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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Patriots castoff Matt Flynn reportedly will sign with Jets 08.19.15 at 8:12 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Indians at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Tigers at Cubs, 8:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
WNBA: Fever at Sparks, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Club Brugge at Manchester United, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Quarterback Matt Flynn‘s stay in New England was brief, but it looks like he’ll remain in the AFC East.

Flynn, released by the Patriots earlier this month after being unable to get on the field due to a hamstring injury, reportedly will sign with the Jets as insurance following Geno Smith’s surgery last week to fix his jaw that was broken by a punch from then-teammate IK Enemkpali.

A longtime backup with the Packers who made stops in Seattle, Oakland and Buffalo, the 30-year-old Flynn was released by the Patriots while on the non-football injury list.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Harvard product who has played for five teams in 10 NFL seasons, most recently starting 12 games for the Texans last year, is in line to start for the Jets in Smith’s absence. Rookie Bryce Petty struggled in his preseason debut, leaving New York with the need for a more reliable backup, something Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan acknowledged Tuesday.

“I don’t want to necessarily put a time frame on that, but it is something we’re looking to do,” Maccagnan said. “Obviously Geno will be out for a period of time. Not to read between the lines with anything of our quarterbacks, I think it’s just something we’d like to have in the mix.”

As for Smith, the team was hopeful he would be able to return to team meetings later this week, although he’s still a couple of weeks away from even light physical activity — despite what the QB might say.

“With Geno he’s always fine,” coach Todd Bowles said of his discussions with the player this week. “But you’ve got to take precaution in that. Anybody that tries to get back on the field is always fine, but you can’t listen to that.”

— The NFL’s directive to teams to stop fighting apparently didn’t have much of an impact. During the Cowboys-Rams join practices Tuesday in Oxnard, California, the teams engaged in a brawl that almost spilled over into the crowd and forced an early end to the the practice.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Cavaliers coach David Blatt plays down report of rift with LeBron James 06.19.15 at 8:01 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Royals, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Tigers at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
Golf: U.S. Open, noon (FS1), 8 p.m. (Fox)

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David Blatt

Cavaliers coach David Blatt played down an ESPN report that LeBron James is frequently dismissive and rude to him — even while Blatt is instructing the team during games — and said that he “absolutely” plans to return next season.

“People sometimes judge things on a game or on a period of time and they forget that we’re in there working together and striving to make the utmost of our team and of our situation day to day,” Blatt said Thursday, “and a bond develops over time that is a lot more than what meets the eye.”

Blatt acknowledged that he adjusted his coaching style to work with James, who carried the team to the sixth game of the NBA Finals.

“Absolutely, yes,” Blatt said. “He is a galvanizing player. He is our best player. He’s the league’s best player. He’s a winner. He’s a proven champion. I think it’s important that he feels empowered and at the same time that he knows that he’s very much a part of this team. He’s exhibited that, and always put the team’s success beyond his.

“Now if he has felt that he has something to say and wants to impose his will in terms of influencing in a positive way on those around him, that’s a good thing. That’s a good thing for all, and I certainly encourage that and certainly respected the fact that LeBron’s heart was in the right place.”

General manager David Griffin supported his coach — and he noted that James did publicly as well, telling the media two weeks ago that Blatt had done “a hell of a job.” Griffin dismissed the constant stream of negative press directed at Blatt.

“It never has to go away because it’s all conjecture,” Griffin said. “So I think one thing David did as well as anybody I’ve ever seen, and I wish I did better, was just ignore the noise from the media perspective. Because frankly, none of that means anything. We know what actually takes place here.”

— The Nationals got a scare Thursday when right fielder Bryce Harper went down while making a throw to home plate in the sixth inning of their game against the Rays.

Harper ran in to pick up single and planted on the damp grass to throw home, but his throw went wild and he fell to the ground in pain. He limped off the field, favoring his left knee. The team later said he had a strained hamstring and would be evaluated Friday.

“I’ve had problems with my left knee before — I’ve had surgery on it,” Harper said. “So you know, it was definitely really scary.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Lions enjoy irony of Cowboys’ overturned call in loss to Packers 01.12.15 at 7:15 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Pelicans at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE, NBA TV)
NHL: Lightning at Flyers, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
College football: National championship, Oregon vs. Ohio State, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Cowboys lost to the Packers on Sunday after a catch by Dez Bryant on fourth down was overturned on review late in the fourth quarter, much to Dallas’ dismay.

Although it’s clear Bryant lost control of the ball after it hit the ground — which by rule makes it an incompletion, he insisted after he game that he could not understand the ruling.

“Look, I’ll tell you this, I’ve never seen that a day in my life,” Bryant told reporters. “I want to know why it wasn’t a catch.”

Added Bryant: “All I know is I had possession, I had possession of the ball coming down. That’s possession, right? One, two, reach. Bam, that’s possession.”

