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Article posted August 22, 2017 at 10:15 PM
The second part in our series for ESPN Insider looks at the bottom 10 quarterbacks in C%+ (passing plus-minus as a rate stat) in 2016. Cam Newton had the third-lowest C%+ of any quarterback with at least 400 attempts since 2006.
Article posted August 22, 2017 at 9:30 PM
By Timothy Rapp
Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano reiterated Tuesday that the team has no timetable for quarterback Andrew Luck‘s return from offseason shoulder surgery, according to Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star:
Luck underwent surgery in January to fix a recurring shoulder issue on his throwing arm.
This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.
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Article posted August 22, 2017 at 9:17 PM
Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the news, noting the receiver still plans on being with the team and involved in the community throughout the 2017 campaign even after the surgery on a reported bulging disc in his back.
While Schefter listed the injury as a bulging disc in his back, Connor Hughes of NJ.com previously reported Enunwa would have surgery on his neck. On Aug. 7, Schefter also reported Enunwa would head to injured reserve with a neck injury.
This comes after Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News shared word from Jets head coach Todd Bowles saying Enunwa was expected to miss six to nine months with the injury.
Enunwa is coming off a breakout 2016 campaign and was slotted as the team’s No. 1 receiver entering the new season before this setback. Despite the presence of Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker on last year’s squad, he turned in a team-high 857 receiving yards and four touchdown catches and had the opportunity to build on that with Decker and Marshall no longer on the roster.
The Jets will now have to rely on the combination of playmakers such as Robby Anderson, Jalin Marshall and Chris Harper at the wide receiver position if they are going to surprise and compete in the AFC East.
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Article posted August 22, 2017 at 9:09 PM
By Rob Goldberg
In his new book, Blitzed: Why NFL Teams Gamble on Starting Rookie Quarterbacks, author Thomas George quoted Martz questioning the hire of McVay while saying he is little more than “a buddy” for second-year quarterback Jared Goff.
However, Martz said Tuesday on ESPN Radio LA 710 that the quotes were “embellished,” via ESPN.com:
“I would never say something like that. [The quote] was kind of embellished. It was a very short interview, and I think what I told [author Thomas George] was there’s only a couple years’ difference between them, and they probably brought him in because of his ability to communicate. With [Goff], you want somebody more his age, I guess. But all of that other garbage, I would never say something like that.”
Questions about McVay’s age are common considering he is just 31 years old. He spent the past seven years working with the Washington Redskins, including the last three as the team’s offensive coordinator.
Last season, his offense finished third in the league in total yards from scrimmage, likely a big reason he earned a head coaching gig. The Rams organization will hope his past success leads to a better regular-season performance from Goff, who struggled last year after L.A. selected him first overall in the 2016 draft.
Based on the initial quote from the book, however, Martz doesn’t believe this was the right move:
“What is he, a couple of months older than Jared? They hired a buddy for Jared. The NFL has nothing to do with being the friend or the buddy of the quarterback. You’ve got to coach them and work them hard with respect. But buddy? And this guy is a quarterback expert? An offensive expert? Wait a minute while I puke.”
Martz spent six seasons as head coach of the St. Louis Rams, accumulating a 53-32 record. He was also the offensive coordinator of the 1999 squad that won a Super Bowl title behind the “Greatest Show on Turf” offense.
Martz started coaching at the high school level when he was 22 and was 49 when he got his first head coaching job with the Rams.
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Article posted August 22, 2017 at 7:33 PM
By Ben Kercheval Florida State and Alabama will face off in a highly touted game in Atlanta in Week 1