NFL News and Rumors: A rookie, a veteran, and a quitter
What to make of week two in the NFL
Lots of news to get to around the NFL:
- Jalen Ramsey got the best of Gronk
- The Chiefs have found their franchise QB
- Ryan “Connor McGregor” Fitzpatrick
- Hanging up the towel at halftime
All this and more in our NFL roundup...
Jalen Ramsey vs. Gronk
In a rematch of last season’s AFC Championship game, the Jacksonville Jaguars waited just 238 days before the chance to play the New England Patriots once again. And Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey was all over it. In a press conference, Ramsey explained that even if his own grandmother was running routes, Ramsey would still go all out:
"She knows that. Grandma, know that I love you, but she knows that. Would she hit me back? Grandma might not get up from one of my licks."
Now grandma Ramsey may or may not have a similar skillset as Rob Gronkowski, but this one-on-one highly anticipated matchup did not disappoint on Sunday. Gronkowski was limited to just two catches for 15 yards and zero touchdowns.
Patrick Mahomes looks right at home
The Chiefs (2-0) may have just found their franchise quarterback. Mahomes threw for six touchdown passes in a 42-37 game in Pittsburgh, becoming the first player to throw for six touchdowns in one of his first five games as a pro. This brings his total career touchdowns to 10 in just three starts (Mahomes started in week 17 last season). He threw four touchdowns against the Los Angeles Chargers last Sunday in week one. Keep in mind these touchdowns are coming against fairly decent defenses.
The Chiefs will host the San Francisco 49ers in week three.
Ryan “Conor McGregor” Fitzpatrick
The Tampa Bay Bucs (2-0) may have an interesting decision to make come week four. Through two games as a starter, Fitzpatrick has thrown eight touchdowns, four against the Saints in New Orleans in week one and four against the defending Super Bowl Champ Philadelphia Eagles at home in week two. Fitzpatrick has also only thrown one interception.
He also looks really good wearing WR DeSean Jackson’s swag during a post-game press conference. Is that Ryan Fitzpatrick or Conor McGregor?
Quitting at halftime?
Yes, quitting at halftime. Bills CB Vontae Davis played just six quarters with the Buffalo Bills before retiring from the NFL.
The 30-year-old posted to Twitter: “This isn’t how I pictured retiring from the NFL. But in my 10th NFL season, I have been doing what my body has been programmed to do: get ready to play on game day. I’ve endured multiple surgeries and played through many different injuries throughout my career and, over the last few weeks, this was the latest physical challenge. But today on the field, reality hit me fast and hard: I shouldn’t be out there anymore.”
The Rams look scary good
After a week one 33-13 MNF win over Jon Gruden’s Raiders and a 34-0 shutout over the division rival Arizona Cardinals, the Rams (2-0) are off to a scary good start this season. Lead by the 2016 1st round 1st overall draft pick QB Jared Goff, the Rams have done an excellent job in putting together pieces around Goff: wide receivers Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp and who could forget running back stud Todd Gurley.
Not only do the Rams have an exciting offense, but they also have a rock-steady defense to fall back. The d-line is disruptive lead by the defensive line: DT Ndamukong Suh and Aaron Donald while the secondary is also covered by cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib.
Is the Garopollo effect wearing off?
After finishing last season going 3-0 under new quarterback Jimmy “Jesus” Garopollo, it looked to be a promising future in the 49ers franchise. Granted the 49ers opened up their season facing one of the best defenses in the country in the Minnesota Vikings and taking the loss in Minnesota 16-24, the 49ers almost lost at home in week two to the Detroit Lions.
Heading into the fourth quarter with a 27-13 lead, the niners offense struggled to kill clock and move the football down the field. San Fransisco settled for one field goal in the fourth quarter while on the other side of the field, Detroit had all the momentum and capitalized by putting up two touchdowns. The 49ers defense looked scrambled and Garopollo looked out-of-sync.
But the niners came away with the win and now head on the road to hot-handed Kansas City Chiefs.