Weekend Notes

Weekend Notes
The Next Bridgewater?
The Next Bridgewater?
Teddy Bridgewater was nitpicked extensively before the 2014 draft but he quieted the critics in a standout rookie campaign. Will the Vikings QB's success pave the way for a similar QB in the '15 class? Plus notes on Rex Ryan, drug tests, more
By Greg A. Bedard
Weekend Notes
Baltimore’s Big Problem
Baltimore’s Big Problem
For years, the Ravens were one of the NFL’s cleanest teams off the field. But a recent run of arrests has forced the organization to cut contributing players and alter future plans. Plus thoughts on rule changes, signings and more
By Greg A. Bedard
Weekend Notes
The Patriots Have a Plan
The Patriots Have a Plan
Breaking the bank for players—especially non-QBs over 30—has never been New England's style. So, sure, Darrelle Revis will be missed, but expect Bill Belichick and company to adjust and move forward like they always do
By Greg A. Bedard
Weekend Notes
The Free Agency Bargains
The Free Agency Bargains
Injuries, coaching changes, stuck behind stars—there are many reasons players will get overlooked when the market opens next week. Here are 12 with upside at a low cost. Plus good landing spots for cut vets Vince Wilfork and Andre Johnson
By Greg A. Bedard
Weekend Notes
The Peterson Fallout
The Peterson Fallout
The NFL suffered a big blow when a district court judge ruled against the league on Adrian Peterson's appeal. The matter isn't over, but it shines a light on Roger Goodell's unwieldy power and the need for a more uniform discipline policy
By Greg A. Bedard
Weekend Notes
I’m Not Buying Winston Over Mariota Just Yet
I’m Not Buying Winston Over Mariota Just Yet
Lovie Smith says the Buccaneers are “OK” with Jameis Winston’s character issues, but I don’t believe him. Besides, Marcus Mariota could be a better fit for Tampa Bay’s offensive plans
By Greg A. Bedard
Weekend Notes
Learning the Belichick Way
Learning the Belichick Way
Asked to replace a legend and blindsided by the preseason trade of his best player, Patriots offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo oversaw a unit that jelled just in time for a Super Bowl run. One thing he learned in his first season working for Bill Belichick: Everything happens for a reason
By Greg A. Bedard
Weekend Notes
New Goal: Three-Hawks
New Goal: Three-Hawks
No team in the salary-cap era has ever been to three consecutive Super Bowls. With the majority of its talent coming back and the motivation after its Arizona disappointment, Seattle has more than a legitimate chance to become the first
By Greg A. Bedard
Weekend Notes
The Quiet Chargers
The Quiet Chargers
Remember San Diego? Plucky little bunch, won a playoff game and took the eventual AFC champs to the wire? Yeah, they're back and feeling all kinds of confident heading into 2014. Plus, notes on the playbook 'scandal' and more
By Greg A. Bedard
Weekend Notes
Worst to First? The Buccaneers Believe It
Worst to First? The Buccaneers Believe It
Forget about rebuilding or taking it slow. Tampa Bay's new general manager Jason Licht says his team is ready to win now. Can coach Lovie Smith, QB Josh McCown and company really compete for an NFC South division title in 2014?
By Greg A. Bedard