NFL RUSH

2015 has been an eventful year, and some rookies are the reason for their team's success. I'm here to break down the top rookies of this season. I'm here to show you the top two of each position:   

Quarterbacks


Jameis Winston: A+

He has shown great precision this year making good decisions and finding open targets. Sure he's made a few mistakes, but he's a rookie those are bound to happen. But the biggest thing is that the Buccaneers have finally found a quarterback.

Marcus Mariota: A
Titans fans finally have something to be excited about ever since Chris Johnson left. Even though they have the worst record in the NFL, Marcus Mariota has played phenomenal. He has been great in the running game too making great plays with his legs along with his arm.

Running Backs

Todd Gurley: A
This guy has played great. After a blazing hot start he kind up simmered down a little, but he has risen up again. He has posted great numbers, and people are saying he might be the next Adrian Peterson. I am one of those people, saying this guy is going places. He has great visions and strength to match his speed.

Karlos Williams: B

He's provided great backup for LeSean McCoy when he needed a rest. He has been good in the passing game and shows promise in the running game too. I think the Bills should keep him because even though it might not seem like it backup running backs are valuable.

Wide Receivers


Amari Cooper: A

He has played great this season and Cooper has shown a lot of potential. He has shown that he can reach that elite wide receiver talent. The reason he doesn't get an A+ is because he has a dropping problem. His hands aren't the most reliable. Even at Alabama he had a struggle catching passes.

Stefon Diggs: B+
Teddy Bridgewater got his receiver that he has been needing. Diggs has shown speed and agility has you can see he is very valuable. I think he has room for improvement, he hasn't been able to make those tough catches that a wide receiver #1 needs.

Defensive Linemen


Leonard Williams: A
The Jets have a scary defensive line and Leonard Williams made it scarier. Him, Sheldon Richardson, and Muhammed Wilkerson have been great this season, stuffing runs and applying pressure to opposing quarterbacks.

Mario Edwards Jr. : B+ 
 bloomed late this season but at a good time. He has been consistent on a weekly basis and the Raiders are loving the former Florida St. run stuffer. The Raiders will have a scary line too when Aldon Smith and Justin Tuck get back next year.

Linebackers

Benardrick Mckinney: A
McKinney has been great for the Texans this year and has done a great part on this resurgent defense. He has been one of the best run stoppers this year.

Eric Kendricks: B
This is one of the fastest linebackers you will find. Him and Anthony Barr will make a great combo as they get more experienced. He has been solid for the most part. He has been a pretty good pass rusher and a run stopper.

Defensive Backs


Marcus Peters: A+
Marcus Peters
has played amazing this year for the Chiefs. Last year the Chiefs only had 6 interceptions. This year Marcus Peters has 7 so far and 2 have been returned for touchdowns. He even got an interception on his first NFL play. He has shown potential to be an elite shut-down corner in the future.

Ronald Darby: A+

The second rounder has shown that he can shut down opposing receivers. He is leading the league in passes defended and is showing he is going to be an elite cornerback. Him and Peters are going to be close for the Defensive Player of the Year.

Rookie Dream Team
QB: Jameis Winston
RB: Todd Gurley
WR1: Amari Cooper
WR2: Stephon Diggs
WR3: Tyler Lockett

Defense

Linemen: Leonard Williams and Mario Edward Jr, and Vic Beasly
OLB: Benardrick McKinney
MLB: Eric Kendricks
CB: Marcus Peters
CB: Ronald Darby
FS: Adrian Amos
SS: Byron Jones

Awards
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Jameis Winston
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Marcus Peters 

-Kid Reporter Hamza  

Poll: Who would you pick as Man of the Year?
The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award recognizes a player for his excellence on and off the field. The NFL announced today the 32 players honored as their team's Man of the Year.

The final winner will be announced during the 5th Annual NFL Honors awards show on Feb. 6, the night before Super Bowl 50, from 9-11 p.m. ET on CBS. Check out the list below to see if your favorite players made the cut! Don't forget to let us know who you think should win!


2015 WALTER PAYTON NFL MAN OF THE YEAR TEAM WINNERS


TEAM

WINNER

Arizona Cardinals

Patrick Peterson

Atlanta Falcons

Patrick DiMarco

Baltimore Ravens

Steve Smith Sr.

Buffalo Bills

Eric Wood

Carolina Panthers

Greg Olsen

Chicago Bears

Matt Forte

Cincinnati Bengals

Carlos Dunlap

Cleveland Browns

Gary Barnidge

Dallas Cowboys

Brandon Carr

Denver Broncos

David Bruton Jr.

