Archive for August, 2012

Robert Griffin III’s ‘NCAA Football 13’ cover shoot

Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III will be on the cover of EA Sports NCAA 13, and here’s a sneak preview of his cover shoot.

NFL fantasy football: John Skelton named Cardinals starter

Finally, our long national nightmare is over — John Skelton will be the Arizona Cardinals starting quarterback in Week 1. That answers the only real question surrounding the QB competition in the desert; namely, what would it mean for Larry Fitzgerald. After watching that duo duke it out in the preseason, it was plain to see that there would be little to no fantasy draft value there. But with Skelton besting Kevin Kolb, it adds a little something extra to Fitz’s value. The perennial fantasy monster had another big year in 2011, but his best weeks came with Skelton under center. Of course, just because John Skelton is the starter now doesn’t mean he’ll still be the starter two or three months from […]

Unexpected (and expected): Rex Ryan is confident

Don’t look so surprised. That’s right, the next time the toe meets the leather in an NFL game, it will be for real! But before we take some time to look forward to the upcoming NFL season (and be sure to check out our experts picks), it’s time to look back at the weird, wild and just plain wacky from Week 4 of the NFL preseason.

NFL fantasy football: Peyton Hillis could be a steal

Should Kansas City Chiefs running back Peyton Hillis be considered a legitimate No. 2 option in fantasy football drafts?

Why did the Patriots cut backup QB Brian Hoyer? Well…

A quick explanation during a busy cut-down day on one interesting move… The Patriots pulled off a mild surprise when they released backup QB Brian Hoyer earlier today. That means 2011 third-round pick and uber-talented Ryan Mallett is the backup to QB Tom Brady. (I wrote all about him here in this blog series) So, why did this happen? A few things… Mallett had begun taking the No. 2 reps before the Patriots played the Eagles in preseason, a sure sign he was progressing. While he started the fourth preseason game, I’m told the original plan was to start Hoyer to showcase him for teams that were interested. In case teams faced QB injuries, the Patriots wanted Hoyer to get […]

Charley Casserly: Maurice Jones-Drew wrong to hold out

Charley Casserly blasts Maurice Jones-Drew, saying the Jacksonville Jaguars’ star running back is in the wrong.

Welcome to the day that everyone hates: It’s Cut-Down Day

Well, this should be a crazy day. And for about 700 players, a really, really sad day. It’s Cut-Down Day. When NFL teams go from 75 people on their roster to 53 by 8 p.m. Central. Coaches take a bunch of guys who have worked insanely hard for their dreams and tell them it wasn’t worth it. It sucks all around. And then, when guys think they’ve made it, teams trade for a few more guys, and they get cut, anyway. It’s not even bittersweet… it’s just bitter. “It’s one of the worst days that we have as players and coaches in this league,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “Maybe more than anything we want to thank them for the effort.” […]

Fantasy football: Kenny Britt suspension helps value

Is the one game suspension for Tennessee Titans’ Kenny Britt actually good news for fantasy football owners?

Former NFL QB Doug Flutie goes back in time to discuss his most memorable pro moment

Earlier in the summer, former NFL star Doug Flutie weighed in on what he perceived as bias against short people in the NFL. He is close with Russell Wilson, and it seems the Seahawks aren’t among those who think that way. But anyway, Flutie spoke to me while doing publicity for a campaign that is just now being unveiled. Flutie and Broncos executive John Elway both star in Dove’s campaign, Journey to Comfort, coming to your TV screen. This is the news release, and here are a bunch of videos with the ex-players sharing some stories. Classic material. Anyway, I asked Flutie about all of this when we spoke. Want to see our Q and A? Me: Can you explain the […]

Fantasy football: Curtis Brinkley a better handcuff option

Is San Diego Chargers running back Curtis Brinkley a better fantasy football handcuff to Ryan Mathews even though he’s expected to be third on the depth chart?

Comparing 2012 NFL rookies to their contemporaries

The 2012 season is just days away from kicking off and this looks like an exciting season with a lot of big-name rookies expected to make a huge impact. But you can’t talk about those rookies without the inevitable comparisons. Here’s a look at some of the top rookies and how they compare to their contemporaries.

Why this year’s Hard Knocks experience should make more want to follow in the Dolphins footsteps…

When presenting an argument, it can be important to disclose your bias off the top. We all have them in some form or another, and doing so can assist in clarity. I’ll do that now in saying that I love HBO’s Hard Knocks. I was a big fan of the show before, and this season featuring the Miami Dolphins has only increased that. It’s must-TiVo TV. So, some of this, I’m sure, is presented through that prism — I want the show to continue. Knowing all that, my point is this: The Dolphins have come off extremely well in Hard Knocks. And this experience should make other teams fall over themselves to be featured next year. I’m starting to realize […]

Doug Williams: Climate changed ‘tremendously’ for black QBs

Doug Williams became the first post-merger African-American quarterback selected in round one of the NFL draft in 1978 when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers grabbed the Grambling State signal caller with the 17th pick.

Cam Newton and Robert Griffin III were drafted No. 1 and No. 2 overall, respectively, in the past two NFL drafts.

NFL fantasy football: Jay Cutler undervalued

With added weapons and a new offensive scheme, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is expected to excel both on the field and in fantasy football this season.

My story: XLVII things I’m looking forward to this season… and other previewy stuff

This week on, we’re rolling out our preview material for the season that begins a week from today. It’s something to behold. There are picks from all of us coming daily on our MVP predictions, rookie of the year, Super Bowl teams, etc. Lots of stuff to debate… and yes, I’m the dude who picked Michael Vick as my MVP for this year. I’m sticking by that. Here is our ever-growing list of predictions, containing all the picks from the last few days. Discuss away. And this is my XLVII things I’m looking forward to this season, a massive list that, of course starts with Tebowmania. Sorry, I just can’t help it. Cool. Now, can we start the season?

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