Saints QB Drew Brees is one of three skill players who have been tagged twice at any point in their careers.

There is only one possibility: receiver Terrelle Pryor Sr. If the Browns don’t re-sign him before free agency, they would have $105 million in cap room to decide if they want to keep him with a franchise tag cost expected to be more than $15 million for one year. It’s not the preferred way to go, but the Browns would at least have the option.

The franchise tag pays a player close to market value for one year, but provides no future guarantees. The tag becomes an advantage if a player remains healthy and valuable enough that the team feels compelled to use it multiple times. The second tag is slotted at 120 percent of the first, and the third at 144 percent of the second.

How rarely do teams use the tag on the same player in consecutive years? It could come in the form of Eddie Lacy, who is headed toward free agency. The Packers are open to re-signing him for the right price, which is in the $2.5 million to $3 million range plus possibly incentives. But there’s always the chance someone will offer him a much bigger contract and lure him away.

It happens more often than you might think: 13 times since 1997, including twice since 2011 (Cleveland Browns place-kicker Phil Dawson and Dallas Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer).

It is much less common for skill players, however, and Cousins would be the first quarterback ever franchised in consecutive years. There have been only three skill players who have been tagged twice at any point in their careers: quarterbacks Drew Brees (2005, 2012) and Peyton Manning (2004, 2011) and receiver Rob Moore (1995, 1999).

Are some positions more susceptible to the franchise tag than others?

Branch recovered the ball with an assist from defensive end Rob Ninkovich

Whether via the franchise tag or a new deal with the Redskins or another team, Kirk Cousins looks set to cash in this offseason.

If Cousins signs before those others, there’s no way he’ll end up as the highest-paid. If others sign before him, the price tag inches higher. You can make a strong case he shouldn’t be the highest-paid of this group no matter when he signs. But Cousins owns the leverage. The Redskins control whether or not he returns through the franchise tag.

Also, Cousins and his agent, Mike McCartney, are well aware of their leverage. They know if the Redskins don’t make a strong offer, Cousins will either be allowed to hit the open market or receive the franchise tag. The tag number is approximately $24 million.

Any deal must average that amount to entice him to sign. Why? Because Cousins’ side also knows that if he’s tagged by the March 1 deadline, the 2018 tag would be $34.5 million, a figure no team would pay. So he’d be entering unrestricted free agency, where his deal could be a lot higher (assuming he plays well, of course).

On linebacker Dont’a Hightower’s strip-sack in the fourth quarter that turned out to be a game-turning play, Branch recovered the ball with an assist from defensive end Rob Ninkovich.

“Honestly, I didn’t even see the sack happen,” Branch relayed on Sirius XM NFL radio. “I was getting double-teamed, and I saw a hand hit the ball out, and I saw the ball kind of floating in the air. My first initial reaction was to try to catch it. So I reached out, that wasn’t happening, and I didn’t know if it was an incomplete pass or a fumble. With the Patriots’ defense, they tell you it doesn’t matter and ‘fall on the ball and let the refs sort it out.’

Branch thought he might have recovered the fumble regardless — he was throwing some elbows — but felt Ninkovich’s assist made it a lot easier.

New NFL coaches will change the 2015 NFL Draft

The never-ending cycle of front office and coaching staff overhaul continues again this offseason, and seven teams have new head coaches for 2015 — the Jets, Bills, 49ers, Falcons, Raiders, Broncos and Bears. The changes these teams make, schematically and philosophically, will have heavy effects on how they draft and build their rosters for next year.

The draft is a crapshoot no matter what when it comes to predicting picks, but as team needs change based on the new regimes, selections can be surprising as established players are replaced by draft picks and as teams change their style of personnel. Just when you think you’ve got a grasp of where things will go in the first round and a little beyond, these wild card teams come in and screw with everyone, and it creates a kind of butterfly effect. It’s going to be awesome.

