Walter Payton Award 2021 Watch List – FCS Offensive Player of Year

Walter Payton Award 2021 Watch List

UNI football’s Trevor Penning is the first offensive lineman to be named to this year’s Walter Payton Award watch list.

Penning was among 11 players added today, which now includes 46 players. The 2021 Stats Perform FCS Walter Payton Award is presented annually to the national offensive player of the year in college football’s Division I subdivision.

Trevor Penning is our #1 small college prospect and a potential high draft selection. He is scheduled to play in the 2022 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

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The Payton Award is celebrating its 35th anniversary season. It’s named for the legendary Hall of Fame running back. Past recipients include Steve McNair, Tony Romo, Brian Westbrook, Jimmy Garoppolo, Cooper Kupp and Trey Lance.

Penning became the first Panther to earn the Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Lineman of the Week award Oct. 25 following UNI’s win over No. 6 South Dakota State. He also earned MVFC First Team Preseason honors.

Newest members by position:

Quarterback
Davis Alexander, Portland State
Ren Hefley, Presbyterian
Keon Howard, UT Martin
Cole Johnson, James Madison
Shedeur Sanders, Jackson State
Jason Shelley, Missouri State
Xavier Shepherd, Kennesaw State

Running Back
Malik Grant, Sacred Heart
Isaiah Ifanse, Montana State

Wide Receiver
Xavier Gipson, Stephen F. Austin

Offensive Line
Trevor Penning, UNI

 

 




Draft Insiders’ – NFL Power Poll Week 10 – Cards Continue to Impress

Draft Insiders’ – NFL Power Poll – Week 10

Titans Defense Stifles Rams
Chiefs Roll over Packers

Team of the Week 
Titans (7-2) over Rams (7-2) – 28-16
Titans defense sacks Matthew Stafford five times along with two interceptions.

Upset of the Week
Jaguars Shock Bills – 9-6
LB Josh Allen Beats QB Josh Allen
   
Players of the Week
  Offense – QB Lamar Jackson – Ravens        
  Defense – LB Josh Allen – Jaguars
 
Rookies of Week
    Offense – TE Pat Freiermuth – Steelers
    Defense – LB Micah Parsons – Dallas
 
Games of Week 11 
   Kansas City Chiefs (5-4) at Las Vegas Raiders (5-3)
     Long-time arch rivals clash for AFC West leadership

NFL Team Power Poll

Ranking /Record /Team
#1 – 8-1 Cardinals
Cardinals were impressive with win over 49ers. Host the Panthers this week.

#2 – 7-2 Rams
Ram’s explosive offense was stuffed by the Titans. Major text in San Fran on Monday night this week.

#3 – 6-2 Bucs
Bucs are rested after their bye week. Travel to Capital to start their second half playoff push.

#4 – 6-2 Titans
The Titans were very impressive vs the Rams. Host the Saints.

#5 – 7-2 Packers
The Packers struggled mightily without Aaron Rodgers. Host the Seahawks Sunday.

#6 – 6-2 Ravens
Ravens beat the Vikings on a late FG. Travel to Miami this Thursday night.

#7 – 6-2 Cowboys
The Cowboys lost to the hungry Broncos. Host underrated Falcons this week.

#8 – 5-3 Bills
Bills came up empty vs the Jaguars with no TDs scored. Travel to NJ to face the Jets.

#9 – 5-3 Chargers
Chargers edged the Eagles. Host the Vikings hoping to recapture their earlier momentum.

#10 – 5-4 Patriots
Pats drilled Carolina in an important test. Host the Browns for a key AFC matchup for postseason hopes.

#11 – 5-4 Chiefs
Chiefs held on again this time vs the Packers without Aaron Rodgers. AFC West leadership vs Raiders at stake this week.

#12 – 5-4 Bengals
Bengals were bombed by the Browns. Get their bye week to regroup after losing their early momentum.

#13 – 5-3 Raiders
The Raiders were stymied by the Giants in a difficult week. Host the Chiefs this Sunday.

#14 – 5-3 Saints
Saints were handled at home again by their rival Falcons this time in key South matchup. Face tough trip to Nashville.

#15 – 4-3 Steelers
Steelers held on for crucial victory over Bears. Host winless Lions this Sunday.

#16 – 5-4 Browns
Browns took it to the Bengals for a huge win. Travel to New England for a major test in a critical AFC  contest.

#17 – 5-4 Broncos
Broncos beat the Cowboys for two in a row. Host the Eagles hoping to get hot in the 2nd half.

#18 – 4-5 Colts
The Colts smoked the Jets on Thursday night. Host the Jaguars in a key game to get to .500.

