October 22, 2014 |
Brandon Marshall is screaming at BFF Jay Cutler. Peyton Manning breaks the all-time touchdown record, but leaves Julius Thomas out of the fun. DeMarco Murray one-ups the legendary Jim Brown. And Bills running backs drop like flies. What's next, the Jaguars are going to win a football game? It was that kind of weekend in Fantasyland. One of those quirky weeks when usually reliable studs like Marshawn Lynch, Giovani Bernard, Alshon Jeffery and Jimmy Graham are marginalized and fantasy scores are generally depressed across the board.
October 21, 2014 |
So Percy Harvin thought he was Biff Tannen and every other wide receiver on the Seattle Seahawks' roster was George McFly. On Friday, the Seahawks traded Harvin to the New York Jets, getting a conditional draft pick for a Pro Bowl-caliber player with a volcanic personality. It was the news of the week in the NFL, and at first glance there would seem to be no doubt about who made out best in this deal. The Eagles. There's still plenty of skepticism about whether the Eagles, even after their 5-1 start, are equipped to win the Super Bowl this season, or even reach it. There are two reasons for that skepticism.
October 15, 2014 |
Last season, I declared Cam Newton the "Most Frustrating Player in Fantasy Football. " Perhaps exasperating is the better term, but whatever words you use to describe him, they probably aren't consistently flattering. Newton will drive you crazy because he can go for weeks at a time with mediocre performances, then he'll put on a dazzling show as he did yesterday while sitting on your bench. Not my bench, mind you. I learned my lesson with Cam a couple of years ago. But Newton has plenty of competition for the "MFP Award" this season.
March 20, 2014 |
ANOTHER DAY, another report about the Eagles possibly trading DeSean Jackson. This time it was Comcast SportsNet's Derrick Gunn, saying league sources told him the Eagles are not shopping Jackson but are willing to listen to offers, and that so far, the 49ers and the Patriots have inquired. Gunn also said the front office has informed Jackson that it is listening to offers. This might have been the most tangible piece of information to emerge from more than 2 weeks worth of speculation about a possible divorce between the Birds and the wideout whose 1,332 receiving yards last season ranked second in the history of the franchise.
February 4, 2014 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It took 12 seconds for Percy Harvin to validate the investment the Seattle Seahawks made in him and the six months of patience they showed in him. Harvin collected the opening kickoff in the second half of the Seahawks' 43-8 Super Bowl win over the Denver Broncos after one bounce and raced for an 87-yard touchdown. Trailing by 22-0 at halftime, the Broncos needed a strong third quarter to have any chance, but Harvin ensured that the Seahawks maintained dominance of Sunday's Super Bowl with his electrifying return.
February 1, 2014 |
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - It was the move that made you realize the Seattle Seahawks were all in for a Super Bowl-or-bust season in 2013. Just as the Eagles had nearly a decade ago, the Seahawks traded for the kind of No. 1 wide receiver they thought could put them over the top. In the Eagles' case, the player was Terrell Owens, and for one mesmerizing season it looked as if it was going to be the greatest move in franchise history. The Seahawks, in March, surrendered first- and third-round picks to Minnesota in last year's draft and a third-round pick in 2014 to get the lightning-quick Percy Harvin.
January 31, 2014 |
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - There were several points where it seemed like Percy Harvin wouldn't be here, if the Seattle Seahawks made it to Super Bowl XLVIII. But he is, and he's thankful. "It's a blessing to be able to play in the Super Bowl, a game that I've dreamed of playing in since I was a little kid. After all I've been through, to be able to know I've reached that goal, right here, right now, it's amazing," Harvin said yesterday. The first major obstacle arose in training camp, when Harvin, the Seahawks' big offseason wideout signing at 6 years and $67 million, needed serious, potentially season-ending hip surgery.
July 26, 2013 |
PRO BOWL quarterback Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on a 5-year contract extension. Falcons spokesman Reggie Roberts said the deal was being finalized as Ryan led the offense through practice yesterday on the first day of training camp. A source familiar with the situation said Ryan's extension is for $103.75 million deal, with $59 million guaranteed. The source said Ryan will average $20.75 million during the first 3 years of the extension. "I've always not worried about the business side of it," Ryan said at a news conference last night.
July 19, 2013 |
I HATE intrigue. So why don't you just tell me now, oh, Great NFL Prognasicator. Who's going to be making Super Bowl snow angels in the Meadowlands next February? Would you believe Oakland and Carolina? No? Neither would I. Just wanted to make sure you were paying attention. Right here, right now, before training camp even has begun, before the first torn ACL or ruptured Achilles', before Andy Reid has informed the Kansas City media for the first, but certainly not the last, time that he has to put his players in better position to make plays, I'm going to go with the Broncos and Seahawks, which, based on my past Super Bowl predictions, means the Broncos and Seahawks are the only two teams you can count on not being in the Super Bowl.
March 12, 2013
The San Francisco 49ers have acquired wide receiver Anquan Boldin from the Baltimore Ravens for a sixth-round draft pick. Boldin, a star in Baltimore's run to the Super Bowl title last season, must pass a physical to complete the deal. The Ravens announced the trade Monday. Boldin had six catches for 104 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens' 34-31 Super Bowl victory over the 49ers. The 32-year-old Boldin had said he'd consider retirement rather than leave Baltimore. But going to the NFC champions might change his mind.