Detroit Lions

Stephen Tulloch

Green Bay Packers

Sam Barrington

Houston Texans

J.J. Watt

Indianapolis Colts

Dwayne Allen

Jacksonville Jaguars

Zane Beadles

Kansas City Chiefs

Eric Berry

Miami Dolphins

Ryan Tannehill

Minnesota Vikings

Chad Greenway

New England Patriots

Devin McCourty

New Orleans Saints

Benjamin Watson

New York Giants

Eli Manning

New York Jets

Eric Decker

Oakland Raiders

Justin Tuck

Philadelphia Eagles

Connor Barwin

Pittsburgh Steelers

Cameron Heyward

San Diego Chargers

Darrell Stuckey

San Francisco 49ers

Anquan Boldin

Seattle Seahawks

Richard Sherman

St. Louis Rams

Chris Long

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Vincent Jackson

Tennessee Titans

Delanie Walker

Washington Redskins

Ryan Kerrigan



NFL QBs use their brains as much as their bodies. If you want to be an NFL QB, not only do you need to work on your passing skills, you need to work out your brain too!

Answer the questions below to see if you have a QB IQ:

1) Justin Tuck's mom had three kids. The first kid was named Ashley, The second kid was named Ridley. What was the third kid's name?

2) J.J. Watt has five piles of footballs in one bucket and four piles of footballs in another bucket. How many piles of footballs would he have if he combined them all into one bucket

3) Eddie Lacy is running in a race and he passes the person in second place. What place is he in now?


What a game to start the weekend! Justin Tucker was able to kick the Baltimore Ravens to a 23-20 victory in a game that was filled with a lot of amazing plays.

NFL star DE Justin Tuck helps make a difference in the lives of others.

jostisaac just scored 10,500 points in Hail Mary!
Oakland Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck deflects Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning's pass and makes an incredible diving play for the interception.
Poll: What would be the best part about visiting London?

What happens when the Silver and Black hit the streets of London?

NFL PLAY 60 fun, that's what! A group of Oakland Raiders players, including Darren McFadden, Justin Tuck and Marcel Reece, played with 150 local students and taught them about being healthy, PLAY 60-style.

OL Kevin Boothe had a great time, saying "It's a great PLAY 60 NFL event here with the kids out here in the London area."

"I've been impressed by their knowledge of the game. We've gone over a little of the fundamentals and throwing and catching and also some agility drills, so it's been a great time, great energy, and it's been a lot of fun."

Awesome! The Raiders play the Miami Dolphins in London on Sunday.

The Cleveland Browns welcomed in the Baltimore Ravens for an AFC North showdown. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco led the team down the field for Justin Tucker to hit a game-winning field goal. Ravens win 23-21.
Last year the Kansas City Chiefs won their first nine games after having the worst season in franchise history the previous year. The Chiefs were the main example for an improving team, but they were not the only team to significantly improve. San Diego, Carolina, and New Orleans all had their teams reach the playoffs after missing the postseason the previous year. Here are a few teams that could take a big step forward.

1. New York Giants- The Giants have been up and down for the past 10 years, but last year was the worst season in the stretch. The team lost its first six games and finished the season 7-9. Quarterback and two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning threw 27 interceptions, most in the NFL, and only 18 touchdowns. That should change this year. After the woeful start, the Giants went 7-3 in their last ten games to close out the year. Manning will now have a dynamic rookie to throw to in Odell Beckham and Rueben Randle has potential as a starter. The offensive line, one of the worst in the NFL last year, added center Weston Richberg in the draft and guard Geoff Schwartz in free agency and the running game now has Rashad Jennings. The defense was solid last year after they traded for linebacker Jon Beason and the secondary is improved with the acquisitions of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Walter Thurmond. Justin Tuck left, but if Jason Pierre-Paul stays healthy the pass rush could be scary. It also helps that the Giants are in the NFC East and have the pieces to run away with the division.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers- Like the Giants, Pittsburgh started last season poorly, losing their first four games. But in the second half of the season, the Steelers went 6-2 and were a San Diego loss away from making the postseason. The defense has improved with the additions of rookies Ryan Shazier and Stephon Tuitt and veteran safety Mike Mitchell, and several young players could break out. If Jarvis Jones and Jason Worilds improve, the pass rush could be one of the best in the league. The linebacking core of Jones, Worilds, Shazier, and Lawrence Timmons is the strength of the defense and shows how the team is getting younger and faster. On offense, LeVeon Bell could emerge as a top running back. After his injury in the beginning of the season, Bell did very well and could be the center of the offense this year. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is still one of the best in the league and has a great receiver in Antonio Brown, who had 1,499 receiving yards last year. Look for the Steelers to contend for the AFC North and make the playoffs.

