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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 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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Signing Frank Gore Was Bad?

My thoughts on the #Bills signing Frank Gore:

It’s $2 million for one season, that’s not a big price tag. There’s a lot of cap space here in Buffalo. I can name at least 10 signings that per dollar were much worse over the last week.

He brings a veteran presence to the locker room that will help the younger players.

Gore can pass protect for a quarterback who was sacked 28 times in 12 games.

Gore’s been durable to say the least though I realize he can break down at any point. He’s not going to be asked for more than 200 touches especially with his buddy LeSean McCoy in the backfield, who he’s good friends with.

Shockingly, when given less than 200 carries for the first time in his career, he averaged 4.6 yards per carry last year. That was the same stat as Alvin Kamara, Kareem Hunt, Dalvin Cook and Lamar Miller. That was better than James Conner and Sony Michel.

My point is this – why was this such a laughable signing on Twitter? Because it came out early in the day? Everyone keeps discounting Gore and the drop-off for running backs is pretty steep. But the Bills improved their offensive line signing Mitch Morse (who is 26). That makes some sense too considering Matt Paradis (who is 29) is coming off a significant injury. The Bills likely aren’t done bolstering the offensive line (ahem, draft) either which will only help Gore.

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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Super Bowl Preview

Predictions are great, but I hate throwing out a set of scores and calling it a day. For those who have heard me on podcasts in the past, I always prefer that we look at the ‘why’ as being more important than the ‘what’, especially with the randomness of NFL football. So, here’s my analysis of today’s contest between the Patriots and Rams.

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