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OXNARD http://www.tennesseetitansteamonline.com/a.j.-brown-jersey , Calif. (AP) — Xavier Woods was always ready with a reminder for Jerry Jones when he saw the Dallas owner and general manager during an offseason filled with talk about whether the Cowboys were adding a safety.“I’d run into him and he said, ‘Why are you so worried about safety? Got me back there. Why is everybody worried about a safety? I can do it,'” Jones recalled the third-year player saying.After so much talk about signing Earl Thomas (the free agent chose Baltimore) and using a high draft pick on a safety (the Cowboys finally got a sixth-rounder in Donovan Wilson), Woods and Jeff Heath are still the starters with the season opener a month away.Woods has been one of the defensive stars at training camp in California with several interceptions. Just like Wilson this year, Woods was a sixth-round pick in 2017. But that isn’t any more reason for him to wonder whether the Cowboys want to find a replacement.“If you showcase what you have and you become that guy, then it won’t come with it,” Woods said. “Until you do, it’s always going to be a talk. It’s a business. They’re trying to get the best guys to win. I understand that.”Heath was undrafted in 2013 and forced to start nine games as a rookie because of injuries. The 28-year-old finally became a full-time starter four years later, leading the team with a career-high three interceptions in 2017.The opening for Heath came when the Cowboys decided to let Barry Church go in free agency rather than give him the $26 million, four-year contract he got from Jacksonville. The Jaguars released Church after last season.Age was part of the hesitation for the Cowboys when they didn’t get serious in the bidding for Thomas. The former Texas standout has turned 30 since signing a $55 million, four-year deal with $32 million guaranteed from the Ravens.The Cowboys signed George Iloka in free agency, but the former Cincinnati and Minnesota safety has been buried on the depth chart in camp.“I would take an upgrade at any position at any time,” executive vice president of personnel Stephen Jones said. “We’re constantly looking, whether it’s safety, whether it’s any position. If we saw an upgrade for our roster, we’d be all over it http://www.tennesseetitansteamonline.com/amani-hooker-jersey , if it made sense for us.”Still, Stephen Jones said he’s comfortable with Heath and Woods as Week 1 starters. So is coach Jason Garrett.“There certainly was some discussion about safeties in free agency,” Garrett said. “There was discussion about safeties in the draft. Sometimes those visits kind of take on a life of their own. I don’t know if that’s necessarily a reflection on we’re not happy with the guys we have.”Secondary coach Kris Richard said he never felt the need to address all the talk of replacements with his two starting safeties.“It’s kind of the nature of the beast,” said Richard, going into his second season with Dallas. “Really organizationally, if you’re not trying to bring in guys each and every single year to make your team better and more competitive, you can’t justifiably say that you’re actually out there trying to win.”The 28-year-old Heath is among the oldest players on a Dallas defense that has become significantly younger the past couple of seasons. Woods is beginning to join him as a leader, calling himself “way more” vocal after a full season as a starter.“In the offseason, I took a step forward,” Woods said. “I’m still taking a step forward. It’s going to be a daily goal for me to be better, to be a better leader, to be more vocal.”Woods doesn’t feel any disrespect over the idea of being replaced. He felt that two years ago — still does, he says — after getting drafted much later than he thought.“That’s going to be an every day, every season, every year thing,” Woods said.For Heath Taylor Rapp Jersey , talk of being replaced has been an every offseason thing.“This one wasn’t much different,” Heath said. “We understand that there’s a lot of talk outside the building. I speak for myself and I think ‘X’ feels the same way. We’re just going to do our job when we’re on the field. That’s all there is to it.”Well, and lobbying Jerry Jones when the opportunity arises.NOTES: The Cowboys waived two injured players in WR Lance Lenoir and T Derrick Puni. Dallas signed T Juwann Bushell-Beatty and TE Marcus Lucas. … WR Amari Cooper missed a fourth straight practice with a bruised heel. EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Isaiah Crowell ran all over the Denver Broncos‘ suddenly leaky defense — and kept his touchdown celebration low-key this time around.The New York running back ran for a franchise-record 219 yards, including a 77-yard touchdown , and Sam Darnold threw two TD passes to Robby Anderson, including a 76-yarder, to help the big-play Jets snap a three-game losing streak with a 34-16 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.