GridironGrit.com http://gridirongrit.com NFL, College Football, NFL Draft and Fantasy Football News Fri, 21 Aug 2015 22:57:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Redskins Strike Trade, Add Another Weapon For Robert Griffin III http://gridirongrit.com/2015/08/redskins-strike-trade-add-another-weapon-for-robert-griffin-iii/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/08/redskins-strike-trade-add-another-weapon-for-robert-griffin-iii/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 22:45:51 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=28604 The Washington Redskins have reportedly struck a trade with San Francisco, acquiring fourth-year tight end Derek Carrier in exchange of a fifth round draft pick. Hearing 49ers have traded TE Derek Carrier to Washington for a fifth-round pick. — Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) August 21, 2015 The former 2012 UDFA out […]

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The Washington Redskins have reportedly struck a trade with San Francisco, acquiring fourth-year tight end Derek Carrier in exchange of a fifth round draft pick.

The former 2012 UDFA out of Beloit College in Wisconsin had brief stints in Oakland and Philadelphia before spending the past two seasons in San Francisco, where he amassed just nine catches for 105 yards across 16 games (one start).

This obviously isn’t going to be a game-changing addition for Washington, but the team really needed to add depth at tight end after recently losing Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen to season-ending injuries.

Jordan Reed boasts loads of upside and breakout potential, but he’s the only other well-known tight end on the team and he’s arguably the most injury-prone player in the league at the position.

[RELATED: Washington Redskins: 5 Players Poised To Break Out in 2015]

Carrier, 25, boasts impressive athleticism as a former three-sport collegiate star (basketball, track and football) with 4.5 wheels and a 6-foot-3, 238-pound frame. He missed the final five games of his 2014 campaign with a foot injury, but is now signed through 2017 in Washington after signing a two-year extension in San Francisco this past spring.

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Chip Kelly Calls Joe Flacco An ‘Elite’ NFL Quarterback http://gridirongrit.com/2015/08/chip-kelly-calls-joe-flacco-an-elite-nfl-quarterback/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/08/chip-kelly-calls-joe-flacco-an-elite-nfl-quarterback/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 00:16:42 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=28597 After a pair of joint practices this week, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is convinced that Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco deserves to be labeled an elite NFL quarterback. “I think he’s one of the elite quarterbacks in this league,” Kelly told reporters on Thursday. “He’s tough to break […]

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After a pair of joint practices this week, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is convinced that Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco deserves to be labeled an elite NFL quarterback.

“I think he’s one of the elite quarterbacks in this league,” Kelly told reporters on Thursday. “He’s tough to break down and tough to bring down. He’s also just so poised when he plays back there. You talk about when guys really get it, the game is slowed down for them. He’s such a good decision maker. He’s an unbelievable clutch player.

“You look at him in all the situations that he’s been in, he always just seems to have poise, and nothing seems to rattle him,” Kelly continued. “I had the opportunity when I was [the offensive coordinator] at New Hampshire, we played against him when he was at Delaware, so I knew how good Joe was going to be a long time ago.”

Like most fans, analysts, players and coaches alike, we disagree with Kelly’s assessment that Flacco is an elite quarterback. The former No. 19 overall pick has yet to throw for 4,000 yards in a single season. And despite often ranking middle-of-the-pack in pass attempts, his annual completion rate is below average among starting NFL quarterbacks.

Nevertheless, elite QBs don’t grow on trees, and teams obviously don’t have to have one in order to reach the Super Bowl and hoist the Lombardi Trophy, as long as they’re well-coached and stacked with talent on defense.

Like roughly half the teams in the league, the Ravens are equipped with an established franchise quarterback, and like most of those team’s starting QBs, Flacco is cool as a cucumber under pressure, takes care of the football and has the talent to put his team in a position to win nearly every single week.

His 72-40 record (.642) as a starter (10-5 in the playoffs), 148:90 touchdown-to-interception ratio (25:10 in the playoffs) are also quite impressive. And with 14 comeback wins and 21 game-winning drives on his résumé, Flacco is clearly among the more clutch quarterbacks in the NFL today.

He’ll have plenty of challenges to overcome this season as he operates with an unproven receiving corps led by 36-year-old Steve Smith, rookie Breshad Perriman, third-year pros Kamar Aiken and Marlon Brown, 2014 UDFAs Jeremy Butler and Aldrick Robinson and 2014 seventh rounder Michael Campanaro.

