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2015 Arizona Wildcats Schedule Preview & Outlook

One of the surprise teams in college football during the 2014 season was the Arizona Wildcats of the PAC 12. The Wildcats at one point in the season were ranked in the top ten and were a contender to make the first annual College Football Playoff.The Wildcats had their biggest win of the season on October 2nd when they went to Eugene, Oregon and defeated the eventual PAC 12 champion...
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Meet Your Draft Class: Clive Walford TE Oakland Raiders

Clive Walford TE Miami (Fla) 6'4 258 2nd Round Pick Oakland RaidersCombine Results: 4.79 40 yard dash, 20 bench reps, 35" vertical, 120" broad jump, 4.57 20 yard shuttleScouting Notes: Possesses an impressive combination of size and speed, has a strong, muscular upper body but is a bit lean in his lower half, has a bit of a high waisted build....Plays even longer than his 6'4 frame...
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Pittsburgh Steelers 2015 Schedule: Game-by-Game Predictions

When the schedule was released for the upcoming 2015 NFL season, my heart sank a little, as the team I support and love have an incredibley tough route if they hope to be competing in playoff football come January. The Pittsburgh Steelers have drawn a seemingly challenging schedule which we shall go through game by game and we shall determine what the end result could be for fans...
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Fantasy Football: Top 30 Running Backs for 2015

No position in fantasy football is as valuable or as volatile as running back.It's hard to contend for a title without a top-10 guy, but landing one of those elite backs can be an exercise in futility.To put it mildly: the position is unstable.Let's take a look at 2014's preseason top 10 running back rankings from Rotoworld's Evan Silva, one of the most respected and well-researched...
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Draft Efficiency Grades 2008-2012 Drafts

The premise of the grading system is that each pick is worth one point, the level in which a pick must contribute is divided by the following categories; Top 10 pick, Picks 11-20, picks 21-32 and the corresponding rounds 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.  For example the expectation of a 2nd round pick would be a starter whereas a 7th rounder only needs to be a backup for three seasons.The reason...
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How Will Geno Smith and Chan Gailey Bode For The New York Jets?

The New York Jets opened the 2015 Free Agency with a big splashes, signing Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie, Buster Skrine, and Marcus Gilchrist.  They resigned David Harris and tendered Damon “Snacks” Harrison.  They even traded for Brandon Marshall and Zac Stacy via cheap draft picks.  All of that might make a typical Jet’s Fan want to spell out the team name and shout...
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2015 NFL Draft: 7 Picks Destined For EPIC Fail

How do we define epic fail?  JaMarcus Russell epic fail.  Ryan Leaf epic fail.  Tim Tebow epic fail?  First round choice who lasted one mediocre year in the NFL.  But he did win a playoff game.  So epic fail?  And what about what Washington?  What they gave up for quarterback Robert Griffin III?  Can that count as an epic fail? So players can be an epic fail.  But so...
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Jacksonville Jaguars: The Biggest Questions Heading Into OTAs

I know everything seems to be on the rise here in Jacksonville and the team that has been a bottom feeder for the better part of the last five seasons is on the rise.But truthfully, until the wins outnumber the losses, the team that seems to be reaching for a level playing field will be grasping for respect here in the NFL.Next week begins another chapter in the rebuilding process...
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Kraft Speaks: Patriots Won't Appeal Deflategate Penalties

Per ESPN.com, Robert Kraft said the Patriots will "accept reluctantly" their punishment handed down by the NFL and Roger Goodell following the Deflategate investigation.Kraft said Tuesday that the Patriots will not appeal the penalties."Although I might disagree what is decided, I do have respect for [commissioner Roger Goodell] and believe that he's doing what he perceives to be...
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Jacksonville Jaguars: Game By Game Predictions

Building an NFL team from the ground up was never going to be easy. Building the Jacksonville Jaguars over the past three seasons has been downright frustrating at times. For team general manager David Caldwell, the bluprint he, coach Gus Bradley and team owner Shad Khan discussed when the two were hired back in 2013 must now come to fruition and the continued change in the team...
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Fantasy Football: Top 30 Quarterbacks for 2015

With my wide receiver and tight end rankings out of the way, we shift our focus to the quarterbacks.Quarterback is the most stable position in fantasy football. The scoring doesn't fluctuate year-to-year as wildly as it does for other positions, and quarterbacks don't come with the same risk for injury.For the better part of the last five years, it's been the same names leading the...
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2015 Florida State Seminoles Season and Schedule Preview

The past two seasons have been two of the greatest seasons in Florida State history, at least on the field of play. The play of star quarterback Jameis Winston seemed to be overshadowed at times by his off the field issues. Winston led the Seminoles to the 2013 national title in dramatic fashion against the Auburn Tigers.The Seminoles’ 2014 season saw yet even more Winston drama...
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Jacksonville Jaguars: 5 Players Who Will Make An Impact In 2015

