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Tyrell Williams to the Oakland Raiders

At one stage, Tyrell Williams looked like the shining jewel in the crown of the 2019 crop of free agent wide receivers. Finally, it seemed that The Gazelle would emerge from the shadow of Keenan Allen and become the leading light in a different WR room, and hopefully become the star that many1 truly believed he could be. A few of the teams thought to be likely suitors for Williams, namely the Bills and the Eagles, went in different directions as free agency began. The Bills, after being rebuffed by Antonio Brown, signed John Brown to stretch the field for Josh Allen…....

2016 5th Year Options: Who Will Be Picked Up?

Before we get into the heart of this piece, maybe I should briefly explain just what it is I’m talking about. Well, under the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement, all first-round draft picks have to sign four-year deals, with a team option for a fifth year. This option has to be exercised by the March before their fourth year. For players drafted in the top 10, the cost of the fifth year is the average of the top 10 salaries in the NFL at that player’s position in the fourth year of their contracts. For players drafted anywhere in the range of…...

Free Agency Preview: Will Washington Be a Major Player in The Trade Market?

Neil Dutton reviews Washington’s 2018 season, outlines players the team could lose to free agency and offers his thoughts on potential reinforcements the team should look to sign. 2018 IN SUMMARY Heading into a Week 11 home game against the Houston Texans, Washington was 6-3 and very much in the hunt for the NFC East title. After a 23-21 loss in a game that saw them lose quarterback Alex Smith to a horrific broken leg, they would go on to win just one more game all season. Their 7-9 record secured the third spot in the division for a third straight season,…...

Free Agency Preview: Raiders Have a Whole Heap of Holes

Neil Dutton reviews the Oakland Raiders 2018 season, outlines players the team could lose to free agency and offers his thoughts on potential reinforcements the team should look to sign. 2018 IN SUMMARY 2018 was the first year of the second coming of Jon Gruden for the Oakland Raiders, and it is fair to say that it wasn’t exactly a banner one. The Raiders posted a 4-12 record, landing them at the bottom of the AFC West. They had no winning streaks all year but did have runs of three and five consecutive losses at various points of the season. The…...

Free Agency Preview: Lions Need to Give Matthew Stafford More Weapons

Neil Dutton reviews the Detroit Lions 2018 season, outlines players the team could lose to free agency and offers his thoughts on potential reinforcements the team should look to sign. 2018 IN SUMMARY After back to back 9-7 campaigns, the Detroit Lions brought the Jim Caldwell era to an end after the 2017 season. In his stead, they appointed New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. It’s safe to say that the season was something of a let-down, as the Lions finished 6-10 and fourth in the NFC North. They had one run of back-to-back wins, beating the Packers 31-23 in Week 5…...

Free Agency Preview: Eagles Feel the Need for Speed

Neil Dutton reviews the Philadelphia Eagles 2018 season, outlines players the team could lose to free agency and offers his thoughts on potential reinforcements the team would like to sign. 2018 IN SUMMARY A year after a 13-3 regular season record, not to mention a victory in the Super Bowl, the Philadelphia Eagles didn’t have it all their own way in 2018. Thanks in no small part to a three-game winning streak to close out the year, they finished with a 9-7 mark. This was good enough for a second-place finish in the NFC East, and a Wild Card berth in…...

Dallas Goedert : A Look Back at His Rookie Season

Continuing our look back at the 2018 rookie crop, our attention turns now to Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert. Despite a Christian name that is not exactly a popular word around Philly, Goedert was able to do enough in his first season to convince Eagles fans that Dallas doing well isn’t always a bad thing…....

Room to Improve : A look at Mike Gesicki’s Rookie Season

We come to Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki in our latest look back on the 2018 rookie crop. Gesicki entered his debut season with high hopes and expectations, even taking into account the relative difficulty rookie TEs have in becoming productive immediately. It is probably fair to say that he came nowhere close to meeting these standards. Although to be truthful, the blame for this “failure” does not sit squarely with Gesicki…....

