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AFC North – 2018 Off-Season Transactions Nov 2018
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2018 NFL notable off-season transactions – AFC North



Baltimore Ravens

Coaching/Front Office Changes:

DC Don Martindale promoted to replace Dean Pees (now DC of Titans).

Player Additions:

WR Michael Crabtree
WR John Brown
WR Willie Snead
QB Robert Griffin III

Player Subtractions:

C Ryan Jensen
CB Lardarius Webb
RB Danny Woodhead
OT Austin Howard
WR Jeremy Maclin
WR Mike Wallace
TE Ben Watson

Draft:

Round 1 (25) – Hayden Hurst TE – South Carolina
Round 1 (32) – Lamar Jackson QB – Louisville
Round 3 (19) – Orlando Brown OT – Oklahoma
Round 3 (22) – Mark Andrews TE – Oklahoma
Round 4 (18) – Anthony Averett CB – Alabama
Round 4 (22) – Kenny Young ILB – UCLA
Round 4 (32) – Jaleel Scott WR – New Mexico State
Round 5 (25) – Jordan Lasley WR – UCLA
Round 6 (16) – DeShon Elliott S – Texas
Round 6 (38) – Greg Senat OT – Wagner
Round 6 (41) – Bradley Bozeman C – Alabama
Round 7 (20) – Zach Sieler DE – Ferris State

2017 Offensive Rankings:
Yards/Gm – 305.4 (Rank: 27), Pass Yards/Gm – 189.4 (Rank: 29), Rush Yards/Gm – 116.0 (Rank: 11), Points/Gm – 24.7 (Rank: 9), Adjusted Line Yards – 4.36 (Rank: 6), Adjusted Sack Rate – 4.3% (Rank: 4)

2017 Defensive Rankings:
Yards/Gm – 325.1 (Rank: 12), Pass Yards/Gm – 213.8 (Rank: 9), Rush Yards/Gm – 111.3 (Rank: 15), Points/Gm – 18.9 (Rank: 6), Fantasy Points/Gm – 11.69 (Rank: 2), Adjusted Line Yards – 3.85 (Rank: 7), Adjusted Sack Rate – 6.8% (Rank: 13)

Projected Starting Lineup:

QB: Joe Flacco
RB: Alex Collins
GLB: Alex Collins
3RB: Buck Allen
WR: Michael Crabtree
WR: John Brown
WR: Willie Snead
TE: Hayden Hurst (R)

Notes:

CB Jimmy Smith suspended for 4 games.
Overall soft projected strength of schedule with tough run defense matchups in the first half of the season but turns very easy in the second half.
Rush offense projects as strong.
Pass offense projects as weak.
Rush defense projects as strong.
Pass defense projects as very strong.

Cincinnati Bengals

Coaching Changes:

Hired DC Teryl Austin to replace DC Paul Guenther (now DC for the Raiders).

Player Additions:

LT Cordy Glenn
LB Preston Brown
DT Chris Baker
QB Matt Barkley

Player Subtractions:

C Russell Bodine
CB Adam Jones
RB Jeremy Hill
DE Chris Smith
OT Andre Smith
WR Brandon LaFell
S George Iloka

Draft:

Round 1 (21) – Billy Price C – Ohio State
Round 2 (22) – Jessie Bates III S – Wake Forest
Round 3 (13) – Sam Hubbard DE – Ohio State
Round 3 (14) – Malik Jefferson OLB – Texas
Round 4 (12) – Mark Walton RB – Miami
Round 5 (14) – Davontae Harris CB – Illinois State
Round 5 (21) – Andrew Brown DT – Virginia
Round 5 (33) – Darius Phillips CB – Western Michigan
Round 7 (31) – Logan Woodside QB – Toledo
Round 7 (34) – Rod Taylor G – Mississippi
Round 7 (35) – Auden Tate WR – Florida State

2017 Offensive Rankings:
Yards/Gm – 280.5 (Rank: 32), Pass Yards/Gm – 195.1 (Rank: 27), Rush Yards/Gm – 103.8 (Rank: 22), Points/Gm – 16.4 (Rank: 30), Adjusted Line Yards – 3.79 (Rank: 24), Adjusted Sack Rate – 7.2% (Rank: 20)

2017 Defensive Rankings:
Yards/Gm – 339.1 (Rank: 18), Pass Yards/Gm – 211.2 (Rank: 8), Rush Yards/Gm – 127.9 (Rank: 30), Points/Gm – 21.8 (Rank: 16), Fantasy Points/Gm – 6.06 (Rank: 23), Adjusted Line Yards – 4.38 (Rank: 29), Adjusted Sack Rate – 6.3% (Rank: 18)

Projected Starting Lineup:

QB: Andy Dalton
RB: Joe Mixon
GLB: Joe Mixon
3RB: Giovani Bernard
WR: A.J. Green
WR: John Ross
WR: Tyler Boyd
TE: Tyler Eifert

Notes:

LB Vontaze Burfict is suspended for the first 4 games.
Overall average projected strength of schedule but soft against pass defenses.
Rush offense projects as below average.
Pass offense projects as below average.
Rush defense projects as weak.
Pass defense projects as average.
Fade Dalton against good pass rush.

