1. The Best NFL Draft Sleeper No One Is Talking About: Samford's Jaquiski Tartt

    "Who is that guy?" It was the first day of workouts at the Senior Bowl in January, and a strong safety kept catching my attention. NFL body. Long. Aggressive. Playing fast...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 2 months ago 127,962 reads 99 comments

  2. Todd Gurley Is Too Good to Pass Up in the First Round of the NFL Draft

    Drafting a running back in the first round can be viewed as a negative due to the short shelf life at the position...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 2 months ago 59,598 reads 158 comments

  3. Top Technique Makes Wide Receiver Amari Cooper a Top-10 Talent in NFL Draft

    The 2015 wide receiver class is deep. It's loaded with speed, talent and prospects who can make the quick jump to the NFL stage. West Virginia's Kevin White tore up the combine with 4...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 2 months ago 17,040 reads 36 comments

  4. Why Are NFL Scouts Having Such a Hard Time Figuring out Marcus Mariota?

    Marcus Mariota produced ridiculous numbers as quarterback at Oregon, won the Heisman Trophy and tore up combine workouts. He's got a great attitude, and scouts love his leadership ability...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 2 months ago 73,860 reads 217 comments

  5. What Does the NFL Future Hold for Michael Crabtree?

    When a veteran NFL player is still on the market at this point of free agency, we have to go back to the tape, be honest about what we see, set aside the player's name value and focus on his skill set...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 2 months ago 100,455 reads 276 comments

  6. Chris Borland's Retirement an Uncommon Choice—but One NFL Players Understand

    When a young player voluntarily walks away from the NFL —from the game, from the money, from the unique opportunities that are created in this league—we should all take notice...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 2 months ago 39,561 reads 181 comments

  7. Will the Safety-Starved NFL Overdraft Landon Collins?

    This isn't a good year to be an NFL team in need of a safety. The market was already thin at the position entering free agency, with the Patriots making the smart play to re-sign Devin McCourty before he hit the open market...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 2 months ago 29,744 reads 80 comments

  8. Free Agency Continues to Be Balancing Act of Old and New

    The start of the new league year in the NFL gives teams the option to add, subtract and hopefully find proven, veteran upgrades to fill immediate needs...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 3 months ago 77,080 reads 261 comments

  9. Why Jimmy Graham Is the Gem of NFL New Year's 1st Week

    Jimmy Graham is a rare talent, a tight end who creates matchup issues for opposing defenses all over the field because of his athleticism, length and ability to win at the point of attack...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 3 months ago 56,797 reads 281 comments

  10. Andre Johnson in Line for Key Role with Colts in 2015

    At age 33, veteran wide receiver Andre Johnson isn ’t going to run by defensive backs, press the top of the secondary or consistently make plays down the field on deep balls...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 3 months ago 26,664 reads 69 comments

  11. Chip Kelly Is Setting Up His Philosophy for the Ultimate Test

    In the NFL , the head coach is the most important man in the building. He's the guy who sets the tone for the players, scouts, management, even the secretaries at the front desk when you walk into the facility...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 3 months ago 51,885 reads 166 comments

  12. Frank Gore Is Natural Fit with Indianapolis Colts' Power-Run Game

    The new deal that brings running back Frank Gore to Indianapolis allows the Colts to fill an immediate need with a proven, veteran player who is still producing numbers in the NFL ...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 3 months ago 20,228 reads 63 comments

  13. Re-Signing Devin McCourty Keeps Patriots on Best Path to Defend League Title

    The New England Patriots made the smart move late Sunday night when they reportedly re-signed free safety Devin McCourty to a new five-year contract . The contract is valued at $47...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 3 months ago 33,640 reads 59 comments

  14. Can Frank Gore Defy Father Time Once More for Stint with Eagles?

    At age 31, Frank Gore isn’t an upgrade in talent over LeSean McCoy. But after reports from ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the veteran back is on the verge of signing a ...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 3 months ago 51,844 reads 161 comments

  15. Devin McCourty Is the Jewel of 2015 NFL Free Agency

    Every team in the NFL wants to play physical man coverage. Jam the receivers, impact the release and funnel the routes inside...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 3 months ago 63,826 reads 126 comments

  16. An Agent's Perspective on NFL Free Agency

    Forget the "three-day window," opening Saturday, for free agents and teams to negotiate. Forget the NFL 's "new year," which begins Tuesday, when offers are allowed to be officially made and accepted...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 3 months ago 91,238 reads 38 comments

  17. NFL Free Agency Is All About the Dollar Chase

    Did I want to leave Green Bay in 2003? Heck, no. I loved playing for the Packers. Lambeau Field on Sundays? That's a magical place. And with Brett Favre at quarterback, we were a real contender...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 3 months ago 53,391 reads 97 comments

  18. Life as an Unglamorous Free Agent in the NFL

    By the end of the second week of March 2006, I was tired of lifting in public gyms and running on muddy grass fields at junior high schools in Northern Virginia. I wanted a phone call, a visit and eventually a new deal to keep playing ball...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 3 months ago 199,116 reads 148 comments

  19. What Happens Next for Prospects Who Bombed the Scouting Combine?

    They're just numbers. Everything gathered at the combine—the 40, the jumps, the change of direction drills. Just numbers. They can't and don't tell the entire story on any draft prospect...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 3 months ago 167,313 reads 131 comments

  20. Top Takeaways from the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine

    INDIANAPOLIS — Here are former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen's top takeaways from the NFL Scouting Combine, which wrapped up Monday...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 3 months ago 71,146 reads 107 comments

  21. NFL Combine 2015: Matt Bowen's Day 5 Notebook

    INDIANAPOLIS — Throughout the NFL Scouting Combine, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen will bring you his daily notebook. Here are his notes from Day 5...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 3 months ago 101,860 reads 52 comments

  22. NFL Combine 2015: Matt Bowen's Day 4 Notebook

    INDIANAPOLIS — Throughout the NFL Scouting Combine, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen will bring you his daily notebook. Click here for notes from Day 3 of the combine...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 3 months ago 122,955 reads 127 comments

  23. NFL Combine 2015: Matt Bowen's Day 3 Notebook

    INDIANAPOLIS — Throughout the NFL Scouting Combine, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen will bring you his daily notebook from Indianapolis. Here are his notes from Day 3...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 3 months ago 44,257 reads 32 comments

  24. NFL Combine 2015: Matt Bowen's Day 2 Notebook

    INDIANAPOLIS — Throughout the NFL Scouting Combine, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen will bring you his daily notebook from Indianapolis. Here are his notes from Day 2...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 3 months ago 35,969 reads 60 comments

  25. NFL Combine 2015: Matt Bowen's Day 1 Notebook

    INDIANAPOLIS — Throughout the NFL Scouting Combine, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen will bring you his daily notebook from Indianapolis. Here are his notes from Day 1...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 3 months ago 57,972 reads 44 comments