Aug 22, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Jets waiting until Wednesday to name QB for opener

New York Jets coach Robert Saleh said the team won’t name its Week 1 starting quarterback until Wednesday.

After Zach Wilson went through a workout Monday morning, Saleh said the Jets will see how his surgically-repaired right knee responds.

If Wilson can’t go, backup Joe Flacco will be under center Sunday against his former team when the Jets host the Baltimore Ravens.

Wilson, 23, had arthroscopic surgery on Aug. 16 after sustaining a meniscus tear and a bone bruise on a non-contact injury in the Aug. 12 preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Wilson, the No. 2 pick in the 2021 draft, missed time last season with a torn PCL in the same knee. He was 3-10 as a starter with nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Flacco, 37, won 96 regular season games and a Super Bowl championship over 11 seasons with the Ravens (2008-18). He passed for 338 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in two games last season with the Jets.

–Field Level Media

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and quarterback Cade McNamara celebrate a touchdown against Iowa during the first half of the Big Ten championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021.

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Jim Harbaugh on Michigan’s two-QB system: ‘It’s really biblical’

Jim Harbaugh is doing things by the book at Michigan.

In granting the Wolverines’ top two quarterbacks each a start to begin the regular season, Harbaugh delayed naming a No. 1 quarterback after considering biblical guidance.

Cade McNamara will start for No. 8 Michigan against Colorado State on Saturday. Sophomore J.J. McCarthy gets the nod Sept. 10 against Hawaii.

Harbaugh said both quarterbacks will play in each game.

“No person, that’s biblical, no person knows what the future holds,” Harbaugh said Monday. “It’s a process and it’s going to be based on performance, but we’re not going to withhold any good thing. Both have been tremendous quarterbacks. We think that both are capable of leading our team to a championship.”

McNamara was the starter for the Wolverines in 2021 on the way to Michigan’s outright conference championship and a spot in the College Football Playoff. Harbaugh said McNamara was “arguably one of the most improved players on the team” following a season in which he amassed 2,576 passing yards, 15 touchdowns and six interceptions.

McCarthy was a top-25 overall recruit but an injured throwing shoulder limited his availability this spring. He came off the bench to play in 11 games in 2021.

The quarterbacks made a decision difficult on the Wolverines’ coaching staff, Harbaugh said, adding he believes both are ready to lead the team to a championship if their number is called.

“Some people have asked, ‘How did you come to that decision? Was it based on some kind of NFL model?’” Harbaugh said. “No, it’s really based biblical. Solomon, he was known to be a pretty wise person.”

–Field Level Media

New York Jets defensive end Micheal Clemons (72) sacks New York Giants quarterback Tyrod Taylor (2) in the first half of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, August 28, 2022. Taylor was slow to get up and left the field soon after.

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Giants QB Tyrod Taylor leaves game vs. Jets with back injury

New York Giants quarterback Tyrod Taylor sustained a back injury and left the team’s preseason finale against the New York Jets.

The Giants later ruled Taylor out for the remainder of the game.

Taylor was hit as he threw a complete pass to tight end Daniel Bellinger during the first quarter. After struggling to get up, he eventually jogged off under his own power, but he rode a cart to the locker room after being evaluated under the medical tent.

Taylor is the second-string quarterback on New York’s depth chart behind Daniel Jones. He started the preseason finale and completed 2 of 4 passes for 29 yards with one interception before exiting.

The journeyman joined the Giants, his sixth NFL team, on a two-year, $11 million deal this offseason. A Pro Bowler for the Buffalo Bills in 2015, Taylor has thrown for 10,736 yards, 59 touchdowns and 25 picks in 78 career games (53 starts) since 2011.

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Nov 27, 2021; Stanford, California, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Tyler Buchner (12) rushes for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame names Tyler Buchner its starting QB

Sophomore Tyler Buchner will start the season at quarterback for Notre Dame.

Coach Marcus Freeman made the announcement on Saturday.

“It was time to give the offense clarity on who is the starting quarterback,” Freeman told reporters, adding Buchner’s running ability was a benefit.

