The NFL was swift to dole out punishment to the New York Giants after head coach Ben McAdoo used a walkie-talkie to communicate with quarterback Eli Manning from the sideline.
The NFL fined the Giants $150,000 and McAdoo $50,000 for the use of the walkie-talkie, and also had their fourth-round pick in 2017 moved to the end of the fourth-round after any compensatory picks, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
S Eric Weddle, Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens are making a lot of noise about Weddle getting left out. The safety has consistently been one of the best players at the position for years. He’s not on pace to post career bests in any major statistical category like tackles or interceptions, but with 81 tackles and four interceptions, he’s still playing at a high level. Eric Berry, Devin McCourty, and Reggie Nelson are all in ahead of him, and while the first two have played great football, Nelson has struggled quite a bit this year, and it’s surprising to see him ahead of Weddle.
RB LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots
Blount is having the best year of his career, with 1,060 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground. It’s worth noting that the three AFC running backs selected — Le’Veon Bell, LeSean McCoy, and DeMarco Murray — all have better per-carry averages and more yards than Blount. But Blount’s 15 touchdowns leads the league, and he fits so well into the Patriots offense. He broke the Patriots’ record for rushing touchdowns in a single season, and smart money is on him getting a couple more before all is said and done.