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AFC West gets some love with NFL Networks Top 100 Players of 2013

NFL Networks Top 100 Players of 2013 has been released and the AFC West is getting some love with 10 players. 5 Kansas City Chiefs, 4 Denver Broncos and 1 San Diego Charger have been selected by fellow NFL players to the list. Comment below and tell us what you think of the list.

#2 Peyton Manning

manning#18 QB – 6′ 5″ – 230 lbs – Denver Broncos
Born: Mar 24, 1976 in New Orleans, LA (Age: 37)
Drafted 1998: 1st Rnd, 1st by IND
Experience: 16 years
College: Tennessee

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#9 Von Miller

Von+Miller+Kansas+City+Chiefs+v+Denver+Broncos+IJCg_SyaZrIx#58 LB – 6′ 3″ – 250 lbs – Denver Broncos
Born: Mar 26, 1989 in Dallas, TX (Age: 24)
Drafted 2011: 1st Rnd, 2nd by DEN
Experience: 3 years
College: Texas A&M

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#20 Jamaal Charles

Jamaal-Charles-stiff-arming-USP#25 RB – 5′ 11″ – 199 lbs – Kansas City Chiefs
Born: Dec 27, 1986 in Port Arthur, TX (Age: 26)
Drafted 2008: 3rd Rnd, 73rd by KC
Experience: 6 years
College: Texas

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#49 Justin Houston

Baltimore Ravens v Kansas City Chiefs#50 LB –  6′ 3″ – 258 lbs –  Kansas City Chiefs

Born: Jan 12, 1989 in Chico, CA (Age: 24)
Drafted 2011: 3rd Rnd, 70th by KC
Experience: 3 years
College: Georgia

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#53 Champ Bailey

champ bailey#24 CB – 6′ 0″ – 192 lbs – Denver Broncos
Born: Jun 22, 1978 in Folkston, GA (Age: 34)
Drafted 1999: 1st Rnd, 7th by WSH
Experience: 15 years
College: Georgia

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#59 Derrick Johnson

derrick johnson#56 LB – 6′ 3″ – 242 lbs – Kansas City Chiefs
Born: Nov 22, 1982 in Waco, TX (Age: 30)
Drafted 2005: 1st Rnd, 15th by KC
Experience: 9 years
College: Texas

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#65 Dwayne Bowe

kansas-city-chiefs-dwayne-bowe1#82 WR – 6′ 2″ – 221 lbs – Kansas City Chiefs
Born: Sep 21, 1984 in Miami, FL (Age: 28)
Drafted 2007: 1st Rnd, 23rd by KC
Experience: 7 years
College: LSU

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#68 Demaryius Thomas

BroncosChiefsJA3_8396#88 WR – 6′ 3″ – 229 lbs – Denver Broncos
Born: Dec 25, 1987 in Montrose, GA (Age: 25)
Drafted 2010: 1st Rnd, 22nd by DEN
Experience: 4 years
College: Georgia Tech

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#73 Antonio Gates

tumblr_kwb7b9TCvj1qzms5to1_400#85 TE – 6′ 4″ – 255 lbs – San Diego Chargers
Born: Jun 18, 1980 in Detroit, MI (Age: 32)
Experience: 11 years
College: Kent State

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#75 Brandon Flowers

Brandon Flowers#24 CB – 5′ 9″ – 187 lbs – Kansas City Chiefs
Born: Feb 18, 1986 in Delray Beach, FL (Age: 27)
Drafted 2008: 2nd Rnd, 35th by KC
Experience: 6 years
College: Virginia Tech

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Sources: Manning set to retire at the end of the season

Darren Conolly reported on twitter at roughly 10:45 pacific time and reported one of the first rumours of the Broncos quaterback potentially retiring. A chain of tweets are saying that he may retire but no other sources have reported.

