Pro Player Insiders Executive Editor Melissa Mahler http://proplayerinsiders.com Behind the scenes look at lives and lifestyles of NFL players and their families plus sports news, interviews & events Sun, 15 Sep 2019 23:45:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Buffalo Headed Home 2-0 http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/buffalo-headed-home-2-0/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/buffalo-headed-home-2-0/#comments Sun, 15 Sep 2019 23:45:02 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=175988 When the 2019 season is all said and done, the Buffalo Bills may have more wins inside MetLife Stadium than the New York Giants. The Bills showed up in East Rutherford, New Jersey and took care of business for the second straight week, this time defeating the Giants 28-14. The victory this week would be less of a steal, and more of a win.

Saquon Barkley and the Giants would come out rumbling in their first possession, going 75 yards in just a five-play drive that would be capped off with a 27-yard touchdown run by the second year running back. Barkley would have four carries for 55 yards and a score on that drive but would only add 52 more yards to his total over the next 57 minutes.

After going three-and-out on their first drive, quarterback, Josh Allen, and the Bills offense would start to find their groove, scoring touchdowns on their next three drives. In the Bills second drive, Allen would put the stamp on a 75-yard drive with a six-yard touchdown run. In drive number three, rookie running back, Devin Singletary, would find the edge and scamper for a 14-yard touchdown run. Allen would find wide receiver, Cole Beasley, in drive four for a 51-yard gain that would set up a 14-yard touchdown reception for Isaiah McKenzie just a play later. Suddenly, the Bills found themselves up 21-7 with all of the momentum.

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Josh Allen celebrates with teammates after his six-yard touchdown run.

The Giants would attempt to make it a game in the fourth quarter when quarterback, Eli Manning, connected with receiver, T.J. Jones, for a four-yard touchdown but, the Bills would immediately answer on their next drive with a touchdown of their own. The ageless wonder, Frank Gore, punched in a one-yard touchdown run with just under six minutes left in the fourth quarter, his first of the season. It would be the last score of the game.

At 2-0, the Bills find themselves atop the division with the New England Patriots (2-0) and will head back to Buffalo for their home-opener against the Cincinnati Bengals in week three. The Bengals were embarrassed today at home against the San Francisco 49ers and if Allen can limit turnovers like he did today, there’s no reason to think the Bills can’t be 3-0 when the defending World Champions come to New Era Field in week four.

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Seattle Seahawks Escape A Late Comeback From the Steelers 28-26 http://proplayerinsiders.com/news-features-featured-on-homepage/seattle-seahawks-escape-late-comeback-steelers-28-26/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/news-features-featured-on-homepage/seattle-seahawks-escape-late-comeback-steelers-28-26/#comments Sun, 15 Sep 2019 20:15:55 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=175969 Seattle, WA- After getting a win last week, the Seattle Seahawks faced the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday as they tried to keep their momentum going. In the first half, the Seahawks struggled to find any type of rhythm. The offensive line in the first quarter allowed Russell Wilson to get sacked three times and had no answer for the Steelers’ pressure.

Late in the first quarter when Seattle looked like they had a promising drive, they fumbled the ball around the 40-yard line, which gave the Steelers great field position to work with. The Steelers capitalized off the turnover and running back James Conner caught a 1-yard pass in the endzone to go up 7-0 against the Seahawks.

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The Seahawks climbed out of the early deficit with a drive of their own. With some big gains from Chris Carson and some plays down the field to open up the Steelers’ defense. Will Dissly caught a 14-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 7-7.

Late in the second quarter, the Steelers killed themselves on a potential touchdown drive, because of a crucial holding call, so they had to resort to kicking a field goal. The field goal attempt was successful and put the Steelers back up 10-7 at the half.

However, at the start of the second half, Ben Roethlisberger did not start, because of a right elbow injury that he injured in the second quarter. Mason Rudolph started in place of him. While the Steelers were trying to figure out what they were going to do offensively, the Seahawks struck gold on their first possession in the second half. Wilson threw a perfect pass over the top of the defenders’ head to Will Dissly for a Seahawks touchdown to make it 14-10.

On the second possession for the Steelers in the second, Rudolph threw a bomb to the speedy Juju Smith Schuster to put the Steelers in position in field goal position. The field goal attempt was good and the Steelers cut the deficit 14-13.

On the next possession, the Seahawks scored on a Rashaad Penny 20-yard scamper to extend the lead 21-13 and then the Steelers followed up with a touchdown of their own but failed at the two-point conversion to make it a 21-19.

In the next series of plays, Wilson escaped the Steelers’ pass rush and threw a 40-yard strike to Metcalf to extend the lead 28-19, but the Steelers came rolling back with another touchdown of their own to make it a 28-26.

Under two minutes left in regulation and a crucial fourth and one, the Seahawks put their trust in Carson to put the game away and he did just that. The Seahawks escape a crazy game to go 2-0.

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Déjà Vu, Bills Look to Win First Two http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/deja-vu-bills-look-win-first-two/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/deja-vu-bills-look-win-first-two/#comments Sun, 15 Sep 2019 07:15:37 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=175966 In what feels like déjà vu, the Buffalo Bills will return to MetLife Stadium for the second straight week, this time to take on the New York Giants. If the Bills can steal another one from East Rutherford, New Jersey, it will be the first time they’ve gone 2-0 since 2014. While the Bills went 9-7 that year and failed to make the playoffs, statistics show teams that start 2-0 have more than a 70% chance to make the playoffs. Individual wins against the Jets and Giants might not make you a Super Bowl contender, but wins are hard to come by in the NFL, especially on the road.

