GridironGrit.com http://gridirongrit.com NFL, College Football, NFL Draft and Fantasy Football News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 05:27:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Watch: Devin Hester Returns Punt For Touchdown, Breaks NFL Record http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/watch-devin-hester-returns-punt-for-touchdown-breaks-nfl-record/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/watch-devin-hester-returns-punt-for-touchdown-breaks-nfl-record/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:15:15 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=25730

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver and return specialist Devin Hester made NFL history during Thursday night’s division battle against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In the middle of the second quarter, Hester fielded a punt from the Falcons’ 38-yard-line and took it all the way to the house from 62 yards out for his second touchdown of the night.

Devin Hester makes NFL history - Falcons

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As you can see in the video below, Hester decided to celebrate his 20th career touchdown return and pay tribute to Deion Sanders by high stepping his way into the end zone as he broke the tie with “Primetime” (who is in attendance) for the most return TDs in NFL history.

Widely regarded as arguably the greatest return man of all-time, the former 2006 second round pick (No. 57 overall) out of Miami (FL) now tops the NFL’s record books over Sanders (19 career return TDs) and Rod Woodson (17).

Sanders congratulated Hester on Twitter after watching him break his record.

But his touchdown return wasn’t the only NFL record that Hester broke on Thursday night. According to Pro Football Talk Managing Editor Michael David Smith, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound three-time All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowler also became the first player ever to record a fumble, force a fumble and score a rushing and return touchdown all in the same game.

Currently in his ninth NFL season, Hester has racked up 223 career receptions for 2,908 yards and 14 touchdowns with 3,317 yards and 14 TDs on 269 punt returns and 5,672 yards and five scores on 228 kickoff returns.

As mentioned above, Hester also found the end zone for the first time on the ground from 20 yards out on Thursday night, moving his rushing total to 100 career rushing yards.

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Check out a series of interesting videos below related to the Falcons, Bears (Hester’s former team) and the NFL.

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Heisman Watch: Ranking Top 10 Contenders Entering Week 4 http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/heisman-watch-ranking-top-10-contenders-entering-week-4/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/heisman-watch-ranking-top-10-contenders-entering-week-4/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:48:19 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=25723

The first three weeks of the 2014 college football season are in the books and the Heisman Trophy race is already starting to take shape. It’s obviously still early and most of the Top 25 teams have faced off against cupcake competition, but Heisman campaigns are fed in the first month of the season when star players at skill positions often feast on less-than-impressive non-conference opponents.

There have also been a handful of surprisingly close, hard-fought battles across the college football landscape that have featured several of this year’s preseason Heisman favorites while many other big-name contenders for the stiff-armed trophy have been presented with a golden opportunity to make a name for themselves on a big national stage against ranked teams.

Photo Credit: sportsnetwork.com

Photo Credit: sportsnetwork.com

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Without further ado, let’s take a look at the Top 10 Heisman candidates after the first three weeks.

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Report: Adrian Peterson Cleared in Latest Child Abuse Case http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/report-adrian-peterson-cleared-in-latest-child-abuse-case/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/report-adrian-peterson-cleared-in-latest-child-abuse-case/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 01:04:39 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=25717

On the same day that the Minnesota Vikings reinstated their star running back Adrian Peterson after deactivating him for this past Sunday’s game against New England in the wake of felony charges for child abuse, a devastating report surfaced that the three-time Pro Bowler is being investigated for a separate child abuse accusation.

Photo Via TMZ.com

Photo Via TMZ.com

TMZ Sports now reports however that Peterson has been cleared in the latest investigation because he “[didn't] strike the boy in the forehead — but instead the child accidentally hit his head on a carseat while Adrian was punishing him.”

The incident allegedly took place back in June 2013 and no chargers were ever filed against Peterson for his discipline, which was “not impermissible.”

The three-time Pro Bowler is set to return to the field this Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

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Report: Adrian Peterson Facing More Child Abuse Accusations http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/report-adrian-peterson-facing-more-child-abuse-accusations/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/report-adrian-peterson-facing-more-child-abuse-accusations/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:33:52 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=25713

The Minnesota Vikings look to have jumped the gun when they reinstated their star running back Adrian Peterson on Monday. CBS 11 Houston reports the six-time Pro Bowler is being investigated for another child abuse accusation involving one of his other sons.

