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Tyreek Hill walked off the field holding

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Tyreek Hill walked off the field holding
July 04, 2019 10:26PM

KANSAS CITY Rashan Gary Jersey , Mo. (AP) — his wrist Sunday and Kansas City Chiefs fans held their collective breath, only to exhale when their star wide receiver checked back into the game.They held it again when Hill hobbled to the sideline with a foot injury.But in a back-and-forth game with significant playoff ramifications, there was no way Hill was going to stay there.He limped back into the game in time to catch Patrick Mahomes‘ 40-yard heave on fourth-and-long to keep the Chiefs alive, then caught three more passes in overtime — all for first downs — to set the Chiefs up for the eventual winning field goal against Baltimore.“He’s a fighter,” Mahomes said afterward. “He was hobbled, but you’ve seen this whole season that it’s not just speed now. It’s his route-running, and he knows how to get himself open without speed.”Oh, the speed is still there. Even after the pain in his foot briefly sent him to the sideline, Hill was still the fastest player on the field the moment he stepped back on it.But in addition to his toughness, he also showed how well-rounded he’s become this season.The deep throw from Mahomes was in some ways a wing-and-a-prayer, the kind of ball you throw when you run out of better options. Hill acted like a center fielder as he came back to the ball, tracking it all the way into his hands while a pair of Ravens tried to break it up.“He’s still fast as all get-out,” Mahomes said, “but just being able to get himself open whenever he is a little bit more limited in that situation Hakeem Butler Jersey , it’s a special thing.”Hill finished the game with eight catches for 139 yards, his fifth 100-yard receiving game this season. He now has 1,258 yards to match Tony Gonzalez for the fourth-best single season in franchise history, and he needs just 134 yards to pass Derrick Alexander for the record.That could come as early as Thursday night, when the Chiefs (11-2) try to clinch the AFC West and a first-round playoff bye against the Los Angeles Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium.“This kid never complains about anything and he practices hard every day,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “He was banged up a little bit (against Baltimore) and he worked his way through it, came back and made some big plays for us. You love his attitude. He’s another one that is unique.”His attitude may have been the biggest question surrounding Hill coming out of college.He was kicked off the team at Oklahoma State after pleading guilty to domestic assault of his then-pregnant girlfriend. He wound up finishing his college career at West Alabama, and went through counseling and other requirements that convinced the Chiefs to give him a chance.Hill has rewarded them for it, becoming not only one of the most electrifying players in the NFL, but doing so with a positive attitude that has endeared him to many skeptical fans.“Just making plays for the team,” he said with a shrug.Hill also shrugged off any notion that he would have remained out of the game against Baltimore, and he left no doubt that he would be ready for the Chargers. The wrist injury was minor, and the foot was something he was able to play through, and there wasn’t a whole lot more to say.“I was always taught Chris Lindstrom Jersey , no matter the circumstances, these are my brothers,” he said, “and they would do the same thing for me.”Notes: OL Cam Erving (knee), WR Sammy Watkins (foot) and RB Spencer Ware (hamstring) did not practice Tuesday. … Defensive coordinator Bob Sutton declined to confirm whether safety Eric Berry would make his season debut Thursday night, but he did sound as if it’s possible. “A lot of times a guy that has missed a lot of time, you have to be careful,” he said. “They don’t usually want to come out.” … Offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy said it’s likely WR Kelvin Benjamin would make his Chiefs debut after signing late last week. “We’re bringing him along slowly,” Bieniemy said, “but we want him to see the entire package and understand the entire package.” OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — It’s been a year since Lamar Jackson arrived at his first NFL minicamp, fully understanding that his stature as a former Heisman Trophy winner and first-round draft pick didn’t guarantee a lick of playing time during the regular season.Former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco was the Baltimore Ravens starting quarterback, so Jackson immediately settled into backup role while he got a handle on a brand of football that was unlike anything he had experienced before.“I would say I was kind of startled just being in the league,” Jackson recalled Wednesday. “Growing up http://www.falconsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-kaleb-mcgary-jersey , hearing all the things about when you go in the league, this and that is going to happen. Or the game is totally different, it’s a lot faster.”Jackson was too quick, elusive and talented to be buried on the bench, so he was used periodically on Sundays until Nov. 18, when he started in place of an injured Flacco and started the Ravens on a 6-1 hot streak that enabled them to reach the postseason as AFC North champions.Flash forward to this week, when a much more poised and confident Jackson led the offense during the three-day mandatory minicamp.“Right now it’s pretty calm to me,” Jackson said. “Playing in those seven games being around my teammates, it’s been pretty good.”Jackson performed so well last season that the Ravens traded Flacco and decided they would rewrite the playbook and build the entire team around a former University of Louisville star who has proven to be equally effective at the next level.“You build around your players, nobody more so than your quarterback,” coach John Harbaugh said. “You identify who your quarterback is going to be for the long term, which we’ve done, we need to build everything around what he can do. Offense, defense Kendall Sheffield Jersey , even special teams are built with that in mind. What type of team are we going to be, based on the skill set of the quarterback?”Baltimore intends to use the same philosophy that proved so successful a year ago. The offense relied heavily on the run, led by Jackson’s impromptu downfield bursts. If a long drive didn’t end in a touchdown, standout kicker Justin Tucker almost unfailingly slammed through a field goal.The league’s top-ranked defense did its share by making sure the Ravens would prevail in low-scoring games.The expectation this year is that Baltimore will benefit from Jackson’s experience.“He’s a much better player than he was a year ago,” Harbaugh said. “And he will be a much better player at the end of training camp than he is right now.”Jackson’s maturity was evident in the huddle this week.“From a leadership standpoint, he’s doing really well,” tackle Ronnie Stanley said.There remains a measure of concern about Jackson’s ability to throw from the pocket — he’s surpassed 200 yards in only one game — but offensive coordinator Greg Roman is certain the 22-year-old will be flinging the ball with accurately and authority this season.“Lamar is the kind of guy that, the more he does something, he’s going to get better at it,” Roman said.

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