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!

 

Backups-Turned-Starters: Who Ya Got?

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Take your top three from the myriad quarterbacks who began the season as backups, but have re-emerged as starters due to injury and/or incompetence. Personally, I’m rooting for Gabbert and Hasselbeck. I like Yates as well, but his situation is subject to change as Hoyer is further evaluated for his post-concussion symptoms this week.

If we assume that Ryan Fitzpatrick, who just had surgery, returns against the Texans on Sunday as expected, then Geno Smith doesn’t make the list.

Breaking: Charlie Whitehurst to Indy

SAN DIEGO - 2009:  Charlie Whitehurst of the San Diego Chargers poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in San Diego, California.  (Photo by NFL Photos)

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The #Colts claimed QB Charlie Whitehurst off waivers, with Andrew Luck out for several weeks.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 12, 2015

 

  • RapSheet got it first–look out folks! With Whitehurst in the mix, should the Colts turn it over to Clipboard Jesus, or continue to start Hasselbeck (who, by the way, is 2-0 as a starter this year)?
  • Deadspin had a great article at the beginning of the season, which compared the careers of longtime backup quarterbacks to evaluate which second-string signal callers have had the easiest/cushiest careers. That of Whitehurst, who has made over $5 million going into this season, HAS to be near the top.
  • Like I said a few weeks ago, I’m all for keeping the Hasselbeck renaissance going. Tough break for Andrew Luck, missing another month or so, but it could be the catalyst which catapults Matt Hasselbeck into a few more years on the tail end of his career, and keeps Charlie Whitehurst kicking around a little while longer. Who knows–maybe he’ll start a game or two for the Colts.

OA is Not the Only Source of Kellen Moore’s Biggest Fans

  • kellenmooreKellen Moore, the NCAA’s all-time winningest quarterback (50-3 career) was waived by the Cowboys this morning, in order to make room for linebacker Mark Nzeocha. Moore, who finished fourth in the 2010 Heisman Trophy Race, led Boise State to the 2011 Maaco Bowl Los Vegas, in his last collegiate game.
  • Undrafted out of college, Moore signed with the Lions before the 2012 season. Unable to beat out OA favorite Dan Orlovsky, however, Moore never saw the field and was unable to seize the role as Matthew Stafford’s backup. Detroit released Moore during final cutdowns in August, and he signed with the Cowboys.
  • Moore has never thrown a pass in the NFL, but in Dallas, where Matt Cassell and Brandon Weeden have yielded an 0-6 record in Tony Romo’s absence, he has his supporters. It turns out, Obscure Athletes is not the only supporter of Moore: Some have posited the idea that Moore, not Cassell or Weeden, should be starting until Romo returns. So we were not the only ones disappointed that Moore was cut. It turns out, people LOVE this guy.

Blaine Gabbert Isn’t Done Yet; Look How Determined He Is

  • gabbertJim Tomsula is in way over his head. Like, I’m talking Jim Caldwell-level terrible. The guy doesn’t know what’s happening on the football field during the games he coaches. Yet Tomsula totally redeemed himself in the eyes of Obscure Athletes when he decided to bench Colin Kaepernick in favor of Blaine Gabbert.
  • Gabbert, you’ll remember, was the 10th overall selection in the 2011 draft. It turns out this was a brutal year for first-round quarterbacks–Newton went first overall, but this first round also featured Tennessee picking Jake Locker, who is now an accountant or something. Christian Ponder was picked AFTER Gabbert, and he may never throw another pass again.
  • So for Blaine Gabbert to get another chance to start, is great news. The 26 year old had three brutal seasons with the Jaguars, and his rookie year, per Football Outsiders, was the fifth-worst season for any quarterback. Ever. He played in one game last year, and threw for a touchdown. But this Sunday will be his first start in two years, and Gabbert will have a chance to revive a career that has seen more interceptions than touchdowns, and a dismal passer rating under 70.