TLY: 2014 Team Previews

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  1. Ace847

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    It's that time of the year again! Let us know how things this season are going to work out better than last! (excluding HotRod.....but still want a preview from you).
     
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    After a disappointing 8-8 season the Chargers are looking to make it back to the playoffs. Coach Ski said "we are making some major changes this year to bring a championship to San Diego." After making the playoffs his first year as HC, expectations were high for coach Ski last season and his failure to keep his team in contention has the media pointing fingers and questioning his ability to succeed with so little coaching experience. If things don't start off good this year the pressure could hit this 3rd year HC in a huge way.

    Offense: Coach Danny Ski has fired his offensive coordinator from the past two seasons and is bringing in a guy to run a spread offense. This new offensive philosophy will open up the passing game for Rivers and his newly acquired WR's. The Chargers made a huge move trading away their 1st and 3rd round picks for an elite WR Jeremy Maclin (88). His speed, catching ability, and route running precision makes him the new #1 receiver. And of course retaining TE Aaron Hernandez only adds to the receiver strength of the Chargers. Opposite Maclin will be Royal (85) who will have to perform well early to keep his depth chart position. Royal broke out last season with 4 kick return TD's but didn't get much PT on offense until the end of the season. Now that the Chargers are running a spread offense Royal's speed moves him up in the depth chart ahead of a much slower and aging M. Floyd. Floyd is slower but has elite catching ability which is why we are going to move him into the slot (#3 receiver). At 6'5 he will function more like a trusty TE catching everything across the middle. Floyd isn't thrilled to move from the #1 guy to #3 but he understands that the change of offensive philosophy makes his skills more useful in the slot. The Offensive line hasn't changed much but Rivers is going to have to get rid of the ball much quicker this season to avoid the high sack totals he has taken the past two seasons. The running game has been strong for the Chargers the past two seasons and everything should just get better if The Chargers can open things up more through the air.

    Defense: The Chargers had a tough time getting to the QB last season so they targeted some pass rushing DT's to come off the bench in passing downs and hopefully put more pressure on opposing QB's. The Chargers also witnessed the downgrade of long time star Q. Jammer and found out the hard way how an elite player ages over night and slowly declines to being a liability. The Chargers were lucky to have him retire since they were paying him way too much! They picked up A. Smith to replace him (79) as well as a few more speedy CB's who will fill in nicely in passing downs. Last season when star MLB Butler got injured the Chargers were lucky to have a trusty veteran (Takeo Spikes) to fill in but he retired in the off-season. The Chargers drafted a solid young MLB but really lucked out picking up the un-drafted speedy MLB Heal (92 speed/92 accel). He will be our second string MLB and we have high hopes that he will progress nicely for us. We will definitely have to improve on the defensive side of the ball in order to improve on our average season last year.

    The Chargers face one of the top AFC teams in week one and look to set the tone of the year with a big win. The Steelers are definitely favored in this one but the Chargers think they have what it takes to upset the AFC North Champs. Coach Ski said that "Our week one match-up will be a major test but if we are going to contend, we want to play the best!"
     
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    Lets all get these up to launch the new season! If you notice anyone missing please tag them in this thread.​

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  7. JSimms

    JSimms TLY Season 1 Champs!

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    The Vikings fell short of their goal in 2013, and were unable to repeat as TLY Super Bowl champs. They lost a heart-breaker in the NFC Championship game to the eventual Super Bowl champion Washington Redskins in a game in which they gave up 17-point second half lead. The 2013 season will forever be known as the year of All-Day, as Peterson broke several single-season rushing records including rushing yards & TD's. The team finished with 9 pro bowlers, and all 9 will be wearing purple in 2014 as well.

    Quarterbacks
    Minnesota traded LG Charlie Johnson, QB Joe Webb and their 2014 4th Round pick to acquire QB Tony Romo from Dallas in Week 4 of last year. It was thought by many that this was the missing piece on the team, as Ponder had been a game-manager for the team in their Super Bowl run the year before. However, Romo seemed to struggle in a West Coast offense, finishing with just 12 TD's & 15 INT's on the year and failed to throw for 3,000 yards for the first time since an injury-plagued 2010. With an off-season now under his belt with the new team, the coaching staff hopes he can return to being a top-tier QB in this league. If not, QB Christian Ponder sits at #2 on the depth chart awaiting his chance for redemption.

    Running Backs
    Adrian Peterson has become the premier running back in this league. The year he had in 2013 may have been the greatest ever by a running back in the NFL - 397 carries for 2,128 yds (5.4 YPC) & 32 TD's. However, the coaching staff would really like to cut his carries back in 2014, which lead to them not only resigning HB Toby Gerhart (79 OVR) in the offseason but also drafting two speedy halfbacks that can spell AP on 3rd & long situations. Rookie Ilory gives them a speedy HB that can catch out of the backfield (95 SPD, 72 CTH, 71 CIT, 75 SPC), while rookie Hewitt (95 SPD, 92 AGI, 92 CAR) could develop into a nice backup in this league as well with some development time.

