Former Notre Dame receiver getting huge praise with reigning Super Bowl champs

Benny Skow is doing a little bit of everything for the Rams!

After transferring from Northwestern and spending the 2020 college football season at Notre Dame, [autotag]Ben Skowronek[/autotag] was a seventh round draft pick of the Los Angeles Rams.  If you know anything about late rounds like that you know that it wasn’t a certainty by any means that he’d even make an NFL roster.

Especially the Rams who featured one of the most powerful offenses in all of football.

Fast forward a year and not only has the now Super Bowl champion Ben Skowronek made the Rams, but he’s become of vital importance in his second NFL season.  Don’t take my word for it though, instead watch what ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback Dan Orlovsky had to say about “Benny-Skow” earlier this week.

It’s important to remember that the NFL season is only three games old for all teams at this point but Skowronek has clearly stepped up when presented the opportunity.

Check out the photos below of Ben Skowronek since the start of Rams mini this past summer.

Related: The colleges with the most players on NFL rosters (early Sept. of ’22)

Also be sure to follow everything Rams (hey, Kyren Williams is there now, too!) with our colleagues at Rams Wire!

Colleges with most players on Week 1 NFL rosters

Which team’s ranking surprises you the most?

By now you’ve likely already had your fantasy football draft and are set for the NFL to kick-off on Thursday night as the defending champion Los Angeles Rams host the Buffalo Bills.  Both teams feature former college stars on both sides of the field and with the season starting I thought it’d be a good time to look up just which colleges have the most NFL talent entering the 2022 season.

You can probably guess a few of the colleges that produced the most current NFL talent but where a couple powerhouses rank may surprise you.

For example, would you think that Clemson wouldn’t make the top 10?  Or that UCLA has more current NFL players than each of Texas A&M, USC, Florida State, Miami, or Oregon?

Here are the topsouth caro 40 programs in terms of current NFL talent.

Research courtesy of SpoTrac.com

Ian Book finds new NFL home

Hopefully things work out better here

The opportunity didn’t work out for former Notre Dame quarterback [autotag]Ian Book[/autotag] in New Orleans: The Saints waived the former fourth-round draft pick on Tuesday. Book wasn’t out of work long, however,  he found a new home Wednesday.

Book was claimed by the Philadelphia Eagles who have Jalen Hurts and Gardner Minshew at the position, so the assumption is Book will be third string. Book started one game for the Saints last year going 12-of-20 for 135 yards with a pair of interceptions in a loss to the Dolphins.

Book becomes the only former Notre Dame player on the current Eagles roster.

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Former Notre Dame All-American named Giants captain

Julian Love has accomplished many things in his football career but according to him this is a personal first!

One of the best defensive backs Notre Dame has had in recent memory can add a first to his football resume with the New York Giants.

“Team Captain 2022” can be added to the list of accomplishments to Giants defensive back and special teams contributor [autotag]Julian Love[/autotag], who was voted a captain by his teammates this week.

Giants head coach Brian Dabbol on Love being named a captain:

“…there was another player who got a good amount of votes both on defense and in the kicking game that’ll be added to those guys, and that’s (safety) Julian Love.”

It’s not surprising to me that Love was named a captain, and I don’t think any Notre Dame fan who watched him for his three seasons are at all surprised. What’s surprising to me is he was never named the captain of any team before now.

Congrats to Julian and best of luck in 2022!

A big thank you to Kristian Dyer of Rutgers Wire for the assist on this piece. 

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Ian Book cut by New Orleans Saints

Surprised?

Former Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book has been waived by the New Orleans Saints as the team makes its way down to the 53-man roster limit.  It was a bit of a surprise Book went as early as he did (fourth round) in the 2021 NFL draft, but also a bit of surprise he was waived on Tuesday afternoon.

Book completed 42 of 65 passes this preseason for 315 yards and two touchdowns and two interceptions. He added 121 rushing yards in the three preseason games.

According to Ian Rapoport, Book will likely be a practice squad target if he clears waivers.

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Super Bowl winning head coach praises former Notre Dame RB Williams and Rees

High praise indeed

As a recruit, one of the biggest selling points a program can make is getting their players to the next level. Not only is it great to show prospects that the opportunity is there, having them prepared to contribute early is yet another big time selling point.

