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Yesterday, Sports activities Illustrated’s Rick Gosselin launched his offseason NFL Rankings, and so they definitely got here with some surprises.
The primary NFC West staff within the rankings got here in at No. 5, behind the likes of Tampa Bay, Kansas Metropolis, Buffalo, and Baltimore.
It turned out to be the Arizona Cardinals.
“The Cardinals have seen a gap within the NFC West and had been aggressive this offseason in pursuing it, including a number of veteran Professional Bowlers – go rusher J.J. Watt, WR A.J. Inexperienced, heart Rodney Hudson, cornerback Malcolm Butler and kicker Matt Prater.”
Watt was final a Professional Bowler in 2018, Inexperienced was final a Professional Bowler in 2017, and Butler was final a Professional Bowler in 2015.
As well as, Gosselin famous that “for the second consecutive draft, Arizona chosen a linebacker within the first spherical – Isaiah Simmons in 2020 and Zaven Collins in 2021. They be a part of a gifted forged that already options QB Kyler Murray, WR DeAndre Hopkins, edge rusher Chandler Jones and security Budda Baker. The important thing to an Arizona return to the playoffs is Murray, who handed for 26 touchdowns and rushed for 11 extra in 2020 in his second NFL season. The Cardinals completed fourth within the NFL in sacks final season with 48 and the addition of Watt ought to push that depend into the 50s.”
His second NFC West staff, the Seattle Seahawks, got here in at No. 12, behind the likes of Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Indianapolis, Inexperienced Bay and the Los Angeles Chargers, regardless of the lack of prime cornerback Shaquill Griffin.
“The burden to hold the Seahawks will get heavier by the yr for QB Russell Wilson. Seattle is now a shadow of the staff that went to back-to-back Tremendous Bowls in 2013-14. The Legion of Increase has gone bust, ending twenty second within the NFL in protection final season. Solely Professional Bowl LB Bobby Wagner stays. The Seahawks will once more be entertaining with the ball within the air with D.Okay. Metcalfe and Tyler Lockett operating beneath Wilson’s passes. However Seattle nonetheless cannot shield Wilson, who was sacked 47 instances in 2020.”
Gosselin’s third NFC West staff, the Los Angeles Rams got here in at No. 15 on his record, behind the Las Vegas Raiders and the Dallas Cowboys, after the addition of quarterback Matthew Stafford.
“The Rams are also a shadow of their latest Tremendous Bowl selves. Elite skills – HB Todd Gurley, WR Brandin Cooks, DE Michael Brockers, DT Ndamukong Suh, CBs Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib – have departed from the 2018 NFC champions. However the Rams nonetheless have the sport’s greatest defensive participant in DT Aaron Donald and Coach Sean McVay hopes to reignite the franchise’s Tremendous Bowl aspirations with the acquisition of QB Matthew Stafford from the Detroit Lions.”
Lastly, Gosselin put the San Francisco 49ers as his fourth ranked staff within the NFC West, and at No. 23 on his total rating, itemizing them behind Washington, Miami, Minnesota, New Orleans, Carolina, New England, and the New York Giants.
“The long run is now QB Trey Lance, who the 49ers claimed with the third total choose of the 2021 draft. However he solely threw 318 profession passes at a small-college degree. So the current stays Jimmy Garoppolo, who has a 24-8 profession beginning document and an NFC title to his title – however little love today from 49ers administration.”
You may verify the remainder of his rankings right here: Rick Gosselin’s Offseason NFL Rankings
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