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Baltimore Ravens Have the Most Underrated Defensive Line in the League

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Take a look at the Ravens defensive line and tell me what you see. Your answer should be something along the lines of “massive men”.  Per the baltimoreravens.com, the only defensive lineman weighing under 300 lbs is defensive end Bronson Kaufusi at just 285 lbs. The average weight of this defensive line is 311.5 lbs. and bumps up to 315.3 lbs. without Kaufusi. Why is this a big deal? Because if the first week of the preseason is any indication of what’s to come, the Ravens defensive line is going to dominate the trenches and stop the run.

The big men upfront simply bullied the Washington offensive line last Thursday, consistently appearing in the opposing backfield and making plays. The two men that shined the most were fourth-year defensive end Brent Urban and second-year nose tackle Michael Pierce.

Urban looks primed for a breakout season after being a rotation piece in his first three years in the league as he struggled with health. Urban is also a major factor on special teams, as many fans will recall a clutch blocked field goal back in the 2015 season versus the Cleveland Browns. In his first preseason game of 2017, Urban made four tackles, including a sack, and forced two fumbles. At a lengthy 6’7″/300 lbs, Urban looks like a big time breakout candidate for the Ravens in 2017.

Meanwhile, Michael Pierce flashed his own dominance as the team’s starting nose tackle versus Washington. Pierce was an unmovable object on the Ravens defensive line and had three tackles including a huge tackle for loss on Washington running back Rob Kelley. A former undrafted free agent in 2016, Pierce ended up with 35 tackles and two sacks and really came on strong down the end of the stretch. Pierce will become one of the focal points of the team’s defense, as Baltimore has historically had great nose tackles. The 340 lb. Pierce hopes to live up to the hype surrounding him and the expectations are through the roof.

Charles McDonald of Setting the Edge explains why Michael Pierce is in for a breakout sophomore season in his Sophomore Spotlight.

But those two aren’t the only studs on this defensive line. Rounding out the likely starters, Brandon Williams will take the 3-tech defensive tackle spot in 2017 and start alongside Urban and Pierce. Williams was given a massive payday this offseason, inking a five-year, $54 million contract with the Ravens. Williams, entering his fifth season in the league, looks to take on a new role for the defense after starting his first four seasons as the team’s nose tackle. Now as a defensive tackle, the 340 lb. Williams will be asked to produce more sacks in addition to his run stuffing prowess.

Behind these three massive men lies crucial depth for this team. The aforementioned Bronson Kaufusi enters 2017 essentially as a rookie after missing all of the 2016 season with a broken ankle. Beyond him, the Ravens selected Chris Wormley out of Michigan in the third round of this past draft. Wormley will likely play a major part of the Ravens rotation as a rookie.

RELATED: Chris Wormley Scouting Report

The Ravens also have guys such as third-year man Carl Davis and second-year man Willie Henry, who both (when healthy) are massive men who are extremely disruptive as pass rushers. Both will also become better run defenders with the rest of this defensive line. The final man for this group is undrafted free agent Patrick Ricard. Ricard looks like a potential UDFA steal for the Ravens shoud he make the roster. With how deep this defensive line is, he might not make it. Even so, he could still easily wind up on another team’s depth chart.

With all of this in mind, take into account the chemistry the defensive linemen will have together and consider all of them bring massive bodies to the table and it isn’t too far of a stretch to see this group as one of the best defensive lines in the league. Unfortunately, it is hard to see any of the above names grabbing a plethora of Pro Bowl votes. But we should know by now that the Pro Bowl doesn’t mean hardly anything. After all, Darren Sproles made the Pro Bowl in 2017 without accumulating even 1,000 scrimmage yards (massive eye roll).

