After winning all five of the December games Jimmy Garoppolo started and averaging 28.8 points, the San Francisco 49ers decided to put all of their eggs in his basket. Now, Garoppolo is a very rich man and officially the franchise quarterback in San Francisco.
How will he look as a September starter after his first full offseason as a member of the 49ers? That’s the $137.5 million question.
It’s been a bumpy offseason for the New England Patriots. Key players Nate Solder, Malcolm Butler, Danny Amendola, Dion Lewis and Brandin Cooks are gone. Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have encountered more bad press related to Brady’s personal trainer, and there’s even been buzz surrounding Brady’s contract as well as his future with the team.
Not the ideal way to cope with the hangover stemming from a painful Super Bowl LII loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
But a lit fire under Brady could actually be a good thing for the Patriots. The last time Brady wasn’t happy, he returned from a four-game suspension and led the Pats to 14 wins in a 15-game span that culminated with their Super Bowl LI victory.
My goal is to not miss a game, Wentz told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio earlier this month. “I feel I missed plenty last year. I want to be out there with the guys. It’s a fluid process. We’ll see what happens, but I’m confident I’ll be back Week 1 and ready to play against Atlanta.”
Eagles fans have a lot to look forward to, including the banner ceremony that will precede the team’s first game back in Philadelphia, but Wentz’s return has to top that list.
OK, Pittsburgh Steelers fans are probably most looking forward to another year with Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell running things on offense. But there’s nothing particularly new or notable regarding that trio, which should continue to dominate in 2018.
The question is whether Pittsburgh’s famous offensive core might have room for one more (rhyme not intended), because it often looked like wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster had that potential during a magnificent rookie season.