If the Bills want to start earning respect in the AFC, this is a game they need to win. Many experts believe the Giants will have a top-five pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, and they did nothing to change those beliefs after getting smacked by the Dallas Cowboys in week one. Headed into week two, the Giants are going to need Saquon Barkley and his quads to carry them to victory – literally. New York will be without wide receivers Golden Tate(suspension), Sterling Sheppard (concussion), and may also be without Cody Latimore(calf). Latimore will be a game-time decision, but he anticipates playing. “I think I’m good to go, we’ll see before the game. We’ll see how I’m running around and moving around and make a decision then.”

For Buffalo, there are three keys to victory:

Stop Saquon

Even though Dallas punished the Giants in week one, Barkley still rushed for 120 yards on only 11 carries. He also added 4 receptions for 19 yards. With a depleted New York receiving cast, look for Buffalo to load the box to prevent Barkley from gaining momentum.

Win the turnover battle

This key is directed at second-year quarterback, JoshAllen. The Bills defense has shown they can win games all on their own, but the young signal-called must limit his turnovers. Even against a team like the Giants, Allen can’t expect to steal another win with a four turnover game similar to the one he had last week.

Unleash Devin Singletary 

One of the reasons Buffalo decided to part ways with LeSean McCoy was because of what they saw in Devin Singletary. The third-round pick out of FAU only had four carries last week but managed to amass 70 yards rushing. He also added five receptions for 28 yards. Singletary has already shown he can do it all and he should see a much larger share of the backfield’s workload this week.

Kickoff is scheduled for 1 pm Eastern Time and Buffalo is favored by 1.5 points.

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Pick Six: Tennessee Titans vs Indianapolis Colts http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/titans-colts/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/titans-colts/#comments Sat, 14 Sep 2019 22:56:30 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=175949 The Tennessee Titans were not expected to win in Cleveland by a lot of people, but here we stand with them at 1-0 heading into their home opener. The team they play, the Indianapolis Colts,  have been the definition of “unexpected so far this year, as Andrew Luck surprisingly retired right before the season started. No matter if Luck or any other quarterback is playing for the Colts, they have had the Titans’ number over the years. Is this the day it stops or does it continue? Well, if it isn’t to continue, these six points could be crucial in a win from the Titans.

Offense

1) Paging Corey Davis

The Titans won big in week one versus the Cleveland Browns but wide receiver, Corey Davis, was noticeably absent on the stat sheet. The third-year wide receiver didn’t register a catch. For the Titans offense to be as good as it can be in the passing game, Davis cannot have another performance like this. Whether it was the coverage or the design of plays, the Titans have to get him involved this week and Davis has to work harder to get open.

2) Continue to feed Derrick Henry

The Titans did well last week giving Derrick Henry the football. He had 19 carries for 84 yards and one reception for 75 yards with two total touchdowns. Not bad at all. This week though, the Titans need to keep that same energy with him. He needs at least twenty touches this week and no matter what the success rate is on his runs, it’s good to keep feeding him the football because he is capable of eventually breaking out one of those big runs. Henry can wear on a defense with his 6’3″, 247 pound frame. Players don’t want to tackle someone that size coming down the stretch of a game, especially when Henry has been wearing on them all game.

3)  Take some chances

This point is directly aimed at Marcus Mariota. The talented quarterback has been gunshy about taking chances in the passing game for most of his time here, opting to take the safe play. Well, for this year, that needs to be thrown out the window. He took a few chances against the Browns and this week, he needs to continue that trend if the Titans want to grow even more offensively.

Defense

1) There’s earthquakes and then there’s Cameron Wake

Natural disasters happen. Veterans visiting the fountain of youth doesn’t happen all the time. Cameron Wake seemed to visit that fountain of youth against the Cleveland Browns last week, as he was constantly harassing Baker Mayfield all game long. The Titans will need that same type of effort from Wake against the Colts. He is their most proven pass-rusher and he even on limited snaps, the Titans will need him to come through and put pressure on Jacoby Brissett. The more pressure, the more uncomfortable Brissett will be.

2) Stop the Mack Attack

The Colts have been known as Andrew Luck‘s team for a while, but with him retiring abruptly, the guy that is the engine of the Colts offense is Marlon Mack. He came out the first game of the season against the San Diego Chargers and established himself with 174 yards and one touchdown and in this game, he will be looking to establish himself yet again. The Titans, led by defensive end Jurrell Casey, will have something to say about that and for them to be successful stopping Mack, the onus will be on the front three, led by Casey.

3)  Big plays

The Titans’ defense, especially their secondary, showed up and showed out against the Browns last Sunday, especially in the fourth quarter. The Titans had three big interceptions from their secondary and one of them was returned by Malcolm Butler to the endzone. This week presents the challenge of a young but seasoned quarterback in Brissett and the Titans. Although he has more experience than Mayfield, the Titans must again force some turnovers and make some big plays. Not only could those big plays turn into scores, but they can turn into short fields for their offense, which makes things easier on the Titans offense.

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Injury Update for the Seahawks http://proplayerinsiders.com/news-features-featured-on-homepage/injury-update-seahawks/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/news-features-featured-on-homepage/injury-update-seahawks/#comments Sat, 14 Sep 2019 15:52:10 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=175960 Seattle, WA- Going into Week 2 of the NFL, there have been a lot of key injuries around the league and the Seahawks find themselves being one of the teams that have a lot of injuries that could potentially hurt them in the upcoming weeks.

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Defensive end Ziggy Ansah is a game-time decision. At this moment head coach, Pete Carroll stated that he is almost ready to play. If it is not this week, it may be next week. “He practiced all week long,” Carroll said “He did all right, he practiced all week. He wasn’t limited at this point. He’s almost there, he may be there, we’ll find out, see if we can get him to play this week. He’s getting really close. If he doesn’t go this week, he certainly has a great chance for next week.”

