Ben Roethlisberger named AFC Offensive Player of the Week

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger Jerseys was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his Week 10 performance, it was announced today. Roethlisberger completed 22-of-33 passes for 379 yards with three touchdowns for a passer rating of 123.2, after entering the game in the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns Jerseys due to an injury to Landry Jones Jerseys. Roethlisberger’s 379 passing yards set a single-game NFL record for the most passing yards by a quarterback that did not start the game.

It marked his 41st career 300-yard game during the regular NFL Jerseys Supply season and the 32nd time he tossed at least three touchdowns in a regular-season contest. Roethlisberger has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 36 straight home games, the second-longest streak among active players and the fourth-longest streak in NFL history. His three passing touchdowns also tied him for NFL Jerseys Supply the 14th-most passing touchdowns in league history.

This marks the 13th time Roethlisberger has been named AFC Offensive Player of the Week and the Jason second time of the Jets 2015 season (Week 2).

Browns sign LB Jayson DiManche, DB De’Ante Saunders to practice squad

The Cleveland Browns Jerseys on Wednesday signed linebacker Jayson DiManche Jerseys and defensive back De’Ante Saunders to the practice squad. To make room the roster, the club released tight end Brian Leonhardt Jerseys from the practice squad.

DiManche is 6-1, 245-pounds and in his third NFL season out of Southern Illinois. Originally signed by the Bengals as an undrafted free agent in 2013, NFL Jerseys Cheap Authentic he has appeared in 29 career games with one start. He has totaled seven tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery on defense, while adding 17 stops on special teams. He spent the past three weeks on the Browns’ active roster, appearing in one game. A native of Hamilton, N.J., DiManche graduated from Hamilton West High School.

Saunders is 5-9, 187-pounds and in NFL Jerseys Cheap Authentic his rookie season out of Tennessee State. He signed with the Browns as an undrafted free agent in May and spent the first eight weeks of the season on Brady the club’s practice squad before Jason Pierre making his NFL debut as a reserve at Cincinnati. Saunders’ full bio can be found on page 241 of the 2015 Cleveland Browns Jerseys media guide

Sacks of success

A healthy Geno Atkins Jerseys, as Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger discovered back on Nov. 1, has helped spur Carlos Dunlap Jerseys’s sack run and a friendly rivalry.

Bengals left end Carlos Dunlap Jerseys has been McKelvin telling us ever since Cheap NFL Jerseys China the spring his goal is to break Michael Strahan’s NFL record of 22.5 sacks. The goal is the easy part. Now that he’s a sack away from the NFL lead with 8.5 at the halfway point, the Bengals’ record is even more intriguing than the mark Strahan set in 2001.

Making it even more interesting is that Dunlap begins his second-half push Monday at Paul Brown Stadium against Houston (8:30 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 5 and ESPN) and the man he’s tied with for second place, defensive tackle J.J. Watt.

“He’s a great player and he works hard and he has an unbelievable motor,” Dunlap said Monday. “That’s pretty huge to be competing and in the same boat with that guy. I just want to continue to be better and outdo him. That’s the goal. To do more than he does. To be that elite guy, you have to outplay elite guys.”

After sifting through the mountain of numbers two decades ago, assistant public relations director P.J. Combs, the meticulous gatekeeper of the Bengals record book, discovered that defensive end Coy Bacon rung up 22 sacks in 1976. The NFL didn’t recognize the sack stat until 1982.

And if you had asked Bacon after Strahan set the record in the first week of 2002, he would have told you Bengals president Mike Brown paid him for even more than that.

“They gave me $1,500 for each sack and the Bengals paid me for 26,” Bacon told several years before he died at the age of 66.

“If Carlos gets the Bengals record, he’ll have to get 22.5,” said Combs Monday from his Paul Brown Stadium perch. “According to Elias, he’ll need 13.5.”

Left end Eddie Edwards collected 13 in ’83 and it withstood Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins Jerseys’ furious run to that mark in 2012 when he had a career-high 12.5. With Atkins leading all defensive tackles with six, he’s in that race, too.

Which is just fine with the ever agreeable Dunlap, one off the NFL pace set by New England’s Chandler Jones with 9.5.

