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Brandon Graham: The Most Under-Appreciated Eagle

It's incomprehensible that the Eagles almost let Brandon Graham slip away. That Graham was close to becoming a New York Giant this past March, as close as you can be without applying a signature to a contract, is positively astounding. On March 11, the second day of free agency, the Eagles managed to lure Graham back into the nest with a four-year, $26M deal in which just over...
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Emperor Goodell and the Pro Football Kangaroo Court

In what country can the same judge who makes a ruling on a case hear the appeal and render a second decision? Apparently in the United States of America when it is the NFL. Now I know that there is a collective bargaining agreement at play that changes the landscape of the discussion. But there is arrogance in a man who will insist on declaring himself judge, jury, and executioner...
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Assessing the Fantasy Value of Jacksonville Jaguars Players

August will soon be here. Training camps are opening. Fans, well they have been salivating for months. Everything appears to be in place for the NFL season to begin. Including this hot, stifling heat. And soon enough, there will be trade discussions, parties and lots of beer flowing as fantasy football gets itself into high gear. The high stakes of fan ownership, building a roster...
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Surviving Last Season Will Make Blake Bortles Better

Blake Bortles has his work cut out for him. He knows it, the Jaguars coaching staff knows it and the fans know he should be better in 2015. What degree of improvement the second-year passer makes depends on others as much as it depends on himself. If it were just the former UCF star who made the progression, there is no doubt it could be great based just on what he has told the media...
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Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension

The NFL on Tuesday upheld its four-game suspension of Tom Brady, the star quarterback of the New England Patriots — and said he had his phone destroyed just before he met with Deflate-Gate investigators.Unless Brady takes the league to court and wins, he will sit out a quarter of the Patriots' season as they defend their Super Bowl title.Stay tuned for more information on this breaking story.  
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Le'Veon Bell Gets Suspension Reduced, Tom Brady Does Not

We have some breaking news coming from the National Football League's headquarters today. The NFL has announced Pittsburgh Steelers running back, Le'Veon Bell, will get a reduced punishment for his DUI/Marijuana charge from last year. Bell's suspension is reduced from three games to two. Even when Bell was scheduled to serve a three game suspension, we still loved him as a Top 3...
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Cleveland Browns: Josh McCown Not Guaranteed to Start Week 1

The 2014 season for the Cleveland Browns was the most successful in terms of wins for the franchise since 2007, but it was also filled with controversy at the quarterback position. Apparently controversy is something head coach Mike Pettine doesn't mind. Despite signing 36-year-old quarterback Josh McCown in order to bring a veteran presence under center while second-year signal...
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Tyrone Swoopes or Jerrod Heard? Who Should Start For Texas in '15

The University of Texas has a rich history and tradition in the sport of college football. They are top three in all time wins and win percentage, but as of late those historically great numbers have not been present. The number one reason for those lack of winning numbers has been the lack of production and injuries at the quarterback position. Texas left a period of time from 2003...
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Russell Wilson At A Crossroad As He Approaches His Prime

Russell Wilson has earned everything he has received since his first year in 2012. He was drafted in t he third round. Tom Brady, who can be argued as anywhere in the top five all-time quarterback list as high as number one, was drafted in the fourth round and it took an injury to Drew Bledsoe to give him the opportunity to show his ability. So clearly, not being drafted in the first...
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2015 Rookie Running Backs: Fantasy Football Rankings

Rookies Rookies Rookies. Fantasy Football players have been obsessed with Rookies since the creation of this fun game we all love. Is it an ego thing? Draft the right rookie and you look like a genius in front of your league. A player you can stake your claim to and be remembered forever as the 1st guy to draft Rookie X. Is it a strategy thing? Drafting rookies late hoping they...
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Byron Maxwell Bolsters Eagles Pass D, But Questions Loom Vs. Run

There aren't too many questions about the Eagles' front seven on defense. Spry, run-smashing Brandon Graham (23 run stops, 39 quarterback hurries) demonstrates the backfield intrusion that easily upgrades over aging headhunter Trent Cole. Kiko Alonso, assuming he's able to get back to his whirling dervish 2013 form, brings pivoting aggression that allows him to both blanket tight...
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2015 Fantasy Football: Call me Crazy but ... Sophomore QBs

                                  Welcome to a new series I’m trying out in 2015. We all go into our fantasy football drafts thinking we have the best sources of information. We all think we are calm and level headed and we won’t end up doing something stupid, but there is always that one move we make that makes the rest of our league look at us like “What...
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Mariota Will Crumble Around Mediocre Talent

With the first two selections in the 2015 NFL Draft, decisions were made on two franchise quarterback hopefuls. While Tampa Bay selected quarterback Jameis Winston, Tennessee decided to go with former Oregon duck Marcus Mariota. Coming out of a spread, hurry-up offense, Mariota will have to make the enormous leap into an NFL playing style. With a slight deficiency in arm strength...
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Key Cogs In Patriot Offense To Repeat As Super Bowl Champs

