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Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy is optimistic that the 2022 season will be special after the club acquired quarterback Russell Wilson.

“Every detail matters with (Wilson),” Jeudy said, according to Troy Renck of Denver7 News. “You learn a lot, just how hard he works and how focused he is when he’s on the field and on the board.”

Jeudy added: “I feel like we are going to be a very explosive team. I feel like we’ve got all the pieces we needed, so we’ve just gotta put it together, and I am excited that is going to happen.”

Wilson, a former Super Bowl champion, brings leadership and stability to the Broncos after spending 10 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle traded the nine-time Pro Bowl passer to the Broncos for a bevy of picks that included two first-round selections.

Meanwhile, Jeudy is looking to bounce back after experiencing a series of setbacks last season. The 2020 first-round selection missed seven games in his second year due to an ankle injury and time spent on the COVID-19 list. He tallied 38 receptions for 467 yards and zero touchdowns while averaging 12.3 yards per catch.

The Alabama product is hopeful that with Wilson under center, he can surpass his totals from a promising rookie season in 2020. He recorded 52 receptions for 856 yards and three touchdowns in his first year.

Jeudy also shared that he is healthy ahead of training camp after missing OTAs with a strained groin. The 23-year-old wideout is expected to be a key figure in a Broncos’ pass-catching group that features Courtland SuttonKJ Hamler, and Tim Patrick.

Denver is aiming to improve its 7-10 record from last season. The AFC West club hired Nathaniel Hackett as its head coach after parting ways with Vic Fangio. The former Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator will attempt to elevate Denver’s 211.4 passing yards per game and 10.9 yards per reception averages from last year.

Justin Herbert is confident his Los Angeles Chargers can compete against the league’s best, but he knows they must be more consistent to do so.

“It’s all about consistency,” Herbert said on “SiriusXM NFL Radio.” “We have to put together a full season for us to play the football that we want to.”

The Chargers narrowly missed the postseason last year despite finishing with a 9-8 record due to a late-season slide that involved an overtime loss to the Las Vegas Raiders and a shocking defeat to the 4-13 Houston Texans. The club struggled with balance as it placed fifth in scoring but 29th in points allowed.

Los Angeles responded accordingly this offseason, adding the likes of Khalil Mack and J.C. Jackson, among others. However, other AFC West teams also improved, with the Denver Broncos acquiring Russell Wilson and the Raiders landing Davante Adams.

“We’ve definitely added some guys on defense, picked up a few guys on offense, and had a great offseason so far,” Herbert noted.

He added: “As soon as the season comes, we understand it’s all about execution and being sharp week in and week out, never looking ahead, and making sure we’re doing everything we can to give ourselves a shot on Sundays.”

Herbert has thrown for 9,350 yards with 69 touchdowns to 25 interceptions over his first two seasons, though he’s still in search of his first career postseason berth.

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence praised Doug Pederson on Tuesday, saying the head coach’s leadership has been a difference-maker for the franchise so far.

“We’re building toward something special,” Lawrence said, according to CBS Sports’ Cody Benjamin. “It’s been great, just the way (Doug) interacts with the team, the way he leads. I think personality-wise, we’re similar. We get along well.”

Lawrence added: “Obviously, he played quarterback, he’s won a Super Bowl as a player and as a coach, so he knows how to get there. He knows how to do it. I think that’s really important to have in a leader like that. And just the energy he’s brought to the building has been awesome.”

Pederson joined Jacksonville in February to replace Urban Meyer, who was fired partway through last season after a 2-11 start. The 54-year-old Pederson, who spent 2021 away from football, last coached the Philadelphia Eagles from 2016-20, winning one Super Bowl with the team. He also lifted the Lombardi Trophy as a backup quarterback for the Green Bay Packers during the 1996 season.

Lawrence, the first overall pick in the 2021 draft, struggled as a rookie, completing just 59.6% of his passes for 3,641 yards and 12 touchdowns against a league-high 17 interceptions. The Jaguars finished the season 3-14, the worst record in the NFL.

“I think (last year) really taught me how to stay the same every day, to be consistent,” Lawrence said. “Just my attitude, my work ethic, no matter how things are going. I know what it’s like to struggle as a rookie.

“Now in my second year, I have a good feel for the schedule (and) can really feel like I’m prepared.”

Quarterback Josh Allen hasn’t moved on from the Buffalo Bills‘ dramatic playoff loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

During an appearance on the “Bussin with the Boys” podcast, Allen said that losing the overtime coin toss affected him more than losing the divisional-round game, according to Pro Football Talk’s Michael David Smith.

