Is Odell Moving On?

Recently we’ve heard that the Giants are ready to shop Odell Beckham Jr. who is arguably one of the best wide receivers in the league. The former 2014 offensive rookie of the year has been un-coverable in his played 47 games totalling 313 receptions, 4424 receiving yards and 38 touchdowns. He has also been invited to the Pro Bowl 3x. If Odell truly does leave the Giants, where will he go? My guess the Cleveland Browns... and here’s why.

The Biggest Reason…Jarvis Landry

There is no question that Landry and Odell are best friends. The 2 former LSU Tigers both played next to each other and formed one of the NFL’s greatest bromances challenging Amendola and Edelman. The Browns are really stacking up at the wide receiver position, not only with Landry but also with Josh ‘flash’ Gordon, a truly All-Star cast if Odell opted to join. There is also no doubt in the field general, as we all know Tyrod Taylor can throw a ball. Landry also wants Odell on his time and hasn’t been quiet about it at all.

Friendship comes before winning but with Odell maybe the Browns and Landry can have both.

The Browns Have The Goods

The Giants will be wanting at least a first-round pick for Odell and a high draft pick at that, sorry Patriots fans (we can dream). The Browns own the 1st and 4th overall pick in the 2018 draft and while many thought the Browns were going to take a Quarterback and Saqoun Barkley from Penn State, the Browns recently acquired Running Back stud Carlos Hyde, who admittedly has had a rough start to his NFL career (rushing for 2729 yards and 21 touchdowns in 655 carries.) Despite his latest numbers, Hyde had a really strong career at Ohio State and I’m sure that can be turned around, especially when splitting carries with speedster Duke Johnson.

If the Browns do decide to pursue Beckham they would still be able to get their quarterback in either Rosen or Darnold no matter if they pick 1st or 4th, whilst on the other side of the trade, the Giants could fill a lot of holes with a top round pick in the draft.

The Browns are on their way to becoming a challenging team again (I hope) and Odell wants to win, a point he had made clear with his sideline antics. It is beginning to look like the Browns having a winning season isn’t just a children’s fairytale story anymore, and with a seemingly never-ending cap space, adding another stud into the mix has ever seemed easier. If Odell does leave this season, I believe he’s going to Cleveland and maybe, just maybe, we should start fearing the Browns (that sounds weird to say.)

According to multiple sources, the Giants have been contacted by the Browns, the Packers, the Lions and the Rams in the last 24hrs, which team would you least/most like to see Beckham go to? Let us know below.

Whats next for #DezCaughtIt?

The Dallas Cowboys attempted to make a blockbuster move early in free agency to no avail by pursuing ex-Bills receiver Sammy Watkins who ended up joining the Kansas City Chiefs. The Cowboys instead added a speedster combination of ex-Bills/Bears receiver Deonte Thompson (one year 2.5mil max contract) and ex-Jaguars receiver Allen Hurns on a two-year deal. Are these moves signifying the end of the Dez Bryant Era in Dallas?

Bryants Contract

The Cowboys are yet to release any statements on the future of Bryant’s contract, however, the organisation has said that his contract shall need to be assessed this off-season in some way. Dez is set to make $12.5 million in 2018 as well as taking up $16.5 million in Cowboy cap space. If the Cowboys decided to shop or cut Dez they could save either $8.5 million or $12.5 million depending on the designation. The Cowboys also have almost nothing left in Cap space currently with only $360,722 left in 2018 cap space according to overthecap.com. Who do the Cowboys stand to lose if they decide to re-sign Bryant this off-season?

Replacing Dez

The Cowboys receiver core is not filled with blockbuster names but still boasts a group of young-guns ready for their shot. Dallas extended  Terrance Williams to a four-year contract last year and also still have Cole Beasley, Ryan Switzer and Noah Brown under contract — all wide receivers who were on the active roster and caught passes last year.

However, not one of these players has had the same blockbuster stats as Dez Bryant so far in their careers.

Deonte Thompson in his 2017 season totalled 555 yards, with 2 touchdowns in his 16 game stretch with the Bills/Bears. However, it must be noted that he did not have the best field generals throwing to him.

Allen Hurns in his 2017 season posted similar numbers, totalling 484 yards, with 2 touchdowns. His only 1000+ yards season came in 2015, a number that Dez has broken multiple times throughout his career. Once again, however, the Jaguars has a number of hot targets last season and Hurns was definitely a big part of the ‘clutch’ plays throughout the whole season. I think Hurns will fit in perfectly on a team that relies heavily on the power of Elliot in the backfield.

Dez Bryant, although posting a quieter season than his norm still totalled, 838 yards, with 6 touchdowns obviously helping his team in huge ways. I wonder if the addition of a run-focused offence is a bigger factor in the decline in Bryant’s numbers rather than a physical decline.

Where’s next for Dez?

I honestly believe that Bryant is still a top receiver in the league, and with the right system and player around him could still post a 1000+ yard season but his ability to find a new team will be dependant on how much he is looking for as a base salary.

