GridironGrit.com http://gridirongrit.com NFL, College Football, NFL Draft and Fantasy Football News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:14:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 Report: Redskins Benching Robert Griffin III For Colt McCoy http://gridirongrit.com/2014/11/report-redskins-benching-robert-griffin-iii-for-colt-mccoy/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/11/report-redskins-benching-robert-griffin-iii-for-colt-mccoy/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:14:56 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26355

The Washington Redskins are reportedly benching quarterback Robert Griffin III for Colt McCoy heading into Sunday’s Week 13 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Despite the benching, RGIII “still appears to be a significant part of the Redskins’ long-term plan.”

Photo Credit: Redskins.com

Photo Credit: Redskins.com

As Schefter explains, the Redskins are “hitting the reset button” at the quarterback position, but “it might not last long” as the team will enter the 2015 offseason with “high hopes.”

“For the first time since it surrendered three first-round picks and one second-round pick for the right to draft Griffin III, the Redskins will have their full allotment of picks in addition to room under the salary cap,” Schefter writes.

“Behind owner Dan Snyder and general manager Bruce Allen, the team will be positioned to strike this offseason, spend big-time dollars and improve its roster.”

Schefter also noted that first-year head coach Jay Gruden was hired “in large part for his stellar work with quarterbacks, and the team is convinced that coaching, cash and patience can help turn Griffin back into the player who won the Heisman Trophy and Offensive Rookie of the Year in back-to-back seasons.”

We have doubts about that, based on this move and RGIII’s play over the last year and a half, but then again very few could have imagined that Mark Sanchez would be leading an elite Eagles team towards a possible Super Bowl run after sitting on the bench for nearly two years following his infamous Buttfumble.

McCoy has appeared in just two contests thus far this season, but has connected on 85.7 percent of his passes for 427 yards and pulled off relatively impressive hard-fought wins against Dallas and Tennessee.

 

 

Plus Washington hired Jay Gruden in large part for his stellar work with quarterbacks

 


Plus Washington hired Jay Gruden in large part for his stellar work with quarterbacks, and the team is convinced coaching, cash and patience can help turn Griffin back into the player who won the Heisman Trophy and Offensive Rookie of the Year in back-to-back seasons. 

 

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Texans Sign Thad Lewis http://gridirongrit.com/2014/11/texans-sign-thad-lewis/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/11/texans-sign-thad-lewis/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:34:07 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26350

In the wake of Ryan Mallett‘s crushing season-ending torn pectoral injury, the Houston Texans reportedly signed free agent quarterback Thad Lewis on Monday.

Photo Credit: BuffaloBills.com

Photo Credit: BuffaloBills.com

Lewis, 27, held his own while filling in for E.J. Manuel last season, completing 93 of 157 passes (59.2 percent) for 1,092 yards with a 4:3 TD-to-INT ratio in six contests (five starts). However, the 2010 undrafted product out of Duke struggled in the preseason and was released by the Buffalo Bills in late August.

Lewis worked out for the Rams in mid-September and the Eagles in mid-November. The Texans are the fifth team to sign Lewis, who has also spent time in St. Louis, Cleveland, Detroit and Buffalo.

We don’t expect Lewis to see the field anytime soon, even after Mallett’s season-ending injury. Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to resume the starting role this week, with rookie Tom Savage waiting in the wings.

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Report: Ryan Mallett Likely Done For Season http://gridirongrit.com/2014/11/report-ryan-mallett-likely-done-for-season/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/11/report-ryan-mallett-likely-done-for-season/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 03:23:58 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26341

Insult meet injury. After the Houston Texans (5-6) fell short in a hard-fought 22-13 loss against the Cincinnati Bengals (7-3-1) on Sunday, it was revealed that quarterback Ryan Mallett played through a potentially torn pectoral muscle and could be done for the season after just his second career start.

Photo Credit: HoustonTexans.com

Photo Credit: HoustonTexans.com

The injury explains why Mallett looked off in Sunday’s loss to Cincy after his impressive debut against the Browns last week. This will be a huge blow to the Texans’ already slim playoff aspirations if Mallett’s MRI shows a tear on Monday.

Earlier reports indicated that Mallett suffered the injury during warmups on Sunday, but according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Mallett’s injury actually occurred against the Browns.

McClain and fellow Chron.com beat writer Brian T. Smith have already suggested that Ryan Fitzpatrick is “likely back” for the foreseeable future, though there’s a chance that head coach Bill O’Brien could hand the keys over to rookie quarterback Tom Savage. In either case, it’s very unlikely that the Texans would be able to run the table or even win four of their five remaining games in order to secure a wildcard spot with a 10-6 or 9-7 record.

Houston’s final five games: vs. Titans (2-9), at Jaguars (1-10), at Colts (7-4), vs. Ravens (6-4) and vs. Jaguars.

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Watch: Odell Beckham Jr. Makes Catch of the Year http://gridirongrit.com/2014/11/watch-odell-beckham-jr-makes-catch-of-the-year/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/11/watch-odell-beckham-jr-makes-catch-of-the-year/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 02:22:27 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26336

Early in the second quarter of Sunday night’s divisional showdown between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants, rookie receiver and human highlight reel Odell Beckham Jr. showed why he was a first round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, as he pulled off one of the most impressive catches we’ve seen in years.

Odell Beckham Jr. makes catch of the year - Cowboys vs. Giants 2014

 

 

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Watch: John Brown Makes Incredible Catch http://gridirongrit.com/2014/11/watch-john-brown-makes-incredible-catch/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/11/watch-john-brown-makes-incredible-catch/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 23:38:42 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26334

The Arizona Cardinals (9-1) are struggling to maintain their cozy division lead and their longest winning streak (six straight) since 1974 on the road in Seattle as they trail 19-3 early in the fourth quarter.

