New Eagles Punter Donnie Jones Is Not a Football Player, Reflects on Tackling DeSean Jackson

New Eagles Punter Donnie Jones Is Not a Football Player, Reflects on Tackling DeSean Jackson

The Eagles addressed one of the most concerning aspects of
their roster on Monday: the punter. Yes, Philadelphia’s punter carousel
continued with the release of Mat McBriar, who was replaced by former Houston
Texan Donnie Jones, the club’s third new punter in as many years.

While we’re all relieved that the punting situation is in
good hands until the next time it isn’t – training camp is a safe bet – Jones wants
his teammates to know something that we all do already. Punters are not
football players.

Jones can punt the hell out of the ball, as evidenced by his
two second-team All-Pro honors while with the St. Louis Rams in ’08 and ’09,
but he doesn’t get down with all of that other football stuff. You know hitting,
running, getting grass stains on his uniform – those sorts of thing. He said as
much to the Houston media last season
when he made a touchdown-saving “tackle” on
Wes Welker against the New England Patriots.

“I told [my teammates], I said,
‘Look, you guys are NFL football players, I’m not.’ So when I get a little
bruise or something, it is what it is. I know my role. But it’s all in good

That conversation with reporters back in December prompted
further reminiscing about the time he "hauled" DeSean Jackson out of bounds. Technically it's a tackle. Bet he’ll
tell this one to the grandkids all the time.

 “Yeah, I mean I’m not an actual NFL ‘football’
player,” Jones said. “I mean, come on. We know our roles. I had the same type
thing in 2008. I had to push DeSean Jackson out of bounds. Somehow I chased him
down, don’t know how I did it, and I fell and my knee blew up. Every now and
then you get one. We’re punters and kickers. We’re a different breed.”

So even though Donnie Jones is suiting up for his fifth NFL
team in 10 seasons, he’s not a football player you guys – but you already knew
that. Hell, punters aren’t even people, am I right?

>> Donnie Jones' stats []

/* Style Definitions */
{mso-style-name:"Table Normal";
mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;
mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";

Carson Wentz falls far behind Elliott, Prescott in Rookie of Year odds

Carson Wentz falls far behind Elliott, Prescott in Rookie of Year odds

Carson Wentz's Rookie of the Year odds took a hit, the Eagles' Super Bowl odds shortened and the Vikings' lengthened after Sunday's 21-10 win.

The Eagles are 33/1 to win it all, a week after being listed by Bovada at 50/1. The Vikings, meanwhile, went from 7/1 to 9/1. They still have the third-shortest Super Bowl odds in the NFL and are two spots ahead of the Cowboys (14/1). 

Wentz, who had his worst statistical game against Minnesota, is now 9/1 to win NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, according to Bovada. Last Wednesday, he was 6/1.

Wentz trails Cowboys studs Ezekiel Elliott (2/5) and Dak Prescott (11/5) on that leaderboard.

As far as this week, Wentz is favored to throw for more yards than Prescott. Wentz is 5/7 to outgain Prescott through the air in Week 8, while Prescott is 1/1 to outgain Wentz.

Elliott's over/under rushing total against the Eagles is 99.5. He's rushed for 130-plus yards in each of his last four games, and the odds are 3/1 that he'll reach that number again this week. 

The Eagles have allowed just one 100-yard rusher this season, Washington's Matt Jones (16 for 135).

Elliott is also now on pace to break Eric Dickerson's rookie rushing record. Dickerson had 1,808 in 1983; Elliott is on pace for 1,875. Will Elliott break that 33-year-old mark? A "yes" bet pays 2/1; a "no" bet pays 1/3.

Dave Hakstol did Steve Mason a favor by challenging Sabres' 3rd goal

Dave Hakstol did Steve Mason a favor by challenging Sabres' 3rd goal

Many, though not all hockey games, have a tipping point or pivotal moment that factors into the outcome.
Sometimes it’s obvious what it was and when the moment occurred. Other times, it’s overshadowed by something else on the ice.
Ask the Flyers which moment would define their come-from-behind 4-3 shootout victory over Buffalo on Tuesday and the response will be virtually unanimous: when Dmitry Kulikov leveled Jakub Voracek with a high hit that made contact to the head in the third period.
Voracek was forced off the ice under the NHL’s concussion protocol.
That hit incensed the Flyers, who went on to score two power-play goals and tie the game, 3-3. The comeback was on.
Yet there was a less obvious but significant point that happened late in the second period, and it concerned goalie Steve Mason.
Matt Moulson had given Buffalo a 3-0 lead on Michal Neuvirth at 15:43, when Flyers coach Dave Hakstol elected to make a goalie switch.
Rather than call a simple timeout to buy Mason some warm-up time and allow his team to collect itself on the bench, Hakstol challenged the goal, claiming “goalie interference.”
Replays won’t show any direct interference on the shot itself. Neuvirth was speared several seconds before the play developed.
Hakstol knew the goal would likely not be overturned, but his strategy was to buy time for Mason and his team. By using a challenge, he knew the review process would take a lot longer than the 60-second timeout.
Either way, he was going to use his only timeout.
“You know what, I think we needed a timeout at that time, anyway,” Hakstol said coyly. “Pretty low probability of it being successful. Everything worked out well in the end.”
Mason appreciated what his coach did, too. Buying extra time for you?
“Yeah, probably,” Mason replied. “Regardless of the situation, you’re sitting on the bench, you know? You’re not really gauged as much as when you’re playing, obviously. So, you just try and ramp things up as quickly as possible.”
Mason had two saves in that shortened period, five in the third period and one in the overtime to register his second victory.
“There’s a never-quit attitude in this room,” he said. “We showed in Chicago — we were just talking about that. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to close that one out.
“But guys have a belief that you get one [moment] and it comes. [Travis Konecny] got us going with his first NHL goal, which is great. The guys really pushed to capitalize on their chances.” ​