Tom Brady and the Patriots are off to an uncharacteristically bad start.
The team is 2-2 and is coming off one of the worst losses in the Belichick-Brady era losing to the Kansas City Chiefs 41-14 on Monday Night Football. The Patriot’s struggles were also shown in Week 3 as they barely defeated the winless Oakland Raiders 16-9 at home.
Though, there are no reasons for Patriot’s fans to worry about making the playoffs since the Patriots have easily won their division 11 times in the past 13 years and the rest of the teams in the AFC East are also struggling this season. However, there is reason to believe the Patriots will not perform well in the playoffs.
On Monday Night, Brady was just 14 for 23 against the Chiefs with two fumbles, two interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and only 159 passing yards. Brady was also 1-7 on passes down field and was sacked twice.
Brady’s performance indicated that the New England offense needs a lot of help in order to compete in the AFC. However, Brady’s performance cannot be the entire blame on the outcome of the game or on the season. He needs help.
The Patriot’s offensive line has struggled ever since they traded away Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After losing a veteran in Mankins, the offensive line has become very inexperienced with two starting rookies-- Brian Stork at center and Cameron Fleming at right guard. The inexperience can be seen week in and week out due to a collapsing pocket that doesn’t give Brady a lot of time to make a decision. The offensive line has also affected the running game as all three New England running backs rushed for a combined 75 yards on Monday.
Brady also doesn’t have the weapons he needs for the Patriot’s to become a serious threat in the AFC. Tight End Rob Gronkowski isn’t his old explosive self due to injuries the past two seasons and has a drop percentage of 7.4% this season, the worst of his career. Wide receivers Brandon Lafell and Danny Ammendola have been extremely unsuccessful at getting open all season. Only wide receiver Julian Edelman has proved to be Brady’s dependable option but Brady needs more than Edelman.
Some skeptics believe that the Brady era in New England is over. When asked about a possible quarterback change, Belichick gave a blank stare of idiocy to the crowd of journalists.
At the end of the day, Tom Brady is Tom Brady. He still knows how to win football games. He is a future Hall of Fame quarterback and can make average players into good players even at age 37. That being said, he is 37 and is nearing the end of his career. Tom Brady has done all that he can to help improve this team even by taking a big pay cut to allow the Patriots to make key acquisitions on the defensive side of the ball by signing defensive tackle Vince Wilfork and star corner back Darrelle Revis. But he still needs help from the offensive line and the receivers in order for the Patriots to reach their full potential.
To many fans, the future of the Longhorns might not be on the Forty Acres just yet.
He might be sitting in a high school English class in New Mexico, waiting to head to football practice or wondering about a homecoming date. The future of Longhorn football could be 4-star QB commit Zach Gentry of El Dorado, New Mexico.
Gentry is currently rated as the No. 6 pocket passer in the country by ESPN and Rivals, and a quick study of his highlight reel shows why.
Gentry displays great accuracy, coupled with sling-shot like arm strength, which allows him to fit his throws into whatever tight windows a defense gives him. Normally with such a tall QB, it is assumed that there is no run threat involved. That’s not true with Gentry. He has been impressive as a runner in zone-read and option situations, and once he gets going downhill with his long strides he can be hard to bring down. He also displays good vision of the field, with the ability to see past his first and second progressions to keep a play alive.
One of Gentry's biggest attributes is also his main weakness. While his height gives him an advantage when it comes to field vision, Gentry couldn't be counted on to be able to get out of pressure from a quick defensive line using his feet. He will also have to worry about being able to withstand the lower body blows that he will be experiencing. His footwork will definitely need help once he gets on campus, as he has problems with stutter stepping when coming out of the gun. While Gentry is clearly not being recruited as a dual-threat guy, his footwork issues and quickness can only be improved by closer coaching.
