Dont Draft Cam Newton: I know this will be hard for a lot of you, but Cams in for the dreaded sophomore slump. There is just no way he comes close to posting the same numbers he did last year. Hes not gonna rush for 14 TDs again. To be honest, he wont come anywhere close to that number. The Panthers ignored their need for more receivers and added depth to the running game. Cam scored most of his rushing TDs jumping over the pile at the goal line, but with the addition of Tolbert (who is a vulture for goal line TDs; 19 TDs in the last two seasons), Cam should see these carries decrease. Honestly I think the Panthers added Tolbert as an attempt to protect Cam. Fans may love seeing Cam go up and over the pile, but I promise you the Panthers front office holds their breath every time. Cams rushing numbers arent the only stat thats gonna to fall off, expect his passing numbers to dwindle as well. Cam tossed for at least 374 yards in 3 of his first 4 games. After that, he averaged only 217 passing yards and threw only 16 TDs the rest of the season. I know what youre gonna say: Cam did this all without an offseason! I agree, but the Panthers did nothing to improve their passing game and Steve Smith isnt getting any younger. Do yourself a favor and stay away from Cam unless he falls to you in a spot where you feel like you have to take him.
Brandon Marshall leads the league in receptions: For starters, Marshall caught 86 and 81 passes during his time in Miami. Anyone who can catch a combined 167 passes from Chad Henne and Matt Moore has to be worth mentioning. If anyone remembers the days when Cutler and Marshall in Denver, then you know that this prediction isnt too farfetched. When they played together they killed it, Marshall caught 104 and 102 balls in the two seasons with Jay and they did this with virtually no running game. In those two seasons the Broncos leading rushers were Peyton Hillis (343) and Selvin Young (729). I didnt think it was possible for an NFL teams leading rusher to have only 343 yards but thats a real stat. Just blew my own mind. Anyways, just imagine what these two can do when defenses have to actually respect the running game. Matt Forte is a stud; even if he gets hurt, Michel Bush isnt half bad either. The only thing that worries me is the Bears O-line. Its arguably the worst in the NFL next to the Rams. The only bright side I can see coming from that is Cutler is gonna be throwin up 40 yard jump balls off his back foot and besides Calvin, Marshall might be the best in the NFL at coming down with them. Marshall is one of 5 players to catch at least 100 balls in 3 consecutive seasons and holds the NFL record for most catches in a single game with 21. Hes gonna lead the league next year, Im tellin you.
Moss finishes the season as a top 10 WR: This one might be a stretch given Mosss last stint in the NFL but consider this. Randy is still one of the most talented receivers in NFL history and dude can still turn the burners on. San Fran has been in desperate need of a WR who can take the top off a defense and Moss is that guy. Alex Smith isnt the most trustworthy guy when airing the ball out downfield, but you dont have to be when youre throwing to a motivated Moss. And the keyword here is motivated. Mosss ability to comedown with uncatchable balls is absurd. Dont believe me? Watch this. The Niners offense is revamped and has a ton of weapons this year. Moss, Gore, Crabtree, Davis and Jacobs should all help to take the pressure off Alex Smith and allow him to do what he does best, manage the game. A big problem the Niners had last year was scoring inside the red zone, and Moss is gonna help change that. I dont expect Moss to have huge numbers, but I would pin him somewhere around 900 yards and 12 TDs is possible for Moss this year. He knows this could be his last season in the league, and I dont think he wants to go out as a scrub.