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in their generation Shaq Mason Jersey , San Francisco cornerback Richard Sherman and Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers have formed a relationship built on deep respect.They have nothing but praise for each other’s games and will exchange texts after one of them does something special. With all that they have accomplished that can happen often.”Just checking if he has a great game or I see something on tape where he’s in his bag and doing something crazy like some of the Hail Mary’s that he’s thrown,” Sherman said. “I text him like, ‘Man, that’s crazy. I don’t know what you were thinking right there.’ He’s a good dude.”Sherman hopes Rodgers doesn’t pull off any of those crazy plays he’s known for on Monday night when the 49ers (1-4) visit the Packers (2-2-1) in the seventh meeting between the two megastars, including one in the postseason.The two split the previous six meetings when Sherman was in Seattle, although the Seahawks won the most important in the NFC title game in January 2015. But any success Rodgers had didn’t come because he found some weakness in Sherman’s game. Instead, he approached it like most quarterbacks do, throwing as few passes to his right as possible, knowing Sherman will shut down that side of the field.Rodgers has completed only nine passes for 90 yards against Sherman in those six games, according to SportRadar Cheap Stephen Gostkowski Jersey , targeting him just 13 times and throwing one interception. Almost half of that production came in the first meeting in 2012 when Rodgers went 4-for-5 for 44 yards. He has avoided him almost completely since then as Sherman has allowed just five catches for 46 yards in the past five games.”When he’s on the field, you have to be smart throwing the ball his way,” Rodgers said. “That’s just the type of player he is. I mean, he’s a super-intelligent guy, he’s got incredible football instincts and he can still impact the game in a number of different ways.”Sherman is still striking fear in quarterbacks at age 30 despite coming off major surgery on a ruptured Achilles tendon and nursing a calf injury that sidelined him for one game this season.Sherman has been targeted just 10 times on 145 pass plays this season, the second-lowest rate in the NFL. Opposing quarterbacks have completed just two of those passes for 28 yards as Sherman has been a rare bright spot for a struggling San Francisco team.”People aren’t targeting him. That always tells you a lot there about Richard,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “Especially where he is in his career, he diagnosis routes extremely well. I’ve always felt he was so strong at the breaking points of routes and really does a great job of playing toward his length. He’s an excellent player, always has been. I think he looks good.”Rodgers has also been slowed by an injury at age 34, as he hurt his knee in the first half of the opener against Chicago before returning to lead a memorable comeback.He has shown more mobility each week and is coming off a 442-yard Cheap Malcom Brown Jersey , three TD performance in a loss at Detroit last week. Rodgers has 10 touchdown passes and just one interception all season and has the highest passer rating (103.5) of any quarterback with at least 1,000 attempts.”He’s still the best or is tied for the best on the planet,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “He always has been. He’s the man. I know he’s not 100 percent, everyone knows that, but he seems to be a little bit better each week. He’s still the best. Good player.”One aspect that makes Rodgers even tougher to defend than other top quarterbacks such as Tom Brady or Peyton Manning during his heyday is the ability to scramble. Rodgers is an elite athlete and can extend plays with his feet and then expose defenses downfield with his laser-like arm when the cornerbacks can’t stick with the receivers for that extra time.Sherman knows that’s one of the hardest things to prepare for against Rodgers and the Packers.”You’re going to have to run, you’re going to have to cover for a long period of time,” he said. “You’ll have to be ready for the backyard football. He’s a great passer, he can throw the ball anywhere. He can be on his back foot and throw the ball 75 yards.”Resetting the Patriots’ wide receiver depth chart after the release of Kenny Britt When spring practices started earlier this year, the New England Patriots fielded a deep wide receiver group. Even after moving on from last year’s top two, Brandin Cooks and Danny Amendola http://www.patriotscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-stephon-gilmore-jersey , the team had plenty of high-upside talent, versatility, and experience at its disposal. Things change quickly in the NFL, however, and a lot of this depth will no longer be available when the Patriots kick off their regular season on September 9.The latest domino to fall is veteran Kenny Britt, who was released by New England earlier today after missing virtually all of training camp because of a nagging hamstring injury. With Britt now gone, let’s reset New England’s wide receivers to find out what offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and quarterback Tom Brady currently have at their disposal.Sure-fire roster locksDespite being suspended for the first four weeks of the season, Julian Edelman is a lock to return to the lineup in week five and join Chris Hogan as one of the top options at the wide receiver position. Hogan, meanwhile, will likely serve as the Patriots’ number one wideout at least early on during the season. A member of Tom Brady’s select circle of trust Cheap Joe Thuney Jersey , the veteran is projected to see plenty of playing time during Edelman’s absence and beyond. Matthew Slater, he of one career reception, is also a lock to make the team. However, he will have no impact in the passing game and again serve as a special teams captain.Very much safeGiven Britt’s release, both Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson will highly likely make the team. While Dorsett has seen more time in the slot compared to last season and could be a candidate to fill Edelman’s shoes the first four weeks, Patterson has stood out because of his athleticism: a former first-round draft pick like Dorsett, the 27-year old has an intriguing skill set that appears to fit well into the Patriots’ offense.Fighting for the remaining spot(s?)Unless the Patriots bring in an outside receiver to compete for a roster spot, at least one of the five players listed above will find himself on the 53-man roster on opening day. While Turner has been relatively quiet so far, the other four players have all had their moments over the past few weeks and/or offer an interesting set of skills to work inside New England’s offense or special teams units. Friday’s preseason game should give more insight into who is the front-runner of the group.
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