Teams with Worst to First Potential
The Panthers are a completely new team this season and I see major break out potential. I understand that the Buccaneers and Saints have both improved this season, but the Panthers aren't receiving enough hype. I'm a huge Teddy Bridgewater fan and he fits Joe Brady's system extremely well. I believe Joe Brady is the future of those so called "offensive geniuses", similar to Shanahan and McVay. I love the energy Matt Rhule is bringing with him and I love the moves Carolina made this offseason. In the draft, we saw their intentions. They want to completely revamp their defense, so they added a ton of young talent. Brian Burns was a star last season and now he has Yetur Gross-Matos and Derrick Brown on the line with him. Donte Jackson is on the rise and I believe he'll be a monster if he can stay healthy this season. Offensively, this team is quietly building a young, star-studded roster. DJ Moore broke out last season, Curtis Samuel is only 23 years old, and they signed Robby Anderson in the offseason. If we think about they type of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is, he's tremendously accurate and consistent from the short to mid range. This is perfect for Christian McCaffrey and an actual dangerous quarterback will take the pressure off of his back. I'm buying into the hype for the Carolina Panthers this season.
Los Angeles Chargers
I understand that Chiefs are coming off of a super bowl win and are favorites to win it all once again this upcoming season, but what if they have super bowl hangover? Not to mention, the 9/11 of the Chargers losses last season were by one score and a lot of it had to do with the amount of turnovers. This season I'm expecting to see Tyrod Taylor and Justin Herbert under center. Mike Williams and Keenan Allen are one of the best receiver duos in the NFL and Austin Ekeler is a rising star. Their offensive line is a lot better, but it's their defense which is giving me a ton of hope. In the secondary they have: Derwin James, Chris Harris, Casey Hayward, and Desmond King. They added Kenneth Murray in the first round and still have Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. They also had one of the most lowkey signings of free agency with Linval Joseph. The four biggest problems of the Chargers were all solved this offseason. #1 turnovers- Phillip Rivers signed with the Colts and they now have Justin Herbert and Tyrod Taylor. #2 Offensive line- they signed Brian Bulaga and traded for Trai Turner. #3 the defensive tackle position- they acquired Linval Joseph. #4 lack of a home field- new stadium and NFL games will be different this season due to the corona virus. The Chargers have serious break out potential in 2020.
Tua Tagovailoa was one of my favorite players in the draft this year and the Dolphins have a completely new team. Defensively, they are building through their secondary and are coached extremely well. Brian Flores is one of my favorite coaches in the entire league and I am confident he'll get that defense right. Miami is also in the weakest division in the NFL, the only real obstacle will be defeating the Bills. I think the Patriots will be in shock after losing Tom Brady and be in the conversation for Trevor Lawerence next year. I won't have confidence in the Jets until Adam Gase is gone and I'm not a big believer in Sam Darnold. My one big worry for the Dolphins is their offensive line. I wasn't a fan of the Austin Jackson nor the Ereck Flowers move. I think the Matt Breida-Jordan Howard running back duo is sneaky good and I believe Davante Parker will have an even better season with Tua Tagovailoa throwing him the ball. Defensively, I love how B-Flo is building this team. Their secondary is phenomenal and their front seven reminds me a lot of the Patriots. I still think this team is a year away, but they do have potential.