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PITTSBURGH -- Mike Tomlin has confidence in the Pittsburgh Steelers secondary. NFL Jerseys Authentic China . And the linebackers. And the defensive line. And tight end. And everywhere else his team will begin the 2016 season in Washington on Monday with guys atop the depth chart who werent the guys Tomlin had in mind when training camp began six weeks ago.Ladarius Green, signed to replace the retired Heath Miller, is on the physically unable to perform list with lingering health issues. Outside linebacker Bud Dupree is on injured reserve with abdominal concerns. Cornerback Senquez Golsons second season is starting a lot like his first: on the sideline as he deals with a shoulder problem. Nose tackle Daniel McCullers is banged up and rookie Javon Hargrave -- who is right there in the mix -- tweaked a knee in practice on Monday.Oh, and running back LeVeon Bell is out until Week 4 while serving a suspension for violating the NFLs substance abuse policy. At least hell play this year. Talented if mercurial wide receiver Martavis Bryant will sit the entire year while serving a drug suspension of his own.For a team with Super Bowl aspirations, things could be better. Not that Tomlin wants to talk about it. Its September after all. Things change. Players heal. For now hes simply ready to get started. Of course hes optimistic about the defensive backfield even with the last-minute trade with Cleveland over the weekend that brought in underachieving former first-round pick Justin Gilbert.We can sit around in these types of settings and scare ourselves with that, or we can sit around in these types of settings and talk about how great the unit is, Tomlin said. The reality is the tape is going to be their walking, talking, breathing resume.The resume littered with positive bold-faced bullet points last year when Pittsburgh finished 30th against the pass. While it didnt stop the Steelers from going 11-7 and pushing Denver to the limit in the playoffs, they understood upgrades needed to be made, which is why they took cornerback Artie Burns in the first round and safety Sean Davis in the second. Burns was slowed by a quad injury during camp though Davis has been every bit as adaptable as Pittsburgh imagined. He has the size to cover tight ends and the skill to be effective in the slot as part of the nickel package, where Tomlin believes the Steelers will be able to mix and match personnel depending on the situation.We have big-time versatility on the backend, in terms of how we can utilize people, because of the veteran presence of guys like William Gay and Robert Golden, Tomlin said. And were going to lean on it.Pittsburgh will also lean on veteran outside linebacker Arthur Moats, thrust into a starting role while Dupree waits to see if his abdominal injury needs surgery. Theres still a chance he could return at some point, but it wouldnt be before midseason at the earliest. So Moats and second-year player Anthony Chickillo will join Jarvis Jones and James Harrison in the outside rotation.Tomlin declined to provide specifics on how the playing time will be split, wary of an innocuous comment by outside linebackers coach Joey Porter last year in which Porter said the team would try to limit Harrisons playing time. The five-time Pro Bowler ended up carrying a heavy workload at age 37.Things are clearer at tight end, where Jesse James finds himself the starter until further notice while Green works his way back. Its not the role Pittsburgh had in mind for James, who remains a project as a blocker and hardly provides the downfield threat the Steelers envision for Green. Yet he also caught a touchdown pass in the red zone against New Orleans during the first-team offenses only real extended preseason action.Consider the other options at quarterback Ben Roethlisbergers disposal Tomlin doesnt think James needs to be Miller 2.0. At least, not yet.I know its something written and talked about because of the retirement of Heath Miller, and because of the unavailability of Green, Tomlin said. But were comfortable with where we are and with what theyre capable of contributing to us.Game notes DE Cameron Heyward (ankle), RT Marcus Gilbert (elbow) and WR Markus Wheaton (shoulder) are day-to-day and Tomlin believes all three will be available against Washington. http:///...ns-jersey-outlet-86/ . -- Stanford squashed Oregons national championship hopes again, schooling the Ducks in power football.http:///...riors-jersey-outlet/ . 