elcome back for week 3 of my look at Mizzou players in the National Football League. This week, I've remembered to bring along Andrew Gachkar and added a bit about Dorial Green-Beckham, by reader request.
For the benefit of the three of you not too engrossed in Maty Mauk suspension coverage to read this, let's get started!
The Big Uglies
Seems fitting to start with the only Mizzou professional currently suspended from his team... Sheldon Richardson. After being out for the start of this season, the Jets expect to get him back after next week's game. However, he is expected to need time to get into playing shape before resuming his disruptive role in the NYJ defensive front.
Kony Ealy continues to play a starting role for the Carolina Panthers - one that may grow with the injury of DE Charles Johnson. However, Ealy was cited again this week for undisciplined play by fans over at Cat Scratch Reader, which is actually the name of their site. Awesomeness. Additionally, the Panthers traded for Jared Allen this week, which could eat into Ealy's playing time.
C.J. Mosley played sparingly in Miami's thrashing at the hands of the Buffalo Bills. He split his 29 snaps between defense and special teams.
Last week's superstar, Jacquies Smith, recorded 5 tackles including 1 TFL, but failed to improve on his stellar sack totals from the first two weeks. He'll get his shot against Cam Newton in week 4.
Rams starting center Tim Barnes was discussed by head coach Jeff Fisher in his Monday press conference:
I thought (C) Timmy (Barnes) played well. It’s hard to say a player plays well on offense when you score six points, but when you look at the individual efforts, I thought Timmy got his job done.
Coachspeak, or coachspeak? We'll find out!
Beau Brinkley long snapped again. Chase Coffman was a healthy inactive.
Dorial Green-Beckham caught only 2 passes for 22 yards, but managed his second TD of the season. Will Lomas of Music City Miracles thinks DGB ought to be more of a featured player:
Mariota wants to throw the ball outside, but drops from Harry Douglas has discouraged him from trying. However, Dorial Green-Beckham looks like a stud in the redzone and has caught passes over Pro-Bowl caliber CBs in back to back weeks against Joe Haden and Vontae Davis. This guy is not afraid and he has enough speed and athleticism to do almost anything you could want.
The Single-Tackle Brigade (and Aldon Smith)
Four #MizzouMade players emerged with just a single tackle each this week:
- Andrew Gachkar - on only 8 snaps!
- Markus Golden
- Sean Weatherspoon - who is supposedly losing playing time to Kevin Minter for the Cardinals
- Shane Ray - who played only 20% of snaps for Denver, but graded out well with PFF for his limited role.
Aldon Smith, meanwhile, continued his "comeback" with the Raiders by getting his first start. He managed 2 tackles, one for loss, and had 2 passes defended.
The Most Popular Guys on the Team
Colin Kaepernick had a week to forget as his 49ers were embarrassed by the Cardinals. That means, of course, that Blaine Gabbert's name started flowing throughout the Bay Area. This exchange from coach Jim Tomsula sort of puts Blaine's future on hold, though:
Was there ever a thought at all of putting in Blaine Gabbert?
No sir, there wasn’t.
There just wasn’t.
They lost by 40. Gabbert didn't see a snap. That's...I'm going with "questionable" on the part of the coaches.
On the middle coast, Chase Daniel received an even better dose of fame serving behind a struggling starting QB. At shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Monday night, Chase's name was trending on KC Twitter. But that might have been the result of his extracurricular activities from last week:
William "Pig Brown" Moore snagged his second INT in 3 games this season - along with 4 tackles - in an impressive come-from-behind victory for the 3-0 Falcons. D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Albany Herald called Moore's INT the "key play for the Falcons". That simply has to be on the all-name team for newspaper reporters. In other praise, Dave Choate over at The Falcoholic (seriously...Rock M Nation looks weaker and weaker as a name) put it best about Willy Mo:
He's had an up and down year, but William Moore has now picked two passes, and remains the master of the big flashy play.
Speaking of flashy, big-time free agent Jeremy Maclin finally helped break that pitiful streak of KC WRs not catching touchdown passes when he snagged one in the 3rd quarter of the Chiefs' loss. The streak dated back to 2013, when Chase Daniel threw one to Dexter McCluster. (Insert "thanks, Dwayne Bowe" comments from Chiefs' fans here.)
Maclin ended up with 8 catches for 141 and a score on the night, though most of that was after the game was clearly out of hand. However, here's a highlight video of his night.
Finally, Marcus Murphy made his first real mark on the league this week, as he got himself a punt return TD. After he nearly bungled the first attempt, a penalty forced a repeat of the kick. Murphy didn't make the mistake the second time.
It was Murphy's first NFL TD, and drew him some media attention after the game. (Scroll down to the video marked "Marcus Murphy" to listen to him answer the question "When you have that ball in your hand and you see that little seam open up, what are you thinking: 'Hit it as quick as I can and get through it?'" without rolling his eyes or punching the guy.)
As always, leave your complaints and corrections in the comments, and tune in again next week. Thanks for reading!