Jeff Janis won’t be able to play without a club cast protecting his broken right hand until after the bye week, so scratch him off your list of options to help jumpstart the Green Bay Packers’ lethargic offense.
But coach Mike McCarthy has plenty of others at his disposal. General manager Ted Thompson gave him seven receivers on the 53-man roster to start the season. Through two weeks, however, McCarthy has largely stuck with the same trio: Davante Adams, Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson.
“We feel like we have the answers, and we’ll have a plan in place so that we can be more efficient.”
Yes, this was a thoughtful act by thoughtful people. Jenkins, the Eagles’ union rep and organizer of the protest, ran his plans by friends in the military. He has been in contact with the police commissioner in Philadelphia, and he wants to continue finding ways through his foundation to aid kids in underserved communities.
But he didn’t believe that locking arms in a show of unity would help his cause. “It doesn’t address the actual issue,” he said. “Although it looks great because you’re all together, the honest truth is that some guys on the team actually don’t care about the issues, which is fine.”
So Jenkins wanted and needed a statement that left no room for interpretation. “I think you immediately understand what the issue is,” he said, “when you see a black man raise his fist.”
Of all the top cornerbacks Beckham has faced in his two-plus years in the league, Norman had some of the most success. He found the answer to Beckham’s playmaking speed and explosiveness by getting into Beckham’s head.
Can Norman do it again? It may be the Redskins’ only chance to slow Beckham down.
With so much going wrong for Seattle offensively, the challenge becomes figuring out what the team should and should not worry about heading into its Week 3 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.
1. Scheduling quirk: The Seahawks’ perpetual issues along the offensive line become most acute when the team faces opponents with especially difficult defensive fronts, which is one reason the Los Angeles Rams have won the past three meetings between the teams.
The 2016 schedule served up matchups against Ndamukong Suh (Week 1), Aaron Donald (Week 2) and Muhammad Wilkerson (Week 4) during the season’s first month. Suh injured Wilson’s ankle. Donald had his way with Seattle during the Rams’ 9-3 victory Sunday. Wilkerson and the New York Jets’ defensive front will create problems as well.