“That’s why I want to focus on the league one and I feel like those milestones along the way will come with it,” Dunlap said. “That’s why I try to focus on the big one. That way you can catch all those milestones along the way. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve looked (Bacon’s record) up as well.”

Dunlap gets it. He may have been in junior high when Strahan broke the record, but he has heard how that last half-sack was controversial. How Packers quarterback Brett Favre may have gone down a little early to give him a little help. Bacon, for one, was hot about it and called it “pitiful.”

But Dunlap would have given it to him.

“He worked hard and he deserved it. There are probably a couple of half a sacks or cheap jerseys sacks out there that he didn’t get credit for,” Dunlap said. “Especially nowadays, they come back and take sacks from you all the time. It’s about three of them right now that I could have this year. And there was one they gave it a team sack, but it was only one person on the guy. The rule nowadays are different. The rules back then were different, too.”

As early as when the Bengals drafted Dunlap in the second round out of Florida in 2010 he says he checked the club records. And he knows something about hot second halves of seasons. He set the Bengals rookie record with 9.5 in the last eight games of 2010. It’s taken him five more years to threaten his career high and he’s told us ever since the season began why. How he worked on his get-off during his revamped off-season regimen. How the return of a healthy Atkins has helped him with the best inside rush in the game. How another Michael Johnson stint opposite him at right end has helped him find more space, as well as the relentless play of the sly veteran Wallace Gilberry.

On Monday he not only talked about how his own preparation has helped, but also how the rest of his team’s mindset has helped him. He gets to see how the cornerbacks do it, led by veterans Adam Jones Jerseys and Leon Hall Jerseys.

“The preparation of our whole team is why we’re playing so well and succeeding,” Dunlap said. “I notice it with Andy (Dalton). Cheap NFL Jerseys China I notice it with Adam. I notice it with Me. Mike Johnson Jerseys has always been good with preparation. Vinny Rey has always been good with it. Now we’ve got the whole locker room preparing the same way. That’s why we’re in tune.

“When you’ve got that camaraderie we have and everybody is preparing the same way and everybody is prepared, you don’t have that one guy just talking to you. What he thinks wholesale jerseys or what he expects. You know what you’re going to get because you’re just as prepared so you can talk it out. That makes it better for everybody. In certain situations with the rush, I know where Geno is going to be and I kind of have an idea what we’re going to get in that situation. That makes everything a lot quicker.”

Combs pick-axed his way through every play-by-play sheet to put together the stats and found out that Bacon had eight sacks on a play someone else had a sack. Under the old rules, each player got a sack. Combs updated the numbers according to the modern rules of half-sacks, which gave Bacon 22 instead of 26.

Back in 2002, Bengals president Mike Brown didn’t dispute Bacon’s claim that they paid him for 26. Bengals founder Paul Brown detested the idea of incentives, but Mike Brown believes the Bengals inherited Bacon’s contract from San Diego in the trade with the Chargers.

The Bengals traded future Hall-of-Fame wide receiver Charlie Joiner to San Diego after the 1975 season to get Bacon. Even though the Bengals went a franchise-best 11-3, they did it with just 27 sacks and Paul Brown felt he had plenty of depth at receiver (Pro Bowler Isaac Curtis along with Chip Myers and the drafting of Billy Brooks No. 1) and needed a pass rush. The troubled Bacon gave it to them for two years before moving on.

“Deacon Jones didn’t have any official sacks, either, but we know what kind of rusher he was,” Dunlap said.

But Dunlap has also stressed in the midst of all this record talk that he wants to do it in the scheme of the team.

“I’m winning that. But it’s not alone, though,” Dunlap said of the sack race. “Mike and Gil have thrown me Ravens a couple of lobs you could say. A couple of pretty good passes. And then Geno pushing that pocket goes to contribute to me. And then me, Mike and all that squeezing the edge goes to Geno. So it’s a team thing. And then having Adam playing the way he has, that’s just locking down everything. Adam Jones Jerseys is having a hell of a season.”

But Dunlap doesn’t mind a good individual incentive to get him going. Here’s another one from Bacon the week Strahan set the record Dunlap is chasing.

“Let them try to get 26 sacks in 14 games,” Bacon said back then.