In order to pull off a stunning fourth quarter comeback, the club is going to need some big plays, like the incredible 33-yard catch made by receiver John Brown (see video below).

Here’s another angle of the incredible catch:

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Watch: Janoris Jenkins Returns INT For 99-Yard TD http://gridirongrit.com/2014/11/watch-janoris-jenkins-returns-int-for-99-yard-td/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/11/watch-janoris-jenkins-returns-int-for-99-yard-td/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 22:03:27 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26329

St. Louis Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins made a game-changing interception early in the second quarter of Sunday’s road test against the San Diego Chargers and took Philip Rivers‘ pass all the way to the house for a 99-yard pick-six to give St. Louis a 10-3 lead at Qualcomm Stadium.

Janoris Jenkins' 99-yard pick-six - Rams vs. Chargers 2014

 

The third-year cornerback came into the game with 37 tackles and an interception (also a pick-six of Tony Romo) through eight games (seven starts) on the season. Jenkins, 26, also had four INTs (three returned for TDs) in his rookie campaign in 2012.

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Watch: T.Y. Hilton’s Baby-Cradling Touchdown Celebration http://gridirongrit.com/2014/11/watch-t-y-hiltons-baby-cradling-touchdown-celebration/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/11/watch-t-y-hiltons-baby-cradling-touchdown-celebration/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:48:11 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26326

Indianapolis Colts star receiver T.Y. Hilton found the end zone in the third quarter of Sunday’s divisional battle with the Jacksonville Jaguars and appropriately broke out a baby-cradling celebration.

For those that haven’t heard, Hilton was sleeping at the team hotel when his wife went into labor Sunday morning. Hilton’s phone was turned off, so his best friend, Peter Riley, reportedly “raced to the team hotel, banged on the door and then raced Hilton to the hospital where he made it just in time” to welcome his third child and first daughter into the world.

Hilton currently leads the team with 114 yards and a score on three receptions  with the Colts leading the Jaguars 23-3 in the fourth quarter. He’s also carried the ball once for 15 yards.

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Watch: Johnathan Joseph Returns INT For TD vs. Former Team http://gridirongrit.com/2014/11/watch-johnathan-joseph-returns-int-for-td-vs-former-team/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/11/watch-johnathan-joseph-returns-int-for-td-vs-former-team/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:17:13 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26321

Houston Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph came up with a huge play when his team needed it most in Sunday’s marquee matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Johnathan Joseph's pick-six - Texans vs. Bengals 2014

Trailing his former team 19-3 midway through the third quarter, Joseph partially jumps the route on a crucial 3rd-and-7 and picks off Andy Dalton‘s pass before taking it all the way to the house for a 60-yard pick-six.

A former 2006 first round pick (No. 24 overall) out of South Carolina, Joseph spent his first five seasons in Cincinnati and emerged as one of the game’s best young cornerbacks during the span. The two-time Pro Bowler has continued to shine during his time with the Texans and tends to play very well against his former team.

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Report: Jets-Bills Game Will Be Free To Public http://gridirongrit.com/2014/11/report-jets-bills-game-will-be-free-to-public/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/11/report-jets-bills-game-will-be-free-to-public/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:19:02 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26316

Tickets for Monday night’s (7 p.m. ET) upcoming divisional showdown between the Buffalo Bills (5-5) and New York Jets (2-8) at Ford Field in Detroit will reportedly be free to the public.

Photo Credit: DetroitLions.com

Photo Credit: DetroitLions.com

The game was originally scheduled for Sunday (Nov. 23) at 1 p.m. ET, but had to be moved due to public safety concerns in light of the weather emergency in western New York. Within a 24-hour period, Mother Nature dumped a whopping 76 inches of snow on the city of Buffalo, the most ever in U.S. history.

It quickly became apparent that there was just no way that the estimated 220,000 tons of snow could be removed from Ralph Wilson Stadium by Sunday or even Monday night. ESPN’s Adam Schefter also notes that tickets distributed for the game that was originally scheduled for Sunday in Buffalo “will also be accepted for admission.”

For more ticket information, the Lions’ official website has you covered here.

And for those interested in winning big cash prizes at FanDuel, there are two players we’ve got our sights set on in this game: Percy Harvin and Sammy Watkins.

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Jerry Rice: No Chance Revis, Sherman or Peterson Could Cover Me http://gridirongrit.com/2014/11/jerry-rice-no-chance-revis-sherman-or-peterson-could-cover-me/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/11/jerry-rice-no-chance-revis-sherman-or-peterson-could-cover-me/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:41:43 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26312

Jerry Rice is not only the greatest wide receiver in NFL history, but he’s also widely regarded as the best player of all time at any position. Rice faced plenty of top-notch cornerbacks during his 20-year career (1985-04), but would today’s elite corners like Richard Sherman, Patrick Peterson and Darrelle Revis have been able to handle him one-on-one?

Photo Via: Stack.com

Photo Via: Stack.com

When asked who in today’s NFL would present a tough game-long battle for the three-time Super Bowl champion, Rice went with the three aforementioned star corners. “They can’t handle me, though,” Rice added.

When asked who would have the best chance, Rice told Bleacher Report’s Adam Lefkoe that “none of them would have a chance.”

“I really respect those guys and their talent, but my job is to be elusive off the line of scrimmage and I was always good against bump-and-run and being able to double-move and triple-move get off the line of scrimmagewhich you don’t see a lot of that happen today with guys being able to get a free release on the line of scrimmage.”

Rice is the NFL’s all-time leader in receptions (1,549), yards (22,895) and touchdowns (208).

What do you think? Would today’s elite CBs have been able to contain Rice? Sound off in the comments.

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