Article by: Antwon “Smitty” Smith
The San Diego State Aztecs have had some great backs come through the Southern California school and none are more recognized than Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk, which I heard through the grapevine is a sheer God on campus.
Well Mr. Faulk you may have some competition on campus very soon as Senior running back Donnel Pumphrey is rewriting the record books at the school. He has already broken Marshall Faulk’s school record of 4,589 yards and he still has a full season left.
Like Marshall Faulk look for Pumphrey to get some consideration in the Heisman Race but it’ll just be a build up to the NFL draft as the 5’9 170 pound back will help his draft stock from this point on and if he finishes strong look for him to make a push at the second round.
He will continue to rack up conference awards but look for national awards to follow, Mr. Pumphrey you are now on the clock!
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The preseason is an extended part of training camp and it’s a chance for coaches to experiment with the playbook and see what kind of new talent they can bring in to improve their roster. They also find out how well their scouting department has evaluated the talent they drafted in the annual NFL draft, but for the Rams and Jeff Fisher they may be left scratching their heads for some years to come.
Los Angeles traded up to take Jared Goff with the first overall selection but the preseason hasn’t quite worked the way they planned and they hope that he can progress as the season goes on. Fisher said that Goff would start the season as the #3 quarterback and that he is making strides but isn’t where they would like him to be. Goff will sit behind veteran Case Keenum and Sean Mannion to give him time to soak in the knowledge of what it takes to be a starting QB in the NFL.
Jeff Fisher and other NFL coaches understand that some players take a bit longer to transition their skills the next level and it’s not just a rational move on his part. Goff may be sitting now but later down the line he could become one of the better young quarterbacks. This is just a developmental move so don’t panic just yet Rams fans.
Jared Goff preseason stats:
22/49 44.9 comp% 232 passing yards 2 touchdowns 2 interceptions
The Vikings need to replace a key piece of their team and they don’t have long to fix the problem. I’m not throwing shade at Shaun Hill but come on he will not hold up in a 16 game season at 37 years of age in a league that he’s only started a handful of games the last 8 seasons.
Enter veteran Michael Vick a QB that been through his share of ups and downs in the NFL on and off the field, but if there’s a QB out there that can handle what the Vikings have to offer on offense it’s Vick. A former Pro Bowler for the Falcons and Eagles, He played alongside some of the best the league has to offer and this would be a cake walk if he picks up on the offensive scheme quickly. He led the Falcons to the NFC championship game in 2005 and had the Eagles in prime position to take the NFC East before injuries derailed his season.
Vick played for the Steelers last season and won two of his three starts in the absence of Ben Roethlisberger and seemed comfortable with Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown in those games.
Here are 5 reasons why he a good fit and could give the Vikings a chance to make a deep run in the 2016 playoffs:
1. He has lost some of the 4.3 speed that he came into the league with but can still make plays with his legs.
2. His use of the play action could give Adrian Peterson more running lanes, because defenses would still focus on him.
3. He played his first six seasons on the turf in the Georgia Dome which means he plays at a faster pace and could be a bit more lethal. 8 home games and one in Detroit is an advantage in itself.
4. He is a game manager at this point in his career and with the aggressive style of defense that the Vikings play, it could shorten the field and give him a chance to use his dynamic playmaking ability.
5. Vick has always played well in the cold something you see a lot playing in the NFC North, so if push came to shove his mobility and ability to make plays would be a plus for the Vikings.
The Vikings have other option out there but I think Mike Vick if they want to keep their lofty expectations intact and make a run at Super Bowl 51.
Chime in NFL fans and comment on if you think Vick would be a good fit for Minnesota?
When you hear the names Randy Moss or Terrell Owens what is the first though that pops in your head? Is it their ability to trash talk the entire game, take the game over or just ask yourself are they in the Hall of Fame yet? Whatever it is you have to think of the impact that they made while running routes and scoring touchdowns, they will forever be two of the very best to ever do it. Lets get a quick summary of the two then you choose which receiver you liked better as a player.
Terrell Owens: Owens was a trash talking, touchdown celebrating, one man show as he left his mark on the game as one of the most physical and precise route runners to ever lace up the cleats. Owens played for 5 teams during his 15- year NFL career and was every bit of admission fans paid to see him play every Sunday. Terrell was labeled as a trouble maker by teammates and the media but that never took away from his play on the field and his assault on the record books as he would finish in the 1,000 catch club, 15,000-yard receiving club and 153 touchdowns, while being voted to six Pro Bowls. Owens career was one of the best ever but his off-the-field actions will keep him out of the HOF for a while.
