LeSean McCoy spent the last couple years playing with the likes of DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Darren Sproles and Nick Foles, maybe not a Hall of Fame cast, but a solid collection of talent with a proven ability to put up yards and points.
In one of the more shocking offseason moves, Philadelphia moved McCoy to Buffalo, where he joins Sammy Watkins, Fred Jackson and a handful of lesser signal callers all trying to prove themselves. The Bills also present a significant fall in terms of the quality of the offensive line.
So does McCoy, who did not have the best season himself in 2014, still warrant a first or second round pick? Or does his significant statistical drop-off in 2014 mean buyers should beware of what this three-time Pro Bowler has left in the tank?
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While some would like to have seen Peyton Manning win more Super Bowl rings than he has, the 18-year NFL veteran, soon-to-be-first-ballot Hall of Fame QB has done just about everything else anyone could have asked of him during his career.
That time is winding down. But he’s back for another run in 2015. His ADP puts him at about the beginning of the fourth round in a 10-team draft. That’s low for him, but is it right? Gary Kubiak is preaching a more balanced offense in Denver this year. Does that help keep Manning healthy for a late-season run? Or does that signal the end of his days as an elite fantasy QB?
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Tom Brady and the Patriots were just 2-2 after four games and the defense had given up 33 and 41 points in the two losses. But after a 41-14 loss against Kansas City on a Monday night, during which Brady’s critics were ready to declare his career done, New England caught fire.
The Patriots plowed through the last 12 games, going 10-2 – with one of those losses being a meaningless finale against Buffalo. The season culminated in the team’s fourth Super Bowl championship, won in amazing fashion when New England’s defense intercepted a pass at the goal line with less than a minute left in the game.
But the offseason has been a bit tumultuous, with free agency losses and DeflateGate. Was this the end of the run for the Brady/Bill Belichick dynasty? Or will the Patriots again rally around an Us vs. The World philosophy, while pushing forward with yet another Super Bowl run? Richard Hill, managing editor of Pats Pulpit, shares his thoughts.
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Seattle looked to have it made. The defending champs were one yard away from taking the lead from New England with less than a minute left in the Super Bowl and there was little doubt the Seahawks were about to have their repeat.
Then the interception happened, saving the Patriots and sending Seattle home disappointed.
The Seahawks have spent the offseason retooling at a few positions, particularly in the secondary, the offensive line and at tight end, where Jimmy Graham arrived in a trade for center Max Unger. So can the Seahawks put the disappointment behind them and make another run at the Lombardi Trophy? Or does the last-second letdown linger, creating an opportunity for someone else to jump in and take the NFC’s spot in the Super Bowl? Keith Myers, an editor with 12th Man Rising, shared some thoughts.
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The 2014 season came to a brutal end for Green Bay Packers fans, who watched in horror as the team was on the wrong end of one of the best comebacks in NFL postseason history. But the loss to Seattle couldn’t dampen the exciting run that got them to the NFC Championship.
An elite offense coupled with an improving defense to run roughshod over most of the league for the final three-quarters of the regular season. And much of the core is back. So can the Packers make another run into the deep postseason? Or will a hangover from 2014’s rough ending scuttle any chance of a repeat run? Ray Rivard, editor of Lambeau Ave., shares his thoughts.
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