Then again, no 40-year-old quarterbacks had started an opener before Brady did it this season. It would be foolish to bet against Brady, but age is undefeated, and at some point, he won’t be.
The Bucs’ season was a disaster, and the regression from Jameis Winston should be a major red flag. But Winston, the former top overall pick, did look impressive down the stretch, and Koetter and GM Jason Licht can point to that when making the case for another shot in 2018. Outside of the Roberto Aguayo disaster (which was more on ownership than most people know), Licht has been very good in the draft since taking over.
Seats will definitely be warm in Tampa next year, but the Bucs could surprise as a post-hype sleeper in the deep and dangerous NFC South. It doesn’t hurt to point out there are three playoff teams in the division either, so give some of the blame for this season to tough circumstances.
It didn’t work out that way. But the Patriots have regained their front-runner status, even if they now are facing the prospect of being without TE Rob Gronkowski for a game. His one-game suspension by the NFL was fully justified for a late hit that was both egregious and extremely dangerous.
Concern over the injury suffered by Ryan Shazier took precedence over the outcome of the game Monday night in Cincinnati, won by the Steelers on a last-second field goal.
Okorafor is an offensive line coach’s dream. He’s enormous with long arms, quick feet, and he consistently plays with a balanced foundation.
Bryan isn’t as twitchy as J.J. Watt but at 6-4 and 290 pounds with an array of pass-rushing moves, the comparison is actually quite logical. Bryan has already declared that he’ll be entering the 2018 draft.
After a strong end to the regular season, Darnold reverted to the type of play that had many — including me — thinking, in a vacuum, the ideal decision for him would be to stay at Southern California for one more season. Darnold dropped an assortment of unreal dimes against Oho State yet was overwhelmed by the Buckeyes’ pass-rush and made plenty of errors. His elongated delivery led to a turnover as well.