It is a new era for the New York Giants, but the same problems persist for the Carolina Panthers.

On the other hand, the five remaining winless teams have concerns that extend beyond the quarterback position and will need to be addressed if they still hope to make the playoffs.

From post-game news conferences to next-day media availabilities, here are the 10 best Week 3 quotes from players and coaches around the NFL:


— A video of former firefighter Hakim Laws went viral for his comments about Philadelphia Eagles receiver Nelson Agholor after he caught kids dropped from a burning building in Philadelphia. "One of my old coworkers took the ladder off the truck and raised it up and was assisting people down," Laws said. "My man just started throwing babies out the window. We was catching 'em, unlike Agholor."

— Retired quarterback Michael Vick is not a fan of Cam Newton's wardrobe choice on game days: "This isn’t a fashion show. This is football."

— Washington Redskins quarterback Case Keenum owned up for the mistakes he made Monday against the Chicago Bears: "It's all on me. That's all on me. Turn the ball over that many times as a quarterback, you know, I let my team down. It's all on me. I really do. I take complete responsibility," Keenum said after the game. "I have to take care of the ball better. That's my number one job. Especially the way our defense was playing early — getting after the quarterback, doing a good job, keeping everything in front of them — they got all the momentum off of the turnovers and scored a lot of points off turnovers. So that's all on me."

— Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay confirmed running back Todd Gurley is not on a load management program after dealing with a knee injury last season: "No, we're not doing anything like it," he told reporters. "It's more along the lines of, each week presents a different approach. It's kind of the feel of the flow of the game. We want to get Todd involved. I'd like to do better of being able to give him a chance to get more into a rhythm than I’ve enabled him to do these first three games."

— Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio addressed Emmanuel Sanders' "living in a world of suck" comment: "He was just repeating what I had said in the locker room after the game," he told reporters. "I told them, 'We're going to have to deal with everybody thinking we suck.' All of us, not just players — coaches, everybody, the whole organisation — we need to deal with that. He was basically just repeating what I had said."

— New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur was asked why he did not just start Daniel Jones in place of Eli Manning from the beginning: "I feel like I did what I thought was best and, at least in this scenario, it played out well for Daniel," he said. "He had a good performance the first week out."

— Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker TJ Watt on how to help the team's run defense that ranks fifth-worst in the league: "Stop the damn run. Number one. Stop the run."

— Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had a hilarious take on Robert Quinn's sack dance: "Well, that's one of the best I've seen, riding that pony," he said on 105.3 The Fan. "You know what's fun is sometimes Zeke will do something like that. He'll put a towel on or put some shorts on and head down through the middle of the dressing room kind of spanking himself as he emulates riding a horse. And that's before a game, so you can see what an asset he is on and off the field for the Dallas Cowboys."

— Broncos cornerback Chris Harris seems pretty confident about facing Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew on Sunday: "He can make all the throws, he has great touch on the ball. I would say one lil negative is his arm strength is probably average but everything else ... great touch on the deep ball and his receivers are getting open for him," he told reporters.

— Bears coach Matt Nagy on facing NFC North rivals the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday: "Buckle your chin strap."

— Eagles offensive co-ordinator Mike Groh made it clear he is a believer in second chances as he expressed confidence in running back Miles Sanders: "He's not the first guy in the NFL to fumble. ... We're not going to bury the guy on the bench."

Trouble could be brewing under center in Carolina.

We dive into the latest news regarding Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and other roster moves in the wake of more injuries in this edition of NFL news and notes.


Three things that matter

Injured Newton could be out for a while 

The Carolina Panthers quarterback is reportedly dealing with a Lisfranc injury and not a mid-foot sprain. It raises questions regarding the team's knowledge of the extent of the injury when Newton was injured in preseason as well as his long-term viability after playing the first two weeks of the regular season.

Newton has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans but could miss more time — including an October 13 game in London — before the team's Week 7 bye given the new details that have emerged.

Carolina will quickly find out if Kyle Allen can stay consistent in Newton's absence or face the harsh realisation that the Panthers may be heading for a rebuild.

