You think Brady is gonna show up Monday? This is weird. I admit I am curious.
Since the sport of football carries a 100 percent injury rate, the backup quarterback is among the most important players on any NFL team. Based on what we saw Sunday, the Browns, Eagles and Ravens ought to feel pretty good. Cleveland’s Joshua Dobbs and Philly’s Gardner Minshew were both outstanding in the Eagles’ 21-20 preseason win over the Browns. Dobbs ran for a touchdown and led four scoring drives. Minshew looked to be in complete control in engineering two long TD drives.
Dobbs is now a lock to be the Browns’ backup behind Jacoby Brissett while Deshaun Watson serves his eleven-game suspension. Dobbs has clearly beaten out Josh Rosen for that number two slot. That may spell the end of the NFL road for Rosen, a former first round draft pick.
But the most valuable backup quarterback in the NFL has to be Baltimore’s Tyler Huntley. Hear me out on this. It’s critically important that a backup be able to run the same offense as the starter does. That’s really difficult in Baltimore, because the Ravens’ offense is different than any of the other 31 NFL teams because of the unique skills (and limitations) of Lamar Jackson. Huntley is almost as dynamic a runner as Jackson, and the truth is he is a much better passer. Sunday night in Arizona, Huntley was 13-14 for 129 yards and a TD in the Ravens’ 24-17 win over the Cardinals. If you care, no, I wasn’t crazy about either the Cards’ black helmets or black jerseys.
Wishing the best for Giants rookie pass rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux, who suffered a scary-looking right knee injury Sunday night when he was (legally) cut-blocked by Bengals tight end Thaddeus Moss. Thibodeaux says he’s going to be ok, but Monday’s scheduled MRI will tell the tale.
New Texas Tech head football coach Joey McGuire has named senior Tyler Shough as the Red Raiders’ starting QB. Shough was the starter last year until his season ended with a broken collarbone against Texas.
Meantime, Patrick Mahomes is going into the Texas Tech Ring of Honor. I would certainly hope so.
After completely embarrassing himself in his ill-fated stint as an NFL coach, Urban Meyer is returning to Fox Sports as a college football studio analyst. Why?
That was a nice “save” by the Astros Sunday in avoiding a three-game series sweep in Atlanta. Kyle Tucker singled in Yordan Alvarez with the go-ahead run in the 8th in a 5-4 win. Houston finishes its road trip below .500 at 3-4, the first time that has happened all season.
Golfer Patrick Cantlay wins Sunday’s Sports Mental Toughness Award. He was nails under intense pressure in finishing birdie-par on his way to a 69 that clinched his second straight BMW Championship. Cantlay became the first repeat winner in any of the playoff events since the FedEx Championship series was established in 2007. He’ll be the number two seed in this week’s championship finale in Atlanta behind Scottie Scheffler.
A fond farewell and a tip of the visor to Tom Weiskopf.