New QB Generation
Injuries and regression have run rampant this year among the older group of QBs in the league. Eli Manning has badly regressed along with Phillip Rivers, and Ben Roethlisberger. Matt Ryan has not played on the same level as last year and Aaron Rodgers may be out for the season. Tom Brady and Drew Brees have played well, but their inevitable regression can’t be far off. Carson Palmer just hasn’t been the same since his fantastic 2015 season. Luckily there are some promising young faces at the quarterback position looking to fill this void. Starting with the best in my opinion, we have Marcus Mariota. Mariota has been really good and shown limitless potential. The only thing that might hold him back would be what may be an injury problem. Last year’s number 1 overall pick Jared Goff has bounced back somewhat from his disastrous rookie year to show some franchise QB traits. DeShone Kizer has suffered from an appalling Browns receiving core and play calling set, but has flashed some promise. Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson have not played as well as their numbers may suggest, but still look like franchise quarterbacks with bright futures. Even Jacoby Brissett has looked promising for the Colts. This year’s upcoming QB draft class also boasts Lamar Jackson who is an absolute stud and Josh Rosen who looks to have franchise potential. The future of the NFL quarterback looks bright.
Season of the Injury
Injuries have run rampant this season with a plethora of stars going down. Opening night gave us a hint at what was to come with Eric Berry and Julian Edelman going down with season ending injuries. Ryan Tannehill went down in the preseason. It only got worse from there. David Johnson will be out for 5 more weeks, but many of these injuries have been season ending. Star receivers Allen Robinson and Odell Beckham have had their seasons ended and rising star Cameron Merideth also will miss this season. Aaron Rodgers looks to be out for the season. Greg Olsen went down for 6-8 weeks. Rookie sensation Dalvin Cook will be out for the season. Many more players have suffered the same fate. Many of these injuries have been lower leg joint/ligament issues caused by an awkward body hit on a planted leg. The NFL might want to consider promoting more hits on the torso or upper leg to help prevent this issue.
This season has been many things, but predictable is not one of them. The Jets are outperforming the Raiders, Cowboys, Giants, and Buccaneers. The Vikings and the Panthers are at the top of their divisions over each of last years NFC Championship teams. The Rams are challenging for the NFC West. Say what you will about the quality of play this season, but enjoy the parity and unpredictability.