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About The Author

Sam founded NFL Breakdowns after working his way through the journalist farm system and is enjoying life in the big league. Growing up outside of Washington, D.C., Sam didn’t choose the Redskins, the Redskins chose him. Out of a love for the game and an insatiable curiosity to determine why his beloved team was underperforming, Sam turned to studying film in NFL Breakdowns. Follow me @SamuelRGold. For all of Sam's articles: Click Here. Sam is a guest contributor at by Reddit, InsideThePylon, and RedskinsCapitalConnection.

Marcus Mariota and the Vertical “Switch” Concept

Marcus Mariota has a lot of doubters due to the offensive system he ran at Oregon. Many claim this to be a gimmick offense and instantly write off any sign of pro readiness. Although Mariota did run a lot of non-pro concepts especially in the Rose Bowl…

Apr 29, 2015 Samuel Gold

Scouting Report: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

Jameis Winston was the top dual-threat quarterback from the 2012 high school class from Hueytown, Alabama. He also earned Gatorade Player of the Year recognition for the state of Alabama while in high school. Winston committed to Florida State Universi…

Apr 27, 2015 Samuel Gold

Jameis Winston’s 7 Fumbles in 2014

Jameis Winston’s 18 interceptions this past season were analyzed to see fully what happened, but that led many to compare Winston’s seven fumbles to Mariota’s seven fumbles and question why Winston doesn’t have similar ball secu…

Apr 21, 2015 Samuel Gold

Marcus Mariota’s 7 Fumbles and 4 Interceptions in 2014

Marcus Mariota’s draft value has been all over the board with many believing he will be picked second overall later this April. While everyone is talking about Jameis Winston’s 18 interceptions in 2014, Marcus Mariota’s fumbling issue…

Apr 17, 2015 Samuel Gold

Jameis Winston’s 18 Interceptions in 2014

Jameis Winston is one of the most controversial prospects entering the 2015 NFL Draft. After winning the Heisman Trophy in 2013 his redshirt freshman year, Winston regressed the following season where he threw 18 interceptions to just 25 touchdowns. In…

Apr 16, 2015 Samuel Gold

Scouting Report: Alvin Bud Dupree, DE/OLB, Kentucky

Alvin Bud Dupree was a three star recruit from Irwinton, Georgia who played both tight end and defensive end in high school. He was recruited by Auburn, Georgia Tech, and Jacksonville St., but ended up committing to Kentucky. Dupree is projected as a m…

Apr 08, 2015 Samuel Gold

Scouting Report: Eli Harold, DE/OLB, Virginia

Eli Harold was a four-star high school recruit from Virginia Beach, Virginia. He chose to stay home due to Virginia’s head coach Mike London’s connection to the Virginia Beach area over a variety of SEC schools. Harold was the fifth-ranked …

Apr 06, 2015 Samuel Gold

Scouting Report: Dante Fowler Jr., DE/OLB, Florida

Dante Fowler was a five-star high school recruit from St. Petersburg, Florida. He was recruited to play for Florida State, University of Southern California, and Clemson among others, but decided to sign with the Florida Gators instead. Fowler was the …

Mar 25, 2015 Samuel Gold

What Happened to David Amerson?

David Amerson was seen as a rising star for the Redskins going into the 2014 season. Many thought he was ready to start opposite of veteran cornerback DeAngelo Hall, but this rising star went from only giving up one touchdown and playing well to close …

Mar 23, 2015 Samuel Gold

Chris Culliver’s Fit in the Redskins Secondary

Chris Culliver became a free agent this off-season and signed a four year – $32 million contract with $16 million guaranteed with the Washington Redskins. An ACL tear in his third season sidelined him for his entire 2013 campaign, but 2014 repres…

Mar 17, 2015 Samuel Gold
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