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Charles Tillman trading NFL life for FBI, report says


Some guys just can’t stay away from the action.

Former Pro Bowl defensive back Charles Tillman is reportedly training to join the FBI, the Chicago Tribune reported, citing multiple sources.

The FBI declined comment on the personnel matter, but we can confirm Tillman has a handful of months before turning 37 in February and thus being too old to be a new hire by “the bureau.”

Tillman, who has a degree in criminal justice from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, tried his hand at TV last season with Fox but hasn’t appeared this season. Now we know why.

While a seven-minute drive might sound like it features one team running the ball down the other’s throat, LeSean McCoy & Co. were basically held in check by the Broncos’ run defense, which is one of the quiet success stories of 2017. Keep in mind that the league-best Denver defense was first against the pass and 21st against the run per DVOA last season. So far this season, the Broncos have held Melvin Gordon to 54 yards on 18 carries, Ezekiel Elliott to 8 yards on nine rushes, and now McCoy to 21 yards on 14 attempts. Those are three franchise running backs who have combined to run for 83 yards on 41 carries, or just over 2.0 yards per attempt. That’s sensational.

On the other hand, much as they did with Dak Prescott last week, the Broncos stacked the box with run defenders and dared Taylor to beat them. The difference is that Taylor delivered. He went 20-of-26 for 213 yards with two touchdowns, and two of those incompletions were drops. Taylor’s first touchdown pass came on a throw that was fortuitously deflected by Zay Jones to Andre Holmes, but Taylor was brilliant regardless. He posted a passer rating of 126.0, which is comfortably the best mark any quarterback has posted against the Broncos and their dominant pass defense since the beginning of the 2015 season. Drew Brees was previously the only other passer to make it to triple digits (111.7) over that time frame.
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