Ten things: A football nerd’s guide to the 2020 Cleveland Browns

At this time last year, there was considerable hype surrounding the Cleveland Browns. Baker Mayfield was coming off of a promising rookie season. The team had acquired Odell Beckham Jr. and hired Freddie Kitchens. It had young, talented players like Nick Chubb and Myles Garrett to build around. The future, for the first time in […]

There’s absolutely no reason the Vikings should give Dalvin Cook the contract he wants

Another top running back is coming up on the end of his rookie deal and he is reportedly asking for a lot of money, so I guess we’re doing this again. This time around, we have Dalvin Cook taking center stage in the latest episode of NFL Twitter’s favorite show: Does This Running Back Matter? Admittedly, […]

Gardner Minshew 2020 outlook: Flashes from Jaguars QB’s rookie year and how he can take next step

Gardner Minshew was the most pleasant surprise of the rookie class of quarterbacks in 2019. He played in 14 games, completed nearly 61% of his passes, hit the 7.0 yards-per-attempt threshold and tossed 21 touchdowns to just six picks.  He mostly didn’t play like a sixth-round pick, yet there were a few games in which his […]

A football nerd’s guide to the New England Patriots’ 2020 season

Editor’s note: Prior to the start of the season, Sheil Kapadia will provide in-depth analytical breakdowns for all 32 NFL teams. You can find the teams he’s already covered here. The New England Patriots were 12-3 and well-positioned for a bye heading into their Week 17 matchup against the Miami Dolphins. That’s when things fell […]

K.J. Hamler is the Discount Henry Ruggs

The Broncos are all in on second-year quarterback Drew Lock. Denver’s front office has revamped their offense this offseason with the acquisition of Melvin Gordon in free agency and the selection of Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy with the 15th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Lock is also surrounded by receiver Courtland Sutton, tight end Noah Fant, and running back Phillip Lindsay. Jeudy’s […]

Coachspeak: White on Boston College’s Dillon

GREEN BAY, Wis. – A few numbers about A.J. Dillon stick out like the sore thumb (and sore abdominals and sore shoulders and, well, sore everything) he inflicted on opponents during three hard-charging seasons at Boston College. From 2017 through 2019, he topped 1,100-plus rushing yards in each season. In 2019, he recorded career highs […]

NFL bettors are repeating last year’s mistake by betting on Josh Allen to win MVP

With a dearth of sports to bet on during this global pandemic, gamblers are undoubtedly desperate for something to bet on. Ordinarily, I’d use that as an explanation for this stat, which comes via Syracuse.com… “According to Oddschecker spokesperson Pete Watt, there are more bets on [Josh] Allen to win MVP right now than any other player … […]

Examining the NFC East: Tight Ends

Our daily series examining the NFC East from a positional perspective with the help of league personnel sources tackles tight end and 12 personnel next, arguably the strongest position in Philadelphia with Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert giving the Eagles a credible argument for the best tandem in the league. In a weird way, however, […]

OBR Analytics: The Return of Rashard Higgins

The Cleveland Browns front office was faced with numerous difficult roster decisions this offseason, as the fresh eyes of Andrew Berry & Co. combed through each position group to determine the best franchise fits.  One player, in particular, was a wide receiver that many fans hold close to their heart: Rashard Higgins.  After a coming-out […]

What the data tells us about Troy Dye, the Vikings’ latest Day Three linebacker

The Vikings have drafted at least one linebacker on Day Three of the draft every year since 2009, accumulating 15 last-day picks at the position in those 12 years. Primarily, these players serve special teams roles, but often contribute from scrimmage, with Jasper Brinkley, Gerald Hodges, Audie Cole and Ben Gedeon all earning significant playing […]

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