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Gronkowski already has missed three games this year and played a limited role in two others

Eric Karabell’s Week 13 watch list includes Rob Gronkowski’s intriguing position and his thriving team, each in search of aid
The strength of the Patriots’ offense, especially over the past decade under the on-again, off-again stewardship of Josh McDaniels, has been its ability to change its shape. Having Tom Brady helps, of course, but we saw how effective the offense could be during the first three weeks of the season, with Garoppolo at quarterback and Gronkowski either out or a shell of his usual self. The Patriots have managed to transition from a spread attack with Randy Moss and Wes Welker to the two-tight-end sets of Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez to an offense that incorporates both. They’ve overcome subpar offensive lines and managed to get the most out of players other teams weren’t interested in, such as Julian Edelman, Dion Lewis and Martellus Bennett.
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Bennett looms large in how the Patriots will handle the Gronkowski mess. The goal for this year was to build an offense around the twin terrors of Gronkowski and Bennett, who would be able to stay on the field and dictate mismatches regardless of the defense’s personnel choices. Injuries have prevented them from ever really pulling that off. By the time Gronkowski made it back from his hamstring injury, Bennett got hurt, suffering an ankle injury in a three-touchdown performance over the Browns.

What’s next for Gronk?

Gilbert Perreault Elite Jersey This is the thorniest question of them all, and the one that is toughest to answer. Gronkowski has made critical decisions in his professional career with his back in mind. In 2009, Gronkowski missed his junior season at Arizona and underwent his first back surgery. He subsequently decided to go pro instead of returning to school to rebuild his stock, which almost never happens. Organizations passed on Gronkowski out of concerns about his back and the missing year of tape, which is how a Hall of Fame tight end gets taken 17 picks after Tim Tebow and falls to the Patriots in the second round.

While the tight end emerged as a star and was mostly injury-free before suffering a high ankle sprain during the 2011 playoffs, it became clear that Gronk (or his representation) was concerned about his long-term ability to stay on the field. It’s hard to otherwise explain the deal he chose to sign before the 2012 season, just two years after entering the league. While reports at the time suggested that the six-year, $54 million deal was the biggest contract ever handed out to a tight end, the structure was incredibly team-friendly and contained just $12.9 million in guaranteed money.

Texans star J.J. Watt donates $10K to help high schooler

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt donated $10,000 to a Houston area high school football player who is in a coma after he was injured in a game last weekend.

Grant Milton, a senior at The Woodlands High School, suffered an injury in a playoff game on Saturday that required emergency surgery.

A GoFundMe page was started to accept donations toward medical costs and living expenses while the family is dealing with the injury. Watt included a note with his donation, saying, “If there’s anything that I can do to help, please let me know. Sending my best wishes to Grant and the entire Milton family.”

Maybe this was Manning’s way of making sure the silent game doesn’t send the rookie into a funk. Or maybe he really did feel badly about how it all went down.

Either way, the Giants are going to need Shepard moving forward. He’s second on the team with 44 catches, 476 receiving yards and five touchdowns.

Manning is going to need his No. 2 target to produce down the stretch, beginning this Sunday when they play a difficult game on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Shepard is confident it will happen.

Limited Womens Richard Hamilton Jersey Brees said he sees frustration bubble up in a teammate every week or two since he’s been in New Orleans.

“Listen, there’s not a guy who works harder in here than Brandin Cooks and expects more out of himself and wants to be a part of what we’re doing and our success,” Brees said. “That was just one of those games where there was opportunities called for him and the coverage kind of rolled his way or whatever it was and the ball ended up going elsewhere. And it was just one of those bad luck things for him personally, I guess.

Limited Womens Nick Foles Jersey “But obviously as a team we were rolling. And that just opens up opportunities for other people. And I think Brandin recognizes that, we talked about it after the game. And, listen, if we can go out and score 49 points and play like that and win every week, then I think everybody would be OK with it.”

Jimmy Garoppolo is not expected play Thursday but may return for Week 4

Jimmy Garoppolo has been diagnosed with a sprained AC joint in his shoulder, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. Garoppolo is not expected to take the field this week when the Patriots face the Houston Texans on Thursday Night Football. According to Garafolo, it’s possible Garoppolo will be healthy enough to play in Week 4 against the Buffalo Bills.

