TTR’s Game Changers – NFC South

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Join us as TTR Game Changers takes a tour through all 32 teams, identifying one player from every squad that I believe has a great chance of being a game changer in 2012.  To see the full series click here.

Atlanta Falcons – I believe that this year the Atlanta Falcons take the crown of the NFC South away from the Saints, even if it is only for this season. Atlanta will be putting the reigns of the offense in Matt Ryan’s hands more than ever this season and it could produce some real fireworks. Matt Ryan was a Top 10 quarterback in most major statistical categories in 2011, and he will have more weapons to work with in 2012. While some of those weapons are past their prime, two young players on their offense have not even reached their prime yet. I expect Jacquizz Rodgers to make a significant impact this season, as people will realize that he is a capable inside runner as well as a scat back. But it will be the continued development of Julio Jones that will make this team a scary offense. Jones’ main goal will be to take care of his body so he can play in all 16 games, if he does expect him to have Pro Bowl numbers this season, in only his second year as a pro. Roddy White may garner more targets and receptions, but it will be Jones that is the more dynamic player in the ATL.  Read More…

2012 Fantasy Football mock draft: 12 teams, standard scoring

Tom Brady went 7th overall in my first fantasy football draft of the 2012 seasonI recently had my first fantasy football draft of the 2012 season. While doing mock drafts online are great they can’t fully prepare you for the surprises of a real “live” draft. For one, without any computer rankings in front of them you will see a lot more reaches and surprising picks. Also depending on where you live, you can usually expert at least one “homer” pick. The results are posted below with my commentary on the best pick, worst pick, and my pick.

Before I get to the results I’ll give you an overview of the league:

  • 12 teams
  • No PPR
  • Pass TDs worth 6
  • Starting lineup: QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, WR/RB, TE, K, D/ST (6 Bench)

Round 1

1. Aaron Rodgers
2. Drew Brees
3. Arian Foster
4. LeSean McCoy
5. Calvin Johnson
6. Ray Rice
7. Tom Brady
8. Ryan Matthews
9. Cam Newton
10. Larry Fitzgerald
11. Matthew Stafford
12. Matt Forte

Best Pick: Ray Rice- Rice is going in the Top 3 – and I’ve seen him go #1 – so to get him at #6 is an absolute steal. I was hoping he would fall to me, but I was more than fine with Brady.

Worst Pick: Larry Fitzgerald- It’s hard to find a truly bad pick in the first round so I’m nitpicking here. If this was a PPR league I would be fine with Fitz, but I would have gone RB here especially with guys like Chris Johnson, Darren McFadden and MJD on the board.

My Pick: With passing touchdowns worth 6 points, getting an elite quarterback is paramount so even though QB is deep I was thrilled to land Brady at #7. Seeing Newton and Stafford go later in the first round only confirmed my feelings on the selection.

See the rest of the rounds here…

2012 NFC South Season Preview

cam_newtonThe NFC South has been ruled by New Orleans in recent years, with Atlanta periodically fighting for the throne. Although Atlanta overtook New Orleans in 2010 to win the division title, 2011 was a return to normal for the division as the Saints went 13-3 and reclaimed the division. Offseason turmoil on multiple fronts for the Saints might mean that the NFC South sees a new power emerge.  Read More…

A peak at the top 10 NFL players of 2012

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees shake hands after their NFL football game in Green Bay

NFL Network has now revealed 90 of the players on this year’s list of the Top 100 players as voted on by their peers, with only the Top 10 players in the NFL remaining to be named.

And although we don’t yet know the exact order, we can more or less figure out who the Top 10 are going to be.

Packers quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers, the reigning league MVP, will surely be No. 1 on this year’s list after ranking No. 11 last year. Saints quarterback Drew Brees, the only player other than Rodgers to get any MVP votes last year, will almost certainly be No. 2. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who topped the list last year, is a likely No. 3.

Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, who ranked No. 27 last year, seems like a good bet as the highest-ranked non-quarterback. Two other offensive skill position players, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (No. 3 last year) and Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald (No. 14) will also appear in this year’s Top 10. Read more here…

NFL news and updates

Drew BreesIt’s been a stormy time in New Orleans of late, and it has nothing to do with weather! Aside from the ongoing fallout from ”bountygate,” the Saints have been unable to come to terms with their super star QB, Drew Brees.

It had been reported that Brees was looking for an annual salary somewhere north of $21 Million dollars. However, according to the QB, that information was over inflated. He was, however, looking for a multi-year contract, something the Saints we not originally offering.

The NFL franchise tag applied to their quarterback would have guaranteed him at least $16 million dollars for the upcoming season. However, he was bargaining for more than that.

Finally, according to “foxsports.com,” they quote a source who says Brees will now agree to a multi-year deal from New Orleans for between $18-19 million dollars per season. The 33-year-old QB, who set a new single-season passing record in 2011 with 5746 passing yards called the lack of communication with his team “extremely frustrating.”

Drew Brees has not yet reported to the Saint’s OTA’s…

~~~~~IN THE VIKING’S CAMP~~~~~

Minnesota’s Percy Harvin had been on the Viking’s sidelines running sprints as he recovers from shoulder surgery on April 24th. As of yesterday, the young WR returned to the regular practice field. However, today, he failed to show for a voluntary practice activity. Read more here…

Brees frustrated with Saints lack of effort

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees has been waiting all offseason to get a long-term contract done, and he’s getting sick of waiting. Brees said in an interview with WWL radio that he’s growing increasingly frustrated with what he sees as the Saints dragging their feet in getting a new agreement worked out. “This is a big time for our team, especially when you look at what’s happened in this offseason, missing our head coach, Sean Payton,” Brees said. “There should be a sense of urgency and yet it seems like there’s not.” Read more here…

Video: Saints and Brees running out of time



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Over the weekend, our pal Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune updated the Drew Brees contract situation, writing that the chances of Brees and the Saints working out a new deal before the launch of OTAs next week are closer to none than slimOn Tuesday, Triplett made a return visit to PFT Live to discuss the Brees situation, which soon could become more significant to the Saints than the ongoing bounty brouhaha. Read more here…