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With many teams underway with their training camps, in this article I will take a look at which positional battles will have the greatest effect on their respective team’s chances of success this season.
5. Gang Green’s Quarterback Battle
Despite leading his team to the AFC Championship game both his rookie and second years, the poor play of Mark Sanchez – the New York Jets’ first-round pick in 2009 –in subsequent seasons has led many to lose faith and declare him a draft bust. In 2012 Sanchez posted an abysmal 66.9 passer rating and threw 13 touchdowns to 18 interceptions, along with 9 fumbles – including the notorious “butt fumble”. This huge amount of turnovers contributed greatly to the Jets’ 6-10 record.
The arrival of Geno Smith via the NFL Draft signalled the start of a quarterback competition in New York. Smith was phenomenal in college and posted an exceptional 163.9 passer rating in his final year, whilst throwing 42 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions. Smith has talent but he obviously lacks NFL experience. Moreover, some scouts have had concerns with his footwork and his leadership abilities, the latter being paramount in New York.
I expect Sanchez to win this quarterback battle, however I don’t think he’ll retain the starting role in New York for the whole season. Smith is a great talent and with time he can develop into a difference maker, but I think the Jets will rush him in order to replace Sanchez, which is rarely the best thing for a rookie signal caller. Either way Jets fans, I don’t think your team will be pushing for the playoffs this season as neither quarterback has the ability required.
4. Washington Redskins’ Safeties
After ranking 30th in the NFL in average passing yards allowed per game with 281.9, it was clear that the Redskins needed to address their defensive backfield in the offseason, which they did by drafting Phillip Thomas and Bacarri Rambo. The rookies will compete with former pro bowler Brandon Meriweather and Reed Doughty for the starting safety roles.
Once again the New York Jets take the headlines after a fight broke out Monday morning at the Jets training camp in Cortland, NY. The fight was between Jets running back Joe McKnight and defensive back D’Anton Lynn, the son of Jets running back coach Anthony Lynn.
A fight broke out on the Jets sideline after a play early Monday morning. The fight involved about 20 of the Jets players and Coach Rex Ryan made his team pay for it on Tuesday. He made players run sprints sideline to sideline as punishment. The players did about 10 laps and then Ryan spoke to them and raised his voice while doing so.
With August only a day away it means we’re even closer to football. Training camps are now in full swing and the first preseason game is this Sunday! With that said, there’s still plenty of time before the season starts and that’s good for teams who still don’t know who their starting quarterback will be. Join us as we look at 5 quarterback battles to watch during training camp.
First round draft pick, former A&M Aggie Ryan Tannehill has finally signed his rookie contract and after missing a few days of camp. Whether Tannehill is ready to start in the NFL is questionable as he only started one full year at quarterback at Texas A&M after being a wide receiver. The other two in the battle are former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback, David Garrard, back from a year off due to injury and Matt Moore who played decent and lead to the Dolphins to a RECORD in his games as a starter last season. I think that Garrard still has something left in the tank and with a new coach there’s no loyalty to Moore as the starter.
Verdict: David Garrard
QB is the most important position on the football field, there’s no debating that. That’s why it’s comes as no surprise that 4 of the the top 5 position battles involve quarterbacks. Here are the five poition battles we’ll be keeping our eye on during training camp.
1. Tennessee Titans Starting Quarterback: Matt Hasselbeck vs. Jake Locker-
Hasselbeck is coming off a very good 2011 season as the Titans starting quarterback. He threw for 3,571 yards and 18 touchdowns, his highest totals since his 2007 Pro Bowl season. He did struggle as the Titans made a postseason push, throwing just four touchdowns in the final seven games of the season. Locker, the 8th overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft saw limited action as a backup to Hasselbeck last season, but he did throw four touchdowns and zero interceptions.
The Titans will certainly have a very tough decision to make as Locker is the future of the team and Hasselbeck is the experienced veteran leader. Hasselbeck did a pretty good job as the Titans starter last season and his NFL experience is definitely a huge advantage. Unless Hasselbeck gets injured or has an awful training camp the job is his to lose and he will be starting Week One against the New England Patriots.
