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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was named the 2018 NFL MVP in just his first year as a starter in the league.

The 23-year-old is the youngest player to win the award in the Super Bowl era. Mahomes took 41 of the 50 votes. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees earned the other nine votes.

Mahomes threw for 5,097 yards and led the league with 50 touchdown passes, all while leading the Chiefs to a 12-4 record and the top seed in the AFC. Peyton Manning is the only other quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in the same season.

The second-year pro was also named the league’s Offensive Player of the Year. He’s now the third quarterback in the last four seasons to earn both awards.

Mahomes is the sixth different quarterback to win the league MVP award in the last six seasons. The last non-QB to win it was Adrian Peterson in 2012.

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Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton underwent shoulder surgery last week after his 2018 season was shortened, and he gave a positive recovery update on Wednesday.

“It’s good. It’s good,” Newton said during an appearance on 680 The Fan in Atlanta. “It’s better than I thought it would be. With so much going on throughout this season, I was in fear to see what actually was wrong.”

The arthroscopic procedure on Newton’s throwing shoulder came after the 2018 season. The 2015 MVP and three-time Pro Bowler completed 67.9 percent of his passes during the campaign for 3,395 yards and 24 touchdowns against 13 interceptions. He also added 488 yards and four scores as a rusher, leading the Panthers to a 6-8 record over his 14 starts.

The poor passing production compared to his career numbers was the result of an injury that bothered him for much of the season.

“I knew something was wrong. For me, being in that position, I didn’t want to let my team down,” Newton said. “I didn’t want to let my fans, or even myself down to a degree. There’s a benchmark that you set for yourself, and when it’s not met, you’re frustrated. Obviously, this year was frustrating.”

Newton was forced to sit out Weeks 16 and 17 while backups Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen made their first career starts.

The Panthers’ plan is for Newton to be throwing again by the start of organized team activities in May.

NCAA Football: Rose Bowl Game-Ohio State vs Washington

Ohio State quarterback and 2018 Heisman Trophy finalist Dwayne Haskins declared for the 2019 NFL Draft on Monday.

The redshirt sophomore finished third in Heisman voting behind winner Kyler Murray of Oklahoma and Alabama‘s Tua Tagovailoa, with 46 first-place votes.

Haskins completed 70 percent of his 533 pass attempts this season for 4,831 yards with 50 touchdowns and eight interceptions while leading the Buckeyes to a 13-1 record. Ohio State topped Washington in the Rose Bowl 28-23 after beating Northwestern 45-24 in the Big Ten championship.

In December, the NFL’s college personnel advisory board reportedly projected Haskins would be selected in the first round of the draft.

Joe Flacco‘s time with the Baltimore Ravens may be coming to an end.

With rookie first-rounder Lamar Jackson taking over as starting quarterback, the Ravens are expected to move on from Flacco in 2019, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports.

Flacco is set to make $18.5 million next season, and Baltimore would incur $16 million in dead money if it chooses to release him. The veteran is expected to be a highly coveted free agent if he does hit the open market.

Trading the 33-year-old to a team of his choosing is also a possible scenario, Rapoport added.

Jackson was named Baltimore’s starter for its Week 15 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday, meaning Flacco will be an active backup for the first time in his career.

The rookie took over for the injured Flacco in Week 11 and won his first three games as the starter before losing in overtime to the AFC-leading Kansas City Chiefs in Week 14.

The Buffalo Bills announced Monday that they’ve parted ways with quarterback Nathan Peterman following the Matt Barkley-led Week 10 victory over the New York Jets.

Peterman was selected by the Bills with the 171st pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. He threw 12 interceptions to just three touchdowns in eight games over his two seasons, making four starts under center. He completed just 52.3 percent of his pass attempts while leading the team to a 1-3 record.

Barkley completed 15 of 25 pass attempts for two touchdowns and no interceptions in the 41-10 road victory on Sunday. He was making his first start for the Bills after signing less than two weeks prior.

Peterman, 24, was named the Bills’ starter for the season opener against the Baltimore Ravens following a strong preseason, but he was pulled in favor of rookie Josh Allen after throwing two interceptions on 18 attempts with just five completions. He was forced back into action in Weeks 6 and 8 following injuries to Allen and veteran addition Derek Anderson.

His final start came against the Chicago Bears in Week 9 when he completed 31 of 49 attempts for three interceptions without a passing touchdown.

Baker Mayfield drew comparisons to Drew Brees out of college, but the New Orleans Saints quarterback doesn’t want the No. 1 overall pick to sell himself short.

“I think he can be a lot better than me,” Brees told reporters Wednesday when asked about the Cleveland Browns rookie, according to ESPN’s Pat McManamon.

Both natives of Austin, Texas, Brees and Mayfield have been likened to one another for their smaller statures and passing accuracy.

The two will meet for the first time Sunday when the Saints and Browns square off, though Mayfield is slated to serve as a backup for Tyrod Taylor once again.

“Man, he’s got all the tools,” Brees said of Mayfield. “He’s more athletic. He probably can run around better. He’s got a stronger arm.”

The 39-year-old Brees added he couldn’t help but notice Mayfield in college, where he became one of the most prolific passers in Oklahoma history and captured the Heisman Trophy in 2017.

“I followed his college career,” said Brees. “Couldn’t have been more impressed with what he was able to accomplish, especially last year. Really impressed with the way he plays the game. I think he’s a great competitor.”

The Denver Broncos waived quarterback Paxton Lynch, the team announced Sunday.

Lynch was taken 26th overall by the Broncos in the 2016 NFL Draft. Although he avoided being released Saturday, the Broncos claimed quarterback Kevin Hoganon waivers Sunday, rendering Lynch expendable.

Throughout the summer, Lynch failed to impress and was eventually surpassed on the depth chart by Chad KellyCase Keenum is expected to start for the Broncos with Kelly and Hogan serving as his backups.

“(Broncos head coach) Vance (Joseph) and I 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,” Broncos general manager John Elway said in a statement.

Lynch played sparingly during his first two seasons, completing 61.7 percent of his passes for four touchdowns and four interceptions.