SCHIANO WATCH: ESPN thinks so. So does WTSP Tampa Bay. Count Fox News Tampa Bay in as well. Good ole' Greg has four wins in five games, and he is slowly building momentum towards a chance at the 2014 campaign for the Buccaneers. The game was far from pretty offensively for either team, but it was a vintage Rutgers performance defensively: seven sacks, four picks, nine tackles for loss, and 13 quarterback hurries. All that was missing were the chopping signs by all the players (although there are enough Knights on the Tampa Bay squad to get it going). Quite a turnaround from just one month ago. Lets take a look at how the rest of NFL Scarlet Nation did this past weekend:
Kenny Britt (WR, Tennessee Titans)
More bad news for Kenny on the playing-time front. The Titans decided to deactivate Britt in favor of WR Michael Preston, who was needed for special teams. He seems to be handling it well, though.
Marcus Cooper (CB, Kansas City Chiefs)
Nothing like a date with the nosediving Redskins to get back in the swing of things (not to mention the blizzard that rolled through). Coop had three passes broken up, along with three tackles. In other news, here is a great longform of the Marcus Cooper story, through the eyes of an agent.
Khaseem Greene (LB, Chicago Bears)
Please keep Khaseem in mind this holiday, as he lost his 33 year old cousin Randy Greene in an apparent gunfight. The rookie linebacker logged 31 snaps on Monday night and finished with three tackles.
Duron Harmon (S, New England Patriots)
Starting safety Steve Gregory returned to the lineup on Sunday, meaning Duron Harmon was forced into a backup role. He is still the next man up for the secondary.
Brian Leonard (RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
The 2006 Campbell Trophy winner continues to support the running back position, as Bobby Rainey has taken over as starter. Leonard got seven touches and mustered 26 yards.
Jawan Jamison (RB, Washington Redskins)
A hearty congratulations to Jawan Jamison, the former 2011 Pinstripe Bowl MVP and the first Rutgers RB to rush for one thousand yards since Ray Rice. The rookie back was activated to the Redskins 53-man roster after Evan Royster was declared out for the season with a high-ankle sprain.
Jason McCourty (CB, Tennessee Titans)
One of the best cornerback duos in the league in Alterraun Verner and Jason McCourty was last seen getting shredded by Peyton Manning in Denver (39-59, 397 yds, 4 TDs). McCourty finished with six tackles.
Devin McCourty (FS, New England Patriots)
It was a tough day for both McCourty twins, but at least Jason had an excuse - he was playing against a future hall of famer (possibly the best to ever play). Devin, on the other hand, was picked apart by one Jason Campbell, the journeyman signal-caller who has bounced around the league. He finished with three tackles.
Ray Rice (RB, Baltimore Ravens)
Raymell improved on his last outing running the ball in snowy Baltimore, where conditions were quite poor early in the game. Rice had 17 carries for 67 yards, but was shutout of the endzone.
Logan Ryan (CB, New England Patriots)
Ryan might be seeing his touches get reduced in the coming weeks, as he was kept in on base defensive formations, but was taken out in nickel packages for Alfonzo Dennard and Kyle Arrington. Those two have been injured lately, but it looks as if they may be getting better if Belichick continues to ease them in on certain formations.
Mohamed Sanu (WR, Cincinnati Bengals)
Big Mo has definitely benefitted from playing with Andy Dalton in Cincinnati, as he has shown good improvement in year two. However, the Bengals have a definite logjam at wide receiver, with A.J. Green, Marvin Jones, Tyler Eifert, Jermaine Gresham, and even Giovanni Bernard all vying for catches. If Sanu wants to get more passes thrown his way, he'll either need to rise above his counterparts or find a new home.
Tiquan Underwood (WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Mr. high-top was targeted five times in the win against Doug Marrone's Buffalo Bills, showing that QB Mike Glennon is looking his way in the passing game. Unfortunately, Tiquan came away with zero catches on the day.
Tim Wright (TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
The converted tight end continues to produce solid numbers. His two catches might not seem like much, but Glennon only threw completed nine passes for the entire day. Wright was targeted four times.
Did I miss anyone? Feel free to leave a comment below if you know of any other updates on Knights in the NFL.