THE EXTRA YARD: 2020 NFL DRAFT Top 5 WR/TE

Welcome to the Five Reasons Sports 2020 NFL Draft Guide.

We will be bringing you a top 5 list compiled by Alfredo Arteaga (@Alf_Arteaga), and a counter list by Simon Clancy (@SiClancy) for each position, for the 2020 NFL Draft. By offering you rankings of prospects 1 thru 5 for each position, we hope you will better understand this most important draft. Enjoy!

 

Miami Dolphins Picks:
Round1· Pick 5(5)
Round1· Pick 18(18)PIT > MIA
Round1· Pick 26(26)HOU > MIA
Round2· Pick 7(39)
Round2· Pick 24(56)NO > MIA
Round3· Pick 6(70)
Round4· Pick 35(141)Compensatory
Round5· Pick 7(153)
Round5· Pick 9(154)JAX > PIT > MIS
Round5· Pick 28(173)BAL > LA > MIN
Round6· Pick 6(185)
Round7· Pick 13(227)IND > MIA
Round7· Pick 32(246)KC > MIA
Round7· Pick 37(251)Compensatory

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

1. CEEDEE LAMB- Oklahoma- 6’-2” 198 lbs.

Plays bigger than his size, which is actually ideal. Speed checked out at the combine with a 4.5 flat. Good at the contested catch, and is probably the best YAC guy in this great WR class. Very quick out of breaks, and is physical with his hands, creating natural space on his routes. CeeDee is the most complete WR in this class.

 

2. JERRY JEUDY- Alabama- 6’-1” 193 lbs.

Very light feet, make Jeudy the best route runner in this class. Jeudy is also quick to transition from catch to run, and is an excellent runner in the open field. Been slippery at times breaking tackles, and his quickness in the intermediate passing game, allow space for him to get his stride going toward the goal line. His slow, developed stride gets on you quick, which makes him a sneaky good deep route runner.

 

3. JUSTIN JEFFERSON- LSU- 6’-1” 202 lbs.

The star of the 2020 NFL Combine, Jefferson plays much bigger than his size, and plays much longer than he is. Great catch radius, and also elevates above man coverage to own his space. Will be a good slot and red zone threat due to his large catch radius. An easy mover, that always absorbed hits better than most. Smart vs. zone, clean with his hands, although he is not the best YAC guy. Fastest mover up the board in this draft class.

 

4. TEE HIGGINS- Clemson- 6’-4” 216 lbs.

A former “Mr. Football”, top 20 recruit, who came into Clemson with much hype, has faded over the past 2 seasons, as others in the class have surpassed him. Long, angular, with a massive catch radius, make Higgins a TD threat in the red zone, which will be something in his favor when teams weigh him versus better prospects. The fear on Higgins is that he was never asked to do much more than abuse lessor players in the ACC with a very simple route tree. Has shown a lack of physicality when faced with press, which is a concern for the NFL.

 

5. LAVISKA SHENAULT JR.- Colorado- 6’-1” 227 lbs.

The highest ceiling for any prospect in this WR draft class. Big and strong, and plays like it. Strong with YAC, as he has favorable comparisons to Dez Bryant. Also plays faster than he timed at the combine (4.58), where he complained of a muscle core injury, that later required surgery. He has struggled to stay healthy. Shenault’s wide running base creates space for him on in cuts, and make him an easy and friendly target for QB’s. The risk / reward ratio is obviously there. It’s his availability versus his obvious gifts.

 

SIMON CLANCY’S (@SiClancy) VIEW:

1. Jerry Jeudy – Alabama
2. Laviska Shenault – Colorado
3. CeeDee Lamb Oklahoma
4. Justin Jefferson – LSU
5. Henry Ruggs – Alabama

TIGHT ENDS

1. COLE KMET- Notre Dame- 6’-6” 262 lbs.

Big rangy target, that squares well to his QB. Pretty clean hands as well, and he transitions to securing the ball just as well. Is a load to bring down, as he runs through half hearted tackles. Kmet is not much of a blocker, although he is very quick out of his 3 point stance, and even faster on his stand up release. This is not a very good Tight end class, so it makes sense for a guy that could be at the top of it, to be such an incomplete player. Best suited for Y-Tight end work. Needs drilling on his blocking.

2. BRYCEN HOPKINS- Purdue- 6’-4” 245 lbs.

A quick twitch player at Tight End, will garner some attention, as Hopkins is rather fluid in his movement. He is not stiff as most of this class is. Good high pointing the ball, and could be the best red zone target of the class, due to his versatility, and route running. It was really hard to find positive blocking video on Hopkins. Lacks technique and tends to do a lot of grabbing. Best route runner of the group, and the most polished pass catcher as well.

