Report: Steelers moving forward with Kenny Pickett as starting QB

The Pittsburgh Steelers are ready to usher in a new era with rookie first-round pick Kenny Pickett as their starting quarterback

The Pittsburgh Steelers had seen enough of Mitch Trubisky as their starting quarterback Sunday, replacing him halfway through the game with rookie first-round pick Kenny Pickett.

Apparently, the Steelers liked what they saw enough to stick with Pickett moving forward, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Pickett threw a trio of interceptions in his regular-season debut Sunday, but two of them were deflections, and the other was a Hail Mary attempt at the buzzer. The No. 20 overall pick out of Pitt rushed for a pair of touchdowns, and helped inject some life into Pittsburgh’s struggling offense.

Trubisky was expected to give the Steelers a veteran bridge to Pickett, and it appears they’ve made it to the other side just four weeks into the season.

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Latest update on injury to Vikings rookie S Lewis Cine

Get the latest update on the injury suffered Sunday by Minnesota Vikings first-round pick Lewis Cine

The Minnesota Vikings appear to have lost rookie safety Lewis Cine to a serious injury.

The first-round pick out of Georgia suffered a lower leg fracture during Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints, and will remain in London to undergo surgery, head coach Kevin O’Connell told the media after the game.

A versatile playmaker who helped lead the national champs’ dominant defense last season, Cine had already shown flashes of potential, but might be dealing with a season-ending injury just as his rookie campaign was getting underway.

Hopefully, he’s able to make a full recovery, and still be able to reach his lofty ceiling.

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Latest update on injury to Titans rookie WR Treylon Burks

Get the latest update on the injury suffered Sunday by Tennessee Titans rookie wide receiver Treylon Burks

Tennessee Titans rookie wide receiver Treylon Burks was carted off with an injury during Sunday’s win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Burks appeared to suffer a foot or ankle injury, and was later seen in the locker room after the game with crutches and a boot, per ESPN’s Turron Davenport.

A first-round pick out of Arkansas, Burks has flashed some impressive potential as the replacement for AJ Brown. Hopefully, his injury isn’t too serious, and won’t force him to miss extended time.

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Kenny Pickett replaces Mitch Trubisky at QB for Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers have benched veteran Mitch Trubisky for rookie first-round pick Kenny Pickett

It took three weeks and some change for the Pittsburgh Steelers to end the Mitch Trubisky era at quarterback.

Early in the third quarter, Trubisky was replaced by rookie first-round pick Kenny Pickett, much to the joy of the home crowd.

On his first drive, Pickett converted a 4th-and-inches with a quarterback sneak, but not long after, his first career pass was a deep ball that got picked off by New York Jets safety Jordan Whitehead.

The interception is disappointing, but the Steelers are still better off rolling with the rookie going forward.

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Jaguars LB Devin Lloyd named NFL Defensive Player of the Month

Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Devin Lloyd has been named NFL Defensive Player of the Month for September

Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Devin Lloyd has been named NFL Defensive Player of the Month for September, the league announced Thursday.

Through his first three games in the NFL, Lloyd has tallied 24 tackles, two interceptions, and six pass breakups. as the Jags have been one of the league’s biggest surprises with a 2-1 record.

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Chris Olave was given the offensive honor for this month.

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Saints WR Chris Olave named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Chris Olave has been named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Month

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Chris Olave has been named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for September, the league announced Thursday.

Through three games, Olave has caught 17 passes for 268 yards, averaging nearly 16 yards per catch. After making tons of big plays at Ohio State, Olave is proving to have the same kind of impact at the next level.

Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Devin Lloyd was given this month’s defensive honor.

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Jelani Woods has star power, and it’s time for the Colts to unleash it

The Colts stole themselves a potential star in tight end Jelani Woods, and Sunday’s two-touchdown performance should be just the beginning

When I started doing my initial film work on last year’s tight end class, one prospect immediately jumped off the tape.

At 6-7 and 260 pounds, Virginia’s Jelani Woods looked too good to be true. Sure, there might have been more polished players at the position, but it didn’t take much deep-diving into the film to see the rare potential that Woods brought to the table.

A converted quarterback who spent his first three seasons at Oklahoma State, Woods didn’t get too many opportunities to show off his lofty ceiling. When he did, Woods made the most of it, averaging 17 yards per catch as a freshman, and 16 yards per catch as a junior.

His production exploded after a transfer to Virginia, as he caught 44 passes for 598 yards and eight touchdowns, topping his numbers in all three categories from his entire tenure at OSU.

Even before the NFL Scouting Combine, I felt strongly that Woods was the best tight end prospect in this year’s class. After his ridiculous performance in Indy, he solidified that spot.

Woods ended up being the No. 38 overall player on my board, making him a bargain when the Indianapolis Colts stole him at No. 73 overall in the third round.

He didn’t see a single target in either of his first two regular-season games, but when the ball finally came his way this week, Woods once again made the most of his limited opportunities.

