New York Giants: Kenny Golladay explains week 2’s sideline argument

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One of the most talked about moments during the New York Giants‘ week 2 loss to Washington didn’t happen on the field. Rather, wide receiver Kenny Golladay would put attention on himself while on the sideline when he appeared to have an emotional outburst at either Daniel Jones or Jason Garrett. Jones would quickly stand up for Golladay in his comments after the game, but many still wondered about the situation and whether Jones was simply saying what was good for public appearances.

However, Golladay himself also claims that the burst of emotion on the sideline wasn’t directed at his quarterback. When asked about it on Monday, he said that it was aimed towards Jason Garrett and also denied the incident was over a lack of passes headed his way in big moments.

What did Golladay have to say on the matter?

“No, not so much that,” Golladay said when asked if his message was to get him the ball more. “Pretty much just me talking to JG a little bit and that’s two competitive guys right there. Moreso, just me wanting to do anything I can. Not so much, ‘Give me the ball more,’ though.”

“No, it’s not dealing with that,” the receiver further elaborated when asked if it was about mainly being thrown the ball on early downs.

Golladay was targeted 8 times but only had 3 receptions in the loss. His 38 yard performance was a step down from week 1 and served to fuel calls for the Giants to use their top weapons better.

While the sideline outburst brought some initial concern from the fanbase, many will be willing to look past it after learning it was directed towards Jason Garrett – Garrett, after all, has proven to be one of the least popular figures around the Giants this season.

With the way the season has started for the Giants’ new additions at receivers, it’s not that surprising that some frustration managed to come out towards the offensive coordinator. One can only hope that the offense continues to build on its improvements from the Washington game and that there’s no need for moments like this later in the season.

New York Yankees Recap: Luis Severino returns, Yankees win 7-1 with three homers

New York Yankees, Luis Severino

The New York Yankees won the first game last night against the Texas Rangers in a close 4-3 victory. Tonight they were looking to win a second game and create a streak that would regain a wild-card berth in the AL East. Jordan Montgomery was on the mound for the Yankees and Dane Dunning for the Rangers. Montgomery got the job done, helped by three home runs. New York Yankees 7 Texas Rangers 1, as the Yankee took the series.

Leody Taveras led off for the Rangers at Yankee Stadium facing Montgomery to start off the game, and he went down on strikes. Isiah Kiner-Falefa went down looking. Andy Ibanez hit the first pitch to no man’s land in center for a single. Adolis Garcia ground out to short to end the half.

At the bottom, DJ LeMahieu led off for the Yankees and grounded out to third. Anthony Rizzo advanced on a hit by pitch. Aaron Judge doubled to the center-field wall, and Rizzo made it to third. With two on and one out, Giancarlo Stanton ground out to short with Rizzo scoring, Judge held up at second. Joey Gallo went down on strikes, but the Yankees put a run on the board. New York Yankees 1 Rangers 0.

The second inning was led off by Nick Solak, who punched one out to right for a single. Willie Calhoun ground out into a double play. Charlie Culberson ground out to second to end the scoreless half. Gleyber Torres led off the bottom of the inning and walked. Gary Sanchez lined out to short. Gardner doubled, moving Torres to third. Gio Urshela, with two on and one out, couldn’t hold up and struck out. LeMahieu ground out to short to end the inning. Yankees 1 Rangers 0.

Jose Trevino led off against Montgomery and flew out to Gardner in shallow center. Yonny Hernandez stuck out. Kiner-Falefa closed out the inning by grounding out. At the bottom of the inning, Giancarlo Stanton hit his 31st home of the season. It was a line drive to left field that left the bat at 118.5 mph and landed 415′ into the left-field stands. New York Yankees 2 and the Texas Rangers 0.

In the top of the fourth, Andy Ibanez singled off a fly ball to right with Kiner-Falafa going to third base. Adolis striking out. Ibanez went to second on a wild pitch from Jordan Montgomery; Nick Solak ended up driving in the Ranger’s only run of the game. The Yankees were scoreless in the bottom. Yankees 2 Rangers 1.