The Jets Have a Tight End? – Christopher Herndon’s Rookie Review

With the 2018 NFL season now seeming a long way in the past, we are continuing our look back at the performances of some of the players for whom 2018 was their first taste of NFL action. In this piece, we’ll look at a player who achieved the rarest of feats – he was a productive tight end for the New York Jets. Take a bow, Christopher Herndon. We’ll take a look back at the positives, and negatives, of Herndon’s first year in the NFL from a numbers point of view. We’ll also look at a few players who enjoyed a…...

Making His Mark – A Look Back at Mark Andrews’ Rookie Season

With the 2018 NFL season now seeming a long way in the past, we are continuing our look back at the performances of some of the players for whom 2018 was their first taste of NFL action. Here, we focus our attention on one of the two tight ends drafted by the Baltimore Ravens last spring — namely, Mark Andrews. We’ll take a look back at the positives, and negatives, of Andrews’ first year in the NFL from a numbers point of view. We’ll also look at a few players who enjoyed a similar rookie season to Andrews. This is to see…...

Rookie Review: Josh Adams

Continuing our look back at the 2018 rookie class, the white-hot light of our attention falls on Eagles running back Josh Adams. A long shot to even make the roster back in September, Adams ended up leading the Eagles in rushing yards. But he was far from a superstar in 2018. We’ll take a look back at the positives, and negatives, of Adams first year in the NFL. We’ll also look at a few players who enjoyed a similar rookie season to Adams and see how they followed it up in Year 2 and beyond…....

Historical Comps for Sony Michel’s Rookie Season

Continuing our look back at the 2018 rookie class, we turn our attention to the man who scored the only touchdown of Super Bowl LIII, Sony Michel. A few eyebrows were raised when the Patriots spent a first-round draft pick on the former Georgia Bulldog, and there may still be a few long-term question marks surrounding him. We’ll take a look back at the positives, and negatives, of Michel’s first year in the NFL. We’ll also look at a few players who enjoyed a similar rookie season to Michel and see how they followed it up in Year 2 and beyond…....

Historical Comps for Gus Edwards’ Rookie Season

Continuing our look back at the 2018 rookie class, we turn our attention to Baltimore Ravens running back Gus Edwards. Edwards was far from a household name heading into the season, but he ended it as the lead back on one of the NFL’s most run-heavy offenses. We’ll take a look back at the positives, and negatives, of Edwards’ first year in the NFL. We’ll also look at a few players who enjoyed a similar rookie season to Edwards and see how they followed it up in Year 2 and beyond…....

Historical Comps for Nick Chubb’s Rookie Season

Continuing our look back at the 2018 rookie class, we turn our attention to Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb. Baker Mayfield stole most of the headlines and earned much of the acclaim for the Browns 2018 resurgence. But Chubb’s contributions should not be ignored…....

Historical Comps for Phillip Lindsay’s Rookie Season

Continuing our look back at the 2018 rookie class, it is time to look back on the performances of one of the most surprising first-year stars of the last football season. Namely, Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay…....

Historical Comps for Kerryon Johnson’s Rookie Season

With the 2018 NFL regular season now in the rearview mirror, it is time to look back on the performances of some of the players finishing their first season in the pros. Next up is running back Kerryon Johnson of the Detroit Lions…....

Historical Comps for Saquon Barkley’s Rookie Season

With the 2018 NFL regular season now in the rearview mirror, it is time to look back on the performances of some of the players finishing their first season in the pros. Next player on our radar is the player who was taken with the second overall selection by the New York Giants last April, namely Saquon Barkley…....

2019 NFL Draft Prospect: T.J. Hockenson

For a college to produce one stud tight end prospect, it may seem to be fortunate. For it to produce two, well that seems like excellence. But that is precisely what Iowa seem to have managed in 2018. Not content with sending Noah Fant to the NFL draft after his productive career with the Hawkeyes, they are also giving us T.J. Hockenson. Iowa, with this TE crop you are really spoiling us…....

