Dolphins general manager Chris Grier and coach Mike McDaniel address reporters Tuesday.

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GM Chris Grier: Dolphins, Bradley Chubb close to contract

Dolphins general manager Chris Grier chuckled at the media suggestion Miami might be a seller approaching the NFL trade deadline on Tuesday.

He was still laughing Wednesday when he met the media to discuss the deals that landed outside linebacker Bradley Chubb from the Denver Broncos and running back Jeff Wilson from the San Francisco 49ers.

“We won’t be satisfied until we win a Super Bowl,” Grier said Wednesday. “We have good players. We have a good scheme. I’m not into predictions but we have a good team with a good chance to win.”

Grier said he pulled the trigger to trade a 2023 first-round pick, a 2024 fourth-round pick and running back Chase Edmonds to the Broncos for Chubb after researching the recovery of pass rushers who’ve had torn ACLs. Chubb, 26, is two years removed from the injury and led the Broncos with 5.5 sacks. The Dolphins are already well down the road with Chubb on a long-term contract.

“We anticipate having something finished up here shortly,” he said.

The deals capitalized on the multiple picks received from the 49ers in 2020 to move up from No. 6 to No. 3 for quarterback Trey Lance. Since making those deals, Grier and the Dolphins used San Francisco’s original ammunition to draft wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, acquire wide receiver Tyreek Hill from the Kansas City Chiefs and finally on Tuesday, land Chubb from Denver.

“”Oh, this is where I found old dealer Chris! I thought you’d be in Vegas dealing!” a jovial Mike McDaniel said Wednesday, storming Grier’s press conference for the start of the coach’s media session. “Did you talk about how well the team is coached?”

Grier and McDaniel pointed to one common reason the Dolphins were able to make the Chubb deal: the play of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

Tagovailoa leads the NFL in passer rating (112.7) and yards per attempt (9.02) with Hill leading the NFL in receiving yards (961). Despite a scary head injury and previous durability questions, McDaniel said he and Grier are firmly on the side of the fence that Tagovailoa is the right quarterback for their team.

It eased any worry about parting with 2023 first-round draft picks.

“I fully see Tua as the quarterback for this team and this franchise,” McDaniel said. “He’s a great talent. Since I’ve been here I’ve kind of known.”

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Oct 17, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) throws the ball in the first half against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos QB Russell Wilson (hamstring) to start vs. Jaguars

The Russell Wilson show will perform live at London’s Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

Denver head coach Nathaniel Hackett confirmed on Friday that Wilson sufficiently has recovered from a strained hamstring to start at quarterback for the Broncos (2-5) against the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5).

Wilson has been a limited participant in practice this week but will be under center, barring any setbacks.

Wilson, 33, missed last Sunday’s 16-9 loss to the New York Jets after sustaining the injury in Denver’s Week 6 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. He also has been playing through an injury to his throwing shoulder.

Backup Brett Rypien completed 24 of 46 passes for 225 yards with no touchdowns and one interception against the Jets.

The Broncos have a bye in Week 9 but Wilson wants to get back on the field.

“You talk to Russ and mention that (sitting out), it’s not a great discussion,” Hackett said. “In the end, if he can go we want him to be able to play.”

Wilson has thrown for 1,442 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions in six games, completing 58.6 percent of his passes — far below his career average of 64.8.

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Oct 23, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) stretches before the game against the New York Jets at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Wilson practices in London: ‘Ready to rock’

Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson sounded upbeat after participating in Wednesday’s practice in London.

“Yeah, I feel great,” he said when asked if he could play Sunday against Jacksonville without any limitations due to his injured left hamstring.

“I’m ready to rock.”

Wilson missed last Sunday’s 16-9 loss to the New York Jets and was a limited participant Wednesday as the Broncos (2-5) prepare to face the Jaguars (2-5) at Wembley Stadium in Week 8.

Brett Rypien completed 24 of 46 passes for 225 yards with no touchdowns and one interception against the Jets.

Wilson, 33, injured his hamstring in the Week 6 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. He also has been playing through an injury to his throwing shoulder, a partially torn lat muscle that required a platelet-rich plasma injection.

The Denver offense has struggled despite the offseason acquisition of Wilson. The former Super Bowl winner has thrown for 1,442 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions through six games, completing 58.6 percent of his passes — far below his career average of 64.8.