    Wide Receivers and Tight Ends
    The Vikings were without a #2 WR in 2013, and shuffled the lineup all season to try to fill the void left by the departed WR Jerome Simpson. They believe that they finally did fill that hole in this year's draft with rookie wideout Brandon Heimuli (79 OVR), who becomes an instant red zone threat. WR Percy Harvin had a bounce-back year in 2013, catching 53 balls for 714 yards, but only found the end zone three times. WR Emmanual Sanders will again line up in the slot for the Vikings. Their real threat in the air comes from the TE position, as Pro Bowl TE Kyle Rudolph had a breakout campaign in 2013 - 83 catches, 1,093 yds, 7 TD's. The team likes to run a lot of 2 & 3 TE sets, so TE John Carlson & rookie TE Chuck Weatherford will see the field plenty this season.

    Offensive Line
    The Vikings have arguably the best O-line in the league. All 5 started every game for the team in 2013, and all 5 made the Pro Bowl - LT Matt Kalil (94 OVR), LG Layne Brown (75 OVR), C John Sullivan (92 OVR), RG Geoff Schwartz (87 OVR), & RT Phil Loadholt (88 OVR). This team is young & talented on the offensive line, and many are now comparing it to the Dallas Cowboy line in the 90's.

    Defensive Line
    Just like the offensive line, the D-line has been rumored to be one of the best in the league as well. Brian Robison (90 OVR) was a Pro Bowl snub even though he racked up 14 sacks one year after having 16. He lines up with RE Jared Allen (96 OVR), while the middle is still manned by Kevin Williams (95 OVR) & 2013 FA pick-up Henry Melton (88 OVR). This is a group that no offensive line is excited about lining up against, and they look to make it three years in a row as the league's #1 ranked rushing defense.

    Linebackers
    The Vikings looked to overhaul the linebacking core a bit in the offseason, picking up ROLB Gary Guyton (84 OVR) and bringing back EJ Henderson (89 OVR) to finish out his career where it began, and to play alongside his brother Erin (83 OVR). On the left side, Chad Greenway (87 OVR) had a Pro Bowl season in 2013 as he racked up 56 Tackles, 3 Sacks, 5 INTs, & a safety. This is a very good set of run-stopping LB's, but they may struggle at times versus the pass.

    Secondary
    Minnesota cut ties with their defensive captain, CB Antoine Winfield due to losing a couple of steps after turning age 37. They were unable to fill the void left by losing Winfield in FA, but feel as though they did so in the draft by taking CB Keilan Woods (82 OVR) with the #30 pick. He'll start immediately in the #2 slot behind CB Chris Cook (79 OVR) who has developed into a shut-down man corner (90 MCV, 88 ZCV, 90 PRS) in this league. Behind Cook & Woods, the team has 3 CB's that could all be starting as the nickel CB come opening day - Captain Munnerlyn (77 OVR), Antoine Hudson (77 OVR) & Josh Robinson (75 OVR). The team plays FS Nick Collins (88 OVR) at SS, and 3rd-year man Harrison Smith (78 OVR) at Free Safety. The Vikings now have quite a bit of yount talent in the secondary that should develop into a top unit in the next couple of years.

    Special Teams
    K Blair Walsh has a strong leg; P Chris Kluwe was resigned in the off-season as well. WR Percy Harvin had a 31.0 AVG on kick returns, including 2 TD's and an 11.7 AVG on punt returns. He's a threat to take it to the house on every kick.

    The Vkings have an extremely difficult schedule this year, and the NFC Norse looks to be one of the toughest in the league. It's Super Bowl or bust for the Vikings in 2014...
     
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    Tennessee Titans Team Preview and offseason Transactions

    The Tennessee Titans would go young this offseason on defense. This team will bring in 4 new starters on defense. This includes 3 rookies. Coach Brown thinks his defense has improved heading into this year. Brown would cut two veteran starters and replace them with rookie top round picks. Will see how these moves pan out week 1 as the Titans will take on the Bengals. This defense finished 2nd in total defense last season. Can they get better? Brown said he has finished his transition to the 3-4 defense.

    Coach Brown would make a big splash in free agency acquiring one of the biggest names in Modern football. Payton Manning. The future hall of famer said he felt like giving it one more shot. Manning is a superstar in Tennessee and said he wanted to finish his career in Tennessee where he made his name. Manning would bring WR- Eric Decker along for the ride. Manning practices with Decker in the summertime and the two show great chemistry. Can these two take Tennessee to the next level? Last season the Titans would finish 3rd overall in rush yards with Rookie Jeremiah Banks leading the way. The Titans struggled in the passing game though. Finishing near last in passing yards and INT's. Coach Brown is hoping Manning can give this team the edge supported by Banks.

