The 2020-2021 NFL offseason won’t be forgotten about for quite a while. From players such as Julio Jones and Aaron Rodgers requesting trades as well as the wild free agency seeing players such as former Lions WR Kenny Golladay and former Chiefs, OT Eric Fisher find new homes. With the NFL Free Agency craze finished and OTA’s (Organized Team Activities) finally, underway, let’s take a look at some players who are set to have bounce-back years with their respective teams.
The former Chicago CB, Kyle Fuller is coming off of one of his worst years statistically. After recording a career-low one interception, Kyle Fuller was released by the Bears. Former Bears Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano did not put together the dominant defense that they had in 2018 when they traded for Khalil Mack from the Raiders.
After signing a nearly ten million dollar deal, Kyle Fuller is joining a Broncos defense loaded with talent. With the amazing pass rush duo of Von Miller and Bradley Chubb, this secondary should expect a lot of forced passes creating more chances for interceptions. Playing in the same secondary as Justin Simmons, who happens to be one of the better safeties in the league, should help Fuller in potentially getting more passes thrown in his direction. Playing opposite side of Patrick Surtain II, a lockdown CB from Alabama will also help increase his chance at interceptions.
Looking at the talent the former All-Pro will be facing, he will be going against the likes of Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill of the Chiefs and Justin Herbert and Keenan Allen of the Chargers twice a year. With other WR matchups consisting of Amari Cooper, Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Kenny Golladay, and Terry McLaurin, Kyle Fuller will have his hands full. With a great supporting cast on defense and a great defensive-minded Head Coach in Vic Fangio, Kyle Fuller and Broncos fans alike should not be surprised to see him back in the Pro Bowl.
The reunion of Carson Wentz and former Eagles Offensive Coordinator and current Colts Head Coach Frank Reich is a match made in heaven. Before going down in 2017 against the Rams, Reich was helping Wentz put together an MVP caliber season, with almost 3,300 passing yards to go along with 33 TDs and 7 INTs. While Wentz did have a down year, to say the least, finishing with an atrocious 16 TDs and 15 INTs last season with his former team, bear in mind looking at the Eagles roster last season, they were absolutely mauled by injuries on the offensive line, with the only healthy consistent starter last year being Jason Kelce.
In terms of offensive weapons, Wentz had little to work with. Players such as Zach Ertz and Travis Fulgham weren’t as productive as they should have been, causing Wentz at times to have to create outside of the playbook, which in turn, resulted in sacks and turnovers.
Comparing Philly’s roster to that of Indy’s, Carson will have tons more to work with. Starting upfront, the offensive line is among the best in the league. Highlighted by All-Pro Quenton Nelson and Pro-Bowlers Eric Fisher and Ryan Kelly, Wentz shouldn’t have to worry about being on his back as much as he was last season. Indy’s backfield is comprised of two thousand-yard rushers in Marlon Mack and Jonathon Taylor, creating a scary two-headed monster. Change of pace back, Nyheim Hines, is another great piece in the backfield that Wentz will have to work with.
The talent doesn’t stop there, with veteran WR T.Y Hilton and second-year WR Michael Pittman Jr. both being very reliable options in the passing game. The defensive side of the ball is loaded with talent as well including All-Pros DT Deforest Buckner and LB Darius Leonard. With Wentz being reunited with Frank Reich and paired with a talented Colts roster, don’t be surprised to see him have a year similar to his 2017 campaign.
The former Georgia Bulldog and first overall pick of the 2008 NFL Draft, Matthew Stafford, saw his time as a Detroit Lion abruptly comes to an end this offseason when he was traded to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for draft picks and QB Jared Goff. With the pairing of Matthew Stafford’s elite arm talent and the young offensive mind of Sean McVay, you’ve got a recipe for an even more dangerous Rams team. While Jared Goff wasn’t the worst option for the Rams at QB, Stafford is an improvement.
Stafford was traded to a situation better than any he’s ever been in with the Lions. The best scenario for Stafford was to be traded to a contender, especially after losing WR Kenny Golladay in free agency. Fortunately for Stafford, he has better receiving targets in Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods, a great running game featuring Cam Akers, and an offensive scheme that keeps defenses guessing all game long.
While the Rams are known for their historic offenses throughout the years, their defense is not to be taken lightly. With arguably the two best players at their respective positions on the defensive side of the ball, DT Aaron Donald and CB Jalen Ramsey, this defense has their sights on being even more dominant than they were last year. After making it to the Divisional Round last season, the Rams should have very high expectations for this season. With Matthew Stafford finally having a legitimate shot at a Lombardi Trophy and Sean McVay looking to avenge his Super Bowl LIII victory.