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    October 24, 2019 8:09 PM PDT
    is no more." Denver Broncos Training CampNFL bans ‘Oklahoma Drill’New Kareem Jackson Jersey ,100commentsThe former “Right of Passage” practice drill is no more. MDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:NFL bans ‘Oklahoma Drill’TwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailDenver Broncos / denverbroncos.comIn an effort to promote a safer culture for professional football, the NFL has banned the famous / infamous (depending on your own experience) “Oklahoma drill.”The NFL acknowledged the ban on Tuesday during its annual meeting in Florida. The league had previously analyzed data concerning high impact drills. Research showed a high rate of concussions early in training camp. There are several variations of the Oklahoma drill.The drill itself consists of two to four players. Usually, there is a defender matched against a blocker, and ball carrier.The drill is confined to a small area of space, resulting in high impact hits. Teammates and coaches alike create an intense atmosphere full of taunting, testosterone, and the anticipation of the whistle. Surviving the brawl is a feat on its own.Ask anyone who played football at any level about this drill and you’ll get one of two answers - either they loved it or hated it. The results from the drill come in pride, or humiliation. Traditionally, the drill was implicated to teach players toughness. In 2015, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick explained the Oklahoma drill answered specific questions for him when evaluating players: “Who is a man? Who’s tough? Who’s going to hit somebody?”But for the Broncos, the ban won’t affect practice or weekly preparation. The NFL has recently worked with the NFL Players Association promoting a concussion reduction plan. The plan consists of three fundamentals: prohibiting underperforming helmet models, instituting a series of rule changes rooted in biomechanical research, and intervening in early training camp practices.“I think removing some of these drills across all 32 teams is the right way to do that [make greater improvements],” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said. “We also believe by prohibiting some of these drills, that will happen at the college and high school and youth football levels, which we believe should happen.’’ John Elway cut ties with his biggest draft bust Sunday when he waived quarterback Paxton Lynch less than 24 hours after including him on the Denver Broncos‘ 53-man roster.In another move, the Broncos placed safety Su’a Cravens on IR with an injured left knee and re-signed Isaiah McKenzie, the speedy returner/receiver who was among the team’s cuts a day earlier.Lynch was jettisoned after the Broncos were awarded fellow third-year quarterback Kevin Hogan off waivers from Washington.Elway said he and coach Vance Joseph “met with Paxton this morning and informed him that it’s best for everyone to make this move. We appreciate all of Paxton’s hard work as a Bronco, and we wish him well in the future.”Elway once viewed the athletic but raw Lynch as a future franchise quarterback, moving up in the 2016 NFL draft to select the University of Memphis star with the 26th overall pick in the first round.That move came in the shadows of Denver’s Super Bowl 50 win and shortly after Peyton Manning’s retirement and Brock Osweiler’s departure.Elway acknowledged at the time that Lynch was a project who needed some seasoning but he expressed hope that Lynch might be a quick study.He wasn’t.Twice, seventh-rounder Trevor Siemian handily beat out Lynch in protracted competitions for the starting QB job.When Case Keenum was signed in March, Elway sent Siemian to the Minnesota Vikings, clearing the way for Lynch to serve as the No. 2 quarterback. All he had to do was fend off Chad Kelly Jeff Heuerman Jersey , another seventh-rounder.He couldn’t .Kelly had a terrific offseason while Lynch regressed this summer before completing 14 of 15 passes against third-stringers in the Broncos’ fourth preseason game last week at Arizona.Lynch made the team as the third quarterback, but Elway indicated his survival on cutdown day was more a function of Kelly’s inexperience after spending his rookie season on IR last year.“With Chad not having a lot of experience and not having played in a regular season game before, we thought that we had to go with three quarterbacks,” Elway said, “and Paxton was our third.”Less than 24 hours later, Elway found a better option.Hogan and Lynch were both part of the 2016 draft class.Lynch was the third QB selected overall, after Jared Goff and Carson Wentz. Hogan was the 14th QB taken, by Kansas City with the 162nd overall pick in the fifth round, after setting several records at Stanford, including most career wins by a QB (36) and most rushing yards by a QB (1,249).Both have made spot appearances in the NFL.Lynch has played in five games with four starts, going 1-3 with four TDs and four interceptions.In eight games, including one start, for the Cleveland Browns over the last two seasons, Hogan threw for four TDs with seven interceptions. He also has rushed for 176 yards and a touchdown in 18 attempts, a 9.8-yard average.He was traded to Washington on April 6 and was waived by the Redskins on Saturday.Elway and Joseph had held out hope that Lynch was just a late-bloomer , continuing to express their belief in him even as fans had soured on him.After bypassing the deep quarterback class in this year’s draft, Elway said he still thought Lynch could be a starting NFL quarterback, insisting, “We are not kicking him to the curb.”That thinking changed Sunday.Cravens will miss at least half the season now that he’s on IR. He missed most of training camp and the first three preseason games with soreness in his left knee, the same one he had surgery on last year to repair a torn meniscus while he was with Washington.The Broncos acquired him in a trade this spring.