    Starting Line ups:

    Offense (Balanced):

    QB- Payton Manning- 93 overall

    RB- Jeremiah Banks- 88 overall
    FB- Tim Tait- 85 overall

    WR #1- Kenny Britt- 89 overall
    WR #2- Eric Decker- 80 overall
    WR #3- Kendall Wright- 77 overall

    TE- Jarod Cook- 88 overall

    LT- Michael Roos- 94 overall
    LG-Brandon Atwater- 85 overall
    C- Jason Kelce- 89 overall
    RG- Brandon Moore- 85 overall
    RT- David Stewart- 94 overall

    Defense (Attacking 3/4):

    LE- Will Smith- 89 overall
    DT- Jurrell Casey- 91 overall
    RE- Mike Devito- 85 overall

    LOLB- TeQuan Taylor- 83 overall
    MLB #1- Colin McCarthy- 79 overall
    MLB #2- Albert Shears- 79 overall
    ROLB- Shaun Phillips- 92 overall

    CB #1- Devin McCourty- 87 overall
    CB #2- Alterraun Verner- 81 overall
    CB #3- Brice McCain- 76 overall
    FS- Michael Griffin- 93 overall
    SS- D.J. Kelly- 78 overall

    K- Graham Gano- 77 overall
    P- Britton Colquett- 83 overall

    KR- Kendall Wright- 72 overall
    PR- Kendall Wright- 67 overall

    Season 2 Resignings:

    LT- Michael Roos- 4 years, $31.02 M Total
    WR- Kenny Britt- 6 years, $33.83 M Total
    TE- Jarod Cook Jr- 5 years, $27.00 M Total
    WR- Damian Williams- 3 years, $2.10 M Total
    CB- Alterraun Verner- 4 years, $6.45 M Total
    C- Quentin Saulsberry- 2 years, $1.54 M Total
    RG- Brandon Moore - 1 year, $4.00 M Total (1st round pick in Free Agent Draft)
    RE- Mike Devito - 1 year, $3.00 M Total
    CB- Brice McCain - 2 years, $2.00 M Total
    SS- M.D. Jennings - 1 year, $800 K Total
    P- Britton Colquett - 4 years, $4.20 M Total

    Season 2 Cuts:

    QB- Matt Moore
    QB- Rusty Smith
    HB- Alex Green
    WR- Marc Mariani
    LG- - Ryan Wendell
    RE- Ziggy Hood
    RT- Jason Fox
    C- Eugene Amano
    WR- Nate Washington
    MLB- Tavares Gooden
    LE- Derrick Morgan
    SS- Jordan Babineaux
    LOLB- Zach Brown
    RB- Jamie Harper
    LOLB- Will Witherspoon

    Season 2 Offseason Free Agents:

    RB- Shane Vereen- 76 overall
    QB- Payton Manning- 93 overall
    WR- Eric Decker- 80 overall
    C- Jason Kelce- 89 overall
    RE- Derek Wolfe- 78 overall
    LE-Will Smith- 89 overall
    QB- Leon Stokes- 64 overall
    RB- Isaac Redman- 75 overall
    RG- David Arkin- 70 overall
    K- Graham Gano- 77 overall

    Season 2 Draft Recap:

    1st Round Pick, 18th overall: LOLB-TeQuan Taylor,83 overall
    2nd Round Pick, 18th: MLB- Albert Shears, 79 overall
    2nd Round Pick, 25th: SS- D.J. Kelly, 78 overall
    3rd Round Pick, 18th: WR- Poppy Richardson, 72 overall
    3rd Round Pick, 25th: RT- Tyler Stadler, 69 overall
    4th Round Pick: CB- Nick Adams, 72 overall
    5th Round Pick: Cut
    6th Round Pick: Cut
    7th Round Pick: DT- Larry Wheeler, 73 overall
     
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    Offense
    A few changes on offense for this season. Santana Moss decided winning a ring was the best way to end his career. Josh Morgan was not resigned and ultimately went to play for the St. Louis Rams. Redskins had to decide what direction to go in terms of replacing two key cogs on offense. Nate Washington ended up signing after he was cut by the Tennessee Titans. He will line up opposite Pierre Garcon to give RGIII a nice duo of targets. The focus in the offense was improving the run game. Ben Tate was one of the major targets as he fit the mold of the type of back the Redskins needed to carry the load. There also needed to be upgrades on the offensive line. LG Chris Spencer was signed on as a temporary solution as run blocking is his strength. There were also two new RTs signed in Winston Justice and University of Maryland product Bruce Campbell. The staff is split on how will be the starter between the two. Justice is the more established player with plenty of experience but Campbell has the higher ceiling as one of the most athletically gifted tackles in the league. However he needs to up his football IQ (Awareness). For the first few weeks of the season they will probably split time so coaches can evaluate the best fit for starter.

