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The 10 most overrated players in the NFL

Every year the media, fans and even the league tend to put certain players on a pedestal. Whether it’s a likable personality, self promotion, past success or potential, some players are in the spotlight more than they maybe deserve to be. Below are ten players that fit that description to a T and don’t carry with them the elite status that many suggest they have. 10. Michael...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Jaguars are London's team?

The Jacksonville Jaguars return to London for the second consecutive year in 2014, part of a four-year pact that will see the Jags play one game per season across the pond through 2016. Obviously, the NFL’s least popular team is doing its best to market itself to a new audience, which is good business. But should the Jags and their fans take offense to the notion that their club...
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Here’s why it won’t be you, Geno Smith

Geno Smith wants to know: Why not us? At his camp, #Jets QB @GenoSmith7 told @nflnetwork “I feel good about our team making a Super Bowl run. … You know, why not us?” — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 6, 2014 I know, it’s the parity-plagued NFL, where anyone can be good in any given year. But because the New York Jets still have a ways to go and because we’re eternal pessimists...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Breaking down NFL MVP odds

Bovada sent along their MVP odds for the 2014 NFL season. Let’s break it down. Peyton Manning 3/1 Drew Brees 11/2 Aaron Rodgers 15/2 Tom Brady 9/1 According to Bovada, the oldest skill position player in the NFL is an overwhelming favorite to win his sixth MVP award. If that were to happen, I don’t know how people could continue to put Tom Brady (or anyone, frankly) ahead of...
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It’s official, Jimmy Graham is a tight end

Thanks to news originally broken by Ian Rapoport, we now know that Jimmy Graham has officially been ruled as a tight end by a third party arbitrator for the franchise tag purposes. This means that Graham’s franchise tender will remain at the one year price of $7.035 million instead of jumping to over $12 million in line with a receiver franchise tag. The biggest question that always...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Biz Blitz: Futbol has the one thing the NFL craves but does not offer

The Bottom Line: Futbol has the World Cup. The US Men’s National Team finished its FIFA run with a 2-1 loss to Belgium. The game was a nail biter that introduced Americans to the amazing Tim Howard. Why did this run in the FIFA World Cup attract so many Americans who are otherwise disinterested in futbol (translates to “soccer” in American)? Because it was “US” vs. The...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

On Brandon Flowers and the desire to get back at former lovers

Brandon Flowers didn’t lash out at the Kansas City Chiefs for cutting him out of the blue after six quality seasons as a starter, but it’s clear he considers the fact he’ll now get to face his former team twice a year to be one of the bonuses of signing with the division rival San Diego Chargers. “That definitely played into the decision,” Flowers told via XTRA 1360 in...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Biz Blitz: NFL remains undefeated in Court because Roger is Boss

The Bottom Line: It is the football dead zone when the biggest NFL news happens in the courtroom rather than the playing field. When it comes to Courts, the NFL is good. Real good. Three court cases reached a dramatic conclusion in the past week. Each could have a wide impact on the league’s revenue. Commissioner Roger Goodell is one of the sharpest lawyers in the country. There...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Can the Rams’ offense improve if Kenny Britt is the #1 receiver?

Do you remember Kenny Britt? He’s the former 1st round pick of the Tennessee Titans that never really lived up to the hype. He’s had three knee surgeries since 2011, including the worst season of his career in 2013 where he finished with just 11 receptions for 96 yards in 13 games (2 starts). Britt re-united with the coach that drafted him in the offseason, Jeff Fisher. As a...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Have we already forgotten about Justin Blackmon?

To show just how quickly they can leave you for dead in this league, look at what is going down with Justin Blackmon right now. Remember him? I’ll bet most of you non-Oklahoma State or Jacksonville Jaguars fans have no idea what the hell is happening with Blackmon right now, which illustrates my point. We’re talking about a guy who was the fifth overall pick in the NFL draft...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Concern with Johnny Manziel is about optics

The latest well-known figure in the football world to take aim at Johnny Manziel? All-time NFL rushing leader Emmitt Smith, who this week suggested that Manziel is living a “short career lifestyle.” But Smith should know all too well that football players party, often quite hard. A large number of his teammates did so during the Cowboys’ heyday in the 1990s. So why is Manziel...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Are the Browns mishandling Johnny Manziel?

Being drafted into the factory of sadness isn’t the way any young NFL player wants to begin his career. It doesn’t matter that the aforementioned player claims he was thrilled to be heading to Cleveland. Brady Quinn once said that too. Quinn was never surrounded by the necessary talent to succeed, and he became a big flop. The question on everyone’s mind now is, are the Browns...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Do MVPs win Super Bowls?

