NFL Notes: Bucs, Cardinals, Colts, Cowboys, Falcons, Seahawks, Vikings

  Buccaneers LB Shayne Skov worked out for the Buccaneers on Tuesday. (Matt Barrows) Cardinals QB Carson Palmer said his shoulder is feeling “much, much better” and is close to being back to full strength. (Bob McManaman) Colts QB Andrew Luck was named AFC Offensive Pllayer of the Week. Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne returned to the Cowboys on Wednesday after he stormed...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Defense leading the way again for No. 16 Stanford

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Stanford started this season with all kinds of questions about how it would replace a respected coordinator and a star-laden lineup on defense. Nobody is wondering anymore. The 16th-ranked Cardinal (2-1) have two shutouts already entering Saturday's game at Washington (4-0). Stanford leads the country in scoring defense (4.3 points), total defense (204...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Photo: Stanford Alums Shayne Skov, Jonathan Martin Lose Bet, Have To Wear USC Gear

The NFL season may have officially kicked off this past weekend, but that doesn’t mean that many of the league’s players weren’t still caught up in the college game. Stanford alums Shayne Skov and Jonathan Martin certainly watched the Cardinal’s loss to USC on Saturday. How do we know? They made a bet with San Francisco 49ers teammate (and Trojans alum) Marcus Martin, who...
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September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

BASTA Pac-12: Stanford Football Defensive Season Preview

((HT: BASTA their own selves/Ben Leonard))The Stanford Cardinal come in to the 2014 season facing the daunting task of Pac-12 and Rose Bowl three-peat. It may be even harder this year, with many stalwarts on the defensive side of the ball from 2013 graduating. It will have to get past third-ranked Oregon in the Pac-12 North once again, although the Cardinal have prevailed in the...
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August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

A.J. Tarpley's time in Stanford spotlight arrives

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) A.J. Tarpley heard all offseason how Stanford would need to replace the production and locker room leadership linebackers Shayne Skov and Trent Murphy provided. He heard how the departures of defensive coordinator Derek Mason and inside linebackers coach David Kotulski to Vanderbilt could complicate the Cardinal's transition. And he heard how the linebackers...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Stanford prepares for an imposing road in 2014

Burning the Nerds: Bennie Fowler of Michigan State got deep on the Stanford defense in the Rose, connecting here with quarterback Connor Cook on a 60-yard pass play (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports photo.) The Stanford Cardinal deserve full credit for winning the last two PAC-12 titles and beating the Oregon Ducks three years out of the last five, but the arrogance and elitism that emanates...
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August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Baltimore Ravens

Michael Conroy/Associated Press Round 1 Pick 17: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M (A) A team that needs a go to guy gets it in the mold of a younger, faster ex-receiver Anquan Boldin. Round 2 Pick 16: Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State (B) A line that has holes everywhere gets one filled here. Round 3 Pick 15: Billy Turner, OT, North Dakota State (A) One of the many lineman in...
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May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL prospect rankings ILB

2014 ILB rankings CJ Mosley-Alabama Shayne Skov -Stanford Chris Borland – Wisconsin Yawin Smallwood- UCONN Andrew Jackson-WKU Preston Brown- Louisville DeDe Lattimore- USF Lamin Barrow – LSU Max Bullough – Michigan State James Morris- Iowa Avery Williamson-Kentucky Need NFL Tickets? Loading... ZergNet The post 2014 NFL prospect rankings ILB appeared...
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May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft: 6 Late-Round Options To Watch

The best term to describe the upcoming NFL draft would be to call it a hypothesis, an educated guess backed up by scientific data that leads to an agreed upon solution or reasonable conclusion.  The draft experts research hundreds of hours of video evidence on each athlete; they dive into the backgrounds and do as much due diligence to come up with a supposed value proposition for...
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May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Scouting for the Cleveland Browns – where will they find the real value in the NFL Draft?

The Cleveland Browns enter the 2014 NFL Draft with 10 picks, and GM Ray Farmer has been hard at work for the last few months scouting players in a bid to make sure that every one of them makes the Browns stronger. Over 1000 players have declared for the draft, but only 256 of them will hear their name called over the 3 days. Of those, less than 100 will probably start a game this...
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April 19, 2014  |  Discuss

San Francisco 49ers in ideal spot to draft, groom an inside linebacker

“Some say that it’s a dying position.” “Run stuffers are out; guys who can cover the field from sideline to sideline are in.” Those are just a couple things that Buck Stanton of cover32 said about the inside linebacker position Monday as he ranked the top 10 ILBs in this year’s NFL draft. And it’s true. Job duties for inside linebackers are changing as the league becomes...
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Which top 10 ILB could help the Arizona Cardinals?

The NFL draft is just more than a month away and we’re going to take a look at inside linebackers this week. Today, we’ll check out our Top 10 list of the best inside linebackers available at the draft. The name that stands out on the list is Shayne Skov of Stanford. Skov, listed at 6’2 and 245 pounds, has that size teams want in a middle linebacker but lacks the speed to be...
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Inside Man: Top ten ILBs on the Redskins draft board

With the (99%) retirement of London Fletcher, inside linebacker may be a position to which the Redskins want to add depth. Unlike the player pools at some of the other positions I’ve previewed, inside backer isn’t particularly stacked. That’s true in part because the emphasis on pass defense and outside pass-rushers devalues the position as a whole. But, if Washington wants...
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Could the New York Giants select any of these top ILB draft prospects?