2019 NFL Draft Prospect: Alize Mack

When NFL coaches can get their hands on college players at the upcoming Senior Bowl, one of the prospects who will generate the most intrigue will be Notre Dame tight end Alize Mack. In terms of raw counting stats, Mack was not exactly dominant at South Bend, nor was he always a model student-athlete. But there is certainly a lot about him that the scouts will like…....

2019 NFL Draft Prospect: Kaden Smith

Some colleges seem to have a knack for producing players at a certain position. Georgia seems able to keep churning out productive running backs, like Todd Gurley and Nick Chubb. USC has sent a fair number of quarterbacks into the NFL (with varying levels of success). Carson Palmer, Mark Sanchez, and Matt Leinart were all drafted in the first round. Stanford, it seems, has got quite a production line going for tight ends. Coby Fleener, Zach Ertz and Austin Hooper have all enjoyed success at the NFL level. The next cab off this rank could be Kaden Smith…....

Tyrell Williams to the Oakland Raiders

At one stage, Tyrell Williams looked like the shining jewel in the crown of the 2019 crop of free agent wide receivers. Finally, it seemed that The Gazelle would emerge from the shadow of Keenan Allen and become the leading light in a different WR room, and hopefully become the star that many1 truly believed he could be. A few of the teams thought to be likely suitors for Williams, namely the Bills and the Eagles, went in different directions as free agency began. The Bills, after being rebuffed by Antonio Brown, signed John Brown to stretch the field for Josh Allen…....

2016 5th Year Options: Who Will Be Picked Up?

Before we get into the heart of this piece, maybe I should briefly explain just what it is I’m talking about. Well, under the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement, all first-round draft picks have to sign four-year deals, with a team option for a fifth year. This option has to be exercised by the March before their fourth year. For players drafted in the top 10, the cost of the fifth year is the average of the top 10 salaries in the NFL at that player’s position in the fourth year of their contracts. For players drafted anywhere in the range of…...

Free Agency Preview: Will Washington Be a Major Player in The Trade Market?

Neil Dutton reviews Washington’s 2018 season, outlines players the team could lose to free agency and offers his thoughts on potential reinforcements the team should look to sign. 2018 IN SUMMARY Heading into a Week 11 home game against the Houston Texans, Washington was 6-3 and very much in the hunt for the NFC East title. After a 23-21 loss in a game that saw them lose quarterback Alex Smith to a horrific broken leg, they would go on to win just one more game all season. Their 7-9 record secured the third spot in the division for a third straight season,…...

Free Agency Preview: Raiders Have a Whole Heap of Holes

Neil Dutton reviews the Oakland Raiders 2018 season, outlines players the team could lose to free agency and offers his thoughts on potential reinforcements the team should look to sign. 2018 IN SUMMARY 2018 was the first year of the second coming of Jon Gruden for the Oakland Raiders, and it is fair to say that it wasn’t exactly a banner one. The Raiders posted a 4-12 record, landing them at the bottom of the AFC West. They had no winning streaks all year but did have runs of three and five consecutive losses at various points of the season. The…...

Free Agency Preview: Lions Need to Give Matthew Stafford More Weapons

Neil Dutton reviews the Detroit Lions 2018 season, outlines players the team could lose to free agency and offers his thoughts on potential reinforcements the team should look to sign. 2018 IN SUMMARY After back to back 9-7 campaigns, the Detroit Lions brought the Jim Caldwell era to an end after the 2017 season. In his stead, they appointed New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. It’s safe to say that the season was something of a let-down, as the Lions finished 6-10 and fourth in the NFC North. They had one run of back-to-back wins, beating the Packers 31-23 in Week 5…...

