Pro Player Insiders http://proplayerinsiders.com NFL Players Exclusive Lifestyle, News and Under the Helmet Access Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:10:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Seahawks Beat Up 49ers, 19-3 http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/seahawks-beat-49ers-19-3/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/seahawks-beat-49ers-19-3/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:10:32 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=144959 In the final game of a Thanksgiving triple header of NFL football, the Seattle Seahawks beat an NFC West opponent 19-3 for the second straight game, this time against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s stadium.

Seattle struck first, as after a Richard Sherman interception, the offense went 45 yards in 7 plays, with Russell Wilson finding running back Robert Turbin for a 13 yard touchdown with a minute and a half left in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Steven Haushka kicked a pair of field goals (21, 36) to make it 13-0 at halftime, and added a third field goal after Seattle drove 65 yards in 11 plays in the opening possession of the second half, kicking one from 35 yards with eight minutes left in the third quarter.

San Francisco finally got on the board right before the final minute of the third quarter, as a 12 play, 59 yard drive ended in a 40 yard field goal by Phil Dawson, but a Haushka field goal from 46 yards with ten minutes to go, along with another interception of Kaepernick by Sherman sealed the win. Wilson was 15 of 22 for 236 yards and a touchdown, and Marshawn Lynch ran for 104 yards, while Kaepernick was held to 16 of 29 for 121 yards and two interceptions, and the 49ers offense only had 164 yards of total offense.

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Eagles Fly High in Dallas, Beat Cowboys 33-10 http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/eagles-fly-high-dallas-beat-cowboys-33-10/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/eagles-fly-high-dallas-beat-cowboys-33-10/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 02:11:23 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=144953 In a matchup that decided who had sole possession of first place in the NFC East, the Eagles stuffed the Cowboys in a 33-10 blowout victory.

Philadelphia started fast, taking their opening possession 80 yards in 9 plays, with Mark Sanchez finishing the drive with a two-yard rushing touchdown just three minutes into the game. After forcing a Dallas punt, the Eagles drove 88 yards in 7 plays, with Sanchez finding rookie receiver Jordan Matthews for a 27 yard touchdown to make it 14-0 with four minutes left in the opening quarter.

The Cowboys would answer on the ensuing possession, as they went 67 yards in 7 plays, and DeMarco Murray scored on a one yard run on the first play of the second quarter. Before the end of the first half, however, Cody Parkey hit three field goals (31, 22, 26) for Philadelphia to go into the locker room up 23-7.

Less than four minutes into the third quarter, LeSean McCoy fumbled, with Dallas recovering at the Eagles’ 14 yard line, though the defense held the Cowboys to a Dan Bailey 28 yard field goal two minutes later. But Philadelphia would go 80 yards in just 5 plays when they got the ball back, with McCoy making up for his fumble with a 38 yard touchdown run to make it 30-10 halfway through the third quarter, and another Parkey field goal (25 yards) in the fourth quarter and a continually stifling Eagles defense sealed the win.

Sanchez was 20 of 29 for 217 yards and a touchdown, and ran for 28 yards and another score, with McCoy rushing for 159 yards and a touchdown and Jeremy Maclin catching 8 passes for 108 yards. Romo was 18 of 29 for 199 yards and two interceptions, while Murray had only 73 yards rushing, only his second game of the season with less than 100 yards rushing.

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Bills Notes From Thanksgiving Day Practice http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/bills-notes-thanksgiving-day-practice/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/bills-notes-thanksgiving-day-practice/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 23:12:20 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=144950 With the team on its second short week in the past month, head coach Doug Marrone is not letting any unwanted distractions deter his focus from this weekend’s game against the Cleveland Browns.

When asked about the ongoing feud between Browns safety Donte Whitner, who played for the Bills for five seasons (2006-2010), and former teammates Fred Jackson and Aaron Williams to go along with rookie Sammy Watkins (via ESPN’s Mike Rodak), Marrone said he “doesn’t even know about it.”

“What is it,” asked Marrone. “I don’t get into that. I’ve just got to get ready to play. Obviously, they must know each other if they were teammates at one time. I don’t know anything about it. I had no idea.”

Apart from the off-field trash talk, there are some issues the Bills have to deal with this practice. Defensive end Jarius Wynn (knee), tight end Chris Gragg (knee), and safety Baccari Rambo (hamstring) did not participate in practice today, which could limit Buffalo’s depth at key positions.

Robert Woods (ankle) and kicker Dan Carpenter (groin) were limited participants in practice, though Marrone said that Carpenter will “absolutely” be ready to play on Sunday if there are no setbacks with the ailment. Also on the special teams side, the team claimed former Miami Dolphin Marcus Thigpen off of waivers on Wednesday, a player that “could” step in and return kicks and punts for the Bills, according to Marrone.

“We’ve got to get a roster back in, but that’s what we brought him in now: to look at him,” said Marrone. “We’ve got a couple days to last at him, but that was our thought process.”

Compared to Wednesday’s practice that was just two days after the Monday night victory over the Jets, Marrone thought the team was “much fresher and better” in terms of their energy level. That is a good sign on a short week, especially after the game and practice schedule changed for the Bills last week, yet they looked the much more energized and prepared team versus the Jets.

 

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Lions Dominate Bears, 34-17 http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/lions-dominate-bears-34-17/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/lions-dominate-bears-34-17/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 20:53:37 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=144948 In their traditional thanksgiving day game, the Lions overcame a slow start to blow out the NFC North-rival Bears, 34-17.

Chicago dominated the early portion of the game, as after a stop by their defense, Jay Cutler led a 6 play, 55 yard drive that ended with a 10 yard touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery less than four and a half minutes in. After a Matt Prater 46 yard field goal for Detroit, a sack and strip of Matthew Stafford by Jared Allen gave the Bears the ball at the Lions’ 5, and Cutler found Jeffery for a six yard touchdown two plays later to increase the lead to 14-3 with three and a half minutes left in the first quarter.

After 25 straight drives without a touchdown, a stretch that went over two-plus games, the Lions drove 78 yards in 9 plays, with Stafford finding Calvin Johnson for a 25 yard touchdown two minutes into the second quarter. Following a defensive stop, Detroit went 86 yards in 10 plays, and Joique Bell ran in from one yard out on fourth and goal with 3:18 left in the half, and then forced another punt, going 64 yards in just five plays, with Stafford going to Johnson for a six yard touchdown with just 24 seconds left in the half to make it 24-14 at the break.

The Bears attempted to rally in the second half, taking the opening possession and driving 63 yards in 13 plays, resulting in a 35 yard Robbie Gould field goal to cut it to a one-score game with 8:54 left in the third quarter. But the Lions offense would score its fourth touchdown in five drives, starting from their own 5 and going the length of the field in 12 plays, with Bell scampering in from a yard out on the first play of the fourth quarter, and Detroit’s defense held the rest of the way.

