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 Way Too Early Fantasy Football Rankings 1.0

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You may have noticed that my Fantasy Football page reappeared a couple of days ago. I’m working on my complete fantasy football analysis over there. I’m working in alphabetical order by last name, so it my take a while. The good news is, fantasy football drafts on nfl.com don’t start for more than a month, by which time you should have sufficient information to crush it in your fantasy football leagues this season. In the meantime, I took the liberty of creating this short Top 25 ranking for the upcoming fantasy football season. Please note: Don’t take these rankings super seriously. I simply took the Top 25 fantasy point scorers from last season and re-ranked them based upon how I think they’ll perform this season. I have yet to do thorough analysis on most of these guys, so these rankings should change a lot over the next month+. Undoubtedly, this season’s actual Top 25 will not contain the exact same 25 players from last year (for example, I would be SHOCKED if Tyrod Taylor ended up in the Top 25 again this season. I would be SHOCKED if he ended up in the Top 25 QBs.); This is just a starting point to give you guys a taste of where I’m going. Here we go…

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  1. Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (Last Season: 6)
  2. Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams (2)
  3. Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys (12)
  4. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (4)
  5. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks (1)
  6. Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers (3)
  7. Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams (14)
  8. Phillip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers (9)
  9. Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons (20)
  10. Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings (7)
  11. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers (11)
  12. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (10)
  13. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (13)
  14. Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (15)
  15. Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions (8)
  16. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans (23)
  17. Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints (18)
  18. Melvin Gordon, RB, Los Angeles Chargers (19)
  19. Alex Smith, QB, Washington Redskins (5)
  20. Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (16)
  21. Case Keenum, QB, Denver Broncos (17)
  22. Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans (25)
  23. Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals (24)
  24. Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints (22)
  25. Tyrod Taylor, QB, Cleveland Browns (21)

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-

 

TheHaysWay Mock Draft 3.0

Hey y’all! Tomorrow is the 2018 NFL DRAFT!!! Anybody else as excited as I am?! Yes!? No?! Maybe So!? I love watching Sonny Weaver go to work! (Just a little Draft Day reference there for ya! Great movie. If you haven’t seen it, you should. Low-key one of Kevin Costner‘s better performances, and he has a lot of good ones. Also, you may recognize in the movie that Vontae Mack is played by none other than the Black Panther himself: Chadwick Boseman, who also had himself a great performance.) With the draft commencing in less than 24 hours, here is my final mock draft of 2018 (Note: You may have already seen this on my NFL Draft page, where it’s been posted for last 2-3 weeks. If you haven’t…):

My third Mock Draft of the year is officially complete! Included below is my projection for what we will see go down in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft on April 26th and 27th. My first three-round Mock Draft EVER includes eight trades and three teams (New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, Los Angeles Chargers) drafting potential heirs to their longtime franchise QBs.

 

TheHaysWay NFL Mock Draft 3.0

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Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

Round 1

  1. Cleveland Browns- Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  2. New York Giants- Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  3. New York Jets- Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  4. San Francisco 49ers (projected trade with Cleveland Browns)- Bradley Chubb, DE, NC St
  5. Denver Broncos- Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame
  6. Indianapolis Colts- Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
  7. Cleveland Browns (projected trade with Tampa Bay Buccaneers)- Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
  8. Chicago Bears- Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
  9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (projected trade with Cleveland Browns through projected trade with San Francisco 49ers)- Derwin James, S, Florida State
  10. Buffalo Bills (projected trade with Oakland Raiders)- Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  11. Arizona Cardinals (projected trade with Miami Dolphins)- Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  12. Oakland Raiders (projected trade with Buffalo Bills)- Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama
  13. Washington Redskins- Vita Vea, DT, Washington
  14. Green Bay Packers- Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
  15. Miami Dolphins (projected trade with Arizona Cardinals)- Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
  16. Baltimore Ravens- Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
  17. Los Angeles Chargers- Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
  18. Seattle Seahawks- Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
  19. Dallas Cowboys- Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP
  20. Detroit Lions- Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
  21. Cincinnati Bengals- Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
  22. Tennessee Titans (projected trade with Buffalo Bills)- Harold Landry, EDGE, Boston College
  23. New England Patriots- Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
  24. Carolina Panthers- Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
  25. Buffalo Bills (projected trade with Tennessee Titans)- Mike Hughes, CB, UCF
  26. Atlanta Falcons- Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
  27. New Orleans Saints- Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers- Justin Reid, S, Stanford
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars- DJ Moore, WR, Maryland
  30. Minnesota Vikings- Connor Williams, OT, Texas
  31. New England Patriots- Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georiga
  32. Philadelphia Eagles- Ronald Jones II, RB, USC
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Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma

