EatingWell Fish Sticks.

first_imgFood & DiningLifestyle EatingWell Fish Sticks. by: – June 23, 2011 You can make these homemade fish sticks in about the same amount of time it takes to bake a box of the frozen kind—with a fraction of the fat.Recipe Nutrition:Per serving: 289 calories; 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat, 1 g mono unsaturated fat); 57 mg cholesterol; 37 g carbohydrates; 31 g protein; 4 g fiber; 373 mg sodium; 436 mg potassium Nutrition Bonus: Folate (19% daily value).Ingredients:Canola oil cooking spray1 cup whole-wheat dry breadcrumbs (see Note) or 1/2 cup plain dry breadcrumbs1 cup whole-grain cereal flakes1 teaspoon lemon pepper1/2 teaspoon garlic powder1/2 teaspoon paprika1/4 teaspoon salt1/2 cup all-purpose flour2 large egg whites, beaten1 pound tilapia fillets (see Note), cut into 1/2-by-3-inch strips Share Tweet Sharing is caring! 28 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Recipe source:eatingwell.com Directions:Preheat oven to 450°F. Set a wire rack on a baking sheet; coat with cooking spray.Place breadcrumbs, cereal flakes, lemon pepper, garlic powder, paprika and salt in a food processor or blender and process until finely ground. Transfer to a shallow dish.Place flour in a second shallow dish and egg whites in a third shallow dish. Dredge each strip of fish in the flour, dip it in the egg and then coat all sides with the breadcrumb mixture. Place on the prepared rack. Coat both sides of the breaded fish with cooking spray.Bake until the fish is cooked through and the breading is golden brown and crisp, about 10 minutes.Ingredient notes: We like Ian’s brand of coarse dry whole-wheat breadcrumbs, labeled “Panko breadcrumbs.” Find them in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets. To make your own breadcrumbs, trim crusts from firm sandwich bread. Tear the bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. (To make fine dry breadcrumbs, process until very fine.) Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 250°F until dry, about 10 to 15 minutes. One slice of bread makes about 1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs. U.S. farm-raised tilapia is a better choice for the environment because it is usually grown in closed farming systems that limit pollution.last_img read more

MLB trade rumors: At least 6 teams still interested in Robbie Ray

first_imgThe Diamondbacks aren’t short of suitors for Robbie Ray.The Yankees, Astros, Braves, Twins, Phillies and Brewers all have interest in the lefty, according to a report from USA Today. They also may want to land Matthew Boyd of the Tigers, but the cost is also exorbitant there.As for the Braves, they have shown interest in several pitchers but their most immediate target appears to be the Reds’ Yasiel Puig. The Twins, Brewers and Phillies also have been looking for pitching help all over the place and Ray is just one of the names they have been linked with. Yankees ‘working all angles’ ahead of trade deadline, Brian Cashman says MLB trade rumors: Yankees will not give up top prospect for anyone less than Noah Syndergaard The Atlanta #Braves have joined the #Yankees , #Astros , #Twins , #Phillies and #Brewers in expressing strong interest for #Dbacks for starter Robbie Ray. The #Dbacks also have a slew of teams pursuing left-handed reliever Andrew Chafin.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 30, 2019New York also has interest in acquiring Archie Bradley from the Diamondbacks, according to MLB insider Peter Gammons.Keep hearing Clint Frazier to Arizona for Ray or Bradley, or multi players_not Garcia-for both— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) July 30, 2019Houston and the Yankees have had interest in the same pitchers throughout the leadup to this deadline. Related News Both wanted to get Marcus Stroman but the Mets acquired him for two minor league pitchers. They also have interest in Madison Bumgarner and Noah Syndergaard, but it appears the Giants may not deal their lefty and the Mets probably won’t give Syndergaard to the Yankees.The Astros also don’t appear to want to go all out to get Syndergaard as the price tag remains high. Yankees trade rumors: Gleyber Torres ‘off limits’ in discussions for starterlast_img read more

Trimmer: Brownback acted like a schoolyard bully with State of the State speech

first_imgEd TrimmerLegislative report from Ed Trimmer — I have now heard 10 “State of the State” speeches from three different Governors.  I have liked some of what I have heard and I have also disagreed with some of the things that have been said, even from Governors from my own party.  I have never heard anything like what I heard in Governor Brownback’s speech a week ago Thursday.The attempts to pass the buck, grab more and more power, and distort the truth were numerous and constant.  At times I felt like I was listening to the schoolyard bully and at other times I thought the Governor was speaking of an alternative universe.  Let me touch on a few of the issues that created these perceptions.The Governor began by suggesting that things were just fine in Kansas.  He said we have created thousands of private sector jobs since he has taken office.  It is true we have created many new jobs but we have also lost almost as many.  