Welcome to my preseason preview. In the upcoming weeks, I will be going over each division in the NFL. I will be highlighting details such as notable acquisitions, departures and what to watch out for this season from each team. In this weeks edition, I will be starting with the NFC East.
The Superbowl Champion Eagles are looking to defend their title and will have to do so against a competitive division that features the Cowboys, Redskins, and Giants. The Eagles get back their Franchise Quarterback, Carson Wentz as he continues to recover from a torn ACL that he suffered last season. It’s unclear if he will be ready by week one, but when he get’s back, The Eagles will welcome him with open arms. With plenty of players returning from last years team, the Eagles are in a prime position to regain the NFC East crown and contend for the Lombardi Trophy.
Notable Acquisitions: RB Matt Jones, WR Markus Wheaton, TE Richard Rodgers, DT Haloti Ngata
Notable Losses: LB Mychael Kendricks, LeGarrette Blount
New York Giants
The Giants were horrible last year and the injuries to key players did not help either. Fortunately, the Giants were able to go out and select the dynamic Saquon Barkley out of Penn State. Adding Barkley to the mix should help Quarterback, Eli Manning out a lot with his skill set and playmaking ability out of the backfield. Drawing loaded boxes should allow for some excitement out of Odell Beckham Jr. who has recovered from a broken ankle and looks ready to go!
Notable Acquisitions: RB Saquon Barkley, LB Connor Barwin
Notable Losses: RB Paul Perkins, WR Brandon Marshall
The Dallas Cowboys seem to be in the news for something. This offseason, they made headlines by releasing star receiver, Dez Bryant. Now the Cowboys will be left to find someone to fill the void left by Bryant. If no one emerges as a consistent threat, that could pose huge problems for the Cowboys. Luckily, they have Running back Ezekiel Elliot to shoulder the load in the run game. If needed, I’m sure he would be used early and often in the passing game to help out with the lack of star receivers.
Notable Acquisitions: DE Kony Ealy, WR Allen Hurns
Notable Losses: WR Dez Bryant, CB Orlando Scandrick
The Redskins made some news of their own by going out and trading for the former number one overall pick and former Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback, Alex Smith. This is a make or break year for the Redskins in my opinion. They need some signs that the arrow is trending up for them and that they’re heading in the right direction. Since being named Head Coach in 2014, Jay Gruden has a record of 28-35 according to pro football reference. He has not had a playoff victory and his team has not finished better than 9-7 in the regular season. Washington can’t afford a slow start this year if he wants to hold on to his job, especially after going out and getting Smith. Derrius Guice should be a name to watch out for as he’s very explosive in the open field and should have a productive rookie season.
Notable Acquisitions: QB Alex Smith, LB Pernell McPhee, CB Orlando Scandrick, RB Derrius Guice
Notable losses: None