Late for Work 9/2: Pundits Continue to Debate Lamar Jackson’s Rushing Workload

Since he’s come into the NFL, Lamar Jackson’s rushing workload has been debated. That continues after Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman said “we’ll all have to wait and find out” how many designed rushing attempts Jackson will have this season.  According to ESPN, Jackson’s 135 designed runs last season were the most of any quarterback since the statistic was first tracked […]

Why DJ Chark is The Next Jaguars Player Deserving of a Big Second Contract

Just a few years ago, fans and analysts alike pondered how the Jacksonville Jaguars would be able to fit all of their young talent under the cap. Jalen Ramsey, Yannick Ngakoue and Leonard Fournette were just a few of the young cornerstones the team figured to build around. Now, all are gone. The last time […]

Why Football Outsiders projects Broncos to win seven games in 2020

Almost every year, SB Nation partners with Football Outsiders to discuss the data in their annual and we get to dive in and look at their information specific to each of the teams we cover. The Denver Broncos section was written by Mike Tanier. We asked Football Outsiders some questions about that Broncos chapter in the Football Outsiders […]

The Ravens are going to miss Earl Thomas more than everybody realizes

Earl Thomas was kicked out of Baltimore in about the same time it usually takes him to diagnose a play. Just days after getting into it with fellow safety Chuck Clark on the practice field, the Ravens released the Pro Bowl safety for “personal conduct that has adversely affected” the team. Based on the reports that have […]

Here’s How Kirksey Could Change Defense

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Last season, Mike Pettine’s Green Bay Packers defense lined up with six-plus defensive backs on a league-high 52 percent of the snaps, according to Sports Info Solutions. With that, there are two questions worth considering with the 2020 season barely three weeks away. One, is that simply the way Pettine prefers […]

Clark Signs Big Contract Extension

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Just before the first practice of training camp on Saturday, the Green Bay Packers signed defensive tackle Kenny Clark to a lucrative contract extension. Clark was asleep on Friday night when his agent reached out to tell him about the deal. “Man, let’s do it,” Clark said in recalling that conversation […]

2020 fantasy football draft rankings: The running back tiers

What are positional tiers? Tiers are groups of players with a similar expected fantasy point performance for the season. It’s positive to draft any of the players in that tier because they are all of comparable value. Players not in that tier would represent a notable drop off in fantasy points. Tiering stops you from […]

Wednesday Walkthroughs: Our favorite stats for understanding NFL football better

The nerds have won. Football is awash in advanced metrics, and even if it’s a little hard for the hardcore traditionalists to accept, it’s probably for the best. Still, sorting through the avalanche of numbers can be a challenge. To cut through some of that clutter, here’s a look at the stats some of our […]

How Seahawks Can Deploy Quinton Dunbar, Jamal Adams with Matchup Zone Concepts

The 2020 Seahawks have a loaded secondary. In March, they acquired quality cornerback Quinton Dunbar from the Washington Football Team for a fifth-round pick. Then there was the blockbuster trade for All-Pro strong safety Jamal Adams. Finally, Dunbar’s offseason legal saga ended. After the Broward County State Attorney’s Office declined to press charges in a May 13 […]

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, […]

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