Stafford rebounded from a pair of tough weeks, completing 34 of 45 for 390 yards and two touchdowns, going to Johnson 11 times for 146 yards and two touchdowns while becoming the fastest receiver to reach 10,000 yards in his career, and Golden Tate on 8 occasions for 89 yards. Cutler was 31 of 49 for 280 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, going 8 times to Martellus Bennett for 109 yards and Jeffery on 9 occasions for 71 yards and two scores.

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Week 13 AFC East Weekly Buzz: Bills vs. Browns, Patriots visit Lambeau, Jets vs. Dolphins http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/week-13-afc-east-weekly-buzz-bills-vs-browns-patriots-visit-lambeau-jets-vs-dolphins/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/week-13-afc-east-weekly-buzz-bills-vs-browns-patriots-visit-lambeau-jets-vs-dolphins/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:00:51 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=144887 Buffalo Bills

Before Monday night’s game 38-3 blowout win over the Jets, it was believed that the formula for the Bills to win was to play great defense, win the turnover battle, and get the ball to rookie Sammy Watkins. While the first two were done (only 218 yards allowed and seven sacks, and a +1 turnover ratio) Watkins only had three catches for 35 yards, usually not a recipe for success, as in games where Watkins had 35 or less receiving yards, Buffalo was 1-5, and 4-0 when he had 87 yards or more.

However, the emergence of Robert Woods, who had nine catches for 118 yards and a touchdown, several of them highlight-reel worthy receptions, allowed the Bills to move the ball efficiently up and down the field (336 yards on 62 plays) without big plays from Watkins. Since the bye week, Watkins has only ten catches for 94 yards (31. 3 yards per game) on 22 targets after 580 yards (72.5 yards per game) in the first eight games of the season.

With upcoming matchups for Watkins against elite cornerbacks like Joe Haden (Sunday vs. Cleveland), Aqib Talib (December 7 at Denver), and Darrelle Revis (December 28 at New England), Woods will have to make plays against his man in order for Buffalo to win games against tough opponents, especially if Watkins is unable to beat some of the best defensive backs the league has to offer.

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Miami Dolphins

Though it was in a losing effort (39-36 to the Denver Broncos), Ryan Tannehill continued to be accurate and efficient, completing 26 of 36 passes for 228 yards, three touchdowns and an interception, while rushing for 15 yards and a score as well. For four straight games and five out of his last six, Tannehill has completed over 70% of his passes, and is 144 for his last 203 (70.9%) with 12 touchdowns to only 3 interceptions.

In the past four contests, Tannehill has nine touchdowns to only two interceptions, with four of his scoring passes going to rookie receiver Jarvis Landry, who has 24 catches for 195 yards on 32 targets (75%). Against the Broncos, Landry had seven catches for 50 yards and two scores, helping Miami’s offense overcome having no Charles Clay at tight end, who returned to practice this week, which gives Tannehill a talented foursome of targets in Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Landry and Clay.

With three divisional games left (Monday night at Jets, December 14 at Patriots, December 28 vs. Jets), plus games against stingy defenses (vs. Baltimore Ravens on December 7 and vs. Minnesota Vikings on December 21), Landry is a key player who can make key catches out of the slot. Though he is only averaging 9.2 yards per catch, the first year receiver leads the team in receptions (49), and is slowly becoming Tannehill’s most trusted receiver, and someone who will prove vital to finishing this stretch run with a playoff berth, something they were unable to do last year.

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New York Jets

The move to Michael Vick as the starting quarterback lasted less than three games, as the 34 year old was only 7 of 19 for 76 yards and an interception, and was sacked five times on Monday night versus the Bills before being replaced by Geno Smith in the second half, who was 10 of 12 for 89 yards while being sacked twice.

On Wednesday, the Jets decided to go back to Smith as the starter for the Monday night game versus the Dolphins at Metlife Stadium. With a 2-9 record on the season, and two games against Miami (the season finale is at Sun Life Stadium), a home game versus the Patriots (December 21), and road games at Minnesota (December 7) and Tennessee (December 14), New York needs to see if Smith has any future role in the team’s quarterback situation.

Thus far on the season, Smith is 1-7 as a starter, and has thrown only 7 touchdowns to 10 interceptions, resulting in a 27.6 QBR that is ranked second-to-last in the NFL. If there is a time to prove anything for Smith, it is now during this final stretch, as the moves to get receivers Eric Decker and Percy Harvin, along with rookie tight end Jace Amaro being drafted in the second round were made to help him, so the second-year quarterback needs to produce for any hope of being the future starter for the Jets.

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New England Patriots 

In a dominant 34-9 win over the Detroit Lions, New England again showed its ability to limit talented quarterbacks and receiving cores. But what was new (or a return to the old) was LeGarrette Blount running through defenses, specifically the No.1 ranked run defense of the Lions, rushing for 78 yards on 12 carries.

While this weekend’s game at Lambeau Field versus the Green Bay Packers is a battle between two elite quarterbacks in Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, the Patriots would be smart to change their game plan from last week (53 passes to 20 runs), as Green Bay has the third-worst rushing defense in the NFL (136.7 yards per game). Running the ball will also keep the number of possessions for the Packers’ high-scoring offense (43.8 points per game at home) to a minimum, as it did with Jonas Gray rushing for 201 yards and four touchdowns at Indianapolis versus the Colts two Sundays ago.

Limiting Andrew Luck to 20 points and Peyton Manning to 22 points showed how the defensive side can stop great passing offenses even though they put up yards, but being efficient and controlling the clock on offense will only help against Rodgers.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

 

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Being polite and showing respect to people will help you more than you think in life! @ewang77 http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-football-featured-tweet/polite-showing-respect-people-will-help-think-life-ewang77/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-football-featured-tweet/polite-showing-respect-people-will-help-think-life-ewang77/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:30:45 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=143924

Being polite and showing respect to people will help you more than you think in life!