I avoid the obvious choices in most cases. We all know the Jacksonville Jaguars are a team that must have a solid 2015 season. With free agent moves and a recent Draft which still has analysts and locals here talking, this has to be the year the Jaguars move up the NFL food chain. Seven wins would be considered a success. Nine wins would be outstanding and anything more would be...
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New York Giants: It's Now or Never for Adrien Robinson

When you look at Adrien Robinson, his 6’4/265 frame really stands out at the TE position. When you watch Adrien Robinson on the field, his athleticism really stands out. So why has this 4th round selection in the 2012 draft still not the starting TE for the Giants? Well, injuries have played a major part in that scenario (foot and knee), however; this season could very well be...
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Here's Why Everett Golson Should Choose LSU

Everett Golson is going to make his decision on which school he will be transfering to on Monday, and all signs point to Florida State. But are Jimbo Fisher and the Seminoles the right choice? Golson should strongly consider Les Miles and the Tigers instead. For a couple of years now, LSU has been a solid quarterback away from making a national title run. Golson would be the answer...
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FN "MMH": NFL Nails Patriots with Deflate Gate Punishment

Football Nation proudly presents the third episode in Season 4 of "Monday Morning Huddle" with host Dave Holcomb.On this week's show, Holcomb keeps the guest list rolling as he welcomes on FN Senior Writer Doug Tozier and Mechanical Engineer Gary Holcomb.In the first segment, Dave Holcomb asks Tozier several questions regarding deflate gate in an attempt to objectively share their...
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Ace Sanders Returns, Michael Bennett Signs and Other Jacksonville Jaguars Notes

All the media in Jacksonville and across the NFL has done is talk about the three wide receivers the Jacksonville Jaguars have on their current roster – make that five if you include rookie Rashad Greene in the mix.Four young talents, four targets for quarterback Blake Bortles to throw to. Add tight end Julius Thomas to the pairing and suddenly there are five reasons to believe...
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Worst Pick For Every Team In The 2015 NFL Draft

In our previous article, Football Nation MVPS Dave Holcomb and Brendan Cassidy examined the best picks for every team in the NFL draft.  In this segment we will look at each team’s worst pick of the 2015 draft.  Keep in mind this isn’t necessarily the worst player in a draft class, but worst in terms of value as to where the player was selected and team’s needs.  NFC EAST...
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Jacksonville Jaguars: Best Free Agent Signing of All Time

If this were a story about any number of players the Jacksonville Jaguars signed over the years, this would be a similar piece to write. Instead, you have to look at the candidates the team has to offer when the topic of “Best Free Agent Signing of All Time” is brought about.In the 21 seasons the franchise has been in existence, there really are only a handful to consider.Some...
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Why the New Orleans Saints Will Win the NFC

It has been 6 years since the New Orleans Saints were on top of the NFC. Since then, New Orleans has made the playoffs a couple of times, but has never gotten past the divisional round. So what makes the 2015 Saints any different? Well, they’ve gotten back to the basics. Look out NFC, the Saints are coming. Trading the Burden that was Jimmy Graham: Yeah, I know. He’s probably...
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Deflategate Fallout: A Balanced View From A Fan

I will defend Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and Robert Kraft in the face of the haters and those who want to deflate the legacy of a great organization. The New England Patriots have proven that it is possible to dominate in a league where parity, a level playing field, and free agency have become status quo.They are a dynasty. They have won consistently for a decade and a half, including...
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Zane Beadles, AJ Cann And The Jacksonville Jaguars Offensive Line

It’s hard not to read between the lines of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ decision to draft AJ can in the third round almost two weeks ago.The message is clear that left guard Zane Beadles must play better in 2015. Cann, a star offensive lineman at South Carolina, is expected to play on the left side – in the same spot that Beadles, the Jaguars free agent signing last season who...
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2015 Dallas Cowboys Schedule Preview & Season Outlook

The 2014 season for the Dallas Cowboys was one of great surprise to many. They entered the 2014 campaign with low expectations, which for them is a rarity even if they aren’t worthy of the lofty expectations.They exceeded the expectations of everyone and proved to be a Super Bowl contender throughout the season. It was a back to the future season in sorts for Dallas in the way...
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College Football & NFL Trivia Challenge: Are You A Trivia Wiz?

As the NFL and college football offseason progresses, the impatient wait for football to return grows each day. We are just about three months away from actual live football being on television. It may seem a long ways away, but we are almost there.So, this got me thinking what would be a fun way to enjoy some days in the very long offseason in both college football and the NFL?...
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2015 NFL Draft: 10 Picks Teams Will Instantly Regret

The NFL Draft is over.  Some teams are happy with their choices.  Some teams wish they had the infamous do overs.  And some are just oblivious to what just happened. Here are regrets for things done and not done.  In no particularly order, because face it regret is regret.  10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Daunte Fowler Jr.This is a regret you could not have predicted.  Fowler tore...
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