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BEYOND THE STATS: BREAKING DOWN CJ’S CATCHES

CJ Spiller averaged 10.2 yards per reception in 2012 and then 5.6 in 2013. The Buffalo running back had a down year, likely due to injury, but what gives? How much differently was he used in the passing game and did that also impact his production as a receiver?

 

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Hey NFL, Your Anti-Gay Hypocrisy Is Showing

“I don’t think football is ready for [an openly gay player] just yet,” said an NFL player personnel assistant. “In the coming decade or two, it’s going to be acceptable, but at this point in time it’s still a man’s-man game. To call somebody a [gay slur] is still so commonplace. It’d chemically imbalance an NFL locker room and meeting room.”

 

 

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What Tom Brady Needs

 

The New England Patriots finished 12-4, but they’re far from a complete team. Changes at multiple key positions should be expected. Here are the Patriots’ top areas of need as they prepare for the draft:

 

 

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Jets promote son of  Tony Sparano

Sparano Jr. was a seasonal intern with the Jets in 2012 and 2013. On Monday, he was promoted to offensive assistant, another low-profile, mostly behind-the-scenes job on the coaching staff. 

 

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