Eddie Lacy should surpass Thomas Rawls for the Seahawks starting running back position:

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The Seattle Seahawks added a huge boost to their running game when they signed veteran Running back Eddie lacy this off-season. Lacy has struggled for his own standards the past two seasons but he is still a player who has amassed 3,435 rushing yards and 23 rushing touchdowns over the course of his career. When you compare those stats to incumbent Running Back Thomas Rawls stats of 1,179 rushing yards and 7 rushing touchdowns. It becomes obvious that Lacy has been a far more productive player in the National Football League and Lacy overall is a higher profile player. You earn that kind of recognition from consistently performing well on the field and Lacy will really have a chance to revive his career with a change of scenery. The Packers were all about a committee approach when it came to the running back position, now in Seattle Lacy should win the lead role. The Seahawks have been retooling their line in hopes of getting back to the Super Bowl and that offensive front should be able to open some holes for the newly acquired Lacy. This acquisition somewhat takes the Seahawks back to the philosophy they had when Marshawn Lynch was around. Which was to trust the power running back to wear down the defense and let Russell Wilson’s playmaking abilities take advantage of all those tired defenders. It will be hard to recapture the magic they had with Lynch but you can’t hate the Seahawks front office for trying to get their ground game back intact. It’s been two season since Eddie Lacy has run for over 1,000 yards in a season, 2017 will be the best chance he has been able to do so since his early Packer days. It will be interesting to see if Lacy makes the most of this opportunity or squanders it away?

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Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams were number one and two when it came to most receiving touchdowns for the 2016 season:

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Jordy Nelson led the league in touchdown receptions with 14 last year and Nelson’s teammate Davante Adams tied with two other players ( Antonio Brown and Mike Evans) for the second most touchdown receptions in the league with 12. Those stats tell you one thing and that’s Aaron Rodgers is really wing it when it comes to passing the football. Rodgers is so crisp that the Packers churned out the most productive and second must productive receivers in the league. It just goes to show that perfecting the rhythm and timing among the receivers and quarterbacks is essential for success and Green Bay does an excellent job with their receiving group. Nelson has been a force ever since entering the league back in 2008. It’s hard to believe Jordy Nelson is already entering his 10th season but this guy really hasn’t skipped a beat when it comes to his play on the field. Davante Adams on the other hand is a third year play out of Fresno State, who really solidified himself in his second season putting up nearly 1,000 yards receiving. With Nelson as the veteran receiver and Adams as the up and coming young talent, the Packers have two players out wide that can really move the chains for their offense. It will be interesting to see if the tandem of Nelson and Adams can repeat their outstanding results from a season ago? When Rodgers is on those guys will get plenty of throws coming their way and the opportunity to put up big numbers will always be a possibility in Green Bay’s passing game. Really the question mark is whether or not Adams can sustain the success he has had? We know as long as Jordy Nelson is healthy he is going to bring it. Davante Adams has to show his success was no fluke and bring his “A-game” in 2017 too.

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Rob Kelley is definitely a player to keep an eye on as he enters his second professional season:

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Washington Redskin’s Running Back Rob Kelley had an excellence first season as a rookie and he really showcased just how high his ceiling can be in this league. Kelley amassed 704 yards and 6 touchdowns a year ago and that’s pretty impressive for a first year player. As Kelley develops more confidence in his own abilities he will become an even better football player. The Redskins have to be excited about that prospect and the ground game could be the x-factor for Washington when the regular season rolls around. Everyone gives praise to Kirk Cousins and the aerial attack, but fundamental football is key to success and running the ball is the first step of any team’s offensive philosophy. Everything just seems to get much easier when you can run the ball effectively, Jay Gruden understands this to the fullest and Rob Kelley will be vital for Washington this upcoming season. The other thing that really has to be noted about Kelley is the fact that he only started in nine games for the entire 2016 season. As soon as he takes on a bigger role and starts every single game, that’s when we should see the best of Rob Kelley. Running backs always like to talk about the number of “touches” they get. That is essentially how many hand offs a running back takes in a game. Robert Kelley had 168 rushing attempts last year and put up significant numbers up on the ground. Not only that but Robert Kelley also caught a touchdown through the air as well on a pass from Cousins, so it’s obvious Rob Kelley is trending upward and he is a rising star for the Washington Redskins. If Rob Kelley could put together a miracle year and outperform some of the other NFC East running backs (Ezekiel Elliott, LeGarrette Blount, Paul Perkins). That would be a huge step in the Redskins reclaiming the NFC East division title.

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Earl Thomas will look to hit the ground running after breaking his leg a season ago:

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It was clear that the Seattle Seahawks missed Earl Thomas in the playoffs and now Thomas is doing everything he can to make a full recovery from the broken leg he suffered in week 13 a season ago. Thomas will have to get his confidence back in the injured tibia and that means he has to feel good about cutting and planting on the left limb. So far Thomas has been adamant that he feels great but things will be much different when it’s game day and Thomas has to compete. In order to be successful in football you have to play very instinctively and you can’t have any doubt when it comes to a lingering injury. That’s why players should seriously consider taking their time to heal up properly because you can’t react effectively with a banged up body. Thomas is such a game breaker on the back end of the Seahawks defense, so the team definitely need this guy on the field. The question is whether or not Earl Thomas will ever be able to get back to the player he once was? At 28 years old Thomas has already been to 5 Pro Bowls and is a Super Bowl Champion. However the Seahawks safety has never faced a challenge like he is going through right now. Thomas was forthcoming in the fact that this is his first serious injury he has had to face in his playing career. With some much success in Thomas’ rear view mirror you have to wonder how much the veteran has left in the tank? Earl Thomas can certainly get the job done from an abilities stand point but does he truly have the motivation to get back up on the horse after getting kicked in the teeth? We all know players get more complacent as they get older and more successful. It’s just easier to be happy with your accomplishments when you put together a significant body of work. Those things are the type of adversity Earl Thomas is facing and it’s safe to say he still has a little bit of an uphill battle to tackle. Still you have to respect the guy’s decision to comeback and so far Thomas has been ecstatic to be back around his teammates playing the game he loves.

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Jarvis Landry has got the job done for the Miami Dolphins over his first three seasons:

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Miami Dolphins Wide Receiver Jarvis Landry is entering his 4th season and Landry is coming off back to back 1,000 yard seasons. In fact Landry has 3,051 yards over the duration of his career, so he is averaging over 1,000 yards a year. Those numbers tell you that Landry has been exceptional production wise and he is definitely the Dolphins first receiving option. Now with the Dolphins making it to the postseason in 2016, Miami has a brighter future than they’ve had in very long time. The next step for this football team will be getting out of the wild card round and really putting together a run for a championship. In order for that to happen Landry has to be able to play his best football on the biggest stages. Landry put up over 100 yards last year in Miami’s playoff loss against the Steelers however he didn’t score a single touchdown in that performance. Which really seems to be Jarvis Landry’s biggest flaw in his game which is the fact that he doesn’t find the end zone enough. In those postseason battles you need every point you can get and Landry has to put up more TD’s in the regular season and the playoffs. Outside of that though number 14 is an extremely gifted blocker and plays with maximum effort on every play. It’s also impressive to see Landry with the ball in hands racking up yards after the catch. There’s been countless number of times when Jarvis Landry has refused to be tackled and finished the down with a big play. Miami’s offense needs those contributions and really the other guys on the roster have to step up and match Landry’s intensity. There’s no doubt the former LSU receiver is a leader in Miami’s locker room and also one of the Dolphins best players hands down.

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