This is the 21st season of Dan Snyder’s ownership, and the Redskins seem to have hit rock bottom. The team drafted quarterback Dwayne Haskins in the first round, but fans have little hope. The Redskins haven’t made the playoffs since 2015 and the season-ticket wait list is history. The roster has almost no star power, and coach Jay Gruden will be fired sooner rather than later. “The Patriots have a real problem, because Bill Belichick is known for taking away an opponent’s strength, and he’s got nothing to take away this week,” quipped Frank Herzog, the Redskins’ radio announcer from 1979-2004. “Good luck, Bill. You’ve got your work cut out for you.” The Redskins under Snyder have mostly been known for dysfunction and failure. In 21 years, Snyder has had seven full-time head coaches, four first-round quarterbacks, and only five playoff appearances. The Redskins’ .429 winning percentage in Snyder’s 21 years is … [Read more...] about Redskins appear to have hit rock bottom
Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores says this year’s quarterback competition has been decided, and Josh Rosen is the winner.After supplanting veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick in Week 3, Rosen will start for the third game in a row Sunday against Washington, and the job will remain his going forward, Flores said Wednesday.Rosen ranks 34th in the 32-team NFL in passer rating, completion percentage and touchdown passes. The Dolphins are 0-4, and Rosen has a 3-12 career record as a starter.But the Dolphins want him to play so they can determine whether he might become their franchise quarterback. He was the No. 10 overall draft pick by the Arizona Cardinals in 2018 and started 13 games for them as a rookie. ___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL___Follow Steven Wine on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Steve_Wine. … [Read more...] about Franchise QB? Rosen will remain Dolphins’ starter
Gaining the trust of quarterback Tom Brady is no easy task for the 2018 seventh-round draft pick, who made his NFL debut this year after spending his rookie season on injured reserve. But as one of two tight ends on the roster — Ben Watson was released Monday and the retired Gronkowski just joined Fox as an NFL studio analyst — Izzo is doing his best to get up to speed. The connection will take time and require “a lot of hard work,” Izzo said, so he’s been studying the playbook as well as film featuring Gronk and former Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett. Izzo noted his focus is on the details in all facets of his position — not just route running. He’s working, for example, on his footwork and hand placement so he can block more effectively in the run game, too. “I’m always constantly trying to improve,” said Izzo. “Consistency is one of the most important things I try to preach every week, whether that’s in … [Read more...] about Tight end Ryan Izzo trying to gain connection with Tom Brady
If Gordon is out for an extended period of time, the Patriots need to find pass-catcher help. Without Gordon, they were down to Julian Edelman and two undrafted rookies, Jakobi Meyers and Gunner Olszewski, against the Giants with other pass-catchers like tight end Matt LaCosse also getting hurt. So, who could come to the rescue before the Oct. 29 trade deadline? 1. O.J. Howard Howard is languishing with the Buccaneers where he’s not a featured part of Bruce Arians’s offense and has only 11 catches for 141 yards this season. He’s an obvious fit for the Patriots who love to use tight ends and, well, don’t really have many options there right now. He is a better blocker than Ryan Izzo or LaCosse. He would probably cost a first-round pick, but the Patriots could afford his salary since he’s on a rookie deal. Since Howard was a first-round pick, he could be under team control through 2021, which makes giving up a high pick a bit easier. 2. Emmanuel … [Read more...] about Who’s going to catch passes for the Patriots?
Their 2-3 record entering Sunday’s home game against the Seahawks is bad enough. But they were embarrassed on national TV last week, looking disorganized and feckless in a 31-3 loss to the 49ers. “To say we didn’t play well Monday night is an understatement,” defensive coordinator Steve Wilks said. “Very embarrassing the way the defense performed, and I take full blame and responsibility for that.” The Browns’ defense certainly played poorly in San Francisco, and is ranked 21st in points allowed (24.4 per game). But the offense looks dysfunctional under first-time head coach Freddie Kitchens. Mayfield has just four touchdown passes against eight interceptions this year, his 55.9 completion percentage ranks 33rd out of 34 qualifying quarterbacks, and his 68.5 passer rating ranks 32nd. And Beckham has been shockingly quiet, with 23 catches for 335 yards and just one touchdown. Beckham has had a career-low two catches in each of his last … [Read more...] about Preseason darlings have turned back into the Browns