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay just gave head coach [autotag]Marcus Freeman[/autotag], offensive coordinator [autotag]Tommy Rees[/autotag] and Notre Dame another point to hammer home with recruits. When asked about former Irish star running back [autotag]Kyren Williams[/autotag], McVay was glowing about his preparation to help last years Super Bowl winning team, listen for yourself.

The most telling aspect was when McVay mentioned Rees, saying “you could see a lot of the things that Tommy Rees and those guys at Notre Dame were asking of him is very translatable to the NFL.” High praise indeed for Williams, Rees and the Irish.

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ESPN has two Notre Dame players predicted to be 1st round NFL Draft selections

You know which two but where do they land?

Ahead of the season starting ESPN wanted to get one more mock draft out there, this one by Jordan Reid. Plenty will change between now and when players are actually selected, so it is interesting to see who stays as one of the best options, who falls and who rises. For Notre Dame, they seem to have at least two sure-fire draft eligible first-round selections. Find out where they were projected to go and with which pick.

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Chase Claypool claimed he’s a top what receiver in the NFL?!!?

Love you Chase but did you mean on the Steelers specifically?

Cooper Kupp, Davante Adams, Deebo Samuel.

Justin Jefferson, Ja’Marr Chase, Stefon Diggs.

Ceedee Lamb, Tee Higgins, D.K. Metcalf.

If the question is “Who is the best wide receiver currently in the NFL?” then these would be a little more than a handful of the first names that popped up.

Then after another handful or two of names you might find former Notre Dame standout [autotag]Chase Claypool[/autotag], now a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Claypool sees things a little differently though as he recently called himself one of the elite wide receivers in the entire NFL.

Claypool spoke on the “I am Athlete” podcast with hosts Brandon Marshall, LeSean McCoy, and Adam “Pacman” Jones.

I’m going to say, my second year, I was a better player than I was my first year,” Claypool said. “The plays just didn’t work out, right? Some of the plays just didn’t go my way. I didn’t make some plays I need to make. But as a football player, understanding the game, knowing what to do, knowing where to be, I was better. So I’m going to be better this year.

“And just like you said, understanding I’m not normal — I feel that way when I’m on the field. I know for a fact I am not like the rest of the guys in the NFL. I know I’m a top-five receiver. I know I’m a top-three receiver.”

-Chase Claypool

In order to perform you need to have confidence whether you’re in sales, construction, football, or any other industry.  However, if Claypool is a top-three receiver in the NFL right now then I’m a top-three candidate to be on the July cover of GQ magazine.

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Watch: Ian Book’s touchdown pass vs. Packers

Book It!

Notre Dame and Ohio State square off two weeks from today as they open the 2022 season with a marquee matchup, but the two schools came together in the form of a passing touchdown in Friday night’s Saints-Packers game at Lambeau Field.

Well, a former player from each of the programs came together for the score is what I should say.

Trailing 13-3 with seconds remaining before halftime, [autotag]Ian Book[/autotag] moved out of the pocket and to his right. He found rookie wide receiver Chris Olave for a touchdown to cut the Packers lead to 13-10. Take a look below.

The Packers won, 20-13. Book finished the night 16-of-28 for 113 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

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Notre Dame football: Manti Te’o through the years

Few names are better remembered nearly a decade later in college football than Manti Te’o. Take a look at his career through the years here

When you list the biggest names in the last quarter-century of Notre Dame football, few players are bigger than 2012 Heisman Trophy runner-up Manti Te’o.

Te’o was one of the most decorated recruits to choose Notre Dame, and of those to attend, he had the career that perhaps best met such high expectations, being a very key piece in the Irish return to glory in 2012.

Then came an off-the-field story you wouldn’t believe if it was in a Hollywood film.

Although he was a star in college, his production never had the same peaks in the NFL. That said, he has spent eight years collecting paychecks from the San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints in some capacity, so it was by no means bad, either.

Te’o gets remembered for one of the all-time strangest stories you’ll ever hear, but that’s made some forget just how big of a star Te’o was at Notre Dame.  He finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting in 2012 to Johnny Manziel, something I still don’t agree with but so be it.

Take a look back now at Te’o through the years – a high school megastar to Notre Dame legend and NFL veteran.