It’s the short side of the field where Virginia Tech cornerbacks have made their money. They call it the boundary. When the ball is on either hash, the cornerback will line up in the boundary and cover from there. There’s not much of this in the NFL because the ball is always positioned in the middle of the field, but for the Hokies, it speaks to a cornerback’s quality. In Kyle Fuller’s case, there’s been plenty of speaking prior to the 2014 NFL Draft.
Posted by Alen Dumonjic under Feeling the Draft, The Tape Never Lies on Mar 06, 2014
Posted by Sean Tomlinson under Analysis on Mar 06, 2014
Winter has arrived, and for two of the four teams in the NFC South it came with salary cap fury.
Posted by Sean Tomlinson under 2014 Draft on Mar 05, 2014
As we continue our adventure around the league and a look at the various offseason blueprints, we land in a place where two of the top 10 free agent cornerbacks are currently employed. Or at least they are for, oh, about six days.
Posted by Sean Tomlinson under Analysis on Mar 05, 2014
The offseason is a wild time when dreams are born. They often die shortly thereafter, but it’s the hope and the yearning for better and brighter days that matters most now. Just don’t ask a Miami Dolphins fan how it all ends.
The “offseason” is such a broad term, which by its literal definition I suppose draws a circle around the period between early February and late July when players report to training camp. But we all know there’s only about a month of true down time in there (June?), and between free agency and the draft the rest is spent adding, cutting, and reshaping rosters. Each team has an ideal goal in mind, and specific areas to upgrade, sometimes drastically while quarterbacks are shot into orbit.
And that process started Monday.
Posted by Alen Dumonjic under Feeling the Draft, The Tape Never Lies on Mar 04, 2014
It’s second-and-nine, and Kelvin Benjamin is the second receiver from the sideline in a twins set. He’s facing off coverage from the Florida Gators defense and is given a cushion of more than a half dozen yards. The Seminoles need to pick up meaningful yardage on this play, so they’ve called a flood concept that’ll require Benjamin to run a 12-yard corner or sail route toward the sideline.
At the snap, he stems vertically, going the necessary dozen yards before his left foot hits the ground once more and he turns left, shifting his body at a 45-degree angle towards the sideline. Simultaneously, quarterback Jameis Winston rolls out of the pocket and targets him for the strike downfield. After a long windup that drops the ball near his hip, Winston heaves it over a flat defender’s outstretched arm and straight into Benjamin’s hands. With room to concentrate, Benjamin allows the ball to hit his hands and looks away, never tucking it in his armpit like a receiver’s supposed to do. After some hard steps and juggling, the ball rolls onto the Gainesville grass and Benjamin throws a right handed punch through the air in frustration . . .
There still seems to be some sticker shock whenever discussion of a quarterback contract begins to percolate around the Internet’s various tubes. Vaguely, the cycle often goes something like this: a gasp or chuckle at the reported pay being sought, further disbelief and poking holes in the quarterback’s game when said number is finalized, and then silence when the sparkling golden arm in question returns to the field and does exactly what he always does: be a boss.
We’re about to jump into that spin cycle with Colin Kaepernick, and as we do it remembering a simple yet fundamental detail is important: quarterbacks get paid like the most important player on a roster because, with maybe a few rare exceptions, they are the most important player on the roster. Once you remember that, and once you remind yourself of the current state of the quarterback market in this pass whacky league, it’ll be easy to understand why a 26-year-old entering his prime is worth every penny of the $18 million-ish he seeks.
Posted by Sean Tomlinson under Free agency on Mar 03, 2014
The franchise tag is a fickle beast from year to year. Two years ago 19 players were tagged, and then in 2013 that number fell to eight.
This year the total fell even further to six tag uses. Prior to the tags just before today’s deadline (more forthcoming), Brian Orakpo was also tagged, and last week Nick Folk, Greg Hardy, and Jimmy Graham were too, with the latter penciled in for months.
But because the NFL isn’t a place where predictability exists, two “transition tags” were used. The value of a transition tag is slightly less than that of a franchise tag, but there’s a key difference: if a player signs elsewhere his now former team gets two first-round picks under the franchise tag, but under the transition tag they only get the right to match, but no compensation.
About that oddness then…