OK, so Deshaun Watson being an absolute dream to watch in the NFL isn’t surprising to anyone who even half paid attention to college football for the last few years. And Watson already throwing for more touchdown passes than Brock Osweiler did all last season for the Texans isn’t surprising, either. But leading the NFL in touchdowns? Yeah, wasn’t expecting that one after the first six weeks of the season.
After a three-touchdown game against the Browns, Watson’s total is now more than Tom Brady. More than Drew Brees. More than Alex Smith. He tops the league with 15 passing touchdowns (and for good measure, he’s got two more on the ground).
Naturally, the two reserve running backs of note in Dallas top this waiver column, but allow me to say this: We don’t know for sure which one will be the starter or if it’ll even be a singular starter. Maybe Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris will share top duties. In an ideal world, you can add both players and roster them for as long as it takes to sort this out. That’s an unlikely luxury to have, but for practical purposes, that’s the best-case scenario.
And whether you’re looking to replace Zeke or the recently injured Aaron Rodgers, we’ve got you covered in this week’s free-agent finds.
Sometimes, the unpredictability nature of sports is our favorite thing about it. Other times, there are injuries, like a bucket of ice water poured over our souls.
Aaron Rodgers, fresh off ripping the still-beating hearts out of the chest of every Cowboys faithful, took a hard (but legal) hit in the first quarter of the Packers’ game against the Vikings. Anyone who saw the play instinctively knew the bad news that would soon be coming: broken collarbone, could be out for the season.
Rodgers is one of the NFL’s most important players. He’s every superlative you could say about a quarterback. His injury doesn’t just affect the Packers or the NFC North race. It has major implications for the rest of the NFL.
The DBs kind of got lost. They got turned around. They lost track of him, Roethlisberger said. So it looks really bad. It looks like I missed him, and sometimes those things happen.
But that wasn’t what happened on this particular play. Roethlisberger read the defense and decided to work away from Brown because of the coverage.
Roethlisberger said that Brown may be one of the best wideouts to ever play the game, and outbursts like this one take away from what he does on the field.
So I don’t know that he needs to react that way, Roethlisberger said. He’s superhuman on the football field, and when that happens, it almost brings him back to being a mere mortal, if you will, because it just gets in his head and it just messes with all of us a little bit.
Peterson had a 45-yard run called back because of an illegal use of hands penalty. On the next play, Fitzgerald fumbled and Lavonte David returned it 21 yards for a touchdown. The 2wo-point conversion cut the Arizona lead to 31-20 with 12:56 to play.
Asiata couldn’t quite comprehend it. He had just seen him in the huddle, had lined up behind him at running back for a play in a noncontact drill. Nobody ever gets badly hurt in a noncontact drill. Asiata listened to the screams and thought: He must be faking it. It’s a prank, something Teddy thought up with the linemen. This can’t be real.
But the noise kept coming, and the trainers filled the void left by the scattered bodies. Asiata ran back toward Bridgewater and then veered off. He and a couple of teammates took a knee and said a prayer. They closed their eyes to pray for their teammate. They closed their eyes so they wouldn’t have to see.
Everything happens for a reason, Asiata says, without much conviction.
That play is designed to beat a man concept defense. A.B. kind of runs a route and then takes off deep, and it’s designed for man, Roethlisberger said. Well, they gave us what was the 22-man look. So there’s two high safeties, and everybody else was man underneath. So as soon as I saw that defense on the pre-snap, safety Eric Weddle ran back to kind of a two-high shelf. A.B. instantly is I have to get off of him.
So Roethlisberger adjusted, and ended up checking down to Le’Veon Bell. The pass was high and went incomplete, and the Steelers were forced to punt. And Brown pulled off a double move and got separation. He ended up being wide open.
Riveron said clear and obvious is the standard that is used to overturn any call and this definitely met that criteria.
He was always a really fun player to watch at UGA, Sumner said, That has continued with his performance in the NFL.
When Griff woke up this morning I did show him the shout out from Todd Gurley and he was all smiles, still saying he couldn’t believe he actually got to see him and the Rams play.
The Rams reached out to the family to see if they were still in Jacksonville, but no arrangements have been made for a meetup yet. Whether or not that happens, it was still an incredible moment for the family, and a young boy whose dream came true.
He’s just professional. No matter what happened, no matter how many times he didn’t get the ball, he really never brought that in here or, you know, pointed fingers or anything. He just put his head down and came to work the next day. So I appreciate that, and I have tons of respect for him.
It was a lot of short passes from Alex Smith on the 13-play, 68-yard drive.
Washington 17, Chiefs 14: Vernon Davis used to be one of the most dangerous tight ends in the league. We got a reminder of that in vintage style Monday with an incredible 69-yard catch-and-run that set up Washington’s second touchdown of the game. Ryan Grant scored the touchdown with a reception from 3 yards out, but Davis did the hard work to make it happen. He’s still got wheels.
Chiefs 14, Washington 10: Washington almost had a huge goal line stop, but Preston Smith was ruled offsides on third-and-goal. That gave the Chiefs a second chance half the distance to the goal, and Alex Smith punched it in from 1-yard out to put the Chiefs ahead. That’s the 14th rushing touchdown of Smith’s career.
Washington 10, Chiefs 7: In an update coming out of halftime, it was revealed on Monday Night Football that Josh Norman is undergoing x-rays and could end up missing multiple weeks with a rib injury. He won’t be returning for the second half against Kansas City.
And yes, the first month of the 2017 season has been a disaster, but are the Giants really that far from fixing their problems and being an NFC East contender again in 2018? The defense was No. 2 in points allowed last year and still has all the important pieces like Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon, and Janoris Jenkins.
Injuries happen and if the receivers come back healthy next year, the Giants would be in much better position to recreate their 11-5 season from 2016 than they would with Webb, Geno Smith, a rookie, or any free agent signing.
It’s also possible that Manning would nix any trade. He negotiated a no-trade clause in his deal in 2015 and has told reporters he has no interest in playing elsewhere (although, that’s really the only correct answer).