What a proud Sunday for us Senior Citizens with the return of 39-year-old Tom Brady and his 400-yard game, coupled with 38-year-old Sebastian Janikowski banging out four field goals and a pair of extra points. Life is good, no?
The big beneficiary of the return of Brady was Tight End Martellus Bennett, the former Bear who caught six passes for 67 yards and three scores playing second fiddle to Rob Gronkowski. I was a big Bennett fan when he played with Chicago, and I love him now like I love Michael Crabtree playing behind Amari Cooper or Allen Hurns behind Allen Robinson. As in, the #2 guy often gets a lot of action when the top guy is so good and double teamed, etc.
With just eight catches this year, another Tight End, Crockett Gillmore of the Ravens, has just 71 yards, but a score this past weekend. Gillmore is not even a second line receiver at his position but he did bag 33 passes last year for 412 yards and four scores, and is a pretty good bye play in a deeper league. Crockett could also be a decent cheap DFS play when Baltimore faces teams who are weak covering Tight Ends and receivers.
Minnesota seems to find a different star every week (aside from Sam Bradford), and this week it was third-year Wide Receiver Adam Thielen. Going into Week 5 of this season, Thielen already had a career high in yards (145), and yesterday the 26-year-old almost eclipsed that total with seven receptions for a score and 127 yards. Could be a flash in the pan, but guys with big days are always worth checking out, especially when it seems their role is expanding.
Speaking of which, Clay Meredith, in his second year with the Bears, had a monster day with nine catches for 130 yards and a score. That was the first TD for Meredith, and in one day, the 24-year-old bagged 130 yards, more than his 2015 total of 120. Just saying.
Andrew Hawkins actually caught 63 passes for 824 yards in 2014, and actually scored four times for the Bengals in 2012, but aside has not generated much interest of much of anything, anywhere. And, he too had a good day Sunday, catching four for 56 yards and a score. With Charlie Whitehurst trying to hold the Browns together via duct tape, lots of things could happen. Truth is the team is bad, but that means largely playing from behind, and that means a lot of potential garbage yards. Thing is, they count, so don't dismiss the pair.
Looking at a defensive player, rookie Karl Joseph made three tackles, three assists, and grabbed a pick facing the Chargers on Sunday, and is on a vastly improving defense.
And, just for fun, don't forget that three punts were returned for scores on Sunday: Jakeem Grant (74 yards), Jamison Crowder, who returned his second 85 yards for a score, and of course Marcus Sherels of the Vikes, who ran back 79 for a score.