Justin Herbert’s rapid rise reminds us that evaluating QB prospects is absolutely futile

If I were to put together a list of the quarterbacks I’d most like to build around, Justin Herbert might crack the top-five. I’m saying that now, but four months ago, I thought the guy was legitimately bad at football. My point is, I’m an idiot. But I’m not alone. When it comes to evaluating […]

Kyler Murray Is Leading the Arizona Cardinals on a Joy Ride

The Arizona Cardinals are the latest team to challenge the “N.F.L. establishment.” They are dangerous subversives with a thrilling dual-threat quarterback and a slick upstart coach whose gimmicky system is all dessert and no vegetables. They may be fun to watch, but conventional wisdom nervously warns that they won’t amount to anything until they grow […]

Chargers rookie QB Justin Herbert is beating defenses at a historic rate

When I studied Justin Herbert’s Oregon tape, I wasn’t convinced that Herbert would be an NFL quarterback right away, never mind being a top-tier quarterback in the NFL. I thought it would take at least a couple years for him to figure it out at the next level. When I compiled my list of “boom-or-bust” […]

It Doesn’t Matter Anymore Whether You Think Josh Allen Is Good

In the latest mind-boggling development of 2020, Josh Allen is decidedly good at playing quarterback. I know. I know. Walking back takes about the Bills signal-caller being bad is a social media phenomenon that is pretty stunning to witness. But after yet another outstanding performance Sunday, it’s time to face the music. Three weeks into the NFL season, […]

Joe Burrow debut analysis: Bengals have found their long-term quarterback

Joe Burrow represents a new dawn for Bengals fans everywhere. The 2019 Heisman Trophy winner was selected first overall by the Bengals back in April. One COVID dominated off-season later and Burrow made his long-awaited debut at home, in front of an empty Paul Brown stadium, against the LA Chargers. Burrow impressed mightily and was […]

The Fantasy Football Impact of Cam Newton to Patriots

Cam Newton to New England is already impacting the Patriots’ 2020 odds. But how does his signing affect his and his new teammates’ fantasy football outlooks? Two of our expert rankers — Chris Raybon and Sean Koerner — analyze the fantasy fit for Newton and how him potentially starting would impact their projections for Julian Edelman, […]

What Do the Numbers Say About How Gardner Minshew Compared to Other Rookie QBs?

There were 11 quarterbacks selected in the 2019 NFL Draft, five of which attempted at least 150 passes last season. Of those quarterbacks, four were selected in the top-50 with the lone exception being Jacksonville Jaguars sixth-round pick Gardner Minshew. Minshew was drafted to back up newly signed quarterback Nick Foles, but Minshew ended up […]

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 […]

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 … […]

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