Expect the quarterback carousel to be a fun one to follow this season, and a process that is already underway. The Los Angeles Rams and Detroit Lions have already swapped Jared Goff, two first round picks, and a third round pick for Matthew Stafford. The Houston Texans have a disgruntled quarterback to deal with as well, as Deshaun Watson has formally requested a trade from the team as well. Not to mention the wild west that the 2021 NFL Draft will be as the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets will be in the market for new gunslingers.
Even more quarterback news arises in today’s Daily Draft Digest.
Jets want a first rounder for Sam Darnold
Speaking of the quarterback carousel, the New York Jets are expected to participate. After initially looking like this new regime would give current quarterback Sam Darnold another chance under their guidance, ESPN’s Adam Schefter has stated the Jets have an asking price of a first round pick for the former third overall pick back in the 2018 NFL Draft.
With the second overall pick, the Jets will have all three of Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, Trey Lance of North Dakota State, and Zach Wilson of BYU. While the Jaguars will land Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, Fields (this writer’s QB2) would be a world of a consolation prize for the Jets to land this upcoming April.
Matt Ryan staying in Hotlanta?
While the Jets may move on from their current quarterback in Darnold, the Atlanta Falcons look like they are hanging on to theirs. Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported amidst all of the shuffling of signal callers under center, do not expect Atlanta to be among the teams participating.
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He is four years removed from an MVP winning season, and with a first year head coach in Arthur Smith, having a veteran quarterback like Matt Ryan in year one could smooth over his transition a bit. Besides, look at the success Smith saw with Ryan Tannehill with the Tennessee Titans.
The magnificent return of EA Sports College Football
After a eight year absence, the NCAA Football video game is set to return!
While they are not using the NCAA title and will instead go through a third-party Name and Image Likeness agency, EA Sports announced that EA Sports College Football will be returning. They have begun the process of building the game, but stated they believe the game is about two or three years out as they anticipate Name and Image Likeness legislation shifting in that time frame.
Eight years ago, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson was the last athlete to grace the cover of the game. Who will be the next cover athlete, and who will be the most fun player to control at the point when the game is finally released?