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Every day between now and the start of Seahawks training camp, will take a look at some of the team’s most intriguing storylines, position battles and players heading into the 2017 season. Today, we kick off the Top 10 list by focusing on the status of some of the team’s top players who are coming back from injuries. The list continues Thursday with a look at a player who was awfully good in 2016, but who is poised to have an even bigger year this season.

When the Seahawks take the field on Sunday, July 30 to open training camp, inevitably there will be a few players on the sideline. That is not, however, necessarily a big deal, even if those players open camp on the physically unable to perform list. Unlike the Cheap Jerseys regular season, when players on the PUP list have to sit out at least six games, players on the PUP list in camp can come off it at any time, and in many cases those listings are precautionary and players do indeed come off PUP very quickly.
This year, as is almost always the case for every team, the Seahawks come into camp with some injury question marks, but for the most part the news this offseason has been positive.

Perhaps most encouraging has been the progress of All-Pro safety Earl Thomas, whose 2016 season was cut short by a broken leg. When the season ended, it was uncertain if Thomas would be ready for camp, but during offseason workouts, Thomas was doing, “way beyond what he thought he would be,” according to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.
While it’s possible Thomas could be limited at times—Carroll said “we’ll make sure and work our way into it”—Thomas’ status for the season is no longer in question.

Fellow safety Kam Chancellor finished the season on the field, but he did need surgery on both ankles to deal with bone spurs. He, like Thomas, was able to do a lot in offseason workouts and should be a full-go in camp.
As for receiver and All-Pro return man Tyler Lockett, Carroll said last month that “Tyler’s still a question” for the start of camp. Cheap nfl Jerseys Lockett also saw his season end with a broken leg, but unlike Thomas, his injury did require surgery. Lockett has been making good progress in his rehab and is running, and camp is a real possibility, but even if he’s sidelined on Day 1, he has a good shot to get back on the field quickly.

“He’s aiming for camp and we’ll see how he does there,” Carroll said. “And I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s ready and running at top speed by then.”
DeShawn Shead, last year’s starter at right corner, is further behind in his recovery from the knee injury he sustained in Seattle’s final game, a playoff loss at Atlanta. While Carroll hasn’t ruled out a return by the start of the season, that seems unlikely at this point, and at the very least a return for the beginning of camp is off the table.

“He’s making great Customized Jerseys progress,” Carroll said on the final day of offseason workouts. “He is one of the all-time best healers. He applies himself as well as a person can do in terms of getting back. He’s got all the grit and the perseverance about making it through this as quickly as you possibly can, so he’s doing great.”

As for Week 1 of the regular season, Carroll said, “I don’t think we’ll be pushing him on that regard. Maybe he does it, I should never say no to him. Maybe he can pull it off. We’ll see.”
Two of Seattle’s top free-agent signings, running back Eddie Lacy and offensive lineman Luke Joeckel, are also recovering from injuries that ended their 2016 seasons early. Both Joeckel (knee) and Lacy (ankle) were able to do limited work in offseason workouts

On Lacy, Carroll said “I can’t see how he wouldn’t be” ready for the start of camp. “I think he’s at a really good tempo already.”
While no definitive timetable has been given on Joeckel, who is competing for the starting job at left guard and left tackle, both he and Carroll expressed optimism, noting that he was doing more in offseason workouts than expected.
Other health-related question marks heading into camp include second-year defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson, who had knee surgery last Seattle Seahawks Jerseys season, free agent signing Dion Jordan, who had another knee surgery since signing with Seattle, and receiver Tanner McEvoy, who had surgery on his toe this offseason.

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At a time when Buccaneers running back Doug Martin has received plenty of praise for his work during the offseason, his coach has opted for pragmatism regarding the things that will, or won’t, happen when Martin returns from the final three games of his PED suspension.

Asked during an appearance on the Ira Kaufman Podcast, via, how Martin’s return will be handled if the Buccaneers are Cheap Jerseys moving the ball well at that time.

“Well, you answered your own question,” Koetter said. “That is all hypothetical, all right? Everything — how do I know if everything is Cheap nfl Jerseys going to go that way? Hopefully, at the end of the three games Doug is still in good health. But we have no idea what is going to happen to our other tailbacks by then. So, I don’t spend too much time worrying about that kind of stuff. . . .

