Jalen Ramsey is on the Los Angeles Rams' roster, but we have no idea if he will play this week or not.

All that and more in this edition of NFL news and notes.

 

Three things that matter

Rams noncommittal on Ramsey's Week 7 availability

Los Angeles acquired star cornerback Ramsey from the Jacksonville Jaguars for their 2020 and 2021 first-round picks in addition to a 2021 fourth-round pick on Wednesday, but Rams head coach Sean McVay might not want to put the team's newest addition to work right away.

"The goal is to be able to do that, but we'll be smart about it," McVay told reporters. "I think that we definitely want to have the intent to get him ready to go and we'll always make smart decisions. But, yes, that's the goal."

Ramsey has missed the last three games with a back injury, though some reports suggest it was a ploy to get the Jaguars to give into his trade request.

"I hope so. We'll see," Ramsey said when asked Wednesday at his introductory press conference if he'll make his Rams debut Sunday in Atlanta. "I've been missing football, I love football, so I would love that, but at the end of the day, we do have to be smart."

Chargers could get boost with Okung return

The Los Angeles Chargers have struggled with injuries this season, but the star offensive tackle could give the team the confidence they need entering a crucial matchup against the Tennessee Titans.

"I've been looking forward to this day for several weeks and I'm excited to officially announce that I will be back to football as early as Week 7," Russell Okung said.

Okung revealed he experienced "unusual chest pain at practice" on June 1 and decided to visit urgent care, where it was revealed he suffered a pulmonary embolism, a serious condition in which a blood clot gets lodged in an artery in the lung. He was told by doctors that the decision to seek treatment likely saved his life.

He has not played in months, but apparently is ready to make his comeback.

Mosley participates in individual drills 

The New York Jets already got a boost with Sam Darnold back, and more help could be on the way. Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley will be back on the field for the first time since Week 1, giving optimism that he could be available to play against the New England Patriots on Monday. Jets coach Adam Gase added there is hope Mosley will do more in Friday and Saturday's practices to ensure he will be ready to go.

Mosley has been dealing with a groin injury, but New York have opted to take a more cautious approach with one of their best defensive players early in the season.

Two things that don't matter

Seahawks will embrace Thomas' return to Seattle

Veteran Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas did not exactly leave the Seattle Seahawks on the best terms, but the two sides appear to have put their differences aside to share a mutual respect.

"Earl was a great football player for us in the years he was here. We loved what he did — his uniqueness and his style of play," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters on Thursday. "The way he practiced and his focus was somewhat unmatchable. We just couldn't stay together forever, you know. Couldn't figure out how to do that. But wish him the best and looking forward to [Sunday].

"When we know guys, we like playing against them. You've got relationships and it's fun to see them out there and it's fun to go against them. There's nothing we like more than beating the guys that we love."

A.J. Green still has "a little ways to go" in rehab

The Cincinnati Bengals receiver has struggled to get healthy since suffering an ankle injury early in training camp and undergoing surgery in late July but told reporters he is progressing with the injury.

Cincinnati will host the Jaguars in Week 7, a game A.J. Green is unlikely to play, then head overseas to play the Rams in London before the team's Week 9 bye. It is possible Green could return in Week 10 against the Ravens, assuming the Bengals do not deal him before the October 29 trade deadline.

One video you have to see

It is Philadelphia Eagles-Dallas Cowboys week, and Stephen A. Smith is FIRED up.

Thursday's tweet of the day

Former Denver Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware is pumped for Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs to visit on Thursday.

From post-game news conferences to next-day media availabilities, here are the 10 best Week 6 quotes from players and coaches around the NFL:

 

— Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn stressed the importance of his team taking advantage of their next two home games to get back on track: "I'd say more than anything, we get a chance to fight in front of our home fans. There's no moral victories, there's no things of that such other than finding our ways to fight to get our football team the wins that we need to get. That's really all we’ll think about and all we'll focus our time on."

— Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson on next week's NFC East showdown with the Dallas Cowboys: "Anytime Dallas loses it helps, because here's the thing — I know the sky is falling outside. … Has it been perfect or beautiful or all of that? No. But all we need to do is try to be 1-0 this week, beat the Dallas Cowboys, we're in first place."

— Not only were the Los Angeles Chargers embarrassed on "Sunday Night Football," Pittsburgh Steelers fans also took over their stadium, and the team were not happy: "I don't know what that was. Don't do that at our own stadium," Melvin Gordon said after the game. "It already felt like it was their stadium … I don't understand that."

— Detroit Lions safety Tracy Walker had some harsh words for the officiating crew after the team's Monday loss to the Green Bay Packers: "Extremely pissed off right now," Walker said. "It is what it is. Disappointed. Hurt. We had that game."

— Packers kicker Mason Crosby on his first Lambeau Leap after sealing his team's win: "That was special. It's something I've always wanted to do."

— Cowboys owner Jerry Jones spoke candidly about coach Jason Garrett on 105.3 The Fan radio: "If I totally disagreed with [Jason] Garrett's philosophy, he wouldn't be the head coach."

— Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera gave a sincere injury update on quarterback Cam Newton: "I think people need to understand that the young man has done everything we've asked. I'm trying to stay true to what I told him. We're not going to put that kind of pressure on him. So, until we have it confirmed with our doctors and stuff like that, we're going to continue to do what we're doing."

— Jay Gruden on life after being fired by Washington Redskins: "Pretty quiet ... Bored out of my mind."

— NFL competition committee chairman Rich McKay declined to discuss whether pass interference replay is really working this season:  "I don't think we would give a summation of whether a rule that's been in place for six weeks is working or not working," McKay told reporters. "We want to get the egregious ones, and we want to get them overturned."

— Less than a week after leaving the door open for a potential NFL return, Rob Gronkowski appears to have shut it again: "I'll give an answer. When I retired, I retired for a reason: because I needed to step away," Gronkowski said. "So it would be a no. There it is."

The Philadelphia Eagles released linebacker Zach Brown, the NFL franchise announced on Monday.

Philadelphia parted ways with 2016 Pro Bowler Brown following Sunday's 38-20 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Brown called out his former Washington Redskins team-mate Kirk Cousins earlier this week, labelling him Minnesota's "weakest link," before the signal-caller exploded for his best performance of the year.

Cousins threw for 333 yards and four scores en route to the Vikings' victory over Philadelphia on Sunday, torching an Eagles secondary that have struggled all season.

Brown, who signed with Philadelphia ahead of the 2019 season, notched five tackles in the Week 6 contest and has a total of 31 in 2019.

The 29-year-old veteran was a Pro Bowl player in 2016 and is expected to garner interest from multiple teams.

Doug Pederson stated the Philadelphia Eagles are "going to win" when they come up against the Dallas Cowboys in a crucial NFC East showdown.

The two teams both hold 3-3 records following road defeats in Week 6, the Eagles going down to the Minnesota Vikings while the Cowboys surprisingly slipped up on the road against the New York Jets, meaning they have lost three on the spin.

In an appearance on WIP radio, Philadelphia head coach Pederson acknowledged the need to overcome their rivals so they can control their own destiny in a tight division.

"Anytime Dallas loses it helps, because here's the thing - I know the sky is falling outside," Pederson said. "It's falling and I get that and the fans are real.

"We're going down to Dallas, our guys are gonna be ready to play. And we're going to win that football game and when we do we're in first place in the NFC East, we control our own destiny, we're right where we need to be.

"Has it been perfect or beautiful or all of that? No. But all we need to do is try to be 1-0 this week, beat the Dallas Cowboys, we're in first place.

"Listen, they're reeling too. They're struggling too. They dropped their last three games so this will be an exciting football game."

When 'Morning Show"' host Angelo Cataldi noted his confidence, Pederson said he had to remain upbeat for "the guys in the locker room".

"I have to be. I am," Pederson said. "I see - when I watch the tape, I put the tape on and I go, 'okay, there are coachable moments, there are teachable moments on the tape that we can get better at as an offense and as a defense'.

"I'm also optimistic that some of our injured players in the secondary will make a return this week, and we'll see. But I've got to stay positive not only for myself but for the guys in the locker room."

A quarterback duel erupted in Kansas City on Sunday and Deshaun Watson was the signal-caller to come out on top.

The matchup between Watson and the Kansas City Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes pitted two of the NFL's most dynamic quarterbacks against each other and it made for an exciting matchup featuring some big throws and big carries. But ultimately Watson and the Houston Texans came away with a 31-24 win at Arrowhead Stadium.

Thanks, in part, to 21 unanswered points from the Texans in the second quarter. Watson continued to roll and helped put Houston ahead for good with a short one-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth.

Watson finished 30-of-42 passing for 280 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He also had 42 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries.

Reigning MVP Mahomes finished 19-of-35 passing for 273 yards, three touchdowns and one interception for his first pick of the year. 

Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, the San Francisco 49ers shut down the Rams offense and had a solid game from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to win 20-7 and move to 5-0 for the season.

Quarterback Sam Darnold made a successful return to the line-up as the New York Jets upset the Dallas Cowboys 24-22 for their first victory of the year.

Injury report

Texans first-round lineman Tytus Howard had to be carted off the field after going down with a knee injury in the second half of the game against the Chiefs.

Seattle Seahawks tight end Will Dissly was carted the field in the first half against the Cleveland Browns with an Achilles injury that could cost him the rest of the season.

Wide receiver Amari Cooper appeared to have reinjured his quadriceps on the Cowboys' opening offensive possession early in the first quarter. He did not return.

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick left the game against the Baltimore Ravens with a left knee injury and did not return. Offensive lineman John Miller was also ruled out after suffering a left groin injury.

Denver Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders was ruled out against the Tennessee Titans due to a knee injury.

Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham exited the matchup with the Minnesota Vikings after suffering an ankle injury. Tackle Jason Peters (knee) also sustained an injury and never returned.

By the numbers

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson became the first quarterback to rush for 150-plus yards in a game since Colin Kaepernick ran for 151 yards in 2014.

Kyler Murray is the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to have 20-plus completions in each of his first six career games.

