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Ahead of the Curve

Ahead of the Curve is a syndicated football column by Frank Coyle that covers NFL and College football year round. It appears in different national publications and on web sites throughout the season and postseason each year.

NFL Power Rankings – Seahawks Gain Top Spot after Super Bowl Rematch Victory

NFL Power Rankings – Seahawks Gain Top Spot after Super Bowl Rematch Victory

Rookies of the Week –
Offensive Player - WR Allen Hurns - Jaguars

Defensive Player - CB Kyle Fuller - Bears

Photo - QB Andrew Luck - Colts

Players of the Week
Offensive Player - QB Andrew Luck - Colts

Defensive Player - LB Jelani Jenkins - Dolphins

Team of Week 3 - Seahawks

Matchup of Week 4 – Eagles at 49ers –


NFL Power Rankings – Broncos Hold Top Spot with Trip to Seattle in Super Bowl Rematch

NFL Power Rankings – Broncos Hold Top Spot with Trip to Seattle in Super Bowl Rematch This Week

Rookies of the Week –
Offensive Player - WR Sammy Watkins - Bills

Defensive Player - CB Kyle Fuller - Bears

Photo - QB Tom Brady - Patriots

Players of the Week
Offensive Player - WR Brandon Marshall - Bears

Defensive Player - LB Ryan Kerrigan - Redskins

Team of Week 2 - Chargers
Matchup of Week 3 – Broncos at Seahawks –

Rank / Team / Record

1. Denver Broncos (2-0)
Broncos’ go into Seattle this week for revenge.

2. Seattle Seahawks (1-1)
The Seahawks are beatable after mediocre performance vs Chargers.

3. Philadelphia Eagles (2-0)
Eagles made a great comeback vs Colts Monday night.

4. Cincinnati Bengals (2-0)
The Bengals drilled the Falcons at home last week.

5. San Francisco 49ers (1-1)
The 49ers let the Bears comeback in Sunday night comeback.

6. New England Patriots (1-1)
Patriots blasted the Vikings.

7. Green Bay Packers (1-1)
Packers’ get in the win column with win over Jets.

8. San Diego Chargers (1-1)
Chargers are contenders in the West, but their secondary keeps coming up short.

9. Chicago Bears (1-1)
The Bears won a huge game in San Fran that could have meaning in any tie breakers.

10. Atlanta Falcons (1-1)
Falcons get the Bucs home on Thursday night in key NFC South matchup.

11. Detroit Lions (1-1)
Lions were terrible vs Panthers and face Packers at home in key NFC North matchup.

12. Baltimore Ravens (1-1)
The Ravens continue AFC North tour with Browns contest after big win over Steelers.

13. Arizona Cardinals (2-0)
Cards had a gutty win behind backup QB Drew Stanton vs GMen.

14. Carolina Panthers (2-0)
The Panthers have Steelers at home this week.

15. Buffalo Bills (2-0)
The undefeated Bills get the Chargers at home in a reality check this week.

16. Indianapolis Colts (0-2)
Colts let Eagles steal their Sunday night matchup.

17. New Orleans Saints (0-2)
Saints lost a tough game in Cleveland that makes the Vikings contest vital this week.

18. Miami Dolphins (1-1)
The Dolphins got hammered in Buffalo again.

19. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1)
Steelers have 10 days to get ready for the trip to Carolina.

20. New York Jets (1-1)
The Jets failed to finish again and prep for Monday night home game vs Bears.

21. Minnesota Vikings (1-1)
Vikings go into New Orleans without Adrian Peterson.

22. Houston Texans (2-0)
Texans travel to Met Life to face a desperate Giant club.

23. New York Giants (0-2)
The GMen face a critical early season matchup that may determine their direction.

24. Dallas Cowboys (1-1)
Cowboys beat a bad Tennessee club and go to St. Louis in hopes to get another win.

25. Washington Redskins (1-1)
The Skins go to Philadelphia in key early season NFC East matchup.

26. Cleveland Browns (1-1)
The Browns won a huge game late vs the Saints that they hope they carry through the season.

27. St. Louis Rams (1-1)
The Rams look for two game winning streak with Cowboys coming to town.

28. Kansas City Chiefs (0-2)
The Chiefs hung tough vs Broncos, but go to Miami looking for their first victory.

29. Tennessee Titans (1-1)
The Titans looked terrible vs an average Cowboys club.

30. Oakland Raiders (0-2)
The Raiders face Patriots in key AFC game.

31. Tampa Bay Bucs (0-2)
Bucs has lost two close games, though they show little firepower to make big plays.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2)
Jaguars got hammered by struggling Redskins. They face a desperate Colts club this week.


