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Andy Richardson: Ghosting the preseason

Let's appreciate honesty from coaches when we get it. In talking about new starter Darrell Henderson last week, Sean McVay said injuries were his only concern. "It's never been an ability question, it's about how do we keep him available? I promise you you're not seeing him in a preseason game." It's not a surprise, given McVay's history.  more »

Trivia: August 2, 2021

Charles Woodson is going into the Hall of Fame. He appeared in Super Bowls with both the Raiders and Packers. Who is the only other defensive back in the Hall of Fame who appeared in Super Bowls with even more different franchises? answer »

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Fantasy Index Cheat Sheet Update: The new Fantasy Index Cheat Sheet is available now.

Get our latest rankings, analysis, projections, depth charts, and defensive player information...  more »

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Around the NFL: Sammy Watkins

If coaches are to be believed, Sammy Watkins could be headed for a bounce-back season after five years of frustration. It’s early, but everyone in Baltimore says they like what they’ve seen so far.  more »

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Around the NFL: Xavien Howard

Xavien Howard is one of several defensive players who's hoping for a new deal (or preferably to be traded, and then get a new deal), and he can make a strong case for it. Howard's coming off one of the best seasons by a defensive back this century.   more »

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Trivia: August 1, 2021

Marvin Jones has a chance this season to become the first player to catch touchdowns for three of the league’s cat teams. He’s played previously for the Bengals and Lions, and he signed with the Jaguars in the offseason (presumably, he’ll be looking to sign with the Carolina Panthers later in his career). In this vein, who’s the only player who’s thrown touchdown passes for three of the league’s bird teams? The player is one of only three sixth-round picks in NFL history who went on to start at least 100 games. He was effective on long passes. His most effective work came early in his career, when he spent six seasons not with a bird team but in the AFC Central. answer »

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Factoid: Trevor Lawrence

If Trevor Lawrence is anywhere near as good as most tend to think he is, Jacksonville should have one of the league’s most improved offenses. That’s how it tends to play out when teams add a notable quarterback.  more »

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Around the NFL: Carson Wentz

Carson Wentz left practice yesterday with a foot injury. There have been various reports about how serious it is (one report says "not season-ending," which is difficult to view as a positive in July), and he's seeing a foot specialist. The Colts are bracing themselves for surgery. Seems likely he'll miss regular-season games -- maybe a good chunk of them.   more »

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Trivia: July 31, 2021

Alan Faneca and Steve Hutchinson are being inducted into the Hall of Fame. This means that when Super Bowl XL was played, both teams featured guards who were future Hall of Famers (Faneca for the Steelers, Hutchinson for the Seahawks). What is the only other Super Bowl in which this occurred (with both teams having a starting guard in its lineup who later was enshrined at Canton)? answer »

Around the NFL: Lamar Jackson

As camps are opening, I think it’s looking more clear there won’t be a big statistical jump for Baltimore’s passing game. I don’t have much confidence in the quarterback, and I’m not a big fan of the coaching staff.  more »

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Around the NFL: Dak Prescott

Scary week for Dak Prescott and the Cowboys. The quarterback left practice on Wednesday with soreness in his throwing arm, and underwent an MRI. The good news is that it doesn't seem to be serious: Prescott has a strained muscle in his throwing shoulder. The team will shut him down (at least in terms of throwing) for a couple of days, according to Mike McCarthy, but the issue is considered minor.   more »

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Trivia: July 30, 2021

Calvin Johnson is headed for Canton, and he’s being enshrined despite sticking around for only nine seasons. Among other Hall of Fame wide receivers who played in the Super Bowl era, who is the only other one who also played fewer than 10 seasons? answer »

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Trivia: July 29, 2021

John Lynch is going into Canton. He played both baseball and football at Stanford, actually selected earlier in the MLB draft (66th in 1992) than the NFL draft (82nd in 1993). What coach persuaded Lynch to choose football, convincing him he could develop into a Pro Bowl safety? answer »

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Mailbag: July 29, 2021

Ian Allan answers your fantasy football questions. In this edition: Coping with the NFL's new COVID policies. Update on Fantasy Index Open. Success rates on first-round wide receivers. Rookie keepers. And more. more »

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Ask the Experts: Which veterans who changed teams are you interested in?

ASK THE EXPERTS appears weekly from training camp through the Super Bowl with answers to a new question being posted Thursday morning. How the guest experts responded when we asked them: Which veteran who changed teams in the offseason are you most interested in seeing?   more »

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