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Cleveland Browns Have Discussed Signing Ray Rice http://gridirongrit.com/2015/08/cleveland-browns-have-discussed-signing-ray-rice/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/08/cleveland-browns-have-discussed-signing-ray-rice/#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2015 23:25:38 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=28585 It’s been about 11 months since Baltimore parted ways with Ray Rice, immediately after the appalling surveillance footage surfaced of him knocking his then-fiancee and now-wife Janay Palmer. The three-time Pro Bowl running back has inevitably received very few looks on the open market ever since. Despite their team’s troublesome situations at […]

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It’s been about 11 months since Baltimore parted ways with Ray Rice, immediately after the appalling surveillance footage surfaced of him knocking his then-fiancee and now-wife Janay Palmer.

The three-time Pro Bowl running back has inevitably received very few looks on the open market ever since.

Despite their team’s troublesome situations at the running back position, reports have surfaced over the past week that Houston and Arizona aren’t interested in rolling the dice on Ray Rice.

And reports surfaced earlier this spring and summer that BuffaloDallas and Detroit weren’t interested, either.

However, Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine says the team has discussed taking a chance on Rice, primarily because of the team’s state of affairs at running back and the ties between Rice and Pettine and Browns running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery, who was Rice’s position coach for his first six NFL seasons (2008-13).

“Of course it’s a natural question here because of Wilbert, and because I was with Ray when he was a Ravens rookie and know a lot of people in Baltimore,” Pettine told Sports Illustrated.

“We’ve talked about it, but I don’t think we’re there at this point,” Pettine added.

Under Montgomery’s guidance, Rice surpassed 1,100 rushing yards and 1,600 yards from scrimmage in four straight seasons (2009-12), and his 9,214 yards from scrimmage from 2008-13 was fourth-best in the NFL in that span.

It’s difficult to determine just how effective Rice would be if Cleveland added him to its roster.

Outside of the five carries he handed during the 2014 preseason, Rice hasn’t played since 2013, when he rushed for just 660 yards and four scores and finished with a horrendous 3.1 YPC (yard per carry) rate.

Rice recently told the Baltimore Sun that he contemplated suicide during his nearly year-long absence from the NFL.

“It hurt that bad,” Rice said. “I want people to not forget about the incident, but I want people to see there’s a human being on the other side. This is not a monster, a who’s a repeat offender. I’m not the guy they stereotype me to be. I’m not excusing what I did.”

Ultimately, if Rice gets a second chance in the NFL, it’s unlikely that his on-field contributions would outweigh the public relations backlash that would inevitably follow the team that signed him.

But with questions surrounding each of the Browns’ four running backs (Terrance West, Isaiah Crowell, Shaun Draughn and rookie Duke Johnson), it might make sense to just bring Rice in for a workout, see how he performs and see how the fans and potential teammates react. Perhaps the team is testing the waters by revealing its interest in Rice.

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5 Oakland Raiders Players On The Roster Bubble http://gridirongrit.com/2015/08/5-oakland-raiders-players-on-the-roster-bubble/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/08/5-oakland-raiders-players-on-the-roster-bubble/#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2015 03:17:52 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=28567 Star players often capture the spotlight around the NFL. This is especially true this time of year when many standout players receive massive contract extensions, suffer injuries or run into off-the-field trouble. But every year, we also witness plenty of unproven, promising young playmakers step out of the shadows and prove […]

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Star players often capture the spotlight around the NFL. This is especially true this time of year when many standout players receive massive contract extensions, suffer injuries or run into off-the-field trouble.

But every year, we also witness plenty of unproven, promising young playmakers step out of the shadows and prove themselves during OTAs and particularly in training camp and the preseason.

But this also means that some proven veterans could find themselves on the way out as a result. Without further adieu, let’s take a look at five Oakland Raiders players who are on the roster bubble.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bolster Front Seven, Depth On Defense http://gridirongrit.com/2015/08/tampa-bay-buccaneers-bolster-front-seven-depth-on-defense/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/08/tampa-bay-buccaneers-bolster-front-seven-depth-on-defense/#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2015 00:16:31 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=28579 The Tampa Bay Buccaneers bolstered their front seven and depth on defense on Monday, signing free agent defensive tackle Tony McDaniel to a one-year contract that’s worth up to $2.5 million, per Pro Football Talk. A former 2006 UDFA out of Tennessee, McDaniel has amassed a total of 203 tackles, […]

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers bolstered their front seven and depth on defense on Monday, signing free agent defensive tackle Tony McDaniel to a one-year contract that’s worth up to $2.5 million, per Pro Football Talk.

A former 2006 UDFA out of Tennessee, McDaniel has amassed a total of 203 tackles, 10.5 sacks and 14 pass breakups throughout his nine-year NFL career in Jacksonville (2006-08), Miami (2009-12) and Seattle (2013-14).

Seattle released the colossal 6-foot-7, 305-pound defensive tackle eight days ago in a cap-saving move. While he’s not exactly an elite talent, McDaniel could become a big asset in Tampa Bay due to his skills as an interior run-stuffer.

