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Bradley Roby’s poor play against the Jets

ENGLEWOOD Dalton Risner Jersey , Colo. (AP) — failure to promptly call in sick the next day didn’t cost the struggling Denver Broncos cornerback his starting job.“Right now, he is the starter, yes,” coach Vance Joseph said Wednesday.Joseph also said he won’t be taking away Joe Woods’ play-calling duties, either, when the Broncos (2-3) host the Los Angeles Rams (5-0) this weekend.“Joe’s the coordinator,” Joseph said. “So, he’s calling the plays.”A day earlier, general manager John Elway was asked about Woods’ foundering defense and said on Orange and Blue 760 that “coaches, like players, have bad weeks, too, and I don’t think it was the best scheme that we had set up last week.”He added, “There’s not a quick fix.”Maybe not, but Joseph declared changes were forthcoming following Denver’s demoralizing 34-16 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday.“When you’re not winning football games you have to do something different, you know? How we meet, how we look at game plans, how we call games, all those things are being looked at,” Joseph said after Wednesday’s practice in a rain-snow mix Drew Lock Jersey , the type of weather that’s in the forecast for kickoff.“So, when I say changes, I mean, we have to make changes to go win games. So, things are happening. I can’t share those things. But when you don’t win, you have to make some changes.”Roby allowed three long touchdowns in the second quarter against the Jets, including a 76-yard catch and a 77-yard run .“Roby didn’t play his best on Sunday. I mean, that’s obvious,” Joseph said. “But he played pretty good the week before. So, we have to get him back and keep coaching him. He’s ours. He’s our guy. So, we’ll get him back to playing good football.”Asked if Roby faced any discipline for missing meetings Monday without promptly notifying the team he was sick, Joseph said, “That’s already been handled, OK? It’s been discussed in-house. It was more about communication than a total miss. But it’s been fixed and handled.”The Broncos traded Aqib Talib to the Rams last offseason to clear salary space and room on the field for Roby, whose salary jumped from $1 million to $8.526 million this season in the fifth and final year of his rookie contract.Roby has struggled to adjust from nickel back to starting cornerback, giving receivers too much cushion, which negates Denver’s pass rush.Roby might have gotten a reprieve because his backups are banged up.Tramaine Brock and Adam Jones have been hurt most of the season. Brock missed the Jets game with a strained groin and Jones pulled a hamstring Sunday and missed practice Wednesday.Roby, who also missed a players-only meeting Monday, said he realized there was a problem when teammates called to check up on him.“A lot of the players … reached out to me because the coach told them I didn’t even let anybody know where I was at, and I just let them know that I had already gone to the trainers Andy Isabella Jersey ,” Roby said. “I went to the doctor’s actually, as well, and I told them everything was good with me. And then they told me some of the things we discussed and you know we’re just pushing on and learning from our mistakes and moving on. You can’t dwell on the past.”Roby, who said after the game, “I know my job is hard, I know that I’m always in man coverage without a lot of help,” said his absence had nothing to do with frustration.“I was frustrated, obviously, for sure. But I got sick after the game,” he said, noting he was vomiting and didn’t get much sleep. “I don’t know what it was, maybe something I ate. But no excuses about on the field.”Roby acknowledged he’s had a difficult time in his first season as a starter, and that he bombed Sunday at the Meadowlands.“I didn’t have a good game. I didn’t perform well. I sucked, actually,” Roby said. “It’s only a few plays here and there but at corner everything is under a microscope. So, I just have to win my battles and not let the team down.”Roby said he was eager for the Rams’ visit so he can make up for the worst game of his career.“I want to make sure I go out there and … make plays and make up for some of the mistakes I (made to) let the team down last week,” Roby said.Cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said that while teammates try to be supportive, it’s up to Roby to pull himself out of his prolonged funk and return to the playmaker he’s been throughout his career.