2016 Team Previews

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  1. publik drunk

    publik drunk King of the East

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    New York Jets
    After a dismal 2015 campaign the New York Jets are looking to climb the ladder in AFC East this year. With the AFC East champion Buffalo Bills seemingly in a rebuilding phase, did the Jets do enough to close in on them and the Patriots.

    Key Additions:

    1. Jason Worlids- Needing to vastly improve on a bad defense a year ago he was a top target for them in FA. The Jets are expecting him to be the veteran leader for them.
    2. Brandon Browner- Yes he may have lost a step but the Jets believe he can still play in their system.
    3. Brandon Marshall- He has lost some speed but still is one of the most dominant WR in the game.
    4. Jermichael Finley- If he can stay healthy he will be a great addition.
    5. Johnny Martin- The number 2 pick comes in to a great core of weapons. Hopefully he can develop and be the future of the franchise.
    6. Shep Rowland- Reigning heisman trophy winning linebacker, need I say more?
    7. Shane Toliver- fast and hard hitting strong safety with soft hands. This kid could be a star
    Key losses: Damon Harrison- we let everyone else walk, but Harrison was traded to move up in the draft. He will be missed for sure.

    QB- Johnny Martin is the starter here but the leash could be pretty short. The staff has a ton of confidence in Joe Webb so if Martin struggles it could cost him his job.

    HB/FB- Rookie Deone Sanford will be the starter but look for the team to try and add an unsigned vet before the season.

    WR/TE- Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Jermichael Finley and Jace Amaro are great targets for a rookie QB. Throw in a stud young WR like Aukeem Cross with all his upside and this could be a very solid group.

    OL- Downfall of the team. Hopefully they don't give Martin the David Carr treatment.

    DL- Stud DE's and a solid DT. Barring injury this group will be fine.

    LB- Great group here, one of the team's strengths.

    CB- Brandon Browner was brought in to teach a bunch of young guys fundamentals. A weakness on the team but we are hoping they over produce.

    SS- Along with the D line this is the team's backbone. Two studs leading the way this group should wreck havoc in the league.

    Special Teams- If the game comes down to special teams this could be trouble.

    Trending: Up vastly better than last year. Could make some noise in the division.

    Predictions: With an easier schedule the Jets are hoping to sneak into the AFC playoffs and compete for the division. I'm predicting a 10-6 record and Division championship with Cheez going out of town for a few weeks and hskr8128 saying he is rebuilding this could be the year the Jets breakthrough
     
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  2. Cheez

    Cheez TSO's 1,000,000th Poster

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    By some miracle, it looks like I am only missing 3 games, due to how the league schedule falls and having my bye week.

    To further my luck, none of my games missed will be against the division.

    So I can still win this :)
     
  3. publik drunk

    publik drunk King of the East

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    But you won't....
     
  4. Cheez

    Cheez TSO's 1,000,000th Poster

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    Rijo Drummond will lead this team to an AFC East title :)
     
  5. Black Republican

    Black Republican TMFL Commish -- **ISYMFS** --

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    You've done a great job in limited time flipping that roster around! Should be an instant contender in the AFC E! You guys are sneaky tough up there! (y)
     
  6. publik drunk

    publik drunk King of the East

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    Thanks bud, I was soo focused all week I didn't even realize how far we came in the off-season until I did this. I think all the trash
    talk with Cheez made me try even harder lol
     
  7. publik drunk

    publik drunk King of the East

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    We need to just make an AFC EAST trash talk thread and stop hijacking all the other ones haha
     
  8. Cheez

    Cheez TSO's 1,000,000th Poster

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    I'm content just spreading truth in all of the topics :D
     
  9. hskr8128

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    2016-17 Buffalo Bills
    Draft Picks:
    1st Round-MLB Joshua Espinosa (69 OVR) AVG DEV
    1st Round-DT Bram Griffin (66 OVR) Slow DEV
    2nd Round-WR Lenard Dawson (63 OVR) Slow DEV
    2nd Round-DT/DE Mustafa Hurd (73 OVR) AVG Dev
    3rd Round-OLB Jameon Harrington (70 OVR) AVG Dev
    4th Round-HB Kasey Gilbert (68 OVR) Avg Dev
    4th Round-QB Chadd McNeal (61 OVR) Avg Dev
    5th Round-HB Aleon McClendon (69 OVR) Avg Dev
    6th Round-TE D'Andre Quick (72 OVR) Avg Dev
    6th Round-WR B.J. Greenwood (62 OVR) Avg Dev
    7th Round-CB Orville Jennings (64 OVR) Avg Dev


