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  1. www.patriotsauthorizedshop.com , series history, tale of the tape; More.Team connections: Patriots-Titans.Paul Perillo tackles this week’s Ask PFW Mailbag: Adding depth, improving defense and more.Conference Call Transcripts: Bill Belichick - Josh McDaniels - Brian Flores.Angelique Fiske reports each Patriots player wore the initials of a fallen soldier on their helmets, honoring their sacrifice for Salute to Service.Wide Open: Deatrich Wise shows off his Bill Belichick impersonation, divulges what article of clothing he can’t live without and weighs in on the debate over whether a hot dog is a sandwich. (2.57 min. video)From the NFL - Baldy’s Breakdowns: How the Patriots offense uses I formation with Patterson. (2.21 min.)LOCAL LINKSKaren Guregian writes Bill Belichick made the right call between Stephon Gilmore and Malcolm Butler: Patriots have a shutdown corner, the Titans don’t.Doug Kyed points out the Patriots are not missing Malcolm Butler, who has struggled mightily with the Titans.Ryan Hannable notes Brian Flores praises Malcolm Butler as a ‘great’, ‘incredible’ player.Zack Cox scouts the Titans and gives us five things to know ahead of Sunday’s matchup: 2. They’re in the playoff hunt.Mike Reiss looks at the interesting coaching matchup between Bill Belichick and Mike Vrabel.Karen Guregian notes WR coach Chad O’Shea has been instrumental in bringing Josh Gordon up to speed on the offense.David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Josh Gordon: The New England Patriots savior.Ryan Hannable thinks Josh McDaniels is not getting enough credit for the success of the offense.Tom E. Curran calls last week’s chess match with Aaron Rodgers a growth opportunity for the defense.Nick O’Malley notes the Patriots defense may be short on star power, but it may have one of the most underrated players in the NFL in the form of “quiet storm” Trey Flowers.Mike Reiss reviews the first half of the Patriots season: Tom Brady has Patriots positioned for another post-season push.Mike Petraglia writes an interesting piece on how the Patriots’ seasonal rise starts with the details and Bill Belichick’s unwavering trust in his players. /Good read.DJ Bean says the 7-2 Patriots have come a long way from the 1-2 doldrums to potentially running the table.Ryan Hannable takes a look at the AFC playoff picture to see where the Patriots stand after Week 9.Devon Clements (PatriotsWire) Here are some franchise records Cordarelle Patterson broke against Packers.Nick O’Malley gives us an update on the Patriots’ recent series of roster moves.Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Obi Melifonwu: ‘Being a Patriot was the best thing for me’.Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Jason McCourty’s notebook collection is a ridiculously detailed football archive of his career.Karen Guregian Patriots Notebook: Josh McDaniels welcomes Titanic test from old friends.Bob Socci’s Patriots Notebook: Trey Flowers causes all kinds of trouble in Mr. Rodgers’ neighborhood.Doug Kyed NFL Rumors: Patriots work out free-agent running back, offensive tackle.Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Winning seems to have eased tension, drama between Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.Mike Cole posts a short Bill Belichick mic’d-up clip from Showtime’s ‘Inside the NFL’ that is just the latest example of his greatness.CBS Boston reports the Packers released Jermaine Whitehead after his ejection against the Patriots.Zack Cox reports Bruce Irvin turned down more money from the Patriots to sign with ‘his city’ Atlanta.NATIONAL NEWSRobert Mays (The Ringer) The Starting 11: The NFL’s most dominant offenses refuse to be stopped.Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Bill Belichick’s latest innovation: Cordarrelle Patterson as a running back.Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) Patriots put center Brian Schwenke on IR.Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Malcolm Butler won’t be demoted ahead of Patriots game.Cameron Wolfe (ESPN) Who was that?!? Sneaky good performances that mattered in Week 9. Lawrence Guy gets a mention.Gregg Rosenthal (NFL.com) Debrief: Ravens’, Pack’s losses among most humbling of Week 9.MMQB Staff (SI) Unexpected and surprising storylines of the first half of the 2018 NFL season.Conor Orr (SI) NFL preseason predictions we missed.Danny Heifetz (The Ringer) How these seven coaches on the hot seat can save their jobs.Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Who’s on the hot seat, halfway through the season?Jim Reineking (USA Today) Get your popcorn ready: Classic NFL celebrations we most want to see repeated next. The New England Patriots’ prime time thriller against the Kansas City Chiefs was the final AFC East game played in week six – and like two of the three that happened before, it was a successful one for the division. While New England stays on top, the rest of the teams are not too far behind. With one notable exception that lost not just a game on Sunday but a quarterback in the process. Let’s take a look at it in this week’s AFC East Report.1. New England Patriots (4-2)Week 6: 43-40 win against the Kansas City Chiefs, in Foxboro MATo watch highlights of the game, click here.2. Miami Dolphins (4-2)Week 6: 31-28 OT win against the Chicago Bears, in Miami Gardens FLAfter back to back defeats made the Miami Dolphins lose the AFC East lead, the team bounced back against the visiting Chicago Bears on Sunday – despite starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill being out with a shoulder injury. His replacement, however, played a well enough game. Together with some opportunistic defense, this allowed the home team to come away with a 31-28 victory.The game started slowly, with Miami getting on the board first: the team’s second possession ended with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Brock Osweiler (28/44, 380 yds, 3 TDs, 2 INTs) to tight end Nick O’Leary (4/49 yds, 1 TD). The score was the lone offensive highlight for the Dolphins in half one – the rest of quarters one and two was dominated by the team’s defense.Late in the first quarter, the unit stopped Chicago on fourth down near midfield. Late in the second it forced and recovered a Bears fumble at the Miami two-yard line. But while the Dolphins could not turn the takeaways into points – in part because of an Osweiler interception – it did allow the team to take a 7-0 lead into the locker rooms at halftime. However, the lead did not hold long as Chicago scored two consecutive touchdowns to open the third quarter. The latter of which was preceded by Osweiler’s second interception.At that point New England Patriots Womens T-Shirt , the game turned into a shootout. Miami answered with a field goal before the Bears added another touchdown to go up 21-10. The Dolphins then added three more points to their total before the team’s defense made another big play by picking off Chicago quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (22/31, 316 yds, 3 TDs, 1 INT) inside the Miami end zone. This time, the home team took advantage and tied the game on an Osweiler touchdown pass to Albert Wilson (6/155 yds, 2 TDs).The Bears answered with a touchdown of their own but Osweiler’s second scoring pass to Wilson – a 75-yarder – tied the game once again with three minutes left to go. With neither team