Tuesday, September 19, 2006
This is a video of that dramatic touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Plaxico Buress to give the NY Giants the win in overtime vs. the Eagles.
Posted by Zennie Abraham at 2:03 PM
One by one, they're eliminating the mentors for Vince Young. Let's see how this approach works.
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- After watching two division rivals lose their starting quarterbacks to injuries, the San Diego Chargers obtained Billy Volek from Tennessee on Tuesday to give them a veteran behind first-year starter Philip Rivers.
Volek wanted out of Tennessee since being demoted to third-stringer behind rookie Vince Young after the Titans signed Kerry Collins. He got his wish, but the deal was delayed for obvious reasons because the Titans played the Chargers on Sunday. San Diego won 40-7 to improve to 2-0 atop the AFC West. Volek was the inactive third QB.
"He's awfully enthusiastic about joining a team with the quality that the Chargers represent," said his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. "This is a nice opportunity for Billy to go to a team that is playing very well right now, and has a need for a veteran quarterback."
Rosenhaus was involved in the deal because Volek, who played at Fresno State, had to waive his no-trade clause in order to return to his home state.
The Chargers, who opened the season with the untested Rivers and rookie Charlie Whitehurst as their only quarterbacks, gave up a sixth-round draft pick that could become a fifth-rounder if Volek participates in 50 percent of San Diego's offensive plays this year.
"I think we're a good football team and I'd like to protect it," general manager A.J. Smith said. "We just like his experience factor, and he's a pretty solid quarterback. More importantly, the reason is it adds depth. He was looking for a change of scenery and we were contemplating if he was the right guy to add to our depth."
Division rival Kansas City reportedly inquired about Volek after Trent Green suffered a concussion in the Chiefs' season opener. On Sunday, Oakland lost Aaron Brooks for two to four weeks with a strained pectoral muscle. The Chargers sacked Brooks nine times in a season-opening 27-0 win.
Volek was chosen as the Titans' starter in June after Steve McNair was traded to Baltimore. But when the Titans signed Collins on Aug. 29, Volek was dropped behind Young on the depth chart.
Rivers, a third-year pro, began the season with zero NFL starts and one touchdown pass. In San Diego's two routs, he's completed 33 of 46 passes (71.7 percent) for 343 yards and two touchdowns.
San Diego's only other quarterback through two games was rookie Charlie Whitehurst. He made his NFL debut in mop-up duty Sunday and scored on a 14-yard run with 1:53 left. His father, David, played for the Green Bay Packers from 1976-83.
San Diego released veteran backup A.J. Feeley on Aug. 28.
Volek is 3-7 as a starter, including eight starts in 2004 when McNair had a sternum injury. He made his second career start that season at San Diego, throwing for 279 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-17 loss.
Rosenhaus said he anticipated Volek would fly to San Diego on Tuesday. The Chargers are off this weekend before facing their toughest test yet, at Baltimore on Oct. 1.
"It's very fortuitous that the club has a bye this week because it gives Billy a chance to learn the system and acclimate himself before the next ballgame," Rosenhaus said.
Posted by Zennie Abraham at 2:00 PM
COLTS RB JOSEPH ADDAI, SAINTS WR MARQUES COLSTON, 49ERS LB MANNY LAWSON, PATRIOTS RB LAURENCE MARONEY, & PANTHERS RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS For ROW
From NFL Media.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COLTS RB JOSEPH ADDAI, SAINTS WR MARQUES COLSTON,
49ERS LB MANNY LAWSON, PATRIOTS RB LAURENCE MARONEY
& PANTHERS RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS
CANDIDATES FOR DIET PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF WEEK HONORS
Fans To Vote For Winner On NFL.com and Via Sprint Wireless Service
Running back JOSEPH ADDAI of the Indianapolis Colts, wide receiver MARQUES COLSTON of the New Orleans
Saints, linebacker MANNY LAWSON of the San Francisco 49ers, running back LAURENCE MARONEY of the New
England Patriots and running back DE ANGELO WILLIAMS of the Carolina Panthers are the finalists for DIET PEPSI
NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK honors for games played on September 17-18, the NFL announced today.
Fans can vote for one of these five players on NFL.com beginning Tuesday at 9am EST and ending on Thursday at 5pm
EST to determine the DIET PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK. The DIET PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK will be
announced Thursday evening on NFL.com.
In addition, for the second year, NFL fans may cast their votes for the DIET PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK using
phones with Sprint wireless service - an opportunity available only to Sprint customers. This fast, convenient voting
method involves texting the word PEPSI to short code 7777. Sprint customers will then receive an interactive text
message that links fans to the ballot with the five finalists each week. Data and text messaging rates may apply.
After the regular season, five players will be nominated for Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year honors. Fans can vote for
the winner on NFL.com and via Sprint wireless service throughout the month of January. The winner will be announced
at a press conference at Super Bowl XLI in South Florida.
A closer look at the finalists:
- Indianapolis' Joseph Addai carried 16 times for 82 yards in the Colts’ 43-24 victory over the AFC South-rival
Houston Texans. Addai added two receptions for 22 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown catch-and-run to put
the Colts up 14-0 in the first quarter. It was Addai’s first career NFL touchdown.
- New Orleans' Marques Colston caught four passes for 58 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown reception in the
fourth quarter of the Saints’ 34-27 victory over the Green Bay Packers. Colston has now caught a touchdown
pass in each of his first two NFL games.
- San Francisco's Manny Lawson recorded three tackles, two sacks and two quarterback pressures in the 49ers’
20-13 win over the St. Louis Rams. Lawson was a key factor in San Francisco’s defense holding the Rams to 185
passing yards on the day. He recorded sacks on the Rams’ opening drives of both the first and third quarters.
- New England's Laurence Maroney ran for 65 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries in the Patriots’ 24-17
victory over the New York Jets. Maroney recorded his first career NFL touchdown on a one-yard run in the third
quarter to put the Patriots in front 24-0.
- Carolina' s DeAngelo Williams carried 13 times for 74 yards and one touchdown in the Panthers’ 16-13 overtime
loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Williams scored his first career NFL touchdown on a three-yard run in the second
quarter. He also added five catches for 24 yards and returned four kickoffs for 86 yards in the game.
This is Pepsi’s fifth year as the official soft drink sponsor of the NFL and the second year that Diet Pepsi will present the
NFL Rookie of the Week and NFL Rookie of the Year awards.
Posted by Zennie Abraham at 1:52 PM