Garoppolo left the New England Patriots’ Week 2 matchup against the Miami Dolphins in the second quarter after being injured Dwight Lowery Jersey during a hit by Kiko Alonso. Still, the Patriots were able to hold off the Dolphins for a 31-24 win.

Prior to injury, Garoppolo had 234 yards and threw three touchdowns for the Patriots.

LIONS LOSE STARTING RB: Ameer Abdullah placed on injured reserve. The Detroit Lions starting running back is out at least six weeks. They added George Winn to practice squad.

PICKS PICKS PICKS: NFL Eric Weddle Jersey picks 2016, Week 3: Experts see big wins for the Packers and Panthers. Sure, it’s not a stretch to see a unanimous vote for the Dolphins to beat the Browns, but is this week really that much of a sure thing for the Panthers and Packers?

VON MILLER IS THE BEST: Kubiak says Broncos edge rusher Von Miller is “as good as I’ve ever seen.” No. 58 is picking up where he left off last season. Von Miller wrecked the Colts, and that earned him the Hoss of the Week award. The Colts didn’t double-team him. And, yes, you absolutely WILL believe what happened next.

HOPE FOR OAKLAND: Is there new hope for the Raiders to stay in Oakland? There is some more positive news coming out of Oakland Tuesday regarding a potential buyer for the Coliseum and some positive spin from Roger Goodell.

“If it comes down to making somebody uncomfortable by speaking the truth, then I’ll always make you uncomfortable with the truth, [rather] than make you feel comfortable with a lie.”

Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Jenkins discussed the idea of the protest with him ahead of time, and he respected players’ decisions to demonstrate in this manner.

Drysdale used a nasty sidearm fastball and a tenacious demeanor on the mound

LOS ANGELES — When the Dodgers moved to Los 50 years ago, they brought with them a tradition of starting pitching. First it was Koufax and Drysdale, then it was Orel Hershiser and Valenzuela. between, there were names like Sutton, Podres and. Starting pitching has been a hallmark of the Dodgers organization and continues to be the strength of the team as it enters the 2008. This month, Dodgers fans be able to vote for three starting pitchers for the All-Time Roster as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Dodgers Marco Belinelli Jersey moving to Los. Other positions follow the coming months as fans put together the squad, to be announced during the 2008 campaign. Below is a list of 11 candidates with a quick overview of their careers with the Dodgers. The rest is up to you, the fans, who have watched and cheered for your favorite Dodgers over the years: Drysdale: A dominant and intimidating right-handed pitcher, Drysdale teamed up with fellow hurler Koufax to form one of the most dominating one-two combinations the modern.

Drysdale used a nasty sidearm fastball and a tenacious demeanor on the mound to intimidate hitters. He won 15 or more seven times his 14-year career with the Dodgers and produced his best Dodger blue 1962, when he won 25 and the Cy Award. A nine-time All-, Drysdale helped the Dodgers win three World Series championships. From to early of 1968, Drysdale set a record of 58 3 consecutive scoreless innings that would last for 20 years until fellow Dodger Hershiser broke it 1988. Drysdale ended his career 1969 with 209 wins, 2 strikeouts, 167 Mike Bibby Jersey complete and 49 shutouts. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame 1984 and his No. 53 was officially retired at Dodger Stadium on July 1. Orel Hershiser: The Bulldog, as he was known, was one of the best big-game pitchers to wear a Dodgers uniform. Hershiser enjoyed a solid rookie 1984 and had a breakthrough year the following, when he went 19 with a 2. Hershiser, who was named to the National League All- team three times 18 League seasons, put together one of the best years baseball history 1988 when he led the underdog Dodgers to a World Series title. The righty dominated, winning 23, the Cy Award and a Gold Glove, while posting a 2.

