Is Fitzpatrick Washington’s Answer at QB? Cowboys, Eagles Need Defense

Is Fitzpatrick Washington’s Answer at QB? Cowboys, Eagles Need Defense Vincent Verhei 25 May 2021, 09:39 am

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

For this May round of Four Downs, we will be looking at each team’s biggest remaining need as well as striking undrafted free agents who will be going to camp with each franchise.


Biggest Need: Safety

The Cowboys could not have expected the quarterback-needy Panthers and Broncos to select standout cornerback potentials Jaycee Horn and Patrick Surtain II eighth and ninth overall before the Cowboys were set to pick at 10. That likely motivated Dallas’ decision to trade down and sketch Micah Parsons, a player that was closer to “best available” than to a team need. Given their necessitated audible, the Cowboys did a tremendous job of filling their flaws. They landed regions Kelvin Joseph and Nahshon Wright in the second and third rounds. They bulked up their defensive cable with defensive tackle Osa Odighizuwa and hem rusher Chauncey Golston, also in the third. And in the fourth, they drafted a Day 2 expertise in offensive attack Josh Ball who likely precipitated because of off-the-field issues.

If health, the Cowboys have a ended roster for 2021, but health motivates the need the team might develop at security. They included Keanu Neal and Damontae Kazee from the Falcons this offseason, but Neal tore his Achilles in 2018 and ACL in 2019 and Kazee tore his Achilles in 2020. Dallas wants to try Neal at linebacker, in any case. The unit will likely have to rely on an incumbent or two at security. That going to be all right for Donovan Wilson, who began 10 plays for the team last year, but fourth-round sophomore Reggie Robinson and sixth-round rookie Israel Mukuamu toy cornerback in college, and neither has taken a defensive grab in the NFL at their brand-new statu. And Darian Thompson is entering his sixth year in the tournament. He probably would have started more than 11 activities the last three seasons if he had a future as a full-time starter.

Notable Undrafted Free Agents

The Cowboys did supplemented an undrafted free agent safety in Tyler Cole from Purdue. They likewise indicated a pair of UDFA close-fisted ends in Nick Eubanks from Michigan and Artayvious Lynn from TCU, addressing another injury-driven potential hole since Blake Jarwin missed the 2020 season with a rupture ACL. But their best apparent post-draft addition follows the same playbook as their drawing itself. Linebacker Anthony Hines is a onetime top high school recruit who only briefly frisked to that potential because of injuries and a 2020 opt-out. That said, Hines’ best toys were highlight-worthy, and his quickness and punishment give him a chance to cover NFL backs and tight ceases as an outside linebacker.


Biggest Need: Offensive Line

Analytically inclined Beings fans likely flip the two parties when general manager and notorious trade-upper Dave Gettleman traded back in the first round and webbed a reward of sketch uppercase. The move was immense in a vacuum-clean, but his subsequent selection of wide receiver Kadarius Toney seemed a bit superfluous after the team added Kenny Golladay for big bucks in free organization. This is a critical year for the Giants’ evaluation of quarterback Daniel Jones, yes, but Jones needs better pass protection to help him avoid the sacks and turnovers that have his future with the team in doubt. Last-place year’s No. 4 collect Andrew Thomas will hopefully improve in his second season, but in his first, he blew 6.5% of his pass blocks, the highest rates among tackles with 300 or more pass-block snaps according to Sports Info Solutions charting. Returning 2020 opt-out Nate Solder was barely better( 6.3%) when he last played in 2019. And picket Kevin Zeitler left for the Ravens in free agency.

Notable Undrafted Free Agents

The Giants did target their offensive line with two of their three undrafted free agent contracts. Jake Burton played chiefly right attack for UCLA, but his length and athleticism offer him a chance to find a place on the team’s line even if his shorter arms offset him a suboptimal is suitable for his traditional attack place. Meanwhile, Florida product Brett Heggie has college event at hub and both patrol distinguishes. Clearly Gettleman values positional versatility on his text. Edge rusher Raymond Johnson will likely face stiffer competition for a roster recognize after the team drafted Azeez Ojulari and Elerson Smith in the second and fourth rounds, but Johnson outproduced both drafted actors with 15 sackings and 33.5 undertakes for loss in four seasons at Georgia Southern, although his testing amounts bode inadequately for a similar impact at the next level.


