JJ Watt says pump the break when it comes to picking new team
Everyone is sitting on the edges of their seats, waiting for JJ Watt to pick his new team after demanding his release from the Houston Texans. (Funny how that only works for some people.)
It's been over a week, and "reports" have started to arise of which teams are interested, which teams are not interested, which spots he wants to consider/not consider, which spots would be best for a ring -- we've heard about every single scenario by now.
Watt says to chill, and in the words of Cher Horowitz -- "You see how picky I am about my shoes, and they only go on my feet."
Watt clearly wants to play for a contender (who doesn't) and my pick for him is still the Buffalo Bills.
Steelers begin to restructure players' contracts
The Pittsburgh Steelers are beginning to restructure players' contracts to fit under this upcoming season's salary cap, which is expected to be lower than usual. The first one is defensive tackle, Cam Heyward.
The other looming contract that the Steelers absolutely have to restructure in the coming weeks is quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's, which is abnormally large (over $41 million for a large aging man seems like a stretch to me).
lots of cam newton quotes today
A lot of Cam Newton quotes are floating around today. He has talked about his bout with COVID-19, his time with the Carolina Panthers, and the likeliness of him re-signing with the New England Patriots. Rather than regurgitating all of those quotes separately, they all pretty much come from this I AM ATHLETE video.
Mike tomlin tests positive for covid-19
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin tested positive for COVID-19 as of Monday. There were reports last week of the team closing their facilities and sending staffers home due to positive tests. My guess is Tomlin was one of them.
Obviously, I'm wishing the best for my personal top rival team's leader, as well as one of my favorite coaches in the league.
texans re-sign dontrell hilliard
The Houston Texans are actually bringing someone back instead of making them run for the hills. The team is re-signing running back Dontrell Hilliard to a one-year deal.
Hilliard joined the Texans last season after being waived by the Cleveland Browns.
eagles will release alshon jeffrey
The Philadelphia Eagles are clearly working on getting younger at the wide receiver position this offseason. The team will release WR Alshon Jeffrey closer to the new league year. They also cut vet receiver Desean Jackson.
Jeffrey is 31 and should still be able to garner some interest from a team looking for receiver help or depth. Cough cough BALTIMORE. He fits them perfectly -- older guy, cheap. Match made in heaven.
ravens will part ways with morgan cox
We have LONG. SNAPPER. NEWS. According to The Athletic, the Baltimore Ravens are not expected to re-sign long snapper Morgan Cox this offseason.
Cox has spent 11 seasons with the Ravens, heading to four Pro Bowls, and was elected an All-Pro this season. Cox is also one of the last remaining players still on the roster who were also on the Super Bowl team, their last successful run.
The Ravens are expected to go younger at the position -- Nick Moore has been on the practice squad this season and will likely step up in his spot.
bills up first, justin tucker misses
No, we're not dreaming, but Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker missed a kick. In the postseason. An easy one, and no, I don't want to talk about it. We are moving on.
Baltimore had a strong first drive, aside from that miss. The Buffalo Bills were able to get down the field thanks to a roughing the passer call but couldn't pull in a touchdown. Kicker Tyler Bass kicked one in from the 28-yard line, putting the Bills on the board, 3-0.
this is ugly
Normally there would be highlights by now, but there are literally none. It is abysmal. The game is tied 3-3 at halftime and that's all I have to say about that.
We have a touchdown!
Bills receiver Stefon Diggs scored the game's first touchdown -- a three-yard pass from quarterback Josh Allen to give Buffalo a 10-3 lead over the Ravens.
a 101-yard pick-six? sure, why not
Long story short, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson tried to hit tight end Mark Andrews in the end zone and was promptly picked off. Taron Johnson took it to the house in a 101-yard touchdown run bringing the score to 17-3.
lamar jackson ruled out with concussion
As if things could not get any worse for Baltimore, Jackson was ruled out with a concussion, after banging his head on the turf in the end zone. Backup Tyler Huntley replaced Jackson.
If you couldn't tell from the one worthy highlight, the Bills are moving on to the AFC Championship Game, beating Baltimore 17-2. Neither team played particulary well (or up to their standards), but the Bills seemed to be able to make some halftime adjustments while the Ravens continued to struggle. The Ravens have an interesting offseason on deck, while Buffalo is waiting to see if they will face the Cleveland Browns or the Kansas City Chiefs next week.
dez bryant grabs his first touchdown since 2017
The Baltimore Ravens blew out the Jacksonville Jaguars in a comfortable 40-14 blowout win. Quarterback Lamar Jackson started the game off with an interception, but that was the only bad thing. Wide receiver Marquise Brown had his best outing all season, finishing with six catches for 98 yards. The highlight of the day was vet receiver Dez Bryant grabbing his first touchdown in three years, and of course, throwing up the X.
ryan tannehill had five touchdowns on the day
Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw three touchdowns and ran in for two, giving him a total of five for the day (math) against the Detroit Lions. They remain atop the AFC South and sit on a 10-4 record for this season. But it wouldn't be a Titans win without a good, old-fashioned Derrick Henry stiff-arm.
new england eliminated from playoff contention
The New England Patriots have been officially eliminated from playoff contention. While I have been waiting for this for such a long time, it doesn't seem satisfying now that Tom Brady is elsewhere. Division rivals, the Miami Dolphins ended their playoff hopes on Sunday with a 22-12 win. New England hasn't missed the playoffs since 2008.
texans fumble in the end zone, handing the colts a win
As the Houston Texans were trying to tie it up with the Indianapolis Colts, they fumbled away those chances in the end zone, handing Indy a win on a silver platter.
the falcons blew yet another lead
It's truly remarkable how they keep doing this, but they never let me down. The Atlanta Falcons headed into blowout territory in the first half, up on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17-0. The final score ended up being 31-27, Bucs. You just can't write it any better. The biggest highlight was Antonio Brown scoring his first touchdown as a Buccaneer.
the jets won a game
No, really. In Week 15, the New York Jets have officially won their first game of the 2020, defeating the Los Angeles Rams in probably the biggest upset of the season.
