Brian Flores and the ageless Ryan Fitzpatrick dragged this team to a 5-4 record after starting the season 0-7. Personally, I think that says a lot about Flores and the way some of these guys respond to his coaching style. Although I wasn’t a big fan of their draft, it looks like they’re headed in the right direction, and Flores is the man to right the ship. Continue reading →
Recently, I had the privilege of interviewing Denver Broncos long snapper Jacob Bobenmoyer. The Broncos signed Bobenmeyer over the offseason to replace former starting long snapper Casey Kreiter. He was a four-year starter at the University of Northern Colorado playing both long snapper and linebacker. Continue reading →
The Jaguars had a terrific 2017 NFL season which ended in an AFC championship game loss to the New England Patriots. Blake Bortles led the Jaguars to a 10-6 record and was heavily assisted by breakout rookie running back Leonard Fournette. In 2018 and 2019, the Jaguars were exceedingly below average, disappointing the NFL with the talented roster that they had. Bortles left Jacksonville, and Nick Foles was unable to save football there, which led to the emergence of Gardner Minshew III at the end of 2019. With that in mind, let’s check out 5 bold predictions for the Jaguars in 2020. Continue reading →
Since 2017, the Packers have completely remade their secondary. This includes two first-round selections on Jaire Alexander in 2018 and Darnell Savage in 2019, as well as Josh Jackson in the second round in 2018. Let’s talk about another second-round selection though from 2017, and no, it’s not Josh Jones who the Packers cut before the 2019 season. Let’s talk about Kevin King and examine what his contract extension could amount to this upcoming offseason. Continue reading →
Welcome to the second episode of the “Mile High Salute” Denver Broncos podcast! Beat writers Zach Gotlieb and Jacob Dunne have joined forces to discuss all things Broncos. In today’s episode, we give you an in-depth breakdown of each position on the Denver Broncos roster. Does this roster have what it takes to make the playoffs? If you haven’t already, check out last week’s episode!
There are no doubt some potentially great fantasy football finds in this rookie class. From all of the quarterbacks and receivers to the running backs taken in the first and early second round. But some of the truest talent in any draft are those who can produce when drafted in the later rounds. That is why today, I will be telling you about three late-round (third or later) talents that could make an impact on your fantasy football season. Some of these guys could be the next Terry McLaurin.Continue reading →
Jarrett Stidham or “stid,” as referred to by those inside Gillette Stadium, get used to hearing that name this upcoming NFL season. For the first time in 20 years, the New England Patriots will no longer have Tom Brady under contract. Continue reading →
Last season a quarterback controversy plagued this team through the first six games. One coaching decision led the Titans to the playoffs. Once there they didn’t stop, they upset the New England Patriots and essentially ended the dynasty. They followed that up with an even more shocking upset of the AFC favorites the Baltimore Ravens. Their luck ran out against Kansas City in the AFC Championship Game. Here are my five bold predictions for the Tennessee Titans. Continue reading →
Welcome to my first official episode of the “Leading the Charge” Buffalo Bills podcast! In today’s episode, I discussed my opinion on who should make the 53-man roster for the 2020 season. Some things I said may have been controversial, so if you disagree with something I said, tweet me @GioNFLDraft and we’ll talk. Continue reading →
30% of the NFL is made up of undrafted free agents. The journey is just getting started for these guys. At this point, the mindset has to be that it doesn’t matter where you were drafted. You made it past the tough part, the part where you need to be given the opportunity. Now it’s time to showcase the skills that got you here. Continue reading →
Life without Tom Brady is so hard to imagine. As a football fan, it just doesn’t seem right. It’ll be interesting to see how Bill Belichick attacks the roster moving forward. Going into the draft the big question was surrounding Jarrett Stidham and whether they’d be willing to anoint him the starting quarterback of the New England Patriots. Based on the draft, it appears they have a plan or identity and they stuck to it. I discussed that plan or and identity below.