Rookie DE  L.J. Collier has been nursing an ankle injury since training camp and is close with making his debut in the NFL. L.J. is back,” Carroll said. “He’s ready to play in this game if we want to put him up, he can go. He had a great week, and that’s a really good return for him. He worked really hard, he maintained his conditioning through the rehab. He looked really well-conditioned in the practices, it wasn’t overburdening him at all. So in our mind, he can play, we’ve just got to see what the rotations would be if we put him up.”

Other noticeable injuries are: Tedric Thompson (hamstring), defensive tackle Poona Ford (calf), and Neiko Thorpe (hamstring).

The Seahawks are going against an elite defense in the Steelers and need all the help that they can get to get a victory.

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Seahawks Resign Cornerback Jamar Taylor http://proplayerinsiders.com/news-features-featured-on-homepage/seahawks-resign-cornerback-jamar-taylor/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/news-features-featured-on-homepage/seahawks-resign-cornerback-jamar-taylor/#comments Wed, 11 Sep 2019 03:08:22 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=175946 Seattle, WA- The Seattle Seahawks have resigned CB Jamar Taylor and waiver Parry Nickerson Tuesday afternoon. Before the start of the Seahawks’ season against the Bengals, Nickerson was inactive because head coach Pete Carroll said that he did not feel like he was ready and was still figuring out how the Seahawks play.

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Nickerson was acquired from a trade from the New York Jets for a 7th round pick. What the Seahawks are planning to do is if Nickerson can clear waivers, they would sign him to the practice squad. The Seahawks love his work ethic and thinks he can be a great fit for what they are trying to accomplish in the near future.

Taylor was signed today because Ugo Amadi was hurt in the game against the Bengals. Taylor has been in the league since 2013, which will add more of veteran leadership to the team, as well as help out the younger players. Taylor has great awareness and the ability to be a game-changer when called on. It will be interesting to see how the Seahawks will use him during the season.

 

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NFL Week 1: Seven Things You May Have Missed http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/dannys-sunday-seven-week-1/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/dannys-sunday-seven-week-1/#comments Tue, 10 Sep 2019 03:43:58 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=175870 This is the day that most football fans have been waiting for since the Super Bowl back in February. Nothing against the Thursday night game between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears, but opening Sunday of the NFL season is like a football fan’s Christmas. With 13 games on the opening week schedule, there was plenty of things that transpired in almost 12 hours of football. For those who didn’t have a chance to watch all of the games or might have missed something, lets catch you up on the opening Sunday with a weekly recap of the seven things you might have missed.

1. Kansas City Opened Their Season Picking Up Where They Left Off

2. Not One Flag, Not Two Flags, but 18 Penalty Flags

Week one wasn’t very kind to the Cleveland Browns. Besides Baker Mayfield being intercepted three times, including one of them being returned for a touchdown, the Browns committed the most penalties (18) in a single game since 1951. The game went downhill after Cleveland committed four penalties on a single drive that led to a Tennessee Titans touchdown in the second quarter. After that series, Cleveland lost their starting left tackle, Greg Robinson, due to an ejection and the team couldn’t escape the yellow flags flying against them the rest of the game. Only the Oakland Raiders (23 penalties in 2016) have committed more penalties in a single game.

3. Missed Kicks Everywhere

Kicking struggles continued in the NFL on Sunday. A total of eight field goals and five extra points were missed in the 13 games played in week one. Indianapolis Colts kicker, Adam Vinarieri, the league’s oldest kicker, missed two field goals and an extra point in the Colts overtime loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

4. Speaking of the Colts and Chargers, This Game Also Had the Highlight of the Week.

5. Mr. Perfect Shows Up Not Once, but Twice on Sunday

Lamar Jackson couldn’t have imagined his opening day of the 2019 season ending up like this. Not only did his Baltimore Ravens score 59 points against the Miami Dolphins, he finished the day with a picture perfect quarterback rating of 158.3. Lamar finished the game going 17 for 20 for 324 yards and five touchdown passes in the 49 point victory. He started the game completing his first nine passes for 204 yards and threw four of his five touchdown passes in the team’s first 11 minutes with the ball. The last time he had a game similar to this was when he was at Louisville. On September 1st 2016, he went 17 for 23 for 286 yards and 6 touchdowns against Charlotte. His passer rating was 264.5 on that day.

Not to be outdone, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott had a perfect day of his own. After the New York Giants took an early 7-0 lead, Prescott went to work. The next four possessions, Prescott threw four touchdown passes including three of them over 20 yards as the Cowboys took control of the game. He finished 25 for 32 for 403 yards and four touchdown passes. It was his second career 400-yard passing game.

6. Pass Catchers Having Big Games And Plays

Week one included:

  • 16 players having 100 or more receiving yards in a game. (Chicago’s Allen Robinson had 102 on Thursday night)
  • 8 players had three or more catches over 20 yards or more (Robinson had 3 on Thursday night)
  • 6 players had two catches of 40 yards or more
  • 11 touchdown catches were 40 yards or longer, including 4 of them over 68 yards
  • John Brown having all 7  of his catches on the day and they all were either a first down or a touchdown (Evan Engram led the day 8 with combined)

7. Kyler Murray’s Fourth Quarter Magic

The Arizona Cardinals and their fans looked at a 24-6 defect to start the fourth quarter as nothing they have not seen over the last few years. A bleak start to another season with more issues at the quarterback position. But in the span of one quarter, the fate of the franchise going forward might have changed. One rookie quarterback wearing number one, who was also the number one overall pick in last April’s NFL draft, provided the fan base something to cheer about. Kyler Murray spent three quarters looking out of place and Cardinal fans were wondering if new head coach Kiff Kingsbury’s signal-caller was the right fit.

