Category: NFL

Philadelphia Eagles Off-Season Moves

The Philadelphia Eagles have been quite active over the last week or more. The biggest question was what they were going to do with Nick Foles. That has been answered. But, aside from Foles the Eagles have been making moves in the right and wrong direction.

Additions: Jackson, Peters back, Malik Jackson

The Eagles traded for former WR DeSean Jackson to bring the beloved Eagles received back to the city of Philadelphia. The Eagles added some speed on the wide out that will open the field up for Carson Wentz and give him a deep threat. Aside from Jackson’s from his age of 32, Jackson still has upside to his game. Jackson has 589 catches for 10,261 yards, averaging 17.4 yards per catch, and 53 touchdowns. Of those numbers, he recorded 356 catches for 6,117 yards and 32 touchdowns with the Eagles. The Eagles received DeSean Jackson and a 2020 7th round pick for a 2019 sixth round pick.

Eagles sign back big-time tackle Jason Peters. This will be Peters 11th season with the Eagles. Peters is 37-years-old and only signed a one-year deal, assuming that this may be his last NFL season. Peters is guaranteed 5.5 million dollars, this will be his 16th NFL season total.

Malik Jackson signs with the Eagles for 3-years, 30 million dollars. Jackson is 29-years-old a proven veteran who made his splash in 2016 and 2017 where he recorded 14.5 sacks in 32 games. Last season Jackson played in 16 games but started in 10 of them and recorded 3.5 sacks all season.

Subtractions: Nick Foles, Michael Bennett

Nick Foles, the Super Bowl MVP, the reason the Eagles had a run in the playoffs in 2019 and brought a championship to the city of Philadelphia has officially left the Eagles. Foles signed a 4-year $88 million deal. Foles will seemingly be the starter in Jacksonville as the Jaguars have transitioned away from Blake Bortles. Foles will now move to the AFC, going to a relatively weaker division than what he was exposed to in Philadelphia. Foles had 1,413 passing yards, 7 touchdowns and 4 interceptions in 2018 but has 11,165 yards, 68 touchdowns, 33 interceptions and 88.5 passer rating in his career.

Michael Bennett was traded to the Patriots. Bennett had 34 combined tackles, 25 total tackles and 9 sacks last season. The Eagles received the Patriots 2020 fifth round pick. This is a major loss for the Eagles.

Still to sign…

Ronald Darby, Golden Tate, Nelson Aghlor, Jordan Hicks,

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What Is The Trade Market For Antonio Brown?

So it seems, Antonio Brown is 100% on the next bus out of Pittsburgh. Brown has been very vocal on Twitter and Instagram. He held an Instagram live video the other day and has been pretty active on Twitter voices his opinions on why he wants out in Pittsburgh and the whole situation.

Now with that said. What is the market for Antonio Brown? Clearly he is going to be traded, clearly teams are going to be interested in him. But, what will teams be looking to give the Steelers for the top, if not the best pass-catching WR in the NFL.

I would have to assume based of Antonio Browns numbers from last year and his career he will cost a first round pick (or two) if it is not two first round picks it would probably be a 1st, 3rd, high-level prospect (someone like a JuJu) and another offensive player.

Browns recent seasons:

2018
Steelers
104
1,297
12.5
78
15
0
0
2017
Steelers
101
1,533
15.2
57
9
0
0

Some teams that are 100% going to be in the market when the time comes are the New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers, Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, Cleveland Browns the reason these are the top teams right now because they have the most cap space and with the addition of Antonio Brown a team will have to be ready to fork over a hefty contract for Brown.

If and when Brown does get traded can we except a trade that would look like:

  • Two 1st round picks, a 3rd round pick, a young top-prospect WR and a WR2/WR3

As of now there is nothing that is being rumored around Brown about where he is going and what the offer sheet is but this is just speculation.

Trevor Lawrence Shoves Kid To Floor During Intramural Basketball Game

I applaud Trevor Lawrence for this kind of compete level and disrespect for kids on the court that think it’s game seven of the NBA Championship. But Lawrence did make this kid go viral and whoever this kid is will forever be known as the kid who got tossed by Lawrence for setting a pick.

This is why some kids should not be allowed to play Intramural sports, the try-hard who set screens not even in the offensive zone. The kid who set a pick on Trevor Lawrence set the pick as the other team (not Lawrence’s) was heading up the court, therefore he set a pick in the back court. Lawrence may have overreacted but still this kid definitely is taking a little too serious.

