4:09 AM EDT, Thu July 02, 2015
The Falcoholic 5 hours ago

Julio Jones Makes NFL Top 100 at Number 13

Ryan's favorite target lands inside the top 20 of the NFL Top 100 for 2015. For those who put any stock in the NFL Top 100, the Falcons very own Julio Jones has cracked the top 20 of the list for 2015 at lucky number 13. There's little doubt that he belongs at the top of any list like this, despite the overall season the team had in 2014. Julio Jones running into the #NFLTop100 at No. 13 like... #RiseUp pic.twitter.com/Vl0hmI1q1B — Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) July 2, 2015 Despite missing most of the 2013 season with a foot injury, Julio was able to bounce back in 2014 in a big...
David Fucillo / Niners Nation 6 hours ago

49ers mad libs: Fooch is in Las Vegas, albeit briefly

The Fourth of July holiday is fast approaching, and to celebrate it, I will be meeting up with family for a few days. I'm flying to Las Vegas Wednesday afternoon, and returning next Tuesday morning. In between we'll be driving out of town (out of the state entirely) Thursday morning, and returning Sunday afternoon. This means Wednesday afternoon and all day Monday I'll be in Las Vegas. It might be only a limited time in Las Vegas, but we know how quickly things can go bad. History has shown, this could be bad news for 49ers fans. The last time I was in Las Vegas, Patrick Willis retired, and...
Blogging The Boys 6 hours ago

Dallas Cowboys Offseason 2015: Did The Cowboys Improve? (Quarterback Edition)

Did the Dallas Cowboys improve in the area of quarterback from last season until now? Over the course of the next few weeks, I will take a page out of our friends over at Pride of Detroit's book and pose questions to the readers about Cowboys improvements at specific positions. The quarterback position for any team is the most important to figure out. The Cowboys are fortunate enough to have one that is coming off an MVP-like performance and has been a high-level player for some time. However what about the rest of the QB depth chart? QB1- Tony Romo As said previously, Romo is coming of...
Acme Packing Company 6 hours ago

NFL Top 100: Packers' Jordy Nelson ranked #18

It's been a few weeks since we had a Packer on the list, but Jordy ranks in among the best players in the NFL. The Green Bay Packers already have four players so far on this year's NFL Top 100 countdown, but they added a fifth during tonight's reveal of players ranked 11 through 20. Wide receiver Jordy Nelson was ranked at number 18, a huge jump from last year when he was number 83. Nelson had a magnificent season in 2014, leading the team in every major receiving category. While starting all 16 games, he posted 98 receptions for 1,519 yards (a rate of 15.5 yards per catch), and 13...
David Fucillo / Niners Nation 8 hours ago

75 days to 49ers kickoff: Who wore it best? Who wears it now?

The San Francisco 49ers season starts in 75 days. We take a look at jersey No. 75. The San Francisco 49ers kick off the 2015 NFL regular season on Monday Night Football, on September 14. That game is now a mere 75 days away from kicking off their 2015 regular season. In the spirit of that approaching date, I thought I would steal this idea from our Oakland Raiders site. Who wore it best: OL Forrest Blue (1968-1974) There is an argument to be made for defensive end Kevin Fagan. He had a couple big years for the 49ers, grabbing 16.5 sacks over the 1989 and 1990 seasons. And he had a...
Field Gulls 8 hours ago

Who's likely to take down Alabama and Missouri in the SEC?