Round 2

  1. Cleveland Browns- Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
  2. New York Giants- Billy Price, C, Ohio State
  3. Dallas Cowboys (projected trade with Cleveland Browns)- Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
  4. Indianapolis Colts- James Daniels, C, Iowa
  5. Indianapolis Colts- Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
  6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Sony Michel, RB, Georgia
  7. Chicago Bears- Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
  8. Denver Broncos- Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
  9. Oakland Raiders- Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn
  10. Miami Dolphins- Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
  11. New England Patriots- Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama
  12. Washington Redskins- Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
  13. Green Bay Packers- Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
  14. Cincinnati Bengals- Donte Jackson, CB, LSU
  15. Arizona Cardinals- Jessie Bates, S, Wake Forest
  16. Los Angeles Chargers- Brian O’Neill, OT, Pittsburgh
  17. Indianapolis Colts- Lorenzo Carter, LB, Georgia
  18. Cleveland Browns (projected trade with Dallas Cowboys)- Rasheem Green, DE, USC
  19. Detroit Lions- Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State
  20. Baltimore Ravens- DJ Chark, WR, LSU
  21. Buffalo Bills- Austin Corbett, OG, Nevada
  22. Kansas City Chiefs- Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford
  23. Carolina Panthers- Dante Pettis, WR, Washington
  24. Buffalo Bills- Antonio Callaway, WR, Florida
  25. Tennessee Titans- Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon
  26. Atlanta Falcons- Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State
  27. San Francisco 49ers- Deon Cain, WR, Clemson
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers- Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars- Arden Key, LB, LSU
  30. Minnesota Vikings- Ian Thomas, TE, Indiana
  31. New England Patriots- Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
  32. Cleveland Browns- Kyzir White, S West Virginia
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Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State

Round 3

  1. Buffalo Bills – Darius Leonard, LB, South Carolina State
  2. New York Giants- Josh Sweat, EDGE, Florida State
  3. Indianapolis Colts- Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State
  4. Houston Texans- Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas
  5. New York Giants- Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
  6. San Francisco 49ers- Duke Dawson, CB, Florida
  7. Denver Broncos- JC Jackson, CB, Maryland
  8. New York Jets- Joseph Noteboom, OT, TCU
  9. Cincinnati Bengals (projected trade with Miami Dolphins)- Nathan Shepherd, DT, Fort Hays State
  10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (projected trade with Cleveland Browns through projected trade with San Francisco 49ers)- Derrick Nnadi, DT, Florida State
  11. Oakland Raiders- Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
  12. Green Bay Packers- Dorance Armstrong, EDGE, Kansas
  13. Miami Dolphins (projected trade with Cincinnati Bengals)- Uchenna Nwosu, LB, USC
  14. Kansas City Chiefs- Braden Smith, OG, Auburn
  15. Arizona Cardinals- James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
  16. Houston Texans- Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma
  17. Cleveland Browns (projected trade with Dallas Cowboys)- Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn
  18. Los Angeles Rams (projected trade with Detroit Lions)- Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis
  19. Baltimore Ravens- Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa
  20. Los Angeles Chargers- Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond
  21. Carolina Panthers- Anthony Averett, CB, Alabama
  22. Kansas City Chiefs- Terrell Edmunds, S, Virginia Tech
  23. Detroit Lions (projected trade with Los Angeles Rams)- Alex Cappa, OG, Humboldt State
  24. Carolina Panthers- Tony Adams, OG, NC State
  25. Buffalo Bills (projected trade with Tennessee Titans)- Da’Shawn Hand, DE, Alabama
  26. Atlanta Falcons- Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame
  27. New Orleans Saints- J’Mon Moore, WR, Missouri
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers- Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars- Jamarco Jones, OT, Ohio State
  30. Minnesota Vikings- Quenton Meeks, CB, Stanford
  31. New England Patriots- Jalyn Holmes, DE, Ohio State
  32. Oakland Raiders (projected trade with Buffalo Bills)- Will Richardson, OT, NC State
  33. Miami Dolphins (projected trade with Arizona Cardinals)- Tyquan Lewis, DE, Ohio State
  34. Houston Texans- Armani Watts, S, Texas A&M
  35. Denver Broncos- Kemoko Turay, EDGE, Rutgers
  36. Cincinnati Bengals- Desmond Harrison, OT, West Georgia

