Although famed for a trademark spin move late in his career, the younger version of Freeney feasted on opposing tackles with one of the most explosive first steps the league had ever seen. Taking advantage of the RCA Dome’s speedy synthetic turf, Freeney teamed with longtime bookend Robert Mathis to terrorize opposing quarterbacks forced to pass in shootouts with Peyton Manning.
[Former Colts general manager] Bill [Polian] had seen Dwight and thought he was exactly the guy I had been talking about, Dungy said of Freeney. We’re sitting at No. 11 in the first round and people looked at his size and thought it was too high to draft him. Bill, to his credit, said,’If this is going to be the big piece of the puzzle, let’s not worry about where we take Dwight and what other people think. Let’s get the guy who is going to be the perfect piece.’ Dwight was the straw that stirred the drink.
Years ago, Phil Simms told me he had attended an NFL preseason production meeting during which the lead network producer declared that the telecasts can’t have enough graphics.
Simms thought that ridiculous. People tune in to watch the game, not read it. He also figured he’d be stuck to repeat, ignore or debunk the irrelevant statistics that appeared.
The Monday Night Football showdown between the Chiefs and Rams is one of four NFL International Series games that will be played in 2018. Three games will be played in London this season.
Matthew Stafford is currently in an exclusive club as the only man on the planet drafted No. 1 overall by an 0-16 NFL team. The Detroit Lions’ quarterback is likely about to greet another club member next week.
Barring an unforeseen trade out of the top spot, the Cleveland Browns will welcome the top selection after a winless season.
But to be the best duo , a statistically verifiable moniker to which Hopkins has so boldly aspired, the Texans twosome will have to exceed the production of some future Hall of Famers. These include Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown (1,535 yards in 2017), Matt Ryan and Julio Jones (1,444) and Philip Rivers and Keenan Allen (1,393). Hopkins’ career-high in receiving yards, set in 2015, is 1,521.