NFL Training Camp Brouhahas

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff, Chicago Guru & NFL Writer Extraordinaire

New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith had his jaw broken in two spots today in a locker room fight, in which he was “sucker punched.” Besides being a very Jets occurrence, it continues a proliferation of training camp altercations around the league. Smith is out 6-10 weeks and the player that whacked him, IK Enemkpali, is out of work, waived by the Jets about 30 seconds after the punch.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

And if this is the reaction to Geno Smith who will never be thought of as the second coming of Troy Aikman, imagine the blow-back if it was an actual GOOD quarterback. [Read more…]

Can Michael Vick Save the Jets from a Disastrous Season?

After a dismal 1-8 start of the season, not many football fans had any hope on Rex Ryan and the New York Jets. They looked bad week after week, losing games to Green Bay, Chicago, Detroit, San Diego, Denver, New England, Buffalo and Kansas City before winning their first game in over two months last weekend against the Pittsburgh Steelers. For many, the biggest issue was Geno Smith and his lack of experience on the field. In fact, things suddenly changed right after Rex Ryan decided to bench Smith and call Michael Vick as the team starter. Smith’s last game as starter was on Week 9 when they visited the Kansas city Chiefs as 9.5 point road underdogs. [Read more…]

Project Shanks NFL Quarterback Roulette

By Matt Rogers
PSDC Writer

In the NFL, there is no more visible or valuable commodity than the QB. Everything revolves around them. They are the big money makers. They top every list when evaluating every team. When it comes to quarterbacks, it’s not only the great ones that linger in our minds for years after their playing days have ended. Fans can never seem to forget the epic failures at QB either.

Yes, we love to debate the greats like Joe Montana, Dan Marino and John Elway. However, nothing is more fun than discussing the great busts like Ryan Leaf, Jamarcus Russell and Todd Marinovich.

What is wrong with us? Why do we love to watch these train wrecks? I’m sure there is some valid psychological explanation having to do with us not being hugged enough as children. Honestly, I’m too busy rubber necking all of these situations to care why. I’m just as sick as the rest of you when it comes to watching these tragic QB story lines. I can’t help myself.

With that in mind, I’m going to share a few thoughts about three of the ugliest stories I already can’t look away from in this early 2013 season.

#3 – Tampa Bay Bucs

A couple years ago, I was a fan of Josh Freeman. I’m sure many others were as well. Nowadays, I see him as a marked man. Freeman’s performance last year was a significant let down, burning the Bucs and many fantasy teams. His efforts to regroup in the off season, and his attitude toward preparing for what should be a reclamation year, have both been awful. I took the Bucs drafting Mike Glennon last spring as a sign they were concerned with Freeman’s fall off or may it was just an effort to light a fire under. His response was not what I expect from a competitor. [Read more…]

2013 NFL Team Preview: New York Jets

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff 

The New York Jets. The name inspires gut busting laughter from football fans across the country. From Rex Ryan’s foot fancy to Tim Tebow, the Jets seem to be a laboratory experiment gone awry. Lost in the carnival is the fact the Jets play pretty good defense.The train wreck posing as the Jets offense, however, is a different animal. When the highlight of your offenses season is the below average quarterback running into his offensive lineman’s rear end and fumbling, that’s a bad year. Now with the Jet’s drafting quarterback Geno Smith and ever scourged Mark Sanchez limping toward a backup role with another team, it looks like another long season for the Jets. At least we may get a chuckle out of them.

Here’s the 2013 team preview of the New York Jets. [Read more…]

Podcast Shanks: Dallas Cowboys Edition with Stuckey & Spears

Another episode of Podcast Shanks is here and it is something new and different. It is a Dallas Cowboys edition starring Editor-in-Chief Chris Stuckey and NFL Draft Expert Zack Spears. When the two most attractive members of the PSDC family get together, hilarity and knowledge dropping is sure to occur. The topics discussed read as follows:

– NFL Draft surprises including Manti T’eo, Honeybadger, Geno Smith, EJ Manuel, etc.
– Dallas Cowboys draft strategy
– Did Jerry Jones panic and reach in the first round or draft the best player at a position of need?
– Is Gavin Escobar a tight end or Texas Rangers relief pitcher?
– And much more

Click here to download or listen below.

