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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Free Agency SZN
Silly season has almost come to an end, which means we are about to get some actual news. No more speculation. No more radio reports of contracts being done 3 months in advance. No more overreactions to a smattering of sources across a wide range of publications. Here is a few thoughts on where everything stands:
Quarterback – The conventional wisdom right now is that Kirk Cousins will go to Minnesota, Case Keenum will go to Denver and then Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater and Tyrod Taylor will shuffle between the Jets, Cardinals and maybe the Browns, who also have a long unrequited love with AJ McCarron. I think the Jets have a better shot than most are giving them credit for but Minnesota is understandably the favorite for Cousins at the moment. Miami is a sleeper team to watch at quarterback this offseason, whether that means playing in the free agency market or moving up in the NFL Draft.Skill Positions: Dion Lewis and Carlos Hyde are likely to be the two biggest names to move at running back. I’d watch for the Colts or Packers to be aggressive at the position. At receiver, Sammy Watkins and Allen Robinson will be looking to replicate what Alshon Jeffrey did last year: prove they are healthy on a short term deal and then get paid long term. San Francisco and Kansas City are logical destinations for either player, while other teams like the Jets, Bears and Browns could all be in the mix. When it is all said and done, Austin Seferian-Jenkins probably comes back to the Jets, Jimmy Graham tries to latch on to a contender on a one year deal and Trey Burton becomes the breakout free agent signing next year from this position. Maybe the Raiders, Texans or Bears take a shot? I also guess the Bears sign wide receiver Albert Wilson.
Offensive Line: Carolina would be crazy to let Andrew Norwell walk but all the chatter has him heading to the Giants and his old GM. Nate Solder could be considered by a team like Seattle or ultimately end up back in New England. Weston Richburg is commonly linked to the Jets to fix their center issue but Ryan Jensen or Spencer Long could provide better value. Justin Pugh is another key name to watch, especially because of the versatility he provides.
Defensive Front Seven – It is kind of a snooze fest up here. Sheldon Richardson probably goes back to Seattle. The top pass rushing talent all received franchise tags. Adrian Clayborn, Alex Okafor and Bark Mingo will find competitive markets because teams are always willing to take a flier on a pass rusher. Nigel Bradham, Demario Davis and Tahir Whitehead are plug and play starters at linebacker. Davis is likely to come back to New York once he sees his actual market value.
Defensive Secondary – It is a buyer’s market at corner. Trumaine Johnson is allegedly focused on San Francisco or Oakland. The Jets are expected to sniff around Malcolm Butler. Players like EJ Gaines, Bashaud Breeland, Rahsaan Melvin and Aaron Colvin all also could provide nice value once the top market moves.Overpaid: EVERYBODY will be overpaid. The salary cap is rising and teams have more money than ever that they need to spend. Prepare to be shocked but then ultimately accept what these contracts end up being.
Overrated Fast Food Chain Of The Week
For a few years after college I lived in Whitehall, Pennsylvania where there was a limit of food options near my apartment. One of the primary ones was a CiCi’s, which regularly had a 5 dollar all you can buffet that was primarily made up of pizza. You can criticize Domino’s, Papa John’s or Pizza Hut for their limitations but at the end of the day, it is all edible and a reasonable drunk snack. CiCi’s on the other hand is basically like rotten potato bread with red paste smeared across it. If you are getting all you can eat pizza for 5 dollars…there is a reason for it. Make yourself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich instead and save your stomach.
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What Do I Watch Now?
Jiro Dreams Of Sushi, Netflix – Yes, a very random topic but a great documentary is a great documentary. This is how the best sushi roll in the world is made. Chasing perfection is always interesting, no?
Who Do I Read Now?
The Hike, by Drew Magary – One of my favorite reads from the past few years. A bizarre, science fiction story about a hike gone terribly wrong. Magary is one of the funniest, most unique writers out there and it is great when he ventures into fiction (also check out The Postmortal).
JETS 7 ROUND MOCK DRAFT!
I wrote this edition a few weeks back, which includes my preferred route and my predicted Maccagnan route if Kirk Cousins signs somewhere else. Here is a version from me if the Jets do sign Cousins:
- Round 1 – Josh Jackson, CB Iowa
- Round 2 – Ronald Jones, RB USC
- Round 2 – Ogbonnia Okoronoknwo, LB Oklahoma
- Round 3 – Tre’Quan Smith, WR UCF
- Round 4 – Will Richardson, OT NC State
- Round 5 – Kendrick Norton, DT Miami
- Round 6 – Kurt Benkert, QB Virginia
- Round 7 – Sam Jones, OG Arizona State
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