If Will Fuller can stay healthy he has a ton of upside. Fuller is more explosive than most of the defensive backs he lines up against:

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Third year Texans Receiver Will Fuller has been making a name for himself by simply running past defenders. Fuller ran a 4.32 40 dash at the combine back in 2016 so there isn’t many cornerbacks that can match up with him. It’s going to take opposing team’s top cover guy to guard Fuller and that’s still going to be a tall task. Will Fuller works the vertical passing game so well and its almost defensive suicide to line up in press coverage against the Texans speedy receiver. If the defensive back misses their bump attempt the former Notre Dame standout is going deep for six. It’s just way smarter to play soft coverage against this guy and let him catch all the underneath stuff. Really the only knock against Fuller is the fact that he has missed eight games over his first two years. There’s definitely some durability concerns which is mostly due to Will Fuller only being 185 pounds. When Fuller is in Houston’s line up though it changes the outcome of football games and his 7 touchdowns last season make that clear. If Fuller can record 7 touchdowns in ten games it’s frightening how good he can be once he becomes a full time player. It also has to be concerning to the Texans that DeShaun Watson’s year was cut short due to an ACL tear. When you step back and look at this situation Houston has a lot of health problems which can end up destroying their dreams. If Watson or Fuller can’t go then this team doesn’t have a shot at living up to their potential. Which means the team doctors and the training staff are going to have to work their magic and make sure they keep a close eye on these banged up skills players. The Texans future will depend on it.

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Broncos’ defense clamps down 49ers offense, even with 6 starters on the sidelines:

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The Denver Broncos are known for having one of the better defenses in the National Football League and the San Francisco 49ers found that out first hand. Denver had 6 starters out of their starting line up but still managed to goose egg the 49ers for the first half of action. Eventually Kyle Shanahan was able to get a touchdown in the 3rd and 4th quarter but the fact the Broncos were able to handle the Niners so easily is a testament of their defensive talent. Everyone knows Shanahan is one of the brightest offensive minds in the league but Denver is so much more superior when it comes to the overall roster talent. A lot of the Broncos number 1 guys didn’t suit up but San Francisco couldn’t find a rhythm on the ground or through the air. When Denver gets Von Miller, Derek Wolfe, and T. Ward on the field that defensive output will significantly improve, which has to be extremely frightening for NFL offensive coordinators. It’s so hard to get in a groove offensively because it takes another level of cohesion. Typically offenses take much longer to get going than a good defense, which is exactly why defense is key to success in this league. Each team has a greater chance of being a dominant defense than being a high powered powered offense, so you better make the most of that opportunity and optimize your defensive play. The Broncos have been doing that better than most teams in the league for the past couple years and now all this franchise needs it Trevor Siemian to step up and make some magic happen. Von Miller and company will keep points off the board, we all know that. It’s up to Siemian to get the guys on the offensive ball to believe in him and Denver has to get some continuity on offense. It’s the only way they will get back to Super Bowl contention.

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Cleveland Reloaded: The Browns won’t be the laughing stock of the league anymore

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It’s been a rough two years for the Cleveland Browns. Ever since Hue Jackson took over this team they’ve struggled going 1-31 under his command. Truthfully though it wasn’t just the coaching staff that has disappointed in Northern Ohio this roster seriously lacked talent as well. Finally after going through the worst stretch of football in NFL history the Browns have turned a corner and that’s evident when you look at the players they have now. Josh Gordon has a chance to be the best receiver in the league and he’s past all of his off the field issues. Then Cleveland lands Jarvis Landry in a trade and even though people don’t want to give the former Dolphins receiver his dues. Landry has been one of the best receivers in the NFL in terms of hauling in the football. The Tight End David Njoku is a rising star and showed a ton of promise in his rookie season last year. Those top three targets will definitely help move the chains through the air and that’s without mentioning Corey Coleman who can also contribute more than a couple touchdowns per year. So talent wise there’s much more going on for Jackson and this offense and it’s going make for an exciting brand of football. It doesn’t matter who is under center those weapons are potent enough to overpower defenses. When is the last time you could say that about the Browns? It’s beens a long time and that alone tells you things are trending upwards for this ball club. One of the other story lines to watch out for is who will solidify themselves in the alpha dog role? It’s going to come down to Josh Gordon vs Jarvis Landry. While Landry could maintain that consistency which has made him great in the past. You have to believe Josh Gordon will end up being the team’s number one wide out if he stays out of trouble. His talent is unmatched and the rumor is Gordon is in the best shape of his life. Number twelve will be back to his dominate ways and that’s going to help the Browns win several games in 2018.

