Season 6 Team Previews

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  1. Blaza

    Blaza In Arsene Wenger I Trust

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    Carolina Panthers


    Offense

    Carolina's offense will once again ride the shoulders of QB Cam Newton (3715 yds, 19 TDs) for HK Season 6. Newton led the Panthers to the division crown in Season 5 and followed that up with a tough playoff win over division rival, Tampa Bay. They were bounced by eventual HK Champs, but the Cats were pleased with Newton's leadership late in the season.


    RB Gio Bernard (91 OVR) returns as the main man in the backfield for Carolina. Bernard started Season 5 as a backup to Panther veteran Ben Tate, but when Tate went down with a knee injury in week 4, Bernard took the role and didn't look back. Bernard ripped off 915 yards in only 198 carries, and punched in 13 TDs a year ago. Though not the power back, the Panthers would prefer, Bernard is electric in space, and a great pass catcher out of the backfield. Versatile FB Mike Tolbert (92 OVR) will also feature in a variety of roles for the Panthers. Look for him to pop up all over the field for the Panthers, be it split out wide, at FB, or in the backfield.


    Newton will return all of his targets from a season ago minus fan favorite TE Greg Olsen. The long time Panther was cut in a cap move and signed by Denver. However the Panthers went to work in FA, signing long time '9er, TE Vernon Davis (91 OVR) to a long term deal. Davis is no spring chicken, at 35. But with 86 SPD andd 88 STR, Davis still has the attributes to be effective in the run and passing games. Davis will partner TE Charles Clay (88 OVR) on the front lines. Out wide, WR Kelvin Benjamin (86 ovr) and WR Brandin Cooks (88 OVR) will feature. Benjamin is the thunder of the group, and his physical style of play will hopefully be a nuisance for defensive backs. Cooks will look to use his electric pace to stretch the field and create big plays.


    Carolina's line is stout, with T's Jude Azur (94 OVR) and Nate Chandler (92 OVR) looking to hold the edge and C Brian Schweke (89 OVR) making the calls in the middle. Carolina has returned the same 5 OL for the 3rd year in a row, and this chemistry has been vital for the Cats.


    Defense


    Defensively, Carolina will try to build on their strengths from a year ago as a top Unit. In the middle, bash brother DT's Kawann Short (92 OVR) and Star Lotulelei (93 OVR) should be a thorn in the side of opposing OL's. Tough to move in the run, and capable pass rushers, these two will make plays when healthy. Missing several games each last year though, they do need to remain healthy to be effective. On the outsides, DE Kony Ealy (91 OVR) and Greg "the abuser" Hardy (94 OVR) will hold down the edges.


    It is at the linebacker position where Carolina's heart and soul really lie. Simply put, the Panthers are loaded at the position. MLB Luke Kuechly has been one of the best linebackers in the league for years and the OLBs Jordon Cooper (92 OVR), Marlon Galvin (92 OVR) , and Clark Grant add the fuel to Luke’s fire. The Panthers coaches are especially excited about rookie, Grant (86 OVR). The 5’11 241 lber from ‘The U, has been flying around mini-camp and his physical skills (91 SPD, 90 acc, 88 PUR, 88 HPW) have forced the staff to find time for him on the field. With 3 stalwarts ahead of him, look for the d-coordinator to get creative to get the rookie into games.


    Out back, CB Jazzario Murphey returns at the #1 cornerback spot for the 3rd season. Murph is a leader with whiles and a penchant knack for coming up with big pass breakups. Athletic CBs Easley and Dean will fight for the #2 spot. S Desmond Patton and Ego Fisher have swapped positions at safety. The hard hitting (91 HPW) Desmond Patton will look to use his 6’2 221 lbs frame into the tackle box at SS after playing at FS the past two season. Fisher, who is more rangy will play at FS and hopefully get his paws (80 CTH) on a lot of balls (pause).

    After winning several playoff games over the release, the Panthers are looking to get to the next step which is to push forward and make noise in the NFC Championship game and ultimately, the Super Bowl.

