OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 13:  Khalil Mack #52 of the Oakland Raiders looks on during the second half of their NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at O.co Coliseum on September 13, 2015 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Can Khalil Mack become a superstar in 2016?

Spring is one hell of a time in the NFL. Everybody is undefeated and bold proclamations and prognostications run rampant. One particularly intriguing statement this spring came from Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Car, who declared that teammate Khalil Mack could register 20, maybe even 30 sacks in 2016. Now, Mack is a very good player. […]

TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 22: Kicker Roberto Aguayo #19 of the Florida State Seminoles kicks the game winning field goal against the Boston College Eagles during the game at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Tallahassee, Florida. The Seminoles defeated the Eagles 20-17. (Photo by Jeff Gammons/Getty Images)

Precedents suggest Roberto Aguayo pick wasn’t stupid at all

They say it takes several years to judge most draft picks, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ decision to trade up in order to take kicker Roberto Aguayo in the second round of this year’s draft was immediately and roundly ridiculed. And those doing the ridiculing had a case. After all, Aguayo became the first kicker […]

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08:  Jadeveon Clowney of the South Carolina Gamecocks stands on stage with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after he was picked #1 overall by the Houston Texansduring the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on May 8, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

Pressure on Jadeveon Clowney to buck trend with non-QB top picks

The good news is 2014 No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney finally says he’s 100 percent healthy as his Houston Texans begin their offseason program. The bad news is the injury-prone defensive end has 4.5 sacks in two NFL seasons and is entering what might be a make-or-break campaign at the age of 23. And if Clowney […]

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Top 10 Players in the AFC North

This weekly series presents the 10 best players in each division. This week we continue with the AFC North. 1. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers He has the 2nd most and 4th most receptions in a season in NFL history. Last season he had 136 catches for 1,834 yards and 10 touchdowns. He’s re-writing the NFL […]

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Top 10 players in the AFC East

This weekly series presents the 10 best players in each division. This week we start with the AFC East. The New England Patriots may have dominated this division for a long time but they don’t have the most players on this list. If there’s ever a chance of someone bumping them, it will be because […]

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 02:  Adam Vinatieri #4 of the Indianapolis Colts pumps his fist after making the first overtime field goal against the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 2, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

It’s true, Adam Vinatieri wasn’t very good…until he was

A lot of folks believe Adam Vinatieri could one day become the first-ever placekicker to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He’s certainly one of the most clutch and consistent kickers in league history, which explains why he’s lasted 21 years in this league. But Vinatieri wasn’t always a star. In fact, he […]

ENGLEWOOD, CO - JANUARY  20:  John Elway, Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager for the Denver Broncos addresses the media during a press conference to introduce Gary Kubiak as the new head coach at Dove Valley on January 20, 2015 in Englewood, Colorado. Kubiak was named the 15th head coach in Broncos history after spending last season as the Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Three NFL teams that could be destined to fall from grace in 2016

Every year, about half a dozen teams make the NFL playoffs despite failing to do so the previous season. That means that an equal number of teams fail to get back to the postseason. On Tuesday, we gave you three teams that could finally end playoff slumps. Today, three that could fall from grace. Denver […]

SANTA CLARA, CA - OCTOBER 22:  Michael Bennett #72 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after a sack of Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers during their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on October 22, 2015 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Seahawks’ Michael Bennett won’t hold out despite dissatisfaction with contract

Defensive end Michael Bennett of the Seattle Seahawks is a different kind of bird. Yes, even more different than whatever the heck a seahawk is. While his former teammate Marshawn Lynch was known for saying a lot by saying very little, Bennett is known simply for being brutally honest and strangely straightforward. The man who […]

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 08:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts throws the ball during the game against the Denver Broncos at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 8, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

NFL quarterbacks under the most pressure to execute in 2016

Quarterback has become the most important position in North American professional sports. As a result, there isn’t a lot of rope for the guys who play that position. Here are five starting quarterbacks who might not be starters much longer if they can’t excel this fall. Sam Bradford, Philadelphia Eagles: Bradford is the highest-paid quarterback […]

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 21:  Blake Bortles #5 of the Jacksonville Jaguars warms up before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at EverBank Field on September 21, 2014 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Three NFL teams primed to end playoff slumps in 2016

Every year, about half a dozen teams make the NFL playoffs despite failing to do so the previous season. Inevitably, several teams that have often been left out of the playoff picture in recent years will make big runs in 2016. Here are the top candidates with Week 1 still four months out. Jacksonville Jaguars: […]

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The 10 best veterans still lingering on the free-agent market

At this point in the offseason, unless something crazy happens (like a team rescinding a franchise tag), NFL teams are unlikely to pick up productive starters on the open market. The name of the game in the NFL is depth, though, and there’s no question there are veterans floating around out there that could be […]

NEW YORK - APRIL 24: (L-R) NFL draft prospects Eugene Monroe, Virginia, Brian Cushing, USC, Aaron Curry, Wake Forest, Jason Smith, Baylor, and Matthew Stafford, Georgia, pose atop the Radio City Music Hall marquee April 24, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jonathan Fickies/Getty Images)

Looking at the historically bad 2009 NFL Draft class, seven years later

Conventional wisdom says it takes two or three years to judge a NFL Draft class. Well, we’ve had seven years to watch the players who were drafted in 2009, and it’s probably safe to conclude that said class might be one of the worst in NFL history. That draft has produced just five first-team All-Pros, which, […]

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 08:  A detail of the official National Football League NFL logo is seen painted on the turf as the New York Giants host the Atlanta Falcons during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at MetLife Stadium on January 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Newly-released suicide research regarding ex-NFL players doesn’t come close to telling the whole story

On the surface, it’s good news that a soon-to-be-published study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concludes that there’s no indication former NFL players commit suicide at a higher rate than the general population. So it’s not surprising that said discovery has been making headlines throughout the week. Two problems. First, as ESPN.com’s article […]

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 13:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers listens to the fans cheer during the final seconds of a win against the Atlanta Falcons at Bank of America Stadium on December 13, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers won 38-0.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Ranking all 32 projected NFL starting quarterbacks for 2016

A lot could — and probably will — change in the NFL between now and the second week of September, when Week 1 on the schedule kicks off. But right now, there are some large and small favorites to win starting quarterback jobs on all 32 NFL rosters. Here’s how we rank them.   1. […]

GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 29: Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers (L) talks with Randall Cobb #18 during warmups before the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field on August 29, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

10 injured players needing a bounce-back season in 2016

Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys Had Romo been able to stay healthy throughout the season, the Cowboys would have ran away with the division and safely into the playoffs. The year prior, the Cowboys nearly won their playoff game against the Packers (they should have, but that is for another article). The team was ready to […]

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