His biggest accomplishment came the playoffs, when he pitched a shutout Game 7 of the NLCS after starting Games 1 and 3 against the Mets and recorded the final out Game 4. He was named NLCS MVP and won two against the Athletics the World Series, earning MVP honors once again. That same, Hershiser broke Drysdale’s record with 59 scoreless innings. He finished his career 2000 as a member of the Dodgers with a record of 204 with 2 strikeouts and 3. Hooton: The hurler from Texas with a trademark knuckle curveball baffled hitters for 10 seasons with the Dodgers. Hooten, who was nicknamed Happy by former manager Lasorda because he hardly ever smiled, came to the Dodgers via trade 1975 and won 18 his first Los. Hooten had his best with the Dodgers 1978 when he went 19 with a 2, but gained most of his recognition the playoffs, where he was at his best. 1981, Hooten was named the MVP of the NLCS after defeating the Expos twice without allowing a run. the World Series against the Yankees, Hooton won Game 1, allowing just six hits before leaving the eighth inning, and then clinched the Series for the Dodgers with a win Game 6. :, who won 288 his 26-year League career, is considered one of the most dominant left-handers to play the game. His 288 wins rank as the sixth highest total among lefties League history. came to the Dodgers 1972 and won 27 his first two seasons. 1974, after cruising to a 13 record, blew out his elbow, permanently damaging the ulnar collateral ligament his pitching arm. however, was undeterred and convinced Dr. Frank Jobe to perform a revolutionary surgery now known as surgery. After sitting out entire, returned to the Dodgers 1976 and went 10, but he wasn’t done there. went on to enjoy his best Dodger blue the following year, posting a 20 record with 123 strikeouts and a 2. A four-time All-, won 164 after undergoing the surgery and finished his career 1989 as a member of the Yankees. Koufax: Koufax is arguably the best left-hander to ever play the Majors. Known for his four no-hitters and a stretch of six outstanding seasons from 1961 which he won three Cy Awards and the National League MVP award 1963, Koufax was the Dodgers’ go-to-. During that incredible six-year stretch, Koufax won 129 and threw all four no-hitters, including the first perfect game by a lefty since 1880.

Menu Carlos Beltran and Carpenter hit solo homers, tossed seven solid innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Atlanta Braves

Menu Carlos Beltran and Carpenter hit solo homers, tossed seven solid innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Atlanta Braves, 6, on Saturday. Beltran went 3-for-5 with two RBI for the Cardinals, who have won four a row. Holliday knocked two runs and scored once, while Yadier Molina had RBI. allowed one run on three hits while striking out six. My main goal tonight was to just keep my focus the entire game and just attack the zone, said. That’s kind of what I’ve been lacking a little bit. hit a solo homer for the NL East-leading Braves, who have dropped the first three contests of this four-game series. Laird had RBI. Atlanta starter Julio Teheran gave up four runs on five hits while striking out eight and walking five over six-plus frames. It’s a combination of tough pitching and we’re not swinging it well right now really well, said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. Sometimes you run into a hot team, like they are right now. The score was 1 after and Carpenter homered for their respective teams the first inning. Beltran homered to right with one down the third to make it 2 St. Louis and give the hosts Dennis Johnson Jersey the lead for good. retired 10 straight batters before giving up a two-out single to Andrelton Simmons the seventh. B.J. Upton grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the inning. The Cardinals tacked on three more runs the bottom half of the frame. Pinch-hitter Robinson and Carpenter singled to put runners on the corners. Holliday’s two-run double to right-center field and Molina’s run- scoring single up the middle made it 5. Beltran’s RBI single the eighth made it a five-run contest. Randy Choate started on the mound for the Cardinals the ninth. McCann hit a two-out single before Seth Maness came from the bullpen. Simmons singled before Laird’s RBI double to right plated McCann. Mujica came to record the final out of the game for his 34th save of the. Game Notes The series is tied 3… The Cardinals went 4-for-10 with runners scoring position and stranded nine, while Atlanta Evan Turner Jersey went 1-for-2 with RISP and left six men on.

Saturday’s, tap-danced his way out of allowing runs, but he did allow some emotion to seep through. worked his way out of a two-on, no-out situation with his team clinging to a one-run lead the eighth inning. Actually, it was more perilous than that — went 3 on the third hitter and the A’s had visions of bases loaded and none out. But got a strikeout and later a double play and wiggled out of the inning. After the double play, the normally reserved and stoic pumped his fist and shouted. Sometimes you get a little lucky and it excites you, said, smiling. Getting men on first and second and getting Vogt and Zobrist, some of the toughest outs baseball, that was kind of something. Manager Ned Yost agreed. We were all pumping our fists at that time, Yost said. It’s a big series for both teams. These are fun., who has given up just one run 32 innings this year, fell behind Vogt 3, mainly because he lost his release point. Just driving too much with body, said. After a visit to the mound by pitching coach Dave Eiland, tried to focus on keeping his body sync with his arm. Suddenly, 3 became 3 and then strike three on Vogt on a terrific cutter on the outside corner. Sure was nice to get an out there, said. Up came ‘ old teammate at Tampa Bay, Zobrist. Probably his weakness is a changeup, and I really ‘t have one, said. But got Zobrist to offer on a cutter, and Zobrist chopped one back to and that started a double play. That’s his mental toughness, Yost said.