New England Patri-OUT: Rob Ninkovich Retirement

 

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For those of you who are like me in that you are sick of seeing the New England Patriots win, you’ll be happy to hear that they are suffering a setback today (don’t worry Patriots fans, I’m sure HC Bill Belichick will find a way because he always does):

Pats LB Rob Ninkovich announced his retirement from the NFL today, smack in the middle of training camp. Ninkovich, by way of Purdue University, spent 11 seasons in the NFL (New England Patriots [8], Miami Dolphins [1.5], New Orleans Saints [1.5]) accruing 460 tackles, 46 sacks, 5 interceptions, 10 forced fumbles, and a defensive touchdown. Ninkovich was drafted by the Saints with the 135th overall pick (5th round) of the 2006 NFL Draft.

Ninkovich is expected to be replaced by sophomore LB Elandon Roberts, by way of the University of Houston, who accrued 45 tackles and a forced fumble in his rookie season. Roberts was drafted by the Patriots with the 214th overall pick (6th round) of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Serge Ibaka Trade, Kevin Love Injury, Charles Oakley Ban…

It’s been too long since I’ve gotten into some sports talk, so that’s where I’m headed today:

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The Toronto Raptors made news today by making a deal for Orlando Magic PF Serge Ibaka. The move was reportedly made in an effort to improve the Raptors defense. After all, the Raptors don’t need too much help on offense with a backcourt of PG Kyle Lowry and SG DeMar DeRozan. Ibaka has been a good defender for the majority of his NBA career, though he has gotten a little worse with age. He will join C Jonas Valanciunas in guarding the paint. The Orlando Magic received SF Terrence Ross and a 2017 1st round pick in return.

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Staying in the NBA, the Cleveland Cavaliers will be without PF Kevin Love for the next 6 weeks, as Love had surgery on his left knee. Even without Love on Valentine’s Day, the Cavs came away with a 116-108 victory on the road, against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Speaking of Valentine’s Day, Happy Valentine’s Day! If you’re like me, however, Happy Singles Awareness Day! As a side note, Valentine’s Day was way more fun back in Elementary School when I got a bunch of candy from everyone.

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Back to the NBA, the New York Knicks have lifted the ban on legend Charles Oakley. Of course, Oakley stated that he refuses to return to Madison Square Garden until he (and the fans) are issued a formal apology from Knicks owner James Dolan. Can’t people just let bygones be bygones, anymore?

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Staying in basketball, but moving to women’s college basketball, the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team won their 100th straight game yesterday in a 66-55 victory over the 6th-ranked University of South Carolina. 59 games of the 100 were decided by 40+ points. Only 2 were decided by single digits. Congrats to head coach Geno Auriemma and the lady Huskies!

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Moving to the NFL, ex-San Diego Chargers and ex-New Orleans Saints WR Robert Meachem was jailed today for owing $400,000 in child support. Another one of the NFL’s supreme role models. :\

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Also in the NFL, the New York Giants announced the releases of WR Victor Cruz and RB Rashad Jennings, yesterday. Cruz will forever be remembered by the Giants for his breakout to lead the team to a Super Bowl XLVI victory. (And for his salsa dancing, of course.) Jennings on the other hand, leaves no legacy behind in New York, and I was jumping for joy when I saw that he had been released. RB Paul Perkins controls the backfield until the Giants draft a RB in May. Cutting those two players saves the team $10 million in cap room, which will likely go toward paying DE Jason Pierre-Paul, who the team is, reportedly, emphasizing re-signing before he hits free agency in March.

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“Romance is thinking about your significant other, when you are supposed to be thinking about something else.” -Nicholas Sparks, Author

In honor of Valentine’s Day or National Singles Day. I don’t have a lot of experience (six months maximum, if that’s what you would call it) with romance. I will say this: it’s weird to think that last year on this day I thought I had found my Valentine, while this year I have no doubt in my mind that it’s National Singles Day to me. However, clearly this quote carries some validity to it. I’m still thinking about my former “significant other” when I should be focused on ANYTHING else, even if Valentine’s Day/National Singles Day is mostly responsible for the subject coming up. Also, last year at this time I was thinking about basing my college decision on my Valentine at the time. That, likely, could’ve been the worst decision of my life! Even though I still feel that my college decision wasn’t totally mine, I feel that I ended up with the right college decision by not following my then-Valentine. They say love is blind, but maybe it just makes YOU blind to everything else. Anyway, I hope you all find romance on this day, and on many days to come. I’m told it’s a wonderful feeling.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the Serge Ibaka trade and/or on the Kevin Love injury and/or on Valentine’s Day and/or on National Singles Day and/or on New York Knicks vs Charles Oakley and/or on the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team and/or on Robert Meachem and/or on the New York Giants releases and/or on whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. If you are not yet a follower, become a follower because I won’t ban you like Dolan banned Oakley. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

#30: ESPN, NBA, Forbes, and More

Before I begin, I’d like to point out that the New York Jets have declared QB Geno Smith, starter for their game on Sunday. [Insert laugh here].

