It’s rare enough for a football player from a military academy to make the NFL. The remarkable story of Steelers tackle Alejandro Villanueva, an ex-Army Ranger who served three tours in Afghanistan, is being showcased in a new advertising campaign by USAA. Also in the ad (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOQbAnfaKig) are Villanueva’s wife and young son.
The Denver Broncos are impressed with Jameis Winston and Mike Evans, a couple of rising young stars who are transforming the identity of the once-plodding Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Winston, the first overall pick in the 2015 draft, is tied for the NFL lead with eight touchdown passes.
In the mediocre AFC South, which Houston (2-1) leads, losing its best player could bring the defending division champion back to the field – as uninspiring as the Titans, Colts and Jaguars might be. With the Texans coming off a no-show at New England, visiting Tennessee could be feeling pretty frisky about its chances Sunday. ”I’m very disappointed about that,” says Tennessee left tackle Taylor Lewan, who would have matched up a lot with Watt.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins is thankful for a ”once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity with the New York Jets, who gave the tight end a chance to resume his career after he was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following a DUI arrest last weekend. Seferian-Jenkins was claimed off waivers by the Jets on Monday and participated in his first practice with the team Thursday.
After two losses, first-year Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter wants to change the culture of a team that hasn’t won a playoff game in 13 years. “When I’m talking about the culture … I’m talking about the 53 players, the 10 practice-squad guys and however many coaches we have,” Koetter said. The Buccaneers (1-2) have dropped two straight games, a lopsided 40-7 loss at Arizona and a 37-32 setback on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams that included a 70-minute lightning delay with two minutes left in the game.