Cameron Wake played two seasons in the CFL and led the league in sacks both times, collecting 16 in 2007 and 23 in 2008. That earned him a return to the NFL with the Miami Dolphins in 2009. He has played the last nine seasons for the Dolphins, collecting 92 sacks.
What’s the value of the NFL receiving champion? Jarvis Landry is about to find out. He set a franchise record with 112 catches in becoming the first Dolphin to win an NFL receiving crown since O.J. McDuffie in 1998.
Tom Brady has won five Super Bowls and, at 40, was the NFL MVP in 2017 after leading the NFL in passing yards. Then he threw for an NFL record 505 yards in a losing cause in the Super Bowl. The only worry the Patriots have in 2018 is the aging process.
The Pro Bowl is no longer a game, period. It’s television programming – just another chance to broadcast some football and advertise more products. But a game it is not – there is very little contact and even less emotion. You might as well put flags in everyone’s pocket.
A Jim Schwartz defense is built to win up front and the Eagles were suffocating, finishing third against the run and fourth in scoring defense. Philadelphia controlled the line of scrimmage with its tackle tandem of Fletcher Cox and Timmy Jernigan.
A former walk-on at two schools (Texas Tech and Oklahoma), Baker Mayfield finished second in the nation in both passing yards (4,627) and touchdowns (43) last season and fifth in total offense with an average of 352.7 yards per game.
Even though Deshaun Watson started just six games, he’d be impossible to leave off this list of Rookie of the Year candidates. No rookie had as spectacular a six-game run as Watson before a knee injury ended his season.
In the last 12 Hall of Fame classes, offensive linemen have been shut out only twice (also 2011). The last time two blockers were inducted the same year was 2013 when Jonathan Ogden and Larry Allen both received busts. But that was when the classes included six modern-era candidates.
A starter from Day 1, Jameis Winston became the youngest quarterback in NFL history to pass for 3,000 yards, then 4,000 yards and also the youngest to pass for 40 touchdowns. Winston has passed for 4,000 yards in each of his first two NFL seasons.