NFL Off Season Recap

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NFL Off Season Recap

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213 days: that is how long America’s football fans go without their favorite pastime. Luckily, this off season was one for the books, as it kept fans constantly on their toes. From Antonio Brown hopping on the “Raider Nation” train and then making his way to New England to Odell Beckham Jr. joining the Cleveland Browns, the 2019 off season has been an eventful one. The rearrangement of key players changes the predictions and outcomes for each team. 

Farewell to Luck

This off season ended with shocking news: Andrew Luck’s sudden retirement. With Luck out, Jacoby Brissitt is the next man up to lead the Indianapolis Colts. Brissett has been with the Colts for four years after being traded from the New England Patriots just before the start of the 2017 season. Unlucky fantasy football players that had previously drafted Luck on their team had a lot to say. Fans booed Luck off the field following his announcement of retirement. After the departure of their franchise quarterback, the Colts will most likely start to rebuild their team within a couple of seasons depending on how 2019 goes.

Browns Turning a New Leaf

On the other side of the field, the Cleveland Browns are confident going into the 2019 season. Having Baker Mayfield, Jarvis Landry, the newly acquired Odell Beckham Jr., Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt (who will be able to play in Week 10), justifies their confidence. The AFC North division looks like it has a new top “dawg.” With the downfall of the Steelers offense, the Bengals becoming the previous Browns, and the departure of many key Ravens defenders, the odds for the Cleveland Browns are in their favor.

New Franchise Quarterback?

Nick Foles deservingly became a permanent starting quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Foles signed a contract for approximately $50 million dollars, which is the highest guaranteed money in franchise history. The new and improved Jaguars have made it clear that the AFC South should not count them out as playoff contenders. Foles is a capable quarterback and leader, as he surprised everyone in his 2017 season with the Philadelphia Eagles. Jacksonville is in good hands. 

Le’veon Bell to the Jets

The Pittsburgh Steelers have not only lost their top receiver, Antonio Brown, but they also said their farewells to Le’veon Bell after 5 seasons (one in which he did not play). After receiving the Steelers franchise tag, Bell refused to sign his contract worth $14.5 million and held out for all of the 2018 season. Once Bell became a free agent, the New York Jets quickly scooped him up, offering a four year contract worth $52.5 million. Speaking of the Jets, Sam Darnold is coming off of an up and down season, but having Bell adds a whole new dynamic to the Jets’ offense, as he will be the most talented player Darnold has played with. The Jets’ new head coach, Adam Gase, is expecting Darnold to do big things in his second season.

Top Fantasy Picks

Every NFL season is accompanied with fantasy football fanatics. Saquon Barkley takes the cake for first place fantasy football rankings, and to no surprise, Patrick Mahomes is the highest ranked quarterback. As for the rookies, running back Josh Jacobs (OAK) and quarterback Kyler Murray (ARI) are ranked highest for their position. Wide receiver N’Keal Harry (NE) was also ranked first but suffered an ankle injury, landing him a spot on the injured reserved list. The rookie class of the 2019 season is ready to prove that they were smart draft picks.