GridironGrit.com http://gridirongrit.com NFL, College Football, NFL Draft and Fantasy Football News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:40:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 A.J. Green Expected To Play, Giovani Bernard Ruled Out http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/a-j-green-expected-to-play-giovani-bernard-ruled-out/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/a-j-green-expected-to-play-giovani-bernard-ruled-out/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:23:32 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26180

Cincinnati Bengals second-year star running back Giovani Bernard has reportedly been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars with a hip injury that’s kept him out of practice this week.

Photo Credit: Bengals.com

Photo Credit: Bengals.com

This is obviously a setback for the Bengals offense, as Bernard is currently the league’s 12th-leading rusher with 446 yards and five scores on 109 carries (4.1 YPC) through the first eight weeks of the season.

However, the Bengals have expressed confidence in rookie RB Jeremy Hill (and fantasy owners should, too — especially those who are FanDuel users or are interested in winning big cash prizes at FanDuel).

“I feel good that if it happened that way, that [Hill] would go in there and do the job,” Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said, via ESPN.com.

The likely return of superstar receiver A.J. Green will also help Hill and the rest of the offense kick things into high gear as the team tries to maintain control of the AFC North division.

Green is listed as questionable after missing the past three weeks with a toe injury, but he’s reportedly practiced every day this week and head coach Marvin Lewis said on Friday he expects Green to make his highly-anticipated return.

“A.J. has looked fine,” Lewis said, via the team’s official website. “He wants to play. He’s telling everybody he wants to play. If everything stays the way it is, he’ll play.”

Fantasy owners may be understandably on the fence on Green, so if you use several different FanDuel lineups, it would probably be wise to place him in some and leave him out of others because it’s unclear whether he’ll be used primarily as a decoy (like Calvin Johnson was about a month ago) or if he’ll be 100 percent against a Jaguars defense that struggles against the pass.

Cedric Peerman and/or Rex Burkhead could see several touches in a complimentary role out of the backfield.

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DeAngelo Hall Tore His Achilles Tendon While Making Pizza http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/deangelo-hall-tore-his-achilles-tendon-while-making-pizza/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/deangelo-hall-tore-his-achilles-tendon-while-making-pizza/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:23:28 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26175

Nate Burleson missed seven games last season after famously breaking his arm in a late-night car accident when he tried to catch a pizza from falling off his seat. Now it’s been revealed that longtime Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall tore his Achilles tendon while making pizza in his kitchen. No, seriously.

Photo Credit: Redskins.com

Photo Credit: Redskins.com

 

Hall, 31, was already done for the season after tearing his Achilles last month against the Eagles and should still be ready to go for training camp next summer, but rupturing his Achilles tendon again certanly doesn’t help his recovery process.

This incident is yet another reminder that injuries can happen at any time, even if you’re just celebrating a sack (Stephen Tulloch and Lamarr Houston both suffered season-ending injuries while celebrating sacks this season) or just making a pizza in your kitchen.

ESPN’s Britt McHenry also reports that Redskins starting rookie cornerback Bashaud Breeland is also now questionable for Sunday’s game against the Vikings after hurting his knee in Friday’s practice.

If Breeland doesn’t play, Tracy Porter and E.J. Biggers will suit up as the No. 2 and No. 2 CBs behind David Amerson.

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Texas A&M Aggies Bench Kenny Hill For Kyle Allen http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/texas-am-aggies-bench-kenny-hill-for-kyle-allen/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/texas-am-aggies-bench-kenny-hill-for-kyle-allen/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:42:31 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26170

Earlier this month, Kenny Hill was considered a Heisman contender. But the Texas A&M Aggies’ sophomore quarterback has now been replaced by true freshman Kyle Allen heading into Saturday’s game against Louisiana-Monroe.

Photo Credit: tamu.247sports.com

Photo Credit: tamu.247sports.com

Kenny Trill” is currently the nation’s sixth-leading passer with 2,649 passing yards with an impressive 23:8 TD-to-INT ratio and 66.7 completion rate, but after three straight losses and a bye week that followed an ugly 59-0 loss at Alabama, the Aggies are apparently ready to roll the dice with Allen in hopes of providing a spark.

