David Johnson has recovered from the wrist injury that ended his season a year ago. Will Johnson ever be the player he was back in 2016 though?

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David Johnson had a rough 2017 season finishing the year on injured reserve after seriously damaging his wrist. That was such a huge setback for the Cardinals because Johnson scored 20 touchdowns the year before. Now Arizona hopes Johnson can shake those cobwebs and get back to being a dynamic force on the football field. If the new coaching staff understands how to utilize Johnson they should be able to bring out the best in one of top dual threat running backs in the league. Johnson is a player who can handle the entire workload in the running game and he’s also exceptional at catching passes out of the backfield. Cardinals Head Coach Steve Wilks has to put together a bunch of counters and misdirections to put Johnson in favorable situations. Then Arizona has to draw up swing passes, halfback fades, and screens to make sure Johnson’s pass catching abilities are optimized. If done correctly it’s amazing how much one player (Johnson) can bring to table. The birds will also score a lot more points this upcoming season than they did last year. David Johnson just has that kind of impact and the former 3rd round draft pick is heading into a contract year as well. No one knows for sure whether the Cardinals plan on extending Johnson? It feels like they most likely will but anything is possible. The bottom line is Johnson is going to have lofty goals for the season because he wants to make sure he’ll be paid well the next time he inks a deal. Le’Veon Bell is highest paid running back in the league at $14.5M annually. Johnson isn’t going to top that but he could be just below the second highest paid running back Devonta Freeman who earns $8.2 million per season. The only reason David Johnson shouldn’t top Freeman is because the Cardinals RB has some durability concerns. Still though to go from pulling in $1.2 million dollars each season to making $6M or $7M annually is going to be a huge jump for the prolific tailback.

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New England will have two first round picks in this upcoming draft after trading Brandin Cooks to the Rams:

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The Patriots are going all in on this NFL Draft and that was clear when the team traded away Brandin Cooks to the Rams. New England picked up an extra first round pick which is going to be huge when draft night rolls around. There’s a number different options the Patriots could go with those two selections. Either they can take two really good players on day one or use both of those picks to trade up to the early first round. There’s been rumors that the New England’s front office really likes Josh Rosen but what if Belichick was really chasing after Bradley Chubb. Belichick coached up North Carolina State’s pro day and it was clear he really likes the defensive end. Belichick even made a comment to Chubb that “there was no chance they would see him at the number 31 draft spot.” Well now Belichick has enough draft capital to move up into the top five and select the stand out pass rusher. Defense wins championships and there’s really no other players like the top defender coming out of college. Of course if the Patriots want to just keep those two picks they could pick up D.J Moore at 23 and Maurice Hurst at 31. That would be a great first round haul for New England and suddenly this organization might have enough firepower to get over the hump. Whatever choice Bill Belichick makes would be a nice boost for the Patriots roster. Ultimately it will come down to what the team feels is the best course of action for them? However it’s easy to believe that one of these two routes could be the path this franchise goes down just because it would give them a lot this upcoming season. Josh Rosen on the other hand would have to sit around on the bench for a couple of years which doesn’t seem like an ideal fit.

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The Los Angeles Rams trade a 2018 1st round pick and a 6th round pick for Brandin Cooks. An acquisition that will significantly bolster LA’s passing game:

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What an off-seasons it’s been for the Los Angeles Rams and we know now they’re not done yet. General Manager Les Snead just pulled the trigger on a deal to acquire Brandin Cooks from the New England Patriots. Snead and the Rams gave up their 2018 1st round pick and a 6th round pick in order to make that deal happen. It’s a smart move for Los Angeles because Cooks will be more polished than an incoming rookie. The Rams plan on winning a Super Bowl this upcoming season and a first year player isn’t going to help as much as Cooks will. Obviously the setback is giving up that first round selection but that’s still a much cheaper price than acquiring Odell Beckham Jr. Cooks is coming off three consecutive 1,000 yard seasons so he’s obviously an explosive player who can help the vertical passing game. The combination of Goff and Cooks could end up being a big time duo this upcoming year as well. Goff should be even better in his third season of action and the Rams are doing everything they can to put talent around their young QB. Cooks will fill the vacancy that Sammy Watkins left behind in this offense and the only concern is the former Patriots size. Brandin Cooks is 5’10 185 pound which is very undersized for an NFL wide receiver. That’s compared to Watkins’ 6’1 205 pound frame but the good news is Cooks had better stats than Watkins. LA is really hoping that translates into a little bit more production in the passing game. Overall this is just another piece to the championship puzzle. The Rams organization will have a ton of firepower entering training camp. It will be up to Sean McVay and Wade Phillips to put everything together and make this a Super Bowl winning team. On paper they certainly have all the talent to do so.