Seahawks' Russell Wilson finished the win over the Browns with a 117.6 passer rating. He now has a 100-plus passer rating in all six games this season. The only two other players with more 100-plus games to start a season in the Super Bowl era were Tom Brady (eight) in 2007 and Aaron Rodgers (12) in 2011 — both won NFL MVP that season.

Quotables

Eagles linebacker Zach Brown was mum's the word on Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins after Philadelphia's 38-20 loss — and Brown called Cousins the "weakest link" earlier in the week: "I'm here to talk about the game. Is there any other questions besides about Kirk Cousins?" 

Ron Rivera addressed quarterback Cam Newton's absence, which has seemed less daunting with the success of Kyle Allen, who led the Carolina Panthers to a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in London on Sunday: "I'm not going to speculate on anything until I have to address that. So until then, we're going to stay in the now, stay in the focus of what we're doing right now. As far as I'm concerned, we're not going to deal with the question until it is time... Our quarterback right now playing for us is Kyle. So we're not going to address it."

Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston struggled across the pond, with five interceptions and a lost fumble, and head coach Bruce Arians wanted to make one thing clear: "Throw the damn ball away. You avoided one, you might've avoided two. You ain't throwing it anywhere — to a receiver. Throw it away."

Week 6 NFL scores

Teams on bye week

Bills, Bears, Colts and Raiders

Thursday's game

Patriots 35, Giants 14

Sunday's games

Panthers 37, Buccaneers 26 Seahawks 32, Browns 28 Texans 31, Chiefs 24 Redskins 17, Dolphins 16 Vikings 38, Eagles 20 Saints 13, Jaguars 6 Ravens 23, Bengals 17 49ers 20, Rams 7 Cardinals 34, Falcons 33 Broncos 16, Titans 0 Jets 24, Cowboys 22

All eyes were on the Green Bay Packers-Dallas Cowboys showdown that unfolded in the first Sunday afternoon game since 2001 to be broadcast to 100 per cent of the national audience, and it did not disappoint.

Green Bay led 24-0 midway through the third quarter before Dallas put the pedal to the floor, but it was too little, too late as the Packers won 34-24.

Packers running back Aaron Jones erupted for a career-high 182 scrimmage yards – 107 rushing and 75 receiving – and four touchdowns on 26 touches, while Aaron Rodgers threw for 238 yards without an interception.

Meanwhile in Los Angeles, the Denver Broncos spoiled Melvin Gordon's long-awaited return from his contract holdout with a 20-13 victory over the Chargers to end the team's eight-game losing streak. It was thanks to a stout defensive effort that forced three turnovers and a flawless performance by veteran quarterback Joe Flacco.

Things went from bad to worse for the New York Jets and Washington Redskins, who were routed by the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots respectively, to remain winless.

The Cincinnati Bengals were also defeated for the fifth straight game to drop to 0-5, but at least they put up a fight before falling 26-23 to Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals, who gave head coach Kliff Kingsbury his first NFL win.

Injury report

A scary scene unfolded in Pittsburgh as quarterback Mason Rudolph was knocked out after taking a brutal hit to the chin from Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas. Rudolph laid motionless on his back for several minutes as the Steelers' medical staff attended to him on the field, and he was later carried off to be taken to a hospital after apparent problems with the cart.

Rudolph was ruled out for the rest of the game with a concussion, which will be closely monitored this week after the Steelers switched to third-string quarterback Devlin Hodges. Team-mate and receiver James Washington was also ruled out with a shoulder injury.

Eagles running back Darren Sproles was questionable to return with a quad injury but moved to fifth on the NFL's all-time in all-purpose yards list first.

Bears defensive tackle Akiem Hicks left the team's London game against the Raiders due to an elbow injury and did not return.

Chargers center Mike Pouncey was questionable to return after suffering a neck injury.

By the numbers

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady moved to third on the NFL's all-time passing yards list during Sunday's game against the Redskins after surpassing Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre (71,838). Brady is set to pass Peyton Manning (71,940) for second in career yards in his next game.

The Bengals are 0-5 for the first time since 2008. It is the seventh time Cincinnati have started 0-5 since 1990, which is the most in the NFL in that span.

Christian McCaffrey had a historic day in Carolina, as the Panthers running back logged 237 total yards to become the first player since Jim Brown in 1963 to total 175-plus yards from scrimmage in four of a season's first five games. McCaffrey also reached a max speed of 21.95 mph on his 84-yard touchdown run Sunday, which is his fastest speed this season.

Quotables

Steve Smith Sr. was grateful to be back in Carolina as he was inducted into the Panthers' Hall of Honour: "I'd like to thank Mr. Tepper for bringing me back … I never thought I'd be back in this stadium, but I am and I'm happy to be here."

Redskins coach Jay Gruden on dropping to 0-5: "If the key works Monday I'll keep working."

Thomas was remorseful for his brutal hit on Rudolph: "I was just trying to get to the ball and make a play for my team. I hit the strike zone, I didn't go high. I didn't try to intentionally hurt him. I'm worried about him. I heard he's at the hospital and my prayers go out to him and his family."