— Ed Wang (王凯) (@ewang77) November 10, 2014

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Thank You for Cardinals’ Calais Campbell http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/thank-cardinals-calais-campbell/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/thank-cardinals-calais-campbell/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:29:46 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=142649 He’s back! But don’t worry, while Arizona’s defensive end Calais Campbell, was injured (MCL strain against Denver) the big man was at work off the field. The Bird Gang big man @Campbell93 hosted his 4th annual charity fundraiser in support of the CRC Foundation this month. Joining the celebration, that took place at Eddie V’s in the beautiful Scottsdale, AZ, was his family and fellow Cardinals teammates including: Sam Acho, Dan Williams, Carson Palmer, Lorenzo Alexander, Earl Watford, Bertrand Berry and Steve Kiem (AZ General Manager). DSC05734 The CRC Foundation is a non-profit organization named after Campbell’s father. The organization began in 2010 to ensure a presence in the community and begin empowering youth with skills such as budgeting, drug and alcohol awareness, diversity awareness and writing techniques. This week, the CRC Foundation launched the after school program Right Track which will provide daily tutoring to students. Money raised through the fundraiser will also go towards the college scholarships the CRC continues to provide for students from large families. Theresa Villano, of Pro Player Insiders, was able to talk in depth with #93 on the red carpet to learn more about his cause. Here are the highlights:   PPI – Calais, you’re the man in PHX. The last people I’ve interviewed told me you’re like a big teddy bear, but you couldn’t do this without your team and your family. Tell me what it means to be here and what makes this event so special? Campbell – It means a lot to be able to put on an event and have so much support from people who really care about your dreams and your passions. PPI – Who are some special people here today supporting you? Campbell – There’s a lot of people here especially my teammates and the Cardinals Organization. That’s huge. That’s what it’s all about…to have a family and support each other with our dreams. DSC05788   PPI – Was there a moment so far after you started your foundation where you realized Wow, this is exactly why I started this…a moment with a child, a quote, your sister saying something? Was there a moment when you had an epiphany where I’m doing the right thing? Campbell - Anytime I hear a kid say I’m finally getting this or a kid that puts a smile on his face cause he solved problem on their own. I’ve been around a lot of kids of the years and to watch them become better individuals that’s what it’s all about.DSC05744 PPI – There’s been so much negative press about players recently and you’re in the 99.9% of the NFL players that are doing amazing things in the community. What can you tell the fans about the GOOD guys, like you?Carson Palmer and Wife, QB Cardinals Campbell - Keep supporting us and know we do our best to give you what you’re paying for. A lot of people forget that the fans is really what it’s all about. I try to look at the game as a fan myself and try to be what I would want as a fan. PPI – The @AZBIRDBANG tweeted in and they want to know what makes this year’s team so different… 5-1 with more wins to come. What makes the chemistry on this year’s team so different? Campbell - I think confidence is a real important thing. To have confidence in the guys with you in the huddle is all you need to be successful. We’re very confident that if we do what we’re supposed to and do our jobs we’ll be successful. PPI – What thanks would you want to give to the fans for coming and/or supporting you? Campbell - I really want to thank everyone for coming tonight… this is awesome! To have so many people come and support not only here but across Arizona. We have big dreams and it starts with these types of events to do something within our community that shows the world what we’re all about here in Arizona.   Check out the support from the event:

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Football’s First Thanksgiving http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/nflthanksgiving-history/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/nflthanksgiving-history/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:25:34 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=109251  

The Lions battled the Bears on Thanksgiving Day in 1934.

The Lions battled the Bears on Thanksgiving Day in 1934.

As traditions go, watching football on Thanksgiving Day is a favorite. Many families work their entire dinner schedule around the games. Although Thanksgiving day football was once common with high school and college teams it has since faded in favor of  family gathered around the dining room table or big screen TV, rather than the gridiron field.

Thanksgiving NFL style started in Detroit way back in 1934. The Lions had relocated that year from Ohio. Owner George A. Richards, in an attempt to draw some attention away from the Detroit Tigers baseball team and drum up attendance at the new team’s games arranged for the team to host the Chicago Bears in the University of Detroit Stadium on Thanksgiving Day.  Richards was bringing a proven, quality team to Detroit with super-star, Earl “Dutch” Clark and a talented backfield line anchored by Frank Christiansen.

Richards was clearly on to something, 26,000 tickets for the  Turkey Day clash held in the University of Detroit Stadium, were sold out two weeks in advance of the game. It was estimated that another 25,000 would have attended had there been seats available.

The rest is history.

 

Thanksgiving Football History and Facts

-          Thanksgiving was made an official Holiday in the 1860’s by President Lincoln.

thanksgiving-turkey-football1-          Football games on Thanksgiving date back to 1876 when Yale & Princeton began the tradition.

-          The University of Michigan also made it a tradition to play annual Thanksgiving games from 1885-1905. Thanksgiving games between Michigan and the Chicago Maroons in the 1890’s are known as “The Beginning of Thanksgiving Football”.

-          Pro Football began Thanksgiving football in the 1890’s with the Allegheny Athletic Association of Pittsburgh.

-          In the early 1900’s, an unrelated NFL, held its championship game on Thanksgiving.

-          In the Ohio League, marquee match-ups were held on Thanksgiving.

-          In 1919, the New York Pro Football League featured a match-up between the Buffalo Prospects and the Rochester Jeffersons. The game ended in a scoreless tie and a rematch game for the championship was held the following week.

-          The first American Football League (AFL I) played Thanksgiving Day games in 1926, while the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) did so between 1946 and 1949.

-           Thanksgiving fell on the final Thursday in November until 1938. Thanksgiving games were played on the fourth Thursday in November from 1945 onward.

Thanksgiving NFL History and Facts

-          G.A. Richards, the first owner of the Lions, previously the Portsmouth Spartans started the Tradition of Thanksgiving football as a gimmick to get people to attend games.

-          In the first 19 years of the NFL, several teams held their own Thanksgiving Games including the Chicago Bears, Chicago Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Frankford Yellowjackets and the New York Football Giants.

thanksgiving-fans-          The Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Tradition has played their game annually since 1934. Their first game was a lost to the Chicago Bears 19-16.

-          In 1939 and 1940. President Franklin Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving a week earlier during The Great Depression to help bolster the economy. This led to great protests and came to be known as “Franksgiving”. The only two teams to play the Thanksgiving game during those two years were the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles. In 1941, Thanksgiving moved back to being celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.

-          The AAFC, which was absorbed into the NFL, played Thanksgiving Games from 1947-1949.

-          The AFL also played Thanksgiving Games every year before the AFL-NFL Merger.

-          In 1966, the Dallas Cowboys started their annual Thanksgiving Game Tradition.

-          Detroit Lions are always the early game, starting at 12:30, while the Dallas Cowboys are always the late game, the early game starts at 12:30 as opposed to the regular 1:00 start to allow 30 minutes for overlapping.

-          From 1975-1977, The Dallas Cowboys were replaced by the St. Louis Cardinals (now the Arizona Cardinals) as the Thanksgiving Game Hosts.

-          St. Louis hosted the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving in 1976.