Washington has a ton of holes to fill this offseason, but perhaps none is more important than finding a dominant pass rusher, especially with Brian Orakpo set to hit free agency in March. McShay notes that Gregory has “freakish athleticism” for a player his size (6’6, 245 pounds), and would be an excellent guy to pair with Ryan Kerrigan at outside linebacker.

The New York Giants released defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka on Tuesday afternoon, reports NFL.com’s Kimberly Jones. The veteran has spent his entire nine-season career with Big Blue, winning two Super Bowls during that time.

This past season the 31-year-old had a career-low 2.5 sacks and 28 tackles in 11 games before a knee injury ended his campaign in late November. The advanced metrics were not kind to Kiwanuka the past two years. According to Pro Football Focus, he rated as the second-worst 4-3 defensive end in 2013 and the third-worst in 2014.

Kiwanuka was supposed to count $7.45 million against the salary cap next season, the fourth-highest cap charge on the team. The Giants will gain $4.825 million in cap space by cutting him, per Over the Cap.

The Eagles wanted Broncos to pay an outrageous price for Sam Bradford

On the other hand, the Eagles’ need to get plenty in return is understandable. They were already on the hook for $11 million of the $22 million guaranteed they promised Bradford in the form of a signing bonus. Like, it was a already spent — they were trading Bradford and an $11 million coupon more than just the player.

This whole offseason for Denver was about Elway refusing to flinch at the quarterback market in the face of Peyton Manning’s retirement. He wouldn’t overpay for Brock Osweiler (who took $72 million from Houston and left in free agency) and he wouldn’t give up too much in a trade.

He was willing to be patiently bold and it paid off nicely when he landed Paxton Lynch in the first round. Everything isn’t solved, but the value Lynch provides with his tools and skills at his cost as opposed to the value of Bradford for a pair of second-round picks is a no brainer.

One of our favorite things to do as sports fans is compare the performance of our current athletes with those from the past to glean some sort of insight into who was better.

In the big picture it’s a bit silly because the game (especially football) has changed so much even over the past 15 years. Still, we can dig deeper into the numbers to analyze what a player with a certain profile may do in the future.

You know what else Aguayo has never done? Kick in cold weather.

Playing in Tampa certainly lessens the likelihood that he’ll now have to do it regularly, but playoff football has been known to take place in less-than-ideal environments. Having a kicker with some — even a little — experience would seem beneficial.

“The coldest I’ve ever kicked in I want to say is probably about 50 degrees,” Aguayo told PFTLive. “I mean to tell you the truth I haven’t really kicked in cold weather games . …I think I’m up for the task.

“That sucks,” Norman says. “I was looking forward to that.”

As someone who doesn’t actually host football camps, I’ve got no idea whether or not you could still manage to host a football camp in Charlotte while living in Washington, D.C. But as someone who has traveled from North Carolina to Washington fairly frequently, it’s not hard to imagine a situation where Norman could keep the football camp going even after switching teams.

We’re not going overboard with the umlaut here though, because it might break our website.

Anyway, it’s been a month of firsts for Boehringer. Not only was he the first-ever foreign-born player without any college football experience to get drafted, but he was also the first rookie to sign his contract following the NFL Draft.

On wild-card weekend in January 2014, the jig was up: Tampa’s SWAT team busted into Caldwell’s building. After the arrest, the former receiver seemed to regret putting his gambling ring next to an elementary school.

“I see now, yup, not the greatest location for that kind of thing,” Caldwell told ESPN. “Too big, too fast. I laugh at my stuff too. What else can you do? I have to laugh.”

The package from China got flagged by UPS and after that, an undercover cop was sent to deliver it. At that point, Caldwell didn’t really have an out: He couldn’t deny ordering the package because he had been tracking it on his cell phone.

