GridironGrit.com http://gridirongrit.com NFL, College Football, NFL Draft and Fantasy Football News Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:51:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Watch: Arkansas OL Sebastian Tretola Throws TD vs. UAB http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/watch-arkansas-ol-sebastian-tretola-throws-td-vs-uab/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/watch-arkansas-ol-sebastian-tretola-throws-td-vs-uab/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:51:22 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26120

The Arkansas Razorbacks may rely pretty heavily on an old-school power running game approach behind an offensive line that’s actually heavier than any NFL unit under head coach Bret Bielema, but that doesn’t mean the team is afraid of calling creative trick plays to put points on the board.

During the second quarter of Saturday’s showdown with the UAB Blazers, the Razorbacks decided to mix things up and put junior offensive tackle Sebastian Tretola at quarterback.

Sebastian Tretola finds Alan D'Appollonio for TD on trick play - Arkansas Razorbacks vs. UAB 2014

In what has to be one of the crazier plays thus far in this college football season, Tretola finds long-snapper Alan D’Appollonio for a six-yard touchdown to extend Arkansas’ lead over UAB to 28-0.

Here’s another view of the play, courtesy of FanSided.

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Report: Buccaneers Sign Gerald McCoy To Seven-Year, $98 Million Extension http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/report-buccaneers-sign-gerald-mccoy-to-seven-year-98-million-extension/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/report-buccaneers-sign-gerald-mccoy-to-seven-year-98-million-extension/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:10:51 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26114

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reportedly signed star defensive tackle Gerald McCoy to a seven-year, $98 million extension with $51.5 million guaranteed.

Photo Credit: Buccaneers.com

Photo Credit: Buccaneers.com

The move comes just a couple days after the 6-foot-4, 300-pound defensive tackle called the Bucs’ defense “too soft.” McCoy, 26, has racked up 17 tackles and a pair of sacks through five games this season. The former 2010 first round pick (No. 3 overall) collected a career-high 50 tackles and 9.5 sacks in 2013.

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Report: Devon Still Jersey Sales Raise $1.25 Million For Cancer Research http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/report-devon-still-jersey-sales-raise-1-25-million-for-cancer-research/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/report-devon-still-jersey-sales-raise-1-25-million-for-cancer-research/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:01:50 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26115

The NFL has been hit with a wave of negative press in recent months and weeks for the domestic violence case involving Ray Rice (among other off-the-field incidents), but one uplifting story has cast a ray of sunshine across the NFL landscape.

The Cincinnati Bengals have reportedly sold nearly 15,000 jerseys of defensive tackle Devon Still, raising over $1.25 million for pediatric cancer research over the last six weeks.

Photo Via TotalProSports.com

Photo Via TotalProSports.com

The Bengals made plenty of news last month for its impressive 3-0 start to the season, but a far bigger spotlight was placed on the team when it announced that it would keep its former 2012 second round pick on its roster after a tumultuous training camp and donate all of the proceeds from Still’s jersey sales to funding pediatric cancer research.

The endeavor was inspired by Still’s four-year-old daughter, Leah, who is battling Stage 4 neuroblastoma.

“We applaud Devon for his openness in sharing his daughter’s challenging story nationwide through media and social media,” Bengals executive vice president Katie Blackburn said in a news release last month. “We also applaud the response of our fans and many others to the jersey sales. The welfare of Devon and Leah are foremost in our minds, but we are proud and excited to be able to be a part of something that can help advance the caught of fighting childhood cancer.”

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Report: Nate Washington On Trade Block http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/report-nate-washington-on-trade-block/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/report-nate-washington-on-trade-block/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:57:40 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26109

With the NFL trade deadline (Oct. 28) looming and injuries piling up, teams around the league are scouring the market for potential upgrades at various positions in the middle of the season.

Just five days after the Seahawks sent Percy Harvin to the Jets in a stunning trade, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reports that another veteran receiver is garnering interest ahead of the trade deadline.

Photo Credit: TitansOnline.com

Photo Credit: TitansOnline.com

The news also comes just a day after the Titans traded Akeem Ayers to the Patriots for a sixth round pick. Washington, 31, would presumably net similar trade value for the Titans.

The former undrafted product out of Tiffin University and two-time Super Bowl champion is currently making $4.8 million in the final season of the six-year, $26.8 million contract he signed in March 2009.

He’s hauled in 13 catches for 169 yards through seven games (five starts) so far this season and has just one career 1,000-yard season (74 receptions for 1,023 yards and seven scores in 2011).