Heres the tweets:

 

“@DConnollyNFL: BREAKING: Source close to situation: #Broncos QB Peyton Manning is “leaning strongly towards retirement” after 2013-14 season #NFL

“@DConnollyNFL: Source also says “Manning is willing to put it all on the line for one more ring but the risks outweigh the benefits for him to continue”

“@DConnollyNFL: Expect if asked for any reports/Q’s concerning retirement talk to be shot down for now, Manning will announce on his own terms (continued)”

“@DConnollyNFL:  However, Manning has privately told people in his inner circle that he is almost certain that this is his last season #Broncos #NFL

 

 

 

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Grade the Denver Broncos 2013 NFL Draft

  1. Broncos-Logo-head-with-team-name(28th overall) Sylvester Williams (Draft Profile)
  2. (58th overall ) Montee Ball (Draft Profile)
  3. (90th overall) Kayvon Webster (Draft Profile)
  4. (146th overall) Quanterus Smith (Draft Profile)
  5. (161st overall) Tavarres King (Draft Profile)
  6. (173rd overall) Vinston Painter (Draft Profile)
  7. (234th overall) Zac Dysert (Draft Profile)

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Meet the Broncos 7th Round Pick Zac Dysert

The Broncos select Zac Dysert in the 7th round

The Broncos select Zac Dysert in the 7th round

Overview

It’s easy to finger Dysert (pronounced DYE-sert) as another MAC quarterback piquing the interest of NFL general managers, especially when he’s leading the same Miami team for which Ben Roethlisberger played before winning two Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Over his four years starting, Dysert ended up breaking Roethlisberger’s school career passing attempts, completions, and yardage records. So it’s natural for teams to watch him closely in the hopes his skill set will translate similarly to Roethlisberger’s (even if he doesn’t quite possess Roethlisberger’s arm strength or bulk) at the next level.

 

Dysert pulled down 2007 Ohio state high school player of the year honors (an award also won by Roethlisberger when he was an Ohio prep) despite relinquishing his quarterback duties for three-plus games due to a broken thumb; maybe the fact he moved to wide receiver and played linebacker during those games swayed the voters to give him the title. Dysert won the team’s scout player of the year award during his redshirt season of 2008 before playing in 11 games, with nine starts, the following season (2,611 yards, 61.6% completion rate, 12 touchdowns, 16 interceptions). He continued his progression as a passer as a sophomore (2,406, 64.7 percent, 13, 12), starting the first 10 games before suffering a lacerated kidney. The injury prevented Dysert from passing over the last four games, though he did return as the team’s placeholder for their GoDaddy.com Bowl win over Middle Tennessee State. He stayed healthy throughout the 2011 season, starting every game, passing for 3,513 yards and greatly improving his completion percentage (65.8) and touchdown-to-interception ratio (23-11). The Redhawks struggled during his senior season, going through a scheme change and posting a 4-8 record, but Dysert’s production remained steady (3,483, 62.9 percent, 25 touchdowns, 12 interceptions), earning him third-team All-MAC honors.

Analysis

Strengths

Looks like an NFL quarterback, and has more room to add muscle to his frame. Keeps a solid base, active feet, and has a reliable over-the-top delivery for his accurate passes to all levels of the field. Good athlete for his size, able to sidestep and run away from blitzers in the backfield while usually keeping his eyes downfield to see if a receiver breaks open. Picks up first downs, or simply gets something out of nothing, with his feet. Shows the strength, in terms of body and arm, to get passes off with defenders hanging off his body in the pocket. Will get out of bounds instead of taking a hit on the run. Has experience both under center and in shotgun, but played in more of a shotgun spread scheme during his senior year. Flashes anticipation on crossing routes to hit his man on the run. Throws accurately on the move to his left or right, and will stop to set his feet if there’s time on moving pockets. His arm is strong enough to fling the ball 40 yards downfield on the run, and also to throw in tight windows over the middle. Flashes great placement on fades and sideline throws, puts ball on his man’s shoulder where only he can catch it. Good strength to pull down the ball at the last minute as well as step through tackle attempts in the pocket. Communicates with receivers pre-snap if he sees something worth exploiting in the defense. Big body and quick feet are helpful on quarterback sneaks. Mechanically sound overall. Has held for placement kicks.

