The NFL next year should be exciting to watch. Many players are returning from injury, fans are allowed in the stands, and an additional game was added. That being said, there are a lot of unanswered questions for each team. Not all of our questions will be addressed before the season begins, but some will be answered in training camps, which begin on July 27 for most teams. 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. The NFC East will be close next year, and all the teams should be better than they were last year.
Dallas Cowboys- Can an improved defense help win the division?
The 2020 Cowboys’ season was interesting, to say the least. Their offense was on pace to break records before Dak Prescott got hurt and was performing phenomenally. Their defense, on the other hand, was top 10 in yards given up and top 5 in points given up. Injuries plagued the team on both sides of the ball, so they should be better next year. This off-season, they made an effort to acquire more defensive players, including drafting defensive players with 9 of their 11 draft picks. With the new additions and Dan Quinn as the new DC, their defense should improve next season. Dak Prescott and co. are looking to take the division crown from Washington next year and have all the means.
Philadelphia Eagles- How will Hurts develop?
Jalen Hurts was handed the reins of the Eagles offense after Carson Wentz was traded to Indy. Hurts wasn’t great in the 4 games he played with a total 1-3 record. He did give a spark to the Eagles’ offense that was much needed after Carson Wentz was benched. However, the small sample size and questionable talent surrounding him leave a lot to wonder about his performance next season. Philadelphia did upgrade their offensive weapons and had starters on the O-line return from injury, which is big for Hurts. They also drafted Heisman winner Devonta Smith to improve their receiving corps. I think if he’s coached well, he could develop into a good starter. It all hinges on how Philly provides him with the tools he needs to take the next steps as a QB.
Washington Football Team- Who will back up Fitzpatrick?
Washington did not sign any of the big-name quarterbacks this offseason, but it did add Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick has been a decent backup quarterback with a few hot streaks as a starter, but he hasn’t started 16 games since 2015. That being said, he’s unlikely to start the whole season, as he hasn’t been the most consistent player throughout his career. Washington has 3 other QBs on the roster: Taylor Heinicke, Kyle Allen, and Steven Montez, but who’s capable enough to emerge and take the starting role if needed? Taylor Heinicke, who shined against the Buccaneers in the playoffs last year, is my pick for QB2. His talent is comparable to Kyle Allen’s, but I believe Heinicke has the advantage.
New York Giants- Can Saquon Barkley bounce back?
Saquon Barkley tore his ACL in Week 2 of last season, leaving many Giants fans wondering how he will fare this season. Barkley had a fantastic first season in 2018 but has struggled since due to injury. History has shown that a runningback’s performance following an ACL tear is erratic. This is a make-or-break season for QB Daniel Jones, and he relies on Saquon as a dependable offensive producer. The Giants O-Line was ranked 32nd last year by PFF, so positive regression is inevitable. Saquon has everything he needs to do well in 2021, thanks to an improved offense overall; the only thing holding him back is his injury.