Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:
1. Eric Berry, SS, Chiefs (NFL) — After spending three quarters as supporting cast members on a Cam Newton highlight reel, Berry and the Chiefs defense stepped up in the fourth quarter on Sunday to pave the way for a stunning 20-17 comeback victory over the Panthers.
Kansas City was trailing 17-6 before Berry intercepted a Newton pass and took it back 42 yards for a touchdown. During the return, Berry broke three or four tackles and used two spin moves to get free.
That would turn out to be the Chiefs’ only touchdown of the game, sandwiched between four field goals. Berry finished with a team-high nine tackles, including one tackle for loss, and two pass breakups to go with the pick-six. Continue reading
Tags: Adoree Jackson, Bradley Roby, Cam Newton, Darian Stewart, Eric Berry, Horace Richardson, Justin Simmons, Kareem Jackson, Philip Rivers, T.J. Ward, Tony Lippett, Will Parks
Unlike the NBA Draft, the NFL Draft’s unpredictability is not so much in whether or not the top college stars will be selected, but where they’ll be selected.
Because the NFL has seven rounds instead of two, and 250-plus picks instead of 60, it’s a pretty big surprise when a highly decorated college football star isn’t drafted at all. The NFL has had more than a few veterans who were undrafted and eventually became standout pros — some of them Hall of Famers — but usually those gems were understandably under-the-radar college players. It may be later than expected (Michael Sam), but award-winning talent from high-major NCAA programs typically hear their names called.
So consider it a notable surprise when Duke safety Jeremy Cash was not among the 29 defensive backs chosen on the final day of the 2016 NFL Draft — nor was he one of the 16 DBs taken on Day 2, or one of the seven DBs selected in the first round. Continue reading
Tags: 2016 NFL Draft, D.J. White, Eric Murray, Harlan Miller, Jayron Kearse, Jeremy Cash, K.J. Dillon, NFL, Tavon Young, Will Parks, Zack Sanchez
There were plenty of plays that could have summed up Arizona’s 44-7 blowout of Oregon State on Saturday. But my favorite was Wildcats senior defensive back Will Parks lowering his shoulder and probably making Beavers receiver Jordan Villamin reconsider this whole football thing: Continue reading