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Also, of course the New York Giants end their losing streak when I decide to watch The Accountant instead of the second half of the game. By the way, if you haven’t seen that movie, I recommend it. Ben Affleck was great. Though, the movie was essentially a total waste of Anna Kendrick. She can act! Let her act without singing for once, PLEASE! (For the record, she doesn’t sing in this movie, she just doesn’t get much of a chance to act, either.)

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Anna Kendrick (left) and Ben Affleck (right) in The Accountant

 

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ESPN Films

Perhaps you have heard of ESPN’s films called, “30 For 30”. It started in October of 2009, seven years ago, the subject being Wayne Gretzky. Since then, the documentary series that has been following sports stories on and off the fields, courts, etc, has won Peabody and Emmy awards. If you ever get the chance, I would highly recommend watching a few. They have some really inspirational stories. Here’s the link to the “30 For 30” homepage.

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NBA

So, the NBA has 30 teams. Due to this fact, NBA.com used the month of September (which has 30 days in it) to do a season preview for every NBA team, in worst-to-first fashion. Don’t worry, I won’t put all 30 team analyses in here, but I will encourage you to check them out for yourself (or at least check out your favorite NBA team). By the way, GO BLAZERS! RIP CITY ALL THE WAY!

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Forbes Summit

Well, Forbes had some Under 30 Summit. It’s supposed to have panels of young, influential celebrities, but some of the people listed as being part of the panels were DEFINITELY older than 30. So, I’ll let you guys figure out what this is, exactly. I DO know that it was in Boston, MA this year (or will be?).

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Jessica Alba is one of the youngest speakers on the panel and she’s 35. For those of you keeping track, that’s OVER 30.

Most Influential Teens of 2016

Okay, I give up on understanding these lists. The article is called, “The 30 Most Influential Teens of 2016“, and there are only 29!!! WHAT THE…

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Simone Biles is 1 of 4 Olympians on the list of 29, not 30. Shout out to our US Olympians!

New Orleans Saints

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Founded: 1967

All-Time Winning Percentage: 43.7%

All-Time Record: (306-395-5)

I confess, there is another team tied with the Saints in all-time winning percentage, but that team is ahead of the Saints because that team has been around longer. Actually, when I announce that team tomorrow, it will be a nuclear bomb. Okay, not that big, but it’s pretty crazy (hint: it’s one of the Saints division rivals, and it’s not the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because they’ve already been announced). The Saints have still only won one Super Bowl (SB 44) thanks to QB Drew Brees and head coach Sean Payton (who are both still together in New Orleans, despite the fact that they haven’t even come close to getting back to the Super Bowl). QB Archie Manning apparently didn’t help them out too much during his tenure there a while ago. On the bright side, the Saints do have Verizon’s most reliable backup QB. 🙂

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the ESPN Films and/or on the NBA and/or on Forbes’ confusing Under 30 summit and/or on the even more confusing list of 30 most influential teens (WHICH ONLY CONSISTS OF 29 TEENS!!!!!!!!!) and/or on the New Orleans Saints and/or on whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. Also, feel free to comment on interesting things to do with the #30 that I missed. Better yet, comment on interesting things to do with the #29, and I will include that in my next blog post! Also, this post has 8 pictures; If I’m getting too picture happy, let me know, and I’ll cut back. If you are not yet a follower, become a follower to support 30 ACTUALLY MEANING 30, NOT 29!!!!!! 🙂 Be sure to tune in for my next blog post to find out which of the Saints division rivals is #29 in all-time NFL winning percentage. Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Daily Update: August 28, 2016

