2018 Fantasy Football Weekly: May 24

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You probably remember my Way Too Early Fantasy Rankings from a couple of weeks ago. Well, I’ve changed my mind on what I said in that post; My 2018 fantasy football analysis is no longer going in alphabetical order–it’s all over the place. It’s in complete chaos. The good news is that NFL.com has opened their mock drafts, so I have a more updated list of players to work with, including the rookies. That also means I can base my rankings more on where players should be drafted, rather than how many points they will score this season (ex: QBs will score the most points, but the gap between the best and the worst QBs is significantly less than the gap between the best and the worst RBs and WRs). Anyway, I’m trying to get my poop in a group (s*** together, if you prefer). Here is my first official Top 25 2018 Fantasy Fooball Ranking, in the order in which you should draft them:

 

  1. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL.com ranking: 1)
  2. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys (3)
  3. Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams (2)
  4. David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals (4)
  5. Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints (6)
  6. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans (10)
  7. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons (12) 

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  8. Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (9)
  9. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (5)
  10. Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (8)
  11. Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons (18)
  12. Odell Beckham Jr, WR, New York Giants (11)
  13. Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants (7)
  14. Melvin Gordon, RB, Los Angeles Chargers (13)
  15. Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints (15)
  16. LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills (17)
  17. Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (20)
  18. Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers (14)
  19. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers (19)
  20. Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings (16)
  21. Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers (22)
  22. AJ Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (21)
  23. Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings (24)
  24. Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots (23)
  25. TY Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts (29)
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2018 NFL Draft Class Rankings

I previously promised a more in-depth look at my plus-minus system; Here it is in my ranking of the draft classes from the 2018 NFL Draft. The plus-minus system reflects the overall value of each teams’ collective drafts. The greater the plus is, the greater a value a team got. The minuses are reaches-players who were drafted earlier than they should have been. The the greater a minus is, the more consistently and/or greatly a team reached throughout the draft.

1. Minnesota Vikings: +207

Best Value Pick: Colby Gossett, OG, Appalachian State (+89)

Worst Value Pick: Mike Hughes, CB, UCF (+4)

The Rest:

  • Brian O’Neill, OT, Pittsburgh (+10)
  • Jalyn Holmes, DE, Ohio State (+19)
  • Tyler Conklin, TE, Central Michigan (+15)
  • Daniel Carlson, K, Auburn (+70)
  • Ade Aruna, EDGE, Tulane (N/A)
  • Devante Downs, LB, California (N/A)

2. Dallas Cowboys: +165

Best Value Pick: Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama (+90)

Worst Value Pick: Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State (-5)

The Rest:

  • Connor Williams, OT, Texas (+19)
  • Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State (-3)
  • Dorance Armstrong, EDGE, Kansas (+28)
  • Dalton Schultz, TE, Stanford (+27)
  • Mike White, QB, Western Kentucky (+9)
  • Chris Covington, OLB, Indiana (N/A)
  • Cedrick Wilson, WR, Boise State (N/A)

3. Green Bay Packers: +126

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Best Value Pick: Equanimeous St Brown, WR, Notre Dame (+128)

Worst Value Pick: Cole Madison, OG, Washington State (-35)

The Rest:

  • Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville (-20)
  • Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa (+26)
  • Oren Burks, LB, Vanderbilt (-23)
  • J’Mon Moore, WR, Missouri (+51)
  • JK Scott, P, Alabama (-1)
  • Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, USF (N/A)
  • James Looney, DE, California (N/A)
  • Hunter Bradley, LS, Mississippi State (N/A)
  • Kendall Donnerson, EDGE, Southeast Missouri (N/A)

4. Jacksonville Jaguars: +100

 

 

Best Value Pick: Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama (+49)

Worst Value Pick: DJ Chark, WR, LSU (+10)

The Rest:

  • Taven Bryan, DT, Florida (+11)
  • Will Richardson, OT, North Carolina State (+30)
  • Tanner Lee, QB, Nebraska (N/A)
  • Leon Jacobs, EDGE, Wisconsin (N/A)
  • Logan Cooke, P, Mississippi State (N/A)

5. Seattle Seahawks: +75

Best Value Pick: Jamarco Jones, OT, Ohio State (+77)

Worst Value Pick: Will Dissly, TE, Washington (-53)

The Rest:

  • Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State (-27)
  • Rasheem Greene, DE, USC (+33)
  • Shaquem Griffin, LB, UCF (+37)
  • Tre Flowers, S, Oklahoma State (-27)
  • Michael Dickson, P, Texas (+35)
  • Jake Martin, EDGE, Temple (N/A)
  • Alex Mcgough, QB, Florida International (N/A)

6. New York Jets: +71

Best Value Pick: Parry Nickerson, CB, Tulane (+64)

Worst Value Pick: Chris Herndon, TE, Miami (-60)

The Rest:

  • Sam Darnold, QB, USC (+1)
  • Nathan Shepherd, DT, Fort Hays State (+9)
  • Foley Fatukasi, DT, Connecticut (+57)
  • Trenton Cannon, RB, Virginia State (N/A)

7. New York Giants: +38

Best Value Pick: RJ McIntosh, DT, Miami (+17)

Worst Value Pick: BJ Hill, DT, North Carolina State (-17)

The Rest:

  • Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State (+1)
  • Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP (+13)
  • Lorenzo Carter, LB, Georgia (+16)
  • Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond (+8)

8. Tennessee Titans: +37

Best Value Pick: Luke Falk, QB, Washington State (+34)

Worst Value Pick: Dane Cruikshank, S, Arizona (-21)

The Rest:

  • Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama (0)
  • Harold Landry, EDGE, Boston College (+24)

9. Baltimore Ravens: +31

Best Value Pick: Deshon Elliott, S, Texas (+53)

Worst Value Pick: Kenny Young, LB, UCLA (-51)

The Rest:

  • Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina (-9)
  • Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville (+5)
  • Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma (+46)
  • Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma (+10)
  • Anthony Averett, CB, Alabama (+29)
  • Jaleel Scott, WR, New Mexico State (-41)
  • Jordan Lasley, WR, UCLA (-11)
  • Greg Senat, OT, Wagner (N/A)
  • Bradley Bozeman, C, Alabama (N/A)
  • Zach Sieler, DE, Ferris State (N/A)

10. Philadelphia Eagles: +25

Best Value Pick: Josh Sweat, EDGE, Florida State (+66)

Worst Value Pick: Avonte Maddox, CB, Pittsburgh (-48)

The Rest:

  • Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State (+7)
  • Matt Pryor, OT, TCU (N/A)
  • Jordan Mailata, OT, Australia (N/A)

11. Carolina Panthers: +16

Best Value Pick: Kendrick Norton, DT, Miami (+71)

Worst Value Pick: Rashaan Gaulden, CB, Tennessee (-53)

The Rest:

  • DJ Moore, WR, Maryland (-5)
  • Donte Jackson, CB, LSU (+8)
  • Ian Thomas, TE, Indiana (+30)
  • Marquis Haynes, DE, Ole Miss (-23)
  • Jermaine Carter Jr, LB, Maryland (-12)
  • Andre Smith, ILB, North Carolina (N/A)

12. Buffalo Bills: +1

Best Value Pick: Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford (+47)

Worst Value Pick: Taron Johnson, CB, Weber State (-52)

The Rest:

  • Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming (-4)
  • Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech (+10)
  • Siran Neal, S, Jacksonville State (-19)
  • Wyatt Teller, OG, Virginia Tech (+19)
  • Ray-Ray McCloud, WR, Clemson (N/A)
  • Austin Proehl, WR, North Carolina (N/A)

13. Indianapolis Colts: -5

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Best Value Pick: Deon Cain, WR, Clemson (+118)

Worst Value Pick: Braden Smith, OG, Auburn (-44)

  • Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame (+2)
  • Darius Leonard, OLB, South Carolina State (-25)
  • Kemoko Turay, EDGE, Rutgers (-42)
  • Tyquan Lewis, DE, Ohio State (-26)
  • Nyheim Hines, RB, North Carolina State (-30)
  • Daurice Fountain, WR, Northern Iowa (+46)
  • Jordan Wilkins, RB, Ole Miss (-4)
  • Matthew Adams, LB, Houston (N/A)
  • Zaire Franklin, LB, Syracuse (N/A)

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: -9

Best Value Pick: Jack Cichy, ILB, Wisconsin (+77)

Worst Value Pick: Jordan Whitehead, S, Pittsburgh (-56)

  • Vita Vea, DT, Washington (+2)
  • Ronald Jones II, RB, USC (+6)
  • MJ Stewart, CB, North Carolina (-54)
  • Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn (+22)
  • Alex Cappa, OT, Humboldt State (-15)
  • Justin Watson, WR, Pennsylvania (+9)

15. Cincinnati Bengals: -14

Best Value Pick: Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State (+24)

Worst Value Pick: Mark Walton, RB, Miami (-27)

  • Billy Price, C, Ohio State (-15)
  • Jessie Bates III, S Wake Forest (+6)
  • Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas (-9)
  • Davontae Harris, CB, Illinois State (+3)
  • Andrew Brown, DE, Virginia (+7)
  • Darius Phillips, CB, Western Michigan (-3)
  • Logan Woodside, QB, Toledo (N/A)
  • Rod Taylor, OG, Mississippi (N/A)
  • Auden Tate, WR, Florida State (N/A)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16. Houston Texans: -19

Best Value Pick: Justin Reid, S, Stanford (+40)

Worst Value Pick: Keke Coutee, WR, Texas Tech (-57)

The Rest:

  • Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State (+18)
  • Jordan Akins, TE, UCF (-42)
  • Duke Ejiofor, DE, Wake Forest (+22)
  • Jordan Thomas, TE, Mississippi State (N/A)
  • Peter Kalambayi, EDGE, Stanford (N/A)
  • Jermaine Kelly, DB, San Jose State (N/A)

17. Los Angeles Chargers: -23

Best Value Pick: Kyzir White, S, West Virginia (+49)

Worst Value Pick: Uchenna Nwosu, LB, USC (-44)

The Rest:

  • Derwin James, S, Florida State (+9)
  • Justin Jones, DT, North Carolina State (-19)
  • Scott Quessenberry, C, UCLA (-18)
  • Dylan Cantrell, WR, Texas Tech (N/A)
  • Justin Jackson, RB, Northwestern (N/A)

18. Detroit Lions: -25

Best Value Pick: Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon (+96)

Worst Value Pick: Tracy Walker, S, Louisiana (-91)

The Rest:

  • Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas (-45)
  • Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn (-25)
  • Da’Shawn Hand, DE, Alabama (+40)
  • Nick Bawden, RB, San Diego State (N/A)

19. Washington Redskins: -32

Best Value Pick: Tim Settle, DT, Virginia Tech (+78)

Worst Value Pick: Geron Christian, OT, Louisville (-87)

The Rest:

  • Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama (-2)
  • Derrius Guice, RB, LSU (+43)
  • Troy Apke, S, Penn State (-64)
  • Shaun dion Hamilton, ILB, Alabama (N/A)
  • Greg Stroman, CB, Virginia Tech (N/A)

