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Offensive Linemen: A Character Study

The Dolphins took a chance when they stopped Laremy Tunsil’s draft-night free fall. And they should feel good about the risk—recent data shows offensive linemen usually stay out of trouble, and understanding the position they play shows why

The NFL’s Safety Squeeze

Defenses don’t have a great solution for covering versatile tight ends. Cornerbacks are much too small, linebackers much too slow. So why have safeties like George Iloka faced a soft market in free agency? And what’s it mean for the 2016 draft?

Unsettled at QB: Not a Good Place to Be

From the obvious (Browns, Broncos) to the surprising (Cowboys? Vikings?), our X’s and O’s expert looks at 10 teams with iffy quarterbacking situations, and what they should do about it

Evaluating the Opening Free-Agent Moves

Our film maven examines the quarterback fallout (Kaepernick to Denver? Daniel as Philly’s starter?), the big-money plays, the top bargains so far and the best of who’s still out there

The End is Near for Flawed QBs Griffin and Kaepernick

At the top of the game four years ago, the fall back to reality has been fast and infuriating for Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick. Both players face uncertainty in 2016 and the future doesn’t look any better

What I Learn at the Combine

For a film analyst, the annual ‘Underwear Olympics’ provides more than just a look at this year’s draft class

A Regretful Super Bowl Sunday

From Cam Newton’s shaky throws to Mike Shula’s chess-match loss to blockers who couldn’t win one-on-one, a look back at what went wrong for a number of Panthers in their worst game of the season

Retread Superheroes

While Carolina touts its camaraderie, the Panthers’ success is just as much down to the franchise's ability to identify and bring in time-tested veterans from other teams—eight in all in key positions this season—who fit their schemes and their culture

Cam Newton: Worth Every Penny

OK, OK—I was wrong about Cam Newton. Way wrong. He’s played up to and beyond the megacontract he signed last year, his four seasons of promise and development paying off in an MVP season for the Panthers. (Now, as for Ryan Tannehill ... )

NFL’s Final Four Sunday

It’s a whole new ballgame in Denver; unlike in the regular-season meeting, Peyton Manning and Julian Edelman will be there for Broncos-Patriots. Meanwhile, the NFC title game features two very different offenses: Carolina’s multi-faceted ground game and Arizona’s aerial attack

Divisional Playoff Preview

Which teams have the edge in the NFL’s most competitive weekend of football? Breaking down offensive and defensive matchups in Chiefs-Patriots, Packers-Cardinals, Steelers-Broncos and Seahawks-Panthers

We’re in for a Wild Weekend

All eight teams playing on Wild-Card weekend are able to make a legitimate claim to being Super Bowl contenders, but four of them are going home. Breaking down the matchups that will decide each game

The Unlikely QBs of the Likely AFC Playoffs

The conventional wisdom is that you need a superstar quarterback to win Super Bowls. Yet, looking at the likely AFC playoff bracket, it’s Tom Brady and five pedestrian signal-callers. Here’s how each one gets it done