Kris Jenkins Celebrates Game-Winning Shot

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Wow, I can’t believe former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kris Jenkins enrolled at Villanova University, joined the basketball team as a forward, and finished his senior year by hitting the game-winning shot in the National Championship Game. From blocking field goals and stuffing runs, to a magical run for college basketball’s biggest prize.

Anything really is possible!

 

QB Notes: Painter returns to Giants, Schaub to Oakland

mattschaubMatt Schaub always looks like the guy who drank too much at your party, and is just waking up at 11:30 in the morning after having passed out on your couch. So of course the Raiders had to bring him in. The Texans shipped the one-time fantasy football star turned Houston washout to the Bay Area for a sixth-round pick in May’s draft. By my count, the Raiders have started fourteen different quarterbacks since Rich Gannon won the NFL MVP by throwing checkdown after checkdown to Tyrone Wheatley and Charlie  Garner. That year, the Raiders won the AFC. Schaub is no Rich Gannon, but hey–he can’t be worse than Matt Flynn.

Curtis Painter, the man most remembered as a week 17 hero, and subsequent winless starter in Indianapolis, re-upped with the Giants last week. Painter has spent his entire career in the league backing up one Manning or another, and will once again sport a clipboard for Eli in 2014. Last year, Painter completed 8 out of 16 throws, for 57 yards. He threw no touchdowns and was intercepted twice. The 28-year old has a career passer rating of 57.6, and has thrice as many career turnovers (18) as touchdown passes thrown (6).  Hey, who wouldn’t want to bring this guy back?

Don’t look now, but Joe Webb is BACK! The Quarterback/wide receiver signed with the Panthers over the weekend. Webb has said he has no interest in playing quarterback ever again, and I’m sure Cam Newton is happy to be free from the pressure Webb would no doubt put on him. Webb caught five passes last season, and his production should be more than enough to make up for the losses of Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn.

 

Obscure Spotlight: Jermaine Wiggins

wigginsIf you include Jermaine Wiggins’ brief stint with the UFL’s Florida Tuskers, the former tight end finished his days in pro football with 257  receptions for 2,311 yards and  17 receiving touchdowns. Wiggins was a working-man’s football player from the start, gaining an athletic scholarship to Marshall University after a year of post-graduate prep school following his years at East Boston High School.

After wearing Thundering Herd dark green for two years, Wiggins transferred to the University of Georgia, where he played in all 11 games for his junior and senior seasons. Still, no team drafted Wiggy in 1999 after he graduated. Instead he signed on with the Jets as an undrafted free agent.

Wiggins saw his first game action with New York in 2000. He played 11 games for the Jets but caught just two passes. Gang Green released Wiggins in late November, but he quickly signed with New England. He played the last four games for the Patriots, and caught 16 passes for 203 yards.

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Wiggins, in great shape as a member of the Florida Tuskers in 2009. You can tell he really takes this gig seriously.

He had an unimpressive regular season in 2001, as he was used mostly in short-yardage situations, but caught four touchdowns from a young Tom Brady. In the playoffs, Wiggins was instrumental in New England’s Super Bowl run. He caught 10 passes in the Patriots’ divisional game against the Raiders, and made a key reception on the final drive of Super Bowl XXXVI. That game would be Wiggy’s last as a Patriot.

Wiggins bounced around the next two years, from Indy to Carolina, where he would play against his former teammates in the Super Bowl, as a member of the Panthers.

His best seasons, statistically, came in 2004-06 when Wiggins played for Daunte Culpepper’s Vikings. Wiggy was one of Culpepper’s favorite targets in 2004, catching 71 balls for 705 yards and four touchdowns. Once Culpepper left for a fat Miami paycheck, however, Wiggins’ productivity waned and at age 31, he walked off the NFL field for the last time.

Wiggy now works in radio, and does frequent work for Boston’s CBS radio affiliate, 98.5 The Sports Hub. He is featured on Tuesdays on the popular show Felger and Mazz. Wiggins was one of the coolest dudes in football, and is now one of the very best in radio. You can follow Wiggy at @jwiggs85

Obscure Spotlight: Steve Beuerlein

Beuerlein, probably firing it upfield to Mark Carrier

Steve Beuerlein had one absolute MONSTER season in his career–his ’99 campaign with the Panthers, a team that went 8-8. The real story to Beuerlein’s career, however, as he himself put it to Peter King, is that of a man who had ” …Been in the wrong place at the wrong time a lot. But I was a fourth-round pick. To last 15, 16, 17 years in the league, what can I complain about?”

Well put, Steve. Beuerlein played for six teams in his career, including the Raiders when they were still in LA. The Raiders picked Beuerlein, a Notre Dame alum, in the fourth round of the 1987 draft. Steve also suited up for the Cards when they were known as the Phoenix Cardinals. He was the first quarterback in the history of the Jaguars’ organization despite having only played there for a year. In Los Angeles, he pissed off Al Davis to the point where the Raiders would keep him off the field in favor of Jay Schroeder.

Beuerlein played the longest in Carolina (five seasons), and when he left for Denver after the 2000 season, he took  with him  almost all the team’s passing records. It wouldn’t be until the great Jake Delhomme came along that most of the marks set by Beuerlein would fall. He finished his career with a 47-55 record as a starter, and a passer rating of 80.3.