#19 – 4-4 Falcons
Falcons went into New Orleans and won a key game. Travel to Big D for a vital NFC matchup with postseason implications.

#20 – 3-5 49ers
The 49ers were drilled by the Cardinals with a weak defensive effort. Host the Rams in a must win situation Monday night.

#21 – 3-5 Vikings
Vikings lost another tough one, this time to the Ravens. Face vital game vs Chargers Sunday on the road.

#22 – 3-6 Giants
The Giants come off solid win over Raiders. Get their much-needed bye week to get their banged up roster healthy.

#23 – 3-5 Seahawks
Seahawks face the Packers with both QBs Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers, likely to return this week.

#24 – 3-5 Bears
The Bears are hitching to rookie QB Justin Fields and hope to turn the page for a new era.

#25 – 4-5 Panthers
Panthers were schooled by the Patriots. QB Sam Darnald has become a turnover machine.

#26 – 3-6 Eagles
The Eagles fell to the Chargers on a late FG. Head to Denver in a must win situation.

#27 – 2-7 Dolphins
Dolphins beat the Texans. Prep for Thursday night matchup with Ravens.

#28 – 2-6 Jets
Jets were crushed by the Colts. QB Mike White sustained a minor hand injury.

#29 – 2-6 Jaguars
Jaguars shocked the Bills last week with a strong defensive performance.

#30 – 2-6 WFT
The WFT coming off their bye hoping to figure out their poor first half.

#31 – 1-8 Texans
Texans were handled by the Dolphins. They will continue their major rebuilding process this offseason.

#32 – 0-8 Lions
Lions are rested off their bye week, hoping to regroup for a better second half performance.

 

 




Draft Insiders’ – NFL Power Poll – Week 9 – Rams Claim Top Spot

Draft Insiders’ – NFL Power Poll – Week 9

Packers Roll over Cardinals
Titans Take Command in AFC South with Win over Colts

Team of the Week 
Packers (7-1) over Cardinals (7-1) – 24-21
Aaron Rodgers works his magic one more time in crunch time.

Upset of the Week
Jets Shock Bengals – 34 -31
Backup QB Mike White Steps Up Big
   
Players of the Week
  Offense – QB Mike White – Jets        
  Defense – DL Chris Jones – Chiefs
 
Rookies of Week
    Offense – RB Michael Carter – Jets         
    Defense – LB Micah Parsons – Dallas
 
Games of Week 10 
   Titans (6-2) at Rams (7-1)
     Clash of Strong Contenders

NFL Team Power Poll

Ranking /Record /Team

#1 – 7-1 Rams
Ram’s offense continues to be one of the league’s top explosive passing games. Host the Titans in a major interconference matchup.

#2 – 7-1 Cardinals
Cardinals were handled by the Packers. Travel to San Fran for key West contest.

#3 – 6-2 Bucs
Bucs came up short vs the Saints. Get their bye week to rest up for second half push.

#4 – 7-1 Packers
The Packers beat the Cardinals last week. Aaron Rodgers tested with Covid and out vs Chiefs.

#5 – 5-2 Bills
Bills are trying to build a cushion vs soft part of schedule. Travel to Jacksonville hoping to maintain two game lead in East.

#6 – 6-1 Cowboys
The hot Cowboys host the Broncos trying to maintain strong lead in the East.

#7 – 6-2 Titans
The Titans continue to impress with a win vs the Colts. Travel to LA for Rams matchup without Derrick Henry.

#8 – 5-2 Ravens
Ravens are coming off their bye week. Host the Vikings this week.

#9 – 4-3 Chargers
Chargers were edged by the Patriots in key AFC contest. Travel to Philly seeking a much needed victory.

#10 – 5-3 Bengals
Bengals were shocked by the battered Jets. Host the Browns in a defining AFC North game this Sunday.

#11 – 5-2 Raiders
The Raiders dealing with the Henry Ruggs tragedy currently. Travel to face the Giants in a difficult week.

#12 – 5-2 Saints
Saints stepped up vs the Bucs to win a vital South contest. Host the Falcons in another South matchup.

#13 – 4-4 Patriots
Pats edged the Chargers in a key AFC contest. Travel to Carolina in an important test for postseason.

#14 – 4-4 Chiefs
Chiefs held on for a Monday nite victory vs Giants. Host the Packers without Aaron Rodgers Sunday.

#15 – 4-3 Steelers
Steelers beat Cleveland on the road. Host Bears in a key game to keep them in playoff picture.

#16 – 4-4 Browns
Browns are struggling getting it all together. Face the Bengals in a critical AFC North contest.

#17 – 4-4 Broncos
Broncos beat WFT to end their losing streak. Travel to Big D that may determine any postseason hopes.

