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JuJu Smith-Schuster goes from hero to Hines Ward in two days

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Brown is the unquestioned alpha receiver and is tied for the league lead with 11 touchdowns. But while trailing in the fourth quarter at Jacksonville, Ben Roethlisberger turned to JuJu Smith-Schuster for four catches for 74 yards on the final two drives, including a beautiful back-shoulder fade against Jalen Ramsey that helped seal Sunday’s 20-16 win.

“I think JuJu was kind of a hero today,” Roethlisberger said after the game.

Smith-Schuster’s prowess as a pass-catcher is undeniable now. He’s 12th in the NFL in receptions (64) and yards (866), leading the team in both categories.cheap official nike nfl jerseys

But coach Mike Tomlin points to a different area of Smith-Schuster’s game — his physical play as a blocker — that’s grown the most from year one to two, and it leads him to some high praise.11

“He’s Hines Ward-like in some of those things,” said Tomlin from his weekly press conference Tuesday. “I realize what I said when I said that. But, this guy enjoys (physicality). He embraces it. I think it helps us.”

As a rookie, Smith-Schuster laid major hits on Vikings safety Harrison Smith and Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict, the latter drawing a one-game suspension. Smith-Schuster promised he wouldn’t abandon the physicality in his sophomore year, and he’s exceeded expectations.new nike nfl jerseys for sale cheap

Roethlisberger openly wondered during training camp how Smith-Schuster would respond to defenses game-planning more for him this year. Nearly four months later, Roethlisberger is calling Smith-Schuster a “special football player” after a game-winning performance.

“I tip my cap to him because we moved him around and put him in spots to win today, and he won for us,” said Roethlisberger, who connected eight times for 104 yards with Smith-Schuster.

Smith-Schuster typically mans the slot in three-receivers sets, but the offense took him inside-out to exploit matchups.

Smith-Schuster turns 22 on Wednesday and was the league’s youngest player when the team drafted him in the second round of the 2017 draft. He’s marketable off the field and explosive on it. But because of the youth, some wondered whether he’d showcase the maturity necessary to make a year two leap.

Deshaun Watson, Texans need to get back to limiting turnovers

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The Houston Texans’ win streak was extended to seven games on Sunday. But another important streak was snapped.

The Texans (7-3) entered their Week 11 victory against the Washington Redskins having gone three straight games without committing a turnover, the longest such streak in franchise history. Coach Bill O’Brien has repeatedly talked about the importance of winning the turnover battle, calling it one of the most important stats in football.

Against the Redskins, the Texans turned the ball over three times and were minus-1, although one of their two takeaways was an interception that rookie safety Justin Reid returned 101 yards for a touchdown.cheap official nike nfl jerseys

Quarterback Deshaun Watson completed 16 of 24 passes for 208 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. He also fumbled after he was sacked early in the second quarter, but it was recovered by left tackle Julie’n Davenport. Watson said the Redskins made “three great plays” on the turnovers.9
Watson’s fumble was his first since Week 6. On the next play, he threw an interception into traffic on a pass intended for slot receiver Keke Coutee. Although the Redskins couldn’t take advantage of the turnover, they scored two plays after his second interception on a screen pass that was tipped by Redskins linebacker Preston Smith.new nike nfl jerseys for sale cheap

“I think there were some things that were out of his control and other things he can improve on,” O’Brien said of Watson’s performance Sunday. “This guy has played so hard for us, played so tough and made so many big plays for us.”

One of those big plays was a laser to receiver DeAndre Hopkins for a 16-yard touchdown pass on the Texans’ first drive. After that, the Texans’ offense fell into the inconsistency it has displayed for much of the season. Houston did not score another offensive touchdown, finishing 1-of-3 in the red zone and 4-of-11 on third downs.

After the success Watson had on the Texans’ first two drives — he was 7-of-8 for 98 yards and a touchdown — he completed just nine of his 16 final passes for 110 yards and two interceptions.

Packers’ season on brink after another loss in Seattle

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Another game in Seattle, another potentially season-wrecking loss.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

There won’t be any catchy name for this one like the 2012 Fail Mary or the 2014 NFC Championship Game collapse.

But had the Green Bay Packers won, it might have become known as “The Robert Tonyan Game.” Or “The Kyler Fackrell Show.”

And they would have been the most unlikely heroes in recent Packers history.10

Instead, Tonyan’s 54-yard touchdown catch on his first NFL reception and Fackrell’s three-sack game will be nothing more than a one-off (or in this case, two-off) bright spot in a game — and season — that was just another wasted opportunity.

