Who Will Perform Better With Their New Team? OBJ? Le’Veon Bell? Antonio Brown?
With all of the drama happening this offseason, it bares the question; how will these stars fare on their new teams? Will they improve? Will they fall? And how will the fans react?
Odell Beckham Jr.: After a long and dramatic few months with the Giants, OBJ finally found his escape in the form of a trade to the Cleveland Browns. In exchange for Beckham, New York received a 1st-round pick, a 3rd round pick, and Jabrill Peppers.
Now think about the team that OBJ is heading to; Baker Mayfield is his new quarterback, Nick Chubb in the backfield, while the likes of Jarvis Landry and David Njoku line-up with him on the outside.
Personally, I expect Beckham Jr. to see a positive uptick in usage and production in Cleveland. Also, we should see a MAJOR improvement in Baker Mayfield’s development with Beckham on the team. OBJ’s fantastic athleticism will open up more opportunities for Baker to really excel in the passing game.
Le’Veon Bell: The drama from last season in Pittsburgh is over, and Bell is finally with his new team. Bell signed a four-year, $52.5 million contract with the New York Jets to be their new tailback, and will join a young Sam Darnold in the backfield.
Besides Darnold, the Jets really didn’t have much production from their offense last season. They ended last season with a 4-12 record, which was good enough for DEAD LAST in their division.
However, I see Bell ending up being a breath of fresh air for a below-average team that has not alot to show for it. With all of the attention Bell’s going to receive from the other side of the ball, it will allow Darnold to really open up and focus more on the passing game.
The only two problems that I see would be the possibility of over-usage, and the fact the Jets don’t have a good receiver to their name. Granted, Robby Anderson is still very young; he’s just not at a level to call him a TRUE #1 receiver.
Antonio Brown: Another dramatic situation involving the Pittsburgh Steelers and a star player is over. The Steelers traded the star receiver to the Oakland Raiders for two draft picks; (third and fifth rounders).
The Raiders last season weren’t great, to say the least. Two years removed from a 12 win season that brought them to the playoffs, Oakland saw themselves in the basement of the AFC West with a 4-12 record.
Now obviously, Brown is going to be an improvement from Amari Cooper. But I don’t expect AB to be racking up similar numbers like he did in Pittsburgh. I have a strange feeling he is going to be humbled when he lines up for the first time in the silver and black, since he doesn’t have a quarterback like Ben Roethlisberger throwing him the ball.
Nothing against Derek Carr; but personally, it’s going to take a bit before we start seeing the “AB of old.”
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