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Once http://www.authenticsneworleanssaints.com/cheap-terron-armstead-jersey , twice, six times.By the time he went out to boot his seventh last Sunday, the New York Jets kicker wasn't sure how many he had against Denver.Myers just knew there were lots of them."Someone goes, 'Man, how many was that?'" a smiling Myers recalled Friday. "I started counting and I lost count."Totally understandable, of course. That'll happen when you make a franchise-record seven field goals, the second-most in NFL history. Myers was one shy of the eight by Tennessee's Rob Bironas in 2007. His 24 total points 鈥?seven field goals and three extra points 鈥?were just two short of Bironas' mark for the most in league history by a player who didn't score a touchdown."It's fun to get all that work in," Myers said. "I didn't even know where they were from until after the game. But, yeah, it was fun."Myers got things started with a 30-yarder in the first quarter. He had a 48-yarder in the second and closed the opening half with a 32-yard kick.His 37-yarder in the third quarter gave him four.Then came the fourth quarter, when he made field goals of 45, 37 and 45 yards to help lift the Jets to a 42-34 victory. The Jets' offense ranks last in the NFL in red-zone efficiency and scored just one touchdown in six opportunities against the Colts, but Myers was there to give them a boost with his busy leg.Myers was also selected the AFC's special teams player of the week for his performance."That was really out of the ordinary," long snapper Thomas Hennessy said. "I think in the fourth quarter, we had three or something, so I definitely knew that we were approaching an amount that is not normal."Myers' path to the Jets' record books has also been unusual, with plenty of twists and turns.Just two months ago, he didn't know if he'd have a job in the NFL after being cut by Seattle. Today, he leads NFL kickers with 63 points and 16 field goals, and is tied with Kansas City's Harrison Butker for the most touchbacks with 32."I think the progression of Jason's career is just awesome and it's an awesome testament that the guy stuck through it all like that," Jets special teams coordinator Brant Boyer said. "To see success happen for him, I think it's really cool because he's such a great kid and he's a hard worker. Just seeing him come in and have success, I was proud as hell of him."The 27-year-old San Diego native grew up playing football, soccer and baseball at Mater Dei Catholic High School, but his success as a kicker had him focused on the gridiron for college. The offers weren't flooding his mailbox, though."I was a late bloomer," he said with a shrug.He considered going to junior college before Marist College 鈥?on the other side of the country, tucked in the town of Poughkeepsie, New York 鈥?came calling.So, Myers traded the sun of southern California for the chilly northeast."I came out for an official visit and I loved the campus, loved everything Color Rush DeMario Davis Jersey ," said Myers, who kicked four seasons for the Red Foxes.The NFL was still a long way off, though, especially after going undrafted and unsigned in 2013. Myers went to the Arena Football League the following year and had stints with Arizona and San Jose."I was there just for a hot second," Myers said. "It was good. It helped me keep kicking."His big NFL break came in March 2015, when Jacksonville signed him to a free-agent deal. Five months later, the Jaguars traded Josh Scobee to Pittsburgh 鈥?making Myers their kicker.He led the league with 12 field-goal attempts of more than 50 yards, and for the most made with seven. His 80 percent touchback rate made him a reliable asset to Jacksonville's special teams unit.But that all changed when he missed three long field goals in Week 6 last season against the Rams. He was released and had a few workouts with teams, but remained unemployed until Seattle signed him a few days after the regular season ended.He lost a camp competition in Seattle to Sebastian Janikowski and was again without an NFL gig for a few days until the Jets claimed him off waivers.Myers hopped on a red-eye flight to New Jersey, got off the plane, headed to the Jets' facility and immediately linked up with Hennessy and punter Lachlan Edwards on the practice field. Myers proceeded to boot 20 consecutive field goals."And he hit one from like 63 (yards) or something," Hennessy recalled. "His focus was amazing, especially since there was so much going on at that point. It was impressive."Two days after his first practice with the Jets, Myers was kicking for them in the team's third preseason game 鈥?on his way to securing the job with New York."If I would've sat back and thought about how fast everything moved that week, I think I probably would've not been able to do as well as I did," he said. "I just kind of kept rolling and took it day by day."And one kick at time. All the way to a spot in Jets history."I've definitely taken the long road," he said. "It was a little tougher, but it kind of helps me be who I am 鈥?mentally tough 鈥?and I don't take all that stuff the wrong way. It just kind of helps build my character, who I am. I kind of use it as a positive and keep building off it." Winning in daily fantasy football often requires determining which trends are trustworthy and which trends are