NFL Chatter - Tuesday, Oct 16th sorted by time
ESPN.com: Redskins to release defensive lineman Ziggy Hood, agent says
The Washington Redskins planned to release veteran defensive lineman Ziggy Hood Tuesday, his agent said via Twitter.
The move is a nod to the Redskins' confidence in the young players at this position. A corresponding move had not yet been announced.
Hood, a first-round pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009, has been with Washington since 2016. He started a combined 27 games the past two seasons -- at both end and nose tackle -- but his playing time has diminished this year.
He played just 48 snaps this season, with 37 coming in the first two games combined, while the Redskins have mostly used Daron Payne, Jonathan Allen and Matt Ioannidis along the line the last two games.
- ESPN.com: Full Article
Bucs Nation: Buccaneers of the Week: at Atlanta
After every game, we'll break down the Buccaneers' top five players of the week. Point values will be distributed to each, which will then be added up for our weekly Buccaneers of the Week Standings.
The Buccaneers came up just short in their return from the bye week on Sunday, falling 34-29 to the Falcons in Atlanta. The loss dropped Tampa Bay to 2-3 after a promising 2-0 start and there were many reasons for it. Chandler Catanzaro's missed extra point in the first quarter came back to bite later on, the defense continued its poor play for much of the game and a red zone turnover made a difference as well.
- Bucs Nation: Full Article
The Seattle Times: After 0-2 start, Seahawks are 3-3 and Pete Carroll says: 'We're just getting rolling'
A little more than 24 hours since returning home, Pete Carroll can't stop gushing about the Seahawks trip to London.
The 67-year-old coach has won two college football national championships at USC and a Super Bowl with the Seahawks, but Seattle's 27-3 win over Oakland on Sunday ranks among his all-time favorite games.
"This was an extraordinary illustration of the Seahawks from every aspect of it," Carroll said Tuesday morning during an interview with ESPN 710 radio. "From the organizational preparation, the plan. Getting out ahead of everything so everything was so beautifully smooth. But it wasn't just that, it was then the execution of it when we got there from the trainers and the equipment people and support people and the administration and all that.
- The Seattle Times: Full Article
Niners Nation: 49ers sitting as 10-point home underdogs to the Rams
The San Francisco 49ers lost a heart-breaker to the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football to close out Week 6, and things only get more difficult in Week 7. The 49ers return home to host the undefeated Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in a game flexed out of Sunday Night Football, and into the 1:25 p.m. PT slot on CBS.
It should surprise nobody that the 49ers are a sizable underdog in this one. Even though they are playing at home, the 49ers are currently a 10-point underdog to the Rams, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.
- Niners Nation: Full Article
Steelers Depot: Defending Tight Ends Should Be Focal Point Of Improvement For Steelers Defense
After a physical and intense victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, the Pittsburgh Steelers head into the bye week with a record of 3-2-1. With victories in three of their last four games, the Steelers head into the bye with a lot of positives but also with some significant factors to improve on. The Steelers have struggled to defend tight ends this season and with two weeks to prepare for the second half of their schedule, now is the time to correct those flaws.
The Steelers have allowed 46 receptions to tight ends this season, the most in the NFL.
- Steelers Depot: Full Article
Philly.com: As injuries mount in the secondary, Eagles look more and more to Avonte Maddox
Suddenly, Avonte Maddox is an important defensive cog for the Eagles, though he played no defensive snaps the first three weeks of the season.
The fourth-round rookie from Pitt is the player the coaching staff keeps reaching for -- at first just to back up veteran Corey Graham, who struggled against Tennessee, in Graham's first game as the injury replacement for starting safety Rodney McLeod. Maddox had never played safety, so this was a challenge, but he was up for it. He notched his first NFL interception that day, though he also was in coverage for the overtime touchdown that ended the game.
- Philly.com: Full Article
Silver And Black Pride: Raiders week 6 Bollocks vs Seahawks
London is a brilliant city. But it's just as well the Raiders keep away. Sunday the Silver & Black took to the pitch at Wembley stadium for a football match with the Seattle Seahawks. The 12th man had a strong presence at Wembley despite it being labeled as a 'home' game for the Raiders, replete with provided Raider Nation flags for the crowd. The Raiders didn't give them any reason to wave those flags in this game.
