Month: May 2017

49ers Possible Pro Bowlers

For a team that only won 2 games the season before, it’s a huge reach to think this team possesses any Pro Bowl talent (except Navarro Bowman). But I am here to say there are a few players that I believe can make the cut. What I am going to do is go through the players from the highest chance to the lowest chance (but there is still hope). The first player is Navarro Bowman.

He’s 29 but plays like 25. One of the few players that’s still here after the glory days. No debate,one of the best defensive players in the league and the best on the team. One thing he has is consistency, averaging around 97 tackles a season. Only thing holding him back from making the Pro Bowl is how fast will he bounce back from his Achilles injury, besides that he is a guarantee. Next is Carlos Hyde, who just came off his best season. After Frank Gore left, Hyde needed to step up, and be the downhill runner the 49ers desperately needed. Hyde was one of the few bright spots on offense. He even made the Pro Bowl last year, but couldn’t play because of injuries. Like Bowman, injuries could hold him back from reaching full potential. Another injury plagued season could get him replaced.

Next on the list is Eric Reid. After his rookie season, Reid seemed like a star in the making, but once again the injury bug got to him. Reid has had many concussions while being in the league and some say he even considered retirement. With a new defensive coordinator and additions to the defensive secondary, Reid is setup for success. No longer will most of the workload go to him.

I believe Reid can go back to being a top safety and one of the league’s hardest hitters. Seen as one of the 49ers best o-linemen of all time, Joe Staley has the opportunity to be a Pro Bowler. Last year the 49ers had one of the worst O-line in the league. Staley was once even in trade rumors. Hopefully Joe is here to stay, and retire with the Niners whenever he is ready to end his career. The last 2 players are first year and second year players. The 7th pick in last year’s draft was DeForest Buckner, who had a pretty solid season for a rookie. He had 6 sacks at 3-4 DE. I don’t know if he will be playing DE or DT, since the 49ers switch to a 4-3. Either position I think he will do well.

The final player that I think has a chance to make the Pro Bowl is the rookie Reuben Foster. I honestly think he was the most complete LB in the draft. If it wasn’t for personal issues and that shoulder injury, no doubt Foster would’ve been a for sure top-10 pick. With his elite speed,high motor, and aggressiveness, Foster has everything you want in a linebacker. On top of that he gets to work with Bowman who could teach him a thing or 2. My honorable mention is Rashard Robinson. Near the end of the season he showed flashes of greatness and that he could be a shut-down corner. These players are the highlights of the team and could shine this season with Pro Bowl honors. 

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Tyrant Scouting FCS Pre-Season All Americans: 2nd Team

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Lehigh’s Troy Pelletier makes our 2nd team with 1,278 yards and 12 touchdowns. (Photo Credit by lehighvalleylive.com)
QB Gage Gabrud Eastern Washington Jr
RB Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks Albany Jr
WR Troy Pelletier Lehigh Sr
WR Gatlin Casey Lehigh Sr
TE Ross Dwelley San Diego Sr
OT Timon Parris Stony Brook Sr
OG Daquan Blake North Carolina A&T Sr
C Austin Kuhnert North Dakota State Sr
OG Ben Huss Duquesne Sr
OT Brandon Parker North Carolina A&T Sr
DE Jonathan Petersen San Diego Sr
DT P.J Hall Sam Houston State Sr
DT Jay-Tee Tiuli Eastern Washington Sr
DE Greg Menard North Dakota State Sr
LB Allan Cratsenberg VMI Sr
LB Darius Leonard South Carolina State Sr
LB Jeffrey Canady Eastern Kentucky Sr
DB Bralyn Cook Morhead State Sr
DB Omari Williams Samford Sr
DB Marlon Bridges Jacksonville State So
DB Cole Reyes North Dakota Sr
K Oren Milstein Columbia So
P Jacob DeMaio Weber State Sr
Ret Matt Sewall Bryant Sr

Dolphins 53 Man Roster Prediction Part 1 (QB, RB, WR, TE)

 

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This is a way to early prediction because training camp has not even begun yet, but let’s take an early look of what the Dolphins roster may be looking like this year. I’ll break it down position by position, and you will get a more in depth look on who the Dolphins player rotations consist of.