Murray erased everyone’s doubts by completing 15 of 19 in the final quarter and led the team on three scoring drives. He threw two touchdown passes and a two-point conversion as the Cardinals erased an 18 point defect and sent the game into overtime. Even though the Cardinals and Lions finished in a 27-27 tie, Arizona might have found a star in the former Oklahoma signal-caller.

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Gordon-less Chargers Ride Ekeler to OT Victory Over Colts http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/gordon-less-chargers-ride-ekeler-ot-victory-colts/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/gordon-less-chargers-ride-ekeler-ot-victory-colts/#comments Mon, 09 Sep 2019 06:53:12 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=175928 No Melvin, No Problem. As cliché as it sounds, the proof was on full display Sunday afternoon in Carson, California. Austin Ekeler, thrust into primary running back duties with Melvin Gordon continuing his lengthy holdout, accounted for three total touchdowns, including 58 yards on the ground and 96 yards through the air.
The Western Colorado product was dynamic in every sense of the word, proving himself to be a serious homerun threat every time he touches the ball (his screen pass in the third quarter went for a 55-yard touchdown). Additionally, and perhaps more importantly for this Chargers team moving forward, Ekeler proved himself worthy of being an every-down back and handling a serious workload.
Phillip Rivers was his usual accurate self on Sunday, connecting on 25 of 34 passes for 333 yards and 3 touchdowns. His primary recipients, Keenan Allen (8 rec,123 yds, 1 TD) and the aforementioned Ekeler. The sixteen-year vet showed his mettle on the first and only drive of overtime, connecting with Allen and tight end Hunter Henry on consecutive big plays to put the Chargers in great field position for Ekeler to ultimately punch it in with the walk-off.
While the offense was seemingly firing on all cylinders Sunday, the Charger defense was less than impressive. The unit squandered fifteen consecutive points in the second half to the Jacoby Brissett led Colts and were gashed the entire game by Marlon Mack to the tune of 174 yards from scrimmage.
Brissett, in his first action since assuming command of the offense from the now-retired Andrew Luck, proved he was more than up to the task – twice connecting with T.Y Hilton in the endzone, including the game-tying touchdown with 48 seconds remaining.
The Chargers will look to continue their winnings ways next week in Detroit, a team that was also was taken to overtime this afternoon by a young Arizona Cardinals team.
The Chargers will once again be without Pro Bowler’s Derwin James (Safety) and Russell Okung (Tackle). James remains on Injured Reserve for a stress fracture he sustained in his foot, while Okung continues to recover from a Pulmonary Embolism.
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Buffalo Steals Division Win in Jersey http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/buffalo-steals-division-win-jersey/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/buffalo-steals-division-win-jersey/#comments Mon, 09 Sep 2019 06:27:58 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=175925 The start of Josh Allen’s2019 season couldn’t have started any rockier. After what looked like a promising march down the field, Allen would fumble while being sacked and the Jets would recover. Prior to the fumble, Allen completed five of his six passes taking Buffalo down to the Jets 26-yard line. Luckily for Allen, the Bills defense would pick up right where 2017 left off and they’d force the Jets to go three-and-out.

The second drive wouldn’t go any better. Allen’s first pass would be deflected into the arms of Jets linebacker, C.J. Mosely, who’d easily return the interception for a 17-yard touchdown. After a failed extra point, the Jets would lead the Bills 6-0.

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From there the Bills and Jets would both punt on their next two drives. Allen and the Bills offense would find themselves into Jets territory once again but on a 4thand 1 conversion attempt, Allen would fumble the snap and the $85 million-dollar man, C.J. Mosely, would collect his second turnover in just his second career quarter with the Jets.

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The Bills defense would continue to keep Buffalo in the game, preventing the Jets from getting much going, but once again the offense would throw it away when Allen would throw his second interception of the game with just over a minute left in the second quarter. It would be their fourth turnover in just six drives. After a Jets missed field goal, teams would head into the locker room and miraculously Buffalo would still only trail 6-0.

Buffalo would be forced to start their first drive of the second half deep in their own territory when the Jets downed a punt on the two-yard line. On the first play of the drive running back, Frank Gore, would get stuffed in the endzone, resulting in a safety. 8-0, Jets. This would ignite the team in green as they’d take their next possession 60 yards that would end in with a nine-yard touchdown catch from running back, Le’Veon Bell. J-E-T-S would be up 16 to nothing.

Just when the Bills Mafia was ready to change the channel, Buffalo would find life. Kicker, Stephen Hauschka, would finally put points on the board for the Bills cutting the to 13. On their next drive, Allen would use his legs to cut the lead again and his three-yard touchdown run would make it 16-10, Jets. Suddenly we have a game.

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Josh Allen 3-yard touchdown run. Photo by: Rich Graessle

To no one’s surprise, the Bills defense would stifle the Jets and the Bills would find themselves with the ball, and the momentum. With Jets linebacker, C.J. Mosely, out of the game due to injury, the Bills were able to find their groove. An eight-play, 80-yard drive, capped off by a 38-yard touchdown pass to John Brown, would give Buffalo their first lead of the game, 17-16, with just three minutes left in the fourth quarter.

The deflated Jets would not answer, and Buffalo would steal a win in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Next week Buffalo will again play at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, when they look to clean up their turnovers against the New York Giants.