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2013 NFL Draft Review: New York Jets, Rounds 2-3

By Courtnie Wyche
PSDC Contributor

Round 2, Pick 39: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

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Project Shanks NFL Mock Draft 5.0

By David Parks
PSDC NCAA Specialist

The draft is now a mere two weeks away and slowly but surely we are zeroing in on which prospects certain teams are targeting.

It’s all but signed, sealed and delivered that Luke Joeckel is going to be the first overall pick but the intrigue starts right after that at pick No. 2.  Jacksonville is a team of many needs.  Their defense is terrible, but so is their offense.  Offensive line, defensive line, secondary, linebackers, quarterback – you name it, the Jags probably need it.  Because of this, it makes the Jags a tough team to predict. [Read more…]

Project Shanks NFL Mock Draft 2.0

By David Parks
PSDC NCAA Specialist

We can officially turn the lights out on the 2012-2013 NFL season and with that comes the beginning of an entirely new season – the offseason. During the offseason teams will court free agents, resign their own players and turn their attention to April’s NFL Draft.

Aside from the combine, one of the things that the NFL does to help teams and scouts with Draft preparation is the Senior Bowl. Located in Mobile, the Senior Bowl is a game between college football’s top seniors from across the nation. During the week leading up to the game, the players complete drills that give NFL personnel a chance to get an up close look at the game’s next set of rookies.

Our 2.0 version of the mock draft features some notable changes, specifically at the top where West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith replaces Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel. The more I think about it, the more I see Andy Reid getting a quarterback that he wants. As they say, “new regimes = new quarterbacks.” But will it be Smith? Who knows. Any mock before free agency, the combine or pro days is nothing more than educated guesses based on team needs.

In addition to Smith rising, a couple of notable college stars fall – most notably Georgia’s Jarvis Jones. Jones was one of college football’s elite pass rushers over the course of the past two seasons. In addition to concern over a neck injury in 2010 that forced him to transfer from USC, many are skeptical as to whether Jones can play OLB in a 4-3. His game is taylor-made to be a 3-4 OLB coming off the edge in the mold of Tamba Hali. But because some scouts aren’t sold on his ability to play in a 4-3 scheme, many teams will pass over him which is why we have him falling out of the top five.

To see the latest shuffling and who your favorite team picked, dive into Version 2.0 of PSDC’s Mock Draft.

1) Kansas City Chiefs: Geno Smith, West Virginia

I hate this pick so much.  There isn’t a quarterback out there I’d take in the first round, but something tells me the Chiefs are going to “Chief” and by Chief I mean do something very, very stupid.  If I’m the Chiefs I’m rushing up here and taking Luke Joeckel and then addressing my quarterback need somewhere later because as I said before, you could get a guy like Matt Barkley or Tyler Wilson in the second round.  Why not improve your offensive line first?  Please don’t Chief, Chiefs. [Read more…]

Project Shanks 2012 Heisman Watch: Week 7

By David Parks
PSDC Lead College Football Writer

We have reached the midway point of the 2012 college football season and thus, it’s time to crown Geno Smith as the Midseason Heisman Award Winner!!! [Read more…]

Project Shanks 2012 Midseason All-Americans

By David Parks
PSDC Lead College Football Writer 

What you see below is the Project Shanks 2012 Mid Season All-American team as selected by yours truly.  If you disagree w/ any of the selections, deal with it.  (Or just email me)

The SEC leads the way with 10 players on the first team.  The next highest?  That would be the Big 12 with four, and no, none of them are on the defensive side of the ball. [Read more…]

Project Shanks 2012 Heisman Watch: Week 6

By David Parks
PSDC Lead College Football Writer

After the most exciting week of football yet, a select group of players have begun to pull away from the crowd and separate themselves as Heisman favorites. [Read more…]

Project Shanks 2012 Heisman Watch: Week 5

By David Parks
PSDC Lead College Football Writer

The Watch marches on much like offenses from around the country did on Saturday.  And nowhere was that more apparent than in Morgantown, West Virginia where Watch leader Geno Smith spent the day playing NCAA 13 against the Baylor defense.  My friends and I watched almost the entire game, but the problem was that if you switched the channel for any amount of time, you would miss a touchdown.   [Read more…]