Chat with KC Joyner
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, ESPN NFL Insider KC Joyner, will be here to answer your NFL questions.
Joyner, aka The Football Scientist, uses game film to track, tabulate and analyze nearly every measurable statistic in an NFL game. He is a regular Insider contributor and has his own website at thefootballscientist.com.
Send your questions now and join KC Thursday at 4 p.m. ET!
KC Joyner (4:00 PM)
Good afternoon! Let's talk some football!
Hey KC, why did the Dolphins give Finnegan so much money? From a metric standpoint, how bad has he been the last few years?
KC Joyner (4:01 PM)
Finnegan was in the double-digit YPA range last year but Miami obviously isn't expecting him to repeat that performance. They are paying him for his potential, which is certainly very strong, but it's a bad idea to pay for potential.
KC Joyner (4:02 PM)
Another factor is Miami needs someone to man the slot CB position vs. three WR sets and Finnegan, when he is on his game, can be one of the best in the league at that position.
With all the Desean Jackson rumors floating around, I am hearing that Panthers are trying to make a serious move with him. Any truth to this?
KC Joyner (4:03 PM)
Haven't heard anything through the grapevine but It would make a ton of sense, as the Panthers have a crisis at WR right now.
Rich (New Jersey)
Hi KC - The NFL Competition Committee is considering one of two ideas about moving the PAT attempt to the 25-yard line [Patriots idea] or 20-yard [use on an experimental basis during the 2014 preseason], do you see either one becoming a rule this year?
KC Joyner (4:03 PM)
I hope not. For those bored with the PAT, consider this. Statistically speaking, the PAT is a rough equivalent of a 3-foot putt in the PGA. Would anyone even consider getting rid of the 3-foot putt in golf?
KC Joyner (4:04 PM)
And also consider this. The removal of the PAT and replacing it with an automatic point may be a way for the league to speed games up. It may also potentially add some additional time for commercials. So either keep the PAT or watch more commercials.
Hello KC, would it be better for the Dolphins to stick with Lamar Miller as their feature back or go with a FA or someone in the draft?
KC Joyner (4:05 PM)
Hey there. The Fins aren't going to have any great RB options in FA or the draft, so they would do better to concentrate their attention on upgrading their run blocking.
Tim Irvin (Los Angeles)
KC, what do your numbers say about either the Rams or Raiders or both relocating to LA after the 2014 season (I am looking to see if their draft picks have any So Cal connections)...
KC Joyner (4:06 PM)
Tim, it won't take So Cal draft pick connections to move the Rams or Raiders to LA. It will take money and a team willing to move, both of which are factors in play right now.
When are the Colts going to start addressing their other safety spot? Seems like it's taking a while. I am surprised they didn't resign Bethea. The deal he got from SF wasn't that expensive.
KC Joyner (4:07 PM)
Good question. It's not like they can wait for the draft, as safety is one of the only positions in the draft that isn't stocked with quality prospects. In fact, there are only two safeties in the draft who look like potential impact players.
Greg (Long Island, NY)
Which teams have helped themselves out the most so far in free agency?
KC Joyner (4:09 PM)
The most impactful moves in FA were actually made by teams that kept players on their roster. Denver made some of the biggest attention getting moves but those look in many cases to be lateral.
John (San Diego) [via mobile]
Is there any word of the Giants trying to pursue Brian De La Puente or Ryan Wendell for centers or Robert Ayers and Anthony Wooton for pass rushers?
KC Joyner (4:11 PM)
The market for centers is still likely to hinge on what happens to Alex Mack. There are a number of high-quality FA prospects at that position but Mack is the leader and is still unsigned. Once his situation becomes clear, the rest of the center market should start moving.
KC Joyner (4:13 PM)
Hate to cut it short but just had something come up and I've got to hit the road. Quick note before heading out - links to the TFS ESPN Insider articles are always posted on Twitter @KCJoynerTFS. Thanks very much for the questions and I hope to see you all here next week!