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Video: Odell Beckham Jr. can also crush field goals

New York Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is probably most well known for the insane catch he made against the Dallas Cowboys during their week 12 match up. But, a lot of people don’t know that Beckham can also crush field goals. During last night’s Pro Bowl warm-ups, Beckham challenged himself to see if he could hit a field goal from 46-yards out. And obviously...
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The Top 10 Steelers free agent signings of all-time

With the NFL free agency period right around the corner in March, most of Steeler Nation is curious as to what moves the team will make. Throughout history, the Steelers haven’t been big players in free agency. However, when they do venture into the market to fill a specific need, their track record is pretty good. While Pittsburgh will most likely once again focus more on the...
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Marshawn Lynch is “embarrassed” to work for the NFL

View the phantom celebration, via SB Nation Seahawks running back Marhawn Lynch is no stranger to being fined by the NFL. From refusing to speak to media, to touchdown celebrations, to the cleats he chooses to wear, Lynch has been fined, or been threatened with fines, for a laundry list of things. While most of his infractions are worthy of fines based on the rules, his most recent...
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Will the Steelers continue to let the rookies play on defense with the new scheme in 2015?

Steelers new defensive coordinator Keith Butler has already made it known that he plans to run more of a hybrid defense next season. With variations of the 3-4, 4-3, and sub-packages, a hybrid D requires a variety of players, especially in the front-seven, to play a variety of positions at any given time. One of the bigger downfalls of Dick LeBeau’s strict 3-4 zone-blitz scheme...
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Seahawks compare Russell Wilson to MLK in out-of-context tweet

On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks punched their ticket to their second Super Bowl appearance in as many years. I would imagine the team was in high spirits Monday, which happened to be Martin Luther King, Jr. day. In an attempt to combine MLK day with their achievement, the Seahawks’ Twitter account tweeted something amazingly out-of-context – a picture of Russell Wilson crying...
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Deflate-Gate: The Patriots have some explaining to do

Meanwhile, at Seahawks practice…(Credit: media.philly.com) Ah, here we are smack-dab in the middle of another cheating accusation against Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. This must be the 6th or 7th time they have been involved in something sketchy. Of course there’s the natural knee-jerk overreactions because the Patriots have been so good for so long. Some people...
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Fanspeak Draft Simulator: Buffalo Bills (2.0)

Last week, Sports-Kings resident Pittsburgh Steelers fan Jim Racalto introduced the Fanspeak Draft Simulator to the site and after drafting for the Pittsburgh Steelers, decided to draft for the Buffalo Bills. Unfortunately, Jim’s picks were awful (his picks can be found here). I am here to correct his mistakes. Let me know what you think of my picks in the comments and hopefully...
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The pre-combine Top 5 offensive prospects for the 2015 draft

With only 28 days until the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, for most fans of the NFL it is time to turn their attention to April’s NFL Draft. February’s combine will see certain prospects rising up the draft charts, well others will fall out of the first round or even further. So, for those that do not watch a lot of college football, who are the pre-combine top 5 offensive prospects...
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Fanspeak Draft Simulator: Pittsburgh Steelers (2.0)

Now that some college players have decided to declare for the draft or not and prospect rankings have been reordered, let’s see what happens for the Steelers in a new seven-round mock draft, courtesy of Fanspeak’s draft simulator. I have taken into account that the Steelers are looking to run more of a hybrid scheme on defense next season. (Note: Prospect rankings and big board...
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Gary Kubiak takes over Broncos

Gary Kubiak has agreed to become the head coach of the Denver Broncos, the team announced Monday. Kubiak’s deal is for four years, according to multiple reports. He spent the past season as the Baltimore Ravens’ offensive coordinator. READ FULL HERE – via ESPN
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Jaguars hire Doug Marrone as assistant head coach

When Doug Marrone opted out of his contract as the Bills’ head coach at the end of the season, many league observers figured he must have had a strong indication that he was going to get another head-coaching job elsewhere. It didn’t turn out that way. READ FULL HERE – via Pro Football Talk
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Devin McCourty on deflate allegations: ‘We don’t care’

Patriots players are already excited to move on from the latest controversy. While the league continues to investigate if overly deflated footballs were used by the Patriots in Sunday’s AFC title game, making them easier to catch, kick and throw, the players are simply gearing up for the Super Bowl. READ FULL HERE – via NFL.com
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DND Mock Draft 1.0: Round 1

