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Robert Ricks

Owner, The Dollars And Sense Sports Blog. Contributor, The Cards Wire and The Jaguars Wire

Location icon United States

If you can think it, I can write it. I have a grand love for the major sports but I can write about many things. Long articles are my speciality. Baton Rouge Community College graduate and English major.
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Jaguars Wire
04/26/2020
What the nation's top analysts said about the 2020 Jaguars' draft class

The 2020 NFL Draft is in the books and it certainly has been one for the ages. This year provided an interesting spin on the draft. Due to the social distancing guidelines caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the draft was done virtually with the coaches and player personnel of all 32 teams making their selections from their respective homes.

Jaguars Wire
04/21/2020
4 under-the-radar draft prospects the Jaguars should target

The 2020 NFL Draft will take place on April 23-25 and teams are scrambling through their draft sheets to find the next great prospects. While the first round can be full of notable names and predictable landing spots, the later rounds can be full of pleasant surprises to the fans but maybe not so pleasant for the prospects themselves.

Personal
04/21/2020
My Resume

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Jaguars Wire
03/30/2020
3 remaining free agents that the Jaguars should target

The 2020 NFL free agency is off to a hot start and the Jacksonville Jaguars have done their part to be involved in it. The team has done deals with twelve players this off-season (not counting reserves/futures contracts) and they still have around $20 million in cap space to make more moves, per Over the Cap.

Cards Wire
03/26/2020
The best and worst contracts on the Cardinals roster

Free agency in the NFL in the year 2020 is off to an exciting start and the Arizona Cardinals have been extremely involved in the process. The Cardinals have done over $100 million in deals in the 2020 offseason and still sit at around $9 million in remaining cap space according to Spotrac.

Jaguars Wire
04/20/2020
The best and worst contracts on the Jaguars roster

The Jacksonville Jaguars have continued to make some strong free agency moves this off-season as they continue to move towards the 2020 NFL Draft. As far as finances go, they have about $14 million in cap space remaining, per Over the Cap, and will likely wait until after the draft to make any mo...

Cards Wire
11/23/2019
3 burning questions heading into the Cardinals' bye week

After a stretch a tough games, the Arizona Cardinals will enjoy a much-needed bye week. The Cardinals are 3-7-1 on the year but have looked like a completely different team from last year where they finished a disappointing 3-13.

Jaguars Wire
11/25/2019
The good, the bad and the ugly from the Jaguars 42-20 loss to the Titans

Another week, another absolute shellacking from a division rival to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars wrapped up another disappointing week with a loss to the Tennessee Titans by a score 42-20 in a game where they were flat-out dominated. With the loss, the Jaguars fall to 4-7 on the year and are dead last in the AFC South.

Cards Wire
09/01/2019
5 recently cut players that the Cardinals could target

The 2019 NFL preseason is in the books and NFL teams have made cuts to their roster to trim from 90 to 53 men. For some, this is possibly the end of their NFL careers. For others, this could mean the beginning of a fresh start with a new team or a chance to prove their worth through the practice squad.

Cards Wire
10/28/2019
The good, the bad and the ugly of the Cardinals' 31-9 loss to the Saints

The Arizona Cardinals finished the toughest game of their season as they took on a surging New Orleans Saints in one of the most hostile places to play at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The New Orleans Saints came into the game winners of five straight games against tough opponents in the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Chicago Bears.

Jaguars Wire
10/25/2019
3 players who Jags should target before trade deadline

The NFL trade deadline will quickly arrive on Oct. 29 and teams are scrambling to improve their rosters. The Jacksonville Jaguars have already been active in the trade market, trading away All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey to the Los Angeles Rams for a 2020 first-round pick, a 2021 first-round pick and a 2021 fourth-round pick.

