The Denver Broncos core players are all aging and they’ll need a new group of young talent to revive their team:

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The Denver Broncos had one of the best defenses back in 2016 but now they find themselves coming off two straight years of missing the playoffs. If this team wants to get back to winning they’re going to need to find a way to get a new nucleus of young talent. John Elway has struggled to draft well for most of his time at the helm but he did make a splash this past draft with Bradley Chubb and Courtland Sutton. That could be the start of something good but there needs to be at least three or four more guys that can really give this organization something on game day. When you look at the Jacksonville Jaguars for example they have a bunch of up and coming stars in players like Jalen Ramsey, Myles Jack, and Yannick Ngakoue. The Broncos are in complete contrast to that they have several key members of their team that are approaching 30. Derek Wolfe (28 years old), Chris Harris (29 years old), and Von Miller (29 years old) in particular are three stalwarts from the Super Bowl era but they can’t do it if the other young guys around them aren’t good enough. Chubb is definitely going to help but they still need to completely rebuild if they want to be a contender year in and year out. Not only that but soon they’ll have to replace Miller, Harris, and Wolfe so John Elway will have a lot on his plate. Give him a little credit though he finally got it right with the Chubb / Sutton picks and Denver has won a Super Bowl under Elway’s watch. Overall Elway has struggled scouting wise but it would be a huge stretch to say his time as general manager has been unsuccessful. The question is can Elway turn around this franchise’s recent troubles and a lot of that will be revealed when the 2018 season plays out. If Chubb and Sutton under produce though things could go downhill quickly.

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Denver Broncos core players are getting up there in age. John Elway needs to reload the roster with young talent.

Cam Newton finally has enough talent around him to get back to the Super Bowl. Carolina will have to rely on their star quarterback to get there though:

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Cam Newton is entering his eighth season and he finally has enough talent around him to make a championship run. The Panthers went to the Super Bowl back in 2016 but since then there’s been some key players that have departed from Carolina. Josh Norman and Kelvin Benjamin are the two biggest names that come to mind and those losses really prevented Carolina from being that true top tier team. Now though the Panthers have added plenty of receivers out wide (Torrey Smith and D.J Moore), so they addressed their glaring weakness and that’s going to be huge for Cam Newton’s ability to create offense. Newton is so athletically gifted that he naturally gives the Panthers more opportunities than other QBs would. Which means those outside threats will have a chance to flourish in this system. Then there’s the running game which will feature C.J Anderson who rushed for over 1,000 yards last season with the Denver Broncos. If Anderson wasn’t enough to deal with the Panthers still have Christian McCaffrey who works very well out of shotgun next to Newton. McCaffrey can catch passes out of the backfield and is a scatback who plays very similar to Alvin Kamara. Cam Newton has all these weapons around him and now he has to take his game to new heights and show why he’s always been one of the most dominant football players in the world. Carolina can make a deep playoff run if Newton puts together his best season of football. It all starts with the quarterback position and being able to strike fear in the defense. Cam Newton does that the most when’s he’s a dual threat guy. Between the passing offense, the running backs, and Newton’s quarterback keepers there’s some serious potential with this offensive group. In the end though it all comes down to Cam Newton and how good he can be?

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Which new Rams defensive back will end up having a better season? Aqib Talib or Marcus Peters?

