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The N’Sensitive Podcast Ep. 59- “Wakanda Forever” YOUTUBE VIDEO
[HIP-HOP, WHAT’S TRENDING, SPORTS, Q&A] The N’Sensitive Podcast Episode 59- “Wakanda Forever” (NSFW) Youtube Apple Spotify Soundcloud Welcome back to another episode of The N'Sensitive Podcast! Starting the episode off in Music, the guys discuss Big Sean's new single with Nipsey Hussle, the Drake effect in Rap music, Nas giving his opinion on Jay-Z releasing the same day as him, "No Ceilings" being released to streaming, and Jay-Z's strict business handlings with his music (6:05). Brandon then leads this week's "Would You Rather" segment (26:30). P then leads the guys into a discussion on if $28 is enough money to take a woman on a date (36:20). In Whats Trending, the guys discuss their topics for the week, including Bella Thorne's "Only Fans" drama, McDonald's introducing spicy nuggets, 40 kids being recovered from a sex trafficking ring in Georgia, and much more (48:00)! In the Entertainment segment, P plays Toonami's BLM speech that aired on television, and the guys then discuss the tragic passing of actor Chadwick Boseman (74:30). P then gets into this week's "Fuck You!" segment and picks Derek Chauvin, Kyle Rittenhouse, and former NFL linebacker Brian Urlacher for this week (85:40). The guys then give their opinions on more updates of Jacob Blake following his police shooting (106:50). Ending the episode in Sports, P gives the details of the short NBA Playoff protests, and the guys both give their stances on what transpired, and how they feel about the decisions made (113:20). Stay tuned for Episode 60, and as always, thanks for listening! Follow the guys on IG and Twitter! P: @pernell1992 on IG and Twitter Brandon: @rodwell_bd on IG, @rodwell_b on Twitter Podcast: @thensensitivepodcast on IG
[HIP-HOP, WHAT’S TRENDING, SPORTS, Q&A] The N’Sensitive Podcast Episode 59- “Wakanda Forever” (NSFW) Apple Spotify Soundcloud Welcome back to another episode of The N'Sensitive Podcast! Starting the episode off in Music, the guys discuss Big Sean's new single with Nipsey Hussle, the Drake effect in Rap music, Nas giving his opinion on Jay-Z releasing the same day as him, "No Ceilings" being released to streaming, and Jay-Z's strict business handlings with his music (6:05). Brandon then leads this week's "Would You Rather" segment (26:30). P then leads the guys into a discussion on if $28 is enough money to take a woman on a date (36:20). In Whats Trending, the guys discuss their topics for the week, including Bella Thorne's "Only Fans" drama, McDonald's introducing spicy nuggets, 40 kids being recovered from a sex trafficking ring in Georgia, and much more (48:00)! In the Entertainment segment, P plays Toonami's BLM speech that aired on television, and the guys then discuss the tragic passing of actor Chadwick Boseman (74:30). P then gets into this week's "Fuck You!" segment and picks Derek Chauvin, Kyle Rittenhouse, and former NFL linebacker Brian Urlacher for this week (85:40). The guys then give their opinions on more updates of Jacob Blake following his police shooting (106:50). Ending the episode in Sports, P gives the details of the short NBA Playoff protests, and the guys both give their stances on what transpired, and how they feel about the decisions made (113:20). Stay tuned for Episode 60, and as always, thanks for listening! Follow the guys on IG and Twitter! P: @pernell1992 on IG and Twitter Brandon: @rodwell_bd on IG, @rodwell_b on Twitter Podcast: @thensensitivepodcast on IG
2020.06.15 19:34 Bipedal-Moose[OC] 63 MVPs in 63 days, part 45: The 2001 MVP race
Hello everyone, and welcome back to part 45 of my series in which I’ll be researching and dissecting every single MVP race in NFL history. Today, we’re going to be looking into the 2001 race. But first, a look at the voting results from you for the 2000 race. 76 people voted, and here are the results: 1) Marshall Faulk: 56/76 votes (73.7%) T-2) Donovan McNabb: 7/76 votes (9.2%) T-2) Rich Gannon: 7/76 votes (9.2%) 4) Eddie George: 6/76 votes (7.9%)
2001 AP MVP: St. Louis Rams QB Kurt Warner (21.5 votes)
Other notable candidates: St. Louis Rams RB Marshall Faulk (17.5 votes), Green Bay Packers QB Brett Favre (5 votes) Others receiving votes: Steelers QB Kordell Stewart (4 votes), Bears LB Brian Urlacher (2 votes) The winner: Kurt Warner wins his second MVP in three years and the Rams’ third MVP in a row. The race Here are the stats for the notable contenders for MVP in 2001. Remember, though, that the context behind the stats is equally as important as the stats themselves, so I encourage you to read the player profiles below. Warner:
Note: Bold indicates a league lead in that particular category. Italics indicate a league record. The case for and against Warner Like his 1999 season, Warner’s 2001 season is one of the most statistically impressive seasons put up by any QB. He led the league in virtually every meaningful category: beginning with volume, his 4,830 passing yards were nearly 700 yards better than second place Peyton Manning and his 36 passing TDs outpaced a tie at second place between Brett Favre and Jeff Garcia at 32. Efficiency wise, his 8.8 Y/A were a full yard better than any other QB’s, his 7.4 ANY/A was comfortably ahead of Favre in second place at 7.0, and his 101.4 passer rating also led the league. For the second time in three years, Warner was a consensus first team all-pro, and the Rams remained atop the world in offensive prowess on their way to a 14-2 record. For the third consecutive season, the Greatest Show on Turf ranked 1st in total points, yards, and points scored per drive, and they ranked 1st in scoring percentage for the second time in a row. The GSOT earned the legacy they have today by scoring seemingly at will and Warner played the most important position on the team; historically, great offenses are helmed by great QBs, and Warner was no exception. Of course, the issues with Warner’s candidacy are practically the same as they were two seasons ago, but with some notable differences. The voting this year was noticeably split between Warner and his running back, Marshall Faulk, with writer Peter King even submitting a split ballot between the two (hence the half-votes). Additionally, Warner was not the consensus MVP, with PFWA giving the award to Faulk. As usual, it begs the question: how can you be the most valuable player in the league if you’re debatably not even the most valuable player on your own team? And, of course, even moving past Faulk, Warner retained one of the greatest supporting casts of all time. His offensive line remained excellent, both Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce started all 16 games, eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards, and made the Pro Bowl, and then there’s Faulk, arguably the best all-around running back in the game. This was exactly one season after Trent Green was able to step into the same role with the same supporting cast and light it up. Warner also had some issues of his own, throwing 22 interceptions and losing 4 fumbles, resulting in 26 turnovers in his 16 games; of course, he made more than enough positive plays to make up for them, but that’s still a notable number. Warner and the Rams also had a very good defense that ranked 7th in points allowed per drive despite the offense turning the ball over more than any other team and leaving them with the 27th best average starting field position on defense. The case for and against Faulk In 2001, Faulk wrapped up one of the greatest 3-season stretches at the RB position in NFL history; for the third year in a row, he led the league in rushing YPC while eclipsing 1,300 rushing yards and 700 receiving yards; his 21 TDs led the league, the second season in a row of achieving that feat; and, like his MVP season in 2000, he did it in just 14 games. For the third year in a row, he was a consensus first team all-pro at the RB position. The drawbacks to Faulk’s case, as they have consistently been, are closely tied with Warner’s, but they’re arguably even more pronounced. The RB position is notably even more dependent on supporting cast than the QB position is; Faulk ran behind one of the best offensive lines in the game and had an incredible passing game that prevented defenses from loading the box. Faulk also missed two games, and Warner did not miss any; in the two games he missed, the Rams put up 58 points on offense, 29 points per game, which is a very good number; his backup, Trung Canidate, who should be a nominee for the Name HoF, notable carried the ball 78 times for 441 yards (5.7 YPC) and 6 TDs on the season. Faulk was superb and there’s no denying it, but he couldn’t have been blessed with a much better supporting cast than what he got during his torrid run from 1999-2001. The case for and against Favre Not only do Favre’s stats reflect elite performance, he was far closer to a one-man show in 2001 than Warner and Faulk were; of course, he wasn’t operating by himself, but there is a case to be made that he was more valuable than his opponents in the race. Favre didn’t have a teammate that received any MVP votes, or anyone that came close. Favre enjoyed solid production from RB Ahman Green, but Green was the only consistent producer in the running game, resulting in the Packers finishing 21st in rushing yards and 13th in yards per carry as a team. Favre’s top WR was Bill Schroeder. Antonio Freeman was still around, but he was the only Packer to finish with a catch percentage south of 50%. The Packers also had a relatively lackluster offensive line, but Favre’s sack percentage remained a rock-solid 4.1%; this backs up how visually impressive he was, often needing to get rid of the ball before he wanted to or needing to scramble around in the backfield in order to get a throw off; despite all of these circumstances working against him, Favre was still statistically elite, throwing every pass for the Packers en route to ranking 3rd in passing yards, T-2nd in passing TDs, and 3rd in TD-INT differential behind only Jeff Garcia and Rich Gannon in that category; he was also superbly efficient, ranking 2nd in ANY/A. The Packers ranked just 23rd in average starting field position on offense, but still placed 5th in points scored per drive, and Favre’s arm was easily the main reason behind that. Favre's case has some credibility in that, despite his supporting cast being nowhere near as good as Kurt Warner's, his ANY/A was only 0.39 yards lower and he only scored 3 fewer TDs while having fewer turnovers. But the fact that Favre's stats still lagged behind Warner's is still a negative for his case. Warner was plagued with turnovers from time to time, but so was Favre, albeit to a lesser extent, with 21 turnovers (15 INTs and 6 lost fumbles) in his own right. Favre also had a very good defense that ranked 5th in points allowed per drive, and they certainly played a huge role in the team’s 12-4 record; Favre was the driving force of the offense, but the defense put in work, too.
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2018.07.11 15:46 SingleFatFootballFanOffseason Review Series: Day 6, New York Giants
New York Giants
2017 record: 3-13 (last in the division)
Entering the 2017 season, expectations were high. The Giants were coming off an 11-5 season and were returning nearly all of their starters from a dominant defense. The defense was forced to drag an anemic offense all the way to the playoffs, where they eventually fell short in Green Bay. On paper, the 2017 offense was better. Evan Engram and Rhett Ellison replaced Will Tye and Larry Donnell. Brandon Marshall took over Victor Cruz's place on the opposite side of Odell Beckham Jr. Looking back, the 2016 team was more lucky than good, barely escaping victories against the Saints, Ravens, Rams, Bengals, Bears and Browns should have been more alarming than it was in hindsight. I was to busy reveling in their first playoff appearance and dreaming of another deep playoff run with Eli to truly recognize how average the 2016 team was. In 2017, they got exposed. Ben McAssholeAdoo doesn't get a pardon for injuries; this team was doomed for the start because of his lack of leadership and accountability. That stuff matters, just because you look like Pat Riley doesn't mean you start to behave like him too. So far, Shurmur has been a breath of fresh air. He comes off genuine when he speaks to the media. He has already earned the respect of the superstars such as Landon Collins and Odell Beckham and reports out of minicamp state he plans to move his weapons all around the formation. Let's never talk about the 2017 season again after this.
2017 team statistics
The Giants offense under McAdoo the last two years reminded me of your typically bad Madden offense. They only ran a few plays and if you couldn't stop them (Eagles) they looked explosive. However, if you could take away the slant, the drag and the occasional go route down the sideline (which every non-Eagles opponent handled easily), the Giants had nothing left in their bag of plays to move the ball. One could argue the Giants were forced to simplify their offense once they lost key personnel to injuries, but that argument falls flat once you examine how poorly a healthy offense looked through the first five weeks of the season. The Giants did rely less on 11 personnel, though that is largely attributed to the fact they ran out of receivers than a complete philosophical change. Their offense continued to lack the creativity that is seen in good modern offenses. The Giants receivers struggled to separate from coverage all season, and a major reason why was due to the fact the corners knew what was coming. Once you've run five slants in the first half, the sixth one isn't going to surprise anyone. Pat Shurmur will elevate the offense. He frequently blocked with six or seven players to help compensate for a poor pass blocking line. He leveraged bunch sets and pick plays to free up his playmakers from tight man coverage. He called screenplays to give his offensive weapons opportunities to make plays in space and to slow down aggressive pass rushes. These are not new, innovative concepts, this is how most NFL offenses attack defenses. Going from McAdoo to Shurmur is like going from having a girlfriend who rarely called you back, was engaged with only her phone when you two were together and always ordered the most expensive item on the menu and never offered to pay the bill, to a girlfriend who frequently checked-in on you, was fully present when you two were out on a date and always offered to split the bill. That girlfriend behaved how most girlfriends should, and yet it is still so refreshing to have a normal girlfriend in your life.
The football analysts all tried to warn us. I was not receptive to their words last offseason. Shame on me. They cautioned that defenses that go from close to league worst (2015) to near league best (2016) will typically regress back to somewhere in the middle. In the end, even the number-crunchers were wrong about the Giants defense. They didn't just regress back to average, they fell all way the back to their 2015 level. Looking back, there were obvious signals that the 2016 defense was not as strong as their ranking suggested. Their adjusted sack rate ranked 23rd by Football Outsiders. They had the 3rd best third down defense and the best red zone defense in the NFL, two metrics that do not typically predict future success. In 2017 the defense imploded, on and off the field. Three members of the secondary were suspended. When Ameer Abdullah averages 5 yards a carry against your defense, that's a bad omen for the rest of the season. A defense that was already top-heavy requires its top players to perform at elite levels to continue its dominance. This defense came crashing down to Earth once the 2017 versions of Janoris Jenkins, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul could not match their 2016 selves. This offseason, the Giants were given the opportunity to recruit a new defensive coordinator. They pulled an early April's fools joke in late January by swirling rumors of hiring Jack Del Rio. Fortunately, the Giants pivoted and hired James Bettcher, who has been one of the most successful defensive coordinators in the NFL the last three seasons.
Defensive end / outside linebacker
North Carolina State
Saquon Barkley is one the best running back prospects to ever enter the draft. He will make every Giants fan forget the stench left behind by Andre Brown, Peyton Hillis, Rashard Jennings, Andre Williams, Shane Vereen, Paul Perkins and every other mediocre back that has been punished by some terrible atrocity committed in a previous lifetime to have been forced to run behind the Giants offensive line the last five years. He will elevate everyone around him, yet, having said all of that, the Giants likely made the wrong pick when they handed in the card with Saquon Barkley's name in on it. The simplest way to say it is this; quarterbacks are the most valuable position in the NFL. Don't believe me? Let's look at approximate value from Pro Football Reference derived from the top 10 average AV from quarterbacks and running backs drafted in the top five since 2000.
The difference in average AV between the top 10 quarterbacks and top 10 running backs taken in the top five picks is the difference between 2011 Eli Manning and 2011 Tarvaris Jackson. We've established that quarterbacks drafted in the top 10 will deliver more value, on average, than running backs drafted in the same position. What we haven't discussed is the difference in longevity between quarterbacks and running backs. When team's hit on a franchise quarterback, it sets their franchise up for success for the next decade. Below are the top 20 leaders in total approximate value since 2000.
Quarterbacks listed in bold.
By the end of this season, the top five players in AV will all be quarterbacks. Running backs don't change the course of a franchise, only quarterbacks do. It's plausible that Barkley is an all-pro the first 5-6 years he plays as a Giant. But if Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen or Lamar Jackson become great franchise quarterbacks, the Giants will look back on this draft with regret, regardless of how well Barkley plays. Lastly, I respect how passionate Giants fans are when they defend Eli's resume. I love the guy just as much you and still believe he can play at a high level. Even though I believe drafting a quarterback was the right football move, I'd be lying if I didn't feel a pinch of relief when the Giants decided to pass on a QB. No one is ready to start the clock on the end of Eli's tenure with the Giants.
