Donald earned first-team All-Pro honors for the third time and Pro Bowl honors for the fourth time in his four NFL seasons. But for the first time, he might be named Defensive Player of the Year.
Re-signing Donald is going to be a top priority, but the Rams already picked up his fifth-year option so he’s not going anywhere for now. And that leaves much more havoc to be wreaked in Los Angeles.
As John Fox said this week, Mike Glennon is still the starter. But know this: The Bears wouldn’t be skittish about playing Trubisky like they may have been a month or two ago, and the staff will come up with a plan to continue his development in-season, likely by figuring creative ways to get him reps with the starters, in addition to his scout-team work, during game weeks. Clearly, the dynamic here has changed a little bit and that’s a credit to the work the rookie has done.
Players who stumble or fall when trying to stand will require a concussion evaluation in the locker room.
Newton stopped on his way to the sideline, and took a seat while it appeared that trainers were looking at his eye.
And even after that win over the Niners (Newton was up and down in that one), Carolina had to be careful with him. One week he threw on Wednesday and Friday and was off Thursday. Another, he was off Wednesday and threw Thursday and Friday. Another still he was off Wednesday and throwing light on Thursday.
“It’s like with a baseball pitcher,” Rivera said. “The thing everybody forgets with a pitcher, what happens when they have these problemsWell, you send them down, they go down to the minors for two, three weeks, you get them built back up, and then you bring them back to the majors. We don’t have that luxury, and we didn’t have the true training camp [with Newton] that we would’ve liked to.”
“Everyone is trying to figure out what is the best way to deliver the product, especially to a millenial age demographic,” he says. “If TV everywhere is the name of the game, the NFL needs to get to that place, where you have that sort of ability for a RedZone type channel, to take it with you wherever. You might see that change with the next TV deals.”