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NFL Power Rankings – 2013 Season

NFL Power Rankings – 2013 Season
NFL Power Rankings - Week 1

Photo - QB Aaron Rogers - Packers-

Offensive Player of the Year - QB Matt Ryan - Falcons
Defensive Player of the Year - DE J.J. Watt - Texans
Offensive Rookie of the Year - WR Tavon Austin - Rams
Defensive Rookie of the Year – S – Kenny Vaccaro - Saints

Rank / Team / Projected Record

1. Houston Texans (12-4)
Texans finished with a four game winning streak for their first above .500 record ever, but fell short of playoffs.

2. New York Giants (12-4)
The Giants defense apart last season and take a big step back to the top.

3. San Francisco 49ers (11-5)
The 49ers fell just short and look for more offensive improvement this year.

4. Atlanta Falcons (11-5)
Falcons hope their rebuilt defense takes them further in the NFL playoffs.

5. Denver Broncos (10-6)
The Broncos look to Peyton Manning to direct this explosive offense, though their defense sustained critical losses especially for the early season.

6. Baltimore Ravens (10-6)
The gritty Ravens retooled their defense and look to their balanced offense to challenge for the NFL title again.

7. Seattle Seahawks (10-6)
The Seahawks are loaded the cannon this offseason, but face a difficult test in NFC West.

8. Cincinnati Bengals (10-6)
The Bengals are a sleeping NFL giant and could be the surprise club in the league this
season.

9. New Orleans Saints (10-6)
The Saints return after a suspension season and look to recapture their Super Bowl magic.

10. New England Patriots (10-6)
Patriots are still the class of the AFC East with Tom Brady, but defense continues to be ordinary especially in big games.

11. Green Bay Packers (10-6)
Packers still have triggerman Aaron Rodgers, but defense is not at playoff levels.

12. Miami Dolphins (9-7)
The Dolphins are young and dangerous this fall with AFC East one of the weaker divisions.

13. Dallas Cowboys (9-7)
Cowboys continue to come up short for the postseason with overall inconsistencies the culprit.

14. Philadelphia Eagles (8-8)
Eagles begin the Chip Kelly era and hope Michael Vick establishes himself as a playoff caliber starter.

15. Chicago Bears (8-8)
The Bears reshuffled both sides of the ball in hopes of winning NFC North.

16. Washington Redskins (7-9)
The Skins look to compete for NFC East, though RG3 must prove durable to win the division.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-9)
Steelers are only a shell of recent their playoff teams.

18. Arizona Cardinals (7-9)
Cards are improved with Carson Palmer, but are also in the toughest division in football.

19. Detroit Lions (7-9)
Lions look to compete for playoffs, but their defense needs to take a huge step up.

20. St. Louis Rams (7-9)
The Rams made critical improvement last season, but needs to improve defensively to compete in this division.

21. Indianapolis Colts (7-9)
Colts may take a step back after a huge turnaround last year.

22. Minnesota Vikings (7-9)
Vikings look to young QB Christian Ponder to make big strides this season in hopes of competing for a wide open North division.

23. Cleveland Browns (6-10)
The Browns made improvment this preseason behind Brandon Weeden who holds the key to their season.

24. Kansas City Chiefs (6-10)
The Chiefs begin the Alex Smith era with hope he can give them stability at a constantly changing position.

25. Tennessee Titans (6-10)
The Titans face a critical season for both QB Jake Locker and HC Mike Munchek.

26. Tampa Bay Bucs (6-10)
The Bucs are overrated and QB Josh Freeman could be the first starting passers pulled this season

27. San Diego Chargers (6-11)
Chargers start a new regime and must show a competitive nature.

28. Buffalo Bills (5-11)
The Bills are starting another rebuilding process this season.

29. Carolina Panthers (5-11)
Panthers have too many holes to compete in NFC South.

30. New York Jets (4-12)
Jets offense will cost HC Rex Ryan his job and maybe before the season is over.

31. Oakland Raiders (4-12)
The Raiders are a horrible organization with continuous weak draft classes.

32 .Jacksonville Jaguars (3-13)
Jaguars are one of the jokes of professional sports.