Let’s begin at the Quarterback position I believe the Dolphins QB situation is fairly simple. Ryan Tannehill is going to be the starter and Matt Moore is going to back him up. They could add a third QB just for some insurance, but I doubt that happens. Ryan Tannehill is fully healthy following his season ending knee injury last year , and Matt Moore is a very good experienced backup QB. My prediction is Dolphins stick with just two quarterbacks.

 

Depth Chart QB:

1. Ryan Tannehill

2. Matt Moore
Next up is the Running backs. The leader of this group is Jay Ajayi. Ajayi will be looking to impress again this year following his break out season last year. Ajayi will the the workhorse back for the Dolphins again , but someone who I’m looking forward to see progress in his sophomore year is Kenyan Drake. Drake is explosive and I expect a bigger role for him this year. After Ajayi and Drake I see Damien Williams and De’Veon Smith making the roster. Williams was mostly used in the red zone last year and I expect the same this year. Finally De’Veon Smith. Smith is an undrafted signing the Dolphins picked up this year. He is a man that I believe could be a major steal. My prediction is eventually I see him beating out Williams for the third spot on the depth chart.

Depth Chart RB

Jay Ajayi

Kenyan Drake

Damien Williams

De’Veon Smith
Now let’s talk about the men who catch the ball. The Receivers and Tight Ends. The Dolphins receiving situation looks like this. They have three main targets. Jarvis Landry who runs the slot , and is maybe the best slot receiver in the NFL is the number one receiver. Than you have a hungry DeVante Parker who is looking to show the league he is the real deal. He is Big and explosive and many throughout the Dolphins organization are expecting a lot from him. Finally it’s capped off with Kenny Stills. Stills returned to Miami when he didn’t have to this offseason. He had higher offers from other teams but came back to Miami. That choice made him a fan favorite to many Dolphins Fans. He is the deep man. He will score the long touchdown , he is a real spark to this team. These three are all extremely talented and I expect a lot from them.
To round of the receivers I have Leonte Carroo, Rashawn Scott, Isaiah Ford, and Jakeem Grant grabbing spots. All of these guys are not 100% locks on making the roster though. Carroo has a lot to prove. He had a down rookie season and did not play to his full potential. This kid could be very good , and I think he has it in him. Dolphins are expecting a lot more from him this season being they traded away some picks to draft him last year. If Carro cannot produce I believe Scott can produce. He is underrated in my eyes and I believe he could be a factor this year in the Dolphins offense. Ford was drafted in the seventh round this year. He is extremely talented , and I don’t see him being cut although I don’t expect to see him much on the field. Finally Jakeem Grant. Grant is explosive but undersized. If Grant can prove he is worthy enough of a spot I think he will have a big special teams role , but I also believe he could find a role on offense. It’s a stretch of a prediction but I say Jakeem Grant turns some heads this offseason, and makes some big plays on offense this year.
Next up is the Tight Ends. Dolphins lost their starting tight end from last season. Dion Sims left them to go to the Bears. This was a position in question after that move , but I believe the Dolphins did a nice job fixing it up. They traded for Julius Thomas. Thomas was an elite target in Denver , but faded off when he went to Jacksonville. The offensive coordinator in Denver when Thomas was their was Adam Gase. Hopefully Thomas returns to his elite level now being reunited with Gase. They then signed veteran Anthony Fasano. Fasano is a very good blocking tight end who will be good insurance for injury prone Julius Thomas. The Fasano signing may have been one of the Dolphins smartest moves this offseason. As I said he blocks, he catches , and he will do the dirty work. He is a all around great team player. They will fill the third TE spot with Marques Gray who is a good player. He will fill in when needed .

