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Mike Daniels has seen the film of the Packers' last game over and over again in the offseason. A stunning collapse in the NFC title game to Seattle can be hard to forget. On Monday came time to officially look ahead for Green Bay with the start of offseason workouts at Lambeau Field. Daniels has watched the Seattle tape.
There are a few ways to judge an NFL player's popularity, but the amount of merchandise he sells might be the best way. And if you believe that to be true, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is the NFL's most popular player. Again. For the second straight season, Wilson led the NFL Players Association's player sales list. That takes into account all officially licensed products, including jerseys, Fatheads, ugly sweaters and bobbleheads. Wilson led all players in jersey sales and ugly sweaters (I had no idea NFL ugly sweaters was actually a thing until this list was released ... and I'm glad I didn't). Wilson's rise to stardom is easy to track: He's an exciting player, some fans probably relate to him overcoming odds to be a top quarterback at 5-foot-11, the Seahawks have won a ton with him and they have a fan base that loves to buy merchandise. Seahawks players like cornerback Richard Sherman (No. 7), running back Marshawn Lynch (No. 9), safeties Earl Thomas (No. 29) and Kam Chancellor (No. 30) also made the NFLPA's list. No. 2 behind Wilson isn't a big surprise; it's Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (he led all players in bobblehead sales). Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant was the top non-quarterback, checking in at No. 6. Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, who wasn't too impressive in two starts as a rookie last year, still finished No. 10 in sales. There are also a lot of people who bought LeSean McCoy's Philadelphia Eagles gear only to have it rendered obsolete when McCoy was traded to the Buffalo Bills this offseason. McCoy ranked 14th on the NFLPA's sales list. Here's the entire top 50 from NFLPA, based on sales from the 2015 fiscal year of March 1, 2014, through Feb. 28, 2015: 1. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks 2. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos 3. Tom Brady, New England Patriots 4. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers 5. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers 6. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys 7. Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks 8. J.J. Watt, Houston Texans 9. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks 10. Johnny Manziel, Cleveland Browns 11. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys 12. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints 13. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots 14. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles 15. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts 16. Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers 17. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys 18. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears 19. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions 20. Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants 21. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers 22. Eli Manning, New York Giants 23. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys 24. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers 25. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins 26. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles 27. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings 28. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs 29. Earl Thomas, Seattle Seahawks 30. Kam Chancellor, Seattle Seahawks 31. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers 32. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins 33. Victor Cruz, New York Giants 34. Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers 35. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears 36. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens 37. Patrick Willis, San Francisco 49ers 38. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers 39. Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Steelers 40. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos 41. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots 42. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers 43. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers 44. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers 45. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals 46. Devon Still, Cincinnati Bengals 47. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers 48. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals 49. Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings 50. Wes Welker, Denver Broncos - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab
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What has happened since our last NFL mock draft ? Not a ton outside of some wild rumors and baseless chatter — the fun stuff! — about Team X liking Player Y and the like. But we’ve been gathering information behind the scenes, double-checking our lists and circling back on prospects we missed the first time around. And with it comes another two-round mock draft, this one two weeks prior to liftoff on April 30: 1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Florida State QB Jameis Winston Although the team has gone out of its way to point out that it is examining all avenues, and wild rumors tend to catch wind this time of year,. we believe this pick has been solid since head coach Lovie Smith essentially signed off on Winston’s character at the NFL scouting combine, even if some higher-ups are a little skittish. 2. Tennessee Titans — Oregon QB Marcus Mariota We don’t believe the Titans will be making this pick themselves, but rather another team — the San Diego Chargers have been our wild-card pick here for weeks, and the St. Louis Rams should not be ignored — trading up to pick in this spot. If the Titans stand pat, we think they’d select USC’s Leonard Williams, for what it’s worth. 3. Jacksonville Jaguars — Clemson OLB Vic Beasley Dante Fowler Jr. said he’d be stunned if he wasn’t the third pick. Well, Dante, prepare your best “stunned” face. Yes, the Jaguars threw a changeup with Blake Bortles in this same slot a year ago, and we would not be shocked if it’s happening again. It’s either Beasley or Williams in our eyes, and Beasley is the bigger need in the Jaguars’ “Leo” pass rusher role. 4. Oakland Raiders — USC DE Leonard Williams If you’ve been following our mocks, we’ve etched in a receiver here consistently. But that was on the premise that Williams was gone. Given that Williams is the rare player who openly has campaigned for the Raiders to take him — and that he’d fill a need, too — we feel like it must happen. The Raiders can get their wideout(s) later. 5. Washington Redskins — Florida DE Dante Fowler Jr. New Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan fills a major hole opposite Ryan Kerrigan now that Brian Orakpo is gone. Trent Murphy is a nice player, but don’t be fooled; he’s nowhere near the all-around force Fowler is. This also is a strong trade-down slot if the right deal materializes. Otherwise, we also could see a safe pick such as Iowa’s Brandon Scherff. 6. New York Jets — Alabama WR Amari Cooper There’s no glaring need at receiver with Eric Decker, Brandon Marshall and Jeremy Kerley currently manning the top three slots. But what better way to boost Geno Smith (or Ryan Fitzpatrick) than with a front-line playmaker such as Cooper? He’s silky smooth, polished and a nice complement to the size of Decker and Marshall and the underneath ability of Kerley. Plus, Marshall currently is a one-year investment, and the Jets could walk away from either Decker or Kerley after this season without getting crushed on the salary cap. We could see this very safe, very smart maiden pick by new GM Mike Maccagnan. 7. Chicago Bears — West Virginia WR Kevin White The Bears would be in a win-win position, able to pick between the draft’s top two receivers and its best nose tackle in Danny Shelton. With new GM Ryan Pace spending most of his time this offseason sprucing up the defense, he shifts gears and gives Alshon Jeffery a running mate who could be a perfect replacement for Marshall — without the headaches. White’s character checks with NFL teams have been off-the-charts good, a total departure from the wideout he'd be replacing.
Munchie Legaux returned to Paul Brown Stadium on Wednesday, this time throwing passes with his eye on an NFL career. The former University of Cincinnati quarterback was among 25 draft-eligible players who worked out for the Bengals on Wednesday. Legaux also will work out for the New Orleans Saints - his hometown team - later in the week. ''Honestly, I thought everybody was going to write me off - he had a knee injury, he didn't start this year,'' Legaux said.
The Bengals signed running back Cedric Peerman to a new contract on Thursday, keeping one of their top special teams players. Peerman became an unrestricted free agent after leading the Bengals' special teams in tackles last season. He also has been one of Cincinnati's top special teams players, averaging nearly a dozen tackles over the last four seasons. Last season, Peerman carried 15 times for 43 yards and had three catches for 27 yards.
The NFL hired Sarah Thomas as the league's first full-time female official in a groundbreaking announcement Wednesday. Thomas, who became the first female to officiate an NCAA football game in 2007, has previously been a finalist for an NFL job. She has been working in the NFL's Officiating Development Program. - - The New York Jets signed linebacker Erin Henderson to a one-year contract, re-signed defensive end Leger Douzable to a one-year deal and reportedly agreed to terms with former New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley.
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