2020 NFL Power Rankings: Eagles fall after collapse, Patriots climb originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
With no preseason in 2020, Week 1 was the first time we saw NFL teams play live action against a real opponent, that makes this year unusual.
There were definitely a lot of teams shaking off some rust, while others looked to be in mid-season form.
As a result, there was a lot of movement on Week 2 of the NFL Power Rankings. Only three teams stayed ranked where they were last week.
Some had big drops, like the Eagles who blew a big lead to the Washington Football Team. Teams like the Packers and Cardinals made big jumps.
Former UCF player’s tackle injured a Seahawks star. Seattle players want NFL to act.
Former UCF defensive lineman Trysten Hill caught the ire of the Seattle Seahawks this week.
Hill, who plays for the Dallas Cowboys, made a tackle that caused a knee sprain to Seahawks running back Chris Carson, according to multiple reports.
Hill is expected to be fined, not suspended for the play, according to the NFL Network.
The way Hill tackled Carson, where he grabbed Carson’s leg, twisted it and rolled over while Carson was on the ground, infuriated Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll.
“I was really pissed about that,” Carroll said, according to ESPN.
Seahawks players took to social media to address the play, too.
K.J. Wright and Quandre Diggs blasted Hill on Twitter, calling for the NFL to take action.
@NFL this needs to be addressed ASAP!! Doing dirty dumb malicious shit like this can end someone’s season! This is clearly intentional and getting fined isn’t enough. Im all for guys playing hard but I have zero tolerance for this @NFL pic.twitter.com/cdllxdiAVi
— KJ (@KJ_WRIGHT34) September 28, 2020
Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters Monday that the injury to Carson wasn’t intentional.
“I don’t think that was his intent,” McCarthy said, according to the Athletic. “I just think he was trying to wrap and roll. Trust me, there was zero intent involved there.”
A Florida native, Hill played high school football at Live Oak Suwannee High in North Florida, before his college career with the UCF Knights led to the Cowboys selecting him in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Broncos name Brett Rypien starting QB vs. Jets
The Denver Broncos will go with their third starting quarterback of the season for their matchup with the New York Jets on Thursday night.
Broncos coach Vic Fangio officially named Brett Rypien the starter for their game at MetLife Stadium, replacing Jeff Driskel.
“We’ve had a year and a second training camp and a couple weeks with Brett here and we think he deserves a chance to see how he can do as the starter, albeit on a short week of preparation,” Fangio said, via the Denver Post.
Drew Lock suffered a shoulder injury in Week 2, and has been sidelined ever since. Driskel started in Denver’s 28-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week, but was replaced by Rypien in the fourth quarter.
The Broncos also signed former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles last week, but Fangio said it’s “unrealistic” that he’d be ready to start by Thursday.
Rypien, the former Boise State standout, finished 8-of-9 for 53 yards with an interception on Sunday — which marked his first NFL action.
“It was good to get in there for a drive and get some experience, and hopefully that can carry over to Thursday,” he said, via the Denver Post.
Rypien: ‘We definitely need a win’
Both the Broncos and the Jets are still looking for a win this season after their respective slow starts — though the Jets are likely more desperate. The team is coming off back-to-back blowout losses, and coach Adam Gase is sitting on perhaps the hottest seat in the league.
Still, it’ll be up to Rypien — who has just nine passes under his belt — to lead the Broncos to a road win.
“We definitely need a win so that’s the main focus,” Rypien said, via the Denver Post. “The focus for me is to try and get better these next two days. We won’t be able to get many reps full speed with the guys, but it’s making sure I’m dialed in on the protections and different things like that. If we can do that, we can go out there and get the ball moving.”
Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur sounds confident that Rypien has what it takes to get that job done, too.
“He executes well, he’s quick-minded and he gets the ball out quickly, which is important,” Shurmur said, via the Denver Post. “He went in and did some good things. … He has a pretty good idea of what we want to get done, he knows what he’s looking for and when he sees it, he’s willing to pull the trigger.”
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Isaiah Thomas has perfect response to Tyler Herro’s comments about falling in draft
I.T. has perfect response to Herro’s comments about falling in draft originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
A few of the teams that passed on Tyler Herro in the 2019 NBA Draft may be kicking themselves right about now.
The Kentucky product slid to No. 13 overall, where he was selected by the Miami Heat. That pick has paid dividends for the Heat in the playoffs, as Herro has helped propel them to the NBA Finals with a number of standout performances including a 37-point outburst vs. the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of the conference finals.
Herro talked about his draft position on Tuesday, saying he remembers the names of all 12 players picked ahead of him and uses that as motivation.
There’s nothing wrong with Herro having a chip on his shoulder. In fact, he probably should.
Forsberg: Handing out grades for the 2019-20 Celtics
But former Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas, who was the final pick in the 2011 draft, couldn’t help but laugh. He responded to Herro’s comments with the perfect tweet:
Thomas openly used his draft spot as motivation during his thrilling time in Boston, and it worked like a charm. The two-time All-Star averaged 22.6 points in 25 playoff games with the C’s, though he unfortunately never was able to bring home an NBA championship.
Herro will have a shot at a title when the Heat begin the NBA Finals vs. the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.
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