NFL News and Rumors: Should the Raiders be worried about Carr?
Lots of news to get to. Should Oakland be worried about Derek Carr? Who sits atop to NFL Power Ranking? How will injuries impact Week 2?
All that and more in our NFL roundup...
Trouble in Oakland
Should the Raiders be worried about star quarterback Derek Carr? Is he already butting heads with new head coach Jon Gruden? The answer is probably not. It's just game one of a long season, and they were playing one of the best team in the league. But the crew at SB Nation put together a great piece on the best case and worst case scenarios for Carr and Oakland after his poor start.
"If Carr continues to regress, the Raiders have leverage to move on or ask the passer to take a pay cut. But one of the major reasons Gruden was hired was to make sure it didn’t come to that. Monday raised red flags, but it was just the first game of Gruden’s tenure with Carr. It isn’t panic time yet, but the Raiders definitely need their 27-year-old quarterback to look more like he did at age 25."
Read the full article HERE
Eagles flying high
After the first week of action in the NFL, the Eagles are No.1 in the power rankings. This according to NFL.com. The Rams, Vikings, Patriots, and Jaguars round out the Top 5, while the Bills are on the bottom. What about the Seahawks? They come in at No.28, down a spot from last week.
"Doug Baldwin's injury has this team dropping one spot. Otherwise, Seattle gave the Broncos all they could handle in Denver, more so than many pundits expected. Thought the Seahawks could've run the football more than they did, giving just 14 carries to the running backs. Seattle's Sunday outcomes will apparently rest on Russell Wilson's shoulders again this year. Speaking of stars ... How about Earl Thomas setting up that Will Dissly touchdown by jumping in front of a Case Keenum throw like he's done it his whole career? (Because he has.) Oh, and that's Will Dissly, blocking TE.Will Dissly, Dissly bear."
Read NFL.com's full power rankings HERE
Somebody call a doctor
The NFL was hit hard by injuries in Week 1. DeSean Jackson left early due to a concussion. Aaron Rodgers' status is up in the air after suffering a knee injury. While Titans TE Delanie Walker will miss the rest of the season after breaking his ankle. Locally, the Seahawks will be without No.1 wide receiver Doug Baldwin.
According to ESPN , "Pete Carroll sounds like he's expecting Doug Baldwin to miss Monday night's game against Chicago and possibly another week beyond that. Baldwin suffered what ESPN's Adam Schefter reported to be a Grade 2 partial MCL tear in his right knee in Sunday's opener, after missing about a month of training camp with an injured left knee." Linebacker K.J. Wright is also doubtful for Sunday.
You can read the full injury update HERE
Conner wasn't throwing shade at Bell
James Conner scored the first touchdown of his career on Sunday and celebrated by hugging his offensive line. Some took this as a dig at Le'Veon Bell, who is currently holding out and who the linemen called out to the media last week. However, Conner says it wasn't directed at Bell at all.
While talking to media this week Conner said “The media took it out of proportion trying to say I was trying to throw shade or something to Le’Veon when I celebrated with the linemen...“I never understood that. They kind just made that up. I am an NFL running back, (and) I scored by first touchdown untouched. You don’t do that often as running back. So as soon as I scored, I went back and turned and celebrated with (offensive linemen). And people took it however they wanted to take it, but I was just showing love.”
You can read more on Conner and the Steelers HERE
Gronk not worried about Ramsey
In an interview with ESPN last month Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey said some pretty crazy stuff. One of the crazy things he said was "I don't think Gronk's good. Let me say -- I don't think Gronk is as great as people think he is." Really? Gronk is one of the best TEs in the history of the game. But don't tell that to Ramsey. For the first time since those comments went public Ramsey and his Jags will play Gronk and his Pats. But Gronk isn't focused on Ramsey.
"If that's how he feels, that's how he feels... It's a big game this Sunday. I'm sure I'm going to have opportunities to go versus him. I'm sure he's going to have opportunities to go versus me. I'm just preparing like I always prepare. I just got to do my job out on the field and just worry about that."
You can read more on Gronk and Ramsey HERE