The Buccaneers look pretty stacked at defensive tackle now with Tony McDaniel joining a group that also includes Gerald McCoy, Akeem Spence, Henry Melton and Clinton McDonald.

McDaniel and McDonald should have plenty of continuity, having a spent a year together in Seattle (2013).

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Baltimore Ravens: Steve Smith Will Retire After 2015 Season http://gridirongrit.com/2015/08/baltimore-ravens-steve-smith-will-retire-after-2015-season/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/08/baltimore-ravens-steve-smith-will-retire-after-2015-season/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 17:58:07 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=28576 Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith has announced that he will retire at the end of the upcoming 2015 season, closing the chapter on an illustrious 15-year Hall of Fame-caliber career. Ravens WR Steve Smith announces that this, his 15th season, will be his last. He's retiring at seasons end. […]

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Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith has announced that he will retire at the end of the upcoming 2015 season, closing the chapter on an illustrious 15-year Hall of Fame-caliber career.

The former 2011 third round pick (No. 74 overall) out of USC heads into his 15th NFL season with eight 1,000-yard seasons and five Pro Bowl appearances. He’s also been honored as a first-team All-Pro twice.

If he comes anywhere close to the 1,000-yard mark this year, he’ll finish his career as one of the NFL’s Top 10 all-time receiving yards leaders. He currently ranks 14th all-time with 13,262 receiving yards and ranks 18th with 915 receptions and 33rd with 73 touchdowns across 198 regular season games (177 starts).

What will be his lasting legacy? NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport says Smith will be his “favorite trash-talking badass receiver.” Smith has only spent one season with the Ravens (his other 13 seasons were of course spent in Carolina), but Ravens head coach John Harbaugh says he’s already become “one of the most fun players he’s ever coached.”

While he’s obviously long past his prime, Smith remains a valuable and effective chain-moving receiver and few (if any) players play with a bigger chip on their shoulders than Smith. All of his “chips are on the table” for 2015.

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5 Denver Broncos Players On The Roster Bubble http://gridirongrit.com/2015/08/5-denver-broncos-players-on-the-roster-bubble/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/08/5-denver-broncos-players-on-the-roster-bubble/#comments Thu, 06 Aug 2015 04:25:35 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=28561 Star players often capture the spotlight around the NFL. This is especially true this time of year when many standout players receive massive contract extensions, suffer injuries or run into off-the-field trouble. But every year, we also witness plenty of unproven, promising young playmakers step out of the shadows and prove […]

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Star players often capture the spotlight around the NFL. This is especially true this time of year when many standout players receive massive contract extensions, suffer injuries or run into off-the-field trouble.

But every year, we also witness plenty of unproven, promising young playmakers step out of the shadows and prove themselves during OTAs and particularly in training camp and the preseason.

But this also means that some proven veterans could find themselves on the way out as a result. Without further adieu, let’s take a look at five Denver Broncos players who are on the roster bubble.

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Miami Dolphins: 5 Players Poised To Break Out in 2015 http://gridirongrit.com/2015/08/5-miami-dolphins-players-poised-to-break-out-in-2015-2/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/08/5-miami-dolphins-players-poised-to-break-out-in-2015-2/#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2015 23:05:02 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=28555 Star players often capture the spotlight around the NFL. This is especially true this time of year when many standout players receive massive contract extensions, suffer injuries or run into off-the-field trouble. But every year, we also witness plenty of unproven, promising young playmakers step out of the shadows and make […]

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Star players often capture the spotlight around the NFL. This is especially true this time of year when many standout players receive massive contract extensions, suffer injuries or run into off-the-field trouble.

But every year, we also witness plenty of unproven, promising young playmakers step out of the shadows and make a name for themselves with a breakout season.

Some of these guys were merely backups or barely even played the previous year (if they saw the field at all), while others were full-fledged starters who just haven’t quite reached their immense potential.

Admittedly, we had a fairly significantly tougher time assembling our list of 2015 breakout candidates for Indianapolis, Seattle, Buffalo and Miami than we did for the other 28 teams in the NFL.

That’s because they’re amongst the most talented teams in the league, each in possession of a young, established franchise quarterback (with the exception of Buffalo) and a franchise running back.

Roughly half of the teams in the league either don’t have an established franchise quarterback or an established franchise running back, and about a quarter of the league doesn’t have either one.

Each of those quarterbacks are also operating behind an inexperienced, subpar offensive line. That’s worth noting, since only about 12 percent of our breakout candidates are offensive linemen, who of course receive the smallest spotlight of any position group in the NFL today, outside of punters.

