The coaches who knew Hunt best might have been shocked

Hunt could be the running back who makes it happen. He has a league-best 502 rushing yards; Todd Gurley, No. 2 on the list, has 362. Hunt strongly suggested he belonged in the same class with the big-name backs drafted ahead of him — namely Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey — after he fumbled away his very first professional carry against the Patriots. Hunt hadn’t lost a fumble over four years and 782 carries at Toledo, and yet he recovered against the Patriots to finish with three touchdowns and 246 yards from scrimmage, a record for an NFL debut.

The coaches who knew Hunt best might have been shocked, but they weren’t surprised. Matt Duffy, his high school coach at Ohio’s Willoughby South, told ESPN.com on Monday that one major college recruiter who passed on Hunt once asked Duffy, “Where do you think he can play?” Duffy answered that question this way:

9:30 p.m. — Touchdown, Buccaneers. Doug Martin 1 yard for the TD with 8:26 left before the half. Officials earlier gave Martin an 11-yard touchdown run before replay review overturned the call and determined his knee was down at the 1. Martin has seven carries for 55 yards and a touchdown so far.

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8:30 p.m. — Those in Raymond James Stadium observe a moment of silence and shine their cell phone lights out of respect for the victims of Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Paul Pierce signs contract to retire with Celtics

Paul Pierce is ending his Hall of Fame worthy career where it all started.

The 39-year-old Pierce signed a contract with the Celtics that will allow him to retire with the organization, the team announced Monday.

“We’re honored that Paul has chosen to retire as a Celtic. He is among the very best Celtics – a champion on and off the court,” said Celtics managing partner Wyc Grousbeck. “We congratulate Paul on a Hall of Fame career, and look forward to seeing his number raised to the rafters of TD Garden.”

“We just felt like we had too much talent to tear it down to the foundation. The main thing with [coach] Quin [Snyder] and Rudy is, what do we stand for? We feel like we have a great player in Rudy, and we want to showcase his ability.”

Hayward opted to leave the Jazz after seven years and sign with the Celtics on a four-year, $128 million deal on July 4. Despite his exit, the team is confident Gobert can be the leader it needs.

“We have the chance to be very good defensively,” Jazz rookie guard Donovan Mitchell said. “With Rudy in the middle, that allows the guards on the perimeter to pressure their men. If we get beat, we have the big guy to erase our mistakes and challenge in the paint. It’s a nice luxury to have.”

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