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Melvin Gordon and Jay Ajayi share brotherhood, bruising running style

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Melvin Gordon and Jay Ajayi took different paths to NFL stardom this season.

A first-round selection by the San Diego Chargers expected to shine right away, Gordon toiled through an uneven rookie season in which he failed to get into the end zone, fumbled six times and suffered a knee injury the required microfracture surgery during the offseason.

Ajayi tumbled down the draft board last season with teams concerned about his knee issues in college, with his name finally called in the fifth round by Miami.

The Boise State product finished with just 187 rushing yards playing behind Lamar Miller his rookie season.

After losing the starting Reilly Smith Youth Jersey job to Arian Foster to begin the 2016 season, Ajayi was left back in Miami for the season opener, a 12-10 loss against Seattle.

Those who know and have spoken with Kelly backed up his words and say he is not going anywhere.

There is no worse time to play an Andy Reid-coached team than after the bye. For the third straight season under Reid, the Chiefs have won at least four consecutive games following their bye week.

The AFC North isn’t what it used to be: Heading Terry O’Reilly Youth Jersey into Thursday’s game between Cleveland and Baltimore, there wasn’t a team in the division that had a winning record.

Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston is right on schedule with his recovery from ACL surgery last season, but his return will be on a limited, situational basis. The situations, of course, would be on passing downs and it will be interesting to see how creative Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton gets with his sub packages now that Dee Ford has finally emerged with nine sacks. If Houston does get anywhere close to his pre-ACL surgery form, remember that he registered 22 sacks in his last full season (2014).

Five-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning will be honored with the Sportsman of the Year Award by the March of Dimes Greater New York Market at its 33rd Annual Sports Luncheon, on Nov. 30 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.

Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor’s performance in a losing effort Monday night on the road in Seattle was just one of several games in recent weeks that has earned him praise from football executives and coaches. Those good words also have been placed at the feet of offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn — who replaced Greg Roman in that stunning Week 3 firing — as well as veteran quarterbacks coach David Lee, a relentless teacher of fundamentals.

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