In free agency, they brought back veteran Josh McCown and signed Teddy Bridgewater. They also traded the No. 6 pick and three second-rounders to Indianapolis to move up to No. 3, presumably to give themselves a chance to land a potential franchise signal-caller.
The Jets could have quite the camp battle this summer to determine who will start under center for them in 2018. But once head coach Todd Bowles makes that decision, he needs to resist second-guessing himself if his team gets off to a slow start.
At the same time, the Cardinals were able to pick up a sixth-round pick for a player they likely had little intention of keeping on their roster.
Veldheer is a curious fit for the Broncos, who already invested a first-round pick on left tackle Garett Bolles and gave Menelik Watson a three-year, $18.4 million deal before last season. Watson wasn’t very good, but given that he hadn’t been impressive with the Raiders, that shouldn’t have been an enormous surprise.
Watson remains a major injury risk — he has played just 34 games in five pro seasons, and he went down after seven games with a foot injury — but Veldheer is years removed from his peak as a useful tackle. The Broncos could cut Watson or renegotiate Veldheer’s deal, but committing to either right tackle seems like a bad idea. You might imagine a world where these two provide injury insurance for one another, but this is more plausibly a situation in which the Broncos are paying two subpar right tackles significant money.
Mariota used his legs more in that playoff win than in the regular season, but at the combine, new Titans head coach Mike Vrabel said that doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll see a scramble-happy Mariota in 2018.
I think that we have an idea what plays he may end up running and what plays he may end up handing it off or throwing, Vrabel said, per Ron Sanders of 247 Sports. We’ve got to be smart, and he’s got to be smart. How much are we going to use him to run the ball How much harm is he going to put himself in There’s a lot of factors that go into it—the risk/reward of when he does run with the football.
Whether it’s with his arms or his legs, the Titans just need to see a better Mariota in 2018.
Patterson’s role has instead been as a kick returner, where he has been very effective over his career. Patterson has five kick return touchdowns over his career, all of which came in Minnesota. He’ll take over as the primary kick return man for the Patriots given that Dion Lewis left for the Titans in free agency.