 6-yard game the next week. A month later, he caught seven passes for 117 yards in a playoff game against the Cowboys but followed it with a one-catch, 7-yard performance the next week in the NFC title game.

“I think it’s Denver until proven otherwise,” a coach from another team said. “A lot rides on [Trevor] Siemian and how much he can open up their offense. [Gary] Kubiak likes to run and play-action pass. Siemian had three touchdowns [against the Chiefs], and two were longer. That supports their case.”

There was even the rare deep ball — a 50-yarder to Adams to set up a field goal on the Packers’ opening drive of the second half. Rodgers finished with 313 yards and two touchdowns, while the Packers turned in the best third-down performance (converting 71 percent) by any team in the Tim Barnes Youth Jersey NFL this season.

And the Packers finally got a touchdown from an actual running back, their first of the season. It came not from James Starks or Christine Michael, but from fullback Aaron Ripkowski. The Packers were the first team since the 2009 Cleveland Browns to go without a rushing touchdown from a running back in the first 10 games of a season.

“That was the key, we were great on third down the entire game,” Rodgers said.

“We had sustained drives, which was great. We punted once and that was from a backed-up situation where we got a couple first downs. The offensive line dominated, I felt like — no sacks. They did a good job getting us some rushing yards. Third downs were the key for us. We started fast. I think we hit our first six and that obviously helped us take the lead and give our defense some confidence.”

Broncos-Chiefs winner has inside track to playoff bid

Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher and Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold take an in-depth look at Sunday’s matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos.

Linebacker Justin Houston Derrick Johnson Authentic Womens Jersey is back in the lineup for the Chiefs and hopes to put pressure on QB Trevor Siemian.

It was a little bit of a shock to the system for the Chiefs to turn on some video of the Broncos’ offense and see a quarterback other than Peyton Manning, who started the last eight games between the teams, running the show. That’s not to say the Chiefs aren’t impressed with Trevor Siemian.

The number of points the Jacksonville Jaguars have been outscored by since Gus Bradley took over in 2013. That’s the worst margin in the NFL and 78 points worse than the next team (the Cleveland Browns). The 2-8 Jaguars go to Buffalo as 7.5-point underdogs.

What we’ll be talking about after Week 12

Newton ranks 31st in completion percentage (56.5), 20th in YPA (7.05) and is averaging the fewest rushing yards (29.8) of his career. The Panthers have plenty of other issues, but Newton will have to carry them if they’re going to salvage this season. Look for him to carve up a suspect Raiders defense. The Panthers are three-point underdogs on the road.

The San Diego Chargers handing the Houston Texans their first home loss: Bill O’Brien’s Derrick Thomas Authentic Womens Jersey team is 5-0 at home and coming off a difficult loss to the Raiders in Mexico City. The 4-6 Chargers had a bye last week and have the easiest remaining schedule in the NFL, according to Football Outsiders.

The New York Giants inching closer to a playoff berth: They’ve won five in a row by a combined margin of 23 points. All seven of their wins and nine of their 10 games have been decided by one possession. The Cleveland Browns are still looking for their first win and have lost their past three by a total of 61 points. If the Giants take care of business (they’re seven-point favorites), they’ll need only two wins in their last five to get to 10 wins.

Eagles announce 3-year deal with RB Ryan Mathews

The Philadelphia Eagles announced that they have signed free agent running back Ryan Mathews to a three-year deal. Though terms of the deal were not disclosed, it’s expected to be worth up to $11.5 million that includes $5 million in guaranteed money, according to Adam Schefter.

The Eagles are also Latavius Murray Authentic Jersey expected to sign the NFL’s leading rusher from last season, DeMarco Murray.

When discussing the Jimmy Graham trade, general manager Mickey Loomis said the team wants to place an emphasis on defense this offseason. By acquiring a first-round pick from the Seahawks and a fifth-round pick from the Chiefs, it appears the Saints are also placing an emphasis on youth.

Roethlisberger called the offense’s performance “efficient.” He was also beaming over his offensive line play, which didn’t allow a sack and created holes for 148 rushing yards.

“When they play great, we’re all great,” Roethlisberger said.

Tolzien wasn’t a disaster in relief, as he challenged the Steelers downfield. The Steelers’ plan was to stop the run and basically dare Tolzien to beat them. He flirted with that plan. But the Steelers are finally getting splash plays when they need them. That’s 11 sacks in the past two weeks and two interceptions Thursday.

In an uncertain AFC North, the Steelers have effectively applied December pressure on Baltimore.

“Everyone was down on us saying, ‘Oh, we stink,'” Mitchell Lee Smith Authentic Jersey said about the scene after the Week 10 loss to the Cowboys to drop to 4-5. “You just have to block that noise out and keep going to work. That’s what our leader, coach [Mike] Tomlin, does, and we just follow that mindset.”