The Lions, who lost to the Cowboys the previous week thanks in part to a changed call that the league later admitted should have been a Dallas penalty, could not help but enjoy the irony, and they weighed in on Twitter.

Tweeted Eric Ebron: Karma Always Comes Back Around.

The fact that the player involved was Bryant, who ran on the field last Sunday to argue the initial pass interference call and probably should have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct, made it that much more ironic.

Tweeted Cornelius Lucas: It’s Funny how life works’€¦ Haha.

Added Cory Hilliard: Poetic Justic. Sorry Cowboys fans, but this is hilarious.

Lions receiver Calvin Johnson was a little more sympathetic, as he had a key catch overturned in 2010 on a similar call. Tweeted Johnson: Sorry @dallascowboys. We know the feeling.

— According to reports out of New York, the Jets have settled on their new leadership. Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is said to be the choice for coach, and Texans director of college scouting Mike Maccagnan will be the general manager.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: NCAA reportedly open investigation into Jameis Winston point-shaving allegations 11.10.14 at 8:05 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Devils at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Hawks at Knicks, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Spurs at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NFL: Panthers at Eagles, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
MLS playoffs: FC Dallas at Sounders, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

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Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston

— Following rumors that Jameis Winston was involved in a point-shaving scheme during the first half of Florida State’s recent game against Louisville, the NCAA is investigating, according to a TMZ report.

The initial report last week suggested that Winston might have tanked the first half of the Oct. 30 game in order to allow former high school teammate Chris Rabb — now a defensive end at Alabama-Birmingham — to win a $5,000 bet that the Seminoles would be losing at halftime. Winston did not play well in the first half of the game as FSU trailed 21-7 before rallying in the second half for a 42-31 win.

Alabama-Birmingham announced Friday that school officials were “aware of the allegations and are looking into the matter.” A day later, UAB coach Bill Clark implied the matter was closed.

“We checked it,” Clark said after Rabb had two tackles in a 40-24 loss to Louisiana Tech. “He turned over every record he could turn over. So, that’s what you do. We immediately turned it all over and said, ‘Hey, check on him.’ That was a distraction because all our players were giving him a hard time about it because he just doesn’t seem like that kind of kid, but we felt good about it and so did the NCAA.”

Winston, who won the Heisman Trophy and led the Seminoles to a national championship last season, has been hounded by off-field issues since arriving at FSU, including an allegation of sexual assault.

— It’s a good thing for the Cowboys that they won their game Sunday in London, taking care of the Jaguars. Because according to a report, 20 players missed the team’s curfew Friday night.

Tweeted NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport: Cowboys sources: A whopping 20 players missed curfew on Friday night. Coaches are frustrated. Veterans, too. Are they taking it seriously?

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Cowboys defend Dez Bryant after sideline tirades 10.28.13 at 7:36 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
World Series: Red Sox at Cardinals, 8:07 p.m. (Fox; WEEI-FM)
NFL: Seahawks at Rams, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Canadiens at Rangers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘€¢ Sunday was an eventful day for Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant. On the positive side, he made an impressive one-handed catch for a 5-yard touchdown and later caught a 50-yard TD pass. On the negative side, he yelled at coaches and teammates on the sidelines during his team’s 31-30 loss to the Lions.

Bryant, who had just three catches on six targets, first started screaming after an unproductive possession in the third quarter.

“My passion is always positive,” Bryant said (via ESPN). “It’€™s always positive. It’€™s going to remain the same way. I’€™m not saying anything wrong. I’€™m not saying anything bad. It’€™s all positive. That’€™s just what it is.

“I’€™m the nicest person off the field. When I’€™m on the field, even when I look angry, it’€™s still all good passion. It’€™s all good passion. I feel like that’€™s what we need. I’€™m going to remain the same way. I feel like I love this game. I love it. In order to win, you’€™ve got to be passionate about this game. You have to be. You’€™ve got to let that dog come out and just put it all out there on the line.”

Bryant said he’s not concerned with how people outside the team perceive him.

“That’s [the media’s] problem, because everybody knows up in this locker room who I am,” he said. “It’s been that way since Day 1. The day that I got drafted, like I told y’all, don’t get it twisted: I love this game. I love my teammates. That’s what it is.

“It’s going to forever remain the same. It started in Pop Warner, went to middle school, went to high school, went to college, and it’s here. It’s going to stay that way. It won’t change.”

Quarterback Tony Romo said Bryant was not complaining about getting the ball, and tight end Jason Witten, who exchanged words with Bryant in the final seconds, supported his teammate.

“I love that kid like a brother,” Witten said. “There are no hard feelings. DeMarcus [Ware] and I talked to him. He’€™s a great receiver and plays his tail off week-in and week-out. It’€™s as simple as that. It’€™s a disappointing loss. Dez is a guy who plays with his heart. We all do. Those things come up.”

