Will the Chicago Bears extend Allen Robinson or just simply trade him?
Wow. Did not expect to be writing about this after one week of the regular season. Especially after the Chicago Bears started the year out 1-0 after an amazing comeback victory over the Lions. We were talking about this earlier in our writers’ chat and just did not expect any of the rumors to be true. Then things took a turn for the worse.
Allen Robinson took down all of his Chicago Bears related content (photos, bio, etc.) from his social media accounts. Could he be trying to work some leverage into his negotiations that seem to have gone nowhere? Yep, definitely could have been it. At the time, Robinson had not formally requested a trade or anything of that matter. In fact, it was somewhat silent on his part.
Social media went into panic mode regarding the Chicago Bears top wideout. Fans have been pushing for Ryan Pace and the Bears to extend Allen Robinson for a while now. It has honestly been the biggest knock on my evaluation of Ryan Pace. This is coming from a Pace supporter. However, my appreciation for what he has done is starting to wear thin.
I keep telling myself that this is not Ryan Pace’s move. Instead, I have a feeling this is more of a George McCaskey and Ted Phillips move. When McCaskey was asked last week about his expectations for the 2020 team, his response was a little cryptic. He spoke about how every year the goal is the Super Bowl, but then went on to speak to the 2018 season and compared it to the 2019 seasons. He said they need to see which team this actually is, the 2018 or 2019 version.
As other teams were handing out extensions left and right to skill position players, Allen Robinson sat waiting –patiently. Unfortunately, it seems that patience has run out. Now rumors are that he has requested to be traded. Although, a more recent report refutes that claim. Hard to believe the agent telling Adam Schefter what was said over Brad Biggs who has insider information into the Chicago Bears.
Whether Robinson asked for a trade or not, things are not looking good regarding this situation. Clearly there is some divide despite Ryan Pace constantly saying Allen Robinson knows how they feel about him. With that in mind, we took a look at some potential trades the Bears could make involving Robinson.
Colts: Indy possibly getting reinforcements at right time after slew of injuries to stars
The Colts are getting healthy in other areas after being decimated elsewhere.
Almost all teams in the NFL are feeling the effects of a delayed start to training camp and canceled preseason, as a legion of players have gone down with injuries through the first three weeks.
The Colts fall right under that category. Running back Marlon Mack and safety Malik Hooker were both lost for the year with a torn Achilles. Unfortunately, they weren’t the only players on Indianapolis who sustained serious injuries. Wide receivers Parris Campbell (knee) and Michael Pittman Jr. (calf) have both undergone surgery (or will undergo surgery) and will be sidelined indefinitely.
To say the Colts cannot afford to watch another key player go down would be an understatement, but fans will be thrilled to hear that reinforcements could be on the way for their Week 4 clash against the undefeated Chicago Bears.
According to head coach Frank Reich, Indianapolis is expected to see three players — cornerback Rock Ya-Sin (illness), tight end Trey Burton (calf) and defensive tackle Sheldon Day (knee) — return to the practice field this week.
“Rock (Ya-Sin) will be back at practice this week,” Reich told reporters on Monday. “We’ll evaluate him. I’m not sure status as we go, but at some point he’ll be back to practice this week. We’ll see and we’ll be optimistic and hopefully we can get him going. Trey Burton and Sheldon Day – same thing. They are eligible to come back. We’ll get them back at practice, evaluate how they’re doing and make the roster decisions from there.”
A return to practice obviously doesn’t finalize their status for Week 4, but this disclosure truly couldn’t have come at a better time for the Colts.
Leading up to Sunday’s game against the Jets, Reich revealed that Ya-Sin had a procedure done to address a non-football illness. There were next to no details provided and this latest update suggests Indy will continue to keep them under wraps. Xavier Rhodes and TJ Carrie have performed tremendously in the 2019 second-round pick’s absence and his impending return will only make their lives easier.
Burton, meanwhile, suffered a calf injury in the latter stages of training camp and was ultimately placed on injured reserve to start the season after further testing. It remains to be seen if he’ll be cleared to face his former team, but a return to practice bodes well for his chances to do just that. Remember, he was set to be a focal point of the offense once a upon a time.
Mo Alie-Cox seems to have locked down the No. 1 tight end spot in light of his stellar start to the season — he has 10 receptions for 181 yards and a touchdown — so Burton will likely spell him when he needs a breather and rotate with Jack Doyle in two TE sets.
