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Saints quarterback Drew Brees has sought to squash any notion

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For me Rock Ya-Sin Jersey , this isn’t a time for reflection,” Brees said when asked about the likelihood of surpassing Peyton Manning’s all-time mark of 71,940 yards on Monday night, when New Orleans hosts Washington.“For me, it’s focusing on the game, focusing on what to do to win the game, doing my job, being the best decision-maker that I can be, putting us in the best position to succeed and put us in a position to win the game,” added Brees, who needs 201 yards passing to break the record.“When my career is all said and done, I’ll have a chance to really reflect and really reach out and thank those who have had such a strong impact on my career and my life as a result.”His recent form suggests that day could be further off than conventional wisdom would indicate http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/anthony-zettel-jersey , and that he’ll wind up shattering numerous NFL records before his career is done.Unlike when Manning and Favre surpassed the 71,000-yard mark, it’s tough to estimate how much longer Brees might play.Manning was struggling with the fallout from a neck injury late in his career, and although he was good enough to win a Super Bowl with Denver, his decline was evident and his retirement predictable after the 2015 season, when he played in just 10 games and passed for a career-low 2,249 yards.Favre didn’t even wait until the end of the 2010 season to announce that he was unwilling to subject himself to the punishment of another season.Although Brees is 39 and in his 18th NFL season, his production indicates he has a lot more left than the one season remaining on his contract.He’s averaging 323.8 yards per game, which ranks firmly in the top 10 in the NFL. His completion rate of 75.8 percent leads the NFL, and, if sustained for the entire season, would break the record of 72 percent Brees set just last season.Brees had a major injury http://www.detroitlionsteamonline.com/jahlani-tavai-jersey , too — a seemingly career-threatening throwing shoulder injury. But that was at the end of the 2005 season, and Brees has only gotten better since then. The Saints have invested heavily in the offensive line that protects their star QB, and Brees’ combination of spatial awareness, decent mobility and a knack for getting rid of the ball quickly has helped him minimize exposure to crushing hits.Earlier this season, Brees surpassed Favre as the NFL’s all-time completion leader — now 6,344 and counting.When it comes to how much longer Brees might sustain his elite play, veteran tight end Ben Watson — who also played with New England’s Tom Brady — expressed the cautious optimism of someone who’s seen his share of pleasant surprises and unanticipated disappointments.“You never know. You take advantage of every day. You don’t know if an injury creeps up. You don’t know what’s going to happen,” Watson said. “But looking at him now, I would say obviously from a skillset and energy standpoint, from an accuracy standpoint, from a mental capacity, he’s as much http://www.houstontexansteamonline.com/kahale-warring-jersey , from the outside looking in, in his prime as he ever was.”Redskins coach Jay Gruden watched Brees lead a stunning, multi-touchdown comeback against Washington in the last half of the fourth quarter last season, and has his defense bracing for the same type of clutch quarterback play in Monday night’s rematch.“He has not changed one bit,” Gruden said. “He is very good in the pocket, he can move in the pocket.“He has great anticipation, unbelievable accuracy,” Gruden continued. “We can cover guys all across the board, but he’ll find the window. He’ll throw it back shoulder. … He’ll move around to give the receiver or tight end or the back just the time that they need to get open.”Brees was 34 when Saints left tackle Terron Armstead was a rookie. It would have been reasonable for Armstead to assume he’d play with more than one quarterback during his career, but now that’s harder for him to say.Armstead he was sitting with Brees in the cafeteria at team headquarters during offseason training when he decided to ask Brees how much longer the quarterback thought he had left.“He told me as long as he can, and that was it,” Armstead recalled. “I thought he was going to get into details http://www.indianapoliscoltsteamonline.com/bobby-okereke-jersey , maybe give me a timeframe. But it was just: As long as he possibly can.”Armstead asserted that “it wouldn’t be crazy,” to envision Brees playing five more years, particularly in light of all the times Brees has defied his doubters since he was lightly recruited out of high school as an undersized quarterback and wound up leading Purdue to the Rose Bowl.“He’s a 6-foot quarterback. Everything’s been stacked against him anyway,” Armstead said. “He’s not tall enough to play the position, and then he’s about to own all the records. You can’t put a cap on someone like that.” RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett was already going to face heightened expectations coming off a breakout season during which he became Russell Wilson’s favorite target.Then Doug Baldwin was released — likely headed toward retirement — and Lockett was left with a new role.“His presence, that’s the biggest thing that is going to be missed,” Lockett said Tuesday. “It’s kind of hard when you’ve always had a vet to be able to teach you the ropes, allow you to be able to learn the ins and outs on the field and off the field, and how to carry yourself in the type of world we live in. Different stuff like that. Not to have that every single day is going to be hard. It’s very hard to transition, but each and every day and each and every year something new happens.”And then Lockett added, “It’s time for me to step up and fulfill the role I’m called to be in this year.”Replacing its most consistent and productive wide receiver from the past half-dozen years is one of the major challenges Seattle will face going into training camp and the start of the season. Baldwin led Seattle in catches in four straight seasons from 2014-17 before Lockett had a career-high 57 receptions and 10 touchdowns last season to lead the Seahawks. Baldwin dealt with injuries most of the year http://www.jacksonvillejaguarsteamonline.com/jawaan-taylor-jersey , but still finished with 50 catches in the regular season.Seattle did its part in the draft by taking three wide receivers — highlighted by the selection of DK Metcalf — to try to fill some of the void left by Baldwin’s departure. But those new faces will be looking to Lockett as the most experienced pass catcher in Seattle’s locker room.“I think it happens naturally. They watch the way he works. He doesn’t have to say much just because of the way he works,” offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said.Lockett showed last season that he was fully recovered from the broken leg he suffered late in the 2016 season, an injury that still affected him in 2017. His 57 receptions came on just 70 targets. His catch percentage of 81.4% was among the highest in the league for wide receivers. But Lockett was able to get open as much as he did in part because Baldwin was on the field, even in a limited capacity due to his injuries. The attention paid to Baldwin helped Lockett thrive.The loss of Baldwin may allow Seattle to move Lockett around the field more than in the past, including opportunities to work as a slot receiver and see if that could be another area where Lockett can exploit defenses. Or, as Schottenheimer described, “The best weapon for us is when they don’t know where Tyler will be.”“For me it’s all about just being able to further my game wherever I’m at,” Lockett said. “Wherever I’m at, it’s all about trying to get open or get other people open. And that’s what it’s all about.”

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