  It is amazing to me that after winning a Super Bowl, the championship team is not considered the favorite to win it all again the next year. Even in the era of free agency, barring a mass exodus from the best team in the NFL, the champs should be rated at the top until proven otherwise.   The New England Patriots did lose their two top corners to free agency, but have retained...
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Fantasy Football 2015: An Early Preview Of The Quarterbacks

These guys are almost certainly the highest scoring position on your roster year in and year out, yet as a fantasy football community we have contrarily witnessed their draft values decrease each year. Due to an abundance of talent at this position, Quarterbacks are often passed over by owners looking for the next big thing at running back or wide receiver. The 2015-2016 season...
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Minnesota Vikings: Adrian Peterson Showered with Cheers

The Minnesota Vikings displayed their loyalty to their star running back, Adrian Peterson, last week, signing him to a new contract. On Saturday, Minnesota Vikings fans exhibited their appreciation for AP. Peterson arrived at Minnesota State University on Saturday for the first day of training camp and was showered with affection from the crowd according to NFL.com. Vikings fans...
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AFC North: 5 Practice Squad Sleepers To Watch

When training camp begins in July each team begins with about 90 players on their roster. As the camp wears on and preseason rolls by, most players are cut, more than likely ending their relationship with that current team. However, ten players who the organization are not quite ready to give up on are given the opportunity to join the practice squad, barring their passing of waivers...
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Five Second-Year Players That Will Step Up in 2015

Blake Bortles Draft Position: 1st Round, 3rd Pick Blake Bortles disappointed as a rookie, throwing just 11 touchdowns to 17 picks while compiling a passer rating of 69.5. It was not much of a surprise though, as he was more of a developmental prospect coming out of college. Early in the season, the Jaguars said that they are going to keep Bortles on the bench as a rookie. They believed...
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Football Nation's Top 100 Players In The NFL: 90-81

In this week’s edition of Football Nations Top 100 Players, we take a look at players 90-81 on the list. Players 100-91 can be found here: http://www.footballnation.com/content/football-nations-top-100-players-the-nfl-100-91/33612/   90: Cameron Wake: Defensive End, Miami Dolphins Wake a former undrafted player out of Penn State has become a star pass rusher for the Dolphins.  ...
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Texas A&M Aggies: Predicting Wins and Losses for 2015

It was a busy offseason for head coach Kevin Sumlin and the Texas A&M Aggies, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Scoring points has never been an issue for Texas A&M, but the defense needs some work if the Aggies look to improve in the win column. In the last three seasons, A&M has allowed an average 36.6 points per game against SEC opponents – a statistic...
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Oakland Raiders: Amari Cooper the Next Dominant Receiver

Prior to selecting wideout Amari Cooper, the last wide receiver the Oakland Raiders selected in the first round was Darrius Heyward-Bey in 2009. The Raiders are hoping Cooper is more like the receiver they drafted before Heyward-Bey. That was Hall of Fame wideout Tim Brown in 1988. According to Brown, Cooper has a much better chance to being like him than a giant bust as Heyward...
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Oakland Raiders: Amari Cooper Next Dominant Receiver

Prior to selecting wideout Amari Cooper, the last wide receiver the Oakland Raiders selected in the first round was Darrius Heyward-Bey in 2009. The Raiders are hoping Cooper is more like the receiver they drafted before Heyward-Bey. That was Hall of Fame wideout Tim Brown in 1988. According to Brown, Cooper has a much better chance to being like him than a giant bust as Heyward...
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Who's On The Hot Seat: Andy Dalton Edition

Four straight playoff appearances. Four NFL seasons. Good, right? Not good enough for our subject Andy Dalton, who will unfortunately appear on "Who's On The Hot Seat" Edition one.   Last year, it looked as if the Bengals were finally bound to make a run in the playoffs. What some experts called "the best team on paper", the Bengals finished 11-5 in the regular season, and lost...
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Jacksonville Jaguars: 4 Bold Predictions for the 2015 Season

It’s time to talk to the Magic 8-Ball again and see just how good the Jacksonville Jaguars can be this upcoming season. According to what I see, the outcome looks good. That’s a relief, mainly because after all the hard work and preparation – not to mention the money spent on free agents and the draft which looks to be another solid effort by David Caldwell and the staff ...
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Cardinals Win Jermaine Gresham Sweepstakes

Fifth-year NFL veteran Jermaine Gresham has had a fairly pedestrian career thus far in Cincinnati. While Andy Dalton is no Peyton Manning, the talent is just not there to produce elite numbers. Where Gresham seems to excel is in his role as an in-line blocker, where he proved to be almost indispensable. Despite this, Gresham was paid a hefty 3.4 million in 2014, the final year...
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