-          Because of the Kirkwood-Webster Groves High School Football game that takes place on Thanksgiving in St. Louis, The Cardinals hosting the game proved to be unpopular. Therefore, the Dallas Cowboys returned the hosting the game in 1978. Because of this reason, the now St. Louis Rams have not played on Thanksgiving for the same reason.

Thanksgiving-Football-01-         From 1989-2001, John Madden awarded the “Turkey Leg Award,” for the game’s most valuable player. It was an actual cooked turkey leg, and players typically took a bite out of the leg for the cameras during post-game interviews. Reggie White of the Eagles was the first recipient.

-          Since the NFL Re-Alignment in 2002, the AFC North is the only Division not to feature a team to play on Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Football Pigskin Instead of Turkey Dinner-          The AFC North is currently locked out of the schedule rotation due to the Lions and Cowboys playing against the NFC in the years those teams play that division.

-          The last time an AFC North team played on Thanksgiving was when it was the AFC Central. The Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the Detroit Lions in Overtime in the game best known for the “Coin Toss Controversy”.

-          That changed in 2010 when the Cincinnati Bengals hosted the New York Jets for the night game.

-          Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt lobbied for an AFC team to host a Thanksgiving game and lobbied in favor of his Chiefs for the game.

-          In 2006, as part of a compromise the Lions and Cowboys will keep their Traditional games and the NFL added a 3rd tripleheader night game. The night game hosts are rotated every year. The Kansas City Chiefs hosted the first Thanksgiving Night Game, beating the Denver Broncos 19-10.

-          The 3rd night game was hosted by the NFL Network from 2006-2011. NBC began broadcasting the night game in 2012.

-           2007-2011, the NFL Network gave out the “Pudding Pie Award” for night game MVPs. The award was an actual pie. In 2009, Brandon Marshall was giving a pumpkin pie rather than the usual chocolate pudding pie.

-          Rule changes in the 2012-22 television contracts permit the Detroit/Dallas rotation to be flexed out, allowing two AFC teams to play each other on CBS, Detroit and Dallas to host NFC teams, provided one game is on NBC and the other is on Fox.

-          The only two NFL Franchises who have never played a game on Thanksgiving are the two 1995 Expansion teams, the Carolina Panthers and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

-          The Browns have not appeared since the rejoining the league as an expansion team in 1999, and the Rams have not played since relocating to St. Louis.

-          The 2012 evening match-up is infamous for the Butt Fumble, an incident in which New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez  ran headfirst into the buttocks of his own offensive lineman, fumbling the ball. The ball was recovered by the New England Patriots, who returned it for a touchdown and eventually won the game.

-          Thanksgiving Day game in 2013 will mark the Lions’ 73rd, with a record of 33-37-2

-          The team with the 2nd most Turkey Day games are the Dallas Cowboys, playing this year for the 44th year with a record of  28 -15-1

Joey Rivaldo Contributed to this article

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Ravens Report: Week 13 Chargers http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/ravens-report-week-13-chargers/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/ravens-report-week-13-chargers/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:00:37 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=144943 Welcome to the Ravens Report with your host Turron Davenport of Pro Player Insiders and the Baltimore Times. It’s week 13 and the San Diego Chargers come to town. Check out the three keys to the game, the three key matchups and don’t forget the Five Minute Fantasy Football Fix segment with Peter Clarke of Pro Player Insiders. This week we introduce you to the QB Crosshairs segment with the Quru…Brad Smith.

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Torrey Smith Foundation Thanksgiving Celebration http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/torrey-smith-foundation-thanksgiving-celebration/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/torrey-smith-foundation-thanksgiving-celebration/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:00:24 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=144938 Torrey Smith Foundation Brings Festive Thanksgiving Celebration to 100 Participants of Baltimore’s Living Classrooms Community


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BALTIMORE, MD – Ravens’ wide receiver Torrey Smith hosted 100 children from Baltimore’s Living Classrooms’ P.O.W.E.R. House Community Center for a festive celebration and traditional Thanksgiving meal, donated by Jimmy’s Famous Seafood Tuesday evening.

The program, Torrey’s Turkey Day, provided an evening filled with fun and feasting to Baltimore children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to celebrate. Torrey and his wife, Chanel, surprised the students, ages 6-14, by extending their daily after-school programming lead by P.O.W.E.R. House. They spent a few hours playing games like Simon Says, decorating a “We are Thankful” Banner and jumping in the Photo Booth.

“One big focus of our foundation is to give kids a mentor, a role model. We love to partner with organizations like Living Classrooms because you can tell that they give that to their students.”

Living Classrooms’ P.O.W.E.R. House has been open for almost three years now. It is located directly in Baltimore’s largest public housing community, Perkins Homes. They offer services to children of the neighborhood in five core areas: Education and Career Development, Character and Civic Development, Health and Life Skills, The Arts and Cultural Enrichment, and Health and Wellness.

“Living Classrooms is grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Torrey Smith Foundation. It was such a joy for everyone to be with Torrey, Chanel, and TJ” said James Piper Bond, President and CEO of Living Classrooms.

Torrey’s Turkey Day is one of five programs that the Foundation hosts annually. Next up, the Torrey Smith Foundation is planning a Christmas Program called Teaming up with Torrey. Fans can help donate new toys and coats of any size to the cause by visiting the Fallston Walmart this Holiday Season.

About the Torrey Smith Foundation
The mission of the Torrey Smith Foundation is to provide educational support and resources to children up and down The Beltway. The goal is to have touched the lives of more than 35,000 children by 2016. Learn more at TorreySmith.org.

About Living Classrooms
Living Classrooms Foundation is a Baltimore-Washington based nonprofit organization that strengthens communities and inspires young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education, job training, and community service programs, using urban, natural, and maritime settings as “living classrooms.” Visit livingclassrooms.org for more information.

About Jimmy’s Famous Seafood
Jimmy’s Famous Seafood is the product of The American Dream; Built by the late Demetrios “Jimmy” Minadakis in 1974, an immigrant from the tiny village of Arkasa, located on the Greek Island of Karpathos. Jimmy started with a bar & carry-out, and methodically expanded the empire to eventually include what presently stands here on Holabird Avenue. Following his untimely passing in 2003, “The Famous” was inherited by Jimmy’s sons, who continue to lead Jimmy’s to unprecedented heights with the same passion, tirelessness, and foresight that their father was renowned for. Visit jimmysfamousseafood.net for more information.

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Coach Philbin, Dolphins Players Help Give 500 Thanksgiving Meals http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/coach-philbin-dolphins-players-help-give-500-thanksgiving-meals/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/coach-philbin-dolphins-players-help-give-500-thanksgiving-meals/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 03:17:42 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=144920 Miami Dolphins players, coaches, mascot T.D. and Miami Dolphins Women’s Organization members (MDWO), in partnership with Publix, distributed 500 Publix Thanksgiving Dinners to 50 nonprofit partner agencies selected by Feeding South Florida.

