It’s primarily guys throwing passes in opposition to no rush and no defenders, so every thing we noticed on the recently-completed first spherical of organized group actions (OTAs) needs to be taken with a grain of salt. They’re (theoretically) NFL-worthy quarterbacks, in order that they’d higher look good when what they’re going through are usually not defenses.
Nonetheless, there are some worthwhile observations, and a few issues that we are able to glean concerning the 2022 common season from exercises which concluded as Might concluded, so…
Returning From Harm
Robert Woods – Tennessee Titans
One of many issues which made it potential for the Tennessee Titans to deal A.J. Brown on the day of the NFL Draft had been their March commerce for broad receiver Robert Woods. Woods isn’t on Brown’s degree, and he’s coming off a torn ACL, which restricted his worth to solely a 2023 sixth-round choose.
Previous to his harm, Woods was placing collectively one other nice yr to go together with his practically 1,100-yard common his earlier three seasons. Woods additionally seems to be properly forward of schedule in coming back from the ACL tear that value him an opportunity to play within the Tremendous Bowl.
Saying that he feels good proper now, Woods appeared good working routes and catching passes at OTAs. So, he needs to be able to go when the season kicks off in September.
In line with NFL odds, Tennessee is priced at +145 to repeat as AFC South champs.
Jameis Winston – New Orleans Saints
Seven months faraway from surgical procedure to restore a torn ACL, New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Jameis Winston (pictured above) is again on the sector for the New Orleans Saints. Sporting a left-knee brace and working with a noticeable limp, it was nonetheless good to see Winston on the sector.
With new faces like rookie Chris Olave and veteran Jarvis Landry, Winston had a possibility to construct on-field chemistry together with his 2022 broad receivers. There’s no quarterback competitors in New Orleans this season, so Winston can simply deal with getting himself proper bodily and dealing together with his group.
The Saints are 20-1 propositions, or +2000, to win the NFC title, as per NFL odds.
Travis Etienne – Jacksonville Jaguars
It’s as if the Jacksonville Jaguars have three first-round rookies this season. They lastly selected Travon Walker with the primary total alternative in 2022, then Devin Lloyd with the twenty seventh choice. They’re additionally getting again Travis Etienne, the twenty fifth choose of the 2021 draft.
Etienne by no means performed in a significant recreation as a rookie, struggling a Lisfranc fracture within the Jags’ second preseason recreation. This previous week at OTAs, Etienne was again, and he appeared as quick as all the time. Additionally, gone is the transfer to wideout that former head coach City Meyer made final season. Now, beneath Doug Pederson, Etienne is a working again.
Operating again James Robinson remains to be working his means again from a December torn Achilles, and when he’s wholesome, Robinson and Etienne will give the Jags a harmful 1-2 punch on the bottom.
Jacksonville is at present priced at +700 to win the AFC South.
Rookie Quarterback Observations
Kenny Pickett – Pittsburgh Steelers
Kenny Pickett of the Pittsburgh Steelers is the rookie quarterback with the most effective likelihood of taking part in within the opening week of the season. He was the one quarterback taken within the first spherical, and two quarterbacks forward of him are named Mitch Trubisky and Mason Rudolph.
Nonetheless, they’re certainly forward of him, as Pickett took third-team reps with the Steelers at OTAs. If he can rapidly study the offense, there’s an opportunity Pickett can supplant each by the top of the summer time.
Regardless of his June standing, Pickett is the Offensive Rookie of the Yr betting alternative at +350.
Desmond Ridder – Atlanta Falcons
Marcus Mariota is the present first-team quarterback in Atlanta, however these with the Falcons agree that rookie Desmond Ridder is the hope for the longer term.
With Ridder and eighth total choice Drake London each coming into the league on the identical time, coaches in Atlanta are already seeing a particular bond and relationship kind between the 2 gamers. That may solely imply good issues for the Falcons’ offense, and good issues for Ridder’s prospects to be the beginning quarterback in 2022.
London is paying +650 to win OROY, whereas Ridder is priced at +1400.