Ravens’ Top Priorities During Bye Week

The Ravens had just beaten the Chargers to pick up their second win of the season, and Head Coach John Harbaugh laid out the upcoming week’s schedule to his team in the locker room.

“What we have to do is come in tomorrow and go to work,” Harbaugh said. “We’re going to take care of business Tuesday and Wednesday. That’s what we’re going to do. We have a plan.”

The players were back in the building early Monday morning, and they practiced Tuesday and Wednesday as allowed 2016 Free Agents by the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The coaching staff plans to work through Thursday before getting a few days off with their families.

The Ravens took full advantage of the bye, and here are some of the team’s priorities during this “off week:”


The coaching staff spent the week looking back through the first half of the season to determine what works and what didn’t. They are often so consumed with game planning during normal weeks that they don’t have much time to take a big-picture look at themselves.

“This gives us a week to take a deep breath in terms of where we are offensively,” Offensive Coordinator Marc Trestman said. “We’ll self-scout ourselves and tendency ourselves and look at the things we want to continue to move forward with, the things Jets that we want to work on a Cheap NFL Jerseys little bit more and things we’re going to get out of the offense that we really haven’t used to the amount and time on task that we’ve put into it.”

Get Ideas From Around The League

The coaching staff also spent time looking at what’s worked for other teams to determine if certain strategies can be implemented in Baltimore. Coaches will often share ideas with former colleagues – as long as there isn’t a shared competitive interest between them – and bye weeks can be a chance to do that.

“We’ll look around the league, and we’ll see what’s going on around the league and see what some of the teams that have done very well in certain special situation areas are doing,” Trestman said. “We’ll put that up against what we’re doing, and we’ll come to some conclusions on how to move forward.”

Improve Pass Rush

The Ravens pass rush suffered a huge blow when outside linebacker Terrell Suggs Jerseys went down for the season in Week 1, and the defensive front has spent much of the year working to overcome his loss. Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees has tried to manufacture pressure by getting creative in his blitz packages, and the Ravens are tied for sixth in the NFL with 21 sacks. But the defense would also like to pressure quarterbacks without having to send too many blitzes, and the coaches in the defensive front took a good look at that during the week.

“I believe the best pass defense is a good pass rush, and those things work together,” Linebackers Coach Ted Monachino said. “And right now, we’re not getting it done on either end. I know that our secondary guys would cover a lot better if we could get the ball out of the quarterback’s hand much faster, and that’s what our mission has been from the beginning.”

Find Out How To Stop Big Plays

The most significant issue plaguing the Ravens this year has been allowing too many big plays in the secondary. The unit had a better overall game against the Chargers, but still allowed a 70-yard touchdown pass. Harbaugh and Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees have harped on the need to stop big plays all season. Defensive coaches dug into tape to identify issues and also worked on them during practice.

“We’ve got to do a much better job of teaching those guys to have their eyes in the right place, making sure we’re on the right landmarks and playing with that proper technique,” Secondary Coach Chris Hewitt said. “That falls on me. That’s my job to make sure that happens. We’ve given up a couple big plays in the last couple games, and we don’t want it to become a common thread.”

Find Some ‘Quick Hitters’

As the defense looks Cheap NFL Jerseys to cut down on the big plays, the offense is seeking ways to sustain drives. The offense ranks in the top 10 in the league in terms of total yardage, but the unit has been hot-and-cold this year. They need to improve on third downs to keep drives alive, and quarterback Joe Flacco Jerseys said they spent time during the week “trying to get some easy ways to move the ball and get some quick hitters.”

“[We need to find] some certain areas of the field that we feel like we can take more advantage of,” Flacco said. “In third-and-short, we haven’t been great, and [we are] just trying to come up with some better ways to be better in those areas.”


