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Factoid: Difference-making kickers

Three of the top 7 kicking teams of the last 10 years were on the field in 2017, but what should we make of Greg Zuerlein, Stephen Gostkowski and Harrison Butker? Does past performance indicate future success? Or is it better to fear the inevitable regression to the mean?  more »

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Around the NFL: McCarron joins quarterback market

The window for the Cincinnati Bengals trading AJ McCarron is officially closed. McCarron won a grievance against the team yesterday, with the result being he'll be an unrestricted free agent next month. McCarron's got some questions and a short NFL resume, but he'll probably wind up as the favorite to start somewhere.   more »

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Trivia: February 16, 2018

The Texans, Jaguars and Panthers are the league's youngest franchises (all are under 30 years old). Setting those three aside, what are the only three franchises which haven't drafted a Hall of Fame player in the first round since before the merger? answer »

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Factoid: Whither Tyrod Taylor?

The Bills likely will release Tyrod Taylor. The other option is to keep him and pay him $18 million for the upcoming season, and they’d probably prefer to spend that money in other areas. They apparently have reservations about Taylor’s upside – after all, they started rookie Nathan Peterman ahead of him in a game against the Chargers last year.  more »

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Factoid: Lions poor home for running backs

Dion Lewis will be one of the more desirable free agent running backs, and a story last week suggested the Lions could have an interest. They don't appear to have a viable starter -- Ameer Abdullah hasn't worked out -- and their new head coach, Matt Patricia, is familiar with Lewis from their time together in New England.   more »

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Trivia: February 15, 2018

Kicking legend Ben Agajanian passed away last week at 98. He was the first to instruct holders to place the ball laces out, and he played despite losing four toes in a factory accident when he was in college (like Tom Dempsey, Agajanian wore a specially designed kicking shoe). Playing for teams in the NFL, AFL and All-America Football Conference (which gave us the 49ers and Browns), Agajanian played for nine different teams. Who is the only kicker who has played for even more NFL teams? answer »

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Around the NFL: Raiders kicking Jano to the curb

NFL teams looking for a kicker can start considering Sebastian Janikowski. The Raiders have informed the long-time veteran that he’s not in their plans for 2018, according to an ESPN report.   more »

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Around the NFL: Manziel hoping for comeback

Johnny Manziel last week said he was hoping to make an NFL comeback at some point. He's conceded problems with alcohol and depression, but says he's gotten his life back in order. Whether some NFL team will give him another chance, though, is unclear. Even if he's been able to put his off-field problems in the past, there might not be enough on-field promise for any team to take him on.   more »

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Trivia: February 14, 2018

The Colts have found their new coach, Frank Reich, and he fits a familiar coaching profile – a former quarterback, but one that was never a regular starter at the NFL level. Just like Doug Pederson, Jason Garrett, Hue Jackson, Sean Payton, Pete Carroll and others. Among head coaches in this century, who are the only three who also started more than 20 NFL games at quarterback? Two of these guys coached the same NFL team for two years each and once started in a sort-of-notable NFL game against each other. answer »

Factoid: Backup running backs

What is the value of a backup running back? That is, when it’s the 10th round, does the correct course tend to involve selecting a backup-type running back? Or are we better to look at perhaps a remaining top-20 quarterback or a wide receiver who’s at least starting?  more »

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Around the NFL: 49ers not winning offseason on D

By trading for Jimmy Garoppolo and locking him up with a multi-year deal last week, San Francisco got its offseason off on the right foot. On offense, anyway. But their defense doesn't have a similarly favorable outlook thus far.   more »

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Trivia: February 13, 2018

Tom Brady passed for 505 yards, with no interceptions, in the Super Bowl, yet his team lost. Who is the only other quarterback in the NFL history who's thrown for more than 500 yards, with no picks, in a game that his team lost? answer »

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Factoid: First-round receivers

The Rams are expected to release Tavon Austin. Any takers? He’s a former top-10 pick, but he’s been around for five years without being able to get his career off the ground. It was shocking when the team signed him to a four-year extension worth $42 million prior to the 2016 season.  more »

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Around the NFL: Reich could have right stuff for Luck

The Colts were left at the altar by Josh McDaniels, but they seem to have landed on their feet. Their new head coach is unproven in that role, but he's had a nice recent run as offensive coordinator, especially in terms of working with quarterbacks.   more »

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Trivia: February 12, 2018

Who are the only two head coaches in this century who've lead teams to Super Bowl championships in their first season? answer »

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