Checkdown Chatter Retiring

Hi all, For anyone who is a regular user, you may have noticed that there has been very limited content leading up to this year’s season. The reason for it is exciting, I’ve been diving headlong into a new project called the Fantasy Sports Locker Room. It’s been wildly successful, but, it is taking a great deal of my attention. With that in mind, Checkdown won’t be renewed...
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August 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Jets list two starters on depth chart at QB; Geno Smith rumored to be gaining ground

The New York Jets are playing things diplomatically with their Quarterback depth chart. Incumbent starter Mark Sanchez and second round pick Geno Smith are each listed as starters on the team’s preliminary depth chart. Within the past week on Sirius XM NFL Radio it was implied that the competition is roughly even through the first week of camp. Of course, if things are viewed as...
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August 05, 2013  |  Discuss

As Bengals open training camp narrative on Andy Dalton needs to change

A lot of the offseason rhetoric regarding Bengals QB Andy Dalton has centered around the third year Quarterback’s need to take the oft-discussed ‘next step’ in his development to help lead the team to postseason success. Dalton, according to observers, needs to work on his deep ball accuracy among other perceived flaws. While he certainly has room to grow as a player, we need...
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July 27, 2013  |  Discuss

If anyone, this year’s Philadelphia Eagles have a chance to go from worst to first

In what is becoming a strange statistical tradition the NFL has had a team make the leap from worst to first in at least one division in each of the last eight seasons. There are a number of candidates - I believe in the Chiefs, but, Denver doesn't look ready to relinquish the pole position; same goes for the Bucs/Panthers in the NFC South - but the team with the best shot may...
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July 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Jaws: Brandon Weeden can excel in new Cleveland Browns offense

Quarterback guru Ron Jaworski (click to PFR for some groovy 1980′s stat lines) is beginning to unveil his annual rankings of the position, and, Mary Kay Cabot at the Cleveland Plain Dealer is excited about Browns QB Brandon Weeden’s ranking… a robust 26. Ok, maybe the number isn’t something to get hyped up about, but, a number of Jaws’ comments stand out as good news...
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July 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman among players at career crossroads

Joel Corry, at offers a list of fifteen players facing a career crossroads. The issues facing quarterback Josh Freeman are well known to Bucs fans as he enters his second season under new coach Greg Schiano, he's played well but not well enough to get his team to the post season and to ensure job security with Mike Glennon now on the roster...
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June 30, 2013  |  Discuss

New York Giants drop seven spots in’s latest power rankings

Earlier this week Elliot Harrison of posted his most recent power rankings and the tumultuous offseason in New York has taken it’s toll on the Giants. While OTA season is hardly the time to overreact, there weren’t a lot of positives coming out of Giants camp. His concerns appear to be justified, though, as the Giants have received bad news on a number of fronts this offseason...
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June 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons website suggests Matt Ryan is destined for greatness

In essence, a piece that recently appeared on suggests that Matt Ryan deserves consideration as a top tier quarterback today; and that his current career arc suggests that greater things are to come as he progresses. Since Ryan entered the league in 2009 things have gone well for the Falcons, with five straight winning seasons including a 13-3 mark and playoff...
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June 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Bernard Pollard wants to kill as part of Greg Williams’ defense

Bernard Pollard has earned a reputation as a hard hitter, a Patriot killer, and a borderline dirty safety. This year, he has defined his plan as to "kill" opposing players... his defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has a reputation of encouraging such behavior and is walking a thin line with the league. The comments are innocuous but the league can't be happy...
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June 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Fantasy forecast 2013: steering clear of Robert Griffin III in second year QB discussion

2012 was a season like few others in terms of rookie production in both the NFL and the virtual game. Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson each burst onto the scene during the ’12 campaign with impressive debuts, and this year they'll be a top many fantasy draft boards... there are a number of factors to consider when assessing which is most likely to offer solid...
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June 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Miami Dolphins second year back Lamar Miller aims for 1500 yards

I want a lot of things. Money in my wallet, three wishes, a more entertaining day job… when I was young I wanted to be a ninja turtle… but, as I learned with that lesson, sometimes wanting something simply isn’t enough. That isn’t stopping Lamar Miller, the recently anointed starting running back for the Miami Dolphins from predicting a big campaign in 2013. Can he get there?...
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June 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Steelers rookie back Le’Veon Bell impressing during offseason work; among top fantasy sleepers to target in 2013

The Pittsburgh Steelers struggled running the ball last season, so rookie Le’Veon Bell will get plenty of touches all season long. Other rookie running backs have more hype, but Bell has no one to really challenge him for playing time which could result in a strong output. This puts Bell among our top valueplays for the coming season...
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June 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Mike Goodson returns to practice as Jets ‘wait and see’

Mike Goodson is back at practice for the New York Jets following his not guilty plea to gun and drug charges raised last week. The incoming free agent has an opportunity to see significant playing time for the Jets this season. As a result of this fact, and his big contract, GM John Idzik is willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. Despite criticism, they're right to do so...
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May 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Jim Schwartz: Rookies aren’t graded on a curve in the NFL; Ziggy Ansah needs to get it, fast

