Adios, Bears and Ravens
We'll see you next season, James Daniels and Marshal Yanda. While both the Bears and the Ravens were eliminated from the NFL playoffs last weekend, all hope is not lost for Iowans. There are still six former Hawkeyes active in the playoffs spanning four teams — the Chargers, Rams, Chiefs and Patriots.
Desmond King had quite the game for the Chargers last Sunday when they eliminated the Ravens in the second AFC Wild Card game.
The fifth-round draft pick had four punt returns for 46 yards, four tackles — three solo, including a sack — and this beaut of a kick return.
Desmond King had a big punt return earlier, now he had a big kick return to open the half.pic.twitter.com/8NnnH56jdL— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) January 6, 2019
Oh, did we mention that the 151st draft pick was named an All-Pro this season?
mood when you make first team all-pro pic.twitter.com/YgPEywlpU6— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) January 4, 2019
What an honor for someone who didn't run in a straight line for 40 yards fast enough!
Both former Iowa offensive linemen that played last weekend were eliminated — Yanda at the hands of King's Chargers, and Daniels when the Bears last-second field goal came up short.
Unfortunately for Daniels, it was his blocking that was the source of blame for many Bears fans. Though Cody Parkey's double-doink field goal was originally just a kicked issue, the NFL ruled later that the kick was tipped by Treyvon Hester, who took advantage of Daniels and Bobby Massie on the last play of the game.
Though Yanda's Ravens didn't win, he had a person victory last week being named to the NFL All-Pro second team alongside George Kittle.
LONG STORY SHORT
Moving On: Desmond King (Chargers, 13-4)
See You Next Year: James Daniels (Bears, 12-5), Marshal Yanda (Ravens, 10-7)
See You Next Week: Austin Blythe (Rams, 13-3), Anthony Hitchens, Ben Niemann (Chiefs, 12-4), Adrian Clayborn, Cole Croston (Patriots, 11-5)