Possible But Not Probable #1

This section of our blog is for readers who don’t need a large number of facts, or stats surrounding their sports rumours. Possible But Not Probable (PBNP) is a segment where our imaginations can run free to some extent, sharing things that are 100% possible, but not very probable to happen. Expect crazy statements, absurd assumptions and down-right wild accusations in our bi-weekly report Possible But Not Probable.

Belichick Has Already Inked His Retirement

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Our first PBNP is slightly more possible than we Patriot fans would like to admit but, it is not yet the probable outcome, hence it being featured here.

Over the 2017 season, it was clear that the media projections of ‘disturbances’ in New England were more than just click-bait headlines, with evidence of the issues between Brady, Belichick and Kraft emerging as the season was played. One of the initial conflicts in the organisation seemed to happen after the Patriots traded young gun Jimmy Garoppolo to San Francisco in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2018 NFL draft a decision that Bill Belichick was supposedly ‘furious about‘ according to ESPN – however, the Patriots marched on, winning as if there were no issues on or off the field.

Later in the season, another report of conflict arose from New England as Tom Bradys’ (and others) personal trainer and friend Alex Guerrero was supposedly banned from the teams’ sideline during games and even more strangely from flying on the team plane with the players. In light of these reports, Belichick and Brady refused to comment on the situation adding another layer to the rumours that something deeper was going on in New England.

Finally, flash forward to the end of the season as the Patriots lose in the Super Bowl and Robert Kraft has scheduled a meeting to discuss the problems between Brady and Belichick, stating that ‘egos need to be checked‘ confirming that for the reasons mentioned or not, there was definitely tension within the Patriots building. Additionally, the Patriots are set to lose their Offensive and Defensive Coordinators, Patricia to the Lions and McDaniels to the Colts. All in all, the Patriots seem in to be going into uncharted territories, with no succession plans for either coach or Quarterback in place.

However, the morning that Josh McDaniels is set to leave New England whilst clearing his office at Gillette, Kraft and Belichick supposedly meet with him convincing him (with offers unknown so far) to stay with New England, a decision which made McDaniels agent quit due to the ‘career destroying decision.’ So what did McDaniels get offered in that dark corner of Gillette? Here is my Possible But Not Probable theory.

It is possible that Josh McDaniels is already the new coach of the New England Patriots, with Belichick helping him with draft options and free agency until the new season starts; although this may seem far-fetched, it is entirely possible. Belichick has been on a record-breaking Pro Day tour of late spanning the length and breadth of the country, whilst being very active in working out ‘headline’ prospects; however, this is where things look strange to me. There have been multiple videos of Belichick working out high pick prospects such as Bradley Chubb from NC State, who shall go far higher than the Patriots can reach in the draft, a fact which is acknowledged by Belichick in the video whilst in conversation with Chubb. McDaniels, however, has had very little media attention although attending multiple Pro Days by himself, something that has not been seen in recent history. When questioned about McDaniels absence from the public eye Belichick laughed and responded ‘he is working very hard on the Pro Day circuits.’ So why is Belichick spending so much time with prospects that the Patriots are not targetting, whilst Josh McDaniels is flying under the radar scouting players who obviously aren’t headliners – hence within the Patriots reach?

What promises were made to McDaniels that day in Gillette? Is he already head coach? Is Belichick retiring, or moving to another team? Let us know your thoughts below!

Grading the AFC West Offseason, so far.

The Denver Broncos

Biggest Move: Trading Aqib Talib

Von MillerI had no reason to speak about Von Miller, but this picture was too good not to use

Despite most of the Broncos fan base, I do not mind the Broncos offseason so far this year. It is clear that the team are still attempting to rebuild after losing Peyton and their winning records since he has left is evidence for the great player he was. Since losing Peyton the Quarterback role in Denver has been a real battle with no consistency or positive results coming from any of the multiple options they have tried. However this offseason the Broncos have potentially put a big old band-aid on over that position with the signing of ex-Vikings superstar Case Keenum who, according to GM John Elway, has already sparked a great deal of excitement within the team so far. Although many Bronco fans may struggle to get fully behind journey-man Quarterback Case Keenum, the general consensus from the offensive veterans is positive.