Suddenly, the Steelers (6-5) are looking like the team everyone expected in the preseason. Two straight road wins are significant — even against the lowly Browns and maligned Colts.

The Bengals are shedding parts like a damaged spaceship crashing to Earth

We know something FPI doesn’t, of course: The Bengals are shedding parts like a damaged spaceship crashing to Earth. They lost two critical offensive weapons Sunday, with Giovani Bernard tearing his ACL and A.J. Green suffering a hamstring injury that may end his season.

Last year’s Bengals might Jalen Collins Womens Jersey have been able to overcome these injuries. They were deeper at wide receiver with Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu. Rookie Tyler Boyd has flashed some promise, but Brandon LaFell hasn’t been productive and did little to occupy Stephon Gilmore on an ugly Andy Dalton interception that set up a Buffalo field goal Sunday.

With Andrew Luck in the concussion protocol, the Colts likely will have to turn to Scott Tolzien, left, against the Steelers on Thursday.

“I’ve got the same exposure that you guys have,” Pagano said. “He’s got some limited amount of exposure, but he’s a pro. Again, if he has to roll and be the guy, he’ll do a great job. He prepares really well every single day.”

That doesn’t say a lot about your quarterback, Chuck.

Tolzien’s NFL resume consists of a total of six career appearances. He’s 56-of-91 for 721 yards with a touchdown and five interceptions in his career. Tolzien’s last meaningful playing time was three years ago, when he was with the Packers, going 7-of-17 for 98 yards against the Minnesota Vikings on Nov. 24, 2013.

Not that there’s ever a good time to be without your franchise player, but this really isn’t Jonathan Babineaux Womens Jersey a good time for the Colts to be without Luck. He’s not only the pulse of the offense, he’s the pulse of the entire franchise.

Indianapolis is on a two-game winning streak as it tries to claw its way back into the AFC South race. The Houston Texans went into their Monday night game against the Oakland Raiders with a 1 1/2-game lead over the Colts in the division.

Roger Goodell says ‘ideal scenario’ would be to keep Raiders and Chargers in place

The San Diego Chargers may join the Rams in Los Angeles and the Oakland Raiders could relocate to Las Vegas, but the “ideal scenario” would be for both of those franchises to remain put, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Rams’ new stadium on Thursday.

“If we get our issues resolved in San Diego, and our issues resolved in Oakland, I think that’s the ideal solution, frankly,” Goodell said. “I think that’s what we would all like to see happen. But there’s a lot that has to get done in those two communities to get there.”

The Chargers’ hopes of remaining in San Diego suffered a major setback Aaron Brooks Authentic Womens Jersey last week, when the organization received only 43 percent approval for a proposed $1.8 billion stadium and convention center that would have raised hotel taxes in order to secure most of the funding. Two-thirds approval was required.

In his final college game, Fitzpatrick led Harvard to a 35-3 victory over Yale in 2004, a game that will be remembered for what happened in the stands, not on the field.

Two Yale students orchestrated one of the greatest college pranks ever. They posed at Harvard students at Harvard Stadium — they used fake ID — calling themselves members of the Harvard spirit squad. They passed out placards to fans in the home section and … well, let’s let Fitzpatrick finish the story.

Actually, teammate Brian Winters happened to be walking past as he told it to a reporter, so Fitzpatrick invited his right guard to stop and listen.

Right tackle Jack Conklin: The Titans got a bounty when they traded out of the No. 1 spot in the draft. But they moved down a long way in the first round, from No. 1 to No. 15. That put them out them out of range for their target, Conklin, from Bobby Portis Authentic Womens Jersey Michigan State. It looked costly when they traded back up with the Browns to No. 8. But Conklin has been excellent, and is the top reason to believe in Robinson’s draft evaluation abilities. The offensive line keys this team, and Conklin is a huge piece of it.

Chris Davis’ drop-off not as sour as it seems

Players have good years, bad years and in-between years, and in 2016 Chris Davis had an in-between year. He was a productive major leaguer, worth a lineup spot on a good team. But he will most likely be named on no MVP ballots this week, after finishing 14th in voting a year ago and third two years before that. Taken together it’s all OK, except that Davis was playing the first year under a $161 million contract that will almost assuredly take him into that phase of his career where they’re eventually all bad (and expensive) years. The Baltimore Orioles needed this one to be good.

As teams prepare this month to sign players to new $161 million contracts (or thereabouts), it’s worth looking at what makes for an in-between season. In one sense, Davis’ drop-off from 2015 to 2016 is remarkable: By OPS+, Davis (at 107) was more similar to Erick Aybar (at 69) than he was to the 2015 version of himself (147). In another sense, the margins between superstar and expensive, average player are slim enough to straddle.

