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  • Alonzo Russell’s hustle saves TD, helps his bid for spot on 53-man roster
    by Ed Valentine on August 17, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    Alonzo Russell (84) runs down Clifton Duck of the Chicago Bears on Friday night. | Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images Coach Pat Shurmur acknowledges Russell’s effort Alonzo Russell had just made a tremendous, touchdown-saving hustle play. And he was angry. “I was actually trying to get the ball out,” Russell said of his come-from-behind tackle of Chicago Bears’ defensive back I wanted to get the ball to get the two-for-one special, make the tackle and get the ball out. But I kind of timed it wrong. I was coached up by Jackrabbit (Janoris Jenkins) and (Alec) Ogletree. Next time, hopefully I’m not in the position, but I’ll know how to handle it better.” Russell, from the back of the end zone, closed about 15 yards of space on Duck in a 75-80-yard sprint after the defensive back had intercepted Giants’ quarterback Alex Tanney near the Chicago goal line. DUCK DIVE @TheyLove_Duck : #CHIvsNYG on @NFLNetworkWatch on mobile:— NFL (@NFL) August 17, 2019 The good news about that play was how hard (Russell) … Zo Russell did a good job of getting the guy down and keeping him from scoring,” Giants coach Pat Shurmur said. “I saw him make a great catch,” said Russell, who was on the Giants’ practice squad last season until being activated for the final game. “I saw him get up and take two steps, and … I saw two offensive linemen and then I saw two blockers turn around and try to block for him, and I’m just like, ‘Oh no, we can’t let him take this all the way.’ That would have been 99 yards or something like that.” Russell ran a 4.54 40-yard dash at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine. He didn’t seem to have any doubts he could run Duck down. “I ran track, so I wasn’t worried about that,” he said. “I have long (strides). As long as I get two or three steps, I can get going.” Russell also forced a fumble in punt coverage on Friday night. A wide receiver, Russell wasn’t one of the 14 Giants who caught passes on Friday night. That kind of hustle, and those kinds of plays, are, however, ones that could help him find a spot on the 53-man roster.

  • Giants-Bears “Kudos & Wet Willies” review — praise for Eli Manning, Daniel Jones
    by Ed Valentine on August 17, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports It’s not a game without a “Kudos & Wet Willies,” right? The New York Giants won their second straight preseason game on Friday, defeating the faux Chicago Bears, 32-12. ‘Faux’ because Chicago didn’t play a single starter. Still, “Kudos” to the Giants as a whole for doing what they should have done under the circumstances. “I don’t really care who they play. (Bears head coach) Matt (Nagy), that’s his team, and I would never tell another man how to coach his team. He knows what he wants to do, and he knows what his team needs,” Giants coach Pat Shurmur said. “He has a much more veteran team that whatever he’s doing with them, works for him. We have enough young guys out there where they need to play. I think when you play like we did and you don’t have injuries, that’s a good thing.” Let’s review the game in our traditional style, handing out some “Kudos & Wet Willies.” Kudos to ... Eli Manning — The 16-year veteran rocketed a 20-yard completion to Cody Latimer on his first play, kicking off a 10-play, 79-yard scoring drive. The drive ended with Manning finding Bennie Fowler for an 8-yard touchdown. That’s exactly what Manning and the Giants’ starting offense were supposed to do to Chicago’s backup defense, and it was a welcome sight. Daniel Jones — If this were a regular-season game I might have to give Danny Dimes (sorry, couldn’t resist) a “Kwillie.” His two fumbles weren’t good. I was bothered a bit by the second one because it looked like he had time to throw or space to run, and didn’t really feel the defender bearing down on him. I like the touchdown-preventing tackle, though, and how Jones played during his final two drives, which netted 10 points. He finished 11-of-14 for 161 yards and a touchdown on this pretty throw: DANNY DIMES— New York Giants (@Giants) August 17, 2019 Alonzo Russell — This is called hustle. DUCK DIVE @TheyLove_Duck : #CHIvsNYG on @NFLNetworkWatch on mobile:— NFL (@NFL) August 17, 2019 Fourteen Giants had catches Friday and Russell wasn’t one of them, but hustle like this will get you noticed by coaches. Russell also forced a fumble while covering a punt. Pass rush — First-half sacks from Markus Golden, Oshane Ximines and Olsen Pierre were welcome signs. The Giants will need production from all three of those players during the regular season. Run blocking — Yes, run blocking. Almost unbelievable to give “Kudos” to the Giants for run blocking. Rod Smith (10 carries, 42 yards), Paul Perkins (6-35) and Jon Hilliman (16-56, 1 touchdown) all had nice nights. Credit to them, but also to the fact that there were places to run. Look at what C.J. Conrad (47), Chad Slade (62) and Malcolm Bunche (66) do to the Bears on this play: This is what we want to see!!!!— New York Giants (@Giants) August 17, 2019 Giants’ wide receivers — Cody Latimer had two catches for 60 yards, Bennie Fowler had two grabs for 25 yards and a score and T.J. Jones had three catches for 32 yards and a TD. Da’Mari Scott had a tremendous 38-yard catch and Brittan Golden had a 27-yard reception and averaged 17.5 yards on a pair of punt returns. Good work from the whole group. Wet Willies to ... Matt Nagy — The Bears coach didn’t dress a single starter, telling you what the game meant to him. He did, however, slow the proceedings down by throwing a pair of challenge flags. Dexter Lawrence — I’m hating myself as I type this, but somebody has to get a “Wet Willie.” The 17th overall pick played 14 snaps this week and didn’t get his name on the stat sheet for the second straight week. Lawrence pushed the pocket a bit and held his own against the run, he just didn’t make any plays. Nathan Stupar’s hands — Again, maybe this is harsh but I have to hand out a couple of ‘Willies.’ Stupar had what could have been a Pick 6 go right through his hands.

  • Daniel Jones wasn’t perfect on Friday, and that’s OK
    by Ed Valentine on August 17, 2019 at 4:46 am

    Daniel Jones (8) | Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports The rookie quarterback still did a lot of good things and had a promising night EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Daniel Jones is no longer perfect. But, the kid is alright. The New York Giants’ rookie quarterback couldn’t live up to the perfection of his 5-for-5 touchdown drive in last week’s preseason opener on Friday against the Chicago Bears. He was impressive nonetheless. Jones dealt with a modicum of adversity, something I had said on Friday would be a good thing to see, for the first time as a pro, and handled it just fine. After going 3-for-3, including a beautiful deep ball to Cody Latimer and driving the ball to the Bears’ 19-yard line on his first series of the game, Jones botched a snap from center, a turnover that cost the Giants a scoring opportunity. His next drive? A three-and-out. Following that, Jones fumbled when sacked by Jason Vaughters, turning the ball over at the Giants’ 12-yard line. When he drafted Jones, GM Dave Gettleman said one of the reasons was because the Giants had seen him handle adversity well while at Duke. Friday night, Jones reacted well to the adversity he faced. “He didn’t panic,” said coach Pat Shurmur. “Dropped the ball a couple times, he didn’t call his parents. “He just went back to work and did a good job at getting us in the end zone.” Yes, he did. After his turnovers, Jones led the Giants on a seven-play, 34-yard drive that resulted in a 47-yard Aldrick Rosas field goal, then a five-play, 65-yard drive that culminated with a beautiful 15-yard touchdown throw to T.J. Jones. He finished the night 11-of-14 for 161 yards, a passer rating of 138.4. Jones said he was “very upset” after committing the turnovers, adding that “those are two mistakes you can’t make.” “I think that’s a big part of football for everyone, particularly quarterbacks. I think there are going to be things that don’t go great, and obviously you never want that, you try to guard against them,” he said. “They’re definitely things I need to learn from, but when they happen you’ve got to find a way to make it work. So, I’m glad we were able to do that. We got big plays there on the two-minute drive by a lot of people, so it was fun to put that together.” There may be a quarterback controversy in the minds of some fans, and some media members. Shurmur reiterated Friday night that there remains no controversy among Giants’ decision-makers. Here is how the coach addressed remarks during the week by co-owner John Mara that he would be happy if Jones didn’t play at all this season by saying this: “John owns the team, right? We’re on the same page.” Shurmur added this: “I think I’ve been saying that along. Just get a sense once in a while that when I answer those questions nobody believes me. But you heard it from the owner.” Jones’ time will come. Shurmur believes when it does the young man will do just fine. “When it’s his time to play he will be ready,” Shurmur said. “I’m pleased with the progress he’s made.” We are a long, long way from being able to say Gettleman and the Giants, robustly criticized for selecting Jones 6th overall, were right to make that move. Friday night, though, counts as another small indication that they might have been.

  • Giants’ Eli Manning perfect in limited action vs. Chicago Bears
    by Joseph Czikk on August 17, 2019 at 4:20 am

    Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports Veteran QB looks good in preseason action Eli Manning threw four completions on four attempts including an 8-yard touchdown strike Friday night against the Chicago Bears. Manning’s scoring pass went to Bennie Fowler. The other three passes on the drive went to Cody Latimer (20 yards), Rhett Ellison (9 yards) and Golden Tate (5 yards). Eli Manning starts a perfect 4-for-4 on the @Giants opening TD drive! : #CHIvsNYG on @NFLNetworkWatch on mobile:— NFL (@NFL) August 16, 2019 Eli Manning threw a dart on this 20-yard pass : #CHIvsNYG on @NFLNetworkWatch on mobile:— NFL (@NFL) August 16, 2019 “The offensive line did a great job allowing me to get through my progression and get to my second guy,” Manning said of the game-opening play. “It was a good way to start the game with an explosive play. We did a good job. We ran the ball well ... We finally had a third down in the red zone. They came out with an all-out blitz, and we hit Cody (Latimer) with a little underneath route. The drive finished with the touchdown throw over the middle to Fowler. “It was a good way to finish that drive,” Manning said. Manning was asked whether his distribution to three different receivers on the scoring drive was a sign of things to come throughout the regular season. “Yeah, I think so. We have a lot of guys who have been working hard, who were here last year and have played well for us,” Manning said. “When we get Saquon (Barkley) in there, we’ll have him. We have a lot of guys that we have great confidence in that can get open. We’ll spread it around and just throw it to the open guy.” Coach Pat Shurmur said Manning changed at least one play during the drive. “He really played quarterback well during that drive,” Shurmur said. “He got us in the end zone.” Daniel Jones took over on the second Giants drive. He was nearly as impressive as his first game action against the Jets last week, this time going 11-for-14 for 161 yards and a 15-yard passing touchdown to former Detroit Lions receiver TJ Jones. Jones did, however, fumble twice. Daniel Jones TD to T.J. Jones!!!!! we're Jonesing!— Talkin’ Giants (@TalkinGiants) August 17, 2019

  • 14 things we learned from Giants-Bears
    by Ed Valentine on August 17, 2019 at 4:00 am

    Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports Let’s get educated EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — What did we learn from the New York Giants’ 32-13 victory over the Chicago Bears on Friday night? A few things, some of them perhaps even useful. Let’s take a look. — Eli Manning wasn’t messing around. Playing against Chicago’s second-team defense, this was his first throw. Eli Manning threw a dart on this 20-yard pass : #CHIvsNYG on @NFLNetworkWatch on mobile:— NFL (@NFL) August 16, 2019 That’s a dart. Manning finished 4-of-4 for 42 yards and completed a 10-play, 79-yard drive with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Bennie Fowler. Good to see from Manning. It’s wishful thinking, though, to believe it will keep the wolves away from Manning’s door for a while. — Bears coach Matt Nagy really doesn’t care about preseason games. No Chicago starter played a single snap on Friday night. Nagy, though, likes to torture football fans. In addition to fielding the Backup Bears, Nagy threw two challenge flags just to make everyone sit around a bit longer. — Daniel Jones definitely can’t throw the deep ball. Check this out. Said this in Mobile:Jones had the best looking deep ball in the class, especially rhythm fades . Great placement and watch Latimer attack the catch point over the defender. #GiantsPride #CHIvsNYG— Nick Turchyn (@Tmanic21) August 17, 2019 — Jones, though, isn’t perfect. Daniel Jones gets stripped (via @NFL)— Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) August 17, 2019 — Jones can tackle. The rookie quarterback was credited with tackles on both of his fumbles, the second of which likely saved a Chicago touchdown. — Jones has a new nickname. @DannyDimes was trending on Twitter during the game, and is still trending. The giants’ PR Department has itself to blame — or credit — for that one. DANNY DIMES— New York Giants (@Giants) August 17, 2019 — The Giants can sack the quarterback. Markus Golden, Oshane Ximines and Olsen Pierre all had sacks in the first half. — T.J. Jones is a useful player. The former Detroit Lions wide receiver, signed after training camp began, can help the Giants while Golden Tate serves his four-game suspension. Jones had three catches for 32 yards Friday, including a 15-yard touchdown catch. He also had an 11-yard punt return. — Preseason football can be ugly. Well, we kinda knew this already, but Friday night reinforced it. There were eight fumbles in the game and a goal line interception thrown by Alex Tanney on a play Pat Shurmur said he drew up in the dirt. Or, whatever passes for dirt in the MetLife Stadium Field Turf. — Who needs that Saquon guy? The Giants ran the ball 35 times for 161 yards, 4.6 yards per carry. Undrafted free agent Jon Hilliman had 16 carries for 56 yards and a 10-yard touchdown. — Spreading the wealth. Manning said the Giants will “spread it around and just throw it to the open guy” in the passing game. Fourteen, yes 14, different players caught passes Friday night. Even in a preseason game, that’s a crazy number. — Chad Slade might make the roster. The former Houston Texans backup offensive lineman started camp at right guard. He moved to right tackle when injuries left that position short. He also played some left guard Friday night. A guy who can do that many things adequately is a valuable reserve. — This is how you get noticed. Check out Alonzo Russell. DUCK DIVE @TheyLove_Duck : #CHIvsNYG on @NFLNetworkWatch on mobile:— NFL (@NFL) August 17, 2019 — Saquon Barkley is a preseason cheerleader. Barkley hasn’t played in the Giants’ two preseason games. He almost certainly isn’t playing in the last two. And that’s just fine.


