It was a weird week in the NFL.
We could talk about the Eagles loss, but there are other articles for that. For now, let’s take a look at how players formerly on the Philadelphia squad did throughout the NFL in Week 5.
Worley is back, and still good
The team may have laid an egg, losing 26-10, but Worley had himself a big performance during his return. The CB lined up for 49 snaps (76.6%) on Sunday, plus one special teams play, and had no shortage of production, finishing with eight total tackles, including two stuffs.
“It was definitely exciting to be back out there,” Worley explained. “It felt good. I was able to fly around a little bit, but wish we would have came out with a win, that would have made it even better.”
And it wasn’t just Worley who was happy to be back, Raiders’ head coach Jon Gruden talked about having the young player back in the lineup.
“It’s great to have him [Worley] back, and see where he is,” said Head Coach Jon Gruden postgame. “He had a good week of practice. He did make some plays today, some physical plays.”
Update on Kendricks
Linebacker Mychal Kendricks played three games so far this season despite his looming legal situation, and while he and the Seahawks knew the league would institute a suspension on some kind, they were not prepared for the length to be “indefinite”.
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll didn’t quite understand that unconventional suspension, and wasn’t expecting to lose Kendricks for the whole year when they signed him in early-September. The linebacker isn’t due back in court until January, and was expected to be able to finish out the season in some capacity.
Kendricks, along with the NFLPA, is challenging the NFL’s ruling to suspend him indefinitely, arguing that they need to assign a specific number of games to his suspension.
“To that end, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has spoken to commissioner Roger Goodell on behalf of his suspended linebacker, who is thought to be the first NFL player ever suspended for a white-collar crime.”
— Adam Schefter, ESPN
The linebacker was having a huge impact for the Seattle defense in his three games there — playing with a whole hell of a lot to prove — making 15 total tackles, including two stuff, 2.0 sacks and a pass breakup.
Play of the Week
The running back is one of the players I miss most from last year’s Super Bowl-winning Eagles squad, but he’s now scoring points for his new team.
Blount found the endzone not once, but twice, for the Lions on Sunday’s big — and incredibly surprising — win over the Packers. The rusher had 12 carries for 22 yards in Week 5, but the two scores exemplified what he does best: pound his way through the line for a couple of much-needed yards into the endzone. (Have I mentioned I miss this guy?!)
Torrey Smith is not getting many looks down in Carolina, with the wide receiver recording zero catches in Week 5, while some of the younger offensive weapons produced big-time plays. Things could be nearing an end for Smith with the Panthers, who through give games has just seven catches for 67 yards and a touchdown, but I’d be surprised if he were done with the NFL after this season.
Kicker Caleb Sturgis didn’t have the Chargers outcome on his shoulders this week, but he did go 2-for-3 in field goals and 2-for-3 extra point attempts, good for 8 points on the day.
Running back LeSean McCoy didn’t get into the endzone in Week 5, but he did have productive day in the Bills one-point win over the Titans. McCoy finished the outing with 24 carries for 85 yards, along with two catches for 23 yards.
Bye Weeks and Inactives
- The Week 5 had two teams on bye, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Beau Allen, Vinny Curry, DeSean Jackson) and Chicago Bears (Trey Burton, Chase Daniel).
- With Josh Rosen taking the reigns in Arizona, quarterback Sam Bradford was once again inactive for the Cardinals on Sunday.
- Patrick Robinson is on the Saints IR after suffering a fractured ankle earlier this season.
- Also, running back Kenjon Barner was released earlier in the week by the Patriots:
The Patriots will have to make a roster move to account for WR Julian Edelman’s return to the 53-man roster, and barring a late change, the expectation is that it will be RB Kenjon Barner let go. That would leave team with just Sony Michel and James White at RB tonight.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 4, 2018