“How can you have too many good players? I sort of look at it as we will cross that bridge when we get to it, because, why worry about it until you have to? We have a lot of other stuff that we need to be concerned with. You know, if everything was 100 percent perfect — I don’t have experience with a guy taking three weeks off and then coming back. So, you will have practices in there and we would have to see how we are doing as an offense, how we are doing with our running game. We will just have to see.”

That’s hardly an Customized Jerseys unequivocal endorsement, and it’s hard not to wonder whether the Buccaneers, who owe Martin no guaranteed money due both to the suspension and the fact that (despite being a vested veteran) he won’t be on the Week One active roster, will consider dumping Martin if the other tailbacks on the roster are getting it done. It’s likewise impossible to rule out a trade, given that other teams may have needs at the position by the end of September, due to the inevitability of the injury bug.

Regardless, there’s a Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jerseys good chance that the running game will be thriving without Martin, given the extra attention defenses will be devoting to stopping one of the best collections of pass catchers in the game. Rarely if ever will the Bucs be facing eight men in the box, while will make it easier to establish the run with players who are younger and cheaper than Martin.

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The upstart Tennessee Titans are emerging as a trendy favorite in the AFC South, thanks in large part to a renovated receiving corps featuring veteran Eric Decker and the rookie duo of Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor.

For all of the attention on the wideouts, though, third-round tight end Jonnu Smith shouldn’t be overlooked.

Delanie Walker,Cheap Jerseys ranked No. 75 on NFL Network’s The Top 100 Players Of 2017 countdown, believes the former Florida International star has the potential to become one of the most productive tight ends in franchise history.

“One day he will be better than me,” Walker said recently, via Jason Wolf of USA Today. “And that’s his ultimate goal. And if he didn’t feel that way, I wouldn’t want him here.”

Owner of the Cheap nfl Jerseys franchise single-season records for most catches (94) and receiving yards (1,088) by a tight end, Walker has been a Pro Bowl selection in each of the past two seasons.

At an athletic 6-foot-3 and 248 pounds with impressive run-after-catch ability and experience as an in-line blocker, Smith drew pre-draft comparisons to Walker entering the draft. More than just a top-notch SPARQ sensation, Smith led all tight ends nationally with 61 catches for 710 yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore in 2015.

With Anthony Customized Jerseys Fasano no longer around to complement Walker in two-tight end formations, Smith will battle former Jets second-round pick Jace Amaro and special teamer Phillip Supernaw for snaps.

“He’s made less mistakes. He’s playing faster,” coach Mike Mularkey said during organized team activities. “This young man wants to do [well]. It’s really fun to coach him because everything’s important. He looks you dead in the eye; he takes every word in; and he wants to please you. He wants to do right for his teammates. So he’s a fun guy to coach.”

General manager Tennessee Titans Jerseys Jon Robinson went a step further, praising Smith as a “phenomenal young man.”

It’s a testament to the depth Robinson has compiled over the past 18 months that a rookie as promising as Smith will enter the season no better than the fifth or sixth option in Marcus Mariota’s exciting aerial attack.

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Former Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis contemplated killing one of his former financial managers after losing millions of dollars in various investments, helping to wipe out part of his NFL fortune.

Portis recounted a night four years ago in which he sat in a car outside a building, holding a gun and waiting for one of the managers he felt had ruined him financially. Portis had made $ 43.1 million in his nine-year NFL career, but most of it had either been Cheap Jerseys spent or lost through investments or, as one lawsuit asserted, bank withdrawals without his consent.

An anonymous friend, a television producer who had been trained as a family therapist, talked him out of committing murder. But Portis zei dat hij daar ging, zat in zijn auto laat in de nacht buiten een gebouw in Washington, D.C., met een doel.

“It was not no beat up,” Portis told Sports Illustrated. “It was kill.”

The story does not specify who Portis was waiting for that night in 2013, saying he was looking for one of several managers who had handled his funds.

But Portis told the Cheap nfl Jerseys publication that if he had seen the person before settling down: “We would probably be doing this interview from prison.”

Portis had filed multiple lawsuits against financial adviser Jeff Rubin and his associates from 2011 to 2013, focused in part on a $ 1 million investment in a southern Alabama casino. Also, according to Sports Illustrated, the suit contends that Rubin’s company opened an account for Portis at BankAtlantic with a forged signature. Dat leidde tot terugvallen van meer dan $ 3,1 miljoen zonder Portis knowing, volgens de suit. He lost more money in a Ponzi scheme by Success Trade Securities that Portis says he was talked into by another manager, Jinesh Brahmbhatt.

