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By Mark Medina | NFL.com | Dec 16, 2018 10:25pm ETThe journey from a star to a star is the most important part of professional sports.
It’s the reason why teams have their entire rosters filled with superstars, and why superstars are paid millions of dollars.
That said, if you’re a rookie, and you’re hoping to make it in the NFL, you’re going to have to work your butt off to make that journey.
That means preparing to get a first-round grade from the coaches you’ll be expected to work with, and that can mean taking a few weeks off, playing with friends or getting a job at a local coffee shop.
If you’re like me, you might not have any idea how to do that.
But don’t let that stop you.
For every NFL rookie, there’s at least one veteran that has already spent years honing his craft and developing his game.
Here’s how to be a better football player in 2018.
First things first: get a job.
In most cases, it’s possible to find a full-time job that can make or break your NFL career.
But if you want to make a serious jump into the NFL — a career that’s likely to last a few more years — it’s best to find work that pays well and doesn’t take a year off.
In the case of the Jets’ rookie quarterback, Brandon Bridge, it was the job he landed.
Bridge, who signed with the team as a free agent in 2017, had two solid years before he got injured.
He completed 65.4 percent of his passes for 2,749 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2017.
It was a huge step up from his career average of 64.4.
But that wasn’t enough.
Bridge had to do much more.
The Jets had to replace the offensive line with three rookie starters, and Bridge was the best lineman on the roster.
He led the Jets with 17 starts and finished second in the league in quarterback hurries with seven.
He also had to get more of his teammates comfortable with the offense.
The offense was not good enough last year, and there was a sense that Bridge wasn’t comfortable with his play.
He was trying to get his legs back into gear and trying to make up for his mistakes.
But that was only the beginning.
When Bridge signed with New York in January, he was already an elite athlete who could make any play look easy.
He had the size and arm strength to be an elite quarterback, and he had the athleticism and athleticism to be the best running back in the game.
But Bridge’s first year as a starter for the Jets didn’t go as well as he would have liked.
He didn’t show enough talent to be good enough to compete for the starting job, and the team lost the AFC East to the Patriots.
Bridge went undrafted and signed with Jacksonville, where he was one of the better running backs in the division, but that season ended with Bridge getting hurt.
His career wasn’t over yet.
He played a handful of games in 2018 before he was cut, and when he finally signed with another team in November, Bridge wasn’t quite ready for the NFL.
In December, Bridge got his first start of the year against the Colts, but the Jaguars’ offense struggled to generate any yardage on the ground.
So Bridge was benched after two weeks and signed back to Jacksonville.
It wasn’t exactly a smooth transition for Bridge.
He went from being one of Jacksonville’s most reliable players to one of its worst.
It wasn’t until he got a chance to play a game against the Seahawks in early January that he felt good about his chances to make the Jaguars.
It didn’t take long for Bridge to realize that this is not the NFL he expected.
As the year progressed, Bridge grew frustrated with his struggles to play well in Jacksonville.
At times, Bridge’s confidence seemed to drop, and his play was erratic.
After a disappointing start against the Jets, Bridge was cut.
He returned to Jacksonville for the rest of the season, but he never seemed to be quite the player he was in 2017 or in the early months of 2018.
In 2017, Bridge averaged 5.5 yards per carry and 13.4 yards per catch for the Jaguars and ranked second in receiving yards with 1,058.
He also caught 38 passes for 471 yards and three touchdowns.
In 2018, Bridge finished second among all running backs with 2,936 yards and tied for fourth with 13 touchdowns.
But Bridge wasn`t the same player he had been last year.
He struggled to make consistent catches and his confidence fell.
It took until March to finally see Bridge return to form, but it was only because of a combination of bad luck and a new coaching staff.
The new Jaguars offensive coordinator, Scott Linehan, was already in charge, and because he was
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