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Old 05-01-2021, 01:57 PM   #551
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Amon-Ra St Brown will be a really solid NFL player. Lions fans - you got a good one there in the 4th.

I’m excited by his name alone!
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Old 05-01-2021, 07:23 PM   #552
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Nice to see some Coastal players get rewarded after the team's unbelievable season. DE Tarron Jackson to the Eagles in the 6th round, and RB CJ Marable as an UDFA to the Bears.
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Old 05-06-2021, 10:50 AM   #553
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Dolphins continue to tinker with what was a pretty highly rated defense last season. Starting safety Bobby McCain gets cut, it's not really a surprise, he was on an NFL-style contract on its way toward being unaffordable, and his most direct replacement was just taken in the top draft picks. I expect Miami to sign one-time big time prospect Malik Hooker on a prove-it deal, but they continue to suggest they think they can just plug pieces into their system and make a good defense out of doing so. We'll see. It has been interesting to watch this roster as closely as I have following the tank-for-Tua rebuilding effort started in earnest with the trades of Laremy Tunsil and Minkah Fitzpatrick.
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Old 05-07-2021, 08:32 AM   #554
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I always had high hopes for Malik Hooker, but he was always getting injured and just never broke out the way the Colts wanted him to.
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Old 05-11-2021, 06:59 AM   #555
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The Jags draft a gimmick running back in the first round.

The Jags are bringing the Tebow circus to town on the hopes that he might be good enough to be a gimmick 3rd tight end.

So far, the new sheriffs in town are not impressing me.
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Old 05-11-2021, 08:13 AM   #556
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I was waiting for a bagel yesterday and they had ESPN on. One of the talking heads was saying the AFC East is the best division in football. It was a nice reminder why I never watch ESPN anymore, but yes, get rid of LeBatard and today Kenny Mayne.
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Old 05-11-2021, 09:17 AM   #557
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Old 05-11-2021, 09:44 AM   #558
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The Jags draft a gimmick running back in the first round.

The Jags are bringing the Tebow circus to town on the hopes that he might be good enough to be a gimmick 3rd tight end.

So far, the new sheriffs in town are not impressing me.

Some pundit mentioned having the circus in town will reduce scrutiny/pressure on a new HC and hotshot rookie QB. I don't buy that take at all, but it's out there.
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Old 05-11-2021, 10:59 AM   #559
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The Jags draft a gimmick running back in the first round.

I thought he was picked too high, but is he a gimmick running back?
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Old 05-11-2021, 11:18 AM   #560
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I thought he was picked too high, but is he a gimmick running back?

Personally, I think he is the best running back in the draft as far as a fit for current NFL environment. His pass catching and big play ability should serve him well. He isnt a workhorse but it doesnt seem like coaches like to run backs 20+ times a game anymore so that shouldnt be an issue.

I like the Kimara comparisons.

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Old 05-11-2021, 11:25 AM   #561
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The Jags are bringing the Tebow circus to town on the hopes that he might be good enough to be a gimmick 3rd tight end.


This does strike me as very odd. At best he will be a below average receiver and a far below average blocker at the 3rd tight end position typically used for good blocking Tight Ends. He will also be worthless on special teams I assume so another wasted spot. The only thing he could potentially add is depth for a 3rd QB and not having to carry 3 and like you had mentioned(gimmick plays).

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Old 05-11-2021, 11:26 AM   #562
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Old 05-11-2021, 11:42 AM   #563
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I like the Kimara comparisons.

Yeah, but Kamara was a third round pick.

Thinking a little more about it, I guess it isn't that I think that he'll be a bad player.

It's just that I think that you can get RBs like that (fast, good hands, jet sweep threat, etc.) in later rounds.

And in my head, I maybe think of him as gimmicky because that's how I expect Meyer will use him. Lots of misdirection stuff, etc.