“Feeding South Florida is grateful for the ongoing support of the Miami Dolphins throughout the year, but especially during the holidays. Thanks to the players, coaches, wives and team for helping serve 500 families struggling to put food on the table,” said Feeding South Florida Vice President of Community Relations Sari Vatske.

Coach Joe Philbin kicked off the event welcoming families to Doctor’s Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University. Members of the Miami Dolphins family were there to greet families when they arrived, escort them through the distribution line, then assist in taking the meals to the families’ cars.

“It’s great that Publix is involved, Feeding South Florida and the players just do a fantastic job as well as the coaches and staff that are generous giving both their financial support and their time to people who are less fortunate in the community. Thanksgiving is a special holiday for everybody, for families. And that we can make a small difference in the lives of these families is great.”

The meals, which include a turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, turkey gravy, cranberry orange relish and a marshmallow delight, feed a family of 7-10 members. The meals were funded by Miami Dolphins players and coaches.

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Thanksgiving Day NFL Game Preview http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/thanksgiving-day-nfl-game-preview/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/thanksgiving-day-nfl-game-preview/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 02:27:26 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=144866 Thanksgiving day football games are a special tradition have been part of the NFL since the beginning.  With the Lions at 7-4 and the Cowboys at 8-3 this year’s games have a lot more meaning than in recent years. With three big NFC games and playoff implications on the line it makes for a great day of football on turkey day.

Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions

The first of three games will kickoff at 12:30 pm est where the Lion will host the Bears. The Lions are coming off two strait losses to top teams in the NFL and are looking to bounce back.

The Lions running game has not helped out Matthew Stafford at all this season ranking 30th. Reggie Bush has been a non factor this season dealing with injuries for most of the year. Joique Bell has also been dealing with injuries as well this season, but will be the lead back this Thursday as he looks to turn this rushing attack around.

Golden TateLook for the Lions to air it out to Calvin “Megatron” Johnson who has scored a touchdown in the previous two Thanksgiving day games. On the opposing side of the field Golden Tate is having a fantastic season reeling in 72 catches for 1,047 yards and 3 touchdowns. This aerial attack has the potential to go wild against a very weak Chicago secondary ranking 28th.

On the other side of the football the Lions have been benefiting from a fantastic year on defense. The defense has been elite this season and will be put to the test again with a very talented Bear offense. Though the Bears have struggled most of the season, they come to Ford Field on a two game winning streak and seem to be clicking on offense.

For the Lions to come out with the victory in this game they will need to have another solid performance on defense as they have been all year. Stafford needs to be effective throwing the football and take advantage of the weak Bears secondary. Look for both Megatron and Golden Tate to have big games receiving.

The Bears have not had the season they hoped for at the start of the year sitting at 5-6. Since their bye week they seem to have rallied together riding a two game win streak. With a win at Ford Field Thursday the Bears can improve to a .500, 6-6 record.

To do this they will need to put all of that offensive talent to work. Matt Forte is quietly, as he always does, having another great season. Forte has 822 yards on the ground and 598 yards receiving with 8 total touchdowns. Facing a very tough Lions defense yards will be hard to come by but Forte is the engine behind this offense and the Bears will look to get him going early.

With a struggling secondary that has a very tough task covering the Lions receivers this Thursday, it will be on the offense to keep pace with the Lions if they want to win this game. They do have the weapons with Forte, Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall to compete. Jay Cutler will have to be on top of his game and get his play makers the football.

I do think the Bears will have some big plays throughout this game but in the end I see the Lions coming out with the victory by a score of 27-18.

Philadelphia Eagles @ Dallas Cowboys

The second game of the day is a very intriguing divisional match-up where the winner will have sole possession of first place in the division. With both teams holding a record of 8-3, this will be a game to watch Thursday.

The Cowboys are coming off a victory needing some late game heroics by quarterback Tony Romo. Even though Romo was throwing the football, the reason for his success on the final drive was the amount of time he had to throw the ball.

The play of the Cowboys offensive line has been outstanding all season. A key match-up in this game will be the Cowboys offensive line against a good Eagles defensive line. The battle in the trenches could decide the outcome of this game.

Mark Sanchez will certainly play a factor the game as he is 2-1 since taking the reins with Nick Foles out. Sanchez has given the Eagles confidence he can fill in and be successful. Jordan Matthews has been an emerging force since Sanchez has taken over with 18 catches, 322 yards and 3 touchdowns over the last 3 games.

DeMarco Murray Both defenses have been playing well this season but this game does have the potential to be a high scoring thriller. Demarco Murray and LeSean McCoy have both been running all over defenses this season. It will be exciting to watch these to good runningbacks compete against each other.

Even though the Cowboys are playing at home I think the Eagles are going to come into town and pull it off. McCoy will have a good game on the ground and Sanchez will make just enough plays to come out with a win. With a final score of 23-20 the Eagles get it done on Thanksgiving.

Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco 49ers

With a kickoff at 8:30 est it could be hard for a lot of people to stay awake for this one after eating more than necessary all day. The NFL is doing their best to keep you tuned in by giving you a heavyweight rivalry.

Both teams are trailing the Arizona Cardinals in the division by two games. With both teams sitting at 7-4 this game could have big playoff implications. The outcome will give the winning team the upper hand in a very tight NFC playoff race.

The Seahawks are coming off a big win last weekend over the division leading Cardinals. Marshawn Lynch has been in total beast mode over the last few games. He will play a huge role in this game as the 49ers have been getting healthy on defense. Stopping the beast will be no easy task for the 49er defense as he is a load to bring down.Russell WilsonRussel Wilson has been playing well lately, doing a lot with his legs. His opposition, Colin Kaepernick, has also been known to use his legs efficiently. This is a good match-up between two young quarterbacks that have made their teams successful since they took over then helm.

On the defensive side of the ball, these teams have made it known they are going to play a physical game. The 49er defense has been getting players back from injury and suspensions. Playing better and better as the weeks go by this is a great test for them to see if they can stop Lynch and Wilson. The Seattle defense will also have a very tough task in containing Kaepernick.

These two teams could not be more similar, leaving you with one hell of night cap for Thanksgiving day. I see home field advantage playing a big role in this game. Seattle will have to play without its 12th man in this game and that could determine the outcome. I look for the 49ers to squeeze away a game at home against the defending Super Bowl Champion Seahawks by a score of 21-20.

I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy time with family, friends, football, and of course delicious food.