The Texas Rangers were quiet in the top of the fifth inning. In the bottom, with Gio Urshela on second and DJ LeMahieu on first, Anthony Rizzo singled, driving Urshela as the Yankee tacked on another run. LeMahieu moved to second base but was stranded there. Yankees 3 and the Rangers 1.

The top of the sixth saw Montgomery throw his 93rd pitch of the game and the end of his night for the Yankees. He ended his outing only giving up 4 hits, and one earned run. At the bottom of the inning, Joey Gallo hit his 38th homer of the season to give the Yankees the 3 run lead in the game. New York Yankees 4 Texas Rangers 1.

The sixth inning was scoreless for both teams. With Michael King on the mound in the seventh inning, he continued his hitless outing, pitching a clean seventh. The Yankees blew the game open when Aaron Judge hit his 36th homer of the season, a long fly ball into the center-field stands. It was a two-run shot scoring both DJ LeMahieu and Anthony Rizzo. The New York Yankees 7 Texas 1.

The highlight of the night, home runs aside, was Luis Severino’s joyous return in the eighth inning after not pitching for over 700 games. Severino finally returned from his Tommy John surgery and setbacks to pitch in a major league game. He saved the Yankee bullpen by pitching the final two innings of the game. He allowed two hits, no walks while striking out two. He looked great in his 2021 debut outing.

The final score was the New York Yankees 7 and the Texas Rangers 1. The winning pitcher was Jordan Montgomery, and the loser was Dane Dunning that only lasted 2.2 innings. Unfortunately, the Yankees did not advance in the wild-card standings as both the Toronto team and the Red Sox also won their games.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Rich Paul’s alleged misrepresentation led Nerlens Noel to Knicks

Nerlens Noel proved to be a valuable piece to the New York Knicks last season, especially after starting center Mitchell Robinson went down with two significant injuries.

The Knicks went 25-16 when Noel took over the starting spot over the injured Robinson. Noel’s career-best 2.2 blocks per game anchored the team’s defense which boasted the league’s best rim protection (60.5 percent in opponent’s rim field goals) that helped them made the playoffs for the first time in eight years. He added 5.1 points and 6.4 rebounds in 24.2 minutes, his most playing time since his sophomore year.

Noel’s efforts got rewarded with the biggest contract yet of his career – a partially guaranteed three-year, $32 million deal to remain with the Knicks. But that contract pales in comparison to what Noel could have earned back in 2017 free agency.

Noel, then a restricted free agent, turned down a $70 million, four-year extension offer from the Dallas Mavericks after super-agent Rich Paul allegedly told him that he was “a $100 million man” during Ben Simmon’s birthday party in 2017. He claimed that Paul induced him to sign the one-year, $4.1 million qualifying offer instead and seek the max contract in 2018 free agency.

Noel’s 2017 fumble remains one of the league’s cautionary tales, and it is the bone of contention in a messy legal battle between the Knicks center and Paul.

The decision to reject the Mavericks’ $70 million offer “placed Noel at serious professional and financial risk,” claimed the 2017 cease and desist letter issued by the legal counsel of Happy Walters, Noel’s previous agent, to Paul and Klutch Sports.

The letter claimed that it was contrary to Walters’ advice alleging that Paul’s motivation was the desire to collect lucrative commissions from a future deal.

It was one of the salacious details of the amended lawsuit Noel filed against his former agent. The move was in response to Paul filing a grievance to the National Basketball Players Association claiming that Noel failed to pay him $200,000 in commission from his previous one-year, $5 million deal with the Knicks in 2019. 

