Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

20 Mar 2012, 10:32pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: How Good Will Alex Smith Be Next Season?

Alex Smith returning to San Francisco is the best thing for him and the best thing for the 49ers, but don't expect him to be quite as good as he was in 2011.

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14 comments, Last at 03 Apr 2012, 12:58pm by the cat in the box is dead

19 Mar 2012, 03:33pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: How Good are the Broncos Now?

My thoughts on the Peyton Manning signing for ESPN Insider. This is a big, helpful move for the Broncos, but it isn't enough on its own to turn Denver into one of the top four or five Super Bowl contenders.

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39 comments, Last at 06 Aug 2012, 10:26pm by Jakub

16 Mar 2012, 11:17am by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Mario Williams' Value in Wins

How much does a team improve when it adds a top pass-rusher? Looking back at the last 20 years, the answer seems to be both "not much" and "a lot," depending on whether you had realistic expectations for what one non-quarterback can mean to a team's overall performance.

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14 comments, Last at 15 Oct 2012, 2:31pm by sera

15 Mar 2012, 05:03pm by Rivers McCown

ESPN: Williams, Bills Are Ideal Fit

Mario Williams is an ideal solution to the Bills' pass rush woes ... if he can stay healthy.

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11 comments, Last at 15 Oct 2012, 2:32pm by sera

10 Mar 2012, 07:47pm by Rivers McCown

ESPN: The Redskins' Big Gamble

The Redskins are taking a big risk by trading up in the draft for the opportunity to take Robert Griffin III. He projects as a great franchise quarterback, but the loss of so many picks will hurt the team's depth in the short- and long-term.

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45 comments, Last at 11 Apr 2013, 11:41am by Anonymous12

05 Mar 2012, 06:34pm by Rivers McCown

ESPN: Best and Worst Franchise Tag Uses

The bad uses are mostly circumstantial, but, to be clear: keeping a talented running back on a one-year deal is good. Keeping your franchise quarterback on the tag despite having nearly eight months to negotiate with him, thus losing your All-Pro guard and star receiver, is bad.

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13 comments, Last at 08 Mar 2012, 4:55pm by LionInAZ

02 Mar 2012, 05:31pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Best Free Agent Fits

Where are the best fits for top free agents like Mario Williams and Peyton Manning? Try Tennessee and Seattle, respectively.

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13 comments, Last at 05 Mar 2012, 6:22pm by CoachG

29 Feb 2012, 01:42pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Speed Score 2012

Here's a look at Speed Score for the 2012 class of running backs. This year, Speed Score actually falls pretty close in line with conventional wisdom, except for a couple of sleeper power backs with injury questions.

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18 comments, Last at 06 Mar 2012, 1:08am by Dan

24 Feb 2012, 05:15pm by Vince Verhei

ESPN: Never Draft a Running Back Early

In recent years, great running backs haven't done much to carry teams through the playoffs. The best teams have gotten by with later-round picks and undrafted free agents. Plus, looking at the last decade of top 16 picks suggests that drafting defense is the best way to turn your team around.

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18 comments, Last at 29 Feb 2012, 6:02am by Mr Shush

17 Feb 2012, 02:55pm by Vince Verhei

ESPN: Five Players Who Should Be Tagged

We recommend five players who need the franchise tag: Ray Rice, Matt Forte, Wes Welker, Carlos Rogers, and either Drew Brees or Carl Nicks.

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23 comments, Last at 24 Feb 2012, 4:53pm by Anonymoussa