“It means a lot to me,” Crowell said. “I’ve got to give all the credit to my O-line. I can’t really take the credit. Really, it was all them. I mean, the holes were open. Anybody could’ve run through them. It just happened to be me.“They really set the record.”Crowell needed just 15 carries to break the team record of 210 yards rushing set by Thomas Jones in 2009 against Buffalo. His 14.6 yards per carry set an NFL record for a player with at least 15 attempts, according to Elias Sports Bureau.Bilal Powell added 99 yards rushing, and New York finished with 323 yards on the ground — second-most in team history — and 512 overall yards.After an ugly 20-yard punt early in the second quarter by Colby Wadman, who replaced the injured Marquette King, the Jets (2-3) took advantage immediately. Crowell took the handoff, scooted to the left sideline and zipped into the end zone — getting some nice blocks from receivers Anderson Shareef Miller Jersey , Pryor and Jermaine Kearse along the way — for a 77-yard yard touchdown that tied the game.Crowell was fined $13,369 by the NFL and given a stern lecture from coach Todd Bowles for his crude TD celebration two weeks ago in Cleveland when he wiped his rear end with the football. This time, Crowell simply tossed the ball to the turf in the end zone.“I didn’t want to do anything that would cost my team a penalty,” Crowell said.The Jets were just getting started with big plays.On their next possession, Darnold found Anderson streaking down the field uncovered and connected for a 76-yard touchdown that put New York ahead 14-7 with 10:46 left in the half. It was the longest TD catch of Anderson’s career.According to the Jets, it was the first time they have had multiple TDs on offense of 75 yards or more in the same game since Sept. 24, 1972, against the Baltimore Colts. Joe Namath tossed TD passes of 79 and 80 yards to Rich Caster in that one. It was the first time the Jets had a TD catch and a TD run of at least 75 yards.“Every single week, we can do that,” Darnold said. “I’m just really excited for next week.”Darnold also had a TD toss to Terrelle Pryor that sealed the game late in the fourth quarter for the Jets. The rookie quarterback finished 10 of 22 for 198 yards and the three scores with an interception to help New York to its first win since the season opener.“It was really a team effort,” Darnold said, “and I couldn’t be more proud.”The Jets’ defense came up big, too, while playing without coordinator Kacy Rodgers, who is dealing with what Bowles has called a “serious” illness. Bowles ran the defense against the Broncos and the Jets kept the pressure on Keenum all game, sacking him four times — including two by Leonard Williams.“We had our brother down and that was our message that we wanted to play for him Germaine Pratt Jersey ,” safety Jamal Adams said of Rodgers. “I know he’s smiling right now.”They nearly had one more big play when Marcus Maye intercepted Keenum’s final pass and returned it 104 yards — the longest in team history — before being taken down by Courtland Sutton at the 1 to end the game.It was also the longest non-touchdown on an INT return, according to Elias.Keenum finished 35 of 51 for 377 yards with touchdown passes to Sutton and Demaryius Thomas for the Broncos (2-3).“We usually are a pretty stout defense,” Broncos linebacker Von Miller said. “Today, we weren’t. We got gashed over the top two or three times today. It was a rough one.”SLOW STARTThe Jets turned the ball over on their second play from scrimmage when Adam Gotsis knocked the ball out of Powell’s hands and recovered at New York’s 20. Three plays later, Keenum found Sutton in the end zone from 8 yards out to give Denver a 7-0 lead.It was Keenum’s first TD pass since Week 1, when he had three in a win over Seattle, and the first touchdown reception of Sutton’s career.STORMING BACKKeenum completed passes of 31 yards to Thomas and 24 to DaeSean Hamilton to put the Broncos at the Jets 7, but New York came up with a red-zone stop and held Denver to a 30-yard field goal by Brandon McManus to make it 14-10 with 3:58 left in the half.On New York’s next possession, Darnold reared back from the 35 and fired a perfectly placed pass into the left corner of the end zone, where it dropped into Anderson’s hands just beyond a pursuing Bradley Roby for another touchdown.“Anyone who saw the game knows it wasn’t good enough,” Broncos safety Justin Simmons said of Denver’s defense. “It’s not what we do. We’ve got to be better.”INJURIESJets: CB Buster Skrine left in the first quarter with a concussion and didn’t return. Skrine started in place of Trumaine Johnson, who was sidelined with a strained quadriceps.Broncos: CB Adam Jones was ruled out in the second half after injuring a leg.ANTHEMThere were no individual protests by players on either team during the singing of the national anthem.UP NEXTBroncos: home vs. Los Angeles Rams next Sunday.Jets: home vs. Indianapolis Colts next Sunday.
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