The 2016 NFL offseason shows money being thrown to any NFL player, regardless of their status. Teams improved as it’s now or never for each franchise. Here are five wild, bizarre stories everyone should know for the 2016-17 regular season.
- (“Next man up”) Jimmy Garoppolo replacing Tom Brady as the starting quarterback + Martellus Bennett = new era?
NFL and Patriots fans now get to see 24-year-old Jimmy Garoppolo start the first four games of the season. The acquisition of tight end Martellus Bennett definitely helps Garoppolo. Maybe Garoppolo and Bennett make the Patriots 4-0 before Tom Brady comes back. But is it set in stone if they play beyond their expectations?
- (“That’s our quarterback”) Jets signing Ryan Fitzpatrick makes them a Super Bowl contender.
The message sent from the New York Jets on this signing proves Fitzpatrick being a better quarterback than Geno Smith. When Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and even Darrelle Revis want Fitzpatrick back, it shows the importance of his intangibles over Smith. Does this team as a whole give them a chance to make the postseason?
- (“Go Oakland Raiders!!!) Raiders will win the division and go to the AFC Championship round.
Raiders overall have a young core compared to most teams. The combination of Derek Carr, Amari Cooper and Latavius Murray gives them a chance to be a top five offense. They have an easy schedule, which gives them a terrific opportunity to steal the division away from the Denver Broncos. If everything goes well, can they possibly go to the Super Bowl?
- (“He’s in the best shape of his career”) Aaron Rodgers best years are coming even at 32 years old.
Coach Mike McCarthy describes Aaron Rodgers being in the best shape of his career, meaning his best years are coming. The pressure’s on Rodgers to win another Super Bowl as the Green Bay Packers have the easiest schedule in the NFL. Will they bring another Vince Lombardi trophy?
- (“I’m ready to be a cleaner”) Jameis Winston losing 20 pounds thanks to Tim Grover says he’s on focus mode.
Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston gets help from legendary trainer Tim Grover on developing a stronger body for his second season. This means his mindset changed from being a rookie to becoming a man and leader. Grover uses the term “cleaner” as a way of not thinking too much, making decisions naturally. Has Winston master that?