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Cory De La Guardia of SB Nation’s Battle Red Blog gives a scouting report on the Texans, which includes an overall view of Houston’s roster, the status of WR Brandin Cooks, the strength of the team and where they can be attacked (spoiler alert: fantasy owners of Saquon Barkley should be happy on Sunday afternoon)
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PFF’s 2022 NFL Midseason All-Pro Team | PFF
Andrew Thomas’ transformation is complete. He is now a struggling rookie and the best left tackle in football, virtually unassailable. He has allowed nine total pressures this season.
The 33rd Team’s Midseason All-Pro Team | The 33rd Team
Five votes were awarded to LT Andrew Thomas, who is the starter. San Francisco’s Trent Williams received the other two votes.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever opens today in theaters
Burgess was originally a third-round pick by the Rams in 2020 NFL Draft. He played in 30 regular season games, with three starts, before he was released two weeks ago. The 5-foot-11, 202-pounder played in four postseason games during the Rams’ Super Bowl LVI championship run last season and made starts in the wild card and divisional rounds.
New York Post| New York Post
If there is any coaching lifer in the NFL who had every right to feel insulted at Jim Irsay’s shocking hiring of Jeff Saturday as the Colts interim head coach, it is Wink Martindale.
Asked how long has he felt he has been qualified to be a head coach, he thought about it for a short while and said: “Probably eight years. The last eight years.”
New York Giants midseason strengths and weaknesses | ESPN
Kayvon Thibodeaux was absent for the first two games, but has been back in the last few weeks. According to Next Gen Stats, his 17 pressures are second on the team. No. Despite only recording one sack, the No.
Drew Wilkins, outside linebackers coach, stated that everyone is happy to see how he improves each week.
Giants’ Wink Martindale thinks highly of Texans RB Dameon Pierce | USA Today
“I don’t know who said something to him or did something to him to make him so angry, but that might be the angriest runner in the league,” Martindale told reporters. “He is, I’ll give you my comparisons again: Old, old school, Earl Campbell, Jamal Lewis. He’s one of those big power backs that has great balance. Every time he touches it, he runs wild. Has quick feet. It’s going to be (a) tough assignment.”
Giants need Dane Belton to be loud, clear as he assumes Xavier McKinney’s role | nj.com
Don’t think. Just play. That’s the advice Julian Love is offering Dane Belton this week as the rookie safety prepares to fill the shoes of Xavier McKinney Sunday when the Giants play the Houston Texans.
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Offensive coordinator Mike Kafka said this week they’ll be looking to create more explosive plays both in the run and pass games. If Jones can have success generating them, that will only make the decision about keeping him that much tougher on Schoen and company, given how many other things he’s doing well. Time will tell, but Jones has shown he’s going to make whatever decision is ultimately made a much more difficult one than was initially expected entering the season.
Five things we learned (11/9): Kafka and Jones | Giants.com
The coaching staff is confident that Jones can do it, partly because they communicate with him constantly.
Kafka stated to the media that there is a lot trust between Daniel and me. “We speak multiple times a week about our install. We go through each play on the call sheets, rank them, discuss it, and then we decide how to use it in a game. If a game is going in the opposite direction, we will go that way. If the game is in the wrong direction, we will go the other way. It’s something we talk about a lot. He does a fantastic job, he is a professional and has been around for a while so he knows a few things. It was great to be able to lean on him, and feel his comfortability in the offense.
Mr. Jones and me, We’re gonna be big stars
1st-Round Rookie Report Card Grades at NFL’s Midseason Mark | Bleacher Report
We’ve reached the midpoint of the 2022 NFL season, which means, of course, that it’s time to fairly and definitively declare whether this year’s top 32 selections are perennial stars or total busts, jokes B/R’s Kristopher Knox. Knox gives Kayvon Thibodeaux, RT Evan Neal and the Giants selected in round one a C.
Surprising Giants Have Playoffs in Their Eyes Coming Off Bye Week | FOX Sports
“The margin for error is tight, for sure,” said Giants safety Julian Love. “But I always go back to what Wink [Martindale, the Giants defensive coordinator] Just before the season started, he said to us: In moments like sudden change moments [where] a turnover happens and normally guys are like, ‘Oh, man, we’ve got to go back on the field.’ He said ‘You should be excited to go back on the field to showcase who you are.’”
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Texans runningback Dameon Pierce was limited with chest and shoulder injuries on the practice report.
Brandin Cooks, a Texans receiver, is back with the team. But is he fully committed to the team? Cooks spoke to the media for the first time since leaving the team and missing last Thursday’s game against the Eagles. Cooks spoke out on Thursday about his disappointment at not being traded prior to the Nov. 1 deadline.
“How I’m feeling right now, take a day-by-day process,” Cooks said. “I’m here now for the time being. As far as everything else, getting worked out, we’ll keep that internal.”
Tunsil was part a line that beat one of the strongest defenses in NFL. Tunsil was part a o-line which allowed for a season-high of 168 yards rushing on 32 runs, an average 5.8 yards per try. Tunsil, according to Pro Football Focus, has an 86.4 grade. This is fourth among tackles from Weeks 1-9.
The Houston Texans appear twice in the list of the top two rushing performances by a team during the season. However, it is not for the right reason.
The Texans’ defense was at the receiving end of these performances. Once against the Tennessee Titans (314) and again against the Chicago Bears (284) were Week 8. If you search for the most rushing yards for a player in a single game this season, the answer, again, involves the Texans, as Titans’ running back Derrick Henry finished with 219 yards on 32 carries in Week 8.
“I spent 14 years in the locker room. I made it to the playoffs 12 times. Five of the Hall of Fame members I played with were from my hometown. If you don’t believe I’ve seen greatness, why would you? I don’t think so. I mean, I have been to two Super Bowls. Let me tell you, this is the deal. We are not promised a job well-paid. It’s possible that I am terrible at this. And I’ll end with eight games. I’m no good. I might be very talented. Although I have no idea what I’m doing, I know I’m not going to let it get away. That’s what I can assure you.
Bills’ Josh Allen doesn’t practice; playing status uncertain | ESPN.com
Josh Allen was unable to practice Thursday due to a right elbow injury. His status for Sunday’s match against the Vikings is still up in the air.
District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine said on Thursday that his office would file a civil suit against Commanders Daniel Snyder and Roger Goodell. The lawsuit, arising from Racine’s jurisdiction over matters of consumer protection, will allege that the defendants “collud[ed] to deceive residents of the District of Columbia” about the investigation conducted by the NFL.
The National Football League announced an expansion of its partnership with top research universities to collect data from on-field head impacts—through novel mouthguard sensors—to inform injury reduction efforts at the professional and collegiate level, including through rules changes and the development of higher-performing equipment like position-specific helmets. The University of Florida and Vanderbilt University join the program.
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