Bucs receive HUGE news just before regular season

8/21/22

By: OutOfSightSports

Bucs receive HUGE news just before regular season

Fortunately for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, star OT Tristan Wirfs (oblique) is not expected to miss a significant amount of time after leaving practice Thursday. The young lineman is expected to start Week 1 of the regular season vs the Cowboys. Although he had to leave practice earlier this week, the team does not view this to be a severe issue. The Buccaneers’ offensive line has already been battered by injuries this offseason, so Wirfs’ return is a massive upgrade and fantastic news for Buccaneer fans.

This season, the All-Pro will be pivotal when it comes to helping Tom Brady make plays through the air and in the play-action game. Ultimately, I believe that Wirfs MUST have another productive, “all-pro” type season like we have seen protecting Tom’s right side if Tampa wants any chance of going on a run.

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5 Fantasy Football Sleepers who could be LEAGUE WINNERS

8/20/22

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5 Fantasy Football Sleepers who could be LEAGUE WINNERS

Fantasy football is right around the corner, and football fans across the country are rejoicing as the greatest game in America is back. The 2022-23 season seems pretty wide open, with many different teams giving themselves a shot to win a championship, and personally I haven’t been this excited about an NFL season in a WHILE. With that being said, let’s look at five players i believe could potentially help you win your league!

James Cook, Bills RB (Rookie)

Cook was selected 63rd overall in the 2022 NFL Draft and now finds himself a piece of the offensive engine that is the Buffalo offense. Buffalo was third in the entire league last season and had the league’s highest rushing attack according to PFF.  The Bills brought back Devin Singletary and Zack Moss, and also added Duke Johnson during the offseason to their rushing attack to pair with their superstar QB Josh Allen. The former Georgia standout will be given the opportunity to distinguish himself from all the other Bills’ backs and become a leader among them, on the gridiron and locker room. Cook should be able to flourish with one of the most high-powered offenses in the league, thanks to the second-round draft capital that was spent on him and his one-of-a-kind skill set.

When the Bills’ tried to get Commanders RB J.D. McKissic this offseason and were unsuccessful, the franchise turned their attention to landing Cook. As we know,  McKissic and Cook are both receiving backs, which is a task that the Bills have been having a tough time trying to get done for a while. While their skill sets are not exactly the same, both fill a function that the Bills have been struggling to fill. Since LeSean “Shady” McCoy departed from the team in 2019, Buffalo has failed to have even one starting back receive a PFF grade of over 65. Yikes. Cook has tremendous upside in the passing game and has shown it. If the rookie back gets a little bigger and more solid at running the football up the gut, watch out. Cook has extremely good vision. Definitely have your eyes on Cook and be looking into him before you draft because the rookie might be VERY productive.

Irv Smith, Vikings TE (4 YRS EXP)

Smith, the Vikings 1st option at TE, is set to make his return to the gridiron after missing the entire 2021-22 NFL season due to a knee injury. As we know, Kyle Rudolph is no longer a Viking. With his departure, I believe the Irv Smith era in Minnesota is here.  Smith has almost always looked solid as the lone tight end and hopes to take the next step in his 3rd year (4th because injury) and become a legit option for fantasy managers and the new Minnesota offense. Irv Smith averaged 12.8 PPR points per game in outings without Rudolph (Weeks 14-17 in 2020)  ranking just second in end zone targets and was the 4th total best TE in fantasy football during that stretch.  With new head coach Kevin O’Connell declaring that the Vikings’ traditional run-first approach is no longer in place, we should expect more passes from Kirk Cousins, which means more chances for Smith to get his yards.

When Tyler Higbee was in O’Connell’s offense with the LA Rams, he recorded the most red zone receptions in the league, and was third in targets among tight ends.  If Smith is given the opportunities and chances at the same rate as Higbee, he really does have the talent to become a true TE1 for years to come in redraft and dynasty.

Skyy Moore, WR Chiefs (Rookie)

Moore is a talented rookie receiver on a ridiculously successful offense that recently lost its WR1.

