– Apologies for the weak article production over the weekend. Visited the parents, celebrated our cat’s 6th birthday (his name is Butters, and yes, we sang to him), had a birthday of my own yesterday (which was spent power washing the deck), etc. Anyway, I’ll be ramping it back up this week. There are more OTAs this week, and I’ll be re-watching a number of games from the 2011 season, so some film breakdowns will be on the way.
– Great statistical find by Rich Tandler of CSN Washington:
Robert Griffin III was the most accurate deep thrower in major college football last year. He completed 50.9 percent of his passes that traveled 25-plus yards. And rarely did he throw it up for grabs; his touchdown to interception ratio on those deep throws was 20-1.
Rich then goes on to wonder who will catch RG3’s deep balls in Washington. I happen to think the Skins’ skill position players are much improved over last year, but they don’t have much in the way of scary vertical threats.
– Outstanding find by Eagles writer Jordan Raanan here:
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) May 30, 2012
– Good article here by my boy Lars on space players, and which Cowboys need to be the guys that make big plays when they get some room to operate in the soft areas of the field. Lars has Miles Austin and Felix Jones earmarked as those kinds of players, if healthy. I agree, however, Dez Bryant needs to step up there as well. Looking around the rest of the NFC East, I’d say that Fred Davis will be that guy for the Skins this year, Victor Cruz was very much that guy for the Giants last year, and the guy that is as dangerous as anyone in the league if he gets some space is DeSean Jackson.
– Great film breakdown by Raf at Cowboys Nation, showing the X’s and O’s behind the play where Bear Pascoe hurdled Terence Newman last season.
More after the jump…
– Kind of agree with Dan Graziano that Hakeem Nicks is injury prone. Dan noted that being injury prone doesn’t mean he’s not a great player (and I’ll add that it doesn’t mean that he’s not a tough player either), but when you’ve missed some time in every season, you begin to wonder if he’s a tad fragile.
– Terrell Owens will never be forgiven for wrecking the 2005 Eagles season, but at this point, I’m not even taking glee in what is going on with him lately. In May alone, he’s been lectured by Dr. Phil for being a deadbeat dad, and gotten kicked off an indoor football league team. He has roughly a 0% chance of latching on with an NFL team, and as we saw (or at least from what I’ve heard) he kinda sucked on TV when he and Ochocinco had their own show, so I don’t think CBS, FOX, ESPN, or NFLN are going to be banging down his door to put him in front of a camera. Then again, NFLN employs the utterly useless duo of Warren Sapp and Jamie Dukes, as well as the “If I scream it, it’s good analysis” duo of Michael Irvin and Deion Sanders, so I guess there’s some hope there. Anyway, some people don’t adapt well when they’ve been in the spotlight for so long, and then in a blink, it’s gone. He needs help.
– Asante Samuel is apparently entertaining the people covering Falcons camp the same way he did for so many years at Lehigh.
– Cowboys East will be on Hard Knocks this year. I’m mildly intrigued. I’ve always thought of Jeff Ireland and Stephen Ross to be among the worst owner/GM combos in the league, so it could be fun to see them in action behind the scenes. But I couldn’t possibly care any less about that team or their players.
– RG3 has the top selling jersey in the league. In related news, I can’t get into Redskins OTAs because they were overrun with credential requests from local and national media hoping to get a peek at the kid, and I was a little late on the draw. 🙁 I should be a go for a 3 or 4 day stretch of training camp though. Apologies to my Redskins readers for that.
– New gig for me writing about the Giants/NFCE at SNY. Should be writing about an article or two per week there.