Speed (noun) The rate at which someone or something is able to move or operate.
Some big names and fast legs ran the 40-yard dash during the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine.
For a bit of perspective here are the all-time top three 40-yard dash times:
4.24 - Chris Johnson, East Carolina (2008)
4.26 - Dri Archer, Kent State - (2014)
4.27 - Marquise Goodwin, Texas - (2013)
Tonight's MNF battle features the high-powered Chicago Bears offense against the stout New York Jets defense. This should be a great game!
Both teams have great players - check out the NFL RUSH Fantasy matchups:
Jay Cutler: 6 TD passes, 525 passing yards -- 43 fantasy points
Geno Smith: 2 TD passes, 325 yards passing, 1 TD rushing -- 30 fantasy points
Matt Forte: 103 yards rushing, 102 yards receiving -- 20 fantasy points
Chris Johnson: 89 yards rushing, 23 yards receiving, 1 TD -- 17 fantasy points
Brandon Marshall: 4 TDs, 119 receiving yards -- 33 fantasy points
Eric Decker: 1 TD passes, 137 receiving yards -- 19 fantasy points
Martellus Bennett: 107 receiving yards, 2 TDs -- 22 fantasy points
Jeff Cumberland: 64 receiving yards -- 6 fantasy points
Chicago Bears: 5 sacks, 4 INTs, 2 fumble recoveries -- 16 fantasy points
New York Jets: 6 sacks, 1 fumble recovery -- 8 fantasy points
The action starts tonight at 8:30 PM ET on ESPN
Do the Jets have clearance to land in the Super Bowl? Why not?
Head coach Rex Ryan has the team believing they can win it all; and you know what? He just might be right!
Second-year QB Geno Smith is destined for stardom and the Jets added some high-octane weapons in RB Chris Johnson and WR Eric Decker during the offseason.
The dynamic duo of DTs Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson just might be the best in the league.
So, the more you think about it, the more you'll be asking the same question.
Why not the Jets?
Many times in fantasy football the difference between winning and losing can come down to the ability go against the popular choices and spot the diamonds in the rough - aka - the sleepers.
When your favorite running back is going against a top defense, you should look and see if any of these guys are going against a weak defense. If so, they might worth a shot.
It's a high-risk, high-reward strategy, so if you're going to start one, you need to be brave.
You are brave, aren't you?
Top Fantasy RB Sleepers:
Rashard Jennings - New York Giants
Jennings is big, fast and tough. In other words, he's the perfect back for the Giants offense.
Chris Johnson - New York Jets
The Jets new RB Chris Johnson has averaged 1,328 yards and 8 TDs over his six-year career. He is coming into this season with a chip on his shoulder after being released by the Titans.
Lamar Miller - Miami Dolphins
Miami's improved offensive line, along with their new Eagles-style offense, should boost Miller into the top level of NFL RBs.
Trent Richardson - Indianapolis Colts
Looking to prove last year's mediocre season was a fluke, Richardson has all the skills needed to be one of the top backs in the league.
Despite having no running backs drafted in the first round, the incoming rookie class boasts numerous running backs that have the chance to have immediate impact. Of those, I think that three are sure to be future Pro Bowlers.
Bishop Sankey has the best chance to be great in the NFL. He was chosen by the Tennessee Titans with the 54th overall pick to help replace former 2,000 yard rusher Chris Johnson, who went to the Jets. Sankey has the best chance to grab the starting job and only faces competition from Shonn Green. The power back will go against some of the weakest defenses in the league in the AFC South and can run outside, inside, and catch. I wouldn't be surprised if Sankey, the first RB taken in May, has over 1,000 yards this season and contends for Rookie of the Year.
The second running back on my radar is Terrence West, who was selected by Cleveland in the mid rounds. West will compete against the oft-injured Ben Tate, who will mentor the Towson product during the offseason. The leading rusher in Towson history can handle the bulk of the carries and is in Kyle Shanahan's offense, which helped Alfred Morris emerge in 2012. Like Sankey, West is a good receiver and a versatile power back.
