Chicago Bears: QB Mitchell Trubisky

The Chicago Bears absolutely must get a breakout from their 2017 top-10 pick, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

He completed fewer than 60 percent of his passes and averaged just 6.6 yards per attempt as the league’s fifth-lowest-rated qualified passer in 2017. None of the four quarterbacks with lower qualified passer ratings—Trevor Siemian, Brett Hundley, C.J. Beathard and DeShone Kizer—are projected to start in 2018.

But top 2016 pick Jared Goff was even worse than that in his rookie year. And then Goff got a new offensive-minded head coach and several new wholesale cheap nfl jerseys weapons in the receiving corps, and he exploded with a Pro Bowl sophomore campaign.

Could Trubisky be this year’s Goff? New coach Matt Nagy certainly brings new energy and a quarterback-whisperer reputation to town, while new weapons Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel and Trey Burton should make life a lot easier on the 2017 No. 2 overall selection.

Trubisky had just one college season as a starter under his belt entering the league, and he did show glimpses late in his rookie year. Watch for a nfl jerseys wholesale cheap potential major breakout in 2018.

The Cincinnati Bengals need their top two selections from the 2017 draft to emerge as sophomore stars after both wide receiver John Ross and running back Joe Mixon struggled as rookies.authentic nfl jerseys cheap wholesale

But there might actually be a little more rope for Ross, considering that he played just 17 snaps in 2017. This might feel like a rookie season following a redshirt year for the speedster out of Washington, cheap wholesale nfl jerseys and at least A.J. Green is still the top gun in Cincinnati’s receiving corps, while Brandon LaFell and Tyler Boyd are there too

Mixon, though, is expected to take the reins as the lead dog in the backfield after a tough 2017 campaign. Among 48 backs who carried the ball at least 100 times last season, only six averaged fewer yards per attempt than Mixon (3.52).nfl jersey cheap wholesale china  But he did average a strong 5.0 yards per rush during his final four games of the season,cheap nfl wholesale jerseys  which could indicate he found a groove entering his first full offseason.

They’re hoping so, because director of player personnel Duke Tubin told the media at the combine—per Geoff Hobson of the team’s official website—that they expect the 21-year-old to be a leader in their backfield in 2018.

Philadelphia 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers have an easier path than the Rockets or Spurs. They can either trade or waive and “stretch” Jerryd Bayless to have nearly enough cap room to hand James a max contract in free agency.

Bayless, owed only $8.6 million for next season, has a far less onerous contract than Deng and Anderson. If the Sixers clear his salary entirely, they’d have the room for James but might need to clear others like Furkan Korkmaz, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and/or Justin Anderson to keep others like T.J. McConnell.

Stretching Bayless would require dumping a number of the aforementioned players since he would earn $2.9 million from Philadelphia over the next three seasons.

The bigger challenge would be finding a way to keep JJ Redick. If he wants to stay, he might be looking at a paycut from $23 million to the Sixers’ $4.4 million exception.

Bigger picture, the 76ers can offer James a home in the East, far away from the rival Golden State Warriors. That could be a significant deciding factor.

Boston Celtics

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The Celtics are already one of the best teams in the East. With James, they’d be a true powerhouse.

However, Boston is well over the salary cap, so an opt-in-and-trade would be the logical route for James.

Would Gordon Hayward for James make sense for both organizations? Would it make sense for James?

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Family could keep James right where he is in Cleveland. If so, the Cavaliers would need to bolster their roster to give James more support.

Unsigned or opted into the final year of his deal, James would take up roughly $35 million of Cleveland’s cap space. The Cavs would have to offload an unrealistic amount of salary to have any spending power.

Instead, Cleveland would need to think about trades. But can the Cavs improve in the short term if they deal players like Kevin Love or George Hill?new nike nfl jerseys cheap

How about a do-over, sending Love back to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Andrew Wiggins?

Cleveland will draft eighth overall on June 21. Perhaps a young player can change the complexion of the franchise, like Jayson Tatum with the Celtics.

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Baltimore Ravens: Not Adding a Backfield Pass-Catcher

On running plays, Alex Collins was one of the best tailbacks in the league last year. The issue is, that’s not that valuable. You can argue that in today’s NFL, your ability to block and catch out of the backfield is more important than running the football.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

From that perspective, Collins struggles a bit. Relative to 212 carries, Collins’ 23 receptions last year are low. If you read the tea leaves in Baltimore, the Ravens want to pass more often and more efficiently. They added receivers Willie Snead, Michael Crabtree, John Brown, Jaleel Scott and Jordan Lasley, tight ends Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews and quarterback Lamar Jackson in free agency or the draft.

