AFC South lineup Grades

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My line up grades for the NFL AFC South teams for the 2018 season. You need to keep these grades close by when you select your teams for the coming year.



AFC South
QB Deshaun Watson
If Watson can survive the season, he will be fine. A-
RB Lamar Miller
Miller was horrible last yr with 21y his longest run. D
WR DeAndre Hopkins & Will Fuller V & Braxton Miller
Hopkins is outstanding. Watson deserves better from Fuller & Miller B
TE Stephen Anderson
Anderson is barely OK. C
OL lt Julie’n Davenport lg Zach Fulton c Nick Martin rg Senio Kelemete rt Seantrel Henderson
Watson deserves better in the OL than this group. Henderson was 3rd string in BF. D
DL Le J.J. Watt nt D.J. Reader re Joel Heath
Watt was hurt most of 17, putting pressure on Clowney. Rest are nothing special. C
lb slb Whitney Mercilus lilb Zach Cunningham rilb Benardrick McKinney wlb Jadeveon Clowney
Mercilus was hurt but Clowney is outstanding. B
DB lc Johnathan Joseph rc Aaron Colvin fs Kareem Jackson ss Tyrann Mathieu FA
Signing Mathieu helped but Watson needs to score a lot of points to keep HO in the game.
QB Andrew Luck or Jacoby Brissett
No luck in Indy last year. Brissett was decent. B with Luck C without him.
RB Marlon Mack
Mack is not good & runs behind a bad OL. D
WR T.Y. Hilton & Ryan Grant
Hilton is fine, Grant not so much. C
TE Eric Ebron FA & Jack Doyle FA
Both are solid and can catch. B
OL lt Anthony Castonzo lg Quenton Nelson R c Ryan Kelly R rg Braden Smith R rt Austin Howard FA
The rebuilt OL can’t be worse. D
DL le Denico Autry FA lt Grover Stewart rt Al Woods re Jabaal Sheard
Jabaal Sheard is fine the rest is not good. D
lb slb John Simon mlb Antonio Morrison wlb Najee Goode
Morrison is the best of this group. Rest are not good. D
DB lc Quincy Wilson rc Kenny Moore fs Malik Hooker ss Matthias Farley
All are green but Matthias Farley is the best here. C-
QB Blake Bortles
Bortles is at best middle of the road. C
RB Leonard Fournette
He is top 10 RB. A
WR Marqise Lee & D.J. Chark R & Donte Moncrief FA
Is this grp holding Bortles back or is this grp the problem? D
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Young and rising. C+
OL lt Cam Robinson lg Andrew Norwell FA c Brandon Linder rg A.J. Cann rt Jermey Parnell
Norwell helped but the OL still below average. C-
DL le Yannick Ngakoue lt Marcell Dareus rt Malik Jackson re Calais Campbell
Rebuilt DL is better. B+
lb slb Myles Jack mlb Blair Brown wlb Telvin Smith
Jack & Smith are as good as any OLB. Brown not so much. A-
DB lc A.J. Bouye rc Jalen Ramsey fs Tashaun Gipson ss Barry Church
2 probowlers & 2 guys B+
QB Marcus Mariota
He had a down year last season but played well in the playoffs. C-
RB Derrick Henry & Dion Lewis (rec)
Lewis is too small to be a 25 carry a game back. Henry must carry the load. C
WR Rishard Matthews & Corey Davis &Taywan Taylor
Matthews is OK but the rest are not good.
TE Delanie Walker
He is a top 5 TE. A
OL lt Taylor Lewan lg Quinton Spain c Ben Jones rg Josh Kline rt Jack Conklin J
OL was better last year, after a shaky year in 16.  B-
DL le DaQuan Jones nt Bennie Logan FA re Jurrell Casey
Casey is fine the rest are not good. B-
lb lob Derrick Morgan lib Wesley Woodyard rib Rashaan Evans R rolb Brian Orakpo
Woodyard is outstanding. Rest are OK at best B-
DB lc Logan Ryan rc Malcolm Butler fs Kevin Byard ss Johnathan Cyprien
Byard is OK the rest need to prove themselves C

AFC North starting lineup grades

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My grades for the AFC North starting lineups. Make sure you know who is a keeper and who you should drop going into the first week.

Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore Ravens

QB Joe Flacco
He has not had a great season since he got paid. D+
RB Alex Collins
Much better than the previous group at 116y/g B
wr Michael Crabtree & John Brown & Willie Snead
BA hopes that it was the WRS not the QB that lead to 29th passing yardage. BA Changed out all WRS but that won’t help C-
te Hayden Hurst R
BA hopes that first round pick Hurst can put some life into TE pos. C
OL Lt Ronnie Stanley lg James Hurst c Ryan Jensen FA rg Marshal Yanda rt Alex Lewis
Nothing special here except Yanda IF he can stay healthy. C
DL le Brandon Williams nt Michael Pierce re Willie Henry
DL over performed B
lb slb Albert McClellan lilb C.J. Mosley rilb Patrick Onwuasor wolb Terrell Suggs
Mosley & Suggs are special rest are not. C+
DB lc Brandon Carr rc Jimmy Smith fs Tony Jefferson ss Eric Weddle
S are both solid but CBS are less solid. B
QB Andy Dalton
Dalton has not won a playoff game. That is why we call him RV. C-
RB Joe Mixon
Bad OL hurt Run gm but Mixon played well. B-
WR A.J. Green & Brandon LaFell & John Ross
Green is outstanding, Rest are decent. B-
TE Tyler Eifert
CN was smart enough to resign UFA Eifert. B
OL lt Cordy Glenn T lg Clint Boling c Billy Price R rg Trey Hopkins rt Jake Fisher
Left side is OK. Rest not so much. C-
DL le Carlos Dunlap lt Chris Baker rt Geno Atkins re Michael Johnson
DL is old but still effective. B+
lb slb Nick Vigil mlb Preston Brown wlb Vontaze Burfict 4gm susp
fa Brown helps but Vontaze Burfict is the key to the group B+
DB lc Dre Kirkpatrick rc William Jackson fs Shawn Williams ss George Iloka
DBS did not preform well last year. C-
QB Tyrod Taylor or Baker Mayfield
Everyone in CL says that Taylor will start. I don’t believe them. C
RB Carlos Hyde & Duke Johnson Jr.
Hyde is the runner Johnson is the receiver. Crowell escaped No Run CL. C-
wr Jarvis Landry & Josh Gordon + SOMEONE ELSE.
The 3rd WR won’t be Coleman. He is a DISASTER. Key is can Gordon stay on the field? B+
TE David Njoku
Can he catch the ball? D
OL lt Shon Coleman lg Joel Bitonio c JC Tretter rg Kevin Zeitler rt Chris Hubbard
GCG is fine. OTS are the biggest issues C
DL le Emmanuel Ogbah lt Larry Ogunjobi rt Trevon Coley re Myles Garrett
Garrett is solid but the rest are soft. C-
lb slb Jamie Collins mlb Joe Schobert wlb Mychal Kendricks
Collins was bad last yr. Kendricks & Schobert are OK. C
DB lc T.J. Carrie FA rc Denzel Ward R fs Damarious Randall T ss Jabrill Peppers
Peppers was 40 yrds behind the D. Carrie & Ward should help improve pass cov. D+
QB Ben Roethlisberger
Roethlisberger had talked about retirement often. A-
RB Le’Veon Bell
Bell is outstanding A
WR Antonio Brown & Juju Smith-Schuster & James Washington R
Brown is outstanding rest are OK. B+
TE Jesse James
James had a good season last yr. B
ol lt Alejandro Villanueva lg Ramon Foster c Maurkice Pouncey rg David DeCastro rt Marcus Gilbert
OL was solid with 3 players making the all pro team. A-
DL le Cameron Heyward nt Javon Hargrave re Stephon Tuitt
Heyward is an All pro but Tuitt fell off after signing a 10 M
lb lolb Bud Dupree lilb Jonathan Bostic rilb Vince Williams rolb T.J. Watt
LB Group got better with FA Bostic. Ryan Shazier may never play again. B+
DB Lc Joe Haden rc Artie Burns fs Morgan Burnett ss Terrell Edmunds R
pt is still trying to find the perfect combination C-

Starter Grades for AFC East

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Here are my Starter Grades for AFC East teams. If you are picking your fantasy sports teams this weekend you’ll want to have a look at these ratings.

