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operator MGM Resorts International circled MetLife Stadium several times a few hours before the team's game against the Buffalo Bills.The banner trailing the plane Sunday read: "SHAME ON JETS/MGM #ENDGUNVIOLENCE #STOPMGM."The Jets and Las Vegas-based MGM announced two weeks ago they agreed on a multiyear deal that is the first of its kind in the NFL. MGM Resorts is now the official gaming partner of the Jets. The agreement is the most comprehensive and integrated gaming partnership in the league Bills Vladimir Ducasse Jersey , and the first to go beyond a casino sponsorship."We wholeheartedly agree that our country needs to put an end to gun violence," MGM Resorts International said in a statement to The Associated Press.The Jets had no comment on the banner.In July, MGM sued more than 1,900 victims of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in a bid not for money, but to avoid liability for the gunfire that rained down from a lone gunman at its Mandalay Bay casino-resort in October 2017.Early last month, a panel of federal judges denied a request from MGM to centralize 13 lawsuits stemming from the shooting. MGM had asked to centralize the cases after it filed nine lawsuits in various states against the over 1 Authentic Stephen Hauschka Jersey ,900 victims, but said it respected the ruling by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation and would litigate its motions in the courts where the actions were pending.MGM said at the time that its lawsuits are to avoid years of costly litigation and were focused only on people who have sued the company and voluntarily dismissed their claims or have threatened to sue.Late last month, MGM and the plaintiff's attorneys agreed to stay all pending litigation and entered into mediation. All litigation was suspended while the sides attempt to mediate a settlement."Our goal has always been to resolve these matters fairly and promptly, and we and the plaintiffs have asked the courts to suspend all litigation so we can enter into mediation and attempt to reach a resolution," MGM said in a statement to the AP. "We hope for a positive outcome so all of those impacted can look forward to the future and continue in their healing."A few New York-area politicians had recently slammed the Jets' partnership on social media, citing the initial lawsuit by MGM.New York State Sen. Kevin Parker from Brooklyn wrote on Twitter: "I strongly disagree with @nyjets partnering with @MGMResortsIntl. The @MGMResortsIntl decision to sue the victims of the Mandalay Bay Shooting in Las Vegas is a complete disgrace! The @nyjets SHOULD NOT move forward #STOPMGM."Added N.Y. State Sen. Luis Sepulveda from the Bronx: "Shame on the @nyjets for partnering with @MGMResortsIntl who decided to sue the victims of the Mandalay Bay Shooting in Las Vegas. I urge folks to boycott the team until they end the partnership. #StopMGM." Nathan Peterman became a national punchline as the quarterback in Buffalo because of his poor performance filled with interceptions and other numerous bad plays.So when the Oakland Raiders signed Peterman to the practice squad this week Bills Ryan Groy Jersey , coach Jon Gruden got quite a few calls asking about it and he saw criticism of the move that he tried to deflect Thursday."He's on the practice squad right now," Gruden said. "I want to reiterate that to everybody. He's on the practice squad."The Raiders brought Peterman in this week because backup AJ McCarron went back to Alabama to be with his wife, who gave birth to a child. Oakland needed a second quarterback for practice and Gruden knew Peterman from his time in college at Tennessee and Pittsburgh and from Gruden's pre-draft quarterback camp during his time as an analyst at ESPN.While Peterman is only on the practice squad for now, Gruden said he'd like to keep Peterman for the offseason program to see if he can compete for a backup spot next year."I know what kind of kid he is," Gruden said. "I know what kind of worker he is. I like what he did at Pitt. They beat Clemson. I like what he did in that game, at Clemson. He showed some real savvy and some real pocket presence. He's an athletic guy. I know he's had some problems in Buffalo but we're talking about our practice squad quarterback here."Peterman's problems in Buffalo were big after he was drafted in the fifth round in 2017. He ended up getting cut last month before the end of his second season.He feels fortunate to have a second chance."It's awesome Bills Jason Croom Jersey ," he said. "It's great to be here and there are some things in the offense that are smiler to things I have done in the past. ... Gruden is obviously a master at what he does. I am just here to watch, learn and do whatever they need."Peterman struggled mightily with the Bills. He began his rookie season as Tyrod Taylor's backup before getting his shot to start midway through the season. He threw five interceptions in the first half, while completing just 6 of 14 passes before getting pulled for Taylor.Peterman then won the starting job for the Bills this season, beating out rookie Josh Allen. But his tenure lasted just two series into the third quarter of the opener when he was pulled for Allen after going 5 for 18 for 24 yards with two interceptions in a 47-3 loss.Things unraveled further when Peterman took over after Allen was hurt in the third quarter of a 20-13 loss at Houston on Oct. 14. After hitting Zay Jones for a go-ahead touchdown, Peterman closed the game by throwing two interceptions, including one returned for the decisive score in the final two minutes.He then threw three more interceptions in his final start against Chicago on Nov. 4 before getting cut.For his career Cheap Kyle Williams Jersey , Peterman has completed 52.3 percent of his passes with 12 interceptions, three TDs and a 32.5 passer rating. Only two players since the merger have thrown more passes than Peterman's 130 with a lower rating. Scott Bull had a 24.8 rating for San Francisco and Kim McQuilken had a 17.9 rating for Atlanta and Washington, both in the 1970s."I don't watch or read anything, so I don't see what people are saying about me," Peterman said. "One thing you learn pretty quick is to tune out the outside noise."NOTES: Gruden said he's more optimistic that LG Kelechi Osemele can play this week after missing the past two games with a toe injury. ... Gruden said he doesn't expect RT Donald Penn to be able to return from a groin injury that has had him on IR since he got hurt in Week 4. Penn has been practicing the past few weeks.

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