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The 1983 quarterback draft class is the gold standard. This year's group probably won't pan out so well, but silver sure can shimmer. The Comstock Lode, the massive silver vein in Nevada's western mountains, made many men rich and established much of America's Pacific infrastructure. There was so much silver, the U.S. Mint opened a branch in nearby Carson City. …

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The key players at the top of the 2018 NFL Draft are gearing up for a bidding war. Cleveland is in position to address its glaring quarterback need with the No. 1 overall pick. The New York Giants, sitting at No. 2, acknowledge their obvious need for an heir to 37-year-old quarterback Eli Manning. That puts Indianapolis at No. 3, Cleveland at No. 4 an…

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Chad Kelly has been in the NFL for 10 months. And for 10 months his NFL dreams have been paused. At this time a year ago, when the top names of his draft class descended on Indianapolis and the NFL scouting combine, Kelly was encumbered by a laundry bag of red flags. The NFL had rescinded his combine invitation because of a new misbehavior policy — since terminate…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNBlitz.com. Click here to subscribe.  The first thing the Buffalo Bills should do in preparing to face the Denver Broncos Sunday is ignore the offensive game plan the Dallas Cowboys used last week. Denver has the best pass defense in the NFL. The Broncos have the best speed rusher in the NFL in Von …

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WHEATFIELD – Chad Kelly slept on the basement floor Thursday night. No NFL team selected him in the first round of the NFL Draft. Although expected, he underscored his circumstance with a reminder that his pro career won't merely start from the ground up, but from the subterranean. "I wanted to feel what it was like at the bottom," Kelly said. "I could've slept in th…

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WHEATFIELD -- Chad Kelly's agonizing, three-day wait ended at 6:27 p.m. with a call from the Denver Broncos GM and Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway. The former St. Joe's quarterback was selected with the final pick of the entire draft, 253rd overall and ceremonial Mr. Irrelevant. The call from Denver came about 30 seconds after Kelly stormed out of his parents' ho…

One of the favorite parts of my job is when an interview takes an unexpected turn that makes me think about the game in a different way or leads to questions I hadn't pondered before. That happened during a recent conversation I had with University of Georgia coach Mark Richt about his old friend, Jim Kelly. The story for which I interviewed Richt ran in Friday's edition…

ORLANDO, Fla. -- John Elway saw Jim Kelly just two weeks ago in Vail, Colo. They were there for a speaking engagement with Joe Montana, three Hall of Fame quarterbacks with a lot to feel thankful for. But Kelly wasn't feeling well. He complained of pain in his restructured upper jaw, where he had a cancerous tumor removed in June. "It's sad to me to hear what's taken pla…