Posts Tagged ‘Jameis Winston’

NEPD Fantasy Football Rookie Preview

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
Two of these rookies can help you win your fantasy championship.

Two of these rookies can help you win your fantasy championship.

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

You followed them through their college careers.  You magnified, criticized, and fell in love with some during the draft process.  It’s now time to see which rookies can help you win your all-important Fantasy Football championship.

Odell Beckham Jr. brought awareness to the ‘Rookies are People Too’ campaign for fantasy owners last season, however OB3 wasn’t the first rookie to lead owners nationwide to cyber championships.

I am still celebrating my 2005 Fantasy Football championship, which was only possible due to a rookie running back out of Auburn – Cadillac Williams. (more…)

Analyzing Athleticism: Should Pats Fans be Worried about the Jets Grabbing Mariota?

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015


Should Pats fans be worried about the Jets grabbing Mariota? (Photo: US Presswire)

Should Pats fans be worried about the Jets grabbing Mariota? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Marc Sluis

I’m baaaaaack! It’s been a long time since my last post, but it’s almost Draft day! I’m trying to shift my focus into more analytical work and his piece is in that vein. I have looked into this topic a lot lately and will have more to come soon, but since we’re nearing Thursday night I’ll keep it short and hopefully more relevant to the moment. We’ll be taking a look at athleticism and how to measure and quantify its impact on a prospect’s overall potential at the next level. Hint, its really tough. And if there’s too much text, skip to the pretty pictures! (more…)

2015 NFL Draft: Mike Loyko’s Final Mock Draft

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
The Patriots stay at pick 32 to get a plug and play Guard.

The Patriots stay at pick 32 to get a plug and play Guard.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

After four plus months of hyperbole, speculation, and projection the NFL Draft is finally here. Unlike past years I’ve tried to refrain from putting out a lot of mock drafts. I feel there isn’t much value in doing mocks in November, January, or even Mid-March because things change so quickly. With the draft 24 hours away draft boards are set and teams have zeroed in on “their guys”, but the picture isn’t any clearer for draft fans. I’ll give it one more shot and then call it a “draft season”. Here is my final attempt at projecting the 2015 NFL Draft.


2015 NFL Draft: Underclassmen Tracker

Saturday, January 10th, 2015
Underclassmen entries like Randy Gregory have strengthened the draft class.

Underclassmen like Randy Gregory have strengthened the draft class.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

The number of underclassmen leaving school early to enter the NFL Draft has increased expotentially over the last decade. Declarations reached a pinnacle last year by surpassing 100 early entries, many of whom did not get drafted. The trend has slowed slightly this year and it looks unlikely the number of underclassmen reaches triple digits. That being said, the addition of 60-90 new entires into the 2015 Draft class significantly enhances the talent at just about every position. Here is an undate on the players that have announced they’re leaving school early along with a loose projection of where they’ll be drafted.


Saturday Slate: College Prospects to Watch in Week 9

Friday, October 24th, 2014

2015 NFL Draft

NEPD Staff Writer: CJ Sousa

Whatever your opinion might be about the controversial ending to the Notre Dame vs Florida State game Saturday night, this one fact can’t be debated. Jameis Winston can flat out ball on a football field. He had one horrendous decision in the second quarter when he was in full retreat mode backwards, stopped, and flung a pass high over the middle which was easily intercepted. However, take away that one play from Winston, and he played a flawless game. He came out on fire in the second half, completing his first thirteen passes and he ended the night with 273 yards and 2 touchdowns.


Saturday Slate: College Matchups to Watch for the 2015 NFL Draft

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Eric Striker

NEPD Staff Writer: CJ Sousa

Finally, big time conference match ups are on the horizon. In what looked to be a poor slate of games, Week 3 gave us some excitement we may not have seen coming. Boston College showed the country that yes, they do in fact play college football in the Northeast. The fighting Addazio’s upset USC 37-31 Saturday night. Quarterback Tyler Murphy led the Eagles’ and ran for 191 rushing yards, including the eventual game winning 66 yard touchdown run off a zone read.   Oregon rolled once more, so did Oklahoma against inferior competition.

UCLA was fortunate to defeat Texas in Jerry World in a game where Texas controlled throughout. QB Brett Hundley was knocked out of the game early, but the Bruins held off a feisty Texas bunch 20-17. And after their huge road win at Ohio State last week, Virginia Tech lost to border rival East Carolina at home 28-21 in a thrilling battle. ECU QB Shane Carden has impressed me this year, as he went for 427 yards and 3 touchdowns vs the Hokies. The Big Ten had another rough weekend. Iowa lost to rival and 2 score underdog Iowa State at home, and now the conference is an astounding 1-9 vs the other 5 “old BCS” conferences. Ouch. (more…)

The Quarterback Report: Week 1

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Breaking down the biggest quarterback observations from week 1 of the college football season.

NEPD Staff Writer Jack Andrade 


Jameis Winston's brilliance overshadowed his struggles in Week 1.

Jameis Winston’s brilliance overshadowed his struggles in Week 1.

The Winston Conundrum

Jameis Winston is going to be picked apart for every little thing he does on and off the field at Florida State, as he’s become a college celebrity much like Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M. So when Winston’s flaws shine through, you can expect the naysayers to raise their voices higher, while the Winston supporters conveniently make their argument known after he flashes the talent that won him the Heisman Trophy last year as a freshman.

