Book entered the game in the second quarter after Brandon Wimbush struggled moving the offense.
While UCLA’s Josh Rosen, USC’s Sam Darnold and Wyoming’s Josh Allen are all projected to be selected ahead of Mayfield, quarterback tutor Rich Bartel believes Mayfield should be the first QB off the board.
A lot of people screw up the evaluation process by taking a negative and making it a non-negotiable, Bartel told Yahoo!. We need to get over the height thing. What we used to think is the prototype is no longer the prototype. He’s proven himself. It’s about cognitive processing, and he clearly can do that.
The sophomore was 14 of 19 for 164 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
Book’s first touchdown came early in the fourth quarter. With Notre Dame trailing 14-6, he found Michael Young in the back of the end zone for a 6-yard score. Josh Adams then scored on a two-point conversion to tie it.
It was an awesome opportunity, such a surreal moment that last play with Miles, Book said. We knew it was going to be a close game. We just had to stay composed and do what we have been doing since January.
The move to go all-out, despite a win or loss having no impact on Jacksonville’s playoff position, has a domino effect on teams vying for the AFC ‘s two wild cards, particularly the Chargers and Bills, both of whom need the Titans to lose in order to get into the playoffs. Also, Baltimore is in with a Tennessee loss, but the Ravens control their own destiny and can secure a wild card by holding serve at home against Cincinnati.
The Titans make the tournament by beating Jacksonville, a task made significantly taller by the Jags’ all-in approach.
Marrone’s decision also affects the betting line for Sunday’s game in Tennessee, yet bookmakers don’t seem to be completely believing what the coach told reporters Tuesday. At the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, the Titans are 3.5-point favorites as of Wednesday morning, adjusted from an opening spread of -6, per VegasInsider.com. Still, if the Jags needed a win, Tennessee may be priced as the underdog, even at home.
Jets extend GM Mike Maccagnan, coach Todd Bowles
The New York Jets, who are about to wrap up their second consecutive losing season and sixth of .500 or worse out of seven, have extended the contracts of general manager Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles, the team announced Friday.
The Jets didn’t give details, but, citing an unidentified source, Newsday reported that both received two-year extensions that take them through the 2020 season.
During their time here, they have worked together to help the organization build a foundation on which to grow, Jets CEO Christopher Johnson said, in part, in a statement. They are identifying, developing, and getting productivity out of our players. I believe we are headed in the right direction. This provides us continuity and stability as we continue to move this team towards sustained success. We still have a lot of work to do and I am excited to work closely with both of them as we move forward.
Chris Paul gets a boost due to Harden’s hamstring injury. Paul was playing excellent ball before his latest injury, and for the next two weeks, he sits in Harden’s seat and has the chance to approximate Harden’s numbers.
Kris Dunn has vaulted into the fantasy upper crust in the past month, averaging 15.9 points, 7.7 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals in his past 15 games.
Elfrid Payton has been quietly returning to level in the past few weeks, averaging 17.9 points, 8.3 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals in his past seven games.
Harden (hamstring) and Victor Oladipo (knee) both slide a bit due to injury. Harden is out for at least the next couple weeks, while Oladipo has missed four games, though there has been no official announcement about when he is expected to return.
Devin Booker had averaged 31.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists with 3.2 treys in the five games before he got injured. Since his return, he has picked right up where he left off, with averages of 30 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists in his past three games.
Donovan Mitchell has vaulted into the Rookie of the Year debate, and in the past month, he has averaged 23.1 points, 3.8 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 2.2 3-pointers.
Andy Dalton and his offense have gone 0-for-2 in trying to score touchdowns and wins at home, and now they have to make the difficult leap to Lambeau Field. The Packers are a different, sometimes dominant defensive team at home, and Dom Capers will have them going after the Bengals’ shaky line. We may not see a good WR duel between A.J. Green and Jordy Nelson because of the latter’s quad injury, but Aaron Rodgers has plenty left to deal easily past Dalton.
Ben Roethlisberger and Pittsburgh in general don’t play up to offensive expectations on the road, but here, the team gets another huge hand from its defense against an opposing QB it can overwhelm in Mike Glennon. Le’Veon Bell will use a trip to true Big Ten country to get going, and Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant will deliver multiple big plays. The team will listen to Mike Tomlin, and Chicago will feel that wrath.
Kirk Cousins couldn’t like that, getting stuck in an one-dimensional offense with some new weapons and getting swarmed by the teeing-off Eagles. He’s off to another cold start, and therefore, so is Washington.
The Bengals got fancy offensively with John Ross and Joe Mixon in the draft, but they learned quickly against the Ravens that their line play, minus Kevin Zeitler and Andrew Whitworth, is the pits. The heat is on Marvin Lewis more than ever.
Players took the field within a few seconds of the anthem’s end, just after fireworks launched; quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was one of the first players out of the tunnel. Left tackle Alejandro Villanueva, an Army Ranger who served in Afghanistan, was seen on the CBS broadcast at the edge of the tunnel during the anthem, with his hand over his heart.
