The first of two veteran quarterbacks who have given a lot to the sport, Rodgers is not in a happy place right now. First of all, the Packers threw a massive curveball into the works when they drafted Jordan Love. They traded up in the first round despite having pressing needs elsewhere on the offensive side of the ball. Now, Rodgers has an exciting but unproven youngster breathing down his neck.
This also means that there won’t be a new contract. Rodgers always expected to leave Green Bay on his terms but the writing is on the wall. They’re looking towards the future with no sentiment in place. Meanwhile, the Packers’ attack looks quite limited. It could be a frustrating year in Wisconsin.
You could argue that Brady has nothing left to prove after a stellar career in which he has won everything. However, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers star definitely won’t feel that way because of two words: Bill Belichick. They won’t want to admit it, but Brady and Belichick want to prove they can win without the other.
Brady’s first season in Florida is going to be fascinating. First of all, the team will have to adapt to his style of play because they play a vertical passing game. It’s questionable if Brady still has plenty left in his arm. There’s more on the line because he would love to win a Super Bowl in their home stadium. That’s possible this year for Brady.
Last year Bell averaged a career-low 3.2 yards per carry and racked up a disappointing 789 yards on the ground. Those are his worst numbers since an injury-plagued season with the Steelers back in 2015. Last year though, there was no good excuse. Bell really needs to improve for the sake of the New York Jets and his own career.
However, the Jets have reinforced their offensive line around Bell QB Sam Darnold. In short, this should create opportunities for Bell to improve after his disappointing first season in New York. He will want to prove that he is still a dynamic and powerful running back with a lot left in the tank.
In the end, it was a no-brainer for the Patriots. Newton joins the post-Brady revolution on an initial one-year deal because former fourth-round pick Jarret Stidham was never convincing as Brady’s successor. If Newton becomes the starter, he’ll be the first starting quarterback in 27 years who the Patriots didn’t draft.
However, for Newton, there is a lot on the line. He has a unique opportunity at one of the most powerful franchises in the nation to prove that he still has what it takes to be a Pro Bowl quarterback. The 2015 NFL MVP is back, but does he still have the ability and the drive?