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  • 2019 NFL preseason football Week 2 Friday night thread
    by Alexis Chassen on August 16, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports Week 2 of the preseason extends a little further into the weekend than Week 1, and there are three more matchups on Friday night. If Thursday night’s games were any indication, you can expect some starters to get a bit more playing time this week, and some of the rookies getting a little more comfortable in their new roles. For some Eagles connections in these matchups, you’ve got Matt Barkley and LeSean McCoy playing for the Bills, and Torrey Smith for the Panthers. In the second (and televised) game, there’s Chase Daniel and Trey Burton — and of course, head coach Matt Nagy — for the Bears vs. Golden Tate for the Giants. And then, Kiko Alonso for the Dolphins vs. Beau Allen for the Bucs. Here’s all the information for Friday’s three games. Buffalo Bills vs. Carolina Panthers Game Information Date: August 16, 2019Start time: 7:00 p.m. ETLocation: Bank of America Stadium | Charlotte, NC Online Streaming Live stream: NFL Game Pass | fuboTV Odds Buffalo vs. Carolina (-3) SB Nation Blogs Buffalo Rumblings | Catch Scratch Reader Chicago Bears vs. NY Giants Game Information Date: August 16, 2019Start time: 7:30 p.m. ETTV: NFL NetworkLocation: MetLife Stadium | East Rutherford, NJ Online Streaming Live stream: NFL Game Pass | fuboTV Odds Chicago vs. New York Giants (-1.5) SB Nation Blogs Windy City GridIron | Big Blue View Miami Dolphins vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Game Information Date: August 16, 2019Start time: 7:30 p.m. ETLocation: Raymond James Stadium | Tampa Bay, FL Online Streaming Live stream: NFL Game Pass | fuboTV Odds Miami vs. Tampa Bay (-3.5) SB Nation Blogs The Phinsider | Bucs Nation --- Note: This is an open thread. Discuss the game in the comments below.

  • Eagles waive cornerback in order to make room for Brett Toth signing
    by Brandon Lee Gowton on August 16, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    Officially official. The Philadelphia Eagles officially signed former Army offensive tackle Brett Toth, according to an announcement from the team. Toth’s signing was first reported by ESPN earlier today. From West Point to Philadelphia#FlyEaglesFly— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) August 16, 2019 In a corresponding roster move, the Eagles waived undrafted rookie free agent cornerback Jamalcolm “Jay” Liggins. Coming from NAIA level Dickinson State (North Dakota), Liggins was always clearly a long shot to make the Eagles’ 53-man roster. It’s at least a little surprising he got cut, though, because he didn’t seem to look all that bad in the team’s two preseason games. Some Eagles reporters — myself included — have been projecting Liggins to make Philadelphia’s 10-man practice squad. But, alas: the Liggins era is over in Philly as the Toth era begins. It’ll be interesting to see what becomes of Toth given that he only has about two weeks before the roster cuts deadline on Saturday, August 31. Toth is the 11th player the Eagles have added to their roster since training camp began. Can you name them all without looking it up? Rookie DB Jay Liggins walked off the practice field today holding yards of used tape. Now I know why. @Rodney_McLeod4— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) August 12, 2019

  • Reacting to the Eagles’ win over the Jaguars
    by Michael Kist on August 16, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images The Kist & Solak Show #110! The Philadelphia Eagles’ 24-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars was... boring. BUT that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to talk about in the hours after the game. On The Kist & Solak Show #110 we found those talking points and went in-depth about the performances in the game. Topics include: Nick Foles’ outlook with a dearth of weapons and how much credit he would deserve for producing at a high level. Clayton Thorson made an NFL throw! The depth along the Eagles’ offensive line is a plus, especially at tackle (despite a dissenting, milk-soaked voice). Stefen Wisniewski can’t snap and has been the opposite of good. Miles Sanders’ tendency to eschew the play-side of runs. The thunder and thunder duo of Boston Scott and Donnel Pumphrey, Closers of Games. Why it’s been hard to evaluate JJ Arcega-Whiteside. Brandon Graham looking healthier than ever. Daeshon Hall and the rest of the EDGE group continue to impress. Nugget drops by, vexing Ben with her love for peanut butter. That and much more are all discussed on The Kist & Solak Show #110! Listen to it on the media player below or click here if the player doesn’t load. New to podcasts? Check out our guide on how to listen to BGN! FLY EAGLES FLY! The Kist & Solak Show #110 w/@MichaelKistNFL & @BenjaminSolak!The gang recaps the Eagles thrilling 24-10 win over the Jaguars! Winners, losers, and Nugget!— BGN Radio (@BGN_Radio) August 16, 2019

  • Analyzing snap counts from the Eagles’ preseason win over the Jaguars
    by Brandon Lee Gowton on August 16, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images Playing time breakdown. The official snap counts from the Philadelphia Eagles’ preseason victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars are in. Let’s take a look! Did not play Nate Sudfeld, DeSean Jackson, Carson Wentz, Nelson Agholor, Alshon Jeffery, Ronald Darby, Rodney McLeod, Corey Clement, Cre’Von LeBlanc, Darren Sproles, Paul Worrilow, Nigel Bradham, Kamu Grugier-Hill, Jason Kelce, Hassan Ridgeway, Lane Johnson, Jason Peters, Isaac Seumalo, Brandon Brooks, Richard Rodgers, Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert, Fletcher Cox, Timmy Jernigan, Joe Ostman, Derek Barnett Starters The Eagles rested their offensive starters once again but the first team defense got some work this week. Brandon Graham and Malcolm Jenkins reportedly wanted to get some preseason snaps. They were on the field for two drives. Rookies from the 2019 NFL Draft DRAFT PICKS Andre Dillard - 41 offense, 1 special teams Miles Sanders - 11 offense JJ Arcega-Whiteside - 34 offense, 7 special teams Shareef Miller - 33 defense, 1 special teams Clayton Thorson - 71 offense UNDRAFTED ROOKIE FREE AGENTS Nate Herbig - 53 offense, 1 special teams Sua Opeta - 37 offense, 1 special teams T.J. Edwards - 31 defense, 15 special teams Kevin Wilkins - 21 defense, 5 special teams Keegan Render - 18 offense, 3 special teams Ajene Harris - 16 defense, 2 special teams Jay Liggins - 14 defense, 3 defense DeAndre Thompkins - 13 offense Quarterbacks Clayton Thorson - 71 Cody Kessler - 7 Players who played the most Offense: Matt Pryor, Jordan Mailata, Clayton Thorson, Nate Herbig, Joshua Perkins, Andre Dillard, Halapoulivaati Vaitai Defense: Treyvon Hester, Johnathan Cyprien, Josh Hawkins, Jeremiah McKinnon, Deiondre’ Hall, Bruce Hector, L.J. Fort Special teams: Trae Elston, T.J. Edwards, Kasim Edebali, Joshua Perkins, Mack Hollins, L.J. Fort, Johnathan Cyprien, Boston Scott ENTIRE OFFENSE ENTIRE DEFENSE SPECIAL TEAMS Cameron Johnston - 9 Rick Lovato - 9 Jake Elliott - 9 Observations I don’t think Corey Clement is going to get cut but it’d sure be nice to see him back out on the field. The Eagles continue to prioritize having Mailata and Pryor soak up all the snaps they can get. Pryor played at both guard and tackle in last night’s game. The Eagles seem to be hoping that Nate Herbig can push Stefen Wisniewski off the roster. They replaced Wis, who was struggling with snapping the ball, with Herbig at center. It’s worth noting that Herbig and T.J. Edwards tied for receiving the most guaranteed money ($87,500) of any Eagles undrafted rookie free agent signing. Mack Hollins’ offensive workload was limited but he did handle a decent chunk of the special teams snaps. His value on Dave Fipp’s unit could earn him his roster spot. Miles Sanders saw his snap count slightly increase after only taking six snaps last week. The Eagles don’t need to be playing him too much given the ability he’s already flashed. Donnel Pumphrey saw the least playing time of any offensive player who actually played. The Eagles are giving Johnathan Cyprien a chance to take a lot of snaps. He seems like the favorite for the fourth safety spot.

  • Report: Brett Toth, Eagles agree to contract after Army clears him to join NFL
    by Brandon Lee Gowton on August 16, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images Even more OL depth. The Philadelphia Eagles are signing former Army offensive tackle Brett Toth to a three-year contract, according to a report from NFL insider Adam Schefter. It was previously reported the Eagles made an offer to Toth but the Army needed to waive his service requirement in order for him to play in the NFL. Toth’s military waiver request was successful. Here’s what we previously wrote about the prospect of the Eagles signing the 6-6, 305 pound Toth: The Eagles already have a lot of depth at offensive tackle with Jason Peters, Lane Johnson, Andre Dillard, Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Jordan Mailata, and Matt Pryor under contract. But with Johnson missing the rest of the preseason due to injury and the Eagles recently trading Ryan Bates to Buffalo, there are some practice and preseason reps to fill at tackle. One also can’t rule out the possibility of another lineman (Big V?) getting traded. Toth’s realistic best case scenario — assuming he’s cleared to sign with the Eagles — is probably ending up on Philadelphia’s practice squad. But that’s still a solid gig for someone like Toth looking to start his NFL career. Toth will only get to spend a limited number of practices and two preseason games on the Eagles’ 90-man roster before final cuts take place prior to 4:00 PM Eastern on Saturday, August 31. He’ll have a limited window to impress the coaching staff. It would seem, then, that Toth might be a long shot to stick around. But it’s not like Toth was just any free agent sitting on the couch. He went through the lengths of getting a service waiver so he could join the Eagles and pursue his NFL dream. It seems like he wouldn’t do that if the Eagles were only interested in him as a camp body for a couple weeks? We’ll see. For now, here’s some more background info on Toth. PFF grades: Brett Toth had back-to-back elite overall grades from us at @PFF_College in his final two seasons at Army.85.6 in 201688.6 in 2017— Cam Mellor (@PFF_Cam) August 16, 2019 College bio: 2017: Starting right tackle against Fordham, Buffalo, Ohio State, Tulane, UTEP, Rice, EMU, Temple, Air Force, Duke, North Texas and Navy ... did not record any statistics. 2016: Appeared in the season opener at Temple ... started against Rice ... did not appear opposite UTEP ... started at Buffalo ... earned the start against Lafayette, but did not make an impact statistically ... did not see any action versus North Texas ... started against Wake Forest ... started for Army opposite service academy rival Air Force and versus Notre Dame ... earned the starting spot at right tackle against Morgan State and Navy. 2015: Started at right tackle against Fordham ... first-career start ... listed in the starting lineup at Connecticut ... did not play against Wake Forest, Eastern Michigan or Penn State ... appeared against Duke ... played in a reserve role opposite Bucknell ... did not play at Rice or Air Force. 2014: Made his collegiate debut against Buffalo ... did not see any action at Stanford, Wake Forest, Yale, Ball State, Rice, Kent State, Air Force, Connecticut and Western Kentucky. Scouting report via’s Lance Zierlein: Toth’s physicality and ability as a move blocker will appeal to zone-heavy rushing attacks, but it will take some time to adjust to a run scheme where he isn’t constantly playing so far forward like he was at Army. Toth is an athletic guard/tackle prospect who will likely need a redshirt season to add mass and work on his fundamentals in pass protection. Spider graph: College film:


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  • Breaking: Patriots WR Josh Gordon reinstated by NFL
    by Brian Phillips on August 16, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Folks — he’s back. Flash is back. On Friday night, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the news Patriots fans have been waiting for with regard to wide receiver Josh Gordon. NFL is reinstating Patriots’ WR Josh Gordon, league source tells ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 16, 2019 The NFL also released a statement on commissioner Roger Goodell’s ruling. From a roster standpoint, the news couldn’t come at a better time for New England, as they were without Julian Edelman, Demaryius Thomas, N’Keal Harry, Phillip Dorsett, and Maurice Harris for their second joint practice with the Titans on Thursday. Tom Brady will now have his most efficient pass-catching weapon from the 2018 season in week one against the Steelers. Follow Brian Phillips on Twitter - @BPhillips_SB

