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Rookie Report: Cleveland Browns

Written by Aaron Aloysius on August 20, 2011

With plenty of cap space and a roster full of unproven young’uns, the Browns were expected to be very active in free agency. But instead of making it rain, Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert limited themselves to a few low-dollar moves.

 

Because of the front office’s conservative approach, the team will be heavily reliant on their rookies to contribute this fall. At least three rooks will start, and others could earn significant roles. Fortunately, it looks like a few already are prepared to log significant snaps, and the other drafted rookies have shown a good deal of promise.

 

First round pick Phil Taylor appears poised to make a big impact this fall. The mammoth defensive tackle already has made his presence felt, most notably in last night’s game against the Lions. Taylor clogged the middle, allowing his teammates to make plays. When he shut down an (read more…)

“Way Too Early” Mocks: JMPasq and Mario Clavel

Written by Aaron Aloysius on August 19, 2011

Washington Redskins

All summer long, JMPasq and Mario Clavel have been breaking down tape of the top 2012 draft prospects. They’ve already produced well over a hundred prospect videos and gained plenty of insight on the upcoming draft class.

 

To put that knowledge to work, the draft video kings have assembled preliminary 2012 mock drafts. They used the same draft order as last week’s pair of “Way Too Early” mocks. And as you can see, there’s a good deal of variation between the very early projections.

 

Take a look at who they have your team taking and be sure to leave your comments below. Also, drop by the Draft Breakdown Message Board to share your draft takes.

 

 

 

JMPasq Mario Clavel 1. Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford 2. Alshon Jeffery – WR – South Carolina (read more…)

Auburn Names Trotter Starting QB for 2011

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on August 19, 2011

Barrett-Trotter

One and done for Cam Newton, the newest No. 1 pick hoping to make it big in the NFL.

 

In one year, Newton thrashed any defense that stood in his way, leading the Auburn Tigers to a 2010 National Championship and earning plenty of hardware (including the Heisman Trophy) in the process.

 

Now, Auburn must find Newton’s predecessor as they hope to continue their reign over the rest of the SEC. Apparently, junior quarterback Barrett Trotter is the answer to their problems. Trotter won the spot after a spring ball battle between him, sophomore Clint Moseley and freshman Kiehl Frazier. However, I certainly hope they aren’t expecting the same magic that Newton displayed in 2011.

 

Throughout his three years at Auburn, Trotter has amassed 64 passing yards and 68 rush yards, including one touchdown on the ground. All 132 of those yards came (read more…)

Blaine Gabbert Preseason Game 1 In-Depth Breakdown

Written by Eric Stoner on August 18, 2011

Blaine Gabbert Preseason Game 1 In-Depth Breakdown

 

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGu44HgmH54

 

Play by play breakdown and analysis of Blaine Gabbert’s debut for the Jaguars in week 1 of the NFL preseason.

 

The personnel numbering refers to how many tight ends and runningbacks are on the field. The first number corresponds with how many runningbacks are in the package, the second number refers to how many tight ends are in the package.

 

1. – 21 Personnel, Twins Right – Pats showing basic cover two look pre-snap (far corner is playing X receiver with outside leverage to funnel him inside, his head is turned and facing the QB, safeties are clearly deep and don’t roll up pre-snap) – Extends and shows the defense the ball in play action. O-line does good job at selling run-block. This forces both corners to bite up instead of getting their hands on the receivers to re-route them and funnel (read more…)

USC’s Ambles Ruled Academically Ineligible… Again

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on August 17, 2011

Markeith Ambles

Clearly, someone forgot to tell USC Trojans’ Markeith Ambles that you can’t just go to college and strictly play football.

 

On Tuesday, the sophomore wide receiver was ruled academically ineligible for the second time in the last year. Due to this ruling, Ambles will miss the entire 2011 college football season. And after missing the majority of the 2010 season for the same reason, there seems to be little hope that he’ll ever live up to the hype.