20. Denver Broncos: -43

Best Value Pick: Troy Fumagalli, TE, Wisconsin (+40)

Worst Value Pick: Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon (-62)

The Rest:

  • Bradley Chubb, DE, North Carolina State (+2)
  • Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU (-3)
  • Isaac Yiadom, CB, Boston College (-53)
  • Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa (-2)
  • DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Penn State (+1)
  • Sam Jones, C, Arizona State (+34)
  • Keishawn Bierria, ILB, Washington (N/A)
  • David Williams, RB, Arkansas (N/A)

21. Los Angeles Rams: -45

Best Value Pick: Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, LB, Oklahoma (+34)

Worst Value Pick: Brian Allen, C, Michigan State (-62)

The Rest:

  • Joseph Noteboom, OT, TCU (+14)
  • John Franklin, DE, Stephen F Austin (-38)
  • Micah Kiser, LB, Virginia (+3)
  • John Kelly, RB, Tennessee (+4)
  • Jamil Demby, OG, Maine (N/A)
  • Sebastian Joseph, DT, Rutgers (N/A)
  • Trevon Young, EDGE, Louisville (N/A)
  • Travin Howard, LB, TCU (N/A)
  • Justin Lawler, DE, SMU (N/A)

22. Oakland Raiders: -49

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Best Value Pick: Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan (+117)

Worst Value Pick: Brandon Parker, OT, North Carolina A&T (-108)

  • Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA (-25)
  • PJ Hall, DT, Sam Houston State (-44)
  • Arden Key, LB, LSU (+32)
  • Nick Nelson, CB, Wisconsin (-21)
  • Johnny Townsend, P, Florida (N/A)
  • Azeem Victor, LB, Washington (N/A)
  • Marcell Ateman, WR, Oklahoma State (N/A)

23. Miami Dolphins: -54

Best Value Pick: Kalen Ballage, RB, Arizona State (+35)

Worst Value Pick: Durham Smythe, TE, Notre Dame (-40)

The Rest:

  • Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama (-1)
  • Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State (-16)
  • Jerome Baker, LB, Ohio State (-32)
  • Cornell Armstrong, DB, Southern Mississippi (N/A)
  • Quentin Poling, LB, Ohio (N/A)
  • Jason Sanders, K, New Mexico (N/A)

24. Cleveland Browns: -54

Best Value Pick: Antonio Callaway, WR, Florida (+39)

Worst Value Pick: Chad Thomas, DE, Miami (-60)

  • Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma (-12)
  • Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State (-5)
  • Austin Corbett, OG, Nevada (-23)
  • Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia (-24)
  • Genard Avery, LB, Memphis (+31)
  • Damion Ratley, WR, Texas A&M (N/A)
  • Simeon Thomas, DB, Louisiana-Lafayette (N/A)

25. New England Patriots: -62

Best Value Pick: Sony Michel, RB, Georgia (-4)

Worst Value Pick: Ja’Whaun Bentley, LB, Purdue (-30)

The Rest:

  • Isaiah Wynn, OT, Georgia (-7)
  • Duke Dawson, CB, Florida (-21)
  • Christian Sam, ILB, Arizona State (N/A)
  • Braxton Berrios, WR, Miami (N/A)
  • Danny Etling, QB, LSU (N/A)
  • Keion Crossen, DB, Western Carolina (N/A)
  • Ryan Izzo, TE, Florida State (N/A)

26. Chicago Bears: -62

Best Value Pick: Bilal Nichols, DT, Delaware (+17)

Worst Value Pick: Joel Iyiebuniwe, LB, Western Kentucky (-58)

The Rest:

  • Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia (+1)
  • James Daniels, C, Iowa (0)
  • Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis (-22)
  • Kylie Fitts, EDGE, Utah (N/A)
  • Javon Wims, WR, Georgia (N/A)

27. Pittsburgh Steelers: -71

Best Value Pick: Marcus Allen, S, Penn State (+27)

Worst Value Pick: Terrell Edmunds, S, Virginia Tech (-65)

The Rest:

  • James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State (-9)
  • Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State (-4)
  • Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, Western Michigan (-44)
  • Jaylen Samuels, RB, North Carolina State (+24)
  • Joshua Frazier, DT, Alabama (N/A)

28. Atlanta Falcons: -77

Best Value Pick: Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado (+13)

Worst Value Pick: Deadrin Senat, DT, USF (-55)

The Rest:

  • Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama (+12)
  • Ito Smith, RB, Southern Mississippi (-47)
  • Russell Gage, WR, LSU (N/A)
  • Foye Oluokun, LB, Yale (N/A)
  • Trey Quinn, WR, SMU

29. Arizona Cardinals: -91

Best Value Pick: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M (+14)

Worst Value Pick: Mason Cole, C, Michigan (-71)

The Rest:

  • Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA (+5)
  • Chase Edmonds, RB, Fordham (-39)
  • Chris Campbell, CB, Penn State (N/A)
  • Korey Cunningham, OT, Cincinnati (N/A)

30. New Orleans Saints: -92

Best Value Pick: Natrell Jamerson, S, Wisconsin (-9)

Worst Value Pick: Rick Leonard, OT, Florida State (-46)

The Rest:

  • Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA (-11)
  • Tre’Quan Smith, WR, UCF (-26)
  • Kamrin Moore, CB, Boston College (N/A)
  • Boston Scott, RB, Louisiana Tech (N/A)
  • Will Clapp, C, LSU (N/A)

31. Kansas City Chiefs: -137

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Best Value Pick: Armani Watts, S, Texas A&M (+26)