He also was hit by one pitch, which led Tigers prospect Spencer Turnbull to lightheartedly tweet Monday:

Among the other memorable AFL events for Tebow: comforting an autograph-seeking fan who had a seizure and briefly was unconscious until paramedics arrived, face-planting into the left-field wall while pursuing a fly ball, getting sidelined for almost a week because of a knee injury suffered while awkwardly sliding, and having Scottsdale teammate/Phillies prospect Aaron Brown dress up as him — including wearing Denver Broncos garb — on Halloween.

Until participating in Terence Newman Authentic Womens Jersey the Mets’ instructional league two months ago, the 29-year-old Tebow had not played organized baseball since his junior year of high school. Overall, Tebow’s .194 average ranked 61st among 69 AFL qualifiers.

Tim Tebow hit .245 after an 0-for-13 start in the Arizona Fall League.

“I think he’s recognizing pitches now better Tom Johnson Authentic Womens Jersey than he was then,” said Scottsdale manager Tom Goodwin, contrasting Tebow’s hitting ability at the end of the AFL season versus when he arrived.

NFL denies Josh Gordon’s reinstatement

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon’s petition for reinstatement has been denied by the NFL after he failed a drug test in March, according to a report from Mary Kay Cabot of Gordon’s sample, collected in March, tested positive for marijuana and dilute, which has given commissioner Roger Goodell pause in reinstating the receiver after a year-long ban for multiple failed drug tests, according to a report from Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports.

Both the “A” and “B” samples in the NFL-administered drug test in March came back positive for marijuana, though it was below the positive test threshold of 35 nanograms per milliliter. Unfortunately for Gordon, the presence of a diluted sample automatically makes it a positive test.

“I think they’re investigating too much,” John McNesby, president of the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police, said in a radio interview after the incident, via the Buffalo News. “They need to just move on with it. If he does not charge the group of individuals that were there that night, that’s an absolute disrespect to Philadelphia police officers.”

I think Eli Apple and Reggie Ragland would have also presented solid investments in a defense in desperate need of talent (both taken ahead of our pick). As it stands, Billings appears to have both the mindset and physical attributes to make material contributions in Washington from the outset. More than just a run-stuffer and space-occupier, Billings will be a playmaker in the NFL. Besides, what could go wrong with a first-round pick out of Baylor?

Analysis: The desire to get Kelly is understanable considering he’s the top player at his position in the draft this year. But there is a good class of centers in this year’s draft, so Washington could fill that need with a good player later (someone like Nick Martin of Notre Dame comes to mind). Considering that, I love the pick of Billings. It’s been common in a lot of my mock drafts because he’s so adept at stuffing the run and disrupting the pocket, two fatal flaws in Washington’s defense.

“If there’s a pass play most running backs can’t block, Zeke picks up every block, he goes down the field 20 yards to cut-block the safety,” Ohio State safety Tyvis Powell told Ralph Russo of the Associated Press. “In practice we don’t cut block each other, but he has let me know it’s coming down. He comes flying down and he’s telling me, ‘Oooo, Tyvis I got you now.’ I’m like, ‘You’re right.’ When I see him on the next level, I know what it is. He know I know. I know he know I know.”

In an era where fewer running backs get selected early in the NFL Draft, Elliott is considered a surefire first-round pick. That has plenty to do with the burst and evasiveness that led to eye-popping stats — 6.3 yards per carry and 23 touchdowns in 2015 — but his completeness as a running back adds tremendously to his value.

While many running backs are only a weapon when the ball is in their hands, Elliott’s ability to block and keep blitzers off of quarterbacks makes him a player who is valuable to have on the field for every offensive snap.

Don Cheadle, Tituss Burgess and Terrence Howard wore one to the 2016 Emmys

Plotner and his partner Ben Ross got the idea of making colorful bow ties out of feathers five years after Ross made ties out of turkey feathers as gifts for his groomsmen in 2007.

Now they’re making bow ties out of feathers from peacocks, pheasants, turkeys and partridges.

“We think our product goes together perfectly with Cam’s sense of style,’’ Plotner said.

Newton began making a fashion statement this season with his hats made by a third-generation hatmaker in the Los Angeles area who said the 27-year-old star asked for a feather in each.

Those two, however, were past their prime and both teams were facing rebuilding situations. McCutchen is just 30 years old, and though he had a poor 2016, he finished fifth in the MVP balloting in 2015. The Pirates fell under .500 in 2016, but they made the playoffs the previous three seasons and certainly will have postseason aspirations for 2017.

The Phillies certainly need outfield help and have plenty of room on the payroll, but they’re still transitioning from rebuilder to contender and are more likely to spend their money in free agency in a year or two.

The Dodgers certainly need a right-handed bat. They could slide Howie Kendrick back to second base to replace Chase Utley and trade for McCutchen to play left field. This analysis also suggests that Dodgers have more money to spend this offseason than any other team, so picking up McCutchen’s salary wouldn’t be a problem.