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Cleveland won’t be the laughing stock of the league anymore.

The Patriots and Packers have a lot of tension within their organizations. Both teams are already facing morale issues:

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Two interesting story lines heading into the 2018 season is the Patriots and Packers current state of affairs. In New England we heard all throughout the end of last season that there is friction between Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. Then there was the Super Bowl when Brady threw for 500 yards and Belichick basically blew the game by benching Malcolm Butler. That situation can’t sit well with Brady and that’s why we saw the future Hall of Fame quarterback skipping any voluntary workouts. Brady is sending a message to Belichick that he’s the real reason the Patriots have had all their success. The two sides are clearly fed up with each other and New England could seriously unravel at some point.

The Packers find themselves in very similar circumstances. Aaron Rodgers is upset that the Packers have made some huge changes to their football team without consulting him first. You’d think with everything Rodgers brings to the table that Green Bay’s front office would be more inclined to involve him in the decision making process. That hasn’t been the case and it’s really a letdown because Aaron Rodgers should have a lot more pull within that organization. Trading away Jordy Nelson and letting go of Alex Van Pelt (quarterback coach) are moves which directly impact Rodgers ability to do his job. Which could end up being Mike McCarthy’s downfall once the games start being played.

So you have two different scenarios which are actually closely related in terms of where the rift has begun? The blame really seems to fall on the coaching staffs who aren’t doing their due diligence when it comes to getting feedback from their players. It’s hard to rule with an iron fist in today’s NFL because professional players feel they’re above the high school coaching mentality. If Bill Belichick and Mike McCarthy don’t evolve in terms of how they treat their players things might end up breaking down before the year is over. It’s definitely something you’ll want to keep your eye on.

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The Patriots and Packers have morale issues.

Is Andrew Luck’s career over? We’re at the start of mini-camp and Luck still hasn’t thrown a football:

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Andrew Luck has been out of the picture and hanging out behind the scenes for the last year with the Colts. We all know Indianapolis is a tough team to beat with Luck on the field but lately his status has been a distraction for this organization. Everyone wants to know if Andrew Luck is alright and whether or not he’s going to play anytime soon? The truth is Luck has yet to throw a regular sized football and that tells you he is further away then the Colts would like to admit. It’s going to take at least a couple of months for the 28 year old QB to get back to his regular self as far as throwing the football goes. All of the muscles in his shoulder (deltoids, traps, biceps, and triceps) must get their range of motion back and the strength to deliver the ball with velocity. When Luck is healthy the reps he receives in practice help him fine tune his accuracy and throwing power. Right now though Luck is far from healthy and he’s in the recovery stage. Which automatically drops the Colts quarterback to at least 50-75% of what he is normally capable of doing arm wise. So Jacoby Brissett is probably a better option than throwing Luck to the wolves where he could further injure his nagging shoulder. All of this brings us to our next point which is Indianapolis has a very big problem on their hands. Suddenly Luck’s future is in serious doubt because he can’t seem to get back on the field. Another whole season on the sidelines isn’t going to sit well with anyone in the front office or with this fan base. At the same time though it doesn’t seem like Andrew Luck is ready and why should he rush back to meet our demands which will only put him in danger. The two sides have contradicting agendas and the biggest underlining factor is Luck doesn’t seem in good enough shape to go. Which could wind up being another whole season down the drain.

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Andrew Luck still hasn’t thrown a football.

Carlos Hyde and Nick Chubb should shape up into one of the better one-two punches in league:

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Cleveland made a smart acquisition when they signed Carlos Hyde in free agency. Hyde was one of the best running backs available on the open market and he’s been a very good player for the 49ers the past two seasons. Hue Jackson and the Browns front office thought Hyde would be the perfect bell cow for their offense and adding the fifth year tailback will instantly give this team an identity. By having a ball carrier that can take on such a big workload that takes pressure off the quarterback and receivers. The Browns clearly understand the importance of an outstanding running game because they took it a step further by selecting Nick Chubb out of the University of Georgia. Chubb rushed for 1,000 yards three out of the four years he was in Athens and when you pair that with Carlos Hyde it becomes evident that the Browns are going to be able to run the football. Even if Chubb can’t put it all together as a rookie, Carlos Hyde will still be able to carry the load until Chubb gets up to speed. Obviously the best case scenario would be both running backs flourishing immediately. That seems very likely especially when you consider both player’s past accomplishments. Tyrod Taylor has a talented group of receivers in Josh Gordon, Jarvis Landry, and Corey Coleman. However the passing game might come second to Carlos Hyde and Nick Chubb. If coaches can win a game by handing the ball off most of the time they’ll choose that route because it’s lower risk. Not only that but it keeps the opposing team’s offense on the sidelines which will limit their scoring output. All of those factors point to Hyde and Chubb being the primary option for Cleveland this season. It’s going to take some serious defensive talent to clamp down on these two guys but even then Hyde and Chubb still might come out on top.

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Carlos Hyde and Nick Chubb should shape up into one of the best one-two punches in the league.

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Kyle Shanahan draws up the plays and Jimmy Garoppolo makes it happen. Why the combination of the two is so important to the 49ers success:

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Ever since San Francisco hired Kyle Shanahan there’s been a lot more hope in terms of what the 49ers can accomplish? Every player in that locker room believes in Shanahan’s ability to create plays on the offensive side of the ball. In the modern era of the sport that’s so critical because we’re playing an advanced level of the game compared to the past. The rise of the spread offense has really opened things up big time and Shanahan knows how to apply those principles perfectly to his game plan. We saw it early on in Kyle Shanahan’s career with the Falcons, Redskins, Browns, and Texans. Now the San Francisco 49ers are benefiting from their young coach’s schemes and philosophies which are far beyond a lot of the other coaches in the league. As important as Shanahan is, the 49ers also need someone who can go out and execute the calls from the sidelines. Jimmy Garoppolo is that guy and what a terrific job the former 2nd rounder has done. Garoppolo is one of the league’s brightest young stars winning five straight games after arriving in San Francisco and bringing a swagger back to the Bay Area. There hasn’t been this much excitement for the 49ers since Jim Harbaugh was in town and it’s good to see this organization back on track. Together the tandem of Shanahan and Garoppolo will be a formula for success for years to come. Remember everyone said Jimmy Garoppolo was lighting it up for New England Patriots in practice. Shanahan really did well with Matt Ryan in Atlanta and he might be able to do even better with Garoppolo as his long term quarterback solution. It’s almost like a match made in heaven because both guys can bring out the best in each other. So the mutual benefits are really what make the Shanahan and Garoppolo pairing such a fascinating one.

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The 49ers success comes from Kyle Shanahan and Jimmy Garoppolo’s offensive execution.

Jon Gruden will end up restoring the Raiders to greatness. All signs suggest Gruden is changing the culture in Oakland:

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Jon Gruden knows how to coach football and that’s becoming more and more evident everyday at Raiders OTAs. The former Super Bowl winning coach (XXXVII-2002) hasn’t skipped a beat in his decade away from the sidelines. Now Oakland seems enthusiastic and upbeat about their future. When morale is this high good things tend to be the result of it. Gruden’s impact is definitely being felt in the East Bay Area and that should be a warning to the other AFC West teams. Leadership is so crucial and it was once said that an army of sheep led by a lion could defeat an army of lions led by a sheep. Jon Gruden is a lion in every sense of the word and his methods are going to have a trickle down effect all the way to the 53rd man on this roster, and then to the practice squad guys too. There’s no substitute for having a calculated general like Jon Gruden calling the shots for your ball club. Every single transaction they make from here on out will run through Jon Gruden at some point. Ultimately that brightens the outlook for the Raiders future. If you look at the moves they made this past offseason it’s easy to see that Reggie McKenzie and Gruden wanted to build a collection of good players who could fit in roles opposed to just signing the best free agents available. There was some nice strategy executed on Oakland’s behalf and now the proof is in the current state of this organization. The stock arrow is pointing up and the ticker could jump even higher if Gruden starts calling some amazing plays on game day. We all saw what Sean McVay’s offensive creativity did for the Rams. Gruden could be even better than that so the Silver and Black are on the rise and it’s only a matter time before they’re playing winning football. 

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We’ll say it one more time all signs suggest Jon Gruden is changing the culture!

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