Eagles expect Jeffery to play this week

After the wide receiver missed most of the past two games with a calf injury, Alshon Jeffrey should give the Philadelphia Eagles the boost they need entering Thursday's game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field after being a full participant in practice on Tuesday.

"I fully expect and anticipate Alshon, you know, to [be available]," Pederson said. "But listen, the season's young, we'll get these guys healthy and hopefully we can get things turned around soon."

Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert (calf strain) is also expected to be available, but DeSean Jackson (abdominal strain) likely will not return.

Rams look to get Gurley more 'involved'

After he missed time late last season with an injury, it was assumed the running back would ease back into things in Los Angeles in 2019. However, there is concern since Todd Gurley's career-high 89.4 rushing yards per game last year has dipped to 67.7 rushing yards per contest this season.

But coach Sean McVay insisted Gurley is not on a load management program and will not continue to be underutilised in the weeks to come.

"No, we're not doing anything like it," McVay told reporters. "It's more along the lines of, each week presents a different approach. It's kind of the feel of the flow of the game. We want to get Todd involved. I'd like to do better of being able to give him a chance to get more into a rhythm than I've enabled him to do these first three games."

Two things that don't matter

Barkley seeking second opinion on ankle sprain

The New York Giants running back underwent testing and was examined by team consultant Dr. Martin O'Malley on Monday, though he is reportedly scheduled to see specialist Dr. Robert Anderson on Wednesday for an additional opinion on his high ankle sprain.

Saquon Barkley initially was expected to miss four to eight weeks after getting hurt Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, so he will soon find out just how accurate that timetable is.

Vikings re-sign Treadwell 

The move comes after Chad Beebe tore ligaments in his ankle during Sunday's win over the Oakland Raiders. Since it is unclear how long the second-year receiver will be out or if he needs surgery, the Minnesota Vikings opted to bring in a familiar face.

Laquon Treadwell, a first-round pick of Minnesota in 2016, had 35 receptions for 302 yards and a touchdown in 15 games last campaign before being released this offseason after falling down the depth chart. He has 56 catches for 517 yards over three seasons.

One video you have to see

The Cleveland Browns had some special visitors at their facility, and Baker Mayfield made time for each of them.

Tuesday's tweet of the day

Torrey Smith pointed out how important it is for a person — especially a parent — to stay true to their word.

Through three weeks of the NFL season, a quarter of the teams are still yet to taste defeat.

While some of those were expected to excel - see the New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys - others, such as the Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions, have all started strongly after losing seasons in 2018.

This weekend sees the 3-0 Patriots and Bills face off, while the 2-0-1 Lions host Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.

Here we take a look at the eight undefeated teams and determine when their first defeat might come, if at all...


Upcoming games: vs Chiefs, @ Packers, vs Vikings, vs Giants, @ Raiders, @ Bears

Are the Lions for real? Or did they get fortunate facing a Los Angeles Chargers team that shot themselves in the foot and an injury-ravaged Philadelphia Eagles after their opening tie with the Arizona Cardinals?

Their luck might soon run out, though, as their next three games - against the Chiefs, Packers and Minnesota Vikings - could easily leave them 2-3-1 and behind in the ultra-competitive NFC North.


Upcoming games: vs Patriots, @ Titans, vs Dolphins, vs Eagles, vs Redskins, @ Browns

Sean McDermott's team nearly suffered their first 'L' on Sunday, only to rally and beat the winless Cincinnati Bengals. 

A daunting clash with the Pats represents a good barometer of where this Bills team is and, even if they go down to Tom Brady and Co, their upcoming contests suggest they can remain firmly in the wildcard mix come November and December.


Upcoming games: @ Saints, vs Packers, @ Jets, vs Eagles, @ Giants, vs Vikings

Everything is rosy in JerryWorld at the moment, with coordinator Kellen Moore overseeing a more potent offense thanks to quarterback Dak Prescott taking a significant step forward.

Get past the New Orleans Saints on Sunday Night Football and the Cowboys might march all the way to 10-0 before visiting the Patriots. But New Orleans, coming off an impressive win in Seattle, are a formidable foe at home and should end Dallas' winning streak.