The unit’s reputation and continuing excellence explains why Carr says my heart was pounding and my palms were sweating when the Ravens spoke to him on the telephone about possibly selecting him before the 2008 draft.
And while he didn’t get the opportunity to wear that black until almost a decade later, Carr is now playing a big role in helping the 2017 Ravens make their first two opponents blue. After shutting out Cincinnati in the season-opener, Baltimore’s defense continued its stingy play in Sunday’s 24-10 dusting of Cleveland. The Ravens recorded five turnovers for a second consecutive game, the first time that has happened since the club began play in 1996.
Rodgers found Jordy Nelson for a 3-yard touchdown with 17 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to force overtime against the Bengals. He then hit Geronimo Allison on a 72-yard completion to set up Mason Crosby’s game-winning 27-yard field goal for a 27-24 Packers victory at Lambeau Field.
Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson led his team on a seven-play, 49-yard drive that ended with a 36-yard field goal from Ka’imi Fairbairn with 2:24 remaining to give Houston a 33-28 lead. But Brady marched the Patriots 75 yards on just eight plays. Two plays after the ensuing kickoff, Watson’s Hail Mary from his own 46-yard line was intercepted by New England’s Duron Harmon in the end zone to secure the win.
While the Bengals were unable to pull off the upset in Green Bay, the Bears shocked the Steelers at Soldier Field. The Bears got a break before halftime when Marcus Cooper inexplicably slowed to a walk inside the 5-yard line while returning a blocked punt only to have the ball slapped out of his hand. While a touchdown was taken away, the Bears maintained possession thanks to a Steelers penalty and got a short field goal.
The disaster that happened in Tampa on Sunday is what most expected to happen in Chicago a week earlier against the Falcons. Even with all the things that went wrong to cost the Bears that game, Glennon did nothing to inspire confidence that the Bears’ brain trust had made the right decision throwing $19 million at him and handing him the starting job.
The 29-7 shellacking by the Buccaneers, a game that was a gruesome shutout until the final 1:43, was just a matter of time. And it reminded all that, because of that decision, more than all the other bad ones, everybody is on the clock. Glennon, coach John Fox and general manager Ryan Pace are all living on borrowed time. Or they should be.
Even ending the Glennon experiment right now, and rushing to Mitchell Trubisky in Week 3 of his rookie year, isn’t going to change that. (After the game, Fox said that will not happen, anyway, and that Glennon is still his starter.)
The Saints have ruled out their top cornerback, rookie Marshon Lattimore, with a concussion and veteran backup cornerback Sterling Moore with a chest injury for Sunday’s game at Carolina. It’s not an ideal situation for a team that already ranks last in the NFL in total yards and passing yards allowed. The Saints are already playing without veteran starting cornerback Delvin Breaux for the first half of this season because of a broken fibula, and will have to rely on young corners P.J. Williams, De’Vante Harris and Ken Crawley (and hope). — Mike Triplett
On June 26, 2013, the nation awoke to the sight of a star player on one of the NFL’s model franchises being escorted out of his house by police, a T-shirt pulled over his cuffed wrists. New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was charged later that day with the murder of Odin Lloyd, whose body had been found six days earlier near Hernandez’s home.
Since that day, before he was found dead in his prison cell on April 19, 2017, Hernandez was charged with two previous murders and implicated in the shootings of three other people in two separate incidents dating back to his college days.
Cowboys tight end Jason Witten caught 10 passes for 97 yards in Sunday’s loss to the Broncos. But the 10-time Pro Bowler set a Cowboys record just by lining up Sunday. He played in his 225th game as a member of the Cowboys, breaking the team record set by former defensive end Ed Too Tall Jones. Witten also tied former Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin with his 65th career touchdown and moved into fourth place all-time on the NFL’s receptions list.
The Browns lost again Sunday, but Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas reached a milestone by playing 10,000 consecutive snaps in his 162nd straight game. Thomas, now in his 11th NFL season, has never missed a snap over his career.
Chargers tight end Antonio Gates caught a 7-yard touchdown pass in Sunday’s 19-17 loss to the Dolphins to break a tie with Tony Gonzalez for the most touchdowns by a tight end in NFL history. Gates, who also surpassed 900 receptions for his career, now has 112 touchdowns.
Alejandro Villanueva’s emergence from the Soldier Field tunnel during Sunday’s national anthem surprised many members of the Pittsburgh Steelers, a source told ESPN.
Villanueva, a former Army Ranger who served terms in Afghanistan, was the lone Steeler to appear despite an expectation from Saturday’s players-only meeting that the entire team would remain in the locker room, the source said.
Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired! He’s fired!’ Trump said at a rally in Alabama.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell responded by expressing disappointment over Trump’s unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, and most owners responded with similar statements over the weekend. On Sunday, dozens of players knelt in apparent response to Trump’s message.
