DAL: Can Jalen Tolbert make an immediate impact?
I have no doubts that Dak Prescott and his fellow playmakers, CeeDee Lamb, Dalton Schultz, Zeke Elliott and Tony Pollard will be competitive. But if rookie Jalen Tolbert can learn on the spot and be a serviceable WR No. 2, then the Cowboys don’t have to rush Michael Gallup back.
NYG: Can Daniel Jones resemble a franchise quarterback?
Forget about Saquon Barkley. If Daniel Jones can tap the potential of Kadarius Toney, Wan’Dale Robinson, and gulp, Kenny Golladay, then the Giants will take whatever they can get out of Barkley for however long he’s healthy.
Jones has to look like the quarterback that they traded up to get in the first round back in 2019. For all of the draft picks that they’ve invested into the offensive line, it’s time these young linemen start performing to their potential too and keep Jones concussion-free.
PHI: Is Miles Sanders enough?
With the addition of A.J. Brown there is plenty for Jalen Hurts to work with. But what about the run game? Miles Sanders is penciled in as the starter but how much will Boston Scott and Kenneth Gainwell going to get touches? What’s Trey Sermon doing on the roster? Will they cannibalize each other? Will there be one back to rule them all? What an exhausting situation.
It’s looking like a committee as of Week 1, so Sanders would ride the bench for a week or two to see if the Eagles prefer one back or if there are specific roles for each. If either Gainwell or Scott factors in heavily, I’d consider adding them.
WAS: Can Carson Wentz prove his doubters wrong?
Wentz had some bad luck at the start of his career in Philadelphia and the Eagles won a Super Bowl despite it. He could never revert to that form and got bumped when Jalen Hurts decided he wasn’t going to stand idle as an NFL backup.
In Indianapolis, after a 1-4 start, Wentz had the Colts in position to secure a playoff berth headed into the last month of the season. He was a top 10 quarterback. Through 12 games, Wentz threw for 21 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. His Colts trounced the Bills in Buffalo 41-15, but in the final five games, the Colts limped to a 3-2 record. Wentz threw for a total of 773, 6 touchdowns and two interceptions. The most glaring sin was losing to the Raiders and Jaguars. By the way, Jonathan Taylor touched the ball just 39 times in those two losses. Wentz was that close to resurrecting his career in Indy, but a bad start and finish did him in.
Can Wentz iron out the wrinkles in his game in the Nation’s capital, and in his old division, with arguably a less talented roster? We’re about to find out.