Week Seven of the NFL is here! Due the enormous amount of NFL Regional Combine talent in the NFL, this week is loaded with juicy scenarios with potential history in the making.
WATCH OUT BRADY!!! ROBERTSON-HARRIS IS COMING
Oftentimes, it’s the unknown that’s feared the most.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is unquestionably the greatest quarterback in NFL history. However, even Superman has Kryptonite.
No quarterback, in their right mind, welcomes pressure from up the middle all the time. And some signal callers detest that torment more than others. Brady is one of those guys.
When Brady and his Patriots take on the Chicago Bears, he will face one of the quietly feared pressure cookers in the league – and it is not linebacker Khalil Mack. It is defensive tackle Roy Robertson-Harris.
Mack is having an MVP caliber season. Still, Robertson-Harris is one of the main reasons why Mack is being “the man” in Chicago.
“He’s (Robertson-Harris) made a jump (from last season), but he’s still growing,” stated Bears defensive line coach Jay Rodgers, according to chicago.suntimes.com. “(Against the Buccaneers), he had a stretch play to his side — he stuffed that block. It ended up being a three-yard gain. But that’s growth right there — being able to stuff the block, shed, make the play on the ball. And he just continues to get better. He wants to be great. You see it with his practice habits. He will go as far as his talent will allow him to.”
In Week One midway through the first half, Rodgers went to duck out Robertson-Harris, and when he was going down, the undrafted talent who ventured through the RC platform in 2016 crashed into Rodgers causing him a knee injury.
Fortunately for the NFL and its fans, nothing serious happened to Rodgers. And the league doesn’t want anything to happen to Brady – but Robertson-Harris will be coming.
ONE MORE FOR THE TIE
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen had 11 catches for 123 yards and a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6.
If NFL Football Operations kept a record book on the players they helped fashioned an NFL career through the regional combine, Thielen would be the first player to ever lead the NFL in receptions and yards during anytime of a season. Thielen leads the league with 58 catches and 712 receiving yards this campaign. His 58 catches are the most by a player in his team’s first six games of a season in league annals.
But there is another record at stake.
Thielen has recorded at least 100 receiving yards in each of the Vikings’ first six games this season and joined Charley Hennigan as the only players in NFL history with 100 or more receiving yards in each of their team’s first six games to start a season. Hennigan accomplished the feat for seven games in 1961 for the Houston Oilers, now the Tennessee Titans.
Against the New York Jets, Thielen would become the first player during the Super Bowl era to registered a 100 receiving yards in each of the first seven games to start a season, and the fifth player to record seven consecutive contests at any point in a season with at least 100 receiving yards in NFL history.
“He’s so versatile,” said Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, according to USA Today. “He can play outside, he can play inside, he can play the single receiver back-side, where you’re 1-on-1 and normally run with the best corner.
“As a coach, if you get creative, you can really help a guy do what he’s good at, and if he’s like Adam and he has the knowledge and versatility, you really can line him up all over the field.”
Soon, Thielen will not be ignored.
BIG THREE IN NEW YORK
Not since the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2016 have there been at least three players from the NFL Regional Combine platform actively playing for one team (offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva, full back Will Johnson, defensive backs Robert Golden and Blake Valentino and punter Jordan Berry).
Penny was signed by the Giants off the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad last month.
The Falcons will have two players from the platform on the field in wide receiver Marvin Hall and safety Kemal Ishmael.
Will all three of the Giants’ big three be on the field at the same time Monday night?
Check it out to see who will make the most impact.