You can already feel it. Josh Allen is going to take the Buffalo Bills to new heights:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

When Sean McDermott went to Buffalo he ended an 18-year playoff drought for the Bills. Unfortunately the team only scored 3 points in that loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. But Josh Allen came in and fixed most of those problems. In fact the Bills went to the playoffs again this past season (2nd time for McDermott). And even though Buffalo lost that game to Houston 23-19. That jump from 3 points in the first playoff game to 19 against the Texans was a decent improvement.


But you also have to remember that Allen is only entering his third season. So he should get better with time because he’s still learning on the fly. The other thing that will help Allen standout is the addition of Stefon Diggs. That move should help this team win the AFC East. There’s also a good chance that Buffalo will win a playoff game next season. So to go from an 18-year playoff drought to potentially making a run in the playoffs is a huge success for the Bills. They’ve completely reinvented themselves and that’s what happens when you hit on several draft picks. Right now their roster is deeper than it’s been in the past. And so far that’s translated into wins.

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Racism is preventing Jameis Winston and Cam Newton from finding work:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

If you’ve been a die hard NFL fan for an extended period of time. You’ve noticed a trend that’s happening when it comes to some of the African-American quarterbacks in the league. For example Robert Griffin III was forced to sit out the entire 2017 season even though he was clearly better than almost all of the second and third string QBs that were on a roster that year. Colin Kaepernick is another case and he still can’t find work to this day.


So when we look at what‘s going on with Jameis Winston and Cam Newton. It’s not too surprising because pro football has always been a little shallow when it comes to who they pick for jobs, roles, etc. There’s no doubt that Newton should be signed right now and if he doesn’t get any offers the only reason why is racism. It’s sad that we‘ve fallen this far behind in this day and age. But there’s clearly something going on here and it’s time to address it. If Jameis Winston can’t find a starting job after leading the NFL in passing yards then something doesn’t add up. And keep in mind Winston isn’t even signed at this point. It’s easy to see the writing on the wall and enough is enough. African-Americans have fought in every war and died on the battlefields for America. They also built the NFL into what it is today. So to see this happening is truly shameful.

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The Baltimore Ravens have the reigning MVP and that means their Super Bowl window is now:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

When the Baltimore Ravens let Joe Flacco go. They were taking a risk on Lamar Jackson’s athleticism. Jackson was the most explosive quarterback we’ve seen in college football since Michael Vick and Vince Young. But sometimes that doesn’t translate over to the NFL. Yet when it came time to perform Jackson was able to win the league’s MVP award in his second season. That tells you all you need to know as far as Baltimore goes. This is their window to win another Super Bowl and we don’t know how long it will last? First of all their has to be a talented team around Jackson.


And we also have to acknowledge that his style of play is somewhat dangerous. That’s why the Ravens have to go all in and make sure they put the best team on the field they possibly can. They can’t leave any stone unturned when it comes to trades, free agents, and the draft. Not only that this team needs to keep improving throughout the season. And they should also be aggressive when the trade deadline arrives. Those are the things that good front offices do when they’re this close. Of course none of this would be possible without Jackson. He’s electrifying and he’s also a great leader. This seems to be one of those rare once in a generation players who can uplift a franchise to new heights. Which means this team could be hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy before we know it.

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The NFL has never cancelled an entire season. But there’s some reasonable concerns this year:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

Hopefully it doesn’t happen. A world without football would be absolutely dreadful. But there’s a growing concern that the college football season won’t happen. And that makes you wonder if the NFL will be able to follow through with their schedule?


We know that Roger Goodell is going forward with the draft. However that event won’t be in Las Vegas like it was originally planned. Instead it’ll probably be in a television studio and there won’t be nearly as many people who participate in that whole process. Which is red flag number one. If the NBA, NHL, and MLB put everything on hold. And if the draft can’t take place under normal circumstances. It’s very realistic that the pandemic could cause even more problems down the road. Hopefully things start to shape up quickly but the reality is we have to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Nobody wants to be where we’re at right now but tough decisions had to be made. And if anyone’s life is put in jeopardy then the league will be forced to cancel some games and perhaps all 16. Sports used to get us through tough times like we’re going through right now. But unfortunately this time around the coronavirus might shut everything down.

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Everything is coming together for the Cleveland Browns offense. They’re loaded with talent:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

Everything started off well for the Cleveland Browns when they chose to keep Odell Beckham Jr. By holding on to Jarvis Landry and Beckham Jr. Cleveland was able to stabilize the receiver position. Then the Browns took it a step further by signing Jack Conklin and Austin Hooper in free agency. Those additions will make this offense much more explosive. Conklin should sure up the offensive line a little bit and give Baker Mayfield time to scan the field. And Conklin also said he’ll mentor the younger players on the team. So that’s some much needed leadership for the Browns.


Then the other guy in this equation is Austin Hooper. He was excellent last season for the Atlanta Falcons. Hooper made it clear that Mayfield was the reason he came to Cleveland. It feels like those two guys are going to be synced up this year. Hooper should create some plays over the middle of the field. He’s such a great athlete that he can make acrobatic catches.  That’s what Mayfield needs to get his confidence back. Because once that happens Cleveland has so much potential. They definitely had a good off-season.

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Gardner Minshew and Justin Jefferson could set the league on fire:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Jacksonville Jaguars had to sit through a long stretch of inconsistent quarterback play with Blake Bortles. So when this team found a diamond in the rough with Gardner Minshew it gave them a ton of optimism. By trading away Nick Foles Jacksonville committed to Minshew as their franchise quarterback. And the best teams build around their QB and surround them with talent. For example Arizona just traded for DeAndre Hopkins to get another weapon for Kyler Murray. And the Buffalo Bills pulled the trigger on a deal for Stefon Diggs to make Josh Allen’s life easier. So since the Jaguars have one of the most important pieces of their puzzle figured out. They have to do everything they can to help Minshew succeed.


