Each week during this year’s college football regular season we will highlight some of the top draft-eligible performers from around the country.
Saquon Barkley continues to assert himself as not only the top running back in next year’s NFL Draft class, but the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy.
While the Penn State running back ran for just 56 yards on 20 carries Saturday against Indiana, the 5-11, 230-pound junior returned the opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown to set the tone for a 45-14 victory. Barkley, who has accounted for seven touchdowns this season, also caught four passes for 51 yards and even threw a 16-yard touchdown pass in the win.
No, nobody saw this Case Keenum renaissance coming (369 yards, three touchdowns against the Buccaneers). No one knows how long it lasts, either. It could end this week against a Lions team with a defense that handled Matt Ryan fairly well and gave Matthew Stafford a chance to win. Jim Caldwell no longer has to answer weekly questions about his job security, which can’t hurt.
Collins and I have this in common: We both rushed for more yards than Terrance West Cheap Jerseys MLB in Week 4: Collins had 82 yards, I had zero and West had minus-7. Collins has run hard over Cheap Jerseys Online Free Shipping the past two weeks, posting an identical nine carries for 82 yards both times out. It really feels like just a matter of time until he earns more early-game carries. He’s a speculative add for anyone looking to pad running back depth.
Philip Rivers’ career has entered the downslope of his bell curve, but he remains one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the league. After all, few other quarterbacks could have turned Tyrell Williams and Dontrelle Inman into a 1-2 punch that can gain nearly 1,900 receiving yards.
The Chargers have invested heavily in the twilight of their 35-year-old star passer’s career, surrounding him with the kind of talent designed to gash the hard-hitting defenses waiting in the AFC West. Their 2015 first-round pick Melvin Gordon finally showed the skill that made him an All-American at Wisconsin, and 2016 brought tight end Hunter Henry to serve as Antonio Gates’ heir apparent.
John Elway, another all-time great who Luck is often compared to because of their Stanford roots and similar skills, won his two Super Bowls in his late 30s, but he had appeared in his first two by age 27.
Peyton Manning, the Colts legend who was jettisoned when Luck was drafted, won his first Super Bowl at 29 and appeared in three more title games in his 30s, including his Super Bowl 50 victory with Denver. Brett Favre in Green Bay had been to two Super Bowls and was victorious in one by age 28.
As was the case for Fouts with the Chargers and Moon with the Oilers, both of whom made the playoffs multiple times, a key question is whether the Colts have surrounded their sixth-year signal caller with enough talent to get to the promised land.
Another key question: Will Luck be healthy enough after January surgery on Cheap Jerseys Pay With Paypal his Cheap Jerseys MLB throwing shoulder to start the season-opener on the road against the Rams?