being able to score again before the conclusion of the fourth quarter, the contest was headed to overtime. Miami found itself in a position to score a game-deciding touchdown on its first possession but Kenyan Drake (13/57 yds) lost a fumble near the Chicago goal line.The visitors were then able to drive into the range for what would have been a deciding field goal, but missed the 53-yard attempt wide right. Subsequently, the Dolphins moved to the Bears 29 and with three seconds left had rookie kicker Jason Sanders (3/3 FG, 2/2 XP) deliver the game-winning 47-yard attempt.To watch highlights of the game, click here.3. New York Jets (3-3)Week 6: 42-34 win against the Indianapolis Colts, in East Rutherford NJThe New York Jets are back at .500 after a shootout victory over the visiting Indianapolis Colts. Todd Bowles’ team started very well into the meeting: on the second play from scrimmage, cornerback Morris Claiborne (4 TKLs, 1 INT) picked off a tipped pass from Andrew Luck (23/43, 301 yds, 4 TDs, 3 INTs) and returned it for a touchdown. The lead did not hold long, however, as Indianapolis tied the game on the very next possession.The back-and-forth continued throughout the game. New York answered the Colts’ score with a field goal drive before two straight Jets giveaways – an interception from Sam Darnold (24/30, 280 yds, 2 TDs, 1 INT) and a fumble by Quincy Enunwa (1/9 yds) – allowed the visitors to take a 13-10 lead. Following a Jets fumble recovery by Jordan Jenkins (1 TKL, 1 FR), the home team was able to re-gain the lead on a pass from Darnold to Terrelle Pryor (5/57 yds, 1 TD).After New York’s third takeaway of the first half – an interception by linebacker Avery Williamson (5 TKLs, 1 INT) –, the team was able to add two more field goals to its lead and enter the locker rooms at halftime up 23-13. The first series after intermission saw the Jets increase their lead to 17 points when Darnold found fellow rookie Chris Herndon (2/56 yds, 1 TD) from 32 yards out.Following another Colts touchdown on the next drive, the Jason Myers (7/7 FG New England Patriots Hats , 3/3 XP) show started. New York’s kicker made four field goals over a 15-minute span to solidify the Jets’ lead even when the Colts were able to score two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. In between, the team’s defense registered two more big stops: linebacker Darron Lee had an interception before the unit stopped Indianapolis on a fourth down pass.And while not all was perfect from the Jets’ perspective, the team played solid complementary football and made big plays at critical points – something that the 2017 Jets often failed to do.To watch highlights of the game, click here.4. Buffalo Bills (2-4)Week 6: 20-13 loss against the Houston Texans, in Houston TXThe Buffalo Bills’ up-and-down season continued on Sunday against the Houston Texans. In a defensive battle, the team failed to string enough plays together to come away victoriously and move back to .500. Instead, the team lost its fourth game of the season and – tomake matters worse – first-round rookie quarterback Josh Allen (10/17, 84 yds) late in the third quarter. Allen could reportedly miss up to three games because of the elbow injury he suffered.Buffalo started the game with the football in its hands but despite quickly driving to the Houston side of the field had to punt. The Texans were also forced to kick away following their first drive, but remained in possession when Bills wideout Ray-Ray McCloud (1/2 yds) muffed the catch. The home team was able to take advantage of the second chance and went up 7-0.Buffalo failed to respond and instead turned the football over on another special teams blunder in the early second quarter. Following the blocked punt, the Texans further increased their lead by a field goal. Meanwhile, the Bills offense continued to be ineffective as well which is why the squad headed into the half down 10-0. The third period, however, started better for Sean McDermott’s team.Following an interception by Lorenzo Alexander (4 TKLs, 1.5 SCKs, 1 INT), kicker Stephen Hauschka (2/2 FG, 1/1 XP) put the Bills on the board. The defensive back-and-forth continued with Hauschka’s second field goal late in the third quarter which brought the team within four points. After another takeaway – a fumble recovery by Harrison Phillips (1 TKL, 1 FR) – Buffalo actually scored a touchdown to go up 13-10 on a touchdown pass from Nathan Peterman (6/12, 61 yds, 1 TD, 2 INTs) to Zay Jones (3/35 yds, 1 TD).However, the lead did not hold. First, the Texans tied the game on a field goal with 1:37 left in the fourth quarter. Two plays later, Peterman threw a pick-six that gave Houston a 20-13 advantage. Buffalo failed to respond this time and a second interception thrown by the backup passer effectively sealed the game.To watch highlights of the game, click here.
  2. point home favorite against Kansas City The New England Patriots enjoyed a mini bye over the weekend after their Thursday night victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Today http://www.thepatriotsfootballauthentic.com/david-andrews-jersey-authentic , the team will return to the Gillette Stadium facilities to start preparation for the upcoming opponent – arguably the toughest one on the schedule: the 5-0 Kansas City Chiefs, who have just defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars and their top-ranked defense 30-14.But despite their recent run of success, the 3-2 Patriots are the early favorites over Andy Reid’s team: New England opens the week favored to win by three points (via OddsShark). Of course, the one field goal differential is essentially created by the Patriots having home field advantage. On a neutral field Youth Jonathan Jones Jersey , the game would likely be a toss-up at this point during the week.New England being favored despite the Chiefs being undefeated is no surprise. Not only has the team shown vast improvements over its last two games, it also is 69-11 at home since 2010. Of those 11 losses, only two have come in the month of October – and when the stakes are highest, the Patriots have shown an ability to rise to the challenge unlike any other team in the NFL over the past few years.Injury update: Patriots linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley was placed on injured reserve due to torn biceps Three days after their loss against the Detroit Lions Womens Trent Brown Jersey , the New England Patriots decided to place linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley on injured reserve. The move was a surprising one at the time, as the fifth-round rookie did not obviously suffer an injury during his team’s 26-10 loss. However, ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss later reported that the 22-year old would not be a realistic candidate to return off the reserve list.Now, we know why. According to Reiss’ Sunday Notes Youth Devin McCourty Jersey , Bentley suffered a torn biceps during the Patriots’ game in Detroit:Bentley had a productive start to his pro career before getting placed on injured reserve. The fifth-round draft pick out of Purdue appeared in all three of New England’s games and was on the field for 138 of the Patriots’ defensive snaps (63.3%) as a rotational third/fourth linebacker and 46 (54.1%) on special teams. Overall, he registered 13 tackles and interception on defense and one stop in the kicking game.