3. ADAM TRAUTMAN- Dayton- 6’-5” 255 lbs.

Probably the most complete prospect of the class. Trautman did not test well, and ran painfully slow for such a good looking athlete (4.8). Trautman is tough to project due to clear downgrade in competition. Highly productive with 70 catches for 916 yards (13.1 YPC) and 14 TD’s, Trautman has showed he can handle the activity and attention throughout his college career, and his professionalism has impressed scouts. His potential, and projection alone makes him likely to be the first Tight end off the board.

4. HUNTER BRYANT- Washington- 6’-2” 248 lbs.

The latest in the long list of combine disappointments, Bryant was expected to run fast, because he plays fast. Bryant is the most unlikely of these Tight end prospects in that he is actually a good/decent blocker. Good driving from a 3 point stance, and even better blocking in space. It’s that ability that will get him to stick for many years in the NFL as a special teams performer. Not the most elusive in this class, and not very powerful in YAC. Bryant is rather smooth in transitioning in and out of breaks, and has a polished look as a pass receiver. In this weak Tight end class, Bryant is as good as any. His size concerns, and inability to get open versus physical coverage is also a big concern. His underrated blocking saves him overall, but Bryant needs a weight room.

5. COLBY PARKINSON- Stanford- 6’-7” 252 lbs.

A big target with rather clean hands. Looks and plays athletically, although he tested poorly at the combine. For his obvious imposing size, Colby is a mediocre in-line blocker, and has a hard time keeping contact with his blocks on the edge. An accomplished route runner, which si to say that a large man with skill is going to get open versus smaller, equally athletic college players. Will he be overwhelmed by NFL type athleticism from his opponents? That is the concern. His size, and pedigree will get him drafted higher than he probably deserves to be in any other draft year. The upside is still there, though.

SIMON CLANCY’S (@SiClancy) VIEW:

1. Adam Trautman – Dayton
2. Cole Kmet – Notre Dame
3. Thaddeus Moss – LSU
4. Brycen Hopkins – Purdue
5. Albert Okwuegbunam – Missouri

Alfredo Arteaga (@Alf_Arteaga) and Simon Clancy (SiClancy) are two-thirds of the trio that does the Three Yards Per Carry (@3YardsPerCarry) podcast.

THE EXTRA YARD: 2020 NFL DRAFT Top 5 RB’s

Welcome to the Five Reasons Sports 2020 NFL Draft Guide.

We will be bringing you a top 5 list compiled by Alfredo Arteaga (@Alf_Arteaga), and a counter list by Simon Clancy (@SiClancy) for each position, for the 2020 NFL Draft. By offering you rankings of prospects 1 thru 5 for each position, we hope you will better understand this most important draft. Enjoy!

 

Miami Dolphins Picks:
Round1· Pick 5(5)
Round1· Pick 18(18)PIT > MIA
Round1· Pick 26(26)HOU > MIA
Round2· Pick 7(39)
Round2· Pick 24(56)NO > MIA
Round3· Pick 6(70)
Round4· Pick 35(141)Compensatory
Round5· Pick 7(153)
Round5· Pick 9(154)JAX > PIT > MIS
Round5· Pick 28(173)BAL > LA > MIN
Round6· Pick 6(185)
Round7· Pick 13(227)IND > MIA
Round7· Pick 32(246)KC > MIA
Round7· Pick 37(251)Compensatory

 

RUNNINGBACKS

1. J.K. DOBBINS- Ohio State-5’-10” 209 lbs.

Dobbins didn’t run at the combine, but did meet with Dolphins RB’s coach Eric Studesville for close to two hours. J.K. Dobbins is the best one cut RB in this draft for a team that has Chan Gailey, so it’s hard to find a better fit than Dobbins for the system they are running. Dobbins has a strong, squat build that powers through grab tackles. His one cut ability allows for further acceleration in the hole, and makes every carry that gets past the first level an opportunity for a house call. His transition from catch to carry is not as clean as you would like, and he is more of a positional pass blocker than a punishing one.

 

2. JONATHAN TAYLOR- Wisconsin-5’-10” 226 lbs.

Jonathan Taylor has the size, speed, production combination that usually lands a RB in the first round. His 4.39 forty yard dash time at the combine was an eye popping one in the sense of how smooth he was moving at 226 lbs. Taylor is a patient runner, but also has considerable one cut ability. In the passing game, he has displayed a care for and attention to route running which is nice to see. A bit more of a punisher than his colleagues as a pass protector. The fear with Taylor is that he was over-used at Wisconsin, and that the tread on the tire is a bit thin. Had 18 fumbles in 3 seasons at Wisconsin with 15 of them lost. That is a problem.

