Pro Player Insiders Executive Editor Melissa Mahler http://proplayerinsiders.com Behind the scenes look at lives and lifestyles of NFL players and their families plus sports news, interviews & events Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:00:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Pick Six: The Jacksonville Jaguars Versus The New England Patriots http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/jacksonville-jags-new-england-patriots/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/jacksonville-jags-new-england-patriots/#comments Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:00:15 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=170930 It all comes down to two teams. The Jacksonville Jaguars were a team no one expected to even make the playoffs before the season. Well, they surely made it further than anyone expected by making the playoffs. Then, in a surprise to some, they beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh. To say that they are playing the underdog role well is an understatement. The New England Patriots, on the other hand, has been expected to make it to the Super Bowl all season long. In typical New England fashion, they have come out and handled the competition like they are an underdog themselves trying to gain respect. They beat down the Tennessee Titans at home in order to take one more step towards their Super Bowl mission. Only one team stands in their way now in the Jacksonville Jaguars. Will New England take that next step forward or will the Jaguars take it to even another level by beating the Patriots at home? We shall find out Sunday but there are three things that you have to look for in regards to a New England or Jacksonville win in a special edition of the Pick Six.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

1) Sackvonville Goes To The Northeast

Telvin Smith

All season long, the Jacksonville Jaguars have been known for sacking the quarterback, totaling 55 sacks on the season, which was good for second in the NFL. They are not the top team in the postseason in sacking the quarterback, but we all know they can bring the heat. The best way to get to Tom Brady and throw the Patriots offense out of rhythm is to get pressure on Brady and move him off his spots. If Calais Campbell and crew can get to Brady, put some hits on him and take him to the ground a few times, that could be disastrous for the Patriots and could bring a huge smile to the faces of the Jacksonville defenders.

2) Playoff Bortles

Blake Bortles throwing the football

During the regular season, people were not very sure about Blake Bortles and what he would be able to do with their offense. He had some games where he was bad and others where he looked like a competent quarterback while Jacksonville was making their playoff run. In the playoffs, Bortles has actually been solid. He has yet to turn the football over. And although he has only thrown for two touchdowns in the postseason, he has used his legs masterfully to run for first downs and keep Jacksonville on schedule offensively for the most part. Against New England, the Jags need this version of Bortles to show up yet again. If Playoff Bortles shows up, the chances for the Jaguars to go to the Super Bowl increase.

3) Swag On 100

Jalen Ramsey

The Jacksonville Jaguars not only play a physical brand of football, but they carry themselves a certain type of way. Watch how they play and fly around the field, all the while telling the opponent what they are going to do and getting under their skin. With the Patriots, they may not get the type of responses they would usually get against other teams, but they have to continue to play with that swagger and confidence. The more they display that type of borderline arrogance, the better the Jags will play. It’s almost as if they feed off the trash talk. They must be like sharks when blood is in the water in this one.

 

New England Patriots

1) Dink And Dunk And The Small Ones

Danny Amendola

No, this is not the name of a band or anything like that, but it is the way the Patriots play the game. Running backs James White and Dion Lewis can hurt a team catching passes out of the backfield. Jacksonville got taken advantage of at times by Le’Veon Bell last week, so this combination of Lewis and White could harm them a lot. Along with the Patriots backfield duo, the smallish wide receiver tandem of Brandin Cooks and Danny Amendola could cause a few headaches for the Jacksonville secondary because of the crossing patterns and the pick plays the Patriots run. If these two parts of the Patriots offense are clicking, then the Jags could have some problems.

2) Pressure Busts Pipes

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The Patriots were not really known for pressuring the quarterback all season long. Well against the Tennessee Titans, the Patriots fooled us all and were bringing pressure from any and all angles. Against the Jaguars, the Patriots need to take whatever they found against Tennessee and bring it to this game. If they are able to bring the pressure, they just might get Blake Bortles to revert back to the guy that people were very unsure about going into the playoffs. The Jags would be in serious trouble if that happened.

3) Plug The Holes

Kyle Van Noy

The Jacksonville Jaguars are a team that loves to run the football. That is what gets their offense going and takes some pressure off Blake Bortles. Well, the New England linebackers have a challenge ahead of them and that is to be more physical than the Jaguars offensive line and meet Leonard Fournette in the whole. The more the Patriots are able to limit Fournette, the more they will increase their chances to win the game. Fournette is not an easy guy to stop, but if you can slow him down, then New England gets in more advantageous down and distances for them to display all their defensive schemes.

The underdog versus the king of the mountain. The underdog Jags have enough swagger to come into Foxboro and win, but will the Patriots be able to hold serve? We shall see if these young Jags can shine in the biggest spotlight they have had to date or if they shrink under the pressure of the big moment.

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Five Takeaways From New England’s Triumph Over Tennessee http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/new-england-patriots/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/new-england-patriots/#comments Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:00:50 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=170909 The defending Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots, have had a target on their backs all season long. Like previous times before, the Patriots didn’t wait for the shots to come. The Patriots attacked the league and have once again put themselves at the top of the charts. They were expected to be in the running to make the Super Bowl and now they stand one game away from making that a reality. The Patriots did so by handling their business against the Tennessee Titans 35-14. They not only won the game, they dominated the competition, making the Titans look inferior to them. The Patriots showed that they are the top dogs in the AFC and that if you come for them, you have to come correct. Like any team though, there is always some things a team shows us all in how they made it happen. Let’s dive right into the five things that the Patriots showed us this past Saturday.

 

1) Pick Up The Tempo

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The Patriots were not necessarily clicking early against the Titans. Their offense was a little methodical. Then the Titans scored and all ofs a sudden, the tempo of the Patriots offense picked up. When that happened, it seemed like the Patriots found their rhythm and simultaneously took the Titans out of their defensive rhythm. The willingness of the Patriots to change up the tempo messed with the Titans and ultimately threw them off their game. As they go forward, this type of mixture of speeds is something the Patriots can have in their back pocket.

2) Sticking With The Little Guys

Danny Amendola

The New England Patriots have always had an affinity for the little guys at wide receiver. From Troy Brown to Julian Edelman, these small receivers, by NFL standards, have been a staple of their system. Well, in typical Patriots fashion, a smallish wide receiver stepped up for them yet again. Danny Amendola was the leading wide receiver for the Patriots against the Titans with eleven receptions for 112 yards. In typical Patriots fashion, he got open with pick routes and crossing patterns and was very reliable, getting his eleven receptions in 13 targets. With him showing up like that, it makes it even harder for teams to put all that attention towards superstar tight end Rob Gronkowski.

3) Paper Cuts Hurt Too

Dion Lewis

The big play is huge in the NFL. While that play is the one that gets all the highlights, the smaller plays like dumping the ball off to running backs hurt too. The Patriots have been doing this for years and no one has any answers for it still. The Titans got their taste of it this past weekend. James White and Dion Lewis combined for 13 of Tom Brady‘s 35 completions and the Titans had no answers for it at all. Going forward, it will be interesting to see if anyone finds any answers for it because they have been doing this forever.

4) Pressure In Numbers

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The Patriots have been known as a team that could not get pressure on quarterbacks this season. Well, the Titans apparently believed that it meant they could not rush the passer and unfortunately they found out they were wrong. The Patriots had a total of eight sacks. And what was so impressive about the sack totals is that they came from six different people. The Patriots may not have a dominant pass-rusher, but they do have strength in numbers. If they are able to rotate bodies and pin their ears back like they did on Saturday versus Tennessee, then they could be trouble.

5) Maybe The Patriots Defense Isn’t As Bad As Some Think It Is

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The Patriots defense started the season off pretty bad, allowing any and everything to happen to them. Well, they got better but there are some that still wanted to believe they were not any good still. After the domination of the Titans Saturday, maybe some will believe that Bill Belichick and Matt Patricia actually know what they are doing. Not only did they take the Titans out of what they wanted to do, they simply made them submit to their offense submit to their defense. With Tom Brady and crew playing well offensively and the defense playing this way, it’s easy to see why they are the favorite to win the Super Bowl again.

The Patriot Way is one that is often not liked by outsiders. In fact, plenty hate it altogether. While there are some hard feelings by many outside of Patriots Nation, you cannot deny that they are good and that they are a team that keeps you up at night if you have to face them. The Jaguars have the inevitable task of facing them in the AFC Championship Game this Sunday. Will they win or not? We don’t know the answer to that. What we do know the answer to is the Jaguars will have to play a great game to beat the defending champs because they are clicking at the right time.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Mayor of Sacksonville http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/mayor-sacksonville/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/mayor-sacksonville/#comments Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:00:51 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=170922 This offseason, Jacksonville Jaguars Defensive End Calais Campbell was faced with an exciting, but very difficult decision.  Knowing he wouldn’t be returning to his current residence in Arizona, Campbell was left wondering if he should return home, or if he should return home.  You see, Calais graduated from South High School in Denver, Colorado where he excelled as a three-sport athlete.  By the time he graduated, his stature, statistics, and work ethic earned him a scholarship to a university of his choosing.  Campbell ended up in the Sunshine State at the University of Miami, “The U”, so it was a bit ironic when the top two teams vying for #93’s services were Jacksonville and Denver.  Jacksonville may not have South Beach, but the palm trees and breeze from the Atlantic feel just the same.

With the free agency period set to begin in just over a day, Calais sat among friends playing Monopoly.  When free agency was all said and done, it would be him that could afford Boardwalk and Park Place.  The market for Campbell started off around $11 million per year, lower than he expected, but a raise nonetheless.  Campbell made it clear, $15 million a year would get him off the market.  After a back and forth struggle that appeared to be much more challenging than any Tackle Calais had ever faced, Campbell chose Jacksonville.  It wasn’t home, but it was familiar enough to be called home.

If his 6’8”, 300-pound frame wasn’t enough, Calais’ four sack debut against the Texans certainly made his presence felt.  In his final two seasons in the Arizona desert, Campbell had 13 sacks total.  He finished this season with 14.5, trailing only one-time teammate, Chandler Jones (17).  Calais’ on-field production, coupled with Jacksonville sitting atop the AFC South, has Campbell staring Defensive Player of the Year right in the eyes.  Very few guys have won DPOY their first year with their new team, but for a team player like Campbell, DPOY isn’t the goal.  Last week, Campbell was able to exact revenge on the team who stole his only opportunity to win a Super Bowl.  Calais was a rookie on the Kurt Warner led Arizona Cardinals team that lost Super Bowl XLIII to the toe-tapping, Santonio-Holmes-Steelers in 2009.  Come to find out, for $60 million the Jags also acquired a psychic.  Prior to the game against the Steelers, Campbell was quoted saying, “We try to win any way we can. One play at a time, and execute, but I’ll take it 2–0 if it comes that way, or 45–42 if it comes that way.  As long as we win, I’m happy.”  45-42 it was.

Even should Calais win Defensive Player of the Year, he’ll be the first to tell you he didn’t do it alone.  Take one look at the Jags defensive roster and it’s clear- they’re ballers!  Campbell didn’t choose Jacksonville just for the money.  Anyone who’s been paying attention could see Jacksonville was on the verge cusp of breaking out.  Campbell just solidified it.  In 2016, Jacksonville finished the regular season with 33 total sacks.  That number jumped to 55 in 2017.  Their record in 2016?  3-13.  This year they finished 10-6, their first winning record in a decade.

Regardless of what happens this Sunday against the New England Patriots, Campbell has helped changed the Jags culture.  He’s already proven to be the best free agent signing of 2017, but a win against the greatest dynasty of all time puts his name in the discussion of greatest free agent signings ever.  He’s not just a resident of “Sacksonville”, he’s the mayor… and he’s putting Duval on his back.  Duuuuuval!!!

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Vikings Must Continue to be Resilient in Hopes of Making Super Bowl http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/vikings-must-continue-resilient-hopes-making-super-bowl/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/vikings-must-continue-resilient-hopes-making-super-bowl/#comments Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:00:26 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=170924 After the Minnesota Vikings lost their starting quarterback and running back in the first four weeks of the regular, it could have been easy to give up on the rest of the season. But they did quit and remained resilient to reach the NFC Championship game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Now, the Vikings must stay resilient, but in a different way.

People are calling the 61-yard walk-off touchdown pass from QB Case Keenum to WR Stefon Diggs the “Minneapolis Miracle.” It is a play that will forever go down in Vikings history, but they realize the play is in the past and have a bigger opportunity in front of them.

“We understand the magnitude of this football game and it’s three days ago,” Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said on Wednesday on moving on from their remarkable win against the Saints. “It’s time to get on to Philadelphia and understand the things we have to do. I think out players are smart enough to understand what’s going on, so I don’t see any problem.”

Diggs, who may not ever have to pay another restaurant tab in Minnesota for as long as he lives, caught six passes for 137 yards and one touchdown. The biggest play of course was the game-winning touchdown he scored, but he is just relishing the opportunity the Vikings have another game to play.

“It’s just been a day-to-day thing,” Diggs said on how he has handled the last few days. “Happy to be in the position to get a ‘W’ for my teammates, for the fans that were there supporting, everybody that stuck around, and we get another opportunity.”

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The Eagles like to load the box defensively, which opens the door for Diggs to have another huge Vikings playoff moment along with his receiving counterpart Adam Thielen. Diggs and Thielen are arguably the best receiving duo in the NFL, combining for 2,125 yards on 155 yards and 18 touchdowns.

“Well, every week is an opportunity to hit some things,” Diggs said on the opportunity of making big plays down field. “You kind of want to go in with the mindset that good things are going to happen when they’re supposed to. You got to trust your coaches and trust the guys around you. I always think we have a chance.”

