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State Your Case: Why Cookie Gilchrist is worthy of HOF consideration

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Which RB would you build your NFL team around?

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NFL’s biggest disappointment? It’s the Giants

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Lionel Vital led all strike rushers with 346 yards on 80 carries for the 3-0 Redskins – three victories that helped propel Washington to its second championship season under Joe Gibbs.

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Adam Vinatieri owns four Super Bowl rings (three from the Patriots, one from the Colts) and set an NFL record by converting 44 consecutive field goals. He was voted to the 2000 NFL all-decade team.

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Derek Carr now has a 13-4 record in his last 17 starts for the Raiders with 33 TD passes and only six interceptions.

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Billy “White Dhoes” was the only kick returner named to the NFL’s 75th anniversary team – and he’s also the only member of that 75th anniversary team not enshrined in Canton.

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The NFL has not had a repeat champion in 13 years. If the Patriots leave the door open in 2017, the Packers, Steelers, Falcons, Seahawks and Raiders all have the quarterbacks to get them to February.

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Since 1960, 35 of the 57 NFL champions posted winning records in the preseason. Only 11 of the NFL champs since then finished the preseason with losing records.

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The two key elements for any Super Bowl contender are quarterback and pass rush. The Raiders have both with Derek Carr taking the snaps and Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin pressuring the quarterback off the edge.

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Just as Tom Brady makes the Patriots the annual favorites in the AFC, Aaron Rodgers makes the Packers the annual favorite in the NFC. The NFL is all about the quarterback position and these are the two best.

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The eighth overall pick of the 2012 draft, Ryan Tannehill was steering the Dolphins to their first playoff berth in eight seasons when he went down in the 14th game with a knee injury. The Dolphins were 9-5 at the time and finished 10-6 to claim an AFC wild card.

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Legend has it that Jackson’s football field at L.B. Landry High School in New Orleans abutted a fireman’s graveyard. Thus, the nickname “Tombstone” for a defender who laid out opposing ball carriers with his tackles, be they quarterbacks or running backs.

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Ryan Tannehill passed for 2,995 yards and 19 touchdowns for the Dolphins in 2016 but he won’t be passing for any this season after suffering a season-ending knee injury in practice the first week of training camp.

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Ron VanderKelen was selected the MVP of the 1963 College All-Star game for throwing the game-winning 73-yard touchdown pass to his former Wisconsin teammate Pat Richter in the fourth quarter.

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Bobby Boyd was a key starter on one of the league’s most successful teams – the Baltimore Colts of the 1960s, a club that went to two league championship games – and was a three-time All-Pro.

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Once upon a time those exhibition games were competitive. And meaningful. No, not in the standings. But they were considered a part of the team-building process that sent a team into a season with momentum.

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Former general manager Bobby Beathard is the contributor nominee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018, and, as a tribute to him, we reprint a State Your Case — first published in 2015 — arguing for his inclusion.

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