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  1. Latest on Fitzgerald's future with Cards

    Tom Carpenter

    Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald sports a salary-cap hit of more than $23 million for the 2015 campaign, which means that the Arizona Cardinals front office will have to make a tough call on whether or how to keep him on the team next season. As his...

    Blog | January 23, 2015
  2. History not on Packers' side?

    Tom Carpenter

    The status of Aaron Rodgers' strained calf remains a key storyline heading into Sunday's NFC title game between his Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks. Even if he were 100 percent, history is not on his side. Rodgers and his teammates come...

    Blog | January 18, 2015
  3. Does DeMarco Murray have any gas left?

    Tom Carpenter

    For the first time during his four-year NFL career, DeMarco Murray played a full 16-game slate of games. He even played through a broken hand. However, we also saw some diminishing returns in the latter weeks of the regular season, as he failed to to...

    Blog | January 11, 2015
  4. Footwork key for Newton Saturday?

    Tom Carpenter

    Any quarterback who has to enter the Seattle Seahawks house and do battle will have his work cut out. That will be no different for Cam Newton this weekend. Coach Ron Rivera said Thursday that Newton's footwork was sloppy last week against the Ari...

    Blog | January 09, 2015
  5. Will Marc Trestman, Phil Emery survive?

    Tom Carpenter

    The Chicago Bears' Thursday press conference was great cinema verite, as coach Marc Trestman answered myriad questions about benching Jay Cutler, who followed up Trestman with his own session with reporters. It gave us a chance to read between the li...

    Blog | December 19, 2014
  6. Shotgun usage slowing Eddie Lacy?

    Tom Carpenter

    It wasn't too surprising that Eddie Lacy failed to explode out of the gate statistically this year, since the Green Bay Packers faced three of the NFL's top six rush defenses (SEA, NYJ, DET). However, Lacy couldn't get it going (17 rushes for 48 yard...

    Blog | October 02, 2014
  7. Will Bears blitz more in Week 5?

    Tom Carpenter

    The Chicago Bears couldn't figure out how to slow down Aaron Rodgers Sunday, as the quarterback threw four touchdowns, leading his Green Bay Packers to a 38-17 win in Chicago. They failed to generate any pressure on Rodgers, as they worked in zone co...

    Blog | September 30, 2014
  8. Fit Nick Fairley settling in?

    Tom Carpenter

    As he tried to establish a new mentality with the Detroit Lions, coach Jim Caldwell benched former first-round pick Nick Fairley during the preseason for being out of shape. Fairley responded by hiring a personal chef, eating better and dropping weig...

    Blog | September 19, 2014
  9. Will Rex risk blitzing Rodgers?

    Tom Carpenter

    Since Aaron Rodgers arguably is the best quarterback in the NFL, opposing defenses aren't prone to test him by blitzing over and over during a game. He's too good to not get the ball out of his hands in time to hit his streaking receivers. However...

    Blog | September 14, 2014
  10. How will Rodgers handle noise in SEA?

    Tom Carpenter

    The 2014 NFL campaign finally kicks off Thursday evening, when the Green Bay Packers visit the Seattle Seahawks, which have the best home-field advantage in the league. How have they been preparing to deal with the deafening environment at CenturyLin...

    Blog | September 04, 2014
  11. Who will back up Aaron Rodgers?

    Tom Carpenter

    Prior to last season, when Aaron Rodgers missed seven games, the backup QB job for the Green Bay Packers required little more than holding a clipboard. Rodgers is fine now and likely won't miss a game in 2014 -- but you never know. That's why people ...

    Blog | August 14, 2014
  12. Do vet QBs succeed into 30s?

    Tom Carpenter

    Because football is such a violent game, most careers last only a handful of years. Even those who manage to avoid major injuries see their skills diminish by the time they turn 30 years old. Quarterbacks can be an exception to that generality, thoug...

    Blog | July 02, 2014
  13. When will Odell Beckham be drafted?

    Tom Carpenter

    While discussing the New Orleans Saints' draft plans during his Monday Mailbag, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter said he likes the idea of the team drafting LSU's Odell Beckham Jr., though the wideout likely won't be available that late in the first ro...

    Blog | April 14, 2014
  14. Eddie Lacy's Week 17 outlook

    Tom Carpenter

    RB Eddie Lacy has been battling through an ankle injury in recent weeks, but he didn't return in Week 16 after aggravating the joint during the third quarter. Still, things sounds promising for his availability in the Green Bay Packers' regular-seaso...

    Blog | December 27, 2013
  15. Updates on Rodgers, Cobb for Week 17

    Tom Carpenter

    In recent weeks, as Aaron Rodgers seemingly has gotten closer to returning from his shoulder injury, the Green Bay Packers have held off any announcement on whether he would return until Friday. Coach Mike McCarthy said he intends to meet with GM Ted...

    Blog | December 24, 2013
  16. Latest buzz on Schwartz's job security

    Tom Carpenter

    We know that Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz is firmly on the hot seat, as his team has crumbled lately. Per ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder, Schwartz was nearly fired last season, too. "Then, there's the fact that Schwartz was nearly fired last year,...

    Blog | December 22, 2013