It was a cue shot, said Sanders. I was just trying to put the ball play and hopefully something happened. I was able to put it play and I was able to get a hit out of it and two RBIs. After Carpenter was pulled, the Cards went to rookie Brad Thompson, who was touched for a run his playoff debut. Flores, also making his first postseason appearance, allowed a homer to Eric that made it 8, and Cal Eldred was charged with a pair of runs after allowing two hits the ninth. It got hairier against closer Jason Isringhausen, who permitted four straight base hits to allow the go-ahead run to come to the plate. Isringhausen fanned former Oakland teammate Hernandez to end the game. The Cardinals improved to 4 all-time against San postseason play. Game 2 of the Division Series is set for Thursday at 3 p.m. CT at Busch Stadium, with Mulder facing Astacio. Matthew Leach is a reporter for. This story was not subject to the approval of League Baseball or its clubs.

When you look back at individual goals, I made a bunch of them

PITTSBURGH — Votto ‘s 143rd and final walk of the 2015 extended his League lead. The Reds first baseman had to really grind out the plate appearance to get it, but he ultimately fell a percentage point short of overtaking the Nationals’ Harper for the MLB lead on-base percentage. Facing left-hander J.A. Happ the top of the sixth inning with Doug Martin Jersey two outs during to the Pirates, Votto walked on the 13th pitch. After a 2 count, Votto fouled off five-straight fastballs before he looked at ball 3 — a 78-mph curveball. Another three-straight fastballs were fouled off the full count. Happ’s 13th pitch was a fastball that missed high and inside. the eighth inning against lefty Tony Watson, Votto hit a single into center field to finish the day 1-for-3.

Meanwhile, Harper went 1-for-4 to finish with a.460 OBP that was just ahead of Votto’s.459. Votto did own the Majors’ longest streak of reaching safely this — 48 games — which was snapped on Saturday night. That left him tied with Pete for the franchise record. By reaching a club-record 319 times this, Votto led the Majors over Harper, who reached 301 times. Although the 64 Reds did not contend for the postseason, and finished last the National League Central, a few other players also led statistical categories. Starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani led all Evan Dietrich-Smith Jersey League rookies with 184 3 innings and was tied for the lead with 31 starts. Frazier led the NL with 619 at-bats this, but his 43 doubles left him tied for second the league and one behind Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals. Frazier was 2-for-3 with two singles on. With 35 home runs this, he was only the third player Reds history to hit 30 homers while primarily playing third base. Looking at the team goals, we didn’t make those. It’s right there written stone. It didn’t start off well and didn’t end well, Frazier said.

When you look back at individual goals, I made a bunch of them. All all, you want to be the playoffs. You want to win your division. Billy Hamilton ‘s late- right shoulder injury left him at 57 stolen bases, and he lost his League lead to the Marlins’ Dee. But the Reds came away with the team lead steals — 134, two ahead of Arizona. Skip Schumaker led the Majors with 19 hits as a pinch-hitter, the most the league since 2010. Schumaker batted the ninth inning and hit a laser of a low-liner to right field that was caught nicely by Polanco, leaving him Schumaker one hit shy of tying Jacob ‘s 2005 club record. And what has been well-chronicled all, the Reds led the Majors starts by a rookie pitcher with 110, a modern franchise record, including MLB-record 64 to end the. All the individual stuff, being able to watch have unbelievably great year. was exceptional as well, Reds manager Price said. To see DeSclafani come and emerge as a League starting pitcher and the introduction of Raisel Iglesias, those are individual things that are terrific. Once we decided to go all with this youth movement, we have to go through this stage order to get better. That doesn’t mean we had to struggle like we did. The pitching wasn’t good. And the young starters we’re putting a lot of expectation on have to get a lot better between now and next. But this is that beginning of seeing what we have and what we can do with this group.

