WFT’s Rivera on Heincke: ‘I think the biggest things he is doing is he is starting to see things’

The Washington Football(4-6) Team got their second straight impressive win on Sunday as they defeated the Carolina Panthers on the road 27-21.

Sunday’s game was all about the return of Cam Newton as the Panthers starting quarterback and the return of former Panthers head coach Ron Rivera to Carolina.

However, Washington quarterback Taylor Heinicke, who played with the Panthers in 2018, stole the show as he completed 16-of-22 passes for 206 passing yards and three touchdowns for a passer rating of 141.3. He also rushed six times for 29 yards.

The game was personal for a lot of people, which Heinicke discussed post-game.

“I was only here for a year, so it didn’t mean that much, but there was a lot of players, staff, and one of our general managers came from there,” he said. “We knew it was big for them, and it was kind of personal, and to know that they were going to win with those last two kneels, that was nice.”

Last week, in a win over Tampa Bay, Heinicke was 26/32 for 256 yards. According to Rivera, Heinicke is seeing everything better.

“I think the biggest things he is doing is he is starting to see things,” he said. “He is starting to see what he needs to see. He is throwing the windows he needs to throw. We are getting healthy up front. Now, we have got a couple of nicked guys. We got to get those guys back on the football field, but I think that is all a part of it as well.”

Heinicke explained why he has played so well in the past two weeks.

“It’s a culmination of a lot of things, but me personally, I feel like I’ve played better by just going out there and having fun,” he said. “Being myself and letting the personality come out, and I think that rubs off on some of the guys. There’s guys out there fighting, and all 11 of those guys on every play are doing the right thing.

“We just have to keep the ball rolling. We have a big one on Monday against Seattle, and it’s going to be exciting.”

After losing four straight and being 2-6 heading into their bye week, Washington may have found their way, and Rivera sees a team that’s now playing together.

“Well, I think they are starting to play together,” Rivera said. “They are becoming resilient. They do the things that they need to. They rely on each other. The thing I am really pleased with is it is all starting up front on both sides of the ball. I think the offensive and defensive line is coming alive. Those guys are playing some very solid and sound football. Again, they are just doing the things they need to do to give us a chance.”

Wide receiver Terry McLaurin, who had five receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown, added about the team’s turnaround: “I just think we have put two good weeks of practice together first and foremost. I feel like our o-line and our d-line are really establishing the line of scrimmage, which is very important. I feel like we are sustaining drives offensively. Defense is creating turnovers and short field. You’re creating winning formula.”

Notes:

-Washington won back-to-back games for the first time since winning four-straight games from Nov. 22nd to December 

=Running back Antonio Gibson finished with 95 yards on 19 carries.  This marks the first time Gibson ran for 90+ yards since rushing for 115 yards on November 26 of last season.13 of last season.

Washington to start Henicke against Giants in Week 2 after Fitzpatrick injury

On Monday, the Washington Football Team got some bad news when they learned that starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick would have to go on injured reserve after an MRI revealed a right hip subluxation.

Fitzpatrick will have to go on IR for at least three weeks, but according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Fitzpatrick is expected to miss six to eight weeks.

The 38-year-old injured his hip after being hit by Chargers LB Uchenna Nwosu on a pass play in the second quarter in the team’s 20-16 loss to Los Angeles on Sunday.

Taylor Heinicke, who replaced Fitzpatrick on Sunday, will get the start against the Giants on Thursday night. The fourth-year quarterback was 11/15 for 122 yards and one touchdown against the Chargers, and Washington head coach Ron Rivera was pleased by what he saw from Heinicke.

“Well, obviously, we were pleased,” Rivera said about Heinicke. “We moved the ball well; we made some things happen. We moved to ball well early, too. We just didn’t put it in the end zone, but with Taylor, we got one in the end zone. I thought the throw that he made to [TE] Logan [Thomas] was a heck of a throw.”

Kyle Allen will be the backup to Heinicke.

This injury is a tough break for Fitzpatrick, but at the same time, it could open the door for Heinicke to prove that maybe he has what it takes to be a starting quarterback for Washington going forward. 

This could also open the door for Washington to think about free-agent quarterback Cam Newton, who is available after being recently released by the Patriots. Rivera and Newton have history together as the two spent time with each other in Carolina. However, Newton is not vaccinated for Covid-19, which could make things tricky.

