NFL News and Rumors: Josh Allen gets the start for Buffalo
Lots of news to get to around the NFL:
- Bills to start Josh Allen
- Jalen Ramsey doubles down on Gronk
- Was Saquon Barkley almost a 49er?
All this and more in our NFL roundup...
Time to start the rook
Rookie quarterback Josh Allen will get the start for the Bills in Week 2, but is this a good thing? The Bills looked awful in Week 1 and starting Josh Allen this early may just be throwing him to the wolves. Allen subbed in for Nathan Peterman with the Bills trailing in 40-0 to the Ravens last week, and passed for just 74-yards on 15 attempts. Is he ready?
Coach Sean McDermott said of his rookie quarterback, "There's certainly valuable experience when you can stand and watch. But as we all know, there's no substitute for the experience when you're actually behind the wheel. There's a lot of value to that."
For more on the Bills and Allen click HERE
Ramsey doubles down
Last month Jalen Ramsey said Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was overrated and not that good. Ramsey doubled down on that this week ahead of the Jaguars matchup with the Patriots. “I might be crazy, I don’t care,” Ramsey said. “He’s good, don’t get it twisted, he’s good. You saying this to me is supposed to bring fear to me or something? I don’t fear no man, period. So he’s going to have to come out there and line up on me.”
Grab your popcorn and get ready this matchup. It's going to be a wild ride.
Saquon a 49er?
Oh, what might have been. Saquon Barkley is one of the most explosive running backs in recent memory and was by far the best running back in the 2018 NFL Draft. He was selected by the Giants, but he could have ended up in red and gold.
During a Q and A with Henry McKenna of The Big Lead, Barkley said he drew a lot of interest from the 49ers. "I never really got interest from the Browns to be completely honest. There’s some teams that won’t talk to you, but they know everything about you. I’ve met with a lot of teams. I did meet with the Giants. They liked me a lot. I knew that 49ers liked me a lot. There were some other teams.”
The 49ers had the ninth pick, so they would have had to trade up, but it was certainly a possibility. You can read the full Q and A HERE
The honeymoon is over
It looks like the honeymoon is over in Detroit after the Lions dropped their season opener to the Jets, 48-17. As Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk pointed out:
"It would be an overstatement to say that Patricia is on the hot seat if the Lions get blown out again on Sunday at San Francisco, as no head coach is on the hot seat after two games. But it wouldn’t be too much of an overstatement: The Lions’ ownership and front office has indicated that they believe the pieces are in place, starting with quarterback Matthew Stafford, for the Lions to compete right now. They weren’t expecting Patricia to have a massive rebuilding project. And they’re not going to accept Patricia inheriting a 9-7 team and turning them into one of the worst teams in the league, which is what they looked like in Week One."
You can read David Smith's full article HERE
Will he or won't he play?
Aaron Rodgers had one of the most heroic performances in NFL history last week when he led the Packers to a narrow victory over the Bears. Rodgers hurt his knee in that game, had to leave, but miraculously came back to erase a 17-0 deficit. However, it now looks like his status for Week 2 against the Vikings is up in the air. He is currently day-to-day, and as coach Mike McCarthy put it, "you've got two types of environments to prepare you for games -- you've got the classroom environment, and you have obviously the practice environment," McCarthy said. "So with him in the rehab group, he's full-bore ahead in the classroom and all the different meetings. Today's a very heavy situational day, so that's where his involvement is."
Minnesota fans may be the only fans in the NFL that don't want to see Rodgers play Sunday.
Ryan Fitzpatrick is the No.2 quarterback in Tampa Bay, but he got the start last week while No.1 quarterback Jameis Winston started his three-game suspension. All Fitzpatrick did was pass for 417 yards and four touchdowns, leading the Bucs to a 48-40 victory over the Saints. There may be a quarterback controversy moving forward, and Fitzpatrick says he is playing the best football of his career.
“You know I’m better right now than I’ve been at any point in my career and lot of that is mentally and whatever else,” Fitzpatrick said Thursday, via JoeBucsFan.com. “But there’s a lot of different throws and things that are so much ingrained in you, so much muscle memory from working and doing it for a long time. Truly I feel like the older I’ve gotten the better I’ve become,” this from Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.
You can read Florio's full article HERE