Depth Chart WR

Jarvis Landry

DeVante Parker

Kenny Stills

Leonte Carroo

Rashawn Scott

Isaiah Ford

Jakeem Grant

Depth Chart TE

Julius Thomas

Anthony Fasano

Marques Gray

 

The Following segment will consist of O-Line, D-Line , and Linebackers. As of now though there is a closer look at the Dolphins Skilled Positions.

The Patriots way? Building an offensive line.

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Titans GM Jon Robinson has done a good job adding talent to a roster that wasn’t quite there. (Photo Credit to titansonline.com)

Patriots Current O-line

LT Nate Solder (R1-17)

LG Joe Thuney (R3-78)

C David Andrews (UDFA)

RG Shaq Mason (R4-131)

RT Marcus Cannon (R5-138)

Titans Current O-line

LT Taylor Lewan (R1-11) *on roster prior to Jon Robinson taking over

LG Quinton Spain (UDFA)

C Ben Jones (R4-99) *FA aquisition from the Houston Texans

RG Josh Kline (UDFA) *signed after New England cut ties

RT Jack Conklin (R1-8)

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The Titans chose Michigan State’s Jack Conklin in the first round last year. He validated his draft position by only allowing two sack all season. (Photo Credit to ESPN.com)

When Jon Robinson came to Tennessee, his first mission was to protect Marcus Mariota. In one season, he completely revamped the offensive line. The only holdover is left tackle Taylor Lewan, who was selected to his first pro bowl this past season. Robinson signed Quinton Spain from West Virginia, who went undrafted. Ben Jones crossed over to the dark side, after Tennessee signed him away from the division rival, Houston Texans. Josh Kline had originally been signed to provide depth. However after Chance Warmack went down with a hand injury, Kline started the next fourteen games and performed admirably. Finally, rookie Jack Conklin was selected eigth overall to seal up the right tackle spot that had started the likes of Byron Bell and Jeremiah Poutasi last season. He did that and more, allowing only two sacks all season and was named to the PFF All-Pro squad.

The line performed even better than what Robinson could have imagined. They only gave up 28 sacks all season, and paved the way for the third best rushing attack in the NFL. There does seem to be a method to the way John Robinson handles his business on the offensive line. But, did he adopt this way of thinking in New England or did they adopt his strategy? That, we’ll probably never know for sure. Either way, both clubs put a premium on the left tackle position. That’s not strange at all, many teams across the NFL do as well. But, the interior is built on day two and three draft prospects with a sprinkling of undrafted free agents. New England has had success with this formula, turning players like Dan Koppen into pro bowlers and player like Joe Andruzzi into competent starters. The Patriots have long been known to put together patchwork offensive lines without much draft pedigree and still be successful.

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Titans seventh round selection, Corey Levin, from FCS Chattanooga. (Photo Credit to NFL.com)

This year’s draft class for the Titans, added a couple more developmental prospects with potential . Chattanooga’s Corey Levin was a seventh round selection. He was a three time all american at the FCS level, and projects inside as a guard or center. Another seventh round selection, Brad Seaton from Villanova fits the same criteria. He’s an enourmous prospect (6’8), that will fit the swing tackle position nicely. He also hails from the FCS level.

The Titan’s offensive line has been a bright spot so far in Robinson’s tenure, and should remain so. Marcus Mariota’s future and the hopes of all Titans fans, are all in the hands of Jon Robinson.

A player who has been buried on the depth chart with the opportunity to play this season.

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Titan’s sixth round pick in the 2016 NFL draft, Arkansas OG Sebastian Tretola. (Photo Credit to SI.com)

Sebastian Tretola

      There is an ongoing issue right now for the Titans, as both Tretola and Tajae Sharpe have been accused of a draft day incident. Supposedly, Tretola acted as a lookout while teammate, Tajae Sharpe, assaulted the man outside of a bar in Nashville. Which, could potentially cause some disciplinary issues for the two of them. But, until further information comes out, he will remain on our list.

