Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams

Then Jeff Fisher was fired as the head coach in L.A.—replaced by the youngest head man in league history in Sean McVay.cheap nike jerseys nfl

The lightbulb clicked on for Goff in Year 2 so loudly it could be heard in Buffalo.

Goff was a completely different quarterback in 2017. The indecisive and inaccurate kid was gone, replaced by a young gunslinger who made defenses pay over and over again down the field. Goff’s completion percentage increased by almost eight points. His yards per attempt went up almost 50 percent. His touchdown-to-interception ratio went from minus-two to plus-21.
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It was a transformation that was as complete as it was dramatic. Goff went from looking like a wasted pick to looking like a future NFL MVP.

If the 23-year-old takes another similar leap forward in 2018, the Rams could be headed to the Super Bowl.hi-res-581298fb51447fef44aa45d58cab800d_crop_exact

And this ranking will prove to have been about three slots too low.
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It’s a good time to be Mike Evans.

A month or so ago, Evans hit the mother lode—inking a five-year, $82.5 million extension with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that included $55 million in guarantees.

It’s hard to dispute that the 24-year-old Evans earned that bonanza. Evans’ 71 catches for 1,001 yards in 2017 marked the fourth time in as many seasons that he surpassed the 1,000-yard mark. His average stat line over that span is 77 receptions for 1,145 yards and eight scores.

As Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reported, Tampa offensive coordinator Todd Monken insisted that Evans is about much more than those gaudy stats:
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“Mike in one game will get fired up because he’s very competitive. Mike and Jameis’ passion stem from the same thing. To me, in today’s day and age, they are rare in the fact that they get individual stats and they get what that means in terms of their future and their money. But they equally want to win and winning is critical to them. Where coaches are tied to winning, players are tied to their name. They’re one of the group of guys that you love where it means as much to them to win.”

Jacksonville Jaguars: The Return of Bad Blake Bortles

The Jacksonville Jaguars finished one game away from their first Super Bowl trip in franchise history in 2017. That had far more to do with the NFL’s best defense and a punishing ground game than anything Blake Bortles did with his arm.

The 25-year-old did more damage with his legs than his arm in a playoff win over Buffalo, and he was uneven against the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, Bortles played well enough against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game that the Jaguars re-upped him on a three-year, $54 million deal.nike jersey nfl cheap

Whether that deal turns out to be a bargain or a bust depends on which Bortles shows up in 2018.

Get the quarterback who completed over 70 percent of his passes for 326 yards in a Week 15 blowout of the Texans, and the Jaguars can beat any team in the NFL. With that stifling defense and Leonard Fournette cheap youth nfl jerseysrunning the ball, Jacksonville could represent the AFC in Super Bowl LIII.hi-res-b021a12c709b878e78ae6256857fcc8c_crop_exact

But if the Jaguars get the Bortles who threw three interceptions the following week in San Francisco or the player who struggled with accuracy against the Bills and Steelers, the team will fall far short of Super Bowl contention.

For a quarterback with a career completion percentage of 59.1 nfl replica jerseys cheap and 64 interceptions across his 62 career regular-season games, it’s all about accuracy and turnovers.youth nfl jerseys cheap

First, the Chiefs traded up in the 2017 NFL draft to acquire the Texas Tech star, which cost them their first-round pick this year. Then, despite winning the AFC West last year, another postseason disappointment led them to flip Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins for cornerback Kendall Fuller and a third-round pick.

This offseason, the Chiefs added wide receiver Sammy Watkins to an offense that already featured wideout Tyreek Hill, tight end Travis Kelce and tailback Kareem Hunt. It’s Mahomes’ time now, and Chiefs GM Brett Veach believes he’s ready, per Jay Skurski of the Buffalo News.

“From the day Patrick stepped on the field, in the rookie minicamp, the OTAs, the training camps, youth nfl jerseys he has always ‘wowed’ us,” Veach said. “He has a lot to learn yet. I think he grew tremendously. But having watched him day in and day out, take to the studying, take to working on his craft, he did a good job.”

Mahomes looked good in his lone start last year against the Denver Broncos,nfl youth jerseys  but drawing grand conclusions from one Week 17 start is a fool’s errand. And given the team’s defensive deficiencies, Kansas City will be counting on the young quarterback to win more than a few shootouts.

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.