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If anything happens to Case Keenum Womens Tre'Quan Smith Jersey , the Denver Broncos' offense would be in the hands of Kevin Hogan, who rose up the depth chart when Chad Kelly slipped up.A third-year pro, Hogan has one NFL start on a resume that includes more wins (36) and total yardage (10,634) in college than any of the all-time great quarterbacks who played for Stanford, including his boss, John Elway."Kevin has played in games. He's a smart guy," coach Vance Joseph said. "He's picked it up quick and we have full confidence in Kevin."The Broncos were awarded Hogan off waivers from Washington last month after Kelly beat out first-round pick Paxton Lynch for the No. 2 job in Denver.Kelly was dismissed from the team Wednesday , a day after his arrest on suspicion on criminal trespass in the hours after a team-building Halloween party in suburban Englewood.In Hogan, Keenum sees much of himself."I have a lot of trust in Kevin. I think, similar paths. Been on a few teams and he's done a great job stepping in and getting a lot of mental reps every day," Keenum said. "Getting better every day. He's done a great job, great team guy, great locker room guy to be around. I have complete trust in him if he needs to step in."On Thursday, the Broncos added former Colorado State quarterback Garrett Grayson to their practice squad after promoting receiver/returner Isaiah McKenzie to their active roster. Grayson is a third-year pro who spent two seasons on the Saints' active roster and practice squad (2015-16) and last year on the Falcons' practice squad."Isaiah's been working very hard. He's got a skillset that you can't teach and that's speed Marshon Lattimore Saint Jersey ," Joseph said Thursday. "So, when you can add a guy with that kind of speed, it's always a good thing."Joseph said Grayson was "a guy that we've been tracking here for a couple of years. He fits the skillset that our quarterbacks have. He can move, he's got a very good arm, he's a smart guy. He's been on an active roster in New Orleans for two years, so he's got some experience."So, having that spot available, pushing Isaiah up to the roster and bringing up a guy of that caliber, that will help us in the future."The Broncos (3-4) travel to Kansas City (6-1) this weekend to face the team that drafted Hogan in the fifth round in 2016."These things have a funny way of coming full-circle," said Hogan, who will be active Sunday for the first time with the Broncos. "It's going to be fun to go out there and suit up. I'm not worried about that right now. My job is to get myself prepared, but also to get Case as prepared as possible."Hogan still has a big fan in Chiefs coach Andy Reid."I love him," Reid said. "He's got sniper vision. He's got great eyes and he sees everything. I'm pulling for him. I'm one of his fans. I like the way he goes about his business. He's a brilliant kid."Elway's record on QB acquisitions is spotty aside from luring Peyton Manning to Denver for the second chapter of his brilliant career.Ever since Manning's retirement in 2016, the Broncos have had their troubles at quarterback Womens Michael Thomas Jersey , whether with free agent Mark Sanchez or draft picks Brock Osweiler, Trevor Siemian, Lynch or Kelly.Even Keenum's acquisition is looking more like a short-term situation.He signed a two-year, $36 million deal in March after leading the Vikings to the NFC championship game, but he's off to a middling start in Denver with eight TDs and nine interceptions and is the only quarterback in the league with interceptions in all seven of his team's games.He missed a wide-open Demaryius Thomas for the go-ahead touchdown in the final minute of Denver's 27-23 loss at home to the Chiefs on Oct. 1, and was booed in a 23-20 loss to the Rams in Denver two weeks later.Hogan has been a game-day inactive all season but now will be one snap away from playing."I feel very prepared. This is going on Week 7 or 8 in the system and I spend a lot of time working and studying," Hogan said. "I always took the game plan seriously and prepared as if I was playing. I'm not going to treat it any differently, just going to put the uniform on." Barring ties in Week 17 鈥?and there are some wild scenarios should certain games end in draws Sunday 鈥?the road to the playoffs is quite straight in the NFC. The path to a first-round bye in the AFC has a bunch of curves in it.Already in are NFC division winners Dallas (East), New Orleans (South), Chicago (North) and the Los Angeles Rams (West). AFC divisions clinched belong to New England in the East and, well, nobody else. But there are clear leaders .Seattle owns an NFC wild card, and the LA Chargers have one in the AFC, though they can still win the AFC West."You either believe in something or you don't Womens Drew Brees Jersey ," says coach Pete Carroll, whose 9-6 Seahawks made the postseason in what was considered a rebuilding year. "I think just staying the course and knowing we're on to something. Believing in the history. We know what we're capable of doing. We've shown it over a lot of years. You're always adapting, but it's staying what you're true to. I think that's what is happening. We look like a team that we have seen before, and that's powerful."Most powerful so far has been New Orleans, with the league's best record at 13-2, and a dynamic offense led by Drew Brees. The Saints have home-field advantage throughout the conference playoffs.The Rams (12-3) get the other opening-round bye if they beat San Francisco on Sunday. If they lose and the Bears win at Minnesota, Chicago (11-4) earns the week off and Los Angeles drops to the third seed.A Bears win also could keep the Vikings (8-6-1) out of the postseason, providing defending champion Philadelphia (8-7) wins at Washington. Only the Vikings or Eagles can get the second NFC wild card."We've got to empty the bucket, and that's the way we've got to play next week at home," Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph says. "I'm really looking forward to that environment."In the AFC, seeding is more muddled. Any of four teams could be the top or second seed.The simplest route is if Kansas City (11-4) and New England (10-5), currently the top two in the conference, both win Sunday. But if the Chiefs lose at home to Oakland and the Chargers (11-4) win at Denver, Los Angeles moves into the top spot.Houston (10-5) also could wind up No. 1 in the AFC with losses by the Chiefs Michael Thomas Jersey White , Patriots against the Jets, and Chargers. New England, the only unbeaten team at home this year, would get the first seed with a victory and losses by the Chiefs and Chargers.And get this: Houston doesn't even own a division title. If the Texans fall at home to Jacksonville, the winner of the Colts at Titans game in Tennessee takes the AFC South, and the Texans become a wild card, joining either the Chiefs or Chargers.Texans coach Bill O'Brien, whose club began the season 0-3, is intrigued by the division being so ensconced in the playoff picture this year."I think that's an interesting question because I can remember the question was, two years ago, 'Why is the AFC South so bad?'" he says. "Now, 'Why is it so good?'"...I've never thought it was bad. I think every year it's been extremely difficult to win games in the division. I just think there's a lot of great coaches. You've got Frank (Reich) in Indy, Mike (Vrabel) in Tennessee, Doug (Marrone) in Jacksonville. You've got a lot of great players https://www.thesaintslockerroom.com/authentic-tre_quan-smith-jersey , quarterbacks, so you've got a tough division."The AFC division often looked at as the toughest has been the North, which, not surprisingly, has come down to Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh. Except the Ravens (9-6) host the Browns, while the Steelers (8-6-1) must beat visiting Cincinnati and hope their archenemies from Cleveland sidetrack Baltimore, either beating or tying the Ravens.Neither the Ravens nor the Steelers can be a wild card 鈥?except if Pittsburgh ties the Bengals, then Indianapolis and Tennessee also tie. Then the Steelers are in.Of course, Pittsburgh also can win the North with a draw and a loss by Baltimore.Your head spinning yet?



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