1. Why Brandin Cooks Will Make Saints Forget About Darren Sproles

    With the changes to the NFL kickoff rules, former New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles went from regularly racking up more than 1,000 yards each season in return yards to barely making a blip...

    Knox Bardeen Written by Knox Bardeen about 1 month ago 13,385 reads 22 comments

  2. Why Jonathan Stewart Is Set for Major Bounce-Back Season in 2014

    Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart has gained 516 rushing yards and scored one touchdown on the ground. No, not in his last two games but over the last two seasons...

    Knox Bardeen Written by Knox Bardeen about 1 month ago 9,441 reads 33 comments

  3. If Healthy, David Gettis Can Make WR Corps in Tampa Bay Fearsome

    After being selected in the sixth round of the 2010 draft, wide receiver David Gettis caught 37 passes during his rookie campaign. In the three years since that promising start, Gettis hasn ’t hauled in one pass...

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  4. Falcons Add LB Tim Dobbins, but Weatherspoon's Replacement Already on Roster

    The Atlanta Falcons , in an effort to find a replacement for injured linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, hosted veteran Jonathan Vilma on Wednesday for a workout...

    Knox Bardeen Written by Knox Bardeen about 1 month ago 5,207 reads 10 comments

  5. Is a Healthy Julio Jones Enough to Hurl Falcons Back into Super Bowl Contention?

    After being drafted sixth overall in the 2011 draft by the Atlanta Falcons , wide receiver Julio Jones enjoyed two years of relatively good health, and the Falcons enjoyed relative success during that same period of time...

    Knox Bardeen Written by Knox Bardeen about 1 month ago 5,011 reads 53 comments

  6. Despite Tumultuous Offseason, Cam Newton Poised for MVP-Caliber Season

    A list of the things that have gone right for Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers this offseason wouldn't take a lot of time to compile...

    Knox Bardeen Written by Knox Bardeen about 1 month ago 32,986 reads 278 comments

  7. Falcons Aren't NFL's Most Exciting Team, but 'Hard Knocks' Still Offers Intrigue

    In a surprise move Thursday, HBO announced that it would feature the Atlanta Falcons on its award-winning, reality sports documentary series Hard Knocks ...

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  8. Is Matt Ryan Ready for Return Toward NFL Elite?

    Never more than six in any season, and not fewer than three, Matt Ryan was under center for a total of 22 losses over his first five years in the NFL as quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons ...

    Knox Bardeen Written by Knox Bardeen about 1 month ago 7,144 reads 117 comments

  9. Falcons Want a Return to Aggressive Play on Defense, Especially in the Secondary

    The Atlanta Falcons signed safety Dwight Lowery in April during free agency, and they then used their third-round draft pick on safety Dezmen Southward...

    Knox Bardeen Written by Knox Bardeen about 1 month ago 3,904 reads 9 comments

  10. How Buccaneers Can Create Matchup Nightmares with Mike Evans, Vincent Jackson

    How will Tampa Bay receiver Mike Evans fare in his rookie campaign, and what will the Buccaneers do schematically to utilize the potentially awesome one-two punch of Evans with ...

    Knox Bardeen Written by Knox Bardeen about 1 month ago 5,643 reads 12 comments

  11. How the Falcons Can Create Pressure with New Multiple-Look Defense

    Are the Atlanta Falcons going to run a 3-4 defensive scheme in 2014, or will they utilize a 4-3? That’s been a huge question during the offseason, a question that’s ...

    Knox Bardeen Written by Knox Bardeen about 1 month ago 7,268 reads 9 comments

  12. Jonathan Goodwin Gives Saints the Last Piece of Offensive Puzzle for 2014

    As early as Tuesday, the New Orleans Saints could finalize a deal that will bring center Jonathan Goodwin back to the team where he started from 2008 to 2010. According to sources cultivated by Mike Triplett of ESPN...

    Knox Bardeen Written by Knox Bardeen about 1 month ago 5,847 reads 13 comments

  13. How New Orleans Saints Are Building One of the NFL's Most Potent Defenses

    If you need proof that defense wins championships, look no further than Super Bowl XLVIII (48) almost four months ago when the Seattle Seahawks dismantled the Denver Broncos , and one of this generation's top quarterbacks in Peyton Manning ...

