2017 NFL Win Projections

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They are finally here. After many hours of contemplation and frustration, I present these 2017 NFL Win Projections for you to laugh out loud at. A couple of notes:

  1. There were few mid-level teams in my projections as most were either really good or really bad. This presented an interesting scenario come playoff time, where 6 teams with winning records did not secure playoff spots.
  2. Nearly half of last season’s playoff teams failed to make it back in my projections, including last season’s NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons.
  3. Both of the #1 seeded teams find themselves in highly unfamiliar territory, as the Detroit Lions last appeared as a #6 seed (2016 season) and the Tennessee Titans have not made a playoff appearance since their #1 seeding 9 years ago (2008 season). Neither franchise has ever won a Super Bowl.
  4. At the reverse end of the playoff seeding, both #6 seeded teams have won Super Bowls in the last 5 years (Baltimore Ravens in 2013, Seattle Seahawks in 2014).
  5. Ultimately, I pitted the New England Patriots against the Detroit Lions in Super Bowl LII. I’m sure Lions fans would be excited to see their team make their first ever Super Bowl appearance (they haven’t won a playoff game since 1991), but I don’t see them being much of a match for the battle-hardened, QB Tom Brady-led Patriots. There are only two teams that have a realistic chance to stop Brady from getting another Super Bowl ring: the Oakland Raiders and the New York Giants. That said, the projected AFC Championship Game would be the most interesting game of the playoffs.

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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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#20: Personal Blog History!, Referees, and More

What you are currently reading is TheHaysWay blogging history. It is my first post written from inside an airport!

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OKAY, so it’s not THAT exciting. But what is exciting is that I’m actually at the airport, about to go home for the first time since September! Anyway, I came to the airport way too early (about 4 and a half hours too early, to be exact), so it’s blog time.

Finished up my first college finals today, and I can honestly say that professors are insane. You always hear jokes and see memes about how finals are WAY harder than the rest of the class, but you will never know how true that is until you actually experience it yourself. They were borderline foreign language: that’s how different they were from what I’d learned in the classes. Luckily, when you go to class and do all of your homework throughout the term, you don’t have to worry about acing the final. Hard work actually does pay off!

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The Oakland Raiders defeated the Houston Texans in Mexico City yesterday, and the referees were TERRIBLE! I don’t think I’ve seen the refs screw up that badly since the replacement refs in the Green Bay Packers @ Seattle Seahawks game. Yeah, they were that bad. The Texans should’ve won that game. To make matters worse, the Raiders still have a better record than the New York Giants with the win, so my friend will probably keep holding that over my head. Of course, he’s a DU friend and I won’t be back at DU until January, so I guess I won’t have to worry much about that.

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Thanksgiving is just a couple of days away! This is the most meaningful Thanksgiving I’ve experienced because I’m coming off of living away from home for the first time. I look forward to all of the ‘F’s of Thanksgiving: Football (PLEASE Washington, beat the Cowboys), Food (my family is getting pizza for Thanksgiving instead of turkey because my sister and I don’t like turkey :).), and Family (for the first time since September. Actually, my mom came to visit in October, but that’s not the same as being home with my entire family.). I keep harping about the fact that I’m coming home, but now I’m actually on my way, so it’s different.

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I’ve been sick for about a week and a half now, and I’m over it. Cough, runny nose, fatigue, eye irritation (that was brief, it’s gone already), nausea (that hasn’t been a factor the last few days, either), and today, I got to add stomach ache to the list. Seriously, I’m wondering when I’m actually going to get better. Mother nature, would you mind cutting me some slack? Nevertheless, I’m still wearing shorts today in Denver’s around freezing temperatures. There was snow this morning, too. I can go the distance!

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Jacksonville Jaguars

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Founded: 1995

All-Time Winning Percentage: 48.6%

All-Time Record: (140-148)

This one SHOCKED me. I know Tom Coughlin led them to a couple of AFC Championships when the franchise was first founded, but #20!? They haven’t done anything for the majority of the last decade! They don’t have a lot of historically great players to hang their hat on either. QB David Garrard is all that comes to mind for me. MAYBE RB Maurice Jones-Drew? Even now, with a young, ‘franchise’ QB, two great, young receivers, and a defense that they spent a bunch of money on during the offseason, they still are at the bottom of the pitiful AFC South. Will the Jags ever REALLY be good?