Weaknesses

Pocket poise needs to improve; takes off from the pocket if his primary read is covered or he sees pressure, but is also inconsistent feeling backside rushers. Needs to prove he can find check-downs and secondary options from the pocket. Will stare down his target, allowing defenders to follow his eyes to the ball. Accuracy in the intermediate portion of the field can be streaky. Straight-line speed and elusiveness aren’t elite, quicker NFL defenders will track him down in the pocket and will make him pay for running too often. May have picked up bad habits playing for an undermanned team. Can be prone to over-improvisation and trusts his arm too much at times, throwing balls up for grabs or across his body into traffic over the middle.

NFL Comparison

Ben Roethlisberger

Bottom Line

Dysert reminded scouts a bit of Roethlisberger by displaying toughness and more of a playmaker’s game than pure efficiency during his breakout 2011 season (3,513 passing yards, 65.8 percent completion rate, 23 touchdowns). He does not quite possess the two-time Super Bowl champ’s elite arm and bulk, but still has enough of both – along with the athleticism and deft passing touch to make NFL-caliber plays on the run – to become one of the top passers in the class. His career flew somewhat under the radar in the MAC conference, but has the size, arm, accuracy, athleticism, and production that NFL teams covet.

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Meet the Broncos 6th Round Pick Vinston Painter

The Broncos select Vinston Painter in the 6th round

The Broncos select Vinston Painter in the 6th round

Overview

Painter, who is the cousin of Virginia Tech receiver Randall Dunn, earned first-team All-Tidewater and first-team All-Eastern District honors on the offensive line as both a junior and senior at Maury High. He was also was second-team all-district as a defensive tackle. Painter actually began his Virginia Tech career at defensive tackle, as he worked there during the fall of his redshirt season, before he moved to offense for spring practice.

 

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Meet the Broncos 5th Round Pick Tavarres King

The Bronco select Tavarres King in the 5th round

The Bronco select Tavarres King in the 5th round

Overview

It was expected that King would take over as the Bulldogs’ playmaking receiver after A.J. Green left for the NFL and was picked fourth overall by Cincinnati in the 2011 draft. But while he led the team in receptions (47), receiving yards (705) and receiving touchdowns (eight) as a junior, he didn’t hit triple digits until the team’s final game of the year -– a huge six-catch, 205-yard, one-touchdown effort in the team’s loss to Michigan State in the Outback Bowl.

King was Georgia’s Gatorade High School Player of the Year in 2007 after racking up 99 receptions covering 1,632 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior. He played in four games as a true freshman, catching two passes for 66 yards, before deciding to save a year of eligibility via redshirt. He stepped in 12 games both in 2009 (starting five, 18-377, TD) and 2010 (five starts, 27-504, 3 TD). As a senior, playing in 13 games, King caught 42 passes for 950 yards and nine touchdowns.

Analysis

Strengths

Possesses the quickness off the line that helps him shake off press and fly by cornerbacks playing off-coverage. As a vertical threat, he can track the ball over either shoulder and grab the ball with his hands near his head. He also has elusiveness after the catch to free himself after a hitch route. The work on his upper body has paid off, as he can play through physical corners to get inside position when needed. Extremely fluid route runner, plays with tremendous balance and body control.

Weaknesses

Doesn’t have ideal bulk. Dropped passes have been an issue for King during his career, and he doesn’t always find the ball in the air or go up to high-point passes downfield. Though he is quick and elusive, he’ll out-juke himself trying to make defenders miss in the open field. While is capable of making a block outside on quick screens, King also doesn’t offer consistent physicality.

NFL Comparison

Damian Williams

Bottom Line

King lacks tremendous size, and his hands have also been an issue at times, allowing potential big plays to slip through his fingers. However, he’s a very fluid player, with impressive quickness and balance. He should be a mid-round selection.