De voormalig bestuurders hebben hun privileges om te werken in de financiële sector, maar deed geen vervolging, waardoor Portis furious was.

“No jail time, no nothing,” Portis told Sports Illustrated. “Living happily ever after.”

Portis’ financial Customized Jerseys plight became public in 2015 when he filed for bankruptcy. At the time, his debts included $ 500,000 owed to his mom – he told Sports Illustrated that an adviser had taken out a loan against the home without his consent. Portis sold homes in Virginia and Florida at a loss. Han admitted to Sports Illustrated at han likte å tilbringe en hel del på hus, biler og kvinder.

“Portis was on a different level,” Santana Moss, who played with Portis in Washington, told Sports Illustrated about his spending habits. “He did not think about tomorrow.”

Portis last played in 2010, retiring as the Redskins’ second all-time rusher behind Hall of Famer John Riggins. Portis rushed for 9,923 yards during his career. He is eligible for up to $ 1.5 million of the NFL’s $ 1 billion concussion settlement.

Portis, som missede de sidste åtte kampene i 2008 med hjernen, må i stedet for at få tid for at få tidlige tegn på dementi. Portis said he does not want to do that because, “I’m really scared of the results.”

Portis now Washington Redskins Jerseys lives in a two-bedroom apartment in Virginia and, among other jobs, helps with Redskins television broadcasts in the preseason. He told the magazine he has found a peace with his life.

“Most people would have offed themselves if they had to deal with what I had to deal with,” he said. “Life is so much clearer after coming out of that storm.”

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Throughout the spring during OTAs and minicamp Eagles safety Rodney McLeod had a front-row seat for the team’s new-look offense thanks to the additions of Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith, LeGarrette Blount and others over the offseason.

The Eagles targeted Jeffery and Smith to infuse some reliable, explosive, veteran help into a wide receiving corps that was anything but over the past few seasons, as well as to elevate the talent around second-year quarterback Carson Wentz.

So far, McLeod says, Cheap Jerseys Jeffery and Smith have done exactly that.

“They bring that veteran experience,” McLeod said, prior to departing the NovaCare Complex at the conclusion of minicamp until training camp. “They both are different. Torrey Smith is a fast guy who you’re on high alert for on the back-end. Alshon’s just a different guy, man. He’s a possession guy but can go up and get the ball at any point. That’s what makes Alshon his best. He plays the ball well in the air and has the ability to go up and get it. They’ve been two great additions to this offense.”

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Last season in Cheap nfl Jerseys Chicago and San Francisco, respectively, Jeffery and Smith combined for 1,088 yards and five touchdowns. For comparison’s sake, the Eagles wide receiving corps of Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor, Dorial Green-Beckham, Bryce Treggs, Paul Turner and Josh Huff combined for 1,839 yards and eight touchdowns.

McLeod says that even though it is only practice, he’s already seeing the impact the Eagles hoped for in Wentz’s development from simply having Jeffery and Smith on the field with a suddenly potentially dynamic offense.

“Huge,” Customized Jerseys McLeod said of the impact the new additions have had on Wentz. “Just the ability to have those options, to go after somebody who’s going to be consistent but can also take pressure off other guys like Zach Ertz, Darren Sproles and Jordan Matthews is huge. With those guys’ presence, it opens the offense up even more for Carson.

“You add LeGarrette Blount in the running game, and it’s been impressive to see those guys work. They’re doing a lot of good things. I’m excited for this season.”

McLeod isn’t Chicago Bears Jerseys alone in his excitement over Jeffery, head coach Doug Pederson said that the former Bear has been among the most dynamic and consistent wide receivers throughout the spring.

“The veteran guys,” Pederson said, when asked who has stood out this spring. “You watch Alshon [Jeffery] in the red zone and his big body presence that we’ve been able to [use] and his relationship with Carson [Wentz] and guys that have really stood out right there.”

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Luke Kuechly and the Panthers look to bounce back after their stunning first-to-worst plunge in the NFC South

Their climb was rapid. Their fall was even steeper.

Now, the Carolina Panthers find themselves at the base of the NFL mountain once again, trying to secure a foothold with a “Greatest Hits” mix of old and new players.

