With training camps concluding this week, the 2018 NFL season is rapidly approaching us like a freight train. And on and off the field, the roar of the train that is the NFL sounds like its already in midseason form. With numerous clues gathered through week 1 of the preseason and some key developments around the league, there is a lot to talk about today. And what better person is there to do it with than my right hand man Hal Bent of FullPressCoverage.com.
Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01
- After a 29-day standoff, the Bears and Roquan Smith finally came to an agreement on his rookie contract. Now, the challenge for the Bears is getting the promising young LB ready to play by Week 1. Is the best bet to have Roquan Smith play during the preseason or not having him play and instead spend these next three and a half weeks getting him in 100% football shape before the season opener at the Packers?
- There’s a lot brewing around the injury front as far as the defending Super Bowl champs are concerned. But the elephant in the room is obviously Carson Wentz. It is still no sure thing he’ll be ready to go by Week 1. When asked today during a radio interview about his chances of being under center opening night, Wentz replied “It’s going to be close. At the end of the day, it’s not just my decision. There’s coaches and doctors that really have the final say.” Also, Doug Pederson said today that Wentz will be re-evaluated next week and they will determine whether he’s ready to resume 11-on-11 reps in practice, which Wentz hopes to be cleared for by then. If Wentz isn’t cleared by next week, how likely is it that Nick Foles will be starting Week 1 against the Falcons?
- The other big headline out of Eagles camp concerns WR Alshon Jeffery. Jeffery played through a torn rotator cuff for most of last season and immediately underwent surgery after the Super Bowl. Since it takes up to nine months to recover from this surgery, it is possible that he begins the season on the reserve/PUP list as Ian Rapoport reported yesterday. Should that come to pass, Jeffery will miss the first six games of the season. How can the Eagles offense function at a high level without their big WR?
- There were a lot of good things to watch in week 1 of the preseason, but the impressive debuts of Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold stole the show. How impressed were you by Mayfield and Darnold, and who had the better performance in your eyes? If all goes according to plan with Darnold, he’ll be starting Week 1. But if Mayfield keeps this up these next three weeks, shouldn’t the Browns feel obligated to play him infinitely earlier than their timetable may indicate?
- On Saturday night, the Minnesota Vikings showed why they are my pick to represent the NFC in Super Bowl LII. In your eyes, how much did their performance last week justify that strong belief of mine?
- If the Broncos continue to play this way in September and start the season either 1-3 or 0-4, should Vance Joseph be fired by the end of the month?
- What other things stood out to in the first full week of preseason action?
Thank you Hal…and that’s it for today here on Sports Krunch, but we’ll be back with a LOT more later this week and next week…so stay tuned! Meanwhile, be sure to check out the episode archive as 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!!!