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Chargers head coach McCoy adds 2 assistants

Chargers head coach McCoy adds 2 assistants

SAN DIEGO (AP) New Chargers head coach Mike McCoy added two more assistants to his staff Wednesday, bringing Ron Milus in from Denver to coach the San Diego secondary and tapping Cleveland's Kent Johnston to serve as strength and conditioning coach.

Milus spent the last two seasons coaching the Broncos' secondary. The Broncos had one of the NFL's best defenses last season and they led the NFL in fewest yards allowed per pass play (6.4).

Johnston was the strength and conditioning coach for the Browns for the past three seasons.

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Ravens WR Marquise Brown on Antonio Brown: ‘I feel like he would fit in this locker room’

Ravens WR Marquise Brown on Antonio Brown: ‘I feel like he would fit in this locker room’

Marquise “Hollywood” Brown is set to be the Ravens’ No. 1 receiver once again in the upcoming season — and he's looking to make a big jump from his rookie season.

But he’s not shy about advocating for another receiver to come in and likely be the team’s top pass-catcher. 

Brown, on a Zoom call with reporters Wednesday morning, said he’d be in favor of the Ravens bringing in his cousin and free-agent wide receiver Antonio Brown.

“AB, he’s a guy that’s going to bring the best out of you,” Marquise Brown said. “I feel like he would fit in this locker room. He’s a guy that’s competitive and he’s going to go out there and give 100 percent. Seeing stuff like that gonna make other guys want to do the same.”

Antonio Brown played one game for the Patriots last season, before being released after he sent threatening text messages to a former trainer, Britney Taylor, who previously accused him of rape and sexual assault. Additionally, on June 12 of this year, Brown pleaded no contest to felony burglary of a vehicle, misdemeanor battery, and misdemeanor criminal mischief.

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His talent on the field, though, is undeniable. He’s a seven-time Pro Bowler and a four-time First-Team All-Pro and would instantly become the Ravens’ best and most accomplished receiver. 

As for the likelihood of that happening, however, remains to be seen. 

Earlier in the offseason, general manager Eric DeCosta said he would keep all thoughts about Antonio Brown in-house. 

As for the Ravens’ second-year wide receiver, there’s no doubt about what Antonio Brown would bring.

“I’ve been working out with AB since I’ve been in college, so I know what he about,” Marquise Brown said. “He’s a guy that’s going to push you, he’s a guy that takes care of his body. I learned a lot about him just about making sure everything is right, even when you’re not injured, always work on yourself and always better yourself.”

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Kyle Shanahan has high hopes for a healthy Jordan Reed on 49ers

Kyle Shanahan has high hopes for a healthy Jordan Reed on 49ers

After more than five months on the free-agent market, former Washington tight end Jordan Reed signed a one-year deal to join Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers. 

It was a low-risk high-reward move by the 49ers to bring in the talented, yet injury-plagued 30-year-old. They have arguable the best tight end in the game in George Kittle, so if Reed's past struggles with concussions rear its ugly head again, the San Francisco offense won't be largely impacted. 

But if Reed can stay healthy enough to play a large portion of the season, Shanahan thinks he can become a serious steal for the 49ers. 

“When you have a talented guy who’s hungry to play football, it works out if they can stay healthy, Shanahan said, according to NBCS Bay Area's Matt Maiocco. And Jordan has had some bad luck over the years. I know he’s ready to go. I hope he has some good luck here. And if he does, I think it’s going to be a hell of a deal for the Niners and a really good deal for him, also.”

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A 49er offense with a healthy Reed playing in two-tight-end sets with Kittle is a scary thought, especially when you consider San Francisco's consistently strong running game. If quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo can make defenses pay downfield enough, there just wouldn't be a way to defend them. Then there's the 49ers' nasty pass rush led by Nick Bosa on the other side to give teams problems. 

This isn't the first time we've heard a coach gush about Reed's talent. His ability has never been the issue. In 2015 and 2016, Reed was in the conversation with Rob Gronkowski as the league's best tight end, catching over 150 passes for 1,638 yards and 17 touchdowns in two years. If it weren't for seven diagnosed concussions throughout his career, who knows what kind of player he could have become. 

Perhaps Reed can tap into the production he has left in him with the 49ers. Maybe he can avoid the head injuries that have plagued his career. Nobody is rooting against him making a comeback, the unfortunate part is we haven't had a reason to believe it'll happen. 

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