Friday

  1. New England Patriots 19 @ Carolina Panthers 17– There were many varying levels of QB play in this game (QB Joe Webb CAR had the most passing TDs (2) and passing YDs (123), QB Jacoby Brissett NE led the way in completion % (100%) by going 9-9. He had a passing TD, and QB Tom Brady NE did as well. QB Cam Newton CAR had 2 INTs and QB Derek Anderson CAR had 1 INT. QB Jimmy Garoppolo was the most non-descript QB in the game (9-15, 57 YDs).). Both starting RBs had nice games in the limited number of carries they got (Legarrette Blount NE (5 CAR, 26 YDs) and Jonathan Stewart CAR (3 CAR, 23 YDs)). The top scoring receivers were not the usual suspects (WR Chris Hogan NE (5 REC, 62 YDs, TD) and TE Marcus Lucas CAR (2 REC, 32 YDs, 2 TDs)). Carolina’s LBs came to play (Thomas Davis and Shaq Thompson both had FF), while, for New England’s defense, it was the secondary that came to play (1 INT each for S Duron Harmon, S Devin McCourty, and CB Logan Ryan). Overall, I expected Carolina’s starting offense to perform better than their starting defense (which lacks a quality secondary now that Josh Norman is gone and the starting CBs are both rookies), and that was not the case. That was likely why the Panthers lost this game. Clearly, the Patriots starters were better on both sides of the ball with the defense intercepting QB Cam Newton twice, and QB Tom Brady scoring a TD in limited playing time on offense.
  2. Buffalo Bills 16 @ Washington Redskins 21– QB Kirk Cousins (12-23, 188 YDS, 3 TDS, INT) outshined all of the other QBs in this game, as no other QB passed for a TD. Only 1 rushing TD in the game (courtesy of RB Jonathan Williams BUF), though both starting RBs (LeSean McCoy BUF and Matt Jones WAS) didn’t play. Buffalo had a quiet receiving night, as their second leading receiver was RB Daniel Herron (5 REC, 49 YDS), while Washington’s receivers were lighting it up (WR Ryan Grant (1 REC, 38 YDS, TD) and TE Vernon Davis (3 REC, 42 YDS), notably took advantage of their opportunities.). Buffalo’s defense came up with 1 TO (CB Corey White had an INT), and Washington’s defense came up with 2 (CB Will Blackmon had a FF, and CB Kendall Fuller had an INT). Overall, I was surprised the game was this close. The stat sheet heavily favored Washington, but they often failed to take advantage of opportunities. Nevertheless, they did get the victory because Buffalo’s offense was relatively non-existent, as K Dan Carpenter (10 pts) was their leading scorer. Based on what Buffalo’s offense showed, I would say my current season outlook for them is correct. That also means that coach Rex Ryan could, once again, find himself out of a job at the end of this season.
  3. Pittsburgh Steelers 27 @ New Orleans Saints 14– The starting QBs (Ben Roethlisberger PIT (12-17, 148 YDS, 2 TDS) and Drew Brees NO (9-12, 78 YDS, TD)) looked very sharp. The running games were disastrous, as the leading rushers for both teams (RB Le’Veon Bell PIT (3 CAR, 21 YDS) and RB Tim Hightower NO (8 CAR, 27 YDS)) were held under 30 YDS. WR Sammie Coates PIT (2 REC, 66 YDS, TD) finally came to play, meaning he MIGHT save himself from getting cut. For New Orleans, rookie WR Tommylee Lewis (2 REC, 41 YDS, TD) surprised. Pittsburgh’s defense was sensational, accumulating 2 FF (LBs Vince Williams and Lawrence Timmons) AND 2 INT (LBs Steven Johnson and Tyler Matakevich). New Orleans defense was lousy (as expected) with just 1 FF (CB Delvin Breaux). The receiver situation was REALLY noteworthy. Coates really struggled in the previous two preseason games. While his performance in this game likely won’t lift him above WR Marcus Wheaton for the WR2 spot due to the suspension of WR Martavis Bryant, it could solidify another shot at the WR3 spot for him. New Orleans likely wishes they could find defenders out of thin air the way they have managed to find WRs. WR Brandin Cooks is a lock for the WR1 job, Willie Snead likely will take the WR2 spot with his continued emergence, Michael Thomas and Brandon Coleman have been giving each other a run for their money for the WR3 spot, and now Tommylee Lewis is coming out of nowhere to stake a claim for a roster spot as the WR5. Brandon Coleman is the oldest of those five, at just 24 years old! The Saints are loaded at WR! Also, Pittsburgh needs to give some serious thought to their LB situation. They’ve been looking for good LBs to team up with Lawrence Timmons, and they appear to have too many good options in their hands. Vince Williams likely will get the MLB2 spot next to Timmons due to his strong preseason performance. LB Bud Dupree will be injured to begin the season, so it has looked as though LBs James Harrison and Jarvis Jones will be starting at both OLB spots. After this game, however, the Steelers may want to look more closely at LBs Steven Johnson and Tyler Matakevich, because Harrison is old, and Jones has not lived up to his first-round draft selection from a few drafts ago.
  4. Cleveland Browns 13 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30– Strong performances from the starting QBs (Robert Griffin III CLE (8-14, 119 YD, TD) and Jameis Winston TB (16-25, 259 YD, 2 TD)). Nothing special came from any RBs in this game. Just as WR Terrelle Pryor CLE was starting to build a good reputation with RG3, WR Josh Gordon (2 REC, 87 YD, TD) has picked up where he left off. Also, WR Mike Evans TB (5 REC, 115 YD, TD) is ready for the regular season, now. Boring game defensively, with just 2 FF (DT Danny Shelton CLE and DE Robert Ayers Jr TB). Noteworthy: WR Josh Gordon has come back strong, and RG3 continues to look like he is capable of getting his career back on track. How funny would that be if Gordon and RG3 challenged each other for comeback player of the year? That looks like it’s in the cards. Wait, does that mean Cleveland will be the comeback team of the year? Not likely. Stick with the Cavaliers for now. But don’t worry Cleveland, things are looking up for the Browns. Also, K Robert Aguayo (3-3 FG) FINALLY showed up!
  5. Green Bay Packers 21 @ San Francisco 49ers 10– Instead of analyzing this game, I’d like to rant against QB Colin Kaepernick. Remember how I said that (San Diego Chargers) DE Joey Bosa is my least favorite NFL player of all time? Well, I lied. It’s Crapernick. He made the 49ers highlight reel for the first time in a while, but not for spectacular gameplay. Instead, he made it because he refused to stand for the national anthem. What a(n) (Insert profantiy here)! This guy is UNBELIEVABLE, so much so, that ‘guy’ probably isn’t the correct word to use for him. I would use ‘rat’ or ‘cockroach’, but I don’t want to insult rats and cockroaches for no reason. His reasoning for sitting during the national anthem: He believes the country stands for anti-black racism. REALLY?! ENOUGH WITH POLITICAL CORRECTNESS! Unfortunately, racism is still present, but it is present in INDIVIDUALS now, NOT the ENTIRE COUNRTY! Also, this country has given him the opportunity to make the ABSURD amount of money that he makes (despite the fact that he SUCKS, no less). If you are going to be stupid and blame the country for racism in individuals, LEAVE! Crapernick has absolutely NO RIGHT to disrespect this country! PLEASE, San Francisco, FIRE HIM! Rid yourselves, and all of us football fans from his STUPIDITY! I conclude by repeating: WHAT A(N) (INSERT PROFANITY HERE)!!!

