We all remember when Tom Brady was fined $10,000 for sliding and purposefully ("accidentally," according to him) kicked Ed Reed in the leg, right? Well, it appears he may have done it again. Brady slid during a scramble in Monday night's Tampa Bay Buccaneers win against the New York Giants, and as he slid, Brady raised his leg right into Giants DB Xavier McKinney's lower leg. So, what do you think? Accident or on purpose?
The Baltimore Ravens were able to squeeze out a win on Sunday without starting quarterback Lamar Jackson, and it looks like he'll be well enough to be under-center next week. Head coach John Harbaugh said, "he felt good today. I don't know how good. But he feels much better today, from what I was told." So have we figured out WHY the Ravens made him travel to Chicago in the first place? Let me know.
I can't believe I'm saying this, but Kirk Cousins has been the main reason for the Minnesota Vikings' success this season. (Before you ask me if 5-5 is considered "successful," they're currently in playoff position and have had back-t0-back wins. Baby steps.) Cousins has been taking more shots downfield, and it's been paying off. Of course, head coach Mike Zimmer wouldn't mind if Cousins continued to do more of that. "I want Cousins to keep doing it like he's doing it. He can't second-guess himself."
This season, Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke was thrown to the wolves as the starter after Ryan Fitzpatrick was injured. Through an up-and-down season, Heinicke is currently on the "up" trajectory. Head coach Ron Rivera acknowledged that Heinicke has continued to grow throughout the season. "What we want from that position is a guy that can manage it and then make plays when he needs to. And this is what this guy does. He's smart. He understands the game. He's just a guy that, again, has only had 11 starts, and we'll see how it continues to go." Heinicke is totally gonna trick Washington into not drafting a quarterback again, isn't he?
After Aaron Rodgers' COVID fiasco, there's another roadblock in his way: an injured toe. Rodgers has said it's a little worse than turf toe, and it's pretty painful. However, Rodgers plans to play through the injury, as it's likely his last season with the Green Bay Packers.
Heavy sigh. On Tuesday, the New York Jets announced that rookie QB Zach Wilson was cleared to start on Sunday against the Houston Texans. That's good for them because they don't have many other options. After being listed as close contacts, the Jets put both Joe Flacco and Mike White on the COVID-19 reserve list. Don't say it.
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Both quarterbacks trade interceptions in first quarter
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was first, throwing his tenth pick of the season. The drive seemed to be going great; I had the tweets in the drafts dialed up. Then the pass was batted in the air and Julian Love came down with the interception in the endzone.
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones was next, throwing a pick to Willie Gay, and set up a Chiefs touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
kyle rudolph ties the game
Kyle Rudolph caught a one-yard touchdown for the Giants to even things up in the second quarter.
Chiefs take the lead in second quarter
The Chiefs are in the lead after a shaky start. Running back Derrick Gore, who is playing in injured Clyde Edwards-Helaire's spot, scored his first career touchdown, bringing the score to 14-10.
giants take the lead in the fourth quarter
Whose Giants are these? Daniel Jones threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Evan Engram, giving New York a 17-14 lead over the Chiefs.
chiefs pull out the win
Kansas City won, but they won pretty ugly. A 34-yard field goal by Harrison Butker was enough for a 20-17 win over the Giants.
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After being knocked out (literally) of the game last weekend, New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones returned to practice on Thursday on a limited basis. Jones' status is still up in the air, as he is currently progressing through concussion protocol and has to be cleared in order to play this week.
Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers are struggling this season, but they finally snapped their losing streak last week. Could this be the spark they need to keep things going? Roethlisberger says they still have a lot of work to do. "We're not by any means going to sit here and say we're fixed; we're this great offense. We're not there yet. We still have a long way to go." Well, at least he's aware.
In probably one of the best quotes I've heard this entire season, Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Wink Martindale said of Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert... well, I'll just leave it here.
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packers reiterate they want Aaron Rodgers to stay in green bay
Amidst all the rumors and reading between the lines during this Aaron Rodgers versus Green Bay Packers gauntlet, head coach Matt LaFleur finally spoke to the media after the first rookie minicamp meeting. If LaFleur thought he would be asked about just the rookies and not this whole thing, he was mad wrong. LaFleur stated that the team still wants Rodgers as their quarterback (who wouldn't) and that the team is working through the situation.
This sounds like someone who is being broken up with and told that they have to "learn to love themselves before they love someone else," no?
LaFleur has a point, and really, what else is he supposed to say? But also, actions speak louder than words in this situation. Rodgers deserves to speak his mind and be consulted regarding certain decisions (like Tom Brady was in Tampa Bay). I'm in the camp that believes the two will come to some sort of agreement eventually, but crazier things have happened.
fully vaxxed players and staff no longer have to wear masks in team facilities
Hallelujah! While we folks who believe in science are getting vaccinated and doing the right things to get this horrible past year and a half behind us, the NFL is also incentivizing players and staff who do the same. The NFL sent a memo to teams on Friday, stating that fully vaccinated personnel (which means two shots and two weeks following the second shot) are no longer required to wear masks in team facilities. The memo also mentioned that teams will have to adhere to any local regulations.
broncos release ja'Wuan james
This is an odd one. The Denver Broncos placed offensive tackle Ja'Wuan James on the non-football injury list last week after he tore his Achilles while working out away from the team facility. They released him from the team over the weekend.
Long story short: The NFLPA was urging players to not show up to in-person workouts because it worked perfectly fine for everyone last year doing it virtually. However, there was a snag in that line of thinking which was: What happens if you get injured (and/or are declared out for the season) and it happened away from the facility because they chose not to show up, is the team still inclined to pay said player? Now, James is that example.
James sent a tweet stating his thoughts on the situation (which I agree with, by the way):
James is also considering filing a grievance against the team, so this will be something to keep an eye on.
giants give kelvin benjamin a shot.. maybe at tight end
If this sounds familiar, it's because there seems to be an influx of older players trying to convert to tight end and sign with a team. The New York Giants are signing free agent wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin after a tryout this weekend, but there's a catch. Benjamin may be playing tight end.
He has the size at 6'5" and 245 pounds. But, converting to a new position after not having played in the NFL in three seasons isn't an easy task.
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