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Cats in the NFL

Hal Mumme will coach former Wildcats in the Alliance of American Football

Air Raid innovator Hal Mumme has a new coaching gig.

Last month the former Kentucky head coach resigned as Jackson State’s offensive coordinator.  This spring Mumme will be calling plays for Mike Singletary’s Memphis Express in the Alliance of American Football. Not only will he bring an entertaining offense to the new league, but Mumme and Singletary will be quite a charismatic combination on the sideline.

Mumme’s addition gives Memphis Express another former Wildcat.  There are currently four Cats on the Express roster: wide receiver Ryan Timmons, offensive tackle Cole Mosier, defensive back Blake McClain and defensive tackle Matt Elam.  I think the BBN has a new professional football team to follow.

The fledgling professional spring football league will kick off its inaugural season February 10.


After years of battling cancer, Danny Trevathan’s grandmother will see the former Wildcat play for the first time

Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Get your tissues ready, BBN.

Drafted in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, former Kentucky linebacker Danny Trevathan is currently in his seventh year in the league, playing for both the Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears in that span. He came in as an unknown prospect, worked his way into the rotation with the Broncos, and then finally earned a starting spot with the team.

After signing a four-year, $28 million deal with the Bears in 2016, Trevathan has become a star linebacker in this league.

Despite the development and success, Trevathan hasn’t been able to celebrate with one special individual in his life. Due to an ongoing battle with cancer, one that has lasted several years, the star linebacker’s grandmother has never seen him play in an NFL game.

Until today.

The Chicago Bears surprised Trevathan at practice by bringing in his grandmother, telling him she’ll be in attendance for the team’s matchup with the New England Patriots this afternoon.

The scene is certainly a powerful one. Take a look below:

Trevathan responded to the team’s kind gesture on Twitter, saying it was the first time in his seven-year NFL career that a team has gone out of their way to make him feel special.

Awesome story.

Best of luck to the Bears against New England this afternoon, and well-wishes to Trevathan’s grandmother in her battle with cancer. We all know the former Kentucky star is going to put on a show with grandma cheering from the stands.


Cats in the NFL: Avery Williamson Shines against the Jaguars

Cats in the NFL: Avery Williamson Shines against the Jaguars

In week four of the NFL season, some of the Cats in the league got with the injury bug, while others just had lackluster or insignificant performances. One guy who was an exception from lackluster play this week was Avery Williamson, with the New York Jets (sorry, Drew).

Against one of the NFL’s top teams, the Jacksonville Jaguars, Avery Williamson was flying all over the place with nine tackles. Williamson would also record a forced fumble.

Even with Williamson’s valient efforts, the Jets would ultimately lose to the Jags 31-12.

Over his last two games, Williamson has 23 tackles, two sacks, two TFLs, and one forced fumble.

The Jets will look to bounce back next week against the Denver Broncos, this upcoming Sunday.

Randall Cobb

(Photo: Jim Matthews/USA Today)

Randall Cobb did not play in the Packers 22-0 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Cobb was out with a hamstring injury. Cobb told ESPN’s Rob Demovsky that he wasn’t able to run full speed and there was no sense to risk injuring himself even further.

His status for next week’s game against the Lions is questionable, but Cobb said his hamstring is feeling better and hopefully he can continue to make strides in his rehab.

Cobb has 17 receptions for 194 yards and a touchdown through three games.

Wesley Woodyard

(Photo: Christopher Hanewinckel/USA Today)

Wesley Woodyard was injured on the first series during the Titans thrilling 26-23 overtime victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Woodyard left the game, after having one tackle, with a shoulder injury and did not return.

Titans head coach Mike Vrabel, says he’s hopeful that Woodyard would be okay to play against the Bills on Sunday.

Bud Dupree

(Photo: Philip G. Pavely/USA Today)

On Sunday night football, Bud Dupree recorded one tackle and one sack in the Steelers 27-14 loss to division rival, Baltimore Ravens. This performance came off the heels of Dupree’s first NFL touchdown on a pick-six against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Bud Dupree is on pace for a career-high 12 sacks this season.

The struggling Steelers defense will take on a one-win, high-powered, Atlanta Falcons offense next week. The Steelers will look to get out of the last place in the division.

Corey Peters

(Photo: Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today)

There may not be a team in a worse situation than the Arizona Cardinals. This year the Cardinals are relying on a rookie quarterback to lead their offense, alongside an injury prone running-back and an aged Larry Fitzgerald who seems to have his best days behind him finally.

All these problems aside, they play in the toughest division in football in 2018, in my opinion. The Rams are looking like world-beaters, The 49ers are much improved, and the Seahawks (somehow, someway) continue to keep some relevancy.

Unfortunately, this has extended to Corey Peters, who only had one tackle in the Cardinals loss to the Seahawks.

The Cardinals will try to pick up their first victory of 2018 against the 49ers on Sunday.

Za’Darius Smith

In a victory over the Steelers, Za’Darius Smith recorded one tackle. In his contract year, Smith ranks fourth in hits on the quarterback and has nine tackles.

The one-loss Ravens will take on the Cleveland Browns next week.

Danny Trevathan

Since the addition of Khalil Mack, people are clamoring about the Bears defense, almost assuring success, and success is what the Bears got on Sunday. The Bears put an end to the “fitzmagic” gimmick, only allowing the Harvard grad to complete 50% of his passes for 126 yards and one interception. Fitzpatrick had a QBR of 49.1.

