With one more pre-season game to go. Many teams and players are making headlines. So let’s dive right into this week’s Spinning the Headlines!
Quarterbacks are being named to the starting position for Week 1 of the NFL schedule throughout the league. Many we saw coming—Trevor Lawrence, for example. Firstly, I really don’t think there was ever any doubt that the rookie would get the start in Week 1. Even though HC Urban Meyer claimed there was a QB competition. The HC finally gave in and announced that Lawrence would be the starter.
One that shocked me just a bit was Denver’s HC Vic Fangio naming Teddy Bridgewater the starting QB for the Bronco’s opening game at the New York Giants. The incumbent starter going into the season, Drew Lock, had an impressive showing in the blowout win over the Vikings. Only to regress against the Seahawks.
This regression allowed Bridgewater to shine against the Seahawks, going 9-11 attempts for 105 yards and a TD to K.J. Hamler. That performance, aided by his six years of experience seems to be what allowed him to get the starting nod for Week 1. This should be a fun QB battle in the upcoming weeks. If Bridgewater faulters, Lock could get the call up at any moment. However, does this mean the end of Drew Lock in Denver? Or could this be the shot in the arm to wake Lock up and be the QB Denver wanted him to be?
More Starting QBs
Jameis Winston is sparkling in New Orleans ‘ pre-season. Meanwhile, Taysom Hill seems to be sputtering. Although, HC Sean Payton seems firm on holding off on naming a QB1 at this time. So the battle will continue for the rest of the week and possibly into the final pre-season game.
Andy Dalton has also been named the Bears’ starting QB over the rookie Justin Fields. Even with Fields starting the final pre-season game. HC Matt Nagy is going with the experience of “The Red Rocket” in Week 1, visiting the Rams. Here again, if Dalton struggles, when will Nagy pull the trigger and go with the rookie? I don’t see it happening very early unless Dalton really stinks up the place. Fields hasn’t been terrible in the preseason. But, we really haven’t seen the full force of what he is capable of. Let him watch and learn, and his taking over of the team should be epic.
The Los Angeles Rams have made a solid move to solidify their backfield. Trading for form Patriot RB Sony Michel to replace the injured Cam Ackers. The trade cost the Rams two late-round picks in the 2022 draft and are conditional on a possible fourth-round compensation pick.
After back-to-back 900-plus-yard seasons to open his career, Michel struggled in 2020. Participating in just nine games due to injury and a stint on the COVID-19 list, Michel compiled just 79 carries for 449 yards and one TD.
In a crowded Pats backfield, the former No. 31 overall pick looked to be the odd man out this season. However, with this chance to go into L.A. and have a shot at being the featured back, or at the very least a goalline power back. We could see any energized Michel.
When asked if this season could be the season, NFL defenses figure out how to stop him. Jackson had this to say.
“I’m gonna keep playing football and we’re gonna see. But I doubt it, dude. I doubt it. I strongly doubt it. Gonna play ball,” Jackson told reporters.
This 2021 season could very well be the telling season for the Ravens’ QB1. Many defenses across the league believe they have figured Jackson out. But that being said, the QB still racks up the running yards in every game. However, as we all know, yardage does not equal points. Jackson needs to find more ways of getting his team into the endzone. If he/they can figure that out, the headaches will be back for the opposing defenses.
Kansas City Chiefs
As a Chiefs fan, I need to address the many posts about QB1 Patrick Mahomes. In last week’s preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals. Mahomes threw an interception in the endzone as KC was going in to score. The next day I saw multiple posts asking if Mahomes had been figured out and if this was a preview of the upcoming season. Firstly, this is still preseason. This is the time to make those careless throws and try to make something out of nothing.
I have zero doubt; if that were a regular-season game, that ball would’ve been in the stands. Others have stated, his play has been lackluster. It’s going to be. The Chiefs are not going to show anyone what they are capable of until the season begins.
With that being said, I am very pleased with the way the O-line seems to be gelling. The blocks have been solid, the QBs have had ample time in the pocket. Meanwhile, the RBs have several holes to choose from. And finally, to top it all off, two WRs are seriously vying for the WR2. Byron Pringle and Mecole Hardman seem to be leading the way, and that is awesome to see. Suppose everything continues to line up. The Chief’s “Take It Back Tour” should be in full force!
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