Week 5 NFL scores

Teams on bye week

Dolphins and Lions

Thursday's game

Seahawks 30, Rams 29

Sunday's games

Eagles 31, Jets 6
Panthers 34, Jaguars 27
Vikings 28, Giants 10
Texans 53, Falcons 32
Saints 31, Buccaneers 24
Bills 14, Titans 7
Cardinals 26, Bengals 23
Patriots 33, Redskins 7
Ravens 26, Steelers 23
Raiders 24, Bears 21
Broncos 20, Chargers 13
Packers 34, Cowboys 24

From post-game news conferences to next-day media availabilities, here are the 10 best Week 4 quotes from players and coaches around the NFL:

 

— Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice on Arizona Cardinals veteran Larry Fitzgerald potentially passing his all-time record of 1,549 career catches: "I told him, Larry, if you break one of my records, I've still got 36 more."

— Turns out Jacksonville Jaguars rookie Gardner Minshew goes by something else in the locker room: "His name is 'Jock Strap King'," Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette said after Sunday's game. "He's stronger than you think. I don't know if the moustache gives him power or what."

— Cincinnati Bengals receiver Tyler Boyd did not sugar-coat the team's blowout loss at the Pittsburgh Steelers in primetime: "We got embarrassed," he told reporters after the game. "Straight like that. It sucks."

— Steelers receiver Donte Moncrief remains in a limited role after dropping five passes through the first two weeks, but head coach Mike Tomlin could change that soon: "I like his attitude and work," Tomlin said. "You don't have to be in this a long time to realise the boomerang comes back around. He needs to be ready for it when it does."

— During his weekly segment on WEEI, New England Patriots star Tom Brady urged quarterbacks to be more careful when they run the ball: "A lot of quarterbacks who do run, they're trying to make yards and it's great. At the same time, you're susceptible to big hits."

— Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert would rather not block every down: "If I had a choice, I'd run routes every single play."

— Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien on scoring seven points on five red zone drives against the Carolina Panthers: "We should have more. We should be down there more and we need to produce more."

— Cleveland Browns coach Freddie Kitchens is still unhappy with Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey for allegedly choking Odell Beckham Jr.: "Did you see the video?" Kitchens asked reporters. "OK. That's my response. We're moving on to San Francisco. Everybody saw the video."

— Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack is not bitter about facing his former team for the first time since being traded: "It's another game, man," he said. "It's going to be a fun one because I know a few of the guys out there. But it's going to be a good one. Can't wait."

— Bradley Chubb's torn anterior cruciate ligament is not the first major injury the Denver Broncos defensive end has suffered: "In high school. It was actually crazy. Seven years to that exact date I tore my ACL, on the same day, September 29, 2012, and then September 29, 2019. It's crazy how that works. That was my first injury. Like I said, it made me who I am today."

It has now been 1,000 days since Colin Kaepernick last played an NFL game and, in that time, 80 different quarterbacks have started in the regular season.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Kaepernick, still just 31, completed 17 of 22 passes for 215 yards and a touchdown in a Week 17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at the end of the 2016 season. Only four players that week had a better quarterback rating than Kaepernick's 122.3.

However, Kaepernick - who had started to kneel during the national anthem earlier that year in protest over racial injustice - has not even had a sniff of an opportunity since, while countless teams have kicked the tyres on numerous other signal callers.

Here is the list of every quarterback to have started a game since Kaepernick's last appearance.


NFC North: Mitchell Trubisky, Mike Glennon, Chase Daniel (Chicago Bears), Matthew Stafford (Detroit Lions), Brett Hundley, Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers), Case Keenum, Sam Bradford, Kirk Cousins (Minnesota Vikings)

NFC East: Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys), Eli Manning, Geno Smith, Daniel Jones (New York Giants), Carson Wentz, Nick Foles (Philadelphia Eagles), Kirk Cousins, Alex Smith, Josh Johnson, Colt McCoy, Mark Sanchez, Case Keenum (Washington Redskins)

NFC South: Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons), Cam Newton, Taylor Heinicke, Kyle Allen (Carolina Panthers), Drew Brees, Teddy Bridgewater (New Orleans Saints), Jameis Winston, Ryan Fitzpatrick (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

NFC West: Carson Palmer, Blaine Gabbert, Drew Stanton, Josh Rosen, Sam Bradford, Kyler Murray (Arizona Cardinals), Jared Goff, Sean Mannion (Los Angeles Rams), Brian Hoyer, C.J. Beathard, Jimmy Garoppolo, Nick Mullens (San Francisco 49ers), Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks)

AFC North: Joe Flacco, Lamar Jackson (Baltimore Ravens), Andy Dalton, Jeff Driskel (Cincinnati Bengals), DeShone Kizer, Kevin Hogan, Tyrod Taylor, Baker Mayfield (Cleveland Browns), Ben Roethlisberger, Landry Jones, Mason Rudolph (Pittsburgh Steelers)