The right move would be drafting Justin Jefferson out of LSU. He absolutely dominated college football in 2019 with over 1,500 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns. Not to mention Leonard Fournette and D.J Chark are also former Tigers. Therefore Jefferson could have some support there considering a lot of those guys went to the same college. Jefferson also lit up the NFL Combine so you know he’s taking the pre-draft process seriously. Just think about the magic this offense would create with another elite playmaker on the field. Chark went for over 1,000 yards this past season and his progress has been huge for this team. If you get Jefferson on the other side then we’ll really get to see what Minshew can do. Everything should take care of itself from there.

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The Arizona Cardinals have weapons all over the field. Kliff Kingsbury’s plan is working:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

Two years ago the Arizona Cardinals had the worst offense in the NFL and they only scored 225 points. But since then this team has been completely revamped. Larry Fitzgerald, DeAndre Hopkins, and Kenyan Drake are all key players in Kliff Kingsbury’s system and that’s the best collection of athletes Arizona had in a long time. Then there’s Kyler Murray who’s coming off a Rookie of the Year award. His play should improve quite a bit with Hopkins’ arrival. And that’s because there’s two number one receivers out wide. Add in Murray’s ability to extend the play and improv on the fly. And it’s amazing how many opportunities that will open up in the passing game.


Talent-wise there’s just too many good players to keep the Cardinals in check. So we have to acknowledge that Kingsbury’s plan is working. It was risky to pass on Josh Rosen for Murray but Kingsbury knew what it took to make his offense click. He also turned Drake’s career around and put an emphasis on adding more depth at the receiver position (Andy Isabella, Hakeem Butler, etc.) There was a lot innovation happening in football that Kingsbury was able to pick up on at Texas Tech. Now he’s exceeding expectations in Arizona and this team is on the rise.

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The Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl with a quarterback on a rookie deal. The rest of the league should take notes:

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Right now Dak Prescott is negotiating a contract that will make him the highest paid player in the NFL. And he’ll get it because he’s the next guy in line and the Cowboys are too scared to turn the page on him.


But if you really want a blueprint to winning in pro football look at the Kansas City Chiefs. Patrick Mahomes’ annual salary is $4M. What that does is allow more money to be spent on the other positions on this roster. The Chiefs actually pay their wide receivers more money than any other team in the league pays theirs. So the Chiefs got creative with their strategy. They drafted a rookie QB with a lot of promise and then surrounded him with talent. Everything meshed perfectly and that offense was so explosive. Really it’s because of their philosophy and it’s one that’s a little bit contrarian. Everyone wants to pay a quarterback the big bucks but Andy Reid went the opposite route. Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, and DeMarcus Robinson were all signed (or re-signed) to spread out the field. Then there was still money left over to pay Tyrann Mathieu and Frank Clark. It takes a collection of talent to win in the sport. The team with the deeper roster usually comes out on top. But you have get the right young quarterback and then your four year window starts ticking.

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The Baltimore Ravens focused on their defense this off-season. That will get them closer to the Super Bowl:

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Lamar Jackson has brought so much excitement to Baltimore. And everyone knows this team is getting close to doing something special. So when the Ravens decided to focus on defense this off-season it was an unusual decision. However we know defense wins championships and that’s exactly what GM Eric DeCosta had in mind when he traded for Calais Campbell and signed Michael Brockers.


Obviously the most important piece is Campbell. He was the backbone of a Jaguars defense that was one of the top in the league for several years. This is someone who’s almost unblockable in one-on-one situations. He’s strong enough to bump inside to defensive tackle. And quick enough to slide outside to defensive end and bring some pressure off the edge. The addition of Campbell will give the Ravens offense more possessions. We know Lamar Jackson will seize those opportunities. And then there’s Michael Brockers and he’s been underrated for most his career. By making him Campbell’s wingman that’s a perfect role for him on this defensive front. We know those two will squeeze a lot of those running lanes and there won’t be much pass protection against them either. You can see how this could be the recipe for success for Baltimore. If they follow this up with a strong draft too. Then there’s no limit in sight for this team.

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NFL Today: How to follow your favorite players on social media

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Tom Brady- You can follow Tom Brady on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Brady is pretty active on all three platforms. As you would expect. The greatest player of all-time has a large following.

Twitter: @TomBrady
Instagram: @TomBrady
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/TomBrady/

Patrick Mahomes- After winning an MVP and a Super Bowl in his first two seasons. Mahomes is taking the NFL by storm. Keep up to date with Mahomes by following him on his social media accounts.

Twitter: @PatrickMahomes
Instagram: @PatrickMahomes
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/PatrickMahomes/

Lamar Jackson- The reigning MVP is such an amazing competitor. Jackson lays it all on the line for the Baltimore Ravens. He’s also an avid social media user and you find him at the links below.

Twitter: @Lj_era8
Instagram: @new_era8

Drew Brees- The NFL’s all-time passing leader is also a social media user. He’s the heart and soul of Who Dat nation. Brees will also get you fired up with his content. He’s inspiring.

Twitter: @DrewBrees
Instagram: @DrewBrees
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/DB9NFL/

Odell Beckham Jr- OBJ has a world class brand and a huge following. His die-hard fans always want to know what’s coming next for Beckham Jr.. He keeps them in the loop by posting online.

Twitter: @OBJ
Instagram: @OBJ
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/odell.beckham/

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