2017 Indianapolis Colts’ Team Preview

by Greg DePalma, Ourlads.com contributor Indianapolis Colts 2016 (8-8)…Finished at .500 for a second consecutive season. This is the first time since the ‘98/’97 seasons that the Colts have missed the post-season in consecutive years. Front Office Owner/CEO Jim Irsay…Became owner in 1997 following the death of his father, Robert, who purchased the franchise in 1972; joined the organization in 1982 after graduating from college and became the VP and GM two years ... Read more >>
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2017 San Francisco 49ers’ Team Preview

by Greg DePalma, Ourlads.com contributor San Francisco 49ers 2016 (2-14)…Finished in last-place for the second consecutive season. Front Office Owner Denise DeBartolo York…Daughter of Edward DeBartolo Sr., who purchased the franchise in 1977 and sister to Edward DeBartolo Jr. who ran the team for the family and became enshrined into the NFL Hall of Fame; took over the team from her brother in 2000; also once owned and ran the Pittsburgh Penguins organization of the NHL ... Read more >>
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2017 Minnesota Vikings’ Team Preview

by Greg DePalma, Ourlads.com contributor Minnesota Vikings 2016 (8-8)…It’s now been over seven years since the Vikings have won a post-season game.  Front Office Owner Zygi Wilf…Purchased the franchise in 2005; parents were both Holocaust survivors. GM Rick Spielman…6th-year; prior to being promoted he spent six years as VP of Player Personnel; former Miami GM for one season before being hired in Minnesota; older brother of former All-Pro linebacker, Chris Spielman. Assistant ... Read more >>
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2017 Carolina Panthers’ Team Preview

by Greg DePalma, Ourlads.com contributor Carolina Panthers 2016 (6-10)…After three consecutive division titles and a Super Bowl appearance, the Panthers missed the playoffs and finished in last-place.  Front Office Owner Jerry Richardson…Became founder in 1993; star college football player at small Wofford College (Panthers current practice facility) who then played professionally with the Baltimore Colts and caught a TD pass in the 1959 NFL Championship game. Interim ... Read more >>
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2017 Buffalo Bills’ Team Preview

by Greg DePalma, Ourlads.com contributor Buffalo Bills 2016 (7-9)…The Bills are in the midst of the longest current playoff drought (last appearance in 1999) from any of the four major sports leagues.  Front Office Owner/CEO Terry Pegula…Purchased the franchise in 2014 with his wife Kim following the death of founder and Hall of Fame owner, Ralph Wilson; Pegula has also been the owner of the Buffalo Sabres of the NHL since 2011. President Russ Brandon…With the franchise ... Read more >>
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2017 Los Angeles Chargers’ Team Preview

by Greg DePalma, Ourlads.com contributor LA Chargers 2016 (5-11)…Finished in last place the past two seasons.  Front Office Owner Alex Spanos…Became majority owner of the San Diego Chargers in 1984; served in the military during WWII. Chairman Dean Spanos…Became team president in 1994 and was instrumental in the franchise decision to leave San Diego; surrendered the position to his son (John) in 2015. President John Spanos…Became team president in 2015 taking ... Read more >>
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2017 Washington Redskins’ Draft & OTA Review

Jonathan Allen looked every bit the part of a future Pro Bowl talent in the Redskins’ OTAs. Smart, quick, and athletic in his play. It didn’t take long for one of the top players in the draft to move up the depth chart. Allen has received reps with the first and second team and will play a prominent role in the energized Redskins’ defensive front. Ryan Anderson displayed intensity and toughness during camp and will be competing immediately for a spot in the pass rushing ... Read more >>
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2017 Tennessee Titans’ Draft & OTA Review

The Titans had their first winning season in five years last fall and may have made the playoffs if Marcus Mariota would not have broken his leg. General Manager Jon Robinson laid a good foundation for his franchise by drafting Jack Conklin, Derrick Henry, Kevin Byard, and Tajae Sharpe last year. The Titans’ number one need this draft was a featured receiver and Robinson got his man in the dynamic playmaker Corey Davis. The former Bronco has special football instincts and ... Read more >>
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2017 Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Draft & OTA Review

OJ Howard fell in the draft and the beneficiary was the Bucs who added one more weapon to Jameis Winston’s arsenal. The projected top 10 pick is a tools-rich, hard working athlete who is experienced in a pro style offense. Ironically enough, Howard made his first impression in camp as a blocker, a role that kept his receiving ability limited for the Tide. He has demonstrated bits and pieces of his immense talent in OTAs and his ball skills have been on point. Incumbent starting ... Read more >>
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2017 Seattle Seahawks’ Draft & OTA Review

The Seahawks lost a week of OTA practices after the NFL penalized the ball club for excessive contact for the third time in off-season practices. Seattle also lost a fifth round 2017 draft choice. Seattle sees Malik McDowell as a puzzle piece with the ability to be disruptive all along the defensive front. The Seahawks are deep in the defensive line but they look at McDowell as a pressure player who can help their pass rush. During training camp, McDowell must prove he is ... Read more >>
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