Hawks in the NFL: Desmond King Has Thanksgiving Feast

By Jeremy Karll on November 28, 2017 at 8:15 am
Light em up, Des.
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Ricky Stanzi almost won the Grey Cup as a backup with the Calgary Stampeders. However, Calgary committed two red zone turnovers in the fourth quarter, including one in the final seconds, allowing Toronto to erase an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit. Sure, Stanzi threw two interceptions in just eight pass attempts this season, but Calgary should know to turn to Stanzi at the end of games.

C.J. Beathard Avoids Serious Injury

Kyle Shanahan continued to say C.J. Beathard would stay San Francisco's starter barring an injury. On Sunday against Seattle, Beathard suffered a potentially serious leg injury with one minute left in the game, putting into question whether he'd be able to suit up this upcoming Sunday. Fortunately, his MRI showed a knee contusion and hip strain, meaning he could play against the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Shanahan said he won't make his decision until Wednesday, though.

Eric Reid and Reuben Foster both expressed their displeasure with fans whom cheered when Beathard got hurt, saying:

"Our starting quarterback got hurt, and people are cheering before he even stands up, and that pisses me off, so I'm disappointed in our fans," Reid said following the 49ers' 24-13 loss. "I understand the excitement about Jimmy, he's a great player, but that's not right."

As for the game, Beathard didn't play terribly. He completed 22-of-38 passes for 201 yards and an interception, also rushing for 21 yards on six attempts. He hooked up with George Kittle once for a 14-yard gain. That said, Jimmy Garoppolo threw his first touchdown as a 49er in the final minute of the game, which will only make the push to make him their starting quarterback even stronger.

David Lombardi of The Athletic noted that San Francisco's offensive line didn't give Beathard a lot of chances to be succesful:

...the Seahawks pressured Beathard on 47 percent of his dropbacks. They hit him 13 times, including three sacks.

According to Pro Football Focus, Seattle managed to bring all that heat despite blitzing on only three of Beathard's 42 dropbacks. As a result, the quarterback finished with only 201 passing yards on 38 attempts.

“(Beathard) didn't make a bunch of mistakes out there,” Shanahan said. “There weren't too many opportunities.”

Cole Croston could be New England's only healthy backup offensive lineman on Sunday if LaAdrian Waddle is unable to play. Croston saw his first NFL action a couple of weeks ago.

C.J. Fiedorowicz caught four passes for 37 yards on Monday Night Football.

Happy Thanksgiving

For some, the Los Angeles Chargers' Thanksgiving game against the Dallas Cowboys was the first time watching Desmond King in the NFL -- and he did not disappoint. He had his usual consistent production of five tackles, a pass deflection, and 16-yard kickoff return. However, he also intercepted his first pass, returning it 90 yards for a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter.

A pick-6 for your first career interception is quite the accomplishment, but Des called his shot back in April.

On the losing end, Anthony Hitchens finished second on Dallas with seven tackles. 

After a double-digit win over the New York Giants, Brandon Scherff and a few of his teammates enjoyed some turkey after the game.

Jaleel Johnson was inactive for the Minnesota Vikings, but he still made the news as his appeal of a facemask penalty against the Chicago Bears was denied. He will have to pay the $9,115 fine.

Mike Daniels Shines on Sunday Night Football

Although Green Bay wound up losing to Pittsburgh, Mike Daniels did get to sack Ben Roethlisberger on national TV. It's his second sack in the past three games after only having 1.5 sacks in his first six games of the season. He also finished with seven tackles, which ties his season-high, and had a quarterback hit. 

Inactive/DNP

Inactive: Jaleel Johnson (Vikings)

DNP: Jake Rudock (Lions), Austin Blythe (Rams), Matt Tobin (Seahawks) 

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