Pagano had five players on offense and defense taking their first NFL snaps and a total of 11 players making their first appearances at members of the Indianapolis Colts. Facing a veteran Bears bunch on the road in their first regular season game wasn’t exactly a recipe for victory. Nonetheless, Pagano saw some good things from his crew:
“There’s a bunch of young guys that stepped up and made plays and the game wasn’t too big for them. We kind of expected it because we saw it in preseason, and you can say, ‘Well it’s preseason,’ but it’s the same thing. It wasn’t too big for them and Coby (Fleener) played as good a game as he’s played since he’s been here counting the preseason the catches that he made and then the run game. He did a nice job in the run game. Kris (Adams) made plays. So there were a lot of young guys that did a lot of great things.” (more…)
You could call this year’s rookie class of NFL quarterbacks special.
With the No. 1 pick went Andrew Luck to the Indianapolis Colts, who think the Stanford prodigy could actually be better than Peyton Manning. Then Baylor’s Robert Griffin III went off the board to the Washington Redskins, leaving D.C. fans salivating about what he might be able to bring to our nation’s capital. After that it was Ryan Tannehill and Brandon Weeden, who were both selected in the first rounds by the Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns, respectively.
Yes, this was an outstanding class of QBs and I didn’t even mention the likes of Brock Osweiler, Nick Foles or Kirk Cousins. But despite what these youngsters may bring to the NFL, I’ll be following a lesser known gun slinger when team camps get underway.
This man didn’t play NCAA Division I football or even Division II. Nope, he made a name for himself on YouTube and Div. III Monmouth College. I’m of course talking about the internet sensation, the trick quarterback, Alex Tanney. And before you dive even further into this blog, you may want to check out the following video if you haven’t already:
BY GREG BROSH, Feedcrossing.com syndication
It’s never too early to start thinking about Fantasy Football, after all drafts will start happening in just a couple of months so here’s a little preview of who everyone will be scrambling to land out of the rookies this year.
With the 2012 NFL Draft wrapped up and experts grading out all 32 teams’ picks, it’s time to dive right back into Fantasy Football for the 2012 season and see where the new guys rank. This is definitely a list that Dynasty Football owners will want to take a look at since most rookie-only drafts will be taking place within the next several weeks to months.
1. Robert Griffin III – Washington Redskins
2. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts
3. Brandon Weedon – Cleveland Browns
4. Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins
5. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks
6. Ryan Lindley – Arizona Cardinals
7. Brock Osweiler – Denver Broncos
8. B.J. Coleman – Green Bay Packers
9. Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins
10. Nick Foles – Philadelphia Eagles
I really like Griffin’s potential as a QB2 in larger redraft leagues this year. With better coaching, better players around him and his ability to run, he could be a strong sleeper option in leagues that allow two starting fantasy quarterbacks. Luck should have success right out of the gate. But with an iffy backfield and Reggie Wayne as the lone veteran weapon in the offense (Austin Collie is right behind him), Luck will take a bit longer to truly succeed. Either way, both are going to be the top two quarterbacks taken in all dynasty leagues. Whether or not Colt McCoy is still a Brown by training camp is irrelevant. The job will be Weedon’s to lose. Tannehill is going to find it rough going in Miami and could be a boom-or-bust prospect. After the top four, it’s anyone’s call. Wilson and Lindley could find success entering quarterback stables that are on shaky ground. Everyone else will be backups or third stringers for the time being. The Redskins are believed to have drafted Cousins for the sole purpose of trading him for future picks. (more…)
After one week off, Couch Side hosts Wade McMillin and Craig Paul return to review the 2012 NFL Draft. The gang also discusses Lamar Odom possibly leaving reality TV, the NHL playoffs and Hideki Matsui’s signing with the Tampa Bay Rays. Special guest this week is Heidi Pierce.
BY JOHN HUFFSTETLER, Feedcrossing.com syndication
That said, mock drafts are still great because you can make bets with friends, learn about the top prospects, see which teams are in good or bad positions, and narrow down those four or five guys that your team is probably targeting.