    Key Additions: HB Danny Woodhead (81 OVR), DE Mustafa Hurd (77), DT Glenn Dorsey (76),
    Key Losses: HB C.J. Spiller (87), HB Bryce Brown (83), WR Mike Williams (81), TE Scott Chandler (82), DT Marcel Dareus (99), OLB Nigel Bradham (82), CB Tramon Williams (85), FS Charles Woodson (86)

    The Bills knew going into the off-season that they were looking at a rebuilding process in 2016. They decided to accelerate the process by trading All-Pro DT Marcel Dareus to the Broncos for a plethora of draft picks. While this team is still capable of winning, especially in the AFC East, they have definately taken a step back. The 2016 NFL Draft was not kind to Buffalo so look for many new faces as they push to the future.

    QB-Grade B
    Manuel played much better in 2015, finishing in the top 10 QB's in the NFL in terms of yards. He also finished with a positive TD/INT Ratio for the first time in his career. He is in his contract year, so the Bills expect him to step up and prove he wants to be a part of the future in Buffalo. Zac Witten has proven to be a capable backup

    RB: Grade D

    CJ Spiller had a breakout season in 2015, and he expected to be paid for it. The Bills were unwilling to pony up the dough so he will be wearing a Cardinals jersey this season. Bryce Brown also bolted for a massive contract in Cleveland. The Bills turn now to two late round rookies and an aging Danny Woodhead. It will be a running back by committee approach in Buffalo until one of them steps up.

    WR: Grade-B-
    Sammy Watkins continues to be on track to become one of the NFL's best WR's but there is a bunch of unproven guys behind him. Rookie Lenard Dawson, Robert Woods and Shalon Morrison will all compete for the #2 WR spot. Track star Marquise Goodwin is expected to start in the slot but all four of those guys could be switched and rotated consistently. One thing this group does have is speed as 3 guys have upwards of 96 SPD

    TE: Grade-C+
    The Bills lose top TE Scott Chandler from last year but they remain excited about this group. One reason Chandler was allowed to walk is 2nd year TE Nick Topa. Topa is big (6'6) and proved last season that he can relied on, recording 277 yards and a TD in limited time. Joining him is 6'7" rookie D'Andre Quick who is raw but could develop into something special. The Bills expect to utilize both of these guys and run a lot of 2 TE sets.

    O-Line: Grade-B+
    This group may not look special on paper but they have performed. The same group returns from last season, except that coaches expect last years 2nd round pick, Morgan Looney to take over the starting LG spot from Eric Wood. Wood is a versatile lineman and will be the top backup at all 5 positions. LT Cordy Glenn went all of last season without allowing a sack as he cemented his place as one of the leagues top lineman.

    DE: Grade-C+
    Both starters from last year, Manny Lawson and Mario Williams, return. Williams is aging but remains a top-tier pass rusher from the end. Lawson will battle with rookie Mustafa Hurd and FA pickup Terrence Fede for playing time on the opposite side.

    DT: Grade-C-
    The unquestioned strength of this team in 2015 becomes a question mark this season without Dareus. Kyle Williams is the longest tenured Bill and remains an anchor on the inside. The other spot will be a battle between versatile rookie Mustafa Hurd and veteran Glenn Dorsey. Whoever nabs that other spot will have big shoes to fill. 1st round pick Bram Griffin has largely been a dissapointment but coaches hope he comes on in the competition.

    OLB: Grade-C
    Nigel Bradham was yet another Bill who decided to have a breakout season on his contract year. He joined the Bears in the biggest deal of FA, 5 years, 107 Million. The Bills signed veteran Chad Greenway who will compete with rookie Jameon Harrington for the starting spot. Harrington played MLB in college so his ability to learn the position will dictate his playing time. The other side is locked up by veteran Brandon Spikes, who moves over from the MLB spot this season.

    MLB: Grade-B-
    Kiko Alonso has been somewhat of a dissapointment after his stellar rookie season. He has been consistently solid but not a playmaker like Buffalo needed. They have decided to move him inside this season to take advantage of his coverage skills and hope to see him make some plays from the spot. Both Preston Brown and 1st rounder Joshua Espinosa are decent players who could see some time at MLB

    CB: Grade-B+
    Tramon Williams had a great season in his only year in Buffalo but coaches remain confident that the CB's will remain solid. This confidence is partially due to the fact that all 4 of the top guys have been playing together for a while. Stephon Gilmore is capable of going 1 on 1 with any reciever in the NFL and Corey Graham and McKelvin will each move up a spot and be counted on to make plays.

