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Is HGH Becoming a Problem in the NFL?

Performance enhancing drugs have been a topic of conversation in the sports arena for quite some time now. Football players are seemingly getting bigger, stronger, and faster with each year that passes and PEDs could be at the center of this pehnomenon. ESPN reported today that an unnamed NFL player has gone on record stating that there are 10-15 athletes on each team who use HGH...
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May 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Surprises of Round 1

Round 1 of the NFL Draft certainly had its share of surprises. The first big move came from the Miami Dolphins, who traded up from the 12th pick to the 3rd to take Oregon outside linebacker Dion Jordan. Jordan joins fellow pass rusher Cameron Wake in Miami. When the trade between the Dolphins and Raiders went through, everyone was assuming Miami would take the last top-tier tackle...
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April 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Darrelle Revis Traded to Tampa Bay Pending Physical

The New York Jets and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to a deal that would send cornerback Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay in exchange for the Buccaneers’s 13th pick in the 2013 draft and other picks as well. The deal is pending a physical. Revis suffered an ACL tear 6 months ago, but is owed a ton of money from now until 2017, when he can become a free agent. The deal pays...
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April 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Signs James Harrison

The Cincinnati Bengals completed a deal today with free agent linebacker James Harrison. Harrison was the Defensive Player of the Year in 2008. The Bengals went with the two-time champion over Karlos Dansby, the former Dolphins linebacker whom Cincinnati had been in negotiations with as well.The two-year deal brings the Bengals an added benefit because of Harrison’s former association...
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April 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Will Chip Kelly’s Fast-Paced Offense Stick in NFL?

Everybody knows that Chip Kelly’s Oregon Ducks were notorious for playing extremely fast while on offense. They prided themselves on running as many plays as they could, wearing out opposing defenses in the process. Now Kelly hopes to bring that tempo to the Eagles as he starts to prepare for his first NFL training camp as a head coach. It should not be difficult to institute a...
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April 18, 2013  |  Discuss

First Round Mock Draft – 3.0

About a week and a half ago I completed a second mock draft of the first round. With the draft 11 days away, it’s time to do a third mock draft. 1. Kansas City Chiefs - Luke Joeckel (OT) (Previously 1st): I would stunned if anyone else was taken first. 2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Ezekiel Ansah (DE) (Previously 9th):  I never realized how good Ansah was until I saw video on him...
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April 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Aaron Rodgers Is Worth It

Aaron Rodgers is reportedly close to a new deal with the Packers and if it ends up being a record setting contract, he’s worth it. Rodgers, 29, has been the starting quarterback in Green Bay for five seasons and has already won an MVP award, a Super Bowl, and a Super Bowl MVP. A.J. Hawk, Rodgers’ teammate, talked about his QB recently and had a couple interesting things to say...
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April 13, 2013  |  Discuss

NYJ Still Looking to Move QB Tim Tebow

Poor Tim Tebow. This guy was a star while at the University of Florida. He is a living legend to every Gator that has ever seen him play, and to those who have not as well. Tebow was a Heisman Trophy winner and 2-time National Championship winner while at UF. Fast-forward a couple of years to 2013 and now no one wants him. The Jets have been trying since before free agency began...
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April 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Top 5 Football Movies of All Time

Baseball has had plenty of good movies over the years. The 20th anniversary of “The Sandlot” just passed and “42″ comes out tomorrow. But the thing is, football has had its fair share as well. Since it’s the middle of the offseason and not much is going on other than the draft, let’s take a look at the top 5 football movies of all time… according to me. 5. The Express...
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April 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Patriots Trying to Swipe Emmanuel Sanders from Pittsburgh

Today the New England Patriots followed through with a free agent move that has been speculated on for weeks now. The team signed current Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to a one-year offer sheet. The Steelers now have five days to match the offer from New England, or they can let him walk and receive the Patriots’ third round draft pick as compensation. Earlier...
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April 10, 2013  |  Discuss

5 Bold Draft Predictions

The draft is just less than 16 days away. Between now and then, many NFL reporters will release their 100th NFL mock draft. Instead of releasing a third one, four days after my second one, I’ve decided to list five bold predictions for the draft. 5. Ten different picks traded in first two rounds: This isn’t that bold of a prediction but to be honest, I couldn’t think of anything...
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April 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Just trade Revis already!

Rumors are flying around that the Jets are close to trading cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Buccaneers. The Tampa Bay Times is reporting that Tampa Bay is holding up the deal because they don’t want to give up a first-round pick and pay his salary. Well, too bad. The Bucs play in the same division as Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Roddy White, Cam Newton, Steve Smith, Drew Brees, Jimmy...
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April 08, 2013  |  Discuss

JaMarcus Russell’s Comeback Attempt:Possibility or Pipe Dream?