Starter Grades for AFC East

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QB new AJ McCarron FA Josh Allen R gone Ty Taylor T
  McCarron is unproven & Allen is a rookie. D
RB LeSean McCoy
  McCoy is Outstanding as a runner & receiver. A
WR Kelvin Benjamin & Zay Jones D-
TE Charles Clay & Nick O’Leary C-
OL lt Dion Dawkins lg John Miller C Russell Bodine rg Vlad Ducasse rt Jordan Mills
  lt Glenn T & lg Incognito ret were the keys to the O. D
DL Le Trent Murphy FA lt Star Lotulelei FA rt Kyle Williams re Jerry Hughes T
  The 4/3 which fits the D better. C+
lb wlb Matt Milano mlb Tremaine Edmunds R slb Lorenzo Alexander
  MLB Preston Brown was allowed to leave as FA.R Edmunds replaced him. C-
db lc Tre’Davious White rc Vontae Davis fs Jordan Poyer ss Micah Hyde
  ss Hyde & lc White are solid, rc Davis is not longer elite. Gaines left via FA. B
QB Ryan Tannehill
  MI is convinced Tannehill is the guy. I am not. D-
RB Kenyan Drake
  Drake is not big enough to carry the ball 25 times a game. Frank Gore is past his “use by” date. D
WR DeVante Parker & Kenny Stills
  Jarvis Landry was traded to CL & MI needs him D
TE A.J. Derby & Mike Gesicki R
  Thomas is gone, F-
OL lt Laremy Tunsil lg Josh Sitton c Daniel Kilgore rg Jesse Davis rt Ja’Wuan James
  C Mike Pouncey begged to be cut & Jermon Bushrod couldn’t wait to sign with a Good team D
DL le Cameron Wake lt Akeem Spence rt Davon Godchaux re Robert Quinn
  DT are soft but adding Quinn who LR never figured out how to use him Helps Pass Rush B
OB slb Chase Allen mlb Raekwon McMillan wlb Kiko Alonso
  The only one in this grp that is solid is Alonso. D
db lc Xavien Howard rc Cordrea Tankersley fs Minkah Fitzpatrick R ss Reshad Jones
  Jones is solid but the rest are big ? C
qb Tom Brady A+
RB James White
  NE can’t trust a rookie so White starts. C
WR Julian Edelman sus 4 GMS Chris Hogan Kenny Britt Jordan Matthews
  When Edelman gets back WRS grup is OK. Britt can’t catch but Hogan is OK. B
TE Rob Gronkowski A
OL lt Isaiah Wynn lg Joe Thuney c David Andrews rg Shaq Mason rt Trent Brown
  Rebuilt OL needs Brady’s quick release but don’t expect a run gm. D
DL le Adrian Clayborn FA lt Lawrence Guy rt Malcom Brown re Trey Flowers
  Very little pass rush except for Clayborn C
lb Dont’a Hightower & Kyle Van Noy
  Hightower was out most of the yr. But should be better this sea. B
db Lc Jonathan Jones rc Stephon Gilmore 3rd cb Jason McCourty fs Devin McCourty ss Patrick Chung
  S are stronger than CBS B
QB Josh McCown or Sam Darnold
  McCown is inj prone & old. Darnold will see action soon. C
RB Isaiah Crowell
  Crow is a good RB but never got a chance to run in CL. He will do well here. B
WR Robby Anderson & Jermaine Kearse & Terrelle Pryor
  Anderson & Kearse are OK but Pryor needs to step up his production. B
TE Eric Tomlinson
  He is nothing special. C-
OL lt Kelvin Beachum lg James Carpenter c Spencer Long rg Brian Winters rt Brandon Shell
  Beachum is solid but the rest are below average. D
DL le Leonard Williams nt Steve McLendon re Henry Anderson
  Very average DL C
lb lolb Josh Martin liob Avery Williamson rilb Darron Lee rolb Jordan Jenkins
  Except for Lee this group is below average. D
db lc Trumaine Johnson rc Morris Claiborne fs Jamal Adams ss Marcus Maye
  This group under preformed last season. C-