Looking at it from a pure impact standpoint, there won’t be many defensive lines around the league that will compete with Baltimore’s. The talent and depth set them apart from the rest of the league and could very well result in the Ravens possessing the league’s number one rushing defense. After all, the Ravens ranked fifth in the category a year ago. If the defensive line lives up to the hype, opposing teams will struggle to move the ball against this mammoth of a defensive line. Meanwhile, they will open up lanes for linebackers such as C.J. Mosley to fly in and make plays. Not to mention outside edge rushers like Terrell Suggs will enjoy one-on-one match-ups while the big boys like Brandon Williams eat up blocks.

Again, look at it from an impact standpoint, the Ravens have a top five defensive line at worst. View it from a production standpoint and they still could wind up in the top five. This defensive line looks special for the Ravens. Look out and fair warning to the rest of the league. The Ravens are bringing back smash-mouth football inside the trenches.

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Three Step Drop – August 15th Podcast

Discussing the recent preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers. 53 man roster prediction included. Fan questions answered at the end of the podcast.

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Fantasy Values, Busts and Sleepers: NFC East

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Football is back! With the preseason under way fantasy players are doing mock drafts hourly (or maybe it’s just me) to prepare for their fantasy drafts. Each year fantasy owners want to construct their team with a proper mix of good value players and upside sleepers while avoiding players with high bust potential. For my fantasy readers, this is part two of eight installments where I will go division by division giving you two players with great ADP value, two players with high bust potential and two sleepers that could help put your team over the top. Today is the NFC East. Players ADP and rankings is based off standard scoring according to the fantasy football calculator. So let’s begin and as always, happy hunting fantasy friends!

Packers at Redskins Wildcard Game 01/10/16
Packers at Redskins Wildcard Game 01/10/16

ADP Values

Kirk Cousins QB Redskins (8.07)- The magic number with Cousins is four. That’s how many quarterbacks finished ahead of Cousins in scoring last season. Yet this year Cousins is currently being drafted as the QB10. In a pass first offense, Cousins has thrown for over 4,100 yards and 25 touchdowns in each of his two seasons as the starter. With many weapons on offense around him, Cousins is expected to put up similar numbers this season. An underrated part of Cousins’ fantasy production is his ability to score rushing touchdowns. In his two seasons as the starter, Cousins has nine rushing touchdowns; an added bonus for fantasy owners. With many fantasy players willing to take quarterbacks early for “name value” be smart, take Cousins and watch the fantasy points come in.

Terrelle Pryor WR Redskins (3.06)- Pryor might be the most polarizing fantasy player this season. Many say he is ready to break out now that he has a real quarterback throwing him the ball, others say he was an one year wonder who needed 140 targets to barely reach 1,000 yards. My answer is simple; draft Pryor and let his play do the talking for you. Pryor is currently being drafted as the WR13 and that is too low. Pryor plays in a high volume pass first offense and now that he has Kirk Cousins throwing to him, he could finish the season as a top eight wide receiver. Someone who might be lacking the big name is sure not lacking the big game.

Busts

Dak Prescott QB Cowboys (10.06)- For the record I’m a big Prescott fan and think he is a future star in the league but his fantasy value is way over blown. Playing for a run first team limits Prescott’s upside, especially in six point passing touchdown leagues. Dallas had the most rushing attempts in the league last season with 499 but Prescott had only 57 attempts. In the offseason the team lost two starters off of the best offensive line in the league. Last season Prescott had only four interceptions and that number will be higher this season. With better quarterback options currently being drafted behind him like Matthew Stafford; be cautious drafting Prescott and expecting another top seven finish.

Brandon Marshall WR Giants (5.09)- I believe Marshall has some gas left in the tank but not enough to be drafted as a top 24 wide receiver. Currently Marshall sits just outside that mark as WR25. Last season was one of the worst seasons in Marshall’s career and now with the Giants he should have a bounce back year. However, with a Giants offense that is going to continue to feature Odell Beckham Jr., Marshall will have to fight Sterling Shepard and rookie Evan Engram for targets. With better receivers being drafted behind him with safer floors or higher upside like Golden Tate and Willie Snead, be smart and pass on Marshall.