Also Wednesday, the Broncos designated offensive lineman Tom Compton for a return from the physically unable to perform list.

Compton, 33, opened the season on the PUP list following an offseason back procedure. He has played in 123 NFL games (44 starts) with six teams since 2013.

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Aug 27, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Brett Rypien (4) prepares to pass the ball the ball in the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos give QB Brett Rypien starter reps with Wilson limited

The Denver Broncos are preparing quarterback Brett Rypien for the event that he must start Sunday’s game against the visiting New York Jets in place of the injured Russell Wilson.

Wilson was a limited participant for the second straight practice due to a hamstring injury suffered in last week’s 19-16 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. He’s also playing through a injury to his throwing shoulder, a partially torn lat muscle.

Coach Nathaniel Hackett said Wilson looked “very good” Thursday and declined to say how the reps were being split.

“We’re working through all that,” Hackett said. “We want to be sure that we are taking care of Russ and making sure he is getting ready for the game. I don’t know the number exactly. We want to be sure we are getting everybody ready to go.”

That includes not only Rypien but journeyman Josh Johnson, who is on Denver’s practice squad.

Rypien, the nephew of Super Bowl-winning quarterback Mark Rypien, has played in four NFL games and made one start. Coincidentally, that came against the New York Jets in 2020, a game Denver won as Rypien went for 242 yards on 19-of-31 passing with two touchdowns and three interceptions.

The Jets (4-2) and the Broncos (2-4) are among the NFL’s biggest surprises this year for different reasons. The Jets have won three straight games, including last week on the road against the Green Bay Packers, while the Broncos’ offense has struggled despite the offseason acquisition of Wilson.

Wilson has thrown for 1,442 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions through six games, completing 58.6 percent of his passes, far below his career average of 64.8. Last season marked the first time in his 11-year NFL career that he missed a game, ending a 149-game ironman streak.

“You want the guys that want to be on the field,” Hackett said. “They’re going to do every single thing they can, and they think that they can play all the time. Those are the tough discussions you have to have with people because you don’t want to put anybody out there that isn’t healthy.”

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Sep 18, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett talks with Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) in the second quarter against the Houston Texans at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos to simplify offense, focus on execution

Averaging 15 points per game with six total touchdowns, the Denver Broncos are nowhere near full stride five games into the 2022 season.

On Thursday night, the offense barely registered a verified trot.

First-year coach Nathaniel Hackett and quarterback Russell Wilson sat near the nine-time Pro Bowler’s locker after Thursday’s 12-9 loss to dissect what transpired without counting missed opportunities against the Colts.

“It’s a combination of a lot of things,” Hackett said Friday, regarding how to fix the passing attack. “I think it’s a combination of everybody getting used to each other down in that region. You can never practice that region enough and we have to execute better, we have to coach better, we have to come up with better plays and we have to run the ball more.

“There are so many different things that when we look at it, we can do a better job at across the board. Again, it’s being behind the sticks there, too. … It starts with me and getting better plays to those guys so they can execute it better.”

Wilson was still in his uniform replaying the loss that included a fourth-and-1 at the Indianapolis 5 in overtime. Wilson’s pass was knocked down in the end zone to end the game, as teammate KJ Hamler slammed his helmet repeatedly into the end zone turf. Hamler came open on an in-cutting route for a potential game-winning TD, but Wilson was looking to his left.

Wilson said postgame he felt like he let the team down, and then was subjected to wide-ranging criticism with the Broncos at 2-3 and wobbling under the strain of expectations.

Hackett said “without a doubt” he will simplify the offense, but that doesn’t change the call that will define the loss.

“I second-guess everything that I call because I always want it to be as good as it possibly can for the players and for the team. In that situation,” Hackett said of the fourth-down call, “I wanted to have a very good protection, wanted to get a first down to finish the game and not just a field goal. The defense had been playing great and wanted to finish it off for them. I wanted to be somewhat aggressive, but not too aggressive and in the end, we have to execute the play better.

“Of course, right now, I would much rather have run the ball and then kicked the field goal to take more time off, but in that situation, I thought it was a good play call. It was my decision to do that and (we) just need to execute better.”

