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HOF embraces the “latest is the greatest” concept

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Rick Gosselin’s 2017 NFL special teams rankings

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Selection of Everson Walls as HOF finalist long overdue

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If players were voted into Canton based strictly on productivity, Joe Jacoby and Everson Walls would already have their busts. But Jacoby didn’t get into the room as a finalist until his 18th year of eligibility and Walls didn’t reach the room until his 20th year. The clock was ticking on them the moment they arrived. They wouldn’t have the luxury of 20 years of potential discussions like a Lewis, Moss and Urlacher.

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So who’s it going to be when the Pro Football Hall of Fame announces its Class of 2018 Saturday? We handicap the field.

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The Rams weren’t getting it done in their first season back in Los Angeles in 2016, so management did away with head coach Jeff Fisher and his staff. But not all of his staff. The Rams brought in Sean McVay as head coach to change the direction of the NFL’s worst offense. McVay hired Wade …

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The Steelers used to ride the bus when Jerome Bettis was in Pittsburgh. Now they can’t fit enough bodies under the one Ben Roethlisberger is driving. Twice in the span of a month the Steelers’ quarterback went public with excuses for failure that pointed directly at Pittsburgh’s coaching staff in general and offensive coordinator Todd …

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The Hall of Fame has never given cornerbacks a fair shake. There are only 14 pure cornerbacks in the Hall of Fame and three of them were enshrined as seniors.

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Since 2010, there have been 24 backs drafted in the fourth round or later who have started NFL games. Sixteen of them have posted 100-yard games and two have posted 200-yard games. Six of those backs have posted 1,000-yard rushing seasons and five have gone to the Pro Bowl.

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Former pass rusher Neil Smith is one of 108 preliminary candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and he’s happy. “I had everything a complete player needs” to get in, he said.

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Carson Wentz has been on fire and his Philadelphia Eagles have the best record in the NFL. But are they for real?

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The Kansas City Chiefs are 4-0 for a very good reason – they don’t beat themselves. They have committed an AFC-low one turnover. That came on KCs first snap of the season – a fumble by rookie Kareem Hunt. That was 238 plays and 42 offensive possessions ago.

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The Buffalo Bills and L.A. Rams ahve a long way to go but at the NFL quarter pole their revials are two of the biggest stories of the season.

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This is the youngest the NFL has ever been. Those experienced players who don’t make mistakes have been disappearing, replaced on rosters by the salary cap-friendly younger players who do make the mistakes that can cost a team games.

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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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Tom Brady’s wife said he has suffered with concussions. He says it’s nobody’s business but his own. The NFL doesn’t quite see it that way.

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CANTON, Ohio – Terrell Davis’ life changed the night he nearly lost it. Speaking at his Hall-of-Fame induction Saturday night, the former Denver Broncos’ running back recalled how the death of his father was “the greatest pain I ever experienced.’’ Fourteen years old and lost in his grief, Davis dropped out of football and nearly …

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