It may be tempting to spend an early-round fantasy pick on the likes of Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers or Tom Brady of the New England Patriots.They are Hall of Fame players who will all but certainly have wildly productive seasons. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell should do himself a favor and bring Deflategate earplugs when he finally shows his face at Gillette Stadium for the Thursday night opener. The 2015 quarterback class: Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota are primed to make a playoff run. Mariota welcomes first-round receiver Corey Davis and ex-Jets WR Eric Decker. Dak to the future: Tony Romo is in the CBS booth with Jim Nantz, so Jerry Jones is praying there is no sophomore jinx for Dak Prescott. T: If life begins at 40, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick will be hoisting their sixth Lombardi Trophy together because receiver Brandin Cooks, cornerback Stephon Gilmore and defensive end Kony Ealy are youthful upgrades to the defending champs.In 2012, Duke Johnson won both the ACC Rookie of the Year and Offensive Rookie of the Year awards.He is the first Miami Hurricane to win both awards.
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In his junior year, he led Norland to a 13–2 record and state runner-up.
After beating the Sammy Watkins-led South Fort Myers 44–28 in the semifinals, During his senior year, Johnson compiled 1,957 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns, 14 receptions for 232 receiving yards and three touchdowns, three kickoff returns and one punt return for scores, as he led Miami Norland to 15–0 finish and state Class 5A championship.
Instant-replay verdicts now are rendered in a league-office command center.
Zebras no longer will go under the hood, merely serving as on-field consultants. Leonard Fournette (RB, Jaguars): Doug Marrone’s 235-pound hammer to take the heat off QB Blake Bortles. Deshaun Watson (QB, Texans): Bill O’Brien traded up for the former national champion from Clemson to help forget the Brock Osweiler nightmare and get him closer to the Super Bowl. Corey Davis (WR, Titans): A 6-foot-3, 209-pounder who has drawn comparisons to Terrell Owens and will be Marcus Mariota’s go-to guy sooner rather than later. Myles Garrett (DE, Browns): Coordinator Gregg Williams will make sure that the first-overall draft pick will be a menace 5. Brandin Cooks (Patriots): The blazing vertical threat, the most dangerous Tom Brady has had at his disposal since Randy Moss, who will open up the shorter and intermediate routes for Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski, and Dwayne Allen, too. Stephon Gilmore (Patriots): Bill Belichick kills two birds with this one stone, prying him away from the Bills and landing a big cornerback not yet 27 to match up against the likes of Julio Jones, Mike Evans, Demaryius Thomas, Amari Cooper and former teammate Sammy Watkins. Alshon Jeffery (Eagles): Because of his injury history, he is on a one-year, .5 million show-me deal, but if he can stay on the field, he will be Carson Wentz’s go-to receiver. Martellus Bennett (Packers): The self-proclaimed “Black Unicorn” won a Super Bowl ring with Tom Brady, and now he tries for another with Aaron Rodgers thanks to his three-year, million contract. Jeremy Maclin (Ravens): Joe Flacco desperately needed a replacement for retired Steve Smith, and the ex-Chief should return to his 1,000-yard form in the slot if healthy and earn his two-year, million deal. Kevin Zeitler (Browns): The Bengals will miss the best guard in the game, who joins left tackle Joe Thomas on a formidable offensive line on a five-year, million deal (.5 million guaranteed). Terrelle Pryor (Redskins): The freakish former Browns receiver enjoyed a 1,007-yard, four-TD season and was signed to a one-year, million deal to help replace Pierre Garçon (and De Sean Jackson). Dontari Poe (Falcons): A bidding war ended when the ex-Chief 350-plus pound defensive tackle was signed to a one-year, million deal to upgrade a pedestrian run defense. Adrian Peterson (Saints): No one is certain how much the artist formerly known as All Day has left at 32, but it will be intriguing to watch how Sean Payton will utilize his two-year, million toy in tandem with Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara.