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Past articles by Kaelen:

Five Takeaways From the NFL’s Schedule Release

The league has turned the unveiling of a calendar into a prime-time event—and we have thoughts → Read More

How Quickly Will the 2022 NFL Draft’s Mid-Round QBs Get on the Field?

Passers that were expected to go in the first round fell dramatically in the draft. But many of them landed in situations that will have them competing for snaps sooner rather than later. → Read More

The Eight Best Landing Spots for Deebo Samuel

Every team could use a player like Samuel, but some make more sense than others → Read More

Three Takeaways From the Matt Ryan Trade

The Colts get their passer for 2022, but the QB carousel hasn’t stopped spinning yet → Read More

Deshaun Watson Will Join the Cleveland Browns

The quarterback faces 22 civil suits, and will get a record-setting contract on a team with Super Bowl aspirations → Read More

The Chargers Now Have a Defense to Match Their Offense

L.A. got aggressive this offseason, adding talent in Khalil Mack, Sebastian and Joseph-Day, J.C. Jackson. It could be enough to make the team a true title contender. → Read More

The Southeast Ohio Community That Molded Joe Burrow

The Bengals star quarterback has won a national championship and a Heisman trophy and has his eyes set on the Super Bowl. The people who knew him growing up know how it happened: "Nobody instills confidence in somebody—in a whole entire team—like Joe does." → Read More

Brian Flores’s Lawsuit Has Brought the NFL’s Black Coaching Crisis to Its Boiling Point

Flores’s lawsuit does more than just pull back the curtain on his experiences with racial discrimination in the league. It provides a damning portrait of a culture that has systematically failed Black coaches and executives. What happens next will speak volumes. → Read More

Cooper Kupp Is This Season’s NFL’s Catch King

The Rams receiver is a master technician who is always willing to show the work he puts into his craft → Read More

Trey Lance Adds a New Dimension to Kyle Shanahan’s Offense

Fans haven’t seen much of Lance this season, but the 49ers’ win over the Texans offered a glimpse into Shanahan’s vision for his young quarterback → Read More

The Vikings Can’t Play It Safe if They Want to Turn Their Season Around

Minnesota got a rare one-possession win on Sunday, keeping its playoff hopes alive and offering a blueprint for a possible playoff push → Read More

Dan Campbell Isn’t Afraid to Go Down Swinging

Detroit is the NFL’s last winless team at 0-7. But the Lions have been competitive in nearly every game, and Campbell’s leadership has pointed to long-term promise for the franchise. → Read More

The Cardinals Are Finding Their Wings

After a dominant thumping of the Rams, 4-0 Arizona stands as the last unbeaten team in the NFC. After years of hype, Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray are finally producing a team that looks like a bona fide contender. → Read More

The High Stakes Behind USC’s Coaching Search

The Trojans are once again looking for a new steward for a program that is supposed to be among college football’s elite. What will it take to get USC back on top of the sport? → Read More

The Cowboys’ Win Over the Chargers Could Be Dallas’s Blueprint to a Divisional Crown

Despite injuries, a lackluster day on offense, and some miscues, Dallas was able to edge out a team with playoff hopes. Is there more of that in the Cowboys’ future? → Read More

The Saints Look Like a Contender Hiding in Plain Sight

Overshadowed by the Buccaneers and Drew Brees’s retirement, New Orleans wasn’t a popular Super Bowl pick this season. Their Week 1 domination of the Packers showed that this team is a force in the NFC. → Read More

Justin Herbert and Joe Lombardi Could Lift the Chargers to New Heights

The Offensive Rookie of the Year is getting a new offense designed by a veteran coordinator who previously worked hand-in-hand with Drew Brees. Will L.A. emerge as a legitimate contender in 2021? → Read More

Eight FAQs About Texas and Oklahoma’s Reported Desire to Join the SEC

The two powerhouse schools are thinking of joining a superconference to the east, a decision that would bring the Big 12 as we know it crumbling down. Why would this happen? And what will it take? → Read More

Julio Jones Creates an Offense of Goliaths in Tennessee

The Titans traded for the Falcons legend on Sunday, securing the team a clear path toward repeating as AFC South champs → Read More

Which Julio Jones Trade Partners Make Sense?

It’ll take a lot to land arguably the best receiver of the past decade: draft picks, cap space, and a path toward contention. Which NFL teams have what it takes to make an offer? → Read More