Upcoming games: vs Eagles, @ Cowboys, vs Lions, vs Raiders, @ Chiefs, @ Chargers

Rookie head coach Matt LaFleur is certainly enjoying life at the helm in Titletown and Green Bay host the depleted Eagles this week.

The Pack's offense - LaFleur's speciality - has largely underwhelmed, though, and a Week 5 trip to the talented Cowboys looks likely to spell the end of their unbeaten run.


Upcoming games: vs Browns, @ Rams, @ Redskins, vs Panthers, @ Cardinals, vs Seahawks

San Francisco have the earliest possible bye in Week 4 so their unbeaten run will last until at least Week 5, when they should have too much and be too fresh for a Cleveland Browns team flattering to deceive.

However, after that it's a visit to the Los Angeles Rams, where Sean McVay's offense might prove a bridge too far for the Niners' quietly impressive defense. San Francisco's playoff hopes likely hinge on home games against the Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks.


Upcoming games: @ Lions, vs Colts, vs Texans, @ Broncos, vs Packers, vs Vikings

Reigning MVP Mahomes and the Chiefs offense looks even better than it did in 2018 but they have a tricky run of games coming up against teams with playoff aspirations.

A Week 7 Thursday night trip to the Denver Broncos might spell the end of their unbeaten run. Vic Fangio's 0-3 team could conceivably be 2-1 now and Von Miller and Bradley Chubb have to get it together eventually, right?


Upcoming games: @ Bills, @ Redskins, vs Giants, @ Jets, vs Browns, @ Ravens

New England can thank the schedule-makers for a start that has seen them breeze past the Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets - who are a combined 0-9.

A stiffer test against the Bills lies in wait next, but New England have won seven in a row in Buffalo. The Pats could easily be 8-0, but a trip to their nemesis Baltimore - against a Ravens team coming off a bye - might prevent them from winning nine straight.


Upcoming games: vs Buccaneers, @ Seahawks, vs 49ers, @ Falcons, vs Bengals, @ Steelers

Many tipped the Rams to take a blip after their Super Bowl appearance, but here are they are 3-0.

The sternest assignment in their next six games is a trip to Seattle - though New Orleans showed the Seahawks are beatable in the Pacific Northwest. After that, the schedule is kind - particularly now Pittsburgh have lost Ben Roethlisberger - so the Rams look the most likely to be the last unbeaten team standing.

Jay Gruden insisted "continuity" is important for the 0-3 Washington Redskins as he confirmed Case Keenum would remain the starting quarterback ahead of rookie first-rounder Dwayne Haskins.

Washington suffered a 31-15 loss to the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football to continue their winless start to the campaign, with Keenum turning the ball over five times and being sacked on four occasions.

The Redskins' NFC East rivals, the New York Giants, claimed their first victory of the season on Sunday having benched Eli Manning in favour of rookie Daniel Jones, and the question of when Washington will do likewise and promote Haskins has become more pertinent.

However, only three quarterbacks have thrown for more yards and more touchdowns than Keenum in 2019, and coach Gruden says the 31-year-old will continue to play instead of Haskins - the 15th overall pick in this year's draft.

Asked whether he was considering a quarterback switch, Gruden replied: "Not really.

"The most important thing is that we have some continuity. I can't change people every five minutes, and I have to give Case an opportunity playing with these new guys.

"This is his first time in this offense. I think we can get better [offensively]. Otherwise, if I didn't think we had a chance to get better, then I would make a change.

"I feel Case has the tools to become a very efficient quarterback in this offense to get us some victories here moving forward."

The Bears' defense put Chicago ahead early and there was no looking back against the Washington Redskins on Monday.

Chicago came away with a 31-15 win over Washington at FedExField.

It was a much-needed victory after the hot-and-cold start for the Bears, who have not had much success offensively.

But Mitchell Trubisky was finally able to get going after some big defensive plays and finished 25-of-31 passing for 231 yards and three touchdowns with just one interception.

Meanwhile, the Redskins will have to answer for their own quarterback woes and future as they fall to 0-3 with the loss.

The Bears moved to 2-1.


Three takeaways from Redskins' turnover-filled loss to Bears

Bears defense proves to be one of the best

As much as Khalil Mack is the leader of the defense, it was another Bear who had an impressive outing in what happened to be a revenge game.

