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All eyes on the NFL scouting combine but how useful is it?

The NFL scouting combine has been taking place in Indianapolis with the crop of college players entering this year’s draft performing various training drills and strength and speed trials for the benefit of the general mangers and coaches who might want to try to grab them for their team.

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Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield at the Cleveland Sports Awards after winning Athlete of the Year. Picture: Tony Dejak/AP

New AAF is just the start of off-season fun for NFL junkies

It has been just over a week since the Super Bowl – one which many deemed the most boring ever – a game which signifies the end of the official NFL year. But, for fans of the sport, all is not lost. With the closing of the season we have the start of the new Alliance of American Football or AAF – available on YouTube. It is a new affiliate of the NFL aimied at giving players who have fallen out of the league or who weren’t drafted a second chance to shine.

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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw 50 touchdown passes. Picture: Charlie Riedel/AP

Young gunslingers like Patrick Mahomes taking NFL by storm

The NFL regular season ended on Sunday night with 85 touchdowns scored in the final slate of games. The fireworks didn’t stop there with teams like Pittsburgh left watching the big screens hoping for the right results in other games – in their case, they needed the Browns to beat the Baltimore Ravens.

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Josh Gordon on the sidelines for the New England Patriots. Picture: Paul Sancya/AP

Josh Gordon woes show NFL needs to do more for players with drug issues

The ugly side of the NFL reared its head again in the last week when a troubled player once again found himself in the unenviable sights of the NFL commissioner’s office. Josh Gordon is no stranger to headlines and this time the Patriots wide receiver stepped in front of the media and announced he would be leaving the team to focus on his mental health.

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Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is sacked by the Minnesota Vikings defence. Picture: Bruce Kluckhohn/AP

Matt Stafford’s sack woes show pass protection is crucial in NFL

The NFL is a pass-first league, and, even with the 
resurgence of the role of the running back, the most important position on offense is the 
quarterback. That is why these guys earn the big bucks, have to take responsibility when it goes wrong and are – in most successful teams – team leaders, keeping their heads cool when all around them panic.

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Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri kicks a 42-yard field goal, passing Morten Andersen for the most career field goals made in NFL history. Picture: AP

NFL recap: Offences on top as defence stutters for ‘win-now’ Rams

There was an offensive explosion in the NFL’s latest round of games, starting on Thursday night and continuing into Sunday with no fewer than six games decided in the dying seconds. The Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks kicked last-second field goals to collect wins, while Andy Dalton threw a touchdown pass with seven seconds left on the clock as the Cincinnati Bengals beat Atlanta. Remarkably, the Falcons have scored a combined 72 points over two weeks and lost both games.

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