BY JASON HARTZOG, Feedcrossing.com syndication
The 49ers are now stacked at the running back position. They have recently signed Brandon Jacobs this offseason and they still have a stud in Frank Gore. Running backs Anthony Dixon and Kendall Hunter are also on the roster. I look at LaMichael as an upgrade to what Kendall Hunter brought to the table. He is a smaller back with a ton of speed. But James brings a lot more than just speed to the table.
LaMichael knows what it is like to play for a winning program … and produce. His years at the University of Oregon were very kind to him. He ran for 1,500+ yards in all three years to help the Ducks win the Pac-12 conference (formally known as Pac-10) each year. In his final season, he had four 200 yard games that helped him record a college career high of 1,805 rushing yards. This was done even after missing two games in the middle of the season due to a dislocated elbow. In his second game back from the injury he looked like he was back to his old self as he ran for 156 yards and a touchdown after being limited to just 13 carries in his first game back.
BY CHRIS EDWARDS, Feedcrossing.com syndication
The Detroit Lions went into the NFL draft with no immediate need for a quarterback, but with no third stringer on the roster they could afford to take a late round flyer or sign an undrafted free agent. The Lions took the latter route and signed Boise State signal caller Kellen Moore.
While Moore was disappointed, but not surprised that he wasn’t drafted he is excited for the opportunity to get a shot with the Lions.
“I’m excited, I’m getting my chance in the NFL and that is all that matters,” Moore told NFLDraftScout.com after his agent, David Dunn, reached an agreement with the Lions.
“We had a lot of contact, a lot of teams, I really don’t even know how many teams, but a lot,” Moore said. “I like our decision. I am eager to get back there.”
I guess that’s all you can ask for is a chance. In a league where size and arm strength define potential NFL quarterbacks no one looks at the fact that Moore is a winner. He went 50-3 at Boise State and was one of the most efficient quarterbacks in NCAA history (His pass efficiency rating of 168.98 ranks third in NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision history).
I’m not saying he’s going to be a stud but Moore could be a good developmental quarterback backing up Matthew Stafford and Shaun Hill.
BY MM And P, Feedcrossing.com syndicated blog
We’re now in April and only weeks away from the NFL Draft, probably the most anticipated offseason event for NFL fans around the league. I have been taking a look at draft prospects for the Bears in my “Prospecting for Gold” series and there has been plenty of daily discussion around the blog about this guy and that guy. One of the biggest trends is the phrase ‘Best Player Available” (BPA) getting thrown around. The Bears are indeed in a position to take the BPA, and for some fans this is a foreign concept after the Jerry Angelo regime. I see people throw it out connected with a player, such as “Bears need to go Stephen Hill or BPA at 19” well, it doesn’t quite work like that. I just wanted to go through exactly who the BPA are and break down which directions the Bears could go with BPA at 19 in the draft later this month.
Best player available is a pretty straightforward concept; take the best player, regardless of position on the board with your pick. It can be something the fans go nuts for, or it could be something that is, at the time, seen as a head-scratcher. One example is back in 2001 the Indianapolis Colts took Reggie Wayne when they already had Marvin Harrisonin his prime. The move worked out well and they had one of the best receiving tandems in the league for several years following. (more…)
Led by cannon armed passing aficionado Drew Brees, the New Orleans Saints’ high-powered offensive aerial assault lit up the highlight reels and posed a significant threat to even the most talented defensive secondaries. The “who dat” Saints racked up an impressive 13-3 regular season record and entered the playoffs with unrelenting momentum and confidence. They went on to beat the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 in Super Bowl XLIV, earning the first Super Bowl victory in franchise history.
Yet the Saints success was much sweeter then just their championship.
They singlehandedly helped revitalize the world-weary city of New Orleans and bring it from the depths of despair into a new era of optimism. Many Saints players were active members in the community, and could be seen helping clean up Hurricane Katrina’s devastation. The team was much more than a successful sporting franchise to New Orleans: it was a beacon of hope and renewal, and gave the citizens an emotional outlet to heap their hopes and dreams upon. At the helm of this revolution was the illustrious young coach Sean Payton, a man who represented every positive quality an individual could ever ask for.
Now, after the recent revelations of the Saints bounty system, Payton has been suspended for the entire 2012 season. All the pride and glory has been swept away. The gaudy images of the Saints hoisting the championship trophy seem warped and distorted, a distant memory that is slowly eroding before our very eyes. (more…)
Throughout Tuesday morning, after Peyton Manning signed a $96 million deal with the Denver Broncos, tons of people have been lighting up FaceBook with heaps of opinion on Manning coming in and Tim Tebow about to be on his way out.
Being that most of my friends on FB are from Wyoming, a lot of them are Broncos fans and say it’s time to win. And of course, with a skilled veteran as their new man under center, they’ve forgotten that’s exactly what Tebow helped them do last season. I have been a Tebow fan since about half way through his senior year of high school becuase I am — above all — a Florida Gator fan. And this treatment, this disregard for a guy who guided the Broncos to the playoffs last year sickens me.
I understand it’s one thing to be happy about Peyton Manning coming into town, but it’s another to forget the past and the man who somewhat was responsible for turning the Broncos around last year. So a lot of people have asked me what I think about Tebow. I’ve also had to put some of these haters in check. Here is a few of my FaceBook conversations and wall posts (excuse the grammar) since the Manning deal went down:
• The latest: I’m wearing a Tebow jersey today. A Florida Tebow jersey. And I just want to say to all the Broncos fans, congrats on getting your guy, but don’t drag Tebow through the mud. He got a pretty pathetic team into the playoffs and then literally had his best game of his NFL career in a victory against the AFC champions. Show some appreciation instead of saying oh now we’re going to the Super Bowl. He’s just one player. And the Donkeys don’t compare to the Colts teams that Peyton had. Let’s not forget, too. Little brother has more rings, and Peyton has lost more under pressure in the Playoffs than he has won. Broncos fans and NFL fans alike make fun of his relationship with God, and now they act like Peyton Manning IS God. Give me a break.
BY Couchsideshow.com staff
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