 

3. D’ANDRE SWIFT- Georgia-5’-8” 212 lbs.

The latest in very successful Georgia backs. Swift is quick to get to top speed and is rather intelligent as a runner, pass protector. Not too many wasted motions, when setting up blocks. One of the better perimeter runners in this draft. Best adept at zone running, but is not hopeless in one cut lead schemes. The smoothest of the top 5 as a pass catcher, as he transitions easily from the catch to ball security. Has been accused of being a bit too cavalier with how he totes the ball, and transitioning from left to right carry. Tends to drop his head in pass pro, but has been effective in the past.

4. CAM AKERS- FSU- 5’-10” 217 lbs.

Cam has consistently shown top end speed when loose, and very good balance when receiving contact. Akers playing on bad FSU teams and remaining productive has to be taken into consideration. Very good body build consistent with those successful in the NFL. Good definition and full lower body build which NFL scouts like in high draft pick RB’s. Hard to project as a pass catcher and protector due to his team’s failings, but the film suggests that he recognizes nano blitzes, and has a good sense for plugging the A gap. Can be a bit of a dancer and not very decisive when presented with options. Very much a zone runner, and has shown little as far as pressing the hole, cinching blocks for his guys and then taking open run lanes. Poor supporting cast makes him hard to project.

 

5. CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE- LSU-5’-7” 207 lbs.

A bowling ball. Main criticism is that he seeks contact instead of avoiding it. Plays with a mean streak rarely seen in guys his size. Yes, he sometimes seeks contact, but his jump cut is as good as any in this draft. He does make people miss. Smart in option route running and a killer in pass pro. You are not gonna get many home runs with him, but you will get steady work. Film shows a propensity to seek daylight to the perimeter after breaking tackles. It’s an instinct that has been rather consistent. Would rather he be more vision conscience, than instinct based.

 

SIMON CLANCY’S (@SiClancy) VIEW:

1. D’Andre Swift – Georgia
2. Clyde Edwards-Helaire – LSU
3. Jonathan Taylor – Wisconsin
4. J.K. Dobbins – Ohio State
5. Cam Akers – Florida State

 

Alfredo Arteaga (@Alf_Arteaga) and Simon Clancy (SiClancy) are two-thirds of the trio that does the Three Yards Per Carry (@3YardsPerCarry) podcast.

THE EXTRA YARD: 2020 NFL DRAFT Top 5 QB’s

Welcome to the Five Reasons Sports 2020 NFL Draft Guide. We will be bringing you a top 5 list compiled by Alfredo Arteaga (@Alf_Arteaga), and a counter list by Simon Clancy (@SiClancy) for each position, for the 2020 NFL Draft. By offering you rankings of prospects 1 thru 5 for each position, we hope you will better understand this most important draft. Enjoy!

Miami Dolphins Picks:
Round1· Pick 5(5)
Round1· Pick 18(18)PIT > MIA
Round1· Pick 26(26)HOU > MIA
Round2· Pick 7(39)
Round2· Pick 24(56)NO > MIA
Round3· Pick 6(70)
Round4· Pick 35(141)Compensatory
Round5· Pick 7(153)
Round5· Pick 9(154)JAX > PIT > MIS
Round5· Pick 28(173)BAL > LA > MIN
Round6· Pick 6(185)
Round7· Pick 13(227)IND > MIA
Round7· Pick 32(246)KC > MIA
Round7· Pick 37(251)Compensatory

QUARTERBACKS

1. TUA TAGOVAILOA – Alabama – 6’-0” 217 lbs.

What can be said about Tua that we haven’t already said? He is the real deal, with uncanny anticipation, confidence to throw the tight windows, and the accuracy to make those throws not much of a risk. Tagovailoa is also not hopeless with his feet. He can run when needed, and runs smartly. The best deep ball thrower in the draft, is also the best intermediate thrower, while also being the best ball manipulator/handler. The only knock is the injury concern, which is very real.

 

2. JOE BURROW – LSU- 6’-4” 221 lbs.

Simply put, Joe Burrow had the best season for a Quarterback in College Football History. That alone would have moved his draft status from where it was (Day 3 pick) to the top of the draft. But there is more. I was not a big fan of his, due to the “one hit wonder” nature of hsi production, and what I consider sub par arm strength. What Burrow lacks in power,he makes up with impeccable mechanics. Good anticipation, above average athleticism, Football IQ, ideal size, make Burrow as complete a prospect as we have seen in a long while.