Then, we have Day, who missed most of camp after undergoing a knee procedure late in the offseason and was placed on the injured reserve list to start the year. The Indianapolis native will provide some much needed depth on the interior defensive line as starters DeForest Buckner and Grover Stewart have both played over 90% of the defensive snaps so far.
After weeks of seemingly endless discouraging news on the injury front, Colts fans finally have a reason to feel good about a Reich video conference. We’ll continue to provide updates on Ya-Sin, Burton and Day throughout the week, but this was definitely a step in the right direction for all three of them.
Chiefs vs. Ravens: Eric Fisher’s touchdown among top 6 plays
The Kansas City Chiefs gave fans plenty of highlights
Despite being underdogs by every ESPN analyst…
and the sportsbooks…
…the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Baltimore Ravens 34-20 in impressive fashion, by dominating the other assumed AFC superpower in an early season showdown that could prove vital for the lone bye week in the postseason.
Patrick Mahomes completed 31 of 42 attempts for 385 passing yards, 4 touchdowns through the air and another on the ground. Oh yeah, he also reached the 10,000-yard passing mark faster than any other quarterback in NFL history (his 34th game).
When Mahomes plays like that, their is always going to be plenty of highlights, so we best not waste time! Here are our favorite plays from a thrilling night of Chiefs football.
6. Lamar Who?
Patrick Mahomes puts the Chiefs on the board—and puts them ahead for good—with his first touchdown of the night, in surprising fashion.
Side note: This is the third regular season game that Mahomes has rushed rushed for one touchdown and thrown for at least three more.
5. Real Big Fish
Everyone loves a big man touchdown—wait, Big Man Touchdown—and Eric Fisher is going to remember this moment for the rest of his life. Also, this wasn’t just fun on the field. This was also an important touchdown that put the game out of reach for a Ravens team that was creeping back into it.
As many analysts noted, Eric Fisher is the first number one overall pick to catch a touchdown since Keyshawn Johnson.
4. You Never See It Coming
Anthony Sherman takes a shovel pass and shocks us all—including the Ravens defense.
This is a brilliant example of how impossible it can be to defend an Andy Reid offense. The defense has a nearly perfect rush, the secondary keeps to their assignments in the end zone, but you just can not account for everything—especially a Sausage screen play.
3. A Defensive Play!
Chris Jones was a talking point for the Ravens before the game. It turns out they were right.
Chris Jones acquainted himself well with Lamar Jackson and the backfield of the Ravens, forcing Lamar out of the pocket often and being a nightmare when he got close to the reigning MVP. He had two sacks and two forced fumbles.
2. The Jet takes off
This downfield strike to Mecole Hardman was a thrilling way to go into halftime.
Mahomes vs. the blitz on Monday night: 17 completions on 20 attempts, 240 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, a 156.3 QBR. He is already the best in the league, but it is starting to become a matter of being the best to ever do it.
Mahomes to Hill, of course.
This is insanity. This is perfect. This is precision unlike anything the league has seen.
This is Patrick Mahomes.
High enough so Peters can not get it, low enough as to not overthrow Tyreek. Beautiful arch, great grab by ‘Reek, the perfect result.
Also, Hill has a touchdown grab in each of the first three games of the season, putting him on pace for 16 touchdowns. More impressively is how different all three of those touchdowns happened.
LA Chargers: Most disappointing players from loss to Panthers
The LA Chargers lost a game in Week 3 that they should have won against the Carolina Panthers.
We have been here before. After a really good game against the Kansas City Chiefs in which the LA Chargers fell just short, the team responded by beating themselves against a lesser foe, losing to the Carolina Panthers 21-16.
Sorry to any Panther fans that are potentially reading this, but the Chargers are the more talented team. We saw that on display in this game. However, the team could not get out of its own way and lost in typical Charger fashion.
It was a disappointing loss. Hopefully, it is the most disappointing of the season. Here are the most disappointing players from the game.
1. Joshua Kelley
Joshua Kelley was not outright bad in this game and I do want to shy away from expecting too much out of the rookie back in just his third career start. However, the one mistake that he did make proved to be very costly.
Kelley could not hang onto the ball at the tail end of an 18-yard run in the first half, fumbling to kill the Chargers momentum and give the ball back to the Panthers. What makes it worse is the fact that Kelley was known for his sure hands and ability to protect the ball with UCLA.
He did carry the ball eight times for 43 yards, so he was efficient while he was out there, but that fumble proved costly for the Chargers and ultimately turned into the Panthers’ lone touchdown of the game.
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