The next Broncos defense? Khalil Mack says the Raiders can be that good

Mack is certainly correct that the basis of that Broncos defense was making the quarterback uncomfortable. Behind the relentless pressure of Von Miller andDeMarcus Ware, Malik Jackson and Derek Wolfe, Shaq Barrett and Shane Ray,Sylvester Williams and Antonio Smith, the Broncos racked up a league-leading 52 sacks. Their 8.1 percent adjusted sack rate (per Football Outsiders, sacks plus intentional grounding divided by dropbacks, adjusted for down and distance) led the league, as did their 42.8 percent pressure rate (sacks plus hits plus hurries divided by dropbacks, per an analysis of Pro Football Focus’ tracking data).

The Mack-led Raiders did not fare quite as well in those categories. They finished the season with 38 sacks, just slightly more than the league average of 37.1. Their adjusted sack rate was actually slightly below average at 5.9 percent, while their pressure rate of 34.0 percent ranked 21st in the NFL.

Russell Wilson, a 5-foot-11 former third-round pick who developed into a top-caliber, Super Bowl-winning NFL quarterback, recently returned to his alma mater to address the recent graduates of Wisconsin. During his commencement speech, Wilson not only gave away some valuable advice, but he also addressed how the end to his career at North Carolina State, a school he attended prior to his Wisconsin days, came to a close.

Let’s start with that advice, which is guaranteed to bring up some bad memories for the 12s.

“I am retiring from the NFL because the Fiji Rugby Sevens team reached out to me about the opportunity to join the team for the upcoming Olympics, and I simply could not pass that chance up. The Olympics has been something I have admired since I was a little boy, and it is an opportunity I feel very similar to me joining the NFL.

“It’s very pleasing to work with a guy that’s demanding and a leader like he is,” Hopkins said of Osweiler. “Demanding of your best, for you to be perfect, almost.”

But Osweiler’s role on the Broncos was minimal. His 86.4 passer rating last season — when he filled in for Peyton Manning — was actually lower than Hoyer’s 91.4 rating. There’s no guarantee that Osweiler even comes close to living up to his mega-contract, which the Texans handed to him after meeting with him for 10 seconds.

Then again, as long as the Texans can find a quarterback who can successfully hoist up jump balls down the sideline and avoid back-breaking interceptions, they should be better off than last year.

Gronk also ranks third among this group in receptions per game (4.8, trailing only Kellen Winslow and his son, Kellen Winslow Jr.), first in yards per reception (14.6) and second in yards per game (69.4, behind only Winslow’s 70.5).

Given his incredible production, it’s also worth asking what kind of pace he’d need to maintain in order to break the all-time records in catches (1,325), receiving yards (15,127), and receiving touchdowns (111) set by Tony Gonzalez. We’ve worked that out for you as well.

The chart below shows how many of each Gronk would need to average if he were to play 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, or 11 more seasons. (We used 11 seasons as the final endpoint because that would bring Gronk through his age-37 season, which is when Gonzalez retired.)

Terrell Owens: Sam Bradford’s trade request is ‘sign of a coward’

Bradford is unimpressed; he’s skipping voluntary workouts and Condon says he won’t return to work until mandatory minicamps on June 7.

We’re not sure what the end game is here, and there doesn’t appear to be much of a market for Bradford elsewhere around the league. Worth noting: His play wasn’t even replacement-level last season, which means the Eagles don’t have much to lose by turning to Chase Daniel, who was signed in the offseason, until Wentz is ready.

Jon Bostic is on the move — again. Less than a year after the Patriots traded a sixth-round pick to the Bears in exchange for Bostic’s services, the Patriots shipped Bostic to Detroit.

The Patriots announced the trade on Monday, though they didn’t specify what the Lions sent them in return. According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Lions gave up a conditional seventh-round pick.

“I think whether or not there are enough people in Las Vegas to support a team is a question,” Blank told ESPN.com Friday. “I haven’t seen the data on that to support it or not support it. It’s certainly a dynamic market. It’s a growth market. It’s got tremendous tourism, a lot of convention business. So it’s certainly a consideration. We’ll see what the facts bear.”

