Quarterback Nick Foles has been consistent this offseason when it comes to expressing his happiness about being a member of the Eagles even if staying in Philly means he is back to being a backup this season.
Despite trading Marcus Peters, the Chiefs could field an improved secondary. They’ll have the presumed healthy return of safety Eric Berry, who ruptured his achilles in the first game of the 2017 season, and the arrival of Kendall Fuller, who thrived in the slot last season in Washington and is gaining recognition as one of the top young cornerbacks in football by the scouting community, as part of the Alex Smith trade. Sammy Watkins, now with his third team, adds diversity and balance to a Chiefs offense that was one of seven that had a tight end as its leading receiver last season. LB Anthony Hitchens should be an improvement over longtime Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson, whose age (34) was showing.
It’s not going to be easy, Riveron said. It’s a major change in our rules. We have to make sure the helmet is used only as a protective measure. But we have had zero resistance from the coaches.
Resistance to a rule that’s going to be enforced wouldn’t make much sense unless a coach is trying to find ways to undermine his team. Fully understanding and implementing the changes players are going to have to make is going to be a process, however, and preseason games are likely to play a major role in it as everyone gets used to the new normal in the NFL.
Case Keenum, while not John Elway’s first choice, should be a big upgrade at the most important position on the field. He’ll also help the Broncos identify what they have at wide receiver after using two draft picks (Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton) in the first four rounds to eventually supplant veterans Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Signing Keenum allowed the Broncos to focus on other positions in the draft, and management was thrilled with edge rusher Bradley Chubb’s availability at No. 5 overall. Jared Veldheer is the latest attempt to stop the bleeding on offensive line—Denver allowed the third-most sacks in the NFL in 2017 (52). Even if you ignore Veldheer’s season-ending ankle injury last December (which you shouldn’t), Veldheer’s performance in Arizona up to that point would indicate he’s only a marginal upgrade over Donald Stephenson if he wins his position battle with Menelik Watson.