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Around the NFL: What can Brown do for you?

Antonio Brown is headed for Oakland, and he’s been able to land a new contract. Now what? Is that offense good enough for him to put up top-5 receiving numbers?  more »

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Around the NFL: Patriots add some pass rush

The Patriots swung a trade with the Eagles for Michael Bennett over the weekend, and that looks like a savvy move. Bennett will be with his third team the last three years, but it's mostly due to cap concerns that the Seahawks and now Eagles made him available (and maybe personality). But he fits a need for New England.   more »

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Trivia: March 11, 2019

Kyler Murray will have his name called early, and for the first time, quarterbacks from the same school will be drafted in the first round in back-to-back years (following Baker Mayfield). Remarkably, in the Super Bowl era, never before has one school even had a quarterback chosen with a first- or second-round pick two years in a row. The question: which two schools have had quarterbacks chosen in the first three rounds in consecutive years? One pair comes from the ‘80s, and both attempted passes (note the wording) in Super Bowl games. The other pair are both still active. For this question, I’m using only final colleges for players (that is, Joe Flacco counts as a Delaware quarterback but not a Pitt quarterback). answer »

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Fantasy News: Deshaun Watson

Free agency and the draft are just around the corner, and it’s a safe assumption that Houston will be going hard after offensive linemen. They’ve got to figure out a better way of protecting Deshaun Watson.   more »

Around the NFL: Carlos Hyde

The Jaguars released Carlos Hyde on Friday, an unsurprising end to his brief Jacksonville career. He signed with Kansas City on Saturday, but to me that's good news for fantasy appeal of Damien Williams -- Hyde won't be a threat to start. He's squarely in the veteran backup phase of his career, just another forgettable running back from a largely forgettable draft class.   more »

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Around the NFL: James Washington

Antonio Brown has been traded to the Raiders. It's a big win for Brown, as long as he doesn't care about contending for a playoff spot. He's getting a new contract with a lot more guaranteed money, and he doesn't have to worry about his quarterback calling him out or any other wide receiver challenging him for the No. 1 spot.   more »

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Trivia: March 10, 2019

What’s the only team that’s scored more rushing than passing touchdowns over the last two years? answer »

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Factoid: Bucs defense

Tampa Bay’s defense allowed touchdowns on 78 percent of its red zone possessions last year. That number looks so out of whack, I had to double-check that it’s even true. But sure enough, it’s a league-supplied stat, as tabulated by the Elias Sports Bureau.   more »

Around the NFL: Eric Weddle

Earlier this week I posted an item about defensive back tackles, and a reader asked about defensive back takeaways. That information is below, and the timing is good. The Rams yesterday signed Eric Weddle, giving them three of the league's more productive players at recording takeaways in one secondary.   more »

Trivia: March 9, 2019

Who are the only four quarterbacks who’ve started all 16 games in each of the last five years? answer »

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Around the NFL: Vernon to Cleveland, Zeitler to Giants

The Giants and Browns made a significant deal today, with guard Kevin Zeitler going to New York and pass rusher Olivier Vernon going to the Browns. It's a deal that seems to be largely influenced by contracts, as there isn't much other reason for the Browns to be parting with one of the league's very best guards for a pass rusher who's disappointed the last two seasons.   more »

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Around the NFL: Keenum to Washington

Washington is bringing on Case Keenum. He won’t help anyone win a fantasy league, but I like the move. He at least gives them another option with some experience and ability as they try to work their way out of salary cap hell.  more »

Around the NFL: Brown blows off Bills

Woke up Friday morning to a report that the Steelers were going to trade Antonio Brown to the Buffalo Bills. Within two cups of coffee, also known as an hour, that deal was dead, reportedly because Brown indicated he wouldn't go there. It's the latest blow in what's been a bad decade for Buffalo and wide receivers.   more »

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Trivia: March 8, 2019

It’s looking increasingly possible that Kyler Murray will be the first pick of the draft – just like teammate Baker Mayfield last year. When was the last time a school had the No. 1 overall pick in back-to-back drafts? Both players are now enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. answer »

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Around the NFL: Kyler Murray

What do we make of Kyler Murray? He’s really small, but he also looks like he’s really good. It’s now looking very likely that he’ll be one of the first two players chosen in the draft.  more »

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