Tag:Keith Null
Posted on: November 26, 2010 1:38 pm
Edited on: November 26, 2010 1:41 pm

Clausen starts for Panthers against Browns

Posted by Will Brinson

Breathe a sigh of relief Panthers fans (or maybe Browns fans?), as it appears Jimmy Clausen is healthy enough to start against Cleveland on Sunday. (Yes, he's playing against Jake Delhomme, the former long-time Panthers starter.)

Well, that's the presumption anyway, since John Fox announced Friday that he's the starter for Sunday's game, according to Panthers Rapid Reporter Steve Reed.

There was a possibility that Keith Null could start Sunday (Brian St. Pierre was a little banged up after his first NFL action that involved throwing more than five passes), and that didn't sound like an, um, fantastic option.

"They haven't told me [who will start]," said Null, who signed on Tuesday. "Right now I'm just getting into the playbook. [Your] guess is as good as mine."

But that's pretty much the Panthers season in a nutshell -- the good news is that there are a number of Panthers players listed as probable (along with Clausen), including running back Jonathan Stewart and wide receiver Brandon LaFell.

The Cats don't have a ton to play for given their record and lack of talent at a number of positions, but they'll at least be given a few games to determine what players will be able to contribute in the future. Seeing Clausen play well down the stretch would go a long way in ultimately determining who will be the likely No. 1 overall draft pick next year.

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Posted on: November 26, 2010 8:40 am

Hot Routes 11.26.10: Josh Freeman No. 1 overall?

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • Raheem Morris told Baltimore writers this week that regardless of what pick the Bucs had in the 2009 NFL Draft, they would have taken Josh Freman. Now, typically, that's either a statement entirely fueled by the hindsight of a Joe Montana-like steal or a really, really crappy draft. It's a little bit of both in this case, as there have been some good selections that developed out of those top picks (Pro Bowlers Brian Orakpo, Brian Cushing and Clay Matthews in addition to Mark Sanchez, Michael Crabtree, Jeremy Maclin and Hakeem Nicks) but Freeman's also a special talent that people are falling in love with. That being said, this is similar to the "We're the best team in the NFC" bit -- if Tampa had the first pick, they COULDN'T take Freeman first overall, because his inherent awesomeness would be suppressed because of his monster contract. Instead, they'd trade down and pick him up later in addition to something else. But I get what Raheem's saying.
  • Keith Null is "braced for action" when it comes to playing with the Panthers. What I wanna know is why the Panthers haven't called my cuz Riley Skinner (from Wake Forest, currently living in Charlotte) yet. Null came to Carolina when Brian St. Pierre turned them down the first time by the way.
  • I'm a little biased towards Andre Brown (NCSU guy), but I agree with him, and the Redskins coaching staff, in an optimistic view that he could succeed with Mike Shanahan and the Redskins. It's a much better fit than his first 25 teams.
  • Pete Carroll's got "mad respect*" (that's what the kids are saying after all) for Matt Cassell's tenacity in refusing to give up, always playing as hard as he can on the practice squad and eventually getting an incredible injury opening that led to a monster contract. Or something. *No, he didn't actually say that.
Posted on: August 8, 2010 3:23 pm

Bradford drawing fans but not enough reps

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Rams are already getting a return on some of that $50 million they guaranteed to Sam Bradford. Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post Dispatch points out that season ticket sales have jumped by 2,000 and training camp attendance has nearly tripled. S. Bradford (US Presswire)

More important is Miklasz’s very valid criticism of the way Rams coaches are distributing the reps to their four different quarterbacks so far:

This is puzzling: Bradford is taking about the same number of practice snaps as the two other young quarterbacks in camp, Keith Null and Thaddeus Lewis. With all due respect to Null and Lewis, they weren't the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, and they weren't given a contract worth a guaranteed $50 million.

Bradford was clearly brought here for a reason. He's the future. I understand that he has to show he's worthy of starting immediately, ahead of A.J. Feeley. Bradford has to earn the No. 1 job. The gig shouldn't be handed to Bradford if he performs poorly. I get it.

But given all that's at stake for coach Steve Spagnuolo and the entire franchise, this is unusual. I'm surprised the coaches aren't doing everything they can to give Bradford as many reps as possible. I don't see the logic of limiting Bradford.

The reason Miklasz doesn’t see the logic? There isn’t any.

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