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Nate Gerry apologizes for offensive tweets from his past - NBCSP
“I have been made aware of some offensive social media posts I sent out many years ago. I am incredibly disappointed in myself and downright sick over these actions because I know that they don’t reflect my values as a person, but more importantly because I understand the damage that my words have caused. That type of language is never acceptable. I am committed to showing through my actions that is not who I am or what I represent. I take full accountability and apologize to the organization, to my teammates, our fans, our community and everyone who I have offended by these incredibly insensitive and harmful posts.” The Eagles released the following statement on Thursday evening: “We were very disappointed to learn of Nate Gerry’s insensitive social media posts. We do not condone or support that type of behavior in any way and we have discussed this matter with Nate privately. He understands that his actions were offensive and harmful and that the language he used is unacceptable.”
Nate Gerry's coverage data, per Sports Info Solution— Mike Tanier (@MikeTanier) October 8, 2020
Snaps in Coverage: 156 (5th in NFL among LBs)
Targets: 13 (tied for 9th)
Catches allowed: 13 (tied 1st)
Yards: 141 (1st)
YPA Allowed: 10.85 (3rd among LBs with at least 5 targets)
Yards Per Game allowed: 35.25 (1st)
Carson Wentz has been the worst quarterback in the NFL this season - BGN
“He’s been playing behind a practice-squad-level offensive line.” Now, this is just false. Regardless of who has been dressing for the team, Wentz has had plenty of time. In fact, according to our friends at Pro Football Focus, Wentz actually has the 5th most clean dropbacks this year, with 126 clean pockets out of 184 dropbacks. While the great QBs can make a play with or without pressure, all QBs at the NFL level should be able to make plays from a clean pocket. How has Wentz fared this year from a clean pocket? Well, out of those 126 dropbacks, Wentz has completed just 84 passes (67.2%), which ranks 27th of 34 qualified quarterbacks. He has only 772 yards (18th), 4 touchdowns (T-18th), and a passer rating of 77.8 (32nd). At best, Wentz has been mediocre from the clean pocket. Wentz has averaged 2.81 seconds in the pocket, which is tied for the 11th longest amount of time to make a decision. Now one might think that when you have more time, your performance will increase. However, in Carson’s case, it’s quite the opposite. On plays where Wentz has 2.5 seconds or more to throw the ball, Wentz has a passer rating of just 42.8 (34th), throwing for a completion percentage of only 48.2 (32nd) with five interceptions (34th). To put it simply, the offensive line has not been the issue.
What We’ve Learned + Steelers Preview + NFL Picks - BGN Radio
Jimmy Kempski and Brandon Lee Gowton ask what we’ve learned so far this season, ponder Mailata’s future at LT, preview the Steelers and make their NFL Picks! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.
It’s Complicated - Iggles Blitz
Genard Avery won’t be the only player we’ll be watching closely. Travis Fulgham is coming off the best game of his young career. He’ll likely have a chance to play again this week. If he wants to stay on the field, he’ll need to continue to produce. Jordan Mailata played well in his first start. The bad news is that the other 31 teams now have tape to study. They know what he does in certain situations. Pass rushers will attack him with a specific plan to test his weaknesses. Mailata has to show he can adjust and still get the job done.
Kapadia’s Eagles mailbag: Jordan Mailata’s film and Andre Dillard’s trade value - The Athletic
If Wentz doesn’t deliver that perfectly placed pass to Travis Fulgham for a 42-yard touchdown, we’re almost certainly talking about a winless team going into Week 5. But to Wentz’s credit, he made the throw. I thought this performance looked a little more like what we saw toward the end of last season. Having said that, you’re right in that the bar for success has been lowered. Wentz ranked 21st out of 30 quarterbacks in EPA per play in Week 4. He still missed easy throws like the Texas route to Miles Sanders, which would have been a big gain. He had the first-quarter interception. He’s been inconsistent in when he decides to give receivers a chance and when he’s hesitant to get rid of the ball. He’s been bad against the blitz, and he’s not seeing the field great. So there are things to build on — the Fulgham throw, some of the quarterback movement schemes — but the offense has a long way to go, and the next two games are against what I’d consider top-five defenses.
