big story: panthers trade for sam darnold
Another blockbuster trade falls for the 2021 NFL offseason. The Carolina Panthers are trading for current New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold. The Jets are picking second in this year's draft and are pretty much guaranteed to take a quarterback. With many questions surrounding the fate of Darnold -- including a situation where they would keep both him and the rookie -- this one is answered, at least for now.
I had thought the Panthers were pretty much a lock for Deshaun Watson, but that situation is up in the air right now. Last year's starter Teddy Bridgewater remains on the roster, and while he wasn't god awful, the Panthers knew they needed an upgrade. Darnold has the perfect opportunity to revive his career with a new coaching staff (and one that knows what they're doing) in a new place.
The Jets are getting a sixth-rounder in 2021 and a second and fourth-rounder in 2022 in return for Darnold.
small story: Aaron Rodgers to host his first night of jeopardy!
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is fulfilling a lifelong dream and hosting one of his favorite shows, Jeopardy! starting today (Monday). His stint will last the next two weeks. I'm sure he'll do well; this is totally his style.
While I was about 95% positive at various points throughout the 2020 season, Rodgers was on his way to retirement, the question is still coming up with this new project. Rodgers said on the Pat McAfee Show earlier today that he would love to take the permanent hosting job.. so does that mean he'll retire from football if it's offered to him?
tweet of the day
The Panthers' social media team is undefeated.
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justin fields declares for the 2021 nfl draft
As expected, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields declared for the 2021 NFL Draft on Monday.
The most popular landing spot for Fields is the New York Jets, if the Jacksonville Jaguars end up taking Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. The Jets recently hired Robert Saleh as their new head coach. The major question remaining is, what the hell are they going to do with Sam Darnold?
no NFL scouting combine in 2021
The NFL has canceled the 2021 NFL Scouting Combine because of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, and the inability of people to listen to health professionals and quit being assholes. A memo sent to teams stated that there will be no in-person workouts for prospects, and all workouts will essentially be done Pro-Day Style.
jets hire robert saleh
After firing head coach Adam Gase 15 games too late, the New York Jets hired former San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh to take over the position. The team announced their decision on Thursday night. The deal is for five seasons.
Saleh has been the Niners' DC since 2017 and was a highly-touted candidate -- interviewing with almost every team who had a head coaching job open. He's expected to bring aboard San Francisco's passing game coordinator, Mike LaFleur.
Saleh has high expectations for this team -- I'm talking like burning this whole thing down and starting over-type expectations. The Jets have the second-overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, which should help get things off the ground.
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.
After a play call that lost them the game on Sunday, the New York Jets have fired defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.
So, it was a terrible play call. We all know this. But that play call pretty much allowed the Jets to lock in the first-round pick in next year's draft (and, potentially lock up highly touted Trevor Lawrence out of Clemson).
So, if it was such a horrible play call, why didn't head coach Adam Gase intervene? ..... Even he doesn't know.
The issue with the Jets is this -- the staff, Gase included, has to know they all but done as soon as the season is over. They won't be around for Lawrence, or whoever they choose in the draft. They're not even trying anymore, but they're acting like they care.
Williams' firing was a perfect example of that.
New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton is no stranger to being hit repeatedly on the football field. Monday night's game against the New York Jets was no different. Newton took several hard hits, including one by safety Ashtyn Davis, which drew a roughing the passer call. So at least Newton got one of those.
Newton told WEEI on Tuesday that he was still feeling the hit this morning.
I feel this way after I sleep weird.
Newton stayed in the game and came back to beat the Jets in the fourth quarter, despite Joe Flacco's heroic efforts. Up next for Cam? The Baltimore Ravens.
The New York Jets are a hot mess, but have no fear, their starting quarterback Sam Darnold should be able to practice on Wednesday, thus ending all concerns with the state of the team.
Darnold will be limited on Wednesday, and his status for Sunday will be dependent on how he responds throughout the week.
THANK GOD. Get our lord and savior Joe Flacco off this team and let him hold the clipboard like we all intended. He deserves better than this.*
*unless he starts this week, and then, GO JETS
Stop me if you've heard this one before but New York Jets wide receiver Breshad Perriman has been out since Week Two with an injury. He'll return to the Jets' lineup this week.
This is very perplexing for me because on one hand, the Jets finally get another weapon available. On the other, do we remember the last time Joe Flacco had to throw to Perriman? It didn't go well.
I'll keep my fingers crossed.
Tonight's riveting Denver Broncos-New York Jets matchup is already keeping us on the edge of our seats. Add in some last-minute injury decisions and we are just shaking with anticipation.
Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder is likely to play after missing two games with a hamstring injury. Even while not being at one hundred percent, Sam Darnold is breathing a sigh of relief, even with the remaining dumpster fire of a team.
Additionally, Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay is not expected to play tonight after injuring his foot in Week One.