The Seahawks came out firing, moving the ball down the field with ease. The Raiders came out flat, getting nowhere on the ground and under attack through the air.
- Silver And Black Pride: Full Article
Newsday: Jets get kick out of Jason Myers, but need more TDs
Sam Darnold has shown he can drive the offense into scoring position, but punching it in has been a big challenge for the Jets.
It's a good thing they signed kicker Jason Myers.
The Jets rank dead last in the league in red-zone offense. They have scored touchdowns on just six of 20 drives in the red zone, a dismal 30 percent.
"We got to keep working at it," coach Todd Bowles said. "I like the way we're moving the ball right now. I'd like to turn some of those field goals into touchdowns. It's a series of tweaks here and there that we got to keep working on in trying to get it in.
- Newsday: Full Article
NY Post: Giants defend Eli Manning, even as other teams pile up points
Eli Manning might not be listening, but he is the subject of rampant criticism about his ability to perform for the Giants at 37 years old.
Outwardly, the Giants remain unified behind Manning. None of his teammates says anything within the locker room -- at least for public consumption -- that questions the loyalty shown to the franchise quarterback.
"I haven't heard that once in this locker room,'' receiver Sterling Shepard said of teammates criticizing Manning. "Haven't heard that from an individual player.
- NY Post: Full Article
The Times-Picayune: Steve and Michel Gleason announce birth of baby girl on Tuesday (Oct. 16)
New Orleans' favorite couple welcomed another member to the family on Tuesday.
"Steve and Michel Gleason are happy to announce the birth of their second child, a baby girl," who was born on Tuesday in New Orleans, Team Gleason executive director Clare Durrett said.
"All are healthy and happy," Durrett said.
More details about the baby will be reported as they are made available.
The Gleasons confirmed publicly in July that they were expecting their second child, thanks to a successful in vitro fertilization procedure.
The couple's first child, a son named Rivers, will turn 7 on Thursday.
- The Times-Picayune: Full Article
Yahoo! Sports: NFL Power Rankings: Jaguars a shell of what they were last season, or even Week 2
How can we tell the swagger has left the Jacksonville Jaguars?
How about listening to cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who set himself up as the NFL's biggest talker this offseason, mumbling out a bunch of two- and three-word answers after the Jaguars were embarrassed 40-7 by the Dallas Cowboys:
There's only one telling comment from that postgame scrum. It came when Ramsey was asked if the Jaguars were the still the best defense in the NFL.
"We ain't playing like it," Ramsey said, in what was his longest answer.
What has happened to the Jaguars?
- Yahoo! Sports: Full Article
Fansided: Kirk Cousins throwing deep passes at an elite level in 2018
For some fans of the Minnesota Vikings, it was hard to justify their team going out and spending $84 million this offseason on a quarterback with zero playoff wins to his name.
But a mediocre winning percentage was not enough to deter the Vikings from signing Kirk Cousins to be their 2018 starting signal-caller. Minnesota clearly felt that adding Cousins to their roster could eventually help the lead the franchise to its first ever Super Bowl win.
Well, through the first six weeks of the 2018 season, the Vikings seem to have spent their money wisely by investing it in the talented quarterback.
- Fansided: Full Article
Fansided: Did the Miami Dolphins make the right choice with Minkah Fitzpatrick?
With the 11th overall selection of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins selected Minkah Fitzpatrick, safety, from Alabama. When that card was read there were a few mixed reactions and based on what we have seen in the past 6 games, the Dolphins could have potentially made a big mistake.
Quick disclaimer, I believe in Minkah. I think he's going to be a good to great player for the Dolphins. His knowledge and study habits are second to none. He understands the game and once the game starts to slow down for him, his development will begin to show.
- Fansided: Full Article
Turf Show Times: Los Angeles Rams at Denver Broncos: Matchups to watch revisited
The Los Angeles Rams continue a magical start to the season reeling off another road win and improving their unblemished record to 6-0.
