WAIT, WHERE’D YOU COME FROM?
“How’d he catch my ass? What the f*ck?”
— A mic’d up Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker was shocked when Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf caught him on an interception return. Baker jumped a route to pick off Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in stride with a free chance to score. According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Metcalf traveled nearly 115 yards across the field, hitting a max speed of 22.6 miles per hour in the process of catching Baker inside Seattle’s own 5-yard line (Tampa Bay Tre, The Draft Network via Twitter)
“D.K. HAWKED MY ASS… #RESPECT”
— Baker took to Twitter after game to acknowledge Metcalf’s athletic achievement.
“And we Hawked them.”
— Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins chimed in to celebrate the 37-34 overtime win. The Cardinals never led at any point during Sunday’s game until the end. (DeAndre Hopkins via Twitter)
TRYING TO FIND YOUR (PATRIOT) WAY
“Clearly out-coached, out-played, out-everything. … Really there’s not much else to say about it.”
— New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick doesn’t have much positive to report following New England’s 33-6 drubbing against the San Francisco 49ers. (Phil Perry, NBCSports Boston via Twitter)
“Losing is not acceptable in this locker room. In this county. In this state. In this area. In this region. So Cameron Newton, you need to pick your [expletive] up. That’s what I’ve learned.”
— New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton shares what he has learned in his experience being a member of the Patriots. (New England Patriots via Twitter)
BA DISCUSSES AB
“I think he’s matured. I believe in second chances. Everybody wants to say Tom picked him. Tom didn’t have anything to do with it.”
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians answers for comments made previously in the spring, when he claimed that Antonio Brown was not a fit for the team. Arians referred to Brown as an “insurance policy” after the wide receiver signed with the Bucs this week, comments that predate the announcement of Chris Godwin receiving surgery to fix a fractured finger. (Greg Auman, The Athletic via Twitter)
“Let the court system do its job. … If it’s found out to be true, he won’t be with us.”
— Arians on the allegations from women against Antonio Brown. Arians said he has experience around players facing allegations. (Greg Auman, The Athletic via Twitter)
BEN DiNUCCI IS US, WE ARE BEN DiNUCCI
“But it’s 2020, what else do you expect? Here we are.”
— Dallas Cowboys quarterback Ben DiNucci, a seventh-round rookie from James Madison University, did not think he would see the field this season behind Dak Prescott and Andy Dalton. However, 2020 had other plans. (David Helman, DallasCowboys.com via Twitter)
ONE LAST RIDE
“I got the news on Saturday night a car would be waiting for me after the game Sunday to come to Tampa. And I was like, OK.’ Sunday morning, I woke up. I prayed. And I was like, ‘It’s one last ride.’ I told my boys, I was like, ‘It’s one last ride together.’ A lot of guys were saying like, ‘Man, you’re going to really play?’ And I was like, ‘This might be the last time I play with you in my career.'”
— New York Jets nose tackle Steve McLendon was traded to Tampa Bay in a move finalized Tuesday. However, McLendon knew he was being moved well before his game on Sunday. McLendon took the unique opportunity to appreciate his final ride with teammates. (Rick Stroud, Tampa Bay Times via Twitter)
“My mindset has been that I’m going to move on, but who knows? There’s a lot of things that could happen.”
— Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence is expected to be the consensus No. 1 overall draft pick in next year’s draft. This, however, is the first time he has presented any possibility to the contrary, suggesting that he might return to school for his senior season. (ESPN.com)
SCRAMBLING FOR COMPLIMENTS
“That’s a very good football team. People forget that because they haven’t won a game.”
— Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones tried his best to play the humble card by complimenting his upcoming opponent, but even praise for the New York Jets comes off as confusing. (Adam Teicher, NFL via Twitter)
A LITTLE FITZMAGIC IN ALL OF US
“I’ll forever be indebted to Ryan Fitzpatrick. He believed in me when not a lot of people did. He gave us everything he had.”
— Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki pays respect to quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is relinquishing his starting job to Tua Tagovailoa during the team’s bye week. (Joe Schad, Palm Beach Post via Twitter)
“It’s just a necessary mindset. … Having to watch that first quarter — stop, drop, shut ’em down, open up shop. Like oh no, that’s how Ruff Ryders roll.”
— Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield used the guiding words of DMX’s “Ruff Ryders Anthem” to overcome his opening-game struggles on Sunday. Mayfield went 0-for-5 to five different receivers in the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals, then completed his next 22 consecutive passes (excluding a spike before his game-winning touchdown pass). (Field Yates, ESPN via Twitter)
UM … THE OILERS? GAMBLERS? ROUGHNECKS?
“This statement is no disrespect to anybody, I know there are certain people here who like to use some of my quotes as clickbait. … based off of how those guys went out there and dominated I truly forgot who we were facing.”
— Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams gave high praise to how well his offensive line played in a 35-20 win over the Houston Texans. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was not sacked despite Green Bay missing star tackle David Bakhtiari. (Rivers McCown, Football Outsiders via Twitter)
QUICK CHANGE OF PLANS
“We were going down sideline. I was getting ready to cheer on the offense. I was saying ‘Let’s go O! Lets go O!’ Coach Lynn goes up to me and says ‘Justin, you’re going in.’ I didn’t really know what to say at that time. … I’m like, ‘Wow, this is really real. I’m going in.’ I had to knock the smile off my face. I was just so excited to get out there. It was a really cool moment.”
— Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert goes into detail about his first start. Herbert had not planned on being a starter, but was thrust into the position Week 2 after quarterback Tyrod Taylor was injured in the botched administration of medication for a rib injury pregame. (The Herd via Twitter)
SOMETIMES IT’S BETTER TO JUST BE AN OUTSIDER
“Some NFL insiders believe the Saints could be willing to discuss trade offers for Michael Thomas, per @ProFootballTalk”
— Bleacher Report affiliate B/R Gridiron reported on speculation that suggested New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas could be traded.
“Insiders on the Outside where they belong.”
— Saints head coach Sean Payton made a rare Twitter appearance to call out the reports directly. (Field Yates, ESPN via Twitter)
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) October 26, 2020
— Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera gave Victory Monday an extra special ring by completing his final round of cancer treatment the day after coaching his team to victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Rivera coached every game this season despite his diagnosis.
YOU CAN PRACTICALLY FEEL THE BAD PASSES
I started to feel a little bad as I read through all the names of the QBs that were throwing the ball to DeAndre Hopkins before Deshaun Watson arrived in Houston.
Still, I didn’t feel as bad as when Nuk heard them🤦♂😅
— Bryant McFadden (@BMac_SportsTalk) October 27, 2020
— Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins looks physically troubled after being forced to reflect on all the quarterbacks who threw to him before Deshaun Watson and Kyler Murray.
CONNECTING IN DALLAS
Cowboys defensive coordinator Mike Nolan had to stop a call with reporters because he accidentally rubbed hot sauce in his eye 😅 🌶️ pic.twitter.com/nXSCjcBIqx
— ESPN (@espn) October 27, 2020
— A press conference was paused in Dallas after Cowboys defensive coordinator Mike Nolan got hot sauce directly in his eye mid-answer.
Funny, we were just talking earlier about all-time Mike McCarthy press conference moments… pic.twitter.com/YWG04UBbAe
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) October 29, 2020
— Someone wasn’t the biggest fan of the question being asked of head coach Mike McCarthy.