Hill burst onto the scene to kick off the college football season with a record-setting performance against South Carolina, and continued to put on a show as he guided the Aggies to a 5-0 start in the post-Johnny Manziel era.

But the Aggies couldn’t keep pace with their last three opponents — Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Alabama (each of whom currently rank in the top seven in the latest AP poll), and the terrible performance against Alabama was the last straw.

Allen has attempted just 38 passes thus far this season, but he was a top five-star recruit coming out of high school and has the makings of an athletic, pro-style quarterback.

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Ben Roethlisberger ‘Mad’ After Best Game of His Career http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/ben-roethlisberger-mad-after-best-game-of-his-career/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/ben-roethlisberger-mad-after-best-game-of-his-career/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 22:42:23 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26166

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had an unbelievable performance on Sunday, connecting on 40-of-49 passes for a whopping 522 yards and six touchdowns in a stunning 51-34 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. It’s worth noting that just last week the Colts shut out the Bengals 27-0.

Big Ben’s coaches and teammates had nothing but praise for him after the game, but the former 2004 first round pick (No. 11 overall) out of Miami (OH) wasn’t chugging bottles of champaign or doing Johnny Manziel’s money sign after his incredible performance. In fact, he was actually frustrated.

“I’m mad because we left plays out there,” Roethlisberger said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Photo Credit: Steelers.com

Photo Credit: Steelers.com

That’s a stunning comment after such a remarkable performance. It was just his second 500-yard game of his career, and no other quarterback in NFL history has ever thrown for 500 yards more than once.

“He won’t admit it, but I’m sure,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said when asked if his quarterback took extra motivation from the pregame hype surrounding Colts star quarterback Andrew Luck.

It wasn’t a perfect performance by the Steelers offense. Big Ben did miss on a couple of throws. There were also a couple of fumbles by Darrius Heyward-Bey and LeGarrette Blount and dropped passes by rookies Martavis Bryant and Dri Archer and veteran tight end Heath Miller. But it was as close to perfect as you’re ever going to get in the NFL, especially against another playoff-caliber team.

“Why does it have to stop here? Why can’t we keep doing this?” Roethlisberger mused.

 

The offensive line also deserves a ton of credit for an outstanding all-around performance.

“When you have a quarterback like that and you keep him clean in the pocket, he can do anything,” offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum said after the game.

The Baltimore Ravens (5-3), who held Pittsburgh to just six points in a dominant Week 2 win, will battle Big Ben and co. at Heinz Field for the Steelers’ third straight home game this coming Sunday (Nov. 2).

Don’t expect Roethlisberger to break the NFL’s single-game passing yards record (554 by Norm Van Brocklin set in 1951) in Week 9, but he’ll have much more success against Baltimore’s defense than he did in Week 2.

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Rex Ryan Names Michael Vick Starting Quarterback http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/rex-ryan-names-michael-vick-starting-quarterback/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/rex-ryan-names-michael-vick-starting-quarterback/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 21:02:36 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26162

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan has reportedly named Michael Vick the starting quarterback ahead of next Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Geno Smith, Michael Vick on Jets bench

The announcement doesn’t exactly come as a surprise after the team benched Geno Smith in the first half of yesterday’s 43-23 loss to the AFC east rival Buffalo Bills.

Smith went 2-of-8 for five yards with three INTs on the team’s first three drives before getting sent to the bench. Vick played better, but he still looked pretty bad, connecting on 18-of-36 passes for 153 yards.

Though he managed 69 rushing yards on eight carries, he was also sacked four times, tossed an interception and fumbled four times (two of which went to the other team). But it’s apparent at this point that the team can’t turn back to Smith, unless of course Vick gets injured.

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Video: Saints Fan Impersonating Rob Ryan http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/video-saints-fan-impersonating-rob-ryan/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/video-saints-fan-impersonating-rob-ryan/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 03:32:14 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26155

Rob Ryan’s impersonator was spotted in the stands during Sunday night’s marquee matchup between the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints just five days before Halloween.

The Saints have pulled away in the second half and have a commanding 44-23 lead with three minutes to play.

