Author: Matt Royal

Matt Royal is a sports journalism major, published author and former on-air personality who focuses on the Dallas Cowboys, college football and other NFL topics.

It took almost four months but the Baker Mayfield and Cleveland Browns series will come to a conclusion. Multiple sources across the NFL are reporting that the Carolina Panthers have acquired the 27-year-old pass thrower for a 5th-round pick in 2024. The trade is pending a physical and both teams are splitting the financial portion of the trade. Mayfield will end his Cleveland career after four seasons and start a new chapter in the NFC South. The drama between Mayfield and the Browns has been messy since the conclusion of the season. Most recently, Cleveland excused the former number-one pick…

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The approach of training camp also means the approach of the fantasy season. Fans across the world will tune in as their favorite teams pad up in preparation of the season. Training camp will give us a preview of what to expect when the season begins. Mock drafts will appear, scouting reports and daily updates to the depth chart will dominate the fantasy community. The big names and hardware-hoisting skill players begin to unfold as competitors craft their roster. One key component that factors into the success of both a professional and fantasy football team is the depth. Who is…

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The Dallas Cowboys enter this season with a pair of running backs capable of taking over football games any given week. Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard will handle the running responsibilities for the Cowboys this season, with 2022 being their fourth year together. Elliott will be entering his seventh season, while Pollard will begin his fourth. Elliott and the Cowboys agreed to a six-year extension in 2019, his second contract in the NFL. Pollard is still playing on his rookie deal. Elliott won’t be an unrestricted free-agent until 2027, unless the Cowboys release him next summer. Pollard on the other…

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The quarterback position is the most scrutinized spot on the field. Some franchises bank on first-round rookies to step into savior roles, with the direction of careers teetering with every win or loss. One former first-rounder is finding a second chance in Atlanta after going from a starter on the east coast to a backup on the west. Marcus Mariota agreed to a two-year deal with the Falcons back in March and with camp approaching, all arrows point to Mariota under center. Marcus Mariota is really the only choice The Falcons roster currently hosts three quarterbacks in Mariota, third-round pick…

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Training camp is around the corner and NFL head coaches begin the process of building a championship team. Cowboys fans enter every season with high expectations. They want a roster with the talent to compete for a Super Bowl. This years roster may still be under construction as training camp will tell us more. The Cowboys offense returns a handful of key weapons and sprinkles in some new faces to round out the system. However, Dallas fans should be extremely optimistic entering 2022, as this offense showcases a handful of question marks and similarities to a struggling offense of the past,…

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The summer months can be slow for NFL fans as the draft is concluded and training camp is still several weeks away. Teams are finalizing practice plans, prepping for camp and at the early stages of building a championship culture. What makes a championship culture is the job of NFL head coaches and staff, identifying the key players and systems to maximize talented teams. The wide receiver position carries its own set of skills and some free agents could provide missing pieces on some rosters depth charts. Gridiron Heroics takes a look at several big name pass-catchers still waiting on…

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When the Indianapolis Colts made headlines back in March acquiring quarterback Matt Ryan via trade, they reaffirmed their expectations for 2022. The Colts made a significant upgrade under center and provided more stability to their already impactful offense. The addition of Ryan immediately revived the Colts locker room and brings an established presence to the roster. Ryan will play the 2022 season at 37 years of age. Hopefully, he can provide the Colts with two years of productivity at the quarterback spot. The Boston College product brings a lengthy resume to the AFC which includes a 2016 MVP award, a…

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The Dallas Cowboys 2022 season could showcase characteristics of previous years in Arlington. Perhaps it compares to the 2018 season, where Jerry & Jason rolled out a mediocre rotation of wide-receivers, only to acquire the desperately needed attention garnering Amari Cooper at the midway point. Fans would love to see a 2021 replication on the defensive side, where Micah Parsons and Trevon Diggs led a unit that should be charged with theft on the field. But after spending a first-round pick this past draft on Tyler Smith to shore up the offensive line, the 2014 season comes to mind.As a…

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