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NFL Power Rankings – Training Camp (24-17)

 

This is the second part of the four section power ranking heading into training camp. These teams at least look under average or average on paper and some performed under the average last season. Free agency losses and acquisitions as well as draft choices will greatly influence the ranking of each team. With that in mind, we can see who ranks sub-par or below average on paper heading into training camp.

24. Philadelphia Eagles

Significant/Notable Losses:  Connor Barwin(Cut)                                                                                                                                                                                                    Significant/Notable Additions: Alshon Jeffrey(FA), Dereck Barnett(Draft)

A team that started hot in the 2016 season ended to a mediocre 7-9 record. The team had weaknesses in the secondary, at running back, and at wide receiver. Even though the running back and secondary holes are still not filled, the Eagles picked up Alshon Jeffrey to boost the talent level of the receiving core. The development of Carson Wentz is crucial, but with a top ranked offensive line, credit to Pro Football Focus, and a new weapon for him in Alshon Jeffrey, things are looking bright in Philadelphia.

23. Indianapolis Colts

Significant/Notable Losses:  Dwayne Allen(FA)                                                                                                                                                                                                        Significant/Notable Additions: Malik Hooker(Draft), Quincy Wilson(Draft)

The Colts had many weaknesses in 2016, including the defense as a whole and especially the offensive line. The colts did pick up Malik Hooker and Quincy Wilson, but it may take a few years for both to develop into true superstars in the NFL. The offensive line still looks miserable and Andrew Luck could reportedly miss up to 6 weeks of the season. Frank Gore had a 1,000 yard season at the age of 33, and with rookie Marlon Mack behind him on the depth chart, Gore can act as a mentor.

22. San Diego Chargers

Significant/Notable Losses:  Manti Te’o(FA)                                                                                                                                                                                                            Significant/Notable Additions: Mike Williams(Draft), Dan Freeny(Draft)

The Chargers struggled with injuries and choking games last season, leading to an abysmal 5-11 record. Talent-wise though, the Chargers look much better than their 2016 record suggests. With Mike Williams giving Rivers a true red zone threat and Dan Freeny anchoring down the right guard spot, the Chargers look even better talent-wise than last season.

21. New Orleans Saints

Significant/Notable Losses:  Brandin Cooks(Trade)                                                                                                                                                                                                  Significant/Notable Additions: Marshon Lattimore(Draft), Ryan Ramczyk(Draft), Tedd Gin Jr.(FA), Manti Te’o(FA)

The Saints traded away Brandin Cooks to the Patriots in exchange for the 32nd overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft. They drafted Ryan Ramczyk with that pick to fill in the right tackle spot. They also drafted lock down corner Marshon Lattimore who was widely regarded as the best corner in a deep corner back class to help with one of the worst passing defenses in the league. They also signed Tedd Gin Jr. to help replace Branding Cooks on offense. The team over all looks good, but the Saints have finished 7-9 for 3 straight years despite the elite level of play by Drew Brees. Can they reverse the trend in 2017?

20. Carolina Panthers

Significant/Notable Losses: Tedd Ginn Jr.(FA)                                                                                                                                                                                                          Significant/Notable Additions: Christian McCaffrey(Draft)

The Panthers had a major drop off from 2015, Cam Newton’s play declined, the defense collapsed, and the run game was not explosive in any fashion. With Christian McCaffrey being selected, expect the pressure on Cam Newton to drop and his level of play to increase. Can the secondary bounce back from an egregious 2016 season?

19. Detroit Lions

Significant/Notable Losses: DeAndre Levy(FA)                                                                                                                                                                                                        Significant/Notable Additions: Jarrad Davis(Draft), T.J. Lang(FA)

The Detroit Lions 2016 season seemed bright considering their record was 9-7, but some people think it was a fluke. The Lions finished with a -12 point differential despite a winning record, per ESPN, and finished the season with a 3 game losing streak. They drafted Jarrad Davis to boost a very thin line backing core, and signed T.J. Lang to help an under achieving offensive line. Matthew Stafford has been a bright spot on the team, and will continue to be so if he continues his solid level of production. The running game has to pick up it’s level of play though with Ameer Abdullah coming off of an injury.

18. Baltimore Ravens:

Significant/Notable Losses:    Ricky Wagner(FA), Elvis Dumervil(FA)                                                                                                                                                                        Significant/Notable Additions: Marlon Humphrey(Draft), Tony Jefferson(FA), Jeremy Maclin(FA)

The defense of the Baltimore Ravens is great, with players like Eric Weddle and Brandon Williams, and it just got better with the drafting of Marlon Humphrey and Tony Jefferson to boost the secondary. The offense, though, has been under achieving and so has Joe Flacco. The signing of Jeremy Maclin will help a little, but the run game has been non-existent and will probably continue to be with out any new running back to boost the talent level at the position.

17. Washington Redskins:

Significant/Notable Losses: Desean Jackson(FA), Pierre Garcon(FA)                                                                                                                                                                          Significant/Notable Additions: Jonathan Allen(Draft), Terrelle Pryor(FA)

Even with their two top receivers leaving, the Redskins can recover. They signed Terrelle Pryor and they still have jamison Crowder and Josh Doctson. Not only that but they have solid tight end Jordan Reed to aid the passing game. The offensive line is solid to, but the only problem is the lack of a running game. The defense is average, but the pass rush will improve in 2017 due to the drafting of Jonathan Allen, who will most likely be considered a steal at the 17th pick. The secondary still has Josh Norman, but he proved to only be average at man coverage. The Redskins should probably improve after an under achieving 7-8-1 record.

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