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2012 NFL DRAFT GRADES – AFC WEST
While we can assign more accurate grades once these draft classes have been given three seasons to perform for their collective teams, we can still assess the selections that were made. First, in terms of how effectively each team addressed their most glaring deficiencies. Along with how successful they were at accumulating depth, and by how effectively the new additions are expected to perform, based upon the offensive or defensive system that they will now participate in. With that, here are the grades for the AFC West.
San Diego Chargers
Pilfering Melvin Ingram with the 18th pick, provides sufficient reason to award A.J. Smith and his staff a very high mark, after he was projected as a top 12 selection on many draft boards. Not only will the Chargers’ defense improve because of his exceptional ability, but Kendall Reyes and Brandon Taylor will also contribute to that unit immediately, through both their athleticism and leadership skills. ...
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The Oakland Raiders have announced through their website that Matt Linart has signed with the club. The Heisman Trophy winner will join Carson Palmer (also a Heisman Trophy winner) in a role that he is very familiar with as Pamler’s back up. Adam Schefter had announced last week that Leinart’s signing was imminent, and was [...]
In a Q&A with Tim Tawakami of the Mercury News, Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen confirmed that running back Darren McFadden is healthy after his season was cut short in 2011 with a Lisfranc injury.
Allen was asked if McFadden will be going at full speed during the next mini-camp.
“There’s no crystal ball to see exactly where he’s going to be at during that point...
Yesterday we mourned the death of one of the greatest linebackers in the history of the game of football. Years from now, we may look back at this moment, this tragic instance about a storied athlete killing himself as the death knell into the game as we once knew it.
According to a report from TMZ.com, former San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots star, Junior Seau, was found dead of an apparent suicide. He played 20 seasons in the NFL and most believe will be worth of Hall of Fame consideration at some point. Certainly from his frustrating play against the Denver Broncos for most of those 20 years would be enough for that.
Former San Diego Chargers all-pro linebacker Junior Seau was found dead at him home Wednesday, according to reports from TMZ: NFL legend Junior Seau was found dead in his home in Oceanside, CA … and cops are investigating a shooting … multiple law enforcement sources tell TMZ. Cops are currently at Seau’s home just outside [...]
It is with great sadness to announce the death of 43 year old, NFL great, Junior Seau. The future hall of famer was found dead at his home in Oceanside, CA today by his current girlfriend. The early reports are that Seau took his own life with a shotgun to the chest. The reports will continue and I am sure we will know more soon. Yet, I want to recognize the man I remember. The man...
Junior Seau not only was one of the all-time great linebackers in NFL history, but he was admired, respected, and genuinely loved by teammates and opponents alike. One just has to see the outpouring sadness and support from not just fans, but from the league itself to see how much he meant to the San Diego Chargers and to the NFL. While there are still questions that probably...
It is evident that the San Diego Chargers are tired of drafting from the middle of each round every April, and it's time they lean one way or the other. Recent regular seasons indicate that they might as well tank in favor of selecting USC's Matt Barkley No. 1 overall next year and trading him for a new General Manager and Head Coach. 2012's edition, on the other hand...
When I was just a young girl living in New Orleans, trying to figure out why the team I loved sucked so bad and growing to love and understand the game of football, I can remember attaching myself to players on teams other than my beloved Saints. Sure I admired the Joe Montanas, Dan Marinos and Emmit Smiths of the league. But then, there were players like the Steelers’ Rod Woodson...
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, free agent quarterback Matt Lainart will be signing with the Oakland Raiders to back up Carson Palmer.
Leinart ironically enough served as Palmer’s back up when they were both at USC.
While Palmer flourished in the NFL for the first few years of his career, Leinart has been a big disappointment, but should be a good back up for the Raiders.
A look back at Junior Seau's career. RIP
According to ESPN's John Clayton, former Bengals running back Cedric Benson is hoping to become an Oakland Raider. The Raiders have a need behind starter Darren McFadden with the recent departure of Michael Bush to the Chicago Bears in free agency. Benson would likely have to settle for the veteran's minimum in order to become a Raider. While Benson has interest in Oakland...