Biggest Need: Linebacker

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman seems to have read the division-rival Giants perfectly with a trade-up to the 10 th pick and selection of wide receiver DeVonta Smith. It’s ironic then that the Cowboys–another schism adversary and Roseman’s trade partner–settled on the draft’s top linebacker Micah Parsons and left the Eagles wanting at the position. That may seem strange to hear since Eagles incumbent Alex Singleton and free-agent addition Eric Wilson each accrued 120 attacks in 2020, but both actors were fertile because of volume rather than efficiency. In fact, Singleton, Wilson, and middle linebacker T.J. Edwards all finished in the bottom third of linebackers with 25 or more attacks allowing between 18.3% and 19.5% ended tackle charges according to Sports Info Solutions charting. Sophomore Davion Taylor and rookie JaCoby Stevens offer some internal hope at its own position, but the onetime played merely 32 defensive crackings in his first season, and the latter is a tweener linebacker/ refuge whose width stimulus his fall to the sixth round. Recent roster administration shows the Eagles do not value the position the way that some squads do, but just once it would be nice to see a plus linebacker movement behind the team’s commonly excellent defensive line.

Notable Undrafted Free Agents

The Eagles peppered their other roster faults in the undrafted free agency date, ratifying and wide receivers Trevon Grimes( Florida) and Jhamon Ausbon( Texas A& M ), tight dissolve Jack Stoll( Nebraska ), and and offensive linemen Kayode Awosika( Buffalo) and Harry Crider( Indiana ). But the team’s two biggest UDFA signings play at slots that are less obvious needs. Wake Forest quarterback Jamie Newman has a dual-threat potential to competitor that of Jalen Hurts and was QBASE’s eighth-best quarterback prospect ahead of various drafted participates, including third- and fourth-rounders Davis Mills and Ian Book. But he never had the chance to reach his ceiling, displacing from an RPO-heavy scheme at Wake Forest but never playing at Georgia since he opted out of the 2020 season for Covid concerns. In contrast, Iowa State defensive end JaQuan Bailey put too much on tape despite starting all four seasons at Iowa State and placing academy records for sacks and tackles for losses. He shattered his furnish with poverty-stricken pass-rushing recitals against some of his best competition such as Texas and Oklahoma State, but he has the NFL size and quickness to provoke optimism for his developed for a unit with a biography of turning later-round collects into beneficial starters.


Biggest Need: Quarterback

Ryan Fitzpatrick is the perfect caretaker quarterback. Not only has he gracefully consented demotions behind potentials including Jameis Winston, Josh Rosen, and Tua Tagovailoa in recent seasons, he’s too a competent passer with above-average DVOA charges in each of his last four seasons. That said, Fitzpatrick will turn 39 year olds during the course of its 2021 season. He have already had toy for nine squads in his 17 -year NFL career, but he has never played with Tom Brady to learn the secrets of the TB12 method. His play will almost definitely decline in the next few seasons. Last year’s strong act was fueled in part by the league’s best crowds under pressure, which is not typically sustainable for a quarterback who was far from the best in the tournament when not stressed. And while backup Taylor Heinicke opened some attentions with his gutty playoff carry-on last season, the 28 -year-old has just 121 occupation pass struggles and would rival Kurt Warner’s rags-to-NFL-riches story if he went on to become a successful starting quarterback.

Notable Undrafted Free Agents

Thanks to their 10 enlist collections, Washington did not have much left to do in the undrafted free authority interval, but their one add-on there could prove to be the very best of any squad. Running back Jaret Patterson likely slide past the draft because of his smaller stature at 5-foot-9 and 195 pounds and small-school pedigree at Buffalo, but Patterson spurred his immense college productivity with unrivaled success after contact, a skill that should help him outplay his immensity at the next level. Patterson gave the eighth-highest BackCAST projection, better than a bunch of drafted potentials at its own position including mid-round picks Javonte Williams, Michael Carter, and Trey Sermon. He likewise property with the excellent team. Washington supported its ability in turning college receiving back Antonio Gibson into an early-down standout, and their breadth chart is thin at its own position since onetime top expectations Derrius Guice and Bryce Love are no longer with the team.

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