  3. New York Giants Hats , the New York Giants have changed.They have a new coach, a new general manager, a new 3-4 defensive scheme and a slew of new players led by No. 2 overall draft pick Saquon Barkley.The biggest change, however, heading into 2018 is there is no Super Bowl hype.That was the main topic going into 2017 with the Giants coming off an 11-5 season under then-second-year coach Ben McAdoo. The expectations of a trip to Minnesota and a fifth Lombardi Trophy were through the roof.The hope didn't last long. After losing five straight to start the season and incurring several injuries, McAdoo and longtime general manager Jerry Reese were fired in early December after their decision to bench two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning.The changes followed. Dave Gettleman was hired to replace Reese. Pat Shurmur was named coach. A slew of free agents were signed led by left tackle Nate Solder, guard Patrick Omameh and linebacker Kareem Martin. Fellow linebacker Alec Ogletree was acquired in a trade.Barkley, guard Will Hernandez and defensive tackle B.J. Hill were added in the first three rounds of the draft. All should start against the Jaguars on Sept. 9."I just told the team today, and I'll say this, I'm not into predictions," Shurmur said Monday. "I told the team today really don't worry about Jacksonville, let's just make the rest of today as good as it can be and then we'll see where we go with it."The Giants have talent. Getting back to the playoffs will be tough.New York has two games with the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles and five other matchups against teams that made the playoffs — Jacksonville, New Orleans, Carolina, Atlanta and Tennessee. Add in four games against NFC East rivals Dallas and Washington and winning nine or 10 games is asking a lot.The positive is the personnel is good. The 37-year-old Manning has looked sharp in the preseason and the receiving group has the potential to be awesome, especially if Odell Beckham Jr. returns to form after missing most of last season with a broken ankle. Despite missing two weeks with a hamstring, Barkley has been impressive. He has a burst of speed that has not been seen in the Giants' backfield in a while.Defensively, tackle Snacks Harrison, end/linebacker Olivier Vernon, cornerback Janoris Jenkins and safety Landon Collins are Pro Bowl caliber for coordinator James Bettcher.Some things to know about the 2018 Giants:BECKHAM'S BACK: The Giants have been cautious with the three-time Pro Bowler in the preseason. He did not appear in any of the first three games and it's likely he won't play until the season opener. The 25-year-old has been barely touched in training camp which might raise some concerns.However, if you've watched him New York Giants Hoodie , he has not lost a step. His cuts are crisp, his hands are as good as ever and there is no reason not to believe he is going to have double-digit touchdown catches and have more than 1,000 yards receiving. He also should benefit from opponents having to watch Sterling Shepard and tight end Evan Engram.O-LINE ISSUES: The Giants spent a bundle to upgrade the offensive line. Solder is a major upgrade at left tackle. Hernandez is a fighter at left guard. The rest of the line is suspect. Jon Halapio is playing center for the first time. Omameh struggled against Jets at right tackle while Ereck Flowers has been up and down at his new right tackle spot. Bottom line is the line was the weak link in the offense last season and it could be again although the pass protection has looked a little better.SECONDARY ISSUES: The secondary has three solid starters in Jenkins, fellow cornerback Eli Apple and Collins at the strong safety. The free safety spot looks as if it will go to Curtis Riley. He outlasted incumbent Darian Thompson, who was bothered by a hamstring in training camp, and veteran Andrew Adams, who struggled despite making 17 starts over the past two seasons. There is little depth at cornerback and it is uncertain who will be the nickel and dime backs.D-LINE: A late concern for the line is Vernon's reported high ankle injury. He is the top pass rusher and struggled at times last season with a similar injury. Rookie Lorenzo Carter, veteran Connor Barwin and Kerry Wynn will have to take up the slack.MANNING: Eli is enjoying the new offense. He was 17 of 23 against the Jets in his final tuneup, and no one is worried whether his starting days are dwindling. Backup Davis Webb has started to show the team didn't waste a third-round pick on him last season. So that was something. The New York Giants looked mostly lifeless in an embarrassing 34-13 Thursday night loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Unlike last week’s game against the Carolina Panthers when all the big and meaningful plays came late in the game, most of those came in the first half on Thursday — the Giants started the second quarter with an 18 percent win probability and it didn’t get much closer.These are the biggest plays in the game, by Win Probability Added (WPA) and Expected Points Added (EPA), per data from nflscrapR. Explainers here (WPA) and here (EPA).Both WPA and EPA presented from the perspective of the offense.Not a great start - 14:24, first quarterEPA: minus-6.18 | WPA: minus-14.9 percentThe tone of this game was set fairly early. On the second play from scrimmage — a second-and-2 — Eli Manning forced a short pass to tight end Scott Simonson into tight coverage — Next Gen Stats tracked 0.53 yards of separation. Simonson started because Evan Engram was still out and Rhett Ellison was also inactive Thursday night. Linebacker Jordan Hicks (58) was able to charge and deflect the ball, which fell into the hands of Kamu Grugier-Hill (54) for an interception. An improbable touchdown - 13:27, first quarterEPA: 3.47 | WPA: 11.9 percentThe interception set the Eagles up with the ball on the Giants’ 16-yard line. Three plays later, Philadelphia put the ball in the end zone, though it wasn’t easy. A recently returned Olivier Vernon pushed Carson Wentz from the pocket to his right. Wentz then threw back across his body to the middle of the field, where Alshon Jeffery was charging in the end zone. Per Next Gen Stats, the expected completion percentage of that play was just 18.2 percent, which makes it the 12th least-likely completion of the 2018 season so far.Barkley breaks one, part one - 11:50 Youth Customized New York Giants Jerseys , first quarterEPA: 2.58 | WPA: 8.6 percentSaquon Barkley had a big day as really the only functioning piece of the offense — and even that only came when he was breaking big gains and breaking tackles. While Barkley did do plenty on his own, this big 46-yard run was opened by a pull from guard Will Hernandez. The run got the Giants to the Philadelphia 18, but after a 3-yard Wayne Gallman run and two incompletions, the Giants settled for a field goal.A stolen interception - 8:45, first quarterEPA: 4.31 | WPA: 14.8 percentThis play could have been a huge turning point in the game. On a third-and-7 from the Eagles’ own 17, Kareem Martin got a hand on the arm of Wentz as he went to throw a pass. The ball floated up in the air and looked to be heading into the waiting arms of Landon Collins. But since Collins had to stop and change direction for the ball, he couldn’t charge it and could only wait. In that time, Nelson Agholor charged in front, caught the floater, and gained 32 yards. Philadelphia would eventually punt, but they did so from the 40, better than inside their own 20 or giving the Giants the ball on an interception.Barkley breaks one, part two - 8:06, second quarterEPA: 3.56 | WPA: 9.9 percentBarkley’s second big play was a screen pass taken 55 yards down to the Philadelphia 13. The Giants were only down 14-3 at that point, even after getting a roughing the passer penalty on a failed third down, the Giants were still held out of the end zone. They got down to the 3, but a 21-yard field goal was the call. The Giants would not come closer than eight points for the remainder of the game.Agholor gets free - 5:13, second quarterEPA: 4.21 | WPA: 9.0 percentOn the next drive, Nelson Agholor came through with another play that wasn’t really designed for him. The Eagles faced a third-and-3 from the Philadelphia 32. Wentz rolled out to his right on play-action, and with nothing really open, Agholor altered his route which left Eli Apple well behind him and he was clear for a 58-yard reception down the the Giants’ 10-yard line. Ertz in the end zone - 4:28 www.giantsauthorizedshops.com , second quarterEPA: 2.16 | WPA: 3.0 percentThe next play was maybe mentally a dagger but in reality, the game was already decided. Philadelphia motioned from a full house look to a more traditional formation that put Zach Ertz on the left side of the line. With no wide receivers on that side, it left Ertz one-on-one against Janoris Jenkins. Over his career, Jenkins has been susceptible to double moves and Ertz is one of the best of setting those up in the red zone. That’s exactly what happened and Ertz was wide