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The Los Angeles Rams made sure to upgrade their secondary by signing Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters but which of those newcomers will have a better season? Aqib Talib is the veteran and he’s familiar with Wade Philips scheme because they both spent time in Denver together. The only problem with Talib is he is starting to get older and at some point he’ll begin to slowdown a little bit. However the reports coming out of Los Angeles are Talib is practicing 100 miles per hour and is showing off incredible leadership. By going the extra mile with his effort Talib can set the tone in that locker room and it’s very possible the 32 year old corner shines this year. It should also be noted Talib has 10 defensive touchdowns and when you can bolster your scoring defense it’s always a good move. As for Marcus Peters he is much more youthful. Peters has 19 interceptions over three seasons with the Chiefs but will have to adjust to a new scheme and system with the Rams. The good news for Peters is Philips is an upgrade over any defensive coach he had with the Chiefs. Philips is going to blitz often and trust Peters and Talib to excel in man coverage. That plays to Peters strengths and his numbers could be off the charts when everything is said and done. Now the risk with Marcus Peters is his combustible personality. If Peters can avoid self destructing he’s almost a lock to be an exceptional player. Still though we’ve seen Peters meltdown in the past and that’s what he’ll have to avoid. If you looked at the last year’s stats you’d definitely have to say Peters will be better. Maybe the Aqib Talib and Wade Philips reunion will trump all of that though? You just never know.

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The day football saved America. Remembering 9/11 and how the NFL helped the United States push through one of it’s darkest times:

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9/11 was one of the roughest patches in the history of the United States. There hadn’t been a serious attack on America since Pearl Harbor which happened all the way back in 1941. So for the US to come under fire by a foreign threat and with all the people who lost their lives on that day it was definitely a low point in morality not only for the United States but for humanity as whole. While all of this was going on though there was a positive distraction for the American people and that was the NFL. First the league canceled all their games out of respect for the victims but the unity that came from that tragedy was something truly special. People rallied together and they knew they doing something bigger than football. They were preserving the American way of life. Protecting our freedoms by continuing to push on despite the fact that we didn’t know if another attack was coming? It was one of the best moments in the history of the National Football League because it inspired the American people. It feels like we often talk about how wrong the league gets things these days. For that momentum in time the NFL had this great country riding on their back and pro football rose to the occasion. All the values this sport teaches were on display; teamwork, unity, and the ability to persevere. We are all in debt to the National Football League for the resilience they showed when we needed it the most. If you were watching that period of time unfold then you have to feel the same way. It’s was definitely a powerful symbol of the American spirit. The ability to persist when everything around you feels like it’s crumbling. We should all be supporters of this league because they gave us the strength to carry on when it seemed like all hope was lost. God bless America and thank you to all the people who make the NFL possible.

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The day football saved America. The NFL came through when the pressure was on the United States.

Tyreek Hill went from a 5th round draft pick to the NFL’s best deep ball threat. There’s no guarding Hill in the vertical passing game:

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They say chicks dig the long ball and if they do then Tyreek Hill must have a long line of groupies. Hill is the Chiefs most explosive wide receiver and a former 5th round draft pick out of the University of West Alabama. Since then Hill has hauled in 1,176 yards, 13TDs, and has been clocked in at over 21 miles per hour. It’s simple physics if Tyreek Hill can generate more power with his legs and can get up to faster speeds than most of the defenders. Then defenses are outgunned and that’s exactly what we’ve been seeing at Arrowhead Stadium for the past couple of years. Now Hill isn’t as polished when it comes to going over the middle or even some of the underneath stuff. It doesn’t really matter though players like Randy Moss made a living by getting behind the secondary and Hill is similar in that regard. The difference between both of those guys is their frames. Moss was skinny with long limbs whereas Hill is a short guy with a tree trunk lower body. Two totally different body types but the results are very much alike. Hill should also benefit greatly from Patrick Mahomes taking over Kansas City’s offense. Mahomes has exceptional arm strength and Andy Reid had to envision a few deep balls going to Hill for touchdowns when he decided to trade Alex Smith. Tyreek Hill is also much more experienced and confidant having gone over 1,000 yards for the first time in his career last season. The 24 year old knows he can have a huge impact on the game and it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch him compete in the future. The Chiefs might even take the next step. Mahomes and Sammy Watkins are going to add an extra gear to the passing game and Hill is ready to be the best version of himself. All signs point to things improving.

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Tyreek Hill is the league’s best deep ball threat and he’s made a name for himself by taking the top off the defense.