This attempted rebuilding of the team and aims at creating a new excitement make the decision to ship Aqib Talib and Trevor Siemian far more agreeable, due to the deep locker room roots both players held. Although they lost two solid players, the removal of them could help and exorcise the demons the Broncos have faced over the last two seasons.

I still believe Denver needs to draft an early pick Quarterback, however, I’m not sure who will still be available by Pick 5. Obviously, Mayfield could potentially be on the board but I have a theory the Dolphins will trade for the Browns 4th Pick and steal Mayfield from the Broncos, leaving Josh Rosen from UCLA the next best option left on the board which doesn’t seem like the best fit to sit behind Keenum leaving a potentially dicy Quarterback position in Denver once again. For this reason, and this reason only, the Broncos drop a few marks in my grading.

Liams Grade: C+
Frasers Grade: C

The Oakland Raiders

Biggest Move: Adding more weapons to their offence

Derek-Carr-RaidersDerek Carr got a couple new targets this offseason but also lost his go-to.

The Raiders have not been headline news this offseason however they have still made some moves that will affect them in the coming season. One of the moves that Raiders fans seemed happy with this offseason was the acquisition of Jordy Nelson, however, maybe controversially I am not a big fan of this move. Nelson is far past his glory days, racking only 482 yards and 6 touchdowns last year (which was obviously partly due not having a healthy Rodgers.) Despite the stats, however, Nelson is still a dangerous target and will add a veteran target to the Raiders offence.

My problem with this trade is that the Raiders let go of Michael Crabtree, who has been Carr’s top target over the last few seasons, totalling 618 yards with 8 touchdowns last year. Although Crabtree and Nelson share similar numbers, I have a problem with switching like-for-like receivers and having to rebuild chemistry between a filed general and their ‘top target.’

I also am in two minds about the Doug Martin acquisition also, as it seems they are intending to keep BeastMode – which has to be a record for the oldest backfield ever. I have no doubt that Doug Martin still has some football ability in him however he only averaged 2.9 yards per carry last season, which is truly pitiful. I don’t really see how Martin fits into the backfield of Marshawn Lynch and Jalen Richards, and I wonder if Martin is a contingency plan in the off chance Lynch decides to retire.

I still believe the Raiders should look at some of the late round Backs in the draft to add a fresh pair of legs to the backfield such as Justin Jackson from North Western or Kalen Ballage from Arizona State.

Liams Grade: C-
Frasers Grade: B

Kansas City Chiefs

Biggest Move: Making Mahomes their only real option

Image uploaded from iOS (11)Patrick Mahomes has the weight of the Chiefs Nation on his shoulders

Kansas went into the offseason on the back of another disappointing season with a truckload of needs to be filled before the new season.

The first need the Chiefs needed to fill was the cornerback position, seeing as their star safety Marcus Peters is now a Ram (along with the rest of the leagues’ talented players.) The Rams traded for Kendall Fuller and signed David Amerson to bolster the secondary, however even with both those pickups the Rams secondary looks worse than last season, which is a frightening thought.

The Chiefs also lost their star edge rusher, Tamba Hali, a role which has not yet been filled. This leaves a lone, Justin Houston to take the strain next season.

The one move I appreciate that the Chiefs made was signing veteran receiver Sammy Watkins. Sammy has been a long time offensive weapon and his experience and knowledge will help the newbie Mahomes settle in that much quicker. I believe that picking up Watkins is the smartest move the Chiefs made all offseason, not for his talent, but for his football IQ.

Liams Grade: C+
Frasers Grade: C

LA Chargers

Biggest Move: Signing Mike Pouncey

NFL: Oakland Raiders at San Diego ChargersOld man rivers will be happy with his new protection detail

The Chargers are another team who have not made many headlines this offseason, however, the moves they made were vital to a winning 2018 season.

