Bennie Fowler III

Bennie Fowler III (born June 10, 1991) is an American football wide receiver for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Michigan State and was signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2014.

Bennie Fowler III
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Fowler with the New York Giants in 2018
No. 18 – New York Giants
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born:June 10, 1991 (age 27)
Beverly Hills, Michigan
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school:Detroit Country Day School
(Beverly Hills, Michigan)
College:Michigan State
Undrafted:2014
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2018
Receptions:72
Receiving yards:897
Receiving touchdowns:6
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

High school career

Fowler attended Detroit Country Day School, where he was named to SuperPrep and PrepStar's All-Midwest Teams. He was also listed among the Midwest's top prospects by SuperPrep at No. 72, he was also rated among the nations top wide receivers by Scouts, Inc. at No. 80. He was also ranked among the state's top seniors by the Lansing State Journal at No. 15 overall, Rivals.com at No. 15 also, The Detroit News at No. 16, and the Detroit Free Press at No. 16. He was also named to the Detroit Free Press All-State Division 4 Team. He was also named All-State honorable mention as an all-purpose player by the Associated Press. He was also selected to the All-County Dream Team by The Oakland Press and All-North Team by The Detroit News.[1]

As a junior in 2007, Fowler missed five games during the season with a broken collarbone. For the season, he recorded 12 receptions for 265 yards and four touchdowns. As a senior in 2008, he accounted for a total of 1,478 all-purpose yards and 15 touchdowns. He recorded 32 receptions for 683 yards and six touchdowns. On defense, he recorded 16 tackles, three sacks, and three pass-break ups while returning five punts for 218 yards and five kickoffs for 122 yards.[1]

In his high school career, Fowler recorded 44 receptions for 903 yards and 10 touchdowns, he also rushed the ball 58 times for 542 yards and nine touchdowns.[1]

In addition to playing football, Fowler won the Oakland County 100-meter and state long jump titles in 2008. He was also a member of the Detroit Country Day School Yellow Jackets' 2007 state championship basketball team.[1]

College career

After graduating from high school, Fowler attended Michigan State where he majored in economics.

As a freshman in 2009, Fowler redshirted with a stress fracture in his foot. As a redshirt freshman, in 2010, he appeared in all 13 games and finished sixth on the team with 573 all-purpose yards. He recorded 14 receptions for 175 yards, and carried the ball seven times for 62 yards. He also returned 15 kickoffs for 336 yards. His return yards ranked second on the team behind Keshawn Martin. Fowler also recorded a career best 161 all-purpose yards against No. 15 Alabama in the 2011 Capital One Bowl. As a redshirt sophomore in 2011, he appeared in just five games due to a foot injury. He recorded two receptions for 20 yards and one carry for six yards. As a redshirt junior in 2012, he led the team with 524 receiving yards and four touchdowns and ranked second with 41 receptions. He also tied for the lead the team with seven receptions of 20-plus yards. As a redshirt senior in 2013, he again led the team in receiving yards, with 622 yards, and touchdowns, with six. He also ranked third on the team with 36 receptions. He finished second on the team with 10 receptions for 20-plus yards. Fowler's six touchdowns ranked sixth in the Big Ten in 2013.[1]

Career statistics

Season Receiving Rushing Fumbles
Year Team GP GS Rec Yds Avg TD Lng Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2009 Mich. St. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2010 Mich. St. 13 -- 14 175 12.5 1 39 7 62 8.9 -- 1 0 0
2011 Mich. St. 5 -- 2 20 10.0 0 -- 1 6 6.0 6 0 0 0
2012 Mich. St. 13 -- 41 524 12.7 4 -- 3 14 4.7 -- 0 0 0
2013 Mich. St. 12 -- 36 622 17.3 6 87 5 20 4.0 -- -- 0 0
Career 43 -- 93 1,341 14.4 11 87 16 102 6.4 -- 1 0 0

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 1 in
(1.85 m)
216 lb
(98 kg)
32 in
(0.81 m)
9 12 in
(0.24 m)
4.52 s 1.65 s 2.70 s 7.06 s 4.18 s 36 in
(0.91 m)
10 ft 6 in
(3.20 m)
18 reps
All values from NFL Combine/Michigan State's Pro Day[2]