Sleepers

Evan Engram TE Giants (14.01)- The general rule is rarely do rookie tight ends make a major fantasy impact; this is the year that rule will be broken. Engram is a mismatch nightmare for opposing defenses and in camp has shown to be dangerous one on one. Eli Manning should sooner than later develop a trust with Engram in the red zone. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Engram with a season similar to Hunter Henry last season. Eight touchdowns is a real possibility for Engram. Currently being drafted as TE22, Engram should be drafted ahead of many of the guy currently picked before him. Tight ends like Jared Cook and Jason Witten don’t offer the same upside as Engram. If you’re looking for a tight end late in the draft that can pop and be a steal, Engram is your best bet.

Josh Doctson WR Redskins (13.03)- A rookie season to forget, Doctson had only two catches for 66 yards in 2016 before being placed on injured reserved with an Achilles injury. Reports out of the Redskins’ training camp state that Doctson has fully recovered from that Achilles injury. The Redskins lost 224 targets from last year’s team in free agency and while a big number of them is expected to go to Terrelle Pryor and Jamison Crowder, Doctson should get about 80 of them. When the Redskins drafted Doctson last year they planned on this being the year he takes on a starting role. Currently being selected as the WR57, Doctson offers more upside than many other receivers taken ahead of him; like Ted Ginn Jr. and John Ross. As your fifth wide receiver selected, swing for the fences and see Doctson live up to his first round draft selection.

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Providence Bruins Continue Signing Defensemen

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I wrote an article yesterday following a lead from Providence Journal’s  Bruins Hockey writer Mark Divver about the American Hockey Leagues Providence Bruins signing Connor Clifton, and the top minor-pro affiliate of the National Hockey Leagues Boston Bruins have struck again. Earlier today said writer Mark Divver reported on Twitter that the AHL franchise has signed an AHL contract with defenseman Taylor Doherty.

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Last season the Cambridge, Ontario Canada native was up and down the minor system o of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs spending 12 games with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, 30 games with the East Coast Hockey Leagues Orlando Solar Bears before being loaned to the Baby B’s for 10 games where he earned two points.  Originally drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the second round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, he’s spent a majority of time in the AHL locally with the Worcester Sharks who’s franchise was shipped out west to keep prospects close and travel at a minimum cost. In those ten games with the Providence team, he earned only two points.

The 26-year-old Doherty is a solid blueliner at 6′-8″  236-pounds and could be that veteran minor leaguer to take the place of departed Alex Grant who I was shocked didn’t get another minor-pro contract to stay with the B’s after he had the best year of his lifetime offensively. The AHL journeyman has 43 points in 256 career AHL games.  In the East Coast Hockey League, he has 32 points in 54 games and can be optioned to the NHL B’s Premier “AA” team with the Atlanta Gladiators of the ECHL to add defensive size to help Glad’s goaltenders Matt Ginn and Bruins 2015 third round pick Dan Vladar.

Regardless of minor league placement the increased amount of defensemen in the lower leagues are certainly stacking up with names with main stay name such as Chris Breen, Tommy Cross, Rob O’Gara, and Matt Grzelcyk already on the team with the additions of first-year minor-pro defensemen Emil Johansson, Jeremy Lauzon, Jakub Zboril, and the recent signings of Connor Clifton and article topic Taylor Doherty, this is certainly going to be an interesting training camp coming up within a month. With the additions of youth coming into the system for the first time, it’s almost seemingly the signings of Clifton and Doherty might be to add some strength with opposing players taking Liberties on the younger developing players.

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Almost Showtime! Preview of the Los Angeles Rams by the dicky, dicky doc y’all, Scoop Dougherty!