 

3. JORDAN LOVE – Utah State – 6’-4” 224 lbs.

Love has every throw in the book. There is simply not a place on a football field, and an arm angle that Jordan Love can’t get too. Good size, with a knack for escaping with his feet and making yards on the run, check all the “natural ability” boxes for Love. So it begs the question, if he is a good, why was he so bad in 2019? You can call these excuses, but they are very much legitimate. 7 new starters on offense, lost most of his skill guys, and some turnover in coaches. Go back to his 2018 season, and things look a bit different. There is Huge upside for Love, with the downside being that his decision making is somewhat poor. Of my top 5, he is the least likely to start in year 1.

 

4. JUSTIN HERBERT- Oregon- 6’-6” 236 lbs.

He can throw it through a brick wall. Best arm of all these prospects. Herbert has been supplanted over the term of the last 18 months, first by Tua Tagovailoa and then Joe Burrow for “top prospect” status, mainly due to Herbert not progressing as a prospect. He has had chances to shine in nationally televised “showdown” games and come up short (Auburn, 2019), but he did finish strong in the Rose Bowl with 3 rushing TD’s (he threw for 138 yards however). What Herbert lacks in consistency, he makes up for in potential. There is simply not many 6′-6″ 235lb. rocket armed prospects, with his mix of arm talent, and athleticsm. He is not so much a “project” as he is a “projection”. Herbert can be anything.

5. JACOB EASON – Washington- 6’-6” 231 lbs.

Very strong arm, with good size, and uncanny ability for throwing accurate in cut routes. I believe Eason would have been better served and probably solidified a 1st round status, had he returned to Washington for his senior season. Has a bit of a gun slinger mentality, but he does not play with confidence when facing a rush. Tends to drop his eyes when guys dive at his feet, and is pretty poor in escaping the pocket. Eason is begging for experience, and coaching. Those things you can teach, but you cannot teach his size and his pure natural ability. Eason does do one thing very well however that can help him play early in his career. He recognizes coverages well, and attacks accordingly. Sometimes vertically. He is the type that can play early with limited responsibility. To be much more, you would have to call him a project.

 

SIMON CLANCY’S (@SiClancy) VIEW:

1. Tua Tagovailoa – Alabama
2. Joe Burrow – LSU
3. Jordan Love – Utah State
4. Justin Herbert – Oregon
5. Jacob Eason – Washington

Alfredo Arteaga (@Alf_Arteaga) and Simon Clancy (SiClancy) are two-thirds of the trio that does the Three Yards Per Carry (@3YardsPerCarry) podcast.

The 2021 NBA Draft Class Will Become One Of The Best Ever

While many people may not know a lot about the 2021 NBA Draft class, they will soon enough. This draft class has as much talent across the board as any I’ve ever seen. Here’s a look at some of the talent…

 

1. Cade Cunningham

(PG, 6’7, Committed to Oklahoma State)

Cade Cunningham has been getting looks since he was a freshman at a small high school in Texas. Before his Junior year, he transferred to play for Monteverde and get coached by arguably the best high school coach ever. He is an all around player who lingers around a triple double every time he hits the floor.

Comparison: Ben Simmons (With a jump shot)

 

2. Jalen Green

(SG, 6’5, Not Committed)

Jalen Green is the most talented player in his class due to his athleticism and superb scoring abilities. Even though he is ranked 3 in most of the rankings, I believe he will be the best prospect in this class by far and will shoot up to number 1 by draft time. He has handles, can shoot the three, and can take any defender 1on1 off the dribble.

Comparison: Kobe Bryant (Ish)

 

3. Evan Mobley

(C, 7’0, USC)

Evan Mobley is a talented young center who has shown great potential over his high school years. He has even better intangibles than a lot of NBA star centers at his age. He runs the floor as good as a guard and his body is starting to fill out. By the time he finished his season at USC, he will be as solid as anybody in the draft.

Comparison: Kevin Garnett 

 

4. Ziaire Williams 

(SF, 6’7, Not Committed)

Ziaire Williams played for Sierra Canyon this past year on one of the most watched high school teams ever. He was out for the first half of the year with injury, then came back where he left off. He hit a game winning jumper to win the State finals. He never gets rattled and plays the game at his speed at all times. His game translates to the NBA very well.

Comparison: Paul George

 

5. Terrence Clarke

(SG, 6’7, Committed to Kentucky)

Terrence Clarke is another insanely athletic guard who can not only jump out of the gym and shoot the ball, but prides himself on the defensive side of the ball as well. He is a player with a very high IQ when he has the ball in his hands, due to his high end passing abilities, especially when he is driving to the rim.

