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Jeff Gross


Impact Tackles & the need for more Comprehensive Stats in the NFL
There are perhaps no two bigger pet peeves for evaluators who watch countless hours of film than players who receive too much credit from the fans and mainstream media, and players who receive too little.

All-22: Double Posts In the Red Zone | Birds 24/7
Chip Kelly doesn’t understand the typically accepted definition of the red zone. “It’s always kind of been humorous to me where the line, the 20, became the official red zone,” he said during a video last year. “It starts at the 20. And if you’re at the 21, it’s not a red zone.

What might Frank Reich's Chargers offense look like? - Bolts From The Blue
Looking back at the history of Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich to predict the changes he might make to the San Diego offense in 2014.

Silva's Pre-Camp Team Rankings - Offseason Low Down -
Updated since the NFL draft, these are my second annual Pre-Camp Roster Rankings. The process in devising these rankings is imperfect, and inarguably subjective. Inevitably, certain teams will perform better than I anticipate during the forthcoming season. Others will fare worse.

Top 5 Positional Units: Defensive Fronts -
In the NFL, it all starts up front on both sides of the ball. For defense, having a strong front is the key to success in terms of disrupting the passing and running games. A secondary’s job becomes so much easier if pressure is happening up front and a linebacker really appreciates if he can  run free at a play because the line is occupying the blockers.

Ranking the NFL's best and worst QB situations. | : Mike Tanier Article
Don't worry: I made it up. Wilson is a great young quarterback who is still on the rise; his place in history can wait. But assigning a ranking to a quarterback is the best way to get attention in this line of work, especially a young guy who has just landed in the eye of the mass-media hurricane.

Russell Wilson: It's about wins, not statistics -
"We've connected so much, and he's so fired up. He looks so good," Wilson told Theoharis about Harvin.

Former Seahawks WR Golden Tate looking forward to catching ‘a ton more balls’ - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate knew the reigning Super Bowl champions employed an offense that didn’t cater toward his skill set. And while he enjoyed the best year of his career in 2013 — capped off by a ring in February — he wants even more.

Golden Tate: “The sky’s the limit” in Detroit | ProFootballTalk
“I hated being tackled [last year] because I didn’t know when my next ball was going to come. I have a chance to catch more balls and make Pro Bowls,” Tate said, via “I think if I can stay healthy, God forbid, it’s going to be fun. I have a chance to catch a ton more balls. I’m going to see a lot of single coverage. I’m probably going to see a lot of No. 2 and No. 3 cornerbacks because everyone’s going to be on No. 81 [Calvin Johnson]. I’m excited. I think the sky’s the limit. I think it’s going to get back to the old Golden.”

Expectations For Lions - ESPN Video - ESPN
Lions WR Golden Tate talks about his time in Seattle and his expectations for Detroit this season.

Tate on ESPN compares Wilson and Stafford, and more | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
I’m thinking many Seahawks fans have moved on from Golden Tate now that he is with the Detroit Lions.

Seahawks' Bruce Irvin 'hip feels 100 times better' -
Heading into the final days before training camps start, we're likely to get a bevy of injury updates about who will or will not be ready when practices begin.

How the 49ers, Alex Boone got to this point - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Alex Boone's contract could be a long storyline for the San Francisco 49ers this summer.

Monday links: Wilson debate continues, and more | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Time to catch up on some links from the last few days. …

Countdown to Camp: 12 Questions for 12 Days — Who will return punts in 2014? | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
he opening of Seattle’s training camp is now 12 days away — fitting number, huh?

Eagles coaches are impressed with Jordan Matthews -
News out of Philadelphia suggest that Jordan Matthews is going to be a stud. The Eagles rookie wide receiver continues to impress the coaching staff. Will he fulfill all the hype?

Russell Wilson: It's about wins, not statistics -
Only one team in the NFL threw fewer passes than the Seattle Seahawks last year. Will a full season of the Russell Wilson-Percy Harvin connection change that?

2014 NFL training camp reporting dates and locations -
The road to Super Bowl XLIX begins at training camp. Find out the reporting dates and locations for all 32 teams -- like the defending Super Bowl-champion Seattle Seahawks -- as they prepare for the season.