If the Packers end up missing the playoffs, they might view Thursday’s 27-24 loss to the Seahawks as one of the reasons. Green Bay entered the game with a 43 percent chance to make the playoffs, according to ESPN’s FPI. At 4-5-1 with six games to play, that dropped to 31 percent. Considering the Packers play at Minnesota a week from Sunday night, they’re streaking toward postseason elimination.

When asked after the game if there’s still hope left for this season, quarterback Aaron Rodgers, after some prompting, said:

“What am I supposed to say? Of course there’s hope,” he said. “Of course we believe in each other. It’s going to take one galvanizing moment. Whether that’s a speech or at practice or something happens in the game, something’s got to get this thing going. I thought we had moments tonight where that was the way we were going.”

Sure, the Packers could lose at Minnesota but still win their final five games to finish at 9-6-1. The most difficult game in that final quintet is at Chicago in Week 15. But their margin for error is now next to nothing. And, as coach Mike McCarthy always says, you can’t talk about the playoffs until you get to 10 wins.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Think the Packers didn’t sense what was at stake on Thursday?

Roll back the video on Rodgers after he was sacked on third down midway through the fourth quarter. Visibly upset after suffering a fifth sack, Rodgers surely sensed the field goal the Packers settled for with 8 minutes, 23 seconds left in the game that gave them a 24-20 lead — after Rodgers hit Davante Adams for a 57-yard bomb — wasn’t going to be enough.

Chargers’ Joey Bosa will be limited if he returns to field Sunday

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The waiting and watching was the hardest part for Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa.

Bosa practiced as a limited participant for a second straight day Thursday and could be available for Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos after missing the first nine games of the season with a bruised left foot.

Bosa first injured his foot Aug. 7. He then aggravated the injury during practice on the Wednesday before the team’s season-opening loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

“When I walked into the locker room before the KC game, it just hit me that I wasn’t playing,” Bosa told reporters Thursday. “I remember almost choking up and had to walk out of the locker room. But after that moment, I didn’t let it get to me like that.”

Asked whether he’ll play Sunday, Bosa said he’s still in wait-and-see mode.9

“It’s really not decided yet,” Bosa said. “We’re just continuing with the plan, and that’s to practice this week. And we’ll see how it feels on Sunday.”cheap nfl nike jerseys china

Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said he likes what he has seen so far in limited time on the field from Bosa. However, until the medical staff gives the Ohio State product the green light, Bradley is preaching patience like Bosa.

Bradley understands that even if Bosa is cleared to play, he still isn’t in football shape because he did not participate in all of training camp — although Bosa said he has had 39 workouts in the past 29 days and he feels like he’s in good shape.

So if Bosa does take the field Sunday, expect to see him in about 10 to 15 plays in obvious passing situations.

“Any player loves to be with his teammates and the ability to compete again,” Bradley said about Bosa. “So I’m sure he wished he could go faster. He’s so competitive and he wants to be with his teammates. I think that we’ve just got to follow the procedure that’s set up for him.”

Patrick Mahomes sets Chiefs record for TD passes vs. Cardinals

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Andy Reid has seen along with the rest of the world Pat Mahomes’ strong work on game days and like everyone else, he’s impressed that the Kansas City Chiefs’ first-year starting quarterback has 31 touchdown passes in 10 games.

But it was the quarterback’s work on the other six days of the week that earned the praise of his coach after Mahomes threw two touchdown passes on Sunday to move to 31 and break Len Dawson’s team record of 30 set in 1964.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

“That’s something I do on Madden, for real,” said Hill when asked to put 31 TD passes in 10 games in perspective. “That’s crazy. For him to come in and do that, that’s amazing. A lot of people doubted him: ‘He wasn’t going to do this, he wasn’t going to do that.’ He’s showing a lot of people up right now and I’m proud of him.10

“Pat is a tremendous quarterback, a tremendous leader. So for a guy like him to get that record, it means a lot.”

Dawson set his record during the Chiefs’ old AFL days. None of their quarterbacks since has seriously threatened his mark.

Elvis Grbac had 28 in 2000. Trent Green in 2004 and Matt Cassel in 2010 got to 27.

But the Chiefs, at long last, have a new touchdown pass king and Mahomes’ teammates, including running back Kareem Hunt, celebrated him.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

“We needed all 31 of those touchdowns,” Hunt said, “and we got them.’’

Larry Fitzgerald moves into second on all-time receiving-yards list

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Fitzgerald, the Arizona Cardinals’ star wide receiver, passed Terrell Owens for second on the NFL’s all-time receiving-yardage list Sunday with a 15-yard catch late in t̄he fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs.

He now has 15,952 yards and counting in 15 seasons. Only Jerry Rice sits ahead of Fitzgerald with 22,895 yards.