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Watch: Brandin Cooks Makes Unbelievable Catch http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/watch-brandin-cooks-makes-unbelievable-catch/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/watch-brandin-cooks-makes-unbelievable-catch/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 01:53:33 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26151

New Orleans Saints rookie receiver Brandin Cooks has already put on a show in several contests this season, but he may have had his most impressive highlight-reel catch to date in the second quarter of Sunday night’s marquee matchup with the Green Bay Packers, and it came just one play after he dropped a potential touchdown pass from Drew Brees.

Brandin Cooks' acrobatic catch - Saints vs. Packers 2014

As you can see in the video below, Packers cornerback Tramon Williams goes stride-for-stride with Cooks, but the first round rookie receiver (No. 20 overall pick) acrobatically tips the ball and it falls right into his arms for a first down.

Cooks came into the game with 34 receptions for 278 yards and a score through the air with 64 rushing yards on five carries.

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Photos: Alabama Celebrates Win Over Tennessee With Cigars http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/photos-alabama-celebrates-win-over-tennessee-with-cigars/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/photos-alabama-celebrates-win-over-tennessee-with-cigars/#comments Sun, 26 Oct 2014 23:53:43 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26143

The Alabama Crimson Tide rolled to a comfortable 34-20 victory over Tennessee on Saturday, their eighth straight win over the Volunteers in the annual conference battle.

It’s tradition for players of the winning team in this head-to-head series to celebrate with victory cigars, so many Tide players decided to share pictures on social media.

Alabama strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran and running back Derrick Henry celebrate after Alabama's win over Tennessee (Derrick Henry instagram)

Alabama strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran and running back Derrick Henry celebrate after Alabama’s win over Tennessee (Derrick Henry instagram)

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A photo posted by Austin Shepherd (@ashep79) on

You know I got my celebratory cigar back in ttown. “What’s your record vs Tennesse?” 3-0 #RollTide

A photo posted by Kenyan Drake (@roadrun17er) on

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Watch: Martellus Bennett Makes Unbelievable Touchdown Catch http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/watch-martellus-bennett-makes-incredible-touchdown-catch/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/watch-martellus-bennett-makes-incredible-touchdown-catch/#comments Sun, 26 Oct 2014 20:13:57 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26138

The Chicago Bears never really had a chance in Sunday’s showdown with the New England Patriots, as they headed into halftime down 38-7 at Gillette Stadium.

But that didn’t stop tight end Martellus Bennett from stepping up with some highlight-reel plays.

Martellus Bennett's incredible diving touchdown catch - Bears vs. Patriots 2014

As you can see in the video below, facing a 3rd-and-7 from the Patriots’ 20-yard-line, quarterback Jay Cutler airs it out to Bennett, who fights off the interference from cornerback Brandon Browner to make a remarkable diving touchdown catch in the end zone.

Bennett led the Bears with six receptions for 95 yards and a score in Sunday’s ugly 51-23 road loss.

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Watch: Percy Harvin Fails Miserably On Kickoff Return http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/watch-percy-harvin-fails-miserably-on-kickoff-return/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/10/watch-percy-harvin-fails-miserably-on-kickoff-return/#comments Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:44:20 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26135

Percy Harvin wasn’t expected to have a monster impact right out the gate in his debut with the New York Jets in Sunday’s battle with the AFC East rival Buffalo Bills, and rightly so. Despite his dangerous game-changing speed and ability, he’s learning a new offense and it takes time to develop chemistry with new teammates.

Harvin has already accumulated 170 all-purpose yards through the first three quarters, but 120 of those yards have come off of five kickoffs. However, mid-way through the third quarter, Harvin had easily his most embarrassing play of the afternoon when he fielded a kick from nine yards deep in the end zone.

Percy Harvin's embarrasing kickoff return - Jets vs. Bills 2014

As you can see in the video below, Harvin looks to make a very risky lateral pass to T.J. Graham, who was laying down when Harvin fielded the punt. It’s unclear whether Harvin was really thinking about tossing the ball to the other side of the field or just trying to fool the Bills’ special teams unit. But after juking out Bills safety Duke Williams, Harvin got wrapped up by another defensive back (presumably Ron Brooks or Aaron Williams) at the two-yard line.

 

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