Denver’s running game has been part of the problem in Hackett’s estimation, but at 4.3 yards per carry, the ability to successfully run the ball exists. One solution offered was to put Wilson under center more frequently. Wilson has been sacked 16 times.

“When we built the system, we built the system that was a combination of both our stuff and his stuff,” Hackett said of Wilson. “We wanted to be sure that we were doing it — a lot of the stuff carried over. … I think we definitely want to take a hard look at everything that he’s done successfully and make sure we’re accommodating him as much as possible so that he feels comfortable. But at the same time, we want to do things that our players do. It’s a different team than the team that he was on in the past. So we just want to make sure we’re doing all the right stuff.”

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Oct 2, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby (98) sacks Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during a game at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos’ Russell Wilson (shoulder) ‘super confident’ he’ll play Thursday

Russell Wilson was limited in the walkthrough held by the Denver Broncos on Tuesday but insists he will play Thursday night.

Wilson, also limited on a non-practice day Monday, said he’s “super confident” his strained right shoulder can hold up in a game situation. He said he plans to be on the field for the Broncos (2-2) when they face the Colts.

Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett said the Broncos consider Wilson day-to-day. Running back Melvin Gordon (neck) did not practice Tuesday for the second consecutive day, meaning Mike Boone could start for Denver. The Broncos lost Javonte Williams to a season-ending knee injury against the Raiders.

“You get banged up a couple times here and there,” Wilson said of his status.

But Wilson said he has “no limitations” for the Week 5 “Thursday Night Football” date with Indianapolis. The Colts are not ready to rule out their lead back, Jonathan Taylor, who is fighting a turf toe injury. Indianapolis will be without linebacker Shaquille Leonard. The Colts listed three injuries for Leonard on Tuesday: concussion, nose and back.

The Raiders beat the Broncos 32-23 on Sunday in Denver’s highest-scoring effort of the season. Wilson has been sacked 12 times.

Boone has three carries for 20 yards this season.

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New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson throws during warmups before an NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. Wilson will not play due to a knee injury.

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Jets QB Zach Wilson practices, will start Week 4 barring setback

Zach Wilson practiced with the New York Jets on Wednesday and will start Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, barring a setback.

Wilson, 23, was sidelined for the first three games of the season as he recovered from arthroscopic surgery performed on Aug. 16. He sustained a meniscus tear and a bone bruise on a non-contact injury in the Aug. 12 preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The No. 2 pick in the 2021 draft, Wilson missed time last season with a torn PCL in the same knee. He was 3-10 as a starter with nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Head coach Robert Saleh said Wilson will “absolutely” start against the Steelers provided there is no setback.

The Jets are off to a 1-2 start with Joe Flacco as Wilson’s replacement.

“It’s exciting to get him back out there, but at the same time, it’s not all about Zach,” Saleh said. “It’s making sure we’re executing on all cylinders.”

Saleh said medical clearance was given only after the Jets deemed Wilson’s knee is “100 percent.” He said there is no concern with Wilson’s offensive line holding up.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Pittsburgh was upramping preparation for Wilson and specifically addressing his mobility as a concern.

“We know they have some QB questions. We’re familiar with Joe (Flacco) and he’s familiar with us,” Tomlin said. “From a Zach Wilson perspective, we haven’t been in the stadium with him so there are some unknowns.”

With three of the team’s offensive tackles on injured reserve, Flacco was sacked nine times in three games. Wilson was sacked 44 times in 13 games in 2021.

Wilson could have plenty of chances to throw if the 2022 pattern holds for the Jets, who’ve lost two games by 15 points each and are allowing 27 points per game.

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Sep 18, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Houston Texans tight end Brevin Jordan (9) catches the ball in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos slide past Texans for first win

Russell Wilson was 14-for-31 passing for 219 yards, one touchdown and an interception, Eric Saubert caught a scoring pass, and the host Denver Broncos beat the Houston Texans 16-9 on Sunday.

Courtland Sutton had seven receptions for 122 yards and Javonte Williams rushed for 75 yards on 15 carries for Denver (1-1).

Davis Mills was 19-for-38 passing for 177 yards and Dameon Pierce ran for 69 yards on 15 carries for Houston (0-1-1).

