My Top 10 Wide Receivers for 2019

By Earl Bennett There is always a debate about receivers and who should be ranked higher. Are they rated off stats, pure abilities or in-depth analysis of game tape? What is typically missing from “the top” receiver conversation is their intellect, toughness, blocking and effecting the team when they are not receiving the ball. Drawing coverage, being the clear-out guy and occasionally taking a break to discombobulate the defense. Teams practice and study for the top players to be in the game a lot. So, when they are not, they can run their usual defense, which makes play a little easier than usual.   There is no doubt that most …
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Devin Hester, The G.O.A.T., My Idol #StoryTimeWithDJMoore

By DJ Moore I don’t know how it happened, but growing up in Spartanburg, South Carolina, I found myself being a devoted Seminoles fan. The kick goes wide right. I had all that pain of watching all of those missed kicks.  As a Florida State fan, I looked forward to the big rivalry game vs. Miami every year. It was Devin Hester who made me root for a guy on the Miami football team. It took a lot for me to do that. I remember watching him, and it seemed like every time he touched the ball, it went for a touchdown. If Miami needed a score, boom there he went down …
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First Time In: What to Make of the First Preseason Game #StoryTimeWithArmstrong

By Anthony Armstrong With the first round of preseason games behind us, we have moved right into the space of “too damn early” projections about new-look offenses and the “lack of creativity” in play calling.  These first games are the 2019 1.0 Beta edition of your favorite team stepping on the field against a group of new faces and playing styles.   Don’t overthink it, and please don’t make it awkward. My first preseason game in Washington was against the Buffalo Bills at FedEx Field.  I was hyped. I knew I was going to get some run with the one’s and was ready to put on a show.  I’m just trying to …
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Coach Drake, You Will Be Missed

By Jerraud Powers Coach Drake: In 2013 , I signed a three-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals. During those three years, I met some of the “realest” coaches I have ever been around. Everyone on staff, except one guy had played in the league, so they understood what players went through on a daily basis. They coached differently, and they treated us with the respect that you hoped for as a player. Coach Drake was the wide receiver coach. Arguably the most genuine, funny guy you could ever meet. Every training camp and week throughout the season, Coach Drake would look at me and get my attention and say “Aight …
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Coach Drake, Thank You

By Earl Bennett A heavy heart and tears well up knowing that at least once a year I will not be receiving a text or call from you to just speak and check on the family. Coach Drake you were the truest form of what being a coach really entails. The multiple hats worn in the word “coach” was exemplified by you daily. First Meeting During my pre-draft, there were two teams that showed up to Vanderbilt for a workout. The Chicago Bears and the Philadelphia Eagles. First, were the Bears. They came to Nashville for a visit and workout. There was bad weather, and at the time Vanderbilt did …
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Undrafted to NFL Quarterback #StoryTimeWithCalebHanie

By Caleb Hanie I came out of Colorado State in 2008 with an undrafted free agent contract to the Chicago Bears. I felt very blessed to be given an opportunity to practice at that level and essentially be given a tryout to make an NFL team. I had a couple of other teams who called on Draft Day asking me to come. One of which was my hometown team and childhood favorite, the Dallas Cowboys. The Bears opportunity was just better. They had two veteran quarterbacks who were battling for the starting job, Kyle Orton and Rex Grossman. My agent, myself and my family all felt that the Bears would be moving on from one of those quarterbacks soon and would …
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Wesley Woodyard’s Scary Remarks During Game #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett Inside of a Riddell helmet there is this huge “WARNING” sticker. The sticker explains all the dangers of improperly using the helmet.  For me, it was the last few words that really hit me after I was told by Wesley Woodyard that he was going to kill me during my freshman year when Kentucky played Vandy in Nashville.  Trash talking is one thing. Very typical in sports all around and no different in football. You hear the usual “You suck,” “Take your sorry ass to the sideline,” and “Your mom should be ashamed of your sorry ass” quotes all the time. Trash talk is a part of …
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Jerraud Powers intercepts Peyton Manning #StoryTimeWithJP

By Jerraud Powers My first training camp in the NFL was tough. Two-a-day practices and a defensive coach who thought I couldn’t do anything right. Every athlete has had the one coach who saw a wrong in every right thing that they did. Larry Coyer was my defensive coordinator, and he had to be 70 years old (or older) at the time. My roommate for camp was Jacob Lacey. He was out of Oklahoma State and was a baller. In our coaches eyes, we were too cool and too relaxed for his liking. We rarely showed any emotion when it came to work but we worked hard and had a …
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Sneaky Vandy #StoryTimeWithTori

By Tori Gurley For some odd reason Vandy would give us a hard time. We had   the better team, coaches, fans and facilities, but the Commodores would give us a run for our money. Usually the games would come down to the last possession. Coach Spurrier would draw up plays for his star players like Marcus or Alshon, but guess who would end up with the ball? Yours truly! LOL 2009 we were back up at home on our 1-yard line and Coach Spurrier wanted to call 9 seam (All Go) to get us away from our own end zone. I went to Alshon and told him, “Hey Alshon, …
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What Hall of Famer, Brian Urlacher, Told Me! #StoryTimeWithDJMoore

By DJ Moore As a young player in the National Football League, I did not know what to expect once I was drafted.  I remember walking in the locker room eyes wide open to the possibilities that were before me. The first thing I noticed when entering the locker room were the names above all the lockers.  Then you look up and see your own name.  I remember the first time I saw Brian Urlacher.  I watched him walk by me afraid to say something to him because of a perceived notion that he might be an asshole.  I assumed all-stars were assholes because all the movies I watched portrayed …
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