The Chargers had one of the worst centers in the league last year and managed to pick up Mike Pouncey who was released by the Miami Dolphins at the beginning of Free Agency. In addition to this, the Chargers managed to pick up Pouncey for an absolute steal on a 2-year, $15 Million deal. A three-time Pro Bowler, Pouncey started 93 games in seven seasons with the Dolphins but played in all 16 games last season for the first time since 2012. The Chargers could use help up front on their offensive line and have not found a long-term replacement at center since Nick Hardwick retired after the 2014 season.

With Pouncey in the fold, the Chargers have a projected starting offensive line of Russell Okung at left tackle, Dan Feeney at left guard, Pouncey at center, Forrest Lamp at right guard and Joe Barksdale at right tackle.

I believe that the Chargers should look to pick up another OT in the draft, possibly picking up Mike McGlinchey from Notre Dame. However, if he is still on the board I can also see the Chargers picking up Lamar Jackson in the draft, giving a contingency plan for Rivers.

Liams Grade: B
Frasers Grade: C

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.

Grading the NFC East Offseason, so far.

Washington Redskins

Biggest Move: Signing Alex Smith

619225826.0Redskins are hoping for a healthy Jordan Reed to add to the weapons they already have

An un-noticed powerhouse is being crafted in Washington.

The Washington Redskins will enter the 2018 NFL season with nine first-round and six second-round picks on their roster – the talent on this team is undeniable, and this is why I believe the Redskins are making a serious playoff run this season.

After losing Kirk (you like that) Cousins to the Vikings they Redskins traded for former Pro Bowl Quarterback Alex Smith who supposedly was interested in joining the Redskins for one reason – this team is built to win. There are very little issues with the Redskins offence at the moment, and with the upcoming draft, they could potentially add another solid running-back or guard to join Smith, although I would be surprised if the Redskins did not use their 13th pick for the defensive side of the ball.

Smith will drop into a very protected Quarterback position, nestling in behind two All-Pro offensive linemen (Trent Williams, Brandon Scherff) and will have a multitude of receivers to target such as the first-round pick Josh Doctson in one side, and super fast Paul Richardson on the other side – not to mention Jamison Crowder taking over the slot position. Smith will also hopefully have the Redskins former All-Pro TE Jordan Reed back to full health, and Joe Grudens preferred two tight end sets, Vernon Davis will also look to play a larger part in the future offence, who has already caught 30 touchdowns from Smith in his career – immediately having chemistry will be a huge positive factor.

I understand I have concentrated on the offence mainly with the Redskins, but seriously, holy crap they look good. However, this concentration on the offensive side of the ball is not to say that the defensive is an issue. It is a testament to Dan Snyders patience looking at the talent on the defensive side of the ball, with two first-round picks on the defence so far. The Redskins also will almost definitely use their first-round pick to acquire either Derwin James (Safety, FSU) or Vita Vea (DT, Washington) adding another first-round pick to their already stacked defence.

Liams’ Grade: A+
Frasers’ Grade: B+

New York Giants

Biggest Move: Acquiring Nate Solder

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A lamb roaring like a lion

The New York Giants started the off-season with a bang starting with the signing of ex-Panthers running back Jordan Stewart. Although coming off a less than productive season  Jordan Stewart still totalled 680 yards with 6 touchdowns, whilst sharing snaps with rookie Christian McCaffrey. This signing was the first of the Giants blockbuster offseason and definitely filled a hole Paul Perkins could not fill.

The next signing was (in my opinion) the best move of the whole 2018 off-season bar none. The Giants signed Nate Solder to a four-year $62million ($34.8million guaranteed) contract which allows them to move Ereck Flowers to Right Tackle, or inside to Guard whilst also opening up draft options for a ‘win-now’ season. Also, for an extra win, the Giants could potentially cut Solder after two years with very little cap-penalty ($8million in 2020, $4million in 2021).

It is also interesting that 2020 is the year that Eli Mannings contract is up for renewal so the addition of Solder in this format may be insinuating that the Giants still believe in the lesser Manning brother to captain their ship for the next few years. If this is true, the Giants may be more than just QB hungry in the draft, potentially building a roster to make a Lombardi run before Mannings contract is up – Win now, rebuild later strategy.

