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JFL, Week 12

Posted on: November 27th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Catching up with myriad topics including Week 12 in the NFL:

Nate Ebner and the New England Patriots improve to 9-2 (first in the AFC Eastern Division) by almost doubling up on the visiting Miami Dolphins, 35-17.  Ebner appeared on just two special teams play (7 percent), but caught a pass for 14 yards lining up in a punt formation. He picked up the first down but unfortunately was hurt on the play and might be done for the year.

Center Ali Marpet was also injured in the game between his Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7) and the host Atlanta Falcons, who emerged victorious, 34-20. Marpet sustained a knee injury in the second quarter and came out of the game but returned in the second half.

Mitchell Schwartz appeared on all of his team’s offensive plays plus two more (7 percent) on special teams. The KC Chiefs’ woes continue as they lost to the visiting Buffalo Bills, 16-10. KC is now 6-5 but still leads the AFC West.

Apparently, Gabe Marks –signed by the NY Jets as a free agent but limited to the practice squad — is calling it quits, giving up on an NFL career. Marks, a standout at Washington State University, doesn’t even get to join this group.

A bad day for the Jews with the pigskin all around: Josh Rosen was also hurt as UCLA beat California 30-27. Rosen came out of the game late in the second quarter after taking another hard hit, the last of three sacks he received. I wonder what, if any, effect this will have on the NFL scouts?

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JFL, Week 11

Posted on: November 23rd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Just wanted to get this out of the way because I didn’t have a chance to post earlier this week and the new week starts today.

Mitchell Schwartz once again played every down on offense (75, plus another 3/12 percent on special teams) as the Kansas City Chiefs continued to have troubles, falling to the lowly NY Giants in overtime, 12-9. Despite the loss, the Chiefs remain in first place in the AFC West (6-4) only because evr4yone else in the division is stinko. Even though he’s not on the active roster, Adam Bisnowaty participated in the Giants’ food drive recently.

Nate Ebner appeared on 15 plays (68 percent) for the New England Patriots, who beat the “home” Oakland Raiders in Mexico City, 33-8. The Patriots are 8-2, tops in the AFC East.

Ali Marpet and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the host Miami Dolphins in an intrastate battle, 30-20. Marpet appeared on all 66 plays at center and another three (10 percent). The Bucs are 4-6, last in the NFC South. Like, Bisnowaty, Marpet took part in his team’s food drive.

Josh Rosen got a lot of attention as UCLA took on USC last week, as a predictor of where he might end up in the draft. Unfortunately, the Bruins lost to the Trojans, 28-23. Rosen hit on 32 of 52 pass attempts for 421 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a surprisingly low quarterback rating of 58.7. Have to admit, I’m not conversant on how that stat is composed, but I know it’s not very good. Still, there are those who think he did better than his opposite number. Unfortunately, coach Jim Mora was fired after the loss, much to the disappointment of Rosen and his teammates.

 

JFL Update: Week Eight

Posted on: October 31st, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Defensive back Nate Ebner appeared in 21 special teams plays for the New England Patriots in their 21-13 win over the visiting Los Angeles Chargers. The Pats are 6-2, first place in the AFC East.

Ali Marpet took all 67 snaps at center for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. who lost to the visiting Carolina Panthers, 17-3 to fall to 2-5, fourth (last) in the NFC South)

Mitchell Schwartz was on the field at right tackle for all 62 of the KC Chiefs’ offense and played another six downs (22 percent) on special teams. The Chiefs beat the visiting Denver Broncos last night, 29-19 to improve to 6-2, first in the AFC West.

Image result for mike bercoviciFinally, the St. Louis Cardinals signed quarterback Mike Bercovici (right)  to their practice squad, the team announced Tuesday. Bercovici played at ASU from 2011-15 and was the team’s starter throughout his senior season. He was a member of the Chargers’ practice squad in 2016 and ’17, and he had a stellar preseason performance against the Cardinals in 2016.

