It’s hard to believe we’re a week away from the NFL regular season. After spending more than four months focusing on every bit of minutiae, every tidbit, every coach’s quote, and adjusting our rankings and projections, accordingly, a lot can change from our original expectations. Here’s a quick look at some of the most important changes from my initial rankings back in early May.
ON SECOND THOUGHT...
Josh Rosen (ARI) won’t be the most productive rookie quarterback
Rosen had a quiet preseason, and Sam Bradford is a proven, steady hand. Neither is compelling in redraft leagues, but it’ll now take a lengthy Cardinals losing streak or a Bradford injury for Rosen to see the field.
Joe Flacco (BAL) isn’t going to be displaced by Lamar Jackson
As a Louisville fan, nothing would please me more than Jackson ascending. It’s not happening anytime soon. Flacco is healthy, the receiving corps is markedly improved, and Jackson has a lot to learn.
Josh Allen (BUF) will start the majority of the season
The Bills have the makings of a bad football team. A very bad football team. While a case could be made for keeping Allen out of the dumpster fire, his play – and AJ McCarron’s injury – point to Allen getting under center quickly to give the fans a reason to show up.
Mitchell Trubisky (CHI) isn’t worth reaching for on draft day
The Matt Nagy honeymoon is over before it started. Call it intuition, call it wisdom, or call it stupidity – but my spider-sense isn’t picking up any excitement from Bears camp. Maybe the coaches are saving it all for the regular season, but Trubisky needs to show it before I’m buying it.
Andy Dalton (CIN) could be a phoenix rising from the ashes
The offensive line is better. The receiving corps is better, particularly if John Ross stays healthy. Dalton isn’t going to win you a fantasy championship, but he can be a productive QB2.
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