Posts Tagged ‘2017 NFL Season’

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Ben McAdoo put his quarterback on blast following the New York Giants‘ lackluster performance against the Detroit Lions on Monday, but Eli Manning doesn’t appear too fazed.

McAdoo called Manning out directly for what he labeled “sloppy quarterback play,” stemming from a delay of game penalty taken on fourth-and-goal in the third quarter of Monday’s contest. The two-time Super Bowl champion joined WFAN 660 on Tuesday and addressed the comments made by McAdoo during his post-game press conference the night before, according to Tom Rock of Newsday Sports.

“I know Coach McAdoo knows I can handle it … You can’t be sensitive in this business,” Manning said.

Manning also owned the fact that his team has come under heavy fire for its performance so far this season, expressing an understanding for the disappointment radiating from its fan base.

“Hey, you lose games, only score 10 points, you deserve some criticism,” Manning said.

The next opportunity for the Giants to right the ship will come when the team travels to Lincoln Financial Field to take on the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 24.

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Ray Lewis is arguably the most important player in Baltimore Ravens history, and head coach John Harbaugh believes the Pro Football Hall of Fame should induct the 13-time Pro Bowler as soon as possible.

The Hall announced its 108 early nominees for the 2018 class Tuesday, and Lewis was one of 11 first-year eligible players. Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber, Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, and New England Patriots defensive lineman Richard Seymour join Lewis among the first-year nominees.

“Ray Lewis is a definitely first-ballot, unanimous selection to the Hall of Fame, without question,” Harbaugh said to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley on Wednesday. “There’s no doubt about that.”

Lewis won the second Super Bowl of his career under Harbaugh’s tutelage in 2012, helping the Ravens to a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.

His off-field history, however, includes a misdemeanor charge of obstruction stemming from previous murder charges in connection to a January 2000 killing in Atlanta. Some believe that should hinder Lewis’ candidacy, but Harbaugh dismissed that notion.

“If anybody votes against him, then there’s an agenda,” Harbaugh said.

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After a nightmare start to the season, some in the Cincinnati Bengals locker room are expecting Andy Dalton‘s head to be the next one to roll in Cincy.

Despite having the support of the front office, some of Dalton’s teammates, according to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, feel the signal-caller is already on a short leash.

If Dalton was indeed benched or cut, Florio reports that some Bengals players would favor an “off the board” fill-in like unsigned QB Colin Kaepernick.

While there has been zero indication from the team regarding an interest in Kaepernick’s services, back-to-back miserable offensive performances and nine total points scored over two weeks may have Bengals management considering new options under center.

Dalton has completed only 54.5 percent of his passes for 394 yards, four picks, and no touchdowns.

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck won’t be going anywhere, according to his agent, Will Wilson.

Early Wednesday morning, ESPN’s Mike Greenberg said there has been a gap between Luck and the Colts, and the franchise quarterback’s time in Indianapolis could be coming to an end.

“Quite simply and succinctly, there’s no truth to that comment at all,” Wilson said, according to ESPN.

“Andrew did a long-term deal and he did it for a reason: He wants to be with the Colts and he’s committed to the Colts. It’s as simple as that. He looks forward to the opportunity to play when he’s ready. He wants to get out there when he’s ready, obviously. He’s just going through rehab; it’s the process he’s going through.”

On Wednesday’s show, Greenberg cited a “general sense” from around the league that Luck is growing tired of the Colts.

“Even with that enormous contract and that enormous talent, we could be seeing, right before our eyes, the end of the Andrew Luck era in Indianapolis,” he said.

Luck signed a six-year, $140-million contract in June 2016.

He’ll remain sidelined for Week 2 following offseason shoulder surgery, after watching his team get dismantled 46-9 by the Los Angeles Rams in the season opener.

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Despite submitting arguably the best performance of Week 1, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith believes this season will be his last with his current franchise.

Smith revealed on “In Depth with Graham Bensinger” that he’s getting the feeling the Chiefs are aiming to move on from him at the end of this year.

“For sure,” Smith said when asked if 2017 feels like his last year with the Chiefs. “It absolutely does. Without a doubt.”

Smith was dismayed by the Chiefs’ decision to trade up 17 spots with the Buffalo Bills during the this year’s draft to choose quarterback Patrick Mahomes II with the No. 10 pick.

Following the selection, many believed Smith would operate as a placeholder until Mahomes is ready to take the reins.

“It’s a tough pill to swallow,” Smith said. “It’s like, man, (we) could’ve added this or this or this position or this player.”

The quarterback also blasted the San Francisco 49ers, where he spent the first seven years of his career after being selected first overall in the 2005 draft.

Forget the coaching changes, I’m talking just the culture of the building was not (good). Unhealthy. Completely dysfunctional. Different people on different wavelengths, not a clear communication, not a clear goal of the entire building. Very separated. And I think that trickled into the locker room. We had a very separated locker room, offense, defense, special teams. It was not a selfless unit. Not everybody put the team first. I think all of those things that come with dysfunction that are the opposite of what healthy organizations and team enviornments have.

In any event, the 33-year-old certainly made a strong impression during Thursday’s season opener, dissecting the New England Patriots by going 28-of-35 for 368 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions in a 42-27 win.

The Chiefs will certainly have to make one of their most difficult decisions in recent memory at the end of the season.

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Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson will undergo wrist surgery this week that will likely sideline him for two-to-three months, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports, citing sources.

Head coach Bruce Arians revealed Monday that Johnson suffered a dislocated wrist in Sunday’s loss to the Detroit Lions.

The Cardinals will place the rusher on injured reserve, Schefter reports, which guarantees he would miss eight weeks. A two-to-three-month timeline puts December or January as the likely point of Johnson’s return.

It’s a devastating blow for a Cardinals team hoping to rebound from a disappointing 7-8-1 finish a year ago. Johnson is an invaluable piece of Arizona’s offense. He tallied 1,239 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground in 2016 and was the team’s second-leading receiver with 80 receptions for 1,023 yards and another six scores.

“It’s always a huge blow to lose a top player,” Arians said Monday, before Johnson received a second opinion. “But it’s not the end of the world. It’s an opportunity for someone to step up. David Johnson became David Johnson because of somebody’s injury.”

Kerwynn Williams carried the ball five times in Johnson’s place for 10 yards and a score Sunday. The Cardinals also have Andre Ellington and Elijhaa Penny at the position, while Arians hinted the team might also bring back veteran Chris Johnson.

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Jason Witten‘s incredible resume added another feat on Sunday as the veteran tight end broke the Dallas Cowboys career receiving-yards record during the second quarter of the season-opening contest versus the New York Giants.

Witten entered his 15th season with the Cowboys just 17 yards shy of Michael Irvin’s record, and passed the Hall of Fame receiver’s mark of 11,904 with his second catch of Sunday’s game.

The 35-year-old, who already passed Irvin for career receptions with the franchise five years ago, is now just over 3,200 yards shy of Tony Gonzalez’s mark for the most receiving yards by a tight end in league history.