The Giants also are awaiting the return of their All-Pro, lights out receiver Odell Beckham Jr, who is coming of a season-ending injury. The Giants other receivers just could not handle the load last year, and I believe that the Giants should look to pick up another wide receiver in the draft as currently the Giants are over the cap limit and therefore cannot make any FA moves without cutting or sorting player contracts.

Liams Grade: B+
Frasers Grade: A

Philadelphia Eagles

Biggest Move: Signing of More Defensive Weapons

im-1803Have the Eagles done enough to make another Lombardi run?

The Super Bowl LII champions surprised everyone time and time again last season, going from nobodies to underdogs to Super Bowl champions and although I am an avid Patriots fan, I have to admit the Eagles really impressed me last season and (as much I don’t want to admit it) it was kinda cool to see them win the Bowl for the first time. However, were the Eagles one-season wonders? With 13 players from the Super Bowl roster due to hit FA, the Eagles had a problem on their hands entering the offseason.

It’s hard to believe, but the Eagle somehow managed to make their defence even better. They signed ex-Seahawk DE Michael Bennet to add extra pressure to any QB facing them. Bennet is an older player (32 years old) with a loud mouth but even his less productive season last year still totalled 8.5 sacks throughout his sixteen games played. The risk of bringing in Bennet’s loud mouth and attitude into the locker room is a risk worth taking, especially since the Eagles traded almost nothing for him (Wr Marcus Johnson, 5th round pick). In addition to the Michael Bennet pick up, the Eagles also buffed up their Cornerback position with the acquisition of Daryl Worley. Although Worley is still a big question mark in productivity, the very fact the Eagles managed to get anything for Torrey Smith who was due to eat up $5million in cap space this season this move was amazing. Also adding to the line, the Eagles signed Ngata who has missed 14 games over the last two years on a $2.6million guarunteed contract, which seems like a stretch for a 34-year-old player.

The Eagles also stacked their Linebacker core with the resigning of Nigel Bradham and signing of ex-Broncos Linebacker Corey Nelson who will bring added depth and also special teams experience.

However as good as they pick-ups were, the Eagles lost some key players this offseason that makes me doubt how effective they will be in the coming season. The Eagles lost a big-time Super Bowl player in Vinny Curry and old reliable target Brent Celek.

Liams Grade: A-
Frasers Grade: B

Dallas Cowboys

Biggest Move: Signing Cameron Fleming

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The Cowboys are coming off a 9-7 win/loss season which isn’t too bad seeing as their star running back Zeke was only on the field for 10-games however it wasn’t the season that Cowboy fans hoped for considering their blockbuster season the year before. So what did the Cowboys do to enhance their Lombardi chances this year? Answer: Nothing much.

The Cowboys added the speedster duo of Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson for Dak Prescott to target in 2018, however, the signings of these two wide receivers creates questions surrounding Dez Bryant’s future (read more herepotentially removing the most consistent Cowboys receiver over the last few seasons. I have delved more deeply into the replacement of Dez in the blog ‘the future of #Dezcaughtit?’ so will continue further on into the offseason movements.

The Cowboys also signed ex-Packers linebacker Joe Thomas who may help to add some extra QB pressure for the Cowboys. However, Thomas only recorded 6 tackles and 0.5 sacks in his 2017 season so his ability to do anything for the Cowboys is seriously in question.

Apart from these moves, the Cowboys have not really done much, to the disappointment of Cowboys fans. The Cowboys will have to make very wise picks in the 2018 draft, but it will be interesting to see where they go with their 19th pick. There is a 50/50 chance that WR Calvin Ridley is still available by pick 19 and he would be a really good match for Dallas. Apart from Ridley, SS Derwin James and LB Roquan Smith could also be good fits for the Dallas defence.

Liams Grade: C-

Frasers Grade: C-

What grade does your team receive? Are you happy with your teams’ offseasons moves or were you expecting more?