HaHa Clinton-Dix, who spent the 2018 season with the Redskins, had two interceptions with one returned for a touchdown as he returned to Washington.

Mack also had a sack and forced a fumble that was recovered by Akiem Hicks in the first half.

It was another good outing by one of the top defenses in the NFL. The Bears entered the game ranked fourth in the league and sixth against the run under their new coordinator, Chuck Pagano.


Redskins will have to address their quarterback position

The five turnovers are an indication that Washington need to figure out what to do with their starting quarterback.

Case Keenum won the job because Colt McCoy was dealing with an injury and rookie Dwayne Haskins was not ready.

Keenum put up so-so performances heading into Sunday's game, throwing for 601 yards and five touchdown passes with no interceptions. However, the night he had against the Bears may force the Redskins to consider Haskins.

Keenum finished 30-of-43 passing for 331 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.

He was also sacked four times and fumbled twice.


Jay Gruden's seat is getting hotter

There are not many teams in the history of the league that have rebounded from an 0-3 start and if the Redskins cannot get it together, they will most likely miss the postseason for the fourth consecutive season.

So of all the questions that come from this crushing loss, Jay Gruden's future should be the biggest one.

In his five years at the helm, Washington have made it to the playoffs just once and quickly lost to the Green Bay Packers in the 2015 wild-card game.

Gruden may not be the Redskins coach in 2020.

Sam Darnold believes the New York Jets can be competitive. 

The 22-year-old quarterback has been sidelined with mono and New York have been blown out in both of the games he has missed.

Darnold addressed the team's struggles when he met with reporters on Monday. 

"I think, for me, I'm just going to go in there and control what I can control. Obviously, we need to fix some details at other spots as well, we're not blind to that," Darnold told a news conference.

"It's just about going out there in practice, in the meeting rooms, in walkthrough and not being shy about it either, not being worried about anyone's feelings. It's about getting this stuff right and we're going to get it right. It's just a matter of time.

"We're going to go on a little run here. It's going to be fun, but it's going to take a lot of work. I know a lot of the guys on the team are willing to put in that work."

The Jets will have a bye week before facing the Eagles in Philadelphia on October 6.

Darnold said previously he was hoping to be back on the field for that game. 

"Even if everything was great and we were 3-0, I'd want to be out there helping the team," Darnold said. "For me, as a competitor, I've always wanted to go out there and help my team win, so I'm anxious to do that and get healthy as fast as I can."

Jets running back Le'Veon Bell also expects the team to bounce back from their slow start. 

"It's a team thing, it's not just the quarterback," Bell said on Monday. "Football is a game of three phases. It's offense, defense, and special teams, right?

"Offensively we've got to get better. Regardless of if Sam is in the game or not we've got to protect him. We've still got to make plays on the outside. We've got to just clean up the little things and we'll be fine."

The Jets will enter their matchup against Philadelphia with an 0-3 record.

As a new NFL week ramps up, headlines dominated by Antonio Brown could finally wind down.

We take a look at the receiver's next move and various injury updates from around the league in this edition of NFL news and notes.

Three things that matter

Saquon Barkley out for 4-8 weeks

The New York Giants running back suffered a high ankle sprain in the second quarter of Sunday's win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and an MRI on Monday confirmed the extent of the damage, but Barkley was in high spirits after the game.

"I'm not out for the season," Barkley told reporters. "I'm going to do whatever I can to get back as quickly as possible. Not for myself, but for my team. That's what I continue to think about. I caught myself getting a little upset on the sideline just because I wasn't able to be out there with those guys."

If Barkley is out the entire two months, he will likely return for the last six regular-season games following the team's bye in Week 11. The state of the Giants at that point will depend heavily on the performance of Daniel Jones as he continues to get comfortable as the starting quarterback.

Cam Newton will sit again with timetable unknown

The Carolina Panthers have already ruled out their franchise quarterback for Week 4 against the Houston Texans and it has been reported he could miss more time before the team's Week 7 bye, but coach Ron Rivera reiterated the starting job will be Newton's when he is healthy enough to return.

