Since 2006, only one edge defender, Calvin Pace in 2013, has registered 10 or more sacks in a single season. Yet again, New York didn’t address this issue in the offseason.
It’s likely Jordan Jenkins (5.5 career sacks) and Josh Martin (2.5) start again for the Jets in 2018, giving the team one of the two worst edge defender situations in the league (the Rams have the other). After packaging a plethora of picks to move up from the sixth overall selection to third, the Jets weren’t left with many draft assets to spend on pass-rushers.
With 2017 second-round pick Sidney Jones, 2015 second-round pick Ronald Darby, 2017 third-round pick Rasul Douglas, 2018 fourth-round pick Avonte Maddox and 2016 seventh-round pick Jalen Mills on the roster, it’s not that Philadelphia doesn’t have young players eager for the chance at more playing time. It’s just that none of them have had the year Robinson just posted under defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.
We’re splitting hairs, but experienced, proven cornerbacks may be the difference between the 2017 and 2018 Eagles.
A decade ago, the thought of NFL offenses resembling college spread attacks was unfathomable. Now, those spread concepts are part of some of the league’s most innovative offenses, including the Bears’. More Chase Daniel was a prototypical spread quarterback during his college days at Mizzou, expertly operating a fast-paced offense that racked up over 1,100 points in 2007 and 2008. At 6 feet tall, he was undersized for the NFL, but not for a college scheme that split receivers and tight ends all over the field and operated exclusively out of the shotgun.
Daniel’s savviness and talent fit the offense perfectly, and he earned a trip to New York as a Heisman Trophy finalist as a result. But the prevailing thought when Daniel finished his college career in 2008 was that the kind of offense he – and plenty others – ran in college wasn’t remotely transferrable to the NFL. Fast-forward a decade later, and the spread hasn’t taken over the NFL, but some aspects of it have become part of a new wave of offensive ingenuity.
The Giants are mixing up their defensive line scheme, so they need more solid producers against the run for their rotation at end. That’s what Hill gives them.
The 49ers needed a little more coverage ability at outside linebacker, and Warner will be useful off the bench at first behind Malcolm Smith and Eli Harold.
The Broncos keep nailing this draft without taking a quarterback. After getting Bradley Chubb and Courtland Sutton to fill needs, Freeman is the ideal running back for their scheme to replace released C.J. Anderson. Freeman has a chance to see a lot of touches as a rookie over Devontae Booker and De’Angelo Henderson.