    Knox Bardeen Written by Knox Bardeen about 2 months ago 17,458 reads 103 comments

  14. Are the Buccaneers Really Potential Super Bowl Contenders?

    The 2014 Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl? Really? ESPN NFL analyst Herm Edwards certainly believes so. Pause for a moment. Exhale … Come on, the Super Bowl? The Bucs were 4-12 last season...

    Knox Bardeen Written by Knox Bardeen about 2 months ago 10,697 reads 104 comments

  15. Devonta Freeman Showing He's More Than Just a Change-of-Pace Back

    Genghis Khan was 5’8” and weighed 170 pounds, according to the wiki Deadliest Warrior , a site that also claimed he never lost a battle in his life. Joseph Stalin, according to HistoryOfRussia...

    Knox Bardeen Written by Knox Bardeen about 2 months ago 9,071 reads 19 comments

  16. Buccaneers QB Competition So Much More Than Just Josh McCown vs. Mike Glennon

    Mike Glennon ’s ascension to the starting quarterback position for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was anything but normal...

    Knox Bardeen Written by Knox Bardeen about 2 months ago 10,163 reads 24 comments

  17. What Will Stop the Saints from Reaching Super Bowl?

    The city of New Orleans might have lost out on its bid to host Super Bowl LII (2018) on Tuesday, but that’s not a problem for the team to consider...

    Knox Bardeen Written by Knox Bardeen about 2 months ago 16,637 reads 102 comments

  18. Did Falcons Do Enough This Offseason to Rebound in 2014?

    After a 2013 season where the Atlanta Falcons went 4-12, there had to be a moment shortly after season’s end where ownership and the front office sat down and wondered how they would fix their house...

    Knox Bardeen Written by Knox Bardeen about 2 months ago 10,389 reads 55 comments

  19. Domestic Violence Proving to Be the NFL's Next Big Off-Field Hurdle

    An NFL player busted for smoking marijuana, or any other drug listed on the league’s substance-abuse policy, knows exactly what kind of punishment the league can hand down...

    Knox Bardeen Written by Knox Bardeen about 3 months ago 7,019 reads 24 comments

  20. All Pieces in Place for Buccaneers New Offense to Explode This Season

    We’re not even a week removed from the conclusion of the 2014 NFL draft, and already Tampa Bay Buccaneers ’ first-round draft pick Mike Evans is turning heads...

    Knox Bardeen Written by Knox Bardeen about 3 months ago 7,171 reads 11 comments

  21. Despite Kelvin Benjamin Addition, Panthers New WR Corps Still a Concern for 2014

    Four wide receivers for the Carolina Panthers caught 156 passes last season. If you take away Steve Smith ’s 64 receptions, as he’s now with the Baltimore Ravens , that leaves just 92 catches...

    Knox Bardeen Written by Knox Bardeen about 3 months ago 5,396 reads 76 comments

  22. 2014 NFL Draft: Breaking Down the NFC South Post-Draft

    It happened a few weeks later than almost everyone wanted, but the 2014 NFL draft is in the books. What are draftniks going to do now? It’s apparent what teams around the NFC South are going to do...

    Knox Bardeen Written by Knox Bardeen about 3 months ago 22,824 reads 323 comments

  23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2014 Draft: The Good, the Bad and the Baffling

    There, arguably, wasn’t a team out there that had a better free-agency period than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers , who spent a ton of money and brought in a handful of new starters...

    Knox Bardeen Written by Knox Bardeen about 3 months ago 8,403 reads 25 comments

  24. Carolina Panthers 2014 Draft: The Good, the Bad and the Baffling

    The Carolina Panthers might have one of the toughest roads to get back to the playoffs of any team that played in the postseason last year...

    Knox Bardeen Written by Knox Bardeen about 3 months ago 9,508 reads 36 comments

  25. New Orleans Saints 2014 Draft: The Good, the Bad and the Baffling

    The New Orleans Saints finished with an 11-5 record last season and won their first road playoff game in franchise history...

    Knox Bardeen Written by Knox Bardeen about 3 months ago 13,389 reads 41 comments