      New England cast-off Josh Kline did well in his first season in Nashville. When Warmack went down last season, Kline stepped in and ended up starting fourteen games. He will begin the season as a starter, but competition will be stiff. Sebastian Tretola was a sixth round pick for the Titans last year, and could push Kline for the starting job. Playing for Arkansas, Tretola played two seasons in one of the toughest college conferences. He surrendered one sack over the course of the two season he spent in Arkansas. Tretola’s Senior year saw him register an outstanding 75 knockdowns. Though he barely saw the field las season, he learned alot from his experience.

“My first year was great because I was able to sit back and learn. We have two Pro Bowlers in Taylor (Lewan) and Jack (Conklin), and Ben Jones, who knows everything in the middle. And Q and Josh hold their own in there, and even the back-ups – (Brian) Schwenke and Dennis (Kelly), those guys helped me and they were ready to go at any moment. The experience was new to me, but it’s something I think I might’ve needed to help me progress to the next step.”

Sebastian Tretola (via titansonline.com)

Though playing time may be hard to come by next season as well, Tretola is patiently waiting. He has a chance to supplant Josh Kline in one of the top tier units in the NFL.

 

Health Check for the NEW Los Angeles Chargers

As we cross the halfway mark of the offseason, the ambition of a new season starts to arise. For the new Los Angeles Chargers, it brings a new team, new head coach, & a new city.

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Last season was plagued with injuries, those affecting the stars & depth – Keenan Allen, Danny Woodhead, Jerry Attaochu, Jason Verrett, Brandon Oliver – across both offense & defense. Despite the absurd weekly season-ending injuries, the Chargers brought many a games down to the final minutes.

While injuries are never welcome (knock on wood no repeats), it was an encouraging spectacle for Chargers fans who continued to watch their team fight and step up. Each new player quickly assumed their role, and played diligently. The end result was meek, an underwhelming 5-11, but its all more important to recall that projected starters were signings who played on a different team the week before. This at the very least showed the “next man up” mentality you hear across the NFL, and the grit and culture inhabited within the Chargers.

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Now, while that seems like a moral victory (which it is), the NFL is based on wins-losses. Exit Mike McCoy.  Enter Anthony Lynn. With Lynn the Los Angeles Chargers have a well-respected, tough and gritty coach that expects the most and settles for nothing less. While his leadership skills are tops, he brings a staff of incredible resume: Gus Bradley as DC & Ken Wisenhunt as OC.

These changes were a must for a team right on the cuff, but it means nothing if a lingering problem the last few seasons persists, health.

So far so good through the offseason, as there are no serious injuries to report & many of those on IR seem to have recovered favourably. Keenan & Branden Oliver are moving quick and swift, garnering tremendous attention from both staff & media. The constantly injured O-Line has been revamped. Out with the clunky King Dunlap, concussed Orlando Franklin, & DJ Fluker. In with 2nd & 3rd round picks, Forrest Lamp & Dan Feeney. Maybe a bold prediction, but to me Forrest Lamp will be regarded as a top 5 guard within 3 years time. Dan Feeney is no slouch either, having a solid resume at the University of Indiana & was presumed to be a top draft candidate for the New England Patriots. If Bill Belichick was willing to draft a rookie O-Lineman to protect the elderly G.O.A.T, sign me up.

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The receiving groups is tops in the NFL. Melvin and Branden are one of the top duos in the league, I would be hard pressed to find a better combo. Antonio Gates will assuredly contribute as always, especially as Hunter Henry starts to shine. The O-Line has to be better than last year, I have no doubt in my mind.

The Defense will be fast, physical, and respected. Even with all the injuries, stars like Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram, and Casey Heyward could not be denied. Add in Jason Verrett, Jahleel Addae, and some solid secondary draft picks – a physical Jenkins and my favourite underdog Desmond King – to shutdown the opposition.