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News Blitz 11/5: Brady ‘hitting the driver’

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The Boston Globe writes about Sebastian Vollmer’s switch from right to left tackle. Earlier in the day Bill Belichick explained some of the rationale that goes into his decisions regarding the coin toss. Read

The Boston Herald talks about the health of the team and offers five players (other than Brady) that the team can’t afford to lose. They also look at Brady’s uncanny ability to convert quarterback sneaks. Read

The Patriots welcomed defensive lineman Chris Jones Jerseys back to practice this week. Jones is on PUP and is now eligible to return. The Boston Herald notes that he played in Super Bowl XLIX on a torn calf muscle. Dane Fletcher, another member of the PUP team that recently began practicing, says he almost gave up football after his third ACL surgery but the Patriots convinced him to stick with it. The Providence Journal says Justin Coleman is the latest undrafted rookie to earn respect in the Patriots locker room. Sticking with the injury theme, Julian Edelman Jerseys and Ryan Wendell popped up on yesterday’s report. Read

The Attleboro Sun Chronicle has Devin McCourty Jerseys lamenting the fact that he won’t be joined by his brother Jason after reports of a potential trade with Tennessee proved to be false. Read

Belichick has often waxed poetic about the contributions of Paul Brown and he did so again in NFL Network’s “A Football Life” documentary on the former Browns and Bengals coach that is set to air on Friday. Read

The Redskins know they’ll have their hands full on Sunday according to has Kirk Cousins calling Brady the G.O.A.T. Read

In Washington, Jason Hatcher believes his team’s inability to stop the run has contributed to the defense’s overall ineffectiveness. The Washington Post also wonders if someone other than the Patriots might have what it takes to go undefeated.

McKelvin to be added to 53-man roster; could fill different role

Bills head coach Rex Ryan confirmed that Leodis McKelvin Jerseys will be moved off the Reserve/Non-Football Injury and added to the active roster. Where he lines up if he plays Sunday is another story.

Bills head coach Rex Ryan was happy about a lot of things as his team re-assembled from the bye week Monday. He was happy his team’s collective health was much improved, particularly on the offensive side of the ball. He was happy to have a fresh perspective of his team after getting time to reflect during the off week, and he was happy to see one of his more athletically gifted NFL Jerseys China defenders ready to return to the lineup.

Ryan revealed on Monday that Leodis McKelvin Jerseys will be added to the 53-man roster later this week.

“I’m excited he’s back,” said Ryan. “To his credit, even in London, he went out there and he wanted to test it. So many times when a guys coming off those things, having setbacks before, he went right in and tackled somebody in no pads. I think that was big for him. He’s a good football player and to have him back is really going to help.”

McKelvin returned to practice with the team during their week in London, but was still on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list. That will change this week meaning the Bills will have to move a player off the roster to make room for him. Where McKelvin will help first is expected to be on special teams as a punt returner, where Buffalo currently ranks 16th in the NFL. Field position has been an issue for the Jason Pierre Bills this season.

He may also have to help at a position where he hasn’t played since he was a teenager. With starters Aaron Williams Jerseys on short-term injured reserve and Corey Graham Jerseys nursing a groin injury, McKelvin said he will be spending some time lining up at safety this week.

“I played it in high school and that’s a while ago, but being able to know the defense, it’s not hard,” McKelvin said. “As you see on our roster, all our safeties have been corners. The majority of our defense we just play man to man, so everything should be easy. Go out there and communicate, know what you’re doing, play man to man and ball out.”

Ryan indicated that he expects Graham to be healthy enough to play on Sunday against Miami, though he said the veteran would be limited in practice Wednesday. Duke Williams Jerseys has been playing safety opposite Graham in the 2016 Free Agents absence of Aaron Williams Jerseys logging 100 percent of the snaps the past NFL Jerseys China two games.

But it’s clear Ryan isn’t afraid to make use of McKelvin’s talents even if it’s not at his natural position. McKelvin isn’t concerned if he’s called upon to play safety, even though the responsibilities are in stark contrast to that of cornerback.

“Most definitely it’s different,” McKelvin said. “You’ve got a lot of moving parts. At safety you’ve got to be able to communicate and make sure the guys on the outside are doing what they need to do. It’s all about knowing the defense. If you know the defense then you’re not going to have that problem. We’re all one group so we all have to work together.”

After almost a full year on the sidelines McKelvin just wants to contribute to the team’s second-half push.

“Whenever the day is going to be or the time is going to come or whenever my name is called, no matter what it’s going to be, corner, nickel, safety, return, whatever, offense, it doesn’t matter as long as I get the ball in my hands,” he said. “It doesn’t matter where I’m going to be I’m going to go out there and give it my all. I’ve never been around a talented defense, a talented team like this. I promise I’m going to give my all.”