Philadelphia Eagles’ Rodney McLeod: NFL owners can better support Black Lives Matter movement - ESPN
Philadelphia Eagles safety Rodney McLeod called the lack of support by some team owners in respect to the Black Lives Matter movement “sad and disheartening” and expressed disappointment that the NFL’s advocacy campaign hasn’t matched the NBA’s in terms of organization and strength. “The NBA, I think they had a tight organization and you saw that and you still see it. I think that’s the most upsetting part. Not saying that we haven’t done anything, I would just like to see more be done,” McLeod told ESPN.
Eagles’ Malik Jackson says he will sit for the national anthem until Breonna Taylor’s killers face charges - Inquirer
Eagles defensive tackle Malik Jackson changed his national anthem posture a few weeks back, from standing with his fist in the air to sitting on the bench. Jackson said Thursday there was a reason for the switch. He said he was reacting to a prosecutor’s decision in Louisville to not file criminal charges against police officers for shooting and killing Breonna Taylor, who was unarmed when they entered her home. “The injustice to Breonna Taylor, saying that nobody got charged in her death, really bothered me,” Jackson said. “I just couldn’t stand for the flag after hearing our justice [system] say those cops did nothing wrong. That’s where I’m at right now, and I personally feel that until she gets justice, that’s where I’m gonna stay.”
2020 Fantasy Football Rankings: Tight ends for Week 5 - Fake Teams
5 Zach Ertz @ PIT. I’ve got Waller over Ertz, as Waller’s game projects as a higher-scoring affair in which the Raiders should be chasing all day. Both the Chiefs and the Steelers are strong defenses, but the Chiefs allow a tad more per play and have been a tad weaker against tight ends. Waller’s 40 targets also leads all tight ends by a mile, with Kelce checking into second place at 35. Waller is also a surprising second place among tight ends with seven red zone looks, trailing only Mike Gesicki. If Ertz produces this week, he’ll likely need plenty of volume to get there. This isn’t a game we expect to have a lot of points. The volume piece is a tiny bit sketchier of a prospect this week with DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery looking like they might play, but Dallas Goedert is still out so there’s still hope here—especially in the first game back for those receivers.
Start and Sit: Week 5 - Football Outsiders
The Eagles seem comfortable in allowing linebacker to be their defensive weakness, and while that has not hurt their overall defensive quality (-0.5% DVOA. 14th), it makes it difficult for them to defend tight ends. George Kittle can go off against any defense, but he really went off against the Eagles last week with 15 catches, 183 yards, and a touchdown. But it’s not just him. Second-tier fantasy tight end Tyler Higbee had three touchdowns against the team in Week 2. We project the Eagles as a top-five booster of tight end completion percentage, yards per target, and touchdowns per target. And noted touchdown-scorer Eric Ebron seems well-equipped to advantage of that weakness. He jumps from 16th to 11th at the position for me this week.
Steelers Podcast: What’s they key to Keystone State supremacy for the Steelers? - Behind The Steel Curtain
It’s time once again to become a scout for the Steelers before their latest game. This time around we talk about the Pennsylvania State Championship in the latest edition of Know Your Enemy. It’s the show where Michael Beck and Geoffrey Benedict break down the upcoming opponent for the Black-and-Gold. This week Bryan Anthony Davis, subs for Geoffrey as they welcome from Brandon Gowton, the editor of SB Nation’s Bleeding Green Nation. What kind of threat are Carson Wentz and the 0-2-1 cross-state rivals? These questions and more will be pondered on the latest episode from the BTSC family of podcasts. As always, it is a good time to talk everything Steelers.
