Buffalo

The Buffalo…Browns?

On August 11, the Buffalo Bills shocked everyone by trading away young stars Sammy Watkins and Ronald Darby in two separate deals that were announced only minutes apart. Coming back in these trades were cornerback E.J. Gaines (from the Rams), wide receiver Jordan Matthews (from the Eagles), and a second and third round pick in…

ITP Draft Guide

10 Scouting Rules: # 5 College Role Is Not All

Director of the Scouting Academy and ITP contributor Dan Hatman has written ten short pieces using Matt Miller’s tweet list as inspiration, hoping to illuminate readers on aspects of the scouting and player evaluation business that are misunderstood, glossed over, or ignored. This is Part 5, College Role Is Not All. Player evaluation is often, as Blanton Collier and Paul…

Wide Receiver Investment: They Pay These Guys How Much?!

How do NFL teams allocate resources? Dave Archibald has looked at the real price of contract extensions and draft picks on quarterbacks, running backs, and offensive linemen. In this installment, he looks at how teams evaluate wide receiver investment. NFL quarterbacks throw more and more passes each season, and teams invest heavily in the receivers that catch those passes.…

Rookie Wide Receivers at the Quarter Pole

[Editor’s Note: This article was published before the start of the Sunday Week 5 games.] If you needed further evidence that the National Football League is a “passing league,” examine what positions dominated the first round of the 2014 NFL draft. On April 8, 2014, five offensive tackles, five defensive backs, four outside linebackers and…