In four straight games, the three-year pro is already inching toward a personal best for his most receiving yards in single season. And Hartline has not only looked good doing it, but he is starting to emerge as one of the most dominant receivers in this young season. He’s not the only budding star at the wide out, either.
Players like Danny Amendola of the St. Louis Rams, Ramses Barden of the New York Giants and even perhaps Andre Roberts of the Arizona Cardinals have also turned some heads that otherwise wouldn’t have been turned on their names alone. And although those three young wideouts are making their way up the NFL totem poll, they’re not doing it quite at the pace as Hartline.
The Ohio State product is clearly emerging as Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill‘s favorite target and making the first-rounder look good in his rookie season under center. I really didn’t buy into Tannehill making it in this league whatsoever.
However, if he can keep his report with Hartline like it is now, we could have ourselves another Dan Marino-O.J. McDuffie or John Elway-Ed McCaffrey relationship starting to bloom in Miami. (more…)
When I read that a certain out spoken NFL wide receiver was changing his legal name back to Chad Johnson, I couldn’t resist doing a little research.
That’s right folks the Ochocinco era is officially over and perhaps the shenanigans that came with the name are coming to an end, too. Johnson made the name swap Monday morning so his brand new wife wouldn’t be burdened with any sort of silliness attached to the Ochocinco title, which proves that Johnson just might be growing up. Does that mean we should expect a new level of maturity from Johnson next season?
I won’t put my foot in my mouth and say Johnson will return to his old football form and his off-the-field antics will completely come to a screeching halt. But I have to believe we will see a new and improved Johnson next season. Consider what Johnson has been through for the past year. He had his worst season ever statistically and wasn’t exactly the most sought after wide receiver in the free agent market this offseason. In addition to those eye openers, Johnson also tied the knot with Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada. With the name change and what could be his final year to prove himself, I think we will see a Johnson that we’ve never seen before.
Johnson definitely isn’t the only notable athlete to change his name, either. There are actually a surprising amount of jocks that have re-identified themselves legally. Most did it because of religion while others — like Johnson — probably did it for attention. Johnson said he did it to honor Hispanic Heritage Month, but I’m certianly not buying that. So after finding some other more famous name changes, I have formulated an opinion about a chosen few that have nothing to do with religion. Here’s a look at those particular athletes:
• Dominic Williams aka Dominic Davis: This is actually a name change that is touching. The former Houston Texans running back did it to honor his mother. You also have to like the literation in his new name, which is also why I can’t argue this decision one bit. You’ve heard of people naming their children after their grandparents or even the popular junior, right? This is no different. (more…)
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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 …
I didn’t believe the Jacksonville Jaguars would be relevant this NFL offseason.
The Jags showed that they are determined to get better in 2012-2013 by upgrading their offense very early into the NFL Free Agency period. Jacksonville went after skill positions, agreeing to terms with quarterback Chad Henne and wide receiver Laurent Robinson. Now, Henne may not be the sexiest signing, but Floridians should be ecstatic about the Jaguars landing Robinson.
There’s no doubt Jacksonville needed a wide reciever. One look at the team’s depth chart would leave most NFL fans scratching there heads, asking who is this guy? Mike Thomas proved to be somewhat of a bust as Jacksonville’s primary receiver last season and when the hands behind him are the likes of Jarett Dilliard and Chastin West, there’s not much hope for a quarterback — especially when Blaine Gabbert is under center.
So instead of accepting mediocrity like the Jaguars have been know to do, Jacksonville went after a playmaker. Some may argue that Robinson hasn’t earner that title quite yet, but I expect big things from the Illinois State prodigy. And my proof is how the six-year pro, who was released twice last season, stood out with an offense full of weapons. Yes, Tony Romo had a lot of talented targets last season. Little did we know that Miles Austin and Dez Bryant wouldn’t be the top ones. Injury definitely played a factor, but that shouldn’t discredit how Robinson performed last year at all. (more…)
BY CHUCK CONSTANTINO, Couchsideshow.com contributor
With media from all over the country in Indianapolis to watch the Super Bowl, there has been plenty of time to analyze the Peyton Manning situation. Will the Colts let him go, keep him to teach Stanford’s Andrew Luck, or build around him in this April’s upcoming draft?
The ugly spat between Manning and Jim Isray is very public, and after all the things said in the past week, each day passing, there’s less hope for Manning to continue his career in Indy. With Manning healthy, there could potentially be half the teams in the NFL asking about him. Some obvious landing spots for the future hall of fame quarterback are the Washington Redskins, the Arizona Cardinals, the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins. But keep an eye out for the Cleveland Browns, the Denver Broncos, the Seattle Seahawks and the Tennessee Titans. The only reason I didn’t put the San Francisco 49ers as a suitor is because as bad as Alex Smith has been in the past, this season he was a Kyle Williams away from heading to the Super Bowl.
Here’s my take on who will wind up with Mr. Manning.