Having said everything I just said, I'm extremely bullish on this year's draft class. The Eli Manning scandal (yes, it's officially a scandal) was the last straw for ownership , but the main reason the Giants were even in a position to consider benching their star quarterback in a lost season was due to Reese's inability to find any talent in the mid to late rounds of the draft. The Giants desperately needed to improve their front seven and offensive line. Hill and Hernandez already appear penciled in as day one starters and Carter should be an asset on 3rd downs as an edge rusher. Kyle Lauletta is an intriguing pick, similar to Webb's freshman year, the Giants likely will redshirt him this season.
Released, signed by Cincinnati
Expired contract, signed by Seattle
Expired contract, signed by Arizona
Expired contract, signed by Minnesota
Expired contract, still a UFA
Expired contract, still a UFA
Release, signed by Seattle
Expired contract, signed by San Francisco
Traded to Tampa Bay
Expired contract, signed by Carolina
Released, still a UFA
Expired contract, signed by Detroit
Expired contract, still a UFA
Expired contract, still a UFA
Expired contract, still a UFA
Released, still a UFA
I'm purchasing Sunday Ticket next season for the sole pleasure of watching Bobby Hart get steamrolled continuously by defensive ends. What could the Bengals have seen on film over the last two years that justified paying Bobby Hart a $50,000 signing bonus? It's hard to rationalize that, especially when you consider that an inflatable pool toy costs $8.99 at Walmart. Think about it.
The Giants signed Shane Vereen right after his Super Bowl victory against Seattle where he caught 11 of 12 passes targeted his way for 64 yards. Vereen was going to finally provide Eli with a running back defenses had to pay attention to. They were dreams of the Giants shifting Vereen across the formation, recognizing when a team was stupid enough to match a linebacker against him and exploiting the mismatch. Except that never happened. Is this a case of a player just never given the opportunity to utilize his strengths? Or a running back who has lost his burst? The answer probably lies somewhere in between. In the end, Vereen's tenure with the Giants was disappointing. The play that will stick with me forever when I think of Vereen is the interception Eli threw to Su'a Cravens in week three of the 2016 season against the Redskins. That was the exact kind of play Vereen was brought in for, and yet, he couldn't shake free from coverage to give Eli a chance to complete the pass.
Contrary to what has been said and written, trading Jason Pierre-Paul had nothing to do with clearing cap space. The Giants ate 11.25M of dead cap space by trading him, saving only a million in cap space this year. They could have kept him on the roster and escaped his contract next offseason with zero dead cap. Instead, they traded him to Tampa Bay for a 3rd round pick. At this point in his career, when Pierre-Paul is at his best, he is a good, but not great defensive end, who is better against the run than rushing the passer. The Giants recognized his best days were behind him, that he didn't fit Bettcher's scheme, and decided to get something in return this year instead of nothing next year.
As my fingers bang on this keyboard, the Giants are still in desperate need of a reliable 3rd cornerback. Ideally, it would be someone in their prime and who has already familiarized themselves with the organization...Oh wait, the Giants had that with Ross Cockrell and let him walk out of the building instead of attempting to match the 2.4M guaranteed he received from the Carolina Panthers. That is 1M less than the guaranteed dollars the Giants handed Jonathan Stewart (we'll get to him later).
The Giants essentially replaced Devon Kennard with Kareem Martin. On other teams, being labeled "the best at your position over the last four seasons" would be a brag-worthy achievement. However, in this case, when your play is being compared to Jameel McClain, Jonathan Casillas, Jasper Brinkley, Uani Unga, J.T. Thomas and Kelvin Sheppard, it loses some prestige. Kennard does have the distinction of being the only mid-round pick Jerry Reese has nailed (I'm loosely defining the definition of "nailed") since he drafted Mario Manningham in round three in 2008. Seriously, go look it up.
New FA Acquisitions
(players in bold I expect to make the 53 man roster)
When offensive line coaches teach the proper technique for pass blocking, they are going to show clips of #74 on the far left side of the Giants line and simply tell their students to do the exact opposite of that. The Giants (smartly) passed on the mediocre crop of tackles that were on the market last offseason. This offseason, they had the opportunity to replace one of the worst left tackles in football with a good, but not great tackle; that for them was worth 34.8M and 15.5M per year. Nate Solder comes to East Rutherford with a reputation for being a good run blocker and an inconsistent pass blocker. He’s massively overpaid but even a mediocre pass blocker will be an upgrade at the position. Someone just needs to give Eli enough time so his life no longer hangs in the balance if he takes two steps to his left when dropping back to pass. It's okay, it's safe now.
You want to know how not to build a NFL caliber linebacker unit? Take one linebacker (Clint Sintim) in the top three rounds of the draft over a span of 10 seasons, spend the last five seasons overpaying for special team caliber linebackers (Jonathan Casillas, J.T. Thomas) and sign/trade for over-the-hill linebackers (Jon Beason, Keith Rivers, Jameel McClain, Jasper Brinkley, Kelvin Sheppard). The Giants attempted to address this by trading for Alec Ogletree. The big name certainly excited fans, mainly due to his physical attributes, but he comes with a few red flags. He was graded as one the worst linebackers in the league by ProFootballFocus at defending the run and the pass. His tackling has become sloppy and isn't someone the Giants should trust to be on the field on 3rd downs. Could he be a better fit in Bettcher's aggressive 3-4 scheme? Perhaps, but Giants fans should buy his t-shirt first, and if he proves he can be a three down linebacker, feel free to splurge on the jersey.
James Bettcher likely had a persuasive voice in convincing the Giants to sign Kareem Martin. Martin is the type of player you invest in. He's just starting to enter his prime and is coming off of the most productive season of his young career. He will be starting opposite Olivier Vernon and should be an asset defending the run and rushing the passer.
From the draft picks and signings the Giants made, it's clear their number one priority was to improve their run game. If Ereck Flowers was the CEO of the "No One Runs Behind Us" club, John Jerry was his right hand man, and the bane of Giants fans. Patrick Omameh was signed to replace Jerry at right guard and will have the pleasure to block the last two running backs to be selected in the top five picks of the draft.
The Giants signed a few players that were valuable special teams contributors, such as Russell Shepard, Cody Latimer, and Michael Thomas. Latimer is coming off the most consistent season of his enigmatic career and comes with a reputation of having great ball skills. Expect the Giants to give Latimer opportunities to make plays on 50/50 balls down the sideline. Thomas quietly had a strong year at safety for Miami last season, he graded as an average cover safety and above average at defending the the run, per ProFootballFocus.
Given what you read earlier on Saquon Barkley, you should feel confident you know my sentiment on the Jonathan Stewart signing. Investing in a 31 year old back who has averaged under four yards a carry in four of his last six seasons (including his last two) is a poor way to allocate cap space.
Let's discuss two reasons fans have rationalized this signing: a) Stewart excels at finding the end-zone when his team is near the goal line, and b) Stewart is a great short yardage back.
Below are the TD%'s of running backs that had at least eight rush attempts from inside the five yard line in 2017. Stewart's 25 TD% ranks 15 out of 18 qualified backs.
Next, let's look at the 1st down % among 2017 running backs with at least 8 rush attempts on 3rd + 4th down with three yards to go or less. Stewart's 71% success rate in those situations ranks 10th out of 34 qualified backs (only top 10 shown in the chart). Good, but certainly not great.
In fact, for his career, Stewart's success rate is 69.9%, ranking 16th out of 84 qualified backs. Again, good, but certainly not great, and definitely not good enough to justify the investment Dave Gettleman made in him. You know who ranked #1 and #2? Lousaka Polite and Le'Ron McClain. This begs the question, if backs that excel in short yardage situations are so valuable, why weren't Polite and McClain better compensated during their careers? Either, a) Gettleman is ahead of his time and is one of the few people that truly understands what a valuable commodity a short yardage back is, or, b) the Giants just over-paid for a skill that has been properly valued by the market since the beginning of time. I think you know my opinion.
Projected starting lineup
Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Cody Latimer
Evan Engram, Rhett Ellison
Has a football team only run to one side of their offensive line for an entire season? If not, the Giants have a chance to make history in 2018. The combination of Solder and Hernandez should open up holes large enough for Ron Dayne to run through. Don't blame the Giants running backs if they look like they are running blind, it's been a long time since they saw any daylight creep through between the tackles.
Eli has always benefited from playing with big receivers with good ball skills. From Plaxico Burress, Hakeem Nicks and Odell Beckham, Eli's gunslinger mentality requires the Giants to have receivers who can come down with 50/50 balls. Cody Latimer thrived last year as a deep threat down the sideline and should continue to progress towards actualizing his potential playing with Eli this season.
The most puzzling positional starting battle is occurring at center. The Giants number one priority should be finding players who will keep Eli upright all season. Brett Jones finished the season as one the best pass blocking centers in the league. Yet, in what is sure to be a surprise to Brett, he's battling a player who spent the first three seasons of his career on practice squads. The myth that Jon Halapio is an impressive run blocker needs to be squashed. I watched every run blocking snap he took last season to prepare for this review and I have to say he's a practice squad player for a reason. The Giants didn't uncover a hidden gem that 31 other teams missed on. I recognize Brett Jones is a poor run blocker. But I'd much rather have an excellent pass blocker and poor run blocker than someone who is below average at both skills. You'll remember this when Malik Jackson is spending week one living two yards in the backfield.
Reports from the writers with the access indicate the Giants plan to move Engram around the formation a lot. Deploying him in a variety of spots will enable Engram to maximize the impact he can have on the offense. Further, Ellison is at his best when he can play as the in-line tight end and will give the Giants another strong run blocker on the line. Placing Engram out in space puts both tight ends in positions where they are most comfortable.
Moving Ereck Flowers to right tackle is like moving an ugly piece of artwork a relative bought you from the living room to the bedroom. The artwork still stinks, it's just less visible in its new location and less likely to draw the attention from friends and family.
While conducting researching for this review, I had to do a double take when I saw that Eli only played in 93% of the offensive snaps last season. I'll never forgive McAdoo, Reese or John Mara for that. Ever.
Dalvin Tomlinson, B.J. Hill
Olivier Vernon, B.J. Goodson, Alec Ogletree, Kareem Martin
Janoris Jenkins, Eli Apple,
Landon Collins, Andrew Adams, Darian Thompson
The top five teams in adjusted sack rate ranked 9th, 1st, 7th, 11th, and 6th in defensive DVOA. The bottom five teams ranked 32nd, 27th, 24th, 26th, and 15th in DVOA. It's nearly impossible to have a strong defense minus a strong pass rush. Pass rush is the number one concern for the defense. Right now, the Giants have one proven pass rusher in Olivier Vernon. He can't continue to play 90% of snaps for a third straight year. Who is coming off the bench to give him a breather? Carter has raw talent, but is unproven. Moss exhibited small flashes of potential, but is still an enigma. Mauro, Okwara and Wynn are not pass rushers. Bettcher will have to blitz often to generate pressure on the quarterback this season.
One bold prediction: Bettcher scraps playing his base 3-4 defense, even against 12 and 21 personnel. Smart coordinators will force the Giants to play four linebackers and exploit their lack of coverage skills. The Giants don't employ a single linebacker that can be trusted in coverage. This necessitates them leveraging Collins strong skills in the box and playing with two safeties deep to compensate for the lack of coverage skills in their linebacker unit. Also, Landon Collins should never be put in a position where he is forced to backpedal. Ever. It's just not his strength.
When it comes to the cornerback position, the Giants are throwing a lot of crap against a wall and praying something sticks. Even their top two corners are coming off inconsistent years with both players getting suspended from the organization. One cornerback decided to stop tackling opponents last season, which wouldn't be a problem if I were reviewing a team playing any other American sport but football. With regards to the corner that will play opposite Jenkins, reports from the writers with the access indicate Apple is off to a strong start; his off-field troubles overshadowed the progress he made at cornerback last season.
Offensive roster discussion
Kyle Lauletta, Eli Manning, Davis Webb,
Saquon Barkley, Wayne Gallman, Jonathan Stewart
Odell Beckham Jr, Cody Latimer, Sterling Shepard
Rhett Ellison, Evan Engram
Ereck Flowers, John Halapio, Will Hernandez, Brett Jones, Patrick Omameh, Nate Solder
The battles (players in bold are players I expect to make the 53)
Wide receiver: Amba Etta-Tawo vs. Roger Lewis Jr. vs. Kalif Raymond vs. Travis Rudolph vs. Hunter Sharp vs. Russell Shepard
Roger Lewis Jr. lead all wide receivers in total snap counts last season. Need more evidence that Eli Manning is a Hall of Famer? 12 teams had worse passing offenses by DVOA than the Giants last season. Roger Lewis had the misfortune of getting his biggest opportunity playing in a stale scheme, however, his bad hands and inconsistent route running will not be tolerated by the new regime. Hunter Sharp is giving Latimer competition for the #3 wide receiver spot, Russell Shepard will make the team as a special teams contributor and Kalif Raymond will find his niche returning kicks next season.
Tight end/Fullback: Jerell Adams vs. Kyle Carter vs Garrett Dickerson vs. Ryan O'Malley vs. Shane Smith
In the two season Adams has played on the Giants, I am struggling to think of a single memorable play. That doesn't bode well for his chances to make the 53 man roster in year three of his career. Add in that Kyle Carter is familiar with Pat Shurmur and costs $100,000 less on the cap, Adams fate seems sealed even before training camp begins. Shane Smith did not impress in the limited opportunities he had last year, however, Pat Shurmur did give his fullback over 200 snaps last year and I don't think he'd be comfortable starting the year without one on the roster.
Offensive linemen: Evan Brown vs. Nick Gates vs. John Greco vs. John Jerry vs. Chad Wheeler .
Let's start with what matters most; the Giants would have to eat 2.525M in dead cap space if they cut John Jerry this summer, freeing up only 1M in additional space. John Jerry surely recognizes how fortunate he is to have been playing on the same line as Ereck Flowers, he's like the child who dropped out college and is packing grocery bags at Whole Foods, but compared to his younger brother who typically wakes up naked on a sidewalk at 4am in the morning after another bender, he doesn't look too bad. All jokes aside, Jerry has proven to be a competent pass blocker, and I don't think I need to write another 300 words on how much I value that skill...
Defensive roster discussion
Damon Harrison, B.J. Hill, Dalvin Tomlinson,
Lorenzo Carter, B.J. Goodson, Kareem Martin, Alec Ogletree, Olivier Vernon
Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins
Andrew Adams, Landon Collins, Michael Thomas, Darian Thompson
Zak DeOssie, Riley Dixon
Battles (players in bold are players I expect to make the 53)
Defensive line: Josh Banks vs. A.J. Francis vs. Josh Mauro vs. RJ McIntosh vs. Robert Thomas vs. Jordan Williams vs. Kerry Wynn
This position battle should scare Giants fans the most. No unit on the entire team is more barren than the defensive line. When any one of these players enters the game, it's an advantage to the offense. Though, after A.J Francis said this to NJ.com, we should expect a strong performance from him at least twice a year.
Linebacker: Ray Ray Armstrong vs. Mark Herzlich vs. Avery Moss vs. Calvin Munson vs. Romeo Okwara (I think Okwara gets cut once Mauro returns from his suspension).
The primary battle will be between Avery Moss and Romeo Okwara. Some writers have already predicted that Moss doesn't make the team, but if he can stay healthy during camp, he deserves a second year to prove his value to the organization. The Giants should find ways to expose (I couldn't help myself) him more in camp.
Cornerback: Donte Deayon vs. William Gay vs. Grant Haley vs. Chris Lewis-Harris vs. Teddy Williams vs. B.W. Webb
William Gay may be the 2016 version of Leon Hall: an over-the-hill defensive back who starts the year off strong and then begins to dip as the season progresses. ProFootballFocus did reveal an interesting stat on Gay, he lead all cornerbacks in coverage snaps per target, which could suggest he did a good job blanketing his receivers in coverage. With regards to the young guys, I think Deayon has run out of chances to make an impression on the organization. Expect the Giants to give Haley the opportunity to earn playing time and make the 53 man roster.
