GridironGrit.com http://gridirongrit.com NFL, College Football, NFL Draft and Fantasy Football News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:30:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 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.

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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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Steelers Ban Mike Mitchell From Twitter After Telling Fan To ‘Kill Yourself’ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/11/steelers-ban-mike-mitchell-from-twitter-after-telling-fan-to-kill-yourself/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/11/steelers-ban-mike-mitchell-from-twitter-after-telling-fan-to-kill-yourself/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:44:13 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26307

There’s been plenty of social media-related news around the NFL in recent weeks after players from various teams have chosen to respond to inflammatory comments directed at them on Twitter by irate fans and trolls.

But we’ve yet to see a player actually get banned from the social media platform for responding to fans…until now. The Pittsburgh Steelers have reportedly banned safety Mike Mitchell from Twitter after he told a fan to “kill yourself,” according to CBS Pittsburgh.

Photo Credit: Steelers.com

Photo Credit: Steelers.com

CBS Pittsburgh collected several screenshots of direct messages that Mitchell had with Twitter users after Monday night’s hard-fought comeback win over the Tennessee Titans.

Mike Mitchell Twitter ban - Steelers 2014

In addition to telling one fan who was critical of his performance to “kill yourself,” he also told another fan to “die broke” and called another user “trash.” And Mitchell was up front about his interactions.

“If people tweet me,” I tweet them back,” Mitchell told CBS Pittsburgh.

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Steelers Release LeGarrette Blount http://gridirongrit.com/2014/11/steelers-release-legarrette-blount/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/11/steelers-release-legarrette-blount/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:53:28 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26305

The Pittsburgh Steelers have reportedly released veteran running back LeGarrette Blount.

Photo Credit: Steelers.com

Photo Credit: Steelers.com

It’s not often that veteran running backs are cut this late in the season, but Blount is actually the second veteran at his position that has been cut on Tuesday. The Cleveland Browns parted ways with Ben Tate this morning.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the Steelers were planning to “take some action for sure” against Blount after he left the field before the end of Monday night’s hard-fought comeback win over the Tennessee Titans.

It turns out they just decided it wasn’t worth keeping him on the roster. One month shy of his 28th birthday, Blount has carried the ball 65 times for 266 yards and two touchdowns (4.1 YPC) as a complimentary power back behind breakout star Le’Veon Bell, who carved the Titans with 204 yards and a score in last night’s win over the Titans.

The 6-foot, 250-pound bulldozer could find a new home on the open market by the end of the season as injuries take their toll across the league, but it could be a challenge due to his age, one-dimensional style and string of off-the-field incidents and character concerns that first surfaced on the national stage during his college days at Oregon.

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Mario Williams Posts Heartfelt Message After Plane Crash http://gridirongrit.com/2014/11/mario-williams-involved-in-plane-crash/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/11/mario-williams-involved-in-plane-crash/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 05:45:09 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26299

Buffalo Bills star defensive end Mario Williams was reportedly involved in a plane crash Sunday night.

Photo Credit: BuffaloBills.com

Photo Credit: BuffaloBills.com

The 50-seat passenger US Airways plane was traveling from Buffalo to Philadelphia, but “had to make an emergency landing [in Rochester, NY] after possibly losing an engine,” 6abc.com reports.

Thankfully, no injuries occurred. Williams posted a heartfelt message on Instagram after the incident.

In life people leave this world daily. I’ve told people before God Bless you! Be sure to tell those you love them! Death is certain and you’ll never truly respect it until it brushes your face or inevitably hits you right in it! I never really talked to someone next to me on a plane bc I usually have headphones on listening to music and for the first words spoken to be hold on we gone be alright knowing the outcome is out of anyone on this planes hands is a humbling feeling. Tonight I can say I unfortunately had a talk with the reaper and everyone on this plane that didn’t get off after an hour delay was able to say I’ll see you another time. My message isn’t really that we all came close to crossing over after the delayed takeoff for “minor” mechanical issues, then 5 min into climbing the dark foggy skies after take off and hearing an explosion and immediately the smell of something burning while the plane shook and seemed to lose power….the message is to just say I love you to those near. Doesn’t have to be everyday or every week. Just let em know!

A photo posted by Mario Williams (@bbwolf94) on

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Report: Ahmad Brooks Benches Himself in 49ers’ Win http://gridirongrit.com/2014/11/report-ahmad-brooks-benches-himself-in-49ers-win/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/11/report-ahmad-brooks-benches-himself-in-49ers-win/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 04:53:48 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26294

The San Francisco 49ers have had to deal with plenty of obstacles this season, particularly at the linebacker position after losing star ILB Patrick Willis for the season (sprained toe).

With Navorro Bowman still on the PUP list after tearing his ACL and MCL in last year’s NFC Championship Game and Aldon Smith just now returning from suspension, Ahmad Brooks has been the only veteran presence and starter from last year’s unit in the starting lineup for several weeks this season.

And Brooks was suspiciously sidelined in the second quarter of Sunday’s hard-fought 16-10 win over the New York Giants, but not due to injury. According to FOX Sports, Brooks actually benched himself.

A source told FOX Sports that Brooks was upset with the coaches’ decision to take reps away from him and give them to Aldon Smith and Aaron Lynch during the team’s 16-10 victory over the New York Giants. The source said Brooks told the coaches and his teammates he believed he should be playing every snap and didn’t care to be part of a rotation, so he pulled himself from the game.