The bigger story with this one is that they may have missed out on their next franchise quarterback if they choose to move on from Sam Darnold. The Jags take over as having the number one pick in next year's draft.
darius slay will not play for eagles this week
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Darius Slay will not play this week due to a concussion and did not make the trip to Arizona. CB Avonte Maddox is also out, which is not what you want to hear when going against Arizona Cardinals star quarterback Kyler Murray and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Already sounding like t's gonna be a long ass day for Philly on Sunday.
michael thomas heading to ir
New Orleans Saints' top weapon Michael Thomas is heading to injured reserve for the remainder of the regular season. New injured reserve rules require all players to miss at least three weeks, meaning Thomas is eligible to return in the postseason. Thomas has had an ankle injury that has lingered all season, with a quad injury mixed him, which has resulted in an under-achieving season for his standards.
ryan finley will start for bengals on monday night
Despite getting their guy in quarterback Joe Burrow in the draft, it has been, well... a bleak season for the Cincinnati Bengals. QB Ryan Finley will start for the team on Monday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers after an injured Brandon Allen has been "just not ready to play," according to head coach Zac Taylor. It's gonna be a bloodbath; Steelers by 100.
marcus peters fined for spitting at jarvis landry
He swore up and down he didn't do it, but Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters was fined a whopping $12,500 for spitting on Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry during last Monday night's game. Head coach John Harbaugh also said he didn't do it in his direction, even though a video clearly shows he did. Landry also called Peters a "coward," adding to the drama. He did it, and the NFL obviously agrees with me there.
After testing positive for COVID-19, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson had to miss Wednesday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. So far, the team isn't saying whether he'll be available for the next round. Baltimore is set to square up against the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday, a game that was also pushed back.
Dallas is preparing as though Jackson will play, according to head coach Mike McCarthy.
Jackson initially tested positive on Thanksgiving night. If they are asymptomatic and test negative, players can return to game action once activated off of the COVID-19 reserve list after ten days. Baltimore's game against the Cowboys conveniently falls on 12 days after Jackson's positive test.
Obviously, Jackson's health is the main concern here, as it is with any other player. The determination on whether or not Jackson will return will ultimately come down to how he is feeling, which is a sentiment head coach John Harbaugh echoed.
The Ravens are currently fighting for a playoff spot after losing to Pittsburgh in Week 12, and Jackson gives them the best chance at doing so.
Although a report from Tuesday suggested that running backs JK Dobbins and Mark Ingram would be joining the Baltimore Ravens in Pittsburgh in time for Wednesday's game against the Steelers, it doesn't seem like that will be the case as we gear up for some casual Wednesday afternoon football.
It feels like the 200th day, but it's the only 10th day since Baltimore placed both on the COVID-19 list, which is when players are allowed to be cleared pending negative tests. That being said, both players could technically play today once removed, but that won't happen despite both expecting to be activated off of the COVID-19 list. Logistically, neither have practiced for a while; forcing them into a game situation would likely do more harm than good.
RB Gus Edwards is expected to take the starting job today, along with Justice Hill. So um... yeah, good luck to them.
Baltimore Ravens cornerback Tavon Young tore his ACL in September, but he's helping the team off the field, I guess. Young restructured his contract with the team, giving them more cap space.
Young can be a playmaker, though his main roadblock is his inability to stay on the field. Young missed both the 2017 and 2019 seasons with various injuries that I can't keep track of anymore.
Young taking a pay cut in 2021 is pretty much a given. With a deep secondary (pending health, of course), Young is an added insurance policy and provides the team with some cap breathing room.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback and reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson sat out practice yesterday with what the team called a "knee problem." I wasn't worried then. Only when I learned that Jackson missed a second practice, did the worry begin to set in.
This is the first time in Jackson's professional career that he has missed two practices in a row.
Head coach John Harbaugh does not address the media until Friday, so we won't know until then what the status of Baltimore's star quarterback will be. If he does not practice Friday, that will be an indicator that he could possibly sit in Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Updated: Lamar Jackson expected to play
According to this report, Jackson is expected to play and the team is "just being cautious" with his knee. Uh huh.
Add "backfield" to the list of things that other teams will have a hard time figuring out when it comes to the Baltimore Ravens offense. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman mentioned that there would be a "rotation" system in the backfield that will change each week.
As mentioned, rookie running back JK Dobbins had the most snaps last Sunday, followed by veteran Mark Ingram. This is the part that I think he's talking about as far as changing every week -- if someone has a hot hand, that guy will likely get most of the snaps, rather than have it planned out ahead of time.