Saturday

  1. Kansas City Chiefs 23 @ Chicago Bears 7– Surprisingly, the standout QB in this game was the Bears’ 3rd-stringer, Connor Shaw (5-6, 68 YD, TD). The Chiefs’ leading rusher was QB Alex Smith, and the Bears’ second-leading rusher was QB Connor Shaw=WOW. WR Cameron Meredith CHI (4 REC, 64 YD, TD) was the leading receiver, and the only receiver to score a TD. The starting DTs (Dontari Poe KC and Eddie Goldman CHI) both had a FF. CB Deiondre’ Hall CHI had an INT. Overall, a very boring game from two boring teams. Neither team is currently known for being splashy in terms of big plays. Although, clearly, boring works much better for Kansas City, even in the preseason.
  2. Detroit Lions 9 @ Baltimore Ravens 30– QB Matthew Stafford DET (14-23, 95 YD, INT) played a very Stafford-esque game, while QB Ryan Mallett BAL (10-15, 112 YD, TD) played a very UnMallett-esque game, and he also had a rushing TD. RB Theo Riddick DET (3 CAR, 35 YD) seems to be running away from fellow DET RBs Ameer Abdullah (4 CAR, 16 YD) and Zach Zenner (3 CAR, 13 YD) in the RB competition, and he is also an elite pass-catcher out of the backfield. Meanwhile, the Ravens RB competition continues to remain cloudy, as RBs Terrence West (7 CAR, 43 YD) and Kenneth Dixon (6 CAR, 41 YD) are playing well, while previous starters Justin Forsett (2 CAR) and Javorious Allen (8 CAR, 15 YD) are struggling. WR Jeremy Butler BAL (4 REC, 43 YD, TD) was the game’s leader in REC, REC YD, and REC TD. The two teams combined for 6 SAC; Detroit had 2 (DT Haloti Ngata and DT Khyri Thornton); Baltimore had 4 (CB Anthony Levine (also had INT), LB Matt Judon (also had FF), DE Timmy Jernigan, LB Victor Ochi). Detroit also a FF (DT Anthony Zettel). The RBs definitely surprised me the most. I’m not surprised to see Theo Riddick taking the lead in Detroit, but I am surprised to see Terrence West taking the lead in Baltimore. I am SHOCKED that Justin Forsett hasn’t come to play at all, and he could be facing his release from Baltimore.
  3. New York Giants 21 VS New York Jets 20
  4. Philadelphia Eagles 33 @ Indianapolis Colts 23
  5. Tennessee Titans 27 @ Oakland Raiders 14
  6. Los Angeles Rams 9 @ Denver Broncos 17

