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Should BOA host Buffalo vs Jets game?

20 November 2014 - 03:45 PM

We're off this week, half of the state is from New York anyway.  Why not?  They're supposedly saying Detroit or Washington will host the game for some reason.   


Mike Mitchell Banned from Twitter by the Steelers

18 November 2014 - 04:29 PM

Its been a crazy few days for the Pittsburgh Steelers and it looks like safety Mike Mitchell has helped make it even crazier.
 
According to a Tuesday report by KDKA, Mitchell has been told by the Steelers to stay off of social media after telling a fan who was harassing him after Tuesday night's win over the Tennessee Titans to "kill himself" via a direct message on Twitter.
 
This news comes on the same day that the Steelers decided to waive running back LeGarrette Blount after he decided to leave the field before the end of the game Monday night because he was unhappy about the amount of playing time he was receiving.
 
Mitchell, who was signed as a priority free agent at the beginning of the signing period, hasn't played well this season and apparently several fans have gone after him on Twitter.
 
Mitchell has to use better judgment moving forward when it comes to using his social media account and I'm sure all Steelers players will be reminded about this during the bye week.
 
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An Impending Breakup with the Carolina Panthers

14 November 2014 - 03:48 PM

To my (barely) beloved Carolina Panthers, I need to notify you of something: this relationship is on a downward spiral, and it is fading fast.

 You and I, we've been enamored with each other for over twenty years. I barely knew you as an 11 year old boy living in western North Carolina when in late October of 1993 your arrival was announced. I didn't know you well at all, but I didn't need to. You were going to be a pro football team playing just over an hour away from my house. No longer did I have to muster lukewarm cheers for a hit-and-miss Atlanta Falcons team. In your Zubaz pants font trimmed in blue and silver, the Carolina Panthers became my new love.

 Mind you, there were others before you. Ones that have stuck with me longer and have loved me deeper. Clemson football I was born into. Even as a kid scraping my knee produced drops of orange, not red blood. Atlanta Braves baseball, from the Worst to First 90's until this year's frustrating underachievement, nothing would remove my love for the Bravos, and should the good Lord ever bless me with a son, I'll fight with my wife to call him Henry Aaron Becker or at least Chipper. My rocky relationship with the Charlotte Hornets then Bobcats then Hornets has been up and down to say the least, so Panthers, consider yourself my fourth love.

 Our first few years together, you pulled out all the stops. You made a magical run in just your second season to make it to the NFC title game. You boasted greats like Kevin Greene and Sam Mills on defense, Your offense was led by a quarterback that looked like an apathetic frat boy, but he made enough plays to win games, so we appreciated Kerry Collins. Our coach's name was Dom, and the man running the team was Bill Polian, just a few years before he drafted Peyton Manning for the Colts. 

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Good read if you're a lifelong Panthers fan.  Read the rest at the link below.  How many of you feel this way right now?  

 

http://eddiebecker.s...rolina-panthers


CBS Sports Mock Draft

06 November 2014 - 11:56 AM

The strengths of the 2015 NFL draft appear to be at defensive end, wide receiver and running back but the fundamental concept of supply and demand could push quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, as well as safety Landon Collins into the top 10.

Quarterback and safety have never been more valued than in today's pass-happy NFL and with the depth at these positions lacking this year, teams needing help at the respective positions could be forced to roll the dice.

The following is my latest first round projection of the 2015 NFL Draft.

*The selection order for this mock draft is based on the current records of teams with point differential breaking all ties. The Cleveland Browns own the rights to the Buffalo Bills' selection due to the Sammy Watkins trade.


1. Oakland Raiders - Leonard Williams, DT, Southern Cal: As the only winless franchise in the NFL this season, the Raiders are projected to "earn" the No. 1 overall in 2015. Teams picking at the top will always look to available quarterbacks first, but rookie Derek Carr has been a relative bright spot for Oakland. Second on the priority list for teams in today's NFL are defensive linemen. The 6-5, 290 pound Williams is a physical mismatch too quick for interior linemen and too powerful for offensive tackles.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars - Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska: The Jaguars' record isn't pretty but head coach Gus Bradley's infectious enthusiasm, a hard-hitting defense and talented rookie quarterback Blake Bortles have this franchise on the upswing. Gregory is well-suited to starring in Bradley's hybrid 4-3 alignment at the LEO defensive end, as he's long (6-5, 242 pounds), explosive and passionate against both the run and pass.

3. New York Jets - Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State: Unless the Jets suddenly turn things around, Rex Ryan will be coaching elsewhere in 2015 and that may just be the start of the changes. Current general manager John Idzik is not the kind of risk-taker to gamble on Famous Jameis' propensity for off-field trouble but his potential replacement could be more adventurous. Regardless of what you think about Winston's character, it is hard to deny his talent. In terms of size, arm, mobility and instincts, he's the top quarterback prospect in the country.

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon: Though reasonably productive since taking over for free agent addition Josh McCown, Mike Glennon remains overly reliant on his arm, showing little ability to escape pressure or poise when the pocket breaks down. These are traits absolutely critical in today's game. Mariota is a work in progress, himself, but he shows good awareness in the pocket, a live arm and, of course, great mobility. Mariota's speed and the great size of Tampa's pass-catchers would put an awful lot of stress on opposing defenses.

5. Tennessee Titans - Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson: Rookie Zach Mettenberger will be given every opportunity to prove he can be Ken Whisenhunt's starting quarterback. The Titans didn't address their need for outside rushers to fit new defensive coordinator Ray Horton's scheme in the 2014 draft but could see the highly athletic Beasley as the perfect fit. Beasley possesses an explosive first step to create immediate stress on quarterbacks, as well as the acceleration to chase down ball-carriers from behind.

6. Atlanta Falcons - Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor: Surrendering a 21-point lead to lose to Detroit is just the latest kick in the gut for Atlanta this season. The Falcons have the firepower on offense to compete but lack difference-makers on the defensive front. Powerful and shockingly athletic given his massive (6-foot-8, 275 pounds) frame, Oakman possesses the kind of traits teams are willing to gamble on.

7. Washington Redskins -- Landon Collins, S, Alabama: Washington hasn't boasted a truly fearsome safety since the late Sean Taylor was patrolling the deep middle. At 6-0, 215 pounds, Collins isn't as big as the former phenom, but he shows a similarly exciting blend of explosiveness and ball-skills.

8. St. Louis Rams - Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma: Despite recent early picks invested at wide receiver, the Rams still lack a true No. 1. Green-Beckham is a top 10 talent who is drawing comparisons to Cincinnati Bengals' star A.J. Green for his size, speed and ball-skills but he comes with significant off-field concerns. Jeff Fisher has been more willing than most to gamble on players with character red-flags and he could see DGB as simply too talented to pass up.

9. Chicago Bears - Shane Ray, DE/OLB, Missouri: Despite investments in free agency and the draft, the Bears' defense remains alarmingly toothless. Ray, the SEC's leading sack artist, has the explosiveness off the edge to quickly improve Chicago's pass rush.

10. Carolina Panthers - Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M: With the selection of Kelvin Benjamin and free agent addition of sure-handed veteran Jericho Cotchery, the Panthers addressed weapons for Cam Newton but failed to address the offensive line protecting him. They won't make the same mistake this year, especially if a gifted prospect like Ogbuehi were to fall into their lap.

 

The rest at: http://www.cbssports...mariota-to-bucs


Legit Question. Start Cam in fantasy or not?

04 November 2014 - 08:47 AM

I have Carson Palmer as my backup and he has been playing extraordinarily well.  Plus they play the Rams and the Rams defense has came alive lately.


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