In the college ranks, UCLA Bruin Josh Rosen was forced out of a 44-23 loss to the #12 Washington Huskies on Saturday. According to the LA Times,

The severity of Rosen’s injuries was not immediately known and he was scheduled to be re-evaluated Sunday. An absence of any duration would be crushing. Rosen missed the Bruins’ final six games last season with a shoulder injury and his team went 1-5.

Rosen entered the game leading the Pac-12 Conference in passing yards and total offense. He finished the game against the Huskies having completed 12 of 21 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown.

For what it’s worth, Rosen was listed as the best quarterback on Mel Kiper’s Big Board.

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JFL Update, Week 7

Posted on: October 23rd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Nate Ebner appeared on 15 special teams plays (75 percent), assisting on one tackle as the New England Patriots (5-2, first in AFC East) beat the visiting Atlanta Falcons, 23-7. The two teams faced each other in the last Super Bowl, won by the Pats, 34-28, in overtime.

Mitchell Schwartz was in on all 62 offensive snaps at tackle plus another 6 (19 percent) on special teams as the KC Chiefs (5-2, first in the AFC West) lost a controversial one to the host Oakland Raiders, 31-30.

Ali Marpet was on the field for all 72 offensive plays at center for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4, fourth (last) in the NFC South) in their 30-27 loss to the host Buffalo Bills.

UCLA QB Josh Rosen had a good game, piloting his team to a 31-14 win over the Oregon Ducks on Saturday. Rosen was 12-36, 266 yards, and two touchdowns. UCLA is 4-3, 2-2 in conference.

JFL Update, Week 6

Posted on: October 16th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Ali Marpet played all 70 plays at center as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell to 2-3 (Last in the NCF South) following their 38-33 loss to the host St. Louis Cardinals. The Bucs scored 27 points in a valiant comeback attempt, but they couldn’t overcome a 24-0 halftime deficit. Marpet made one tackle after his quarterback threw an interception. He had been listed as questionable for the game because of “illness,” which seems like a real catch-all category.

Nate Ebner appeared in 20 plays (80 percent) for special teams as the New England Patriots won a controversial game against the host NY Jets, 24-17, to take sole possession of first place in the AFC East. Tom Brady set the NFL record for regular-season victories by a quarterback (187). From the ESPN story:

After Stephen Gostkowski’s 28-yard field goal made it 24-14 50 seconds into the fourth quarter, New York appeared to make it a one-score game again on its next possession as Austin Seferian-Jenkins took a short pass from McCown and reached over the goal line for a 4-yard touchdown .

But officials reviewed the score and said the video replay showed that Seferian-Jenkins slightly lost control of the ball when Malcolm Butler nudged it loose as the tight end was crossing the plane of the goal line. Seferian-Jenkins didn’t regain control until after he had stepped out of bounds, resulting in a touchback — despite the ball never hitting the ground. That gave the Patriots back the ball, with the Jets’ sideline irate.

Mitchell Schwartz and the KC Chiefs blew a 23-7 halftime lead and took lost their first game of the season, 42-34 to the host Houston Texans. Schwartz played all 77 offensive plays and another eight (25 percent) on special teams.

In the college ranks, QB Josh Rosen and the UCLA Bruins (3-3) lost to host Arizona 47-30. From the ESPN story:

Rosen, the nation’s leader in passing yards and total offense entering the game, threw for 219 yards but was held without a TD pass for the first time since the 2015 season. His three interceptions hurt the Bruins, the first was picked off by Jace Whittaker in the end zone early in the second quarter and the second was returned 42 yards for a touchdown by Whittaker, also in the second.

The Wildcats sacked Rosen five times in the second half, four for freshman Kylan Wilborn.

“I just didn’t play well at all,” Rosen said.

Suffice it to say, this game did not do Rosen’s Heisman Trophy chances much good.

JFL Update: End of Week 5

Posted on: October 10th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Mitchell Schwartz and the KC Chiefs improved to 5-0 (first place, AFC  West) after beating the host Houston Texas in a 42-34 barn-burner. Schwartz, starting at center, was on the field for all 77 offensive plays plus another eight (25 percent) on special teams.