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Meet the Broncos 5th Round Pick Quanterus Smith

The Broncos select Quanterus Smith in the 5th round

The Broncos select Quanterus Smith in the 5th round

Overview

The rosters of Sun Belt Conference teams have become required reading for NFL scouts, especially since Osi Umenyiora (picked in the second round of the 2003 draft by the Giants out of Troy) and DeMarcus Ware (first round, 2005, Dallas, Troy) started to consistently harass pro quarterbacks. Smith might not have quite the athleticism of those two Pro Bowlers, but his potential as a hand-down or stand-up pass rusher is intriguing.

Quanterus (pronounced quan-TERR-us) played in every game during his career with the Hilltoppers, starting two as a redshirt freshman (12 tackles, one for loss) before lining up with the first team 10 times the following year (47 tackles, 10.5 for loss, 4.5 sacks). Even though he only started six games of the 12 games in which he played in 2011, Sun Belt coaches still voted him second-team all-conference for his play, as his 11 tackles for loss (38 total) and 7.5 sacks gave opposing offenses headaches no matter when he stepped onto the gridiron. Smith’s senior year got off to an excellent start. Through ten games, he was leading the nation in sacks with 12.5 before an ACL tear prematurely ended his season. His performance over those ten games was so dominating that he still finished as the FBS leader in sacks per game (1.25) and was named the 2012 Sun Belt Player of the year. It’s unlikely that Smith will be able to contribute much in 2013, but if he checks out medically he could end up one of the steals of the draft.

Analysis

Strengths

Possesses the length pro coaches love to see on their defense. Flashes the explosion off the snap as an edge rusher to beat most college tackles to the back of the pocket. Agile enough to contain on the edge and move in space when asked to drop, as well as the motor to hustle down the line and fight to the quarterback until the ball is away. Plays the weak and strong sides of the formation, using extension and a bit more lower body strength than expected given his size to hold his own against right tackles. Hand use greatly improved between junior and senior seasons. Now possesses active, disruptive hands, constantly fighting for inside position and waxing blockers’ hands off his body. Has the flexibility to dip his shoulder and reduce his surface area coming around the edge. Creative pass rusher who understands the art of the slow rush. Gets the offensive tackle to over-commit, then beats him with a rip to the outside or swim to the inside. Makes plays on coverage units as an interior presence.

Weaknesses

Pad level coming off the ball is poor. Needs to learn fire off low, roll his hips through contact, and convert speed to power. Must work on tightening his path to the quarterback around the corner, as he can be ridden out of the pocket too easily. Cheats back off the line of scrimmage obviously when twisting with the defensive tackle. Needs to continue adding bulk and filling out his frame. Good first step, but isn’t lightning quick. Coming off reconstructive knee surgery performed in November, and likely will not be able to contribute in 2012.

NFL Comparison

Mark Anderson

Bottom Line

The part-time starter in 2011 managed to earn second-team All-Sun Belt honors (11 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks) in 2011 while also displaying great upside to NFL scouts due to his length and explosion off the edge as a pass rusher. He lined up as a starter full-time in 2012, showing a much improved all around game. Unfortunately, the 2012 Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year tore his ACL in November, ending his senior season after just ten games. How Smith checks out medically will have a huge effect on his stock, but a team that feels good about his knee might feel the Hilltopper’s skill as a pass rusher is worth investing a Day 2 pick on him.

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Meet the Broncos 3rd Round Pick Kayvon Webster

The Broncos select Kayvon Webster in the 3rd round

The Broncos select Kayvon Webster in the 3rd round

Overview

In addition to football in high school, Webster also lettered in track. As a two-time first-team All-Dade selection football player, he saw action on both sides of the ball and as a return specialist. In his junior season, he caught 30 passes for 500 yards and eight TDs in addition to recording 65 tackles, four sacks, seven forced fumbles and 10 fumble recoveries. He also had a kick return for a touchdown as a junior.