NFL Training Camp 2014 Reporting Dates

2014 NFL Training Camp Reporting Dates

Here are NFL training camp reporting dates and locations for all 32 teams. The information below was announced by the NFL commissioner’s office in mid July

Photo – QB Russell Wilson – Seahawks

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Arizona Cardinals: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
Rookies: July 22. Veterans: July 25

Atlanta Falcons: Atlanta Falcons Training Facility, Flowery Branch, Ga.
Rookies: July 22. Veterans: July 24

Baltimore Ravens: Under Armour Performance Center, Owings Mills, Md.
Rookies: July 16. Veterans, July 23

Buffalo Bills: St. John Fisher College, Pittsford, N.Y.
Rookies: July 16. Veterans: July 19

Carolina Panthers: Wofford College, Spartanburg, S.C.
All players: July 24

Chicago Bears: Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Ill.
All players: July 24

Cincinnati Bengals: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati.
Rookies: July 21. Veterans: July 23

Cleveland Browns: Cleveland Browns Training Facility, Berea, Ohio.
Rookies: July 23. Veterans: July 25

Dallas Cowboys: City of Oxnard Fields, Oxnard, Calif.
All players: July 23

Denver Broncos: Paul D. Bowen Memorial Centre, Englewood, Colo.
All players: July 23

Detroit Lions: Detroit Lions Training Facility, Allen Park, Mich.
Rookies: July 22. Veterans: July 27

Green Bay Packers: St. Norbert College, Green Bay.
All players: July 25

Houston Texans: Houston Methodist Training Center, Houston.
Rookies: July 21. Veterans: July 25

Indianapolis Colts: Anderson University, Anderson, Ind.
All players: July 23

Jacksonville Jaguars: Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields, Jacksonville.
Rookies: July 22. Veterans: July 24

Kansas City Chiefs: Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, Mo.
Rookies: July 20. Veterans: July 23

Miami Dolphins: Doctors Hospital Training Facility, Davie, Fla.
All players: July 24

Minnesota Vikings: Minnesota State University, Mankato, Mankato, Minn.
All players: July 24

New Orleans Saints: The Greenbrier, White Sulpher Springs, W.V.
Rookies: July 20. Veterans: July 24

New England Patriots: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
Rookies: July 20. Veterans: July 23

New York Giants: Quest Diagnostics Training Center, East Rutherford, N.J.
All players: July 21

Russell Wilson

League Announces 32 Compensatory Picks for NFL Draft

NFL Announces 32 Compensatory Selections
NFL announced this week that 13 teams were being awarded a total of 32 compensatory selections to use in the 2014 draft.

Photo - DE Jackson Jeffcoat - Texas

The Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets were the big winners with four selections each. The Ravens were especially well compensated for the free agents losses a year ago of linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Paul Kruger, and defensive backs Ed Reed and Cary Williams. Three of Baltimore's picks are within the first 10 selections the NFL awarded.

The Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Pittsburgh Steelers and St. Louis Rams were each given three extra picks. The full list of teams and the picks awarded is below.

A team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in a previous year is eligible to receive compensatory picks. The picks this year were spread over the 3rd-7th rounds. Compensatory picks cannot be traded.

The Steelers will get the first extra pick of the 2014 draft at with the 33rd selection of the third round at No. 97 overall. The Green Bay Packers, Ravens and San Francisco 49ers were awarded the next three picks to finish the third round.

Full list of 2014 Compensatory picks:


3rd Round
33-97 - Pittsburgh
34-98 - Green Bay
35-99 - Baltimore
36-100 - San Francisco

4th Round
33-133 - Detroit
34-134 - Baltimore
35-135 - Houston
36-136 - Detroit
37-137 - New York Jets
38-138 - Baltimore
39-139 - Atlanta
40-140 - New England

5th Round
33-173 - Pittsburgh
34-174 - New York Giants
35-175 - Baltimore
36-176 - Green Bay

6th Round
33-209 - New York Jets
34-210 - New York Jets
35-211 - Houston
36-212 - Cincinnati
37-213 - New York Jets
38-214 - St. Louis
39-215 - Pittsburgh