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Cleveland Browns Training Camp and How to Get There

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Cleveland Browns Training Camp

Cleveland Browns Training Camp

If you are looking to get a glance and the new roster of the Cleveland Browns for 2018, head over to their training facility in Berea Ohio July 26 for 15 open-to-the-public practices. The area has greatly improved over the past 12 years, adding new seating last year and this year to accommodate more fans.

Starting June 29th at 10am, you can register for tickets online or on the Browns mobile app. Season ticket holders can start getting tickets two days early on June 27th. And walk-ups will be allowed into the facility if there is room on any given day. When you register, you can request four tickets for three different days.

Park at Baldwin Wallace and walk to the Beech Street entrance one hour prior to the beginning of practice for the best spots.

Dates and Times

Thursday, July 26: 2:35-5:30 p.m.

Friday, July 27: 3-5:55 p.m.

Saturday, July 28: 2:35-5:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 29: 3-5:55 p.m.

Monday, July 30: 2:35-5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 1: 3-5:55 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 2: 3-5:55 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 3: 4-5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 4: 4-5:30 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 6: 3-5:55 p.m.

Tuesday Aug. 7: 3-5:55 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 12: 3-5:55 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 13: 3-5:55 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 14: 3-5:55 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 15: 2:35-5:30 p.m.

Top 4 issues facing AFC East teams

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New England Patriots

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4 Can the rebuilt OL give the Q time to throw and give the running game a chance to succeed?
3 Can the D limit opponents run game to under 100y/g? Gave up 124.6 last year
2 Is the O able to score more point this year than 18.9 in 17?
1 Is A.J. McCarron the starter or will be Josh Allen?
4 Can the D that is aging out still be competitive?
3 Can the ST stop giving up big returns?
2 Can the run game get going that was 29th last year.
1 Now that Cutler is in the broadcast booth, will Ryan Tannehill finally become the QB to get MI into the playoffs?
4 Can R Sony Michel get the run game going?
3 Can the rebuilt OL give Brady time to throw?
2 The D fell of the map last year. Can they get back to a level to get back to the SB?
1 As long as Tom Brady is healthy the O will be fine. Can he stay upright this season?
4 The O was DOA last year. Can it score more points this season?
3 Will the green as grass D preform better this season?
2 Can R Isaiah Crowell get the run game going?
1 As the QB Merry-go-round stops, who will start at the position?
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NFL TV Ratings; A Sign Of Things To Come?

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Sunday for many people is a special day. Filled with family, friends, and possibly some yelling at the television. Football has been a large part of people’s Sunday traditions, but with things being the way they have been lately, many are wondering when the focus will return to actual football. It seems less has been made of the game, and more is being made about what President Trump has tweeted out about something or which players have decided to take a knee for the National Anthem.

Regardless of your personal feelings on these subjects it does come across as slightly foreboding when you couple that with the fact that across the whole board NFL’s TV ratings are down. Some might say that this is attributed to the ongoing spectacle sideshow that the NFL has turned into. Commissioner Goodell has not ended the stalemate with the player‘s union about proper procedure for pre-game policy, and continually rides the fence on the issue. This has further dragged on with President Trump now taking to the keyboard to weigh in his two cents worth.

The cold hard facts remain though that viewer ratings are down for every game except for the one o’clock slot. It might stand to reason that the games in that hour block did well because they were full of tough rivalry showdowns, or it could also mean that it is, generally speaking, a very boring time for television. Either way the games are getting less views, and you can be sure that trend will continue unless an agreement in procedure can be reached. Until then, we get to deal with a circus sideshow and the clowns in it.

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