3. Baltimore Ravens- John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco both missed the playoffs for the first time in their professional careers after making the playoffs five times. Flacco gets some of the blame after throwing a career-high in interceptions, but plenty of other units get some of the blame. Ray Rice, usually one of the best runners in the NFL, had a terrible season, partly because the offensive line was awful. But there is a good chance of significant improvement. The offensive line was improved, meaning the running game should be better, and Steve Smith, the best player in franchise history for the Panthers, was added to make the receiving group more dangerous. Dennis Pitta, Flacco's favorite target, is now healthy and should have 700 yards and 5 touchdowns. The defense also has potential. The unit has gotten a lot younger and has rookie C.J. Mosley, Matt Elam, and Jimmy Smith complementing Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil, and Haloti Ngata. The special teams unit is arguably the best in the league, with Pro Bowl kicker Justin Tucker, punter Sam Koch, and electric returner Jacoby Jones.

4. Houston Texans- In 2013, the Texans won their first two games... and then lost their next 14 games. The team got a lot better this off-season, especially the pick of Jadeveon Clowney and hiring of head coach Bill O'Brien. Clowney and former Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt could be the best pass rushing duo ever and will definitely be scaring quarterbacks for the next 10 years. O'Brien will improve the offense and needs to choose between veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, backup Case Keenum, and rookie Tom Savage for the starting quarterback job. Ben Tate left, but Arian Foster used to be one of the best running backs in the league. Andre Johnson, the best player in the history of the Texans, is in a contract dispute but should come back and can be one of the most consistent receivers in the league. Houston has been injury-plagued and Foster and linebacker Brian Cushing will need to stay healthy for the team to contend. But thanks to the hirings of O'Brien and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel and an extremely easy division, the Texans will have a bounce back year and could go to the playoffs.

5. Chicago Bears- For the majority of the 21st century, the Chicago Bears have been a defense-first team. But after Lovie Smith was fired, the focus switched. The team hired offensive guru Marc Trestman to improve their traditionally mediocre offense and it worked immediately. Matt Forte and Brandon Marshall had great years and Alshon Jeffery emerged as one of the elite wide receivers. And all of that was with a career backup, Josh McCown, at starting quarterback for most of the year, and now Jay Cutler is back from injury. The team was one win away from the playoffs last year and could win their division with their stellar receiver combination. The problem, surprisingly, is the defense, which was injury-prone for most of the Year and was near the bottom of the league in multiple statistical categories. The Bears did get help in the pass rush with the additions of Lamarr Houston and Jared Allen and the team has multiple young players who could emerge. Chicago has not lived up to expectations in recent years, but if they can dodge the injury bug they could win their division and make the playoffs.
  I think that the Oakland Raiders drafted the best linebacker in Khalil Mack. It was a great pick for them because they needed one. They have Mack starting on the outside, Roach in the middle and Burnett on the right. Mack is better than both of them because he is quicker, faster, stronger, and is great at defending the run. Once he has experience in the league he will be great. The Raiders have a great pass rush now with Justin Tuck on the right and Lamar Woodley on the left. Mack will wo

 

I think that the Oakland Raiders drafted the best linebacker in Khalil Mack. It was a great pick for them because they needed one. They have Mack starting on the outside, Roach in the middle and Burnett on the right. Mack is better than both of them because he is quicker, faster, stronger, and is great at defending the run. Once he has experience in the league he will be great. The Raiders have a great pass rush now with Justin Tuck on the right and Lamar Woodley on the left. Mack will work well with Woodley when they pass rush together. In the middle they have Pat Sims as their defensive end. This Raiders defense has gotten much better with the players they got from free agency but their best pick up was Khalil Mack out of Buffalo. He was obviously the best player in the draft. He will be even better after a couple years in the league. My prediction is that he will be one of the greatest linebackers in the league. A great pick by the Oakland Raiders.

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Poll. Who will be the best defender?

