Nick Shook on fantasy football: Decisions to be made before opening kickoff

By Nick Shook
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Sunday is upon us. I’m hoping you read your morning paper with your coffee, well before the 1 p.m. kickoffs, or online with a second tab open with your fantasy football lineup, because I’m about to drop some knowledge.

Setting your lineup is vital to fantasy football, for obvious reasons. But that doesn’t mean we can see the future. We can, however, use statistics to project who will perform well. Continue reading

Peyton Manning meets with Broncos, still undecided

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Peyton Manning did as he said he would, yet his status remains the same: undecided.

The Broncos quarterback flew to Denver to meet with the team’s brass — general manager John Elway and president/CEO Joe Ellis — on Thursday to discuss his future, but no decision came out of the meeting, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a team source. Manning returned to New Orleans to continue training, presumably with an eye toward the 2015 season. Continue reading

Eric Decker pitches Jets to Demaryius Thomas

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Eric Decker‘s first season in New York wasn’t pretty, but that isn’t stopping him from trying to improve things.

The Jets‘ wide receiver recently spent a few days in Arizona shooting a commercial for Courtyard by Marriott, and during the downtime between takes, gave his best sales pitch to former teammate Demaryius Thomas, an upcoming unrestricted free agent. Continue reading

Wade Phillips joins Broncos as defensive coordinator

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Wade Phillips is back in the NFL.

The Broncos have agreed to terms with Phillips, who will join Denver as defensive coordinator, the team announced. Phillips first told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport of the news, adding that he is “excited about it.”

After spending the 2014 season out of football, the former head coach of the Cowboys, Bills and Broncos returns to Denver under recently hired head coach Gary Kubiak. Phillips last served as defensive coordinator and interim head coach of the Houston Texans in 2013. Continue reading

Raheem Morris verbally accepts job with Falcons

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Although the Atlanta Falcons don’t officially have their coach, the rest of the staff appears to be coming together.

NFL Media’s Albert Breer reported Monday, per two sources apprised of the Falcons‘ decision-making, that Redskins secondary coach Raheem Morris has verbally accepted the position of assistant head coach with the Falcons. Morris will run the pass defense in Atlanta. Continue reading