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Andy Richardson: First-round recap

The first round of the NFL Draft has finally come and gone. We no longer need to speculate where the top quarterbacks, running backs and pass catchers will go; we know. Some thoughts on the biggest stories from the night and the winners, losers and incompletes thus far.   more »


Trivia: April 30, 2021

Aaron Rodgers, Deshaun Watson and Russell Wilson all threw at least 33 touchdown passes last year, and they all (to at least some degree) have indicated they would prefer to be traded to a new team. In NFL history, who is the only other quarterback who has thrown 30-plus touchdowns in a season, then played for a different team the following year? answer »

Around the NFL: Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown has re-signed with the Bucs. That keeps intact one of the league’s best trios of wide receivers – and could make crowding an issue with Tampa Bay’s passing game.  more »


Around the NFL: Steelers running backs

The drumbeat for the Steelers selecting a first-round running back is only getting louder. Najee Harris, Travis Etienne, Javonte Williams -- all seem like reasonable possibilities. If it happens, that player immediately merits early consideration in fantasy drafts.   more »


Trivia: April 29, 2021

Many believe Pittsburgh will use its first-round pick on Najee Harris. That’s notable in that the Steelers once upon a time used their first-round choice on Franco Harris – same last name, same round and same position. On that front, what’s the only team that has used two top-10 picks on skill-position players with the same last name who played the same position? These retired players (not running backs) were chosen in back-to-back drafts. answer »


Around the NFL: Teddy Bridgewater

Two of the teams considered candidates to select quarterbacks in the first round have just exchanged a quarterback. Teddy Bridgewater is on the move, leaving Carolina for Denver.   more »


Around the NFL: Smaller college backs

There's minimal disagreement over the top 3 running back prospects. Najee Harris, Travis Etienne and Javonte Williams, in some order, should be the first ones selected at the end of the week. Looks like a drop to No. 4, with various candidates. Including Memphis' Kenneth Gainwell.   more »


Trivia: April 28, 2021

What division has currently gone the longest without picking a player No. 1 overall? answer »

Around the NFL: Tim Boyle

I was surprised to see the size of the contract the Lions gave Tim Boyle. They not only signed him, they gave him a contract that will make him an above-average backup quarterback, salary wise.  more »


Around the NFL: Courtland Sutton

How will Courtland Sutton bounce back from last season's torn ACL? That's a question that will have a major effect on Denver's offense this year. Sutton has been great when on the field, and the Broncos passing game -- which may or may not have a new quarterback -- should look a lot better with a healthy Sutton atop the depth chart.  more »


Trivia: April 27, 2021

Cincinnati is mulling whether to select JaMarr Chase with the 5th pick of the draft. That would give them a combination that worked together at the college level. Both Chase and Joe Burrow played at Louisiana State. With that in mind, what current NFL receiver has twice gone over 1,000 receiving yards while catching passes from a quarterback who came from his same school? answer »

Factoid: Running but not catching

The Patriots have the weird deal where they don’t throw to their starting running back. More so than other teams, they like to have a back who runs, with more of a pass-catching specialist playing in spread formations.  more »

Around the NFL: Julio Jones

The NFL Draft is this week, and the wild reports about what might happen or not happen are coming fast and furious. One out this morning that's kind of interesting is the possibility of the Falcons trading Julio Jones. There's some degree of logic to it.   more »


Trivia: April 26, 2021

The Patriots last year scored 8 more touchdowns rushing rather than passing. What were the last two offenses to finish with an even larger difference between TD runs and passes? The two teams are from the same division, and they had the same head coach in their two run-dominated seasons. answer »


Factoid: Tight end combos

I’m interested to see what the Patriots do with their new tight ends. Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith are both capable tight ends, and Bill Belichick has a history of successfully using multiple players at the position.  more »


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