Now that we are past the midpoint of the season, teams can begin to focus more and more on the Draft. Needs are definitely more apparent and clearer to see. So without a further ado, let’s get into it and see what positions the Carolina Panthers should tackle in 2021.
The Panthers were left hurting at the linebacker position prior to the 2020 season with the unexpected retirement of Luke Keuchly. That left Shaq Thompson to be the primary guy remaining. An offseason pickup of veteran linebacker Tahir Whitehead helped boost the position with some depth. Still, the loss of...
With the 2020 NFL Draft right around the corner, teams are putting the final touches on their draft boards. While this draft will be different, being conducted virtually, there's still the same intrigue. Here's a look at some of the NFC East Draft Notes.
Draft Notes: Washington Redskins
Redskins holds the No. 2 overall pick, but nothing again until pick No. 66 in the third round. They also hold two fourths, a fifth and two sevenths.
Kenny Stills might be on Washington's radar, according to Aaron Reis of the Athletic. They released WR Paul Richardson, but added Cody Latimer in free agency.
In 2019, the Dallas Cowboys finished a disappointing 8-8. They finished second in the NFC East and missed the playoffs. But, like most off-seasons, the Cowboys dominated headlines from the get-go.
Dallas Cowboys Offense
It began early last season. They decided not to extend quarterback Dak Prescott early and let him play out his rookie contract. At the time, the decision made sense.
Although Prescott had a 32-16 record through three seasons, critics argued that he was a product of the talent around him. Boasting one of the most talented offensive lines, and a generational running back in Ezekiel Elliott, they wanted...
The Philadelphia Eagles head into the offseason with two glaring needs: wide receiver and cornerback.
They were able to successfully handle one of them with fixing the secondary. Those moves included trading for Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay and signing nickle corner Nickell Robey-Coleman. Losing Malcolm Jenkins was a big loss to the team, but they did resign Jalen Mills to move him to safety. They added depth with signing Will Parks as well.
With one need being figured out, the team must now decide on what to do about wide receiver. No free agency moves have been made with only...
The New York Giants are a franchise in transition. The club transitioned from two-time Super Bowl Champion quarterback Eli Manning to rookie Daniel Jones in 2019. The Giants also transitioned away from head coach Pat Shurmur and brought in Joe Judge, as well as new coordinators. The Giants draft will help transition the team to the future.
Giants Draft Needs
The New York Giants finished 2019 4-12, but managed to win two of their last three. Some complained those meaningless wins shouldn't have happened, and that they played themselves away from a transformative talent in Chase Young.
Despite a clear need at...
The Detroit Lions draft pick could be a major pivot point for the NFL in April. After a disappointing 3-12-1 season that saw them lose their final nine games, the Lions have an opportunity to reshape their team for 2020.
Lions Draft Needs
2019 started well for Detroit since the team started 2-0-1. Their first five games were decided by a total of 11 points. But once they lost quarterback Matthew Stafford to a back injury, things went sideways. Stafford on the IR and other injuries submarined any potential playoff push.
Although the team signed Trey Flowers last season, the defensive...
The Redskins enter the 2020 offseason a team in flux. Washington replaced head coach Jay Gruden after an 0-5 start to the season with interim Bill Callahan. Then, they elected to hire former Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera to take the job permanently. Rivera and the Redskins draft needs are focused along the offense and in the secondary.
Redskins Draft Needs
The Redskins have committed to their first-round quarterback Dwayne Haskins, but now it's time to solidify the line in front of him and provide him with weapons to throw to.
The Trent Williams saga has thrown much of the...
The NFC South has been a division dominated in recent years by the New Orleans Saints, largely due to the effervescent play of recording-breaking quarterback Drew Brees. But just how much longer will Brees be able to sustain his level of play and consequently the Saints’ stranglehold on the division?
Should New Orleans be asking for an heir to throne this Christmas? And are there any potential gifts that the other teams could receive that would help catapult them into the top spot in the NFC South?
NFC South - Carolina Panthers
It was in fact the Panthers who won the...
It’s been a two-horse race for the division title this season in the NFC North. Typically a tight, competitive division, this year two teams in the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings have dominated while the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears have underwhelmed.
The Bears have an elite defense but have been held back by restrictive quarterback play. While the Lions have a top-tier quarterback, but the overall play of the team has been lacking. And with Matt Stafford now on IR, performances have dropped off even further recently.
The Green Bay Packers look as good as ever with...
The NFC West is one of the more promising divisions in football right now. There are currently three teams with a winning record in the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and LA Rams. And one in the Arizona Cardinals who show potential under first-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury and rookie quarterback Kyler Murray.
With all four teams with their quarterbacks in place, the NFC West is set up to be a competitive division for some time. Will any of their gifts this Christmas help to create separation between the teams?
NFC West: Arizona Cardinals
Kyler Murray looks like a stud already...