Joe Burrow said he would not trade his journey from transfer quarterback to Heisman Trophy winner for "anything in the world" after collecting college football's most prestigious honour on Saturday.

The LSU signal-caller, likely to be the number one overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, won the Heisman, awarded to college football's most outstanding player, on Saturday at a ceremony in New York.

He did so by a record margin, receiving 841 first-place votes and 2,608 points. Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts was second with 762 points ahead of Ohio State pair Chase Young and Justin Fields.

Burrow transferred to LSU from Ohio State in 2018 and was seen as a mid-round draft pick coming into the 2019 season.

However, an incredible campaign has seen Burrow throw for 4,715 yards and 48 touchdowns with just six interceptions for an unbeaten LSU team that is two wins away from a first National Championship since 2007.

Three of the players in the Heisman final were transfers. Hurts switched from Alabama to Oklahoma this year while Fields traded Georgia for Ohio State after a 2018 season spent mainly on the bench.

Speaking at the ceremony, Burrow said: "I'm just so thankful for LSU and Ohio State, playing at two of the best programs in the country, great coaches both places. My journey, I wouldn't have traded it for anything in the world.

"The story of this Heisman Trophy, with me, Justin, Jalen and Chase, we have three transfers who've all had different stories.

"Three great players, both of those guys [Fields and Hurts] have pushed through adversity, it's awesome hearing their stories and sharing this weekend with them."

Burrow paid an emotional tribute to LSU head coach Ed Orgeron, who named him as starting quarterback after acquiring him as a graduate transfer.

"You have no idea what you mean to my family," Burrow said to Orgeron. "I didn't play for three years, you took a chance on me, not knowing if I could play or not.

"I'm forever grateful for you. He just means so much to me and my family and to LSU and I sure hope they give him a lifetime contract, he deserves it."

The Heisman Trophy has been won by a quarterback for a fourth year in a row after LSU's Joe Burrow was given the accolade on Saturday.

Senior Burrow, who transferred from Ohio State in 2018, beat fellow quarterbacks Justin Fields and Jalen Hurts as well as Buckeyes defensive end Chase Young to claim the prize given to college football's best player.

Burrow is LSU's second winner of the prize, after running back Billy Cannon in 1959, thanks to a remarkable season in which he has led LSU to the top seed for the 2019 College Football Playoff.

With Burrow now considered the leading contender to be the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft too, we take a look at how he compares to the last five quarterbacks to win the Heisman - Kyler Murray, Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson, Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston.

 

JOE BURROW (LSU) - 2019

- Threw for 4,715 yards, 48 touchdowns and six interceptions.

- Completed an NCAA-best 77.9 per cent of his passes.

- Had an NCAA-best passer rating of 201.5.

- Ran for 289 yards and three touchdowns.

- Led LSU to a 13-0 record and the top seed in the College Football Playoff.

KYLER MURRAY (OKLAHOMA) - 2018

- Threw for 4,053 yards, 40 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

- Had a passer rating of 205.72 - the best in Heisman history.

- Ran for 892 yards and 11 touchdowns.

- Led Oklahoma to a 12-1 record and the fourth seed in the College Football Playoff.

- Went on to be the first overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

BAKER MAYFIELD (OKLAHOMA) - 2017

- Threw for 4,340 yards, 41 touchdowns and five interceptions.

- Had a passer rating of 203.76 - at the time the best in Heisman history.

- Ran for 310 yards and five touchdowns.

- Led Oklahoma to a 12-1 record and the second seed in the College Football Playoff.

- Went on to be the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

LAMAR JACKSON (LOUISVILLE) - 2016

- Threw for 3,390 yards, 30 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

- Had a passer rating of 153.34.

- Ran for 1,538 yards (the most ever by a Heisman-winning quarterback) and 21 touchdowns.

- Led Louisville to a 9-3 record.

- Went on to be the 32nd overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

MARCUS MARIOTA (OREGON) - 2014

- Threw for 3,803 yards, 38 touchdowns and two interceptions.

- Had a passer rating of 186.79.

- Ran for 669 yards and 14 touchdowns.

- Led Oregon to a 12-1 record and the second seed in the College Football Playoff.

- Went on to be the second overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

JAMEIS WINSTON (FLORIDA STATE) - 2013

- Threw for 3,820 yards, 38 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

- Had a passer rating of 190.05.

- Ran for 193 yards and four touchdowns.

- Led Florida State to a 13-0 record and the number one seed for the National Championship Game.

- Went on to be the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Joe Burrow has won the 2019 Heisman Trophy, becoming the fourth successive quarterback to receive the award given to college football's best player.

Senior Burrow transferred from Ohio State in 2018 and this year he has led the Tigers to a 13-0 record and the top seed in the 2019 College Football Playoff.

The quarterback, LSU's second Heisman winner after Billy Cannon in 1959, has thrown for 4,715 yards, 48 touchdowns and just six interceptions.