For the quarterback throwing to Diggs and Thielen, Keenum has gotten his first playoff experience out of the way. He completed 25-of-40 passes for 318 yards to go along with one touchdown and an interception. Keenum now knows what to expect from an emotional standpoint and can handle himself properly. That can bold well for him, as there will be opportunities for the Vikings to convert big plays threw the air.

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Besides not getting caught up in the Minneapolis Miracle, the Vikings, a dome team, must get adjusted to playing outside on a grass surface. Zimmer showed the Vikings tape of the field and the players have experience of playing in Philadelphia last season when they lost 21-10 in week 7.

“They’re going to be loud, they’re going to be saying some harsh words,” Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen said. “That really doesn’t matter. How you quiet down the fans is by scoring points, stopping the run and making it happen. With the cleats situation, you just have to go out there and try the cleats. Might have to wear seven-studs, go out there, try to feel it out.”

With a win, the Vikings will become the first team in NFL history to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium. The Eagles will try to make history of their own by trying to win the NFC Championship title in hopes of winning their first Super Bowl in franchise history.

Kickoff starts at 6:40 eastern time in what should be a gritty game between two great teams.

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Five Takeaways From Jacksonville’s Win Over Pittburgh http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/jacksonville-jaguars-2/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/jacksonville-jaguars-2/#comments Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:00:46 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=170877 The Jacksonville Jaguars have been a team over the last few years that people thought their time was coming. Unfortunately, each year everyone said that, the team would not live up to all the preseason hype. The result would be them falling flat on their face, nowhere near the playoff hunt. This year, the same hype was placed upon them. They spent money on free agents like cornerback AJ Bouye and defensive end Calais Campbell to add to their already improving core of players. The result was the Jaguars surged to the top of the AFC South and into the playoffs. They achieved the playoffs this year, but there was so much more they wanted to accomplish. They started with beating the Buffalo Bills in the Wild Card round and they followed that up with a high-scoring win over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field. The improbable win has them square in the running for the AFC crown as they take on the New England Patriots at Foxboro this upcoming Sunday. So how did the Jags make that big win happen?

 

1) Bortles The Playmaker

Blake Bortles throwing the football

The career of Blake Bortles has been not so good. He has thrown bad interceptions, made bad decisions and overall had not looked like a good quarterback for the Jaguars. As the season went on, Bortles has gotten a little better, but he has not been one that instills confidence in those outside of the Jacksonville locker room. Well, apparently the playoff version of Bortles is getting off to a better start to his career there. He did not overwhelm anyone in his first game in the playoffs, but if you watched him against the Steelers, he handled himself quite well. Bortles threw for only a little over 200 yards, but he has crucial runs for first downs along with a big drive in the fourth quarter that led to a touchdown pass to fullback Tommy Bohanon that would essentially seal the game. Bortles has made big plays with his feet and his arm and that type of play helped lead to the win versus the Steelers.

2) The L Train Was Rolling

Leonard Fournette

A train can reach top speed and become reckless when it comes to people or things in front of them. Leonard Fournette is not a locomotive, but he is a guy that can run through things that oppose him just like a train. Fournette ran all over the Steelers back in October to the tune of 181 yards and two touchdowns. So what would he do for an encore? Fournette fought off an ankle injury to amass 109 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries. The performance just shows you what can happen when the train gets rolling. Pittsburgh saw the L Train headed towards them on the tracks and decided they would jump off. The L Train is huge for them and he helped them seize control early against the Steelers.

3) Taking Advantage Of Opportunities

Telvin Smith

All season long, the Jacksonville Jaguars have been opportunistic. Whether it be a fumble or an interception, the Jacksonville defense made play after play after play. This past Sunday, there was not a question of if it would happen but when. The Jaguars stripped Ben Roethlisberger of the football. The football was recovered by Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith and he returned it for a Jacksonville touchdown. These type of plays not only pump energy into the team, but they also help make things easier for their offense. The more this defense makes plays, the tougher the Jaguars offense is. Pittsburgh felt the pressure and eventually the Jags were able to break through.

4) The Takeover

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No, this isn’t a Jay-Z song, but this is the story of how the Jacksonville Jaguars jumped all over the Pittsburgh Steelers early. The Jags came out early and set the tempo with their aggressive defense and their offense, which always seemed to make the right play at the right time. By the time the Steelers caught their breath, they were down 21-0 at their own stadium. The way the Jags set the tone put them in charge of the flow of the game from the onset and that is one huge thing that allowed them to get the win on the road in the playoffs.

5) The Drive

Tommy Bohanon

The Jaguars started out setting the momentum for the game, but we all knew eventually the Steelers would get it going. They were able to catch up and get back in the game, pulling to within seven points, 35-28, with a little over nine minutes left in the game. With that type of game pressure on them, the Jaguars responded with an eight-play. 75 yard drive that would take a lot of the air out of the stadium in Pittsburgh. The impressive Jaguars drive featured two big third-down conversions by Blake Bortles through the air and it showed that Jacksonville was better than a lot of people thought they would be.

The win in Pittsburgh was not a conventional Jaguars win, as the Steelers put up 42 points. While that was atypical of what they would usually do defensively and offensively, the beautiful thing for Jacksonville is they found a way to win the game. Now comes an even bigger challenge for them in New England. It will be interesting to see if they are able to rise to that challenge or if their youth will show up at the wrong time.

 

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Fans engage in the Eagles vs Vikings debate http://proplayerinsiders.com/news-features-carousel/fans-engage-eagles-vs-vikings-debate/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/news-features-carousel/fans-engage-eagles-vs-vikings-debate/#comments Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:55:32 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=170892 Seattle, WA- The anticipated match-up between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings have stirred up debates among many fans and it has been very interesting with what they had to say about the matchup.

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Coming into the NFC Championship both defenses are almost evenly matched and they have shocked the world with overcoming many obstacles, but one team will leave in defeat, while the other team gets a chance to the SuperBowl.

Will Stein who is a Vikings’ fan stated that the Vikings have a good chance to go to the Superbowl if they play mistake free and let the game come to them. “We know the Eagles like to disguise their inside blitz and that is something that Case Keenum needs to take heed to. In order for a Vikings’ victory, our defense has to put a lot of pressure on Nick Foles. We have seen that Foles has had trouble getting his wide receivers in the game early, we have to take them out their game early and make them one dimensional. Again this game will probably be a field goal game, but I am going 13-10 Vikings.

Mike Dixon, who is neither a fan, but is a fan of football stated almost the same thing that has been repeated since Foles has taken over as the QB and that is he has to be careful not to dial up plays to his first read. “In the game against the Falcons, the Eagles had problems scoring and they could not get anything offensively going. Their main weapon that has defeated opponents is their defense. Their defense has saved them on numerous occasions, but the Eagles have to put up points on the Vikings because the Vikings can score at will and that might decide the outcome of the game.”

The underdogs in this match-up are the Eagles, as they were last week, but last week they showed some grit with overcoming adversity to get to the next round. However, they will have to stop the miracle team in order to secure themselves a spot in the Superbowl. This should be a battle of running backs, a well as defenses, and the deciding factor in this game will have to be what team puts the most pressure on the QB.

 

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2018 NFLPA Bowl Official Weigh-In Results http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/2018-nflpa-bowl-official-weigh-results/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/2018-nflpa-bowl-official-weigh-results/#comments Wed, 17 Jan 2018 03:35:07 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=170887  

 

 

2018 NFLPA BOWL OFFICIAL WEIGH-IN RESULTS

 

The weigh-in was full of some surprises and some players who did exactly as expected.

 

Our sources around the NFL said the hotel is beautiful and the presentation of the game is outstanding.  The Rose Bowl needs upgrades but has tradition and is a great place to watch a game.

 

We asked about the talent and they said that it is not quite as good, especially in the northeast, as it was the previous two years.  They estimated to us that maybe 20 players make a 53-man roster and 12 or less get drafted.

 

One AFC area scout told us “They had over 20 draft picks last year but likely just single digits or possibly 10-12.” Another NFC scout said “We have 19 players with a draftable grade on our board right now but you rarely see them all drafted.”

 

This venue is great and we aren’t surprised because the NFLPA Bowl has the resources to be the very best game so we hope they get back on the track they were on in 2017 and 2016 where the numbers increased and they surpassed the East-West Shrine Game last season.

 

While the Stubhub center is missed it seems the consensus is that the Rose Bowl is a good place to have the game and could be a great temporary home or perhaps permanent home if they decide not to return to the Stubhub Center.
Below are the official results from the weigh-in at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Pasadena, California.

 

 

2018 NFLPA COLLEGIATE BOWL WEIGH-IN RESULTS

 

Measurements were done by a couple NFL teams and then disseminated throughout the league.

 

 

 

Pos First Name Last Name School Hgt Wgt Hand Arm Wing
DB DEVIN ABRAHAM SOUTH FLORIDA 5094 189 868 3068 7218
QB AUSTIN ALLEN ARKANSAS 6005 212 900 3068 7318
DT ABDULLAH ANDERSON BUCKNELL 6032 294 1028 3300 7768
DB TROY APKE PENN ST 6011 195 838 3148 7548
DE ADETARAMI ARUNA TULANE 6045 262 1078 3338 8048
LB GENARDVEOUS AVERY MEMPHIS 6001 247 1000 3068 7448
TE MARCUS BAUGH OHIO ST 6037 247 978 3368 8000
LB AL-RASHEED BENTON WEST VIRGINIA 6003 235 978 3128 7578
OT DAVID BRIGHT STANFORD 6052 314 1000 3300 8058
WO/RS DONTEZ BYRD TENN TECH 5085 176 868 2948 6928
LB D J CALHOUN ARIZONA ST 5110 244 1000 2968 7158
RB/RS TRENTON CANNON VIRGINIA ST 5101 182 858 3068 7268
PT MICHAEL CARRIZOSA SAN JOSE ST 5094 225 900 3018 7338
RB MARTEZ CARTER GRAMBLING 5064 204 858 3028 7128
DC ANDRE CHACHERE SAN JOSE ST 5115 193 948 3128 7548
DB SEAN CHANDLER TEMPLE 5103 196 818 3048 7328
DC AMARI COLEMAN CENT MICH 5102 184 968 3100 7248
LB CHRISTOPHER COVINGTON INDIANA 6016 232 928 3300 7668
DC JOSHUA COX CENT MICH 5096 194 848 3000 7200
LB JAMES CRAWFORD ILLINOIS 6017 238 928 3228 7728
OT KOREY CUNNINGHAM CINCINNATI 6051 311 900 3368 8200
PK JORDAN DASCALO E WASHINGTON 5114 211 948 2968 7200
LB OCTAVIOUS DAVIS CHATTANOOGA 6010 220 828 3168 7768
RB DALYN DAWKINS COLORADO ST 5065 180 900 2900 6928
OT GERHARD DE BEER ARIZONA 6062 319 1018 3348 8100
OG JAMIL DEMBY MAINE 6043 322 978 3400 7928
TE WILLIAM DISSLY WASHINGTON 6034 256 948 3338 7878
DC JAYLEN DUNLAP ILLINOIS 6001 187 900 3148 7638
TE DONALD ERNSBERGER WEST MICHIGAN 6025 241 978 3148 7618
OT JUSTIN EVANS SC STATE 6051 313 1078 3400 8248
WO ARMANTI FOREMAN TEXAS 5110 202 968 3118 7668
DE JOHN FRANKLIN-MYERS SFA 6036 280 1018 3268 8228
DC RICO GAFFORD WYOMING 5093 175 838 2968 7168
WO RUSSELL GAGE LOUISIANA ST 6000 182 900 3128 7628
WO JORDAN GANDY MURRAY ST 6017 209 848 3118 7600
LB DEMARQUIS GATES MISSISSIPPI 6017 211 928 3338 8038
OG ZACK GOLDITCH COLORADO ST 6046 293 1048 3338 7948
OT MATTHEW GONO WESLEY 6040 319 968 3438 8248
TE DEANDRE GOOLSBY FLORIDA 6043 241 1028 3278 7848
WO DAVON GRAYSON EAST CAROLINA 6005 186 848 3100 7448
DE ROBERT GRUENLOH NW MISSOURI ST 6040 256 948 3238 7858
DT ANTONIO GUERAD CENT FLORIDA 6030 307 1000 3268 7928
DT BRUCE HECTOR SOUTH FLORIDA 6022 299 1028 3300 8018
DT FRANK HERRON LOUISIANA ST 6034 311 938 3318 8048
DT MICHAEL HILL OHIO ST 6022 320 878 3278 7828
QB KENNETH HILL TCU 6014 215 968 3128 7500
OG BRANDON HODGES PITTSBURGH 6040 297 1018 3378 8248
OG WILLIAM HOUSE SOU NAZARENE 6025 324 968 3168 7768
DB ALVIN HOWARD APP STATE 5102 200 900 2968 7148
TE GARRETT HUDSON RICHMOND 6034 243 928 3100 7528
DT MICHAEL HUGHES UNLV 6017 306 948 3118 7578
OG BENJAMIN HUSS DUQUESNE 6006 306 858 3138 7548
DE DARIUS JACKSON JSU 6022 233 900 3200 7658
WO ADONIS JENNINGS TEMPLE 6023 196 918 3168 7718
DC CHRISTOPHER JONES NEBRASKA 5116 199 968 3248 7848
LB PETER KALAMBAYI STANFORD 6023 246 900 3300 8018
WO KEITH KIRKWOOD TEMPLE 6024 218 918 3348 8138
OC GABRIEL KUHN MEMPHIS 6035 294 918 3168 7768
OT JUSTIN LEA JSU 6030 285 918 3100 7548
DT NIFAE LEALAO VANDERBILT 6041 312 1028 3348 8100
WO JE’MARI LUPER CENT OKLAHOMA 5075 157 848 3028 7128
LB FRANK LUVU WASH ST 6020 245 948 3268 7728
DC JUSTIN MARTIN TENNESSEE 6011 184 918 3228 7938
FB DANIEL MARX STANFORD 6010 251 958 3068 7500
LB TRAVIS MCCOLLUM PURDUE 6010 234 878 3148 7648
WO STEVEN MITCHELL USC 5095 184 900 3000 7248
DB TARVARIUS MOORE SOUTHERN MISS 6006 195 900 3300 7800
OG PATRICK MORRIS TCU 6021 295 918 3128 7568
LB ANDREW MOTUAPUAKA VIRGINIA TECH 5110 245 938 3078 7428
RB/RS DETREZ NEWSOME W CAROLINA 5094 202 948 3200 7500
DC PARRY NICKERSON TULANE 5101 176 818 2948 7248
OG BEAU NUNN APP STATE 6034 299 848 3278 7800
OC ALEXANDER OFFICER PITTSBURGH 6025 353 1048 3378 8068
DE EBENEZER OGUNDEKO TENNESSEE ST 6023 241 968 3338 7926
QB JOHN O’KORN MICHIGAN 6027 214 928 3248 7838
QB LUIS PEREZ TEX A&M-COMMERCE 6021 224 978 3138 7518
DE JONATHAN PETERSON SAN DIEGO 5117 226 900 3018 7278
RB ANTHONY PHILYAW HOWARD 5116 199 958 3368 7858
LB QUENTIN POLING OHIO 6001 239 1000 3200 7878
WO/RS BRANDON POWELL FLORIDA 5081 184 868 2878 7100
PK ERIK POWELL WASH STATE 6000 189 858 3018 7348
WO AUSTIN PROEHL UNC 5091 179 878 2900 6978
OT MATT PRYOR TCU 6063 43 1148 3558 8648
QB PETER PUJALS HOLY CROSS 6011 211 948 3228 7848
DB KYLE QUEIRO NORTHWESTERN 6015 219 938 3338 8038
FB AUSTIN RAMESH WISCONSIN 6006 249 968 3168 7600
RB DEMARIO RICHARD ARIZONA ST 5083 220 928 2968 7028
LS ANDY RIEMAN MT UNION 6040 252 1000 3300 7868
OT TREY RUTHERFORD CONNECTICUT 6041 310 1018 3148 7768
RB DIOCEMY SAINT JUSTE HAWAII 5073 196 928 2868 6948
WO DAMARI SCOTT FRESNO ST 5116 204 900 3168 7828
WO BRANDON SHED HOBART 6020 192 918 3348 7778
LB EDWARD SHOCKELY VILLANOVA 5111 235 928 3178 7468
OG DAVID STEINMETZ PURDUE 6074 322 1000 3348 8068
DC MICHAEL STEVENS NC STATE 5104 170 868 3028 7500
DC/RS BLAISE TAYLOR ARKANSAS ST 5057 168 858 2900 6978
LB SIONE TEUHEMA SE LOUISIANA 6031 255 948 3238 7738
DE XAVIER THIGPEN SOUTHERN MISS 6051 224 1058 3448 8478
DE AARON TILLER SOUTHERN A&M 5113 257 938 3148 7600
DC HENRE’ TOLIVER ARKANSAS 6001 184 900 3048 7478
WO/RS JONAH TRINNAMAN BYU 5101 186 838 3078 7348
DT JACOB TUIOTI-MARINER UCLA 6017 282 918 3228 7700
SS EZEKIEL TURNER WASHINGTON 6011 210 928 3158 7548
WO MARQUEZ VALDES-SCANTLING SOUTH FLORIDA 6036 204 928 3228 7928
DB JALEEL WADOOD UCLA 5092 161 868 2948 7048
DC CHARVARIUS WARD MIDDLE TENN ST 6000 191 978 3200 7668
RB DAVID WILLIAMS ARKANSAS 6003 224 958 3018 7348
LS JAKE WIRSCHING BEMIDJI ST 6032 244 958 3268 7848
WO KALIB WOODS FAU 6023 188 900 3278 7928
QB LOGAN WOODSIDE TOLEDO 6010 206 938 3048 7378
TE DEON YELDER WEST KENTUCKY 6025 256 948 3268 7828
PT JOE ZEMA UIW 6001 207 838 3100 7458

