While the Cleveland Browns were on the bye, there were a lot of fights in the NFL compared to your average week. But there was also this gem of a highlight featuring Raiders OT Marshall Newhouse, who must have had visions of being a hero one second before fumbling and going helicopter mode the next second:
That play led to SB Nation tasking all the NFL blogs this week to ponder, “Which offensive lineman on your team would make the best skills position player?” I’ve waited years to see Joe Thomas be used as an eligible receiver and rewarded with a big man touchdown...but maybe that is something Hue Jackson will have up his sleeve next year.
One other play from last week to ponder if this one from the Texans-Colts game. It was 4th-and-goal with two seconds to go, and the Texans needed a touchdown. Indianapolis forced a fumble, and for a brief moment, a Houston offensive lineman had a chance at picking the ball up. Because it was do or die, my brother and I pondered if the lineman, in the heat of the moment, would have realized that his team’s only chance of winning at that point was to not just pick up the ball, but heave it into the end zone?
If Cleveland needed one of their offensive linemen to become a skills player momentarily, who would make the best fit? Purely based on his background, my vote would go to center J.C. Tretter. He played football and basketball in college, the latter sport of which he was his school's all-time leading scorer and rebounder. At Cornell University, he was a tight end for his first two years before switching to the offensive line. During his college career, he logged 5 catches for 80 yards and 1 touchdown.