GridironGrit.com http://gridirongrit.com NFL, College Football, NFL Draft and Fantasy Football News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:21:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 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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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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