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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor insists hes not affected by questions about his performance or long-term future in Buffalo.His actions appear to suggest differently.After answering a final question and saying Thank you, in closing his weekly news conference on Wednesday, Taylor walked away from the podium and said, Im done talking.The outburst happened off camera and followed a 10-minute session with reporters during which the second-year starter faced several questions about criticism he received following a 38-24 loss to Oakland on Sunday. The Bills squandered a 15-point second-half lead and dropped to 6-6 in moving to the fringes of playoff contention.And it comes at a time when Taylors future beyond this season in Buffalo is being questioned .Though the Bills signed Taylor to a five-year contract extension in August, the team retained the right to opt out of the deal -- and the $27.5 million he is owed in salary and bonuses -- before it kicks in this offseason.Taylor said he hasnt paid attention to the criticism because his sole focus is preparing to face Pittsburgh (7-5) on Sunday.This week, fellas. This week. Talk about this week, Taylor said when the topic of his future was broached.My future in Buffalo is this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Thats what matters most. I dont feel like talking about my contract right now. We still have games to play.He said it makes no difference as to whether the criticism is fair.Critics are going to critique. Its in their job title, Taylor said. Whether its fair or not, its going to happen. Just have to deal with it, ignore it, continue playing football. I dont let those things affect me.Taylor is taking heat because he has a 6-6 record and the Bills passing attack ranks last in the NFL. Though hes made an impact in Buffalos top-ranked ground game with 469 yards rushing and six touchdowns, Taylor has subpar passing numbers. His 2,292 yards passing rank 27th among quarterbacks with 300 or more attempts. Taylors topped 200 yards passing just four times this season.And he has struggled in the past five games, having thrown just two touchdowns versus three interceptions and a lost fumble.Overall, hes completed 211 of 348 attempts with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions, while also being sacked 34 times.In Taylors defense, the Bills group of receivers has been depleted by injuries.Starter Sammy Watkins has been limited to just four games because of a broken bone in his surgically repaired left foot. Robert Woods has missed three games because of a right foot and left knee injury. Backups Walter Powell, Greg Salas and recently acquired Percy Harvin are also sidelined with season-ending injuries.Its been a battle, but guys have worked through it, Taylor said of the injuries. We havent complained once. We just try to find ways to win each and every week.Taylor has a 14-12 record since taking over the No. 1 job at the start of the 2015 season in his first year in Buffalo. He spent his first four seasons serving as Joe Flaccos backup in Baltimore.Though noted for his speed and strong arm, Taylor has been occasionally knocked for scrambling too often, and for having difficulty completing passes over the middle. At 6-foot-1, hes considered short by NFL quarterback standards.Against Oakland, Taylor opened by completing nine of his first 10 attempts for 110 yards. He then completed nine of his final 25 passes for 81 yards.Following the game, he then provided terse one- and two-word answers, and sidestepped questions whether he deserved a share of the blame.On Wednesday, Taylor said he was partially to blame and needs to do better.Ive taken everything that you all stood up here and asked me right on the chest, Taylor said. It doesnt affect me emotionally or physically. I take that every week. So whatever you all want to blame, Ill take that. My job is to get the team into a position where we can win on Sunday. Can I bet better? Yes.Coach Rex Ryan rallied to Taylors defense by calling him an outstanding quarterback.Ryan also noted that everyone is open to criticism.Everybody has a right to their opinions about not just Tyrod, but any situation, he said. Were in sports. And thats the beauty of it. But again, this is strictly about Pittsburgh.Game notes Woods (left knee) practiced on a limited basis for the first time since missing two games. ... 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William Karlsson Blue Jackets Jersey. -- The boos poured down on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots at the end of a horrible first half.CHICAGO – When Patrick Kane iced the Flyers for the Blackhawks first Stanley Cup in 49 years back in 2010, there in the stands at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia to experience the excitement and pandemonium of a long-awaited victory was a jubilant, but ultimately unsatisfied goaltender from Montreal. Then the third man in the Chicago crease, firmly behind the starter, Antti Niemi, and his backup, Cristobal Huet, Corey Crawford wanted to feel the weight of the games ultimate prize, own it for himself. "Obviously, I was excited for the guys that were able to win it, [but] at the same time you werent playing so its