Comparison: Donovan Mitchell

6. Jalen Suggs

(PG, 6’5, Committed to Gonzaga)

Jalen Suggs is one of the most explosive point guards I’ve seen in a while. While a lot of the guards in this draft are good passers, he is on a different level. This might be because he was a five star quarterback and safety as well, which means he is able to read a defenders eyes and manipulate them just as he does in football. He has a very high ceiling and will shoot up the draft boards even more by the end of his year at Gonzaga.

Comparison: Russel Westbrook

7. Scottie Barnes

(SF, 6’8, Committed to Florida State)

Scottie Barnes has the athletic ability to blow by any defender teams throw at him from a point guard to a center. He is great at attacking the rim and crashes the boards at all times. His best attribute though is his defensive versatilities, which he’s proven he’s the best defender in the class. What sets himself apart from other players is his energy. No matter if it’s the championship game or a pickup game, he puts it all out there on the floor, which makes him very appealing to NBA scouts.

Comparison: Pascal Siakam (But vocal)

8. BJ Boston

(SG, 6’6, Committed to Kentucky)

BJ Boston is a pure scorer and has proven he can score at all three levels this year at Sierra Canyon. When their top player, Ziaire Williams, started the year with an injury, BJ Boston took the team over as the leader and number one option, which proved he deserved to be a top player in his class. He can shoot the three as good as anybody and will look to improve his all around game this year with Coach Calipari.

Comparison: Devin Booker

9. Joshua Christopher

(SG, 6’5, Committed to Michigan)

Joshua Christopher is another high flying guard, which seems to be a trend in this class. He has proven he can handle the ball as good as any point guard and is not afraid to take the ball up on anybody. He also has a good shoot from deep and looks to continue to polish his game under Juwan Howard at Michigan this year.

Comparison: Jaylon Brown 

10. Greg Brown

(PF, 6’9, Not Committed)

Greg Brown is one of the most polished 6’9 prospects that I’ve seen. He is very under control with the ball in his hands which is usually the problem with players with his size. He is a walking mismatch since opposing teams just can’t defend him. If they put a big on him, he blows by them and if they put a guard on him, he bodies them down low. He will be one of the most exciting players to watch in college this upcoming year.

Comparison: John Collins 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Possible Miami Heat Picks Late In First Round

Looking at five players the Miami Heat could draft, if they keep their draft pick, and if the draft actually happens.

 

1. Theo Maledon

(PG, ASVEL)

Theo Maledon is a superior talent who plays overseas for ASVEL. He is a great passing point guard who thrives in transition. He is a decent shooter and has a great frame for a point guard. Even though the Heat already have a young PG in Nunn, Dragic is getting older and only has a couple more productive years in him. Theo is only 18 years old, which would be perfect to put him in the G-League for a year to develop him, then he can be effective the following year just as Duncan did.

2. Jaden McDaniels

(SF, Washington)

Jaden McDaniels is a freaky athlete who can score the ball anywhere on the court. His ability to shoot the ball over anybody at 6’9 is Keven Durant esque. He has great handles for his size and uses moves that translate to the NBA well. He would be a great scoring spark to come off the bench for a guy like Jimmy.

3. Tre Jones

(PG, Duke)

Tre Jones has the most Miami Heat tendencies out of anybody in this draft. He is the best defensive point guard in this draft class and brings his scrappiness every game. He is a floor general who is a great passer and a decent shooter, but his leadership is second to none. One of the Heat’s weaknesses is their ability to defend the perimeter since their guards aren’t great defenders. Adding a guy like Tre could change that landscape.

4. Vernon Carey Jr

(C, Duke)

Vernon Carey Jr brings a powerful paint presence on the offensive side of the ball. He is an unstoppable force when he gets the ball in the post under the rim due to his size and quick feet. This type of game would complement Bam since Bam is more of a point guard in a centers body and not an enforcer down low. His ability to grab rebounds on both sides of the ball makes him a very smart pick for the Heat.

5. Jalen Smith

(PF/C, Maryland)

Jalen Smith is an athletic big who can run the floor, block shots, and shoot the three. He is a great offensive rebounder and has great speed with and without the ball. His only problem is his small frame at only 215 pounds, but this usually isn’t a problem once players get into the Miami Heat training. He plays a lot like Whiteside with his ability to block shots, but has the energy of Bam, which is what Hassan lacked. He would be a good fit to come off the bench for Bam.

