1. Matt Bowen's NFL Regular-Season Film Preview

    Former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen previews the start of the 2014 regular season with a focus on scheme and personnel in the film room...

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  2. Will Defensive Contact Emphasis Spoil NFL's Regular Season?

    Physical play, technique and the ability to challenge receivers throughout the route stem. These are the basic skills we look for in defensive backs when they are matched up in coverage at the NFL level...

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  3. Tale of the Tape from NFL Preseason Week 3

    Throughout the 2014 preseason schedule, Matt Bowen will bring you an X’s and O’s look at the NFL . Here are his five key plays from the third weekend of the exhibition season...

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  4. NFL 101: Breaking Down the Nickel Run Game

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

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  5. Matt Bowen's NFL Preseason Week 3 Film Study

    Every Thursday throughout the preseason and regular-season schedule, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen brings you his film session: a breakdown of the league from multiple angles...

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  6. Inside the Importance of Preseason Week 3

    In the third week of the NFL preseason, game plans are handed out, practice is structured to simulate the regular-season routine and starters are expected to play into the second half before shutting it down for the rest of the summer...

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  7. Tale of the Tape from NFL Preseason Week 2

    Throughout the 2014 preseason schedule, Matt Bowen will bring you an X’s and O’s look at the NFL . Here are his five key plays from the second weekend of the exhibition season...

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  8. Matt Bowen's NFL Preseason Week 2 Film Study

    Every Thursday throughout the preseason and regular-season schedule, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen will bring you his film session: a breakdown of the league from multiple angles...

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  9. Breaking Down the Progression of the NFL Preseason

    The NFL preseason follows a specific progression each week in terms of game plans, veteran playing time and rookie exposure as teams prep for the regular season...

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  10. Tale of the Tape from NFL Preseason Week 1

    Throughout the 2014 preseason schedule, Matt Bowen will bring you an X’s and O’s look at the NFL . Here are his five key plays from the first weekend of the exhibition season...

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  11. NFL 101: Breaking Down the Basics of 2-Man Coverage

    In this installment of the "NFL 101" series at Bleacher Report, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen breaks down the basics of 2-Man coverage to give you a better understanding of the scheme and its execution at the pro level...

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  12. Inside Training Camp: The Harsh Reality of Camp Injuries

    Players are going to get banged up with ankle, knee, shoulder and various muscle injuries in NFL training camps—injuries that prevent them from competing in practice...

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  13. Tale of the Tape from NFL's Hall of Fame Game

    Throughout the 2014 preseason schedule, Matt Bowen will bring you an X’s and O’s look at the NFL . Here are his three key plays from the Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio, on Sunday night, where the Giants beat the Bills 17-13...

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  14. Inside the NFL's Hall of Fame Game

    The Hall of Fame Game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Giants Sunday night in Canton, Ohio, should be viewed as an extension of practice...

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  15. Julius Peppers' Freakish Athletic Ability Is an Ideal Fit for Packers Defense

    At 34 years old, Julius Peppers can still run like a tight end, explode off the line of scrimmage with an electric first step and showcase his freakish athletic ability to chase down the quarterback or make a play in the open field...

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  16. Inside Training Camp: Are NFL Camps Getting Too Soft?

    The concerned look on my mom’s face said it all as I walked out of FedEx Field on one of those humid nights in August after the third preseason game in 2004...

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  17. Inside Training Camp: Uncomfortable Accommodations Can Be a Beautiful Thing

    NFL training camps should be dirty, grimy and even a little uncomfortable for players as they prep for the regular season with long days of practice in the summer heat and meetings that stretch deep into the night...

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  18. NFL 101: Breaking Down the Basics of Man Pressure

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

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  19. Inside Training Camp: Everything Changes When the Pads Go On

    Back in spring, I talked about the importance of offseason practice sessions for NFL clubs as they installed the playbook, drilled technique and began their prep work for the 2014 season...

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  20. Welcome to NFL Training Camp, Rookie

    With the Bills and Giants already on the field for fall camp—and the rest of the league reporting by the end of this week—it’s time for the real competition (and the hitting) to begin across the NFL ...

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  21. NFL 101: Introducing the Basic Red-Zone Route Combinations

    In this installment of the "NFL 101" series at Bleacher Report, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen breaks down the basic red-zone-route passing combinations to give you a better understanding of the scheme and its execution at the pro level...

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  22. For NFL Rookies, the Symposium Eliminates the Excuses

    During the 2000 Rookie Symposium out in San Diego, I, along with close to 300 other rookies, put condoms on bananas, sat through role-play sessions and watched as two beautiful women walked up on stage to reveal that they were HIV positive...

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  23. Lavonte David Primed for Star Turn Under Tutelage of Lovie Smith

    In just his second pro season, Lavonte David produced top-tier numbers (145 tackles, seven sacks, five interceptions, two forced fumbles) while showcasing a skill set that meshes with today’s game at the weak-side linebacker position...

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  24. NFL 101: Breaking Down the Basics of the Zone Blitz

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

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  25. For NFL Players, There Is No Summer Vacation

    As minicamps wrap up across the league, what’s the next step for NFL players as they begin their “summer vacations” before reporting to camp in late July? ...

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