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SPRING 2020 – SEASON OF CHANGE

With the NFL season about to kick off, after college football wet our beaks on Thursday, its an opportune time to think about how the two will converge next spring. Next off season could see a wave of change at the quarterback position throughout the leage. A change so sweeping that the league has never seen it before. Consider for a moment all the starting quarterbacks who have contracts set to expire at the end of the league year: Phillip Rivers Dak Prescott Jacoby Brissett Tom Brady Drew Brees Jameis Winston Marcus Mariota A few more quarterbacks could be cut…

WELCOME TO THE NFL – SEASON PREVIEW

BEFORE YOU GET TOO FAR, TAKE A MOMENT AND CONSIDER A CHARITABLE DONATION: PUTTING THE FUN IN FUNDRAISING   Eight days from now the NFL will kick off the 100th season of pro football as the Green Bay Packers will be traveling to Soldier Field to take on the Chicago Bears. The league opted to forgo the usual practice of the reigning champs opening the league year in favor of bringing us one of the league’s premier rivalries. So when the league kicks off next Thursday night, what can we expect from its 32 members? A little bit from every team:…

TRADE BAIT

The Patriots completed week 3 of the pre-season with a hollow victory over the Carolina Panthers. During the game linebacker and special teams standout Brandon King was lost for the season. Its not likely that you’ll see too many, if any starters play any significant minutes next Thursday when they play the Giants in the pre-season finale. The real question now is who will be on the sidelines when the season opens September 8th versus the Steelers. We’ve taken one swing as camp opened on what that roster may look like. But we’re baseball fans around here, and the at…

COMPACT FANTASY CHEAT SHEET

All right, I know what you pervs are thinking. A fantasy article? Is this where we all discuss being rubbed down by Mila Kunis on a tropical island? No, but feel free to start that discussion in the comment section. Bonus points to those of you that worked Julianne Hough into the fantasy. But seriously though, we’re gonna do a quick review for those of you cramming for your fantasy football drafts who did absolutely no work. Paid no attention to off season news, and don’t want to comb through the zillions of magazines out there to help you. We’re…

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS ROSTER PROJECTION: Camp Try 1.0

With training camp well under way its time to pause, because seemingly everyone is, and put out a roster projection for the reigning world champion New England Patriots. We won’t spend a whole lot of time on explanations here, but the nuts and bolts of how we expect it to break down. Of course injuries are going to happen and that will effect the end result, plus Nick Caserio and Bill Belichick continually churn the bottom of the roster, from now through the superbowl, but in spite of knowing this exercise is like pissing in the wind, we’re going unzip…

TEAM PREVIEW: PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Team: Philadelphia Eagles 2018 Record: 9-7 Notable Off-Season Moves: Lost Jay Ajayi, Jordan Hicks, Jordan Matthews, Golden Tate, Chris Long, and Michael Bennett. Saw the return of former Eagles: Desean Jackson, and Vinny Curry from Tampon Bay. Added linebackers L.J. Fort, and Zach Brown Traded for Jordan Howard, and added veterans Malik Jackson and Andrew Sendejo. Had their Carson Wentz insurance policy lapse, aka, Nick Foles headed south for the winter. Offensive Outlook:  In a word, good. In another word, precarious. Granted the Eagles precarious position is not one where they’re alone. Many, if not all NFL teams would experience a…

TEAM PREVIEW: DALLAS COWGIRLS

Team: Dallas Cowgirls 2018 Record: 10-6 Notable Off-Season Moves:  Lost slot receiver Cole Beasley to the Bills Replaced Beasley with Randall Cobb from Green Bay Lost David Irving to the Cheech and Chong convention Added veteran safety George Iloka Coaxed Jason Witten out of retirement Traded for veteran pass rusher Robert Quinn Offensive Outlook:  The mid-season trade that landed Amari Cooper revitalized the Cowgirls offense. But now the task of having to pay Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, and Amari Cooper seems daunting. A return to health, hopefully, of all pro center Travis Frederick will go a long way towards restoring the offensive…

TEAM PREVIEW: WASHINGTON REDSKINS

Team: Washington Redskins 2018 Record: 7-9 Notable Off Season Moves:  Lost wide receivers Jamison Crowder, and Maurice Harris to free agency. Brought in Case Keenum via trade and Dwayne Haskins via the draft to compete with Colt McCoy at Quarterback Signed Landon Collins away from their divisional rival New York Giants Offensive Outlook:  Its really tough to say. Of course Quarterback is the most important position on the field. So until we know who will be under center for Washington do we really know what to expect? Or is the fact that we don’t know who that will be, tell us everything…

TEAM PREVIEW: NEW YORK GIANTS

Team: New York Giants 2018 Record: 5-11 Notable off season moves: Traded away Odell Beckham Jr. and Olivier Vernon Used 3 first round picks for QB Daniel Jones, DT Dexter Lawrence, and CB DeAndre Baker Acquired OG Kevin Zeitler, WR Golden Tate, Jabrill Peppers Lost Landon Collins in free agency Offensive Outlook:  The question that’ll be asked ad nauseum in the Big Apple is when will Eli give way to Duke’s Daniel Jones whom the Giants selected with the 6th pick in this spring’s draft. Clearly Eli’s ability to lead a competitive NFL franchise has disappeared, much like Giant fan’s…

DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH

The NFL draft’s first round comes with all the bells and whistles. The commissioner announces all the picks, its in prime time, and all eyes are turned to the stage to see who gets picked next. Day two of the draft, the second and third round really lays the foundation for whether or not teams will succeed. These are the guys you’ve probably seen on Saturdays, or at the very least on Sportscenter that night. But its on day three where NFL executives earn the paychecks and build their reputations. Its on this day when they lean heavily on the…