Proof of Gentry’s potential is littered all over his stat sheet. Just a few Fridays ago, Gentry went off for 444 yards of total offense-- all in the second half alone. Down 18 points to Mayfield, another undefeated 6-A powerhouse, at the start of the third quarter, the third-year letterman threw for 189 yards and one touchdown, while showing off his versatility by rushing for 255 yards and five touchdowns to lead his team to victory in double overtime. Gentry scored the winning 2-point conversion in that game, and described his performance as “awesome” in terms of the numbers he was able to put up and the come from behind victory.
Gentry is the kind of quarterback Texas assistant head coach for the offense Shawn Watson could work wonders with. His huge frame gives him the ability to easily see over the kind of big offensive linemen Watson likes to utilize, while adding an extra zip to the ball a smaller quarterback wouldn't have. Currently at a slim 230 pounds , Gentry could easily add 15 to 20 pounds with a college level strength program to enhance his ability to absorb hits in the pocket without jeopardizing his running ability.
While Gentry never looks to run first, his big arm can back a defense up so much that he is able to use his athleticism to rip off for long yard touchdown runs, like the two 80-yard runs he had against Mayfield.
Watson originally recruited him while still at Louisville, while still helping first-round draft pick Teddy Bridgewater finish up his stellar career with the Cardinals. If Watson can work the same kind of magic with this tall kid from New Mexico, it could be fun to watch the Longhorn offense in a couple of years.
October, to most people, means changing leaves, reasonable, non-face melting temperatures, and pumpkin spiced everything.
To hockey fans, though, October is the month when hockey begins and the world rights itself again. Since there's less than a week left until the start of the regular season, I will be doing a two-part preview.
Today's part is “Same Faces, New Places.” Many players have been around the league for years and are still searching for their first Cup. They have All-Star resumes, with trophies galore, but they've yet to drink from the Holy Grail of sports. Here are five Stanley Cup-less stars who switched teams this off-season:
Thomas Vanek, Left Wing, Old Team: Montreal Canadiens, New Team: Minnesota Wild
After starting last season with the Buffalo Sabres, Vanek was traded to the New York Islanders and again traded to the Canadiens at the trade deadline. Despite playing for three different teams last year, the 30-year-old Vanek was able to put together a solid, All-Star level season (27 goals, 41 assists, 68 points) thanks to his superior goal scoring ability and ability to destroy the Boston Bruins both during the regular season and playoffs (5 goals, 6 assists, 11 points). In Minnesota this season, on a three-year, $19.5 million he joins fellow All-Stars Zach Parise and Ryan Suter on one the most top-heavy teams in the league. While he's not expected to be the sole offensive producer (that's Zach Parise's job), he is expected to stabilize and strengthen the second line of a team that lacks depth.
Jarome Iginla, Right Wing, Old Team: Boston Bruins, New Team: Colorado Avalanche
As a 37-year-old veteran, Iginla had a remarkable season last year scoring 30 goals (his 12th 30 goal season) and notching 31 assists. He was a natural fit with the Bruins while playing alongside strongman winger Milan Lucic and playmaker David Krejci. If not for severe cap constraints, he would have stayed with Boston another year. Instead, he signed a three-year $16 million deal with the Colorado Avalanche, a team looking to build on last year's unexpected playoff success. He's currently projected to be on the first line with 23-year-old center Matt Duchene and 21-year-old Gabriel Landeskog, two guys he's old enough to have fathered. He will definitely be expected to bring a veteran, future Hall of Famer presence to the team as they progress this season and beyond.
Jason Spezza, Center, Old Team: Ottawa Senators, New Team: Dallas Stars
31-year-old playmaker, Jason Spezza has been a metronome in Ottawa for the past 11 seasons. He has posted nine 50 plus point seasons, made four All-Star teams, and guided the Senators to eight playoff appearances. So, it was somewhat of a surprise when Spezza told the Ottawa Senators he wanted to be traded to the Dallas Stars this off-season. Now that Spezza is in Dallas, he hopes to be a strong, second-line centerman where he can show off his offensive skills and great passing ability with his former Senator teammate, winger Ales Hemsky. However, his biggest impact will be on the powerplay, where he will be playing on the top unit with fellow playmakers Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn.