Noel said in the lawsuit that Paul virtually played no role; hence he is not entitled to his commission. Noel claimed that on the second night of the 2020 free agency, Leon Rose, the Knicks president, called Steven Dorn, Noel’s friend, and adviser. Rose asked Dorn who was Noel’s agent as the Knicks were interested in signing him. Dorn directed Rose to Paul and eventually agreed on the one-year deal that proved to be a smart move that led to his current multi-year contract.

Noel is seeking financial damages after losing $58 million in total salaries between 2017 and 2020, allegedly due to Paul’s lousy advice and gross negligence as his agent. In the lawsuit, Noel claimed that Paul and Klutch Sports have a history of mismanaging and ignoring smaller clients and are only focused on their marquee names citing Norris Cole and Shabazz Muhammad as examples.

Cole had an $8.4 million career earnings in six seasons, while Muhammad collected around $10.5 million in five seasons in the league.

Noel claimed that Paul started to sour on him when he suffered a thumb injury that limited him to a career-low 4.4 points in 30 games during his second season with the Mavericks.

Noel said he entered the free agency with Klutch Sports failing to provide any plan or strategy. He was left with no choice but to sign a two-year minimum deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The former lottery pick claimed that Paul allegedly ignored calls from other teams such as the Philadelphia 76ers (which he learned from his former coach Brett Brown) in 2019 and the Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets in 2020.

In 2019 free agency, the 76ers traded for Al Horford and gave him a partially guaranteed four-year, $109 million deal. They also signed veteran center Kyle O’Quinn to a one-year minimum deal.

Noel signed another minimum deal with the Thunder.

In 2020 free agency, the Clippers signed Serge Ibaka to a two-year, $19 million deal while the Rockets added DeMarcus Cousins for the $2.6 million veteran minimum deal.

The Knicks snagged Noel for a $5 million deal which proved to be a bargain for what he provided last season.

If Noel had stayed with Walters, he would have accepted the Mavericks’ $70 million offer in 2017 and formed an interesting frontcourt tandem with former Knick Kristaps Porzingis. But Paul’s alleged poaching and misrepresentation somehow steered him towards the Knicks. And Noel’s misfortunes finally ended in New York.

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New York Giants need more from their pass-rushers

New York Giants, Lorenzo Carter

The New York Giants are struggling through the first two weeks of the 2021 NFL season. The Giants are sitting low with an 0-2 record that places them at the bottom of their division. In 2020, the Giants’ defense was a top-ten unit. But this season, the team’s defense looks like a shell of its past self as opposing teams have picked the unit apart. One of the biggest issues for the Giants defensively is their pass rush.

The Giants need more from their pass-rushers

The New York Giants accumulated 40 total sacks in the 2020 regular season (T-12). The Giants accomplished this with a group of pass-rushers that lacked a big-name star entering the season. Interior defensive lineman Leonard Williams stepped up and earned a big contract with a career-high 11.5 sacks in 2020, but in 2021, Williams has not been able to record a sack yet through two games.

The Giants’ biggest pass-rushing problem, though, is on the edge. Edge rushers Lorenzo Carter, Oshane Ximines, and Azeez Ojulari are not doing enough to help their team succeed.

Lorenzo Carter, the team’s primary pass-rusher, has yet to record a sack. Oshane Ximines, another veteran edge rusher, has also not recorded a sack through two games. Azeez Ojulari has managed to record 2 sacks, putting his rookie season off to a strong statistical start. Unfortunately, his struggles in run defense seem to be overshadowing his two sacks (one of which was a coverage sack, the other a cleanup).

Last year, Patrick Graham received great amounts of praise for his complex defensive scheme that disguised zone coverages and generated pressure with creative blitz packages. So far this year, the scheme looks completely changed. The new scheme does not seem to be working, either.

The Giants are allowing 413.5 yards per game through two weeks. They have faced Teddy Bridgewater and Taylor Heinicke. It’s not like the Giants are getting thrashed by elite, top-ten quarterbacks. But what do you expect when the opposing team’s passer has all day to throw? If the New York Giants want to turn things around on defense, they need to start generating some pressure on the quarterback.

