By: Barry Barnes, Founder
All NFL Regional Combine pioneers play a role. And no matter their role…large or small…these players execute their duties well enough to make their teams competitive. Week Five of the NFL was no exception.
As expected, the Los Angeles Rams were in a slugfest with the Seattle Seahawks and the contest went down to the wire. With the final score of 16-10, the Rams’ defense was clearly on a mission with safety Cody Davis in the mix.
Towards the end of the first quarter with 3:21 remaining, the Seahawks looked to pull a trick out their hat. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson took the ball from center and threw a sling pass to wide receiver Tanner McEvoy to the left of the field. To create space and time, McEvoy dropped back and rolled to his right to throw deep across the field to J.D. McKissic.
Davis was never fooled, anticipating the pass, taking off towards McKissic and jumping high in front of the ball to make his first interception of the season. Davis went out of bounds and was quickly mobbed by his excited teammates.
Davis’ turnover helped to set the Rams up for their first and only touchdown of the divisional matchup. Throughout the showdown, Davis was meeting Seahawks with punishing blows as he finished the game with five tackles.
Davis is truly making himself a furious force in the Rams’ talented secondary.
Jacksonville Jaguars rookie running back Leonard Fournette had a huge day, and fullback Tommy Bohanon enjoyed his part in the mauling of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Bohanon led the way for Fourette’s first score as he rammed the pile for Fournette to dive over the top for a 2-yard touchdown with 12:23 remaining in the first half.
Bohanon sealed defenders several time for Fourette to break free, but none was greater than the one that helped spring him for 90-yards to the house.
On third-and-2 from the Jaguars 10-yard line, Fourette took the hand off and Bohanon tattooed Steelers cornerback Artie Burns at the edge of the left side for the rookie back from LSU to take off 90 yards to the endzone.
Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill had one tackle against the Arizona Cardinals, but was in on a key play late in the fourth quarter.
On first-and-10 from the Eagles’ 29-yard line, Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer threw a short pass to wide receiver J. Nelson on the left side of the field. Nelson then sprinted up the sideline. Grugier-Hill tracked Nelson down, and inside the 5-yard line, whipped his left arm out. This caused Nelson to lose control of the ball just as safety Rodney McLeod finished him off prior to hitting the pylon. Nelson lost the ball while falling out of bounds.
The call on the field was a touchdown, but after review of Grugier-Hill causing Nelson to lose control of the ball, the ruling was changed to a touchback.
It was a great hustle play by Grugier-Hill, just like all the RC players are accustomed to doing.
- Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen continues to demonstrate leadership. He had five catches for 34 yards and a carry for 11 yards.
- The Oakland Raiders wide receiver Seth Roberts finished with five catches for 34 yards.
- Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Jatavis Brown went to work with five tackles to help his team to earn their first win of the season.
- Cardinals running back Elijhaa Penny had a reception for six yards.
- Steelers cornerback Robert Golden had a tackle.