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Does Johnny Manziel’s Wonderlic score boost his draft stock?

Johnny Manziel may have led his draft class with a 32 out of 50 on the Wonderlic Test, but from a percentage standpoint, that’s not very impressive. Actually completing the test with a high score is, however, much more difficult than it may seem. The Wonderlic Test, in short, is a set of 50 multiple choice questions that the test taker is given with 12 minutes to answer all the...
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TGS 2013 NFL mock re-draft: Picks 1-10

Because hindsight makes us smartasses, here’s how the 2013 NFL draft should have gone down based on what’s happened the last 12 months. 1. Kansas City Chiefs: Keenan Allen (WR, Cal) — Seriously. Eric Fisher struggled a lot. They could have kept Branden Albert, and Allen looks like he’ll be a star for a long time to come. They need support from Dwayne Bowe. 2. Jacksonville...
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Donald Trump can save the Buffalo Bills ☆

Toronto and Los Angeles might be more lucrative markets than Buffalo, but that’s exactly why Donald Trump might actually represent the Bills’ best chance at staying in western New York indefinitely. Now that the Bills are officially becoming a free agent franchise, many have assumed that the next owner will jump at the chance for more money in a bigger, more corporate city. And...
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Football forever: America hooked on the NFL more than on Mark Cuban’s NBA

“The NFL Draft ratings normally do better on their second and third day than the NBA and NHL playoffs and the bigger baseball matchups of that weekend.  Remember, this is nothing more than NFL teams picking guys from college; no scores, no action, no winners or losers, but it is more popular then NBA, NHL and MLB.  Amazing!” ~ Patrick Schuster, NFL Implosion Not So Fast,...
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Clowney’s decision to end workouts shouldn’t hurt his draft stock

To see a top prospect end workouts with a few weeks left before the draft isn’t a common occurrence, but it’s also not a big deal either. Peter King of TheMMQB.com broke the news that Jadeveon Clowney wouldn’t be involved in any more individual workouts. King notes that one of the reasons is likely Brandon Thomas’ torn ACL, but that’s just a secondary reason. In reality...
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Should the Giants begin looking for Eli Manning’s successor?

At 33 years old, Eli Manning is no young quarterback. He’s been an integral part of the Giants’ roster since he joined the team, and he’ll likely continue to be an integral part of the team for the next half decade or more. Still, he’s at an age where the Giants need to begin considering their options in the post-Manning years. Will they throw everything they have at trying...
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Jaguars could be the NFL’s most improved team in 2014

The Jacksonville Jaguars are one of the least flashy teams in the NFL. Last season, they were never able to put the right pieces together to find success. Last year’s lack of success hasn’t tripped up the Jags so far this offseason. Jacksonville went into free agency with a pile of cash, and they haven’t shied away from spending it to bring in players that improve key weaknesses...
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Alex Mack would rather play for Jaguars than the Browns

If reports are accurate, current Browns center Alex Mack will sign an offer sheet from the Jacksonville Jaguars by the end of this week. The Browns will then have five days to match the Jaguars’ offer, or they’ll lose their star center. That’s something Cleveland does intend to do, but that’s not what their center is hoping for. According to Adam Schefter, Mack wants to play...
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The Saints are starting to lean defense

When you think of the Saints in the Sean Payton era, you think of Drew Brees, an explosive passing offense, points and yards. In fact, while the team won a Super Bowl in 2009 behind it’s high powered offense, it was the 2011 unit that broke the NFL record for the most yards from scrimmage in a season ever. You read that correctly, more than the “greatest show on turf”. The...
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Buccaneers are most likely team to go from worst to first

The NFC South is  an interesting division to say the least. Its top two squads, the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints, have both taken steps back while the Buccaneers are hitting the reset button with Lovie Smith. The Falcons should be able to get back to their competitive ways after they tanked last season. With so much shuffling going on in the division, it’s really anyone’s...
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Why quarterbacks are sliding down NFL draft boards

At the onset of the offseason, there was no specific consensus first overall selection, but it was split between two prospects. Many believed Teddy Bridgewater would be taken by the Texans, or Houston would take Jadeveon Clowney simply because he’s the best player in the draft. Those days are long gone. Clowney appears to be the consensus top pick, and there’s a good chance there...
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Stability ensures long-term success in the NFL

Too often, analysis of the NFL boils down to one or two extraordinary people lifting their team above the rest. We often think of how Tom Brady or Peyton Manning keep their teams in the playoffs year after year or of how the pairing of Sean Payton and Drew Brees made the New Orleans Saints a relevant team in the NFL. I don’t mean to discount the impact of individual contributions...
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Tony Villiotti, NFP: The new math of the NFL Draft

“All teams have high hopes entering a draft, but some are better positioned than others to get help. The key to having a good draft yield is to have as many choices as possible in the early rounds. In some cases that expectation is “earned” by being a crummy team and in other instances it is achieved by front office maneuvering. The new economics, with lower pay for draft choices...
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How will the Eagles replace DeSean Jackson?

