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Pre-Draft Skill Player Top 12s (Rotoworld) ( yesterday ) Courtesy of
Nick Mensio breaks down his top 12 quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends. Yahoo! Mon, Apr 27
 
Packers will retire Favre's jersey on Thanksgiving (The Associated Press) ( yesterday ) Courtesy of
The Green Bay Packers will give thanks to Brett Favre during their Thanksgiving night game. The Packers announced Monday what had been long expected: Favre's dark green No. 4 jersey will be unveiled on the north facade of Lambeau Field at halftime of the Nov. 26 game against the rival Chicago Bears. The Packers and Bears have the NFL's longest-running series, dating to 1921. Favre played for the Packers against the Bears 32 times in his storied career, going 22-10. Yahoo! Mon, Apr 27
 
NFL mock draft, needs: Falcons (Rotoworld) Courtesy of
Evan Silva and Josh Norris walk through the Falcons' top three needs and offer options for each of their draft picks. Yahoo! Wed, Apr 01
 
2015 NFL schedule: League releases the full regular-season slate (Shutdown Corner) Courtesy of
The long NFL offseason seems a little more palatable when there's a Week 1 opponent to look forward to. Each NFL team found out who it will start the 2015 regular season against, and the rest of the schedule too. [For a full look at the entire 2015 NFL regular-season schedule, click here.] The opening game of the season will be the Pittsburgh Steelers taking on the defending champion New England Patriots on Thursday, Sept. 10 (a favorable break for the Patriots because the Steelers will be without All-Pro running back Le'Veon Bell due to suspension). The first "Sunday Night Football" game of the season, on Sept. 13, will be the New York Giants traveling to face the Dallas Cowboys. As usual, the NFL has a doubleheader scheduled for "Monday Night Football" in Week 1. The Philadelphia Eagles, one of the most interesting teams this season after a flurry of offseason moves, play at the Atlanta Falcons in the first game. The San Francisco 49ers will host the late Monday night game against the Minnesota Vikings and running back Adrian Peterson ... if Peterson is still with the Vikings. The NFL decided to go with three NFC vs. NFC games on Thanksgiving for the second straight season. The Eagles kick it off at the Detroit Lions, the Carolina Panthers will play at the Dallas Cowboys, and the third Thanksgiving game will be the Chicago Bears at the Green Bay Packers . That will be the Packers' first home Thanksgiving game since playing the Hammond Pros in 1923. There will be rematches of each conference championship game from last season, and each rematch will be on "Sunday Night Football." On Sept. 20, the Green Bay Packers will host the Seattle Seahawks on NBC, which is one of the most interesting games on the entire regular-season schedule. The Patriots will play at the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 18 in a prime-time game. There was also a welcomed change for the Denver Broncos in this year's schedule. For years, a CBS conflict with the U.S. Open tennis tournament prevented the Broncos from opening the season at home in their usual late-afternoon slot. The U.S. Open is moving to ESPN this year. So the Broncos will open the regular season at home against the Baltimore Ravens in the late-afternoon time slot, in one of the best games of Week 1. The NFL's regular-season schedule release has become a big day on the sports calendar, in many ways overshadowing the NBA and NHL playoffs. The schedule release was covered with two hours of programming on ESPN's networks, and there was a three-hour schedule release show scheduled for NFL Network. - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab Yahoo! Tue, Apr 21
 
2015 NFL schedule: Sunday, Monday nighters all about Chip Kelly, Colts, OBJ (Shutdown Corner) Courtesy of
The Sunday night and Monday night NFL schedule is where your eyes typically start, right? When the NFL releases the season schedule in full, as it did Tuesday night, you're naturally drawn to the night games — especially those on non-Thursdays. We expect great evening theater in our pro football. But some of those games tend to fall flat. Some now, when the schedule is brand new, and some later, after we've found out that everyone's Super Bowl favorite is actually a crappy team. That can happen as soon as September. But the league does its best to please its media partners — in this case, NBC for Sundays and ESPN for Mondays. (We'll discuss the Thursday schedule in a different blog entry.) Does it always work? No, which is why we feel we can point out to you where it falls flat. Here's a look at the week-by-week prime-time games for Sunday and Monday ... and which ones you actually should watch: WEEK 1 Sunday: New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys Monday: Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons; Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers Our take: Not a bad way to start the first week of football, but ... maybe we expected more? Yes, we have a division rivalry with Cowboys-Giants, and maybe Odell Beckham Jr. (recurring theme alert) or Dez Bryant do something ridiculous; we're in good hands with Al Michaels on the call there. And the next night, we have the wack-a-doodle Eagles, and I like my Chip Kelly after dark, so that's good. But playing the Falcons? Kinda meh. And that's the undercard? The nightcap is a battle of a Jim Harbaugh-less 49ers against a maybe Adrian Peterson-less Vikings? Consider us underwhelmed. Verdict: We rank them thusly: in chronological order — Giants-Boys, then the battle of the birds, followed by that game out West. If you skip the last one, no one will question why. WEEK 2 Sunday: Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers Monday: New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts Our take:  Oh, yeah. This is what we came for. A rematch of the NFC title game, but this time it's in Green Bay. We're already asking our bosses if we can go. This is choice stuff here, and yet it's not revenge — don't be that fan. If the Packers win, it's not going to make up for blowing a two-TD lead for a trip to the Super Bowl. Now that we have that out of the way ... you wonder if the Seahawks' banged-up secondary will be in top form this early in the season. Frankly, the Packers probably catch a mini-break getting the Seahawks this early in the season. As for the Monday game, this does't look super sexy, especially with the Jets having a new coach and being rudderless (as of now) at QB. But think of it this way: A good Jets defense got better, adding Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, and a good Colts offense got better, adding Andre Johnson and Frank Gore. Verdict:  When we put it like that, the MNF game doesn't sound so bad, eh? We know Sunday will be great. Watch both games. Trust us.  WEEK 3 Sunday: Denver Broncos at Detroit Lions Monday: Kansas City Chiefs at Green Bay Packers Our take:  Oh. Yeah, that's our initial reaction. Look, these are four good teams on paper, and we could be treated to two very good matchups here. But Broncos-Lions in prime time? Hmm. We frankly thought this might be a Thanksgiving game or a Sunday game. We're not complaining with a Peyton Manning night game in his possible swan song season. It's just ... hmm. Same with the Monday game. Two straight night games at home for the Packers? Consider this: Many Packers fans make the drive up from Milwaukee, so that's two weeks in a row with games on school nights. Verdict:  Yeah, we're still watching both. They're just ... weird matchups, that's all. WEEK 4 Sunday: Cowboys at New Orleans Saints Monday: Lions at Seahawks Our take:  We still love the Lions? They lose three-quarters of their defensive line and Reggie Bush, and they get two prime-time games early in the season. Just a feeling here that this one might flop. The Seahawks fans get geeked for night games, though, so there's that. In the opening act, it's no slouch. You have America's Team heading down to the Big Easy — another town that loves getting well-lubricated before evening contests. These teams have had some nice battles in the past decade or so, so we can get behind that one. Verdict: We're actually slightly more tuned up about the Cowboys-Saints game. WEEK 5 Sunday: 49ers at Giants Monday: Pittsburgh Steelers at San Diego Chargers Our take: Someone needs to explain this Niners thing to me. Are they going to be good? The Giants, we get — Beckham and Eli, and heck, this is a better team than people realize. But the 49ers aren't sneaking up on anyone, and we don't mean that in a good way. This is not, we'll safely predict, going to be up there with the 1990 season's NFC championship game or the 2003 wild-card madness game in this rivalry. Putting the Chargers on at night is dangerous. This could be the final season in San Diego, and that talk — moving to L.A. — could dominate the pregame chatter, especially if Philip Rivers is not on the team. Maybe if Marcus Mariota becomes a Charger ... Verdict: Check back with us after the draft. We'll probably watch both, but we might need a decent reason why. Yahoo! Tue, Apr 21
 