The 1st pick of the draft, for the first time since the Texans picked Mario Williams in the 2006 draft, was a defensive player. This time the Texans, who had a 2-14 record last year, picked Jadeveon Clowney, a monster defensive end from South Carolina. Clowney was the consensus top pick, but there was still some suspense before the pick was announced last Thursday. There will be even more suspense come September, when the NFL regular season starts. Clowney, who will pair with former Ddefensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt, is expected to be the best defensive rookie in the NFL in 2014, but there will be stiff competition for Defensive Rookie of the Year. Here are a few other notable defenders that could give Clowney a run for his money this year and for years to come.
1. Khalil Mack, Linebacker, Oakland Raiders- Some experts thought that the Texans could opt to get Mack. The former Buffalo linebacker, who was projected to go as high as the 3 spot to Jacksonville, fell to the 5 spot. The Raiders took Mack off the board in what some say was the best pick of the draft. Mack is a complete player who can be the leader of the Oakland defense for the next 10 years if he pans out. He will also have support during his first few years in the league- Justin Tuck and Charles Woodson are accomplished veterans that could mentor Mack.
2. Aaron Donald, Defensive Tackle, St. Louis Rams- Chris Long, Michael Brockers, Robert Quinn, and now Aaron Donald? This could be the best defensive line in football since the Panthers in 2003. Donald, former Pitt Panther, is the best interior lineman in the draft class and is a solid run blocker. He will be able to learn from the current Rams starters and could fight his way into the starting rotation. If Donald is able to start, he could rack up big numbers and challenge Clowney as the best rookie next season.
3. Darqueze Dennard, CB, Cincinnati Bengals- Cincinnati lost a lot of great defenders in free agency, but the addition of Dennard should make the secondary changes an upgrade. Dennard is the best corner in the draft and should start immediately. Few cornerbacks are as aggressive as the former Michigan State Spartan and that skill will translate to the NFL. Dennard is also massively underrated after falling to the 24 spot in the first round.
Verdict: All four players should be excellent in their first year, but Clowney's freakish talent that was shown two years ago should translate to the NFL and make him the best defensive player in this class for years to come.

 

NFLRUSH Reporter,

John

  Last year the New York Giants were a mess. They started out 0-6 and missed the playoffs. They finished 19th in passing yards (but that was because Eli only had about 3 seconds to go through his reads and this led to him leading the league in ints.) And they were 29th in rushing yards. Also, they ranked 10th in opp. passing yards, but the secondary was a mess! The Giants are a smart franchise so they fixed the problem even though they lost Hakeem Nicks and Justin Tuck in the process. The O

 

Last year the New York Giants were a mess. They started out 0-6 and missed the playoffs. They finished 19th in passing yards (but that was because Eli only had about 3 seconds to go through his reads and this led to him leading the league in ints.) And they were 29th in rushing yards. Also, they ranked 10th in opp. passing yards, but the secondary was a mess! The Giants are a smart franchise so they fixed the problem even though they lost Hakeem Nicks and Justin Tuck in the process.

The O-line: With the singings of left guard Geoff Schwartz and center JD Walton they tightened up the line. They will also be getting Will Beaty, Chris Snee, and a better Justin Pugh back. This helps because with Eli having ankle surgery you don't know how well he will be moving.

The Wide Outs and Running Backs: Last year the Giants went to 5 backs to carry the ball. They needed to find an answer and fast. They decided on power back Rashad Jennings. Last year Jennings proved himself when Darren McFadden went down for the Raiders. At wide out they got Mario Manningham back, a healthy Victor Cruz, Ruben Randle, and speedy Trindon Holliday. Hopefully the offense can get back on track.

Defense: Even though they lost Justin Tuck, this is the area where the Giants made the biggest impact. The Giants have a great defense this year with big name players like Jon Beason, Jason Pierre-Paul, Cullen Jenkins, Dominique Rodgers Cromartie, Walter Thurmond, Antrel Rolle, Quintin Demps, and Prince Amukamara.

The Giants made so many moves in Free Agency I can't wait to see what happens.

 

Jake

MONDAY MORNING UPDATE While you were out playing 60 this weekend, all 32 NFL teams were hard at work improving their rosters.àà à Check out the latest and let us know: who did the best? à Staying Home à The Saints re-resigned OTàZach Strief. à The Patriots re-signed WRàJulian Edelmanàand signed WRàBrandon LaFell. à The Jets re-signed LBàCalvin Pace. à Moving On à The Colts signed WRàHakeem Nicks. à The Browns signed

MONDAY MORNING UPDATE

While you were out playing 60 this weekend, all 32 NFL teams were hard at work improving their rosters.

Check out the latest and let us know: who did the best?

Staying Home

The Saints re-resigned OT Zach Strief.

The Patriots re-signed WR Julian Edelman and signed WR Brandon LaFell.

The Jets re-signed LB Calvin Pace.

Moving On

The Colts signed WR Hakeem Nicks.

The Browns signed RB Ben Tate.

The Eagles signed S Nate Allen.

The Giants signed CB Walter Thurmond.

The Broncos signed WR Emmanuel Sanders.

Rumors

WR Lance Moore is visiting with the Steelers.

QB Brandon Weedenand DE Jared Allen are speaking with the Cowboys.


FRIDAY NIGHT UPDATE

Free agent Friday fun fest! The action keeps happening furiously fast. Which of these moves do you the like the best...or not like at all?

Staying

The Bears re-signed Charles Tillman.

The Packers resigned DT B.J. Raji.

The Vikings resigned WR Jerome Simpson.

