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  • Aug 15, 2017 08:58 AM
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    Seems like this year if you don't draft a running back in the first round or two, all the top guys will likely be gone. I think I'll hold off on a QB to at least the 3rd, and go for a running back with the first pick, unless Antonio Brown or Hopkins falls too low.

    Either way, strategy for this year is RB first, then best WR after that.

  • Aug 13, 2018 01:42 PM
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    PowerPlay Wrote: Isn't it normal for QBs and star players to mostly sit out the preseason? Why isn't that adopted more?

    It is normal, yeah. Usually they will only play for a series or two just at the start of the preseason game, to get some real game time practice, as the only other practice they can get before the start of the season is against their own defense. And typically that's not really enough to get good practice in, come the start of the actual season.

    There is one preseason week where the starters typically play the whole first quarter or even the first half. I think it's the game just before the last week of preseason. That's where its the most risky.

    Mostly the preseason is for players auditioning to make the team. 2nd and 3rd and 4th stringers. Its evaluation time even more so than practice. I'd opt to sit all of my franchise players if I were the coach. But then again, if they get zero action and hurt themselves on play one of the real NFL season, people will be saying it's because they didn't get any preseason action. So... tough call.

  • Aug 13, 2018 01:42 PM
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    It seems the NFL preseason has become something of a net negative for the league: nobody really cares to watch a vast majority of these games, outside of maybe the first drive when some of the starters play. But on the flip side, usually the biggest news we get from the preseason is injuries.

    As a Cowboy's fan, I can attest to this frustration: Tony Romo a few years back.. granted it all turned out good with Dak. But still. It's really not fun to watch a star player (or shiny new highly drafted player with lots of potential) go down in a meaningless game and be declared out for the season, before the season even starts.

    This year, our first big name off the board is Derrius Guice, Washington's 2nd round draft pick that was seemingly set to be their bell cow running back for 2018. He is now out for the year with a torn ACL.

    That was really unfortunate news for me, as I was excited to see if he could live up to the hype; even being a Cowboy's fan, I like when the division is strong. For the Redskins, this isn't killer news as they have good running backs to replace him already. But it's not good.

    Biggest injuries of NFL preseason: Star receivers on the mend. ESPN has compiled the injury news from just the first week of preseason action and the list is pretty long. Not many out for the season, but dozens now are day to day or out for a week or two.

    Other notable injuries so far:

    Marlon Mack, Colts RB. Hamstring injury. Out indefinitely.
    Doug Baldwin, Seahawks WR. Knee issue. Out for probably the rest of the preseason.
    Jason Verrett, Chargers CB. Torn achilles. Out for the season.
    Jake Ryan, Packers LB. Torn ACL. Out for the season.
    Johnathan Cyprien, Titans safety. Torn ACL. Out for the season.

    Not sure if anything can be done to mitigate this issue. You could make the argument the preseason should be canceled to avoid this. But football is rough and injuries happen. It just sucks when they happen in meaningless games.

  • Aug 06, 2018 05:48 PM
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    From that list, Game 5. Japan is always fun to watch. Probably the best finals last year was with them and Texas, that I have seen. Kinda hoping for a repeat, unlikely as that is.
  • Aug 01, 2018 08:24 PM
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    PowerPlay Wrote:

    So why don't the Packers make you're list? I find it hard to believe that you would put the Texans ahead of them.

    The Packers are certainly in the mix, probably for me 12th or so. The reason they aren't higher is because their running game is in question. If Aaron Jones is their starter, to me he is unproven. He had some great games last year. But given all the injuries to that position for them last year, and how inconsistent they are at running the ball the last few years, they lose points.

    Also I am a big fan of Devante Adams. But I don't think he is yet an elite WR1 in the league. So then it comes down to how much do you elevate the trio just because of Aaron Rodgers. Certainly he is top 3 in the league talent wise. But for me he lacks a stud running back and elite wide receiver to make the trio top 10 in the league.

    I think of it this way:

    Rank each position 1-10, with 10 being elite. Steelers get a 30. I think the Giants get like a 27 (qb-8, wr-10, rb-9).

    The Texans have a potential great quarterback in the making with Deshaun Watson. He was on fire before he got hurt last year. He could be a 8 or 9, maybe even 10. DeAndre Hopkins is an elite WR, so that's 9-10. And Lamar Miller can be a top 10-15 rb in the league no problem. So another 7-9 there.

    For the Packers, it's more like QB-10, RB-7, WR-7.

    Fuzzy math, but you get the idea.

  • Aug 01, 2018 08:24 PM
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    PowerPlay Wrote:

    And why didn't the Packers make the list? I would say an easy replacement for the Packers in that list would be the Giants trio. I'm just not impressed by the Giants at all. I think they road the one-handed Beckham catch for way, way too long. Yeah, it was a cool catch.... But other than that, what have they really accomplished that would put them above so many other trios/teams?

    Given how bad Eli was last year, and the year before, I get your point. I will counter it though with the fact that Eli can be a great QB. He has been on a bad team the last few years and I think gets an unfair shake of things. His offensive line has done him zero favors. And he has not had a decent running game to relay on whatsoever. That's exactly why the Giants drafted Saquon Barkley #2 overall in the draft. And I think his talent will make ALL the difference this year for Eli. History has shown when Eli has a really good running game to help take pressure off of everyone knowing every play is a pass play, he is a really dangerous QB. And even while Eli has sucked the last 2 years, Odell Beckham has been a top 1-3 receiver in basically every single category worth mentioning (tds, yards, catches, etc). He is top 3 talent in the league.

    If Barkley is even 75% as good as everyone says he will be, I would be willing to give the Giants a #3 spot on this list, right behind the Steelers and Saints.

    PowerPlay Wrote:
    The Panthers don't even touch the list, for me. If Cam happens to decide to throw the ball, it's most likely a toss to the left/right. Dynamic between the QB and the receiver is virtually non-existent for the Panthers. They haven't really played together long enough to build any type of trust, and Cam just doesn't seem to want to create any.

    Totally agree. I would put them somewhere in the 15-20 range. Mid tier offense trio for me. For just the reasons you say.

    For my top 10, I am baking in my expectations of some rookies or 2nd year talent stepping up, so goes like this:

    1. Steelers
    2. Saints
    3. Giants
    4. Pats
    5. Texans
    6. Chargers
    7. Vikings
    8. Falcons
    9. Cowboys
    10. Rams

  • Jul 31, 2018 03:00 PM
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    Cameron Wrote: I thought maybe Brazile or Beathbard could have been swapped with Steve Hutchinson or Ty Law. Very talented class nonetheless.

    I second that for Hutchinson.

    Though I wanted to see Edgerrin James get in this year. He had 4 1500+ yard seasons and is the only retired RB in the top 15 all time to not get in yet. I think it's just a matter of time for him. He was easily one of the most consistent running backs I've ever seen play. Sure it helped to have a great QB. But it also helped Peyton to have a great RB.

  • Jul 16, 2018 03:01 PM
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    Add another to the list. This one hurt to watch:

    Philippe Gilbert crashes ! - Stage 16 - Tour de France 2018

  • Jul 16, 2018 03:01 PM
    Last: 22d

    Defnitely a common thing. What I just found out is they are able to doctor riders as the race is still going on...

  • May 24, 2018 04:03 PM
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    So after some backlash and feedback from the NFLPA, the NFL has decided to freeze the anthem policy indefinitely. Makes me think the protests against the national anthem are going to be an even bigger deal at the beginning of this year than it ever was last year. As the league as really mishandled this whole thing. It's definitely not over..