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INSIDE THE NFL
Eagles quarterback Bobby Hoying was terrific in his first NFL
start, a 10-10 tie against the Ravens. Despite being sacked nine
times, he completed 26 of 38 passes for 276 yards and looked
like a leader. "I was amazed that a guy that we've been talking
about as the quarterback of the future could be such a great
quarterback of the present," Eagles owner Jeff Lurie said. ...
Playing for Philadelphia, defensive end William Fuller had more
sacks (35 1/2) from 1994 to '96 than Bruce Smith or Reggie
White. The Chargers thought they had a steal when they signed
Fuller to a two-year, $5.6 million deal in the off-season. But
Fuller has only two sacks in 11 games, and he thinks the slump
may be because AFC West teams focus on pass protection while NFC
East teams are obsessed with run blocking.... One AFC scouting
director says Florida State's Andre Wadsworth is the best pass
rusher he has seen this decade. Wadsworth could fall in behind
two quarterbacksTennessee's Peyton Manning and Washington
State's Ryan Leafatop the 1998 draft.
The End Zone
Five days before the Jets played the Bears, oft-beaten New York cornerback Otis Smith said he was being benched. Two days later he reearned the starting job, which led reporters to ask him about his earlier statement. "I don't believe I said that," Smith replied. "If I said that, I misquoted myself."
Issue date: November 24, 1997
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