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Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey youngest to join Madden 99 club

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Christian McCaffrey’s acrobatic and lightning-quick moves have been compared by opponents to those seen on video games, so it should come as no surprise the Carolina Panthers running back now is a member of the exclusive Madden 99 club.

The 23-year-old McCaffrey, on pace to break Chris Johnson’s single-season record for total yards from scrimmage, on Thursday was presented a plaque for becoming the youngest player to obtain the 99 rating.

The only other running backs to achieve that rating were Johnson, Barry Sanders, Marshall Faulk, LaDainian Tomlinson and Adrian Peterson.

That McCaffrey grew up playing Madden and remains a big fan of video games made the award that much more special for the eighth pick of the 2017 draft.

“This means a lot,” McCaffrey told the team website. “It’s really cool. I played Madden my whole life. Getting a 99, to be in that company means a lot. It’s definitely very humbling.”

McCaffrey has a chance to join some of the legends of the real NFL if he keeps up his current pace. He joined Herschel Walker in last weekend’s loss to Atlanta as the only player in NFL history with 2,500-plus yards rushing and 2,000-plus receiving yards in his first three NFL seasons.

Earlier this year, he joined Hall of Famer Jim Brown as the only players in NFL history with 150-plus total yards from scrimmage and a touchdown in six of their first eight games of a season.

With 1,578 yards from scrimmage — a league-best 1,059 yards rushing and 517 receiving — McCaffrey is on pace for 2,524 yards. That would break Johnson’s 2009 mark of 2,509 yards.

McCaffrey last weekend became the first player in NFL history to rush for at least 1,000 yards and have at least 500 yards receiving in the first 10 games of a season.

He’s trying to become the third player in NFL history to have 1,000 yards receiving and rushing in the same season. The other two were Roger Craig and Faulk.

“It’s in his DNA to make that happen,” Craig told ESPN earlier this year. “He’s built for it. His day will come.”

Asked after the 29-3 loss to Atlanta how it felt to be mentioned in the same breath with so many NFL legends, McCaffrey simply said, “I just want to win.”

The Panthers (5-5) travel to New Orleans (8-2) on Sunday needing a win to stop a two-game skid and get back in the running for a wild card spot with only six games remaining.



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Jay Gruden set to join Jags as new offensive coordinator

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars are close to hiring former Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden as their offensive coordinator, league sources told ESPN.

A deal, which NFL Network first reported as being close to completion, is likely to be finalized on Wednesday.

Marrone also interviewed former NFL head coaches Ben McAdoo and Scott Linehan for the position.

The Redskins fired Gruden in October after an 0-5 start in his sixth season. He led the Redskins to a 35-49-1 record that included an NFC East title and playoff appearance in 2015. Gruden was the offensive coordinator with Cincinnati for three seasons prior to being named the Redskins’ head coach.

Gruden’s offenses with the Bengals ranked in the middle third of the league in yards per game, rushing, passing and scoring in 2011 and 2012 but ranked in the top 10 in yards per game, passing and scoring in 2013. The Bengals had winning records all three seasons and quarterback Andy Dalton, the team’s second-round pick in 2011, had his best season in 2013: 33 TD passes and 4,293 yards — both of which are career highs.

Gruden’s offensive coordinator in his first three seasons was Sean McVay, who parlayed that job into becoming the head coach of the Los Angeles Rams in 2017.

Gruden, 52, will be the third offensive coordinator Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone has hired in his four seasons with the Jaguars. He retained Nathaniel Hackett from the 2016 staff but fired him midway through the 2018 season and hired John DeFilippo last January. The Jaguars and DeFilippo announced earlier this month that they had mutually agreed to part ways.

Gruden’s top priority will be figuring out the quarterback situation in Jacksonville. The team signed Nick Foles last March to a four-year, $88 million contract that included a franchise-record $50.125 million guaranteed, but he suffered a broken collarbone just 11 snaps into the 2019 season opener. Rookie Gardner Minshew, the team’s sixth-round pick, took over and played well enough to get the Jaguars to 4-5 before Foles was able to return.

However, Foles and the offense struggled and Marrone benched Foles for Minshew after 10 quarters.

Neither Marrone or GM Dave Caldwell – both of whom were retained by owner Shad Khan despite winning just 11 games the past two seasons — would commit to either player as the starter heading into the 2020 season.