It was a tale of two seasons for the Atlanta Falcons in 2019. They started really slow but came back and finished the season strong. They topped it off with an offseason consisting of signing running back Todd Gurley and trading for tight end Hayden Hurst. While they also signed Dante Fowler Jr, the defense still needed a big boost through this year’s draft. How did the Falcons fare in the 2020 NFL Draft? Let’s get right into the review of these picks and find out.Continue reading →
The Cincinnati Bengals spent over $158 million in free agency in 2020, a sign of commitment to bring fans back to Paul Brown Stadium and to putting a better product on the field before going into the draft with the number one overall pick. The top of the draft was no surprise. They selected the best quarterback in college last year coming off arguably the greatest season in college football history. Continue reading →
In the next draft review, we head to Houston. The Houston Texans came into the NFL Draft without a first-round selection, after trading it away to the Miami Dolphins for Offensive Tackle Laremy Tunsil. The Texans would have just five selections in the Draft but would manage to fill some of their glaring weaknesses. Adding both Ross Blacklock and Jonathan Greenard with their first couple of selections should help in solidifying a pass rush that was severely lacking a season ago. Continue reading →
Heading into the 2020 NFL Draft the Jaguars had a lot of needs and a lot of draft picks to fill those needs. The most glaring of those needs were cornerback, wide receiver, defensive end, defensive tackle, and offensive tackle. They addressed all five of those with their first five picks. Continue reading →
The Seattle Seahawks went into the 2020 NFL Draft with something to prove after missing on back-to-back first-round picks in 2018 and 2019. This year, they picked in the same range and there was somewhat of a similar result. Did Seattle improve upon there last two drafts? Let’s get into the Seahawks Draft Review.Continue reading →
Well, folks, the NFL Draft is now behind us, and it was quite the interesting three days. There were quite a few surprises and players fell way farther than anyone expected. Given that, let’s go over the best steals of all three rounds. Time to get into it. Continue reading →
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defenses from 1996 to 2005 were absolutely electric. They were rated in the top 10 in points allowed during every season of this stretch. They were led by defensive tackle Warren Sapp, who is the franchises leader in all-time sacks, Derrick Brooks, who was a do it all linebacker, and Ronde Barber, who is the franchises all-time leader in interceptions. These defenses were built by excellent drafting, excellent coaching, and all of the stars aligning. The first four years of the Buccaneers’ great defense were the building block pieces to a historically great defense. Continue reading →
Cole Kmet is a late entry tight end prospect that is looking to take advantage of the weak tight end class. Kmet is an exciting y-tight end that will look to make his money as a receiver. Thanks to his size, Kmet is an intriguing prospect with upside as both a receiver and a blocker. Continue reading →
Alright ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, today is Draft Day! To help you get through the next few hours, I am giving you the very last mock draft for this year. Get ready to argue, fight, and contemplate what you think your team should do in round one tonight. I will include a few trades I see as likely to happen. Now that we’ve gotten all that figured out, let’s dive into it. Continue reading →
Ladies and gentlemen welcome to the article that will get every fanbase grabbing their pitchforks and torches and chasing me out of the country. It’s time for my final mock draft of the year. This will be a seven-round mock draft with some trades. Just to clarify, I did not make moves in rounds three and on because on day two and three of the draft, so many teams make minor moves that I did not include. Alright, let’s get into it.
One of the most critical offseasons in recent memory is off to a promising start after an impressive and underrated opening to the free agency period. With the signings of guard/center Graham Glasgow and running back Melvin Gordon. Also acquiring defensive lineman Jurrell Casey and cornerback A.J. Bouye. While they have done an excellent job of solidifying some of the team’s key needs, there is still work to be done in creating a team that can contend for a playoff spot this year. Luckily for them, 10 picks will be a huge help in doing so, as long as they hit on their picks.
We’ve all heard the old adage “offense wins games, defense wins championships”. It’s been instilled in every player who played junior varsity and senior when coaches make you play both sides of the ball. I’m here to tell you that building a team around an elite defense does not work in the long-term when it comes to the cap situation, and to continue to build teams this way is asinine. I’m not saying the defense isn’t important, but to keep an elite defensive roster for more than one to two years is next to impossible.