Jaguars

I think the Jags would be a great fit for Bryant. They are hosting a predominantly young team currently, and adding a more experienced weapon for Bortles to look for is never a bad thing. With the release of Allen Robinson and Hurns, there is also a need for an experienced receiver to pick up some of the slack

Browns

Because honestly, who have they not signed this off-season? The Browns have a ridiculous amount of money and trade ammo currently and if he was willing to take a Wr3 salary the addition of Dez would supercharge the Browns already stacked receiving core.

What do you think? Is this the end of Dez in Dallas? Where do you think he should go next?

The Rise and Fall, and Rise again (?) of Johnny Football

Johnny Manziel aka Johnny Football aka Money Manziel has been our current day Tim Tebow in terms of NFL media coverage. It has been nearly three whole seasons since we seen Manziel take the field, however, despite this, the NFL media outlets continue to post his training videos or news about him on an almost daily basis, refusing to believe that their poster child’s career has died. Is Manziel just another (less holy) Tebow? or has the NFL hopes and dreams finally paid off? Is this Johnny Football’s comeback season?

A look back into Manziel History.

I have followed Manziel’s career since Texas A&M and I have to confess, I was very much on the Manziel hype train as he entered the NFL, even betting against a friend that he would be the person to turn the Browns offence around (I know, it is a truly embarrassing confession) and perhaps be their franchise quarterback (an even worse confession). I have since learned two things:

  1. Intangibles matter as much as the ability of the player
  2. Cleveland kills Quarterbacks

It is no secret that in college Johnny was a dominant player, his dual-threat ability was terrorising defences throughout his career and his athletic prowess, in my opinion, is far greater than many active quarterbacks in the league today. During his final year at A&M Johnny threw for 4,114 yards, 37 touchdowns with a 69.95 completion rating which are solid numbers for a dual-threat quarterback seeing as he totalled a further 759 yards rushing that year also. However, during his 2015 Cleveland Browns season, Johnny threw for only 1,500 yards and 7 touchdowns on 223 attempts with 5 interceptions in his ten game stretch marking him with a much less productive output that was the norm for him.

Was this drop in production just due to his athletic ability or was it due to the lack of support in his personal/social life?

A Physical Comparison between Wilson and Manziel

Russel Wilson is (in my opinion) the most successful mobile quarterback active in the league, so how does Manziel compare Physically?

Both Manziel and Wilson check in on the smaller side of Quarterbacks both under 6ft, (Manziel 5’11, Wilson 5’10) and lighter than the average prototype QB, (Manziel 207ib, Wilson 203ib) which tends to be normal for a mobile QB. Also very similar is the arm length (both 31in)  and hand size of both players (both 10in) showing a very physical make-up between both players on paper. At the combine, Manziel logged a 4.65 40 yard dash, whereas Wilson logged a 4.55 second time. However, Manziel received a higher score on the Wonderlic test (Manziel 32, Wilson 28), supposedly showing a higher football IQ.

It is clear that on paper, Manziel and Wilson seem to be alike in their football abilities however obviously there are far more differences between them than shown. It does make me wonder however if Manziel could possibly mount a comeback this year if his social life gets fixed.

Comeback Season Best Fits

Manziel recently threw for 12 NFL coaches at a Pro-day, being the designated ‘arm’ for top round prospects, highlighting the fact that teams may still see some talent in the old Heisman winner. Obviously, if Manziel is going to make his NFL comeback he is going to need some strong mentors in place to keep his ‘party boy’ lifestyle in check and ensuring his continued focus on the field so which NFL team would he fit best?

The New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees is coming to the end of his career in the next few years, signing what I believe to be his last 2-year contract extension leaving the Saints in need of a future Quarterback to continue their high powered offence, seeing as their defence wasn’t going to win them any games last year. Drew Brees has been known as Mr Reliable for so long, and with his off-field persona being that of a Saint (a happy coincidence) I believe he could be the perfect mentor for the troubled Manziel

The Denver Broncos

Gary Kubiak has a long list of memorable coaches he has worked with during his career and I believe his knowledge and influence could possibly be one of the best fits in the league to bring on Manziels talent. My only issue about a Manziel/Broncos connection is the dislike between Manziel and the Broncos star Von Miller who has trolled Manziels Instagram account on many occasions. This would be a good fit only if the two players could truly bury the hatchet.

The New England Patriots

This is my favourite fit for Johnny Football, sitting under the G.O.A.T that is Brady and working with a coach that takes zero BS from his players could truly turn Manziel into a star. I also believe this could be a perfect fit from the organisations’ point of view also as Manziel has offered to play for a zero dollar guaranteed contract meaning that the Patriots could sign Manziel and also pick up a QB late in the draft and provide some real competition for second string QB (Sorry Hoyer, you don’t make the cut.) This option is also more likely as Johnny is an avid Patriots fan and has tweeted on many occasions he would do anything to play with Brady.

So what do you think? Another fairytale story that will never happen? Or does Johnny Manziel have a chance at becoming a star in the NFL again?