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Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Ebron Could Use Some Luck


Colts signed TE Eric Ebron, formerly of the Lions, to a two-year contract. Coach Frank Reich called Ebron an "elite tight end."

The last time we saw Andrew Luck healthy (2016), the Colts used 2+ TE sets at the 3rd-highest rate in the NFL and had the 6th-highest target share to TEs.


04/01/18, 11:32 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Carlos Hyde

San Francisco 49ers

Hyde and Seek


Browns agreed to terms with RB Carlos Hyde, formerly of the 49ers, on a three-year, $15 million contract.

Obtaining Hyde has several trickle-down effects; first it replaces Crowell who signed with the Jets, it probably diminishes Duke Johnson’s value a bit. Hyde is a better all-around back than Crowell was and will certainly take over the goal-line work seeing that he’s got 20+ pounds on Duke. It also reduces the likelihood that Cleveland takes Saquon Barkley with the 4th pick in the draft. They will most likely look to draft a defensive player (Chubb) or trade down again.


04/01/18, 11:28 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jerick McKinnon

Minnesota Vikings

McKinnon Goes West For Gold-Rush


49ers agreed to terms with RB Jerick McKinnon, formerly of the Vikings, on a four-year, $30 million contract.

McKinnon averaged a ho-hum 3.8 yards a carry for the Vikings and scored three rushing touchdowns. By contrast, San Francisco's former lead runner, Carlos Hyde, averaged 3.9 yards an attempt in 2017 and had eight rushing touchdowns.

It appears as though Shanahan is enamored with McKinnon's athletic metrics, but I'm not so sure he was "pounding the table" to get him. This move could push the Niner's to cut Joe Williams.


04/01/18, 11:12 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.sacbee.com


Mike Wallace

Baltimore Ravens

Eagles Keep Improving


Eagles signed WR Mike Wallace to a one-year contract.
Mike Wallace can still move posting a top five max speed among wide receivers last season. He will fill the void left by Torrey Smith as a speed vertical threat.


04/01/18, 11:08 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Terrelle Pryor

Washington Redskins

Jets Searching For Weapons


Jets agreed to terms with WR Terrelle Pryor, formerly of Washington and Cleveland.

Second year in a row on a new team doesn’t really help Pryor's cause, but I like the idea of him on the field with Teddy Bridgewater at some point. I would imagine, with some creativity, the Jets could really design some innovative gadget plays.
The Jets receiving corps really looks like a bunch of question marks at this point though, no telling what the week-to-week outcome will be with these guys.
Jermaine Kearse: 65 catches, 810 yards, 5 touchdowns (2017)
Robby Anderson: 63 catches, 941 yards, 7 touchdowns (2017)
Quincy Enunwa: 58 catches, 857 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)
Terrelle Pryor: 77 catches, 1007 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)


04/01/18, 11:04 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Carlos Henderson

Denver Broncos

Sleeper Watch


Broncos coach Vance Joseph said the team is "counting on" Carlos Henderson making an impact in 2018.

If you are paying attention to Staggs projections there is plenty of opportunity for Henderson to step into a solid number of targets in the slot. Henderson was hindered by injury and awful QB play last year. Being drafted in the 18th round or later in best-ball leagues, Henderson is the late round flyer that should be on your radar.


04/01/18, 11:00 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.denverpost.com


Ben Watson

Baltimore Ravens

Watson Returns To Big Easy


Saints signed TE Ben Watson, formerly of the Ravens, to a one-year contract.

Watson had 74 catches on 110 targets for 825 yards and 6 TD’s when he was with the Saints in 2015. After missing 2016 he had a pretty good year with Baltimore last year despite an anemic offense, with 61 catches on 79 targets for 522 yards and 4 TD’s. He’s not a bad late round flyer TE. He’s basically free right now, but I expect by the time the season starts he’ll be being drafted within the top 20 at the position.


04/01/18, 10:54 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jeff Janis

Green Bay Packers

Janis Truthers Challenged


Browns officially signed former Packers’ WR Jeff Janis.
The combine superstar never amounted to anything in Green Bay, I highly doubt Cleveland is the place for him to finally break-out.


04/01/18, 10:50 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Thomas Rawls

Seattle Seahawks

Jets Sign Rawls


Rawls had five RB1 games in 2015, one in 2016, and has been a disappointment since. He’s not worth your time in fantasy, but he could cause enough disruption in the Jets backfield to cut any upside we might have hoped for from Isaiah Crowell.


04/01/18, 10:48 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.newyorkjets.com


Allen Robinson

Jacksonville Jaguars

Coo coo ca choo Mr. Robinson


Bears signed WR Allen Robinson, formerly of the Jaguars, to a three-year, $42 million contract.