Free Agency Preview: Eagles Feel the Need for Speed

Neil Dutton reviews the Philadelphia Eagles 2018 season, outlines players the team could lose to free agency and offers his thoughts on potential reinforcements the team would like to sign. 2018 IN SUMMARY A year after a 13-3 regular season record, not to mention a victory in the Super Bowl, the Philadelphia Eagles didn’t have it all their own way in 2018. Thanks in no small part to a three-game winning streak to close out the year, they finished with a 9-7 mark. This was good enough for a second-place finish in the NFC East, and a Wild Card berth in…...

Dallas Goedert : A Look Back at His Rookie Season

Continuing our look back at the 2018 rookie crop, our attention turns now to Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert. Despite a Christian name that is not exactly a popular word around Philly, Goedert was able to do enough in his first season to convince Eagles fans that Dallas doing well isn’t always a bad thing…....

Room to Improve : A look at Mike Gesicki’s Rookie Season

We come to Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki in our latest look back on the 2018 rookie crop. Gesicki entered his debut season with high hopes and expectations, even taking into account the relative difficulty rookie TEs have in becoming productive immediately. It is probably fair to say that he came nowhere close to meeting these standards. Although to be truthful, the blame for this “failure” does not sit squarely with Gesicki…....

The Jets Have a Tight End? – Christopher Herndon’s Rookie Review

With the 2018 NFL season now seeming a long way in the past, we are continuing our look back at the performances of some of the players for whom 2018 was their first taste of NFL action. In this piece, we’ll look at a player who achieved the rarest of feats – he was a productive tight end for the New York Jets. Take a bow, Christopher Herndon. We’ll take a look back at the positives, and negatives, of Herndon’s first year in the NFL from a numbers point of view. We’ll also look at a few players who enjoyed a…...

Making His Mark – A Look Back at Mark Andrews’ Rookie Season

With the 2018 NFL season now seeming a long way in the past, we are continuing our look back at the performances of some of the players for whom 2018 was their first taste of NFL action. Here, we focus our attention on one of the two tight ends drafted by the Baltimore Ravens last spring — namely, Mark Andrews. We’ll take a look back at the positives, and negatives, of Andrews’ first year in the NFL from a numbers point of view. We’ll also look at a few players who enjoyed a similar rookie season to Andrews. This is to see…...

Rookie Review: Josh Adams

Continuing our look back at the 2018 rookie class, the white-hot light of our attention falls on Eagles running back Josh Adams. A long shot to even make the roster back in September, Adams ended up leading the Eagles in rushing yards. But he was far from a superstar in 2018. We’ll take a look back at the positives, and negatives, of Adams first year in the NFL. We’ll also look at a few players who enjoyed a similar rookie season to Adams and see how they followed it up in Year 2 and beyond…....

Historical Comps for Sony Michel’s Rookie Season

Continuing our look back at the 2018 rookie class, we turn our attention to the man who scored the only touchdown of Super Bowl LIII, Sony Michel. A few eyebrows were raised when the Patriots spent a first-round draft pick on the former Georgia Bulldog, and there may still be a few long-term question marks surrounding him. We’ll take a look back at the positives, and negatives, of Michel’s first year in the NFL. We’ll also look at a few players who enjoyed a similar rookie season to Michel and see how they followed it up in Year 2 and beyond…....

Historical Comps for Gus Edwards’ Rookie Season

Continuing our look back at the 2018 rookie class, we turn our attention to Baltimore Ravens running back Gus Edwards. Edwards was far from a household name heading into the season, but he ended it as the lead back on one of the NFL’s most run-heavy offenses. We’ll take a look back at the positives, and negatives, of Edwards’ first year in the NFL. We’ll also look at a few players who enjoyed a similar rookie season to Edwards and see how they followed it up in Year 2 and beyond…....

Historical Comps for Nick Chubb’s Rookie Season

Continuing our look back at the 2018 rookie class, we turn our attention to Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb. Baker Mayfield stole most of the headlines and earned much of the acclaim for the Browns 2018 resurgence. But Chubb’s contributions should not be ignored…....

