Josh Gordon flat out shined in the Browns 3rd preseason game:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

Josh Gordon played at high level in the Browns 3rd preseason game and Gordon was the Browns lone bright spot in Cleveland’s 30-13 loss to the Bucs. Gordon who has missed nearly two season of football due to suspensions looked amazing for the Browns in Hue Jackson’s new offense. Gordon has great size for a receiver standing 6’3 and weighing 225 pounds. He also runs like the wind and has the ability to make the big time catch. Josh Gordon proved that when he hauled in 2 receptions for 87 yard and 1 touchdown against Tampa Bay. That was in his first preseason game and when you have instant success like that good things are going to happen for you in the future. Josh Gordon truly hasn’t skipped a beat in his time away from the gridiron and you have to be ecstatic about getting this guy back if you’re Hue Jackson. The NFL reinstated Josh Gordon just as Jackson took over this team and the timing couldn’t be better for Cleveland. The Browns already have some good momentum going with the new coaching staff and now they get their most talented wide receiver back on the field. Football fans might not want to hear it but the Browns are quietly improving. This is a team that was in the gutter last year and now they at least have hope for the future. That hope could snowball into confidence and when that happens anything is possible. This upcoming season the Browns will still finish 3rd or 4th in the AFC North but they are trending in the right direction. Which is good news considering they were trending in the wrong direction just a season ago. Expect Gordon to be part of wide receiver group that includes Corey Coleman and Terrelle Pyror. Which could be a good group if RG3 can have an up year and get those guys the ball. Gordon still has to finish up a 4 game suspension but if he can stay clean he will be in the clear after that.

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Jameis Winston and Mike Evans prove they are one of the best duos out right now:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers played very well in their 30-13 crushing of the Cleveland Browns and leading the way for the Bucs was Jameis Winston and Mike Evans. Winston looked phenomenal for Tampa Bay finishing the game with 16 completions out of 25 passing attempts for 259 yards and 2 touchdown passes. Winston was poised in the pocket and delivered numerous strikes against the Browns defense. When the pass rush got in Winston’s face he would buy time with his feet and then find a receiver downfield time and time again. It was clear watching this game that Winston has progressed significantly and he is going to be a terrific player in his second year of pro football. It’s not just the way he plays either, Winston is an outstanding leader and he is certainly guiding this team in the right direction. Mike Evans also had a huge day for the Buccaneers recording 5 receptions for 115 yards and 1 touchdown. Evans was able to get behind the Browns defense on two huge plays in particular and the connection between both Winston and Evans seems to be flourishing heading in to the regular season. Evans is a flat out star at the receiver position and Winston can get Evans the ball better than most qb’s in the league can. Those two players are going to elevate one and other all season long and if you’re a fantasy football owner really keep an eye on Evans. He should have a huge year in this offense and the only thing that can hold this guy back is an injury. As long Evans can stay on the field he will flat out dominate and the Bucs look like they could finish 2nd in the NFC South. That could be could be good enough for a wildcard spot but it won’t come easy especially since the NFC is loaded with talented teams. Overall though these two players are the future of this league and they should produce huge results for a very long time.

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The Atlanta Falcons were sluggish in a 6-17 loss to the Dolphins:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Atlanta Falcons and Miami Dolphins both played their starters for the majority of the first half in last night’s game and it didn’t look good for the Atlanta Falcons. Matt Ryan didn’t have a very convincing day throwing for 12 completions out of 22 passing attempts for no touchdowns and 1 interception. Ryan was also outplayed by Dolphins starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill so that can’t sit well with the Falcons organization either. Besides losing the quarterback battle the Falcons also struggled with their offensive line play. There weren’t very many holes being opened up upfront and none of the Falcons running backs were able to get going. Devonta Freeman finished the day with only 8 yards on 5 rushing attempts and didn’t seem like the player he was last year. Maybe that was because the Dolphins defensive line played well all night long but still you would of liked to see more from the Falcons offensively. On the defensive side of the ball things didn’t go that well either. The Dolphins no huddle offense seemed to give the Falcons defense fits and Atlanta didn’t do a good enough job of rushing the quarterback. That could be a problem for the Falcons when the regular season rolls around and it just seems like this team doesn’t have enough key lineman on either side of the ball. If you can’t win in trenches it will be tough to have success in the NFL and that seems to be situation the Falcons find themselves in. A bright note for the Falcons was the fact that Matt Schaub continued his hot streak completing 10 out of 11 passes for 109 yards. Receiver Aldrick Robinson also had another big game finishing with 3 catches for 70 yards. Still collectively the team looks like they are going to regress and expect them to draft sooner rather than later in the 2017 Draft.