Winner: Matt Hasselbeck
NFL Training Camps are upon us, as we get ready for the start of the 2012 NFL Season. There are too many questions and not enough answers that this point unfortunately. Will that free agent signing work out? How good is this rookie? Who will be this year’s sleeper team to make a playoff run? We just do not know yet, it is all speculation at this point. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun making our own predictions so we can tell our friends at the end of the season that we were right about that and we know more about football than them. Here are my three bold predictions for the 2013 NFL Season.
1) The San Francisco 49ers Disappoint
The 49ers finally broke out last year to everyone’s surprise. Under Mike Singletary they were always a hot pick to come out of the continually weak NFC West. However, they always disappointed and even though everybody seemed to be rooting for the Hall of Fame linebacker, Singletary got canned. Jim Harbaugh took essentially the same team all the way to the NFC Championship game where they were perhaps a special teams fumble away from the Super Bowl.
Training camps are starting this week, meaning that the NFL is finally coming back. It is tough to predict how each team’s season will go at this point as there are many different factors that have not come into play yet. However, based on last seasons performances as well as off-season moves, here are my NFL Power Rankings heading into training camp.
In my opinion the Super Bowl Champions automatically get the top spot coming into the season. The only major loss that they have is Mario Manningham and with Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks their passing game should be fine. With Eli Manning at the helm to go along with Jason Pierre Paul, Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora on the defensive line, the Giants will be a force to reckon with for years to come.
2) New England Patriots
The Patriots got some much needed help on defense in the draft with DE Chandler Jones and LB Dont’a Hightower to go along with their already potent offense. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick always make this team a contender as they gear up for another deep playoff run. Rob Gronkowski and Wes Welker are sure to light up the scoreboard throughout the season.
After 132 excruciating days, the NFL Lockout is over. Today, the NFLPA agreed to a the CBA that was voted on by the owners last week, effectively ending the NFL Lockout.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith held a joint press conference in Washington earlier today, announcing the new 10-year agreement. “It’s been a long time coming,” Goodell said. “Football is back and that’s the good news.”
I have to apologize for the lack of activity over the past few months, but I didn’t want to write posts about the lawsuits, the 8th Circuit Courts, mediators, and DeMaurice Smith’s hats. I could go on about the absurdness of the NFL Lockout, but I’ll save that for another time.
The NFL Is back and it’s time to celebrate. I assembled a bunch of links to get you educated on the new NFL CBA and what is going to happen in the coming days, plus celebrate the return of the NFL. (Come back everyday for new and fresh material. I’ll keep you up to date on the frenzy that is about to take place starting tomorrow.)
This is a good article that sums up the new NFL CBA in a nutshell.
This is a handy calendar outlining the key dates and events for the abridged NFL offseason.
The Evolution of the Touchdown Dance:
Find out when your favorite team kicks off training camp.
Great gesture by Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday, individually thanking New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
In case you wanted to relive the NFL Lockout, a timeline of how we got here.
Don’t forget that Madden NFL 12 is coming out soon:
And finally … ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL??????????
Training Camps are starting to head into full gear now and with that comes the unfortunate but unavoidable injury bug.
In the past two days alone 3 starters went down with season ending injuries.
It doesn’t get much worse than losing a valued member of the team just as the summer starts and in some cases before full pads are even on.
For the Eagles, Panthers, and Bengals who were the teams to suffer these injuries and now have to deal with them we feel your pain.
Let’s start with Stewart Bradley, middle linebacker of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Bradley tor his ACL in practice on Sunday but actually walked off the field under his own power but the injury proved to be much more serious.
Bradley led the Eagles in tackles last season in only his first year as a starter. Many expected a breakout season from Bradley but that will have to wait a year. He wore the defensive headset and his leadership will be missed.
The Eagles will replace him with Omar Gaither, who actually started in the middle in 2007 but is not the same caliber player that Bradley is. The Eagles also just signed former Chargers linebacker Matt Wilhelm for depth.