Historical Comps for Phillip Lindsay’s Rookie Season

Continuing our look back at the 2018 rookie class, it is time to look back on the performances of one of the most surprising first-year stars of the last football season. Namely, Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay…....

Historical Comps for Kerryon Johnson’s Rookie Season

With the 2018 NFL regular season now in the rearview mirror, it is time to look back on the performances of some of the players finishing their first season in the pros. Next up is running back Kerryon Johnson of the Detroit Lions…....

Historical Comps for Saquon Barkley’s Rookie Season

With the 2018 NFL regular season now in the rearview mirror, it is time to look back on the performances of some of the players finishing their first season in the pros. Next player on our radar is the player who was taken with the second overall selection by the New York Giants last April, namely Saquon Barkley…....

2019 NFL Draft Prospect: T.J. Hockenson

For a college to produce one stud tight end prospect, it may seem to be fortunate. For it to produce two, well that seems like excellence. But that is precisely what Iowa seem to have managed in 2018. Not content with sending Noah Fant to the NFL draft after his productive career with the Hawkeyes, they are also giving us T.J. Hockenson. Iowa, with this TE crop you are really spoiling us…....

2019 NFL Draft Prospect: Alize Mack

When NFL coaches can get their hands on college players at the upcoming Senior Bowl, one of the prospects who will generate the most intrigue will be Notre Dame tight end Alize Mack. In terms of raw counting stats, Mack was not exactly dominant at South Bend, nor was he always a model student-athlete. But there is certainly a lot about him that the scouts will like…....

2019 NFL Draft Prospect: Kaden Smith

Some colleges seem to have a knack for producing players at a certain position. Georgia seems able to keep churning out productive running backs, like Todd Gurley and Nick Chubb. USC has sent a fair number of quarterbacks into the NFL (with varying levels of success). Carson Palmer, Mark Sanchez, and Matt Leinart were all drafted in the first round. Stanford, it seems, has got quite a production line going for tight ends. Coby Fleener, Zach Ertz and Austin Hooper have all enjoyed success at the NFL level. The next cab off this rank could be Kaden Smith…....

Tyrell Williams to the Oakland Raiders

At one stage, Tyrell Williams looked like the shining jewel in the crown of the 2019 crop of free agent wide receivers. Finally, it seemed that The Gazelle would emerge from the shadow of Keenan Allen and become the leading light in a different WR room, and hopefully become the star that…...

2016 5th Year Options: Who Will Be Picked Up?

Before we get into the heart of this piece, maybe I should briefly explain just what it is I’m talking about. Well, under the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement, all first-round draft picks have to sign four-year deals, with a team option for a fifth year. This option has to be exercised…...

Free Agency Preview: Will Washington Be a Major Player in The Trade Market?

Neil Dutton reviews Washington’s 2018 season, outlines players the team could lose to free agency and offers his thoughts on potential reinforcements the team should look to sign. 2018 IN SUMMARY Heading into a Week 11 home game against the Houston Texans, Washington was 6-3 and very much in the…...

Free Agency Preview: Raiders Have a Whole Heap of Holes

Neil Dutton reviews the Oakland Raiders 2018 season, outlines players the team could lose to free agency and offers his thoughts on potential reinforcements the team should look to sign. 2018 IN SUMMARY 2018 was the first year of the second coming of Jon Gruden for the Oakland Raiders, and…...

Free Agency Preview: Lions Need to Give Matthew Stafford More Weapons

Neil Dutton reviews the Detroit Lions 2018 season, outlines players the team could lose to free agency and offers his thoughts on potential reinforcements the team should look to sign. 2018 IN SUMMARY After back to back 9-7 campaigns, the Detroit Lions brought the Jim Caldwell era to an end…...

Free Agency Preview: Eagles Feel the Need for Speed

Neil Dutton reviews the Philadelphia Eagles 2018 season, outlines players the team could lose to free agency and offers his thoughts on potential reinforcements the team would like to sign. 2018 IN SUMMARY A year after a 13-3 regular season record, not to mention a victory in the Super Bowl,…...