Where does that leave Collins, a clear positive on running downs but a negative on passing downs? With just Javorius Allen and Kenneth Dixon to push him for playing time, the Ravens had the breathing room for a pass-catching back to join the committee nike nfl jerseys cheap china this year as a contributor. At the moment, the only “pass-catcher” on the roster is Allen, who has never rushed for four yards per carry in a single season in the NFL.

Collins in the backfield tips off that a run is coming. Allen in the backfield tips off that a pass is coming. It would have been nice if Baltimore could have found a back who could have meshed quality rushing with quality pass-catching so that the offense wouldn’t have to telegraph their plays china nike nfl jerseys cheap

Historically speaking, only five first-round quarterbacks (Ben Roethlisberger, Robert Griffin III, Dan Marino, Matt Ryan and Deshaun Watson) were significantly above-average passers as rookies. As we’ve seen with the development of players like Derek Carr, Carson Wentz and Jared Goff, quarterbacks are often far better in their second year than first.

With that in mind, it’s hard to imagine that first-round quarterback Josh Allen, even without taking into account his supporting cast, would be an above-average passer immediately. When you take into account his supporting cast, the projection gets worse.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

LeSean McCoy is one of the best, if not the best, runners in the NFL, but Buffalo has no No. 1 pass threat on its roster. For example, if Kelvin Benjamin or Charles Clay, the Bills’ most talented pass-catchers, were with the Kansas City Chiefs, either would likely be the fifth option behind Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, Travis Kelce and Kareem Hunt.cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

Throw in the turmoil on the offensive line, which includes the retirement of Eric Wood, the release of Richie Incognito and the trade of Cordy Glenn, and you have what might be a bottom-five offense this season. The rebuilding process will take time in Buffalo, and its coaching staff and front office should be afforded that time, but don’t assume it’s going to click in 2018.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Taven Bryan Making Waves

The last thing the Jacksonville Jaguars needed in 2018 was another impact defensive lineman. The Jags are as loaded up front as any team in the NFL.

Of course, just because the Jaguars don’t buy nfl jerseys in bulk need the help on the D-line doesn’t mean the team won’t gladly take it. And one youngster stood out in a big way in OTAs.

As John Reid reported for the Florida Times-Union, rookie second-round pick Taven Bryan has made quite the impression on coaches and teammates alike. Bryan was singled out for praise by defensive line coach Marion Hobby.

“That (first step) kind of jumps out at you,” Hobby said. “I like that 6-foot-4, 295-pound frame. He’s not doing a bunch of talking, but he’s not afraid to ask questions. He’s assertive. He’s not a me guy. I think he wants to please.”

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“We talk often,” Campbell said. “He’s trying to learn the actual plays and the techniques to use in certain situations that can give him advantages and stuff. He is really learning the basics right now. He’s a very talented player and has shown a lot of flash, a lot of potential. I’m just eager to see what he does when we put pads on him. It is a long way away. He’s getting better each day.”

Bryan, for his part, appears to be keeping things in perspective.best deals on nfl jerseys

“I just want to do the right things,” Bryan said. “I’m starting at the bottom and I’m trying to work my way up and maybe earn some playing time.”womens nike nfl jerseys

That sound you hear is the quarterbacks in the AFC South throwing up.

John Harbaugh Praises Lamar Jackson’s Accuracy at Ravens Rookie Minicamp

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh likes what he’s seen from Lamar Jackson through two days at the team’s rookie minicamp.

Harbaugh specifically cited Jackson’s accuracy as a big positive after seeing the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner throw.authentic nfl jerseys sale

“The thing I was really impressed with is I thought he was accurate,” Harbaugh said, via ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. “You read the reports … but he’s a naturally talented thrower. He has natural arm talent. That’s something that I think people were questioning. To see him out here throwing the ball naturally and very accurately, I thought it was a big plus.”

Jackson improved his accuracy in each of the past two seasons at Louisville. He went from a 56.2 completion percentage in 2016 to 60.4 in 2017.

Despite the better passing numbers, Jackson only ranked 62nd in completion percentage out of 126 qualified FBS quarterbacks last season.nike jersey nfl

B/R’s Matt Miller noted in his scouting report after the Ravens drafted Jackson with the 32nd overall pick that he will have to “rework his setup and better drive the ball with his legs to improve his accuracy—especially on out routes” because he “hasn’t shown on tape that he can fit the ball consistently into tight windows up the seam.”

