How freshman Will Anderson is giving Alabama the pass rush spark it needs

The moment that Will Anderson stepped on campus in Tuscaloosa as a true freshman from Hampton, Ga., the buzz started. It got stronger and stronger, even without spring practice. By the time the season arrived, it wasn’t all that surprising that the 6-foot-4, 235-pounder had earned a starting role on the Alabama defense. You can […]

Trey Hendrickson? No. 3 in the NFL in sacks? Inside the Saints defender’s rise

Maybe it’s time we start mentioning Trey Hendrickson as more than an afterthought when rattling off the Saints’ historically great 2017 NFL Draft class. The defensive end ranks third in the league with 7½ sacks through the midpoint of the 2020 season. No, we’re not talking Cam Jordan or Marcus Davenport, both first-round picks. I’m […]

Why don’t the Hurricanes have more sacks? A defensive dive before N.C. State

When Gregory Rousseau opted out because of COVID-19 concerns prior to the season, the Miami Hurricanes still expected to have one of the best pass-rushing units in the country. And they’ve still been very good. With Temple transfer Quincy Roche and former No. 1 overall recruit Jaelan Phillips creating 22 pressures each at defensive end, […]

Alabama’s pass rush conundrum: How effective has it really been?

Is the glass half empty or half full? As with a lot of things, it depends on your perspective. Is Alabama’s pass rush effective or ineffective? Well, it depends on your perspective, how you interpret stats and which stats you value most. Here are the facts. Form your own opinion. Alabama ranks 12th in the […]

Von Miller suffers “freak” injury, could return this season

9News’ Mike Klis has confirmed that the Broncos do expect Von Miller to need surgery. He said a source at camp said Miller said something “felt something funny” in his ankle near the end of practice. He was immediately taken for an MRI. Klis said it’s likely the Broncos will lose Miller for an extended period of time. Click here to […]

2019 LA Rams 5 man pass rush ranks fourth in NFL

The LA Rams were one of the most “results-oriented” pass-sacking defenses in the NFL in 2019. Results-oriented, because the Rams generated 50 quarterback sacks in 2019, good for the fourth-ranked defense in the nation.  But as is the case with many such statistics, there is the story within the story. You see, teams get credit for the sacks, […]

5 things Cowboys need to do to reach Super Bowl LV, including a position upgrade that will be vital

The Cowboys are now on the clock along with everybody else to reach the Super Bowl in 2021. To get there, the Cowboys need to make some drastic changes to how they go about their business. We review five key areas for possible success if the Cowboys want to make the Super Bowl next season. […]

The Cowboys’ trade for Michael Bennett already looks like the steal of the NFL season

The 2019 NFL tradeline was a dud. There were no blockbuster trades on deadline day and the days leading up to it saw only a handful of contributing players switch teams. In my post recapping the trades, I wrote: “The NFL landscape hasn’t changed much over the last few days.” I may have been wrong. […]

Leonard Williams makes sense in the short term for the Giants

Williams will slide into a crowded defensive line group for the Giants. The Giants have spent recent draft capital on a trio of defensive tackles in Dalvin Tomlinson (55th overall in 2017), B.J. Hill (69th overall in 2018), and Dexter Lawrence (17th overall in 2019). With the draft picks they just invested into Williams, he’s […]

Stat of the Week: The Deepest Position in the 2019 NFL Draft

By Bryce Rossler Defensive line is the deepest position in the 2019 NFL Draft. Between interior and edge players, there are 16 players in the SIS Football Rookie Handbook that we project to develop into either a high-level starter or Pro Bowler. Alabama’s Quinnen Williams and Houston’s Ed Oliver headline the defensive tackles, while Ohio State’s Nick Bosa,Mississippi State’s Montez Sweat, and Kentucky’s Josh Allen are […]

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