NFL Insider: Charean Williams’ five cents

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My five cents

1J.J. Watt hasn’t been the same player this season he was last. The Texans defensive end has only 3.5 sacks, three pass deflections, 11 tackles for loss and 14 quarterback hits. Through six games last season, the league’s defensive player of the year had 9.5 sacks and eight pass deflections, three that resulted in touchdowns. Watt didn’t have a tackle last week against St. Louis.

2Two weeks ago, the Minnesota Vikings still referred to Christian Ponder as their quarterback of the future. Now, Ponder’s future is in doubt. Josh Freeman, 25, has replaced the former Colleyville Heritage star in that role. Ponder, 25, is 12-15 as a starter. For his career, he has 33 touchdown passes, 30 interceptions and a 75.8 passer rating.

3Jim Irsay’s comments in USA Today make it seem as if he feels let down by only one title out of 11 playoff appearances in Peyton Manning’s 14 seasons in Indianapolis. That’s understandable. Manning arguably is the greatest quarterback in NFL history, but for whatever reason, his record hasn’t been as good in the postseason. He is 9-11, with eight one-and-dones. Five of those losses were at home. His teams have averaged 23 points in 20 postseason games, and in 10 of those games, they scored 18 or fewer points.

4Rumors have the New York Giants shopping receiver Hakeem Nicks. Nicks, 25, is in the final season of his rookie deal, and a franchise tag would cost the Giants some $10 million in 2014. Nicks has 25 receptions for 442 yards and no touchdowns.

5The Green Bay Packers selected Derek Sherrod in the first round in 2011, deeming him the heir apparent to Chad Clifton at left tackle. But Sherrod broke his right leg during his rookie season after playing only five games. Complications have kept him from playing since, but last week Sherrod returned to practice for the first time.

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