open for a 10-yard touchdown. The play only added three percent win probability because the Eagles were already at 90 percent before the touchdown.Barkley breaks one, part three - 6:19, third quarterEPA: 3.97 | WPA: 3.2 percentDown 31-6 and despite the wishes of some, the Giants continued with the running game. The result was another ridiculous Barkley run for a 50-yard touchdown. The back finished the game with 130 yards rushing and 99 yards receiving, his sixth-straight game of at least 100 yards from scrimmage. However, this was also just Barkley’s second game with positive expected points added as a runner and the previous game (Week 4) was just a total of 0.63.Late third down conversions - 5:34, third quarterEPA: 2.53 | WPA: 2.7 percentLate in the game, the Giants couldn’t get off the field on defense. Early in the season, the Giants defense excelled on third down but struggled on first and second. On larger samples, performance on first and second down is more predictive than third down and that appears to be the case for this Giants season on both sides of the ball. On third-and-8, the Giants lined up defenders on the first down marker who then dropped back a few yards and left room for a catch and run, which happened here to Jordan Matthews. And another - 3:29, third quarterEPA: 3.19 | WPA: 3.1 percentOverall, the Eagles were 9-of-16 on third downs in the game but were 6-of-9 in the second half. Here’s a look at the Eagles offensive looking at those second half third down conversion attempts:
  4. When the Giants have the ball: Can the offense turn it around against the Houston defense? Not much is going right for the Giants offense this season. There’s a lot of blame to go around. But there are a few ways it can be fixed. Where they’ll try to fix it this week is in Houston against the Texans Authentic Saquon Barkley Jersey , who are also an 0-2 and struggling a bit on defense. If that turnaround is going to happen, here’s some things to look for this week against the Texans.The defensive line is nastyThere’s the names you know — J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney, Whitney Mercilus — and some you might not, like D.J. Reader. Whether they are at full health or not (Clowney is expected to play after missing Week 2, Watt is still working his way back from an injury that cost him almost all of 2017), these are dangerous players who could flip a game in an instant.Reader can be a dominant player on his own, but when he’s getting blocked one-on-one while the rest of the offensive line is worried about Watt and Clowney, he can take advantage. He had two sacks against the Patriots in Week 1, both of which were aided by attention paid to Watt.Another takeaway from those plays is how close Watt is to being the dominant Watt we’ve seen in the past. He’s working his way back to the J.J. Watt of old and he’s on the verge of getting there. He’s yet to record a sack, but he’s oh so close, which doesn’t bode well for the Giants offensive line.The sack and pressure numbers aren’t great at the moment, but that’s not likely to last for long.Quick hittersThe offensive line has clearly struggled and given up pressure, but there are ways to combat that. Per Next Gen Stats, Eli Manning has an average of 2.7 seconds to throw this season. That’s almost exactly league average (2.72) among 32 qualified quarterbacks. Since Manning obviously isn’t behind a league average offensive line, it would make some sense to mix in some throws that allow him to get the ball out quickly.There’s an argument to be made that getting the ball out quickly lowers the ceiling of an offense or limits the amount of downfield shots — both true to an extent — but Manning already has the eighth-shortest throws on average among those qualified quarterbacks. Setting up Manning with more easily defined throws will also help an offense more than running around and relying on a check down to a running back, even if those throws are the correct read at the time.Slants to Odell Beckham became a running joke as the only workable part of the Ben McAdoo offense, but there’s a reason they were relied on so often — they had the greatest potential to work. Beckham slants shouldn’t account for the majority of the passing offense like it had in the past, but getting a few more in there isn’t a bad idea for anyone involved.More movement and creativityOne of the biggest disappointments in the offense has been the lack of movement and creativity in the offensive personnel and play calls. When I talked to Evan Engram during training camp, he said he was excited for this offense because everybody’s everywhere. Through two weeks, that hasn’t been the case, especially with Engram and Saquon Barkley.Engram had seven targets last week against the Cowboys and only one came when he was lined up in the slot. All 16 of Barkley’s targets against Dallas originated from the backfield. These are supposed to be two versatile, dynamic playmakers who can be moved around the formation to create mismatches, but they have yet to be used that way. Engram’s 3.8 intended air yards are the lowest among 97 wide receivers and running backs with at least eight targets on the season.You could say the lack of protection from the offensive line hasn’t allow the Giants to be more creative. But on the other side, stretching the field horizontally with a tight end or running back in the slot or outside puts stress on the defense, lessens the amount of players in the middle of the field, and can decrease the amount of pass rushers available. And if there’s still a pass rush close to getting home, there are more receivers in better positions to serve as hot routes or outlet passes instead of check downs with little room to run.Per Sharp Football Stats, the Giants are still using 11 personnel (three wide receivers) at an above average rate (66 percent), but they aren’t doing many creative things with it. The Giants’ use of 12 personnel (two tight ends http://www.newyorkgiantsteamonline.com/saquon-barkley-jersey , 22 percent) has often seen Engram and Rhett Ellison as traditional in-line tight ends.This should be the week to try to unleash Engram down the field more often. Through two weeks, the Texans are 30th in DVOA against opposing tight ends. Attacking the cornersHouston currently ranks 24th in defensive DVOA against the pass, but it comes with a crazy split. The Texans rank first in DVOA against opposing No. 1 receivers, but rank 25th against No. 2’s and 24th against “others.” That comes with some caveats, though, since Houston has played New England, which doesn’t really have a “No. 1” receiver and Tennessee, which had Blaine Gabbert “throwing” passes to Corey Davis.So, if Odell Beckham can take more advantage of Jonathan Joseph and the other parts of the secondary are already weak, there could be openings in the passing game.Kareem Jackson has already bounced between starting at safety and moving back to cornerback after Kevin Johnson was was put on injured reserve after suffering a concussion in Week 1, which followed a concussion suffered in the preseason. The depth behind Joseph and Jackson is not ideal, so it could be a big day for Sterling Shepard and possibly Cody Latimer if the Giants choose to go that way. Sometimes you just plain get lucky. With the top priority in the NFL’s waiver claim hierarchy, the New York Giants might just have gotten very lucky on Wednesday when they were awarded guard Jamon Brown off waivers from the Los Angeles Rams.When the Giants got Brown from the Rams I got this message from a long-time NFL talent evaluator:“Big sleeper - expect him to take over right guard before season ends.”The Giants, with 33-year-old John Greco having taken over at right guard for the benched Patrick Omameh, snapped up the 25-year-old Brown. In all likelihood, the 6-foot-4, 340-pound 2015 third-round pick who lost his after starting the season by serving a two-game suspension, will be in the Giants’ starting lineup before the season is over.The four-year veteran is in the final year of his rookie contract, so the Giants get the last half of the season to determine whether or not Brown can help them going forward.To learn more about Brown, I turned to Brandon Bate of SB Nation’s Rams website, Turf Show Times. Here is what Bate told me.Ed: Why did he not get his job back?Brandon: Put quite simply, this had very little to do with Jamon - who started every game at right guard for the Rams in 2017 - and everything to do with the fact that his replacement, Austin Blythe, excelled while he was sidelined (suspension). It was a question the coaching staff received almost immediately following their Week 2 win, when Jamon was scheduled to return, and it was a situation where they stuck with Blythe based on his level of play in the first two weeks. Had Blythe struggled, the Rams (and their fans) couldn’t have been more pleased to see him return. Ed: How surprising was it to see the Rams let him go? Why do you believe they did so?Brandon: Very surprised. I think that most anyone who follows the team close enough