"What Cam needs right now is time and rest for his foot. We want him at 100 per cent when he's ready, so there's no exact timetable for his return," coach Ron Rivera said in a release. "At this point, we're going to go forward with Kyle [Allen] as our starter."

For the time being, Allen proved to be a reliable backup as he threw four touchdown passes on Sunday to help Carolina earn their first win – a 38-20 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

Cardinals cut Michael Crabtree

The 11-year wide receiver lasted just three games in Arizona after signing a one-year deal with the team in August.

Crabtree's struggles were evident as he managed just four catches for 22 yards so far this season, though his offensive snaps have been limited the past two games after he was inactive in Week 1.

Two things that don't matter

Julian Edelman unlikely to miss time

The New England Patriots receiver suffered a chest injury in Sunday's win over the New York Jets, though it was reported X-rays of his ribs came back negative and an unnamed source told NFL Media "he'll be good".

Early indications are that the injury is not serious and likely will not force him to miss Week 4, which is lucky for the Patriots considering the team cut Brown and saw Josh Gordon briefly leave Sunday's matchup with an injury before returning.

Brown goes back to school

The receiver re-enrolled at Central Michigan University in the wake of his release from the Patriots on Friday. Brown, who previously attended the school from 2007-09 before declaring for the 2010 draft, is set to take classes online.

Brown tweeted on Sunday that he will "not be playing in the NFL anymore" even though he was rumoured to draw interest from other teams. He continues to deny the accusations of sexual misconduct as well as sexual assault and rape against him, all of which are still being investigated.

One video you have to see

Ravens coach John Harbaugh's analytically-driven approach was praised despite Baltimore's loss at Kansas City on Sunday.

Monday's tweet of the day

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes capped his Week 3 win over the Ravens with a nostalgic concert.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has had an incredible start to life in the NFL and his numbers through his first 20 regular-season games are historically good.

Mahomes, a first-round pick in 2017, was named MVP last season after lighting up the league in his first campaign as the Chiefs' starter and has begun in a similar vein in 2019.

The 24-year-old has led his Chiefs team to a 3-0 record and is the only man to have thrown for over 1,000 yards and reached double figures in touchdowns tossed through three weeks of the campaign. 

With the help of Opta, we take a look at Mahomes' record-breaking first 20 NFL games.



Prior to Mahomes' arrival, Hall of Famer Kurt Warner held the record for the most passing yards in the first 20 games of a player's career when he accumulated 5,613 for the St Louis Rams.

Mahomes managed to eclipse that figure after just 18 games, and had a staggering 963 more yards by the time he had finished his 20th game against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

Behind Warner are Andrew Luck (5,289), Marc Bulger (5,272) and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (5,150).

Mahomes is averaging a staggering 328.8 passing yards per game in his career and is averaging almost 400 (398.3) in 2019. He has passed 300 yards in 13 of his 20 games.


The Chiefs' high-octane offense has put up points thanks to Mahomes' production, and he has already thrown 60 touchdowns in 20 games.

That is 13 more than anyone else at that stage of their career, with Warner and former Miami Dolphins great Dan Marino having tossed 47.

Current Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, who was taken two picks after Mahomes in the 2017 NFL Draft, threw 41 in the opening 20 games of his professional career.

Mahomes has thrown just 13 interceptions in that time and is yet to cough the ball up through the air this season.

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley will miss four to eight weeks with a high ankle sprain suffered during the second quarter of Sunday's 32-31 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to reports.

ESPN claims the longer time frame is considered more likely, offering more specifics than an earlier update by that said Barkley was expected to miss "the next several weeks".

The MRI scan Barkley had on Monday confirmed the diagnosis.

Still, in the injury's immediate aftermath the 22-year-old was optimistic he would be back in 2019.

"I'm not out for the season," Barkley said told reporters at his locker after the game. I'm going to do whatever I can to get back as quickly as possible.

"Not for myself, but for my team. That's what I continue to think about. I caught myself getting a little upset on the sideline just because I wasn’t able to be out there with those guys."

The Giants' bye week is in Week 11, in mid-November. If Barkley is out until then, that would be eight weeks, allowing him to return for the last six regular-season games.

Between now and then, New York (1-2) faces the New England Patriots and the Dallas Cowboys in their next six games.

