Week 5 Gifs

A selection of some of the best plays from week 5.

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Seattle Seahawks 27 – 17 Washington Redskins

Cousins gets lit up

Wilson’s great escape

Chicago Bears 21 – 24 Carolina Panthers

Jeffrey’s one handed catch

Cam blocks Breeze

St Louis Rams 28 – 34 Philadelphia Eagles

Shady’s fumble

Buffalo Bills 17 – 14 Detroit Lions

Watkins’ juggle catch

Arizona Cardinals 20 – 41 Denver Broncos

Manning stops a touchdown

Ellington has get away from the cops speed

Baltimore Ravens 13 – 20 Indianapolis Colts

Luck takes a big hit and Ngata intercepts

Atlanta Falcons 20 – 30 New York Giants

Julio Jones one handed catch

Odell Beckham Jr’s touchdown catch

Houston Texans 17 – 20 Dallas Cowboys

Romo avoids JJ Watt sack

Arian Foster jukes Barry Church

Kansas City Chiefs 17 – 22 San Francisco 49ers

Brandon Lloyd’s athletic catch

NFL Off The Radar 2014 – Week 5

We take a look at three ‘off the radar’ players who could make a difference in their week 5 match ups.

[feature_headline type=”left” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h4″]Theo Riddick – Running Back – Detroit Lions[/feature_headline]

Detroit Lions @ Buffalo Bills – Sunday 18:00

You may remember Theo Riddick from his explosive performance for Notre Dame against Navy in the Aviva in 2012 when he put up 107 yards and two touchdowns. Well he may get an opportunity to shine this weekend when the Detroit Lions visit Buffalo on Sunday. The Lions have Joique Bell questionable with a concussion and Montel Owens was put on injured reserve due to a hamstring injury, leaving only Reggie Bush as their fully healthy back. While Riddick is dealing with a hamstring injury he picked up last week against the Jets, he expects to be able to go on Sunday and he may not get a better opportunity to get some significant carries. Riddick had only nine carries in 2013 averaging only 2.8 yards per carry but grabbed a touchdown in week 16 against the Giants, already this year he has had six carries for 3.7 yards per carry. While Riddick isn’t the fastest or the biggest, he’s a powerful runner with great hands and should slot straight into the role Bell has played for the Lions.

[feature_headline type=”left” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h4″]Ka’Deem Carey – Running Back – Chicago Bears[/feature_headline]

Chicago Bears @ Carolina Panthers – Sunday 18:00 – Sky Sports 2

Coming into week four Ka’Deem Carey had two carries in the NFL, one was for four yards against Buffalo and the other was for no gain against the Jets. In week four Carey burst on to the scene in Chicago with 14 carries for 72 yards. Carey managed 5.1 yards per carry against a soft Green Bay run defense but Matt Forte only managed 0.2 yards per carry better. Carey was selected in the fourth round of the 2014 draft out of Arizona where he had 716 carries for 4,070 yards and 46 touchdowns in his three years. He also has good hands (476 yards and two touchdowns on 77 receptions) and is great in pass protection. Carey is a physical and powerful back, coming in at 5’9″ and 207 lb, he can barrel through defenders but also has quick feet, good vision, and just enough speed to make him dangerous in the open field. Carey will be an effective backup to Forte and the Bears hope he can be their primary back in a few years.

[blockquote cite=”Arizona running backs coach Calvin Magee” type=”center”]First of all, he runs with a passion. He runs hungry. He runs like he’s angry. He don’t like being tackled. He’s a studier of the game. He understands angles, and he uses that. His preparation is just top notch.[/blockquote]

[feature_headline type=”left” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h4″]Davante Adams – Wide Receiver – Green Bay Packers[/feature_headline]

Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers – Friday 01:25 – Sky Sports 2

Davante Adams should have had his first NFL touchdown last week against Chicago but it was called back due to a holding call but he shouldn’t have to wait long with the high octane, pass happy Packers offense. Adams came into the season as the WR4 for the Packers but it already looks like he’s overtaken Jarrett Boykin in the depth chart. The 6’01”, 215 lb wide receiver was taken in the second round at the 53rd overall in the 2013 draft. In two years at Fresno State Adams linked up with now Raider’s quarterback Derek Carr to put up 2,957 yards and 37 touchdowns, he has already drawn comparisons to ex-Packer James Jones. So far this season Adams has nine receptions for 79 yards and he’s been on the field for nearly 70% of Green Bay’s offensive snaps. Adams is also similar to Randall Cobb as both posses great catch and run ability and elusiveness.