Though linebacker has often been a spot of weakness for the New York Giants in recent years, the linebacking corps appears primed to star for the G-Men in 2014. They re-signed key contributor Jon Beason this offseason, ensuring that the team’s leading tackle during his 12-game duration in New York will anchor the middle of their defense. With that in mind, it’s unlikely they...
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Draft Prospect Profile: LB Shayne Skov

  LB Shayne Skov Packers prospect profile:  LB  Shayne Skov Player Information: Shayne Skov  LB, Stanford,  6-2, 245 pounds  Hometown: Guadalajara, Mexico STATS NFL Combine: Did not participate in Combine and to date, has not participated in any pre-draft drills News and Notes: Started nine games as a true freshman in 2009. . .led Stanford in tackles in 2010. . .lost the...
April 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Packers: 7-Round Mock Draft

1. [LouisNix], Nose Tackle, Notre Dame. Nix does not fill an immediate need for the Packers, but, he’s been sliding down the boards due to injury concerns. The Packers benefited from people doubting Eddie Lacy last season due to injury concerns, they could benefit again this year if Nix happens to fall to them. Raji is back on a one-year deal, and he’s likely gone after this...
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April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Denver Broncos mock draft round 1-4: Post free agency

The last time we sat down in the proverbial cover32 War Room, we talked about the Broncos going full defense due to some serious deficiencies on that side of the ball. John Elway laughed, reached into his magical free agency hat, and pulled out three defensive Pro-Bowlers. Hard hitting strong safety, TJ Ward, lock down cornerback Aqib Talib, and sure fire hall of fame defensive end...
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March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Round 4

NFL Mock Draft - Not to many other sites will dig this deep into the NFL draft because it is hard to nail down the GM’s train of thought this far into the process. That doesn’t stop us from trying though. Make sure to check out all of our previous mock drafts from this year Mock Draft 1.0 Mock Draft 2.0 Mock Draft 3.0 Mock Draft 4.0 Mock Draft 5.0 97. Houston Texans: Tre Mason...
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March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Inside Linebacker Shayne Skov

Shayne Skov is an intriguing linebacker prospect out of the prestigious Stanford University who could be a physical presence in the NFL. Height: 6-foot-2 Weight: 245 pounds Hand Size: 10 College: Stanford Year: Senior Strengths: Shayne Skov has a tremendous football IQ and overall intelligence as attending Stanford isn’t a pushover academically. He is a sure tackler who has excellent...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Stanford Moving Forward: Linebacker

With Shayne Skov, Trent Murphy, and Jarek Lancaster all departing, Stanford's linebacker corps is in a challenging position. There's reason for optimism looking forward, though: Kevin Anderson's rapid progression and an infusion of young talent is giving this position group ammunition.
February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

A Viking Fan's Guide to the NFL Combine

Will the Vikings Get A Frontrunner At Quarterback?As it stands on Friday morning, only two of the top four quarterback prospects will be throwing at the combine. While this may be a disadvantage for a team that’s searching for a franchise quarterback, there are many factors that will determine if a front-runner will emerge.Perhaps the biggest advantage that general manager Rick...
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February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 Mock Draft: Full 7-Round Pre-Combine Predictions

Defense must be the theme of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2014 draft. They ranked 14th in the NFL in points allowed in 2013, their lowest since 2003, and 13th in yards allowed, their worst since 1992. The Steelers allowed 11 plays of 50 or more yards in 2013 after allowing three in 2011 and 2012 combined, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. They had just 34 sacks, their fewest...
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February 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Redskins Top 8 Options to replace London Fletcher

Another spot that many are bruiting about as a position of need is inside linebacker. Everyone is concerned about replacing London Fletcher. While his performance waned a bit in 2013, it’s an obvious loss to the team in terms of leadership that needs to be filled. The question is, who’ll step into that role? Riley? A free agent? An older player or a younger player stepping up...
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January 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Stanford assistant posts that he's Vanderbilt defensive coordinator

Although Vanderbilt and Stanford have not offered official word, David Kotulski provided confirmation via Twitter that he is the Commodores’ new defensive coordinator. The following message was posted on Kotulski’s account @CoachKoto: “I’m very excited to accept this challenge to be the defensive coordinator and help Coach Mason take Vandy from Good to Great!” Kotulski...
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January 22, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft Player Profiles – Stanford ILB Shayne Skov

By Alex Kozora With the regular season over, our focus has shifted to the offseason. For the next few months, I’ll be providing scouting reports on prospects. Some the Pittsburgh Steelers may look at. Other top players that will be off the board before the Steelers select. All to make you as prepared for the 2014 NFL Draft as possible. We’ll return with a marquee name today....
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January 10, 2014  |  Discuss
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