According to reports, Peterson, who has at least five children with multiple women, chose to discipline his four-year-old son for cursing at one of his siblings and the child sustained a scar over his right eye.

Update: TMZ Sports reports that Peterson has been cleared in the second child abuse investigation because Peterson “[didn't] strike the boy in the forehead — but instead the child accidentally hit his head on a carseat while Adrian was punishing him.”

The incident allegedly occurred back in June 2013 and no charges were ever filed against Peterson. Minnesota deactivated the three-time first-team All-Pro running back for this past Sunday’s game against New England, but announced in a statement on Monday that he will play against New Orleans as the team lets the legal process play out.

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Report: Raiders Sign WR Vincent Brown http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/report-raiders-sign-wr-vincent-brown/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/report-raiders-sign-wr-vincent-brown/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:07:32 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=25708

The Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed ex-Chargers WR Vincent Brown to a contract.

Photo Credit: Chargers.com

Photo Credit: Chargers.com

Terms of the deal haven’t been revealed yet, but this is a heads-up move by a Raiders staff that could be on the hot seat this season. Oakland’s offensive woes were very obvious in Sunday’s 30-14 loss to the Houston Texans.

Already off to an 0-2 start with a brutal schedule, second round rookie quarterback Derek Carr needs all the help he can get as he tries to progress to become the Raiders’ potential future franchise QB and give the team  a shot to remain relevant in 2014.

Vincent Brown was one of our top free agents in our upcoming updated list of the 10 best NFL free agents still available (which we’ll unveil later this week).

Brown was released by the Chargers just over a week ago with an injury settlement and had reportedly drawn interest from at least eight NFL teams, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan.

An increasingly injury-prone former 2011 third round pick (No. 82 overall) out of San Diego State, Brown has just 60 career receptions for 801 yards and three touchdowns through 30 games (16 starts).

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound wide out hasn’t been on the field since suffering a calf injury in late July and he seemed to have lost a step last season after missing the entire 2012 campaign with a broken ankle.

But as Rapoport noted, Brown is an acrobat when healthy. And he’s reportedly good to go now.

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Watch: J.J. Watt Catches Touchdown Pass On Trick Play http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/watch-j-j-watt-catches-touchdown-pass-on-trick-play/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/watch-j-j-watt-catches-touchdown-pass-on-trick-play/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 20:56:16 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=25703

The Houston Texans handed star defensive end J.J. Watt a massive six-year, $100 million contract with $51.876 million guaranteed just before the start of the season.

Watt has already been showing his appreciation and proving why he deserves to be the highest paid defensive player in NFL history with an absolutely incredible performance in the season opener against the Washington Redskins.

J.J. Watt touchdown catch - Texans vs. Raiders

Watt has followed things up by catching the first pass of his NFL career for a touchdown in the first quarter of the team’s Week 2 test against the Oakland Raiders. Check out the video below.

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Watch: Chandler Jones Blocks Field Goal, Returns It For Touchdown http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/watch-chandler-jones-blocks-field-goal-returns-it-for-touchdown/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/watch-chandler-jones-blocks-field-goal-returns-it-for-touchdown/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:02:56 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=25699

New England Patriots third-year edge rusher Chandler Jones is already making quite a name for himself as he looks to build off a breakout 2013 campaign.

Chandler Jones scoop and score - Vikings vs. Patriots

 

In the final seconds of the first half of Week 2′s battle with the Minnesota Vikings, Jones uses his impressive 6-foot-5, 265-pound frame to block a 48-yard field goal attempt by kicker Blair Walsh and then shows off his athleticism by returning the blocked kick all the way to the end zone to give the Patriots a commanding 24-7 lead.

 

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Robert Griffin III, DeSean Jackson Head To Locker Room With Injuries http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/robert-griffin-iii-desean-jackson-head-to-locker-room-with-injuries/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/robert-griffin-iii-desean-jackson-head-to-locker-room-with-injuries/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:13:18 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=25696

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and star receiver DeSean Jackson both headed to the locker room with different injuries in the first quarter of Sunday’s Week 2 test against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

As you can see in the videos below, RGIII was scrambling toward the sideline when he went down untouched like a stack of bricks. He was visibly in agonizing pain and remained face down on the sidelines for a while as he was examined by Dr. James Andrews.

RGIII has been ruled out for the game and could miss significantly more time.