This is a great move for Robinson and Chicago. Nagy’s offense and the young QB, Trubiski, should benefit Robinson at least as much as Bortles did, and Chicago gets the top WR in free agency.
Everyone on the team will be in a new scheme so there will be an adjustment, but as they start to gel we should see a big second half. Robinson’s recovery from a torn ACL doesn’t scare me away from drafting him in the late third/early fourth, his current MFL10 ADP is 43 overall while his Draft app ADP is 59.9. I expect Robinson to be somewhere in the range of 75 receptions, for 1100 yards and 8 TD’s.


03/24/18, 08:25 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Sammy Watkins

Los Angeles Rams

KC Building Strong Air Attack


Chiefs signed Sammy Watkins, formerly of the Rams, to a three-year, $48 million contract.

I’m a big Sammy truther so getting him in the 5th or 6th round is a pure power move. His current Draft app ADP of 87.1 is an absolute steal, his MFL10 ADP of 69.5 is still a great value in my opinion. There are quite a few options for high targets in KC so I don’t expect him to see the 128 targets he saw his rookie year, but he should definitely see more than the 70 he saw last year. He’ll have an entire offseason to work with the near-rookie QB, and at age 25 he should have enough burst left to have a 70 catch, 1050 yd, 8TD line. For his career he has 16 receptions on 30 targets for 12 TD’s in the Red Zone, and 9 receptions on 13 targets, for 8 TD’s inside the opponents 10. He should be the exact WR the Chiefs need to get over the hump. As a team the Chiefs were 34/75 for 13 TD’s in the Red-Zone last year and 12/24 for 10 TD inside the 10.


03/24/18, 08:19 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com


Kirk Cousins

Washington Redskins

Vikings Like That


Kirk Cousins plans to sign a three-year, fully-guaranteed contract from the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday. The deal is believed to be for around $86 million, and reports are it will be fully-guaranteed, a landmark for an NFL free agent.

Should be a lateral move for Kirk as far as fantasy, better WR’s, but fewer passes thrown in this offense. A healthy Dalvin Cook should be able to run out the clock if they are up in the second half of games and take the ball out of Cousins hands near the end zone. It should also help the overall efficiency of the offense so all in all it increases his floor, but cuts any garbage-time production we’ve seen with Washington. Kyle Rudolph becomes a big benefactor here, Cousins loves his TE, especially near the end-zone.


03/24/18, 08:16 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Case Keenum

Minnesota Vikings

Denver Makes Case


Broncos signed QB Case Keenum, formerly of the Vikings, to a two-year, $36 million contract.

Well, I was hoping for more than a bridge QB for my favorite WR (D. Thomas), but this is a definite upgrade from the three stooges Denver put behind center last year.


03/24/18, 08:13 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


LeGarrette Blount

Philadelphia Eagles

Detroit Sparks Up Blount


The Lions signed free agent RB LeGarrette Blount to a 1-year deal worth $4.5M. He’s back with Matt Patricia, as the New England ties are strong.

The Lions have needed a true goal-line/power-back for years. I expect Blount to get between 150-200 touches and all the short-yardage carries. Detroit’s offense doesn’t really fit what Blount brings to the table, but I expect Patricia will have some influence over how the offense will operate from here-on-out.


03/24/18, 08:10 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Cleveland Browns

Money Ball: The Sequel


Hate to start out the offseason with the Cleveland Browns, but they are makin’ moves!
Browns acquired: Tyrod Taylor, Jarvis Landry, Damarious Randall
Browns gave up: 2018 3rd-round pick (No. 65), 2018 4th-round pick, 2019 7th-round pick, DeShone Kizer

Building with experienced quality performers that have something to prove, by selling inconsequential draft picks is exactly what Sashi Brown was building up for. It’s a shame he won’t be around to reap the rewards, but these are quality moves for a win-now mentality.


03/09/18, 09:37 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills

Hue Looks To TyGoat


Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, who's pondering his future, is a fan of Tyrod Taylor and has said so on the ThomaHawk Show podcast.

Tyrod is just one season removed (2016) from being the QB11 in average fantasy ppg, including seven 20+ point weeks and six 15+ point weeks. Given the current talent on the O-line and skill position weapons he could improve on those numbers. He has the potential to be this year’s Alex Smith, definitely heading my late-round (12+) QB picks now.


03/09/18, 09:32 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Deshone Kizer

Cleveland Browns

Packers Get In On The Fun


The Packers have traded for QB DeShone Kizer from the Browns to Green Bay.

This is the best possible scenario for Kizer, who was thrown into the fire last season. Getting the chance to develop and learn behind the best in the business is the best chance he has for longevity.


03/09/18, 09:30 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Torrey Smith

Philadelphia Eagles

On The Move Again


The Eagles trade WR Torrey Smith to the Panthers for CB Daryl Worley. Torrey Smith could fill the old Ted Ginn role which makes this fairly interesting. Stagg Party says it’s more of a boost for Cam than Torrey himself.

