Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. It is great to be back after a month-and-a-half break and it is even greater to do so now because the first 2018 NFL training camps begin this week! The Ravens and Bears will have their first summer practice this Thursday, exactly two weeks before they kick off the 2018 preseason with the Hall of Fame Game. Technically speaking, football is back and in that spirit, it is a pleasure to welcome back my weekly in-season compatriot Hal Bent ofBostonSportPage.com back to the program for our 2018 NFL Training Camp Preview. Welcome back Hal! How are you doing?
- Contracts and Holdouts
- Today, as the franchise tag deadline passed, Le’Veon Bell and the Steelers could not come to a long-term agreement for the second straight year. This obviously means that not only will Bell play under the tag again, but a: this is likely his final season as a Steeler and b: he will holdout for quite a while. Earlier today, Adam Schefter said on SiriusXM NFL Radio that he believes that “it’s possible” the All-Pro RB sits out the first half of the season. If you were Le’Veon Bell, would you be willing to miss games this time around if you think it will help you get the payday you deserve next March? How long do you think Bell will end up holding out?
- Arguably the three greatest players from the 2014 draft class: Aaron Donald, Khalil Mack and Odell Beckham, Jr. are entering the final year of their rookie contracts. Which of those three do you see getting extensions before the regular season?
- The Seahawks are in the middle of a significant roster makeover. Only one person from the original Legion of Boom remains…and that person is Earl Thomas. Last month, he adamantly stated that he will NOT show up until his contract demands are resolved. Is it better for the Seahawks to extend him or trade him?
- The Young QB’s
- What is the most important question for each of the five first-round QB’s to answer in training camp?
- Which of those five QB’s is most likely to start for their team in week 1?
- The “sophomore” QB’s have also generated a lot of offseason hype…but it can be argued that nowhere is the hype bigger than in Kansas City. Not only did Patrick Mahomes have an impressive debut in the Chiefs’ regular season finale last year, he arguably has the best weapons in the league with Kareem Hunt, Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill and now Sammy Watkins. To me, Mahomes is CLEARLY a younger Brett Favre yet with more mature decision-making. ESPN’s Louis Riddick believes Mahomes could be THE best QB in the NFL in five years. Do you think such hype is warranted right now…or should we pump the brakes a bit?
- While I understand the hype around Mahomes, I don’t think we can discount Mitchell Trubisky in his sophomore campaign either. The Bears have built an environment around him that can get the most out of his potential. For his head coach, he has Matt Nagy, who helped develop Mahomes and get a career year out of Alex Smith last year. And he has some intriguing weapons himself with Allen Robinson, Trey Burton, Taylor Gabriel, Anthony Miller plus one of the best RB combos in the league with Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen. Is it reasonable to fully expect a Jared Goff-type sophomore leap out of Trubisky?
III. Training Camp Position Battle Predictions
- Broncos RB: Royce Freeman, Devontae Booker or De’Angelo Henderson?
- Eagles Slot CB: Sidney Jones, De’Vante Bausby, D.J. Killings, or Avonte Maddox?
- Browns LT: Shon Coleman or Austin Corbett?
- Patriots LT: Isaiah Wynn or Trent Brown?
- Steelers ILB: Tyler Matakevich, Jon Bostic or Terrell Edmunds?
- Challenge flags
Thank you Hal…and that’s it for today here on Sports Krunch, but we’ll be back later this week with our good friend Chris Shanafelt to preview the 2018 Chicago Bears…so stay tuned! Meanwhile, be sure to check out the episode archiveas well as an up-to-date blog of mine at SportsKrunch.com!! And if you enjoy these podcast episodes please consider leaving us an iTunes review and donating to our Patreon at Patreon.com/SportsKrunch so we can improve our iTunes ranking and afford to produce even more shows with awesome guests like Hal.
For Hal Bent our producer Chris Brodhead, this is David Kromelow saying so long, and as usual, stay awesome!!!
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