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  1. He is 6'1" and doesn't have a strong arm. He will need to overachieve to become an average NFL quarterback. That's not something a team builds around. The Browns can draft a quarterback and still start Kessler or Osweiler this year. They can always trade a quarterback if more than one plays well.
  2. http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2017/04/18/with-burkhead-and-gillislee-signings-patriots-buy-into-analytics/ With Burkhead and Gillislee signings, Patriots buy into analytics Posted by Michael David Smith on April 18, 2017, 2:46 PM EDT At a time when teams across the NFL are showing little to no interest in most of the big-name running backs available in free agency, the Patriots have signed two running backs. And in doing so, they’ve shown they’re at the forefront of the analytics movement, even if they don’t like to say so. Today the Patriots signed restricted free agent running back Mike Gillislee to an offer sheet that they hope the Bills won’t match, and previously the Patriots signed running back Rex Burkhead away from the Bengals. What do Gillislee and Burkhead have in common? The average fan may not know a lot about them, but the analytics people love them. Analytics website FootballOutsiders.com ranked Gillislee as the most efficient running back in the NFL last year, and Burkhead as No. 2. Analytics website NumberFire also had Gillislee first and Burkhead second. Analyst Warren Sharp’s metrics had Gillislee first and Burkhead second in success rate, and Burkhead first and Gillislee second in the fewest “missed yards per attempt,” or how close they came to being successful on the plays that weren’t quite good enough to quality as successful. The various analytics websites have slight differences in the way they rate players, but they all tend to support the same traits in a running back, namely consistently helping the team pick up first downs. Both Gillislee and Burkhead were excellent at picking up first downs last season, gaining first downs more than 30 percent of the time. Meanwhile, for all the focus on LeGarrette Blount and his 18 touchdowns last year, Blount picked up first downs on just 22.4 percent of his carries. The analytics models say Blount was actually a mediocre running back last year, and that may explain why the Patriots are willing to let Blount walk and turn their attention to Gillislee and Burkhead. Unlike the Browns, who are open about the fact that they’re building their team with an analytics approach, the Patriots keep quiet about their belief in analytics. We noted last year that Bill Belichick was dismissive about analytics websites, saying he doesn’t look at them. And he probably doesn’t, because he doesn’t need to: He has staffers who stay on top of the latest in analytics, and those staffers do read those websites. One of Belichick’s most trusted advisors is Ernie Adams, the Patriots’ football research director, who was a municipal bonds trader before he worked for Belichick, first in Cleveland and then in New England. Many of the methods that sports statistical analysts use are rooted in the same methods used to analyze economic data. Adams understands both, and that makes him valuable to Belichick. The interest in analytics goes to the very top of the Patriots’ organization. The Patriots’ official website wrote last year that “You may not find a bigger believer in data and analytics than New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft.” As the Browns struggled through their first rebuilding season under the new analytics-based regime last season, some observers scoffed that the Moneyball approach wouldn’t work in the NFL. And maybe it won’t work in Cleveland. But it’s working in New England, whether the Patriots say so publicly or not.
  3. I wonder if Mark Ingram might be traded. If I understand Ingram's contract correctly, he has the option to void 2018 because he made the Pro Bowl in 2015. This means he is in the last year of his contract and has probably been asking for a new contract.
  4. Gillislee is going to the Patriots. It'll be interesting to see where his adp ends up. To me Gillislee is a low ceiling/high floor player. If he stays healthy, 12+ rushing touchdowns seems likely. But he is a player who had 9 receptions last year replacing a guy who had 6 receptions last year. It's hard to be an elite fantasy running back with so few receptions.
  5. I wonder if teams are acting interested in McCaffrey as a smoke screen or as a favor to Ed McCaffrey. I have trouble believing a team would use a 1st round pick on a gadget player when teams value the running back position so little in today's NFL. The last time a 1st round pick was used on a white halfback was in 1974.
  6. I hadn't heard of Newsweek for a long time before reading the article outing Hernandez. Apparently Newsweek has become similar to the National Enquirer or one of those British tabloids. I'm surprised the article didn't state who between Hernandez or his prison boyfriend was the outer spoon and who was the inner spoon.
  7. http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/19186615/new-england-patriots-sign-buffalo-bills-rb-mike-gillislee-offer Patriots sign Bills RB Mike Gillislee to two-year offer sheet The New England Patriots have extended an offer sheet to Buffalo Bills running back Mike Gillislee, sources confirmed to ESPN. The offer is for two years and is worth $6.4 million, including $4 million in the first year. The Bills have five days to decide whether to match the offer sheet. The offer sheet and financials were first reported by NFL Network. If the Bills decline to match Gillislee's offer, it is unlikely the Patriots will re-sign free-agent running back LeGarrette Blount, who led the NFL with 18 rushing touchdowns, which was the highest total in the NFL since Adrian Peterson had 18 in 2009. He was the Patriots' top power running back, totaling 1,161 yards on 299 carries in the regular season.
