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Eight in the Box: Breakout player

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Running back Isaiah Pead is a close choice over receiver Brian Quick. Both came to mind immediately as leading candidates for breakout seasons after neither produced much as a second-round choice in 2012. Quick caught two scoring passes among his 27 receptions as a rookie. Pead was a nonfactor with only 10 carries. That gives him more room for growth. Pead should see a significant increase in opportunities now that Steven Jackson is with the Atlanta Falcons. When I asked quarterback Sam Bradford about breakout candidates last summer, Pead was one of the first players he mentioned based on physical abilities alone. Bradford wasn't sure whether Pead could contribute right away after missing organized team activities, because of the graduation schedule at the University of Cincinnati. In the end, Pead never gained much traction. Bradford did think Pead had the talent to be "special" in a change-of-pace role, at least. The thinking here is that Pead should be just as talented now as he was then, and that he'll benefit from a year in the offensive system and additional opportunities.

Manti Te'o Is More Than a Middle Linebacker

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Manti Te'o has played both linebacker roles in his college career, so he's not just an one dimensional middle linebacker

Sam Bradford's Got Some Splaining to Do!!!

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Seems like our starting quarterback has been doing some acting in his spare time on a little known Soap Opera called "The Bold & The Beautiful" while he's supposed to be working out trying to get better at the craft that he's under contract for. First let me start by explaining that isn't really Sam Bradford I just thought I'd share this with everyone because I walked by and saw this character on my mom's television and thought that this guy looked a helluva lot like Sammy.

SSAC13: Football Analytics, featuring Kevin Demoff

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Rams VP Kevin Demoff was part of a panel on football analytics at the 2013 Sloan Sports Analytics conference back in Feb. Be sure to check this out for a really interesting take on how NFL teams work.

You're the GM

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Hey all. I've been doing a fantasy football blog for a few years now and during the off season, I concentrate on the draft. I attempt to do a comprehensive draft, team by team, on what I would do as the team's GM. Check out what I've done for your team and drop a comment or two on what you think and what you might do differently. If you think it's worth a read, point others to the site that you think may be interested and come back for the other team write-ups. Also, if any of you are interesting in becoming a contributor and creating some posts, please let me know in the comments and we'll see about getting you set up. Thanks for your time and I hope you enjoy it. The second, first round pick and the rest of the draft can be found here

Keenan Allen Runs Slow 40, according to Mayock

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Keenan Allen’s health, not his 40 times, is what matters right now

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