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Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyrone Crawford is glad to hear the Competition Committee will discuss the roughing the passer penalties that have been called the first few weeks of the season after he was called for one Sunday at Seattle. “You grow up hitting and hitting like going full speed and you know one way to do it,” Crawford said on a conference call. “I mean when you've been doing something your whole life, it's hard to change, especially now at this point in your career. And then at that (particular) time when you see a sack, you go even harder. Or you see a quarterback, you go harder trying to get there before the ball is thrown and to pull off at literally the last millisecond is kind of hard. I do understand some of the rules they have going for the protection of the players, but I can't lie to myself and say I agree with that one because it's just really hard to do what we've been learning something our whole life. It's definitely against our instincts to pull off.”

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Great line from new Saints LB Demario Davis, who said back when he arrived in free agency that one of the main reasons he came to New Orleans was "Drew Brees and Sean Payton." When asked if Brees' Sunday performance at Atlanta was what he had in mind, Davis said that special teams coach Mike Westhoff always says, "Be the man to get the ball to Michael Jordan." "That's Michael Jordan," Davis said of Brees. "So we get stops, we get the ball to Michael Jordan."

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys have placed defensive tackle Datone Jones on injured reserve with a hamstring strain and signed Caraun Reid, who spent the end of training camp with the team. Jones played in just five snaps in the loss to Seattle after being inactive the first two games because of a sprained knee. The Cowboys told Reid to remain ready because they liked what he did for them in the preseason but did not have a spot on the 53-man roster at the cut down day.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Coach Mike Tomlin at his Tuesday press conference: "I'm not talking Le'Veon. I'm just not. There's nothing new to add."

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Tomlin made clear after the win over the Bucs: Chris Boswell is "our kicker," and defense will continue to rotate cornerbacks opposite Joe Haden until someone (Artie Burns, Coty Sensabaugh, Cam Sutton) emerges as "solid."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the growing unrest from defensive players and how they tackle or hit the quarterback is ‘'tough'' not only on the players but the officials. He said his defenders have tackling drills to work on that.

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Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

QB Sam Darnold and offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates are catching some flak for not trying enough deep passes. In fact, Darnold is attempting them at a higher rate than Aaron Rodgers, Kirk Cousins, Jared Goff and Drew Brees, among others, per ESPN Stats & Information. (Below: Darnold's pass plot.) It's not always about distance; there are other ways to be aggressive, such as throwing on first down to keep defenses off balance. That certainly wasn't the case against the Browns.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Jerry Jones said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas the emphasis on protecting the quarterback, specifically a defender landing with his full body weight on the quarterback, has changed the game from its past more than any rule he has seen. “The way I see our future is I see a real serious emphasis on youth football, amateur football. I see it reflected at the high school level. Then a step above that will be the collegiate level and I see a collegiate game that certainly has a lot of finesse in it but is a great game and makes these kinds of adjustments we're talking about,” Jones said. “But when it comes to pro football, to use a boxing term, that's when you put the 6 ounce gloves on. That's when you don't want to fight with those 10 ounce gloves or you don't fight with those head gears. Everybody's being really paid to go out and you're paid a lot of money to go out and incur those type situations that have more risks in them. It's real important that pro football distinguish itself as a very physical game relative to the game at college, relative to the game at high school and amateur. That's very important. Now where to find that balance, that's one thing but when we get to a point in the future in time you'll see pro football where they've put the 6 ounce gloves on and where the men are playing.”

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Jerry Jones on Sean Lee's hamstring injury to 105.3 The Fan in Dallas: "I hope it will be a short time but I do think he will miss some play time."

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

While some wonder if Jason Garrett will be involved more in the play calling with or in place of Scott Linehan, Jerry Jones is not. "No, there have not been any discussions or plans to have (Garrett) become the play caller," Jones said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

It sounds like Josh Gordon's hamstring injury is the primary reason he was inactive on Sunday night. Tom Brady to Westwood One radio: "He's working to learn, he's working to understand how we do things, and whenever he's back healthy and out there, that's when we really get to work on seeing what we're all capable of when we're out there."

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Through three weeks, these are the top QBs in fantasy points: Ryan Fitzpatrick 97.4 Patrick Mahomes 92.4 Drew Brees 89.7 Matt Ryan 79.7 Cam Newton 75.4 The leaders through three weeks of 2017: Tom Brady 77.2 Alex Smith 62.3 Aaron Rodgers 59.9 Drew Brees 58.7 Russell Wilson 57.2

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

I guess just not tonight...

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Tony Dungy shares a long hug with Mike Alstott after his Buccaneer Ring of Honor induction ceremony. "Mike and I came here together," Dungy said. "I just told him how proud I was of not just him but the whole group...what you see here, the people in the red and pewter, fired up about the Bucs — they made that happen."

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Roethlisberger's 1,140 passing yards through three games ranks fourth all-time for a QB's first three games of a season, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Quote of the night: Mike Evans said Ryan Fitzpatrick turned to him at halftime (when they were down 20 points) and said, "For some odd reason I love f——— football. I love it." Evans told him, "Yeah, I'm with you. I love it too."

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Antonio Brown, who's back to smiling, said Ben Roethlisberger doesn't need to apologize for the missed third-down play, then explained why affirmation from Big Ben is like getting groceries.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Vance McDonald's goal on the stiff-arm that led to a 75-yard score? "Punish him," he said. "To just crush him."

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Vance McDonald's goal on the stiff-arm that led to a 75-yard score? "Punish him," he said. "To just crush him."