Some readers know that I've volunteered the last two summers at Eric Mangini's one-day Football Fundamentals camp in Hartford. You may remember my article last year about The Greatest 7-on-7 Team That Ever Was. Unfortunately, this year I'm not going to be able to make it because we're behind on Football Outsiders Almanac 2013 and I'm going into seven-days-a-week mode after Brown reunion weekend this Saturday.
The Falcons and Bucs are still lacking edge rushers, the Saints need someone to protect Drew Brees, and the Panthers desperately need a second good wideout.
Three months after the 49ers played in Super Bowl XLVII, NFL owners awarded Super Bowl L to Santa Clara, site of the team's new stadium. In Super Bowl history, how many times has that happened?
Uh-oh. Multiple sources are reporting that Michael Crabtree tore his Achilles tendon in yesterday's OTAs. That's a big loss for the 49ers considering how well Crabtree and Kaepernick clicked after Kaepernick moved into the starting lineup last year. A torn Achilles used to mean you would miss the entire season. Recently, players such as Terrell Suggs have worked their way back to play half a season, albeit not at full strength. We'll have to see if Crabtree is able to do that as well.
Offensive line problems highlight the needs in the NFC North ... except in Chicago, which is kind of unsettling to think about.
Oops! Forgot to link up Mandatory Monday! I am writing the Bengals chapter of Football Outsiders Almanac this year, and after putting the rough draft together, I assembled this piece on Andy Dalton from the research. So, halfway between "sneak preview" and "time saver," but you get your Bengals on. Also, stop by the Tailgater blog for Bengals wide receiver Top Fives (lots of Isaac Curtis), and specials on RG3's wedding registry, Rob Gronkowski, and that fugitive from the Seven Soldiers of Victory, DR. JESSE JUPITER.