Barkley tweaked his ankle in the second quarter, only to go back into the game. But just a few plays later, he was tackled and needed help to the locker room. He later came out in a walking boot and using crutches.

Entering Week 3, Barkley had rushed for team-high 227 yards, second in the NFL, and had one rushing touchdown in two games. He had eight carries for 10 yards and four receptions for 27 yards before departing on Sunday.

With Barkley out, rookie quarterback Daniel Jones is now the team's leading rusher, with 33 yards on five carries and two touchdowns.

Wayne Gallman is listed as Barkley's backup on the Giants depth chart. He had five carries for 13 yards in Sunday's game and has only seven carries for 30 this season. Elijhaa Penny, with two attempts for three yards, is the only other Giants back with a carry this season. 

Barkley, the NFL's 2018 Offensive Rookie of the Year, said on Sunday he is going to do what he can to rehab his ankle as quickly as possible.

"I don't know too much about it," Barkley said. "I got hurt my freshman year in college. Whatever it is, I promise to come back 10 times better, and do what I can to help my team compete.

"That’s the only thing I was focused on, trying to do whatever I can to take that same mindset I have and try to compete at a high level in the weight room, on the football field, with this rehab, to get back on the field."

do what I can to help my team compete.

"That’s the only thing I was focused on, trying to do whatever I can to take that same mindset I have and try to compete at a high level in the weight room, on the football field, with this rehab, to get back on the field."

Cam Newton will be sidelined for at least another week with a foot injury, ruling him out of the Carolina Panthers' Sunday showdown with the Houston Texans

Panthers coach Ron Rivera told a news conference there is no specific timetable for Newton's return.

"What Cam needs right now is time and rest for his foot. We want him at 100 percent when he's ready, so there’s no exact timetable for his return," he said. "At this point, we’re going to go forward with Kyle [Allen] as our starter."

Carolina will feel a bit more confident about moving ahead with Allen after his impressive season debut in Sunday's 38-20 win at Arizona.

The 23-year-old Scottsdale native was 19-for-26 passing with 261 yards and four touchdowns and a 144.4 passer rating against the Arizona Cardinals. 

The Texans should present a more difficult obstacle to Allen and the Panthers' offense than the Arizona defense did in Week 3. 

Newton, who has completed 50 of 89 passes for 572 yards with an interception and two fumbles in two games this season, initially hurt his foot in the preseason and reaggravated the injury in Carolina's loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2. 

Tom Brady believes Antonio Brown's release from the New England Patriots was a "difficult situation" for all involved.

Brown was released from his contract with the Patriots just 11 days after being let go by the Oakland Raiders after multiple sexual assault allegations against the wide receiver surfaced.

The 31-year-old's former personal trainer accused him of sexual assault and rape in a civil lawsuit, while a second unidentified woman has also made allegations of sexual misconduct.

It subsequently emerged that the anonymous woman alleged Brown has sent threatening text messages to her following the accusations.

Brown has strongly denied the accusations through his attorney and tweeted on Sunday that he has no intention of resuming his NFL career.

Speaking to sports radio station WEEI, Patriots quarterback Brady said that the controversy and fallout had been "unfortunate" but added he cares a lot about his team-mates beyond football.

"I do have a lot of personal feelings, none of which I really care to share," he said. "That is about it. It’s a difficult situation. That’s kind of how I feel."

Brady didn't say any more on Brown specifically but said when he invests in his team-mates he tries to be as open and caring as possible.

"There's a lot of human elements and I think because as a player and a person I care deeply about my team-mates," he said. 

"I want everyone to be the best they can possibly be. From the day I started with this team, even back I'd say in college, it's such a tight-knit group and you want everyone to become the best they can possibly be and you try to provide leadership.

"You try to care for people. You try to provide whatever you think you can to help them reach their highest potential, whatever situation it is. I've had a lot of team-mates over the years. You invest not just your head, but your heart. You invest your soul. That is what makes a great team. That is what makes a great brotherhood. I think in the end, that is the endearing trait about sports.

"I am very optimistic. People who know me, I think know how optimistic I am and just my belief that positivity and optimism can overcome a lot of things. There’s a lot of things that get in the way of that, and again, I think we're in a culture that we want to pass judgment so quickly on people.

