NFL: Five Players Who Will Make an Impact on Their New Team
A couple of weeks ago, the NFL Draft took place. Every team, player, and fan believed it presented the prime opportunity to select the player that will fulfill a need on their respective team roster. I applaud and respect the optimism consumed by all NFL fanatics, especially the ones operating with a wishful state of mind.
The harsh reality is, only a handful of players drafted, skill set will actually translate on the field. Surely, all 32 NFL teams, will unapologetically sell promises to their fans, in order to pack their stadiums on game day. However, even if your team did not strike gold in this past NFL draft, I have good news to share. Similarly to the adage “there is more than one way to skin a cat”, well there are 3 ways for NFL teams to improve. The NFL Draft, develop current players, and free agency.
Some things change and some things remain the same. Player movement is rampant and unpredictable like rolling dices. We all know the grass is not always greener but anything that is not changing is dead. With that said, I compiled a list of my top 5 NFL players who will make an impact when they put on their new jerseys, in their new cities.
Le’Veon Bell (New York Jets)
Newly minted Bell signed a 4-year $52.5M contract ($35M guaranteed) according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The deal could max out at $61M if Bell reaches all of his incentives. Unequivocally, despite Bell sitting out the entire 2018 season due to contract disputes, I endorse Bell as the #1 NFL running back heading into the 2019 season. Much has been about Bell missing out on millions of dollars, but I applaud his stance. Great partnership outweighs money and the New York Jets has a player that will be a major pillar in re-stabilizing their franchise.
Talent wise, Bell optimizes what coaches dream about and player’s work tirelessly to obtain. Bell’s elusiveness and quickness allow him to hit the hole and break away from defenders in tight spaces. His great hands and durability create all types of mismatches and I am sure does not allow defensive coordinators to sleep comfortably. My only concern is how the Jet’s coaching staff intends on using him and if they will be able to provide additional help to alleviate the load from not only Bell but their 2018 3rd overall draft pick Sam Darnold.
Odell Beckham (Cleveland Browns)
When the New York Giants traded their eccentric wide receiver Odell Beckham to the Cleveland Browns, a collective gasp could be heard from the entire NFL community. I know there were whispers of the New York Giants moving Beckham during the 2017 -2018 NFL season. However, talks silenced when Beckham signed a 5-year $90M contract, making him the highest paid receiver in the NFL. Now, as a Brown, with Baker Mayfield under center, Jarvis Landry on the other side as a legitimate threat down the field, the Browns not only have arguably the best wide receiver tandem but also are an immediate threat in the AFC. Unequivocally, there is not a route Beckham cannot run or a catch he can not make. The biggest question is can he mature and be disciplined enough to allow his Hall of Fame skill set to materialize into the actual yellow jacket.
C.J. Mosley (New York Jets)
It is true, offense wins game and defenses win champions. However, in the meantime, as a coach you want to keep your job. Thus, the reason why first-year New York Jets head coach Adam Gase, signed defensive linebacker C.J. Mosely. The former leading tackler for the defensive-centric Baltimore Ravens. Mosely will provide great toughness and leadership to the Jets lackluster defense. Mosely will play a pivotal role in re-establishing the New Jets as contenders as opposed to their current state of pretenders. The New York Jets will be a much-improved team in 2019 and Mosely will be right in the thick of their turnaround.
Kareem Hunt (Cleveland Browns)
Many may be surprised to see Kareem Hunt on my top five impact player’s list. However, just ask his former team the Kansas City Chiefs, who were heavily favored to play in last year’s Super Bowl when Hunt was on the team. Without question, when you see Hunt’s name on Cleveland Brown’s roster, there is a pink elephant in the room and its Hunt’s character issues. Nonetheless, Brown’s general manager, John Dorsey, a former NFL player himself, did not hesitate to acquire Hunt. My aunt always told me “there are always three sides to a story”.
Well, Dorsey signing Hunt was incredibly smart or incredibly foolish. With respect to Hunt as a player, in short, he is a Pro Bowl running back. Before any playing time, Hunt must sit out his 8-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy from this past season. If the Cleveland Browns meet expectations and are contenders this 2019-2020 season, Hunt just may be the additional piece in week 9 to keep the Brown in the hunt for their playoff hopes.
Michael Bennett (New England Patriots)
Head coach Bill Belichick is not only the greatest head coach in NFL history but also my favorite person in the NFL. I am convinced the only motive for Belichick is to assemble teams that will enhance his legacy. Thus, the signing of Michael Bennett, who won the Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks in 2014. Bennett brings his championship pedigree to an already rich, accomplished franchise in the New England Patriots. Furthermore, Bennett is a great addition to the Patriot’s rich tradition of defensive players. Bennett may serve as a reminder to the NFL community, not only does history repeats itself, so do the New England Patriots.
How do you feel these five players will do on their new teams? Leave a comment below.
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