    Quarterback
    Robert Griffin III - 87 OVR

    Halfback
    Ben Tate - 83 OVR*
    James Starks - 82 OVR
    Roy Helu - 79 OVR

    Fullback
    David Johnson - 89 OVR

    Wide Receiver
    Pierre Garcon - 85 OVR*
    Nate Nashington - 85 OVR*
    Mykelle Gause - 75 OVR
    Darrien Landry - 71 OVR

    Tight End
    Fred Davis - 87 OVR

    Offensive Line
    LT Trent Williams - 89 OVR
    LG Chris Spencer - 77 OVR
    C Will Montgomery - 81 OVR
    RG Nate Garner - 80 OVR
    RT Winston Justice - 80 OVR/Bruce Campbell - 76 OVR

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    Defense
    Upon taking over the Redskins HC job, one glaring need was 3-4 personnel. The previous regime had switched the defense to 4-3 so there was not adequate depth on defense. The offseason was very defensively focused as the team cut all non 3-4 players and made quite a few additions. There will be two new starting DEs in Lamarr Houston and Jarvis Jenkins. Both of these guys are very strong at the point of attack and will be key in stopping the run. Houston is particularly intriguing as he is very versatile and will have the opportunity to play inside in nickle formations. At nose tackle, Linval Joseph was signed after playing for the rival Giants. Joseph had played in a 4-3 system but has a natural nose tackle skillset. Joseph will be able to create a great push up the middle. The Redskins traded for MLB Jovan Belcher and he will be inserted as the 2nd ILB alongside Perry Riley. The highlight of this year's defense is the depth across the board. Houston, Jenkins and newly signed Ziggy Hood will be rotating at DE. Barry Cofield will also see time there as well as his normal DT position. OLB Jason Worilds will be able to spell Orakpo and Kerrigan as an addition pass rusher. The cornerback position was strengthened with the signing of Chris Carr who is excellent in coverage. The Redskins struggled at times when there were 4 WRs on the field and this so now be less of a disadvantage.

    Defensive End
    Lamarr Houston - 85 OVR*
    Jarvis Jenkins - 78 OVR*
    Ziggy Hood - 79 OVR
    Kenyon Coleman - 82 OVR

    Defensive Tackle
    Linval Joseph - 85 OVR*
    Barry Cofied - 86 OVR
    Cam Thomas - 80 OVR

    Linebacker
    ROLB Brian Orakpo - 94 OVR
    MLB Perry Riley - 81 OVR
    MLB - Jovan Belcher - 80 OVR
    LOLB - Ryan Kerrigan - 87 OVR

    Cornerback
    DeAngelo Hall - 88 OVR*
    Josh Wilson - 84 OVR*
    Sam Shields - 79 OVR
    Chris Carr - 77 OVR

    Safety
    Tanard Jackson - 83 OVR
    Melvin Bullitt - 78 OVR

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    Green Bay Packers

    Offense -- This unit, led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers, will strive to find more balance in the 2014 season. The team has put an emphasis on reestablishing the rushing attack and consequently entered the offseason looking to upgrade its offensive line and running back. The Packers had hit an impasse with incumbent HB James Starks, so he was allowed to walk. The team was able to swing a deal and bring in HB Jonathan Stewart from Carolina. Stewart is an all-purpose talent who fits the "every down back" mold. He is just as good catching the ball as he is running. The Packer coaching staff has been working with him to improve his ability to shed a tackler, as he should be pretty darn tough to tackle at 5'10 235. The team also recently added shifty HB Kendall Hunter, so expect him to be used situationally. Along the offensive line, the emphasis on the running game continued, as every player along the line took huge strides in their run blocking abilities. The Pack was able to add two tackles, 2nd round pick Bradford Smith and RT Brandon Keith (acquired from Seattle). For now, Smith is starting at LT, but the tackle position will be evaluated each week. The team was also able to bring back QB Matt Flynn, who was released by Seattle.

    Defense -- The Packers lost a big part of their defense, as strong safety Charles Woodson ended his hall of fame career. Woodson's leadership and playmaking will be missed. The Pack looked to replace Woodson by adding multiple pieces, as opposed to just one high priced piece. Through free agency, there was a specific goal of improving the pass rush and the overall pass defense. The Pack added pass rushers OLBs Jarrett Johnson, Bryan Thomas and Larry English. The team also added DT Tyson Alualu, who will be used on passing downs to bring heat up the middle. In the secondary, the team added all purpose corner Jerraud Powers, who never got a contract offer from the Indianapolis GM. (who has since been replaced) FS Kendrick Lewis was also signed from Kansas City. After the departure of MLB Jovan Belcher to Washington, the Pack looked to add someone who could provide some depth at the position. Veteran MLB Barrett Ruud was available and enthusiastically took to the 3-4 transition during preseason.

    Outlook -- After missing the playoffs last season, the goal is clear. Return to the playoffs. After that, a divison title would be a huge step forward. This team has talent up and down the roster and a key to its success will ball control. Limiting turnovers and capitalizing on every possession will be critical this season.
     
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    Looks like you got a couple of former Chargers on Defense. Jarrett Johnson was just too slow for my 4-3 defense but he definitely has a knack for rushing the passer. At one point I had him at DE (after approval of course) in a 4-3 which is similar to an OLB in a 3-4 and he racked up some pretty significant sack totals. The guys a trusty veteran and I think he will be a solid addition to the Pack.
     