Los Angeles Rams – 2017 Preview
      by Scoop Dougherty
The Los Angeles (nee St. Louis) Rams won their only Super Bowl in 1999 as the “Greatest Show on Turf”. At that time, new Rams mentor Sean McVay was only 13 years old. In the eighteen years since then, not only have the Rams relocated, they have descended into a prolonged period of non-relevancy. They have not won more than 7 games in the last five years, including a dismal 4 win season in 2016. That mark brought about the end of the Jeff Fisher era and led to the hiring of former Washington Redskin Offensive Coordinator McVay who, at 31, is the youngest head coach in National Football League history.
Offensively, the Rams were statistically the worst in not only the National Football Conference, but in the entire NFL. Their total offense was dead last at 262.7 yards per contest, as were their scoring (14.0 points per game) and third down efficiency (31.5%). Enter McVay, who helped turn Kirk Cousins into a quality NFL starter and sparked a resurgent ‘Skin offense. Two of his primary goals will be to groom former No. 1 pick Jared Goff into a successful pro QB and to have 2015 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Todd Gurley return to form after a pedestrian total of 885 yards rushing in 2016.
The Rams’ QB’s (Case Keenum and Goff) were sacked the second most times in the league last campaign (49). To  help remedy that, the team signed veteran tackle Andrew Whitworth (from the Bengals) and center John Sullivan (from the Redskins). While they lost their top receiver from last season (Kenny Britt, 68/1002/5), they acquired from Buffalo both Robert Woods and underperformer Sammy Watkins. Tavon Austin is expected to help more as a receiver, complementing his kick returning skills. Gurley should benefit from both a more prolific passing game and a refurbished offensive line.
Legendary defensive guru Wade Phillips was hired to aid the young and inexperienced head coach. Phillips was the  mastermind of the dominant defense of the Denver Broncos. He will change the Rams’ defensive scheme from a 4-3 to a 3-4. Fortunately, the defense remains stout, unlike its offensive counterpart. Defensive tackle Aaron Donald (Pitt) is as good as they get and is generally considered one of the NFL’s top ten players. He has 28 sacks in his 3 seasons and should continue to thrive under Phillips. It is hoped that former Pro Bowler Robert Quinn will revert to form, stay healthy, and shine in a role similar to that of former Bronco DeMarcus Ware. The pickup of OLB Connor Barwin from Philadelphia could pay dividends if he can repeat his 2014 stats of 14.5 stats. He was not a good fit in Philly under DC Jim Schwartz. Aggressive interior linemen Alex Ogletree and Mark Barron help make the Rams’ front seven robust (last year ranked 9th overall in the league). The secondary will be led by two time franchisee Trumaine Johnson and not much else.
Greg Zuerlein (kicker) and Johnny Hecker (punter) will lead LAR’s special teams and the team will search for a replacement for the departed Benny Cunningham to help Austin with the kick returning chores.
It is unrealistic to expect the Rams to improve much, if any, over last year’s 4-12 record. Goff has to take huge steps in his second year and Gurley has to rebound. The defense will hold their own, but the success of the offense will dictate whether or not this team can climb out of its recent trend of mediocrity.

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Five players to watch for in Bills-Eagles

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Week two of preseason action sees the Bills travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles Thursday night, with many roster spots still up for grabs and several established veterans fighting for jobs.

Here are five players to keep an eye on during the game:

Rod Streater: He’s been hailed as one of the best players at camp so far this summer, but Streater was held off the box score in the team’s first preseason game against the Vikings. He saw decent playing time in that game, but needs to get some targets against the Eagles so that Buffalo’s coaching staff can see exactly what they are getting from the veteran in game action. Wowing the coaches and fans in practice with one-handed grabs is nice, but with many questions remaining at the wide receiver position, Streater needs to start making some of those plays against opposing defenses to secure a roster spot.