Miami Hurricanes

The South Florida Ravens Continue To Put In Work In Our Backyard

As the south Florida native, Antonio Brown, continues to try and make his way on a roster, he is working out here in South Florida. Today on Wednesday, April 1st, he worked out with the Ravens stars Lamar Jackson and Hollywood Brown.

Lamar grew up in Pompano Beach and Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, Antonio’s cousin, grew up in Hollywood Florida. Alabama’s star receiver, Jerry Jeudy, was also working out with them who grew up in Deerfield beach Florida.

The Ravens also have guys like Calais Campbell and Gus Edwards who each played for the Miami Hurricanes. Baltimore’s star running back Mark Ingram also spends a lot of time in the offseason in South Florida.

With all of these South Florida ties, are the Ravens trying to add Antonio Brown or move up to draft Jerry Jeudy? Time can only tell if the South Florida Ravens will make it happen. The Miami Dolphins may not be on top, but South Florida players are.

Know Your Enemy: Overview of the 2020 Buffalo Bills

The 2020 Buffalo Bills could emerge as the new favorites in the AFC East

A lot has changed in the AFC East in the offseason.

This could finally be the year where a changing of the guard also takes place.

In the first installment of our series “Know Your Enemy”, we take a look at the Buffalo Bills.

Buffalo finished the 2019 regular season at 10-6 before an exit in the Wildcard Round versus Houston.

They added several pieces on both sides of the football, particularly on defense – while also parting ways with some established veterans.

Sean McDermott enters his fourth year (25-23, 0-2) calling the shots in Buffalo, having made the playoffs twice over his first three seasons.

Expectations will be high for the Bills in the new look AFC East, their overall profile is on the rise.

They caught some breaks in 2019, such as avoiding voluminous injuries as the Bills had a league-low 57 different players see action.

Taking all that into account, Buffalo is a sexy pick to make a significant run into the postseason.

Key Departures:

DT Jordan Phillips

EDGE Shaq Lawson

Key Arrivals: 

WR Stefon Diggs

OLB Mario Addison

CB Josh Norman

DT Vernon Butler

OLB A.J. Klein

OT Daryl Williams

 

Bills Keep Depth on Defense

The Bills added a lot of depth to an already superb defense.

Buffalo finished second in the NFL surrendering just 16.2 points per game in 2019, and third in yards allowed at just 298.2.

The Bills were a middle of the pack defense in terms of sacks, finishing 12th with 44 on the year.

Jordan Phillips is a big loss as he cashed in on a career high 9.5 sacks at the right time, signing a 3-year 30M deal in Arizona.

To replace him the Bills brought in Vernon Butler, who at age 25 is coming off his best year.

Bulter had six sacks in 2019 for Carolina after just 1.5 in his first three years combined.

Outside linebackers Mario Addison and A.J. Klein are nice additions to a young linebacker group that lost Shaq Lawson to Miami.

Lawson is also coming off a career year as he finished with 6.5 sacks.

Phillips and Jordan accounted for over a third of Buffalo’s sacks last season, the new players will have to make up a lot of ground.

On the outside the Buffalo Bills secondary is one of the better groups in the NFL.

Tre’Davious White tied for the league high with six interceptions and has emerged as one of the top corners in the game.

While they may not be full of household names, the Bills’ defense has solid depth and talent at all three levels.

Much Needed Help Arrives Outside

Stefon Diggs is the highest profile free agent signing and gives Buffalo a true No. 1 receiver.

Pairing Diggs with speedster John Brown will give opposing secondaries a lot to think about at all levels.

Brown tied for the team lead with six touchdowns and led the team with 72 receptions and 1060 yards.

While Diggs is joining Buffalo after his second consecutive 1000-yard season, he had a career high 1130 yards and 17.9 yards per reception last year.

Cole Beasley was surprisingly effective, joining Brown with six scores and finishing second with 778 yards.

Perhaps the biggest question surrounding Buffalo is how quarterback Josh Allen progresses in a key third season.

 

Allen has been much maligned for his accuracy as shown by his 56.3% completion rate, however he did show significant growth from his rookie season.

His ability outside the pocket makes him ever-dangerous, just ask any fan of the Miami Dolphins.

Allen has three of his four highest quarterback ratings against Miami and gashed the Dolphins’ defense for a career high 135 yards rushing in 2018.

Couple that with his 11 touchdowns and just two interceptions in four games against Miami, Allen seems to save his best for the Dolphins

He can make all the throws necessary and with the addition of Diggs, Allen has someone who runs crisp routes and can get separation which will help the erratic signal caller.

That being said, teams will still try to force Allen beat them more often than not.

