ICYMI: NFL News – August 12th 2016
Let’s be honest, you probably won’t have missed most of last night’s events. We’re still going to persevere, and deliver to you, our daily round-up of the ins and outs of the NFL, just in case you were so excited about what happened with the team you love, or the team you hate, that you took your eye off the ball for a few seconds.
Gruffalo does well
Jimmy Garoppolo opened up the pre-season for the Patriots with a very functional performance. There were relatively few moments of inspiration in their win over the Saints, but with most of the star players sitting this one out, it was always going to be about how little Jimmy did out there on his own. He performed well under pressure, and his grasp of the playbook shined through with the choices he made, even though he was sacked a couple of times as the line buckled. This performance looks like Belichick and co. have very little to worry about for the start of the season.
Mitchell screws elbow
Malcolm Mitchell landed badly on his elbow as he faced the Saints last night, and the poor landing resulted in a nasty looking elbow injury. After being examined for breaks, it appears that he suffered a sub-luxation (dislocation) of the elbow, and it was popped back into place. Expect him to sit out at least four weeks as he recovers from the injury.
Green could be in trouble
Steelers tight end, Ladarius Green, was signed up to replace Heath Miller in the offseason. Unfortunately, he has not seen much time operating with the team, as health problems have kept him sidelined. His surgically repaired ankle is not the culprit, it appears he has been suffering recurring headaches, which is a major red flag for NFL players. Green has suffered a total of three concussions in the course of one year, two of which he suffered within seven days of each other. This could well be a sign of an underlying issue, which could force Green to re-assess his future in the NFL.
Aguayo suffers from nerves
In what appeared to be a major case of the Rookie wobbles, second round draft kicker, Roberto Aguayo, missed his very first kick for Tampa Bay. The college player never missed a PAT in his entire career, and his first 32-yard kick missed the sticks. He made up for it later, with a fourth quarter field goal at 38-yards. You’ve got to feel sorry for the guy, that’s some major pressure out there.
Siemian closes the gap
The Broncos quarterback spot is still up for debate. Mark Sanchez pulled out a mediocre performance in his section of the game. Putting in a few solid plays, a pick, and taking a few hits. He got the ball up the field, and passed ok, but there was very little fire in his play, and being picked off by Bryce Callahan didn’t help. Trevor Siemian on the other hand, had a great time. He showed clear capability with offense management, pushing for field goals on three occasions, and got some solid passes in. He clearly set out to show the coaches that he can play serious when the team needs him to, and this could well help him on his course to pushing Sanchez out of the race.
Eagles Play Wentz
The Eagles put Carson Wentz on the field, and he did ok. He showed some of the skills and abilities that made him the number two pick straight out of college, but on the whole, he appeared to struggle a little with the level of play required in the NFL. The crowd absolutely loved him, but the star quarterback seemed to struggle to find someone capable of catching his passes. With a pick on the cards as well, after Isiah Johnson pulled a pick out on the end zone play, the overall performance was a little lacklustre. On a positive note, he seemed to react really well to defensive pressure, and played more of the game than he was originally supposed to.