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Martavis Bryant is back with the Oakland Raiders and focused on getting up to speed again in coach Jon Gruden's offense with an eye on playing this Sunday in Denver.One day after signing a one-year contract to return to Oakland White Peyton Manning Jersey , the 26-year-old Bryant was in a positive and playful mood while speaking to reporters Thursday. He had been acquired in a trade with Pittsburgh in the spring and then released by Oakland earlier this month."I was very surprised but at the same time I knew there was a plan," Bryant said. "I didn't get overly frustrated. I was with my family the whole time. I honestly didn't know what was going to happen. I just stayed focused and continued to do the things I needed to do to get back to football."Talk has circulated for three months that Bryant could be suspended by the NFL for another violation of the league's substance-abuse policy. Bryant missed all of 2016 while suspended for the same reason.The Raiders have avoided discussing the topic publicly. Bryant said he has heard nothing from the NFL."I don't know nothing abut none of that," Bryant said. "All I'm here to do is play football. As far as that stuff, I'll let that process take care of itself."The Raiders are hoping Bryant can help spark Oakland's passing game, which was shut down in the second half against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night.That was the original plan when they traded a third-round pick to the Steelers to get Bryant before heath issues prevented the veteran receiver from practicing for most of training camp.When Bryant was released as part of final roster cutdowns, Gruden said it was because he had been outplayed by some of the team's other young receivers. On Wednesday, Gruden said that Bryant was in a good place."He looks good," offensive coordinator Greg Olson said. "He stayed in shape. He stayed around town so he's still involved in the game and working out. He retained a lot of the things that we were doing with him previously, so he looks good."Bryant agreed."This is just another thing that I've been through in my career Peyton Manning Jersey 2019 ," Bryant said. "I made some mistakes when I was at a younger age and I learned from that. I didn't get overly down on myself as I beat myself up the first time I got suspended. I've been through it before so I know how to stay focused and just fight through it."Bryant said he avoided watching the Raiders' 33-13 loss to the Rams, although he remained in the Bay Area after being released by Oakland on Sept. 1.What he missed was the Raiders passing attack going dormant in the second half. Wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Amari Cooper were limited to four catches for 32 yards combined, none after halftime.Bryant is hopeful of joining them in Denver when the Raiders play the Broncos."I'm going to be ready to go," Bryant said. "We've got a couple more days of practice in. I'm going to go out and put hard work in with the guys. If coach needs me to go in Sunday, I'll be ready to go."I'm comfortable now but at the same time with coach Gruden's offense you have to continue to study every day and continue to be a student of the book. You need tough love to be the best. I have a lot of work to do and he's going to continue to push me."Notes: Defensive tackle Justin Ellis was placed on injured reserve with a foot strain. ... The Raiders signed defensive tackles Johnathan Hankins and Clinton McDonald.__ The Indianapolis Colts made the trip into Gillette Stadium Thursday night knowing that they weren’t anywhere near 100 percent. The defense’s best player — and league’s leading tackler— Darius Leonard being a no-go put an instant dent in the abilities of the team. Anthony Castonzo is still a week or so away, and his offensive colleagues T.Y. Hilton and Jack Doyle were also inactive for Week 5.Now, when you figure in all of the in-game injuries that this one churned out, the fact that the team was able to give themselves a puncher’s chance at any point in this game was quite impressive. After the 38-24 loss, resulting in a fall to 1-4 on the season White Johnny Unitas Jersey , the Colts desperately need the extra few day’s rest before they again travel to the east coast to play the New York Jets in Week 6.In the meantime, here are the game balls for those who stepped up for the Colts Thursday night.OFFENSEAndrew LuckMan, if there is a guy who has rolled his eyes at the national media through his performances the last two weeks, it’s Andrew Luck. Luck, again, topped 50 pass attempts for a third time this season and was phenomenal with his accuracy. Going downfield was a focus, but with so many drops the numbers won’t lend that to the narrative. Luck threw 3 touchdowns along with 2 interceptions on the night — one resulting from a drop — and considering the lack of playmakers around him, I don’t know how you could be anything other than mesmerized by his play.Well over 350 yards in back-to-back games, and the pinpoint accuracy he showed in 2016 were just a couple major factors in his getting my game ball. His massive improvement in resetting his feet Johnny Unitas Jersey 2019 , moving through to second and third progressions and his improved navigation of the pocket are just icing on the cake for me. Luck is throwing a lot more than anyone would like him to have to right now, but let’s face it, a lot of things have to go right for the Colts to be in position to win a game when Luck isn’t throwing at least 40 times. The team simply isn’t there yet. Though i’m sure many tuned out last night because of the score, i’m just as certain that many stayed put just to continue watching Luck persevere and dice up the Patriots’ defense.Eric Ebron is getting an honorable mention for his 9-catch, 105-yard performance that netted 2 of Luck’s touchdown throws. Ebron continues to be a nice weapon for Luck and this offense, and he was on the receiving end of some big throws that helped move the chains throughout the night as well.DEFENSEMatthias FarleyWith Leonard, Kenny Moore and Nate Hairston out Thursday night, the secondary was in a bad way against the Patriots. Anthony Walker and Clayton Geathers going down during the game made that situation even worse.This is ‘home’ for Matthias Farley, though. The Colts No. 3 safety is very involved in the rotation in the secondary and has been one of the better Colts defenders over the past two seasons. Farley was actually able to put it on the stat sheet Thursday night. He picked off a tipped ball and nearly had the lane to return it for a touchdown White Marshall Faulk Jersey , and later laid the hit on Rob Gronkowski that forced a Najee Goode interception as the Patriots looked to be driving towards another score. He finished with 6 total tackles and would have been a key part in a full comeback had the Colts not given the ball back themselves afterwards.With Geathers suffering a pretty significant hit to the neck — which had been a major cause for concern in relation to his future — and suffering a concussion as well, we may be seeing a lot more of Farley in the starting lineup.Lenzy Pipkins earns the honorable mention tag for the defense today. He’s been up and down the Colts roster all season so far and stepped up with a physical presence (9 tackles) in the secondary with Nate Hairston and Kenny Moore sidelined from injuries in Week 4.OTHERColts offensive lineNearly 60 dropbacks Thursday night, and the only sack the Patriots got was on the first series of the game. The Colts have had to use rookie Braden Smith, Joe Haeg, Le’Raven Clark, Denzelle Good and J’Marcus Webb (no longer on the roster) at tackle with Castonzo being out and the Austin Howard experiment failing before the season even started.Luckily, the Colts interior has been largely free of any lingering injuries and have been doing a really nice job in anchoring this offensive line so far. Listen: the Colts have 1 game — I said 1 — in which they’ve allowed more than 2 sacks this year. Of course he’s been hit a fair amount, but performances like Thursday night are not of the norm for a Colts offensive line.Luck is currently being sacked at a rate of once every 24.5 attempts and is allowing for him to do what he does best. When you take that versus the once every 17 attempts that he’s had to endure throughout his career previous to the 2018 season, it’s impossible not to take notice. The group has stepped up big time if you ask me. With the revolving door at tackle Marshall Faulk Jersey 2019 , consideration to the defensive fronts they’ve had to battle, and the assist that the coaching staff is lending them with chip blocks and pulling different linemen, the product this year is much more palatable.

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