I actually like underdog teams, and Lawrence seems like a good kid, so I want them to do well. I'm just not optimistic based on what I'm seeing so far.
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Old 05-11-2021, 12:01 PM   #564
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The Jags are bringing the Tebow circus to town on the hopes that he might be good enough to be a gimmick 3rd tight end.

To help change the culture maybe?
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Old 05-11-2021, 12:19 PM   #565
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Old 05-11-2021, 12:47 PM   #566
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Damn, and from the article I don't think it is a jump to assume pain pills, likely fentanyl was a contributing factor. That drug has become a scourge starting in the High School ranks on up over the last decade.

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Old 05-12-2021, 07:37 PM   #567
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I was waiting for a bagel yesterday and they had ESPN on. One of the talking heads was saying the AFC East is the best division in football. It was a nice reminder why I never watch ESPN anymore, but yes, get rid of LeBatard and today Kenny Mayne.

You know, I think I could buy an argument that it the best division in football, at least top to bottom. Not my choice, but I wouldn't write someone making that argument off too quickly. Or at the very least has the upside to be the best division. But you really need to put a lot of faith in Tua, Wilson and Newton/Jones.

The Bills are an AFC favourite, one could really like the Patriots based on returning players and new signees and Belichick, the Dolphins are going in the right direction and made a lot of very good additions as well. All three teams *could* really be 11-6 or better. That leaves the Jets. While I'm not sold on Wilson, I really liked their next 3 picks (Vera-Tucker, Moore, Carter). If one has confidence in the Robert Saleh - Mike Lafleur combination, this could be a surprisingly decent team as well.

All said, I'm not saying that this all comes to fruition and it wouldn't be my choice as the best division. I do think it's possible that the four teams end with the best win-loss record of any division and I could foresee a scenario where it's the only division that has three teams make the playoffs.
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Old 05-13-2021, 06:22 AM   #568
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I can't be the only one shaking my head at the schedule release crap. I mean, if I'm a season ticket holder or wanting to pick a game or two to attend, sure, I may glance at the schedule before August. But now? WTF cares?
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Old 05-13-2021, 06:27 AM   #569
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I can't be the only one shaking my head at the schedule release crap. I mean, if I'm a season ticket holder or wanting to pick a game or two to attend, sure, I may glance at the schedule before August. But now? WTF cares?

The one thing I like about it is it is one of the few times the NFL does not take itself too seriously. Local reporters can breathlessly "leak" the schedule earlier that day (The one I saw for the Saints had "NFL CONFIDENTIAL" stamped on it), and the league doesn't threaten to fine the teams or whatever.
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Old 05-13-2021, 07:32 AM   #570
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I've never gotten it either, but then I don't actually go to the games. I mean, the schedule is on a formula. We KNOW WHO TEAMS WILL PLAY. Well, maybe outside of this 17th game nonsense, but I guess that'll be learned soon enough.

When they are played, I really don't care.
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Old 05-13-2021, 10:43 AM   #571
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I've been looking forward to the schedule release because I want to catch a Vikings game on the road and make a trip out of it. Did that seeing them play the Chargers in 2019.

Leaning toward going to their game against the Panthers in October. Side trip to Asheville, an excellent beer city, could be a lot of fun.
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Old 05-13-2021, 10:49 AM   #572
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I've been looking forward to the schedule release because I want to catch a Vikings game on the road and make a trip out of it. Did that seeing them play the Chargers in 2019.

Leaning toward going to their game against the Panthers in October. Side trip to Asheville, an excellent beer city, could be a lot of fun.

That's Fall leaf season in Asheville, which both makes the trip more worth it and will make it more expensive to stay there. Worth it, though, IMO. Charlotte is a perfectly fine generic city. But Asheville is a blast.
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Old 05-13-2021, 03:38 PM   #573
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That's Fall leaf season in Asheville, which both makes the trip more worth it and will make it more expensive to stay there. Worth it, though, IMO. Charlotte is a perfectly fine generic city. But Asheville is a blast.

