16 Apr 2010, 10:58am by Vince Verhei
Today's feature in ESPN's draft-related "Samsung Next Level" series comes from our own Vince Verhei, who looks at which move does more to improve a team's running game: drafting a back high, or drafting a tackle high? While FO generally believes that good left tackles are harder to find than good backs, the backs actually do more for your running game -- because, of course, you are generally drafting a tackle that high because of his pass protection abilities. Thanks to the Samsung sponsorship, this article is free, not Insider.
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13 Apr 2010, 10:04pm by Vince Verhei
This week's ESPN Insider column looks at Playmaker Score, the method for analyzing top wide receiver prospects that we introduced in Football Outsiders Almanac 2009. Dez Bryant has far and away this year's top score, with Dezmon Briscoe as our sleeper to watch and Arrelious Benn as the most likely bust.
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07 Apr 2010, 01:48pm by Vince Verhei
In this Four Downs: the Bills are lacking along the offensive line, the Dolphins have lost talent on the defensive line, the Patriots need better playmakers at linebacker, and the Jets have the luxury of looking for depth.
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05 Apr 2010, 07:54pm by Vince Verhei
Jason Lisk at the pro-football-reference.com blog looks at star players at every defensive position and how likely they are to have long careers. In a nutshell, he finds that interior defenders (safeties and inside linebackers) are much more likely to be done by age 30 than perimeter players (cornerbacks and outside linebackers).
That makes Ray Lewis' career even more amazing.
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17 Mar 2010, 08:01pm by Vince Verhei
Further proof that just because something is traditional does not mean it is good: The Packers last week unveiled a third uniform, highlighted by a blue jersey that features blue numbers in a yellow circle. It's a recreation of the team's 1929 uniforms. So eighty years ago they decided this was a bad design, and now they are bringing it back for whatever reason. Aside from that detail, the uniforms aren't terrible, merely boring -- brown helmet, drab tan pants.
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07 Mar 2010, 01:19am by Vince Verhei
Hey look, there's a player going TO Arizona!
Cardinals get Kerry Rhodes, a free safety who has not missed a game in his five-year career (though he did come off the bench in two games at the end of last season).
Jets get Arizona's fourth-round pick this year (that's Arizona's fourth-round pick, not the fourth-rounder the Cardinals got from the Ravens in the Anquan Boldin deal) and a seventh-rounder in 2011.
If Rhodes offers any kind of production in the desert, even for one season, this seems like a bargain.
11 comments, Last at 27 Mar 2010, 4:38am by sports-veronica
05 Mar 2010, 08:23pm by Vince Verhei
Ravens get Anquan Boldin and the Cardinals' fifth-round pick.
Cardinals get the Ravens' third- and fourth-round picks.
31 comments, Last at 27 Mar 2010, 4:41am by sports-veronica
28 Feb 2010, 02:52pm by Vince Verhei
A league spokesman says new rules for postseason overtime games will be discussed at a competition committee meeting next month. In the new format, each team would get the ball at least once, unless the first team to get the ball scores a touchdown.
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28 Feb 2010, 02:42pm by Vince Verhei
The Bills have announced they will not be offering contracts to wide receivers Terrell Owens and Josh Reed and defensive end Ryan Denney. Reed and Denney are pretty clearly backups at this point, but what about Owens? He is 36, and his -18 DYAR in 2009 was the first time in his career he was below replacement level. When you consider the "talent" around him, though -- most notably quarterbacks Ryan Fitzpatrick and Trent Edwards -- it gets easier to see him bouncing back to some degree next year. Maybe Baltimore or Cincinnati will come calling.
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23 Feb 2010, 05:10pm by Vince Verhei
Jared DeVries, who missed all of 2009 with a torn Achilles tendon, has been released by the Detroit Lions. DeVries has started all of 32 games in his 11-year career. He says he could play a game right now and that he hopes to re-sign with Detroit, but Achilles injuries are often career-enders. The most interesting part of this story is this quote from DeVries: "I've been a Lion for 11 years and I'd like to finish a Lion." Why would anyone want to finish as a Lion?
24 comments, Last at 25 Feb 2010, 3:10pm by witless chum