NFL News – Friday, November 19, 2021

In this Friday’s NFL news: Lamar Jackson misses second straight practice; Dallas signs Greg Zuerlein, Jeff Driskel to transition to tight end; and more. Don’t miss the NFL news.

Lamar Jackson misses second consecutive practice

In Week 11 of the 2021 NFL Season the Ravens will face the Bears, however, some concern has arisen around Baltimore this week as, this Thursday, QB Lamar Jackson was absent for the second day in a row from the training of the equipment due to an unspecified but unrelated illness from COVID-19.

Multiple reporters noted that Jackson was not present during the open media portion of the session. Through Jonas Shaffer’s Baltimore SunOffensive coordinator Greg Roman commented early Thursday that he thought Jackson was feeling better. But apparently, the quarterback is still not well enough to make an appearance on the field.

Therefore, it will be necessary to remain pending this Friday the official Ravens injury report to determine the official status for next Sunday of a Jackson who has just come out of a particularly frustrating performance against the Dolphins in Thursday Night Football of Week 10. .

Finally, DB Jimmy Smith (hip), CB Tavon Young (foot) and center Bradley Bozeman (illness) returned to team training yesterday. However, WR Marquise Brown (thigh), WR Rashod Bateman, LT Alejandro Villaneuva, DT Brandon Williams (shoulder) and LB Pernell McPhee remained absent. How would Jackson’s loss affect Baltimore’s aspirations to win against Chicago?

Cowboys activate Greg Zuerlein

Good news for the Cowboys. This Thursday they confirmed that kicker Greg Zuerlein was activated from the COVID-19 Reserve, so he can return for next Sunday’s game against the Chiefs. Zuerlein was absent from Dallas’ win over Atlanta last week, and it was kicker Lirim Hajrullahu who came in, scoring five extra points on labor.

Zuerlein, a Missouri Western graduate, has hit 14 of 18 field goals and 21 of 23 extra points in 2021 in his second season as a member of the Cowboys. Also, 80% of his kickoff kicks have ended in touchbacks.

The 33-year-old veteran came to the NFL as a sixth-round pick for the Rams in 2012, where he remained until 2019 before coming to the Cowboys. During 10 years of professional career he has hit 249 of 304 field goals and 318 of 329 extra points. Finally, Dallas also recovered running back coach Skip Peete from the COVID-19 Reserve, who had also been absent last week. Can the Cowboys capitalize on the return of their best kicker?

Bears sign Bruce Irvin

A veteran is back in the NFL. This Thursday, via Ian Rapoport from NFL Media, LB Bruce Irvin was reported to be a new Bears player. The move is the product of Chicago having a hard time with the absence of LB Khalil Mack, who has yet to return to team practice due to a foot injury that has kept him out of the last two games. Therefore, those led by Matt Nagy have reinforced the position.

Irvin, a West Virginia graduate, came to the NFL as a first-round pick for the Seahawks in the distant 2012 draft, and this season he had remained an unrestricted free agent after having participated in only two games last season in a nothing fruitful return to Seattle.

Thus, the Bears will be the fifth team in the professional career of an Irvin who previously played with the Seahawks (2012-2015, 2020), Raiders (2016-2018), Falcons (2018) and Panthers (2019). Throughout his tenure in the league, he has registered 121 games played (92 as a starter), 16 forced fumbles, 308 tackles, 118 QB hits and 52 sacks; and at 34 he will try to generate a positive impact on the defense of Chicago. What can a veteran like Irvin bring to the Bears?

Jeff Driskel to transition from QB to TE

In more NFL news, during training camps and the previous offseason we saw former quarterback Tim Tebow’s failed attempt to transition to tight end with the Jaguars. He was ultimately unsuccessful and was cut from the team, but this Thursday, a similar project came to light in the Texans. This is the now former QB Jeff Driskel, who has not played a single match in 2021 but who, to change this narrative, will make a transition to tight end, confirmed the team itself.

Houston tight ends coach Andy Bischoff referred to Driskel as a rare athlete who has the potential to contribute to both offense and special teams now that he will not be a quarterback. The Texans, until before this announcement, were a rare franchise with four active quarterbacks on the 53-man roster, but 2 of them have not played this 2021, Driskel and Deshaun Watson.

It is well known that Watson is expected to be out of the running for this entire season due to the troublesome alleged sexual assault that still surrounds him. But Driskel is ready to play now that he will make the transition, while QB Tyrod Taylor will remain as the team’s starter and Davis Mills will serve as direct substitute.

Driskel, who came to the league as a 49ers sixth-round pick in 2016, is a fine athlete who offers versatility. In the Scouting Combine he ran 40 yards in 4.56 seconds and has averaged 5.8 yards per carry during the limited time he has walked the field the past three seasons between the Bengals, Lions and Broncos. It’s certainly not easy to learn a new position, but that athleticism will give you an opportunity to make something of yourself as a tight end in the NFL. Will he make the transition or will it be another failed experiment?

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NFL News – Friday, November 19, 2021