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3 Most Improves Receiving Corps: NFL

Many teams are under a strong microscope as camp and preseason games loom over the NFL. With such dissection of early performance, there has been many proclamations to who has improved and gotten worse. The latest instance comes from NFL.com where they look at the most improves recieving corps across the league. Here are the most improved three units.

3) The New York JetsAri Kellen

Despite the latest drama in the locker room, the organization’s new coach and general manager have done a great job giving their starting quarterback a chance down the field. Last year the offense was akin to watching paint dry, in part due to QB play, but mostly from the lack of explosion in the receiving options. Brandon Marshall bring an instant spotlight to the field for any defense game-planning the Jets. His 5-time Pro Bowl resume demands attention no matter who is throwing him the ball. Eric Decker will return for his second year with the team bringing with him his excellent hands and field awareness. He is also well versed in playing beside a big receiver like Marshall, from his days in Denver with Demaryius Thomas. Look to the receiving numbers from this crew to be much improved from last year.

2) The Seattle Seahawks

Jimmy Graham joins the team with his enormous reach and red zone capability. He may very well be the main target for Russell Wilson when the ball is within their opponents 20 yard line. Standing at 6’7 he is a force to be reckoned with for any DB or Linebacker. The added attention in the middle of the field from safeties could open up the edges for Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse to break free for big gains this year. Rookie Tyler Lockett may also have an opportunity to make an impact after coming off a college career that had him as a two-time first teamer in the Big 12.

1)The Indianapolis Colts

Yes, the Colts were the top ranked passing offense last year, but that did not stop the front office from improving on their talent pool. This offseason they have added Andre Johnson, and Phillip Dorsett giving QB Andrew Luck more options than the rest of league would like to see every Sunday.


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AFC Championship: Patriots vs. Colts

Its the most wonderful time of the year, playoff football in the college ranks and the NFL. With the first ever college playoff ending last night, we set our sights on the upcoming championship games for the NFL. In particular lets dive into the AFC where we have been denied our right to see the rivalry between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady continue. Who is the culprit? Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts with their dominant performance in Denver last week.

ARI KELLEN AFC Championship

The scrappy Andrew Luck will face off against the seasoned veteran Tom Brady who seems to attract winning games like mice to cheese. Historically, the Colts have not seen much success when Luck is starting vs the Pats, with three blowout losses. Luck accounted for 8 turnovers himself during those three games. Looking at this upcoming game optimistically, Luck just defeated a pro bowl pass rush and future hall of fame QB in a hostile Denver. Proponents say if he can do it there, he can do it in New England.

While the Patriots defense has great talent that needs to be navigated by the Colts offense, they showed they are, in fact vulnerable with their performance against Baltimore. The Ravens gained a total of 428 yards of offense and average almost yards per carry on the ground. The keys to holding up against this defensive front? Stay away from Revis Island, that guy still has it, that past knee injury is no longer a factor in his game. The Colts offensive line also needs to give luck time in the pocket the way they did in Denver. If he remains vertical and able to drive through his passing motion, they are going to see some success.

On the flip side of the ball, the Patriots offense have been averaging 48 points over the last three games. A tall task for the Colts defense to stand up to. With that being said, these Indy defenders looked extremely impressive against Peyton Manning and the Denver offense that is filled with weapons at his disposal. If they can find a solution to Rob Gronkowski’s caveman-like strength and ballerina-like ability to stay on his feet, they have a great chance to hold Tom Brady at bay.

Tune in to the game this weekend as these two teams meet in Foxboro for the chance to punch their ticket to the big show.

 

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