The Buccaneers signed C Evan Dietrich-Smith.

Going

The Dolphins signed DB Cortland Finnegan and G Shelly Smith.

The Ravens signed WR Steve Smith.

The Titans have signed Michael Oher.

Rumors

The Dallas the Cowboys are looking at DE Julius Peppers.

WR Emmanuel Sanders is talking to the 49ers and the Chiefs.

DB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is talking to both the Jets and the Giants.


FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE

Did you sleep well last night? Because while you were dreaming of puppy dogs and cotton candy, several NFL teams were shaking, baking and deal-making.

Be sure to leave a comment about which teams are making the best moves.

Staying

The Ravens re-signed LB Daryl Smith.

The 49ers re-signed CB Tarell Brown.

The Lions re-signed TE Brandon Pettigrew.

Moving

The Titans signed LB Wesley Woodyard.

Rumor Mill

LB Brandon Spikes is talking with the Bills today. Stay tuned.

DE Henry Melton is deciding between the Cowboys and the Seahawks.

OT Donald Penn is close to signing with the Raiders.

WR Julian Edelman will visit the 49ers today.


THURSDAY NIGHT UPDATE

The moves just keep coming in this free agent free-for-all. What do YOU think?

Staying

The Bills re-signed TE Scott Chandler.

The Jaguars re-signed DE Jason Babin.

Going

The Cardinals signed WR Ted Ginn and LB Matt Shaughnessy.

The Raiders signed DT Justin Tuck and DE/OLB LaMarr Woodley.

The Redskins signed DTs JasonHatcher and Clifton Geathers and LB Darryl Sharpton.

The Vikings signed DB Captain Munnerlyn.

The Colts signed C Phil Costa.

The Chargers signed QB Kellen Clemens.

Not Sure

TE Brandon Pettigrew is reportedly nearing a deal with Jets.

WR Andrew Hawkins is on the verge of a deal with the Browns.


THURSDAY MORNING UPDATE

The big moves keep coming! Let us know what you think in comments.

Staying

In a bizarre series of events, OT Rodger Saffold failed his physical with the Raiders and then was re-signed, and passed his physical, by the Rams.

The Ravens re-signed WR Jacoby Jones.

Going

WR Steve Smith was released by the Carolina Panthers. Some team is going to get a great "catch" there.

CB Darrelle Revis signed with the Patriots. Wow.

The New York Jets signed WR Eric Decker.

The Eagles traded for RB Darren Spoles and signed CB Nolan Carrol.

The Buccaneers made yet another big move by signing OT Anthony Collins.

The Jaguars signed DE Chris Clemonsand DT Ziggy Hood.

The Redskins signed DB Tracy Potter.

Not Sure, Yet

WR Hakeem Nicks has visited the Panthers, Colts and Chargers.

The Giants are reportedly talking with WR Ted Ginn.

Wednesday Update

Some big moves today! How is your team doing? Any of these moves surprise you? Let us know in the comments.

STAYING PUT

The Dolphins re-signed DT Randy Starks.

The Ravens re-signed WR Jacoby Jones.

The Giants have re-signed LB Jon Beason.

The Seahawks have re-signed DT Tony McDaniel.

ON THE MOVE

Wow! The Broncos continued their massive talent build-up by signing Pro Bowl DE DeMarcus Ware.

The Lions signed WR Golden Tate.

The Buccaneers signed QB Josh McCown.

The Vikings signed DT Linval Joseph.

GOODBYES

The Buccaneers released DB Darrelle Revis.

The Browns released QBs Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell.



TUESDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE

It's on! The first day of Free Agency hit like an all-pro linebacker, as teams rushed to add the best available players to their rosters.

Surprise...Darren McFadden is staying with the Raiders! But a bunch of other players landed on new teams, check it out below.

Players Staying

The Ravens have re-signed OT Eugene Monroe.

The Colts have re-signed DB Vontae Davis.

The Raiders have re-signed RB Darren McFadden.

Players Moving

The Falcons signed DT Paul Soliai, DE Tyson Jackson and G Jon Asamoah.

The Browns signed LB Karlos Dansby and S Donte Witner.

The Dolphins signed OT Branden Albert and DT Earl Mitchell.

The Cardinals signed OT Jared Veldheer.

The Raiders signed OT Rodger Saffold.

The Jaguars signed G Zane Beadles.

The Buccaneers signed DE Michael Johnson.

The Chicago Bears signed DE Lamarr Houston.

The Colts signed LB Arthur Jones.

The Titans signed KR Dexter McCluster.

The Broncos have signed S T.J. Ward.

The 49ers signed S Antoine Bethea.

The Eagles signed S Malcom Jenkins.