Ryan Miller, Goaltender, Old Team: St. Louis Blues, New Team: Vancouver Canucks
The 34-year-old Ryan Miller is a Vezina award winning goaltender. That being said, last season could not have been what he expected. After ten seasons with the Buffalo Sabres, he was traded to the St. Louis Blues, who were hoping that they acquired a game changing goaltender. Unfortunately for them, Miller posted just average numbers with the Blues (.903 SV % and a 2.47 GAA) which led to a first round loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. After signing a three-year $18 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks, he hopes that this season will be different. And after the Roberto Loungo catastrophe in Vancouver last season, the Canucks are this season will be different as well. Miller is anticipated to be the franchise goaltender in Vancouver for this season and the future as the Canucks are rebuilding around an already capable core.
Ryan Kesler, Center, Old Team: Vancouver Canucks, New Team: Anaheim Ducks
Known for his ability as a two-way forward, Kesler's move to Anaheim from Vancouver was my favorite off-season decision. After a somewhat disappointing season with the Canucks (25 goals, 18 assists, 43 points), Kesler was traded to the Anaheim Ducks. With this move, the Ducks added a Selke award-winning center to an already stacked position group allowing them to compete with Los Angeles, Chicago and St. Louis. For Kesler, playing with the Ducks gives him a chance to play with two physical, young wingers, Jakob Silfverberg and Matt Beleskey, who complement his playing style, on a team that is competing for a Stanley Cup right now.
The 2014 MLB postseason got kicked off with a bang in two very different Wild Card games.
On Tuesday night in the American League Wild Card game, it took 12 innings and a late rally in the eighth for the Kansas City Royals to win their first playoff game since 1985. A Salvador Perez walk-off carried them to an intense, hard-fought 9-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
Wednesday’s National League Wild Card game was less action-packed, but impressive nonetheless. San Francisco’s ace Madison Bumgarner threw a dominant, complete game shutout with 10 strikeouts and allowed just four hits. Brandon Crawford made history with his fourth inning grand slam- the first ever hit by a shortstop in the postseason. For the Texas baseball loyal out there, former Longhorn Brandon Belt went 2-for-3 with two walks, a run and three RBIs to help the Giants send the Pittsburgh Pirates home.
Though I had the A’s advancing to their division series, I find it difficult to be too upset with the Royals because they played with so much heart. It helps my ego a bit knowing that the experts weren’t expecting that high-scoring of a game, either. At least the Giants made me look good.
Next up, we have four, best-of-five division series match-ups. Here’s my breakdown of each and my predictions on who will get one round closer to the World Series.
Detroit Tigers (90-72) vs. Baltimore Orioles (96-66)
The Tigers will send RHP Max Scherzer (18-5, 3.15 ERA) to the mound and the O’s Chris Tillman (RHP, 13-6, 3.34 ERA) for game one of this division series.
The O’s haven’t announced their other starters, but expect to see Wei-Yin Chen (LHP, 16-6, 3.54 ERA) and Bud Norris (RHP, 15-8, 3.65 ERA) get a start at some point. The Tigers have penciled in Justin Verlander (RHP, 15-12, 4.54 ERA), David Price (LHP, 15-12, 3.26 ERA) and Rick Porcello (RHP, 15-13, 3.43 ERA) in that order for games two, three and four.
When it comes to pitching staffs, I have to think Detroit has a slight advantage. The numbers may not be terribly different, but the Tigers have a lot of veterans that know how to step up in big game situations. Detroit’s pitchers don’t give up the long ball too often either, which will be crucial to continue since homeruns are a big part of Baltimore’s game.