The reality is that the new jobs do not pay as well as the ones that were lost.  We are not keeping pace with states around us.  The Wichita area is not doing well, and a large number of the new jobs were created before the 2012 income tax cuts, which created the current deficit.The Governor praised education and how Kansas ranks nationally in regard to test scores.  Then he blamed the education funding formula and last year’s funding equalization bill, which he signed, for the current budget shortfall.  He said we count students who do not exist and have automatic spending increases built into the budget.  He knows these claims are just political rhetoric.We use weightings to fund special needs.  For example, a district in western Kansas might have high transportation costs so we might count students who ride the bus as 1.2.  Vocational programs require expensive equipment, so we might count a student in a vocation program as 1.5.  It is a way to fund programs based on participation and is the fairest way to provide equal opportunity for all students and schools systems and the Governor knows this.He proposed that we create a new funding formula but would not say what it might be.  His proposal was to give the schools the same amount of money they received in 2015, for 2016 and 2017 minus KPERS costs.  In the mean time, he would have the legislature develop a new formula.Having served on two education study commissions, several things are clear to me; our formula is not broken, our formula is not more complex than any other state, and it is one of the fairest formulas in the country.  The court did not rule that the funding formula was unconstitutional as the Governor asserted.The court just said we are not adequately funding it.  I am concerned that the Governor wants to blame the economic crisis he created on the current funding formula for education with no clear vision of how he would change it.The only reason education costs have gone up in the past few years is because of court ordered increases and a larger number of students.  However, even these increases have not kept pace with inflation.  The only increase in costs built into the formula is for new students, because we fund schools by student population (Base State Aid Per Pupil).  Is the Governor suggesting that growing school districts receive no more funding and declining school districts keep getting the same funds?  If we were to fund schools at the 1992 level with inflation, our per-pupil expenditure should be over $6000 per student instead of the $3852 it is today.The deficit is not due to education as the Governor claims.  Many well-known economists and even the non-partisan Legislative Research Department told the Legislature and the Governor that the tax cuts of 2012 were not sustainable and that we would be at least $500 million in debt by 2016.  We have arrived at that point early.  We must make up more that $280 million for the rest of this year and more than $700 million for 2016 and again in 2017.  Education did not create the budget deficit, the Governor did.Governor Brownback said in his speech that the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS) unfunded liability was the most important issue facing the state and that he was proud of the 2012 legislation he helped create to solve the unfunded liability by 2033.  As one of the legislative leaders who helped create the 2012 plan, I am amazed at the Governor’s claim that he helped create it.  His office, in reality, has consistently promoted a 401K-style plan, which is impossible until the current system is fully funded without creating a larger unfunded liability.On Friday, January 16th, the Governor proposed not fully funding the 2012 KPERS plan, which would postpone paying off the unfunded liability until at least 2043 and would, according to KPERS actuaries, add more than $9 billion to the unfunded liability.  He has also proposed that school districts pay the KPERS costs rather than the state, which would result in a cut to public education. Something he promised not to during his re-election campaign.The Governor has also used the budget crisis he created and the court’s stance on education funding to argue that he should be given the right to pick Supreme Court Justices.  He seems to believe in the old political adage,  “Never let a good crisis go to waste?”  The current system was put in place in 1953 after a Governor abused the selection process.  Governor Brownback wants to return to the pre-1953 process and eliminate the checks and balances we currently have.The Governor also proposed that local elections be moved to the fall to improve voter turnout.  These elections are in the spring because they do not involve party politics.  They should stay that way.  Local units of government are not asking for the change nor are most local voters.I have mentioned only what I believe are the biggest whoppers and abuses in the “State of the State” address.  There are more, but to conserve space, I will let others comment on them.  I know this update is a bit more pointed than what I usually write, but this year’s “State of the State” speech was without question the most distorted view of what is happening in Kansas I have ever heard.  