Reggie RaglandIt is time for the former second round selection to step up, whether it’s for a spot on Buffalo’s roster or to impress a potential suitor via trade. It’s been no secret that Ragland hasn’t done much this summer to distinguish himself in Sean McDermott’s defense. While questions remain about his fit in the scheme, lingering injury problems, or simply if he can be a starting 4-3 linebacker in the NFL, the 23-year-old still has a chance to turn things around in the coming weeks. Ragland figures to play at least two full quarters against the Eagles, and even if he won’t be going against a first-team offense, his play will still be watched closely by McDermott and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.

 

Nate PetermanThe rookie was strong in the first preseason game and was rewarded by getting second-team reps in practice this week. With the Bills only carrying three quarterbacks this summer, each quarterback on the roster will get more playing time than in years past. Tyrod Taylor will probably only play a couple of series over the final three preseason games, so it will be a true competition between Yates and Peterman for the backup job. While Yates hasn’t been a complete disaster, the rookie has outplayed him so far and now has the added benefit of being able to play on the field with Buffalo’s primary backups. Although the Bills wanted a veteran quarterback to play behind Taylor, the performance of their fifth-round selection could cause the team to alter their plans and put skill above experience.

 

Austin Rehkow: Punters are people, too. Rehkow was signed as an undrafted free agent in the offseason by the Bills in hopes to motivate Colton Schmidt after a rough 2016 season. Rehkow, also a tremendous kicking leg, led the Sun Belt in points scored last season and has missed only rarely during training camp. Rehkow was used sparingly against the Vikings, only kicking one extra point (which he made), as the Bills used Schmidt for all six punting opportunities. While Steven Hauschka’s job appears locked up, many thought that Rehkow’s versatility could serve as the extra push in the battle with Schmidt, and Thursday could be the first time he shows that in game action.

Ronald Darby: I couldn’t leave him off the list. Less than a week after being traded by the Bills, Darby will have a shot to square up against his former teammates. It’s been confirmed by reporters in Philly that Darby will at least see the field for a couple of series Thursday, as the Eagles probably just want him to get his feet wet with the limited practice time he’s had so far with the team. Darby’s matchups against Boldin and Jones will bring some much needed excitement to a week 2 preseason game. We will see just how motivated he is to prove that his sophomore slump was just a fluke last season.

Other players that could use a big game: Vlad Ducasse, Dez Lewis, Ryan Davis, Bacarri Rambo, and Shareece Wright.

 

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Fantasy Values, Busts and Sleepers: AFC East

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Football is back! With the preseason underway fantasy players are doing mock drafts hourly (or maybe it’s just me) to prepare for their fantasy drafts. Each year fantasy owners want to construct their team with a proper mix of good value players and upside sleepers while avoiding players with high bust potential. For my fantasy readers, this is part one of eight installments where I will go division-by-division giving you two players with great ADP value, two players with high bust potential and two sleepers that could help put your team over the top. Today is the AFC East. Player’s ADP and rankings is based off standard scoring according to the fantasy football calculator. So let’s begin and as always, happy hunting fantasy friends!

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ADP Values

Rob Gronkowski TE Patriots (2.08)- Despite the extended injury history and all the additions to the offense over the last two seasons, Gronkowski is a tier of his own. After the past couple of years when Gronkowski was over drafted, his current draft spot at number 20 overall is an ideal spot for him. When healthy, Gronkowski is a difference maker for the Patriots and your fantasy team. Touchdown production is key for tight ends and in seven seasons, Gronkowski has five double-digit touchdown seasons. As the focal point of the Patriots high powered offense, Gronkowski is worth the late second round pick and will give you the leg up at the tight end spot every week.

LeSean McCoy RB Bills (1.06)- With the Ezekiel Elliot suspension and the Sammy Watkins trade, McCoy should be considered the clear-cut first pick after the five elite players. McCoy finished as the RB3 last season and could be in store for an even bigger season this year. With Watkins gone, the Bills offense will feature a heavy dose of McCoy, both in the running and passing game. With the expected high volume of touches that should mitigate any risks you might have about McCoy. The Bills very easily could give McCoy 25+ plus touches a game.

