Publish Date: 06/09/2017
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The Jets have cleaned house, unfortunately, they haven’t really added anybody of note in their place. There is no doubt that Jets fans are in for a very long season.
The Rams have basically Todd Gurley and that’s it. They need to get some weapons for QB Jared Goff, but it doesn’t seem to be in the cards for the Rams, at least not this year.
The Bears have some pieces, like running back Jordan Howard and the offensive load will fall squarely on Howard’s shoulders. I am sure at some point we will see rookie Mitch Trubisky, but I don’t hold out much hope there either.
The Browns will be led by QB Cody Kessler, that alone should tell you why they are this low. They lost Terrell Pryor and let TE Gary Barnidge go and replaced them with Kenny Britt and David Njoku. I think it’s safe to say it looks to be another long year in Cleveland.
The 49ers QB position will be manned by either Matt Barkley or Brian Hoyer, so to put it mildly, they are in trouble. They do have a solid running back in Carlos Hyde and solid receivers in Pierre Garcon and Jeremy Kerley, but it will not be enough to make this team even mildly competitive, look for the Niners to fight all year to have the right to draft USC Quarterback Sam Darnold with the first pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.
I believe that QB Joe Flacco is borderline elite, the problem comes from the fact that the best offensive weapon they have is Danny Woodhead. They did nothing in the draft to get Flacco the weapons he needs and that’s why they rate this low.
I think QB Trevor Semien did a solid job last year, but the fact is he just doesn’t have enough weapons. The Wide Receiver position is the exception to the rule, as they do have Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas. But they have no real threat at tight end and the running back position would be lucky to be called average and the offensive line, while it should be improved, will be nowhere near where it needs to be for this offense to rank highly.
The Jaguars have weapons, the reason I rank the Jaguars this low is the fact that I am not convinced that QB Blake Bortles is the man to get them over the hump. If he is, this offense should perform at worst in the top half of the league.
I am not a guy who is going to pick Vikings QB Sam Bradford apart, I think in the situation he was thrust into last year, he did an admirable job. Adding Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray will help the run game and they still have some solid receivers. In the end, the Vikings offense will be largely dependent upon the offensive line, and I don’t have much confidence in the line.
Tyrod Taylor will be back at the helm of the Bills this year. I like Taylor, but he does have limitations. Those limitations won’t show up as big if Sammy Watkins could actually play a complete sixteen game schedule. LeSean McCoy will be a stud once again, but I rank them this low because of Watkins’ foot injury, but if he can stay healthy, they could be fun to watch.
The Lions have no running game and they have a ton of questions on a rebuilt offensive line. The offense is almost solely dependent on Matthew Stafford, and Stafford is a borderline elite QB. If he would have been healthy the last six games, I do think the Lions would have edged out the Packers for the division title. I just think that there are too many questions with the players surrounding him.
The Texans have quite a few weapons on offense, from wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller to tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz to running backs Lamar Miller and D’Onta Foreman. The problem, much like the Jaguars, is the QB position where it looks like Tom Savage will start with Deshaun Watson waiting in the wings. I think Watson will get a shot early on and if he does, they will have a chance to rise quickly in these ratings.
The Panthers have added playmakers in RB Christian McCaffrey and Wide Receiver Curtis Samuel to give Cam Newton the weapons he needs. The reason I rank them this low is the offensive line is still a huge question mark.
The Colts offensive line is what is holding this team back, but with Luck and Hilton, they will still be able to put points on the board. I just think they will have trouble against teams that have solid defenses.
The reason I rank them ahead of the Colts and Panthers is that Wilson is a more consistent QB than Luck and Newton. Why they didn’t address the offensive line in the offseason baffles me.
This may be the final ride for Carson Palmer and that means with an aging QB, the Cardinals’ hopes will rest on running back David Johnson’s capable shoulders. The big problem for the Cardinals as it is for so many other teams is a poor offensive line. Combine an aging QB with a bad offensive line and things could get rough on offense in the desert.
The Eagles are a year away from being a legit playoff team. They added a lot of weapons in the offseason with the addition of Alshon Jeffrey and Torrey Smith. The weakness they still have is at the running back position and they still have a young QB in Carson Wentz who is still in the developmental stages.
The trade up to get Patrick Mahomes in the draft will tell you that even Andy Reid thinks they need to improve at the QB position. They have plenty of weapons on offense, they just need a QB that can take advantage of those weapons.
Every offense from here on is pretty good, and even with losing Pierre Garcon and Deshaun Jackson, the Skins will still be dangerous. They have a great slot receiver in Jamison Crowder and a top tight end in Jordan Reed.
Very hard to rank a team any higher than this with a QB coming off of ACL surgery. The receiving corps will be deep and loaded, DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills, Jarvis Landry and even Leonte Carroo. Add to that running back Jay Ajayi and you have a top ten offense if Tannehill is one hundred percent.
The Titans with their new additions could quickly crack the top 10. QB Marcus Mariota will only get better from here and he has a big-time running game, which can only help his development. The addition of wide receiver Corey Davis to go along with a great offensive line makes the Titans a dangerous team to deal with this coming year.
The Chargers did a great job in upgrading the offensive line in the draft and receiver Mike Williams will give QB Phillip Rivers another playmaker on offense. The running game will be good with Melvin Gordon and if Keenan Allen is one hundred percent, this team will be a contender.
The Bengals added speed in bunches during the NFL draft. WR John Ross will be an explosive compliment to A.J. Green and Joe Mixon could be the starter by week one. The only question will be the Bengals offensive line, but if they can just be average, the Bengals will be explosive.
If the NFL was a seven on seven league, the Giants would be at the top. Too bad for the Giants it’s not. The offensive line is poor and the running game has been largely non-existent. Just a little improvement in those two areas would make the Giants at least top 5.
How about this for weapons? Wide receivers Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, Adam Humphries and newcomer Chris Godwin are joined by tight ends Cameron Brate and first-round draft pick O.J. Howard.Now the question marks, which include a bad offensive line and a young QB in Jameis Winston, who has had accuracy issues. Make no mistake about it though, this looks like a team ready to explode.
The Cowboys have a top 3 offensive line and a young stud QB and running back. Oh yeah, I forgot they also have Dez Bryant. I rank them down here mainly because of the young QB and RB. We have seen guys in the past drop off after big rookie seasons. I don’t think that will happen with these two, but it has to be taken into consideration.
The addition of Marshawn Lynch could be the thing that will put the Raiders over the top. Remember this: Lynch has not played in almost two years. If he is the old “Beast” this offense will be top 5.
Having Aaron Rodgers as your QB means starting every year out as a top 5 offense. The questions I have are all in the run game and the Packers didn’t do much to answer those questions in the offseason.
The Saints are always able to score points, but this year with the addition of Adrian Peterson they actually may have more of a balanced offensive attack.
Ben, Bell, and Brown, plus one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, means the Steelers will be another threat to win a Lombardi trophy. The questions with this offense lie with Big Ben. He is getting older, so my question will be can he stay healthy? If he does, watch out!
Matt Ryan is coming off his best season yet and he has a ton of weapons surrounding him once again. My biggest concern here is a Super Bowl hangover. If they can shake that off, they just may win the Super Bowl this year.
The Patriots are even more loaded than they were last year. Rex Burkhead will be a big addition to this offense and will cause match-up problems for every team they play. They also got a big addition to the receiver corps in Brandin Cooks. Put it all together and you have the best offense in football once again.
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