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Cats in the NFL

Dec 3, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans linebacker Wesley Woodyard (59) slaps hands with fans before warmups prior to the game against the Houston Texans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Cats in the NFL Week 13 Recap

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Behind the legs of Derrick Henry and a steady performance from the defense the Tennessee Titans defeated the Houston Texans by a score of 24-13. Wesley Woodyard had another good game, finishing with 9 tackles, and 1 for a loss.

Avery Williamson put together another strong performance, finishing with 6 tackles and 1 tackle for a loss. With the win the Titans record now moves to 8-4 as the team hopes to play its way into a bye in the first week of the post-season.

Randall Cobb failed to record a reception in the Packers 26-20 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Packers kept themselves in playoff contention with hopes of Aaron Rodgers returning to the lineup in two weeks.

Danny Trevathan returned to the field after missing two games with a calf injury, the 5th year pro played well finishing the day with 11 tackles as the Bears fell to the 49ers by a score of 15-14.

The Steelers fought back from 17 down to improve their record to 9-2 by defeating the Bengals 23-20 as time expired with a game winning field goal. Bud Dupree had a crucial sack on the Bengals last offensive drive that helped get the Steelers the ball back.


Corey Peters Signs Contract Extension with the Arizona Cardinals

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Not long ago, Achilles tendon injuries put Corey Peters’s NFL career in jeopardy.  Now the former Kentucky defensive tackle is cashing in.

Yesterday Peters finalized a three-year contract extension with the Arizona Cardinals that is reportedly worth $12 million, with $7.25 million guaranteed and a $2.75 million signing bonus.

Now in his eighth NFL season, his third with the Cardinals, Peters spent his first five years with the Atlanta Falcons.  In the middle of his best NFL season in 2013, Peters tore his Achilles. He was able to recover in time to play in his contract year, which he turned into a fat paycheck from the Cardinals. Unfortunately, they injury bug was back. He tore his Achilles again before ever taking the field for the Cardinals.  The second Achilles injury forced him to miss the entire 2015 season.

Peters choked up when talking about his injury struggled.  “That stuff never really leaves your mind,” he said.

Despite it all, Peters has made an impact in his return to the field.  Over the past two seasons he has 38 tackles and a sack.  An ankle injury has forced him to the sideline for the last two games, but the Cardinals are confident he still has plenty of good football left to play.

At Kentucky, Peters was a fixture in the middle of a Kentucky defense that went to four straight bowl games from 2006-10.  He finished his college career with 87 tackles, 27 for loss, 11.5 sacks and an interception.


Jon Toth (Finally) gets an NFL Contract

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Kentucky’s iron man at center was the victim of terrible timing, but he has persevered to join a thriving NFL franchise.

The Philadelphia Eagles have signed Jon Toth to their practice squad, according to Jeff McClane.  There’s arguably no better team to play for right now than Philly.  The 10-1 Eagles are rolling through the competition and have the best record in the NFL.

During a tumultuous time in the Kentucky football program, Toth was a consistent rock in the middle of the offensive line.  He started a record 48 straight games for the Cats.  The injury bug stayed away, until it was time to take the biggest step in his career to the NFL.

Following the NFL combine, the first team All-SEC lineman had severe back pain.  Toth was forced to have surgery to repair a disc in his back just weeks after the NFL Draft.  The timing of the injury could not have been worse, but he went right back to work.

Today Toth’s perseverance was rewarded with a contract for the NFL’s best team.  Somewhere Freddie Maggard is smiling from ear to ear.


Jacob Tamme announces retirement from NFL

Jacob Tamme announces retirement from NFL

Yesterday, former Cat Jacob Tamme announced he is retiring from the NFL. The Danville native spent nine years in the pros with the Indianapolis Colts, the Denver Broncos, and, most recently, the Atlanta Falcons.

“I’ve been retired in my own mind for a while now and have resisted the idea of making a ‘statement,’ but I do want to thank some people publicly, so here goes,” Tamme wrote on Twitter, thanking his coaches and teammates at the high school, college, and the pro levels. He gave special thanks to fellow Cat Wesley Woodyard.

“Thank you to my brother Wesley Woodyard. To have had the privilege of playing football alongside you for four years in college and three years in the NFL is something I’ll always treasure.”

He also thanked Peyton Manning, his teammate for seven years, four in Indianapolis and three in Denver.

“Speaking of Peyton, there’s really nothing I can say. No single person made a greater impact on my football career than you. I loved playing the game with you. More than that, I loved the laughs. It was an honor to be your teammate and it’s an even greater honor to be your friend.”

In 2016, Tamme suffered a season-ending shoulder injury during week eight with the Falcons. He ends his NFL career with 259 receptions, 2,570 yards and 14 touchdown catches.

Read his entire announcement below:

There’s always an opening at KSR, Jacob. Just saying.


