NFL Notebook Week 2: Josh Gordon, Fitzmagic & More!

Hue Needs A Clue

The time finally came for the Cleveland Browns & Josh Gordon to part ways. The announced release, turned trade, started on Saturday night after Gordon was 10 minutes late to a meeting. Being tardy to a team meeting wasn’t the only straw that broke Hue’s back. Gordon also injured his hamstring during a photoshoot the day before and was ruled out of Sunday’s game.

Saturday night the Browns announced they’d be parting ways with Gordon, only for them to change their mind and say they would try to trade him by Monday. Reports came in that 8-10 teams were interested in Brown’s services. However Jackson made it clear they would not be trading him to an AFC team, so on Monday he was traded to the Patriots for a 5th round pick.

Maybe Jackson just didn’t realize the Patriots were an AFC team. It’s not like they’ve represented the AFC in the Super Bowl 8 times since 2001. Either way Gordon is on his way to New England where he’ll allegedly play this Sunday despite the alleged hamstring injury suffered just last week.

Ryan Fitzpatrick Has Stolen DeSean Jackson Clothes, Our Hearts, & Jameis Winston’s Job.

When you’ve led your team to their first 2-0 start in eight years, thrown for over 800 yards and eight touchdowns you would think the world is your playground. Well it seems Ryan Fitzpatrick thinks just that, as he came out following the Bucs’ 27-21 win over the Eagles, wearing wide receiver DeSean Jackson’s pregame outfit.

Fitzpatrick, dressed in his best Conor McGregor cosplay, toyed with the media about the outfit, saying only the chest hair was his. It seems like all the joking around, and more importantly winning, has won Fitzpatrick the Bucs’ locker room.

Jackson went on record saying he think Fitzpatrick should remain starting quarterback even after Winston returns from his three game suspension.

“He’s been playing on fire right now,” Jackson said on NFL Network on Monday. “With the way the team is rallying behind him and just playing lights-out football, you have to kind of honor it. You know what I’m saying? You can’t take the hot man out. You got the hot fire right now. It’s like ‘NBA Jam.’ We used to play ‘NBA Jam’ — whoever’s got that hot fire shot, you got to keep shooting, man.”

It’s hard to argue with Jackson’s logic, the man has been completing 78% of his passes, not to mention the locker room seems to be in a better place with Winston on the outside looking in.

It’s All Ereck Flowers Fault

On Sunday night we all got to witness two bad teams battle it out, with the lesser of two evils winning. The Giants offensive line made the Dallas Cowboys defense look like they just traded two 1st round picks for Khalil Mack. Blown coverages and penalties helped the Cowboys land six sacks on Eli Manning, the most since 2014.

Giant fans love to put all the blame on the offensive line, but this one isn’t solely their fault. They can’t collectively call for the head of Ereck Flowers this week, who has improved, but remains a bad right tackle. Play calling played a huge part in Sunday’s loss. When the Giants decided to take a running back over a quarterback back in April, the idea was that he would compliment the pass game. Instead, it looks like he has become the entire game plan.

There is no question that Saquon Barkley has the ability to be a generational talent, but it would help if the majority of his passes didn’t start five yards behind the line of scrimmage. Against the Cowboys, the rookie averaged 2.5 yards per carry on 11 attempts. This isn’t exactly what was expected from Pat Shurmur’s offense and Barkley.

Maybe that’s because at the head of the table is an immobile 37-year-old quarterback who hasn’t been even average for the last 4 years. His completion percentage against the Cowboys might have you fooled, because Eli Manning was terrible in that game. He took too many hits, held on to the ball for far too long, and continued to force Barkley to create something.

This should be the last season we see Eli Manning under center for the New York Giants, and if it isn’t you can expect three straight years of top 5 picks.

Era of Ruthless Aggression in Minnesota

On Monday, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer didn’t soften the blow when asked about cutting kicker Daniel Carlson.

When asked what went into the decision to let Carlson go, Zimmer ruthlessly responded with, “Did you see the game?”, and then said it was a “pretty easy” decision.

The decision to cut Carlson came after missing three field goals in the Vikings’ 29–29 tie with the Packers on Sunday. Since his release, the Vikings have signed former Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey.

Dump Pass

  • Seahawks punter Michael Dickson should be the front runner for ROY.
  • Jets’ fanbase are a bunch of punks for letting Fireman Ed back into the “spotlight”.
  • Bears are lucky they landed Khalil Mack because Mitch Trubisky is nothing special.
  • How long ’til the Ravens realize Joe Flacco is washed and start the Lamar Jackson era?
  • Baker Mayfield should be starting within the next two weeks. Tyrod Taylor is a fine QB, but it’s just not working out.

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