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



Chicago Bears

Coaching/Front Office Changes:

Fired: HC John Fox, OC Dowell Loggains
Hired: HC Matt Nagy, OC Mark Helfrich

Player Additions:

DE Khalil Mack
WR Allen Robinson
TE Trey Burton
WR Taylor Gabriel
QB Chase Daniel
K Cody Parkey
LB Aaron Lynch

Player Subtractions:

WR Cameron Meredith
DE Mitch Unrein CHI
LB Jerrell Freeman
G Josh Sitton
LB Christian Jones
LB Pernell McPhee
S Quinton Demps
QB Mike Glennon
LB Willie Young
WR Markus Wheaton
CB Marcus Cooper

Draft:

Round 1 (8) – Roquan Smith OLB – Georgia
Round 2 (7) – James Daniels C – Iowa
Round 2 (19) – Anthony Miller WR – Memphis
Round 4 (15) – Joel Iyiegbuniwe OLB – Western Kentucky
Round 5 (8) – Bilal Nichols DT – Delaware
Round 6 (7) – Kylie Fitts DE – Utah
Round 7 (6) – Javon Wims WR – Georgia

2017 Offensive Rankings:
Yards/Gm – 287.4 (Rank: 30), Pass Yards/Gm – 175.7 (Rank: 32), Rush Yards/Gm – 111.8 (Rank: 16), Points/Gm – 16.5 (Rank: 29), Adjusted Line Yards – 3.65 (Rank: 28), Adjusted Sack Rate – 7.7% (Rank: 23)

2017 Defensive Rankings:
Yards/Gm – 319.1 (Rank: 10), Pass Yards/Gm – 211.0 (Rank: 10), Rush Yards/Gm – 108.1 (Rank:11), Points/Gm – 20.0 (Rank: 9), Fantasy Points/Gm – 8.63 (Rank: 9), Adjusted Line Yards – 4.5 (Rank: 30), Adjusted Sack Rate – 7.6% (Rank: 8)

Projected Starting Lineup:

QB: Mitchell Trubisky
RB: Jordan Howard
GLB: Jordan Howard
3RB: Tarik Cohen
WR: Allen Robinson
WR: Taylor Gabriel
WR: Anthony Miller (R)
TE: Trey Burton

Notes:

Upgraded passing weapons.
Overall average projected strength of schedule, but soft through the first 2 months, and easy against defenses.
Rush offense projects as average.
Pass offense projects as very weak.
Rush defense projects as average.
Pass defense projects as average.
Trubisky aDot could be above average.
HC Nagy stated Howard would see 3rd downs. If this is the case, RB Tarik Cohen could see slot looks.

Detroit Lions

Coaching/Front Office Changes:

Fired HC Jim Caldwell. Hired HC Matt Patricia and DC Paul Pasqualoni.

Player Additions:

DT Sylvester Williams
RB LeGarrette Blount
TE Luke Willson
LB Devin Kennard
LB Christian Jones
TE Levine Toilolo
G Kenny Wiggins
CB Deshawn Shead
QB Matt Cassell

Player Subtractions:

LB Tahir Whitehead
LB Paul Worrilow
TE Eric Ebron

Draft:

Round 1 (20) – Frank Ragnow C – Arkansas
Round 2 (11) – Kerryon Johnson RB – Auburn
Round 3 (18) – Tracy Walker S – Louisiana
Round 4 (14) – Da’Shawn Hand DE – Alabama
Round 5 (16) – Tyrell Crosby OT – Oregon
Round 7 (19) – Nick Bawden FB -San Diego State

2017 Offensive Rankings:
Yards/Gm – 337.8 (Rank: 13), Pass Yards/Gm – 261.4 (Rank: 6), Rush Yards/Gm – 76.3 (Rank: 32), Points/Gm – 25.6 (Rank: 7), Adjusted Line Yards – 3.16 (Rank: 32), Adjusted Sack Rate – 7.5% (Rank: 21)

2017 Defensive Rankings:
Yards/Gm – 355.8 (Rank: 27), Pass Yards/Gm – 243.3 (Rank: 27), Rush Yards/Gm – 112.5 (Rank: 18), Points/Gm – 23.5 (Rank: 21), Fantasy Points/Gm – 9.81 (Rank: 6), Adjusted Line Yards – 4.32 (Rank: 25), Adjusted Sack Rate – 6.1% (Rank: 22)

Projected Starting Lineup:

QB: Matthew Stafford
RB: Kerryon Johnson (R)
GLB: LeGarrette Blount
3RB: Theo Riddick
WR: Marvin Jones
WR: Golden Tate
WR: Kenny Golladay
TE: Luke Willson

Notes:

Overall tough projected strength of schedule but easy pass defense schedule through first 2 months but very tough the rest of the season.
Rush offense projects as very weak.
Pass offense projects as strong.
Rush defense projects as very weak.
Pass defense projects as average.
RB Kerryon Johnson could have passing down role.
O-line should be improved from last season.

Green Bay Packers

Coaching/Front Office Changes:

Fired OC Edgar Bennett and DC Dom Capers. Hired OC Joe Philbin and DC Mike Pettine. Promoted GM Brian Gutekunst (formerly director of player personnel) to replace GM Ted Thompson.

