1. Ranking the Early Contenders to Be 2016's Surprise NFL Playoff Team

    It happens every year: A team defies dismal preseason expectations and stuns the National Football League by making the playoffs. OK, so that isn't always how it happens...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 5 months ago 71,720 reads 261 comments

  2. 'Redshirt' Year for Paxton Lynch a Savvy Big-Picture Move by Broncos

    When you're the defending Super Bowl champions, you rarely hear the "big picture" discussed. Fans and pundits are much less concerned about down the road than the here and now. Defending that title...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 5 months ago 21,708 reads 24 comments

  3. RG3 Being Set Up for Failure with Cleveland Browns

    For the Cleveland Browns and their fans, summer is the season of hope. Every year around this time, they tell themselves that this year will be different; this is the year things finally turn around...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 5 months ago 398,952 reads 136 comments

  4. Titans' Young Offensive Stars Key to Big Jump Forward in 2016

    To say the Tennessee Titans are primed for a jump forward in 2016 isn't exactly a huge stretch. After going 5-27 over the past two seasons and ranking 30th in the league offensively in 2015, there isn't anywhere for the franchise to go but up...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 5 months ago 1,239 reads 0 comments

  5. Rolando McClain Suspension Is Worst-Case Scenario for Win-Now Cowboys

    In the dictionary of Big D, you won't find the word "rebuild." The Dallas Cowboys just don't do that. Last year's 4-12 season notwithstanding, the Cowboys and team owner Jerry Jones want to win now...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 5 months ago 45,045 reads 190 comments

  6. Buying or Selling Contract-Year NFL Stars in 2016

    In the National Football League, there's no motivator like an expiring contract. We've seen it time and again. Players regularly post career seasons when their deals are about to end...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 6 months ago 56,111 reads 152 comments

  7. Is Jameis Winston Ready for Complete Control of an NFL Offense?

    The first pass of Jameis Winston's professional career was intercepted and returned for a touchdown. It was not the start the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were hoping for from their franchise quarterback of the future...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 6 months ago 7,169 reads 23 comments

  8. Jets' Leonard Williams on the Verge of Entering DPOY Conversation in 2016

    When one thinks of NFL teams to which the fates have been kind in recent years, the New York Jets aren't exactly the first club that leaps to mind. Or the 21st...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 6 months ago 8,408 reads 32 comments

  9. Rams Have to Roll the Dice and Start Jared Goff Week 1 No Matter What

    Prior to the 2016 NFL draft, the Los Angeles Rams took a huge risk, mortgaging the team's future by dealing a package of picks (including first-rounders in both 2016 and 2017) to the Tennessee Titans for the rights to the No...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 6 months ago 2,047 reads 1 comments

  10. Steve Smith's Return Vital to Ravens Resurgence in 2016

    Last year, injuries on offense absolutely shredded the Baltimore Ravens . No one was spared, including wide receiver Steve Smith , who saw what was to be his farewell tour ended prematurely by a torn Achilles...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 6 months ago 2,584 reads 16 comments

  11. Bears Have Offensive Firepower to Light Up the NFL in 2016

    There may not be a team in the National Football League facing more questions on offense than the Chicago Bears . Top wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is coming back from an injury-plagued disappointment of a 2015 season...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 6 months ago 25,420 reads 143 comments

  12. Re-Signing Brandon Marshall Key to Keeping Broncos' Super Bowl Defense Intact

    This offseason, the dominant storylines regarding the Denver Broncos defense have revolved around two things: the departure of players like defensive end Malik Jackson and linebacker ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 6 months ago 13,675 reads 42 comments

  13. Fletcher Cox Extension with Eagles Sets Market for New Age of NFL Contracts

    It's a good time to be negotiating a new contract in the National Football League. With league revenue at an all-time high and the salary cap jumping by leaps and bounds every year, ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 6 months ago 44,057 reads 130 comments

  14. Cardinals' David Johnson Will Stake Claim to Title of NFL's Best RB in 2016

    The NFL has experienced something of a resurgence at the running back position in recent years. Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings remains the gold standard, but there ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 6 months ago 24,711 reads 135 comments

  15. Ryan Kalil Extension Keeps Panthers' Title Window Open in True Gettleman Fashion

    Sometimes, getting to the Super Bowl is the easy part. The harder task is for teams that have reached the NFL 's pinnacle to stay thereā€”to wedge their championship window open...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 6 months ago 10,931 reads 25 comments

  16. Jets Need Reality Check If They Plan to Continue Without Ryan Fitzpatrick

    Last season, behind a career year from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick , the New York Jets won 10 games. The team fell just short of its first playoff appearance since advancing to the AFC Championship Game in 2010...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 6 months ago 25,616 reads 54 comments

  17. New-Look Rams Finally Have a QB, but Defense Will Carry LA in 2016

    Much has been written and said about the young offensive talent for the Los Angeles Rams . The star tailback they have in Todd Gurley . The star they hope they have in rookie quarterback (and No...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 16,660 reads 92 comments

  18. New Coach, Same Problems: Doug Pederson's Eagles Are Already Clouded in Drama

    The 2015 campaign was a drama-filled mess for the Philadelphia Eagles . Chip Kelly remolded the team in his image, traded away key contributors who dared challenge his authority and promptly steered the franchise into a ditch...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 34,591 reads 89 comments

  19. Can DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry Help the Tennessee Titans Succeed in 2016?

    The Tennessee Titans are a team that needs work. They took a big step in the right direction a year ago, drafting the player they hope is their franchise quarterback in Marcus Mariota...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 93,520 reads 194 comments

  20. After Years of Disappointment, Bengals Are NFL's Biggest Make-or-Break Story

    We've hit the time of year when television shows wrap for the season before a long summer of rehashed stories we've all seen before...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 25,362 reads 36 comments

  21. If the NFL Is a QB-Driven League, the Broncos Are in Trouble in the AFC West

    The NFL is a quarterback-driven league. It's a mantra that is repeated ad nauseum on television, the radio, online and in print. Yes, print. Newspapers are still a thing...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 24,993 reads 98 comments

  22. Revival of the NFC East Isn't Near, It's Here

    Over its long and storied history, the NFC East has garnered a reputation as one of the toughest divisions in the National Football League...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 40,356 reads 197 comments

  23. Expert Consensus NFL Rookie Award Predictions

    A new day has dawned across the National Football League. With the culmination of last week's 2016 NFL draft, we now know where this year's crop of incoming rookies will begin their professional careers...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 130,247 reads 338 comments

  24. Bills Take Step Toward Ending Long Playoff Drought by Locking Up Cordy Glenn

    Last year, the Buffalo Bills came teasingly close to ending a postseason drought that extends all the way back to the stone ages of the 20th century. To the dark days when you'd probably be reading this on America Online ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 13,995 reads 51 comments

  25. 2016 NFL Draft: Biggest Steals, Surprises and Stories

    After three days and 253 picks, the 2016 NFL draft is done. Months of speculation and mock drafts gave way to the real thing in Chicago. It started off just like everyone expected, with a pair of quarterbacks being selected at the top of the draft...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 269,017 reads 148 comments