‘€¢ Speaking of receivers, Nate Burleson of the Lions remains out after breaking his arm in a car accident after reaching to save a pizza from falling off the front seat of his car. The frozen-pizza company DiGiorno did its best to make Burleson feel better by sending him coupons for a year’s supply of pizza along with a pizza cutter and dish.

The coupons arrived with a note that read: “We hope you are feeling better after your recent car accident and are on the road to recovery! DiGiorno Pizza understands the challenges that come with carryout and delivery, so we’re sending you a gift along with a year supply of DiGiorno pizza so you can skip carryout.”

 

‘€¢ Prior to the controversial ending to Game 3 of the World Series on Saturday night, Athlon Sports coincidentally posted a list of the 10 worst calls in MLB postseason history. While it’s unlikely Saturday’s call will make a future list as it appears to be the right one, the Red Sox are on the wrong end of two of the calls in the top 10.

No. 6 is from the 1999 American League Championship Series, when Yankees second baseman Chuck Knoblauch missed Jose Offerman on a tag but got the call anyhow, starting a double play. No. 3 is the Carlton FiskEd Armbrister collision that led to a throwing error on Fisk instead of an interference call in the 10th inning of Game 3 of the 1975 World Series vs. the Reds.

No. 1 is Don Denkinger‘s horrible safe call at first base that gave the Royals a chance to rally for a win in Game 6 of the 1985 World Series. No. 2 is Twins first baseman Kent Hrbek getting away with pushing Braves baserunner Ron Gant off first base for an out in Game 2 of the 1991 World Series.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 28, 1958, which Red Sox player was named Comeback Player of the Year after finishing second in the American League with a .322 average?

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Dez Bryant says Cowboys fans’ booing ‘hurt my heart’ 11.20.12 at 7:54 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Nets at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Harvard at Saint Joseph’s, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Marquette vs. Mississippi State, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Texas vs. USC, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: DePaul vs. Wichita State, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: UCLA vs. Georgia, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Butler vs. North Carolina, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Boise State at Michigan State, 8 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Saint Louis vs. Kansas, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Western Kentucky vs. iowa, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Indiana vs. Georgetown, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Illinois at Chaminade, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Akron at Toledo, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant had an impressive game Sunday, making 12 catches for 145 yards, but Dallas fans showed that their patience is thin with the controversial and inconsistent pass-catcher. When Bryant caught a second-quarter pass and stepped out of bounds short of the first-down marker rather than take a hit while going for extra yards, the fans let him know what they thought. There were boos after the play, and more boos when the replay was shown on the scoreboard.

“I was hearing it,” Bryant told USA Today. “Man, that hurt my heart.”

Bryant acknowledged he made a mistake, but he insisted that he didn’t realize where he was on the play.

“When I seen where we was at, I was like, Damn. I didn’t mean to do that,” Bryant says. “It’s not like me. It’s not like me to run out of bounds. I seen like four or five guys coming, so I took a step out. I didn’t see the first-down marker. That’s my bad. I should’ve known where we was at on the field.”

‘™¦ Mariners prospect Anthony Vasquez is recovering after undergoing emergency brain surgery Friday for a ruptured blood vessel in his brain. Vasquez, 26, had some vision problems Wednesday while working out at the team’s training complex in Peoria, Ariz., a few days after having some headaches. Tests revealed a ruptured arteriovenous malformation.

Vasquez went home Monday and could be pitching again by the spring.

“He’s a miracle,” said his father, Rudy, an Angels scout. “We have a strong faith in Jesus, and Anthony’s faith has always been strong as well. There’s no other way to say it. When the neurosurgeon came out he said, ‘Your son should be dead, but he’s not.’ ”

‘™¦ Soccer legend David Beckham announced Monday that the MLS championship game on Dec. 1 will be his final “competitive” appearance for the Los Angeles Galaxy. Beckham, 37, did not announce his future plans.

“I’ve had an incredibly special time playing for the L.A. Galaxy,” Beckham said in a statement. “However, I wanted to experience one last challenge before the end of my playing career. I don’t see this as the end of my relationship with the league, as my ambition is to be part of the ownership structure in the future.”

Beckham has played in Los Angeles for six seasons, helping the Galaxy win the MLS title last year.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 20, 1958, which Red Sox player was named American League MVP?

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Dez Bryant, Marshawn Lynch latest NFL players to be arrested 07.17.12 at 7:52 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: White Sox at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Giants at Braves, 7:10 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant and Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch are the latest NFL players to be arrested in what has been a busy offseason. There have been at least 25 arrests in the past six months.

