Oakland getting Derek Carr a primary weapon in Amari Cooper, who instantly becomes their number one receiver. The Silver & Black has a bright future ahead of them, with this duo as the cornerstones. In a couple of years from now, where Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers could move on from the AFC West, things will get interesting.
Leonard Williams going to the Jets is a nightmare for offenses to think about. Are you kidding me? Putting this beast on the D-line next to Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson is scary alone, but wait there’s more. Those same corners that helped take them to consecutive AFC Championship games are back in town, Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie. Plus, Buster Skrine joined the secondary too. You can bet that this elite D alone will have NY in the playoff bubble.
Chicago filling the Brandon Marshall void with Kevin White, pairing him up with Alshon Jeffery. We saw Tony Romo get dialed back to hand the ball of more, and that’s exactly what I expect John Fox and company to do with the inherited Jay Cutler. We’ve seen Cutler have some high moments. The Bears need to keep the offense together or find viable replacements, specifically with the contract situations between Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett.
Anybody that has a problem with the Rams drafting Todd Gurley 10th, I hope your favorite team plays them this season. Man, you’re telling me that Gurley and Tre Mason are going to pound the rock 30+ times every week. With Nick Foles gunslinging, the receivers entering the new season at full strength, and thinking about the great defense they’ve put together, I really am putting them in that playoff conversation.
Shane Ray anybody? For other reasons than football, it appears that Ray will fit into Denver’s atmosphere, so to speak. He’ll get immediate playing time, but likely eased in as a rotational rusher to start the season. There really is no hurry with him, he’ll get to learn the ropes on and off the field, from Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware, before Ware rides off into the sunset.
Not just because New England has earned the unconditional benefit of the doubt, but Malcolm Brown has a lot to offer them too. It’s a great pairing here. Brown is a smart guy that got off the snap as quick as O-linemen in college. He has the versatility, the Patriots do mix up defensive looks, so we’re going to see him move around the D-line that already has Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich.
Two Point Conversion
Cincinnati went offensive tackle with their first and second round pick, Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher. With their current bookend tackles and their contracts expiring after 2016, the Bengals found their future that may save them financially as early as next season. Let’s just say they’re set there for a while.
Carolina went hybrid with their first two picks, Shaq Thompson in the first and Devin Funchess in the second. Thompson has the speed and instincts you want in a defensive player, and enters a similar situation as teammate Thomas Davis. Is he a safety or a linebacker? It’s great to have a versatile playmaker like him, but I do expect him to start at linebacker with Davis and Luke Kuechly, forming an elite core. Funchess was converted from tight end to the outside. His speed lays somewhere in between both positions, and uses all of his 6’5 frame. The Panthers add Funchess to Cam Newton’s huge supporting cast that includes 6’5 tight end Greg Olsen and 6’5 WR Kelvin Benjamin.