 

After signing with USC as the No. 3 high school receiver in the nation in 2010, Ambles has done nothing to prove that he was worth the scholarship. Along with being ruled academically ineligible twice, he has had myriad other problems. After he was ruled ineligible in 2010, he left the team in November only to return in mid-January. Throughout the 2010 season, it seemed like (read more…)

Preseason Week 1 Fantasy Blitzkrieg

Written by Andrew Miley on August 15, 2011

Every week during the preseason and season, I will throw out some quick observations of the previous NFL week. With the invention of the DVR and Directv’s “Quick Bits”, I am able to watch every snap of every game and give you a lightning “blitz” war “krieg” to bring to your fantasy league for domination.

 

Blaine “Sunshine” Gabbert was decent in his debut and was targeting Jason Hill a lot. Garrard better heal that back up, soon. Rashard Jennings looked quick/smooth hitting the hole. Draft him in the 10th round for depth.

 

Aaron Hernandez looked healthy catching passes, but be careful as he fumbled twice and Gronk didn’t play.

 

Phillip Rivers and Vincent Jackson didn’t waste anytime. With Gates banged up, look for V-Jax to be very active this year.

 

Tarvaris Jackson needs to stop dancing and get rid of the ball earlier with two rookie (read more…)

Season ends before it begins for Arkansas RB Davis

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on August 13, 2011

Only a few weeks before the regular season kicks off, the injury bug bit the Arkansas Razorbacks harder than they ever could have imagined.

 

According to team officials, Razorbacks’ senior running back Knile Davis fractured his left ankle and has already had surgery to repair the damage. Davis sustained the injury during a team scrimmage on Thursday, August 11.

 

This marks the third time in three years that Davis has suffered a broken ankle, although the first two were to his right leg. The 2010 All-SEC runner will miss the entire 2011 season due to the injury.

 

“I feel bad for Knile,” said Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino. “He’s a young man who worked as hard as you can possibly work this summer, provided unbelievable leadership for our team, was doing a great job in camp and working extremely hard. It’s one of those (read more…)

Rookie Report: Chargers vs. Seahawks

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on August 12, 2011

Chargers vs. Seahawks Rookie Report: Preseason Week 1

 

The most important aspect of the NFL preseason isn’t seeing how prepared the stars are. Instead, it’s all about finding the young players who are ready to assert themselves as NFL-caliber players.

 

The first game of the season for the San Diego Chargers and Seattle Seahawks provided coaches and fans with a look at some of the young talent that both clubs have on their roster this season. Some of the young NFL hopefuls stepped up and made big plays, whereas others struggled to be productive under Qualcomm’s bright lights.

 

First, let’s take a look at a few of the Chargers’ rookies who made people take notice during their first appearance under the NFL spotlight. The player that really impressed me for the Chargers was undrafted rookie linebacker Darryl Gamble. An undrafted outside linebacker, Gamble stepped (read more…)

Rookie Report: Cardinals vs. Raiders

Written by Aaron Aloysius on August 12, 2011

Al Davis certainly likes playing to type. Long criticized for being obsessed with workout numbers, Mr. Davis selected a number of freakish athletes this April, including a few who had less than impressive college careers.

 

While mocking Al’s bad picks is plenty fun, his draft method has yielded some very impressive hits. Yes, Darrius Heyward-Bey still seems like a brutally awful selection, but track guy Jacoby Ford looks like a fourth round steal. More likely than not, the team’s ’11 draft haul will yield disappointments of the DHB sort, as well as exceptional athletes who became very good football players.

 

In the first preseason game, the coaching staff may have seen hints of who will thrive or flatline in Oakland.

 

The biggest standout was wideout Denarius Moore. The Tennessee product made plays both as a receiver and a returner. Early in the 2nd Quarter, he (read more…)

Vontaze Burfict Vs Stanford 2010

Written by Aaron Aloysius on August 9, 2011

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