Bryant was arrested Monday by police in DeSoto, Texas, after a domestic incident Saturday. According to an ESPN report, Bryant got into an argument with his half-brother and pushed his mother. Police paid a visit then but did not decide to make an arrest until Monday.

Bryant was charged with a Class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine of up to $4,000 and a year in jail. Bryant also could be penalized by the NFL for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

Bryant has had a couple of run-ins with law enforcement in the last year, but this is his first arrest. His mother has a checkered past, including an 18-month stint in prison for selling cocaine when Dez was a youngster.

The 23-year-old had 63 receptions for 928 yards and nine touchdowns last season, his second in the league.

Lynch was was arrested in Oakland on Saturday for DUI, according to a San Jose Mercury News report. The Seahawks star, in his hometown to award a scholarship to a recent high school graduate through his charitable foundation, was detained after a traffic stop.

Lynch’s rap sheet includes an incident in 2008 in which he drove into a woman outside a bar and drove off, costing him his license, and a misdemeanor weapons charge for which he was suspended three games in 2009.

Lynch, 26, rushed for 1,204 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, his second in Seattle after being traded from Buffalo.

‘™¦ The area outside Penn State’s Beaver Stadium where students camp out to get tickets will no longer be known as “Paternoville.” The student group that manages the area announced a name change Monday to “Nittanyville” in an effort to “return the focus to the overall team and the thousands of students who support it.”

The move comes days after the release of the Freeh report, which concludes that then-Penn State coach Joe Paterno helped cover up child sexual abuse by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 17, 1995, which Red Sox pitcher became just the second Sox player to surrender a home run to the first batter he faced in his major league debut, giving up a longball to Keith Lockhart of the Royals in a 4-3 loss? Hint: This pitcher was still active in the majors earlier this season.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Cowboys’ Dez Bryant ejected from mall for low pants 03.23.11 at 7:53 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY WEDNESDAY:
NBA: Grizzlies at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant was ejected from a Dallas shopping mall and given a criminal trespass warning by police Tuesday after allegedly refusing to pull up his sagging pants that exposed his underwear. Police said Bryant and his entourage were asked to pull up their pants, and Bryant responded with a profanity-laced tirade and a refusal to leave until a his adviser arrived. The police report indicated Bryant “has had a pattern of behavior at NorthPark Center involving security/off-duty police,” including him cutting in line, being involved in a “major disturbance” with a female at a restaurant, and parking in a fire lane.

Bryant claimed he was not the one wearing his clothing in an offensive manner, only members of his entourage. “I told the guy I’m not trying to get in trouble,” Bryant told ESPN Dallas. “I’m not trying to destroy my image. The [warning] wasn’t toward me. I was trying to figure out what was going on. It was a big misunderstanding. I was the wrong guy.”

‘™¦ Canucks forward Manny Malhotra will miss the rest of the season due to a serious left eye injury incurred when he was hit by a puck in a game against the Avalanche last Wednesday. In The Toronto Globe and Mail, Eric Duhatschek suggests that visors should be mandatory.

‘™¦ With the Barry Bonds trial taking place in San Francisco, The New York Times looks at the punishment that might await Bonds’ personal trainer, Greg Anderson, who has thus far kept his silence and protected the home run king. Some legal experts told the Times that Anderson could face a charge of obstruction of justice, with a maximum prison sentence of 10 years.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 23, 1969, in a 4-2 loss to the Rangers, which Bruin scored his 42nd goal of the season to break Dit Clapper‘s team record for most goals by a right winger in a single season?

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Cowboys place WR Kevin Ogletree on season-ending IR with toe injury 12.15.10 at 4:00 pm ET
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The Cowboys placed wide receiver and kick returner Kevin Ogletree on the season-ending IR list with a toe injury, The Associated Press reported on Wednesday. Ogletree was injured on Sunday night in a loss to the Eagles. The Cowboys are 4-9 on the season.

Ogletree was a direct replacement at the wide receiver and kick returner positions after the Cowboys placed rookie receiver Dez Bryant on IR. Ogletree had three catches for 34 yards and six kick returns for 109 yards this season. The Cowboys promoted practice-squad receiver Manuel Johnson to the active roster after placing Ogletree on injured reserve. Johnson was a seventh-round pick out of Oklahoma in 2009.

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Report: Dez Bryant set to undergo ankle surgery 12.06.10 at 9:28 am ET
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Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant‘s rookie season is over after he fractured a right ankle when returning a kick Sunday against the Colts. Bryant underwent surgery Monday to repair the damage, which affected the same ankle that had plagued him in the preseason.

“That sets us back,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. “That sets us back. I really feel bad for him, but it really sets us back. The good news is we’ve got some depth there. That’ll give [Kevin] Ogletree and guys like that a little more play time.”

The talented receiver finishes with 45 catches for 561 and eight total touchdowns ‘€” six receiving, two returning.

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