Author: Ian Miller

Ian is a journalism student at San Diego State University. I write about the NFL and fantasy football at Gridiron Heroics.

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With the fourth pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons selected tight end, Kyle Pitts. As a rookie, Pitts showed he was well worth the high selection. Pitts had a 1,000-yard season as a rookie tight end, one of the most difficult positions to acclimate to as a professional. However, Pitts seemed to have a strong understanding of what he needed to do on his end. As a result, Pitts had a rookie year breakout at one of the hardest positions to master in the league. The Falcons sophomore looks ready to best his rookie year if training camp…

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Over the offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles added elite talent to the roster. Perhaps the best addition to the team was the trade that brought in wide receiver A.J. Brown to work opposite DeVonta Smith. With Brown on the team, Smith does not need to shoulder the bulk of the pass-catching duties. He was the leader in targets, receptions and touchdowns for the Eagles last season. The players can split that responsibility. And that could be beneficial for Smith and the rest of the offense. Either receiver can put up remarkable numbers; however, one can step up in the case that the…

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The San Francisco 49ers released edge rusher Dee Ford on July 27. The veteran dealt with a string of injuries as a 49er. Thus he could never stay on the field for a consistent amount of time. https://twitter.com/FieldYates/status/1552392037516853249?s=20&t=SFynR06NZRZEXAb6GcfpMw Ford played three seasons with the 49ers; that is a maximum of 49 regular season games he could have played. The 31-year-old appeared in just 18 of those potential games. Although injury plagued his run with the 49ers, he was still good when he was on the gridiron. As a member of the team, Ford tallied 9.5 sacks and a trio of…

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The Houston Texans hosted wide receiver Chester Rogers for a workout on Monday night, Adam Schefter reported. https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/1554252868168912896?s=20&t=e_CXIV1GxAML1jbDaadymQ Several teams have interest in the 28-year-old veteran, according to Schefter. That said, there could be a few visits for Rogers elsewhere before he signs to a team. The Texans are a stop on the list for him, however. That, at least, signals some interest in the team by Rogers. In fairness, playing for the Texans makes perfect sense for the veteran wideout. Rogers played his entire career in the AFC South, he’s just missing the Texans and the Jaguars to complete…

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Los Angeles Rams receiver Van Jefferson visited a knee specialist today. Following the consultation, Jefferson decided to schedule a knee surgery for Tuesday. https://twitter.com/GManzano24/status/1554231064976953344?s=20&t=7AZuYbnIoA1dGaLq7eGa0w The surgery is not a major one, and the receiver should return in “a few weeks,” according to coach Sean McVay. While the surgery is minor, there is no timetable for Jefferson’s return. That means there is a possibility that Jefferson misses Week 1, and potentially longer. Jefferson, the projected third wide receiver for Los Angeles, had a break-out season in 2021. Last year, the sophomore pass-catcher had 802 receiving yards on 50 catches and six…

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The Los Angeles Rams traded for Von Miller near the deadline of the 2021 season.  Miller had a great run for the team, and he provided a terrific presence off the edge as he played opposite Leonard Floyd. However, the days of Miller on the Rams came to an end this offseason. The move paid dividends as the Rams went on to win the Super Bowl behind a magical playoff run from Miller. However, Los Angeles now needs to figure out a replacement for the former Super Bowl MVP. The task is easier said than done. However, it is possible to…

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The Houston Texans held the first practice of training camp on Friday. There were four Texans who did not participate in the session. Additionally, there was an injury to tight end Antony Auclair, which ended his day prematurely. The Canadian-born veteran needed the assistance of a cart to get off the field while he held ice against his injured knee, Aaron Wilson reported. Texans Head Coach Lovie Smith did not have an update on the condition of Auclair in his post-practice presser. Auclair, a five-year veteran, is more of a blocker than a pass catcher. He has 15 catches in five…

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The Philadelphia Eagles selected wide receiver Jalen Reagor in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The Eagles made the pick hoping Reagor could be the team’s top pass-catcher moving forward. That selection has yet to pan out for Philadelphia, and it might not ever work out. https://twitter.com/Tim_McManus/status/1553377863218372608?s=20&t=0Md6dE9d_kLWYQcNQZCq-g The former 21st overall pick is on the roster bubble, according to Nick Sirianni, head coach of the Eagles. “He’s battling for a spot,” Sirianni said on Saturday. “He is working with the (second team) right now.” These words from coach Sirianni are telling of where Reagor is in terms of…

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The San Francisco 49ers officially handed the proverbial keys to the car to Trey Lance this week. However, now backup, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is a hot trade commodity. https://twitter.com/JaimeEisner/status/1552413119565152261?s=20&t=4YfA0-rCrUiAJgcvmctWjg The only way Garoppolo could become a hotter asset is if he hit the free agency market. Given his over $24 million salary, the 49ers could cut ties with the veteran instead of keeping him on the team as an understudy to Lance. That would make the quarterback more appetizing to potential suitors. One team with reported interest in the 30-year-old quarterback is the Houston Texans. Jeff Howe of The Athletic cited the…

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The Los Angeles Rams drafted cornerback Derion Kendrick late in the 2022 NFL draft. The Rams drafted the corner in the sixth round. With that in consideration, Kendrick making a big splash early on was not the expectation the team had for the corner. However, expectations go out the window quickly in this league. And that is what is happening for the rookie in his first training camp practice. Kendrick defended the Rams’ expected second wide receiver, Allen Robinson, on a play in practice. Robinson was the target standing in the end zone. By the end of the snap, the…

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