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Chargers help keep hope alive, host 36th annual blood drive http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/chargers-help-keep-hope-alive-host-36th-annual-blood-drive/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/chargers-help-keep-hope-alive-host-36th-annual-blood-drive/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 02:12:26 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=144818 The San Diego Chargers are no stranger to giving back to its fan base and community. Partnering with the San Diego Blood Bank, the franchise continued one of its most storied traditions of the season on Tuesday, kicking off Chargers Blood Drive XXXVI.

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Presented by The San Diego Credit Union, The daylong event was held at the Town & Country Convention Center in Mission Valley. Besides making a difference in someone’s life, donors and participants were treated to food, refreshments, entertainment and the opportunity to receive autographs from Chargers players and Charger Girls. Additionally, attendees got to experience an expanded “Wellness Zone” that contained a special walk-through exhibit of the human heart and participants got to learn how a blood sample is used for clinical research.

“This is the 36th year of this event, and I was just thinking back how I’ve been to 31 of these blood drives”, said Chargers President Dean Spanos.  “It’s very special to me because this is not just about the Chargers; this is about the community and the fans.  Even if they are not Chargers fans, people are coming out and donating.  This is about the city of San Diego, the good people of San Diego and all that they do.” (Henne)

The origin of the blood drive began in 1979, when former Chargers placekicker Rolf Benirschke developed ulcerative colitis. The condition required two surgeries to remove his large intestine and required approximately 80 pints of blood. Chargers team officials contacted the San Diego Blood Bank and requested donation collections, and the following day, approximately 1,000 fans were in attendance at the stadium and nearly 300 pints of blood were donated.

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For this special day of the city, Charger players jumped at the opportunity to be a part of this historical event, as nearly the entire team was in attendance  signing autographs, taking pictures and meeting and greeting donors and guests alike.

“One person donating can save three people’s lives,” said Chargers kicker Nick Novak.  “Every year thousands of people show up.  This is the largest Blood Drive in California, so the best part about it is talking to the people donating.  They are the true heroes who take time out of the day at such a critical time of year.  This is a really important event to make sure our blood banks are full.”  (Henne)

Since its inception thirty-six years ago, The Chargers Blood Drive has become more than just a centralized city event. Collecting more than 73,000 pints of blood and helping over 200,000 people, the event was awarded a world record as the world’s largest one day, single location blood drive in 1993. As it has continued to grow through the years, the event has come to be recognized as one of the biggest annual blood drives in the country.

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NFL: NFC West Week 13 Game Previews http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/nfl-nfc-west-week-13-game-previews/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/nfl-nfc-west-week-13-game-previews/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 02:00:08 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=144891 The NFC West got a little tighter in week 12. The division leading Arizona Cardinals stumbled in a divisional matchup with the defending Superbowl champion Seattle Seahawks by the score of 19-3. The San Francisco 49ers continued their train ride up the division by beating the pesky Washington Redskins team, 17-13. And once again, the St Louis Rams fought hard and played hard, but ended up coming up short, losing the San Diego Chargers, 27-24. So without further ado, let’s get right to the NFC West Week 13 Game Previews:

 

Arizona Cardinals (9-2) at Atlanta Falcons (4-7) +2.5

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Last week the Arizona Cardinals tasted defeat for the 1st time since week 5. The Seahawks were able to attack the Cardinals from start to finish. They were never really a threat in this game. Coach Bruce Arians has said they need more from Andre Ellington if they are to get back on the winning track. Ellington has struggled the entire year with various nagging injuries, but has been able to start every game this year.

The Cardinals will get somewhat of a break this week as the face the struggling Atlanta Falcons. They have been the worst team in the league stopping the run and haven’t exactly been the 85 Bears against the pass either. They are coming off a loss to the Cleveland Browns in which Brian Hoyer led a final minute drive down the field to setup the game winning FG. I think this will be Ellington’s breakout game with one or two TDs and we may see Michael Floyd catch a TD also.

Prediction: Cardinals 24, Falcons 20

 

San Francisco 49ers (7-4) vs Seattle Seahawks (7-4) +1

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Once again, the 49ers found a way to get it done. They still seem to be playing down to their opponent’s level of competition, but a win is a win. The 3rd straight win gets them back in the running for the last playoff spot. They still trail in the division by two games, but with the Detroit Lion’s loss to the New England Patriots, the 49ers are right in the middle of the chase with five weeks left. They hope to continue their winning streak in what will be a tough stretch of games that will include two games against Seattle and one against Arizona.

The Seahawks also continued their winning ways. They have won 4 of their last 5 and need to probably win 3-4 of their final 5 games to get in the playoffs in what will be a demolition course of a conference. Marshawn Lynch has been carrying the load with Russell Wilson using his legs more than his arm lately. To be the Niners, they may have to air it out more as the Niners have a good run defense, but it will be an interesting game to watch on Thanksgiving night.

This is a rematch of the NFC Championship game last year and it was known to most people as the REAL Superbowl. Now as they play for the 1st time of twice in three week, this game will be essential for both teams to continue their run to try to make it back into the playoffs this year. It’s probably more important to the Niners because they are at home, a loss here could be the nail in their coffin. Because of that, I think the 49ers have the slight edge in what should be a great treat of a game for the fans.

Prediction: 49ers 23, Seahawks 17

 

St Louis Rams (4-7) vs Oakland Raiders (1-10) +7

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They say that a division is as good as its weakest member. With that being said, the Rams are proving why the NFC West is the still one of the best divisions in football. The Rams were a late turnover away from pulling off another upset, this time against the San Diego Chargers. If you ask me how they’ve done it this every week, it’s hard to put your finger on the exact reason. However, after starting the 1st five games with only one sack, their defense has attacked the opposing team’s QB constantly.

Every week the Rams go into the game as the underdog, but for once, they will be the favorite, and not only a favorite, but a big one. The Oakland Raiders got their 1st win of the year last Wednesday and they are better than their record indicates. Latavius Murray, who ran for over 100 yards and 2 TDs on only 4 carries last week, is cleared and ready to play after sustaining a concussion last week. I do thing the Rams will pull this one out, but it wouldn’t surprise me at all if the Raiders pulled off their 2nd straight.

Prediction: Rams 20, Raiders 17

 

And that’s your NFC West Week 13 Game Previews. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and enjoy the games.

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NFLPA Community MVP: Calais Campbell http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/nflpa-community-mvp-calais-campbell/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/nflpa-community-mvp-calais-campbell/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:02:36 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=144888

Editor’s Note: The NFLPA Community MVP recognizes players who are making a positive impact in their local communities. Each week, the NFLPA will celebrate one player who recently demonstrated his commitment to giving back to his community, and will make a donation to the player’s foundation or cause in support. This week’s #CommunityMVP is Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell for handing out 300 Thanksgiving meals on Tuesday through his CRC Foundation. He is also being recognized for his foundation’s weekly “Cheer for a Cause” program, which randomly selects one fan at every Cardinals game and makes a donation to the charity of his or her choice.