Worst Value Pick: Breeland Speaks, DE, Ole Miss (-123)

The Rest:

  • Derrick Nnadi, DT, Florida State (+3)
  • Dorian O’Daniel, LB, Clemson (-43)
  • Tremon Smith, CB, Central Arkansas (N/A)
  • Reginald McKenzie, OG, Tennessee (N/A)

32. San Francisco 49ers: -261

Best Value Pick: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame (-11)

Worst Value Pick: Fred Warner, LB, BYU (-83)

The Rest:

  • Dante Pettis, WR, Washington (-16)
  • Tarvarius Moore, S, Southern Mississippi (-78)
  • Kentavius Street, DE, North Carolina State (-45)
  • DJ Reed, CB, Kansas State (-28)
  • Marcell Harris, S, Florida (N/A)
  • Jullian Taylor, DT, Temple (N/A)
  • Richie James, WR, Middle Tennessee (N/A)

2018 NFL Draft Grades

Last time, I covered the best values in undrafted free agent signings. Today, I will be grading the draft classes from the 2018 NFL Draft. I have used a plus-minus system for each team to determine the overall value of each teams’ collective drafts (you will see this in greater depth in my next post, which should be published in the next day or two). For now, here are my letter grades in alphabetical order by team location:

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Arizona Cardinals: C-

  • Day 1: A
  • Day 2: C
  • Day 3: F-

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Atlanta Falcons: C-

  • Day 1: A+
  • Day 2: C+
  • Day 3: F-

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Baltimore Ravens: B-

  • Day 1: B+
  • Day 2: A+
  • Day 3: F

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Buffalo Bills: B-

  • Day 1: A
  • Day 2: A+
  • Day 3: F-

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Carolina Panthers: B-

  • Day 1: B+
  • Day 2: C+
  • Day 3: C

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Chicago Bears: C

  • Day 1: A-
  • Day 2: B-
  • Day 3: F-

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Cincinnati Bengals: C+

  • Day 1: B-
  • Day 2: A-
  • Day 3: F+

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Cleveland Browns: C

  • Day 1: B-
  • Day 2: D-
  • Day 3: C+

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Dallas Cowboys: A

  • Day 1: B+
  • Day 2: A-
  • Day 3: A-

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Denver Broncos: C

  • Day 1: A
  • Day 2: F+
  • Day 3: C+

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Detroit Lions: C-

  • Day 1: F+
  • Day 2: F+
  • Day 3: B+

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Green Bay Packers: A-

  • Day 1: B-
  • Day 2: B+
  • Day 3: A-

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Houston Texans: C+

  • Day 1: A-
  • Day 2: A-
  • Day 3: F

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Indianapolis Colts: C+

  • Day 1: A
  • Day 2: F
  • Day 3: B+

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Jacksonville Jaguars: B+

  • Day 1: A+
  • Day 2: A+
  • Day 3: D+

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Kansas City Chiefs: D+

  • Day 1: A-
  • Day 2: F-
  • Day 3: D+

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Los Angeles Chargers: C+

  • Day 1: A+
  • Day 2: C
  • Day 3: D+

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Los Angeles Rams: C+

  • Day 1: A-
  • Day 2: A-
  • Day 3: F-

 

 

 

 

 

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Miami Dolphins: C

  • Day 1: A-
  • Day 2: C+
  • Day 3: F+

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Minnesota Vikings: A+

  • Day 1: A
  • Day 2: B+
  • Day 3: A+

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New England Patriots: C

  • Day 1: B
  • Day 2: B-
  • Day 3: F

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New Orleans Saints: C-

  • Day 1: B
  • Day 2: B-
  • Day 3: F-

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New York Giants: B

  • Day 1: A-
  • Day 2: A-
  • Day 3: D+

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New York Jets: B

  • Day 1: A-
  • Day 2: B+
  • Day 3: C

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Oakland Raiders: C-

  • Day 1: C
  • Day 2: F+
  • Day 3: B-

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Philadelphia Eagles: B-

  • Day 1: A-
  • Day 2: B+
  • Day 3: D+

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Pittsburgh Steelers: C-

  • Day 1: F-
  • Day 2: C
  • Day 3: C

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San Francisco 49ers: F+

  • Day 1: B
  • Day 2: F-
  • Day 3: F-

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Seattle Seahawks: B

  • Day 1: C
  • Day 2: A
  • Day 3: C+

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: C+

  • Day 1: A
  • Day 2: B-
  • Day 3: D-

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Tennessee Titans: B-

  • Day 1: A-
  • Day 2: A-
  • Day 3: D-

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Washington Redskins: C+

  • Day 1: A-
  • Day 2: C+
  • Day 3: D-

 

NFL Offseason 2018: The Los Angeles Rams

I love March in the NFL. I get chills and goosebumps reading about some of the trades and free agent signings that go down this time of year. In fact, you could make the argument that it’s the best time of the year for the NFL. How is it better than Thursday, Sunday, and Monday gamedays? It’s the one time of year that fans for all teams have hope. Browns fans get to rejoice over their team’s acquisition of a new QB and Patriots fans get to smile mischievously about Bill Belichick’s latest under-the-radar move that will inevitably lead them to another Super Bowl. Every March, some teams make several HUGE splashes. This March, one of those teams is…

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The LOS ANGELES RAMS. I’ll start out by pointing out the fact that I was 100% CORRECT on MY FRANCHISE TAG PREDICTIONS (well, technically CHICAGO BEARS CB KYLE FULLER was transition tagged, which isn’t a full franchise tag, but it is a type of franchise tag. I’ll knock my percentage down to 95%). Why am I pointing this out here? The Rams tagged S LAMARCUS JOYNER, who is likely going to be the longest tenured member of the Rams secondary next season which will see at least three new faces…