Kurt Warner’s been receiving some attention this week, mainly because he’s being honored by the Arizona Cardinals and buzz is beginning to pick up regarding a potential first-ballot Hall of Fame entry in 2015. As a result, this tidbit popped up on Reddit Thursday: Warner is the last regular-season MVP to go on to win the Super Bowl in the same year. He accomplished that feat...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Kurt Warner a first-ballot Hall of Famer?

It was announced this week that Kurt Warner would be inducted into the Arizona Cardinals’ Ring of Honor, which got me thinking about his credentials for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. After all, Warner will be eligible for the Hall next year. Will he be inducted on the first ballot? I look at it like this: We’ve had 67 first-ballot Hall of Famers. Is Warner one of the 67 best...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

New renderings of the weird-looking Falcons stadium scheduled to open in 2017

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has new renderings of the crazy-ass stadium the Falcons are building, which is supposed to be ready for 2017. And it’s safe to say they’re going for the hardcore futuristic look. That has a serious World Cup feel to it, doesn’t it? Why does every “innovative” new stadium have to look like some kind of steel nest? I’m down with the big...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryan Fitzpatrick is the ultimate ‘journeyman starting quarterback’ but that might not help the Texans much

Now that Ryan Fitzpatrick has been named the Houston Texans’ starting quarterback, the journeyman is in line to become the only active pivot in the league who has started for five different teams. Despite the fact he has played for four teams in nine years, always with the design of being a backup at the get-go, the guy has managed to start 76 of a possible 144 career games. In...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

10 biggest questions going into the 2014 season

Every year the league takes twists and turns that no one expects. In 2013 we saw a linebacker in Kiko Alonso of the Bills who surprised everyone by being one of the best players in the entire rookie class despite not being a 1st round pick. The Cardinals as a team were a nice surprise too, reviving the career of Carson Palmer with some success in a very tough NFC West. But the unexpected...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL should follow the CFL’s lead on pass interference reviews

Pass interference in the NFL is ridiculous. It’s ridiculous because as a spot foul it punishes defenses far too harshly on low-percentage deep passes. But it’s even more ridiculous because those split-second, back-breaking calls can’t be reviewed. North of the border, that has changed. When the CFL began playing preseason games this week, pass interference calls were challengeable...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Which team has the best roster in the NFL?

I have ranked all 32 NFL rosters with training camps a little more than a month away. I didn’t use any type of weighted formula, just pure feel. A few players with significant pull — like a quarterback or pass-rusher — can basically carry a team with noticeable flaws. These rankings are solely based on entire team rosters. (There’s bound to be zero disagreement from any fans...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Niagara Falls Stadium could lure Buffalo/Toronto Super Bowl

There’s been a lot of talk about potential stadiums for the Buffalo Bills, as well as talk about the short- and long-term future of the Bills themselves. That’s what happens when your franchise is up for sale and your home venue is 40 years old. Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News wrote this week that although there’s been a “If you build it, they will come” mantra regarding...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Ranking the NFL’s best Andres

Hat tip right off the bat to my old pal Drew Fairservice at theScore.com for giving me the idea of ranking athletes who share names. I don’t know why, but I’ve decided to start this silly offseason theme with Andre. Pro Football Reference tells us that 106 men named Andre or Andre’ have played NFL football. Here are the top 10. 1. Andre Reed: A Pro Football Hall of Famer with...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Jordy Nelson is allowed to be a role model

I’ve ranted about this before. Many times, here and elsewhere. Professional athletes shouldn’t be role models. If/when I have kids, I’ll go out of my way to ensure that they look up to a variety of professionals from a variety of fields, most of whom should be able to set the right example. Generally, NFL football players don’t qualify. Too many never learned how to manage...
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

The top 10 running quarterbacks in the NFL

When the Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl it was significant in that we saw a running quarterback lead his team to the title. While Russell Wilson isn’t perhaps your traditional “running quarterback” he certainly makes a number of plays with his legs. Wilson’s ascension along with the emergence of other dynamic quarterbacks in the modern day NFL is reversing the traditional...
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Cabanas at NFL football games? That’s just dumb

For the latest installment of what has become a random but increasingly regular feature on dumb things related to the world of professional football, I bring you this… Jacksonville Jaguars fans will be able to watch a game this season while sitting in a pool inside the stadium. The team has taken out 9,500 seats in the north end zone and is replacing them with a two-level party...
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June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Is this the year it all comes together for the Chicago Bears?

The Chicago Bears have one of the best quarterbacks in the game, one of the best running backs in the game and almost indisputably the best 1-2 receiving punch in the game. Combine Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery with solid all-around tight end Martellus Bennett and a revamped offensive line featuring top 2013 draft pick Kyle Long and you have the recipe...
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June 10, 2014  |  Discuss
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