Deshaun Watson is making his first career NFL start, and in the second quarter, he had one hell of a drive that included two big plays, and one gigantic hit.
After completing a deep pass to DeAndre Hopkins on the previous play, Watson stepped back, and Geno Atkins introduced him to the turf. It was one of those Welcome To The NFL hits that rookie quarterbacks get.
That was a vicious hit — but Watson answered in the best way possible, with a 49-yard touchdown rush.
The Ravens eventually deleted the tweet, but Twitter managed to have some fun with it while the post was up. The image wasn’t a photoshop. It’s actually one of various filters from the Ravens’ own app. You can select a standard purple and black face paint or you can get the Ravens’ logo, just like the team used on Queen Elizabeth.
Everyone has bad tweets. It happens to the best of us. All you can do is laugh, but not many bad tweets become a meme. If you wake up early and check social media before the incredibly early morning game, chance are you’re gonna see a Queen Elizabeth meme or two.
The best part about the run might have just been that behind the back stiff arm that Watson delivered to Bengals linebacker Carl Lawson.
Dalton was historically bad against the Ravens, turning the ball over five times in a 20-0 home rout. His lowest moment came late in the fourth quarter where, facing a fourth-and-5 situation, he scrambled away from pressure and simply threw the ball away, eliminating any chance for a miracle comeback.
Texans quarterbacks Tom Savage and Deshaun Watson weren’t much better. Savage’s reign as the team’s starter lasted exactly two quarters before head coach Bill O’Brien decided he’d seen enough and inserted Watson in his place. Savage was bad — 7-of-13 passing for a meager 62 yards — but it wasn’t all his fault. Houston’s cheesecloth offensive line allowed him to be sacked six times in just two quarters.
At the beginning of the NFL season, the waiver wire typically breaks down into two buckets: pickups who fill needs based on injuries (i.e., replacing David Johnson) and players who flex ability that may have been overlooked in the preseason (i.e. Tarik Cohen). One of the benefits of moving further along in the season is we have a larger sample size to filter out the latter category — in other words, are Week 1 stars merely a flash in the pan or are they here to stay? Week 2 gave us more game action to assess, helping to paint a clearer picture.
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For this week, I’ve included a special section with tight end pickups to help those dealing with injuries at that position, along with streaming defense picks for the week ahead.
To those considering him, be aware that he was the No. 4 running back in terms of PPR fantasy points (117.0) and No. 9 in non-PPR (79.0) during the second half of the 2015 season (Weeks 10-17).
McAdoo said he wasn’t worried it would affect the locker room that he was critical of some players and not others. The second-year head coach has long said he treats all his players fairly by treating them all differently. That’s his philosophy for handling the varied personalities.
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He’s 34, has declining sub-package skills, costs the team $6.8 million toward the salary cap and remains an off-field concern, in line for a one-game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. On many other teams, that would make him an easy cut. In Cincinnati, however, he has plenty of support for us to say he’s safe.
A crosstown move hasn’t really helped Smith extend his career, as Josh Johnson is looking like the team’s preferred veteran backup to Eli Manning and the No. 2 in front of rookie Davis Webb.
Cleveland got its draft pick from the deal with the Texans. Now that Osweiler has flamed out and showed little trade value, he should quickly go from a buried No. 4 behind DeShone Kizer, Kevin Hogan and Cody Kessler to an easy cut.
Romo went on to list Dallas’ offensive pieces, from Dez Bryant to offensive linemen Travis Frederick, Tyron Smith and Zack Martin. (Practically the only player Romo didn’t name on Dallas’ offense was his replacement at quarterback, Dak Prescott.)
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At every position they’re very good, Romo said. They’re going to be hard to beat. If anybody can handle Zeke being out it’s them.
Romo also had high praise for wide receiver Cole Beasley, whom Romo referred to as the most underrated player in the league.
He’s like Julian Edelman or a Wes Welker, Romo said. We started to put things in the system a few years back and he’s the guy they want to go to on third down. He’s just really hard to guard.
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Romo said it ultimately will be impossible to replace Elliott, but with the likes of Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris in the backfield, Dallas will manage until Elliott returns to the field.
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Since opting out of his contract with the 49ers in March, Kaepernick remains unsigned. Many believe his continued unemployment is tied to Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem last season as a way to protest police brutality and other racial injustices.
Bell rushed for 32 yards on 10 carries and added three receptions for 15 yards in the Steelers’ 21-18 win over the Browns. The 47-yard output is a career low for Bell, who averaged 157 yards per game a season ago.
The Steelers committed 13 penalties for 144 yards, including at least four against the offense in the first half. Tomlin said those issues would have affected the running game whether Bell missed camp or not, which is why I lose patience when we repeatedly cover the same things.
You can sing that Le’Veon Bell camp song all you want, Tomlin said. He’s here. We’re working. It’s Week 2. We’re getting ready to play the Minnesota Vikings. I’m done with it.
On his weekly radio show with 93.7 The Fan, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger stressed patience with the offense, saying some games Bell will have his usual big numbers. Bell’s 128.7 total yards per game from 2013-16 are the most for a running back in his first four seasons, according to Pro Football Focus.
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Bell said Sunday he hopes to be more involved in the offense in future weeks, and guard David DeCastro said the offense wants to run the ball more.
The Cardinals got the news they had feared about David Johnson’s dislocated wrist. The running back will have surgery this week and miss two to three months, ESPN reported Tuesday.
1. His full name is Sergio Alejandro Dipp Walther. He was born in Mexicali, Mexico, in 1988 and attended university in Monterrey, where he studied communications.
2. He began working in media in 2009 while he was still in university, and he joined ESPN Deportes in 2013. He covered the London Olympics in 2012 and the Packers-Steelers Super Bowl in 2011.
