Despite the struggles, Kizer remains one of the most highly regarded QB prospects. Two scouts told NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein in September that they preferred Kizer to Clemson QB Deshaun Watson, who also intends to enter the 2017 draft, and an executive has projected Kizer as a top-10 pick.
However, the consensus from the scouting community seems to be that no QB prospect in the 2017 class has emerged as a franchise-caliber player, no matter which underclassmen are granted early draft eligibility. The question is, will that lead QB-needy teams picking at the top of the draft to look elsewhere to address that area?
There’s been some scuttlebutt that the Browns could pursue a trade for a young QB like Jimmy Garoppolo jersey or AJ McCarron. A move like that would put Cleveland in position to solidify a position that has long been a source of consternation for the franchise, and take the best player available with its top pick. The team is reportedly enamored with one of CFB’s top talents, Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett, who has yet to reveal his draft intentions.
It started when Pro Bowl long snapper Jon Dorenbos was forced to exit the game in the third quarter with a wrist injury. All teams have a contingency plan for this scenario, and for the Eagles it meant veteran tight end Brent Celek would be in the hot seat. He fired a grounder to blow up a field goal attempt and handled a punt snap before he too was forced to exit with an injury.
FOX game analyst Troy Aikman, who met with Packers players and cheap jerseys and coaches late in the week, said he felt “an energy coming from this group” that hasn’t been there all season and most of last year. Mike McCarthy’s club firmly believes they are peaking at the right time. It’s hard to argue with that sentiment after the last three games generated an 86-36 scoring differential over the Eagles, Texans and Seahawks. It can be argued that they are playing as well as any NFC team outside of Dallas. A half-game out of the conference’s No. 6 playoff spot, the surging 7-6 Packers face the NFC North trio of Chicago, Minnesota and Detroit in the season’s final three games. The division title will be up for grabs in the regular-season finale only if Detroit loses either at the Giants and Cowboys the next two weeks while Green Bay handles the Bears and Vikings.
In a performance reminiscent of the first 56 minutes of the 2014 NFC Championship Game, an errant Wilson threw a career-high five interceptions. Wilson was off the mark against a pressuring Green Bay front seven, but also got little help from his receivers. Two interceptions went right through his targets’ hands, while another intended for Jermaine Kearse bounced off of Ladarius Gunter’s back and into the waiting arms of Quinten Rollins near the pylon. Tyler Lockett simply dropped a third-down pass, thwarting one drive. With difference-making cornerback Damarious Randall finally healthy, though, this Packers secondary bears no resemblance to the one that was torched to an embarrassing degree during a four-game midseason losing streak.
Coaches always have to be prepared with an emergency quarterback. But what about a second emergency long-snapper? With magic man Jon Dorenbos going down with a wrist injury and backup long snapper, tight end Brent Celek, also getting hurt in the fourth quarter the Eagles were holding frantic sideline tryouts to see if anyone could get the ball back to the kicker. Celek botched a previous attempt that resulted in Eagles holder Donnie Jones getting tackled behind the line of scrimmage.
With rumors circulating that DeSean Jackson may one day become a Philadelphia Eagle again, Jackson played a signature DeSean Game in his former home town. What does that entail? Three catches for 102 yards and a touchdown, with the 80-yard score representing a momentary turning point for Kirk Cousins and the Washington offense. Of course Jackson slow-jogged into the end zone to prove his point. In many ways, he represents the still-great untapped potential of this offense and they’re running out of time. It would be hard to imagine general manager Scot McCloughan doling out cash for both Jackson and Pierre Garcon this offseason while Jamison Crowder and Josh Doctson are on the roster and under their rookie deals.