Jameis Winston, Saints 6-4 • 231 • 27 Winston is a very talented player who led Florida State to the National Championship in 2014. His problem in the NFL has been turnovers — 50 fumbles and 88 interceptions in 72 games during his five years as Tampa Bay’s starter. He took a red-shirt year last season as a backup in New Orleans to fix his mechanics. Did a year around Drew Brees and Sean Payton help him refine his game? Time will tell.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Dolphins 6-2 • 228 • 38 The best way to describe Fitz: Teams could do a lot worse. He played some of his best football the last three years, first in Tampa Bay, and then the last two years in Miami. He’s a riverboat gambler who isn’t afraid of throwing in tight coverage, allowing receivers to make 50-50 catches. He’s not just a very solid QB, but a great teammate and character guy.
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RUNNING BACKS: TOP AVAILABLE FREE AGENTS
Aaron Jones, Packers 5-9 • 208 pounds • 27 years old A fifth-round steal in the 2017 draft out of UTEP, Jones is equally proficient in the running and passing games. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards the last two years, and caught 49 and 47 passes, respectively. He’s also a touchdown machine with 30 TDs the last two years (25 rushing and 5 receiving). The son of two career Army officers, he’s a tough, driven player and the kind of guy players want on their team.
THE RIGHT STUFF?
Keeping two important starters is a priority as the right side of the O-line hits free agency
QUARTERBACKS: TOP AVAILABLE FREE AGENTS
Dak Prescott, Cowboys 6-2 • 235 pounds • 27 years old A solid starter who has a nice TD-INT ratio over his first five seasons (104-40), Prescott is an accurate thrower and very mobile. However, he’s coming off a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle, so it remains to be seen if this will impact his game moving forward.
TIGHT ENDS: TOP AVAILABLE FREE AGENTS
Hunter Henry, Chargers 6-5 • 250 pounds • 29 years old A very talented player, Henry has had issues staying healthy, unable to complete an NFL season, including missing the entire 2018 season with a torn ACL. But when healthy, he’s a terrific all-around tight end who really connected with Justin Herbert in 2020 with 60 catches. Henry is very good at finding holes in zone coverage.
DEFENSIVE LINEMEN: TOP AVAILABLE FREE AGENTS
Leonard Williams, Giants 6-5 • 255 pounds • 28 years old An athletic 300-pounder with quick feet, Williams amassed a career-high 11.5 sacks last season. Add that to him being a stout run defender, very durable and possessing great character, and he should be in high demand. He won NFC Defensive Player of the Week twice last year. $$$$$
What Bills Fans Are Saying
Bills Digest scanned the Bills’ Facebook page and other fan message board sites to gauge the hot topics Bills Nation is talking about. We chose some of the better posts, edited for brevity and clarity, and present them here, along with Bills Digest editor Mark Ludwiczak’s take on what’s being discussed.
Bills Digest BUZZ Box: Five hot topics Bills fans are talking about
Bills Digest editor Mark Ludwiczak and editor-at-large Chris Brown weigh in on a handful of the hottest subjects Bills fans have been sounding off about in e-mails to our offices, radio call-in shows and Internet message boards. Have an opinion? Feel free to send an email to Chris (AskChris@bills.nfl.net) or Mark (Mark@asmpublishing.com).
WIDE RECEIVERS: TOP AVAILABLE FREE AGENTS
Allen Robinson II, Bears 6-2 • 220 pounds • 27 years old Coming off a 102-catch season, Robinson is a big, physical receiver who can go up and get the rock. He excels at climbing the ladder to high-point the ball. Imagine what he can do with an elite QB after playing in Jacksonville and Chicago. Though he has been in the league since 2014, he’s still only 27.
GUARDS/CENTERS: TOP AVAILABLE FREE AGENTS
Brandon Scherff, Washington 6-5 • 315 pounds • 29 years old The fifth pick of the 2015 draft, Scherff certainly lived up to the hype. He’s got everything teams want in a guard — size, grit, great technique, power and the mobility to get to the second level. His massive hands (11 inches) are a huge asset for a guard to grab and clutch. He made the Pro Bowl four of his first five NFL seasons. $$$$$
Another unusual offseason awaits
In a normal year, with a normal offseason, now would be the perfect time to give Josh Allen the monster contract extension he so clearly deserves.
History of Ranch Rodeo
A working cowboy’s event, the modern-day version of a rodeo is vastly different from its predecessor, the traditional ranch rodeo. Instead of the glamorous and sometime theatrical performances of today’s professional rodeos, ranch rodeos remain dedicated to the skill and determination necessary to work a ranch. From their grass-roots evolution in the 19th century to the thousands of annual events today, ranch rodeos connect generations of cowboys and cowgirls across the country.
Mr. Jones beats Washington again, and Eagles-Giants, 70s-style
If you were Daniel Jones, you would probably wish that there were only two teams in the NFL: the New York Football Giants, and the Washington Football Team. After all, four of Jones’ five career wins have come against Washington. It got me wondering if other Giants quarterbacks had such luck to start their careers against division rivals:
Leadership, prep, and even “gut” over analytics
The Giants are not far from breaking through as an organization. They have the right coach, by most accounts, and they have the right quarterback, by fewer accounts.
THE 12TH DIMENSION
Trading places? Nope
The NFC Least: Someone has to win it
Through the first four weeks of the 2020 season, it is abundantly clear that the worst division in the NFL is the NFC East. Below are statistical evaluations of each team, in order of the current standings:
Garrett returns to Arlington
WEEK 5: GIANTS AT COWBOYS
TOP 5 Rivalries
Over the course of the team’s 75-year history, the 49ers have developed and cultivated some of the more heated and iconic rivalries in NFL history, several of which have remained strong over many decades. In an unusual scheduling quirk, San Francisco will face each of its top five historic rivals during the 2020 season, and several of those games could have playoff implications while each promises to add another memorable chapter to storied competitions. Here are the greatest rivalries in 49ers history, each of them featuring unforgettable moments in team lore, with the week San Francisco plays those rivals this year in parentheses along with the best games ever in each rivalry.
Giants' history against this season's opponents
BEHIND THE NUMBERS
Chuck wagon chef
The not-so-lost art of cooking for cowboys