Lastly, I'll be expecting great performances from Jeremy Hill, the former LSU Tiger who was picked by the Cincinnati Bengals. Hill should take over the 2 spot on the depth chart from BenJarvis Green-Ellis and will form a great duo with Giovani Bernard, who showed flashes of greatness last year. While Bernard is a player who is very athletic, Hill's ability to power through tackles should keep defenses off guard.
Carlos Hyde, Tre Mason, and Andre Williams are also high round draft picks that could make immediate impact. Make sure to keep an eye out for a late round pick that will emerge as a starter like Alfred Morris two years ago.
NFL RUSH Kid Report,
With more pressing needs on their roster, it was a bit of a surprise to see the Titans take OT Taylor Lewan with their first pick. That’s not to suggest that Lewan lacks from talent as he’s likely to take over one of the starting tackles spots right away.
Second round pick RB Bishop Sankey will be given the first shot at replacing Chris Johnson and DT DaQuan Jones adds talent to the Titans defensive line.
QB Zach Mettenberger, who slipped to Round 6, could be a huge steal.
Grade the Titans draft below and then give us your comments.
1. Taylor Lewan - (OT, Michigan)
2. Bishop Sankey - (RB, Washington)
3. Daquan Jones - (DT, Penn State)
4. Marqueston Huff - (S, Wyoming)
5. Avery Williamson - (LB, Kentucky)
6. Zach Mettenberger - (QB, LSU)
Wednesday night the NFL released the official schedule for the 2014 season.
Did your team get a favorable schedule? Are you thinking "Super Bowl?"
Here are the top 10 cool things about the 2014 NFL schedule:
1. The Seattle Seahawks begin their title defense against the Green Bay Packers, in the Thursday night season opener.
2. Three games Week One games we can't wait for:
Indianapolis Colts vs. Denver Broncos
Cincinnati Bengals vs Baltimore Ravens
San Francisco 49ers vs Dallas Cowboys
3. Monday Night Football kicks off with a great doubleheader!
New York Giants vs Detroit Lions
San Diego Chargers vs Arizona Cardinals
4. The Patriots, Broncos, Colts, Steelers, Bears, Cowboys, Packers, Giants and Saints all have five primetime appearances.
5. The Indianapolis Colts have the easiest schedule in the league. If you’re looking for a team to block the Broncos path back to the Super Bowl, the Colts are a good call.
6. The Oakland Raiders have the toughest schedule. It’s just brutal!
7. Jared Allen, Eric Decker, DeSean Jackson, Chris Johnson, Michael Johnson, Knowshon Moreno, Darrelle Revis, Steve Smith and Aqib Talb all play games against their former teams this season.
8. The Thanksgiving line up is chock-full of rival showdowns!
Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions
Pittsburgh Steelers vs Baltimore Ravens
Seattle Seahawks vs San Francisco 49ers
9. Keep an eye out for a late season surge by the Green Bay Packers. They play five of their final eight games at home, when the weather will likely be a factor.
10. This is going to be another awesome year of NFL football! Okay, we already knew that, but it’s true!
The New York Jets signed former Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson to a two-year contract.
The move will supercharge the Jets rushing attack by paring Johnson with Chris Ivory.
Chris Johnson is a NFL and fantasy football super star, rushing for at least 1,000 yards in his each of six seasons, including 2,006 yards in 2009.
The NFL draft is coming up and NFL fans are very excited. Besides the release of the movie Draft Day, the draft will be one to watch because of the intriguing class of quarterbacks. Three quarterbacks, Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, Blake Bortles of Central Florida, and Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville are projected to go in the top 15 picks and others are projected to go off the boards by the end of the 2nd round. Here is a look at the top three quarterbacks in May's draft.
1. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
Why Manziel May Be Great: There are few players in history that have run as well as Johnny Football. The former Heisman trophy winner is almost impossible to catch and one of the best scramblers of all time. He can also throw on the run and can pcik apart even the best of defenses (see Alabama). Manziel had a terrific pro day that caught the attention of many.