#18 – 3-5 Colts
The Colts lost a heartbreaker with the hot Titans. Host the Jets in a must win situation.

#19 – 3-4 49ers
The 49ers beat the Bears with an improved offense. Host the Cardinals in a must win situation Sunday.

#20 – 4-4 Panthers
Panthers beat the Falcons to break their losing streak. Host the Patriots in a vital matchup for their playoff hopes.

#21 – 3-4 Vikings
Vikings lost a tough one to the Cowboys. Travel to Baltimore for key contest for any playoff aspirations.

#22 – 3-4 Falcons
Falcons came up short vs the Panthers. Face key South matchup with trip to New Orleans.

#23 – 3-5 Bears
The Bears are hitching to rookie QB Justin Fields and hope to turn the page for a new era.

#24 – 2-6 Giants
The Giants find new ways to lose with 4th quarter meltdown vs the Chiefs.

#25 – 3-5 Seahawks
Seahawks won without QB Russell Wilson and get a bye this week to regroup for second half.

#26 – 3-5 Eagles
The Eagles jumped the Lions bones last week. Host the Chargers this Sunday.

#27 – 2-6 WFT
The WFT comes up short weekly with little firepower and a spotty defense.

#28 – 2-5 Jets
Jets win behind QB Mike White to shock the Bengals. Face the Colts this Thursday nite.

#29 – 1-7 Dolphins
Dolphins lack firepower to stay with top clubs. Looking to win at home vs Texans.

#30 – 1-7 Texans
Texans were bombed by the Rams. They missed opportunity to trade several players prior to deadline.

#31 – 1-6 Jaguars
Jaguars were crushed by the Seahawks. Host the Bills this week in another tough matchup.

#32 – 0-8 Lions
Lions mercifully get their bye week after another beating last Sunday.

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 25 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to NFL and College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites




Draft Insiders’ NFL Power Poll – Bucs & Cards Top Rankings

Draft Insiders’ – NFL Power Poll
Bucs and Cards Head Rankings

Draft Insiders’ – NFL Power Poll – Week 8

Cardinals Roll over Texans – NFL’s Only Undefeated Club
Bengals Bomb Ravens in Key AFC North Clash

Team of the Week 
Bengals (5-2) over Ravens (5-2) – 41-17
Joe Burrow smokes Ravens defense

Upset of the Week
  Titans Crush Chiefs – 27-3
Chiefs struggling vs top clubs
   
Players of the Week
  Offense – QB Joe Burrow – Bengals        
  Defense – DE Denico Autry – Titans
 
Rookies of Week
    Offense – WR Ja’Marr Chase – Bengals         
    Defense – LB Azeez Ojulari – Giants
 
Games of Week 9 
   Green Bay Packers (6-1) at Arizona Cardinals (7-0)
     Clash of NFC Powerhouses

  Tampa Bay Bucs (6-1) at New Orleans Saints (4-2)
Hot NFC rivals will determine leadership into the 2nd half of the season

NFL Team Power Poll

Ranking /Record /Team
#1 – 6-1 Bucs
Bucs torched the Bears. Face key South matchup in New Orleans.

#2 – 7-0 Cardinals
Cardinals rolling over opponents. Host Packers in major NFC Thursday nite game.

#3 – 6-1 Rams
Rams are taking care of business weekly. Travel to Houston for an apparent mismatch.

#4 – 6-1 Packers
The Packers are crushing opponents. Face Cardinals without Rodger’s favorite weapon, Davonte Adams.

#5 – 4-2 Bills
Bills are rested for the Dolphins coming to town. Prepping for a 2nd half run.

#6 – 4-2 Chargers
Chargers regrouped during their bye and host the Patriots in key AFC contest.

#7 – 5-1 Cowboys
The Cowboys travel to Minnesota for an important NFC game.

#8 – 5-2 Titans
The Titans impress again this time vs the Chiefs. Face South opponent the Colts in an important divisional matchup.

#9 – 5-2 Bengals
Bengals bombed the Ravens for a statement game. Travel to face the battered Jets this Sunday.

#10 – 5-2 Ravens
Ravens were shocked by the Bengals with their weakest defensive performance of the season.

#11 – 5-2 Raiders
The Raiders win another one with a new coaching staff.

#12 – 4-2 Saints
Saints outlasted the Seahawks during a weak Monday night offensive display.

#13 – 4-3 Browns
Browns defense contained a struggling Bronco offense. Prepare for key North clash with the Steelers.

#14 – 3-4 Colts
The Colts beat the 49ers. Get the hot Titans at home this week in vital AFC South matchup.

