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RB Michael Bush, Cardinals

25 November 2014 - 06:14 PM




When discussing the signing of RB Michael Bush, coach Bruce Arians said, "We need a guy who's gonna pound it in there and close out games for us."


It can be taken as a sign the Cardinals are going to use Bush in goal-line and short-yardage situations. With Andre Ellington averaging over 20 touches per game and looking like he may need a breather, it's not out of the question that Bush will step into a prominent role. It's a hit to Ellington's value, but we could also argue it's a boost. Ellington is most effective when he's fresh, and less touches would make him more explosive. He's still a solid RB1/2.
Nov 25 - 8:41 PM

Week 14-16: Discussion on the top fantasy playoff matchups

18 November 2014 - 07:53 PM

Number crunch: Best, worst fantasy playoff matchups

Dynasty: Devin Funchess, Michigan

11 November 2014 - 09:21 AM

Michigan working to get WR Devin Funchess back on track


Mark Snyder, Detroit Free Press


One of Michigan's biggest issues entering the bye week is improving the play of receiver Devin Funchess.


Entering the season as a popular all-conference selection, Funchess was dominant in the first half of the Appalachian State game when he scored three touchdowns.


Since then he has just one, and each week he seems to regress.


He has had only one 100-yard game — in the Week 2 blowout loss to Notre Dame — and had his lowest production of the season in Saturday's 10-9 win over Northwestern: two catches for 23 yards.


Funchess, who at 6-feet-5, 230 pounds is projected by many as a future NFL receiver and a possible first-round draft pick, has struggled with dropped passes. Against the Wildcats, there were two first-half passes on third down that he couldn't pull in.


"We coach him, there's been guys who have gone through that in the past," U-M coach Brady Hoke said after the Northwestern game. "We do a lot of JUGS (machine) work, we do a lot of routes on air. You've just got to keep coaching him through that."


Hoke said he's not worried, though.


"No, (but) would I like him to catch them, sure," Hoke said. "He'd like to catch them."



Dynasty: Kevin White, West Virginia

22 October 2014 - 04:38 PM

Meet the Prospect: West Virginia WR Kevin White


By Dane Brugler | NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst


October 22, 2014 11:41 am ET



WR Kevin White, West Virginia (6-3 | 209 | 4.49 | #11)


The Scouting Report


White was forced to go the JUCO route out of high school due to academics and after two years at Lackawanna College, he transferred to West Virginia in 2013, finishing his junior season with 35 catches for 507 receiving yards. With a full season at West Virginia under his belt, White has been one of the best players in college football in 2014, leading the FBS with 69 receptions for 1,020 receiving yards and seven scores, eclipsing the 100-yard receiving mark in all seven games so far.


White has a tall, slender frame with good muscle definition and functional strength in contested situations. He has outstanding leaping ability and reflexes to make adjustments to easily secure balls away from his body and is at his best highpointing and plucking with his large, reliable hands. White has very good foot quickness to beat press and get vertical in a hurry with his downfield acceleration. He displays above average coordination and footwork in his breaks to create separation at the top of his routes and catch the ball without breaking stride to create after the reception.


While an excellent athlete, White isn't a burner and doesn't have the elite suddenness in space to consistently make defenders miss or dance his way out of trouble. He will have the occasional focus drop and while a very willing blocker, White has room to improve his technique to better sustain and avoid holding calls.

White is currently ranked as the No. 1 senior wide receiver prospect for the 2015 NFL Draft by NFLDraftScout.com and is a projected top-20 draft pick.



What NFL Scouts are saying

"KW is a man. He's playing at a different level than most receivers in the college game. Speed. Size. Ball skills. He's making it look easy out there. He could help all 32 teams right now. -- NFC North scout


The Interview

Q: Tell me about your journey, when did you start playing football, how you ended up at JUCO and then at West Virginia?
A: I started playing when I was young, flag football and then in high school. I did pretty well my senior year as a receiver but didn't have the grades for Division I. Mark Duda at Lackawanna College contacted me and he was happy to have me on board there. I was able to work my way up and got recruited to West Virginia.


Q: What other schools offered you a scholarship and why ultimately did you choose West Virginia?
A: Texas Tech, Hawaii, Bowling Green, a few others. I chose West Virginia because of the offense. They put the ball in the air. I loved the coaching staff. It was close to home. Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin, their success also motivated me to come here.


