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Jaguars Fall to Lions Despite Bortles' Performance

At some point, the Jacksonville Jaguars coaching staff may have to change its tune when it comes to Blake Bortles. The rookie quarterback went out again and showed that he could play in an offense with the first team and show success. The 13-12 loss in Detroit wasn’t a true indication of what happened on Friday night. What Bortles did on the field was – a bold statement that...
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2014 Virginia Tech Hokies Season Preview: Predicting W's and L's

The Virginia Tech Hokies, from the ACC, are coming off of two down seasons for their standards. The Hokies went 7-6 in 2012 and followed that up with an 8-5 season last year. The Hokies will now have to bounce back and return to their winning standards that Head Coach Frank Beamer has built the past couple decades.Virginia Tech will have to replace quarterback Logan Thomas this year...
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Big Ten Breakdown: Ohio State Buckeyes Full Preview

Urban Meyer has been the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes for two years, during which he's compiled a 24-2 record, had two undefeated regular seasons, not to mention two wins over Michigan. However, he has yet to win a Big Ten title, a national championship or a BCS Bowl. It is true that 2012 was limited by sanctions, including a bowl ban, but that doesn't change the...
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Minnesota Vikings Breakout Player for 2014

Former 4th round pick out of USC, Everson Griffen debuted for the Minnesota Vikings in 2010. Griffen, a freak of an athlete Who stands at 6'3" and ran the 40 yard dash in 4.65 seconds, spent the vast majority of his career playing behind Jared Allen, but Allen is a Chicago Bear now so Griffen will step in as the Right End on every down. During the 2013 season Everson Griffen...
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Five Tight Ends To Target Late In Fantasy Drafts

A viable strategy in fantasy football is to wait on the tight end position. In fact, if you don’t draft one of the big three that is Jimmy Graham, Julius Thomas and Rob Gronkowski, you should wait until the draft is in the double digit rounds to pick up a tight end. It would probably be wise to pick up two in this scenario. This tactic allows owners to focus on picking running...
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Tennessee Titans: Player Most Likely To Break Out In 2014

We continue our series on players who have a good chance of breaking out this year by delving into the Tennessee Titans’ roster—and there’s one guy who should become a star.Maybe this one is cheating a bit because the guy had a great season last year, but Kendall Wright may have had the quietest 94 catches and 1,000 yards receiving in NFL history.Coming out of Baylor, Wright...
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College Football 2014: Power Ranking The Top 20 Quarterbacks

The quarterback, along with the center, is the only player on the football field who touches the ball on every play. In the NFL, according to Forbes.com, the quarterback gets paid the most money. Even mediocre professional quarterbacks retire as millionaires. Through high school football, typically the best player and best athlete plays quarterback. The quarterback is the inherent...
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Cecil Shorts: Getting Ready for the Detroit Lions

After being challenged at the beginning of the offseason to not only be a better pas catcher this season for the Jacksonville Jaguars but a leader for the younger players in the receiving corps, Cecil Shorts has not had the type of training camp befitting those kinds of expectations. Injuries have prevented him from being on the playing field and working on his timing and his consistency...
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2014 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Busts

It's a sad day at the FFChamps.com Headquarters when two of our favorite receivers over the last 10-15 season makes the Bust List. Nonetheless we have to call a Spade a  Spade and for that reason Andre Johnson and Reggie Wayne find themselves in the article. We also tell you some other veteran receivers to stay away from plus two rookies on our DO NOT DRAFT LIST.Andre Johnson...
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Cincinnati Bengals: Player Most Likely To Break Out In 2014

The Cincinnati Bengals are facing a potential problem in the very crowded backfield. Do they unleash Giovani Bernard as the feature back or do they continue to run a "running-back-by commitee" (RBBC) backfield as they did in 2013?The RBBC backfield certainly worked well for the Bengals last season as BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Bernard shared the ball-carrying duties as they...
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The Four Most Undervalued Fantasy Football Players

Somehow, I resisted the urge of not writing the 10,000 article on fantasy football sleepers. Fantasy info is so prevalent these days it’s hard to find unique so called sleepers. Even if the sleeper has a breakout season, he will not be starting on many of the best fantasy teams. Ultimately the goal of fantasy football owner is to score a ton of points, to win games and ultimately...
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Oakland Raiders: The 5 Greatest Players of All Time

Though the Oakland Raiders’ recent history is the essence of putridity, they have a long and storied history of success mainly with outcasts and madmen.  As their eccentric and posthumous Managing General Partner (even if you’re a Raider-hater, you gotta love that title) Al Davis would often boast, the Raiders had the highest winning percentage of any professional sports franchise...
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The NFL's Kings of PED and Substance Abuse Violations

