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Factoid: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Doug Martin was pretty awful last year, averaging only 2.9 yards per carry. Is there any chance of this guy turning things around? Some of the problems were no doubt tied to the offensive line, but I remember journeyman Jacquizz Rodgers coming in to close out the San Diego game and outplaying him.   more »

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Around the NFL: Scouts weigh in on draft's top prospects

Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel annually runs a series on the top college prospects at each position. He polls a dozen or so NFL scouts and executives and has them rank the quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers. It's an interesting glimpse into how the players might go in next weekend's draft (which starts Thursday night).   more »

Trivia: April 23, 2017

The draft begins on Thursday, with Cleveland holding both the 1st and 12th picks in the first round. Who are the only other two teams in this century that have selected two players in the top 12 of a draft? With both of the teams, it happened in the same year. answer »

Factoid: Jacksonville Jaguars

I think we will see a different mindset with Jacksonville’s offense this year. I think they want to run the ball more, taking a lot off Blake Bortles’ plate in a last-gasp attempt (a futile attempt, perhaps) to get his career off the ground. It’s a switch that started to occur last year.   more »

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Around the NFL: Eric Ebron

Eric Ebron caught 61 passes for 711 yards last season, both career highs. But three seasons into his career, it's debatable whether he's lived up to his first-round draft status, and whether the Lions should cast their lot with him going forward.   more »

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Trivia: April 22, 2017

What team has attempted the most passes over the last two years? answer »

Scheduletron: NFL schedule

When the schedule comes out, I always start by flipping to Week 17. I like to see who’s missing out on some of the best matchups (and who gets to duck some good defenses).  more »

Andy Richardson: Fantasy tidbits from the NFL schedule

The NFL released its full schedule last night, which is always fun. I don't really think you should draft or not draft players based too heavily on the schedule, but there are some interesting things that can be taken from it to break ties between closely ranked players.   more »

Trivia: April 21, 2017

What three quarterbacks have won 60-plus games in the last six years? answer »

Ian Allan: Elite tight ends

It looks like an unusually good year for tight ends, with O.J. Howard and David Njoku leading the way. But those who have been burned in the past by the likes of Eric Ebron, Kyle Brady, Rickey Dudley and Johnny Mitchell know the pitfalls of getting too excited about the prospects of a tight end prospect who’s seemingly the next big thing.   more »

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Around the NFL: Tyler Eifert

Tyler Eifert is one of the league's very best tight ends, but as with other elite players at this position (Rob Gronkowski, Jordan Reed) you're taking on considerable injury risk. Eifert underwent offseason back surgery, dealing with an issue that caused him to miss eight games last season. He also missed three games in 2015.   more »

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Trivia: April 20, 2017

Ezekiel Elliott and Tyreek Hill both had big rookie seasons, scoring 12-plus touchdowns (Elliott finished with 16). Who are the only other eight active players who scored at least 12 TDs in their first season? answer »

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Factoid: Houston Texans

Houston had the unusual offense last year, consistently stalling for field goals. The offense attempted 41 field goals while scoring only 23 touchdowns. No other team finished with more than 9 more field goal attempts than touchdowns. So that’s seemingly a nice selling point for Nick Novak, who knocked in 127 points last year.  more »

Factoid: O.J. Howard

O.J. Howard is the consensus top tight end in this year's draft, a status enforced when he ran a 4.51 at the combine -- crazy fast for a tight end that weighs 251 pounds. But he was never a huge part of the passing game at Alabama, never catching more than 45 passes or 3 TDs in his four seasons. Should teams be concerned?  more »

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Trivia: April 19, 2017

What is the only team that currently has three wide receivers who were chosen in the first round? answer »

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