Owens, who’s a close friend of Fitzgerald’s, is now third with 15,934.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

“His friendship and my relationship with him is invaluable to me,” Fitzgerald said. “Means a great deal to me and to be mentioned in the same breath with him, it means a lot to me. It’s frustrating that it comes in another loss.”

Arizona lost to Kansas City 26-14 to fall to 2-7.9
Fitzgerald’s first catch of the game came early in the third quarter, a 5-yard play that moved him to 15,907 yards — 28 from passing Owens. Fitzgerald added 13 yards with 10:08 left in the third. A 4-yard catch with 1:11 left in the third moved Fitzgerald within 11 to pass Owens.

The play that moved Fitzgerald into second came on a first-and-10 from the 50 with 4:01 left in the game and Arizona trailing 26-14.

He finished with six catches for 50 yards.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

“I’m not really thinking about it now,” Fitzgerald said. “This is something I’ll think about when I’m done playing. I can look back and reflect on it at a later time but today is not the day. It’s nice to be able to do that and to be able to do that with the same team, to have so many wonderful teammates that continue to fight regardless of our record.”

His teammates, however, continued their admiration for Fitzgerald’s career.

“It’s really cool to play with a legend like that,” quarterback Josh Rosen said. “I’m really happy for him. We All know how hard he works. Really happy for him.”

Wide receiver J.J. Nelson, who has played with Fitzgerald since 2015, said he doesn’t need to wait to appreciate what Fitzgerald has accomplished. He can do it now, watching him every day, rather than wait for 10, 20, 30 years to see him go into the Hall of Fame or put is career into perspective.

Joe Horn thanks Michael Thomas for cellphone celebration, buys his jersey

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Joe Horn said he was watching Sunday’s game when New Orleans Saints receiver Michael Thomas channeled the most memorable moment of Horn’s career: pulling a cellphone from the bottom of the goalpost to celebrate a touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams.cheap nike nfl jerseys paypal

When asked for his reaction, Horn responded with a Muhammad Ali quote.

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life,” Horn said. “That’s what I want to say.”

Horn and Thomas don’t know each other well. Horn said Thomas didn’t tell him the celebration was coming. But he said it “absolutely” meant a lot to him, and he called Thomas “my hero.”10

Horn said he texted Thomas and “thanked him for doing what most athletes in his position would never do.”
Horn, a Saints Hall of Famer who caught 50 touchdown passes for the franchise from 2000-06, will forever be remembered for his controversial 2003 touchdown celebration, which resulted in a $30,000 fine in an era when receivers such as Terrell Owens, Chad Johnson and Horn were regularly coming up with elaborate celebrations. The penalty was harsher because it was Horn’s second offense of the season, and the NFL reportedly considered suspending him.

Thomas was penalized for using a prop in his celebration, too, and he should also expect a fine, though likely a more lenient one as a first offense.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

Horn was criticized by his own coach and general manager for being selfish at the time. Likewise, Saints coach Sean Payton didn’t give his approval to Thomas’ celebration, saying he wasn’t “fired up” by it, though he was quick to praise Thomas for how well he played. Thomas had 12 catches for 211 yards in the Saints’ 45-35 win.

When asked if he thinks he was more praised or criticized for his original celebration, Horn said, “I was criticized more for it because back when I did it, that was nothing that was expected. But I was more loved for it from the people who loved me and cared about me, my teammates.”

Nick Mullens’ big debut should be enough to get another start

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Less than 24 hours after Nick Mullens posted one of the greatest statistical debuts in NFL history, San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan wasn’t ready to name him the starter for the team’s next game. Or, if he was, he wasn’t ready to do so in a public forum.

“I don’t need to decide yet, so I’m taking my time with it,” Shanahan said Friday. “Also, I wouldn’t want to do that with all the guys out of the building. I’d like the whole team in here, too, when I decide that.”nfl nike jerseys cheap china

On the heels of the Niners’ 34-3 demolition of the Oakland Raiders and Mullens’ impressive debut, in which he threw for 262 yards and three scores, there doesn’t seem to be much for Shanahan to consider when choosing between Mullens and C.J. Beathard as his starter for the Nov. 12 game against the New York Giants. At least on the surface, it’s clear Mullens should get another opportunity even if Beathard is fully recovered from his right wrist injury.

With the Niners getting four days off after their Thursday night victory, the eventual decision will come down to a variety of factors leading to one primary criterion.9

“You’d love to give people who deserve it and earn it and everything, but it’s all about who gives you the best chance to win,” Shanahan said. “That can be a week-to-week decision, that can be a quarter-to-quarter decision. You do everything you can to win games.”