Nate Ebner combined on two tackles as the New England Patriots (3-2, tied for first in the AFC East with the Buffalo Bills and NY Jets) beat Ali Marpet and the host Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2, tied for third in the NFC South), 19-14. Sorry, I don’t have the play breakdown for this one so can’t report how much time each spent on the field.

Adam Bisnowaty is technically not on the NY Giants roster — he’s on the practice squad — but he was one of three members of the team

According to an AP story:

A group of New York Giants football players who have protested during the national anthem have visited with Newark police officers and high school students.

Damon Harrison, Mark Herzlich and Adam Bisnowaty met with police officers and students on Monday to discuss systemic racism and make donations.

Members of the Bronze Shields, the Newark Police Department’s African American officer’s association, showed support for the protests. Bronze Shields president Sgt. Levi Holmes says the group understands players are “taking a knee to object to the different injustices that happen in the country.”

The players and police officers visited football teams at Central High School and Weequahic High School. The players donated $10,000 to each school for new equipment.

On the college scene, Josh Rosen threw for 372 yards and one touchdown as UCLA beat visiting Colorado on Saturday, 27-23. UCLA is 3-2, second in the Pac 12 – South. Could he really be in the running for the Heisman Trophy??? Either way, where does he stand for an upcoming NFL draft?

PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: UCLA (3) Josh Rosen (QB) throws a pass during a college football game between the Colorado Buffaloes and the UCLA Bruins on September 30, 2017 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.(Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)

JFL Update, Week 3

Posted on: September 26th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

More news off the field than on, thanks to Trump’s recent screeds about lack of respect in sports, particularly, the NFL. Maybe this was an elaborate collaboration between the President and the NFL to boost sagging ratings, since so many would supposedly tune in to see what would happen? Yes? No?

It’s not the purview of this blog to deal with politics, but when they intrude on sports, that’s my opening. I think that 95 percent (at least) of the stuff that comes out of Trump’s whatever (to use one of his phrases) is BS designed to garner him the attention he evidently needs like plants need sunshine. Okay, that’s it for me…for now.

Anyway…

The Kansas City Chiefs improved to 3-0 following their 24-10 win over the host LA Chargers. Mitchell Schwartz was the starting right tackle and appeared on all 53 offensive plays plus another five (19 percent) on special teams. According to at least one source, however, Schwartz’s play was one of the disappointing factors in this one. On the other hand, there’s praise as well.

Image result for geoff schwartz espn radioAs for his brother, Geoff, who retired after last season, he the co-host of a football related talk show in Sirius Radio’s NFL Channel, #88, which can be heard every Saturday from 4-8 pm PST.  Geoff (photo at right) is also one of a group of co-hosts who rotate on ESPN Radio (espnradio.com), wrapping up the day’s NFL activities. And no, that doesn’t mean the spin in their chairs.

Ali Marpet played every snap (53) behind QB as the new center for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1) in their 34-17 loss to the host Minnesota Vikings. He was flagged for a five-yard, false start penalty.

Nate Ebner made his first appearance of the new season, contributing to a tackle for the New England Patriots (2-1) in their 36-31 win over the visiting Houston Texans.

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Not really a big college football guy. I went to a D-III school and unless you have some relationship with a school, why bother? But Josh Rosen, a junior QB for UCLA, seems to be something special, although there’s some controversy over just how good he is. UCLA is 2-2, with home wins over Texas A&M and Hawaii followed by consecutive road losses to Memphis (by just three points) and Stanford. Rosen ranks 29th in the country in Quarterback Ratings and is garnering at least some attention from NFL scouts.

According to the latest issue of Jewish Sports Review, in addition to Rosen, these are among the D-I players to watch:

  • QB Neven Sussman (Junior, Albany)
  • Offensive tackle Jordan Lewinsky (Senior, Drake)
  • Receiver Joe Fine (Senior, Bryant)
  • OT Zach Novoslesky, (Junior, West Michigan)
  • OL Kyle Ritz (Junior, Akron)
  • Center Jack Singer (Junior, UNLV)
  • Placekicker Morgan Ellman (Senior, New Hampshire)
  • Placekicker Oren Millstein (Sophomore, Columbia)
  • Placekicker Josh Pollack (Red shirt Junior, Arizona)
  • Placekicker Jack Soslow (Junior, Pennsylvania) So-slow? Not a great name for an athlete.
  • Punter Jordan Dascalo (Senior, Eastern Washington)
  • Punter Max Pedinoff (Senior, New Hampshire)

Good lucks, boys. Make us proud.