Newton had his best years with Rivera in Carolina, including being the league MVP in 2015 and leading to the Super Bowl that same season. Who knows if the 32-year-old Newton gets a shot in Washington, but if it happened, it sure would be interesting to see.

Jags’ Fournette talks Cam Newton, Minshew

Back in April, Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette made it known on social media and ESPN that he wanted the Jaguars to sign then free-agent QB Cam Newton after Carolina released Newton. Fournette’s comments made waves because Jacksonville had pretty much committed to Gardner Minshew as their quarterback after they traded Nick Foles to Chicago.

Here’s what Fournette told ESPN’s First Take about Newton back in April:

“Cam went to the Super Bowl,” Fournette said during an appearance on ESPN’s “First Take” on Thursday. “He’s a great guy. I’ve been knowing Cam for a minute now. And like I told some people that talked to me, it’s no disrespect to (Gardner) Minshew. I’m just trying to get into the best position as a team so that we can win. That’s all that was about. Just a friendly competition because that brings out the best in people.”

On Monday, Fournette explained his comments.

“I talked to Gardner [Minshew] during the whole thing that they made it a big deal when I asked for Cam [Newton], and he understood where I was coming from,” Fournette said. “At the end of the day, I want to win. Who doesn’t want to win?

“I came from a 2017 season with a team who was 10-6, we had talent level and then the next couple of years went down the drain. So, I just want to address a lot of things, too, especially since the media came out and said I was an angry guy. Number one, would you be angry if you’re losing week in and week out? That is one of my biggest problems, I do get upset when we lose, and it takes me a while to get over it. I expect, just like anybody else, if you put the work in, you want the W, but a lot of times last year it didn’t go like that. I guess they kind of misinterpreted that, and don’t get me wrong, I was upset from the losing, but that’s just the winner in me. That’s any guy who plays this “”professional level of sports.”

When asked if he noticed anything different about Minshew, Fournette had this to say:

“His hair got long. He’s got a little more toned, most definitely he kind of defined his body out over the workouts he did in the summer so like I said we’ll see how everything comes together once the season comes.”

The 31-year-old Newton signed with the Patriots in July. At this point, after struggling with a shoulder and foot injury, Newton is seemingly healthy. Additionally, Newton, who won the league MVP and led the Panthers to the Super Bowl in 2015, will be very motivated to play well so he can get another big contract. When healthy, there are not many quarterbacks as talented as Newton, so you understand why Fournette would want him in Jacksonville.  

Minshew, 24, had an outstanding rookie season. Among rookies quarterbacks, Minshew was second in passing yards(3271), second in touchdown passes(21), and first in wins(6), so he showed a lot of promise. In the short term, yes, Newton might have been the better option. However, some believe he is done. In the long run, Minshew, if he has the goods, could be the team’s franchise quarterback for years to come.  

By season’s end, we will probably know if Jacksonville made the right decision at quarterback, but at this moment, the debate continues. 

Newton, Belichick can prove a lot of people wrong in 2020(VIDEO)

It happened! Cam Newton finally has a job, and if things work out, it could be a good job. Newton agreed to a one-year, incentive-laden deal with the Patriots last week. If all goes well, the 31-year-old Newton has an opportunity to win in New England, and Bill Belichick has a chance to prove he can win without Tom Brady.

The Patriots have a defense that can help this team win now. Last season, the Patriots’ were number one in total defense and points allowed. When Newton had his MVP season and led the Panthers to the Super Bowl in 2015, he had an outstanding defense.

In the last two seasons, Newton has played in only 16 games due to foot and shoulder injuries, but at this point, he is healthy and ready to prove the doubters wrong. If he beats out second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham in 2020 and plays well, he could put himself in a position to get a big contract. When healthy and at his best, Newton can be one of the better quarterbacks in football. However, there is also a possibility that he could be done. We will find the answer in 2020.

Regarding Belichick, he has to prove that he can win without Brady, who, after 20 years with the Patriots, took his talents to Tampa Bay. With Brady as the starting quarterback, Belichick is 219-64 in the regular season with Brady. Without Brady in the regular season, Belichick is 54-63. 

Therefore, Belichick, just like Newton, has a lot to prove. 