Grading the AFC East offseason…So far

Miami Dolphins

Biggest move: Signing of Josh Sitton

Juice says goodbye to the beaches of Miami and hello to the winless Browns

Above Average, but still not good.

The Fins have made a lot of preseason moves, some very controversial, losing and signing in players in much-needed positions. Last year Miami placed 29thin rushing averaging only 86.8 yards per game. Miami lost key offensive linemen including 3-time Pro-Bowler Pouncey and versatile tackle and guard Bushrod. However, with the $7million the Phins saved with these moves, Miami traded for center Daniel Kilgore and veteran guard Josh Sitton.

The Dolphins brought in a couple of sturdy receivers in Albert Wilson and Danny Amendola who combined for 1213 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns in the 2017 regular season both playing from the 3rd string or lower on the depth chart. However, the Phins also lost one of their most consistent players in Jarvis ‘juice’ Landry when they traded him to the Browns for a 4th round pick in 2018and a7th in 2019 (which in my opinion is way too low a price for him.)

Miami still has a Quarterback problem to sort out even after the signing of Brock Osweiler, with the (already low) productivity of Tannehill being in question after his injury. The Dolphins have the 11th overall pick in the draft and could look to sort their problem with the Oklahoma Sooners Heisman winner Baker Mayfield who has shown interest in playing with the Phins on social media. Overall the Dolphins have had a confusing offseason with some very good moves and some more questionable ones. They still have some holes to fill such as Running back and Quarterback but strengthened key needs for the future season. However, that doesn’t make up for the loss of key players so my overall grade so far is…

Fraser’s Grade: C+
Liam’s Grade: C-

New England Patriots

Biggest move: Loss of Nate Solder

Edelman’s looking for a new roommate as New England say goodbye to Danny

 Waiting for the next undersize, white, Superbowl hero.

The 5x Super Bowl champions have had crazy offseason, as usual. The departure of Pro Bowl and Super Bowl 49 hero Malcolm Butler and shifty running back Dion Lewis to the Tennessee Titans will cause a bit of a sting around the Patriot nation and bring a question to those areas for the future season. However, New England also brought in players to fill holes in much-needed positions even though they only ranked 25thoverall in cap space with $15 million and many unrestricted free agents to resign.

The Biggest loss for the Patriots is the loss Nate Solder who been protecting Brady for 6 years with very little injuries along the way. The former All-Pro left New England to play for the struggling New York Giants and left the G.O.A.Ts blindside protection to experienced left tackle LaAdrian Waddle, who just signed a 1-year extension with the organisation. With the help of legendary offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia Waddle had a productive last season when Solder was injured but will not be able to bring what Solder does to the locker room.

The Patriots filled some holes on defence with the signings of big defensive end Adrian Clayborn and twin brother of Devin, Jason McCourty. The Patriots defence finished 29th overall with the 3rd worst pass defence and 13th worst run defence. McCourty in his last season with the Winless Browns had 14 pass deflections and 3 interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. His added athleticism and chemistry with his brother should bolster the Patriots pass defence and Clayborn will provide a much-needed improvement to the struggling D-line, partnering with newly acquired former First-rounder Danny Shelton and rising star linebacker Marquis Flowers, who I believe will become a solid, Pro Bowl worthy linebacker next season.

The Patriots offseason is fully underway and the mental genius of Belichick is paying off once again. With the draft coming up New England should look to add another Left Tackle to add to the depth chart rotation and possibly add another late-round Wide Receiver to make up for the recent departure of Danny Amendola and remove some of the strain from Edelman who is returning from an ACL injury this season.

James Harrison is supposedly in talks with New England about re-signing for the 2018 season, and this is a move I would like to see happen. I also would like to see another young quarterback on the roster, because there is no way Hoyer is the future of New England. Bill has supposedly shown interest in Kyle Lauletta from the University of Richmond, so a combination of him and another young gun (Maybe Manziel?) could provide a good competition for second string.

