Football is a game of hunches.
At this time of year, with rosters just taking shape, there are far more questions than answers. From relocated teams to rehabilitated players, to rookies looking to make a splash, there are all sorts of compelling story lines.
Ten questions as we head into
Who isn't coming back from an injury?
There are sure a lot of quarterbacks in the potential comeback-player-of-the-year field. Oakland’s Derek Carr and Tennessee’s Marcus Mariota are rebounding from broken legs, Indianapolis’
Is a sophomore slump in the cards for
This time last year, Prescott was a fourth-round afterthought for Dallas, waiting in the wings behind starting quarterback Tony Romo. Then Romo got hurt, and Prescott never gave the job back after replacing him. The rookie helped lead the
It would be perfectly understandable, and maybe even expected, for Prescott to take a step backward. Not only is he adjusting to the league, but also opponents are adjusting to him.
Philadelphia rookie Carson Wentz, the No. 2 pick in the 2016 draft, got off to a torrid start but cooled during the season, as it became increasingly obvious the Eagles didn’t have the offensive weapons to maintain their early pace. Meanwhile, the top pick, Rams quarterback
Are we sleeping on Seattle?
For all the off-season talk of dissension in their ranks, the
Christian McCaffrey: Gimmick or game-changer?
The star running back from Stanford is not big at 5 feet, 11 inches, 202 pounds, but he’s a versatile, Swiss Army knife-type player who should be able to help Carolina in a lot of ways. The
Is the window closing in Arizona, or has it already closed?
Most running backs are done at 31, but "Beast Mode" could have something left in the tank. The Raiders, a likely Super Bowl contender, could definitely use the help. Signing Lynch will pay dividends off the field, because that franchise needs all the good vibes it can get locally after announcing it is moving to Las Vegas in 2020. Lynch is from Oakland and played collegiately in Berkeley, so he was quickly embraced. Question is, how quickly and effectively will defenders be able to embrace him?
How much of
Training camp should give us a preview of what inspired the
The Tampa Bay quarterback, who figures to be a central focus of “Hard Knocks” this summer, is coming off a season in which he completed 60.8% of his passes for 4,090 yards and continued to make strides from his rookie year. Winston has a dangerous receiving tandem in Mike Evans and
Who is going to protect
The Detroit quarterback is coming off another strong year in which he threw for 4,327 yards and broke Peyton
It could be that the Lions insert former Rams tackle Greg Robinson, having traded a sixth-round pick for him after Decker was injured. Buyer beware, because Robinson was a turnstile for the Rams.
Which franchise is going to seize Los Angeles?
To some extent, the nation's second-largest market is up for grabs. There's clearly a bigger fan base for the Rams than for the Chargers, but the Rams are also coming off a 4-12 season and have a lot of work to do to energize the city. The Chargers weren't much better last fall at 5-11, but they do have a proven quarterback in Philip Rivers and better weapons around him. So far, L.A. is stifling a collective yawn.