AFC East: Tyrod Taylor, Nathan Peterman, Josh Allen, Derek Anderson, Matt Barkley (Buffalo Bills), Jay Cutler, Matt Moore, Ryan Tannehill, Brock Osweiler, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Josh Rosen (Miami Dolphins), Tom Brady (New England Patriots), Josh McCown, Bryce Petty, Sam Darnold, Trevor Siemian, Luke Falk (New York Jets)

AFC South: Tom Savage, Deshaun Watson, T.J. Yates (Houston Texans), Jacoby Brissett, Scott Tolzien, Andrew Luck (Indianapolis Colts), Blake Bortles, Cody Kessler, Nick Foles, Gardner Minshew (Jacksonville Jaguars), Marcus Mariota, Matt Cassel, Blaine Gabbert (Tennessee Titans)

AFC West: Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler, Paxton Lynch, Case Keenum, Joe Flacco (Denver Broncos), Alex Smith, Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs), Philip Rivers (Los Angeles Chargers), Derek Carr, EJ Manuel (Oakland Raiders)

Here are a few observations from the extensive list:

- Only six franchises (the Lions, Falcons, Cowboys, Seahawks, Patriots and Chargers) have had one starter for all 35 games since Kaepernick's last appearance. 

- Three teams - the Cardinals, Dolphins and Redskins - have started six quarterbacks since the beginning of the 2017 season. The Bills, Jets and Broncos have all had five, and Washington could add another to their lengthy list should they turn to rookie Dwayne Haskins in the coming weeks.

- Of the 80 quarterbacks, 16 are out of the league - either due to being unsigned or retired. Former Steelers signal caller Landry Jones recently became the first player to sign with the upcoming XFL.

- Keenum, currently keeping Haskins on the sideline in Washington, is the only player on this list to have started for three different teams (Vikings, Broncos and Redskins) since 2017. A further 11 have started for two teams.  

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Avonte Maddox was sent to hospital after leaving Thursday's win over the Green Bay Packers on a stretcher following a nasty head-on collision with a team-mate.

The Eagles prevailed 34-27 away to the Packers but Philadelphia were left sweating on Maddox, who laid motionless on the field for several minutes as medical staff tended to him.

After the game, Philadelphia announced that Maddox had "movement in all extremities" but "for precautionary reasons he has been sent to the hospital for further evaluation."

With just over a minute remaining, Green Bay tight end Robert Tonyan caught a pass near the goal-line.

As Maddox tried to wrap up Tonyan for the tackle, Eagles safety Andrew Sendejo came in to assist and his helmet smashed into the side of the former's helmet.

Players from both teams knelt on the field, some praying at Lambeau Field.

The Eagles selected Maddox, 23, in the fourth round out of Pittsburgh in last year's draft.

The Philadelphia Eagles came away with a 34-27 win over Green Bay Packers thanks to a big defensive play in the closing seconds.

Philadelphia picked off Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the red zone to halt the star veteran's chance at a comeback in prime-time NFL action on Thursday.

Carson Wentz and the Eagles are now at .500 with a 2-2 record, while Rodgers' first interception of the season dropped the Packers to 3-1.

The ending, however, was overshadowed by a scary injury to Eagles cornerback Avonte Maddox, who was taken off the field on a stretcher with just over a minute remaining.

After the game, the Eagles issued a statement saying that Maddox had movement in all his extremities and was taken to the hospital for further evaluation.

Here are three takeaways from the Eagles' road win over the Packers.

 

Eagles made the most of their targets

It was the talk of the week and it was paired with a viral video that showed a local Philadelphia hero and a truly priceless recollection of the Eagles' trouble holding on to the ball. 

Philadelphia had dropped 11 passes leading up to their trip to Green Bay. It is the most in the NFL and four of those dropped passes came in the fourth quarter with the team trailing by a single touchdown. The Eagles needed to hold on to the ball if they wanted to win and escape ridicule. They did that well Thursday. 

There were only a handful of dropped passes, by our count two, and that was with seemingly good coverage downfield. Hopefully, the slippery hands, and jokes that come with it, have been put to rest.

Packers' Davante Adams shines

Davante Adams was rightfully frustrated after having just four catches in Week 3. The two-time Pro Bowl receiver was the second-most targeted wideout last year with only the Atlanta Falcons' Julio Jones getting more looks. So, when the Packers star had the low number, Rodgers made sure to heavily target Adams in the quick turnaround.

In the first half alone, Adams tallied eight catches for 158 yards, showing a glimpse of the star wideout he was last season. His first-half yardage was the most by a Packers receiver in a first half since 1998.

Adams finished with 10 catches for 180 yards after missing the last five minutes of the game with a potential toe injury. Considering the last offensive drive ended with that interception, he was sorely missed.

Both Rodgers and Wentz silenced critics

The oft-injured Wentz and the seemingly hot-and-cold Rodgers were said to be facing their demise. Wentz was leading a 1-2 Eagles team into Thursday night and Rodgers has been overshadowed by a younger generation of QBs with the likes of Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson and rookie Kyler Murray.

