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First Call: No stopping Saquon Barkley, trouble for Chris Kunitz, Bills player confronts official

Tim Benz
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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley leaps over Chicago Bears strong safety Adrian Amos during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J.

Monday’s “First Call” shows us Saquon Barkley running right through the rookie wall. Chris Kunitz may be in hot water. And a Buffalo Bill nearly has a physical confrontation with an official after a game.


Sizzling Saquon

Penn State product Saquon Barkley continues to impress in his rookie season.

The Giants running back pulled off this wild hurdle move against the Bears yesterday.

That wasn’t Barkley’s only highlight. He also racked up 125 rushing yards on 24 carries. That’s his third straight rushing performance over 100 yards and his fifth of the season.


Did you catch that?

Credit Russell Okung with a sneaky-good movie reference.

During the player intros on NBC, Okung stated he’s from “Wakanda Tech.”

Wakanda Tech? What conference are they in?

Actually, Wakanda is a fictional country from the movie “Black Panther.” In real life, Okung went to Oklahoma State.

Maybe the Cowboys will be scheduling Wakanda in the season opener in Stillwater next season.


Looks bad

Everyone in Pittsburgh loves Chris Kunitz. But this elbow to Travis Hamonic looked bad.

That got Kunitz a five-minute penalty and a game misconduct. Don’t be surprised if it draws supplemental discipline as well.

Back when Kunitz built his reputation as a big hitter and a tenacious player in Anaheim and Pittsburgh, maybe that infraction gets a two-minute penalty and that’s it. But times have changed, and it will draw more attention from the league now.


Looks worse

Word of caution. There is some PG-13 language in the link below.

Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes went after an official in the tunnel after Buffalo’s loss to the Dolphins. The confrontation was broken up. But not until after Hughes made clear a word the official allegedly used to describe him during the game.

The official in question appears to be Roy Ellison. He was once suspended for a comment he allegedly made to Washington’s Trent Williams.


Ha! Gotcha!

Typical Jalen Ramsey here.

Never known as someone who would lend a helping hand to an opposing quarterback during an interview, the Jaguars corner took that reputation to a literal level against the Colts.

Ramsey wasn’t flagged on the play. However, Denver’s Von Miller was when he did something similar to Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor last year .

Jacksonville went on to win 6-0.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at [email protected] or via Twitter @TimBenzPGH. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless specified otherwise.

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