  • What to watch when the Patriots play the Titans in their second preseason game
    by Michael McDermott on August 16, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports Here are five things to keep an eye on. Tomorrow, the New England Patriots will be suiting up for their second preseason game against the Tennessee Titans. While starters mostly sat in the first exhibition game last week, the backups and rookies played with the Patriots dominating the match against the Detroit Lions from start to end. Against the Titans now, the Patriots may use their starters for a quarter at most before putting in the backups and rookies that likely will be depth options this year. These are five things I’ll be paying attention to when the game starts: Encore performances for Jakobi Meyers and Jarrett Stidham Both Meyers and Stidham had a strong first preseason game, the question is how to they build upon it. Meyers has continued to turn heads at camp, taking the Titans’ defensive backs to task this week. With injuries to N’Keal Harry and Maurice Harris, Meyers might be in line to start the game at the X-receiver spot although he could see some action in the slot as well. A strong showing in this game could have him pushing for a starting role in the offense despite being a rookie. For Stidham, there is still a long way to go. The preseason showing against the Lions was a solid start considering he had mostly clean pockets while also adding a couple good throws under pressure. The physical tools are there, he has good accuracy, mobility, and was solid on decision making even for a rookie in his first ever game action. The question is now can he do it again? If the answer is yes, then I believe that Stidham will develop into a quality backup quarterback at worst, but with a nonzero potential to succeed Tom Brady in 3-4 years. I’m not holding my breath on the latter but only because of Brady himself. How much does the first string offense and defense play? When I say first string defense, I usually highlight the front seven in base defense and the top five defensive backs on the roster. From the reports from the joint practices, it appears that the Patriots will be keeping Michael Bennett for nickel where he presents a matchup nightmare on interior linemen while keeping him out of base defense in lieu of Danny Shelton and Adam Butler. In terms of the top defensive backs you have the safeties Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung along with corners Stephon Gilmore, Jason McCourty, and J.C. Jackson. Gilmore and McCourty are one and two on the depth chart and did not play last week, with Jackson being the top cornerback and having a solid showing against Detroit. On offense, it os more about who plays and how long. Tom Brady, James White, Sony Michel, and the starting offensive line sat in the first game, the question is how much will they be on the field tomorrow. Given the injuries at the receiver position, the Patriots might not showcase more than Jakobi Meyers, Braxton Berrios, Gunner Olszewski, Maurice Harris (if healthy), and maybe Damoun Patterson in this game. At the tight end position, Benjamin Watson is a lock for the top spot and another roster lock in Matt LaCosse is likely not playing with an injury sustained in the previous preseason game. At the running back position, meanwhile, it will be interesting to see how much action White, Michel, and Rex Burkhead get and if we’ll see the debut of third-round draft pick Damien Harris, who has been battling a hand/wrist problem this week. I don’t expect the starters to play more than the first quarter. Shilique Calhoun vs. Derek Rivers for the 5th edge rusher spot This has turned into a somewhat intriguing battle for one of the final roster spots available. Michael Bennett, John Simon, Chase Winovich, and Deatrich Wise Jr. seem to be locks to make the roster, although Bennett and Wise aren’t stand-up rushers. Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins Sr. , and Dont’a Hightower can moonlight on the edge from time-to-time, but the team could certainly use more depth there in case of a run on injuries either inside or on the edge. Both Calhoun and Rivers had solid first games against Detroit, although I noticed Calhoun as he ended getting a sack then creating a sack for a teammate (Rivers) in back-to-back plays. Both players were former third-round picks who had magnificent college production and solid measurables at the combine, but haven’t carved out a role in the NFL yet. Can Braxton Berrios make more progress to grabbing the final receiver spot? Compared to the rest of the roster, Berrios has the best chance of making the team as a punt returner and rotational slot receiver when the Patriots go to 11-personnel. With Julian Edelman, Jakobi Meyers, and Phillip Dorsett as likely bets to make the roster at the receiver position, with core special teamer Matthew Slater not counting towards the position total, the Patriots only have one potential spot up for grabs. Between Berrios, Harris, and Gunner Olszewski, Berrios complements the rest of the receiver group the most as a guy who can handle kick and punt returns in addition to receiver duty. Punter Battle Part 2 Last week, the Patriots opened up with rookie Jake Bailey as the punter in the first half before sending in six-year incumbent Ryan Allen for the second half. One of the strengths of the rookie is better distance and hang-time although the latter will be more critical with pinning opponents deep in mind. Allen’s strengths are directional punting and the overall consistency prior to a down year in 2018, although it’s hard to isolate if the weaker results in punting were the result of the punter himself or a drop-off in punt coverage. Allen is coming off a tremendous Super Bowl LIII performance, in which he was mentioned as a potential MVP candidate with nine terrific punts (only one had a return more than 5 yards). Given that Bailey can also perform on kickoffs, which would help Stephen Gostkowski focus on place-kicking as he continues to age, if it’s close at all the team is probably going with the rookie with the stronger leg. The loser of this battle will likely end up punting for another team, although Allen wouldn’t have to go through the waiver process if released with his six accrued seasons. I believe we’ll see Belichick flip the script and send Allen out there first and continue to alternate throughout the preseason until making a decision on who punts in 2019.

  • Pats Playbook: The James Develin Series (Part 1)
    by HP FOOTBALL on August 16, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports How the Patriots create big running lanes with James Develin. My last post in the Pats Playbook series was about how the New England Patriots run power from 1-back sets. Now, we’ll get into how the Patriots use various running plays out of 2-back sets, utilizing James Develin as a lead blocker. For part one, I’ll be taking a look at plays where Develin leads inside. Part two will focus on plays where Develin leads outside, and part three will be about Develin at the goal line. James Develin is tremendous as a lead blocker both inside and outside. He can lead onto linebackers in Iso, he can kick out defensive ends in power, he can “wham” interior linemen in fullback wham situations... New England can utilize this fullback chess piece in so many ways, and it creates great stress on the defense when New England shows the same exact run action, but instead use play action. Depending on the front, New England has wrinkles to get their running backs into the secondary. Speaking of which, pay close attention to the amount of blocks Julian Edelman makes on strong safeties in these clips. He is essential to the running game because his skilled run blocking allows the backs to get one-on-ones in space with cornerbacks. As you’ll see, New England won these one-on-ones all year. Lead Iso is a run New England used a ton of last season. It involves a double team at the point of attack and a fullback lead block on a linebacker. Depending on the front, New England will send Develin through various bubbles on the defense. Bubbles are gaps that . defensive linemen don’t occupy, at least pre snap. This is because a linebacker will typically have that gap, which is why the Lead Iso play is so good; it allows the runner to read the fullback’s lead block through the bubble and get into the secondary. Strong B-gap Bubble vs Under fronts Against Under fronts, Develin will usually lead through the strong side B-gap bubble off of the center and guard’s double team on the strong side Nose. Lead ISO:New England will typically get one double team at the point of attack and isolate a Linebacker for Develin to lead block. Depending on the front, Develin will lead through different bubbles on the D LineVs Under fronts, Develin typically leads through the strong B gap— HP Football (@HPFootball3) July 31, 2019 You can see in the last clip that stunts can alter who Develin lead blocks, but the same idea applies; Develin leads through the B-gap bubble onto a linebacker. Strong C-gap Bubble vs Bear fronts Against bear fronts, Develin will usually lead through the strong side C-gap bubble off of the guard and tackle’s double-team on the strong side tackle. Vs Bear fronts, Develin will typically lead through the strong C gap. Notice how often Edelman is in a tight split blocking the Strong Safety. This allows the @Patriots to block 8 man fronts and gain good yardage, due to their Running backs' ability to win 1 on 1 vs Cornerbacks— HP Football (@HPFootball3) July 31, 2019 Strong A-gap Bubble vs Over fronts: Versus over fronts, Develin will usually lead through the strong side A-gap bubble off of the center and guard’s double-team on the weak side nose. Vs Over fronts, Develin will typically lead through the strong A gap, while the center and guard double the weak DT.— HP Football (@HPFootball3) July 31, 2019 The guard’s one-on-one block on the strong side 3-technique here is an important one to keep that A-gap bubble clean. Weak B-gap Bubble vs Over fronts When New England goes weak side against over fronts, Develin will usually lead through the weak side B-gap bubble off of the center and guard’s double-team on the weak side nose. When New England wants to run Lead ISO weak vs Over fronts, they'll double the weak side Defensive Tackle, while Develin leads through the weak side B gap.— HP Football (@HPFootball3) July 31, 2019 Play Action When New England goes play action, the team still blocks the front the same way it would on Lead Iso. This creates a very realistic play fake that often sucks in the second level defenders, opening up big throwing lanes. When New England goes Play Action off of this Lead ISO run, they'll block the front the same way, with Develin leading onto a Linebacker through the bubbles on the D-Line, creating a very realistic play fake.— HP Football (@HPFootball3) July 31, 2019 Same thing here: Lead ISO run action sucks in the second level defenders, creating some big throwing lanes.— HP Football (@HPFootball3) July 31, 2019 Notice how well protected Tom Brady is on most of these passes. The Patriots are very good at not only making their play action passes look like their runs, but also maintaining good pass protection. Extra Lead Iso examples I thought both of these clips showed two really cool wrinkles New England runs sometimes. The first is Iso with two lead blockers (Develin and Dwayne Allen), and the second is a great Lead Draw; since the cornerback is in man coverage on Rob Gronkowski, the corner must follow him when Gronk goes to block the linebacker, taking him out of position to make the one-on-one tackle in space on Sony Michel. Here are two extra Lead ISO examples: First one is ISO with two lead blockers instead of one. Second one is a Lead Draw where the Tight End blocks two defenders at once because the defense is in Man Coverage, leading to a TD despite the 8 man box— HP Football (@HPFootball3) July 31, 2019 Wham The Patriots will also switch things up by having Develin block a defensive linemen, rather than leading onto a linebacker. This confuses the defense and also creates some good angles. Another benefit is that typically, by having a fullback block a down lineman, it frees up an offensive lineman to block a linebacker. Another inside lead play New England runs is "Wham". Rather than doubling a Defensive Lineman and having Develin lead through a bubble to block a Linebacker, New England will leave a D-Lineman unblocked and have Develin "Wham" block him.— HP Football (@HPFootball3) July 31, 2019 New England will also combine O-Line "Trap" blocks with Develin's "Wham" block, creating great angles that get the Back into the secondary— HP Football (@HPFootball3) July 31, 2019 Replacing Rob Gronkowski’s ability to block as a tight end will be difficult, but New England should be prepared. In 2018, these running plays with James Develin as an inside lead blocker created good, consistent yardage, and the play action passes off of these runs led to big throwing windows for other receivers, not just Rob Gronkowski. While their 11-personnel package will be less powerful without Gronk, their 21-personnel package remains strong with Develin, and we could even see some more 20-personnel next season. The next Pats Playbook post will be on runs where New England sends James Develin to lead outside on plays like stretch and power!

  • Patriot Nation Podcast #37: Get ready for your fantasy football draft!
    by Pat Lane on August 16, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Pat is joined by 2 fantasy experts to prepare you for your fantasy draft Click here if you’re visiting via Apple News. This week, with Spags traveling to Nashville for the New England Patriots’ preseason game against the Tennessee Titans, Pat is joined by two fantasy football experts to talk about how to win your fantasy draft. Dale DeMott and John Chapman of Eat. Sleep. Fantasy — a fantasy football podcast and website — who are well known for their expert rankings and advice. They discuss draft strategies, and what your mindset should look like heading into the draft, and then do an abbreviated mock draft, where they draft, and talk about, specific players. Make sure you listen to this episode before doing your fantasy draft! Also: you can listen to Eat. Sleep. Fantasy wherever you listen to podcasts, and view their rankings and more on their website. It’s definitely worth a visit for every fantasy football fan. You don’t want to miss an episode of the Pats Pulpit podcasts? Subscribe here to stay up to date: Apple Podcasts: Google Podcasts: RSS: Spotify: Stitcher: Also, make sure to follow the show and its hosts on Twitter: Patriot Nation Podcast: @PatsNationPod Pat Lane: @plane_pats Ryan Spagnoli: @Ryan_Spags