Joe Flacco will likely enter the 2018 season as Baltimore’s quarterback, so the Ravens have the benefit of giving Jackson time to develop his skills before testing him against NFL defenses.jersey nfl wholesale

New York Giants

2018 Offensive Coordinator: Mike Shula

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The New York Giants are hoping last year was an anomaly for the quarterback. Manning had down numbers (3,468 yards passing, 19 TDs), while Odell Beckham Jr. only appeared in four games and the offensive line coughed up 31 sacks against the veteran. Orleans Darkwa was the leading rusher (751 yards) for an offense that averaged 3.9 yards per carry. nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

Mike Shula rejoins general manager Dave Gettleman in New York after they worked together with the Panthers. He orchestrated Newton’s 2015 MVP season before last year’s middling unit got him fired.

Shula will have No. 2 pick Barkley, who will run behind second-round selection Will Hernandez, one of the best at his position in the 2018 class. Sterling Shepard, who broke out last year, should keep rising with defenses worried about Beckham. If Shula can figure out how to squeeze the most out of last year’s No. 23 pick, Evan Engram—using him as a chesspiece to create mismatches—the offense should hum.

Maybe it won’t be enough in the brutal NFC East, but the numbers should be solid, provided the Giants don’t roll with Geno Smith over Manning again.

2018 Offensive Coordinator: Jim Bob Cooter cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

The man with the best name in sports, Jim Bob Cooter, surprisingly returns as coordinator for the Detroit Lions despite head coaching interest in him. He’ll have a new first-round center in Frank Ragnow, who should reinforce a line that let Matthew Stafford take 47 sacks last year.

Stafford still threw for 29 touchdowns and just 10 picks. But the Ameer Abdullah experiment went even further off the rails as he led the team in rushing at a 3.3 clip.

For Cooter, the key will be balancing the rushing attack with the bruising LeGarrette Blount and second-round runner Kerryon Johnson. The Lions liked the latter so much they traded up to get him, which indicates they think he has every-down traits. nfl cheap jerseys nike

These additions should balance the overall attack, as the wideout crew of Marvin Jones and Golden Tate should keep cruising as one of the league’s most underrated. And, Luke Willson’s addition, after Eric Ebron’s departure to Indianapolis, should provide more consistency at tight end. nfl nike jerseys for cheap

Dalvin Cook Could Participate in Training Camp After Rehabbing Knee Injury

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook tore his ACL just four games into his rookie season, but he is on track to be back on the field as a full participant for training camp, according to Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press.

“Really, Dalvin’s knocked the rehab out of the park,” athletic trainer Eric Sugarman said Tuesday. “He’s done a great job. He’s been here every day since the injury occurred post-surgery. … He’ll participate in (organized team activities and minicamp) on a limited basis. … Then the plan is for him, hopefully when he gets to training camp…he’ll be a participant just like everybody else.”cheap nfl nike jerseys free shipping

Cook first suffered the injury on Oct. 1, which was the team’s Week 4 game against the Detroit Lions. While the early injury ruined his season, it could allow him back on the field sooner.

Sugarman was optimistic about the player’s recovery in March, telling head coach Mike Zimmer “he’ll be good as new, better,” per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.
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The running back has already “been doing some work on the field” during the team’s spring drills, per Tomasson.

Minnesota drafted Cook in the second round of the 2017 draft, and he immediately became the featured option in the backfield. He totaled 354 rushing yards, 90 receiving yards and two total touchdowns in just four games last season.

Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon replaced him in the backfield to keep the offense afloat, helping the team reach the NFC Championship Game, but it’s clear Cook is a superior talent when healthy. McKinnon also left in free agency to sign with the San Francisco 49ers this offseason.cheap nfl jerseys from china nike

If Cook is even close to 100 percent by September, he should once again be an every-down option for the Vikings as they try to bring home a Super Bowl title.

Griffin to miss at least next 3, but no major injury counts as a win for Pistons

The news on Blake Griffin’s ankle could have been better. But given the experiences the Pistons have had with ankles this year, it could have been a whole lot worse, too.
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The MRI test on Griffin’s right ankle revealed a bone bruise. He’ll be re-evaluated in a week. But unless the re-evaluation turns up something entirely unexpected, the Pistons will count that as a win.

