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In Topic: Which big name WR will NE land this offseason

27 January 2016 - 10:32 PM

A Travis Benjamin move to NE would automatically propel him into the WR1 conversation for me. The kid can flat-out play.....but does Brady have the arm left to get it to him deep?


If so, with D's having to account for Dion, Gronk, and Edelman......he would thrive.

In Topic: AFC Championship - Patriots at Broncos Game Thread

25 January 2016 - 11:56 AM

Patriotsfatboy is right. Brady was hearing footsteps even the few times when they weren't there. When you can get a QB in that frame of mind, it is ova.

In Topic: Get Your Conference Championship Weekend Picks Right here! HYPE!

19 January 2016 - 08:37 AM

This Zona/Panthers game is intriguing. I agree that Palmer has looked shaky, but I don't necessarily blame his finger. I believe that he has just faded coming down the stretch after a long season and a lot of hits.


In the end, the Panthers have the better QB and have homefield advantage. Both have capable defenses. However, I will take Fitz/Floyd/Brown/Nelson/DJ/Ellington over Ginn/Funchess/Brown/Crotchery/JStew/Artis-Payne anyday.


To me, this all comes down to how Palmer plays. If he gets rested and resembles the early-season Palmer (and not afraid to sling it), then Zona wins outright. If he is a copy of his last 6 or 7 games, then Panthers advance.


Denver needs a miracle. However, if they can get Hillman/CJ going to burn the clock, and get to Brady early and often....then it is theoretically possible. Remember: Pats don't have a run game.

In Topic: Top 10 Rookies in 2016

19 January 2016 - 08:11 AM


I'm not sure anybody questioned whether DJ had the size to handle feature duties.


In my last comment I stated that "despite his size, most analysts didn't consider him a powerback". In the link that I posted, I gave an example of this.


There were valid concerns about his ability to run inside based on tape evaluation. I could also see the reason for those concerns because he chose the path of least resistance on most of his runs. It wasn't clear he had the ability, and he definitely did not show the mind-set in college to get the tough yards on a regular basis. 


Those were not my observations at all. I must have been watching a different David Johnson in college. After all, it is a very common name. Yes, he wisely sought the path of least resistance, unless someone was in the hole....then he would try to run them over. 


Collins will not be off the radar as DJ was last spring. . In any case the wish he is off the radar isn't going to happen he's already a premium pick.


Time will tell. A lot can and will happen between now and then.  Still a good chance he offers great value over the bigger names. Kinda hoping he doesn't have a great combine.

In Topic: Top 10 Rookies in 2016

18 January 2016 - 11:10 PM

lesjroza, on 18 Jan 2016 - 10:08 PM, said:

Are you that confident Collins has the size/build necessary to handle 20-25 touches a week over the course of a season at some point in the future?

Yes. BTW, I am not a razorback fan, so there is no homerism in play here.

Interestingly, you were in the minority in regards to DJ. Most analysts, despite his size, didn't believe he was a powerback who could handle an NFL load, but only considered him an Ellington-type of back with good hands but unable to move the pile. This includes analysts here on the bored:


Admittedly, Collins hasn't caught balls outta the backfield like DJ, but I do believe that he has that capability. I watched many of his games this season, and was left with that impression that I always search for. The same impression that DJ gave me. The kid is a football player. In the toughest conference in college football, he averaged nearly 6 ypc and put up over 100 yards on LSU, Ole Miss, and Auburn...and only got stronger as the year progressed, going 30/130/3 against Mizzou and 23/185/3 against K-State, with a 68 yard kick return also thrown in there.

He has great vision, is quick to the hole, never quits on a run, and has good speed in the open field. His running style actually reminds me of Lynch....a real banger that keeps fighting for yards....often successfully. I believe he has sufficient size/build for an NFL back....around 215 before an NFL strength coach gets ahold of him. If you watched him play much, you realize that he actually has incredible lower body strength.

Of course, where he lands makes a difference....but with injuries to RB's nearly a given, we have to look deeper. With rookies, I am looking for guys that are not as highly touted but equitably talented, as to gain maximum value in drafts....and I believe Collins is that guy.