Cleveland Browns

Coaching Changes:

Hired OC Todd Haley. Fired run-game coordinator Kirby Wilson.

Player Additions:

WR Jarvis Landry
RB Carlos Hyde
QB Tyrod Taylor
S Damarious Randall
CB T.J. Carrie
CB Terrance Mitchell
CB E.J. Gaines
TE Darren Fells
OT Chris Hubbard
DE Chris Smith
WR Jeff Janis
OT Donald Stephenson
QB Drew Stanton

Player Subtractions:

LT Joe Thomas
DT Danny Shelton
CB Jason McCourty
RB Isaiah Crowell
WR Sammie Coates
OT Zach Banner
LB Jeremy Cash
QB DeShone Kizer
QB Cody Kessler
WR Corey Coleman

Draft:

Round 1 (1) – Baker Mayfield QB – Oklahoma
Round 1 (4) – Denzel Ward CB – Ohio State
Round 2 (1) – Austin Corbett G – Nevada
Round 2 (3) – Nick Chubb RB – Georgia
Round 3 (3) – Chad thomas DE – Miami
Round 4 (5) – Antonio Callaway WR – Florida
Round 5 (13) – Genard Avery ILB – Memphis
Round 6 (1) – Damion Ratley WR – Texas A&M
Round 6 (14) – Simeon Thomas CB – Louisiana

2017 Offensive Rankings:
Yards/Gm – 308.9 (Rank: 24), Pass Yards/Gm – 201.8 (Rank: 22), Rush Yards/Gm – 107.1 (Rank: 18), Points/Gm – 14.6 (Rank: 32), Adjusted Line Yards – 4.09 (Rank: 14), Adjusted Sack Rate – 7.6% (Rank: 22)

2017 Defensive Rankings:
Yards/Gm – 328.1 (Rank: 14), Pass Yards/Gm – 230.3 (Rank: 19), Rush Yards/Gm – 97.9 (Rank: 7), Points/Gm – 25.6 (Rank: 31), Fantasy Points/Gm – 4.44 (Rank: 30), Adjusted Line Yards – 3.27 (Rank: 2), Adjusted Sack Rate – 6.5% (Rank: 17)

Projected Starting Lineup:

QB: Tyrod Taylor
RB: Carlos Hyde
GLB: Carlos Hyde
3RB: Duke Johnson
WR: Josh Gordon
WR: Jarvis Landry
WR: Antonio Callaway (R)
TE: David Njoku

Notes:

RB Nick Chubb (R) could take over starting role at some point.
Overall tough projected strength of schedule and very tough against opposing offenses.
Rush offense projects as strong.
Pass offense projects as very weak.
Rush defense projects as very strong.
Pass defense projects as weak.
CB Denzel Ward (R) to start LCB then shadow at some point.
Last season, pass def against slot WRs was very bad.
Tyrod doesn’t anticipate WRs open. Good against zone but not against man coverage.
Target receiving RBs against Cleveland.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Coaching Changes:

Promoted OC Randy Fichtner (formerly QBs coach) to replace OC Todd Haley (new OC for the Browns).

Player Additions:

S Morgan Burnett
LB Jon Bostic

Player Subtractions:

CB William Gay
S Mike Mitchell
S Robert Golden
OT Chris Hubbard

Draft:

Round 1 (28) – Terrell Edmunds S – Virginia Tech
Round 2 (28) – James Washington WR – Oklahoma State
Round 3 (12) – Mason Rudolph QB – Oklahoma State
Round 3 (28) – Chukwuma Okorafor OT – Western Michigan
Round 5 (11) – Marcus Allen S – Penn State
Round 5 (28) – Jaylen Samuels FB – NC State
Round 7 (28) – Joshua Frazier DT – Alabama

2017 Offensive Rankings:
Yards/Gm – 377.9 (Rank: 3), Pass Yards/Gm – 273.8 (Rank: 3), Rush Yards/Gm – 104.2 (Rank: 20), Points/Gm – 25.4 (Rank: 8), Adjusted Line Yards – 4.36 (Rank: 6), Adjusted Sack Rate – 3.9% (Rank: 1)

2017 Defensive Rankings:
Yards/Gm – 306.9 (Rank: 5), Pass Yards/Gm – 201.1 (Rank: 5), Rush Yards/Gm – 105.8 (Rank: 10), Points/Gm – 19.3 (Rank: 7), Fantasy Points/Gm – 8.69 (Rank: 8), Adjusted Line Yards – 3.96 (Rank: 12), Adjusted Sack Rate – 9.8% (Rank: 1)

Projected Starting Lineup:

QB: Ben Roethlisberger
RB: Le’Veon Bell
GLB: Le’Veon Bell
3RB: Le’Veon Bell
WR: Antonio Brown
WR: JuJu Smith-Schuster
WR: James Washington (R)
TE: Vance McDonald

Notes:

Overall average projected strength of schedule.
For Big Ben road games, target late game starts.
Rush offense projects as strong.
Pass offense projects as very strong.
Rush defense projects as average.
Pass defense projects as strong.
TE Vance McDonald (foot) issue is not progressing. May effect week 1 volume with Jesse James and Xavier Grimble in the mix.


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