realized that cap room was going to have to be made in order to sign Dante Fowler -- but I’m not sure anyone figured that would come via Brown’s release. The Rams may have a great O-line in 2018, but it wasn’t always that way...so seeing a solid player walk came as a surprise to just about every fan, I’d imagine. As for “why,” I think it’s primarily the aforementioned level of play from Blythe http://www.newyorkgiantsteamonline.com/patrick-omameh-jersey , but also a growing confidence in some of their younger depth players along the offensive front. Trust that letting him go wasn’t an easy decision by any stretch though. Ed: Is he a starting-caliber player who could be a part of the solution to rebuilding the Giants offensive line?Brandon: Absolutely. I know the Giants have struggled up front but they got a good one today. I’m not sure how long it’ll take the Giants to get him up to speed, but he’s a starting-caliber player, for sure. Going into this season, I expected him to be making every start at RG for the Rams, as he did in 2017. Don’t let his release, or the suspension, fool you. He’s a solid player, and I’m sure this wasn’t an easy decision for the staff. Sean McVay said as much leading up to Week 3. When asked about Blythe’s play and Brown’s impending return, his response: “We feel like we’ve got two starting caliber players in Austin and Jamon.”Ed: Give us a scouting report. Strengths? Weaknesses?Brandon: He’s struggled in the run game at times, but has proven to be a very strong pass blocker. To be fair though, the entire right side of the Rams’ line was struggling in run blocking at one time. And that’s not to say he’s a poor run blocker, because he’s certainly come a long way since his rookie year. Take PFF grades for what they are, but if you’re buying what they’re selling, Brown ranked 11th out of all offensive guards as a pass blocker in the final three weeks of the 2017 season (in which he allowed 0 QB pressures). You’re certainly more familiar with what the Giants are working with at guard, but Jamon is a very well-rounded player, and one worthy of a starting spot on just about any NFL roster. Ed: I know he had the suspension. What kind of person is he? What should we know about him away from the field?The suspension, like his release, was a surprise to just about everybody -- so don’t let that alarm you. Jamon appears to have been a great teammate, and I’m guessing he’ll be missed by both staff and players alike. A quick glance at his twitter account will tell you that he’s a spiritual man, a positive person, and a philanthropist. Honestly, he seems like one of the nicest people on Earth. McVay spoke on his release on Wednesday. I think he summed it up nicely: “But really, what a class act...unfortunately, it hasn’t worked out this year, but can’t say enough good things about just the quality of the human being. He’s got a lot of good tape out there and we’re hopeful that he catches on and has a long, good career ahead of him. But, that was tough.”
  5. www.authenticsnewyorkgiants.com , with strongholds in North Dakota, South Dakota and parts of Iowa.It crosses the Canadian border, too. Just ask Brett Jones.Acquired in a trade with the New York Giants to help shore up a shaky interior of the offensive line, Jones joined the Vikings for practice on Monday after his completed physical exam consummated the deal. He smiled as he spoke afterward about the whirlwind he'd experienced as the final week of the preseason began, when the Giants pulled him off the field during drills on Sunday. Then the Vikings called him to arrange his travel."I was pretty surprised," Jones said, "and excited at the same time."As a youth on the Saskatchewan prairie, Jones rooted for the Vikings long before playing for them became a reality."There's a lot of purple up there," he said. "Growing up, this was probably the closest stadium we could get to."As an 18-year-old, Jones even bought a Phil Loadholt jersey to wear his devotion after the Vikings drafted him in the second round out of Oklahoma in 2009. He traveled south to watch a game that season against the Cincinnati Bengals at the now-demolished Metrodome."I just liked offensive linemen, and I didn't think anybody else would have that jersey so I picked that one," Jones said.After attending Regina University, Jones was the CFL's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman award winner in 2014, his second year with the Calgary Stampeders.The Giants signed him in 2015, and he made his first NFL start at left guard in 2016. The 6-foot-2, 312-pound Jones started 13 games last season at center New York Giants T-Shirt , but he fell behind Jon Halapio on the depth chart in training camp this summer and carried a $2.914 million salary the tight-against-the-cap Giants had to shed.The Vikings have scouted the CFL thoroughly over the past few years. Wide receiver Brandon Zylstra is a fellow CFL alum in training camp."It was a unique path. It was the only option I had," Jones said. "Coming out of college I was short, and I'm still short today, so it was tough for me. I had to prove that I could play by playing in the CFL, and then when I got to the NFL I had to prove I belong here. I've just been doing that each and every day."With center Pat Elflein still not back at practice following offseason ankle and shoulder surgeries and left guard Nick Easton likely out for the year with a neck injury, Jones was a welcomed addition. Joe Berger retired after starting at right guard last season."On tape he's pretty good. He's stout, strong, really gritty, good in pass protection, solid on the double teams," coach Mike Zimmer said.For Giants’ CB Donte Deayon, opportunity hasn’t slipped away EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — For three long weeks, Donte Deayon watched New York Giants practices and games from the sidelines, unable to participate due to a hamstring injury suffered early in training camp. The 5-foot-9, 163-pound third-year player had done well enough in spring and early training camp practices to put himself into consideration for the very available spot as the Giants starting slot corner.Then he had to watch as his teammates tried to take the opportunity away. B.W. Webb, Leonard Johnson New York Giants Hats , William Gay, Grant Haley and others all worked in the slot during Deayon’s absence.“Initially I was disappointed a little bit, like, man, why now,” Deayon said inside the Giants practice bubble on Tuesday afternoon. “I just knew I was going to be back. I thought it was going to be sooner than later, but it’s here now and now I’m ready to make the most of it.”When he was initially injured, coach Pat Shurmur indicated Deayon was “fine” and would only miss a short period of time. That, obviously, did not turn out to be the case.“I was trusting the process, all the rehab. I knew the training staff was going to do a good job of cutting me loose when I was ready,” Deayon said.Deayon is back on the field, having returned to practice on Sunday. On Tuesday, it was apparent that the opportunity is still there for Deayon to earn the job as the team’s slot corner. During 7-on-7 red zone drills Deayon took reps with the first-team defense. During a situational drill at the end of practice, he intercepted a Davis Webb throw.The competition for cornerback spots still appears to be wide open.“I definitely think it’s still a competition at the end of the day and I’m putting my best foot forward,” Deayon said. “I think this is a big opportunity. Just gotta take it one day at a time and step up and be accountable and seize the moment.”With two preseason games remaining and less than two weeks until the Giants have to cut players to reach the 53-man roster limit, it would be logical to think Deayon feels pressure to make up for lost time. He insisted on Tuesday New York Giants Hoodie , though, that that is not the case.“No pressure. You know me, I’m excited, I love to do this. I’m just taking it one day at a time, one step at a time. Not looking forward right now, just trying to focus on each day,” he said.“I just want to build that trust, gain their trust and build that foundation by stacking good days. When you get hurt and you’re not on the field you can talk about it, but you can’t really show them. My main goal is to just each day just keep proving to them that I can do it.”Deayon has been trying to prove himself for three years now. An undrafted free agent out of Boise State, he landed on the practice squad in 2016, but finished the year on IR. He played in four regular-season games last season, but again ended the year on IR.“You get in those positions where it’s next man up and you want to be available to where you’re the next man up,” Deayon said. “I’ve been in that situation where when it was next man up I was also injured. One of the goals for me is to prove that I can play, I can stay on the field, I can be healthy and make plays.”Despite the three weeks on the sideline, the opportunity is still there for Deayon. We begin to find out if he can seize it on Friday vs. the New York Jets.
