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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Football

FOX captures what may be the best camera angle in NFL history

The NFL is celebrating season No. 100 here in 2019, so it seems only fitting that revolutionary camera angles get their due after decades of evolution. And as fate would have it, FOX may have captured the single greatest view of a live game that we’ve ever seen.

During a Week 7 game between the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints, the FOX “skycam” was able to track a kickoff from the tee to endzone, where it zeroed in on Cordarrelle Patterson, who conveniently fielded the ball and took it back 102 yards to the house.

The person operating the skycam was able to stay on Patterson for the duration, while maneuvering the angles to such a perfect degree that it not only caught the speed and violence of the game, but the beauty in the chaos.

Check it out:

The entire 23-second clip from the skycam came together like a perfect storm. The camera operator was flawlessly timed with the kickoff, the viewers got downfield fast enough to see the entire play unfold, Patterson made the decision to bring the ball out (a rarity in the NFL these days), his cut to the right opened the view up even more and to cap it all off, the camera circled around to catch the culmination of the play.

We’ll probably see something like this again in the future, but for now, it’s a first — and something that got just about everyone excited.

“This deserves an Oscar,” another Twitter user wrote.

It does. It does deserve an Oscar. The beauty of this capture can not be overstated.

Patriots’ Kyle Van Noy amused over Sam Darnold ‘seeing ghosts’

Sam Darnold

Did New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold really say that?

Even New England Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy couldn’t believe it, but Darnold, while mic’d up during a 33-0 loss to the Patriots on Monday, admitted to “seeing ghosts” out on the field.

The comment resulted in endless mocking of Darnold on social media, and perhaps rightfully so. It also resulted in the shock of many professional players around the league who had never heard a quarterback utter such words.

Being haunted does seem fitting with Halloween just around the corner, especially since “The Boogeymen” on defense for the Patriots are genuinely beginning to scare just about everyone. Through the first seven weeks of the season, they are comparable to some of the greatest NFL defenses ever assembled.

Still… Telling your teammates and coaches you’re seeing ghosts? That’s a low point for Darnold in his young career and something that undoubtedly has Jets fans cringing.

Leighton Vander Esch says he is ‘good’ despite neck injury

Leighton Vander Esch

Leighton Vander Esch left Sunday night’s Dallas Cowboys-Philadelphia Eagles game with a neck injury but says he is “good.”

Vander Esch got hurt in the second quarter of the game while tackling Dallas Goedert. He went into the medical tent and then into the locker room. He was later ruled out for the game.

The Cowboys linebacker told NFL Network’s Jane Slater after the game that he was “good” and said he would have kept playing if it were up to him.

The Cowboys will have a bye in Week 8, which will give Vander Esch an extra week to recover before the team’s next game. They will visit the Giants on Monday night in Week 9.

Vander Esch had three tackles in the game prior to exiting.

Lions place Kerryon Johnson on IR, promote Paul Perkins

Kerryon Johnson

The Detroit Lions will be without running back Kerryon Johnson for the remainder of the season after he was placed on injured reserve following knee surgery earlier this week.

With their leading rusher now mending his wounds, the Lions will begin to search for a replacement. In the mean time, they have to fill out their roster ahead of a Week 8 battle with the New York Giants, and will do so by promoting an ex-Giant from their practice squad.

The Lions announced on Wednesday that running back Paul Perkins, who was signed after being waived by the Giants in mid-September, has been signed to their 53-man roster.

Perkins joins a backfield that currently includes Ty Johnson, J.D. McKissic and Tra Carson.

In 26 career games (5 starts), Perkins has gained 546 yards on 153 carries (3.6 ypc), adding 23 receptions for an additional 208 yards. His best season came in 2016 after taking over as the Giants’ starting back, averaging 4.1 yards per carry while gaining 618 yards from scrimmage.

Gareon Conley traded by Raiders to Texans for 3rd-round pick

Gareon Conley

The Oakland Raiders on Monday traded cornerback Gareon Conley to the Houston Texans for a third-round draft pick.

Conley was a first-round pick (No. 24 overall) by the team in 2017 out of Ohio State. He played in just two games as a rookie but 15 last season. He had 37 tackles and three interceptions, including one for a touchdown last season.

This year, Conley has 23 tackles, an interception and two passes defended.

The Texans needed a cornerback with Bradley Roby out due to injury and Johnathan Joseph just returning from injury and not playing great. They also cut cornerback Aaron Colvin after his costly mistake against the Saints in Week 1, making them thin at the position.

Nelson Agholor explains his terrible effort on long bomb

Nelson Agholor

Wide receiver Nelson Agholor was the target of ire from Philadelphia Eagles fans after he essentially seemed to give up on a long pass from Carson Wentz on Sunday night.

Agholor could have laid out for the pass from Wentz, which looked like a catchable ball if he did, but instead gave a pathetic-looking effort. He defended himself on Tuesday, stating that the play looked bad because he failed to pick the ball up until late.

Maybe he was. It still looks pretty bad, especially when Wentz made a pretty good throw on the effort. No, this isn’t why the Eagles lost, but it’s not a good look. It’s also not going to do much to endear Agholor to some fans who already dislike him.

Ezekiel Elliott doesn’t give a f— what Doug Pederson says

Ezekiel Elliott

Did Doug Pederson’s “guarantee” during the week leading up to Sunday night’s Dallas Cowboys-Philadelphia Eagles clash motivate the Cowboys? The final score might point to yes, but the Cowboys seem to suggest otherwise.

On the Monday six days ahead of the Sunday night clash, Pederson said his Eagles were going to go to Dallas and win. That didn’t come close to happening as the Cowboys smashed the Eagles 37-10.

After the game, Ezekiel Elliott was asked whether Peterson’s comment provided motivation. He said they “don’t give a f— what Doug Pederson says.”

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Cowboys fans have to love that comment. It shows such disdain for the Eagles and so little thought of them and indicates the Cowboys are only worried about themselves. Truthfully, that’s how it should be.

Dallas entered the game on a three-game losing streak. But this game showed that when the team’s offensive players are all healthy, they are among the best squads in the league.