The Seahawks, Colts, Bills and Dolphins also all finished in the top dozen in total defense last season and each team also boasts and impressive collection of sure-handed possession receivers and dynamic field-stretching deep threats, which forced us to dig deeper to discover the five players with the best shot to break out for the four respective teams in 2015.

Here are five players poised to break out for the Miami Dolphins in 2015.

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Pittsburgh Steelers Strike Gold in Trade, Strengthen Secondary http://gridirongrit.com/2015/08/pittsburgh-steelers-strike-gold-in-trade-strengthen-secondary/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/08/pittsburgh-steelers-strike-gold-in-trade-strengthen-secondary/#comments Sun, 02 Aug 2015 00:45:58 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=28533 The Pittsburgh Steelers reportedly struck a stunning trade Saturday evening, landing standout slot cornerback Brandon Boykin for a fifth round draft pick in a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles. Philly has reportedly fielded trade offers for several months for the 25-year-corner, who said a couple of months ago that being limited […]

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The Pittsburgh Steelers reportedly struck a stunning trade Saturday evening, landing standout slot cornerback Brandon Boykin for a fifth round draft pick in a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Philly has reportedly fielded trade offers for several months for the 25-year-corner, who said a couple of months ago that being limited to the slot has been “getting real old.”

The former 2012 fourth round pick (No. 123 overall) out of Georgia is arguably the NFL’s best nickel cornerback, but he really wants an opportunity to prove himself as a starter on the outside.

We fully expect Pittsburgh to give him that opportunity, using him on the outside in base sets and then kicking him inside to the slot where he’s been so dominant in sub-packages.

His less-than-ideal size (5-foot-10, 185 pounds) likely prevents him from being an elite every-down outside corner, but if he lives up to expectations this season, he’ll likely earn a big contract on the open market next spring.

This is a very savvy move by Pittsburgh, and Boykin should significantly strengthen the secondary.

Over the last two years, he’s graded out as the NFL’s second-best and No. 19 cornerback, respectively, per Pro Football Focus. He’ll make $1.542 million in the final year of his rookie deal in 2015.

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Brandon Graham: Tim Tebow Will Make the Team, ‘Play A Lot’ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/07/brandon-graham-tim-tebow-will-make-the-team-play-a-lot/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/07/brandon-graham-tim-tebow-will-make-the-team-play-a-lot/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:15:13 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=28516 When the Philadelphia Eagles rolled the dice on Tim Tebow in April, everyone knew the former 2010 first round pick (No. 25 overall) out of Florida was faced with very long odds of making the team. In fact, Bovada had him as a -200 favorite to be released before the start […]

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When the Philadelphia Eagles rolled the dice on Tim Tebow in April, everyone knew the former 2010 first round pick (No. 25 overall) out of Florida was faced with very long odds of making the team.

In fact, Bovada had him as a -200 favorite to be released before the start of the regular season.

But despite “struggling” in OTAs, Tebow seems to have a decent shot of sticking around now as the No. 3 QB and potential gadget player with strong leadership traits and ability to make plays with his legs.

NJ.com’s Eliot Shorr-Parks actually included Tebow in his updated 53-man roster projection last month.

And Eagles starting outside linebacker Brandon Graham also happens to believe in Tebow.

“Tim Tebow is going to shock a lot of people, because he is going to make the team,” Graham told Detroit radio host Lauren Beasley. “And I think he will play a lot.”

It’s unclear what role Tebow would have with the Eagles if he does make the team, but he could certainly help the Eagles win tight games with his clutch playmaking ability, particularly if he’s used in two-point conversion attempts.

Tebow’s roster status and undetermined role in the Eagles’ offense is among the most interesting storylines to watch over the next month and a half leading up to the start of the regular season.

Graham, also a former 2010 first round pick (No. 13 overall) out of Michigan, was once widely regarded as a draft bust, but he really impressed as a rotational pass rusher last year, notching 47 tackles with 5.5 sacks and four forced fumbles across 524 snaps and grading out as the NFL’s fifth-best 3-4 outside linebacker, per Pro Football Focus.

Last year’s emergence earned him a four-year, $26 million contract from the Eagles this spring, and despite undergoing a challenging transition this offseason as the team’s new starting 3-4 OLB opposite Barwin — which will include having to drop into coverage — Graham has his sights set on taking his game to the next level in 2015.

“Coach Kelly he just made me get back into my comfort zone, as far as like standing up,” Graham said.

“I want to break out this year and show them what they’ve been missing,” Graham added. “I’ve just been working so hard. Yesterday was so hard, I almost passed out. I was just going too hard because I was just thinking about a lot, as far as I just can’t wait to get out there. I just really thank Chip Kelly because he got my mind right.”

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