by Cale Clinton
"ESPN said I had surgery? Interesting, I didn't know I had surgery. You're going to have to talk to ESPN about that"
-- Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake claims he's healthy enough to play against Denver this weekend, refuting ESPN reports saying Wake underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee. (Miami Sun Sentinel)
Q: How about the Red Sox?
Bill Belichick: How about them?
Q: Any words of encouragement for them?
BB: I don't think they need any. Whatever they need to do, they can do. Hit, pitch, run, play defense, take pitches. They're good.
Q: Any message for Alex Cora? It was his birthday yesterday.
BB: Yeah, happy birthday.
Q: He turned 43 years old.
BB: He's doing pretty good.
-- This was the exchange this week between New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and a reporter following the Boston Red Sox' advance to the World Series. (Courtney Cox, NESN via Twitter)
IT WAS FOUR YEARS AGO, MAN
"Crazy how people still don't know what a catch is. I caught it BTW"
A LITTLE ONE SIDED, ISN'T IT?
-- Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins shouted the Texans' record versus the Jacksonville Jaguars as he walked out of his postgame press conference. Hopkins was asked about his rivalry with cornerback Jalen Ramsey, to which he questioned the possibility of there even being a rivalry due to the Texans' dominance over Jacksonville. Aaron Reiss of The Athletic later noted that, while the record between the two teams is accurate, the Texans are only 3-2 with Ramsey on the Jaguars. (Aaron Reiss,)
PRESENTED WITHOUT COMMENT
"I can turn on the tape this week of our opponent and see that Colin Kaepernick deserves a job."
-- Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins was speaking about the NFL Players Coalition and noted his support for quarterback Colin Kaepernick, when he decided to throw this stray shot at the Jacksonville Jaguars and their quarterback, Blake Bortles. (Mike Garofolo, NFL Network via Twitter)
IF IT AIN'T BROKE DON'T FIX IT
"Like any other back, just hit him.''
FOR A GOOD CAUSE
"I tried to win it so we could get Le'Veon back. It didn't work."
-- Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster bought over 100 Mega Millions tickets this week after the jackpot skyrocketed to $1.6 billion. His dreams aren't of riches, however. He just wants to end running back Le'Veon Bell's holdout. (Jeremy Fowler, ESPN via Twitter)
Gruden: "I lost my virginity to the Notre Dame fight song."
Playboy: "There was a band?"
Gruden: "No, not even music. But it was in my mind."
-- This exchange between current Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden and Playboy magazine from 2003 resurfaced this week. If this doesn't tell you Gruden loves football I'm not sure what will. (The RInger)
I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE THAT SEES IT, RIGHT?
"You see the record. You see the record."
-- Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson requested a trade this past week, and when questioned why, this was his response. Peterson would retract that trade request a few days later, claiming he was just frustrated with the team's current performance. (Bob McManaman, Arizona Republic via Twitter)
THE JOKER AND THE THIEF
"I'd say so. I mean, no. There's other quarterbacks that are stealing almost as much."
-- New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan made this joking comment when asked if Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is the best businessman in the NFL (Josh Katzenstein, The Times-Picayune via Twitter)
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
CHRIS LONG IS ALL OF US
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) October 19, 2018
-- Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long went incognito in order to buy his share of Mega Millions tickets this week.
— The Ringer (@ringer) October 21, 2018
-- Looks of shock and awe from Baltimore Ravens players as Justin Tucker, the most accurate kicker in NFL history, misses his first PAT to fall to the New Orleans Saints 19-20.
— Inside the NFL (@insidetheNFL) October 23, 2018
-- Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt gets no feedback from coaches as to which way the team should defend on kickoff.
AN ALL-TIME SPEECH
Here it is: All 652 words of Raiders TE Lee Smith's impassioned speech, made in defense of QB Derek Carr to reporters minutes ago. "I hope that everyone hears me loud and clear of what a joke it is." pic.twitter.com/9p5bFjHUde
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) October 24, 2018