Offensively, I feel the Tigers have the advantage due to consistency throughout the line up. The Orioles hit an MLB-best 211 homeruns this season, led by Nelson Cruz’s MLB-high 40. Adam Jones (.281 batting average, 29 HR, 96 RBI) and Nick Markakis (.276, 14 HR, 50 RBI) provide some explosive offense, too. But the solid bats of Detroit’s Victor Martinez (.335, 32 HR, 103 RBI), Miguel Cabrera (.313, 25 HR, 109 RBI) and J.D. Martinez (.315, 23 HR, 76 RBI) are more consistent, I feel. The Tigers also have lots of guys who get on base and aren’t afraid to run.
Not to mention, the Tigers have the best team batting average (.277) in the majors and a better on-base percentage than the Orioles. Add to that the fact that the O’s stole just 44 bases all season while the Tigers stole 106, and it seems that Detroit’s offense is better-rounded and will find a way to get to Baltimore’s pitchers.
Since the Orioles have home field advantage through the ALDS, it’s possible they could jump out to an early series lead. But I think the Tigers are just a better, more experienced team and will advance to the championship series.
Kansas City Royals (89-73) vs. Los Angeles Angels (98-64)
The Royals will be using the momentum they created Tuesday night when they face the MLB-best Angels. The set pitching duels for the first three games of the series are as follows:
Game 1- KC Jason Vargas (LHP, 11-10, 3.71 ERA) v. LAA Jered Weaver (RHP, 18-9, 3.59 ERA)
Game 2- KC Yordano Ventura (RHP, 14-10, 3.20 ERA) v. LAA Matt Shoemaker (RHP, 16-4, 3.04 ERA)
Game 3- LAA C.J. Wilson (LHP, 13-10, 4.51 ERA) v. KC James Shields (RHP, 14-8, 3.21 ERA)
I have to give the pitching advantage to the Angels. Their staff has really come along throughout the season and seems to be heating up at just the right time. Kansas City also has a good staff, and their bullpen is as good as anyone’s. I’m especially looking forward to game two of this series because Ventura and Shoemaker have been lights-out in their last 10 starts.
Small ball plays a big part in Kansas City’s offense and I expect it to be a factor throughout this series. They have some power as well when you look at guys like Alex Gordon (.266 average, 19 HR) and Salvador Perez (.260, 17 HR). But the aggressive base running backed by speedy guys like Jarrod Dyson (.269, 36 SB) and Alcides Escobar (.285, 31 SB) sparks them most.
The Angels rely on power and consistency. Mike Trout (.287, 36 HR, 111 RBI), Albert Pujols (.272, 28 HR, 105 RBI) and Howie Kendrick (.293, 14 SB) are just a few of the big offensive names this team has to offer. The Angels score often and early, and I don’t foresee them having too much trouble doing so against the Royals.
Though I’m taking the Angels by a pretty large margin in this series, I’m not anticipating a sweep. I expect Kansas City to take game three at home with Big Game James on the mound, but I’m not sure if they’ll get any others.
San Francisco Giants (88-74) vs. Washington Nationals (96-66)
After cruising to a victory over the Pirates, the Giants will have more of a challenge when they face the Nationals in this division series. The starting pitchers for the first three games are as follows:
Game 1- SF Jake Peavy (RHP, 7-13, 3.73 ERA) v. WSH Stephen Strasburg (RHP, 14-11, 3.14 ERA)
Game 2- SF Tim Hudson (RHP, 9-13, 3.57 ERA) v. WSH Jordan Zimmermann (RHP, 14-5, 2.66 ERA)
Game 3- WSH Doug Fister (RHP, 16-6, 2.41 ERA)
The Nationals pitching staff has been one of the best this season, boasting the lowest ERA (.303) in the MLB. They’ve also given up the least homeruns, which is an important aspect of San Francisco’s offense. They’ve watched their ace Strasburg’s pitch count and innings pitched carefully over the past couple of seasons for the moment they have now- a postseason berth and a team that could be playing for a while. All of Washington’s starters are heating up at the right time, collectively having the second-lowest ERA in the majors through the month of September.