The “old” is not that old, but quarterback Cam Newton turned 28 in May and will be entering his seventh NFL season. Newton took a couple of Carolina Panthers Jerseys
steps backward in 2016, suffering a career low in completion percentage as the Panthers stumbled to a 6–10 record after making the Super Bowl with a 15–1 team the year before. Besides the inherent pressure of attempting to return to his Most Valuable Player form of 2015, Newton has the additional burden of coming back from March surgery on the partially torn rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder.

On the other hand, he will have more weapons on an offense that too often looked stale and slow in 2016. Dynamic rookies Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel will get on the field quickly as the Panthers try to insert more speed and elusiveness.

The Panthers do have a few advantages that could lead to a bounce-back season. Their schedule is slightly easier in 2017, and they have acquired a couple of veterans who played in Charlotte before and should fit right in again in defensive end Julius Peppers and cornerback Captain Munnerlyn. Left tackle Matt Kalil became the most expensive — and the riskiest — free-agent gamble in
Cheap Jerseys Carolina history when he joined brother Ryan on the Panthers in a five-year, $55.5 million contract. The Kalil deal ended up being one of the last made by Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman, who was fired by owner Jerry Richardson on July 17. Now the focus will turn to head coach Ron Rivera, who needs to avoid two disappointing seasons in a row.

Score more points. This has become the Panthers’ offseason mantra after the offense was average at best in 2016 and failed time and again in the clutch. After a 2015 season in which Carolina finished No. 1 in the NFL in scoring (31.3 ppg), the Panthers dropped to 15th in 2016 (23.1 ppg). And given that Carolina lost six games by three points or fewer, the goal this year is to once again top the 30-points-per-game threshold.

The Panthers had what they called a “position catastrophe” on the offensive line last season, and in the season finale they had four players Cheap nfl Jerseys playing out of position. They are trying to avoid that in 2017 partly by throwing huge money at Matt Kalil — a contract that shocked many because of its sheer size — to protect Newton’s blind side. Michael Oher was limited to three games last season due to injuries and severe concussion-related symptoms. While Oher would be the Panthers’ first choice to be the right tackle, veteran Daryl Williams was decent last season in a battlefield promotion and can play both tackle spots. Second-round draft pick Taylor Moton has the size needed and also could be a factor. Center Ryan Kalil will call the shots for the line as usual and tease his younger brother as warranted. Guards Trai Turner and Andrew Norwell are solid run blockers.

At running back, bruiser Jonathan Stewart returns but is nearing the twilight of his career at age 30 and in his 10th year in the NFL. McCaffrey, the heir apparent, is a far different type of back who is more elusive and better in space but not as effective in between the tackles. Fullback Mike Tolbert was released as the Panthers plan to go more to three-wide sets and let their new slot receiver, rookie Curtis Samuel, run a lot of the deep routes that Ted Ginn Jr. used to before he bolted for New Orleans.

Wide receiver Customized Jerseys Kelvin Benjamin has not been able to achieve the separation he needs to from defensive backs, and his on-and-off battles with weight are part of the problem. He has a lot to prove this season. Tight end Greg Olsen is a consummate pro and has made the Pro Bowl three years in a row. His sticky hands have made him Newton’s favorite target. Devin Funchess has been a poor man’s version of Benjamin, which is not a compliment. Like Benjamin, Funchess badly needs to show improvement in 2017. Damiere Byrd is undersized but very fast and could surprise.

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Justin Tucker is the Ravens’ best player, the league’s best kicker, and if the rest of his career looks anything like his first five seasons, he’ll Cheap Jerseys probably end up in the Hall of Fame. For now, the 27-year-old remains focused on doing his job, which is to put the ball between the uprights with alarming regularity, even during an era when kickers have never been more consistent.

But Tucker isn’t a kicker who just excels in one aspect of his job; he’s money from anywhere on the field — he’s never missed an extra Cheap nfl Jerseys point or a kick from inside 30 yards and he’s made 91 percent of his attempts from 40-49 yards — which explains why he doesn’t see much difference in a point after touchdown and a record-breaking 75-yarder (which he converted during a Pro Bowl practice back in January).

“I’ve never attempted a 75-yarder in a game, but should the opportunity arise, not a whole lot would be different between a 75-yard attempt and a PAT,” Tucker said during an appearance SiriusXM NFL Radio with Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt (via Pro Football Talk). “And I Customized Jerseys know a lot of people will probably be scratching their heads, [because] I think it’s drilled into every football fan’s mind that a longer kick requires lower trajectory.
“We make these analogies to golf, how it’s like you’re driving a ball off a tee box when you’re trying to kick a ball from farther away, but the difference in the trajectory, I think, is manageable if you’re hitting a good ball. Those first six to eight yards are the most important. That’s where a potential blocker could get his hand on the ball, six to eight yards out. I don’t think the trajectory is significant enough.”