In a season where Jon Leuer’s sprained ankle suffered in the season’s eighth game knocked him out for the season and Reggie Jackson’s sprained ankle in late December cost him nearly half the season, forgive Stan Van Gundy if he went to bed fearing the worst Thursday.griffin_800_180330

“It’s disappointing, but at least there’s nothing major there,” he said after Friday’s practice.nfl cheap nike jerseys

Griffin’s injury came when he took a charge from Julius Randle in Monday’s win over the Lakers.

“Julius Randle fell on his leg,” Van Gundy said. “I didn’t notice it in the game, either. I had to go back and watch it, but that’s what happened.”

Leuer was guarding Randle on Oct. 31 when the Pistons played at new nike nfl jerseys for sale cheap  Los Angeles when he suffered his ankle injury, which eventually ended his season when Leuer opted for January surgery to remove bone fragments that lodged in ankle ligaments.

“Yup. It’s been tough,” Van Gundy said of the crazy bad luck with ankles the Pistons have endured this season. They were 19-14 when Jackson went down and they’re 4-1 since he returned, but are now five games out of the final playoff spot with only seven games left. “You just deal with it and move on.cheap wholesale nike nfl jerseys  The silver lining is Henry (Ellenson) gets some minutes here earlier than expected in games that are still pretty meaningful.”

Griffin’s diagnosis means he’ll miss at least the next three games – cheap nfl nike jerseys free shipping the weekend back to back in New York against the Knicks and Nets and Wednesday’s home game with Philadelphia. After that?

“The last four, we’ll see where he is,” Van Gundy said. “cheap nike jerseys nfl There’s just no way of knowing on that. It’s a matter of the swelling going down and everything else. A week’s a long time.”

Indianapolis Colts: All Out of Luck

We’ve already seen what the worst-case scenario looks like for the Indianapolis Colts. It looks a lot like the organization insisting that star quarterback Andrew Luck is “fine” as days turns into weeks turn into months.

That was the story in 2017, as shoulder surgery ended up sidelining cheap wholesale nike nfl jerseys Luck for the entire season.

It’s been well over a year since Luck had surgery on his right shoulder, and he still hasn’t thrown a football since. However, Colts general manager Chris Ballard continued to sound optimistic about Luck’s availability for offseason workouts during a recent appearance on The Grady and Big Joe Show on 1070 The Fan, according to Matt Danely of Stampede Blue.

“We’ll ease him along,” Ballard said. “I mean, he’s in a great place right now, but we’ll ease him along. He’ll be involved, he wants to be with his teammates, he wants to be involved in the offense. He was just in town this cheap nfl nike jerseys free shipping last weekend for four days. It was great to see him, he looks great.”hi-res-873ad81d0a835908a13bd7ca449bd7fb_crop_exact

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Of course, that doesn’t mean he’ll throw. Or that he’s close to being able to play. We’ve reached the point now where you can believe Andrew Luck will play quarterback again when you see him in a game.

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Pittsburgh Steelers

Slow and steady wins the race, or so we’re told. The Pittsburgh Steelers operate in a certain manner, and they don’t stray too far from their plotted course. The Steelers are a build-through-the-draft franchise with an emphasis on re-signing their homegrown talent. The organization cheap wholesale nike nfl jerseys  isn’t going to splurge too often in free agency. As such, the team’s problem areas haven’t varied much since the end of last season.

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Everyone is rooting for Ryan Shazier and his recovery. Professional football can be a cold business, though, because the Steelers must move beyond the Pro Bowl performer and plan for their future at inside linebacker. Replacing Shazier will no doubt be difficult. He brought a rare combination of speed, range and physicality. cheap nfl nike jerseys free shipping Vince Williams is solid as a starter, but he’s far better moving forward than working in space. A rangy linebacker with good instincts will help solidify a talented front seven.

Safety

The Steelers released veteran Mike Mitchell, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The 30-year-old defensive back originally counted for more than $8.1 million against the salary cap in 2018. The possibility of staying with the team exists if the veteran is willing to take a pay cut. Otherwise, the Steelers’ search for a new starting safety will commence. Sean Davis can move to his more natural position of free safety, while general manager Kevin Colbert addresses the strong version.cheap nike jerseys nfl

Quarterback

Ben Roethlisberger just turned 36 years old, and he’s already started to contemplate retirement. cheap nfl jerseys from china nike How long he can continue to play will depend on how well the Steelers coaching staff and offensive line can protect him. Roethlisberger has taken a beating over his career, and the odds of him playing until he’s 40 aren’t good. Instead, Colbert and Co. can start planning for the future by selecting a quarterback prospect early in the draft—maybe cheap new nike nfl jerseys  even in the first round.