1. Tyrann Mathieu Worth Every Guaranteed Dollar of New Deal with Cardinals

    Tyrann Mathieu has come a long way in a short time in the NFL —from a risky third-round pick in the 2013 draft to perhaps the league's best defensive back...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 9 months ago 33,629 reads 127 comments

  2. Cowboys' Defensive Deficiencies Spell Failure in Pursuit of NFC East Crown

    There is no such word as "rebuilding" in the Dallas Cowboys ' dictionary. Every year is supposed to be the year the Cowboys make it back to the Super Bowl. Despite a 4-12 nightmare of a 2015 season, Dallas entered 2016 thinking quick turnaround...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 9 months ago 4,969 reads 63 comments

  3. How Important is Eddie Lacy to a Packers Offensive Rejuvenation?

    It says something about the expectations for a football team when 10 wins and a wild-card berth is considered a disappointment. But that's the word many would use to describe the 2015 Green Bay Packers ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 9 months ago 15,119 reads 97 comments

  4. Ryan Fitzpatrick Standoff Ends in Best-Case Scenario for Win-Now New York Jets

    There's been much hand-wringing in the Big Apple this summer over the contract impasse between the New York Jets and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 9 months ago 31,830 reads 67 comments

  5. Arizona Cardinals Face True Super Bowl-or-Bust Season with Big Decisions Looming

    With the (glaring) exception of the way it ended, the 2015 season was a great success for the Arizona Cardinals ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 9 months ago 16,311 reads 106 comments

  6. Who Will Be the NFL's Next Truly Dominant Pass-Rusher?

    It pays to be good at rushing the passer in today's NFL . Von Miller of the Denver Broncos is arguably the best player in the NFL at doing so standing up. He's the NFL's preeminent outside linebacker...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 9 months ago 35,028 reads 139 comments

  7. Blake Bortles' New Mentors Can Only Mean Good Things for Young Jaguars QB

    Last year, there wasn't a bigger surprise in the AFC at quarterback than the Jacksonville Jaguars ' Blake Bortles, as he finished tied for second in the NFL in touchdown passes with 35...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 9 months ago 13,394 reads 24 comments

  8. Dolphins Offer Arian Foster Best Chance at Resurrecting NFL Career

    Back in 2010, Arian Foster led the NFL with 1,616 rushing yards for the Houston Texans . Three times in the five seasons since, he has eclipsed 1,000 yards on the ground, including as recently as 2014...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 9 months ago 31,465 reads 62 comments

  9. With the Tools in Place, It's Put-Up-or-Shut-Up Time for Ryan Tannehill in 2016

    Last year, at just about this time, a lot of good things were being said about the Miami Dolphins and quarterback Ryan Tannehill . The Dolphins had recently embarked on a big spending spree, adding veterans on both sides of the ball...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 9 months ago 47,066 reads 124 comments

  10. Saints Setting Up Drew Brees for Career Year in New Orleans

    As Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints enter what could be their last year together, it's hardly surprising the Super Bowl-winning quarterback is the center of attention in the Big Easy...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 9 months ago 31,133 reads 65 comments

  11. Cowboys Putting Enormous Pressure on Ezekiel Elliott Whether They Like It or Not

    Much has been written about the young quarterbacks who were taken with the first two picks of the 2016 NFL draft—of the pressure on California's Jared Goff as the presumptive starter from Day 1 for the Los Angeles Rams in particular...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 9 months ago 29,158 reads 138 comments

  12. How the NFL's 'Catch Rule' Became the Worst Rule in Sports

    There isn't a more infuriating regulation in all of sports than the NFL 's catch rule. It's like a combination of the IRS's tax code, the Code of Hammurabi and those giant heads on Easter Island...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 9 months ago 18,790 reads 72 comments

  13. Dominant Jets D-Line Could Actually Hurt Mo Wilkerson's Future Value

    When it comes to the defensive line for the New York Jets , the team truly suffers from an embarrassment of riches. Second-year pro Leonard Williams has the makings of a future Defensive Player of the Year candidate...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 10 months ago 8,893 reads 37 comments

  14. 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 10 months ago 71,781 reads 261 comments

  15. '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 10 months ago 21,723 reads 24 comments

  16. 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 10 months ago 399,352 reads 136 comments

  17. 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 10 months ago 1,241 reads 0 comments

  18. 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 10 months ago 45,072 reads 190 comments

  19. 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 10 months ago 56,212 reads 152 comments

  20. 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 10 months ago 7,176 reads 23 comments

  21. 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 10 months ago 8,425 reads 32 comments

  22. 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 10 months ago 2,062 reads 1 comments

  23. 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 10 months ago 2,590 reads 16 comments

  24. 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 10 months ago 25,421 reads 143 comments

  25. 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 10 months ago 13,683 reads 42 comments