#15 – 3-4 Chiefs
Chiefs must regroup quickly for Monday nite game vs Giants. Coming off bashing by Titans.

#16 – 3-4 Patriots
Pats bomb the pathetic Jets for their 12th consecutive victory in the series.

#17 – 3-3 Steelers
Steelers rested for their trip to Cleveland that might determine which club challenges for the postseason.

#18 – 3-3 Vikings
Vikings waiting for Cowboys to come in a crucial Sunday night game for any playoff aspirations.

#19 – 3-3 Falcons
Falcons are taking care of business and trying to sneak into the playoff picture with Panthers coming to town.

#20 – 3-4 Broncos
Broncos lost their 4th in a row with their weak offense the main problem especially in the passing game.

#21 – 2-4 49ers
The 49ers lack the fire power to beat playoff clubs currently.

#22 – 3-4 Bears
The Bears were bashed again this time by Tom Brady. Host 49ers in a key test for their postseason hopes.

#23 – 2-5 Giants
The Giants defense showed up vs the Panthers and QB Daniel Jones dissected their defense.

#24 – 3-4 Panthers
Panthers lost their 4th in a row as Sam Darnold continues to return to reality after a strong start.

#25 – 2-5 Seahawks
Seahawks are struggling without QB Russell Wilson and may lose any chances for the postseason waiting for his return.

#26 – 2-5 WFT
The WFT defense was dissected again and are falling out of any playoff chances.

#27 – 2-5 Eagles
The Eagles go to Detroit for a winnable game in a season of disappointment.

#28 – 1-6 Dolphins
Dolphins lost to the Falcons last week. Looking to surprise the Bills on the road.

#29 – 1-6 Texans
Texans were crushed by the Cardinals. Host the high-powered Rams this week.

#30 – 1-5 Jets
Jets lost rookie QB Zach Wilson during blowout to the Patriots. Face the hot Bengals at home.

#31 – 1-5 Jaguars
Jaguars are rested from their Dolphins victory. Face a desperate Seahawks club this week that may return them to reality.

#32 – 0-7 Lions
Lions host the Eagles this week in their potentially first victory since last December.

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 25 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to NFL and College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites




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Draft Insiders’ – NFL Power Poll – Bucs, Cards & Rams Head Rankings

Draft Insiders’ – NFL Power Poll – Week 7

 Cardinals Drills Browns – NFL’s Only Undefeated Club
Ravens Crush Chargers in a Key AFC Matchup

Team of the Week 
    Ravens (5-1) over Chargers (4-2) – 34-6
Ravens defense swarms Justin Herbert

Upset of the Week
   Jaguars Beat Dolphins – 23-20
Jaguars end their 20-game losing streak

 Players of the Week
  Offense – RB Jonathan Taylor – Colts    
  Defense – DT Kenny Clark – Packers
 
Rookies of Week
    Offense – QB Mac Jones – Patriots
    Defense – LB Derrick Barnes – Lions

Games of  Week 8 
  Bengals (4-2) at Ravens (5-1)
      Clash of AFC North Leaders

  Kansas City (3-3) at Tennessee (4-2)
AFC Contenders in Key Midseason Matchup

NFL Team Power Poll

Ranking /Record /Team
#1 – 5-1 Bucs
Bucs jumped the Eagles early and held on for another victory.

#2 – 6-0 Cardinals
Cardinals blasted the Browns to remain the NFL’s only unbeaten club with another strong performance.

#3 – 5-1 Rams
Rams took the Giants defense apart behind the hot hand of Matt Stafford.

#4 – 5-1 Ravens
Ravens drilled the Chargers with their strongest defensive performance of the season.

#5 – 5-1 Packers
The Packers Aaron Rodgers smoked the Bears defense for their 5th straight win.

#6 – 4-2 Bills
Bills lost a shootout with the Titans that could play out bigger down the road.

#7 – 4-2 Chargers
Chargers were flat vs the Ravens and get their bye week now to regroup.

#8 – 5-1 Cowboys
The Cowboys are running on all cylinders and beat the Patriots in OT.

#9 – 4-2 Titans
The Titans bowed their neck vs the Bills Monday night. Host the Chiefs in another huge AFC matchup.

#10 – 4-2 Bengals
Bengals continue to impress, though get an acid test with a trip to Baltimore this Sunday.

#11 – 3-3 Chiefs
Chiefs regrouped vs WFT and prepare for key AFC road game in Nashville.

#12 – 3-3 Browns
Browns defense was pounded again and must recover quickly for Thursday night game.

#13 – 4-2 Raiders
The Raiders found a way to beat the Broncos after a wild week of changes on coaching leadership.

#14 – 3-2 Saints
Saints will be well rested for the Seahawks Monday night in a key NFC matchup.