BREAKING NEWS: Mike Brown’s checkbook must have known that an Ohio ‘stay at home’ order was coming because it went out and had a little fun last week. The Bengals dropped over $109 million on committed contracts so far in the free agency period following a historically bad 2-14 season in 2019 under first-year head coach Zac Taylor. Continue reading →
It is an extremely difficult time in the world of sports right now. Absolutely NOTHING going on besides NFL free agency. I usually write my Fave Five for NBA DFS, but due to the Covid-19 coronavirus, every single sport has been shut down for the foreseeable future. Not to worry, I am giving you guys my favorite rookies to enter the 2020 NFL Draft. Continue reading →
The Indianapolis Colts came to an agreement with the long-time quarterback of the Los Angeles Chargers Philip Rivers on a one-year $25 million deal Tuesday, March 17th. The deal will set up the veteran to be the team’s new starting quarterback for the 2020 season. It was a move that many saw coming in recent weeks, as the 38-year-old Rivers was seen as too good of a fit for a Colts team who thinks they are in what is essentially win-now mode. Continue reading →
I saw some very strange things on Monday. Netflix automatically started an episode of The Masked Singer (spoiler: not a fan), there was wall-to-wall pandemic coverage including people doing the ‘Coronavirus Challenge’, and the internet notified me that March 16th is known as National Everything You Do Is Right Day. Unfortunately for fans of the Houston Texans, coach and general manager Bill O’Brien did not get the memo on that last one. Continue reading →
It was a busy day one for the Miami Dolphins front office as they brought in five players in just one day and dropped some big dollar signs. All this before their six top-100 picks in the 2020 NFL Draft. We all saw how this Dolphins team played at the end of 2019, taking down the New England Patriots in the final week of the regular season with a group of nobody’s. The team played hard for head coach Brian Flores who has seemed to change the culture down in Miami.
With a big culture change, comes new faces and Miami already has a handful of them. Continue reading →
The Cleveland Browns have signed former Atlanta Falcons’ tight end Austin Hooper to a 4 year, $42 million deal with $23 million guaranteed. The deal will make Hooper the highest-paid tight end in the NFL with a yearly salary of $10.5 million. Continue reading →
Amid the coronavirus pandemic that has shutdown sporting events and suspended seasons all over, Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace decided to give Windy City fans a nice little present, agreeing to terms on a three-year deal worth $21.75 million with inside linebacker Danny Trevathan. $14 million is guaranteed and he could make $24 million with incentives.
This week, a multitude of high-profile sporting events were postponed or canceled due to the coronavirus. Events like March Madness and the Big Ten and SEC basketball championship brackets have been canceled and a couple of NBA players have tested positive for the virus since the league’s announcement of the league being suspended. The NFL is in its offseason but is now approaching the time where the teams address their needs by flying in players from all over the country for visits with free agents and draft-eligible players. I’ll take a look at how the virus has affected the league already as well as events in the near future it could affect. Continue reading →
Tampa Bay had a season that most probably expected. It wasn’t great, but it also didn’t send fans running back for refunds every week. They finished 7-9 on the year, mostly thanks to strong run defense and offensive weapons that made their quarterback look alright. However, offensive line play was pretty bad, and the run offense was pedestrian. The Bucs come into the draft having only seven picks this year, and these positions should be big target areas for Tampa Bay to address. Continue reading →
I’ve slacked when it comes to making a big board this year, but I found the time to rank my top 100 players in this draft. Ignore things such as running backs having no positional value when it comes to the rankings. Continue reading →
Earlier this week, the Jaguars agreed to trade starting cornerback, A.J. Bouye to the Denver Broncos for a fourth-round draft pick. This trade continues the trend of Jacksonville shipping off veteran players on expensive contracts. The Jaguars have now traded two starting cornerbacks this year after they shipped off Jalen Ramsey to the Rams for two first-round draft picks. This trade didn’t garner as much attention as I think it should’ve and I’ll explain why giving details of the trade, what it means for each team, how it affects each team’s strategies this offseason, and how each team’s future looks. Continue reading →
In a year where expectations varied, Russell Wilson once again put the entire Seattle Seahawks team on his back and nearly took them on a deep playoff run. The Seahawks suffered several injuries throughout the season, but Wilson and this Seattle offense somehow found a way to win a few big games on their way to an 11-5 regular season record, finishing second in the NFC West. Continue reading →