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Antonio Brown, trainer allegedly battered driver, police say

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Antonio Brown and his trainer allegedly battered the driver of a moving truck outside his residence here, the Hollywood Police Department said Tuesday.

Brown is a suspect in the alleged incident but is not in custody and has not been arrested as of now, said police officials, who added that the criminal investigation is ongoing.

The trainer, Glen Holt, was charged with one count of felony burglary and battery. He was booked into jail Tuesday evening.

Brown hired the moving truck to bring some of his belongings to his Hollywood home before the disturbance occurred.

A Hollywood police spokesman said Brown was at home with Holt at the time of the incident and they attempted to make contact with him for further questioning but they were unsuccessful before leaving for the day.

The hope in contacting Brown was to determine whether they would bring battery charges against him, but they could not do that Tuesday.

In general, police say they prefer to deescalate situations where there is no other victim or apparent safety threatened rather than forcing contact to be made and potentially escalating a situation.

The criminal investigation is ongoing and an update from police on Brown’s status is expected before noon ET on Wednesday. Police reiterated that detectives are diligently investigating this case and they still plan to make contact with Brown.

Brown’s home is located in a gated community in Hollywood where multiple neighbors told ESPN they’ve been fed up with the antics coming from the Brown home including multiple police encounters this month.

Last week, Brown’s agent Drew Rosenhaus conditionally terminated his relationship with him until the wide receiver seeks counseling, an NFL Players Association source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Rosenhaus wrote in a letter the NFLPA received Thursday that he would like to work with Brown, but not until he first gets help.

The NFL is aware of the current situation regarding Brown and have begun their own investigation in an attempt to procure details. This latest incident does not help Brown’s attempts to return to the NFL.

Earlier this month, Brown had an obscene outburst toward the police and the mother of his children that he streamed live on Instagram. The video was later picked up by TMZ. In it, he can be heard using explicit language and calling the police officers explicit names.

Brown, 31, wasn’t on an active roster for most of the 2019 season. He was released from the Oakland Raiders after the preseason following public demands. He was active for one game with the New England Patriots but was released shortly after, amid sexual assault allegations. The former Pittsburgh Steelers star recently had a workout with the New Orleans Saints, which he later called a publicity stunt on social media.

The NFL is investigating Brown after a lawsuit was filed by his former trainer, Britney Taylor, alleging that she was sexually assaulted by Brown on multiple occasions. Brown also was accused of sexual misconduct at his home by an artist who was working there in 2017.

The NFL has not concluded its investigation.

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Antonio Brown’s trainer arrested amid battery probe

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Police are investigating a possible battery outside the home of free-agent wide receiver Antonio Brown on Tuesday afternoon.

The alleged victim — a driver of a moving truck seen outside Brown’s home — said that he was “battered” by Brown and his trainer, Glen Holt.

According to police, Holt was arrested and charged with one count of burglary with battery. Police say Brown is a suspect but he has not been arrested or charged, and attempts to make contact with him were unsuccessful.

The criminal investigation is ongoing and an update from police on Brown’s status is expected before noon ET on Wednesday.

Brown’s home is located in a gated community in Hollywood where multiple neighbors told ESPN they’ve been fed up with the antics coming from the Brown home.

Last week, Brown’s agent Drew Rosenhaus conditionally terminated his relationship with him until the wide receiver seeks counseling, an NFL Players Association source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Rosenhaus wrote in a letter the NFLPA received Thursday that he would like to work with Brown, but not until he first gets help.

Earlier this month, Brown had an obscene outburst toward the police and the mother of his children that he streamed live on Instagram. The video was later picked up by TMZ. In it, he can be heard using explicit language and calling the police officers explicit names.

Brown, 31, wasn’t on an active roster for most of the 2019 season. He was released from the Oakland Raiders after the preseason following public demands. He was active for one game with the New England Patriots but was released shortly after, amid sexual assault allegations. The former Pittsburgh Steelers star recently had a workout with the New Orleans Saints, which he later called a publicity stunt on social media.

The NFL is investigating Brown after a lawsuit was filed by his former trainer, Britney Taylor, alleging that she was sexually assaulted by Brown on multiple occasions. Brown also was accused of sexual misconduct at his home by an artist who was working there in 2017.

The NFL has not concluded its investigation.

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