Q: You've already far surpassed your totals from last year in catches and receiving yards and seem to be playing at a much higher level. What has been the difference from last year to now?
A: Last year, I didn't know what to expect. Now I was able to have a lot of offseason training, working on my routes. Clint (Trickett) is healthy now. I do a lot of film watching each week, which has helped a lot.


Q: What is your biggest strength on the football field?
A: I'm competitive. A deep threat. I'm going to block, run my routes hard. Basically give my all every play.


Q: Watching you on film, it's tough to find holes in your game. But what's an area that you think you need to improve upon before the NFL?
A: Maybe someone else could answer that better. I try to work on everything so there won't be a weakness in my game. I'm not sure to be honest. Nothing I can think of.


Q: What is your motivation on the football field?
A: Last year was a bad year, I wanted to go out there and show the world and the myself that I can compete with the best of the best. Man coverage is me vs that guy. I won't let him stop me, he won't beat me.


Q: You and Alabama's Amari Cooper are two of the top receivers in college football -- did you get a chance to talk to him after the season opener and what do you think of his game?
A: I didn't get to talk to him, but I watched him a little bit. He's a great receiver. Polished. Very smooth routes.


Q: Since you've been at West Virginia, you've matched up against some talented corners like Justin Gilbert and Jason Verrett. Who is the toughest cornerback you've faced in your career?
A: Verrett. Very quick. Gets out of his break very fast, beats you to the ball. He's little, but physical.


Q: Tell me about the development of Clint Trickett at quarterback. He's showing more confidence this year and a lot of chemistry with you.
A: Clint understands the offense a lot more. He arrived in the summer, didn't have the time to work with receivers. He wanted to but such little time. And he was hurt last year. He's a student of the game and always in the film room. In practice you would think its a game. A lot of confidence right now.


Q: Has the NFL always been your dream?
A; Yes, it has always been a dream of mine.


Q: Is there a player in the NFL that you look up to or pattern your game after?
A: There are a few guys I like a lot. Larry Fitzgerald, Julio Jones, Brandon Marshall. A few I really like to watch.


Q: Do you have any goals for the NFL Combine for what you want to run in the 40-yard dash or vertical jump or any of those drills?
A: I really haven't been thinking about that yet. I just want to keep playing at a high level. Worry about that after the season.


Q: If I were to ask your positional coach about you, how do you think he would describe you?
A: I'm a student of the game. In practice, I try different things, which will get to him sometimes if it doesn't work. But I'm a competitor and I love the game.


Q: Fast forward five years from now, where do you see yourself?
A: Hopefully playing in the NFL, being one of the top receivers in the NFL. God willing, that's where I'd like to see myself.

Dynasty: TE Gavin "Pablo" Escobar, Cowboys

19 October 2014 - 07:35 PM

Could Gavin Escobar be the Cowboys' next big thing?


Rana L. Cash
October 19, 2014 8:10pm

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo declared recently that tight end Jason Witten could be the best Dallas Cowboy ever.

Its a big stretch under any circumstance. But on Sunday, Witten moved into second place among NFL tight ends for receiving yards when he reached 10,065 and climbing. He moved ahead of former Broncos great Shannon Sharpe (10,060) and is of course a long way behind Tony Gonzalez (15,127).

All good things come to an end, though, and with 12 seasons under his belt, youd have to think Witten wont be a Cowboy for too much longer.

This is a good time and place, then, to introduce Gavin Escobar.

The second-year pro from San Diego State is showing convincing flashes that he could be the replacement for Witten that Cowboys will need someday soon.

He caught touchdowns passes in the first and third quarters of the Cowboys game Sunday against the Giants, for 15 and 26 yards respectively. Hed caught four passes for 20 yards and a score coming into the game.

Its becoming clearer that hes a comfortable option for Romo, building on a rookie campaign in which he caught nine passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns.

By the end of Dallas 31-21 win, Escobar had a more impressive stat line (3 catches, 65 yards, 21.7 average, 2 TDs) than Witten (2 catches, 27 yards, 13.5 avg., 0 TDs). Plus, Escobar was targeted three times, one more than Witten.

Its not that the two are in a competition. At this point, the Cowboys are already better than theyve been in years, and theres a good chance no one cares whether its Witten or Escobar in front when there is a W attached.

After the game, tight ends coach Mike Pope, fired by the Giants' Tom Coughlin last winter, was given the game ball.

"You know he was loving this," Escobar told reporters.

And you know the Cowboys are loving young Escobar, a player to keep an eye on whether its for your Fantasy stats, or the Cowboys real life future.