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Factoid: Next Gen Stats

I like the concept of the league’s “Next Gen Stats” division. They’ve got tracking chips in the shoulder pads of players, and they use the resulting data to put together various reports. But some of their numbers are more useful than others.   more »

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Around the NFL: Vikings release Mattison

The Vikings released Alexander Mattison yesterday, a move that is anything but surprising. As both a backup and a starter across the past three seasons, he's been one of the league's most ineffective running backs. Minnesota seems to have a better one on the roster in Ty Chandler (pictured).   more »

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Trivia: March 1, 2024

Barring a trade, the Rams will pick 19th in the draft in April, making their first first-round pick since Jared Goff in 2016. What is the only team in NFL history that’s gone even longer between making first-round picks? answer »

Fantasy Baseball Index: The February 29 Fantasy Baseball Index Cheat Sheet is available

Get simple one-page cheat sheets for mixed, AL-only and NL-only drafts, plus fantasy depth charts, stat projections in Excel format, and extensive team-by-team analysis.   more »

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Around the NFL: Ka'imi Fairbairn

Ka’imi Fairbairn is headed for free agency, and I think he’ll generate some interest. He’s just a kicker, but he’s a lot better than any of the other options that are available.  more »

Around the NFL: Davis Allen

Somewhat overshadowed in the Rams' narrow playoff loss at Detroit was a significant personnel loss, with Tyler Higbee tearing both his ACL and MCL in that late January game. Very unlikely he'll be ready for the start of the season, giving Davis Allen some appeal.   more »

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Trivia: February 29, 2024

Mock drafts suggest there’s a good chance two Louisiana State receivers will be selected with top-20 picks: Malik Nabers and Brian Thomas. What are the only other three schools that have done this? For the most difficult of the three schools, one of the receivers recently was hired by an NFL team to serve as its wide receivers coach. answer »

Factoid: Pat Freiermuth

The Steelers are bringing in Arthur Smith to serve as their offensive coordinator. He likes to utilize tight ends, and that makes me wonder whether Pat Freiermuth might be an ascending player.   more »

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Factoid: Barkley versus Jacobs

Free agency is coming up, and the popular belief is that Saquon Barkley is the marquee running back available. I'm not going to argue it too strongly, but I think a case can be made that the team that winds up with Josh Jacobs will come out ahead.   more »

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Trivia: February 28, 2024

If the mock drafts are to be believed, J.J. McCarthy in April will be a first-round pick – the second year in a row a quarterback going by initials has gone early in the draft (the Texans picked C.J. Stroud with the No. 2 overall pick last year). In the Super Bowl era, who are the only other two quarterbacks going by initials who’ve been selected in the first round? Both were picked by the same franchise. answer »

Ian Allan: Free agent backs

The starting flag is about to drop on free agency, and I will be interested to see how much the running backs go for. There are some intriguing names available, and each team has an extra $31 million to work with, with the cap rising to over $255 million.  more »

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Andy Richardson: Quarterback draft-day trades

It's an exciting year for quarterbacks in the NFL Draft. It's possible that Caleb Williams, Drake Maye (pictured) and Jayden Daniels will be the top 3 picks, and also that 2 or even 3 others (J.J. McCarthy, Bo Nix, Michael Penix) will be selected in the first round. And there will probably be some trades.   more »

Trivia: February 27, 2024

What current quarterback has won the most games without ever winning a playoff game? This player is 83-78-2 as a starter in the regular season. answer »

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Factoid: Brian Daboll

I think Brian Daboll is a good coach, but I would like to see what he can do with a more talented roster. He’s spent his first two seasons with the Giants without much to work with – a lesser offensive line and modest skill options.  more »

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Around the NFL: The Vanishing Kick Return

The NFL is talking about revising the kick return. Again. It's a play that many want to do away with entirely, but the league isn't ready to go there. So they'll keep coming up with half-measures, until there's nothing left to take away.   more »

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