It is time for the Governor to admit that his 2012 tax plan is bankrupting the State.He must accept responsibility and not continue to scapegoat our teachers, school children, retirees, and other branches of government.  It is time to take constructive action to put Kansas back on the right track, but it looks like that will have to be left up to the Legislature, not the Governor.Follow us on Twitter. 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Dont let anyone tell you its not. Report Reply 1 reply · active 289 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Mike · 289 weeks ago The idiot voters put that lying fool back in for 4 more years they believe in everything he says and does. I guess those who voted to remove his dumb a** paid attention to what he was up to Huh. Report Reply 2 replies · active 288 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Smoke N Mirrors · 289 weeks ago Can’t blame Kansas Budget problems on anyone but Brownback and the legislators he controls. This report from Mr. Trimmer are the cold hard facts that Brownback didn’t talk about in his campaign. Report Reply 0 replies · active 289 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down guest · 289 weeks ago Does’nt matter what your political party is!!!!!!! That governer is going to bankrupt all of us!!! all he cares about is when it’s time for another face lift!!! He was’nt worth a [email protected]#%^$ as Kansas senator , worse as Govenor !!!! Report Reply 1 reply · active 288 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Home Town Boy · 288 weeks ago Brownback needs to be taken behind a barn and gave a flogging too…………. His way of funding the budget is bankrupting our state. I am a republican and seen this coming long ago. Everything needs on the table with no exemptions for raising taxes. Report Reply 0 replies · active 288 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Bluejay Fan Forever · 288 weeks ago Well Done, it’s that “vote for anyone that’s not a liberal democrat” mentality that put Brownback back in office. We as voters need to look at what the candidate stands for and what their vision is instead of whether they have a “R” or a “D” after their name. Our Kansas mess we are facing is not because of Barack Obama. Report Reply 8 replies · active 288 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Byron white · 288 weeks ago Mr. Trimmer you said a mouth full. Thanks for standing up for education. Report Reply 0 replies · active 288 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

The 10 NFL players who defined the 2010s, and the 10 who will define the 2020s

first_imgHowever, there were plenty of others who helped define a fascinating period and a plethora of exciting talents queuing up to try to ensure it is they who stand out when the world looks back on the 2020s.Here we reflect on 10 players who made the most lasting impact on the 2010s, and assess the players most likely to have the same influence on the 2020s.2010sTom BradyFive seasons into his NFL career, Brady had already secured a remarkable legacy, as a sixth-rounder who rose from Drew Bledsoe’s injury replacement to a quarterback who guided the Patriots to their first three Super Bowl titles.He led what many consider to be best offense ever in 2007 when the Patriots went 16-0, however, when the story of the greatest quarterback in NFL history is told, his and New England’s second act will be the most compelling chapter.The 2010s proved a decade in which Brady consistently and spectacularly defied Father Time. After a heart-breaking Super Bowl XLVI defeat to the New York Giants at the end of the 2011 season, a 37-year-old Brady authored a Super Bowl MVP performance three seasons later as the Patriots won their fourth title by defeating the Seattle Seahawks. His stunning response to a four-game 2016 suspension for his role in the Deflategate saga was a dominant 15-game stretch in which the Patriots lost only once and completed the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history in a 34-28 defeat of the Atlanta Falcons.2020, and still here. #LFG pic.twitter.com/wfsCqibss1— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) January 1, 2020Brady followed that with an MVP campaign in 2017 that may unfairly be forgotten by many due to New England’s 41-33 defeat to the Philadelphia Eagles in which he threw for 505 passing yards, breaking his record from the previous year.Super Bowl LIII was won largely on the back of the Patriots defense and the 2019 season has provided further evidence the 42-year-old is finally declining. No player can outrun Father Time, but Brady has redefined what is possible for ageing quarterbacks.Peyton ManningManning’s career appeared to be nearing its end at the start of the decade. A playoff defeat to the New York Jets marked his final appearance for the Indianapolis Colts as neck surgery ruled him out of the 2011 season and he was released in March 2012.However, Manning landed in the perfect environment to prove he was still among the elite. His Denver Broncos spell was historic as he helmed an explosive offense that reached its apex in 2013, Manning delivering arguably the greatest season ever for a quarterback.He