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    Yeah, I only had 2 reliable pass rushers last year and the whole "attacking 3-4" isn't all that successful if you aren't really attacking. So I really targeted guys who should get there....without losing much as far as early down run stuffing. I really wish there were formation subs, I will be resetting my personnel every first quarter.
     
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    Its really not that bad to sub manually specific players in the formation you want them in. But it sucks to have to worry about doing that manually every game. It takes away from play-calling.
     
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    San Francisco 49ers Team Preview
    After a disappointing season that saw the 49ers go 7-9, San Francisco is poised to return to the NFC playoffs led by their physical defense.

    Offense
    The 49ers used the offseason to shore up their interior offensively line, which was their Achilles heel the previous year. Another year of experience for QB Colin Kaepernick should help offset the youth of the receiving corps while HB Frank Gore should continue to provide the power running game that has been part of the 49ers offensive identity the last couple years.

    Position Starter Backup Position Starter Backup[/B]
    QB Colin Kaepernick - 77 Alex Smih - 79 TE2 Delanie Walker - 77
    HB Frank gore - 87 Kenneth Hennings* - 59 LT Anthony Davis - 81 James Jackson - 78
    FB Bruce Miller - 82 LG Mike Iupati - 90
    WR Michael Crabtree - 84 Joshua Jackson - 71 C Christian Paul* - 83
    WR2 Jameel Sommerfield - 72 A.J. Jenkins - 68 RG Daniel Loper - 79 Kevin Booth - 80
    TE1 Vernon Davis - 90 RT Joe Staley - 86

    Defense
    Despite a losing record, the 49ers defense was up to the task last year, finishing in the Top 10 both in yards against and points allowed. The defense getting older is a concern, though enough youth has been drafted to sustain an injury or two. The coaching staff expects the defense to remain strong and keep the team in games where the offense struggles.
    Position Starter Backup Position Starter Backup[/B]
    LE Ray McDonald - 90 Marcus Williams* - 74 ROLB Parys Haralson - 80 Ahmad Brooks - 84
    DT Isaac Sopoaga - 88 CB1 Carlos Rogers - 88
    RE Justin Smith - 95 CB2 Tarell Brown - 82
    LOLB Aldon Smith - 87 CB3 Chris Culliver - 82 Jaquante Jackson - 77
    MLB1 Patrick Willis - 97 FS Dashon Goldson - 87
    MLB2 Ahmad Brooks - 84 Larry Grant - 76 SS Donte Whitner - 89 Darcel McBath - 71

    Special Teams
    San Francisco fired their Special Teams coach after surrendering at least five K/P return touchdowns, contributing to a number of their losses. Covering kicks has been a point of emphasis in the offseason and should be improved. Veteran Kicker David Akers was let go, with rookie Blake McNulty taking over.
    Position Starter Backup[/B]
    K Blake McNulty - 77
    P Andy Lee - 85
    KR/PR Tyrhe Purdie - 86 Lekambrick Henry - 96

    Outlook
    San Francisco expects to challenge for the NFC West title and return to the playoffs. Though the offense is a work in progress, the defense remains great. Any sort of improvement in Special Teams should give the 49ers a couple of victories, making 10 wins attainable.
     
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    New York Giants 2014 Team Preview
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    Overview
    The New York Giants team didn't live up to expectations last season, a fast start under a their former coach was wasted after Coach Matrix took over. It took him too long to get a feel for his team and they ended up 1 game shy of making the playoffs, a heartbreaking loss during Week 17 against their arch-rival the Redskins. Despite their woes the team has finally gelled around their new coach and is eagerly awaiting the start of the new season to make up for their past mistakes.

    Offense
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    Quarterback
    Losses: S.Stead
    Additions: S.Rechsteiner
    Starter: Eli Manning (91 OVR)

    Eli Manning struggled a great deal when Coach Matrix took over and installed a new offense. The timing just wasn't there in the passing game yet and he threw interception after interception amassing the highest total in his career. With a whole offseason under his belt now he knows he's finally got it all figured out and is out to prove he's worth his massive cap number. With the roster overhaul that has taken place over the last few months Manning knows he has to return to form or risk being shit canned. The rookie Stead wasn't the kind of developmental quarterback the new staff wanted to deal with so they found a guy they liked in Steve Rechsteiner in the 4th round of the draft who had some huge games in college and has the necessary skill set to one day be a starter in the NFL.

    Blockers
    Losses: FB H.Hynoski, RT D.Diehl
    Additions: FB John Conner, LG Z.Beadles, RT D.Free
    Starters: FB J.Conner (83 OVR), LT W.Beatty (81 OVR), LG C.Snee (85 OVR), C D.Brooks (85 OVR), RG D.Baas (78 OVR), RT J.Brewer (77 OVR)

    The declining veteran Dave Diehl priced himself out of a new contract and the team already had James Brewer waiting in the wings. Hynoski had decided to test FA before Coach Matrix took over but the Giants were ecstatic to find a great run blocking FB in John Conner in FA. While not the most star studded or gifted OL in the league they should still be a solid unit especially with the signing of Zane Beadles and Doug Free to handle swing duties on the interior and outside respectively. The staff would have liked to bring in some youth through the draft but the value was just never there.

