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Buffalo Trades Sammy Watkins and Ronald Darby

Who says player-for-player trades never happen in the NFL? Buffalo shook up Friday afternoon by making a couple deals to revamp their receiving corps and secondary.

First, they dealt WR Sammy Watkins and a 2018 sixth-round pick to the LA Rams for CB E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second-round pick.

Then, with a new surplus at corner and a deficit at receiver, they traded CB Ronald Darby to Philadelphia for WR Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick.

37 comments, Last at 19 Aug 2017, 11:40pm by Mountain Time ---- formerly Ninjalectual
2016 Play-Action Defense
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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...

2 comments, Last at 17 Jul 2017, 1:02am by Wade8813
2016 Play-Action Offense
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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.

9 comments, Last at 29 Aug 2017, 5:20pm by msabercr
2016 Offensive Personnel Analysis
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2016 Offensive Personnel Analysis

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

33 comments, Last at 03 Jul 2017, 8:15am by Aaron Brooks Good Twin
Four Downs: NFC West
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Four Downs: NFC West

The Seahawks have dominated this division for years despite a subpar offensive line, a weakness that seems to have spread to their rivals in California. Then there's the Cardinals, who will soon face life without Carson Palmer.

20 comments, Last at 05 Jun 2017, 7:37am by evilgenius
2017 Free Agency Cost-Benefit Analysis
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2017 Free Agency Cost-Benefit Analysis

It's a year of huge cornerback contracts, with A.J. Bouye and Stephon Gilmore breaking the bank. But will these big-money contracts, and the big-time gambles associated with them, pay off?

37 comments, Last at 15 Apr 2017, 8:32pm by kckolbe
Speed Score 2017
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Speed Score 2017

Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook, and Christian McCaffrey run near-identical times, but Speed Score weighs in on which 40-yard dash was most impressive.

21 comments, Last at 03 Apr 2019, 7:31pm by fb29
Four Downs: NFC North
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Four Downs: NFC North

The Vikings and Lions need linemen, the Packers ponder secondary concerns, and the Bears look to finally move on from Jay Cutler.

21 comments, Last at 03 Mar 2017, 3:42pm by surlycooper

Colts Hire Chris Ballard as GM; 49ers Pick John Lynch

John Lynch and Chris Ballard are your new NFL General Managers. (Click to read more.)

36 comments, Last at 02 Feb 2017, 2:28pm by Steve in WI
Week 11 Quick Reads
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Week 11 Quick Reads

Are kickers missing more often in 2016? Overall, no, but numbers on long kicks are way down across the league.

59 comments, Last at 24 Nov 2016, 12:53am by Dan