Tre Boston was one of the best defensive backs in the entire NFL last season but despite that he remains unsigned:

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Former Los Angeles Chargers Free Safety Tre Boston finally put together his best season as a pro a year ago. Boston went from a middle of the road player to a guy who is feared by opposing offenses. With 5 interceptions, 8 passes defended, and 79 tackles it’s clear this is a defensive back who has a knack for making plays. That’s why it’s hard to believe nobody has signed Boston to a deal yet. Now maybe Tre Boston is trying to get out of offseason workouts and is taking it slow when it comes to signing his next contract. It’s starting to get a little bit late though for remaining free agents especially if you’re going to a new team and have to learn a new playbook. One team that could be in the market for a ball hawk like Tre Boston is the San Francisco 49ers. They have $45M in cap space to make the deal happen and General Manager John Lynch knows how important the safety position can be. Right now the Niners are rolling with a former 7th rounder (Adrian Colbert) as their starting free safety and Boston would be a significant upgrade. Why wouldn’t Kyle Shanahan take a chance on a guy who could produce five turnovers a year for his defense? That can be the difference between winning and losing close games and it just makes sense with everything they’re trying to do in the Bay Area. The biggest problem for Tre Boston is regardless of where he signs, he may have to take a low ball offer. Teams will want Boston to prove himself again before they make a serious commitment to him. The good news is if someone does makes a push for the 26 year old (Boston) then they can snag a safety whose game is trending upward. It’ll definitely be worth the risk and he has to be on more than few team’s radars.

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Tre Boston one of the league’s best defensive backs a year ago. Even though he’s still unsigned.

The Vikings are counting on Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs to create plays downfield. Without them Kirk Cousins will have a tough time producing results:

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Everyone in Minnesota is excited by the arrival of Kirk Cousins but the receivers have to be at their best in order for Cousins to succeed. That means Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs have to maintain that high level of output which has made them one of the best pass catching tandems in the league. Thielen is the ace and it’s been an amazing run for him considering he was an undrafted free agent in 2013. Not only is number 19 (Thielen) the most complete receiver on this roster. His size is a mismatch for opposing teams and that’s resulted in 9 touchdowns over the past two seasons for Minnesota’s offense. If Cousins wants to hit the ground running with his new team he’ll need Thielen to be that 1,000 yard caliber of player that he was a year ago. Make no mistake about it Adam Thielen is so vital to this ball club and he’s the guy that’s irreplaceable. Then there’s Stefon Diggs who has been quite the surprise himself. Diggs has never once had under 700 receiving yards in his three year career and the one thing that’s really impressive about Diggs is he can absorb the contact and still haul in the tough grab. So many times on film Diggs took a pretty big shot but managed to finish the catch. Every team needs a receiver who is tough enough to handle himself against those NFL defenders. Minnesota has two in Thielen and Diggs who will both be Cousins security blanket when he’s trying make some magic happen in the passing game. There’s already Super Bowl expectations for this team heading into the season and that’s why Thielen and Diggs have to raise the bar. If both players went for a 1,000 yards then there’s a good chance they’ll be clicking as they head into the playoffs. They have to establish that good momentum during the regular season and everything should fall into place from there.

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Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs have to create plays downfield for the Vikings.

Kam Chancellor has decided to retire due to medical reasons. Which means the Seahawks’ roster is completely depleted of talent:

