John Elway shipped off Demaryius Thomas to the Texans for day three picks, which marked the end of an era of maybe the greatest Broncos receiver ever. The ending of Thomas’ journey in Denver didn’t end how many Broncos fans wished for. Rather than spending his entire career as a Bronco, Elway sent him to a good situation in Houston with a clear plan behind Thomas to replace his production. The plan behind Thomas revolves around rookie and former SMU star Courtland Sutton. That plan looks to be a good one.
Golden ‘Showtime’ Tate and the Philadelphia Eagles are a match made in football heaven. Tate has performed well recently, but the recent emergence of Kenny Golladay helped smooth his departure. The Eagles are an aggressive team that has been looking for playmakers to revive their offense. This statement became all too true when Jay Ajayi went down with an ACL tear during the Eagles week five matchup with the Vikings. That injury paved the way for the Eagles to look for a playmaker that can not only catch passes from Carson Wentz but can also create after the catch, Golden Tate fills that role flawlessly.
The Texans trading a fourth-round pick to the Broncos for a five-time pro-bowl receiver in Demaryius Thomas signified that they are playing to win now, rather than in the future. Pairing Thomas with DeAndre Hopkins and Keke Coutee instantly proves as an upgrade to the Texans offense that witnessed speedy receiver Will Fuller V tear his ACL against the Dolphins. While Thomas isn’t the speedster that Fuller is (and he certainly drops a good amount of passes), he offers a skillset that equates to big plays on contested catches in the red zone, middle of the field, and on deep shots. He should help Deshaun Watson as the second option in the Texans now stacked offense. In fantasy, his numbers should rise due to the Texans need for a big-bodied red zone receiver.
It is now more clear than ever that Jameis Winston is not the player the Buccaneers believed he was when they selected him with the first overall pick in 2015. He hasn’t improved since his rookie season, actually, he’s regressed. He’s made the same mistakes that scouts had noticed since his early days in Florida State. The lack of progression show that Winston is a completed product, and that product is faulty. Winston is a prime example of the phrase “Old habits die hard.” Winston’s turnover issues were not just the product of Florida State, it is his poor habits that he has never been able to kill.
Through five seasons as an NFL starter, Jadeveon Clowney has faced plenty of ups and downs.
Starting off as being labeled as a bust through his first two seasons while he combatted knee injuries, to becoming one of the most intimidating and versatile players in the NFL. That development didn’t happen overnight. Through five years of hard work, Clowney went from athlete to refined pass rusher. He has added multiple moves to his arsenal (jab swipe and pull-down are my favorites) while continuously building upon his hard work.
In the diverse ecosystem of the NFL, there are many types of animals, there is the honey badger in Houston (Tyrann Mathieu), the cheetah in Kansas City (Tyreke Hill), the squirrel in New England (Julian Edelman), and of course the big cat in New York named Leonard Floyd. It is time to introduce a new type of beast into that ecosystem: the impala.
Kerryon Johnson fits the mold of the impala flawlessly. He jumps around the field like his legs are made out of springs, while he is still lengthy and quick just like his animal counterpart. They both move swiftly, avoiding obstacles and finding new paths by using their constant jumping creating the ultimate animal-runningback doppelganger. To further along those similarities, Chevrolet makes a car called the Impala, while their headquarters happen to take place in, of course, Detroit.