 

 

  1. CB MARCUS PETERS, who the Rams will acquire from the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS via trade
  2. CB AQIB TALIB, who the Rams will aquire from the DENVER BRONCOS via trade
  3. CB SAM SHIELDS, who the Rams have agreed to terms with via free agency

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What does this mean? Well, the Rams’ pass defense should be a Top 5 unit next season if 3 conditions are met (1 for each of the newly-acquired Rams):

  1. Peters needs to fix his attitude. Remember his antics during the Chiefs’ game against the NEW YORK JETS this past season? He threw a penalty flag into the stands. The Rams are a young team and if Peters does that sort of thing in LA, it could spread to the rest of the team and become a distraction.
  2. Talib needs to not show signs of age. Talib is 32 years old, which is around the age at which many CBs begin to get burned on a regular basis and either retire or switch to S.
  3. Shields needs to stay healthy. Shields was previously a member of the GREEN BAY PACKERS, who have probably the worst defensive secondary in the NFL. Why did they let Shields leave? He had multiple concussions during his tenure in Wisconsin. Obviously, he needs to stay on the field to be effective.

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The new faces all but guarantee that soon-to-be-free-agent CBs TRUMAINE JOHNSON and NICKELL ROBEY-COLEMAN will suit up for new teams this fall.

NFL Top 10 Players of 2017

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I realized that the NBA Awards are not the only interesting sports awards happening tonight because NFL Network‘s Top 100 Players of 2017 concludes tonight at 8 pm ET on (you guessed it!) NFL Network. Although the NBA Awards are a little more official and have flashier trophies that come with them, the NFL’s list of the Top 100 players is always interesting to see because it gives an inside look at what NFL players think of their peers. Today, the list of names in the Top 10 was released in alphabetical order, so let’s reorder them in order of greatness as a guess for how the ranking will shake out this evening:

  1. Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons (16 games: 69.9 completion % for 4,944 yards and 38 touchdowns with 7 interceptions and 3 fumbles for a 117.1 passer rating)
  2. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers (16 games: 65.7 completion % for 4,428 yards and 40 touchdowns with 7 interceptions and 4 fumbles for a 104.2 passer rating)
  3. Von Miller, LB, Denver Broncos (16 games: 78 combined tackles, 13.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles with 0 fumble recoveries, 0 interceptions and 0 touchdowns)
  4. Odell Beckham Jr, WR, New York Giants (16 games: 101 receptions on 169 targets for 1,367 yards and 10 touchdowns with 1 fumble)
  5. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (15 games: 106 receptions on 155 targets for 1,284 yards and 12 touchdowns with 0 fumbles)
  6. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys (15 games: 322 carries for 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns with 5 fumbles; 32 catches on 40 targets for 363 yards and 1 touchdown with 0 fumbles)
  7. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons (14 games: 83 receptions on 129 targets for 1,409 yards and 6 touchdowns with 0 fumbles)
  8. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (12 games: 67.4 completion % for 3,554 yards and 28 touchdowns with 2 interceptions and 4 fumbles for a 112.2 passer rating)
  9. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (12 games: 261 carries for 1,268 yards and 7 touchdowns with 3 fumbles; 75 catches on 94 targets for 616 yards and 2 touchdowns with 1 fumble)
  10. Khalil Mack, DE, Oakland Raiders (16 games: 73 combined tackles, 11 sacks, 5 forced fumbles with 3 fumble recoveries, 1 interception and 1 touchdown)

Explanations:

  • I have Khalil Mack ranked last because all the Derek Carr fans seem to think that Carr does everything by himself on CARR’S team. Apparently, despite statistics indicating the contrary, Carr outperformed Dak Prescott last year just because the Raiders have a lesser RB, O-line, and defense. If the Raiders have a lesser defense, so be it. So, I ranked Mack pretty much solely on resentment for all Oakland Derek Carrs (I mean, Oakland Raiders) fans, Derek Carr fans, Fresno State fans, and people from the city of Oakland.
  • You’ll notice that the other 9 players are first organized by number of games played. For those of you who read my NBA Awards post last night, you’ll remember that I said I value most the players that stay injury and suspension free to be there for their team when their team needs them. That rings true for the NFL, too.
  • Tom Brady is ranked above Le’Veon Bell in the “12 games” category because Brady once again led the New England Patriots to their most thrilling Super Bowl victory yet.
  • In the “15 games” category, I ranked Antonio Brown over Ezekiel Elliott because Brown didn’t have any turnovers. The two most important things for an offensive player are holding on to the ball and scoring. Brown was +5 in the holding on to the ball category and Zeke was +4 in the scoring category. 5>4, so Brown edges Zeke.
  • The “16 games” category was the trickiest because there were four players (not including Khalil Mack, of course) who fell into that category. Ultimately, I put the two QBs at the top because QBs are the most valuable players for a franchise. The two Super Bowl teams were both led by QBs on this Top 10 list (Matt Ryan for the Atlanta Falcons and Tom Brady for the New England Patriots), while the teams without definitive starting QBs include the Cleveland Browns, the New York Jets, the Los Angeles Rams, etc. The one anomaly was the Houston Texans, who got to the playoffs (and defeated the Oakland Raiders in the playoffs, by the way!) on the arms of Brock Osweiler and Tom Savage.
  • So, 3 and 4 were between Von Miller and Odell Beckham Jr. I chose Miller over Beckham because, although I love OBJ as a fan of Big Blue, a defensive player usually manages to crack the top 3. Also, OBJ’s stats dropped off this year from last year. Also-also (yes, I meant to put two “also”s there), 13.5 sacks in the NFL is very impressive, especially on a defense that almost carried the Denver Broncos to the playoffs despite Trevor Siemian (don’t get me started on Northwestern) starting at QB.
  • 1 and 2 were easy from there. Matt Ryan a higher completion %, more yards, fewer fumbles, and a higher passer rating than Aaron Rodgers. Oh, Ryan also won the MVP award and led the Atlanta Falcons to the Super Bowl, so there’s that.