Aside from Bumgarner, the Giants’ pitchers have been a little shaky lately. They’ve done a lot of moving the bullpen around and it has cost them. And with Washington’s offense heating up as well, I’m giving the pitching advantage to the Nationals.
Offensively, I have to go with the Nationals again. Their line up is stacked with guys that get on base, drive in runs and have a good amount of power- examples being Anthony Rendon (.287, 21 HR, 83 RBI), Jason Werth (.292, 16 HR, 82 RBI), Adam LaRoche (.259, 26 HR, 92 RBI) and Bryce Harper (.273, .344 OBP).
The Giants have a solid offense as well, with veterans Buster Posey (.311, 22 HR, 89 RBI), Hunter Pence (.277, 20 HR, 74 RBI) and Pablo Sandoval (.279, 16 HR, 73 RBI) leading the way. They showed they can score quickly on Wednesday, with Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt performing well. I just feel like Washington’s pitching and defense will be too much for San Francisco’s offense to overcome.
If you haven’t guessed so already, I’m expecting the Nationals to move on to the NL championship series.
St. Louis Cardinals (90-72) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (94-68)
The only set pitching duel we have for this match-up is possibly the best of all four series. The Cardinals will send RHP Adam Wainwright (20-9, 2.38 ERA) to face the winningest pitcher in the majors this season, Clayton Kershaw (LHP, 21-3, 1.77 ERA).
The Dodgers haven’t announced the rest of the rotation, but expect to see Zack Greinke (RHP, 17-8, 2.71 ERA) and Dan Haren (RHP, 13-11, 4.02 ERA) start at some point. St. Louis has penciled in Lance Lynn (RHP, 15-10, 2.74 ERA) for game two, John Lackey (RHP, 14-10, 3.82 ERA) for game three and Shelby Miller (RHP, 10-9, 3.74 ERA) for game four. It’s a close call, but I have to give the pitching advantage to the Dodgers.
Los Angeles has the upper hand in all major offensive categories, but both teams have deep line ups. The Dodgers are led by Adrian Gonzalez (.276, 27 HR, 89 RBI), Yasiel Puig (.296, 16 HR, 69 RBI) and Matt Kemp (.287, 25 HR, 89 RBI) and have a great supporting staff. The Cardinals’ offense is led by Matt Adams (.288, 15 HR, 68 RBI), Matt Holliday (.272, 20 HR, 90 RBI) and Jhonny Peralta (.263, 21 HR, 75 RBI) and is sparked by a number of guys that get on base consistently and know how to extend at-bats.
This series was the hardest for me to pick. When I sit back and look at the stats objectively, I have to pick the Dodgers. But there’s just something about the way the Cardinals play ball in October. They’re seasoned, deep, well-rounded and just find ways to win. These teams faced each other in last year’s championship series which the Cardinals won 4-2.
I wouldn’t mind being wrong in this series, but I have to go with the Dodgers pulling it off and advancing to the NLCS. I’m expecting this one to be really fun to watch.
