We are about to enter peak OTA periods. And with no real football going on far too much will be made in many instances about faux football. Legions of players we will come to find are in the best shape of their life. They have put the past behind them. They look primed for a big step forward. The buzz is almost palpable. Players going from busts to bursts. Rotational players about to win prominent starting positions.
Here are a few:
Gabriel Davis Bills
Who didn’t like what this kid put on film in the playoffs? How about putting up over 200 yards and four touchdowns against the Chiefs? That will go a long way to building up more currency and volume in targets from Josh Allen. You cannot defend everyone in this offense and Cole Beasley and Emmanuel Sanders moving on should work in his favor too. Davis looks like the No.
Jeremiah OwusuKoramoah Browns
An off ball linebackersafety who doesn’t make enough plays on the ball in flight or in someone else’s hands – to merit where he was selected or how much he was paid.
Kwity Paye Colts
Sure the 2021 class of draft pass rushers was not nearly as deep or robust as the options at the top of this year’s draft. I believe new coordinator Gus Bradley will cut Paye loose more this season and I can see him making a more consistent impact after flashing some good stuff as a rookie.
Irv Smith Jr. Vikings
I believe new coach Kevin O‘Connell will help him tap into his potential.
Tua Tagovailoa Dolphins
I love the track team assembled around him. The madness of playing under dueling offensive coordinators or mystery coordinators or whatever the hell Brian Flores was trying to do on the offensive staff is behind him. It’s a fresh start under Mike McDaniel. The passcatchers will get a ton of YAC. The offensive line is much improved. They will run the ball. Tua won’t have to be super flashy to be very effective. I like the fit.
Rashod Bateman Ravens
He is in position to be the lead dog of this receiving group by a large margin. I could see doubledigit TD totals.