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Malcolm Jenkins uses signs, not words, in a powerful response to President Donald Trump

Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins has been an outspoken advocate for social justice, but he made one of his most powerful statements Wednesday without saying anything at all.

Pro Football Reference deemed only a handful of players to be more valuable to the Cleveland Browns than running back Duke Johnson was in 2017. That might not mean a whole lot considering that Cleveland didn’t win a game, but the fact is Johnson went over 1,000 yards from scrimmage despite being on the field just 53 percent of the time. 

The 24-year-old is one of the best pass-catching backs in the league—only Le’Veon Bell has more catches and receiving yards the last two years—but 66 running backs and 35 Browns players are paid more than him. 

That’ll likely change when his rookie contract expires next offseason. 

Key players Trevor Williams, Desmond King, Austin Ekeler and Kyle Emanuel gave the Los Angeles Chargers tremendous bang for less than a million bucks each in 2017, but the much more handsomely paid Joey Bosa is still the team’s most underpaid member. 

A mere 28 games into his career, the 2016 Defensive Rookie of the Year has 23 sacks, four forced fumbles, 111 tackles and a Pro Bowl nod. Still only 22 years old, he looks as though he’s on the verge of becoming one of the most dominant defensive players in the game. 

And while he’s not hurting for cash with an average annual salary of $6.5 million, 18 4-3 defensive ends make more than that. 

Unless the Los Angeles Rams sign defensive defensive lineman Aaron Donald to a blockbuster extension this summer, the league’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year will make less money than 68 other defensive players in 2018.

Griffin was named Offensive Player (not rookie) of the Week after his first NFL game.

This one’s easy. What doesn’t show up in Luck’s stats is the fact that he took one of the worst teams in franchise history to the playoffs in his first season. If it’s stats you want, fine. Luck broke NFL rookie records of passing yards, wins by a No. 1 overall QB and game-winning drives.

Bortles technically sat at first, but after relieving Chad Henne — Henne was so bad he left Jacksonville no choice — in the second half of a Week 3 blowout loss to the Colts, Bortles was named starter for the rest of the season.

Despite predictably dismal initial numbers on a team with few offensive weapons and a dreadful line, Bortles proved one key component of success for an NFL quarterback: durability. He enters 2018 still sticking as the Jaguars’ starting quarterback.

The 29-year-old Green has cracked 200 receiving yards just once in his seven-year career. In seven of the last eight seasons, two Chargers tight ends have eclipsed 200 receiving yards. Unless the team brings back Gates, Green will receive a drastic increase in playing time and targets, something we have no evidence he can handle.

The Rams defensive line, with the notable pairing of Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh, will be discussed early and often this season, but their outside linebacker situation is just as interesting—for the opposite reason. Their top veteran pass-rushers are Matt Longacre, Samson Ebukam and Ejuan Price.

Together, that trio has 7.5 career sacks. Though it sat out long stretches of the draft, Los Angeles added fifth-rounder Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and sixth-rounder Trevon Young to the unit. Since 2010, only three players picked outside the top 150 have recorded five or more sacks in their rookie seasons: Jonathan Newsome, Chris Jones and Pernell McPhee.

Jonathan Allen’s top offseason priority is staying healthy

Last year Washington used its first-round draft pick on defensive end Jonathan Allen, and he earned a starting job from Day One, but he didn’t do much as Cheap Blackhawks Jerseys a rookie: Allen played just five games before suffering a season-ending foot injury, and he finished his rookie year with just one sack.

This year, the top priority for Allen is staying healthy.

Clicker Consulting: This is where we offer free advice to sportscasting community, which we are sure the recipients all appreciate. For WFAN’s Boomer and Gio to be at its best, it needs Gregg Giannotti to lead the show more and not Boomer Esiason. Whatever you want to say about Craig Carton, he knew how to drive a show, which allowed Esiason to work off of him as a big name with real affection for multiple sports. Esiason sort of assumed the lead spot when Carton was exiled after his arrest and update guy Jerry Recco filled in.

However, now FAN should have Giannotti run the show, because he is the more talented radio personality, knowing where to take the program. The ratings with Giannotti replacing Carton have not been great so far, which could be for a variety of reasons and not necessarily the show’s quality. But for the program to grow,Giannotti needs to be the starting quarterback.

Tramaine Brock has a chance to be part of the plan at cornerback for the Broncos as they move on without Aqib Talib this season and that alone probably feels like a step up from last year.

Brock was released by the 49ers after a domestic violence arrest and signed by the Seahawks after charges were dropped in August. He was then traded to the Vikings two weeks later, leaving little time with his new team before the start of a season that saw him play just 51 defensive snaps.

That was a steep comedown from two years as a starter for the 49ers, but it didn’t shake Brock’s confidence in his own ability. Brock signed with the Broncos this offseason and said recently that Denver is “going to get a good player” out of the deal. Coach Vance Joseph feels the same way.

“I know what he can do,” Joseph said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “That was a loaded cornerback room starter with San Francisco and played at a high level. No injuries. I mean, he’s still fairly young, so why can’t he play? … We’re expecting him to get back to his San Francisco form.”