He was on target with 342 of his 439 passing attempts, with 77.9 per cent of his throws reaching their intended targets for the NCAA's best completion percentage.

Burrow garnered a record 90.7 per cent of the votes, beating fellow finalists Chase Young, Justin Fields and Jalen Hurts.

He follows in the footsteps of recent winners Kyler Murray, Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson. The last non-quarterback to claim the individual honour was running back Derrick Henry in 2015.

Chase Young says his "plan" is to return to Ohio State next season, rather than enter the 2020 NFL Draft.

The defensive end is one of four finalists for the 2019 Heisman Trophy - awarded to college football's best player - after a remarkable season with the Buckeyes.

Young set an Ohio State record with 16.5 sacks in 11 games, leading the nation in that category, and many think he will be the top prospect in next year’s draft, should he decide to forgo his senior year at college.

However, such a decision appears far from a formality as Young revealed he intends to be back with the Buckeyes in 2020.

Asked by TMZ Sports whether he was planning to return to Ohio State, Young replied: "That's the plan."

Terrell Suggs has been cut by the Arizona Cardinals just three weeks before the end of the NFL season.

The outside linebacker, who played college football at Arizona State, signed a one-year deal worth $7million with the Cardinals last offseason after 16 seasons with the Baltimore Ravens.

Suggs, the 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, was a seven-time Pro Bowler and a Super Bowl winner with the Ravens, for whom he had 132.5 sacks.

He only managed 5.5 in 13 games for the Cardinals in 2019, though, and has now been let go by Arizona, who have the NFL's worst defensive unit in terms of yards given up.

"It was mutual conversations as this thing went on," Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury explained to reporters on Friday.

"The respect was both ways. We know what he's been to this league, the Hall of Fame player he's been. We just wanted to have those conversations."

The Cardinals were the NFL's worst team last season and are 3-9-1 at the bottom of an ultra-competitive NFC West this time around.

"There's disappointment that we didn't win more games," Kingsbury added.

"As the season's gone on, out of playoff contention, we wanted to see what we had in some younger players and we felt like it was the best move for both parties."

Suggs, 37, will be available on waivers and could now join a playoff-bound team, such as the Ravens.

Jameis Winston will start at quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Detroit Lions, head coach Bruce Arians has confirmed.

Winston suffered a hand injury in the win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday and though he finished the game, he was limited at practice this week.

The fifth-year starter was reportedly only able to throw tennis balls on Thursday, yet he had progressed to a football at Friday's practice, after which Arians revealed he would face the Lions.

"Jameis threw the ball well today and he's ready to go," Arians told reporters.

Asked what he wanted to see from Winston, Arians added: "Just to be able to use strength with the ball and holding onto it - more so getting it knocked out of his hand than throwing it - and he's fine."

Winston has had a typically up-and-down season with the Bucs, as has been the case for most of his NFL career.

He leads the league with 23 interceptions - seven more than any other quarterback - but has also thrown 26 touchdowns, a figure only MVP candidate Lamar Jackson, who has played one more game, can better.

Winston is one of only two quarterbacks to have thrown for over 4,000 passing yards in 2019 and is seven yards behind Dak Prescott, the NFL's leader in that category.

The 6-7 Buccaneers cannot make the postseason in a stacked NFC, but Winston is playing for a new contract in 2020, either in Tampa Bay or elsewhere.

Veteran quarterback Eli Manning will make potentially his final home start for the New York Giants on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.

Rookie Daniel Jones, who took over from Manning as the starter from Week 3, will miss a second successive game with an ankle injury.

That means 38-year-old Manning will be under center at MetLife Stadium for the 2-11 Giants' Week 15 clash with the 3-10 Dolphins.

Two-time Super Bowl champion Manning, the first overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, is in his 16th and likely final season with the Giants, who finish the campaign at home against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Manning has played in 235 regular-season games for New York, throwing for 56,740 yards and 364 touchdowns, while also leading the franchise to victories over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII and XLVI.

The Giants drafted Jones in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft to take over from Manning, who will be an unrestricted free agent in 2020 if he decides to carry on playing.

In three starts this season, Manning has gone 71-of-119 passing for 759 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.

Two of those scores came on Monday in a 23-17 overtime loss to the Eagles.

Manning will be without Evan Engram on Sunday, though, with the tight end ruled out for a fifth successive game due to a foot injury.

Janoris Jenkins was cut by the New York Giants on Friday following his "refusal to acknowledge the inappropriate and offensive language" he used in a tweet earlier this week.

The eighth-year cornerback was heavily criticised for calling a fan a "retard" on Twitter on Wednesday, and he later tweeted saying: "My apology for the word I used earlier, really didn't mean no 'HARM'."

However, the initial tweet remained on his account and he told reporters on Thursday that such a term "was slang that I use back at home".

Jenkins had said: "It's my slang, so if you take it how you're going to take it, then that's on you. I don't mean to offend nobody."