  • New England Patriots links 8/16/19 - Patriots-Titans bring the heat at joint practice
    by Marima on August 16, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    WR Ryan Davis | Photo by Nic Antaya for The Boston Globe via Getty Images Daily news and links for Friday TEAM TALK Mike Dussault’s Keys to the Starting Lineup: Preseason Week 2 - Patriots at Titans. 1. What do we have on offense? Erik Scalavino shares the news and camp notes from the final joint practice in Nashville: Friendly jabs along with ‘really good work between two teams’; More. Paul Perillo’s Day 15 Blogservations: Pats finish strong in Tennessee heat with even better results than Wednesday’s, on both sides of the ball. Megan O’Brien talks with Ben Watson who is searching for ways to contribute. Angelique Fiske helps us get to know new Patriot Mike Pennel Jr. with a lightning round of questions. Press Conference transcripts: Bill Belichick - Tom Brady. From NFL Network: The ‘Good Morning Football’ crew breaks down Patriots players to watch in preseason Week 2. (4.18 min. video) Titans tackle Taylor Lewan declares that Tom Brady is the greatest NFL player of all time. (1 min. video) Operation Backpack: Patriots and Revs team up to donate 15,000 backpacks to military children. (1 min. video) Training Camp-cast 8/15: Wrapping up Day 2 in Nashville. (7.04 min.) LOCAL LINKS Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) 9 Patriots to watch during preseason Week 2 against Titans. Phil Perry picks five Patriots he thinks we’ll be talking about after the game. Tom E. Curran sends another Postcard from Camp: QB Marcus Mariota will be very happy when the Patriots defense gets the hell out of town; Tom Brady — throwing to Gunner, Braxton, Dontrelle and Jakobi — put the Tennessee defense through the wood-chipper. A good Tennessee defense; More. Ryan Hannable shares his camp observations, Day 15: Tempers flare; Isaiah Wynn participated a little more than he did on Wednesday and held up fine; Brady had one of his best practices of the summer; More. Doug Kyed posts his Pats-Titans practice observations: The two teams got into frequent shoving matches in the heat; Gunner saw some reps at … gunner; More. Evan Lazar’s Pats Camp Notebook: Patriots defense ends camp with strong showing; More. Zack Cox highlights eleven things we learned from Pats-Titans joint practices: 1. Patriots are in rough shape at receiver. Ryan Hannable posts some photos from Day 2 of Patriots-Titans joint practices. Ryan Hannable points out the scuffle at Thursday’s practice, and it wasn’t the only time tempers flared. Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) As more Patriots WRs go down, it is opportunity time for the remainder. Ryan Hannable notes Tom Brady addressing the WR position depleted by injuries. Doug Kyed mentions how impressed Malcolm Butler was with the Patriots’ no-name rookie wide receivers. Doug Kyed addresses his Friday Patriots Mailbag: Should New England attempt to trade for receiver help? Staff (FullPressCoverage) Unseating the Patriots: Can it happen? “The clear and obvious choice for a lot of people, the Chiefs will likely be many folks choice to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.” David Latham (LastWordOnSports) A Brian Hoyer trade makes sense for Patriots, Eagles. Mike D’Abate (FullPressCoverage) Profiles in Full Press Coverage: Jaspinder Singh defines the measure of a fan. Michael McMahon notes Brian Flores reveals one simple lesson he learned from Bill Belichick: Put the team first. Andrew Callahan notes Malcolm Butler jokes about his benching in Super Bowl LII, says he has no regrets about Patriots split. Devon Clements (PatriotsWire) Tom Brady says he’s ‘never’ coaching once he retires. Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Tom Brady, Logan Ryan show each other love on Instagram. Darren Hartwell relays Derrick Mason explaining why the spat he had with Bill Belichick in 2009 should have never happened. Mike D’Abate - Locked-On Patriots daily podcast: Matthew Slater, always there. (20 min.) NATIONAL NEWS Dan Schneier (CBS Sports) Rich Gannon: Tom Brady is not slowing down, has coaches reconsidering training methods. Turon Davenport (ESPN) Mike Vrabel’s practice philosophy naturally mirrors the Patriot way. Logan Reardon ( Mike Vrabel downplays Titans-Pats practice skirmish. Conor Orr (SI) Morning Huddle: Murray, Haskins, Jackson and more: Takeaways from Thursday’s preseason games. Logan Reardon ( What to watch for in early Week 2 preseason games. Patriots: Jarrett Stidham and Jakobi Meyers - two players that casual fans didn’t know about before last week. Around the NFL ( What we learned from Thursday’s preseason games. Andy Benoit (SI) Team Previews: DeSean Jackson adds value to the Eagles’ downfield passing attack. /Pats face Eagles in Week 11. Danny Heifetz (The Ringer) We salute you, founding fathers of the NFL’s analytics movement. EXTRACURRICULAR Charlotte Carroll (SI) Antonio Brown faces lawsuit over unpaid $38K chef’s bill.


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  • Big things are expected of the Chargers in the second preseason game
    by Chris Dunnells on August 16, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images Here’s a recap of the offseason for the Los Angeles Chargers. Preseason football is still football. As we continue the Saints preseason, let’s look at a recap of the offseason from their next preseason opponent, the Los Angeles Chargers, brought to use by our friends over at the Bolts from the Blue. Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images Preseason Week 2 - at the Los Angeles Chargers Notable free agent additions: LB Thomas Davis, QB Tyrod Taylor Over/Under: 9.5 wins -- Over. The division is still set for the Chargers to win at least 4 of their 6 contests against KC, OAK, and DEN. While they have some tough match-ups to begin the season, games against struggling offenses like the Bears, Jaguars, and Dolphins will likely give the Chargers the needed boost to win double-digit games, once again. Most exciting rookie: DT Jerry Tillery and S Nasir Adderley. Both play positions that the team was sorely lacking in terms of talent. Tillery provides a massive presence and a pass-rushing threat from the interior that the Chargers have needed sorely over the last few seasons. Adderley is the perfect match to Derwin James’ game. While James will spend most of his time in the box and up towards the line of scrimmage, Adderley’s impressive ball-skills will be on full display as he patrols the deep-third in the team’s Cover 1/Cover 3 scheme. Position battle to keep an eye on: I think the best position battle right now is at the cornerback spot opposite Casey Hayward. Mike Davis started nine games there in 2018 while Trevor Williams took a big step back following his breakout 2017 campaign. To be fair, Williams was apparently hobbled by an injury and wasn’t himself. At any rate, competition at one of the team’s best positions is never a bad thing. Biggest storyline heading into training camp: Outside of the Melvin Gordon contract situation, the news about LT Russell Okung’s undisclosed injury has fans freaking out way more than they would like to. We should learn some more in the coming days as training camp gets underway, but it doesn’t sound good so far. Under-the-radar storyline heading into camp: Will it be Austin Ekeler or Justin Jackson who will get the bulk of the carries while Gordon is absent from the team? Most assume it will be Ekeler, but Telesco has made it known that Jackson will be receiving a larger workload in 2019. Notable injuries heading into training camp: Russell Okung (undisclosed), Jatavis Brown (lower-body) Obscure player on the 90-man roster that will be a preseason star (and likely later cut): I can see 2019 UDF WR Jason Moore being a star during the preseason but ultimately getting cut as the team has far too many receivers for them to keep. I could also see UDFA RB Jeremy Cox out of Old Dominion having himself a decent preseason. He was a productive player when healthy in college and could provide an athletic presence at fullback, if that was the direction Anthony Lynn wanted to go.

  • Chargers & Saints Joint Practice | Previewing Week 2 Preseason Matchups To Watch [Podcast]
    by Deuce Windham on August 16, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Photo by Mark Rightmire/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images Who is “winning” in joint practices, the team from L.A. or the team from LA? Joint Camp Practices. Saints looking good in L.A. Every preseason the Saints team up with another franchise for a week of practice leading up to their preseason game. So far, the young men from the bayou have put up highlight after highlight during the daytime practices. Ken Crawley, P.J. Williams, Emmanuel Butler, Simmie Cobbs, Jr., and others have all make big plays. We discuss this and more on this episode of WDC. Time Stamps 2:00 News 5:00 Fight? David Onyemata going at 7:00 10:00 sponsors 13:00 Phone Lines There are multiple ways to catch your favorite Saints podcast! You can watch it on YouTube (to see the live comments from Who Dat Nation) or download it on iTunes/Google Play/Spreaker. As always, thanks for listening. Want to help keep the podcast on the air and film studies coming out? Consider becoming a Patreon sponsor. Whatever amount you wish to donate per month (1 dollar? 5?) helps us tremendously!

  • FanPulse: Saints fans still super confident in 2019
    by John J. Hendrix on August 15, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports You know New Orleans has a good team, whether you want to admit it or not. SB Nation introduced FanPulse last season, which focused on being the voice of the fan by polling NFL team fanatics for the most plugged-in readers. Each week, a new poll would be emailed out throughout the season that ranged from the overall confidence you had in your team to hot topics across the league to how you felt about the upcoming game. You can sign up for our 2019 FanPulse Survey here. The past question they asked is sure to interest New Orleans Saints fans, as it focused on which of the eight division winners from 2018 won’t repeat as champs this season. The Saints are among the lowest in the polling, coming in at just a 4.69% (in line with the Rams at 4.13%. The Chiefs (2.31%) and Patriots (1.90%) were the favorites to repeat. The Ravens (27.3%) were voted as the most unlikely team to give up their AFC North crown. Current Confidence Level - 93% There’s a lot to be excited about with the Saints in 2019, most notably the team’s chance to really make a deep postseason run. Naturally, there’s a lot of season to get through and a tough September at hand facing four straight playoff teams from last season out of the gate, but it’s hard to say that Sean Payton doesn’t have another playoff caliber team on his hands. Drew Brees and company have a lot of exciting things to offer and build off of coming back from their mostly successful 2018 campaign. Historical Outlook End of season - 100% Free agency - 96% Pre-draft - 96% Post-draft - 96% Preseason Week 1 - 93% NFC South Confidence Levels Atlanta Falcons - 81% Carolina Panthers - 93% Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 73%

  • Nike drops the new Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Saints shoe collection!
    by John J. Hendrix on August 15, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Fanatics Need a new pair of kicks before the season starts? Nike has just released its new set of NFL shoes, including a Saints pair. If you’re in the market for a new set of kicks for the upcoming NFL season, then look no further. Nike has you covered with the first ever New Orleans Saints themed shoes to sport at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, away games, or just around the city to show your love for the black and gold. Nike has previously produced some hits among the collegiate crowds like Oklahoma State, West Virginia, and Oklahoma while also representing some NFL teams. Last year, just 14 teams were involved in this exclusive design. This year, 22 teams are on board, including the Saints. These shoes would pair well with any of the three jersey styles the Saints sport on game day (home dark, away white, color rush white) or any of the throwback jerseys. Nike has released a new set of Saints shoes! And they’re available for men and women styles as well. Check them out here! Fanatics Men’s Nike Pegasus 36 Shoe for $130 Fanatics Men’s Nike Pegasus 36 Shoe for $130 Fanatics Women’s Nike Pegasus 36 Shoe for $130 Fanatics Women’s Nike Pegasus 36 Shoe for $130

  • Players to watch when the Saints take on the Chargers
    by BobRose on August 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images Who will your eyes be on when the Saints line up against the Chargers? The New Orleans Saints take to the West Coast this week, as they prepare to take on the Los Angeles Chargers in their second preseason contest on Saturday evening. Prior to the game, the two teams will engage in joint scrimmages, a good test for two squads expected to be Super Bowl favorites in their respective conferences. While the starting units on each side are not expected to play more than a couple of series, the scrimmages between the two, there are plenty of important depth positions still up for grabs. Watching the stars of both teams square off should be entertaining, and a good gauge for where the Saints top units are at this stage. Here is a look at some of the other players to watch closest when New Orleans lines up against the Chargers. The entire secondary (again) Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports Running back Melvin Gordon is still sitting out due to a contract dispute, but the Chargers still possess one of the league's most dangerous passing attacks. Saints starting cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore and Eli Apple will have marquee matchups against big play L.A. wideouts Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. Slot corners Patrick Robinson and P.J. Williams will also be tested by the Charger wideouts, including speedster Travis Benjamin and tight end Hunter Henry. New Orleans safeties Marcus Williams and Vonn Bell face a stiff challenge from quarterback Phillip Rivers, who often looks to exploit secondaries over the top. Rookie defensive backs Chauncey Gardner-Johnson and Saquan Hampton are expected to again receive alot of reps, hoping to expound on a standout camp thus far. P.J. and Robinson both struggled in outside roles during last week's loss against Minnesota, and veteran Ken Crawley continues to look lost. Offseason signee Kayvon Webster, despite a questionable pass interference last week, has had a solid training camp in his attempt to win a backup job. The New Orleans secondary is hoping to begin the 2019 season stronger than they started last season, as well as avoiding the struggles they had against deeper receiving corps. A big play Los Angeles passing game should provide precisely the type of challenge to see where this unit stands as they head toward the season opener. Chris Clark, offensive tackle Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports Clark, who was signed earlier this week, is hoping to give the team much needed depth at offensive tackle. A nine year veteran, Clark has started 66 games with three different teams, including 13 with the Carolina Panthers last season. Clark will compete with Michael Ola and Marshall Newhouse for the backup spot behind Ryan Ramczyk and Terron Armstead, after each were unimpressive last week against the Vikings. Devine Ozigbo, running back Photo by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Ozigbo, an undrafted rookie, has shown impressive vision and explosiveness in limited touches so far. Veteran Dwayne Washington seems to have the edge for the third running back spot behind Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray, and he did receive the majority of the touches last week. Ozigbo has already caught the attention of coaches, and has an opportunity to perhaps overtake Washington with an impressive performance against a Charger defense that ranked 9th last year. Emmanuel Butler, wide receiver Photo by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Butler, an undrafted rookie, missed last week with injury but looks to be ready for this one. He has been a camp favorite so far, consistently exhibiting crisp routes and sure hands. He is in a tight competition at wideout to win a spot among Cyril Grayson, Simmie Cobb, and Lil'Jordan Humphrey, each of whom had solid moments against the Vikings. All warrant close looks during these joint workouts with the Chargers and in game action, as they hope to boost a Saints receiving corps that struggled as a group last year. Kaden Elliss, linebacker Photo by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Elliss, a rookie 7th rounder, has impressed thus far with his versatility and activity within the Saints defense. He is winning over coaches with his nonstop motor, but must show that he can better handle gap responsibilities and backside control. Craig Robertson and Darnell Sankey seem to have the inside tracks to nail down the top backup spots. Elliss and Vince Biegel may be locked in a fierce battle for what could be the final linebacking spot. Biegel has been in the New Orleans system, and has also shown that he can contribute on special teams. Elliss, son of former Detroit Lions Pro Bowler Luther Elliss, needs a solid showing to solidify a spot on the depth chart. Cyril Grayson and Deonte Harris, kick returns Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images Grayson and Harris, both wideouts, each stand their best shot at making the team by holding off cornerback Marcus Sherels as the Saints kick and punt returners. Both players had outstanding games in that role last week against Minnesota, averaging over 30 yards per return. Grayson stood out at receiver as well, particularly with a terrific catch along the sideline. Both players have elite speed, and are electric in the open field. If either can contribute as a receiver, it would give the Saints another gamebreaking offensive option. They will likely solidify a roster spot though, if one can provide a legitimate scoring threat on special teams. Marcus Davenport, defensive end Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Big things are expected from Davenport, the 14th overall draft pick in 2018. He showed dominant potential as a rookie, and coaches hope that he can develop to make a lethal edge tandem with All-Pro end Cameron Jordan. Davenport received a large amount of double team blocking with Jordan sitting out most of the game last week, and had mixed results at best. Now he faces a Chargers team with questions at the tackle position, and must show that he can produce consistent pressure. Jordan will obviously receive the bulk of double teams during the regular season, but Davenport must quickly begin showing why the team invested so highly in him. Eyes will also be on Mario Edwards Jr., Trey Hendrickson, and undrafted rookie Porter Gustin to generate pressure and provide depth on the outside. It is Davenport's progression though, that could turn one of the better defensive lines in the league into potentially elite.


