By Marc Lawrence — With NFL camps underway it is an extremely critical time for rookies to show their wares. Without having the benefit of showcasing their talents in preseason games, rookies need to make an immediate impression. NFL.com examined twelve leading rookies and projected their best and worst case scenarios. For instance, for Joe Burrow, the top-pick in their year’s NFL Draft and former Heisman Trophy winner, his Best-case scenario: He is the unquestioned Day 1 starter and hits the ground running. The Bengals incorporate key elements of the LSU offense and Burrow flourishes. The offensive line is able to hold up in five-man protections and A.J. Green returns from injury to have a huge year… Burrow’s Worst-case scenario: The Bengals struggle to protect Burrow and he takes a beating in the pocket. Green fails to recapture his Pro Bowl form and they are forced to play from behind on a weekly basis. The rookie QB gets shut down late in the season to protect his body and confidence. To see the scenarios surrounding the other top eleven offensive NFL rookies.
In this fast-changing politically correct world in which we live today, two well know sports announcers were flagged for making insensitive comments. Cincinnati Reds and Fox Sports football analyst Thom Brennaman lost his job when, off mic, he commented that a certain city was the “fag capital” of the US. Meanwhile, when commenting on the privacy of the NHL bubble, color analyst Mike Milbury was reprimanded for saying that, “Not even any woman here to disrupt your concentration.” It’s the same Milbury that in 2012 said Penguins’ coach Dan Bylsma should have “taken off his skirt and gone over there” during an in-game scuffle. Excuse me, but isn’t that what color analysts are hired for – to present colorful analysis. Brennaman has a deep hole to dig out of. Milbury made an honest, truthful statement. Let’s get off this righteous “Me Too” horse before this boils over into another protest of which we hardly need at the moment.
Grinding Out the Profits
From the 2020 PLAYBOOK FOOTBALL PREVIEW GUIDE magazine: In the now crowded NFC South, it’s our feeling the team to emerge at the longest of odds this season is the Falcons, especially in the ATS wars where they’ve come up short three consecutive years. Nobody in the NFC played better than Atlanta during the second half of the season, and the offseason additions to a star-studded offense render their attack as lethal as any in the league. Back-to-back losing seasons will keep them out of the public eye, but we’ve got them locked in our sights.