GridironGrit.com http://gridirongrit.com NFL, College Football, NFL Draft and Fantasy Football News Sun, 14 Sep 2014 20:58:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 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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Cordarrelle Patterson Bribes Matt Cassel With Cookies For More Targets http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/cordarrelle-patterson-bribes-matt-cassel-with-cookies-for-more-targets/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/cordarrelle-patterson-bribes-matt-cassel-with-cookies-for-more-targets/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:32:17 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=25664

Cordarrelle Patterson spent most of his rookie campaign behind Jerome Simpson, but the Minnesota Vikings’ emerging second-year receiver caught fire late last year with 375 total yards and six TDs in the final five games.

The No. 29 overall pick from last year’s draft proved to be one of the game’s most dangerous young playmakers with 2,020 all-purpose yards, though most of his production (1,393 yards) came off kickoffs.

So Patterson, 23, has decided to take a unique approach to try to get more targets in his second season.

[RELATED: Minnesota Vikings: Sleeper Team To Watch in 2014?]

Photo Credit: Vikings.com

Photo Credit: Vikings.com

 

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The 6-foot-2, 220-pound multi-dimensional threat caught just three passes for 26 yards in the Vikings’ season-opening demolition of St. Louis, though he also carried the ball three times for 102 yards and a score.

Patterson was our top breakout candidate for the Vikings heading into the season and is in for a monster 2014 campaign as the centerpiece of the Vikings’ up-and-coming aerial attack, with or without his cookie bribes.

It’s worth noting that Josh Gordon led the league in receiving yards in his second season last year under Norv Turner (now the offensive coordinator for the Vikings) despite missing the first two games of the season and receiving passes from the likes of Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell (both are now backups on new teams) for most of the season.

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Check out a series of interesting videos below related to the Minnesota Vikings.

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Heisman Watch: Ranking Top 10 Contenders Entering Week 3 http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/heisman-watch-ranking-top-10-contenders-entering-week-3/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/heisman-watch-ranking-top-10-contenders-entering-week-3/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:38:37 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=25635

The first two 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 really 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 two weeks.

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Baltimore Restaurant Offering Free Pizzas For Ray Rice Jerseys http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/baltimore-restaurant-offering-free-pizzas-for-ray-rice-jerseys/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/baltimore-restaurant-offering-free-pizzas-for-ray-rice-jerseys/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 23:14:26 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=25640

If you’re a Baltimore Ravens fan who has purchased a Ray Rice jersey at some point since the team used its second round pick on Rice in the 2008 NFL Draft and you’re disgusted by the graphic video released on Monday, we have some good news for you. While jersey burning is not uncommon, there is a more practical way to part ways with a jersey of the three-time Pro Bowler.

Ray Rice jerseys - Baltimore Ravens

Hersh’s Pizza and Drinks, a local Italian restaurant in Baltimore, is now offering free pizza in exchange of Ray Rice jerseys.

 

If you’re not in the mood for pizza, there’s also a bar that’s giving customers a $10 tab for their jersey of Rice. And the team is also offering an exchange program at stadium stores.

Rice was released by the Ravens on Monday and indefinitely suspended by the NFL shortly thereafter in the wake of the new video release that showed what led up to Rice dragging his wife out of an elevator at an Atlantic City casino in February. The 5-foot-8, 206-pound suspended running back, who faces very unlikely odds of having another chance in the NFL, has also reportedly lost his endorsement deal with Nike, who produces the Baltimore Ravens’ jerseys.

And that’s not all. EA Sports has also announced that it’s removing Rice from its “Madden NFL 15″ video game.

Check out a series of videos below related to the Ravens and the Ray Rice situation.

In six NFL seasons with the Ravens, Rice rushed for 6,180 yards and 70 touchdowns on 1,430 carries (4.3 YPC) with 369 career receptions for 3,034 yards and six touchdowns.

Stay tuned to GridironGrit.com for the latest news and analysis on the Ravens and the rest of the NFL.

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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Report: Ryan Leaf Sentenced To Five Years in Prison http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/report-ryan-leaf-sentenced-to-five-years-in-prison/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/report-ryan-leaf-sentenced-to-five-years-in-prison/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 21:36:24 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=25637

Ryan Leaf has reportedly been sentenced to five years in prison for violating the terms of his probation.

Widely regarded as arguably the biggest draft bust in NFL history, the former No. 2 overall pick from the 1998 NFL Draft violated his Texas probation when he broke into a home to steal prescription drugs in Montana.

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Ryan Leaf, Chargers

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However, the 38-year-old won’t have to serve any time behind bars in Texas because of the time he’s served in Montana, per ESPN.com. Leaf has reportedly been granted parole but hasn’t been released.

Leaf has had a very troubled off-the-field history since his NFL career came to an end in 2001. In 25 games (21 starts), Leaf completed just 317 of 655 passes (48.4 percent) for 3,666 yards with a horrible 14:36 TD-to-INT ratio with the San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys following an illustrious collegiate career at Washington State.

Check out a series of interesting videos below related to the Cowboys and Chargers.

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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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Report: Terry Pegula Becomes Bills’ New Owner http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/report-terry-pegula-becomes-bills-new-owner/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/report-terry-pegula-becomes-bills-new-owner/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 14:42:54 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=25632

The Buffalo Bills have reportedly reached an agreement with their new owner Terry Pegula.

Photo Credit: sabres.nhl.com

Photo Credit: sabres.nhl.com

This is obviously a huge relief for the city of Buffalo, as Pegula, the owner of the Sabres, won’t be moving the Bills.

Per WGR 500′s Joe Buscaglia, fans have already been calling into sports talk radio with tears of joy.

Stay tuned to GridironGrit.com for the latest news and analysis on the Bills and the rest of the NFL.

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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