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#21: Coming Home, Finals, and More

It has been far too long since my last post. I’ve been very sick with some sort of virus, so I have been expending the majority of my energy on trying to recover because I have finals tomorrow and Tuesday. But, I REALLY needed a study break, so here I am!

In terms of studying, I have four finals: two papers and two tests. I have finished one paper, started the other paper, almost finished studying for one test, and just started studying for the other test. So, I’m in a good spot. I have one test tomorrow (the one I’ve almost finished studying for), and the other test, as well as both papers, are due on Tuesday.

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I’m coming home Wednesday morning! I’m so excited! I get to see my family and friends back home! I feel like I already have a lot to do in the month and a half that I will be hanging out with all of them again! Minecraft with my sister, watching football with my parents, catching up with my grandpa, trip to a Trail Blazers game with my mom, watching Star Wars with my friends (including the premiere night of Rogue One), visiting my high school Alma mater for the first time since receiving my IB diploma from there, seeing my IB diploma in person for the first time ever (I have only seen a phone picture of it because it got to my house after I left for DU), and reuniting with my pets! So much for getting rest during Winter Break, right? Just kidding. I’m really excited about all of those things in that long list above. Plus, I get to enjoy some of my favorite local restaurants back home that I’ve missed since I’ve been here. So much to do and so little time to do it!

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The New York Giants are on an explosion of sorts! They have one FIVE STRAIGHT games to go from 2-3 to 7-3! Unfortunately, they are in the toughest division, and are still two games behind the 9-1 Dallas Cowboys. Today, the Giants defeated the Chicago Bears, and I watched the game with two of my friends here who are Bears fans. I put a sandwich on the game with one of them, so I got a free sandwich today!

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There is one more week left of the college football regular season. Wyoming lost to Mountain West foe UNLV last weekend, and Boise State hasn’t lost since their game against Wyoming. So, the last weekend comes down to Boise State @ Air Force, and Wyoming @ New Mexico. Boise State will make the Mountain West Conference Championship Game if they beat Air Force (which they haven’t done in three years) AND Wyoming loses to New Mexico. In order to make a BCS bowl game, Boise State must be the highest ranked non-power 5 conference champion. They are the highest ranked, so they just need to win out to get a BCS bowl AND hope Wyoming loses. I’m a little totally terrified!

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The NFL is back in Mexico tomorrow night for the first time in over a decade as the Oakland Raiders square off against the Houston Texans. The Kansas City Chiefs lost today, so my friend here who is a Raiders fan is REALLY hoping the Raiders win in Mexico to claim sole possession of 1st place in the AFC West. As for Houston, Indianapolis is suddenly 5-5, so if Houston loses tomorrow night, they will be just one game ahead of the surging Colts, which doesn’t bode well for them.

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Seattle Seahawks

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Founded: 1976

All-Time Winning Percentage: 48.3%

All-Time Record: (280-300)

The Seattle Seahawks are amazing today. They have the Legion of Boom, led by loudmouth CB Richard Sherman. They have an electric offense led by QB Russell Wilson and many RBs that all seem to perform really well in Seattle’s offensive scheme. Let’s not forget, they won Super Bowl 48 just three years ago! But, name anything good about Seattle before Russell Wilson came to town. I’ve come up with three positives: QB Matt Hasselbeck, WR Steve Largent, and T Walter Jones. Oh, and they made Super Bowl 40, even though they lost that to the Pittsburgh Steelers. They’ve also had a few veterans come through past the prime of their careers, such as WR Jerry Rice and QB Warren Moon. Overall, I was surprised that the Seahawks were ranked so high. On the bright side, things definitely continue to look up in Seattle.