Every year, players on NFL teams elect one of their teammates to receive the prestigious Walter Payton Man of the Year award, an honor that acknowledges the player making the biggest impact both on the field and in the community. For the second time in Calais Campbell’s career, the star defensive end for the Arizona Cardinals was named the Cardinals’ nominee for the award.

A very small percentage of NFL players have managed to serve as a nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, nonetheless earn the honor twice in four years. It’s a testament to Campbell’s sustained commitment to improving his community.

Campbell credits his father for teaching him the value of being generous with your time and active in your community. In fact, when Campbell decided to start his own foundation, he used the opportunity to honor the man who raised him. He called his foundation the CRC Foundation, after his father Charles Richard Campbell.

“My father instilled the importance of giving back, helping those who are less fortunate and the value in education into me and my brothers and sisters before he passed,” Campbell told NFLPA.com. “And it’s important for me to carry on that legacy through the CRC Foundation.”

Through his success in the NFL, Campbell found himself in the best position to continue his father’s legacy. In the spirit of family, Campbell’s five brothers and two sisters are active with the CRC Foundation, and often work with him to put on foundation events.

“Even though our family went through some tough times, we always made a point to help others and that’s one of the things I want people to take away from the CRC Foundation,” Campbell said.

Since its inception in 2013, the CRC Foundation has been a fixture in the Arizona community. The foundation is perpetually active, with both annual and weekly events that support an array of causes.

This week, Campbell’s CRC Foundation passed out 300 turkeys and Thanksgiving dinners to those in need. Before going into work at the Cardinals practice facility, Campbell personally helped drop off 150 of the 300 turkeys and thanksgiving meals at South Pointe Elementary in Phoenix. Afterwards, he participated in the school’s turkey trot at a local park.

“I love interacting with kids since I still feel like a big kid myself,” Campbell said. “That’s always my favorite part of every event.”

Although Campbell had to go to work following the delivery of the initial 150 Thanksgiving meals, his foundation was able to provide another 150 turkeys and meals across Phoenix to needy individuals, churches, schools and families.

“I hope that we made a few holidays brighter with the hard work we put in today,” Campbell said.

Since 2012, Campbell’s Thanksgiving event has been one of the CRC Foundation’s most recognizable annual initiatives. However, his most unique initiative is the Cheer for a Cause campaign, which provides a Cardinals fan with the opportunity to select a charity of their choice to receive a donation from the CRC Foundation. For home games, one fan wearing a Calais Campbell jersey is selected from the crowd. During away games, fans participate via social media by tweeting pictures of themselves in their Campbell jerseys cheering on the team.

The total amount of the donation is based on Campbell’s performance that game. Campbell’s CRC Foundation will donate $500 for a team win, $1,000 for a one-sack game, and culminates with $15,000 for a five-sack game. A blocked kick will earn the fan’s charity $5,000.

“Because I had three sacks against Seattle, this last week’s winner, Peter Gloria, got to pick where $6,000 should be donated,” Campbell said. “He selected Pan de Vida, which helps kids in Queen Creek. We’ve had some of our winners select animal shelters, the Wounded Warrior Foundation—a whole variety of causes.”

In past weeks, additional organizations that fans have chosen include the American Cancer Society and the Lupus Foundation of America.

“That is really cool for me to see all these great organizations Cardinals fans support and it motivates me to play better so I can write a bigger check each week,” he said. “I hope to donate a lot more money to my fan’s favorite causes through Cheer for A Cause, because that means not only am I helping out the Phoenix community, but the Cardinals will be winning.”

In December, his foundation will host another annual holiday event, “Christmas with Calais”. It is the CRC Foundation’s oldest annual event, entering its sixth year, and Campbell says it is one of his favorite days of the year.

“I will take 60 kids on a $200 Christmas shopping spree. Santa stops by, we have dinner, and I count on some of my teammates to help out,” he said.

Another original CRC Foundation initiative is the “Right Track” after-school program. Campbell created the program to reach out to children in the Phoenix Valley between the ages of 6 and 14. It offers youth access to tutoring, mentoring, and life skills they may not have access too otherwise.

With such a variety of programs, Campbell and his CRC Foundation touch the lives of people all across the Arizona community.

To learn more about the CRC Foundation and its numerous initiatives, please visit http://thecrcfoundation.org/.

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Washington Redskins Direction Is In Question After Benching Robert Griffin III http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/washington-redskins-direction-question-benching-robert-griffin-iii/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/washington-redskins-direction-question-benching-robert-griffin-iii/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:05:11 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=144815 The Washington Redskins have officially benched QB Robert Griffin III in favor of Colt McCoy after two ineffective games at helm against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Francisco 49ers.

This isn’t a statement move by Jay Gruden. A statement move would be benching Ryan Clark. The locker room was given exactly what they wanted at this point. This, in my opinion, is a power move by Gruden. His approach to handling this QB and front office is one that I’ve never seen before. I’m highly interested in seeing if it works. He’s almost being insubordinate. He’s playing with fire. That could turn out to be a positive. But it’s high risk, high reward.

Robert Griffin III has not played well, making this decision from an on-field standpoint easy. His mechanics have been bad, he’s not seeing the field well at all and he appears to be unwilling to throw the football into tight spaces. On film, it’s almost as if Griffin isn’t trusting his receivers to get open. He won’t throw the football until they’re clearly open and have their head turned to the football. His anticipation skills simply are not there right now. He’s not completely all-in on playing as a dual threat Quarterback. Griffin has struggled with the basics. He simply has not given this team a chance to win for over a year now. He’s been highly erratic and from a present-tense football standpoint, it’s not surprising that Gruden made the move.

Many believe this isn’t the end for Griffin in Washington, but I don’t know how you repair that bridge. How can Robert Griffin III trust this organization? They have failed him and in turn Griffin is failing the team.

The Washington Redskins mismanaged Robert Griffin III day one. They blocked him from media, they treated him like the President of these United States of America and that in turn polluted his mind. They empowered him. Not to mention, the perception of Griffin started to change in both the public and his teammate’s minds. This all happened day one.

They left him to die in that Seattle Seahawks playoff game in 2013. The team went on to totally disrespect the game of professional football by starting Griffin for the 2013 season after zero meaningful off-season snaps. Griffin displayed horrible mechanics that year and played as if the game was too fast for him.

2014 was supposed to be the year Griffin would get coached up and molded into a true NFL Quarterback. But it hasn’t happened. Jay Gruden is not a QB Guru, as quiet as it’s kept. He has not proven to be that.  Yet, he decided not to hire a QB coach and has a first time offensive coordinator that has never coached QBs in his life.