  8. http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/2017/04/07/travel-problems-delay-lacy-garage-sale/100171702/ Eddie Lacy rummage sale postponed to May Richard Ryman , USA TODAY NETWORK-WisconsinPublished 1:01 p.m. CT April 7, 2017 | Updated 5:43 p.m. CT April 7, 2017 DE PERE – Eddie Lacy's going to own all that stuff he no longer wants for another month. The former Packers and current Seattle Seahawks running back was out of town and his Friday morning flight back to Green Bay was canceled, making it impossible for him to get back in time for a planned 1 p.m. start to the sale. He planned to announce the location of the sale in De Pere on Twitter and Facebook closer to the starting time. At one point, Lacy advised would-be buyers to have reasonable expectations. "Caution...ya won't find any Fine China, Gucci sneaks or flat screens, I'm pretty simple. Just raising a few bucks for a good cause." Lacy said all money would be given to a charitable organization and unsold items donated to Freedom House in Green Bay. Freedom House provides emergency housing to families, helping them find permanent housing and employment. Freedom House president Robyn Davis was named new president and CEO of Brown County United Way on Thursday. Seattle signed Lacy as a free agent in March. He played for the Packers from 2013 through 2016.
  9. Yelberton Abraham Tittle Jr. and Dave Krieg of the now defunct Milton College is pretty good company.
  10. It's a long shot for him to break either record. But Peterson is a unique athlete. When James Andrews performed surgery on him in 2011, Andrews said that he had never seen an athlete's knee with as little wear and tear as Peterson's knee. Andrews said Peterson's knee was as pristine as a baby's knee. And for fantasy purposes, Peterson only needs the intention of breaking the records to land on a team where he can get the most stats. Here is a quote from June 2015 where he says he would like to break the yards record: http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-sn-adrian-peterson-rushing-records-20150615-story.html Speaking to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Peterson said he believes he has a chance to surpass Emmitt Smith as the league's all-time leading rusher despite being forced to sit out the entire 2014 season. Peterson, 30, told the newspaper he wants to play seven or eight more seasons. "I don't think it's impossible,'' Peterson said. "A lot of things are still to come.... I look at things that anything is possible. [Smith] played 15 years. I'm going into year nine but I've only got eight on the body. That's a long-term goal [to break the record]."
  11. One more reason to get rid of cable and start an Amazon Prime membership: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-05/amazon-said-to-pay-50-million-to-stream-nfl-thursday-games Amazon to Pay $50 Million to Stream NFL Thursday Games: Source Amazon.com Inc. won the rights to broadcast 10 National Football League Thursday night games live online this season as part of its video subscription service, the online retailer’s latest effort to boost the value of Prime membership. The e-commerce giant paid $50 million for the one-year deal, according to a person familiar with the agreement. An Amazon spokesman Tuesday confirmed the company gained the streaming rights to the games, but declined to comment further. Twitter had a similar deal for the NFL’s Thursday night games last year, kicking off a strategy to expand video and boost its appeal to a broader audience. The agreement with the NFL spurred more than 40 partnerships for Twitter to live stream sports, entertainment, news and politics, the company said. But the loss of the contract shows the unpredictability of relying on annual deals to build the business. “The NFL was a great partner to launch our strategy and we will continue to work with them to bring great content to our passionate sports fans,” Twitter said in a statement. While the games will continue to be broadcast on television by CBS, NBC and the NFL Network, short-term digital agreements are part of the football league’s strategy leading up to 2021, when the traditional broadcast deals begin to expire. At that point the NFL will be looking at tech companies as possible bidders alongside networks like ESPN, CBS, NBC and Fox. Amazon has been enhancing its streaming content by making original movies and shows to increase the value of $99-a-year Prime membership, which also includes delivery discounts and photo storage. Customers who watch shows on Amazon during promotional trials are more likely to subscribe to Prime and renew their memberships, the company has said. Before it's here, it's on the Bloomberg Terminal. LEARN MORE
  12. Peterson is within reach of getting the all-time rushing yards and all-time rushing touchdowns records. He needs 6,608 more yards rushing and 67 more rushing touchdowns to be the all-time leader in each. I think he will try to break those records. Instead of pursuing money or a ring, I think Peterson will go where he can get the most rushing yards and touchdowns. It wouldn't surprise me if in order to sign that he demands an assurance from the general manager and the coach that he'll get to run the ball 20+ times a game and be given most of the goal line carries. Peterson is a unique enough athlete that it wouldn't surprise me if he plays into his late 30's and does break those records. Proposing trade offers of tier 3 wide receivers for Peterson in dynasty leagues could pay off well.
  13. I think Romo plays this year. He trying to bluff someone by retiring. He is labeled a "loser" and a "choker". A guy who never won a big game. I don't think he retires while it's still possible to erase that label. I thinks he'll have to break his back another time or two before he gives up.
  14. He prefers the China food......... http://247sports.com/Bolt/Someone-retweeted-every-Eddie-Lacy-tweet-about-food-42900671
  15. Fantasywise, I like this. Dixon isn't a player I was willing to use a high pick on. But with Woodhead's signing and the suspension, he could be available in round 13. He is a great stash-and-wait player.