1. Failure to Fix Defense Will Cost Buffalo Bills Dearly in 2016

    Two years ago, the Buffalo Bills fielded the NFL 's fourth-ranked defense. No team in the league had more sacks in 2014 than the Bills' 54...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 1 year ago 2,303 reads 0 comments

  2. NFL Preseason Week 1: Takeaways from Friday's Action

    Football is finally here. Well, sort of. It's the first week of the preseason, which means a few things. The starters who do play will be on the field for a brief time...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 1 year ago 82,406 reads 152 comments

  3. NFL Training Camps 2016: Updates, Rumors and Analysis for August 12

    The 2016 NFL preseason is well underway. Thursday night 12 NFL teams kicked off the exhibition season. Ten more teams will join them Friday night, as veterans and rookies alike take the field for their first game action of the year...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 1 year ago 20,894 reads 27 comments

  4. NFL Preseason Week 1: Takeaways from Thursday's Action

    Are you ready for some football? OK, maybe that's cliche. But it's a welcome one—because NFL action is back. Yes, it was the first preseason game, so "choppy" is an accurate way to describe much of the action...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 1 year ago 106,225 reads 233 comments

  5. NFL Training Camps 2016: Updates, Rumors and Analysis for August 11

    The preseason is here! No, really! This time I mean it! The preseason is here! Last weekend's Hall of Fame game might have hit a snag, but on Thursday night no fewer than 12 NFL ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 1 year ago 25,844 reads 94 comments

  6. NFL Power Rankings: Where Does Every Team Stand Heading into Preseason Week 1?

    We frittered through free agency. Dawdled through the draft. Endured through OTAs and meandered through minicamps. But now, with training camps underway, only one more task remains...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 1 year ago 230,941 reads 628 comments

  7. Introducing the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class

    As it does every year, the 2016 NFL preseason gets underway Sunday evening, with the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts taking the field for the Hall of Fame Game at 8 p.m...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 1 year ago 23,240 reads 34 comments

  8. Andrew Luck and Aaron Rodgers to Jump-Start Rebound 2016 at Hall of Fame Game

    Saturday afternoon, two more quarterbacks will join the ranks of the showcase for the greatest ever to play the game when Brett Favre and Ken Stabler are inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 1 year ago 19,765 reads 65 comments

  9. NFL Training Camps 2016: Updates, Rumors and Analysis for August 5

    Everyone loves to go camping. There are ghost stories and the making of s'mores. Fishing and sitting outside under the stars. Grueling two-a-days in the sweltering heat. Wait, what? See, not everyone loves camping...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 1 year ago 44,168 reads 78 comments

  10. NFL Training Camps 2016: Updates, Rumors and Analysis for August 4

    It's August, and that can mean only one thing. OK, it means several things. In the Midwest, it means the humidity is approximately 812 percent. For kids, it means summer is about to give way to school...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 1 year ago 78,404 reads 54 comments

  11. 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 1 year ago 33,722 reads 127 comments

  12. 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 1 year ago 4,977 reads 63 comments

  13. 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 1 year ago 15,136 reads 97 comments

  14. 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 1 year ago 31,831 reads 67 comments

  15. 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 1 year ago 16,312 reads 106 comments

  16. 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 1 year ago 35,059 reads 139 comments

  17. 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 1 year ago 13,404 reads 24 comments

  18. 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 1 year ago 31,474 reads 62 comments

  19. 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 1 year ago 47,134 reads 124 comments

  20. 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 1 year ago 31,176 reads 65 comments

  21. 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 1 year ago 29,171 reads 138 comments

  22. 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 1 year ago 19,008 reads 72 comments

  23. 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 1 year ago 8,898 reads 37 comments

  24. 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 1 year ago 71,812 reads 261 comments

  25. '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 1 year ago 21,735 reads 24 comments