Chicago’s running backs are some of the best around. Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen are a tough duo to contain:

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The NFC North is shaping up into one of the better conferences and Chicago is a team that seems to be getting things back on track. Last year people started to notice that the Bears were improving and it’s only a matter of time before they have a shot at a winning record. A lot of that is because of the stable running backs they have up there in the Windy City. The most notable of that bunch is the former Indiana University alum Jordan Howard. Howard is coming off back to back 1,000 yard seasons and has emerged as a marquee player in the National Football League. That was surprising considering Howard was drafted in 5th round but if you watched this guy play at UAB or after when he transferred to Indiana. The game film doesn’t lie Howard has a knack for making plays on the football field. Howard was All-Conference USA (2014) at UAB and then All Big Ten (2015) for the Hoosiers. He continued that great run by going to the Pro Bowl his rookie season (2016) and now Howard is on every defensive coordinator’s radar. The problem with trying to stop Chicago’s running game is they have another running back who can be very effective. That player is Tarik Cohen who also has a very strong football background. Cohen was the all time leading rusher in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference coming out of North Carolina A and T. Chicago thought very highly of Cohen and drafted him in the 4th round of the 2017 draft. It’s shocking that a 4th and 5th rounder eventually turned into one of the most formidable rushing attacks at the highest level of the game. Both ball carriers help control the time of possession for the Bears offense. Everything else seems to falls into place from there. Mitchell Trubisky has the luxury of handing the ball off to two very talented guys this upcoming season. Which can really wear down opposing defenses especially late in the game.

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Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen are tough duo to contain.

Nick Foles made it clear he would like to become a starter again and he also acknowledged a trade would be the best move for him:

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Philadelphia Eagles back up Quarterback Nick Foles has had name thrown around in trade negotiations all off-season and we finally got some clarity how Foles feels about all of this. Foles told a member of the Philadelphia Inquirer that he has heard about all the possible trades going on and “he would like to be a starter again.” Basically that gives the indication that Foles is willing to part ways with the Eagles if it means he gets to be some other team’s number 1 quarterback. This is significant because it shows even though Foles has outstanding character (which has been obvious in his effort to work with and develop Carson Wentz) he still wants to pursue his own path and go his own way. That’s part of being a professional when you get to this level and you’re working to establish yourself you almost become a like a hired gun going to the highest bidder. Nobody can blame Foles for wanting to move up the depth chart and truthfully he has earned the right to have those discussions. Nick Foles put the Philadelphia Eagles on his back and brought a Vince Lombardi Trophy home to the City of Brotherly Love. Foles also earned a Pro Bowl appearance (2013) the last time he was a full time starter which means all signs are pointing to the 29 year old being the real deal. There’s no doubt Howie Roseman and the rest of the Eagles front office would like to keep Nick Foles but at the same time if the price is right it’s very possible the talented signal caller could be exchanged for draft picks or even a player(s). We know if Foles has it his way that would happen sooner rather than later so we’ll see if Philly is willing to pull the trigger on a trade before they’re comfortable? Two possible destinations that come to mind are the Indianapolis Colts and Seattle Seahawks. Pete Carroll already showed his cards when he made it clear he wanted to select Patrick Mahomes in the last draft. If Carroll brought onboard Foles he could then trade away Russell Wilson for a very high price (Wilson led the NFL with 34 passing TDs 2017). Wilson is a stats machine but his style of play isn’t ideal for NFL success. Mobile QBs don’t do too well in this league and that could compel Carroll to make a move especially since Wilson would yield some nice returns. The Colts are in a similar situation and they have already acquired a boatload of draft picks (9) after trading down in the 2018 draft with the Jets. If the Colts used two of the second round picks they have to pick up Foles. Indianapolis could then turn around and trade Andrew Luck and Jacoby Brissett. That’s going to put the Colts in a position where they have a brand new gunslinger to lead the Frank Reich era. Not only that but Indy would also have a lot of draft capital to build around Foles.