Player Additions:

TE Jimmy Graham
DE Muhammad Wilkerson
CB Tramon Williams
QB DeShone Kizer

Player Subtractions:

WR Jordy Nelson
S Morgan Burnett
CB Damarious Randall
G Jahri Evans
WR Jeff Janis
LB Joe Thomas

Draft:

Round 1 (18) – Jaire Alexander CB – Louisville
Round 2 (13) – Josh Jackson CB – Iowa
Round 3 (24) – Oren Burks OLB – Vanderbilt
Round 4 (33) – J’Mon Moore WR – Missouri
Round 5 (1) – Cole Madison OT – Washington State
Round 5 (35) – JK Scott P – Alabama
Round 5 (37) – Marquez Valdes-Scantling WR – South Florida
Round 6 (33) – Equanimeous St. Brown WR – Notre Dame
Round 7 (14) – James Looney DT – California
Round 7 (21) – Hunter Bradley LS – Mississippi State
Round 7 (30) – Kendall Donnerson OLB – Southeast Missouri State

2017 Offensive Rankings:
Yards/Gm – 305.7 (Rank: 26), Pass Yards/Gm – 197.9 (Rank: 25), Rush Yards/Gm – 107.8 (Rank: 17), Points/Gm – 20.0 (Rank: 21), Adjusted Line Yards – 4.6 (Rank: 5), Adjusted Sack Rate – 8.6% (Rank: 27)

2017 Defensive Rankings:
Yards/Gm – 348.9 (Rank: 22), Pass Yards/Gm – 236.8 (Rank: 23), Rush Yards/Gm – 112.1 (Rank: 17), Points/Gm – 24.0 (Rank: 26), Fantasy Points/Gm – 5.69 (Rank: 24), Adjusted Line Yards – 3.93 (Rank: 9), Adjusted Sack Rate – 7.3% (Rank: 9)

Projected Starting Lineup:

QB: Aaron Rodgers
RB: Jamaal Williams
GLB: Jamaal Williams
3RB: Jamaal Williams
WR: Davante Adams
WR: Randall Cobb
WR: Geronimo Allison
TE: Jimmy Graham

Notes:
RB Aaron Jones is suspended for two games.
Overall soft, friendly projected strength of schedule.
Ty Montgomery has been taking snaps as the 3rd down back in training camp.
Rush offense projects as strong.
Pass offense projects as strong.
Rush defense projects as strong.
Pass defense projects as weak.
Green Bay could be vulnerable in the middle of the field.

Minnesota Vikings

Coaching/Front Office Changes:

Hired OC John DeFilippo to replace OC Pat Shurmur (now HC of the Giants).

Player Additions:

QB Kirk Cousins
DT Sheldon Richardson
G Tom Compton
WR Kendall Wright
QB Trevor Siemian
S George Iloka

Player Subtractions:

RB Jerick McKinnon
QB Case Keenum
QB Sam Bradford
CB Tramaine Brock
QB Teddy Bridgewater
DT Tom Johnson
NT Shamar Stephen
WR Jarius Wright

Draft:

Round 1 (30) – Mike Hughes CB – UCF
Round 2 (30) – Brian O’Neill OT – Pittsburgh
Round 4 (2) – Jalyn Holmes DE – Ohio State
Round 5 (20) – Tyler Conklin TE – Central Michigan
Round 5 (30) – Daniel Carlson K – Auburn
Round 6 (39) – Colby Gossett G – Appalachian State
Round 6 (44) – Ade Aruna DE – Tulane
Round 7 (7) – Devante Downs ILB – California

Notable Injuries:

G Nick Easton (Neck) – Out for the season.

2017 Offensive Rankings:
Yards/Gm – 356.9 (Rank: 11), Pass Yards/Gm – 234.6 (Rank: 11), Rush Yards/Gm – 122.3 (Rank: 7), Points/Gm – 23.9 (Rank: 10), Adjusted Line Yards – 3.96 (Rank: 19), Adjusted Sack Rate – 4.4% (Rank: 5)

2017 Defensive Rankings:
Yards/Gm – 275.9 (Rank: 1), Pass Yards/Gm – 192.4 (Rank: 2), Rush Yards/Gm – 83.6 (Rank: 2), Points/Gm – 15.8 (Rank: 1), Fantasy Points/Gm – 7.31 (Rank: 14), Adjusted Line Yards – 3.99 (Rank: 13), Adjusted Sack Rate – 6.3% (Rank: 18)

Projected Starting Lineup:

QB: Kirk Cousins
RB: Dalvin Cook
GLB: Dalvin Cook
3RB: Dalvin Cook
WR: Adam Thielen
WR: Stefon Diggs
WR: Kendall Wright
TE: Kyle Rudolph

Notes:

LB Kentrell Brothers is suspended for four games.
Overall tough projected strength of schedule.
In 2017, 45% of Diggs’ routes came from the Z.
Rush offense projects as average.
Pass offense projects as very strong.
Rush defense projects as very strong.
Pass defense projects as very strong.
Target Cousins indoors. Has good deep ball efficiency.
Diggs’ splits against slow CBs are good. Against 4.45 speed or faster and good CBs not.
RB Latavius Murray is a legit goal-line vulture on Cook. New OC DeFilippo has history using RBBCs.
Target Z WRs at Trae Waynes.

Last updated: September 7, 2018 at 23:47 pm


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