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Around the NFL 10/26/11
By Jason Lewis (Sports Editor)
Published October 27, 2011

By Jason Lewis
Sentinel Sports Editor

TO and Tiki looking for work

Terrell Owens held a workout for NFL scouts, but none of them showed up.  Even though he only worked out for the camera crew, he was able to create some buzz that could lead him to getting signed by a team.  Photo by Jeff Lewis

Stars from yesteryear are still looking for work.  For running back Tiki Barber, he’s been looking since the offseason without much luck.  For wide receiver Terrell Owens, he’s finally ready to sign with a team after rehabbing from offseason knee surgery.  But so far there is no interest for either player. 

Owens may be able to land somewhere because he was productive last season.  He recently held a workout for scouts, but no team sent a representative to the workout, where he ran routes and drills to show that he is healthy. 

With the amount of player injuries so far this season, it would seem that some team would want to take a chance on Owens, but many teams may shy away because of the drama that he brings. 

As for Barber, he has been ready to go since the lockout ended, but no team has shown any interest in him, mostly because he has not played in four years.  He abruptly retired during the prime of his career, and when his broadcasting career flamed out because of his marriage scandal, Barber decided to come back to the game that he walked away from. 

Well it appears that the game does not want him back, because he’s still sitting around waiting for that phone to ring.  There have been a number of running backs injured this season, but teams are looking else where for replacements. 

Owens has a good chance of catching on somewhere, but do not count on Barber to make his return to the NFL. 

McNabb is done

Donavan McNabb is pretty much a wrap in Minnesota, and at this point he should just call it a career at the end of this season.  He performed poorly last season, and this season was not going so well either.  At this point it would be hard to believe that any team in the league would give him a starters job.

McNabb will go down as a player who never got the credit that he deserved.  For a decent amount of time he was one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, and he led his teams to four NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl, which his team lost by only three points. 

McNabb will never get the credit for it, but he was an elite quarterback.  Not Hall of Fame worthy, but a very good quarterback who won a lot during his career.

It is interesting to look back a couple of years, when McNabb, Kevin Kolb, and Michael Vick were all on the Philadelphia Eagles.  Many people said that the Eagles had the best collection of quarterbacks in the league. 

McNabb was still one of the best in the league, Kolb was waiting in the wings as the next great quarterback, and they had just signed one of the most dangerous weapons in Vick. 

Oh how things have changed.  McNabb has flamed out since being traded from the Eagles, Kolb is now flaming out in Arizona, and Vick is 2-6 in his last nine starts with the Eagles.  

Newton still lighting it up

This past Sunday Carolina Panthers rookie quarterback Cam Newton completed 78 percent of his passes for 256 yards and he threw a touchdown with no interceptions against the Washington Redskins, who have one of the better defenses in the league.  He also rushed for 59 yards and a 25-yard touchdown. 

This guy is already special, and he has greatness written all over him. 

While most rookie quarterbacks struggle to complete half of their passes, Newton is at 60.3 percent, and he has a quarterback rating of 82.8.

To put his numbers into perspective, last year’s first overall pick was Sam Bradford of the St. Louis Rams.  This season Bradford is completing 53 percent of his passes and his quarterback rating is 72.2. 

Many people said that Newton would not make it as a passer.  He has had his share of struggles, but he has played much better than most other rookie quarterbacks. 

The Raiders are turning into who we thought they were

It’s hard to look up  at the scoreboard when you’re losing 28-0, at home, to the Kansas City Chiefs, who are one of the worst teams in the league.  Photo by Jeff Lewis

Okay, it was just one game, but losing 28-0, and home, to a lousy team like the Kansas City Chiefs was just embarrassing.  The Raiders were supposed to turn the corner this year, and so far they looked like they did, but a loss like this shows that they aren’t ready to take that next step.

Quarterback Carson Palmer was supposed to sit and watch because the Raiders were playing a weak opponent.  The thought was that even Kyle Boller could beat the Chiefs.  Well, he threw them three interceptions, forcing the Raiders to have to insert Palmer in the game.  Not to be out done, Palmer threw three interceptions of his own. 

Now it is tough to put blame on Palmer, because he has not lined up against a NFL defense since the end of last season.  There was no way that he could know the playbook, and he did not get to practice until Thursday of last week.  But what is Boller’s excuse?  How is he still on a NFL roster? 

If the Raiders are going to be taken seriously, they cannot lose in that fashion to bottom feeders.

Chris Johnson has nearly disappeared

Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson signed a mega contract during the offseason after he held out.  And now he has been a no show during the season.

On the season, Johnson has rushed for only 268 yards on 93 carries, which is an average of 2.9 yards per carry.  He only has two runs longer than 20 yards, and his longest run of the season is for 25 yards. 

Johnson’s pockets must be weighted down with all that cash. 

Tim Tebow

Yeah, Tim Tebow. 

After Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow stunk up the joint for 55 minutes, only to become an unstoppable player on the way to their 18-15 comeback victory over the Miami Dolphins, a fan at G|S Game Sports Bar said, “Now he’ll think he’s Jesus.”

Well, some Tebow fans already think that he is the second coming.

It is interesting that Tebow proved all of his supporters and detractors right and wrong at the same time. 

Can any of his supporters say that he was not embarrassing for most of the game?  Nope.  But they can say that he pulled it together and won the game, so he is the winner that they believe he is.  His detractors can say that he is still horrible, but they cannot say that he is not a winner. 

It does appear that there is one group of people who want to see Tebow fail.  Surprisingly that would be his coaching staff.  It almost seems like they did not want to play him at all this season, even though quarterback Kyle Orton has been horrible the last season and a half with the Broncos, and now that they are stuck playing Tebow, it seems like they are trying to sabotage him. 

Tebow was not really bad for 55 minutes against the Dolphins.  He was only horrible for the third and half of the fourth quarter.  In the first half he only attempted five passes while the Broncos ran the ball on nearly every play.  It was like the Bronco coaching staff game planned him out of the game. 

If the Broncos really want to evaluate Tebow, it would make sense to give him a chance to play for four quarters.  In the second half they finally decided to pass the ball because they were down.  At first Tebow could not do much of anything right, but once he found his rhythm he was nearly unstoppable.  It’s like he turned into the Incredible Hulk. 

Tebow cannot play as horrible as he did for portions of the game and expect to last long in the NFL, but at the same time, it appears that if given a fair chance, he can be money. 


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