"We want to disparage people so quickly. It speaks to me that a lot of people are probably hurting because when you're not feeling great you want other people to know that.

"I think it becomes very emotional and again, it's a tough life. Life is not easy. Football is not easy. Evolving and growing as people is not an easy thing."

On Monday, Brown posted on his Instagram story to suggest he has re-enrolled in classes at Central Michigan University, where he attended between 2007 and 2009.

Jalen Ramsey's trade request has taken an interesting turn after the cornerback called in sick for Monday's Jacksonville Jaguars practice session.

After it was reported that the Jaguars have no interest in trading their star defensive back and that talks with teams had stalled, Ramsey called the team on Sunday night.

According to widespread reports, he said he would not be at practice on Monday because he is unwell and believes he has the flu.

Coach Doug Marrone confirmed the 24-year-old is scheduled to see the team's doctor on Monday to ascertain the extent of his illness.

Asked about the unusual timing of the sickness, the head coach said: "I'm not getting into that - if you're sick, you're sick. I mean, what are you going to do?

"It's happened a bunch. [Players] are sick, they will call in and depending on the type of sickness they stay away because you obviously don't want to get anyone else sick.

"They will see the doctor, he will get back to us and say what is going on and we will take it from there. To me it is nothing as big, but I understand that is probably a big story because of the other things that are surrounding it.

"It has happened before, I don’t want to exaggerate and say hundreds of times, but it has happened quite a bit - and a couple of times since I have been head coach here.

"It is early in the week so we are game planning with the ones we have unless the doctor says something different. I control the things that I can control."

News that Ramsey requested a trade broke last week after he and Marrone were seen getting into a heated argument on the sideline in Week 2's game against the Houston Texans.

It was a meeting with team management that did not go well in the aftermath of that game which led to his trade request.

Ramsey said: "Some disrespectful things were said on their end that made me definitely walk out and call my agent as soon as I walked out, and I told him, I said, 'It's time; my time is up here in Jacksonville. I want to ask for a trade'."

He then held a press conference where he said he did not want to distract from the team's efforts against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday, vowing to give his all as along as he remained a Jaguars player.

Despite wanting to leave, Ramsey went on to help the Jags to defeat the Titans, having nine total tackles and one forced fumble in the 20-7 win.

Saquon Barkley is hopeful an ankle injury sustained in the New York Giants' clash with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will not keep him out for the season.

The Giants running back suffered a reported high ankle sprain in Sunday's 32-31 comeback win over the Buccaneers that is expected to cost him significant playing time.

However, Barkley is optimistic he will return before the season is over.

"I'm not out for the season," Barkley told reporters at his locker after the game, via 

"I'm going to do whatever I can to get back as quickly as possible. Not for myself, but for my team. That's what I continue to think about. I caught myself getting a little upset on the sideline just because I wasn't able to be out there with those guys."

Barkley tweaked his ankle in the second quarter, only to go back into the game. But just a few plays later, he was tackled and needed help back to the locker room. He later came out in a walking boot and using crutches.

Instead of feeling sorry for himself, Barkley did what he could to turn into the Giants' biggest cheerleader.

"Even though I'm not in the game active, I'm still trying to rally the sideline, get the fans into it, that's what it's about," Barkley said.

"It's not about you, it's about the team. Even though I know I’m not playing, I know I can impact the team with my voice. That's why I wanted to get back out there. I wanted to tell my team how happy I am, how proud I am that they worked their tails off and come out with a whole new mentality in the second half, built on that."

Barkley is scheduled to have an MRI exam on Monday and reportedly could miss up to eight weeks as he recovers. 

"I don't know too much about it," Barkley said. "I got hurt in my freshman year in college. Whatever it is, I promise to come back 10 times better and do what I can to help my team compete.

"That's the only thing I was focused on, trying to do whatever I can to take that same mindset I have and try to compete at a high level in the weight room, on the football field, with this rehab, to get back on the field."

The Cleveland Browns must not panic despite a sluggish start to the NFL season, which continued with a 20-13 defeat to Los Angeles Rams, according to quarterback Baker Mayfield.