Mullens’ first opportunity came not because he was considered the quarterback who was best but because he was the healthiest (and thus most capable that night) of leading the 49ers to a victory.cheap nike nfl jerseys paypal

To any outside observer, Mullens did more than his share in helping the 49ers get their second victory. He completed 16 of 22 passes for a rating of 151.9. That passer rating was the best by a quarterback making his debut with at least 20 attempts since 1970, and his trio of touchdown tosses made him the first Niners quarterback to do that in his first game with the team, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

That the 2017 undrafted free agent out of Southern Miss accomplished all of that in his first NFL regular-season game on a short week in which the Niners conducted zero regular practices only speaks further to the job he did. To be sure, Mullens deserves every bit of the credit he’s gotten in the days since his big night.

But it’s also worth taking a deeper dive into the performance so as to keep proper perspective. While Mullens earned the plaudits thrown his way, there were other things contributing to his success. Namely, the Raiders’ abysmal defensive effort and Shanahan’s well-designed game plan and playcalling.

Golden Tate departs as one of best receivers in Lions’ history

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But more than anything, Golden Tate played with a passion the Detroit Lions needed. It was similar to the guy he replaced in 2014, Nate Burleson. They both played with the same sort of swagger, the same intensity and confidence.

And for four-plus seasons in Detroit, Tate was that for the Lions.

Every year, the Lions knew what to expect from him. At least 90 catches, close to, if not more than, 1,000 yards. A guy who would play every week and turn small catches into big gains. A guy who would play with a different level of emotion than some of his teammates.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

In a little over four years, Tate made a massive impact on the franchise. He’ll leave seventh in team history in receiving yards (4,741), fifth in receptions (416) and 15th in receiving touchdowns (22), and he was the franchise’s all-time leader in receptions per game with 5.9 — half a reception more per game than his running mate in the Lions’ receiving corps his first two years with the club, Calvin Johnson.10

Beyond his on-field work, Tate was lauded off the field in Detroit. He was one of the more active Lions players in the community, working with local veterans on a yearly basis. He was also one of the more well-liked Lions players because his personality oozed out of his uniform and into the fan base.

They could see the passion he brought, that he was an emotional player who sometimes would get carried away — he’d even admit that. But it was that passion that endeared him to Detroit and part of why the move to trade him was so surprising.

That was the case for Tate after his arrival in Detroit during the offseason of 2014, the first big splash of former coach Jim Caldwell’s tenure. He would frequently tell the story about how he flew into Detroit during a snowstorm and ended up signing the deal before he left. It’s a story that brought him more fans in a city where he played so well. Nine of the top 10 receiving games of his career were in Detroit. He made his only Pro Bowl with the Lions.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

And he proved to be worth every dollar of his contract — one that will now play out in Philadelphia.

Jets quiet at deadline, refuse to sacrifice future for present

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They protected their future assets — and they’ll need plenty to repair this roster — but you have to believe coach Todd Bowles would have appreciated some reinforcements. He’s concerned about now, not the future, because his job is to win games. He has lost 27 of his past 40, so, yeah, there might be a sense of urgency, but he doesn’t have the final say on trades. That belongs to general manager Mike Maccagnan.nfl cheap jerseys nike

So the Jets (3-5), losers of two straight, will have to live with their underwhelming pass rush and beaten-up group of receivers. A segment of the fan base might be upset, wishing their team had done something. Anything.

Frankly, I don’t blame the Jets for not pulling the trigger on Fowler. It didn’t make sense to pay a premium for a two-month rental. They’ve liked Fowler since 2015, when he came out of Florida, but the price was steep. The Los Angeles Rams gave up a 2019 third-round pick and a 2020 fifth-rounder for the free agent-to-be, who underachieved through most of his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Rams are a Super Bowl contender; the Jets are not. They can wait until March, when they probably will try to overpay him as a free agent.8

Cooper would’ve made sense because he’s only 24 and under contract in 2019, but no team was crazy enough to meet the Oakland Raiders’ demand of a first-round pick. Oh, wait, the Dallas Cowboys did just that. The Jets would’ve been nuts to give up that much, considering their first-round pick might be in the top 10 — again.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

Golden Tate? He’s 32 years old and headed to free agency, so he wasn’t a good fit for the Jets. The Philadelphia Eagles, trying to defend their Super Bowl title, sent a third-round pick to the Detroit Lions for Tate.

Demaryius Thomas? At 6-foot-3 with a wide catch radius, he would have helped rookie quarterback Sam Darnold, who is being forced to make too many tight-window throws. Thomas is 30 years old, but he’s signed through 2019 — a non-guaranteed $14 million. Pricey, but he might have been worth a test drive. He wound up going to the Houston Texans, who gave up a fourth-round pick as part of their swap with the Denver Broncos.