Old Faces, New Places (2019)
By: Robert L. Porter Jr
OLD FACES, NEW PLACES
There has been alot of movement in the NFL this off-season, whether it was the trades of Odell Beckham Jr and Antonio Brown or the Free agency signing of LeVeon Bell to the Jets. The NFL will look alot different than years passed and while the big names we’ve already mentioned will undoubtedly make huge impacts on their new teams, we’d like to take a look at a few players that aren’t as high profile but also changed teams and are looking to help that team grow and become better than they were last season.
Note: Guys like Earl Thomas, Tyrann Mathieu and Landon Collins won’t be mentioned here
After 8 season in Green bay, Cobb is now a Dallas Cowboy. Dak Prescott and his offense lost longtime slot man Cole Beasley to the Buffalo Bills in free agency and they are hoping Cobb can step in and fill the void. In 5 of his 8 years in Lambeau, Randall was able to haul in 60 catches or more. Along side Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott and the recently unretired Jason Witten, he looks to catapult this offense to the next level and back to the glory days of big D.
Over his career, Randall Cobb averages about 12 yards per reception thats an improvement from Cole Beasley’s 10. It will be interesting to see if the Cowboys can build on their divisional round appearance from last year and contend for the conference championship.
Ezekiel Ansah is now a Seattle Seahawk and is still trying to recover for a shoulder injury that cost him most of his final season in Detroit. A 1 year $9 million prove it deal sets Ziggy up to show the NFL just who he is once more. With Frank Clark now in Kansas City, Ansah has a chance to step on the field and be the guy that made him the number 5 pick in the 2013 draft. Over his career he has averaged 8 sacks per year ( he had 14.5 in 2015 and 12 in 2017).
With Earl Thomas (i was wrong, Earl Thomas was mentioned lol) now in Baltimore and Kam Chancellor released, the Legion of boom is a thing of the past but with tackling machine Bobby Wagner still on the roster they still have a shot at being a very good defensive unit.
D-jax is a little different than the other guys on this list. Desean Jackson was drafted by the Eagles and was very very successful in the city of Brotherly Love before heading to the nations capital to join the Redskins. After 3 years in Washington, Jackson signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with hopes of connecting with young star QB Jameis Winston. The connection never materialized and Desean requested a trade. That trade sent him back to where its all started for him, Philadelphia. Now Jackson will try again to connect with a young star Quarterback, this time its Carson Wentz.
Desean Jackson is one of the most dangerous deep threats in the NFL. His 17 and a half yards per catch is top 40 in NFL history. The Eagles are looking to recapture that spark they did when they hoisted the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the first time in team history 2 short seasons ago.
The Indiana University alumni left Atlanta for the bay area and his former offensive coordinator turned 49ers head coach, Kyle Shanahan. With Jerick Mckinnon and Matt Breida both coming off injuries, Tevin Coleman has a huge opportunity in front of him. Coleman will join QB Jimmy Garoppolo, TE George Kittle and WR Marquise Goodwin on one of the up and coming offenses in the National Football League. With all his abilities,Tevin has only combined for 1,000 total yards once in his career ( he respectfully totaled 941 and 928 total yards in 2 of his other 3 seasons ).
In a division with Sean McVay’s Rams, Russell Wilson’s Seahawks and the #1 overall pick Kyler Murray, Coleman will need to make a big impact if the 49ers hope to contend for the division title.
After the highs and lows of his career, Nick Foles rides the highest of all highs of being the 2018 SuperBowl MVP and the Eagles savior for injured Quarterback Carson in recent years to a 4 year $88 million deal to become the Jacksonville Jaguars starting signal caller. Foles will be replacing Blake Bortles who’s had his own highs and lows, with his high being leading the Jags to the AFC Championship game a few seasons ago.
With a defense that was just near the top of the NFL in 2017 and a workhorse running back like Leonard Fournette, Nick Foles could be the missing piece to finally get the Duval county faithful over the hump and into the game on super sunday.
The 2019 NFL Season is on its way and it will be interesting to see how these Old Faces in New Places fair.
Thanks for coming by and giving us a read. We hope our insight and prospective helps you coupe with the fact that there’s still a few months until we have meaningful football again.