This has been brewing over the past few years, as it seems Manning has made the conscious decision to avoid getting hit at all costs. Maybe it was a general business decision, sage advice passed down from Big Bro Peyton as a way for an immobile man to extend a career. Or maybe Eli just lost faith in his physical ability to avoid pressure or hang in the pocket and absorb a blow. Either way, the result has been multiple instances per game in which he hurls the ball into the ground, or curls up into the fetal position as pass rushers approach.
DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 17 rebounds for the Clippers. Their backups outscored Toronto’s reserves 50-17, led by Harrell and Lou Williams, who also had 17 points.
“Our second group tries to bring a lot of energy and play as hard as we can,” Harrell said. “We know we’re going to make some mistakes, we know we have some younger guys who aren’t accustomed to playing this amount of minutes. Everyone has that next man up mentality.”
Buffalo had a good game plan in place and the team’s only touchdown of the game was a result of rolling Taylor to his left before hitting rookie receiver Zay Jones in the end zone.
“No, there isn’t anything I would do differently,” Jeter said after the trade became official on Monday.
During a half-hour conference call, Jeter tried to explain his thinking for trading Stanton, who controlled the process because he is owed $295 million over the next 10 years and could veto any trade. Jeter said Stanton made it clear that he did not want to be part of rebuild, so it was best for the organization to move on.