This Week in Football Writing

Inside The Pylon’s authors work tirelessly to deliver quality football articles to our readers. But writers around the internet produce high-level football writing every day, some of which you may have missed. Each week we at ITP will pull together some of their favorite pieces and share them with you here to ensure our loyal readers…

New Patriots CB Bradley Fletcher: Hitting the Reset Button

Bradley Fletcher, the newest member of the New England Patriots, arrives after a rough 2014 season with the Philadelphia Eagles. However, after losing Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner the Patriots saw enough to offer Fletcher a one-year contract with a maximum value of $2.5M. According to Pro Football Focus (PFF), no cornerback surrendered more yards in…

Explaining Kickoff Coverage: The Importance of Safeties

Chuck Zodda enjoys candlelit return blocks, long runbacks on punts, and the sweet smell of gunners making tackles. When not busy romanticizing the virtues of punters as multi-talented players, he spends his time on the oft-overlooked aspects of special teams. Kickoff coverage units seem relatively straightforward to build: Find 10 men with little regard for…

NFL Draft Profile: Florida State CB P.J. Williams

2015 NFL Draft cornerback prospects are jockeying for position and fending off challenges in the race to be taken in the first round. Trae Waynes, Kevin Johnson and Combine superstar Byron Jones have already gone under Dave Archibald’s microscope. Florida State CB P.J. Williams is his latest subject. Florida State has been a cornerback factory…

Depth Off The Edge: Patriots DE‒OLB Jabaal Sheard

As the New England Patriots adapt to life without cornerback Darrelle Revis, the team landed its first significant addition of the offseason by signing free agent edge rusher Jabaal Sheard. In an attempt to bolster their perimeter pass rush options out of multiple fronts, the Patriots inked the soon-to-be 26-year-old outside linebacker / defensive end to…