not the same feeling," a heavily bearded Crawford said from media day at the United Center on Tuesday afternoon. "When youre out there and youre battling hard and you give up so much, so much sacrifice and so much hard work to finally achieve that goal, its a lot different [than] when youre sitting in the stands." Crawford will be far from the stands when the Cup Final gets underway on Wednesday night. A second round pick of the Blackhawks organization in 2003, the 28-year-old will get his chance to "achieve that goal" of a Stanley Cup win, now the man in the Chicago crease. Crawford has sizzled in the 2013 postseason, topping all counterparts with a miniscule 1.74 goals against average, ranked second with a .935 save percentage. "I played with him for six years, coming up in the minor leagues together," said former Rockford IceHog teammate and current Blackhawk Bryan Bickell. "His focus level from where it was then to where it is now, its changed. Him being in Rockford to start off his career, to get that confidence where he is now, its unbelievable. Hes been playing great for us, hes our backbone." Crunched with cap constraints following their Cup victory in the summer of 2010 – Chicago had recently matched a four-year offer sheet to blooming defender Niklas Hjalmarsson – the Blackhawks parted ways with Niemi, who had been awarded a $2.75 million judgment from the arbitration process, leaving a gaping hole in the crease of their Cup defence. They pledged to fill it with 34-year-old Marty Turco, who had recently concluded a lengthy and successful tenure in Dallas. Lingering in the background was Crawford, who would eventually usurp Turco for the starting role. "It was five years that I had to work hard in the minors," said Crawford, who teamed with Ray Emery to win the William M. Jennings Trophy for the lowest goals-against average in the 2013 regular season. "I didnt think that I was owed anything. It never crossed my mind. It was more of I just have to keep playing hard, keep working hard and force them to make a decision where they have to put me on their team. That year was a lot of fun. I started out as a backup behind Marty and I learned a lot from that guy." He tasted failure in his first two trips to the postseason as the lead in goal, falling in an epic seeven-game series to Vancouver in 2011 before dropping a six-game set to Phoenix in the spring of 2012.dddddddddddd Those lessons, like his time in the minors, have made an opportunity such as this all the more sweet. "Obviously, your goal is to get to the end and win and whenever you dont do that, you wonder why," Crawford said. Countering him in the first-ever Stanley Cup meeting between the Blackhawks and Bruins will be a goaltender who faced a similar circumstance when his team hoisted the grand prize in 2011, albeit not from the stands as Crawford had experienced. Tuukka Rask sat on the bench when Boston captured the Cup two years ago, the backup to the enigmatic, but incredibly effective Bruins starter Tim Thomas. While he posted the stingiest of numbers – including a .931 save percentage in 2009-2010 – Rask was typically playing second fiddle to Thomas, save for the 2010 postseason when the Bruins unraveled behind a 3-0 series lead, their foes that year in Philadelphia squaring off with Chicago in the 2010 final. Now, like Crawford, hell get his opportunity to win the Cup as the lead in the Boston crease. "I think everybody would like to have that chance someday," said Rask, who exudes not quite cockiness but a certain confidence in his demeanor, "and for me it came pretty early after our win. Im just trying to make the most out of it and enjoy myself." A teammate since the 2009-2010 campaign, Daniel Paille had a sense that Rask was capable of the theatrics hes pulled off this postseason, leading all goaltenders with an utterly tremendous .943 save percentage, stopping all but two of the 136 shots he faced from the Penguins in the Eastern Final. "I thought that years ago when he was a starter back in 2009," Paille said of a regular season in which Rask posted a 1.97 goals against average. "But Tuukka, he just was patient, waited his time and now hes seizing the opportunity. I dont think he surprises any of us." Echoing those thoughts was Patrice Bergeron, who claimed that he knew "right away" that the former Maple Leafs draft pick was capable of the spectacular. "Hes got the poise but also the confidence in him that he can do the job," Bergeron said, "but also hes got the talent and obviously thats something important to have and also the character. He had everything from the beginning to be a starter, but not just a starter but a goalie who can steal games for you. "Ive always had tremendous confidence in his game and the way that he handles himself off the ice and the way that he could shake off a tough performance or the opposite is true, when he had a really good performance and he stole a game for us, he never got over-confident. Thats what youre looking for in a goalie." There for the taking is an opportunity for one of the two goaltenders to stamp out a place in the forefront of a Stanley Cup victory. No longer will one linger in the shadows. Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '


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