Nick Bosa is taking over at training camp and the San Francisco 49ers defense will be much better because of it:

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Don’t look now but Nick Bosa is starting to look like the dominant pass rusher that he was at Ohio State. After missing most of the off-season workouts because of a hamstring strain this is great news for the San Francisco 49ers.


Bosa has been working with Joe Staley to fine tune his game and both players should benefit from those reps. Plus George Kittle said Bosa could already be the strongest player on the team and it’s obvious that the rookie has some good momentum going. It’s very possible that he could record over 10 sacks this season especially if he’s able to live up to his potential. It’s almost criminal to compare someone to J.J Watt but if there was anyone close Nick Bosa would be the guy. This is someone who’s quick enough to go consistently wide around the edge. With an arsenal of rips, swims, and arm chops Bosa is able to disengage even some of the strongest blockers he’ll go against. His motor is always in 6th gear and the team will love the 2nd overall pick’s tenacity on game day. San Francisco’s defense is on the rise and it’s because they added such an elite defender in Bosa. Everybody else’s job will be easier because of this selection.

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The 49ers defense will be much better because Nick Bosa is back on track.

In a shocking twist the Washington Redskins list Colt McCoy as the number 1 quarterback on their depth chart:

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All off-season there’s been speculation about whether or not Case Keenum or Dwayne Haskins would win the Redskins starting quarterback job? It appears that head coach Jay Gruden has other plans and now he’s chosen Colt McCoy to be the team’s ace.


McCoy has been in Gruden’s system for the past four years and clearly there’s a high level of trust between those two. From a terminology or game plan standpoint McCoy knows exactly what Washington expects of him but he’s dealing with some challenges of his own. Last year the veteran signal caller fractured his fibula so his leg has to prove it can hold up throughout the season. You also have to keep in mind that Colt McCoy loves to scramble. It’s hard to do that if his health isn’t 100% but clearly he’s shown something at training camp. Although it must be noted that it’s easier to look good in practice when the speed isn’t the same as in the games. All it takes is one big shot and McCoy’s leg could have a setback. Reports out of Washington have also made it clear that the offensive line has been awful. No matter who’s under center there’s not going to be much time in the pocket. We could actually see the end of Gruden’s reign with this franchise because it doesn’t look like this roster is talented enough to put together a winning season. Don’t be surprised if everything unravels at one point or another.

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Colt McCoy is the number 1 quarterback on the Washington Redskins depth chart.

Overlooked. Hunter Renfrow earns a starting job with the Oakland Raiders after slipping to the 5th round in the NFL Draft:

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Everybody in the world knew Hunter Renfrow was a better player than what the NFL executives, coaches, and scouts believed. We all witnessed Renfrow at Clemson and he made it look so easy out there.


So when he was predicted as a late round pick everybody kind of assumed that whoever selected Renfrow would be getting a steal. Of course we know now that the Oakland Raiders were the team who ultimately selected the former college football superstar. And it appears all of the things that made Renfrow great as an amateur are now translating over to the professional level. Jon Gruden just announced that Hunter Renfrow will start at the slot receiver position this upcoming season. This is great news for the silver and black because of how much of a competitor the rookie is. Seeing Renfrow go all out on every single play will inspire the other players to do the same. Plus he’s a very skilled individual once the pressure is on. Not many nickelbacks will be able to cover the 23 year old (Renfrow) because he’s so shifty. The other thing that stands out about his game is how tough it is for defenders to take him down. You’ll be surprised by Renfrow once the ball is in his hands because he’ll juke, spin, and cutback at the drop of a dime. It’s almost like having a young Julian Edelman but Renfrow has to prove himself before it’s fair to use that comparison. Regardless it’s been a good start to his career and we can take that as an indication of things to come.

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Hunter Renfrow earned a starting job as a rookie.

Michael Gallup is showing us that he’s the perfect number 2 receiver opposite of Amari Cooper:

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The defenses in the NFL are so good that teams often have to pass to get anything going. Therefore wide receivers are more important than ever and the Dallas Cowboys have a good one in second year receiver Michael Gallup.