Photo Credit: 49ers.com

Photo Credit: 49ers.com

Brooks reportedly took off his helmet and cleats and sat on the bench the rest of the game.

After the game, Brooks confirmed that he’s healthy and also agreed with head coach Jim Harbaugh‘s assessment that the two are “working through something.”

This incident comes just a few weeks after FOX Sports reported that Brooks was almost traded to the Browns.

Harbaugh seemed to indicate that Brooks’ roster spot isn’t in jeopardy and that the situation could be resolved when he mentioned how much the team needs Brooks on the field.

“We need Ahmad Brooks to win a championship,” Harbaugh said. “I feel that wholeheartedly and have felt that way.”

The 49ers will need their young linebackers (Aaron Lynch, Chris Borland, Michael Wilhoite) to continue to step up in the absence of Patrick Willis and Novorro Bowman in order to have a real chance at returning to the playoffs. They’re in a pretty good position at 6-4

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Kevin Hart Tells Jameis Winston To ‘Stop Doing Dumb S—’ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/11/kevin-hart-tells-jameis-winston-to-stop-doing-dumb-s/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/11/kevin-hart-tells-jameis-winston-to-stop-doing-dumb-s/#comments Sun, 16 Nov 2014 23:45:02 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26291

Comedian and actor Kevin Hart continued his college tour at Florida State University on Sunday, and he took full advantage of the opportunity to poke fun at Seminoles star quarterback Jameis Winston.

Kevin Hart at Florida State Seminoles practice

“You need to stop doing dumb s—,” Hart told Winston in a crowd of people.

Florida State receiver Kermit Whitfield posted a video of the incident on Instagram, but it’s since been deleted.

Winston didn’t seem to be very amused by Hart’s statement, but the Heisman Trophy winner would be wise to heed the advice, even if it was just a lighthearted comment from a comedian.

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Roddy White Surpasses 10,000 Career Receiving Yards http://gridirongrit.com/2014/11/roddy-white-surpasses-10000-career-receiving-yards/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/11/roddy-white-surpasses-10000-career-receiving-yards/#comments Sun, 16 Nov 2014 22:51:16 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26288

Believe it or not, the Atlanta Falcons (4-6) have moved into first place in the NFC South after Sunday’s hard-fought 19-17 win over the Carolina Panthers (3-7-1).

Photo Credit: AtlantaFalcons.com

Photo Credit: AtlantaFalcons.com

Roddy White had a lot to do with the Falcons coming out on top, as the 33-year-old wide out led the team with eight receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown, good enough for 17.5 fantasy points at FanDuel. (If you haven’t signed up for FanDuel yet, click on the banner below to set your lineups for the upcoming week and get your hands on big cash prizes!)

White also reached an impressive milestone in the fourth quarter, surpassing 10,000 career receiving yards. If you’re wondering where that ranks on the NFL’s all-time receiving list, it’s 42nd, one spot above Eric Moulds.

The Falcons were helped by the Cincinnati Bengals’ big bounce-back win over the New Orleans Saints, who now fall behind the Falcons with a 4-6 record on the season (Atlanta beat New Orleans in Week 1).

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Watch: Ryan Mallett Throws First Career TD Pass To J. J. Watt http://gridirongrit.com/2014/11/watch-ryan-mallett-throws-first-career-td-pass-to-j-j-watt/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/11/watch-ryan-mallett-throws-first-career-td-pass-to-j-j-watt/#comments Sun, 16 Nov 2014 18:35:39 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26283

The Houston Texans are off to a strong start under the new Ryan Mallett era.

Midway through the first quarter, Mallett tossed his first career touchdown pass to star defensive end J.J. Watt to give the Texans a 7-0 lead over the Cleveland Browns.

Ryan Mallett throws first career TD pass to J.J. Watt - Texans vs. Browns 2014

This is Watt’s second touchdown reception of the season (here’s his first one) and his fourth touchdown score of the season, the most since-season TDs by a defensive lineman since the 1940′s.

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Report: Texans, Titans Interested in Brian Hoyer http://gridirongrit.com/2014/11/report-texans-titans-interested-in-brian-hoyer/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/11/report-texans-titans-interested-in-brian-hoyer/#comments Sun, 16 Nov 2014 17:07:29 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26281

The Houston Texans are about to battle the Cleveland Browns in a must-win game (1pm ET), where Ryan Mallett will get his first NFL career start. But ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Texans are actually interested in picking up Browns starting quarterback and impending 2015 NFL free agent Brian Hoyer in the offseason.

Photo Credit: ClevelandBrowns.com

Photo Credit: ClevelandBrowns.com

As Schefter notes, Hoyer “trusts [Texans coach Bill] O’Brien as much as any coach in the league” and he “would welcome a reunion.” But Ken Whisenhunt “also has interest” in Hoyer, who worked with the Tennessee Titans head coach in Arizona.

Hoyer has impressed through the first 10 weeks of the 2014 season, completing 161 of 275 passes (58.5 percent) for 2,212 yards while guiding the Browns to a stunning 6-3 record. Cleveland now has sole possession of the lead in its division for the first time in nearly two decades.

Hoyer hasn’t been lighting up the stats sheet by any means, throwing just 10 interceptions through the Browns’ first nine contests, but he’s making quick, decisive throws, taking care of the football (he’s turned it over just five times) and putting his team in a position to win nearly every week.

Ryan Mallett, Zach Mettenberger and Brian Hoyer each have an opportunity to take make their case as the franchise quarterbacks for their teams down the stretch this season.

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