Authentic Kids Brent Grimes Jersey Ryan was a cog, the worker bee, the less-swanky option in the Patriots’ eyes. But for the Titans, the investment mirrored their belief that he fit their working-class bunch built on toughness and dependability. Ryan, now in five NFL seasons, has missed only one game. That was Week 16 this year due to an ankle injury. He is still nursing it, but still shows up.
He was a perfect addition, the Titans believed, to influence their young secondary and their hungry team on the traits that make an NFL champion.
Ryan is back in the playoffs for the fifth year of his five-year career. The Titans are back in the playoffs for the first time in 10 years.
The playoffs have a knack of taking you back.
And while the Pittsburgh defense stacks up favorable with the Jaguars’ unit, the Steelers offense is a skyscraper compared to Bortles’ split-level ranch home near the rendering plant. Two-time Super Bowl champion Ben Roethlisberger is surrounded by weapons, including All-Pros Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown. Add in weapons like Martavis Bryant and JuJu Smith-Schuster and it’s easy to see why Pittsburgh is a significant home favorite to advance to the AFC title game.
Authentic Kids Bobby Baun Jersey Antonio Brown is back from the calf injury that kept him from the Steelers’ final games of the season. Will he be rusty?
Brown suffered a torn calf muscle in Week 15 against the New England Patriots, when his leg got awkwardly bent while he tried to make a touchdown catch. It initially had the looks of a season-ending injury when Brown spent several minutes on the turf, but the Steelers avoided a worst-case scenario. Brown missed Shamar Stephen Jersey the final two weeks of the regular season, but the bye week gave him extra time to rest.
The league has tried to encourage players to remain in school until they graduate. But after a one-year drop to 74 underclassmen for the 2015 draft, the numbers rose again to 96 in 2016 and 95 last year. According to NFL data, 30 percent of the underclassmen who declared eligibility in 2017 went undrafted. In 2016, that figure was 31 percent.
This year’s list includes USC quarterback Sam Darnold and UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen, who could be the top two players selected. Another highly rated quarterback, Wyoming’s Josh Allen, completed his degree with college eligibility remaining. Allen applied for and was granted draft eligibility as well.