So far so good, the 2017 Los Angeles Chargers look great on paper, they just need to stay on the field.

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Predicting the Tennessee Titans record for 2017

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Tennessee’s 3rd year signal caller, Marcus Mariota. (Photo Credit to Fox Sports)

1. Raiders

This should be a brawl of two teams on the rise. As long as Mariota and Carr are both healthy, this game has the makings of a barn burner. In a very close matchup, Mariota and company avenge last season’s seven point loss. This week one game could be a preview of some not too distant playoff bout.

Record: (1-0)

2. @ Jaguars

After last season’s embaressing loss, when the Titans needed to win most, expect Mularkey to have the crew ready to come out hot. The Jaguars have a team loaded with potential talent, and a possible coaching scheme to maximize it. Titans get the running game going early, and ride it to a win here.

Record: (2-0)

3. Seahawks

Titans have a fight on their hands here. Though the Seahawks aren’t where they were a few years ago, this game will still be a good measuring stick for the boys in blue. The run game may struggle a bit, and that could cause some serious issues. Seahawks win this game on an opportunistic turnover.

Record: (2-1)

4. @ Texans

Titans are beginning to get the AFC South monkey off of their backs. Lebeau’s defenses have a very good track record against rookie quarterbacks. If Watson is the starter by week 4, look out. JJ Watt still gets his, but the Titans pull away with a victory.

Record: (3-1)

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Franchise quarterback and Franchise left tackle, things are definitely trending up in Nashville. (Photo Credit to ESPN.com)

5. @ Dolphins

The Dolphins added some pieces to their defense through the draft, and will expect them to contribute early. Though the Dolphins have some star power on the defensive line, the Titans have a pretty good unit opposite of them. Taylor Lewan and Jack Conklin keep the pocket clean off the edge, but interior pressure may be an issue. Titans use the short passing game and the run game to get a win here.

Record (4-1)


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6. Colts

The Colts with a competant General Manager are absolutely terrifying. They added some very good pieces on defense, including Ohio State phenom Malik Hooker. Hooker will bring a different element to that defense, and the Titans don’t want this be a shoot out. However, in the first matchuip, it ends up that way. Colts edge out the Titans.

Record: (4-2)

7. @ Browns

Though the Browns made some nice additions this off season, the Titans still hold almost every advantage. They walk into the factory of sadness and come out with a “W”. Myles Garrett will be tested by fire, against two very talented tackles.

Record: (5-2)

8. Bye Week

9. Ravens

The Ravens added some solid defensive pieces in Alabama’s Marlon Humphrey and Tim Williams. They also added a pass rusher from Houston, Tyus Bowser. The Ravens are trying to recapture the defensive magic they had a few years ago, that propelled them to a Super Bowl Championship. The defense isn’t there yet, and neither is the ground game. Titans win another.

Record: (6-2)

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If OLB Brian Orakpo can stay healthy all season, expect another 10+ sack year. (Photo Credit to titansonline.com)

10. Bengals

The Titan’s new cornerback, Logan Ryan, will have his hands full with A.J Green. Expect speedster John Ross (Washington) to take the top off of this defense. it’ll be a tough go, Titans drop one here.

Record: (6-3)

11. @ Steelers

The Steelers have some of the most dangerous weapons in the league. Antonio Brown has proven himself be an elite option at wide receiver, and Leveon Bell is a workhorse back with homerun potential. Big Ben will look to use the home field advantage, and get a win here.

Record: (6-4)

12. @ Colts

This time the Titans get it right, pounding the rock and keeping the game within striking distance. Expect the Titans to atleast split with the Colts this season, which could set this up as a winner takes the division. Titans win.

Record: (7-4)

13. Texans

Predicting a sweep is bold, considering how nasty Houston’s defense is. But, we are doing just that. Watson looks way better in his second showing, but still struggles on the road. Titans defense overwhelms him, and the Titans take home the victory.