NFL Off The Radar – Week 4

We take a look at three ‘off the radar’ players who could make a difference in their week 4 match ups.

[feature_headline type=”left” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h4″]Andre Williams – Running Back – New York Giants[/feature_headline]

Rashad Jennings had 34 rushing attempts in week 3 against Houston, he had 34 attempts in week 1 and 2 combined. Jennings wont be expected to carry the same load again tonight, even if he is the only working cog in a stuttering Giants offense. In the first three weeks rookie Andre Williams has only run the ball 19 times for 39 yards. Expect to see a lot of Williams tonight against Washington, especially if the Giants miraculously get up big.

Williams had a decent preseason, while only getting 38 rushing attempts he managed a decent 5.1 yards per carry and two touchdowns. The former Boston College Eagle was a fourth round pick for the Giants and a 2013 Doak Walker Award winner and was a finalist for the Heisman. In 2013 he rushed for 2,177 yards and 18 touchdowns, his yardage total ranks as the fifth highest for a single season in FBS history. At 5’11” and 230lb Williams is a bruising downhill runner, reminiscent of a shorter Brandon Jacobs. With Jennings now 29, expect the Giants to give Williams a lot of chances this year with a view to becoming their RB1 in 2015.

[feature_headline type=”left” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h4″]Darrin Reaves – Running Back – Carolina Panthers[/feature_headline]

The Panthers have four running backs on the injury report at the moment, Jonathan Stewart is out with a sprained knee, Mike Tolbert has a hairline fracture in his leg, DeAngelo Williams is coming off a thigh injury, and Fozzy Whittaker also has a thigh injury. Most likely Williams will start on Sunday against the Ravens in Baltimore but rookie Darrin Reaves, who was only signed off the practice squad last week, should feature at some stage.

While he was unimpressive in the preseason, only picking up 19 yards on eight attempts in his only outing against the Bills, he did manage to score a touchdown. Reaves is an intelligent player with great technique but he doesn’t stand out in a physical sense; he’s 5’7″, 209lb and runs 4.54s forty yard dash. Reaves catching ability, size, and speed will draw comparisons with Falcons’ scatback Jacquizz Rodgers. Reaves was undrafted out of the University of Alabama-Birmingham, he left UAB third in all-time rushing yards and second in rushing TDs, with 2,337 career rushing yards and 27 rushing touchdowns. The match up with the Ravens, who are only giving up 87.7 yards per game on the ground, will provide a real test for the rookie but any spark could at least see him jump ahead of Fozzy Whittaker and maybe carve out a role in the run down back field.

[feature_headline type=”left” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h4″]Bashuad Breeland – Corner Back – Washington Redskins[/feature_headline]

The Redskins defense is in a bad way after last weeks OT loss against the Eagles. Washington currently have 17 plyers on their injury report, including nine defensive players and not including DeAngleo Hall who is out for the rest of the season. It’s gonna be a tough match up tonight against NFC East rivals, the Giants. Before week 3, Breeland had only been on the field for 14 defensive snaps, due to injuries Breeland got his chance agains the Eagles. His day included forcing a fumble out of Darren Sproles.

The fourth round pick out of Clemson had 136 tackles in his three years with six interceptions and two forced fumbles, he was known for being a hard working player and was Second Team All-ACC in his final year.

