In the third quarter of a Thursday Night Football matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones hauled in a reception for a touchdown that no mere mortal would be able to complete.
This is simply ridiculous.
Rookie Vernon Hargreaves is in coverage against Jones, and at 5’10, Hargreaves is definitely going to have his hands full trying to contain Jones, who is 6’3 and 220 pounds. Hargreaves doesn’t stand a chance.
Jones goes up for the catch, hauls it in, gets both feet down in bounds while gracefully spinning, and extends the Falcons’ lead over the Bucs to 33-14.
He told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune: “… it just got to the point where I didn’t think it was going to work with me. So I removed myself.”
“Some have called me a distraction because speaking up for a cause the Giants have reportedly championed for years makes me a distraction. Others have called me a hero for speaking up. Honestly, I’m not a hero. I’m not special. I just know that in life, there are times when certain things are more important than your personal comfort or the game of football.”
Baldinger is apparently not the biggest fan of Elliott, anyway. During the same radio interview, Baldinger said the way Elliott dressed at the NFL draft demonstrated “arrogance,” and that Elliott “bugs me.”
The Eagles did not injure Elliott in their overtime loss to the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football, but they did limit him to 96 rushing yards. It marked the first time Elliott, who leads the league in rushing, had fewer than 134 yards in any single game since Week 2 of the 2016 season.
Shurmur runs a West Coast offense, which thrives on getting the ball out quickly. Focusing on quick slants and passes in the flat for short and intermediate gains could take a lot of pressure off of the Vikings’ offensive line.
That approach could also be beneficial to a team that’s struggling on the ground. Jerick McKinnon, Matt Asiata, and Ronnie Hillman aren’t the caliber of running back that Adrian Peterson is.