‘Noles in the NFL: Week Eight

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As if Florida State being handed their worst home loss in program history by the hands of the Clemson Tigers wasn’t enough to sour your weekend, then NFL in some aspects should add some fuel to that fire.

Headlines were made across the league as big moves included the Browns firing HC Hue Jackson and OC Todd Haley, Adam Vinatieri once again making history, and Jameis once again being Jameis.

Just as if things could not get worse after a 49 point blowout for ‘Nole fans over the weekend, the so-called modern day “poster-boy” for FSU football made national headlines and not for good reasoning. Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston has certainly lived up to the nickname “Famous Jameis” over the years, and this weekend was far from being unwarranted.

I found it a little fitting that the weekend prior to Halloween we saw a little more of “Ryan Fitzmagic”, but that wasn’t before we saw Jameis distancing himself from that franchise QB we once thought the first overall pick once was. The former Heisman winner was 18/35 for 276 yards with four interceptions, with his last being a pick-six to rookie-safety Jessie Bates

The interception which was his 10th in only four games, and led the journeyman Fitzpatrick to almost leading a miraculous 4th quarter comeback after a 34-16 deficit with 15 minutes to play. Following the horrendous play by Winston, the former Harvard graduate is scheduled to start Sunday as the Bucs travel north to take on the Carolina Panthers in week nine.

On a more positive note for Seminole fans, one former-Seminole from the Jimbo regimen didn’t have any quit in him. After a rough start to an even daunting task of covering Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, DB PJ Williams would eventually rebound himself for the Saint’s DC Dennis Allen. Williams with the help of LB Alex Anzalone caused a forced fumble deep in New Orleans territory that was returned to the 32-yard line to set up a go-ahead touchdown right before half. Williams would later add to the Saint’s seven-point lead with a great interception jumping a Stefon Diggs route and returning it for an uncontested 44-yard pick-six that would come to later solidify NOLA’s 6th win and the lead in the NFC South.

Across the league, some former Seminoles would continue prosper and some had certainly seen better days. Jaguars LB Telvin Smith is quietly having a season to remember as he once again led the team in tackles with eight (six solo) tackles and a relentless hit on Eagle’s QB Carson Wentz; who prior threw an interception to you know who, Jalen Ramsey deep in Jacksonville’s red-zone. Smith would later leave the game with an apparent shoulder injury but soon returned.

Philadelphia LB Nigel Bradham had himself a day as he recorded seven tackles on the day, and like Telvin Smith, landed a “vicious” hit on Blake Bortles that would ultimately cost Philly 15 yards for what contemporary refs call “unnecessary roughness”.

To get some more of that sour taste out of your mouth, the former DE Josh Sweat finally received some playing time that yielding one solo tackle, and is looking to play a larger role in Jim Schwartz defense. Even Derek Nnadi of the Kansas City Chiefs is starting to see some success while transitioning to the league. Nnadi recorded two tackles (one solo) in the chiefs 30-23 win over Denver. LB Terrance Smith has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2018 campaign after suffering a torn ACL last week and is hopeful to return in time for the 2019-’20 season.

Last but not least, kicker Graham Gano is solidifying why is he one of the league’s most reliable kickers week in and week out. Gano was a perfect 3/3 in both PAT’s as well as field goals while nailing a 54 yarder to supplement his league-leading 27th consecutive field goal in Carolina’s 15 point victory over the Baltimore Ravens.


Bengals WR Auden Tate (Practice Squad) *Position change may be imminent*

Bengals WR Kermit Whitfield (Practice Squad)

Broncos S Trey Marshall (Practice Squad)

Texans OT Roderick Johnson (Practice Squad)

Vikings DB Xavier Rhodes (Ankle Sprain)

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (Hamstring)

Patriots TE Ryan Izzo (Injury Reserve)

Saints DB Patrick Robinson (Injury Reserve)

Saints OT Rick Leonard (Practice Squad)

Eagles DT Timmy Jernigan (Injury Reserve)

49ers LB Dekoda Watson (Practice Squad)

Buccaneers DB Javien Elliott (Practice Squad)

Buccaneers WR Bobo Wilson (Practice Squad)

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