(SL) — Julio Jones racked up 12 catches for 253 yards and two touchdowns as the Falcons blasted the Buccaneers 34-20 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Wide Receiver set a records with his standout performance.
Jones became the first player to record three games of more than 250 yards in a career, surpassed Hall of Famer Lance Alworth for the most receiving yards and Anquan Boldin for most receptions for a player through his first 90 NFL games.
Post game, quarterback Matt Ryan said, “If we could just dial up 250 yards from him every week, it would be a pretty good recipe for success. He’s so explosive. He’s an unbelievable talent and an unbelievable competitor.”Ryan himself finished 26-of-35 for 317 yards and a TD, while wide receiver Mohamed Sanu had a 51-yard touchdown pass to which Coach Quinn jokingly said he became confident with Sanu at QB after he completed the pass, especially after he wobbled the snap a little.
(SL) – The NFL is investigating an allegation that Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston groped a female Uber driver during a ride in Arizona in March 2016. The league’s investigation was first reported Friday by Buzz Feed News, which viewed a letter it said was sent from NFL special counsel for investigations Lisa Friel to the Uber driver.
“We are in the process of obtaining further information regarding today’s media report. We take these matters seriously and are fully supportive of the investigation that is being conducted by the NFL,” the team statement said.
“A news organization has published a story about me regarding an alleged incident involving a female Uber driver from approximately two years ago,” Winston said in the statement. “The story falsely accuses me of making inappropriate contact with this driver. I believe the driver was confused as to the number of passengers in the car and who was sitting next to her. The accusation is false, and given the nature of the allegation and increased awareness and consideration of these types of matters, I am addressing this false report immediately. At the time of the alleged incident, I denied the allegations to Uber, yet they still decided to suspend my account.”I am supportive of the national movement to raise awareness and develop better responses to the concerns of parties who find themselves in these types of situations, but this accusation is false. While I am certain that I did not make any inappropriate contact, I don’t want to engage in a battle with the driver and I regret if my demeanor or presence made her uncomfortable in anyway.”
(SL) – Tampa Bay’s Kwon Alexander was a force to be reckoned with in Sunday’s battle against the Falcons in Atlanta. The
Rookie LB had a career game just a day and a half after his little brother was shot to death in Oxford Alabama.
It broke my heart to see him crying on the field. He is obviously heart broken. I don’t know how he made it through. Pure strength, dedication and out of the love he has for his baby brother who Kwon’s says just wanted him to ball out every time he touched the field.
Alexander dedicated the game and game ball to his brother. He finished with a team- (and career-) high 11 tackles to go along with an interception and a fumble recovery. The 21-year old tweeted his victory dedication to his younger sibling.
The Buccaneers upset the Falcons, 23-20, in overtime.
And the rookie fourth-round linebacker played a huge part. After having a 90-yard interception return reversed on a penalty,
Alexander secured two takeaways the officials couldn’t take away.
He forced a fumble with an incredibly strong strip of Falcons receiver Julio Jones.
Then once the game had ended, Alexander let go, his emotion overwhelming him.