Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

17 May 2006, 11:23am by P. Ryan Wilson

Basketball Star Lewis Collides with Reality of NFL

Apparently, Antonio Gates makes playing professional football look a lot easier than it really is. Former George Mason basketball player and current New York Giant Jai Lewis is having a tough transition to the NFL and former UConn forward Ed Nelson has already been released by the St. Louis Rams.

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36 comments, Last at 19 May 2006, 8:23pm by Bjorn

16 May 2006, 05:21pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Sorting out Sleepers is in Cards for May

Pete Prisco graces us with his third -- THIRD! -- set of Power Rankings since the end of last season. His candidates for Surprise Team of 2006 are the Ravens, Cardinals and Rams, but I'll leave the snarky commentary to you. Some things worth noting, however:

* Prisco has Denver and Seattle ranked 7th and 8th, respectively, behind the Jaguars;

* Arizona is ranked 13th ahead of Washington and San Diego; and

* The Rams, one of Prisco's sleepers, are ranked 19th.

If nothing else, it'll give us something to talk about in the middle of May.

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167 comments, Last at 22 May 2006, 9:18pm by cyberprophet

16 May 2006, 11:07am by P. Ryan Wilson

Hollywood Image isn't Leinart

Meet the real Matt Leinart: misunderstood, quiet, and just a regular guy ... who also happens to hang out with Nick Lachey and whats-her-name. I'm quite sure a lot of the media attention was just a function of living in Southern California, and quotes like this from Leinart's dad pretty much say it all: "I don't blame (USC coach) Pete Carroll for any of this, but [Carroll] encourages Hollywood people to come to practice . . . Snoop Dogg and Will Ferrell," Bob said." I don't think [Carroll] saw the repercussions."

Good 'ol Pete Carroll.

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16 comments, Last at 17 May 2006, 11:54pm by Ted

16 May 2006, 10:50am by P. Ryan Wilson

Younger Vick Joins Dolphins

Nick Saban signed Marcus Vick yesterday, but if he makes the team it won't be as a quarterback. During the last day of minicamp Vick worked out at wide receiver, and at his size (6-0, 216 pounds) that makes him pretty big for the position. He'll also be used on gadget plays and will get a chance to return punts. (free registration/bugmenot required)

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28 comments, Last at 20 May 2006, 9:29pm by cyberprophet

15 May 2006, 01:46pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Flutie Calls it a Career

For a guy who stands five-foot-four (five-foot-ten with the feathered hair), Doug Flutie certainly got the most out of his abilities. I'll always remember him for throwing that last second touchdown pass to Gerard Phelan in the Orange Bowl to beat Bernie Kosar and the Miami Hurricanes 22 years ago. Good times. Matt Cassel, you're now a play away.

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86 comments, Last at 17 May 2006, 4:00pm by Bjorn

15 May 2006, 11:04am by Michael David Smith

MMQB: No T.O., No Problem

Peter King thinks the Philadelphia Eagles' offense will be just fine without Terrell Owens.

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44 comments, Last at 18 May 2006, 2:01pm by lafcadio

12 May 2006, 04:55pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Harrington Traded to Dolphins

I'm not exactly sure what changed between draft weekend and today, but the Lions finally traded Joey Harrington to the Dolphins for the same sixth-round pick Miami offered several weeks ago. In the article, Len Pasquarelli writes: "Apparently, adding the provision that can raise the compensation to a fifth-round choice was enough to satisfy Detroit officials." That sounds about right.

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45 comments, Last at 18 May 2006, 2:03pm by lafcadio

12 May 2006, 01:55pm by P. Ryan Wilson

How Far We've Come

God, I feel old. (hat tip: Deadspin.com)

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74 comments, Last at 26 May 2006, 1:08pm by Buc

11 May 2006, 11:03am by Aaron Schatz

Jimmy Smith Retires

Well, this is a bit of a shock. The guy is old, but he was still playing well last year. The Jaguars are probably wishing he had said something before the draft. Perhaps they would have taken Chad Jackson instead of Marcedes Lewis. I think this decision makes it less likely that the Jaguars will overtake the Colts this year. Who are the starters there now? Ernest Wilford and Matt "I Was a Teenage Quarterback" Jones? Please tell me it won't be Reggie Williams.

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78 comments, Last at 16 May 2006, 10:21am by E

11 May 2006, 10:26am by P. Ryan Wilson

Rams Sign Denzel's Son

FO entertainment editor Mike Tanier brought this to my attention: Rams head coach Scott Linehan is James Caviezel's brother-in-law. Caviezel, for those of you who don't regularly read People magazine, portrayed Jesus in The Passion of Christ and is, well, a dreamboat. He also just finished a movie with Denzel Washington, whose son just signed with St. Louis as an unrestricted free agent. The Rams passed on Paul Crewe, but still hope to ink Stefen Djordjevic before minicamp.

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12 comments, Last at 12 May 2006, 8:35pm by Richie