However, both signal-callers showed that they are not going anywhere, barring injury, in an offense-heavy contest. Despite miscues on both sides – a botched red-zone attempt where the Packers elected to throw the ball on the one-yard line for all four downs followed by a three-and-out from the Eagles – Wentz and Rodgers showed they are still more than capable of lighting up the scoreboard.

While the Packers offense needed to find their footing, Rodgers was still very close – on multiple occasions – to completing the comeback. He finished 34-of-53 passing for 422 yards, two touchdowns and the lone pick.

Wentz's 16-of-27 night for 160 yards and three touchdowns helped lead the Eagles to victory after back-to-back losses.

It is a new era for the New York Giants, but the same problems persist for the Carolina Panthers.

On the other hand, the five remaining winless teams have concerns that extend beyond the quarterback position and will need to be addressed if they still hope to make the playoffs.

From post-game news conferences to next-day media availabilities, here are the 10 best Week 3 quotes from players and coaches around the NFL:

 

— A video of former firefighter Hakim Laws went viral for his comments about Philadelphia Eagles receiver Nelson Agholor after he caught kids dropped from a burning building in Philadelphia. "One of my old coworkers took the ladder off the truck and raised it up and was assisting people down," Laws said. "My man just started throwing babies out the window. We was catching 'em, unlike Agholor."

— Retired quarterback Michael Vick is not a fan of Cam Newton's wardrobe choice on game days: "This isn’t a fashion show. This is football."

— Washington Redskins quarterback Case Keenum owned up for the mistakes he made Monday against the Chicago Bears: "It's all on me. That's all on me. Turn the ball over that many times as a quarterback, you know, I let my team down. It's all on me. I really do. I take complete responsibility," Keenum said after the game. "I have to take care of the ball better. That's my number one job. Especially the way our defense was playing early — getting after the quarterback, doing a good job, keeping everything in front of them — they got all the momentum off of the turnovers and scored a lot of points off turnovers. So that's all on me."

— Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay confirmed running back Todd Gurley is not on a load management program after dealing with a knee injury last season: "No, we're not doing anything like it," he told reporters. "It's more along the lines of, each week presents a different approach. It's kind of the feel of the flow of the game. We want to get Todd involved. I'd like to do better of being able to give him a chance to get more into a rhythm than I’ve enabled him to do these first three games."

— Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio addressed Emmanuel Sanders' "living in a world of suck" comment: "He was just repeating what I had said in the locker room after the game," he told reporters. "I told them, 'We're going to have to deal with everybody thinking we suck.' All of us, not just players — coaches, everybody, the whole organisation — we need to deal with that. He was basically just repeating what I had said."

— New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur was asked why he did not just start Daniel Jones in place of Eli Manning from the beginning: "I feel like I did what I thought was best and, at least in this scenario, it played out well for Daniel," he said. "He had a good performance the first week out."

— Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker TJ Watt on how to help the team's run defense that ranks fifth-worst in the league: "Stop the damn run. Number one. Stop the run."

— Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had a hilarious take on Robert Quinn's sack dance: "Well, that's one of the best I've seen, riding that pony," he said on 105.3 The Fan. "You know what's fun is sometimes Zeke will do something like that. He'll put a towel on or put some shorts on and head down through the middle of the dressing room kind of spanking himself as he emulates riding a horse. And that's before a game, so you can see what an asset he is on and off the field for the Dallas Cowboys."

— Broncos cornerback Chris Harris seems pretty confident about facing Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew on Sunday: "He can make all the throws, he has great touch on the ball. I would say one lil negative is his arm strength is probably average but everything else ... great touch on the deep ball and his receivers are getting open for him," he told reporters.

— Bears coach Matt Nagy on facing NFC North rivals the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday: "Buckle your chin strap."

— Eagles offensive co-ordinator Mike Groh made it clear he is a believer in second chances as he expressed confidence in running back Miles Sanders: "He's not the first guy in the NFL to fumble. ... We're not going to bury the guy on the bench."

Trouble could be brewing under center in Carolina.

We dive into the latest news regarding Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and other roster moves in the wake of more injuries in this edition of NFL news and notes.

 

Three things that matter

Injured Newton could be out for a while 

The Carolina Panthers quarterback is reportedly dealing with a Lisfranc injury and not a mid-foot sprain. It raises questions regarding the team's knowledge of the extent of the injury when Newton was injured in preseason as well as his long-term viability after playing the first two weeks of the regular season.

Newton has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans but could miss more time — including an October 13 game in London — before the team's Week 7 bye given the new details that have emerged.

Carolina will quickly find out if Kyle Allen can stay consistent in Newton's absence or face the harsh realisation that the Panthers may be heading for a rebuild.

Eagles expect Jeffery to play this week

After the wide receiver missed most of the past two games with a calf injury, Alshon Jeffrey should give the Philadelphia Eagles the boost they need entering Thursday's game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field after being a full participant in practice on Tuesday.

"I fully expect and anticipate Alshon, you know, to [be available]," Pederson said. "But listen, the season's young, we'll get these guys healthy and hopefully we can get things turned around soon."

Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert (calf strain) is also expected to be available, but DeSean Jackson (abdominal strain) likely will not return.

