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Bell’s Run to Happiness; Bennett’s Heisman Moment – The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com

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By Lenn Robbins

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Who is the happiest player in the NFL?

09/08/19 Buffalo Bills vs New York Jets at Metlife Stadium East Rutherford N.J. New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell #26 runs for a gain in the 1st half today

It must be former Jets RB Le’Veon Bell who went from playing for a team that has zero chance of making the playoffs to a team that can repeat as Super Bowl champions. He goes from being ignored in Adam Gase’s directionless offense to probably seeing a multitude of opportunities in Andy Reid’s state of the art attack.

Is Patrick Mahomes, he of the 10-year, $503 million contract happy? Sure, he’s the biggest beneficiary of Reid’s offensive mastermind. But Bell just went from living in an offensive wasteland to being one of Mahomes’ light sabers.

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The biggest college football game of the season will be played Saturday night, possibly without the greatest coach in the history of the game on the sidelines. Nick Saban tested positive for the coronavirus but you won’t know it from the scene you’ll see at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

When 3rd-ranked Georgia (3-0) plays at 2nd-ranked Alabama (3-0) “coronavirus restrictions,” are calling for a reduced crowd size to about 20,000 fans. Based on the scene at the Tide’s October 3rd home win against Texas A&M, a 52-24 win, the number will be closer to 50,000 if not more.

Saban is 20-0 against former assistant coaches including Georgia’s Kirby Smart. The Dawgs have the best defense in college football, an impressive offensive line that manhandled Auburn, and the best QB story in Stetson Bennett IV, an undersized former walk-on from a small city in Georgia (Blackshear, population about 3,500) who seemed destined to be the Dawgs starter.

The stars seemingly are aligning for Georgia to end a five-game losing streak to Alabama, tied for the longest in the series. If Bennett can withstand the pressure of Bama’s defense and the biggest pressure cooker in football – 50,000-plus or 100,000-plus – Bennett goes from a nice story to a Heisman Trophy contender.

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 Just wondering what Gardner Minshew II needs to do to stop being considered a stopgap QB for the Jags? He’s completed almost 70-percent (69.9-percent) of his passes for 1,439 yards with 10 touchdowns and four picks.

The Jags (1-4) are in complete rebuild mold and the offensive line is ranked 25th in pass protection by Football Outsiders. Between the mustache and the faux “Minshew the 2nd” – he’s the one and only – it was easy not to take him seriously.

“He has the look, he has the swag, he has the arm and he has the plays to make—to be who I consider a great quarterback in the NFL,” said Jags DE Josh Allen. “That’s my guy.”

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