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Around the NFL: Jets running backs

There was some discussion yesterday about LeVeon Bell and the Jets backfield. Considering the contract the Jets signed him to, it makes sense that he'd be a workhorse. And maybe that's how things will turn out. But the Jets fired the GM who gave Bell that contract, and head coach Adam Gase might have different ideas.   more »

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Trivia: July 5, 2019

What was the first NFL team to play with logos on its helmets? answer »

Factoid: Arizona Cardinals

I’ve seen some feel-good stories about the Cardinals. Folks seem to like Kyler Murray, and Kliff Kingsbury is trying to do some innovative, aggressive things on offense.   more »

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Around the NFL: Green Bay defense

A story on NFL.com suggests the key to Green Bay getting back to contention this year will be an improved defense. They added a couple of high-priced free agents and used their early draft picks on defenders. So maybe. There's certainly ample room for improvement.   more »

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Trivia: July 4, 2019

Who are the only two owners (both deceased) who won over 400 games as majority owners of franchises? One was born on the Fourth of July. answer »

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Around the NFL: AFC South

Man plans; the fantasy gods laugh. That thought crosses my mind as I’m working my way through today’s news and notes. As carefully as we all try to work our way through each team and each situation, there will be some lesser players who are a lot more productive than we’re expecting.  more »

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Around the NFL: Eagles running backs

Fantasy teams hate committee backfields, but in a position where players are constantly banged-up, it's accepted that probably at least 2 different running backs will be involved on most teams. Then there's the Eagles, with the league's densest committee a year ago -- and early indications are it will be more of the same.   more »

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Trivia: July 3, 2019

Julio Jones went over 100 yards 10 times last year. Who are the only two wide receivers (both retired) who’ve had even more 100-yard games in a season? Who are the only two players who’ve gone over 100 receiving yards 11 times in the same season? answer »

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Around the NFL: Packers receivers

Heading into training camps, my expectation is that Geronimo Allison will emerge as the 2nd-best pass catcher on a Green Bay roster that’s overcrowded with wide receivers. And I’m feeling even stronger about that opinion after reading an article posted at the team’s website.   more »

Trivia: July 2, 2019

Who are the only two non-quarterbacks who’ve fumbled 90 times in their career? These are both retired players (and both are in the Hall of Fame). answer »

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Andy Richardson: The NFL's long offseason

Most of my early career was spent in newspaper journalism, and it was there that I learned that the most significant work done -- the most well-read, anyway -- was what we called the "courts and cops" section. News, sports and entertainment are all important, but the first thing people look for in their local newspaper is who got arrested.   more »

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Around the NFL: David Montgomery

With rookie running backs (outside of franchise-type guys like Saquon Barkley), I tend to take a wait-and-see attitude. I want to see something on the field before I get too interested in committing big resources to go after said player. But it looks like David Montgomery might be creeping out of that class.  more »

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Around the NFL: Giants running backs

Saquon Barkley is the top pick in most fantasy drafts, and it makes sense. He's the main man in the Giants ground game and will very possibly lead the team in receptions too (a year ago his 91 were 14 more than 2nd-ranked Odell Beckham). Protecting that pick with the proper handcuff is iffier.   more »

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Trivia: July 1, 2019

Arizona picked Josh Rosen 10th in the first round last year and in April selected Kyler Murray No. 1 overall. In the Super Bowl era, what is the only other team that has selected quarterbacks in the first round two years in a row? That’s in the standard, regular draft (not the supplemental draft). answer »

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Around the NFL: Donte Moncrief

For the second time in a month, a feel-good story about Donte Moncrief is hitting the news cycle. He’s been underwhelming in recent years, but he seems to be effectively picking up Pittsburgh’s offense.  more »

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