Denver Broncos

2014 season

On May 10, 2014, the Denver Broncos signed Fowler to as an undrafted free agent to a one-year, $114,000 contract.[3][4] On August 30, 2014, he was waived by the Broncos as part of their final roster cuts. On August 31, 2014, he was signed to the practice squad.[5][6]

2015 season

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Fowler with the Broncos in 2015

On January 15, 2015, the Denver Broncos signed Fowler to a one-year, $550,000 reserve/future contract.[3]

Fowler played in all 16 regular season games for the Broncos, ending the 2015 season with 16 receptions for 203 yards. On February 7, 2016, Fowler was part of the Broncos team that won Super Bowl 50. In the game, the Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers by a score of 24–10. During the game, he caught a two-point conversion from quarterback Peyton Manning to make it a 14-point game late in the fourth quarter.[7] It was Peyton Manning's final NFL pass.

On April 15, 2016, Fowler re-signed with the Broncos.[8]

2016 season

With Trevor Siemian as his new quarterback, Fowler recorded 11 receptions for 145 yards and two touchdowns in the 2016 season.

2017 season

On September 11, 2017, in the season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football, Fowler recorded a career-high two receiving touchdowns.[9] He finished the season with a career-high 29 receptions for 350 yards and three touchdowns.

Chicago Bears

On April 13, 2018, Fowler signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears.[10] He was released on September 1, 2018 as part of final roster cuts.[11]

New England Patriots

On September 11, 2018, Fowler was signed by the New England Patriots, but was released four days later.[12][13]

New York Giants

On October 16, 2018, Fowler was signed by the New York Giants.[14] He scored his first touchdown with the Giants in Week 14 against the Washington Redskins in a 40-16 victory.

On March 19, 2019, Fowler re-signed with the Giants.[15]

Career statistics

Season Receiving Fumbles
Year Team GP GS Tgts Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2015 DEN 16 1 25 16 203 12.7 41 0 0 0
2016 DEN 13 0 24 11 145 13.2 76 2 0 0
2017 DEN 16 4 56 29 350 12.1 29 3 1 0
2018 NYG 10 5 27 16 199 12.4 26 1 1 0
Career 55 10 132 72 897 12.5 76 6 2 0

Personal life

Bennie Fowler is the son of Bennie Fowler Jr. and Teresa Gueyser.[1] He has a younger brother, Chris Fowler, who played basketball at Central Michigan University and a younger sister, Taylor Fowler, who is an upcoming basketball prospect attending IMG academy. He is also longtime friends with Golden State Warriors power forward Draymond Green, who also attended Michigan State.[6]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f "BENNIE FOWLER". msuspartans.com. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  2. ^ "NFL Draft Profile: Bennie Fowler". NFL.com. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Spotrac.com: Bennie Fowler earnings". spotrac.com. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  4. ^ Florio, Mike (May 11, 2014). "Broncos announce 15-man rookie free agent class". ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  5. ^ Griffith, Mike (April 16, 2016). "Bennie Fowler signs deal to return to Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos". MLive.com. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Legwold, Jeff (October 16, 2015). "Bennie Fowler makes most of chances to carve out role". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  7. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (February 7, 2016). "Broncos outlast Panthers, claim third Super Bowl title". NFL.com. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  8. ^ Wolfe, Cameron (April 15, 2016). "Bennie Fowler, Sam Brenner sign tenders to return to Broncos for 2016 season". Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  9. ^ Kosmider, Nick (September 12, 2017). "Bennie Fowler emerges as end-zone target during Broncos victory over Chargers". The Denver Post. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  10. ^ Williams, Charean (April 13, 2018). "Bears agree to terms with Bennie Fowler". ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com.
  11. ^ Mayer, Larry (September 1, 2018). "Bears announce 53-man roster". ChicagoBears.com.
  12. ^ "Patriots Sign RB Kenjon Barner and WRs Corey Coleman and Bennie Fowler". Patriots.com. September 11, 2018.
  13. ^ "Patriots Sign OL Cole Croston to the 53-Man Roster; Release WR Bennie Fowler; Sign WR Riley McCarron to the Practice Squad". Patriots.com. September 15, 2018.
  14. ^ Eisen, Michael (October 16, 2018). "Giants sign WR Bennie Fowler, waive CB Donte Deayon among roster moves". Giants.com.
  15. ^ Eisen, Michael (March 19, 2019). "Giants re-sign LS Zak DeOssie, WR Bennie Fowler, and DB Tony Lippett". Giants.com.

