Jake Locker could make his return this week when the Tennessee Titans host the San Francisco 49ers. Head coach Mike Munchak said Friday that a decision will be made Saturday Cheap Original Soccer Jerseys whether to start Locker or Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback.
Locker was able to return to practice this week after missing the Titans’ last two games with a hip injury he suffered in Week 4 against the New York Jets. Projections had the quarterback returning after the team’s bye next week, but Locker has reportedly progressed well enough to potentially take over for Fitzpatrick sooner than expected. Munchak confirmed that Locker took more reps than Fitzpatrick in practice Friday.
Spiller has played through an ankle injury in the Bills’ past two games but remains questionable on the team’s official injury list. All indications are that Spiller will suit up today, but with or without an injury to the playmaker, Buffalo will continue to platoon at RB with Fred Jackson.
Locker suffered an injury to his right hip and knee in Tennessee’s Week 4 win over the New York Jets and has missed the past two games as a result. It was thought that Locker might miss a month or more while recovering, but the Titans’ QB has participated in practice this week and appears to be a game-time decision for this afternoon’s contest with San Francisco. If Locker — who had been having a breakout season prior to the injury — is unable to play today, Ryan Fitzpatrick would get the starting nod for the third consecutive week.
In my opinion, Smith has been, hands down, our best CB this season. And he’s done Cheap Old Basketball Jerseys his job quietly, it seems. If he keeps up this kind of play, he should surely get selected to the Pro Bowl this year. Let’s take a look at the numbers, because numbers are good. Our boys over at Pro Football Focus have Smith graded at a 7.7, which is good for the 5th best grade at the CB position. Through the first six games this year, QB’s have a 41.3 QB rating when throwing Smith’s way, which is also good for 5th best in the league (for guys that have played at least 112 snaps).
Andrew Luck played well in the Indianapolis Colts’ win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday night, but there is at least one throw he would like to have back. On 3rd-and-1 just before the midway point of the fourth quarter, Luck left a short pass at the feet of Reggie Wayne, forcing Cheap USA Soccer Jerseys the wideout to contort his way back to the ball and suffer a knee sprain (or potentially worse) in the process.
After the game, Luck was contrite speaking with Peter King at Monday Morning Quarterback.
“It stinks to the nth degree,” said Luck. “I put a lot of blame on myself for missing that throw.”
Luck’s pass was most certainly underthrown, as you can see from the GIF below. Whether he deserves the blame he is apparently heaping upon himself is another question. Bad throws and knee injuries off awkward foot plants are a regular occurrence in football. Luck doesn’t have a history of being an erratic passer either. Sometimes freak injuries occur.
It’s strange to be in the third year of C.J. Spiller’s NFL career and still not have a good sense of what the Bills have at running back. At this point he should be the team’s focal point, but inconsistent running continues to make him a supplemental piece to Fred Jackson. On Sunday he managed just 11 yards on six carries, making it a larger problem the team may be forced to answer in 2014.
Ryan Tannehill is playing well, but the Dolphins’ quarterback has been significantly worse since his Monday Night Football loss to the New Orleans Saints. It’s hard to quantify Cheap US Jerseys what’s going wrong on the field, making the possibility of confidence being the greater issue. There’s no confusing the fact Miami has huge problems on its offensive line, but Tannehill dealt with pressure better in the first three games of the season. If the Dolphins want to be in a spot to pressure New England he’ll need to get his groove back.
Heading into the season, the Lions were seemingly in fine shape up front, but the unit finished just south of mediocre in 2014, giving up 47 sacks and springing the running game for just 3.6 yards per carry with Reggie Bush and Joique Bell. The veterans got pooped. Dominic Raiola has already been let go for being a poor center, as well as an unpleasant person. Nine-year left guard Rob Sims may be next.
What would be left are a bunch of youngsters entering, at most, their fourth season in the NFL, and that’s fine. The Dallas Cowboys’ top-notch unit was exactly the same way last season, outside of right tackle Doug Free. Travis Swanson (2014) and Larry Warford (2013) appear to be hits. If the Lions can find something other than an undrafted rookie to plug into the right tackle spot for next season, the line could be in great shape for years to come, and that would help Matthew Stafford and the offense much more than trying to give him another splashy playmaker.
We didn’t need to do much research to confirm that conclusion, but the numbers are still pretty stark when you see them in print. The Raiders picked eight of the 135 players with the fastest Combine 40 times over the last nine NFL Drafts, twice the expected rate based on all 32 teams and the most out of any team since 2006. The most surprising part might be that only three were first-round picks (Michael Huff, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Darren McFadden).
Only three of those eight were on the roster last year (McFadden, Tyvon Branch and Chimidi Chekwa). McFadden is an unrestricted free agent this year, and few expect him to return. Chekwa, a low-cost special teams guy, could return as a restricted free agent. Branch is the only one under contract for 2015. However, he’s seen action in a grand total of five games over the last two seasons and is owed almost $20 million over the next three years of his contract.
It’s possible that Oakland will have none of its original speedsters on the roster when training camp starts this summer.