INDIANAPOLIS — The quarterback class for the 2017 NFL Draft offers some intriguing prospects, but none who have the look of a rookie-ready NFL passer.
That sentiment aligns with NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock’s jersey belief that none of the quarterbacks in the draft merit a top-10 selection. Naturally, several teams most in need of immediate help at the quarterback position hold top-10 choices, including the Cleveland Browns jersey, San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears and New York Jets.
Coach Andy Reid offered similar sentiments: “I’ve been privileged to work with a lot of talented players over the years, and Jamaal Charles ranks up there with the great ones. I appreciate the way he came to work every day, he gave us everything he had day-in and day-out. I’ve said it before, I think he’s a future Hall of Famer.”
For the first time in his career, Charles will have the ability to test his value on the open market. The back was due roughly $7 million in 2017, the final year of his third contract. However, with viable backfield options in Spencer Ware, Charcandrick West and C.J. Spiller in tow and with Eric Berry and Dontari Poe garnering high salary-cap numbers in ’17, Charles became expendable.
The running back position saw a massive re-emergence in the world of fantasy football last season, and a major part of it had to do with personnel changes around the league. The Dallas Cowboys drafted Ezekiel Elliott, DeMarco Murray thrived in his first season with the Tennessee Titans, Jordan Howard roared for the Chicago Bears as a rookie, and Melvin Gordon was a touchdown machine once the (then) San Diego Chargers lost Danny Woodhead. With a number of big-name runners set to become free agents and cheap jerseys and a loaded rookie class about to be drafted, there promises to be lots of backfield movement once again.
After making the New Orleans Saints’ final roster, Spiller was a healthy scratch Week 1 and subsequently cut days later. He signed with the Seattle Seahawks in late September, appearing in two games. He was released in late October. Spiller then signed with the New York Jets on Nov. 1. He lasted a little over a month with Gang Green, playing in four games before being waived on Dec. 6. In all, Spiller rushed for 18 total yards on six carries and caught six passes for 50 yards and a TD (5 for 43 yards with Seattle — 24 of which came on one play).
In the immediate aftermath of their season-ending playoff loss to the Steelers, coach Andy Reid assured reporters he could still win with Smith. When it was pointed out two weeks later that the comments weren’t exactly a ringing endorsement, Reid left little room for equivocation.
A sixth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Duvernay-Tardif has started 30 games over the past two years after essentially redshirting as a rookie. With Duvernay-Tardif and center Mitch Morse emerging as effective run blockers, the Chiefs’ running game has remained effective even with Spencer Ware replacing Jamaal Charles as the featured back.
Reid’s comments that Kelce “grew up a lot” are dubious when you remember the events surrounding the Chiefs’ playoff loss to the Steelers. The tight end lost his cool and got flagged for a terrible personal foul, then after the game went off on a game official, telling reporters the ref shouldn’t be allowed to work “at a f—— Foot Locker.” The league fined Kelce for both the penalty and the rant.