Terron did enough over the weekend to impress Jets coach Todd Bowles.

“He’s quicker than I thought he was,” Bowles said. “He’s quick, he studies and he’s learning.”

If Beckham were to earn a contract with the Jets, that would be a big news, especially since Terron hasn’t played organized football since he was in high school back in 2010.

On paper, Terron is a beast.

As for how Bostic will fit in with the Lions, his best-case scenario might be to simply make the final roster as a backup. And even that seems like a big unknown.

It is worth noting, however, that the Patriots gave up a sixth-round pick in September and then gained a conditional seventh-rounder on Monday, which serves as proof that even the Patriots lose sometimes.

Here’s how high 200-HR hitter Troy Tulowitzki could finish among shortstops

From there, Tulowitzki’s journey up the ladder becomes more difficult, as Vern Stephens (247) and Jose Valentin (249) are the gatekeepers to the top five. Presuming Tulowitzki does find a way to homer 50 more times over the next two-plus seasons, he’ll be in position to make a run at Robin Yount (251) and Derek Jeter (260). And after that? Well, Tulowitzki is a ways away from matching Miguel Tejada’s 307 — and less than halfway to first-place Cal Ripken Jr.’s 431.

Here’s a look at the top ten shortstops in one handy table:
Rank Shortstop Career HR
1 Cal Ripken 1981-2001 431
2 Miguel Tejada 1997-2013 307
3 Derek Jeter 1995-2014 260
4 Robin Yount 1974-1993 251
5 Jose Valentin 1992-2007 249
6 Vern Stephens 1941-1955 247
7 Jimmy Rollins 2000- 230
8 Nomar Garciaparra 1996-2009 229
9 Hanley Ramirez 2005- 214
10 Troy Tulowitzki 2006- 200

Of course, there’s a chance — albeit a slim one — that Tulowitzki won’t be among the qualified players as his career winds down. Consider the cases of the obvious snubs here — like Alex Rodriguez and Ernie Banks, each of whom who moved to a different position before their career ended. Tulowitzki is unlikely to move to another position and see more games there than he has at shortstop, but that doesn’t mean a positional change is out of the question — and who knows, maybe moving to a less-demanding position can help minimize his durability woes.

All told, Tulowitzki has a good chance to finish top five among shortstop home runs, and a solid chance to crack the top three. That’s not the lofty accomplishment he seemed destined for a few years back, but it’s a pretty good one nonetheless.

Monday’s slate does not offer us a traditional ace. Nor does it really offer a ton of pitchers to stack against. It’s kind of a mixed bag of good, if not great, pitchers and a couple of really bad ones. At pitcher, it’s pretty clear that you just diversify, but this does make the hitting more interesting.

I’m sure the Red Sox and Diamondbacks are going to be extremely popular for different reasons. The Diamondbacks are facing a pitcher making his major league debut (the Yankees’ Chad Green), and Red Sox have quite simply been the best hitting team in baseball. I don’t mind focusing on those two with several different pitchers, but that’s also going to lead to a lot of lineups that don’t cash. Instead I’ll focus on great hitters who have seen significant price drops.

Paul Goldschmidt just happens to be a part of the aforementioned stack and is extremely underpriced. I’ll have a hard time playing another 1B on FanDuel. I don’t feel quite as excited about Josh Donaldson, but his price on FanDuel has fallen $1,500 in the last month and he’s at home against a LHP. Giancarlo Stanton is down to $4,100 and he gets a very nice positive park factor in Philadelphia.

It’s unclear how much of a role MLB had in the development of Pitch. Fox broadcasts the All-Star Game and World Series every year, plus many other regular-season and postseason games. The network’s broadcasting agreement with MLB runs through 2021.

