A recap of yet another eventful week in the National Football League and the regular season games haven’t even be played yet.
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There hasn’t been a dull moment in the National Football League this past week and the regular season start is still a few days away. Speaking of the regular season, the NFL opener features the Kansas City Chiefs taking on the New England Patriots this Thursday night at Foxborough in a rematch of their AFC Divisional Round matchup from last postseason.
The Big News
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is officially ruled out for the season with a torn ACL after landing awkwardly on his knee in an NFL Preseason game versus the Carolina Panthers. Thankfully, the damn near useless preseason/exhibition series/NFL money grab is mercifully over — as is Edelman’s 2017. While I truly feel gutted for Edelman, don’t cry for the Patriots. They still have Ron Gronkowski, Brandin Cooks from their
robbery trade with the New Orleans Saints, and a newly-acquired target from Indianapolis. More on that later.
New England Patriots Wide Receiver Julian Edelman Tears ACL, Out For NFL Season
The rich keep getting richer in the NFL and it’s not just the Patriots. The Seattle Seahawks and their already-dominant defense acquired defensive end Sheldon Richardson from the New York Jets on Friday — in exchange for wide receiver Jermaine Kearse. Nothing against Kearse who is a fine player and well-liked among teammates, but this trade is just not fair. It’s almost like the Jets have no intention of winning games this season in order to tank for a high draft pick. A team that willingly starts Josh McCown at quarterback and hasn’t signed Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III, and failed to sign Jay Cutler surely isn’t tanking, right? Don’t be surprised to see quite a few Jets tickets available on StubHub this season…
NY Jets Trade Sheldon Richardson To Seattle Seahawks for Jermaine Kearse and a 2018 second-round draft pick
The NFL suspended New Orleans Saints wide receiver Willie Snead three games for his DUI arrest, which came to the surprise of many. Between the Ezekiel Elliot situation and Snead’s DUI, it looks like NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell isn’t playing around. He may also not be looking at all the evidence in the case of Elliot. On Friday, Cleveland Browns cut quarterback Brock Osweiler and willingly absorbed the $16 million on his deal. Some former Super Bowl quarterback named Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned, a few veterans will be looking for work following cut day, and wide receiver Martavis Bryant is back for the Pittsburgh Steelers after his season-long drug suspension. Hopefully, Bryant can stay out of trouble this season and live up to his tremendous potential.
NFL Suspends Saints WR Willie Snead, Brock Osweiler Cut by Browns
The complete list of roster cuts can be found here courtesy of NFL Media.
As quickly as Brock Osweiler was cut, he was signed. Osweiler returns to the Denver Broncos at a significant discount — reportedly the one-year veteran minimum salary of $775,000. Here’s the problem, Broncos fans. Quarterback and current starter Trevor Siemian is better than Osweiler on paper, but based on last season, he didn’t exactly light the offense of fire nor lead the Broncos back to the playoffs. With John Elway’s top QB prospect Paxton Lynch out with a bruised shoulder for five weeks, expect Osweiler to get playing time should Siemian struggle or get hurt. Yes, it’s a realistic possibility that a QB not good enough to remain on the CLEVELAND BROWNS ROSTER could start for a team two seasons removed from a Super Bowl. Osweiler was decent in relief of Peyton Manning in 2015, but if he was starter material — let alone competent — he would still be with the Houston Texans.
The New England Patriots made a surprising trade on Saturday, sending highly-regarded third string quarterback Jacoby Brissett to the Indianapolis Colts for wide receiver and former first round pick Phillip Dorsett. I’m not sure what’s more surprising about this trade: the Patriots trading a top QB prospect, the Patriots trading him to the Colts whose accusations started the DeflateGate fiasco, or the Colts already giving up on Dorsett. Something tells me there is a lot more to Andrew Luck’s health than the Colts are letting on. I wouldn’t be surprised if Brissett starts Week One as Luck heals his mysterious shoulder injury. As for Dorsett, he will surely provide another weapon for Tom Brady in Edelman’s absence.
The most important narrative here is whatever the hell happens with Brady and his perceived successor, backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Garoppolo reportedly has a high asking price for any team willing to trade for him (i.e. first round pick) and is a player the Patriots don’t seem keen on letting get away. Here’s where things get really interesting: Garoppolo is in the final year of his rookie deal and can obviously, pursue a starting role and the high salary that comes with it after this season. If the Patriots want to keep Garoppolo, they will either have to use Franchise Tag and pay him a ridiculous amount of money (well over $20 million) to sit on the bench or choose between Brady and him. The Patriots can thank the Detroit Lions for making contract negotiations a bit more complicated after they recently made Matthew Stafford the highest paid NFL QB in history for $135 million with $92 million guaranteed.
Of course, this is all contingent on Brady’s 2017. If Brady at age 40 keeps playing at a high level, it would be an incredibly unpopular decision with the fan base and perhaps, mind boggling for head coach Bill Belichick and Patriots owner Robert Kraft to part ways with the greatest player in franchise history. On the other hand, the Patriots have been known to be conservative with their salary cap and could opt to let Garoppolo walk if Brady still plays like an MVP candidate going into 2018. Now if Brady finally meets Father Time this season, the Patriots’ decision will be a lot easier to make. There is also the chance that should Brady win his sixth Super Bowl this season, he could very well hang up the cleats and rest comfortably knowing his status as arguably the greatest of all-time won’t be challenged any time soon.
Patriots Trade QB Jacoby Brissett to Colts
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Madden NFL 18 Review – Xbox One | PS4
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Below are the top preseason leaders per NFL Communications:
Running back COREY GRANT of the Jacksonville Jaguars was the NFL preseason rushing leader with 191 rushing yards. Rookie wide receiver DEDE WESTBROOK of the Jaguars led the league in receiving yards with 288. The leading passer was Dallas Cowboys rookie quarterback COOPER RUSH with a 135.9 passer rating.
The Seattle Seahawks finished the 2017 preseason with the top-ranked offense, averaging 408.8 yards per game. The Baltimore Ravens led the league in defense with a 206.3 yards-per-game average.
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