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Futures: Josh Allen
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Futures: Josh Allen

Is the Wyoming quarterback as good as his highlights, or as bad as his numbers? Derrik Klassen breaks down the film and finds the answer is "yes."

14 comments, Last at 11 Apr 2018, 10:57am by Raiderjoe
Futures: Josh Rosen
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Futures: Josh Rosen

UCLA's quarterback clearly has the talent to succeed as an NFL starter. The question is whether or not he can avoid enough mistakes to become a superstar.

3 comments, Last at 26 Mar 2018, 12:46pm by wabuffo
Four Downs: AFC West
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Four Downs: AFC West

If you are an unemployed defensive player, you would be wise to send your resume to the Chiefs, Chargers, or Raiders. As for Denver, they will try to replace Peyton Manning for the third year in a row.

10 comments, Last at 14 Mar 2018, 5:59pm by BaldColumbian
Futures: Minkah Fitzpatrick
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Futures: Minkah Fitzpatrick

Man-to-man. Zone coverage. Run-stuffing. Pass-rushing. Alabama's Swiss Army knife defensive back can do it all, which makes him especially valuable in a league based on matchups and versatility.

5 comments, Last at 12 Mar 2018, 1:40pm by Guest789
Futures: Baker Mayfield
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Futures: Baker Mayfield

Oklahoma's quarterback isn't just a product of the system, and he didn't just put up great numbers because he got to play in the Big 12. Derrik Klassen says the Heisman Trophy winner has what it takes to be a quality starter in the NFL.

10 comments, Last at 01 Mar 2018, 1:35am by justanothersteve
Film Room: Rob Gronkowski
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Film Room: Rob Gronkowski

The skeleton key in New England's offense, Gronk is a matchup nightmare for any defense -- and an especially difficult opponent for the Philadelphia Eagles.

7 comments, Last at 04 Feb 2018, 6:02pm by mehllageman56
Film Room: Case Keenum
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Film Room: Case Keenum

The surgical efficiency of the Vikings quarterback has been one of the biggest shocks of the 2017 season. Derrik Klassen explains what Keenum does well -- and what the Eagles can do to shut him down in the NFC Championship Game.

23 comments, Last at 20 Jan 2018, 4:03pm by GrandVezir
Film Room: Cam Newton
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Film Room: Cam Newton

Sunday's loss to Atlanta showed the best and worst of Cam Newton. With Carolina's offense in dire straits, can the quarterback carry the load like never before in the playoffs?

14 comments, Last at 07 Jan 2018, 11:08pm by alan frankel
Film Room: Seahawks Run Defense
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Film Room: Seahawks Run Defense

Seattle's offensive line has taken the blame for most of the Seahawks' struggles this year. However, as Derrik Klassen points out, it's the injury-ravaged run defense that may ultimately cost the team a playoff berth.

8 comments, Last at 28 Dec 2017, 4:58am by atworkforu
Film Room: Chiefs Defense
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Film Room: Chiefs Defense

Yes, Alex Smith, Kareem Hunt, and Tyreek Hill have all cooled off after a hot start. But the real culprits in Kansas City's collapse --including cornerback Marcus Peters -- can be found on the other side of the ball.

3 comments, Last at 25 Feb 2018, 4:48am by CarRepairing