Safety: Sean Chandler vs. Curtis Riley vs. Orion Stewart
This battle feels over before it has even really started. Riley has earned first team reps at free safety in camp, an indication the staff is high on his potential. Only 25 years old, Riley could earn himself some meaningful snaps during the season if he can continue to impress this summer.
Specialist: Marshall Koehn vs. Aldrick Rosas
I should be more concerned about the Giants kicking situation than I actually I am. I guess there were just too many holes from last year for me to stress about the kicker. Rosas has spent the off-season training with John Carney, unless the Giants bring in a veteran kicker, this is Rosas' job to lose.
The Giants must go through a gauntlet to open up their season. If they can manage to go 3-4 in their first seven games, it's conceivable they go on a run in the second half and enter the playoffs as a frisky Wild Card team. Their last nine games are vs. Washington, @ San Francisco, vs. Tampa Bay, @ Philadelphia, vs. Chicago, @ Washington, vs. Tennessee, @ Indianapolis and vs. Dallas. The optimist in me can be talked into a 7-2 run. Whenever I have low expectations, this team surprises me. The defense should bounce back to become a league average unit. If the Giants do make the playoffs, it will have to be on the shoulders of Eli Manning and his arsenal of weapons. Think of the this season as the third movie in the original Star Wars trilogy. 2016 was A New Hope, 2017 was Return of the Empire, which makes 2018 The Return of Eil, no? Stuck in a stale scheme with an unimaginative head coach, what pained me the most was having to watch Eli go out like this. For all Eli has given Giants fans, he deserved better. And while I'm not a religious man, I'd like to believe that if Sports Gods do exist, they'd find it in their hearts to reward guys like Eli and give them one more shot at the title. The benefit of having a championship caliber quarterback is to get to wake up every football Sunday knowing you have the guy that doesn't feel overwhelmed with the responsibility of bringing home the Lombardi trophy. I still believe he can slay the dragon one more time before he hangs up #10 forever.
2018.05.26 17:36 AndyHutchinsThe Weekly Post (May 26, 2018): First Golden Tickets Released, Urlacher/Davis/Hendricks ULs, Madden 19 Detailed
Golden Tickets Released: FS Calvin Johnson, QB Deshaun Watson
The first two Golden Ticket players released by EA this cycle have been released into packs as of this Saturday, and they are the vaunted free safety Calvin Johnson and an interesting Deshaun Watson. Each of these Golden Tickets is a 99 OVR and comes with set 3X/1X team chems and two red chems. (For Calvin, that's Toughness/Physical Front and the currently unique combo of Secure Tackler and Out My Way; for Watson, it's Go Deep/Move The Sticks and the first combo of Gunslinger and Conductor in this year's game.) They're obviously both among the best players at their positions, though possibly not quite as overpowered as some of the Golden Tickets made in years past: Calvin's speed stats as released on Friday were comparable to those of the 97 OVR Sean Taylor, and Watson is not And that latter fact is seemingly why, per Kraelo, these GTs have had their stats tweaked since just last night. The full list of changes made is unclear, as none of these GTs have hit the Auction House as of yet and only the back-of-card stats were released, but the cards as listed in the Muthead database both have significant speed stat increases over the cards released last night. While these cards will be in packs for the rest of the year, I would expect both of these GTs to be vanishingly rare — and, if they are, to go for well in excess of a million coins each for at least a week or two. There are no new packs in the store that are related to these GTs' release, just the typical weekend mix of Legends and Ultimate Legends packs.
Muthead Tabs Lamar Jackson As Community GT — But Not Without Controversy
In other Golden Ticket news: Muthead once again received the ability to poll its community and select a player to turn into a Golden Ticket this year. That resulted in the community tabbing Lamar Jackson for that GT — beating out, among others, Robert Griffin III. This was, however, at odds with the instructions and guidelines given to the lucky few who got to create GTs, which specifically forbade players from doing so with just-drafted players, and thus scuttled one player's plans to make a Sony Michel card, and doing so with players who did not spend 2017 on rosters — like RG3, or Colin Kaepernick. And that seeming hypocrisy was something the community caught well before EA did, flagging it and baying about it until Kraelo addressed it on Friday, calling it "an error on our part" and trying to clarify that "no preferential treatment was given to Muthead" ... while also seemingly confirming that Muthead's choice of Jackson will result in a GT Jackson being made. And that strikes me as de facto "preferential treatment" for Muthead: Its community members were able to select a GT player who was not supposed to be eligible, because no one was paying attention on EA's part, and that decision will be allowed to stand because, uh, EA made a mistake. Meanwhile, players who might have been interested in making GTs of just-drafted players or Kaepernick were unable to do so. The result of the combination of negligence (for failing to pay attention to Muthead) and a final decision to (seemingly) allow Jackson to be made a GT, while not intentional, is a favorable outcome for Muthead's efforts — and that's preferential treatment, even if that wasn't EA's intent. I think — especially given that GTs are clearly going to trickle out, rather than be released in a flood — that the person who wanted to make Michel a GT should be given the opportunity to do so. But I also think EA absolutely must do a better job of communicating the opportunity afforded by pulling Golden Tickets to all community members, rather than communicating the parameters of GT creation only to players who pull the damn things, in the future — both because that will enable everyone to run stuff like Muthead votes going haywire up the flagpole, and because it enhances the appeal of Golden Tickets to know what they do, rather than demystifying them.
This Week's Ultimate Legends: Brian Urlacher, Terrell Davis, Ted Hendricks
In conjunction with both players being included as upgradeable Elite Legend pre-order bonuses for Madden 19, Brian Urlacher and Terrell Davis are this week's set Ultimate Legends, with Ted Hendricks joining them as the Limited Time UL. Urlacher instantly becomes the best MLB (and arguably the best user) in the game, as he comes with 91 Speed, 91 Zone, Secure Tackler, and a 6'4" frame no matter which version of his 99 OVR card you grab. Hendricks, though, won't be far off that best user status: He's 6'7" and has 89 Speed, and his Read and React version can get to 90 Zone while still having fearsome stats everywhere else, which helps explain how his Salary Cap number is 72 to Urlacher's 65. Davis, meanwhile, is a 99 OVR running back. Players who have been assiduous about logging in this winter and spring will also be claiming their second NAT UL card from the UL Weekly Giveaway Trade-In set this week. On my main account, that meant pulling Harvin Marrison, Chad Johnson, Troy Johnson, and Bruce Smith, but it's possible that this will be a good time to buy set Ultimate Legends that get replaced by NAT pulls on various rosters.
New Signature Series + Replays Players
This week's Signature Series players were RT Demar Dotson and DT Sheldon Rankins, and both were exciting cards despite the players themselves being underwhelming. Dotson is the first RT in the game capable of easily getting to 99 OVR, and has some incredible stats; Rankins is an elite run-stuffing DT with Secure Tackler and two good chems. This week's Replays players brought 99 OVR set Heroes for the first time, in the form of an HB David Johnson and a FS Earl Thomas. In addition, the top set pieces for both players were players — DeMarco Murray and Brent Grimes — who are Power Up-eligible and had previously lacked Power Up-eligible upgrades. Between them and Johnson, that means the only player in all of MUT who is Power Up-eligible and still lacks a Power Up-eligible upgrade is Joe Thomas — a player with two Limited Time cards, including a 99 OVR one.
Weekend League Open, Double XP Weekend Returns
As a consequence of last weekend's almost unplayably laggy server state — which Kraelo explained was due to Internet infrastructure, not EA's own servers — this weekend's Weekend League is open to all players, regardless of qualification status. The Weekend League reward structure for May was also revised downward — significantly — as a result. In addition, this Saturday and Sunday now have double XP enabled, which will allow for far easier grinding to the Level Cap — which seems like it will remain at 52, or LII, for the rest of the year.
Madden 19 Detailed, Given Release Date, Available for Preorder
Finally, last Sunday's tease about "the Gray-est of All Time" turned out to be the lead-in to a sequence of four solos featuring the players that would be included as pre-order bonus for the Hall of Fame Edition of Madden 19. And while these were short, simple solos that rewarded a total of 47,400 coins for a modium of work, they were regarded as a significant dud in the eyes of most — and not just because the initial tease was received as a head-fake by a community thirsty for content beyond a mere handful of solos or new players. That content has not come — not on Friday, after the four solos ended, or on Saturday, with the new cards standing in for any such release — and the MUT community, at least around these parts, remains thirsty for new content. So it is not inclined to be receptive to a Madden 19 rollout without a corresponding drop of content Madden 18 ... but EA's gonna release the Madden 19 marketing anyway, and now we know that the game is set to release on August 10, 2018, with early access available via pre-ordering the Hall of Fame Edition or via EA Access membership — and that, for the first time since his retirement, it will feature Terrell Owens. Many more details (or talking points, depending on your perspective) are available via EA's website, and EA also released an interview — spanning more than a half-hour — of new Madden Senior Producer Carlos Guerrero by Zan both in-game and on social channels, and there is a lot to digest as of this morning. I have a couple more posts coming this weekend, but there's plenty to dig into over at those links alone.
2018.03.31 19:32 AndyHutchinsNavigating the MUT Market: The Free Ultimate Legend Crash and Potential Endgame Options
You may have heard that players who have assiduously logged in and acquired the free Ultimate Legend giveaway players over the last seven weeks are now redeeming the ultimate prize for that this Saturday. (Let me know what you pulled here!) All of these cards are NAT, meaning that players aren't going to be able to immediately sell them off for quick coins — but will be able to sell starters and recoup those coins, and may have already been doing so in anticipation of this drop. And the welcome element of choice in the packs, plus multiple bites at the apple, gives players a much better chance of getting something they really want. This will obviously depress the market, especially at the top end of the market — but where does it stand to affect things most, and where should we look for future volatility? Let's go position by position.
At this point, there are only a handful of QB cards in MUT I think have the potential to stay top-tier options for players who don't have sentimental attachments — Vikings fans might cling to MUT Heroes 2 Case Keenum, or Falcons fans to Matt Ryan — until the end of the year: Ultimate Legend Michael Vick is one, Replay Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger (and their Power Ups), Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, and the Limited Time duo of NFL MVP Tom Brady and Signature Series Cam Newton. Four of those six cards can be built from sets, but none of the sets are easy — and all of those cards are consequently expensive, checking in at 400K minimum except for Roethlisberger, who can be had for under 300K. (If you don't mind using the card of a man twice accused of sexual assault, there's a bargain there.) All of those six options at QB are excellent, without much to differentiate them in quality other than their fits into different archetypes. And I'd argue that the Vick and Rodgers are the best possible versions of their archetypes — scrambler and mobile QB — or close, and not likely to be topped except by Golden/Ultimate Ticket cards. But there are likely three — and possibly four — more Ultimate Legend QBs to come, in the form of previous Legends Daunte Culpepper, Dan Marino, and Steve Young, and/or Super Bowl Legend Kurt Warner. (I also wouldn't put it past EA to drop an Ultimate Legend Tom Brady, though that feels more like a summer move.) I wouldn't rush to sell your QB, especially if you like the card, and I think Power Ups make sense more at QB than anywhere else, because of how noticeable even a +1 in Throw Power can be. But there was a decent chance prior to this weekend or the beginning of Easter Scramble that you could sell and then buy back and profit — and that chance will be there weekly if a new UL QB drops or a really good Replay QB — Drew Brees, say — appears.
At halfback, it's was very unlikely that a new Ultimate Legend was coming one week after the release of Barry Sanders, and the pool for potentially competitive new Ultimate Legends is actually shallow. Bo Jackson is an obvious candidate, as is Herschel Walker, but those two, Terrell Davis, and Marshall Faulk are the only Legends HBs in the game without Ultimate Legends or Boss Battles versions released or announced, with Sanders and Jerome Bettis — the worst pull of the Ultimate Legend pool — already outfitted in gold and black and Earl Campbell pixel'd up. Running back is also a weird market to evaluate because its best option is far and away its best player, but the No. 2 is quite possibly the Level Master LaDainian Tomlinson — who could be a 1B to Barry's 1A if he gets a 99 OVR upgrade. And while that LT existing has probably not kept Barry's price in check, because of just how good 98 Speed and Acceleration on a HB is, players with a 98 OVR LT who pull Barry this weekend can't sell that LT and depress the market; that pull will only satisfy demand for LT, rather than do that and create supply of an inferior substitute. Will enough people pull Barry (or other value) from this set to permanently knock his price down under a million coins? Sure, especially because it was already right there at the precipice as of Friday; the ones under 900K I've seen today suggest the price is down to stay. But will that price nose-dive? No way.
There is no Ultimate Legends fullback yet. Fullback is the only position yet to get an Ultimate Legend. Both Franco Harris and Christian Okoye loom as UL FB possibilities. And it would have been very, very funny for EA to give away Ultimate Legends at the moment a UL fullback drops, though I didn't want that every bit as much as anyone else. An UL version of either of those players, though, would probably challenge OOP FB Bo Jackson's status as the best runneblocker FB in the game. FB Bo has 94 Speed and 83 Run Block at 95 OVR; Legends Okoye has 84 Speed and 87 Run Block 92 OVR, and could get close to 94 Speed at 98 OVR, while the Super Bowl Legend version of Harris is at 90 Speed and 84 Run Block at 95 OVR. (Harris would also have good hands; Okoye likely will not.) Neither of those cards is likely to have Identified, though — something the much-maligned and relatively cheap TOTY James Develin does, which I've found very handy for aiding in offensive line construction — and the absolute top end for fullbacks appears to be the ~350K the FB Bo commands, so there's not a lot to depress here. If you like a specific chem on a fullback, you may as well grab that fullback now. If you want to wait on Harris or Okoye, you can rest assured they will be as good as any FBs in the game.
I think, despite their appearances as GOATs and as great players outside of that program, there are still Ultimate Legends versions of Calvin Johnson and Jerry Rice coming. (Barry being a GOAT and a program master and an Ultimate Legend and being well-received at each stage is a great indicator that triple-dips are not only possible, but likely.) I also think it's likely that all of the other Legends wideouts — sans Dwight Clark, a Boss Battles selection, but plus Super Bowl Legend Paul Warfield — will get the Ultimate Legends treatment, even if only as Limited Time cards, meaning that we should have 98-99 versions of Harold Carmichael, Cris Carter, Marvin Harrison, Sterling Sharpe, and Warfield coming. None of those cards, I would guess, will be better than the Ultimate Legends Randy Moss, who remains the gold standard at wide receiver for everything other than run blocking; even Calvin's UL should probably do no more than match the 97 Speed Moss has out of the box. But any of those cards is liable to be a 95+ Speed receiver with great stats elsewhere, and users pulling those cards en masse will drive down the market for WRs, and make players like the Snow Beast Calvin and the Combine Brandin Cooks — each already a great bargain, as both are now under 200K — even better deals than they already were. I wouldn't worry too much if you have Moss, but holding practically any other WR in the game is asking to have your cards devalued should a new one drop right now.
The Legends and Ultimate Legends programs have not been good to tight ends. The UL Kellen Winslow is a dud who somehow costs more than the NFL Combine Evan Engram despite Engram's speed more than compensating for his minor statistical deficiencies, the Ultimate Legend of Tony Gonzalez is ... okay, the Legends Shannon Sharpe is a very good card that came along just as Legends were getting wholly outclassed, and Frank Wycheck shouldn't have been a Legend at all, really. And the story at tight end is the same as it's been since Zero Chill released: The OOP Dwight Clark is more than good enough for a lot of teams as a receiver, there are plentiful options to plug in as blockers from the high end to the low end, and the true burners — TE Bo and Combine Engram, now — are among the priciest options and yet still bargains. I think Sharpe is likely to be a full Ultimate Legend eventually, and that Wycheck will be a Limited Time UL — if he's included at all — and, most of all, that tight end is much like fullback in the sense that there isn't much devaluation to be done and that any pulls are likely to be booby prizes. Just get Engram and be done with it, or be creative?
