Hawks in the NFL: Is the C.J. Beathard Era Over?

By Jeremy Karll on October 31, 2017 at 8:31 am
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To make room for LB Josh Perry, the Indianapolis Colts waived Henry Krieger-Coble this week. He appeared in one game this season but didn't record any stats. In his two-year NFL career, Krieger-Coble has one catch for 13 yards in three career games.

C.J. Beathard Era Coming to an End?

Given the circumstances, C.J. Beathard's second start could have gone much worse. He completed 17-of-36 passes for 167 yards, a touchdown and led the team with 40 rushing yards. While he did throw two interceptions, he was also hampered with drops by his receivers -- San Francisco leads the league with 27 drops -- and poor offensive line play, which featured multiple backups and third-string players. Simply put, Beathard rarely had time to breathe in the pocket and led the team in rushing because he couldn't stay in the pocket.

Per The Athletic's David Lombardi:

According to Pro Football Focus, the Eagles ended up pressuring quarterback C.J. Beathard on 60 percent of his dropbacks, the highest rate by any team in any NFL game this year.

The rookie's jersey was stained and muddied early on this rainy afternoon. Beathard threw slightly behind Carlos Hyde on two early passes that could've netted first downs, and the running back didn't do him any favors on either pass — dropping both.

Beathard completed two passes to George Kittle, who gained 22 yards, including this nice one-handed grab. 

Desmond King stuffed the stat sheet for one of the best NFL games of his young career. He finished with four tackles, a tackle for loss, a QB hit and sacked Brady for his first career sack,  which has now made King one of the most hated players in New England. 

If that happened to Beathard, no one would have cared. And King doesn't care if New England fans hate him.

Micah Hyde is becoming the steal of the off-season after another great performance on Sunday. He extended his NFL-lead with his fifth interception of the season to go along with five tackles and a pass deflection. 

The Browns' 0-8 start has nothing to do with Christian Kirksey. In England, he finished with eight tackles, a pass deflection and a tackle for loss. He's now tied for fourth in the league with 67 tackles this season, including 35 tackles in the past three weeks. Cleveland has good reason to hold onto their best defensive player, but it would also be great to see him on a winning team for once.

Anthony Hitchens finished with three tackles, Carl Davis had one tackle, and Adrian Clayborn recorded two tackles. However, Clayborn was fined for his hit on Brady last week and didn't enjoy having his third drug test in as many weeks.

Injury Report

Brandon Scherff didn't play for Washington due to a Grade 2 MCL sprain. There's no word on if he'll play next week against Seattle.

DNP/Inactive/Bye Week

DNP: Jake Rudock (Lions)

Inactive: Jaleel Johnson (Vikings), Cole Croston (Patriots)

Bye Week: Bryan Bulaga and Mike Daniels (Packers), Austin Blythe and Andrew Donnal (Rams), Karl Klug (Titans)

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