Busts

Brandin Cooks WR Patriots (3.04)- The Patriots made a great trade in acquiring Cooks this offseason, but his fantasy value is about to take a hit. Last season in New Orleans, Cooks finished as the WR8 posting 78 catches for 1,173 yards and eight touchdowns. However, last season the Patriots finished 23rd in the league in pass attempts while the Saints finished second; the Saints threw the ball 124 more times than the Patriots. Cooks now has to fight for targets in an offense where he is no longer the top receiving threat. Cooks will have a big impact for the Patriots, but currently being drafted as the WR12, he doesn’t have the same upside as some of the receivers drafted behind him to finish as a WR1 this year.

Julius Thomas TE Dolphins (13.11)- Many fantasy owners believe Thomas will have a bounce back season in Miami under former offensive coordinator Adam Gase; whom he played for in Denver. However, Peyton Manning isn’t playing for the Dolphins. Ryan Tannehill is out for the season with an ACL injury and is replaced by Jay Cutler. Thomas struggled with injuries while in Jacksonville and now lacks the upside as a late round tight end. After two seasons in Denver with 12 touchdowns each year, Thomas had nine combined touchdowns in two years in Jacksonville. Expect Thomas to only score three or four this season in Miami. Fantasy owners are better investing a late round pick in a tight end with more upside like Evan Engram or Austin Hooper.

Sleepers

James White RB Patriots (12.06)- Breaking out during Superbowl 51, White showed his importance to the Patriots. In the offseason the Patriots gave White a three year, $12 million dollar contract extension. White’s new contract cements him as the team’s pass catching back. Last season White had 60 catches for 551 yards and five receiving touchdowns. White’s five touchdowns were tied for most among running backs. In PPR leagues, White is a weekly FLEX play for your fantasy team and even in standard leagues White is just an injury or a poor performance by Mike Gillislee away from being the team’s starter. Last season White was the RB26 in PPR scoring and has a chance this year to improve on that ranking. Currently White is being drafted as the RB45 in PPR leagues with guys like Jamaal Charles and Jacquizz Rodgers going ahead of him. White can be that sneaky player you can grab late and start weekly.

DeVante Parker WR Dolphins (8.11)- Currently Parker is being drafted as the WR39 and that is too low considering his upside. Every offseason we hear how this is the year Parker breaks out, but this year I believe it’s true. Ryan Tannehill is out for the season with an ACL injury and newly signed Jay Cutler is expected to be the starter. In Chicago, Cutler enjoyed throwing to Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery; two big, tall receivers who can work the boundary. Parker has the same body type as those two and Cutler likes to throw the ball deep which also helps Parker. I also believe in the “third year receiver” theory and Parker should have a career year this season. He could be a weekly low-end WR2 or high-end FLEX with a chance to break off a big play every game.

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Oakland Raiders 2017 Fantasy Preview: Derek Carr is Being Way Overvalued

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It feels like most people assume Marshawn Lynch will become beast mode again this season. That is almost impossible to even imagine. At 31, coming out of retirement, Lynch can’t be the running back he was from 2011-2014.

BUST: Marshawn Lynch

Lynch is being drafted in early round two, ahead of Isaiah Crowell. This is way too high for Lynch who is reported to see fewer than 200 carries. The Raiders will use Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington in passing downs, limiting his value. Lynch will be very touchdown dependent and is too risky to be drafted as an RB1.

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Derek Carr is one of the rising stars in the NFL. His ADP is too high to return real value though. With an improved defense and a strong running game, Carr’s numbers aren’t worth a sixth round pick. Russell Wilson, Cam Newton, Kirk Cousins, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota are all being drafted after Carr. With so much talent available, you can wait a couple rounds for a quarterback and still get a great player.

Amari Cooper had 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first two seasons. Even after two strong seasons, it feels like Cooper hasn’t reached his full potential. Expect 80-90 catches and 1,000-1,2000 receiving yards and 5-6 touchdowns from Cooper. Michael Crabtree and Jared Cook will limit Cooper’s scoring potential in the redzone.