Why Manziel May Not Be Great: Unlike most quarterbacks, Johnny Manziel has a habit of running a lot and can be reckless. His throwing mechanics are not ideal and is not the traditional quarterback. Manziel has also had distractions off the field.
Where Manziel Will Be Picked: Because of his great athletic ability, Johnny Football should be picked in the top 10 picks and possibly in the top 5.
Best Fit for Manziel: Cleveland Browns. The Browns are in need of a franchise quarterback and have the 4th pick of the draft. Cleveland has receiver Josh Gordon and running back Ben Tate and one of the best offensive lines in football.
Will Manziel Be Great?- Despite his athletic ability, I would prefer him on my Madden team and not my NFL team. He may get injured quickly and will attract a media circus that could tear apart a season.
2. Blake Bortles, Central Florida
Why Bortles May Be Great: Bortles came out of nowhere last season to emerge as one of the top prospects in the draft. He is more of a traditional quarterback with a good arm who can run if he must. Bortles could be the next Andrew Luck and seems to be one of the most well rounded prospects. And Bortles was a pleasant suprise in the combine and hin his pro day.
Why Bortles May Not Be Great: The UCF Knights are not in the hardest conference in college football and did not face many proven opponents. Bortles' hardest opponent was Baylor, a team that gave up 8 touchdowns to current Jets quarterback Geno Smith a year ago.
Where Bortles Will be Picked: Top 10. Bortles is desired by most of the teams in the top 10 and is almost guaranteed to go off the board quickly.
Best Fit: Jacksonville Jaguars. Bortles went to college in the same state and the Jaguars need a franchise quarterback. They have receivers Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon and a better offensive line than when Blaine Gabbert was selected.
Will Bortles be Great?- He has a better chance at greatness than Manziel, but he still has a lot to prove. He seems to have a lot in common with Blaine Gabbert, but Bortles is a prospect that will be interesting to watch. I think that he will last longer than Manziel, but not by much.
3. Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
Why Bridgewater Could Be Great: Teddy Bridgewater is the most NFL ready of the three prospects and was projected to be the top pick before the season. Bridgewater can run and can throw in a pro style offense and can be a Pro Bowl player. He is also a leader and seems to have all of the skills needed for success in the NFL.
Why Bridgewater Could Not Be Great: Bridgewater's stock fell from top 5 to top 20 after his pro day. He was leapfrogged by Manziel and Bortles and could possibly stay in the green room after Derek Carr from Fresno State. Bridgewater needs to be in the perfect system or he will not succeed.
Where will Bridgewater Be Picked?- Top 15. He fell after his pro day but should not fall too far in the draft.
Best Fit: Tennessee Titans. The Titans have quarterback guru Ken Whisenhunt as a head coach and are in a warm weather environment. They are in need of a leader after Chris Johnson left and need competition for the often injured Jake Locker.
Will Bridgewater be Great?- Yes. In fact, he should be the best in his class. He has no major weaknesses and the pro day was a fluke. I would definitely want Bridgewater to quarterback my team.
NFLRUSH Kid Reporter
Free agency has pretty much come to a close with just a few well known names left such as Chris Johnson getting released by the Titans. And now that the big names have been signed you wonder what they are going to do for their teams next year. Sometimes when a free agent hits the open market a team signs the player and gets that difference maker they need. Other times teams sign a player with a lot of hype and they turn out to be a bust. So here are the teams who snatched those difference makers and the ones who grabbed a player who might have been over evaluated and how these teams will excel and struggle.