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It would be shocking if Romo makes it through the entire season:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Dallas Cowboys took on the Seattle Seahawks in a preseason match up and Tony Romo started the game for the Cowboys. Romo was slated to play two series with the first team offense before his night was over but Romo didn’t even make it that far after being knocked out of action the 3rd play of the game. On that particular play Cliff Avril was able to rush into the Cowboys offensive backfield and deliver a huge shot to Romo’s backside. The hit was the hardest hit Romo has taken to his back in the last 5 years and that is on top of the fact that Romo has had numerous back problems over the course of his career. Avril put Romo out of action for the entire game and that is not a good indicator of what is to come for the Cowboys starting quarterback. Tony Romo has had a laundry list of injuries over his professional career and just last year he was out of action for the majority of the season with a shoulder injury. After awhile all of those injuries just keep piling up and now it’s starting to look like the end is near for Tony Romo. This was a player who despite being often criticized has had some tremendous success in the National Football League. Romo has thrown for 34,154 passing yards and 247 touchdowns over the duration of his 11 season career. When you consider that most people don’t even get the privilege to play in the NFL it puts Romo’s success in perspective. Now though it feels like it is Dak Prescott’s time to lead this football team. Prescott has looked outstanding in the preseason compiling 7 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. That production is much more convincing than Tony Romo not even being able to make it through a series of snaps. We will see if the Cowboys hand the torch over to Prescott or try to squeeze the last few drops out of Romo. Even if the Cowboys choose Romo it would be a stretch that his body holds up for the length of an entire season. He just seems physically past his playing days.

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Vernon Hargreaves is showing why he will be a star in the National Football League:

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers needed a corner with their first round draft pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and man did they get a terrific player with the 11th pick overall. That player was Vernon Hargreaves out of the University of Florida and this guy was one of the most talented defensive backs coming out of the draft. Since joining the Buccaneers Hargreaves has looked very impressive at Tampa Bay’s practices and now in the preseason Hargreaves is showcasing what makes him such a special player. Hargreaves has 2 interceptions in 2 preseason games and he also has 3 passes defended. Hargreaves is showing a knack for making plays when it comes to defending the pass and really he is exceeding the expectations the Buccaneers set out for him. Every team wants their rookies to be an immediate sensation in the league but sometimes it takes a couple of years. Hargreaves is proving he can be a player who steps in and has success right away much like Marcus Peters did with the Chiefs a season ago. Great news for Tampa Bay’s defense and this team should be able to force some turnovers when the regular season rolls around if Hargreaves is able to maintain this level of play. Practicing everyday against Jameis Winston should definitely help Hargreaves in his own personal development and now it’s time to go out there and show the world what he can do. The last thing you want to do if you’re Hargreaves is be a guy who could only get it done in the preseason, he set the bar high now he has to continue to work hard and do the right things. When you do all the little things right you’re going to have success and the former Florida Gator Vernon Hargreaves looks like he has a very bright future in this league.