The defeat left the Browns 1-2 for the season, with Mayfield struggling to make his mark in Sunday's encounter.

Mayfield finished 18-of-36 passing for 195 yards with one touchdown and one interception and, put under pressure by the Rams' Aaron Donald, was also sacked three times.

The Browns face the Baltimore Ravens in Week 4 and Mayfield accepted his performance - as well as those of his offensive team-mates - was not up to scratch, though he believes Freddie Kitchens' side are on the right track as long as they cut out recurring errors.

"Don't hit the panic button," Mayfield told a news conference when asked how the Browns could correct their form.

"I think we realise how close we are but that's where the frustration comes in, we can't keep making the same mistakes, we have to do our job and have to hit the reset button.

"I think we improved in a lot of areas but when you play a team like the Rams the little things will get you.

"[We're] just not executing. Just execution, that's what it comes down to, our red-zone efficiency is a huge area for us to improve on.

"We have to be more consistent with everybody doing their job. It seems right now we either have one guy out of place or I'm not doing my job, it's one thing every play so we've got to eliminate that, first and foremost. Execution is the most important thing.

"The defence played out of their minds. They played great. If we have a defence playing like that then the offence has to pick up their end and that starts with me."

While Mayfield shouldered the responsibility for the Browns' stuttering offensive performance, coach Kitchens insisted it was his decisions that led to the defeat.

"I was proud of how the guys competed tonight, they fought until the end and they just came up short," he told a news conference.

"Defensively they kept battling, offensively it was difficult but they kept fighting and that's all you can ask for. I've got to do a better job for them.

"We just didn't do a good enough job. I didn't, as a coach, do a good enough job of putting these guys in strong situations."

Rams hold off Browns

September 22, 2019

The Los Angeles Rams made it three straight wins to start the NFL season, overcoming the Cleveland Browns 20-13 on Sunday.

A big defensive stop on the final play helped the Rams seal their win at FirstEnergy Stadium.

It was another primetime test for the Browns, who were hosting a Sunday night game for the first time in 11 years.

But a learning curve and a strong defensive performance from the Rams kept Cleveland from picking up the victory and they fell to 1-2.

Three takeaways from the Rams' narrow victory

It wasn't pretty, but it didn't have to be

The Rams barely escaped with a win in Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers, and again on Sunday against the Browns.

There were plenty of miscues on both sides, which started when the Browns were not able to get into the end zone after a turnover right before half-time. Instead, they settled for a field goal – a costly error seeing how they lost by one touchdown. Cleveland again failed to take advantage of a big defensive play by going three-and-out after a TJ Carrie takeaway.

Meanwhile, Cooper Kupp seemed to be Jared Goff's saving grace. Goff completed 24 of his 38 passes and found the third-year receiver 11 times for 102 yards and two touchdowns. 

Another late mistake from Goff put the Browns in position to tie or win, but they could not withstand Los Angeles' defensive pressure.


Baker Mayfield needs to keep up the pace

Mayfield has received criticism for holding the ball too long and not finding open receivers like Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry. He did so once again against the Rams, who have one of the best pass rushers in the NFL in Aaron Donald.

According to Next Gen Stats, even when Mayfield was able to escape pressure, he struggled to connect with his receivers.

Mayfield finished 18-of-36 passing for 195 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He was also sacked three times.

The Browns, obviously, do well when Mayfield can move quickly. He will need to do so as their schedule is packed with tough defensive units like the Baltimore Ravens in Week 4 and the Denver Broncos in Week 8.


Browns' new secondary step up

Cleveland's entire starting secondary were out due to injury, and five (out of seven total injured players) out of the game were part of the defensive unit. But that did not seem to be a big problem against the reigning NFC champions.

The Browns started with risky man-to-man coverage against the talented Rams receiving corp and it worked, forcing Los Angeles to go three-and-out on their first drive. They kept Goff and company touchdown-less through the first half, an area the Rams have struggled with, having scored just one first-half touchdown in their past three games.

In the second half, the defensive backs continued to disrupt Goff.

And another takeaway set up the Browns' final drive.

So, while the offense continue to work through some growing pains, the Browns can look to their secondary for help.

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