#15 – 3-3 Colts
The Colts pounded the Texans to keep pace in the competitive South division.

#16 – 3-3 Broncos
Broncos have lost three in a row and face AFC rival, the Browns in Cleveland on Thursday.

#17 – 2-4 Patriots
Pats lost a wild OT game vs the Cowboys that puts them in an important contest vs the rested Jets.

#18 – 3-3 Steelers
Steelers edged the Seahawks in OT to reach .500. Get their bye week to prep for a playoff run.

#19 – 3-3 Vikings
Vikings edged Carolina in another win that keeps them alive in the NFC playoff chase.

#20 – 2-3 49ers
The 49ers are rested for vital home game vs the Colts Sunday night.

#21 – 3-3 Bears
The Bears were bashed by Aaron Rodgers again. Travel to Tampa in a major test for their fate this season.

#22 – 3-3 Panthers
Panthers lost their 3rd in a row as Sam Darnold continues to return to reality after a strong start.

#23 – 2-4 Seahawks
Seahawks lost tough OT game to Pittsburgh. Host the Saints Monday night that may determine any hope for the postseason.

#24 – 2-3 Falcons
Falcons coming off their bye week. Travel to Miami for key matchup.

#25 – 2-4 Redskins
The Redskins defense failed to contain the Chiefs last week. Travel to Titletown in a must win situation.

#26 – 2-4 Eagles
The Eagles fought the Bucs tough in their loss. Go to Las Vegas hoping to claim a much-needed win.

#27 – 1-5 Giants
The Giants were outclassed by the Rams. Host the Panthers in a must win game.

#28 – 1-5 Dolphins
Dolphins lost to the winless Jaguars last week. Host the Falcons hoping to regroup for second half.

#29 – 1-5 Texans
Texans were crushed by the Colts. Travel to Arizona to face the undefeated Cardinals this Sunday.

#30 – 1-4 Jets
Jets rested for their trip to New England hoping to avert a midseason collapse.

#31 – 1-5 Jaguars
Jaguars shocked the Dolphins to end their 20-game losing streak. Get their bye week to enjoy the victory.

#32 – 0-6 Lions
Lions are being outclassed weekly and face the potent Rams in LA this Sunday.

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 25 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to NFL and College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites




Creator of NFL Draft’s ‘Mr Irrelevant’ – Paul Salata Passes

Creator of ‘Mr Irrelevant’ – Paul Salata Passes

Paul Salata, the Newport Beach businessman and philanthropist who founded Mr. Irrelevant Week 45 years ago, died Saturday, October 16th. Salata was 94 years old and passed the day before his 95th birthday this past Sunday. He had been in declining health for several years.

Salata was part of the rich bizarre history and lore of the NFL Draft. He created Irrelevant Week in 1976 to honor the last player selected in the NFL Draft, who would be known as “Mr. Irrelevant.” A week’s worth of activities, including a welcome party, a golf tournament, a trip to Disneyland and The Lowsman Banquet’ with a parade, were among the events.

Mr. Irrelevant would be presented the ‘Lowsman Trophy’, which looked like the famed Heisman Trophy except the football player on the Lowsman Trophy is dropping the football. This last selection in the NFL Draft also created the ‘Salata Rule’ after an incident in 1979 between the LA Rams and Pittsburgh Steeler. The Rams passed on the next to last selection to allow the Steelers to move up one spot and the Rams would get the final selection. The Steelers also passed on the selection which forced the Commissioner Pete Rozelle and NFL office to rule that no team can pass on the next to last selection to claim the final overall draft choice. Steelers retained the last draft choice.

Salata gave to many charitable causes – Irrelevant Week always benefited local charities – and created endowments at USC where he played football and baseball.

Salata was master of ceremony and guest of honor at many events for many years in Orange County. His quick wit was always on display. One example: Tampa Bay Buccaneers placekicker Ryan Succop was a Mr. Irrelevant when he was the last player drafted in 2009 by the Kansas City Chiefs. Succop’s last name is pronounced “suck up.” With that in mind, Salata’s introduction of Succop included, “He comes from a whole family of Succops.” As a Buccaneer in 2021, Succop became the first ‘Mr. Irrelevant’ to win a Super Bowl ring with the Bucs.

Salata was a successful sewer contractor. The late Orange County Register columnist John Hall often called Salata “The Sewer King.”

Before getting into the business world, Salata was an outstanding receiver at USC. He caught a touchdown pass for the Trojans in a 25-0 victory over Tennessee in the 1945 Rose Bowl game (Salata would claim he caught two touchdown passes in the game, but an official, Salata said, made a mistake when the official ruled Salata was out of bounds on what would have been a touchdown reception). At USC, he was an infielder and part of the Trojans’ first College World Series title. His USC playing days were interrupted by an 18-month stint in the Army Air Corps.

