Why you shouldn't believe the Derek Carr hype - Andrew Healy (Insider)
Then there is Carr's gaudy-for-a-rookie TD/INT ratio, slightly better than even Roethlisberger's 17/11 output in his great 2004 rookie campaign. This too appears to be a mirage: Carr's touchdowns were often of the gimme variety -- very short passes when other teams might have run it in.
2014 Receiving Plus-Minus - Scott Kacsmar
Here are the leaders (regular season only) in career plus-minus since 2006. Included are the average air yards (measured as yards beyond the line of scrimmage) on their targets and average YAC gained on catches. The next-to-last column, C%+, is the player's plus-minus divided by the targets. This shows how many percentage points above average the player added to his catch rate.
Quarterbacks and Salary - Kevin Kolbe
As I mentioned earlier, 14 quarterbacks made between $14 million and $22 million last year. How did that cap hit compare to production? Poorly. Only six of those 14 quarterbacks saw production worth within $4 million of their average cap hit. Nineteen of 29 quarterbacks had a PAYD within the range of $7 to $15 million a year, whereas only two quarterbacks (Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger) see average cap hits in that range in real life.
California's NFL teams join forces for Special Olympics World Games - ESPN.com
The San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers are both sponsoring delegations at the Special Olympics World Games, while the Oakland Raiders are hosting an interactive fan zone and putting on a football clinic as part of the event.
Insiders' take: Chargers and Philip Rivers' contract - Eric Williams
Rivers has some heartburn about moving his family to Los Angeles should the Chargers relocate north, and appears content to play out his deal. Yates believes Rivers still has some gas left in the tank, and the Chargers would be wise to keep him in the fold. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Chargers have $10.3 million in salary cap space, so they have enough room to get a deal done.