These are shorter because there's just not enough here to warrant going position-by-position in depth.
At left tackle, we already have perhaps the endgame card in Joe Thomas, a pair of good No. 2s in Anthony Munoz and Andrew Whitworth, and a significant freely available option to set the market floor in the Boss Battles Jason Peters. Thomas is probably supply-limited at this point, unless these free ULs include Limited Time cards, but he has also bucked the trend of most of the other coveted LTD ULs by losing value over time. He's also not likely to get topped by either Walter Jones or Jonathan Ogden, should they drop this weekend or in the future, just matched so the market will be dictated by Thomas and by the supply of his substitutes. I have and will definitely keep Thomas, but I would consider selling Whitworth or Replay Trent Williams prior to the point when Jones or Ogden slots in at 98 OVR to crash the party.
Left guard is even easier to scry. Entering Saturday, Larry Allen was the game's best LG and a potential endgame LG and had a price that reflects that, there are only two near-substitutes on the market (MUT Heroes 2 Kyle Long and Replay Kelechi Osemele), and the only possible UL LG in the hopper was Randall McDaniel, who was a prime candidate for a Limited Time UL card based on no one caring about Randall McDaniel. Now we have that McDaniel, who is almost certainly going to be the game's best LG for a while. If you didn't sell prior to Saturday, hold on to what you've got and don't worry about it; if you can, grab and keep Randall, and consider grabbing more than one as an investment. He will be great, and might appreciate: Again, we aren't likely to see another 98 OVR LG for at least a while.
Bruce Matthews is the either the only Ultimate Legend center we're getting or the precursor to another Dwight Stephenson card, because it's just those two Legends centers in the game, and Stephenson has been one of the rarest cards in this year's game, to the point that it's rare for him to sell more than once a day. Matthews has also, in my opinion, already been outclassed by Easter Scramble Alex Mack, who is very likely to be freely available when the full complement of Easter Eggs is available. If you pull Matthews, congrats: You have your center for a while ... and you should probably build and sell Mack or use your Easter Eggs on something else. If EA drops Stephenson at some point and you pull him? You have your endgame center. (If you're still using the Motivator Pouncey? Move on.)
Right guard, Will Shields is the slow, stout option who is already available, Larry Little is the fleet, smaller option who is yet to come, and Marshall Yanda is the non-Legend option worth considering. Shields is a sell-your-starter pull, for sure, but I also don't think he's so much better than Yanda that he's unassailable atop the market, and Lead the Way is a wasted chem on his 60 Speed. (I used the Legend Shields for a while last fall and found him very disappointing, though that was largely because I run enough plays with pulling guards that his lack of speed was a fatal flaw; your mileage may vary.) Any of the three could be an endgame card, and it's hard to say any one will be clearly better than the others.
The only Legends right tackle in the game is Dan Dierdorf. He's very good. Jack Conklin and Lane Johnson — who doubles as the best blocking tight end in the game, and my starting tight end — are not as good at RT as Dierdorf, by my sight, though it's close. I'd imagine both Conklin and Johnson will get upgrades better than the UL Dierdorf at some point, but I don't know when; I'd also throw out Daryl Williams, a second-team All-Pro whose best card is currently a 90, as a potential usurper of the throne. If you pull Dierdorf this weekend, be happy and consider actually taking him so you never have to worry about RT again. If you don't, you probably got a more exciting card, and are happy regardless.
The two best pullable right ends in the game right now are both Ultimate Legends, with the Physical Front version of Jason Taylor coming really close to endgame status — despite "only" a 97 OVR — because of his speed and the Richard Dent improving on what was already a thoroughly underrated Legends card. But there are a lot of active right ends who could yet vault Taylor and Dent with upgrades, including J.J. Watt, Joey Bosa, and Calais Campbell, all of whom would seem ripe for either Replays or Signature Series cards. And if you can stand his substandard speed and the cost involved in his construction, the Power Up Jurrell Casey is the current Walter White Award winner, with a whopping five distinct chemistries, including a Motivators boost. And then there's Bruce Smith, who looms as the most likely UL RE to be an endgame candidate. He's not out yet and Dent was just in packs last weekend, so I doubt we'll see Smith (or John Abraham, who should be the fastest RE in the game in his UL version) drop and crash the RE market soon — and Trevor Pryce, about as unsexy a Legends/Ultimate Legends selection as Frank Wycheck, also will not crash the RE market unless every MUT user other than Denver Broncos fans from the late '90s is banned from playing MUT — but that Smith is liable to be the endgame RE. For now, Taylor is probably an upgrade or a duplicate for a lot of teams at this stage, so I could very well see his price — and the RE market — take a big hit, but he's not going to get picked except in fairly average packs.
The best left end currently available in the game, for my money, is not an Ultimate Legend, but Combine (and/or Power Up) Jadeveon Clowney, who edges out NFL Honors Aaron Donald because of height and speed. But Donald is second, and both Clowney and Donald are set to lose out to the Boss Battles Too Tall when he becomes widely available. Furthermore, there is no Ultimate Legends LE in the game, and given that Michael Strahan and Reggie White are the two candidates for the position, I think we could see a UL LE that is competitive with the Too Tall even before he comes out, should either Strahan or White drop over the next two weeks. And given that the only LEs over ~300K as is are in very short supply (Donald) or up there because of set value (Trey Flowers), there will be bargains should a Strahan or White drop.
A new Mean Joe Greene doesn't just move the needle at DT — it might break the dial. A new Kevin Williams does not move the needle very much unless it has Secure Tackler — which would, admittedly, seem likely for that card. John Randles getting pulled will only move the needle so far, I imagine, as Jump the Snap lacks the appeal of Secure Tackler. But DT is and will be a position without a ton of endgame options — see last year's pool if you don't believe me, and note that it is about as deep as RE was despite having to start two DTs — and the Randle will arguably be one of them, with hypothetical UL MJG and Williams also fitting that bill. And I can see players choosing Randle over a lot of players this weekend, too, so there may be bargains to be had below his level.
Right Outside Linebacker
This was the one position immune to a crash this weekend — because it already crashed. Lawrence Taylor existing as a 99 OVR Easter Master almost certainly rules him out of any future Ultimate Legends release, given how damn good that card is — and because you would be a fool to start any other ROLB if you can afford LT, the ROLB market has cratered. I don't think we're getting another UL ROLB for a while, if ever — the only Legends ROLB in the game other than Derrick Brooks are Willie McGinest (whose Snow Beast moved to LOLB) and Demarcus Ware, and I can't see how either one would be superior to Taylor, so it's possible the 95 OVR Super Bowl Legend will be where Ware taps out for the year and that McGinest stays on the left side. And picking Brooks out of this weekend's pack would be a last resort for most, so I can't see the market crashing any further. (It bears mentioning that there are deals to be had on players with rare traits for the position.)
There have only been two UL MLBs released so far: A solid but unspectacular (and painfully short) Mike Singletary that has Secure Tackler but can't get to 91 Zone without Tier 5 Read and React, Tyrann Mathieu, or Squads Coach Madden, and a fast but poorly-red chem'd Willie Lanier, who is a top-tier user but a waste of Hot Hands should you want to user anyone else. I pulled, used, and then sold a Lanier, and I prefer my Power Up Deion Jones and the Combine Shazier to him; I think the community that has made Luke Kuechly's Power Up components prohibitively expensive has spoken on the value of the game's only 91 Zone + Secure Tackler MLB. But two huge names, er, lurk: Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher. We can be sure that both will have Secure Tackler when they drop, because both have had versions with Secure Tackler already, and we can additionally have faith that Urlacher, at least, is a shoo-in for 91 Zone, because his Legends version had 88 Zone at 95 OVR. Lewis getting to that threshold is an iffier proposition, given that he had 83 Zone at 94 OVR, but the massive upgrades his Most Feared Commander brethren got leave me optimistic that the Read and React Lewis, at least, will threaten the threshold. Those players plus a likely Deion Jones upgrade plus the mortal lock that someone will build a monstrous GT/UT user MLB mean that there are still many shocks to come for the MLB market, and that you should stay on your toes.
Left Outside Linebacker
Ah, a position without a true endgame option — unless the Power Up Von Miller that many, many players just sub out after kickoff counts, I guess? The LOLB pool is, at the high end, a decent mix of pass-rushers (UL Charles Haley, Miller, Legends Rickey Jackson) and cover men (Pro Bowl Anthony Barr, Easter Mychal Kendricks, Snow Beast Willie McGinest), with a few hybrids (Super Bowl Legend Ted Hendricks, TOTY Khalil Mack), but still without a single player above 97 OVR stock. That mostly means that godly cards are yet to come, with Hendricks and McGinest — both of whom have Secure Tackler — shoo-ins for ULs and Barr likely to get some sort of upgrade between now and season's end. Jackson's 99 OVR Boss Battles card — which is seven Boss Trophies and likely three weeks away, and will likely be preceded by a big-time LOLB dropping — is going to be standard for most rosters, too, meaning that there will be a definitive floor for what a 99 OVR LOLB is worth. Barr is the only card that's really expensive here at the moment, and I don't think holding him is that risky unless another Barr drops, but this is a position ripe for some new blood and a price drop.
And then there's corner, which has its three best endgame options already, and still stands to get more and more competitive. Those endgame options should be obvious — Ultimate Legend Mel Blount, Ultimate Master Night Train Lane, Ultimate Legend Rod Woodson — and they will populate most top players' top three spots at corner until year's end, with commensurate price tags. But the thing about corner this year is that there are way too many options. Want knockoff versions of those top three cards? Signature Series Kyle Fuller is an exceptional corner with a helpful red chem and the right team chem, NFL Honors (or Rookie Premiere!) Marshon Lattimore is a speedster with similarly excellent chems, Playoff Jalen Ramsey plays wonderfully, MUT Heroes 2 Darius Slay Jr. has speed and great run game stats, and TOTY Casey Hayward is practically psychic. Want cheaper versions of those top three cards? You can get a Legends Blount, the Blitz Master Night Train, and Snow Beast Woodson for less combined than the cost of any of the three grown-up versions of them, though you do sacrifice Secure Tackler on Blount. Want Ultimate Legends but can't afford the Blount or Rod? Eric Allen and Ronde Barber are available, Willie Brown, Mel Renfro, Deion Sanders, and Troy Vincent could all yet be coming. Want some pie-in-the-sky GT/UT ideas? Imagine a Deion with Secure Tackler, an OOP Paul Krause with Pick Specialist and Secure Tackler, or an OOP Randy Moss with 98 Speed. Want a free-ish NAT card? The specter of an upgraded Champ Bailey hangs in the air. I think a great many players who are going to play into the summer months already have their top three corners and will roll with them from now until Madden 19, but there are going to be so, so, so many options at CB that there will be temptations aplenty from now until year's end, and that competition is good for pricing.
Competition, meanwhile, has been very hard to come by at free safety, where Sean Taylor has (rightly) ruled the roost from Day 1. The way Taylor blends everything you could want from a safety in this year's game — Secure Tackler; 91+ Zone; the height, speed, leaping ability, and Plays Ball: Aggressive to pluck passes out of the air or wrest picks from contested catches; Tip Drill for glitchy stuff; great Hit Power and the Big Hitter and Strip Specialist traits — has made him unassailable at FS, so much so that I'd wager that anyone who thought another FS was better at any point probably didn't play extensively (or at all) with Mr. Meast. And you know what? That competition is not coming. This new Ultimate Legend Brian Dawkins is a great card, but playing him instead of Taylor means sacrificing Secure Tackler, and Dawkins being two inches shorter than Taylor mitigates some of his (minor) speed advantages. The Cliff Harris that could yet come doesn't have much room to improve on his 96 OVR card. Steve Atwater (the nigh-useless Pick Six chem) and Paul Krause (a lack of Hit Power and Tackling) have major flaws compared to ST21. No active player is getting a card to rival Taylor if First-Team All-Pro Kevin Byard only gets a 94 OVR TOTY card. And the prime GT/UT candidate for the position, Calvin Johnson, should absolutely not get Secure Tackler. Dawkins will stay pricey this week because he's new and because not everyone has or will grind for Taylor — which, hey, your loss — and Harris should be expensive if/when he drops, but the endgame option at free safety in Madden 18 is Sean Taylor, and that has been obvious from the jump. Every other player is competing for second. And that becomes doubly true if — as should happen — Taylor gets a final 99 OVR upgrade.
Opposite Taylor, though, there's a lot more wiggle room — for now, anyway. Choosing just one strong safety largely means sacrificing other things. Ed Reed is fast and has a very good red chem in Pick Specialist, but he's also short and got screwed on his Tackling; Kam Chancellor is the best tackler for the position and has Secure Tackler to boot, but is relatively slow and has a chem that isn't particularly useful until Tier 5; two dueling versions of Reshad Jones exist, one with Secure Tackler and one without, and while you can give the one without Secure Tackler, it won't come cheap; Ken Houston can fly, but isn't the biggest hitter and has the wrong red chem; Landon Collins is well-rounded, but his red chem is an even bigger waste. But there are likely three Ultimate Legends strong safeties yet to come, in the form of Rodney Harrison, Ronnie Lott, and Larry Wilson, and Lott and Wilson — especially Lott — could still end up with Secure Tackler. And while Harrison and Wilson could be very nice as ULs, a UL Lott — or a promo master Lott, a la the Easter LT — could be utterly murderous, as it should have 95+ Speed and Acceleration, 95+ Zone, and 97+ Hit Power. Lott's full Legends cards are all under 100K at this point, thanks largely to the existence of the Super Bowl Legends Harrison, and any of them is worth picking up if you haven't tried him — he can still be a major difference-maker, even four months after his release, and you can get a sense of how good his Ultimate Legend could be. I also think high-end players may well use unorthodox solutions for getting a great player at SS until that Lott drops: The 99 OVR NTL is a 97 OVR SS, Taylor is a 96 OVR SS, and their red chems mirror each other, so only one has to play in position to get both of them activated.
Kicker Bo Jackson is the most cost-efficient player in the game if you don't need or want the crutch of Focus Kicker or to spend a million coins on a possible date rapist (if an acquitted one) and alleged all-around bad dude. Argue with your mothers, brothers, and significant others.
First, OOP Tom Brady should be your punter. Second, EA should release Position Heroes so I can finally offload all of these punters I've stocked up on this year. Third, punting is for cowards.
There have been many 99 OVR options at long snapper this year, and I can't see the market crashing from this point forward.
The full UL Rod Woodson is the best return man in the game for my money until a 99 OVR Deion drops, because speed kills, but the 89 OVR Rod has the same speed stats as the 95 OVR Rod, and is a good enough returner that I sixed two kickoffs with him in a Super Bowl this week, so, y'know, BARGAIN BEAST or whatever. I welcome your feedback in the comments, but I've been writing this off and on since yesterday afternoon and it is time for a nap.
Thinking about starting a breakers group on Facebook/YouTube opening up sports mystery boxes. I would probably start off with autographed football helmets. There are 32 teams in football or 32 spots chosen randomly. Each spot would cost $13. After payments are made players will have a chance to trade teams. After a short trading window the teams will be finalized and the box will be opened. Say your spot/team ends up being the Bears when the mystery box is opened and Brian Urlacher is the autographed helmet you would win. If I receive enough interest I will purchase some boxes and set a date. Facebook group will be a closed group called Breaking Point.
2017.11.13 10:12 FeelMyOatsANTM - Where Are They Now? (Cycle 3)
Hi guys! Here are the girls from Cycle 3. If you guys know any of the missing girls’ social media handles, please let me know so I can add it to this post!
