JPP had a ‘field’ day facing off against the Chicago Bears’ rookie QB Justin Fields (I will not apologize for that one). The standout edge rusher got two sacks and a forced fumble, on his way to being the highest rated Buccaneer according to PFF and routing the Bears 38-3.
Highest-graded #Bucs in Week 7 (min. 25 snaps)— PFF TB Buccaneers (@PFF_Buccaneers) October 25, 2021
⭐️ Jason Pierre-Paul (EDGE)- 91.9
⭐️ Shaquil Barrett (EDGE)- 89.8
⭐️ Chris Godwin (WR)- 86.2
⭐️ Alex Cappa (OG)- 84.5
⭐️ Ali Marpet (OG)- 83.4 pic.twitter.com/SoDOwYiYnC
After the game, head coach Bruce Arians called JPP a ‘warrior’ for working through his injuries and continued to sing praises of his edge rusher.
MVS did not come off the IR last week, but the Packers did not need his services as they’ve now won their sixth straight game with their victory over the Washington Football team. However, he is expected to be activated off the IR this week as Devante Adams was placed on the Covid-19 list and the Packers have a quick turnaround for a Thursday night matchup against the undefeated Arizona Cardinals.
Current expectation is #Packers WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling will be activated off IR and play Thursday night against the Cardinals, per source.— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) October 25, 2021
Green Bay will monitor MVS's hamstring this week, but potential good news with Davante Adams on the COVID-19 list.
That’s the best word to describe Thursday night for D’Ernest Johnson. Getting his first career start in Cleveland for the injured Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb, the Junkyard Dog did not disappoint. He had 22 carries for 146 yards, and capped off an opening drive touchdown to give Cleveland a lead they would not surrender against the Denver Broncos. He also added two catches for 22 yards, proving to his former offensive coordinator that he is a serviceable pass-catching running back.
The reaction on social media to D’Ernest’s performance garnered more adoration from fans, as Friend of the Blog Courtney Kramer shared a story of when D’Ernest was looking for his shot and messaged all of the AAF teams in 2018.
My favorite story about D’Ernest.— Courtney Kramer (@CourtKramer39) October 22, 2021
He DM’d every AAF team in 2018 asking for a tryout. Made the Orlando team. Then popped off.
Kid has worked his ass off. He’s earned this.
(Of course I saved the screenshot.) pic.twitter.com/015PmctLcc
Then, of course, some guy named LeBron James chimed in as well. Overall, it was a pretty good night for D’Ernest Johnson
D’ Ernest Johnson on 1 tonight!! Love to see it! #Browns— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 22, 2021
Playing in a massive rainstorm in Santa Clara, the Colts had a rainy Sunday night football performance against the San Francisco 49ers, but Marlon Mack was used sparingly as both teams were fending off the elements. Mack got three carries for four yards as he continues to fight for playing time in Indianapolis. With the trade deadline looming on November 2nd, it’s to be seen if the standout running back will be traded to a team in need of a RB1/RB2.
Wilcox got some more playing time against the Baltimore Ravens, mostly being used as a blocking tight end as C.J. Uzomah continues to be one of Joe Burrow’s favorite targets. He did get featured in the touchdown celebration with Uzomah, on National Tight Ends Day, no less.
Mitchell Wilcox with a Championship Effort pic.twitter.com/KKO8KIiZMG— Matt Minich (@CoachMinich) October 24, 2021
Despite the homecoming trip, playing in Raymond James Stadium against the Buccaneers, Adams was not promoted off the practice squad.
Austin Reiter was featured as the starting center for the Dolphins against the Atlanta Falcons. Reiter played well in his first start for the Dolphins and will continue pushing for playing time along the battered offensive line in Miami.
Malcolm Brown gets the start at RB for the Dolphins.— Marcel Louis-Jacques (@Marcel_LJ) October 24, 2021
Starting OL is as follows:
LT Liam Eichenberg
LG Austin Jackson
C Austin Reiter
RG Robert Hunt
RT Jesse Davis
Senat spent week seven for the Falcons on the IR and was not active.
Love was not promoted to the active 53 man roster and remains on the practice squad.
Mazzi remained on the Baltimore practice squad this week.
Bruce Hector remains on the Lions practice squad this week.