By: Alex Kamel
When will the Le’Veon holdout end?
Le’Veon is continuing his holdout in OTA’s and at this point Steelers’ fans are used to it. The Steelers RB also missed the entire offseason program last year. The conflict is that he believes he should be paid as the number one running back and the number two receiver. He values himself at around $17 million per year. The Steelers know his worth but do not believe that is the right figure to pay any running back, so the holdout continues. Le’Veon Bell is one of the top running backs in the game but is very demanding of getting paid as much as he can. Although this has happened for a couple of seasons, it will eventually boil over when Le’Veon’s greed becomes too much while there are other teams that will be willing to pay him the amount he’s asking for. This is a Super Bowl roster and Le’Veon has to decide what is more important to him; winning or getting paid.
Is Joe Flacco on the hot seat?
In this year’s draft, the Ravens moved up to grab Lamar Jackson with the last pick in the first round. This means it’s time for all the Joe Flacco rumors to start. The pressure is on Flacco because there has been a lot of hype around rookie Heisman winner, Lamar Jackson. Flacco has been as average as it gets over the last couple of years, and people are starting to get their hand close to the eject button now that there may be a young talent ready to run on everyone like a young Mike Vick. Quarterback controversy in Baltimore.
Is Andy Dalton to blame for the Bengals being a consistently average team?
Andy Dalton is the most average quarterback in the league right now. He is right down the middle, not great, but not terrible. He does what he’s expected of him, but nothing special. This brings up an age-old question; How far can an average quarterback take an NFL team? The Bengals are trying to build around Dalton, but it is not going to help. It is always hard to replace a starting NFL quarterback, but as a Bengals’ fan, I’m not holding my breath for The Red Rifle.
Is this the year the Browns prove to be a (somewhat) respectable team?
The Browns have finally done something that they have not done in years. Cleveland has started to build their team by acquiring big name free agents instead of only focusing on building through the draft. Trusting the Process might work in the NBA, but the Browns have certainly proved it is a terrible idea in the NFL. This offseason the Browns went out and acquired QB, Tyrod Taylor, WR Jarvis Landry, RB Carlos Hyde, and DB Damarious Randall. The Browns now have a great combination at receiver with Josh Gordon and Jarvis Landry, a running back committee with Hyde and Duke Johnson, and also built up the offensive line with Chris Hubbard and Donald Stephenson. Most importantly, the Browns now have a quarterback for the present and the future. Tyrod Taylor is a good mentor to help ease Baker Mayfield into the NFL and does not pressure Mayfield to start week one if he is not ready.
This is it. This is the year. The Browns WILL win more than four games. Talk about a hot take!
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