The Giants signed RB Rashad Jennings and LB O'Brien Schofield.

The Redskins signed WR Andre Roberts.

Which team made the best Free Agent pick-up so far? Tell us in comments!



TUESDAY MORNING UPDATE

In the calm before tonight's storm of transactions, we have a couple of updates to give you on players re-signing with their current teams ... and a few other rumors to whet your appetite.

Players staying with their current teams

DONE DEALS

The Bengals have re-signed KR Brandon Tate.

The Colts have re-signed K Adam Vinatieri for two more years.

The Giants re-signed a trio of players: DB Trumaine McBride, RB Peyton Hillis and G Kevin Boothe.

The Redskins have re-signed LB PerryRiley.

The Lions are not letting RB Joique Bell get away; they signed him to a two-year extension.

The Falcons have resigned Jonathan Babineaux.

RUMORS

If there are not able to strike a trade, the Buccaneers are expected to release DB Darrelle Revis.

Word on the street has the Panthers and WR Steve Smith parting ways.

The Buccaneers are rumored to have a deal in place with DE Michael Johnson.

It looks like the Redskins will be signing WR Andre Roberts.

The Colts and the Steelers are the favorites to land LB Arthur Jones.

Bears are actively pursuing DE Lamarr Houston.



MONDAY UPDATE

As expected, the weekend saw a flurry of activity...but the real fun begins tonight at midnight. That's when free agent players are officially able to sign with other teams. Stay tuned, it's going to get crazy!

A bunch of teams resigned their stars before they could test the free agent waters, most notably the Seahawks resigning star defensive end Michael Bennett.

Check out who else is staying with their current team:

Done Deals


DE Michael Bennett resigned with the Seahawks.

LB D'Qwell Jackson resigned with the Colts.

CB Sam Shields resigned with the Packers.

DB Brent Grimes resigned with the Dolphins.

QB Chad Henne resigned with the Jaguars.

QB Matt Cassel resigned with the Vikings.

WR Anquan Boldin resigned with the 49ers.

WRs Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper both resigned with the Eagles.

TE Dennis Pittare signed with the Ravens.


Rumors

The Dolphins appear on the verge of signing OT Branden Albert.

The Cardinals are the early favorite to sign LT Jared Veldheer.

The Colts are close to a deal to keep DB Vontae Davis.

The Jets are hoping to sign S T.J. Ward.

T Eugene Monroe is expected to resign with the Ravens.


Whoa...I Didn't Expect That

RB Rashard Mendenhall announced his retirement.

DB Antonio Cromartie was released by the Jets.

The NFL's version of The Wild West begins this Saturday at noon, as hundreds of NFL players will be free to sign with any team that offers them a contract. Think of it as a massive fantasy football swap meet with teams bidding on the players of their choice.

It's going to be crazy! Lucky for you, we've got this handy-dandy NFL RUSH Free Agent Tracker for you. We will constantly update with all the free agent action, so check back often.


We've listed our top 10 offensive and defensive free agents below. Tell us in comments which one you want for your team!

Top 10 Offensive Free Agents

Top 10 Defensive Free Agents

1. Eugene Monroe

2. Branden Albert

3. Ben Tate

4. Eric Decker

5. Hakeem Nicks

6. Knowshon Moreno

7. Julian Edelman

8. Darren McFadden

9. Maurice Jones-Drew

10. Michael Vick

1. Jairus Byrd

2. Michael Johnson

3. Aqib Talib

4. Alterraun Verner

5. Lamarr Houston

6. Michael Bennett

7. Vontae Davis

8. T.J. Ward

9. Randy Starks

10. Karlos Dansby

Be sure to tune into the NFL Network this weekend to catch all of the action!

Poll. Which is the better NFL Pro Bowl Squad?

The first ever fantasy-style draft was held to determine the rosters of the two teams playing in this year's NFL Pro Bowl game.   NFL legends Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders served as the captains and took turns choosing players for each squad.

 

Fantasy-licious!

 

Take a look at the two teams below and let us know which team you think has the best chance of winning on Sunday.