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Seahawks Remain Perfect at Home in Season Openers Beating the Bengals 21-20 http://proplayerinsiders.com/news-features-featured-on-homepage/seahawks-remain-perfect-home-season-openers-beating-bengals-21-20/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/news-features-featured-on-homepage/seahawks-remain-perfect-home-season-openers-beating-bengals-21-20/#comments Sun, 08 Sep 2019 23:21:06 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=175912 Seattle, WA- The Seattle Seahawks open up their regular season at home against the Cincinnati Bengals; during their second play their center Justin Britt rolled his leg on the play. The Seahawks were are already thin at the center position but Britt came back late in the first quarter.

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The defense for both teams was getting both offenses off the field in a timely manner. The Bengals drew first blood with a 39-yard field goal that was good to go up 3-0 over the Seahawks in the first quarter. The offensive line for the Seahawks was letting the Bengals have their way with them in the first half. Russell Wilson was running for his life, trying to make something happen with his legs because as soon as he snapped the ball, the Bengals’ defenders were in the backfield.

The Bengals’ defense sacked Wilson twice in the second quarter, however, the Seahawks’ defense kept the Bengals in check. When the Bengals were marching down the field and got into the Seahawks part of the field, that was when KJ Wright and Bobby Wagner stopped big plays down the field and got them off the field.

With 10 minutes in the second half, the Seahawks started to get rolling. Wilson threw a couple of slants to DK Metcalf and a few gains for Chris Carson. After a PI penalty against the Bengals, Carson ran a 1-yard touchdown to go up 7-3 against the Bengals.

On the ensuing possession, the Bengals caught the Seahawks slipping as the speedster John Ross caught an amazing pass and darted past the Seahawks’ defenders to score the touchdown to put the Bengals back up against the Seahawks 10-7.

With two minutes left in the first half, Wilson went to work. Wilson used his legs to create plays down the field to get his team in position to score. After a couple of darts down the field to his receivers, the Seahawks found themselves in the red zone. Carson caught a pass in the endzone to put the Seahawks up 14-10.

However, in this pinball first half, the Bengals went down the field with under 45 seconds and capitalized on a field goal before time expired to make it 17-14 at the half.

In the second half, the offense stalled, while both of the teams’ defense kept the offense off the field. In the fourth quarter on a pass action pass, Wilson threw a 44-yard touchdown to Tyler Lockett to retake the lead 21-17.

(In a bang-bang play early in the fourth quarter, Pete Carroll challenged a pass interference call, which did not go the Seahawks way. This season, coaches are allowed to challenge pass interference calls.)

In the eight-minute mark in the fourth quarter, the Bengals knock in a 27-yard field goal to make it 21-20.

The Seahawks came up big as they recovered a fumbled when the Bengals were driving for a game-winning field goal.

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Russell Wilson: A Role Model In The Community http://proplayerinsiders.com/news-features-featured-on-homepage/russell-wilson-role-model-community/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/news-features-featured-on-homepage/russell-wilson-role-model-community/#comments Sun, 08 Sep 2019 16:28:50 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=175907 Seattle, WA- Seahawks  QB Russell Wilson is not a great playmaker on the field, but a great role model off the field. Every chance that he gets, he will talk with the community of Seattle about overcoming obstacles and achieving success.

Wilson has a foundation called the Why Not You Foundation that has helped hundreds of children find that passion they were looking for, as well as a mentorship program to educate children with moving in the right direction. “A lot of it for me has just been if we can inspire one kid, that boy or girl may change the world,” said Wilson. “If they can just get a little glimpse of hope, get a little glimpse of what God’s done for me in my life, then it’s worth it.”

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Wilson’s faith, as well as his parents shaped him into the man that he has become. “My faith is everything. It means everything to me that God is the center around my life. “My dad used to always say, ‘Why not you? Why not you, son? Why not you? Why not you be a pro ball quarterback? Why not you win a Super Bowl?’ I think the reality is, that’s the fundamental question we all have to ask ourselves at some point.”

Wilson has always been someone that looked to enhance and educate individuals with investing in their future. Ciara and Russell are pretty invested in the Northwest market. Recently, they became Co-owners of the Seattle Sounders, as well as Co-owners for an MLB team in Portland. For the Wilsons, every move that they make is about improving the community. “If a company doesn’t have any thought process on making a difference, and making a difference in the same way that I’m thinking about making a difference for kids and everything else, we’re probably not a great fit.”

Family, faith, and a positive mindset has helped Russell become a likable person in the league. He is a very fierce competitor and loves being an impactful person on and off the field.

 

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Bills 2019 Season Riding on Josh Allen http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/bills-2019-season-riding-josh-allen/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/bills-2019-season-riding-josh-allen/#comments Sun, 08 Sep 2019 07:36:22 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=175899 To the naked eye, Josh Allen’s2 018 season was unimpressive. He played 12 games, started 11, and only threw 10 touchdowns to 12 interceptions. If it wasn’t for the unfortunate, Josh Rosen, Allen would have finished dead last in passer rating among qualifying starters. In his rookie campaign, he’d go 5-6 as a starter. Disappointing for a guy that had the second-ranked defense backing him up on Sundays.

But for those of us watching – really watching – Allen’s season had many impressive flashes. When Buffalo traded up to draft Allen with the seventh-overall pick of the 2018 draft, the Bills knew they were getting a project. The intention would be to sit Allen and let him learn as much as possible prior to unleashing his raw athleticism. Unfortunately for Allen and the Bills, it took all of one half for Nathan Peterman to play his way to the bench. The rookie out of Wyoming would take over early in the third quarter of a week one blowout that saw the Baltimore Ravens crush Buffalo 47-3.

