None of the fresh talent and clever schemes at the skill positions will matter unless the Vikings fix a line that was a disaster last season. Free agent tackles Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers will play right away and end the revolving door of last year.
Third-round pick Pat Elflein was taken high for a reason, and the Ohio State center will likely find a home fast somewhere on the line. The same likely goes for fifth-round guard Danny Isidora. Veteran guard Alex Boone is healthy, and it helps them if he stays that way. Youngsters like T.J. Clemens and Jeremiah Sirles, pressed into service last year, have windows to make an impression. This line needs all the help it can get.
Much of Los Angeles’s terrible 2016 can be chalked up to bad luck. The defense was mostly average, but a handful of big plays and touchdowns from turnovers led to a skewed scoring performance. There were injuries to key playmakers like Allen and Gordon that prevented the team from winning the shootouts that ensued. All signs point to a regression back to the mean in 2017, which suggests an 8-8 campaign rather than a 5-11 one.
That’s what executives are hoping for after a quiet offseason. Aside from re-signing Ingram, the Chargers took few steps to revamp their defense. Instead, they hunkered down for the final phase of Rivers’ career and gave him more tools to work with — an unassailable red-zone threat in Williams and two of the draft’s top blockers.
From there, the defense hinges on the development of young linebackers Denzel Perryman and Jatavis Brown. The pair, who led the team in tackles last fall, will have three years of NFL experience between them headed Cheap Jerseys MLB With Free Shipping into the upcoming season. A big jump in production from them would go a long way to validate Cheap Jerseys Paypal Free Shipping the team’s quiet year in its lead-up to a Los Angeles premiere.