set single-season records for passing yardage (5,477) and touchdowns (55) that have yet to be broken. However, after a 43-8 Super Bowl thrashing at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks, Manning would have to wait until the 2015 campaign – during which he suffered the ignominy of being benched for Brock Osweiler – to win his second ring.Manning regained the starting job and, despite his clearly declining abilities, won Super Bowl 50 with significant help from the Denver defense. It may not have been in the fashion many expected but, four years after his career was threatened by injury, Manning was able to go out on his own terms.Rob GronkowskiThe Patriots’ second spell of superiority owed much to their decision to draft a tight end out of Arizona with durability concerns in the second round of the 2010 draft.New England’s addition of Gronkowski paid instant dividends. He caught 10 touchdowns in his rookie season and developed into the league’s ultimate red-zone weapon.With four 1,000-yard seasons and five years with double-digit touchdowns – including a 17-score campaign in 2011 – Gronk’s blend of athleticism, brute force and blocking ability saw him become the best tight end of his generation and the focal point of the New England offense.After 9 years of Gronk spikes, championships, and a trophy dent, it’s an incredible honor to be recognized as a @NFL Top 100 player. I worked hard, tried to get even better, and had fun while doing it. Shout-out to my teammates and coaches, we’re all champions together pic.twitter.com/XGYBaKmuFO— Rob Gronkowski (@RobGronkowski) December 15, 2019Colin KaepernickEven with the dominance enjoyed by the likes of Brady, Manning and Gronkowski, no player from the past decade has transcended the sport more than Kaepernick.A supremely athletic, gangly, long-striding dual-threat dynamo, Kaepernick exploded onto the scene in 2012, setting the record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a playoff game with 181 against the Green Bay Packers as he led the San Francisco 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII, coming within a few yards of victory in an agonising 34-31 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.But, for all he did on the big stage, it was his actions during a preseason game that had the greatest impact on the sport, Kaepernick’s life, and wider society.His decision first to sit and then to kneel during the national anthem in 2016 to protest police brutality and racial injustice sparked both admiration and condemnation and led to a plethora of players replicating him. Though he gained plenty of supporters and attention for his cause, the movement he started cost Kaepernick his NFL career.He has not been signed since parting with the Niners in 2017 and filed a since-settled grievance against the league, accusing the 32 franchises of colluding to keep him out of a job.An NFL-organised workout last month fell apart at the last minute but the large crowd that attended a hastily arranged session on a high-school field the same day was indicative of his massive societal influence. That he is still unemployed remains the greatest stain on the reputation of a league obsessed with image.Aaron DonaldIn years gone by, a dominant edge rusher was often seen as the final piece of the puzzle. Now, teams are just as committed to unearthing the next Donald as they are to finding difference-making outside pass rushers.Donald has transformed the value of interior defensive lineman by rapidly blossoming into arguably the NFL’s best player. His quickness, power, intelligent hand usage and versatility have made him near-impossible to block. He can play every position on the defensive line and is devastatingly effective from each spot.A two-time Defensive Player of the Year, Donald had 20.5 sacks in 2018 and still managed 12.5 sacks in 2019, a season viewed as a disappointment. Donald is already close to a certainty for the Hall of Fame and may well go down as the finest defensive player of his generation.seasons in the @NFL straight Pro Bowl selectionsThis man just keeps making history! @AaronDonald97 #H2P pic.twitter.com/vAsUDy37fW— Pitt Football (@Pitt_FB) December 19, 2019J.J. WattFive first-team All-Pro selections, five double-digit sack seasons and three Defensive Player of the Year awards, the most incredible aspect of Watt’s career is that injuries may have prevented the NFL from witnessing his true ceiling.Watt has been robbed of much of his prime years, only completing a full regular season once since 2015, yet his CV, which includes two 20.5-sack campaigns, is likely already good enough for the Hall of Fame. Firmly in the MVP discussion in 2014, Watt was the face of defensive football for much of the decade but, as the 2010s end, there is danger he will come to be partly defined by an inability to stay on the field at a time when the Texans have been most competitive. Thankfully, at 30, he still has the time and the talent to make sure that is not the case.Adrian PetersonOnly one non-quarterback won the MVP award in the decade, and that came in 2012 when Peterson produced one of the best running back seasons in history.Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards and 12 touchdowns, averaging an astonishing 131.1 yards per game on the ground. Off-field controversy interrupted his career and, though he enjoyed a renaissance in 2015 with a 1,485-yard campaign, he has never recaptured his unbelievable best. He has, however, succeeded in remaining effective enough to stretch his career well into this thirties and achieved his long-held ambition of passing Walter Payton on the all-time touchdowns list with his 111th score.Drew BreesWhile Manning and Brady took the majority of the acclaim and, in the latter’s case, the titles in the 2010s, Brees has enjoyed consistency unmatched by most quarterbacks and racked up a plethora of records.Brees led the league in passing yards five times in the decade and broke Brett Favre’s all-time pass completions and passing yardage records in a 2018 season where his New Orleans Saints were a controversial non-called pass interference penalty away from the Super Bowl.Week 15 of the 2019 season saw him break Manning’s record for career passing touchdowns with his 540th. His arm strength may have declined but, Brees is still poised to enter his third decade in the league upholding the remarkable standard he has met since arriving in New Orleans.And that’s the record! @drewbrees passes Peyton Manning for most career passing [email protected] | #Saints pic.twitter.com/VkobVhjBh8— NFL (@NFL) December 17, 2019Odell Beckham Jr.The man who produced perhaps the defining play of the decade, Beckham has not quite hit the heights he once promised.However, his scarcely believable one-handed catch against the Dallas Cowboys on November 23, 2014, is one of the NFL’s indelible images. Falling backwards as Brandon Carr attempted to drag him down, Beckham arched his back and plucked the ball out of the air with his fingertips before tumbling into the endzone.Whether through remarkable catches, arguments with coaches or an on-off relationship with a kicking net, Beckham has made the headlines throughout the decade and will surely continue to do so in the 2020s.Antonio BrownBrown’s status as one of the players of the decade was already secured prior to his tumultuous 2019.He made the unlikely journey from Pittsburgh Steelers sixth-round pick to a premier NFL receiver. Boasting incredible speed, agility and ability to make spectacular contested catches in spite of his smaller stature, Brown racked up four seasons of at least 1,400 receiving yards, including a 1,698-yard year in 2014. Yet for all his on-field exploits, Brown may well end up being most remembered for a 2019 offseason in which he forced an exit from the Steelers, left the Oakland Raiders without playing a snap after a series of controversies and was then cut by the New England Patriots after allegations of sexual assault. Despite an outstanding on-field career, Brown ends the 2010s with an asterisk against his name. 2020sPatrick MahomesNo quarterback has taken the league by storm in their first season as a starter in the manner that Mahomes did in 2018.Mahomes threw for over 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns as the Kansas City Chiefs just missed out on the Super Bowl, defying belief with his ability to make plays on the move from a variety of arm angles.After returning from a knee injury, Mahomes looks back to his best in 2019 and, with one of the best offensive minds in the league as his head coach in Andy Reid, he is primed to secure his place as the NFL’s pre-eminent gunslinger in the 2020s.Lamar JacksonWhile Mahomes may be the most spectacular thrower to grace the NFL, Jackson is well on his way to cementing a reputation as the best running quarterback of all time.Jackson and the Ravens have dominated the NFL in 2019 with a near-unstoppable offense. Defenses have found it almost impossible to decipher whether he is going to throw or run, with defenders frequently embarrassed by his elusiveness when he does the [email protected]_era8 has now broken @MichaelVick’s single season QB rushing [email protected] | #RavensFlock pic.twitter.com/envN7jeEpE— NFL (@NFL) December 13, 2019The only quarterback to throw for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 in a season, Jackson has already surpassed the achievements of Atlanta Falcons legend Michael Vick. He broke Vick’s single-season quarterback rushing record by racking up 1,206 yards in 2019.The final campaign of the 2010s could end with Jackson lifting the Lombardi Trophy. If he continues on this trajectory, the 2020s will see him become the greatest dual-threat quarterback of all time.Trevor LawrenceA pre-ordained NFL superstar since his high school days, the Clemson phenom has lived up to the massive hype in college and is effectively a lock to be the first overall pick in the 2021 draft.Composed, mobile and possessing a cannon for an arm, several NFL teams in need of a quarterback will likely already be considering tanking 2020 to have a shot at landing Lawrence.Regardless of whether he joins the league’s elite or spectacularly fails, how Lawrence performs at the highest level is certain to be one of the most compelling storylines of the 2020s.Kyler Murray The Arizona Cardinals took a significant risk in giving up on Josh Rosen to select a quarterback for the second successive year and pick