Allen may have not won many games in his first season, but he did win the trust and respect of his teammates. On more than one occasion he’d show he was willing to lay it all on the line for them. Hurdling instead of sliding was just one of those ways.

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Had Allen been allowed to sit and learn, 2019 would essentially be his rookie season. He’d have 16 games to make rookie mistakes. One beautiful hurdle could make fans forget about the fact that you ranked 32nd in total yards passing for the season. A 135-yard rushing game against Miami would have analysts talking about how gifted you are as an athlete, rather than how big of a bust you are for your 82-yard passing game against Tennessee. That won’t be the case this year. If the Bills defense is anything close to what it was last year and Buffalo fails to post a winning record or make the playoffs, the fingers will begin to point – and they’ll be pointing directly at Allen. Gone are the days where quarterbacks are given years to develop. It’s win today, or leave tomorrow.

The Bills will open the season on the road facing quarterback Sam Darnold and the New York Jets. While the two quarterbacks who were drafted just four picks apart say it’s friendship first, rivalry second, the Bills Mafia hope it’s anything but friendly come kickoff. The Jets are currently favored by two and a half points.

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From Heisman to High Expectations http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/heisman-high-expectations/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/heisman-high-expectations/#comments Sun, 08 Sep 2019 01:39:08 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=175891 Tomorrow, Arizona Cardinals rookie quarterback, Kyler Murray, will make his first NFL start, and the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner will undoubtedly have high expectations. Every team hopes their first-round pick will make an immediate impact, especially when that first-round pick is the first-overall pick, but does history justify that expectation?

Let’s take a look at the last 10 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks selected before Murray: Baker Mayfield(2017), Lamar Jackson(2016), Marcus Mariota(2014), Jameis Winston(2013),Johnny Manziel(2012), Robert GriffinIII (2011), Cam Newton(2010), Sam Bradford(2008), Tim Tebow(2007), and Matt Leinart(2004).

Of these 10, only three went on to win rookie of the year: Bradford, Newton, and Griffin. Collectively, the 10 trophy winners would go 3-7 in their first starts and 48-63 in their rookie seasons. In fact, the only two that would win more games than they lost their rookie year would be Griffin (9-6) and Jackson (6-1).

Breaking it down even further, only four of the last 10 Heisman quarterbacks were selected first-overall: Bradford, Newton, Winston, and Mayfield. Not one of them would win their first start. They’d all finish their rookie seasons going a combined 25-36.

Does this mean Murray can’t make an immediate impact? Not necessarily, it just may not be reflected in the win/loss column right away. However, when we evaluate the two quarterbacks who won more games than they lost (Griffin and Jackson), we find that both quarterbacks were also blessed with the ability to use their feet. Griffin rushed for 815 yards and seven touchdowns in his Rookie of the Year campaign, and Jackson rushed for 696 yards with five touchdowns in 2018. In the opinion of many scouts, Murray enters the league as a better pure passer and runner than both Griffin and Jackson were at the time so while it may be improbable, it wouldn’t be impossible for K1 to turn the Cardinals around immediately.

Murray’s first test will be against the Detroit Lions this Sunday. The Cardinals may have faced the Lions seven times in the last eight years, but there will be very little familiarity come 1:25 pm (PT).

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A New Arizona Cardinals’ Era Begins http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/the-kliff-and-kyler-era-begins-lions-at-cardinals-preview/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/the-kliff-and-kyler-era-begins-lions-at-cardinals-preview/#comments Sat, 07 Sep 2019 22:34:54 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=175884 Finally, after months of wait, we will get to see what the Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray led Arizona Cardinals are all about.

The Arizona Cardinals take on the Detroit Lions this Sunday at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Millions of football fans are anxiously waiting to see just what is in store for the Cardinals’ offense.

The reason for all of the excitement is Kliff Kingsbury finally bringing the high-powered Air Raid offense to the NFL. It has always been said that this offense would never work in the NFL and that it was just for High School and College football. We will finally see if that is truly the case starting this weekend.

For many that don’t know, the Air Raid offense has been successfully used in the High School and College levels dating back to the 1980′s. It incorporates a high volume of passing and is almost 100% from the shotgun. It brings excitement to the game as it is usually always fast-paced as well. The offense became popular at Texas Tech University under Mike Leach and his lead to many schools using the system.

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The Air Raid has been extremely popular in the Texas High School football ranks for decades and is the system the Cardinals’ rookie quarterback, Kyler Murray, has played in since starring at Allen High School.

Murray, the Heisman Trophy winner and number one overall draft pick from Oklahoma, is seemingly the perfect fit for Kingsbury’s Air Raid offense. He will look to prove that it can work in the NFL and that he and the Cardinals can be successful using it as their base offense.

The Air Raid experiment begins this week as the Cardinals face the Lions, who will look to shut down the Air Raid and expose it for all to see. Detroit will look to pick apart the Cardinals’ pass defense that is lacking All-Pro cornerback, Patrick Peterson, for the first six weeks of the season.

One thing is for sure, there should be plenty of scoring this weekend at State Farm Stadium.

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Bad News: Da Bears Offense http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/bad-news-da-bears-offense/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/bad-news-da-bears-offense/#comments Fri, 06 Sep 2019 05:33:26 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=175875 If the Chicago Bears were unaware that many sportsbooks had them ranked as one of the favorites to win Super Bowl LIV, their frustrated fans would remind them on Thursday night.

Had it not been for that pesky kicker (the kick was blocked!), the Bears would have won a playoff game in 2018. Instead, they’d settle for going 12-4 with a playoff appearance. With that good-for-nothing kicker out of town, Bears fans showed up early on Thursday night, high hopes in hand, to help kick off the 2019 season. In the end, all those high hopes would buy was 3 measly points. The boos would start early for Chicago – so early you’d think the Windy City had won a championship sometime since the birth of Mitch Trubisky.