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An Unexpected Journey, Music in Science, and Multiple Football Stories!

Say what you will about life, it never ceases to surprise. For example, you might think Chick-Fil-A is colossally overrated. But, that doesn’t stop you from making a half-hour trek to the nearest one for free 8-piece chicken nuggets. (By the way, if you haven’t tried their chocolate chip cookies, you need to. They are dynamite.) Another example, sometimes your ex-girlfriend’s best friend will start hitting on you. And when you turn her down the first time, she turns into a total Star Wars nerd to attempt to impress you and tries again six months later. And even one more example, sometimes the Trail Blazers lose. (OK, that last one really isn’t surprising 😦 Oh well.)

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Anyway, I got this brilliant idea today of incorporating more music into science. Frankly, I think science sucks. It is INSANELY boring, to the point where I had no idea one subject could be so boring. Though, in science’s defense, it really includes a multitude of individual subjects. Seriously, though, what if we could cure diseases with music? Scientists have been looking for elements to cure diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s, but have they tried rhythm as one of those elements? Or major or minor tonalities? This probably sounds ridiculous, but I think they should give it a shot. Music is so powerful on an emotional level already so I don’t see why it can’t also be powerful on a physical level. Plus, that would make science WAY more entertaining.

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In unrelated news, Madden Mobile got a new update today.

In football news, I read an article about what QB-needy teams should do during the offseason. I didn’t read the specifics because I already know exactly what they should do: Play for the #1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft. Seriously, the top trade option at the position is Tony Romo. He’s a solid QB as long as you don’t mind using your backup for the majority of the season and having absolutely no ability to win games that actually matter. I also saw a list of the top QBs in the draft this season. Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer topped the list. You know this draft is doomed when the top option is a guy who led Notre Dame to its worst season in recent memory BY FAR. Also, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield wasn’t even in the top 5. And Clemson’s DeShaun Watson was #2. AND DESHONE KIZER WAS #1! WHAT THE ABSOLUTE….!!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!!!??!?!?

In other football news, the Green Bay Packers have officially fixed the hole that New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr created in their locker room wall. So, no more memes of different people’s faces inside the hole.

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Also, I just want to say for the record that the Pittsburgh Steelers are going to be hard-pressed to beat the New England Patriots this weekend with all of the controversy surrounding the events that occurred in their locker room after their Divisional Round game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Between head coach Mike Tomlin’s profanity and WR Antonio Brown’s Facebook live video, the Steelers seem far too distracted to be a Super Bowl team. In fact, I seem to remember things going poorly for a Wild Card team this season that had their WRs distracted by a trip to Miami…

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In contrast to the distracted Steelers, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick spoke to the media today. One reporter asked him about the importance of home field advantage. “I don’t know, ask Kansas City and Dallas.” HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!! Oh my gosh, you know, as much as I hate Belichick for saying things like that, I love Belichick for saying things like that. I’m sure the fact that he doesn’t give a **** about so called “advantages” is why he is the greatest head coach of all time. I also admire the fact that he can say things like that with a straight face.

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Start

“Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald, Author

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” -Arthur Ashe, Tennis Player

I chose two daily quotes today. I looked up the word ‘start’, and these two quotes spoke to me for two VERY different reasons. I’m not really sure how to word the way in which the first quote spoke to me. Here’s my best shot: There are many things I wish I had persisted with, that I have let vanish, either because I wanted to, or because others wanted me to. Maybe, those things haven’t vanished? Maybe, their vitality is still there because of an opportunity to start over? All good things must come to an end, but there is no rule about them not coming back. There are meaningful times in my life that I have lost, and I hope that I will get to start them over again. The first quote gives me hope.

The second quote spoke to me because it is the type of quote I was looking for today. I looked up ‘start’ because the New York Giants have officially started their season 2-0 for the first time in a while! They are using what they have (a new head coach and $200 million improvements on defense) to do what they can to win (DT Jonathan Hankins blocked a New Orleans Saints field goal attempt, and CB Janoris Jenkins returned the block for a touchdown). It also serves as a reminder to focus on the moment. We can’t focus on the past, we just have what we have, and we need to use what we have for right now.

The variety of starts for different NFL teams surprises me this season. For example, I never, EVER would have guessed that the Giants would start 2-0. Here are a few other surprises: Arizona Cardinals (1-1; I would’ve guessed 2-0 many times over), Baltimore Ravens (2-0; They had two easy games, but they’re the RAVENS), Denver Broncos (2-0; I figured they’d skip a beat with QB Trevor Siemian at the helm and go 1-1), Houston Texans (2-0; QB Brock Osweiler hasn’t played particularly well, and RB Lamar Miller takes 30 carries to reach 100 yards, yet, they have won two straight), Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2; I thought this would be the season they turn things around, and possibly start 2-0), Minnesota Vikings (2-0; They don’t have QB Teddy Bridgewater!), Indianapolis Colts (0-2; It’s hard to believe that they were in the playoffs just a couple of years ago because they look TERRIBLE now)

Just a quick note: I am REALLY excited about the Giants 2-0 start. That DOES NOT happen for my team very often. What’s even crazier, is that the favorite teams of my friends and family are NOT 2-0! Those teams include the New York Jets, the Detroit Lions, the Green Bay Packers, the Oakland Raiders, and the Kansas City Chiefs. I REALLY hope the Giants can keep this up. In order to do so, the offense needs to step up because the defense has been having to do too much, thus far. Also, my team needs to continue to FINISH. That was the hardest thing for the Giants of last season. My team lost most of its games in the last two minutes, last season. This year, they have proven that they are at least CAPABLE of finishing games, as they’ve won both of their games in the last two minutes. Great job G-men! I’m so proud of you!

