The Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins were scheduled to have two days of joint practices ahead of Saturday's final preseason matchup. Not anymore! Due to a stomach bug and players barfing everywhere, Thursday's practice has been canceled, and teams will meet virtually.
The Carolina Panthers are the latest team to hop on the 'alternate helmet' train. The team unveiled matte black helmets, which they will pair with their alternate black uniforms, to be worn throughout the season.
The NFL recently tweaked their strict (and stupid) uniform rules, allowing teams to wear a second helmet along with alternate uniforms. Other teams will be wearing classic uniforms.
This particular uniform combo will be worn against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 10.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski has a pretty solid resume so far -- a four-time Super Bowl champion, five-time Pro Bowler, and he's pretty much a lock for the Hall of Fame one day whenever he decides to retire again. But there's one record he hasn't broken yet, and that's Tony Gonzalez's record of the most 100-yard games by a tight end. Gonzalez sits at the top with 31.
Gronk is currently sitting at 30 games with 100-yards or more, just one shy of Gonzalez's record. Next up? Breaking this record, and Gronkowski intends to do just that.
"Let me tell you, I'm trying to break that record," Gronkowski told NFL Network. "I mean, why wouldn't I try to break that record? I'm coming for it. Tony, I'm coming for it. Basically, you got every record, so I'm coming for this one, and it's a pretty cool one, too, for sure. It just shows that I guess you're a baller and Tony's a baller."
The one thing that has hindered Gronk during his career is injuries, so it's fair to assume he may have already broken this record, right? It's also why he retired the first time and probably the reason he would again. When he finally decides he's had enough, Gronk is a lock for the Hall of Fame, regardless of the record books.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was absent from practice again on Thursday, making it the second straight practice missed. While it was said that he was just dealing with some back soreness, it is somewhat alarming that he's missing yet another day of work. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman gave an update on his status.
The Arizona Cardinals are currently undefeated, and a lot of that is due to quarterback Kyler Murray. While he's currently being talked about within the ever-elusive "MVP Conversation," Murray says he's not really thinking about that right now. "It's a long season, and I was always raised and taught that if you win as a team, the individual accolades will come. That's how I treated it in high school, that's how I treated it when I won the Heisman, same thing for now. I'm not really worried about MVP or anything like that."
Earlier this week, Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera said that he wants quarterback Taylor Heinicke to calm down a little bit and focus on managing the game better. In other words: Stop doing too much. Heinicke says he takes no issue with Rivera's comments. "I have no problem with it. That's what every quarterback should be - game manager. You take what's there, take what's given, and you move the ball down the field."
I know he's supposed to say this stuff, but Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera is really buttering up his opponent for next week. Rivera kind of over-did it when it came to talking about Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. "I mean, this is a savvy guy, this is a guy that's been doing it a long time and has had a lot of success. He's a league MVP. So you know, he's a really good football player. He's got a good arm. He still makes all the throws. He is a little older, but with that comes wisdom and experience. And that's what you see from Matt." Is it, though?
Oh no. Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr had some strong words to say about this week's game against the Los Angeles Chargers and I'm just going to leave them here and call it a jinx. "It was always looked at as another home game and that's no disrespect, it's a fact. The way you practice, the way you meet, it felt like a home game. I fully expect Raider Nation to take over the majority of the stadium again. They usually do." Oh no.
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Tom Brady's return to New England is being drilled into our heads this week (I'm already sick of it), but I'm going to talk about the other quarterback in this situation: Patriots rookie Mac Jones. It has to be somehow harder on him than us to constantly hear about Brady's return while he's the new guy just trying to get through his first rodeo. Jones, however, is turning his focus on correcting last week's mistakes. "I think just fixing the corrections from the game we just played is obviously really important and then moving on with the game plan for this week. It will definitely be exciting. Tampa Bay is a great team, and it's a new week. We're excited, and the only thing we can do is focus on each day, and then when Sunday comes, we'll just go out there and play as hard as we can." I hope Jones doesn't turn on ESPN this week.
Houston Texans rookie quarterback Davis Mills made his first NFL start last week because of an injury to starter Tyrod Taylor. Because he didn't get a lot of time to prepare for the start, we should assume the team should take off the training wheels a little bit, and we should expect him to do more in his second start in Week Four. Head coach David Culley explains: "Well, he's going to have a lot more put on him than we put on him last week. I feel like he'll be able to handle that. We're just going to run our offense and let him handle it from there."
With Ryan Fitzpatrick still out for the Washington Football Team, it's up to quarterback Taylor Heinicke to take the reins. But head coach Ron Rivera wants him to rein it in just a smidge. "When Taylor manages things and doesn't force things, you can see him move the ball for us. But when he tries to do more than he needs to, bad things seem to happen." The good news? They have the Atlanta Falcons next week, so they have a chance to work out those kinks.
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