Salata played for the Baltimore Colts when the Colts were in the All-American Football Conference and rejoined the team when the Colts were integrated in the NFL. He played for the San Francisco 49ers in 1949 and 1950. During the 1950 season, he had 50 receptions, playing for the 49ers and Colts that season.

He also played in the Canadian Football League in which he was an all-star receiver with the Calgary Stampeders. Salata played college and minor-league baseball.

Salata was an extra or bit-player in 18 films, including as a prisoner of war in “Stalag 17,” as one of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball players in the original “Angels in the Outfield,” the ‘Ten Commandments’, ‘Singin in the Rain’, and he was the guy who sliced open Frank Sinatra’s nose in “The Joker Is Wild.”

He is survived by his wife Carolyn, daughter Melanie Salata Fitch, son Brian Salata, granddaughters Alix and Marie, and brother George.

Salata Fitch assumed the leadership role in Irrelevant Week in recent years and hopefully continues this amazing tradition.




NFL Power Poll Week 6 – Cardinals Beat Rams – NFL’s Only Undefeated Club

Draft Insiders’ – NFL Power Poll – Week 6

Cardinals Beat Rams – NFL’s Only Undefeated Club
Chargers Win Another Key AFC West Matchup

Team of the Week 
Chargers (4-1) over Browns (3-2), 47-42

Upset of the Week
Bears Beat Raiders, 20-9
 
Players of the Week
  Offense – QB Tom Brady – Bucs    
  Defense – DT Aaron Donald – Rams
 
Rookies of Week
    Offense – WR Kadarius Toney – Giants
    Defense – DE Greg Rousseau – Bills

Games of Week #6 
  Chargers (4-1) at Ravens (4-1)
     Clash of AFC Leaders

NFL Team Power Poll

Ranking /Record /Team

#1 – 4-1 Bucs
Bucs smashed the pretender Dolphins to remain the top club.

#2 – 4-1 Bills
Bills drill the Chiefs in a statement victory.

#3 – 4-1 Rams
Rams took it to the outmanned Seahawks to remain among the best in the NFC.

#4 – 4-1 Chargers
Chargers won a wild shootout in Cleveland and take command of the AFC West.

#5 – 5-0 Cardinals
Cardinals remain the NFL’s only unbeaten club with another strong performance this time vs the 49ers.

#6 – 4-1 Packers
The Packers Aaron Rodgers continues to shocked defenses in crunch time.

#7 – 4-1 Cowboys
The Cowboys blitzed an undermanned Giant club and take command in the NFC East.

#8 – 4-1 Ravens
Ravens won a great comeback vs the Colts behind Lamarr Jackson to stay atop the North.

#9 – 3-2 Browns
Browns defense smothered the Vikings along with a strong ground game. Ready for the Cardinals this week.

#10 – 2-3 Chiefs
Chief’s face WFT on the road in a key game to regain their equilibrium.

#11 – 3-2 Broncos
Broncos lost their 2nd in a row and face West rival, the Raiders in an important early season contest.

#12 – 3-2 Bengals
Bengals lost a crazy game off missed kicks.  Must take care of business in Detroit.

#13 – 3-2 Saints
Saints’ put together a solid game vs WFT.  Get their bye week to load up for the second half of season.

#14 – 3-2 Titans
The Titans took care of business with win over the Jaguars. Host the Bills Monday night.

#15 – 3-2 Raiders
The Raiders were lackluster vs the Bears. HC Gruden resigns that may be the start of a collapse.

#16 – 3-2 Panthers
Panthers lost close one to the Vikings. Host the Vikings in a vital matchup.

#17 – 2-3 Patriots
Pats edged the Texans. Host the hot Cowboys this week that may determine their overall development.

#18 – 3-2 Bears
The Bears beat the Raiders in their best overall performance this season.

#19 – 2-3 49ers
The 49ers lost again vs an NFC West opponent. Get their bye week to regroup.

#20 – 2-3 Colts
The Colts defense collapsed vs the Ravens Monday nite. Host the Texans in a vital matchup.

#21 – 2-3 Steelers
Steelers woke up in their win over the Broncos and look to get to .500 vs the Hawks at home.

#22 – 2-3 Seahawks
Seahawks are without Russell Wilson and travel to Pittsburgh in a vital game for both franchises.

#23 – 2-3 Falcons
Falcons beat the undermanned Jets. Get the bye week now.

#24 – 2-3 Vikings
Vikings edged the Lions. Travel to Carolina in a key NFC contest.

