Howdy Mizzou fans. Welcome back to my
coaching search we just got a coach so you aren't even reading this edition of #MizzouMade. This time next year, more favorites will be in the league and you'll be reading about them here instead of in those fancy columns Bill writes. Players like Kentrell Brothers, Evan Boehm, Kentrell Brothers, oh-please-not-Charles Harris, and Kentrell Brothers will be donning uniforms on Sundays to earn some cash.
But today, we celebrate the end of a difficult regular season for the Mizzou Tigers, and look once again at those former players in the NFL.
Injures, DNPs, and backups
Chase Coffman - who had been released without my noticing a few weeks ago - was put back on an NFL roster this week when the reigning should-have-been Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks signed him to replace injured TE Jimmy Graham. Coffman isn't expected to play much, if at all, but I'm guessing being on a team is more fun that not being on one. Congrats, Chase!
Chase "other Chase" Daniel continues to play backup for the Kansas City Chiefs. Fun Fact: Chase is the team's backup holder.
C.J. Mosley was injured this week for Miami, who waived him with an injury settlement. The Dolphins were Mosley sixth NFL team, and being that he will be 33 at the start of next season, there is a chance it could be his last.
Andrew Gachkar was relegated to special teams duty for the Cowboys this week, recording no stats in 15 ST snaps.
Beau Brinkley keeps on keeping on as the Tennessee long snapper. Given that he signed a 5 year, $5.75 million dollar deal in the offseason, he's probably going to be doing it a while.
Tiger Teammates, Pro Teammates
We're getting to our star of the week quickly this time around, as Jeremy Maclin straight up torched the Bills in Week 12, catching 9 passes for 160 yards and a score. Arrowhead Pride calls Maclin the "key to the offense":
The main point here is how easily Maclin beats off man coverage. The CB thought he had plenty of room to work with, but Maclin has exceptional speed to close the gap and get past him before he gets his hips fully turned. And if you give Jeremy Maclin a step, you're not going to get it back. Because he's such a well-rounded receiver we at times forget that he really does have very good deep speed.
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we at times forget that he really does have very good deep speed.
Maclin's teammate, center Mitch Morse, contributed to a very solid OL performance for the Chiefs, but left the game early with a concussion. In order to play again, he will need to get through the league's concussion protocol.
Out desert way, teammates Sean Weatherspoon and Markus Golden are part of the Arizona Cardinals winning ways. Spoon saw the most action he's seen this season against th 49ers, turning it into 2 tackles. Golden, meanwhile, drew praise from the Honey Badger after another solid performance (2 tackles, .5 sacks). Unfortunately I can't seem to find the transcript (help, loyal readers!).
And two of the players already mentioned also have Mizzou teammates. Justin Britt is a fellow Seahawk, who seems to be gaining (faint) momentum with the fanbase:
Justin Britt has only allowed three pressures via the bullrush, lowest among the Seattle O-linemen.
And alongside Beau Brinkley in Tennessee is former Mizzou wideout Dorial Green-Beckham. Despite his first round pedigree, DGB has struggled with the playing time he's been given, leading to a weak 1 catch for 22 yards this week.
Rest of the veterans
Tim Barnes continues to anchor a Rams offensive line that has no QB to protect. This week, the Rams only gave up one sack, but outside of one magical run from Tavon Austin, they ran for less than 40 yards on 17 carries.
Blaine Gabbert's comeback is...actually happening? Gabbert outplayed Arizona starter Carson Palmer in a close loss this week, connecting on 25-36 passes for 318 with 1 TD and 1 INT. He also rushed once for 11 yards. Keep it up, Blaine!
Sheldon Richardson spoke about some of his "mistakes" before logging a tackle, a sack, and a pass defensed against the Dolphins.
Jacquies Smith was hurt yet again - his second injury of the season. However, he did have a pass defensed and a QB hit before leaving with a hamstring issue. Still awaiting word on his prognosis.
Willy Mo had some words of encouragement...before his Falcons lost their 5th game in 6 weeks. Moore had 7 tackles in the loss.
Rest of the youngsters
Kony Ealy had another sack. His Panthers are undefeated, and he's showing strong. Be prepared to see him play well into January, at least.
Marcus Murphy seems to have been demoted a bit, as he gave way to C.J. Spiller on kick returns in the Saints' loss. Murphy still handled punts, but returned only 1 for 12 yards.
Shane Ray had a couple tackles and a 3 QB Hits on the one and only Tom Brady as the Broncos handed New England their first defeat of the season. Visit here to see his biggest play.
That's another week in the bag. We'll see you next week!