Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

FIRST & TEN: Notes, Numbers and Quotes around the NFL: [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

FIRST & TEN: Notes, Numbers and Quotes around the NFL: [Derived Headline]

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C.J. ANDERSON wonders if the guy running the craps table catches this much grief. A consensus top-10 pick in fantasy football this year after making the Pro Bowl last season, the Denver Broncos running back has gained just 56 yards on 24 carries so far. He's taken plenty of flak from frustrated fantasy football owners wondering if they wasted their top pick on him. "My Twitter and my Instagram have been all negativity: 'Hey, you (stink). You're not that good.' I mean, it's been outrageous," Anderson said. His reply? "Bench me. Drop me. I don't really care." What he cares about is real football. "We're 2-0 now with a chance to go 3-0 this weekend. That's all that matters," Anderson said as the Broncos prepared for their Sunday night showdown at Detroit.

ERIC BERRY, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma last December, made his return to his home field last week, in front of his home fans, victorious over the cancer diagnosis that had threatened his career, and perhaps much more, just 10 months earlier. By running out with his teammates during pre-game introductions, Berry -- who was introduced last -- delivered on a promise he made at the very end of a lengthy statement he released shortly after he took leave from the team late last season, "I will be back!"

IT'S BEEN nearly a decade since the Jacksonville Jaguars had a legitimate No. 1 receiver, but if Sunday's 23-20 win against Miami was any indication, second-year pro Allen Robinson from Penn State looks more than ready to fill the void. Robinson caught six passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns against the Dolphins.

JOE PHILBIN said he watched the game film from last Sunday's 23- 20 loss at Jacksonville and concluded that Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh didn't freelance and stray from the defensive gameplan. "I just watched the entire tape with the entire defensive staff," the coach said. "I didn't see anything of the sort, so I'm not sure where that came from." Three defensive players also said Suh hasn't been freelancing. …

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