A San Diego native, Buchner had been in competition with junior Drew Pyne. Both backed up Jack Coan last season.

In 2021, Buchner appeared in 10 games and completed 21 of 35 passes for 298 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions. He also ran for 336 yards and three touchdowns.

“He’s continuing to grow,” Freeman said. “He is an alpha male in that room. A confident guy and knows the answer.”

Buchner will be tested immediately. The Irish open the season Sept. 3 at Ohio State.

–Field Level Media

Jul 28, 2021; Englewood, CO, United States; Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (3) talks with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) during training camp at UCHealth Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos GM, coach unified in mission to address QB spot

Denver general manager George Paton and new head coach Nathaniel Hackett are singing the same tune regarding the No. 1 goal for the Broncos this offseason — get a quarterback. Preferably a franchise cornerstone.

They have 11 picks in the upcoming draft to play with. They have the qualities they’re looking for. Now all they need is the right guy.

“We work through it. We just want the best guy,” Paton said Tuesday from the scouting combine in Indianapolis. “We don’t care if it’s free agency; we don’t care if it’s the draft; we don’t care if it’s a trade. We’re going to exhaust all options to try to get the best guy for the Broncos.”

Hackett mentioned looking for a QB with that “it” factor, and 2019 second-round pick Drew Lock doesn’t appear to be it. Lock is 8-13 as the starter and lost the starting competition to Teddy Bridgewater in 2021. Bridgewater is a free agent.

The Broncos have been linked to Aaron Rodgers, but the Green Bay Packers will have the final say about trading away their future Hall of Famer.

“You want a quarterback that when he’s out there, he’s going to make other people better around him,” Hackett said. “In the end it’s about that intelligence. It’s to be able to get out there and process quickly because it’s the hardest position in all of sports, in my opinion. It’s unbelievable.”

His boss agrees.

“I think it’s always a priority. It’s the most important position in sports, so we’re always looking,” Paton said, acknowledging Lock and Brett Rypien. “No stone unturned to find that guy. We know we need better play out of the quarterback position. So we’re going to be aggressive.”

The 2022 quarterback draft class is considered weak. The Broncos, who have the No. 9 overall pick, reportedly had formal interviews Monday night with Kenny Pickett, Matt Corral and Malik Willis, among others.

“I went to all of their live games, and you get to know them a little bit there. Then the ones who showed up at the Senior Bowl, that’s another look there. This is just another step in the process,” Paton said. “This class is an interesting class. You have five or six talented guys, and they’re all different. So we just really need to hone down and sort it out and stack them, and see who’s best for the Denver Broncos if we go that direction in the draft.”

–Field Level Media

Jun 8, 2021; Thousand Oaks, CA, USA;  Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay smiles during mini camp held at the practice facility at Cal State Lutheran. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Rams coach Sean McVay ‘in a better mood’ since Matthew Stafford trade

Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay gladly acknowledges that the team’s acquisition of quarterback Matthew Stafford in exchange for Jared Goff is keeping him in high spirits.

“I think I’ve been very happy,” McVay said when asked Thursday about the March swap. “Everybody says, ‘Man, you just seem like you’re in a better mood this offseason,’ and I said, ‘Damn right I am.’”

The Rams made it to Super Bowl LIII after the 2018 season behind Goff, a two-time Pro Bowler and the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft. However, Goff’s play declined since then, and reports after the 2020 season indicated that the McVay-Goff relationship had splintered.

Earlier this year, the Rams decided to replace him with Stafford, who had mutually agreed with the Detroit Lions to part ways.

McVay talked up Stafford at a news conference Thursday arranged by the committee running next year’s Super Bowl in Inglewood, Calif.

“This guy, he’s a special guy,” McVay, 35, said about Stafford, 33. “I think one of the best ways that I can describe him when you hear people that have been around him, there’s a known confidence where when he walks into a room, you feel his presence, but he’s got a great humility about himself. Everybody loves being around him, and he’s one of those guys that’s a true igniter. He makes everybody around him better.”