New York Rangers announce training camp roster & schedule

The New York Rangers will kick off training camp tomorrow as the club announced their training camp roster and schedule today.

The New York Rangers will open training camp on Wednesday where head coach Gerard Gallant will hold his first press conference of the year.

Gerard Gallant is the 36th head coach in Rangers history. He has coached 541 career NHL games as a head coach over parts of nine seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers, and Vegas Golden Knights. Gallant has also guided his team to a playoff appearance in each of his last three full seasons as a head coach, and he has an 18-15 record in 33 career playoff contests as an NHL head coach.

Training Camp Roster

The Rangers have invited 60 players to start Camp.

Some of the players who just participated in the team’s development camp last week will be here looking for a shot at a lineup spot come opening day.

Will Cuylle, Morgan Barron, Brennan Othmann, Lauri Pajuniemi, and Nils Lundkvist will join players like Artemi Panarin, Mika Zibanejad, Alexis Lafreniere, Jacob Trouba and Norris Trophy winner Adam Fox.

The battle for spots will be fierce with the promise by coach Gallant that young players will have an opportunity to make the team and play.

Training Camp Schedule (courtesy of NYRPR)

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 (MSG TRAINING CENTER)

Head Coach Gerard Gallant Press Conference…2:30 PM

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 (MSG TRAINING CENTER)

Team 1 & 2 Scrimmage…10:00-11:40 AM

Team 3 Goalies on Ice…1:00-1:30 PM

Team 3 Practice…1:30-3:15 PM

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 (MSG TRAINING CENTER)

Team 1 & 3 Scrimmage…10:00-11:30 AM

Team 2 Goalies on Ice…11:45 AM-12:15 PM

Team 2 Practice…12:15-1:45 PM

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 (MSG TRAINING CENTER)

Team 2 & 3 Scrimmage…10:00-11:30 AM

Team 1 Goalies on Ice…11:45 AM-12:15 PM

Team 1 Practice…12:15-1:45 PM

Pre-Season Schedule

Sun, Sept. 26 vs. NYI
Tue. Sept. 28 vs. BOS
Fri. Oct. 1 @ NJD
Sat. Oct. 2 @ Bos
Wed. Oct. 6 vs. NJD
Sat. Oct. 9 @ NYI (Bridgeport, CT)
Games will be televised on MSGN.

What’s next for Yoel Romero after his failed debut with Bellator?

This past Saturday, Yoel Romero (13-6) made his highly anticipated debut at Bellator 266. Standing across from him was the former light heavyweight champion, Phil Davis (23-6).

Romero is a guy that just seems to defy father time. At 44 years old, Romero still is in incredible physical condition and he’s one of the most dangerous fighters whether he’s fighting at 185 or 205.

At Bellator 266, he was fighting in the light heavyweight division. Over the last couple of years, we’ve seen an interesting strategy from Yoel Romero when he fights. He waits and often stands flat-footed throughout the opening parts of the fight.

Now, he does this in order to set up his attacks. Romero has always been a guy who can explode into attacks with incredible power. He attempted to do this a few times against Phil Davis at Bellator 266.

With Romero being a former Olympic Silver Medalist in wrestling, he was always allowed to explode with crazy attacks and he never worried about getting taken down. However, he was taken down on Saturday night.

In fact, Davis controlled him for the majority of the final round. Romero never really got any offense going at Bellator 266 and he lost a decision. One judge somehow gave Romero the fight, but it’s obvious that Romero lost this one.

What’s next after Bellator 266?

It was a frustrating debut to watch if you were a Yoel Romero fan. He just never really pulled the trigger in the way that he’s capable of pulling it which is what cost him the fight in my opinion.

Romero was confused after the fight because he thought the main event was five rounds. However, in Bellator unlike the UFC, non-title main events are only for three rounds. That said, I don’t see how Romero was winning that fight if it went another two rounds.

