Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

21 May 2015, 05:53pm by Aaron Schatz

How Lavonte David Became So Inexplicably Good

Here's a good piece from SB Nation about our current No. 1 favorite underrated NFL player, Tampa Bay linebacker Lavonte David. The Miami high school product dreamed of playing for the U, but ended up following a winding road through community college and Nebraska to a home on Florida's other coast.

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21 May 2015, 03:50pm by Vincent Verhei

Marcell Dareus Suspended For Season Opener

We'll just quote this Tweet from @AroundTheNFL verbatim: "Bills DT Marcell Dareus suspended first game of the 2015 season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse." This is concerning an arrest in 2014. The Bills will host the Colts in Week 1 without their defensive tackle.

Dareus has released an apologetic statement through the team's PR account.

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19 May 2015, 06:08pm by Aaron Schatz

Extra Points Will Move to the 15

The NFL owners today officially voted to move the line of scrimmage for extra points back to the 15, making the XP now equivalent to a 33-yard field goal. The line of scrimmage remains the 2 for the 2-point conversion. In addition, returning a blocked kick, fumble, or interception on a point-after try will now be worth two points for the defense.

I hate this rule change so much. Why do we need to make the point-after try complicated? If you want to increase excitement, just move the line of scrimmage to the 1 to encourage going for 2-point conversions.

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126 comments, Last at 4:25am by MC2

19 May 2015, 09:08am by Mike Tanier

Deflategate, Roaring 20's Style: New England's 1st Controversial Champions

Hey folks, Tanier here! With DeflateGate slowly eroding my sanity, I jumped at the chance Bleacher Report gave me to tell the story of the Providence Steam Roller. It was meant to just be an oddball feature about 1920s football, but I found some fun parallels with the current state of NFL football in New England.

Take the time to link and share this one. If we get lots of "reader engagement," B/R will let me write more stuff about old-timey football.

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17 comments, Last at 20 May 2015, 3:40pm by Raiderjoe

18 May 2015, 04:18pm by Aaron Schatz

Justin Smith Officially Retiring

Justin Smith is officially retiring, which everyone pretty much expected anyway. I prefer players announcing their retirement right after their actual final season more than this recently popular practice of sitting around a couple years hoping you get one last contract, then signing a one-day deal with the team you are most identified with just so you can retire.

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18 May 2015, 04:17pm by Vincent Verhei

Dolphins Extend Tannehill Through 2020

The Miami Dolphins have signed Ryan Tannehill to a contract extension that will keep the quarterback in Miami through 2020. Adam Schefter reports that the deal is for $96 million, including $45 million guaranteed.

Tannehill's passing DVOA in his first three seasons: -9.9%, -9.8%, and then 4.1% in 2014.

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74 comments, Last at 21 May 2015, 5:34pm by theslothook

18 May 2015, 12:28pm by Aaron Schatz

Packers Muscle Their Way Into Pitch Perfect 2

In case you were wondering how the Green Bay Packers ended up as an a cappella group in the new movie Pitch Perfect 2, it's apparently all David Bakhtiari's doing.

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2 comments, Last at 18 May 2015, 5:43pm by Dice

11 May 2015, 05:41pm by Scott Kacsmar

Deflategate Punishment for Patriots Announced

The Patriots' punishment for Deflategate is revealed.

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827 comments, Last at 21 May 2015, 8:00pm by blan

08 May 2015, 05:34pm by Aaron Schatz

Dante Fowler Tears ACL, Out for Year

The third overall pick in this year's draft tore his ACL in his first-ever NFL practice and is done for the season. Man, fate just hates Jacksonville.

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15 comments, Last at 17 May 2015, 10:44am by SarahStewart732

08 May 2015, 12:21pm by Aaron Schatz

Support FO Writers: Robert Weintraub's New Book

It's not sports-related, but we wanted to let all our readers know about the new book from sometime FO writer Robert Weintraub: "No Better Friend: One Man, One Dog, and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage and Survival in WWII."

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