1. NFL 101: Introducing the Basics of the 4-Minute Offense

    In this installment of Bleacher Report's "NFL 101" series, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen breaks down the schemes and execution for the four-minute offense at the pro level...

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  2. The Franchise Five: NFL Players Who Could Anchor Any Franchise Build

    The NFL is loaded with top-tier players in the prime of their careers. Just turn on the tape and these guys will jump off the screen with ridiculous skill sets and rare playmaking ability...

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  3. The NFL's Most 'Unstoppable' Plays

    "That's unstoppable." It's a phrase we often hear on Sundays in the NFL when an offensive coordinator has called a specific play that perfectly exposes a defense based on field position, game situation and the projected matchup...

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  4. NFL 101: Introducing the Basics of the Two-Minute Offense

    In this installment of Bleacher Report's "NFL 101" series, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen breaks down schemes and execution for the two-minute offense at the pro level...

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  5. Which 2014 Top-10 Picks Must Rebound in Their Sophomore Years?

    Transitioning to the NFL as a rookie isn't easy. Plenty of players struggle to adjust to the challenges of facing pro talent, meeting the demands of NFL coaching staffs and being accountable in pro buildings...

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  6. Don't Make It Complicated, Cowboys: Just Pay Dez Bryant

    In the NFL , we often hear the phrase "pay that man" when one of the league's superstars, a player with consistent production and prime years ahead of him, is deserving of a new deal with a nice chunk of cash up front...

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  7. NFL 101: Introducing the Basics of Prevent Defenses

    In this installment of Bleacher Report's "NFL 101" series, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen breaks down schemes and execution for prevent defenses at the pro level...

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  8. Why Packers Receiver Davante Adams Will Break out in His 2nd NFL Season

    During the 2014 season, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams didn't fill up the stat sheet like fellow rookie receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Mike Evans, Kelvin Benjamin and Sammy Watkins...

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  9. Inside NFL Minicamps: What Do We Really Learn?

    The final phase of the NFL offseason is wrapping up around the league with teams running through veteran minicamps ...

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  10. How Much Will the Patriots Really Miss Darrelle Revis?

    The 2014 New England Patriots secondary was a lockdown unit, a group of defensive backs who could line up in press, challenge receivers on the release and funnel routes inside to free safety Devin McCourty, the angel over the top of the defense...

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  11. NFL 101: The Basics of the Two-Point Playbook

    In this installment of the "NFL 101" series at Bleacher Report, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen breaks down schemes and execution for two-point conversion attempts at the pro level...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 21 days ago 36,463 reads 39 comments

  12. NFL Players Who Deserve More Hype Heading into 2015 Season

    The Pro Bowl names, the guys like Aaron Rodgers , J.J. Watt, Rob Gronkowski , Darrelle Revis or Marshawn Lynch , are always at the top of the list when it comes to discussing the premier talent in the NFL ...

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  13. NFL 101: Introducing Trap Coverage

    In this installment of the "NFL 101" series at Bleacher Report, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen breaks down the basics of "trap" coverages to give you a better understanding of the scheme and its execution at the pro level...

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  14. Why the Panthers Had to Pay QB Cam Newton Like a Superstar

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is 26 years old, just entering the prime of his NFL career. He plays the most important position on the field...

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  15. Which NFL Players Will Give Defensive Coordinators Nightmares in 2015?

    When looking at the top offensive matchup weapons in the NFL , think of players who can create stress for opposing defensive coordinators due to their skill sets, formation flexibility and the one-on-one situations they consistently exploit...

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  16. Andrew Luck Set Up to Join the NFL's QB Elite in 2015

    Entering his fourth season, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is on the verge of becoming a part of the conversation about the great quarterbacks in the game — and, ...

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  17. Which Players Will Bounce Back from Injuries in the 2015 NFL Season?

    When you're looking at a player coming off a major injury in the NFL , there are a variety of factors you have to consider to determine whether he'll be able to bounce back and play a vital role...

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  18. For 2nd-Year Pros, NFL OTAs Are Opportunity to Make Big Strides in Development

    NFL organized team activity sessions in late spring can be beneficial for every player on the field if there is a professional approach to fundamentals, technique and scheme install...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 1 month ago 22,451 reads 26 comments

  19. Finding the Right Fit: 5 Players Who Will Benefit from New Systems in 2015

    Every year, we see players in the NFL benefit immensely from scheme changes, whether it's after they've switched teams in free agency or as veteran holdovers with a new coaching staff...

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  20. What It Takes to Be a Special Teams Demon

    Covering kicks in the NFL isn't easy, and it's not for everyone. Get up to top speed, get past a block, create an angle to the ball, get there and make a tackle—in the ...

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  21. NFL Rookies Are Thrown Straight into the Fire in Minicamps

    What's it like to report for your first day of minicamp as an NFL rookie? It's like being tossed into the fire...

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  22. Cowboys' 2015 Run Game Is Ultimate Test of O-Line vs. Running Back

    The Dallas Cowboys brought back an old-school style of football during the 2014 NFL season, using a big, physical, nasty offensive line to dictate the flow of the game...

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  23. Rising NFL Stars to Keep an Eye On in 2015

    With the NFL draft behind us and offseason practice sessions about to start across the league, who are the "rising stars" we should focus on heading into the 2015 season? Here ...

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  24. Predicting This Year's Surprise Impact Rookies

    Since the end of the 2015 NFL draft, we've discussed the top rookie scheme fits along with some of the first-year offensive playmakers who should create matchup issues for opposing defenses...

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  25. Which Rookies Will Prove to Be the Biggest Matchup Nightmares for Opponents?

    Creating favorable matchups on offense is key to game-planning and situational football in the NFL . A player with size, speed and/or a skill set that opponents can't match defensively is a true offensive weapon...

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