Name: Magdalena Rivas Placed: 14th Age: 36/37 (Estimate only; birthday isn’t online) First Call Outs: 0 Bottom 2: 0 (eliminated outside of panel) Twitter Followers: N/A Instagram Followers: 412 (@magdarivas) Magdalena Rivas on IMDB ANTM CYCLE 3 Joining America’s Next Top Model Cycle 3 did not necessarily put Rivas’ modeling career into high gear as she was the first one eliminated from the 14 finalists. She did get a little taste of what professional models go through everyday when they were flown from New York to Jamaica to do their very first photo shoot. She was eliminated on the spot, the morning after the photo shoot. POST-TOP MODEL Magdalena has kept a low profile since the show. She’s done some modeling work, but is not currently being represented by an agency. Magdalena has done print work for Vibe Magazine, ELLEGirl, and The Lab Uptown. She currently (according to her facebook) works for Children’s Health, a Nonprofit Organization based in Dallas, Texas. She has 2 beautiful girls, Nyla and Fiona. Name: Leah Darrow Placed: 13th Age: 36/37 (Estimate only; birthday isn’t online) First Call Outs: 0 Bottom 2: 1 Twitter Followers: 23.7k (@leahdarrow) Instagram Followers: 27.3k (@leah.darrow) Leah Darrow on IMDB ANTM CYCLE 3 Although it’s clear that Leah possesses the physical attributes of a model, she was the second to be cut on America’s Next Top Model on Cycle 3. Her removal from the show was brought upon by Leah’s plain and unimpressive photo shoot. The photographer remarked that Leah did not make eye contact with the camera and Tyra Banks commented that she did not position herself well in the pictures. After being eliminated, she walked away from the room without bidding the others farewell, but vowed to keep on pursuing her dream to become a professional model. POST-TOP MODEL After appearing on the show, Leah appeared in FHM Magazine. Since then, she is now an advocate for the Roman Catholic Church and Catholic modeling, doing print work for publications for The St. Louis Review, The Catholic Weekly, Lighthouse Catholic Media, YFE.org, as well as the cover and a spread in Family Foundation Magazine. Some of Leah’s speeches cover topics such as modesty, chastity, the pro-life message (including the death penalty), “catholic” fashion, conversion from sin, and living your life for Christ. Since the show, Leah has a regular podcast entitled Do Something Beautiful (now on it’s fourth season) where she regularly discusses a variety of topics. She has also come out with her own book, The Other Side of Beauty, based on the lies we are told about our worth being tied to our appearance and instead invites us to look again at the real meaning of beauty. She has also appeared in TV series such as The Journey Home and Beloved. In 2012, she married her boyfriend Ricky, who serves in the US Military. Leah has 3 beautiful children: Agnes (born 2013), Ambrose (born 2015), and Violet (born 2016). In May 2017, Leah graduated with Magna cum Laude honors with her Masters in Theology from the Augustine Institute. Name: Julie Titus Placed: 12th Age: 31/32 (Estimate only; birthday isn’t online) First Call Outs: 0 Bottom 2: 1 Twitter Followers: 214 (@JustifiedJulie) Instagram Followers: 632 (@ninewestjewel) Julie Titus on IMDB ANTM CYCLE 3 Julie seemed to have a promising start, but during the third photo shoot in America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 3, her performance fell short of being excellent to the judges. Furthermore, at the panel, Julie admitted that the reason why she joined the show was to gain more exposure as a clothes designer rather than a model. The revelation ultimately led to her elimination. POST-TOP MODEL Julie is another one of those girls has kept a low profile since the show. She doesn’t have a big online foot print, except for her twitter and her instagram. She has done print work for Republic of Brown, and has appeared the Ray Billion Look Book. Sometime after the show, she worked as a North American sales manager for the Thursday Island clothing line. She has also mentored models for The Model Experience. In July 2015 (I think), she married her boyfriend, Bill Clifford, in California. Name: Kristi Grommet Placed: 11th Age: 31/32 (Estimate only; birthday isn’t online) First Call Outs: 0 Bottom 2: 1 Twitter Followers: N/A Instagram Followers: N/A Kristi Grommet on IMDB ANTM CYCLE 3 Kristi was memorable for coming into initial auditions wearing her senior prom dress, which was made from an American Flag. The fourth week in America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 3 had the models posing for Lee Jeans ads with hair extensions braided into their hair. Kristi Grommet may have had the looks and the body, but her lack of confidence during the challenge was what made Tyra and her fellow judges cut Kristi from the competition. POST-TOP MODEL After her stint on America’s Next Top Model, Kristi went on to model for In Touch Magazine, where she portrayed Miranda from the HBO series Sex and the City. She has done some test shots, but hasn’t really pursued modelling. In 2014, she directed a freshman/sophomore production of Arabian Nights. She is not currently represented by an agency. She doesn’t have a big footprint on the internet, since there was very little about her online. In 2006, her boyfriend Gunther proposed to her in Times Square in New York City. She currently has 2 sons and 1 daughter. Aside from that, not much is known about what she’s up to these days. Name: Jennipher Uralcher, née Frost Placed: 10th Age: 35 First Call Outs: 0 Bottom 2: 2 Twitter Followers: 1,420 (@Jennipherfrost) Instagram Followers: 945 (@j.urlacher) Jennipher Frost on IMDB ANTM CYCLE 3 Her time on America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 3 didn’t last very long as she was the fourth contestant eliminated by the judges. During her short stay in the competition, Jennipher frequently had confrontations with Eva Pigford because of the latter’s attitude. She also did not mix well with Ann Markley, with whom she almost engaged in a fight. Part of the makeover that Jennipher received from the show was a haircut, which she did not enjoy, as she was even seen crying after the hairstylist gave her a shoulder-length hairstyle. The fifth challenge for the season was to pose with roller skates on for a Dooney & Bourke accessories ad. The photos that were taken of her did not impress the judges at all, cutting her journey to the top short. POST-TOP MODEL Jennipher has done some print work, but is currently not represented by an agency. She had modeled for Magic Power Boats, Sex Symbol Jeans, Hot Boat, and Fiu Fiu. Sometime after the show, Jennipher became the food and beverage director of the SLS Beverly Hills. In 2012, Jennipher was the marketing manager at Andrea's in Las Vegas. On March 2016, Jennipher married Brian Urlacher, a former NFL linebacker. Their wedding was featured on the cover of Sports Entertainment Today. She is a step-mom to 3 children (from Brian’s former relationship): 2 daughters (Pam and Riley) and a son (Kennedy). Aside from this, not much is known regarding what else she does. Name: Kelle Jacob Placed: 9th Age: 32/33 (Estimate only; birthday isn’t online) First Call Outs: 0 Bottom 2: 3 Twitter Followers: 190 (@KelleJ) Instagram Followers: 682 (@kellejacob) Kelle Jacob on IMDB ANTM CYCLE 3 Kelle was sent to the bottom two with Ann Markley during the sixth week of America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 3. Although Tyra criticized them both for not bringing their great personalities into their pictures, the judges decided to take out Kelle, believing that she had less potential as a model. After being eliminated, Kelle remarked that she’ll try hard to build her career on her own, but did not seem overly optimistic. During the show, she won one challenge where the girls had to pose as mannequins in a La Perla store window. POST-TOP MODEL After her appearance on the show, Kelle Jacob was in Source Magazine and had a cover of Eminence Magazine. Kelle has modeled for designers and brands such as College Fashionista. After the show, she attended Hunter College in NYC where she pursued her bachelor’s degree in media (with a minor in english). She has been featured in a series of documentaries about undecided voters in the 2008 presidential democrat primaries for the NY Times. She is currently not represented by an agency. She is currently a member of the Global Marketing and Millennial Innovation Team at Estée Lauder. Name: Cassie James, née Grisham (Bottom left) Placed: 8th Age: 31/32 (Estimate only; birthday isn’t online) First Call Outs: 1 Bottom 2: 1 Twitter Followers: N/A Instagram Followers: 7 (@cassiegjames) Cassie Grisham on IMDB ANTM CYCLE 3 On America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 3, it was revealed that Cassie was suffering from bulimia. Tyra offered to give her counseling, but she refused it, choosing to deal with the condition on her own. However, it was not Cassie’s condition that made her the sixth person to be eliminated from the competition. Rather it was the lack of “fierceness” in her photos and her apparent disinterest that drove the judges to send Cassie home. POST-TOP MODEL Since the show, Cassie has graduated college in Oklahoma and has done some modeling work including a bridal shot. She was married in February of 2009.Not much else is known about Cassie after Top Model. She has no twitter, her instagram is private and most likely unused, and her fan page on facebook hasn’t been updated in years. Luckily, I found her husband’s facebook and it looks like the couple has 2 children, a boy and a girl. Name: Toccara Jones Placed: 7th Age: 36 First Call Outs: 1 Bottom 2: 2 Twitter Followers:124k (@iamTOCCARA) Instagram Followers: 139k (@iamtoccarajones) Toccara Jones on IMDB ANTM CYCLE 3 She was the twelfth finalist selected for Cycle 3, she won "Covergirl of the Week" four consecutive times though was never placed above fourth and was the eighth contestant eliminated. She was voted as one of the most memorable contestants by AOL Entertainment. POST-TOP MODEL She has been on the covers of Be, Essence, The Next Level Magazine (November 2005), Black Men Magazine, Black Hair Magazine, Braids & Beauty Magazine, King Magazine (February/March 2006, March/April 2006, and May 2008), Queen Sized Magazine, the October 2011 issue of Plus Model Magazine, Evolve Magazine, Rolling Out Magazine, and Sheen Magazine. She also appeared in the December 2008 issue of Ebony Magazine, Jet Magazine, Fashizblack Magazine, Kontrol Magazine, PrimeTyme Magazine, and HypeHair Magazine. She was photographed by Steven Meisel for the July 2008, All black issue of Vogue Italia and had a 14-page spread in the Magazine. The “Black Issue” featured significant past and current black models in response to the “black out” of black models preventing them from getting hired for print and runway jobs. Toccara has modeled for Ashley Stewart, Star Collection, Avon, Torrid, New York and Company, JCPenny, Target, Essence Magazine, Vibe Magazine, Lady Hennessey, Traci Lynn Jewelry, Evans, Qristyl Frazier Designs, The First Impression Collection, Ashley Stewart's Urban Chic Collection Fall 2010, and Smooth Magazine. Her runway shows include Hot 97’s Third Annual Full Frontal Hip hop Fashion Show, Luxe & Romance Fall 2005, BET Presents: Rip The Runway 2, Elle Girl presents Dare To Be You: Wal-Mart Meets America’s Next Top Models 2005 and Alice & Olivia Fall 2006. She was also selected to be part of the 2007 Rocawear “I Will Not Lose” campaign, representing the Rocawear plus-size line for full-figured females. Like other ANTM alum, Toccara has ventured into both hosting and acting. She has co-hosted an episode of 106 & Park. She was a correspondent for The Black Carpet and a co-host on the game show Take the Cake, both for the BET network. In 2006, Jones appeared in another reality show for VH1, Celebrity Paranormal Project. In 2008, Jones was a competitor on the second season of the VH1 series Celebrity Fit Club. Jones later appeared on Celebrity Fit Club: Boot Camp, which pitted celebrities from past seasons up against new celebrities. She ended the show weighing in at 166 pounds, surpassing her weight-loss goal by 7 pounds. She has released her own workout DVD called Toccara's Fabulous Work-Out for Real Size Women. In 2011, Jones starred in the second season of the reality series The Ultimate Merger. She made an appearance in Trina's music video for the song "I Got a Thang for You". She participated in a 2009 national tour of The Vagina Monologues with an all-black cast. She also made an appearance in the 2012 movie Think Like A Man. Recently, Toccara has just launched her new lingerie line, Toccara Jones Intimate Apparel. Name: Nicole Borud Placed: 6th Age: 33/34 (Estimate only; birthday isn’t online) First Call Outs: 1 Bottom 2: 1 Twitter Followers: 134 (@EcoBunny) Instagram Followers: 363 (@elocinjay) Nicole Borud on IMDB ANTM CYCLE 3 For the ninth week of America’s Next Top Model Cycle 3, the remaining girls, including Nicole, were flown to Tokyo in order to shoot a Japanese commercial for Campbell’s Soup. Although all the girls had a difficult time, most especially with learning their lines (which were in Japanese), it was Nicole whom the judges felt did not come through the commercial enough, thus making her the eight contestant to be sent home. POST-TOP MODEL Some time after being eliminated from the show, Nicole decided to relocate to San Clemente, California. Nicole did not pursue modeling; instead, she has pursued acting. However, I haven’t found anything from her (acting or modeling wise). Her instagram, which is her most active social media platform, doesn’t show us much about her. Her feed has a lot of selfies, her dog, and some of her other interests. It seems she has moved back home to North Dakota. A quick LinkedIn search shows that she works as an Assistant Manager for The Buckle Inc. Previous job experiences post-ANTM show that she worked for Victoria’s Secret as a Visual Merchandising Manager and Sears as Assistant Manager - Softlines. Name: Norelle Griffith, née Van Herk Placed: 5th Age: 33 (Estimate only; birthday isn’t online) First Call Outs: 0 Bottom 2: 1 Twitter Followers: 36 (@NorelleGriffith) Instagram Followers: 509 (@norelle_griffith) Norelle Van Herk on IMDB ANTM CYCLE 3 As a finalist on America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 3, Norelle was the only competitor among the fourteen girls who came into the competition with braces on her teeth. Her braces were removed as a part of her makeover for the show. Although her overall performance was impressive, her blunders in the Tokyo photo shoot and her difficulty walking on the runway were what compelled the judges to make Norelle the ninth contestant to be eliminated. Her photo shoot for T-Mobile went well, but was not well enough to keep her on the show for another week. During her stint on ANTM, Norelle won a make-up challenge featured during the show’s third episode. POST-TOP MODEL Norelle was able to attain considerable success as a model after her appearance on America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 3. She received contracts from NOUS models and Dream Models in Asia, and working with these agencies were beneficial as she was able to book numerous advertisements. She has done print work for Sisters Magazine, Yes! Magazine, Sudden Weekly, and Goat Boutique. Norelle has also appeared on the TV show One on One. However, Norelle eventually decided to leave the fashion industry temporarily in order to pursue her education. Sometime after the show, Norelle got married to Dave Griffith and now has 2 beautiful kids; 2 sons and a daughter. Not much is know about what happened to her after she left the industry. Name: Ann Branca, née Markley Placed: 4th Age:34 First Call Outs: 1 Bottom 2: 4 Twitter Followers: 995 (@annalainamarks) Instagram Followers: 11.8k (@annalainamarks) Ann Markley on IMDB ANTM CYCLE 3 Ann came close to making it to the Top 3 of America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 3, but was the tenth contestant eliminated from the show. During her stay in the competition, her athletic build prompted supermodel judge Janice Dickinson to bless her with the nickname, “Ann, The Man.” The judges finally gave in to Ann’s inability to produce strong and impressive photographs after the tenth photo shoot, despite Ann’s consistently strong performances on the runway. POST-TOP MODEL After her appearance on the show, Ann became highly successful as a model in the fashion industry. Going by the name Annalaina Marks, she was able to get a contract from three divisions of Elite Model Management, one of which is in Milan. She also obtained a contract from MC2, and has done extensive modeling work for Cover, Ford Fusion, ElleGirl Magazine, Gioia Magazine, Joie, Rojas, Heatherette, Nuala, ShopCaravan.com, Glamour Italia Magazine, the October and November 2005 editions of GQ Magazine, Accessories Magazine, Knit ‘N Style, First Magazine, Fashion Washington, Eyecare Business, Manhattan Bride, InStyle, Health Magazine, Marie Claire U.K., Shape Magazine, O: The Oprah Magazine, I Am Water Polo, Charleston Magazine, Fitness Magazine, Women’s Health, Burt’s Bees, Clairol, Beyond Beyond Magazine, Jay Manuel Beauty, Charleston Weddings, Rafaella