Before the offseason began, it would have been laughable to even consider the Texans in this conversation.
Of course we all know about DeAndre Hopkins and the fact that he is quickly becoming one of the top wide receivers in the league, but it’s obvious that he can’t do it alone.
That’s why Houston went out and signed an up and coming young quarterback (Brock Osweiler) and a solid running back (Lamar Miller) in free agency and added speed (Will Fuller) and versatility (Braxton Miller) at the wide receiver position in the draft. All of a sudden this crew looks like a real NFL offense and should be almost as hard to handle as their vaunted defense.
The Cardinals offense had an extreme rejuvenation in 2015. The main concerns going into this year are whether or not Carson Palmer can remain healthy and if Larry Fitzgerald can have a repeat of last season. If you go based off of Arizona offseason acquisitions, it appears the front office has complete faith in their skill position players as the only area they really tried to bolster was their line. The key player to watch here is 2nd year running back David Johnson who impressed on a consistent basis when he was given the opportunity.
Tony Romo is coming back and the Cowboys have finally admitted that they need a stud running back. Those are good signs for a Dallas offense that already has one of the top lines and a plethora of receivers waiting in the wings to make a splash this year. The addition of Ezekiel Elliot should make “Them Boys” a force to be reckoned with and he should have no problem adjusting to the NFL with this dominating front line opening massive holes for him.
If you saw Eli Manning’s face when he realized Peyton had just tied him in Super Bowl victories, you know he only has one goal for this season. Fortunately for him, ever since he has had Odell Beckham Jr. by his side he has started to look more like the young quarterback who amassed a pair of rings. The addition of Sterling Shepard should bolster the passing attack even more. Now we will have to wait and see who steps up at the running back position for the Giants.
The Jaguars are by far the best young offense on the league and are solid or better at every skill position. Going into just their third year, Blake Bortles, Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns have already clicked to form a dynamic quarterback/wide receiver trio. Throw in the fact that the Jags added veteran, Chris Ivory, to compliment second year running back T.J. Yeldon, and that tight end Julius Thomas has a year of experience with Bortles and you have a very complete squad.
Drew Brees just keeps racking up the stats even without much help around him. He lead the league in passing yards and was only 4 TDs behind the league leader. Although it may not seem like much in the big picture, the Saints added Coby Fleener to give him a big target over the middle. This squad will continue quietly to be one of the best and most underappreciated units in the league.
It’s down right scary what Cam Newton can do with the football. It seems that most people can’t even believe it yet and that’s why we were all surprised by the season the Panthers had last year. Greg Olsen and Jonathon Stewart just keep getting better as time goes by and Devin Funchess and Ted Ginn Jr. proved to be pleasent surprises. What makes this scenario even more frightening is the return of Kelvin Benjamin.
We saw what happened to the Packers offense last season when Jordy Nelson went down with an injury. They looked slow, inexperienced and confused. The good news is Nelson is coming back, running back Eddie Lacy is in shape, the Packers added a veteran Tight End (Jared Cook), a very fast receiver (Trevor Davis) and help for the offensive line. This team is loaded with talent and should be back to form in no time. Oh, and let’s not forget about Aaron Rodgers.
The Steelers main issue is keeping everyone on the field. Even though they will be without Martavis Bryant, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger seems to have no problem finding and creating new weapons. The addition of Ladarius Green should bring some excitement to this offense and the fact that they still have Antonio Brown at receiver and two of the best running backs in the league should make them virtually unstoppable.
Do you remember how annoying the Patriots offense was the last time they had two of the best tight ends in the league? Well you can prepare to deal with that again as Bill Belicheck has both Martellus Bennett and Rob Gronkoski on his roster. It won’t matter who is taking the snaps for this team, they will be a nightmare for any defense who gets in their way.