GridironGrit.com http://gridirongrit.com NFL, College Football, NFL Draft and Fantasy Football News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:31:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Watch: Sean Payton Tells Reporter To ‘Be Quiet’ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/watch-sean-payton-tells-reporter-to-be-quiet/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/watch-sean-payton-tells-reporter-to-be-quiet/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:31:38 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26086

The New Orleans Saints (2-4) suffered yet another crushing, hard-fought loss on the road against the Detroit Lions (5-2) on Sunday after allowing 14 unanswered points in final four minutes of regulation.

Sean Payton, Saints presser

Saints head coach Sean Payton was inevitably frustrated after the loss, and after a reporter asked what he deemed a “stupid question,” he told him to “be quiet.”

Despite the loss, the Saints remain in the playoff hunt because the other three teams in the NFC South are also struggling. The Carolina Panthers (3-3-1) lead the division and just got pummeled 38-17 by Aaron Rodgers and the red-hot Green Bay Packers, who battle the Saints next week on Sunday night.

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Seahawks QB Russell Wilson Makes NFL History http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/seahawks-qb-russell-wilson-makes-nfl-history/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/seahawks-qb-russell-wilson-makes-nfl-history/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:51:32 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26083

Despite a stunning hard-fought 28-26 loss to the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, Seattle Seahawks dual-threat quarterback Russell Wilson managed to put himself in the record books by becoming the first player in NFL history to ever throw for 300 yards and run for 100 yards in the same game.

Photo Credit: Seahawks.com

Photo Credit: Seahawks.com

Wilson finished the day 23-of-36 for 313 yards and two touchdowns through the air and added 106 yards and a score on just seven attempts on the ground. His favorite was Doug Baldwin, who hauled in seven catches for 123 yards and a score.

Injuries played a major role in the Seahawks’ loss to St. Louis, as Seattle’s Pro Bowl center Max Unger, leading tackler Bobby Wagner and cornerback Byron Maxwell were out of the lineup.

Starting tight ends Zach Miller and Luke Wilson also sat out and the team traded Percy Harvin to the Jets on Friday, so rookie receivers Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood will need to develop.

  • Seattle’s final 10 games: at Carolina, vs. Oakland, vs. N.Y. Giants, at Kansas City, vs. Arizona, at San Francisco, at Philadelphia, vs. San Francisco, at Arizona and vs. St. Louis.
  • St. Louis’ final 10 games: at Kansas City, at San Francisco, at Arizona, vs. Denver, at San Diego, vs. Oakland, at Washington, vs. Arizona, vs. N.Y. Giants, at Seattle

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Watch: Rams Execute Incredible Fake Punt Return For Touchdown http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/watch-rams-execute-incredible-fake-punt-return-for-touchdown/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/watch-rams-execute-incredible-fake-punt-return-for-touchdown/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:32:35 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26078

There have already been plenty of head-turning moments in Sunday’s NFC West battle between the St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawksnone bigger and more shocking than when Stedman Bailey took a punt return 90 yards to the house midway through the second quarter to give the Rams a stunning 21-3 lead.

Rams execute incredible fake punt return for touchdown vs. Seahawks - 2014

Check out the unbelievable play below, which caught the FOX broadcast cameras dazed and confused.

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Joseph Randle Partners With Underwear Company After Arrest http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/joseph-randle-partners-with-underwear-company-after-arrest/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/joseph-randle-partners-with-underwear-company-after-arrest/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:45:49 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26071

Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle was arrested this past Tuesday for stealing cologne and underwear at Dillards. Now five days later, the 26-year-old is partnering with MeUndies, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

Photo Credit: DallasCowboys.com

Photo Credit: DallasCowboys.com

The Los Angeles-based underwear company (which we’ve actually been paid to promote in the past) will help Randle to defray the cost of his $29,500 fine he received from the Cowboys.

In partnership with MeUndies, Randle will also be donating upwards of $15,000 worth of underwear and basic apparel to children in need and making multiple appearances at Dallas-area schools and charities to speak to students about learning from their mistakes.

“Joseph felt the need to turn a negative situation into a positive and teamed up with MeUndies to give back to his community and help families in need,” said MeUndies head of marketing Dan King.

“As a young company, MeUndies is faced with difficult challenges all the time. It’s up to us to turn a negative situation into a positive one, almost on a daily basis. How you learn from your mistakes fast is how you find success in our business and those lessons are applicable in all walks of life.”

Regardless of how you feel about this story, those are words of wisdom right there. And King wasn’t finished. “Everybody deserves a second chance because people make mistakes. We want to help him put his best foot forward, so he can get back to setting a good example for the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys, and the kids who look up to him.”

(Related side note: We’ll be posting an updated list of the NFL’s 10 best role models this coming week.)

