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Report: Broncos tried to trade Peyton Manning to Texans

24 June 2015 - 08:26 AM

Report: Broncos tried to trade Peyton Manning to Texans

 

Three years ago, quarterback Peyton Manning was interested in the Texans, but the Texans weren’t interested in him. Earlier this year, the Texans reportedly had another chance to get him.

 

According to Benjamin Allbright of 94.1 FM in Denver, the Broncos tried to trade Manning to Houston during the offseason.  He cites “two unrelated official sources” for the report, adding that “certain elements” of the Broncos organization wanted the Brock Osweiler era to start in 2015.

 

My first reaction was to scoff, but then I remembered this item from PFT regarding the presence of a no-trade clause for 2015 in Manning’s revised contract. Manning didn’t need to ask for a no-trade clause unless he feared that his restructured contract, with a base salary of only $15 million, would make another team more likely to do the deal.

 

We plan to promptly seek comment from both teams. For now, though, the notion that the Broncos explored the option of moving on from Manning — especially with a new head coach and new offensive coordinator — seems plausible.

 

UPDATE 8:22 p.m. ET: The Broncos quickly, and emphatically, have denied the report.

 

 


Sixth mass extinction 'already underway': Study

20 June 2015 - 01:20 PM

Sixth mass extinction 'already underway': Study


Dynasty & Redraft: RB David Cobb, Titans

15 June 2015 - 12:02 PM

1 thing you didn't know about Tennessee Titans rookie David Cobb


Dynasty & Redraft: TE Clive Walford, Raiders

07 June 2015 - 02:41 PM

I have extracted this from the Raiders thread:

 

 

Optimistic Clive Walford article - some stat excerpts:

 

"Last season, the Raiders struggled to sustain drives. Only the Tennessee Titans averaged fewer than the Raiders’ 5.1 plays per drive, but no team averaged fewer than their paltry 22.6 yards per drive. As a result, they averaged just 1.21 points per drive—the second worst total in the league.

 

Part of the reason this happened was because the Raiders averaged 3.7 yards per carry on the ground. The Raiders’ 77.5 rushing yards per game was the worst in the league and they routinely faced 3rd-and-long situations as a result."

 

"One area where the Raiders didn’t struggle last year was in the red zone as they were the most efficient red-zone offense in the league, but they made just 23 total trips."

 

Clive Walford Could Be Key Player in Raiders' Offensive Revival By Christopher Hansen 5-16-15

http://bleacherrepor...fensive-revival

 

The Oakland Raiders made a point to give quarterback Derek Carr weapons this offseason. General manager Reggie McKenzie added wide receiver Michael Crabtree, running back Roy Helu Jr. and running back Trent Richardson in free agency and then used the No. 4 overall pick on wide receiver Amari Cooper.

 

It’s not hard to envision an offensive revival for the Raiders starting with Carr and Cooper, but it’s just as possible that tight end Clive Walford, the Raiders' third-round pick, could actually be the central figure. Walford could become Carr’s security blanket on third down, which he desperately needed in 2014, and his favorite target in the red zone.

 

NFL.com compared Walford to Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen, who figured prominently in Andrew Luck’s rookie campaign. Walford is like Allen in that he can catch passes and block, so he’ll always be on the field.

 

Raiders' Offensive Ranks 2014 Statistic Value Rank Plays Per Drive 5.1 31 Yards Per Drive 22.6 32 Points Per Drive 1.21 31 Yards Per Carry 3.7 27 Rush Yards Per Game 77.5 32

Pro-Football-Reference.com

 

Last season, the Raiders struggled to sustain drives. Only the Tennessee Titans averaged fewer than the Raiders’ 5.1 plays per drive, but no team averaged fewer than their paltry 22.6 yards per drive. As a result, they averaged just 1.21 points per drive—the second worst total in the league.

 

Part of the reason this happened was because the Raiders averaged 3.7 yards per carry on the ground. The Raiders’ 77.5 rushing yards per game was the worst in the league and they routinely faced 3rd-and-long situations as a result.

 

Walford can block on first and second down so the Raiders will have manageable third downs. When the Raiders get to third down, he can be a reliable option for Carr in the passing game that he didn’t have last year.

 

Raiders' Third Down/Red Zone Stats 2014 State Value Rank Opportunities Rank Third Down Conversion % 33.8 28 237 1 Red Zone 1st Down/Touchdown % 36.0 1 89 31

Pro-Football-Reference.com

 

Tight end Mychal Rivera and now former wide receiver James Jones were among the league leaders in targets on third down last season, but the Raiders converted just 33.8 percent of their third-down attempts, which ranked 28th in the entire league. They just weren’t getting enough yards even when they caught Carr’s passes, so the Raiders replaced Jones with Cooper and Walford will steal many of Rivera’s opportunities in 2015.

 

Walford should draw coverage from linebackers and see plenty of targets as teams focus on Cooper, Crabtree and Rod Streater. That should mean more space to operate and gain yards after the catch.

 

One area where the Raiders didn’t struggle last year was in the red zone as they were the most efficient red-zone offense in the league, but they made just 23 total trips. As they start sustaining drives and the offense improves, the Raiders will get more opportunities in the red zone.