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  2. Mogriffjr

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    NEW YORK JETS
    OFFENSE

    The Jets have become a bit lukewarm on Geno's injury history of the last few seasons. Look, there's no denying that Geno Smith (97) is one of the best QB's in HK BUT the fact that every year he goes down with an injury has given the Jets brass a few moments to pause and ask, "is he worth it?" The Jets last year drafted a QB just for this case and Graham Avery (77) performed admirably in two HUGE playoff games to get the Jets to the superbowl. It even led some to believe that the Jets were indeed shopping Geno to QB needy teams but nothing came of that. Geno is blessed as one of the more athletic QB's in the game but it seems anytime he does use his legs, he gets hurt. He's been known as a pocket QB but he's been rendered a pure pocket passer...Coach Rex Ryan wants him to stay in the pocket AT ALL TIMES.

    One of the big trades last year was when the Jets acquired the big and fast RB Jamon Crisp (84) from the Cowboys and Crisp has been nothing short of spectacular for the Jets. He's given the Jets a big need and much balance needed for this offense. In the offseason, Crisp worked with the great Usain Bolt and has reportedly improved his speed and burst off the line, which makes the 6'1", 241lb RB a serious game breaker.

    The WR corps changed a bit when Eric Decker was let go. Decker has been a staple of the Jets offense for the last 5 seasons and really lived up to the contract. But times have changed and the young and dynamic Rashaun McClure (80) has moved to the #1 WR spot and he reminds many scouts and fans of Antonio Brown. Those are big expectations but McClure has the tools to be a big time threat. Idreis Barnes (78), a 6'4" monster, moves into the #2 role and he's a big time possession WR with a wide body and a sneaky downfield threat. Macon Edwards (71) and Shaq Evans (71) both figure to be key in the slot, with Edwards having the slight upper hand due to his hands. TE Mario Mendoza (91) is arguably the best TE in HK, and blessed with 6'7" height and being a huge target over the middle, Mendoza continues to put himself among the top tier TE's in the game.

    Down on the offensive line, the Jets have possibly a top 5 OL in HK. LT Bram Trahan (85) had a great rookie season sliding from guard to LT his rookie season and did a great job. Dakota Dozier (83), Carl Nicks (86) and Derek Sherrod (80) have been staples along the line as they enter their 4th year together. But maybe the most unheralded guy on this line is C Fabian Glears (88), a 3rd rounder in his 3rd year that has come on and become one of the better centers in HK.

    DEFENSE
    The #2 rated defense pretty much returns their nucleus aside from OJ Bailey.

    The defensive line has been a staple of dominance under the tuitilage of Rex Ryan and it continues. DT Muhammed Wilkerson (99) is coming off his best season as a pro with 44 tackles and 14 sacks and continues to come under the radar as how good he really is. But the reason why Mo Wilk is so successful is because you can't simply double team him. NT Damon Harrison (88) is still a dominant force in the run game. DE Sheldon Richardson (99) continues to be a solid two way player on that line and DE AJ Sampson (90) continues to impress now entering his 3rd year. He tied Mo Wilk leading the team in sacks with 14. Together, these 4 are a huge force in the pass and run game.

    The LB group is the only group to have seen change coming into this season. Out goes OJ Bailey and in comes rookie LB Khamari Jean (77). Jean is easily now the Jets most athletic LB and has the most potential to be a stud once he learns the game. He joins a veteran group led by MLB Demario Davis (89), who recently has stepped his game up a notch and is becoming a better coverage LB making him one of the better overall LB's in HK. Dezrick Dawkins (86) continues to man the weak side and is just a speed demon who will pursue the ball from sideline to sideline. Unheralded LB Jeremiah George (78) comes in on 3-4 packages and is the best coverage LB on the Jets.

    The Jets secondary wants a nickname. There's the legion of boom but these guys want to be recognized as one of the best units in HK. Kenyattus Lee (94) has been called, "the next Revis" by coach Rex Ryan because simply, "he's the best cover corner in the game...PERIOD. On the other side, Dee Milliner (90) has only become a top notch corner himself. "teams don't dare test Lee so they try to test Dee down the field and all he's done is have 21 interceptions in the last two seasons. And with teams now wanting to go 3-4 wide, a guy like Dorian Foster (86) (who by all accounts can start on any other team in HK) can come shut down opposing slot WR's. The safeties are led by SS Calvin Pryor (90) aka the Louisville Slugger and FS Gary Chisholm (85) who compliment each other very well.

    There's really no excuse as to why the Jets shouldn't be back in the title game as they return 20 of 22 starters from their AFC championship team. As it is for every year, the key will be staying healthy and surviving the war of attrition.
     
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