So, what does the promotion do with Romero now. Well, there are a couple of options. They can see if he’d be willing to go back to middleweight or they could wait until Rumble Johnson is ready to compete again.

Romero – Rumble is a fight that everyone wanted to see. They were originally paired up in the Bellator Grand Prix, however, Romero had an eye issue that kept him out. Rumble has had to pull out of the Grand Prix with an illness. 

All that being said, if Rumble can come back in early 2022, it should be against Yoel Romero.

Should the Yankees be in ‘panic mode’ as Wild Card becomes a race of the AL East?

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What a rollercoaster ride 2021 has been for the New York Yankees. One moment, the Yankees are tearing up the league by a storm with a 13-game win streak, the next, they lose 11 of 13 games that includes a dismal stretch of seven straight losses.

But this is nothing new for the Yankees. Earlier in the season, the Yankees produced a stellar 19 wins in 25 games played from April 27th to May 23rd. However, from May 25th to June 13th, the Yankees dropped 13 of their next 18 games, illustrating just how volatile they have been all season.

Fast forward to September 21st, and the Yankees have just a little under two weeks to go to solidify a Wild Card spot. That said, the ultimate question that remains is which Yankees team will show up for the remainder of the season?

Following the Yankees’ recent slide, the margin for error has become very small in the American League playoff race. And with a fluctuating starting rotation, an inconsistent bullpen, and a group of professional hitters who have fallen below expectations all too often this season, is it time to panic just yet?

Though the odds are certainly not in their favor, the answer to that question is no, or at least, not quite yet, and there are three key reasons why.

1. Momentum: A valuable component the Yankees have been able to gravitate from over the course of the season is their own momentum they generate offensively. Though it might be strange to think of it that way, considering they are 22nd in the league in batting average (.237) and hits (1,178), that all changes when they log together a stretch of wins and build up the locked-in energy they need to succeed.

Over the month of August alone (which included their 13-game win streak), the Yankees were sixth in hits (243), eighth in home runs (41), first in walks (111), tenth in average (.252), and fourth in OBP (.336). When this Yankees offense is on, they impose their authority with power and discipline, and in the process, become very difficult to slow down.

Even after coming off a brutal stretch of losses during the month of September, the Yankees have found a way once again to recreate the drive they need to get back on track. Placing sixth in hits (61), sixth in walks (25), 10th in average (.260), and first in home runs (16) over the last seven days, the Yankees are brewing up something special and expect them to channel this momentum as they make one last final push to clinch a Wild Card spot.

2. Health: Outside of a few key players that are still stuck on the 60-day injury list, the Yankees starting lineup, reserves, and pitching has been getting healthier and healthier by the day.

Despite losing Joey Gallo briefly due to neck tightness, Luis Severino was activated from the injury list last night, Domingo German could return as soon as this week, Jameson Taillon is set to begin his minor league rehab assignment tomorrow, and Jonathan Loaisiga could begin mound work as soon as this weekend.

This is a very reassuring sign for a Yankees team that could use every bit of talent they have to maximize this huge opportunity and put themselves into the position to secure a playoff berth.

With a handful of their key starters coming off the injury list within a matter of days, the Yankees return to full strength couldn’t have come at a better time.

3. Starting Rotation: Say what you want about this Yankees starting rotation, but this group of pitchers has provided a stabilizing presence from start to finish. Ranking eighth in the league in ERA (3.84), eighth in WHIP (1.20), fifth in opponents’ batting average (.231), and fourth in strikeouts (850), the Yankees core group of starters have shown just how reliable and consistent they can be.

Led by AL Cy Young candidate Gerrit Cole, who’s been flat out phenomenal this season, the supporting cast surrounding him has not only been quite successful themselves but has grown much stronger as well. Despite a bit of a shaky start in September, Jordan Montgomery kept his ERA below 3.00 over July and August, and Taillon has delivered a much better second-half performance since the All-Star break.

