Legendary tight end Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement for the second time on Tuesday. The first time happened two seasons ago, and a Super Bowl ring came out of it. The person who coaxed him out of retirement was none other than Tom Brady, who recently un-retired himself. Could it happen again? That remains a mystery, but at least for now, Gronk will be in the Hall of Fame in five years.
Is Baker Mayfield to the Carolina Panthers finally going to happen? Reports suggest simply seeing both Sam Darnold and Matt Corral in minicamp is not enough. Throughout this whole fiasco, reports remain set on the fact that Mayfield's next destination is fully dependent on the cost and how much salary the Cleveland Browns are willing to eat to get rid of him. Should Mayfield be Carolina's starter in 2022, it would make sense to get him there as soon as possible so he can get familiar with the system. That's why they're kind of eager to do it now.
While there are many mixed opinions on Mayfield's skill set and ability to be a starting quarterback in the NFL, he's a definite upgrade over Darnold. If Corral is in the Panthers' future, Mayfield could be the QB who can fill in for the time being until he is ready.
The raiders started off strong
While the Cleveland Browns are absolutely depleted with COVID, the Las Vegas Raiders started things off on the right foot. Quarterback Derek Carr threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Bryan Edwards for a 7-0 lead.
the Browns get in the game with a chubb
With their entire team on the COVID list -- literally -- the Browns were finally able to get something going on offense in the third quarter. Running back Nick Chubb took the ball in the endzone with a four-yard run.
they almost didn't... but the Raiders won
If the Raiders had lost this game, they deserved to forfeit every remaining game on their schedule. But, no. They managed to pull it off with an excellent game-winning drive by Carr. But it was Daniel Carlson who managed to kick it for a 16-14 win.
kirk cousins gets the vikings on the board first
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was the one to get his team on the board first. Cousins threw a 12-yard touchdown to wide receiver Justin Jefferson for a 7-0 lead over the Chicago Bears.
Ihmir smith-marsette scores first career touchdown
Vikings wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette is seeing a lot of playing time due to the absence of Adam Thielen, and his second career catch was for a touchdown. This score put Minnesota up over the Bears 17-3.
Eric Kendricks ejected for late hit
Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks was ejected in the fourth quarter for a late hit on Bears QB Justin Fields. Kendricks hit Fields as he was sliding, helmet-to-helmet, which is a major no-no.
vikings win over bears
If you haven't been able to guess by now, Minnesota beat the struggling Bears, despite this last-second (literally) touchdown from Fields. The Vikings won 17-9.
The Chicago Bears have made their second-best decision regarding the quarterback position since drafting Justin Fields in April. Fields was named the starter by head coach Matt Nagy (if you believe him, anyway) on Wednesday not only for Week Five, but moving forward.
In something that absolutely not a single person saw coming, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is struggling this season and that's putting it nicely. He agrees, which is the first step in admitting there's a problem. "I need to be better. I need to fight through and figure out how to make better decisions, how to make better throws, be a better football player. That's why I said I'm not going to quit. I'm not doing that. I'm not giving up on this season. No one in the building is." Okay, but maybe you should.
San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo injured his calf during Sunday's game and sat out the first half. He didn't practice Wednesday, but isn't yet ruling himself out of Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals. When asked if he would still be hurting this weekend if he takes the field, he said, "I'd be battling through it probably. We'll take it day by day. It hurts, but it is what it is at this point. I'm not going to put anything in stone yet."
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