    Running Backs
    Losses: R.Paker
    Additions: S.Ridley
    Starter: D.Wilson (78 OVR)

    Running back is one of the strengths of the New York Giants squad, while the veteran back Ahmad Bradshaw may be the most skilled his propensity of coughing up the ball during key moments last season lead to his benching and the rise of the youngster David Wilson. Wilson will take lead back duties again this season as Bradshaw is entering a contract year and is not expected to return. Stevan Ridley was added to bring a short yardage presence and be a tough runner in the 4-minute drill, he signed a super cheap deal with the team and the coaching staff is excited to see him in action. Parker was still on his rookie contract but the Giants couldn't find a way to keep 4 half backs on the roster and D.Scott had greater special teams value.

    Receivers
    Losses: WR M.Clayton, WR L.Naanee, TE A.Fasano
    Additions: WR D.Gettis, TE B.Pascoe
    Starters: WR H.Nicks (91 OVR), WR V.Cruz (88 OVR), WR J.Simpson (81 OVR), B.Boss (91 OVR)

    WR is another positional strength and it only got stronger this year, aging vets Clayton and Naanee were cut to free cap space and make way for the speedy David Gettis. At TE Boss had a historic rookie season last year and is only getting better. Fasano priced himself off the team and the Giants missed out on their FA targets at TE but A.Robinson is still a nice raw athletic talent to backup Boss. Bear Pascoe was signed to be a strong blocker in the run game in heavy sets, hopefully he doesn't see a pass come his way.

    Defense

    Defensive Line
    Losses: DE T.McBride, DE J.Charleston, DE T.Hall, DT L.Joseph
    Additions: DE J.Davis, DE A.Applewhite, DT D.T. Coble, DT S.Lissemore
    Starters: LE J.Tuck (93 OVR), DT C.Canty (87 OVR), DT S.Rogers (84 OVR), RE J.Pierre-Paul (97 OVR)

    Defensive line is also another strength on the team (seems to be a lot of those =]) with the athletic freak JPP only getting better and still only 25 the future is bright along the DL. Not to mention having another bookend in Tuck and two stout run defenders on the interior in Canty and the immovable Rogers. The Giants made a mistake in judging the market for DTs and allowed L.Joseph to walk and also missed on signing his replacement in FA in L.Houston but luckily rookie DE Joshua Davis fell to them in the first round. Davis is a mammoth DE at 317 lbs and will be a backup at every DL position in his rookie season as he grows and develops on his already impressive frame. Davis was also drafted as insurance in case the team couldn't afford to retain JPP or if he decided to test FA. The DL depth got even better this offseason too as the team cut some of the chaff and picked up the speedy A.Applewhite and sturdy Lissemore in Free Agency. The Giants also drafted DT D.T. (heh) Coble in the 5th round, at age 20 he is already 340 lbs and is hopefully going to be the heir apparent to NT S.Rogers who is now 35 years old and in the declining phase of his career.

    Linebackers
    Losses: MLB B.Rudd, MLB C.Blackburn, ROLB M.Boley
    Additions: MLB B.Spikes, MLB R.Meyes, ROLB D.Butler
    Starters: LOLB J.Williams (76 OVR), MLB B.Spikes (85 OVR), ROLB R.Meyes (76 OVR)

    The Giants main weakness last season was linebacker. Coach Matrix knew it was going to be vital to the teams success to overhaul the unit entirely and he was able to execute that plan better than he thought. M.Boley was still a great LBer but wanted too much to resign with the team and he was getting older so he was allowed to walk in favor of more speed and youth at the position. J.Williams is a fast LBer that will improve in coverage as the season progresses. Brandon Spikes was the prize of FA for the Giants and the only FA that was signed to be a starter. Spikes will be an imposing thumper in the middle of the defense to clean up anything that gets through the DL. In the draft the Giants were able to nab a player the Rams wanted and trade him for an accidental autopick that turned out to be Meyes. Meyes is a fast and heady LBer but really needs to work on his coverage and pass rush skills but the coaching staff has high hopes for him this season. The Giants also picked up D.Butler in the draft in the 6th round. He's solid in zone coverage and has good speed but was very injury prone in college.

