NFL Hash Marks: 8 Team Notes

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Cardinals RB David Johnson is expected to grab the backfield baton and run with it. Bruce Arians and Carson Palmer know how to operate an offense, blend their talents, and spread the ball around. I’m excited to watch their elite defense, full of size and speed all over, especially new addition Chandler Jones joining Calais Campbell up front.

Bears have only one proven skill position player in Alshon Jeffery. After purging the roster of some key veterans, the positive is that they have rebuilt themselves in the trenches. The O-line has been prioritized, and the front-7 is revamped. That is exactly the recipe to how you turn around a team. Their division is just very competitive with the Vikings and Packers coming off of postseason appearances.

Broncos RB C.J. Anderson is not going to be the feature back despite Gary Kubiak’s endorsement as a 3-down player. Ronnie Hillman brings a necessary skill set to the offense, and one that may need his receiving skills underneath without a reliable quarterback. Oh, and by the way, Von Miller turned down a massive contract because he wants the first 3 years to be guaranteed money. That’s called a negotiation between a Super Bowl MVP and a former Super Bowl MVP-turned GM.

Cowboys backfield is as deep as you’re going to find this season: Ezekiel Elliot, Darren McFadden, Alfred Morris, and Lance Dunbar. In combination with the popular offensive line, Tony Romo has been surrounded with the style of football that will keep him as clean as possible. Granted, the line is excellent in paving the way on the ground but a little shaky on the drop backs, Romo will take advantage on play action. As an elite QB, Romo will have to elevate a 2nd receiver’s performance to make the offense complete.

Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry worked out this offseason with Antonio Brown and former LSU teammate Odell Beckham Jr. His should build on his productive rookie campaign by getting even more targets in Adam Gase’s offense. Jay Ajayi will get a workhorse workload, as he should also be more involved in the passing game. Gase has already declared him the starter and wants him to be a 3-down back. Ryan Tannehill will be shown the ropes by coach that worked with different QB talents in Tim Tebow, Peyton Manning, and Jay Cutler, so I do expect to see him take another step forward in his progression.

Eagles WR Jordan Matthews isn’t quickly adapting to playing outside so he may continue to play in the slot, while WR Josh Huff cannot put a stop to the drops. The coaching staff keeps pointing towards the tight end position as a strength that may see 4 on the roster come week 1. Philly doesn’t appear to be set at the skill positions but some of that can be disguised with their underrated O-line, and what I believe to be elite.

Jaguars offense may be getting all of the attention whenever you talk about them. In the next month, the defense will get a boost with the debuts of Sen’Derrick Marks, Dante Fowler, Jalen Ramsey and Myles Jack. Slowly but surely, Gus Bradley and company have overhauled the defensive talent to finally help Paul Posluszny. Oh, and they did former Broncos’ DL Malik Jackson as well.

Jets front office and the lack of a Ryan Fitzpatrick contract is creating an image around league circles that they are difficult to deal with. An agreement has appeared imminent all offseason. Maybe they truly believe that an inexperienced QB on their roster can hand the ball off to Matt Forte, but getting the ball downfield to Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker is a different story.