I think the reason this has gone a little mainstream is because it is a five-star recruit playing Intramural basketball, the QB of a big school who just upset Alabama in the National Championship pushing another kid in an pick up game. Usually we see this type of stuff from the high-school wanna-bee’s who think they could of went D1 if they just got their chance. We typically do not see this stuff from a D1 Football player at a big school, playing on the best team in the nation. Either way I tip my cap to Lawrence. If I was him in this situation I would have done the same thing. It’s unusual to see D1 NCAAF players show a little personality outside of football, therefore I don’t mind stuff like this.

The best part about this is Lawrence commented on one of the videos posted to Instagram saying:

“He wanted to talk the whole game lol. Still probably unnecessary. Sorry folks. #ROYTeam”

Yeah, 1000% good enough apology for me. Carry on.

All in all, have to tip my cap to Lawrence. Even off the field and not playing for a National Championship his competitive drive is there. From my stand point it shows he clearly wants to win another championship this season. I do not know the truth behind this but he could be gunning for the only QB to win a National Championship and Intramural Championship in the same year.

Kyler Murray Picks NFL Over MLB: What Team Fits Him Best?

Kyler Murray, the Heisman trophy winner, the first round overall MLB draftee, and soon to be first-round NFL draftee has been in the news for his decision to go the NFL route over the MLB route. But the MLB route is not out of consideration. By Murray declaring for the draft this allows him to be scouted, drafted and still have the option of football. Either way I think Murry sticks the NFL route throughout his professional career.

A lot of fans find this to be the wrong decision as the NFL has a shorter career expectancy for most athletes than the MLB does. But with the way game has transitioned to protect the QB’s Murray will be fine. Plus the MLB is no slump to make, going through the A, AA, AAA ranks to hopefully and finally get a shot at the MLB is a lot harder than going to the NFL Combine putting up solid numbers and letting time do its part. Murray is going to have a QB job in the NFL at some point. I don’t think he will come in and be a starter right away, but it does depend on the team who drafts him.

Speaking of teams drafting him. Who will take the very athletic, versatile, Oklahoma Sooners QB this draft? We saw the concern and love over Baker Mayfield last year. Mayfield came from the same program, relatively the same height (Murray is two inches shorter), has a better arm and a better football IQ but Murray ranks up similar to Mayfield. Murray although did throw 4,361 yards last year with a 69.0 completion percentage, 42 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. The kid can run the ball too which makes him a very valuable QB much like a Lamar Jackson but with a better arm. Murray had 140 attempts for 1001 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns last season.

Where does he land?

  • Oakland Raiders: The Raiders QB concerns are no secret. David Carr was not happy, Jon Gruden was not happy with Carr and the Raiders need a fix. If they do not land Nick Foles. Murray could possibly be an option but at #7 it may be too high for the Raiders to draft Murray as they have many other concerns to address right now.
  • New York Giants: If Dwayne Haskins the Giants projected first round pick either gets drafted earlier or some other team like the Jaguars trade up to take Haskins the Giants could be left with the decision to go after Murray or get an o-lineman.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars: If the Jaguars do not land Nick Foles this off-season, they do not trade up in the draft it could make sense to draft Murray. Maurice Jones-Drew former Jags running back did a mock draft with Murray landing in Jacksonville. The Jaguars seem to be moving on from Blake Bortles therefore they need a QB.
  • Cincinnati Bengals: The most possible landing spot at #11 this is right around the spot Murray is projected to go in many mock drafts. The Bengals have Andy Dalton aging and they will need a new QB to step in as Dalton only continues to age and regress. Having Murray sit on the bench and watch Dalton for 1-2 years could be very beneficial for his development like a Patrick Mahomes situation.
  • Miami Dolphins: With the uncertainty of Ryan Tannehill every season the Dolphins cannot call in Jay Cutler once again or Brock Osweiler to come in fix the damage. They can draft Murray let him get a year of NFL play under his belt and be ready for the following year more experienced and tenured.

BREAKING NEWS: Joe Flacco Traded To Denver Broncos

It seems as if the Baltimore Ravens are fully on board with moving forward and building their offense and team around Lamar Jackson. As the news surfaced the Twitter sphere reported by Adam Schefter the Denver Broncos have mutually agreed to terms with former Super Bowl MVP QB Joe Flacco.

The Broncos new head coach Vic Fangio spent one season in Baltimore and seemed to like Flacco along with former Broncos executive Gary Kubiak. This seems to be a solid landing spot for Flacco.

Flacco will immediately come in and compete/steal the job of Case Keenum. Keenum went 6-10 with 62.3 completion percentage, 18 touchdowns, 15 interceptions, 3,890 passing yards.

Per Adam Schefter the trade cannot be processed or announced until March 13th, 2019. The new year for the NFL.

