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A Bunch of Stuff You Might Have Missed Because the Internet is Vast (5-30-13)

Gronk back surgery is minor

via FieldYates – The agent for New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski told a Miami sports radio station Thursday that the upcoming surgery on his client’s back is not serious, and its recovery timetable will be “very comparable to the amount of time he would miss” after a fourth surgery on his forearm. A league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Gronkowski will undergo the operation in mid-to-late June and that it will be performed by noted back specialist Robert…[Read more]

Steve Smith: I want to play 15-16 seasons

via ChrisWesseling – Among active players, only Tony Gonzalez(14,268) and Reggie Wayne (13,063) have more receiving yards than Carolina Panthers wideout Steve Smith’s 11,452. By the time Smith retires, he could flirt with 14,000 yards and a spot in the top-10 on the NFL’s all-time list. Entering his 13th season, Smith told the Associated Press on Thursday that he wants to play “15 or 16 years” in the NFL, which would take him through the 2015 or 2016 seasons. There’s no reason to believe Smith can’t…[Read more]

Fantasy RB Situations for Every NFL Team

Arizona Cardinals: Committee The Arizona Cardinals are a running back situation that I’m staying away from in 2013. Not because I don’t like their running backs, but because there’s so many of them. Rashard Mendenhall is expected to be the starter, but right behind him is 2011 second round draft pick Ryan Williams. Behind Mendenhall and Williams are two 2013 picks in Stepfan Taylor (round five) and Andre Ellington (round six). Mendenhall and Williams both missed significant playing…[Read more]

Fleener showing early signs of progress

INDIANAPOLIS —Andrew Luck took a deep dropback near midfield Wednesday afternoon, sending his wide receivers sprinting toward the goal line. After a moment to give his targets time to create some separation, Luck took a few steps forward in the pocket and unleashed a high-arcing pass. When gravity finally re-exerted control, the football nestled into the hands of tight end Coby Fleener — who somehow, inexplicably, was wide open at the front of the end zone. As if…[Read more]

Suggs tells Crabtree to take his time with Achilles

While expecting 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree to miss the season because of last week’s torn Achilles seems the conventional wisdom, some point to Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs’ comeback a year ago from the same injury as a reason for hope. But Suggs said it’s hard to compare injuries, and pointed out that even though he was on the field the end of last season, he was far from himself. “I was still effective against the run because you…[Read more]

Buccaneers can be lovable again

via espn_nfcsouth – Bucs fans can get excited: RB Doug Martin, CB Darrelle Revis and QB Josh Freeman. TAMPA, Fla. – Of all places, the answer to a question I’d been pondering about four years came in a casual conversation over Memorial Day weekend. Since about 2009, I’ve been wondering why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had trouble drawing big crowds to Raymond James Stadium and why there seems to be so much indifference…[Read more]

Examining Pressure: QB Play

After diving into the effects of pressure as it comes from various positions and going further in-depth on the overrated left tackle position, it’s time to take a look at how individual quarterbacks are affected by different types of pressure. The first two pieces consist of a more general view of the NFL, and perhaps they’ve already helped influence at least one team’s NFL Draft strategy, but this breakdown is looking for trends in specific quarterback performance. Are some quarterbacks…[Read more]

Does the Sophomore Slump Really Exist?

I’m always skeptical of alliterations (which typically are phrases where two or more words start with the same sound) because sometimes it’s just too tempting to force a theory to make a snappy saying work. I’ve always wondered if the sophomore slump fell into this category, so I decided to test the theory in the realm of fantasy football. What is a sophomore slump? Simply put, it’s the theory that successful rookie players will have a less successful…[Read more]

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