Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

01 Jul 2016, 11:47am by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Worst WR/TE Depth Charts of the Last Decade

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.

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20 Jun 2016, 01:35pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN's NFL Front Office on Ryan Fitzpatrick

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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7 comments, Last at 22 Jun 2016, 5:08pm by mehllageman56

10 Jun 2016, 11:24am by Vincent Verhei

ESPN: 10 NFL Sophomores Primed to Break Out

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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12 comments, Last at 03 May 2017, 12:35am by JoeyHarringtonReigns

27 May 2016, 11:45am by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: 10 Worst QB Depth Charts of the Last 10 Years

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.

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4 comments, Last at 02 Jun 2016, 5:45am by James-London

12 May 2016, 10:42am by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Early 2016 NFC Projections

We did our early AFC projections on Wednesday, now here are the early NFC projections. They look very familiar... but probably closer to 2014 than to 2015. We're expecting Green Bay and Dallas to rebound with better health. Carolina is likely to decline but still lead the NFC South. Out west, the two best teams in the NFL may see the race for the No. 1 seed decided by a federal court and a big suspension in the other conference.

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20 comments, Last at 18 May 2016, 11:10am by Kaelik

11 May 2016, 03:25pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Early 2016 AFC Projections

Well, here we go. It's time to take off the wrapping and unveil our first run of 2016 NFL projections. This ESPN Insider article goes in-depth into the projections which were also featured last week in Todd McShay's "way too early" 2017 mock draft. I explain why Denver is likely to significantly decline, why the AFC North could put three teams in the playoffs again, and why the Colts may not be the obvious pick in the AFC South despite Andrew Luck's return. NFC projections will run on Thursday. There's some video too.

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29 comments, Last at 04 Oct 2016, 6:45pm by apek

26 Apr 2016, 09:17am by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: 2016 NFL Draft Guides

At ESPN Insider, our staff has pinpointed each team's biggest need, a quiet need and a position that's not a need heading into this week's draft.

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04 Apr 2016, 02:23pm by Andrew Healy

QBASE 2016 (ESPN Insider Version)

This year's Football Outsiders QB projections absolutely love California's Jared Goff, who now ranks among the top 10 QB prospects of the past two decades according to QBASE. It is a lot less excited about Carson Wentz, but that comes with a bit of a caveat: we had to try to incorporate FCS prospects into the system in order to project Wentz, and the same method would have underrated FCS prospect Joe Flacco. We'll write more about the Wentz and FCS issue in an expanded FO version of QBASE to run next week.

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13 comments, Last at 14 Apr 2016, 5:16am by Vincent Verhei

31 Mar 2016, 03:14pm by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: 2016 Teams At Risk for Injury Regression

At ESPN Insider, we recapped the top and bottom three teams in adjusted games lost (AGL) for the season and what that could mean for their injury luck in 2016. If you missed it, our 2015 AGL report can be found here.

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28 Mar 2016, 01:11pm by Nathan Forster

SackSEER 2016 (ESPN Insider version)

Get a sneak peak at the top edge-rusher prospects according to our SackSEER system. Joey Bosa and Leonard Floyd are tied at the top, though Bosa is more of a sure thing. BYU's Bronson Kaufusi is an interesting sleeper. A longer version of SackSEER will appear on Football Outsiders next week.

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