So here’s a (hopefully) interesting look at the first round of the draft that begins this Thursday night.
1. Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford - I don’t think I need to say too much about this one. He’s the best quarterback I’ve ever seen and will be one of the next faces of the NFL.
2. Washington Redskins (from St. Louis) – Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor - This is another no-brainer. Perfect fit for Shanahan’s scheme and brings the star power that this franchise desperately needs.
3. Minnesota Vikings – Matt Kalil, OT, USC - I think that the Vikings front office will be torn between Kalil and Morris Claiborne. Claiborne is the better prospect in my book, but I think at the end of the day the Vikings will have to take Kalil to help out both Christian Ponder and Adrian Peterson. This team is rebuilding, and a franchise left tackle is a must.
4. Cleveland Browns – Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama - I think that the Browns will be intrigued by both Claiborne and Justin Blackmon, but this team needs playmakers more than another shutdown corner and it’s a deep receiver class. The running back position is becoming less and less important in today’s NFL, but Richardson is an elite talent who should have eight Pro Bowl caliber years in him. To me, the Browns have to take him.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU - Bucs fans are probably praying for Richardson to slip past the Browns, as he could make them one of the scariest offenses in the NFL, but Claiborne is still a great pick. Aqib Talib is talented but unreliable and Ronde Barber is on his last legs. Claiborne projects as a true shutdown corner at the next level. (more…)
BY Couchsideshow.com staff
The Couch Side gang of Wade McMillin, Craig Paul and Andy Paul, bring you the second edition of Couch Side’s NFL Mock Draft. Our hosts break down the rest of the first round (picks 11 through 32) to conclude Couch Side’s official NFL Mock Draft. The trio also discusses Bubba Watson’s win at the Masters. Click below to begin streaming or downloading the Couch Side Podcast, which is also now on KNWT 89.1 FM across the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming.
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In this week’s episode, hosts Wade McMillin and Craig Paul welcome back NFL draft guru, Andy Paul, to break down the top 10 picks in Couch Side’s official mock draft. The gang also discusses Kentucky’s national championship victory; Ubaldo Jimenez getting revenge on his former team; the inductees to the basketball hall of fame; and Ryan Leaf getting busted in Montana for the second time in three days. Click below to download or stream another Couch Side podcast …
BY ZACK KELBERMAN, Helmet2helmet.net
Eschewing an enormous amount of hype and major declarations from pundits, Andrew Luck’s personal coach thinks we should hold off on placing the former Stanford Cardinal in Canton.
George Whitfield Jr., whose worked closely with Luck as his private quarterbacks coach, told the Indianapolis Star that the consensus No. 1 overall pick in this month’s draft is “far from a finished product” as he continues to perfect his mechanics.
“Let me tell you: He’s far from a finished product,” Whitfield said. “He’s very far along, but there are still things he’s working on mechanically and there are lots of things he’ll get better at by being in the NFL. People are now seeing him throw those intermediate and perimeter passes, and those are throws he’s been dying to make. You don’t think (Stanford coach) David Shaw didn’t want to make more of those perimeter throws or go downtown more during the season? But look at Stanford’s skill position guys. You can only spend within the budget you have.
“But he’s athletic. He’s cat quick. He’s strong. People are saying he’s a prototypical pocket passer, like they’re putting him in this category. But there’s a lot more he can do.”
Though Whitfield believes Luck still has a ways to go, he warns the Colts they’d be making a grave mistake if they instead selected Robert Griffin III, who Indy owner Robert Irsay recently hinted could stunningly be the pick.
“If they over-think this, they’re going to make a mistake they’ll regret for years,” he said. (more…)
BY Couchsideshow.com staff
In this week’s episode, special guest Andy Paul joins the show to discuss how the Giants will follow up their Super Bowl win and how the Patriots will look to rebound after the big loss. Also in the “Halfcourt Shot,” the gang debates if Kevin Love is a top five NBA player and the impact of Chauncey Billups’ season ending injury. And finally, Couch Side takes its first look at the NFL Draft in a special edition of Quick Snippets. Click Below to listen to Couch Side!