Performance enhancing drugs have always been a part of professional sports. Since the beginning players have always been looking for ways to get an edge on the competition. Greenies, steroids, human growth hormones and even deer antler spray have been used to give players a physical advantage on the field. Most of the time players knowingly take these PED’s outside of the rules...
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Fantasy Preview: Greg Olsen Will Be a Top 10 Tight End

The Carolina Panthers cleaned house during the NFL off-season and pretty much took most of Cam Newton's targets away. Due to this fact, the Panthers appear slim in fantasy value overall.In reviewing numerous projections from fantasy experts, there is a trend that actually is surprising. The Panthers version of "Steady Eddie", Greg Olsen, is slipping down the tight end...
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Indianapolis Colts: Player Most Likely To Break Out In 2014

The Indianapolis Colts are one of the up-and-coming teams in the NFL. After going 2-14 in 2011, the Colts drafted Andrew Luck first overall and have since made the playoffs in each of the past two years.The Colts have a good mix of young talent and proven veterans, but they’ll need some of their guys to break out in 2014 if they’re going to take the next step and reach the AFC...
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Why the New England Patriots' Special Teams Could Be In Trouble

While 2013 wasn't a stellar year by New England standards, there was one particular bright spot on the scoring front: Stephen Gostkowski. The New England Patriots' place kicker led the league in scoring and became Mr. Dependable in crucial situations. He set a personal best 92.7 field goal percentage to go with his seventh straight season with a perfect extra point record...
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2014 Duke Blue Devils Season Preview: Predicting Wins and Losses

One of the surprise teams in all of college football last year were the Duke Blue Devils from the ACC. The Blue Devils went 10-4 in 2013 and were on the verge of upsetting Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. The Blue Devils let a double digit lead slip away in the second half against Texas A&M in what would have been a program defining type of win over the...
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What The Preseason AP and Coaches Polls Got Wrong

While the preseason polls no longer plays an official roll in the eventual College Football Champion, the playoff group of learned elders will no doubt still take them into account.  That being the case, it’s important to understand the biases that the polls has always contained.  In the Coaches Poll, coaches from different conferences always rank their teams higher and iconic...
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Cleveland Browns Name Brian Hoyer Starter

The waiting game is finally over. Head coach Mike Pettine had originally planned on naming his starter on Tuesday, following Monday night’s game against the Washington Redskins, but Brian Hoyer will be the opening day starter for the Cleveland Browns when they take on division foe Pittsburgh. Vic Carucci first reported the news on Cleveland Browns team website.According to NFL...
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FSU Football 2014: 12 Steps To Another National Title

Nine days and counting. There may not be a bigger FSU fan on Football Nation than myself – waiting for my alma mater, FSU, to defend its national title this season. Starting the year off in Dallas against Oklahoma State is just the right way to get things started.According to Athlon Sports, Florida State ended the SEC’s run of dominance with a 34-31 victory over Auburn to win...
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Cleveland Browns: Hoyer Starts, Manziel Finishes

Today, Cleveland Browns’ Head Coach Mike Pettine decided to name Brian Hoyer the team’s opening day starting Quarterback. This decision might disappoint some of the Browns faithful but it was the right thing to do.  Johnny Manziel, although he played a little better than Hoyer during their two preseason games, simply is not ready to start.Manziel was a very good college Quarterback...
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The Browns Have Spoken: Manziel Will Not Start

Is it possible when Johnny Manziel takes a look back at all that has happened leading up to the Cleveland Browns naming Brian Hoyer the starter for the season opener, the rookie will say he should have done things differently?Probably not.Now that the first round pick knows his fate, it is time to move forward and learn, not complain about the situation he is in. Manziel’s antics...
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Jaguars News and Notes: Both Quarterbacks to See First Team Reps

It appears the Jacksonville Jaguars are sticking to the game plan Frida night – having both Chad Henne and Blake Bortles playing with the first unit against the Detroit Lions.Expect Chad Henne to play about a quarter and a half and Blake Bortles to play about a quarter. Coach Gus Bradley said he couldn’t commit to anything firmer than that. “I hate to say exact because it could...
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2014 Fantasy Football Running Back BUSTS

Long gone are the days of running backs carrying the rock for 300, 350, 400 times in a season. It just doesn’t happen anymore. Combine that premise with the fact RBs take the most hits of any skilled position and thus get injured often and it shouldn’t come as a shock to see such volatility at the position. One year a player will finish in the Top 3 and the next he’ll finish...
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College Football: The Five Best Offensive Lines In 2014

One major difference between the good teams and the elite teams in college football today is the play of the Offensive Line.  The Offensive Line is not a position that yields much glory, and is one of the toughest in football due to the major physical contact being made on every play.  In the past, Offensive Lineman have been stereotyped that they are big and slow, which could...
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