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  • The Daily Twitter: 17 August 2019
    by Bill-in-Bangkok on August 17, 2019 at 4:00 am

    Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports News, links to articles, updates and more from DC area writers and national sports journalists The Daily Twitter will be posted at the beginning of every day (at midnight in Washington, DC). The goal is to give readers a handy spot to check the Redskins beat writers & bloggers, and national sports journalists to keep up on the latest news about the Redskins, the NFL, and sports in general, along with a smattering of other things. NFL News twitter feed: Tweets from Redskins twitter feed: Tweets from Criminy.— Paul Conner (@P_ConnerJr) August 17, 2019 If a coach challenges OPI or DPI and the alleged contact happened away the various available TV cameras, should the coach have his red flag and his time out restored?— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 16, 2019 Has a special teams coordinator been fired before the season starts before? Just curious.— Robbie Duncan (@RobbieDuncanOL) August 16, 2019 Says Trent Williams almost 100% not coming back and Redskins will likely get a first round pick for him. "It's over, in my opinion".— Hogs Haven (@HogsHaven) August 16, 2019 Only time you’ll get to see @DhaSickest in action. Not cleared yet. @ABC7Sports— Robert Burton (@ABC7Robert) August 15, 2019 I’m no doctor, but he looks pretty good to me— Chris Lingebach (@ChrisLingebach) August 15, 2019 The fat one’s yours— 2️⃣9️⃣ (@DhaSickest) August 16, 2019 If Case Keenum is your starter - and it sure looks like he is - I think you have to give him the first half in preseason game 3. That said, I'd keep the starters out there for 2 drives with Dwayne Haskins in the 3rd quarter. Let him run with the 1's a bit. #Redskins— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) August 16, 2019 Liking Case Keenums development in this offense. He says it's his favorite he's been in (could be Homer speak) but his reads are becoming quicker.— Paul Conner (@P_ConnerJr) August 16, 2019 Thoughts on game last night:-Both QBs not afraid to take lots of shots downfield-Defense can be legit unit-O line availability and performance will make or break this season-Depth is poor across the roster— Hogs Haven (@HogsHaven) August 16, 2019 Cooley on Haskins: “He’s gonna start by Week 3”— Hogs Haven (@HogsHaven) August 15, 2019 "WHERE'S THE LOCKER ROOM AT?" #Redskins rookie Montez Sweat (@_sweat9) needs a little help in his first trip to FedEx Field @nbcwashington— NBC4 Sports (@NBC4Sports) August 15, 2019 Joe Mixon just dribbled Josh Norman like he was a basketball— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) August 16, 2019 This was the flag on Josh Norman. Pretty clear to see how Norman was looking to make a play on the ball, not land a hit— Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL) August 15, 2019 Wow, Josh Norman was just falling and accidentally hit the receiver with his helmet. Norman understandably upset getting called for the unsportsmanlike when all he was doing was tripping to the turf #HTTR— Rhiannon Walker (@InstantRHIplay) August 15, 2019 Ridiculously stupid flag on Allen for taking Bernard down late. The flag on the next play though against Norman is even dumber. He was going for the ball and winds up getting called for lowering his helmet. Then another one for arguing it. Not a great start for the zebras.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) August 15, 2019 Watching a replay. Not sure what Josh Norman could have done on his “initiating contact” to the head Penalty. Looks like he’s going after the ball on a low throw and happens to collide with the receiver. Will be a controversial penalty at times this year; book it.— John Keim (@john_keim) August 16, 2019 It's not the preseason without a lot of flags. Jonathan Allen gets called for unnecessary roughness for... not stopping after getting wrapped up? Sure.— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) August 15, 2019 We are all DOOMED!!1. Possibly the worst offensive pass interference call in history.2. Theismann‘s reaction is “WHAT???!!!”3. Jay Gruden challenges it.4. The call was upheld and the ruling on the field stands (??)— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) August 16, 2019 In #CINvsWAS, the on-field officials called OPI for a push off by WAS 13 at the 50-yard line, well before he jumped to catch the ball. There was no clear & obvious visual evidence from the available broadcast video that the ruling was incorrect, so the on-field ruling stands.— NFL Officiating (@NFLOfficiating) August 16, 2019 Ok so in the non-tv copy Harmon called for pushing off before he even jumps.— John Keim (@john_keim) August 16, 2019 Watching the game back and I still just can’t make any sense if the call against Harmon. It’s somehow worse than I remember. What an abject disaster.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) August 16, 2019 If you have to look at it multiple times and in slow motion and squint and look at it again it’s not clear and obvious.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 16, 2019 This isn't PI.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) August 16, 2019 Was told head official needs green light to speak to me from Riveron and it wasn’t granted. Said NY makes that decisions based on experience the white hat. NY thinks it’s better to protect officials, but what’s lost is what’s happening in the head of refs on the field— Rhiannon Walker (@InstantRHIplay) August 16, 2019 Rhiannon was the pool reporter who got to interview the refs last night. If the NFL really told her she couldn’t talk to them, that’s an enormous red flag to me and a complete lack of accountability in one of the most important parts of the game.— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) August 16, 2019 Last night felt liked the NFL offices/officials were thumbing their noses up at the #Redskins. There is history there trust me on that.— Lake Lewis Jr (@LakeLewis) August 17, 2019 TO THE 96-YARD PICK-6 for @MontaeNicholson! #CINvsWAS— NFL (@NFL) August 15, 2019 Are we still 100% sure that Adrian Peterson is 34? I'm not entirely convinced.— Brett Kollmann (@BrettKollmann) August 16, 2019 .@Redskins defensive line had a dominant performance last night lead by #AllenandPayne. Will be a problem. #BaldysBreakdowns— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) August 16, 2019 Moreland making a lot of tackles this drive. Both a good and a bad thing. He's got great closing speed and physicality to go with his ball skills. But ideally, they wouldn't be driving down the field with this kind of consistency.— Riggo's Rag (@RiggosRag) August 16, 2019 Kelvin Harmon just made an ABSURD catch.— Jordan Dajani (@JordanDajani) August 16, 2019 Point of the article is about the amount of confusion among the players regarding what they did to warrant calls or non-calls initially. It wasn't about who was guilty or not. More than anything, both sides agreed that they just want consistency and more clarity— Rhiannon Walker (@InstantRHIplay) August 16, 2019 Regarding the *questionable* OPI penalty in last night’s #Redskins-#Bengals game, here’s Al Riveron on why it wasn’t overturned via pool report with @InstantRHIplay. May evolve after seeing full play via all-22 tape, which isn’t available in real time.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 16, 2019 Any concerns about Jimmy Moreland not being able to tackle should be just about over by now.— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) August 16, 2019 Good news: Jimmy Moreland can really tackle.Bad news: we're seeing a lot of Jimmy Moreland tackles. It's never good when your corners are tackling a lot.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) August 16, 2019 .@Redskins defensive line had a dominant performance last night lead by #AllenandPayne. Will be a problem. #BaldysBreakdowns— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) August 16, 2019 Hungry— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) August 16, 2019 #Redskins defensive starters got pulled because they were really good.Redskins offensive starters coming out again because they have not been.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) August 16, 2019 When it comes to the best defenses in the league, Rex Ryan has you covered.— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) August 16, 2019 “Donny Hankins coming in” - Joe Theismann probably— Not Robert Griffin (@Pseudo_RGIII) August 16, 2019 My goodness Casanova!— Redskins Run Down (@RedskinsRD21) August 16, 2019 Watch Kelvin Harmon blocking here on the right side.— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) August 16, 2019 Saw some people saying Geron Christian looked better last night so I watched back the first half. Far more negative notes than positive ones in my eyes. I wouldn’t want to rely on him as my starting LT vs the Eagles— Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL) August 16, 2019 While the AAF ended abruptly and unceremoniously, it opened doors for players like Rashad Ross to keep pursuing their NFL dreams. A strong AAF showing led to this cool moment.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 17, 2019 QB1— Austin Gayle (@PFF_AustinGayle) August 17, 2019 Kevin Minter POW!#MIAvsTB(Via @thecheckdown)— PFF (@PFF) August 17, 2019 Ravens CB Tavon Young Likely Out For Season With Neck Injury #Ravens— (@nfltrade_rumors) August 16, 2019 Chargers and Melvin Gordon have not made progress towards a new deal, per sources. Gordon still wants to return in time for the regular season, but he is prepared to sit out if no new deal is reached, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 15, 2019 Cardinals G.M. thinks last night was good for Kyler Murray, but he has concerns about the rest of his roster— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 16, 2019 Roundup: Seahawks DE Ziggy Ansah's comeback slowed by groin injury— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) August 16, 2019 From the #chargers: Derwin James was diagnosed with a stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal of his right foot. He will continue to be evaluated, and the course of treatment is still to be determined.— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) August 16, 2019 Anthony Lynn says there is no timetable for Derwin James to return. Lynn said he expects James to play in 2019, but can’t say for sure. Still evaluating all recovery options.— Omar Ruiz (@OmarDRuiz) August 16, 2019 Derwin James is 1 of 8 rookie defenders named 1st-Team AP All-Pro since the 1970 merger (excluding players named as special teamers)Notable Others: @Colts Darius Leonard (2018), Ndamukong Suh (2010), Patrick Willis (2007) and @ProFootballHOF Ronnie Lott & Lawrence Taylor (1981)— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) August 16, 2019 #Jets starting ILB Avery Williamson suffered a torn ACL, source said. He had his MRI today and is out for the season. Terrible preseason injury.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 16, 2019 Former Army OT Brett Toth was given a military waiver today and now will sign a three-year deal to play for the Philadelphia Eagles, per his agent Alan Herman.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 16, 2019 The Bengals' offensive line suffered another blow today:— Pro Football Rumors (@pfrumors) August 17, 2019 Per Coach Reich, WR Daurice Fountain has been released from the hospital and will undergo surgery.— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) August 16, 2019 Cowboys WR Amari Cooper dealing with heel strain— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) August 16, 2019 Tom Brady isn't the only franchise quarterback who may be a free agent in March— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 16, 2019 Mike Person in walking boot after 49ers practice— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 16, 2019 Head coach job-security rankings: Who's on the hot seat in 2019? (via @DanHanzus)— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) August 16, 2019 The #Cardinals' lousy week continues:— Pro Football Rumors (@pfrumors) August 16, 2019 Kyler Murray's clapping motions were "too abrupt" on false starts— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 16, 2019 Interesting article here by my buddy @Neil_Paine on TEs.... in 2019 they might gain more yards from the slot than lined up next to the tackle, which would be the first time ever— Football Perspective (@fbgchase) August 17, 2019 Jay-Z reportedly will soon acquire "significant ownership interest" in an NFL team— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 17, 2019 Giants QB Daniel Jones fumbles twice in up-and-down night— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) August 17, 2019 ✅ Impressive INT✅ Impressive chase-down tackle #CHIvsNYG (Via @ChicagoBears)— PFF (@PFF) August 17, 2019 Live look at Daniel Jones right now... #giants— Kimberley A. Martin (@ByKimberleyA) August 17, 2019 Not a lot to say about #CHIvsNYG. “Don’t worry about who you’re competing against,” Pat Shurmur said, “this is more about us.” Also Shurmur: “You can’t drop the ball in the pocket like Daniel Jones did.” #NYG— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) August 17, 2019 Kirk Cousins plans to try to mimic former Vikings QB Fran Tarkenton, but if Cousins isn't careful he could end up like former Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 17, 2019 Trent Murphy’s first sack of the year. Lotulelei occupies 2 blockers, Murphy’s spin move inside works like a charm. #BillsMafia— Dean Kindig (@TCBILLS_Astro) August 17, 2019 Trent Murphy #BUFvsCAR (via @BuffaloBills)— PFF (@PFF) August 17, 2019 NFL Confirms Josh Gordon Is Being Reinstated On Conditional Basis #Patriots— (@nfltrade_rumors) August 16, 2019 Here is the official statement from the NFL, reinstating #Patriots WR Josh Gordon. It includes Roger Goodell saying he’s rooting for him.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 16, 2019 By the way, the Josh Gordon news wasn't even dumped right before 5pm on Friday. They wanted until right before SEVEN pm on Friday.— Aaron Schatz (@FO_ASchatz) August 16, 2019 Josh Rosen watching Kyler Murray struggle— Jeffrey Walizer Jr (@JWalizerJr) August 16, 2019 MUST-SEE VIDEO! Romulus McNeill was walking out of the Academy for Technology and Academics located near Conway and was struck by lightning! As you would imagine, it freaked him out. Thankfully, he's ok! (After one take at normal speed, I slowed the video down) #scwx #ncwx— Ed Piotrowski (@EdPiotrowski) August 16, 2019 MAN DOWN!— Rex Chapman (@RexChapman) August 16, 2019 My man created his own Olympics and I’m dead...— Rex Chapman (@RexChapman) August 16, 2019 Block or charge? ‍♂️— Rex Chapman (@RexChapman) August 16, 2019

