Even so, he says, “To be honest with you, I don’t miss playing baseball. I’m the kind of person who accepts things easier than I would say some other people do, you know what I’m saying? Most of us, we get out of the game because it’s somebody else’s decision. Whenever you get out of the game because it’s somebody else’s decision, in your mind you feel like you could still play. I could have played another year if I wanted to. I was just in too much pain.”
Alex Collins (0.7 OTD), meanwhile, has yet to score a touchdown this season, but the reason for it is a lack of usage near the end zone. The impressive big man has one carry from the opponent’s 5-yard line and no additional attempts within 28 yards of the goal line. Seriously. It’s possible (likely?) Baltimore will get Collins more work near the goal line, but it’s hard to count on, considering his first 80 carries this year.
Prescott’s rushing production helps add to his QB1 appeal, but don’t be surprised if he fails to match his 2016 touchdown total on the ground by season’s end.
Demaryius Thomas (1.7 OTD) has been targeted 57 times this season but has yet to score a touchdown. Only Pierre Garcon has been targeted more often among players without a touchdown catch this year. After scoring 10-plus touchdowns in three consecutive seasons (31.0 OTD, 35 TDs during the span), Thomas found the end zone six times in 2015 (6.9 OTD) and five times last season (6.0 OTD). Thomas’ targets are down slightly from last season, but he’s still handling 7.1 per game, which is enough to allow WR2 numbers in PPR leagues.
The mercurial quarterback was more smile than scowl after a somewhat ho-hum performance. Newton completed 18 of 32 passes for 154 yards, a touchdown and an interception.