The 31-year-old suffered an ankle injury in the loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday and the Giants explained on Friday that he had been "waived/injured".

However, head coach Pat Shurmur later explained that Jenkins' comment and his unwillingness to see the offensive nature of it was "the determining factor" in his release.

"This was an organisational decision," Shurmur told the team's website.

"From ownership to management to our football operations, we felt it was in the best interests of the franchise and the player.

"Obviously, what happened this week, and the refusal to acknowledge the inappropriate and offensive language, was the determining factor."

Jenkins, drafted in the second round by the then-St Louis Rams in 2012, signed a reported five-year, $62.5million contract with the Giants in 2016 and went to the Pro Bowl in his first season with New York.

He had four interceptions in 13 games this season and led the Giants in passes defensed with 14.

Shortly after news of his release was confirmed, Jenkins tweeted: "Best news ever.. Thank you"

Jarvis Landry claims Odell Beckham Jr. wants to stay with the Cleveland Browns amid speculation over his fellow wide receiver's future.

Beckham was non-committal last week when asked if he will remain with the Browns beyond this season following a report that he had been talking to opposing players and coaches about moving on.

However, Landry is confident his team-mate is not heading for the exit door in Cleveland.

"I think he wants to be here," he told the media on Thursday. "I know he wants to be here.

"He doesn't want to leave, and he's not trying to leave."

Beckham has endured a disappointing season with Cleveland after arriving via a trade with the New York Giants, but Landry insists he has still had an impact on the franchise.

"I think for him, he's been a leader, he's a guy that comes to work every day, he's a guy that's playing through injuries, all the things you want out of a player," Landry said.

"Inside of this organisation, he has a voice, he has responsibility to himself, to all of us, to go out there and compete each and every Sunday, and he does that."

Beckham said last week: "What's the future hold? I don't know, I don't know the answers for that.

"Right now, I'm just taking it a day at a time, trying to finish healthy, trying to win these last four games and see what happens."

Alshon Jeffery has been ruled out for the rest of the NFL season after the Philadelphia Eagles placed him on injured reserve.

The Eagles confirmed on Thursday they have put Jeffery on IR due to a foot problem, ruling him out for the rest of 2019.

Jeffery sustained the non-contact injury in the first half of his team's 23-17 home overtime win over the New York Giants on Monday, the wide receiver having to be taken to the locker room on a cart.

Despite being at 6-7, the Eagles are still in the running for a playoff place with a record the same as that of NFC East rivals the Dallas Cowboys atop the division.

Jeffery ends the season with 43 catches for 490 yards and four touchdowns, having been limited to playing in 10 games.

In his third season with the Eagles, the 29-year-old was part of their Super Bowl winning team in February 2018.

Following Jeffery's departure, JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Greg Ward were the Eagles' only two other active receivers against the Giants, with Nelson Agholor still battling a knee problem and DeSean Jackson already on IR.

Along with placing Jeffery on IR, the Eagles added some WR depth by promoting Robert Davis from the practice squad.

But the Eagles, who are on the road against the Washington Redskins on Sunday, are now likely to be leaning heavily on tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert over the decisive weeks of the season.

The Tennessee Titans take on AFC South rivals the Houston Texans in the stand-out match of the NFL schedule in Week 15.

With both teams holding an 8-5 record, there are huge playoff implications to Sunday's meeting with just three matches left of the regular season.

But that is far from the only game to keep an eye on in the coming days, with the under-pressure Dallas Cowboys hosting the Los Angeles Rams and the Buffalo Bills on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The New England Patriots are also looking to bounce back after suffering back-to-back defeats when they play the Cincinnati Bengals.

Using data from Stats Perform, we take a closer look at all the Week 15 fixtures.

 

JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Conner both practiced in full for the Pittsburgh Steelers as they prepare for a crucial Week 15 clash with the Buffalo Bills.

Wide receiver Smith-Schuster (knee) and running back Conner (shoulder) have each missed the Steelers' last three games through injury.

"[I did] a couple of reps here and there," said Conner. "I got a couple of reps with the offense this week. I am still taking it day by day.

"I just want to be out there competing. These games are crucial, they are critical for us in the position we are in. We are just trying to control our own destiny."

Despite the absence of the duo, the Steelers have won their last three games to significantly improve their chances of reaching the playoffs.

Mike Tomlin's team are 8-5 and in possession of the AFC's sixth and final playoff berth with three games remaining. The Steelers have the tiebreaker over the 8-5 Tennessee Titans by virtue of their win percentage in conference games.

Pittsburgh host the 9-4 Bills, who are the fifth seeds as it stands, on Sunday, with the game likely to have a significant impact on a tight race for the two AFC Wild Card berths.

Conner has rushed for 390 yards and scored six total touchdowns in an injury-hit year. Smith-Schuster has 524 receiving yards and three touchdowns in 10 games.

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