  6. Special teams coverage units are one of the oft-overlooked units in football. We talk about the kicker and punter http://www.49ersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-kyle-juszczyk-jersey , as well as return men, but coverage units are key — particularly punt return coverage. Which brings us to Raheem Mostert. The 49ers running back is arguably the team’s best player on special teams, and we’re seeing it on the stat sheet. Mostert had three special teams tackles in Week 2 (h/t 49ers PR director Bob Lange), and he now leads the league with five such tackles.Mostert was all over the field on special teams, but his highest profile tackle came on his coverage of Lions return man Jamal Agnew in the second quarter. Watch below as he stops him for no gain with a perfect tackle.Raheem Mostert special teams tackle, 49ers vs. LionsThis weekend, the 49ers travel to face the Kansas City Chiefs. We’ve heard plenty about the prolific Chiefs offense, but they also lead the league in punt return average. They are averaging 37.3 yards per return on four punt returns. Tyreek Hill has three returns for 101 yards and a touchdown, and De’Anthony Thomas has one return for 48 yards.Punt coverage sometimes require a strong team effort, but as we saw in Mostert’s big tackle of Agnew, the key can often be winning a one-on-one battle. Mostert made a great tackle, but just as importantly, he got off the block at the line and got in position to make the play. The 49ers are going to need that in a big way this weekend against the Chiefs. There isn’t much to say about Nick Mullens’ stunning and glorious debut Thursday night against the Raiders in the final Battle of the Bay (worth clicking if only for the photo) that you don’t already know. You’ve watched the impressive highlights. You’ve seen the eye-popping stats. You’ve read the glowing accounts and analysis. You’ve heard his teammates rave about his work ethic. You’ve listened to the postgame Brett Favre call. You know he was verified on twitter mid-game (even if he already had a fan account).You don’t need me to tell you Mullens owned the Raiders -- but just in case, I have reputable sources.No word on whether Mullens plans to go ahead with the planned move to Las Vegas now that he has taken control of the franchise. He did, however, give the embattled Jon Gruden a vote confidence.You don’t need me to tell you how endearing Mullens’ emotional post-game interview was.I will say that I don’t blame him for showing the emotion that he did there. I would also get choked up if I were in that position -- talking to Erin Andrews, I mean.But one thing which I think has gone overlooked is the effect he had on the entire team’s performance. Many people will say Thursday night’s beatdown had more to do with playing against the lowly Raiders than anything else. And I can’t argue that with “logic” or “reason” or any kind of conventional weapons. But dammit if I didn’t feel something different with Nick Mullens on the field. And it seemed like his 49er teammates felt it too.Suddenly, the mistakes -- dropped passes, silly penalties, and unforced errors -- dissipated. I don’t think C.J. Beathard caused false starts, bad snaps, and fumbles Pierre Garcon jersey , so what happened to them?Suddenly, the much maligned defense had their best effort of the season by far, holding the Raiders scoreless after an opening drive field goal. Suddenly, they could not just rush the passer, but sack them -- over and over again. The Raiders line may not be very good, but they’re not atrocious, and they managed to keep the Colts from sacking Derek Carr four days earlier. So why did Cassius Marsh suddenly look like Khalil Mack with taekwondo training and better dance moves?Suddenly, the offense was explosive, jumping out to a big lead early on for the first time this year, behind big plays from their C Team -- Mullens, Raheem Mostert (pours out 40oz), and Richie James Jr.Suddenly, these were the bizarro Niners.Yes, I know the Raiders are a train-wreck led by a cartoon character who won’t stop making crazy statements. And sure, their defense is surrendering more yards per play than any unit in NFL history. But enough with the damn “facts,” this is about a feeling!Besides, the 49ers are no stranger to getting beat by bad teams. The 2-6 Cardinals wouldn’t have a win at all if it weren’t for the Niners. Throughout the winnable games against Arizona -- and even in the close losses to the Chargers and Packers, when Beathard played well -- there seemed to be something missing. And it goes beyond talent. The air was let out of the balloon when Jimmy Garoppolo got hurt, and while the effort has continued to be present -- a tribute to Kyle Shanahan -- the lack of energy on the team has been hard to miss. There appeared to be more spring in the 49ers collective step on Thursday night. Mullens’ play, attitude and very presence seemed to raise everyone’s game. I can’t say exactly why. Maybe his teammates wanted to rally around a guy they knew had worked his tail off to get this chance. Or maybe he did the little things we can’t see on the sideline, in the huddle, and between the lines to help them raise their game. You could see it in the little things -- like Matt Breida’s relentless second effort to convert a 3rd and 1 on the 49ers second drive to get a 1st and goal they would convert into their second touchdown.Hell Authentic Laken Tomlinson jersey , I even saw it in the comments section of this very site. We all had high hopes for 2018, and it’s been hard to maintain positive vibes once reality slapped us around. But as soon as the news broke that Mullens would start, something changed. A palpable sense of excitement grew. Maybe it was just the anticipation of the unknown. Maybe it was optimism borne out of Mullens’ impressive showing in the preseason. Or maybe, just maybe, there really is a little magic in Mullens. Sure he doesn’t have the strongest arm, and he doesn’t have the physical stature you look for out of an NFL quarterback. But perhaps what they say is true: it’s not the meat, it’s the motion. In any case, you can’t argue with the results. Or the stats. Mullens put up such great numbers, it’s time to ask whether he is best QB to ever come out of Southern Mississippi. Here’s the tale of the tape:CAREER STATISTICSNick Mullens — Winning%: 1.000, Completion%: 72.7, TD%: 13.6, INT%: 0.0, Rating: 151.9Brett Favre — Winning%: .624, Completion%: 62.0, TD%: 5.0, INT%: 3.3, Rating: 86.0Looks like it’s time for Southern Miss to retire another jersey. And before any of you nerds in your mom’s basement tell me I’m working with too small a sample size to analyze, think again: Mullens and Favre have combined to play in 303 NFL games. That’s a huge sample.Speaking of premature quarterback comparisons...Stat of the weekCAREER RECORDNick Mullens: 1-0C.J. Beathard: 1-9This is not meant to slam Beathard, or belittle him in any way. He’s been put in a tough spot and hasn’t had much to work with. I’m not even saying Mullens is better than Beathard, or that he should be the backup to Jimmy G next year -- though it did appear Mullens is better able to get rid of the ball quickly and avoid taking the excessive punishment Beathard is prone to taking. What I am saying is it would be a crime if Mullens didn’t get a chance to repeat his prime time magic this Monday night against the Giants -- if only because in a lost season such as this, it benefits the Niners more to evaluate what they have in as many players as possible. I have to imagine Shanahan sees this, and expect he will make the decision official before long -- possibly even before you read this. Speaking of the Giants...Who’s got it better worse than us?That’s right — against all odds Youth Marquise Goodwin jersey , this gag is still alive! There’s at least one team left that’s objectively worse off than the 49ers. And again, it’s