“I just try to encourage him. It’s on you, though,” Harris said. “You’ve got to be a man. At cornerback Jamel Dean Jersey , it’s 1-on-1 a lot of times. You can kind of control a lot of things on your own out there. So, you’ve got to look yourself in the mirror and ask how bad do you want it?“And if ‘Robe’ wants it bad enough, he’ll bounce back.” JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP)The Jacksonville Jaguars used the NFL draft to build for the future, not necessarily this fall.They used every pick on down-the-road starters instead of filling pressing needs.It’s a luxury rarely seen in Jacksonville, which made the AFC championship game in January after a decade of failure and futility. The Jags return 18 of 22 starters from a team that led the NFL in rushing and ranked second in total defense.Top executive Tom Coughlin and general manager Dave Caldwell liked the team’s makeup enough that they actually made a best-player-available pick in the first round when they added Florida’s Taven Bryan to a defensive line that includes Pro Bowlers Calais Campbell, Malik Jackson and Yannick Ngakoue.”We want the competition. We want it as much as we can get it,” Coughlin said following the three-day draft Saturday. ”That’s the one thing in our game that makes everybody better. These people were drafted to be football players, whether it’s a starter or whatever. It takes everybody.”Bryan was the first of several Jacksonville draft picks expected to be backups as rookies.The Jaguars envision LSU receiver DJ Chark (second round), Alabama safety Ronnie Harrison (third) and North Carolina State right tackle Will Richardson (fourth) as eventual starters, but neither of them is considered a plug-and-play guy.”If they come in and play that is a bonus, too,” Caldwell said. ”We are not just going to say, `Hey, take it easy for the next two years.’ Those guys have to come in and compete. … Competition is great. The more depth you can have and be prepared for any situation then the better off you will be.”Here are some other things to know about Jacksonville’s draft, which included Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee (sixth round), Wisconsin linebacker Leon Jacobs (seventh) and Mississippi State punter Logan Cooke (seventh).TAKING A CHANCE: The Jaguars took a chance with the 129th pick on Richardson, who was suspended twice in three years at North Carolina State.The 6-foot-6, 306-pound Richardson started 30 games at right tackle for the Wolfpack. He was suspended for the first two games last season for what he said was a marijuana-related violation. As a redshirt freshman in November 2015, he was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated. He was suspended one game for that and served a university-imposed suspension for the 2016 spring semester.”Ideally D.K. Metcalf Jersey , we don’t like any baggage,” Caldwell said. ”We don’t like to have to answer these questions on a day like today, but we also understand some of these players have a past and hopefully they grow from their past and become fine, upstanding citizens. The time that his discipline ended to this point and time in the draft and all the research and background checks and everything we’ve done on him has led us to believe that hopefully that’s behind him now. Time will tell, and it’s up to him to make sure that he holds his end of the bargain up.”Richardson will compete at right tackle with 31-year-old Jermey Parnell, and if he doesn’t win the job, would be the team’s swing tackle in 2018.DEVELOPMENTAL QB: Jacksonville added a third quarterback when it drafted Nebraska’s Tanner Lee in the sixth round. Lee will compete with Cody Kessler for the backup spot behind Blake Bortles. Coach Doug Marrone said the team would be open to keeping three QBs on the roster.The 6-foot-4 Lee has a big arm, but he completed just 57.5 percent of his passes in 2017, with 23 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He transferred to Nebraska after three years at Tulane. Jaguars offensive assistant Eric Price served as Tulane’s offensive coordinator during Lee’s time on campus.”We know the kid very well, his makeup, his intelligence, his drive, his attitude,” Caldwell said. ”He’s going to fit in well with Blake and Cody and that quarterback room. He’s an accurate passer when he has time like most of them. He was under a lot of duress this year at Nebraska. We feel like he can come in and he’s got a high ceiling because of the arm strength at the accuracy and the quick release.”STILL NEEDED: The one position the Jaguars failed to address in the draft was tight end. They parted ways with veteran Marcedes Lewis in March, leaving them to rely on Austin Seferian-Jenkins in 2018.—

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