Last season Gallup showed that the NFL stage wasn’t too big for him by racking up 507 yards and 2 touchdowns as a rookie. He laid a solid foundation for the things to come and now it feels like Gallup is the perfect role player alongside of Amari Cooper. At 6’1” 205 LBS his frame is decent and on game day he uses it to his advantage. Gallup high points the football a lot on fade routes and because he’s so good vertically the Cowboys send him deep often. It’s clear this guy has a knack for getting behind the secondary and those kind of players will always be valuable in this league. When you also factor in how good Michael Gallup is on hesitation routes it’s easy to see why he always burns cornerbacks. This guy is fluid when making double moves (curl and go, out and up) and that adds to everything else he does well. The final phase of his game is his strong hands. Gallup doesn’t need to catch the ball with his chest and it’s no thing for him to make a grab with full extension. Dak Prescott and Gallup seem to have a good chemistry as well so the young pass catcher’s stock is definitely trending upward.

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Michael Gallup is the perfect number 2 receiver for the Dallas Cowboys.

The Kansas City Chiefs may have found the league’s next great ball hawk in Juan Thornhill:

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The safety position is a pass first defender and these players must be able to read the quarterback’s eyes. Not only that but safeties also have to be able to process information quickly and diagnose plays while back pedaling.


It seems like Kansas City Chiefs rookie Juan Thornhill does that better than most of his peers and it’s amazing that he can step right into this team’s lineup and produce right away. Proving that Thornhill’s instincts are a cut above the rest and people are starting to realize that the former Virginia Cavalier (Thornhill) is a natural. The two staples of his game are his ability to intercept passes on vertical routes and how well he comes up in run support. Quarterbacks will have to think twice about taking shots downfield because Thornhill can jump those deep passes with ease. What makes that so impressive is his range because this guy can sprint 20 or 30 yards before catching the ball. Then you have to acknowledge his willingness to help out in the running game. Thornhill trusts his reads and often beats the linebackers to the ball carrier. Add in the fact that he’s a solid tackler and you have one of the more promising rookies in the entire 2019 draft class. Between Tyrann Mathieu and Thornhill the Chiefs defense have two truly great defensive backs in their secondary. Which will help patch up some of the holes they have against the pass. It should also make for some very exciting football.

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Juan Thornhill is proving that he’s a ball hawk at Chiefs training camp.

The AFC West have better pass rushers than any other division. With the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs leading the way:

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If you can’t put pressure on opposing quarterbacks it’s tough to win in the NFL. Quarterbacks are better than ever these days and that’s why defenses have to be able to throw them off their game.


Nobody in the National Football League does that better than the AFC West division. In fact the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs had 4 players who finished in the top 15 when it came to sacking the quarterback. Von Miller and Bradley Chubb were a force to be reckoned with in Colorado and those two will keep this team competitive regardless of how bad their offense is. Obviously it starts with Miller and how high he can raise the bar? When this guy is playing at an optimal level it changes the outcome of football games and it disrupts the other team’s game plan. Chubb is no slouch either and it’s possible these outside linebackers combine for 30 sacks. In Kansas City the duo of Chris Jones and Frank Clark will be the backbone of the Chief’s defense. Jones was a top 3 defender in the league in 2018 (15.5 sacks) and he’s hoping to build on that success moving forward. While the new addition of Clark ensures that this group has the perfect co-star for Jones. It’s hard to say which tandem will be better this season but either way it’s going to be a nightmare for anyone who has a weak offensive line.

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The Broncos and Chiefs have the best pass rushers in football.

James Conner has to be the best player on his team if the Pittsburgh Steelers want to steal the AFC North:

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The NFL may be a passing league but running the football is one of the most basic fundamentals in the sport. Coaches always talk about establishing a running game and that helps control the tempo and win when it comes to time of possession.


Some people might think Ben Roethlisberger is this team’s x-factor but he led the league in passing yards in 2018 and Pittsburgh still missed the playoffs. Others think JuJu Smith-Schuster has to step up and fill Antonio Browns’ shoes but the truth is James Conner could be the most important piece of the puzzle. A great running back can mask so many of a team’s problems and if the passing game isn’t clicking Conner can turn misery into fortune. We seen this guy rush for 12 touchdowns in his first year as a starter and that proved how bright his future is. By taking the next step which is very possible for Conner to do because of his improved awareness. It’s possible that in 2019 he could be the cornerstone of this franchise and the one player who helps them upset the Cleveland Browns. The Steelers offensive line is so good that anyone they plug in at running back tends to have success. Conner has to take advantage of that opportunity and elevate his already punishing brand of football. One thing is for certain, everyone in this locker room is hungry after missing the playoffs last season. So Conner has to grab the reins and lead this team back to glory.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers need a big year from James Conner if they want to steal the AFC North.