Fit Your Shape campaign, Vogue Knitting, Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine, Walgreens, Bravado Designs, Target, L’Oreal, Dutch Cosmopolitan Magazine, Free People Magazine, Ray Ban, People Tree, Jimmy Bruch, The John Frieda Collection, Athleta, Champion, Miraclebody, Jones New York, Red Hearts Yarn, Adrianna Papell, LIJA Style, Spring 2014 Collection, Land's End Holiday 2014 Catalogue, Thyme Maternity, Target Maternity, Old Navy Maternity, Capezio 2014 catalogue, Sophia Tolli 2011 Bridal Collection, Lafayette 148 New York, SiO Beauty, KN Karen Neuburger, Lord & Taylor, and Zink Magazine. Moreover, Ann has graced the covers of Philadelphia Style Magazine and Washington, D.C. Style Magazine, and has walked the runway at Ellegirl presents Dare To Be You: Wal-Mart Meets America’s Next Top Models 2005, Alice and Olivia Fall 2006, Kara Saun Fall/Winter 2005, Richard TyleDelta Fall/Winter 2005, Harmon Fall/Winter 2005, Marc Bouwer Fall/Winter 2005, Cynthia Rowley Fall/Winter 2005, and Nicole Miller Fall/Winter 2005. During The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Ann and America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 4 winner, Naima Mora, worked as the ceremony’s trophy girls. Since the show, Ann graced the cover of Bruce J. Nadler, M.D.’s novel, “The Nip Tuck Workout: Exercise through the Eyes of a Plastic Surgeon.” Like other ANTM alumni, Ann has branched into acting. Throughout the years, Ann has appeared in a number of acting projects including Project Runway, Sex, Love & Secrets, Made of Honor, Gossip Girl, Kings, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Bang, Choose, Lights Out, Blue Bloods, The Courier, Person of Interest, The Ones You Love, Delusions of Guinevere, The Good Wife, Club Life, and The Breaks.Ann has also appeared in a commercial for Wheat Thins and Travelocity. In 2016, she appeared in a short for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Ann has previously worked with Elite (New York), Elite Milano, Front Management (Miami), Images Management (New York), Model Management (Hamburg), and MC2 Model Management (Karin Models). Currently, Ann is signed with Wilhelmina New York (S Women’s Division), Wilhelmina Los Angeles (Women’s Division), Wilhelmina Miami (Fashion Women’s Division), Michael Howard Studios, and Nevs Model Agency (London) (Women Main Board). Ann got married in February 2013. Sometime in 2016, Ann gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. Name: Amanda Swafford Placed: 3rd Age: 39 First Call Outs: 4 Bottom 2: 1 Twitter Followers: 3 (@amanda_swafford) Instagram Followers: 2953 (@amandaswafford) Amanda Swafford on IMDB ANTM CYCLE 3 During Cycle 3, the judges were amazed by her photos, especially the un-retouched beauty shot that she took during the third week of the competition. When she went on her go sees in Japan, she was told that she was too old by one of the designers. She participated in the finale along with winner Eva Pigford and Yaya Da Costa, but Amanda was eliminated when she and Eva were in the bottom 2. The judges had a difficult time deciding whom to send home, as all three contestants had strong CoverGirl photos, and all 3 were considered strong contenders, but in the end, it was Amanda. One of the judges, Janice Dickinson, was a dissenting voice on the judging panel, saying, “I love you!” to Swafford when she was eliminated. POST-TOP MODEL Amanda has appeared on the covers of Felt It! Stitch It! Fabulous! Magazine, Bliss for Bride Magazine, and Access Magazine, and has modeled for Levi’s Jeans, Lacy Little Knits, The Austin Chronicle, Verve Magazine, ELLEmemoir, Shutterbug Magazine, Grove Arcade, Recyclone Designs, Royal Peasantry, Serenity + Scott 2013, The Beading Butterfly, Liz White Designs/Custom Couture, Serenity + Scott Spring 2015 collection, and WEBS. Amanda has walked the runway for ELLEgirl Presents: Dare To Be You. She has also appeared in shorts such as Worst-Case Scenario (which she co-wrote) and Lullaby. Since the show, Amanda has signed with Storm Model Management in New York City and Acclaim Talent Agency. Her FMD page lists Storm Models London as her current agency. According to a close friend, her retinitis pigmentosa has caused extreme difficulty to see in low lighting, contrary rumors that she has since gone completely blind. Amanda currently works as an aesthetic/style guru for Royal Peasantry. On the show, she was married but has since separate from the man. She has a son, Eli (who is a current high school freshman), with her previous husband. She is currently in a relationship with a new man. In October 25, she came out on her facebook to say she was drugged the night before, while she was attending one of her husband’s show. Name: Yaya DaCosta Placed: 2nd Age: 34 (will turn 35 on Nov 15th) First Call Outs: 2 Bottom 2: 1 Twitter Followers: 29.8k (@yayadacosta) Instagram Followers: 172k (@yayadacosta) Yaya DaCosta on IMDB ANTM CYCLE 3 Yaya DaCosta was a contestant on Cycle 3 of America’s Next Top Model, where she came in second to Eva Pigford. On the show, Yaya showed insecurity regarding her skin, as she was still experiencing breakouts past puberty. While on the show, Yaya won 5 straight challenges (The race up the flight of stairs, the Go-Sees, The Red Carpet interview, The Acting challenge, and The Tea Ceremony. On the eigth episode (“The Girl Who Is Panic-Stricken”), the models were asked to choose a hat as part of their judging test. Yaya chose the cowboy hat, which surprised everyone since Yaya was the model who was proud of her african heritage. When asked why she did not choose the African hat, she claimed that she does not want to be a cliché. She claimed that the hat was made of a very artificial, very cheap kente. During the ninth episode (“The Girls Meet Taye Diggs”), during the judging session, the girls were set a test in which they had to read a commercial and eat umeboshi. Yaya chose to spit her umeboshi almost immediately after putting it in her mouth, which the judges said came across as very disrespectful to the client (if this were to happen in the real world). POST-TOP MODEL After finishing in second place in America’s Next Top Model, where she is considered one of the most memorable contestants, DaCosta went on to a successful career. She has modeled for Target, Olay, CharmaineLouise, DJU Clothing Company, Venus Clothing, Gap, Tom Ford’s A/W 2014 Collection, Isaac Mizrahi, Kohl’s, Seven Magazine, Interview Magazine, Essence Magazine, Hollywood Life Magazine, Jewel Magazine, COED Magazine, I Style Magazine, Elle Girl Presents Dare To Be You: Wal-Mart Meets America’s Next Top Model, Marc Bouwer Fall 2005, Seda, Garnier Fructis, Lincoln Townhouse, Glamour Magazine, Glamour Magazine Italy, Radioshack, Dr. Scholl’s, Sally Beauty Supply Magazine, Vibe Magazine, Venus, Terrazine Magazine, Voice of Diversity, The New York Post, Style Rocks Fashion Show (2005), Vogue Australia, Hype Hair Magazine, Chicago Sun-Times Splash, New York Magazine, Malibu Magazine, and Sephora. In 2010, she appeared in American Vogue, Esquire, L'Officiel and on the cover of W. In addition to modeling, Yaya is also acting and has in appeared in commercials for Radioshack and Garnier Fructis. She recently appeared in the movie Take the Lead with Antonio Banderas. She has also did modeling for Target and appeared in a few rap music videos (Chingy’s Pullin’ Me Back, Jay-Z’s Roc Boys, Raphael Saadiq’s Good Man. DaCosta began acting in 2005 after having a small role in an episode of Eve where she portrayed a character named Miss Jenkins. Her television credits include Cassandra Foster on All My Children, Vanessa on Racing For Time, Nico Slater on Ugly Betty, Audrina on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Brooke Sullivan on Mercy, Amber on Army Wives, Holly Bennett on Body of Proof, Anita on House, Amy on Dark Horse, Princess Kemi of Nigeria on The Simpsons, and currently as April Sexton on Chicago Fire and Chicago Med. DaCosta exited the role on All My Children some time in August 2008, less than four months after joining the show, to join the cast of “The First Breeze of Summer” on Broadway. 2006 saw Yaya’s film debut in the film Take the Lead as LaRhette. She has also appeared in 2007’s Honeydripper as China Doll and in 2009’s Messenger as Monica Washington. In 2010 DaCosta had supporting roles in the films The Kids Are All Right (as Tanya) and Tron: Legacy (as Siren). In 2013 she also appeared as Carol in the film The Butler, starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. Other movie credits include In Time, The Shanghai Hotel, Whole Lotta Sole, Mother of George, Big Words, And So It Goes, Bolden!, and The Nice Guys. In 2015, Yaya portrayed Whitney Houston in the self titled Biopic Whitney, directed by Angela Bassett. She is currently signed to Models 1 London and Ford Models New York. On June 26, 2012, DaCosta married independent movie producer and director Joshua Bee Alafia. She gave birth to the couple's first child, a son named Sankara, in September 2013. The couple parted ways in 2014. Name: Eva Marcille Placed: 1st Age: 33 First Call Outs: 2 Bottom 2: 2 Twitter Followers: 259k (@EvaMarcille) Instagram Followers: 1.7m (@evamarcille) Eva Marcille on IMDB ANTM CYCLE 3 Eva was the winner of the third cycle of America's Next Top Model, beating fellow contestants Yaya Da Costa and Amanda Swafford. Her prizes included a CoverGirl cosmetics contract, a spread in Elle, and a modeling contract with Ford Models. During the show, Eva won 2 challenges: The Heatherette runway show and the go-sees in Japan. POST-TOP MODEL Eva has appeared on the cover of Brides Noir, Women’s Health and Fitness (May 2005), King Magazine (June 2005), IONA (November 2005), Green Magazine, Obvious Magazine, Urban Lux Magazine, Kontrol Magazine, Sheen Magazine, HypeHair Magazine, and Essence Magazine. Her other modeling credits include CoverGirl, DKNY, Samsung, Red by Marc Ecko, Jewel magazine, In Touch Weekly magazine (June 2005), King magazine (November 2005), Black Girls Rule!, Vibe Vixen, Magazine, Today’s Black Woman Magazine, Magazine, UNleashed magazine, Star Magazine, Elle, Elle Girl, ForTrayvon.org, Danskin, Active Imprints, Traci Lynn Jewelry, Koshie O Clothing, Ciroc Vodka, Phlaunt Hair, Applebottoms,Jasmine Ni'Cole Luxury Perucas, Shiekh Shoes, Lerner Catalog, UrbanSkinRx, Avon, and Rolling Out. Eva’s runway shows include the Marc Bouwer Fall 2005, Elle Girl presents Dare To Be You: Wal-Mart Meets America’s Next Top Model 2005, Gharani Strok Fall 2005, Deborah Lindquist Spring 2006, Naqada Spring 2006, 8th Annual ‘Models of Perfection’ Show 2006, and L.A. Fashion Week’s Monarchy Collection Fall 2007. Marcille has guest-starred on several series on UPN and The CW Network. Her guest-star credits include two episodes of Kevin Hill, one episode of Smallville, one episode of Everybody Hates Chris, and one episode of The Game as herself. Marcille has also appeared on Tyler Perry's House of Payne. In addition, Marcille hosted BET J's reality show My Model Looks Better Than Your Model, as well as Rip the Runway on BET. In 2005, Marcille appeared in a first-season episode of the MTV improv show Nick Cannon Presents Wild 'N Out. In 2008 she joined the cast of The Young and the Restless as a young mother named Tyra Hamilton. After a few months, her character, who was planned to be temporary was made permanent. She appeared in a June 2009 episode of the BET prank show Played by Fame, where contestants have nightmarish dates with celebrities. She also appeared on The Assistants as Alicia James. In 2010, Eva hosted the first season of the Oxygen reality series Hair Battle Spectacular. In 2011, Eva joined the cast of the tv series Let’s Stay Together. 2013 saw Eva’s appearance on the reality show Real Husbands of Hollywood. In 2014, Eva has also appeared on For the Love of Lockwood and FNL’s Model Monday. In 2015, Marcille starred as Tara on the tv series Born Again Virgin, appeared on tv mini series For the Love of Lockwood Too. In February 2016 she stars in a reality series called About The Business. Currently, she is competing on the VH1’s Scared Famous and on the tv series Hip Hop Squares. Eva’s film credits include 24 Hour Love, The Walk, Crossover, The Boys and Girls Guide to Getting Down, Premium, Note To Self, If You Really Love Me, The Fright Night Files, Fear Files, Sister Code, and I Think I Love My Wife. In 2017, Eva also appeared in Busted and Miss Me This Christmas. Furthermore, she has appeared in several music videos, including "Baby" by Angie Stone (featuring Betty Wright), 50 Cent's "I Get Money" and Jamie Foxx's "DJ Play a Love Song". She is also mentioned in Lil' Kim's song, "I Know You See Me" and Missy Elliott's "On & On".In August 2013, Marcille appeared in the video clip "J'accélère (I accelerate)" by French rapper Rohff. Eva has been signed to L.A. Models, Uber-Warning Models, and now Slamm Management - Atlanta. She started her own eyewear company, First Ave Eyewear. In July 2006, Marcille started dating Tyler Perry's House of Payne star Lance Gross. They got engaged on December 24, 2008 and split up in March 2010. She also dated rapper Flo Rida from 2010 to 2012. Since January 2013, she has been dating singer-songwriter Kevin McCall. Marcille gave birth to her first child, and McCall's second daughter; Marley Rae McCall on January 31, 2014. They ended their relationship in early 2015.
2016.07.28 18:05 SadCubsFan"Why should i be a fan of your team?" r/NFL project
Hello again Bears fans, I'm writing the submission for the NFL collection of "Why Should I Be a Fan of Your Team?" posts. Below is my rough draft, let me know if I forgot to include anything major. In order to appreciate the Chicago Bears, one must first know their immense history, one of the richest in the NFL. Organized as the Decatur Staleys in 1919, the Bears are one of two teams still playing to be founding members of the league. George Stanley Halas (Papa Bear), who owned the team from 1920 to his death in 1983, was instrumental in the success of not only the Bears, but the league itself. Halas moved the Staleys to Chicago in 1921, and when the Cubs allowed the Staleys to play at Wrigley Field, he renamed the team the Bears in their honor (he also adopted blue and orange as their colors as a nod to his alma mater, the University of Illinois). Halas, who played for the Bears in the 1920s, coached the team to six championships and a .682 winning percentage between 1920 and 1967, taking a break from the team for three periods in between. The father of the NFL, Halas advertised his team and the league like none other, popularizing the sport to massive crowds coast-to-coast. His team, led by running back Red Grange, helped bring 70,000 fans to see the Bears and Giants play, effectively saving the New York Giants franchise in 1925. In 1956 Halas rallied voters in Green Bay to pass a stadium referendum, saving the Packers from relocation and preserving the best rivalry in the NFL. Halas is honored by his initials “GSH” on the sleeve of the Bears jerseys, as the headquarters of the organization, Halas Hall. The NFC Championship trophy is also named after him. You can go on and on about Halas and his sacrifices and contributions that helped shape the Bears and the league, but there are of course other noteworthy aspects of this franchise. The Bears boast the highest winning percentage in the NFL, the most wins in the NFL,the most lopsided game ever played, the most hall of famers, and nine league championships, including one Super Bowl. Their historically dominant defenses were anchored by a strong linebacking corps, nicknamed the “Monsters of the Midway,” for decades, with players such as Bill George) (who created the 4-3 defensive formation), Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary, and Brian Urlacher. The Bears have also had running back Walter Payton, one of the best of all time, running back Gale Sayers, defensive tackle Dan Hampton, and of course tight end and later coach Mike Ditka. Ditka is noteworthy for being the head coach of arguably the best team of all time, the 1985 Chicago Bears, who went 15-1 in the regular season before shutting out the Giants and Rams on their way to a 46-10 victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl XX. Coach Buddy Ryan, quarterback Jim McMahon, and defensive lineman William “the Fridge” Perry were other noteworthy members of the 1985 team that we recommend reading up on. The ESPN 30 for 30 The ’85 Bears is a documentary anyone interested in the NFL should watch. At this point you’ve probably got the idea that the Bears are a team with unrivaled history. So why become a fan of them today? The first reason is to be part of a large and passionate fan base. Soldier Field, home of the Bears, has a sellout streak dating back to September 1984, with a season ticket waiting list of over 20 years. The Bears are part of the most historic and intense NFL rivalries with the Packers, who have had the most matchups of any two teams. General Manager Ryan Pace and Head Coach John Fox are in their second year, building a strong defense and drafting young talent after several tumultuous years. At the moment the Bears are a team on the rise, and some predict them competing for a playoff spot in 2016. Be sure to check out the Bears fight song, and remember, FTP!
