Call me biased, but I say Bell. 100%. Bell not only rushed for the third most yardage in the league while missing the last game against the Browns and having a rough start with other contract issues in the beginning of the season. I remind you, he was only 36 yards from first. Something that is easily achievable in one game. Bell is also the most physical and agile running back I know. Don’t believe me? Watch a Bengals or Ravens game.
RUMOR: According to reports, the New York Jets may consider acquiring an edge rusher via trade ahead of the regular season.
As the Jets gear up for training camp next month, they may have their radar on a couple of potential pass-rushers to help bolster their defensive front.
While a trade is far from certain at this point, Rich Cimini of ESPN “absolutely expects” the Jets to attempt trading for an edge rusher and lists Broncos OLB Shane Ray and Jaguars DE Dante Fowler Jr. as possible targets, considering both players are set to be unrestricted free-agents next year.
Out of the two players, Cimini does not put much stock into Ray being a viable option, given that he is expected to miss the start of the season after undergoing a second wrist surgery.
As for Fowler, Cimini says he’s the “name to watch” considering that the Jaguars have a surplus at defensive end and will likely struggle to retain him in free agency due to their current salary cap situation.
Cimini mentions Jets QB Teddy Bridgewater as possible trade bait for New York, but admits that they would only trade him if Sam Darnold wins the starting job this summer.
Fowler, 23, is entering the final year of his 4-year/$23.490M contract and stands to make a base salary of $3.638M for the 2018 season.
Ray, 25, is entering the final year of his 4-year/$9.118M contract and stands to make a base salary of 1.678M for the upcoming season.
Both players had their 2019 fifth-year options declined by their respective team.
CJ Anderson will be an upgrade over what we’ve seen out of Jonathan Stewart over the past couple of years for the Panthers. Anderson’s always been a talented back who had his share of injury problems. He finally stayed healthy as the lead back in a timeshare last season in Denver and surpassed 1000 yards rushing. Christian McCaffrey will remain the preferred back in the passing game, and he did improve in the run game over the second half of the season, but the Panthers still want to run the ball with a bigger back, and Anderson should be able to shoulder that load.
There was a season in Stewart’s career where he was able to catch passes, but that completely came to a halt in recent years. With Anderson being more than capable in the passing game, we shouldn’t have a stretch of eight games with zero catches like Stewart had at one point last season. He should be considered a receiver out of the backfield when he’s in, so defenses won’t be able to stack the box as much as they did when Stewart made it predictable. Running the ball wasn’t going too well either; he averaged 3.8 and 3.4 yards per carry over the last two seasons, respectively.
McCaffrey is obviously the guy to own in that backfield, but with the amount of times the Panthers run the ball, Anderson should be able to rack up at least 200 carries on the safe side, but I would project 230+ if he stays healthy, and that’s not including the touches he should get in the passing game. If they need someone on the goal line, Anderson will probably be the guy on the field over McCaffrey. Anderson was able to surpass 1000 yards on 247 carries last season; how often can we get a potential 1000 yard back at the end of 8th or beginning of 9th round who has a role solidified? The backs going around him: Isaiah Crowell, Duke Johnson, Ty Montgomery, Nick Chubb, Corey Clement. Arguments can be made for a couple of these guys over Anderson in PPR, but in non-PPR Anderson would probably be my guy for some depth.
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NFL NEWS: Browns OL Coach Bob Wylie says that OT Shon Coleman is the leading candidate to start at left tackle this season.
Coleman has played right tackle so far in his young career, but will now transition to the left in an attempt to replace Joe Thomas.
Replacing Joe Thomas will be extremely hard, he was one of the best tackles in the league. On the bright side, Coleman has improved every year and will hopefully transition to left tackle smoothly.
Rookie G Austin Corbett could still play LT ahead of Coleman, or Corbett could play LG and Joel Bitonio could move outside to LT, but as of now it looks like Coleman will start at LT come Week 1.
League News: Browns TEs coach Greg Seamon said last week that they think second-year TE David Njoku has a “long and very, very bright future” in the NFL and they expect to see improvement in 2018.
The Browns selected Njoku with the 29th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft and continue to express excitement over his potential. “We have to keep in mind that this guy has a long and very, very bright future,” Seamon said, via Cleveland.com. “We expect continued improvement. That can never be an excuse, but it is what he came to us with very little experience. He was raw.” Seamon explained that the volume of plays they run in the NFL on top of a new language can lead to rookies, particularly at tight end, taking some time to get comfortable. “The volume of plays and the volume of language in the NFL that they have to take command of is daunting for a lot of these guys,” Seamon said. “So, for the tight ends, because they’re involved in every area and because we use them as tight ends, we use them as slot receivers, we will occasionally use them as a single receiver and then also in the backfield, they have to understand the whole NFL offense and it’s a big task.” In 2017, Njoku, 21, appeared in all 16 games for the Browns (five starts) and hauled in 32 receptions for 386 yards and four touchdowns.
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League News: Browns OL coach Bob Wylie confirmed that OT Shon Coleman is the leading candidate to start at left tackle.
Coleman, a former 2016 third-round pick out of Auburn, has been effective at right tackle, but will now make the transition to succeed recently retired OL Joe Thomas at left tackle.
While Wylie says Coleman is in good position to win the job, he mentioned that there will be plenty of other players to compete when training camp comes around. “Coleman is leading the charge (at left tackle). But we have a lot of bodies,” said Wylie, via Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Wylie added that Coleman did not have an easy transition to left tackle after playing right tackle during college in 2016. “It’s a big change. It’s like being a right-handed golfer, then swinging left-handed. It doesn’t happen overnight,” said Wylie. Coleman, 26, started all 16 games at right tackle for the Browns last season.
He’s entering the third year of his 4-year/$3.278M rookie contract and stands to make base salaries of $658K and $755K over the final two years of the agreement.
NFL NEWS: Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell is "unsure" if he'll be able to participate in training camp.
Mitchell has missed all offseason activities after suffering a knee injury last season.
Mitchell showed signs of promise in 2016, and is still only 25-years-old. With Julian Edelman suspended, Mitchell will be competing for an expanded role in the offense come Week 1.
🏅FANTASY NEWS: An underrated QB in Fantasy Football this year is Bears Quarterback Mitch Trubisky.
The Bears have a top 10 RB in Jordan Howard, they picked up Allen Robinson in the offseason and they also picked up Taylor Gabriel. The O-Line isn’t too much to worry about, and Trubisky can always run for a first down or run in the endzone.
Trubisky is a smart, athletic Quarterback who also has a pretty accurate gun as an arm.
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