Record: (8-4)

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One of the nastiest interior defenders you’ll ever meet, former USC standout, Jurrell Casey. (Photo Credit to Bleacher Report)

14. @ Cardinals

The Cardinals are a team that could be right in the thick of a playoff run. Another tough test for the Titans, especially on the road. If Carson is healthy (a big if), then the Cardinals come up with the win here.

Record: (8-5)

15. @ 49ers

With the wholesale change that the team and organization have went through, expect the 49ers to have some growing pains this season. Expecting the Titans to roll here, although the 49ers have some good, young pieces defensively.

Record: (9-5)

16. Rams

As with the 49ers, the Rams have seen alot of change this off season. If Sean McVay can salvage Jared Goff this season, there could be rays of hope on the horizon. The Titans should have another good game, and get to their first ten win season since 2008.

Record: (10-5)

17. Jaguars

The Titans cap off the regular season with another solid win over the Jaguars. They finish the season strong, and build their momentum for a playoff run.

Record: (11-5)

Final Record (11-5)

AFC South Champs

First Round bye in the playoffs

Did the Redskins make a mistake with Kirk Cousins?

As I’m sitting here pondering the current contract situation between the Redskins Front Office & Kirk Cousins, it’s painfully obvious he should’ve been signed to a contract last year. Here’s why:

Guaranteed Money:

Last year Kirk Cousins was paid $19.95 million to be the Redskins QB for 1 year.

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The most polarizing figure on the Redskins roster, quarterback Kirk Cousins. (Photo Credit to ESPN.com)

This year, he’s on another Franchise Tag and this one pays him $24.95 Million for this year. That is $45 million for 2 years of services rendered. God forbid they Franchise him again next year, as that will cost over $34 million for 1 more year. That would bring the total of 100% Guaranteed money to $80 million for 3 years.

 

 


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Salary Cap:

It’s hard to pay any Franchise quarterback money now that keeps them happy, but at the same time allows you to field a team that can stay competitive despite paying that much to one position.

Finding the sweet spot for paying a quarterback is becoming harder and harder, but the great teams find a way to make it work. The Redskins truly need to understand they’re already paying Kirk premiere quarterback money and have nothing guaranteed past this year. Kirk is by far the highest paid player on the team now.He needs to understand as well that it takes two to tango and that he can’t hold them ransom and expect to be paid like Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady or the recently retired Peyton Manning. Kirk’s had great numbers over the past two seasons Absolutely! Yet we had one season which got us a playoff game and one season without a playoff game. Granted he has 10,000 yards passing and multiple franchise records under his belt, but succes has to translate into the win column as well.

Team Unity:

Kirk is the unquestioned leader of the team and has the chance to set the bar for a contract that would allow him to be compensated greatly, but still not handcuffing the team. This team can win with Captain Kirk at the helm, but he needs to be under contract. How can you keep players or attract new players to a team that has no certainty at the biggest position on the team. Look at why Terrelle Pryor signed, Kirk is unquestionably better then ANY QB on the Brown’s last year. Even the non proven WR Brian Quick, who had one of the worst Offenses ever in the NFL, signed in Washington because Kirk can help prove his worth in the NFL.

Front Office Missed it’s Chance:

As I mentioned prior, Kirk made $20 mill last year. If the Redskins were smart, they would’ve gambled on a contract that paid Kirk before he had more leverage. Unfortunately for the Redskins front office, he has all the leverage he needs. If he excels even more this year and the Redskins go deep in the playoffs, they will probably lose him because his price tag will sky rocket even higher.

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(Photo Credit to Talk-Sports.net)

In short, my opinion is to pay him before July 15th and realize you have your quarterback of the future. For the past 25 years the Redskins have had nothing close to a Franchise quarterback on any of the rosters since Bill Clinton was in office… Isn’t that scary?

