Here is the first big test for Deshaun Watson: Franchise Quarterback. A deadly road matchup against a forever great defense that chews up and spits out young quarterbacks in their building. If Watson shreds the Legion Of Boom, you can begin engraving his name on that Rookie of the Year trophy.
Watson will be a fascinating quarterback to watch in the back half of his rookie season. Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus wrote a compelling piece this week that posited that traditional statistics don’t capture some of the shortcomings in Watson’s game this season. Per Palazzolo, Watson has missed too many open receivers, has been able to dodge the fallout of turnover-worthy plays, and has been aided by the lowest drop rate in the league by his receivers. In a nutshell: Watson has been special in flashes, but he’s also been lucky.
While the Titans and Cowboys have their offensive issues, the odds are still against San Francisco and Cleveland this week.
At 5 a.m. he rose, put on a brown custom suit and headed to 30th Street Station to meet up with teammates Chris Long and Torrey Smith and to catch a train to Harrisburg. Two hours later, they arrived at the Pennsylvania Capitol for a full day of meetings with legislators to champion for various bills related to criminal justice reform.
This is what an off day can look like for NFL players around the league who have dedicated themselves to social activism.
On Oct. 17, Jenkins and Long were among those who traveled to New York to meet with NFL owners about ways they can work together on causes about which the players have been demonstrating during the pregame national anthem. This time, the meeting was with lawmakers. The players were joined by Omar Khan, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ vice president of football and business administration.
The Bucs just lost speed-rusher Noah Spence, who suffered another shoulder injury and is now on injured reserve. The team also waived Jacquies Smith after he recovered from a torn ACL. The Bucs (2-4) are last in the league with seven sacks in six games. By comparison, the Jacksonville Jaguars lead the NFL with 33.
Denver quarterback Trevor Siemian tossed six touchdowns over the first two games of the season but has thrown just two since. He has five interceptions in that span and has fumbled four times. The Broncos offensive line hasn’t played well, allowing 22 sacks in six games, including five last week.
Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston has 5 1/2 sacks so far and could be looking at a huge night Monday.
I feel like it’s time for people to start seeing what kind of player I really am and maybe been misunderstood a little bit due to the headlines.
The bad news first arrived in August 2016, when Johnson received word he would be suspended again for an even longer period of time than two years earlier when he received a four-game PED ban. Rather than accept the punishment, Johnson fought it under the pretense that he ingested an NFL Players Association-approved supplement that contained a prohibited substance under the league’s drug-testing policy.
For the teams that are attempting to win without one, it takes mistake-free football grounded by an excellent defense. The Bears and the Jaguars haven’t quite found that balance yet to be consistently successful.
Even the Giants’ defense, which was supposed to be the team’s strength this season, has slipped. They are ranked 27th defensively and have allowed several late leads to slip away.
The general manager says the blame should be in his direction, and he knows where the spotlight shines.
It’s the National Football League. If you can’t take criticism, you should quit, Reese said. If you’re a general manager of a football team, or a player, or a quarterback, or you play any position, if you can’t take criticism, you should quit.
Giants coach Ben McAdoo and Reese have been common targets over the first seven weeks of the season.
The 49ers turned their offense over to rookie C.J. Beathard, who became the 41st different quarterback to start a game this season. Packers quarterback Brett Hundley was starter No. 40, making his first NFL start in place of injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Both first-time starters lost.
Browns tackle Joe Thomas left Sunday’s loss to the Titans in the second half with a triceps injury that ended his streak of playing in 10,363 consecutive snaps.
Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott played like a man possessed with 147 yards and three total touchdowns against the 49ers. Dallas tight end Jason Witten, who also scored in the game, provided a nice block on Elliott’s second TD run.
Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton after the 27-0 loss to the Jaguars: The O-line’s just got to play better. We’ve got to take some pride up front and block for (Brissett). What if we put them back there to take those hits? You’ve got to start up front.
Alex Collins ran for a career-high 113 yards, and Baltimore (4-4) returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the most lopsided shutout in franchise history.
In the midst of one of his best performances of the season, Flacco was hit high by Alonso while sliding at the end of an impromptu run. Flacco’s helmet flew off his head, and the 10-year quarterback appeared wobbly as he struggled to his feet.
Alonso was flagged for unnecessary roughness, providing Baltimore with a first down that ultimately turned into a touchdown.
Flacco was initially placed in concussion protocol, and by halftime was ruled out.
Joe had a concussion and a cut ear, coach John Harbaugh said. They were stitching it up without any anesthesia, so he’s a tough dude. That’s as much as I know.
The winner will remain within shouting distance of the Eagles, while the loser might need to focus on the wild card.
Rice spent time helping Spence and defensive end Ryan Russell during camp this summer.
He taught me things in five minutes that I’d never even heard of or even thought to put into my game, Spence said. He pointed out things in my game that I’d never even heard of. It was a blessing to have him out here to talk to us.
He had no excuse for the interceptions. Linebacker C.J. Mosley went 63 yards for a score, and Jimmy Smith took his 50 yards to the house.
On the first one, he made a heck of a play. He just jumped up there and caught it, Moore said. On the second one, (Smith) sat back a little bit and waited for me to throw.