Players for the Steelers stayed off the field during the anthem prior to their game Sunday, except for Army vet Alejandro Villanueva, who stood outside with a hand over his heart. The Seahawks and Titans also stayed in the tunnel during the anthem.
DE Wolfe on protests: Worse places than U.S.
Receiver Corey Davis is out Sunday against the Seahawks with a hamstring injury. This means an uptick in reps for Eric Decker and speedy rookie Taywan Taylor. The Titans are uncertain whether they’ll have running back DeMarco Murray for Sunday’s game. Murray is listed as questionable, and coach Mike Mularkey says Murray’s availability will depend on how his injured hamstring responds over the next couple of days. Derrick Henry is expected to get a significant workload Sunday, whether Murray plays or not, in what should be a physical, run-heavy matchup. Safety Johnathan Cyprien is also out for the second straight week because of a hamstring injury. — Cameron Wolfe
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, Falcons owner Arthur Blank and Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf were on the field with their teams, locking arms with players while the anthem was played.
Blank said he stood on the sideline not only to show support for the players and coaches, but also to back his public statement denouncing President Trump’s criticism of players protesting during the anthem.
Across the field, Tampa Bay Buccaneers players DeSean Jackson and Mike Evans knelt during the anthem.
In Detroit, anthem singer Rico LaVelle took a knee and raised his fist at the conclusion of the song.
Feeley helped a 2-11 Dolphins squad hand New England its final loss of the 2004 season before the Patriots rolled on to victory in Super Bowl 39.
Dolphins general manager Rick Spielman was so certain that Feeley’s 4-1 record starting in place of an injured Donovan McNabb with Philadelphia in 2002 was a harbinger of things to come that a second-round pick was sent to the Eagles to acquire him. The miscalculation contributed to Miami’s 4-12 season in 2004 that exposed Feeley as being best-suited as a reserve.
Forced into action as a third-stringer, Thigpen led Miami to a 2010 victory over Tennessee in Week 10 of the 2010 campaign despite having never received a single snap with the starters in practice throughout the entire season.
Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, however, said it was Trump’s comments that incited some players to kneel, including himself.
Personally, I think the comments made about my brothers who decided to protest and kneel is kind of what made us no longer be silent, Suggs said. We stand with our brothers. They have the right to protest. We knelt with them today. Non-violent protest is as American as it gets. We knelt with them today and let them know we are a unified front. There is no dividing us. I guess we’re all sons of b—-es.
Added teammate Mike Wallace: Sometimes when you feel things go to far, you have to make a statement. I felt strongly about it. … After yesterday, it went too far. I just felt strongly about it today. So I did what I did. I didn’t need anybody to tell me yes, no, whatever. That was just the way I felt.
I just can’t wait to get started on getting back, Smith told Bertsch.
Smith would drop 20 pounds from his 245-pound body and vomit from the effects of anesthesia. When he eventually got back on his feet and posted video of himself moving around, it was one of those That poor guy moments for his doubters.
He flunked some NFL physicals in February, but even then, Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly was convinced that Smith, who declared early for the draft, would be back to playing football. Kelly told coaches and general managers that, and some listened. Others didn’t. He sat in his office for an interview with ESPN.com in the winter of 2016, predicting that Smith would be a star in the NFL.
During his 11 seasons with the New England Patriots, getting physically and mentally prepared wasn’t always the most difficult part of Vince Wilfork’s pre-game preparation. Sometimes, it was avoiding the temptation to take a detour while walking into Gillette Stadium.
There’s nothing like seeing the fans in the parking lot, Wilfork told Sporting News during a Friday morning telephone interview. People have their jerseys on. They’ve got the games going on (TV), they’ve got the grills and they’ve got the beer.
You can be 100 percent honest about it, they did a good job executing today, said Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs. They outplayed us. You’ve got to take your hat off to the Jacksonville Jaguars. But it’s only one game. … We’ve just got to make it up. It happened. It’s very unfortunate. We did a lot of uncharacteristic things.
Flacco, who finished 8 for 18 for 28 yards, was intercepted twice, once by A.J. Bouye in the second quarter and once by Jalen Ramsey in the third.
Bortles also left the game early, replaced by Chad Henne on the Jaguars’ first drive of the fourth quarter after completing 20 of 31 passes for 244 yards.
Fournette, who finished with 59 yards on 15 carries, became the first Jaguars player to rush for a touchdown in each of his first three games.
Cravens announced on social media Thursday that he would give away a box of his jerseys. He said he figured maybe 50 to 100 people would show up. Instead, there were 50 people already in line two hours before Cravens was scheduled to appear. By the time he was done, there were an estimated 1,000 people in line. After handing out his jerseys, he shook hands and took pictures with those who remained in line.
Redskins safety Su’a Cravens was greeted by teammates Anthony Lanier and Fabian Moreau after handing out jerseys. Cravens, 22, is on the reserve/exempt list and said he’s going to retire.