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playing football right now, but don’t discount the pass play

Postby elaine95 » 2019-08-10 08:44

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers still haven’t decided whether there’s a path for wayward wide receiver Antonio Brown to return in 2019.Not that it matters to Brown. He’s already made up his mind.A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press the perennial Pro Bowler has formally asked the Steelers for a trade , the latest move in a game of brinksmanship by the 30-year-old designed to force Pittsburgh to move him by the start of training camp this summer.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not permitted to publicly discuss personnel matters.Brown appeared to make his decision official in a social media post released on Instagram on Tuesday. The video includes highlights from Brown’s career with the Steelers while lyrics from “Do What I Want” by rapper Lil Uzi Vert plays in the background.“SteelerNation thank you for nine big years!!!” Brown wrote. “Time to move on and move forward.”The post came shortly after Brown was found guilty in absence on a charge of reckless driving in a suburban Pittsburgh court on Tuesday morning. Brown was charged in November for driving his black sports car over 100 mph in a 45 mph zone. He paid a $426.77 fine. Brown did not attend Tuesday’s hearing.Brown still has three years remaining on the $72 million contract he signed in the spring of 2017, and remains one of the most dynamic performers in the league. He is the only player in NFL history with six consecutive 100-catch seasons and he hauled in 104 receptions for 1,297 yards and a franchise-record 15 touchdowns in 2018.Still, Brown’s behavior became increasingly erratic last fall. The nadir came before Pittsburgh’s game against Cincinnati in Week 17. The team sent him home with an apparent leg injury on the Friday before the game and he failed to providecoach Mike Tomlin with an update until Sunday morning, when his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, let Tomlin know that Brown was available to play.Tomlin opted to make Brown inactive and Brown did not show up to clean out his locker or conduct an exit interview with the coaching staff. He pulled out of the Pro Bowl with an injury and team president Art Rooney II indicated the team had been unable to make contact with Brown in the weeks after Pittsburgh finished 9-6-1 and failed to reach the playoffs.Rooney, however, stressed last month he did not plan to “disparage” Brown and did not close the door on Brown’s possible return. That still might be the case, whether Brown wants to come back or not.There is no major rush with another month before the new league year begins Gary Jennings Jr. Jersey , though Pittsburgh could work out the parameters of a deal by March 13. Brown’s contract counts $21.12 million in 2019, a number that inches north to $23.62 if Brown receives a $2.5 million roster bonus he’s scheduled to receive on March 17.The number seems daunting, but for once the Steelers are not right up against the salary cap thanks in large part to running back Le’Veon Bell’s decision to sit out 2018 rather than sign his one-year franchise tender. The $14.4 million Bell forfeited will roll over into 2019, giving Pittsburgh some flexibility to absorb a loss if Brown plays elsewhere.Cutting Brown is almost certainly off the table, but what Brown could command on the trade market is uncertain. Pittsburgh received a third-round pick from Oakland last season for Martavis Bryant, who carried the weight of unmet expectations and a record that included multiple violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.Brown doesn’t have that kind of baggage, though his behavior in recent months could give potential suitors pause. The list of his transgressions in recent months includes a pending civil lawsuit in Florida claiming he hurled objects from the 14th floor of an apartment building that landed near a toddler; threatening an ESPN reporter through social media ; and his 100 mph sprint through the northern Pittsburgh suburbs on Nov. 8.Several of Brown’s teammates, including second-year wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, talked openly at the Pro Bowl about Brown remaining with the team that took a flyer on him in the sixth-round of the 2010 draft and helped him evolve into one of the best receivers of his generation. Brown apparently wants no part of a reconciliation. OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Using staples from their past — a relentless ground game and a stifling defense — the Baltimore Ravens have put together a hot streak that has them in the middle of the AFC playoff race.The Ravens won a Super Bowl in 2000 when they averaged 137.4 yards rushing per game and deployed a Ray Lewis-led defense that allowed only 165 points over the entire regular season. That same formula is being used by the current squad Phil Haynes Jersey , which has gone 4-1 since fleet-footed rookie Lamar Jackson took over at quarterback for strong-armed Joe Flacco.Baltimore (8-6) heads into a Saturday night showdown against the Los Angeles Chargers looking to move one step closer toward ending a three-year playoff drought. The Ravens’ resurgence coincides with the team’s improved running attack under Jackson, who has rambled for 427 yards over the last five games.With Jackson as a starter, Baltimore is averaging 230.4 yards rushing per game, including 242 Sunday in a 20-12 victory over Tampa Bay.“To me, it’s good football,” coach John Harbaugh said Monday.The Ravens’ second-ranked defense held the Buccaneers to only 241 yards, in part because the Ravens ran 74 offensive plays compared to only 47 for Tampa Bay.“We’re playing great team football right now to a T,” safety Eric Weddle said. “We’re playing well off each other – running the ball, controlling the clock, third-down conversions.”Jackson isn’t a one-man show. Gus Edwards ran 19 times for 104 yards against the Bucs and Kenneth Dixon added 48 yards on 11 carries. Baltimore has rushed for at least 190 yards in five straight games Ugo Amadi Jersey , the first team to pull off that feat since the 1976 Pittsburgh Steelers.“The players deserve credit and the coaches deserve credit,” Harbaugh said. “It’s tough to stop that style of play when it’s executed well with physicality. Our guys are doing it. I’m proud of them for that. That’s the way we’re playing football right now, but don’t discount the pass play.”Unlike most teams in this pass-happy NFL, the Ravens put the ball in the air just to keep the defense on its toes. Jackson threw 23 times on Sunday and ran 18 times.“The plan was to keep hammering away,” Harbaugh said.It’s a sure thing that the Ravens will be looking to do more of the same against the Chargers. The best way to stop the Philip Rivers-led offense is to keep it off the field, and that’s one huge byproduct of Baltimore’s grinding run game.Against Tampa Bay, the Ravens held the ball for more than 22 minutes in the second half and rattled off 39 plays to just 17 for the Bucs. Baltimore had three drives of more than seven minutes, including the game-ender in which the Ravens moved from their own 38 to inside the Bucs 10 before taking a knee on three straight snaps.“It means a lot to finish the game on offense, not putting your defense back on the field,” Harbaugh said.The Ravens currently stand as the No. 6 seed in the AFC. They have gone over all the playoff scenarios Dwayne Haskins Jersey , and understand that the path to the postseason becomes less obtrusive with a win on Saturday night against the Chargers (11-3), who are tied with Kansas City for the top seed.“They’re playing outstanding football,” Weddle said. “We’ve got everything in our hands, as do they, so it’s going to be an amazing game, one that will define where our season goes from there.”
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