After hearing about Randle’s arrest, MeUndies reached out to his agent Erik Burkheardt, and according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the two sides spent the week “trying to make the lesson Randle learned a constructive one for others.”

“There is no excuse for my mistake last week, and I take full responsibility for my actions,” Randle said. “I let down my coaches, teammates and family. My agent and I have spent a lot of time looking for ways I can turn my situation into a learning experience for young people. Partnering with MeUndies allows me the opportunity to give back to others less fortunate than myself, and spread a positive message of not making the same mistake twice.”

Learning from your mistakes is certainly one of life’s most important lessons, and it looks like this is a win-win for Randle and the underwear company. When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. Check out a series of entertaining videos below on the Dallas Cowboys.

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Report: Seahawks Trade Percy Harvin To Jets http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/report-seahawks-trade-percy-harvin-to-jets/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/report-seahawks-trade-percy-harvin-to-jets/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:51:33 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26064

The New York Jets and Seattle Seahawks have just struck by far the biggest and most shocking trade of the season, as Percy Harvin takes his talents to the Big Apple for a conditional draft pick.

Photo Credit: Seahawks.com

Photo Credit: Seahawks.com

This move is sure to send shock waves across the NFL.. The deal comes less than 24 hours after the Jets fell to 1-6 with a hard-fought 27-25 loss to the divisional rival New England Patriots. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Seahawks “felt Harvin was not a fit [in Seattle].”

The multi-dimensional 26-year-old is arguably more dangerous than any other player in the league with the ball in his hands, but he was used very sparingly during Seattle’s Super Bowl run last year.

A former 2009 first round pick (No. 22 overall) out of Florida, Harvin has hauled in 22 catches for 133 yards through the first five weeks of the season. He’s also rushed for 92 yards on 11 carries (8.4 YPC) with a score and has obvious added special teams value with 283 yards on 12 kickoff returns (23.6 YPR).

Up to this point in his career, Harvin, 26, has amassed 303 receptions for 3,452 yards and 20 TDs and rushed for 775 yards and five scores on 118 carries (6.6 YPC). He’s also done tons of damage in the kicking game with 3,524 yards and five TDs on 127 kickoff returns (27.7 YPR).

The Seahawks traded a first round pick to the Minnesota Vikings for Harvin just over a year and a half ago and then signed him to a six-year contract worth $67 million with $25.5 million guaranteed.

Interestingly enough, Harvin is now the second high-profile receiver who played in last year’s Super Bowl to take his talents to the Jets. ERic Decker was Gang Green’s biggest free agent acquisition in the offseason.

If he can remain healthy, Harvin could be a real game-changer for Geno Smith and the Jets, though their playoff chances look extremely slim having already lost six of their first seven games on the season.

Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse are now the Seahawks’ starting receivers, but rookies Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood will start to see expanded roles in Seattle’s run-first offense.

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Report: Brett Hundley Signing With Jay-Z’s Roc Nation http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/report-brett-hundley-signing-with-jay-zs-roc-nation/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/report-brett-hundley-signing-with-jay-zs-roc-nation/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:43:10 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26060

UCLA Bruins star quarterback and Heisman hopeful Brett Hundley is reportedly the latest star athlete to be taking his talents to Roc Nation Sports, a full-services management, music publishing and entertainment company founded by music mogul Jay-Z.

Photo Credit: DallasCowboys.com

Photo Credit: DallasCowboys.com

Forbes contributor and SportsAgentBlog.com owner Darren Heitner notes there’s a “strong rumor” that Jay-Z’s company is considering making a $1,000,000 marketing guarantee to Hundley.

The redshirt junior is coming off a disappointing performance in last Saturday’s 42-30 loss against Oregon, where he was sacked seven times and was plagued with timing issues.

His Heisman hopes have already gone up in flames because of the Bruins’ losses to Utah and Oregon, but he still has the potential to be a Top 10 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft due to his impressive natural tools. However, he’ll need to continue to improve his pocket presence and awareness and eye-discipline in order to make it happen.

Hundley was linked to Jay Z last winter amid reports that the 6-foot-3, 227-pound signal-caller was looking to enter the 2014 NFL Draft.

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Report: Jerod Mayo, Stevan Ridley Out For Season http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/report-jerod-mayo-out-for-season-with-bad-leg-injury/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/report-jerod-mayo-out-for-season-with-bad-leg-injury/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:43:05 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26054

The New England Patriots (4-2) took over sole possession of the division lead in the AFC East on Sunday with a 37-22 road win over the Buffalo Bills (3-3), but they lost a couple of key players in the process.

NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Monday afternoon that Patriots running back Stevan Ridley is done for the season with a torn ACL and MCL after carrying the ball just 10 times for 23 yards in Sunday’s win.

Within an hour later, ESPN’s Adam Schefter delivered more crushing news.