  • Preseason Week 2: Redskins Vs. Bengals - Studs and Duds
    by Mark Tyler on August 17, 2019 at 12:29 am

    Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports The Redskins took on the Bengals at home Thursday night and while the game was filled with a ton of penalties early on, there were some bright spots by the first team offense and defense. Below are my studs and duds of the game. Studs: Adrian Peterson - AP only got 4 carries, but his first carry of the evening, a 26 yard scamper off the left side, which featured his patented jump-cut, showcased the special talent he is. The 34 year old back looks as fast as he ever was, and the lateral agility is second to none. Ereck Flowers - Flowers was VERY good on the evening at left guard, even when the players to his left and right were not. He looked good in the run game, showing good movement on his pulling, and generating a push up front, and believe it or not, looked stellar in pass pro, both against the Bengals starters and reserves. Could guard be his spot for the future? Jonathan Allen/Daron Payne - The dynamic duo didn’t get to play a ton of snaps, but they certainly made their presence felt when they were on the field. Allen was his usual disruptive self on interior plays and chasing down screens to the outside, and Payne was a rock inside, as well as getting the tipped pass that Nicholson returned for the score. Josh Harvey-Clemons - JHC finally looks the part of an inside linebacker, and on Thursday night, he played the part too. He was all over the field making plays, and was solid on pass coverage and open-field tackles. It looks like the game has slowed down significantly for him, and now he can just go out and play fast. Montae Nicholson - Nicholson did get called for a questionable “lowering the head” penalty, but the third year safety looked in control when he was on the field. He made an interception down by the goalline on a tipped pass, and took it to the house. There is no doubt this young man has the speed! Landon Collins - Collins didn’t get a ton of burn during the game, but he made his presence felt when he was on the field. Early in the game, he came up to make two impact tackles and showed good coverage in a pass to the endzone. Duds: Geron Christian Sr.- The second year left tackle did not fare well against the Bengals starters or reserves Thursday night. He struggled against both speed and power, and looked pretty much over-matched all evening. Josh Norman - Look, I get that the penalty called on Norman was complete BS, but you’ve got to keep your composure. The second penalty cost his team even more. Aside from that, he whiffed on an open-field tackle early on. If you’re going to talk the talk, you better walk the walk, and on Thursday night, Norman did not. Tony Bergstrom - I thought Bergstrom’s job may have been safe when we entered camp, as he gives the Redskins a veteran presence who can play both center and guard, but after watching the first two preseason games, it’s pretty clear his job is ANYTHING but safe. He looked awful again Thursday - this time against the Bengals reserves. Dustin Hopkins - Hopkins had a case of the yips Thursday night missing a field goal and an extra point in ugly fashion. It’s best he get this out of his system before the season starts. Redskins Special Teams - This is the second game in a row the Redskins have given up a return TD. Not good! The Refs - Horrible job!

  • Daily Slop: Dwayne Haskins worth second look as starter; Redskins to induct London Fletcher, Chris Samuels into Ring of Fame
    by Philip Hughes on August 16, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images A collection of Redskins articles from around the web Kelvin Harmon was called for offensive pass interference, but it definitely wasn't offensive pass interference | NBC Sports WashingtonGood thing this call came in the preseason. 3-and-out: Defense leaves mark and Haskins throws a bomb | 106.7 The FanThe Washington Redskins lost in Week 2 of the preseason to the Bengals, but the first-team defense came to play and rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins threw a bomb for his first NFL touchdown pass. Dwayne Haskins' touchdown vs. the Bengals was everything you want from a QB | NBC Sports WashingtonDwayne Haskins' second preseason performance was up-and-down, but his one up moment — a long TD throw to Robert Davis — was top-notch quarterbacking by the first-rounder. Dwayne Haskins worth second look as Redskins starter | 106.7 The FanMaybe there is a quarterback contest after all. Should Redskins take Dwayne Haskins more seriously as a contender for the top spot? 106.7 The Fan's Rick Snider explores that thought in his latest Redskins column. 5 Takeaways: Redskins Drop Preseason Home Opener To BengalsThe Redskins suffered a 23-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2 of the preseason Thursday night. Here are five takeaways from the defeat. Redskins-Bengals Friday Stats PackA list of stats from the Washington Redskins' 23-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in the preseason home opener on Thursday night. More national love for Dwayne Haskins after 'one of the better throws of the week' | NBC Sports WashingtonOn a dreary night in a mostly empty stadium, rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins sent a much-needed bolt of electricity through Redskins fans across the country. Redskins to induct London Fletcher, Chris Samuels into Ring of Fame | NBC Sports WashingtonDuring their preseason game against the Bengals Thursday, the Washington Redskins announced their plans to induct former linebacker London Fletcher and left tackle Chris Samuels into the team's Ring of Fame.

  • Pig Pen Podcast: Blessed Be The Defense - Preseason Week 2 Rapid Recap
    by Denton.Day on August 16, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports Last week it was the Jimmy Moreland show, this week the defense stole the show once again. For week’s contest I, and many others, have been salivating at the idea of how good the Redskins defense can be. We got our first glimpse at the first team unit and they certainly didn’t disappoint in a losing pre-season effort to the Cincinnati Bengals. On this edition of the Pig Pen Podcast, we broke down all the guys that really stuck out on the defensive side of the ball. Dwayne Haskins gave us a bright sign of hope with a beautiful touchdown to Robert Davis. Find out the one thing that really stuck out about Haskins that Case Keenum hasn’t quite picked up yet. Lastly, we close out the show with a brief, but very much necessary, rant on about the latest officiating scourge on the game: pass interference challenges. If you haven’t already be sure to subscribe to the Hogs Haven Podcast network on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, and Spotify.

  • The Daily Twitter: 16 August 2019
    by Bill-in-Bangkok on August 16, 2019 at 4:00 am

    Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports News, links to articles, updates and more from DC area writers and national sports journalists The Daily Twitter will be posted at the beginning of every day (at midnight in Washington, DC). The goal is to give readers a handy spot to check the Redskins beat writers & bloggers, and national sports journalists to keep up on the latest news about the Redskins, the NFL, and sports in general, along with a smattering of other things. NFL News twitter feed: Tweets from Redskins twitter feed: Tweets from And then there is this -- Chris Samuels shouldn't be next tackle in #Redskins Ring of Fame. Should be Jim Lachey-- seven seasons, 86 games, one Super Bowl ring. But most impressive-- three straight years first team All Pro from 1989 to 1991. Pro Bowl selections dwarfed by All Pro— thom loverro (@thomloverro) August 16, 2019 Nicholson on the end zone dance he chose (0:15 above): "That's just a little dance we do back home in Pittsburgh. I'm not really a big celebratory guy, but I just kind of decided to put on for back home for a little bit."— Chris Lingebach (@ChrisLingebach) August 16, 2019 Montae Nicholson on Payne (who tipped the ball that led to INT) being able to run w/ him for 96 yards: "He's a freak. He's a freak. I don't really know what else to say. He's a freak. Athletes like that don't come around very often, and I'm extremely happy that he's on my team."— Chris Lingebach (@ChrisLingebach) August 16, 2019 Redskins injuries. We didn't receive many specifics from Gruden, but I was told Tim Settle (knee) will be fine. Morgan Moses (slight hamstring pull) told me the same with his injury. Early indications show a sprained ankle for returner Shaun Wilson, I'm told.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) August 16, 2019 Josh Norman nicknamed Daron Payne Ferdinand: "Like Ferdinand the bull... Like the bull in the china shop.""Yeah, he's that athletic. He's with it. I mean, he's really, really with it. He's so athletic. Him and Jonathan Allen. The defensive line's just menacing."— Chris Lingebach (@ChrisLingebach) August 16, 2019 Sheeshhhh lol I can throw the deep ball all day— Dwayne Haskins, Jr (@dh_simba7) August 16, 2019 Thanks brudda, I was more excited about flipping the pro to the fire zone. The touchdown made it that much better one step at a time— Dwayne Haskins, Jr (@dh_simba7) August 16, 2019 Josh Norman on Dwayne Haskins: "His ball is one of the prettiest balls I've seen. Just, when it's in the air and how it flows. It's just long, just pretty. It's like beautiful. But when he's wrong, it's like '[groaning noise].'"— Chris Lingebach (@ChrisLingebach) August 16, 2019 Great job by @InstantRHIplay as the pool reporter attempting to get @NFLOfficiating to explain themselves on the egregious job they did tonight.Unfortunately Al Riveron gave BS answers about process instead of specifics to the actual calls asked about. Zero transparency.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) August 16, 2019 I have no idea how @NFLOfficiating can justify the OPI call on Harmon from tonight. They should just admit it was wrong and move on.Other dumbfounding call:1) Haskins fumble on INC2) Norman roughing going for the ball3) The 2nd Harmon OPI overturned— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) August 16, 2019 Dwayne Haskins underthrows Kelvin Harmon. Harmon tries to make play on underthrown ball over defender who isn't looking. Ref throws flag... For OPI. Gruden challenges & loses the challenge.Thank God the NFL committee got together in offseason & fixed the #Rams #Saints issue SMH— Paul Conner (@P_ConnerJr) August 16, 2019 Josh Norman sums up the uncertainty with the PI calls.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) August 16, 2019 Here's the first one, haven't got the second one— Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL) August 16, 2019 And the other— Warpath Dan (@skins_warpath) August 16, 2019 And I get my first crack at being the pool reporter. Had to get my practice at some point, who knew it would be preseason— Rhiannon Walker (@InstantRHIplay) August 16, 2019 Unfortunately, I was only allowed to ask about one of the plays in question from tonight’s game. I could ask as many questions as I want about that one play, but not about another play. #HTTR— Rhiannon Walker (@InstantRHIplay) August 16, 2019 I advocated for it, and said if there’s multiple questionable calls shouldn’t we be able to ask about said calls in question? Was told intention of pool reporter is to ask about one specific play, not multiple— Rhiannon Walker (@InstantRHIplay) August 16, 2019 #Redskins O-line drills before tonight’s preseason game against the Bengals. #httr @ FedExField— Lake Lewis Jr (@LakeLewis) August 16, 2019 Kelvin Harmon was called for offensive pass interference, but the consensus reaction went like this:— NBC Sports Redskins (@NBCSRedskins) August 16, 2019 This crew should be fired immediately following the game. I don’t care that his dad was a good ref. What a joke.— John (@MePutPuckInNet) August 16, 2019 Jay is all of us. We are all Jay.— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) August 16, 2019 Kelvin Harmon was just called for an OPI on a play that didn't involve an offensive pass interference at all. Very odd. Maybe the worst call I've ever seen. What's more amazing, that call STOOD after review. I'm flummoxed. #Redskins.— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) August 16, 2019— NBC Sports Redskins (@NBCSRedskins) August 16, 2019 Jay Gruden STRONG in his defense of Kelvin Harmon on the penalties.“I’ll continue to coach Kelvin Harmon to go get the football. That’s why we drafted him. If he can’t do what he did tonight, I don’t know what he can do.”— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) August 16, 2019 Lip-reading Jay to ref: "That's a f***ing joke, right?"— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) August 16, 2019 Jay Gruden seeing Kelvin Harmon flagged for offensive pass interference twice on underthrown balls. #Redskins— Paul Conner (@P_ConnerJr) August 16, 2019 He should be. That's one of the worst calls I have EVER seen.— Jacob Camenker (@JacobCamenker) August 16, 2019 Ruling on the field stands. Because refs can do whatever they want.— Paul Conner (@P_ConnerJr) August 16, 2019 Remember when the NHL figured out the dry scrape was a bad idea like 2 weeks into the season and scrapped it? The NFL should do that with pass interference challenges.— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) August 16, 2019 Couldn't they just admit they messed up the call in #Rams #Saints game and stop ruining football?— Paul Conner (@P_ConnerJr) August 16, 2019 Whatever the replay says, this was a heck of a play.— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) August 16, 2019 Not making excuses for anyone, but if you’re concerned about any of the officiating calls you’re seeing tonight, keep in mind that @NFL in some cases uses officials from its developmental program in the preseason. Via @footballzebras:— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) August 16, 2019 We saw two tackles from Landon Collins in his brief Redskins debut. Did you like what you saw? #HTTR— NBC Sports Redskins (@NBCSRedskins) August 16, 2019 Dwayne Haskins drops a DIME while under pressure! His first TD pass of the preseason.#CINvsWAS (Via @thecheckdown)— PFF (@PFF) August 16, 2019 Us watching replays of that Haskins TD— NBC Sports Redskins (@NBCSRedskins) August 16, 2019 Beautiful throw from Haskins. Stood tough in the pocket under pressure and hit his receiver behind the safety for a 55-yard TD. #Redskins— Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL) August 16, 2019 Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins showed some maturity on his touchdown pass. A hard count got the Bengals safeties to rotate too early. Haskins changed the protection and also changed his focus. The play was originally...— John Keim (@john_keim) August 16, 2019 What's clear when you talk to Haskins is that he explains plays well. Clear/concise. that's a good thing.— John Keim (@john_keim) August 16, 2019 Dwayne Haskins' night: 7-of-14, 114 yards, TD. He made one amazing throw that went for 55 and a score. Otherwise he was uneven in a 6-of-13, 59-yard outing. #Redskins.— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) August 16, 2019 Robert Davis was a crazy compelling prospect when the Skins drafted him out of Georgia State. This is the preseason he was denied last year because of that gruesome leg/knee injury— Brian McNally (@bmcnally14) August 16, 2019 Last season, Doug Williams said Cam Sims "threw a hand grenade" into the team's wide receiver competition. Robert Davis is doing the same thing this year.— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) August 16, 2019 First TD pass for @dh_simba7 in the burgundy & gold! #HTTR— NBC Sports Redskins (@NBCSRedskins) August 16, 2019 My one take on the #Redskins second preseason game. A 23-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Sorry about the lighting! ‍♂️ ‍♂️— Lake Lewis Jr (@LakeLewis) August 16, 2019 Case Keenum: "We don't want to be at our best right now. Going into games I want to be perfect and I want to make all the right checks.. and score touchdowns every time. But this is a process. We haven't tapped into even a portion of our potential as an offense."— John Keim (@john_keim) August 16, 2019 Run game must run in the #OUDNA— NBC Sports Redskins (@NBCSRedskins) August 16, 2019 Lost in the shuffle: Jay Gruden said the #Redskins are not thinking about Colt McCoy as a starter right now. Focus is on getting him healthy until he is back on the field. With the dress rehearsal in 7 days, sounds like it's Case Keenum's job.— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) August 16, 2019 Jersey swap #FootballIsFamily— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) August 16, 2019 Gruden mentions Cole Holcomb was held out due to a sore AC joint. Says he should be ready to go for Atlanta next Thursday.— Ryan Fowler (@FowlerRyan1) August 16, 2019 McLaurin has a tailbone injury— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) August 16, 2019 Gruden says postgame that Settle “should be fine,” after leaving game early.— Ryan Fowler (@FowlerRyan1) August 16, 2019 Caleb Brantley is also hurt, so if this is a long term issue, they might need to bring someone else in.— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) August 16, 2019 Injury Update: Shaun Wilson is out for the game.— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) August 16, 2019 Official: Wilson (ankle) out. #Redskins— Kareem Copeland (@kareemcopeland) August 16, 2019 Shaun Wilson being taken off. #redskins— Kareem Copeland (@kareemcopeland) August 16, 2019 Dear Mason Foster, Stay by your phone. Signed, Extremely depleted #Redskins MLB corps.— Chad Ryan (@ChadwikoRCC) August 16, 2019 Redskins lose 23-13. Haskins's 55-yard TDP and Nicholson's 95-yard pick-6 the highlights, but not a ton of questions answered tonight. QB competition not resolved. Penalties piled up. Some injuries to monitor. Defense meh beyond Allen, Payne.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) August 16, 2019 Star of the night Montae Nicholson also out here signing for fans— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) August 16, 2019 Haskins signing for fans after the game— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) August 16, 2019 #Redskins using quick-hit plays behind backfield to allow their speed guys a chance to make a play. Darvin Kidsy and Steven Sims have been used as decoys in jet motion and have been targeted frequently on tunnel screens.— Ryan Fowler (@FowlerRyan1) August 16, 2019 Bengals make it 23-13 after an Alex Erickson 75-yard punt return for touchdown. That is the second allowed special teams touchdown for Washington in two games.#WASvsCIN— Ryan Fowler (@FowlerRyan1) August 16, 2019 That's three special teams issues in very little preseason action. Remember, no Ben Kotwica this year. He chose to leave. New ST Coordinator seems like a nice guy & nobody is panicking but gotta keep an eye on it. #Redskins— Chris Russell (@Russellmania621) August 16, 2019 Ban the preseason— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) August 16, 2019 Most prevalent responses- 1) Nothing to do w/ him. "I'm burned out & hard to be emotionally attached." 2) The way RG3, Cousins, Smith sagas ended is factor. 3) He isn't going to start in WK-1. Hard to be jacked up now.4) Perception that he was Dan's pick. Not coaching staff.— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) August 15, 2019 #Redskins offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell makes a plea to Trent Williams during his On The Couch session w/ @CraigHoffman: "There's no doubt if, Trent, you're out there and you're listening, man, we'd love to have you back as soon as possible."— 106.7 The Fan (@1067theFan) August 15, 2019 Instead of attending the draft in Nashville, Dwayne Haskins stayed in the DMV to host a draft party with his family.More of his draft night here on the first episode of PROfiles ⬇️— NBC Sports Redskins (@NBCSRedskins) August 15, 2019 "Any guy I see in my vision, I feel like l got the speed to haul him down. I’m pretty confident in that aspect." - Montez Sweat to @TheAthleticDC— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) August 15, 2019 @ChrisThompson_4 #MicdUpFULL VIDEO:— NBC Sports Redskins (@NBCSRedskins) August 15, 2019 A question like this is asked all the time around here! And some of us are blasted by many, including inside the hallowed halls, for being haters or hell bent on revenge/ unfair.— Chris Russell (@Russellmania621) August 15, 2019 A pair of 26's.— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) August 16, 2019 Safety sleeper since OTA. How much would he need to show for Redskins to dump a 4th round pick after one season the question. Not sure we're there yet, but showing something this summer.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) August 16, 2019 Worth noting on the 3rd down sack/fumble. Haskins was late to break the huddle and then made an even later call at the LOS with 5 seconds left. Penn got beat with a stutter-step speed rush to the edge, Haskins didn't feel the pressure coming and was hit. #Redskins— Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL) August 16, 2019 Dwayne Haskins hit as he threw. Lost a fumble that will be overturned to an incompletion. That's a play where he has to either (a) throw the ball or (b) step up in the pocket to avoid the hit. #Redskins.— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) August 16, 2019 Penn gets beat and Haskins gets crushed from the backside. Ruled a fumble, looks like incomplete pass to me.— Kareem Copeland (@kareemcopeland) August 16, 2019 They kept it a fumble. Does the replay just show a blank screen and they don't care cause it's preseason? That's terrible.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) August 16, 2019 Redskins 90-man roster by jersey number— TheRedskinsWire (@TheRedskinsWire) August 15, 2019 Another completion on Moreland, who hasn't had a great night in coverage while also showing that physicality won't be a problem.Also right in front of Apke...again.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) August 16, 2019 How about we lower the prices on everything to get fans in the door & to be loud? Not just beer but tickets, unnecessary service fees, parking, food, apparel?Packers beer prices: Aaron Rodgers wants them lowered for rowdy fans |— Chris Russell (@Russellmania621) August 15, 2019 "Consider selling cars you haven't driven in the past six months."— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) August 15, 2019 As I was @postsports on Jay-Z pretending to support Colin Kaepernick while tucking himself into bed with the NFL— Kevin B. Blackistone (@ProfBlackistone) August 15, 2019 A high school football star made his college choice. The next day he died during ACL surgery.— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) August 15, 2019 The PFF Preseason All-American and All-Conference teams! : Analyst @PFF_Cam presents PFF's top selections for each conference ahead of the 2019 season.— PFF (@PFF) August 15, 2019 A sign of the apocalypse— Chick Hernandez (@MrChickSports) August 15, 2019 Someone left old TVs outside 50 homes in Virginia while wearing a TV on his head. No one knows why.— Post Local (@postlocal) August 14, 2019 Block or charge?— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden_) August 14, 2019


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Four keys to a Cowboys playoff victory over the Seahawks

by Michael Strawn on January 4, 2019 at 3:00 pm

Breaking down how the Cowboys can walk out of the playoff game on Saturday with a win. The Cowboys home playoff tilt will soon be upon us (yay!). Let’s look at the keys to a victory for the good guys. Obviously, scoring more points than the opponent is the best and simplest way to victory, but to reach that goal? Well, winning the turnover battle is always a good start, as there’s a strong correlation between that and victory on the scoreboard. But what are the more subtle things Dallas can do to insure the team advances and keep the 2018 season going? Get an early lead We outlined earlier how during the Cowboys’ five game win streak they rarely faced a deficit and played most of those games with a lead. The Cowboys’ formula for success works much more efficiently when the team has a lead; further, the team isn’t well-equipped to come from behind. Thus, the Cowboys are going to need to continue a trend they’ve enjoyed throughout the season: outscoring the opponent in the first quarter. Dallas (15th) and Seattle (12th) rank about the same in points scored in the first quarter of games (4.8 and 4.9 respectively). Dallas, however, is the stingiest team in the NFL at allowing first quarter points, surrendering only 1.5 points per game. Seattle ranks 14th, giving up 4.4 points per game. Just as Dallas wants to “stay ahead of the sticks” (not fall into long down-and-distance situations) they’ll want to “stay ahead of the scoreboard” as well. This will allow them to keep running the ball aggressively, keep the Seattle defense honest and play a balanced offensive game. On defense, a lead allows the Cowboys defensive line to play more aggressively. Perhaps more importantly, data shows that teams playing from behind simply make more turnovers than teams playing in a tie game or with a lead. Win the red zone battle We all know Dallas has not executed well in the red zone. They rank 29th overall, converting only 48% of red zone opportunities into touchdowns. Seattle, by contrast, ranks 8th scoring touchdowns on 65% of RZ opportunities. Defensively, both teams rank in the top seven of the league (Dallas 7th at 51% and Seattle 4th at 49%). In short, Dallas is going to have to flip the script in this area if they want to succeed. There’s three three keys for the team’s success in the red zone: Execute – too often the team simply hasn’t done the simple things. Dropped passes. Penalties. Blown assignments. Precise execution is the simplest means to red zone success. Utilize the tight end – nowhere has Dak Prescott missed Dez Bryant and Jason Witten more than near the goal line. Tight ends become viable targets in the cramped quarters near the goal line. Fortunately both Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz have been allowed entry into the circle of trust late in the season and give Prescott viable red zone options. Noah Brown also seems like a sneaky option that might prove fruitful in the scoring area. Use Dak Prescott’s legs – no quarterback has more rushing touchdowns the last three seasons than Dak Prescott. He’s a legitimate scoring threat running the ball, especially inside the five-yard line. Dallas hasn’t used him aggressively in such situations but should. The Carolina Panthers make no effort to hide how they use Cam Newton in such situations and it’s been effective for them; Dallas should do the same with Prescott. Win the quarterback battle Speaking of Prescott, he’s simply going to have to be better than Russell Wilson. That’s no easy feat as Wilson has quietly put up his best season, throwing for career-highs in touchdowns, yards per attempt, touchdown percentage and passer rating. He’s also battle-tested, having played in twelve playoff games, winning eight of them. But Wilson will turn the ball over, having thrown eight interceptions in his last seven post-season games. Dak, as we know, has only one playoff game under his belt. But what a game it was. He threw for 300+ yards, three touchdowns and put up a 103 passer rating in the team’s 34-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers in 2016. He also ran for a two-point conversion in a game where he led the team back from an 18-point deficit (only to have the defense come up short in the end). Dak has also proven to raise his game when the stakes are high, compiling an elite passer rating in close games. Saturday night’s outcome could very well come down to which quarterback is able to make a big play out of nothing, something both have proven adept at over their careers. Slow the Seattle rushing game Again, this is easier said than done. But the simplest way to disrupt the Seahawks offensive plan is to slow their league-leading rushing attack. Seattle has averaged 173 yards rushing since week three, when they racked up 113 yards against the Cowboys. Dallas ranks 5th in the league in rushing yards allowed and 4th in yards per carry. The Cowboys must limit the number of explosive runs (those of 10+ yards), something the Seahawks have been able to do against virtually every team. If the Seahawks run for 140+ yards Dallas has almost no shot of winning this game. In fact, the Cowboys defense is likely going to have to limit the Seattle ground game to 110 yards or less, something only one team (Carolina) has done since week two. If Dallas can manage to do at least three of the four above, they should have a high chance of winning and giving Cowboys’ fans only their third playoff victory since 1996. […]