Sunday

  1. San Diego Chargers 10 @ Minnesota Vikings 23
  2. Arizona Cardinals 24 @ Houston Texans 34
  3. Cincinnati Bengals 21 @ Jacksonville Jaguars 26

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on this weekend’s games and/or on my rant against Piece of Crapernick and/or on whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. I will continue my in-depth analysis of the above games in tomorrow’s post. If you like what you read and you are not yet a follower, please become a follower because that will guarantee that you will be able to find tomorrow’s post with further game analysis. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Daily Update: August 12, 2016

The writing of this post is beginning at halftime of the Oakland Raiders @ Arizona Cardinals game. If it takes as long as my post yesterday took, then I will have the final score of the Raiders @ Cardinals game. Actually, I’ll probably just wait anyway so I can publish the final score with the rest of this post.

“Football fans share a universal language that cuts across many cultures and many personality types. A serious football fan is never alone. We are legion, and football is often the only thing we have in common.” -Hunter S Thompson, Journalist

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That’s what I look like on New York Giants gameday. Just to be clear, the ‘W’ is for ‘win’, not the University of Washington! I DESPISE the University of Washington! Also, this photo only shows my military appreciation Giants hat, my Eli Manning jersey, and my blue Giants wristband. I was also wearing my pink BCA Giants wristband, my Giants watch, two Giants pens (behind my ears), my Giants shorts, Giants socks, a Giants lanyard (with Giants keychain attached), my Giants wallet, and my Giants slippers. I go big on gamedays. As for the relation to the quote, the idea of being a legion is why a big reason why I love football so much. It’s awesome to have the feeling of camaraderie that comes with being a football fan, especially if you go to a football game, where you are with a MASSIVE number of fellow fans, all united to cheer for a team. It is one of the top 5 feelings I’ve had in my life for sure, probably even top 3. It’s awesome. The daily NFL news is for all of my fellow football fans out there who understand that feeling of camaraderie, and love the game like I do (as well as anybody else who is interested 🙂 ):

Miami Dolphins 27 @ New York Giants 10

-I was wrong: Today: (0-1); Preseason: (3-4)

-‘Things to watch’ results: Dolphins RBs (Jay Ajayi (2 car, 6 yds) didn’t play very well. Arian Foster didn’t play at all. Isaiah Pead (10 car, 50 yds) was the leading rusher, yet Damien Williams (7 car, 13 yds, 1 td) was the only one to score. Pead and Williams are just fighting to make the roster, I doubt either is challenging for the starting role.); Giants Rookies (CB Eli Apple (2 tac) was decent in limited playing time, as was S Darian Thompson (1 tac). Both of those two started on defense. WR Sterling Shepard (1 rec, 24 yds) also started, and was the leading receiver. His one reception was a diving catch, so he should fit in nicely with Odell Beckham Jr. RB Paul Perkins (7 car, 36 yds) was the standout of the four rookies to watch. He had the highest Yards Per Carry (YPC) average of any Giants rusher with more than one carry. He was just north of 5 YPC, which is really good for an NFL running back.

-Notes: (The Dolphins defense looked good in forcing four turnovers (2 INTs, 2 FF).); (Giants backup QB Ryan Nassib (2 INTs, 1 fumble lost) was TERRIBLE.)