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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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Weekend Update: August 6-7, 2016

“Sometimes, it’s super sweet…to NOT know.” -James Roday (as Shawn Spencer from Psych), Actor

The above quote is my lame excuse for being tired and not wanting to search for a powerful quote. Same goes for the repeat scene. But let’s be real, that’s a great scene. Besides, I’ve got quite a bit to talk about. Starting with the Olympics:

  1. Team USA is destroying the competition in Rio. We lead the games in total medal count (12 to second place’s 8), silver medal count (5 to second place’s 3), and we’re tied for first in gold medal count (3). Michael Phelps received his 19th all-time gold medal today in the Men’s 4 x 100m freestyle relay. I also saw our archery team take silver because South Korea’s team couldn’t stop hitting the target dead-center. Both of our basketball teams destroyed their competition. For the men’s team, they beat China on multiple threes from Golden State Warriors SF Kevin Durant. Honestly, he looked like more of a splash bro than Golden State Warriors SG Klay Thompson did in that game. For the women’s team, they set new US Olympic records for points scored (120, previously: 114) and largest margin of victory (65 points, previously: 60 points). In fact, they won by more points (65) than the Senegal team scored (55).
  2. Team China and Team Australia are currently tied for first in gold medal count (3), with Team USA.
  3. Team Japan leads the way in bronze medal count (6).
  4. Coming in behind Team USA in total medal count are Team China (8 medals, 2nd place), and Teams Italy and Japan (7 medals, T-3rd place).

So a little bit about my life today as an explanation for why this post is so late. I woke up this morning and proceeded to mow two lawns. After that, I showered, then went to see the new Bourne movie. By the way, after that movie, I said, “I would rather have seen Star Trek: Beyond again.” Of course, Star Trek: Beyond is a fantastic movie, but the point is, the Bourne movie sucks. There is so much action that they forgot about the story. Following that, I had a couple of hours to do some Green Bay Packers-Indianapolis Colts Madden NFL 16 gameplay, in preparation for the Hall of Fame Game (I’ll get back to that), prior to my French Horn recital. Then, I had my French Horn recital. After that, I FINALLY went to get some ‘real’ food (It was about 7pm and all I had to eat the entire day was popcorn at the movie theatre) at Dairy Queen with two of my fellow French Horn players, and our French Horn instructor. Our instructor left after about an hour, but the other Horn players and I kept talking in Dairy Queen for ANOTHER hour. Then, we decided to head over to our local ‘fun zone’ (that’s the technical term) to play some mini golf and bowling. So, I just got home about 30 minutes ago. LONG day. That’s why this is a late post. But I still have NFL news ahead:

  1. I said I would get back to the Hall of Fame Game later…it’s later. CANCELLED. Yeah, the first taste of football since the Super Bowl, back in February was CANCELLED. That was a MASSIVE disappointment after having counted down all of the days until the return of football. Apparently, some of the paint on the field was a slipping hazard. LAME EXCUSE! I WANTED FOOTBALL!!! I DON’T CARE IF IT’S PRESEASON, GIVE ME FOOTBALL!!!!! So, the wait for football now continues until Week 1 of the NFL Preseason begins on Thursday.
  2. The Oakland Raiders are anxious to start winning. OG Kelechi Osemele and DE Mario Edwards Jr threw punches at each other in practice today. They both got booted from the session following the brawl. The attitude is finally back in Oakland! I’m excited! This could be a special season for the Raiders.
  3. LB Brandon Spikes has had a lot of controversy surrounding his off-the-field antics. He did not play in the NFL last season following the discovery of his car on a highway, not far from the location of a hit-and-run. Well, Spikes seems to have overcome his issues, as he signed a one-year contract with the Buffalo Bills today. His antics do seem to match head coach Rex Ryan’s style.
  4. Good news New England Patriots fans, WR Julian Edelman has officially returned to practice. The receiver was previously kept off the field due to a foot surgery he underwent in May. Of course, Edelman might not make too much of a difference with QB Tom Brady suspended for the first four games of the regular season. Still though, a confidence boost for the team, for sure.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily quote and/or the Olympics news and/or my day (or your day) and/or the daily news and/or whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Sorry and Los Angeles Relocation Decision

  1. BREAKING: The NFL owners (WARNING: the following Star Wars clip contains Jar Jar Binks) voted to allow the St Louis Rams to move to Los Angeles for the 2016-17 season. The Rams received 30 votes in favor of their relocation and needed just 24. The San Diego Chargers have been granted permission to move with the Rams if they choose to, however Chargers owner Dean Spanos has expressed opinions against joining with the Rams in one stadium. The Oakland Raiders withdrew their relocation proposal, however if the Chargers turn down their option to join the Rams, the Raiders may take the Chargers place. Congratulations Los Angeles! Sorry St Louis.

