Brandt: No surprise if Asomugha back in Oakland

Many NFL observers believe it’s a foregone conclusion Nnamdi Asomugha won’t be back in Oakland. Not NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt, who believes the team’s owner is a wild card.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

Portrait Session: Hines Ward

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Hines Ward during a portrait session at the NFL Network Studio on Wednesday.

La Canfora: Possible replacements for Haynesworth

The Washington Redskins, clearly in a rebuilding mode, have a few areas in need of improvement. But when NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora was asked during his Wednesday chat about what the Redskins need to do when free agency begins, he had focused on one position.

Data Points: Long drives will become crucial

With new kickoff rules in place, clubs that will have the most success are those that can sustain longer drives. Here’s a look at the number of 10-play drives every team was able to manufacture in 2010. Not surprisingly, the Colts led the NFL in this suddenly more relevant category.

First and 10: Ward dances his way into the studio

Twinkle-toes himself, reigning “Dancing With the Stars” champ Hines Ward, will be visiting the NFL.com and NFL Network offices Wednesday afternoon. Be on the lookout for the Steelers receiver to be featured here on NFL.com as well as on “NFL Total Access” on NFL Network tonight. In fact, Ward will join us for a live chat this afternoon at 5 p.m. ET.

A few minutes with … Dhani Jones

Some players might be at a loss for what to do during the NFL lockout, but Dhani Jones isn’t one of them.

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