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2016 Slot vs. Wide: Defense

Our final part in looking at slot vs. wide targets focuses entirely on defenses. Which first-round rookie corners had tough times in 2016? Who was the weak link in Denver's No-Fly Zone? Also: the Falcons have a secondary to watch out for in 2017.

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FEI 2016 Final Ratings

In many ways, the National Championship game looked like many of Alabama's wins. In other ways it was like no game they had ever played before.

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Any Given Sunday: Jaguars Over Titans

Ditch Gus Bradley, then hand the division crown to the Texans while messing with your draft position. That was Jacksonville's plan on Sunday as the Titans stumbled even before Marcus Mariota got hurt.

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The Month In Quotes: June 2017

Better late than never, we've got thoughts on the Jets cutting vets, Derek Carr getting paid, Adrian Peterson wanting to play forever, and one hell of an Uber trip. Plus: the Patriots celebrate their Super Bowl win and eat pizza.

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20 Jul 2017, 05:25pm by Scott Kacsmar

2016 Slot vs. Wide: Defense

Our final part in looking at slot vs. wide targets focuses entirely on defenses. Which first-round rookie corners had tough times in 2016? Who was the weak link in Denver's No-Fly Zone? Also: the Falcons have a secondary to watch out for in 2017.

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19 Jul 2017, 11:16am by Scott Kacsmar

2016 Slot vs. Wide: RBs and TEs

Part II of our look at slot vs. wide targets focuses on running backs and tight ends. Was Le'Veon Bell used more diversely than David Johnson? Also: is there actually a stat where Rob Gronkowski ranked last among his peers?

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17 Jul 2017, 03:38pm by Scott Kacsmar

2016 Slot vs. Wide: WRs and QBs

We have new data showing where receivers line up at the snap, and how quarterbacks do throwing wide or to the slot. You might be surprised to see where Matt Ryan is best, and where Alex Smith struggled the most in Kansas City.

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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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14 Jul 2017, 06:25pm by Bryan Knowles

2016 Play-Action Defense

Can your defense sniff out a play-action fake? If you live in Texas, you're in luck! If you're in a Great Lakes state, on the other hand...

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13 Jul 2017, 11:53am by Guest

The Month In Quotes: June 2017

Better late than never, we've got thoughts on the Jets cutting vets, Derek Carr getting paid, Adrian Peterson wanting to play forever, and one hell of an Uber trip. Plus: the Patriots celebrate their Super Bowl win and eat pizza.

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6 comments, Last at 14 Jul 2017, 2:30pm by Bright Blue Shorts

12 Jul 2017, 04:01pm by Bryan Knowles

2016 Play-Action Offense

We take a look at play-action passing from 2016, as numbers return to a state of normalcy after the great Zone-Read Revolution.

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8 comments, Last at 13 Jul 2017, 3:12pm by Scott C

11 Jul 2017, 12:14pm by Scott Kacsmar

Colin Kaepernick: Into the Black

With training camp approaching, Colin Kaepernick remains a free agent. We look at how more than just football reasons are driving this, and how Kaepernick would be an extreme rarity in NFL history if his age-30 season never actually happens.

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06 Jul 2017, 02:48pm by Rivers McCown

Run Defense By Number of Backs, 2016

Our look at defensive success against multiple-back formations has us scratching our heads about Miami. Are the Dolphins linebackers better than their reputation?

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29 Jun 2017, 01:05pm by Rivers McCown

Run Offense By Number of Backs, 2016

Are fullbacks disappearing from the NFL? Yes they are -- but in cities like Green Bay, they are not dead yet.

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27 Jun 2017, 01:08pm by Bryan Knowles

2016 Offensive Personnel Analysis

In which we ask the question: if you're not using 11 personnel, are you really playing modern football?

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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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