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NFL Insider: Who’s hot, who’s not and more

Who’s hot

New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell, who went undrafted in 2011 and finally made the roster last season, has four touchdowns this season. Eli Manning has targeted Donnell 31 times, and Donnell has 25 receptions for 236 yards.

Who’s not

Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, who led the league in rushing last season with 1,607 yards, has only 39 yards on 29 carries with no touchdowns the past two games. Of his 70 rushing attempts this season, 49 have gone for 2 yards or less. He has 192 rushing yards and a touchdown on 70 carries this season.

Numbers game

9Consecutive losses by the Falcons in outdoor games. They haven’t won outside since a victory at Tampa Bay on Nov. 25, 2012. Atlanta’s only road victory last season came in Toronto against the Bills, with the roof closed at the Rogers Centre.

2015 NFL Draft

Dane Brugler of CBS Sports and NFLDraftScout.com gives his top-10 senior tight ends and top-five underclassmen at the position for the 2015 draft:

Senior tight ends

1. Ben Koyack, Notre Dame, 6-4, 261, 4.76

2. Gerald Christian, Louisville, 6-3, 242, 4.78

3. Clive Walford, Miami, 6-4, 259, 4.79

4. MyCole Pruitt, So. Illinois, 6-3, 250, 4.76

5. Jeff Heuerman, Ohio State, 6-5, 252, 4.74

6. Wes Saxton, S. Alabama, 6-4, 240, 4.77

7. Nick O’Leary, Florida State, 6-3, 248, 4.84

8. Cameron Clear, Texas A&M, 6-5, 270, 4.88

9. Brian Vogler, Alabama, 6-6, 260, 4.77

10. E.J. Bibbs, Iowa State, 6-3, 252, 4.76

Draft-eligible underclassmen

1. Maxx Williams, Minnesota, 6-4, 250, 4.85

2. Tyler Kroft, Rutgers, 6-5, 240, 4.82

3. Jesse James, Penn State, 6-6, 257, 4.78

4. Jay Rome, Georgia, 6-5, 254, 4.79

5. Pharaoh Brown, Oregon, 6-5, 241, 4.74


Bengals QB Andy Dalton has a 145.8 passer rating in the fourth quarter, which leads the NFL by a wide margin. Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck ranks second at 109.3.

Ravens RB Justin Forsett leads Baltimore with 255 yards on 44 carries, averaging 5.8 yards per carry. That puts the Arlington Grace Prep product on pace for 1,020 yards this season.

Bills QB Kyle Orton has a 35-35 record as a starter, but his only start in the past two years came in Week 17 last season for the Dallas Cowboys in a loss to the Eagles. He is 6-20 in his last 26 starts dating to 2009.

Patriots QB Tom Brady’s fourth-quarter passer rating is 33.4, 39th and last among all NFL quarterbacks.

Colts QB Andrew Luck has thrown for 13 touchdowns, the most by a quarterback through the first four games in franchise history.

Broncos QB Peyton Manning is one touchdown pass from becoming the second quarterback in league history to throw 500. If he hits the milestone this week, Manning will do so in 49 fewer games than Brett Favre needed.

The New Orleans Saints, who had only nine takeaways in the final 12 regular-season games and two postseason games in 2013, have one through the first four games this season. Opponents have run 263 plays since the Saints’ last takeaway, which came 15 full quarters ago against the Atlanta Falcons.

Arizona Cardinals opponents are 6-0 after losing to Arizona. The San Diego Chargers are 3-0 after losing the opener. The Giants are 2-0, and the San Francisco 49ers are 1-0.

Lions WR Calvin Johnson had 12 receiving yards last week, his lowest output since Oct. 11, 2009.

In their past three games, the New York Giants have eight sacks, 19 quarterback hits and 24 passes defensed.

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick leads all NFL quarterbacks with 187 rushing yards, which ranks 22nd in the league among all rushers.

The Seattle Seahawks have won eight in a row on Monday nights. Its last loss was a 43-39 shootout against Dallas in 2004.

Washington is 18 for 49 on third down, ranking 26th.

The San Diego Chargers have had three starting centers in four games: Nick Hardwick, Rich Orhnberger and Doug Legursky.

Panthers WR Steve Smith, 35, has 429 receiving yards. That makes him the oldest receiver in NFL history to reach 400 receiving yards through four games. With 25 receptions, Smith is on pace to finish with 100 catches, 1,721 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Information from The Sports Xchange was used in this report.

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