Teams that can excel this season:
Denver Broncos- It's hard to beat a record breaking season and a Super Bowl appearance but the Broncos had such a good free agency they can go back to the Super Bowl and win. They signed one of the best safeties in free agency ,TJ Ward, and they also picked up one of the best cornerbacks on the free agent market, Aquib Talib. But they surprised everyone by signing 3 defensive stars when Demarcus Ware joined Talib and Ward in Denver. Other signings were Emmanuel Sanders and Will Montgomery. All these players will improve the Broncos even though Knowshon Moreno and Zane Beadles both headed for Flordia. Talib will be a great cornerback in the system with Chris Harris and an upgrade from the aging Champ Bailey. TJ Ward will bring a new type of play into the safety position. Demarcus Ware will help the pass rush and compliment their defensive line. And finally Emmanuel Sanders will replace Eric Decker who signed with the Jets, at the number 2 receiver spot. With the Broncos new free agents they could do more than just go to the playoffs. They could be a top contender and threat especially with the other AFC west teams not being big factors in free agency. And with Peyton Manning and company already in Denver they can improve their already Super Bowl team.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Last season the Buccaneers were among the worst teams in the league. Then they fired head coach Greg Schiano and put Lovie Smith into that position and since then the Buccaneers have been rising. Free agency has been what now makes Tampa look like a more dangerous team. They grabbed Aluterraun Verner a young pro bowl cornerback to replace Darelle Revis and with Lovie Smith being a defensive coach he could develop him into more than just an elite corner. They also snatched Michael Johnson, one of the best defensive ends in the league, from the Bengals. They didn't just go all defense in free agency; they also got some free agents on the offensive side. They picked up what might be the starting quarterback for them next year in Josh McCown and they also signed left tackle Anthony Collins and tight end Brandon Myers. With Doug Martin, Vincent Jackson, and a great offensive line already on the offensive side and Gerold McCoy and Dashon Goldson already on the defensive side combined with all of their free agent additions make them look dangerous. And now that they have released Darelle Revis and he has gone to New England they could maybe use the cap room for more great free agent moves to put the Buccaneers in the right direction.
Teams that will struggle this season:
Carolina Panthers- The Panthers went deep in the playoffs last season but in free agency they haven't gone deep to sign a player. The Panthers have an elite quarterback and a good defense but it looks like everything is falling apart on both sides of the ball. Their receiving unit fell apart when they cut Steve Smith, lost Dominek Hixon to the Bears, lost Brandon Lafell to the Patriots, and Ted Ginn to the Cardinals. Now they have a whole unit to build and so far all they've done is sign the aging Jerricho Cotchery and they have 3 more receivers to go. On the defensive side they put a franchise tag on Greg Hardy and signed Roman Harper from the Saints but they still have problems. They lost safety Mike Mitchell to the Steelers and cornerback Captain Munnerlyn to the Vikings. Both were good players for the defense. Now because of all the free agent moves the Panthers are left with several positions in need. They need secondary help, wide receiver help, and right tackle help. Now they have to rely on the draft and even though it's deep I don't think it'll be enough to fix all the Panthers problems. This is when they really need Cam Newton to carry the team on his back. If that doesn't happen they'll be a disappointment but if he does it'll be a miracle.
Cinncinati Bengals- Another playoff team who has just not been a factor in free agency. The Bengals didn't end their season well last season and didn't start the season well either this season. They just haven't been active in free agency. They lost Anthony Collins their left tackle and cut both James Harrison and Kyle Cook which will definitely sting but the big loss was Michael Johnson. Johnson and Collins both went to Tampa but he was not only the starting defensive end he was an elite and some might say one of the best defensive ends in the league. All of those losses including them losing both their offensive and defensive coordinators will really hurt the Bengals. Now you're probably wondering if the Bengals fought back and signed new players. Well, they didn't. They have been one of the quietest free agent teams with a big cap space. Any other general manager would take that money and spent it on free agent talent. Over this span of time they have only made one significant free agent move by signing safety Daniel Manning. To add to that Andy Dalton is coming off a disappointing year and quarterback might be next on the list for team needs. That adds to a list of needs that includes another defensive tackle to help Geno Atkins, another defensive end, and a cornerback. The Bengals would have to be loaded with draft picks to at least get a couple good fits for those positions but they're not. Just like the Panthers I don't think the draft will fix all of their needs. It is deep and I think they could trade up to get a good quarterback or any other position but they'll have to develop them. Now that they are not in very good shape you'd usually rely on the quarterback but Andy Dalton has been struggling so if it's a rough ride for him next season it'll be a rough ride for the team.
