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Factoid: Second-round running backs

We all tend to get excited by the potential of running backs selected in the second round, and I’m as guilty as the next guy. I’m of the school of thought that Joe Mixon and Dalvin Cook will be very good. But when you look closer at the track record of those chosen in the second round, it’s pretty darn awful.  more »

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Around the NFL: John Brown

Those who selected John Brown in fantasy drafts last year got burned. He battled sickle-cell issues that limited his snaps, and he was bothered by a cyst that's since been removed from his spine. Brown is healthy now, and there could be considerable value in 2017 to those who look for a bounce-back.   more »

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Trivia: May 17, 2017

The Browns selected Trent Richardson with a No. 3 overall pick, and it looks like his career is over without him ever running for 1,000 yards in a season. Who are the last three other running backs chosen with top-5 picks who never ran for 1,000 yards in a season? The three players have something in common. answer »

Factoid: Green Bay Packers

Davante Adams had a weird year last season. Of his 75 catches, 12 went for touchdowns. Among wide receivers, with at least 50 catches, that tied for the highest percentage in the league (16 percent).  more »

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Factoid: Rookie sacks, Part 2

Yesterday I ran an item on the top rookie seasons in terms of sacks over the last 20 years, trying to guess what the likelihood of coveted defensive prospects like Miles Garrett and Solomon Thomas might do this season. But it was pointed out to me, better to compare them to previous defensive ends selected near the top of the NFL Draft.   more »

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Trivia: May 16, 2017

Who are the only four quarterbacks in league history to go over 10 years without missing a start? answer »

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Ian Allan: Wide receivers

I notice that receiving production was spread out more last year. That is, the best receivers weren’t as good as usual, and the later receivers were a lot better.   more »

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Factoid: Rookie sacks

The Browns selected Myles Garrett at No. 1 overall, and the 49ers took Solomon Thomas at No. 3. Both players had 8.5 sacks in their final years of college. What should be expected out of them as rookies?   more »

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Trivia: May 15, 2017

Who are the only four quarterbacks currently on rosters who were born in the ‘70s? answer »

Scheduletron: Strength of schedule

I spent a little more time looking at Strength of Schedule. It had been a topic of discussion on Friday. I am not excited about the numbers. Probably best to just leave it alone.  more »

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Around the NFL: Robert Kelley

Washington drafted Samaje Perine in the fourth round, and he's drawing some interest in rookie drafts, with the team's only noteworthy back the undrafted Robert Kelley. Perine is in line for the backup role, and maybe he'll even start right away. Team beat writers don't agree yet.   more »

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Trivia: May 14, 2017

Who are the only three quarterbacks who’ve thrown over 100 touchdown passes with two different teams? answer »

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Factoid: Washington

Going off my gut, I was of the impression that Washington’s offense slipped last year – that it wasn’t as good as in 2015. Certainly, Kirk Cousins had all kinds of problems in the red zone, and Matt Jones got benched halfway through the year. But when you get out the numbers, they tell a slightly different story.  more »

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Around the NFL: Evan Engram

The Giants selected Evan Engram in the first round, making him the second tight end drafted (right after O.J. Howard, ahead of David Njoku). Engram weighs 234 pounds, so he seems more like a big wide receiver than a guy who can line up as a traditional, in-line tight end. But offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan disagrees.   more »

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Trivia: May 13, 2017

What Hall of Fame coach is credited with developing the "moving pocket", the two-tight-end offense, the "stack defense" and the phrase "matriculating the ball down the field". answer »

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