 

TEAM RICE TEAM SANDERS  

QB Drew Brees, Saints

QB Philip Rivers, Chargers

QB Alex Smith, Chiefs

WR Josh Gordon, Browns

WR Alshon Jeffery, Bears

WR Brandon Marshall, Bears

WR Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals

TE Jimmy Graham, Saints

TE Tony Gonzalez, Falcons

RB LeSean McCoy, Eagles

RB DeMarco Murray, Cowboys

RB Matt Forte, Bears

FB Mike Tolbert, Panthers

T Joe Thomas, Browns

T Tyron Smith, Cowboys

T Jordan Gross, Panthers

G Jahri Evans, Saints

G Ben Grubbs, Saints

G Evan Mathis, Eagles

C Ryan Kalil, Panthers

C Nick Mangold, Jets 

DE Robert Quinn, Rams

DE Cameron Jordan, Saints

DE Cameron Wake, Dolphins

DT Jason Hatcher, Cowboys

DT Marcell Dareus, Bills

DT Kyle Williams, Bills

OLB Justin Houston, Chiefs

OLB Robert Mathis, Colts

OLB John Abraham, Cardinals

ILB Vontaze Burfict, Bengals

ILB Derrick Johnson, Chiefs

CB Joe Haden, Browns

CB Brandon Flowers, Chiefs

CB Antonio Cromartie, Jets

CB Alterraun Verner, Titans

S Eric Reid, 49ers

S Jairus Byrd, Bills

S Antrel Rolle, Giants 

ST Justin Bethel, Cardinals

PR Dexter McCluster, Chiefs

K Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots

P Johnny Hekker, Rams

LS Matt Overton, Colts

QB Andrew Luck, Colts

QB Cam Newton, Panthers

QB Nick Foles, Eagles

WR A.J. Green, Bengals

WR Dez Bryant, Cowboys

WR Antonio Brown, Steelers

WR DeSean Jackson, Eagles

TE Jason Witten, Cowboys

RB Jamaal Charles, Chiefs

RB Eddie Lacy, Packers

FB Marcel Reece, Raiders

T Trent Williams, Redskins

T Duane Brown, Texans

T Branden Albert, Chiefs

G Marshal Yanda, Ravens

G Logan Mankins, Patriots

G Kyle Long, Bears

C Mike Pouncey, Dolphins

C Alex Mack, Browns

DE J.J. Watt, Texans

DE Greg Hardy, Panthers

DE Mario Williams, Bills

DT Ndamukong Suh, Lions

DT Gerald McCoy, Buccaneers

DT Dontari Poe, Chiefs

OLB Brian Orakpo, Redskins

OLB Tamba Hali, Chiefs

OLB Terrell Suggs, Ravens

ILB Luke Kuechly, Panthers

ILB Paul Posluszny, Jaguars

CB Patrick Peterson, Cardinals

CB Darrelle Revis, Buccaneers

CB Brent Grimes, Dolphins

CB Tim Jennings, Bears

S Eric Berry, Chiefs

S Eric Weddle, Chiefs

S T.J. Ward, Browns

ST Matthew Slater, Patriots

PR Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings

K Justin Tucker, Ravens

P Brandon Fields, Dolphins

LS J.J. Jansen, Panthers

 

 

 

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After an 0-6 start this season the Giants looked helpless. Even after finishing the remainder of the season at 7-3 it was not enough to propel them into the playoffs. Going into the offseason there are lots of questions that need to be answered. Among them are, who will be the new offensive coordinator, what positions should be addressed in the draft, and what free agents should be resigned. The Giants offense was terrible this year, leading to the resignation of offensive coordinator Kevin Gilb

After an 0-6 start this season the Giants looked helpless. Even after finishing the remainder of the season at 7-3 it was not enough to propel them into the playoffs. Going into the offseason there are lots of questions that need to be answered. Among them are, who will be the new offensive coordinator, what positions should be addressed in the draft, and what free agents should be resigned.

The Giants offense was terrible this year, leading to the resignation of offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, who helped guide the offense to 2 Superbowls. Four names that have been thrown around as the new offensive coordinator are Mike Sullivan, the form Buccaneers Offensive coordinator. John McNulty, the former Buccaneers Quarterback coach. Eric Studesville, the Broncos running backs coach and Pete Carmichael Jr., the Saints offensive coordinator.

Whoever the new offensive coordinator is, there are still many holes that General Manager Jerry Reece and Coach Tom Coughlin need to fill on offense. The three biggest areas of concern the offensive line, the running backs, and wether to resign free agent wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. The offensive line was terrible this year, and Eli Manning had his worst season since his rookie year. He threw a league leading 27 interceptions, and although many were his fault, he was constantly under pressure due to an aging offensive line. In my opinion the Giants need to get stronger on the offensive line.

At running back, David Wilson is quesiontable due to his neck injury and fumbles. Andre Brown is an average running back, but average running backs are all over this league. This year Maurice Jones Drew will be a free agent. He could be the long term solution.

With the rising stars of Rueben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan at wide receiver you have to question wether you resign free agent Hakeem Nicks. Nicks is coming off his worst season with 0 touchdowns. I think the Giants should sign Nicks and keep grooming Jernigan and Randall.