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2017 Denver Broncos season

The 2017 Denver Broncos season was the franchise's 48th season in the National Football League and the 58th overall.

The Broncos underwent numerous coaching changes during the offseason, after Vance Joseph was hired as the team's new head coach. Joseph replaced Gary Kubiak, the team's head coach during the previous two seasons, who was forced to retire from coaching due to health concerns.

After a 3–1 start, the Broncos suffered through an 8-game losing streak — the team's longest since 1967. Poor offensive performances, along with a quarterback carousel, contributed to the losing skid. In terms of statistics, the Broncos' defense ranked in the top five in total yards, rushing yards and passing yards, but had the league's second-worst turnover differential (ahead of only the winless Cleveland Browns), surrendered the third-most sacks and ranked 27th in points per game. The Broncos also failed to score 20 or more points in 10 of their 16 games, and scored 30 or more only once.

The Broncos missed the playoffs for a second consecutive season, clinched a losing record for the first time since 2010 and suffered only their fourth losing season since John Elway's retirement after the 1998 season.

2018 Chicago Bears season

The 2018 Chicago Bears season was the franchise's 99th season in the National Football League, as well as the first under head coach Matt Nagy, who took over the job after John Fox was fired in 2017 following a three-year tenure.

2018 marked their first winning season since 2012 and their first playoff appearance since 2010. The Bears ensured improvement over their 5–11 record from the previous season in Week 10 when they defeated their division rival Detroit Lions. In week 12, they scored their eighth win of the season, also against the Lions, ensuring that the Bears would not have a losing season for the first time since 2013. With a Week 14 win over the Los Angeles Rams, the Bears clinched their first winning season since 2012. With their Week 15 win over the rival Green Bay Packers, the Bears clinched their first playoff berth and division title since 2010. The season ended in disappointment as they lost to the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, who they had helped get into the playoffs on the last game of the season, in the NFC Wild Card Game 15–16 on January 6, 2019 at Soldier Field.

2018 Denver Broncos season

The 2018 Denver Broncos season was the franchise's 49th season in the National Football League and their 59th overall.

After poor offensive statistics that resulted in a 5–11 record during the previous season, the Broncos hoped for improvement at the quarterback position, with the offseason signing of Case Keenum as well as the breakthrough of undrafted rookie running back Phillip Lindsay. Another rookie that made an impact was linebacker Bradley Chubb, who recorded 12 sacks following a slow start. However, like the previous season, the Broncos scored 30 or more points only once, and midway through the season, longtime wide receiver Demaryius Thomas was traded to the Houston Texans.

Following a 3–6 start, the Broncos put together a three-game winning streak, with hopes of turning their season around and competing for a playoff spot. However, key late-season injuries to cornerback Chris Harris Jr. (fractured fibula) and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (ruptured Achilles tendon) derailed those hopes, sending the Broncos to a season-ending four-game losing streak and a 6–10 record — only a one-win improvement from 2017.

The Broncos missed the playoffs for a third consecutive season, suffered back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since 1971–1972 and back-to-back double-digit losses for the first time since 1966–1967, resulting in the firing of head coach Vance Joseph at the end of the season. Joseph posted an 11–21 record in his two seasons as the Broncos' head coach.

2018 New England Patriots season

The 2018 New England Patriots season was the franchise's 49th season in the National Football League, the 59th overall and the 19th under head coach Bill Belichick. The Patriots entered the season as two-time defending AFC champions.

The Patriots' losses to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 2 and the Detroit Lions in Week 3 marked the franchise's first back-to-back double-digit losses since 2002. After this slow start, the Patriots improved to 7–3 leading into their bye in Week 11. Following a notable Week 14 loss to the Dolphins, the Patriots could not match their 13–3 record from the previous year. A defeat to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 15 meant the Patriots had lost five games for the first time since 2009. After a victory over the Buffalo Bills in Week 16, the Patriots clinched the AFC East for the tenth consecutive season. New England went undefeated at home with a Week 17 win over the New York Jets in which they claimed a first-round bye, and wrapped up the regular season with an 11–5 record that gave them the AFC's 2nd seed in the postseason.

