2017 NFL Offensive Player Awards

Here is GreenRush’s NFL Offensive Player awards for 2017. Most of these players are on playoff teams, but not being on one doesn’t exclude anyone. It seems only fair that teams in the post-season get the most attention during the post-season. If they finished the season on injured reserve, they were omitted from the list.

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Quarterbacks

Tom Brady, Jared Goff, Case Keenum

  • Tom Brady will be on this list until he dies. Dude is 40 and still throwing ropes over defensive backs half his age. He finished the year in top 5 of every important passing stat in the league and lead the Patriots to another AFC East championship.
  • Jared Goff was basically left for dead at the end of the 2016 season. Enter Sean McVay and Goff became one of the most consistent players in the league and lead to Rams as the best offensive unit of 2017.
  • Case Keenum was the third quarterback on the depth chart in 2016. In 2017, he didn’t have the stats Goff and Brady had, but he played lights out. He made good decisions all year and constantly drove this team for long drives against good defenses and crushed bad defenses. Keenum did everything asked of a franchise quarterback in 2017.

Running Backs

Todd Gurley, Le’veon Bell, Kareem Hunt

  • Todd Gurley had over 2000 total yards and absolutely smashed defensive backfields all year long. He had over 70 percent of his team’s offense was the focal point of a potent Rams offensive attack.
  • Le’veon Bell is doing it all for the Steelers. Another 1200 yard season to his stat sheet, another season of defenders looking silly. Even the biggest Steeler’s haters can find joy in the way this dude runs the ball.
  • Kareem Hunt stole the heart of the league after his first month of play. He burst onto the scene with three straight 200 all-purpose yard games finished only behind Gurley in rushing yards.

Centers

 Max Unger, Jason Kelcy

  • Max Unger took his services to New Orleans and this season that run game was the talk of the town. Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram are the best duo in football and it isn’t even close. Unger is the quarterback of that line, he sets his backs up for success with calls and runs guys into the ground once the ball is hiked. As a Hawks fan, I miss him.
  • Jason Kelcy is a reason why the Eagles can use four running backs with success. The Eagles will lean on their running backs on offensive lineman during the postseason after the Carson Wentz injury.

Guards

Kyle Long, Marshall Yanda, David DeCastro

  • Kyle Long has paved the way for back to back Jordan Howard 1000 yard campaigns. The Bears running game was one of the lone bright spots during a weak season, and Long was key to that.
  • Marshall Yanda has blocked for a number of Ravens running backs and they always have success. The Ravens have a knack of taking running backs from other teams and turning them into workhorses for the Raven offense. Yanda is a big reason for that success.
  • David DeCastro is a Bellevue native that has been holding down the Steelers offensive line since 2012. Paving the way for LeVeon Bell and the third best rushing offense this season.

Tackles

Lane Johnson, Andrew Whitworth

  • Lane Johnson protected Carson Wentz and the Eagles backfield and helped them lock down a first round bye
  • Andrew Whitworth helped lead Todd Gurley to 2000 all purpose yards and kept Goff upright and helped him shed his “first round bust” title.

Tight Ends

Kyle Rudolph, Travis Kelcie

  • Kyle Rudolph is one of the most complete tight ends in football and the best red zone threat for the Minnesota Vikings. He isn’t a big yardage guy, but his impact for this team is immense.
  • Travis Kelcie is the big yardage guy. This guy easily surpassed Gronk in 2017 has the best tight end in football. He does it all, but is an elite receiving threat and has some of the best dance moves in the league.

Wide Receivers

Antonio Brown, Adam Thielen,  Deandre Hopkins,

  • Antonio Brown is simply the best pass catcher in football. He should be in MVP running. After missing the last two games he still had over 100 catches and 1100 yards. Hopefully he’s fully healthy during for the post-season.
  • Adam Thielen is consistence personified. Guaranteed to get at least three catches a game. He was Case Keenum’s safety net all season long averaging 14 yards a catch to a tune of over 1200 yards..
  • Deandre Hopkins balls out always. No matter who throws him the ball and or who covers him, he makes plays that any football fan’s jaw hang. His signature red gloves always come down with the ball. It will be exciting to see what he does with full off-season with rookie Deshaun Watson.

Kickers

Jake Elliot, Justin Tucker

  • Jake Elliot is a rookie. He only missed five field goals on the year and kicked five field-goals over 50 yards including a 61 yarder.
  • Justin Tucker is ice cold. He loves pressure and it shows, he never misses game winning kicks and put in another great statistical year for the Ravens.

Return Men

Tyler Lockett, Adoree Jackson, Pharoh Cooper

  • Tyler Lockett was third in the league for kick off return yardage this year. He kept us in the playoff run this season with his return score against the Cardinals in week 17.
  • Adoree Jackson is a jack of all trades for the Tennessee Titans. Punt returner, kick returner and corner back, this kid is a pure athletic freak. He finished top ten in return yards this year.
  • Pharoh Cooper lead the league with over 1200 return yards and a kick return touchdown. The Rams special teams is the best in the league, and Cooper is one of the best at setting up the offense in good field position.

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Summary of California’s Cannabis Distribution Plans

California recreational marijuana sales kick off in 2018. California is the sixth largest economy in the world and already home to a medical marijuana industry that grosses $2.7 billion, Politico Magazine reports. That number is expected grow to around $15 billion after recreational sales begin. What happens in California’s cannabis market could have ramifications for future states looking to experiment with cannabis legalization. Cannabis distribution was and perhaps still is the most polarizing issue California faced on the eve of legalization.