Cards Wire
09/29/2019
Kyler Murray pokes fun at his baseball career in new Nissan Heisman House ad

Kyler Murray may not wear a baseball uniform anymore but he has definitely been a home run for the Arizona Cardinals. In a new Nissan commercial for the Heisman House series, Murray takes a humorous jab at his baseball career: Kyler Murray had a two-year stint as an outfielder for the University of Oklahoma while also serving as the school's starting quarterback where he would go on to win the Heisman trophy.

Cards Wire
08/05/2019
Projected stats for Cardinals offensive players in 2019

The Arizona Cardinals will look to turn over a new offensive leaf in the 2019 NFL season. Last season, the Cardinals offense ranked last in almost every statistical category, but with a new coach in Kliff Kingsbury and the new cornerstone of the franchise in rookie quarterback Kyler Murray, the Cardinals are looking toward a much more optimistic future than many would have pondered.

Cards Wire
09/18/2019
Kyler Murray has the highest-selling jersey among all rookies

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray certainly has appeal on the field. It seems that it has translated to off the field as well. According to the official NFL Players Association website, Kyler Murray sits at No. 21 in jersey sales for the period of March 1, 2019 to May 31, 2019.

The Dollars And Sense Sports Blog
08/14/2019
Is Dak Prescott REALLY Worth $40 Million Dollars?

It definitely pays to be a quarterback. According to reports, Dak Prescott has turned a $30 million dollar a year offer with the Dallas Cowboys. This also comes on the heels of rumors that he was actually seeking as much as $40 million dollars a year which would easily make him the highest paid player...

The Dollars And Sense Sports Blog
11/15/2018
What's The Deal With Le'Veon? A Closer Look At The Star Running Back's Holdout

From Pittsburgh's Savior to Misbehavior: How Le'Veon Bell Decided To Place A Hefty Bet On Himself (New York Post) Franco Harris, Willie Parker, Jerome Bettis. Three names that are synonymous with Steelers greatness. Three names that display championship and are revered among the people of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. One name that has the claim...

Cards Wire
07/09/2019
5 things the Cardinals can do to improve in 2019

The Arizona Cardinals will begin their season against the Detroit Lions on September 8 and already there seems to be an optimism to the start of the season. The new regime of head coach Kliff Kingsbury and first overall draft pick quarterback Kyler Murray has instilled some new life into a team that was one of the bottom dwellers in the NFL last year.

Cards Wire
08/05/2019
Kyler Murray expresses his confidence in Cardinals offense

It's been more than a week since training camp has kicked off for the Arizona Cardinals and the team looks ripe and ready to roll for the 2019 NFL season. While the Arizona sun can be pretty hot, another thing that looks to heat up will be the Cardinals offense.

The Dollars And Sense Sports Blog
04/14/2018
The Bargain Bin: Best Players, Best Value

Cheap can be good sometimes. Whether you're a regular Joe with a regular job or a billion-dollar valuated team, frugality is something that is a constant. No matter what it is always good to get some great production out of something that you paid on the low side for.

The Dollars And Sense Sports Blog
03/05/2018
Free As An Agent: Best Fits For Current Free Agents (Offense Edition)

Ah free agency, the Powerball of football. Basically meaning that for most fledgling teams it's like playing the lottery. You may strike it big on a huge free agent acquisition (see Super Bowl winning quarterback Drew Brees in 2006) or you may blow a lifetime's worth of money with no real return value.

The Dollars And Sense Sports Blog
06/02/2018
The Most Worrisome Salaries of the 2018 Season

In life, when it comes to money you want to make sure it is spent appropriately. Sometimes in the game of football, that doesn't happen and the financial consequences can set a team back years due to a stringent salary cap and the constant increasing of revenue and salaries.

The Dollars And Sense Sports Blog
03/04/2019
The Best And Worst Contracts In The Four Major Sports

Being a pro athlete sure has its perks. The money, the glitz and the glamour(by glamour, we mean an endless supply of gorgeous women)only pales in comparison to the work and preparation that these guys put in to be at the level that they are. General managers see this work and preparation and put...

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