Breeland isn’t the quickest and he can get beaten deep but he’s good in pass coverage and run defense. With second year David Amerson also playing at cornerback, the experienced duo of Meriweather and Clark at safety will have to help the young corners along.

[blockquote cite=”Washington defensive coordinator Jim Haslett” type=”center”]The day he walked in, he’s a student of the game. He’s here all night. He stays here ’til 8, 9 o’clock watching tape. He loves football, loves the game. He’s tough. He’s got great skills. Long. He’s got good speed. He’s a lot faster than I gave him credit for coming out. We’ll find out.[/blockquote]

NFL Off The Radar Week 3

[feature_headline type=”left” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h4″]Jerick McKinnon – Running Back – Minnesota Vikings[/feature_headline]

Rookie Jerick McKinnon has had just three carries in the regular season with the Vikings for a meagre 8 yards but now finds himself second on the Minnesota depth chart due to the absence of Adrian Peterson. While Matt Asiata will get the majority of the carries over the next coming weeks, the Vikings are confident they have a future star on their hands with McKinnon. Weighing in at 5’9″ and 208lb, McKinnon was drafted in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Georgia Southern. At Georgia he was used at quarterback, slotback, fullback, defensive back and kick returner and put up 3,899 rushing yards and 42 touchdowns during his time there. McKinnon ran a 4.37s 40 time at the Combine and while he has great acceleration, he wont be the fastest in the open field.

[feature_headline type=”left” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h4″]Kyle Fuller – Corner Back – Chicago Bears[/feature_headline]

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Kyle Fuller was the standout performer last week for the Bears in their win against the San Francisco 49ers in week 2. The first round pick out of Virginia Tech had two interceptions in the game where Charles Tillman injured his tricep putting him out for the season. Fuller had a tough start to his NFL career with a poor game against Buffalo where he received a defensive rating of -2.0 from ProFootballFocus, but his week 2 outing earned him the honour of NFC defensive player of the Week. Fuller only had 35 snaps in week 2 of the preseason but the Bears have put their faith in him to replace Tillman. In his four years at Virginia Tech, he only had six interceptions but 173 tackles and was one of the Hokies permanent captains for the 2013 season. Kyle is the younger brother of Detroit Lions wide receiver Corey Fuller and former Tennessee Titans safety Vincent Fuller. Keep an eye out for younger bother Kendall, a starting corner at Virginia Tech, in the future too.

[feature_headline type=”left” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h4″]Kurt Coleman – Safety – Kansas City Chiefs[/feature_headline]

Coleman is a four year veteran who the Chiefs signed in the offseason to provide cover for Eric Berry after Berry spent the preseason recovering from tendonitis. Coleman, who played with Chiefs head coach Andy Reid in Philadelphia, was cut by the Eagles coming into the 2014 season and then had an unsuccessful stint with the Vikings in the preseason. With Berry now questionable after leaving the week 2 game against Denver with an ankle strain, the Chiefs will look to Coleman to fill the void. In Coleman’s four years in the NFL he has 221 tackles, seven interceptions, and two forced fumbles. He has yet to get on the field for the Chiefs but could prove important as a backup considering Berry’s injury prone career so far.

[feature_headline type=”left” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h4″]Khiry Robinson – Running Back – New Orleans Saints[/feature_headline]

With Mark Ingram breaking his hand in week 2, second year running back Khiry Robinson will share carries in the backfield with Pierre Thomas. Robinson is an elusive running back with good pass catching ability, though with a 4.71s 40 time he isn’t the fastest. Robinson has already had 14 carries this season gaining 4.2 yards per carry, he also lost a fumble against Cleveland in week 2. His ball security wasn’t an issue last year on his 75 carries, on which he gained 4.3 YPC and scored two touchdowns. Robinson, who measures in at 6’0″ and 220lb, was an undrafted free agent out of West Texas A & M. In his final year with the Buffaloes Robinson put 6.6 YPC and scored 15 touchdowns on 247 carries, he also had 38 receptions with 11.3 yards per catch and four touchdowns.

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