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11 Aug 2017, 10:24am by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: QB Hope Index

A new feature for ESPN Insider, the QB Hope Index. I broke down the last 20 years of franchise quarterbacks to figure out what indicators help us learn when a young quarterback will fully develop, and then we give the chances for every quarterback from the last three drafts. You may be surprised to learn even Dak Prescott doesn't have a 100 percent chance of long-term success, and even Christian Hackenberg is not at zero.

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07 Aug 2017, 11:38am by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Ranking Under-25 Talent for All 32 Teams

Here's our annual feature at ESPN Insider ranking all 32 teams by talent under the age of 25. The one-two punch of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott has Dallas at the No. 1 spot, with strong placement also for the Giants, Bucs, and Titans. Arizona, Baltimore, and Denver are at the bottom.

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01 Aug 2017, 12:01pm by Rivers McCown

ESPN: FO's Top 25 Prospects 2017

Time for the annual FO Top 25 Prospects list, as also seen in Football Outsiders Almanac 2017. This is our list of lower-drafted and undrafted prospects who are still developing in their second, third, and fourth seasons. Tyreek Hill is this year's No. 1, and this year's list has more running backs and fewer edge rushers than usual.

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17 Jul 2017, 11:56am by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Sneaky Strengths for Every Team

Here's a look at some of the interesting splits and tendencies from all our 2016 NFL stats, with one under-the-radar strength for each NFL offense and defense. Consider it a bit of a preview of the Strategic Tendencies comments in the upcoming Football Outsiders Almanac 2017.

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23 Jun 2017, 03:50pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Best QB, RB, WR, TE Seasons of Last 30 Years

The final part of this week's big 30-year DVOA retrospective is a look at the best individual seasons using DVOA (for quarterbacks) and DYAR (for running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends).

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22 Jun 2017, 12:01pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: 30 Best Teams of the Last 30 Years

If you are a regular Football Outsiders reader, you already know that the No. 1 team is the 1991 Washington Redskins, the only team to appear on all three of our previous top 30 lists. Adding the postseason to these ratings just increases their dominance. Including postseason DVOA also moves up the 1988 and 1989 49ers, 1992 Cowboys, and 2000 Ravens, while moving down great teams that suffered playoff upset losses such as the 1987 49ers and 2010 Patriots. The next challenge for the 1991 Redskins comes sometime in the next year or two, when we finish up DVOA for the 1984 49ers and 1985 Bears.

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21 Jun 2017, 12:23pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: 30 Best Special Teams of the Last 30 Years

Part three of our feature on the greatest teams of the DVOA era looks at the best special teams units since 1987. Seven of the top 30 were coached in some way by Dave Toub, who worked for the Chicago Bears in the 2000s and works for the Kansas City Chiefs today. Other teams with multiple appearances on this list include New Orleans, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Buffalo, and Cleveland. Tomorrow, we'll look at the top 30 teams overall, and we finish up Friday with top individual seasons.

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20 Jun 2017, 03:01pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: 30 Best Defenses of the Last 30 Years

Today we have part two of our weeklong feature looking at the best teams of the DVOA era, going back to 1987. This is our list of the top defenses, chock full of Ravens and Steelers teams but topped by the legendary -- especially to Football Outsiders readers -- 1991 Philadelphia Eagles.

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19 Jun 2017, 01:15pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: 30 Best Offenses of the Last 30 Years

We've got a huge historical feature on ESPN Insider all week: Football Outsiders' own version of "30 for 30." Since we now have 30 years of DVOA ratings, we can count down the top 30 teams in DVOA history. Today, we start things off with the top 30 offenses. That means a lot of Patriots, Colts, and 49ers teams... and more Chiefs than you expect. One big change with this countdown is that we've incorporated the playoffs, which will boost teams such as the 1989 49ers and 1990 Bills that went on big postseason runs against tough competition. (Click to read more.)

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07 Jun 2017, 01:21pm by Rivers McCown

ESPN: Where FO Projections Differ Most from Vegas Odds

A closer look at why FO's 2017 projections differ from Vegas over-unders for four teams: Denver, Houston, Jacksonville, and the Los Angeles Rams.

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