The Bears would put points on the board in their second drive when 23-year-old kicker, Eddy Pineiro, split the uprights with a 38-yard field goal, but the scoring would end there. After a failed third down attempt late in the second quarter, the Bears would be forced to punt for the fourth straight time, and fans made it clear they’d seen enough. As the home team went into the lockers trailing 7-3, the frustration within Soldier Field was palpable. Unfortunately for Bears fans, the first half would be their best half.

In the second half, the Bears would start with back-to-back three-and-outs, and the punt party would continue. When it was all said and done the Bears would utilize punter, Pat O’Donnell’s, right leg a total of eight times in just 12 drives. Even worse, it would be a former Bear, Adrian Amos, who would help the Packers put the nail in the coffin when he picked off Trubisky in the endzone with just 1:58 left in the fourth quarter. Mitch would finish the night going 26/45, for 228 yards and an interception.

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If there was any silver lining for Chi-Town in Thursday night’s game, it was that their defense still looked elite, and yes, the Patriots just proved that defense can still win championships. It just so happened that the Packers defense looked just as elite. It would only take one deep pass from Aaron Rodgers and a box-out reception in the endzone from tight end, Jimmy Graham, to decide the outcome. The Packers would hold on for a 10-3 victory.

In 2018, Green Bay ranked 18th in total defense and 22nd in points allowed. If Thursday was a sign of what’s to come in 2019, the $100+ million the Packers spent on defense in the offseason is already paying off.

In week two the Bears will be on the road in Denver and the Packers will return home to face the Vikings.

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Seahawks Defense Will Be A Game Changer http://proplayerinsiders.com/news-features-featured-on-homepage/seahawks-defense-will-game-changer/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/news-features-featured-on-homepage/seahawks-defense-will-game-changer/#comments Wed, 04 Sep 2019 01:02:07 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=175866 Seattle, Wa- After breaking the internet this past weekend with getting Jadeveon Clowney in a trade, the Seahawks” defense looks to be in good shape at the start of the season. Adding Clowney was something that the Seahawks needed and wanted. Clowney can add another dynamic like his quickness, which is very rare at his position. He is instinctive and can change the way offensive coordinators call plays because he will be one of the players that coaches will look to avoid. 

Before getting signed Clowney explained to the media on who it was that told him that Seattle will be a great fit for Clowney.“I was just talking to him and I was like, ‘Duane, how you like it up there?’ He called, and I was like, ‘Bro, what do you think?’ He said, ‘You need to come play with us. You would love it here. Great weather, it’s not hot like Houston. Great fan support, other great teammates on this team. Come be part of something great.’ I was like, ‘Man, you know what, I’m going to try to look into that and try to get in there with you guys, ” said Clowney.

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The Seahawks have great players like Bobby Wagner, Shaquem Griffin, and K.J. Wright that can make big plays at crucial times of a game. Each of these players are mature and has helped molded their younger players as consistent playmakers on the defensive side.

Coach Pete Carroll has stated that this team could be special with the players that they have acquired and how fast they look on both sides on the ball.

The regular reason is here and the Seahawks will be opening their season home against the Bengals.

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LeSean McCoy Released http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/lesean-mccoy-released/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/lesean-mccoy-released/#comments Sat, 31 Aug 2019 18:24:34 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=175858 In a shocking but not surprising move, the Buffalo Bills have decided to part ways with veteran running back, LeSean McCoy. McCoy’s health and production has significantly decreased in the last few years. In 2016, Shady averaged 5.4 yards a carry, but that number would dip to 4.0 in 2017. After battling injuries that number would dip again in 2018, where he’d finish the season averaging just 3.2 yards a carry. On the wrong side of 30, the front office decided his $6.175 million salary was just too much to carry. The move will create $6.425 million in cap space.

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Devin Singletary

Headed into the regular season, the Bills will look to 36-year-old Frank Gore to carry a bulk of the load. Gore is coming off a season in Miami averaging 4.6 yards a carry and will likely concede a bit of time to rookie, Devin Singletary. The Bills used the 74th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft on the young man known as “Motor” and so far, he has lived up to his name. The rookie out of Florida Atlantic has turned heads this preseason and many think he can be a three-down back sooner rather than later.

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Tyree Jackson and Bills Backups Rally http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/tyree-jackson-bills-backups-rally/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/tyree-jackson-bills-backups-rally/#comments Fri, 30 Aug 2019 07:11:23 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=175851 Preseason records don’t matter, but for players trying to make a 53-man roster, individual performances do. Buffalo Bills rookie, Tyree Jackson, is one of those players. Outside of training camp, Jackson hasn’t had much opportunity to showcase his talents. Headed into the final week of the preseason against the Vikings, the 6’7” undrafted free agent had only completed six passes total in limited work against the Panthers and Lions. Tonight, he’d get his chance. Should Jackson’s opportunity come to an end in the next couple of days, his last time wearing a Bills uniform would be bittersweet. Tyree played college ball at the University of Buffalo, less than 20 miles away from his current home at New Era Field. Tonight, it would be more than just a home game. More than just another preseason game.

The athletic quarterback may run a 4.57 40-yard dash, but tonight would start off anything but fast. In fact, the first 56 minutes would be slow for the Bills offense. Very slow. In their first drive, Buffalo would handoff three straight times to running back, Marcus Murphy, and be forced to punt. The next drive would start off the exact opposite. Jackson would throw five straight passes and extend the drive for 10 plays, capping it off with 54-yard field goal from Steven Hauschka with just over a minute to play in the first quarter. Buffalo’s next two drives would again result in three-and-outs and the half would end. 10-3, Vikings.

