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We’ll find out soon whether Brian Gutekunst will take a more active approach to free agency than his predecessor did but if the Green Bay Packers new general manager values the draft as much as Ted Thompson did, he has a chance to make a significant impact there this year.

Gutekunst learned Friday that he picked up four additional draft picks via the NFL’s compensatory process that takes into account free-agent losses versus free-agent gains from the previous offseason.

Here are the picks the Packers gained on Friday:

Fourth round: No. 133 overall

Fifth round: Nos. 172 and 174

Sixth round: No. 207

According to the NFL, the Packers were awarded those four picks because they lost tight end Jared Cook, safety Micah Hyde, running back Eddie Lacy, guard T.J. Lang, linebacker Julius Peppers and center JC Tretter. The only signing that counted against the Packers was guard Jahri Evans. Tight end Martellus Bennett did not factor because he was released only seven games into his three-year, $21 million deal. The Packers did not get picks for every net free-agent loss because the NFL limits the compensatory picks to 32 each year.

Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst can be a player in his first draft with four compensatory picks added on Friday to the eight the team already had.

The Packers tied for the most this season along with the Bengals, Cowboys and Raiders. Since the compensatory program began in 1994, the Packers have gained an additional 42 picks – second most behind the Ravens (49).

In all, the Packers now own 12 selections in the draft. They have their own original seven picks (starting with No. 14 overall), an additional seventh-round pick from the Bills in the 2016 trade that sent linebacker Lerentee McCray to Buffalo plus the four compensatory picks. It gives them one pick in each of the first three rounds, two in the fourth, three in the fifth, two in the sixth and two in the seventh.

“There was a foundation of draft, develop and retaining our core players; that won’t change a whole lot,” Gutekunst said at his introductory news conference last month. “That’s going to be the foundation of the way we build the roster. But I do think I will lead in my own personality and probably a little bit more aggressive in certain areas. We’re not going to leave any stone unturned as far as every avenue of player acquisition. Doesn’t mean we’re always going to get to the finish and actually sign the guy, but we’re going to go throughout the entire process and be in on every possible acquisition.”

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"It's crazy, cause it's like, we're in the playoffs and we don't even have to play this week. I'm like 'what the?'" Joe Haden said.

Steelers cornerback Joe Haden would usually be sitting at home during this time of the year.

Haden never even sniffed the playoffs for the first seven seasons of his career as a first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns.

The Browns won a combined 29 games while Haden was there, and the 2017-18 group just became the second NFL team to go 0-16. From 2010 to 2016, during this time of year, Haden was back home in California, watching other teams play on TV.

“I was telling [my teammates] that I was watching them play against the Patriots last year,” he said. “I was just sitting in my crib and I’d always been doing that, watching good teams. … I’d been in my offseason for two weeks, in my offseason for three weeks, and teams are still playing football. …

“And now other teams are looking at me like, ‘Oh he’s still playing.’ And I’m like ‘Yeah, we’re still out here.'”

While Haden prepares for his first postseason game, the Browns, who released him in August, have to deal with a parade some fans are preparing to conduct on Saturday to mock the 0-16 season.

“It is what it is,” Haden said. “I feel like if you want to be that miserable and go have an 0-16 parade, then have fun.

“I just think it’s lame. I think they went 0-16, the organization and everybody is not happy with it. I feel like the fans, they’re not going to be happy about celebrating an 0-16 parade. I just think it’s really lame.”

Haden is anything but miserable after signing with the Steelers. He started 10 games in the regular season and helped them to a 13-3 record and a first-round bye.

Haden will be watching football on the couch again this weekend, but this time it’s with the knowledge that more football lies ahead for him.

“It’s crazy ’cause it’s like, we’re in the playoffs and we don’t even have to play this week. I’m like ‘what the?'” Haden joked.

It’s a weird feeling for Haden to know that the misery of an 0-16 season could have been his reality.

“It’s probably very, very tough,” he said, noting he still watches the Browns when he can. “You try to always look in the mirror and figure out what you could’ve did more. What could I have done better for us to win a game or two. It’s just tough for everybody. It’s tough for the coaching staff, it’s tough for the players.”