Jarvis Landry is taking his game to the next level at Cleveland Browns training camp. He’s been their best receiver so far:

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Odell Beckham Jr. has been receiving all of the attention after joining the Cleveland Browns but Jarvis Landry has been the best receiver at training camp. It’s clear that Baker Mayfield and Landry’s rapport is giving those two guys an advantage in the passing game.


That time they spent together in 2018 laid the foundation for what we’re seeing now and it’s been so exciting to watch. Landry has made sideline grabs, one handed catches, and highlight reel touchdown receptions. He’s shown that he’s lethal on out routes, posts, and seams. Not to mention Landry looked like the quickest receiver when going through speed ladder drills. Now to be fair Joe Schobert did strip Jarvis Landry on one play. Proving that they’re are some facets of his game that must be improved (ball security). Overall though it’s been a spectacular camp from a guy who established himself as one of the leaders of this team a year ago. You just can’t say enough good things about Landry and we know that defenses can’t double him as often with Beckham Jr. on the opposite side of the field. Yeah Mayfield will distribute the football to whoever is open but it’s clear that number 80 is his favorite target. You can tell that Landry is healed up from the undisclosed injury that kept him out of OTAs and the results are on display everyday in practice.

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It’s clear Jarvis Landry is taking his game to the next level.

Turning back the clock. Richard Sherman has been excellent in coverage at San Francisco 49ers training camp:

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It’s hard for cornerbacks to keep up once they’re older than 30 years old. The position requires top tier athleticism and players who can react instantly. So once a defensive back’s quick twitch muscles start to diminish it’s tough to run with NFL wide receivers.


Luckily for the San Francisco 49ers Richard Sherman doesn’t seem to be losing a step and he’s looked like a 4x Pro Bowler at training camp. First of all Sherman has done well in press coverage. The bump and run technique is a skill that only so many cornerbacks can do because it’s so easy to get burned. However Sherman knows how to position himself perfectly and keep his opponents in front of him. He even slowed down Marquise Goodwin by getting up in his face and you have to remember Goodwin just won the 40 Yards of Gold all-star track event. Therefore it’s been an impressive start to the 2019 season for Sherman and it feels like this momentum will transfer over once week one gets here. Obviously that’s huge for a player who could’ve easily been a cap casualty in San Francisco. When an individual has an average salary of $9M they have to back it up or a team will release them in order to cut down on costs. Clearly the 49ers are comfortable with Richard Sherman’s output and now their faith is being rewarded. Expect a big year out of the veteran defender.

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Richard Sherman has been dialed in at San Francisco 49ers training camp

Jordan Howard is running away with the Philadelphia Eagles starting running back job:

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When the Philadelphia Eagles traded for Jordan Howard it was hard to predict his future. Yeah Howard has been spectacular throughout his three year career but Chicago didn’t want him and that was somewhat of a red flag.


To make matters even more complicated the Eagles drafted Miles Sanders in the 2nd round and it was hard to predict how everything would play out. Now we know that Jordan Howard is leading the pack and it’s safe to say he’ll get the majority of the touches. Unless Sanders makes significant strides before the regular season gets here it appears Doug Pederson is more comfortable with Howard. That’s not surprising considering he’s averaged 1,123 yards a year since entering the league back in 2016. At training camp the things which have stood out the most about this guy are his vision, power, and downhill running style. With all the weapons this team has it will be so tough to stop everyone. Howard could be the focal point of it all and this addition might be the piece that puts the Eagles over the top. Why jeopardize Carson Wentz’s health by making him drop back 40 times a game when you can handoff to a game changing running back like Howard? Instead this offense should keep it simple and let their workhorse do all of the dirty work.

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As expected Jordan Howard is running away with the Eagles starting running back job.

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