    FS: Grade-B+
    Aaron Williams will slide over to FS this season to replace Charles Woodson. Williams has been very consistent in his last 2 seasons and will be the leader of this secondary. Da'Norris Searcy is one of the top backup S in the league and Duke Williams is servicable as well

    SS: Grade-B
    Williams move was precipitated largely by the emergence of 2nd year SS Jaelin Dansby. The 4th round pick in 2015 out of Penn St. has reportedly improved drastically over the off season and coaches are confident of his skills here.

    Special Teams-B+
    Both K Dan Carpenter and P Chris Jones return and they were both solid last season.

    The Bills have many options at returner with speedsters like Marquise Goodwin and Shalon Morrison available to them.

    Bills Season outlook
    The schedule is a little more forgiving than last season but the Bills are not the same team they were last season. Expect them to be competitive but lose some close games. 5-11 and missing the playoffs.
     
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  10. publik drunk

    publik drunk King of the East

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    Just wanted to emphasize to you that THIS is what you got for Darreus :)
     
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  11. hskr8128

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    Naw I have a 1st and 5th next year for him also. Hopefully I can make up these god awful picks with those
     
  12. publik drunk

    publik drunk King of the East

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    Well your on the right track :) Love how you blow your team up right when I get in and turn mine around.
     
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    2016 Dallas Cowboys
    Before we get into the 2016 teams let's take a look at the 2015 season


    The Cowboys finished the season 9-7 and just missed the playoffs. They had a ok year but, lost some close games and some that they just played terrible in and should have won. This year they look to get back in the playoffs and are trying to win the division.

    2016 Draft Class

    1st round: Cory Anthony CB, 6'0 183lb's, 79 overall
    2nd round: Simuel Poole LG 6'4 313lb's, 70 overall
    3rd round: James Bray OLB 6'2 239, 69 overall
    3rd round: Latteral Gooden HB 5'11 229, 69 overall
    4th round: Eddie Myers RG 6'4 304, 61 overall
    5th round: Chytee Linder FS 5'11 213, 65 overall
    6th round: Ellis Henry TE 6'6 264, 63 overall
    7th round: John Bailey RB 5'9 221, 67 overall

    QB: Dallas has two good QB's in Tony Romo and Brett Hudson. One is older and at the end of his career and the other is a future star. Both are pretty similar as far as ability but, it looks like Dallas will still be Romo's team one more year. The fan's might not like it but, he is showing no signs of losing skills and he was one of the best QB's in the NFL this past season.

    RB: The only problem DeMarco Murray has is that he can't stay healthy. Dallas drafted RB Gooden to help split carries with Murray. With both backs carrying the load hopefully Murray stays healthy.

    WR/TE: Dez Bryant returns as one of the best WR's in the game. He will once again be Romo's favorite target. Even though Jason Witten is nearing the end of his career he is still one of the best TE's in the game. The Witten/Bryant combo puts a lot of pressure on defenses and will continue to do so at least one more season.

    OL: The Cowboys OL are a strong point of the team with the best left tackle in the game Tyron Smith. He is great at pass and run blocking and one of the best athletes at his position. Zach Martin moved from RG to RT so the Cowboys are set at the tackles for years to come. Travis Frederick is a very good run blocker and an improved pass blocker. The guards are solid with rookie Poole being a future solid player. He is a good run blocker but, needs to work on his pass blocking.

    DL: The DL looks to be better this season by rushing the passer better. The best player of this unit is Henry Melton at the 3 technique. He does a good job of rushing the passer and disrupting the run game.

    LB's: Sean Lee returns as the Cowboys best LBer. He needs to stay healthy though. If he does the defense could be pretty good. Carter and Durant are solid athletes and give Dallas a fast linebacking core.

    DB's: With Carr, Claiborne, Church, and Wilcox Dallas has a very solid secondary. They do a good job in coverage and stopping the run. with Carr getting older the Cowboys drafted his eventual replacement in 1st round pick Cory Anthony. Anthony is plenty fast and is already solid in coverage and pressing WR's. Dallas is also excited about the fact that he such a good tackler and hard hitter for a corner.

