Articles by Juan Carlos Blanco

A listing of all the articles written by Juan Carlos Blanco for the RotoWire Blog.

AAF Week 8 Barometer

Welcome to the Alliance of American Football (AAF) Week 8 Barometer, a column in which I’ll strive to take a pulse on the week-to-week state of the league by highlighting some of the best performers on each team. With the AAF now in the stretch run of its inaugural season and the postseason fast approaching, the strengths and weaknesses of each team are now well-established for the most part.

The same applies to individual player performances to a significant extent. With its role as a developmental/second-chance league, the AAF’s depth charts are admittedly a bit more fluid than one would see in the NFL, including at the skill positions. However, there are certainly multiple players on each team that have secured established roles and volume through their play.

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AAF Week 7 Barometer

Welcome to the Alliance of American Football (AAF) Week 7 Barometer, a column in which I’ll strive to take a pulse on the week-to-week state of the league by highlighting some of the best performers on each team. The AAF already is past the halfway point of its inaugural season, and the strengths and weaknesses of each team are naturally starting to come into clearer focus.

The same applies to individual player performances to a significant extent. With its role as a developmental/second-chance league, the AAF’s depth charts are admittedly a bit more fluid than one would see in the NFL, including at the skill positions. However, there are already multiple players on each team that have secured established roles and volume through their play.

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AAF Week 6 Barometer

Welcome to the Alliance of American Football (AAF) Week 6 Barometer, a column in which I’ll strive to take a pulse on the week-to-week state of the league by highlighting some of the best performers on each team. The AAF already is now at the halfway point of its inaugural season, and the strengths and weaknesses of each team are naturally starting to come into clearer focus.

The same applies to individual player performances to a significant extent. With its role as a developmental/second-chance league, the AAF’s depth charts are admittedly a bit more fluid than one would see in the NFL, including at the skill positions. However, there are already multiple players on each team that have secured established roles and volume through their play.

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AAF Week 5 Barometer

Welcome to the Alliance of American Football (AAF) Week 5 Barometer, a column in which I’ll strive to take a pulse on the week-to-week state of the league by highlighting some of the best performers on each team. The AAF already has four weeks’ worth of games in the books, and the strengths and weaknesses of each team are naturally starting to come into clearer focus.

The same applies to individual player performances to a significant extent. With its role as a developmental/second-chance league, the AAF’s depth charts are admittedly a bit more fluid than one would see in the NFL, including at the skill positions. However, there are already multiple players on each team that have secured established roles and volume through their play.

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Alliance of American Football Week 4 Barometer

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Alliance of American Football (AAF) Weekly Barometer, a column in which I’ll strive to take a pulse on the week-to-week state of the league by highlighting some of the best performers on each team. The AAF already has three weeks’ worth of games in the books, and the strengths and weaknesses of each team are naturally starting to come into clearer focus.

The same applies to individual player performances to a significant extent. With its role as a developmental/second-chance league, the AAF’s depth charts are admittedly a bit more fluid than one would see in the NFL, including at the skill positions. However, there are already multiple players on each team that have secured established roles and volume through their play.

Unsurprisingly, many boast a significant amount of prior NFL experience — Birmingham Iron RB Trent Richardson, Memphis Express RB Zac Stacy, Orlando Apollos WR Charles Johnson and San Diego Fleet TE Gavin Escobar among them.

However, the AAF is also starting to develop its own stars. Former Division II standout RB Ja’Quan Gardner has already racked up 281 rushing yards and three touchdowns for the Fleet. San Antonio Commanders WR MeKale “Big Play” McKay has generated an 11-207-1 line through three games. And Apollos RB D’Ernest Johnson has been the epitome of efficiency, racking up 171 rushing yards and one touchdown at 6.6 yards per carry while adding another score on three receptions.

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NFL Training Camp/Preseason Notes: Peterson Snags A Spot, Donald Gets His Dollars

Preseason has finally concluded, and we’re six days and counting to the official kickoff of the 2018 season. However, before the Falcons and Eagles do battle next Thursday, there’s plenty of business to be settled as final roster cuts are handed down. Some of those began unfolding Friday, with the remainder to come by Saturday afternoon. In the meantime, there’s quite a bit of news regarding job battles coming out of Thursday’s preseason finales, as well as general updates from around the league. Without further ado, let’s delve into the latest developments!

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NFL Training Camp/Preseason Notes: The Cook Is Back In The Kitchen

A total of 12 teams did battle Friday night during what is traditionally the most relevant exhibition game as far as first-team units are concerned. Despite the established formula of most starting offenses playing a full half, injury concerns and other considerations specific to each team saw some straying from that formula. Nevertheless, as is typically the case in this week of the exhibition slate, there were extended previews of what some team’s skill players may be capable of during the regular season, and plenty of job battles that continued to unfold. With lots to review, let’s jump in without further ado!

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