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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Russell Wilson is medically cleared to return this week for the Seattle Seahawks and of course he had to announce it himself. Wilson posted this video on Twitter, indicating that himself and his finger should be ready to take on the Packers in Week Ten.
Green Bay Packers backup quarterback Jordan Love didn't have the best Sunday, and it began (or continued) to spark questions of if Love is genuinely the Packers' future. Head coach Matt LaFleur isn't blaming Love for having to be ready at the last minute. "I thought Jordan, I was really proud of the way he played. He hung in there; he was taking hits and delivering the ball. I thought he did a really good job."
There is a new New England Patriots controversy among us. Quarterback Mac Jones appeared to twist Carolina Panthers defensive end Brian Burns' ankle after a sack. However, head coach Bill Belichick says he thinks Jones was just trying to pursue the ball and didn't intentionally twist Burns' ankle. I tend to side with Belichick, even though the video does look kinda bad. Jones later agreed, saying he was just trying to make a tackle on Burns.
Detroit Lions backup Tim Boyle is being designated for return from injured reserve and should practice this week. With the way things are going for the Lions (and specifically, starter Jared Goff), it's not out of the question to wonder if we could see Boyle (or fellow backup David Blough) on the field soon.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold suffered a concussion and shoulder injury last week and went for an MRI on Monday to check on the status of the same shoulder. Darnold did not have his best day Sunday, and head coach Matt Rhule was not committing to Darnold yet in Week Ten.
Zach Wilson is expected to practice this week for the New York Jets, but his status is still very much up in the air. Mike White is looking more like the assumed starter (although that could change in the coming days), as head coach Robert Saleh says they don't want to rush Wilson back too soon.
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The Miami Dolphins won't be trading for quarterback Deshaun Watson, after all. Reports were swirling pretty much for months about this whole fiasco, and right when it looked like things might get done, it didn't work out in the end. The Houston Texans are stuck with Watson until next offseason.
With rookie Zach Wilson still injured, and Super Bowl MVP sitting in waiting, the New York Jets have a looming decision to make at the quarterback position. Mike White shocked the world with his performance in Week Eight and will be getting the start on Thursday Night Football, but how long will this continue? General Manager Joe Douglas says himself and head coach Robert Saleh are on the same page when it comes to these decisions. "I'm going to piggyback on everything coach said and we're going to cross that bridge when we get to it. Our sole focus is te Indianapolis Colts."
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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott had the week to recover from yet another injury, and is so far on track to play this weekend. Head coach Mike McCarthy reiterated on Thursday that this is still the plan, as he had a good response from practicing this week on a limited basis.
The Philadelphia Eagles traded away their best quarterback to the New York Jets earlier this week, but starter Jalen Hurts says he'll never forget the great Joe Flacco. He has blessed many of us, I agree. "I expressed that to Joe, and I just wanted to let him know that everything I said before those games, I truly believed it from the standpoint of the things that he’s been able to do over his career, the knowledge he’s poured on me, his voice in the room. It meant a lot to me. I wish him the best of luck as he gets the opportunity to go out there and play."
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is still a question mark for Week Eight, as he's dealing with an intense shoulder injury. He missed last week, but isn't giving up so easily. Offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt stated Thursday that while he practiced on a limited basis,"he practiced yesterday a good amount and looked good."
As everyone (loudly) wonders if the league has figured out Patrick Mahomes, he told his Kansas City Chiefs teammates that he knows he needs to improve and plans on doing just that. "You see it kind of get me in certain games every single year, and it’s something I have to go back to and learn from and be better at. There were times where I maybe could have stepped and found a soft spot in the pocket where instead I kind of got out of there and tried to make something happen."
After fracturing his ribs during Week Two's game, Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was back at practice on Wednesday. While it's still up in the air whether he will be on the field for Sunday's game, head coach Brian Flores says he would play if it were up to Tagovailoa.
The New York Jets are on a bye this week, and that gives them some time to get their shit together, respectfully speaking. Rookie quarterback Zach Wilson hasn't exactly impressed the way some other rookies have, but he plans to keep working even while he's on a short break. "I'm going home to see my family - I haven't seen them in a while. And I'm going to work with my quarterback coach, John Beck, that I train with. He's super close with our staff as well, so I'm excited to go and just work on some of the things I feel like I can clean up. I'm going to watch the first five games, see what I really want to put an emphasis on, and how I can just clear my mind and spend a little time with the family and then be ready to come back and get after it next week."