Woods caught two of his three targets Sunday, both for touchdowns, including the game-winner in an upset victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Colts head coach Frank Reich has a history of relying on a committee approach at tight end, but Sunday’s performance from Woods should be a massive neon sign telling him to change that philosophy, now that he’s got such a rare talent.

Woods combination of size, length and athleticism gives him superstar potential in the NFL. While he’ll still need some refining as a blocker and a route-runner, there’s no reason for the Colts not to maximize his skill set as often as possible. He’s a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses, and proved Sunday that he can be counted on to make big plays in clutch situations.

The only thing that could keep Woods from quickly developing into the next great playmaker at tight end is the Colts’ unwillingness to let him do it. Hopefully, they realize what they have, and put Woods in position to reach his sky-high ceiling.

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Chris Olave’s Saints career is off to a strong start, and setting a historic pace

Chris Olave has started his New Orleans Saints career by setting a historic pace. If he can keep this up, he’ll shatter almost every rookie receiving record:

Chris Olave has started his New Orleans Saints career by setting a historic pace. If he can keep this up, he’ll shatter almost every rookie receiving record. The 11th overall pick in this year’s draft has been sensational through the first three weeks, routinely toasting the league’s best defensive backs deep downfield with his well-polished routes.

But it’s Olave’s receptions and yards gained that we’ll be focusing on here. He’s continuing a tradition of elite play from former Ohio State Buckeyes wide receivers in the New Orleans offense, if he’s on pace to surpass his mentor Michael Thomas if he can maintain it. Olave has already caught 17 passes to pick up 268 receiving yards through the first three weeks, though he has yet to score his first touchdown catch.

That’s an average of 5.7 receptions for 89.3 receiving yards per game — last year, just 13 receivers around the league averaged that many catches per game, and only three (Cooper Kupp, Davante Adams, and Justin Jefferson) averaged more yards per game. If Olave can keep it up, though, he’s on pace to finish the 17-game season with 96.9 catches for 1,518.1 yards.

Those are crazy numbers. Generational numbers. That’s more yardage than any rookie receiver has ever set in a single season (Houston Oilers first-year pro Bill Groman set the record with 1,473 yards across 14 games way back in 1960), though two others have caught more passes: Jaylen Waddle (104) in 2021 and Anquan Boldin (101) in 2003, both 16-game seasons. Thomas ranks third-most in NFL history with 92 receptions through 15 games in 2016 (gaining 1,137 yards, a franchise record). It’s a high standard to chase, but so far Olave has met it.

It’s exactly what the Saints hoped for when they drafted him so highly, trading up twice to ensure they’d get the talented pro prospect. There have been some growing pains early on, sure, but for the most part any struggles Olave has experienced are due to inaccurate passes from his quarterback. He’s beaten every defensive back to line up against him, and he impressed everyone around him with how quickly he absorbed the playbook.

So what are the odds Olave does maintain this pace? Honestly, it’s not great. He’s a rookie and there will be unforeseen bumps and bruises along the way. He’ll have random games where he only catches two or three targets and come away with, like, 19 yards. It happens. Something to watch out for, too, is the status of Thomas and Jarvis Landry. Both veteran receivers are ahead of Olave on the depth chart, affording him more favorable matchups in coverage, and they each exited Sunday’s loss to the Carolina Panthers with injuries. If they miss time and expose Olave to more defensive attention, the degree of difficulty climbs higher for him. Even a talented rookie like him would start to slow down.

But for now we’ll just appreciate Olave for what he is: a bright spot in an otherwise miserable three-game series to open the 2022 season. Fun things have happened often when the ball goes his way, and we’ll be hoping for more highlight reel-worthy plays out of him. He’s the future of wide receiver play in New Orleans. It’ll be exciting to watch him continue growing into a really special player.

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WATCH: Romeo Doubs catches 1st NFL TD from Aaron Rodgers

Watch Green Bay Packers rookie wide receiver Romeo Doubs find the end zone for the first time in his NFL career

Aaron Rodgers doesn’t have Davante Adams anymore. He didn’t have Sammy Watkins on Sunday either, nor did he have rookie second-round pick Christian Watson.

But he had fourth-rounder (and preseason darling) Romeo Doubs, who led the Packers in receiving as they beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14-12 on the road Sunday.

Doubs caught all eight of his targets for a team-high 73 yards, including his first career touchdown.

A lot of other teams are probably wondering why they let Doubs slip that far in the draft, but Rodgers and the Packers sure are glad they did.

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WATCH: Jaguars 1st-round pick Devin Lloyd grabs tip-drill INT

Watch Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Devin Lloyd show off his playmaking ability

When Utah linebacker Devin Lloyd slid down the board in the 2022 NFL draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars made the wise decision to trade back into the late-first round and grab him at No. 27 overall.

The No. 12 overall prospect on our board heading into the draft, Lloyd’s big-play skill set was on full display during the Jags’ 38-10 blowout win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.

Lloyd got his hands on a tipped Justin Herbert pass, picking it off and setting up the Jags offense with fantastic field position.

A three-down playmaker who can defend both the run and pass, Lloyd will be making this kind of impact in Jacksonville for years to come.

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