Receiving Yards: 15,934
Yards Per Receptions: 14.8
Receiving Touchdowns: 153
Randy Moss: Randy was an underdog from day one as he fell in the 1998 NFL draft and he made every single team that passed on him pay as he was predicted to be a top ten pick that year. Moss was one of the fastest receivers to ever grace the gridiron and gave defensive backs trouble his first year in the league as he gave us a game on Thanksgiving that is still one of the best performances ever by any receiver on his way to winning the offensive rookie of the year. He would put up record numbers his first 7 seasons in the NFL making the Pro Bowl 6 times and leading the league in touchdowns three of those seasons. He would take a hiatus from the spotlight as he put up mediocre numbers in Oakland, but had a resurgence in New England as he set the single season record for touchdown receptions in 2007. Moss was named as one of the Vikings 50 greatest players.
Receiving Yards: 15,292
Yards Per Receptions: 15.6
Receiving Touchdowns: 156
There is your match-up NFL fans now vote down below or comment along with other fans and see what they think………
The Atlanta Hawks made somewhat of a splash this offseason when they signed their native son Dwight Howard to a contract, but the Hawks still have room to improve. They still need a scorer on the wing and another scorer around the rim. Lets not forget they could use some help on the boards and a closer.
It’s not a far fetched thought that the Hawks should put their name in the hat for disgruntled big man DeMarcus Cousins. Many NBA executives around the league believe that he will be traded before the 2016-2017 season starts in October. Cousins has been in many run-ins with the team and will reportedly fight for a trade or release from the team. He has career averages 20.2 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 2.7 apg and 1.2 bpg. He averaged a career high 26.9 on his way to a second consecutive All-Star appearance.
There are rumors that the Bulls, Cavs and Celtics will be in the running if he is to be moved. Cousins has 2 years remaining on his current contract and he is making a little over $15 million a year, so the Hawks will have to put together a deal to satisfy the cap difference.
My proposal would probably be:
F Paul Millsap
G Dennis Schroeder
1st round pick
F DeMarcus Cousins
G Ben McLemore
If they were to make the move it would upgrade the frontcourt and give the Hawks a scary combo on the glass and give them an instant shot at taking a shot at the Cavs in the East.
Chime in NBA Hawks/NBA Fans, do you think the Hawks could pull it off?
The Dallas Cowboys have a decision to make as far as the quarterback position and it’s becoming more and more evident that the Tony Romo era in Dallas is all but over. Romo has battled shoulders injuries and at 36 years of age, the wear and tear is starting to show.
The 4-time Pro Bowl QB has finally had competition as far as a QB controversy as rookie Dak Prescott has shown glimpses that he is the next man up in Big D. Prescott has been impressive in his 3 preseason games and will probably be a factor sooner rather than later with Romo’s recent struggles with injuries.
Dak seems comfortable in the pocket and can use his scrambling ability to extend plays or gain positive yards, which will help his chances down th road.
Dak has been one of the bright spots for the Cowboys this offseason as they have seen the media glorify their off-the-field problems and questioned whether they would be competitive in 2016. Even though Dak has impressed early this preseason, Romo’s health will determine when the necessary change will take place.
Tony Romo has thrown for over 34,000 yards and has 247 career touchdown passes, so Dak will have some nice size shoes to fill once he’s named the starter. This story will be one to watch as the season goes on.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are coming off their first ever championship and will have a hard time repeating with teams retooling their rosters and gunning for them. Kevin Love has been the odd man out with the Cavs and the media feel as if he doesn’t fit with King James and Kyrie. On top of that many question his defensive skills and consider him a liability.
The Cavs signed Love to a 4-year/$113 million dollar deal last season and one may debate that he was vastly overpaid or was it just his market value, but no matter the answer he still a top ten power forward. He’s only averaged 16 points per game since arriving in Cleveland but has still been a big part of the Cavs success until this point.
He was named to an All-Star team twice in his career and Love is one of the better shooting big men from long range, which makes him very versatile in the frontcourt no matter who he plays for next or here on out. If you were Dan Gilbert what would you do?
This story may gain steam heading into next season so stay tuned!
Comment below and give your thoughts……