Team on the Rise
Adding Amari Cooper was cool. Keeping Dak, Zeke, and the aforementioned Cooper together, we learned this August, is going to be the hard part. If Dallas keeps their nucleus together, keeps their talented offensive line together, and their excellent young linebacker core together, expect Dallas to be on the top of the NFC East in years to come.
Team on the Decline
New York Giants
The Giants have been on the decline, and this year isn’t going to be any different. Trading away OBJ for no new receiving talent was pretty bad. I mean, now QB Eli Manning has no expierience to throw to. And Manning may not even be the team’s starter through a week or two in the year. It could be the talented Duke product, Daniel Jones, who was coached by David Cutcliffe in Durham. Cutcliffe, coincidentally, was the head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers during Peyton’s (Manning) time in Knoxville, and Ole Miss’s Offensive Coordinator while Eli was in Oxford. I’m getting off topic, but if Daniel Jones can become half (or a quarter) of what Eli was, pairing him with star Running Back Saquon Barkley could really tear down the division in coming years.
Rookies to Watch
Dwayne Haskins,QB,Washington Redskins:The Redskins were smart in drafting Haskins out of Ohio State, and apparently he’s been very impressive during the off-season. Technically Case Keenum, who was traded to Washington, is slated to be the starter, but after a few weeks, the job could belong to Haskins.
Daniel Jones,QB,New York Giants
I’ve already mentioned Jones in this post but Jones could get the start in week two or New York could wait and give the job to him when the team needs a new leader in the middle of the season.
Player to Watch
Ezekiel Elliott,RB,Dallas Cowboys
The main question for Elliott isn’t on the field. It’s if he will get a deal done with Dallas before the season. If he doesn’t get paid, Zeke will holdout the entire season. But if Zeke comes to agreement with the Cowboys, Dallas should be with Philadelphia as the division favorites.
1.Dallas Cowboys 10-6
2.Philadelphia Eagles 9-7
3.Washington Redskins 6-10
4.New York Giants 4-12