In 2009, he played in all 13 games, and logged six starts. Webster had 30 tackles (2.5 for loss), one interception, two pass breakups, and a fumble recovery. The following season, he played in every game and recorded four starts. He recorded 29 tackles, including one for loss. In 2011, he started in all 11 games that he played. As a second-team All-Big East selection, he amassed 49 tackles (one for loss), two interceptions, seven pass breakups, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. In his final season with South Florida, Webster appeared in all 12 games, and had 11 starts. He had 82 tackles (four for loss), two sacks, six pass breakups, and three forced fumbles.

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Meet the Broncos 2nd Round Pick Montee Ball

The Broncos choose Montee Ball in the 2nd round

The Broncos choose Montee Ball in the 2nd round

Overview

Most analysts expected Ball to enter the 2012 NFL Draft because of his great junior season and the short careers of running backs at the next level. Ball was heavily recruited after clearing 5,000 yards and scoring 71 times in his final two years in high school. He earned playing time despite the Badgers’ depth at the running back spot in 2009, finishing second on the team with 391 rushing yards — most coming in the final five games of the year. He only received four starts in 2010 as John Clay got the majority of carries early in the year, but finished with 996 yards and 18 touchdowns as the team’s top back to finish off the season. He became “the man” in the Wisconsin backfield as a junior, losing 25 pounds and generally focusing his efforts on his way to being named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and a Heisman Trophy finalist. Ball started all 14 games and leading the nation with 1,923 rushing yards and 33 rushing touchdowns. All this despite not hitting 100 yards in three of the first four contests as lopsided scores in the Badgers’ favor limited his carries and took away the threat of quarterback Russell Wilson passing the ball. He also tied Barry Sanders’ NCAA record with 39 total touchdowns and earned consensus All-American honors, and finished the year strong with 164 yards and a touchdown against Oregon in the Rose Bowl.

 

The third-round grade he received from the NFL advisory committee pushed him towards returning to school, as did his desire to finish his degree and to become one of the top rushers in Wisconsin history. Ball and the Badgers entered the season with high expectations. Things went sour early for Montee though. He was assaulted near the Madison campus over the summer, suffering a concussion in the incident. The graduation of Russell Wilson left a void that Wisconsin was never really able to replace. Defenses keyed in on stopping Ball, and Wisconsin dropped two of its first five games. Ball performed much better over the second half of the season, finishing the season with very impressive numbers (356-1,850-22 TDs), garnering a first-team All-American spot as well as the Doak Walker trophy, awarded to the nation’s best running back.

Analysis

Strengths

Reliable, hard-working zone back. Presses the line of scrimmage, and generally has good vision and feel to find the cutback lane or cut away from penetrating defenders. Willing to run into compressed spaces and doesn’t worry about contact. Hard runner. Stays patient behind pulling guards and fullbacks, has enough quickness to break off a run if the space is available to him. Lowers his pads on contact, keeps his legs moving to gain extra yards against glancing blows. Effective cut blocker in the hole and willing to stand up to blitzers when protecting the quarterback. Natural receiver, adjusts to throws over the middle and in the flat, continues downfield fluidly. Sidesteps or stiff-arms oncoming defenders in space after the catch. Good balance and low center of gravity, can sink low and spin out of tackles. Quick enough to get around the corner on perimeter runs.

Weaknesses

Smaller back with a lot of wear on his tires. Possesses average overall size and straight-line speed. One speed runner who another gear to accelerate once in space, and doesn’t have elite agility to elude quicker defenders. Lacks burst in and out of cuts. Does not have pure power to move piles or free himself through better tackle attempts. Volume runner who isn’t overly creative or powerful, and benefits from plenty of clear entry runs into the second level. Cited in May 2012 for trespassing after failing to leave a porch when asked during Wisconsin’s annual Mifflin Street Block Party. Injured after being assaulted by multiple assailants on campus in August 2012.