Corey Kluber certainly hasn’t been as present. But when healthy, has proven he can get the job done, putting his efficiency on full display in the 8-0 victory the Yankees had against Cleveland last week. Additionally, in the absence of German, who’s also dealt with his fair share of injuries, the Yankees have found a very special secret weapon in Nestor Cortes Jr., who’s currently posting a strong 2.79 ERA with 94 strikeouts in 84 innings pitched.

With Taillon aiming to make his return soon, the Yankees starters will look to take full advantage of its talented five-man rotation and spearhead this team to playoff success.

The New York Jets could come to regret not adding an experienced QB

The New York Jets’ backup quarterback conundrum was thrust back into the spotlight when Zach Wilson struggled in Sunday’s home opener.

Two games into the Zach Wilson era, the New York Jets are once again embroiled in a quarterback controversy.

Rest assured, this isn’t a call to usurp Wilson from the Jets’ passing throne, even if many Gang Green supporters potentially did so (even facetiously) after being granted entry to MetLife Stadium for a regular season game for the first time since December 2019 on Sunday. Sam Darnold’s strong early returns in Charlotte have done nothing to quell the storm surrounding Wilson, whose 56.1 passer rating ranks dead last amongst 33 qualified NFL passers.

A four-interception outing during the Jets’ 2021 home opener, a 25-6 defeat at the hands of the Patriots, caused the statistical sinking. The road gets no easier with a visit to the Rocky Mountains to battle the undefeated Denver Broncos and their third-ranked defense (251.5 yards allowed) per game looming this coming Sunday (4:05 p.m. ET, CBS).

Even the most naive and optimistic Jets fans had to know that Wilson’s rookie season was going to feature some growing pains. But it’d help if Wilson had some form of on-field assistance and guidance to work through them. Yes, the Jets prepared for Wilson’s arrival by replenishing their offensive cabinet (Corey Davis, Elijah Moore, Alijah Vera-Tucker, etc.)…but they need a veteran backup thrower.

As Wilson’s Sunday passer rating continued to numerically resemble the bullpen ERA of New York’s woebegone baseball squads, some began to ponder if leaving him in to clean up the mess his turnovers created was the right move. It was prudent to keep Wilson in the game as the score worsened, as it presented a rare chance for him to build confidence in a consequence-free situation. But Wilson probably could’ve used a veteran voice in his ear to help him work through his tumultuous first taste of NFL regular season action.

Even if the Jets wanted to remove Wilson from Sunday’s carnage, it’s hard to say their current contingency plan would’ve beautified the situation. Mike White appears to be stuck in some sort of gridiron limbo, a quarterback whose first professional passes (in the regular season, anyway) are more likely destined for the third iteration of the XFL than Sundays in the fall. Even if the Jets were to mount an unlikely playoff push, White isn’t exactly the best option in case of a Wilson medical emergency. The South Florida/Western Kentucky alum’s NFL experience has been exclusively limited to preseason work and even that (71.5 passer rating over three summers with New York and Dallas) hasn’t been inspiring.

One of the more unfortunate parts of the affair is that the Jets are actively employing a quarterback who has been there and done this before, a veteran with a multitude of professional experience under his belt. Alas, Josh Johnson has been stashed on the practice squad, his services open to any team in need of an emergency veteran option.

What’s even more puzzling about this situation is that the Jets know just how valuable a veteran backup quarterback can be. Head coach Robert Saleh has repeatedly declared his reluctance to add a veteran backup for tradition’s sake. But recent history should’ve pushed the Jets in that direction.

Darnold’s finest New York hours, for example, came in the shadow of another well-traveled veteran: Josh McCown. Brought in as an emergency starter in 2017, McCown took Darnold under his wing during the latter’s rookie season and put him on a path to success. Darnold credited a sterling stretch at the end of year one (99.1 passer rating, 6 touchdowns, 1 interception, a comeback win over Josh Allen’s Buffalo Bills over his final four freshman games) to observing and working with McCown.