    Defensive Backs
    Losses: CB C.Wesbter, SS C.Peprah
    Additions: SS B.Sellers, CB D.Mosley
    Starters: CB P.Amukamara (82 OVR), CB T.Thomas (80 OVR), CB C.Johnson (77 OVR), FS A.Rolle (81 OVR), SS K.Phillips (87 OVR)

    The biggest loss to the Giants this season is CB Corey Webster. Webster decided to cash in on what may be his final payday before Coach Matrix even took over the squad, its hard to blame him but the Giants are really going to miss him. There weren't any exciting prospects in Free Agency to replace Webster and the staff knew they couldn't afford to match or exceed the offers he received so they set their eyes on the draft. The coaching staff was targeting a CB in the first round but unfortunately by the time their pick arrived none of the corners with a first round grade were available and the value was never there in the preceding rounds. It took all the way to the 7th round before they pulled the trigger on a CB in D.Mosely who will be a solid backup corner but not the starter they were looking for. Hopefully Amukamara can live up to his 1st round pedigree and learn to shut down opposing teams #1 WRs. At safety the team was set with two of the best in the game in Rolle and Phillips but they were looking for backups to replace the ineffective and expensive Peprah and Page. They found a replacement for Peprah in the draft with Beau Sellers who they drafted a round ahead of the 4th round grade they gave him in the 3rd round because of a run on safeties shortly before their third round selection. Sellers is solid in zone coverage and has good play recognition and speed and will be a nice backup to both Rolle and Phillips in his rookie campaign.

    Outlook

    The New York Giants have their sights set on the playoffs this season and the impressive new coach of the Washington Redskins HotRod, the reason they missed the cut last season, may be the only thing standing in their way. Anything less than at least repeating the 9-7 finish they had last year would be a huge disappointment for one of the most talented rosters in the NFL.
     
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    Come on guys, lets get these done. It doesn't have to be as long as these. Just give us a little preview of your team and expectations for the new season.
     
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    Oakland Raiders 2014 preview

    Offense

    The Raiders ended the season as the #2 rushing offense in the league behind the running of Darren McFadden. The Raiders relied heavily on Dmac to carry the load as they transitioned to a new starting QB Terrell Pryor after benching Carson Palmer. While Palmer played backup for the year, he Alex Smith’d it and kept his mouth shut as Pryor showed he was capable of running a steady offense. With the confidence showed by the Raiders, Pryor repaid the confidence with a Pro Bowl Selection in his first year as starting QB and led the Raiders to the AFC Championship. This year, Pryor looks to build on his first year with the help of Dmac, DHB, Ford, and newly acquired Antonio Gates.

    Gates who had been a nightmare matchup for the AFC West for years, the Raiders saw an opportunity and gave up a 1st rounder from the Patriots to get him. While the Raiders do not showcase the TE as much in the offense, he still brings a dynamic option for Pryor to help grow the passing game. After Shockey re-buffed the Raiders offer in the off-season, the Raiders wanted to pair Shockey and Gates so they franchised him so the Raiders offense is fully loaded. Bringing in Gates, the Raider sacrificed Denarious Moore who has potential as a good starter, but failed to catch on with the Raiders, realistically, failed to catch anything while a Raider. With about 30 catches last season, Moore had over 10 drops which was good for one of the worse drop percentages in the league.
    The Raiders bring back a number of Pro Bowlers from last year: Pryor, Dmac, DHB, Reece, Veldeer, Wiz, and Bergstrom. As a matter of fact, the Raiders had four of their lineman make the Pro Bowl last year, but had to pat with Pro Bowler Briesel to gain some cap space. The Raiders offense will probably look the same as last year, run Dmac as much as possible and look for opportunities down the field off the run game.
    In Free Agency, the Raiders brought in speedster Senat to play the other side to another speedster Pro Bowler DHB. Ford will continue to play the slot receiver so the Raiders still has one of the fastest receiving corps in the league. The Raiders rounded up the Free Agency signing period and Draft filling up some small holes and add some depth.


    Defense

    The Raiders looked to improve their secondary last year in the draft by selecting two CBs in last years draft. Both finished 2nd and 3rd in the defensive rookie of the year voting. Odle had the task to cover each teams #1 receiver and played well and Gausman played mainly as the Nickel had some great plays during the season. The secondary still struggled at times, but still improved from the previous year. With experience in the secondary, the Raiders secondary is one of the most ball hawking bunches in the league bringing back Michael Huff and Tyvon Branch in addition to former Pro Bowler DVD.

    The Raiders strength is the run game on offense and the run defense is the strength on defense finished top 10 in run defense behind Pro Bowler Rolando McClain. McClain had a break out Pro Bowl year and won the DPOY award by setting the league record in INTs. Combine him with Pro Bowler Curry, sack Machine Shaugnessy and Tommy Kelly, the Raiders defense looked to continue to be a force on defense.

    Special Teams
    The Raiders let go long time Punter Lechler, but who cares, he is a punter. Seabass continues to be a staple at as a kicker and Jacoby Ford returns as the premier kick returner for the Raiders who had five kick off returns for TDs last year in addition to seven td receptions which gave him a Pro Bowl selection.

    The Raiders looked to build on the previous year Championship Game loss and hopefully make it to the Super Bowl.
     
