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But some of the team’s highlights from Week 1 could have been from 2009 just as easily as 2019.Two ageless wonders �? receiver Larry Fitzgerald and linebacker Terrell Suggs �? had a big afternoon in the team’s 27-27 tie against the Detroit Lions Miles Boykin Jersey , providing key plays as the Cardinals rallied from an 18-point deficit in the fourth quarter to salvage the stalemate.The 36-year-old Fitzgerald had eight catches for 113 yards and a touchdown, providing the same big-play threat he’s excelled at for 16 seasons. On the other side of the ball, Suggs, who is also 36, started his 17th NFL season with four tackles and two sacks.A spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame probably awaits both someday.They’ve got a few more plays to make before that day comes.“With those two, it’s professionalism, it’s ridiculous genetics and athleticism,” coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “They’re both tireless workers and have the same passion for the game. Just watching them, they’re like little kids every day in practice. The joy in which they practice, how they help people out and interact with their teammates.“It never gets old for them.”Kingsbury’s perspective on Fitzgerald and Suggs is unique because he’s only a few years older than them and considers both contemporaries. Now one of them is calling the plays, while the other two are making them happen.Kingsbury said both players have shown him nothing but respect and said that it is still “kind of weird” to hear such accomplished stars call him coach.“It makes me feel like a slouch, going out there and watching them do what they do,” Kingsbury said. “But it just inspires me. If they can go out there and put their bodies through that, I can wake up early and study some film.”The two veterans �? especially Fitzgerald �? have been a big influence on 22-year-old quarterback Kyler Murray, who threw for 308 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in his NFL debut.Murray described throwing to Fitzgerald as “surreal” in the opener because of his performance and the roar of the crowd. Cardinals fans might be excited for the Murray-Kingsbury era http://www.packerscheapshoponline.com/ch...jr.-jersey , but nobody gets them going like Fitzgerald when he makes a big play.Suggs also has ties to Arizona. He went to high school in suburban Phoenix and played at Arizona State before spending his first 16 NFL seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, whom the Cardinals play on Sunday.“It’s special,” Murray said. “They’ve been in the league a long time and still doing it the way they’re doing it. It’s definitely crazy.”Fitzgerald isn’t one to get particularly sentimental despite his impressive career. When he played against the Lions, it was his 235th career game, which set a franchise record.Not only did he play: It was obvious he’s still one of the best players on the field.“I don’t look at stuff like that; you know me,” Fitzgerald said after Sunday’s game. “When I’m retired, sitting and having a beer with my dad in a few years, I’ll think about that stuff, but I’m always in the moment. This is another game that I’m blessed to play in, and hopefully I can play 15 more games strong and help us get to a playoff spot.” BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Lamar Jackson has as many cool moves as Justin Timberlake.Like the pop sensation on stage, Baltimore’s do-it-all quarterback shimmies, shakes and jukes on the field. He changes directions on a dime, performs 360-degree spins and avoids trouble with a stutter step.He’s yet to show off a moonwalk, but don’t put one past him.With breathtaking ease, Jackson can seemingly do the impossible while running with the football. All it takes is the slightest twist or turn http://www.ravensauthorizedshops.com/aut...ill-jersey , and Jackson can bust open a defense or break a cornerback’s ankles. He’s a human highlight.As the Browns (1-2) prepare to face Jackson and Ravens (2-1) on Sunday, Cleveland defensive coordinator Steve Wilks said the best way for him to get his unit ready for the shifty, dual-threat QB is in a seated position.“Playing Madden,” Wilks joked.There’s nothing funny about trying to contain Jackson, who each week seems to silence more of those critics that thought he’d be a bust, called him one-dimensional or a running back trying to play quarterback.“To be honest, he is probably the closest thing that I have seen since Michael Vick,” Wilks said, referring to the retired star who electrified the NFL. “This guy is extremely dynamic. He can make plays when you do not think there is a play there to be made. He is just Houdini, I guess.”An escape artist in shoulder pads and cleats. One second he’s there. The next, he’s gone.Last week against Kansas City, Jackson left several Chiefs defenders grasping at air in the Ravens’ 33-28 loss. On one play, Jackson hesitated to freeze Chiefs defensive end Alex Okafor, who was rendered helpless and simply dropped to the turf on his rear end.“He’s wild, man. He’s amazing,” said Ravens running back Mark Ingram. “I don’t think there is anything like him in the league Ben Powers Jersey , as far as just extending plays and being able to juke defenders. He’s special. Sometimes he’s scrambling, and we’re all out there like, ‘Do we block? Do we try to get open?’ You’re trying to be there for him, but he’s just doing crazy stuff. He can extend plays and buy time for us to get open, receivers to get open, or him take off and run at the last resort and juke people, spin around people, make people fall.“That’s what he does.”For the Browns to have any chance of winning in Baltimore, where they are just 2-10 since 2007, the key is controlling Jackson.Easier said than done.“Phenomenal not just with his legs but his ability to get the ball down the field, as well,” Wilks said. “One of the great things that he does when he gets outside of the pocket is he is not just looking to run. His eyes are still down the field. He is trying to push the ball down the field, and that is what they have been successful.”Jackson opened the season by throwing five touchdown passes and posting a perfect 158.3 rating in a win over Miami. He’s ranked among the league leaders in TD passes, and it seems strange to see him listed in several other passing categories with names such as Brady, Mahomes and Prescott.Jackson wasn’t supposed to be able to throw, remember?Well http://www.ravensauthorizedshops.com/aut...all-jersey , the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner has completed 63 percent of his passes for 863 yards and seven touchdowns. He’s also attempted 221 consecutive passes without an interception, the league’s best current streak.Browns coach Freddie Kitchens isn’t surprised by Jackson’s growth.“Him working out in college, you knew he had it in him,” Kitchens said. “It is just getting the consistency out of him. I think they are getting more consistent play from that aspect out of him now, which makes him more dangerous and harder to defend.”But it’s that ability to avoid the rush, leave the pocket, tuck the ball and go that separates Jackson from virtually every QB in the league — present and past.Jackson has run 27 times for 172 yards, an average of 6.4 yards. He’s been sacked six times.“You can’t relax on this guy,” Wilks said. “When you think he’s down and when you think you’re in position, all the sudden he makes one move and now all the sudden he’s out in open space.”NOTES: Starting RT Chris Hubbard (foot) returned to practice after missing last week’s game against the Rams. Hubbard has describe having a “little, slight crack.” Kitchens said his status for Sunday remains unclear. … Starting CBs Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams remain sidelined with hamstring issues and Kitchens still doesn’t know if they’ll face the Ravens.
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