“(I watched) the way he went about studying the plays that are in the game plan, it’s literally everything, walkthrough, practice, how he treated everything,” Darnold told reporters of McCown’s impact in December 2018. “I think it was just awesome to be able to learn (from) and watch him.”

A similar situation served as a subplot in the Jets’ most recent glory days: in helping the Jets reach the latter of consecutive AFC title game appearances, Mark Sanchez had the therapeutic services of Mark Brunell, the architect of Jacksonville’s conference championship game visits toward the turn of the century. Under Brunell’s watch, Sanchez posted the finest numbers of his career. In the five years after Brunell’s retirement, the rest of his career was anchored down by 31 touchdowns and 38 interceptions over 32 games in New York, Philadelphia, Dallas, and Washington. With Brunell behind him, he had 43 touchdowns and 31 interceptions over 32 starts, posting a 19-13 record as a starter in that span.

Sanchez would later fulfill a similar role with the Cowboys during the 2016 season, helping oversee Dak Prescott’s breakout freshman season in the absence of the injured Tony Romo.

Even in the fickle, hard-to-please world of NFL quarterbacking, Sanchez was happy to embrace the role of a mentor. The pair partook in a 13-win season for the Cowboys, matching their best victory tally in the new century.

“I don’t want to cloud (his) head, but from my experience, I can’t tell you what to do, but I can tell you what happened to me,” Sanchez said at the time, per Kate Hairopoulos of The Dallas Morning News. The former Jet went on to recall a humorous incident during Dallas’ October visit to Green Bay, in which he heard that a “crazed fan” attacked Prescott after leading a 97-yard, 33-second scoring drive just before the half. That lunatic turned out to be Sanchez, the afternoon’s backup and the first person to greet Prescott following the game-changing drive, which ended on a 20-yard scoring pass to Brice Butler.

Shortly before that possession, Dallas was reeling from a pair of Prescott fumbles (one lost, one forcing America’s Team to resign itself to a field goal) that allowed Green Bay to linger in a crucial NFC showdown. Cameras caught Prescott in constant contact with Sanchez after the miscues, which accounted for some of the first blemishes on his NFL ledger. Prescott had entered that anticipated matchup with just a single lost fumble to his name.

Not only did that drive of recovery permanently shift momentum into Dallas’ corner (taking a 17-6 lead into the halftime break en route to a 30-16 triumph) but it arguably sealed Prescott’s destiny as the Cowboys’ franchise quarterback.

“I jumped on him because I was so just happy for him, because you talk about coming back from adversity and he hadn’t really faced it yet,” Sanchez said in Hairopoulos’ report. “On the road, they’re trying to call timeouts to get the ball back and he takes it (97) yards. That was awesome.”

That’s quite an impact for a guy with 18 passes with a star on his helmet to leave on an organization.

Barring injury or an absolute meltdown…say, consecutive games with an imperfect 0.0 passer rating…it would be foolhardy to bench Wilson at any point this season. The Jets’ current situation enured that the playoffs were a long-shot right from the get-go. but this season still offers a bittersweet gift in the sense that he (and the rest of the fledgling Jets) gets 17 consequence-free opportunities to find himself and crack open the dangerous yet euphoric puzzle box that is passing success in the NFL.

Unless the Jets miraculously convince the Kansas City Chiefs to send Patrick Mahomes their way, no one wants to see anyone other than Wilson under center for the Jets this year. This is his time to work things out, to build confidence for the road ahead.

The Jets has spent the last five decades search for the long-sought successor to Joe Namath. Their failure to add a veteran, on-field quarterback in these vital hours of development only eliminates more clues and landmarks toward ending that hunt.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags 

Mets Game Preview (9/21/21) vs. Miami Marlins (86-65)

After receiving a day off, the New York Mets head up to Fenway Park to begin a three-game series with the Boston Red Sox. The Mets playoffs hopes are hanging on by a thread, and their trip to Boston could be what finally puts them and their fans out of their misery.