    Outlook: every year the goal is to win a championship. Dallas has the talent to do it. They need to get better at winning the close games.
     
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  14. Wyrmreaver

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    The Rams quietly did quite a bit to help their team improve this offseason. Despite the fact that they face three time defending champs Seattle twice, the Rams are optomistic about a playoff run.

    Offense: One opposing coach remarked last season that, "that offense could be scary if you get a quarterback" So we did. We also added a young stud on the line in the second round of the draft and stole a future star wideout in the sixth.

    Quarterback: Alex Smith is the starter. Alex isn't a superstar and he's getting up there in years (he's 32), so 31 other teams ignored him in free agency. The Rams swooped in and, being the only team making an offer, got Alex for 2 years for just $2.66 million total. On the waiver wire the Rams coaches picked up the much maligned Geno Smith. The coaching staff hopes that the change of scenery can have Geno becoming an Alex Smith like success story after seemingly being a bust thus far in his career. Speedy scrambler BJ Daniels is still on the roster and could see limited action in select packages throughout the year and the Rams also have a fourth QB, rookie Bret Cooper out of LSU who will have time to develop before being asked to pitch in in any meaningful way.

    Halfback: Zac Stacy is one of the strongest backs in the league and can grind out tough yards (80 STR, 99 Trucking, fight for yards trait). Tre Mason is a solid number two who can spell Stacy and keep him fresh. The team seems set here, but if the injury bug bites there could be trouble in the running game.

    Fullback/Tight End: Jared Cook is one of the premier vertical threat tight ends in the league with enough size and speed to cause mismatches with most LBs and safeties. Dorin Dickerson is the H-back and will see some time at fullback as well as some at TE in two TE sets. Dickerson isnt nearly as big as Cook, but has similar speed which should help put the pressure on opposing coverage schemes.

    Wide Receivers: Even at 30 years old Calvin Johnson is still one of if not 'the' best WRs in the league. His speed, size and ball skills force opposing defenses to account for him on every snap and help to open things up for the players around him. Tavon Austin has developed into a nice WR and will get a shot to play on the edge instead of the slot. While undersized, Tavon can be electric, especially after the catch. Rookie Shakeel McCray looks to see plenty of time in the slot. He will get plenty of mentoring from Austin as the team hopes that he will develop into an explosive weapon underneath. Austin Pettis and Kenny Britt serve as excellent options with great size and the ability to catch the ball in 4 and 5 WR sets or just to keep the starters fresh.

    Offensive Line: This unit is anchored on the left by tackle Jake Long and guard Greg Robinson. Rodger Saffold, Ben Grubbs and rookie DJ Hagan round out the starters for a unit that doesnt have any glaring holes in it.

    Verdict: If Alex Smith can distribute the ball to this teams variety of playmakers this offense could be tough to stop. A strong line, a powerful runner, a veteran signal caller, and a number of versatile weapons in the passing game has Rams coaches optimistic.

    Defense: This will be the teams second season in the 3-4 and the team should continue to improve in the new scheme. A couple of veteran corners were signed to give the team an upgrade in nickel and dime packages while a rookie DE looks to work into the rotation with veteran Chris Long.

    Defensive Line: Aaron Donald has flourished as a 3-4 DE since moving over from DT. Opposite Donald is veteran Chris Long who will share time with rookie Josh Neal. Long has Pro Bowl calibur talent but is now in his 30s and Neal is a bit raw, so the team will rely on the two of them to collectively step up. In the Middle is Michael Brockers who has developed into a quality player able to be effective in run or pass situations. The team had depth problems up front last season, but a nice offseason saw the team add some quality veterans to this group so that the defenses production should remain high even in the case of injuries.

    Linebackers: Robert Quinn and Jerry Hughes man the edges. These guys are both former DEs and they can really get after the QB. both have also improved in space since the beginning of last year to be more effective and versatile. In the middle the team has three very good players. James Laurinaitus makes up for a lack of speed with tremendous instincts and football IQ. Alec Ogletree starts alongside him and has good athleticism in addition to having developed into a more complete player over the last couple years. Rey Maualuga is a strong and smart player who should see plenty of action inside or outside in the LB rotation.