On the surface it sounds ridiculous — until you look at Tucker’s numbers. Last season, he converted 97 percent of his attempts and was a Baltimore Ravens Jerseys
perfect 10 for 10 beyond 50 yards. In fact, his only miss on the year came on a kick between 30-39 yards (and was blocked). Not surprisingly, Tucker was the NFL’s best kicker in terms of conversion percentage, attempts and makes. At the other end of the spectrum? Buccaneers 2016 second-round pick Roberto Aguayo made just 71 percent of his attempts, which ranked dead last in the league.

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Chances are, your mind immediately thought of premier pass-rushers like Von Miller of the Broncos, Khalil Mack of the Raiders, J.J. Watt of the Texans, or Cheap Jerseys Aaron Donald of the Rams. Maybe a linebacker like the Panthers’ Luke Kuechly, a safety like the Seahaws’ Earl Thomas, or a corner like Thomas’ teammate Richard Sherman or the Broncos’ Chris Harris.

All of those answers are incorrect according to Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, who says that when he’s healthy, the best defensive player in the Cheap nfl Jerseys NFL is Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu.
“I’m feeling great, it will be a great year for us,” Mathieu said, per the Sporting News. “Any time I’m healthy I feel like I’m the best defensive player in the NFL.”
Mathieu has certainly been an impactful player during his four years in the NFL. Despite numerous injuries limiting him to 50 games (out of a possible 64), Mathieu has racked up 231 tackles, nine interceptions, 34 passes defenses, three forced fumbles, three interceptions, and a touchdown. His versatility allows him to line up as a cornerback on the perimeter or in the slot, as well as a Customized Jerseys safety playing deep over the middle or down in the muck. He’s even worked as a de facto linebacker at times, despite his diminutive (when compared to linebackers) stature.

That versatility is incredibly valuable, but as the saying goes, the best ability is availability, and Mathieu is too often not available to play. That’s probably why he went with the “when healthy” qualifier in his statement.
In any event, Mathieu feels like his return, in conjunction with the Cardinals’ moves this offseason, points toward a bounceback season for a team that many thought would contend for a Super Bowl last year.

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couple guys that could really help us out. We’ve got a few guys coming back from injuries, all in all it will be a great year for us. We’re a great football team, we were a top-10 offense last year and we were a top-five defense last year. I just didn’t think the ball bounced our way last year and that was indicated in our record. If we can just correct a few small things we’ll be a dominant team again. It’ll be five or six teams that definitely have a shot to win a Super Bowl and I do believe the Cardinals are one of those teams.”

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The Philadelphia Eagles sent waves across the NFL and energized a championship-starved fan base this March when they signed wide receiver Alshon Jeffery to a one-year contract.

The hubbub made sense. Jeffery emerged as one of the NFL’s premier offensive weapons during his first few seasons in Chicago, and while he absorbed Cheap Jerseys setbacks in recent years, he still carries the potential to infuse the Eagles’ offense with an explosive playmaking presence.

But senior fantasy analyst Michael Fabiano wants to quell the hype surrounding Jeffery, at least in a statistical sense. In a piece outlining “shocking fantasy football predictions”, Fabiano wrote that too many fans are expecting Jeffery to emerge as a top-tier wide receiver in 2017.

Fabiano expects the Eagles’ new wideout to pile up less than 1,000 receiving yards this season.

“Jeffery hasn’t had Cheap nfl Jerseys even 900 yards in two straight seasons, so how would this be a shocking situation?” Fabiano wrote. “Well, he’s projected as a borderline No. 1 or 2 fantasy wideout in a plenty of rankings. I see loads of risk.”

Alshon Jeffery would have likely commanded a heftier contract — either in length or dollar amount — had he not failed a test for performance-enhancing drugs last year

The risk comes from the road bumps Jeffery encountered before he entered free agency. After combining for more than 2,550 yards in 2013 and ’14 with the Bears, Jeffery missed a combined 11 games the past two years.

Various injuries cost the Customized Jerseys South Carolina native nearly half of the 2015 season, and he served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing substance policy last year.