Let's figure out the risers, fallers, big stories, and big games of the 2015 SEC season.
Field Gulls 9 hours ago

Time for the Pac-12 South to take over the conference

Let's figure out the risers, fallers, big stories, and big games of the 2015 Pac-12 season.
Sander Philipse / Bucs Nation 9 hours ago

Buccaneers offense is built for the future

Some offenses are set up to win right now, while others are built with the future in mind. Over at ESPN, Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders tried to find five offenses that adhere to the latter paradigm. He did so by looking at what they call "snap-weighted age," or the average age of the team's offensive players based on the snaps they're likely to take, rather than a vague ranking of 'starters,' which is an increasingly outdated metric given all of the different packages teams put out there. Unsurprisingly, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fit the bill. Combine St. Louis' offensive line...
Saints Gab 9 hours ago

Ranking the New Orleans Saints’ 2015 roster: No. 18 Khiry Robinson | NOLA.com

Good article by Holder….interesting read Khiry Robinson averaged 4.8 yards per carry in 2014 Source: Ranking the New Orleans Saints’ 2015 roster: No. 18 Khiry Robinson | NOLA.com
David Fucillo / Niners Nation 10 hours ago

Bill Walton enjoyed the Grateful Dead concert at Levi's Stadium

The San Francisco 49ers do not return to Levi's Stadium until August, but in the meantime, plenty of events are still going on at the stadium. This past weekend, the Grateful Dead (well, most of them anyway) had two concerts at the 49ers stadium. Plenty of fans were in attendance, but one particularly notable Grateful Dead fan had a great time at his reported 856th show. Bill Walton is a famed Deadhead, so of course he was going to check out these latest shows. It is obviously not the full group, but I imagine most Grateful Dead fans just want to check it out. Walton tweeted a bunch of...
Acme Packing Company 10 hours ago

Packers 2015 90-man roster ranking: 60-51

We continue our countdown of the roster with a group of players that finds themselves at the cutting edge of the roster. Finally, Acme Packing Company's annual ranking of the Green Bay Packers' 90-man roster reaches those at the fringes of the final cut down. Some of these players are rookies while others have already spent a season or two with the team. Those that don't make the regular season roster expect to receive heavy consideration for the practice squad. So with that out of the way, let's dive in to players 60-51: 60. Christian Ringo, DT It didn't take long for Christian Ringo, a...
Turf Show Times 10 hours ago

2015 Rams Roster Preview: S Jacob Hagen Tries To Make Jump From FCS To NFL

Coming out of Liberty, Hagen's going to have to make big strides, and quickly, to make the Rams' roster in 2015. Jacob Hagen. Jacob Hagen Jacob, Hagen. Jacob? Hagen! Roster Battle Christian Bryant, Jay Hughes, Jacob Hagen? Cody Davis, Maurice Alexander. Haha, Jeff Fisher. Jacob Hagen. Expectations Jacob Hagen Liberty University Jacob Hagen? FCS NFL Jacob Hagen. Jacob. Chances of Making Final Roster (1.5/10) Tom Hagen? No. The SMS Hagen? No. Karen Grønn-Hagen? No. Hagen, Deutschland? Nein. Jacob Hagen? St. Louis Rams. 2015. (P.S. Jacob Hagen is a fan of the Jacksonville Jaguars. An...
Field Gulls 11 hours ago

Seahawks depth-chart predictions: Linebackers

It's the deadest of the dead-season right now in the NFL calendar, so as we all wait for football later this month, let's look forward to what the Seahawks' starting lineups -- and the depth charts behind that -- might look like come September. I broke down the defensive backs position groups two weeks ago, and for today, let's look at the linebackers. Right now, the Seahawks are rolling with 11 linebackers on their 90-man roster (counting Bruce Irvin in this group), and you could make the argument they have up to 14 in a pinch when you include Frank Clark, Cassius Marsh, and Obum Gwacham...