In some ways, this new success is foreign to him. Haden pointed out that 22-year-old cornerback Artie Burns has more playoff experience than he does after playing in the postseason last year as a rookie. But he said he firmly believes it’s all happened for a reason.

“At the time when I got released by the Browns, everybody was going ‘Oh, Joe got cut by the Browns!’ And you don’t want to look at it like that,” Haden said. “I’m looking at it as an opportunity to further my career somewhere else. …

“I went seven years as hard as I could, played my tail off, I gave them everything I had. So when I was released from there, it was more like, ‘All right, well, I guess you probably want to go somewhere else,’ but I look at it as a blessing to play wherever I wanted.”

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It couldn’t have started out any worse. Sam Ficken, undrafted out of Penn State in 2015, waited almost three full years to kick in his first NFL regular-season game. But he missed his first extra point attempt wide right, then clanked a 36-yard attempt off the right upright.

Ficken eventually recovered, making his next three extra point attempts. And the Los Angeles Rams ultimately beat the Tennessee Titans 27-23 on Sunday, clinching the franchise’s first division title since 2003.

But Ficken left Nissan Stadium uncertain if the Rams will keep him.

“I’m confident in my ability; I’m confident every time they send me out there for a kick,” Ficken said. “As long as I’m here, that’s my mentality, and that’s the way I’m going to think about it.”

But the Rams, 11-4 and sitting as the No. 3 seed in their conference, have no time to mess around at such an important position.

Greg Zuerlein, by far the NFL’s most productive kicker this season, was placed on injured reserve last week with a herniated disk in his back. And Ficken won the right to replace Zuerlein by beating out 11 other kickers at a tryout, several of them with NFL experience. Ficken outperformed the competition, but part of the reason the Rams chose him, special teams coordinator John Fassel said, was because he “doesn’t have any bad mental scars.”

Ficken may have them now, but Rams coach Sean McVay was impressed with his ability to recover from disheartening misses and felt he “kicked the ball off pretty well.”

Still, McVay said postgame, “We’ll continue to evaluate moving forward.”

Zuerlein’s absence hurt the Rams even before Ficken’s first miss. On their first drive, they attempted a fake punt from the Titans’ 32-yard line, well within Zuerlein’s range, and turned the ball over on downs when Johnny Hekker’s deep pass to Mike Thomas fell incomplete. They later went for it on fourth-and-1 from the Titans’ 13, but Todd Gurley converted it with a 10-yard run.

Ficken, however, remains confident.

Seeing a kick sail through the uprights lifted some of the pressure off him.

“And then it’s just about getting in rhythm,” Ficken said. “As the game went on, I kind of established that, being out on the field more. It’s been a while since I had a real game, but I know what I’m doing. I gotta take care of that. I think next time it won’t be an issue.”

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No matter how the New York Giants coaches and players want to parse what went down Sunday in a 31-21 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, it didn’t look good for cornerback Janoris Jenkins.

He was beat for a long touchdown and missed several tackles while barely getting a hand on a ball carrier the entire afternoon.

It sure appeared to most non-biased onlookers that there was a lack of effort on Jenkins’ part. Or as coach Ben McAdoo explained earlier in the week, there were players whose desire to finish wasn’t consistent.

Jenkins, who was suspended the previous week for a violation of teams rules, doesn’t seem to think that applies to him in this case.

“They question one game? Question the other 36. Question the other 36 games. It be like that. Sometimes you don’t have the best game. Everybody knows that. One out of 36 games? I don’t care what they say.”

–Janoris Jenkins

“It’s football. Played to the best of my ability. It wasn’t lack of effort,” he said. “I just think it was lack of technique and just staying focused.”

Jenkins’ critics during and after the game didn’t seem to agree with that assessment. The Pro Bowl cornerback didn’t seem affected.

“They question one game? Question the other 36. Question the other 36 games,” Jenkins said, referring to the rest of his career. “It be like that. Sometimes you don’t have the best game. Everybody knows that. One out of 36 games? I don’t care what they say.”