In Washington and Colorado, cannabis producers sell directly to retailers. This allows processors/producers to negotiate with retailers on their own terms. When Californian citizens voted in Proposition 64, the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA,) to regulate their medical marijuana industry, it opened the door for cannabis distribution to be a major market force, The CannaLaw blog reports.

Washington and Colorado’s recreational markets don’t have structured cannabis distribution, the MMRSA makes producers and processors use a distribution company as a middle man between them and a retailer. This model is loosely based off the alcohol industry’s current three-tiered distribution method; that was implemented after prohibition to big-alcohol from advocating over-consumption through marketing.

Under this model, distributors are solely responsible for setting up deals between retailers and producers. It does this by negotiating prices and providing brand selection between the two, The CannaLaw Blog reports.A cannabis distribution model was adopted because it was the only way law enforcement would get behind legalization in California. Executive Director of California’s Grower Association (CGA,) Hezekiah Allen agreed to this model as a way of compromising the legal sale of a federally illegal substance, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Allen believes this system will ultimately be a positive gate keeper of cannabis culture. Critics say this model could let distributors control the flow of product by pushing out small farms that can’t afford expensive distribution services. The Teamsters Union supports a distribution model, as does the Marijuana Policy Project, a Libertarian-leaning advocacy group, Seattle Weekly reports.

Another reason alcohol based distribution was adopted? A former alcohol executive lobbied for just that. Ted Simpkins was a Senior Manager at Southern Wine and Spirits, America’s largest alcohol distributor. After he retired, he set his eyes on California’s blooming recreational industry. He started a cannabis distribution company called River Wellness or River collective, Politco Magazine reports. RVR invested over $130,000 into lobbying for alcohol based cannabis distribution. RVR and the CGA use the same Sacramento based lobbying firm.

California legislators have changed how cannabis distribution will take place. In August, the MMRSA was repealed in favor of the Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAURSA.) This completely changes the cannabis distributers role. These new roles limit distributors to transportation and quality assurance practices only. They become another gate keeper for packing quality and testing practices. Producers and retailers are still free to deal with each other directly over product pricing, but licensees must go through a distributor to get products form one licensee to another. Cannabis distributors will charge for their services, but looks to be out of the market share like their counterparts in the alcohol industry.

Read The Full Politico Magazine Article About California’s Cannabis Distribution Debate

Check The CannaLaw Blog’s Report On California’s Distribution Debate

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States Vow To Fight Against FCC Net Neutrality Repeal

FCC Vote Kills Net Neutrality

It’s been three weeks since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)  voted 3-2 in favor of ending Obama-era net neutrality protections. Votes towed party lines, with both Democratic members dissenting and Republicans unanimously voted to return the internet to the free market, FCC commissioner Ajit Pai says.

Pai was a long time critic of Title II protections, saying it hampers internet service providers (ISP’s) ability to create new services and markets. Title II protections give internet service providers strong legal backing, The Verge reports. Pai says removing Title II protections returns the internet to the free market and that the internet as we know it won’t change drastically. But critics say drastic change that is exactly what will happen.

What Is Net Neutrality

Net neutrality is the idea that internet access is treated as a public utility like water or electricity. Government protections  stopped internet providers from throttling content providers bandwidth. For example: Verizon is a internet provider and soon will be offering their own original content through a streaming platform. Under these new protections, or lack thereof, Verizon could allow their content to stream faster and at a higher quality while stifling bandwidth for competition. Customers with Verizon internet would potentially have to pay increased rates to use Netflix or other competitors content at the same speed as Verizon’s content. This is a detriment to one-third of Americans who only have a single internet service provider to choose from, Motherboard reports.

“As a result of today’s misguided action, our broadband providers will get extraordinary new power from this agency,” said Jessica Rosenworcel, a FCC board member who voted against the repeal, The Hill reports.

“I dissent, because I am one of millions outraged,” Mignon Clyburn said. Clyburn is the other dissenting FCC board member, New York Times reports. Clyburn fiercely condemned the commission for ignoring the millions of citizens that vocalized their support for net neutrality protections. She continued by saying “the FCC pulls out its own teeth, abdicating responsibility to protect the nation’s broadband consumers.”

States Fighting Back

In a counter move, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is suing the FCC and challenging the Title II removal in court. Schneiderman said in a statement that his requests to delay the vote we’re repeatedly denied. The FCC also refused to help with Schneiderman’s investigation into the millions of fake comments that poured into the FCC website, tainting the public record. Critics say this shows the FCC’s disdain for public opinion, NPR reports. Washington state also vowed to defend its citizens and challenge the FCC in court. Gov. Jay Inslee, Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Washington states representatives released a statement Wednesday night stating their case against the FCC.

“This is not a partisan issue because Republican and Democrats agree that a free and open internet is good for consumers and good for this state,” Democratic Rep. Drew Hansen said. “We certainly wish the FCC would do the right thing, but if they don’t do the right thing, we will act and we will protect consumers here.”

Schneiderman is suggesting that ISP’s that break net neutrality standards will be barred from starting contracts in their state.  Apparently their are provisions within that keep the state from challenging the FCC vote, but a New York assembly maker implies that they can use the “power of the purse” to keep ISP’s from overreaching with their new found power.

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