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REPORT CARD / T.J. SIMERS : So This Wasn’t Exactly the SAT, But . . .

B- QUARTERBACKS

You watch Tolliver trying to hit his receivers, and you wonder if they’ve blindfolded him in the huddle. Every so often, he even pins the tail on the . . .

A RUNNING BACKS

He may change. He may buy the big car, wear jewelry and hold out for big money, but for now Marion Butts is all-around good as you get in pro football.

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A RECEIVERS

Last year the Chargers found Butts in round seven; this year, it’s Nate Lewis. If Anthony Miller is any more wide open, he’s cited for loitering.

A+ OFFENSIVE LINE

Holy Eric Floyd. You stop to think that Butts ran for 1,000 yards behind these ugly lugs, and you’re telling me you don’t believe in miracles?

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B DEFENSIVE LINE

You’d be better off having the IRS coming after you than having Leslie O’Neal on you. Was that Burt Grossman being credited with O’Neal’s sack?

B LINEBACKERS

Imagine asking Larry Sacknoff to do sports without teleprompter. Impossible. Billy Ray Smith plays with one healthy arm, and still forces a fumble. Amazing.

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C DEFENSIVE BACKS

Sam Seale on Al Toon: What do you expect when Spud Webb is asked to guard David Robinson? Whoever’s been on Donald Frank’s case should please apologize.

B+ SPECIAL TEAMS

Jets would have gotten farther on a midnight subway ride in New York than trying to return a kickoff. Six returns result in average gain of 13 yards.

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A COACHING

The Chargers’ petition to the league to play the Jets three more times instead of the Broncos, Chiefs and Raiders will no doubt be rejected.


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