Every Wednesday or Thursday during the NFL season (and offseason), Joe Caporoso will break down the upcoming week of NFL action. Unfasten the belts and prepare to gorge on another weekend of fandom, fantasy, gambling, tweeting, cheering, complaining…and complaining.
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Let’s break down the available quarterbacks into different tiers and give a few predictions on where they will end up.
Kirk Cousins – The prize of free agency is likely going to pick between Minnesota, Denver and the Jets after visiting all three and potentially a fourth and fifth team (Arizona? Cleveland?). As of now, Minnesota is the favorite because of their current roster and ability to pay Cousins 30 million in year one if they want to. The Jets can offer a bigger overall contract, but if the money is comparable in the first three years of the deal, will Cousins choose a more “ready to win” situation?
Sam Darnold – The overwhelming favorite to be the first pick in the NFL Draft. Fun times in Cleveland again! Darnold has all the physical traits and intangibles most NFL GMs drool over.
Josh Rosen – Arguably a better prospect than Darnold but with more risk attached to him due to his injury history. A team could very well trade with the Giants or Colts to get their hands on him, Buffalo and Arizona are two to keep an eye on. If the Giants are smart, they will just take him at number two.
Baker Mayfield – He should not drop out of the six. If Denver doesn’t get Kirk Cousins, that is the most likely landing spot for him. If Denver does get Kirk Cousins, the Jets should be able to snatch Mayfield up and potentially be aggressive in trading up to secure him so they aren’t leapfrogged by another team.
The Wild Cards
Teddy Bridgewater – He hasn’t played meaningful football in two years and his health going forward is a huge question mark. However, Bridgewater has proven he can be an above average starter in the right situation and will likely find his way into competing for a starting role somewhere, just not Minnesota. Miami, Buffalo, Cleveland or the Jets could be teams to keep an eye on.
Josh Allen – The size and arm strength to make Mel Kiper Jr go wild. The accuracy and terrible advanced analytics to drive Draft Twitter crazy. Allen will likely go somewhere in the middle of the first round. Baltimore? Arizona?
Lamar Jackson – A first round talent…yes at quarterback, not wide receiver. It is hard to get a read on where he ends up but I’d love to see him go to Jacksonville and inevitably take Blake Bortles job.
The Fallback Plans
Case Keenum – Denver is rumored to have interest if they can’t secure Cousins, same for the Jets (if Cousins ends up in Minnesota). Keenum will be looking to prove last year wasn’t a fluke.
Tyrod Taylor – It sounds like Buffalo will wait to see how the NFL Draft plays out before moving on from Taylor. He is a quality starter who can get your team in the playoffs in the right situation. Arizona would be smart to pursue him, if he gets cut free.
Sam Bradford – Maybe he stays with the Vikings on a cheap deal? You can’t sign Bradford and not expect him to miss time at this point. I could see Miami having interest.
Mason Rudolph – Could sneak into the first round. I wonder if Buffalo would run with a Taylor/Rudolph combination in 2018.
Nick Foles – Intriguing option after his Super Bowl run but I doubt the Eagles trade him with Carson Wentz still recovering from a serious injury.
Mike Glennon – Bad at football.
Josh McCown – 39 years old, coming off a season ending injury and his best career year. Regression or another injury feels inevitable.
Overrated Fast Food Chain Of The Week
I don’t want to pile on them during a tough week after being cut by the NFL but this is basically stale bread with mediocre tomato paste and frozen ingredients heated up. It isn’t the worst thing if you are intoxicated and stranded away from any other food but this isn’t pizza.
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Congrats to Matt Forte on a great NFL career!
What Do I Watch Now?
Tom vs. Time, Facebook Watch – Short episodes (15-17 minutes) so you will work through the entire thing quickly. Brady is a weird, weird person which I guess is fairly common among those who are all time greats at what they do. Even if you hate the Patriots, you will enjoy this as a football fan.
Who Do I Read Now?
Seveneves, Neal Stephenson – If you like science fiction and space based stories, this will be up your alley. It is a long read that spans literally thousands of years but it is engrossing. It is currently in the process of being adapted into a film.
No FanSpeak this week but here is a top ten based on the Vikings signing Kirk Cousins…
- Browns – Sam Darnold, QB
- Giants – Saquon Barkley, RB
- Colts – Bradley Chubb, DE
- Browns – Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB
- Broncos – Josh Rosen, QB
- Jets – Baker Mayfield, QB
- Bucs – Connor Williams, OT
- Bears – Quenton Nelson, OG
- 49ers – Calvin Ridley, WR
- Raiders – Josh Jackson, CB
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