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The Bosa situation is spiraling out of control in San Diego:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

After months and months of waiting for Joey Bosa to sign his contract with the San Diego Chargers. It’s just been announced that Bosa has rejected the Chargers latest contract which was an offer of $14 million dollars out of $17 million dollar signing bonus in this first year. Which would be a front loaded contract in Bosa’s favor, meaning Bosa would get the majority of his signing bonus immediately rather than over the duration of his contract. Still Bosa declined the offer and is taking a real strong stance it feels like against playing in San Diego. At this point there is serious damage between the two parties and if Bosa was serious about playing football he would of been at Chargers camp participating in team activities. Those repetitions are what make you a great football player and you can work out all you want. It’s those reps at an NFL practice which ultimately mold you into a success at the professional level. While Bosa is trying to cash in as a rookie it almost feels like he flat out doesn’t want to play in San Diego. This holdout is on the verge of becoming like the 2009 Michael Crabtree holdout (when Crabtree missed 4 regular season games). If the Chargers aren’t careful they could easily see this thing regress into that type of situation and that would be the worst thing possible for San Diego. Bosa is a 1st round top 5 talent, that isn’t the type of player you just  let walk away. If Bosa holds out the entire 2016 season he could actually re-enter the draft in 2017. However it’s very unlikely he would be drafted as high and that means a smaller contract would be on the table for him. So Bosa has some serious choices to make and he has to ultimately decide what is the best move for himself personally. The big payday is with the Chargers, while the option to play for a different team would be to continue the hold out. Usually these situations end when the player realizes that they aren’t able to do what they love most play football. So when the games roll around Bosa will likely fold and decided to come play for the Chargers. Keep an eye whether a deal gets done though because he seems adamant that San Diego isn’t the ideal place for him.

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Allen Hurns is ready to have big time success in the National Football League:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

While Allen Robinson is the Jaguars receiver who receives the most recognition his teammate Allen Hurns is a very dynamic player at the number 2 receiver spot. Hurns recorded 1,000 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns last season with Jacksonville and now entering his 3rd season Hurns will be more experienced than ever. That means Hurns will have a better understanding of how to read defenses, how to adjust his routes to each specific defense, and ultimately Hurns will understand what it takes to have success in this league. It’s preparation that sets players apart, whether that is working out or watching film. Each player has to due their part to keep progressing their game. After watching the Jaguars second preseason game it’s clear Hurns has been putting in the work. He scored on a 24 yard touchdown pass from Blake Bortles and it was almost if that play was a sign of what is to come for both players this upcoming season. Bortles and Hurns have a solid connection and that chemistry is what should elevate the duo when the regular season rolls around. Hurns does a great job of taking pressure off Robinson and it’s fantastic the Jaguars have 2 receivers that went over a 1,000 yards receiving last season. Bortles is a large part of that with his deep ball ability, but it’s up to players like Hurns to be able to go get it when the ball is in the air. So far Allen Hurns has shown that isn’t a problem at all for him and this guy has a lot of good football left in front of him since it’s only his 3rd year in the league. Hurns has a knack for getting behind the defense and that shouldn’t change anytime soon for Jags. The question now is will Hurns and company’s efforts be enough to take down the Houston Texans? As long as this offense keeps making big plays they will have a shot and look to see if Allen Hurns can haul in another thousand yards in 2016.

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Don’t count on a Cam Newton regression:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

With many football insiders claiming that Cam Newton is going to regress this year, it’s time for the reigning M.V.P to make all the naysayers eat crow. Newton who was the best player in all of football a season ago isn’t going to fall off and he will still be the same dynamic physical specimen that he has always been. There is a reason Cam Newton has always had success on the football field and that is because he is the most physically gifted athlete on the field. That skill set allows Newton to be one of the best dual threat quarterbacks in the history of the league. He can beat you through the air and he can also run with the football and make defenses consistently pay. The Panthers franchise will always be in goods hands as long as Cam Newton is leading this football team and to imply that he is going to take a step back is completely absurd. You have to remember Cam is a guy who is going to throw a minimum of 25 touchdowns and a minimum of 5 rushing touchdowns. Those stats alone could lead a football team but when you consider he will probably far exceed those numbers. You begin to realize that this guy is hands down one of the best in the business and you don’t accidentally win an M.V.P award. You win it because you worked extremely hard and in Cam Newton’s case he is also extremely physically gifted. Cam Newton is 6 foot 5 and 245 pounds so he also has been blessed with great genetics. Add in a 4.59 40 yard dash speed and the ability to throw the football and you have the best player in the league. There will be no regression in sight for Cam Newton anytime soon.