I’m putting the intro here because that was Earth-shattering news. Anyway, sorry I didn’t post yesterday. I had a headache that was borderline migraine so I went to bed without posting. But I’m back today, and AWAYYYYY we go:

  1. The Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Clemson Tigers 45-40 in yesterday’s College Football National Championship. The Tigers actually looked like they would pull off the upset until Alabama coach Nick Saban called for a momentum-changing onside kick, from which the Tide never looked back. This win marked the Tide’s 4th championship in the past 7 years.
  2. The Arizona Cardinals have signed veteran DE Jason Babin. This guy has been all over the league: here are his past teams.
  3. Two key WR are on the injury report this week: WR Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City Chiefs and WR Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers. The Maclin loss could be big for the Chiefs because he has proven to be a valuable asset, however his status is not yet certain. Adams is listed as doubtful but shouldn’t hurt the Pack too much if QB Aaron Rodgers continues to look like himself.

Happy July: Random Review

Happy July everybody! I’m back here a week after the 4th of July and I hope everybody had a great fireworks show. Speaking of fireworks…

1. There are actually two different firework stories in the NFL, but I’ll start with the headline one. New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul was in a firework related accident on the 4th of July, and this story spirals out of control so grab some popcorn. The injury occurred in his hometown in South Florida and he was admitted to the hospital shortly after the incident. When the story was first reported, the severity of the injury was unknown, so the Giants organization sent a team trainer down to visit JPP. JPP and his agent decided to refuse access to the trainer-who could have had him brought to the Giants’ elite hospital connections in New York-and the Giants decided to revoke the $60 million long term deal they had previously offered to him. On Wednesday, JPP had his right index finger amputated, and it was discovered that his thumb is broken. The Giants still have the franchise tag on Pierre-Paul, but he has yet to sign it, which means he is not under contract for the team and the team is not required to pay him. Now for analysis. I was reading an article on NFL.com yesterday that drew a player comparison for Pierre-Paul since entering the league in 2010. The comparison? Oakland Raiders DE Justin Tuck who played with JPP in New York for a few seasons. The Giants let Tuck walk away in free agency because his stats had dipped, but were about to give JPP $60 million for having the same stat line. Why? The 2011 season and the end of last season. In 2011, JPP was one of the top d-linemen in the league. At the end of last season, JPP looked like he was returning to form, but he was playing against teams that allowed a lot of sacks, and the Giants were already out of the playoff picture, meaning that he played well against inferior competition when it didn’t matter. In my opinion, the Giants should let JPP walk because his immaturity is not needed in the Giant spotlight that is the media circus of New York. That’s right, I’m calling for the Giants to rescind the franchise tag.

2. The second fireworks story is also in Florida, where Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB C.J. Wilson also hurt his hand. Unlike JPP, Wilson has been in contact with the Bucs organization, however because Wilson is a player fighting for a roster spot, his incident will likely prevent him from getting a roster spot.

3. Moving on to another one of the NFL’s not-so-gems, Dallas Cowboys DE Greg Hardy has had his suspension for domestic violence reduced from 10 games to 4 games. This was a stupid move by the NFL, and not just because I’m a Giants fan and am not looking forward to my teaming playing against Hardy. Let me remind everyone that RB Ray Rice also committed an act of domestic violence, and he was booted from the league for the incident. The difference between the two cases? Video evidence. Ray Rice was caught on camera, and Hardy was not. Hardy was lucky to get a 10 game suspension because he probably should’ve gotten a season long suspension at the least. In my opinion, if you want to know why the league reduced Hardy’s suspension, ask Jerry Jones. I’m guessing Jones pulled some strings with this deal because he is dying to get his star acquisition on the field. Watch out NFL, if you still think Dallas is “America’s Team” and treat them better, you could end up taking a lot of heat. That goes for you too Jerry.