2016.05.11 11:47 AfroElitist(TEXT) Pardon my Take Podcast with Blake Bortles (5/9/16)
Would have posted it in the comments section of the other thread that gives the link to the podcast, but it would have taken up three whole comments. MY BORTLES ARE NOW RAISED. Duuuuval
We now welcome on Blake Bortles, quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Blake, thank you for coming on, we have to start with what's on everyone's mind, the Jacksonville Jaguars lady. You're from Florida, is that like your aunt or something, like do you know her?
B: Yeah, she actually lives with me and my parents, for you know a couple of years as she was going through some things but she is an awesome supporter and you know we love our fans
When you see that lady though, because you are a Florida native, are you just like that's- that's Tuesday?
B: Yeah, I mean [laughs] that's like walking through the mall. I mean no, that's just- I don't know, I've been here my whole life so it's kind of all I know, there's people like that I'm sure everywhere, maybe just a little more in Florida
Yeah by this point you're just jaded to the Floridaness of just how Florida she was. Everyone's talking about this kneejerk take on it, I don't want it, I need it, could you guys beat Alabama?
B: [pauses] Yeah... Seriously? [laughs]
No, not seriously [laughs], wait alright so you guys won the draft, do you think that, like what was it that you guys- did you guys have OTAs yet with the new draft picks or no? You had the rookie draft-
B: No, they had rookie minicamp this weekend so we'll go in and meet em all tomororw morning.
Oh, ok, so are you guys gonna put up a banner or something for winning the draft
B: Ummm.... yeah, maybe, maybe hang one up in the stadium you know, like 2016 DRAFT A PLUS.
Have you heard about what Gase is doing down in Miami with the rookie minicamps? He's like not having them practice at all, they're doing nutrition classes, just like basically showing up to do classroom stuff, like, is that something you think you guys would ever do?
B: Uhh, I don't think so, I know they changed it up a little bit this year, everyday because what happens to us and Dante Fowler last year tore his ACL in rookie minicamp so I think they try to prevent that from happening again, so it's a bit more laid back, but I know our guys were out there going through drills and doing all that stuff on the field.
I forgot about that, people forget that Dante Fowler did that... This one's a quick question, your 2012 Beef O' Bradys MVP trophy, do you know where it is right now?
B: Uhhhhhh... I think it's in my parents garage [laughs]
Ok, that's a safe answer, but you KNOW that it's not the Beef O Brady's bowl anymore so that's something that like you should be holding onto and maybe should be like a conversation piece the minute they walk into your house
B: Yeah, like that should be like the thing, you walk into my house and there's a big portrait of me throwing a football like in a cutoff shirt [laughs] then under it is that trophy
You build a house around that Beef O Brady's MVP trophy, that's what you gotta do [laughs]. So uhhh a lot of people say the Jaguars could make some noise this year. I'm personally one of those guys. I've been jagging off for like two and a half years saying you guys were gonna make some noise, do you guarantee you guys can make some noise?
B: I think we're definitely gonna make some noise, yeah you know, I was a little upset, I was looking at some stuff this morning on twitter and the press was talking about our draft class, and it was a really good one and failed to all, to throw my name out there, so I was a little upset about that. I'm looking forward to- we're looking forward to making some noise this year.
The exact tweet Dave- was it two years he said?- this draft class of quarterbacks i like the '84 draft class, then he said you have Manziel, Bridgewater, McCarron, and I can't remember who the 4th was, but you- your name was not mentioned.
B: Yeah, that hurt a little bit
Chip on your shoulder, actually that's a perfect segue to my next question, three star recruit coming out of high school, how often do you think you were understarred, like JJ Watt? Like JJ always thinks about how he only had two stars, are you like, man, people didn't get me that fourth star, they don't believe in me?
B: No, I earned I think those three stars and I was right where I needed to be. I wasn't a four star-er, I you know, was a legit 3 star and was right where I needed to be, I actually had a guy from Purdue come watch me, he was like "hey, come work out" so he came and watched me throw, I threw for like two hours and thought I did really well, and then after he said "Ok, we're gonna offer you a scholarship as a tight end, so at that moment, I was thinking yeah, three stars sounds about right for a quarterback".
Listen, listen, I've been to West Lafayette, Indiana, I know Purdue, you made the correct choice going to UCF over Purdue, it's like 77 percent dudes, and they're all engineers, it's the worst place in the world to go if you're like a big time quarterback [laughs]
B: Yeah, it all worked out good [laughs]
Yeah so speaking of JJ Watt, like what's his trash talk like on the field? Because- is he more of a Andrew Luck where he's like goofy and just like kinda makes weird like congratulatory jokes at people or is he cussing up a storm?
B: No, he's not a big talker at all, like, it's kinda- you kinda hear him grunting and moaning behind you as he's coming but he doesn't really say a whole lot, he's just makes noises really.
So my takeaway, the big quote from this interview is "JJ Watt, when he's coming behind you, moans" [laughs] That's what I heard.
B: [laughs] That's pretty accurate. He's coming from the backside making noises. [laughs]
We're bigtime football guys, I don't know if you heard Tony Schefler, he was on, he talked about how one of his coaches literally tackled him in a parking lot after dinner because he wanted to test if he was manly enough. Do you have any coach/teammate/football guy stories that we would appreciate?
B: Oh... uhhhh lets see. There's a lot, I could probably- one of the things at the combine- because the time of the combine I had a girlfriend- every meeting I went and sat in with the teams, there was always questions about my girlfriend and like, one of the weirdest ones was like "if you had to go out to dinner and was either go out with the offensive line or go out with your girlfriend, which one would you say" and of course I give the politically correct I would go with the offensive linemen of course, which I don't know if that's true or not, but I don't have a girlfriend anymore, so I said that and like nobody believed me and I think it kinda spread because I got asked the same question so I feel like everybody was trying to see if I was telling the truth or not, but-
That's such a bizarre question to try and like nail you on, like, some people are getting asked about if their mother's a prostitute or if they smoke weed out of gas masks, and they're just asking you like would you rather go on a date with your friend or with your girlfriend.
B: Yeah that's weird, they're asking you know "do you smoke weed, did you ever accept money?" I think they're thinking this three star quarterback coming out of high school, UCF didn't have anything to ask about, so I'm gonna see if him and his girlfriend had any weird things going on.
Yeah, you'd rather go out with your girlfriend than your co-workers, I would think that would make sense, but, I guess football guys want you hanging with the offensive line all the time. What did you get them this year?
B: This year I got them all- the starters Yeti coolers, the nice big Yeti coolers, I ordered some Omaha steaks, threw those in there and a couple bottles of liquor and then I got the backups a nice gift card for Delta, so they can go they can get a flight home.
Ohhh so the backups have to work harder, I like that, I also like the double present, you get them the cooler, but then you also get them a loaded- a fully loaded (unintelligible). Yeah Oprah used to do that.
B: I feel like it would be awkward to get a cooler with nothing in it.
Oprah tries like a house, then they open the garage and get a Ferrari. What kind of liquor did you buy em, what do they drink?
B: There's a couple guys who didn't drink, so I put like juices, and a couple of O'Douls
[Plays airhorn] If you do something like that with liquor this year, could you let us know and we'll pre-emptively take their man card, just leave em a note like, I would have got you something, oh I forgot, you don't have a man card.
B: Yeah, I'll send a picture of the cooler with no alcohol in it, right under their lockers, so you can have all their names.
Alright, we've talked about this before, I think I asked you this question Super Bowl week, your name, the alliteration, how much do you think that plays into your success, like if your name was Matt Bortles or like Ted Bortles, do you think you'd be where you are right now?
B: Nowhere near it, not even close, I think it's a huge part of my success and you know a big reason why I kinda am where I am today. [laughs]
That's a good answer, I'm buying it, like when Dan asked that question, dude you're insane, what are you talking about, but now, like0 there's no chance in hell I'm not naming my son an alliterative name, it's gonna happen. Hey, real quick, are you in Andrew Luck's book club? I don't know if you've seen it but he started a book club.
B: I did, I saw it on Twitter, is it for real?
Yeah. Yeah. Wait wait did you just ask if reading is for real?
B: No, like the book club, I just saw like one all of the sudden so I didn't know, like it's not a sports type tweet so I didn't know if it was for real or not.
No, it's for real
B: But no, I didn't get an invite, maybe- *Everyone's invited. All you have to- yeah you buy the book and he's doing a live chat tomorrow night on his website. You should swing by, it would mean a lot to him I'm sure B: Yeah, no, no I'd love to be a part of that- I have one book in my house, it's Holes
I was gonna say, you're UCF, he's Stanford, maybe we start like a Blake Bortles read a random Wikipedia page club.
B: Yeah, there's probably a slight difference in academic knowledge there, but you know I'm pretty sure we could chitchat and spitball about the- from books-
I love the fact that you immediately assumed that it was like a satire tweet, like from a fake account, like "Andrew Luck starts bookclub"
B: I saw, I was like scrolling through on twitter one day, I was like "Andrew Luck's bookclub" It was one of those tweets where you're like 7 or 8 tweets down later and you're like wait, what? and you go back up
Alright, you- after every NFL game, the quarterback's always go and find each other, is that- are you friends with any of the other quarterbacks? Who are your friends in the league and then are some people you have to be super nice to but hate their guts. We can cut this part if youw ant to tell us who you hate
B: I feel like that's the biggest setup ever
B: Umm yeah, I never really knew like so when I was watching NFL games like when I was in college, I was like damn all these guys are friends, this is pretty cool, I'm gonna be friends with all these guys. It's not like that at all [laughs] like sometimes you go out there and sometimes guys don't say anything. They just shake your hand and smile because they know everyone's taking a picture of the quarterbacks talking, so I think a tradition type thing, it's kind of cool though I guess, go shake all the quarterbacks hands. But I don't- I would say that I'm acquaintances with everybody that we played, it's kind of- you like- you work out with guys in the summer and off-season, and you definitely respect all of them, so I guess it's kind of a cool thing to do after every game.
Who are you friends with, are there any you're actually friends with?
B: I don't know if any of em like me [laughs]. I'm really close with Jordan Palmer, I have actually never even met Carson, so I would probably say maybe me and Carson could possibly be friends, just you know thinking about the personality differences and how much the personality similarities may be between us
And you have a good starter for the conversation like, your brother Jordan-
B: Hey, I worked out with your brother, so I'm sure he's a good kid, like all the guys in my class, Teddy and Derek and Johnny and Garopolo, I know all those guys in going through the whole process.
Who would you say has the weakest handshake?
B: Like just the dead fish? Ooooh. Who had the dead fish... I don't know if- It's always a little different though, it's like you come out there, I can't remember any dead fishes, but it's like, do I give you like the dab or do I give you the firm 73 handshake, so that's awkward, you try and initiate it from far away so we're clear on the whole thing, like 10 yards out, just put your hand out and just keep walking
And like- so like, the black guys you gotta dab, is that what you said? [laughs] You cut out there for a second.
B: I didn't say that [laughs] you said that.
Alright, you're playing the Bears, my Chicago Bears, Sunday October 16th this year, are you nervous about Bear weather?
B: Is that like something you guys say, or are you actually talking about mother nature?
Yes, the 85 bears basically won because of bear weather, it's bad weather. When the weather gets worse, the bears get better, it's something everyone knows about, and so you're obviously a Florida guy, Florida team when you guys go to cold places, are you, does it affect you?.
B: I don't know, I've only seen snow one time and it wasn't on the football field.
WHAAAAT? Whaddya mean?
B: Yeah. I've only seen snow one time, it was in Colorado.
This is how- did it scare you?
B: Yeah, it was dif- yeah I thought- you obviously see people make snowballs and stuff, they don't ever tell you how the snow felt in terms of the water, it's just wet.
Snow's crazy. It's crazy because people forget that it's actually water, you're right. I forget that all the time.
B: We're like, for the first five minutes it was awesome, just drilling buddies with snowballs and stuff, and you know rolling around in the snow, and then next thing you know its like God now I'm soaking wet and freezing, this is horrible.
Yeah, that kind of like, thinking, Blake, that's how you end up with a beach house not on the beach, but a couple of miles from the beach [laughs]
B: Yeah, exactly [laughs]
Do you have any travel tips for anyone going on vacation to London? Because I'm told that- Are Jaguars moving there next year or in three years?
B: Yeah you know, I think it could happen at any moment [laughs] I'm excited about it, and excited to take football international. I don't know when, Shahid Kahn the owner of the Jags might have a better idea, but if you do go to London, they don't serve cold beer, it's all room temperature, they only have ice cold Guinness, so hopefully you like Guinness.
Yeah they have the extra cold Guinness there.
B: Unbelievable. The only time I've tasted Guinness.
I don't know if it tastes different or they never change the lines out, but Guinness in the UK is a little different I think. Alright, I got two more questions, then we'll get to the end. I know you're a big Fireball guy. Do you have to start taking Tums when you drink your Fireball? Because I do.
B: No, I've been good, it hasn't hit me yet, I don't know, maybe I got a couple more years until I get to that phase hopefully.
Ok. Are you- So you spend a lot of time like- what, 4 years in Orlando, is that right?
B: Yeah I'm from Orlando so I was there my whole life
Alright bad research there on my part [laughs]. Yeah you've been at that Medieval Times, like right outside?
B: Nah, that's like a tourist thing.
I was just gonna say that place kicks ass, you gotta go.
B: Is that the one where they do the horses on the outside and you eat like chicken legs?
Yeah but you can also sneak in liquor which makes it a lot more fun. Yeah they give you like big-ass turkey legs and you get to root for one of the knights and they actually like hit each other with swords, pretty cool.
B: Yeah, it's like
I have an Orlando question about a great cultural spot there. The Chile's at the airport. You know what the escalator that goes up?
B: Oh yeah.
You've been there?
B: [laughs] Yeah. That place is unbelievable, best ketchup in town.
Hey we're actually coming back from there once and our waitress, she's like oh hey how you guys doing, we're like good, how you doing? She said: "I'm just living the dream" as a waitress in the Orlando Chile's at the airport. So that told me wow, this Chile's has something special going on.
B: Yeah. Yeah. it's QUALITY right there, just-
Alright, let's- we'll finish with the final two questions and let you go. Most famous person in your cell phone?
B: Most famous person in my cell phone? And you said earlier like technically they don't have to have my number in theirs?
Yeah you just have to have their number.
B: Oooh, I got a lot of numbers that could possibly be fake...
Who's giving you fake numbers?
B: I guess I would say I mean Taylor Swift hasn't messaged me back on myspace or facebook or twitter or text messages but uhh like there is a number in my phone that says "Taylor Swift" but I don't know if it's actually her- an actually famous person? Someone who actually has my number? Someone who I actually talk to? Larry the Cable Guy for sure.
Oh my goooooood, we gotta call him
B: Call him [laughs] Might be past his bed time. I don't think that guy ever sleeps. Nah, he definitely doesn't sleep.
That's gonna be the most random- the- that's the most horrid answer we've ever gotten, so that's perfect-
B: He's actually from Florida.
