It isn’t exactly a state secret that the Buffalo Bills need a quarterback after trading Tyrod Taylor to the Cleveland Browns. While the Bills signed AJ McCarron in free agency, his two-year, $10 million contract isn’t a ringing endorsement of their long-term faith in the former Bengals backup.
The Browns likely will draft a quarterback with the first overall pick, in no small part because they know the New York Jets are going to take one at No. 3. Add in the QB-needy Denver Broncos at No. 5, and you have the recipe for an early run at the position.
The second (New York Giants) and fourth (Cleveland again) picks may be nfl nike jerseys cheap available—if the price is right. And with two first-rounders of their own (Nos. 12 and 22), the Bills are in position to make an attractive offer.
However, if it takes additional first-rounders on top of the pair in 2018, the offer suddenly isn’t all that attractive for the Bills. Even if it means moving all the way up to second overall, no quarterback in this year’s draft class is worth three firsts.
The McCarron signing offers the Bills some semblance of a safety net—a Plan B if they aren’t able to move up.nike nfl jersey cheap
They shouldn’t be afraid to use it.
Last season, the Carolina Panthers ranked 19th in the NFL in total offense at 323.7 yards per game. They ran the ball well—cheap nfl jerseys nike they were fourth in the NFL at 131.4 yards per game—but they had fifth-worst passing attack (192.3 yards per game).
Carolina’s offense may be even worse in 2018.
Losing tailback Jonathan Stewart, who averaged 3.4 yards per carry last season, may not seem like a big deal, but he was the team’s grinder and leading rusher (198 carries). Christian McCaffrey is a versatile, talented young back, but he can’t tote the rock for 350-plus carries. Cam Newton already ran the ball too many times last year (139).
Even if the Panthers add a back in the 2018 draft, there’s a giant question mark hanging over the run game. And it isn’t as though the passing game will pick up the slack, either.
McCaffrey led the team in receptions in 2017.nike nfl jerseys for cheap Greg Olsen started showing his age in an injury-marred campaign. Devin Funchess is OK, but he isn’t much more than that. Newcomer Torrey Smith isn’t a magic fix-it.
While the Panthers have a good defense, even Luke Kuechly and Co. can’t reasonably be expected to hold opponents under 17 points every week.
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Among all of last year’s NFC playoff teams, the Panthers are the closest to their worst-case scenario at the end of March.