Seahawks LB Darrell Taylor, Rams TE Roger Carter Jr. go viral: NFC West Stock Watch

Receiver Jauan Jennings had his most impactful sport for the San Francisco 49ers final week in a shutout win at dwelling towards the New Orleans Saints.

The third-year professional out of Tennessee totaled six receptions for 49 yards on seven targets, together with his first landing reception of the yr. 5 of Jennings’ receptions had been good for first downs, and three of his receptions got here on San Francisco’s solely landing scoring drive of the sport.

On a staff that options proficient playmakers like Deebo Samuel, George Kittle, Christian McCaffrey, Elijah Mitchell and Brandon Aiyuk, it is simple for Jennings to get misplaced. Nonetheless, he confirmed his worth on Sunday as a receiver who can win one-on-one matchups in essential moments. 

One of many extra spectacular receptions was Jennings’ five-yard landing catch. Initially tipped by New Orleans security Tyrann Mathieu, Jennings confirmed good focus and steadiness in corralling the tipped ball whereas holding each ft in bounds behind the top zone.

Jennings’ skill to make large performs in important conditions has earned him a catchy nickname: Third and Jauan.

“A lot of teams like to play man-to-man on third downs,” Jennings mentioned. “And that’s one of my strengths. I can beat man-to-man.”

Jennings put these expertise on show on this out route towards slot defender Chris Harris Jr., inflicting him to fall and resulting in a late hit by the veteran defensive again out of frustration.

“It’s hard to play man against Jauan,” San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo mentioned. “He’s big. He’s quick. He’s physical when he gets the ball in his hands, and he’s hard to bring down. I’m not trying to pump him up too much there, but he does a lot of good things. He separates at the top of his routes, so as a quarterback it’s easy to read his body language.” 

Per Subsequent Gen Stats, Jennings has 14 receptions for 164 yards on 21 targets on third down this yr. That is probably the most receiving yards and targets of any San Francisco receiver on the cash down. 

Jennings’ penchant for creating separation tops this week’s NFC West Stock Watch. 

Rising

Niners WR Jauan Jennings: At 6-foot-3 and 213 kilos, Jennings has a capability to play bodily within the run sport that has additionally stood out this yr, as evidenced within the clip beneath towards the Saints.

One of many causes San Francisco averages 124 dashing yards a sport is receivers like Jennings and their skill to create dashing lanes by being bodily stalk blockers on the perimeter. 

Niners DE Nick Bosa: The Ohio State product has been the ringleader for San Francisco’s move rush up entrance. Bosa had a sack to assist shut out his staff’s win towards the Saints final week, changing into simply the fifth participant since 2000 to document at the very least one sack in 9 of his first 10 video games, becoming a member of Hugh Douglas (2000), Everson Griffen (2017), Robert Mathis (2005) and DeMarcus Ware (2008). 

Bosa is No. 3 within the NFL with 11.5 sacks. And he’ll apparently do move rush strikes on any inanimate object, in response to Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel. The 8-3 Dolphins meet the 7-4 49ers in San Francisco on Sunday (4:05 P.m. ET on FOX).

Los Angeles Rams P Riley Dixon: The Rams dialed up some trickeration towards the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs final weekend when Dixon hit receiver Jacob Harris with a good spiral on a faux punt for a six-yard move play that moved the chains. 

After all, L.A.’s anemic offense was compelled to punt once more on the identical drive, and all Dixon did was drop his 48-yard punt on Kansas Metropolis’s four-yard line. Dixon has been a stable substitute for longtime Los Angeles punter Johnny Hekker, who signed with the Carolina Panthers in free company. Dixon’s play has been one of many few brilliant spots in what has been a season to overlook for the Rams. 

Falling

Seattle Seahawks OLB Darrell Taylor: Predicted for a breakout season this yr, Taylor is now struggling to persistently get on the sphere for the Seahawks.

And in final weekend’s additional time loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, Taylor discovered himself on the sphere on the incorrect time, as he ran out to have fun together with his teammates after security Quandre Diggs’ interception. Nonetheless, the ball had not been blown lifeless and the Seahawks ought to have been referred to as for 12 males on the sphere. Not nice. Taylor has performed solely 58 defensive snaps and has simply an assisted deal with prior to now three video games. 

Rams TE Roger Carter Jr.: As he tried to take the sphere towards Kansas Metropolis on Sunday, the rookie out of Georgia State slammed into head coach Sean McVay, injuring his jaw. The incident was simply one other reminder of how issues have gone for the tumbling Rams.

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However as he does with most issues, McVay dealt with the scenario effectively.

“I’ll be limited for the rest of the week with my jaw,” the coach joked when working by the accidents for his staff this week. 

Arizona Cardinals TE Trey McBride: A second-round choice out of Colorado State, McBride completed with one catch for a yard on three targets towards the Los Angeles Chargers over the weekend. McBride was subbing for veteran tight finish Zach Ertz, who suffered a season-ending knee harm towards the Rams earlier this month.

McBride additionally had a important drop that will have moved the chains on third down halfway by the fourth quarter in Arizona’s loss. It will have been a tricky catch for McBride, with Chargers security Alohi Gilman swiping at his arms, nevertheless it’s the sort of contested catch gamers should make within the NFL. 

McBride has simply 9 receptions for 46 yards on the yr. With Ertz out, the Cardinals want extra manufacturing from final yr’s winner of the John Mackey Award, given to one of the best tight finish in school soccer. 

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Eric D. Williams has reported on the NFL for greater than a decade, masking the Los Angeles Rams for Sports activities Illustrated, the Los Angeles Chargers for ESPN and the Seattle Seahawks for the Tacoma Information Tribune. Comply with him on Twitter at @eric_d_williams.


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