#25 – 2-3 Redskins
The Redskins defense failed again vs the Saints and get the hungry Chiefs this week.

#26 – 2-3 Eagles
The Eagles edged the Panthers. Difficult stretch over next month.

#27 – 1-4 Giants
The injured Giants were outmatched in Big D and face must win games to stay in the race.

#28 – 1-4 Dolphins
Dolphins were crushed by the Bucs and Tom Brady. Get the weak Jaguars this week.

#29 – 1-4 Texans
Texans fought the Patriots to the wire before losing.

#30 – 1-4 Jets
Jets came up short in London vs the Falcons.

#31 – 0-5 Lions
Lions lost another heartbreaker Sunday against the Vikings.

#32 – 0-5 Jaguars
Jaguars suffered their 20th consecutive loss and drilled by the Titans.

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 25 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to NFL and College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites




Draft Insiders’ – NFL Power Poll – Week 5 – Bucs Reclaim Top Spot

Draft Insiders’ – NFL Power Poll – Week 5

Cardinals Beat Rams – NFL’s Only Undefeated Club
Chargers Win Another Key AFC West Matchup

Team of the Week 
Bucs over Patriots, 19-17

Upset of the Week
Giants Beat Saints, 27-21 OT
 
Players of the Week
  Offense – QB Daniel Jones – Giants    
  Defense – LB Tremaine Edmunds – Bills

 Rookies of Week
    Offense – QB Zach Wilson – Jets
    Defense – LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah – Browns

Games of Week #5 
  Giants (1-3) at Cowboys (3-1)
       Clash of NFC East Rivals

   Buffalo (3-1) at Kansas City (2-2)
Last Year’s AFC Championship Game Repeat

NFL Team Power Poll

Ranking /Record /Team

#1 – 3-1 Bucs
Bucs beat the Patriots on the road to reclaim the top rating.

#2 – 3-1 Bills
Bills posted their second shutout this season vs the Texans.

#3 – 3-1 Rams
Rams’ defense was exposed by the Cardinals and Kyler Murray.

#4 – 3-1 Chargers
Chargers beat the Raiders and Chiefs back to back to take command of the West behind Justin Herbert.

#5 – 4-0 Cardinals
Cardinals making a statement with a fast maturing club pushing for West leadership.

#6 – 2-2 Chiefs
Chief’s offense exploded vs the Eagles. Host the Bills in a major AFC test.

#7 – 3-1 Ravens
Ravens defense is dictating the game along with a versatile Lamarr Jackson.

#8 – 3-1 Browns
Browns defense smothered the Vikings along with a strong ground game.

#9 – 3-1 Packers
The Packers Aaron Rodgers toyed with the Steelers secondary leading to an impressive victory.

#10 – 3-1 Raiders
The Raiders were drilled by Justin Herbert who exploited their secondary repeatedly.

#11 – 3-1 Cowboys
The Cowboys offense is playing well in a potent balanced attack led by rejuvenated Dak Prescott.

#12 – 3-1 Broncos
Broncos were inept vs the Ravens defense in their first matchup vs a playoff contender.

#13 – 3-1 Panthers
Panthers young defense was exposed by the Cowboys.

#14 – 3-1 Bengals
Bengal’s Joe Burrow gives them a chance in every game.

#15 – 2-2 Saints
Saints’ defense was exposed by Daniel Jones while NO offense made few big plays.

#16 – 2-2 Seahawks
Seahawks Russell Wilson managed the game well and made a few big plays in crunch time.

#17 – 2-2 49ers
The 49ers failed in key spots vs Seahawks and two turnovers didn’t help their cause.

#18 – 2-2 Titans
The Titans were shocked by an aggressive Jets club who claimed their first victory.

#19 – 1-3 Patriots
Pats fought the Bucs, but were not able to overcome Tom Brady in crunch time.

#20 – 1-3 Colts
The Colts showed up vs the Dolphins and played their best game of the year.

#21 – 2-2 Redskins
The Redskins got by the Falcons in a high scoring competitive contest they had to have.

#22 – 2-2 Bears
The Bears beat the Lions behind rookie QB Justin Fields in a solid performance.

#23 – 1-3 Giants
The Giants make a great comeback vs the Saints that can turn it around with a repeat Sunday vs the Cowboys this Sunday.

#24 – 1-3 Steelers
Steelers were listless again this time vs the Packers and could face changes soon at key positions.

#25 – 1-3 Falcons
Falcons came up short vs the WFT despite a strong offensive output.

#26 – 1-3 Dolphins
Dolphins came up short again and travel to Tampa in a demanding interconference matchup.