No woman has ever played in MLB, obviously. The Harrisburg Senators signed infielder Eleanor Engle in 1952, but her contract was terminated before she could appear in a game.

Odor has no regrets about punching Jose Bautista, expects suspension

Archie Manning is already getting questions about Peyton coming back

Peyton Manning and his father, Archie Manning, after beating the Patriots in the AFC title game.

“He’s busy now. Come August, I’m sure he will be doing things, but he won’t be in camp,” Archie said. “He did it for a long time, but I think Peyton will be fine. He said he would miss it for sure, but I think the one thing about Peyton, he will be busy, and that’s the good thing. I think if you just sit around doing nothing, that’s when you really miss it.”

Here’s the reality: Peyton got to walk away with his final moment being a Super Bowlvictory. Virtually no one gets that opportunity — he and John Elway are the only two Hall of Fame quarterbacks (Manning’s not in yet, but it’s a formality) to win a Super Bowl in their final game playing in the NFL.

This league chews up and spits out lots of talented players in their prime. It treats older players in a really rough fashion. Watching Manning at times during his final season — including Super Bowl 50 — was brutal.

He got out while the getting was good and he’ll be glad he did for a long time, even if it stings a little bit once training camp rolls around.

With the No. 1 overall pick, I drafted Steelers receiver Antonio Brown, which was the plan all along. Then I apparently became a Saints fan. Who Dat? Me.

I drafted Mark Ingram, Brandin Cooks, Coby Fleener and Drew Brees with four of my next six picks, and now I’m all in on the New Orleans offense. Not that it’s a horrible situation — Brees was the No. 6 quarterback in standard leagues in 2015, Ingram the No. 15 running back, Cooks the No. 12 receiver and Fleener is a breakout candidate now that he’s with the Saints — but I don’t love the idea of being tied to one team.

Former Broncos general manager Ted Sundquist, who drafted Cutler, explained forBleacher Report what he heard about that meeting:

Shortly after Josh McDaniels moved into his office at Dove Valley, he called in Cutler and his agent, Bus Cook, for a closed-door meeting. The story goes that McDaniels began with a 20-minute dissertation of his resume, how he’d worked his way up the ranks in New England to become Bill Belichick’s right-hand man with the offense and how the team would have been nowhere the year before without his tutelage of backup Matt Cassel. He continued on with justification of his hiring by Bowlen.

After the perplexing recitation of accomplishments, McDaniels suddenly shifted gears.

From a recent Q&A with the Chicago Tribune’s David Haugh:

Q: What role do you think your age, your family, being a husband and father played in handling that uncertainty?

A: “No doubt. That’s valid. We all become a little wiser. Now I take a little more time to process things. In Denver, when it went down and I (asked for a trade), it was more of a reaction instead of thinking about it and saying, ‘Do I really want to go through with this and pit myself versus (formerBroncos coach) Josh (McDaniels) and Denver?’ If I was in that situation now, it might play out differently. But as you get older and having Kristin and the boys (Camden and Jaxon) and now a daughter (Saylor), there’s a lot more to think about. It’s not just you. Having kids helps you realize how selfish you can be as a person, rather quickly. These have all been things I haven’t mastered, but I’m definitely more aware of.”

Clearly, this is a reunion that should’ve happened years ago before Cutler matured. Still, I’ll take what I can get.

Reunion No. 2: Martellus Bennett and the Bears

So, the Bears traded away Martellus Bennett this offseason to the Patriots, which gives Bill Belichick the scariest tight end combination in the league. Bennett and the Bears clock in as the second-best reunion of the summer.

I’m not sure if it’ll be tense, but it might be strange. While a member of the Bears this past season, Bennett never really outright complained about his role on the team, but he certainly provided hints of unhappiness. According to the Chicago Tribune, he “had an outburst — something just short of a tantrum,” at practice before the Bears’ Thanksgiving win over the Packers. Bennett didn’t travel with the team to that game and he admitted to reporters that he didn’t even watch it on TV.

