Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

17 Apr 2018, 12:33pm by Aaron Schatz

The Taxing World of NFL Player Finances

Fascinating article from The MMQB about the complicated world of tax filing for NFL players. They owe state taxes based on where they play and practice, not where they live, which means filing a number of different state returns each year. It also means that playing teams in tax-free states can dramatically change a player's net income, to the point where it makes sense to specifically spend the bye week in a tax-free state.

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12 Apr 2018, 11:23am by Aaron Schatz

BackCAST 2018 (ESPN version)

FO's BackCAST projections for running backs are here, led by Saquon Barkley. Barkley gets the second highest projection since 1998, behind only Ricky Williams. The Barkley debate is fascinating: we don't advise taking running backs high, but what do you do when there aren't great prospects at the positions we usually advise taking high? Backing the idea of taking Barkley higher than other running backs: he's also by far the best receiving back in this year's class, giving him plenty of value even if the passing game is by far more important than the running game.

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20 comments, Last at 16 Apr 2018, 12:46pm by jtr

03 Apr 2018, 05:56pm by Aaron Schatz

Patriots Deal Brandin Cooks to Rams

A shocking NFL trade. As first announced by Adam Schefter on Twitter, the Patriots are dealing Brandin Cooks -- after only one year in New England -- plus a fourth-round pick to the Los Angeles Rams for the Rams' first-round pick (23rd overall) and a sixth-round pick. Cooks will fill the Sammy Watkins role in the Rams offense, opening up space underneath for Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods. The Patriots essentially rented Cooks for one year and used that year to upgrade from the 32nd pick in 2017 to the 23rd pick in 2018.

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85 comments, Last at 13 Apr 2018, 11:59pm by The Ninjalectual

03 Apr 2018, 04:05pm by Aaron Schatz

TruMedia Seeks Graphic Designer

Our friends at TruMedia have asked us to post this job listing. Good way to take your first steps into the sports analytics business! (Click to read more.)

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29 Mar 2018, 01:19pm by Aaron Schatz

QBASE 2018

Our statistical evaluation of the draft's top quarterback prospects finds one name way out in front, a tight cluster of names in the middle, and one name falling way behind.

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30 comments, Last at 12 Apr 2018, 4:28pm by Aaron Schatz

27 Mar 2018, 04:51pm by Aaron Schatz

NFL Outlaws Lowering Head to Initiate Contact

Let's have some rule changes! The NFL is always tweaking the product, but we've got a couple of big ones this year. One of them announced today is this: "It is a foul if a player lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent. The player may be disqualified. Applies to any player anywhere on the field." That means this isn't just a headhunting rule... it also applies to ballcarriers lowering their heads to try to get tough yards.

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37 comments, Last at 05 Apr 2018, 6:28pm by Joshua Northey

23 Mar 2018, 12:49pm by Aaron Schatz

QBASE 2018 (ESPN version)

Here are our QBASE projections for the Class of 2018. Baker Mayfield ends up with one of the best QBASE projections of all-time, and Josh Allen has one of the worst projections ever for a first-round pick. Everyone else is grouped in the middle. This will also run here on FO late next week.

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9 comments, Last at 28 Mar 2018, 2:11pm by mehllageman56

15 Mar 2018, 04:39pm by Aaron Schatz

Sports Info Solutions Seeks 2018 Football Video Scouts

Here's a chance to work with our partners at Sports Info Solutions, putting together the charting data that will be used in Football Outsiders Almanac, on the Off The Charts Podcast, and by NFL and NCAA teams. (Click to read more.)

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05 Mar 2018, 12:06pm by Aaron Schatz

2018 Franchise Tag Discussion (Latest: Bell/Joyner)

Here's a running thread to discuss announcements on franchise tags. (Click to read more.)

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94 comments, Last at 17 Mar 2018, 2:08am by Jerry

11 Feb 2018, 05:33pm by Aaron Schatz

Frank Reich to Be Indianapolis Head Coach

The Colts have quickly found a new head coach after the Josh McDaniels debacle, agreeing to terms with Philadelphia offensive coordinator Frank Reich. What I find interesting here is that Eagles QB coach John DeFilippo agreed to leave to become offensive coordinator in Minnesota just two days ago, even though he knew Reich was interviewing in Indianapolis. I wonder why he didn't wait a couple days to see if the Eagles' OC position might be opening up.

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42 comments, Last at 23 Feb 2018, 8:28pm by LionInAZ