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Josh Doctson is finally putting it all together. With the addition of Alex Smith Doctson should really flourish this upcoming season:

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The Washington Redskins 2016 first round draft pick Josh Doctson was terrible his rookie season recording 66 yards and 0 touchdowns for the entire year. Doctson completely turned his luck around in his second season though by contributing 502 yards and 6 TDs to the Redskins offense. With that much progression from year one to year two fans in the D.C area have to be ecstatic about what Doctson can bring to the football field in 2018. From an attributes stand point it’s clear the former TCU receiver gets the job done with his terrific leaping ability. Doctson was a top performer at the 2016 combine in the high jump and broad jump so that’s definitely where his strengths lie. When you put him in one on one situations this guy can high point the football and leave defenders surprised by how well he climbs the ladder. Doctson is also much more experienced and confidant these day therefore he’s going to be the best version of himself. It’s getting to the point where the promising young Redskin can become a 10 touchdowns per season type of player. That’s obviously on par with the elite receivers in the NFL which makes it apparent Josh Doctson is going to be anything but a bust. Alex Smith will also be the quarterback commanding Washington’s offense too and that could yield even more favorable results for this passing offense. Smith is a tactician and understands everything opposing defenses are going to throw at him. Expect the former Chiefs starting QB to deliver strikes downfield frequently which will bring another type of precision to Jay Gruden’s scheme. Doctson has to feed off that energy and elevate his play to a new level too. By playing the part of the lead receiver role the 25 year old Doctson will be targeted often. All of these factors should work heavily in his favor and now Josh Doctson is one of the emerging stars in pro football.

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Josh Gordon signs his exclusive rights tender with the Browns and will look to continue his comeback tour:

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Josh Gordon missed two seasons because of suspensions but now the Cleveland standout is looking to keep putting his best foot forward. Gordon recently signed his exclusive rights tender with the Browns for roughly $800,000 dollars and that means the former Baylor alum is going to be back in the fold for this upcoming season. Obviously there wasn’t very many doubts that Gordon would return but it’s still incredible to see this guy turn his life around for the better. Josh Gordon has always had the talent to dominate at the pro level. The 27 year old is big and fast which always translates to the NFL game. The ability to come back from adversity also says something about Gordon’s resilience. Most other players that find themselves in Josh Gordon’s situation end up fading into obscurity. As long as the Browns top receiver (Gordon) can stay clean there’s no doubt he has some strong characteristics which will be very beneficial to this organization. You know the thing is Gordon has had a rough life and didn’t fully understand the direction he was heading in. However with age comes maturity and now the 2013 NFL receiving yards leader (Gordon) is going try to put his troubled past behind him once for all. Hopefully this new approach goes beyond just the football field. Even when Gordon retires he should try to walk the straight and narrow path because he has a lot to offer society. It’s all about channeling his passion into creative and positive outlets. There’s opportunity as a football coach, sports agent, or plenty other jobs in the industry. Gordon also would be a great mentor or motivational speaker because he can relate to people who are going through similar circumstances that he went through and show them how to recover from their struggles. Anything is possible and we’re all rooting for the man known as Flash.

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The Denver Broncos made a foolish decision by releasing C.J Anderson. He was one of their top offensive weapons in 2017:

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With news coming out of the Denver area that the Broncos are releasing C.J Anderson you have to wonder what this front office is thinking? Anderson rushed for 1,007 yards in 2017 and he was one of the top offensive weapons for the Broncos. Ever since the Super Bowl this team has been off their game and it’s because of a series of bad roster moves. Cutting Anderson is just another bad choice by Denver’s decision makers and this could really come back to haunt this offense once the regular season rolls around. Obviously Elway was thinking about saving $9 million dollars over the next two seasons but Anderson was one of the few good players on this roster. Maybe there’s hope that Saquon Barkley will fall to this team in the draft or it’s possible Elway feels like he can get a competent ball carrier in one of the later rounds. Still though it’s a gutsy move to cut your leading rusher especially when you consider how bad this team was in the passing game. If you take C.J Anderson off last year’s Broncos team they would be in serious trouble. It almost makes you wonder if Jamaal Charles is resurrecting his career at off-season work outs because this doesn’t make sense. There’s been rumors that Devontae Booker will actually be the starter but those guys were second tier from a production stand point. Nobody knows what is next for Anderson either? When you look at the teams that need a running back Miami, San Francisco, New York (Giants), or Indianapolis would all get a boost from a tough every down back like the former Bronco (Anderson). We know CJ Anderson played college football in California so it seems like the 49ers could be a likely destination.

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