Definitely would spend more time in Asheville than Charlotte. So many breweries to visit.
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Old 05-14-2021, 09:03 AM   #574
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Generally agreed that schedule reveal is stupid... but there are exceptions that can prove the rule, right?

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Old 05-14-2021, 09:28 AM   #575
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I always had high hopes for Malik Hooker, but he was always getting injured and just never broke out the way the Colts wanted him to.

And he can't even get anyone to sign him to an incentive-laden deal, apparently. Damn. Was very high on him as a rookie prospect. This feels like more than just injuries, maybe he's just done. (Or his agent is asking for a real deal, I suppose)
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Old 05-14-2021, 09:34 AM   #576
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Old 05-14-2021, 11:16 AM   #577
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That schedule reveal was tremendous. The Ravens social media team deserves a bonus.
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Old 05-17-2021, 12:21 PM   #578
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"Lions head coach Dan Campbell actually wants a pet lion at Lions practice in his first season on the job, explaining how it could motivate his team on the Pardon My Take podcast.



"A legit pet lion on a chain, a big ass chain," Campbell said. "We literally just walk around the building, go out to practice. On seven-on-seven we're behind the kicker when he's kicking. On command you can train him, like if one of your groups isn't doing well you can take him over to their section and just have him take a dump where they are at and bring him on back. ""
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Old 05-17-2021, 12:54 PM   #579
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Old 05-17-2021, 01:06 PM   #580
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"I don't know if the team is going to allow that, but we would take great care of it," Campbell said. "It would be fed well, it would be petted, it would be manicured. I may end up losing an arm because of it, but that would be even better because it would validate -- this is a freakin' creature. This is an animal, this is from the wild."
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Old 05-17-2021, 01:15 PM   #581
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Old 05-17-2021, 01:20 PM   #582
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"A legit pet lion on a chain, a big ass chain," Campbell said. "We literally just walk around the building, go out to practice. On seven-on-seven we're behind the kicker when he's kicking. On command you can train him, like if one of your groups isn't doing well you can take him over to their section and just have him take a dump where they are at and bring him on back. ""

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Old 05-17-2021, 01:58 PM   #584
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As a Lions fan I am trying hard to ignore the little voice in my head wondering what Campbell will be like once the honeymoon period is over and he gets into a conflict with a player or another coach.
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Old 05-17-2021, 02:02 PM   #585
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When Campbell was on the Saints staff, several of the local reporters said that he was the guy in the building with the most head coach potential.

But everything he's done since taking over has felt so gimmicky.
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Old 05-17-2021, 02:07 PM   #586
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I can hear him now

"ALRIGHT MEN! This is our first practice, time to whip you in to shape. I am going to release this tiger to chase you from one endzone to the other! You don't have to be the fastest, but don't be the slowest!"

as the 3rd string center glances around nervously.
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Old 05-17-2021, 02:07 PM   #587
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Wait, are you saying that having a real lion at practices is GIMMICKY?
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Old 05-17-2021, 02:28 PM   #588
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Jaguars Cut Ryquell Armstead

Ruthless sport.

Not saying that the Jags should keep him on as a charity case. But, man, an NFL career can just end in the blink of an eye.
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Old 05-17-2021, 05:04 PM   #589
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As a Lions fan I am trying hard to ignore the little voice in my head wondering what Campbell will be like once the honeymoon period is over and he gets into a conflict with a player or another coach.

Yeah, I keep giving him the benefit of the doubt and really want him to succeed, but it’s hard not imagining this going spectacularly terrible in true Lions fashion.
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"One idea Campbell seemed especially fond of was putting a taxidermied sheep at the front of the Lions practice facility and encouraging players to not look at it, to reiterate the old saying that a lion does not concern itself with the opinions of sheep."


OK, that is truly among the dumbest things I've ever read. We're gonna put a dead sheep out front and encourage you not to look at it.
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Old 05-17-2021, 05:48 PM   #591
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OK, that is truly among the dumbest things I've ever read. We're gonna put a dead sheep out front and encourage you not to look at it.