 

 

 

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PRO PLAYER INSIDERS 2018 NFL DRAFT TOP 500 PROSPECTS 1.0 http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/pro-player-insiders-2018-nfl-draft-top-500-prospects-1-0/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/pro-player-insiders-2018-nfl-draft-top-500-prospects-1-0/#comments Wed, 17 Jan 2018 03:23:21 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=170885 PRO PLAYER INSIDERS 2018 NFL DRAFT TOP 500 PROSPECTS 1.0

With the deadline to declared passed we have decided to put out our first top 500 with all underclassmen included.

 

There have been some smaller all-star games such as the Dream Bowl, HBCU, Tropical Bowl, and CGS who we have included the buzz and results in our rankings.  You will find some names at the bottom of our top 500 who earned a spot due to early all-star game play.

 

The top projected player is Southern Cal quarterback Sam Darnold but only because of the upside and the fact that we believe he would be brought in to sit for a year or so.  He is not ready yet and ideally should be a late first round pick.  Due to that we have Penn State running back Saquon Barkley in the top spot.

 

North Carolina State All-American Bradley Chubb remains our top senior prospect while South Dakota State tight end Dallas Goedert is our top small schooler.

 

Closing out the top 500 is Tropical Bowl riser and Georgia Southern running back L.A. Ramsby.

 

Below is our full list!

 

 

