On Newsstands Friday: ESPN The Magazine’s 2016 NFL Preview, Part 2: The Offense Strikes Back


On Newsstands Friday: ESPN The Magazine’s 2016 NFL Preview, Part 2: The Offense Strikes Back

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ON THE COVER: “Welcome to the Todd Gurley Show.” Gurley is the best young running back in a league that’s all about passing. As the Los Angeles Rams try to re-establish themselves in LA with a rookie quarterback feeling his way through the season, Gurley possesses the star power the Rams need to attract fans in a city that’s all about stars. By Jason Reid *Presented in collaboration with The Undefeated  

DON’T MISS: The Drive That Never Ends.” John Elway isn’t finished. He had a Hall of Fame career as a quarterback, earned a fortune in the car business, guided an Arena League team to a title and built the Denver Broncos into one of the best teams of the past five years. Nevertheless, Elway continues to work as if he still has something to prove. By Seth Wickersham

Issue highlights and features:

View From the Corner

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones explains how NFL offenses, and his approach to stopping them, have changed over the past decade. By David Fleming

Attack of the Space Invaders

The spread offense is taking over the game, and versatile receivers like Odell Beckham Jr. and Antonio Brown are the new weapons. They are smaller, quicker and faster, making them a nightmare to stop in the open field. The Mag breaks down the anatomy of the league’s new multitool wideouts. By Matt Bowen http://es.pn/2ct1UIm

Now He Has to Earn It

After signing a big contract, Andrew Luck wants the ultimate payoff: a ring. Coming off a disappointing 2015, it’s up to the quarterback to prove that he deserved $87 million guaranteed—more than Brady, Rodgers, Manning, Brees, Wilson and Roethlisberger. In other words, guys with Super Bowl rings. Can a QB with a roughly 2-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio in four seasons measure up to his mammoth deal? Luck thinks so, and the Colts are banking on it. By Justin Heckert

2016 NFL Team Reports

NFL Insider John Clayton breaks down the best-case and worst-case scenarios for all 32 teams. Plus: Dan Graziano’s team-by-team QB confidence index, breakout fantasy players to watch from ESPN’s NFL Nation reporters, and Aaron Schatz’s key defensive stat.

Additional issue highlights and features:

The Truth: Columnist Howard Bryant discusses how and why Colin Kaepernick’s message has been unjustly obscured. http://es.pn/2cwFIhJ

Numbers: Peter Keating’s data-driven look at turnovers in college football suggests they are more a function of luck than preparation or skill, not a foundation for long-term success.

MLB: Mookie Betts means business as the Boston Red Sox’s indispensable star. The Mag analyzes the impact he has on the team, identifying his three most clutch games and having him speak to each game or at-bat. By Scott Lauber

NHL: Ahead of the World Cup of Hockey, which starts Sept. 17, The Mag provides a stat-based preview of the eight international teams facing off during the two-week tournament—the rosters, the matchups, the team to beat. By Ben Arledge

Soccer: Lionel Messi was reeling from an indictment and suspended prison sentence for tax fraud, a brutal ending to the Copa America final and a knee-jerk retirement from international football. But his return to the pitch with Barcelona has brought back his joy. By Bruce Schoenfeld http://es.pn/2cl10v8

NFL: Former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota poses in a bathtub filled with rubber ducks for the Heisman House commercial outtakes.

In case you missed NFL Preview, Part 1: Revenge of the Defense: http://es.pn/2bAMctP.


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