Moore, the Chiefs 54th overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, will be starting his career alongside bonafide superstar Patrick Mahomes in his first campaign without Tyreek Hill. The Chiefs lost 54% of their targets from last year and are looking to replace that with Skyy Moore, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Mecole Hardman. Moore was one of the best receivers in college football last season, leading the country in broken tackles and finished with the highest PFF grade in NCAA history by a MAC receiver.

Albert Okwuegbunam, TE Broncos (3 YRS EXP)

Okwuegbunam hopes to build a rapport with Broncos’ new quarterback Russell Wilson as soon as possible. It has been a few years since we’ve seen Wilson have major success with tight ends. Acquiring a piece of this highly charged Broncos’ passing offense was indeed a wise decision. Wilson’s recent lack of tight-end productivity is likely attributable to the rise of D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett in Seattle, as well as the team’s talent shortage at the position following Jimmy Graham’s departure. 

Rondale Moore, WR Cardinals (2 YRS EXP)

The Cardinals are likely to use Marquise Brown, A.J. Green, and Rondale Moore as their top receivers for the first six weeks of the season.  Moore should operate from the slot during that time, which is one of the main reasons he was ultimately drafted by the Cards.

Christian Kirk amassed the third-most yards from the slot in the NFL last season. With Kirk moving on to Jacksonville, it must give Moore confidence that he can produce from the slot. Moore managed to produce 35.2 PPR points in his first two games in the slot which translates into extremely effective numbers. After that, he fell down the depth chart and lost his spot to Kirk.  Recently, Cards HC Kliff Kingsbury stated, “he feels like he can step into Christian’s role and play at a really high level inside there, and we do too”. 

Moore is a solid flex player at his current WR5 value. If the young WR can keep his duties in the slot for the Cardinals offense, he could develop into a WR2/3 until Hopkins returns. He needs to prove he can get the job done.

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Pats rookie turning heads in training camp

8/5/22

By: OutOfSightSports

Pats rookie turning heads in training camp

Prior to training camp, Tyquan Thornton voiced his intention to grow into more than just a speedster. The rookie wide receiver for the New England Patriots desired to develop into a complete player at his position.

Just seven practices in, it is apparent that although he isn’t there just yet, he is heading in the right direction. Thornton has showed outstanding elusiveness, mental focus, and hands during 1-on-1s and team drills.

As a byproduct, some of the Patriots best passing plays from ended with the pigskin in his hands. Unsurprisingly, his fellow wide receivers have also been impressed by the rookies abilities on the field and his devotion to becoming a better player and an intrinsic component to the Patriots’ offense

Fellow teammate Nelson Agholor had this to say about the second-rounder,

“I see a guy that’s just working hard every day. He’s having fun, and I think I like where he is mentally. He has a growth mindset, and he practices really hard, takes great notes. I think every day, he’s just going to keep on getting better, and that’s important for him and his journey.”

The Patriots traded up in the second round of this year’s draft to select Thornton, and his exceptional speed was a major factor in that decision. The Baylor product ran a 4.28-second 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine, which was one of the best times since testing began 35 years ago and the fastest among wide receivers present.

This speed has been on display thus far in camp. New England also utilizes Thornton on special teams, where he has numerous opportunities as a gunner with the punt coverage unit.

Fellow wide receiver Jakobi Meyers is optimistic about his future, even if he doesn’t contribute off the bat,

“He’s going to be a good football player,” Meyers said on Wednesday. “I really do enjoy watching him play. I know what it’s like now that I’ve played a couple of years to kind of just see what guys can do in the league. I feel like he’ll have great future, honestly, because he’s really talented. Just to be fast and quick and catch the ball really well, I’m excited about it.”

Agholor agreed with Meyers, noting that Thornton’s professionalism is another quality that will help him succeed in the professional ranks.

