New England Patriots Position Preview: Running Backs

After a short-lived 4 year Ridley-Vereen era at running back, the New England Patriots are moving on and placing their trust in a corps led by fan-favorite LeGarrette Blount. While Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen were strong contributors, neither were all-purpose backs in the way Blount is. Their roles waned towards the end of their stint, and thus their departures should not be heavily...
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August 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Stanford ranked preseason No. 18 by Sports Illustrated

The Stanford Cardinal have been ranked preseason No. 18 in the country by Sports Illustrated, which puts them second in the Pac-12 North behind Oregon. Here is why Stanford was ranked No. 18, according to Sports Illustrated:"The Cardinal had just eight wins last season after averaging 11.5 the previous four, and the reason for the decline was clear: the lack of a dominant tailback...
Via Fox Sports
August 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Stanford needs running game to make a comeback

Stanford's biggest problem in 2014 wasn't its defense. It wasn't its QB, either. No, Stanford's biggest issue was the running game.In order for the Cardinal to compete with Oregon for the Pac-12 North title this year, the team is going to have to improve its running game significantly.In 2014, the Cardinal rushed for 158.7 yards per game, 4.3 yards per carry and 22 rushing touchdowns...
Via Fox Sports
June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Reloading The Musket - Part 2: Patriots' Backfield Full Of One-Dimensional Talent...Except One

The New England Patriots run the football with a purpose.That purpose can change from game-to-game and, indeed, quarter to quarter, but there are two consistencies that head ball coach Bill Belichick and boy-wonder offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels can always count on:  They can always run the ball effectively to close out a game, and they never leave themselves limited in what...
Via Foxborough Free Press
March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Tyler Gaffney’s Versatility Could Help Patriots In Passing And Running Game

The New England Patriots’ lack of urgency in finding a dependable replacement for Shane Vereen could be explained by two running backs who took a backseat in 2014. Most know about James White, the 2014 fourth-round draft pick who suited up for just three games and touched the ball 14 times last season, but the Patriots also have former Stanford Cardinal bell cow Tyler Gaffney...
Via NESN.com
March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Ducks' D unconcerned with Stanford's new look

Even though Stanford is sporting a new look on offense, that won't change Oregon's overall defensive strategy on Saturday afternoon when the two teams meet. The Ducks' defense is aiming to be on the field as little as possible, shutting down whatever style of offense Stanford presents and allowing their own high-flying offense to put up points. ''We've got to get stops. We can't...
Via AP on Fox
October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Scouting The Cardinal: This isn’t the Tyler Gaffney and Shane Skov show anymore

by Adam Vinton, from reader comments Against Oregon State, Stanford did the majority of their damage in the first half. They scored 10 points in the second. On offense, Stanford threw slants and misdirection at the defense. When ASU beat Stanford, their offense was what you typically think of when you think Stanford: run straight ahead and occasionally throw deep to keep the defense...
Via The Duck Stops Here
October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU hopes to learn from previous failings against Stanford

TEMPE, Ariz. -- When asked earlier this week about Arizona State's two losses to Stanford last season, coach Todd Graham replied playfully. "Well, I've been trying to forget about them, but you just brought it up," Graham joked. Though he made light of the moment, Graham certainly knows the Sun Devils' previous failures against Stanford provide a road map to success this time around...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Michigan State Spartans Versus Oregon Ducks Preview

With the 2014-15 season starting next Saturday, all eyes in Eugene are on the Oregon Ducks’ September 6 matchup with Michigan State at Autzen Stadium – a game which could potentially be Oregon’s toughest of the season. Of the Ducks’ 12 games this season, they are facing four teams in the pre-season top-25: #7 UCLA, #11 Stanford and #25 Washington. The Ducks have not lost...
Via Oregon Sports News
August 21, 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...
Via The Duck Stops Here
August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers Sign RB Fozzy Whittaker, Place RB Tyler Gaffney On IR

  Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that the Panthers have signed RB Fozzy Whittaker to a contract and placed rookie RB Tyler Gaffney on season-ending injured reserve. Gaffney unfortunately suffered a torn lateral meniscus during Saturday’s practice, so it’s not all that surprising that they added some depth for training camp. Whittaker, 25, signed on with the Arizona...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
July 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Draft Rewind: Catch up on all the Carolina Panthers’ picks

The 2014 NFL Draft has reached a conclusion after three days that will certainly play a big role in the future direction of the league. We had you taken care of here on cover32, but in case you missed anything, catch up on the Carolina Panthers’ draft picks: -First Round: Wide Receiver Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State What you should know about him (READ) What “experts” think...
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May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers select Boston, Benwikere, Gaffney to cap draft

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Panthers wrapped up the final day of the NFL draft by drafting a pair of defensive backs and a running back. Carolina took North Carolina safety Tre Boston in the fourth round, then traded up 20 spots in the fifth round with Minnesota to take San Jose State cornerback Bene' Benwikere. Carolina selected running back Tyler Gaffney from Stanford in the sixth round...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Some scathing opinions of the Panthers’ selection of running back Tyler Gaffney

