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Make or Break 2013: Jake Locker

3. People might disagree with me on this one because Locker just completed his second NFL season. People also might disagree with the fact that he was taken 8th overall in the 2011 draft. In 2011, Locker could not beat out veteran Matt Hasselbeck for the starting job who took the Titans to a 9-7 record and barely missing the playoffs. He finally won over the job in 2012 and was injured for 5 of the games and the Titans went 6-10. He threw 314 passes and completed 177 of them (56.4%) for 2,176 yards, 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions and a 74.0 passer rating. He ran 41 times for 291 yards for 1 touchdown and losing 2 fumbles.  I’m not putting a lot of the blame on Locker for the Titans failure this year either because the offense wasn’t talented outside of Chris Johnson. The leader for most receptions on the Titans was Kendall Wright with only 64 receptions. The Titans lost Jared Cook to the Rams but they added TE Delanie Walker and drafted Justin Hunter from University of Tennessee to help Locker. Although I don’t believe that Locker will be booted if he doesn’t produce but the Titans will definitely be looking at other options. 

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Locker will have to keep away from injuries if he looks to keep his job. 

Make or Break 2013: Josh Freeman

2. Josh Freeman has had an up and down career and just like Sam Bradford and has to prove that he is the franchise quarterback the Bucs have been looking for. He was drafted 17th overall in the 2009 NFL Draft. Freeman is entering his 5th year and led the Bucs to a 6-10 record in 2012. In his first year, he only played 10 games and went 158-290 passing for 1855 yards, 10 TDs but 19 interceptions leading the Bucs to a 3-13 record. In 2010, the Bucs had their best season in years winning 10 games under Freeman. He went 291-471 for 3451 yards and 25 touchdowns and only 6 picks and was named a Pro Bowl alternate.The 2011 season became a down year for Freeman who played 15 of 16 games. He threw 346-551 for 3592 yards, 16 touchdowns and 22 interceptions while the Bucs went 4-12 after starting 4-2. Enter the 2012 season and new coach Greg Schiano and Freeman had another up year throwing 558 passes and completing 306 of them for 4065 yards 27 touchdown and 17 interceptions. Head Coach Greg Schiano wasn’t the coach who drafted Freeman so he wouldn’t mind putting him on the bench or trading him in favor of rookie quarterback Mike Glennon whom he did draft. Freeman has a lot of pressure on him and I think he can pull it off. Or not.

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 Josh Freeman (above) looks to defend his quarterback job from rookie Mike Glennon (below)

 

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Make or Break 2013: Sam Bradford

1. Sam Bradford 

Coming off a 7-8-1 season in 2012 and drafting West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin, the Rams expect a above .500 record next year or at least better stats from the 1st overall pick in the 2010 draft, Sam Bradford. In his rookie year, he completed 354 of 590 (60%) for 3510 yards, 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions leading the Rams to a 7-9 record who went 1-15 in 2009. He missed 6 games in his sophomore year, completing 191 of 357 (53.5) for 2164 yards 6 touchdowns and 6 interceptions watching the Rams fall to 2-14. The Rams however still had faith in the quarterback and traded the no 2 pick overall in 2012 instead of drafting a quarterback from the quarterback rich class. The Rams had a comeback season in 2012 going 7-9-1. Bradford completed 328 of 551 passes and a career high 3702 yards 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Entering his 4th year in the NFL, Bradford has a lot of pressure to excel or else his career could be in jeopardy. 

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Is it Geno Time in New York?

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With the 39th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft the New York Jets select Geno Smith from West Virginia. After Geno Smith was drafted the New York Jets had 6 quarterbacks on their roster. Matt Simms, Greg McElroy, Mark Sanchez, David Garrard, Tim Tebow, and Geno Smith. Now there are 4 quarterbacks left on the roster, Sanchez, Smith, McElroy, and Simms.

Matt Simms is most likely  not going to start, Greg McElroy has a slight chance and at the end it comes down to Smith and Sanchez. Mark Sanchez has had two bad years with the Jets after leading them to two AFC title games. Geno Smith may not be ready for the NFL but at the same time the New York Jets aren’t looking to contend and are in rebuilding mode. If they really aren’t looking to win the Jets might as well start Geno Smith and let him get used to the NFL but as of right now there are no leaders in this 4 way quarterback position battle. 

Should Mark Sanchez be starting in 2013?

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Should the Jets really be in rebuilding mode?

As we all know the Jets had a terrible circus-like season last year mainly because of the poor play of Mark Sanchez. What if the team had started Tim Tebow instead and Revis and Holmes were never injured? Despite Revis’ injury the Jets still had a 7th ranked Defense in terms of yards per game. Honestly I’m not an expert on the New York Jets but they don’t have too many weaknesses. How about changing quarterbacks and getting a receiver or two and drafting a corner back in case Revis isn’t what he used to be? Maybe I’m wrong but the Jets clearly aren’t planning to win games next year. Sorry Jets fans but the Jets are planning for the future. 

This is the play that sums up the New York Jets 2012 season

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Will Victor Cruz continue to play for the Giants?

All-Pro Slot Receiver Victor Cruz has produced great numbers for the New York Giants and is a Restricted Free Agent for the Giants with a 1st round pick compensation. The Giants have been trying deals left and right with Cruz but have gone nowhere. Gary Myers of the New York Daily News reports Read More…

Bills show interest in Quarterbacks EJ Manuel and Geno Smith

The Buffalo Bills have cut their starting quarterback Ryan Fitzgerald a couple of weeks ago and now are looking into a shallow, weak quarterback class for a starter. Geno Smith is called the best quarterback in this year’s draft class. The Buffalo Bills have the 8th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft and are looking to draft a quarterback with that pick. Read More…

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