The last question is will free agent Justin Tuck return to the Giants. After a slow start, Tuck led the Giants with 11 sacks. After 9 years many people think he is slowing down, and the defensive line needs to be rebuilt.

It will be a busy offseason for the Giants and it will be interesting to see how it pans out.

 

Jake

 

 

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  A Super Bowl repeat is a long show, but as the Ravens learned last year, nothing can stop a team of destiny.   Early in the season, it seemed that the Ravens were destined for a high draft slot and no playoff berth. Late last season, most people thought that the Ravens would be a one-and-done in the playoffs. Baltimore finished that year, helped by a few amazing and unbelievable plays, with a Super Bowl victory.   And now, in 2013, the Ravens have had another improbable run that

 

A Super Bowl repeat is a long show, but as the Ravens learned last year, nothing can stop a team of destiny.

 

Early in the season, it seemed that the Ravens were destined for a high draft slot and no playoff berth. Late last season, most people thought that the Ravens would be a one-and-done in the playoffs. Baltimore finished that year, helped by a few amazing and unbelievable plays, with a Super Bowl victory.

 

And now, in 2013, the Ravens have had another improbable run that could bring them to the postseason for the 6th time in John Harbaugh's 6 year career. The Lions-Ravens game was just another chapter in this Baltimore winning streak that could end up in history next to the Super Bowl run of 2012.


Like most of the Ravens' last couple games, there were playoff implications for both teams. The Detroit Lions, who had the NFC North division lead, needed a win to stay atop their division and in the crowded NFC playoff picture. Baltimore, on the other hand, was fighting for the 6th AFC playoff spot and could be virtually eliminated with a loss. The Lions, with unstoppable star wide receiver Calvin "Megatron" Johnson, were the favorites, with most people thinking that the league's best receiver would beat up the Ravens secondary and his defender, 3rd year corner Jimmy Smith.


The game started out very close and low-scoring, and at the end of the 1st half the Ravens were up 9-7. Neither team did well offensively, most obviously the Lions. In the 3rd quarter, the teams exchanged field goals and Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker nailed another early in the 4th quarter to put the Ravens up 15-10. The events that happened next are unparalleled by any other game in NFL history.


Matthew Stafford, the Lions' star quarterback, threw a touchdown pass to undrafted rookie Joseph Fauria to put Detroit on top 16-15 with just over 2 minutes left in the game. After stopping the Lions on the 2 point attempt, Baltimore's offense drove down the field with their playoff hopes on the line. Joe Flacco and the offense was only able to advance the football to around midfield, and Justin Tucker was sent on the field to try his 6th field goal of the night, a 62 yard field goal that would be the 4th longest field goal in NFL history. The kick was perfect, and the football barely got in the bottom right corner of the goalpost.


Justin Tucker was the star of the night, kicking a field goal from 20, 30, 40, 50, and 60 yards, a first in NFL history. He also set franchise records for the Ravens in his historic performance. Calvin Johnson, on the other hand, was the scapegoat. He was held to 98 yards and no touchdowns against Jimmy Smith, and uncharacteristically had two drops in key situations for Detroit.


Few teams have done what the 2012 Ravens accomplished- a winning streak with many unbelievable finishes. Though a lot less stronger, the 2013 Ravens are proving that last year's run was not a fluke, and it will be interesting to see what damage they can do in the playoff picture. The Lions game proved that Baltimore is a tough team to beat, but the battle against New England is an even bigger and more important test to see if the Ravens are contenders. A Super Bowl repeat is a long shot, but as the Ravens learned last year, nothing can stop a team of destiny.

 

John

NFLRUSH Kid Reporter

RT @ESPNJMac: Justin Tucker has made FGs of yardages in the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s in tonight's game. 248 yards of field goals.
Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker connects on a 61-yard field goal to beat the Detroit Lions, 18-16.

Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker connects on a 61-yard field goal to beat the Detroit Lions, 18-16.

Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker was a perfect 6-for-6 in a 18-16 win over the Detroit Lions, including a 61-yard game-winning field goal.

 

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Poll. Can the Ravens get back to the Super Bowl?

Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker kicked 6 FGs -- six! -- including the game winner from 61 yards as the Ravens defeated the Detroit Lions, 18-16.

 

The Lions jumped out to a 7-0 lead when RB Reggie Bush scampered 14 yards for a TD.  From there the Ravens repeatedly stalled in Lions territory, settling for FGs instead of TDs.

 

It looked like the lack of TDs would doom the Ravens when the Lions took the lead with 2:21 left in the game, but QB Joe Flacco drove the Ravens into position for Tucker to boom his 61 yard game winner with only 38 seconds left.

 

The Ravens kept their playoff hopes alive with the thrilling victory, while the Lions are left scrambling with two weeks left in the season.  

 

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