Rank Pos First Name Last Name School Cls Projection
1 OH Saquon Barkley Penn State 1st
2 DE Bradley Chubb North Carolina State 1st
3 FS Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama 1st
4 IB Roquan Smith Georgia 1st
5 DC Denzel Ward Ohio State 1st
6 SS Derwin James Florida State 1st
7 QB Sam Darnold Southern California 1st
8 DT Da’Ron Payne Alabama 1st
9 OC Billy Price Ohio State 1st
10 QB Josh Rosen UCLA 1st
11 WO Calvin Ridley Alabama 1st
12 OG Quenton Nelson Notre Dame 1st
13 OT Orlando Brown Oklahoma 1st
14 DE Sam Hubbard Ohio State 1st
15 WO Courtland Sutton Southern Methodist 1st
16 QB Baker Mayfield Oklahoma 1st
17 DT Maurice Hurst Michigan 1st
18 DC Josh Jackson Iowa 1st
19 QB Lamar Jackson Louisville 1st
20 DT Harrison Phillips Stanford 1st
21 DC Tarvarus McFadden Florida State 1st
22 DT Vita Vea Washington 1st
23 IB Rashaan Evans Alabama 1st
24 OG Will Hernandez UTEP 1st
25 TE Mark Andrews Oklahoma 1st-2nd
26 OB Tremaine Edmunds Virginia Tech 1st-2nd
27 SS Ronnie Harrison Alabama 1st-2nd
28 OH Sony Michel Georgia 1st-2nd
29 OB Harold Landry Boston College 1st-2nd
30 OT Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame 1st-2nd
31 DC Carlton Davis Auburn 1st-2nd
32 OH Derrius Guice LSU 1st-2nd
33 OT Martinas Rankin Mississippi State 1st-2nd
34 WO Christian Kirk Texas A&M 1st-2nd
35 OH Nick Chubb Georgia 2nd
36 OC Frank Ragnow Arkansas 2nd
37 OB Leighton Vander Esch Boise State 2nd
38 OT Brian O’Neill Pittsburgh 2nd
39 IB Josey Jewell Iowa 2nd
40 OH Ronald Jones II Southern California 2nd
41 OB Jeff Holland Jr. Auburn 2nd
42 OG Connor Williams Texas 2nd
43 FS Justin Reid Stanford 2nd
44 WO James Washington Oklahoma State 2nd
45 OT Chukwuma Okorafor Western Michigan 2nd
46 QB Luke Falk Washington State 2nd
47 SS Kyzir White West Virginia 2nd
48 DC JC Jackson Maryland 2nd
49 OH Rashaad Penny San Diego State 2nd
50 OB Malik Jefferson Texas 2nd
51 DC Nick Nelson Wisconsin 2nd
52 QB Josh Allen Wyoming 2nd
53 OC William Clapp LSU 2nd
54 SS Deshon Elliott Texas 2nd
55 DC Quenton Meeks Stanford 2nd
56 OB Lorenzo Carter Georgia 2nd-3rd
57 TE Dallas Goedert South Dakota State 2nd-3rd
58 OG Braden Smith Auburn 2nd-3rd
59 DE Rasheem Green Southern California 2nd-3rd
60 DC Duke Dawson Florida 2nd-3rd
61 DT Tim Settle Virginia Tech 2nd-3rd
62 DC Mike Hughes Central Florida 2nd-3rd
63 DE Arden Key LSU 2nd-3rd
64 DT Taven Bryan Florida 2nd-3rd
65 DC Isaiah Oliver Colorado 2nd-3rd
66 FS Armani Watts Texas A&M 3rd
67 DE Hercules Mata’afa Washington State 3rd
68 TE Mike Gesicki Penn State 3rd
69 OB Uchenna Nwosu Southern California 3rd
70 DT Derrick Nnadi Florida State 3rd
71 DE Duke Ejiofor Wake Forest 3rd
72 OG Austin Corbett Nevada 3rd
73 OH Josh Adams Notre Dame 3rd
74 WO Anthony Miller Memphis 3rd
75 OC Mason Cole Michigan 3rd
76 WO D.J. Chark LSU 3rd
77 DT R.J. McIntosh Miami 3rd
78 TE Hayden Hurst South Carolina 3rd
79 OB Jerome Baker Ohio State 3rd
80 OT Brandon Parker North Carolina A&T 3rd
81 DC Anthony Averett Alabama 3rd-4th
82 FS Jordan Whitehead Pittsburgh 3rd-4th
83 WO Dante Pettis Washington 3rd-4th
84 DC Kevin Toliver II LSU 3rd-4th
85 DE Tyquan Lewis Ohio State 3rd-4th
86 WO Deontay Burnett Southern California 3rd-4th
87 OT Jamarco Jones Ohio State 3rd-4th
88 QB Mason Rudolph Oklahoma State 3rd-4th
89 DC D.J. Reed Kansas State 3rd-4th
90 WO Simmie Cobbs Jr. Indiana 3rd-4th
91 OT Cole Madison Washington State 3rd-4th
92 DC M.J. Stewart North Carolina 3rd-4th
93 TE Ian Thomas Indiana 3rd-4th
94 WO Michael Gallup Colorado State 3rd-4th
95 DE Marcus Davenport UTSA 4th
96 OH Royce Freeman Oregon 4th
97 OT Desmond Harrison West Georgia 4th
98 DT Kendrick Norton Miami 4th
99 SS Terrell Edmunds Virginia Tech 4th
100 DE Breeland Speaks Mississippi 4th
101 DC Donte Jackson LSU 4th
102 OH Kerryon Johnson Auburn 4th
103 OH Nyheim Hines North Carolina State 4th
104 IB Azeem Victor Washington 4th
105 DC Darius Phillips Western Michigan 4th
106 TE Troy Fumagalli Wisconsin 4th
107 DE Josh Sweat Florida State 4th
108 WO Allen Lazard Iowa State 4th
109 OG Wyatt Teller Virginia Tech 4th
110 SS Rashaan Gaulden Tennessee 4th
111 DE Dorance Armstrong Jr Kansas 4th
112 DC Christian Campbell Penn State 4th
113 OG Isaiah Wynn Georgia 4th
114 DE Ogbo Okoronkwo Oklahoma 4th
115 IB Darius Leonard South Carolina State 4th
116 WO DJ Moore Maryland 4th
117 OT Tyrell Crosby Oregon 4th
118 OH Bo Scarbrough Alabama 4th
119 FS Godwin Igwebuike Northwestern 4th-5th
120 OG Sean Welsh Iowa 4th-5th
121 PT Michael Dickson Texas 4th-5th
122 DT Da’Shawn Hand Alabama 4th-5th
123 DC Holton Hill Texas 4th-5th
124 WO Richie James Middle Tennessee State 4th-5th
125 TE Chris Herndon IV Miami 4th-5th
126 IB Dorian O’Daniel Clemson 4th-5th
127 QB Mike White Western Kentucky 4th-5th
128 DT Nathan Shepherd Fort Hays State 4th-5th
129 OT Kolton Miller UCLA 4th-5th
130 DC Jaire Alexander Louisville 4th-5th
131 DE Jalyn Holmes Ohio State 4th-5th
132 OB Garret Dooley Wisconsin 4th-5th
133 DC Tony Brown Alabama 4th-5th
134 WO Trey Quinn Southern Methodist 4th-5th
135 PT JK Scott Alabama 4th-5th
136 DE Chad Thomas Miami 4th-5th
137 DC Levi Wallace Alabama 4th-5th
138 FS Marcus Allen Penn State 4th-5th
139 WO Javon Wims Georgia 4th-5th
140 FB Jaylen Samuels North Carolina State 4th-5th
141 PK Daniel Carlson Auburn 4th-5th
142 WO Equanimeous St. Brown Notre Dame 4th-5th
143 WO Deon Cain Clemson 4th-5th
144 DC Greg Stroman Virginia Tech 4th-5th
145 QB Kurt Benkert Virginia 5th
146 OT Timon Parris Stony Brook 5th
147 WO Auden Tate Florida State 5th
148 IB Shaun Dion Hamilton Alabama 5th
149 WO Tre’Quan Smith Central Florida 5th
150 DC Davontae Harris Illinois State 5th
151 WO Jaleel Scott New Mexico State 5th
152 DC Taron Johnson Weber State 5th
153 DE JoJo Wicker Arizona State 5th
154 WO J’Mon Moore Missouri 5th
155 DE Kemoko Turay Rutgers 5th
156 WO Cedrick Wilson Boise State 5th
157 OB Chris Covington Indiana 5th
158 OH Mark Walton Miami 5th
159 WO Jake Wieneke South Dakota State 5th
160 FB Dimitri Flowers Oklahoma 5th-6th
161 DC Isaac Yiadom Boston College 5th-6th
162 TE Dalton Schultz Stanford 5th-6th
163 OB Anthony Winbush Ball State 5th-6th
164 DC Grant Haley Penn State 5th-6th
165 IB Mike McCray Michigan 5th-6th
166 WO Keke Coutee Texas Tech 5th-6th
167 DT Kentavius Street North Carolina State 5th-6th
168 DC Siran Neal Jacksonville State 5th-6th
169 OT Brett Toth Army 5th-6th
170 DC Deatrick Nichols South Florida 5th-6th
171 OB Davin Bellamy Georgia 5th-6th
172 OC Scott Quessenberry UCLA 5th-6th
173 SS Quin Blanding Virginia 5th-6th
174 DT B.J. Hill North Carolina State 5th-6th
175 DC Michael Joseph Dubuque (IA) 5th-6th
176 PT Johnny Townsend Florida 5th-6th
177 SS Corey Thompson LSU 5th-6th
178 OH Ito Smith Southern Mississippi 6th
179 FS Natrell Jamerson Wisconsin 6th
180 WO Quadree Henderson Pittsburgh 6th
181 OH Darius Tice South Florida 6th
182 OT Alex Cappa Humboldt State 6th
183 DC Kameron Kelly Jr. San Diego State 6th
184 OC James Daniels Iowa 6th
185 IB Skai Moore South Carolina 6th
186 WO DaeSean Hamilton Penn State 6th
187 DT Folorunso Fatukasi Connecticut 6th
188 DE Andrew Brown Virginia 6th
189 DT John Atkins Georgia 6th
190 OB Darius Jackson Jacksonville State 6th
191 PK Eddy Pineiro Florida 6th
192 OC Coleman Shelton Washington 6th
193 DT Justin Jones North Carolina State 6th
194 OG Colby Gossett Appalachian State 6th
195 OT Toby Weathersby LSU 6th
196 OH Jeff Wilson North Texas 6th
197 FS Jessie Bates III Wake Forest 6th
198 WO Jester Weah Pittsburgh 6th
199 OG Cody O’Connell Washington State 6th
200 OH Jordan Wilkins Mississippi 6th
201 TE Tyler Conklin Central Michigan 6th
202 OH Akrum Wadley Iowa 6th
203 WO Andre Levrone Virginia 6th
204 OH John Kelly Tennessee 6th
205 IB Nick DeLuca North Dakota State 6th-7th
206 TE Jordan Akins Central Florida 6th-7th
207 OT Greg Senat Wagner 6th-7th
208 DT Trenton Thompson Georgia 6th-7th
209 DC Avonte Maddox Pittsburgh 6th-7th
210 WO Jordan Lasley UCLA 6th-7th
211 OH Roc Thomas Jacksonville State 6th-7th
212 DC Rashard Fant Indiana 6th-7th
213 TE Marcus Baugh Ohio State 6th-7th
214 OT Zach Crabtree Oklahoma State 6th-7th
215 OH Dalyn Dawkins Colorado State 6th-7th
216 IB Tegray Scales Indiana 6th-7th
217 SS Trey Marshall Florida State 6th-7th
218 QB Kyle Lauletta Richmond 6th-7th
219 DC Chandon Sullivan Georgia State 6th-7th
220 OC Brian Allen Michigan State 6th-7th
221 WO Ray-Ray McCloud Clemson 6th-7th
222 IB Keishawn Bierria Washington 6th-7th
223 TE Deon Yelder Western Kentucky 6th-7th
224 IB Jermaine Carter Jr. Maryland 6th-7th
225 OT Will Richardson North Carolina State 6th-7th
226 OB Da’Sean Downey Massachusetts 7th
227 DC Jalen Davis Utah State 7th
228 OH Justin Jackson Northwestern 7th
229 WO Marcell Ateman Oklahoma State 7th
230 TE Adam Breneman Massachusetts 7th
231 OB James Hearns Louisville 7th
232 FS Max Redfield Indiana (PA) 7th
233 IB Micah Kiser Virginia 7th
234 QB Riley Ferguson Memphis 7th
235 DT Deadrin Senat South Florida 7th
236 IB Chris Worley Ohio State 7th
237 DC Brandon Facyson Virginia Tech 7th
238 SS Chucky Williams Louisville 7th
239 FB Austin Ramesh Wisconsin 7th
240 WO Korey Robertson Southern Mississippi 7th
241 DC Parry Nickerson Tulane 7th
242 OG Tony Adams North Carolina State 7th
243 OB Leon Jacobs Wisconsin 7th
244 WO Davon Grayson East Carolina 7th
245 OG Jamil Demby Maine 7th
246 IB Joel Iyiegbuniwe Western Kentucky 7th
247 DT Kahlil McKenzie Jr. Tennessee 7th
248 FS Dane Cruikshank Arizona 7th
249 DT Zaycoven Henderson Texas A&M 7th-PFA
250 IB Jack Cichy Wisconsin 7th-PFA
251 OH Kalen Ballage Arizona State 7th-PFA
252 WO Darren-Marcus Carrington II Utah 7th-PFA
253 OG John Montelus Virginia 7th-PFA
254 OB Trevon Young Louisville 7th-PFA
255 SS Stephen Roberts Auburn 7th-PFA
256 OH Chase Edmonds Fordham 7th-PFA
257 IB Frank Ginda San Jose State 7th-PFA
258 TE Cam Serigne Wake Forest 7th-PFA
259 OG David Bright Stanford 7th-PFA
260 SS Troy Apke Penn State 7th-PFA
261 WO Elijah Marks Northern Arizona 7th-PFA
262 DC Andre Chachere San Jose State 7th-PFA
263 TE Jordan Thomas Mississippi State 7th-PFA
264 IB Auggie Sanchez South Florida 7th-PFA
265 DE Justin Lawler Southern Methodist 7th-PFA
266 OT Joe Noteboom TCU 7th-PFA
267 FS Sean Chandler Temple 7th-PFA
268 DT Dalton Keene Illinois State 7th-PFA
269 DE Olasunkanmi Adeniyi Toledo 7th-PFA
270 QB Nic Shimonek Texas Tech 7th-PFA
271 OG Nick Gates Nebraska 7th-PFA
272 IB Jason Cabinda Penn State 7th-PFA
273 OG Taylor Hearn Clemson 7th-PFA
274 IB Quentin Poling Ohio 7th-PFA
275 TE Ryan Izzo Florida State 7th-PFA
276 WO Marquez Valdes-Scantling South Florida 7th-PFA
277 FS Dominick Sanders Georgia 7th-PFA
278 OB Oren Burks Vanderbilt 7th-PFA
279 DC Kamrin Moore Boston College 7th-PFA
280 OB Matt Thomas Florida State 7th-PFA
281 DT Bilal Nichols Delaware 7th-PFA
282 RS Evan Berry Tennessee 7th-PFA
283 OH Justin Crawford West Virginia 7th-PFA
284 TE Nick Keizer Grand Valley State 7th-PFA
285 SS Damon Webb Ohio State 7th-PFA
286 OG Matt Pryor TCU 7th-PFA
287 SS D’Cota Dixon Wisconsin 7th-PFA
288 DT Taylor Stallworth South Carolina 7th-PFA
289 DC D’Montre Wade Murray State 7th-PFA
290 OG Skyler Phillips Idaho State 7th-PFA
291 SS Trayvon Henderson Hawaii 7th-PFA
292 WO Bryce Bobo Colorado 7th-PFA
293 OH Kamryn Pettway Auburn 7th-PFA
294 OT Jack English Virginia 7th-PFA
295 OH Martez Carter Grambling State 7th-PFA
296 DE John Franklin-Myers Stephen F. Austin 7th-PFA
297 PK Michael Badgley Miami 7th-PFA
298 IB Genard Avery Memphis 7th-PFA
299 SS Tracy Walker Louisiana Lafayette 7th-PFA
300 OB Shaquem Griffin Central Florida 7th-PFA
301 PT Joe Zema Incarnate Word 7th-PFA
302 FB Nick Bawden San Diego State 7th-PFA
303 WO Antonio Callaway Florida PFA
304 DC Chris Jones Nebraska PFA
305 OH David Williams Arkansas PFA
306 WO Byron Pringle Kansas State PFA
307 DE James Looney California PFA
308 DT Josh Fatu Southern California PFA
309 PT Trevor Daniel Tennessee PFA
310 IB Andre Smith North Carolina PFA
311 WO Justin Watson Penn PFA
312 DC Henre’ Toliver Arkansas PFA
313 WO Braxton Berrios Miami PFA
314 FS Joshua Kalu Nebraska PFA
315 TE Donnie Ernsberger Western Michigan PFA
316 OC Bradley Bozeman Alabama PFA
317 WO Daurice Fountain Northern Iowa PFA
318 OG Sam Jones Arizona State PFA
319 DT Jullian Taylor Temple PFA
320 SS Tray Matthews Auburn PFA
321 DT P.J. Hall Sam Houston State PFA
322 WO Cam Phillips Virginia Tech PFA
323 OH Trenton Cannon Virginia State PFA
324 TE Ethan Wolf Tennessee PFA
325 DT Conor Sheehy Wisconsin PFA
326 DE Sione Teuhema Southeastern Louisiana PFA
327 DC Emmanuel Moseley Tennessee PFA
328 FS Tyree Robinson Oregon PFA
329 DC Danny Johnson Southern PFA
330 QB Tanner Lee Nebraska PFA
331 OH Darrel Williams LSU PFA
332 OG Ian Park Slippery Rock PFA
333 SS Jarrod Franklin Tulane PFA
334 FS Jaleel Wadood UCLA PFA
335 DC Jamarcus King South Carolina PFA
336 WO Steve Ishmael Syracuse PFA
337 DE Bunmi Rotimi Old Dominion PFA
338 TE Shane Wimann Northern Illinois PFA
339 DT Lowell Lotulelei Utah PFA
340 QB Logan Woodside Toledo PFA
341 DE Kylie Fitts Utah PFA
342 OB Peter Kalambayi Stanford PFA
343 QB Jeremiah Briscoe Sam Houston State PFA
344 PK Matt McCrane Kansas State PFA
345 OH Ray Lawry Old Dominion PFA
346 OG Maea Teuhema Southeastern Louisiana PFA
347 QB J.T. Barrett Ohio State PFA
348 OH Phillip Lindsay Colorado PFA
349 FS Elijah Campbell Northern Iowa PFA
350 WO Robert Foster Alabama PFA
351 OB Fred Warner BYU PFA
352 OH Ty Isaac Michigan PFA
353 DC Aaron Davis Georgia PFA
354 IB Tre’ Williams Auburn PFA
355 WO Jonah Trinnaman BYU PFA
356 DT Michael Hill Ohio State PFA
357 QB Chase Litton Marshall PFA
358 DT Christian LaCouture LSU PFA
359 OH Ryan Nall Oregon State PFA
360 DC Dee Delaney Miami PFA
361 FB Anthony Manzo-Lewis Albany (NY) PFA
362 IB Kenny Young UCLA PFA
363 OG Hunter Bivin Notre Dame PFA
364 DT Poona Ford Texas PFA
365 FS Jeremy Reaves South Alabama PFA
366 WO Damion Ratley Texas A&M PFA
367 FS Nick Orr TCU PFA
368 IB Brett Taylor Western Illinois PFA
369 OB Cayson Collins North Carolina PFA
370 OB Parris Bennett Syracuse PFA
371 DC Ezekiel Turner Washington PFA
372 WO Ka’Raun White West Virginia PFA
373 OB D.J. Palmore Navy PFA
374 OG Ty McCulley CSU-Pueblo PFA
375 TE Durham Smythe Notre Dame PFA
376 OH Quinton Flowers South Florida PFA
377 OB Koron Crump Arizona State PFA
378 SS Steven Parker Oklahoma PFA
379 DE Marcus Martin Slippery Rock PFA
380 FS Jamar Summers Connecticut PFA
381 OT Justin Evans South Carolina State PFA
382 QB Nick Stevens Colorado State PFA
383 SS Cole Reyes North Dakota PFA
384 DE Joe Ostman Central Michigan PFA
385 OG Dejon Allen Hawaii PFA
386 WO Keith Kirkwood Temple PFA
387 IB Colton Jumper Tennessee PFA
388 OT Trevor Darling Miami PFA
389 FB Ryan Yurachek Marshall PFA
390 OG KC McDermott Miami PFA
391 IB Drew Motuapuaka Virginia Tech PFA
392 OC Alex Thompson Monmouth (NJ) PFA
393 OH Demario Richard Arizona State PFA
394 FS Kamari Cotton-Moya Iowa State PFA
395 DC Arrion Springs Oregon PFA
396 WO Shay Fields Colorado PFA
397 DC Reggie Hall Jacksonville State PFA
398 SS Tre Flowers Oklahoma State PFA
399 PT Joe Davidson Bowling Green PFA
400 OC Jake Bennett Colorado State PFA
401 OB Ed Shockley Villanova PFA
402 DC Ranthony Texada II TCU PFA
403 FS Tre Dempsey North Dakota State PFA
404 WO Russell Gage LSU PFA
405 PT Ryan Winslow Pittsburgh PFA
406 PT Austin Barnard Samford PFA
407 OB Marquis Haynes Mississippi PFA
408 OG Kyle Bosch West Virginia PFA
409 OT Zack Golditch Colorado State PFA
410 OH Ja’Quan Gardner Humboldt State PFA
411 SS Mike Basile Monmouth (NJ) PFA
412 PT Shane Tripucka Texas A&M PFA
413 TE Andrew Vollert Weber State PFA
414 OG Beau Nunn Appalachian State PFA
415 DE Marcell Frazier Missouri PFA
416 TE De’Andre Goolsby Florida PFA
417 OB James Crawford Illinois PFA
418 IB Al-Rasheed Benton West Virginia PFA
419 DE Demetrius Cooper Michigan State PFA
420 OG Cory Helms South Carolina PFA
421 OG K.J. Malone LSU PFA
422 WO Garrett Johnson Kentucky PFA
423 DT Mike Ramsay Duke PFA
424 FS Kishawn McClain North Texas PFA
425 IB Christian Sam Arizona State PFA
426 OH Dee Saint Juste Hawaii PFA
427 IB Joel Lanning Iowa State PFA
428 PT Michael Carrizosa San Jose State PFA
429 WO Dylan Cantrell Texas Tech PFA
430 QB Danny Etling LSU PFA
431 PK Griffin Oakes Indiana PFA
432 IB Emmanuel Smith Vanderbilt PFA
433 OB Dewey Jarvis Brown PFA
434 OH Aaron Duckworth Idaho PFA
435 QB Peter Pujals Holy Cross PFA
436 OG Chris Gonzalez San Jose State PFA
437 WO Jaelon Acklin Western Illinois PFA
438 TE Will Dissly Washington PFA
439 IB Kavika Luafatasaga Utah PFA
440 OT Elijah Nkansah Toledo PFA
441 IB Ja’Whaun Bentley Purdue PFA
442 WO Ike Lewis Appalachian State PFA
443 PK Erik Powell Washington State PFA
444 QB John Wolford Wake Forest PFA
445 OB Frank Luvu Washington State PFA
446 IB Manase Hungalu Oregon State PFA
447 OB Ja’Von Rolland-Jones Arkansas State PFA
448 WO Jeff Badet Oklahoma PFA
449 OC Austin Golson Auburn PFA
450 OT Korey Cunningham Cincinnati PFA
451 IB Nyles Morgan Notre Dame FA
452 TE Tyler Hoppes Nebraska FA
453 TE Blake Mack Arkansas State FA
454 OH Gus Edwards Rutgers FA
455 OG Josh Outlaw Louisiana Tech FA
456 DT Jamiyus Pittman Central Florida FA
457 WO Jordan Veasy California FA
458 DC Tremon Smith Central Arkansas FA
459 OC Brad Lundblade Oklahoma State FA
460 OH De’Lance Turner Alcorn State FA
461 TE Matt Flanagan Pittsburgh FA
462 DC Yusef Sterling-Lowe Texas A&M Commerce FA
463 LS Tanner Carew Oregon FA
464 DC Heath Harding Miami (Ohio) FA
465 OG Najee Toran UCLA FA
466 TE Ben Johnson Kansas FA
467 DE Matt Boesen TCU FA
468 OG Jeremi Hall South Florida FA
469 OB D.J. Calhoun Arizona State FA
470 OG Alex Officer Pittsburgh FA
471 FB JD Moore LSU FA
472 OG Jeremiah Kolone San Jose State FA
473 DC Marcus Jones Northwest Missouri State FA
474 DC Justin Martin Tennessee FA
475 OG Alex Light Richmond FA
476 OH D’Ernest Johnson South Florida FA
477 TE Ross Dwelley San Diego FA
478 OH Keith Ford Texas A&M FA
479 QB Austin Allen Arkansas FA
480 DT Will Geary Kansas State FA
481 OH Jordan Chunn Troy FA
482 DE Ade Aruna Tulane FA
483 FB Christian Payne Georgia FA
484 PT Keith Wrzuszczak Eastern Kentucky FA
485 WO Kalib Woods Florida Atlantic FA
486 OG Frank Sutton Jr. Louisiana Monroe FA
487 FB Daniel Marx Stanford FA
488 WO Josh Crockett Central Oklahoma FA
488 SS Micah Hannemann BYU FA
489 DT Josh Frazier Alabama FA
490 FS Tarvarius Moore Southern Mississippi FA
491 DC Kevin Richardson II Arkansas FA
492 FS Afolabi Laguda Colorado FA
494 WO Taj Williams TCU FA
495 WO Gary McKnight Northeastern State (OK) FA
496 OH Bubba Jenkins Morningside (IA) FA
497 WO Armanti Foreman Texas FA
498 PT Austin Barnes East Carolina FA
499 OC Patrick Morris TCU FA
500 OH L.A. Ramsby Georgia Southern FA