Crabtree has put together two great seasons in Oakland. He’s led the Raiders in targets for the last two seasons and finished as WR12 in PPR scoring last season. Coming off the board in round five, Crabtree provides great value. After finishing in the top 10 in endzone targets for receivers the last two seasons, Crabtree is a solid pick. As your WR2, Crabtree gives you someone that can reach double-digit touchdowns in the middle rounds.

SLEEPER: Jared Cook

After a solid season in Green Bay, Cook joins another elite offense in Oakland. As the third option to Crabtree and Cooper, Cook doesn’t have a defined role. His offseason ADP of TE20 is really low. With an offense that will be scoring a lot, Cook is worth a late round pick and offers more value than Julius Thomas who is being drafted before him.

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Episode #30 New Format, ‘17 Class Engram, Mccaffrey, Godwin, ‘18 QBs

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Join us for a brand new Cover 1 The Podcast with new hosts, Russell Brown and Jesse Fritsch! The guys will be bringing you premium NFL Draft content on current NFL Draft prospects and previous draft prospects! There will be live draft evaluations, positional rankings and so much more!

A look back at the 2017 NFL Draft Class

Evan Engram

Christian Mccaffrey

Chris Godwin

Jamal Williams

2018 Prospects

Sam Darnold

Josh Rosen

Baker Mayfield

Luke Falk

Mason Rudolph

 

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Evan Engram Adds Another Dynamic to Giants Passing Game

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New York Giants
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The New York Giants 1st round pick, Evan Engram is having a real strong camp. The Giants currently have Rhett Ellison as the starting TE, but with Engram’s versatility he will be able to be moved around and thrown in different formations. He has been used alot in redzone drills. Engram has beaten the All-Pro safety, Landon Collins a handful of times in 1-1 drills and made a nice grab for a TD on Collins during the team’s 11 on 11 period.

Engram has consistently won at the line of scrimmage and always finds a way to get open. Even in the first game and throughout training camp Engram has showed he is willing to put his hand in the dirt and block. Tackles always like tight ends who are willing to block, so Ellison and Engram will fit perfectly. Engram has been discredited as a run blocker throughout the entire draft process, but so far has proved the doubters wrong.

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Engram saw a good amount of snaps in his first preseason action, only catching one ball from Geno Smith. One catch for 11 yards aren’t stats that are going to “wow” you. As expected Engram has been moved all over the place. He saw time lined up at fullback and tight end during his first game. Engram has the speed to really create some separation in the middle of the field. His versatility is going to benefit all the WRs because teams will have a tough time with just a linebacker lined up, you will probably even see some safeties come down and man up.

Besides Jeremy Shockey and Mark Bavaro, you can’t really name any big time TE that the Giants have had, but Engram looks totally different than the flurry of TEs the Giants have fielded as of late. A lot is expected from the rookie and as time continues he will fully understand this offense and how he will be used because there are so many things McAdoo can do with him. Giant fans should be very excited for what he brings to the table.

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8-16-17 Training Camp Awards, Bills vs. Eagles Preview

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Nate Geary and Kevin Massare hand out their training camp awards and thoughts on guys that stood out. Next they give a preview of what they are looking for Thursday night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rock Pile Report Seventy Four

August 17, 2017

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This week, the Buffalo Bills made some of the boldest moves that we’ve seen in decades, and thus we spend this week focusing on the trades, their value vs cost and what it means for the franchise moving forward. In the words of Jerry McGuire – “Who’s comin’ with me?!”

We also discuss the end of training camp, Drew’s on-field interview with Eddie Yarbrough & we continue our AFCEast roundup by talking to everyone’s favorite Patriots fan Christian Simonelli about New Englands offseason thus far!

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Buffalo Bills vs Minnesota Vikings Primer

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