Marcus Mariota: The Task-Oriented QB | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Matt’s Note: This is the second part of an analysis Eric performed on Mariota. The first part is how to develop a grading scale for quarterbacks. This post covers notable parts of Mariota’s game from Eric’s tape study. I’m restating this post with the end of the previous one. If it seems familiar, you know why . . .
Explaining the Joe Staley Salary Cap Charge Increase - Over the Cap
Last week 49ers tackle Joe Staley had a minor tweak to his contract- his $6 million option bonus was converted to a $6 million signing bonus. Sounds simple enough right? Except Staley’s cap charge increased by $1.2 million, as first reported by Joel Corry, as if he received both a signing and option bonus. How does that make sense?
SI 64: Nos. 39-35: Paul Dawson, Ereck Flowers, Eddie Goldman, more | SI.com
With the 2015 NFL draft fast approaching, it’s time for all 32 NFL teams to start getting their draft boards in order and ranking players based on their own preferences. At SI, it’s time for us to do that as well. To that end, Doug Farrar and Chris Burke have assembled their own definitive Big Board, consisting of the players they feel deserve to be selected in the first two rounds.
Schedule release coming soon, as usual | ProFootballTalk
With baseball in the early stages of the regular season and hockey and basketball rocketing toward the postseason, the NFL continues to find ways to upstage other big-time sports while in its offseason.
Kurt Warner’s trying to remind Colin Kaepernick to stay in pocket | ProFootballTalk
“He can’t do all the running,” Warner said, via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. “Now he’s got to become more of a pass-first guy and complement with his athleticism. And he’s never been asked to do that before. And so that’s the process that we kind of went through in the couple of months I was working with him.
Jim O’Neil on Justin Gilbert: It takes time to learn how to play corner in the NFL | ProFootballTalk
“I think that expectations for corners in this league for first year are always a lot higher than they should be. I can’t remember a rookie corner that’s had a successful season in his first year,” O’Neil said, via the team’s website. “I know nobody wants to hear this, but it takes time, it takes time to learn how to play corner in the NFL. Quarterbacks are too good, receivers are too good.”
Examining the worst first-round NFL draft pick for each team since 1990 - CBSSports.com
Who is the worst first-round draft pick for each NFL team since 1990? We set out to figure it out.
Jeff Garcia on Harbaugh-less 49ers: 'Now where are they going to be?' - CBSSports.com
Like everyone except 49ers president Jed York, GM Trent Baalke and new coach Jim Tomsula, former QB Jeff Garcia has no idea what the plan is for 2015 and beyond.
2015 NFL Draft: What recent trends can tell us about this year's draft - CBSSports.com
The rise of safeties, guards and wide receivers has paralleled the fall of running backs and centers, while defensive linemen have stayed relatively consistent in terms of how they're valued on draft day.
Percy Harvin: World has yet to see me 'really explode' - NFL.com
Percy Harvin is the newest addition to the Buffalo Bills' wide receiver room. After one workout, he and coach Rex Ryan's confidence already is in midseason form.
Ndamukong Suh, Jay Cutler, Darrelle Revis among NFL's best heels - NFL.com
Who do fans love to hate? With the polarizing Duke Blue Devils on the national stage, our analysts discuss the NFL's best heels. Does freshly minted Miami Dolphin Ndamukong Suh take the cake?
Seahawks mailbag, Vol: 3: Paul Richardson, Kevin Norwood and trading up | The Seattle Times
Questions about Kevin Norwood, Paul Richardson and trading up in this edition of the mailbag.
Monday Round-Up: Super Bowl XLIX voted greatest game of all-time by readers of NFL.com | Seattle Seahawks
A daily link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks' Top Needs, Fits for 2015 NFL Draft to Build for the Future | Bleacher Report
The Seattle Seahawks are a team that is build to compete for a championship now, as evidenced by their appearance in the Super Bowl in each of the past two seasons.
Percy Harvin: The world hasn’t seen me explode like I’m about to | ProFootballTalk
Wide receiver Percy Harvin has been a man on the move over the last three-plus seasons as he's bounced between the Vikings, Seahawks and Jets before signing with the Bills as a free agent this offseason.
2015 NFL Draft: The Most Overlooked Player at Every Position | Bleacher Report
The NFL draft is an imperfect process that may be considered more of an art than a science. Each year, NFL scouts, GMs and media analysts can count on both fingers how many prospects they either overlooked or overvalued. This is all just a natural part of scouting.
2015 NFL Mock Draft: CB Trae Waynes lands in New York - CBSSports.com
At least one cornerback has been drafted top-10 the last five years and Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes to the Giants would keep the streak alive.
FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Aggressiveness Index 2014
When you think of the most aggressive coaches in the NFL, you think of Sean Payton and Bill Belichick. Perhaps you think of Chip Kelly. You probably do not think of Jim Caldwell.=