JFL Report, Week 2

Posted on: September 18th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Mitchell Schwartz played all 53 offensive downs plus another five (17 percent) on special teams as the KC Chiefs improved to 2-0 after beating the visiting Philadelphia Eagles, 27-20.

Ali Marpet lined up for all 71 offensive plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who beat the visiting Chicago Bears, 29-7, to gain their first victory.

Nate Ebner was not active for the New England Patriots (1-1) , who beat the host New Orleans Saints, 36-20.

And no, Tarik Cohen of the Bears is not Jewish. Just as the Chicago Tribune, who asked me.

 

JFL Report: Week 1

Posted on: September 12th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Are you ready for some football? I’m not. Every year I tell myself I’m really going to pay attention and bone up on the teams and players, and every year I just get older. Maybe this is finally the time. Some people complain that the football season is too long, opening the door for more injuries. Here’s an idea: Don’t start it until after the World Series. That way there’s no inter-sport competition. Of course, I also think the baseball season is too long and that post-season should never go past mid-October.

Schwartz and Alex Smith celebrate a touchdown against the New England Patriots during the fourth quarter. Photo by Christopher Evans/Boston Herald

The New England Patriots began their season on an uncharacteristic note: with a loss. They fell to the visiting KC Chiefs in a runaway on Thursday, Sept. 7, by a score of 42-27. Mitchell Schwartz played every down on offense (69) plus another six (16 percent) on special teams for the victors. Some football wonks believe the Chiefs are Super Bowl contendersNate Ebner was not active for New England due to a shoulder injury; he had been listed as questionable prior to the game. Team owner Robert Kraft announced the Kraft family will match up to $1 million in funds donated to the American Red Cross in support of the Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund.

Ali Marpet and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had the mis-timing of being scheduled against the Dolphins in Miami. That game was postponed.

The new guys — Gabe Marks of the NY Jets and Adam Bisnowaty of the NY Giants — did not make the final cut for their respective teams. On the bright side, they were signed to each club’s practice squads. See here for an explanation of just what that can mean. Bisnowaty had originally been waived but the Giants apparently change their mind. Not so lucky: quarterback Michael Bercovici, who was cut by the Los Angeles Chargers.

And no, Tarik Cohen of the Chicago Bears is not Jewish. Then again, neither is Julian Edelman (at least not according to the Jewish Sports Review), but some of us keep “claiming” him as such.

So that’s it, as far as Jewish NFLers go to this point. No Taylor Mays, no Erik Lorig, and, of course, no Geoff Schwartz. A shande. Especially since all the active MOTs are not in the marquee positions, so they won’t have much written about them unless something fantastic or tragic happens. Maybe Marks and Bisnowaty will get the call at some point.

There’s a draft: Jews and the NFL

Posted on: April 26th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

The NFL draft begins tomorrow. It’s amazing how much of a media event it’s become over the past few years, worthy of prime time/daylong coverage by ESPN and the NFL network.

I’ve been holding back on a lot of the football Google alerts I’ve been getting lately because, well, frankly, I think the NFL gets too much coverage when it doesn’t deserve it. But bowing to the inevitable, here we go.

Adam Bisnowaty

Adam Bisnowaty

Wither Pitt offensive tackle Adam Bisnowaty? According to CardiacHill.com, “NFL.com has him as a fifth rounder.”

Gabe Marks

Gabe Marks

And what about Gabe Marks, late of Washington State? How will his shtick play in the big leagues?

UCLA QB Josh Rosen isn’t ready for the draft…yet. Now a junior, he missed most of last season with an injury, but he still garners a lot of attention.

As far as established JFLers go, Ali Marpet is slated to move over to the very responsible center position, which football pundits think is a good idea and which he is greatly looking forward to. And Mitchell Schwartz looks forward to a great year with the Kansas City Chiefs.

   
 

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