4. Now for a truly sad story, former Oakland Raiders QB Ken “The Snake” Stabler passed away on Thursday at the age of 69 due to colon cancer. He was a four-time Pro Bowler in the NFL, won Super Bowl XI, won two National Championships at the University of Alabama, and led the Crimson Tide to an undefeated season too. He was one of the best left-handed passers in league history and I agree with John Madden when he says that he belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

5. The Top 100 Players of 2015 finished up the list this week with the top 10 players. Here is the list with my opinions. Keep in mind that the list says “of 2015”, so I’m focusing on performance over the past season alone. 10) Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots- Can’t argue with this one. Not only did he stay healthy, but he and Brady led the Pats to a Super Bowl victory. If anything, he should be ranked higher. 9) Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks- This ranking is spot on. His electrifying running brought the Seahawks to back-to-back Super Bowls and while he isn’t the best, he’s one of the best and VERY consistent. 8) Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers- Antonio Brown was the best WR in the NFL this year. He and Le’Veon Bell took the Steelers to the playoffs this season. 7) Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts- This ranking is too low. He is top 5 in the league because he took the Colts from worst in the league, to getting further in the playoffs every season with a trip to the AFC championship this season. 6) Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions- Based on this season ALONE, this is WAY too high. Megatron was still great, but had some injury issues and, unlike the other top ten players, he didn’t lead his team to their success this season. He should not be in the top 25 and if it were up to me, Le’Veon Bell would be here. 5) Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos- This is too high. Broncos management has stacked the team to get a Super Bowl ring, and Peyton is unable to get there. He shouldn’t be top 10 for THIS season. 4) DeMarco Murray, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (was Dallas Cowboys)- He led the league in rushing yards. This is a perfect spot. 3) Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots- This is just slightly too high. He led his team to a Super Bowl victory, but I can’t stop thinking about the Kansas City game and ‘Deflategate’, so he slips down but still in the top 10. 2) Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers- He is the best QB statistically which means usually he would be #1 but… 1) JJ Watt- Watt showed that not only is he ELITE at his position, but he is capable at other positions too, including offense. Watt deserved to beat Rodgers to #1 because of his versatility. The QBs aren’t always king.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, have a pleasant tomorrow.

Long Time in Review

I’m Back (not) in Black. Sorry it has been so long. I’ve had school finals and now band camp, but I’m ready to go, here is some recap of a REALLY long time. BTW, this will be a LONG post:

1. The New York Giants are resting OBJ during OTAs out of fear about his hamstring issues. Have no fear, I’m confident he will be ready to go at the beginning of the season.

2. The Detroit Lions are bringing in free agent RBs Ben Tate and Daniel Thomas for workouts. Tate spent last season with the Cleveland Browns, then Minnesota Vikings, then Pittsburgh Steelers, and the previous three seasons with the Houston Texans. Daniel Thomas spent the past 4 seasons with the Miami Dolphins and left after being declared lesser than current Dolphins RB Lamar Miller.

3. QB Derek Carr has been cleared for participation in the Oakland Raiders minicamp. Carr is going into his second NFL season this year and suffered a finger injury that may limit his throwing abilities for a little while.

4. The Chicago Bears signed CB Tracy Porter. Porter spent last season with the Washington Redskins, the previous season with the Oakland Raiders, the season prior with the Denver Broncos, and the previous 4 seasons with the New Orleans Saints. Porter has NOT been good as of late but made the game-clinching pick-six of QB Peyton Manning in the Saints matchup against the Indianapolis Colts in SB XLIV.

5. The New England Patriots have cut LB Brandon Spikes due to him allegedly rear-ending a car and leaving the scene. He called 911 claiming to have hit a deer. Later, the cops came to the scene and found no deer but did find a rear-ended car with 3 injured people in it, and Brandon Spikes’ car abandoned down the road. He hasn’t been proven guilty but the Pats decided it was enough to cut him. Spikes spent last season with the Buffalo Bills and the previous 4 with the New England Patriots.

