Until Sunday, Zay Jones lived a relatively normal existence as a rookie wide receiver with the Bills, best known for setting the NCAA single-season and career reception records while at East Carolina.
But that all changed after one play in Sunday’s Bills-Chiefs game, as Jones will forevermore be known as “The Man Who Levitated.” On a second-quarter play, Jones fell to the ground just out of the end zone trying to make a catch.
Once again, Ngakoue had helped to force the Browns into punting on fourth down. Third-down sacks and pressures are always big time plays, but especially in a game that was within one score almost all the way down to the wire.
Derrick Brooks, an appeals officer appointed by both the NFL and NFLPA, was the one who reduced Iloka’s punishment.
Iloka’s agent, Ron Slavin, released a statement saying thank you to Brooks but reiterated that they felt Iloka did nothing wrong.
“While we still believe George did nothing wrong on the play and the helmet-to-helmet contact was a result of Antonio Brown’s lowering his head as he braced for contact, we felt and argued that a suspension was particularly egregious.
“We thank Derrick for acknowledging our concerns and making the proper decision.”
Hornacek played seldom-used shooting guard Ron Baker to bother Kent Bazemore and Marco Bellineli. He went to a small lineup early in the fourth quarter to counter the Hawks’ center-free starting five as New York built a seven-point lead before the starters returned. And, later, Hornacek decided to foul with the Hawks down three in the final seconds instead of giving them a chance to tie the game — a decision that helped the Knicks walk off the floor with a 111-107 win.