Coming out of the locker room, Jackson and company would find some rhythm and go on a 12-play, 40-yard drive that would end with another 54-yard field goal – this time booted by Chase McLaughlin. The rhythm would be short lived. Buffalo would go three-and-out on their next drive and would follow that up with a turnover when Karter Schultz sacked Jackson for a nine-yard loss, forcing a fumble. In that span, the Vikings would add to the scoreboard, increasing their lead to 23-6.

Just when it looked like Buffalo wouldn’t be hitting pay dirt this evening, Jackson would take the Bills on a 12-play, 75-yard drive, ending with the young quarterback rushing for a six-yard touchdown. 23-13, Vikings.

On the following drive, the Vikings would have the ball for only 32 seconds before being forced to punt. Marcus Murphy would return that punt 79 yards for a touchdown and suddenly it was a game. 23-20, Vikings.

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Marcus Murphy returns punt 79 yards for the score

The Vikings would be forced to punt again, going three-and-out on their next drive. With momentum on their side, Buffalo would take over on their own 43-yard line with just one-minute left on the game clock. After a 15-yard scramble and a 30-yard pass to Nick Easley, suddenly the Bills found themselves on the Vikings 12-yard line. Three plays later, Jackson would find David Sills for an eight-yard touchdown with only eight seconds left on the clock. The Bills sideline erupted as if they just won a postseason game – a testament to how much this team truly cares about each other. Buffalo wins, 27-23.

After the game, head coach, Sean McDermott, would address the media.

Q: “With Tyree it may not always look pretty, but the kid’s a gamer, isn’t he?”

McDermott: “Ya, you know, you feel great for Tyree you know. UB product and able to be here, basically on his home turf and lead us to a come from behind victory, and just excited for him. Excited for all those young guys that were out there.”

Q: “Do you feel like maybe your decisions this year are more difficult than they’ve been in the last couple years?”

McDermott: “Ya, I mean I think so, and that’s what you want. I mean if you’re building the roster the right way that’s what you want. You want those tough decisions. You want people to be looking at your roster instead of us looking at everyone else’s and saying man we need this piece, that piece, and this.”

McDermott and his coaching staff will certainly have some tough choices to make. Were Jackson’s late game heroics enough for Buffalo to keep three active quarterbacks? Did fan favorite and former rugby star, Christian Wade, turn enough heads when his first NFL carry went for a 65-yard touchdown? The deadline for NFL teams to cut their rosters down to 53 players is Saturday, Aug. 31 at 4 p.m. ET., so we will know soon enough.

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Bills are 4-0 After a Wild Comeback http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/bills-4-0-wild-comeback/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/bills-4-0-wild-comeback/#comments Fri, 30 Aug 2019 03:03:22 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=175844 Buffalo- For the first time in franchise history, the Buffalo Bills are 4-0 in preseason play after a game-winning drive by Tyree Jackson with eight seconds left in regulation. Jackson threw a touchdown pass to David Sills, which put the Bills up 27-23 over the Vikings.

In the first half, the Bills offense was very stagnant. They could not get into rhythm and Jackson looked like he was nervous taking more snaps than what he was accustom of taking. The Bills’ defense was letting the Vikings gain big yardage down the field and so many miscommunications in the middle of the field. However, the Bills straightened it up in the 4th quarter.

After knocking down a couple of field goals and getting the Vikings off the field, the Bills started their miracle magic. Down 23-6, Jackson decided that he was going to do whatever he could to make it a game. Early in the 4th quarter, Jackson called his own number to run a bootleg to the outside and score, but just before he broke the goal, he fumbled the ball in the endzone. Victor Bolden Jr. saved the Bills and recovered the fumble.

After a three and out by the Vikings. the Bills’ special teams came out and put some points on the board. Punt returner Marcus Murphy went 79 yards to put the Bills in position with making the miracle comeback. The score was 23-20 with two minutes left, Jackson showed the Bills’ organization, why they took a chance on him. On the game-winning drive, he showed poise, guts, and made the right reads to cap off an amazing victory for the Bills.

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Net Sunday they will face the New York Jets!

 

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Bills: Tyree Jackson is Likely to Start Against Vikings http://proplayerinsiders.com/news-features-featured-on-homepage/bills-tyree-jackson-is-likely-to-start-against-vikings/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/news-features-featured-on-homepage/bills-tyree-jackson-is-likely-to-start-against-vikings/#comments Wed, 28 Aug 2019 02:10:26 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=175840 Buffalo- The Bills are going into their last game against the Vikings and have an undefeated record winning streak that they are trying to maintain heading into the regular season. Rookie QB Tyree Jackson has not made his mark just yet because Matt Barkley and Josh Allen has gotten a lot of the reps.

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Jackson has only attempted 24 passes and only eight of them were competitions.

“It’s hard for rookie quarterbacks to play in this league and come in and be comfortable,” said Head Coach Sean McDermott.“I think he’s gotten more comfortable with each exposure in the games. He’s been in the games in good situational moments, at the end of most games. I’ve seen him grow in those areas for sure.”

Jackson is still young and has a lot to learn. He holds on to the ball longer than the five-second rule and does not go through his progression with his reads. He has taken a lot of big hits that he could have prevented if he threw the ball out of bounds, but that is what he will learn as he progresses as a QB in the league.

Jackson can be a threat to opponents with his feet, which we have seen in preseason action. If Jackson gets the nod against the Vikings on Thursday, he will get a lot of action seeing different coverages and trying to decipher how he will attack the Vikings’ defense.

 

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