    Secondary: Janoris Jenkins has developed into a tremendous #1 corner, leading the TMFL in interceptions a year ago. Chris Cook, Jerraud Powers, and Antoine Cason are roughly interchangeable at the 2-3-4 corners. None of these players is a shut down type of guy, but all are solid, veteran players which significantly upgrades the secondary in nickel and dime looks over last seasons group. At strong safety is the hard hitting TJ McDonald. He may not be the best coverage safety, but he makes a difference in the run game and continues to improve. Free safety Lamarcus Joyner has developed into a monster. He has phenomenal instincts and is a skilled coverage guy, he can do it all.

    Verdict: The defense is solid top to bottom with star players trickled in. On paper it looks like there is the talent there to make game altering plays and cause headaches for opposing offenses all year long.
     
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    2016 Kansas City Chiefs Team Preview

    The 2015 Chiefs season was ended by the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Divisional round 23-20. In the offseason the Chiefs were very active and made some huge moves to shake up their team including a couple of big name free agent signings and trading up in the NFL Draft. With all the moves, expectations are sky high and anything less than a deep playoff run would be a disappointment.

    QB - Alex Smith was released in the offseason which freed up over 15 million dollars and helped the Chiefs sure up some other positions. With some of the remaining money they brought in former Dolphin Ryan Tannehill on a 3 year deal. They also offered Phil Rivers a contract as a backup plan incase Tannehill decided not to sign. Both signed, and Rivers will back up Tannehill. The Chiefs also used a 2nd round pick on Tavadis Payne.

    RB - Jamaal Charles was on pace for a huge, MVP type season before he broke his collarbone last year and missed over a month of action. If Charles can stay healthy look for him to have a big year. When Charles went down last year, backups DeAnthony Thomas and Knile Davis stepped in and did a great job keeping the running game going strong. This might be the best group of RBs in the league.

    FB - Anthony Sherman paved the way for the leagues top rushing attack last year. Look for more of the same this year.

    WR - Dwayne Bowe was a beast last year with 95 catches for 1170 yards and 14. Bad news was that he was the only WR who made any kind of plays. That should change this year. Rueben Randle was signed to a 3 year deal to sure up the #2 WR in KC. The Chiefs traded up in the first round to select Allan Saunders who will play the slot. Speedster TJ Graham was also signed and provides some good depth that this position lacked last year.

    TE - Travis Kelce has been solid and sure handed the last couple of years. That should continue for the next couple of years as Kelce just signed a new 4 year deal with the Chiefs. Veteran Zach Miller was brought in to help out in 2 tight end sets.

    O-Line - The Chiefs will bring back the same 5 as last year. Stephenson, Allen, Hudson, Broussard and Fisher did a great job last year paving the way for one of the best offenses in the league.

    DE - Ndamukong Suh was the biggest name in free agency this year and the Chiefs made him their #1 priority and ended up signing him to a 5 year 101 million dollar contract. In the Chiefs 3-4 defense Suh should be a force. In the offseason Tamba Hali moved from ROLB to RE and with him and Suh at the ends this defense should be tough to run on. Allen Bailey and Mike DeVito were the starters last year and did a great job and both will be backups this year giving the Chiefs great depth here.

    DT - Dontari Poe was great last year and ended up with 12 sacks to go along with his great run stopping ability. With Hali and Suh helping him out on the line, look for Poe have an even better year this year.

    OLB - Last year Justin Houston and Hali brought pressure all year off the edges and combined for 21 sacks between them and both made the Pro Bowl. With Hali moving to RE, Dee Ford steps into a starting job. He has big shoes to fill but he has the tools to be great. Quinton Coples was brought in to backup Houston and Ford and can step in and make plays when he needs to.

    MLB - Veteran Derrick Johnson is still here and he teams up with Craig Robertson to form a great MLB duo as both can stuff the run and both are able to drop back in coverage.

    CB - Jimmy Smith was signed in free agency and he teams up with another Smith, Sean Smith. The Smith brothers are both huge, physical corners with great play recognition and coverage skills. Marcus Cooper started all year last year and did an alright job, he will be the nickel back.

    S - Eric Berry is an absolute ball hawk and should have had double digit interceptions last year. Last years first round pick Jelani Hatcher is learning alot from Berry and is turning into a ball hawk as well. If Hatcher can step his game up anywhere close to Berry's level these two could be one of the best safety duos in the league.

    K/P - Both John Potter and Dustin Colquitt are solid.

    Season Outlook - With a defense like this, all the offense has to do is be average and this team can get into the playoffs. If the new offensive weapons gel with Tannehill, this offense can be explosive. If the Offense can be explosive this team could see themselves playing in the Super Bowl.
     
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