Rams look to get Gurley more 'involved'

After he missed time late last season with an injury, it was assumed the running back would ease back into things in Los Angeles in 2019. However, there is concern since Todd Gurley's career-high 89.4 rushing yards per game last year has dipped to 67.7 rushing yards per contest this season.

But coach Sean McVay insisted Gurley is not on a load management program and will not continue to be underutilised in the weeks to come.

"No, we're not doing anything like it," McVay told reporters. "It's more along the lines of, each week presents a different approach. It's kind of the feel of the flow of the game. We want to get Todd involved. I'd like to do better of being able to give him a chance to get more into a rhythm than I've enabled him to do these first three games."

Two things that don't matter

Barkley seeking second opinion on ankle sprain

The New York Giants running back underwent testing and was examined by team consultant Dr. Martin O'Malley on Monday, though he is reportedly scheduled to see specialist Dr. Robert Anderson on Wednesday for an additional opinion on his high ankle sprain.

Saquon Barkley initially was expected to miss four to eight weeks after getting hurt Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, so he will soon find out just how accurate that timetable is.

Vikings re-sign Treadwell 

The move comes after Chad Beebe tore ligaments in his ankle during Sunday's win over the Oakland Raiders. Since it is unclear how long the second-year receiver will be out or if he needs surgery, the Minnesota Vikings opted to bring in a familiar face.

Laquon Treadwell, a first-round pick of Minnesota in 2016, had 35 receptions for 302 yards and a touchdown in 15 games last campaign before being released this offseason after falling down the depth chart. He has 56 catches for 517 yards over three seasons.

One video you have to see

The Cleveland Browns had some special visitors at their facility, and Baker Mayfield made time for each of them.

Tuesday's tweet of the day

Torrey Smith pointed out how important it is for a person — especially a parent — to stay true to their word.

On an eventful Sunday filled with headlines, Daniel Jones still managed to steal the show.

The New York Giants rookie shined under center as he made his first career start in a 32-31 NFL win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Jones – starting in place of veteran quarterback Eli Manning – completed 23 of 36 passes for 336 yards and two touchdowns to snap the Giants' winless start to the season and give New York fans hope for the future.

The 22-year-old helped the Giants rally from an 18-point deficit at half-time and sealed the victory with his go-ahead run into the end zone.

It did not hurt that Buccaneers kicker Matt Gay missed the 44-yard attempt for the win as time expired.

 

Injury report

Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe was carted off the field in the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers with an apparent leg injury. 

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Mike Daniels was downgraded to out after leaving with a foot injury against the Philadelphia Eagles, though it was reported that initial tests revealed no broken bones.

New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman was ruled out against the New York Jets after suffering a chest injury in the first half. It was later reported that Edelman suffered a rib injury, but X-rays were negative.

After being flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for tossing his helmet away as he realised the extent of his injury, Atlanta Falcons safety Keanu Neal exited in the second quarter against the Indianapolis Colts on a cart and was later ruled out with an Achilles injury. He is rumoured to need surgery this week.

Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton was ruled out after sustaining a quad injury in the first half against the Falcons.

Giants running back Saquon Barkley was downgraded to out after being helped off the field against the Buccaneers. 

By the numbers

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes became the only player in the last 40 years with 200 or more passing yards and two passing touchdowns in the first half in each of his team's first three games of a season.

The Patriots won their 116th game of the decade, beating the 2000s Colts and breaking the record for most wins by a team in a single decade in NFL history. New England's point differential of +89 (106-17) through the first three weeks of the season is tied for second-highest in league history.

The Miami Dolphins, however, find themselves on the opposite end of that spectrum.

Meanwhile, the Jets broke new ground at Gillette Stadium by scoring their first touchdown in Foxborough in nearly four years.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins extended his streak of 19 games with one or more passing touchdown, making it the longest active streak in the NFL. He finished his outing against the Oakland Raiders 15 for 21 for 174 yards.

Quotables

Jets running back Le'Veon Bell on his frustration after going 0-3: "I'm not frustrated at all. I just know this team has a lot of talent, we just have to put it together. It's a new system, guy's first time playing together, a new coaching staff. We've just got to mesh everything together and we've got to get on board."

Broncos linebacker Von Miller on not catching the quarterback: "I need to find a way to play better. I have to find a way to get sacks and do my job. No one holds me to a higher standard than myself. I could sit here and make excuses, but I got clean rushes today. I just need to find a way to get the quarterback on the ground."

Week 3 NFL scores

Thursday's game

Jaguars 20, Titans 7

Sunday's games

Cowboys 31, Dolphins 6
Bills 21, Bengals 17
Lions 27, Eagles 24
Patriots 30, Jets 14
Colts 27, Falcons 24
Vikings 34, Raiders 14
Chiefs 33, Ravens 28
Packers 27, Broncos 16
Panthers 38, Cardinals 20
Giants 32, Buccaneers 31
Saints 33, Seahawks 27
Texans 27, Chargers 20
49ers 24, Steelers 20

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson still trusts in his players following their 27-24 defeat to the Detroit Lions.

