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2018 YAC+
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2018 YAC+

Our annual look at YAC+ reveals an unlikely new team atop the all-time leaderboards. Plus, a good year for rookie receivers, a weakness in the Seattle passing game, and a Farewell to Gronk.

10 comments, Last at 25 Jun 2019, 6:59pm by Noah Arkadia
Four Downs: AFC West
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Four Downs: AFC West

While the Broncos need linebackers, the Chargers need help on the offensive line, and the Chiefs need help in the secondary, it's fair to ask whether the Raiders should have done more to bring in competition for Derek Carr at quarterback.

13 comments, Last at 18 Jun 2019, 11:21am by Raiderjoe
Four Downs: NFC East
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Four Downs: NFC East

The remaining needs in the division are clear coming out of the draft. Dallas and Washington need safeties. New York and Philadelphia need offensive linemen.

2 comments, Last at 17 May 2019, 11:32pm by RobotBoy
2019 Free Agency Cost-Benefit Analysis
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2019 Free Agency Cost-Benefit Analysis

The annual review of the best values in free agency has harsh words for John Lynch and high praise for some Fitzmagic.

14 comments, Last at 14 May 2019, 2:59am by Bobman
2013 NFL Draft: Six Years Later
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2013 NFL Draft: Six Years Later

The 2013 draft has gotten a reputation as the worst in recent history. Is there anything redeemable to be found in a draft that produced Dion Jordan, Dee Milliner, and EJ Manuel?

36 comments, Last at 12 Jun 2019, 12:26pm by nath
Snap-Weighted Age: 2018 NFL Rosters
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Snap-Weighted Age: 2018 NFL Rosters

The oldest team in the league ended up winning it all last year, but 2018 saw a significant breakdown in the relationship between age and success.

1 comment, Last at 19 Apr 2019, 9:27am by RickD
Failed Completions 2018
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Failed Completions 2018

2018 saw some record-breaking performances in the field of failed completions. Learn about Nick Foles: King of the Dink-and-Dunk; the golden arms of the Buccaneers quarterbacks; and the empty calories that comprised Stefon Diggs' statline.

7 comments, Last at 07 Apr 2019, 4:48pm by Bryan Knowles
Scramble for the Ball: An AAF Football-Like Substance
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Scramble for the Ball: An AAF Football-Like Substance

The AAF is halfway through it's inaugural season! Bryan and Cale argue about the league's future, point out their favorite rising stars, and wonder if anyone will catch the Apollos.

30 comments, Last at 02 Jun 2019, 12:23pm by Michael.Edits
Four Downs: AFC West
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Four Downs: AFC West

Four Downs wraps up with a look at the AFC West. The Chiefs need a half-dozen new defensive starters, the Broncos and Chargers need to revamp their offensive lines, and the Raiders need to turn the Khalil Mack trade into the next Khalil Mack.

2 comments, Last at 13 Mar 2019, 8:58am by cstoos
Speed Score 2019
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Speed Score 2019

An underwhelming class of running back prospects puts up a record-low combine performance.

22 comments, Last at 07 Mar 2019, 11:50pm by lightsout85