Before the draft or free agency have even begun, already we see several players being put on the hot seat by both their teams and themselves to do better in 2016. The motivation for such an outlook in some cases could be that there’s a contract where big money is involved, or because it’s more of a ‘one more chance’ kind of deal. So for the next 4 weeks, we here at PTS are going to take a look at the quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, and coaches who either need to take the next step, or step it up in 2016.
In the wake of Payton Manning’s retirement, the Broncos saw fit to extend the former second rounder an offer of $45 million over a span of three years. Despite seeming very comfortable in Gary Kubiak’s offense on his way to a 5-2 record as a starter, the fourth-year passer may still decide to test his value on the open market, in case any quarterback needy teams such as the Browns or Rams decide to shell out big money.
Either way, Brock is set up for a big pay day sometime this month; but signing a contract and earning your paycheck are two different things. On January 3rd vs the Chargers (his last game as a starter), Osweiler was benched after throwing two interceptions in a single half in favor of the recently activated Payton Manning, who was just barely recovered from a torn plantar fascia in his foot,
Osweiler is a unique physical specimen, with the ability to remain calm in the pocket and make any throw you need him too. Nobody’s asking him to come out next year and be the next Payton Manning, but what he needs to do is just the same as any other quarterback. Which is cut down on the mental mistakes and practice putting the ball where he needs it to be as accurately as possible.
The only thing with Osweiler that’s different this year, is that he needs to prove that he can be consistent in his improvement over a whole season, rather than just seven games. If he can take this next step, he has all the tools to be successful no matter what team he’s on.
The former number one overall pick of the 2010 NFL draft had hopes that Chip Kelly’s so-called ‘quarterback friendly’ system could revive his career after a rash of injuries had a hand in bringing his time in St. Louis to an end. Bradford didn’t quite find what he was looking for with Kelly (7-7 record, 3,725 yards, 19 TD’s, 14 INT’s), but he demonstrated down the stretch a return to the form that once won him Offensive Rookie of the Year.
The Eagles seemed to think that Bradford, who for once is going into the offseason healthy, can keep that form going into 2016 under new head coach Doug Pederson. Last week, the Birds inked the Oklahoma product to a $35 million contract with $22 million in guarantees paired with an $11 million signing bonus.
The thinking with this contract is that Bradford now has 2 years to prove he can be the Eagles long term solution under center. If not, the organization is sure to take a quarterback in this year’s draft who will have those two years to grow accustomed to the speed of the game and Pederson’s system.
Once a hair-width away from a Super Bowl victory, Colin Kaepernick is the very personification of the term “how the mighty have fallen”. Having regressed over his last two years in San Francisco, there are many people saying that the former University of Nevada passer’s time is coming to an end on The Bay.
Just days after the organization made it clear they wanted Kaepernick to stay in a Niner’s jersey next season, reports started coming out that Kaepernick’s camp had requested permission to seek out a trade. Does that sound like a quarterback who is happy with the situation he’s in?
Whether Kap lands on another team or stays in San Francisco, this could be his last chance to be considered a starter in this league. If he doesn’t prove to be a better option than Blaine Gabbert, then there’s no way any team could ever possibly consider him a viable option as a franchise passer.
If Kaepernick hopes to regain the momentum of his rookie season, he has to dig down deep, and hope Chip Kelly can do for him what he did for Nick Foles.
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