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Zaslal/a 15.6.2019 5:07

ENGLEWOOD Courtland Sutton Jersey , Colo. (AP) — Upon further review, Bradley Roby is trying to shrug off the stinging judgment call from the booth.The Denver Broncos cornerback drew criticism from ESPN commentator and longtime Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten for standing around on a run play in the closing minutes of a loss to the Oakland Raiders on “Monday Night Football.”Roby’s about to head into free agency and being called out for the perception of quitting on a play didn’t exactly sit well.“I just felt like it was kind of unnecessary,” said Roby, whose Broncos (6-9) close out the season Sunday by hosting a Los Angeles Chargers (11-4) team still in contention for the AFC West title. “On the play, it did look like I stopped. So I understand where he’s coming from. But I didn’t feel like it was necessary.”This has been an up-and-down season for the fifth-year defensive back who the Broncos were banking on so heavily they traded Aqib Talib to the Los Angeles Rams last March. Roby went from primarily playing the nickel spot to lining up opposite of Chris Harris Jr. It’s been a steep learning curve. Now Roby’s covering No. 1 targets with Harris sidelined by a broken leg.Still, Roby’s shown flashes of promise. There was his performance on Oct. 18 at Arizona when he picked off Josh Rosen’s pass and had a career-best four passes defensed. He’s shown toughness, too. Exhibit A: Taking the field after needing five stitches for a laceration on his chin which he could stick his tongue through.His biggest obstacle, though, has been consistency.“At times, he plays up and down,” defensive coordinator Joe Woods said. “The last couple of weeks, we moved him inside. He’s played some nickel. I thought he played the last couple of weeks pretty well.”The comments from Witten initially stung Roby, who was lining up outside on a run play just before the two-minute warning and continued next to a receiver on the outside as Doug Martin ran up the middle. Witten said on the broadcast that if he was Broncos coach Vance Joseph, he would have pulled Roby.“It was really a mistake. I thought the play was over, I was wrong,” said Roby, a first-round pick in 2014 out of Ohio State. “But for him to say that Royce Freeman Jersey White , it just made me mad.”Woods’ take on the situation was direct: “We want our guys playing with max effort all the time. I don’t question our guys’ effort. I think he could’ve got off that block and played a little better there. But we’re always pushing that to try to get the guys to play as hard as they can on every single play.”Roby thought the comments might have due to his trash talking with Witten when the Broncos beat the Cowboys last season.“Maybe he remembers me from that or I don’t know,” Roby said. “He just has to learn the power that he has and the perception. I really wasn’t going to say anything about it, but I just know that people listen, people believe stuff like that. … I don’t fault him. I’m not mad about it. I just want to defend myself because I don’t want people thinking a certain way about me when I made a mistake.”Roby’s attempted to hold things together in a depleted secondary that’s missing Harris since he fractured his right fibula when a player fell on him in a win at Cincinnati on Dec. 2. Roby’s best resume is game film and he has one final chance to leave a lasting impression as Philip Rivers and Keenan Allen arrive in town. Allen needs seven catches for a second straight 100-reception season.“I’m just going to go out there and do my job,” Roby said. “That’s all I can worry about. That’s all I can control. … Finish the season off strong. I believe we should do that, and I’m going to do everything I can to do that.”NOTES: WR Andre Holmes (ankle) didn’t practice Thursday. … CB Brendan Langley cleared the concussion protocol. … Joseph won’t limit the playing time of pass rushers Von Miller and Bradley Chubb despite the team being out of the playoff chase. … Undrafted rookie RB Phillip Lindsay is slated to have surgery on his wrist and needs three to four months of rehab. That means missing the Pro Bowl. But Miller said if Lindsay wants to go to the Pro Bowl, he has space in his room. A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for Lindsay. The Raiders’ 2019 draft picks keep falling. The Raiders own the first-round picks of the Cowboys and Bears, but both teams won division titles. That means those choices will fall somewhere between selections 21 and 32.Oakland entered tonight holding the second overall choice with a 3-11 record, but the Raiders are playing like a team that doesn’t care a thing about tanking.The Raiders lead the Broncos 17-0 at halftime, with Denver looking like a team that has quit on its coach.A victory by Oakland would drop the Raiders’ own projected draft position to fourth overall.The Broncos had six possessions in the first half, none of more than seven plays and none of more than 34 yards. They gained only 116 yards, with their only chance to score came on a 58-yard field goal attempt by Brandon McManus on the final play of the first half that fell just short.The first five Denver drives ended in punts.Case Keenum is 10-of-16 for 77 yards. Courtland Sutton has four catches for 39 yards, including a 20-yarder that gave McManus a chance for the field goal.The Raiders scored on a 99-yard Dwayne Harris punt return with 10:10 in the first half. It was the third punt return of 99 yards or longer in NFL history. Patrick Peterson also has a 99-yarder, and Robert Bailey set the NFL record with a 103-yard return.The Raiders took their first 14-point lead since Week 12 of last season when Doug Martin ran 24 yards for a score. They added a field goal with 19 seconds left in the first half on a 43-yard Daniel Carlson field goal.Carlson is 14-of-15 on field goals with the Raiders. His 93.3 percentage is on pace for franchise record, bettering the previous mark of 91.2 percent set by Sebastian Janikowski in 2012.Derek Carr is 12-of-17 for 121 yards. Jordy Nelson has three catches for 42 yards. Martin has five carries for 40 yards and a touchdown.

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