First, the bad news. Chase Coffman was released already from his stint with the Seahawks. He spent a couple years, it seems, playing this type of on/off game before in his career before seeming to find some stability for a while with the Titans. Here's to Chase finding at least one more regular gig while he still has the hops.
Also, regrets to Mitch Morse and Jacquies Smith, both of whom were kept out of their teams' games this week with lingering injuries. Morse, at least, has already returned to practice so perhaps he'll be back on the field this coming weekend.
If you tuned in just for gifs and a mic drop emoji, I apologize. It's going to be text again. That's just how I do.
Lots of players managed a pretty quiet day this week among the former Tigers. Here's a quick look:
- Sheldon Richardson had 3 tackles in the NYC showdown.
- Andrew Gachkar had 1 tackle in the Cowboys' MNF victory.
- Kony Ealy had 1 tackle for unbeaten Carolina.
- Marcus Murphy returned 2 punts for 7 yards. However, since then, Saints starting RB Mark Ingram has been placed on injured reserve. With backup Khiry Robinson already done for the year, this might give Marcus the chance at a few snaps on offense. It will depend largely on the workload for C.J. Spiller and the desire of the staff/ownership to see what they might have in our favorite return man.
- Sean Weatherspoon saw 12 snaps for Arizona, but registered no stats.
- The calls for Chase Daniel to take over the reins in Kansas City have...subsided. He continued to carry a mean clipboard, though.
- Beau Brinkley, still long-snappin'.
- Tim Barnes anchored the Rams OL yet again, giving up no sacks and 4.4 YPC (but for an offense that scored 3).
- Justin Britt's OL gave up 2 sacks and gained 4.8 YPC. Russell Wilson is good at football again. These things may not be particularly related.
GOLDENRAY and Moore
We all saw Sean Weatherspoon's wonderful tearful homage to Markus Golden and his hard-working rookie campaign. This week, Golden only had 1 tackle in 36 snaps, but there was also this:
Markus Golden, who rushed the passer 24 times, did not get a sack, but did pressure Nick Foles six times.
Golden former running mate Shane Ray has gotten increased play in the absence of DeMarcus Ware as indicated on the nifty graph in the link. He turned that time into production this week, getting himself 4 tackles and a sack (the 3rd of his rookie campaign).
On the other side of the spectrum, former 2nd round pick William Moore is a veteran playing for a declining squad in Atlanta. And according to folks at The Falcoholic, Moore's time there may be coming to a close:
There's also plenty of reason to doubt William Moore's future in Atlanta. He played just 38 of a possible 70 snaps, ceding ground to Kemal Ishmael and Robenson Therezie along the way. The Falcons would save $3.35 million against the cap by releasing Moore next year, and while he's a tremendous locker room guy, he's mixed big plays with many mishaps, and appears to be falling out of favor with the coaching staff.
As they console themselves with the "looking forward to next year" game, they also speculate about Moore's shaky future with the team in their "in or out" feature.
Gabbert, Maclin, DGB is your trifecta winner for the week (winner: nobody)
Dorial Green-Beckham wasn't originally included in this column because of reasons. But his presence was requested, and so I dutifully report. He's been through a rough rookie season, struggling in many of the same ways he did during his freshman season with Mizzou. Just last week, Music City Miracles was writing about his lack of chemistry with Marcus Mariota.
So what happened this week? Just 5 catches for a cool 119 yards and a TD. And an article about the game being his breakout moment. And then another article saying the same thing, but with more details.
Elsewhere, Eagles escapees Jeremy Maclin and Andy Reid combined for a thing of beauty: a 9/95, 2 TD line that propelled KC to yet another victory. It was so nice that Arrowhead Pride referred to "Andy Reid's beautiful mind" in a great in-depth look at one TD.
And in the greatest news of all, there was Blaine Gabbert. I'mma straight up links post this one (all links from Niners Nation)
Oh, articles not enough? Okay then. Just watch these over and over again.
Gabbert's 44-yard TD run to tie the game (NFL.com)
Is Blaine Gabbert a Elite QB? Dead serious.— PFTCommenter (@PFTCommenter) December 6, 2015
Thanks, y'all. Hope to see you again next week.