Had there not been a lockout and labor dispute this offseason, the NFL would have started last night with the annual Hall of Fame game.
Football fans would have already watched a real, live football game (or at least one-two possessions of something that vaguely resembles professional football).
Instead, fans had a delay and thus, the NFL preseason was put off by a week. But that ends this week with a full slate of NFL games starting Thursday.
Most fans hate the preseason — rightfully so, if you are a season-ticket holder — but it will be nice to see our favorite players on the field again in anticipation of the 2011 NFL season.
Here are today’s great reads:
- Now that the bulk of free agency is behind us, fantasy owners should take a look back at the transactions that were made in the wildest couple of weeks in NFL history. Make sure to soak in the important player movements before making your cheat sheets. [The Fifth Down]
- The Saints may have gotten the biggest steal of the draft when Mark Ingram slipped into the 20s. Ingram is drawing high praise at camp. But fantasy owners need only remember the Ryan-Mathews-hype-train that started rolling around this time last year before they let their Ingram love get out of control. [Roto Arcade]
- Chad Ocho Cinco’s skills may be on the decline, but his fantasy value could find new life in New England. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick can bring out the best in aging, offensive veterans (see: Randy Moss, Corey Dillon). [Roto Professor]
- Missed out on a top quarterback in your draft? Need a good sleeper? Here are a few potential quarterback sleepers for 2011. [Bruno Boys]
- Speaking of sleeper quarterbacks, Ryan Fitzpatrick was a big one from the 2011 season. It just goes to show you that someone will always emerge from the depths of the waiver wire during the season. [The Big Lead]
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