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    Detroit Lions 2014 Outlook
    After a solid tunraround from inheriting a franchise that was in ruins from a bad coaching hire. The Detroit Lions turned things around and made the wildcard after a hard turnaround and a dismal 2-5 start to the season in 2013. The Lions shocked some teams last season and made a second place finish in the NFC North with a 9-7 record, knocking off the Packers twice and the Bears as well. Rookie Walker Stream made great strides but came up short fumbling a pass late against the eventual Super Bowl champion Redskins. The Lions looked to add a couple of pieces in the offseason to get them over the mountain of the NFC North back to back champion Vikings and maybe contend this year.
    Quarterback: A-
    Matt Stafford regained his promise last season and made a probowl return. Detroit leaned on him heavily for their offense due to mismangement prior to coach Westcott taking over the team. The offensive line wasn't spectacular by any means last year and Stafford was sacked over 40 times and took a huge beating but showed he still had the leadership to turn the Lions history around. This season should be stronger with a more balanced attack and Walker Stream developing into a premire wideout along with Megatron.
    Runningbacks: B-
    Addressing the running game was coach Westcott's first issue coming into the draft. The grade would of been a D if not for the awesome 2nd round pick of Jayrone Harris out of Michigan. The Lions only had 6 rushing TD's all season last year and already have 2 in the first two games. It wasn't all on 7th round pick Ladarius Mitchell's shoulders since the O-Line was old and needed a reboot, but they needed more of a consistent power runner and Harris will address that and start. Shephens-Howling will be the 3rd down back with Mitchell spelling Harris and polishing his running skills.
    Wide Receivers: A-
    The Lions have one of the best one-two punch receiver combos in the league with Stream, who is coming off a pro-bowl rookie campaign and Calvin Johnson. Titus Young makes for a speedy slot receiver and should see more time with coach Westcott's new playbook this season. Not great on depth so they must stay healthy but they carry the offense.
    Tight Ends: C
    Pettigrew and Scheffler can make great catches and extend drives but are more check-down options for Stafford. The Lions hope that they can block better and help the running game more. They both can make plays but nothing that scares anyone.
    Offensive Line: B-
    The Lions added third round pick Verley Rodgers to the RG spot and he already has his first start of the season against the 49er's. They have Nagy at center who get off the snap well but lacks pass blocking ability. Sims and Reiff are stout on the left side but still lack being elite or pro-bowl worthy. They can win and lose games for the Lions so coach Westcott desperately needs them to play well.
    Defensive Line: A+
    The Lions wanted to combat the Vikings all-world offensive line by adding big FA signing of Chris Clemons, who has 2 sacks already for the season. With Avril and the re-signings of Peters and Suh, the Lions look to have massive pressure and contain the running game more with these guys getting off their blocks. Expect two probowl slots for any one of these guys.
    Linebackers: B-
    Tulloch is fantastic in the middle but Detroit lacked a good outside linebacking core. They added Nick Barnett to address the problem, but he was injured during the 49er's game and will be out for the next 5 games. They have Aaron Maybin and signed Spencer Adkins to a 1 year deal but they are suspect. If the Lions make the next step they will need great play from these guys. Rookie 4th round pick Jonathan Jones will see playing time but don't expect them to be effective every game.
    Secondary: B
    Chung and Delmas make for great balance at the safety positions but sometimes get lost on plays. Coach Westcott saw great strides from Bill Bentley late in the season but he still needs work at the nickle slot as well. Last years second round pick Mario Brown is a fantastic pick but can take plays off. Chris Houston had a probowl season but teams are never "scared" of him either. They used their first round pick for corner Aaron Gadell, who has great zone coverage ability but still needs work on man to man play and overall quickness. That being said, these guys are still a mixed-bag.
    Overall: B
    Look for the Lions to contend for a wildcard. Coach Westcott doesn't believe he has all the pieces yet to contend with the Vikings for a NFC crown but they could surprise if they can keep healthy in the long run. Detroit needs to maintain pressure on the QB in order to bail out secondary and vice-versa. If the Lions can keep their running attack consistent they could get out of the wildcard round but they must win their division games and at least split them if they even think they will get in.
     
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    Jacksonville Jaguars
    The Jaguars are still rebuilding this year. With the big trade of MJD, the Jags are still hurting in the cap room. Next year they will be free of a major penalty allowing more key players to be signed in free agency. The Jags this year believe that they could sneak into the playoffs as a 6 seed. The Jags are led at QB by Rookie Zac Litton. Litton (65 Overall) is not a top tier player, but he has the basic fundamentals to help take the team far. The Jags dropped BGE and now rookie Tyrell Merrill (65 Overall) is again playing off of his base skills. The wide receivers are a decent bunch with Laurent Robinson, Justin Blackmon, and Lavelle Hawkins are able to make big plays. The TEs are almost nobodies led by Tommy Brown a former Cadet at West Point is becoming a leader on and off the field. He was picked up in free agency for his ability to catch the ball. The Offensive line is young with rookies and Eben Britton who will hold the line down at tackle.
    The defense should be decent for the Jags as they have a decent defensive line. Terrance Knighton and Angelo Cain will be great in the middle of the line. The linebackers are led by Paul Posluzny in the middle. The DBs are led by Rasheem Mathis and Aaron Ross. The special teams is going to be good with Beau Likely returning kicks.
    Prediction Jags win 8/9 games and maybe make a playoff run.
     
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