Thursday Night Football (TNF) is fantastic for the NFL. The juggernaut gets to lay claim to yet another day of the week and reap the benefits in the form of TV dollars. Between Sunday, Monday and now Thursday the NFL is the most watched program on TV three days out of the week. But for fantasy owners, TNF isn’t such a celebrated event. Yes, it gives us another night to root for our players, but it also means making many lineup decisions by Thursday afternoon rather than being granted the typical waiting period until Sunday roster locks. If you’ve played (or watched) TNF with any regularity, you quickly realize it’s just a different type of game. Games seem sloppier, scoring seems weird, and the players don’t seem as invested. And know this, your fantasy roster is absolutely affected by these odd events. In 2013, ESPN conducted a study looking at statistical differences in fantasy performances on Thursday night and the results were eye-popping. In general, three positions suffered greatly while one benefited from the mid-week event. Of the utmost importance, realize that if you have a quarterback playing TNF, expect to be underwhelmed. On all non-Thursday games (Sunday morning and afternoon, SNF, and MNF) QBs scoring average is 14.8. On Thursdays? A mere 11.9 points a game. That’s a difference of nearly three points a game, a massive statistical deviation. And as you may have expected, wide receivers and tight ends are subject to this disappointment as well. On average, a team’s wide receiving core averages 20.4 and the tight end group 7.0. But on TNF? Those numbers go down to 18.3 and 4.5 respectively. But fret not, there is one positive to come out of the study. Due to a lack of firepower from passing offenses, defensive units tend to outperform the average. The average scoring from defenses goes from 6.8 to 8.6 on TNF. Also worth noting, running backs tend to be unaffected by the mid-week affair, seeing their average actually bump up from 15.9 to 16.2. So in summary, if you’ve got Aaron Rodgers tonight, you’re obviously not sitting him but be prepared to be underwhelmed.
o Teddy Bridgewater- Teddy exploded in his first career start this pass Sunday throwing for 317 yards and rushing for a touchdown. Unfortunately, he left the game with an ankle injury and is questionable coming into tonight’s game. Even if he is active, he should only be started in desperate situations. A rookie QB on a weak ankle in Lambeau screams STAY AWAY.
o Aaron Rodgers- Last week in Chicago, Rodgers picked apart the Bears secondary to the tune of 302 yards and 4 touchdowns. The Packer QB will look to pick up right where he left off. Again, keep in mind the aforementioned disappoint quarterback stats, but you’re not sitting Rodgers. The last two QBs to face Minnesota, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan, scored 19 and 20 points respectively. Start him but temper expectations.
o Matt Asiata/Jerick McKinnon
§ Asiata is still the lead back in the Minnesota, but McKinnon is right at his heels begging for more touches. Asiata is coming off a fantastic game where he totaled more than 100 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns. But McKinnon did his part as well; taking 18 carries for 135 yards. For now, Asiata remains the starter and will get red zone carries, but McKinnon is going to be taking more and more touches away as the season wears on. As for tonight, Asiata seems like a solid RB2 with McKinnon drawing flex consideration in deeper leagues. The Packers front seven has been lacking through the quarter mark of the season so look for the Vikings to exploit that weakness.
o Eddie Lacy
§ Lacy has really struggled out of the gates. He’s yet to run for over 48 yards in a game and has only one touchdown, which came in his last game. A universal first round pick, owners are begging for Lacy to step up and prove his worth. With rain predicted tonight, it might be time for Lacy to wash away the bad feelings that surround him by busting out against the Vikings. I’m expecting Lacy’s first truly dominant game to come tonight in the form of 100 yards and 2 touchdowns.
o Cordarrelle Patterson and Greg Jennings
§ With Bridgewater considered questionable, the two WRs should probably be sat in almost every format this week. Patterson always has the ability to break off a 70 yard touchdown but he hasn’t proven consistent enough to warrant starting status. As for Jennings, the longtime veteran has proven disappointing. While he has had at least 70 yards each of the last two weeks, it just doesn’t seem like that trend will continue on a dreary night in Wisconsin. If you have to, flex Cordarrelle but Jennings shouldn’t be played anywhere. Side note: if you’re looking for any positives about Jairus Wright, don’t expect them in this article. Yes he had eight receptions for a 132 yards last week, but that will prove more anomaly than anything else.
o Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb
§ The Packers wide receiving duo has been fantasy’s best combo punch thus far, ranking second and fifth respectively amongst WRs. Jordy has at least nine receptions in three of four weeks and is the number one option on a high-power offense. He is a surefire number one receiver and every league and should be treated no differently tonight. Cobb, fantasy’s fifth ranked receiver, is a little more touchdown dependent than Nelson having only eclipsed the 100 yard marker once this year. Due to Cobb’s draft status, he likely has to be started in almost every format but please temper your expectations. In what looks like a nasty night, don’t expect an impressive performance
· Other TNF notes
o With Minnesota TE Kyle Rudolph hurt and Green Bay TE Andrew Quarless not a factor in his offense, neither TE is worth starting tonight
o Packers defense looks like a sneaky good play tonight, especially while potentially playing against Christian Ponder. Expect a few turnovers and a handful of sacks as well
1. Drew Brees
2. Philip Rivers
3. Andrew Luck
4. Aaron Rodgers
5. Peyton Manning
6. Matthew Stafford
7. Matt Ryan
8. Eli Manning
9. Cam Newton
10. Ben Roethlisberger
11. Russell Wilson
12. Jay Cutler
13. Tony Romo
14. Colin Kaepernick
15. Nick Foles
16. Joe Flacco
17. Alex Smith
18. Andy Dalton
19. Ryan Fitzpatrick
20. Mike Glennon
1. Demarco Murray
2. Giovani Bernard
3. Le’Veon Bell
4. Marshawn Lynch
5. Arian Foster
6. Matt Forte
7. Rashad Jennings
8. Jamaal Charles
9. Eddie Lacy
10. LeSean McCoy
11. Frank Gore
12. Andre Ellington
13. Montee Ball
14. Matt Asiata
15. Zac Stacy
16. Alfred Morris
17. Reggie Bush
18. Ahmad Bradshaw
19. Ben Tate
20. Doug Martin
21. Bishop Sankey
22. C.J. Spiller
23. Chris Ivory
24. Khiry Robinson
25. Justin Forsett
1. Antonio Brown
2. Calvin Johnson
3. Jordy Nelson
4. A.J. Green
5. Julio Jones
6. Dez Bryant
7. Demaryius Thomas
8. Brandon Marshall
9. Michael Crabtree
10. Randall Cobb
11. Jeremy Maclin
12. Keenan Allen
13. Steve Smith
14. Alshon Jeffery
15. Percy Harvin
16. Andre Johnson
17. Vincent Jackson
18. Victor Cruz
19. Emmanuel Sanders
20. Kelvin Benjamin
21. Reggie Wayne
22. Sammy Watkins
23. Deandre Hopkins
24. Michael Floyd
25. Julian Edelman
1. Jimmy Graham
2. Julius Thomas
3. Rob Gronkowski
4. Martellus Bennett
5. Heath Miller
6. Greg Olsen
7. Larry Donnell
8. Travis Kelce
9. Jordan Cameron
10. Delanie Walker
11. Antonio Gates
12. Owen Daniels
13. Garrett Graham
14. Zach Ertz
15. Jason Witten
1. Demarco Murray
2. Giovani Bernard
3. Le’Veon Bell
4. Marshawn Lynch
5. Antonio Brown
6. Calvin Johnson
7. Jordy Nelson
8. Arian Foster
9. Matt Forte
10. Rashad Jennings
11. Jamaal Charles
12. A.J. Green
13. Julio Jones
14. Dez Bryant
15. Demaryius Thomas
16. Eddie Lacy
17. LeSean McCoy
18. Frank Gore
19. Andre Ellington
20. Montee Ball
21. Brandon Marshall
22. Michael Crabtree
23. Randall Cobb
24. Matt Asiata
25. Zac Stacy
26. Alfred Morris
27. Reggie Bush
28. Jeremy Maclin
29. Keenan Allen
30. Steve Smith
31. Alshon Jeffery
32. Percy Harvin
33. Andre Johnson
34. Vincent Jackson
35. Ahmad Bradshaw
36. Ben Tate
37. Doug Martin
38. Bishop Sankey
39. C.J. Spiller
40. Victor Cruz
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