03 Aug 2016, 10:54am by Scott Kacsmar
Here is our annual piece ranking all 32 teams by how much under-25 talent they have. We've got Jacksonville at No. 1 based on the promise of their three recent high defensive draft picks, plus an offense where the quarterback, running back, and top four wide receivers are all under 25 (and the top two receivers, in particular, are pretty good). Houston and Miami are also high. New England comes in last, with very little talent from the last couple drafts and a defense filled with really good 26-year-olds.
02 Aug 2016, 11:19am by Aaron Schatz
Look, it's our annual Top 25 Prospects list, as also seen in the brand-new Football Outsiders Almanac 2016. This is our annual list of players who were not top draft picks, haven't played much yet, but still may play major roles in the NFL in the coming years. The top three are RB David Johnson of Arizona, DE Danielle Hunter of Minnesota, and DE Henry Anderson of Indianapolis.
This is the tenth anniversary of the Top 25 Prospects list, so I'm sure we'll be writing some sort of retrospective on the site before the new season begins.
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20 Jul 2016, 12:52pm by Aaron Schatz
Part II of a preview of the Strategic Tendencies comments and some of the other stats you'll find in the upcoming Football Outsiders Almanac 2016. We've gone through and found one positive number for each offense in 2015. Some of these splits are significant for illuminating the strengths and weaknesses of each team's personnel. Other splits tend to oscillate wildly from year to year, and a great performance in 2015 may not indicate that a team will be equally strong in the same ways in 2016.
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18 Jul 2016, 12:37pm by Aaron Schatz
Here's a bit of a preview of the Strategic Tendencies comments and some of the other stats you'll find in the upcoming Football Outsiders Almanac 2016. We've gone through and found one positive number for each offense in 2015. Some of these splits are significant for illuminating the strengths and weaknesses of each team's personnel. Other splits tend to oscillate wildly from year to year, and a great performance in 2015 may not indicate that a team will be equally strong in the same ways in 2016.
08 Jul 2016, 11:21am by Vincent Verhei
Here's a little ESPN feature where the FO staff went through and chose one underrated player from each of the 32 teams. Sometimes, an underrated player is a quality player who isn't well known. Other times, it means a player who most fans think is good but who is really great.
05 Jul 2016, 08:27am by Scott Kacsmar
Now that Andrew Luck is the highest-paid player in the NFL, what does he need most to get the Colts to a Super Bowl: a running game, an offensive line or a defense? The fact is all three parts will continue to struggle as long as Chuck Pagano and Ryan Grigson are running the show in Indianapolis.
01 Jul 2016, 11:47am by Aaron Schatz
My latest feature for ESPN Insider looks at the weakest receiving depth charts of the last decade, based on how much experience and past production players had going into the season. Not all depth charts that look bad end up performing that way, but there's a reason teams go into the season trying not to look like this year's San Francisco 49ers. By the way, there's a ridiculous amount of Derek Hagan in this piece.
20 Jun 2016, 01:35pm by Aaron Schatz
I'm proud to be part of ESPN Insider's "NFL Front Office" again this year. Our first discussion: are the Jets blowing it by not re-signing Ryan Fitzpatrick?
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10 Jun 2016, 11:24am by Vincent Verhei
Here's a look at 10 second-year players who are poised to have big breakout seasons in 2016. It's easy to pick some of these guys when you had three first-round picks who were injured for the entire 2015 season, but we also highlight some lesser-known players with promise such as Lorenzo Mauldin of the Jets and Eric Rowe of the Eagles. Plus, there are some charting stats in here!
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27 May 2016, 11:45am by Aaron Schatz
I had a lot of fun putting this one together... you think that teams like the 2016 Browns and 2016 Jets have historically bereft depth charts, but the fact is that three or four teams every year have dismal quarterback situations. Yet we forget them a couple of years later. Remember when Mike Shanahan thought Rex Grossman and John Beck were a good quarterback combo? Remember the Chiefs starting Brodie Croyle in Week 1? Remember J.T. O'Sullivan? Yikes.
4 comments, Last at 02 Jun 2016, 5:45am by James-London