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Edwards questionable for Jets, Tebow 'ready to go'

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Edwards questionable for Jets, Tebow 'ready to go'

NEW YORK (AP) Braylon Edwards will be back on the field for the New York Jets on Monday night.

How much the recently re-acquired wide receiver plays against the Tennessee Titans is the big question.

Edwards was listed Saturday as questionable after being limited all week with a hamstring issue, but coach Rex Ryan is expecting to see him out there in a game the Jets (6-7) must win in order to stay in playoff contention.

``I'm optimistic he'll be ready for Monday night,'' Ryan said during a conference call Saturday.

Edwards was claimed off waivers from Seattle on Tuesday, reuniting with the team he helped lead to the AFC title game in 2009 and 2010. Edwards was released Monday from the Seahawks' injury-reserve list after less than one unproductive season in Seattle. He had just eight catches for 74 yards and a touchdown in 10 games after signing a one-year deal in July.

``We're not going to put specific play numbers on him, or whatever,'' Ryan said. ``We'll just see how he progresses. Right now, I feel like he's getting better each day. So again, I think Monday night, he'll definitely get to play. We'll see how much. That's kind of how I feel about it. I believe he will play.''

Quarterback Tim Tebow, healing from two broken ribs, was a full participant for the third straight day and will be Mark Sanchez's backup against the Titans.

``I feel good about him,'' Ryan said. ``I think he practiced well again today, so he looks good and he'll be ready to go on Monday.''

And that could mean in multiple roles - potentially in the wildcat-style offense and perhaps on special teams as the punt protector - as he played this season before the injury. On Thursday, Ryan nixed the idea of Tebow playing in any role other than as the backup quarterback in the conventional offense, before completely changing his stance Friday - possibly in a show of gamesmanship to throw off the Titans.

``I hope so,'' Tebow said Friday when asked if he thought he'd play. ``I hope to get an opportunity.''

Tight end Dustin Keller (ankle), wide receiver Stephen Hill (knee), linebacker Bryan Thomas (pectoral) and defensive back Aaron Berry (hamstring) are all doubtful and likely will not play. Edwards' arrival will help offset the absence of Hill, while Keller will likely be replaced by Jeff Cumberland in the starting lineup.

Keller, a free agent after this season, hasn't played since spraining his left ankle against Arizona on Dec. 2.

Nose tackle Sione Po'uha (lower back) and wide receiver Clyde Gates (concussion) were limited and listed as questionable. Gates hasn't played since Thanksgiving night against New England, but Ryan thought it was a positive sign that the speedy receiver was able to get on the field Saturday for the first time since being injured.

``It looks like he's running well, so that's encouraging,'' Ryan said. ``Obviously, you'd like to have him up with the kind of speed and athleticism he has, but we'll see. ``He has one more (concussion) test before the next step.''

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The forgotten home run: Kurt Suzuki’s go-ahead blast in Game 2 of the World Series

The forgotten home run: Kurt Suzuki’s go-ahead blast in Game 2 of the World Series

The Nationals and Astros were in the midst of a pitching duel between two all-time greats.

Stephen Strasburg and Justin Verlander had each tossed six frames with just two runs allowed. Verlander took the mound for the top of the seventh to face the bottom of the Nationals’ lineup. 36-year-old catcher Kurt Suzuki stepped up the plate 1-for-2 with a single on the night.

On his 100th pitch, Verlander threw a 1-0 fastball over the heart of the plate and Suzuki got every bit of it. With a smooth uppercut, Suzuki sent a pitch 381 feat off the facing of the brick wall above the leftfield seats at Minute Maid Park. It silenced the crowd of 43,357 and gave Washington the momentum it so desperately needed.

It was a moment that could’ve lived in Nationals lore forever, had the team gone on to win a nail-biter. But the Nationals’ offense exploded, scoring nine more runs over the next three innings to blow out the Astros 12-3 in front of their home crowd. Adam Eaton and Michael Taylor joined the home run parade. Every starter not named Victor Robles ended up reaching base at least twice.

Three months later, Suzuki was at the Nationals’ annual WinterFest event at their home stadium. He sat down with NBC Sports Washington’s Nationals Talk crew and reflected on his big moment getting buried under the offensive onslaught his team brought upon Houston.

“Honestly, I was hoping we’d score a ton of runs because I didn’t want to play a nerve-wracking game,” Suzuki said. “I wanted it to be a nice, easy win, go right back into it and to tell you the truth, when I hit that home run it was just like—I was just so in shock that I was just like, ‘Oh, I just hit a home run. Cool, we’re winning. Like, what?’

“You weren’t just really like, ‘Ahh, this is so exciting.’ You’re just kind of in shock that I’ve hit a home run in the World Series and it gave us the lead in the seventh inning. It was pretty neat.”

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It may not be an iconic moment in Nationals history, but Suzuki’s home run brought the team one step closer to winning the World Series. It was without a doubt the biggest hit of his career.

"It feels great," Suzuki told reporters after the game. "I've waited 13 seasons for this moment to be able to play in the World Series. I kind of joked with a lot of the guys, Anthony [Rendon] in the training room, 'Now I've got energy now.' This is the last series of the season now, no matter what. We're playing for it now. If you can't get up for these games, I think you're in the wrong sport, you should retire or something, because this is it."

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One important thing that Ron Rivera will bring to the Redskins, according to an NFL agent

One important thing that Ron Rivera will bring to the Redskins, according to an NFL agent

What will Ron Rivera bring to the Redskins in 2020 and beyond (well, besides lots of people who worked with him in Carolina)? That's a question everyone's trying to figure out.

Many are hoping for more wins, obviously. Washington's been one of the league's worst franchises for the past decade, while Rivera was a two-time Coach of the Year with the Panthers who made it to the playoffs four times in nine seasons there.

Beyond that, however, there's an expectation that Rivera can also elevate the Burgundy and Gold's day-to-day operations, making the organization more professional, consistent and stable — words that haven't been used to describe their operations in a long time.

In an interview with the Redskins Talk podcast, longtime NFL agent Andy Ross spoke to that second point.

"I will say this," Ross, who reps players such as Morgan Moses and Taysom Hill, told the podcast. "The one thing that Ron really instilled in the players, because I've had players on Carolina, was accountability. These are young men that are growing into men, so he wants to teach them to be strong men, be strong leaders. And I think that's something he's going to bring into Washington."

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The 2019 campaign was beyond chaotic for the Redskins, and one of its major turning points came when Dan Snyder made the decision to fire Jay Gruden after five straight losses to open the year. One of the most popular criticisms of Gruden was a lack of accountability. According to Ross, that won't occur now that Rivera's in charge.

The 58-year-old also possesses another quality that'll be incredibly valuable as he tries to turn around the Redskins, a place that's been plagued by distractions, leaks and fracturing season after season.

"He doesn't allow the outside influence to affect his football team," Ross said. "So I think you're going to see, with the Redskins going forward, that everything is going to be really kept in-house."

Rivera's reputation precedes him. Right after he was hired by Snyder, in fact, Panthers defensive lineman Gerald McCoy said he would tell players in Washington that "one of the best things in your career is about to happen."

Ross is yet another person to echo that kind of praise for the head coach. With each passing day, it sounds more and more like the Redskins landed someone with an approach that's precisely what everyone involved with the team needs.

"They have some really good, young talent," Ross concluded. "And I think he's really going to mold a lot of these young players into really strong men, and that should be good for the culture."

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