National Football League
Khalil Mack - Statistically Mack has been having a very unsexy year. People who watch the games realized that Mack is eating double teams, containing plays, and otherwise making a menace of himself. But the guy who just looks at the stats continued to ask "Where's the Beef"...
Mack Provided the Beef this weekend.
Raiders report card for week 3 at Browns: Defense - Silver And Black Pride
Led by Khalil Mack, who had 2 sacks, 4 tackles and 2 QB hits, the D-line was great in the passing game as well as stopping the run. They held the Browns run game to a mere 39 yards and controlled the line of scrimmage despite the Browns' having Pro Bowlers Alex Mack and Joe Thomas. The highlight from this squad was the goal-line stand late in the 2nd qtr. It kept the Browns out of the end zone and made them settle for a FG.
Josh Thomas - Josh Thomas impressed enough to almost make the Minnesota Roster despite being signed very late in camp. Indy signed him late last week and Thomas showed he still has the stuff needed for an NFL squad with tree tackles and two passes defended.
He popped a Tennesee receiver and forced the ball into the air whereupon it was picked off.
Nice pop by Josh Thomas, who has been a Colt for approximately 12 minutes. Right place, right time for Dwig... https://t.co/PA0b9QmWUn— My Colts Account (@MyColtsAccount) September 27, 2015
It's been a real while wind year for Thomas as this story from colts.com describes.
Colts CB Josh Thomas: From Real Estate to Whirlwind Week in the NFL
He’s the guy who made the big hit on Titans tight end Delanie Walker, causing the ball to pop into the air into the intercepting hands of safety Dwight Lowery before Lowery returned it 69 yards for a touchdown. For cornerback Josh Thomas, not bad for less than a week’s work in Indianapolis, after starting a real estate company in January.
The Colts signed Thomas last Tuesday in desperate need of depth, with injuries to starting corner Greg Toler, nickel corner Darius Butler, and rookie D’Joun Smith. The 5th-year corner who spent 2011-2013 with the Panthers, before cups of coffee with the Seahawks, Jets, and Lions last year caught a break.
James Starks - Starks had a great start last night!
Chiefs vs. Packers Final Score: Rodgers turns in masterful performance in 38-28 win - Acme Packing Company
Aaron Rodgers' slick tricks worked on the next series, as he was able to catch the Chiefs with 12 men on the field to get a first down on a third and short. James Starks ran for a first down then, and picked up 19 on a nifty screen on which he shook a potential tackler in the backfield. Rodgers then found Randall Cobb in the right flat, and Cobb powered through a pair of tacklers to stretch the ball over the goal line and extend the lead to 14-0.
He struggled a bit after that finishing the night with a 1.9 ypc
Branden Oliver - Oliver's Chargers were obliterated by Minnesota so in the 4th Quarter San Diego went to the depth chart.
Chargers RB Branden Oliver gets mop-up carries Week 3 - CBSSports.com
Chargers running back Branden Oliver had a season-high eight carries for 26 yards, but he did not catch his lone target in Sunday's loss at Minnesota. Most of Oliver's touches came after this game was decided, and the Bolts pulled Melvin Gordon and Philip Rivers out of the game. Oliver's value will remain very low unless one of the top running backs gets injured.
Jake Schum - Decent day for Schum. Seven punts, three inside the 20 and a 44.6 yard average.
In what amounts to a commercial for his agency.
Canadian Football League
Drew Willy - When Drew went out with an injury the wrod out or Winnipeg is that he would have to sit 6-8 weeks. By my count that was seven weeks ago. It's looking like it might be eight or more weeks and that does not bode well for the floundering Bluebombers
Season on Nichols' shoulders - Winnipeg Free Press
For those of you keeping track at home, the Bombers' original estimate of how long it would take for their No. 1 quarterback to heal was six to eight weeks. The lower end of that estimate would have had Willy returning this week to face the Stamps. But you just have to watch Willy painfully hobble around IGF -- as he was doing again Wednesday -- to realize this guy won't be playing any time soon.
Naaman Roosevelt - Naaman is quickly becoming a star up north. In four games he has twelve receptions, 231 yards, and two touchdown receptions. He will eaither earn a starting job next season, get some trade vaule for other CFL teams or perhaps earn himself a real shot again in the NFL.
Naaman Roosevelt quickly catching on with Riders | News Talk 980 CJME
Naaaman Roosevelt is quickly making an impression in Saskatchewan.
The speedy receiver caught the attention of Rider Nation last week when he scored a 71-yard touchdown against the Ottawa Redblacks, which just so happens to be the team's longest touchdown of the season.
Ernest Jackson - Naaman and the Riders knocked off Montreal so all the REDBLACKS had to do was sneak by Toronto to be tied in the CFL East. Sadly a four reception 51 yard day from Jackson was not enough to get Ottawa over the top.
No time for Ottawa RedBlacks to dwell on loss | Hofley | RedBlacks | Sports | Ot
The Argos were solid, sure, but had Ottawa not gifted them a 14-0 first-quarter lead, it would have been a different game. But poor punt coverage and too many penalties combined with a sleepy start has the tendency to bite you somewhere unpleasant.
Jackson is 6th overall in the CFL for yards receiving, 4th in receptions, and 10th in touchdowns. So far a good season but EJ and Ottawa have a real shot at taking the club to the playoffs in just their second year.