In the 2nd half, already down by 35, Jameis Winston got the nod. Danny Trevethan would welcome Winston into the 2018 season with an interception:

Trevathan would also combine for four tackles on the day, and Pro Football Focus gave him a grade of 79.1.

The Bears will head into the bye week with a record of 3-1.


(Photo: Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

Bud Dupree fires back at angry fan on Twitter with ruthless DM

(Photo: Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

Let this be a warning: If you come at Bud Dupree on Twitter, he might clap back in your DMs.

One Pittsburgh Steelers fan, Russ Dickson, found that out firsthand when he tweeted to Dupree, “Where the f— were you all game?” following the Steelers’ loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, a game Dupree would probably like to forget. The former Wildcat was called for multiple penalties and recorded only two tackles as his defense gave up six touchdowns in the game.

Once Dupree got home to check his mentions, he found Dickson’s tweet and then responded with a direct message, saying, “I was at your girl house laid up, wat u gone do.”

Dickson had nothing else to say in the matter, as you can imagine.

It’s been a busy season with the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Twitter accounts.


PSA: Austin MacGinnis needs a kicking job. Now.

Alright, enough of the games. It’s time.

If you watched the NFL this past Sunday, you saw just how disgustingly putrid the kicking performances were around the league.

In week two, nine games saw either a missed field goal or a failed PAT, with 19 total missed kicks in total throughout the day. And they weren’t all missed by a hair, several were just absolutely shanked, leaving fans scratching their heads and begging for new options.

The biggest loser came in the form of Cleveland’s Zane Gonzalez, who missed four total kicks against the New Orleans Saints, including one PAT to take the lead in the game’s final minutes and a missed 52-yarder to tie the game with just eight seconds remaining.

Here was his final gem:

Minnesota Vikings kicker Daniel Carlson also missed three kicks on Sunday, including a chip shot 35-yarder with four seconds remaining in overtime to beat the Green Bay Packers:

Both players were (rightfully) cut by their respective teams and were replaced almost instantly by free agents. Still, though, there are numerous incompetent kickers around the league that still have jobs, while former Kentucky superstar Austin MacGinnis is sitting at home waiting for that lucky phone call. He received a training camp invite from the Chicago Bears, but didn’t make it through the final cuts for whatever reason. Since then, it’s been quiet.

I’m usually the first to give kickers the benefit of the doubt, but my patience has run out. We love him as our co-host on the KSR Football Podcast, but MacGinnis is too talented to be unemployed in the NFL.

And the former Kentucky star realizes that, too.

Following all of the missed kicks on Sunday, fans reached out to the free agent kicker wishing he got the opportunity to make a name for himself in the league. MacGinnis took advantage of the attention, tweeting out his film, statistics, and letters of recommendation for potential job offers:

He also retweeted and commented on just about every comment he received about how he just needs one chance to shine.

Some of those highlights shown on the former Kentucky kicker’s website? His two ridiculous game-winners against Mississippi State and Louisville:

He also added his UK Pro Day footage and a preseason combine he participated in back in August:

There are zero excuses for so many professional kickers to be so horrible, just like there aren’t any excuses Austin MacGinnis isn’t on an NFL roster.

Make it happen. Please. Somebody. Anybody.


Jon Toth, Farrington Huguenin, and Jeff Badet added to NFL practice squads

Yesterday afternoon, six former Kentucky players were waived by their respective NFL teams.

Today, three of them have been added back to various practice squads, keeping their professional dreams alive.

Former center Jon Toth has been signed back to Philadelphia’s practice squad:

Former Kentucky and Oklahoma receiver Jeff Badet has been added to the Vikings practice squad:

And finally, former Wildcat defensive end Farrington Huguenin has been added to Pittsburgh’s practice squad:

As for the other former Cats waived on Saturday, these are the three still searching for homes:

  • Kayaune Ross, Cincinnati Bengals
  • Garrett Johnson, Chicago Bears
  • Josh Forrest, Seattle Seahawks

Now, eight former Cats are currently on NFL rosters to go with the three on practice squads:

  • Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
  • Bud Dupree, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Za’Darius Smith, Baltimore Ravens
  • Corey Peters, Arizona Cardinals
  • Danny Trevathan, Chicago Bears
  • Wesley Woodward, Tennessee Titans
  • Avery Williamson, New York Jets
  • Larry Warford, New Orleans Saints

We’re still waiting for Austin MacGinnis to get the call for a starting kicker job, which may come sometime this season. And the Patriots need to sign Charles Walker, because of course.


NFL roster cuts include former Wildcats

Philadelphia Eagles

NFL teams announced their final 53-man rosters on Saturday. Former Kentucky Wildcats were among many of those waived.

Six former Cats were waived on Saturday:

  • Jon Toth, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Kayaune Ross, Cincinnati Bengals
  • Jeff Badet, Minnesota Vikings
  • Garrett Johnson, Chicago Bears
  • Josh Forrest, Seattle Seahawks
  • Farrington Huguenin, Pittsburgh Steelers

After Saturday’s cut, currently eight former Cats on NFL rosters:

  • Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
  • Bud Dupree, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Za’Darius Smith, Baltimore Ravens
  • Corey Peters, Arizona Cardinals
  • Danny Trevathan, Chicago Bears
  • Wesley Woodward, Tennessee Titans
  • Avery Williamson, New York Jets
  • Larry Warford, New Orleans Saints

Waived players still have opportunities to sign with NFL teams either by being claimed off waivers or by signing onto the practice squad.

Best of luck to all former Cats in finding a home.