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10 best quarterback duels of the PFF era - John Gatta
Elite? In this game, they certainly were. Rivers put together an impressive hurry-up drill leading to an Eddie Royal touchdown with 38 seconds left in the game to go up one—and ultimately win. On top of this, he handled the Baltimore pass rush (the top-ranked unit that season) with confidence; he completed 16 of 18 passes for 187 yards and two TDs on plays under pressure. Flacco did all he could by making big-time throws all over the field (top-ranked QB that week), but his WRs arguably let him down, combing for four dropped passes.

Most-improved offensive skill players in 2016 - John Gatta
After Keenan Allen went down in Week 1 with an ACL tear, the Chargers were short their team’s best receiver. Needing playmakers to step up, Inman answered the call. In 2015, he split his time evenly out wide and in the slot. This past season, Inman spent 71 percent of his snaps as the outside WR. He seemed to prefer this, as his production on deep passes exploded. He was targeted seven times on deep passes without a single catch in 2015. A season later, he was targeted 13 such times, and he notched six receptions for 215 yards and a TD. The Chargers would be wise to utilize Inman more as a deep threat going forward to see continued improvement on his end.

Non-Power-5 edge prospects worth noting - Michael Renner
I can’t think of a better non-Power-5 edge class in recent memory. It may not have a Khalil Mack, but there are more than a handful of prospects that will be off the board before Day 2 of the draft comes to a close. We didn’t include non-FBS guys in our first rankings because of a lack of data, but here are some of my notes so far on non-Power-5 guys who could go early:

Anthony Lynn says it's time for Chargers to draft young QB - Eric Williams
"I think we do have to get a young quarterback on campus and start to develop someone, because we have two veteran quarterbacks and both of them are long in the tooth," Lynn said. "I think they have some good years left in them, don’t get me wrong, but you have to start thinking about down the line, too.

Broncos, Raiders most improved in AFC West after free agency -
There really have not been many splashy moves in free agency in the AFC West, but the Broncos got better up front on both sides of the football. Unheralded because of the talented guys he played with while with the Dallas Cowboys, guard Ronald Leary makes the Broncos better up front on offense. Add to that the signing of former Raiders right tackle Menelik Watson and the Broncos should do a better job of protecting the quarterback. The additions of defensive linemen Domata Peko and nose tackle Zach Kerr should help improve Denver’s shaky run defense from a year ago that gave up 130 yards a contest, No. 28 in the NFL.

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