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2013 NFL Preseason Schedule

2013 NFL Preseason Schedule
Week 1
Date Time (ET) Away Home

Aug. 4 8 p.m. Miami / Dallas
Aug. 8 7:30 p.m. Baltimore / Tampa Bay
8 p.m. Cincinnati / Atlanta
8 p.m. St. Louis / Cleveland
8 p.m. Washington / Tennessee
9 p.m. Denver / San Francisco
10 p.m. Seattle / San Diego
Aug. 9 7:30 p.m. New York Jets / Detroit
7:30 p.m. New England / Philadelphia
7:30 p.m. Miami / Jacksonville
8 p.m. Chicago / Carolina
8 p.m. Houston / Minnesota
8 p.m. Kansas City / New Orleans
8 p.m. Arizona / Green Bay
10 p.m. Dallas / Oakland
Aug. 10 7:30 p.m. New York Giants / Pittsburgh
Aug. 11 1:30 p.m. Buffalo / Indianapolis

Week 2
Date Time (ET) Away Home

Aug. 15 7 p.m. Carolina / Philadelphia
7:30 p.m. Atlanta / Baltimore
7:30 p.m. Detroit / Cleveland
8 p.m. San Diego / Chicago
Aug. 16 7 p.m. Minnesota / Buffalo
8 p.m. San Francisco / Kansas City
8 p.m. Tampa Bay / New England
8 p.m. Oakland / New Orleans
Aug. 17 4:30 p.m. Dallas / Arizona
7 p.m. Tennessee / Cincinnati
7:30 p.m. Jacksonville / New York Jets
8 p.m. Green Bay / St. Louis
8 p.m. Miami / Houston
10 p.m. Denver / Seattle
Aug. 18 7 p.m. Indianapolis / New York Giants
Aug. 19 8 p.m. Pittsburgh / Washington

Week 3
Date Time (ET) Away Home

Aug. 22 7:30 p.m. New England / Detroit
8 p.m. Carolina / Baltimore
Aug. 23 8 p.m. Seattle / Green Bay
10 p.m. Chicago / Oakland
Aug. 24 7 p.m. New York Jets / New York Giants
4:30 p.m. Buffalo / Washington
7 p.m. Cleveland / Indianapolis
7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay / Miami
7:30 p.m. Philadelphia / Jacksonville
7:30 p.m. Kansas City / Pittsburgh
8 p.m. Cincinnati / Dallas
8 p.m. St. Louis / Denver
8 p.m. Atlanta / Tennessee
10 p.m. San Diego / Arizona
Aug. 25 4 p.m. New Orleans / Houston
8 p.m. Minnesota / San Francisco

Week 4
Date Time (ET) Away Home

Aug. 29 7:30 p.m. New York Giants / New England
7 p.m. Detroit / Buffalo
7 p.m. Indianapolis / Cincinnati
7 p.m. Philadelphia / New York Jets
7:30 p.m. New Orleans / Miami
7:30 p.m. Jacksonville / Atlanta
7:30 p.m. Washington / Tampa Bay
7:30 p.m. Pittsburgh / Carolina
8 p.m. Cleveland / Chicago
8 p.m. Houston / Dallas
8 p.m. Green Bay / Kansas City
8 p.m. Baltimore / St. Louis
8 p.m. Tennessee / Minnesota
9 p.m. Arizona / Denver
10 p.m. San Francisco / San Diego
10 p.m. Oakland / Seattle

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

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NFL Draft 2014 Moved to May 8-10

NFL Draft 2014 Moved to May 8-10

The NFL announced this week that the 2014 draft will be held May 8-10 in New York at Radio City Music Hall. They moved the event back three weeks from its traditional late April time frame in the ever expanding NFL calendar.

The NFL has spoken with the NFLPA about changing the overall football schedule in the future, though the only date change will be related to the NFL Draft this year. The NFL Scouting Combine will continue to take place in Indianapolis from February 19-25, 2014. The new NFL year begins March 11th with the Free Agency and trading period.

The NFL will continue to hold several regional combines on various dates from January 24th through February 16th with a probably Super combine in early April. They have made no decisions regarding dates for the NFL Draft 2015 and beyond. They will look at a number of alternatives including holding the draft at Radio City or at other locations, either in the New York area or in other cities. Some NFL clubs want the event to move to different cities annually, though that will be discussed in the future as there will be no significant changes in the dates of any other off-season event next year.