 

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NHL Player Trade Rumors and Transactions http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/nhl-player-trade-rumors-transactions/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/nhl-player-trade-rumors-transactions/#comments Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:07:07 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=170852 With the trade deadline getting closer and closer, teams are now starting to be more alert and are throwing out names of players that are available for a trade. Last discussion, many minor names were thrown out into the list, but now more major name have been thrown out there and pose as some serious trades that will highly benefit a team on both ends.

To start off, Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson has officially requested a trade. Only registering 2 goals, 5 assists, and 7 points overall in 46 games, it’s clear that the 31 year-old needs a change to spark his game. Where he’ll end up is unknown as no teams have come out showing any interest.

The next and fairly recent is the Edmonton Oilers are rumored to be shopping forward Patrick Maroon. The pending unrestricted free agent has 11 goals on the season and 24 points overall. He currently holds a cap hit of 2 million with 500,000 of that cap retained by the Anaheim Ducks.

Another interesting move from the red-hot Tampa Bay Lightning was putting forward J.T. Brown on waivers, to which he was then claimed by the Anaheim Ducks. This resulted in Anaheim placing Logan Shaw on waivers to make room for Brown. Shaw was then claimed by the Montreal Canadiens.

One of the more news-breaking trades that occurred earlier this week was the Arizona Coyotes traded forward Anthony Duclair and defenseman Adam Clendening to the Chicago Blackhawks for forwards Richard Panik and Laurent Dauphin. This move was made just shortly after Duclair requested a trade out of the desert.

Now more on the big names thrown out into the trade block. The Buffalo Sabres have announced that they want a 1st round pick, a prospect, and a conditional pick for the star forward Evander Kane. Kane currently leads the Sabres with 16 goals on the season, and the Sabres want to get something back for him before he becomes a free agent. It is rumored that the Pittsburgh Penguins are interested, but no further rumors have surfaced.

The Arizona Coyotes have now officially set an asking price for their star defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson. The Coyotes want two-top flight players and a first-tound pick as well. They are also shopping Niklas Hjalmarsson who has been in and out of the lineup for multiple times this season.

The Chicago Blackhawks placed Cody Franson on waivers as well. The defenseman has 1 goal and 7 points overall this season and having some trouble finding his game in the Windy City. Nobody claimed him so he was sent to the AHL affiliate of the Blackhawks.

Calgary Flames forward Jaromir Jagr was allowed to talk to other teams, but the 45 year-old winger may see his hockey days come to an end as he just can’t keep up with the fast-paced game and fast players.

Lastly the San Jose Sharks are shopping defenseman Paul Martin who has been injured for most of the season as he has only played 3 games this entire season.

Where will the players end up and at what cost?

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Foles and Keenum Share Similar Journey, But Different Paths http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/foles-keenum-share-similar-journey-different-paths/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/foles-keenum-share-similar-journey-different-paths/#comments Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:00:58 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=170868 Regardless of the winner between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game, a quarterback who started this season as a backup will be the starting quarterback in Super Bowl LII.

Eagles QB Nick Foles helped his team squeak past the Atlanta Falcons in a 15-10 victory in the NFC Divisional Round. Vikings QB Case Keenum won in much more dramatic fashion when he hit WR Stefon Diggs for a 61-yard touchdown as time expired in regulation to give his team the 29-24 victory. Before both quarterbacks helped their respective teams a chance to play in the Super Bowl, they were teammates just three years ago.

In 2015, Foles and Keenum were both quarterbacks for the St. Louis (now Los Angeles) Rams. Foles was sent to the Rams to become their starting quarterback in a trade with the Eagles. Keenum came over in the same offseason when the Rams made a trade with the Houston Texans to become the backup to Foles.

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In his one season with the Rams, Foles went 4-7 and threw for only seven touchdowns to go along with 10 interceptions starts before he was benched for Keenum.

Keenum ended the 2015 winning three of the Rams last four games. He threw four touchdowns and one interception in five starts. His performance helped him become the starting quarterback for the Rams in their next season.

Unfortunately for Keenum, he shared the same fate as Foles. In 2016, he went 4-5 as starting quarterback before the Rams went to first overall pick, Jared Goff. Keenum finished the season throwing for only nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Now in 2017, everything came full circle. Foles signed back with the Eagles in offseason to backup Carson Wentz. He became the starting quarterback after Wentz tore his ACL in week 14 against, oddly enough, the Rams.

In relief duty, Foles has thrown for five touchdowns and two interceptions in three starts to help secure the number one seed in the NFC. In the divisional round, Foles went 23-for-30 for 246 yards against the Falcons to help get the Eagles to the NFC Championship.

Foles is doing his best job in making sure the Eagles do not lose in spite of him while his former backup has had a much different season.

Keenum has started 14 of the 16 games for the Vikings after Sam Bradford went down for majority of the season due to a knee injury. He threw for career highs in touchdowns (22), completion percentage (67.6) and only threw seven interceptions.

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Both quarterbacks have taken different paths that have placed them in the same spot journey. Both quarterbacks are now given another shot to show them they belong.

Foles was contemplating retirement after his time with the Rams, but kept playing after he and his brother went on a camping trip. When he came back, he decided to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2016 with his former coach, Andy Reid.

“It was the best decision of my life,” Foles said on his choice to keep playing football.

In two midseason appearances with the Chiefs in 2016, Foles completed 65 percent of his passes to go along with three touchdowns and no interceptions in back-to-back wins. Those games gave the Eagles the confidence to bring him back around for the second time.

Keenum signed one-year, two million dollar contract with the Vikings. After he did not have his best outing as a starting quarterback with the Rams just a season ago, this NFC Championship game can improve his case of being a franchise quarterback. He is expected a to be a popular name once free agency starts with a big payday. Getting the Vikings to the Super Bowl will only help validate him as a franchise quarterback.

The Eagles and Vikings will faceoff on Sunday in Philadelphia at 3:40 eastern time to play in the Super Bowl. The Eagles are looking to advance and win their first Super Bowl in franchise history while the Vikings are trying to become the first team to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium.

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What to expect from the Eagles in the NFC Championship game http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-headline-news/expect-eagles-nfc-championship-game/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-headline-news/expect-eagles-nfc-championship-game/#comments Tue, 16 Jan 2018 06:48:47 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=170861 Seattle, WA- The Philadelphia Eagles have the chance to shock the world once again if they can get a victory over the Minnesota Vikings to play in Super Bowl 52, but the task will be hard.

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The Eagles have put a defensive clinic on their last four opponents and have made it thus far with a shaky Nick Foles at the Quarterback position. Foles has done just enough to put the Eagles in the victory lane to finish the game off, but the offense has stalled on many attempts. The Eagles have nothing but speed on the outside with Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith, and Nelson Agholor, but recently they have not been productive on the receiving end.

Jeffery, Smith, and Agholor only combined for a total of 124 yards against the Atlanta Falcons. In order to go against the top-ranked defense, which has allowed only 16.24 yards a game, the Eagles need to take their shots down the field. The Vikings like to play a lot of zone coverage, which could be a huge momentum change for the Eagles if Foles can get the ball out on time. The middle of the field will be open and that will open up big plays in the later quarters.

However, the matchup between Jeffery and Vikings’ safety Harrison Smith will be something that can alter what the Eagles will do offensively.

 

Harrison Smith is considered one of the best safeties in the league. He is very smart when it comes to staying disciplined. He rarely bites on double moves and that is something that the Eagles like to do against opponents. Foles has to be mistake free in order for the Eagles to pull off the upset against the Vikings. The Vikings will put pressure on the Eagles, so the offensive line has to be ready and Foles has to have time to go through his progressions. At times he has a habit of throwing to his first read without going through all of his progressions, which could be a problem if he feels pressured.

That is one of the factors that the Eagles can pull the upset off, but their running attack on the ground has been superb the entire year. Jay Ajayi and LeGarrette Blount have been the lighting and thunder that the Eagles needed. Both of these running backs have to have at least 10-12 touches each to take the pressure off of Foles and Ajayi needs to take care of the ball. Last week against the Falcons, he fumbbled the ball on the Eagles first possession. Take care of the ball is a must to have any type of success against the Vikings.

The Eagles need to strike aggressively and take their shots down the field. The Vikings are a bend but don’t break team so get your playmakers the ball early and be mistake free.

On the defensive end, the Eagles are ranked 4th in the league and opponents averaged around 18.4 points game against them. The defense came up big on a 4 and 2 in their own end zone against one of the best wide receivers in the league last week against the Falcons. However, the defense has to keep Case Keenum contained. They have to put pressure on him and not give him any kind of time to find his wide receivers. Take away any deep plays and put a spy on Keenum at all times.

Both defenses will make some key stops, but this game will be an offensive struggle.