One-run games have been the theme of the Mets season as 61 of their 150 games have concluded in that fashion. While they dominated them early in the season, they have consistently fallen short has the offense produced less and less. After a slow, injury-plagued start to his Mets career, Javier Baez has been a different hitter since returning from the IL. Baez is slashing .305/.381/.565 with nine home runs and 19 runs batted in. He also has 11 walks in 37 games compared to just 15 in 91 games with the Cubs.

After a slow stretch that knocked them out of first place, the Red Sox have won five straight games. With the division out of reach, the Red Sox has a 1.5 game lead in the first wild card spot and looked primed for a playoff run. Five players with at least 20 home runs have helped lead their offense which has been one of the best in baseball. Nathan Eovaldi has stabilized the starting rotation enough for Chris Sale to return and take the reigns. In six starts, Sale has a 2.40 ERA along with a clean 4-0 record.

Pitching Matchup

Marcus Stroman makes his MLB leading 32nd start of the season and has been a true ironman for a team that has dealt with injuries all season. While he is unlikely to win the Cy Young Award, he certainly deserves some votes thrown his way. Stroman has a 2.88 ERA over 169 innings and is ninth in groundball outs this season. He was as great as ever during his last start against the St. Louis Cardinals, where he struck out eight while allowing two runs in six innings pitched.

Eduardo Rodriguez has struggled to find consistency all season, and it shows in his 5.00 ERA. Despite putting up his best strikeout and walk rates of his career, he is allowing just under ten hits per nine innings pitched. Rodriguez has also put together back-to-back six-inning outings just twice all season. He looked much better in his last start against the Seattle Mariners, where he held them to one run in six innings with six strikeouts.

Matchups To Lookout For

Marcus Stroman vs. Xander Bogaerts: 11-for-36 (.306), 2 Doubles, 2 Home Runs, 2 Walks, 8 Strikeouts

Marcus Stroman vs. Christian Vazquez: 7-for-19 (.368), Double, Walk, 3 Strikeouts

Eduardo Rodriguez vs. Francisco Lindor: 2-for-11 (.182)

Yankees about to get back another important piece for the stretch run

New York Yankees, Domingo German

The New York Yankees have already activated pitcher Luis Severino, who hasn’t pitched since the 2019 playoffs. He hasn’t pitched yet, but he will be a member of the bullpen for the stretch run. As it turns out, he won’t be the only hurler coming back from injury this week.

Before last night’s game against the Texas Rangers, Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone confirmed that the team is about to activate fellow Dominican right-hander Domingo German, who has been out since August 1 with right shoulder inflammation.

Per Boone, by Tuesday or Wednesday, German is expected to be activated from the injured list, providing another option for the decimated pitching corps.

“Domingo could be activated in the next day or two potentially,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said on Monday. “He threw (two innings) in his (Triple-A rehab) game Saturday, so that might make him eligible (Tuesday). We’ll see.”

Getting ready to return to the Yankees

That rehab appearance Boone is referring to went well, as German pitched at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, allowing only one run on two hits and two bases on balls over two innings.

It’s unclear if German will function as a starter, as a traditional bullpen arm, or as a multi-inning weapon. The fact is that his presence will be a welcome sight for a team that lost Darren O’Day and Zack Britton for the season and is currently without Jonathan Loaisiga, their relief ace, with a rotator cuff injury.

For the season, the Yankees’ right-hander has a 4.45 ERA in 18 starts and 97 innings. He has fanned 95 hitters and maintains a very good 1.16 WHIP. His command is not always on point and he is prone to allowing hard contact, but he is a solid pitcher who can be of use for what will come.

He could be an ideal multi-inning weapon because he would be able to air his upper-90s fastball out and throw his excellent secondaries without having to worry about facing the opposing lineup two or three times.