Tyrod Taylor is still out this week for the Houston Texans, but head coach David Culley says he'll be the starter when he's healthy. Rookie Davis Mills has been playing in Taylor's place for the past few weeks. "Tyrod comes back and he's healthy, he's our starting quarterback. As far as the quarterback situation, he gives us our best chance to win."
The Kansas City Chiefs' defense isn't doing so hot so far this season, and that's an understatement. Another issue with KC is the number of turnovers they've had on offense. It's very un-Patrick Mahomes-like. However, Mahomes said these types of issues have nothing to do with the defense's struggles. "That's kind of how I have my mindset going into every single game is that, when we get an opportunity to go out there and have success and be successful, we have to capitalize on that. It has nothing to do with whatever is happening on the other side of the ball. It's just our job as an offense on this team."
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The San Francisco 49ers are on a bye this week, and both quarterbacks are having injury issues. Perfect timing? Head coach Kyle Shanahan thinks starter Jimmy Garoppolo should be ready to go by Week Seven, when they take on the Indianapolis Colts. "I think he'll be ready to go next week when we get back. That's the plan. I know he's doing a lot better than he was last week."
Rookie quarterback Zach Wilson and the New York Jets in general are struggling so far this season. New head coach Robert Saleh is making his point (while at the same time doing something he shouldn't) by comparing him to one of the best in the game right now: Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen. "It's not easy being a rookie quarterback, never has been, never will be. Josh Allen the first five games of his rookie year, the numbers were the same as what our guy is going through. I know it can be frustrating sometimes, but it's going to start clicking. It's a rollercoaster ride and you have to take the good with the good, and the bad with the bad."
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Most teams are announcing their captains for the 2021 season if they're into that sort of thing. Being that the leader of the offense is the quarterback, that means one of the team's captains is typically the QB. So, it's pretty puzzling that starting QB Tua Tagovailoa isn't one of the Miami Dolphins' five captains for the 2021 season. Hmmm... cue the rumors.
The New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins meet frequently, but Week One's matchup has another point of significance. Rookie quarterback Mac Jones and second-year QB Tua Tagovailoa will meet as opponents for the first time since being teammates at Alabama. Jones is looking forward to it. "Tua's an awesome guy. He's really a good, talented football player. Learning from him and Jalen was great, obviously. Now that we're all getting a chance here in the NFL, I think it'll be cool to go up against each other."
Cam Newton was cut from the Patriots about a week ago but hasn't spoken about it yet. On Wednesday, Newton teased a video where he's presumably going to talk about it set to be released on Friday. However, he gets the rumors out of the way by assuring fans that he isn't announcing his retirement. At least, not yet.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is one of a select group that are due (huge) new contracts pretty much any day now. But, it doesn't look like it will be happening that soon for Mayfield. Apparently both sides are fine with waiting it out. The Browns get the benefit of seeing Mayfield develop further (and with the motivation of last year, I expect he will) before paying him. Mayfield gets the benefit of the old "betting on myself" trick. It's worked out well for quite a few guys.
It may be a revenge game for Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold as he plays the New York Jets this weekend, but rookie Jets QB Zach Wilsonâ isn't thinking of it like that. "He's doing his own thing now. He's got a great situation going for him. I think the organization already decided to go one way, and it's not because Sam isn't a good football player. It's just that they wanted a fresh start."
Jameis Winston has been announced as the starter for the âNew Orleans Saints, and it wasn't exactly an easy road for him. However, he's thankful that he's getting a second chance as a starter, even if it means trying to fill the shoes of future Hall of Famer Drew Brees. "It's a blessing to have this opportunity to lead the pack, and I'm just grateful for it. It's been more than a year removed for me having the opportunity, and I'm not taking it for granted."
Rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence was named a captain for the 2021 season, a big honor for being a rookie. Because it was voted on by his teammates, Lawrence is already feeling the love in the locker room despite being a rookie. "It's a really cool feeling, especially as a younger guy, just having that support from my teammates. "
As it's more than likely his last season in a Green Bay Packers uniform, quarterback Aaron Rodgers is ready to experience this season for all it's worth. "I'm speaking personally, and I can't speak for everybody. But I feel that I get with the energy in the locker room is not pressure. It's focus. I think it's the right perspective and the right type of focus. We know we have a talented team; we know what the expectations are. We're going to enjoy this year for all that it has to offer, and each other."
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