Johnny Manziel’s high school coach: ‘I really don’t know that guy’

According to Smith, Manziel used to go “out of his way” to help special needs kids in Kerrville, which is one reason why he’s surprised by recent events.

“‘Your actions speak so loud I can’t hear a word you’re saying.’ That was something we shared with our kids a lot in Kerrville,” Smith said. “And that’s one of the things I talked with him when he was in rehab. Right now, his actions are a little bit different than what he said he was going to do.”

The Browns released Manziel earlier this offseason. So did two agents. Manziel’s NFL future — along with this future outside of football — remains cloudy. And his recent Tweeting spree did nothing to help his case.

According to TMZ, Manziel rebounded from his court appearance in Texas by visiting three Hollywood clubs on Friday night.

If Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman was in charge of making the NFL schedule, it doesn’t sound like he’d have put his team in the regular-season opener.

Since 2002, the NFL has kicked off each season with a Thursday night opener. Since 2004, that game has been hosted by the defending Super Bowl champion.

For the 2016 version of the NFL’s regular-season opener, the Panthers will be traveling to Denver for a Super Bowl 50 rematch against the Broncos.

Konnor Vanatta says the Broncos new quarterback is his hero.

His mother Pam said he’s been a fan of Manning since he was 4 and that his grandmother got him the orange jersey.

“It was absurd to me. I was shocked,” Pam Vanatta said. “I was speechless.”

The school, Monfort Elementary School, told Vanatta the number 18 was affiliated with a gang in Los Angeles, and that there are several numbers they ban in school. Greeley police told CBS4 they have run into local gangs using the number, among other numbers. They said they support the school district’s actions.

White is 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.35 seconds at the NFL combine. Johnson, meanwhile, is 6-2, 230 and ran his 40 in 4.41 seconds when he was coming out of The U. So the size and speed combination, yeah, that’s there. Other athletic indicators are pretty close, too

So, a big, fast, athletic receiver like Andre Johnson. That’s a start. But (Curtis) Johnson wasn’t done showering praise on White.

“[White] has hands similar to Reggie Wayne,” Johnson said. “So he was one of those guys where when you looked at the draft and watched television, you say this guy is going to be a bona fide player.”

With everything on the line, Kyle Lowry carries Raptors to the Eastern Conference finals

From there, everything changed. Lowry had 29 of his 33 points in the second half of Game 3, and then went for 25 in Game 5 followed by a postseason career-high 36 in Game 6.

In Game 7, he shot 11-for-20 from the field, 5-for-7 from 3-point range and 8-for-11 from the free throw line.

Still, his impact was always felt. He currently holds a plus-77 postseason plus-minus rating. As a team, the Raptors are plus-eight for the playoffs.

“I just wanted to stay poised and level-headed no matter what happened,” said Lowry, who was nearly traded to the New York Knicks in December 2013. “We knew it was going to be a 48-minute game and they weren’t going to give up easily and they were going to make a run. We just had to stay focused on the task at hand and get back on defense. Their coaches did an unbelievable job in going small, but we had to be big and just play our game.”

After back-to-back first-round exits, the Raptors won a franchise-record 56 games and advanced to Round 2 for the first time in nearly 15 years despite being pushed to Game 7 by the Indiana Pacers.

Now, they’ve bested Dwyane Wade and the Heat as well.

It certainly has been a bumpy ride to get to this point. Just ask embattled coach Dwane Casey, GM Masai Ujiri, Lowry or DeRozan.

The scrutiny has come with the ups and downs, but somehow the Raptors have been able to go where they’ve never gone before.

Even better: For once, they made it easy on themselves, outscoring the Heat 30-11 in the fourth quarter and leading by as many as 28. The key stat was the rebounding column, which Toronto dominated by a margin of 20.