The 6-foot-1, 183-pound wide out has certainly had some success throughout his career, especially for an undrafted player out of Tiffin (Chris Ivory is the only other active NFL player who went to the school).

But he’s a No. 3 WR, at best, that averaged 46.375 receptions for 706.125 yards and 4.75 TDs per season from 2005-2013. He can provide some nice veteran depth for a team WR-needy like New England, Cleveland, Kansas City, Seattle or St. Louis (among a handful of other potential suitors).

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Pat McAfee Asks Antonio Brown Not To Kick Him in the Face http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/pat-mcafee-asks-antonio-brown-not-to-kick-him-in-the-face/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/pat-mcafee-asks-antonio-brown-not-to-kick-him-in-the-face/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:35:00 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26104

You may remember when Pittsburgh Steelers star receiver Antonio Brown channeled his inner Sparta and kicked Cleveland Browns punter Spencer Lanning in the face in Week 1 of the 2014 NFL season.

Antonio Brown kicks Spencer Lanning in the face - Browns vs. Steelers 2014

Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAffe certainly hasn’t forgotten about that insane moment, as he took to Twitter to ask Brown to leave his signature kick at home when the teams face off this Sunday.

Brown, 26, has fielded 15 punts for 126 yards, averaging 8.4 yards a pop thus far this season. Most of his production comes on offense, though, as the 5-foot-10, 186-pound wide out has already accumulated 50 receptions for 719 yards and five scores through the first seven weeks of the season.

It’s worth noting though that McAffe also has a reputation around the league for laying big hits on return men when given the chance.

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Report: Jadeveon Clowney Has ‘Decent Chance’ To Return This Week http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/report-jadeveon-clowney-has-decent-chance-to-return-this-week/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/report-jadeveon-clowney-has-decent-chance-to-return-this-week/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:51:16 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26101

The Houston Texans suffered yet another crushing loss on Monday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who extended their record 15 MNF home game winning streak with a 30-23 victory.

Jadeveon Clowney was ruled a game-time decision for the game after practicing on Friday for the first time since undergoing knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus he suffered in the team’s Week 1 win over Washington, but his lateral agility apparently wasn’t where head coach Bill O’Brien wanted it to be during pregame warmups.

However, the No. 1 overall pick from the 2014 NFL Draft reportedly has a “decent chance” to make his highly-anticipated return in Week 8′s divisional showdown against the Tennessee Titans this Sunday.

Photo Credit: HoustonTexans.com

Photo Credit: HoustonTexans.com

“He feels good,” O’Brien said, via the team’s official website. “I think before the game he still felt his ability to cut wasn’t totally there yet.

“But he feels really good and he’ll practice this week,” O’Brien said. “We’ll see how it goes this week in practice. We’ll be able to make a determination pretty soon about where he can play or not.”

Clowney’s much-needed edge presence could be a real game-changer for a Texans team coming off three consecutive gut-wrenching losses to the Dallas Cowboys (6-1), Indianapolis Colts (5-2) and Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3) by just 15 points combined.

Having him on the field could have made the difference in each of those tight games, and any one of the team’s remaining nine regular season games against the Titans (2-5), Eagles (5-1), Browns (3-3), Bengals (3-2-1), Titans (again), Jaguars (1-6), Colts (5-2), Ravens (5-2) and Jaguars (again).

Whenever Clowney returns to game action, O’Brien said he’ll “be eased back into the rotation” with Whitney Mercilus opposite Brooks Reed. Even if he only plays 65-70 percent of the defensive snaps, his presence could really help Houston get back into the playoff race and win several of their tough tests ahead this season.

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Watch: Antonio Brown Throws Touchdown Pass http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/watch-antonio-brown-throws-touchdown-pass/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/watch-antonio-brown-throws-touchdown-pass/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:21:45 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26095

After a very sluggish start, the Pittsburgh Steelers finally got things going late in the first half of Monday night’s battle with the Houston Texans, scoring 24 unanswered points in the final three and a half minutes of the second quarter to take a 24-13 lead heading into halftime at Heinz Field.

Antonio Brown throws TD pass on reverse play, J.J. Watt - Texans vs. Steelers 2014

After picking up a momentum-shifting fumble by Arian Foster, the Steelers got their creative juices flowing and executed a touchdown pass from star receiver Antonio Brown to Lance Moore on a reverse play to give Pittsburgh a 17-13 lead.

Check out a series of entertaining videos below related to the Steelers and Texans.

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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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