Let's revisit the matchups to watch:
Last week's matchup to watch:
This is going to be a battle of two heavy weights. When the Broncos get into three WR sets, Sanders typically kicks into the slot where NRC lines up. Sanders is a route running extraordinaire who also has a great set of hands and underrated speed. He's the top dog the Rams will have to pay extra attention to in the passing game.
- Turf Show Times: Full Article
Wichita Eagle: Chiefs film review: What we learned from Patrick Mahomes vs. Bill Belichick's defense
The Kansas Chiefs fell from the ranks of the unbeaten, and first-year starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes joined the list of young signal-callers who've fallen victim of Bill Belichick schemes at Gillette Stadium.
And yes, despite the gaudy statistics, Mahomes was a victim by virtue of the first half struggles and ultimately having lost the game. The Patriots are now 24-0 at home in the regular season against quarterbacks younger than 25 years old, according to ESPN's Stats & Information
In the first half, Mahomes went 14-of-23 for 164 yards with two interceptions and a quarterback rating of 46.
- Wichita Eagle: Full Article
Big Cat Country: What if the Jacksonville Jaguars were an NBA team?
The NBA season officially kicks off tonight! To celebrate its arrival, I wanted to take a look and see if we could construct a basketball team solely comprised of Jacksonville Jaguars players.
Without further ado, here's your Jaguars starting five!
Dede's our best wide receiver in space, so it makes sense that he's our starting point guard. He's averaging 64.5 yards a game, with most of that coming after the catch. Who can forget his 61 yard touchdown to ice the game against the New England Patriots?
For our backup point guards, we look towards the defense.
- Big Cat Country: Full Article
Stampede Blue: Indianapolis Colts Rookie Report: Week 6 vs. New York Jets
Another week, another game impacted by injuries at numerous positions for Indianapolis. The good news is that a lot of young players actually got back onto the field, including linebacker Darius Leonard. There were some interesting splits at numerous positions, particularly on defense, that led to an even heavier load carried by first and second year players.
Let's take a look at each side of the ball for what stood out the most.<strong>OFFENSE</strong>
With the return of left tackle Anthony Castonzo and the installation of rookie Braden Smith at right tackle, the offensive line is starting to take shape.
- Stampede Blue: Full Article
Battle Red Blog: Houston Texans Podcast: Are You Happy Now?
It's all just so tiring. A nice afternoon stroll became a shirt-throwing, screaming-into-the-pillow battle fight. Houston won another one-possession game, this time over the Bills, and will once again play a meaningful contest against Jacksonville this week.
In this week's episode, Matt and BFD discuss Josh Allen and the sublime, Houston's spectacular special teams, Jerry Hughes, Kyle Williams, Trent Edwards and the Bills' pass rush, Texans' turnovers, and then head to the veterinarian to see why the Florida kitty cats are so sick.
The show has changed a little bit.
- Battle Red Blog: Full Article
Total Packers: Five More Thoughts On Packers' 33-30 Win Over 49ers
Quite a few people have been talking about how the Green Bay Packers saved their season by coming back to beat the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night.
I've got some real news for you. If the Packers can't throttle a team as injury-riddled as the 49ers, who are now starting C.J. Beathard at quarterback, they're not worth a shit anyway.
The Packers are 3-2-1. Realistically, they should be 4-2, but whatever. What we've seen from this Packers' unit thus far inspires this much confidence.
I hope you're not waiting for any sort of confidence declaration.
- Total Packers: Full Article
Pride Of Detroit: Lions notes: Da'Shawn Hand a Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate?
It's not often that a defensive tackle wins the Defensive Rookie of the Year (DROY) award, but it certainly isn't unheard of. Aaron Donald did it a few years ago, and Ndamukong Suh did it back in 2010. Prior to those two, however, it hadn't happened since 1994.
Detroit Lions fourth-round rookie Da'Shawn Hand isn't having the type of season Donald or Suh did in their rookie years. Suh had 10.0 sacks his rookie year, while Donald was right behind him with 9.0 in 2014.
Hand, on the other.
- Pride Of Detroit: Full Article