The Carolina Panthers used their sixth round pick of the 2014 NFL Draft to take Stanford running back Tyler Gaffney. After trading the seventh round pick to move up and take Bené Benwikere, Carolina may be done. What did people think of what could be the Panthers’s last selection in the 2014 NFL Draft? Tyler Gaffney is Jackie Battle. — Evan Silva (@evansilva) May 10, 2014 That’s...
Via cover32 - Panthers
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

What you need to know about the Carolina Panthers’ new running back Tyler Gaffney

The Carolina Panthers made their sixth-round selection on Saturday afternoon, taking Tyler Gaffney out of Stanford. In the coming month, there will be plenty of coverage of the newest member of the Panthers. But in the meantime, here are five things to know about the running back: 1. He was drafted in the 24th round of the 2012 MLB Draft and played 38 games in the minor leagues before...
Via cover32 - Panthers
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Potential NFL draft targets for St. Louis Rams: Rounds 5-7

The Rams have traditionally had pretty bad luck in rounds five through seven in recent drafts, with one pretty major exception: 2013 fifth-round draft choice, running back Zac Stacy. This year, the Rams will try to mine for more diamonds in the rough in rounds five through seven. Here are some potential prospects the Rams might keep an eye on. Cornerback Andre Hal, Vanderbilt As...
Via cover32 - Rams
May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Potential NFL targets for Tennessee Titans: Rounds 5-7

Without a third-round selection in this year’s NFL Draft, the Tennessee Titans must find value in not only the early rounds, but the later rounds as well. Below are a few potential target for the Titans for rounds 5-7: Wide Receiver Mike Davis – Texas - Round 5 51 catches, just over 700 yards and eight touchdowns make for a solid receiver to add depth. Running Back Tyler Gaffney...
Via cover32 - Titans
May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 7-Round Mock Draft: San Francisco 49ers

WSU Athletic Communications Trade 1-30 2-24 5-30 to Chiefs for 1-23 Round 1 Pick 23 (K.C.): Odell Beckham, WR, LSU (A) Niners trade up to get the best WR in the draft, future star with Boldin winding down. Round 2 Pick 29: Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State (A) With the loss of Donte Whitner, Bucannon should adequately replace him. Round 3 Pick 13: Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida...
Via TopSportsReport
April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Bears could grab a sleeper to backup Matt Forte

It’s no secret the Bears will spend a majority of their draft picks on the defensive side of the ball. GM Phil Emery hasn’t been able to find good defensive players in the draft so far, but his ability to find suitable offensive starters should give fans hope he can help sure up some needs. The Bears missed out on getting a suitable backup for Matt Forte in free agency. In recent...
Via cover32 - Bears
April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Potential mid to late round gems at running back in the draft?

As the 2014 draft approaches, many people are excited to see how the intensity and suspense of the first round unfolds, but what can easily go under the radar is the importance of solid middle and late round picks. Teams have to take a 6th round pick just as serious as the 1st, and for the Dolphins, the first few rounds, will no doubt be dedicated to solving the incredible offensive...
Via cover32 - Dolphins
February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Stanford safety Ed Reynolds declares for NFL Draft

According to David Lombardi of TheBootleg.com, Stanford Cardinal safety Ed Reynolds has decided to declare for the 2014 NFL Draft. This doesn’t come as a surprise to many people, as Reynolds is expected to have a chance to beat out other safeties across the country for a chance to be an early second-day draft pick. Reynolds finished with 82 tackles this past season at Stanford...
Via Sports-Glory
January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Somebody ought to get fired for getting this story wrong

Oregon's defense needed fixing after 2013. The stats look better than they are after some dominating performances against Nichols, Virginia and Tennessee at the beginning and Texas at the end, but this was a defense that struggled to stop the run and got downright embarrassed against Stanford, Arizona and Oregon State. They were dead last in the conference in tackles for loss...
Via The Duck Stops Here
January 12, 2014  |  Discuss

CBR's 'Way Too Early" 2014 Top 10: No. 10 Stanford Cardinal

PHOTO: USA Today Sports CBR's "Way Too Early" Top 10 No. 10 Stanford Cardinal David Shaw has only been a head coach for three years but each year he's led Stanford to a BCS bowl game. With an overall record of 34-7 and a Pac-12 record of 23-4, odds are in favor of Shaw and Stanford hanging around the Top 10 in 2014.  The Good: The Cardinal return QB Kevin Hogan and his ...
Via Bloguin Best
January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Michigan State overpowers Stanford

All year long we had to listen to media experts insist that no Big Ten team could play with a physical Stanford team that won the allegedly far superior PAC 12. Well, Stanford and its vaunted running game ran into a green wall of reality last night as Michigan State out-muscled them over and over again in the trenches. Say what you want about the Big Ten and its recent troubles,...
Via The Scores Report
January 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Stanford Getting it Done on Offense and Defense in the Rose Bowl

When it comes to the bowl games unless your team is playing or you have money on the outcome you hope for a good contest (or at least I do). With the No. 4 and 5 teams in the nation playing the Rose Bowl had the makings of one--and so far after one have it has given fans just that.The winner is likely going to be the team that makes the most plays on both sides of the ball (duh,...
Via FatManWriting
January 01, 2014  |  Discuss
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