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Another Seahawk player is leaving Seattle behind. This time Kam Chancellor has announced his retirement from the NFL and the decision is because of neck and head injuries. Chancellor will be known as the hard hitting strong safety from the legion of boom and he was also the vocal leader of the Seahawks’ secondary. When a team loses a field general like Kam Chancellor was it’s such a huge loss in the leadership category. Defenses that communicate more often typically play better and Seattle will truly miss Chancellor’s intangibles. Not only that but this guy was very clutch. Kam Chancellor seemed to always come up big for Pete Carroll’s team during their back to back Super Bowl appearances. He was just such an instrumental piece to Seattle’s run and it’s sad to see all of these big names leaving the Emerald City. Richard Sherman, Michael Bennett, Jimmy Graham, Cliff Avril, Sheldon Richardson, and now Kam Chancellor are all out of the picture. It’s going to be so difficult for Carroll to overcome all of that and it’s very possible this franchise has a top 10 draft pick in 2019. Good coaching can only take you so far and at some point you need players who can go out and make plays. With the defense completely tapped out there will be so much pressure on Russell Wilson to bail the Seahawks out. Those expectations are way too high and eventually everything is going to come crashing down. As for Chancellor he’ll have to find out what the next chapter of his life is going to pertain? With his excellent social skills there’s so many possibilities for the 4x Pro Bowler. From the sounds of it Chancellor is a man of a lot of faith so it wouldn’t be surprising to see him doing something with religion.

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Kam Chancellor will walk away from football due to medical reasons. It’s been a great career for the 4x Pro Bowler.

This could end up being J.J Watt’s last season in Houston. Watt’s contract is a burden for the Texans:

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J.J Watt finds himself at a crossroads moment in his career. Watt is coming off another injury plagued season and it’s at the point where he needs to prove he can stay healthy for a full sixteen game season. We’re not even asking for Defensive Player of the Year production, Watt’s goals should simply be playing in every game and recording five sacks. That’s at least going to get J.J Watt back in the swing of things because it’s been awhile since we’ve seen this guy as a dominant football player. You have to go all the way back to 2015 when Watt had 17.5 sacks. So we all know he can be a freak of nature on the football field but the question is whether or not those days are in the rear-view mirror? Even though number 99 for Houston (Watt) was one of the strongest players in the league he now finds himself in a position where his body can barely hold up. From a career standpoint it almost comes down to play well and extend your career or he could flop and be out of Houston after the season. Especially since the Texans are past most of the dead cap penalties that they had to take on earlier in Watt’s contract. What that means is Houston can part ways with J.J Watt and only be on the hook for 2M dollars of salary cap after this year. The bad thing for the future Hall of Famer (Watt) is even if he does play good this season the Texans still might cut him. He’s scheduled to make $45.5M over the next three years and it’s very unlikely this franchise will commit to that. It seems like the feel good story is over and there’s a good chance this will be the last season J.J Watt is a member of the Houston Texans.

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Chandler Jones is the key factor in Steve Wilks’ defense. If Jones plays lights out everything else should fall into place:

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The Arizona Cardinals are going through a transition at the moment. Gone is offensive minded Head Coach Bruce Arians and former Carolina Panthers Defensive Coordinator Steve Wilks is taking over the reins in Arizona. With Wilks focus solely on getting stops and forcing turnovers much of those schemes and play calls are going to come down to whether or not Chandler Jones can do his job effectively? Jones led the entire National Football League last season with 17 sacks and that was 2.5 half more than Jacksonville’s Calais Campbell. Jones also led the NFL in tackles for loss too (28) and what that tells you is the Cardinals have a guy that consistently gets in the offensive backfield. Offensive lineman can’t block Jones because his bull rush is too strong and his hands are too quick. When you combine all of that with a good initial burst you have one of the most feared defensive ends in the league. Wilks understands this and he knows he has to get the most of out Jones to optimize his output. Therefore you can almost guarantee that Wilks will have some nice loops and twists to help put Jones in favorable circumstances. It will be exciting to see Arizona take a defensive approach to the game because they have so much talent on that side of the ball. With a mastermind like Steve Wilks orchestrating all of those big time players the Cardinals have shot to surprise some teams. In order to do so Jones needs to play with the same tenacity he did a year ago. There’s no room for error when it comes to Jones’ ability to stack up sacks. By keeping points off the board this franchise has a chance to keep themselves in the game and hopefully pull some wins out late in the fourth quarter. We don’t know if the offense is capable of that yet but we do know Jones and the defense are going to do their part.

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Chandler Jones is the key factor in Steve Wilks’ new defensive scheme.

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