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Packers are cleaning up this weekend

Posted April 23, 2010 @ 8:24 p.m.
The third round is over, and lots happened in the final half of that stanza. But I want to focus on the work the Packers have done in the past two days. Have they become a better football team, or what? I loved the Bryan Bulaga pick, allowing the draft to funnel to them and taking the best lineman available. He can play a year at guard or back up at tackle and take over ...

Seahawks' backfield in motion

Posted April 24, 2010 @ 1:15 p.m.
The Seahawks have some new running backs, one who Pete Carroll is very familiar with. LenDale White, who never really has developed despite being effective in some goal-line situations, will reunite with Carroll in Seattle and will have a chance to be a part of a threesome (foursome?) in a revamped backfield. White is fine, but I want to talk about Leon Washington, whom they picked up from the Jets. If he's healthy, the ...

Read what Big Ben had to say in a written statement today

Posted April 26, 2010 @ 2:27 p.m.
With the draft in the rearview mirror, Ben Roethlisberger issued a statement today. Have a read:“The Commissioner’s decision to suspend me speaks clearly that more is expected of me. I am accountable for the consequences of my actions. Though I have committed no crime, I regret that I have fallen short of the values instilled in me by my family. I will not appeal the suspension and will comply with what is asked ...

AFC East: My favorite (and least favorite) draft picks

Posted April 26, 2010 @ 2:31 p.m.
Now that the draft is over and two days from now no one will want to hear anymore draft stuff, I thought I would spin through the divisions and give my take on what were my favorite and least-favorite picks from each team. Bills Favorite pick: QB Levi Brown, Round Seven. Watched a few of his games, and the kid has a little Jake Delhomme in him (that used to be a very good thing ...

AFC North: My favorite and least-favorite picks

Posted April 26, 2010 @ 2:45 p.m.
Here's a look at the AFC North teams: Ravens Favorite pick: TE Dennis Pitta, Round Four. Terrific value there, and he could be the better player in the long run than Ed Dickson, taken 44 picks earlier by the Ravens. Pitta is a surprisingly good athlete who should have been one of the first 75 players off the board. Great backup and future replacement for Todd Heap. Least-favorite pick: Dickson, Round Three. I have ...

AFC South: My favorite and least-favorite draft picks

Posted April 27, 2010 @ 12:38 p.m.
Here's a look at the AFC South: Texans Favorite pick: TE Dorin Dickerson, Round Seven. I hear they are going to make him into a big receiver. I think the kid will make it. They have a ton of tight ends anyway and could use a sturdy backup to Andre Johnson. Every time I looked up at Senior Bowl practices, this guy was making a nice catch. He could be a good catch so ...

AFC West: My favorite and least-favorite draft picks

Posted April 27, 2010 @ 1:17 p.m.
Here are my AFC West draft thoughts: Broncos Favorite pick: Tie, WR Demaryius Thomas, Round One and WR Eric Decker, Round Three. Broncos fans will learn to love Thomas in time. He has a little Calvin Johnson in him, and remember that Johnson struggled some as a rookie. Decker, well, he reminds me a lot of Ed McCaffery, which is sure to make Broncos folks happy. In fact, if he's healthy when he gets ...

NFC East: My favorite and least-favorite draft picks

Posted April 29, 2010 @ 2:23 p.m.
Here are my thoughts on the NFC East teams: Dallas Favorite pick: WR Dez Bryant, Round One. As much as I like Bryant the player, I like this pick more for it making the Cowboys a story again on Draft Day. Last year was such a dud, trading back, trading back … landing almost no one. But this was the classic, gun-slinging Jerry Jones. My guess is that six months from now Jones will talk about ...

NFC North: My favorite and least-favorite draft picks

Posted April 30, 2010 @ 3:57 p.m.
I know it's getting to the point where you guys don't care so much, but let's take a look at the NFC North picks: Bears Favorite pick: DE Corey Wootton, Round Four. A potential steal. I have been a big fan of Wootton since watching him tear up Mizzou in the bowl game his junior season. Of course, he also tore up his knee in that game and still isn't back ...

The Fantasy Doctor is reaching out to you

Posted May 06, 2010 @ 5:10 p.m.
Every year the Fantasy Doctor, our resident MD of all things fantasy-related, fields questions for our preview magazine that we put together with Yahoo! Sports. They are questions that come directly from you, the inquiring fantasy minds. Feel free to throw anything the Doctor's way related to your league or the fantasy outlook for 2010 and beyond. Nothing (well, almost nothing) is out of bounds. Please e-mail your questions, along with your name and ...

Drafting Russell has set Raiders back five years, just as predicted

Posted May 06, 2010 @ 5:18 p.m.
I will never forget the pre-draft comments of PFW's resident draft expert, Nolan Nawrocki, prior to the 2007 NFL draft. Nawrocki said, paraphrased, that Al Davis drafting JaMarcus Russell would set the franchise back five years. Quite a bold statement at the time for the top pick in the draft. As you know, in the post-draft afterglow, all 32 teams believe they have landed several future starters and possibly a star or two. Certainly ...

Cushing re-vote a joke

Posted May 11, 2010 @ 3:45 p.m.
The Associated Press, which long has issued the postseason NFL awards most commonly accepted by the massses, is now conducting an unprecedented re-vote for the Defensive Rookie of the Year award in light of Brian Cushing's testing positive for banned substances. What a joke. Cushing reportedly tested positive with a slightly elevated level hCG, a non-steroid produced naturally by the body that often is consistent with a player who is going off of steroids ...

Please keep Betty Arkush in your thoughts today

Posted May 12, 2010 @ 1:35 p.m.
As you might have read on the Web site the other day, Betty Arkush, mother of PFW's Hub and Dan Arkush and the wife of PFW founder Arthur S. Arkush, passed away this weekend. Her memorial service was today, and it was touching to see how many people reached out to pay their respects. If you could, please keep her in your thoughts. And if you are so inclined, you may make a donation ...

Cushing came off as immature, insincere in press conference

Posted May 13, 2010 @ 6:29 p.m.
Go to the Texans’ web site and you can watch a copy of the farce that was Brian Cushing’s press conference.Spoiler alert: It was a farce.Now, don’t misconstrue my comments here. I wrote the other day I thought the whole AP re-vote thing was equally as farcical. But in no way was I supporting Cushing, who in light of today’s media session, looks even more shady than before.One, on ...

Haynesworth, Redskins coming to a head

Posted May 17, 2010 @ 3:42 p.m.
When the owner — even when his name is Daniel Snyder — starts commenting on a player's status, good news usually isn't abounding. This is the case for Albert Haynesworth at the Redskins. You can just feel this relationship disintegrating by the passing day. When the Redskins, in good faith, said they were not going to trade Haynesworth around the draft, I took it as an olive branch of sorts. They were expressing their desire ...

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