Dallas Goedert : A Look Back at His Rookie Season

Continuing our look back at the 2018 rookie crop, our attention turns now to Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert. Despite a Christian name that is not exactly a popular word around Philly, Goedert was able to do enough in his first season to convince Eagles fans that Dallas doing…...

Room to Improve : A look at Mike Gesicki’s Rookie Season

We come to Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki in our latest look back on the 2018 rookie crop. Gesicki entered his debut season with high hopes and expectations, even taking into account the relative difficulty rookie TEs have in becoming productive immediately. It is probably fair to say that…...

The Jets Have a Tight End? – Christopher Herndon’s Rookie Review

With the 2018 NFL season now seeming a long way in the past, we are continuing our look back at the performances of some of the players for whom 2018 was their first taste of NFL action. In this piece, we’ll look at a player who achieved the rarest of…...

Making His Mark – A Look Back at Mark Andrews’ Rookie Season

With the 2018 NFL season now seeming a long way in the past, we are continuing our look back at the performances of some of the players for whom 2018 was their first taste of NFL action. Here, we focus our attention on one of the two tight ends drafted…...

Rookie Review: Josh Adams

Continuing our look back at the 2018 rookie class, the white-hot light of our attention falls on Eagles running back Josh Adams. A long shot to even make the roster back in September, Adams ended up leading the Eagles in rushing yards. But he was far from a superstar in…...

Historical Comps for Sony Michel’s Rookie Season

Continuing our look back at the 2018 rookie class, we turn our attention to the man who scored the only touchdown of Super Bowl LIII, Sony Michel. A few eyebrows were raised when the Patriots spent a first-round draft pick on the former Georgia Bulldog, and there may still be…...

Historical Comps for Gus Edwards’ Rookie Season

Continuing our look back at the 2018 rookie class, we turn our attention to Baltimore Ravens running back Gus Edwards. Edwards was far from a household name heading into the season, but he ended it as the lead back on one of the NFL’s most run-heavy offenses. We’ll take a look back…...

Historical Comps for Nick Chubb’s Rookie Season

Continuing our look back at the 2018 rookie class, we turn our attention to Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb. Baker Mayfield stole most of the headlines and earned much of the acclaim for the Browns 2018 resurgence. But Chubb’s contributions should not be ignored…....

Historical Comps for Phillip Lindsay’s Rookie Season

Continuing our look back at the 2018 rookie class, it is time to look back on the performances of one of the most surprising first-year stars of the last football season. Namely, Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay…....

Historical Comps for Kerryon Johnson’s Rookie Season

With the 2018 NFL regular season now in the rearview mirror, it is time to look back on the performances of some of the players finishing their first season in the pros. Next up is running back Kerryon Johnson of the Detroit Lions…....

Historical Comps for Saquon Barkley’s Rookie Season

With the 2018 NFL regular season now in the rearview mirror, it is time to look back on the performances of some of the players finishing their first season in the pros. Next player on our radar is the player who was taken with the second overall selection by the…...

2019 NFL Draft Prospect: T.J. Hockenson

For a college to produce one stud tight end prospect, it may seem to be fortunate. For it to produce two, well that seems like excellence. But that is precisely what Iowa seem to have managed in 2018. Not content with sending Noah Fant to the NFL draft after his…...

2019 NFL Draft Prospect: Alize Mack

When NFL coaches can get their hands on college players at the upcoming Senior Bowl, one of the prospects who will generate the most intrigue will be Notre Dame tight end Alize Mack. In terms of raw counting stats, Mack was not exactly dominant at South Bend, nor was he…...

2019 NFL Draft Prospect: Kaden Smith

Some colleges seem to have a knack for producing players at a certain position. Georgia seems able to keep churning out productive running backs, like Todd Gurley and Nick Chubb. USC has sent a fair number of quarterbacks into the NFL (with varying levels of success). Carson Palmer, Mark Sanchez,…...

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