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Ohio Semi Pro Football: Go Compete!


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Ohio semi-pro football is made up of male adult athletes who are still amateur status. These players often play as a hobby and do it for the love of the game. Each summer hundreds of players suit up hoping to help their team win a championship. You can get in on the action by contacting the teams below.

Ohio semi pro football teams and contact information.

Tier 1 teams (Highest level of play in semi-pro football)

Columbus Fire
Website http://columbusfirefootball.com/
Phone: 614-893-7487

Columbus War Eagles
Website: http://columbuswareagles.com/
Phone: 614-572-5390

Dayton Hornets
Website: https://www.facebook.com/Dayton-Hornets-Semi-pro-Football-loop-page-122406501743728/

Lima Warriors
Website: https://www.facebook.com/LimaWarriorsFootball/
Phone: (567) 204-8202

Ohio Valley Saints
Website: https://www.facebook.com/OVSFootball/

Northeast Ohio Predators
Website: https://www.neopredators.net/
Phone: 216-337-2508

Tier 2 teams (Good competition but not quite tier 1)

Canton Pitbulls
Website: cantonpitbulls.com

The Ohio Gladiators
Website: https://www.ohiogladiators.com/
Phone: (330) 289-8719

Summit County Storm
Website: https://www.facebook.com/scstormfootball/

Ohio semi pro football tryouts are usually in the late winter and early spring. That’s when you should contact each team about playing. Keep in mind players buy their own pads at the semi pro level!

If you’re a player looking to refine his skills take a look at the Glazier clinic website attached.
www.glazierclinics.com/

Ohio semi pro football can be dangerous but if you prepare the right way football can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life. Best of luck this season to all of the players!

D.J Moore is a player that is really shooting up draft boards. Teams with a need at wide receiver will have to take a long look at the Maryland stand out:

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The top three receivers in the NFL Draft are clearly Calvin Ridley, D.J Moore, and Courtland Sutton. While Ridley seems like the best prospect out of those three, D.J Moore is really starting to build up a following. The former Maryland Terrapin is hands down the best with the ball in hands out of that trio of players. When it comes to yards after the catch Moore is absolutely lethal and a lot those skills come from Moore’s kick return abilities. Really that adds another element to this kids game because he give teams something on offense and through special teams. Some coaches are going to specifically peg Moore because of that dual role potential. Winning the special teams battle is imperative and D.J Moore can really help a team get a leg up in that phase of the game. Now if there is any knock against the 2017 Big Ten Receiver of the Year (Moore) it’s that he is slightly undersized at 6 feet tall. Regardless of that Moore is extremely explosive. Whether it’s a jailbreak screen or a bubble screen on the outside the incoming rookie is going to make defenders miss and rack up some great yardage. Those are plays any offense could benefit from and it feels like a great comparison for D.J Moore would be Steve Smith. Smith had a prolifc career with the Panthers and Ravens despite only being 5 foot 9. Moore plays bigger than his frame just like Smith did and when you have a player cut from that same cloth you have to go after him. Carolina or Jacksonville could be two possible destinations for Moore. They both need another wide receiver and a fiery competitor so those are teams you have to keep an eye on at the end end of the first round. Whoever does select the human spark D.J Moore will be much more dynamic offensively. It’s very possible Moore comes in and earns a starting job from day one.

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