3. He was a football player himself. In Mexico. He was listed as a defensive lineman.
4. He covers the other football, too; the world’s football. One of his biggest coups as a reporter was getting an in-depth story with Mexican soccer star Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez in Germany. If you want to hear Dipp do work in his native language, check out this clip:
Coach Bruce Arians had hinted at that outcome and timeline Monday as the team awaited a second opinion, and another look merely ended up confirming the initial diagnosis. Johnson is headed to injured reserve with the hope that he’ll be able to return later this season, ESPN said.
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Jones, who enjoyed a spell as the Redskins’ starting running back last season, had been released in Washington, too, so his position in the NFL is tenuous at best.
Jones had 99 carries for 460 yards (4.6 average) last season with three touchdowns. A bruising runner, he could still earn a look with the Colts, or a team could claim him off the practice squad.
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NFL teams had until 4 p.m. ET Saturday to trim their 90-man rosters down to 53 players. Each team released up to 37 players, meaning more than 1,100 players around the NFL lost their jobs. While 320 of those players will be signed to practice squads (10 practice squad players per team), about 800 will not.
NFL teams before this year’s rule change cut players before and after their fourth and final preseason games. Now there’s only one cut-down period 鈥?after Week 4 preseason games, all of which were scheduled for Thursday night 鈥?but teams were able to cut players at will before Thursday.
Some rookies are brought along slowly, while others are thrown right into the fire. Second-round tailback Dalvin Cook belongs in the latter category. Cook was on the field for 51 of Minnesota’s offensive snaps (78 percent) during his NFL debut in Week 1.
The Georgia Dome was the home of the Atlanta Falcons, the SEC Championship Game, and countless other sporting events in downtown Atlanta for a relatively brief 24 years. But as we enter the 2017 football season, the Georgia Dome is thing of the past, replaced by the brand new, completely absurd Mercedes-Benz Stadium right next door.
The stadium’s general manager Scott Jenkins added that the new building will be quite different than the Dome.
Every decision we’ve made has been squarely with the fans’ perspective of ‘how do we take the fan experience to the next level?’ Jenkins told SB Nation. The LED displays we have, whether it’s every seat is two-inches wider than the Georgia Dome, almost all the concourses connect so you can circumnavigate the building, you don’t get cut-off. You can move vertically throughout the building, we have really wide staircases, we have twice the elevators, twice the escalators compared to the Georgia Dome.
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The players know Sunday means more. Members of the team spoke on Tuesday about playing Sunday’s game. We know it’s a hard time here in Houston right now, Lamar Miller said. We’re just trying to do anything to make this city proud this upcoming Sunday. And for us to do that, everybody has to do their assignment, play fast and just put on a show.
Any surgery to the throwing shoulder of a quarterback is going to carry with it uncertainties. In this case, Luck’s timetable for a return to football is entirely dependent upon his shoulder cooperating and allowing him to move into more advanced levels of his throwing program. Any setback — ANY — and the Colts will lose him for multiple weeks or even the season. If this happens, they will be playing for an early draft pick.
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The New England Patriots have long been the Colts’ nemesis, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. The reason has largely been because Peyton Manning and Tom Brady dueled throughout Manning’s storied career in Indianapolis. For much of the early years, the Patriots destroyed the Colts’ hopes of making real noise in the playoffs and kept them from Super Bowl aspirations. No game is looked forward to more for Colts fans. The way they see it, if not for the Patriots we would have a lot more hardware in Indianapolis.
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“When Rickey burst on the scene, it was just another indication to all of us baseball players — and there were a plethora of us around at that time — that thought, ‘Wow, Rickey’s there. We can do it too’,” said Roberts, who went to Skyline High. “Rickey was what we all dreamed of being someday.”
McGill, 24, has a court appearance scheduled for Oct. 24. The Browns were not aware McGill had been charged before they claimed him.
McGill spent the past two seasons with Indianapolis after entering the NFL in 2015 with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent. The former NC State player appeared in 25 games with the Colts, recording 17 tackles and five sacks.
The Charlotte Observer reported McGill was spotted by a law enforcement official with “a small amount” of marijuana in Charlotte on Saturday.
The teams in this tier are also imperfect. They’ve got one unit that has No.-1-in-the-league upside and one that might do well to finish around the league average. As that Bucs team showed us, though, that might be enough to do the job.
Joyner: The Jaguars face Houston, Tennessee, Pittsburgh and the Rams in four of their first six games. Blake Bortles could implode in all four of those tough matchups, but all it will take is one abysmal performance for Jacksonville to put an end to the Bortles era.
It hasn’t been a good start to camp, with Joe Flacco (back) hurting and Kenneth Dixon (knee) already done for the season. But the Ravens should be their black and blue selves on defense, and they also should get big offensive sparks from Danny Woodhead and Jeremy Maclin.
The Seahawks worked out a number of quarterbacks in recent weeks, and the most high-profile of them was Colin Kaepernick. Coach Pete Carroll talked him up, but decided to go in a different direction when the team announced the signing of Austin Davis.
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If you’re wondering Who? you aren’t alone. The 28-year-old quarterback has been a journeyman, bouncing from the Rams, Browns and Broncos in the last three years. He actually received some hype in 2014 as a member of the Rams when he had back-to-back games of 300+ yards and three touchdowns. Outside of that, however, he’s been marginal.
Now, the Bleacher Report explanation is much more plausible 鈥?and NFL executives no longer deserve the benefit of the doubt that their decisions are football-related.
They might be able to get away with them being money-related, except that there is nothing definitive about what Kaepernick wants to get paid. Then again 鈥?$18.5 million for Mike Glennon. To be a starter.
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