MULDER and Scully are reunited the first glimpse at the revamped TV show. It’s been 13 years since the special agents – played by Duchovny and – were last on our screens and last month, fans were teased with a picture of their first day of filming on the X Files set. Now, with 201 days until the new instalments, Fox have released a tantalising teaser for 201 Days of The X-Files, featuring scenes from old episodes and encouraging fans to watch one a day until the new series lands. It ends with the brand new footage, with the sci-fi legends sweeping the room with torches. And while Mulder is still searching for the truth, Scully seems to be taking a more cynical view of the world. Mulder is heard telling his partner: I believe what we’re looking for is the X Files. I’m more certain than ever I’m sure the truth is there. She replies:I’ve heard the truth Mulder, now what I want is the answers. The countdown ends on January 24. We just can’t wait. Related articles.

Broncos extend Emmanuel Sanders’ contract through 2019

The Denver Broncos on Wednesday agreed to a three-year extension with wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.

Terms were not disclosed, but a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Sanders’ contract is worth $33 million, with $27 million fully guaranteed.

We’ve crunched the numbers using our projections of Football Outsiders’ DVOA ratings, which account for general statistical trends and specific personnel changes. The numbers here come from an updated set of projections that account for preseason injuries and suspensions. For major injuries that don’t have a definite timetable, we assumed Tony Romo would be back by Week 12 with a 50 percent chance of returning between Week 8 and Week 11, and we assumed Justin Houston would return to the Kansas City Chiefs sometime between Week 7 and Week 10.

Of course, the strongest projected schedule for 2016 is only about half as strong as the hardest schedule from 2015, because our team projections are naturally conservative. Going into a new season, no team is guaranteed to be as good as last year’s best team or as bad as last year’s worst team.

Here are all 32 teams ranked in order from the hardest projected schedule to the easiest. You can read the full file or skip directly to your team using the links below.

This is what happens when you play in a division with the two of the best teams in the NFL. In fact, Seattle and Arizona are the two best teams going into 2016, according to our projections, and the Rams are about average. It doesn’t help that the two teams the 49ers play by virtue of finishing last in 2015, Dallas and Chicago, are both expected to improve this season. At least the 49ers’ game against the Cowboys comes in Week 4, long before Tony Romo has any hope of returning.

“It’s why we drafted him where we drafted him,” he said. “It’s why we [traded for] DeMarco. DeMarco is as good as I thought he was, too. So we’re pretty fortunate. Nobody’s shown that they are not capable of being pretty darn good for us.”

The Titans don’t plan to designate anyone as the third-down back, and feel comfortable with either player being on the field when he is more likely to be asked to block or run a route.

Trevor Siemian wasn’t handed QB job, he won it

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Trevor Siemian is the Denver Broncos starting quarterback. Some may be surprised by that, but let it be known Chris Harris Jr. tried to warn you.

In late May, the Broncos’ Pro Bowl cornerback strolled off the practice field and dropped this little bit of foreshadowing: “Trevor has a maturity to him. He’s kind of the sleeper, I would say. Of course Mark [Sanchez] and Paxton [Lynch] are going to be the headlines, but Trevor knows the offense. He’s very comfortable and can throw the ball, too. We’ve also seen him make big plays in the preseason games under the lights. I wouldn’t sleep on Trevor to win the job.’’

Well, hello Football America, because Siemian has won the job. Broncos coach Gary Kubiak made the announcement in a team meeting Monday morning that Siemian would start Sept. 8 against the Carolina Panthers.

“I’ve always got the itch to play,’’ he said. “I don’t like sitting out too long.

“It was tough just because I love my teammates. I wouldn’t trade them for anything. They were a part of me during the whole struggle [with cancer]. It was definitely hard not to be here and let alone [not] practice but just [not] being around them on a daily basis. That was kind of tough for me.’’

Harbaugh coached Kaepernick in San Francisco for four seasons before leaving for the Michigan job last year. Harbaugh benched Alex Smith in favor of Kaepernick in 2012, giving Kaepernick an opportunity to rise to a higher profile in the NFL.