Los Angeles sent Goff, two first-round picks and a third-rounder to Detroit to land what it saw as a quarterback upgrade. At the time, Goff seemed a bit blindsided.

“I’m just excited to be somewhere that I know wants me and appreciates me,” Goff told NFL Network after the trade.

Stafford will seek a fresh start in Los Angeles after spending the first 12 seasons of his career with the Lions. For his career, Stafford has thrown for 45,109 yards and 282 touchdowns versus 144 interceptions — almost a 2:1 TD-to-INT ratio. However, Detroit only managed to make the playoffs just three times and post double-digit wins twice during the Stafford era.

–Field Level Media

Aug 25, 2020; Englewood, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Kendall Hinton (2) during training camp at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos activate rookie Hinton to play QB

The Broncos elevated rookie Kendall Hinton from the practice squad on Sunday morning, allowing the quarterback turned wide receiver to play QB for Denver against the New Orleans Saints.

With four quarterbacks, including starter Drew Lock, on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the Broncos will start Hinton, multiple media outlets reported.

Hinton completed 133 of 253 passes for 1,504 yards with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions over 22 games at Wake Forest before moving to wide receiver for his senior season in 2019.

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He wasn’t their first choice, apparently. ESPN reported Sunday that NFL denied the Broncos’ request to put offensive quality control coach Rob Calabrese on the active roster to play quarterback. The Broncos argued Calabrese had the greatest knowledge of the offense.

Calabrese last played quarterback at UCF in 2012.

The network also reported the NFL rejected Denver’s plea to move the game to later in the week to allow time for at least one of the QBs to come off the reserve/COVID-19 list. Being placed on the list means a player either has tested positive for the virus or was in close contact with someone who had.

Quarterback Jeff Driskel, who reportedly tested positive before being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday, was in the presence of Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles when they weren’t wearing masks as required, ESPN said.

The Broncos could be penalized with a fine, loss of a draft pick or both for failing to comply with the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols.

Denver (4-6) is scheduled to host the Saints (8-2) at 4:05 p.m. ET.

–Field Level Media

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NFL Week 11 Stat Recap Table: QB, RB and WR

Big Ben leads a comeback over the Jaguars. The Saints continue to roll. Monday night featured an action-packed offensive showing between the Rams and the Chiefs

  • Patrick Mahomes and Jared Goff combine for 64 completions, 893 yards, and 10 touchdowns.
  • 4 quarterbacks threw 3 interceptions
  • Tyreek Hill made 10 receptions for 215 yards and 2 touchdowns
  • 6 Players with 100+ rushing yards
  • Saquon Barkley, Mark Ingram II, Adrian Peterson, and Phillip Lindsay all rush for 2 touchdowns

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NFL Week 10 Stat Recap Table: QB, RB and WR

NFL Week 10 Stat Recap Table: QB, RB and WR

Aaron Jones revitalizes the Packers’ running game. The Titans stun the Patriots in Tennessee. Ben Roethlisberger has a career day.

Notable Performances

  • Ben Roethlisberger tossed for 328 yards and 5 touchdowns
  • 6 quarterbacks threw 2 interceptions
  • Zach Ertz, Tyreek Hill, Allen Robinson all had 100+ yards and 2 touchdowns
  • 8 Players with 100+ rushing yards
  • Aaron Jones, LeSean McCoy, Derrick Henry, Alvin Kamara all rush for 2 touchdowns

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NFL Week 9 Stat Recap Table: QB, RB and WR

Six straight wins for the Houston Texans. New Orleans ruins the the Rams perfect season. Tom Brady and the Patriots prove to be too much for Aaron Rodgers.

Notable Performances

  • Jared Goff, Patrick Mahomes, Matt Ryan and Drew Brees all tossed for 300+ yards and 3+ touchdowns
  • Michael Thomas made 12 receptions for 211 yards and 1 touchdown
  • Travis Kelce, Adam Humphries, and OJ Howard all caught for 2 touchdowns
  • Melvin Gordon and James Conner both rush for 100+ yards
  • 5 Players with 2 rushing touchdowns

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