2019 was one of the most exciting years for Fantasy Football. Owners learned about the importance of having at least 2 or 3 solid QBs after many injuries claimed lots of top tier signal callers. We found out that defenses can score you more points than hundreds of other players. And that we live and die by Fitzmagic. This was one of the most unpredictable years especially with how many role players turned out to be more productive than some stars (ahem, Alvin Kamara).
The Giants landing Ohio State DE Chase Young is unlikely, seeing as the Washington Redskins are slated to select 2nd overall. An impact rusher off the right side could still be imperative to Big Blue improvement in 2020. That brings us to Iowa defensive end A.J Epenesa.
The New York Giants need a direction. They have young, potent pieces on both sides of the ball that can be harnessed into great players and eventually lead to quality wins. Dave Gettleman and the Maura’s knew this and brought in a new cast of characters on the coaching staff. Let’s assess the moves.
While there still may be one game left to play in the 2019 NFL Season, #DraftSZN is already at full tilt. 30 of the 32 NFL Franchises have been granted their spot in the draft, and the Cincinnati Bengals have already been “On the Clock” for nearly a month. It won’t be long at all before we’re discussing the NFL Combine, Free Agency, and even Pro Days.
There are many questions for the Minnesota Vikings heading into the off season. Probably the biggest one was answered today. We will get into that in a bit. Some of the biggest questions are, should they take a QB in the draft? How will they improve their O line? What will happen to Griffen and Rhodes? How did Rhodes make the Pro Bowl? Just joking on the last one, but seriously how? He was the eighth worst CB in the league! The Pro Bowl just doesn’t make sense sometimes.
This past Sunday the Tennesee Titans lost 35-24 in the AFC Championship game to the explosive Kansas City Chiefs. But early on, the Titans possessed a 10-0 lead early in the first frame.
It’s been 10 years & 3 coaching changes since Duce Staley got on the staff. If he doesn’t become OC he should feel some type of way about it.
The Patriots looked to give their talented secondary some depth in the 2019 draft by selecting Joejuan Williams with their second-round pick. The Patriots liked the skill set and ability that Williams has enough that they traded up to get him in the draft. He has the size and athletic profile that the Patriots like to use in their secondary, but due to being so deep at the position he did not get on the field often this season. HE only played in 9 games this season and was only able to get 4 solo tackles, 1 assist, and 1 pass defense during the season. There was development during the season and the team was looking forward to what he would be able to add heading into the 2020 season.
The Browns have decided on their next head coach by hiring Kevin Stefanski. Stefanski was the offensive coordinator for the Vikings this year and had been with the Vikings coaching staff since 2006. In his time there he had been an assistant, TE coach, RB coach, QB Coach, and offensive coordinator. He helped the Vikings improve their offense from 2018 in 2019 and had his offense as the 6th best rushing offense in the league. With the Vikings Stefanski ran a zone-blocking scheme that took the strengths of the line and helped them to get better as the season went along. It also helped that the Vikings had Dalvin Cook running the ball for them. Now that Stefanski has moved to the Browns it will be interesting to see what they will look like in 2020.
An offhand comment from Jimmy Garoppolo to Fox’s Erin Andrews on Halloween after an 8-0 start to the season became a rallying cry for both fans and some teammates. Naturally, 100 different companies have slapped the phrase on any piece of merch they have that can fit the 3-word catch phrase (spoiler, it’s a lot of merch). Despite everyone trying to make a buck off of it, the statement really sums up how 49ers players and fans feel about this season. It feels great to win the NFC. It feels great to have another shot at winning the Super Bowl. It feels great to have a team to be proud of, not just on the field but also how they mesh off the field and support each other. It’s wild looking back at the preseason and remembering the vibe around some corners of 49ers twitter. I saw a surprising number of people saying San Francisco should fire both HC Kyle Shanahan and GM John Lynch (2019 PFWA Executive of the Year). This is what a rebuild done right looks like. I’m excited for the Super Bowl and I’m also excited for the team’s future.
From Bettis to Bell with all the Redman, Parker and DeAngelo’s in between. What is the situation in Pittsburgh with the running back position?
It’s official, the Philadelphia Eagles stomach- churning roller coaster ride of a season is over! After winning the last four straight do-or-die games, the Eagles limped into the playoffs as the NFC East champions at 9-7. The storylines were booked, Carson Wentz’s first playoff appearance with practice squad wide receivers, the heroic story of Boston Scott and an injury list that spans the length of a football field. And we all know what happened after that, Carson Wentz goes down in the first quarter… and well we won’t relive the rest.
Last week we saw what Kyle Shanahan wants to do if everything is going their way: pound the rock and eat the clock. He wants to establish the run and is willing to abandon the pass if their RBs can keep finding lanes.
The Kansas City Chiefs are heading back to the AFC Championship game for the second season in a row, this time hoping for a different result. Last season, the Chiefs fell to the Patriots in overtime and were just an off-sides penalty away from going to the Super Bowl. This season, they will face the Tennessee Titans, a team that the Chiefs are familiar with due to their match-up earlier in the year where the Titans took the win in dramatic fashion in Tennessee.
Well its finally time to crown conference champions this weekend and see who the final two teams will be. It’s always exciting to see who shows up in the playoffs whether as a surprise team or a team with a bye that continues to play strong. Both games this weekend should be exciting as both have the line at about a touchdown for the home teams. This means that the scores could stay close. There is also the added appeal that both games are going to be repeats of previous meetings from the season. So, if the games were not important enough there is also the added sense of revenge for both the Chiefs and the Packers heading into these vital games. The matchups are exciting especially when you look at DFS plays for this weekend.
Saquon Barkley had a record-setting 2018 season, including becoming just the third rookie in history to eclipse 2000 yards from scrimmage. These historic performances had Giants fans and many others looking forward to what Barkley may pose in the 2019 campaign. So how did Barkley truly do this past season? Let’s find out!