With the departure of Matt Elam many fans are giving their opinions of the former first rounder. “End of a mediocre era” “The rest of the AFC North is devastated. No one had a better view of AJ Green’s back than Elam” “I hope so” “Brooks beat out Elam” Rough to read. There are other fans not happy about the departure, but I’m highlighting the negative for a reason. Matt Elam never got a fair chance at success. I was anxious for him just as all other Ravens fans too, but the Ravens didn’t give him opportunities to succeed. Rookie year: Matt Elam’s rookie season was very up-and-down. His first year he was the Baltimore Ravens free safety. Not normally his position, but he was there to fill the
From 1967 to 1999, 22 of 33 defending Super Bowl champions started a future Hall of Famer at quarterback in Week 1. Since then, only one quarterback for a defending champion is even eligible for the Hall of Fame right now ( Kurt Warner), but 12 of the past 16 defending champions started a QB who will likely end up in Canton ( Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger?and Warner). So it's rare for a defending champion to have a questionable quarterback situation going into the season. But that's exactly where the Denver Broncos find themselves, with former 2015 seventh-rounder Trevor Siemian being named the Week 1 starter. Only one other champ has kicked
Bradford, who looked like a fish out of water in Philly last season, ran Doug Pederson’s offense beautifully Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts to the tune of 167 yards, two touchdowns and an interception on 17-of-20 passing in a 33-17 Eagles win. "I made a decision way back in OTAs to split all the reps equally three ways all the way through training camp," Pederson said of his trio of quarterbacks that includes Bradford, Chase Daniel and rookie Carson Wentz.