Cleveland Browns – Will Their Starting QB Be Competent?
All signs are pointing to rookie DeShone Kizer starting Week 1 for the Cleveland Browns. This development can’t possibly instill a whole lot of confidence in their fan base. Kizer is coming off two solid years at Notre Dame, but was drafted on potential rather than actual production. He’s a good athlete with a cannon for an arm — though he tossed 19 picks in two collegiate seasons. The mixture of an underrated defense and a heavy dosage of Isaiah Crowell has the chance to keep Cleveland in games throughout the year. However, a rough year from their primary signal-caller could result in back-to-back 1-15 campaigns.
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Dallas Cowboys – How Much Will They Miss Departing DBs?
The Cowboys defense overachieved last season. Riding the coattails of one of the league’s most efficient offenses, a starless Dallas defensive unit managed to finish the season ranked 5th in opponent scoring. This year could be far different. Defensive backs Barry Church, Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne, and J.J. Wilcox all left for different teams this past offseason. Byron Jones and Orlando Scandrick return, but the other spots in the secondary are up for grabs. With how tumultuous of an offseason Dallas has experienced, they need stability within their defensive group. They won’t have Ezekiel Elliott to always kill the clock, and this secondary could get severely burned because of it.
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Denver Broncos – Is Paxton Lynch a Bust?
Going into the second year without Peyton Manning, the Broncos QB battle remains up for grabs. Siemian won the job in training camp last year, and was unspectacular for much of 2016. The fact that Lynch hasn’t taken over yet is a bit worrisome. Siemian’s limitations are evident. The Northwestern product lacks arm strength and isn’t a great athlete – essentially the opposite skillset of Lynch. It makes us believe that Lynch has been either woefully inaccurate or showcased poor decision making in camp (probably a combination). Either way, it’s not a good look for a former first-round selection.
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