Monday, June 09, 2014

FirstStopFantasy.com: FSF Top 100 Players: #92 Michael Johnson – First Stop Fantasy

FSF Top 100 Players: #92 Michael Johnson – First Stop Fantasy

For Michael D. Johnson, he had earned his respect in the Cincinnati locker room and with opposing quarterbacks. Unfortunately, playing in Cincinnati on a defense loaded with talented players such as Carlos Dunlap, Geno Atkins, Vontaze Burfict, and Leon Hall has seen Johnson fly under-the-radar.  As he needed time to adapt and force his way into the starting lineup in Cincinnati kept him hidden from the general NFL public.

Johnson may not be flashy. He may not be profiled in the pre-game theatrics. He may not be known by the casual NFL fan, but opposing offensive coordinators and quarterbacks are very aware of the disruptive defensive end on game tape. As he starts fresh in Tampa Bay in 2014 expect this under-the-radar star to explode on the public scene as the centerpiece of the Buccaneer’s defense.

MusketFire: New England Patriots NFL Draft Analysis for 2014 season and 2015 and Beyond

New England Patriots NFL Draft Analysis for 2014 season and 2015 and Beyond

As head coach Bill Belichick continues to build the Patriots not just for a run for the Super Bowl in 2014 but also for the future, the draft picks in 2014 confounded many NFL analysts as they anticipated a draft built around adding offensive weapons for quarterback Tom Brady. Instead New England balanced the present and the future as they shored up both sides of the football and addressed their needs in their typical manner.  As frustrating as the 2014 NFL Draft may have been to New England Patriots fans, there was–as always–a method to the madness of the Patriots front office.



The NFL Draft is a fascinating process as teams balance building for the future and looking for instant impact. Bill Belichick has seemingly had a plan in place during the NFL Draft–even if it is not obvious to analysts with their instant analysis.  Stepping back to let the dust settle it becomes clearer what New England’s plans were when taken in the historical perspective of past drafts. In that regard things begin to make more sense.

New England Patriots: On Vacation as Free Agency Begins - Full Press Coverage

The 2019 NFL year has begun with the advent of free agency and as usual the New England Patriots are one of the quietest teams. While teams ...