Archive for June, 2011

First and 10: Gates better than Rivers? Not so fast

Antonio Gates is already one of the best offensive tight ends in the history of the league, but did the players get it wrong by ranking him ahead of the man responsible for getting him the ball?

Data Points: Leaders in receiving yards

Logic would dictate that Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Johnson are the top two wideouts in the NFL, but perhaps Roddy White belongs in that discussion.

Three and out: Holdout could affect CJ2K’s value

If Chris Johnson holds out of training camp, fantasy owners who draft him would be wise to grab Javon Ringer late on draft day.

First and 10: ‘Top 100′ list hits superstar territory’

We’re getting into crunch time on NFL Network’s “The Top 100: Players of 2011” list, with players 30-21 revealed on Sunday night.

‘Top 100′ star Foster spreads the Texans praise

In the weeks before Arian Foster was revealed as the No. 25 player on NFL Network’s “The Top 100: Players of 2011″ list, the Houston Texans running back tweeted that he didn’t want to be on the list, instead insisting his offensive line deserved the recognition.

DDFP: Dave FINALLY agrees with the Top 100

Dave and Rank go through numbers 31-to-21 on the Top 100 list, including: whether Phil Rivers belongs so far ahead of draft classmates Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Manning; why Arian Foster is so low; and Roddy White vs. Calvin Johnson. Subscribe to the Dave Dameshek Football Program on iTunes.

Data Points: Top pass rushers’ impact on teams

NFL.com senior analyst Pat Kirwan ranked his top pass rushers Wednesday, with Jared Allen, Dwight Freeney, James Harrison, Julius Peppers, and DeMarcus Ware bringing in the top grades. But how did the Vikings, Colts, Steelers, Bears, and Cowboys — the teams those great players belong to — fare in team sacks?

Three and out: Palmer trade could happen

If Carson Palmer is in fact traded, I’d love to see him land in Miami — for fantasy purposes, of course.

Brooks: Pryor’s a project, but keep him at QB

As a former NFL scout, NFL.com senior analyst Bucky Brooks is a good person to ask about the pro potential of former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor. And during Brooks’ live chat Thursday on NFL.com, a fan asked him about the idea of the fleet-footed Pryor moving to running back in the NFL.

First and 10: Rings offer taste of immortality

The ring’s the thing Friday. While the NFL champion Green Bay Packers received their Super Bowl rings Thursday in a private ceremony, the big ring news today is the release of the new movie Green Lantern.

Is McCoy’s tweet part of a sinister plot?

LeSean McCoy might be an evil genius. The Eagles running back, responding to a story about Osi Umenyiora wanting a new deal, tweeted that the Giants DE is ‘soft, overrated and the third best lineman on New York’s defensive line.’ Is it a plot?

DDFP: Getting our hopes up for football in L.A.

Dave lambasts Adam Rank for his Pick Six list of the NFL players he’d most like to see win a Super Bowl and offers some better alternatives; the fellas debate if the Heat would’ve made the most hated champion in sports history; Dave and Rank choose which of the five teams being talked about for a move to L.A. would make the most sense;  and Dave tells a winning tale about his brush with a beer-filled Stanley Cup.  Oh, it’s sweet. Subscribe to the Dave Dameshek Football Program on iTunes                

Data Points: TD efficiency on long drives

Some of you chimed in on yesterday’s Data Points on “10-Play Drives,” lamenting that the chart did not include how many of those drives resulted in touchdowns.

Three and out: Thomas’ stock could fall soon

Daniel Thomas is considered fantasy’s top rookie, but that could change if the Dolphins add a veteran this summer.

First and 10: Eisen takes his podcast to TV

Thursday is podcast day at the Culver City, Calif., offices of NFL.com and NFL Network. Both Rich Eisen and Dave Dameshek will tape their latest podcasts today –- but there is even more significance this week.

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