Photo Credit: Keith Nordstrom/Patriots.com

Photo Credit: Keith Nordstrom/Patriots.com

A former 2008 first round pick (No. 10 overall) out of Tennessee, Jerod Mayo, 28, was carted off to the locker room in the second quarter. Saftey Tavon Wilson had to come in to play linebacker with Dont’a Hightower also sidelined with a knee injury.

Mayo, a six-time defensive captain, recorded 53 tackles and a sack through six games this season. Oddly enough, Mayo actually missed the final 10 games last year as well with a pectoral injury.

Fortunately for the Patriots, they have depth at linebacker. The team will lean on Hightower (when he returns) and Jamie Collins, with Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich lining up on the outside.

The loss of Ridley could be even worse. The former 2011 third round pick (No. 73 overall) out of LSU was in the final year of his rookie contract and is headed for free agency next spring.

Despite his disappointing 3.6 YPC rate and overall production (340 yards and two touchdowns on 94 carries with four receptions for 20 yards) through the first six weeks of the season, he was the team’s best option out of the backfield.

New England is expected to rely on Shane Vereen (216 yards and a score on 42 carries with 18 receptions for 114 yards thus far in 2014) and Brandon Bolden, who has carried the rock 15 times for just 25 yards this season. Rookie James White should also have a bigger role in the Patriots’ offense.

The Patriots are still in the driver’s seat in the AFC East, but the gap between New England and Buffalo and Miami has diminished over the last 24 hours.

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Jets Sign CB Josh Thomas After Losing Dee Milliner For Season http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/jets-sign-cb-josh-thomas-after-losing-dee-milliner-for-season/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/jets-sign-cb-josh-thomas-after-losing-dee-milliner-for-season/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 19:13:50 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26050

With second-year cornerback Dee Milliner done for the season, the New York Jets have reportedly signed ex-Seahawks CB Josh Thomas to a contract to help fill the void in the secondary.

Photo Credit: Seahawks.com

Photo Credit: Seahawks.com

A 2011 fifth round pick out of Buffalo (No. 143 overall), Thomas spent his first three NFL seasons with the Carolina Panthers (2011-13), racking up 64 tackles and an interception through 38 games (10 starts).

Thomas, 25, was released from Carolina during final cuts in August before landing with the Seahawks a week later. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound cornerback lasted one month in Seattle and appeared in three games before getting cut from the team last week. His chances of making an impact with the Gang Green inevitably increase due to the team’s thin secondary.

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Report: Dee Milliner Out for Season With Torn Achilles http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/report-dee-milliner-out-for-season-with-torn-achilles/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/report-dee-milliner-out-for-season-with-torn-achilles/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:55:20 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26048

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse for the New York Jets (1-5) following their fifth consecutive loss, second-year cornerback Dee Milliner has gone down with a season-ending torn Achilles.

Photo Credit: NewYorkJets.com

Photo Credit: NewYorkJets.com

The Jets invested the No. 9 overall pick in Milliner in the 2013 NFL Draft, but the Alabama product has been hampered by a string of injuries that have prevented him from living up to expectations.

Widely regarded as a 2014 breakout candidate coming into the season, Milliner boldly claimed back in July that he was the best cornerback in the NFL today. If that was actually the case, this would be an absolutely devastating loss for the Jets. Of course he’s not an elite corner, though he’s certainly shown some real promise when healthy.

Milliner went down in a non-contact situation when he tried to block a field goal in Sunday’s 31-17 loss to the Denver Broncos. Injuries had already limited him to just 41 snaps in 2014 coming into the game.

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Kenyan Drake Shows What It’s Like To Be Injured Star Watching From Home http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/kenyan-drake-shows-what-its-like-to-be-injured-star-watching-from-home/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/kenyan-drake-shows-what-its-like-to-be-injured-star-watching-from-home/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:37:53 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26042

Ever wonder what it’s like for an injured standout college football player to anxiously watch his team battle to keep its championship aspirations alive from the confides of his home?

Alabama running back Kenyan Drake, who broke his leg on Oct. 4 against Ole Miss (see injury GIF below), provided his 52,000+ Twitter followers with some insight during the Tide’s hard-fought 14-13 win over Arkansas.

The explosive multi-dimensional threat rushed for 11 yards and four scores on 22 carries (5.1 YPC) and racked up four receptions for 149 yards and two touchdowns through the first four games of his junior campaign. He added another 10-yard reception before going down in agonizing pain in the hard-fought loss at Ole Miss.

“Kenyan’s doing really, really well,” head coach Nick Saban said last week, via AL.com. “I think he’s got a really positive attitude about it. He said he’s taking it one day at a time. He’s working his rehab and doing really well.”

Check out a series of entertaining videos below related to the Alabama Crimson Tide.

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