Next year’s NFL season should be interesting to watch. Many players return from injuries, fans are allowed in the stands, and an extra game has been added. Having said that, each team has a lot of unresolved questions. There is always speculation over the offseason, and not all of our questions will be answered before the season begins. That being said, I’ll be going over the most pressing questions for all 32 teams as training camps begin. These articles will be released by division, so be on the lookout for your favorite team.
Green Bay Packers- Can the Packers succeed without Rodgers?
In one of the biggest headlines this off-season, many fans have been left wondering if Rodgers will play for the Packers next season. If he ends up playing for a different team, can Jordan Love pick up the former MVP’s slack? I think a good indicator of the Packers without Rodgers would be the 2017 season when he had a collarbone injury, and the Packers went 7-9. Most of the key players are the same, so I think that 8-9 is their floor next year. Brett Hundley wasn’t a great backup, and I would hope Love is better. If Jordan Love plays well, they could easily win 10-11 games next year.
Minnesota Vikings- Is Cousins the Vikings QB of the future?
After a disappointing 2020 season, the Vikings are looking at Cousins to lead them back to the playoffs in 2021. Cousins is not known for winning when the pressure is on with a total record of 13-28-1 against winning teams. He’s not a bad QB but won’t be the sole reason the Vikings win games. Cousins is tied to the Vikings until 2023, when he becomes a free agent.
What the Vikings should do is draft a QB in next year’s draft, let him sit behind Cousins, and give him the reins in 2024. Some targets should be Kedon Slovis or Desmond Ridder. If they decide not to draft a QB, some other options include giving the newly drafted Kellen Mond a chance or trading for a younger QB. Some good trade targets would be Gardner Minshew or even Deshaun Watson.
Detriot Lions- Who will be the Lions’ WR1?
The Lions have been a disappointing team for as long as fans can remember. However, their offense has been somewhat of a bright spot in recent years with stars like Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Kenny Golladay, and TJ Hockenson. With almost all of their WRs departing in free agency, there’s a huge hole to fill in their receiving corps. They did sign Breshad Perriman and Tyrell Williams, but both have never filled that role on their previous teams. What’s most likely going to happen is Hockenson, and Swift get more involved in the passing game while another WR gets the rest of the targets. The rookie Amon-Ra St. Brown should beat out the rest of the receiving corps and become Goff’s new favorite target.
Chicago Bears- Will Justin Fields start this year?
The Mitchell Trubisky era is finally over in Chicago. Andy Dalton signed with the Bears and was supposedly promised the starting job. However, many wonder if the newly drafted Justin Fields will start his rookie year, as Dalton isn’t the best QB. Fields was a great college QB with 86 total touchdowns and 6,834 total yards. I don’t think that Fields should start week 1 versus the Rams, but they should start at least 1 game this year. If I were Nagy, I would let Dalton start week 1 and play Fields like a relief pitcher; if the red rifle’s play starts to decline, butt the rookie in. He could give a spark to a struggling offense and give Allen Robinson a more capable QB.