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Ben Linsey

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Which rookie wide receiver means the most to their offense?

Examining the most important rookie wide receivers to their respective offenses in the 2021 NFL season, and you may be surprised where the Cincinnati Bengals' Ja'Marr Chase ends up.

by Ben Linsey 1 year ago

NFL Preseason Week 1 Game Recap: Baltimore Ravens 17, New Orleans Saints 14

The Baltimore Ravens started their preseason with a 17-14 victory over the New Orleans Saints.

NFL Preseason Week 1 Game Recap: Tennessee Titans 23, Atlanta Falcons 3

Many of the potential storylines in the Tennessee Titans’ 23-3 victory over the Atlanta Falcons didn’t materialize. Instead, it was the young defenders on both sides who stole the show.

Key first-year starters for all 32 teams entering the 2021 NFL season

Examining the most important first-year starters for all 32 NFL teams heading into the 2021 NFL season.

by Ben Linsey 1 year ago

2021 NFL Training Camp: Late-round rookie risers

New York Jets running back Michael Carter, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Jaelon Darden and Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Zech McPhearson are among the late-round rookies who are on the rise following reports out of 2021 NFL training camp.

by Ben Linsey 1 year ago

2021 Hall of Fame Game Usage Report: Snap counts, notable advanced stats from Steelers vs. Cowboys

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The Pittsburgh Steelers' defensive line looked dominant as ever en route to the team's 16-3 win over the Dallas Cowboys to open the 2021 NFL preseason.

by Ben Linsey 1 year ago

Secondary rankings entering the 2021 NFL season

From cornerbacks Bryce Callahan, Kyle Fuller, Patrick Surtain II and Ronald Darby to safeties Kareem Jackson and Justin Simmons, the Denver Broncos' secondary features more talent than any other such group in the NFL.

by Ben Linsey 1 year ago

Defensive line rankings entering the 2021 NFL season

Despite losing Bud Dupree in free agency this offseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers' defensive front is loaded with talent, pushing the unit into the No. 1 ranking ahead of the 2021 NFL season.

by Ben Linsey 1 year ago

Backfield rankings entering the 2021 NFL season

From the Cleveland Browns at the top to the New York Jets at the bottom, here is how each NFL team stacks up at the running back position entering the 2021 NFL season.

by Ben Linsey 1 year ago

Projecting 2021 starting lineups for all 32 NFL teams

NFL starting lineups are beginning to take shape for the 2021 season, and with training camp on the horizon, those roles are set to shake out sooner rather than later.

by Ben Linsey 1 year ago

Linsey: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiving corps has a chance to be the best of the PFF era

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A front office can rarely field three top-25 wide receivers with three starting-caliber tight ends. It’s even rarer to have quality depth behind those players. And that's why the 2021 Buccaneers have a shot at being the best receiving corps of the PFF era.

by Ben Linsey 1 year ago

Why Seahawks' Jamal Adams and Saints' Michael Thomas are suddenly underrated superstars

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New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas and Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams are often referred to as "Slant Boy" and "Blitz Boy," respectively, on social media, but each brings far more to the table than what those monikers suggest.

by Ben Linsey 1 year ago

Cornerback Rankings: The 32 best outside cornerbacks entering the 2021 NFL season

Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander tops PFF's outside cornerback ranking ahead of the 2021 NFL season, with Los Angeles Rams superstar Jalen Ramsey trailing closely behind.

by Ben Linsey 1 year ago

2021 NFL training camp battles: Justin Fields vs. Andy Dalton and the Patrick Mahomes blueprint

Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy made headlines when he named Andy Dalton the starting quarterback ahead of OTAs, but will this strategy work out for rookie Justin Fields?

by Ben Linsey 1 year ago

Tight End Rankings: The 32 best TEs entering the 2021 NFL season

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce comes in at No. 1 in PFF's 2021 NFL tight end rankings.

by Ben Linsey 1 year ago

Washington Football Team and TE Logan Thomas agree to a 3-year contract extension

The Washington Football Team has agreed to terms on a three-year extension for tight end Logan Thomas, per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

by Ben Linsey 1 year ago Washington Commanders

Interior Defender Rankings: The 32 best DIs entering the 2021 NFL season

Los Angeles Rams interior defender Aaron Donald comes in at No. 1 in PFF's 2021 NFL interior defender rankings.

by Ben Linsey 1 year ago

Edge Defender Rankings: The 32 best players entering the 2021 NFL season

Chicago Bears edge rusher Khalil Mack comes in at No. 1 in PFF's 2021 NFL edge defender rankings, while Denver's Von Miller falls out of the top 10.

by Ben Linsey 1 year ago

Center Rankings: The 32 best players entering the 2021 NFL season

Arizona Cardinals center Rodney Hudson comes in at No. 1 in PFF's 2021 NFL center rankings.

by Ben Linsey 1 year ago

Three 2021 NFL training camp battles to watch for every AFC team

Will Mac Jones will be able to beat out Cam Newton at quarterback in New England, and how will the wide receiver depth chart shake out for the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC North?

by Ben Linsey 1 year ago
Bio

Ben Linsey joined PFF full-time in May 2019. He works as an NFL analyst and as part of the team that produces prep work for NBC's Sunday Night Football.

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