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Jets’ Dylan Donahue Embracing Second Chance

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New York Jets backup linebacker Dylan Donahue is trying to make the most of his 2nd chance and aiming to move forward after a month-long stint in alcohol rehab.

Donahue has a tough road ahead, as he is facing drunken driving charges in two states, Montana and New Jersey, and is over a month removed from his 31-day stint in an alcohol-rehab facility in Jacksonville, Florida.

Now, Donahue is looking to make the most of his opportunity, and is grateful to head coach Todd Bowles.

“I’ve known about him previously and his character, and I just think he’s a player’s coach,” Donahue said, according to ESPN. “He understands what it’s like for people who make mistakes and giving them second chances.”

Donahue was involved in a crash back on February 26th, when he allegedly made a wrong-way entrance on to the Lincoln Tunnel, crashing head one into a passenger bus. Donahue was arrested and charged with drunk driving and then checked himself into rehab.

But that wasn’t the linebacker’s first brush with death, shortly after the 2017 NFL Draft, Donahue flipped his SUV in his hometown of Billings, Montana, after driving into a parked, unoccupied pickup truck.

Donahue was charged with a DUI.

“I don’t necessarily feel lucky. I don’t believe in luck,” Donahue, who suffered no significant injuries, said. “I feel like God was watching out for me.”

Donahue calls the latest accident a  “wake-up call,” calling his time in rehab “very awakening and life-changing.”

“Every day, I thought about where I was at with my relationship with God.

“It was an opportunity to get close with him and to figure out who I really am, getting closer with myself, as well.

“When I made it to the league, I was focusing everything on football, football, football and not focusing on myself and the Lord. I was able to step back, take a deep breath and figure out how to carry on.”

Donahue also talked about some noticeable changes since leaving rehab.

“My mind feels a lot clearer,” Donahue said. “I’m able to remember things a lot better and just think a lot clearer.”

Donahue will likely face a suspension from the league when he officially returns in late July, but he seems at peace with the process.

“Whatever they decide to do,” he said, “I’m all right with.”

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Chris Johnson Retires as Titan

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Former NFL running back Chris Johnson signed a one-day contract with the Tennessee Titans so that he can retire with the team he has spent the best years, and the majority of his NFL career with.

Johnson also believes that if he was a feature back, he could still surpass 1,000 yards rushing in a complete NFL season

“Shoot, that’s not even a question” Johnson said, according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessee Titans’ official team website . You put me in an offense where I’m the starting back, there’s no way I wouldn’t get 1,000 yards,” said Johnson. “I could still do it, but it’s time to move onto the next situation.”

“Tennessee, that’s the first organization that gave me a chance to make my dreams come true,” Johnson said. “I have so many great memories in Tennessee and was able to do so many things with the Titans. It’s an organization I always want to be considered a part of.

“I grew up in Tennessee. I went from being a kid to a grown man here. I might have grown up as a kid in (my hometown of) Orlando, but I was still a kid in Nashville when I got there. The team and the city, they’ve always shown me so much love. I have great memories from my days with the Titans, so many on the field and in the city. I’ve always loved Tennessee, and I always will because I’ve always felt so much love.”

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Bengals Pick Up Option on William Jackson

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The Cincinnati Bengals have picked up the fifth-year option on cornerback William Jackson, according to an official team announcement.

A former 2016 first round pick, Jackson missed his rookie season due to injury, and played in a reserve role when he returned the following season.

Jackson became a starter in 2018, starting all 16 games for the Bengals and although he did not record a single interception, he was graded highly by Pro Football Focus for his coverage.

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Ravens, Justin Tucker Agree to Contract Extension

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The Baltimore Ravens have agreed to terms with veteran kicker Justin Tucker on a four-year, $23.05 million contract extension, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Tucker’s new deal will include an $8 million signing bonus and $12.5 million fully guaranteed during the first two seasons of the new deal, a record for kickers.

Tucker’s new deal will keep him Baltimore through the 2023 season.

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