Now that DeSean Jackson is no longer with the Philadelphia Eagles, his former team must now begin the task of replacing him. That’s easier said than done considering the requirements. Any replacement has to be one of, if not the single, fastest players on the field at any given moment. He has to be able to find openings down the field, and it wouldn’t hurt if a replacement could...
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Can the Raiders rise from mediocrity with the additions of Matt Schaub and Maurice Jones-Drew?

Every year the Oakland Raiders trudge through their scheduling, showing flashes of potential, usually followed almost immediately be streaks of disappointment. That may all be changing with the arrival of Matt Schaub and Maurice Jones-Drew. Both players provide the Raiders with veteran leadership in the huddle. Schaub will be the key to the Raiders’ offensive attack, and if he...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Ranking the QBs in the 2014 NFL draft

Now that we’re a month away from the NFL draft and the free agency period has largely settled in, team needs and their plan of attack going into the draft are starting to take shape. That said, the surefire way to field a competitive team starts with having a franchise quarterback and for the teams out there that don’t have one they’ll be keeping a close eye on this year...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Upon Further Review: Field goals used to be worth more than touchdowns ☆

“Upon further review” is a recurring segment in which This Given Sunday analyzes quirks and fascinating tidbits from the NFL’s history books. There was a time in pro football history, more than a century ago, when field goals were just as much of an accomplishment as touchdowns. As a result, the value of each was dramatically different. From 1876, when the first rules of American...
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Richard Sherman implies race was a factor in DeSean Jackson’s release from the Eagles

Richard Sherman has never shied away from stating his opinion, and those views often land him in hot water, at least in the eyes of the public. Occasionally, Sherman makes a solid observation, and this is one of those cases. Sherman, who occasionally writes at MMQB.si.com, took to the old pen and paper (actually to the mouse and keyboard) to point out an apparent double standard...
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Can the Tampa Bay Buccaneers make a run in 2014?

So much of the blame for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 0-8 start last year was placed on head coach Greg Schiano, who is now gone. He’s been replaced by the well-respected Lovie Smith. And now a Buccaneers team that was never really short on talent in the first place has spent the offseason refueling in a big way. Remember: The Bucs were a respectable 4-4 during the second half of...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Why does character matter more in the NFL than in any other sport?

When reports began popping up over the past couple of weeks the Eagles were seriously trying to jettison DeSean Jackson, it was mildly surprising, although considering his salary cap impact, it wasn’t a huge shock to see the Eagles trying to free that space up. Now that it’s become apparent that his off-field behavior, specifically his alleged interaction with Los Angeles gang...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Tennessee Titans using fifth-year option to light a fire under Jake Locker

We’ve heard it before, and we’re hearing it again. The Tennessee Titans don’t plan on picking up the fifth-year option on quarterback Jake Locker’s contract. Makes sense, considering that Locker has struggled with accuracy and durability 18 starts into his NFL career and that said option would cost $13 million. But while the team continues to privately say — this time through...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Can Chip Kelly save Mark Sanchez’s career?

Now that the Mark Sanchez era is done and gone in New York, the Jets can actually move forward with finding their next franchise quarterback. The tandem of Michael Vick and Geno Smith will get them by in the immediate future, but it’s unclear if Smith can eventually be the team’s go-to starting quarterback. The path for Mark Sanchez is much less clear. Sanchez joined the Eagles...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL to soon embrace allowing tablets on sidelines?

I laugh nowadays when I see quarterbacks and position coaches analyzing plays on the sideline by staring at frozen print-outs from a nearby computer than I can only assume looks like this: It’s 2014, man. Paper playbooks have become a thing of the past, moving almost entirely to tablets. So why shouldn’t teams be allowed to use technology on the sidelines? “NFL players and...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

What draft trade rumors tell us about teams' intentions

It’s seemed likely for some time that the Houston Texans would like to move out of the first overall pick in the draft, but now there is actually a big of evidence to back up that belief. Dan Pompei of Bleacher Report learned at this week’s NFL annual meeting that the Texans are “trying hard” to move out of the first overall pick in an effort to get more picks in the draft...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Stop over-hyping Pro Days, Johnny Manziel edition

The power of Johnny Football: 3 of the top 10 trending topics in the US for his pro day. — darren rovell (@darrenrovell) March 27, 2014 Everybody calm the hell down! Yes, Johnny Manziel is the latest college quarterback with whom the nation has arbitrarily decided to fall in love with despite major concerns regarding his on-field abilities and his off-field antics. But let’s...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss
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