 

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Tennessee Titans Pick Six Versus The New England Patriots http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/tennessee-titans-new-england-patriots/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/tennessee-titans-new-england-patriots/#comments Fri, 12 Jan 2018 18:57:21 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=170839 The Tennessee Titans did something no one expected them to do last weekend: defeat the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead. The Titans won in impressive fashion when they overcame a 21-3 deficit at halftime and outscored the Chiefs 19-0 after the half. With one daunting task comes another though as the Titans now head to Foxboro to take on the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. The task will be tough for Tennessee. They will be facing a Patriots team that has had some distractions since the last time they played. Will those distractions galvanize them or will they throw them off course? Saturday will tell us a lot about that but when it comes to the Titans, they have some questions to answer as well. Will they step up and play a complete game or will they sit there and will they wait until they get down to start fighting once again? There are many things that have to happen, but these six things could surely help them have a great opportunity.

Offense

1)  Feed The Beast

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  Derrick Henry was not at all pleased by his performance in the season finale versus the Jacksonville Jaguars. He called himself “soft” and he definitely atoned for the season finale versus the Kansas City Chiefs (23 carries, 156 yards and one touchdown). In this game versus New England, the Titans will need more of Henry. The Titans should feed him at least 25-30 times and give him an opportunity to wear out the Patriots defense and keep them in the game.

2) Marcus The Great

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  Let’s hold our horses here. Marcus Mariota is not a great quarterback at this present time. In fact, there are many Titans fans that are not sure he will ever be a great quarterback. While that question may still be out there for many to talk over, one thing that cannot be questioned is the courage he has displayed in big moments for the Titans in his first playoff game. Mariota had some bad throws and plays, but he scrambled for some big first downs and made some big throws to win the game. Against the Patriots, he is going to need to do the same. There will be plays to be made, Marcus just has to make them and make them often.

3) Catch The Football

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  No catchy line for this point. The Titans missed some big plays last week by failing to secure the football. Fortunately, they were able to come back and win but this week, those things could cost them. Guys like Eric Decker and Corey Davis need to not only get open but catch the football. There cannot be any slipups this week versus the Patriots. The longer the Titans are able to keep the Patriots off the field, the more they enhance their chances to win. Simple fundamentals like running and catching can go a long way.

Defense

1) Bring The Heat

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  The Tennessee Titans brought some heat against a mobile quarterback in Alex Smith last week in Kansas City. They were able to tally four sacks in the win and rendered the Chiefs offense lifeless. This week, Tom Brady will be the target and the Titans have to get to him. If they don’t get to him, at least bring the heat to his doorstep. The Titans have to bring pressure to him, especially up the middle. The guy that has to be a huge factor in this one is defensive lineman Jurrell Casey. Brady likes to step up in the pocket to evade pressure while he throws the football. If Casey is able to bring the pressure up the middle, there is no way Brady is outrunning anyone while he runs outside. The more the pressure gets there, the more the Patriots have to get rid of the football quicker than they want to and that helps the Titans tremendously.

2) Brian Orapko Sighting

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  The veteran pass rusher did not have the season he wanted to this year, only getting seven sacks on the season. While the regular season may have been disappointing, Orapko got 1.5 sacks in the first game of the postseason versus the Chiefs. The Titans will need more of that energy and desire along with skill if they are to win this game. Sure, Casey has to play well but someone has to be there to benefit from his pressures up the middle, so why not Orapko?

3) The Ghost Of Logan Ryan

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The Patriots gained one corner this past offseason and lost another in Logan Ryan to the Tennessee Titans. The prized free agent has not exactly been the player the Titans hoped he would be, but he has been solid for them at times. However, in this game, he needs to be not only solid on the field but solid in what information he can provide for his team. After all, he was a member of the Patriots for a few years before becoming a Titan. For the Titans, hopefully he can be the player they hoped he was for one night while helping his fellow secondary teammates to some things to look for when it comes to Tom Brady.

The Titans are going in to New England with nothing to lose and everything to gain. The Patriots have all the pressure on them. Still, you have to play the games and the Titans have to play a great game to win this one on the road. Survive and advance or fall to the champs? The Titans hold their fate in their own hands.

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Jaydon Mickens; Reshuffling the Cards of life http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/jayden-mickens-reshuffling-cards-life/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/jayden-mickens-reshuffling-cards-life/#comments Fri, 12 Jan 2018 05:12:10 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=170842 Seattle, WA- Obstacles will come and go but everyone has to go through the imperfect process of life, in order to gain who they are, what they want, and how they will survive when the odds are stacked against them. Jacksonville Jaguars unsung hero Jaydon Mickens experienced the hardships of life in many different ways. Growing up he lived in a very rough and hostile environment where you only saw a handful of positive people. “Where I am from, it was rough. There was not much positive support and not many opportunities were available.” However, Mickens defined the odds and worked his way up to making it to the pros.

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However, Mickens had to overcome another obstacle once he was released from the Oakland Raiders, which was bouncing back from getting released. “I was a little down on myself, but this is something that I wanted. I was determined to show people that I am going to be in the league. I was not going to quit because somebody or an organization didn’t think I would fit. I told myself that if other players could do it, I could make it.”

Mickens worked and worked and worked until people started to take interest in him. The Jaguars heard about Mickens and asked him if he could try out. After tryouts, Mickens still had to showcase his talents in practice and outwork all of the other individuals that had tried out. Mickens knew this was his moment and he dedicated himself to the job at hand, which was to be the best that he can be on and off the field.

The unique story of Mickens that defined how bad he wanted his dream was Mickens sleeping in his car after coming to Jacksonville. “It was hard, but I knew my faith in God would help. I just knew that something good was going to happen.”

Something did happen, Jacksonville loved what he did in practice, and moved him into a starting role on special teams. One thing led to another and it was fate at first sight with the organization and Mickens.

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Mickens has stepped it up with being a game changer on special teams and it has paid off. This year specifically has been something short of amazing for the team as a whole. Jackonsivlle hosted their first playoff game since 2000 against the Bills and won the game in a thrilling 10-3 victory “It was something special! The city and the organization deserve it. This weekend they will face the Steelers and Mickens is excited to be playing in the game.

However football is just one passion, but helping others is something that Mickens enjoys to do. “Why not give back to others? I have been very blessed and I want to encourage others. Encouragement is how we build a great foundation within each other. Mickens held a holiday benefit for the Jacksonville Children’s Commission during the holidays this past year and put a lot of smiles on these young children’s faces.

Mickens is a class act and could have given up, but he switched up his cards that life gave him and became the man that we see today. People can change their outcome and situation when they start to realize their purpose in life.

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PRO PLAYER INSIDERS 2018 NFL DRAFT TOP 450 PROSPECTS http://proplayerinsiders.com/news-features-carousel/pro-player-insiders-2018-nfl-draft-top-450-prospects/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/news-features-carousel/pro-player-insiders-2018-nfl-draft-top-450-prospects/#comments Fri, 12 Jan 2018 01:16:27 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=170837 PRO PLAYER INSIDERS 2018 NFL DRAFT TOP 450 PROSPECTS

With the deadline approaching we have decided to update and expand our rankings one time before the major all-star games begin.

 

The top projected player is Southern Cal quarterback Sam Darnold but only because of the upside and the fact that we believe he would be brought in to sit for a year or so.  He is not ready yet and ideally should be a late first round pick.

 

North Carolina State All-American Bradley Chubb remains our top senior prospect.

 

Closing out the top 450 is Oklahoma wide receiver Jeff Badet.

 

Below is our full list!

 

 

