From postgame press conferences to next-day media availabilities, NFL players and coaches can’t escape the microphone.
While Chicago is 2-4 and essentially thought of as an afterthought in the NFC playoff race, the beginning of the season hasn’t been that bad for the Bears.
O.J. Howard, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9.2 percent): The talented first-round pick played 69 percent of the Bucs’ offensive snaps in Week 7, the highest yet in his young NFL career. He caught six passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns, a demonstration of the ability that Tampa Bay is so excited about. However, it also came in a game in which Jameis Winston threw the ball 44 times, and Howard remains the No. 2 tight end in this passing game behind Cameron Brate. But with such a dearth of established options at the position, Howard checks in as an intriguing add-and-stash for someone angling for upside.
Yet if you think those local fans who attend the “Factory of Sadness” have it tough, just feel for those hardy souls scattered all over the world — there are 45,000 registered members of the 331 Browns Backers clubs in 13 countries — who still heroically keep the faith from afar. Well, this is their big week. With the Browns off to Twickenham Stadium, the home of English rugby, for their NFL International Series game against the Minnesota Vikings, some of their longest-suffering overseas fans have dug deep into their pockets to jet in from all over Europe to attend.
One of the first steps was moving Fowler’s locker at EverBank Field next to that of linebacker Paul Posluszny, an 11-year NFL standout whose work habits have New Cheap Jerseys made him one of the league’s most respected players.
“Seeing how he carries himself every day throughout the week as a pro and me trying to NFL Jerseys Authentic do the same thing, it’s translating on the field,” Fowler said.