NFL Comparison

Stevan Ridley

Bottom Line

The 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist led the country with 1,923 rushing yards and tied the all-time FBS record of 39 total touchdowns (33 rushing) after losing 25 pounds in the off-season preceding his junior season. He surprised everyone by returning to Wisconsin for his senior year, which he might have regretted after Wisconsin’s disappointing season and getting assaulted on campus this summer. While he isn’t particularly big, strong or explosive, he picks his way through traffic well and is a reliable runner. Though not a burner like others in this class, Ball’s durability and efficient zone running make him a likely mid-round pick.

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Meet the Broncos 1st Round Pick Sylvester Williams

Meet the Denver Broncos first round pick Sylvester Williams

Meet the Denver Broncos first round pick Sylvester Williams

Overview

Williams thought he was done with football after high school, as he only played one season and wasn’t on anyone’s radar as a recruit. In fact, he nearly dropped out of high school because he wasn’t going to class. But after working at a factory (Modine Manufacturing Company, whose products include vehicle radiators) for a while post-graduation and seeing similarly sized players on the field at a Kansas Jayhawks game, Williams realized that he could go to college using his natural size and ability on the football field.

He walked on at Coffeyville Community College, and by the time he finished his second season (honorable mention JC All-American with 12.5 tackles for loss and five blocked kicks), several major college programs were hot on his trail. Williams decided on Chapel Hill as his preferred destination, immediately entering the starting lineup in 2011. His 54 tackles, seven for loss and 2.5 sacks made him stand out even with the great talent all along the Tar Heels’ defensive line. In 2012, Williams registered six sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss in 12 games played.

Analysis

Strengths

Wide body nose tackle with an unexpected bit of quickness off the snap. Has girth through the middle that makes him tough to move when he looks to anchor. Keeps his eyes in the backfield and locates the ball well (and will sniff out the occasional screen). Uses strong hands and upper body to rip past and push aside lesser linemen. Good flexibility and balance, showing the ability to bend and roll his hips through contact off the ball and keep a wide base to anchor against base blocks and doubles. Violent tackler, will throw ball carriers to the ground. Has enough short-area quickness to charge through the A-gap off the snap. Spins off blocks when moving forward to threaten hesitating quarterbacks or get a hand on running backs in the backfield. Can two-gap, moves to either side of his man to corral backs coming between the tackles. Shows good leverage, pad level, and hand quickness to split double teams. When fresh, he will chase a bit more than most players his size against the run as well as give a second effort if his initial pass rush move fails.

Weaknesses

Lacks closing speed to get a lot of sacks or make plays outside the box. Overly reliant on the swim move. Does not bull linemen backwards very often, won’t out-quick NFL guards. Flashes quickness off the snap, but gets stuck on blocks too often when tired, and loses ability to get to the ball even if able to disengage. Can get low and create a pile on the goal line, but gets pushed back when playing high in other short-yardage situations. Doesn’t’ have the athleticism to stop his momentum. Will run himself too far upfield and miss sacks and tackles when he can’t stop himself and break down. Turns 24 during the 2012 season.

NFL Comparison

Terrance Knighton

Bottom Line

Williams quit the game after high school, but missed it enough to try again as a junior college enrollee. He should project as a starting NFL nose tackle, even if he is rotated out regularly against more pass-heavy offenses. Uses his hustle to chase ball carriers (20.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks in two years starting) and strong anchor to hold the line. He has good quickness in relation to his size, but is overly reliant on this athleticism at the moment. Plays both three-technique and one-technique for North Carolina, and it’s likely he’s been coached/asked to be more of a penetrator than he will be in the NFL. For a player with his size and strength, you’d like to see him use it more. When he decides to get his pads low and anchor against base blocks and double teams, he can be impossible to move. Opposing teams made it a concern to try and run him upfield, or use his active motor in backside pursuit against him (running away from him to get him to chase and wear out).

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