Unless you’re a Patriots or Seahawks fan, most of us are looking forward to the free-agency period and the NFL draft. If Mel Kiper, Jr. and Todd McShay are allowed to be called “experts” even though they are routinely way off in their predictions, I figured I can throw my hat into the ring and pump out a way-too-early mock draft. (Credit: CBS) 1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Marcus...
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Ranking The Top 5 Running Backs For 2019

If you turn the clock back to 2010, the top five running backs were Arian Foster, Jamaal Charles, Michael Turner, Chris Johnson and Maurice Jones-Drew. Of those five, only two are still effective runners in the NFL. With the short shelf life of an NFL running back, peering into the future to decide who will be the top back in 2019 may be a difficult task. With that being said, I...
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Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas injured in NFC Championship game

Seattle Seahawks Richard Sherman (25) comes up with the football as Seahawks’ Earl Thomas (29) celebrates after Sherman intercepts a pass against the Arizona Cardinals. (AP Photo) While the Seattle Seahawks were able to pull out the overtime victory against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game, a few of their defensive players were nicked up. According to NFL insider...
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Former Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes trolls Patriots hard on Twitter

Tom Brady secured his sixth trip to the Super Bowl Sunday night, as the Patriots dominated the Colts by a score of 45-7 in the AFC title game. The Super Bowl will be held in Glendale, Arizona this year – the same venue in which the Giants defeated Brady and the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. New England entered that game undefeated, and New York shocked the world with their 17-14...
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Statistical anomaly sends Seahawks to Super Bowl

The Seattle Seahawks are going to the Super Bowl thanks to the recovery of an onside kick. The Seahawks trailed by " target="_blank">five with 2:09 left in the 4th quarter when the miracle happened. Steven Hauschka kicked the ball, Brandon Bostick could not secure the ball, Chris Matthews recovered the kick. In 2014, there were 56 attempted onside kicks. Nine were successfully...
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The case for signing Jason Worilds to a long-term deal

(Credit: Bleacher Report) The Steelers applied the transition tag to linebacker Jason Worilds last offseason at a hefty price tag of $9.75 million. Instead of testing the free agent market, Worilds immediately signed the tag and played the 2014 season on a one-year deal. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that Worilds’ production this season didn’t exactly live up...
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Five non-playoff teams that will be contenders in 2015

The best thing about the NFL is that the term “any given Sunday” is very true – not just a cliche. The league is set up in a way that allows every team the chance to get better in a very short period of time. Parity exists in every sense of the word, which is why different teams have a chance to make the playoffs every season. Several NFL teams made significant improvements...
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Ranking The Top 5 Quarterbacks For The 2019 Season

(Credit: AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt) 5. Teddy Bridgewater – Minnesota Vikings – Current Age: 22 – Age At Start of 2019 Season: 26 2014 Stats – 402 attempts – 2,919 passing yards – 14 passing touchdowns – 12 interceptions – 3 fumbles – 209 rushing yards – 1 rushing touchdown Projected 2019 Stats – 515 attempts – 4,175 passing yards – 31 passing touchdowns...
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The Right Direction

  Caption (credit: www.dallascowboys.com) This year the Cowboys as an organization are once again headed in the right direction. The Cowboys overcame a huge adversity that began on the very first day of mini-camp and continued throughout the season with player personnel. Management never wavered while leading the 2014 squad in the right direction, with the RKG’s (right kind...
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Steelers’ DC Keith Butler plans to run a hybrid defense in 2015

(Credit: Bleacher Report) In what I believe has been a long time coming, Steelers new defensive coordinator Keith Butler has said he will implement whatever defense is necessary to win football games. Translation? We’re going to see some changes and new looks from the D in 2015. Essentially, Pittsburgh looks like they will finally get up to speed with the rest of the league...
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Raiders hire Jack Del Rio, Mark Davis predicts championships

The Raiders have formally announced that Jack Del Rio is their next head coach. And owner Mark Davis thinks big things are coming for his downtrodden franchise. READ FULL HERE – via Pro Football Talk
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Jason Garrett agrees to five-year deal

The Dallas Cowboys have reached an agreement with Jason Garrett on a five-year, $30 million deal to remain the team’s head coach, according to league sources. READ FULL HERE – via ESPN
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Ray Lewis: We wouldn’t know Brady without tuck rule

Tom Brady will play in the ninth AFC Championship Game of his career on Sunday. According to Ray Lewis, he has a now-stricken bylaw in the NFL rulebook to thank for his vast success. Lewis, the former Ravens linebacker who now serves as an analyst for ESPN, told Sirius XM Mad Dog Radiothat Brady built his Hall of Fame legacy on a fortuitous call from officials in a divisional playoff...
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