#27 – 1-3 Vikings
Vikings struggled getting their offense in gear vs the Browns and need to focus on the Lions Sunday.

#28 – 1-3 Eagles
The Eagles were outmatched by the Chiefs. Difficult stretch over next month.

#29 – 1-3 Texans
Texans were shut out by the Bills last week. Face the desperate Patriots this Sunday.

#30 – 1-3 Jets
Jets scored their first victory under HC Robert Saleh and rookie QB Zach Wilson.

#31 – 0-4 Lions
Lions were drilled by the Bears. Long rebuilding season ahead.

#32 – 0-4 Jaguars
Jaguars suffered their 19th consecutive loss. HC Urban Meyer facing behavioral issues.

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 25 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to NFL and College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites




Bucs’ Antoine Winfield Scouting Evaluation – Draft Insiders’ Yearbook Scouting Report – NFL Draft 2020

Bucs’ Antoine Winfield Scouting Evaluation – Draft Insiders’ Yearbook Scouting Report – NFL Draft 2020

Winfield – Immediate Impact Defender in the Bucs’ Defense

Antoine Winfield has been a major difference maker for SB Champion Bucs since starting game one as a rookie in 2020. Frank Coyle of Draft Insiders’ ranked him as one of the top safeties especially as a complete defender. He ranked among as one of premier playmakers in the NFL Draft 2020 class and predicted him an early NFL starter and playmaker. He has been a major steal in the late 2nd round and arguably one of the best values in the entire draft class. He was among the Bucs defensive leaders on their run to the NFL Championship.

This season, he has continued his impact in a diverse role in the Bucs secondary. This week vs the Patriots on Sunday night, he was a difference maker in the Bucs 19-17 victory. He totaled 5 tackles, 1 FF, 1 PD and 1 interception and kept Pats’ rookie QB Mac Jones off balance in most key situations.

Safeties NFL Draft 2020

* Underclassmen

* Antoine Winfield #11 – 5-9, 205, Minnesota – Sp. 4.45
NFL Player Comparison: Tyrann Mathieu                            Rating 86
Hard-hitting undersized dynamo safety has been the leader in the Gophers’ secondary since his true freshman season. Stepped in as a full-time starter as a true freshman with limited starting duty the following two seasons due to injuries. His 2019 performance was his best and earned first team Big Ten honors. Short compact athlete combines excellent speed, quickness and fluid athleticism to be a three-down defender with the versatility to lineup at a few spots in the nickel packages. At times, he seeks to deliver big stops, but is not a violent hitter and his marginal size is a concern related to holding up to the physicality of the game. Sure wrap down tackler, though needs to breakdown better in space and eliminate some missed tackles. Displays a quick closing burst, arriving with good pad level to maintain leverage and breakup passes. Outstanding read-react ability and attacks with an aggressive manner with a motor that knows only one speed. Drives through his target upon contact and able to finish. Lined up in a variety of ways, usually the high safety and slot corner in different alignments. Effective single-high safety with excellent range to make up ground and get to the ball. Often lined up over a slot receiver, and shows the quick footwork to mirror off the line with the closing speed to break up passes. Sometimes he drops down into the box and blitzes and added 4 sacks with 3 coming in 2019. Versatile with the range and instincts to play free in the deep middle and at times the toughness and run stopping ability to be the eighth man in the box. He has fine instincts for man-coverage, but only average matchup skills where his lack of height will be tested in the NFL. Fine field vision and reacts to the ball quickly. Attacks the throw at the catch point as if he was the receiver. Marginal height and above average leaping ability, compromises his ability to win jump-ball throws. Plays all facets of the game with a strong sense of urgency. In 2019, started 13 games and had 88 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 7 picks, 1 PBU and 2 FR. Earned 1st team Big Ten honors. In 2018, started 4 of 4 games and made 17 tackles, 1 FR, 1 pick and 1 PBU. For his career, totaled 177 tackles with 7 TFL, 9 picks and 6 PBU. Best suited for playing single high scheme. Fine athleticism to be a three-down defender. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 5’9” and 203 lbs. with 30 1/8” arms. He ran a 4.45 time and did not lift. Added a 36” VL and a 10’4“ BJ with no agility drills. He has the speed, quickness and ball skills to be an early starter and compares to Tyrann Mathieu in size, AA and versatility. Shows flexible hips and quick footwork with the instincts to continue to improve in coverage. Talent to be a difference maker. High quality athlete and football player with experience to compete for time in different packages and an excellent addition. Son of former longtime NFL corner Antoine Winfield. Probable early starting ability with the versatility and fast developing talent to be a three-down defender. Rising top 50 selection with impact talent. Teams like the Cowboys and Dolphins have on their short list in the 2nd day.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round