Harbaugh’s brother — Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh — said Monday that he respected Kaepernick’s right to protest, even if he doesn’t agree with how he’s doing it.

“Voltaire so eloquently stated, ‘I may not agree with what you say, but I’ll defend it until death your right to say it,'” John Harbaugh said. “That’s a principle that our country is founded on. I don’t think you cannot deny someone the right to speak out or mock or make fun or belittle anybody else’s opinion.”

John Harbaugh, however, said it’s a fine line between standing up for what you believe in and not becoming a distraction to the team. He tells his players that you have to make sure you believe what you say publicly because you have to own it.

Former Broncos RB Montee Ball sentenced to jail time

Ball was sentenced in Madison, Wis., where he was a star for the University of Wisconsin. He finished his college career as the FBS all-time leader in touchdowns.

“I know that you’ve received trophies and scholarships for pounding people on the gridiron,” Dane County Circuit judge William E. Hanrahan said in sentencing Ball, according to the Journal Sentinel. “But you have crossed the line. You’ve earned nothing but condemnation and scorn here for your actions.

“There is a difference between hitting big guys in helmets and protective gear and throwing around frail, young women that are vulnerable and depend on you.”

Ball was a second-round pick in 2013 and was set to start for the Broncos in 2014. But injuries, including an emergency appendectomy, limited him to five games that season. He was cut at the end of the 2015 preseason and didn’t play an NFL regular-season game last season. Given his legal problems, it’s doubtful he ever resurfaces in the NFL.

Tom Brady’s decision to end his personal fight in the Deflategate saga was made simply to help everyone move forward.

That’s the point Brady stressed Friday when speaking to the media for the first time since deciding not to pursue further legal action in the appeal of his NFL-imposed four-game suspension.

“It’s just personal, and I’ve tried to move on from it,” Brady said Friday of his choice. “I try to focus on the positive, being here with my teammates and getting better. You don’t want to go out and do anything but try to be a great example for your teammates and we’ve got al ot of competitive guys that have been out here on the practice field, and I think that’s where the focus needs to be.”

Brady will be exiled away from the team over the first month of the season while serving his suspension, but he isn’t too concerned about how he’ll spend his time, instead focusing on preparing his teammates for life without him under center.

Seattle Seahawks

1 to 10 percent: Jimmy Graham suffered a ruptured patella last season, an injury that holds the league’s worst rate of long-term recovery. The injury has seemed to sap the athleticism of similarly scarred players. Graham’s outlook has drastically changed over the past two years; he has gone from the prime of his career as the focal point of the Saints’ offense to a question mark as just another part of the Seattle offense. … Bobby Wagner might benefit from playing on a legendarily successful defense, or the success of others might cause voters to punish Seattle’s middle linebacker. At this point, I’m not sure whether either is fair. … Michael Bennett finally got his due as a Pro Bowler in 2015, but he turns 31 this year. His four-year breakout run hasn’t been a historically notable peak, and Bennett won’t have a long enough career to accumulate huge counting stats.

Russell Wilson could lose it overnight — Colin Kaepernick seemed to — but he’s only getting better. He laid the running game arguments to rest last year, with Seattle’s attack only kicking into high gear after Marshawn Lynch was injured and the Seahawks moved to more of a pass-friendly attack. It’s far easier to imagine situations in which he keeps it up and makes the Hall of Fame than ones in which he slips and struggles to achieve greatness. 85 percent

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman could go from fifth-round pick to the Hall of Fame. Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images
Richard Sherman had four Pro Bowls and three first-team All-Pro awards in his back pocket before turning 28. He produces counting stats, having accumulated eight picks in consecutive seasons, and he has that legendary moment of picking off Kaepernick on the “sorry receiver” play in the NFC Championship Game. It would take a career-ending injury or a Nnamdi Asomugha-in-Philadelphia-esque sudden drop-off in play for Sherman to miss out on enshrinement. 90 percent

Earl Thomas is just that much better, having five Pro Bowls and three first-team All-Pro awards before turning 27. The competition at safety isn’t quite as intense as it is at cornerback, and Thomas is quietly more essential to what Seattle has done on defense in years past. It’s a good competition to have, and it’s the third guy on the Seattle roster who is all but guaranteed to make the Hall of Fame.