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CHARLOTTE Taylor Rapp Jersey , N.C. (AP) — Joey Slye spent last season living in his parents’ basement without a full-time job.This year, he’ll be kicking for the Carolina Panthers — and his late brother A.J.An undrafted rookie in 2018, Slye was thrust into a prominent and potential game-determining role when the Panthers placed veteran kicker Graham Gano on injured reserve on Friday.It wasn’t supposed to happen like this.Coach Ron Rivera said the Panthers signed Slye “on a whim” in early August when Gano experienced re-occurring pain in his plant leg during training camp. Slye was brought in as a short-term fill-in while Gano recovered.But Gano never did.Slye took advantage of his opportunity making 7 of 8 field goals during the preseason, including all three attempts from beyond 50 yards. His only miss was a 48-yarder that was blocked due to a protection breakdown.“It wasn’t what I was expecting coming in here,” Slye said, knowing that Gano was an established kicker who’d missed just three field goals for Carolina in the past two seasons.But Slye quickly shied away from any praise.He said all of that should be directed toward his brother A.J., a former Division III linebacker at Salisbury University who passed away in 2014 after a 14-month battle with acute myeloid leukemia, a rare form of blood cell cancer Shareef Miller Jersey , at the age of 20.It was a devastating blow for Joey, who viewed A.J. as his closest friend. They talked sports continuously and dreamed one day of playing together in the NFL.On the field he honors his brother by raising six fingers to the sky after every made field goal and extra point. A.J. wore No. 6 when they played together at North Stafford High School in Virginia.“It gives me the understanding that he’s still there,” Slye said. “I find comfort in that. I like to do it because I want a lot of my recognition to go to him. I don’t need it. I don’t want it. I want my brother to be known for how he fought, what he fought for and the type of person he was. I just want to continue his legacy forever.”Off the field he helped start the SlyeStrong#6 Foundation , which is devoted to helping find a cure for adult/childhood cancer.Slye has some of his brother’s fight in him.He could have easily given up on his dream of playing in the NFL after being unable to land a job last year. But he wouldn’t look for a full-time “regular job” because he refused to give up on his dream — and because he promised A.J. he would make it to the NFL.So he kept on kicking.“I put all of my eggs in one basket, basically,” Slye said. “I knew other (kickers) were working on their skills. For a lot of guys in the special teams realm it’s about how long you are willing to keep fighting for that opportunity.”Slye is known for having a big leg — he made a 59-yard field goal in the preseason with plenty of room to spare — but his accuracy has always been a concern. He made only 72.2 percent of his field-goal attempts at Virginia Tech.But he’s been accurate in games and practice since his arrival in Carolina.Rivera said Slye is a true “feel good story,” but said it’s now time to see if he can produce amid the pressure of kicking in regular-season games Germaine Pratt Jersey , something Slye has never done before.“With everything he has gone through, he has weathered the storm,” Rivera said. “He’s shown us every reason to be confident in him. But we’ll see. That’s why you play on Sunday.”NOTES: Cam Newton took all of his reps at practice Monday and remains on target to start Sunday’s season opener against the Rams. … Greg Olsen did not practice but Rivera said “he’s fine” and that the veteran tight was “taking care of something.” … Outside linebacker Bruce Irvin (hamstring) and backup offensive tackle Greg Little (concussion) did not practice. Dak Prescott didn’t need long to hit it off with Amari Cooper. The receiver arrived in Dallas at the trade deadline in October and caught 53 passes for 725 yards and six touchdowns in nine games.Prescott has had more time to get to know free agent signee Randall Cobb, but he hasn’t needed it.Prescott and Cobb have formed a quick connection.“The biggest thing for me is just continuing to build chemistry with him,�? Cobb said. “We’re both very open about talking through things. The more communication we have, the more we’ll be on the same page.”If Cobb can stay healthy — he hasn’t played a full, 16-game schedule since 2015 — he could lead the Cowboys in receptions. The team’s former slot receiver, Cole Beasley http://www.bengalsauthorizedshops.com/a ... ley-jersey , led the Cowboys in receptions in 2016 and ranked second last season only to running back Ezekiel Elliott.“That’s a very fortunate add there,�? Prescott said. “He’s been great, honestly. An ex-quarterback, knows the game up and down, knows every aspect of it; knows when he’s in the read what progression he is, and when you have a guy like that, he’s going to get open; he knows how to get open. He’s had a lot of success in this league already so just to have him be a part of this corps, a part of this team and this offense means a lot.“We’ve had a fast connection. You take something Renell Wren Jersey , approach something, go out there and he does it right the first time. When you have a guy like that, it allows you to cut the ball loose; it allows you to anticipate. It allows you to trust he’s going to be in the right spot, and he hasn’t failed in doing that. The moment he does and even sometimes he does it’s always a consistent feedback and we’re going to talk about it. What we could’ve done, what we should’ve done and, like I said, it serves you well.�?



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