6. Miami Dolphins 1st round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, WR DeVante Parker has had foot surgery. The return timetable is not certain and he is scheduled to be QB Ryan Tannehill’s #2 target behind WR Jarvis Landry.

7. Miami Dolphins K Caleb Sturgis injured his leg during a team-organized kickball game. Sturgis hasn’t had a fantastic field goal percentage and this injury could lead to him finding himself out of a job. Who would have thought that the one guy who kicks all of the time is the one who would get injured during a kickball game?

8. The Cleveland Browns traded a 2017 7th round pick for San Francisco 49ers P Andy Lee. I guess the Browns know they can’t move the ball and are trying to make it a long way for their opponents to drive the ball as well.

9. San Francisco 49ers OT Anthony Davis has retired at the age of 25. I don’t know what has happened in San Francisco to cause so many departures this offseason, but I’m guessing that the St Louis Rams will not be at the bottom of the NFC West this year.

10. New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette injured his pectoral muscle. He should be back for the season.

11. The St Louis Rams have released WR Bud Sasser due to a health condition. Sasser was a 6th round pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

12. WR Sammy Watkins is staying on the sidelines for the Buffalo Bills OTAs. Watkins is currently rehabbing his hip.

13. TE Jermaine Gresham is visiting the New Orleans Saints. The Saints are attempting to fill the Jimmy Graham void and this will not work if they decide to try it. Gresham was a long-time member of the Cincinnati Bengals.

14. The Oakland Raiders signed WR Trindon Holliday to return kicks. Holliday has spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the New York Giants and the Denver Broncos.

15. The New Orleans Saints have signed DE Cameron Jordan to a 5-year, $60 million extension. Jordan has been a member of the Saints since they drafted him in 2010.

16. The Denver Broncos have signed their 1st round, 23rd overall pick Shane Ray. Ray is a concern due to marijuana possession prior to the draft.

17. QB Cam Newton has signed a 5-year, $103.8 million extension with the Carolina Panthers. Newton has been with the Panthers since they drafted him with the 1st overall pick in 2011.

18. The Arizona Cardinals have signed their 1st round pick, OT D.J. Humphries. He will be getting a 4-year, $8.9 million deal.

19. The Arizona Cardinals have signed DE Frostee Rucker to a 1-year extension.

20. The Atlanta Falcons cut LB Prince Shembo. The cut came following the animal cruelty charge against Shembo. How do the Falcons keep getting the animal abusers? (cough…Vick…cough)

21. OT Ryan Clady has torn his ACL and will be out for the season for the Denver Broncos. This is the second season of the past three that Clady will be out for the majority of the season.

22. OT Jake Long visited the New York Giants following the injury of OT Will Beatty that will keep him sidelined for most of the season. Giants, PLEASE sign Jake Long.

This isn’t all of the news that I’ve missed but I’m tired so this is good enough. Also, I will be releasing my list of the top 200 fantasy football players of 2015 within the next week, so stayed tuned for that. That’s all for TheHaysWay for today, have a pleasant tomorrow.

Weekend in Review: April 25-26, 2015

This weekend was not fantastic for me and uneventful in the NFL. Here’s the latest:

1. The Oakland Raiders have received calls for their #4 overall pick this year. Most likely, the New York Jets have shown interest because they publicly announced that they would like to trade up from #6 overall.

2. The Carolina Panthers have picked up the fifth-year option on LB Luke Kuechly. This comes as no surprise as he has been one of the best players in the NFL in his time in the league. He will definitely be receiving a MASSIVE paycheck next offseason whether it is with the Panthers or not.

3. Now moving from the NFL to college for the saddest news of the weekend. QB Ryan Finley of the Boise State Broncos was arrested on two misdemeanors over the weekend. He WAS the big favorite to start at QB for the Broncos this season, but now I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets kicked off the team because Boise State expects good character from their players. At the very least, he will get suspended, which means that Freshman QB Brett Rypien will get a chance to be the next Kellen Moore. He was a four-star recruit and is nephew of former Washington Redskins’ QB Mark Rypien.