Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy looks on during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo )

Four fixes for Bears' offense; Lions, Seahawks bolster defense

In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks offers four ideas for how to fix the Bears' offense. Plus, who is the NFL's best route runner?
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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) celebrates a touchdown against the New York Giants during an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Ben Roethlisberger playing as well as ever; time is right for Tua Tagovailoa

In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks says Ben Roethlisberger is back in a major way. Plus, thoughts on Tua Tagovailoa's promotion, the real reason why Tampa Bay is a contender and much more.
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Panthers surprising everyone with potent offense; Ryan Tannehill's a top-five QB

Everyone expected the Saints and Bucs to battle for the NFC South title, but who saw the Panthers coming? Bucky Brooks examines one of this season's early surprises. Plus, why Ryan Tannehill's a top-five quarterback and much more.
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Packers' system elevating Aaron Rodgers; Bills' brilliant move

The secret to Aaron Rodgers' success in 2020? Bucky Brooks says it's the Packers' system. Plus, why Bills receiver Stefon Diggs could be the acquisition of the year.
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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) looks on before an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Lamar Jackson's kryptonite; Aaron Rodgers' resurgence

Bucky Brooks identifies the reasons for the Chiefs' success against Lamar Jackson. Plus, examining Aaron Rodgers' hot start and the hype around Nick Foles.
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Philadelphia Eagles' Carson Wentz plays during an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

How to fix Eagles' Carson Wentz; no rebound for Drew Brees?

In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks identifies what must happen for the Eagles' Carson Wentz to bounce back from a rough start to the season. Plus, troubling signs for the reigning DPOY and Drew Brees.
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Baker Mayfield's on the mend, Josh Allen's on the rise, Cam Newton's on the run

In the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks says rumors of Baker Mayfield's demise were greatly exaggerated. Plus, a crazy comeback story and the way-to-early Defensive Player of the Year favorite.
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Lamar Jackson, Dak Prescott destined to join $40 million club; the truth about Russell Wilson

In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explains what this QB market means for Lamar Jackson and Dak Prescott. Plus, why the Seahawks should NOT #LetRussCook.
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Cam Newton embodies Patriot Way; Fournette's fresh start and Adrian Peterson's potential finish

Bucky Brooks says Cam Newton and the Patriots are a perfect match. Plus, analysis on Leonard Fournette's signing, Adrian Peterson's release and much more.
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Budda Baker's contract furthers NFL trend; plus, why the Chargers are better off with Tyrod Taylor and much more

Bucky Brooks explains the big-picture impact of Budda Baker's big-money extension. Plus, why the Chargers are better off with Tyrod Taylor than Philip Rivers.
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What's the verdict on Joe Judge's polarizing practices? Plus, a rookie sleeper, a breakout candidate and much more

In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks weighs in on Joe Judge's polarizing methods. Plus, a rookie sleeper, a breakout candidate and much more.
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Why George Kittle deserved to reset TE market; top 5 GM-coach duos

In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explains why George Kittle is worth every bit of his new deal with the 49ers. Plus, ranking the NFL's top five GM-coach duos, identifying a potential bounce-back star and examining the impact of college football postponements on next year's draft.
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New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) and defensive end Marcus Davenport (92) celebrate a sack in the second half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. The Saints won 31-24.(AP Photo/Bill Feig)

Cam Jordan's right about Bucs, NFC South race; five breakout DBs

In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks weighs in on Cam Jordan's bold claim about the NFC South race. Plus, a fair assessment of Derek Carr, five breakout DB candidates and an examination of what could be the NFL's most prolific offense.
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Pats contenders despite attrition; Jamal Adams perfect for Seahawks

In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explains why the Patriots are still Super Bowl contenders despite all of the offseason attrition. Plus, an examination of Jamal Adams' fit in Seattle, Alex Smith's starting prospects in Washington and more.
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NFL's top 10 second-year players; Washington Football Team rebrand

In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks ranks the top 10 NFL players entering Year 2. Plus, an examination of the Rams' plan to copy the rival 49ers' ground attack, praise for the Washington Football Team rebrand and more.
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How COVID-19 limitations will affect NFL rosters; respect Zeke!

How will NFL rosters be impacted by the reduction or elimination of preseason games? Which teams boast the top five defensive quartets? What should we expect from Carolina's new-look offense? Bucky Brooks answers these questions -- and more -- in the Scout's Notebook.
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Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, left, watches quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) warm up before an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

How Chiefs can maximize Patrick Mahomes era; top five NFL players

With Patrick Mahomes now under contract through the 2031 season, is Kansas City about to embark on a dynastic run? Bucky Brooks provides a four-part plan for the Chiefs to maximize their returns. Plus, the top five players in the NFL today.
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Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) passes prior to an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

Patriots' offense with Cam Newton; ranking the top five 'starting fives'

How will the Patriots' offense change with Cam Newton at quarterback? What are the top five "starting fives" (five skill players) in the NFL today? Who is the best quarterback in the NFC South? Bucky Brooks has the answers!
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New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown (17) on the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Patriots defeated the Dolphins 43-0. (Perry Knotts via AP)

Antonio Brown's potential 'Hawks fit; Should Jets pay Adams?

In the latest edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks considers how Antonio Brown could fit with the Seattle Seahawks. Plus, he examines the top 5 franchise-tagged players, the Jamal Adams situation and Chase Young's promise.
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San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan walks on the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game between the 49ers and the Green Bay Packers in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

NFL's hottest offensive scheme; top 5 receivers; Ravens' complacency

In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explores the NFL's hottest offensive system heading into the 2020 season. Plus, the top five receivers in the NFL, an examination of the Ravens' surprising problem and more.
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