mirages.Attempting to predict the future requires accurately processing data and here are a handful of data points 鈥?some reliable and a few unreliable 鈥?to pay attention to moving forward:RELIABLE TRENDS鈥?Running backs in the passing game versus the Falcons. In the history of the NFL, six running backs have caught 14-plus passes in a game, and that has happened twice already this year against the Falcons defense. The loss of Deion Jones cannot be overstated because the defensive scheme always included conceding catches to backs, then chasing them down with speedy linebackers. In 2017, the Falcons ranked 21st in the passing game against RBs, according to Football Outsiders' Defense-Adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA) metric. They rank 15th this year. After allowing the second-most receiving yards to RBs last year, they have allowed the third-most yards receiving to the position thus far in 2018.James Conner is the lucky back to face the Falcons this week and he ranks second among RBs in routes run. He has run one fewer route than league-leader Alvin Kamara.鈥?Keke Coutee emerging as a dependable target for Deshaun Watson in Houston. Of the 11 passes Coutee caught in his NFL debut, only one was caught more than 10 yards downfield. Six of the passes were caught behind the line of scrimmage and 96 of his yards were gained after the catch. Amazingly, that number was the highest of the week, topping players like Rams receiver Cooper Kupp (89) and Minnesota's Stefon Diggs (11).Watson is hurt by playing behind one of the league's worst offensive lines, which means finding quick targets is a must 鈥?he has been pressured on the fifth-most snaps of any quarterback this season and has been sacked at the fourth highest rate. With defenses focusing their attention on DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller, Coutee presents a unique threat out of the slot with his combination of speed and athleticism. The coaching staff was "really excited about" Coutee heading into the week after raving about him in the offseason. Since there really is no tight end threat on this team, there is room for a third option in the passing game Youth Marshon Lattimore Jersey , especially with running back Lamar Miller ailing.In college, Coutee gained 38 percent of his yards on targets thrown 20-plus yards downfield, so there is some upside as well. He does not appear to simply be a flash in the pan, as this offense has been lacking this sort of X-factor.DECEPTIVE TRENDS鈥?Washington as a top 7 rushing defense. Only six teams have allowed fewer rushing yards per game so far than the Redskins. Of the teams in the bottom seven, only two have allowed more than 4.0 yards per carry: the Rams and the Redskins. To this point, the Redskins rank second in time of possession (33:31) behind only the Eagles, and the Alex Smith-led Chiefs ranked 10th in time of possession last year.One could argue the Redskins are more committed to the run this year and they lack downfield threats so they will continue to rank among the best. However, the NFL leader in time of possession last year was the Eagles, and they only averaged holding the ball for 32:48 per game. Even if the Redskins finish as one of the best in the category, they are due for some regression. Pro Football Focus (PFF) grades them as the 32nd rated rushing defense. Washington plays New Orleans on Monday night, meaning both Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram will have a shot to become the first backs to rush for more than 61 yards against them this year.鈥?Calvin Ridley's TD trends. Over the course of the last two weeks, Ridley has scored a whopping four touchdowns, a TD once every 3.5 targets. Naturally, that is unsustainable, and Ridley ranks third on the team in target market share (15.1 percent). Even if throwing out the first week, he would barely edge out Mohamed Sanu for second in target share (19 percent versus Sanu's 18 percent). Meanwhile, Julio Jones has still been targeted at a 33 percent rate for the season and a 27 percent rate over the course of the last three games.Undoubtedly, Ridley is going to be valuable moving forward, but the team has needed to make up for a lack of running game recently. With Devonta Freeman out, Tevin Coleman has managed just 84 rushing yards on 29 carries in his last two contests combined. According to DailyRoto's red zone tool, Coleman has enjoyed six red zone touches combined over the last two weeks and seven total over the last three. Out of all those touches, he has converted exactly zero of them into scores. This led to Ridley converting on his red zone targets that otherwise would not have existed 鈥?and at an extraordinary rate.Since Week 2, Ridley has been targeted five times in the red zone and has scored on four of those targets. Strangely, Jones has not been targeted in the red zone since Week 1, and he was targeted four times in that game. Looking back to last year, Jones was targeted on 31.2 percent of the team's red zone targets. With Ridley in town, the number may not stabilize at 30 percent but Jones certainly will garner more than 17.4 percent of the red zone looks over time.Sell high on Ridley if an offer arises, otherwise just set reasonable expectations and do not expect this TD barrage to continue at this sort of outrageous rate.

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