Whatever happened on that field Sunday prompted a meeting between Jenkins and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo earlier this week. Jenkins admitted the two were direct with each other.

The Giants’ lack of desire to finish consistently also forced McAdoo to hold a meeting Wednesday where he showed questionable moments from Sunday’s loss. Jenkins appeared on the screen, and not in a good way.

“He obviously agreed he didn’t have the best game. And he realizes that,” Spagnuolo said. “We had a good talk. Really good. He wants to do that. He’s ready to go. I love that guy.

“He’s all-in. He gives everything he’s got. He missed a few tackles. It was more technique than anything we thought looking at it. I’m sure he’ll be better this week.”

The Giants need Jenkins to resemble the player that made his first Pro Bowl last season in the first year of his lucrative new contract, not the player they saw on Sunday. Jenkins allowed an 83-yard touchdown to Marquis Goodwin and missed a tackle on Garrett Celek’s 47-yard score.

Jenkins also barely laid a hand on 49ers running back Carlos Hyde on two others plays and had miscommunication with safety Landon Collins on at least one second-half completion. It was like the player wearing No. 20 in blue wasn’t the same player from last year.

Sunday was a disastrous afternoon for Jenkins and the Giants defense, which has allowed 82 points in the past two weeks combined. Jenkins still has no regrets.

“If I do, then it might happen this week. Nah, I don’t regret them. It happened,” he said. “Can’t take it back.”

Jenkins is brushing it all off as part of his profession. Play poorly and criticism comes with the territory, he said.

Janoris Jenkins fell short on several plays Sunday, most prominently this 83-yard TD catch-and-run by Marquise Goodwin.

He did realize it wasn’t his best game, otherwise he would’ve have needed to meet 1-on-1 with the defensive coordinator. Jenkins took blame for Goodwin’s touchdown. He said he was trying to knock the ball loose and force a fumble on one of the missed tackles. He blamed poor technique for some of the others.

“It’s always tough but as a pro you have to own up to it,” Jenkins said. “You have to understand that is a part of football and move forward.”

Jenkins will have an opportunity to make amends Sunday when the Giants host the Kansas City Chiefs. The Giants expect more from their $62.5 million cornerback.

“Overall I think he can play better,” Spagnuolo said. “He believes he can play better. He knows. We need him to play better.”

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The Seattle Seahawks are dealing with several injuries on defense, none bigger than the one that will keep All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas from playing Sunday against the Washington Redskins.

The Seahawks have ruled Thomas out because of a hamstring injury he suffered in the fourth quarter of Seattle’s win over the Houston Texans last week when he was chasing DeAndre Hopkins on his 72-yard touchdown. Bradley McDougald finished the game at free safety and will start for Seattle (5-2) against Washington (3-4) at CenturyLink Field.

Thomas didn’t practice this week. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he isn’t sure if the injury could keep Thomas out beyond Sunday; Seattle plays at the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night next week.

“Just weren’t able to get enough done, so he’s out for this one,” Carroll said of Thomas.

Carroll said strong safety Kam Chancellor (ankle) is “fine” but that the team won’t be sure if middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (hamstring) and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (oblique) will be available until closer to game time. All three are listed as questionable, as are running back C.J. Prosise (ankle) and wide receiver Tanner McEvoy (hamstring).

Cornerback Jeremy Lane is also listed as questionable, but Carroll said it’s unlikely he’ll play because of a thigh bruise that kept him from practicing this week. Lane was included in Seattle’s trade to Houston for left tackle Duane Brown, but he failed his physical and reverted to the Seahawks.

Seattle signed McDougald, a former starter with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, to a one-year deal in free agency. That gave the Seahawks a better backup option than what they had last season, when Thomas went down with a broken leg in December and their pass defense fell off without him. Thomas had injured his hamstring two weeks prior, which forced him to miss the Seahawks’ following game and ended his streak of 106 consecutive regular-season starts to begin his career.

Washington has ruled out four players, including starting guard Shawn Lauvao (stringer) and tight ends Jordan Reed (hamstring) and Niles Paul (concussion).