After a slow start by both teams, the Broncos finally got on the board but missed a chance for more. A pass interference penalty gave Denver the ball at the Texans 2-yard line, but after three failed attempts — including a reversal of a TD pass to Sutton — the Broncos settled for Brandon McManus’ 20-yard field goal with 5:30 left in the quarter.

Houston answered on the next drive, going 54 yards in 10 plays and tied it on Ka’imi Fairbairn’s 40-yard field goal late in the first quarter.

The Texans forced a punt and duplicated their previous drive — 10 plays, 54 yards — and a 44-yard field goal from Fairbairn made it 6-3 late in the second quarter.

Wilson orchestrated a drive that put Denver at the goal line, but a delay of game penalty pushed the ball back and the Broncos settled for another short field goal by McManus, this one from 24 yards, to tie the game at halftime.

Denver got the ball to start the third quarter but Christian Kirksey intercepted Wilson near midfield. Houston drove down to the Broncos’ 6 before Fairbairn kicked a 24-yard field goal to put the Texans ahead 9-6 with 8:33 left in the third quarter.

The teams traded punts at the end of the third quarter before Denver finally put together a touchdown drive. Three completions and three runs got the Broncos to the Houston 22, and Wilson connected with Saubert on a 22-yard TD pass to put the Broncos ahead 13-9 with 12:37 left.

Denver forced a punt and then drove to the Texans’ 32 before McManus kicked his third field goal, a 50-yarder, to put the Broncos ahead by seven with 3:36 left.

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Quarterback, Joe Flacco of the Jets gets the ball off as he is caught by Broderick Washington of the Ravens in the second half in the season opener as the Baltimore Ravens defeated the NY Jets 24-9 on September 11, 2022.

The Baltimore Ravens Defeat The Ny Jets In The Seaqson Opener 24 9 On September 11 2022

Jets stick with Joe Flacco as Week 2 starter

Mike White remains the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart and Joe Flacco is still the starter as the New York Jets dive headlong into Week 2 preparations.

Flacco started last Sunday in the Jets’ Week 1 home loss to the Baltimore Ravens, but converted only 2 of 14 third-down chances in a 24-9 defeat. He was also pressured 19 times and averaged just 5.2 yards per pass attempt.

Flacco, 37, is now winless in six starts with the Jets, and head coach Robert Saleh opened the door to a QB storyline entering the Week 2 game at Cleveland by not committing to Flacco on Monday.

“More than likely, going to be Joe,” Saleh said Monday.

But the offense is staying in Flacco’s hands for at least one more start. Playing in place of Jets starter Zach Wilson, Flacco went 37-for-59 for 307 yards with a touchdown and an interception last week.

Wilson is sidelined for at least the first four games of the season following preseason knee surgery. Saleh said Wilson is at least one week away from returning to team drills but will throw to receivers this week.

The other quarterback on the roster is White, the name Jets’ fans chanted in the fourth quarter. Guard Connor McGovern said he didn’t hear any chants for White during the game but added Flacco is called “Cool Joe” for a reason.

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Sep 11, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets quarterback Joe Flacco (19) is tackled by Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Broderick Washington (96) while throwing the ball during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

No Joe? Jets could make move from Flacco at QB

Joe Flacco is not being benched by the New York Jets yet, but head coach Robert Saleh stopped short of saying he would start Week 2.

Flacco started Sunday in the Jets’ Week 1 home loss to the Baltimore Ravens, but converted only 2 of 14 third-down chances in a 24-9 defeat. He was also pressured 19 times and averaged just 5.2 yards per pass attempt.

Flacco, 37, is now winless in six starts with the Jets.

Saleh said the quarterback position constantly is under review regardless of the starter. Who will it be Sunday for the Week 2 matchup with the Cleveland Browns?

“More than likely, going to be Joe,” Saleh said Monday.

Playing in place of injured Jets starter Zach Wilson, Flacco went 37-for-59 for 307 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Wilson is sidelined for at least the first four games of the season following preseason knee surgery. Saleh said Wilson is at least one week away from returning to team drills, but will throw to receivers this week.

The other quarterback on the roster is Mike White, the name Jets’ fans chanted in the fourth quarter. Guard Connor McGovern said he didn’t hear any chants for White during the game but added Flacco is called “Cool Joe” for a reason.

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