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Daily (Insert Noun Here): September 4, 7, 2016

So, this is sort of an update/news article. I want to apologize for the lack of posting over the past couple of days. I have been busy moving, and that will continue throughout this week, as it’s orientation week. I don’t know how much time I will have to post, nor when I will have it. So, this will be an inconsistent week. Here’s some NFL news:

  1. QB Sam Bradford was traded from the Philadelphia Eagles to the Minnesota Vikings. GREAT trade for all parties involved. For the Eagles, they now have no excuse not to play rookie QB Carson Wentz (when he returns from injury), which means he will get the game experience that NFL QBs need to have in order to learn. Prior to Wentz’s return from injury, QB Chase Daniel will start, so he will have a chance to prove that he deserves a starting role in the NFL. For the Minnesota Vikings, they now have a capable replacement for injured QB Teddy Bridgewater. This could, very well, save their season, and allow them to make the playoffs again. Finally, for Sam Bradford, he gets one last chance to prove that he deserves to start, in a situation that might be more favorable to him (because he will be with a team that can win). To recap, it’s a win for both teams, and all three QBs. Also, the Eagles receive a 2017 1st round pick, as well as a 2018 4th round pick.

 

(Skip a few)…Woah! It’s September 7 now! Really busy week with orientation at DU. BUT, I wanted to get my Super Bowl prediction out there before the season starts tomorrow. Unfortunately, I never got that feeling this year, so these are my best educated guesses. Quick note, I’m leaving the Vikings in the playoffs from my original season win projections to make life easier, but I’m dropping them to the 6 seed. All teams that WERE below the Vikings in my original seeding are being promoted by 1 seed place:

AFC

  1. New York Jets (12-4)
  2. San Diego Chargers (11-5)
  3. Houston Texans (11-5)
  4. Baltimore Ravens (10-6)
  5. New England Patriots (12-4)
  6. Oakland Raiders (11-5)

NFC

  1. Seattle Seahawks (13-3)
  2. Green Bay Packers (12-4)
  3. Washington Redskins (11-5)
  4. Atlanta Falcons (7-9)
  5. Arizona Cardinals (12-4)
  6. Minnesota Vikings (TBD)

 

Wildcard Round

(6) Oakland Raiders @ (3) Houston Texans- (Houston Texans)

(5) New England Patriots @ (4) Baltimore Ravens- (New England Patriots)

(6) Minnesota Vikings @ (3) Washington Redskins- (Washington Redskins)

(5) Arizona Cardinals @ (4) Atlanta Falcons- (Arizona Cardinals)

 

Divisional Round

(3) Houston Texans @ (2) San Diego Chargers- (Houston Texans)

(5) New England Patriots @ (1) New York Jets- (New England Patriots)

(3) Washington Redskins @ (2) Green Bay Packers- (Green Bay Packers)

(5) Arizona Cardinals @ (1) Seattle Seahawks- (Arizona Cardinals)

 

Conference Championships

(5) New England Patriots @ (3) Houston Texans- (New England Patriots)

(5) Arizona Cardinals @ (2) Green Bay Packers- (Green Bay Packers)

 

Super Bowl

(5) New England Patriots @ (2) Green Bay Packers- (Green Bay Packers)- This is a tough one. I REALLY would love to see this matchup. You have one of the best of all-time in Patriots QB Tom Brady, taking on the best right now in Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. Both teams have a power RB (Patriots LaGarrette Blount and Packers Eddie Lacy). Both teams have a small-school WR (Patriots Julian Edelman (Kent State) and Packers Jordy Nelson (Kansas State)), that is to say, neither came from a dominant college football program, as they are two of the best to ever come out of their respective universities. Of course, both teams have solid, complimentary defenses, which play well enough to get their teams to the playoffs consistently. Also, the Patriots are the most historic franchise of the past decade, and the Packers are the most historic franchise of all-time. All-in-all, I see this being a TERRIFIC matchup. I have the Packers winning it because I think it’s finally their time, yet again. They have struggled to make the leap for several years now, and I get the feeling that Rodgers is over it. Also, Brady can only win so many Super Bowls, right? RIGHT?!

 

I just wanted to say aloud how utterly terrified I am right now. Starting university that’s around 800 miles from home is crazy! I know that I’m legally an adult, but I still don’t feel like it. I’ve spent such a long time holding on to my childhood because it is a simpler way of life. I still don’t feel like I’m ready to make the leap, but it looks like I’m going to have to grow up fast, because I’m officially on my own now. Remember when I was talking about time? Well, I have now gone through all of my goodbyes. I said goodbye to my sister on Saturday, and I said goodbye to my parents today. And so, my two and a half months begin. Again, I am TERRIFIED. It’s already proven to be tough to lose my entire support system. Now, I need to build a new one here in my new situation. I know I can do this, I just need to dig deep and discover my courage. These confessions might come fairly often in my blogs to come. It helps me to talk through the chaos that is going on in my head. If you guys would like to comment, please do. I would appreciate any and all words of inspiration that you guys have for me. I know I usually give words of inspiration to you, but it is a two-way street. I love to hear from you guys as much as you love to hear from me.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily news and/or on my playoff predictions and/or on my confessional and/or on whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciate like. If you like what you read and you are not yet a follower, please become a follower to show me some love and encourage me to believe in myself. Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Daily Update: 9 May, 2016