FAU grad Devin Singletary looks to build off a solid rookie season and expand his role both on the ground and in the passing game.

 

Singletary finished 2019 with 151 carries for 775 yards and two touchdowns. His 5.1 yards-per-carry ranked seventh in the NFL last year.

So far Frank Gore remains a free agent and a return to Buffalo seems unlikely. T.J Yeldon will likely see some reps as a change of pace, but Buffalo may be one team that utilizes a feature back. Allen was second on the team in 2019 with 510 rushing yards, he could exceed that total this season.

Singletary can stay on the field on all downs and is a great option out of the backfield. He caught 29 passes for 194 yards last year but did struggle at times with drops. Singletary seems to always be moving in the right direction, his 2.7 yards-before-contact was a top-10 mark last year.

Buffalo will need to find a way to bolster an offense that ranked 23rd in the NFL scoring 19.6PPG last year, a mark just .5 points better than the Dolphins.

The addition of Diggs will surely help an offense that finished 26th in yards-per-game (201.8), and if Allen can get his completion percentage over 60% the passing game could become serviceable.

With McDermott at the helm you know the formula will be to control the ball on offense with the run game and play sound defense.

Buffalo is a team with few glaring weaknesses but also few marquee names, a lot of analysis is based on potential.

Time will tell and fans of the Dolphins will get their annual double dose of the Bills, who have won five of their last six games against Miami.

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5 Reasons Giannis Should Come To Miami

With the NBA season suspended, we will look at some Heat-related topics, the Five Reasons way….

 

1. Giannis fits the culture perfectly

Giannis has that work ethic that all Miami Heat players must have. He works hard and more importantly plays hard every night, just like his soon to be teammates, Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo, do every night.

2. Giannis can take Jimmy’s scoring role

It seems as if Jimmy doesn’t want to be the primary scorer at times, so Giannis can take that role over and dominate when he needs to. Jimmy can play facilitator with Giannis on the floor which is where he thrives.

3. Adding Giannis makes Heat best defensive front-court in the league

Bam and Jimmy have already proven their defensive versatilities together, and adding a player that is in the discussion of defensive player of the year, would cause major disruption in offenses, especially come playoff time.

4. Giannis won’t have to carry the whole load as he does in Milwaukee

While the Bucks do have some key role players around Giannis like Middleton and Bledsoe,  they never seem to show up in the big games when Antetokounmpo needs them to. This won’t be the case when having Jimmy, Bam, and the young guys to bail him out of tough situations.

5. It’s South Beach

How can someone say no to the Miami bright lights, nice weather, and pristine beaches? Even though this type of lifestyle isn’t exactly what Giannis enjoys, it’s hard to turn down. It’s definitely hard to turn down when you have The Godfather, Pat Riley, closing the deal. Also from a financial standpoint, no state income tax is enticing itself. Miami’s offer will be a hard pitch to turn down come 2021 free agency. In Riley We Trust.

Sports Betting Rules You Need to Know in 2020

Since the removal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) by the Supreme Court in 2018, sports betting has been legal in the United States. There’s no doubt that the decision represents a watershed moment and will be historic when we look back on the sports betting market in the country.

On May 14, 2018, the Supreme Court decided the PASPA law was defunct. It’s worth remembering the law had stood for 25 years and prevented states from implementing sports wagering industries. Only four states who already had sports betting markets were left: Nevada, Delaware, Oregon and Montana. However, out of that group, only Nevada had traditional single-game sports betting markets.

Since the abolishment of PASPA, 18 states have developed their own sports betting frameworks and others are working on legislation for their systems. Sports betting is already big business, and as Legalbetting points out, online sports betting websites are becoming increasingly popular around the country.

A new industry is being formed around sports betting and heading online is the next frontier from many states. As we look to a future of super-connectivity from 5G, the growth of online sports betting is predicted to skyrocket and reach tens of millions of people

Below are the things you need to know about sports betting in the United States.

Is Sports Betting Legal in the United States?

Yes. In 2018, the Supreme Court overturned the PASPA law that prevented states from allowing sports betting. Individual states are now free to develop their own sports betting industries and by the start of 2020, 18 states had launched their markets.

Is Sports Betting Legal Online?

Sports betting websites have been available in the United States since the late 1990s. However, they were not legal in the strictest sense because states did not allow sports betting operations. In 2006, most of the online venues for sports wagering had been closed in the country. However, users were still allowed to play on sportsbooks in other countries or from states that maintained legal betting (Nevada).

Why Was Nevada Able to Keep Sports Betting Legal During PASPA?