This is an absolute perfect fit, someone who isn’t going to demand the ball, but can take the top off a defense while McCaffrey, Olsen, and Cam work underneath. Torrey is looking like a great late-round flyer.


03/09/18, 09:28 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


DeMarco Murray

Tennessee Titans

Henry Hype Train Has Clear Track


DeMarco Murray was released by the Titans.
No surprise here, expect Derick Henry to be a lead back with 250+ touches, but they will bring in someone that will play the third-down, pass-catching role out of the backfield. I wouldn’t be surprised if they sign someone like Jerick McKinnon or Rex Burkhead, or even Darren Sproles or Charles Sims. There are also plenty of options in the NFL draft, Henry won’t be a true “Bell Cow.”


03/09/18, 09:17 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Marquise Goodwin

San Francisco 49ers

The Name Says It All


Marquise Goodwin and the 49ers have agreed to a 3yr extension worth $20.3M & 10M guaranteed.

Shanahan has found his big-play threat at a reasonable price. Goodwin caught 56 balls for 962 yards last season, but only had two TD’s. None of his six longest plays (33+ yards) were from Garoppollo so it leads me to believe they will still be looking for a top of the line WR, even with Garcon coming back from injury.


03/09/18, 09:15 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

An Introduction to Pyropedia™

An Introduction to Pyropedia™

Posted by d-Rx on 11/09/12

by   The Archer


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AN INTRODUCTION TO PYROPEDIA™ 

 

 

Like anything we do content-wise on Pyromaniac.com, we want (one of) our newest offerings, Pyropedia™, to be a journey of total awesomeness. Anything new that we introduce has to pass the Pyro® litmus test, it has to be something fresh and exciting, it needs to be different from anything already in existence, we need it to be smart, respectful, witty and most of all it needs to be extraordinarily entertaining for anyone that loves the NFL. Pyro® is definitely a fantasy football website first and foremost, but at it's core, the most important thread we weave here is the Nation Football League. Without the NFL, fantasy football couldn't exist, and without the amazing stories that have happened and personalities that have come along in the history of this league, there wouldn't be the same passion that fans feel for the World's most exciting sports league.


For starters, Pyropedia™ is an interesting look at the history of your favorite NFL team through remarkable individual "moments" that helped build (or in some cases destroy) the 32 franchises of the NFL. These moments can be of a visual nature, and be a video or an interesting photograph (we will have limited meme/gif animations here younglings); or it can be a insightful piece that breaks down the remarkable career of a legend like Earl Campbell. Some moments will be short and sweet, and others are among the longest (in word count) stories we have on our site. If we see an amazing shirt online that we think you should buy, we'll put it in Pyropedia™. If it's interesting and worth a minute or 10 of your time - it's going to be included within the prolific Pyropedia™ team and player pages that we have spending our waking moments to realize.

 


The Pyropedia™ Manifesto


Pyropedia™ will be an entertaining and robust growing document for NFL stories. Think of it as a approachable Frankenstein of the visual nature of ESPN the Magazine, the encyclopedia nature of any Wiki out there, story telling craftsmanship inspired by the likes of the late-great Steve Sabol or John Madden, all bundled with the respect and understanding of the sport that inspires so much emotion for so many people world-wide.  


Basically there are THREE reasons to have Pyropedia on pyromaniac.com:


First: We are totally football geeks and this is basically pigskin porn to us, we love the game of football (the NFL being it's highest form) so much that we want to supply you with the wonderful stories of football; hopefully allowing you a moment to have a good time. We want to create the place where you get the history of your team with all the nuances of being a fan of that team.


Second: There are a lot of great football stories out there that haven’t been told, or haven’t been told enough and we (d-Rx®, Dawgmaticå and Houdini) want to tell them to you. When we are talking about the NFL together, the 3 of us learn so many new nostalgic nuggets that each of us never knew about, we want to help spread the word, and let these stories be heard. Selfishly, to unearth this information is a part of the process for us and we feel that us and our Pyro writers will be even better suited to inform others such as yourself if we/they are omniscient about the farthest reaches of the NFL, that it will help our product elsewhere on the site.


Third: The fact that girls aren't usually attracted to guys in their mid to late 30’s that run fantasy football websites is not really worth it's own point here for “third”, but we’ll include it anyway… man, we should have started a band… ah, piss off!



Within Pyropedia all of our "Legends" articles will be housed, the greatest players for each Franchise will have cool write-ups shedding new light on interesting morsels of information. I mentioned the Earl Campbell Pyropedia player page above, but here is one that Houdini wrote up this week on the Cleveland Browns best player ever, Jim Brown (link to come). Wikipedia is cool and all, I use it daily - but instead of our Legends pieces being a Wikipedia copycat, Pyropedia Legends pieces are going to have the flavorful, and addictive Pyro® voice that makes readers want to keep coming back for more (see my Bo Jackson or Jerry Rice pieces). The more you read these pages, the more you will learn about your favorite teams. For you blowhard wanna know everything types, Pyropedia will have you at the top of your game in a conversation with any fan of any team.  Did that just sound like a Milton Parker commercial there for a moment? Good!