Pay Kirk $50 million up front and $20 million per year for 5 years, or the price will go up and up. You win by staying competitive in a Division that is suddenly full of talented quarterbacks, as well as ensuring the team will have consistency at the biggest Position in football. This will keep the Redskins in contention for a division title, and continue to attract talented free agents.

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A Way Too Early Prediction For The Eagles 2017 Record

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Eagles 2nd year signal caller, Carson Wentz, looks to capitalize on all the added weapons. (Photo Credit to CSN Philly)

Week 1: @ Washington Redskins

The Eagles start the season on the road against a team that has owned them as of late. (Skins have won the last 5 meetings) However, the Eagles loaded up on the D line this off season and improved both the running back and receiver positions, while Washington has an unhappy Quarterback that just lost 2 of his top receiving threats. The Redskins did add Terrelle Pryor, and got a steal in the draft with Johnathon Allen, but I expect to see an improved Carson Wentz lead the Eagles to victory.  Eagles Win (1-0)

Week 2: @ Kansas City Chiefs

Road games are tough to win in the NFL, especially when they’re back to back to start a season. The Chiefs went 12-4 winning their division last year and there’s no reason for them to not be just as good in 2017, and they added former Eagles D linemen Bennie Logan. While I do expect to see an improved Eagles team from a year ago, I just think the Chiefs will be too much for the Eagles on the road. Eagles Lose (1-1)

Week 3: New York Giants

The Giants believe they can win now, and that’s evident with the moves they’ve made the past 2 off seasons, giving established veterans lucrative deals. However, they haven’t done much to improve their O line that was terrible last season, and their running game may even be worse than last seasons. Eli Manning has been on a steady decline and the Eagles defense just looks down right nasty this year. I see the Eagles handling the Giants rather easy in their home opener. Eagles Win (2-1)

Week 4: @ Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers haven’t been winning the past few seasons, but I don’t think that’s a real indicator of their talent. They have a future HOFer in Phillip Rivers and don’t forget about Keenan Allen either, because when he’s healthy, he is a top receiver in this league. They also drafted Hunter Henry last season and Mike Williams this year—I think that Chargers offense has top-10 potential. But, I do believe the Eagles have a better all around team and should beat the Chargers in a close contest. Eagles Win (3-1)

Week 5: Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals had a rough 2016 season, but don’t expect the same in 2017. They reloaded and I think they’ll compete for their division title in 2017. The last time these two teams played David Johnson shredded the Eagles D, however, he is coming off an ACL injury that cut his season short last year. I can see this game going either way, but the Eagles are at home so I’ll give them the win. Eagles Win (4-1)

Week 6: @ Carolina Panthers

While Carolina’s secondary may struggle, they have one of the best front sevens in the NFL. This Panthers defense looks like it can be top-10 caliber. Panthers seem to be an all around solid team this year. They added Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel to an already potent offense—chances don’t look too good for the Birds on the road. Eagles Lose (4-2)

 

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Carson Wentz and Kirk Cousins match up twice in NFC East battles. It’s a compelling rivalry. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Week 7: Washington Redskins

First Monday Night Football game of the season. I have the Eagles winning for all the same reasons I had them winning week 1, plus they’re at home this time. Eagles Win (5-2)

Week 8: San Francisco 49ers

While I do like what John Lynch and the Niners have done so far, they’re nowhere near competing with this Eagles team. Eagles Win (6-2)

Week 9: Denver Broncos

This game should be a defensive battle. The Broncos have the best CB tandem in the NFL and overall maybe the best defense in the league. Their major question however is who will be playing quarterback. The Eagles front seven is gonna look to get after whoever is under center but the Broncos beefed up their O line so the pass rush may not get their as early as they like—leaving the Eagles corners on an island. Eagles Lose (6-3)