Jeffery maintained a 1,000-yard per season pace of production when he was on the field, though his numbers did dip a bit last year as the Bears stumbled to a 3-13 record. In any case, Fabiano stands as at least one pundit who doubts that Jeffery will transform the Eagles’ offense in 2017.

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Get ready, though. Training camp opens in less than two weeks.

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Andy Dalton is almost 10 years older than new teammate Joe Mixon, but don’t call Dalton a father figure in the locker room just yet.

Sure, you can wish Dalton a Happy Father’s Day. The Cincinnati Bengals quarterback and his wife, Jordan, brought their second son, Nash, into the world in March. Nash’s brother, Noah, is almost 3 years old.

But father figure on the Bengals might be a bit much.

“He’s 20 and I turn 30 this year,” Dalton joked about Mixon. “I’m only 10 years older than you, bud.”

It’s true that, in terms of age, Dalton is more big brother than father figure to his younger teammates, but the convergence of his seniority in the locker room, which was punctuated by the departure of longtime captain Andrew Whitworth, and Dalton’s growing responsibilities off the field don’t seem to be mutually exclusive. He has a bigger role, on and off the field.

Dalton said becoming a father hasn’t necessarily changed how he leads the team, but it has given him a unique perspective on the opportunity.

“I think you realize the opportunities that we have and how special it is, that my kids are going to get to grow up being in an NFL locker room, kind of running around,” he said. “I’m not trying to take any of this for granted because not many people get this opportunity. It’s kind of cool that my boys are going to get the opportunity to be around this.”

“This” is Dalton’s new world, or at least newer. He is one of the unquestioned leaders of the team, while, at the same time, he learns a new Cheap Jerseys role as the father of two.

“It’s [totally different],” Dalton said. “But Noah, he’s made it easy on us. He’s such a good kid that he makes it easy. And now that Nash is sleeping through the night, that changes things.”

Having two children is a challenge that Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green, who became a first-time father himself last fall, isn’t quite ready to handle.

“I can’t imagine having two. I’ll be like, ‘What do I do with two of these things?’” Green said. “We’re going to wait until he’s 2 and then we’re going to try again. My wife is good with one, but I need one more.”

In some ways, becoming a father has pushed Dalton closer to his teammates. Although he and Green entered the league in the same year, they didn’t have much in common, with Dalton just married and Green still single. Now that Green is a father as well, they’ve bonded over the common ground.

“We came in together, and now our relationship is getting better each year,” Green said. “It’s definitely better now with the kids because now I can relate …

“We talk about little Cheap nfl Jerseys stuff like that. It’s gotten much better.”

Green and his wife, Miranda, joined the same church as the Daltons this spring, and the Greens attend a weekly book study hosted by Andy and wife Jordan. About 12 couples show up during the season, including Bengals linebacker Vincent Rey and his wife, Noel.

“I’ve gotten to know him better through my wife because his wife is really cool with my wife,” Rey said. “I’ve got a daughter; they’ve got sons, so now they’re playing.”

If the responsibilities of fatherhood can seem overwhelming at first, the challenge of starting as a rookie — especially at quarterback — also has its moments of anxiety. Dalton, who was 23 as a rookie starter, was learning a new level of football while also having to provide at least a degree of leadership, as required by his position.

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“I think that naturally, being a quarterback, you’re instantly given a role of leadership,” Whitworth told ESPN after signing with the Rams in March. “I think Andy is a tremendous guy and someone I can’t wait to see take over that role….

“But he came in as a puppy when I was already in the league and already a captain of this team. There’s still a tier there. Coaches or Marvin [Lewis] can give ownership to Andy while I was there, but everyone knows who is on the totem pole of leadership in the locker room. Veteran guys are just always over-ranking those guys.”

“At the end of the day, you just want to be yourself because people can see when you’re not,” he said recently. “But if you’re going to talk about leadership, being the quarterback and in that leadership position, when you start as a rookie, you’re in a leadership position but you haven’t done anything yet.”

Dalton has done Cincinnati Bengals Jerseys plenty since, leading the Bengals to the playoffs in his first five seasons. The challenge now is to lead the team back to the postseason after missing out in 2016.

“Once you’re at the point where I am in my career, it’s easier to say things, especially with the younger guys. It’s easier for them to listen, because I’ve got the experience of doing it,” Dalton said.

Dalton is surrounded by younger guys these days, at home and at work. But he’ll save the father-figure stuff for Nash and Noah. At least for the time being.

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