Welcome to the Week 3 edition of That’s Some Next Level; your weekly update on Bears in the NFL. File this under better late than never.
Kendall Wright (TEN) – Wright certainly showed no signs of last week’s injury. He enjoyed one of the best performances of his career so far, with 7 catches on 12 targets for 95 yds and a TD. All of those numbers led the team. You can watch the TD here (and if you watch it twice, find some pity Colts OLB Erik Walden no 93). Wright also had one rush for 13 yds, which may be a new wrinkle for this Titans offense.
Next Game: v BUF, Sun 12:00CT
Terrance Williams (DAL) – Last week, we held out some hope that Brandon Weeden would get comfortable with long throws. By now you know that didn’t happen. In 6 quarters, Weeden has targeted Williams 3 times. Dez’s absence looked like a blessing for Williams. Romo’s looks like a curse.
Next Game: v. NO, Sun 7:30CT
Jon Weeks (HOU) – The Texans kicking game had a rough afternoon, with Bullock missing a 43yr FG (hit the upright) and an XP. But these struggles weren’t snap related. Today, Houston released Bullock and signed Nick Novak. On punt team, Lechler still leading the league in punt attempts at 21. No fumbles or blocks. AND Weeks had 2 tackles! Not sure what that says about the rest of the coverage, but suspect it’s not great.
Next Game: @ ATL, Sun 12:00CT
Bryce Hager (STL) – Hager was again active on special teams for the Rams, participating in 16 special teams plays. Alas, no tackles recorded.
Next Game: @ARI, Sun 3:25CT
Matt Bryant (ATL) – Still perfect.
Next Game: v. HOU, Sun 12:00CT
In the DNP sub-group
Robert Griffin III (WAS) – There was some speculation that the Steelers or Cowboys might make a move for Griffin this week, given their QB situations. Economically, those are long shots. But of course these rumors needed some response from the Redskins front office. And true to form, there was this befuddling statement attributed to GM Scot McCloughan:
"Scot does not want to trade him," said one source very familiar with the situation. "He really doesn’t. That’s not something he is even thinking about. He’s still getting to learn about him and what he can do and what he’s all about. This kid was the 2012 Rookie of the Year for a reason and you don’t just fall into that stuff. He’s not giving up hope on him."
If you have the stomach for more of this, you can read it in full here. The article actually reflects very positively on RG3. True or not, the Redskins need this whole "we want him, he’s not on the market, the locker room is great" narrative, if they’re to get full value for him. So healthy grain of salt is in order here.
Colt McCoy missed practice on Tues, but returned Wed. So it looks like Griffin will again be healthy scratch this Sun.
Bryce Petty (NYJ) – Quiet week for Petty. Dressed, but DNP.
Demetri Goodson – Goodson was inactive on Sunday v. the Chiefs.
That’s it for this week. Until next week, good luck to Baylor Bears at Next Levels everywhere. And that includes you!