NFL coach rankings indicate Chip Kelly is barely better than Jason Garrett

Alright, then. Where does Chip Kelly rank among 32 NFL head coaches? That's the question Elliot Harrison of NFL.com answered in his annual head coach rankings. Harrison has Kelly ranked 13th overall, which is five spots better than where he had Kelly ranked last offseason. Here's what Harrison had to say: "After talking to people around the NFL Media offices and perusing the various opinions in the social media universe, it would seem there are legions of people out there who would take Kelly as their head coach in a second. No relatively new coach has received the kind of pub Kelly...
Blogging The Boys 11 hours ago

Cowboys Midsummer Madness, Second Round: Mel Renfro vs. Tony Romo

Round two of our Midsummer Madness tournament is underway! Today’s match-up features three seed Mel Renfro facing off against six seed Tony Romo. Who will advance to the Sweet Sixteen? As many of you have noted, the second-round match-ups are much tougher than most we experienced in round one and, as a result, are significantly more agonizing. Today's contest offers an excellent illustration of this, as third-seeded Mel Renfro, the best defensive back in team history, faces off against sixth-seeded Tony Romo, who will almost certainly retire with every significant team passing record....
David Fucillo / Niners Nation 11 hours ago

PFF breaks down 49ers lost snaps this offseason

The San Francisco 49ers lost quite a few players this offseason. We don't need stats to know this, but they add a little more context to the losses. It is not remotely surprising that the San Francisco 49ers lost a whole lot of snaps from their 2014 squad. Retirements, free agency departures and a trade have resulted in significant turnover across the roster. We've heard plenty about this, but I wanted to introduce one more metric on the subject. Pro Football Focus has created a "Full Time Equivalent" metric, which takes the total number of departed snaps and divides it by the number of...
Field Gulls 12 hours ago

Russell Wilson: "I obviously want to stay in Seattle"

Here's the full transcript of Russell Wilson's conversation with Marty Smith for ESPN. We saw snippets of Russell Wilson's conversation with Marty Smith on Monday night, and the big talking point was Wilson's comment that "Whether it's $25 million or $1.5 million (this year), I'll be ready to go." Wilson didn't say much else of note in the interview that originally aired, but if you'd like to see what else Smith and Wilson chatted about, ESPN has released the full transcript. Wilson on his relationship with the Seahawks: It's great. I don't think it's a bad relationship by any means. We...
Turf Show Times 12 hours ago

2015 Rams Roster Preview: S Christian Bryant Tries To Jump From Practice Squad In Year Two

The former Ohio State safety is trying to overcome his cling-on year to make the full roster in 2015. As the 241st overall pick (26th pick of the 7th round) in the 2014 NFL Draft, Christian Bryant secured at least a brief NFL future. Indeed, he missed the 53-man roster but was able to hang on to a spot on the practice squad and signed a reserve/futures contract to stick with the team into the 2015 season. Now nearly two years removed from a broken ankle against Wisconsin in late September of 2013,  the former Ohio St. product may finally be physically ready to give it a sincere shot....
Sean Yuille / Pride Of Detroit 12 hours ago

DeAndre Levy's Instagram feed continues to amaze

We don't call him the most interesting linebacker in the NFL for nothing. Last time we checked in on world traveler DeAndre Levy this offseason, he was busy wing walking. After that, he visited Chile and Easter Island, giving us this great photo: A young Hotu Matu'a. Ahu Tongariki. No photo could do this site justice. A photo posted by DeAndre Levy (@dre_levy) on May 17, 2015 at 5:21pm PDT More recently, Levy posted a couple of new photos on Instagram from his trip to Chile. Specifically, these were taken in San Pedro de Atacama: Moon Valley. San Pedro de Atacama. A photo...

2015 NFL countdown: 74 days left and Cardinals uniform No. 74

A rookie has it! We look at jersey No. 74 today as the Arizona Cardinals are now 74 days away from the start of their 2015 season opener. There is a lot of hope for the current bearer of No. 74. It now belongs to first round pick D.J. Humphries. While it does not now appear he will be a starter this year, he is expected to be a big part of the Cardinals line in 2016 and beyond. The history of the number is pretty unimpressive. Paul Fanaika wore it. D'Anthony Batiste wore it. Reggie Wells wore it and probably was the best. Wells was okay, but nothing spectacular. A player of note was only...

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