their next opponent. Isn’t that convenient? The Giants not only have one less win than the 49ers, they’ve lost 21 of their last 25 games. And like the Raiders, they are awash in dysfunction. Sure, they have one of the most exciting -- and distracting -- receivers in the game in Odell Beckham Jr. And yes, this year they drafted one of the most dynamic young running backs to enter the league in years in Saquon Barkley. Not to mention, last year they added a very promising young tight end in Evan Engram -- though he has regressed thus far this season.So, who’s in charge of getting all those playmakers the ball? This guy:Despite all the talk of regression and old age eating into Manning’s talent, Eli is basically who he’s always been. He’s pretty much the same guy who won Super Bowls, and who people like me thought would never win Super Bowls -- talented, but shockingly inconsistent, capable of great plays, and prone to jaw-dropping mistakes.Don’t believe me? Look at the stats. Eli’s QB rating this year: 90.9. For his career: 83.8. His last two full seasons: 86.0 and 80.4, which averages out to 83 and change -- right at his career average. His TD percentage is down, but so is his INT percentage. Still don’t believe me that Eli is who’s he’s always been? Check this out:Still, it’s time to move on. Manning’s performance is slipping -- even if not by the degree most seem to think -- and it’s time to look to the future. Which is why many are saying drafting Barkley instead of a potential franchise QB was a mistake.So who did the Giants bring in to manage this largely unmanageable situation, and steer this sinking ship to shore? The... uh, experienced Pat Shurmur. It has not gone well. First, Shurmur’s choices regarding how to use his old and immobile QB came under fire.Then, after starting 1-5, questions began to be raised about whether Eli was still the man to lead this team in the present.On October 23, heading into their Week 8 game vs. Washington before the Giants bye week http://www.49ersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-george-kittle-jersey , Shurmur stood by his struggling 37-year old quarterback. Six days later, after a loss to Washington in which they scored all of 13 points, Shurmur wouldn’t commit to starting Manning at QB against 49ers, saying, “Well see.” This raised the possibility he might elevate rookie Kyle Lauletta out of Richmond, who hadn’t dressed for a game all season. Shurmur said as recently as a week before the game that Lauletta had been getting practice reps during the Giants bye week.The very next morning, Lauletta was arrested for nearly running over a police officer -- but not just that:That is a lot of stuff to do wrong at one time. But hey, everybody has a bad day once in a while. I’m sure it was an isolated incident. Or not. Maybe from now on, we should spell his name LOL-etta.Still, some Giants fans feel this development is a little too convenient (NSFW) and are wondering if the police might have have a vendetta for Lauletta (hey, that rhymes!). But what would the police possibly have to gain by arresting him?Hmmm. He does have a motive. And before you call this theory ridiculous, you should know that multiple reports have confirmed it.Giants players reported Lauletta missed practice later that day, despite Shurmur claiming all players were present. So it seems like maybe we shouldn’t pay that much attention to what Shurmur says. But he’s still the man in charge, and he’s reportedly fuming over the incident, which seems to end any chance Lauletta gets his first NFL start against the Niners. That’s a shame, because I love the idea of Nick Mullens being the seasoned veteran in this matchup.In any case, the entire situation is ridiculous, embarrassing and melodramatic -- or, in other words, very New York Giants!
  7. pick this year The San Francisco 49ers made some big strides with their day 3 draft class a year ago Youth Mike Person Jersey , but this year things are a little slower developing. Pro Football Focus put together a list of the best 2018 day three draft pick for each team, and it was not a difficult choice for the 49ers. Defensive back D.J. Reed got the nod.Reed has been the team’s primary kick returner, returning ten kicks for 302 yards. He has a 90-yard return, which could have been a touchdown had he not grabbed an opponent’s face mask on the return. His longest return other than that is a pair of 29 yard returns the past two weeks.Three weeks ago, Reed got a chance to play free safety after Adrian Colbert suffered a hip injury. Reed played 51 defensive snaps that week, and then got the start the following week against the Los Angeles Chargers Youth Dante Pettis Jersey , playing 68 defensive snaps. Philip Rivers did not test him all that frequently, instead taking advantage of shorter passes to chew up the 49ers defense for stretches. Akash Anavarathan broke down Reed’s performance in a film breakdown.Reed will stick with special teams work exclusively when the rest of the secondary is healthy, but he is at least getting a regular opportunity. The rest of the 49ers day three picks are either on an injured list or getting little work. Safety Marcell Harris and defensive lineman Kentavius Street are out for the year due to injuries. Wide receiver Richie James has been active twice now and snagged his first career reception this past week. Defensive lineman Jullian Taylor has been inactive all five weeks thus far after a solid showing in the preseason.A year ago, the 49ers saw two of their day three picks get starting opportunities, one earning close to a starting role, and another getting some limited work. Tight end George Kittle joined Garrett Celek in the starting lineup http://www.authenticssanfrancisco49ers.com/cheap-laken-tomlinson-jersey , and Adrian Colbert claimed the starting free safety role. Wide receiver Trent Taylor technically wasn’t a starter, but played significant snaps as the team’s primary slot receiver. Defensive lineman D.J. Jones did not play a lot of snaps, but did get more opportunities than we’re seeing from some of the day three rookies this year.The 49ers welcomed Victor Bolden back last week from his four-game suspension, and he quickly moved into a starting role in place of Marquise Goodwin. James got some work, but it was fairly limited. If Goodwin is out again this week, James would likely see a similar role against the Packers. But if Goodwin can play http://www.authenticssanfrancisco49ers.com/cheap-george-kittle-jersey , James stands a good chance of being inactive on game day.Jullian Taylor is a guy I would love to see get some kind of opportunity before the season ends. He had a solid preseason, with a standout performance in the first game. The team might not think he’s ready to contribute, but in a season where it is likely more about evaluating for 2019 than anything else, I would hope he gets an opportunity soon. The San Francisco 49ers veteran receiver Pierre Gar莽on is drawing trade interest from multiple teams, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday, October 30 at 1 p.m. PST. Gar莽on White Adrian Colbert Jersey , 32, has caught 21 passes for 230 yards this season. He was on pace for a 1,000-yard season in 2017 before injuring his neck In Week 8 and spent the rest of the season on injured reserve. Gar莽on’s been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals with knee and shoulder injuries. Neither are thought to be serious.Gar莽on’s strongest traits are his savvy route-running and reliable hands. He’d make an immediate impact on any team in need should the 49ers elect to trade their most experienced wideout.49ers general manager John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan signed Gar莽on to a five-year, $47.3 million contract on the opening of free agency in 2017. He’s due $9.2 million this year and $8.4 in 2019, per overthecap.com.