Report: Tyron Smith gathering medical opinions on neck, shutting him down for season being considered - Blogging The Boys
Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy caused fans to look over towards the emergency button behind the glass pane when he said on Thursday that Tyron Smith is not as far along today as he was at this time last week. You obviously don’t want to hear that. Smith has been battling a neck injury since the season opener on the road against the Los Angeles Rams. He missed the following two games against the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks before returning last week against Cleveland. According to a report from NFL Network, Smith suffered a setback and is gathering medical opinions on his situation. One option is for the Cowboys to shut him down for the remainder of the season.
Fan confidence poll: Giants fans show rising confidence despite 0-4 record - Big Blue View
The New York Giants are 0-4 and lost last Sunday to the Los Angeles Rams, 17-9. Yet, confidence among voters in our ‘SB Nation Reacts’ poll actually rose from a season-low 37 percent to 48 percent. Maybe that is because of the Giants’ defense, which held the high-flying Los Angeles offense to season lows in points and yards (240).
Benching Dwayne Haskins reeks of unnecessary desperation by Washington - SB Nation
It’s unclear what Washington is even trying to gain here. On a micro level it’s clear: The NFC East is a dumpster fire, and there’s plenty of room to sneak a few wins at potentially win the division. But what does that even achieve? Regardless of who comes out of the East they’re assured to be demolished in the Wild Card round, based on how teams are playing right now — which makes it a pyrrhic victory at best. The cost to Washington is not embracing their role as a rebuilding team, instead being content with mediocrity. It will ensure the team doesn’t land a high enough draft pick to really help itself, Haskins won’t get the reps he needs to prove whether he can be “the guy” or not, and overall delay the inevitable, should the team need a new quarterback.
Grading all 32 first-round picks after Week 4 of the 2020 NFL season - PFF
PICK NO. 22: WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON, MINNESOTA VIKINGS. 2020 overall grade: 90.6. Proving that last week was no fluke, Justin Jefferson looks very much the real deal for the Minnesota Vikings now that he has been firmly established in the starting lineup opposite Adam Thielen. For the second consecutive week, Jefferson had an overall PFF grade above 90.0. And he caught four of the five passes thrown his way for 103 yards against the Texans, 22 of which came after the catch. Kirk Cousins has already displayed a lot of trust in Jefferson, even when he isn’t wide open, and the rookie receiver rewarded that with a spectacular contested catch this week.
The 2020 Rookie Wide Receiver Class Is Already Living Up to the Hype - The Ringer
Jefferson’s big game was not only a massive boost for the Vikings’ passing attack, which had struggled to get going against the Colts the week prior, but it helped to assuage concerns some have had over his ability to win on the outside. The 6-foot-1, 202-pound playmaker posted an absurd 111 catches and 18 touchdowns while lining up primarily in the slot for LSU last year, but came into the league with question marks around how he’d be used in the Vikings’ passing game. Over the first two weeks of the season, he ran 34 of his 41 routes from the slot, but in Week 3 he aligned outside on 20 of 26 routes, replacing Olabisi Johnson as the team’s de facto no. 2 wideout. He played primarily outside again on Sunday. As it turns out, Jefferson’s skill set―which is defined by quickness off the line, an ability to create separation with basketball-like jukes, and incredible concentration and body control at the catch point―translates to the outside, too. [BLG Note: Who would’ve thought?]
What Week 5 NFL schedule looks like after Covid-19 delays - DraftKings Nation
The NFL announced some changes to the Week 5 schedule to account for multiple issues related to Covid-19. This is all subject to change given how the testing process and protocols operate, but for now, we’ve got an extended Week 5 schedule. The league has moved Broncos-Patriots from Sunday at 1 p.m. ET to Monday evening at 5 p.m. The game is also being moved from CBS to ESPN so that Monday will bring a Monday Night Football doubleheader. Chargers-Saints will start at 8:15 p.m. as scheduled. The Bills-Titans contest was also scheduled for 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, but it is being moved to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. It will remain on CBS if the game happens. The Bills are scheduled to face the Chiefs on Thursday, October 15, and that is being moved to Sunday given the quick turnaround.
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