Nevada was exempt from falling under the legal umbrella of PASPA because it already had legalized sports betting available before the law was introduced in 1992. Three other states, Delaware, Oregon, and Montana were also grandfathered into the law because they too had betting allowances. However, only Nevada had traditional single-game sports betting as the other three states had games like bingo and sports-based pull tabs.

So, If Sports Betting is Legal Now Why Isn’t It in My State?

While PASPA has now been removed, there is no obligation for states to introduce sports betting. Because of the economic expansion associated with legal sports betting, it is believed most states will eventually introduce legislation supporting it. By early 2020, 18 states had already officially announced their sports betting market, and many predict 80% of states will allow sports wagers by 2025.

Unfortunately, Florida is not one of the states moving quickly on sports betting, so don’t expect to be voting on the Miami Heat’s NBA Draft picks next season. In fact, Senate President Bill Galvano has confirmed 2020 is too soon for the state to think about legalizing sports betting.

Can I Use Out-of-State Online Sports Betting?

The simple answer is yes, but it’s a situation worth explaining.

While sports betting will come to most states in the future, some will remain holdouts. For, example, Utah has said it is unlikely to ever legalize betting, at least not in the foreseeable future. However, in those states, the law says it is illegal to run a sports betting operation within state lines. In other words, there is no law preventing individuals from betting on sports. If you live in a state where making wagers on sporting events is illegal, you can still visit online sportsbooks out-of-state and offshore.

 

The Dolphins' free agent signings fit into coach Brian Flores' scheme. (Tony Capobianco for Five Reasons Sports)

Brian Flores has chance to separate himself from Belichick disciples

There is no doubt that Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores is trying to build a culture of winning and success. Just look at the free agency hauls for the organization over the past week or so. Furthermore, Flores is trying to break a trend with Belichick assistants. He is trying to come out on top.

When you look at the list of former Patriots assistant coaches who went on to become head coaches, the resume is not overly impressive in terms of winning.

Eric Mangini had marginal success, coaching the New York Jets from 2006-2008 and Cleveland Browns from 2009-2010. Although he finished with a career head coaching record of 33-48, he did win the Coach of the Year Award in 2006. That year, he was the head man for the New York Jets, compiling a 10-6 record. They lost to the Patriots in the AFC Wild Card Game, ending an otherwise great season. It was a crowning achievement for the coaching career of Mangini. He would never achieve that level of success again.

Looking at the Belichick disciples recently, Flores has a chance to stand out from the pack. Mike Vrabel did a great job with the Tennessee Titans this past year, leading them to the AFC Championship Game. Time will tell exactly how he does the rest of the way, but it seems as though he has a bright future.

Bill O’ Brien has had an interesting couple of months. The Houston Texans did well for themselves in 2019. They went 10-6 and finished first in the AFC South. Ultimately, they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Game. It wasn’t even the on-field results that were the most interesting part of all this. It’s what happened off the field.

O’Brien traded star receiver DeAndre Hopkins away for essentially a bag of peanuts. In actuality, Houston received running back David Johnson, a 2022nd-round pick and a 2021 fourth-round pick. Although Houston may have not been able to afford Hopkins’ asking price for a new contract, Houston should have been able to receive more than that in a trade.

In the meantime, Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia is coming off a 3-12-1 season. Good enough for fourth place in the NFC North, he hasn’t exactly been leading the Lions to success right now. Detroit certainly has pieces to be successful. Whether they will be able to reach a level of success with Patricia remains to be seen.

Brian Flores can be ahead of the pack

In any event, this is a chance for Flores to shine. He has a ton of talent at his disposal, and that does not even include the fifth overall pick in next month’s draft. Here is where he can separate himself from the rest of the Belichick disciples. Sustained success is certainly a viable option in 2020. The Dolphins have made several solid moves in free agency, and they still hold the fifth overall pick. That is certainly impressive. Undoubtedly, that should help them accelerate the rebuild.

When you take a look at the type of players the Miami Dolphins want onthier roster, look no further than this latest free agency. The New England Patriots Miami signed  are all gritty players. Ted Karras was a solid depth piece on the line for the Patriots last season. Both Roberts and Van Noy are linebackers that can produce consistently. You know what type of production you’re going to get out of them. they will play hard game in and game out.

This offseason could be a key moment in helping Brian Flores stand out from the rest of the pack. He has a chance to be successful for a long time, something that no other former New England assistant has ever been. There is a blueprint in place. Flores once this team to play physical, smart football, as well as being disciplined to boot. Now, Brian Flores has to take the next step. Execution is critical, and it’s something that has held up the others in their quest for greatness.