So, I’ve decided to try something a little bit crazy for a sports blog, and it may just be (WARNING: the following scene is from Captain America: Civil War. It doesn’t contain any huge plot spoilers, but I just wanted to let you all know because the movie hasn’t even been out for a week yet. I’m not one of those ridiculous people who spoils any parts of movies without a warning.) a little bit awesome, but I’ll let you guys be the judge of that. Starting today, I’m going to lead into the NFL news with a quote. This quote may come from me, an NFL player, or just about anybody and it may be inspirational, comedic, or totally random. The first one EVER that is also acting as a trial is…(drumroll please)…

“Every good song has a beat.” -Anonymous (JK, I’m not going to lie, this is mine. Of course I’m starting out with my own!)

And now for the news:

  1. The Detroit Lions have traded a conditional seventh-round pick to the New England Patriots in exchange for LB Jon Bostic. Less than eight months ago, the Patriots pulled a similar move to acquire him from the Chicago Bears, where Bostic had been since being drafted in 2013. With many years of mediocrity, you can’t blame the Lions for trying. Interestingly enough, Bostic has been quite mediocre as well.
  2. Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford returned to the Eagles’ facilities today following his holdout for a trade in response to the Eagles’ trade up in the draft to select QB Carson Wentz. Bradford is behind Wentz and QB Chase Daniel in picking up new head coach Doug Pederson’s offense, however, he is still expected to be the starter week one. I personally wouldn’t be shocked to see any of these three QBs starting week one.
  3. Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill has been receiving tutoring from Nationwide representative Peyton Manning. It’s safe to assume that Manning is on Tannehill’s side. Also, we could be seeing Tannehill in Nationwide commercials soon, or we could see his abilities drastically descrease, causing him to rely solely on his defense to win him a Super Bowl. Granted, Tannehill hasn’t shown tons of ability in the NFL yet anyway. All jokes aside, good for Tannehill for attempting to rise above mediocrity. The Dolphins could be going places soon.
  4. In a truly heartwarming story, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers attended the college graduation of WR Randall Cobb, wait…really?…Rodgers’ attendance is the headline?…Cobb just graduated college! He just opened up his future following football and Rodgers gets the spotlight!? Sometimes I REALLY dislike the media (yes, that’s coming from THE MEDIA!) Anyway, congratulations to you Randall Cobb, a very smart move on your part to get your degree, though, I imagine, you’ll be playing football for a while.
  5. The New Orleans Saints have signed the 12th overall pick, Sheldon Rankins, to a rookie deal. 20 of the 31 first-round picks are still unsigned, including 8 of the top 10.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure you leave a comment about your opinion on the new quote idea, and leave some suggestions for quotes too! Have a pleasant tomorrow.

The Coin Toss and Mayonnaise

So you’re likely thinking this title is weird. Actually, mayonnaise is just what I call the extended version of an NFL player’s name. If you don’t know who I’m talking about yet, you’ll just have to keep reading:

  1. The coin toss was legit. This past weekend when the Green Bay Packers and the Arizona Cardinals had an overtime coin toss, QB Aaron Rodgers got mad when the coin was flipped twice consecutively without two separate calls because the first flip didn’t involve the coin flipping. NFL VP of officiating Dean Blandino said today that the refs made the right call to quickly flip it again. Nevertheless, Packers fans will continue to wonder why the refs are always out to get them.
  2. The New England Patriots have placed LB Jerod Mayo on Injured Reserve, ending his season. First of all, now you know where the mayonnaise came from. Second of all, with teammate LB Jamie Collins also injured, LB Donta Hightower will need to double his efforts to account for the losses. Luckily for the Pats, Hightower is quite possibly the best of the three.
  3. The Green Bay Packers have fired RB coach Sam Gash and TE coach Jerry Fontenot following the team’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals over the weekend. The RBs were WAY less than stellar this season, so that doesn’t surprise me. The TEs were good though, especially considering none of their TEs should actually be NFL starters. Let’s not forget, TE Richard Rodgers caught QB Aaron Rodgers Hail Mary in the Detroit Lions game to save the Packers season and allow them to get to the playoffs.
  4. New Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson held his first team press conference today. In this press conference, other than justifying his Kansas City Chiefs’ difficulty scoring in their Divisional round loss to the New England Patriots, he stated that he feels QB Sam Bradford will fit his system well, indicating the Eagles’ interest in resigning him, likely before he hits the open market. This made me happy as a Giants fan because Bradford sucks (though he doesn’t show it against the Giants).
  5. QB Tony Romo said today that he has no plans to quit soon. I’ll let you all decide what you think about that after you hear me say: NOOOOOOO! Go AWAY Romo! He’s actually better than people think and I want QB Kellen Moore to be a starter in the NFL too. Romo won’t help that.
  6. Seattle Seahawks LB Bruce Irvin indicated that he would be willing to take a lower paycheck than he deserves in order to stay a member of the Legion of Boom. The last time the Legion of Boom played, they were doomed by the Carolina Panthers explosive offense. Seeing as the Hawks get worse every year, I’m unsure why Irvin would be desperate to stay, but he’ll certainly help Seattle.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, please leave a comment about what you think about Romo’s future plans (or anything else), and have a pleasant tomorrow.