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NFL Awards 32 Compensatory Picks

NFL Awards 32 Compensatory Picks

The NFL announced this week from the 2013 NFL owners meetings that the league awarded 32 compensatory picks to 16 different clubs. These picks are given to teams losing more or better compensatory free agents than they acquires in the previous year.

The Falcons and Ravens received the most compensatory picks, with four each, while the Texans, Chiefs and Titans each received the highest-possible pick, with a third-round selection each. The Texans, who lost Jason Allen, Mike Brisiel, Joel Dressen and Mario Williams (while gaining Bradie James and Donnie Jones) were awarded the highest selection of all teams, netting the 95th-overall pick (33rd pick in the third round).

Since 1994, no one has more compensatory picks awarded than the Ravens with 37, for those fans freaking out about Baltimore's free-agent exodus. (The Packers are next with 31.) And this year, once again, Mr. Irrelevant will be chosen by the Colts, who hold the final pick in the NFL Draft.

Compensatory picks cannot be traded and must be used by receiving club.

Compensatory picks
Round / Teams / Pick in Round / Overall Selection

3rd Round
Texans - 33-95
Chiefs - 34-96
Titans - 35-97

4th Round
Ravens - 33-130
49ers - 34-131
Lions - 35-132
Falcons - 36-133

5th Round
Dolphins - 33-166
Packers - 34-167
Ravens - 35-168

6th Round
Texans - 33-201
Titans - 34-202
Ravens - 35-203
Chiefs - 36-204
Raiders - 37-205
Steelers - 38-206

7th Round
Eagles - 33-239
Bengals - 34-240
Seahawks - 35-241
Seahawks - 36-242
Falcons - 37-243
Falcons - 38-244
Lions - 39-245
49ers - 40-246
Ravens - 41-247
Titans - 42-248
Falcons - 43-249
Dolphins - 44-250
Bengals - 45-251
49ers - 46-252
Giants - 47-253
Colts - 48-254

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NFL Free Agency 2013 - Top 100 Players