The 2018 Patriots are the second team ever in an American major sports league to win at least 10 straight division titles, joining Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves (set during 1991–2005, excluding the strike-shortened 1994 season). The Patriots also secured their 16th-straight 10-win season, tying the San Francisco 49ers' league record streak, set between 1983 and 1998. Notable records set during the season include Tom Brady achieving the record for most career passing touchdowns (including playoffs).In the 2018–19 playoffs, the Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Chargers in the Divisional round 41–28, and advanced to the AFC Championship game for a record eighth-straight time. The Patriots defeated the Chiefs 37–31 in overtime to go to the Super Bowl for the third straight year, becoming only the third team in NFL history to appear in three consecutive Super Bowls (after the 1990–93 Buffalo Bills and the 1971–73 Miami Dolphins). In Super Bowl LIII, they faced the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in a rematch of Super Bowl XXXVI, in which the Patriots defeated the then-St. Louis Rams in a shocking upset 20–17. The Patriots won on this occasion by a score of 13–3 to win their sixth Super Bowl, tying the Pittsburgh Steelers for most Super Bowl championships at six each. They joined the 1971 Dallas Cowboys and the 1972 Miami Dolphins as the only teams to win a Super Bowl the year after losing the game.

2018 New York Giants season

The 2018 season was the New York Giants' 94th in the National Football League, their ninth playing their home games at MetLife Stadium and their first under head coach Pat Shurmur. The Giants entered the season looking to improve on their 2017 campaign, which saw the team finish with a 3–13 record, their worst since the adoption of a 16-game regular season. Despite starting 1–7 for the second consecutive year, the Giants managed to improve on their 3–13 campaign with a 30–27 win over the Chicago Bears. After a 17–0 shutout loss to the Titans in Week 15, the Giants missed the playoffs for the second straight season. The season was highlighted by blown fourth-quarter leads much like 2015, the Giants were in 12 one-possession games and lost eight games by seven points or fewer. The Giants finished the season 5–11 and last place in the NFC East for the second straight year.

2019 New York Giants season

The 2019 New York Giants season will be the franchise's 95th season in the National Football League, their tenth playing their home games at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey and their second under head coach Pat Shurmur. They will attempt to improve on their 5–11 campaign from last year.

New York Giants

The New York Giants are a professional American football team based in the New York metropolitan area. The Giants compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) East division. The team plays its home games at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, which it shares with the New York Jets in a unique arrangement. The Giants hold their summer training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center at the Meadowlands Sports Complex.The Giants were one of five teams that joined the NFL in 1925, and is the only one of that group still existing, as well as the league's longest-established team in the Northeastern United States. The team ranks third among all NFL franchises with eight NFL championship titles: four in the pre–Super Bowl era (1927, 1934, 1938, 1956) and four since the advent of the Super Bowl (XXI (1986), XXV (1990), XLII (2007), and XLVI (2011)), along with more championship appearances than any other team, with 19 overall appearances. Their championship tally is surpassed only by the Green Bay Packers (13) and Chicago Bears (9). Throughout their history, the Giants have featured 28 Hall of Fame players, including NFL Most Valuable Player (MVP) award winners Mel Hein, Frank Gifford, Y. A. Tittle, and Lawrence Taylor.

To distinguish themselves from the professional baseball team of the same name, the football team was incorporated as the "New York National League Football Company, Inc." in 1929 and changed to "New York Football Giants, Inc." in 1937. While the baseball team moved to San Francisco after the 1957 season, the football team continues to use "New York Football Giants, Inc." as its legal corporate name, and is often referred to by fans and sportscasters as the "New York Football Giants". The team has also acquired several nicknames, including "Big Blue", the "G-Men", and the "Jints", an intentionally mangled contraction seen frequently in the New York Post and New York Daily News, originating from the baseball team when they were based in New York. Additionally, the team as a whole is occasionally referred to as the "Big Blue Wrecking Crew", even though this moniker primarily and originally refers to the Giants defensive unit during the 80s and early 90s (and before that to the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball teams of the late 1970s and early 1980s).The team's heated rivalry with the Philadelphia Eagles is the oldest of the NFC East rivalries, dating all the way back to 1933, and has been called the best rivalry in the NFL in the 21st century.

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