Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 9:37am
Green-Bekham, who had more than 100 yards receiving in two of the three games prior, was held without a catch on three targets.
Tennessee interim head coach Mike Mularkey attributed Green-Beckham's ineffectiveness to a combination of Houston's defensive tactics along with rookie mistakes.
Via Tennessee's official website:
“Some of it was the coverage,” Mularkey said. “They were playing a coverage that you could roll a corner and a safety over the top on him.
“Some of that was Dorial with some of the mistake he made. He had a number of mistakes on splits and depths and things that he’s had, again, that a young receiver is going to have, Tre McBride included. But some of that is self-inflicted that we need to get better at."
Green-Beckham caught six passes for 113 yards in the Week 15 loss to the New England Patriots. He caught five passes for 119 yards and a touchdown in Tennessee's Week 13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. DGB struggled much of the season with his patterns and it sometimes led to turnovers, but as of late it seemed like he was turning the corner. In his defense, there were a lot of no-shows on the Titans in Week 16 and he'll certainly have some fantasy value heading into 2016 with a healthy Marcus Mariota under center.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 9:33am
Denver went to it late in the second quarter leading to their first points. It appeared again in the third and fourth quarters with more success.
After looking overwhelmed by the Bengals’ defensive line for much of the first half, the Broncos’ transition to the no huddle allowed its offensive line to play with more push and kept Cincinnati on their heels.
“It caught them off guard a lot,” running back C.J. Anderson. “That’s not a Kubiak-style offense that they’re used to seeing. We kind of went back into what we’ve done in previous years and good thing we all knew it.”
The Bengals already had quarterback concerns. Now they have to wait on the results of an MRI today to see if it’s a full-blown panic.
Via Paul Dehner of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Bengals backup A.J. McCarron said he was getting an MRI to determine the severity of a left wrist injury that happened on the overtime fumble that cost the Bengals the game.
“I hope not,” McCarron said, when asked if it would keep him out this week against the Ravens. “Going to wait until [Tuesday], but hopefully not.”
Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 9:27am
Sure, the NFL has made it tougher on kickers to convert the point-after attempt, which is now a not-so-certain 33-yard kick. But Carpenter's five misses, including one in Sunday's 16-6 win over the Dallas Cowboys, should be a point of concern for the Bills.
But will it impact Carpenter's status with the team next season?
"Well I think with anybody -- and this is any player -- what you look to do is, regardless of the position, you are going to look to give your team the best possibility of being successful," coach Rex Ryan said Monday. "Dan [Carpenter] has had a history being successful kicking here, so that is something you can’t ignore also. Has he struggled this year? Yes, he has.
"But I think -- you know, I don’t see Lou 'The Toe' Groza coming in. If that happens, then OK. We will see what happens."
Ryan's response seemed to indicate some pause about keeping Carpenter as the kicker for next season, although it would take a worthy replacement to push him off the roster, the story indicated.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 9:24am
The nine-year veteran running back, who spent eight seasons with the New Orleans Saints and won a Super Bowl title, said he saw a team on the cusp of success with a laser-narrowed focus. With a little hope, Thomas thought, he’d be able to impart some leadership on this team to help them achieve their goal of making the playoffs, and in the process, prove he could still play.
Both of those things happened on Saturday night as the Redskins beat the Eagles, 38-24, to clinch the NFC East title at Lincoln Financial Field. Thomas caught seven catches for 67 yards and rushed for 22 yards on four carries.
Monday, December 28, 2015, 7:32pm
Monday, December 28, 2015, 7:31pm
The Chiefs have clinched a playoff spot, and Reid left the impression he could change his mind and rest some players against the Raiders. That’s what he did for the Chiefs’ final game against the Chargers in 2013 after they had clinched a playoff spot. The difference is that back then the Chiefs had no chance to win the AFC West.
Houston quarterback Brian Hoyer is in the last phase of the NFL's concussion protocol and will start Sunday against Jacksonville if he is cleared to play.
Hoyer missed the last two games after suffering his second concussion in less than a month on Dec. 13.
"He has progressed well through the protocol and he's basically in the last phase of that evaluation, and so I'll know more on Wednesday," coach Bill O'Brien said.