As someone who seems to fall in the middle of the Winston argument, I can objectively say that I was not impressed at all with his performance Saturday night against Oklahoma State. I think Winston made some poor decisions and didn’t have the same poise and consistency that we saw so often last season.

Of course, his touchdown scamper in the third quarter is what blew Twitter up, with national media tweeting their worship of Winston for his remarkable run.

This angers me as an evaluator because I felt that given that a) Winston had not been playing well and b) Florida State was not exactly comfortable nursing a slim second half lead all night. But, again like Manziel, Winston has the rare ability to make one incredible play that makes people lose their minds and forget about the other factors at play.

Like Manziel, Winston is brilliant. Like Manziel, Winston is going to have off the field debates raged by people who have never met the kid.

I still think Winston has the ability to be a first round pick, and I’m certainly not going to worry about one bad game on his resume. I just wish people could look at his entire body of work Saturday night instead of ogling over his moment of brilliance. It’s what I hope to do with The Quarterback Report: provide the type of objective analysis you can’t get from big national outlets.

2 of the more respected football analysts I follow were similarly perplexed with Winston’s sub-par performance.


A No-Win for Bryce Petty?

Baylor’s Bryce Petty had no trouble picking apart SMU’s defense in his one half of action Sunday, as the Bears blew out the Mustangs 45-0. However, the rumblings around this year’s senior QB class lead me to think Petty might be in a no-win situation.

Following his 32 TD, 3 interception campaign from last year, Petty was my top rated senior QB in this class by a decent margin based on 2013 tape. He’s got an NFL arm and is supposedly a 4.6 athlete in the 40 yard dash, and his production at Baylor has been outstanding.

It seems, however, that Petty has already made his friends and his enemies among scouts, and no amount of success this season will change many of the doubters minds. Art Briles’ spread offense does not require the QB to take snaps under center or make many complicated reads, so projecting Petty to the NFL is all based on whether his skill set will allow him to be successful in an NFL scheme that will ask a lot more of him “upstairs.”

For those evaluators who slight Petty for being a product of Briles’ system, there’s nothing Petty can do to convince everyone he’s a first round prospect. It only takes one team to fall in love, as they say, but I think without a doubt Petty will be polarizing among scouts and evaluators next spring.


Missed Opportunity for Keeton

Chuckie Keeton has a pretty sizable base of evaluators who think he could emerge as the top QB in the senior class, but the Utah State signal caller struggled to get much going in the opener against Tennessee.

Keeton is a dual-threat and his recovery from an ACL injury in 2013 is paramount to his success this season. While I hesitate to hold one bad game against a prospect, the reality is Utah state’s schedule likely won’t afford him a better opportunity to put good tape together against a defense as talented as Tennessee’s.

Keeton finished 18-35 for 144 yards with 1 TD and 2 interceptions. His receivers did little to help him out and Utah State was clearly outmatched on both sides of the ball in the 38-7 defeat. Here’s to hoping Keeton can rebound and lead the Aggies to a strong Mountain West Conference campaign and earn himself a bowl game against a power conference defense.


Kenny Football?

It didn’t take long for Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill to make his mark on the SEC, as the heir to Johnny Manziel broke Johnny Football’s single game passing record with a phenomenal debut at South Carolina on Thursday night.

Hill threw for 511 yards and 3 touchdowns on 44-60 passing in the Aggies’ surprisingly easy 52-28 dismantling of the Gamecocks. It was an awesome debut considering the hostile environment and the pressure of following in Manziel’s footsteps.

A true sophomore, it’s a tad early to start projecting Hill to the NFL game. If he continues to make the loss of Manziel insignificant for A&M, however, there’s a chance the undersized Hill (6‘1” 215) could be the third Aggies QB selected in the first round this decade in 2016 or 2017.


Gardner, Golson Look Sharp

Both Michigan and Notre Dame received strong debuts from their quarterbacks Saturday, and that alone makes next Saturday’s rivalry game all the more intriguing.

Gardner disappointed last season in his first full year as the starter. Garner tossed 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, and scored another 11 TDs on the ground last year, but poor performances in the second half of the season against Michigan State, Nebraska, and Iowa doomed the Wolverines’ hopes for a quality season following a 6-1 start.

Golson was ineligible to play last Fall because of his academic probation from Notre Dame. He helped the Fighting Irish reach the National Championship Game as a sophomore in 2012.

Both Gardner and Golson had fantastic individual performances Saturday, albeit against cupcake defenses (especially Gardener against FCS Appalachian State). For all the promise both showed as prep stars and underclassmen, the two seniors are now playing for a shot at NFL relevancy and if both can deliver again this coming week, Michigan/Notre Dame will be must-see.


Stat Stuffers

Highlighting the best box score lines among top QB prospects this week.

  • Cody Kessler, USC: 25-37 passing, 394 yards, 4 TDs in 52-13 win over Fresno State
  • Marcus Mariota, Oregon: 14-20 passing, 267 yards, 3 TDs; 6 rushes, 41 yards, 1 TD in 62-13 win over South Dakota
  • Connor Cook, Michigan State: 12-13 passing, 285 yards, 3 TDs in 45-7 win over Jacksonville State
  • Shane Carden, East Carolina: 26-37 passing, 283 yards, 3 TDs in 52-7 win over NC Central.
  • Devin Gardner, Michigan: 13-14 passing, 173 yards, 3 TDs in 52-14 win over Appalachian State.

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