Anticipating a need on the defensive line, the Tigers went heavy here, with a star-studded class that includes four ESPN 300 defensive linemen, including five-star ends Xavier Thomas and K.J. Henry, both of whom are already on campus. With Christian Wilkins, Austin Bryant and Clelin Ferrell returning to school for their senior seasons, Clemson will be overloaded at this position in 2018, allowing for more development with the younger players. — Andrea Adelson
Cornerback could get a swift infusion of talent, though, with Saivion Smith, the No. 1-rated junior college corner, already signed and Alabama coaches hot on the trail of uncommitted five-star Patrick Surtain Jr., who visited campus this past weekend. — Alex Scarborough
The Panthers managed to escape Sunday’s matchup with the Bills with a 9-3 win, but they didn’t do it intact on offense. Greg Olsen, one of Cam Newton’s favorite weapons over the last seven years, confirmed he’ll miss an indefinite amount of time after breaking his foot (more on that injury here).
The Raiders were expected to roll over the Jets Sunday by all expectations, and that’s exactly what happened through the first 20 minutes of the game. In fact, the Jets defense had no answer for Michael Crabtree, who hauled in the Raiders’ first two TDs on Sunday.
And the Titans can certainly run the ball. Against the Chiefs a week ago, the Titans racked up 202 yards on 31 carries, averaging 6.5 yards per rush. Derrick Henry did most of the damage, picking up 156 rushing yards while Mariota added 46 of his own. So no, the Titans did not miss injured running back DeMarco Murray. Instead, his injury actually became a blessing in disguise.
Just when it seemed the Steelers were closing in on the comeback, Bortles unleashed a spectacular 45-yard pass to Keelan Cole, setting up a 3-yard touchdown plunge by Fournette on the following play to put the lead back to 14.
That scoring play followed the Steelers turning the ball over on downs after failing to convert on a fourth-and-1 play in which they opted to pass than run. It was the second time Pittsburgh executed an odd play call on fourth-and-1, earlier opting to toss the ball back to Bell instead of running up the middle or giving Roethlisberger the ball on a QB sneak.