Week 10: Bye Week

Week 11: @ Dallas Cowboys

Sunday Night Football in Jerry world. The Eagles and Cowboys went 1-1 against each other last year and looked extremely even in the first game (Dallas rested their starters in the second head to head.) I expect them to split the series this year again while each team wins their home game. Eagles Lose (6-4)

Week 12: Chicago Bears

Alshon Jeffery’s homecoming game. In a prove-it year for Jeffery I expect him to play at a pro-bowl caliber level and put on a clinic against his former team. The Chicago Bears are a mess and the Eagles should handle them no problem at home. Eagles Win (7-4)

Week 13: @ Seattle Seahawks

This is as tough a game you can have in the NFL, playing in Seattle late in the season. In order for the Eagles to even have a chance at winning, they must get to Russell Wilson early and keep him on his back all game. It’s a doable task, given how bad Seattle’s O line has played the past few seasons, but I just don’t think this Eagles team is on that level yet. Eagles Lose (7-5)

Week 14: @ Los Angeles Rams

This is a battle of number 1 and 2 overall in the 2016 draft. Given how Goff played last season, the Eagles have a good shot to win this game. The Rams did add some talent around Goff in this years draft but the Eagles are the superior team. Eagles Win (8-5)

Week 15: @ New York Giants

*Hot take alert* I think the Giants will already be out of playoff contention at this point and the Eagles will be neck and neck with the Cowboys for the division lead. Given those circumstances, I think Wentz will lead his team to a victory on the road. Eagles Win (9-5)

Week 16: Oakland Raiders

This Raiders team is the real deal, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them in the Super Bowl. With that being said, I think Eagles fans may be in store for a Blue Christmas this year. Carr vs. Wentz on Christmas evening should be a fun battle but I see this game going the Raiders way. Eagles Lose (9-6)

Week 17: Dallas Cowboys

This one here is for all the marbles. Prescott vs. Wentz for the division title. Now some may say 10-6 won’t be enough to win the division, and it may not, but with tough schedules in the NFC East never say never. I had Dallas winning the first game and I’ve got Philadelphia winning this one in a close battle. Eagles Win (10-6) NFC East Champions

 

What do the 49ers do at QB?

Going into the off season, everyone kind of assumed that the 49ers would address the QB situation, rather it be in free agency or the draft. Technically speaking they added 3 QBs to the roster, but being honest none of them actually seem like a long term starter. What that organization is saying is they are still in tank mode, and playoff ready for another season or 2. The first QB listed on the roster is Brian Hoyer.

I don’t know what Kyle Shanahan saw from Hoyer, that made him want to sign him. To be fair in 6 games of action Hoyer threw for 1,400 yards and 6 TDs and 0 ints. Now that might not seem that bad, but Hoyer is already on the wrong side of 30 and on his 7th team out of 9 seasons in the league. The 2nd QB listed on the roster is Matt Barkley. Another former Chicago Bears quarterback, Barkley was once seen as the heir to Mark Sanchez at USC. Despite being in the league since 2013, Barkley was finally given the chance to actually start some games to see how good this kid is. Boy did he disappoint. He threw for 1,600 yards 8 TDs and 14 INTs. While his team had few weapons that is not acceptable. On the bright side he is only 26, he still has time to get his career together, I just don’t think it will be with the 49ers. The final possible starter on the team is the rookie CJ Beathard, drafted from Iowa.

In my opinion I don’t even consider him a top 5 QB in the draft. I would have preferred someone like Dobbs, Chad Kelly, or Peterman. I don’t see anything going for him. For one he is already 23 (turning 24 in Nov). His stats are pretty lackluster. For example in his junior year of college he threw for almost 3,000 yards 17 TDs and 5 INTs which isn’t that bad. But for senior year he threw for less yards and 5 MORE INTERCEPTIONS. I just see him as another practice squad player who will be off the roster 2 years from now. Going into this season I don’t have expectations for any of this quarterbacks because I believe our franchise QB has not been drafted yet and it is not Kirk Cousins.

 

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