Current Roster
Quarterback College External Player News Links
Sean Renfree Duke
 
 
 
 
 
Matt Ryan Boston College
 
 
 
 
 
T.J. Yates North Carolina
 
 
 
 
 
Runningback College External Player News Links
Patrick DiMarco South Carolina
 
 
 
 
 
Devonta Freeman Florida State
 
 
 
 
 
Jerome Smith Syracuse
 
 
 
 
 
Antone Smith Florida State
 
 
 
 
 
Ronnie Wingo Arkansas
 
 
 
 
 
Wide Receiver College External Player News Links
Leonard Hankerson Miami (FL)
 
 
 
 
 
Devin Hester Miami (FL)
 
 
 
 
 
Julio Jones Alabama
 
 
 
 
 
Freddie Martino North Greenville
 
 
 
 
 
Bernard Reedy Toledo
 
 
 
 
 
Eric Weems Bethune-Cookman
 
 
 
 
 
Roddy White Alabama-Birmingham
 
 
 
 
 
Nick Williams Connecticut
 
 
 
 
 
Tight End College External Player News Links
Kyle Miller Mount Union
 
 
 
 
 
Tony Moeaki Iowa
 
 
 
 
 
Mickey Shuler Penn State
 
 
 
 
 
Jacob Tamme Kentucky
 
 
 
 
 
Levine Toilolo Stanford
 
 
 
 
 
Kicker College External Player News Links
Matt Bryant Baylor
 
 
 
 
 
Defensive Lineman College External Player News Links
Jonathan Babineaux Iowa
 
 
 
 
 
Kroy Biermann Montana
 
 
 
 
 
Adrian Clayborn Iowa
 
 
 
 
 
Malliciah Goodman Clemson
 
 
 
 
 
Ra'Shede Hageman Minnesota
 
 
 
 
 
Ricky Havili-Heimuli Oregon
 
 
 
 
 
Tyson Jackson LSU
 
 
 
 
 
Stansly Maponga Texas Christian
 
 
 
 
 
Cliff Matthews South Carolina
 
 
 
 
 
O'Brien Schofield Wisconsin
 
 
 
 
 
Paul Soliai Utah
 
 
 
 
 
Linebackers College External Player News Links
Joplo Bartu Texas State
 
 
 
 
 
Allen Bradford USC
 
 
 
 
 
Justin Durant Hampton
 
 
 
 
 
Brooks Reed Arizona
 
 
 
 
 
Prince Shembo Notre Dame
 
 
 
 
 
Jacques Smith Tennessee
 
 
 
 
 
Marquis Spruill Syracuse
 
 
 
 
 
Tyler Starr South Dakota
 
 
 
 
 
Nate Stupar Penn State
 
 
 
 
 
Paul Worrilow Delaware
 
 
 
 
 
Defensive Back College External Player News Links
Phillip Adams South Carolina State
 
 
 
 
 
Robert Alford Southeastern Louisiana
 
 
 
 
 
Ricardo Allen Purdue
 
 
 
 
 
Sean Baker Ball State
 
 
 
 
 
Brandan Bishop North Carolina State
 
 
 
 
 
Charles Godfrey Iowa
 
 
 
 
 
Kemal Ishmael Central Florida
 
 
 
 
 
Jordan Mabin Northwestern
 
 
 
 
 
William Moore Missouri
 
 
 
 
 
Dezmen Southward Wisconsin
 
 
 
 
 
Desmond Trufant Washington