Detroit Lions 30 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 17

-I was wrong: Today: (0-2); Preseason (3-5)

-‘Things to watch’ results: Lions offensive line (They were decent. They held the Steelers to just 1 sack, but the team had just 95 yards rushing. I would say the o-line look more good than bad, as the Lions running backs are not very talented.); Steelers TEs (Paul Lang (2 rec, 15 yds) was the best of the TEs. Jesse James (1 rec, 4 yds) and David Johnson (1 rec, 2 yds) were the only other TEs with receptions.)

-Notes: (Lions RB Dwayne Washington clinched a roster spot. The seventh round draft pick in this year’s draft returned a kickoff for a TD, and finished with 2 car for 12 yds, giving him the best YPC average (6 YPC) of any of the Lions RBs.); (Steelers WR Sammie Coates lost his roster spot. He had 3 rec for just 18 yds, and he had two fumbles. The Steelers 3rd rounder from last season had a chance to put up big numbers this season in Martavis Bryant’s absence, but instead, he has likely fumbled away his roster spot.)

Minnesota Vikings 17 @ Cincinnati Bengals 16

-I was wrong: Today: (0-3); Preseason (3-6)

-‘Things to watch’ results: Vikings CB Trae Waynes (He finished with 3 tac and 1 astac. Not bad. He definitely remains relevant with that performance.); Bengals WRs (Brandon LaFell didn’t play. Tyler Boyd (1 rec, 40 yds) lived up to his hype coming in. Rookies Cody Core (3 rec, 33 yds) and Rashaun Simonise (1 rec, 47 yds) also played well.)

-Notes: (Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (6-7, 92 yds, 1 TD) continues to improve. I could definitely see the Vikings making a deeper playoff run this season.); (Bengals QB AJ McCarron (11-16, 125 yds, 1 TD) was as good as I thought he’d be. Unfortunately, QBs Keith Wenning and Joe Licata had 1 INT each, which is why the Bengals lost this game.)

Cleveland Browns 11 @ Green Bay Packers 17

-I was right: Today: (1-3); Preseason (4-6)

-‘Things to watch’ results: Browns QB Robert Griffin III (He was shaky in his debut (4-8, 67 yds, 1 INT). Fellow QB Austin Davis (4-9, 32 yds) left the game with a concussion. QB Josh McCown (1-4, 5 yds) was no bueno. QB Cody Kessler (2-2, 15 yds, 1 TD) was the most promising of the group, other than going down in the endzone TWICE to give the Packers 4 points off of two safties. Maybe Kessler has a shot at dethroning RG3? 🙂 Right now, it’s definitely still RG3’s job.); Packers FBs (This game did not air in my area, so I was unable to see how effective the blocking done by the FBs was. However, the team finished with 151 yards rushing, so they must have done SOMETHING right.)

-Notes: (Browns WR Terrelle Pryor (2 rec, 57 yds) was tied for team-lead in receptions, and led the team in receiving yards by 30 yards. Could Pryor be the WR1 in Cleveland?); (Packers rookie QB Joe Callahan (16-23, 124 yds, 1 td) played very well. With the tutelage of Aaron Rodgers, he appears to have the talent to be Rodgers’ replacement in the same way that Rodgers was Brett Favre’s replacement. However, I should probably wait to see more games from him before I make that proclamation for sure.)

Oakland Raiders 31 @ Arizona Cardinals 10

-I was right: Today: (2-3); Preseason (5-6)

-‘Things to watch’ results: Raiders RB DeAndre Washington (Washington (8 car, 43 yds) did well, but he and Latavius Murray (4 car, 21 yds) were both outshined by George Atkinson (5 car, 97 yds, 2 tds). That is a push for the starting job. If Atkinson can even come close to that production in another preseason game, he will be seeing a bigger piece of the timeshare that will likely occur in Oakland’s backfield this season.); Cardinals Wait For It… (…)

-Notes: (Raiders QB Matt McGloin (5-11, 41 yds, 2 tds) had a nice game. Of course, he won’t dethrone starter Derek Carr (3-7, 44 yds), but it IS noteworthy that he had more tds than rookie Connor Cook (7-11, 71 yds).); (Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (3 car, 41 yds, 1 td) emerged from the ashes. The oft-injured RB who lost his starting gig to Chris Johnson, then David Johnson showed that he is still relevant, and deserves a share of the Cardinals backfield. A YPC average of almost 14 is AMAZING.)

Off the Field

  1. Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor signed a six-year, $92 million extension with the Bills. Now, the Bills are hoping Taylor doesn’t turn into San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick.
  2. CB Cortland Finnegan signed with the New Orleans Saints. Finnegan has SOME football left in him, but this is mostly just a depth signing by the Saints.

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