With the losses of Kyle Vanden Bosch and Clint Avril threatening the production of the Detroit Lions pass rush the team drafted BYU end Ziggy Ansah in the first round this year in hopes that he could step in and produce right away. That challenge is big enough for any rookie, but for the inexperienced Ansah the learning curve is steep and his coach knows it...
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May 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Gil Brandt: The Dallas Cowboys will win the NFC East

Famed scout and draft analyst Gil Brandt is picking the Dallas Cowboys to win the NFC East in 2013. Lauding the additions to the coaching staff, the receiving corps, and offensive line Brandt views the Cowboys as ready to take the jump. Fans should be looking forward to 2013 with hopefulness, however, assuming that all the pieces will come together is a foolish proposition in May...
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May 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Michael Crabtree tears Achilles during OTAs; 49ers suddenly thin on pass catchers

It happens quickly this time of year, players are beginning to put their bodies on the line again and any time a player steps on the field there is a thin line between getting through the day healthy and catastrophe. Today it struck Michael Crabtree and the 49ers as the receiver tore his Achilles today and will soon undergo surgery per multiple reports...
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May 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Brady and Amendola work on chemistry on first day of New England Patriots on field work

According to the Boston Herald Tom Brady and Danny Amendola spent extra time working together on routes and timing yesterday during the New England Patriots first day on the field together, and it seems clear that chemistry and timing with Amendola will be a primary focus of New England’s offseason. Of course, it should be - this relationship will need to succeed if the Pats hope...
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May 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Nick Fairley: Detroit Lions have so much line talent they can’t be stopped

Nick Fairley picked up his game for the Detroit Lions last season with 35 tackles; 5.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and improved play against the run and pass, flashing some of the talent that encouraged the Detroit Lions to add him with the 13th overall selection in 2011. Apart from himself, he sees the Lions line as one of the league's most talented. Whether the young line will...
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May 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Steelers Safety Ryan Clark throws stones from glass house at Brady, Patriots

Maybe Ryan Clark will be proven right. It is a difficult task to replace the production Wes Welker has given the New England Patriots over the past six seasons. Danny Amendola may struggle to replace that production and maybe Tom Brady does feel a phantom blitz every now and then, but, the Steelers aren't exactly dealing from a position of strength at WR or otherwise, and Clark...
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May 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Cowboys sources laud 2013 draft class

At a time when most discussion of the Dallas Cowboys draft begins with the question “can you believe they drafted that center in the first?!” sources inside the organization are apparently quite pleased with this year’s haul. In contrast to most fan analysis across the country which is disappointed with the Cowboys draft based solely on assessment of value at pick 31, the Cowboys...
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May 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Is Geno Smith’s skin thick enough to survive in New York?

With the release of Tim Tebow the New York Jets have one fewer distraction in their quarterback ranks heading into offseason work for the 2013 season. Judging by the recent behaviour of their new addition to the position that might be a good thing. While both relatively innocuous incidents his decision to depart (and then to change his mind) the draft last week coupled with the firing...
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April 30, 2013  |  Discuss

The draft has come a long way: just ask Brett Favre’s shorts

The NFL’s first year player draft has, like most NFL endeavours, been built into a significant spectacle. It’s a great thing as it builds fan excitement during an otherwise down period in the offseason and reminds us all that kickoff is only four months away. We're lucky to have such a spectacle... just ask this photo of Brett Favre from draft day '91...
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April 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Between Revis, Sanchez and Tebow bungling the new Jets GM is starting to look like a real Idzik

With today’s report that Tim Tebow has been at the New York Jets complex since ‘before the sunrise‘ we’re reminded that beyond the Darrelle Revis trade situation the team heads into 2013 just about as dysfunctional as they left 2012. John Idzik is in the unenviable position of having to right the ship in his first year on the job but his handling of the situations of the...
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April 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Let him walk? New England Patriots seem likely to secure Emmaneul Sanders from the Steelers, leaving them with four draft picks

We’ll know by Sunday whether the Pittsburgh Steelers will match the offer sheet that restricted free agent Emmanuel Sanders signed with the New England Patriots. From Pittsburgh’s perspective the offer is matchable, at just 2.5 million for a single year but the team must ask itself if it’s worth the cash and the forfeiture of a compensatory pick. For the Patriots, if the deal...
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April 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Alfonzo Dennard sentencing to come Thursday: Patriots fans hold collective breath as team's CB2 prepares to learn his punishment

This Thursday, in Lincoln, Nebraska New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard will face sentencing related to his conviction of assaulting a police officer. The Pats have done a fine job this offseason of bringing back the important pieces of their secondary and adding to the defensive backfield where appropriate but the fate of the unit may hinge on a court ruling due to come this week...
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April 09, 2013  |  Discuss
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