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High School Football: How We Think Our Top 25 In-State Prospects Will Fare in College

By John Sarianides National Signing day is on Wednesday and several local prospects have already committed to schools. Here are our top 25 prospects in Massachusetts and how we think they’ll fit into the programs they’ve committed to. 1. Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Grafton (Syracuse): I talked a lot about Ifeatu’s brother Obi this weekend. Obi played for UConn and he played in the Senior Bowl this past weekend. Just like…

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NFL Draft: Ten Thoughts on the Senior Bowl

Image courtesy of Glenn Andrews/USA Today Sports By John Sarianides The 2017 Senior Bowl didn’t feature much offense but two offensive players, wide receiver Zay Jones and quarterback Davis Webb really stood out.  Here are some thoughts on the game and which players improved their stock. 1. East Carolina wide receiver Zay Jones was impressive. Jones caught six passes for 68 yards and a touchdown but it was the two…

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NFL Draft: 10 Offensive and 10 Defensive Players to Watch at the Senior Bowl

The Reese’s Senior Bowl is this afternoon  and there are several intriguing prospects playing in the game. Here are our top ten offensive and defensive prospects to watch for. Top 10 Offensive Prospects 1. Dan Feeney, OG, Indiana (North): Feeney is a road grader who plays with good technique, power and leverage. He is a solid short area pass blocker who moves well laterally and can adjust to speed rushers….

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New Format, Same Pro Bowl

By John Sarianides I watched the Pro Bowl skills competition last night and while it was fun, I am still not interested in watching the Pro Bowl itself. I despise all-star games. They have lost their luster to me. When you are a kid, you think all-star games are the greatest thing you’ll ever watch. When you get older, you realize that it is just a bunch of rich athletes…

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The Steelers Need to Call Big Ben’s Bluff About Retiring

By John Sarianides Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hinted in a radio interview on Tuesday that he is unsure of what his plans are regarding playing football next season. Roethlisberger did not get into specifics but sources close to the signal caller claim that he is indeed contemplating retirement. I don’t buy it. There is no way Roethlisberger would walk away from$64 million dollars over the next three seasons. He is…

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Vallee’s View: Brady Buries Stagnant Steelers; Earns Record Seventh Super Bowl Trip

(Image courtesy of Matt Slocum/AP) By Michael Vallee -Deja Vu All Over Again:  Like no other sport, football is about the game within the game.  Every week coaches scour through hours of game film studying every detail of their opponent trying to locate any trend or tendency to give their own team an edge. It is this process that is at the heart of the weekly chess match that plays…

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The Browns Will Eventually Regret Overpaying Jaime Collins

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images By John Sarianides The Cleveland Browns signed outside linebacker Jaime Collins to a four year, $50 million dollar deal on Monday. Collins got $26 million guaranteed in the deal. On the surface, I think the Browns overpaid for Collins. I don’t think he is worth top three money at his position. Collins is a unique talent. He is athletic and can play all three downs. The former…

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First & Ten: Ten Thoughts on Everything That’s Going On In the World of Football

By John Sarianides 1.Super Bowl 51 will have plenty of story lines but I think we all agree that the number one story line involves Roger Goodell and Tom Brady. Brady would love nothing more than to win his fifth Super Bowl title and shove it up Goodell’s you know what. 2. Will the Patriots give the Falcons offense the Rams treatment? I think they will. Look for New England…

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NFL Draft: Five Guys That Shined at the East West Shrine Game

Joseph Garnett Jr./Getty Images By John Sarianides The East West Shrine game was a dud but despite the lack of scoring or entertainment for that matter, there were five players that really stood out to me. 1. Trey Hendrickson, DE Florida Atlantic: Hendrickson was the best player on the field on either team in my opinion. He had a good week of practice and he followed that up with a solid…

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3-Step Slant: 3 Reasons Why the Colts Fired Ryan Grigson. 

By John Sarianides The Indianapolis Colts surprised the football world on Saturday when they unexpectedly fired general manager Ryan Grigson.  In a press conference, Colts owner Robert Irsay cited several reasons why he decided to part ways with the embattled general manager. Here’s why I think he fired him. 1. He Was a Jerk: Ryan Grigson is considered one of the biggest jerks in the NFL. People around the league…

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