No waaaaaaay [laughs]
B: From the town over where I'm from.
You just stereotyped yourself so hard dude. [laughs] Larry the Cable guy... Hey Blake, do you have like an alternate twitter account you use to just like go online and say "Fuck you" to people that are talking shit to you?
B: [laughs] No I kinda wish I did though, I have- yeah
You should do that, just find everybody from Pro Football Focus and troll them all day long, that's what I would do if I were you.
B: Yeah, those are the math guys
Yeah the math guys, yeah.
B: Yeah, they're like the guys who told me I sucked and the guy put like a bunch of numbers up there.
Yeah, NERDS. Here's a stat for you, a number never won a super bowl.
B: [silence] Hey, you're right [delayed laughter] that's a fact.
Alright, last question, you know it's coming because you listen to this show, questions I ask that you don't have to answer, but I'm gonna ask anyway, are we thinking hair plugs?
B: Ooooh, another thing that me and Dave have in common. Uhhh...
Because you're young enough you can fix it now, Dave's like 39 so he can't just show up with like new hair tomorrow.
B: Right, you can't pull like a Brian Urlacher and be bald like 15 years and suddenly show up with hair.
You're at the point where you have to like make a decision soon, you realize that right?
B: Yeah I know, and it's kind of like, I wear a hat enough so where not everybody knows that I'm losing hair, it's only- I only feel like a select amount of people, so I have still have enough time to save it. I've actually contacted multiple doctors and all have said I'm too young for it, so it's kind of depressing.
Those doctors don't know what they're talking about. If I were a hair plug doctor, I would cold call college kids pretty much. You gotta get em while they're young.
B: And they're all eager to do it too, no one's trying to lose hair at 24 years old.
I'm gonna give you a piece of advice, this is gonna be the best advice you've ever heard in your life. You need to let it go, go full male pattern baldness. No one- like if you have a quarterback who has beautiful hair and is you know a ascending in a great quarterback, people are come and start hating you. If you have like a hilarious male pattern baldness- like if you look like Larry David and you're an NFL quarterback, who's gonna make fun of you? that's like- I mean they'll make fun of you but you're giving them something easy to pick on you, and everything else is- you know you're easy street.
B: Right, as long as you own it, you gotta let it go and just grow out a nice beard, or like you said, try to go and get a good flow back, but I dunno.
So we're thinking right now we're just kinda hoping the hat covers it up?
B: Yeah right now, we're just working the hat, some doctor recommended Propecia but said it gave you the side effects for having difficult-
Yeah you don't get a boner. You don't want that.
B: Yeah so I figured-
Hair or boner, ultimate question as a 24 year old quarterback I think you go no hair. It's kind of like the chicken and the egg situation, like, if you don't have any hair then do you really need boners? Like yeah think about it in long term too, but hold off for a little bit [laughs] give yourself like 5-6 years and then I'd say go ahead and make an important move with a doctor outside of the state of Florida. That's gonna be the key for you.
Did you ever know you're my heeeeeeeeero/ “FUUUUUUCK!” and everything that I would like to be?/ I can fly higher than an eaaaaagle/ for you are the wiiiiind beneath my wiiiiiiings. A look of worry crossed Ellie's face. I, of course, flew into paranoia. Anything, anything but this. Our flight was going too smoothly, and now, Todd had sent it into a nosedive. I mean, I loved the kid, and he was totally clueless, and him raging about stupid things is all of our guilty pleasures, but this was the worst possible time for him to interact with me. Apparently over the last year, he had taken a few classes with Trenchcoat Guy in the School of Cockblocks, and apparently making sure JUFF was still his #1 was his first assignment. As I prepared for the worst, I heard Captain Ham, another one of Anyville's rage-a-holics, scream “WATCH WHERE YOU'RE GOING!” as loud as he could. I looked around, suppressing a chuckle, and my jaw had dropped. Somehow, Hulk had seen Todd run, and decided to turn this into a footrace. Todd was sprinting like Walter Payton, and Hulk was plowing through kids like Brian Urlacher, and both of them desperately covered. Eventually, I turned back around to hear a "BIG FUCKIN' JEFF!" It turns out Hulk brought the entire Core Four with him, and Todd just coincidentally joined them. All of their hands rose in my face like I was President Obama himself, waiting for my supporters, but I was just relieved to see that Hulk was looking out for me. After putting Todd's obligatory hangout question on the backburner, I continued to talk to my friend Hulk. He started talking about a new porno he saw in front of her to me, which of course attracted Puck's attention. “It's a bad time, Hulk. Anyways, glad you spotted me, I have someone you all should meet. Guys, this is Ellie. You'll probably see her around me a lot.” Puck gave me a thumbs up, Clay flashed an approving smile, and Hulk just said, “Nice job, Jeff!” We couldn't even think of my friends at this point. I wound up blocking out Hulk's attempts at hanging out, and even Todd's rage. Clay was talking to Todd, probably trying to fuck with him, and Hulk and Puck were talking about Asa Akira's newest video or something. We sat through the assembly, joking with each other, and laughing at all the stupid shit that my friends did. Ironically, Ellie was the one monopolizing me from the Core Four and Todd, but I didn't mind. Clay kept Todd busy enough so he couldn't. We walked down to her class together, continuing our conversation as we left. My heart was racing, and I grew nervous. Anxiety had taken over, but not the familiar type of panic. I had something I desperately needed to get off my chest for the past four months, and now was beyond the perfect time. Then again, my memories with the last girl had crossed my head – being led on by her as a “backup plan” in case her boyfriend and her had another breakup. Was it going to end up the same way? Did I waste the three months? Then, a question broke the awkward silence.
“So, are you making plans with your stalker this weekend? “I don't know yet." "Huh..." "I was wondering if you had plans instead."
Ellie lit up again when I asked her if she did, and I could barely hide the smile from my face either. My heart raced, not in anxiety, but in sheer ecstacy. The images of us growing old, from our teenage years to our adult life, had flew across my mind. I could have died at that moment and been a happy man.
“I'm free Saturday afternoon!” “Awesome. Do you know of any movies you're thinking of?” “The Roommate sounds great!” “Awesome. Then it's a date. See you in class tomorrow!”
And with a question and a hug, I became the happiest boy in Anyville. tl;dr: Hulk saves me from getting cockblocked, and tries to strike up a conversation about porn with me in front of Ellie, but not before Puck strikes in. Clay distracts Todd enough for the assembly. After, we finally become a thing.
2014.01.22 21:07 Balrog77Player Profile: Reggie Bush
Hey guys, Since the off-season has basically begun, I am going to try to do a player profile at least once a week. These profiles will give a general profile of a player, along with highlight videos, interesting facts, and more. The idea is to help us get more acquainted with some of the players on the Lions. Yes, I know a lot of this information is easily available on Wikipedia and that is where I got a lot it from, but I'm just hoping to give a quicker read version of it. Let me know if you have any ideas of how I can improve these! Basic Information Name: Reginald Alfred "Reggie" Bush, Jr Birth date (age): March 2, 1985 (28) Hometown: Spring Valley, California Pictures Here College Career College: USC Played: 2003 to 2005 2003 Season
Led the Pacific-10 Conference in kickoff returns
Voted a Consensus first-team Freshman All-American
Nominated for Male Athlete of the Year at the 2007 and 2009 BET Awards
Founding member of the Fund's Athletes for Africa program
One daughter, Briseis, with Lilit Avagyan
Other Endorsements: Pepsi, GM, Adidas, Pizza Hut, and Subway Partner and spokesperson for skincare company Barc Dated: Eve Torres and Kim Kardashian Appeared in Ciara's music video Multiple Charitable donations including: donating 12 Hummer vehicles to city, state and government agencies in the New Orleans community. Thanks for the read!
Hey all, After gathering a lump sum of volunteers for this daily thread, I constructed a random schedule in which we will analyze free agents first and then move into potential draft picks. This is mainly due to free-agency being much closer than the draft. Without further adieu here is the current schedule:
Le'veon Bell, RB, Michigan State - 3/31/13 - buffcat
As you can tell, there are still players open to analyze. If you are willing to take one or more of the open players, please volunteer by commenting here and I will add you to the thread. If you need a specific date or can't do it on the day I have assigned, please notify me ASAP on what day you would be able to contribute and I should be able to make changes to the schedule for you.
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2013.01.26 00:02 iamnotacola2013 NFL Mock Draft, Version 2
My last mock draft was hopelessly bad. In my defense, it was written back when Lennay Kekua was a real person. I've learned a lot - particularly not trashing teams with long write-ups - and I think this next mock draft should be a lot better. On to the picks! 1. Kansas City Chiefs - Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M - This seems to be the consensus, or at least a toss-up between him and Geno Smith. The Chiefs can address their quarterback situation in a variety of other ways; I think trading for a QB already in the league should help. Taking a tackle 1st overall is no longer as risky because Joeckel won't be owed $60+ million. 2. Jacksonville Jaguars - Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia - Another consensus. Chad Henne proved himself to be the starter, and I think he can handle the job. With established veterans on offense, the defense clearly needs to be addressed. Yes, I know the scouts say Jones will fall, but I'd like to see his combine results before I bump him out of the top 5. 3. Oakland Raiders - Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah - Yet another consensus. Again, it's clear that the Raiders will be looking to rebuild the defense after a rough year. The AFC West has plenty of talent like Peyton Manning, Jamaal Charles, Philip Rivers, and even a rising Knowshon Moreno, so having front line help will improve this defense. 4. Philadelphia Eagles - Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia - Going off the grid for this one. Michael Vick should be gone and Nick Foles won't be able to do an adequate job running the new Chip Kelly offense. Geno Smith gives this team the fresh start it needs with a new coach and a new style of offense. 5. Detroit Lions - Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama - While the Lions' offense needs improvement, they have the talent already in place. Thus, this pick again goes to the defense, where the Lions pick up Milliner, who at this juncture is the best defensive player still on the board in my opinion. 6. Cleveland Browns - Bjoern Werner, DE/OLB, Florida State - Geno Smith would be the only quarterback taking here and he's gone. So, yet again, let's go to the defense. I wondered who to take here but it seems that the people like Werner as the best DE/OLB. 7. Arizona Cardinals - Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan - The kind folks at azcardinals were fairly consistent in not wanting a quarterback. It seems like the Cardinals will be shopping around for an offensive lineman and I think they'd be better off taking Fisher over Chance Warmack. 8. Buffalo Bills - Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU - Besides having the best name in the draft, Barkevious Mingo could help a miserable Bills defense that collapsed under Mario Williams, who turned out to be a huge bust. (Also, I think Marrone will trade up for Nassib later in the draft, hence Mingo here. That's the smart plan in my opinion.) 9. New York Jets - Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M - Second Aggie gone in the top 10. The Jets were an obvious circus this year, but they need to stick with some of their key players if they don't want to be a circus all over again. Damontre Moore will be a great addition without sparking controversy. 10. Tennessee Titans - Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama - Roll Tide. Warmack was fantastic in guarding A.J. McCarron on to back-to-back national championships. Warmack is the reason McCarron is dating Katharine Webb. Titans coach Mike Munchak knows a great guard when he sees one and won't pass on Warmack. 11. San Diego Chargers - Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma - This is a disaster scenario for the Chargers and they will certainly trade this pick if Fisher, Warmack, and Milliner are gone. Since I'm not mocking trades, this pick will have to be the next best tackle, Jake Matthews Lane Johnson [thanks all you guys who said Matthews stayed for his senior year], who could still fill the need. 12. Miami Dolphins - Cordarelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee - The combine will ultimately determine if this pick belongs to Patterson or Keenan Allen. Ultimately, of the nine NFL mock drafts I consulted to help me with mine, five took Patterson and four took Allen. I went with the consensus. 13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia - It's going to take quite a bit for the Bucs to return to their former glory, but I think Ogletree has the best chance to do that. If you can have Jarvis Jones playing your position and not get overshadowed, you deserve this spot. 14. Carolina Panthers - Jonathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State - The Panthers had to take Kuechly last year. Good pick. Unfortunately they really could have used Dontari Poe or Fletcher Cox in addition. Hankins is an obvious choice here. 15. New Orleans Saints - Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon - In the post-bounty era, the Saints need improvement on the defense. Dion Jordan is the perfect addition to the Saints to bolster a struggling pass rush. 16. St. Louis Rams - Keenan Allen, WR, California - Sam Bradford has to have someone to throw to. Danny Amendolla is a good choice but he's not #1 WR caliber and he's injury prone. 17. Pittsburgh Steelers - Mike Glennon, QB, NC State - Now hear me out on this. The front office is not opposed to ditching Roethlisberger. He's out almost every season and Charlie Batch/Byron Leftwich are old and incapable of starting in the NFL. I wouldn't be surprised if Batch and Leftwich are done and the Steelers wanted an heir to the throne. 18. Dallas Cowboys - Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri - It's another consensus that the Cowboys need a defensive tackle. Again it's down to Jenkins or Richardson at this spot, and the combine will decide who is superior. 19. New York Giants - Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB, BYU - I don't agree with taking a defensive lineman, I think the Giants' line is fantastic. However, a linebacker could be a good pickup. Ansah can be a solid LB and take over at defensive line if Umenyiora doesn't pan out. 20. Chicago Bears - Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame - Fake girlfriend and National Championship game aside, Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs are getting old and Te'o is the most eligible to take over when it's their time, which could come after next season. 21. Cincinnati Bengals - Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU - Geno Atkins is a phenomenal defender but he's basically doing the work for the entire offensive line. Sam Montgomery would be a key addition to this line. 22. St. Louis Rams - Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas - This is a pick that I think a lot of people will like in St. Louis. Vaccaro is a fantastic talent who probably won't fall to 22 - in fact I wouldn't be surprised to see Vaccaro taken at 16 and Allen taken here. 23. Minnesota Vikings - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson - Every single mock draft I consulted had a wide receiver taken. Hopkins is the only wide receiver left. I really think the Vikings should look to bolster their defense but clearly they know something I don't. 24. Indianapolis Colts - Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State - The Colts' defense from their Super Bowl year has entirely been demolished. The Colts can't get burned any more, and Rhodes is the guy to take to prevent that from happening. 25. Seattle Seahawks - Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida - Pete Carroll has made it evident that pass rush is Seattle's #1 priority in the draft, and Floyd would be a phenomenal choice if he falls to 25. 26. Green Bay Packers - Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin - Montee Ball is a fantastic prospect. Do I need to remind you he's the all time leader in touchdowns? He did so against Big Ten defenses, so he's no Kliff Klingsbury. Green Bay has struggled on the ground last year and Ball is the best man for the job. 27. Houston Texans - Kevin Minter, LB, LSU - Third LSU player taken in the first round. Texans are set on offense and need to prevent the Colts from tearing through them again, especially with the linebacker position uncertain. 28. Denver Broncos - Bennie Logan, DT, LSU - Fourth LSU player taken in the first round. Defensive tackle is the consensus in the Broncos organization. Bennie Logan is the last top prospect available. 29. New England Patriots - Matt Elam, S, Florida - The Patriots taking a target for Brady would be ridiculous. Even with health issues, he has 3-4 #1 options on that team. The Patriots need to prevent getting burned when they face some steep quarterback competition next season. 30. Atlanta Falcons - Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford - I have no idea who's better between Ertz and Eifort. And frankly, I really don't care. What I do know is that the Falcons just lost Tony Gonzalez, who was money for this team and an integral part of Matt Ryan's success as well as the running game's success. 31. Baltimore Ravens - Khaseem Green, LB, Rutgers - I think it's fair to say Ray Lewis was highly regarded in Baltimore. With him gone, the Ravens will need to jumpstart their efforts in rebuilding their top-caliber defense. 32. San Francisco 49ers - Barrett Jones, C, Alabama - San Francisco's defense is phenomenal. Picking a defender would be a shot in eleven groins. Barrett Jones can improve the line and help the new Kaepernick offense get the ball running. Somehow, I don't think people will realize that's a pun.
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