 

That’s great news for Walford if Carr can carry over most of his red-zone proficiency from a year ago. Walford could become quite a weapon at 6’4” and 251 pounds because he the kind of big target that NFL offenses love in the red zone. His 34” arms, 10 1/4” hands and a 35” vertical translate into a huge catch radius and he also has a big body to box out smaller defenders.

 

Stretching and sprinting ... TE Clive Walford a big dude, bigger than DE Max Valles. #Raiders

— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) May 8, 2015

 

Walford’s size and length made him incredibly productive in college. Last season, he caught seven touchdowns and broke the Miami school record for most receptions by a tight end. According to Pro Football Focus, Walford finished first in yards per route run, yards per route run against “Power 5” teams and yards per route run from the slot.

 

Walford Advanced Stats State Value Rank Yards Per Route Run (YPRR) 3.26 1 YPRR vs. Power 5 Teams 3.38 1 YPRR from Slot 3.35 1

Pro Football Focus

 

The advanced stats suggest Walford should have been the consensus top tight end in the draft, but he went 13 picks after Maxx Williams out of the University of Minnesota. The Raiders may have been lucky that the Baltimore Ravens moved up to get Williams, as their Plan B option could have been Walford.

 

Obviously, Cooper is still going to figure heavily into Oakland’s offense, but he’ll be sharing some targets with Streater and Crabtree. Cooper also won’t be assisting the Raiders in the run game or pass protection very much, nor does he have the ideal size to be a red-zone weapon like Walford.

 

If the Raiders are going to have a decent offense in 2015, they are going to have to run the ball better, they are going to need big plays from Cooper and they are going to need Walford to help them keep the chains moving and to catch touchdowns when they get to the red zone.

 

Blocking, third-down conversion percentage and red-zone scoring are obviously very important elements, so Walford could be a key cog in Oakland’s offensive revival. Outside of Carr and potentially Cooper, Walford’s performance could have the greatest impact on the Raiders offense in 2015.

 

Unless otherwise noted, all statistics via Pro-Football-Reference.com or Pro Football Focus.

 


Dynasty: Alabama RB Derrick Henry

22 May 2015 - 10:49 AM

Derrick Henry: Carrying The Load

 

He entered the University of Alabama as a myth, shattering nearly every high school rushing record, but junior running back Derrick Henry will have the backfield to himself this fall. The 6-foot-3, 242-pound Henry is coming off a monster season in 2014, accounting for 990 rushing yards with 11 touchdowns on 5.8 yards per carry while splitting the load with now-departed TJ Yeldon. As we have reported throughout the spring, Alabama's head coach Nick Saban has praised Henry on his leadership and work ethic during the team's offseason program.

 

Henry is known for his toughness as a downhill runner, but he has improved his footwork and has shown that he can bounce plays outside. Henry has also prepared himself to be a feature back by adding weight, watching film and guiding Alabama's young players through drills in spring practice.

 

After some growing pains, Henry has put in the work to be the feature back, but will Kiffin feed him more in 2015? Wisconsin gets the first taste in August of the new-look Henry: not only is he bigger, faster, stronger, but Henry will also be sporting a new jersey number, wearing No. 2 this season in honor of former Alabama wide receiver David "The Deuce" Palmer.

 

Since 2008, Alabama's offense has claimed success by using two running backs. Coach Saban's one-back scheme prefers to pair up players that mirrored each other in style and physical build, while also being complementary. Both backs see a relatively equal amount of field time, depending on the game situation, and it provides the offense with a change of pace.

 

This season, however, will be different. Alabama doesn't have a back that resembles Henry's physicality, aside from Bo Scarbrough, who will be miss a good part of the season with knee injury. The offense returns Kenyan Drake as the only other proven back, but the senior will be in a hybrid role in offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin's scheme rather than a pure 15 carry per game running back. Given Alabama's depth chart, as well as losses to arrests, graduation and injury, opposing defenses can anticipate the lion's share of touches to go through the big man.

 

If any back on the roster can take carries away from El Tractocito, it appears that true freshman Damien Harris looks to be the reserve with the best chance. Harris came into NSD as a highly coveted five-star running back, being ranked the No. 1 overall RB per 247's composite index. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Kentucky native was a stud for Madison Southern High School. Harris tallied 6,717 rushing yards with 111 touchdowns for his career. Former Alabama running back and Kentucky native Shaun Alexander has given Harris his blessing to be next great Crimson Tide star from the bluegrass state.

 

(Ed. Note: Harris eclipsed most of Shaun Alexander's career high school rushing records, aside from points scored in a season and Tds tallied in a season.)

 

Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson, Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon all made an impact as freshmen. If Harris can learn the system and make solid adjustments this summer, he will have a legitimate shot at accumulating carries. However, like the other backs before him, the biggest adjustments will be the speed of the game and in pass protection; the latter being an area where freshmen notoriously have issues adjusting.

 

While Harris looks to gets some carries, and while Kenyan Drake is the unit's homerun threat, 2015 could be a Heisman-like year for Henry's production. The Florida native was a household name at Yulee High School. He recorded 12,124 career rushing yards, and captured the Maxwell Football Club National High School Player of the Year Award in 2012. He enrolled at Alabama in 2013 as a five-star prospect and hasn't looked back.