“A level of professionalism is what you need to play in this league, and I think they have a great level of professionalism, all of our young guys,” the second-year Patriot said. “For him, I think there’s a balance of just being calm and just working every day that I like about him.”

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ESPN releases their Top 50 Greatest CFB Defenses Ever, leaving many surprised

7/29/22

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ESPN releases their Top 50 Greatest CFB Defenses Ever, leaving many suprised

ESPN released a list of their 50 greatest college football defenses ever, and it might surprise you. The rankings, lists and comparisons that come out of ESPN, whether it is hockey, baseball, NBA hoops or even softball are always a little questioning.

Here is an example. This is an old article of them suggesting that Victor Oladipo could potentially be THE NEXT AIR JORDAN. Although Oladipo is a good player who has been robbed due to injury, the idea is preposterous alone:

Yes, that is real story. They got THAT caught up in the hype that they were insane enough try to push such a ludicrous agenda like that on their viewers. Anyways, back to the so-called list. I’m not even going to try to start on why this list is wrong, I will have to have a podcast for that. ESPN MAYBE got the first one right. A huge MAYBE.

Here is the top 10, and I will put the story to the whole article with all 50 rankings at the bottom.

ESPN’s Top 10 #CFB defenses of all time

1. 2016 BAMA

2. 2017 BAMA

3. 1956 OLE MISS

4. 1959 LSU

5. 1965 MSU

6. 1939 TENN

7. 2011 BAMA

8. 2011 LSU

9. 1972 MICH

10. 1986 OU

Who got snubbed? Who is overrated? Leave a comment below and let me know what they got wrong or what they got right!

Click HERE to see the full list from ESPN.

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Two Elite WRs Not Participating in Training Camp

Two Elite WRs Not Participating in Training Camp

7/27/22

By: OutOfSightSports

Two Elite WRs Not Participating in Training Camp

Star NFL receivers Deebo Samuel and DK Metcalf will reportedly not participate in training camp drills due to contract disagreements, according to a tweet by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. It was earlier this week that both players showed up to training camp.

Both receivers are entering the final year of their contracts. Metcalf missed mandatory minicamp, but only received a $90K fine. Samuel reported to minicamp, but didn’t do on-field practice, opening the door to a hold-out. The two players would be fined $40K for every day if they held out. The CBA’s recent holdout crackdown includes a clause that would deduct a year of service time after just a week of absences. Samuel and Metcalf will avoid fines by attending camp but not playing.

Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury tweeted that Samuel still conditioned on the sidelines, while the rest of the team participated in drills today. Fortunately, Samuel’s agent has met with the organization and it is quite possible a deal will be reached.

Kyle Shanahan told the media after meeting with his star receiver:
“Hopefully we can figure something out soon, but we’re in a good place today,” Via (Inman).

Samuel is destined to join the class of receivers signing $20M+ deals. Bridging the gap between Samuel’s initial asking price and the team’s best offer has helped repair relations after he requested a trade in April. Still, there is an obvious divide when it comes to how valuable both sides think Samuel is.

After holding out last offseason, Jamal Adams decision definitely helped inspire Metcalf’s hold-out this year. Adams ultimately succeeded holding out last summer, as he returned to the Seahawks after signing a record-setting contract. Metcalf won’t shatter the market, but he should land a lucrative multiyear contract. Metcalf’s decision to skip minicamp surprised some within the organization as well, but he and Seahawks HC Pete Carroll are optimistic they will find a deal that satisfies both parties. This process will not be completed early in camp. As a matter of fact, a report just last month said a Metcalf deal “hardly seemed like a slam dunk”

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Free MLB Pick 7/16/22

By: @OOSSportsbook

7/16/22

Free MLB Pick 7/16/22 Mariners vs Rangers

Even though I realize the Mariners are playing outstanding baseball and that’s why they’ve won 12 straight games, you’re getting a great deal on the Rangers for that very reason.

After giving up four earned runs in his last two starts, Mariners starter Logan Gilbert hasn’t gone past six innings since May.