Murray first overall.Despite another losing season for Arizona in 2019, Murray’s development as a rookie should provide great encouragement for the Cardinals, whose fans were treated to a series of dazzling displays from the former two-sport star, who was drafted ninth overall by MLB’s Oakland Athletics in 2018.Murray’s decision to eschew baseball for the NFL was the most intensely debated issue of last year’s draft. However, a year into his career, the dual-threat star has gone a long way to silencing the doubters and more two-sport athletes will follow his lead if he continues to [email protected] has become just the 6th QB in NFL history with 3,500+ passing yards and 500+ rushing yards in a season.He joins Cam Newton (2011) as the only rookies in NFL history to accomplish that feat. pic.twitter.com/wLdjGp2ktQ— Arizona Cardinals ⋈ (@AZCardinals) December 29, 2019Saquon BarkleyThe second overall pick of the New York Giants in the 2018 draft, Barkley’s career will, for many, settle the argument over the value of selecting a running back that high.With a remarkable 2018 followed by an injury-affected 2019, it is the 2020s that will see Barkley provide the answer to whether it is worth using premier draft capital on a tailback in a league dominated by the passing game.Those with a passion for analytics have largely already decided it is not. However, Barkley – regarded as the best running back prospect since Barry Sanders – has the talent to make a spectacular impact on the ground and in the passing game and prove them wrong.George KittleAlready cemented as the successor to Gronkowski as the NFL’s premier tight end, Kittle is a bona-fide superstar with everything in his armoury to compile a Hall of Fame CV in the 2020s.Kittle broke the record for single-season receiving yardage by a tight end in 2018 and in 2019 has proven himself the most valuable player for a San Francisco 49ers team two wins from Super Bowl LIV.A freakish athlete and monstrous blocker whose sheer refusal to be tackled has seen him become the top yards-after-catch threat, Kittle produced one of the defining NFL images of the 2019 season as he carried three New Orleans Saints defenders with him on the game-clinching play of a Superdome shootout. Defenders across the league can expect to regularly receive the same treatment in the new decade.Which of these is your favorite?Top #49ers moments (so far) from the @NFL pic.twitter.com/jdZk044qf6— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) January 1, 2020Michael ThomasThe most astonishing aspect of Thomas breaking Marvin Harrison’s record for receptions in a single-season is that the Saints star did so while still only 26.As the focal point of arguably the NFL’s most consistently potent offense, the sky is truly the limit for Thomas, who finished his record-breaking 2019 with 149 catches for 1,725 yards. He did so despite being subject to extremely tight coverage on seemingly every snap. Thomas rarely has the benefit of separation, but the 2020s could be the decade in which he separates himself from his contemporaries and becomes an all-time great receiver.The Bosa brothersThere is a history of success between siblings in the NFL, and Joey and Nick Bosa are well on their way in joining Peyton and Eli Manning and J.J. Watt and T.J. Watt as two of the best brothers to play in the league.Joey, selected third overall in 2016, has 40 sacks through four seasons for the Los Angeles Chargers, establishing himself as a dominant pass rusher, and Nick needed only one year to join him.Nick Bosa has been UNBLOCKABLE this season @nbsmallerbear @49ers pic.twitter.com/HlWKwBDUck— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) December 31, 2019In his maiden season with the 49ers after being picked second overall, the younger Bosa racked up 80 quarterback pressures, the most ever by a rookie, according to analytics website Pro Football Focus.He is among the favorites to win Defensive Player of the Year and, providing they avoid injury, the two best edge rushers in the 2020s may well be from the same family.Jamal AdamsThough much of the focus for those of a Jets persuasion is on the growth of Sam Darnold, Adams is just as crucial to their hopes of crawling out of the doldrums. The heart and soul of New York’s defense, Adams is a ferocious, hard-hitting safety who could quickly vault to superstar status should the Jets become one of the AFC’s best.Reportedly close to being traded to the Dallas Cowboys during the 2019 season, Adams is in the perfect market to become one of the faces of the league if Gang Green can wrest AFC East superiority from Brady’s Patriots.The Jets are a franchise starved of success since the days of ‘Broadway Joe’ Namath. ‘Broadway Jamal’ may not have the same ring, but he can expect similar levels of hero-worship if the Jets return to postseason relevance. Tuesday marked the end of an incredible decade for the NFL, which will crown the champion of its 100th season in February at the end of a campaign that has seen the man who dominated the past 10 years show signs of fallibility.The 2010s largely belonged to a sixth-round pick from the University of Michigan who turned the New England Patriots into the greatest NFL dynasty.last_img read more