The 26-year-old signal-caller and Patrick Mahomes went back and forth throughout the contest to send the game to overtime tied at 36. However, Allen didn’t call the coin toss correctly and had to watch from the sideline as Mahomes drove down for a walk-off touchdown.

Allen blamed a production meeting prior to the matchup for jinxing his winning ways in the coin toss.

“Up to that point, I think I was 9-0 throughout the season. In our production meeting, it was jinxed, and I was 0-for-2 in that game,” Allen said. “They brought up that stat, you’re 9-0 … I go 0-2 on coin tosses that game.”

He added: “I switched it up, I went heads first, and then I went tails at the end, and it was obviously flip-flopped.”

Allen threw for 329 yards with four touchdowns in the contest. The 42-36 shootout will forever be remembered as a postseason classic, but Allen isn’t taking much satisfaction in its meaning.

“People still come up to me and talk about it. That’s the game people talk about,” Allen said. “To be a part of it is great, but to be on the losing end of it is not so great. It doesn’t make me feel any better when someone comes up and says, ‘That was the greatest game I’ve ever seen.’ It’s like, we lost.”

The NFL later updated its postseason overtime rules by guaranteeing both teams at least one possession in response to the Chiefs-Bills matchup.

Joe Burrow was a star quarterback in high school, but he didn’t always see himself becoming a professional football player.

Appearing on “Unbuttoned with Chris Simms” recently, Burrow said he favored basketball over football growing up and named Los Angeles Lakers star and fellow Ohio native LeBron James as one of his idols.

“Thought I was gonna be a basketball guy, so obviously LeBron James, coming from Ohio,” the Cincinnati Bengals signal-caller said. “Played his high school (St. Vincent-St. Mary) when I was in high school in basketball twice. … We lost both times, but I put up some good numbers.

“I liked football. I liked college football, but I was more of a basketball guy.”

Burrow was a standout point guard at Athens High School in The Plains, Ohio, earning first-team All-Statehonors during his senior year. He finished his high school career with 1,426 points, the second-highest total in program history.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson‘s hearing before the NFL and players’ association’s jointly appointed disciplinary officer is scheduled to begin Tuesday, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The NFL is pushing for an indefinite suspension that would last no shorter than one year, according to Andrew Beaton of The Wall Street Journal. Watson would need to apply to be reinstated after the 2022 season, at the earliest.

On Tuesday, Watson reached settlements with 20 of the 24 women who sued him and accused him of sexual misconduct or sexual assault during massage sessions.

The NFL is likely to base its proposed discipline on a fraction of those women’s testimony, a source told Schefter. The league reportedly wasn’t able to speak to some of the women who made allegations against the 26-year-old.

While disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson’s decision apparently could be made within a week, it might take until the beginning of training camp in late July.

Both the league and NFLPA have the option to appeal the officer’s ruling under revised rules for the NFL’s personal conduct policy in the new collective bargaining agreement. Either commissioner Roger Goodell or an independent ruler would then make a final verdict.

After three disappointing seasons from Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, Eli Manning believes New York’s new coaching staff will help his successor reach his potential in a make-or-break year.

“I think with coach (Brian) Daboll, and what they’re doing, and that staff, and (general manager) Joe Schoen, having been around the facility some, the atmosphere has changed,” Manning told NFL Network’s Rhett Lewis. “So, I’m excited for Daniel, I know he’s worked extremely hard and, you know, been through a lot of offenses, a lot of coaching changes. So, hopefully this can be the right one.”

The Giants declined Jones’ fifth-year option worth $22.39 million this offseason, setting him up for a contract year this upcoming campaign.

Jones produced a solid rookie year, throwing for 3,027 yards and 24 touchdowns against 12 interceptions. But the signal-caller has produced only 21 touchdowns over the last two seasons while struggling with turnovers (17 interceptions, six fumbles).

New York has failed to provide a stable environment for the 25-year-old. Daboll will be the NFC East club’s third head coach in five seasons following two-year stints from Pat Shurmur and Joe Judge.

Manning emphasized the importance of the consistency he enjoyed during his early years in the NFL.

“By my fifth year, I had been in the same offense the whole time. I knew it, I could coach it up, new guys are coming in, I was speaking the same language as my offensive coordinator and as (former head coach Tom) Coughlin, and kind of preaching the same stuff,” Manning said. “And with (Jones), it’s all new, and it’s learning. He’s consistently trying to learn and learn and learn, and it just takes some time before it all sinks in.”

Daboll earned the Giants job in large part to his work with Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen, whom he helped develop from a raw prospect into an MVP-caliber player as the club’s offensive coordinator.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said Thursday that he was “surprised a little” when former teammate Tyreek Hill aired his frustrations about his time in Kansas City.