7th Round
33-248 - Dallas
34-249 - St. Louis
35-250 - St. Louis
36-251 - Dallas
37-252 - Cincinnati
38-253 - Atlanta
39-254 - Dallas
40-255 - Atlanta
41-256 - Houston


March Madness - NFL Veteran Free Agency and Trading Period –

NFL Team Salary Cap Space - at press time
The new NFL salary cap provided clubs with another $10 million dollars that has been factored into the individual team rosters. This new money boosts many clubs into a higher bracket that could produce a buying frenzy in the opening weeks starting March 11th. The salary cap per team below is a fluctuating total according to ongoing roster moves - resignings, releases and restructuring of current players. The new totals should guarantee a heavily active Free Agent market thru the spring.

2014 Salary Cap By Team

Raiders - $63.7
Jaguars - $56.3
Browns - $49.2
Jets - $39.1
Colts - $37.5
Dolphins - $30.3
Vikings - $30.3
Packers - $29.3
Bengals - $26.8
Broncos - $24.9
Ravens - $24.4
Buccaneers - $23.6
Eagles - $23.5
Bills - $22.4
Redskins - $21.9
Giants - $19.2
Falcons - $18.0
Cardinals - $17.6
Seahawks - $13.1
Patriots - $12.2
Lions - $10.6
Titans - $10.1
49ers - $9.7
Chiefs - $9.4
Texans - $8.3
Bears - $8.2
Panthers - $6.6
Rams - $6.4
Chargers - $6.2
Steelers - $3.1
Saints - $2.1
Cowboys - $1.6

Offensive Tackles Head NFL Combine Warriors

NFL Combine 2014 - Top Winners and Losers From NFL Combine
Workouts – Feb 22nd Saturday thru Feb. 25th Tuesday

Offensive Tackles Head Workout Warriors

Photo – OT Taylor Lewan - Michigan

Running Backs

*Bishop Sankey, Washington
Tyler Gaffney, Stanford

*Sammy Watkins, Clemson
*Odell Beckham, LSU
*Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt
*Bruce Ellington, South Carolina
Jeff Janis, Saginaw Valley State

Tight Ends
*Eric Ebron, North Carolina

Taylor Lewan, Michigan
Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
*Greg Robinson, Auburn

Defensive Players

*Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh

Khalil Mack, Buffalo
Kevin Pierre-Louis, Boston College

Defensive Backs
Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
Jason Verrett, Texas Christian
Keith McGill, Utah
Phillip Gaines, Rice
*Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama
Terrence Brooks, Florida State

Losers - Offensive Players
Running Backs

*Jeremy Hill, LSU
*James Wilder, Florida State

*Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State
*Jarvis Landry, LSU

*Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama
Anthony Richardson, Tennessee

Defensive Players

Will Sutton, Arizona State

*Yawin Smallwood, UConn

*Marcus Roberson, Florida
*Terrance Mitchell, Oregon
Dion Bailey, Southern California
Kenny Ladler, Vanderbilt


NFL Combine 2014 -Defensive Players To Watch at Workouts

NFL Combine 2014
Defensive Players To Watch at Combine Weekend Workouts
Workouts – Feb 22nd Saturday thru Feb. 25th Tuesday

Photo – DE Kony Ealy - Missouri

Defensive Players

* Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
Rare athlete looks to light up the sprints.

* Scott Crichton, Oregon State
Relentless edge rusher pushing into the early round.

* Kony Ealy, Missouri
Versatile athlete has impact talent.

Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas
Tweener type needs to impress in agility drills.

Kareem Martin, North Carolina
Big athlete has impressed this offseason.

Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
Big All-star efforts puts him in the first round discussion.

* Ego Ferguson, Louisiana State
Strong workout puts him in the first round

Ra'shede Hageman, Minnesota
Top tackle entering the NFL Combine.

* Timmy Jernigan, Florida State
Explosive interior defender hopes to solidify an early grade here.

* Anthony Johnson, LSU
Underachiever needs a strong performance here.

Carl Bradford, Arizona State
Junior looks to impress in drills to move up charts.

Trevor Reilly, Utah
Tough tweener edge rusher needs strong agility drills to convert to playing up.

Devon Kennard, Southern California
Underrated tweener needs a big workout.

*Yawin Smallwood, UConn
Junior hopes to impress with his overall athleticism.

Jordan Zumwalt, UCLA
Versatile defender has come on strong this season.

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