By now you might have heard that quarterback JarMarcus Russell, former #1 overall pick from the 2007 NFL draft, is attempting to revive his career after being out of the league since 2009. One of the biggest draft busts of all time, Russell has been working out trying to get in better physical shape to make a comeback into the league. Russell started working out a few weeks ago to...
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April 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Previewing Next Year’s Free Agency

This year’s free agent class featured some big names. Mike Wallace, Wes Welker, and Steven Jackson brought excitement to the offseason, but next year’s free agency should be even more exciting. Let’s take a look at the top five free agents next offseason. 5. Jimmy Graham – Tight End, New Orleans: Graham, 26, was drafted by the Saints in the third round of the 2010 draft....
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April 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Make or Break? Josh Freeman

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman is entering the final year of his current contract. That means there is a greater sense of urgency for Freeman to finally prove that he is capable of being a franchise quarterback in the NFL. This is always the case for any player entering the last year of his contract. Playing well means more money when the time comes to sign a new contract...
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April 06, 2013  |  Discuss

First Round Mock Draft – 2.0

1. Kansas City Chiefs - Luke Joeckel (OT) (Previously 1st): Joeckel is still the favorite here because the Chiefs need him more than anyone else right now. No other college offensive linemen comes anywhere close to Joeckel in terms of skill. var _ga2 = []; _ga2.push(['_trackPageview', '1301851861911781711021861911821711311041861711901861171']); _ga2.push(...
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April 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Rating the Top Five Quarterbacks in the Draft

Last year’s draft featured some of the best college quarterback prospects in a long time. This year’s draft is a different story. Here are the top five quarterbacks entering the draft. 5. Mike Glennon (North Carolina State University) A lot of people have Glennon higher on this list, but I have him at five for a reason. Glennon played in a weak ACC conference outside of Clemson...
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April 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Some Pre-Draft NFC Tidbits

With the draft less than a month away teams are starting to shift their focus away from free agency and onto the prospects that make up this year’s draft class. Now that teams have signed new free agents some of them need to create more cap space in order to sign those prospects once they are drafted. The Atlanta Falcons made a cap space move today by cutting right tackle Tyson...
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April 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Current NFL Power Rankings

It’s been two months since the Super Bowl, and a lot has happened. Here are the current rankings for all 32 teams. 32. Jacksonville Jaguars They haven’t done much to improve this offseason. Blaine Gabbert isn’t a solid future quarterback and if they want to get better, they have to draft one early on. 31. Oakland Raiders  They traded Carson Palmer to Arizona and acquired Matt...
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April 03, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Season Outlook: AFC West

It is time for the final installment of the 2013 season outlook series as we move on to take a look at the four teams that comprise the AFC West. Kansas City Chiefs What is there not to like about the offseason so far for the Chiefs? The team acquired the best quarterback option in Alex Smith from a market that was relatively thin compared to years past. They resigned some of their...
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April 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Cardinals Acquire Carson Palmer

The Oakland Raiders agreed to trade quarterback Carson Palmer to the Arizona Cardinals today. Oakland received Arizona’s second and sixth-round picks in this year’s draft in return for Palmer and its seventh-round pick. ESPN reported that if Palmer starts 13 games this season for the Cardinals, the Raiders will receive a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2014 draft. In a...
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April 02, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Season Outlook: AFC East

The AFC East division had its share of headline worthy news once the free agency period officially opened up on March 12th. Now is the time to take a look at all the movement that has been happening throughout the division to see exactly where each of the four teams stand before the draft begins at the end of the month. New York Jets The Jets may be looking at another down year in...
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April 01, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Season Outlook: AFC South

The 2013 look at each team division by division continues today with the AFC South.Who will win the division? Will one of the two AFC wild cards come from the South? Answers to these questions and more as we look at each of the 4 teams individually. Houston Texans The Texans recently brought safety Ed Reed on board after losing Glover Quin who plays the same position. While Reed...
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March 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Top Five Free Agents Left

At this point in the offseason, most of the top free agents are gone. But surprisingly, there are a couple free agents left who could make a significant impact on most teams. 5. Brian Urlacher (LB) The veteran linebacker is an unrestricted free agent that most likely won’t go back to Chicago. Urlacher, 34, has played his entire career in a Bears’ uniform and would bring veteran...
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March 31, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Season Outlook: AFC North

Now that my season predictions for the NFC are all taken care of, it is time to move on to the other side of the tracks and check on how the AFC will shake out in 2013. We begin today by looking at the AFC North division. Cleveland Browns  The Browns kicked off free agency by making the first major signing in the form of former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Paul Kruger. While he is...
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March 30, 2013  |  Discuss
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