Cowboys vs. Seahawks Wild Card playoff game: How to watch, game time, TV schedule, online streaming, radio

by Dave Halprin on January 4, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Information on the Dallas Cowboys Wild Card playoff game, including the game time, TV channel, how to stream the Cowboys-Seahawks game online, radio, odds, announcers, predictions, and more! NFL playoffs and the Dallas Cowboys – that’s about as good as it gets. This Saturday night the Cowboys will host the Seattle Seahawks in one of the NFC Wild Card games for the right to move on to the Divisional round. Earlier this year, the Cowboys traveled to Seattle and were solidly defeated by the Seahawks 24-13. But as everyone who follows the Cowboys knows, that was a different team. The addition of Amari Cooper, the change of offensive line coach, the growth of the young players on the roster have all helped to transform this team. The defense is playoff-caliber and the offense can now reach that level, just doing it on a consistent basis has been tricky. Last week’s win over the Giants was a confidence boost for Dak Prescott, and revealed Blake Jarwin as a possible weapon in these playoffs. The Cowboys game plan was a little different and turned out to be wildly successful. This week, they get a rested Ezekiel Elliott back on the field. Dallas is riding momentum and has home-field advantage. The Seahawks counter with Russell Wilson who is so tough to contain and a Seahawks team that has improved as the season rolled on. These are two evenly matched squads. The season is on the line Saturday night. What You Need To Know Important links: Cowboys depth chart | Roster Date: Saturday, January 5, 2019 Game time: 8:15 PM EST Location: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX TV channel: FOX Coverage Map: 506 Sports Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Chris Myers Radio: 105.3 The Fan | Full listings | Westwood One | SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 82 (Sea), 83 (Dal) | XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (Sea), 225 (Dal) Streaming: Fubo | GamePass (audio only during game) | FoxSportsGo Cowboys record: (10-6) Seahawks record: (10-6) Odds: Dallas -1 Prediction: Dallas 23 – Seattle 21 Enemy blog: Field Gulls Twitter: @BloggingTheBoys Facebook: Please Like us! […]

Cowboys news: Why Dallas needs Amari Cooper to be a difference-maker against Seahawks

by Michael Sisemore on January 4, 2019 at 10:00 am

Amari Cooper made a huge impact on the Cowboys season, now they need him to be the difference on Wild Card weekend. Which version of Amari Cooper will face Seahawks on Saturday? – Todd Archer, ESPNAmari Cooper has been a huge difference-maker for the Cowboys but has had a quiet close to the season. Will he heat back up this weekend? The Seahawks play a lot of single-high safety, which creates one-on-one matchups similar to what Cooper faced against the Eagles. “There’s a lot of excitement because there’s a lot of opportunity,” Cooper said. “When teams play two-high, kind of gets more difficult to catch passes over the top and things like that.” The arrival of Cooper in an October trade from the Oakland Raiders helped change the trajectory of the Cowboys’ season. He gave Prescott an outside threat the quarterback did not have in the first seven games. A passing game that was stagnant now had some juice. Amari Cooper was the Cowboys’ missing piece and now they need him more than ever vs. Seattle – Kate Hairopoulos, SportsDayAmari Cooper has turned around the season. The Cowboys deemed the 24-year-old, two-time Pro Bowler their missing piece and worthy of the 2019 first-round draft pick they gave the Oakland Raiders to get him. When the trade was made Oct. 22, the Cowboys were 3-4. The 7-2 finish to the regular season and wild-card playoff game Saturday night against Seattle at AT&T Stadium — another chance for a franchise starved for postseason success — seemed almost fantastical at the time. Amari Cooper hopes to be the difference this time vs Seahawks – Clarence Hill, Fort Worth Star-TelegramThe last time these two teams met in week three of this season, the Cowboys had no idea who could make plays in the passing game. “They brought me here to make plays,” Amari Cooper said. “I believe I can do that … Very excited to get things rolling.” Cooper was not with the Cowboys when they lost to the Seahawks, 24-13, on Sept. 23 in Seattle. Dak Prescott had his worst game of the season, completing 19 of 34 passes for 168 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions for a passer rating of 54.5. Tight end Geoff Swaim led the Cowboys with five catches. But most glaring was the lack of weapons Dallas had on the outside. Cole Beasley was the top wideout with three catches for 46 yards. It prompted the trade for Cooper during the bye week that jump-started the passing game. Cooper has 53 catches for 725 yards and six touchdowns in nine games with the Cowboys. The yardage was more than all but seven receivers in the league. Flip Side: How will the Seahawks choose to cover Amari Cooper? – Bryan Broaddus, Dallas CowboysThe question for Seattle is how to deal with Cooper. Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper vs. Seattle Seahawks CB Shaquill Griffin Amari Cooper is an accomplished route runner while Griffin is one of the best corners in the league when it comes to playing the position. Griffin will test Cooper when it comes to his release off the line. Griffin is a square player that shows the ability to use his hands and feet in order to maintain balance and positioning initially in the route. Where receivers have had some success against Griffin has been at the top of the route. Griffin doesn’t have the power to hang in there when a receiver bullies him. This is how you get separation on him as Allen Hurns did back in week three. Cooper is physical enough to present the same type of issues for Griffin. But where Cooper is different than Hurns is that he can win much earlier in the route, which will put Griffin in chase mode. Cowboys, Seahawks figure to focus on runs of Elliott, Carson – Staff, FOX SportsThe Seahawks travel to Dallas hoping to bring their top-rated run offense on the road but the Cowboys have the league's leading rusher. Two heavyweight ground games set to battle it out for NFC supremacy. Ezekiel Elliott won his second NFL rushing title in three seasons for a Dallas offense that has been defined by the ground game for several years now. Seattle takes the league’s No. 1 rushing offense into a wild-card playoff against the Cowboys on Saturday night, led by Chris Carson, but with more help from others than your average pro backfield . While receiver Amari Cooper’s impact on the Dallas passing game was dramatic following a midseason trade, and Seattle’s Russell Wilson again finished among the NFL leaders in touchdowns passing, both teams figure to try to control the second postseason meeting between these franchises with their running backs. There is a lot at stake for the Cowboys, but these two guys are auditioning for their future – DannyPhantom, Blogging The BoysThe Dallas Cowboys have a lot on the line when they play the Seattle Seahawks in Saturday’s wild card game, but it’s even more important for these two guys to have a strong showing. It’s been a roller-coaster ride when it comes to watching this Cowboys offense. Sometimes they are flying down the field, but then other times they sputter. The performance of Dak Prescott has a big correlation to whether the team wins or loses which seems to make sense – he’s the quarterback. But it matches up pretty tightly with Dak as the Cowboys have won every game where he’s had a passing rating above 100 (8-0). Every game. Simply put, if Prescott can play a good game, the Cowboys just don’t lose. Dak has an impressive 32-16 record over his first three seasons in the league. He’s had a winning record every year since coming into the league. There aren’t a lot of quarterbacks who can say that, but the QB lining up on the other side of the field on Saturday, Russell Wilson, is one of them. What chances do the Dallas Cowboys have of keeping Kris Richard? – Kristi Scales, SportsDaySince Black Monday that saw multiple NFL coaches lose their jobs, Kris Richard has been atop many organizations list. Can Dallas sway him to stay? Following his Wednesday press conference, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett was asked if defensive backs coach Kris Richard had any job interviews lined up this week in advance of the Cowboys’ Wild Card playoff game. Garrett confirmed that, because of the short work week with the game being on Saturday, Richard will not interview this week with teams that have head coaching vacancies. Garrett would not speculate on whether Richard will interview in the week following the Wild Card game. With eight head coaching jobs available, I think it’s going to be tough to keep an up-and-comer like Richard, in spite of the NFL’s so-called turn towards wide open, creative offenses and many team’s desires to hire “the next Sean McVay”. Defense still wins in this league (ask Baltimore and the Cowboys). And Richard is definitely a hot commodity. The folks here inside The Star, particularly his colleagues on the Cowboys’ coaching staff, continually sing his praises. 3 & Out: This Cowboys-Seahawks playoff matchup is about two mentally tough teams – Rob Phillips, Dallas CowboysThe Cowboys and Seahawks are two battle-tested teams that win games despite their deficiencies, it's perfect for the playoffs. You can make the argument that Saturday’s wild-card matchup at AT&T Stadium features the two most playoff-prepared teams in the NFC field. Here’s why: I went through all 32 teams’ schedules, and of the six NFC teams left standing, the Seahawks have played the most games (seven) decided by three points or less. The Cowboys are right behind them with six, including two overtime thrillers – the second-most in the league behind Cleveland (four). Three biggest reasons the Cowboys' defense continued its transition into a team strength this season – Jon Machota, SportsDayThe Cowboys had a Top-10 defense in their last playoff debut in 2016 but were ousted by the Packers. Here’s why this youthful defense is now ready-made for the postseason. The average age of the 11 starters on the Cowboys’ 2016 defense was 26. The average age this year is 24 and ½. One of the areas where the youth has taken over most is at linebacker. Sean Lee and Anthony Hitchens were very good in 2016. Lee had a career year. But neither were as athletic as Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch. The Cowboys have also gotten noticeably younger in the secondary with Jones and Chidobe Awuzie basically replacing veterans Orlando Scandrick and Brandon Carr. 2018 Wild Card: Two similar teams collide with Seahawks at Cowboys – Who do you got?, Seahawks.comThe opinions on the outcome between this weekend’s playoff game between the Cowboys and Seahawks are pretty evenly split. Six experts think the Cowboys will win, while five experts pick the Seahawks to win. Field Yates, ESPN NFL Insider: These teams are similar stylistically, as both want to run the football on offense. The Seahawks led the NFL in total rushing yards and rushing attempts, while Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott led all players in rushing yards and rushing attempts. This might prove to be a low-scoring affair, but the difference-maker is the home-field edge; the Cowboys — catalyzed by a young and improving defense — have won seven of eight games at home this season. […]

Cowboys regular-season awards, plus playoff and Kris Richard discussion

by Dave Halprin on January 4, 2019 at 5:00 am

We’re covering multiple Cowboys topics on out latest shows. There so much to talk about concerning the Cowboys that we needed three shows to cover it all. Talkin’ The Star: Let’s Hand Out Some Awards! The Talkin’ The Star crew is back and ready for the playoffs! But before they can break it all down, they must hand out their regular season awards! Make sure you get ready for Wild Card weekend with your favorite dudes. The 75O: How Can The Cowboys Beat The Seahawks? It’s the first episode of The 75O in 2019 and we’re getting ready for a Cowboys playoff game! Check out our latest episode as 2-Time Super Bowl Champion Tony Casillas (@tccasillas) and RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) break down everything you need to know ahead of Saturday’s tilt between the Cowboys and Seahawks. There are a few keys to the game for both squads, and we’ve got them all. Let’s get it. OchoLive: Kris Richard Lurkers | Managing Expectations | Left Guard Hopes Whaddup World! The Cowboys will host the Seahawks in the playoffs on Saturday, and it’s going to be quite the treat. Before then, many teams have asked to interview Cowboys secondary coach, and pseudo defensive coordinator, Kris Richard, about potential head coaching opportunities. How possible is it that he leaves? What would it all mean? We get into that and the upcoming showdown with Seattle all on today’s episode. Huzzah! […]

Darren Woodson and Jimmy Johnson left out of Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 15 finalists for 2019

by RJ Ochoa on January 4, 2019 at 1:00 am

Two Cowboys legends will not be entering the Hall this year. We’re inching closer and closer to the Super Bowl, the playoffs starting this weekend being the proof, and that means that we’re nearing the announcement of a new Pro Football Hall of Fame class. On Thursday night the Hall announced a list of 15 finalists that the committee will pick from when they decide on the Super Bowl’s eve and Cowboys fans everywhere were hoping that this would be the year for Darren Woodson and/or JimmyJohnson. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Neither Darren Woodson nor Jimmy Johnson were chosen as one of the 15 modern-era finalists. These are the people the Hall prioritized over Woodson and Johnson Altogether there were five defensive backs included in this year’s group of 15: Steve Atwater, Champ Bailey, Ty Law, John Lynch, and Ed Reed. From a coaching standpoint Don Coryell and Tom Flores were on the list. This means that the HOF values all of these players/coaches over Darren Woodson and Jimmy Johnson. That doesn’t bode well. Getting into the HOF is a tricky process. It involves having had one of the more incredible careers in the history of the game, but there’s an element of politics involved as well. Both Johnson and Woodson have gone on to have post-football lives that feature them prominently around the game as analysts, it’s hard to imagine why their accomplishments aren’t enough. Recent Cowboys Ring of Honor inductee Gil Brandt was announced previously as a contributor finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, so he’s on the ballot regardless. It appears as if he will have a bust in Canton a year’s time from now, but it will indeed be at least another year before we know whether or not Woodson or Johnson will get one of their own. […]


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