T.J. Yates started the first game Hoyer missed, but tore the ACL in his left knee in the second quarter. He was replaced by Brandon Weeden, who helped Houston to a win over Indianapolis in that game and led the Texans to a victory against Tennessee on Sunday. Despite his solid play the last two weeks, O'Brien said Weeden will likely head back to the bench this weekend, the story.
Monday, December 28, 2015, 6:46pm
The Bills made it official on Monday moving WR Marcus Easley to injured reserve in the wake of his severe knee injury suffered Sunday in the win over Dallas. Claimed off waivers to fill the void left by Easley the Bills were awarded WR Leonard Hankerson.
Hankerson (6-2, 211) was most recently with the New England Patriots, who was claimed off waivers following his release by the Atlanta Falcons. The former third-round pick of the Washington Redskins (2011) was placed on injured reserve by Atlanta in early December with a hamstring injury, but was waived a week later in an injury settlement.
The revolving door at quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts will likely take another turn this week.
Matt Hasselbeck might not play against the Tennessee Titans because of a right shoulder injury suffered in the second quarter of Sunday's game against Miami, and things got even worse Monday, when the team placed quarterback Charlie Whitehurst on season-ending injured reserve.
Whitehurst injured his hamstring late in Sunday's victory over the Miami Dolphins. He appeared in four games for the Colts this season and completed 16 of 32 passes for 150 yards and an interception. Colts coach Chuck Pagano said he doesn't have an update on quarterback Andrew Luck, who has missed the past six games with a kidney/abdomen injury. It's a long shot that Luck plays against the Titans, even if he is medically cleared this week, the story said.
Monday, December 28, 2015, 6:41pm
But it appears unlikely the rookie quarterback will return to action for the season finale at Indianapolis.
“He did some things today that we hoped he would do and we’ll see how he feels from it tomorrow,” interim coach Mike Mularkey said. “... His health is No. 1 for us. He’s got a such a great future ahead of him. He’s got plenty of games, lots of games to go. We won’t expose him, at all, if there is anything there...
“Any bit of doubt, he will not play.”
Mularkey said he expects receiver Kendall Wright, who left the loss to Houston early with a knee injury, to practice Wednesday at least in limited fashion.
Oakland Raiders' Pro Bowl fullback Marcel Reece has been suspended for the next four regular-season games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, the team announced Monday.
Reece cannot play in Oakland's season finale at Kansas City on Sunday and cannot play in the first three games of the 2016 season. Reece is also ineligible to play in the 2016 Pro Bowl. He was voted to his fourth straight Pro Bowl this past Tuesday.
"I want to let Marcel speak for himself, but I know he's disappointed and he doesn't think it's justified," Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said.
Reece, 30, can participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games next year. Reece had 30 catches and 10 run attempts this season. He has lost some playing time to Jamize Olawale. Reece has started seven games this season.
For head coach Bruce Arians and the Arizona Cardinals, Week 17 might as well be Week 1.
In other words, Arians doesn't plan to rest any top players for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Seattle Seahawks at home.
The Cardinals have already clinched the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs and a first-round bye. But the top seed is still at stake.
And as the 2015 season comes to a close, Sankey said on Monday he wants coaches to believe in him, too. Sankey acknowledged his second NFL has been tough, but said he’s tried to stay resilient during a year when he failed to get a carry in eight games, several times because he was inactive.
“I feel like at times I lost faith in the coaches here, and I have been trying to do everything I can to gain it back,’’ Sankey said. “Since then I have been doing everything I can to try and gain it back and try and make a statement when I am out there on the field.
“It hasn’t hurt my confidence. I know I am a good player, a good running back, and I just have to keep working and maintain the same approach each day and try and earn the trust back of the coaches.”
Titans interim coach Mike Mularkey said on Monday the plan is for Sankey to be more involved in the season finale against the Colts on Sunday. With 30 snaps, Sankey led all running backs in snaps in the team’s 34-6 loss to the Texans. He got the majority of his work in the second half, after running back Antonio Andrews saw his playing time take a hit because of a pair of turnovers, the story said.