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Examining all the angles of the Bills quaterback situation:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Buffalo Bills are fresh off a 21-0 victory against the New York Giants and starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor continues to shine. Taylor who looked impressive all of last season has continued right where he left off and is still playing at a very high level. Taylor finished the Giants game with 7 completions out of 10 passing attempts for 132 yards and 1 touchdown pass. The easiest assessment when it comes to the Bills is determining who the Bill starting quarterback is. It’s clearly Taylor and this guy should only get better heading into his second season as the team’s starter. The back up quarterback position is a competition between EJ Manuel and Cardale Jones. While Jones was drafted in the fourth round out of Ohio State it appears Manuel is much further ahead than Jones. Manuel looked pretty sharp in the Bills preseason win and finished the day with 8 completions out of 13 passing attempts for 1 touchdown pass and 0 interceptions. Manuel is entering his fourth season and will be a clear lock for the number 2 spot behind Taylor. If something should happen to the Bills starting quarterback Manuel will be a good insurance policy for this team and shouldn’t be too far of a drop off talent wise. The job of a back up quarterback is to at least keep the team competitive if the starter gets hurt. Manuel does that and Rex Ryan has to be excited about the team’s quarterback situation. For Jones he is struggling with the same problems he did in his final year at Ohio State. Cardale Jones has rhythm and timing issues in the passing game. That causes him to overthrow receivers and struggle with his pass completion percentage. So it appears Jones will be the number 3 quarterback on the roster and he still has a long way to go before moving up the depth chart. While that was expected by most, some thought Jones could recapture his National Championship form and get back to business. That doesn’t seem to be the case in Buffalo and we know now Cardale Jones will be a long term project player. Still this is the best Rex has had it in a long time when it comes to quarterbacks. Taylor is much better than Mark Sanchez was and the Bills will have a shot to compete in the AFC East. Especially with Tom Brady being suspended the first 4 games.

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Josh Gordon looks like the same player who led the league in receiving yards back in 2013:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

With news coming out of Cleveland that Josh Gordon will be eligible to play this upcoming season (after his 4 game suspension). The Browns have to be happy about getting their most talented wide receiver back on the football field. Gordon finished as the NFL’s leading receiver back in 2013 before facing a number of off the field issues. Now that Gordon has been reinstated he has been practicing with the Browns again. New Head Coach Hue Jackson even has let Gordon practice with the starting unit for a number of reps. Stating that Gordon will be one of Cleveland’s best players. It’s interesting to see Gordon get so much praise in his return, many football insiders believed Gordon would have a steep hill to climb to be the player he once was. Now it feels more like Gordon will be back to his old self much quicker than originally expected. Cleveland’s top Defensive Back Joe Haden gave a glowing review of Gordon and said he looks exactly like the player he used to be. Which means Gordon hasn’t lost a step and should be able to provide a huge impact for the Browns after those first four weeks. Truthfully you have to be excited for Gordon. After receiving a harsh sentence for marijuana use, it’s good to see this talented player get a second chance. There are other players in the league who committed crimes that are more severe than using marijuana who are still playing. So to see Gordon lose nearly two seasons of his career over the issue was a pretty extreme stance on the leagues part. When you consider the Browns also have Corey Coleman and an emerging Terrelle Pryor on the roster you begin to see how well Gordon could mesh with those players. If Robert Griffin can continue to elevate himself as well, this Browns team could be very dynamic in the near future. For Gordon it will be about walking the straight and narrow path because we all know football tends to come easy to him. Keep an eye out for the Browns in 2016 they are finally trending upward.

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