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Report: Panthers to release Cam Newton

The Cam Newton era is over in Carolina. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Carolina Panthers are expected to release Newton today.

Last week, the Panthers permitted Newton to explore trade options. The 30-year-old Newton played in only two games last season due to a foot injury. 

The quarterback room is going to look very different in Carolina next season. The Panthers signed QB Teddy Bridgewater last week and are expected to sign XFL star QB P.J. Walker, who was coached by Panthers head coach Matt Rhule in college. Also, the team is expected to trade QB Kyle Allen to the Redskins.

It should be interesting to see where Newton will land in 2020. The 10-year veteran is still young and still can be a very good quarterback in the NFL, and with the way things went in Carolina, he is going to be very hungry to prove the doubters wrong. 

Ex-Panther Avant believes Carolina can go to Super Bowl if Newton has big year(Video)

Panthers QB Cam Newton struggled at times in 2017, but he was able to help Carolina win four of their last five games, which helped the team make the playoffs. In the playoffs, Newton played well against the Saints in the Wild Card round, but Carolina fell short, losing 31-26.

Now, the Panthers have a new offensive coordinator in Norv Turner, so maybe Newton can get back to the guy he was in 2015. During that 2015 season, Newton was the league’s MVP, and the Panthers were able to get to the Super Bowl.

According to former Panthers WR Jason Avant, who played with Carolina in 2014, Newton has to put more work in the classroom.

“He’s a great player; he has to continue to progress in the classroom,” Avant recently told Paul Gant. “He’s a great athlete, great talent. Cam just has to put the time in.”

If Newton does make progress in the classroom, Avant believes the Panthers can go to the Super Bowl.

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR-WEEK 15

STELLAR STEELER: Pittsburgh wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN has 9,886 receiving yards in his eight-year NFL career.

Brown, who will play in his 115th career game on Sunday against New England, can tie CALVIN JOHNSON (115) for the fewest games to reach 10,000 receiving yards in NFL history.

The players to reach 10,000 career receiving yards in the fewest games in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

FEWEST GAMES TO 10,000 REC. YARDS

Calvin Johnson

Detroit

115

Torry Holt

St. Louis

116

Lance Alworth^

San Diego

120

Jerry Rice^

San Francisco

121

Marvin Harrison^

Indianapolis

122

 

 

 

Antonio Brown

Pittsburgh

114*

*Has 9,886 career receiving yards

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Brown, who leads the NFL with 1,509 receiving yards and ties for second with nine touchdown receptions, can become the first player in NFL history with at least 1,600 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches in three different seasons, breaking a tie with Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON. Brown also accomplished the feat in 2014 and 2015.

With a touchdown catch on Sunday, Brown will record his fourth consecutive season with at least 1,200 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer LANCE ALWORTH and RANDY MOSS for the third-longest streak in NFL history.

The players with the most consecutive seasons with at least 1,200 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches in NFL history:

 

PLAYER

 

TEAM

 

SEASONS

MOST CONSECUTIVE 1,200 REC. YARD & 10 TD SEASONS

Jerry Rice^

San Francisco

1989-1995

7

Marvin Harrison^

Indianapolis

1999-2003

5

Lance Alworth^

San Diego

1963-1966

4

Randy Moss

Minnesota

1998-2001

4

Antonio Brown

Pittsburgh

2014-2016

 3*

*Has 1,509 rec. yards and nine TD catches through Week 14

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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CATCH ME IF YOU CAMCarolina’s CAM NEWTON leads all NFL quarterbacks with 585 rushing yards this season.

Newton, who plays against Green Bay on Sunday, can tie MICHAEL VICK (four) for the most seasons with at least 600 rushing yards by a quarterback in NFL history. Newton also accomplished the feat in 2011, 2012 and 2015.

The quarterbacks with the most seasons of at least 600 rushing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

SEASONS WITH 600+ RUSH YARDS

Michael Vick

Atlanta, Philadelphia

4

Cam Newton

Carolina

3*

Randall Cunningham

Philadelphia

3

*Has 585 rushing yards through Week 14

— NFL —

PULVERIZING PEPPERSCarolina defensive end JULIUS PEPPERS has 9.5 sacks this season and is closing in on his 10th career season with at least 10 sacks.

Peppers can join Pro Football Hall of Famers BRUCE SMITH (13), REGGIE WHITE (12) and KEVIN GREENE (10) as the only players in NFL history to have at least 10 seasons with 10+ sacks.