Brittany Wagner and Za’Darius Smith reunite

Brittany Wagner and Za’Darius Smith reunite

Here at KSR, we’re big fans of both Last Chance U‘s Brittany Wagner and Za’Darius Smith, so imagine our delight when we saw the two reunited this afternoon at the Baltimore Ravens practice facility, on Wagner’s birthday nonetheless.

Wagner and Smith go back to his days at East Mississippi Community College, where she was his academic counselor. Now, Smith is with the Ravens by way of Kentucky, and Wagner has started her own nonprofit organization, 10 Thousand Pencils, through her exposure on Last Chance U. It’s awesome to see them staying in touch. .


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Best picture ever?

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Best picture ever. Welcome home, guys.

And, do my eyes deceive me or is that Lynn Bowden in the background? What advice do you think Cobb was passing along to him?


Randall Cobb expected to be at the game Saturday

Saturday’s game vs. Tennessee is huge for obvious reasons, but if this report is true, there will be some major star power in the house. According to KSTV, Randall Cobb is expected to be at the game Saturday night for the reunion of Rich Brooks’ 2006, 2007, and 2008 bowl teams.

The Packers are on a bye this weekend, so the opportunity is there for Cobb to return to the Commonwealth to honor his former coach. How perfect is it that it’s the same night Kentucky plays Tennessee, the school that famously passed on Cobb all those years ago? With the chance to send Butch Jones packing?

Already telling myself not to geek if I see Goldeneyes in the press box. Must play it cool. Must not pass out.


America hates Danny Trevathan at the moment

America hates Danny Trevathan at the moment

Danny Trevathan is not a popular man right now after landing a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit on a defenseless Packers receiver in the Thursday night game. The hit was completely uncalled for and left Packers wide receiver Davante Adams lying stiff as a board on the field.

See for yourself:

Adams gave a thumbs up as he was carted off the field, but he didn’t make any movements other than that.

The former Kentucky Wildcat can expect a suspension coming his way.


WATCH: Acceptance speeches for UK Athletics Hall of Fame inductees

WATCH: Acceptance speeches for UK Athletics Hall of Fame inductees

Day 1 of one of the biggest weekends in recent memory for UK Athletics started with the induction of the Class of 2017 into the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame. Most of you know that the two stars of the major sports, John Wall and Randall Cobb, are being inducted, but they are joined by baseball’s Collin Cowgill, broadcaster Ralph Hacker, cross country and track runner Sherry Hoover, and volleyball’s Sarah Rumely.

These six athletes made a mark on UK Athletics that will never be forgotten. Check out their acceptance speeches from tonight’s induction ceremony, thanks to the crew over at Kentucky Wildcats TV. Make sure you bring your tissues for when John Wall thanks his mom for being his mom and everything she did for him growing up.

Congratulations to all six of the newest members of the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame. This is an honor well earned, and we thank you for the impact you had on this university.

@BrettBibbinsKSR


ESPN: Randall Cobb is no longer the “forgotten guy” in Green Bay

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After establishing himself as one of the league’s top receivers in 2014 with91 receptions, 1,287 yards, 12 touchdowns, Randall Cobb has struggled to stay on the field.

The former Wildcat dealt with nagging knee and ankle injuries in 2015 and 2016, limiting him from taking the next step up into superstardom as Aaron Rodger’s go-to target in the slot.

Back in July, Cobb told ESPN his main focus this season was to just stay healthy.

“One of the two most important abilities for any player in this league is durability and availability,” Cobb said. “I’ve had a little bit of an issue with that the last couple years being banged up and missing a few games, trying to play through games I probably shouldn’t have been in. That’s something I have to try to do. I have to try to stay healthy and do everything that I can.”

On Sunday, Cobb led the Packers in receptions with nine and receiving yards with 85 in the team’s 17-9 victory over Seattle to open the year.

The seven-year veteran was happy with his season-opening performance.

“Just trying to get open, trying to make the plays when they were there,” Cobb said simply. “We had opportunities, and [I] just tried to make the most out of them.”

Teammate Jordy Nelson said that Cobb always has the ability to make something out of nothing, something Kentucky fans know all too well.

“We all benefit from one another,” Nelson said. “We know the more weapons we get on the field, the more opportunities we get, the more one-on-one matchups we get. You’ve just got to go win your matchups. [Cobb] had some big plays for us — big plays early. He’s a guy that can take a 5-yard catch and turn it into 50 in a heartbeat. For somewhat of a smaller guy, he’s extremely physical and takes a lot of pride in what he does.”

Future Hall of Fame QB Aaron Rodgers was proud of No. 18’s accomplishments and impact on the team’s victory.

“I thought Randall was great. He’s sometimes a forgotten guy in the mix, especially with the way Davante played in training camp and Jordy’s pedigree and the stuff he’s accomplished,” Rodgers said. “But Randall is a great football player. He’s very reliable. He ran a number of great routes [Sunday] to get open, and he just made some really heady plays for us.”

You can read the rest of ESPN’s article on Cobb here.