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Around the NFL: Ben Roethlisberger

The Steelers announced yesterday they're bringing back Ben Roethlisberger as their starter in 2021. I probably shouldn't have been surprised, but a lot of recent stories seemed to suggest a split was coming. And in my memory, Roethlisberger's game really tailed off the second half of the season.   more »

Trivia: February 25, 2021

What wide receiver in 1995 caught 119 passes for 1,781 yards and 13 TDs but wasn’t invited to the Pro Bowl? No receiver has ever finished with as many catches or yards and not gotten a Pro Bowl nod. answer »

Scheduletron: Strength of schedule

I have been updating my strength of schedule files, and let me share a few numbers while I’ve got them in front of me. Scheduling hasn’t been super meaningful in recent years.  more »


Around the NFL: Packers running backs

Couple of recent stories on Green Bay free agent running back Aaron Jones. One (which I question) indicates he could command up to $15 million per season; that sounds high. Another that Miami could be one of the interested teams. Whatever the case, it seems likely that some team will offer him more than the Packers, and he'll be gone.   more »


Trivia: February 24, 2021

Who’s the only player who holds the single-season record for receiving yards for two different franchises? answer »


Around the NFL: J.K. Dobbins

I see where J.K. Dobbins says he’s anxious to build on his rookie season. He wants to carry the ball more and play a bigger role in the offseason. That kind of talk, of course, is always easier in the offseason.  more »


Factoid: Josh Oliver

The Jaguars released Tyler Eifert yesterday. The 30-year-old will likely catch on with some other team, playing as part of a tandem (to keep him healthy) and having the occasional game with 3 receptions for 30 yards, with a touchdown once every 5 or 6 games. Personally I'm more interested in who's left behind.  more »


Trivia: February 23, 2021

What was the only Super Bowl that was played between two teams that no longer exist? (Both franchises are still in the league but both are now operating under different names – for example, the St. Louis Cardinals are now the Arizona Cardinals). answer »

Around the NFL: Alshon Jeffery

The Eagles are releasing Alshon Jeffery. If he’s going to re-kindle his career, it will be with a new franchise. That according to a report by Ian Rapoport.  more »


Around the NFL: Hunter Henry

There are a lot of big names at wide receiver hitting free agency; not as many at the tight end position. Maybe the biggest one is the Chargers' Hunter Henry. The former second-rounder is 26 years old, and comes off a career-high in receptions (60). He'll definitely have a market.   more »


Trivia: February 22, 2021

What player in the 2020 season had three games with at least 450 passing yards – more than the rest of the league combined? answer »

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Factoid: Michael Thomas

I expect there will be varying opinions on Michael Thomas entering the 2021 season. He set a single-season record for catches in 2019, but he wasn’t much of a factor last year (in part because of injuries). And now he’ll be playing in an offense that’s radically different – assuming Drew Brees retires.  more »

Around the NFL: Marvin Jones

Marvin Jones is headed for free agency, and he's hoping to join a contender. His former quarterback, Matthew Stafford, is with the Rams, so maybe they'll kick the tires on him, as a downfield complement to Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp. But I'm not sure that's his game anymore.   more »


Trivia: February 21, 2021

Who’s the only running back who’s handled the ball in all 48 regular-season games over the last three years? This running back played his college ball at North Carolina State. answer »

Around the NFL: DeSean Jackson

Where now, DeSean Jackson? He’s an older receiver with a lengthy history of injuries, but with his big-place ability, I would think some team will sign him with the idea of mixing him in as a reserve receiver. He says he wants to keep playing.  more »


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