 

 

Photo Credit: Redskins.com

Photo Credit: Redskins.com

As of the midway point in the second quarter, Kirk Cousins has been 8-of-8 for 100 yards in relief of RGIII.

DeSean Jackson also suffered a shoulder injury and is out for the rest of the game and may miss significant time as well.  Andre Roberts has taken over for D-Jax opposite Pierre Garcon.

Stay tuned for more updates.

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Report: Rams Sign Robert Quinn To Six-Year Contract Extension http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/report-rams-sign-robert-quinn-to-four-year-contract-extension/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/report-rams-sign-robert-quinn-to-four-year-contract-extension/#comments Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:32:57 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=25685

The St. Louis Rams have reportedly signed star defensive end Robert Quinn to a four-year, $66.575 million contract extension, making him the highest-paid player in franchise history.

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Check out a series of interesting videos below related to Robert Quinn and the St. Louis Rams.

Update: NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports Quinn has actually signed a six-year deal worth $65.5 million.

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Photo Credit: StLouisRams.com

Photo Credit: StLouisRams.com

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Still only 24 years old, Quinn has already established himself as one of the league’s elite edge rushers with 34.5 sacks through just 48 games (32 starts). The former 2011 first round pick (No. 14 overall) out of North Carolina took his game to the next level last season, as he racked up 57 tackles with 19.0 sacks and seven forced fumbles (all career-highs) and earned first-team All-Pro honors and his first trip to the Pro Bowl.

Quinn was Pro Football Focus’ top 4-3 defensive end by a landslide in 2014 and has a strong chance at leading the league in sacks this season after finishing second to Robert Mathis (19.5 sacks) in 2013.

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Report: Josh Gordon’s Suspension Will Be 10 Games http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/report-josh-gordons-suspension-will-be-10-games/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/report-josh-gordons-suspension-will-be-10-games/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:34:00 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=25672

We have good news to deliver to Cleveland Browns fans. Josh Gordon will be able to play in 2014 after all. The bad news is he’ll have to serve a 10-game suspension first under the term’s of the league’s new drug policy, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Check out a series of interesting videos below related to the Browns and their star receiver.

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This is assuming that the NFL’s 2013 receiving leader doesn’t get into trouble again during his 10-game ban and that additional games aren’t tacked on due to his offseason DUI arrest.

Photo Credit: ClevelandBrowns.com

Photo Credit: ClevelandBrowns.com

Just a week ago, Gordon was fully expected to serve a season-long suspension and about to start working as a car salesman, so this is good news for the Browns, even though they’ll be without their star receiver until Week 12.

As we’ve already witnessed through the first week of the regular season in the battles between the Browns and Steelers and Bengals and Ravens (along with last night’s battle between the Ravens and Steelers), this AFC North division is very much up for gabs and having Gordon back for the final six games of the season could be a real difference-maker for the Browns if they can stay in the hunt for the division title for the next 11 weeks. Even if Cleveland isn’t able to keep pace with Pittsburgh and/or Baltimore and/or Cincinnati, Gordon’s presence could lead to a strong finish, which could save plenty of jobs in the front office.

Despite missing the first two games of the 2013 campaign and playing with three different starting quarterbacks—two of which are now backups on different teams—Gordon was awarded as an All-Pro and Pro Bowler after somehow managing to haul in 87 receptions for a team-record and NFL-best 1,646 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in just his second season.

“You’re very glad he’s wearing the same jersey,” Browns coach Mike Pettine said after mini-camp. “He’s a special player. I think he’s a guy that can change the game, and defensively, you’re always going to evaluate the wide outs and if this is a guy we have to double-team.

“He certainly put it on tape last year, and has shown more than a few flashes of it in these three days of that ability. I think that affects a defense. He could have a very low production game if teams are just rolling their coverage to him, but the affect that that has on the rest of the defense, (is) the benefit that you have offensively.”

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Michael Gartman is a College Football and NFL Senior Writer, the AFC South and NFC West Lead Writer and the Founder, CEO of GridironGrit.com.  He’s also about to start reporting on topics across all sides of the political spectrum and analyze important issues in the liberty movement for a political website.  Follow him @_MichaelGartman on Twitter.  Be sure to ‘like’ Gridiron Grit on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @GridironGrit to keep up with the latest coverage on college football, the NFL and more!

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