NFL Free Agency 2013 - Top 100 Players

Free Agents - Unrestricted & ‘Street’
No Franchise Players listed

Photo - WR Mike Wallace - Steelers

Rank / Player / Team / Pos. / Age
1 Jake Long - MIA - OT - 26
2 Dashon Goldson - SF - S - 28
3 Mike Wallace - PIT - WR - 27
4 Paul Kruger - BAL - LB - 27
5 Cliff Avril - DET - DE - 26
6 Sebastian Vollmer - NE - OT - 28
7 Andy Levitre - MIA - OT - 28
8 Greg Jennings - GB - WR - 29
9 Jared Cook - TEN - TE - 26
10 Jermon Bushrod - NO OT - 29
11 Glover Quin - HOU - S - 27
12 Dannell Ellerbe - BAL - LB - 27
13 Andre Smith - CIN - OT - 26
14 Steven Jackson - STL RB - 30
15 Sean Smith - MIA - CB - 26
16 Brent Grimes - ATL - CB - 30
17 Louis Delmas - DET - S - 26
18 Connor Barwin - HOU - LB - 26
19 Michael Bennett - TB - DE - 27
20 Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie - PHI - CB - 27
21 Tony Gonzalez - ATL - TE - 37
22 Chris Houston - DET - CB - 28
23 Danny Amendola - STL - WR - 27
24 Gosder Cherilus - DET - OT - 29
25 Wes Welker - NE - WR - 32
26 Aqib Talib - TB - CB - 27
27 Louis Vasquez - SD - G - 26
28 Reggie Bush - MIA - RB - 28
29 Phil Loadholt - MIN - OT - 27
30 Philip Wheeler - OAK - LB - 28
31 Eric Winston - KC - OT - 29
32 Keenan Lewis - PIT CB - 27
33 Dustin Keller - NYJ - TE - 28
34 Cary Williams - BAL - CB - 28
35 Fred Davis - WAS - TE - 27
36 Sam Baker - ATL - OT - 28
37 Ed Reed - BAL - S - 34
38 Dwight Freeney - IND - DE - 33
39 Daryl Smith - JAX - LB - 31
40 Antwan Barnes - SD - LB - 28
41 Sedrick Ellis - NO - DT - 28
42 Derek Cox - JAC - CB - 26
43 Martellus Bennett - NYG - TE - 26
44 Charles Woodson - GB - S - 36
45 Ricky Jean-Francois - SF - DT - 26
46 LaRon Landry - NYJ - S - 28
47 James Harrison - PIT - LB - 34
48 Kenny Phillips - NYG - S - 26
49 Mike DeVito - NYJ - DE - 29
50 Osi Umenyiora - NYG - DE - 31
51 Israel Idonije - CHI - DE - 32
52 Delanie Walker - SF - TE - 29
53 Desmond Bryant - OAK - DT - 27
54 Rashard Mendenhall - PIT - RB - 26
55 Jason Jones - SEA - DT - 27
56 Chris Gamble - CAR - CB - 29
57 Brandon Moore - NYJ - G - 33
58 Chris Canty - NYG - DT - 30
59 Brad Jones - GB - LB - 27
60 Jerome Simpson - MIN - WR - 27
61 Chris Clemons - MIA - S - 27
62 John Abraham - ATL - DE - 35
63 Brandon Myers - OAK - TE - 27
64 Manny Lawson - SF - LB - 28
65 Brandon Gibson - STL - WR - 26
66 Erin Henderson - MIN - LB - 27
67 Greg Toler - ARI - CB - 28
68 Richard Seymour - OAK - DT - 33
69 Adrian Wilson - ARI - S - 33
70 Brian Urlacher - CHI - LB - 35
71 Bradley Fletcher - STL - CB - 27
72 Glenn Dorsey - KC - DE - 28
73 DeAngelo Hall - WAS - CB - 29
74 Victor Butler - DAL - LB - 26
75 Peyton Hillis - CLE - RB - 27
76 Antoine Cason - SD - CB - 27
77 Terrance Knighton - JAX - DT - 27
78 Rey Maualuga - CIN - LB - 26
79 Jason Campbell - CHI - QB - 31
80 Shaun Phillips - SD - LB - 32
81 Felix Jones - DAL - RB - 25
82 Adam Jones - CIN - CB - 29
83 Donald Thomas - NE - G - 27
84 Mike Jenkins - DAL - CB - 27
85 Matt Shaughnessy - OAK - DE - 26
86 Patrick Chung - NE - S - 25
87 Sen'Derrick Marks - TEN - DT - 26
88 Rashad Johnson - ARI - S - 27
89 Shonn Greene - NYJ - RB - 28
90 Anthony Fasano - MIA - TE - 29
91 Danny Woodhead - NE - RB - 27
92 Vance Walker - ATL - DT - 26
93 Calvin Pace - NYJ - LB - 31
94 Julian Edelman - NE - WR - 27 -
95 Isaac Sopoaga - SF - DT - 31
96 Michael Boley - NYG - LB - 31
97 Mike Goodson - CAR - RB - 25 -
98 Roy Miller - TB - DT - 26
99 Tracy Porter - NO - CB - 26 -
100 Josh Cribbs - CLE - WR - 29

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does regular sports radio shows for CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College and NFL Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports and appeared on several CBS TV shows. He has worked for NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites over the past twenty years. He has been a player consultant for numerous player agents and has helped formulate their off and post season training programs related to the NFL Draft and Free Agency.

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NFL Teams Place Eight Players with Franchise Tags

NFL Teams Place 8 Players with Franchise Tags

The National Football League announced on Monday that just eight players received the franchise tag from their respective clubs in 2013. Monday was the deadline for clubs to use either their franchise or transitional tags on players whose contracts expired. It was down from recent years that included an NFL-record 21 players receiving the franchise tag in 2012. This followed the 2011 offseason when 13 players received the franchise tag.