The Eagles narrowly loss on Sunday after multiple dropped passes, including a possible game-winning touchdown.

Philadelphia – Super Bowl champions in 2018 – dropped to 1-2 for the season on the back of consecutive defeats. However, the Eagles still have the trust of Pederson.

"We would love to be ahead, but we have a lot of confidence in our offense to be able to put us back in a position to win these games," Pederson said after the defeat at Lincoln Financial Field. "And, we were there again the last two weeks, we've had opportunity.

"Just got to look at everything. We have trust in our players. Defense had some nice stops late in this game, obviously, we had the blocked field goal for an opportunity there. So, yeah a lot of trust in our guys, and we just have to execute a little better."

The Eagles' injury-ridden receiving corps dropped seven total passes. The most significant miscue came when a Carson Wentz pass slipped through the hands of JJ Arcega-Whiteside, who seemingly had the Lions defender beat on the play.

"In games like this, we know we have to take care of the ball," Pederson added.

Philadelphia will travel to face the Green Bay Packers in Week 4 action.

With sexual assault allegations coming out against Antonio Brown, the New England Patriots made a big move on Friday.

We take a look at New England's decision to move on from the receiver in addition to injury updates from around the league.

Three things that matter

Patriots cut Brown amid sexual assault allegations

The Patriots have decided to move on from wide receiver Brown. The team announced the move ahead of their Week 3 matchup against the New York Jets. Brown's release comes after multiple sexual assault allegations surfaced since he joined the Patriots less than two weeks ago. Brown has denied the allegations. He was released by the Oakland Raiders earlier this month after an offseason filled with drama. 

"The New England Patriots are releasing Antonio Brown," the team said in a statement. "We appreciate the hard work of many people over the past 11 days, but we feel that it is best to move in a different direction at this time."

Brown played just one game in New England. Coach Bill Belichick was pressed with questions about Brown earlier in the day and was not willing to give any details on the receiver's status.

"I know there are questions about Antonio," Belichick said. "We take all the situations with our team very seriously. There are some things we're looking into, but I'm not going to have any comment on any off-the-field situations or questions on that. Anything about football, I'm happy to answer." 

Brown was accused by his former trainer, Britney Taylor, of sexual assault and rape in a civil lawsuit, and a second unidentified woman has also made allegations of sexual misconduct against the receiver.

He has strongly denied the allegations through his attorney but avoided answering questions directly during Patriots media availabilities.

Cam Newton officially ruled out for Week 3

Cam Newton has been ruled out of the Carolina Panthers' Week 3 game against the Arizona Cardinals as he recovers from a foot injury, the team announced on Friday. Kyle Allen, a second-year quarterback who went undrafted in 2018, will start in Newton's place.

"He felt pretty good at the end of the week," coach Ron Rivera told reporters. "But we don't want another setback. We want to make sure he's ready to roll."

Newton re-aggravated a left foot sprain in Week 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and has not practised this week. He initially injured his foot during the preseason, forcing him to miss nearly a week of practice. The veteran was in a walking boot in the locker room on Thursday, but his prognosis beyond this week is not clear. 

Eagles' DeSean Jackson out, team optimistic Alshon Jeffery will play 

Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson announced that DeSean Jackson has been ruled out, which was somewhat expected, while he left the door open for Alshon Jeffery to play against the Detroit Lions.

"DeSean will be out of this game," Pederson said on Friday (via the team's official website), before adding, "I'm still optimistic" about Jeffery. 

Both receivers suffered injuries against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2, forcing them to leave Sunday's game in the first half without recording a catch. Jackson is dealing with an abdominal strain that initially was announced as a groin injury, while Jeffery is recovering from a calf strain. 

Two things that don't matter

Jaguars reportedly prefer to keep Jalen Ramsey

Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey made it clear he does not want to be in Jacksonville by requesting a trade – but are they willing to do whatever it takes to keep him? Ramsey could be offered a lucrative deal to entice him to stay, according to NFL Network.

Jaguars owner Shad Khan reportedly has had several meetings at the facility hoping to solve the issues, which might include giving Ramsey the long-term contract extension he wants, according to Yahoo Sports.

Speculation around Ramsey's future with Jacksonville came after he got into a heated exchange with coach Doug Marrone in Week 2 during a 13-12 loss to the Houston Texans.

Tom Brady downplays criticising refs

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady clarified that he is "pro-ref" after downplaying a couple of tweets he shared on Thursday during the Jaguars-Tennessee Titans game. He took to social media to call out the number of penalties in the game, writing: "I'm turning off this game I can't watch these ridiculous penalties anymore ... Too many penalties. Just let us play!!!!"

On Friday, he downplayed his comments, saying he was not criticising the officials. 

One video you have to see

Calvin Johnson opened up about his nine-year career with the Lions, and accused the team of making him change his story about suffering a concussion. The Lions issued a statement on Friday, defending the team's medical staff and treatment of player injuries.

"I knew I was concussed because I blacked out," Johnson told Sports Illustrated. "I wasn't seeing straight. And they wanted me to change my story."

Friday's tweet of the day

Brown sent a message before the Patriots announced they cut him.

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