PRO PLAYER INSIDERS 2018 NFL DRAFT TOP 450 PROSPECTS

Rank Pos First Name Last Name School Cls Projection
1 QB Sam Darnold Southern California 1st
2 RB Saquon Barkley Penn State 1st
3 DE Bradley Chubb North Carolina State 1st
4 FS Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama 1st
5 QB Josh Rosen UCLA 1st
6 CB Denzel Ward Ohio State 1st
7 DT Da’Ron Payne Alabama 1st
8 ILB Roquan Smith Georgia 1st
9 C Billy Price Ohio State 1st
10 WR Calvin Ridley Alabama 1st
11 OG Quenton Nelson Notre Dame 1st
12 OT Orlando Brown Oklahoma 1st
13 SS Derwin James Florida State 1st
14 DE Sam Hubbard Ohio State 1st
15 QB Baker Mayfield Oklahoma 1st
16 CB Joshua “Josh” Jackson Iowa 1st
17 DE Harrison Phillips Stanford 1st
18 SS Ronnie Harrison Alabama 1st
19 RB Sony Michel Georgia 1st
20 WR Courtland Sutton Southern Methodist 1st
21 CB Tarvarus McFadden Florida State 1st
22 QB Lamar Jackson Louisville 1st
23 OLB Rashaan Evans Alabama 1st
24 TE Mark Andrews Oklahoma 1st
25 RB Nick Chubb Georgia 1st
26 DT Vita Vea Washington 1st-2nd
27 OLB Harold Landry Boston College 1st-2nd
28 ILB Josey Jewell Iowa 1st-2nd
29 OT Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame 1st-2nd
30 DT Maurice Hurst Michigan 1st-2nd
31 RB Ronald Jones II Southern California 1st-2nd
32 CB Carlton Davis Auburn 2nd
33 C Frank Ragnow Arkansas 2nd
34 OLB Tremaine Edmunds Virginia Tech 2nd
35 OT Brian O’Neill Pittsburgh 2nd
36 OLB Jeffery “Jeff” Holland Jr. Auburn 2nd
37 RB Derrius Guice LSU 2nd
38 FS Justin Reid Stanford 2nd
39 QB Luke Falk Washington State 2nd
40 OT Chukwuma “Chukes” Okorafor Western Michigan 2nd
41 SS Kyzir White West Virginia 2nd
42 CB JC Jackson Maryland 2nd
43 OG Connor Williams Texas 2nd
44 CB Nick Nelson Wisconsin 2nd
45 C William Clapp LSU 2nd
46 SS Deshon Elliott Texas 2nd
47 TE Dallas Goedert South Dakota State 2nd
48 DT Derrick Nnadi Florida State 2nd
49 OLB Malik Jefferson Texas 2nd
50 TE Mike Gesicki Penn State 2nd
51 CB Quenton Meeks Stanford 2nd
52 OT Martinas Rankin Mississippi State 2nd
53 OLB Lorenzo Carter Georgia 2nd-3rd
54 DE Duke Ejiofor Wake Forest 2nd-3rd
55 RB Rashaad Penny San Diego State 2nd-3rd
56 DE JoJo Wicker Arizona State 2nd-3rd
57 OLB Leighton Vander Esch Boise State 2nd-3rd
58 OT Braden Smith Auburn 2nd-3rd
59 CB Duke Dawson Florida 2nd-3rd
60 OT Brandon Parker North Carolina A&T 2nd-3rd
61 WR James Washington Oklahoma State 2nd-3rd
62 DT Tim Settle Virginia Tech 2nd-3rd
63 OLB Uchenna Nwosu Southern California 3rd
64 CB Mike Hughes Central Florida 3rd
65 OLB Hercules Mata’afa Washington State 3rd
66 WR Christian Kirk Texas A&M 3rd
67 CB Isaiah Oliver Colorado 3rd
68 OG Austin Corbett Nevada 3rd
69 DE Dorance Armstrong Jr Kansas 3rd
70 RB Josh Adams Notre Dame 3rd
71 WR Anthony Miller Memphis 3rd
72 FS Armani Watts Texas A&M 3rd
73 C Mason Cole Michigan 3rd
74 WR D.J. Chark LSU 3rd
75 DT R.J. McIntosh Miami 3rd
76 TE Hayden Hurst South Carolina 3rd
77 OLB Jerome Baker Ohio State 3rd
78 WR Deontay Burnett Southern California 3rd
79 CB Anthony Averett Alabama 3rd
80 FS Jordan Whitehead Pittsburgh 3rd
81 DE Arden Key LSU 3rd-4th
82 CB M.J. Stewart North Carolina 3rd-4th
83 WR Richie James Middle Tennessee State 3rd-4th
84 DE Tyquan Lewis Ohio State 3rd-4th
85 WR Dante Pettis Washington 3rd-4th
86 DT Taven Bryan Florida 3rd-4th
87 TE Ian Thomas Indiana 3rd-4th
88 OT Jamarco Jones Ohio State 3rd-4th
89 QB Mason Rudolph Oklahoma State 3rd-4th
90 WR Tre’Quan Smith Central Florida 3rd-4th
91 OG Will Hernandez UTEP 3rd-4th
92 CB D.J. Reed Kansas State 3rd-4th
93 QB Josh Allen Wyoming 3rd-4th
94 OT Cole Madison Washington State 3rd-4th
95 CB Kevin Toliver II LSU 3rd-4th
96 RB Royce Freeman Oregon 4th
97 DT Kendrick Norton Miami 4th
98 SS Terrell Edmunds Virginia Tech 4th
99 WR Auden Tate Florida State 4th
100 ILB Shaun Dion Hamilton Alabama 4th
101 CB Donte Jackson LSU 4th
102 RB Kerryon Johnson Auburn 4th
103 OT Kolton Miller UCLA 4th
104 ILB Azeem Victor Washington 4th
105 CB Darius Phillips Western Michigan 4th
106 TE Troy Fumagalli Wisconsin 4th
107 DE Josh Sweat Florida State 4th
108 WR Allen Lazard Iowa State 4th
109 SS Rashaan Gaulden Tennessee 4th
110 OLB Darius Leonard South Carolina State 4th
111 CB Christian Campbell Penn State 4th
112 WR Simmie Cobbs Jr. Indiana 4th
113 DE Breeland Speaks Mississippi 4th
114 OG Isaiah Wynn Georgia 4th
115 CB Taron Johnson Weber State 4th
116 RB Bo Scarbrough Alabama 4th
117 WR Michael Gallup Colorado State 4th-5th
118 CB Holton Hill Texas 4th-5th
119 FS Godwin Igwebuike Northwestern 4th-5th
120 WR Quadree Henderson Pittsburgh 4th-5th
121 C Sean Welsh Iowa 4th-5th
122 CB Davontae Harris Illinois State 4th-5th
123 TE Christopher “Chris” Herndon IV Miami 4th-5th
124 OLB Dorian O’Daniel Clemson 4th-5th
125 QB Mike White Western Kentucky 4th-5th
126 CB Jaire Alexander Louisville 4th-5th
127 OG William “Wyatt” Teller Virginia Tech 4th-5th
128 WR Jake Wieneke South Dakota State 4th-5th
129 OLB Garret Dooley Wisconsin 4th-5th
130 CB Tony Brown Alabama 4th-5th
131 DE Chad Thomas Miami 4th-5th
132 OLB Ogbonnia “Ogbo” Okoronkwo Oklahoma 4th-5th
133 WR Trey Quinn Southern Methodist 4th-5th
134 P JK Scott Alabama 4th-5th
135 OG Timon Parris Stony Brook 4th-5th
136 CB Levi Wallace Alabama 4th-5th
137 WR Javon Wims Georgia 4th-5th
138 FB Jaylen Samuels North Carolina State 4th-5th
139 CB Greg Stroman Virginia Tech 4th-5th
140 ILB Frank Ginda San Jose State 4th-5th
141 OT Desmond Harrison West Georgia 4th-5th
142 QB Kurt Benkert Virginia 5th
143 WR DJ Moore Maryland 5th
144 RB Justin Crawford West Virginia 5th
145 OLB Anthony Winbush Ball State 5th
146 WR Deon Cain Clemson 5th
147 TE Jordan Akins Central Florida 5th
148 WR Jaleel Scott New Mexico State 5th
149 RB Ito Smith Southern Mississippi 5th
150 WR DaeSean Hamilton Penn State 5th
151 DE Marcus Davenport UTSA 5th
152 OLB Trevon Young Louisville 5th
153 CB Michael Joseph Dubuque (IA) 5th
154 WR Cedrick Wilson Boise State 5th
155 OLB Christopher “Chris” Covington Indiana 5th
156 RB Mark Walton Miami 5th
157 WR Keke Coutee Texas Tech 5th
158 FS Dominick Sanders Georgia 5th
159 DT Kentavius Street North Carolina State 5th
160 OT Tyrell Crosby Oregon 5th
161 OLB Skai Moore South Carolina 5th
162 DE Andrew Brown Virginia 5th
163 ILB Chris Worley Ohio State 5th
164 FB Dimitri Flowers Oklahoma 5th-6th
165 CB Isaac Yiadom Boston College 5th-6th
166 TE Dalton Schultz Stanford 5th-6th
167 DT Folorunso Fatukasi Connecticut 5th-6th
168 RB Kalen Ballage Arizona State 5th-6th
169 CB Grant Haley Penn State 5th-6th
170 WR Ray-Ray McCloud Clemson 5th-6th
171 OLB Michael “Mike” McCray Michigan 5th-6th
172 FS Natrell Jamerson Wisconsin 5th-6th
173 OLB Matthew “Matt” Thomas Florida State 5th-6th
174 WR J’Mon Moore Missouri 5th-6th
175 CB Deatrick Nichols South Florida 5th-6th
176 P Michael Dickson Texas 5th-6th
177 OLB Davin Bellamy Georgia 5th-6th
178 FS Marcus Allen Penn State 5th-6th
179 C Scott Quessenberry UCLA 5th-6th
180 RB Dalyn Dawkins Colorado State 5th-6th
181 WR Equanimeous St. Brown Notre Dame 5th-6th
182 FS Stephen Roberts Auburn 5th-6th
183 DT B.J. Hill North Carolina State 5th-6th
184 P Johnny Townsend Florida 5th-6th
185 OLB Corey Thompson LSU 5th-6th
186 RB Darius Tice South Florida 6th
187 CB Kameron Kelly Jr. San Diego State 6th
188 WR Elijah Marks Northern Arizona 6th
189 C James Daniels Iowa 6th
190 OT Nick Gates Nebraska 6th
191 TE Marcus Baugh Ohio State 6th
192 ILB Jack Cichy Wisconsin 6th
193 DT Johnathan “John” Atkins Georgia 6th
194 OLB Darius Jackson Jacksonville State 6th
195 C Coleman Shelton Washington 6th
196 DT Nathan Shepherd Fort Hays State 6th
197 ILB Genardveous “Genard” Avery Memphis 6th
198 DT Justin Jones North Carolina State 6th
199 OT Toby Weathersby LSU 6th
200 RB Jeffery “Jeff” Wilson North Texas 6th
201 ILB Jason Cabinda Penn State 6th
202 FS Jessie Bates III Wake Forest 6th
203 WR Jester Weah Pittsburgh 6th
204 ILB Quentin Poling Ohio 6th
205 OG Cody O’Connell Washington State 6th
206 TE Tyler Conklin Central Michigan 6th
207 RB Akrum Wadley Iowa 6th
208 WR Andre Levrone Virginia 6th
209 K Daniel Carlson Auburn 6th
210 RB John Kelly Tennessee 6th
211 OLB Leon Jacobs Wisconsin 6th
212 ILB Nick DeLuca North Dakota State 6th-7th
213 FS Sean Chandler Temple 6th-7th
214 CB Avonte Maddox Pittsburgh 6th-7th
215 WR Jordan Lasley UCLA 6th-7th
216 K Eddy Pineiro Florida 6th-7th
217 RB Roc Thomas Jacksonville State 6th-7th
218 TE Deon Yelder Western Kentucky 6th-7th
219 FS Quin Blanding Virginia 6th-7th
220 CB Rashard Fant Indiana 6th-7th
221 OT Zachary “Zach” Crabtree Oklahoma State 6th-7th
222 WR Cam Phillips Virginia Tech 6th-7th
223 ILB Tegray Scales Indiana 6th-7th
224 DE Da’Shawn Hand Alabama 6th-7th
225 CB Chandon Sullivan Georgia State 6th-7th
226 C Brian Allen Michigan State 6th-7th
227 OLB Keishawn Bierria Washington 6th-7th
228 SS Siran Neal Jacksonville State 6th-7th
229 ILB Jermaine Carter Jr. Maryland 6th-7th
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237 OLB James Hearns Louisville 6th-7th
238 RB Jordan Wilkins Mississippi 6th-7th
239 QB Riley Ferguson Memphis 7th
240 CB Brandon Facyson Virginia Tech 7th
241 OT Alex Cappa Humboldt State 7th
242 SS Chucky Williams Louisville 7th
243 CB D’Montre Wade Murray State 7th
244 OT Colby Gossett Appalachian State 7th
245 CB Parry Nickerson Tulane 7th
246 OG Tony Adams North Carolina State 7th
247 FS Floyd “Max” Redfield Indiana (PA) 7th
248 WR Davon Grayson East Carolina 7th
249 DE Jalyn Holmes Ohio State 7th
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252 OT David Bright Stanford 7th
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255 DT Zaycoven Henderson Texas A&M 7th-PFA
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257 WR Darren-Marcus Carrington II Utah 7th-PFA
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261 DT Reginald Kahlil McKenzie Jr. Tennessee 7th-PFA
262 FB Ryan Nall Oregon State 7th-PFA
263 CB Andre Chachere San Jose State 7th-PFA
264 TE Jordan Thomas Mississippi State 7th-PFA
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427 DE Mike Love South Florida PFA
428 CB Jermaine Kelly San Jose State PFA
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432 DE Alec James Wisconsin PFA
433 QB Peter Pujals Holy Cross PFA
434 OG Chris Gonzalez San Jose State PFA
435 TE William “Will” Dissly Washington PFA
436 QB Danny Etling LSU PFA
437 OLB Michael “Mike” Needham Southern Utah PFA
438 TE Damon Gibson MSU Moorhead PFA
439 ILB Ja’Whaun Bentley Purdue PFA
440 CB Amari Coleman Central Michigan PFA
441 RB Jarvion Franklin Western Michigan PFA
442 K Erik Powell Washington State PFA
443 QB John Wolford Wake Forest PFA
444 ILB Zaire Franklin Syracuse PFA
445 OLB Frankie “Frank” Luvu Washington State PFA
446 OG Tyrone Crowder Clemson PFA
447 ILB Eric Boggs Appalachian State PFA
448 RB Lavon Coleman Washington PFA
449 OLB Ja’Von Rolland-Jones Arkansas State PFA
450 WR Jeff Badet Oklahoma PFA

 

 

 

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Carmelita Jeter; The Star that Shined the Brightest http://proplayerinsiders.com/news-features-carousel/carmelita-jeter-star-shined-brightest/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/news-features-carousel/carmelita-jeter-star-shined-brightest/#comments Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:12:45 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=170831 Seattle, WA- In life, individuals go through life experiences that either makes them drown in the pit of sorrow or either makes them excel, soar and inspire others who are watching them. Women in any occupation have it the hardest. They have to do twice as much as males to get respected in their jobs, salary, and accomplishments. However, if you are the fastest woman alive like Olympian sprinter Carmelita Jeter, you would think her accomplishments would be astonishing in America’s eyes, but it was not. Jeter’s track resume has always been phenomenal, but at times it would be outshined by male runners.

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“At times I felt like that one of my obstacles that I had to hurdle was the representation that my accomplishments was overshadowed by male runners or any female in any particular sport, male athletes get more attention.”

Before the world knew Carmelita as one of the toughest and fastest sprinters in history, her basketball coach saw something in her that made him have a conversation with her about running track. At that time, Carmelita didn’t know what to expect from track, but she tried it and started to fall in love with it. “Yes, track is a team sport, but also it is an individual race where you can just run your race. That was something I love about track and it stayed with me. I was determined and motivated to become the best out there on that track. ”

Carmelita started making a lot of noise when she was out running opponents without breaking a sweat. She broke history at California State University by having the most NCAA medals by a track athlete and became their first Olympic qualifier. However, her rise to the top had to come with obstacles in the way. She had a recurring hamstring problem that she was constantly fighting, but that made her determined and more focus to overcome the injury, as well as not having much of a social life, but she knew that she as destined to be great.

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In 2007 she won a silver medal in the 60 meters with a personal best of 7.17 seconds. She kept fighting and breaking barriers and earned the title The Fastest Woman Alive. In 2012 she anchored the 4x100m, which broke the record and sent her and her teammates into the history books with the hashtag #BlackGirlMagic.

While Carmelita’s career was important to her, so was her family. She is very in-tuned with her family, friends, as well as helping people. ” Family is everything to me. They have sacrificed a lot for me and that is something that will always be there.” During the holidays, she spent time with them and brought them to certain events. ” I had a lot of my family that came out and supported my organization which is called Team Jet, as well as everything that I do. Everything that I do, as well as my organization, is about family.”

Right now Carmelita is doing everything she loves with being a mentor for any and everybody, managing her two athletes that are signed with Team Jet, a book that will be published that conveys her story and just living life the way that she wants it to be. “I just love love, love, helping people out. You never know what someone is going through, so I will email people that had contacted me back or someone that needs advice or something. I didn’t have that growing up and that is something that everyone needs. When I speak, I speak from the heart. There is nothing more promising to any individual than encouraging them.”

Carmelita is what the world needs to be reminded of once in a blue moon. You take your losses but stay committed to your goals, dreams, and the will of not giving up on something you want bad. You run your race and never take the shortcuts of life. Respect and recognition are the keys off! No matter what gender you are, always respect and encourage each other.

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After a one way exit out of the playoffs, the Bills are optimistic about next year http://proplayerinsiders.com/news-features-carousel/one-way-exit-playoffs-bills-optimistic-next-year/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/news-features-carousel/one-way-exit-playoffs-bills-optimistic-next-year/#comments Mon, 08 Jan 2018 22:43:09 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=170825 Seattle, Wa- With only a few ticks left on the clock and Tyrod Tayor looking at the possibility of coming back to tie the game at the end of regulation, the Bills shot themselves in the foot with a crucial interception that won the game for the Jaguars 10-3.

However, with a sense of getting over the drought to a playoff game with a new head coach a different system, the Bills are looking at the possibility of making another run next year. There are a few players that are getting older and might change their tune to the musical exit of retirement, but after getting to the playoffs and playing their best in a defensive effort, the organization feels like more can come out of it.

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Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander is optimistic about his future with the Bills. He does not want to retire yet, but he would want to stay one more year with the organization.”I mean, that’s the plan for me. Obviously, the organization has to make a decision on whether or not they want to keep me and then once that happens, I have to earn my right back on this team. Until, obviously, March, the league year is not over so I’ll still be coming up here, getting treatment, working out to start preparing myself for the offseason.”

“Retirement is not on my radar quite yet. I definitely want to get one more in. I really love this organization, love what we were able to build here and I definitely want to continue to be a part of helping this organization take that next step, and that’s winning a playoff game and getting to a championship and winning that. I feel good, my wife is all on board with me continuing to play and as long as I got a happy home [and] happy wife, I can come to work each and every day and play free. I look forward to it.”

Kevin Benjamin who was a huge part of the Bills’ success and has been excited about working with the organization since he was traded from Carolina to Buffalo.

“I love it, it was a good – I mean, I don’t think I did a lot on the field because I got the injury. But it was an adjustment and I like it. I like it here in Buffalo. I got one more season here next year so I’m going to prepare for the offseason and get my body back right, come back and focus and get ready for OTA’s.”You could just tell the urgency to get to the Super Bowl and that’s the number one goal. That’s supposed to be every team’s number one goal. That’s where they’re trying to go so I think next year will be a big year for us.”