Photo – OT Branden Albert - Chiefs

The Eight Franchise Players (Value of one-year tender):
Buffalo Bills - Safety Jairus Byrd - $6.916 million
Chicago Bears - Defensive tackle Henry Melton - $8.45 million
Cincinnati Bengals - Defensive end Michael Johnson - $11.175 million
Dallas Cowboys - Linebacker/DE Anthony Spencer - $10.627 million (120% his 2012 tender)
Denver Broncos - Offensive tackle Ryan Clady - $9.828 million
Indianapolis Colts - Punter Pat McAfee - $2.977 million
Kansas City Chiefs - Offensive tackle Branden Albert - $9.828 million
Miami Dolphins - Defensive tackle Randy Starks - $8.45 million

The salary cap figures list Franchise non-exclusive tag. Non-exclusive players must be tendered a one-year deal no less than the listed amount for their position, which is determined by the average of the top five salaries at their position. With the non-exclusive tag, the current team has the right to match any offer or get two 1st round choices in return. An exclusive Franchise tag ties him to his current team at a higher but undetermined price for one season. Both sides can continue to negotiate on a longer deal even after a franchise tag has been applied.

NFL teams had until Monday March 4th to designate either franchise or transitional tags. The transition tag is created by averaging the top 10 salaries at one position. Seven of the nine players who played out the 2012 season under the franchise tag now have a clear path towards the free agent market.

The New England Patriots did not use a franchise tag on any of their potential free agents, which means wide receiver Wes Welker could test the market on March 12. The Patriots also elected to not use the tag on offensive tackle Sebastien Vollmer or cornerback Aqib Talib.

The Detroit Lions opted to not use a second tag on defensive end Cliff Avril, which would have cost the Lions $12.726 million in 2013, and the NFC champion San Francisco 49ers did not use a second tag on Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson.

Other players franchised in 2012 who were not tagged this year were Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis, Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes, Cincinnati Bengals kicker Mike Nugent and Cleveland Browns kicker Phil Dawson. Davis, Grimes and Nugent finished the 2012 season on injured reserve.

The Baltimore Ravens avoided the use of the franchise tag by re-signing quarterback Joe Flacco, the top unrestricted free agent this offseason to a six year $120.8 million contract that included over $50 million in guaranteed money. The Chiefs avoided a second franchise tag for wide receiver Dwayne Bowe by re-signing the 2007 first-round pick to a five year extension.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does regular sports radio shows for CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College and NFL Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports and appeared on several CBS TV shows. He has worked for NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites over the past twenty years. He has been a player consultant for numerous player agents and has helped formulate their off and post season training programs related to the NFL Draft and Free Agency.

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NFL 2013 Salary Cap - Franchise/ Transitional Tags

NFL 2013 Salary Cap - Franchise/ Transitional Tags

NFL Veteran Free Agency and Trading Period –
Free Agency - March 12th thru July
Trading Period - March 12th thru mid October

The salary cap figures list Franchise non-exclusive and transition tags. Non-exclusive players must be tendered a one-year deal no less than the listed amount for their position, which is determined by the average of the top five salaries at their position. With the non-exclusive tag, the current team has the right to match any offer or get two 1st round choices in return. An exclusive Franchise tag ties him to his current team at a higher but undetermined price for one season. Both sides can continue to negotiate on a longer deal even after a franchise tag has been applied.

Photo – WR Percy Harvin - Vikings

NFL teams have until Monday March 4th to designate either franchise or transitional tags.
The transition tag is created by averaging the top 10 salaries at one position.

Draft Insiders.com March Free Agency 2013 Newsletter will have extensive NFL Free Agency scouting information – Available next Week

Franchise Tag by Position
QB: $14.896.M
RB: $8.219M
WR: $10.537M
TE: $6.066M
OL: $9.828M
DT: $8.45M
DE: $11.175M
LB: $9.619M
CB: $10.854M
S: $6.916M
K/P: $2.977M

Transition Tag by Position
QB: $13.068M
RB $6.97M
WR: $8.867M
TE: $5.194M
OL: $8.709M
DT: $ 7.039
DE: $9.151M
LB: $8.358M
CB: $9.095M
S: $6.002M
K/P: $2.7M

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does regular sports radio shows for CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College and NFL Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports and appeared on several CBS TV shows. He has worked for NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites over the past twenty years. He has been a player consultant for numerous player agents and has helped formulate their off and post season training programs related to the NFL Draft and Free Agency.

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