Hill said the Chiefs failed to utilize him enough and weren’t willing to negotiate near the $25 million-$26 million annual figure that he was looking for in an extension. The Miami Dolphins wide receiver made the comments on the first episode of his new podcast, “It Needed To Be Said,” which was released last Friday.

“We loved Tyreek here, we’ve always loved him, we still love him,” said Mahomes.

He added: “I’m sure it had something to do with trying to get his podcast some stuff and get it rolling. But definitely, I still love Tyreek, he’s a one-of-a-kind player. But as you know in coach (Andy) Reid’s offense, it takes the whole team. … It’s an offense that’s more than one player, and that includes myself.”

Mahomes said he hasn’t spoken to Hill since the podcast came out, but noted that they ran into each other at the Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix in May.

Hill had a career-high 111 receptions for 1,239 yards and nine touchdowns in 2021.

However, his workload declined as the season went on. After seeing 11.1 targets per game across the first 11 games, his average dropped to 7.2 targets per game for the final nine matchups (including playoffs).

Hill also asserted that Tua Tagovailoa, his new quarterback with the Dolphins, had better accuracy than Mahomes. The former MVP said he didn’t care about the perception of him as a gunslinger.

“It doesn’t get to me at all,” said Mahomes. “As long as we’re winning football games and we’re putting up points, I think I’m doing my job the right way.”

Quarterback Lamar Jackson reiterated his intention of remaining with the Baltimore Ravens.

“I expect so,” Jackson told reporters Thursday when asked if he plans to play his entire NFL career in Baltimore, according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley.

The 25-year-old passer said he had conversations with general manager Eric DeCosta about a new contract this week, according to The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec.

However, Jackson said he wasn’t sure if he’d report for training camp in July or play in the upcoming season if he doesn’t sign a new deal, per Hensley.

Jackson, who negotiates his contract directly, is expected to become one of the highest-paid players in NFL history when he signs his extension. He added that the record contract the Cleveland Browns gave quarterback Deshaun Watson this offseason – a fully guaranteed five-year, $230-million pact – won’t affect his negotiations with Baltimore.

“I’m a man of my own,” he said. “I don’t worry about what those guys did.”

Jackson said last year he’d love to be with Baltimore “forever,” though Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said in March that the star signal-caller had yet to engage in extension talks with the team.

The quarterback received criticism in May for not showing up to Baltimore’s organized team activities for the first time in his career.

“I just wanted to stay away and just grind,” Jackson said. “I just wanted to come back in and see how I felt. I feel good. I asked my guys how would they feel if I stayed home, and they were like, ‘That’s cool.'”

The 2019 NFL MVP said he worked out with James Proche and Rashod Bateman in February and isn’t concerned about chemistry with his receivers. He also plans to continue practicing with his receiving corps until training camp begins.

“I know that Lamar and the receivers and tight ends are going to meet in Florida at Florida Atlantic with Willie Taggart, the head coach down there. He’s gonna host them for some throwing. That’s gonna be good,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Thursday.

Jackson, who missed five games due to injury last year, tossed only 16 touchdowns against 13 interceptions across 12 games in 2021. Baltimore traded Marquise Brown, its former No. 1 wide receiver, to the Arizona Cardinals in April.

While most NFL players are ready to enjoy six weeks away from football before training camps begin, Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert can’t wait to get back to work.

“I think the great thing about football, for me, is I need football,” Herbert said, according to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk. “I love waking up and going to work and lifting, running, throwing, and watching film.

“I think too much off time can kind of be a burden to me sometimes, so I always look forward to having stuff to do, whether that’s watching film or us throwing or being out here for OTAs. I think that’s kind of what I look forward to.”

Herbert has enjoyed a record-setting start to his career. He set the all-time rookie mark for touchdown passes (31) in 2021 before throwing for over 5,000 yards as a sophomore.

While the young quarterback’s widely tipped to push the Chargers into playoff contention in 2022 after two years outside the postseason, he isn’t feeling the pressure.

“I feel like I’m kind of on vacation right now,” he said about ongoing minicamps. “I think that if you’re taking a vacation, you’re trying to get away from something. I always look forward to coming to this place and working and doing all of these fun things.

“Going home, I’ll do the same thing, trying to have as much fun as I can with my family and things like that, but it is work and getting ready for the season.”

The Chargers return for training camp July 28 and are set to take part in joint practices with the Dallas Cowboys on Aug. 17-18 ahead of their Week 2 preseason matchup.