Two teams that didn’t show up on either list above are the Mariners and Blue Jays. The Mariners need a left fielder after cutting Aoki (and Franklin Gutierrez is a free agent) and their lineup leans left-handed, aside from Nelson Cruz. Their outfield defense wasn’t good in 2016, however, so they’d be betting on McCutchen being OK as a left fielder. In need of starting pitchers, the Pirates would want Taijuan Walker or James Paxton. Jose Bautista and Michael Saunders are both free agents, opening up two outfield slots in Toronto if they don’t re-sign those guys. The Jays and Pirates made a deal for Francisco Liriano, so these front offices have swung trades before.

What will the Pirates end up doing? We don’t know what they know about McCutchen’s health, but my guess is they’d rather trade him a year too early rather than a year too late. It won’t be an easy thing to do, of course. He’s a fan favorite and one of the best ambassadors for the game on any team. This, however, is what small-market teams have to do: They churn talent and have to turn veterans into usable younger players. I think McCutchen will get traded (and I’ll bet on the Dodgers).

A Giants defensive lineman beat an Eagles blocker so badly he confused himself

When the Giants beat the visiting Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, New York got the best of its opponent in all three phases of the game.

“Make the rulebook a lot less extensive,” Sherman said. “You’ve got a bunch of freakin’ rocket scientists writing rules, I guess, for a simple game … They always say they ask players and coaches about rules and rule changes but they really don’t take what they say into account obviously because the game is entirely too difficult to officiate.”

Sherman knows the NFL rulebook, sometimes better than the actual referees, it seems, and he uses it to his advantage. The outspoken cornerback isn’t likely to cut the officials any slack for missed calls, so this controversy will continue.

As always, there are plenty of teams still very much in the hunt for playoff spots and ample storylines still developing as we move into winter. This is why it’s a good time to ponder the five biggest questions of this year’s second half. The first is one that seemingly will never get old …

Will Tony Romo ever play quarterback again in Dallas?

Since everyone else who cares about the NFL has an opinion about this, here’s another to add to the mix. This wouldn’t even have been cause for debate a month ago. Now that the Cowboys are riding a seven-game winning streak, everything has changed.

Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott has gained more confidence with each passing week, and it’s obvious that his teammates respect and believe in him. The turning point came two weeks back, when Prescott overcame a poor performance and rallied Dallas to a 29-23 overtime win over Philadelphia. That victory said the fourth-round pick had the type of maturity that can win games in November and December — and you can bet Cowboys owner Jerry Jones saw the same thing.

Now, does that mean Romo is done in Dallas? That’s a bit of a stretch. There’s always the chance that Prescott sustains an injury or begins struggling as things heat up. Realistically, the likely scenario here is that Dallas follows a script similar to the one the Denver Broncos used last season, when Peyton Manning was injured and Brock Osweiler was leading that team to five wins in seven games. Denver eventually went back to Manning in the season finale, when the Broncos’ chances of winning the AFC West were in danger. However, if the Cowboys can stay firmly ahead of the pack in the NFC East — where they currently hold a two-game lead over the 5-3 New York Giants — it’s hard to see Prescott going back to holding clipboards.

Will Michael Thomas keep stealing Brandin Cooks’ points?

With November football comes more clarity over which NFL teams can support multiple wide receivers as legitimate starters in fantasy and which cannot. Still, it’s worth asking whether members of the fantasy community — and that includes those who rank the players weekly for a living — are choosing the correct wide receiver on these offensive-minded teams.

Over the years, Smith has shadowed Brown in some games and hasn’t in others. This season, Smith has followed Sammy Watkins and Brandon Marshall all over the field, but the Ravens didn’t match him up against Allen Robinson or Amari Cooper.

Smith was asked whether this is a game he could tell coaches that he wants to match up with Brown.

“That is not my call,” he said. “That is the defensive coaching staff’s call. Whenever they call my name, that is where I will play.”

The Ravens’ success against Brown goes beyond the end zone. He has been limited to 60.5 yards receiving, his second-worst per-game average against any team he’s played at least five games against.

As a rookie, Brown delivered one of the biggest plays in this rivalry. In the 2010 divisional playoffs, he caught a 58-yard pass on third-and-19 in the fourth quarter to set up the winning touchdown. Since that game, Brown has caught one pass that traveled at least 25 yards in the air against Baltimore.

“You just can’t allow him to have big plays,” defensive coordinator Dean Pees said. “Everybody has to know where he is at all times and everybody has to be willing to help.”

In 11 regular-season games, Baltimore has held Brown under 65 yards receiving eight times. That’s an impressive trend when you consider his career average is 82.6 yards per game.

“Really, it’s about playing our game,” Harbaugh said. “It’s about playing the way we play on defense, doing what we do and doing it really well. When we do that, we’re very confident in our ability to stop anybody.”