What exactly did the Redskins do to help Griffin become a better quarterback this off-season? The hire of Jay Gruden was impulsive. While I like him as a coach and am interested in seeing if he’s capable of changing the culture at Redskins Park, the truth is GM Bruce Allen decided on Jay Gruden early in the 2013 season. Once Allen realized Stanford Head Coach and close friend David Shaw wasn’t interested in the NFL — it was Gruden and that mindset wasn’t changing. All Bruce Allen did was kill time during the coaching hunt, while waiting for Gruden and the Cincinnati Bengals to complete their playoff game. Bruce Allen did nothing but kick stones with other coaching candidates. None of them had a legitimate chance.

Bruce Allen is determined to continue building his family atmosphere at Redskins Park with coaches he’s friends with. That organization is too lazy to operate the way good organizations do. They don’t believe in a process. They have no patience. They have no direction.

Where do they go now? You’ve benched the “believed” franchise QB that they’ve basically run out the building. You’ve burned a bridge with Kirk Cousins, who also appeared to show some signs of regression with his fundamentals this season. They have no plan and they have no future. It’s vintage Washington Redskins. This is business as usual. All things end disastrously in Washington. They’ll regret this when Robert Griffin III is tearing it up for another team.

 

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Josh Huff named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/josh-huff-named-nfc-special-teams-player-week/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/josh-huff-named-nfc-special-teams-player-week/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:04:47 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=144883  

Rookie kick returner JOSH HUFF of the Philadelphia Eagles was named the NFC Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the 12th week of the 2014 season (November 20, 23-24), the NFL announced today.

  • Huff returned the opening kickoff 107 yards for a touchdown, the longest score in franchise history, in the Eagles’ 43-24 win over Tennessee.
  • Huff and CHRIS POLK (102 yards, Week 3) have each recorded a 100+ yard kickoff-return touchdown this season for the Eagles. Philadelphia is the first team since the 1970 Green Bay Packers to have two players each return a kickoff 100+ yards for a touchdown.
  • Nine different Eagles have scored a return touchdown, tied for the most in a single season in NFL history.
  • Huff’s 107-yard return touchdown is the second-longest on the opening kickoff in NFL history (CORDARRELLEPATTERSON, 109 yards).
  • In his rookie season from Oregon, this is Huff’s first career Player of the Week Award.
  • Huff is the first Eagles rookie to be named Special Teams Player of the Week.

 

 

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Kam Chancellor named NFC Defensive Player of Week http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/kam-chancellor-named-nfc-defensive-player-week/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/kam-chancellor-named-nfc-defensive-player-week/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:25:09 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=144863 Safety KAM CHANCELLOR of the Seattle Seahawks was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for games played the 12th week of the 2014 season (November 20, 23-24), the NFL announced today.

  • Chancellor tied for the club lead with eight tackles, including a team-best seven solo tackles, in the Seahawks’ 19-3 win over Arizona.
  • He led a defensive unit that limited the Cardinals to 204 total net yards of offense (64 rushing, 140 passing), the fewest Seattle has allowed this season.
  • Five of Chancellor’s eight tackles came within three yards or behind the line of scrimmage, including two tackles for no gain.
  • The Seahawks’ 204 net yards allowed are the fewest by a team against an opponent that entered the game with a 9-1 or better record this late in the season since 2011 (Baltimore, 170 yards, November 24 vs. San Francisco).
  • In his fifth year from Virginia Tech, this is Chancellor’s second career Player of the Week Award and second this season (Week 3).
  • Chancellor is the first Seahawks safety to be named Defensive Player of the Week twice in the same season.
  • He joins cornerbacks RICHARD SHERMAN (2013) and ROBERT BLACKMON (1995) as the only Seahawks to be named Defensive Player of the Week multiple times in a single season.
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Eddie Lacy named NFC Offensive Player of the Week http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/eddie-lacy-named-nfc-offensive-player-week/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/eddie-lacy-named-nfc-offensive-player-week/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:06:04 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=144860  

Running back EDDIE LACY of the Green Bay Packers was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for games played the 12th week of the 2014 season (November 20, 23-24), the NFL announced today.

  • Lacy had 138 scrimmage yards, including 125 rushing yards, and scored two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving) in the Packers’ 24-21 win at Minnesota.
  • He had a one-yard touchdown run to open the scoring in the first quarter and then gave Green Bay an 11-point lead with a 10-yard touchdown catch off a shovel pass with 8:34 remaining in the game.
  • After the Vikings cut the Packers’ lead to three with 3:28 left in the game, Lacy ran five consecutive times to gain 27 yards and two first downs to seal the victory by running out the clock.
  • Lacy is the first running back in franchise history to gain at least 100 scrimmage yards and have a touchdown catch in three consecutive games.
  • Lacy, who rushed for 105 yards against Minnesota in Week 5, joins GALE SAYERSWALTER PAYTONBILLY SIMS andBARRY SANDERS as the only players in NFL history to have two 100-yard rushing games against the Vikings in a single season.
  • In his second season from Alabama, this is Lacy’s second career Player of the Week Award (Week 15, 2013).
  • He is the first Packer to be named Offensive Player of the Week in both his rookie and second season.
  • Lacy and AHMAN GREEN (six times) are the only Green Bay running backs to be named Offensive Player of the Week multiple times.

 

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Boobie Dixon named AFC Special Teams Player of Week http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/boobie-dixon-named-afc-special-teams-player-week/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/boobie-dixon-named-afc-special-teams-player-week/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:51:12 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=144854 Running back BOOBIE DIXON of the Buffalo Bills was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for games played in the 12th week of the 2014 season (November 20, 23-24), the NFL announced today.

  • Dixon blocked a punt that was recovered in the end zone for a touchdown in the Bills’ 38-3 win against the New York Jets at Detroit’s Ford Field on Monday night.
  • In the third quarter, Dixon blocked RYAN QUIGLEY’s punt at the goal line and linebacker MANNY LAWSON recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown that provided the Bills with a 24-3 lead.
  • Dixon, who also blocked a punt in Week 2 against Miami, is the first Bills player with two blocked punts in a season sinceSTEVE TASKER in 1990.
  • He also rushed for 54 yards on 12 carries (4.5 average) and capped the scoring with a career-long 30-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
  • In his fifth season from Mississippi State, this is Dixon’s first career Player of the Week Award.
  • He is the third Bills player to be named Special Teams Player of the Week this season, joining kicker DAN CARPENTER(Kickoff Weekend) and running back-kick returner C.J. SPILLER (Week 2).

 

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