All of these teams have been through great and not so great free agencies before so they know what they're doing. And for the teams that don't look very good at the end of free agency must have a secret when they're in the boardroom on draft day.
Will Selva has the latest on Champ Bailey's new contract with the New Orleans Saints, the release of Chris Johnson, and Pete Carroll's contract extension with the Seattle Seahawks.
Wow! The Tennessee Titans just released RB Chris Johnson. He can now sign with ANY team.
This instantly makes Johnson the most desirable free agent in the league. Who doesn’t want to add a guaranteed 1,000-yard rusher to their roster? In his six seasons with the Titans he’s averaged 1,328 yards and 10 TDs per season.
Chris Johnson is also the only player in NFL history with 6 TD runs of over 80 yards.
Fantasy football stud!
Which team is going to sign Johnson?
Below are the teams we think are most likely to land the star running back. Where do you think he'll go?
New York Giants - Dispite signing Rashard Jennings the Giants still have a big need at the RB position and Johnson would be the ideal addition.
New York Jets - The Jets would love to add Johnson’s speed to go with Chris Ivory’s grinding inside strength.
Denver Broncos - Having just lost Knowshon Moreno in free agency, Denver would love to bring in an all-pro like Johnson.
St. Louis Rams - Head coach Jeff Fisher drafted Johnson out of college, so it makes sense that he’d like to add him to the mix.
Dallas Cowboys - Never count the Cowboys out when it comes to high profile free agents.
Do you prefer your fantasy football running back to be a big bruiser? The South has some good ones. Or maybe you like your running backs fast and shifty? The South has some pretty good ones there too.
Which running back from the AFC and NFC South divisions are you going to nominate for the Ultimate NFL RUSH Fantasy Football team?
AFC & NFC South - Running Backs
Arian Foster – Houston Texans
Arian missed a lot of games last season but is still one of the best backs in the NFL.
2013 Stats: 542 Rushing Yards – 2 TDs – 86 RUSH Fantasy Points
Steven Jackson – Atlanta Falcons
Can Jackson regain top form next season?
2013 Stats: 542 Rushing Yards – 7 TDs – 115 RUSH Fantasy Points
Chris Johnson – Tennessee Titans
Once the best fantasy football running back in the league, he still gained over 1,000 yards and 10 TDs in a "down" year.
2013 Stats: 1,077 Rushing Yards – 10 TDs – 198 RUSH Fantasy Points
Maurice Jones-Drew – Jacksonville Jaguars *
Pocket Hercules still has plenty left in the tank.
2013 Stats: 803 Rushing Yards – 5 TDs – 144 RUSH Fantasy Points
* Signed with the Oakland Raiders.
Trent Richardson – Indianapolis Colts
With a year of the Colts system under his belt, look for Trent to break out in 2014.
2013 Stats: 563 Rushing Yards – 4 TDs – 157 RUSH Fantasy Points
Zac Stacy – St. Louis Rams
Can you believe the Rams found this gem of a back in the fifth round of last years NFL Draft?
2013 Stats: 973 Rushing Yards – 8 TDs – 109 RUSH Fantasy Points
Pierre Thomas – New Orleans Saints
Thomas produces solid numbers for the Saints despite splitting carries with Mark Ingram.
2013 Stats: 549 Rushing Yards – 5 TDs – 134 RUSH Fantasy Points
DeAngelo Williams – Carolina Panthers
Williams is a steady performer for the Panthers but can he increase his TDs?
2013 Stats: 843 Rushing Yards – 4 TDs – 137 RUSH Fantasy Points
Did you see Percy Harvin the Super Bowl? The dude is FAST and his speed changed that game.
The scouts at the NFL Combine know this. They know that SPEED wins games. Thus, the 40-yard dash has become the most anticipated event of the NFL Combine.
Plus, it's fun to watch :-)
Notable Players Times
Chris Johnson 4.24 (2008)
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie 4.29 (2008)
Darrius Heyward-Bey 4.30 (2009)
Mike Wallace 4.33 (2009)
Tavon Austin 4.34 (2012)
DeSean Jackson 4.35 (2008)
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