We pride ourselves on uncovering many of the untold stories that make each Franchise unique and compelling.  We are giving you a different view of these Franchises in order to cover the history of the game we love! Some times a moment is portrayed in a fun way, others very serious, say like the passing of someone like Chris Henry, but always, at least mostly with a respectful approach to the tale. As mentioned, we believe that Pyropedia will act as a growing document that will continue to expand it's contents, the waters will run deeper and deeper for the stories that we are uncovering.  Pyropedia will be your go-to resource for to all things NFL. At a team and a player level, over time, Pyro will be the finest database of original content, and maybe one day soon, user-generated content. As Joe Biden said when Obamacare was passed into action, "This is a big fuckin' deal". This is a true passion of ours and something that we think is exceedingly absent on the internet today, we're going to rectify that! 


TO COME: A VEN DIAGRAM OF PYROPEDIA and it’s topics or maybe the ven of the inspiration like ESPNMAG/WIKI/ect  


We want you to come to pyromaniac.com when you are looking for information on the NFL, not Wikipedia.  We truly care about the content that we are producing and will give you all the history in one place with the seasoned analysis and fun that is the trademark of Pyromaniac.com.   This is the next big thing and something that we are extremely proud to bring to the marketplace.  We will have the entire Pyropedia up and running by the start of next season. Check out teams like the Chicago Bears (link to page here) and Green Bay Packers (link to page here), to see the starting point of what we have crafted for two of professional footballs oldest teams.


Over time we will make this a more interactive activity with our users and fans, but for the moment, we are in the lab experimenting and cooking up the dish… get ready to be blown away by Pyropedia. 

 


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Here is a little Q&A that may help define what Pyropedia is now and what our steps will be to further it's reach and depth as the months march forward.


01: What inspired you to create Pyropedia?

There are many times when you are trying to look up interesting stories on your favorite team and have to go to 20 different places to find the story or fact you are looking for.  At Pyropedia you will be able to find all that you are looking for in one place.  We are all such huge fans of the NFL, that as we starting thinking about all the great stories we knew about the Bears, just from being fans, and then realizing that a lot of these stories are not found on the internet in any meaningful way.  Then when we wanted to dive deeper into other teams and we found it difficult at times to find any information on the stories that we knew happened in these Franchises.  Some teams have better coverage than other teams out there (Green Bay, Chicago, and Pittsburgh) as compared to (Tampa Bay, San Diego, and Detroit).  This is a major emphasis for us.  We want all the Franchises to get to the same attention and love that the big boys get.  That is our goal.

We are online scouring for NFL factdom and information more than most, and we have realized over the past 4 years that from a historic standpoint, there aren't many sites that tell the tale of the NFL well.



02: A lot of players have played in the NFL during it’s existence, how many players do you think you can really do solid Pyropedia™ player pages for?


This is not going to be ESPN.com or Pro Football Reference, as you say, there are just too many players in the league at any given time and to go back thru the 90+ years the NFL has existed, just not possible. For the time being this site will be less about the stats of the NFL, and more about the soul of it. We are telling a tell, not crunching the stats for you here on Pyropedia™… as things grow, that can change – hell there is no reason we shouldn’t buy pro-football-reference.com in the next few years – none, but for the moment, we want to tell the stories and pain the picture in a Bob Ross manner.


 

03: How do you guys decide what moments you want to cover?


Houdini, Dawgmaticå and myself are hanging out talking football all the time, sometimes when we are sick of work, we take out the notepad and start conversely mentioning moments for these franchises, we put them all in the mix, and the best ones go first. The goal for this is enormous, it’s a huge undertaking, we know that first hand when we spent February and March writing moments for our first 6 teams (Bears, Packers, Giants, Cowboys, Jets, Steelers).

 


04: What is your favorite thing about Pyropedia™?


Here is something great about Pyropedia content for us, and a real draw for us as a content provider. Each team will be accessible to read by our readers… forever! Truth is, a week after Dawg’s Player Rankings Week 10 piece is available on our site, its pretty much never read again. The shelf-life on a lot of our content is very short, and with Pyropedia we can have stories and moments that live in the content cycle longer, bloggers (this is not a blog) like to call this pillar pieces which is a term that is relevant to why Pyropedia was invented.



05: How can I submit a great NFL moment/story to you guys in hopes that you write about it on Pyropedia?


Please send any comments, ideas, missing credits, praise, hatred and NFL fandom to contact [at] pyromaniac.com

 

 

by d-Rx® but as usual, many contributed!