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With a new direction and a spicy taste of the playoffs, the Bills have nothing to be ashamed about. Their defense neutralized the Jaguars’ offense and made them depend on the running attack of Blake Bortles, which was the deciding factor in this game.

With a healthy mindset and a coach in his first year that demanded more of the Bills, the Bills are walking in the right direction for next year.

 

 

 

 

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World Juniors Hockey Tournament http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/world-juniors-hockey-tournament/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/world-juniors-hockey-tournament/#comments Mon, 08 Jan 2018 17:30:58 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=170811 It may not be a big impact of a tournament, but hockey fans all across the globe have met in the beautiful Buffalo, New York to see the World Juniors hockey tournament between some of the worlds best hockey prospects that are representing their country. There are many countries competing, but the big-named countries, such as Canada, the USA, Sweden, Russia, and Finland are the ones that really take the spot light, especially Canada. This year was a special tournament as it even managed to get it’s own outdoor game.

With some teams being heavily favored or heavily stacked with amazing players, some teams sadly weren’t able to keep up with the tough competition. The head coach of Switzerland’s team, Christian Wohlwend, even stated that their team didn’t even stand a chance against Canada, and that “we don’t have better players; these are the best we have,” before their elimination game against Canada, to which they lost 8-2.

By the second round, the real competition was set in as Canada was set to face the Czechs and the USA was set to face Sweden. Canada was clearly the offensive dominator in this tournament as they crushed the Czechs 7-2, which led them on the path to the gold medal game. The game between the Swedes and the US was much closer, but Sweden would win 4-2 with beautiful goals coming from some of the top prospects such as Lias Andersson. The gold medal game was set.

The game would be tied or close for more than half of the game, but Canada’s Tyler Steenbergen redirected a shot from the point which gave Canada the lead very late in the 3rd period. The Swedes fought hard, but couldn’t score and would have to settle for the Silver medal and watch Canada take the Gold medal. When given their medals, team Sweden captain Lias Andersson took off is medal and tossed it into the stands which some saw as a sign of utter disrespect and others saw his passion for the game as he was seen sobbing after the game. When asked about it after the game, he stated, “I have a silver medal from the last time we lost and I haven’t looked at it in years…”

The MVP of the tournament was from team USA Casey Mittelstadt who displayed some nice dangle moves and some awesome goals and scored a total of 11 points. The top defenseman in the tourney also happens to be the top projected prospect in this year’s draft, Rasmus Dahlin. At this point in the year, it appears to be the Arizona Coyotes who will be selecting the Dahlin, but the lottery has yet to take place so any non-playoff team has a chance at acquiring him. USA forward Kieffer Bellows set a new record with 9 goals which was previously set by Jeremy Roenick.

Another special game in this year’s tournament was the top rival game between Canada and the USA. This game was so big that it even got it’s own outdoor game. The USA would take it 4-3 in a shootout.

Another World Juniors in the record books, who will take it next year?

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Shades Of Steve McNair In Marcus Mariota http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/marcus-mariota-steve-mcnair/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/marcus-mariota-steve-mcnair/#comments Mon, 08 Jan 2018 17:30:49 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=170814   The Titans pulled an improbable win out this Saturday versus the Kansas City Chiefs. They were down 21-3 at the half and then rallied to score 19 straight points on their way to a 22-21 win and a date with the New England Patriots. The win was the first win the Titans had in the playoffs since the 2003 season. One of the leaders of this comeback was Marcus Mariota. The soft-spoken quarterback made the best of one situation when he had a pass batted down on third and goal. He would catch the batted pass and get into the endzone, starting the comeback of the Titans in the third quarter. And of course, he had the big throw to wide receiver Eric Decker that put the Titans up for good late in the game. Despite his great play, Mariota, per usual, he answers all questions with the media in a calm manner, not even getting too excited to answer the questions at all. “That’s what it all came down to. They probably had 11 guys in the box and (I was)just trying to help my guy out.” This is what Mariota said about the big block he had to spring running back Derrick Henry on the run to seal the game. While that statement may not seem like much to others, it may remind some Titans fans of another quarterback that once graced the sidelines of Nissan Stadium back in the early 2000s.

  Steve McNair was one of the most popular Titans ever. He was a big. strong quarterback with a rocket for an arm. Before he was known for that though, he was known for things outside of what he did on the field. Mainly, he was known for being the guy that would do whatever it took to win. He would run, block, pass or whatever he has to do to help his team win. In that same vein, Mariota is that same type of player. As fans of the Titans saw, he made some huge runs against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the last game of the season to get them into the playoffs, shrugging off Jacksonville defenders on his way to gaining important yards. And in this Wild Card game versus Kansas City, he threw that big block to seal the game. Both made big plays whether it was them throwing the football, running the football or just selling out for their teammate. And because of that, teammates loved Steve McNair and the current Titans team loves Marcus Mariota. Even with all they do for their teams, both carry themselves with an unmatched humility and a refreshing thought of putting the team first over themselves when they win and the broad enough shoulders to take the blame when they lose (even when some losses were not on them).

  Along with the humility and the plays they make, the treatment of both is highly similar. Many remember Steve McNair as the best quarterback in Tennessee Titans history, but it was not always that way. At one point in time, the organization was in transition to becoming the Titans and the fans and organization was not sure what they had in McNair. Sure, he could throw the football deep, but there was questions about him picking up the offense enough to where he could live up to the potential of what people thought he could be. Eventually McNair showed that potential and was one of the driving forces of them becoming a very solid team in the early 2000s. As far as Mariota, he was loved earlier in his career, but many fans are not sure what to make of him. He has been injured at one point throughout every season he has played and this season, his vision when it comes to reading secondaries slipped. That has led to many fans wanting to have him out of here instead of trying to see if he can right the ship after his first iffy season.

  McNair and Mariota had different builds and came from different parts of the world, but they both are similar in the things they do along with the temperament that they possess. And for that, Mariota is reminding people more and more of McNair with how he handles himself in terms of taking blame, never wanting to take credit for wins and his style of play. Sure, he has not accomplished the things that McNair has in his career so far and he has not had been as durable as McNair, but we also have to remember that McNair did not get thrown directly into the fire like Mariota did. There are some lessons he still has to learn and hopefully one of those is to learn how to stay healthy. Mariota has some pressure on him right now as some fans are not sure that he is their franchise quarterback. Like he handles everything though, he smiles and continues to do what he does and blocks out the distractions of life. Humble and tough: the McNair and Mariota way.

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Tennessee Titans Pick Six Versus The Kansas City Chiefs http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/tennessee-titans-chiefs/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/tennessee-titans-chiefs/#comments Fri, 05 Jan 2018 20:22:29 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=170797

The second season is now upon us. The Titans, although it was not always pretty, made the playoffs, breaking a non-playoff streak that only rivaled the Buffalo Bills. With that now out of the way and the Titans able to breathe a little easier since they made the playoffs, the focus now has to go to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs, like the Titans, had an up-and-down season. They started strong, had a lull in the middle of the season and finished on a high note, defeating their division rival, the Denver Broncos. Now they are at home for the Wildcard round of the playoffs and are hosting a Titans team that has had some issues finding out who they are. For the Chiefs and the Titans, there is no tomorrow for the loser of this game. Win-or-go-home situations seem to have an effect on people one way or the other. Some players step up in these type of moments while others tend to crumble in the moment. What will the Titans do? Will they step up or will they falter when it matters most? We don’t know the answers to those questions at this point, but these six points could lead to a Titans win on Saturday.

 

Offense

1) Keep Them Guessing

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The Tennessee Titans have been known to come out the same way each and every week. Try to establish the run and then throw the football. So for this game and for this situation, why not change it up. Come out firing with all your weapons on display. Put Marcus Mariota in positions to win, where the defense does not expect him to throw the football. If the Titans can get the Chiefs defense off balance, the game is will come a little bit easier for them and they will be in control when both units are on the field.

2) Let’s Get Physical

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The focus of the Tennessee Titans last season was the offensive line. This year, the focus has gone away from them but it should actually still be them. The five guys up front have not been as physical as they were last season and the offense has paid for it. So for this game and the magnitude of the situation, the Titans offensive line needs to remember who they were last season. Scheme and play-calling won’t matter as much if the big guys up front handle their business. Taylor Lewan and crew need to bring the physical play to the Chiefs.

3) Crossing The Field, Picking The Players

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The Tennessee Titans are limited in speed receivers. So with that being said, the Titans have to use design of plays to get their receivers open. One way to do that is to run crossing routes. The hardest routes to cover for a defensive back is when someone is running across the field away from them and the Titans have some pretty good runners of those routes in Eric Decker and Rishard Matthews. These two could make life hard on the Chiefs secondary. Along with running these routes, combination routes that act like picks on the field could help the Titans get open and create those chunk plays as well.

 

Defense

1) Stay Alert For The Deep Ball

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The Kansas City Chiefs are a mostly dink-and-dunk offense. While the offense likes to matriculate down the field, they  have shown some explosiveness in the passing game and that can directly be tied to wide receiver Tyreek Hill. The talented second-year player can burn you deep in a hurry, so the Titans need to be aware where he is at all times. The more the Titans can keep the deep ball and especially Hill in front of them, then the Chiefs offense becomes a little less dangerous.

2) Hunting For Kareem

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Kareem Hunt, the talented rookie running back, has been good for the Chiefs this year. He can catch the football out of the backfield and runs it well too. For the Titans front seven, the don’t want to see him run well because that would mean they would be going home. If the Titans are physical up front and if Wesley Woodyard and Avery Williamson are making their run fits, the Titans should have a fairly successful time slowing down the NFL’s leading rusher this season.

3) Make Alex Smith Beat You

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Sounds simple enough but it isn’t quite as easy as it seems. Alex Smith has been known as a mobile quarterback his entire career. What he also has been known as is a quarterback that likes to check the ball down and is known not to throw the deep ball very much. He has thrown the deep ball more this year, but the best thing the Titans could do is make Smith beat you with his arm. If he does it then fine, but there are more than enough examples of him not being able to beat anyone with his arms and betting on that would be the smart choice.

The regular season is over and the money rounds are here. It will be cold when the Titans and Chiefs step on the field to play Saturday afternoon. While it may be cold, the team that has the fire and desire to win the game will more than likely come out on top. Will that be the Titans or the Chiefs are the answer we all are looking for.

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Possible NHL Players on the Move http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/possible-nhl-players-move/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/possible-nhl-players-move/#comments Mon, 01 Jan 2018 17:30:34 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=170785 With it almost being half way through the 2017-2018 season, teams are either realizing that they have a real playoff-contending team or they have a team that doesn’t stand a chance. Both of these realizations end in players being on the move to add to a team’s recent success or help a struggling team. Many name have already been thrown out, especially in the Ottawa Senators organization. It was said that they asked nine players for a No-Trade List, which can only mean that they are trying to move those players. The front-runner from the Senators appears to Mike Hoffman as the St. Louis Blues appear to have serious interest in him and are fairly close to cutting a deal, although no details have been leaked or confirmed. Other members on this list include Bobby Ryan, Alex Burrows, Nate Thompson, Johnny Oduya, Dion Phaneuf, Zack Smith, Derick Brassard, and even super-star captain Erik Karlsson. With a current record 12-17-8 and sitting 29th in the league, it’s no doubt that the Senators would want to shake things up, or potentially trade their star players for something in return before they lose them in free-agency.

Other teams have already been busy on the trade block, such as the Penguins. A few weeks ago, they made two trades with both the Arizona Coyotes and the Dallas Stars. The Coyotes acquired Josh Archibald and goalie Sean Maguire in exchange for goalie Michael Leighton and a 4th round pick. Dallas acquired a conditional 4th round pick (that was acquired from Arizona) for defenseman Jamie Oleksiak. Another Penguin that has teams interested is defenseman Kris Letang. According to Sportnet’s Nick Kypreos, the Pittsburgh Penguins are considering this trade, so it is not yet confirmed. Elliotte Friedman also mentioned that the Penguins would ask for a center and a winger in return for Letang. The only turn-off is Letang’s huge salary cap hit of $7.25 million per year. Negotiations would have to be about the salary cap hit, where Pittsburgh would have to retain some of Letang’s salary per season through the 2021-2022 season. The Penguins are also actively shopping defenseman Ian Cole. Cole only has a $2.1 million dollar salary cap hit.

Other notable mentions that are rather minor are the Canadiens trying to trade goalie Zach Fucale, who has yet to play an NHL game. Dealing him alone would be impossible or slim to none, so he would have to be involved in a package deal.

The Arizona Coyotes are looking to trade Anthony Duclair. With Duclair being on and off the healthy scratch list left and right and being sent down to the AHL, it’s clear that Duclair needs a change and the Coyotes are going to have to come to terms that a change of scenery needs to be done on a larger scale than just the AHL.

The Winnipeg Jets have announced that Shawn Matthias is on the trade block. Matthias has only played 2 games with Winnipeg and has only 2 points.

The Calgary Flames have recently traded away backup goalie Eddie Lack to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Dalton Prout. Lack hasn’t had the best season so far as he holds just a 1-2-0 record with a .813 save percentage and has a 5.29 goals against average. Both Lack and Prout have reported to their team’s AHL affiliates.

Other major trades that have occurred are between the Ducks and the Devils as the Devils acquired Sami Vatenen and the Ducks received Adam Henrique.

The last major shopping news is with the Montreal Canadiens as they are currently shopping their captain Max Pacioretty, who has been in a scoring slump.

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