“It’s very important for our program,” Casey said. “I think we’ve done everything we’ve set out to do, but we’re not done yet. I know what it’s like to win a championship. I’m not saying we can do that, but I think this group is hungry and never say never. I know one thing: Our guys will compete.”

Lowry and DeRozan (28 points) closed the series by scoring 59 points combined in Game 5, 59 in Game 6 and a career postseason-high 63 in Game 7.

Bismack Biyombo had 17 points and 16 rebounds in Game 7, Patrick Patterson finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds, and DeMarre Carroll was outscored by Wade only 16-14, meaning he harassed the future Hall of Famer defensively all game long.

“We never doubted Kyle and DeMar,” Casey said. “They’re our guys. They’re here, they’re our All-Stars and I thought they played like it tonight. They both stepped up and carried us.”

There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding whether Jonas Valanciunas (right ankle sprain) will be ready for the start of Round 3, as he has not resumed basketball activities since two days before Game 1 against Cleveland. At this point, it doesn’t look promising.

The Cavaliers hit 77 3-pointers during their four-game sweep of the Atlanta Hawks, and will be a tough opponent for the Raptors, who usually put more emphasis on defending the paint than the perimeter.

“It’s been unbelievable,” Lowry, who averaged 31 points on 66 percent shooting and posted a 46.2 PER against Cleveland in the regular season, said of what the Cavaliers have been able to accomplish.

“We’ve all watched it and we’ve witnessed all the things they’ve done, like hitting 25 3s in a game and 70-something 3s in the series, but that’s why we have books and film and we’ll have time to scout it and make adjustments.”

Nevertheless, Toronto’s season already has been a resounding success, and the Raptors are playing with house money now.

Just don’t tell them they’re the “underdogs.”

“We look at ourselves as a team that’s going to continue to play hard and grow and go from there and let the chips fall where they may,” Lowry said.

“It’s been a crazy ride. DeMar’s been here for the long run, and I’m more happy for him and these guys that have been with this franchise for 21 years to finally get to this point. Our owners, [senior basketball advisor] Wayne Embry — for me I’m happy for the other people that we’ve done it for.”

PITTSBURGH — When puck drops for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday at Consol Energy Center, chances are good that the goaltenders at either end of the ice will be 21 years old.

Fans have already seen what Penguins rookie goalie Matt Murray can do in the postseason, with his 7-3 record in 10 playoff games, while veteran Marc-Andre Fleury serves as the backup. And it appears the Lightning will have to rely on Andrei Vasilevskiy for Game 2 after starter Ben Bishop suffered a lower-body injury in Game 1 and is listed as day to day.

Most would think that it would be a challenge for a pair of 21-year-olds to perform at their best with a berth to the Stanley Cup finals at stake. Murray has proved to be poised and confident, and Vasilevskiy seems to have the same mindset. Having little NHL postseason experience could also help, in a way.

Former NHL goalie Andrew Raycroft was 23 when he played for the Boston Bruins during the 2003-04 season. He won the Calder Trophy as the league’s rookie of the year and led the Bruins into the first round against the Montreal Canadiens. It was his first taste of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

“I want to be able to be looked back on and know that ‘He was one of the greats in the game.’ If I have the opportunity to do that, I’m going to try my best,” Day said after his 4-shot victory. “And I have the opportunity to do that right now, try and work as hard as I can to really leave my footprint in this game. I’m very motivated to win as much as I can right now.”

He stomped his way all over everyone at The Players Championship, even though he had a few nervous moments. Day made bogey on No. 6, had to make a 15-foot par putt on the next hole and really looked out-of-sorts from just 40 feet right of the green on the par-5 ninth. He muffed three straight chips and had to make a 6-foot putt just to escape with bogey, which dropped his lead to two shots.

“If I walk away with a double-bogey there, I let everyone [back] in the field,” he said. “I was right there next to the green in two and felt like an amateur chopping my way to the pin. That putt was probably the most crucial putt of this tournament for me.”