Based on the advanced statistics and numbers, I would take the Rangers to cover.

THE PICK: RANGERS ML (+118)

Bridges likely to never play again, and rightfully so

7/15/22

By: OutOfSightSports

Bridges likely to never play again, and rightfully so

Jeff Taylor pictured above

Jeffrey Taylor received a 24-game suspension for domestic violence in 2014, which is the longest in NBA history to this day.

He earned it by doing the following:

“According to the NBA press release, Taylor and the woman got into an argument after a night of heavy drinking, which prompted other hotel guests to summon security.

Then it escalated, so Taylor pushed her into the corridor. She then fell to the ground and hit her head on a different door, causing her to become unconscious.

Taylor also slapped her arm and punched a hole in the wall near his hotel room, according to the press statement he sent.

As reported by the police, the woman received scratches and a bump on her head, but did not seek medical attention.

Miles is in a similar boat, but much worst. This isn’t tied to binge drinking. Also this was his wife, not his girlfriend,

Among other things, he is accused of breaking her nose, wrist, and choking her. (which is a felony itself).

Not to mention, it’s 2022. His case involves his wife posting the photos on social media for the entire world to see.

A disturbing video of his son’s facetime discussion is at the heart of this case as well, and it’s a tough watch to say the least.

The situation for Miles Bridges is far more serious.

Cancel culture wasn’t nearly as prevalent in 2014 as well.

Certainly Miles Bridges will miss the entire 2022-2023 NBA season, and he probably will be in prison instead of the NBA for a pretty long time.

Potential Disaster on the Horizon Days before MLB All-Star Game

By: OutOfSightSports

7/11/22

Potential Disaster on the Horizon Days before MLB All-Star Game

Just days before the MLB All-Star game, concession workers at Dodger Stadium have threatened to go on strike. In a news release Monday, it was announced that 99% of the employees were in favor of going on strike at any moment. Yikes.

A strike could pose a huge problem for Dodger Stadium as it is days away from its first All-Star Game in 42 years. Dodger Stadium employs nearly 1,500 food servers, bartenders, suite attendants, cooks and dishwashers. Unite Here Local 11, a union representing the concession workers, has not provided specifics on the workers’ demands but hopes to negotiate a fair new union contract.

A fan at an iconic “Dodger Dog” concession stand.

Unite Here Local 11’s co-president, Susan Minato, wrote in a statement, “Stadium workers are proud of the role they play to bring fans the best game experience possible. They are the backbone of our tourism and sports industry, yet many struggle to stay housed and to make ends meet. They often live with economic uncertainty because the quality of jobs vary stadium to stadium. No worker should have to continue living like this.”

Freddie Freeman

Minato makes a valid point. Without concession workers, the upcoming All-Star game weekend is going to be a disaster. Hopefully, Levy Restaurants, the Chicago-based company that employs the concession workers, will do what is right so the game can go on.

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Phillies vs Cardinals Free MLB Pick 7/11/22

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7/11/22

Phillies vs Cardinals Free MLB Pick 7/11/22

The Cardinals are looking for a split in this four-game series and I like their chances. In terms of defensive runs saved (-21), Philly is ranked 28th, while the Cards are tied for seventh place in the league (+30).

Pic via: Redbird Rants

With a low-scoring game expected, take the better defensive team as a home underdog. After the game, the Phillies will depart to Canada as well. Also, the injury of MVP hopeful Bryce Harper certainly matters too.

THE PICK: STL ML (+105)

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Braves vs Mets MLB Free Pick 7/11/22

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7/11/22

Braves vs Mets MLB Free Pick 7/11/22

Max Scherzer was dominant in his return from an oblique strain last time out, going six scoreless with no walks and 11 strikeouts against the Reds. Max Fried has been equally dominant, allowing two runs or less in eight of his last 10 starts and one run or less in six of his last eight. Both Maxs are amongst the top ten pitchers in the MLB this season.

THE PICK: UNDER 7.5

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