  8. Week 9 Authentic Mike McGlinchey jersey , crushing the Oakland Raiders 34-3. It looked like it might be competitive on the Raiders opening drive, but their first quarter field goal was all the scoring they got. Nick Mullens was a beast in his NFL debut, and both sides of the ball played out of their minds to dominate Oakland.Each week, people are curious about Pro Football Focus grades from the game that passed. I am not a huge fan of the subjective aspects of the grading, but they are fun discussion points, and we can figure out some context around the grades. Each week, I’ll take a look at the top five and bottom five graded players on both sides of the ball.Offense1. TE George Kittle: 93.0 overall, 94.4 pass catching, 69.7/57.8 pass/run block2. RB Raheem Mostert: 90.2 overall, 89.1 run3. WR Pierre Gar莽on: 80.8 overall, 77.4 pass catching, 77.8 run block4. TE Ross Dwelley: 75.8 overall, 73.2 pass catching, 69.4/57.7 pass/run block5. WR Richie James: 69.8 overall, 69.7 pass catching, 58.8 run block21. TE Garrett Celek: 47.3 overall, 54.1 pass catching, 51.0 run block20. RB Alfred Morris: 51.7 overall19. LG Laken Tomlinson: 56.7 overall, 76.5/52.8 pass/run block18. WR Marquise Goodwin: 56.8 overall17. RB Matt Breida: 57.4 overallWe had a tight end at the top of the list and a tight end at the bottom of the list. While George Kittle has emerged as a potential All Pro tight end Youth Dante Pettis jersey , Garrett Celek has struggled to get going. Among players who have appeared in a majority of regular season games, he ranks second to last in PFF grading ahead of only Weston Richburg. Meanwhile, Ross Dwelley had a solid performance in limited work. I don’t expect Dwelley to supplant Celek on the depth chart this year, but hopefully we see a little more of him the final seven weeks.Quarterback Nick Mullens is not on the list, but was the next player after Richie James. For Week 9, Mullens ranked No. 1 in passer rating and 14th in PFF’s passing grade. He ranked seventh in adjusted completion percentage, and ranked last in number of dropbacks in which he faced pressure. If he faces the Giants this week, he should face a slightly better defense.Defensive top 51. LB Dekoda Watson: 91.8 overall, 90.8 pass rush2. DE Cassius Marsh: 87.8 overall, 86.8 pass rush3. DT DeForest Buckner: 80.6 overall, 74.7 run, 63.7 pass rush4. LB Malcolm Smith: 76.3 overall, 75.2 coverage, 75.1 pass rush5. CB Richard Sherman: 76.2 overall, 76.8 coverage21. DT D.J. Jones: 28.4 overall20. SS Tyvis Powell: 55.2 overall, 50.2 coverage, 76.8 tackling19. DT Sheldon Day: 58.1 overall, 66.8 tackling, 53.5 pass rush18. LB Elijah Lee: 59.7 overall http://www.49ersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-fred-warner-jersey , 58.6 tackling, 55.8 coverage17. DT Solomon Thomas: 60.0 overall, 72.8 tackling, 57.9 pass rushWelcome back, Dekoda Watson! The 49ers linebacker opened the season on IR, but made a quick impact on his return. He had 1.5 sacks and four hurries, teaming with Cassius Marsh to stay in Derek Carr’s grill all evening long.On the other end of things, the strong safety position will look to get Jaquiski Tartt back from his shoulder injury. Tyvis Powell has struggled big time the past two weeks replacing him. Tartt was a DNP all last week, so we will keep an eye out for this week’s injury report after a few extra days of rest.Matt Breida nominated for Fedex Ground Player of the Week OK. first, let me put this here, because this never gets old: Now, because of that play, Matt Breida is nominated for the Fedex Ground Player of the Week. Breida currently leads the league in rushing yards with 184 yards. A good portion of that came from the (awesome) 66-yard play above that we are going to drop in any post where it is relevant, which rounds out to 80 percent of the posts here at Niners Nation (fun fact: watch Mike McGlinchey’s dance once Breida strolls into the endzone). The rest has been because of his shifty and quick movements. He’s nominated which means you can still go vote for him. Given his competition, Breida has a chance at winning. You’ve got Tevin Coleman, but his run resulted in a fumble and no touchdown. Phillip Lindsay’s run was pretty cool, but again, no touchdown. Only one player in these nominees toted the rock 66 yards for the score. That’s Matt “The Cheetah” Breida.Go vote for him here.
  9. Authentic Kyle Juszczyk Jersey , Geronimo Allison ‘likely’ to be inactive vs. 49ers The San Francisco 49ers’ defense might catch a break in Week 6. Green Bay Packers wide receivers Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison are “likely to be inactive” for Monday Night Football, according to ESPN’s Lisa Salters. Cobb and Allison were both limited throughout the practice week due to hamstring injuries. If inactive, this will be Cobb’s third straight absence. Allison suffered his hamstring injury last week and sat out Week 5.Davante Adams will be starting for Aaron Rodgers, and the rest of the wide receiver corps will include rookies Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Equanimeous St. Brown http://www.sanfrancisco49ersteamonline.com/ahkello-witherspoon-jersey , and J’Mon Moore. The Packers could also decide to elevate DeAngelo Yancey or Keon Hatcher from the practice squad. Last week, St. Brown had three receptions for 89 yards and Valdes-Scantling had seven receptions for 68 yards and a touchdown.Tight end Jimmy Graham will be a player to watch as well. After a relatively slow start through the first four weeks, he had double digit targets in Week 5, finishing with six receptions for 76 yards. It was his first game with double digit targets this season.This is a boost for the 49ers beleaguered secondary, but it will still be interesting to see how the Packers maneuver Davante Adams around the field. Richard Sherman will stick to one side of the field White Ahkello Witherspoon Jersey , and given the struggles of Ahkello Witherspoon and others opposite Sherman, I have to think Adams gets a healthy number of snaps on that side of the field.Golden Nuggets: Are Colbert and Witherspoon good enough I must admit I had a warm and fuzzy feeling when I thought of our defensive secondary during the off season. While I was not convinced Jaquiski Tartt was a better strong safety than Eric Reid, I was pretty excited about the acquisition of Richard Sherman. The idea of him joining Ahkello Witherspoon and Adrian Colbert gave me the crazy idea that we were going to have a pretty solid secondary. I know both Witherspoon and Colbert have been banged up but I must admit I am pretty disappointed in them so far this season. Now we are getting articles about the possibility of them being replaced by guys like Greg Mabin and D J Reed. While I like both Reed and Mabin, I was hoping Witherspoon and Colbert could be part of something special. Perhaps they still can but unfortunately they just don’t look like the same players we saw at the end of last season.Maybe we blame it on the coaching? While I am not as quick as some to start passing around the blame, perhaps there are some things that Robert Saleh and Jeff Hafley could do to help make them more effective? Anyone have any ideas on this?Now onto the hot links:Garoppolo surgery ‘was a good repair Youth Jimmy Garoppolo Jersey , they’re very optimistic’Cam Inman49ers linebacking corps of the future emergingBrad AlmquistQuestions in the secondary abound ahead of Cardinals gameChris BidermanMike McGlinchey expects to play vs. CardinalsKyle MadsonJohn Lynch says Joe Staley will try to practice on FridayDavid BonillaRichard Sherman, Mike McGlinchey, and Weston Richburg return to practiceDavid BonillaWhy George Kittle and C.J. Beathard Aren’t the Only Former Hawkeyes You Should Be WatchingJoe FannDeFo’s Story of Finding ‘The One’Joe FannGreg Mabin works his way into CB pictureMatt MaioccoWhich coach would you want running the 49ers?Kyle Madson49ers coaches impressed with young cornerback Greg MabinDavid BonillaVictor Bolden returns from suspension, prepares to play vs. CardinalsMatt MaioccoNFL first-quarter special teams rankingsEric Eager