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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Fitz Magic returned after Geno Smiths sequel ended early, and the New York Jets got their first victory in over a month.Fitzpatrick replaced an injured Smith and led the Jets on three scoring drives, and a rejuvenated defense came up with two rare interceptions in a 24-16 comeback victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday that snapped a four-game skid.Its a pretty ironic situation, Fitzpatrick said.Fitzpatrick came in for Smith, starting for the first time since 2014, in the second quarter and led the Jets on a go-ahead drive capped by a 13-yard touchdown catch by Matt Forte. Fitzpatrick finished 9 of 14 for 120 yards and a touchdown for the Jets (2-5), whose last win came at Buffalo on Sept. 15.Its about damn time, safety Calvin Pryor said.Smith injured his right knee while taking a sack from Baltimores Matthew Judon and will have an MRI to determine if he needs to be sidelined. Center Nick Mangold (knee) and linebacker Bruce Carter (hamstring) were also injured.Fitzpatrick was efficient after losing his job earlier in the week. Coach Todd Bowles decided to start Smith over Fitzpatrick , who had thrown an NFL-leading 11 interceptions and just five touchdown passes. Smith was 4 of 8 for 95 yards and a TD to Quincy Enunwa.Justin Tucker put the Ravens (3-4) back up 16-14 as time expired in the first half with his third field goal, a 44-yarder.Joe Flacco started for Baltimore after being questionable with a sore shoulder . He went a team-record 176 consecutive throws without an interception before Buster Skrine picked off his pass in the third quarter and returned it 51 yards to the Ravens 3.But the Jets faltered and had to settle for Nick Folks 22-yard field goal and a 17-16 lead.The defense made it two possessions in a row with a takeaway -- after coming in with just four all season -- as Marcus Gilchrist picked off Flacco and returned it 27 yards to the Ravens 24.This time, the Jets cashed in, but not before some hot potato with the football.On second-and-goal from the 6, Forte ran up the middle for 3 yards and had the ball ripped out of his hands. Timmy Jernigan recovered for Baltimore and tried to advance, but Brandon Marshall stripped the ball and recovered it for the Jets.At the end of the day, coach says the best thing for me to do was to fall on the ball, Jernigan said. From now on, Im going to fall on the ball.Three plays later, Forte ran it in from 1 yard.Forte finished with 100 yards and a TD on 30 carries and four catches for 54 yards and a score. He also joiined Marshall Faulk, Marcus Allen, Thurman Thomas and Herschel Walker as the only players with 8,000 yards rushing, 4,000 yards receiving and 20 TD receptions.http:///...s-jersey-outlet-138/. With 3:04 left, Folk had a chance to seal the victory, but his 51-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Brandon Williams.Again, the Jets defense came up big, with Marcus Williams knocking away Flaccos desperation heave as the Ravens dropped their fourth straight -- and second in a row at MetLife Stadium after losing 27-23 to the Giants last week .Flacco was 25 of 44 for 248 yards and the two interceptions.Right now, its us versus ourselves, Brandon Williams said. Weve got to look within ourselves and look at each other and fix the stupid stuff.SMITHS QUICK STARTEnunwa motored down the left sideline and outran two Ravens for a 69-yard touchdown in the first quarter. An excited Smith ran all the way down the field to celebrate with Enunwa as fireworks went off at MetLife Stadium.It was Smiths first touchdown pass since Week 8 of last season at Oakland, when he stepped in for an injured Fitzpatrick. It was also Smiths first start since the 2014 season finale at Miami.WHOOPSBaltimore took a 7-0 lead when rookie Lachlan Edwards, punting on the Jets first offensive series, had the snap go through his hands. Edwards couldnt corral the football as Moore recovered and ran it in for 2 yards.TOUGH SLEDDINGAfter giving up 171 yards rushing, including 111 to David Johnson, at Arizona, the Jets held Baltimore to a franchise-low 6 yards on the ground.Terrance West, who came in having rushed for 295 yards in his last three games, finished with 10 yards on eight carries.BANGED-UP RAVENSThe Ravens had several starters sitting out: linebackers Terrell Suggs (biceps), Elvis Dumervil (foot), C.J. Mosley (thigh), wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. (ankle), cornerback Shareece Wright (thigh), guard Marshal Yanda (shoulder) and left tackle Ronnie Stanley (foot).BYRD HONOREDThe Jets honored the late Dennis Byrd with a pregame video tribute after he was killed last weekend in a car accident in Oklahoma.Byrd was an inspiration to many after he overcame brief paralysis and walked again just a few months after injuring his neck during a play in 1992. The defensive lineman, who played for the Jets for four seasons, died in a two-vehicle collision last Saturday. He was 50.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL ;Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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