Well, we have made it sports fans, the end of another NFL season. Two teams remain and they will meet later today to decide a champion. Earlier in the season, both teams had some major injury worries. When Patrick Mahomes dislocated his knee, you could hear a collective gasp in the sports community. But he is back under center for the Kansas City Chiefs. Continue reading →
The Green Bay Packers were dismantled in the NFC Championship game, meaning all four of the NFC North teams have now been eliminated this year. Last April, this division had four first-round picks, with Green Bay having two of those four. The Chicago Bears were without first and second-round picks due to the Khalil Mack trade. The Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings had plenty of picks throughout the draft and didn’t do much moving around. Let’s take a look at how all four teams did last April with their selections. Continue reading →
It was a year of high hopes for America’s Team in the Dallas Cowboys after dealing with mediocre seasons and early playoff exits for the past five years. With a weak schedule to start the season, Dallas rocketed out to a 3-0 start but quickly began to fall back to earth as the team would finish 8-8 on the year and second in the NFC East. There isn’t a better record to describe this team than .500 as the offense was potent at times in 2019 but they lacked consistency both on offense and defense causing them to crumble against better opponents. Continue reading →
We are almost done with the NFL season. In three weeks we will know which team is at the top of the mountain in the league. Last April, all 32 teams looked to address some of their weaknesses during the draft. The draft is the offseason Super Bowl as all seven rounds are televised live with in-depth analysis of each player and what they bring to their new teams.
Today, I take a look at how the NFC East did with their draft selections. The NFC East had six selections in the first round with the Giants having three, Washington having two, and Philadelphia having one. Two teams took their quarterbacks of the future, while another took their new franchise tackle. Let’s take a look at how the Cowboys, Giants, Eagles, and Redskins rookies did this year. Continue reading →
Two games left with a trip to the Superbowl for the victors. It has been an interesting playoff season so far and today’s games figure to have some excitement for sure. I looked at the AFC injury news earlier today and in this article, I will take a look at the injury information for the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers.
Both teams enter championship weekend relatively healthy with most everyone expected to participate as both teams try to achieve the ultimate prize a ticket to the Super Bowl. Continue reading →
Two games left with a trip to the Superbowl for the victors. It has been an interesting playoff season so far and today’s games figure to have some excitement for sure. I will take a look at the AFC game in this article and the NFC game in a second article today. Continue reading →
It’s incredible to think that both of these teams are at this stage of the NFL playoffs given both were teams that should’ve been eliminated last week but overcame all the odds to get to this position. The Tennessee Titans have ridden Derrick Henry and their top-five defense to this point beating Tom Brady and Bill Belichick in New England then turning around and beating the number one team in all of football in the Baltimore Ravens to keep themselves alive. The Chiefs haven’t lost since Week 10, but they were close last week trailing by 24 before rallying in six minutes of game time and blitzing the Texans for 51 at home to advance and host this AFC Championship Game. This game will kick off championship weekend and will be played at 12:05 PT on CBS. Continue reading →
The NFL season is over. All 32 teams have battled for the last 17 weeks and 12 teams are still standing eight of which will meet this weekend for the annual winner take all wild card festivities. By Sunday night only four of the eight will be standing and ready to move into the divisional round. Injuries occur for all teams during the long NFL season, but how they manage the injuries can play a big role in how they fare in the playoffs. This week I will take a look at injuries that could play an impact for each team as they prepare for the upcoming wild weekend. Continue reading →
The end of the football regular season always brings me a mixture of emotions. On one hand, I’m sad and depressed that the season is already over. On the other hand, the playoffs are underway and we are now getting closer to the best and most anticipated football games of the season. As YOU are anticipating, let’s stop rambling and get to the picks for this potentially wild, Wild Card Round. Continue reading →
The NFL season is over. All 32 teams have battled for the last 17 weeks and 12 teams are still standing, eight of which will meet this weekend for the annual winner take all wild card festivities. By Sunday night only four of the eight will be standing and ready to move into the divisional round. Injuries occur for all teams during the long NFL season, but how they manage the injuries can play a big role in how they fare in the playoffs. This week I will take a look at injuries that could have an impact on each team as they prepare for the upcoming wild weekend. Continue reading →