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NY Jets – Chris Ivory

The New York Jets started off week 1 with a big win over Cleveland and much of it came from runningback number 33, Chris Ivory. We have all seen his powerful running style and no-quit attitude when he hits first contact, but not images-2we are seeing all that work come to roost. This year’s offense is a case study in best traits; QB Fitzpatrick has the Harvard educated brain, WR Marshall has the enormous wingspan, WR Decker’s instincts downfield are second to none and Ivory’s lack of self preservation is the straw that breaks the defense’s back. Chris has made his presence known by defensemen once he makes contact with them. After getting hit hard by a running back like Ivory, defensive players think twice before hitting him again.

Ivory is 6’2 and 222 lbs of anger running down the field. This helped him to run for 91 yards and two touchdowns vs the Browns this past weekend, 64 of those yards after first contact. This is the type of back that offensive coordinator Chan Gailey can, and did build a game plan around. He used the run to set up the pass and vice versa, but it all starts with a high yard-per-carry from Ivory.

The term “work horse” has started to get thrown around the film room lately to describe Ivory. The team watched as his bruising effect on the defense slowly wore the Browns down similar to body shots in a heavyweight boxing fight. The humble back will not be complaining to the press how he is not getting his touches either.

For years Ivory has been waiting to prove his multi-dimensional talent as he spent years behind the lead back in New Orleans, and after his trade to the Jets, he did not get many carries with marty Mornhinweg calling the plays. Chris can run hard, catch the ball well, and be a reliable health asset. Hopefully this season will prove to be a breakout year with 1,500 yards on the ground as the Jets impress!

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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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NFL Legend QB Passes Away

Former NFL Super Bowl Champion and Oakland Raiders Quarterback Ken Stabler died recently at the age of 69. A report that travelled from the University of Alabama was confirmed by the Oakland Raiders organization stating Ken passes away as a result of his battle with colon cancer.Unknown-3

The “Snake” was a four time pro bowler always earned himself two national championship rings playing collegiate football for the University of Alabama. Notable contributors to the Raiders with Stabler include John Madden as head coach, one of the most iconic names in the game who said “.. he led us to a whole bunch of victories including one in Super Bowl XI.”

The Snake was atop the most accurate passers during the ten years between 1970-1980, and rivaled Steve Young as one of the best lefty quarterbacks in the history of the game. In two different seasons he led the league in completion percentage as well as touchdowns. Stabler has left his mark on the NFL outside of just his performance, he has also been a part of some of the games most iconic plays recorded. “The Holy Roller”, “Ghost to the Post” and “The Sea Of Hands” were all plays that involved The Snake. He was also robbed of a trip back to the Super Bowl by “The Immaculate Reception”.

Ken leaves behind a memory of his big personality and fun loving attitude. Always quick to offer an autograph, he leaves generous and good natured legacy that many of the league’s quarterbacks should emulate. Stabler was a true embodiment of Raider Football in the 1970’s. He always had a boyish nature about him during the week and was able to get the job done on Sunday’s.

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Mock NFL Draft Top 10

With the NFL combine finished, prospects have begun to work out at pro days located on their college campuses. The dissection of players will continue as teams and scouts weigh talent with potential and leadership qualities. Mel Kiper, is an expert in predicting draft rank for prospects through matching teams needs and draft class offerings. He uses a number of metrics to determine value of a prospect including but not limited to, physical measurements, medical exams, team interviews, and of course skills assessment. Kipers newest rankings of the top ten picks for the NFL draft is below with the assessments attached and reasoning for rank.

#1 Jameis Winston, Quarterback–Tampa Bay BuccaneersAri kellen Jamies Winston

Winston had a solid showing at the combine although showing up with a slightly frumpy figure. His powerful delivery of the football along with accuracy has him atop the passers in the 2015 class. His team visits will play a vital role in assessment for Jameis as he has a public image that can be viewed as immature.

#2 Leonard Williams, Defensive End–Tennessee Titans

Capable of stopping the run as well as rushing the passer, Williams has the potential to be one of the best in the game in a three point stance. The Titans sure do need a force like him, they came in 31st against the rush and 25th in rushing the passer. Thats out of 32 teams for those who do not realize the severity of the case.

#3 Dante Fowler Jr., Defensive End–Jacksonville Jaguars

Kiper fancies Fowler to Khalil Mack the breakout rookie for the Oakland Raiders this year. Fowler ran a 4.6 forty yard dash showing that he can close space in record time with a big body.

#4 Kevin White, Wide Receiver– Oakland Raiders.

Running a 4.35 forty yard dash leaves many defensive backs in the league shaking in their boots waiting for this rookie to hit the gridiron. The Raiders need a deep threat and if you let White run, he can leave defensives shaking their heads as he is dancing in the end zone.

#5 Shane Ray, Defensive End–Washington Redskins

The Redskins desperately need an upgrade all across the defense but most glaringly in the front 7. Ray had 14.5 sacks for Missouri last year ranking third in the country.

#6 Marcus Mariota, Quarterback– New York Football JetsMarcus MAriotta Ari Kellen

A pick that is near and dear to my own heart, New York needs a quarterback to lead them to a championship. Mariota has the intangibles that you seek in a leader but questions have risen about his ability to translate from Oregon’s spread offense to a pro style format, along with passing accuracy. This guy has the work ethic to prove the doubters wrong. If he does not get scooped up as a number 1 expect to see him on the Jets roster.

#7 Randy Gregory, Defensive End–Chicago Bears

Inverting their 3-4 to a 4-3 with new coach John Fox daaa Bears will need an edge rusher to disrupt passers and hold down the edge of the line. Gregory has it all, and it is desperately needed to help the Bears storied defense climb back to greatness.

#8 Vic Beasley, Linebacker–Atlanta Falcons

This guy ran a 4.53, jumped a 41 inch vertical and cranked out 35 repetitions of 225lbs bench press. In short he is an animal and will hunt down anyone holding the ball. Expect to see him in the starting lineup immediately, and making an impact.

#9 Andrus Peat, Offensive Tackle– New York Giants

At the heart of every team is their offensive line, which makes it worth investing in to protect your two-time super bowl winning quarterback. The best o-lineman in the class will add an anchor to the front 5 and hopefully give them push in the running game along with security in the passing game.

#10 Amari Cooper, Wide Receiver–St. Louis Rams

A solid defense in St. Louis calls for an upgrade to its offensive unit. Cooper runs great routes and has soft hands. Combine that with a body built to sprint and you have an all around great wide out.

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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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