BREAKING NEWS: But Not Breaking News Because We All Knew It Was Coming, Cleveland Browns Sign Kareem Hunt

The Browns did exactly what we all knew they were going to do. They signed Kareem Hunt. The Kansas City Chiefs star running back that got into domestic violence trouble this past year. Was released by the Chiefs weeks before the playoffs and there were a lot rumors about who would sign them. Some thought the Patriots, some thought the Eagles, but mainly everyone thought the Browns and the Browns did it. Hunt was placed on the commissioners exempt list after a video of him kicking a women came to surface in February.

We are not sure what the deal is, money wise yet but it is said to be one-year. Hunt rushed for 827 yards, 7 touchdowns, 4.6 yards per attempt, 26 receptions, 378 receiving yards and 7 receiving touchdowns before getting cut by Kansas City. In 2017 he rushed for 1327 yards, 8 touchdowns, catching 53 passes for 455 yards and 3 touchdowns. Let’s see what kind of controversy this stirs and what the Browns can do with one of the bets running backs in the NFL.

More to come.

 

 

The New England Patriots Are NOT Underdogs in Super Bowl LIII vs Los Angeles Rams

It almost feels as if the Los Angeles Rams have already lost the Super Bowl. I really do not, for the life of me understand how the Patriots and their fans can continue this underdog story line.

Under dogs? How can a five-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady and Bill Belichick be considered Super Bowl under dogs? Not to mention, Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski and the other slew of Patriots players with Super Bowl experience. The Patriots are going into a game where the Rams have one of the youngest coaches in sports, a young Jared Goff, a young Todd Gurley and overall an inexperienced defense and offense.

Looking at the graphic above, can someone tell me how the Patriots can even be considered under dogs?

Regular season numbers Patriots vs Rams

The Rams finished the regular season with a 13-3 record, 527 points scored for, 6,738 total yards of offense, 6.4 yards per offensive play, 19 team turnovers lost, 368/568 of passes completed, 4,507 passing yards, 32 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, 2,231 rushing yards, 23 rushing touchdowns and 4.9 rushing yards per attempt.

VS

The Patriots 11-5, two more loses and two less wins, wow! 436 points for (91 point difference) 6,295 total yards (443 yard difference), 5.9 yards per offensive play (.5 difference), 18 team turnovers lost (1 difference), 378/574 of completed passes (Patriots 65% vs Rams 64%), 4,258 passing yards (249 yard difference), 29 touchdowns (3 TD difference) 11 interceptions, 2,037 rushing yards (194 yard difference), 18 rushing touchdowns (5 RTD difference), 4.3 rushing yards per attempt (.6 difference).

OK, now take a moment to look over these numbers and tell me how in god the Rams are so MUCH better than the Patriots. These are regular season numbers alone too, not even talking the playoffs. The Rams by no means dominated the Patriots in terms of numbers in the regular season.

Playoff numbers Patriots vs Rams

Let’s look at playoff numbers than, fine if you asked for it!! 

The Patriots have a 71.1 percent completion percentage, 691 yards, 7.7 average passing yards, 345.5 passing yards per game, two touchdowns and two interceptions, 38 first downs, 39 points per game and 78 points total, 331 rushing yards, 4.0 average rushing yards, 165.5 rushing yards per game, and eight rushing touchdowns.

VS 

The Rams 59.4 percent completion percentage, 487 passing yards, 7.2 passing yards per play, 243.5 passing yards per game, one touchdown and one interception, 25 first downs, 28 points per game and 56 points total. 350 rushing yards, 4.7 rushing yards per play, 175 rushing yards per game, and four rushing touchdowns.

Patriots are NOT underdogs, stop.

The Patriots clearly are better than the Rams in the playoffs in the air and about equal on the ground. The best advantage the Rams have is their defensive line and linebackers. If the Rams can pressure Brady, have their front four-five press all game and cause chaos and Brady to move out of the pocket than yes the Rams can win this game. A lot easier said than done. The Rams are not going to out play the Patriots on the offensive side of the ball, the Patriots will manage the clock as they always do, they will make timely first down plays, run the ball and pass the ball equally well and probably dominate the Rams in terms total yards.

After looking at these numbers from the regular season and playoffs, looking at the Patriots Super Bowl/playoff experience, Belichick vs McVay, the story line of Gronkowski probably playing his last game in the NFL, Brady nearing the end of his career and looking at the POSSIBILITY of this being his last Super Bowl. The Patriots being in their fourth Super Bowl in five years.

I think you have to be on crack to think the Patriots are even the SLIGHTEST bit of under dogs heading into this game.