The players with the most seasons with at least 10 sacks in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

SEASONS WITH 10+ SACKS

Bruce Smith^

Buffalo, Washington

13

Reggie White^

Philadelphia, Green Bay

12

Kevin Greene^

LA Rams, Pittsburgh, Carolina, San Francisco

10

Julius Peppers

Carolina, Chicago, Green Bay

9*

*Has 9.5 sacks through Week 14

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

— NFL —

WONDERFUL WILSONSeattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON ranks second in the NFL with 29 touchdown passes and is second among NFL quarterbacks with 482 rushing yards.

Wilson, who plays against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, can become the first quarterback in NFL history with at least 30 touchdown passes and 500 rushing yards in multiple seasons, having also accomplished the feat in 2015. RANDALL CUNNINGHAMand CAM NEWTON are the only other quarterbacks to reach the marks in a single season.

The players with at least 30 touchdown passes and 500 rushing yards in a season in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

TD PASSES

RUSH YARDS

Cam Newton

Carolina

2015

35

636

Russell Wilson

Seattle

2015

34

553

Randall Cunningham

Philadelphia

1990

30

942

Russell Wilson*

Seattle

2017

29

482

*Through Week 14

— NFL —

BURSTING ON THE SCENE: New Orleans wide receiver MICHAEL THOMAS, who had 92 receptions as a rookie last year, ranks second in the NFC with 85 catches this season.

Thomas, who faces the New York Jets this week, needs five receptions to join ODELL BECKHAM, JR. as the only players in NFL history to have at least 90 catches in each of their first two NFL seasons. Beckham (2014-16) reached 90+ receptions in each of his first three NFL seasons.

— NFL —

CONSISTENT COLT: Indianapolis running back FRANK GORE has 941 scrimmage yards this season and has recorded at least 1,000 scrimmage yards in each of his past 11 seasons.

With 59 yards against Denver on Thursday Night Football, Gore will join Pro Football Hall of Famer EMMITT SMITH as the only players in NFL history to record at least 1,000 scrimmage yards in 12 consecutive seasons. Smith accomplished the feat in 13 consecutive seasons from 1990-2002.

The players with the most consecutive seasons with 1,000+ scrimmage yards in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

SEASONS

CONSEC. SEASONS WITH 1,000+ SCRIMMAGE YARDS

Emmitt Smith^

Dallas

1990-2002

13

Frank Gore

San Francisco, Indianapolis

2006-2016

 11*

Marshall Faulk^

Indianapolis, St. Louis

1994-2004

11

Jerry Rice^

San Francisco

1986-1996

11

*Active streak

^Pro Football Hall of Fame

— NFL —

BREES FOR 70K: New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES ranks third in NFL history with 69,680 career passing yards.

Brees, who plays against the New York Jets on Sunday, needs 320 yards to join Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (71,838 passing yards) and PEYTON MANNING (71,940) as the only players in NFL history with at least 70,000 career passing yards.

The players with 70,000 career passing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

CAREER PASS YARDS

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis, Denver

71,940

Brett Favre^

Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota

 71,838

Drew Brees

San Diego, New Orleans

69,680*

*Active

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Brees, who will be playing in his 247th career game, would reach the milestone in the fewest games played.

The players to reach 70,000 career passing yards in the fewest games played:

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

GAMES TO 70,000 CAREER PASS YARDS

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis, Denver

258

Brett Favre^

Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota

293

Drew Brees

San Diego, New Orleans

 246*

*Has 69,680 career passing yards

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Cam Newton: ‘My sarcasm trying to give somebody kind of a compliment turned in ways I never would have even imagined’

It was a rough week for Panthers QB Cam Newton, but it ended just great as the Panthers defeated the Lions 27-24 on Sunday. Newton, who was roundly criticize for perceived sexist comments to Charlotte Observer writer Jourdan Rodrigue on Wednesday, threw for 355 yards and three touchdowns against the Lions.

Because of his comments, Newton lost a sponsorship deal with Dannon Oikos Yogurt, which according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, will go to Cowboys QB Dak Prescott.

Newton addressed the situation after the game:

“My sarcasm trying to give somebody kind of a compliment turned in ways I never would have even imagined,” Newton said.

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