Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

09 Apr 2015, 12:55pm by Mike Tanier

Kickers Are Prospects, Too: The Impossible Task of Scouting Kickers and Punters

Hey folks, Tanier here. Thought you might like this in-depth look at the perils of trying to draft, or even scout, a kicker or punter. It contains lots of good stuff from experts like John Carney and Michael Husted!

Just to break the news here first, I am scheduled to provide live pick-by-pick coverage of the first three rounds of the draft over at Bleacher Report. If you are a B/R conscientious objector, I ask you to reconsider and give Team Stream a look. I was once like you!

In the meantime, enjoy the kickers and punters.

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22 comments, Last at 10 Oct 2015, 11:49am by restu46

06 Apr 2015, 08:49am by Matt Waldman

Marcus Mariota; The Task-Oriented QB

RSP contributor Eric Stoner breaks down Mariota tape and discovers a player who can stick to the pre-snap plan to the team's detriment.

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17 comments, Last at 09 Apr 2015, 6:53pm by chemical burn

03 Apr 2015, 01:38pm by Vincent Verhei

Dolphins Sign Josh Freeman

In 2010, a 22-year-old Josh Freeman threw 25 touchdowns and six interceptions for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Greg Schiano then arrived and mangled his young quarterback's confidence, and after two mediocre seasons, he was cut in the middle of the 2013 campaign. The Vikings signed him and put him on the field with virtually no preparation, resulting in a notoriously disastrous Monday Night game, and Freeman hasn't played in the league since.

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38 comments, Last at 11 Apr 2015, 6:24pm by Jerry

03 Apr 2015, 01:29pm by Vincent Verhei

Tampa Bay Trades Goldson to Washington

Literally ten minutes after I finished writing a piece saying that safety was Washington's biggest need, an announcement came out that they had traded for Tampa Bay's Dashon Goldson.

Conor Orr of NFL.com says that the Bucs traded Goldson and a 2016 seventh-rounder to Washington in exchange for a 2016 sixth-rounder. Obviously, this is mostly a salary dump for Tampa Bay -- the trade will save the Bucs about $4 million in cap space.

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14 comments, Last at 13 Apr 2015, 1:10pm by commissionerleaf

31 Mar 2015, 10:01pm by Matt Waldman

2015 Rookie Scouting Portfolio Available Now

Matt Waldman's annual draft guide for offensive skill prospects is now available for download.

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5 comments, Last at 02 Apr 2015, 12:58pm by cozmark

30 Mar 2015, 03:06pm by Vincent Verhei

MMQB: How the PAT Could Change by This Fall

Peter King looks at the PAT, how it might be eradicated, why it might no be, and what some of the proposed alternatives might entail. My question isn't whether there's a better option out there; there almost certainly is. My question is, why is there suddenly a rush to make this change right now? I've been paying pretty close attention to football since the late 1980s, and the extra point kick has been nigh-automatic that entire time. So what spurred the NFL, after 30-plus years of this, to suddenly look around and say "Hey! Extra points are boring! We should fix that!"

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44 comments, Last at 06 May 2015, 6:15am by ligachampion

30 Mar 2015, 01:01pm by Aaron Schatz

Atlanta, Cleveland Punished for Rule Violations

The NFL will take a fifth-round pick away from the Atlanta Falcons in the 2016 draft for pumping crowd noise into the Georgia Dome. The Falcons have also been fined $350,000 and CEO Rich McKay has been suspended from the competition committee... for three months, apparently, which isn't really a big deal.

Cleveland GM Ray Farmer has been suspended without pay for the first four games of next season and fined $250,000 for sending texts to on-field personnel during games in 2014.

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48 comments, Last at 02 Apr 2015, 9:02pm by Bobman

30 Mar 2015, 12:19pm by Aaron Schatz

SITE NEWS: 2014 Stat Housekeeping

Information on update of 2014 stats on FootballOutsiders.com. (Click to read more.)

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25 Mar 2015, 03:56pm by Aaron Schatz

NFL Bans Patriots' Ineligible Receiver Ploy

I am sad. Not because I'm a Patriots fan. As a Patriots fan, it was fun watching them pull off the craziness with the declared ineligible receivers. It was fun trying to figure out what the heck was going on, and watching John Harbaugh try to figure out what the heck was going on. But that specific trick wasn't going to work over and over. It's not like life got harder for the Patriots offense today. No, I'm sad because changing the rules makes it harder for other coordinators to come up with interesting, crazy new wrinkles on what the Patriots were doing.

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139 comments, Last at 07 Apr 2015, 9:03am by Noah of Arkadia

23 Mar 2015, 05:39pm by Matt Waldman

Ross Tucker/Evan Silva Podcast: Matt Waldman

Football Outsiders columnist Matt Waldman joined Ross Tucker and Evan Silva on their Fantasy Feast Podcast this morning. Here’s what they covered:

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4 comments, Last at 16 Nov 2015, 4:59am by jerrysommer02