Green Bay Packers' goal on offense: 75 plays per game -
Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy wants to play fast -- really fast. With Aaron Rodgers under center, the Packers' goal is to play 75 snaps a game, a quicker pace than last year's record-setting Broncos.

AFC West training camp preview: 3 things to watch -
What are the storylines to follow in the ramp-up to training camp? In the AFC West, DeMarcus Ware prepares for his first season with the Broncos while the Chiefs get a better glimpse of Dee Ford.

Talented fifth-year option guys like Watt, Newton still await paydays -
Will J.J. Watt, Cam Newton and Patrick Peterson all head to camp underpaid? Welcome to the limbo of fifth-year players whose leverage for big paydays is limited by the CBA.

'Stunned' Pam Oliver bumped to No. 2 FOX NFL team, out after 2014 -
2014 will be Pam Oliver's final year on the sidelines with FOX.

Rich Eisen of NFL Network guest-authors Monday Morning Quarterback | The MMQB with Peter King
The Silly Season. Late June. Early July. No workouts. No OTAs. No meetings. Nothing. Well, in full disclosure, it's not like we've had nothing to help us through this football diaspora. We have had the stupendous World Cup.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | The Month In Quotes: May/June 2014
YEAH MANZIEL IS NO LAWRENCE TAYLOR "I would be concerned, but I think if you sort of look at the culture and the history of the Giants, [Manziel] really doesn’t fit the profile of, historically, of New York Giants football players. We have a fantastic quarterback who I hope has another amazing season. I wish Manziel all the best." -- New York Giants co-owner Steve Tisch, on Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel's off-field tendencies (TMZ )

The NFL’s (short) summer break is winding down | ProFootballTalk
Calendar summer is roughly three months long, but NFL summer is a fraction of that, and soon, it will be over. Two weeks from today, every team's veterans will have reported to training camp.

Ron Jaworski: Matt Cassel is the worst starting QB in the NFL | ProFootballTalk
Former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski is unveiling his annual ranking of the NFL's 32 starting quarterbacks, and the list started with Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel. And not because Cassel is the best. Jaworski labeled Cassel the worst starter in the NFL.

The Top Receivers And The Men Who Threw It To Them II —
One of my first posts at Football Perspective was one of my favorites: the top receivers and the men who threw it to them. I like referencing that post from time to time, so I decided to update the numbers through the 2013 season.

2015 NFL Draft: N.C. State Preview -
N.C. State is once again thin on draft-eligible talent for the upcoming year, but features a couple of big men in DT Thomas Teal and oft-injured but talented OT Rob Crisp who look to have what it takes to play at the next level and could draw interest with strong senior showings.

Green Bay Packers want to speed up their offense - ESPN
McCarthy and his quarterback have one primary goal in mind for 2014: Run 75 plays per game.

2015 NFL Draft: Mountain West Preview -
Coming off a record-breaking draft in the 2014 class, the Mountain West Conference is still loaded with a plethora of potential picks for the 2015 NFL Draft

2015 NFL Draft: Miami (Fla.) -
All-ACC first-team LB Denzel Perryman and explosive RB Duke Johnson head a class of at least eight Miami prospects to keep an eye on leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft.

Pierre Thomas is running out of time -
Pierre Thomas has consistently been on the cusp of being an effective starting running back. Will 2014 be his year?

INTERVIEW: San Diego Chargers LB Manti Te'o and his Season of Knowledge - Bolts From The Blue
For San Diego Chargers LB Manti Te'o, the difference between a rookie year and year two can be be defined by the work and preparation in-between.

2014 Fantasy Football: Projections for Cardinals top fantasy weapons - Revenge of the Birds
We saw a bit of a revival in Arizona in 2013. Carson Palmer came over from the Raiders and rescued Larry Fitzgerald from some horrid 2012 quarterback play and offensive mind Bruce Arians made the...

St. Louis Rams training camp schedule 2014 - Turf Show Times
Dates, times, autographs, what you can and can't bring ... basically everything you ever wanted to know about training camp this year.

Rams Roster Review: RB Tre Mason - Turf Show Times
Tre Mason wasn't drafted to sit on the bench. The Auburn product will bring speed and explosiveness to the backfield.