Frasers Grade: B+
Liam’s Grade: B-

New York Jets

Biggest move: Trade up to 3rd overall pick via Colts

Old man McCowan ain’t no Tom Brady

Wait… the Jets done good?

The Jets had a surprisingly good season by their records last year, finishing with a record of 5-11, obviously, in terms of competing teams, this is not a ‘good’ season however many critics were predicting a 0-16 season. I knew what Josh McCown could do though, I always believed in him.

Although Josh had a productive season throwing for an impressive 2926 yards and 18 touchdowns through 14 games, McCowan is not getting any younger and will be 39 this Independence Day. The Jets seem to be looking to re-build and McCowan is not ageing like Brady, so his future in the league is always in jeopardy; the Jets seem to have acknowledged this and made moves in the upcoming draft. The trade to 3rd overall pick is smart as it gives the Jets lots of prospects at quarterback; selections including the controversial Baker Mayfield and USC leader Sam Darnold. Although in the mix, I don’t believe they will get a shot at drafting Josh Rosen who if doesn’t go first pick to the Browns, surely goes second pick to the Giants.

The Jets also signed former All-Pro rookie Teddy Bridgewater who is coming of a near career-ending ACL injury. I like Teddy B and the stats show that he was a good Quarterback throwing for 3231 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2015 (the year before he got hurt). I have a soft spot for the guy but it will be a tough road back to the top and the Jets may still have to look elsewhere for their franchise Qb.

The Jets are rebuilding well but I don’t see them doing anything spectacular this season but give it a season or two and we might see playoff contenders that make the AFC East competitive. If they keep Todd Bowles I don’t doubt they’ll go far.

Frasers Grade: B-
Liam’s Grade: C+

Buffalo Bills

Biggest Move: Trading of Tyrod Taylor

The Buffalo Bills are the new Cleveland Browns

This years 0-16 team, the Cleveland Browns Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills have been very quiet this offseason, most media news from the team has been filled with rookie receiver Zay Jones’s criminal activity rather than trade moves. However, one of the major moves from the Bills is moving on from Tyrod Taylor.

The Bills GM has never seemed to like Tyrod, benching him at multiple points over the past 2 seasons even though Tyrod had thrown for 5822 yards and 31 touchdowns in just 30 games. During these seasons Tyrod also used his athleticism to get out the pocket rushing for 1007 yards and 10 touchdowns. Although maybe not franchise quarterback numbers, it shows that Tyrod is highly productive under centre. The Browns have gotten themselves a quarterback that their inevitable First Round pick rookie can sit under for a year, learning the ropes without the weight of the Cleveland QB curse on his shoulders. Whilst on the other side, the Bills have to put their hopes in either Nathan ‘pick’ Peterman, who will not be able to run a race let alone a struggling offence for a year, or A.J McCarron, the untested, unproven ex-Bengal. The Bill will surely make moves in the draft for a QB however even if they do select a future QB with the 12th Overall pick, the absence of any experienced Qb on the roster to mentor them should send warning signals to Bills fans everywhere.

The only positive thing the Bills seem to have done this offseason is bolstering their defensive line with the addition of Star Lotulelei and Trent Murphy. The Bills placed 29th in rush defence last year so these additions should help fill a huge need. However, although they sorted their defensive troubles up front, the Bills also traded cornerback E.J Gaines to the Browns (who seem to be on an AFC east yard sale) so they will need to pick up another slot cornerback (and if you’re playing the Pats twice a year you need a good one) in the draft or later in free agency.

The Bills offseason, in my opinion, has been woeful so far. They have excellent wide receivers but no solid quarterback to throw to them and have one of the best running backs in the league in LeSean ‘shady’ McCoy but also lost their starting left tackle. The whole organisation seem to be going two steps forward four steps back, taking tips from the Browns it seems. General manager Brandon Beane said “we are very low on money” so the Bills are going to need to perform a miracle in this year’s draft to even dream of making back to the playoffs or even posting a winning season in 2018.

Frasers Grade: F
Liam’s Grade: D-

Stay tuned for your favourite teams’ division that will be coming soon! What would you rate the teams mentioned so far? 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?