This hire is eerily reminiscent of what would be the worst hire my Vikings ever made with Les Steckel, who had gems like this.

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Old 05-17-2021, 07:16 PM   #592
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He's gonna have to bust out "champions of life" sooner than later.
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Old 05-17-2021, 08:31 PM   #593
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"One idea Campbell seemed especially fond of was putting a taxidermied sheep at the front of the Lions practice facility and encouraging players to not look at it, to reiterate the old saying that a lion does not concern itself with the opinions of sheep."


OK, that is truly among the dumbest things I've ever read. We're gonna put a dead sheep out front and encourage you not to look at it.

I just keep telling myself that he seems to have hired a pretty solid staff and that he’s not as stupid/insane as he sounds and this will finally work out.

Also, while most people feel like Brad Holmes has done a pretty solid job so far as the GM, Campbell was hired before Holmes was.
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I just keep telling myself that he seems to have hired a pretty solid staff and that he’s not as stupid/insane as he sounds and this will finally work out.

Also, while most people feel like Brad Holmes has done a pretty solid job so far as the GM, Campbell was hired before Holmes was.

Same. I can see the force of personality that everybody is talking about, but the substance seems entirely questionable. I feel like Dan Campbell has definitely worn Zubas non-ironically.
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Old 05-18-2021, 07:10 AM   #595
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Same. I can see the force of personality that everybody is talking about, but the substance seems entirely questionable. I feel like Dan Campbell has definitely worn Zubas non-ironically.

Agreed re: Zubas.

I will say that Campbell would fit in perfectly as some sort of wild-ass leader or a war band in a Mad Max movie and if there was ever a royal rumble style match involving all 32 NFL head coaches, he’d have strong odds of making it to the end. Whether any of that translates into him being a competent, successful head coach is questionable.

At this point, we just have to hope that he will be and be comforted by the fact that he isn’t Patricia.
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Old 05-18-2021, 08:03 AM   #596
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The NFL is better with him as a head coach. Thinking about Jerry Glanville, whom I generally disliked but was glad he had a gig. On a team where I don't harbor a strong opinion, at least let them be entertaining from afar.
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Old 05-18-2021, 08:53 AM   #597
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The NFL is better with him as a head coach. Thinking about Jerry Glanville, whom I generally disliked but was glad he had a gig. On a team where I don't harbor a strong opinion, at least let them be entertaining from afar.

So what, the Lions are funny? But, they’re funny how? Funny like a clown? They’ll amuse you? They’ll make you laugh? They’ll be here to fuckin' amuse you?

Fair enough and really all you can ask and hope for.

In all seriousness, they should be entertaining, which is at least something. I appreciate that Holmes, Campbell and the powers-that-be all seem to understand that this is a franchise without an identity other than being terrible and sad sack. They’re focusing on trying to build a culture. This year’s draft seems like a step in the right direction. Whether they’ll be successful in doing so and what that will look like on the field will have to be seen.
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Old 05-18-2021, 10:53 AM   #598
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I think the one thing you are hoping is that enough Sean Payton good crazy rubbed off on him, but hardly very encouraging early signs. This is mostly Mike Singletary level crazy so far. Dial it back buddy.
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Jaguars Cut Ryquell Armstead

Ruthless sport.

Not saying that the Jags should keep him on as a charity case. But, man, an NFL career can just end in the blink of an eye.

Thinking about this again... it's easy to shift into "football mode" or heaven forbid "FOF mode" and think that he was probably only going to make the 3rd year minimum this season, so no big deal.

Then, I readjust to "actual human life" mode, and if my vague suspicious are correct, this guy very possibly just got demoted from "earning the same as a partner in a law firm" to "earning the same as the guy driving a trash truck."
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Old 05-20-2021, 02:25 PM   #600
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